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Posted by 10.20.14

Talika Bio Enzymes Mask ($15 per mask) is a facial mask that acts likes a “second skin” for your face as it goes on cool on the skin and its ingredients work actively to: rehydrate (Hydrating Bio Enzymes Mask), smoothes wrinkles and brightens tone (Anti-age Bio Enzymes Mask), and mattifying oily skin and tightening pores (Purifying Bio Enzymes Mask). According to the beauty brand, its masks uses bio-cellulose, a natural nano fiber that is 1,000 times thinner than human hair, and this is the thinnest fiber of the living world, which means the mask can sit on skin comfortably without weighing it down.

Talika Hydrating Mask


The Hydrating Mask contains hydrophilic sugars that rehydrate and acts as an antioxidant, alpine flowers to heal and protect, and hyaluronic acid to soften skin an give off radiance. After wearing the mask for 15-30 minutes, the difference is immediate, and my skin felt baby-skin soft after just one use. In terms of luminosity, this mask is excellent. The Anti-age Mask helps reduce wrinkles and replump skin, and it includes ingredients like moisturizing collagen, watermelon from the Kalahari desert, which is rich in silicium, and resulting in an increase in the skin’s collagen. Purifying Mask minimizes imperfections like blackheads, spots, and redness and also tightens pores using argon oil, alpine herbs, and cinnamon. Purifying Mask would be great for use before a date or a black-tie event.



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Posted by 10.18.14

The Erno Laszlo Institute‘s Pure Pulsation and Pure Oxygen are two oxygen-rich treatments developed by Pure Flow founder and owner Andrew Barile, and each one accomplishes different things. Pure Pulsation offers synchronized compression of your blood vessels through an intense 40-minute treatment to increase circulation and pump oxygen into your body for detoxification, creation of new blood cells, and to strengthen the cardiovascular system. Pure Oxygen involves a hyperbaric oxygen tank.

“Pure Flow is a compression therapy,” says Barile. “What we’re doing is to monitor your heart rate, similar to a Polaris heart monitor. So we know when your heart is resting. It is mechanical and super precise, and massaging doesn’t give you that same increased pressure as this does,” he adds. Bottom line: you want the blood flow to go back to your heart. The idea here is to reduce your heart rate to promote efficiency. For example, many athletes, after years of conditioning their body, have a heart rate of 40 or 50 beats per minute. However, most people’s efficiencies are far lower, which is why this treatment would be most beneficial to them.

I received the Pure Pulsation treatment and it involved my slipping into a quilted garment and having cuffs around my arms and legs. My aesthetician hooked up a machine to the garment to enable it to pump oxygen into my legs. I’m not going to lie, this wasn’t a bed of roses: you feel the pressure. But after the 40-minute treatment, I felt noticeably more rested, as though I had taken some Concorde trip to St. Barths and back.

Now, what does this all have to do with beauty? Plenty. If we start at the source, good skin starts with a good heartbeat, since healthy heart function helps with practically everything — from cell turnover to stem-cell creation. These treatments also help with improving sleep, lessen jet lag, draining the lymphatic system, which helps remove waste and toxins from the body.

For a limited time, Pure Oxygen and Pure Pulsation are available as a single session for $100, or a pack of six for $480.


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Posted by 10.17.14

I fill my days with taking care of my children, working, volunteering, and trying to keep ahead of the laundry, dishes, shopping and bills, and everything else that gets tacked on to my “to-do” list.

I’ve found the only way to accomplish it all and look good while doing so is to streamline my beauty routine. Using multitasking products that do more than their fair share of work just makes sense, and it saves precious minutes here and there that adds up to luxurious me-time.

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    Miracle Skin Transformer Face SPF20 ($48) -- Talk about an all in one! Your skin will look flawless (i.e., even-toned, luminous, smooth) in seconds with this antioxidant-rich 5-in-1. It gives you instant coverage plus it moisturizes, primes, mattifies, and protects against sun damage.

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    Yes to Cucumbers Facial Wipes ($6) -- You'll wonder how you lived without these oil-free, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic wipes that cleanse (without rinsing), remove makeup, sweat, and dirt and can even be used to clear deodorant from clothing.

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    LIFTLAB Purify & Clarify Daily Cleanser and Detox Mask ($65) -- is worth sharing with your significant other. It can be used daily as a cleanser and up to twice weekly as a deep cleansing mask. It cleanses, balances moisture levels,  gently exfoliates, provides antioxidant protection, and can even be used as a shaving cream since it softens the hair follicles and leaves skin hydrated.

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    glo minerals 3-in-1 Color Stick ($20) -- Comes in Fairy Dust is a limited-edition, soft and creamy golden hue that complements all skin tones. Swipe on eyes, cheeks, and lips, and blend with fingertips.

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    Dermelect 'ME' Lacquer ($14) -- A nail color and strengthener in one. Its peptide-infused, fast-drying formula restores health to weakened brittle nails, resists chipping, has UV protection, and leaves a high shine gorgeous finish. Choose from 40 unbelievably gorgeous shades.

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    Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk  ($19.50) -- It lets you skip the wash so you can extend the life of your blowout. This amazing dry shampoo, with the protective properties of oat, soaks up oil so your hair looks instantly fresh and clean, and it doubles as a texturizer for added body and grip.

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    René Furterer VOLUMEA Volumizing Conditioning Spray ($27) -- Spray onto freshly washed, towel-dried hair to reap the benefits of this multitasker that does quadruple duty as a volumizer, texturizer, moisturizer, and heat protector.


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