6 posts tagged "Clarisonic"
The Clarisonic loyal are an increasingly large—and diverse—bunch. Women and men swear by the oscillating skin brush that claims to reduce breakouts, minimize the physical signs of aging, and create a luminous, glowing finish. There’s a brush head for every skin type, too, from delicate to sensitive to normal—well, make that almost every skin type. Until recently, the truly oily have gone without a bristle design of their own. Enter the new Deep Pore Cleansing Brush Head. Specifically designed to get deep within the pores—even in hard to reach areas like behind the nostrils—its dual-action scrubbing motion ensures that cleansing is as gentle as it is thorough. We witnessed the brush do its magic at a demo this morning, where we also gleaned some info on keeping your Clarisonic clean: According to the brand’s co-founder Robb Akridge, the best way to care for your brush is to remove the head and rinse any cleanser deposits that may have formed about once a week. Bonus tip: To keep your brush in tiptop shape, throw it in with your whites the next time you hit the Laundromat.
It was bound to happen. Clarisonic’s signature face brush had gone years without any other brands daring to knock off its design. But now, beauty behemoth Olay has ventured to do just that, trimming more than $100 off the price tag in the process! As a recent convert to the church of face-brush loyalists, I thought this new development warranted some brush-on-brush evaluation, so without further ado, meet the contenders: the Clarisonic Mia and the Olay Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System.
I opted to test-drive Clarisonic’s newer Mia style, versus the classic, because its smaller design is more comparable to Olay’s version. With that in mind, let’s talk size. Delicate types will gravitate toward the Olay, but those of you with big ol’ man hands like me will probably prefer the heft of the Clarisonic. And because the Clarisonic brush head has a greater circumference, it simply covers more territory.
Poppy King has always been a woman totally obsessed with lips. At 18, an age when most of us are busy getting ill-advised tattoos, King launched her first beauty brand in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia. Called Poppy, the collection comprised pigment-rich, matte lipsticks befitting of 1940′s screen sirens. It was a stroke of genius—and so is her sophomore effort, Lipstick Queen. The line focuses on all things lip-related and has developed legions of devotees who appreciate its singular and thoughtful approach to the art of pout-painting, us included (King has already been the subject of our Beautiful Lives feature). A regular fixture on the streets of Nolita, where she can often be spotted wearing little else in the way of makeup than a bright red lip, King was kind enough to share her own beauty routine.
The Pro: Poppy King
Founder of Lipstick Queen.
The Lip: Better Off Red
“I am going through a huge stage of loving my Fired Up! It’s a sheer red gloss that suits every single skin tone and it looks like you have been locked in a kiss with a cherry.”
Lipstick Queen Fired Up, $18, www.urbanoutfitters.com.
The Colorist: Double Trouble
“I swap between two fabulous colorists, Michael Angelo at Michael Angelo’s Wonderland Beauty Parlor and Brian Thompson at Marie Robinson. They are both so good at keeping me from going over the blonde edge and keeping it, well, not real, but not fried within an inch of its life.”
Michael Angelo’s Wonderland Beauty Parlor, 418 W. 13th St., NYC, (212) 524-2800, www.wonderlandbeautyparlor.com; Marie Robinson Salon, 155 Fifth Ave., 4th fl., NYC, (212) 358-7780, www.marierobinsonsalon.com.
There’s nothing we like more than when two of our favorite brands team up to offer a comprehensive solution to all of our skincare needs, in one convenient box. Which is why it was such a lovely surprise to see that Clarisonic and Arcona had joined forces on a new, limited-edition customized kit, on sale today. Included in this set of radiance-boosting miracle workers are Clarisonic’s much-acclaimed Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System—a handheld skin brush that triple-times as an exfoliator, wrinkle reducer, and blemish buster—and two star products from Arcona, the holistic spa and skincare line. Its Booster Defense Serum boasts vitamin C, resveratrol, and grapeseed extract to defend against free radical damage and premature aging, while its Magic White Ice gel provides daily hydration that deeply moisturizes without clogging pores, for a fresh and dewy finish. At $149, it’s a pretty good deal, too—which is only further helping to quell our particularly strong case of the Mondays (allergy season in New York can be brutal).
We’ve been devoting much of our time and blogosphere space for the last week and a half to giving you an insider’s perspective on the hair and makeup looks from New York fashion week and beyond. Today, we’d like to give a shout-out to the skincare secret weapons that makeup artists rely on to keep models looking fresh through a nonstop, month-long show season. (Even the beautiful people are plagued by dehydration and breakouts, it turns out.) Here, a short list of their go-to products:
What: SKYN Iceland’s Cleansing Facial Cloths, Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels, Icelandic Relief Eye Cream, and Pure Cloud Cream.
Where: Spotted backstage at Elise Øverland.
Why: SI technicians were on hand to treat models to mini de-stressing treatments with the aforementioned products, all of which are formulated with a potent Biospheric Complex that provides a boost of vital nutrients from Iceland.
Where: Spotted backstage at Naomi Campbell’s Fashion for Relief show.
Why: Facialist Michelle Peck and her daughter Tarin performed Intraceuticals’ Rejuvenate Facials on all models backstage. The treatment promotes natural collagen and elastin production and improves skin texture for a visibly smoother appearance.
What: Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Cream and Advanced Night Repair Recovery Complex.
Where: Spotted backstage at Derek Lam.
Why: Makeup artist Tom Pecheux coated models’ skin with Lauder’s nocturnal serum, then followed it up with its Re-Nutriv cream for extra hydration to create the perfect base for foundation. Nary a caked-on makeup mask could be found.
What: Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infusion.
Where: Spotted backstage at Chris Benz.
Why: Trained aestheticians prepped models’ skin with the latest innovation from Clarisonic, which combines classic micro-massage with an additional antiaging serum that works to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Noticeably firmer and brighter skin was then ready for makeup artist Daniel Martin’s magic touch.
What: Lancôme Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate.
Where: Spotted backstage at The Row.
Why: Makeup artist Aaron De Mey slathered the serum on models’ faces to create a “lit-from-within” glow, pre-complexion correction.
What: ZENO Hot Spot.
Where: Wherever breakouts flared up.
Why: To promote its Hot Spot Blemish Clearing Device, a zit-zapper that uses painless blasts of heat to destroy acne-causing bacteria, ZENO had a “blemish buster” hotline available at NYFW so that models who felt a pimple coming on could call in and have the handheld wonder delivered to the tents, the Altman Building, or wherever clogged pores reared their ugly heads.