Category Archives: Beauty
By Maya Litovsky
Cosmoprof made a huge comeback In late August at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center after being cancelled in 2020 due to Covid 19. As the world begins to live a new normal, emerging and established brands traveled to Las Vegas to come together and build relationships, collaborations and show off their brands.
The event was a bit smaller than years past due to travel restrictions especially from Asia, but we liked being able to navigate the Convention Center and felt we were able to meet and connect with more brands as a result. Special areas included Discover Beauty, Discover Green, CBD Beauty, The Beauty Vanities, Tones of Beauty and Discover Beauty Spotlights. There was also a section devoted to professional beauty for those in the beauty trade and Cosmopack that is all about packaging.
There were educational opportunities with Cosmotalks. A conference like format with seminars, classes, and workshops with top beauty and business professionals.
Next year Cosmoprof is switching it up and relocating to the Las Vegas Convention Center. Anticipating a larger event for next year as travel restrictions loosen as vaccinations are up and cases are down, we are looking forward to next summer. The event will take place from July 12th-14th 2022.
Look for our favorite brands to be featured in our Holiday Gift Guide going live on November 20th.
The Mia Wagner salon is located on an exclusive block at 15 west 55th street occupying the second floor of the Domenico Vacca retail store and club. Husband and Wife team Gary and Kelly Wagner, who hail from careers at Frederic Fekkai, are known for their expertise in color, balayage, and styling.
Colorist Joseph Velez did a single process on me as well as lighter hilites and balayage to freshen my look and get my hair ready for summer. He followed up with a deep conditioning treatment and a terrific blowout.
The salon is full service with hair, facial, waxing, and nail services as well as a traditional barber shop located on the other side of the salon.
Mia Wagner Salon 15 west 55th street New York, NY 10019 (212) 651-0312
Beverly Hills based celebrity hairstylist and colorist Linet K. is best known for her highly customized hair color and balayage along with cuts, extensions and styling skills. A few weeks ago she came to New York for a few days so I jumped at the opportunity to visit Linet and try her skills for myself. She updated my winter hair with lighter tones and added some natural sun kissed highlights and balayage to get my hair spring ready. Now if only the weather would cooperate!
Linet has become a favorite amongst the country’s top modeling agencies, television and film celebrities. She is versatile, talented, and also very sweet! From the very first visit clients feel comfortable and at home and know that their hair is in good hands. Her work takes her from Beverly Hills to New York, Miami, and San Francisco.
To follow Linet and see her upcoming schedule and projects visit hairbylinet.com and follow her on instagram @balayagebylinet
Ashley Black is considered the pre-eminent authority on the topic of Fascia. Like beauty and wellness trends before this, ala cupping and cryotherapy, Fascia blasting is the newest trend with celebs and regular folk alike.
What is Fascia? Ashley says “Fascia is the connective tissue in our body and it’s job is to support and protect muscles and organs. When our bodies experience any kind of injury the fascia contracts and distorts to offer support which can be painful and can also cause the appearance of cellulite”.
Fascia Yoga is a different way to stretch your entire body beyond creating flexibility in the muscles and joints. This method stretches the long lines of Fascia that runs along our entire bodies. Ashley designed a line of yoga equipment and products so that individuals can practice this at home without the expense of a doctor or a physical therapist. The FasciaYoga Ball ($25) is different than a regular stability ball because the grip of the material on the person’s skin or clothing simulates the manual stretching technique of a physical therapist.
Ashley designed a line of products designed to massage the fascia to lessen the appearance of cellulite, reduce pain, improve blood flow and increase flexibility. FasciaBlaster Tools include the Fasciablaster ($89), Mini 1 & 2 ($65), Faceblaster ($65), Masterblaster ($124.99), Party Blaster ($89), Blaster Oil & After Cream ($30).
Ashley’s #1 best selling book “The Cellulite Myth, It’s not fat it’s Fascia” is available here Fasciablaster.com
To use these devices for maximum benefit warm up by :
- Do light cardio for a few minutes and take a hot shower, bath, or sauna,
- Apply blaster oil on bare clean skin.
- Choose device to use for the session and start rolling the device over the area using up and down and side to side motions
- Time to Recover: Bruises, Soreness, and Swelling are normal.
Pink Luminous Breast: The At-Home monitoring assistant that lets us see what’s going on inside. #pinkluminousbreast
About 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives. Over 40,000 will die from it this year alone. With these kind of statistics plaguing women, we look for any kind of assistance in diagnosing and treating the disease early. Everyone knows that early detection is the key to survival.
A new device just hit the market called the “Pink Luminous Breast” and it bills itself as a breast health familiarity tool. An LED device that uses transillumination, a light powerful enough to penetrate the skin and tissue of the breast. Any kind of cyst or solid mass will appear darker than the rest when the light is pressed on the skin.
Company founder Marylin Dans, who had a non-cancerous breast lump at age 17 is extremely passionate about educating women of all ages, backgrounds, and financial scenarios about the importance of breast health. She emphasizes that this tool is no way a replacement for a mammogram. It is to be used in conjunction with regular doctor visits and mammograms. The goal is to make women more aware and comfortable with their own breasts.
The Pink Luminous is approved by the FDA as a class I device, meaning it is safe and doesn’t need further regulation or restrictions. It is safe to use for women with breast implants and has no side effects.
Once again this device is a practical at-home device priced at $159, comparable price to a hair removal device, that SilkPro the parent company also sells. It is meant to encourage young women, starting at age 25 to actively invest in their breast health. When it is used in conjunction with regular screenings and check ups it can be helpful to seek out medical help if something seems off.
National Selfie Day is June 21 so that means makeup free selfies to help support The Rodan + Fields Prescription for Change Foundation. The 2018 goal is 1 million selfies ( 1 million dollars) with $1 dollar donated for each by Rodan + Fields tagged #RFGoNaked. The foundation serves youth with life changing empowerment programs in their communities. The goal is to boost confidence, especially in young adults and promote feeling comfortable in one’s own skin.
To prep our skin and get it ready to go make free we tested out the Rodan + Fields REDEFINE AMP MD System. The AMP- MD Derma Roller offers the highest technology to micro- exfoliate the skin. When used with the intensive renewing serum containing powerful peptides with exclusive R+F retinol MD technology, skin is plumper and firmer looking and the appearance of wrinkles and lines is greatly reduced. Use in the evening least three times week on face and neck for optimal results.#AD
- Walking into the swanky brand new office of Dr. Andrew Jacono, 630 Park Avenue, we noticed Damien Hurst art on the walls, a sleek elegant decor, a VIP waiting room, and walls strewn with plaques showcasing the philanthropic work Dr. Jacono does in third world countries as a volunteer surgeon with “Beyond our Borders” and “Healing the Children”, providing free surgery here and abroad for children needing reconstruction due to birth defects, trauma, or disease.
Dr. Jacono is a dual certified plastic surgeon specializing in facial plastic surgery in his Manhattan location. He is prominently know for The Natural Looking facelift, making patients look up to 15 years younger without that pulled skin effect we have all seen on actresses and socialites. Looking at before and after photos on his computer, the transformations are truly amazing. The results are you, only better, well you 15 years ago. Natural best is his motto.
Over a timespan of 20 years Dr. Jacono developed and perfected the most advanced deep plane lift. The procedure lifts the cheeks, jowls, and neck line. The key to a youthful appearance is a strong jawline and lack of jowls, even more important than wrinkle free foreheads or eyes. Incisions are made under the muscle layer leaving skin intact, unlike in a standard facelift. This creates a natural looking appearance without any tightness.
Dr. J knows that not every patient is ready or wants a surgical face lift. He offers several non-surgical options using Ultherapy to lift, strengthen, and tone the skin. The treatment is 30 to 60 minutes, lasts 2 to 3 months with no downtime. Sculptra, known as the liquid facelift, builds collagen in cheeks, across the jawline and under the eyes. the injections create a rested rejuvenated appearance. A firm believer in a natural looking appearance he customizes filler dosages where needed on the face to not create an over filled face. Botox, Juvederm, Restylane, Radiuses, and laser treatments are performed as well depending on the needs and goals of the patient.
During the consultation the Doc explains the expected results and expectations for every procedure. He is brutally honest so that patients understand that fillers/non-surgical options are great,but they will not heed the same result as a lift. He explains the advantages of pro-active treatments to prevent aging and how work on younger patients can have better and longer lasting results.
Dr. Jacono’s 3rd book “The Face of The Future” gives a more in-depth insight into the most modern/ hi -tech current invasive and non-invasive procedures available to maintain a youthful appearance. The book can be purchased here: Amazon.com
For more info on Dr. Jacono and to book a consultation please visit newyorkfacialplasticsurgery.com
New York Center for Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery Andrew A. Jacono, MD FACS
630 Park Avenue New York, NY 10065 (212)570-2500
Located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn this salon opened late summer 17 is exactly as the name suggests. Walking in the space is serene, the decor is soft and subtle with plants and murals throughout. Owner Jill Syslo of Sacred Skin NYC wanted to create a warm comfy environment while offering top notch hair services. I was immediately offered a glass of wine by my colorist/stylist James, it was a friday afternoon after all.
He gave me a consultation and we decided on a single process and balyage to update my look for fall. Having done lots of color and summer, pools, and salt water my hair needed a little work. He lightened up my base a bit and gave me golden highlightes around the front. I ended up with a golden look I love. He also gave me a great blowout that lasted for days. I also received a much needed Olaplex treatment to keep my hair healthy and shiny. The salon also offers cuts, bang & neck trims as well as Keratin.
Sanctuary Salon 677 Lorimer Brooklyn, NY 11211 (929) 373 – 8682 firstname.lastname@example.org
Korean Skincare brands are really gaining steam and becoming leaders in innovation and research using the latest technology in skincare.
AmorePacific’s latest product is the Vintage Single Extract Essence. Using green tea cultivated from the Dolsongi Green Tea Garden, a garden that AMOREPACIFIC owns on Jeju island of the coast of Korea.
The single extract formula promotes prebiotics for pre-tox which are preventive anti-aging measures. The hero ingredient is Catechin, found naturally in the Vintage Tea Leaf. The skin is brighter and more youthful looking with increased elasticity. It is good on all skin types including sensitive skin.
It takes 100 days to get this single extract ready for production. 50 days for fermentation and another 50 placed and buried in the earth in “onggi’s” . The actual extraction process takes another 24 hours to be perfected. $145 us.amorepacific.com #ad
The Giannillo Salon is located on a picturesque block on the Upper East Side filled with cafes and high-end shops. Celebrity Stylist Gregg Giannillo, a veteran in the beauty industry with over 20 years experience, even though his youthful appearance can fool you, has styled countless celebrities like Vanessa Williams, Lara Spencer, Beyonce and many more. He works with Good Morning America and has developed almost a cult-like following for his precision haircuts and long lasting blowouts.
His staff is equally talented specializing in Color, Highlights, Corrective Color and a variety of Conditioning Treatments. Maricela did my color and highlights. She matched and softened my roots then added highlights for a softer updated look.
Gregg believes in cutting hair dry for greater precision. He chopped off a few inches of my ends, much needed and added long layers. He left my hair long, but healthier and more on trend.
Recently Gregg debuted a new haircare styling collection “Boudoir Hair by Giannillo”. Six key products designed for different hair types to make styling hair simpler and more effective. Products include my favorite, Silk Stocking, a super lightweight spray infused with vitamins C & E, bringing out bounce and shine without weighing hair down. $20. Other products in the line are the Satin Slip Styling Gel Serum $25, Bustier, a Volumizer for lift and body $20, Sheer Glamour a shine enhancing polish $20, Crushed Velvet, a texturizing cream $20 and Fishnets, a hairspray that holds but is barely there and can be brushed through. $20
Giannillo Salon is located at 217 East 60th Street New York, NY 10022 (between 2nd & 3rd avenues). Phone: 1-917-470-9695 Email: email@example.com Web: www.giannillo.com
Valmont launches “Essence of Bees” from their prestigious skincare “l’Elixir des Glaciers collection on September 1st.
Valmont is a luxury skincare company from Switzerland that for over 30 years has used the latest scientific findings and the unspoiled natural resources that Switzerland possesses to help men and women battle visible signs of aging.
The latest collaboration involves a partnership with Pollinator with the “Essence of Bees” collection ,and to raise the awareness of the importance of preservation of Bees to our ecosystem.
The collection is comprised of 3 products. Cure Majestueuse (face nourishing oil) $350, Masque Majestueux (nourishing face mask) $425, and Serum Majestueux (eye lifting serum) $390 Available now on boutiquevalmont.com , Saks.com and SPA Valmont at Hotel Plaza Athenee (212) 606-4675
1.) Cure Majestueuse Votre Visage Nourishing Beauty Oil The High Sensory Nectar absorbed in record time to merge with the skin, releasing powerful omegas and precious ingredients from the hive. Bathed in these extraordinary compounds, skin appears transformed, suppler, softer and visibly more radiant. 15ml $350
2.) Masque Majestueuse Votre Visage Universal Nourishing Massage Mask infuses the skin with precious ingredients from the hive. Used once or twice a week leaves skin plumper and more radiant. 50ml $425
Serum Majestueux Vos Yeux High Potency Eye Serum firms the eyelids for younger looking eyes. Used morning and night daily lifts the upper eyelids. Wrinkles are smoothed visibly. Eyes appear more rested and brighter. 15ml $390
Cosmoprof North America is the largest B2B trade show in the United States where beauty professionals, media, buyers, retailers and influencers congregate at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Convention center for a whirlwind 3 days of product exhibitions, business forums, award dinners and press previews.
This year over 1200 exhibitors from around the world showcased the latest and greatest offerings in skincare, haircare, cosmetics, nails, and professional beauty products and tools. The show was divided into multiple categories like Discover Green, which focused on organic and natural products and Discover Beauty where the newest beauty companies from around the world promoted their skincare and beauty collections.
In the next few months we will test and review many of the products received and will have follow up posts and inclusions in gift guides. Stay tuned!
1.) Oscar Blandi At Home Glaze. Brightens Natural and Color treated hair. Prevents color fading from chlorine & adds moisture. $27 Buy Here: nordstrom.com
2.) Jane Iredale Skin Accumax Supplements. Synergistic combination of vitamins & plant nutrients which address the underlying causes o cystic acne. Available in single, double, or triple pack. $65.80- $157 Buy Here: janeiredale.com
3.) YBF Beauty Gelus Eyes 5 Piece Collection. 5 eyeliner shades in great summer colors. $28.80 Buy Here: ybfbeauty.com
4.) NatureThin Healthy Weight Loss Supplements with Essential Vitamins, Botanical Based Ingredients, & Water 16 Day Free Trial Available Here: Alternascript.com
5.) Heliocare Daily Antioxidant supplements with Fernblock Polypodium leucotomos extract (PLE). Active ingredient helps maintain skin ability to protect itself against the aging effects of free radicals. $29.99 Buy Here: walgreens.com
6.) Frownies Gel Neck Mask. Softens, Smoothes, and Firms the neck area with a bio-metric membrane carrier patch. $15 Buy Here: frownies.com
Cindy Barshop of Completely Bare fame has been an innovator and pioneer in women’s sexual health and aesthetics. Her latest venture is the VSPOT Medispa that focuses primarily on lifting the taboo on women’s sexual ‘s health with treatments that correct problems millions of women have, but may be too embarrassed to discuss. Problems that interfere with our quality of life and sexual satisfaction.
Located on Madison Avenue on the Upper East Side, surrounded by some of the top retailers in the city, Cindy’s team of trained and certified female gynecologists perform “The Femilift” and administer “The O Shot”. The Femilift tightens the vagina and The O shot increases blood flow to the area for a more enjoyable sexual experience. (more…)
Dr.Edward Alvarez “Bro-Tox” Day of Beauty. Cosmetic Dentist, Wrinkle Eraser and much more…. @NYCLaserDentist
The last few years has seen a huge rise in men requesting non-invasive anti-aging outpatient services that were normally reserved for women. Men wanting to look younger but not done are booking Botox, Juviderm, and Kybella injections (removes fat from the chin aka the double chin.
Dr. Edward Alvarez has been a distinguished cosmetic dentist practicing his craft in The Murray Hill area of Manhattan for almost 20 years. A fellow of The World Clinical Laser Institute, the most respected organization leading to advancement of lasers in dentistry. Dr. Alvarez holds degrees from several top schools including a degree in acupuncture from Harvard Medical School.
About a decade ago Dr. Alvarez discovered the close connection between cosmetic dentistry and facial aesthetic enhancement. As we age we develop lines, lips lose their fullness, and skin loses its tightness due to collagen loss.
Dr. Alvarez became certified in dermal fillers for the reduction of facial wrinkles and in lip augmentation. He figured that by closely examining, and charting a patients face, yes he actually plots where the injections will go with a sharpie like pen for accuracy and symmetry purposes, he can achieve the most positive results for his patients. His patients come in to fix their mouths and walk out with both their teeth and faces revitalized.
During the “Day of Beauty” we had the chance to meet celebrity chef Chris Nirschel and former NY Giants Christian Peter, while they spent time with Dr. Alvarez and got pampered.
For more info & to book your consultation please visit: nyclaserdentist.com
Dr. Edward Alvarez 210 east 36th street Suite 1H New York, NY 10016 (212) 519-8360 firstname.lastname@example.org
This weekend The Makeup Show arrives in NYC . The creme de la creme for the makeup industry, every top beauty brand and makeup artist professional descends on the Metropolitan Pavilion for 2 days of beauty brand launches from over 75 brands, education classes, and appearances by top artists in the industry.
The Makeup Show is open all professionals who are working or studying in the beauty and fashion industry. For more info and to purchase tickets please visit: The Makeup Show
Review: Ziip Nano Current Device; A Sleek New Device that promises to conquer breakouts and wrinkles @ziipbeauty
The last few weeks I had the chance to review one of the newest and most hi- tech beauty devices out on the market today. The Ziip Nano Current Device was developed by Melanie Simon an electrical esthetician. The device looks like a super fancy computer mouse that with the aid of the app through your iPhone/ipad offers up 6 different treatments “electrical cocktails” depending on your skin goals.
The technology behind Ziip is that it sends tiny electrical wavelengths deep below the surface of the skin and depending on the setting will deliver different results. When set on low it breaks down dirt and bacteria in the skin to help get rid of acne. My favorite treatment was the “vitaleyes”. The 2 to 4 minute treatment, I did the 4, really helps with dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines.
For sensitive skin and for 1st time users the “sensitive energize” treatment is a gentle 12 minute ant- aging treatment. For men who don’t want to spend much time on their face, the 2 minute treatment, twice a week is perfect to help reduce dark circles, fine lines and tighten pores.
The first step is to prepare the face for treatment. The Golden Conductive Gel Treatment, which feels like petroleum jelly, has to be applied liberally before you glide the Ziip device over your face and neck. Time depends on treatment selected. It is recommended to use the Ziip 1 to 3 times a week and the results are cumulative.
After a few weeks of use I find that my pores are tighter, skin definitely looks brighter and my under eye area is way less puffy. It is on the pricey side but worth it and makes a great gift for mothers day. $495 Where To Buy
Paula’s Choice Smoothing Primer Serum with SPF 30, Good for all skin types. Prepares skin for flawless makeup application. $3o Buy Here
YBF Beauty Bloomin’Cray Cray Crayons trio. Tons of pigment with with a creamy lush feel and lasting color. $29 Buy Here
Glo.Minerals Lipstick has lots of nourishing ingredients while providing bold shades, soft nudes and shades in between $20 Buy Here
Cargo Swimmables Longwear Eye Shadow Sticks are water resistant. 20 second playtime then they are set to stay on till you take it off. Many Shades to choose from. $20 Buy Here
Jane Iredale Purepressed Eye Shadow Triple. Shown Above in Brown Sugar. Can be used wet or dry. Deeply pigmented and long lasting. $30 Buy Here
MILK MAKEUP Blur Stick is an oil free primer that blurs out skin imperfections on all skin tones. Perfect for creating that flawless selfie. Parabens ,Sulfates, and Phthalates free. Vegan and cruelty free. $36 Buy Here
Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Neck gels. Only 10 minutes once a week. These masks tighten and restore elasticity to sagging and aging skin in the neck area. They contain niacin amide and plant collagen. 4 masks in a package.$35 Buy Here
Sonia Kashuk Always Organized Cosmetic Bag in Shazam pattern. Vibrant design with multiple zippered compartments including a separate one for brushes. Exclusively at Target. $18.99 Buy Here
Red Carpet Gel at home manicure kit. Long lasting shiny nails at home. Includes LED Gel polishes in light cream pink & classic cream red, Adhesion nail primer, Structure Base Coat Nail Gel, Brilliance Seal & Shine Top Coat, Revitalize Nail & Cuticle Oil, Purify Pre & Post Cleanser, Erase Gel Nail Polish Remover, Pro 45 LED light – USB cord – AC/DC adapter, 10 Foil wraps, 20 Lint-free wipes, and Accessories Kit :Cuticle and pro buffing stick, 2 strips adhesive buffing tabs, Emery board. From HSN on sale on for $59.97 for a limited time. Buy Here
Curls Blueberry Blissfull Lengths Liquid Hair Growth Vitamins. With organic blueberry extract this liquid vitamin promotes hair growth and hair health. Liquid vitamins have a 98% absorption rate as opposed to 20% from pill intake. $25.99 at Target. Buy Here
Gliss Ultra Moisture Shampo Hair Repair plus moisture & Conditioner. Extra hydrating. Prevents hair breakage up to 85%. $6.99 Buy Here
Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam. This waterless cleansing form removes oil and product buildup to prevent from over shampooing. Good on all hair types. Paraben free. Our favorite and a must try! $28 Buy Here
Every season we are introduced to dozens of skincare brands and launches. These 4 chosen are must haves in different price ranges and for different age groups and skin types. All featuring the newest technologies and only the finest ingredients for your best skin.
Sustainable Youth‘s key ingredient is Alasta, the most potent immunostimulatory ingredient sourced from the aloe vera plant. Known for aloe’s soothing and healing properties these products also delivery anti-aging results minimizing and reducing fine lines and wrinkles with visible results in 4 weeks and noticeable skin improvement in just a week. The collection consists of Sustainable Youth Super Boost Night Serum, Sustainable Youth Elasticity Cream, Sustainable Youth Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion, Sustainable Youth Firming & Revitalizing Serum, and Sustainable Youth Anytime Lift Eye Treatment.
Cellcosmet Switzerland Face & Neck Treatment set. This is a higher price point product, but is ultra luxurious with advanced liposome-encapsulated amino-peptide complexes with 75% high performance ingredients with 15% Active Stabilized Bio Integral cells that restores density, hydration, energy and youthful contours.
A Complete was founded by Angelica Fuentes, a prominent business woman and philanthropist from Latin America. This collection is designed for the woman on the go with a 5 step routine that can be purchased as complete set or individually. Step 1: Youth Preserve Deep Cleanser, Step 2: Highly Concentrated Youth Preserve Serum, Step 3: Youth Preserve Eye Contouring Creme, Step 4: Youth Moisturizing Creme, Step 5: Beauty Concentrate Supplement.
Swiss Perfection is another product from Switzerland that offers a comprehensive collection of skin care products featuring Cellular Active IRISA, high in enzymes and proteins, accelerates the regeneration of skin cells, increases the oxygenation of the pores, provides optimal hydration for the skin, improves the metabolism of the dermis & epidermis and its unique anti-aging qualities rejuvenate the skin visibly.