Thursday, February 27, 2014

Beauty Innovations from South Korea

Beauty Innovations from South Korea

With growing frequency, innovative beauty products are originating in Asia and making their way to Western markets. 

For example, BB creams, brightening products, skin care masks and skin care oils can all trace their popularity back to Asian origins. Innovative ingredients such as starfish extract and product applicators are being developed in South Korea before exploding in popularity around the world. In fact, South Korea has emerged as Asia’s trendsetter in the fashion, entertainment and beauty industries, supplanting Japan as the primary source of Asian cool.

South Korea is becoming a hotbed of beauty innovations and has been called the New France of Skin Care products. For example, while most beauty products use distilled, pure water as a base, South Korean beauty labs have been able to use cutting-edge solutions like tree sap or thermal water as the base. 

In addition, some of the unique ingredients being used by Korean brands boast anti-aging, firming, hydrating or blemish-healing properties, and those ingredients include snail extract, starfish extract, herbs indigenous to the Asian region, like yeast extracts, fruit stem cells and unique floral extracts. 

One example is the rare Korean botanical Camellia flower. Hand selected Camellia seeds are taken through a 9x extracting process to produce the pure Camellia Oil Serum. The result, is a 100% pure Camellia Oil Serum with endless benefits for the hair, face and body.

Furthermore, South Korean beauty labs are famous for some of the most advanced beauty applicators. Notable inclusions are products that are twisted out of containers, cushion compacts that stay constantly moist and bacteria-free, ergonomic grips on eyeliners, lipsticks that apply with clean spatula-like devices, and vibrating puffs to help skin absorb makeup and skin care products. 

The latest innovation is a Eco-Friendly water saving Shower Head Nozzle with a built-in Ceramic Bead Filter that removes chlorine and dispenses a conditioning Collagen Protein infused micro-mist that "strengthens" the hair cuticle and "protect" hair color while "moisturizing" the entire body, hair, scalp and skin. 

As South Korean beauty R&D labs continue to innovate expect to see more Asian beauty brands popping up stateside.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Horst Rechelbacker / Beauty Industry Visionary

Horst Rechelbacker founder of Aveda and Intelligent Nutrients, passed away peacefully at his home in Osceola, WI at the age of 72. Rechelbacher, who had been suffering from pancreatic cancer, which was diagnosed in 2011, was considered a visionary in the hair and skin care fields, and had a radiant spirit that many will never forget.

Horst was an amazing hair stylist, active environments, artist, organic farmer, beauty product developer, innovative business leader  and author of Aveda Rituals, "A Daily Guide to Natural Health and Beauty".  Rechelbacher founded Aveda a beauty salon hair care line in 1978 with its focus on naturals organics and whole-Earth concepts. Horst sold Aveda to The Estée Lauder Companies in 1997 and, after the sale, he soon began to focus on his next beauty product innovation called Intelligent Nutrients based on Plant Stem Cell Science.

On the Intelligent Nutrients website is a dedication to its founder that reads: "The planet has lost one of its most passionate friends. So have we. To know Horst was to wake up to the world around you, to your own potential, to a new way of thinking. His impact truly does live on in salons, shops, fields and minds worldwide. And his mission continues." 

We all stand on one another's shoulders that's how our noble beauty profession has evolved and Horst Rechelbacker had BROAD SHOULDERS.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Star Hair Style / Bruno Mars

Drawing inspiration from the hair styles of our favorite stars and celebrities is how many people find their way to a hair stylist. One star hair style is pop-music artist Bruno Mars, America’s heart throb and fashion trend setter. His rock star persona, photogenic boyish good looks, stylish high flying hair style, a modern version of Elvis Presley's "Pompadour" style, has become the “Hot New Do’ for stylish men around the world.

TO GET THE LOOK: Are you searching for a hair style to tame your natural curly hair and let the girls know you’re a stylish dude? If that’s the case take a styling lesson from Bruno Mars. Trust me, the lady's will line up to run their fingers through your locks when you show up with Bruno's sexy stylish do’. To get the look, let's take it one step at a time; starting with a style cut and shaping.

LET’S SHAPE IT: To get the look start with a shapely contoured silhouette with close tapered sides, neckline and mid-length sideburns. To give your hair Bruno's signature look the hair is a bit longer over the forehead and brushed back for a fuller look. This versatile hair style suits all hair type and looks balances from all points of view. With a few adjustments (tweaks) as it grows you can easily find the ideal length and shape for your style.

LET’S STYLE IT: To style, start with a dab of a hair gel, styling mousse  . Just run either through damp hair and comb in place to dry au natural for a curly tousled look, or give it a quick once over with a blow dryer to straighten the curl and pumps up the style. When dry, run a dab of  foaming pomade through the top and finish with special effects styling spray and you’ve got Bruno Mars stylish look.

LET’S ADD ACCESSORIES: What's a rock star hair style without accessories? To top off your new hair style add a classic short retro slim fit blazer, skinny slacks, Bolo tie and patent-leather lace-ups, all by French fashion house Saint Laurent your good to go.

Your Bruno Mars hair style has everything for a up-to-date stylish look. Its full contoured silhouette with close tapered sides, neckline and sideburns defines the shape and turns up the sex appeal. And its versatile just finger comb and go au natural or quick tousle with a blow dry to tame the curl and a dab of  foaming pomade defines the shape and pushes the style bar to the max. Heads will turn and the lady's hearts will “skip a beat” when you step on the dance floor looking oh so stylish with your dapper looking Bruno Mars Style.
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