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Posted by 05.21.14

I’m always in awe of how French women have a certain je na sais quoi when it comes to their beauty routines. They just get it right with their radiant skin, natural-looking makeup, and undone hair.

It’s only fitting that SOTHYS Paris, which has been creating innovative skin care and professional treatments for over 60 years, has launched a new makeup collection. The line was created with the effortless Parisienne woman in mind and includes SOTHYS renowned anti-aging ingredients and luxe formulas. “Based on our knowledge of the spa market, we have created a well-edited collection that makes it easy for spas to offer the makeup items that women most often request.  These essentials help women of any age to create a timelessly chic French look,” said Corinne Smith, sales director of SOTHYS USA.

The elegant 20-product line feels great on skin and includes everything you need to get a flawless look that ranges from liquid foundations to an illuminating trio—a blush, bronzer, and highlighter in one—with prices from $18 to $49.

Sothy's Illuminating Trio2Makeup artist Anne Kohlhagen was on-hand for the special makeup preview and stressed the importance of prepping the skin and keeping the touch light. “This line particularly stands out for its treatment-based foundations and ultra-hydrating lipsticks. Rouge Doux goes on like a sheer stain for day, while full-coverage Rouge Intense is perfect for evening/bolder statement,” says Kohlhagen.

SOTHYS new makeup line is dedicated to the esthetician and is available at the SOTHYS Institute in New York City and will launch at partner spas starting in June.

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Posted by 04.12.14

I love coming across a brand that works really hard to deliver the most potent anti-aging ingredients while also keeping it effective for those with sensitive skin. Radical Skincare does just that. Founded in 2011 by Rachel and Liz Edlich, who have worked for over 20 years in the beauty industry creating skin care lines for celebrities and companies, Radical came about when these sisters started playing with formulas to tackle their own skin care woes and saw unbeatable results.

All of the seven core products (ranging from $49 to $190) are infused with the highest level of active ingredients and antioxidants such as green tea, acai, pomegranate, red wine extract, and coffeeberry.  Radical Skincare Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads ($75 for 60 pads) are brimming with AHA (alpha hydroxyl acid) and BHA (beta hydroxyl acid) fruit acids to de-gunk pores, brighten skin, and create healthy new skin cells. Each pre-soaked pad contains the brand’s signature Trylacel technology, which works to maintain anti-oxidant potency and deliver maximum results. Other ingredients include willowbark and salicylic acid to clean pores and reduce oil production, chamomile to soothe sensitive skin, malus domestica to protect from UV damage, and oslifit to immediately firm skin and smooth fine lines and wrinkles.  The company says that in two weeks there will be a 50 percent reduction of coarse crow’s feet.

I’ve been using these exfoliating pads after cleansing every for two weeks and notice that my skin is clearer, more even tone and my pores look less clogged, especially around my nose. My crow’s feet look smoother, too, and I don’t need to apply as much makeup.  Each pad has enough solution for the face and neck and you can even use them on other areas such as the décolletage or hands to brighten and shed dull skin.

Incorporate these age-defying exfoliating pads into your spring beauty routine and your skin too will look more radiant and smooth.

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Posted by 03.20.14

It’s spring, at last, and time when young women’s minds turn to thoughts of renewed beauty. Personally, I gravitate towards the latest scientific-ingredient potions, but lately I’ve been giving all-natural skincare products a whirl. These luxurious all-natural formulas contain high-performance ingredients sourced from sustainable farms around the globe to smooth, brighten, restore, and battle the signs of aging, while also keeping the body and skin healthy. The brands below are free of parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, and synthetic ingredients, and after trying some of them I may just abandon a few of my high-tech formulas and think you will, too.

Kora Organics

Victoria Secret model Miranda Kerr was unhappy with organic skincare brands out on the market so she decided to create her own and launched KORA Organics, which debuted in the US in the fall of 2013. The line uses good-for-you ingredients such as noni, a fruit packed with nourishing anti-oxidants, as well as rosehip oil, sea buckthorn, green tea, lavender, and chamomile. The 21-product all-natural line consists of body and face products that feel gentle and good on the skin. One of my favorites is the calming lavender mist that gives skin an extra moisture boost with soothing essential oils and antioxidants. Products range from $25 to $160.

mezEYELINER_viperVapour Beauty delivers on-trend colors and botanical-rich non-comedogenic formulas that look and feel great on the skin. The line contains everything you need to get a flawless look—foundation, lipstick, blush, and glossy nail polishes—all made with 70 percent of organic ingredients and 30 percent of vitamins and mineral pigments, plus the purest food-grade ingredients. Try the Mesmerize Eyeliner in Viper (a rich plum shade and part of the spring 2014 collection), containing anti-inflammatory chrysanthemum, eyebright, and horsetail herb. Prices range from $16-$90.

Products of the eco-certified luxury skincare brand Amala (means most pure in Sanskrit) are packed with active botanicals found in their purest state to fight the signs of aging. The eco-luxe line can be found at some of the country’s most high-end spas and boasts five collections each containing a key ingredient to target a specific skin concern. For spring, try the brightening face polish made with narcissus, raspberry seed, and algae extract to help diminish dark spots and give skin a healthy glow. Products range from $18 to $248.

jmo_greentea&calendula_RightJohn Masters Organics has been creating eco-friendly hair care since the ‘90s with over 49 products that now spans to skincare and pet care, all free of synthetics and harsh ingredients. Packed with organic oils and pure botanicals, the products smell fresh and vibrant while keeping hair and skin healthy and protected. Try the Green Tea & Calendula Leave-in Conditioning Mist containing broccoli seed oil and a slew of certified organic botanicals to make hair soft and shiny without weighing it down. Products range from $6 to $48.

Most of the ingredients in Tata Harper’s luxe organic products are grown on the 1,200-acre company farm in Vermont and manufactured in small batches in their own lab. Each product in the all-natural skincare line—serums, moisturizers, cleansers, toners, eye creams, masks, and lip products—contain nine to 29 powerful active ingredients with really beautiful natural scents. One of the newest products, Love Potion, an all-natural sensual perfume, is an aromatic blend of 10 aphrodisiac essential oils such as davana, ylang ylang, jasmine, and atlas cedarwood,which are said to boost mood and promote attractiveness.  Products range from $24 to $365.

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