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Beauty & Wellness Beyond The Products: A Best Of Charlotte’s Book Round Up

Fall is in full swing! And since inner and outer beauty rely on so much more than the products we slather all over our face, body and hair, (make no mistake, effective products have a part to play) we wanted to share some other important facets of holistic beauty we’ve been reading up on lately surrounding the importance of keeping up with daily beauty and wellness regimens, nutrition as well as an exploration of the definition of beauty itself. We hope you enjoy this Charlotte’s Book wellness round up as much as we have.

Sometime Frozen Is Actually Better Than Fresh

Frozen doesn’t mean what it used to. While the idea of frozen food might bring to mind processed pizza or freezer-burned chicken nuggets, when it comes to produce, frozen is actually better. According to Michael Pollan, Author of Omnivore’s Dilemma, “The nutritional quality is just as good-and sometimes even better, because the produce is often picked and frozen at its peak of quality.” Read more.

Facial Fitness: Scam or Glam?

From the ancient Egyptians (you guessed it—another Cleopatra trend) to the Chinese to the French, women have been working on their facial fitness for centuries. It’s already a huge market in Asia—in fact, Christiano Ronaldo endorses a facial fitness tool in Asian markets. But adoption of facial fitness into American skincare regimens has been slow, perhaps because of some healthy skepticism. That said, celebrity facialists from coast to coast swear by it (there’s even a FaceGym inside Selfridges in London!). Read more.

Your Morning Routine Just A Bit More Stimulating

The temperature is dropping, making it a prime time to focus on exfoliation. You’re no longer dealing with summer heat and humidity, which can make skin very sensitive—plus, your tan has gone from fab to drab; it’s time to work on that body glow. Fall is the perfect time for dry brushing! By now you might have heard of the great exfoliating benefits of dry brushing, but there’s more. Thanks to its stimulation of the lymphatic system, you might also start to consider it as part of your wellness routine. Read more.

The Case For Being #Unpretty – Or, Why It’s OK To Take A Break From Perfection

In a world driven by likes and filters, it’s safe to say we are probably the most self-conscious, most objectified, and therefore most tired, disillusioned, and perhaps cyclically depressed generation ever. But that’s just a guess.

And why wouldn’t we be?

We begin our days oh just casually scrolling through flawless #iwokeuplikethis posts, chew our lunches to Facetuned food coma bellies for #foodcoma or #skinnyfat posts, and conclude our pretty standard, unworthy-of-a-post days with popular #makeup selfies of double-filtered, double plumped, fully made-up people, in bed, hash tagged #longday and #tired. This cycle is BEAUTY HELL! Read more.

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New Year, New You! Tips From Team Charlotte

New Year, new you? Every day it seems a new way to revamp, revitalize and reboot ourselves from head to toe hits spas and doctors’ offices…it’s enough to make our bayalaged heads spin. One of our favorite sources for the latest and greatest cosmetic treatments is Team Charlotte. We can always count on Charlotte’s Book to have the scoop on what’s happening right now in aesthetics, beauty and wellness. Here’s a roundup of some of the latest treatment options that Team Charlotte has uncovered. Bottom’s up and Happy New Year!

HOW TO STOP YOUR HANGOVER BEFORE IT STARTS

Sometimes—usually—the best medicine is preventive. According to our CB verified experts, there are some excellent tactics to avoid a brutal hangover. Perhaps you consider that New Year’s Day hangover inevitable. But what can you do before you even start drinking to prevent (or make slightly less terrible) those next-day woes? Read more.

WHAT’S UP WITH ISOLAZ?

When it comes to acne, sometimes lotions and potions just don’t cut it. Pills can be complicated and risky, and needles aren’t for everybody (I’m looking at you, cortisone). So what’s left?

A lot, actually… Read more.

WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH HAIR BURNING (A.K.A. VELATERAPIA)?

We’ve never purposely played with fire, so we’re still not sure about this new treatment, Velaterapia, a Brazilian hair burning treatment that promises to refresh split ends and leave hair smooth and shiny. Intrigued? Read more.

DERMAPLANING: CHARLOTTE EXPLAINS THIS SIMPLE DEEP EXFOLIATING PROCESS

There are a slew of specialized facials and skincare procedures that offer brighter, firmer and more radiant skin, but here’s why dermaplaning is a favorite among celebrities and supermodels who have to look high-definition photo ready 24/7.

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Sage Advice From Our Favorite Girl Bosses

Team Travel Beauty has had the opportunity to speak with many fascinating women entrepreneurs. Some of them newly-minted with recently launched businesses and others 30 year industry veterans. Hearing these women’s stories of how they got their starts – the ups, the downs and the everything in between has given us invaluable perspective and inspiration.

Often, when something seems scary, we think of everything that could go wrong, everything that’s at risk…and seeing these things, we say NO WAY. Well, here are some quotes from women who went for it and not only survived, but thrived.

Liz Lange, Founder of Liz Lange Maternity

On what she attributes her success to: Luck of course, hard work and an optimistic outlook. To be a successful entrepreneur you have to not let problems deter you. I always believe that there’s a solution for everything and that anything can be accomplished. I don’t let negativity enter into my thinking.

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Brenda Christian, Founder of Brenda Christian Cosmetics

On the magic of having someone champion you: Though my business is now 32 years old, it seems like yesterday that I made the decision to become a professional makeup artist. I was young and energetic, and within a few months was booked solid, traveling and doing fashion show work. Still, my greatest love was teaching a woman, one-on-one, how to apply her makeup. Regarding the development of my brow products, that is quite a story! Early on I became the go-to person for brow shaping in Houston. I adored working with my clients, but felt weak in adding to eyebrows to fill voids, or even more terrifying, creating an eyebrow where absolutely no hair existed. I could not find a product that worked well, and felt insecure about my work.

About that time, I enrolled in a three day course for experienced makeup artists offered by Maurice Stein, a well-known Hollywood makeup artist. The first day of the course, he tested each student. After the practical testing, Maurice pulled me away from the rest of the class and asked me why I was working in Houston and not California! I explained that my goal was not to become a television and cinema makeup artist, but to develop products formulated to work in extreme climatic conditions, like the heat and humidity of Houston. I told him I was working on a product to create eyebrows on women that had none.

For three days Maurice taught me separately from the rest of the class—how to create beautiful eyebrows on women that had none. At the end of the class, Maurice asked me if I would show the products that I had been working on to Harry Blake, Director of Makeup for NBC Studios. Both men were excited about the potential of the new wax I had developed and encouraged me to share the products with them upon completion. Today, I am honored that Maurice sells my eyebrow products in his Cinema Secrets store in California, and I have always been grateful for his support and artistic training.

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Julia Samersova, Founder of Cast Inc.

On making the jump: I had been working as a model manager for close to 12 years. I had worked at four agencies (Elite, Ford, Company Management and Next). In 2004, I decided to make the jump to the client side and become a freelance casting director. My best friend John Pfeiffer, Casting Director legend, took me to J&R Music World and bought me my first laptop. John and my mom encouraged me to do my own thing. I jumped into the shallow pool with my eyes closed and wished for the best! I had nothing to lose. I was not operating from a place of fear, so it all fell into place! The first year was tough financially and I had to borrow money just to survive. Gradually, through networking, word of mouth and sheer perseverance I started to flourish! The better I did, the more driven I became.

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Gilah Gurovitsch, Founder of GG Skin & GG Candles

On evolving her business: I have been a practicing esthetician for almost two decades. I’m known for my signature facials that incorporate my healing arts into each treatment. All my treatments have always been customized for each individual—for the needs of the skin at that moment. As a single mother of two young girls, at times I found it very difficult to provide for them. This lead me to think out of the box with my business. One day I was in a treatment, and as always, burning a random candle. I was staring at the candlelight and thought, what if I made my own candles? I could start an all natural environmentally friendly line. GG Candles was born.

Gina Antioco, Co-Founder of Lift / Next Level Floats

On making it through tough times: My journey at times has been challenging and exhausting. In the beginning, I worked at a hostel so that I had somewhere rent-free to sleep, and volunteered at a startup float center that couldn’t yet afford staff. This is how I learned the ins and outs. I worked seven days a week and my only income was unemployment. I ate at a “community dinner” and received assistance at a food kitchen. There was no easy shortcut and I was determined not to dip into my savings. It made me stronger and I learned many of the skills that would help me run a business.

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Robin Shobin, Founder of Charlotte’s Book

On perspective: The hardest part is not putting too much pressure on yourself. Making mistakes is inevitable when you’re doing something completely new. Unfortunately that’s easier said than done. It can be very stressful when you’re taking so much personal and financial risk. But you have to occasionally take a step back. It’s important to find the balance of maintaining your vision, but also being flexible and able to pivot in your path, because it will likely never be what you planned.

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Charlotte’s Book Fall Beauty & Wellness Treatments

Fall is here, and as we spend less time outdoors, on the beach and in the pool, we have more time to think about all the personal care we let slip in the name of late summer nights, hot dogs and frozen daiquiris.

We scoured Charlotte’s Book—the Wikileaks of wellness and beauty—to research ways we could absolve ourselves of the summer sins we’ve committed. Here is a roundup our favorite CB reads focused on aesthetic and wellness treatments to help us look and feel our best.

HOT? TRY CRYOTHERAPY: THE BEST WAY TO COOL DOWN, DE-STRESS, AND INCREASE METABOLISM

Freezing yourself seems extreme. But the benefits of Cryotheraphy—a 2-3 minute full-body freeze in a chamber where nitrogen-iced air circulates at minus-200 degrees Fahrenheit—has purported benefits that range from stress relief to reduced inflammation, better sleep, improved skin tone, and increased metabolism. Read more.

ULTRASHAPE: WHEN BARRY’S BOOTCAMP ISN’T ENOUGH

For how long have you wished that you could magically erase fat off of your body? Technology is finally catching up with our dreams of obtaining a sleek silhouette, despite stubborn areas of extra fat that seem impossible to get rid of, no matter how many Barry’s Bootcamp classes you endure. The first fat-zapper to the scene was CoolSculpting, which kills fat cells by freezing them to death, then your body gradually flushes it out over a period of two to four months. Now…. Read more.

LET THERE BE LIGHT (AND LASER): WE TRIED CLEAR + BRILLIANT

My skin may be young (I’m 24 years old), but that doesn’t mean it’s problem-free. From adolescent acne to eczema, and now adult acne (it just keeps getting better, right?), hyperpigmentation, scarring, and reoccurring blemishes are always on my list of skincare concerns to tackle. When I learned about Clear + Brilliant, a gentle laser treatment that evens skin tone and boosts radiance with no downtime, I was ready to sign up. Read more.

CHARLOTTE TALKS TO: TOWN & COUNTRY MAGAZINE BEAUTY DIRECTOR, JAMIE ROSEN

Welcome to #CharlotteTalksTo, where we feature amazing women out there shaking things up and remaining fabulous in the process. How do they do it? Behind every beautiful and brilliant woman are a few secrets that help them “be timeless”.

Jamie Rosen currently serves as the Beauty Director for one of America’s most storied titles: Town & Country Magazine. She has held this position since 2010 and her sharp editorial eye and reporting is evident on the beauty pages of this classic Hearst publication. For the past five years, she has overseen all beauty, health and wellness content in the magazine, online, and across Town & Country’s multiple social channels.  Read more.

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Indie Beauty Expo 2015

Last Thursday in New York City, the best beauty brands you haven’t heard of yet came together at the first ever Indie Beauty Expo, “A day devoted to independent beauty brands and the people who love them.” The Indie Beauty Expo (iBE) ™ had The Altman Building bathed in violet light and overflowing with stunning florals as the day-long, interactive event gave press, buyers, consumers and other industry professionals an opportunity to experience, connect with and buy from the best independent beauty and wellness brands.

Press Breakfast

iBE kicked off with a press breakfast. Exhibiting brands had the opportunity to present their stories (you can’t find an indie beauty brand that doesn’t have an inspiring backstory full of wonder and whimsy) to the national beauty media. This was followed by the trade portion of the expo where industry professionals (like me!) got to meet, learn about and experience dozens of beauty and wellness brands. It was great to meet IRL people I have emailed with, interacted with on social, etc. In the evening, the event opened to the public with discounted shopping, more panel discussions and the opportunity to connect directly with brands. For indie beauty-obsessed consumers, this was basically the equivalent of a 10-year-old girl getting to spend an intimate evening with Taylor Swift and her cats.

Panel Discussions

There were panel discussions throughout the day addressing topics like Natural Beauty Explosion: Pioneers Talk Trends, Myths, Facts, Hot Ingredients and More, which was led by Well+Good co-founder Melisse Gelula and included a panel of industry pioneers like Gina Carney, founder of RGB Cosmetics and indie beauty queen, Tata Harper.

About iBE

iBE was co-founded by Nader Naeymi-Rad, entrepreneur and CEO of Vesture, and celebrity aesthetician/beauty entrepreneur, Jillian Wright. As a spa owner, Jillian is always looking for new and notable beauty products to offer her customers. Additionally, as creator of her own eponymous skin care line, she felt a need to bring together media, buyers, retailers and indie beauty loving consumers for an exclusive, curated event that showcases and promotes independent beauty and wellness brands. Thus, the Indie Beauty Expo was born.

It’s All About Curated Indie Beauty

“There was an unmet need,” Wright told Charlotte’s Book earlier this summer. “Broadly speaking, up until now there were two kinds of beauty shows.” These two types of beauty shows are the multi-day professional trade shows with 1000+ vendors, and the afternoon mini-expos with a dozen or so independent brands. Until iBE, nothing existed in between those two extremes. “So iBE fills the gap,” Jillian explained.

Filling the Gap

Fills the gap, indeed. The packed event was a rousing success, and the impressive numbers show just how unmet the need for this type of event was: There were 80 exhibitors (initially, they were hoping for 40!), 100+ press (including Allure, Elle, InStyle, and W), 200+ buyers (including Barneys, Goop, Saks, Spirit Beauty Lounge, Target and Whole Foods), 300+ other industry professionals and 300+ consumers. This wasn’t just a bunch of us New Yorkers, either. Attendees flew in from Miami, South Carolina, Spain and even Tokyo. Ripples of the event’s success can still be felt online as well: A week later, attendees and exhibitors are still Instagramming pictures of the event (and their sizable product sample haul) with the custom hashtag, #weareindiebeauty.

Wright was, understandably, thrilled “I thought the expo was going to be epic, but it turned into electric. The happiness and positive energy in the air made it a very special environment to be in.” I wholeheartedly concur.

Creativity, Camaraderie and Collaboration

I feel truly lucky to have been in attendance at this event. As a female entrepreneur, I was moved and inspired by all the girl bosses in the building! Leave it to the ladies to populate an event brimming with creativity, camaraderie and collaboration. Missed this year? Fret not. iBE 2016 is already being planned…for NYC and LA. Go to the Indie Beauty Expo website now and sign up for news and updates.

Need an Indie Beauty Fix RN?

My personal highlights and favorite finds from iBE 2015: Every sample I received (and I received A LOT) were stellar! Since traditional skin care gets a lot of press attention, I chose to highlight some unique, (mostly) non-skincare items in my roundup, below.

LuliTonix Black MagicAfter chatting extensively with several brands upstairs, I headed to the lower level (where iBE’s cafe was located) quite parched. I made a beeline for LuliTonix and asked for a cold, refreshing drink. Naturally, they handed me the quintessential summer refresher, lemonade. Did I mention it was pitch black charcoal lemonade? This lemon “detox and purification elixir”, made with activated charcoal, tastes like subversive summer…not too sweet but just sweet enough. It was refreshing, zesty and energizing. Activated Charcoal (one of my favorite skin care ingredients) is a detoxing debutante, so I was glad to get into some old Black Magic.

Juara Enzyme Scrub. Juara’s Coffee Scrub is one of my all-time favorite, all-star products that I will buy forever. It was with much excitement and anticipation, then, that I sampled their new face scrub. This gentle yet powerful scrub combines botanical enzymes and physical exfoliants to rid skin of impurities while improving texture and tone. It exfoliates, cleanses and refines while minimizing the look of pores to reveal a smoother, more radiant complexion. I had to shout it out because the results were striking after just one use! My skin looked younger and more luminous in minutes. Once again, it’s Juara scrubs FTW!

Rituel de Fille.  This whole line got me more excited about makeup then I’ve been in a long time. Trying these products felt like the first time I opened my Nars Last Dance Palette – a watershed moment in my beauty junkie journey. Rituel de Fille’s packaging is stunning, but their products are spectacular. With rich, saturated hues for eyes (which comes in a chic little hexagon and is called Eye Soot – brilliant), cheeks and lips in dreamy, creamy formulations, this is the makeup Stevie Nicks would wear if she were a Limelight club kid…and that’s as high a compliment as I could possibly pay to a makeup line. Expect big things from this indie brand.

Kypris Body Elixir: Inflorescence. I love me some body oil. It’s probably the beauty product I own the most varieties of. Since Kypris’s Clearing Serum was the only organic beauty product to make a real difference with my breakouts, I could not wait to get Inflorescenced. First, I fell in love with the forest green glass bottle. Then, I fell in love with the intoxicating Neroli scent, one of my favorite essential oils. Now, I’m in love with the results. Inflorescence is a rich, aromatherapeutic body oil containing clinically proven actives (Sweet Iris Stem Cells & Vitamin C Ester) typically reserved for facial care and 12 of the most potent and nourishing botanical oils, including Sunflower, Moringa, Prickly Pear and Tamanu seed oils. This multi-active oil gets to WORK from day one. It  soothes dryness, softens, tones, enhances elasticity and luminosity, provides an antioxidant boost to SPF, diminishes the appearance of sun-overexposure and inspires collagen production. I apply it to damp skin immediately after I shower, as it allows me to spread it more easily…which will stop me from blowing through the whole bottle by Labor Day!

Sprayology Body Balance homeopathic oral spray. I’ve shared about struggling with Adrenal Fatigue before; and if you are a sufferer yourself, you know it can manifest in myriad ways. When I was introduced to Sprayology and their Body Balance spray immediately upon entering iBE, I was jazzed. Body Balance was designed to address symptoms of adrenal exhaustion including: dizziness, fatigue and weakness, mental exhaustion, skin dryness and lost sense of well being. I’m trying my best not to use up the one month supply bottle within one week, but no promises.

By: Claire McCormack, Twitter & Instagram: @clairemcmack

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