I have a love-hate relationship with spring cleaning. I procrastinate like crazy until I can’t stand the mess, then feverishly clean until I flop over, admiring and savoring the results. This year I actually looked forward to the Big Cleanup, thanks to the luxurious Caldrea Black Coriander Lime home collection which includes soaps, everyday cleaners, laundry detergents, and more. The fragrance is a beautiful mix of natural essential oils including lime, black peppercorn, and cardamom which actually make mopping more like a journey for the imagination than a chore. I relish the fact that Caldrea incorporates responsible use of cleaning materials basing them in renewable natural ingredients such as olive, coconut, corn, or soy. Safe for both the home and the environment, I know that dirt and grime will be gone without leaving traces of harsh chemicals around.
On May 1, Bergdorf Goodman will partner with ELLE magazine for a very exciting day of beauty. All day long we will offer complimentary makeovers, beauty consultations and customers can try out the latest colors, treatments and more. And from 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Bergdorf’s Social Media Beauty Director, Felicia Walker Benson will do a personal appearance in store and chat spring beauty.
Here’s the list of services you an get at the May 1 event:
· Green Tea Leaf Reading with Amore Pacific
· Facebook Look Transformation Station with Biobliss
· Customized palettes by Bobbi Brown Artist Brianna Tallos
· Sublimage consultation with Chanel
· Mask Event with Cle de Peau & Shiseido
· Hair Styling and Tutorials by the Designer with Colette Malouf
· Manicures and Nail Art with Estee Lauder
· Bronzing Bar Event with Guerlain’s National Makeup Artist Marcus Monson
· Complexion Perfection Makeover with Hourglass
· Braid Bar with John Barrett Salon
· Stress Releasing Massage with La Prairie Massage Therapist Edan Harari
· Mini-facial pampering with Lancome
· LED Light Chromo Mask Tool “Robo Cop Mask” with Natura Bisse
· Scalp Treatments and deluxe gifts with purchase with Restorsea
· Neck and Hand Massages with ReVive
· Expert brow shaping with Sania’s Brow Bar
· Sultry Sun Kissed Makeovers with Tom Ford
· Lash Application and Personal Appearance by Trish McEvoy
· “The Light Belongs to YSL” – 3 Minute Lumiere with YSL Beaute
One of my favorite sample sales of the year, Bonpoint’s beautiful French clothes are available at equally beautiful prices. Don’t forget to leave your stroller at home, you’ll need your hands free and ready to scoop up the deals!
Fresh, garden-grown, and organic are usually the words you’ll find in a specialty market for produce, but living a healthy lifestyle demands the same standards for skincare. After all, aren’t the creams, washes, and treatments we put on our face penetrating into our pores and being absorbed to be effective? HollyBeth Organics is an artisan line which is USDA-certified organic and ingredients are grown from a garden and not a laboratory! The creator, HollyBeth Anderson, has culled knowledge from fifty years of international travel, skincare testing and research to create her boutique line which is focused on safe and effective nature-based treatments. She has taken from each culture what they do best- essential oils and organic practices from France, and healing herbs from Latin America. Her recipes are based on traditional homeopathic remedies and are created carefully in small batches.
It’s pretty difficult to rethink foundation–after all, you just squeeze some out of the bottle, rub all over your face, and (hopefully) admire it’s radiant, better-than-natural finish then get on with your day, right? Well BareMinerals wants you to think otherwise with the new launch of bareSkin foundation.
bareSkin doesn’t have any water, oils, or silicone in the formulation–instead this “serum foundation” is formulated with jojoba coated mineral pigments suspended in a coconut-derived base. The result is an ultra-ultra-lightweight product that provides (up-to) full coverage. But don’t think you can just apply this innovative product any ol’ way: the foundation is paired with bareMineral’s Perfecting Face brush, which once again, probably doesn’t look like anything you’ve seen before. The brush is engineered with a unique fluid reservoir, which is where you drop one drop (yeah you read that right) of the bareSkin foundation. Then the soft surrounding bristles buff the liquid into skin for 100% seamless application. If you want more coverage, simply drop 2 drop into the reservoir–but don’t overdo it: just one drop amply covered more than half my face and did a noticeably good job at covering redness.
I was quite shocked the other night to see my husband putting on SPF moisturizer after washing his face- at seven in the evening! I’m not sure how I overlooked this nutty habit for so many years, but it had to meet its bitter end. I went in search of a skincare regimen that would be “manly” enough for him, but nourish his skin which has suffered from years of sun damage from growing up in Florida without sunscreen. I found the award-winning British line Bulldog Skincare for Men which focuses on natural ingredients and eschews parabens, artificial colors and fragrances. Only recently has Bulldog become available stateside, and is quickly gaining popularity. I’ve often wondered if men could use our facial products, but one of the big differences is that male skin is more acidic with an average pH of 4.5. They also have higher collagen and elastin production, so they age later (jealous!). Bulldog takes this all into account when formulating for men, down to the last pore.
I always keep an ear out for nature’s secrets for staying young, so after hearing about Turmeric’s ability to detoxify, rejuvenate, and brighten the skin, I took a closer look. Turmeric is a variety of ginger which can stop the oxidation and aging of skin cells, allowing them to live in a healthier and rejuvenated condition. It’s been used since ancient times in the Indonesian culture as a beauty treatment for royalty and also to cure ailments inside and out. The Juara skincare line is based on natural herbs, plants and fruits with no preservatives, using natural ingredients to treat skin issues. Their Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask is a non-drying mud mask treatment that detoxifies, brightens and strengthens stressed, tired and dull skin, and I just can’t get enough of it. I have it on as I’m typing (multi-tasking at its best!), and the cooling tingle is positively addictive. The active botanicals are hard at work and the feeling is akin to endorphins after a workout, but for your face. The brightness and softness is immediately palpable following the treatment, and on the days I don’t use the mask, I’m counting down.
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