Thursday, January 26, 2012



Always on the look out for inexpensive beauty buys---two of our fav brands out there (besides OLAY)---Physicians Formula and Garnier-have new products out on the market-aimed at evening up skin tones.

and Garnier Skin Renew Clinical Dark Spot Corrector moisturizer ($16.99)-that seem to have enough anti-oxidant ingredients so as to be helpful-with continued use-for the laser phobic. We haven't tried but have ten happy with past offerings from these companies...

Also-as mass merchandisers---these products are probably good for all skin tones too-something that lasers that even up skin pigments/get rid of the dark spots-including acne's telltale signs...are not. Still, want instant gratification????-read our thoughts on Cutera's Limelight™ IPL treatment.

Scent wise-winter seems to require heavier fragrances...but we think that can be overwhelming-especially if stuck in an elevator with said offender.

The Body Shop-a value driven destination for hair/skin/make-up products---has fragrance collections too---with authentic scented cleansing lather rich, soap free body wash gels, soothing moisturizers-body lotions, and easily portable eau de toilette and eau de parfum sprays.

New-the White Musk® Libertine group...which has a slight spicy floral aroma...that's subtle. Priced from $15-$24---with online specials seemingly continuous. An inexpensive way to smell great-with silky smooth skin too.


Madison Ave. NYC

Agent Provocateur boutiques on Madison Ave.

words/launch images Judith Ecochard

Luxury lingerie/hosiery/swimwear specialists Agent Provocateur-hosted beauty editors to a bubbly reception ---

Perrier-Jouet Champagne-kept spirits sparkling

at its spacious boutique----with generous sniffs of the new day fragrances lending an aromatic air-winning nods of approval from all attendees we met.

the three scents got tested

We are major users of fragrance-and fairly opinionated too---

Lee Davis and colleague-from Worth Paris USA

The delectable scents available:

Agent Provocateur 'Eau Provocateur'-a daytime version of the original-with citrus notes, fresh new florals Muguet and Orange Flower, base notes of Myrrh, Vanilla and Tonka Bean

Agent Provocateur L'Agent 'Eau Provocateur' citrus accords of Bergamot, Leaf Accord (fresh ut green leaves), Mandarin, Apple, Melon and Peach-with floral middle notes (Jasmin, Rose, Tuberose, Magnolia, Freesia and Ylang, base notes of Musk, Patchouli, Sandalwood and Amber Crystals

Agent Provocateur Maitresse 'Eau Provocateur' notes of Rose, Jasmin Sambac, Iris-with light green notes of Acacia, and green notes of Granny Smith Apples (really!)

...all have layered, complex aromas...that are light enough for daytime wear, we thought---and exotically enticing-BUT not over-whelming-as to be jus right for summery high temps too.

INFO: The new 'Eau Provocateur' Collection from Agent Provocateur is available April 15th, 2012 in select stores and online. Price: $70 - 50ml Eau De Toilette Spray

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

ANGELO DAVID SALON - New Premier Volume Spray

48 East 43rd Street, 2nd Floor-NYC

One of the most personable salon owners/entrepreneurs we know-with a razor sharp memory...Angelo David graciously hosted a gaggle of beauty editors last night---in his spacious 2nd floor salon...glaming up those of us who needed it (well, every attendee just about)....


...introducing his latest hair product, the Premier Volume Spray-that volumes, strengthens and conditions hair. 

What we liked about the light spray---actually, a lot--- really. Unlike most hair amplifiers---this pleasantly scented spray can be used on wet or dry hair-and makes hair manageable-with the ability to run one's fingers through it-not crunchy...or flammable.

Case in point-we arrived with our locks in a semi-dry state of affairs...and ---as Angelo David demo-ed on us...started spraying our hair at the roots-lifting from the crown-fairly generous amount of spray we thought...

BUT---because there's no such thing as overdosing with this spray (yes-idiot proof)...even amateurs will achieve the look they want.

David then sprayed the rest of our hair-lightly---to the ends...while able assistants worked their hair blower magic with large barrel brushes-a skill we totally lack-so of course, our hair looked great afterwards.

Priced at $18, the multi-tasking Premier Volume Spray is a one product addition that added smoothness and shine to our hair---as well as imparting a satisfying hold that seemed impervious to the humid weather conditions.


FYI: A full service salon -Angelo David is acclaimed for his Couture Hair Extensions and Additions™---that are a godsend-for ladies with thinning, too short or damaged tresses ---AND private treatment rooms available to get any service too...including wigs/fillers/fringes. 

PLUS-professional make-up applications (Piper works her magic with Smashbox Cosmetics)-shellac mani/pedis, and customized color services with acclaimed Redken Fifth Avenue Color Consultant-David Stanko and precision hair cuts/styling-including house calls!!!!.

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Functional and eye catching....Eastpak introduces new additions to their Artist Studio series of haulers---where by 130 artists have their way with blank Padded Pak'r models... editions all-with proceeds from the Eastpak Artist Studio go to the charity program DESIGNERS AGAINST AIDS.


Tuesday, January 24, 2012


greeted attendees boarding the shuttle bus
words/images Judith Ecochard

Solitude Resort-UTAH

ProBar, Fits Socks, Yurbuds, Loki, Switch Vision Sunglasses, NarGear, Easton Mountain Products

Outdoor Retailer's F/W 2012 market began with a snowy demo day at a near to Salt Lake City resort-the well named, Solitude.

First stop for us...the ProBar® send---for some healthy bars including new flavors...that are a vegan/nutritious and tasty substitute for breakfast.

new flavor-exclusively @ Whole Foods till March 2012
organic oats/almond butter-filling with chunks of blueberries/strawberries w/ 8 grams of protein?370 calories

full of energy-no doubt, from eating the merchandise.

FITS SOCKS---hat booth debuted at demo day -giving out their terrific ski socks-with an articulated heel-ultra thin construction from toe to heel---and shin cushioning. Moisture wicking, supportive-off the slopes comfort too.

From the GREAT WHITE NORTH-POOK TOQUE ribbed knit hockey socks repurposed into hats-we liked the confessions-"...yes, alcohol was involved..."

YURBUDS are comfy flexible rubbery 'custom' earpieces...that resist sweat slips---via sized earpieces that fit just so (Twist Lock technology).

We have a pair that manages not to fall out while delivering thoroughly decent sound quality.

Versatility is a key buzz word these days-as is multi-tasking. LOKI-which makes the patented LOKI Peruvian Fleece  HAT™  that morphs from super cozy hat with ear flaps into a full fledged face/head warmer balaclava/neck gaiter-with chin adjustment, AND mitts that are subway friendly-i.e.-to reveal those texting fingers---all here.

easily-with a tug of a toggle---face covering revealed-made of comfy Cloud 1™ micro fleece stretchy moisture wicking fabric.

warm and iPAD compatible.

With the tag line-'because one lens is not enough'-Switch Vision is a smart smart way to change lenses for different light conditions-between RX and regular/reader lenses for example---with a slight tug-the lenses kinda pullout from the frame...yet easily snaps (really magnetic pulls) securely back-making changing lenses a one second endeavor. SMART! Interchange Lens System™
 Lot's of frame and specialized lens options-with lenses optical grade, shatterproof polycarbonate -coated with Triguard™-a tin coating that causes water to bead right up/off and easy to clean.

Narski Mini $99

double stitched use parachute harness threads- and 1000 denier fabric =tough
We got a tip about NARGEAR-from a couple we met on the Nordic track.

A fairly new company out of Missoula, Montana-(yup-all made in the USA)...these backpacks were designed with parachuting wildlife firefighters/ rescue workers and ski patrollers in mind.

durable YKK zips-lots of straps for gear

padded back-hip belt pockets

Several pro crafted models and civilian packs are now available-including the Guide Pack "The Theo"in honor of team rider Theo Meiners ($229)...with features like fiberglass frame stays (removable), vinyl encased shovel blade, snowboard carrying system with reinforced Toughtek® rubber grip, angled 18 inch ski loop, chest strap safety whistle...

FUN----we loved these EASTON® Mountain Products Vo2 RACING snowshoes...that are so flexible, ergonomically savvy--- and frankly---idiot proof---we could see bolting a pair of waterproof hiking boots that are worn down at the outsoles-to these...
Salomon Trail Shoes -fab too.
Made with a super light 7075 Aluminum Articulating frame and carbon fiber decking (1.2 lbs)-the Direct Connect Mounting System---basically---easily drill to holes after lining it up with snowshoe---underneath the removable footbed...not with it (DUH)...the Virtual Pivot Traction Cam -makes motions forward easy! FYI-suggested weight limit 180lbs per user...