The Goody Bag


Are you an Idealist? Do you see things as they should be…always hoping to minimize flaws and show everything in it’s best light? Well, most New Yorkers are anything but. We’re tough and realistic. Real “look life in the face and call it like it is” people. Well, Estee Lauder is about to change all that.

Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinsher, Lauder’s brand new skin care invention, helps to accelerate cell turn-over, bringing fresh, healthy cells to the surface. The most noticeable result? Enlarged pores all but disappear. The amount of Glucosomine, a non-acid resurfacing agent which was first used in the original Idealist formula, has been tripled in this new addition to the line. It works in tandem with Chestnut Extract, which protects and strengthens capillaries and prevents cellular filtration, while combating buildup and inflammation due to (amongst other things) the environment, which tends to clog and enlarge pores.

The emulsion glides across skin and feels satiny smooth. Results were almost immediate, though a cumulative effect can be seen after 4 weeks. Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher is for all skin types, oil free and sure to turn even the most pragmatic user into an Idealist. Available wherever Estee Lauder products are sold, or online at

Summer heat can take a toll on the sensitive skin on and around your lips. Going from the heat or the outdoors, to indoor arctic blasts of air conditioning (not to mention the hours of beachside smooching) can leave your pucker pouting. Thankfully, Revive has just the product to get your lips back in tip-top shape in no time.

Lip & Perioral Renewal is designed for the lips and the skin that surrounds them. Apply a couple of times a day and within a couple of days, you’ll notice softer, smoother lips. After a week or two, you’ll see a reduction in the lines around your mouth (if you smoke, and we hope you don’t, you need this product – those smoker-lines are so fugly!) also, lipstick will stay put and not crawl up towards your nostrils like some kind of relief map of the Mississippi delta. Best part of all, the cream builds a resilient protective barrier that actually helps prevent further damage. It doesn’t contain an SPF, though, so if you’re going out in the sun, apply a balm that does. We recommend Bobbi Brown’s Lip Balm SPF 15.

It smells so nice and goes on smoothly without a tacky or greasy feel. Formulated with wheat germ and olive oil, it’s the best year-round lip balm on the market. Available at

Natura Bisse’s newest product, Dermarepair, is formulated to treat and prevent stretch marks. It repairs, tones, nourishes and stimulates your skin, improving the texture and elasticity. With ingredients like Gotu Kola, Hydrolyzed Pumpkin and Amaranth Oil, it firms as well as protects. As with any other product of its kind, results are not overnight. Commit to 4 weeks of proper use, however, and you will see a difference in the stretch marks you already have, and your skin will appear firmer and more resilient (that’s because it stimulates your own collagen and elastin to do their job). Dermarepair can be found at Neiman Marcus stores or online at

Most of us get a zit now and then. It happens. Whatcha gonna do? For those who get more than the occasional zuber, dealing with acne can be a problem. Even in the summer months, when your skin is getting lots of fresh air, not as much makeup, and steering clear of any pore-clogging mishaps since your product-doused mane is up in a pony, you can still experience that dreaded rumble deep beneath your skin. Before you know it, you’ve got a mini-Vesuvius erupting, the size of a dime, smack in the middle of your summer skin on that chinny chin chin.

The skin experts at Mario Badescu understand this dilemma. That’s why they’ve created their new Acne Facial Cleanser. Instead of drying out your skin (which is a big no-no), they’ve added soothing Aloe Vera and Chamomile to calm and a shot of Salicylic Acid to put those zits to bed. The gel-like formula has a very mild and pleasant scent and leaves your skin feeling clean but not ‘tight.’ It also works well if you get those embarrassing bumps on the back of your arms, so buy a bottle and stop avoiding your tank tops! Available at

By this time you’ve been SPF’d to death, so I won’t bore you with the lectures about how the ozone is thinning and we’re getting stronger, more intense rays than ever and skin cancer is on the rise…oopse…I’ll just say that if you gotta wear sunscreen – and you do – Bliss’ Big Screen is a good one to wear. Lightly scented with citrus, this spray-on SPF 30 protects from UV rays, free radical damage and it creates a barrier to help skin retain moisture. Available at

Despite the rise of waxing and laser hair removal, the vast majority of American women still rely on the good old fashioned razor for their hair removal needs. So, it makes sense that The Art of Shaving – the best known line of luxury shave products for men – would remember us…you know, the other 51% of the population. The company’s new line for Women includes Pre-Shave Oil, Shaving Cream (try it with the badger hair Shaving Brush), After-Shave Body Milk and a star Ingrown Hair Night Cream, each formulated with pure Bulgarian rose absolute. With antiseptic and soothing properties, the rose adds an intoxicating fragrance that makes shaving an indulgence rather than a chore. Available at and at The Art of Shaving stores in the New York metro area.

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