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Posted by 09.30.14

The undulating seaside treasures of France, whose shores are packed with seaweed, bamboo forests of Australia, and the African Savanna all feature prominently in Origins’ latest wunderkind, Plantscription Anti-aging Power Serum ($55).

Origins sent out Candace Kumai and Kim Mance on a scientific/social experiment, where they traveled all over the world to smell, touch, and experience these ingredients before they decided which ones would end up in its latest skin therapy. The rare Anogeissus tree (from Ghana), whose bark Origins analyzed for five years, showed that it truly does provide anti-aging benefits.

In two weeks, studies showed what we’ve come to expect in an anti-aging product: reduction of fine lines and wrinkles (51% reduction in wrinkles), plumping of skin, and lifting and firming. Other natural ingredients include the delicate lace-like Crithmum from France, also known as the “retinol of the sea,” and bamboo and pea extract from Australia, both excellent sources of hyaluronic acid and amino acids.

Origins Plantscriptions Serum

After 8 weeks, the results are subtle but the layers of the upper skin are boosted and there is a less wrinkled surface. Plantscription — the serum — isn’t the only actor in the play: there are other products that have been around for years, including the anti-aging cleanser, lotion, youth-renewing face oil, night cream, and eye cream.

While the serum looks and feels more substantial and veers towards lotion territory, it is interesting that Origins chose to marry social media and science in this way.

Time will tell if this serum delivers on its promises, but for now, it’s a list of beautiful worldly ingredients backed by scientific ingredients — all of which makes the $55 price tag worth it.



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Posted by 09.22.14

The NEW and long awaited Gucci Beauty Collection is claiming its place in the prestige beauty world in October. Be prepared to be wowed.


Direct from the runway, Gucci debuts a fabulous black and gold GG trimmed collection for lips, nails, eyes, and face. An endless selection of luxurious shades of gorgeous will tempt you to choose just a handful. Eye colors come in round singles, perfectly paired doubles, and stunning quad palettes ($37-65). The Opulent Volume Mascara ($33) is designed in a black Guccissima square case in 4 sumptuous shades (Iconic Black, Cocoa, Midnight Blue, and Iconic Ottanio which is a sultry deep green), and there are dual-tipped powder eye pencils ($32) and pencils for brows ($32).


The lipsticks ($39) come in two creamy varieties, plus there is a selection of Lip Laquers ($32) and Sleek Contouring Lip Pencils ($32) to coordinate your most glam look. Bold High Gloss Laquer ($29) come in 24 amazing shades for nails plus a clear top coat. Our must-haves are the Black Gold, Metallic Sand, and Iconic Bronze which are brilliantly rich metallic tones that would be beautiful adorning toes peeking out of a pair of Gucci sandals.


For the face, there is the Lustrous Glow Foundation with SPF25 in 12 natural looking shades, plus 6 Luxe Finishing Powders and Luminous Perfecting Concealers. There is also a dramatic set of beautifully designed jet black brushes ($35-79) to tickle your fancy. Finish with the Gucci selection of 7 Sheer Blushing Powders and 4 Bronzers that give you the sun-kissed look of a weekend in Portofino. The whole couture collection is perfetto!

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Posted by 09.13.14

“There are no unattractive women, just some that don’t know the power of makeup,” says Charlotte Tilbury, the go-to makeup artist to A-list celebs that include Gwyneth PaltrowJennifer Lopez, Penelope Cruz, Rihanna and Kate Moss. Tilbury is a big believer in the power of makeup and how it can boost your confidence to help you achieve your goals — something she discovered herself at the age of 13, after a tube of mascara showed her the way.

Feeling frustrated herself by so much choice and too little direction at the makeup counter, she set out to create transformative products and take the guesswork out of “making up” by creating 10 signature looks (from “The Rock Chick” to “The Golden Goddess” to “The Sophisticate”), inspired by past beauty icons and their modern day counterparts. All of the products in Charlotte Tilbury’s eponymous collection of skincare and makeup treat and transform your look. Available online, you can purchase a complete look or buy any of the products individually.

Here are our fave three best products and looks.

  • Magic Cream Final Version

    Charlotte’s Magic Cream Treat & Transform Moisturizer ($95) is the perfect prep pre-makeup. It floods the skin with moisture to reduce the look of wrinkles and makes your complexion glow. It's rich formula is also packed with rose-hip oil, frangipani, hyaluronic acid, wild pansy, and transformative vitamins A, C, and E.

  • wonderglow test

    Wonderglow Instant Soft-Focus Beauty Flash ($52) -- (aka "Gisele in a jar") -- is a cross between an anti-ager and a light diffuser, You'll look lit from within. Collagen boosting peptides and patented wrinkle-preventing ingredients are fused with light-reflecting microspheres to fill in wrinkles and scatter light so that even dull, dry, sleep-deprived skin looks luminous. Try Wonderglow alone or mixed in with foundation for a relaxed, effortlessly dewy look.

  • mascara test

    Full Fat Lashes 5 Star Mascara in Glossy Black ($29) leaves no lash behind thanks to a laser carved, 5-groove brush. The formula also adds curl, volume separation, and length so that you can easily cheat that false lash effect. Tilbury recommends you "always curl lashes before using mascara. It’s like a push up bra for the eyes! And, layer mascara for full effect! Use at least three coats and lift from the root to elongate and thicken."

  • rock test

    This smoky eye and nude lip ensemble will have you exude the looks of Brigitte Bardot, Debbie Harry, and Kate Moss. Wear this sexy look as you hop from gigs to all-night parties.

  • Goddess test

    Live your life like it's golden by using nudes, bronze, and rose-colored makeup to transform lackluster skin to this kissed-by-the-sun, beachy look.

  • Sophisticate Final

    Inspired by beauty icons such as Audrey Hepburn and Natalie Portman, your look comes off as effortlessly classy, by using chocolate, taupe, and tan tones.



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