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Thursday
Jun072018

Aftel Archive of Curious Scents

Last Saturday I was invited to visit Mandy Aftel's amazing little Aftel Archive of Curious Scents in Berkeley. A labor of love between Mandy and her husband Foster, this museum took them three years to build and complete. 

Photo credit: Joel Bernstein

This beautiful archive is a special opportunity to see, touch, and smell Mandy's personal collection of antique perfume essences, raw materials, and rare perfumery books. It has taken her thirty years to collect these precious treasures, so we're extremely lucky that she has decided to share them with the public. Her knowledge, enthusiasm, and generosity on this topic are boundless.  

Photo credit: Joel BernsteinThere are a lot of fabulous discoveries: an ambergris display; an interactive breakdown of her Curious perfume notes; a custom-built perfume organ that contains over 200 botanical absolutes. You'll get to taste some chocolate that's flavored with your choice of Chef's Essences. As a parting gift you'll also get to choose three letterpress scent strips to take home.

If you're in the San Francisco Bay Area, I highly suggest you visit this lovely museum. If you're a perfume lover, this is definitely a must-see. 

Image credit: Joel Bernstein

The Aftel Archive of Curious Scents is open each Saturday from 10am-6pm. Admission is $20 for a 1-hour visit. Tickets and more info are available at www.aftelier.com.

For editorial consideration, a press visit was provided by the brand.

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Tuesday
Jun052018

Eve Lom Radiance Face Mist

Now that it's summer, it's more important than ever to keep your skin hydrated. Thanks to the new Eve Lom Radiance Face Mist, maintaining a dewy complexion is super easy. 

Made with Bulgarian rose otto oil, the luxurious mist increases moisture levels by 80% upon application. Used twice daily, it can firm up skin in 4 weeks. Micro algae, wild indigo, magnesium, zinc and copper are included to keep skin calm, hydrated and protected against environmental stress. I like to keep it at my desk so I can mist whenever I can, and the elegant rose otto scent is so lovely and uplifting.

Available for $45 (1.6 fl oz) at www.evelom.com.

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Tuesday
May292018

In Fiore Sauvetage Serum & Lumiere Complexe

I am pretty excited to see In Fiore launching two new skincare products from their Made in Japan line. Partnering with Albion, these two items will ensure your skin will be in great shape this summer. 

The Lumiere Complexe Face Oil Concentre ($115) is a lightweight brightening oil that is used for strengthening the skin barrier as well as fighting natural and artificial radiation. I've been in the sun a lot lately and I feel this keeps my complexion bright and even. I layer this under sunscreen along with their Soleil Fleur Before Sun Treatment. 

Featuring freshwater blue-green algae from Kyushu Island, the Sauvetage Care Serum Concentre ($110) is designed as an intensive ten-day treatment. When you're on this protocol you don't need to use other serums, oils or moisturizers. You can also use it as a spot treatment for acne or alternate it with your regular serum whenever you need some extra TLC. My skin looks so much better the day after I use this. It's perfect for reviving your skin whenever it shows signs of stress, blemishes or fatigue. 

Available at www.infiore.net

 

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Wednesday
May162018

Aftelier Patchouli Spice Body Oil & Hair Elixir

Last week I received a lovely gift from Mandy Aftel of Aftelier Perfumes. I've always enjoyed her Face Elixirs but I've never tried the gorgeous Patchouli Spice Body Oil & Hair Elixir before. Antique patchouli, black pepper and nutmeg come together perfectly to beguile the senses. 

This sensual body oil made me want to indulge in a plate of warm spice cookies. I don't think I've ever had a body oil make me crave sweets in such a visceral, immediate manner. The fragrance is just that amazing. 

As usual I couldn't stop smelling my arms after massaging it into my skin. The jojoba and coconut oil base makes it non-greasy and a pleasure to use. You can also use this to condition and scent your hair as the oil won't weigh it down.  

Available for $50 (100ml) at www.aftelier.com.

 

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Friday
May112018

Clarins Sunkissed Summer Makeup

The Clarins Sunkissed summer makeup collection is here and I can't wait to use it during the next few months. As usual, there are a few items that are worth trying.

The limited edition Bronzing Compact ($42) is always something to look forward to—this year's version has a festive pink flamingo and palm tree motif. All three shades can blend together for a very natural sun-kissed effect without screaming dark bronzer. Black crowberry, camellia, acacia senegal, and succory dock-cress are infused into the powder for protection from environmental pollution.

After a successful launch of their first 4-Colour All-in-One Pen ($32) last year, Clarins came up with a fun summer version. The limited edition stylo comes with four versatile shades (black, turquoise, purple, pink) for both eyes and lips, making it a must-have for every occasion. Black acacia and sunflower wax give a smooth, gliding texture so application is a breeze.

Who could resist the popular Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil ($26), especially when it's in the new 08 Blackberry shade? Hazelnut seed, acai palm, and organic jojoba soothe the lips while giving a sheer plum tint. And, this lip oil just smells amazing. 

Available at all Clarins counters and www.clarinsusa.com

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Tuesday
May012018

Eve Lom Radiance Lift Cream

Treat Mom with something luxe for Mothers Day by gifting her the Eve Lom Radiance Lift Cream. Made with oat kernel, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid, this cream will lift and firm skin while increasing elasticity. Rosehip, raspberry and carrot oils are also added to protect skin against oxidative stress. 

Lightly scented with Bulgarian rose otto, it sinks in quickly and is suitable for sensitive skin. It's the ideal day cream as it forms a smooth base for applying makeup and sunscreen. 

Available for $72 (35 ml) at Sephora, Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. 

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Friday
Apr202018

JKosmmune Skincare

Recently I've been trying JKosmmune, a basic skincare collection that features potent, high-quality beta glucan. Free of parabens, mineral oil, silicone, talc, sulfates and ethanol, the entire line is good for all skin types, especially sensitive skin. 

Using 99.9% pure beta glucan that's derived from mushrooms, the products aim to address dry skin, fine lines, pigmentation, and collagen stimulation. If you're looking for a simple skincare regimen JKosmmune is a great place to start. My face feels so clean, smooth, and soft after only using their products for a week.

The Enzyme Cleansing Powder ($26) is super gentle on my skin. Just add a few drops of warm water and it's ready to lather up. My pores look super clean yet my face doesn't feel dry at all. 

The ultra-moisturizing Serum ($46) contains 97% pure beta glucan to hydrate, brighten and firm the skin. It's concentrated so you only need a few drops to cover the entire face. This is a great everyday serum to try if you haven't used a serum before. In fact, beta glucan as an ingredient might rival hyaluronic acid in terms of its hydrating quality.

If you need more moisture you can layer on the Lotion ($32-$47) on top of the serum. It has a light citrus scent and it absorbs quickly, which is perfect when you're in a rush.

Available at www.jkosmmune.com.

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Friday
Apr132018

Eminence Mangosteen Lactic Collection

Eminence is back with their new Mangosteen Lactic Collection. Apparently mangosteen is used to treat various skin conditions, including eczema. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that protect the skin from environmental stress. 

Designed for all skin types, the Mangosteen Daily Resurfacing Cleanser ($38) contains a Lactic Acid Complex to gently exfoliate the skin. My face got softer and way less flaky after using it for several days. My pores also feel progressively refined. And, like most of their products, this collection smells like fruity gummy candy. I almost want to lick the gel cleanser off my hands!

After cleansing you can layer on the Mangosteen Daily Resurfacing Concentrate ($58). It absorbs easily so I can use a face oil or mosturizer right after. Like the cleanser, this leave-on concentrate also has the Lactic Acid Complex as well as ribose and red clover flower to remove dead cells and refine the skin surface. 

If you live near a spa that offers Eminence facials, check out their professional grade Mangosteen Lactic Pro Peel 10%. There's no downtime and it's quite gentle for most skin types. 

For more product and spa info: eminenceorganics.com

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Friday
Mar092018

Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Lip Balm & Eye Mask

Although spring is just around the corner, the rainy weather this week reminded me that I needed to stay vigilant about protecting the delicate lip and eye area. Clarins came to the rescue with their new Hydra-Essentiel Moisturizing Reviving Eye Mask ($38) and the Hydra-Essentiel Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm ($24). 

The soothing eye mask is packed with Irish moss, horse chestnut, quinoa and organic leaf of life to hydrate and revive the under eye area. The cream-gel texture absorbs easily; you can use it as a quick 10-minute mask or leave it on overnight for a more intense treatment. 

I really like the Hydra-Essentiel Lip Balm. Made with blue lotus wax and cocoa extract, it has the perfect texture that nourishes without being too thick. I also love the light fruity scent—it goes without saying that Clarins makes the best lip products. 

Available at www.clarinsusa.com and all Clarins counters. 

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Thursday
Mar012018

Osmotics Colour Verite Lip Color

Fans of Osmotics skincare will love their new treatment-driven lip gloss. The Colour Verite Healthy Lips Line Smoothing Lip Color contains peptides and hyaluronic acid to firm and plump the lips. It also features SWT-7 technology to smooth out vertical lip lines and prevent color feathering. 

Available in one shade, Bare Only Better, the flattering rose pink lip gloss has a light minty scent and a comfortable, non-sticky texture. You can use it alone or over lipstick, but I prefer it by itself since the color is already so pretty and rich.

Available for $35 at www.osmotics.com.

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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