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Posted by 07.27.14

It was the love of tuberose that led Kat Burki to create her Naturally Balanced Skincare line. She began her career as an interior designer and created such a stir that her work appeared in well-known publications like Elle Décor, House Beautiful, and Interiors, as well as being chosen as one of HGTV’s Top Ten. When working with private clients, she loved to leave a bouquet of tuberose behind as a signature olfactive experience. Her love of tuberose quickly evolved into candles and soaps as gifts for her clients, as well as a fragrance.

The tuberose fragrance took on a life of its own, and Kat shortly produced a scented natural body cream, and ultimately a line of body and skin care. Her sense of design, selection of all natural ingredients, and finely tuned nose has resulted in a line that is pure, uplifting, and refined.

Tell us a bit about your background. How did you transition from interior designer to skin care developer?

As an interior designer, I created environments for my clients that would create a complete, sensory experience. Leaving behind a bouquet of tuberose flowers was my way of completing the experience. I wanted to recreate the beauty of tuberose and since everything on the market positioned it as a very deep and musky scent I created my own version that represented the pure, clean, white side of tuberose. Your beauty routine should be the same: a pure and authentic experience. The ingredients in my skin care are harvested at their peak moments to deliver maximum results to the skin.

What is your product development philosophy?

From the earliest stages of product development, I had always follow the criteria of what I would want in a product for myself—beautiful, luxurious packaging, unique pure fragrance combinations, and the most effective ingredients. I have always stuck to this philosophy in creating products and will not approve anything that I am not completely in love with.

How do you go about composing a fragrance?

I first have a vision of what type of scent I am looking to create. I gather fragrance notes and oils that would typically be in that type of fragrance but make sure I am picking scents that remain true to the inspiration. From there, I start to pair them with unexpected fragrance notes and combinations, ones that people wouldn’t expect to harmonize together, but somehow they do and bring the fragrance to another level. I love to create clean, pure, and authentic fragrances that give confidence and feelings of beauty to those wearing it.

What is your recommendation to fight the signs of time?

Keeping skin balanced is key to fighting the signs of time. If your skin is oily, you shouldn’t just work to eliminate the oil but also make sure you are hydrating at the same time. Dry skin doesn’t need to be heavily moisturized, but it must be exfoliated and detoxified, to make sure that the hydration can penetrate to deeper layers. Not balancing the skin properly can actually work to age skin faster. I always suggest finding the ingredients that work well for your skin and choosing the products based around that. Knowing the ingredients that your skin needs will bring about faster specific results.

Is there a Kat Burki “hero” product? Why do you think it is such a success?

Our Vitamin C Intensive Day Cream is definitely our shining star. It has 15% vitamin C combined with a raw reishi mushroom, which boosts collagen and reverses the signs of damaged skin cells—an ideal formulation for an anti-aging moisturizer. People are looking for products with smart ingredients but don’t want to wait a long time for results. From the initial application, you will feel the light texture, clean feeling, and see instant brightness to the skin. Using ingredients in their purest, most potent, and effective forms creates the most noticeable results.

What’s next for Kat Burki skin care and fragrance?

There are so many new product launches that I can’t wait to share with everyone pretty soon. We will be launching our Raw Sugar Body Oil, which everyone has been asking us to spin off for from our Raw Sugar Body Scrub. Blends of raw, cold-pressed coconut, kukui, and macadamia oils, which are rich in essential fatty acids, strengthen and tighten the skin. Because we use oils that your skin recognizes and are cold-pressed, they absorb quickly with no sticky residue.

We also have some specialized treatments launching that target specific skin concerns. They’re all formulated with raw unadulterated ingredients and innovative technologies to quickly deliver results for radiant naturally balanced skin.

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Posted by 07.20.14

For more than 30 years, board certified plastic surgeon, Jack Fisher, MD, has been helping residents of Nashville, TN, achieve the results they want. He is a firm believer in choosing a surgeon who is board certified and to further the excellence of the profession, he served as the president of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) from 2013 to 2014. ASAPS  is the leading professional organization of plastic surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery who specialize in cosmetic plastic surgery. Dr. Fisher specializes in face and body procedures and is known for his dedication to safety above all else. He performs surgery almost exclusively at a state-of-the-art, fully staffed plastic surgery center adjacent to a major medical center.

Here, Dr. Fisher tells Beauty in the Bag about his experience as president of ASAPS, and why it is important to understand the medical board certification system.

What was the best part of being president of ASAPS? 

Working with my colleagues and the incredible staff of ASAPS. We have a unique organization in which the doctors and full time staff work together for the benefit of our members. I also had the opportunity to travel and not only meet our members in the US but many abroad.

What would you say was the theme of your year as president?

Providing the best education possible, as well as promoting patient safety. ASAPS is the number one source of quality teaching in the aesthetic field.

ASAPS 2013 survey showed that plastic surgery is on the up. What is driving these numbers? 

Probably two major factors, first an aging population with financial resources, allowing them to have aesthetic procedures. Second, is an improving economy and increased confidence in the future. Another factor is probably a reduction in any stigma associated with aesthetic surgery.

Any surprises in the statistics?  

Not really, many of the numbers are fairly stable; however, non-invasive techniques have had a dramatic rise. Although, the statistics show a significant jump in both buttock surgery and labia plasty, overall these procedures represent a small number of total plastic procedures performed.

Do you think the concept of board certification is starting to resonate with patients? Why or why not?

Yes and no. There are parts of the country where I think patients tend to understand the critical importance of board certification. The problem is there is a great deal of confusion around this term. There are physicians who call themselves cosmetic surgeons and say they are board certified but the board certification can have nothing to do with cosmetic surgery. There are states attempting to have the physician clearly state what the board certification is so that the patient is not misled.

How can patients make sure the doctor they choose is board-certified and why does this matter so much? How do you explain the different boards to make sure they “get” it? 

Obviously, the patient needs to ask the physician if they are board certified and specifically what the certification is in. Beyond this request, this still remains a very confusing situation for patients attempting to identify qualified physicians. The key factor here is identifying specifically which board.

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Posted by 07.13.14

From television shows to New York Fashion Week, makeup artist Cynde Watson has been trusted with the faces of some of the most well known entertainment and fashion names. She has worked with Queen Latifah, Giselle Bundchen, Cynthia Nixon, Lauren Conrad, Tara Reid, and Tyson Beckford to name a few. Cynde started her glamorous career as a model, which led her to winning the title of Miss New Jersey. Two years later, she was a full-time makeup artist and even introduced a makeup line of her own.

Here, Cynde talks about her trajectory from runway to backstage, in addition to a few tips for us mere mortals to look great in front of the camera.

Tell us a bit about your background.  How did you find your calling as a makeup artist?

While working as a model, I found myself doing my own makeup as well as the makeup for other models. I received a lot of positive feedback and realized I could combine my formal education in fine arts with my understanding of color and love for makeup and beauty. My work as a model led me to the Miss New Jersey Pageant where I won the title in 1992. Two years later, I transitioned from beauty queen to beauty expert.

I’ve been making my mark in the beauty industry full-time for over 20 years.  From being crowned Miss New Jersey, I went on to serve as:

  • Executive Director of Global Makeup Artistry/Education Development for Bobbi Brown Cosmetics
  • Lead Makeup Pro for Mark/Avon Cosmetics
  • Business and Product Development Consultant for Sephora Collection
  • Media Coach for Make Up For Ever & Butter London Cosmetics
  • Diversity Makeup Consultant for Lancome Paris
  • Strategic Marketing Consultant for BECCA Cosmetics
  • Makeup/Beauty Expert: as well as
  • Creator/Co-Founder of Color by Cynde Watson Cosmetics on HSN 2007-2009 and Rich Makeup Studio

It’s clear that beauty is my calling.

You’ve worked with so many celebrities—are they easy to talk to? What was one of your most fun experiences working on a set?

I try to remain focused while I’m applying their makeup and only get chatty if I’m working with a longtime client and we have plenty of extra time. I always enjoy working with the beautiful designer Rachel Roy. I love Project Runway and Project Runway All Stars and Rachel has been a celebrity guest judge several times on the show and it’s always a blast!!

What makeup trends do you see happening this summer?

Right now, I’m loving flirty lashes, bright orange lips, colorful eye shadows (brights & bronze shades), and natural glowing skin.

What’s the best way to camouflage under eye shadows? Bags?

A common pro makeup artist tip to reduce eye swelling is to apply a dab of Preparation H under the eyes. Completely wash it off after 2 or 3 minutes, then apply eye cream /primer to smooth and ensure that the concealer glides on and stays put.

Choose an under eye corrector (a concealer with peachy/pink tones) before applying a concealer, to conceal any discolorations and puffiness. The peachy/pink tone corrector neutralizes the discoloration/shadows and creates an illusion that camouflages the puffiness. To brighten the under eye, layer a concealer one shade lighter than your foundation.

Please share a tip for our readers about how to look their best in photos?

To look amazing in photos, use a bronzing powder to contour and warm your skin. Bronzer warms the skin and indents or recedes areas.

Choose a bronzer that’s suited for your skin tone, as bronzers can sometimes appear orange or muddy on the skin. For a more natural finish use a bronzer with a bit of a peach and golden tan tones for lighter/medium skin and copper and golden brown tones for dark/deep skin tones. A matte bronzer should be used for contouring, which can take pounds off while defining your cheeks.

Draw in your cheeks to find the hollow part of your cheeks. Using a small angled makeup brush, apply bronzer to the hollow of your cheek in soft sweeping motions. Don’t go too heavy and make sure to buff away the harsh lines … you want subtle contouring, not a hard harsh line.

Other places that you can bronze/contour include your jaw-line, the sides of your nose for a slimmer nose, your temples, as well as cleavage.

What skincare or makeup product would you absolutely have to have if stranded on a desert island?

My desert island beauty product is the no!no! Hair- Pain free Hair Removal System.

You can use no!no! to treat facial hair. It’s amazing to use on peach fuzz, girl stash, and unruly facial hair. no!no! Hair leaves skin soft and smooth and allows skin care and makeup to go on the skin beautifully. It’s also great for legs, underarms, bikini line, etc. Unlike many laser treatments, women with very fair skin and very dark skin can use this product successfully.

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