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Posted by 07.14.13

Aesthetician Bella Schneider may regularly rub elbows with the rich and celebrated—her clients include Michelle Pfeiffer, Maria Shriver, and Gayle King—but her beginnings were much more humble. At the tender age of 14, she began apprenticing as an aesthetician in Europe to help her struggling family. When she was 21, she immigrated to the US to attend UC Berkeley with the help of a scholarship and received a BA in economics. Yet her love of skincare beckoned and in 1976 she opened the first LaBelle Salon in San Francisco, one of the first full-service salons offering European style deep skincare, a Russian pedicure, and European style waxing. The LaBelle skincare line followe

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Posted by 09.16.12

Dermatologist Dr. Katie Rodan changed the way in which acne is treated when she launched Proactiv Solution in 1993 with her business partner and fellow dermatologist, Dr. Kathy Fields. Following the success of Proactive, the two doctors joined forces again to create, Rodan + Fields Dermatologists, a targeted skincare line that is sold through more than 20,000 independent consultants nationwide. In addition, Dr. Rodan has co-authored two books with Dr. Fields and has been featured on national and local TV and radio shows. Her academic accomplishments are many: she received her B.A. in history from the University of Virginia, a medical degree from the University of Southern California School o

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Posted by 06.29.12

It all started because of one woman’s quest for lipstick that eschewed potentially harmful chemicals but also performed like the big guys. In 2011, Ilia founder Sasha Plavsic launched her own line of 6 Tinted Lip Conditioners that boasted up to 85% certified organic ingredients as well as fabulous shades.

The Vancouver, Canada native is now expanding the Ilia collection with more lip as well as cheek color options, including a Multi-Purpose Lip to Cheek Stick ($34). Simplifying beauty routines, but with great color is at the heart of these launches.

“Women should feel a complete shift with the use of only a couple products. A lipstick and Illuminator can go a long way in

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Posted by 06.18.12

PRODUCT: Balmy Days & Sundays

I love the art of perfumey – the artistic inspirations, the mood enhancing benefits, the sexy French perfumers. But lately, I’ve been unmoved by the new launches and current crop of scents. That is until I received a sample of Balmy Days & Sundays ($88) from Ineke, a boutique fragrance brand from San Francisco.

Ineke Rühland is the creative force behind this innovative collection of 11 scents. A trained perfumer hailing from Canada, Ineke completed studies at ISIPICA in France, the only university-level perfumery school in the world. After working in Paris with a leading fragrance house, she moved to San Francisco in 2006 to begin her own line.

Each of the Ineke fragrances is inspired by a special moment, feeling or even work of art or verse. Balmy Days & Sundays is meant to invoke a sense of lounging in the grass on a lazy Sunday, enjoying the sweet smell of flowers and leaves.

To me Balmy Days & Sundays is calmly transportive. At first spray, it really does whisk me away to a field of green grass. As it wears, it becomes slightly soapy, but in a good way, reminding me of sneaking away to take a leisurely bubble bath in the middle of the day. It is soft, yet constant, sending out a relaxing vibe whenever I get close enough to my arm for a whiff.

And it’s no wonder I like it - It has three components that I always respond to: leafy greens (the foliage kind, not the edible ones), grass and a chypre accent. These are blended with freesia, honeysuckle (reminds me of my childhood), rose, mimosa and musk.

If you love big bold floral scents or fruity fragrance concoctions, this fragrance probably isn’t for you. But if you are looking for something that will embrace you like a gently rocking hammock, check out Balmy Days & Sundays.



Would you buy it again? YES

Would you recommend it to a friend? YES


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