Saturday, March 25, 2017

ACTIVE BEAUTY-Help for Tortured Tresses

Hair Masques At Home Treatments

toss-able hair...needs good hair product help to achieve

The old and the new hair masques and bond healers (Olaplex/Brazilian Bond Builder/Aloxxi -3 of our favs)-all heal and repair hair a single at home treatment options.

Easy enough to use- all are best applied on dry locks, that gets tucked into plastic cap-let 'stew' at least 30 minutes...

Multi-taskers -good for all hair types-and specific treatments- coincidentally-our favs-are by cult favs  French based Lenore Greyl and JF Lazatigue...both brand that leave out the ingredients luscious locks need to avoid (SLS, paraben, silicone, coal tar, sodium chloride FREE).

Masque Quintessence
-indulgent blends of healing Cupuacu and Manketti nut oils heal and moisturize so much-that after the first treatment-hair is noticeably more touchable/softer... AND even hands will thank-you after applying. Bonus Points: Packaging that befits a luxury product...worthy of dressing table placement-with gold metallic jar elegantly set inside premium cardboard box with metallic fold trim.
J.F. Lazartigue's Masque-Shea Butter- is a go to thick hair revitalizer for those famous ladies that can afford any hair savior. Loaded with African shea butter's nutrient dense,  rich help that protects tresses -revitalizing fried/dried for whatever reason..At $54-thickest luscious value hair masque we use. Smells divine too.

Friday, March 24, 2017


Part 4

There's a variable vertical limit for concert goers---
ha ha especially after "...having a bottle of vodka..."

Some options for comfy seating -camp furniture - beyond the blanket on a hard ground-are lightweight, portable and aimed at festival flocks who plan on spending time int he great outdoors.

Possibly our fav company for outdoor lifestyle...SNOW PEAK's Asian aesthetic of simplified beauty...includes this multi-tasking lounger-surprisingly lightweight.

Kelty -re-invigorating what we call the casual camper-outdoorsy -portable coolers, tents, haulers can be transported easy enough-in the Festival Essentials including the above folding cooler + Built to Wander Collections.

Thursday, March 23, 2017



top pick-raw edge fedora-woven faux leather band
Bump up the're a grown-up so why not lose the caps of team spirit-and opt for more sophisticated style of summery fedoras, panama, cowboy and lifeguard wide brim hats-made of woven materials, linen, paper and cotton- with sleek trim details.
CHAOS HATS-has so many styles of toppers-impossible not to find at least three silhouettes that pack and wear easy-from crushable straw wovens with ribbon details like these unisex fedora shapes...
wide brim structured and floppy hats for women

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Outdoor Festivals-Footwear: Part 2


Ready for whatever twists outdoor music fun conjures up-comfortable footwear that withstands the OBOZ, ROCKPORT, CHACO, TREKSTA

finally-OBOZ---who makes our fav waterproof/supportive and cute(!) winter boots the MADISON Bdry-has a collection of flip-flops for Spring 2017...with the label's legendary BFit. deluxe footbed, spring EVA midsole and rugged outsole..applied to these easy to wear, webbed thongs. 
carbon rubber pods on outsole
OBOX Ocoee and Selway flip-flops for women-$55

Monday, March 20, 2017

Outdoor Festivals-What to Wear

Best Gadgets, Gear, Footwear, Clothes that can multi-task for  outdoor camping-to indoor city life.
KELTY-camping gear and backpacks from Boulder...reaches out to the millennial with everyday gear -that looks stylish -not the most tricked out tech gear-but in reality they're not going to scale Mt Everest-they're rocking' out to tunes at Coachella-maybe camping out in a tent or RV, making day trips under big blue skies. New slogan #BuiltToWander   gets that...

Part One-Beyond the tees/cut-offs/board shorts: KRIMSON KLOVER, MOUNTAIN KHAKIS, BERGANS, FJÄLLRÄVEN

Wearing fashionable apparel from outdoor brands has become, for selfie promoting types- Instagram opportunities for 'what to wear'- when attending outdoor events.

Patron Saint=Kate Moss at the Glastonbury festival (2005) and Hunter boots.
Krimson Klover-out of Boulder Co.-tops and frocks-in the prettiest prints in cotton/wool/viscoise/rayon/spandex blends- -that are soft,  travel well, AND look so stylish...attire that is patio party perfect-to sportier actives endeavors-one of our fav labels to wear, wherever, Pictured Skyline Open back tee
Krimson Klover  -Swoon print abstract floral

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Active Beauty -Tech: VISIA Complexion Analysis

Part 2

At the recent IBS-IESCS tradeshow-the Visia Imaging System-revealed its 7th version of  its awesome Complexion Analysis system-that captures/interprets 3D images of skin's top and lower layers (pictured below-the facial 'camera')...conjuring up true selfies of what lies beneath with regard to various measurable skin conditions  (like UV damage, textures, pores/poryphrins, fine lines/wrinkles, spider veins, red/brown spots),.
Selfie Alert: Why stop at the surface...
Similar to earlier versions that we've tried...three images-three angles (left-center-right) are photographed -skin cleansed, eyes closed-chin placed on the cup shape holder-while the Visia camera part-rotates around-taking the pictures. The instant images-are then analyzed in a software database that records/measures in three modes-dubbed Intelliflash®, cross-polarized and UV lighting.

What one sees-is unique and color differentiated...of the (your) measured skin type/conditions-including sun damage, hyper pigmentation, acne and rosacea (VAESTRO™ Image Analysis). Since seeing is believing-skin subsurface conditions- not visible to the eye-get revealed too. Impressive (or scary).

And competitive types-will love how ones/age/ethnicity/skin color-get analyzed vs a database of like minded faces-scoring up one's "TrueSkin Age®."

Handy-stimulated aging and hypothetical results  of targeted recommendations of treatments (from facial fillers-plastic surgery tweaks)-can be seen too-via stimulated visions of perfection. a visually necessary way to track facial treatments and outcomes over time-especially the price-y kind!. The new Visia Complexion Analysis even offers eyelash analysis -to evaluate and measure eyelash treatment. (Note-we did't get to try this at the show- as our eyelashes had some mascara on them).


Thursday, March 16, 2017


IBS-IECSC Conferences-NYC

Selfie alert-salons and spas are getting etched out-for your selfie best.

At the most recent International Beauty Shows...and International Esthetics's, Cosmetics & Spa...we saw more technology on display along side popular items-hair+ eyelash extensions, organic -(natural leaning), cosmetics+treatments, effusive hair coloring options, and micro-needling -hand rolling devices.

DYSON SUPERSONIC™ Hair dryers--a price-y option sold over 500 of these slick beauties at this show...which included a "professional' smoothing nozzle attachment, concentrator attachment and a diffuser. Beautifully packaged as one would expect of this high end hand held-we asked how this sleek machine was conjured up by James Dyson -who is well know for his tricked out vacuums..."HIS WIFE'" apparently admonished him for not re-inventing a staple of people with hair, used everywhere practically n planet earth.
After 4 years (investing $71 million-600 prototypes)  of tinkering in the garage-so to speak---and cornering the London market on available human hair-all types/ethnicities-to test on (1010 miles, tested) -yielded this winner. Yes it really is better than any hair dryer we have ever used. It works because there is more air concentrated out (air velocity via "Dyson digital motor V9) and more of it (Air Multiplier™)-hard to  just feel it except if hands wonder down to the end of the handle where the motor is located-hence where the air is sucked in from the bottom -like-well, a vacuum cleaner.
Lightweight-and more quiet...the 3 speed air flow hair dryer which kinda requires one to hold it upright (some stylists use a hair dryer upside down -though on oneself hold it correctly)...has 21st century touch 'buttons' that controls on/off, cold shot...and LED lights indicate the heat (4 settings) /constant cold air temp levels-internally measured  20x/second (!!!)  that max out at a non-burn level (212º) for all types of hair-controlled by a microprocessor-located in the barrel shape part. The attachments easily attach/detach by magnetic constructs. Stats-1600 watts, weight 1,8lb, 9 ft cable cord, and Negative Ionizers to reduce static. A splurge-retail price is $399-the consumer version.
REVIEW: As drip dry types-we rarely blow dry our hair-one reason is TIME. The Dyson Supersonic Hair dryer is a major improvement over our hand held hair dryer-that granted, is a few years old. It took maybe all of 5 minutes to 80% dry our long tresses-nothing special  done prior-except towel drying-what we usually do. It usually takes at least ten minutes to get our hair drip free but still slightly damp! Half the time. YAY. Bonus-we felt out fine hair (mixed straight/wavy naturally)- smoother too-we barely used any calm down product afterwards. An investment-but def worth it-of course we asked about future models-maybe the handle design will change better for those who hold the hair dryer differently. From what we could tell...righties or lefties can easily maneuver this well balanced hair dryer. 
Micro-Current -devices were popular-even more so than last year's red/light LED devices-targeting anti-aging skincare pros -enthusiasts. Several sizes of platinum coated metal rollers were shown at ReFa's exhibit-a brand that has gotten press buzz-microcurrent power needs are attained via solar panels built into the handles. Benefits- purportedly to encourage lifting-tone the skin, increase absorption of serums or face masks, and as we felt-the rollers offer a pleasing massaging on areas though we didn't feel any electric current at all...and imo-probably need to regularly use a micro current device to see any benefits. Not inexpensive-the above device retails for $300.