Skin Care

By Candice Sabatini

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Hipsters have Myspace and now we skin care aficionados have MyBlend – a brand new concept in customized skin care from Dr. Olivier Courtin. The Parisian based physician and director of research for the newest brand under the Clarins umbrella (though the company is making efforts to deliniate between the French cosmetics giant and the new brand). So, BN readers, you now have the inside skinny on that! shhh…

Deciding which MyBlend is for you can be as daunting as deciding which black shoes to wear today so you’ll need help. The MyBlend specialists will determine exactly which one of the eight essential formulations is right for you. After that, you’re half done. Second part is the selection of one of the five booster serums to mix into the smaller of the two jars, which is just enough for a two week dose to fix urgent skin needs. I felt like a scientist mixing my magic elixir. Once I finished the small jar with the Energizer booster dose, my skin was glowing. Confused? Don’t be, once you consult with the expert at the counter, it’ll be as clear as your beautiful skin.

Available: Saks 5th Ave, and www.saksfifthavenue.com

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Brand new and launched just days ago; Bio Performance by Shiseido. This cutting edge product in very cool packaging is more than just a pretty face. Well actually, that’s not true; it’s all about a pretty face…..yours! This is an intensive two-step system designed to be used day and night for two weeks only when your skin is stressed and your regular skin care just isn’t enough. Step one is the clear serum which targets damaged areas of the skin. Second step the balm, which comes in 14 silver pods, so you have the perfect daily dose. The balm seals in the serum and makes skin feel luscious.

Available: Fine Department stores and www.nordstrom.com

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Quiz: What do you get when a Chinese actress with skin problems from harsh lights and heavy stage make-up, consults her youthful looking, flower and tea loving grandmother for her beauty secrets? Answer: pur-lisse, a brand new indie line of skin care that blends blue lotus and white tea using French skin care technology. pur-lisse is the creation of Jennifer Yen who insists on purity (no dyes, parabens or fragrance) and created the name from the French words meaning pure and smooth. The collection consists of cleaners, serums and moisturizers and on the flap of each outer box is a wellness message written by Yen. pur-lisse is moderately priced and shows you don’t have to spend a fortune on daily skin care, cookie!

Available: C.O. Bigelow, www.bigelowchemists.com, www.purlisse.com

Originally published October 2007
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