Tom Ford's latest fragrance collection, Jardin Noir, is the designer's first foray into floral scents. Ford took four classic flowers — rose, lily, narcissus, and hyacinth — and turned them into rich, dark scents (this is not your Valentino floral). Expect notes like black pepper, pink peppercorn, bitter orange leaf, coffee, amber, musk, and sandalwood, alongside the blossom notes.
Based on Shiseido’s seven-plus years of dermal stem cell research, the technology in this anti-aging cream targets cells in their core layer to reduce the three major signs of aging: sagging, loss of resilience, and deep wrinkles. Currently the only cosmetic company using dermal stem cell research (others use epidermal stem cell technology), Shiseido created a key ingredient, Bio-Renewal Complex, which makes it easier for dermal stem cells to thrive, activating fibroblasts and improving skin’s functionality.
Formulated with the Amazonian Camu Camu berry, which has 30 times the vitamin C of an orange and is rich in bioflavanoids and other phytochnutrients, this moisturizer helps increase collagen and brighten and improve the appearance of uneven skin tone and wrinkles. Vitamin C is one of the most effective antioxidants found in skincare today; in fact, a 2009 University of Leicester study found that topical vitamin C provided statistically significant protection against aging free radicals.
Not only is this new bath and body care brand 100% USDA certified organic, but everything retails for $9.99 or less at Whole Foods. What's even more impressive is that unlike most natural/organic brands, everything in the range has an essential oil-based fragrance that won't dissipate in a matter of seconds.
A spa favorite, June Jacobs' latest spot treatment fights blemishes and wrinkles simultaneously, with a fast-acting paraben and preservative-free formula containing salicylic acid (for blemishes), and a variety of natural extracts (including broccoli, turmeric, tea tree, and willow bark), all of which have been proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
The much buzzed about new fragrance (thanks to an advertising campaign featuring Blake Lively), Gucci's latest scent is named after the brand's couture collection and it's a warm scent with notes that include smokey leather and musk. It's meant for women, but could conceivably be worn by a man.
Place a drop from each of the two tubes in this new system (in place of your regular toothpaste) on your toothbrush for a whither smile thanks to a formulation packed with whitening ingredients, clinically proven to whiten better than leading toothpastes or whitening strips. Clean & Polish Luxury Toothpaste (Tube 1) has fluoride to fight cavities and Penetrate & Whiten Whitening Gel (Tube 2) has a lemony taste to freshen your breath. Clinically studies showed improvements after seven days, but it's recommended to use the duo for a month for full results.
Clinically backed (after four weeks 90% of participants showed an improvement in skin firmness around the eyes and 100% showed an improvement in skin elasticity in the chin area; after eight weeks 90% showed an improvement in overall facial volume and plumpness), this new serum is also backed with five patents.
Not only will L'Occitane's new body wash leave your skin feeling super soft, it also comes in two amazingly refreshing scents, Honey and Milk, which both have a clean, baby product-like scent that makes them work for men and women alike.
Before balking at the price, note that each of these masks is trenched in the equivalent to one bottle of the brand's brightening serum. Each mask is made from a soft fiber material so they're easy to apply and the cooling sensation from the concentration of formula will work double duty to sooth puffy skin. Amore Pacific recommends leaving the mask on for 10 minutes, 1-2 times a week.
Estee Lauder studied 2,000 women around the world of different ages and ethnicities in a study that incorporated 32 visible aging markers to formulate their latest collection, which includes Advanced Time Zone Creme SPF 15 (for Dry Skin or Normal/Combination Skin), Hydrating Oil-Free Gel Lotion for Normal/Combination Skin, Advanced Time Zone Night for All Skintypes, and Advanced Time Zone Eye Creme for All Skintypes. Proven as effective on Caucasian women as on Asian and Black women, this is a fantastic skincare regimen with fast-acting, fast-absorbing, and clinically-backed formulations.
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