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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 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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