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Dermalogica Launches New Line Acne Line for Teens

Dermaloga Clear Start

Even if you’re not going back to school in a few weeks, autumn feels like the start of something new—a chance to make a change in your routine. And if there’s one routine that’s probably overdue for an overhaul, it’s your skin care regimen.

Beauty class was in session when Dermalogica took over Dylan’s Candy Bar to launch Clear Start, a new skin care line for teens and young adults that’s targeted at treating and preventing the symptoms of mild to moderate acne. Acne affects

Join Dermalogica online tonight and get your skincare questions answered!

Two of my favorite people, Dermalogica’s Director of Global Education, Annet King, and iFabbo founder, Sinead Norenius, are joining forces tonight, Tuesday, July 24th at 6:30 PM PDT/9:30 PM EDT to address summer skin care questions. Dermalogica is taking to Spreecast (a free online chat platform) for a live chat with fans and discuss summer skincare’s most pressing topics (How much SPF to use and which ingredients to look out for? What are the new FDA regulations? How to soothe scorched post summer skin?).

All are welcome to join!

Here’s How: Visit http://www.spreecast.com/channels/dermalogicas-channel and RSVP directly on the event page, then join along!

Mark Your Calendars: NYC Happenings Starting Tonight!

There are so many fun NYC events happening in the next few weeks that are open to the public! And it all starts tonight so if you’re looking for something beauty-full to do, check out these events:

October 20th, 6-9pm, Shopping event and Fashion Show with Jill Zarin at Lord & Taylor, 5th Avenue at 39th Street — Intimates, 8th floor.  This is a Free event.

Jill Zarin — former star of “The Real Housewives of New York City,” published author, owner of Zarin Fabrics, now has a new line of shapewear and hosiery, Skweez Couture. Designed and developed by Jill with help from Triad Hosiery, the twenty-five-piece collection features seamless and cut and sew pieces, including briefs, shapers, leggings, tights and tanks. The designer herself will be on hand to assist customers in selecting the best possible garments for their figure.

October 20, 7-9pm- Dermalogica In-Store event at 110 Grand Street, NYC. Ticket price, $25 and available for purchase on GiltCity.com.

Skincare brand, Dermalogica’s in-store event with mini-treatments, appetizers, cocktails, gift bag and more! For more info visit GiltCity.com.

October 22nd, TEEN VOGUE Fashion University ONLINE, the only educational program where the business of fashion is taught by it’s leaders. Registration is open now at fashionu.fora.tv for $34.95.

Held annually in New York City, TEEN VOGUE Fashion University, provides young women who aspire to a career in the fashion industry the opportunity to learn from top designers, editors and fashion entrepreneurs, including Michael Kors, Alexander Wang, Jason Wu, Peter Som,  Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler, and TEEN VOGUE’s EIC Amy Astley, among others. For more information and a full list of seminars, and resources for aspiring fashionista’s looking to break into the industry visit teenvoguefashionuniversity.com

October 24th, 7pm, The Place to Bee! at The Standard Hotel, Highline Ballroom 848 Washington Street. For more info and tickets ($100-$250) visit  https://www.clmp.org/bee

A Spelling Bee by some top literaries (yes, I know that’s not actually a word, but should be) to benefit the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses. Canapes ‘n Cocktails with a glamourous silent auction from the event sponsors including the Bowery Hotel, the Standard, DVF and Omesra and many more!

October 26th have a moment for me… it’s my birthday.

October 27th, 6-8pm, Meet Diane von Furstenburg and celebrate the launch of her new fragrance, Diane, at Sephora Soho, 555 Broadway. 

Guests who purchase DVF’s new fragrance, Diane will have the opportunity to meet the designer and have their fragrance autographed.

November 5th (10am-6pm) and 6th (11am-5pm), Lucky Shops, at the HIGHLINE STAGES, 440 West 15th Street, btw 9th and 10th Ave., NYC. Tickets range from $16-$27, with 15% off tickets when you use code PCbeauty at checkout and are available at luckyshopsny.eventbrite.com

Lucky Magazines, annual shopping event, Lucky Shops is back for it’s 8th year. Guests can enjoy cocktails and entertainment while shopping the racks of some of the hottest designers including Milly, Rebecca Minkoff, Yumi Kim, Rebecca Taylor, Tracy Reese, Foley + Corinna (and many more!) at 70% off. For more details and lineup of designers visit luckyshops.com

And don’t forget, Whole Foods Tribeca just launched their Wellness Club, which is focused on healthy eating and wellness training. Check out their website, they are offering a full schedule of cooking and wellness classes. Visit wholefoodsmarket.com for more information.

Mark Your Calendar: beauty/shopping events to have on your radar

If you’re looking for a fall makeover, now’s the time to shop some deals! Gilt City has on sale  tickets to in-store event on 10/20 with mini treatments and cocktails at Dermalogica for $25 (purchase HERE).

Gilt City is also offering 50% off admission to Decade’s pop-up designer accessories sale at Soho House on 10/22. Tickets are $50, which can be applied as a credit to any purchase (details HERE). I’m new to Decades, but it’s apparently a very chic 2nd hand designer clothing store that I’ve been meaning to check out. They will also have a booth at Lucky Magazine’s big shopping event, Lucky Shops this year on 11/4-11/5). Tickets to Lucky Shops are $16-$27 with a 15% off discount if you use code PCbeauty at checkout (for tickets, click HERE).

If you’re looking to make a day of it, stop by Soho since you’re downtown and have tea at Harney & Sons. Gilt City has two deals at the renowned tea

Dermalogica Launches Overnight Repair Serum

In the latest addition to their ever-so-popular, award-winning, Age Smart skincare collection, Dermalogica introduces their new Overnight Repair Serum. Similar in both packaging and texture as an essential oil, their new serum was created to hydrate, firm, and protect skin as you sleep.

As instructed I pressed 4-6 drops directly to skin (it can also be added to a moisturizer and then pressed in), and not only did it absorb quickly, it created this amazing barrier of hydration around my skin and the next morning my skin was noticeably smoother, softer and more plump.

Formulated with Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38 and Alaria Extract to help increase collagen renewal, hydrating, firmness and dermal strength; Argan Oil, Vitamin E and essential fatty acids to help restore a weakened barrier layer, lock in moisture and increase elasticity and Rose Hip Seed Oil to help minimize discoloration while helping to boost cell renewal. So while some may by hesitant to apply an oil directly to their skin (no it will not cause you to break out),

Get Red? Try Dermalogica’s Redness Relief

A few months ago my good friend Laura came to me for a recommendation on how to fight redness. Having tried a series of disappointing products, I asked her to review Dermalogica’s new Calming Redness Relief SPF 20 form their UltraCalming collection on my behalf. Here’s what she had to say:

Having fair skin and light features, I’m no stranger to having a bit of underlying redness in my skin. Although it doesn’t quite qualify as roseaca, it’s enough to make me self-conscious at times and certainly not the way I want to present myself.

I have tried several products in the past to address this issue, DDF Redness Relief Gel and Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Primer (green) to name a few, but to be honest I wasn’t impressed with any of them. Now in the heart of summer I was really excited to sample something new and give Dermalogica’s Calming Redness Relief SPF 20 a try.

6 Self-Tanner Products To Have On Your Radar

The key to a natural looking fake tan is technique and great products. I’ve been playing the “I was at the beach” card for the past few months, although I confess my tan is pretty much always fake. And you know what? I’m proud of it! I took what Dermalogica’s Director of Global Education, Annet King said at her Skincare Boot Camp about the damages of UV rays to heart. Although the fact that the sun causes skincare damage and premature aging is nothing new to most of us. And yet it’s still so easy to neglect wearing sunblock because we love being tan.

Tanning beds aren’t any better for you, and many don’t want the expense or inconvenience of relying on a salon for a spray tan–although if you do, I recommend B.Bronz professional spray tanning services (I got an amazing non-streaky, instant golden tan from them). The best alternative if you want the color are self-tanners. After many, many, many months of trying over 20 different products (no joke this story has been a long time coming –I’ve been very tan recently); here are my must-haves and tips for a healthy, natural looking tan.

Beautisol Face Self-Tanner

 1. Use a good well-tested face specific self-tanner – As in avoid body tanners on your face! Beautisol is the first brand to create a skin type specific self tanner. There’s a ‘Normal-Dry-Sensitive’ and ‘Normal-Oily-Problematic’ ($26) version. It’s safe for sensitive skin while addressing and preventing breakouts and uneven skintone. It’s dynamite, as is every product I’ve used from this brand. Not to mention that website is an amazing resource for all things tan and filled with great tips and techniques to make you an application expert.

Fake Bake Flawless Self-tan + Mitt

2. A great all over tan product and professional mitt– I’m all about the Fake Bake Flawless Self-tan Liquid and Professional Mitt set ($24). You spray the product onto the mitt then apply it all over your body for an even, lightweight, golden tan that quickly absorbs and dries onto skin. It’s low maintenance, easy to apply and the mitt is AMAZING. I actually need to contact the brand to try to buy a pack of 20 (I need a lifetime supply). Whenever any of my other tan products are uneven (especially the sprays), I use the mitt to even it out. It works better then any towel I’ve used –and don’t even entertain using your hand to smooth out an uneven application (can we say streakfest?).

Spray Tan: DEX, B.Bronz, Sally Hansen

3. Have a good spray tan on hand – I use DEX Body Glow Sunless Tanner ($34) for a dark ‘I’ve been at the beach all day’ tan although you have to really shake this product and apply in a shower tub or over plastic or it can get messy since it’s such a large aerosol bottle! It’s especially amazing on my legs to get that deep bronze I love. I also use B.Bronze Tanning Mist ($24) for a more lightweight, even tan that comes in two shades light/medium and medium/dark. The nozzle is smaller then the Dex one, so it’s easier to apply on the fly if I just want a healthy glow– especially on my arms. And while I’d categorize Sally Hansen’s Airbrush Legs ($14) closer to a leg concealer or foundation, this product is amazing for covering spider veins, beauty marks or any other imperfections we’d prefer to keep hidden when

Skincare Bootcamp with Annet King: Wear Sunblock!

Skincare Bootcamp with Annet King

At this point I’m not the first person to tell you to wear sunscreen. We’ve been hearing it since before we could comprehend the words with our mother’s slathering it on us as kids. Then what happens? We turn into tan-obsessed teens and figure we can worry about the damages when we’re older. Or at least that’s my story. Even now, with my extensive knowledge on the negative effects of the sun on my skin and for aging I still find myself walking out the door some mornings forgetting to apply sunblock or feeling a little giddy when I look in the mirror and see a tan.

No more! Or at least not without a huge amount of gilt alongside it! I recently attended a skincare bootcamp with Dermalogica’s Director of Globel Education, Annet King. And besides being an invaluable resources in all things skincare, she has probably the most amazing skin I’ve ever seen. I mean seriously, it rivals babies.

Here are some skin care facts to consider!

  • Extrinsic aging is caused by sun exposure, industrial pollution, ozone, pesticides, smoking, alcohol, diet and stress.
  • About 80% of the visible signs of aging are caused by UV rays.
  • Most of the sun damage occurs before the age of 18!
  • Sunburns increase your risk of melanoma (4 sunburns double your odds!).
  • The immediate effect of UV exposure include erythema (inflammation) in 2-6 hours, peeling (which is cell suicide), cell proliferation and thickening, dehydrations and the breakdown of collegen and elastin.
  • Naturally both men and women lose about 1% of their collegen per year after turning 30.
  • Don’t spray your fragrance directly on your skin! Mixed with UV rays it can cause pigmentation. Spray it on your clothes! Other causes of pigmentation include UV exposure, inflammation (acne, wounds, diseases), medication, genes and hormones.

Brands Doing Some Good

Rihanna for UNICEF's Tap Project

I cover a lot of charities on this site since giving back is important to me and I’m constantly amazed by the amount of press releases I receive with brands showing their support by donating to various causes. So to show my support, I thought I would do a sum up of the recent ones I’ve received.

NYU Annual Premiere Benefit Fashion Show EXPO 2011 – Friday April 29th, 3PM (day show), 7:30PM (evening show). All of the proceeds from the show will benefit Hamilton-Madison House, a nonprofit community center that caters to low-income households in NYC.

If you can’t make the show, you can still get involved. EXPO 2011 has partnered with GoodSearch. Anyone online can download the GoodSearch toolbar, specify “New York University – NYU EXPO – Hamilton Madison House” as the chosen charity, and each time that they use the toolbar to search the internet, Hamilton-Madison House benefits. For more information visit http://www.exponyu.com/

UNICEF Tap Project – Celebrities, including Selena Gomez, Adrian Grenier, Dwight Howard, Rihanna, Robin Williams and Taylor Swift have joined forces with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to engage consumers in a conversation about the lack of access to safe, clean water for nearly 900 million children and adults across the globe. The UNICEF Tap Project is a public service campaign that aims to draw attention to this serious issue and encourage the public to take action to reduce the numbers of children dying daily from waterborne illnesses, the second-highest cause of preventable childhood deaths in the world. Considering $1 provides clean water for a child for 40 days –imagine the difference you can make! Get involved at http://tapproject.org/

Solid Ground Initiative T-Shirt

Solid Ground Initiative – Design Lab NYC, the boutique philanthropic design agency, has partnered with 12 influential Japanese artists located in Japan and NY to create a t-shirt design collection that tells the human side of the recent disaster. All of the proceeds from the sale of the shirts will go to relief organizations working in Japan. Shirts are available in both childrens and unisex adult sizes.  For more information visit http://www.solidgroundinitiative.com/

TEMPTU, the worldwide leader in airbrush makeup, announced earlier this month that they will donate $100 from every online sale of their AIRbrush Makeup System and TEMPTU PRO Compressors and Kits through March 31, 2011 to the American Red Cross for Japan relief efforts.

Civic Duty Shoes

Civic Duty Shoes– I recently discovered this awesome new sneaker line that donates 100% of the profits to a social cause benefiting those in the US. They’re made out of Tyvek, which is that same material used for FedEx envelopes, so awesome! Learn more at http://www.civicdutyshoes.com/

Jac Vanek & We The Kings "We Love Japan" Bracelet

Cutting edge clothing and accessories designer, Jac Vanek has teamed up with the band, We The Kings to create a “We Love Japan” bracelet ($10). 100% of all proceeds go towards relief efforts in Japan, Learn more HERE

Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry will auction off a collection of personalized items including items from her latest fragrance campaign, Reveal by Halle Berry in

Dermalogica Wants You to FITE For Change

Lara with Dermalogica founder, Jane Wurwand

According to the World Bank, the economic empowerment and financial independence of women is one of the greatest drivers of sustainable poverty alleviation in the developing world. Additionally 70% of people living in poverty are women and despite research that shows women who are financially independent can be the greatest agents of change in their communities, only 2% of all international aid money goes to them. Which is why skincare company, Dermalogica has partnered with Kiva.org (the world’s largest personal microlending website) to help alleviate poverty and created FITE (Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship), a global campaign that promotes gender equality, and helps boost stagnant economies by offering women entrepreneurs in low-income regions of the United States and 56 other countries micro loans.

“We know that the economic empowerment of women is one of the greatest levers for positive social change. What is particularly thrilling about FITE is the opportunity it provides to give that lever a multiplier effect,” says Jane Wurwand, Founder of Dermalogica. As a blogger, I do see (and write about) a lot of philanthropic initiatives, and consider myself a big advocate of giving back—but I often find it difficult seeing this change.  There are so many causes, humanitarian, environmental or otherwise and it feels like just when we ban together to help rebuild one natural disaster, another one hits. At times it can all be rather discouraging but having had the opportunity to meet Jane and hear about her journey to start Dermalogica as well as her devotion to FITE to bring about real change gives me hope.