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Posted by 08.23.14

The Dead Sea is aptly named: no organisms survive inside its alluring waters.

But the gorgeous powers of its healing waters, its cooling, sticky mud, and its powerful minerals are as legendary as Greek myths, and it’s little wonder that brands like AHAVA, and also lesser-known brands like Avani, Swisa and Seacret (to name only a few) are returning time and again to harvest its properties.

We have been huge fans of AHAVA.  Their wonderful Tropical Pineapple and White Peach collection (a breath of summer in your shower) debuted a few months ago. Now, they have introduced two new youth-boosting super serums we’re super excited about: the Dead Sea Osmoter Concentrate for both eye and body.

These two brown-colored glass bottles look and feel very high end, like they belong in a luxurious apothecary (the dropper in the eye cream also adds to this feeling).

Dead Sea Osmoter Eye Concentrate ($50): For those who have despaired about finding the perfect eye concentrate that erases dark circles as swiftly as a Ferrari on a race track, this is your product. It is triple-charged silky-fine and lightweight and filled with Persian Silk and Sigesbeckia Orientalis extracts that strengthen the dermis layer and fight fatigue as promptly as an overnight FedEx delivery.

In clinical trials, 81% of women tested (36) reported that the eye area looked refreshed.

After using it under the eye area for two days, my dark circles (which I firmly believed are genetic and irreversible) had disappeared. This is a superb product.

Dead Sea Osmoter Serum Body Concentrate Tone & Texture Correcting Serum ($45): A serum filled with Dead Sea minerals for the body? Yes, we’ll take two please. Filled with brown algae extract which prevents dark spots and brightens skin, as well as Argan and Monoi Tahitian oils and Vitamin C as well as alpha hydroxy acid, this is a powerhouse of a bottle that also tightens skin.

While it is too early to tell of the results in this body serum, the texture is delicious and cooling and for the price, stock up with two.

Visit Aire Ancient Baths  in New York City and get a delicious soak in one of their many pools, and top off the experience with the new AHAVA products.




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Date: 08.20.14

When I went to New York’s Maritime Hotel to learn about Ole Henriksen’s new Pure Truth Melting Cleanser, I wasn’t sure what to expect, having tested hundreds of cleansers in my lifetime.

This new 3 in 1 bright orange cleansing gelée is quite revolutionary, explained one charming lady whose skin looked so flawless that it could have been airbrushed. The Pure Truth Melting Cleanser is a re-imagined take on the classic cold cream, which may have fallen out of popularity in the US but women in Europe and the Far East have been using for more than a dozen decades (myself included).

The Melting Cleanser, or gelée, contains a unique blend of ingredients formulated to brighten and boost collagen synthesis, including vitamin C, virgin cherry oil, and Ole Henriksen’s favorite, rose hip seed oil (nature’s bountiful source of omegas 3, 6, and 9). The melting cleanser is transformative in a David Blaine kind of way, morphing from gelée to oil when applied on skin, then when activated with water, it spins into a creamy milk-like texture to become a complete magician.

The gelée itself is clean and fresh, like bright orange jelly or marmalade, and is paraben and synthetic free. It has a hint of fragrance, but I learned at the event that Henriksen, because of his European heritage (he’s a great Dane), “loves fragrance” but lets it be as natural as possible.

For $36, this is a beautiful, refreshing product, and one that deserves attention. It launches in stores and online on August 21.

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Posted by 08.19.14

Etats Poetiques in French means poetic state; in other words, moods that are poetic in nature. The Chanel Fall 2014 makeup collection is a chance to express color in a fiery way, as passionately as a French writer from the the days of the revolution.

Unlike many of Chanel’s previous collections, which liberally splashed color on fingertips, lips, and eyes, Etats Poetiques focuses color on the eyes. Eyeliner and a spectrum of pink eye shadow shades blended with flashes of purple, radiant yellow, and grey make the eyes impossible to miss. Here’s what it includes:

  • The Écriture de Chanel Automatic Liquid Eyeliner:  an automatic felt tip eyeliner that is versatile (two shades, $35 each)
  • The Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow (six shadows, $29.50 each)
  • Joues Contraste Powder Blush ($45)
  • Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine (three shades all deeply pigmented, $35)
  • Levres Scintillantes Glossimer ($29.50)
  • Le Vernis ($27)

The Chanel spring 2014 collection toyed with pinks in various hues and also the idea of combining reds and pinks in a brilliant way. The Fall 2014 collection oozes sophistication and a very grown up look for the eyes, which is definitely one part glamorous, one part coy. If I were to choose few products from the collection, I’d go for Le Vernis in Orage (grey-blue), which will make any set of nails pop; and the redesigned eyeliner, which will make your eyes as alluring as Bardot’s (yes, you can do a cat eye with the felt tip).

Rouge Coco Shine is lipcolor worth splurging on, and at $35 a pop, you can afford to get all the three shades: Intime, Confident, and Viva.

The blush, a very pale pink called Innocence does not detract from the drama of the eyes and lips, and that’s a good thing. This is definitely the fall makeup collection we’re coveting this year.


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