Friday, January 31, 2020

Sunscreen Already in Your Blush, Foundation, and Makeup, Physicians Formula Natural Defense Triple Defense Multicolor Stick SPF 20 and Solesence.

By Laura Medina

Instead of a separate layer of sunscreen, whichever form it comes in, under and over your makeup, it's about time makeup items, on their own, already has sunscreen in them.

For busy moms, Physicians Formula took it one step forward with multi-tasking multi-stick with their Natural Defense Triple Defense Multicolor Stick SPF 20 in four flesh-friendly shades for eyes, cheeks, and lips...with sunscreen: Soft Pink, Natural Rose, Warm Coral, and True Mauve.

This ultra-blendable, miracle blurring formula features their 360° Total Defense Complex to defend against harmful sunrays (SPF), blue light (RPF™), and pollution (PPF™), helping to reduce the signs of aging with effortless color for a completely natural, all-over look.

If you already have ideas for sunscreen-impacted lipsticks, lip glosses, cream and powder blushes and the traditional foundation, look no further than Solesence.

They're a makeup manufacturer that specializes in making sunscreen-induced cosmetics but they'll be your own, under your own brand then you market it as your own.

Solesence offers chemical formulas in:

Products by Sol├ęsence go beyond traditional non-greasy sunscreen and come in a variety of textures and weights, like silky, lightweight moisturizers and featherweight BB and CC creams. They also offer fun and intuitive packaging, like airless pumps and cushion compacts.

Their environmental protection is sheer and glamorous with Active Stress Defense, and this unique innovation helps your brand achieve product-based differentiation with a sensorial experience beyond what is offered by a typical mineral sunscreen formula. That means you can finally offer the product aesthetic you've been craving, with no ghostly complexion, no unpleasant tackiness, and no heaviness — no matter what your customers' skin tone.

Softer skin, a smooth, bright complexion, and increased tautness — it all starts with quenching free radicals. Our Active Stress Defense Technology intercepts and quenches exogenous free radicals before they enter the skin, shielding anti-oxidants and preventing lipid peroxidation far greater than standard mineral sunscreens and anti-oxidant moisturizers. With a free radical quenching ability greater than 95%, our expert formulations allow brands to provide solutions-driven UV protection and anti-pollution beauty products without the need for expensive additives.

While many anti-oxidant skin care products underperform, Active Stress Defense Technology improves the skin’s natural ability to protect healthy molecules—and enhances antioxidative power by up to five times more than competitor formulas. This innovation makes products more effective for your customers and more cost-efficient for your brand.

Environmental protection today means more than just SPF – it means protection against ultraviolet-A (UVA), ultraviolet-B (UVB), pollution, blue light and infrared radiation (IR) – and their Active Stress Defense Technology covers all the bases. Their formulas absorb up to 99% of UV radiation and have a PFA that is 25-100% more than leading mineral sunscreens for improved protection against photo-aging. Their products also boast greater photostability so you can be confident that your products will remain potent far longer than leading competitor products.

Sol├ęsence Active Stress Defense unique technology facilitates the enhanced stability and efficacy of key ingredients in your formulas, including vitamin A (retinol), anti-oxidant complexes, and sunscreen actives for potent products that pack a punch. 

Environmental protection is sheer and glamorous with Active Stress Defense, and this unique innovation helps your brand achieve product-based differentiation with a sensorial experience beyond what is offered by a typical mineral sunscreen formula. That means you can finally offer the product aesthetic you've been craving, with no ghostly complexion, no unpleasant tackiness, and no heaviness — no matter what your customers' skin tone.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Self-Heating Thermal Facial Masks& Scrubs, Just in Time to Pamper & Getting Prepped During Awards Season & Get Warm During New York Fashion Week.

By Laura Medina

Wanna cut down on the electric bill during the death of Winter?  Need to relax without getting chilled?  Have to get ready to red carpet season which is Awards Season, since you were "bumming out" during the rest of last year?

These thermal masks and scrubs self-heat from their chemical formulas warming up from fraction of spreading and rubbing onto skin.  Just plain chemistry.

Callyssee Hot Stuff Thermal Heating Mask is a self-heating mask that seems to magically warm to the touch and surround skin with a warm, healing feeling. But wait, there’s more! It doesn’t just feel great, it reenergizes tired, dull looking skin while removing impurities and excess oils.

It's an anti-aging heat mask that harnesses the power of Hungarian thermal water, botanicals, and modern technologies to help nourish and restore skin’s appearance.

This unique Kaolin infused treatment works with your own body heat to help smooth lines and wrinkles. More than that, it uses minerals including Zeolite which is mostly made up of silica and works as a skin detox to remove pollutants from your face. Zinc Oxide soothes irritated skin, while our hard-working star ingredient, Coffea Arabica (Organic Green Coffee) Seed Extract, tackles photoaging and fine lines, wrinkles and discoloration.

Another self-heating, thermal mask is Murad's Detoxifying White Clay Body Cleanser that you can spread a thin layer any where on your face and body.

It's the ginger root extract and energy drink ingredient, Taurine, that self- heats the face and body.  Safflower and Sunflower Oils that moisturizes.

No outlets.  Save money on heating bill.  Sauna in a jar and a tube. Callyssee Hot Stuff Thermal Heating Mask and Murad Detoxifying White Clay Body Cleanser.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Midnight Pre-Grammy Party with LiveXLive Presenting The Lost Boy Pre-Grammy Jam, Featuring YBN Cordae and Friends, Like Anderson Paak Then Alessandra Ambrosio’s Grammy Makeup.

By Laura Medina

The parties only gotten better as the Grammy Awards grow close...

Grammy nominee, YBN Cordae, threw a thank you party for industry associates, who helped him get nominated for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song.

Music concert streaming app, LivexLive, hosted the intimate party.

Anderson Paak jumped on stage to congratulate YBN Cordae on his nomination.

Veteran sax session player was also thanked by YBN Cordae.

Then, here's the following Grammy makeup for this Grammy Sunday...

Last night, Grammy-nominated, Swedish singer-songwriter Tove Lo graced the Grammy red carpet wearing CTZN Cosmetics Nudiversal Lip Duo (in shade Capri) and the LIPSTROKE Pencil (in shade Deux). Her makeup artist, Colby Smith, used the clean and cruelty-free beauty brand to create Tove's soft, peachy glam (which we were totally obsessed with) to compliment her vintage Vivienne Westwood and Agent Provocateur ensemble.
CTZN Cosmetics Nudiversal Lip Duo ($25 at This revolutionary dual-ended lip product features a vegetarian matte nude lipstick on one end and a corresponding vegan lip gloss on the other. Available in a ground-breaking 25 shades of nude, the widest range of nude lipsticks available from any single brand on the market. The lipstick is formulated with mango butter to repair, protect and moisturize. Cruelty free & fragrance free. Free of parabens, talc & D5.

CTZN Cosmetics LIPSTROKE Lip Liner ($18 at This long lasting vegan lip liner delivers high-intensity color with a velvety texture and finish. The LIPSTROKE is available in five shades and can be used to contour your lips, but is also pigmented enough to cover your entire lip as a replacement to lipstick. The lipliner is formulated to last the whole day, without drying your lips. Cruelty free & fragrance free. Free of parabens, talc & D5.

Not does this year's Grammy make appear natural, the makeup is natural enough to be healthy enough to sleep in-just for one night only-after you're done partying during the awards show at 5pm then the after-party dinners til midnight.  Grammy makeup is more than just creative and innovative in looks, versus the more traditional Oscars makeup, it's innovative in chemical formula.

Alessandra Ambrosio’s Grammys 2020 Makeup Look
Alessandra’s makeup artist Beau Nelson balanced mod with muted using sun-kissed skin, a barely-there nude lip, and iconic winged liner. Not only did he complete makeup perfection, Beau also made sure to treat Alessandra’s skin first with masks and moisturizers to properly prep her skin for a night among fellow stars.

Naturally, people were drooling over her sultry Grammys look: a fitted Balmain romper-cape that showed off her statuesque figure. She rocked the look with statement earrings, pin-straight hair, flawless skin, and big, bold eyeliner. Want to get Alessandra’s red-carpet look? Follow along as 100% PURE™ reveal her full 100% PURE™ Grammys beauty routine!


 100% PURE™ were ecstatic to be a major part of Alessandra’s red-carpet look, starting with skin care. Beau prepped with our Caffeine Mask to wake up the skin and enhance glow. A hydrating aloe base and skin-balancing caffeine make this mask ideal for smoothing and plumping the skin before makeup application. To brighten dark circles and reduce puffiness, Beau applied our Bright Eyes Masks under each of Alessandra’s eyes.
Proper prep for makeup requires lots of hydration, so Beau addressed moisturizing with a combination of the Brightening Serum and the Hydra Drench Cream. We love the Hydra Cream as a primer base, as chia gel and glycerin help grab onto beauty products for longer wear. This combo gave Alessandra’s complexion an undeniable radiance, while nourishing with protective antioxidants and calming rose flower water.
For primer, Nelson “...used the Mattifying Primer on the T-zone to leave the glow on the cheekbones, but control oil and shine in the middle of the face.” When recreating this look, you’ll want to press the primer into your skin rather than rub, as friction disturbs coverage and inflames the skin. Instead, use your index and middle fingers or a non-latex beauty sponge.
To achieve signature supermodel skin, Beau chose our Full Coverage Water Foundation in two shades to seamlessly compliment Alessandra’s tan skin. His trick included shade Olive 3.0 in the center of the face, which he blended outward into darker shade Olive 4.0 “to give a seamless, glowing look.” This creates the illusion of a slimmer, more angular face and a bronzed complexion.
No base is complete without concealing. Beau’s skin application was perfected with our full coverage Long Last Concealer in Golden Peach for blemishes. For a bright, youthful glow to the eyes he applied Peach Bisque to the undereye area. Beau achieved “a soft focus matte finish” on the supermodel by setting foundation and concealer with shade Tan of our Bamboo Blur Powder. This combo not only compliments Alessandra’s beachy Brazilian glow, but feels light and looks effortless.

IMG 1 Photo courtesy of Beau Nelson
Beau comes back to complexion later and moves straight into eyes – and obviously, he killed it, but he used a little trick we’re stealing. He works Cocoa Glow Cocoa Pigmented Bronzer “to give a subtle shading and shape,” before carving out an inky, bold black wing using our Long Last Liquid Eye Liner in Black Tea. He finishes the eye look with a quick lash curl and an even coat of the best-selling Black Tea Ultra Lengthening Mascara.
When recreating this eye look,  100% PURE™ recommend starting with a soft coat of translucent powder, shadow, or bronzer over the eye. This helps with a smoother, crisper wing and prevents oily eyelids later on. We also recommend following the curve of your lower lash line up towards your temples to sketch out the wing, not passing the eyebrow. Look straight into a mirror and angle in from the wing tip to your eye socket creating a triangle. Follow the curve of your eye all the way to your inner corner and voila – you’re basically Alessandra Ambrosio.
With the face and eyes complete, it’s time for brows. A softly defined brow is the perfect topper to this eye-catching liner. Achieve a similar look with the Green Tea Fiber Brow Builder. Like Alessandra’s brows, you’ll want to keep the shape without the texture, so once the product is dry brush through with a clean spoolie to soften the brows.
Nelson achieved Alessandra’s sun-kissed look with Cocoa Glow, the same bronzer used earlier on the eyes. Bronzer was applied to “the forehead, under cheekbones, and a bit on the jawline and the nose for a realistic suntanned glow.” The formula features antioxidant rich and skin conditioning cocoa beans, plus natural mineral sunstone for delicate shimmer.
To compliment the bronzing with a natural flush, Beau layers on two blush products. He starts with everyone’s favorite Fruit Pigmented® Blush in shade Berry; he says this gave Alessandra a “fresh from the sun glow.” To finish the flush with glow, he tops with a touch of rosy-gold Primp from the Rose Gold Palette.
Not surprisingly, Alessandra and Beau went for one of our absolute favorite lip products to create that your-lips-but-better satin nude pout. Our Butterchew Lip Caramel gives Alessandra the perfect peachy-nude sheen to compliment the warmth from her face and body, without battling with the eye. You’ll want to line the lips first with a nude liner for a bit of definition before patting on Butterchew to your desired opacity.
You guys, Beau is no amateur; he knows beauty means body, too. He coats Alessandra in our aptly named All Over Glow – in this case, use the shade that’s best for you – and he works it into the skin until it is shimmering and seamless. We definitely recommend hand application to melt in the product, but you can also use a large kabuki brush. Add a touch more products to the collarbones and shoulders for a tropical kiss. 
See, rocking rock n roll doesn't have to be destructive in order to rock.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Equinox Does the Grammys with Run DMC's Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels and Kelis.

By Laura Medina

Yes, the Grammy Week, celebrating the Grammy Awards, does rock but Equinox celebrating rap that evolve into beat-friendly, dance-friendly hip hop got the booty going and burning with Kelis and Run DMC's Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels

Back in the day, the glamorous family-friendly Eighties' pop and dance show, "Solid Gold" had the "Solid Gold" dancers.  Last night, Equinox had their dance instructors doing what their real careers are, professional background dancers.  Today's go-go dancers are hip hop dancers trained to get everybody's booty grooving.  Their Interpretive dance opened the show.

Hip hop diva turned nightclub disco diva, Kelis, warmed up the audience for...

Run DMC's Darryl "DMC' McDaniels setting the record straight on the history of rap and hip hop and how it all got started.  Not for money, but out of love and bringing the community. Basically, hip hop was a neighborhood block party that changed the music industry.

Yep, Darryl "DMC' McDaniels knows he ended his concert with a bang, "Walk This Way" with Aerosmith; and Aerosmith's Joey Kramer returned the favor for reviving the band's career in the Eighties. He was in the audience, giving thanks to Darryl.

Through-out the concert, Darryl talked about honoring the ladies and his wife.  He revealed the meaning behind Run DMC's "Mary Mary," their song about a stalker who never received any love back from the spooked out trio. So, she put a hex on them. Darryl joked that they ever discovered him dead, it's because he sang the song about her. Opening up the perils of being a celebrity.

The Equinox Run DMC & Kelis concert was held at the true rocker "home-away-from-home," Sunset Marquis, home to LA's The Morrison Hotel rock photography museum/art gallery.

Last night's blast debut the gallery's homage to hip hop, with Ian Ziering.

Darryl "DMC' McDaniels of Run DMC set the record straight.