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I admit it – I was not exactly born “blonde.” In fact, my natural color is a medium brown, if I recall correctly. It’s been a few years. With what I have spent cumulatively over a few decades on going lighter and lighter, I could have owned a villa in Cap Ferrat by now. But it’s been worth it.
If you love being a “blonde” like I do, Redken’s Blonde Idol collection will be a welcome addition to your daily routine. It brightens and beautifies your highlights to keep your blonde brilliant between salon visits. Whether you’re a warm golden blonde or a cool toned blonde, Blonde Idol has a Custom-Tone Conditioner that is just right for you. The shampoo is sulfate-free but lathers up richly, making it ideal for both colored hair and keratin-straightened hair as well.
The BBB Spray is a multi-benefit spritzer that detangles your locks with a fresh scent. Hair will feel more conditioned and full of body, strengthened and brighter instantly. I love the BBB Spray to wake up a blowout or freshen up hair after being in a smoke-filled room or exposed to pollution in the city.
The final step in the regimen is the rich gel mask that hydrates and repairs damaged ends from overheated flat irons and too many trips to the blowout bar. Prices start at $19 and go up to $37 for a 3 piece kit, and a little goes a long way.
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Jan Marini brought her experience from the early years of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) to build her successful eponymous skin care company. Now after two decades, Jan Marini Skin Research (JMSR) is still going strong in the professional skincare market with a growing flock of devotees.
Founded in 1994, the San Jose, CA-based Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc. (JMSR) is a recognized leader and innovator in skin care committed to growing and improving the professional skin care market. The JMSR team has relocated to a new, 40,000 square foot space in Silicon Valley, the center of technological innovation which seems somehow apropros.
CEO and Chairman of the Board, Jan Marini, is still at the helm, known as a true pioneer in the professional skin care market. In 2005, JMSR became the first company to market a cosmetic eyelash enhancement conditioner that was at the forefront of this breakthrough beauty category. Under her direction, JMSR has established a portfolio of proprietary and patented formulations as well as some exciting introductions, include the first lipid soluble vitamin C with a neurotransmitter factor, the first topical TGF beta-1, the first combination of glycolic, salicylic and Azelaic acid, and the first topical product with resveratrol.
In the UK, I had the pleasure of moderating several training courses in aging skin care for the JMSR team, at a time when no one else was all that interested in skin care education for beauty therapists, nurses and doctors. These all day Saturday symposiums featured leading plastic surgeons and skin care professionals and were standing room only. They were so popular, in fact, that we had overwhelming requests for the workbook we put together for attendees from aestheticians and doctors who could not attend. These courses became a kind of cult phenomenon in the professional skin care market which was in its infancy in the UK in those days.
Although many of Jan’s signature formulations are still in the range, one cannot overlook how JMSR has been modernized over the years! The packaging and branding is fresh and clean, and speaks to an updated outlook on the future of skin care with an underlying theme of clinical data. Most recently, Robert Weiss, MD, conducted a study on new patented growth factor and peptide anti-aging formulation and Leslie Baumann, MD, completed a consumer preference study comparing JMSR’s C-ESTA® Serum and Marini Physical Protectant™ to two leading competitors with significantly positive findings.
Find Jan Marini products at physicians’ offices in over 80 countries: Janmarini.com
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An easy way to transition your summer makeup look to something more fall appropriate is by shedding your sheer lipsticks, lip tints, stains, and glosses to something creamier, more full-coverage, and BOLD.
That’s where Mehron’s L.I.P. Cream comes in. It’s available in 16 highly-pigmented, gorgeous shades available as singles ($8 each) or an 8-shade L.I.P. Color Cream Palette, available in two color options ($40). The colors are so versatile they work with every skin tone and can even be blended for custom colors all your own. They have long lasting coverage and built-in hydration so they won’t dry out the lips the way some long-lasting and matte lipsticks do. You can expect soft, supple, and gorgeous lips all day long.
Mehron has a cult following for a reason: the products are outstanding. Because Mehron caters to the entertainment, fashion and theatre crowd, their products are long lasting and intensely pigmented.
Top makeup artists Nick Barose and James Vincent are brand fans, as well as numerous celebs including Pink, the Black Eyed Peas, and Hillary Duff.