Molton Brown is introducing a new collection for men full of new innovations along with re-enigineered cult favorites that tantalize the sense, sure to please the men on your gift giving list this holiday season!
In keeping with Molton Brown tradition, the range includes unique ingredients sourced from exotic corners of the globe. These ingredients have been combined with modern technology to deliver the ultimate formula that delivers top-notch performance!
active cassia body deodorant ($34)
Refresh the body with this deodorizing spray. Spiced extracts of cassia bark help target odour to keep feeling fresh all day long.
bracing silverbirch eau de toilette ($60)
This new scent contains a potent blend of American cedarwood, Somalian incense, Indian cumin and Italian bergamot oils. Fresh, green, with undertones of citrus spice, the woodsy aroma leaves a refreshing scent that lasts all day.
re-charge black pepper shave oil ($29)
Created with natural oils, Amazonian gymestra sylvestra leaf, seednoir and plum, for the ultimate shave experience. Great for sensitive and dry skin; the shave oil minimizes razor burn, nicks and in-grown hairs ensuring velvety smooth, hydrated post-shave skin.
re-charge black pepper bodyscrub bar ($22)
This exfoliating body bar is packed with Madagascan black pepper oil and cracked peppercorns to add serious spice to bathing. It deeply cleanses and smoothes the skin, boosting circulation.
cool buchu bodywash ($28)
This cleansing wash is enriched with plant extracts of buchu and wild water mint, to give a cool hit of energy while soothing the skin. Natural antioxidants also help protect from environmental damage.
deep-clean mineral ions facewash ($27)
Bursting with an active mineral complex of calcium, magnesium and potassium and soothing buchu extract, this facewash helps remove the daily build-up of oils and dirt. This facewash prepares the face for a closer, more comfortable shave, maintaining skin’s moisture balance and helping to calm the skin.
skin-clear jade face exfoliator ($29)
Ground jade stone, jojoba, tea tree leaf and pistachio butter gives any complexion a workout, leaving it looking conditioned and clear. The exfoliator helps minimize in-grown hairs, deep-cleans pores and helps to boost circulation with massage to brighten the skin’s appearance.
The new men’s range is available at Molton Brown emporia and Moltonbrown.com
OMG, did I really say that? I have NEVER experienced lip liner like this! Dior’s creamy lip liners are insanely amazing and I’ve not used anything comparable to it.
These pencils intensify the “wet look” finish making lips shiny but not over done and I love that you can use alone or with your favorite lip stick. So creamy and nourishing yet rich in wax, it prevents the lipstick from feathering and smudging.
Kelly Osbourne is getting a lot of attention for slimming down and donning a sexy new look on the red carpet and I’m happy to have a hand in it!
I recently did Kelly’s makeup for the Teen Vogue party and everyone has been asking me about her look, especially the lashes. To complete her look, I used all Shu Uemura products from start to finish.
The smoldery eyes have it. All I used was ir black 990 eyeshadow all over the eye fading in to the crease then followed it up with me black 01 eye liner for a dramatic effect.
I was waiting for the right person to come along that could rock these babies, and Kelly was the girl. I used the Slant Black eyelashes and as soon as the glue dried I gently curled them with my irreplaceable Shu Uemura lash curler. I can’t stress enough how using an eyelash curler can dramatically complete your makeup. I know some women get intimidated by “the curler” but it is an essential tool that you must have in your arsenal, it makes opens the eyes and makes them pop.
I wanted to go with a subtle wash of color on the cheeks so I used a soft squirrel cheek brush and applied m pink 31 to the apples of her cheeks.
Kelly’s not big on gloss or lip liners, so we just used beige 940 m to complete her look.
These Bobbi Brown limited edition sets are sure to be a hit for Holiday gift giving. From the Earth Metal Lip & Eye Palette to the luxurious Black Plum Deluxe Beauty Trunk, this holiday collection offers countless options for everyone on your list.
Chrome Eye Shadow
These three metallic colors are fantastic and not just alone, but all together! Yes, ladies, it’s okay to mix these colors together-in fact, I encourage it! Here’s an example from a recent photo shoot I did of how you can mix your metals to create an unexpected, sultry eye. I placed the silver in the inner corners of the eye, which brightens and separates then smoldered pewter and gold in the crease and the outer edges of the eye.
Earth Metal Lip & Eye Palette
The Earth Metal Lip & Eye Palette is a steal at $60.00. You get six dazzling exclusive high-shimmer shadows, four exclusive creamy lip colors,a mini Eye Shadow Brush and mini Lip Brush.
Goldstone Long-Wear Eye Palette
For my party girls out there, get your hands on the Goldstone Long-Wear Eye Palette. With all the chic parties coming up this year, the last thing on your mind should be weather or not your smokey eye makeup is traveled as much as you have. Cream shadows wear well all night long, so no more fussy makeup touch ups! In this kit, you get two shades of Long-Wear Cream Shadow, one shade of Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner and a dual-ended mini Cream Shadow/Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush, featured in a new sleek palette with a festive chrome finish.
Velvet Plum Eye Palette
The perfect day-to-night eye palette that you’ve been searching for is back by popular demand. It includes a base shadow, a lower lid shade, liner and dual-ended mini Eye Shadow/Eye liner Brush. Here’s a great shot from a recent shoot to inspire you, using Espresso shadow on the lid and Bone Eye Shadow on the brow bown.
Glitter Balm Lip Palette
Perfect for any mood your in, four shades of unique balm formula is infused with a mix of pearls and glitter so it moisturizes, comforts and gives lips a glowy sheen.
Lip Gloss Trio and Tube Tint Trio
What look wouldn’t be complete without a perfectly juicy pout? Bobbi Brown’s popular Lip Gloss Trio and Tube Tint Trio are the perfect stocking stuffers(or just for yourself!) this holiday season!
Black Plum Deluxe Beauty Trunk
What gal doesn’t LOVE lip gloss?
Well, MAC has done it again….as usual! Dazzleglass creme has flashing flecks of lustrous glimmer that gives lips a new kind of high-beam shine, while the balm-effect of the pillow-top comfort creme keeps the supple going and going. For dazzle with absolute comfort, it’s better than brilliant!
Get yours for $18
Sink your teeth into the vampire beauty craze with Ouidad. Actress Katerina Graham (aka Bonnie Bennett) — from the CW’s new hit drama The Vampire Diaries loves when on-set hairstylists use Ouidad Moisture Lock to enhance her natural waves. Katerina isn’t the only Ouidad fan—stylist Randa Squillacote also uses it to hydrate guest star Jasmine Guy’s curls.
Moisture Lock ($22)
An advanced treatment designed to enhance hair strength, texture and overall appearance. Ouidad spent over two years formulating this innovative hybrid conditioner and pre-styler. Moisture Lock Leave-In Conditioner offers advanced, weightless moisture to enhance hair strength, seal in moisture, and restore healthy texture. Strengthening strands while sealing in moisture – Moisture Lock creates a protective barrier to add shine while protecting hair for overall health and vitality.
If you’re not familiar with 3LAB you need to be!
3LAB is an extremely innovative skincare company made up of the world’s top chemists, as well as a revolutionary Research and Development labratory.
They were generous enough to send us a fantastic array of top products!
One of our most favorite products was: The Perfect Cream. One reason for our fondness is the fair price considering what this cream does. The Perfect Cream is a powerful antioxidant cream that tones, firms, hydrates, repairs, reduces the appearance of wrinkles, clear the complextion, reverses signs of aging, and stops pigmentation. It’s full of vitamins too…Wow! All that for $175. I’d say that’s a great deal.
This has become my “go to cream”. I have noticed a huge turnaround in the appearance of my skin. I also feel very hydrated, but not greasy.
I encourage you to check out The Perfect Cream for yourself and all the other wonderful products offered by 3LAB at www.3lab.com
by Casi Morris
Believe it or not, your skincare regimen cannot remain the same year-to-year…or even week-to-week. Proper skincare that will extend the radiance of your complexion has to be a complete and strategic approach. Every single day.
Skin texture, density, tone and clarity change not only during the various phases of life, but also as a result of lifestyle and geography.
And, while you can’t always change your hometown or social calendar, you can approach beauty from an educated perspective based on your birth year. Well-developed products contain ingredients specifically targeted to address skin issues generally realized during these differing stages in life.
I. Your Teens
During the teen years, skin is extremely acne-prone due to over production of sebum (oil) and raging hormones.
However, there are amazing products that not only help reduce oil, but also help eliminate blemishes and keep it all under control.
Salicylic Acid-based cleansers are a great choice, primarily because they don’t over-dry the skin, but they also thoroughly cleanse. Furthermore, Salicylic Acid is actually a gentle exfoliant.
**Did you know: naturally-derived salicylic acid comes from the bark of a willow tree?
I am also a big fan of benzoyl peroxide-based emergency treatments. This is a powerful form of acne medication, and an “on-the-spot” product formulated with it can in many cases rid blemishes very quickly. By using a benzo-based product only on isolated break-out areas, it will not over-dry the skin, which is many times the primary complaint against this ingredient.
1. Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Cleanser is an amazing salicylic acid-based cleanser that is both affordable and effective.
2. Derma Doctor’s Ain’t Misbehavin’ Medicated Emergency Acne Spot Treatment is a great choice because it contains a number of soothing extracts to calm the skin while also utilizing benzoyl peroxide to do some serious “zit zapping”.
An Additional Recommendation:
The Acne or Detox Facial. Typically performed with Glycolic or Salicylic Acid-based products, the acne facial both thoroughly cleanses and also removes impurities buried deep within pores. While skin may immediately experience a few new breakouts, this is only temporary and part of the overall, long-term healing process. This particular facial is offered at most spas.
II. Your 20s
These are the years when the damage is actually done…..sun, alcohol, late nights….during your 20s, women feel invincible. However, they actually have no idea that they are setting the stage for the wrinkles, sun damage, loss of firmness and dehydration they will begin to realize over the next few decades.
Products that hydrate and infuse beneficial ingredients will help dramatically, because let’s face it….late nights and bad skin behavior happens. Thus, correcting the early damage and beginning maintenance in the early 20s is critical.
The 20s are also the time to begin a skincare religion known as SPF. UVA (aging) and UVB (burn) damage can be detrimental for young skin, even though most young women feel immune to the effects of sun damage. By starting a daily SPF regimen at this stage in life, a great deal of age-related damage can be avoided.
1) Kumaara Daily Antioxidant Protection with SPF 15. This lightweight, daily lotion will provide gentle moisture, UV protection and impart a healthy glow - all in one. It’s also sheer enough to be worn underneath makeup…and isn’t sticky or smelly as with many SPF lotions. Formulated with certified organic anti-oxidants, it’s a healthy way to protect and moisturize skin.
2) Another great product for gals in their 20s is a tinted moisturizer with SPF. Shisedo’s The Skincare Tinted Moisture Protection SPF 20 is fabulous, as most young women don’t need or want a heavy foundation. Therefore, a lightweight tinted moisturizer with SPF not only helps protect skin from UV damage, but also adds the necessary daily moisture young skin needs. This particular version also contains a pore and oil control powder, as post-teen skin can still sometimes appear oily, especially if not fully-graduated from the acne phase.
3) For those late nights, check-out Skyn Iceland’s Hydro Cool Firming Gels. An emergency treatment when you’ve really outdone yourself, these short-of-a-miracle eye pads will calm, soothe and de-puff dark circles you were convinced just might never leave!
An Additional Recommendation:
A Vitamin C or Oxygenated Facial increases blood flow and enhances skin’s 02 level. This imparts a fresh radiance and heightened, youthful glow.
Visit: HYPERLINK “http://www.blissworld.com” \t “_blank” www.blissworld.com and check-out the Oxygen Blast Facial. With the Regenerating Vitamin A, C and E Oxygen Spray Add-on, it’s the perfect combination for the ultimate, youthful complexion.
III. Your 30s
This is the time for maintenance - it’s all about taking care of skin in the here and now. The 30s decade is critical because skin goes through a great deal of changes during this time period. Significant life changes typically take place for most women during the 30s (marriage, childbirth, metabolic changes, stress, work promotions, work lay-offs, divorce)….let’s face it, the 30s are when life really happens!
Accordingly, your skin (and body!) will reflect it all.
Therefore, products that help maintain the status of your skin before those life “experiences” hit are key. Such products that include peptides (which help plump the skin and fill-in wrinkles) and skin rejuvenation ingredients (such as Hyaluronic Acid) also do some heavy-lifting for this phase in life.
1. Nude Skincare’s Miracle Mask bills itself as the ultimate pre-party mask. However, at this point in life, a quick fix and pick-me-up is the ideal treat for tired, over-stressed skin. This mask contains a healthy dose of Oligopeptides for wrinkle smoothing and AHAs for exfoliation. Plus, the entire line is paraben and phthalate-free, a huge plus for those who are pre (or post) pregnancy.
2. Women in their 30s are always on the go: Touché Éclat Radiant Touch by YSL is a great quick fix. A few quick strokes of this radiance booster (reminder: it’s not a concealer, rather a brightener) will temporarily help tired, sallow skin look refreshed and polished…in a flash!
IV. Your 40s and 50s
By the time women hit their 40s and 50s, they will have a good sense of how their skin is aging. Some women will be doing so gracefully, while others (depending on lifestyle and heredity - yes, behavior counts!) will have pre-destined, not-so-graceful path.
Deep hydration is critical at this stage in skincare. Most mature skin is parched and in desperate need of a double-dose of moisture, which can only be achieved by utilizing products with the richest ingredients.
Here are some great options for skincare that are both aggressive AND preventative, depending on the nature of how skin firmness and elasticity is progressing at this point in time.
1. The Neutrogena Visibly Firm with Active Copper line is a perfect choice for skin that is 40-50+ because this particular mineral does a fantastic job of firming, toning and lifting.
**Note: Copper-based products are only intended for mature, dry skin, as this particular ingredient can exacerbate acne-prone skin.
2. Kumaara’s Overnight Repair Complex contains Syn-Ake (synthetic temple viper venom) which mimics Botox. So, basically it’s an overnight face lift in a far which with continued use will help relax those pesky lines and wrinkles. You will awake each morning looking a little more refreshed and renewed everyday!
2) Another top pick for its amazing revitalization properties: Dior’s L’or De Vie Anti-aging Line is a revolutionary blend of anti-oxidants derived from the Yquem wine vines that contain rich healing and wrinkle reduction properties - all backed by dramatic clinical results. A skin care line this rich and luxurious is an absolute must for skin that is mature and in need of the most potent hydration possible. The Dior line is ideal for improving the overall condition and appearance of 50+ skin.
Casi Morris is a seasoned cosmetic concept and product developer who has held posts atsome of the world’s largest beauty companies, as well as today’s most innovative boutiquebeauty brands. In addition to her own blog, she is a contributor to a number of leading beauty sites and is currently serving as Sr. Director of Marketing and Product Development at Iconic Labs in Los Angeles, CA.
First of all, Jan Marini makes awesome products. Her skincare is top-notch and the quality is outstanding!
Jan Marini is probably best know for her “Marini Lash” which Julianne and I are obsessed with! It really does make the eyelashes longer and thicker, we are true believers in Ms. Marini and her company. We aren’t the only fans, some of Hollywoods elite are as well, such as Naomi Campbell, Paris Hilton, and Naomi Watts just to name a few.
Well, when we heard about (and tried) her newest miracle product, ‘Marini Hair’ we really flipped our lid!
Marini Hair contains the same proprietary peptides found in Marini Lash.
“Marini Hair dramatically improves the appearence of aging, evnironmentally and chemically-damaged hair. Get ready for lusher, fuller and younger looking hair, with body, bounce and vitality”.
I’ve personally seen a tremendous change in my hair and owe it all the Jan Marini. Thanks Jan!!
For more information on this or other Jan Marini products, visit www.janmarini.com
One of the most powerful arsenals in my makeup bag is YSL Touche Eclat. This handy pen is wonderful for brightening areas on your face with a silky smooth weightless formula that never cakes or cracks. I know a lot of people call this a concealor but it is not. It’s main purpose is to brighten the areas on your face giving you a fresher appearance. I use Touche Eclat throughout the day for touchups to fill in fine lines and brighten the under the eye area on a shoot and in my personal life because I love it so much!