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.

Immunocologie Launches New products to their Luxury Skincare Line

We love getting reacquainted with brands that we’ve loved in the past. Sometimes it’s a wonderful thing to be reminded why you fell in love with the products in the first place. We were recently reminded how amazing the range of skincare products from Immunocologie. The luxury skincare brand held an event to welcome new launches, as well as relaunched a few of their luxury classic products. The newest additions go deeper than just the surface, targeting the immune system thanks to its Vital Oligo Complex. This complex emphasizes the importance of positive ion therapy, it contains 15 essential elements that is crucial for the proper functioning of skin cells, and is encapsulated in such a way, that it allows the 15 essential elements to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin.

Day Protection – not a new product, it is formerly known as DNA Boost Repair Creme, but it is an amazing one just the same. This luxurious, repairing moisturizer promotes skin regeneration, and provides protection against outside elements to improve the quality, balance, and function of your skin. Protection against the elements is essential, especially in a city like New York which can experience various seasonal weather in day and can expose you to harsh chemicals.

Hyaluronic Serum – this high hydrating serum stimulate production of natural hyaluronic acid to support the epidermal fibroblasts (the most common type of cells found in skin’s connective tissue), it takes in moisture from the environment and increases internal production to help the body heal itself. As the weather gets cooler and drier, we’re sure this serum will work wonder to keep our skin looking healthy.

Super 7 Elixir Face – this nutrient-rich firming and nourishing serum contains snail mucin, which enhances the functional ability of fibroblasts, immediately tightening the skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Its molecules detect and repair damaged tissues, and stimulates skin’s natural metabolic rate to increase its firmness, radiance, and softness. As someone who suffers from extremely oily skin, this lightweight serum has been the go-to with the ever-changing weather.

Exfoliating Lotion – the newest addition since the event is this gentle, high-tech exfoliating treatment which combines lactic and glycolic acids. This light exfoliator detects your skin’s pH balance and sebum levels, allowing it to be used as a daily exfoliator without risk of stripping or irritating the skin. It lifts away dead cells and promotes cellular regeneration, while restoring hydration. Along with oily skin, we are plagued with large pores, so we’re really looking forward to our surface spots and discolorations to be diminished.

Immunocologie’s products also boasts plant-derived oligopeptides, super anti-oxidants, nourishing oils, hyaluronic acid, vitamins and minerals that are also key components to leaving you with the best skin possible.

Face Serum – Immunocologie’s Vital Oligo Complex is combined with a ultra-hydrating nutrient rich essential oil formula, that is dry tot he touch, to create this highly concentrated oil complex. It preserve moisture in the skin, fight free-radicals and stimulate collagen production leading to increased elasticity.

Intense Eye Crème – another product previously in the line, formerly known as Eye Repair Treatment Creme, it is packed with anti-oxidants, minerals and sirtuines, and is formulated to increase blood flow and eliminate toxins around the eye area. It eliminates puffiness, dark circles, and toxins, leaving your skin fresh, renewed and revived.

It was our pleasure to not only be in attendance to celebrate the new luxury skincare products, but to meet the hilarious ladies behind the brand.

Valentine’s Day Gift Idea – Spa Services from Beauty Bar

Valentine’s Day is a little over two weeks away…those in a couple are hoping their significant others will surprise them with a year’s worth of romance in one day while at the same time trying to find ways to wow our loved ones with the perfect Valentine’s day experience. I am here to share with one a sure fire gift that any woman will love (so pay attention boys). During the week of February 6th, Beauty Bar is offering 15% off of all beauty and spa services offered at their Treatment Room and Blow Dry Bar, located within its flagship store at the Americana Manhasset.

Treat your sweetie to luxurious facials, peels and waxing services with a licensed aesthetician. The Treatment Room gives you the ultimate head-to-toe beautifying experience, while the Blow Dry Bar, a Beauty Bar partnership with legendary nuBest Salon, provides glamorous blowouts and haircuts. Designed to the pampering and coiffing needs of your lovely partner. The Beauty Bar Treatment Room offers the following services:


Jurlique Purifying Facial: Jurlique’s exclusive resurfacing Enzyme Peel preps skin for this ultra-healing facial that deep cleans and reduces breakouts by removing impurities. A detoxifying mask is applied afterward to clarify and tighten pores, leaving you with a flawless, radiant complexion. 50 minutes, $120

Jurlique Skin Soothing Facial: By infusing skin with hydrating, moisturizing ingredients, such as Jurlique’s Moisture Repair Boosting Serum and Calendula Cream, this calming facial reduces redness, irritation and inflammation. Perfect for anyone suffering from Rosacea or sensitive skin, the Skin Soothing Facial will leave you relaxed for the romantic date night ahead. 50 minutes, $120

Jurlique Age Defying Facial: This innovative anti-aging facial evens out skin tone using nutrient-rich botanical extracts to promote cell turnover and improve skin density. A powerful combination of three of Jurlique’s highly-effective, professional-strength treatments, it delivers hydrated, glowing, firm skin. The Age Defying Facial is a must if you are dealing with fine lines, wrinkles or skin that lacks elasticity. 50 minutes, $150

Natura Bisse Oxygen Facial: Experience a revolutionary facial that infuses skin with oxygen to restore a youthful luminance. The Natura Bisse Oxygen Facial provides mild exfoliation using its exclusive Glycolic Peel to eliminate toxins and revitalize complexion. 50 minutes, $235

Natura Bisse Diamond Facial: Dramatically minimize the appearance of wrinkles with this breakthrough facial. Harnessing the power of Natura Bisse’s signature Diamond Collection line of skincare products, the Diamond Facial guarantees long-lasting lifting effects, and combats signs of aging by enhancing the overall condition of your skin. 50 minutes, $325

Dermalogica Facial: For a truly personalized experience, treat yourself to the Dermalogica Facial, which performs a thorough skin analysis to determine the ideal form of treatment based on your skin condition. Every facial includes cleansing, exfoliation, extractions and treatment mask. 50 minutes, $100

Sisley Line Reducing Facial: Soften fine lines and nourish your skin with this collagen-boosting facial, which begins with the application of a custom anti-aging treatment, followed by a massage using Sisley’s Flower Gel Mask. For the final step, your skin will be treated with Sisley’s Line Reducer Serum, commonly referred to as “botox in a bottle.” You’ll step out of the spa with smooth, even-toned skin that will leave your Valentine speechless. 50 minutes, $150

Hair Styling at the nuBest Salon, Waxing, Brow/Lash Styling and Make-Up Application services are also available, with prices beginning at just $20. So if you want to knock the socks off your love, get her primped and pretty for Valentine’s Day with Beauty Bar’s exclusive spa and salon – you’ll be a hero for at least a year.

The Amazing Multi-Tasking Elizabeth Grant’s Collagen Lip Restore

I recently shared my secret for keeping my skin supple and moisturized during the brutal winter season on Betty Confidential, that secret being baby oil…but that was just my body. Our face gets the most abuse from not just the effects of the freezing temperatures and biting winds but from the drying heat of indoor heat as well. While we have hundreds upon hundreds of facial moisturizers and barriers, our lips do not get the same moisturizing benefit – at least mine didn’t until I tried Elizabeth Grant’s Collagen Lip Restore

Not only did the Collagen Lip Restore melt onto my lips, they were instantly hydrated. All sight of any dryness was instantly gone. The Lip restore also redefined my lip line and gave me the benefit of softer, smoother younger-looking lips. It contains Torricelumn™ and Collagen to help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles (just in time to have my lips be 100% kissable for New Years). But, my dears, that is NOT the only benefit of this amazing little wonder-product. Believe it or not, your hands, hair, eyebrows, nose and forehead will all benefit from this intensive rejuvenating product

  1. Dry cuticles can be hidden in your gloves, but once you remove them, your cracked cuticles will be revealed! Just grab the lip restore and massage into your cuticles for healthy looking nails
  2. Frizzy hair from static electricity (or hat hair) driving you crazy? Rub some lip restore on your fingertips and apply to the tips for a more controlled look.
  3. Bold brows are so in style, but rogue hairs can wreak havoc on the look: dip the tip of your finger in your lip restore and stroke over your eyebrow to restore order.
  4. Wrinkles are a common side effect of dry skin caused by harsh winter weather – fight back by massaging a dab of lip restore over problem areas on your forehead and crows feet (thanks to Torricelumn, a super moisturizing compound, works to diminish fine lines and wrinkles).
  5. Cold weather = runny noses. Every time you use a tissue to blow your nose, you’re stripping your skin of its natural oils, causing irritation under your nostrils. Apply lip restore after blowing your nose to moisturize dry sensitive skin!

You’re definitely getting much more bang for your buck with this super product, not just because of it’s multiple uses but a little goes a very long way. So if winter has got your skin parched, you must add Elizabeth Grant’s Collagen Lip Restore to your winter rescue.

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.

Organic French Skincare, Absolution, Launches in NYC

Absolution, a multi-awarded, organic, luxe French skincare collection has crossed over to the US. This first unisex bespoke line features organic skincare products that are customizable for anyone’s skincare needs. Created to meet the needs of women and men who are looking for the right balance between eco-conscious and urban lifestyle. A short collection of core products, Absolution is the brainchild of Isabelle Carron, founder of the independent strategy and design agency Jak (Just a Kiss) that she created after years of experience as Creative Director in big communications agencies.


The eight range of products includes

Cleansing and Purifying water : L’Eau Soir et Matin
Women Day Care : La Crème du Jour
Women Night Care : La Crème du Soir
Men Skincare : La Crème de l’Homme

of which 4 unisex Solutions + :

Radiant booster : La Solution + Eclat
Anti-Ageing booster : La Solution + Anti-Age
Control booster : La Solution + Controle
Revitalizing booster : La Solution + Energie

A key thing about this organic skincare is the ability to add the boosters to any of the day and night creams. I fell in love with the Control Booster, which after applying some on my very oily skin, kept me shine and oil free for the rest of the day. Finally a mattifying lotion that works  – this will definitely cut my blotting papers purchases down. Hooray

Wondering where to purchase the Absolution organic skincare range, just visit Space.NK.apothecary online or head out to one of the Retail Locations.

 
 

Leonor Greyl Launches Lait Luminescence Bi-Phase

Ultra luxe skincare company Leonor Greyl gathered several media insiders to celebrate the earlier introduction of their new Lait Luminescence Bi-Phase at the decadent Chatwal Hotel. We got to touch, smell and experience several Leonor Greyl products including the Lait Luminescence Bi-Phase, which I’m sure will be my favorite hair product.


Lait Luminescence Bi-Phase is said to be the magic hair care. This wonderfully scented leave-in milk detangles, smooths and protects hair in an instant adding shine, manageability and protection from the sun. As someone who only uses leave in conditioners to moisturize my hair, I love this product. WHY? Because after applying Lait Luminescence Bi-Phase to my very curly hair, both comb and brush glided through quite smoothly. My hair was shiny and moisturized without feeling or looking oily, greasy or heavy. Blow-drying my hair was a breeze and it helped tame the flyaways we curly girls tend to get.

What makes Lait Luminescence Bi-Phase work so well? Believe or not – Seaweed. Specifically Alaria Esculenta, a seaweed extract acquired from the Breton Coast; this extract has strong smoothing and protecting properties against UVB rays. Other beneficial ingredients include:

– Cassia Angustifolia – a plant cultivated in Southern India which smooths and conditions the driest of hair

– Manketti Oil (Mongongo Oil) – protects the hair against the drying effects of the sun and hairdryers by creating a protective film on the hair shaft when its exposed to the sun or heat

We also had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with Caroline Greyl, CEO and daughter of Leonor Greyl, who gave one on one information on several Leonor Greyl products but especially Lait Luminescence (first photo of Caroline Greyl by Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com)

Check out a few more images from this very chic event