BRIGHTENING UP FOR SPRING
The skin is the first and most important aspect of any beauty regime, and La Mer’s latest offering, Blanc de la Mer The Brightening Collection, is a wonderful way to brighten up your look for spring and get sun damaged skin back on track. The three-product regimen engineered to target discoloration, spots and uneven tone includes The Brightening Lotion Intense, The Brightening Infusion Intense and The Brightening Essence Intense. The gentle but highly effective Smoothing Ferment™ in The Brightening Lotion Intense and The Brightening Essence Intense helps rid skin of grey dullness and improve tone by accelerating exfoliation. Formulated with a variety of brown kelp, it enhances skin’s natural cell turnover and helps visibly tighten pores without irritation or dryness. Redness caused by environmental irritants is soothed by The Miracle Broth™, La Mer’s signature seaborne ferment, while the anti-oxidant properties of Lime Tea extract help protect against future irritation. Finally, stubborn brown spots caused by hyper-pigmentation appear diminished by The VibraWhite Ferment™ Blend, which together with the Miracle Broth, helps to fade the appearance of existing spots and restore skin’s purity. The Brightening Collection launches this month and will be available at Saks Fifth Avenue stores and www.lamer.com.
SERVE AND PROTECT
If you are looking to serve your skin well and avoid future skin damage, the new Cane + Austin Ultra Sheer Weightless Sunscreen, PROTECT SPF 55, is a spring must-have! It comes in a convenient bottle that can easily be tucked into your handbag and it’s optimal transparent finish works alone or under makeup. Free of parabens, oil, fragrance and alcohol, this sunscreen works for even the most sensitive skin types. Fortified with anti-oxidants and organic UV absorbers to protect against free-radical damage, PROTECT 55 also contains Green Tea for anti-inflammatory properties. Available at Henri Bendel, select Nordstrom locations and CaneandAustin.com.
A LIGHT TOUCH OF COLOR
One of the biggest beauty dilemmas of spring is what to do about one’s hair. Should we go lighter? And if so, how light? Or do we wait and repair the dry brittle split ends of winter? Hair color even more than cut, is tricky business, especially when your hair has been colored many times and/or is damaged from touch-ups. My tip is to research the best hair colorist in your area. Don’t be shy--ask other women whose hair color you admire and would like to emulate, who their colorist is. I turned to expert hair stylist Christian Snyder, a world-renowned colorist, bringing 15 plus years of expertise to the Cristophe salon in Beverly Hills. The head colorist for Charlize Theron’s L'Oréal Paris campaign with a pleasant personality to accompany his talent, it’s not hard to see why celebrities like Courtney Cox, Ellen DeGeneres, Kelly Preston, Jenny McCarthy, Brooke Burke, Denise Richards, Jewel, and Zhang Ziyi among others flock to Christian to color their tresses.
Christian's top tip: For a post-winter refresher stop by your salon for a conditioning vegetal treatment. It's fast and will bring life back to your color! No matter what color your hair is, Christian advised me that it's always nice to subtly lighten the hair around the face a bit to brighten your features and get your hair ready to transition into the lighter shades of spring and summer. Christian Snyder is available by appointment at Christophe Beverly Hills 310-274-0851310-274-0851.
WANT THE IT FACTOR?
Jetsetters, if you’ve ever wanted to cut down on the time it takes to blowdry your hair, then you’ll love the first and only shampoo and conditioner combination to reduce drying time by up to fifty percent! Formulated to speed up the natural process of evaporation, these products are safe for all hair types including colored and chemically straightened. Best of all, it’s free of harsh sulfates, parabens, sodium chloride and alcohol—just massage into wet hair and rinse! The it Factor Quick Blowdry Shampoo and Conditioner come formulated for fine hair as well as medium to coarse hair. To locate a fine salon near you that carries the it Factor Quick Blowdrow visit itfactorbeauty.com.
Last but least, nothing updates your spring look like a pretty manicure in a chic new shade. As a beauty editor, I’m consumed with finding the best products available that are free of harmful chemicals. I’m very proud to share my new sea-isnpired luxury 4FREE Nail Color line with you. In addition to long lasting glossy color, 4FREE means that this polish contains no formaldehyde, DBP/dibutly phthalate, toluene or camphor, and is never tested on animals. The Mary Jo Matsumoto 4FREE Beachcomber Trio compliments the fashion trends of SS2012 and best of all is free from the harsh smell of conventional nail polish. This trio of three 4FREE nail colors includes Sea Glass, Floating Lotus, and Wild Beach Iris. Available exclusively at MaryJoMatsumoto.com.
Wishing you a beautiful spring season!
Fashion Designer Mary Jo Matsumoto writes a nationally syndicated style blog at www.trustyourstyle.com. She designs a line of couture women's clothing, fine jewelry, and handbags. For more information please visit www.maryjomatsumoto.com.