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New Product Alert | GrandCentralBeauty’s S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting® Serum+Primer

Fans of GrandCentralBeauty will be happy to know there is a new addition to the range of S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting products. The S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting® products are named for their key benefits: Smoothing, Moisturizing, Anti-Aging, Redness-Reducing, Toning and already includes the Skin Perfecting Mask and Skin Perfecting Polisher. To celebrate the launch of their S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting® Serum+Primer, we attended an event at Henri Bendel hosted by Founders, Jackie Lee and Ginger King, co-hosted by Lara Eurdolian of Pretty Connected, with a special appearance by Orange is The New Black’s Jessica Pimentel (who plays Maria Ruiz).

The new product is an instant smoothing, multi-efficient, all-over serum and primer. The unique, oil-free, silica-free treatment instantly smoothes, moisturizes, and acts as what is your to be your favorite primer, under-eye smoother, over makeup setter and lip serum. The easy to wear treatment formula, created by chemist and GrandCentralBeauty Co-Founder, Ginger King, works for all skin types. The S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting® Serum+Primer features natural moisturizers, fruits, and botanicals such as squalane, apple, watermelon, lentil, rice, and soybean protein, providing you 24-hour moisturization and all day anti-aging benefits.

As stated above, the event was hosted by Founders, Jackie Lee and Ginger King, co-hosted by Lara Eurdolian of Pretty Connected (all pictured above) with an appearance by Orange is The New Black’s Jessica Pimentel, who I had the pleasure of interviewing her as a long-time user of GrandCentralBeauty’s products. She also shared the hilarious beauty secret of her Orange is the New Black character, Maria Ruiz:

The GrandCentralBeauty’s S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting® Serum+Primer is available now at Henri Bendel New York, NewBeauty at Fred Segal, Birchbox.com, select specialty apothecary boutiques and spas, and www.grandcentralbeauty.com for a retail price of $68.00 for a 50ml/1.7oz bottle.

Osmotics Cosmeceuticals Launches New Winter Skincare Collections

Last week I got a insider’s peek at Osmotics Cosmeceuticals, a unique skincare line that was originally on the front lines of innovation leading to the category of skincare called Cosmeceuticals. What are Cosmeceuticals? Well, first it is a term used to describe cosmetics that have “medicinal or drug-like benefits.”

When I first arrived to Henri Bendel, the location of the preview, I was given the chance to try Osmotics’ LED Photo Rejuvenation Therapy, which is a treatment that utilizes light wavelengths to stimulate cells in our skin, and over time will help them turn over to reveal new skin underneath. Now of course I saw no change in such a short period of time, but the light device did not hurt at all and the warm light did provide a brief sense of relaxation while it was on my face. This treatment is incorporated with Osmotics’ products to help maximize their ability to penetrate the skin.

Afterwards, the other beauty bloggers and I sat with Osmotics’ Founder, Francine Porter, to hear about their products. Blue Copper 5 is a line of products that are formulated with active copper attached to a 5 peptide chain. With its anti-inflammatory properties and the fact that it is used in wound care copper and the peptide chain helps skin fight against the elements of aging and helps with luminosity. The Blue Copper 5 line of products contains 6 distinct products to help with all areas of the face, as well as a Firming Body Cream. The standout product to me was the Firming Elasticity Repair. When I tried it on one hand I saw immediate results in texture and the way my skin looked.

The next range she introduced us to was the Micro Peel 3 Step Resurfacing System that uses natural AHA’s to rejuvenate the skin; it consists of a Exfoliating Charcoal Mask, Collagen Boosting Micro Peel and a Protective Barrier Cream. The idea is that every 2-3 months you incorporate this system into your night routine for about 3 weeks exclusively. You should see a difference in pores, wrinkles, and skin texture.

Interested in anti-aging skincare or a skin boost? You can buy Osmotics Cosmeceuticals at select Nordstrom, Dillard’s, Henri Bendel locations as well as www.osmotics.com.

***Thank you to Guest Blogger and My Life on and off the Guest List Contributor, Laura A. Floyd of Blush and Beakers who returned to attend the Osmotics Cosmeceuticals Winter Skincare Preview. Make sure to check out her blog.

SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Joins Henri Bendel for Fashion Night Out

Swarovski Elements is hosting not one but two Fashion Night Out events. They plan to crystallized both uptown and downtown fans woth events at famed Henri Bendel and their Soho SWAROVSKI CRYSTALLIZED store.

Henri Bendel / SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS
712 5th Avenue at 56th St
(212) 247-1100
3:00 p.m. – close
SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS ™ has partnered with one of New York’s most notable retailers, Henri Bendel, on a series of Fashion’s Night out activities ranging from crystallized makeovers by Frédéric Fekkai to a dazzling tattoo parlor, each transforming the store into a crystal wonderland making the acclaimed 5th Avenue flagship sparkle from head-to-toe. Shoppers will be able to get a head start on prepping for their evening, beginning at 3 p.m., with crystallized beauty makeovers by Frédéric Fekkai. Services include manicures and hair styling, all infused with the sparkle of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. After being pampered, visitors can purchase exclusive Fashion’s Night Out gear, including limited-edition FNO shirts adorned with black diamond and fuchsia crystals.


Adding more sparkle to the night’s festivities, the Austrian crystal company will transform the first floor of Henri Bendel for Fashion’s Night Out – the focal point is an opulent Swarovski Crystal Palace chandelier, titled “Cascade” by Vincent Van Duysen, standing 14 feet tall waiting to greet shoppers in the atrium as they enter off 5th Avenue.

For the past 75 years, Swarovski has had a deep-rooted history in stage and screen projects, ranging from movies to Broadway and beyond. To celebrate Swarovski’s commitment to the arts, a special display of eight costumes made with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, from Phantom of the Opera, designed by Tony Award winning costume designer Alexandra Byrne, and NINE, designed by Oscar winning costume designer Colleen Atwood, will be a part of the décor. The dazzling interiors and costumes will be on exhibit beyond New York Fashion Week at Henri Bendel, culminating September 19.

Special Henri Bendel tattoos made with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS will also be available for purchase throughout the night and artists will be on hand to apply them to guests.

SWAROVSKI CRYSTALLIZED™
499 Broadway btw Spring and Broome Streets
212.966.3322
www.swarovski-crystallized.com
6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
For one night only, SWAROVSKI CRYSTALLIZED™ will host Jimmy Crystal, the go-to designer for celebrities wanting their most precious iPhones and BlackBerries covered in SWAROVSKI crystals. No longer will you have to choose between black and white—but from a huge selection of custom crystal cases ranging from glam fuchsia, to smoky onyx ombré to wild zebra stripes. Or work with Jimmy to realize your own design! Lady Gaga, Elton John, and half of Hollywood have entrusted their most precious possessions to SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS and Jimmy Crystal—and ONLY tonight we can bring this to you.

If you have a little time between Henri Bendel and the Swarovski Soho store, why not stop by the below in between

Tamsen Z
783 Madison Avenue btw 66th and 67th Streets
212.360.7840
www.tamsenz.com
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Join Ann Ziff at Tamsen Z for a champagne reception. Tamsen Z is a jewelry collection designed by Ann Ziff featuring one-of-a-kind, handmade pieces from some of the world’s rarest materials including colored diamonds, meteorites, fire opals and pre-Columbian gold figur