October 20th, 2014
What’s New: tokidoki x LeSportsac Fall 2014 Collection



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Above: Gelatino Cosmetic Bag (Tulipets), $48

A cute new way to tote your makeup? LeSportsac’s collaboration with pop culture brand, tokidoki makes for a very playful yet eye-catching collection. The 19 piece tokidoki for LeSportsac collection features new styles and fabrications for LeSportsac showcased by two tokidoki prints created for the collection and a quilted solid black offering.

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Above: Sorbetto Cosmetic Bag (TD Black), $54

A new tokidoki character, Palette, is found in both the tokidopoli and tulipets prints, and accompanies every bag by transforming into a too-cute-for-words charm. On printed bags the charm will come in black, and on black bags the charm will come in the tokidopoli print. All bags are lined in either solid turquoise or boysenberry. The collection ranges from $48–$288. In addition to all LeSportsac locations, the tokidoki for LeSportsac Collection can be found at the tokidoki flagship store in Los Angeles.

For more information, or to purchase log on to shop.tokidoki.it


October 18th, 2014
Beauty Tech: PRIV (Promo Code for Our Readers!)



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Dove Hair has partnered with the on-demand beauty and wellness app, PRIV that sends vetted industry professionals to the doors of its users. Until November 15, Manhattan and LA-based users who schedule a hair service via PRIV’s free app will receive access to special offers from Dove Hair:

  • In-app look book with hair styles from Dove Celebrity Stylist, Mark Townsend
  • Dove Hair products used during the PRIV hair service appointment
  • Limited-edition Dove Advanced Hair Series Pure Care Dry Oil product gift set (while supplies last)

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Revolution Beauty readers can use promo code privdove10 for $10 off a Dove Hair x PRIV service before November 15. For more information, visit PRIV on facebook.com.


October 17th, 2014
Facial Solutions: Our Top 7 Moisturizers



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1. PREVENTS CLOGGED PORES - Dr. Dennis Gross Hydra-Pure Oil Free Moisture, $78 | VIA

2. SILKY SMOOTH COMPLEXION - Shamanuti Cream No. 1, $46 | VIA

3. ANTI-AGING ASSET - Indie Lee Squalane Facial Cream, $86  | VIA

4. LIGHT MOISTURE FOR MEN - Molton Brown Ultra Light Bai Ji Hydrator, $38 | VIA

5. WRINKLE REDUCER - Scalisi Skincare Anti-Aging Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $110 | VIA

6. CALMING BEAUTY BALM - May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon, $160 | VIA

7. NAUTURAL + ORGANIC SALVE - Etta + Billie Grapefruit Cardamom Skin Balm, $11 | VIA


October 16th, 2014
Scent We Love: Narciso Rodriguez’s New Eponymous Fragrance



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Right now we’re into the latest scent unveiled by renowned fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez. Defining sensuality with a modern elegance the fragrance embodies femininity that’s both assertive and elusive, illuminating the universal magic of seduction and attraction. The new women’s fragrance “NARCISO” ($95-$112) marks Rodriguez’s fourth scent created in collaboration with the Paris-based fragrance division of Shiseido Cosmetics.

A man once shared with Rodriguez that, “Every time my wife puts on one of your dresses, we never leave the house.” In the spirit of this sentiment, Narciso Rodriguez presents a fragrance that celebrates a woman’s powers of seduction with the utmost luxury. The fragrance transforms notes of vetiver, the most elegant note from the classic woody family, with a daring olfactory composition that encapsulates intense femininity. While musk remains the signature heart of the scent, it’s a voluptuous musk softened by amber, providing warmth and sensuality. Assertive woody notes of vetiver and luminous white and dark cedars meet tender florals, lucid gardenia and soft radiant Bulgarian rose to create a singular synthesis both bold and subtle. The result: A seductive most feminine fragrance that lingers and endures.

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From the distinctive eye of a purist comes a bottle that personifies fine artistry and eloquence. Evolving from a simple square, the cube evokes the designer’s signature tenets: beauty and logic. Within the transparent glass cube, a soft sculpted half-oval floats, made of stone-white lacquer.

To learn more, check out narcisorodriguez.com.


October 13th, 2014
What’s New: EVOLUTIONMAN’s Resurfacing Clay Mask



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Guys, caring for your complexion isn’t just for the ladies. And now, there’s an even better way to get fast and dramatic results thanks to the latest from EVOLUTIONMAN. Full of naturally-sourced, beneficial ingredients (Jojoba Ester, Lemon Grass Extract, Green Tea, and Vitamins E,C, B3 & B5, to name a few), the Resurfacing Clay Mask ($48) is the the perfect way to transform your complexion from the inside out without stepping foot into an aesthetician’s office. Working on the skin’s deepest layer’s the innovative new product utilizes EXFO BIO, a powerful new blend of Alpha Hydroxy Acids that are naturally derived from tropical fruits. In addition, the skin treatment is packed with vitamins and minerals which help to clarify the skin, tighten pores, brighten and smooth out skin texture.

Made from Kaolin Clay, EVOLUTIONMAN’s Resurfacing Clay Mask can be used by anyone with either dry, oily, or combination skin.

How to Use: Use as full mask or spot treatment. Apply an even layer to clean skin avoiding the eye and lip area. You will feel a tingling sensation in under 10 minutes. Remove mask with water in a circular motion to maximize exfoliation. Use twice a week or as often as desired.

For additional information, visit evolution-man.com.


October 10th, 2014
Deal Alert: LiveLoveSpa.com



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Good news spa industry professionals…thanks to the new launch from LiveLoveSpa.com there are plenty of discounts galore now at your fingertips. The website’s new Pro-Deals portal is the first of its kind, designed similar to Groupon and Living Social, but with the needs of spas, brands and professionals in mind.

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Granting access to top treatments, brand products and services at significantly low prices, spa professionals who hold a LiveLoveSpa.com Pro-Insider Individual membership ($49/12 months) can take their industry connections to the next level. Spa properties and brands can become business members and post a deal, giving their company the ability to gain additional revenue and exposure from the industry. Current Pro-Deals offerings include 30% off select services at the Viceroy Miami, 50% off the retail price of Coola Suncare products and many more.

The new industry deal portal is exclusive to working spa owners, managers, aestheticians, office staff, brands and more to not only offer services at a discount but to provide community resources as well. Pro-Insiders can also stay in tune through Live Love Spa’s Savvy Spa Community and special Pro-Insider events.

To learn more about the Pro-Insider membership and Pro-Deals, visit livelovespa.com.


October 9th, 2014
Get Enviable Eyebrows



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Believe it or not, eyebrows can make or break a face. As a focal point, they frame your features, which is why a polished look should be priority number one. The trend right now? Thick but clean. Full, groomed brows make you look younger and actually allow you to wear less makeup, but it’s important they look natural—not painted on.

Because you can only work with what you’ve got, try to make your brows as perfect as they can be for your face. Copying the brow shape of your favorite model or celebrity may not be flattering. So just how do you find the right shaw for your face? Use these no-fail tips:

▶︎ Know the beginning and the end. You’ve heard of that old pencil trick—but have you actually ever tried it? Hold the pencil vertically against the side of your nose until it intersects your brow—that’s where the edge of your brow should begin. Then, tilt the pencil diagonally so that it hits the outer corner of your eye—that’s where your brow should end. (We like to mark the spots with an eyeliner just to be sure we don’t over-tweeze.)

▶︎ Better yet, leave it to a trained eye. It’s hard to have a good perspective on your own brows. If possible resist doing your own brow overhaul and tweeze obvious strays only if necessary between appointments.

Naven designers Kym & Alexis McClay show off their strong brows.

Naven designers Kym & Alexis McClay show off their strong brows.

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PROBLEM: OVER-TWEEZED BROWS

FIX IT: Too much tweezing can lead to bewildered or timid and retreating arches. Undo the damage by setting down the tweezers. It takes 3-4 months up to a year for brows to grow back entirely. But, if you leave them alone those stray little hairs will eventually form a full brow. (Tip: If a little hair is growing at an odd angle, resist the urge to tweeze—trim it instead.)

PROBLEM: OVERGROWN BROWS

FIX IT: Strong brows need shape and separation otherwise they’ll overwhelm the face. Start with a trim by combing the hairs straight up with a spooley brush, then trim only the longest hairs, staggering the length as you go. Next, attack that unibrow - make sure to determine where each brow starts by holding a pencil vertically from the outer edge of your nostril to your eyebrows before grabbing the tweezers. For a friendlier effect, remove a few hairs from the top of the arch if they are interfering with an ideal shape. Make sure to taper the ends to a clean point for a sharp finish without shortening the ends. (Tip: Follow up with a brow gel to keep hairs in place.)

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PROBLEM: COMMA BROWS

FIX IT: These occur when one is in the habit of raising their eyebrows while tweezing - this causes one to remove too much from the arches and the ends. The first order of business? Let your hair grow back before finding a face-flattering brow shape which has a slight arch by letting your forehead be your guide. If you have a high forehead, your arch should go high, a lower forehead calls for a lower arch. (Tip: Use a white eye pencil to draw two parallel lines up to the point of the arch, and down towards the temples, slowly tapering into a point to figure out where to start the brow, how long it should be and where to place the arch.)

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Above: It Cosmetics Brow Power Lift, $24 VIA; Benefit Brow Zings, $32 VIA; ARCH DE TRIUMPH Two-Step Shaping & Highlighting Crayon, $15 VIA

PROBLEM: BARELY-THERE BROWS

FIX IT: Fill in sparse areas with a brow pencil (eyeliners are too creamy and heavily pigmented). Go one to two shades lighter than your hair if you’re a brunette, or try taupe if you’re blonde. Since your first strokes lay down the most color, start at your arches, which are naturally the darkest part of your brows, and move toward the tail, finishing with the lightest application at the inner corners. Use short, angled strokes in the direction of hair growth to beef up bald spots, but stay within your natural brow line. (Tip: Never create an arch with makeup, let your bone structure create the arch for you.)

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Above: The Crave Collection Brow Braun, $85 VIA; Wink Eyelash and Eyebrow Enhancer, $39 VIA; Revitalash Revitabrow Advanced, $110 VIA

PROBLEM: STUNTED RE-GROWTH

FIX IT: Want to jumpstart or speed up the regrowth process? Nutritious and healthy foods are vital in the growth stimulation of your natural brows. Incorporate healthy proteins in your diet with essential vitamins and minerals (like zinc, iron, copper and calcium). Some healthy nutritious foods that are helpful in increasing the growth of eyebrows are: Nuts or fruits containing Omega-3 fatty acids; Vitamin A-rich fruits and vegetables like sweet potatoes and carrots; iron containing foods like lean cuts of meat and fish; and green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale. Besides natural remedies, using a brow serum that is designed to stimulate growth at the follicle level with peptides, can greatly accelerate growth.


October 8th, 2014
Roses Are Red & Good For You Too



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Rose water is a natural ingredient that works wonders not only on the skin but on the hair as well. Used in many cosmetic products thanks to its refreshing fragrance, it has also been known to carry a number of health benefits. It is believed that old civilizations such as Babylonia used rose oil and rose water in the medicines and rituals while Ancient Romans used it for its antiseptic and antibacterial properties. On the other hand, Cleopatra preferred to use it as an aphrodisiac some 3,000 years ago by bathing in rose petals and milk.

Rose water has many benefits and can be used in various ways no matter what your skin type. This “wonder of nature” can help sooth and cool sensitive and irritated skin, balance and cleanse oily skin, rejuvenate, soften and tone mature skin, revitalize and add beautiful glow to the normal skin. Filled with anti-oxidants and various vitamins, it can help prevent the signs of aging and nourish the skin.

Want to harness the properties of this natural ingredient? Check out our cheat sheets below as well as a DIY Recipe that will help you create your own rose water at home.

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Rather not D.I.Y.? That’s quite alright - there are a bevy of new and alternative rose water products on the market that feature added benefits. Check out some of our favorites:

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This organic toner is prepared from the gathering of the steam during the production of pure Rose essential oil from steam distillation. Hydrasols have medicinal properties identical to those in essential oil which gives skin a burst of pure hydration. Produced with organic roses, the all natural formula is free of synthetic chemicals, artificial fragrances, alcohol, preservatives and all other toxins. This refreshing mist is great for hydrating, calming and revitalizing all skin types.

100% Pure Organic Rose Hydrosol Facial Mist, $15 at ariva.com

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Using Desert Rose to help support natural surface cell turnover, Damask Rose to tighten pores & purify skin, and Rose Water, these Glycolic Acid-infused formulas help counteract visible signs of aging for younger-looking skin. Peter Thomas Roth has used cutting-edge plant biotechnology to isolate and replicate the perfect rose stem cells for maximum anti-aging benefit. The state-of-the-art breakthrough technology works by blending rose stem cells with rose extracts to help counteract visible signs of aging, including the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, dehydration, dullness, and sagging.

Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask, $45 and Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Cleansing Gel, $38 at peterthomasroth.com

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This mineral oil-free and paraben-free rose water toning spritz is great for removing the last traces of makeup without drying out the skin. Rosa Damascena Flower Oil (an Organic Certified Ingredient) is used to improve tone, moisturize and tighten pores, leaving the skin smooth and supple.

Boots Botanics Organic Rosewater Toning Spritz, $8 at target.com


Made from 100% pure rose water (Rosa Damascena Flower Water) this gentle floral spray hydrates the skin for a plump and toned complexion. Collected and extracted in Grasse, France, the alcohol-free blend of hydrating and toning floral waters provide a natural aromatic sensation that adds a mood-enhancing dimension to the experience.

Fresh Rose Floral Toner, $38 at sephora.com

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With a Rose Water top note, this uniquely scented candle is handmade in France using mouth-blown glass and cotton wicks. The fragrance features a specific wax formulation that comes in signature black wax. Byredo’s Loose Lips candle is perfect for bringing a rose water fragrance into your home.

Byredo Loose Lips Candle, $80 at ronrobinson.com

A light, moisturizing face and body mist, L’OCCITANE’s Roses et Reines formula is enriched with rose water leaves skin feeling comfortable, fresh and hydrated. The velvety, floral fragrance comes from combined extracts of roses from Grasse, Bulgaria, Morocco and Turkey with a unique rose extract from Haute-Provence. Using rose extract derived through enfleurage, a traditional process made innovative by The L’OCCITANE research team, the freshest of rose petals are steeped in oil, allowing it to become saturated with the natural fragrance of the rose, resulting in a fruitier scent.

L’OCCITANE Roses et Reines Fresh Body and Face Mist, $14 at usa.loccitane.com


October 7th, 2014
Asses Your Needs: Tone Your Skin



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1. FOR PURIFICATION: KORRES Pomegranate Toner, $22 | BUY

2. FOR ULTRA-LIGHT COVERAGE: Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner, $50 | BUY

3. FOR THIRSY SKIN: Trilogy Hydrating Mist Toner, $28 | BUY

4. FOR LIGHT REFLECTING: NARS Multi-Action Hydrating Toner, $32 | BUY

5. FOR MATTIFYING OILY SKIN: Bliss Steep Clean Mattifying Toner Pads, $38 | BUY

6. FOR EXTRA-SENSITIVE & HORMONAL SKIN: Elemis Apricot Toner, $36 | BUY

7. FOR DEEP CLEANSING: #MPWR Mist Off, $18 | BUY

8. FOR ENERGY: Sjal Mineral Kalla Energy Tonic, $70 | BUY



October 4th, 2014
What We Love: Getting Concentrated



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The new Luxury Concentrate Collection from Kaplan MD takes pampering to a whole new level. Thanks to an exclusive collection of medically advanced concentrates, the beauty doc has successfully combined the power of plant stem cells, certified organic extracts and Nobel Prize winning DNA technology. The KAPLAN MD Concentrate Collections is the first and only collection of treatment products containing BioFusion-3S (complex of 3 plant stem cells obtained from the Alp Rose, Gamay Grape and Swiss Apple); 22 USDA Certified Organic Extracts; Juvinity (Nobel Prize winning DNA Technology) and Matrixyl Synth’6 (patented peptide that stimulates all 6 levels of collagen synthesis). Best of all - the four piece collection is free of parabens, sulfates, gluten and Bisphenol-A.

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Intensive Eye Concentrate, $85: Exclusive botanicals like Hawaiian Sea Extract aid in the lifting and tightening of the delicate skin around the eyes. At the same time, patented antioxidants dramatically reduce puffiness, brighten dark circles and smooth away fine lines.

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Cellular Rejuvenating Concentrate, $170: This breakthrough formula combines 50% Hyaluronic Acid, Nobel Prize winning DNA technology and an Exclusive Trio of powerful Plant Stem-Cells to completely transform and redefine facial contours. Clinically proven to speed up the skin’s healing process after laser skin resurfacing treatments and microdermabrasion by stimulating cellular rejuvenation in synergy with the skin’s own new collagen production.

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Night Replenishment Concentrate, $115: This anti-aging night treatment stimulates cell regeneration and firms elastin and collagen fibers while you sleep. Critical moisture is replenished and discoloration is improved.

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Daily Moisture SPF 30 Concentrate, $100: An anti-aging lightweight moisturizer using 22 USDA Certified Organic Extracts works to hydrate and firm the skin while minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. Specially formulated with a physical sunscreen of SPF 30 to combat skin-dulling free radicals and protect against damaging UVA/UVB rays.

To learn more or to shop products, visit kaplanmd.com




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