Refining problematic skin w/ beingTrue

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With age and teenage acne comes the desire to minimize our pores.  Oily skin causes the need to use skincare products that help eliminate shine.  There is a solution that won’t break the bank. 

beingTrue’s essential pore and complexion refiner – I’ve been using this magical potion faithfully and noticed that my pores were minimized and my t-zone lost its shine.

Essential Pore and complexion Refiner is the path to clearer, brighter, resurfaced skin.  Enriched with a multi-active formula that delivers a combination of lactic, salicylic acids, vitamins and retinol.  Your skin will absorb this magical potion leaving behind a smooth, matte finish. 

This is great for problematic and mature skin – shouldn’t you be on the path to clear and healthy skin?

Essential Pore and Complexion Refiner by beingTrue gets a TEN!


Spa Radiance

3011 Fillmore Street

San Francisco, Ca 94123


Correcting Redness and Rosacea w/ SUNDAY RILEY

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Stimulant II Perfecting Stem Cell Serum by Sunday Riley is a  serum that reduces redness and inflammation caused by Rosacea, Post-Sun and Post-Treatments. 
Sunday Riley products are infused with the NV-5 Ageless Complex and each product has its own unique blend of active ingredients that give the skin radiance and luminosity.
At Sunday Riley modern skincare is a marriage between botanicals and biotechnology – Sunday Riley skincare offers the skin intense cellular renewal, detoxification and regeneration. 

The NV-5 Ageless Complex is a blend of 5 Native American botanicals that have been scientifically proven to detoxify, heal and re-charge the skin.

Stimulant II is an alternative for those of us with sensitive skin who can’t use retinoids or chemical peels. 

I love the anti-aging benefits that dramatically improve the skins clarity, my skin was left more youthful and luminous.  I especially loved that Stimulant II aids the skin in mending broken capillaries and helps in the fight against UV rays. 

Stimulant II is age appropriate skincare, it helps in the battle of Prevention, Maintenance and Correction.

Stimulant II by SUNDAY RILEY gets a TEN!


Barneys New York

77 OFarrell Street

San Francisco, CA 94108


Amazing lip primer by Senna Cosmetics

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Senna cosmetics is the brain child of Emma Weston, Emmy nominated celebrity makeup artist.  The celebrity clientele list includes Ashley and Jessica Simpson, Tori Spelling and Sela Ward to name a few. 
Emma Weston has worked with Herb Ritts and Helmut Newton and is listed in Kevin Aucoin’s famous “ Inspiring Makeup Artist – Making Faces”.
It’s no secret that I read New Beauty Magazine from cover to cover, and that I’m on a mission to turn back the clock as far as I can.  Recently I discovered totally Transforming Lip Primer by Senna Cosmetics. 
My lips were transformed, my kissable pout was perfect! No lipstick feathering and the color lasted throughout afternoon lunch.  I loved the natural lip plumping effect – and so will you!
4125 Piedmont Ave.
Oakland, CA 94611

*Apply to clean, dry lips completely covering lips and along lip line in order to fill in fine lines and furrows. Apply lip liner and lipstick over. Top with gloss if desired*.

Silky Smooth hair w/ John Frieda Smooth Start Conditioner

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Having sisters makes it easy to hear about New beauty products.  I recently tested John Frieda’s New Frizz-Ease Smooth Start Conditioner.  I loved how my hair felt after the shower.  It was silky smooth and sleek!
Smooth Start Conditioner smoothes and hydrates each strand, replenishes vital moisture and helps restore your hairs natural defense against Frizz.  It’s also safe for color treated hair!
I love how my hair was hydrated, silky, shiny and manageable.  The price is a steal, the results are amazing!
Loving my hair after using Smooth Start Conditioner sent me back to Walgreens where I picked up Luminous Color Glaze and convinced me to go online and Pre-order the NEW and  amazing John Frieda Hair Care products that are expected to hit the shelves in early January 2011.
Shopping online is quick and easy – plus you can sign up for coupons and deals.
Smooth Start Conditioner by John Frieda gets a TEN!
Available at Walgreens & Target

Instant Beauty by Talika

Courtesy of Talika

Instant Beauty by Talika keeps the skin hydrated while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Instantly I noticed that my skin texture was tighter and smoother, my pores were minimized and my skin felt fresh and energized.
The instant facelift effect was instant beauty – the essential ingredients give the skin a luminous and radiant glow that comes from within. 
After a stressful day at the office, with the holidays and dealing with personal relationships it was a luxury to erase the signs of fatigue from my skin – isn’t it time you refreshed and energized your skin?


Talika Lipocils is available at Sephora

Skincare Q&A w/ Dr. Vic Narurkar, MD, FAAD

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Dr. Vic Narurkar’s name is associated with the top names in dermatology.  He has over 100 publications that brought skincare  out of the dark ages.  Dr. Narurkar was the first to investigate the Fraxel Restore Laser, the Isolaz Laser for Acne, and the Starlux Photo Rejuvenation Laser hair reduction with diode.  His résumé is impressive and endless.

Dr. Narurkar simultaneously runs his own private practice and serves as the assistant clinical professor at UC Davis. I was nervous requesting an interview with Dr. Narurkar, and was thrilled when the arrangements were made for the following day. Dr. Narurkar was gracious during our conversation and immediately put me at ease.

We discussed his professional view of age appropriate skincare and how to effectively correct skin issues. He also agreed with the fact that most women focus too much on makeup and not enough on skincare.

Anita: I’m going to start by saying that this is an honor and I’ll try and move these questions right along.

Dr. Narurkar: It’s my pleasure; it’s not a problem at all.

Anita: From your professional opinion, what is Prevention, Maintenance and Correction?

Dr. Narurkar: Prevention is primarily directed at extrinsic signs of aging which is due to sun exposure, smoking and environmental factors.  Thus a broad spectrum sunscreen is an example of prevention.  Maintenance is maintaining a procedure.  Dry skin is also environmental so a great moisturizer is key.  Correction is treatment of both extrinsic and intrinsic issues.  Therefore products such as the NEOCUTIS BIO-CREAM can address both intrinsic and extrinsic factors.

Anita: What is your philosophy on age appropriate skincare?

 Dr. Narurkar: Regardless of age everyone needs sunscreen, each age group has different skincare needs. For example a woman in her mid 30’s is dealing with sun damage and acne, an older woman is dealing with lackluster skin and requires hydration.
A combination of appropriate skincare is needed for each individual. Age appropriate skincare refers to the fact that there are certain factors which are predominant in certain age groups. Young women have a combination of acne and early signs of photo damage whereas older patients have more issues with skin barrier protection and advanced photoaging.
Anita:  How old should a person be before considering the use of fillers or plastic surgery?
Dr. Narurkar: I hate to use the word Plastic surgery; however the trend in skincare currently is that most people are opting out of plastic surgery. And sometimes there is no substitution for Plastic Surgery, especially when the jaw line and eye lids need a lift.
Dermal fillers are used when the mid face starts to drop and you notice the hollowing of the face and marionette lines. Youthful skin doesn’t mean it’s pulled tight. Fillers can correct a genetic feature, example a person born with a naturally thin lip. Youthful skin is considered clear, clean and even toned.

Anita: What determines which products are dispensed in your office?
Dr. Narurkar: The products dispensed at my office have to have scientific proof that they deliver clinical results. I don’t advocate glorified products without scientific clinical results.
Anita: What are your personal favorite products and why?
Dr. Narurkar: I love prescription Retin A micro – it’s my go to retinoid. It’s a 2-in-1 because it helps clear up acne and its age defying. I am also a fan of NEOCUTIS skincare products, especially the PSP restoration creams because they are easy on the skin.

Blanche is my favorite bleaching cream and Perle because it contains their patent pending MelaPlex, the scientifically advanced skin brightening complex which helps fade the appearance of uneven pigmentation, helps hinder future spots and restores skin’s luminosity. To clear up hyperpigmentation skin you would start with Blanche and maintain with Perle, since it is hydroquinone free and therefore safe to use in your daily regimen.
Anita: What are the biggest mistakes a person makes with regards to skincare?
Dr. Narurkar: One of the biggest mistakes is that my patients bring in bag-fulls of skincare products that they don’t need, or know how to use. Most of the time they are buying skincare because it’s glorified by a salesperson who knows nothing about skincare. Like in life, less is more and that applies to skincare. Also some patients over use skincare and develop allergic

Anita: Last minute pearls of wisdom?

Dr. Narurkar: Do your research whether it’s for a procedure or product, seek professional experienced guidance. Your skin, face is too important – they are the first impressions you present to your peers, friends and family.

Correct the issues and then maintain them – there is no miracle cream that performs overnight. Another example, I had a patient that came in requesting botox, yet she suffered from hyperpigmentation and other skin issues. I advised her to correct the main issues first so that she may receive the full benefits of the botox.

Anita: Thank you Dr. Narurkar! I’ve enjoyed our conversation and I’m a huge fan of your advice sections in New Beauty Magazine! I’m hoping to make an appointment with you soon!

Dr. Vic Narurkar
2100 Webster Street Suite 505
San Francisco, CA 94115


Age-defy your lips with PCA Skin

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Peptide lip therapy by PCASkin was recently voted best lip treatment by Prevention Magazine.  Rightly so, it’s more than just a lip balm, it’s an age-defying lip treatment that preserves the contour of your natural lip line. 

You’re lips will be infused with rich emollients for ultra hydration –  you’re going to love the lip plumping effect that leaves your pout kissable and youthful.

Another benefit is that Peptide lip therapy by PCASkin also helps speed the collagen production, while restoring your lips to a natural healthy color.

My lips were hydrated, smooth, restored and there was no dryness or flakey skin to slough away.  Peptide lip therapy can be worn alone or under your favorite lip product,  you’re going to love the age-defying benefits.

The Web Site has sections devoted to skincare education, and a glossary for terminology.

PCA Skin has a variety of skincare treatments that come in two categories, Daily Care Products and Professional Treatments. Healthy Skin is Beautiful Skin.*
Don’t you want to increase your skins luminosity?

Peptide lip therapy by PCASkin gets a TEN!

S.F Beauty Network

5748 Geary BLVD

San Francisco, Ca 94121