Have you ever wondered what’s the real story behind your favorite beauty brands? Like, the trip to Marrakech that inspired your favorite lipstick shade, or the major scientific discovery that spawned your skin cream. Or, of course, how each brand got started in the first place. From small family upstarts to Hollywood’s biggest makeup artists, read on to hear the inspiring stories behind your favorite beauty companies.
Now And Then:
Peter Thomas Roth Brings A New Approach to Old-School Skincare Methods. Peter Thomas Roth has skincare in his blood. The first-generation child of Hungarian parents Roth grew up with skincare as an inherent part of his family’s heritage: During the late 1800s and early 1900s, his father’s family owned and operated two spa hotels in Hungary-one on Lake Balaton and one in Tourna. So when Roth launches his own company in 1993, he used this experience and know-how to improve upon many of the old formulas used in the family biz-while still giving credit to old-school remedies ( like using thermal spring mud and minerals to soothe irratation ) that worked. Orginally, Roth’s interest in creating a skincare line derived from his own quest for effective products that could treat his sunspots and fine lines. His mission: to combine the most effective and potent ingredients he could find with the most advanced technology available. A stickler for detail, Roth was hands-on from the start. He took an active role in ensuring quality control and encouraged profressive development in the company-owned lab and production facility. His efforts paid off, resulting in an innovative collection of creamy SPF’s, problem-specific facial formulations, and ultra-pampering body products-which have helped make Peter Thomas Roth line a cult favorite amount beauty editors and industry insiders alike. By blending 19th-century recipes with modern day technologies and ingredients, Peter Thomas Roth has created a contemporary collection of skincare products that have a rich heritage.
Some of my personal favorites are:
A set of sixty pads exclusively formulated to cleanse skin, clear blackheads, refine pores, and reduce the appearance of fine lines, with a gentle touch.
What it is formulated to do:
Each mild-yet-potent pad contains alpha hydroxy acid (glycolic acid 10 %), beta hydroxy acid (salicylic acid 0.5 %), and alcohol (23 %) in an advanced botanical formulation. Unique clarifying, synergistic action cleanses the skin, clears up active acne blemishes, minimizes pore size, eliminates the formation of new blackheads and blemishes, and regulates healthy cell turnover. Simultaneously, it delivers proven antiaging benefits that help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Synthetic Dyes
Pumpkin Enzyme Peel
What it is:
A detoxifying peel for the face and neck.
What it is formulated to do:
Utilizing pumpkin enzymes to easily and gently dissolve dead surface skin cells, this deep exfoliator stimulates cellular turnover, to reveal radiant skin that is supple and naturally hydrated. Age-fighting anti-oxidants and vitamin A help protect, nourish, and repair skin. Plus it has a delicious, irresistible pumpkin scent.
Power K Eye Rescue
What it is:
A powerful eye treatment that visibly brightens eyes and reduces the appearance of dark circles and fine lines.
What it is formulated to do:
This complex features powerful ingredients, including vitamin K, that work to minimize the look of dark circles, puffiness, fatigue, bruising, (after rubbing, surgery, allergies, etc.) and fine lines by combating the underlying cause of darkening. Light diffusers reflect natural light to instantly reduce the appearance of dark circles and fine lines, for a rested and radiant look.
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Synthetic Dyes
What else you need to know:
Antiaging Coenzyme Q-10, encapsulated in caviar-like beads, protects the delicate eye area from premature aging while arnica extract helps reduce inflammation. Glycosaminoglycans deliver multiple benefits by increasing skin firmness and elasticity, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and decreasing skin redness and under-eye circles. Kojic acid helps control melanin production to prevent dark spots.
Since approaching my 30’s I have noticed a major change in my overall skin. My skin when I was in my 2o’s would withstand anything and I do mean anything. No more long nights and crashing without washing your makeup off. Big NO NO!
My skin is super easily stressed now, could and will break out whenever it decides and even if I have gotten eight hours of sleep doesn’t mean I will always look like it
So that’s where Peter Thomas Roth comes in, the complextion pads help keep away breakouts, while the pumkin mask keeps my skin soft, young looking and renewed. Those eight hours of sleep I mentioned the eye cream really helps with the ” fake it ” until you make it line.
That’s a Chain Reaction
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Known as the “First Lady of Nails,” Jessica Vartoughian founded Jessica Nail Clinic in 1969. Being the first nail salon of its kind then and now, Jessica Nail Clinic remains the foremost center of natural nail care with its unique manicure technique and exceptional treatments created by JESSICA.
Frequented by celebrities of film, television, politics and society, as well as those who simply want lovely natural nails, the Jessica Nail Clinic offers elite services that exceed the everyday manicure and pedicure. Upon arriving, clients are cared for by trained technicians, known as “Nail Cultivists” who have all been trained and certified in Jessica’s Nail Cultivation System by JESSICA herself. Before the manicure even begins, each Nail Cultivist analyzes the client’s nails and prescribes a precise regiment based on the nails’ condition which is used throughout the manicure and pedicure.
JESSICA is a pioneer in the professional nail care industry as she was the first to recognize that like skin and hair, all nails are not alike as well, identifying the four different nail types – damaged, dry, brittle or normal – and creating specific treatments for each type. JESSICA’s unique nail care philosophy is behind each and every product of her extensive Jessica Cosmetics line that offers products specifically targeted to treat each different nail type.
About the Collection:
Have fun, rock out and play with neon color on your toes and tips. Jessica, manicurist to the stars, introduces IGNITE that will bring out the spirit of color in you. Adding a kalelodscope of color to your nails with neon bright shades are a great way to bring back a touch of intensity.
IGNITE sparks six new fluorescent colours that run the gamut from puncy purples and funky fuchsias to techno turquoise and unmellow yellows.
Polish is sold at www.jessicacosmetics.com
Your makeup drawer is your beauty wardrobe. Tucked inside are a few key items you use every day that are effortlessly flattering, yet there are countless other whimsical items hardly ever touched. Imagine a complete cosmetics line designed with only key items – no matter your selection, you discover just the right shades, in just the right formulations, in just the right packaging. Your discovery? Jouer Cosmetics.
Based in Los Angeles, Jouer was founded by International Beauty Stylist Christina Zilber, who provides a fresh, editorial view of makeup to complement individual fashion sense and lifestyle. Defined as ‘to play’ in French, Jouer offers supreme wearability, mix‐and‐match customization and state‐of‐the‐art portability for women on the go.
Since its inception in 2004, Jouer has redeveloped and refined the brand, extending into a full collection. Jouer launched as a Henri Bendel New York exclusive in August 2008 and quickly rose to become a cult favorite. The 133‐item collection consists of a carefully edited range of face, lip, eye and cheek cosmetics, and continues to develop innovative products that offer solutions to the modern woman’s lifestyle needs.
Both Jouer Cosmetics and founder Christina Zilber have been celebrated by the beauty, fashion, and entertainment industries, featured in top magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, InStyle, Glamour, WWD Beauty, Real Simple, People and LA Confidential as well as on NBC’s Today Show and Food Network’s Giada at Home.
Back to Basics Spring 2010 Collection
Like that little black dress that never seems to go out of style and those perfectly faded jeans that you can’t seem to wear enough – chic basics are a must for every stylish woman. For Spring 2010, Jouer introduces a new collecction of makeup essentials that will make achieving a fresh and flawless face a snap this season.
This innovative, new TRIPLE ACTION all-in-one powder foundation is truly the first of its kind. Our highly replenishing formula offers serious sun protection with SPF 39 and an active multiple hydration complex infused with natural botanicals. Shea Butter, Meadowfoam Seed Oil and Vitamin E protect and restore moisture on all 3 levels of the epidermis for complete moisture retention. Lightweight with a matte, soft-touch finish keeps application natural and seamless.
Sheer, Shimmering and fabulously versatile, Whispher Tint is designed to complement all skin tones. This universally flattering and beautifully blendable shimmering golden pink shade can be used on cheeks or lips to give a sheer wash of natural color. The lightweight formula is suitable for all skin types and can be applied using the fingertips for a natural looking flush wherever you need it. The clever compact connects to other Jouer products for a customized pallette that contains all your beauty essentials.
This irresistibly sheer sparkling pink shade is loaded with Vitamins A, C, & E, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil and pomegranate seed oil to nourish, rejuvenate and protect, keeping lips soft, smooth and moisturized. The long wear, high shine formula protects against free radicals and can be worn alone or layered with Jouer Lip Definer and/or Jouer Lipstick for more dramatic impact. The vial connects to other Jouer products for a customized palette that contains all your beauty needs.
Ultra satin-like texture, this exceptionally beautiful collection of shimmer and matte shadows, with light-defusing mineral pigments, is oil-free and blends easily without creasing.
This cosmetic line is pure luxury at a price that shocked me. I mean I have tried every brand under the stars and Jouer is by far one of the best. Quality, Selection and overall packaging make this a Five start product. I can’t wait to get more. For more information on where to purchase these luxe products please visit www.jouercosmetics.com or Henri Bendel, NYC
About the collection for Spring/ Summer 2010
Dolce & Gabbana take cues from its vivid past to transport the present and to determine the future. Introducing the Midnight Bloom Collection: modern dreams of beauty classics that surprise and seduce. Echoing the 2010 Spring/Summer runway collection, Midnight Bloom evokes the Sicilian heritage of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, highlighting the exquisite floral prints that embody the erotic eloquence of Sicily’s traditional wild roses and their delicate nuances. A renewed emphasis on the seductive flavor of the Mediterranean as Hollywood’s siren screen glamour momentarily steps aside. “Summer has such an intense duality. The intimacy and rapture of the night, and the joy of each new day. More specifically, we wanted to recreate the dramatic duality of the wild roses’ delicate shades against the Sicilian night’s daring shades of romance and mystery,” says Domenico Dolce, “There’s such an explosion of colour,” adds Stefano Gabbana, “with the wild roses carpeting the landscape against the drama of the seascape.” The result: a look that’s dreamy and enigmatic yet portrays a lucidity that captures the moment where summer’s shimmering daylight dims and the dark romance of its endless nights begin. Midnight Bloom explores the kaleidoscopic colour of Sicily with a select range of tones from blue greensechoing the vivid Mediterranean to intimate nudes, rich neutrals and delicate pinks shimmering softly with the tender grace of the wild roses. The look is a particularly sensual glamour that simmers softly yet definitively and sneaks up gradually yet powerfully.
Innovative make up artist Pat McGrath creates another look like no other in collaboration with Dolce & Gabbana. Brilliant new shades transform collection classics, bringing intense levels of contrast and an aura that’s fresh and sexy, a mood that’s mercurial. The look captures the ephemeral light of summer skimming the sea at dusk; it is light-imbued, ceaselessly sensual and purely natural. Washes of warmth join icy cool; it’s a smoldering sexy with the phantom glow of a summer evening’s mystery. Spotlight on devilishly sexy eyes illuminated in blue-green Laguna, a new eyeshadow duo, etched and defined with a sleek line of shine in Blue, a new shade of the eyeliner. Black mascara further highlights the eyes. Lush lips pout in pale pink Delicate, a new shine lipstick, with a glint of Delicious lipgloss to enhance and entrance. A new blush in Tan transforms the flush of summer sun. Nail lacquer in classic nude completes the look. “Summer is when you need to focus on a very natural, seriously sensual beauty. With this collection, we also wanted to add some frisson, capture the dark side, so to speak; create a mood, a look that captures a late summer night’s magic,” says Pat McGrath. “It had to be all about the eyes; with these vivid blues and greens, the eyes are so deep-the ultimate sexy, extremely erotic-especially against the almost imperceptible yet radiant wild rose tones of the lips and the skin.”
Improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles and achieve firmer, smoother skin with Nu Skin treatment products.
Tru Face Essence Ultra (Overview)
Tru Face Line Corrector (Overview)
Dermatic Effects Body Contouring Lotion (Overview)
Galvanic Body Shaping Gel (Overview)
This at-home spa treatment concentrates cellular energy to target pockets of fat and toxins for a more toned, firm appearance. Featuring proven ingredients, theobromine and golden chamomile, this advanced treatment helps decrease fat storage and activate fat breakdown, promoting a firmer, more toned appearance.**
For more information please visit www.nuskin.com
Nu Skin’s Tradition of Innovation
Nu Skin is taking the science of anti-aging to a completely new level by studying the genetic origins of how and why we age. Developed by Nu Skin in collaboration with leading scientists, ageLOC science is based on the discovery of internal sources of aging that contribute to an aging appearance, what Nu Skin calls age-related super markers, or arSuperMarkers. Nu Skin’s exclusive ageLOC science targets these arSuperMarkers—the ultimate sources of aging that can influence how we age.
Based on this discovery, Nu Skin is able to identify critical arSuperMarkers called Youth Gene Clusters, which are functional groups of genes that regulate how we appear to age. Only ageLOC’s proprietary science understands how to reset these Youth Gene Clusters to their youthful patterns of activity. This revolutionary discovery is based upon Nu Skin’s exclusive collaborations with leading scientists around the globe, millions of dollars in development, and years of combined anti-aging and genetic research.
The scientific community has access to the Human Genome, but Nu Skin’s breakthrough ageLOC science gives us the ability to interpret it in a meaningful way. In a recent scientific discovery, Nu Skin, in collaboration with anti-aging and genetics experts, has identified key groups or functional clusters of genes—Youth Gene Clusters—that help influence how we age. Nu Skin believes that finding and identifying these functional groups of genes is the key to addressing aging at the source.
Clinical study results, genomic analyses, and substantiated research from ageLOC science has led Nu Skin scientists to identify specific functional Youth Gene Clusters that are responsible for youthful skin attributes. The expression of these genes is responsible for the signs of aging on our skin. Through ageLOC science, Nu Skin has the ability to reset these genes to behave more youthfully, helping to restore a more youthful balance in the skin.
Once we identify these Youth Gene Clusters, it’s important to reset them to reflect a more youthful skin profile. Resetting Youth Gene Clusters is a subtle balancing process—it’s not as simple as turning them on and off. Some genes within the cluster may need to be turned up while others may need to be turned down. Nu Skin’s proprietary ageLOC science resets Youth Gene Clusters to create a youthful balance within each cluster—returning them to their youthful patterns of activity.
Enjoy the luxury and convenience of spa benefits at home as a regular part of your anti-aging routine and at a fraction of the price of a spa treaments-as little as $8 a session.
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Well we have been busy! Finally after 2 years of constant emailing from fans all demanding the
return of Rainbow Eyes, we have done it!
Rainbow Eyes was the star of the show in our launch collection for 2008. This giant book of eye colour captured everyone’s kaleidescopic
imagination and after selling out weeks before Christmas that year prompted an email campaign from make up junkies that was to last till this day! This time round we have worked hard to improve the applicators and unbelievably the formulations are even better, softer with more iridescence and even greater pay off!
Rainbow Eyes will be in larger Boots stores nationwide from the end of February 2010, but remember we have a history of our products selling
out fast so please don’t delay! Hot on the heels of the return of this cult classic is our first Spring Summer Collection. We are so excited about the launch of this fresh range of kits that totally summarise the latest make-up looks for the coming season. Launches in larger Boots stores
OMG! when I received this I was blown away by the color’s, quality, and color pay off! This box rocks!