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WHAT’S IN HER MEDICINE CABINET: KATIE PELLEGRINO

Or, in this specific case, what’s on your makeup station counter. Or, the PART II of her introductory “Spotted!” post. You know why she loves the Vitamin E Hand CreamDrying LotionCucumber Cleansing Lotion

But did you know that she loves the Olive Eye Cream, Oil-Free Moisturizer, and Vitamin A-D-E Neck Cream (mixed with Cellufirm Drops)? And just how much?

You’re about to.

Olive Eye Cream, a personal favorite of mine for night time moisturizing…. and a beautiful mixing medium with concealer around the eye area on clients and models.”

 “Oil Free Moisturizer, my new favorite men’s grooming moisturizer! Used this on Graham Norton for his new show, Would You Rather, on BBC America. An amazing product to prep and protect the skin, without adding any texture…”

Vitamin A-D-E Neck Cream mixed with the Cellufirm Drops…. new FAVORITE combo to massage gently into everyone’s neck and décolletage area…. before makeup, or just to add moisture to the skin…. especially if a client or model has just rolled out of bed and has that crease on the sternum/decolletage area from sleeping on their side. (Also a now daily excercise for myself!!….. ahhh my thirties are here at last!)”

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There’s nothing we love more than picking the brains of our favorite pros.  We can’t thank you enough Katie!

{images courtesy of Katie Pellegrino herself!}


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SPOTTED!

WHO: Katie Pellegrino. A makeup artist who loves her cat-eye lenses and red lips and has enough sass to spare for the rest of us. Her voluminous portfolio includes work appearing in Elle, Makeup-Artist Magazine, Time Out New York, and work with Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Make Up Forever, Target, and Sephora – but always bookmarked is her first Emmy nomination for makeup for HBO’s recording of the Pee Wee Herman Show on Broadway.

Impressed would be an understatement, here.

WHAT: The Vitamin E Hand Cream, Drying Lotion, Cucumber Cleansing Lotion, …

(There’s more, but the good things in life are worth waiting for, no? Look out for Part II!)

WHERE: The place where the magic happens: the makeup table.

WHY: No one says it better than the lady herself:

“The Vitamin E hand cream I keep the giant tub on my table because EVERYONE on set is constantly asking for gum and handcream…. also great stuff if you get suckered into doing nails and need to liven up those ashy cuticles.”

Drying Lotion, need I even mention why I love this? Even though it IS the model’s job to take care of their skin, I can’t tell you how many times a girl (or guy) sits in the chair with a recently pulverized blemish front and center on their face…. I will put the drying lotion on the affected area while they are in hair, so it might be a little “juicy” by the time their face is in my hands!”

Cucumber Cleansing Lotion, is a new favorite of mine when the photographer or AD are specifically requesting a non made up complexion… the cleansing lotion really preps the skin and leaves it brilliant and prepped for a small amount of product…. and the skin stays like this throughout the day without looking dry or dehydrated even after 8 hours of shooting and minimal touchups/powdering.”

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Hooked? We are. Be on the lookout for her other favorites, coming soon.

{images courtesy of Katie Pellegrino herself!}


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PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: ANTI-ACNE SERUM

People wax poetic about the Drying Lotion; there’s hardly wrong in that. But on the wayside falls acne skincare products that deserve just as much mention as the famous little bottle of pink Calamine. Our Anti-Acne Serum is one such rising star – we love the instant gratification of an overnight “pimple eraser” (not our words, but the lovely Jordan’s!) as much as the next, but as you know well by now, we believe in starting with the foundation. Good skin starts with good skin care. It’s possible to skip the whole need for quick fixes if we start at the root of the problem: prevention.

In a nutshell, the Anti-Acne Serum helps prevent pimples and pore congestion. But more specifically, it’s our unique blend of ingredients in a lightweight gel that make this product a must-have for acne-sufferers: Thyme Extract’s antibacterial and antiseptic properties and Salicylic Acid work together to help dissolve dead skin cells and reduce pore clogging dirt and oil to improve the texture and appearance of your complexion.

Apply a thin layer to acne-prone areas on the skin as a nightly treatment. Let it re-balance and rehydrate your skin – and with routine use, you will see a difference in clarity of your skin.

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by Kimberly Yang
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SPRINGING FORWARD

It was the official Daylight Savings Time this past Sunday (even after years of grade school instilling the adorable little phrase, “fall back, spring forward,” it’s still a mystery to the majority of us). Potatoes, pot-ahh-toes; tomatoes, to-mah-toes.

What we do care about, however, is that it’s nearly spring here in the northern hemisphere. Perhaps not yet officially, but little hints and previews of the warm weather to come have had us longing to put away the winter coats for good. And since spring can’t help but make feel a little giddier inside, we’ve compiled a little checklist of things to keep around to celebrate the unofficial arrival of spring:

  • Bring out the color! We New Yorkers love black like none other, but a little pop of a color here or there – be it a scarf, a top, an accessory, or something as subtle as new manicure – somehow makes us that much more spring-ready.
  • Add a little bit of zest to your cleanser. We love tailoring our skincare regimen to the weather (that is, unless you’re happy with what you already use!). That little spring in our step – no pun intended – has us wanting us an extra boost of a refresher. The Enzyme Cleansing Gel is one of our most popular for good reason – it freshens and brightens!
  • Refresh and renew. With our Flower and Tonic Mask. It soothes skin while removing dirt and impurities for a smoother, healthier complexion. It’s universal enough for all skin types, and gentle enough for that transition between delicate winter skin and spring skin (after that, we love any other cleansing and tightening mask!).

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SPOTTED!

One of our little stars made it into the slew of bloggers’ and vloggers’ roundup of February favorites…

WHO: Jen, of Frm Head to Toe. A Youtube beauty guru, designer, and freelance makeup artist all rolled into one; and given her enormously bubbly personality, it’s no wonder her fans question how it all fits into one petite frame.

WHAT: Our Vitamin C Serum (it’s an easy one to love).

WHERE: This little MB star made yet another cameo in the beauty world, this time, in Jen’s February roundup of beauty favorites.

WHY: A bad cystic breakout a few months, though completely cleared up eventually, left quite a lot of hyperpigmentation and scarring behind. Jen started using this nightly to help lighten up those areas to find that, drum roll please, she loves it,

“I think a lot of brightening products they say they’re supposed to help lighten scars… but mostly I don’t see a big difference. But this I feel like this does brighten my overall complexion and helps the scar to fade just a little faster.”

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Do you love the Vitamin C Serum too?

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