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
Photo Credit: Twisted Lily
Maybe it started with designer Jean Paul Gaultier’s fragrance talk at the Brooklyn Museum, but the borough known for hipsters, farm-to-table dining, and cutting edge artists can now add niche fragrance destination to its highlights.
“We’re joining a growing neighborhood of upmarket boutiques, Nolita outposts, and restaurants near downtown Brooklyn, the Barclay Center, and transportation that’s fast becoming a destination for fragrance and niche beauty,” says Eric Weiser, co-owner of Twisted Lily Fragrance Boutique & Apothecary. Last month, Weiser and his partner, Stamatis Birsimijoglou, opened a neighborhood boutique to showcase niche, indie, and local perfumes that are tough to find even in Manhattan. Expect to see Williamsburg bred CB I Hate Perfume scent stories and the hand-blended creations of Clinton Hill-based D.S. & Durga. The boutique also pays homage to Brooklyn’s past with pine cabinets built of reclaimed wood from a nearby factory. Among the offerings are Twisted Lily NYC exclusives, including France’s Maison Dorin, Seatle’s Slumberhouse, and LA’s Smellbent collections. And for fans of Maison Francis Kurkdjian, L’Artisan Parfumeur, Amouage, and Penhaligon’s, Twisted Lily is the only venue in Brooklyn that sells these indie lines.
Twisted Lily, 360 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217, 347.529.4681, TwistedLily.com
Photo Credit: Atelier Cologne
Sashay across the street to visit the rustically inviting, Atelier Cologne, which draws visitors into the world of Cologne Absolue, a new fragrance category invented by the brand’s founders, Sylvie Ganter and Christophe Cervasel. The French husband and wife team bonded over a love of classic, citrusy eau de colognes and expanded the concept with scents that capture the original’s airy lightness but last longer because of higher essential oil concentrations. The third boutique for the company—the others are in Manhattan and Paris—Atelier Cologne is also sold at Neiman Marcus, Steven Alan boutiques, and specialty stores in North America, Europe, and Asia. We love the uplifting Orange Sanguine, a sunlit blend that diffuses sweet blood orange juice and bitter orange peel into your personal aura.
Atelier Cologne, 357 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217, 718.260.8008, AtelierCologne.com
Photo Credit: Nomaterra
A revelation to Manhattanites, the swell in Brooklyn’s scent scene makes perfect sense, given the creative nature of the borough. “In just the last few years, we’ve seen niche perfumery explode in Brooklyn, and I think that’s because it’s not only the home of the creatives who make the norm-bending scents, but it attracts the type of people who might like something more avant garde,” says Agnieszka Sygnarowicz Burnett, co-founder of Nomaterra, a US-centric line of handcrafted scents blended in small batches in New York. The Brooklyn store is Nomaterra’s first boutique and exclusively features the brand’s travel sprays, fragrance wipes, and candles—all inspired by Burnett’s travels around the U.S. With the launch, Nomaterra’s travel stories welcome new scents Oahu Gardenia, Malibu Honeysuckle, Savannah Magnolia, and Boston Tobacco Leaf. But most fitting of all is the launch of Brooklyn Violet Leaf Eau de Toilette, a men’s cologne available exclusively at the boutique. Violet leaf grows abundantly along Brooklyn’s shores as well as through the cracks in the sidewalks.
Nomaterra Fragrances Boutique, 240 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249, 516.353.4352, Nomaterra.com
Even Sephora is getting local with the debut of its first Brooklyn store. For the grand opening on November 1-2, the store presented original works of five Brooklyn-based artists, including Hisham Bharoocha, and served up treats from local food vendor Morris Kitchen. For Brooklynites jonsing for a fix of Marc Jacobs makeup, Caudalie skincare, or classic fragrances like Fracas or Shalimar, a trip downtown is all it will take for a fix.
Sephora Brooklyn 210 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718.422.7722, Sephora.com
There is a new school online and it comes to you from Make Up For Ever. The pro line has a new website for everyone that features step-by-step tutorials from gradient eye makw to flawless eyebrows.
For example, the site offers a how-to for its Holiday Midnight Glow Palette ($42), which includes six eye and cheek colors. On-line videos and tutorials resolve the mystery of how to use a new fab shade or brush. And it if you like a look, you can purchase the makeup and tools directly from the site. Being a small-eyed being (boo hoo), I particularly liked the tutorial for Open Eye Contour Makeup.
Founded in 1984 by French makeup artist Dany Sanz, Make Up For Ever is now sold at department stores and Sephora in 50 countries around the globe. It’s a professional makeup line that believes in sharing tips and tools with consumers.
The site includes the following menus:
Learn: Makeup advice including Looks, How Tos, Pro Tips, Make Up Artist profiles, and Make Up School info for pros and at-home artists.
Products: Purchase from an assortment of more than 1,600 products and shades.
Video: Gallery features multiple short films and exclusive interviews.
Beginning, professional, and seasoned makeup addicts, will discover the many tools available to help them perfect their techniques. Unleash your creativity with a smoky eye, just the right shade of foundation, or a full-face vintage look. Much more than a simple makeover, the entire navigational philosophy of the site has been overhauled, making it much more user friendly, including access via tablets and smartphones.
Go ahead, check it out, and let your creativity be your guide at MakeUpForEver.com.