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Collosol Eau de Lait: A French Secret for Parched, Wind-Whipped Skin

This winter’s bone-chilling temperatures have been wreaking havoc on our skin, stripping its moisture, disrupting the barrier function and leaving our faces dry, red and raw. We’ve been looking for anything that could help and came upon a wonderful French skincare secret. Cleansing our skin at the end of the long cold day with Collosol Eau de Lait.

Using Collosol Eau de Lait invokes the feeling of the milk baths that long ago royals indulged in. We imagined our skin felt exactly as theirs did, enjoying the beautifying benefits of the historically acclaimed milk bath. Not only did Collosol Eau de Lait take off all our makeup, our skin was left wonderfully soft. There was none of the tightness we’ve been experiencing during the harsh winter days we’ve been having. Using Collosol Eau de Lait during the blustery Bomb Cyclone was a true test of how amazing this product is. We promise you, it’s a must treat for your skin.

So what exactly is Collosol Eau de Lait? It is a moisturizing milk/micellar water hybrid. A thorough but gentle cleanser that can be applied with a cotton pad to remove makeup, moisturize, and soothe stinging skin. No rinsing with water is required, a good thing since the limestone in tap water can be irritating to parched, wind-shipped skin. The universal formula is also suited to all skin types, from sensitive to dry to oily/acne-prone. You will also love the subtle fragrance it leaves behind. It’s sure to take your mind off those cold winter days.

Here’s a cool tip: Lace a warm bath with Collosol Eau de Lait to cleanse, hydrate and luxuriate in the milk’s sweet, musky scent…and forget all about the frigid cold weather outside.

Collosol Eau de Lait is a French skincare classic created in Paris in the 1950s, which is now thankfully available in the U.S. at www.smallflower.com.

We Speak Beauty: Bienvenue à la Beauté Française

As the title says, Bienvenue à la beauté française, which means “welcome to French beauty”. We’re about to take you on a journey to the latest new beauty products from some of our favorite international brands, many of them french. Get ready to drool over the latest from Orlane Paris, Talika Paris, Votre Vu, and Juara Skincare. If you are ready ladies, we say again, Bienvenue à la beauté française.

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The Orlane Paris Powder Multi-Soleil is a multi-toned bronzer with an absolute matte finish. It unifies and enhances the brightness of the skin with its four complementary colors included in the same compact. Get ready for a healthy glow, customizable and ultra-luminous for all complexions. Enriched with Hyaluronic acid and vitamins (A, C, and E), it brightens the face without dehydrating the skin. Paraben-Free, it preserves the most sensitive skins.

The Orlane Paris Bronzing Pressed Powder is an opaque and velvety pressed powder that illuminates the face all year long. The single dose of natural pigments enhances radiance without overbearing. It’s anti-dehydrating formula softens and illuminates the skin for a revealing and resplendent effect. Available in an iconic “galet bleu” compact, Orlane offers 2 additional shades in purse size. Adorned with our seal, it easily fits in all bags.

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The Creme Royale Cleansing Cream, $150.00, for Face & Eyes is the first step in ensuring the skin enjoys all the benefits of Royal Jelly and 24-Karat Gold. It is a soft cream for the face and eyes that transform into a silky oil to bring a sensory dimension to your cleansing and makeup removal ritual. This refined skincare product combines the expertise of a formula to that of a gesture.

The rich and fluid Lotion Royale, $150.00, brings Royal Jelly and 24K Gold with anti-aging and revitalizing properties. It stimulates the natural defenses and the skin’s ability to repair. It protects the skin from aging and strengthens its youthful capabilities, envelopes the skin in a veil of softness and comfort, intensely moisturizes and sustainably promotes the immersion and diffusion into the skin of its active ingredients and prepares the skin for the action of the anti-aging Crème Royale care and enhances its effectiveness.

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Our journey in beauté française continues with the Talika Paris Eye Detox Specific, $55.00, targets dark circles in fair skin, olive, and dark skin. It provides anti-aging and anti-inflammatory benefits, boosts microcirculation, instantly smooths the eye contour, blurs the light and brightens the eye area, features an applicator that helps to decongest and tone, with Vitamin B3 (in the olive to dark skin formula only) that regulates the synthesis of melanin and soothes the skin.

The Talika Paris Bio Enzymes Mask® Décolleté, $12.00, is made of a bio-cellulose base, the shape of which allows for intimate contact with the contours of the face and neck, and active ingredients that respond to the principal needs of each skin layer. It contains hyaluronic acid and collagen which plumps and smoothes, reduces wrinkles and intensely moisturizes the skin; adenosine, the body’s natural fuel, which pumps energy into the skin cells and combats the signs of aging; a complex of 16 plants (ginseng, mauve, lemon balm, chamomile, etc) to regenerate and brighten the skin thanks to their antioxidant, toning and healing properties; and vitamin B3, which soothes and hydrates the skin and helps to combat dark spots.

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The Votre Vu Duette Luxe Lip Balm and Hand Crème, $36.00, is not a new product but it’s quite wonderful enough to keep praising. This deeply moisturizing lip balm (located in the cap) and a decadently rich hand crème comes in one package. The nourishing lip balm made from coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax gently protects, nourishes and softens lips in every condition. The heavenly hand crème leaves a soft veil of almond and coconut fragrance lingering on the skin. Beautifully absorbed, this special formula was developed to maintain the health, beauty, and suppleness of your hands while delighting your nose with a decadent aroma.

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The Votre Vu Lip Lustre Gloss, $22.00, gives your lips luminous, conditioning color with this good-for-lip formula that boasts green tea extract and nourishing vitamin E. Available in long-lasting colors, you can either wear each shade alone or layer for your own signature color.

The Votre Vu French Kiss Moisture Riche Lipstick, $23.00, offers chic color and Haute hydration. Handcrafted of pure, enriched natural plant waxes and vitamin E, these proprietary formulations protect your gorgeous grin with anti-aging ingredients and SPF 8. Embrace a lush, buildable finish that doesn’t flake or feather.

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We leave the beauté française and journey to Indonesia. Juara Skincare has saved our skin many times and we’re excited about their latest launches, both o which seem tailored made for our problem skin. The Juara Skincare Radiance Enzyme Scrub, $38.00, is a 2-in-1 scrub that exfoliates, cleanses, and refines skin while minimizing the look of pores. This gentle yet powerful scrub features Juara’s skin brightening Radiance Complex to rid your skin of impurities while improving its texture and tone. Your skin is left soft, smooth and luminous with less noticeable pores.

The Miracle Tea Complete Eye Creme, $48.00, is a multi-tasking eye treatment that boosts radiance, firms, and hydrates while minimizing the appearance of fine lines, dark circles and puffiness. It is formulated with age-delaying Fermented Sweet Black Tea, also known in Indonesia as “miracle tea” or “kombucha”, firming Five Flavor Berry, dark-circle eliminating Marigold, nourishing Illipe Butter, and Juara’s unique Radiance Complex. This rejuvenating eye creme leaves your under eye area revitalized and pampered.

What are your thought on these beauté française products, fellow beauty addicts? Will be you adding them to your daily pampering routine?

Vive La France: What’s New in French Beauty and Cosmetics

Besides having great cognacs, rich foods, and chic fashions, the French are also very much known for their amazing beauty products. French beauty products are known for their innovation and elegance, and as any French woman will tell you, it’s all about the skincare. The French put a lot into creating their skincare products, making them the most effective skincare products in the world. Today we present new launches from some of our most coveted French beauty brands, including Leonor Greyl, Orlane Paris, Lubin Paris, Talika Paris, Juara Skincare, and Antonym Cosmetics.TALIKA PARIS BIO ENZYMES MASK & EYEBROW LIPOCILS EXPERT

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Being outdoors during the Summer months can leave your skin dehydrated and damaged after sun exposure but thanks to Talika Paris, there is a solution that soothes, relieves, hydrates, repairs and regenerates your skin. Inspired by skin regeneration techniques, the 100% natural nano-fiber, Bio Enzymes Mask® After Sun transforms your skin, thanks to hyaluronic acid to plump up the skin, antioxidant alpine flowers, and water-harnessing sugar that stimulates skin’s natural regeneration. Talika Paris is also known as the expert in eyebrow growth, offering the very best formulas for the past 60 years. The French beauty brand’s new Eyebrow Lipocils Expert Eyebrow Conditioning Gel stimulates the growth of eyebrow hairs. As 2015 is the year of thicker, more pronounced eyebrows, using a product to stimulate growth, intensify natural pigmentation, and leave you with more defined eyebrows is key, especially as we’ve previously succumbed to excessive plucking and sun exposure. Thanks to baobab leaf, coleus forskohlii to boost natural color, various peptides, and horse chestnut, you will begin to get fuller eyebrows after 28 days.

JUARA RADIANCE VITALITY OIL

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Although the fountain of youth has yet to be found, we present to you, complete radiance in a bottle in this Juara Radiance Vitality Oil. This light, miracle treatment oil contains a powerful blend of the purest, most precious oils that have revolutionized the beauty world, including Plumeria, Passionfruit, Candlenut, Coconut, Macadamia, Jojoba, Avocado, Turmeric, and Rice Bran Oils. Joining these amazing oils are Vitamin C, and a firming Five-Flavor-Berry Extract that hydrates, brightens, firms, and restores skin elasticity. Although this treatment product is an oil, it is surprisingly non-greasy and great for all skin types (yes even oily skin). You see this combination of precious oils helps to regulate sebum production, which is what all oily skin sufferers, like us, needs. 2-3 drops every morning and night, makes an excellent Skin-Saving Remedy, whenever your skin looks red or feels dry and stressed. Technically Juara Skincare is Indonesian, but much like the French, they take their skin care, and ingredients, very seriously.

LEONOR GREYL BAUME BOIS DE ROSE

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Say goodbye to hair gels that leave your hair stiff, and waxes that are difficult to wash out. You can get the hold that you want without the stiffness and residue, as well as moisturizing benefits. Leonor Greyl has developed a styling product that applies like a styling wax, will not leave your hair stiff, leaves no residue in your hair, and easily washes out. Baume Bois de Rose is a radically innovative hair care product boasts properties of four exceptional active ingredients: berry wax to protect and soften, Brazilian Carnauba (Copernicia cerifera) palm wax, for its structuring power, Jasmine wax for its amazing moisturizing properties, and Amazonian Cupuaçu butter, a strong antioxidant which provides anti-UV protection, and hours of continuous moisturization to the hair cuticle.

ORLANE PARIS TEINT ABSOLU TREATMENT FOUNDATION

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A French beauty must-have, this lightweight treatment cream foundation that moisturizes, protects and regenerates your skin. This foundation that reduces wrinkles, redefines facial contours, enhances skin radiance, and evens out your complexion, while providing a long-lasting, natural satiny, and luminous finish. Tient Absolu contains vitamins and antioxidants to protect the skin without leaving it greasy, it stays on all day, and doesn’t dry the skin. The Orlane Paris Tient Absolu Treatment Foundation is available in four shades:

  • 11 Beige absolu naturalness and elegance for fair skin tones
  • 12 Beige sable enhances tanned light skin tones
  • 13 Beige doré gives a kiss of sunshine to olive skin tones
  • 14 Beige noisette brightens amber skin tones

LUBIN PARIS GRISETTE PARFUM

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Inspired by and named for the fresh-faced, yet risqué Grisette girls of 19th century Paris who would dash from work to bars for fun-filled nights of dancing, drinking, and debauchery, the feminine and floral Grisette by Lubin Paris fragrance is comprised of a variety of roses from Morocco and Bulgaria. Top notes include citrus, grapefruit, and bergamot, the heart or middle notes include Moroccan rose, Bulgarian rose, iris, and incense, and base notes include musk, amber, cedarwood, and Madagascan vanilla. This is definitely not your other’s rose-scented fragrance.

ANTONYM COSMETICS ECOCERT ORGANIC BAKED BLUSH

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If you’re looking for a universally flattering blush that compliments all skin tones, look no further than this rosy organic baked blush. Thanks to the combination of a transparent and colorful finish, a weightless feel, and certified organic ingredients, your cheekbones will be left with a natural flushed look. An innovative baking process transforms the blush crème into a finely textured powder transforming it into an ultra smooth and silky when applied to the skin. The new Antonym Cosmetics Rose color of this Organic Baked Blush joins shades: Copper (shimmery bronze) and Peach (matte).

What are your thoughts on these French beauty brands?

The Largest L’OCCITANE Boutique in the World has Arrived in Flatiron

Attention Flatiron District, prepare some major color in your neighborhood; a boldly colored L’Occitane en Provence Flagship boutique (the largest L’Occitane boutique in the world) will be opening its doors tomorrow, December 1st with a ribbon cutting at 11am. The opening celebration is just the beginning of a weekend of fun festivities, delicious french fare, absolute pampering and live entertainment.

The signature yellow L’Occitane Flagship is located at 170 5th Ave at 22nd Street. The first 100 guests to purchase $25 worth of product will receive an adorable L’Occitane Tote filled with the brand’s best sellers.

Happy Shopping

L’Occitane Introduces Holiday Gifts and a New Store Location

L’Occitane en Provence has added some much needed beauty to the Upper East Side with the opening of its brand new heritage shop on October 25th located at 180 East 86th Street. “Our new store honors the history of the brand, the entire story,” explains founder Olivier Baussan (pictured below). “This new heritage store reflects our roots in Provence, showcasing the authentic traditions and ingredients which have always guided L’Occitane.”

A first-of-its-kind boutique, the new heritage store tells the story of L’Occitane through dramatic design elements and visuals. As the brand celebrates its 35th anniversary, the new boutique is chronicling L’Occitane’s evolution from the first harvest in 1976 to the present through reclaimed, vintage furniture, authentic Provencal décor and signature services.

Inside the store, visitors will see ingredients come to life. Lavender plants and Verbena are placed throughout the shop which also boasts bespoke signature services, including Skincare and Hair Care Consultation areas, a Hand Massage Station, and more. In keeping with L’Occitane’s heritage, the store houses a Citroën 2CV car just like the one Olivier first used when he got his start selling soaps and essential oils in the markets of Provence.


The Holiday 2011 L’Occitane collection is inspired by Confiserie Florian, a classic fragrance distillery in the south of France, where fresh fruits and flowers are transformed into decadent delights. And delightful is exactly what these season’s L’Occitane holiday treats are:

Délice des Fruits – Lemon & Clementine. If you love the fresh scent of citrus, then this refreshing collection is for you.

Lip Balm – Enriched with sweet almond oil, the smooth, creamy texture nourishes, protects, and leaves a beautiful sheen on lips. With its delectable scent and shape inspired by the calisson sweets of Provence, it is the most irresistible treat! 0.35 oz. – $12

Shower Jelly – On contact with water, the exquisite texture of this Shower Jelly transforms into a creamy lather, for a delicious and indulgent shower experience. Its gentle formula cleanses the skin, leaving it perfumed with a sparkling scent. 8.4 fl. oz. – $20

Body Cream – This gel-cream nourishes skin while enveloping it in the juicy, delectable scent of candied citrus peel. 8.4 oz. – $35

Perfumed Soap – The elegant shape of this soap is inspired by one of the most coveted Provençal sweets: calissons. This plant-based soap thoroughly cleanses the hands and body without drying skin. 1.7 oz. – $5

Bath Ball – The effervescent Bath Ball dissolves in bath water, releasing bright colors and delicious scents. 1.4 oz. – $4

Hand Cream – With its zesty, succulent scent, this Hand Cream will delight all those who love to indulge. Its irresistible formula nourishes hands and protects against harsh winter conditions. 1 oz. – $10

Sweet Candle – This aromatic Scented Candle fills your home with sweet and sparkling scents – evocative of those which escape from the confectionary workshops in Provence. Its original calisson shape makes a beautiful gift. 3.5 oz. – $25

Home Perfume Diffuser – Add a decorative and fragrant touch to your home this holiday season. Inside are a glass bottle, fifteen natural perfume diffuser sticks and a perfume refill. There are plenty of scents to choose from, with something to match every mood and occasion: White Blossoms, Candied Fruit, Provençal Landscape, and many more. $16

Délice des Fleurs – Rose & Violet. For lovers of floral, this delicate mix of delicious, powdery rose and violet petals with a hint of sugar is the perfect fit.

The Délice des Fleurs Eau de Toilette. This delicate and gourmand floral fragrance captures the delicious scents of sugar-coated crystallized flowers. The frosted bottle evokes the curves of a melting caramel drop. 2.6 fl. oz. – $42

Solid Perfume – Ideal for fragrant touch-ups throughout the day, this Solid Perfume is packaged in a charming round tin. As it melts on your skin, it releases the delicious floral scents of the Eau de Toilette. 0.35 oz. – $10

Shower Jelly – With its sweet, floral scent, the Délice des Fleurs Shower Jelly makes your skin feel and smell delicious and irresistible. On contact with water, it transforms into a rich creamy lather that delicately cleanses the skin. 8.4 fl. oz. – $20

Body Milk – The Délice des Fleurs Body Milk keeps skin beautifully soft, supple and velvety – even in the heart of winter. Its nourishing formula, enriched with grape seed oil and shea butter, sinks into the skin with the lightest touch. 8.4 fl. oz. – $24

Hand Cream – Enriched with shea butter, this cream protects against winter damage and leaves hands delicately perfumed and enveloped in softness. 1 oz. – $10

Lip Gloss – The Rose and Violet Lip Glosses soften lips and give a subtle sheen of color. With their delectable scent and colorful cases, who could resist this temptation? 0.1 oz. – $12

Other great gifts from L’Occitane include their Starkits which are a perfect way to indulge yourself during the cold winter months

Happy Holiday Shopping

Enjoy Votre Vu’s VU-lin Rouge on Fashion Night Out

On Thursday, September 8th, Votre Vu will re-create history’s most glamorous and exciting cabaret, the Moulin Rouge, for Fashion’s Night Out. Votre Vu’s customized 27-foot Airstream, The VuBAR, will be stationed in front of the Soho House on 9th Ave between 13th and 14th Sts for what promises to be a truly French fête.

The famed VU-Lin Rouge MC will wrangle crowds to watch authentic performances by French Can Can girls and a contortionist, with a photographer on hand to document the revelry and snap photos of guests with performers.

In addition to sampling Votre Vu’s handcrafted, French-made skincare, guests can taste SnapDragon Beauty Beverage chilled in an ice luge and distributed by Votre Vu’s very own SnapDragon Sprite.

Vu la la!

Votre Vu VU-lin Rouge
When: Thursday, September 8th, 2011
6-11 PM; performances from 6:30-9:10 PM
Where: The VuBAR, parked on 9th Ave between 13th and 14th Streets

Votre Vu’s Bebe Duette Lip Balm & Nutrient Rich Hand Crème

Who doesn’t want a versatile product? I know I certainly do and in the age of size limitations on beauty products and the cost of paying for your luggage to actually travel with you, we all must now condense said luggage in order to truly enjoy our trips. This is why I love Votre Vu’s Bebe Duette Luxe Lips, Luxe lips Framboise & Hand Cream 2-Pack, its two amazing products in one package that can easily fit into any size luggage, handbag or even some pockets for no hassle, go anywhere with you beauty must have

The Bebe Duette Combo comes in two petite versions, both with a deeply moisturizing lip balm and a decadently rich hand crème – Bébé Duette with clear Luxe Lips and NEW Bébé Duette with Luxe Lips Framboise (raspberry) are neatly encased in the caps of the hand crème.
Luxe Lips is a nourishing lip balm made from coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax that gently protects, nourishes and softens lips in every condition. This intensively nourishing, light and natural coconut flavor delivers a guiltless treat to your mouth with every application. Luxe Lips Framboise is a vitamin E infused anti-aging formula that is universally flattering for every day; created with coconut, sunflower and premiere pressed castor oils along with shea butter and beeswax, it also gently protects, nourishes and softens lips in every condition. A deliciously light, citrusy, natural passion fruit flavor delivers an exotic indulgence. Both Luxe Lips and Luxe Lips Framboise are topped with UV filters that add extra protection to your luxe lips. I also love the fact that the top of the cap is a mirror which makes for quick and easy application.

The accompanying Tarte D’Amande, Almond Pie nutrient rich hand creme, leaves a soft veil of almond and coconut fragrance lingering on the skin that will tantalize any desert lover. This succulent recipe of nourishing and protecting sunflower, grape seed and jojoba oils combined with moisturizing and healing aloe, wheat proteins and natural sun filters develops into the perfect treat, anytime of the day. Luxe Hand Crème contains sun filters for UVA/UVB protection to maintain skin tone, while helping protect and keep hands soft, supple and younger looking. You can double your deliciousness with luxurious moisture protection by matching your body’s sensuously silkiness to your hands and lips with Tarte D’Amande Body Soufflé.

The Remarkable Beauty of Patyka

Holistic and plant-based luxury French Skincare line, Patyka, is a treat for your body and mind. Containing 98.28% of organic ingredients, it both treats and protects your skin and you don’t have to worry about negative effects chemical ingredients might have on your skin. With skin as oily as mine, I need all the help I can get, which is why I tried the Abolis range from Patyka.

Patyka is an amazing skincare collection suitable for all skin types, even gentle enough for the most sensitive and delicate skin but definitely does its job. Abolis Patyka comes in to formulations – Combination Skin and Dry Skin.

The Spearmint Foaming Cleanser (shown above) is a purifying soap-free gel that delicately foams to cleanse combination skin without causing any aggression, this soothing cleanser respects moisture levels in the most delicate of skin. It leaves the skin fresh and
purified.

The next step in this skincare regime is the Witch Hazel Face Toner. This alcohol-free lotion – tap water substitute Toner purifies and restores balance. Alcohol-free, it is comprised of floral witch hazel water which refines the surface of the skin (which is excellent in helping minimize enlarged pores)

To moisturize, the Tea Tree Face Cream is a must. As we all know Tea Tree Oil is excellent for oily skin and this light and moisturizing cream helps to restore the balance in combination skin and boosts its self-defense mechanisms. It also contains micronized minerals that unify and enhance the complexion for an immediate, noticeable effect plus it’s an excellent make-up primer.

You can see the entire Abolis Patyka line in the photo below. I also highly recommend the Body Washes. The Spearmint Body Wash (my favorite) is invigorating it refreshes the body while stimulating the mind. Precious Woods Body Wash is a warm scent that envelopes you in tranquility. Neroli Body Wash is for you if you love sweet scents and the Mandarin Body Wash is a subtle fruit scent that is sure to give you that much needed morning pick me up.

The entire line of Abolis Patyka can be purchased at the New London Pharmacy and NewLondonPharmacy.com in New York.