Just knowing that Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are huge fans of Biologique Recherche was all it took for me to give this under-the-radar skincare brand a try. And my face was definitely in need of some TLC after taking a brutal beating this winter.
I’ve been shamefully walking around with a lot of dead skin cells, and I needed to go beyond my Clarisonic cleansing brush. Enter: Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 V.
This lotion is unlike any other I’ve come across, as it is penetrates deep into the skin to exfoliate, tone and hydrate. No wonder it’s touted as being a “facial in a bottle.” Plus, esthetician and owner of Rescue Spa Danuta Mieloch told me that if I smoothed this onto my skin faithfully I would end up with a glowy complexion like Halle Berry.
Did her claims hold up?
Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 V
I’ve used the P50 V Lotion after washing my face with the Lait U cleanser twice a day for the past month. Saturating a cotton ball with the yellow-hued exfoliator, I then pressed it into my skin to pick up any leftover dirt and debris. (Yeah, it was pretty filthy.)
While the initial tingling sensation (thanks to active ingredients like onion extract and salicylic acid) caught me off guard, I couldn’t be more excited about the gradual brightening of my face, neck and décolletage. And I got results so fast, I’ve cut back on my usage of P50 V Lotion to just nighttime. Because washing my face before bed is what really matters…
Rating: 4 out of 5. Once you get over the slightly scary tingling sensation, you’re on your way to some seriously radiant skin.
By Dana Oliver of Huffington Post
Most brides who have their wedding makeup professionally done opt to do a trial run before the big day. This is a great idea, it ensures that you and your makeup artist are on the same page beforehand, so you don’t end up looking like a totally different person. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your makeup trial:
1. Book Your Makeup Trials Well In Advance
Don’t make the mistake of leaving your bridal makeup trials to the last minute, after all you want your face be as perfect as your gown. Start your trials as much as 12 months, and at least 3 months, before your wedding day. Then be prepared to meet again in the weeks leading up to the wedding to do a run-through.
2. Dress the Part
Wear a white top and have your hair trial maybe on the same day with your makeup trial, that way you will be able to easily visualize your entire bridal look.
3. Bring Pictures
This is obvious, but it’s incredibly helpful to see everything you like in one place so you can pinpoint the similarities between the looks that you’d like to replicate. Is it the glowing skin? The strong eyebrows? The shades of shadow? If possible, try to include photos of women who look somewhat similar to you. It’s much harder for both you and your makeup artist to envision how you want the makeup on your bronzed skin to look if you’ve only brought pictures of fair-skinned beauties. It is always helpful to have some photos of yourself with makeup looks you really like.
3. Natural Is Not Always Best
Keep in mind that the best makeup artist has many objectives: how you look in person; what is going to suit the lenses of the photographer and videographer; what makeup works in a variety of lights – natural indoors and outdoors as well as day and night; plus of course what brings out your best features and the style of the hair and gown.
3. Speak Up and Be Open-Minded
While it’s great to have an idea of what you want, it also helps to go in with an open mind. Determine your non-negotiables ahead of time—you will not wear dark lipstick or black eyeliner, for example—so you can remain open to other suggestions, like trying a different eye makeup or having your eyebrows filled in. If you hate it, don’t hesitate to say something! Pretending you love it isn’t fair to you or the makeup artist, who likely wants to please you. We are here to help you in any way possible and make you happy with the final results.
4. Photograph The Results
This helps you get a feel of how your makeup will look in your wedding day photos. Remember: Makeup can translate very differently once captured on camera. By taking some self portraits once you jump out of the chair and throughout the day/night you’ll then be able to review how the makeup worked for the camera, be it an amateurs, and also workout what you will need for touchups. Remember Hair and Makeup isn’t permanent so changes can always be made and it’s important for both parties that you leave happy and excited!
Above all have fun with your trials, you will walk away with new tricks and products that will probably change your outlook on beauty for life!!!
Makeup Artist, Victoria Roggio
Courtesy of Makemeuppretty.com
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Figure out what your skin needs and the best skincare regime for you.
BY EMILY GOULET | MARCH 26, 2014 AT 3:12 PM
“If you haven’t gotten one of Rescue’s cult-adored facials yet, go. Run. (Yes, we all swear by them.) If you have gotten one, then you’re already probably familiar with Valmont, one of the luxe product lines the spa carries and swears by. And for good reason: Valmont’s Renewing Pack gives you an insta-glow. But with all the skin care products out there—BB creams, CC creams, masks, exfoliants, serums—it can be tricky to decide what you should be slathering on your skin, when you should be using it, and which products are better left alone. Rescue Spa to the, er, rescue.
Tomorrow (Thursday, March 27th) from 10am to 7pm and Friday, from 10am to 6pm, head to the spa’s newish location—curated/designed by brilliant art curator Eileen Tognini, which gives it total cool cred—and get a free, in-depth skin analysis by a Valmont ambassador. The beauty expert will measure your skin’s hydration levels, the depth of your fine lines, and any UV damage you might have, and then she’ll work with you to nail down your perfect skincare regime and figure out which products you actually need. RSVP by calling 215-772-2766.” –Philly Mag.com: Shoppist
Spring is finally here… at the moment my skin is a bit drier given the cold weather we’ve had in Philadelphia. This seems like the best time to have a facial treatment. It’s the easiest way to exfoliate and rejuvenate a post winter complexion. So I decided to create the Spring Skin Perfector Facial.
We start with a thorough cleansing followed by microdermabrasion to cleanse and smooth the pores and a customized peel for your skin’s needs is applied afterwards. Microcurrent lifting and remodeling will accentuate your cheekbones, smooth out your wrinkles, and define your jawline. Finished off with LED therapy for rejuvenating your skin on a cellular level. The perfect way to welcome spring!
For those of us at home a DIY facial is a sure way to exfoliate and rehydrate your skin. Here are the basic and effective steps:
- I recommend Lait U for cleansing. It’s a gentle cleanser that softens and rehydrates the skin.
- P50 1970 instantly exfoliates, balances, and revives your complexion.
- Mask VIP O2 takes about 5-15 minutes to penetrate and leaves your skin silky and even toned.
- My go-to product is Renewing Pack. Valmont has newly reformulated this classic for even better performance. This multitasker is like a thirst quencher, moisturizer, mask, makeup base, in flight skin saver… use it any way you like, you can never go wrong!
- Silk Plus Serum gives you instant hydration, can be applied before or after your moisturizer for a satin finish. I like to mix it with my foundation for an even more sheer and glowing application.
- UVA/UVB Broad spectrum sunscreen becomes even more important in the long spring days.
I am really excited to announce our brand new high technology treatments. (Be sure to check out our Spring Laser Specials).
- Sublime: Firming, rejuvenating, radio frequency, skin tightening treatment. Targeting saggy jawlines, droopy eyelids, and aging necks. It works amazingly without the downtime providing cumulative long lasting results. I recommend a series of 3.
- New and Improved IPL Photofacial: Less pain, more results. Targeting sun damage, brown spots, capillaries, and enlarged pores.
- Virtually painless Permanent Hair Removal: It’s amazing how much technology has improved. My first laser experience required Novacaine and a shot of vodka before & after. These days you can read your magazine while your hair vanishes.
- Velashape III: Already staple in cellulite reduction this number III edition works magic. Virtually melts the fat away while firming your saggy skin. Great for thighs, buttocks, and stomach.
Spring is an exciting time to get out there and exercise. It produces happy endorphins and we need them after this winter. It’s also a terrific time to start eating better. I’ll share one of my breakfast tips. I soak overnight chia seeds in almond milk in the morning I’ll add blueberries, goji berries, coconut flakes, and raisins. This power breakfast fuels you for the entire morning.
Q: How can I make my manicure last longer?
A: Use Gloves!
Soaking your hands in water—like when you do the dishes, for example—allows moisture to penetrate your polish, creating chips. The solution? A simple pair of gloves.
Spring is on its way. As the warm fresh air hits my face for the first time this week, I was finally able to take off a few layers of clothing. Thankfully I said “so long” to my hat and winter coat. This winter has been long, cold and very dry. We have our dry skin to show for it.
The next season means less clothes and more skin. It’s time to get out our fun sun dresses, summer tops, and swimsuits! Keeping up with a good home regimen on our face and hopefully getting into the spa a few times for a facial is important, but what about our backs? This is where a back facial can help.
Rescue’s Back Facial is one of my favorite services and it’s often overlooked. It is 45 minutes of a fully relaxing, while overall rejuvenating experience!! We will start off with a thorough analysis so we can determine exactly what products will be best for you. From there it is a combination of deep cleansing; exfoliation using the proper p50 product for your skin; balance and prep of the skin; followed by a beautiful massage with the renewing pack to help hydrate and brighten. Your Rescue Back Facial finishes with a mask best suited for your skin needs to help hydrate and balance your skin. From start to finish you will be completely taken care of, and you will leave feeling rejuvenated, and ready for the spring.
Esthetician, Suzanne Zelley
Check out the new Valmont PRIME Renewing Pack…