New York Dermatologist Eric Schweiger believes that no one should have to deal with acne on his own. Everyone needs a partner for their acne treatment plan to work. So he created the concept of Personal Acne Coaches™— sort of like a Weight Watchers counselor—to guide you through the process. At the new Clear Clinic in the Flatiron district of New York City, he has a team of board-certified physician assistants who specialize in acne treatment to help patients navigate through the maze of treatment options, and to stay on track.
“Fifty million Americans have acne, but only ten million of them see a dermatologist,” says Schweiger. “That leaves forty million who are on their own. A lot of them are buying one size fits all products that aren’t working for them.”
Well, he certainly has a point. Without the benefit of a dermatologist or skincare professional, most people haven’t got a clue as to where to start to cope with chronic acne, and it’s not just teens and millennials who are affected. Acne does not discriminate. There has been a marked rise in cases of adult acne in women, and tweens getting their first pimples as young as age 10.
Schweiger’s Clear Clinic concept blends the best of medical advice with personalized services and products. He has created a line of 19 products that range from traditional acne fighting medicines like benzoyl peroxide to natural botanicals like green tea and a whole lot of other actives.
So how do you get started? Go online, fill out a series of questions about your acne issues, and schedule a video consultation with a personal acne coach who can help you understand how to use the recommended products correctly. On January 7, 2014, Clear Clinic is launching their @Home Division, which will offer personalized treatment from anywhere in the world. Their proprietary Clear Track™ Complexion Monitoring System is a platform designed to enable patients to record their progress along the way from any mobile device. The good news is that this platform is also free for anyone with acne to use.
With three locations already in New York City—midtown, Flatiron, financial district—Clear Clinic expects to have their fourth open soon.
For more info, clearclinic.com
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TEMPTU AIRbrush Makeup is credited with bringing airbrushing kits from the pros to your home and making it easy to use. The AIRbrush™ Makeup System and patented AIRpod™ makeup made its debut in 2009, and revolutionized how women apply foundation. The TEMPTU brand of professional-quality, at-home airbrush makeup systems enables a flawless application, even for novices, without leaving a mess.
The TEMPTU Holiday 2013 Pop Glam Campaign is a spirited collaboration with veteran costume designer and Emmy-award winner Patricia Field, who rose to worldwide fame as the designer for the Sex and the City girls’ clothes. Her fashion empire is the stuff of legends. Growing up in Forest Hills, my friends and I would sneak on the subway to hang out in the Village after school sometimes, and invariably, we would end up at peeking into the windows of Patricia Field’s boutique on East Eighth Street. Her shop became a New York City landmark.
The two bold and beautiful TEMPTU AIRbrush Makeup Systems inspired by Field are ‘Martine Girl’ and ‘Lips on Fire’. Martine Girl is an edgy hot pink rocker chick. Lips on Fire is covered in bright colored lips that pop on the black device. The collection also features a Patricia Field AIRpod Makeup Duo and a series of Limited Edition Temporary Tattoo images.
“Glamour is personal—it can be dramatic and bold, classic and natural, or theatrical and costume,” says Field. “The do-it-yourself aspect of the TEMPTU system is a visionary concept and takes the individual expression of glamour to a whole new pop level. With this airbrush system every individual can develop into a professional makeup artist, when it comes to self application.”
The stated goal of the Pop Glam campaign is to inspire creativity and empower individuals to express themselves with their personal style and ideas of glamour. The campaign was a true collaboration among Patricia Field’s design team, singer/songwriter Nomi Ruiz (also the face and voice behind Jessica 6), and world-renowned photographer Mike Ruiz.
The TEMPTU Pop Glam Campaign features three dramatic and imaginative looks that bring to life the concept of transformative glamour championed by Patricia Field. Each look is named after one of Nomi’s Jessica 6 songs—Fun Girl, Stars in your Eyes, and See the Light, and were styled by Patricia Field’s team, with the makeup designed by Makeup Artist Dani Fonseca. This creative TEMPTU-Patricia Field collaboration brings together beauty, fashion, and music in a fun and innovative way.
Michael Benjamin, President and CEO of TEMPTU says, “Patricia Field is one of the most influential pop culture icons, and someone who continuously pushes the boundaries of style with her fearless originality and vision. I love her spirit, so we made the partnership happen, and what better time than the holiday season?”
I thought there would be a learning curve to get going, but I got the hang of it pretty quickly. My number one concern was getting foundation on my hair and clothes, but Benjamin assured me that it wouldn’t happen and he was spot on. It’s actually pretty cool to use and makes having an even application of color almost a sure thing.
TEMPTU feels feather light on your skin and definitely looks very natural, so it’s a good choice for non-foundation wearers who don’t want to look too made up. We also found that a little TEMPTU foundation goes a long way, and it seems to last really well.
Foundation pods cost $45, and there are also blush pods ($30), as well as highlighter and bronzer pods ($35). The foundation comes in a dozen shades from Porcelain to Espresso, and it is oil-free and non-comedogenic so you don’t have to be concerned about breakouts. To get started, TEMPTU’s Flawless Complexion Kit includes the AIRbrush Makeup System 2.0 in black or white, plus your choice of shade of AIRpod™ Foundation for $149.00. Pssst…Makes a fab gift!
To order, visit TEMPTU.com
Once upon a time, you had to search high and low for creative, niche, and often underground beauty finds. But now a TSA-approved fragrance atomizer, nail polish pens, and intense lip glosses that actually stay put can be yours for the browsing on new beauty sites that specialize in the unusual and rare.
“Beauty is similar to food in a way—frequently the indie/artisanal products are ‘where it’s at.’ We’re foodies for beauty,” says Laura Bronner, co-founder/CMO/COO of Gloss48. This newly launched site takes the unique to the extreme by offering temporary exclusives, and at a special price. This week Comodynes Get Glowing Mask + 16 Tanning Towelettes are just $25 (regularly $37)—and just perfect for getting the right tone for that holiday vacay, Other great brands include LAQA & CO., whose Fat Lip lip pencils are packaged in cartons designed by emerging artists; LVX nail lacquers, which are cruelty free, vegan, and somehow chip resistant; Lift Lab, an anti-aging skincare line that works to protect cells and preserve youth; and the coolest ever travel fragrance atomizers from Sen7.
Gloss48 is all about discovery, and what’s there one day may not be there the next. “Some days you’ll find something completely new to the market on our site, and sometimes you’ll re-discover a cult favorite that you had always wanted to try,” says Jill Kravetz, co-founder and CEO.
“How do we decide which brands to carry at b-glowing? We focus on brands that operate with an independent spirit. We believe there is an honest passion behind these brands,” which reaches out to the consumer, says Lisa James, advertising exec turned beauty retailer and b-glowing’s founder. Originally launched eight years ago, the site was just relaunched to include a curated collection of 145+ brands. You will find Eve Lom skincare, By Terry and Kevyn Aucoin makeup (faves of BITB’s EIC), Etat Libre d’Orange fragrances (faves of BITB’s managing ed), and SachaJuan hair products.
You can navigate the b-blowing site by brand, age range, concern, formulation, or ingredient type to help you identify the perfect item for you or as a gift. Plus, you get three free samples with every order.
Speaking of samples, that’s the specialty of niche retailer LuckyScent.com. Be whisked away into the world of rare perfume and fragrance at LuckyScent, which carries hundreds of independent and niche scents. To help with the challenge of buying fragrance online, this site will send you a sample of nearly any scent. That service costs but is oh-so worth it before slapping down $150 for the wrong Naomi Goodsir scent. Some of the harder to find brands available at LuckyScent are Fueguia 1833, Keiko Mecheri, and A Lab on Fire. Check out the site’s monthly Lucky Seven fragrances picked by the staff to fit the mood of the month.