Photo Credit: Eden at Birchbox Local
My introduction to New York Fashion Week was at the gorge new Birchbox Local at Chelsea Market! The cool space, this year upgraded to two floors, was the perfect backdrop to all my beauty product-testing, -shopping, and -pampering needs, plus a custom candy bar with plenty of treats to nibble on. Birchbox showcased some of its best selling brands like stila, Color Club, Jouer, Juice Beauty, Pur, Dr Brandt, Amika, Benefit, Arcona, Mally Beauty, DDF and so much more. Did I mention that you could also make your very own Birchbox – so fun!
With makeover stations for hair, makeup, brows, and nails galore, there was a whole lot of beautifying going on. The Amika team was doing blowouts and I indulged. The stylist used their 5 Barrel Pro Curler Set on me that comes with a selection of 5 different sized tourmaline barrels for every hair length, type and style. It took her no more than 10 minutes to give me the most stunning curls that lasted all day. The different size barrels help you create crave-worthy curls and waves in literally minutes, but all are sans clips so that no hair is damaged in the process. It even came with a tiny comb-edged barrel to use on the baby hairs that frame my face for a seriously perfect hairdo. This takes hair appliances to a whole new level, and is worth every cent when you consider what an average blowout costs in NYC these days. $325 for the set at loveamika.com/
Another favorite station of mine was Benefit Cosmetics Brow Bar. Gimme Brow is their new brush-on fiber gel that actually stays put and fills in the gaps. The gorgeous woman at the bar was so confident in the product that she literally washed off one of her eyebrows to show me the difference – and boy, was I sold! It looked totally natural and gave her brows (and now mine!) thicker, more defined arches with the help of a tiny little brush. It comes in two shades – Light/Medium and Medium/Deep for $22 at benefitcosmetics.com
Stop by Birchbox Local at Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Ave between 15-16th Streets from September 12-16 and enjoy the products, pampering, and of course, candy!
Photo Credit: envymedical.com
Blackheads got you down? Instead of squeezing, vacuum your pores with the Silkpeel Pore Clarifying System from Envy Medical.
This patented Silkpeel technology penetrates the skin’s surface, opening blocked pores with the precision of a missile, extracting out all the dirt, dead cells and oil that collects to form nasty blackheads; and to keep pores clean and open, it then infuses pores with a blast of 2% Salicylic Acid to speed the healing process. The whole seamless treatment is quick, painless, and actually pleasant. Your skin will feel soft and smooth and super clean, instantly, without the drying effects of medication and topical therapies that can cause irritation, flaking and redness.
A monthly session with your aesthetician or facialist will go far to keep pores clear of grime and dead cell buildup and helps to prevent future breakouts. Silkpeel Pore Clarifying Treatments work for your dreaded T-zone or your whole face, chest, and back, or anywhere else clogged pores and blackheads are a problem.
To optimize the skin-clearing benefits of the Silkpeel dual-action extraction and infusion or keep skin glowing at home, try the new Skin Clarifying Acne Treatment Pads. These powerful little pads contain 2% Salicylic Acid and Witch Hazel, known for its potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities. A touch of Aloe Vera and Menthol works to calm and soothe acne and rosacea-prone skin. What I love about these pads are the soft, supple texture that is so gentle on my skin. You can use both sides all over your face, or whatever area you are treating. The scent is fresh and light and smells very pampering. With daily use, you can guard against acne breakouts by controlling acne-causing bacteria.
Each jar contains 60 double-sided pads for only $25 (2 month supply if you use only one per day), which is much more economical than some of the other anti-acne pads on the market. Stock up—keep one in your nightstand, your bathroom, your desk drawer, gym bag or suitcase. Instead of using blotting papers, these Skin Clarifying Acne Treatment Pads will gently wipe away surface oils and shine that starts to form during the day. Perfect for high humidity days or impromptu trips to South Florida or the Caribbean. Your skin will be squeaky clean and blemish-free 24/7!
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There are so many acne products on the market that it’s hard to know which products work and which products are just a waste of money. From cleansers, moisturizers, toners, spot treatments, and masks…how do we know what to try and what to toss? Well, I’ve finally found a product that not only works to clear my breakouts fast, but improves my skin’s texture, too.
Beyond Clear is a new 3-step acne system that uses a patent-pending Clarifoam Technology™ to deliver powerful, bacteria-killing ingredients without the irritation, redness, or flaking that I’ve experienced from other acne products. Even better, Beyond Clear’s products have retinol and glycerin to even out my skin tone (no dark marks after a breakout!) and texture (goodbye pores!). At only $29.95 for a month supply, I’m pretty sure it couldn’t get any better.