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THE SCENT OF BRIONI

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Posted by 10.25.14

When you think of Brioni, the sensuality of fine Italian cashmere, silk, and wool come to mind. It is a label that speaks to prestige and elegance, most notably for finely crafted luxury menswear.  A made to measure Brioni suit is the ultimate male status symbol — a mark of quality for a man who won’t settle for less than perfection.

The Italian couturier has launched a brand new fragrance, simply named Brioni. As you would expect, the hand fashioned bottle is a work of art in itself, and suitable for the Brioni man with discriminating taste. Designers Patrik Fredrikson and Ian Stallard created a modern bottle by hand that captures the movement of light and fabric in motion. Inspired by the Italian sculptures in Rome, the unique bottle is capped in hand brushed bronze which adds to its male character with a touch of antique charm.

The fragrance captures the essence of Brioni’s heritage of masculine grooming and elegance since 1945. “When a man wears a custom Brioni suit, he exudes a sexiness because he feels confident and protected,” says Brendan Mullane, Creative Director. “We wanted to bottle that feeling with a sensual and elegant scent.”

The new Brioni eau de toilette is comprised of three rich complex accords: Citrus (Sicilian lemon), Boutonniere (floral notes of magnolia, iris, and violet) and Woody (smoky, saffron, black licorice).

Brioni eau de toilette (75ml, $280) is available at Brioni boutiques, Bergdorf Goodman, select Neiman Marcus stores, and Selfridges in the U.K.


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BEAUTY BUZZWORD: PROBIOTICS

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Posted by 10.24.14

You probably know that oral probiotics (found in supplements and foods like plain unflavored yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, miso, pickles, and kimchi) can help rebalance your gut, reduce inflammation throughout your body, and boost your immune system, but did you also know that probiotics are beneficial for the skin when applied topically? Just like your gut, there’s good and bad bacteria present on your skin and when the ratio is out-of-whack, skin can act up in the form of acne, rosacea, eczema, and other skin conditions.

Topical probiotic skincare is the means to clearer, less sensitive, younger looking skin. It helps rebalance everything out and protect, revitalize, and nourish. Though a weekly facial mask with probiotic rich plain yogurt can be helpful, there are also some great skincare products that are rich in probiotics.

 

qvc.com

qvc.com

TULA ($25-$75), which means ‘balance’ in Sanskrit, is specially formulated with beneficial probiotics and nutrients to nourish, brighten, and smooth the skin while reducing fine lines. First-time users might want to sample TULA Probiotic Skincare Discovery Collection ($49), containing travel size samples of the Purifying Face Cleanser, Illuminating Face Serum, Hydrating Day and Night Cream, and Revitalizing Eye Cream.

 

nudeskincare.com

nudeskincare.com

Nude Skincare ($28-$88) is rich in omegas, probiotics, hyaluronic acid, and vitamins to boost skin’s moisture barrier, protect it from aging and stress, and help it restore its natural balance. You’ll like the Radiant Day Moisturizer ($52) for silky smooth, younger looking skin.

clinique.com

clinique.com

Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Relief Cream with Probiotic Technology ($47), an oil-free moisturizer that calms instantly and helps prevent future rosacea flare-ups.

 

 


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A SECOND SKIN FOR YOUR FACE

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

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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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