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Posted by 07.23.14

Sexy lingerie, glam loungewear, vivid colored flowy ensembles…these are just some of what the House of Natori is best known for. Designer Josie Natori now launched a new fragrance, simply called JOSIE.

Her new multi-floral fragrance embodies the scents of crisp asian pear and bergamot with luscious dewy leaves, amidst a bouquet of the national flower of the Philippines, sampaguita, with Freesia, and wild orchid. Finally, there is a mixture of sandalwood and white musk and patchouli. The packaging is bright and uplifting – red with black and white diagonal stripes – and is both playful and modern with a mix of textures and a pop of color.

Having founded her eponymous brand in 1977, Natori also just opened his first boutique in Nolita in New York City brimming with her signature clothing lines, art work, and an eclectic collection of decorative items.

The House of Natori partnered with prestige beauty company LUXE Brands to develop the JOSIE fragrance. The new fragrance collection contains five coordinating pieces; two sizes of eau de Parfum, an eau de parfum rollerball, a rich body cream, and a body lotion, priced from $22 – 95.

“I wanted to create a fragrance for JOSIE that exudes charisma. I am thrilled with the scent – it truly captures the essence of the brand. Today’s woman knows that there is value in expressing her true self and the JOSIE fragrance, a beautiful sensual scent, gives her one more way to express her irrepressible individual style,” says Natori.

JOSIE can be found at Bloomingdale’s and Dillard’s.

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Posted by 06.04.14

Women and men considering plastic surgery generally fall into two camps, according to the authors of Navigate Your Beauty: Smart and Safe Plastic Surgery Solutions (RichMar 2014). The first camp is unsure of the possibilities, and the second camp has a detailed list of what they want to target, say Rod Rohrich, MD, FACS, and Mary Grosland, the book’s co-authors. After reading this book, both camps will have the tools and the confidence to make safe and effective plastic surgery decisions.

Rohrich one of the most well-respected, board-certified plastic surgeons in the US, and professor and chairman of the prestigious Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Mary Crosland, a former patient of Rohrich, is a successful Dallas salon owner and women’s health advocate, who realized the need for patient guidance.

They start by advising all patients considering plastic surgery to ask Three Magic Questions of their surgeon.

  • Is this one of the top three surgeries you perform and how often do you do it.
  • Do you teach, speak, or write about this procedure for the benefit of other plastic surgeons?
  • Do you have long-term follow-up photos for this procedure?

The book arms prospective patients with information about a plethora of procedures—from fillers, Botox, and body sculpting to facelifts, rhinoplasty, and breast enhancements. In an easy to read, comprehensive, and engaging manner, Rohrich and Crosland prepare readers to know what procedures and surgical options are appropriate in each decade of their life.

“Navigating your beauty is a lifelong journey,” writes Rohrich. Protruding ears, large noses, and skin disorders are concerns for teens and children: preventative measures are for the 20s; injectables, mommy makeovers, and body procedures are popular for people in their 30s; the 40s and 50s brings more physical changes, when surgery becomes a real option; and the 60s and beyond, what the authors call The Carefree Times, is an era when people are interested in both facial and body procedures, surgical and non-invasive.

Through all of these lifetime phases, Rohrich and Crosland advise readers to stay fit and eat healthily for the best aesthetic results.

Perhaps the most helpful aspect of the book are the before and after photos that show what specific procedures can achieve and what new patients can expect. Rohrich dispels the myths of quick fix procedures and presents an honest and empowering overview of anti-aging surgery and minimally invasive options.

From selection of a surgeon, second opinions, surgery, recovery, and maintenance, Navigate Your Beauty provides step-by-step guidance for achieving the best possible results from a wide range of treatments and procedures. It is a must-read for anyone considering going under the knife.

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Posted by 05.22.14

We live in an app world, and L’Oréal Paris has just taken a quantum leap in the category of makeup apps. Launching in late June, the L’Oréal Makeup Genius app will let you see—in real time—how different makeup looks, created by a makeup artist, look on you, and how a precise product, shade, or texture would look.

An instantaneous transformation will be at your fingertips, or rather your iPhone or iPad. Using your device’s frontfacing camera, your face will appear on the screen, ready for you to start playing. You can choose from a ½ dozen looks designed by L’Oréal Paris Consulting Celebrity Makeup Artist Billy B. Try the Butterfly Eye, it’s exaggerated and quite fun


If you want to try out an individual product, that is easy too. Just click on one of over 300 lip, cheek, eye, or face products and voila—it’s applied on your image, just like a magic mirror.

To create Makeup Genius, L’Oréal partnered with the company behind the de-aging effect of Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, as well as over 50 AAA title games, films, and videos. Thanks to facial tracking technology, Makeup Genius delivers precise facial recognition through your phone or pad’s live mirror camera. The technology captures 64 facial data points and up to 100 expressions, making it intuitive enough to discern between the skin of the lips, eyes, nose, etc. The virtual image even moves as you do and reflects your every expression.


And, of course, when you find the lipgloss, mascara, or eyeliner of your dreams, the app helps you purchase it, before you can say, “brush, apply, and blot!”

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