Sephora Is Launching a Nationwide Free Beauty Class for Women and Men with Cancer

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Sephora just announced that it would be adding an empowering and free beauty class exclusively for people living with cancer. The class is titled ‘Brave Beauty in the Face of Cancer’ and will join the retailer’s ‘Classes For Confidence’ program.

According to a press release, each 90-minute class will offer personalized skin care tips, possible solutions to any beauty-related problems and makeup how-tos, students may have stemming from their battle with cancer. Students will learn a variety of skills to apply masterful eye makeup, achieve natural-looking brows, and (much) more. Each student will also receive their unique Color IQ to learn which products work best for their complexion. While putting together this curriculum, Sephora sought the advice of its employees who also had or still have cancer.

We are harnessing the fun upbeat environment of our stores and attention of our experts, to create a safe place for participants to learn and play with beauty, ask questions, and connect with others going through a similar situation.

Corrie Conrad, Sephora’s Senior Director of Social Impact and Sustainability

Not only that, but Sephora employees nationwide will also be wearing a lavender lapel pin as a gesture of solidarity, given that lavender is the color used to symbolize awareness for all cancers.

Because Sephora wants to ensure that each attendees needs are fully met, they’re keeping class size super-small. No more than 12 people will be able to sign up for a session, and for every three-four participants in attendance there will be a coach present to provide additional hands-on help.

Men are also welcome, hair loss and skin effects from cancer treatments know no gender, and we want to be a safe space for all of our clients.

Corrie Conrad

Going forward, the larger ‘Classes For Confidence’ program will work with different nonprofit organizations to help support its many shoppers. Another class is aimed at helping women and men with workforce reentry and will give students the tips they need to create everyday looks for work.

‘Brave Beauty in the Face of Cancer’ will be available in 50 locations starting April 9. Click here to locate available classes near you.

What do you think of Sephora’s new initiative?

 

 

 

 

Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Crème

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An innovative range of moisturizers, Hydra Beauty responds to the hydration needs of every woman (and men!), regardless of age or skin concern. Camellia Alba PFA* acts as an active ingredient promoting optimal moisture retention within skin cells. Combined with the powerful antioxidant Blue Ginger PFA*, the perfect synergy of ultimate hydration and protection is created.

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Now Maison Chanel introduces a new product into its Hydra Beauty range. The collection, designed to offer intensive hydration combined with antioxidant protection, welcomes the Hydra Beauty Micro Crème, a cream formula featuring Chanel’s patented micro-droplet technology.

The Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Crème is based on the same cutting-edge technology as Chanel’s Hydra Beauty Micro Serum, and Hydra Beauty Micro Gel Yeux  – both formulated to intensely hydrate and replenish skin with camellia micro-droplets.

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The main active ingredient is brightening and strong hydrating Camellia japonica extract, combined with the powerful antioxidant Blue Ginger. Their full potential is preserved in the purest form in the core of the micro-droplets, coming into action deep within the skin for astonishing hydrating results. The moisturizing extract fuses with the skin to unleash its plumping and smoothing effect.

This rich yet water-light moisturizer delivers 24-hours continuous hydration. It glides on with a burst of freshness, and then transforms into the comfort of a cream. The skin is left hydrated, deeply replenished, and protected against environmental effects.

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Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Crème delivers a revolutionary infusion of 24-hour continuous hydration. The water-light texture glides on with a sensorial burst of freshness and then transforms into the comfort of a cream, leaving skin hydrated, replenished and fortified.

Apply Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Crème in the morning and evening to face and neck, following Chanel’s Hydra Beauty Micro Serum.

Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Crème is presented in a massive glass jar of  50 ml /1.7 oz, and it retails for $98.00. Available now at Chanel.com.

 

 

Pamper your skin with La Prairie’s White Caviar Illuminating Pearl Infusion

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The famous Swiss manufacturer of prestige high-end cosmetics, La Prairie, has just announced the launch of its new brightening product. The innovative White Caviar Illuminating Pearl Infusion targets age spots, redness, and dullness of the skin, which are three major light-barriers to a luminous, youthful complexion.

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Backed by science, the new member of the White Caviar range promises to help reveal your youthful, radiant skin, in just four weeks. Infused with brightening pearls of youth, the Illuminating Pearl Infusion helps reduce the appearance of dark spots, sun-induced damage, and redness.

At the same time, it forms a breathable protective shield over skin, which guards it from dirt, environmental stresses, and pollution.

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Same as the rest of the White Caviar collection, the Illuminating Pearl Infusion not only brightens the skin, but also helps increase its firmness. Powerful, age-defying, ingredients come encased in opalescent white caviar pearls, which are blended into a rejuvenating radiant serum.

On each application, just the right amount of pearls releases a silky first-of-its-kind formula that diminishes redness, erases dark spots, and reduces pollution-induced grayness.

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As always, La Prairie’s uses only the most unique and precious active ingredients. The rare golden caviar extract, found in this formula, helps stimulate collagen production, thus helping he skin to restore and maintain its firmness and elasticity. Rich in amino acids, vitamins, and minerals, caviar extract provides a gentle firming action, combined with nourishment and energy.

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La Prairie White Caviar Illuminating Pearl Infusion should be applied morning and evening, over face, neck, and décolleté. For the best results, use it with other products from the White Caviar collection. It’s available from March 2017. A 30ml bottle retails at €385.00

Come into the world of La Prairie

 

 

 

 

 

Chanel Huile de Jasmin

Maison Chanel launches Huile de Jasmin in March 2017, based on the original formula created by Gabrielle Coco Chanel back in 1927. Huile de Jasmin is a revitalizing facial oil with jasmine extract, formulated to make the skin look luminescent. It represents a reinterpretation of the precious emblematic treatment from the history of the house and from Coco’s own beauty counter.

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The oil nourishes and repairs the skin, made of many, mostly natural oils and ingredients. The formula transmits its revitalizing properties to the skin, providing comfort and elasticity. Jasmine oil from Chanel’s own fields in Grasse is the main ingredient, paired up with camellia, limnathes alba and jojoba oil. The jasmine that is used is collected by hand on the day of its emergence to preserve all its properties.

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The facial oil provides a moisturizing and strengthening effect, protecting the skin’s barrier and provides it with comfort and suppleness. In addition, it reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Maison Chanel did a clinical evaluation on 33 women to test the product. The results are:

  • The skin looks immediately brighter: + 22% . Day after day, it increases its luminosity: +31% after one month.
  • Wrinkles and expression lines are less visible. The skin is visibly smoother: + 34%.
  • The skin is hydrated and protected. The complexion shines naturally, sublimated by a subtly satin finish.

You can use Huile de Jasmin daily or as a cure treatment, according to the needs of your skin. It can be used directly on the clean skin, under a serum or a cream, for women who feel their skin is tired and lacks vitality, or combined with a cream, for women looking for additional comfort in a single application, or even with a foundation, for a touch of luminosity.

 

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The ultimate chic packaging screams luxury, reminiscent of the original one from the 1920s. The product is (sadly) a limited edition.  It will only available on Chanel.com and in Chanel’s own boutiques from March 2017. A 50 ml bottles will be around $120.

Come into the world of Chanel.com

 

 

New Orchidée Impériale Exceptional Complete Care, Guerlain The Cream 4th Generation

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Eleven years after its launch, Orchidée Impériale has been reinvented for the fourth time, offering the best of research in the field of cell longevity. Capitalising on its previous innovations, Orchidée Impériale The Cream is not only exceptional complete care, but it has also been designed to limit its environmental impact. Orchidée Impériale offers women a new way of perceiving time.

A time of innovation

Because Guerlain, the world expert on research into orchids and their secrets of longevity, has been constantly innovating for over 15 years. A new technology based on the Orchid Gastrodia elata, whose properties were discovered thanks to a one-of-a-kind platform – the Orchidarium* – delivers an age-defying complex that acts on cell respiration.

* The platform consists of three centres, the Tianzi nature reserve (China), the experimental garden in Geneva (Switzerland) and the research laboratory in Strasbourg (France).

A time for yourself

Because women require much more from a skincare product than fighting the visible signs of ageing, Guerlain offers them a real moment to breathe. A special time to reconnect with yourself and restore inner harmony. Orchidée Impériale The Cream offers the same sensory experience as previous generations but with a new application technique.

A time of luxury

Because protecting the environment is an absolute necessity, Guerlain has embraced a sustainable luxury approach, in particular by reducing Orchidée Impériale The Cream’s carbon footprint by 58%. As sumptuous as ever, the jar has been reworked, its glass lightened and its packaging eco-designed.

A time for the earth

Because, more than ever, Guerlain is affirming its commitment to protecting orchids with the Tianzi nature reserve, where ‘rainforestation’ takes place, in other words the reconstruction of an entire ecosystem prioritising biodiversity, to the orchids’ benefit.

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Cell respiration: A new longevity mechanism

Within the framework of its research into cells’ functional longevity, which it has been carrying out for 15 years, Guerlain Research discovered a crucial new mechanism: a cell with good control over the natural use of its oxygen will have better longevity. We know that an excess of free radicals (an unstable, highly reactive form of oxygen) promotes skin ageing.

To combat these free radicals, cosmetic science uses antioxidants. However, it has recently been discovered that, on the contrary, oxygen levels that are too low compared to the skin’s needs – known as the phenomenon of hypoxia – will have consequences on ageing. And all the more so because hypoxia increases with age.

The effects on the skin take several forms:

  • Hypoxia leads to a slowdown in epidermal regeneration.
  • Hypoxia impairs the energy production mechanisms, which causes a loss of vital cell energy.
  • Hypoxia generates a surplus of toxic free radicals, which promotes the appearance of oxidation phenomena.
  • Hypoxia stimulates proteases (enzymes that damage the proteins forming the extracellular matrix) and diminishes the fibroblasts’ contractile capacities, which leads to a loss of firmness.
  • Hypoxia contributes to a proinflammatory environment favourable to ageing, known as the inflamm-ageing process.

A major innovation: An exclusieve new technology to cobat hypoxia

Skin that stays youthful for longer is skin that has good cell energy, in other words a good communication network between the mitochondria. Summarised in this way, the results of these scientific discoveries are behind three generations of Orchidée Impériale The Cream. Guerlain Research has now made a major advance in preserving the cell bioenergetic network. To increase vital energy and improve cell longevity, it is essential to regulate cell respiration: not too much, not too little.

To combat chronic hypoxia, the skin naturally possesses a system to control its oxygen levels. This system, known as HIF-1 alpha, is based on a protein produced during hypoxia. It is a smart sensor in the sense that it does not merely measure the level of oxygen but regulates the control of its use, which is essential for energy production and good cell function.

Dr Frédéric Bonté, Director of Guerlain Research

An exclusive technology based on a star orchid to combat hypoxia

As part of the Orchidarium, the Strasbourg laboratory headed by Professor Annelise Lobstein lists and studies the phytochemical properties of orchids to isolate their most active molecules that are of greatest interest for Orchidée Impériale skincare. Within the scope of the Orchidarium’s work, Guerlain Research has developed an exclusive new technology based on a star orchid – Gastrodia elata (a key orchid in traditional Chinese medicine), which acts on factor HIF-1 alpha, a natural ‘cell respiration’ regulator, in addition to its protective action on the cell bioenergetic mitochondrial network.

By combining it with a glucan-rich natural nasturtium extract, which encourages the supply of oxygen to the cells, this new age-defying technology offers the skin exceptional complete care that acts on all of the visible signs of ageing: firmness, density, radiance, wrinkles and fine lines, evenness and elasticity. As well as fighting against hypoxia, this new technology will boost the cells’ vital energy.

Diamond powder for an instant sophisticated glow

A specific new ingredient is making an appearance in this fourth generation: diamond powder, a rare raw ingredient chosen for its photoluminescent properties capable of capturing the invisible luminous energy received and then visibly diffusing it in all directions thanks to the diamond’s ‘facetted’ appearance. The result: an instant effect on the skin’s radiance.

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A time for yourself

In a stressful world dominated by hyperconnection, women need to take a break and make time for themselves in order to restore a kind of inner harmony.

Orchidée Impériale The Cream offers a unique sensory experience. With its subtle scent and silky feel, all of the senses are awakened thanks to the new application technique developed by Sophia Kremser, Design and Training Manager at the Institut Guerlain, 68 Champs-Élysées, which for the first time combines massages and breathing exercises to take best advantage of the benefits of the New Orchidée Impériale The Cream.

A time of luxury new eco-designed pack: A model of environmental excellence

It took Research & Development’s engineers over a year to design and manufacture the new packaging for Orchidée Impériale The Cream. From the shape of the jar to the sleeve, everything has been redesigned, except the capacity, which remains the same (50 ml).
As a result, 4th-generation Orchidée Impériale The Cream has the first eco-designed Guerlain packaging for a premium skincare product.

  • It has a new colour code: navy black and satin-finish champagne gold.
  • A new ‘pebble’ design for the jar in streamlined lines. More organic, it hugs the palm of the hand.
  • Fewer raw materials, prioritising recyclable materials: more lightweight glass, uncoated paper, a white pine cellulose inner pack. • A QR code with a direct link to the Guerlain.com website to discover the instructions and the application method.

 

A time for the earth

Implemented by Guerlain in 2007, the reforestation programme has restored the orchids’ endemic habitat in the Tianzi region in the Yunnan province of China. Minguo Li-Margraf, who now heads the Tianzi nature reserve, grows the orchids over more than 400 hectares, and protects and reintroduces endangered plants by reconstructing their ecosystem.

As orchids require numerous microorganisms to live and reproduce, protecting biodiversity is fundamental. Over 12,000 wild orchids in total and over 25 different species have been reintroduced.

Clarins Skin Boosters

2016-booster-still-life-trioHave you ever wished that you could personalize your skincare to address only a single, or even a temporary issue? Now you can! Clarins Skin Boosters help with occasional skincare needs caused from lifestyle (too much partying, not enough sleep) or environmental causes, like alleries or pollution. Like a turbocharge for your skin!

Three new turbo-charged formulas offer made-to-measure beauty solutions with minimal fuss. By simply adding to your favourite face cream, mask or foundation, each booster will target a specific lifestyle need.

Whatever the cause, our skin is a good barometer for what’s going on with us. Stress, dieting, exhaustion, sun…there are a million ways our skin is affected. The answer on how to correct these issues is sometimes complicated. Clarins Boosters can help out with a shot of what you need to help fix the problem.

Clarins Booster Detox

This highly enriched formula contains green coffee extract, a plant from tropical Africa high in caffeine and known for its detoxifying properties. The booster detoxifies and purifies congested skin to revive radiance and plump the skin.

 

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Clarins Booster Detox is a detoxifying serum that cleanses, plumps and recharges your complexion.

The Detox Booster (my go-to) is for congested skin, which shows up by a loss of radiance and dull complexion. The Detox Booster is powered by Green Coffee, which is known for it’s detoxifying properties. It plumps and refreshes skin.

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How to use: Add 3-5 drops to your your moisturizer, masks, serum or foundation, whatever works best for you. Apply evenly to clean, dry skin, working from the center of your face outward, while lightly pressing on drainage points. Do not use the booster alone. It must be mixed with another face product. Use it for a day, a week, a month—any time your skin needs a boost.

 

Clarins Booster Repair

This ultra-concentrated formula contains mimosa tenuiflora extract, a Mayan medicinal plant known for its repairing properties. The booster reduces feelings of discomfort and diminishes redness by optimizing the skin’s strength and in turn its recovery.

 

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When your skin looks or feels fragile, Clarins Booster Repair gives it a tailor-made beauty boost.

Boosters Repair, which is powered by Mimosa, helps with weakened skin. If you’ve been out in the sun, salt or chlorinated water or are getting cosmetic treatments like peels, the Repair Booster soothes and comforts and visibly minimizes redness.

How to use: Add 3-5 drops to your your moisturizer, masks, serum or foundation—whatever works best for you. Apply evenly to clean, dry skin, working from the center of your face outward, while lightly pressing on drainage points. Do not use the booster alone. It must be mixed with another face product. Use it for a day, a week, a month—any time your skin needs a boost.

Clarins Booster Energy

This highly concentrated formula contains ginseng extract, a legendary Chinese medicinal plant known for its stimulating properties. The booster tones and re-energizes skin whilst minimising signs of fatigue and reviving radiance.

 

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When your skin looks dull and tired, give it a tailor-made beauty boost with fatigue-fighting Booster Energy.

The Energy Boosters is for fatigued skin and is powered by Ginseng, which is known for it’s stimulating properties. If you’ve been dieting, experiencing stress or late nights, you might benefit from the Energy Booster. Skin loses tone and appears dull and fatigued.

How to use: Add 3-5 drops to your your moisturizer, masks, serum or foundation, whatever works best for you. Apply evenly to clean, dry skin, working from the center of your face outward, while lightly pressing on drainage points. Do not use the booster alone. It must be mixed with another face product. Use it for a day, a week, a month—any time your skin needs a boost.

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The Boosters couldn’t be easier to use. Just add 3-5 drops (press the bottom of the bottle to dispense) to your moisturizer, mask, serum or foundation. Use it for a day, a week, a month – anytime your skin needs a boost. I’ve tried all three of the Boosters and at first I was skeptical, but as I used them, noticed that my skin was responding. You can’t use the Boosters as a serum; they are a complementary product; an ‘extra boost’.

If you like a custom approach to your skincare, something that can be used occasionally or more often, check out the Clarins Boosters! Each Booster is $39, and you can find them in department stores, selected stores and at clarins.com. Would you use a product like this?

Giorgio Armani Him / Her Lip Care

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How to impress on a first date?! A classical kiss trap is the new Giorgio Armani Him / Her Lip Care. The first ungendered lip product can be worn under or over lipstick and is available in six soft and natural shades suitable for all skin tones. It has a high moisturizing power and you can wear it on its own if you like it.

 

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