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Estee Lauder’s Pure Color Envy collection is a thing of beauty.
The less expensive cousin to Lauder’s Tom Ford fabulous makeup collection, the quality and colors are spectacular. First came the Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick; creamy, dense colors that feel glam and last well at $30 each (TF is $50). The look and feel is not a perfect match, but it comes pretty close. The texture makes your lips look plumped and perfected with 26 shades of wonderful. It is by far the best and most sinfully elegant Estee lipstick I have ever used.
New for Fall are the eye enhancing Pure Color Envy Sculpting Eye Shadow 5-Color Palette ($50) collection. Also similar in quality to TF, these luxe powders glide on in a perfect ten to die for palettes that flatter every skin tone. Currant Desire is the perfect compact to usher in autumn – brown sugar, pinky shimmer, neutrals and wine. Fierce Safari has sultry golden, bronze and olive tones. Each palette is neutral with a pop of color and mix of matte and glimmer to customize your look for day and live it up for evening.
The rich textures and wearable shades are what make Pure truly special. Treat yourself. You deserve it – and you can afford this.
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The House of Taupin has done it again. Texoane Cosmeceuticals is their latest achievement in a long line of innovations.
Madame Valerie Taupin has the eye for detail of a couturier. Her keen aesthetic sense has contributed to building a brand with a distinctively feminine image and she has an enviable two decade track record in Europe to live up to. Taupin founded Teoxane more than a decade ago after developing a reputation as the sole female powerhouse in the dermal filler world.
She originally launched her skincare range in 2009 with three products in Europe, and they have been developing additional products ever since for a total of six. The Teoxane skin care range that made its way from Geneva, Switzerland to the US in early 2014 features crossed linked hyaluronic acid; the same material used in their range of full facial injectables. Their patented formulas create a mesh when you apply it to the skin that permits the active ingredients to gradually release and work their magic to diminish signs of aging. The result is a firmer, tighter and more hydrated skin’s surface.
The range includes RHA Advanced Dry Skin, RHA Serum, RHA Deep Repair Balm, RHA Skin Refiner, and RHA Advanced Normal-Combination Skin. The serum has the highest concentration of hyaluronic acid combined with potent antioxidants and has prestige feel and lovely texture that your skin drinks up.
Teoxane Laboratoires’ partner Alphaeon launched the skincare range in the US under the brand name Teoxane RHA™ (resilient hyaluronic acid). According to Taupin, “We put the technology of our fillers in our skincare formulas: our patented RHA technology plus a complex of restructuring ingredients providing powerful antioxidant protection and revitalizing action. We offer a targeted response to visible signs of skin aging.” She has developed an innovative skincare line that nicely complements aesthetic treatments.
Nothing beats having great tools at your disposal. Brushes make it easy to apply your makeup and get flawless results, but if you’re not cleaning them regularly you can wind up with a lot more than you bargained for.
Jeanine Downie, M.D., board certified dermatologist and director of Image Dermatology P.C. in Montclair, NJ, recommends “cleaning your brushes at least once every two weeks—more often if you have oily skin—to prevent dirt and bacteria getting on your face, which can block pores and may cause acne breakouts.” She also says “bacteria around the eyes can lead to stys and eyelash shedding.” Not the look you were going for!
TO CLEAN YOUR BRUSHES PROPERLY
- Fill a bowl with lukewarm water and some baby shampoo.
- Gently swirl your makeup brush(es) in the bowl, avoiding the part of the brush where the handle meets the head.
- Rinse the brush tip under running water. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the water runs clear.
- Gently squeeze out the excess water with a clean towel and reshape the brush head.
- To prevent mildew and misshapen bristles, air-dry by letting the brush hang off the edge of a counter.
ANTI-MICROBIAL BRUSH PICKS
Whether you prefer natural or synthetic brushes keep in mind that cutting-edge antimicrobial technology can minimize the growth of harmful bacteria and keep brushes fresher for longer, plus they're appropriate for even the most sensitive skin. You'll still want to wash them just as often to keep them hygienic but think of it as a little added insurance against acne and less lush lashes.
VMV Hypoallergenics Skintelligent Beauty Brushes ($15-$32 per brush)
Sephora Collection Deluxe Antibacterial Brush Set ($60 for 7 piece set)
Clinique The Brush Collection ($17 - $35 per brush)