~ Control Corrective system offers simple skincare resolutions ~

Control Corrective Skincare Systems® Offers Five Simple Skincare Resolutions
Founder Ellen Clark Shares Small Commitments for Bringing Big Benefit to Complexions in 2016
IRVINE, CA (December 16, 2015) – A New Year brings opportunities aplenty in the pursuit to better oneself. And while health-related resolutions typically reign supreme, we often neglect to pledge allegiance to the wellbeing of one of the most significant parts of our body: our skin. Ellen Clark, founder of the clinical-based professional skincare brand Control Corrective Skincare Systems, says the New Year is an ideal time to start taking skincare more seriously, whether it’s committing to a regular regimen or simply applying sunscreen everyday. “Just like diet or exercise, a purposeful attitude toward skincare is essential in maintaining a healthy, vibrant and youthful appearance,” she said. “Prioritizing skincare is a resolution many can keep, without having to make serious lifestyle changes.” Clark suggests making the following five promises to skin in 2016:
1.       Befriend the facial mask.
This simple at-home treatment can help hydrate dry skin, calm inflammation and redness, reduce oil and keep complexions looking youthful. Bonus? Masks provide that spa-like, pampering effect – from the comfort of your living room! Indulge at least twice per week for best results, and visit your esthetician to determine which mask is best for your unique skin type. The Control Corrective Sensitive Skin Enzyme Mask, which offers calming, anti-inflammatory hydration, is a great pick for any skin profile feeling irritated by winter’s harsh conditions. MSRP: $49 for two ounces.
2.       Exfoliate regularly.
Take cleansing to the next level this year by vowing to exfoliate twice a week. Adding this easy step to your skincare routine can bring new life to your complexion, from dredging away the debris that causes acne and a lackluster appearance, to reducing fine lines and dark spots. By getting rid of tired, dead cells, exfoliation speeds up skin renewal so that healthy, vibrant skin can emerge. Another win? Moisturizers, makeup and sunscreen will be easier applied and absorbed to your new, clean-slate complexion. And fear not the scratchy scrubs of high school: a gentle product like Control Corrective Cucumber Bead Cleanser does double duty as a refreshing cleanser and exfoliant without any irritation or abrasion. MSRP: $28 for 6.7 ounces.
3.       Don’t make sunscreen secondary.
It’s getting to be a tired line, but recent studies show that one-third of Americans still don’t use sunscreen, and the majority of those who do, are only occasional users. Whether it appeals to your health (nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer each year!) or your vanity (the sun is the number one culprit for premature aging!), you must get into the habit of wearing sunscreen every day and reapplying often. Not just in summer, not just at the beach. ALWAYS. Sun damage accumulates over time, so when you consider daily trips to the mailbox, driving with the windows down, eating lunch outside and other normal activities, your exposure may be greater than you think.    
4.       Find a BEF.
Not to be confused with your BFF (although she might soon be), I’m talking about your Best Esthetician Forever. You want to love your doctor, your hair stylist and your manicurist, and you should love and trust your skincare professional, as well. You want someone who can get to know your skin and help you manage it season by season. Getting recommendations from friends is a good place to start, but still do your research. Make sure you find an esthetician who is licensed; keeps a clean and tidy workspace; listens to your concerns; carries the skincare product lines you like; and prescribes homecare.
5.       Add something new to your routine.
This is an especially important resolution for those who are reticent to change and always approach skincare the same way. While you don’t want to overhaul what always works for your skin, consider changing things up with the switch in seasons. Just like your wardrobe, your skincare also needs to shift to accommodate climate changes. Consider adding a serum like Control Corrective Redness Relief (MSRP: $50 for one ounce) to your regular regimen during the winter months to ward off redness and irritation caused by dry, cold conditions; or swap out your usual sunscreen for an oil-free version during the warmer months. Control Corrective Oil Free Sunscreen (MSRP: $33 for 2.5 ounces) is a great greaseless SPF 30 formula that doubles as a lightweight moisturizer.
Control Corrective Skincare Systems puts the power of beautiful skin into your hands. A clinical-based skincare brand since 1997, Control Corrective Skincare Systems offers comprehensive, collection-based skincare for both the professional seeking to offer superior professional solutions or the consumer looking for a user-friendly home care regimen. Available at finer salons and spas nationwide, the line offers a full range of skin care products that utilize the highest quality ingredients along with natural extracts, vitamins and essential oils. www.controlcorrective.com.  

~ rimmel london launches international contest with Rita Ora ~

Exclusive Opportunity To Become A Global Rimmel Ambassador
From 21st December 2015, Rimmel London is inviting make-up addicts everywhere to reveal their vibrant personalities and make-up skills by creating their own London Look via video or picture. Entrants could win a once-in-a-lifetime experience - the opportunity to jet to London to meet Rita Ora and work with her team of Rimmel London experts in the YouTube Space, a state-of-the-art video production studio. Winners will use the latest YouTube technology to film the ultimate beauty tutorial. And if they impress Rimmel, they could become a global Rimmel ambassador, continually creating new online content for the brand. Celebrity status beckons!
Entering is simple: create your best London-inspired make-up look and upload your video or picture on RimmelLondon.com, or follow Rimmel and tag your entry #LONDONLOOK on Instagram and Twitter. Experience in creating videos, pictures or vlogs isn’t necessary, the judges are looking for original ideas, style and attitude.
Rimmel’s Top Tips For Creating The Perfect Entry
Mix It Up: Look at what’s been done before, try to be different and stand out from the crowd.
Have An Idea: Phone box red lip? London eyes? Create a fun theme and title to help viewers understand your #LondonLook.
Set The Stage: Find the perfect backdrop with everything you need at hand.
Lighting: Make sure your face is well lit so it’s easy to see the details of your make-up creation.
Product: Let viewers know which Rimmel London products you are using so they try the look themselves.
Attitude: Be as descriptive as you can and show-off your fun side.
Edit: Cut out any mistakes or boring bits to make your video entry flow more smoothly.
The London Look International Contest With Rita Ora is open from 21st December 2015 until 22nd January 2015. For entry details and contest rules, log onto RimmelLondon.com.

~ cash strapped this holiday season? ~

The holidays are the ideal time to stretch the dollar as much as possible. For glam girls who want glowing skin, it’s hard to compromise looking good. Rachel Sharoff is a licensed aesthetician at Skintology Medi-Spa in Manhattan. She states that, “there are certain treatments that should only be performed in a medi-spa or in a dermatologist’s office, however, when money is tight there are DIY ways to keep your skin in great condition.”
Below are several of Rachel’s suggestions and tips
I recommend my acne clients buy a high frequency device to help keep their breakouts under control in between treatments. High frequency devices use argon gas to emit oxygen, killing the bacteria below the skin. Technology is now very safe and effective for home use with proper instruction. And they are also very inexpensive
Use petroleum jelly.
This common, inexpensive product has several uses for skin care including:
·         Moisturizing rough, cracked feet, elbows, and hands; dry cuticles and lips; and peeling nails.
·         Preventing chafing when running or biking.
·         Protecting kids' scrapes and bumps; and applying as a diaper ointment.
Consider dual-function products.
 Examples include a moisturizer plus sunscreen and a lip balm with sunscreen.
Make your own moisturizing face mask WITH AT HOME FOOD
·         1/3 of a ripe medium banana
·         1 teaspoon of honey
·         1 large egg
·         1 teaspoon of whole milk
Heat the milk until it comes to a gentle boil and then remove from the heat. Allow the milk to cool until a skin forms on the surface. Skim the skin from the surface and combine with the banana, honey, and egg. Mix to form a smooth paste, and then apply it to your skin for 10 minutes, rinsing away with cool water.
Make your own moisturizing hair mask with supermarket food
·   Avocado: avocado is one of nature's greatest moisturizers, rich in vitamins such as E & B and nutrients. Its natural oils will give your hair the moisture it's lacking. Use about half an avocado, mash it, use on it's own or with other ingredients.
·   Honey: honey is moisturizing and a humectant (has the ability to cling onto moisture) making it suitable for dry hair. Be aware that it also lightens the color of your hair (bleaching effect). Use as much as necessary (not too much or you'll be left with sticky hair), can be mixed into other ingredients such as the avocado or banana. Apply to damp hair.
·   Mayonnaise: sounds disgusting, but mayonnaise is made of eggs, vinegar and oil, all three of which have been used for many years to give volume, shine and hydration to hair. For dry and damaged hair it's best used mixed with avocado, although it can be used alone.
·   Olive oil: try to use extra virgin olive oil for best results, this has been used for centuries for hair and skin moisturizing as it is nourishing and strengthening, perfect for dry and damaged hair! Can be mixed in with other ingredients such as avocado or banana, OR to use on its own; work it through warm, damp hair as needed (not too much or risk not being able to rinse it) from roots to tips. Wrap either a warm towel or a plastic bag over your hair and leave for 20 minutes, then rinse.
Give yourself an at-home spa treatment
For simple in-home hydrotherapy, start out your day with a hot steamy shower and just as you are finishing switch the water to cold for about 15 seconds. Repeat the process for two minutes. This hydrotherapy technique will revitalize your skin and give it a glow by stimulating the flow of blood through the skin. (The approximate price of this treatment at a spa: $95!)
Use cotton pads or gauze, as opposed to cotton balls, with your toner. Cotton pads remove remaining dead skin, dirt and oil, and this better prepares your skin for your treatment serums. Using cotton pads or gauze also prevents excess product usage, thereby saving you money every time!
The Perfect Sub for a Pricey Eye Cream
Slice raw potatoes and put them on your eyelids to reduce puffiness.
Get the most from your moisturizer
Apply it to damp skin as soon as you get out of the shower to lock in moisture. For your face, look for moisturizers that say “oil-free” or “non-comedogenic,” as these won’t clog your pores.
About Skintologyny.com
Skintology Skin & Laser Center is an all inclusive destination for all your beauty needs. Whether it’s laser hair removal, Botox injections or a hydrating facial, our trusted staff is dedicated to making your experience comfortable and pleasant. We offer customized treatments that are specifically designed for your skin type. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we design treatments to produce the best results possible. Experienced Cosmetic Surgeons and Laser Technicians utilize the most advanced FDA approved laser technologies from renowned companies such as Cynosure, Candela, Lumenis, & Deka, to provide the most effective and safe treatments.
Locations:  157 East 57th Street, New York, NY
                      181 7th Avenue, New York, NY

~ pantone reveals color of the year for 2016 ~

As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to the stress of modern day lives, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill the yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, Serenity comforts with a calming effect, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times. Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure.
“With the whole greater than its individual parts, joined together Serenity and Rose Quartz demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute.
The prevalent combination of Serenity and Rose Quartz also challenges some more traditional perceptions around color association.
“In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design,” said Eiseman. “This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumers’ increased comfort with using color as a form of expression which includes a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged, and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.”

Serenity and Rose Quartz for Fashion
The combination of Serenity and Rose Quartz was featured on the runways for both men and women and highlighted in the PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2016 with Emilio Pucci, Leanne Marshall, BCBG and Richard James, among others who incorporated this harmonious color pairing into their recent collections. Playful yet sophisticated, this color duo makes a striking statement on its own, though it works equally well as an accent when joined with other shades.
With playful escapism as a theme for many, the pairing of shades can be expressed through patterning, plaids, floral prints, striping and color blocking. Variations of this hue will be seen in a variety of textures that make it wearable throughout the year, from warming and comforting plush wools and faux furs to more ethereal feeling, lightweight linens and cottons.
Serenity and Rose Quartz are also a popular choice for jewelry and fashion accessories, including handbags, hats, footwear and wearable technology.

This engaging combination also works easily with other mid-tones, including cooler greens and purples. Pair with Lime Popsicle and Silver for some splash and sparkle, Old Rose for some tender nostalgia, or the velvety Fondue Fudge, which makes for a rich background.

Serenity and Rose Quartz for Beauty
The pairing offers a variety of lip, cheek and eye palette options, as well as hues for nail color. Flattering against many skin tones, beauty looks pairing the lighthearted, healthy glow of Rose Quartz, with the cool, refreshing tone of Serenity, create a soft and natural statement.
Done with a natural, light touch, the flattering pink that enhances the lip, cheek and eye, can be blended with a hint of the cool blue tone that contributes to a beautiful, neutral-based eye shadow palette, accented by classic solid nails or creative nail art that incorporates both shades in the design. Juxtapose with neons for a bold and interesting contrast. Appealing in all finishes, matte, metallic and glossy, a layer of silver sparkle creates added drama.

About the PANTONE Color of the Year
The Color of the Year selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s color experts at the Pantone Color Institute comb the world looking for new color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films in production, traveling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations, as well as new lifestyles, play styles and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures and effects that impact color, relevant social media platforms and even up-coming sporting events that capture worldwide attention. For 16 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design. Past selections for Color of the Year include:
  • PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala (2015)
  • PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid (2014)
  • PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald (2013)
  • PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango (2012)
  • PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle (2011)
  • PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise (2010)
  • PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa (2009)
  • PANTONE 18-3943 Blue Iris (2008)
  • PANTONE 19-1557 Chili Pepper (2007)
  • PANTONE 13-1106 Sand Dollar (2006)
  • PANTONE 15-5217 Blue Turquoise (2005)
  • PANTONE 17-1456 Tigerlily (2004)
  • PANTONE 14-4811 Aqua Sky (2003)
  • PANTONE 19-1664 True Red (2002)
  • PANTONE 17-2031 Fuchsia Rose (2001)
  • PANTONE 15-4020 Cerulean (2000)
The colors selected as our Pantone Color of the Year 2016 were taken from the PANTONE FASHION, HOME + INTERIORS Color System, the most widely used and recognized color standards system for fashion, textile, home and interior design. This August, PANTONE released 210 new colors to the system. PANTONE 15-3919 Serenity and PANTONE 13-1520 Rose Quartz are included in this collection of 210 new shades.

~ new eyeloop eyeglass holders offer a sleek, effective alternative ~

Many consumers don't want to use a granny chain or lanyard, nor do they like to put them in shirt pockets or on a collar because they tend to slip out. The new EyeLoop Steel-2 magnetic eyeglass holder provides an effective solution.

The Steel-2 EyeLoop is a small but strong open loop that attaches to the shirt with a unique magnet.

Simply place the magnet inside a shirt and the Steel-2 on the outside and hang the glasses in the loop. The holder and magnet are omni directional and require no special alignment to properly attach.

The EyeLoop Magnetic Eyeglass Holder line ranges from $10 - $18 and is available at:

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