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Posted by 09.12.14

Clarisonic, which certainly needs no introduction, is upping the ante when it comes to brightening and cleansing.

Its new Sonic Radiance Brightening Solution Regimen is its first formal partnership with L’Oreal, which snapped the company up a few years ago. This skincare system has a Skin Illuminating Cleanser, Skin Renewing Peel Wash, and Brightening Activator Serum–all with an ARIA Cleansing device and Radiance Brush Head with softer bristles.

The daily morning routine focuses on radiance recovery, with a nickle-sized amount of the Skin Illuminating Cleanser applied directly onto the skin or to a damp Radiance Brush Head. The way to clean skin in the morning is to use the Aria Cleansing device on speed 1, and then obey the beeping sounds (the T-TIMER prompts) until your face is clean and residue-free.

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Then, it’s time to apply the Brightening Activator Serum, and massage it onto the face, neck, and décolleté area.

In the evening, it’s about texture renewal, and cleansing switches to the Skin Renewing Peel Wash, and if using the Radiance Brush Head, put it at speed 3. Follow the cleansing with 1-2 pumps of the Brightening Activator Serum and you’ve got yourself a routine.  While it is possible to buy the items piecemeal, the entire Sonic Radiance Kit (including the Aria and skincare items) retails for $249.

In clinical trials, 37% of users saw improvement of skin texture immediately, while in two weeks they saw 10 times improvement in hyperpigmentation, which is a huge skincare issue today.

For me, Clarisonic is a perma-fixture in my beauty routine.



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Posted by 09.03.14

The Emmy awards were a blur of gorgeous women gracing the red carpet like wildflowers of sorts. While it is easy to be critical, we are going to focus on the best and the brightest of the Emmys, highlighting the products and looks that really worked for us.

While there were many dresses and actresses who wowed us, here are the ones that really stood out.

Messy Hair

Amy Poehler

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With a stunning, figure-hugging sparkly dress and a slightly messy hairstyle, Amy Poehler’s hair, styled by Alix Polillo, was deliberately “messy and edgy,” the stylist said. The stylist used Uberliss hair products.

1950′s Beauty

January Jones at the Emmy Awards

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January Jones showed quite the sultry, far-away look in a 1950′s inspired beauty do from Chanel makeup artist Rachel Goodwin, with just a little bit of edge. Her 1950′s couture also had modern details, so the look translated to the face as well. Since she wanted the face to look very refined, Goodwin used the CHANEL Perfection Lumière Velvet Smooth-Effect Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen in 10 Beige, using a Beauty Blender sponge. The cat eye, a nod to the era, is unmistakeable in this look, and Goodwin used the  CHANEL Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Noir underneath, stretching it at the corners. The lips are CHANEL Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Coromandel.

Smoky Eyes

Jessica Pare

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Jessica Pare, with her smokey eyes and healthy looking lips, looked very much a screen siren, thanks to Chanel makeup artist Kate Lee, who gave the actress a very healthy skin using the makeup brand’s CHANEL Hydra Beauty Essence Mist. The artist applied a combination of CHANEL Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Hésitation, which is a plum color, and a lavender-grey tone from CHANEL Lumières Facettes Quadra Eye Shadow in Quadrille. “Jessica has beautiful, cornflower-blue eyes, and anything with a pink or orange tint can really make them pop,” says Lee.

A Modern Day Grace Kelly

Julianne Hough Emmys

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Spencer Barnes for NARS Cosmetics created a modern-day Grace Kelly look for Dancing with the Stars’ Julianne Hough, who wore a bowed Grecian goddess-like outfit with pearls. Barnes used snake eyes paint pot, a one-stroke creamy lipstick called Audacious that was not too flashy or understated, and the Illuminator in 413 BLKR.

Nude Lips

Julia Roberts

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Bye, bye bright lipstick. Lancôme Ambassadress Julia Roberts, with her ever widening  smile, wore the new Lancome L’Absolu Rouge lipstick in Fleur on her lips (very much a rosebud shade). Makeup artist Genevieve Herr a radiant, natural look with a bronze eye and a sun kissed cheek.










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Posted by 09.02.14

At the recent 2014 Emmy Awards, Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston’s receding hairline looked a bit more bountiful than usual, and it accompanied a new pencil mustache. In fact, regarding Bryan Cranston’s new look (a big change from his bald look on Breaking Bad), Metro New York tweeted about Cranston, saying, “He’s applying Rogaine everywhere.”

True or in jest, he certainly wouldn’t be the only man looking to regain lost hair through ROGAINE®. At least 50% of men experience some form of hair loss by the time they’re 50 years old. A thick head of hair is something that’s often taken for granted…until it’s gone. According to Washington DC dermatologist and hair restoration surgeon Terrence Keaney, “Androgenetic Alopecia or male pattern baldness (MPB) accounts for over 95% of hair loss in men. By age of thirty-five, about two-thirds of men in the U.S. will hair loss to some degree. By the age of 50, about 85% of men will experience visible hair thinning.”

In partnership with ROGAINE®, Diana Schmidtke, one of the world’s foremost celebrity grooming experts, shares her favorite grooming tips, tricks, and her predictions on upcoming hair trends for men.



5 Do’s and Don’ts for Thinning Hair

  1. Using the right styling products is key, especially for men with thinning hair. Avoid pomades and gels, which are high in shine and can give the appearance of thinner hair. Instead, opt for products that have a matte finish like a paste, clay, volumizing spray or dry shampoo.
  2. Treat the scalp and hair gently, especially after a shower—wet hair has more elasticity, making it more prone to damage. Always pat hair dry instead of vigorously rubbing it with a towel.
  3. When hair starts to thin, choosing the right haircut is more important than ever. Shorter cuts with blunt lines are great options for thinning hair.
  4. The right haircut and styling products can help mask thinning, but they won’t stop hair loss or help regrow the hair you’ve already lost. As soon as you notice signs of thinning, it’s time to take action and start using Men’s ROGAINE® Unscented Foam twice a day, every day. It works in 9 out of 10 guys!
  5. Talk to your stylist about any hair concerns you may be having. They have an arsenal of tools and advice that can help!

Upcoming Grooming Trends

  • The looks of the 1950s and 1960s continue to be popular. To achieve the modernized James Dean look, ask for a style with shaved sides, higher hair on top, and a  squared shape.
  •  The bedhead look is still a popular trend with no signs of slowing down. For this loose, undone look, go light on the styling products. Rub just a little bit of mattifying product on your hands and fingertips and run them through your hair quickly from front to back, making sure it is distributed evenly.
  • During the summer, we tend to see shorter hair trends, while in the winter hair trends are longer with coordinated facial hair. Trim your facial hair accordingly, or opt for the always-perfect 5 o’clock shadow look.

Diana says, “A man is sexiest when he feels confident, embraces who he is, and has something special to offer to the world.” Hair or no hair, we couldn’t agree more!


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