BEAUTY | The Beauty Investment Pieces

The Face Roller

Whether you choose a more holistic crystal face roller (rose quartz for love; jade for a feeling of balance), or prefer the deep – reaching benefits of a muscle – lifting face massager (Joanna Czech’s device specifically mimic the effects of her hands in her famous facial), once you’ve tried one of these gadgets there’s no going back. More just a way to refine features, sculpt the face and  rejuvenate the skin (it stimulates the lymph system and boosts micro-circulation), just a few minutes of face rolling provides the perfect soothing to a stressful day. Keep your face roller beside the couch so you can roll while watching the latest box set, or store it in the glove box, a refrigerator or a bedside cabinet (unless it’s rose quartz, as this can keep you awake).

The Luxe Travel Set

While everyone else is spending their in-flight time busily layering on sheet masks, oils, serums and ampoules, this cozy Slip mini pillow and  eye-mask duo guarantees relaxation and improved in – cabin rest. Both are made from pure silk, so skin and hair are left less dry (cotton can leach moisture) – now never travel without this set. I suggest spritzing the pillow with This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray or Votary Pillow Spray to maximize your potential sleep time before sitting back, feeling cozy and cocooned.

The Pro Makeup Brush Edit

All too often, the so-called ‘perfect’ makeup brush kit comes with 20-plus brushes, most of which are left redundant because no one knows exactly what are for. Personally curated to include only those brushes that leading makeup artist Rae Morris uses on a daily basis, this clever edit of eight covers all bases- from a gorgeous kabuki brush (use as a final step to lightly buff over the skin for a beautifully seamless, natural finish) to the perfectly thought – through lip, brow, base and eye brushes.

The Face – Firming Device

First launched in 2005 and FDA – approved, NuFace’s micro-current toning device is an excellent add-on to any regimen, as it works to both refine features and firm up contours. My only proviso is that to really see a difference, you have to actually use it, ideally five times a week for around three months. However, I always notice a brilliant, if short- term, change from just a one-off, pre-event session. Although there are programs to follow, you can also ‘freestyle’ (work up and out along the jaw, cheekbones and  brows), making it super-easy to use while watching a movie, in bed or whenever you have clean skin and a spare five minutes.

The Instant Hair Smoother

GHD’s Glide Professional Hot Brush is guaranteed to give you back some time in your busy day because, one heated and ready to go (it takes seconds), it brings a salon-style finish to unruly morning-after hair. Faster and less effort to use than a hair dryer or hot iron, all you do is brush it through your hair to quickly calm down frizz, smooth out kinks and restore shine.

New York Flower Show Celebrates ‘Remarkable Women’

NEW YORK – Thousands of flowers in brilliant hues of pink, purple, blue, orange, and yellow greeted visitors at Manhattan’s Hudson Yards in New York City for the Fleurs de Villes FEMMES floral show. ‘We’re so thrilled to be back here for our third show at Hudson Yards. And we’re bringing our FEMME show, which…

Spain Lauds Queen Letizia’s Modernizing Role As She Turns 50

PARIS, France – Spain’s Queen Letizia turned 50 on Thursday. It’s only a birthday but Spain is taking the opportunity to assess its scarred monarchy and ponder how the arrival of a middle-class commoner may help shake up one of Europe’s most storied royal dynasties into a modern and more palatable institution. Divorced and a…

3 Surprising Bad Things That Can Happen If You Eat Many Nuts

PARIS, France – You already know nuts are incredibly healthy. The crunchy snack is associated with better heart health, lower cholesterol, and even weight loss. ‘The benefits of nuts definitely outweigh any other drawbacks or cons’, says Jerlyn Jones, R.D.N., L.D., spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and owner of The Lifestyle Dietitian.…

Even Simple Exercise May Help Aging Brain, Study Hints

PARIS, France – New research hints that even a simple exercise routine just might help older Americans with mild memory problems. Doctors have long advised physical activity to help keep a healthy brain fit. But the government – funded study marks the longest test of whether exercise makes any difference once memory starts to slide…

The Best Vegetables For Your Health, According To Nutritionists

PARIS, France – It pays to love your veggies – especially when you’re loading up on some of the healthiest. Read on for a list of nutritionist – approved vegetables to support good health. SHIITAKE MUSHROOMS ‘Shiitake mushrooms are not only a low – calories vegetable but have been shown to reduce inflammation and benefit…

IVF Children Fare Better At School Than Naturally Conceived Kids: Study

PARIS, France – Children conceived through medically assisted reproduction treatments, such as IVF, artificial insemination, or ovulation induction, appear to perform better at school than those born through natural conception, according to a new study. The research, conducted by University College London in partnership with Finland’s University of Helsinki, also found that while IVF children…


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