It may seem counterintuitive to apply oil as part of your skin care regimen. Many of us already have greasy complexions, so adding more oil seems counterproductive. And most women dislike oily textures on their skin. However, applying the right kinds of oils – i.e., essential oils – can make anyone’s skin more radiant. Certain plant extracts are known for their ability to encourage healthy skin. By selecting beauty products that are based on select botanical extracts and essential oils, you can achieve whatever goals you may have for your skin.
This is a beauty secret many celebrities already understand. For instance, Julianne Moore and Gwyneth Paltrow are loyal customers of fashion stylist Linda Rodin, who experimented with a plethora of essential oils to create a luxurious facial product based on eleven different skin-smoothing extracts. RODIN Olio Lusso is the result of her experimentation. It includes antioxidant and anti-inflammatory oils such as argan and calendula, along with fragrant essential oils such as jasmine, to create a sumptuous experience. Just a few drops of RODIN Olio Lusso applied morning and night to your freshly washed face and neck will smooth out and rejuvenate any type of skin.
Here are some of the other ways botanical oils can improve the skin:
Many plants have healing qualities to encourage healthy skin. For instance, Skyn ICELAND offers Pure Cloud Cream to repair skin ravaged by wintery conditions. This light cream contains oat and aloe extracts to eliminate irritation and inflammation. Other Skyn ICELAND products contain willow bark extract, which is known for its anti-inflammatory, astringent and conditioning properties.
To understand the power behind RODIN Olio Lusso and other essential oil-based products, consider that oils easily penetrate to the dermal layer of skin, where new cells are created. This means essential oils can quickly heal damaged skin.Read More »
Exclusively ours and yours is our newest eau de parfum addition, Jacomo Paris! If you're on the lookout for a new fragrance and want to spoil your man then It's Me For Her & It's Me For Him might just be a couple's latest obsession. Not only do both of these smell very sexy, but a tech savvy person would also appreciate the architectural design that was inspired by smartphones. It's Me was born out of the desire to create a perfume that was relevant to our time but also captured the spirit of our time too! It's Me For Him is florally romantic with top notes of Lemon and Grapefruit with woody undertones of Amber, Vanilla and Rosweood. It's Me For Her is tangy and mysterious with top notes of Pineapple and Mandarin and a base of Jasmine and Iris Powder.
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New recruits were recently made over the award winning sonic cleansing system, Clarisonic. Red carpet recruits that is! Oscar nominees Viola Davis and Best Supporting Actress winner Octavia Spencer recently said their Clarisonics have become their secret beauty weapon. The makeup artist on The Help revealed that the women had their first Clarisonic experience on the set of The Help and can't stop raving about the beauty tool and it was clear from their gorgeous, glowing skin on Oscars night that these women have been using their Clarisonic Mia 2's regularly. Octavia said, "I love it! My skin feels like a newborn baby and my pores are shrinking."
The power of Clarisonic is clear throughout the thousands of reviews and devotees throughout the world. When you use your Clarisonic regularly you will notice your skin is more refined, wrinkles are less visible and your makeup sits and looks better than ever on it's new clean canvas. Clarisonic works by sonic cleansing and micro massage to release trapped oil and residue, unblock pores, and give you a professional grade cleanse in 60 seconds.Read More »
The ingredients that make for a great day of skiing – sun, wind rushing by your face, high altitudes and cold temperatures – can do a real number on your skin. Below, we examine how each of these elements damages skin. We also provide recommendations on how to protect your skin before heading to the mountains, and how to best nourish it after a hard day of skiing, snowboarding or sledding.
Red, irritated skin is a common aftereffect of a snow play day. When wind blows on the same patch of exposed skin over the course of a day, windburn can occur. Like sandpaper tearing up wood pulp, the friction imposed by wind can chafe your skin and, in extreme conditions, cause blistering.
To protect your skin against the wind, be sure to apply a moisturizer before leaving for the resort or trail. Ultra Comfortable Face Cream, by Nuxe Paris, is an excellent choice. It contains Vitamin E and sunflower derivatives to protect against wind and other external irritants.Read More »
Kim Kardashian has graced many a magazine cover and she has quickly become known as a fashion and beauty trendsetter for the tweens and twenty somethings. This Armenian beauty is rarely seen without makeup so it was interesting to see her bare it all for the cover of March's Allure magazine. Typically, Kim is always "done" and on her reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians she is constantly seen getting primped to perfection by her own personal hairstylist and makeup artist. However, after her short lived nuptials to Kris Humphries, she secluded herself to the privacy of her family, cancelled bookings and made a two month vow to give all that up and just be her, au natural. Although she lasted a little less than 60 days, we won't hold that against her.
For someone who's face and hair is most of the time in the hands of someone else it was really interesting to read about Kim's favorite beauty products to use when she's on her own. Like clothes, Kim's fabulous taste also extends into the beauty realm where she mentions a few of her must have's such as Kevyn Aucoin's Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX 05 (which she uses as a concealer) and applies it with the BeautyBlender, an egglike sponge that gives a flawless and airbrushed foundation application. Bellisima!
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Actress Nicole Kidman recently has taken a note from Oprah Winfrey and spoke about her "Favorite Things" crossing jewelry, beauty, doggies and more! Her beauty taste clearly is top notch as she's quickly become a new celebrity devotee for Kai's Eau de Parfum Spray. Kai has a following amongst many top celebs such as Jennifer Aniston, Naomi Watts, Pink and many more. The Kai signature aroma carries through each product in the range and has the essence of a tropical paradise. Notes of jasmine, tuberose and lily blend together and instantly leaves a clean and fresh scent that will have heads turn. The Kai Perfume is paraben and sulfate free so it's adorers can wear it and know they are wearing a pure product. This stunning fragrance is won by the world over as you will find out yourself!
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Orange peel, lipedema, cellulite, cottage cheese – whatever you call it, one thing’s certain: No woman on the planet longs for more cellulite. It may surprise you to learn that the term “cellulite” is not medically inspired. It gained popularity in French salons around the end of the nineteenth century, and it describes the bumpy, dimpled, inconsistent appearance of the skin above fat deposits.
Doctors say cellulite is actually quite natural – they say this uneven skin surface is found in 90 percent of post-pubescent females and that it simply indicates a breakdown in the connective tissue around fat cells. Cellulite is more noticeable on the female form because female skin tissue is thinner than male skin tissue. Still, it’s hard to convince women to simply accept their cellulite as a natural occurrence. Society has long derided “cottage cheese ” skin as ugly and undesirable.
Fortunately, those who wish to banish cellulite may do so by applying the techniques listed below.
Cellulite is exacerbated when one’s fat cells are swollen with extra sugar. Salt is also problematic because it encourages fluid retention, making cellulite look even worse. To limit the appearance of cellulite, eat no more than six teaspoons of sugar and 200 mg of sodium each day.
To see a noticeable reduction of cellulite, apply a firming lotion or cream. Of course, you’ll want to select a product that’s user-approved to firm skin and improve its structure. Nuxe Paris has created a lotion that fits the bill perfectly. Its Body Fondant Firming Cream includes barley sugars and Brazilian mimosa to instantly lift skin, thereby decreasing cellulite dimples. Nuxe Paris’ cellulite solution also contains rye flakes and Kigelia Africana to improve skin structure. After using this product for 28 days, 86 percent of users reported that their skin was more toned, while 82 percent said it was visibly smoother.
To prepare your skin for cellulite solutions from Nuxe Paris and other brands, apply a body exfoliator such as Fat Girl Scrub from Bliss. The Bliss Fat Girl Scrub increases circulation and is specially formulated for cellulite-prone areas.
Muscle is smoother than fat. If you lift weights regularly, your cellulite levels will drop. Lunges, leg presses and squats are particularly powerful cellulite-busting exercises.Read More »
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Clarisonic is known for their extraordinary hand held cleansing devices such as the Mia, Mia 2 and Clarisonic Plus but also one of their latest additions, the Clarisonic Sonic Opal Infusion System. The other devices deliver a professional grade cleanse and gentle exfoliation using sonic vibration and micro massage which uproots trapped oil, cleares pores and lessens the appearence of wrinkles. The other major benefit is because you're allowing your freshest skin to come through, your skincare products will penetrate deeper and work to their full benefits once applied. The Sonic Opal Infuser would benefit your skin in conjunction with the Clarisonic cleansing brush or on it's own. The Opal Infusers breakthrough technology works by infusing their Anti-Aging Eye Serum directly into the pores through gentle micro massage. The micro massage allows the serum to penetrate the dermis and get to work quicker than just applying the serum manually with your fingertips. In just 30 seconds per eye, it begins working to hyrdate, smooth and brighten the eye area.
The Sonic Infuser was recently featured on ABC's 'The Revolution' on a segment for Anti-Aging Tips. Beauty expert Morgan Schick discusses her four best anti-aging product picks and focuses on the Opal's ability to reduce the appearence of fine lines and wrinkles. Watch this segment to see a product demonstration on how it's applied and the benefits you'll soon notice on your skin when you look in the mirror!Read More »
Straight, smooth hair is one of the most popular hair styles among celebrities and laywomen alike. Yet it’s not always easy to transform frizzy, curly locks into arrow-straight tresses. Below, we’ve gathered techniques for achieving the perfectly straight, healthy hair you desire.
Long before Oscar Blandi and Frederic Fekkai started selling their fabulous straightening products, many women yearned for smooth, straight hair. Today, you can still use natural techniques to achieve straight hair.
Nourishing milk straightening treatment. Milk helps straighten hair and combat frizz. Begin with a shampoo; leave hair slightly damp. Comb 1/3 cup milk through damp tresses. Once the milk has coated every hair shaft, massage the scalp for a few minutes. Next, let the milk soak in for about twenty minutes. Finally, shampoo, condition and style as you wish. If your hair is color damaged, use a restorative conditioner such as Russian Amber Imperial Conditioning Crème by Philip B.
The milk bath method works best for those with a slight wave. However, women with curly hair can still benefit from milk treatments, since milk provides hydration and definition for curls. Or you could take the modern shortcut and use Frederic Fekkai’s Ironless Silky Straight shampoo and conditioner. This will achieve even better results with far less work.Read More »
The benefits of Marula Oil are known throughout Africa as a mircale healer of skin and now we can enjoy it too! Filled with high levels of antioxidants this super oil provides protection against environmental agressors, free radicals and signs of premature aging. Light, powerful and suitable for every skin type! Marula Oil is harvested in Africa and what we love most about this brand is also that's it's very eco conscious. The oil is sustainably harvested by local tribeswomen who gather nuts that have already fallen off the tree and are then hand cracked and manually cold pressed to ensure the highest quality product. A good portion of the brand's proceeds go back to this community to further education and overall quality of life for the families. The value of this miracle product is priceless both for the benefits you will see on your skin and also the story behind it. Dr Kaidi was recently featured in an interview speaking about the power of Marula Oil!
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