City Pulse

By P.J. Gach

I had my first experience with caviar at the age of eight. Mom and I were shopping up and down the Miracle Mile (for non-Long Islandites, it’s a shopping area in Manhasset), we had worked up quite an appetite. Shopping is very hard work. Mom and I looked at each other and decided to get a snack. Inside the restaurant, I looked over the menu, when I noticed listed under tea sandwiches; “caviar sandwich.” I looked at mom, “Mommy, what’s caviar?”

Mom looked over her menu at me and smiled, “Honey, you don’t want that. It’s very salty and crunchy. You won’t like it.”

The waitress overheard our conversation, and smilingly offered to give me one just to taste. It came on a tiny plate atop a paper doily. The sandwich was cut on the diagonal, and the bread was more like a hard cracker than the soft bread an eight year old was used to handling. I took a bite. Crunch, crunch, crunch. The saltiness overwhelmed my taste buds and I must have made quite a face because the waitress and my mom couldn’t stop laughing. It took me awhile to get over the experience.

And now I found something with caviar that’s delicious and zero calories. You don’t eat it, you wear it.

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Did you know that caviar is fantastic for your skin? It contains 23 to 26% protein and essential amino acids; is high in vitamins – like A (retinol), B, E, D, B2 and B6, and is a great source of Marine DNA. This means that caviar has very strong hydrating and conditioning properties. The Marine DNA, protein and essential amino acids stimulate cell regeneration.

The Signature Caviar Line created by Kerstin Florian International not only contains Seruga Caviar from the Caspian Sea; it also has Co-Enzyme A, a healing anti-oxidant, caffeine as a toning anti-oxidant and the Chinese herb Chai Hu (Bupleurum Extract). In other words, these products are the ultimate in an anti-aging skin regimen.

I tried the Caviar Eye Creme, the Caviar Age-Defense, The Caviar Night Creme and the Caviar Firming Body Complex for a period of time. The products have a very pleasant, light scent and they absorbed very quickly into my dry winter skin.

The eye creme comes in a pump, this is a wonderful idea. You get a small measured dose on your finger. No longer will you have to fight to put the excess creme back into the tub. The eye creme is feather light, neither greasy nor heavy. It banishes dark circles under the eyes, minimizes fine lines, puffiness and brightens. The caviar is aided with caffeine and green tea extract.

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The Caviar Age-Defense very quickly became a favorite part of my morning regimen. Why? It sinks into your skin immediately. No more long waits until you can safely apply your base. It made my skin feel smoother and supple. Applying base was a breeze. Besides caviar, this also contains rose flower oil, Co-enzyme A and Chai Hu (firming agent). The combination of the caviar, firming agents and anti-aging ingredients reduce fine lines and really does make your skin smooth and very soft.

After a shower, the Caviar Firming Body Complex is a real treat, It feels luxurious, slightly sinful and your body will love you for it. It also contains anti-aging ingredients and vitamins, definitely skin food.

The Night Creme is rich, thick, but seeps into your pores as quickly as the Age-Defense. Not only does it contain caviar, it also contains green tea, shea butter and seaweed. The first few times I tried it, my skin tingled a bit, but I continued, after a day or two that stopped.

How were the results of my road testing? Recently I had a facial and the aesthetician remarked on how nice my skin looked and felt. This was after using it a little over a week.

I give high marks to this line. It’s not heavily perfumed, lightweight, and absorbs easily into your skin. I’ve only used it for a little over two weeks; but my skin feels soft and looks healthy. Unlike some other moisturizers, there isn’t any leftover “greasiness” or heaviness on your skin. The day and night cremes came with little scoop applicators, I couldn’t deal with those. Too tiny for me, the cremes were easier (for me) to manipulate by hand.

Kerstin Florin International has been in business for over 40 years. Their other product lines include: Spa Face, Spa Body, Spa Sun, and a complete line of skin care for men. Their products and services (facials, body and foot treatments) can be found at exclusive spas worldwide. Some of the spas are; The Fairmont Plaza in NYV, W Hotel in Times Square, Willow Stream Spas at the Fairmont, various Fairmont resorts, Boca Raton Resort and Club and many more.

Kerstinflorian.com lists the spas were you can find this wonderful line and product information. Call 888-kerstin to find an affiliated spa near you.

Bendel’s is having on of their fabulous “Girls’ Nites” Thursday, February 10. The theme is; “Lessons in Love, Lipstick & Lingerie.” Complementary cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and fun shopping on “La Lingerie” on 3, and you’ll get a chance to meet Samantha Daniels, the founder of Samantha’s table, an introduction service and the real-life inspiration for the show “Miss Match” starring Alicia Silverstone. She’s the author of the new urban love story Matchbook: The Diary of A Modern-Day Matchmaker (Simon & Schuster, 2005). Not only will she be signing copies of her book, she’ll reveals secrets of the trade, real-life dating advice, and will share her own adventures in singledom.

You’ll also get a chance to meet Maureen Kelly, the beauty expert, creative genius and founder of Tarte Cosmetics. She and her team will demonstrate the hottest looks for Valentine’s Day. You’ll also learn tips for every day and special occasion make up.

Each guest will receive a deluxe gift bag, and will be entered to win a Tarte cosmetics beauty basket and a signed copy of Samantha’s book.

Space is limited so call today for your reservation.

What: Bendel’s Girls’ Nites Presents Samantha Daniels of Samantha’s Table and Maureen Kelly of Tarte Cosmetics fun lingerie shopping, makeovers and mingling.
When: Thursday, February 10, 6 PM – 8 PM
Where: Henri Bendel, 712 5th Avenue @56th Street
Cost: $25 reservation fee, redeemable towards purchase of lingerie or TARTE Cosmetics
RSVP: 212-904-7951

There’s a certain romance about vintage clothing and antiques. Once look and you daydream about the past.

You can indulge in your fantasies this weekend at The New York Fashion & Antique Textile Show and Sale at the New Yorker Hotel. You’ll find vintage designer clothing and period clothing. Antique textiles, accessories, shoes and jewelry will abound the booths too. While you’re there visit Sunny Chapman Design in Booth GB3 in the Grand Ballroom. She’s got vintage Geoffrey Beene, Bonnie Cashin and other designers, flapper dress, vintage lingerie, accessories and other goodies to numerous to mention.

What: The New York Fashion & Vintage Textile Show and Sale
When: Friday, February 4,11AM – 7 PM, Saturday, February 5,11AM – 6PM
Where: New Yorker Hotel, 34th Street & 8th Avenue
Cost: $20 admission

Speaking of romance, being touched by someone you love is a heavenly experience. Just holding hands can make your heart flutter. Dorit Baxter Day Spa and Petals and Wine have teamed up to create an exclusive treatment; The Hands On Massage.

The Hands On Massage shows you how you and your partner can pamper each other with sensual massages. You’ll learn massage techniques that you can use at home again and again. This package includes a 90-minute couple’s massage, complete with hands-on instructions guided by a massage therapist at Dorit Baxter Spa. Take home a large gift basket with everything you need to continue massaging each other long past Valentine’s Day.

The Dorit Baxter is one of the city’s premier full service spas. Petals & Wine is run by Mor Soued and Erika Rychik. They plan wedding nights, proposals, anniversaries and extra-special dates. They’re experts on how to create a spectacular event or memorable evening. Together these two companies will show you the joys of the power of touch.

To schedule a Hands On Massage, which retails for $450, log onto http://www.petalsandwine.com and go to their New Experience page, or call 212-579-2284

If you’ve been thinking about volunteering, but not sure which non-profit you’d like to join, you might want to look into Share Your Heart NYC. It’s the first Volunteer Expo featuring sixty small to medium-sized Manhattan-based non-profit organizations serving a broad spectrum of diverse and compelling interests, social services and the arts, providing a truly unique opportunity for New Yorkers to learn how they may become more involved with their community.

What: Share Your Heart NY- Volunteer Expo
When: Thursday, Feb. 10 – Saturday, Feb. 12, Thursday and Friday’s hours are 10AM – 7 PM, Saturday’s is10AM – 4 Pm and are Family Day. There will be kid-friendly activities
Where: Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall, 15 Vanderbilt Ave. New York, NY
Contact: (212) 340-2210

Pre-Valentines Event at the Guggenheim! Art Tour & Champagne Tasting
ARTDATE and Cosmo Party are joining forces to create a special Pre-Valentine’s event: a tour of the Aztec Empire exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum followed by a champagne tasting at Flute. The group will meet at the entrance of the Guggenheim Museum (Fifth Avenue at 88th Street) at 6:30pm sharp. The tour will last approximately 1 1/2 hours, led by Natasha Schlesinger, an independent art historian and art consultant who has been working at Christie’s Auction House for many years. Then, it’s off to Flute for an exclusive champagne tasting at this Art Deco-inspired lounge located where the notorious speakeasy Club Intime once operated.

What: Art Date at the Guggenheim
When: Friday 11th February, from 6:30 PM
Where: Flute,54th & Broadway, New York City
Who: Singles & Art Lovers, ages 25- 45
RSVP: http://www.cosmoparty.com/signup/index.php?code=&id_soiree=473
For more information contact the host: Natasha & Jerome

The Tank is presenting “Video as an Instrument” tonight. The opening of their latest gallery show opening is today, from 7-10pm and running through February 17th. This will be a show of single channel video works. A portion of the cover will go towards tsunami relief efforts.

What: Video as an Instrument – Opening Reception
When: Friday, February 4th – 7-10pm FREE with performances at 10pm ($7) from Bmbaclaat! Madame Chao
Where: The Tank – 432 W 42nd Street btw 9th and 10th aves
http://www.thetanknyc.or/spaceworks
For more info about the artists and performers please visit http://jeremyslater.net/vaai/

Originally published February 2005
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