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MELT DIRT AWAY WITH OLE HENRIKSEN

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Date: 08.20.14



When I went to New York’s Maritime Hotel to learn about Ole Henriksen’s new Pure Truth Melting Cleanser, I wasn’t sure what to expect, having tested hundreds of cleansers in my lifetime.

This new 3 in 1 bright orange cleansing gelée is quite revolutionary, explained one charming lady whose skin looked so flawless that it could have been airbrushed. The Pure Truth Melting Cleanser is a re-imagined take on the classic cold cream, which may have fallen out of popularity in the US but women in Europe and the Far East have been using for more than a dozen decades (myself included).

The Melting Cleanser, or gelée, contains a unique blend of ingredients formulated to brighten and boost collagen synthesis, including vitamin C, virgin cherry oil, and Ole Henriksen’s favorite, rose hip seed oil (nature’s bountiful source of omegas 3, 6, and 9). The melting cleanser is transformative in a David Blaine kind of way, morphing from gelée to oil when applied on skin, then when activated with water, it spins into a creamy milk-like texture to become a complete magician.

The gelée itself is clean and fresh, like bright orange jelly or marmalade, and is paraben and synthetic free. It has a hint of fragrance, but I learned at the event that Henriksen, because of his European heritage (he’s a great Dane), “loves fragrance” but lets it be as natural as possible.

For $36, this is a beautiful, refreshing product, and one that deserves attention. It launches in stores and online on August 21.


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URBAN DECAY GETS NAKED

Photo Credit: Urban Decay

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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SUPER SLOUGHER: EXUVIANCE TRIPLE MICRODERMABRASION FACE POLISH

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.

HOW IT WORKS

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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