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Posted by 08.18.14

Urban Decay’s popular Naked eye palette, which launched a few years ago, contains far from the usual boring nude eye shadows. Since then, the brand’s Naked foundation has grown into my personal favorite, and every item under the Naked umbrella (including the Naked 2 palette) is worth collecting.

Urban Decay co-founder Wende Zomnir next focused on creating a bit of magic for her body to help her feel more confident about the skin she was born in. Hence the Urban Decay Naked Skin Body Balm ($32), a hefty, bronze-colored tube filled with a deliciously light, non-greasy, and illuminating formula that works on all skin tones, from pale white to dark.

Zomnir wanted not only a quick fix (she disliked her “sagging knees”) but also skin luminosity. Ingredients include Vitasource™ and dGlyage®, which firm skin, improve elasticity, and fight wrinkles, while watermelon extract protects against daily stress. There are hydration components to this body balm too: antioxidant-rich green tea extract and soothing vitamin E as well as Matrixyl 3000 (a powerful anti-wrinkle peptide) help improve skin elasticity.

I loved everything about this: the concept, the look and feel, and the result on my skin. Stretch marks temporarily disappear and the body glows like a pearl. Plus, the more you use it, the better your skin becomes, and it also has a tightening effect and blurs flaws. The light diffusing spheres make your skin look as though it’s been professionally retouched. And just a little bit goes a long way too.

The brand also introduced two new BB creams for the face: Naked Skin Bronzing Beauty Balm ($34) and Naked Skin Illuminating Beauty Balm ($34), which are formulated to blur flaws and hide imperfections. With so many beauty balms in the market today, it’s getting a bit crowded, but the body balm still stands out.


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Posted by 08.14.14

A few weeks ago, I had the luxury of experiencing an exfoliating facial at the Townhouse Spa in New York City. Step by step, the aesthetician worked her magic and when she was finished my face was absolutely radiant. I’m attributing it to the new Exuviance Triple Microdermabrasion Face Polish ($72) she used. I’m obsessed!

You use it once or twice a week. Apply on a freshly washed, still-damp face. Gently massage for 30 seconds and then leave it on for up to two minutes before rinsing. If you have sensitive skin, don’t leave it on for more than one minute before rinsing.


Most skin sloughers use only one method of exfoliation to resurface the skin. This face polish’s power lies in its triple action approach (physical, chemical, and enzymatic) to gently, instantly, and dramatically resurface skin. When all three methods are combined it’s magic!

  • Professional grade crystals physically slough skin. The same crystals used for in-office microdermabrasion treatments effectively polish your skin, making it smoother, diminishing fine lines, unclogging congested pores, and resurfacing dull patches.
  • A 10% glycolic acid solution chemically exfoliates. This AHA normalizes cell turnover to refine texture, clarify pores, and even-out your complexion.
  • Papaya enzymes work on your complexion by gently breaking down the upper layer of your skin and dissolving impurities and dead skin cells to reveal the fresher, more vibrant skin just below the surface.

“In just one use, Exuviance Triple Microdermabrasion buffs away surface impurities to reveal a brighter more luminous complexion and skin that is softer to the touch,” says Barbara Green, vice president of clinical affairs, NeoStrata Company, Inc. It’s effective, non-irritating and will leave your skin silky-soft and glowing. Better yet, it stimulates cell renewal, encouraging skin to renew itself and with consistent use will also help increase the performance of other skincare products.

Exuviance Triple Microdermabrasion lives up to its promise and then some. If you’re looking for a luminous complexion without checking into a spa, this new beauty product won’t let you down!

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Posted by 07.31.14

Want to look like Elle Macpherson when you turn 50? Who doesn’t! Aussie supermodel and lingerie designer known simply as “The Body” in some circles, looks 35 but just recently turned the big 5-0. Along with her big birthday, came a big reveal that she is a long term devotee of THE SUPER ELIXIRTM, touted as the next generation in alkalizing food supplements.

Simone Laubscher, PhD, from Sydney, who served as Joint Head of Medical Services and Head Nutritionist at The Third Space Medicine in London, UK, has been formulating THE SUPER ELIXIR for Elle for 15 years. Called a super green supplement, the powder comes in a luxurious shiny jet black ceramic jar housed in an elegant black box, not the usual look for a nutritional supplement. It is meant to be consumed in the AM because it gives an energy boost, added to smoothies, coconut water, almond milk, juice, or sprinkled into yogurt or on top of salads. The 300g caddy is $135 and 300g refill pouches are $80

Elle’s SUPER ELIXIR is among the new generation of functional foods that is taking the market by storm. According to Packaged Facts, “The US nutritional supplements market is going to maintain its average growth rate of just over 6% per year through 2018, hitting sales of $16.4 billion….Sales of nutritional supplements will experience an increased growth rate between 2014 and 2018, with sales expanding due to an aging population, rising consumer involvement in personal health, and a growing expectation of personalization for virtually all services and products.”

If you’re keen to jump on the functional foods cart, check out these brands that are sold through cosmetic surgeons and aesthetics clinics:

Aneva™ DERMA Skin Beverage: Aneva™ DERMA is a new nutraceutical skin beverage that is touted to contain high amounts of collagen amino acid peptides, hyaluronic acid powder, vitamin C, grape seed extract, green tea extract, alpha lipoic acid, zinc, manganese, and copper that work from within to rejuvenate your skin.

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GliSODin®: This nutricosmetic line was developed to deliver skin benefits before and after cosmetic procedures. It combines superoxide dismutase (SOD), derived from melons grown in France, with gliadin, which stabilizes the SOD in the body. GliSODin features product ranges specifically formulated to target skin brightening and sun protection, weight management, and recovery.

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