Those sassy gals at Benefit know that beautiful brows don’t just happen (think megabrow, unibrow, you get the unfortunate picture). So they include a little lesson in every one of their prettily packaged brow kits, just in case you’re not a pro. Love the High Brow pencil—just a hint of linen-pink under the brow gives a nice little lift; Speed Brow quick set brow gel works like a mascara wand to tame, tint, and set rowdy brows in one step; Instant Brow Pencil helps give a girl what nature forgot—turning skimpy brows into wow brows. The special spoolie end helps blend and groom. Brow Zings is a professional brow shaping kit complete with wax for shaping, powder for filling in sparse areas, a pair of tiny tweezers and two shaped brushes—all in one cute case.
Instant Brow Pencil $20
Speed Brow Gel $16
High Brow $20
Brow Zings Shaping Kit $30
18 Elm St, New Canaan, CT
Note: Need professional help? No appointment necessary at the New Canaan brow bar.
Spa Week—where prices on selected spa treatments are cut to just $50 each—is back! While the week runs from October 13 through 19, available slots get snapped up fast, so book now—reservations are accepted starting September 16. Oggi Adam & Eve Day Spa and Salon in Scarsdale is offering three one-hour treatments: Hydroptimale Institute Facial Treatment, Lift Defense Total Cohesion Facial Treatment, and Body Balancing Massage, either deep tissue or Swedish. Call (914) 472-0010 to book for that October week. Red Door Spa and Laser Cosmetica, both in White Plains, are also participating, but visit spaweek.org for additional spas and more information.
Laser Cosmetica also is having a super September sale—all this month you can get a photo facial for just $99 (to help undo the sun damage of summer) or a bikini and underarm laser hair removal package for $999. Call (800) 966-0783 for more info.
Or, try out the new Facelogic spa (145 Kisco Ave, Mount Kisco, 914-241-3223)
where there signature facials are always just $49 when you sign a yearly service agreement for one facial a month (elite facials are $89). “We’ve already seen an incredible response to our new Facelogic Spa location in Mount Kisco,” says spa owner, Caroline Maher. “The community is thrilled about this alternative to pricey day spas for affordable, routine skincare. I know my clients will see benefits from monthly facials while indulging in a truly luxurious, pampering experience, without breaking the bank.”
And we all thought the price of gas was outrageous. La Prairie, the company that brought us gold and caviar anti-aging products has now come out with the crème de la crème: Cellular Cream Platinum Rare at the heart-stopping price of $1,000 for a 1.7 oz jar. Admittedly, it is one gorgeous jar, nestled in a velvet cushion inside a silver case: jewels for your face. A cute little sun and moon applicator (the chemical symbol for platinum!) adorned with a little Swarovski crystal completes the package.
Okay, we get that platinum is rare and precious: 10 tons of ore nets a single ounce that is pricier than gold. But what’s that got to do with skin care? According to La Prairie, platinum maintains the “electrical balance” in the skin. The cream contains “an ingenious blend of negatively-charged particles of pure platinum” to counteract free radicals. Plus peptides said to rebuild the “extra-cellular matrix” (Note to La Prairie: “Huh?”), smoothing away lines and wrinkles.
We asked Dr. Brent Wainwright, an assistant clinical professor at New York University’s school of medicine and a board-certified dermatologist with a practice in Cross River. “I am unaware of any studies looking at the efficacy of platinum as an agent to counteract free radicals or otherwise alter skin appearance. In addition to its exorbitant cost, potential side effects include sensitization and allergic dermatitis.”
Dr. Wainwright allowed that the cream did contain peptides and essential lipids that are known to help restore the skin barrier, but using sunscreens will do the job. “Routine use of sunblock will help prevent UV-induced free radical damage,” he says. “Or you can pick up some Oil of Olay’s Regenerist UV Regenerating Lotion ($17.99 for 2.5 oz) at the drugstore. It contains antioxidants and a palmitoyl peptide (like La Prairie) PLUS a sunblock!”
Now that’s a beauty bargain.
Available in September at Neiman Marcus.
Get two, two, two looks in one! Just like Doublemint gum, this
lipstick/gloss packs a double punch of product in one tube. One side is sheer lip color in sumptuous summer colors (Passion Fruit, Paradise, Hibiscus) that you can wear alone, or twist the tube to find plumping gloss in the same shade. I love that the gloss is light‹not sticky like so many are, with just the right amount of shine. Pucker up!
Sonia Kashuk Sheer Lip Color and Plumping Glossy Tint $11.99
Target Stores everywhere
Okay, we have pharmaceuticals (thank God!), cosmeceuticals (where girly stuff meets science)…now we have something called naturceuticals—harnessing the power of nature, in this case, the primordial ooze of Iceland’s Blue Lagoon, a blend of geothermal seawater, silica, minerals, and algae for the good of all womankind. You’ll look like a creature from the Blue Lagoon in the mud mask, but amazing afterward (it’s the company’s best seller). And we like that the day cream has SPF 15 for a little added protection, along with all the anti-aging goodies. Slides on like silk and smells yummy too.
Blue Lagoon Silica Mud Mask $125
Blue Lagoon Anti-Aging Day Serum $175
Available at saksfifthavenue.com and bluelagoon.com
Gimme Some Suggah!
This lip cream has a yummy vanilla scent and slides on like silk. Unlike most lip balms, Suggah has no wax or petroleum jelly (who wants to smear that on your lips?); just soothing, softening shea and cocoa butters. It also has some patented mumbo-jumbo ingredients that promise to plump up your lips and prevent aging: I’m not so sure my lips are plumper or younger looking, but they’ve never been more kissable!
From the Sircuit line of cosmeceuticals (where cosmetics meet science), always free of artificial colors, fragrance, or preservatives and always cruelty free. Which is what we want in life—and beauty treatments.
Suggah Anti-Aging Lip Treatment, .5 oz $38
Static Hair and Skin Lounge, White Plains
No Cal Chocolate
I’ll take chocolate any way I can, and this decadent new line of chocolate-inspired cosmetics are as pretty in the case as on my face—with zero calories to boot! Just the names make my mouth water: Berry Chocolate Truffles, Caramel Pralines…I’m in heaven. The shadows glide on and blend beautifully; the lip glosses smell so great I want to make out with myself! Scoop these babies up and enjoy while you can; they disappear in the fall.
Estee Lauder Caramel Truffle Eyeshadow Quad, $35
Estee Lauder Pure Color Swirl Gloss in Berry, $18
At beauty counters everywhere or at esteelauder.com
The cheekiest blush you can get from a bottle
You have to love a product that was created in response to an exotic dancer’s search for the perfect nipple stain. Just the thought of its original use brings a blush to my cheeks, which is now its more common application (but do feel free to improvise—I don’t judge). It not only gives you a rosy tint; it smells like roses too. Gloss some on your lips too, for an innocent, yet provocative glow. It’s kiss-proof, so you can be as naughty as you like.
More of a peaches and cream than a rose red kind of gal? Try Posietint, the poppy-pink- tinted sibling. Bloomin’ beauteous!
I’m not the only one who loves this product: Benetint won Real Simple’s Can’t-Live-Without-Household-Products-Hall-of-Fame Award, was one of Marie Claire’s Top 25 Products that Changed our Lives, and voted Best Blush by Elle. Proving once again that great minds think alike.
Benetint / Posietint, 0.4 oz $28
18 Elm St, New Canaan, CT