@FilicoriZecchin, @lpqny, @armourbeauty, @cotzskincare, @lindiskin, @artdecomakeup, @framesiitaly,@1indigena
Spotlight Day happiness-could never be possible without the presence of Flicorri Zecchini-a company with Italian heritage-that offers deeply aromatic and rich tasting coffee/espresso. Perfect-for the city that never sleeps when feeling sleepy.
Lucky us-this is the 3rd event with Flicori Zecchini (@FilicoriZecchin) serving up the finest top tier espresso drinks. For a preview-the brand now comes in cartridges (K-cup) sizes…as we learned the patent has expired so this niche brand can deliver single serving sizes.
AND boutiques are opening up in NYC.
Another familiar 'face' Le Pain Quotidien (@lpqny) served some tasty treats…to introduce its catering services, baking classes(!) and gift baskets. The original branch of this now popular entity -on the UES's Madison Avenue-was always a fav after the Met museum-stop. Good food, great prices…always fresh-and from what we experienced -always packed too.
|bonus points- a stated commitment to sustainable practices and use of organic products.|
|color ranges are fab $21 apiece will last a long time---on the right- a new Vegan/gluten free BRIDGETTE lip gloss with a nice peachy tone that will look good on all skin types. No lipstick needed when wearing Armour Beauty glosses. www.armourbeauty.com|
|Pure-0% synthetic ingediens, 100% natural, gentle…non-irritating or sting in Pediatric mineral sunscreen.|
When we were growing up-slathering on thick white pasty physical block sunscreen-was a daily ritual--- even tanning oil only loving people we grew up with-remember that.
WELL it paid off but now…happily- the formulations for broad spectrum mineral, chemical and fragrance free sunscreens have evolved- offering matte finished, non-clogging silky textures--that totally blend-on all skin tones.
WITH tinted, plain-natural for face/body, and pediatric versions -Cõtz sunscreen is already on speed dial with us… commissioned for daily use-as its 'sister' brand TIZO is a favorite. And lucky lucky-just finished the last tube. Shelf life = about 3 years…and oil/paraben free with SPFs 30-58….UVB and UVA blocking.
IMO…physical sunscreens that contain UVA/UVB blocking ingredients like titanium oxide and zinc oxide--- are a must for sweaty workouts- as these irritant free sunscreens do not sting eyes ---and in our opinion-hold up better in water than chemical sunscreens.
What else-100% free of oils, fragrances, preservatives, paraben, PABA, Gluten and Phthalates. And highly rated by the influential Environmental Working Group-best sunscreen list.
Another skincare line we knew from years past, LINDI (@lindiskin) has grown-up-in a business way-with new packaging (to us), more product offerings-and new distribution channels including mass market outlets like CVS.
And still= a line of serums, cleansers and moisturizers with an exclusive LSA complex with a nutraceutical, astaxanthin- (we actually wikipedia-ed this-for more info) -that is suitable for the most seriously sensitive skin types-including the REALLY irritated skin of those undergoing chemo and radiation treatments.
|founded by a cancer survivor-this company has a lot of doctors on its board.|
|loved this wooden roll-up pouch available for purchase---www.indigenaskincare.com|
Given time spent in Berlin-ARTDECO 's -Germany's cosmetic/skincare/nail brand with a biz model part Avon/part Maybelline (IMO) was not unfamiliar-BUT certainly this global company has busted out all over-now sold in 120 countries.
|Creamy pigment-Art Couture lipsticks in loads of colors including shades for cool, warm and olive skin tones.|
|The Jungle Fever collection-ode to Brazil-also includes Spay On Leg Foundation in 3 shades. Love the aquamarine.-turquoise, sweet violet and green jungle eyeshadows---great way to make eyes pop.|
Which is why we were super impressed with the composition of FRAMESI products sampled-from an Italian brand of premium hair color and care-sold professionally through salons.
Their color coded products (aimed out different hair colors-or a neutral -pictured above) are dedicated to freshly preserving whatever hue is in one's tresses-real or mixed in.
The Color Lover Primer 11-a leave in conditioner with eleven attributes (think of it as a BB or CC creme for the hair).
On shampooed-wet hair-that's been towel dried out. ..it is multi-tasker that detangles easily (a few spritzes all over)- for an easy frizz free, nice to the touch-not heavy or greasy, finish---that also offers thermal protection too. We have been using it to protect our hair under a bathing cap before a swim.
BONUS: water, protein laden hydrolyzed quinoa, Sericin silk protein ( a protein used in hair care for the last 3500 years (!) created by silkworms in the production of silk), moisturizer squalene and a grape fruit cell extract are the first five ingredients….no drying damaging alcohol derivative.
Interesting floral/fruit-ish salon scent that pretty much fades away. A good thing.
AND: sulfate free (good for all hair types), gluten free, DEA free, Sodium Chloride Free and in recyclable packaging. @framesiitaly
The new Framesi Color Lover shampoos shares the quinoa ingredient and is 100% vegan, sulfate free, paraben free, gluten free DEA free and sodium chloride free. We got a sample of the moisture rich shampoo---and it did the job of cleaning our long tresses without drying out an inch-important as nowadays we often wash our hair 2x a day, depending on our training schedule. Scent wise-similar to the primer-this unique kinda floral fruity odor tat we associate with salons- that faded away.