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Deborah Mitchell’s Heaven Skincare Is All The Buzz

One of our all time favorite brands, Heaven Skincare, was recently written up on New York Social Diary and we wanted to share it with you.

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When she was 16 years old, Carla Sayer got into a bad automobile accident. The car in which she was a passenger was hit and one of the back windows smashed into her face. She was rushed to the hospital where doctors spent the next four hours removing shards of glass from her left cheek. She was subsequently put on steroids because of other injuries sustained in the accident. The steroids, according to Carla, resulted in severe acne. To control the acne, she was prescribed a birth control pill but when she stopped taking the pill several years later, the acne returned with a vengeance. With a face full of angry lesions, a distraught Carla was on the verge of canceling a much anticipated reunion with a long distance boyfriend.

Enter some divine intervention in the guise of Deborah Mitchell’s Heaven Skincare. An acquaintance of hers who worked for the product line recommended she use the Hydro Cleansing Milk, the Peppermint Clarifying Lotion and the Youthful Moisturizer twice a day and nothing else. Carla followed her advice and five days later, when she stepped off the plane to meet her boyfriend, she had only one spot on her face.

An added benefit was that the products also smoothed the scarring caused by the accident, eliminating the need for skin grafts. And in truth, when I met the 33-year old, her complexion was virtually flawless. “I genuinely believe Deb’s products saved my face,” declares Carla who has become such a fan that she now works for the company. “And the aromatherapy component helped with the emotional side too. It’s a healing experience,” she says. “I used to treat my acne with benzoyl peroxide which smelled like chemicals and burned and dried my skin, whereas Deb’s products are very gentle.”

The star ingredient of the line is bee venom. Deborah’s patented Abeetoxin, a complex formulation of bee venom, honey and botulism – a natural form of the toxin used in Botox that can be harvested from beehives – has generated a good deal of buzz for its smoothing effects. Her bee venom facials have been credited with taking years off the Duchess of Cornwall’s face. Deborah won’t discuss her work with the royals, but it is said that Kate Middleton enjoyed one of her facials just days before the royal wedding, having been introduced to Deborah and her products by Camilla Parker Bowles.

Heaven Skincare Bee Venom Deborah MitchellOther celebrities who have swarmed to Heaven Skincare include Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson, Victoria BeckhamNicole Kidman and Kylie and Danii Minogue. Nor are men strangers to the products. David Beckham, Simon Cowell, Jack Nicholson and Robert Downey, Jr. also count among the devotées. Indeed, 30% of Heaven’s customers are men.

Intrigued, I wanted to meet the queen bee behind this luxury skin care line. Not only did I learn a bit about the ingenious formulations, but I walked away completely energized for Deborah’s story is nothing if not inspiring. The self-described “working class girl” turned herself into a bona fide business mogul. Last year, 24 years after its inception, Heaven Skincare earned a reported $45 million in revenues. The products are sold worldwide through its website and via stockists in 15 countries including the United Arab Emirates and China.

Blonde and glamorous, Deborah greets me with a big smile and a warm hug at the posh Langham hotel in London, her home away from her country home. Over a glass of bubbly and some hors d’oeuvres, the daughter of a hairdresser and owner of a courier business, tells me of her humble beginnings. The English native got her start in the beauty industry at the tender age of 17 by working as a door-to-door manicurist. “I started off with one £10 pack of nail extensions and my first customer gave me a £1 tip,” she recalls, revealing that she couldn’t afford to buy many products, so she began making her own. Armed with knowledge gleaned from cosmetic science classes and with a degree in lab science, she began experimenting with various formulas. 

According to Deborah, she suffered from severe acne in her youth and acne products left her red-faced. So, she came up with a soothing chamomile mask. More products followed, to be snapped up by her clients, and it wasn’t long before Deborah started giving facials. Her first treatment room was the handicapped bathroom of a gym in a Holiday Inn. In short order, her facials became so popular that she graduated to London’s prestigious Hale Clinic.

Deborah’s big break came when Tracey Taylor, the wife of Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor, called to make an appointment after reading about her, only to be placed on a three-month waiting list. “I was working 7:00 am to 7:00 PM every day treating my existing clients, and I wasn’t going to let them down. I guess that increased my appeal,” she explains. “Pretty soon I was looking after all the band members and their wives, and then that group expanded, and before I knew it I was in LA doing treatments on Jack Nicholson around the pool!” 

Her next leap forward came while she was giving the Duchess of Cornwall a facial. “I caught my reflection in the mirror and thought ‘D’you know what? I really need some Botox.’” Disliking the “pinched and aggressive” look she got from the toxin, Deborah began looking for a natural alternative. “I went to bed that night, and, as with most of my products, I dream them up,” she discloses. “My sister, who lives down the road from me, is a beekeeper, so I had a lot of information about bees and honey in my head. I woke up and knew what I had to do.”

Heaven Skincare Bee Venom Deborah MitchellThe Bee Venom Mask is sold in three tiers, starting with silver, which contains the lowest amount of Abeetoxin, then black, and up to gold. Deborah recommends the more potent black one for men as they have thicker skin. The venom in the gold mask is collected from the queen bee. This is very rare – nearly impossible to obtain – as there is only one queen bee per hive. The price of one ounce of bee venom costs $38,000 and that of one ounce of venom from the queen bee is $140,000 according to Deborah. Our beauty expert, Alyssa Barrie, uses the Silver Mask daily, putting it on over her moisturizer and eye cream. “You need very little,” she advises.

The bee venom in the resulting Abeetoxin fools the skin into thinking it has been lightly stung. This causes blood to flow towards the skin and stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. Deborah makes the process through which the venom is harvested sound simple: “We release a small electrical current through a pane of glass that causes the bees no harm but encourages them to sting the glass, depositing their venom. When a bee stings a person, the stinger gets released into the flesh, causing the bee to die. But when they sting glass, the stinger can’t come out because it’s too hard, but their brain tells them they’ve stung, and so not to sting again.” Due to the fact the she actually saves the lives of bees, Deborah, who donates a portion of her profits to bee charities, has been named an official Guardian of the Bees in the UK.

“We have something for every pocket with our travel size options,” says Deborah. The Long Weekender Kit retails for $45 on NYSD Beauty and contains a cleanser, exfoliant, toner, moisturizer and the silver bee venom mask.

Our beauty experts at NYSD Beauty also swear by the Vanilla Pod Hand & Nail Cream. The cream’s vanilla scent is even purported to act as an appetite suppressant!

Not surprisingly, imitators have jumped on the bandwagon but Deborah is quick to point out that her competitors use freeze-dried bee venom which is ineffective according to the skin care guru, whereas her products contain real botulism found in the hive. As industrious as her beloved bees, this 50-year old mother of two does not rest on her laurels. Debuting this summer is Bee Peel, an intensified facial peel for home use which again harnesses the power of bees. “It gives professional results without the downtime of regular chemical peels,” discloses Carla, who ten years on, still only uses Heaven products.

Expert tip: When it comes to exfoliation, forget the “once a week” rule. Exfoliate as and when you like, as long as your skin can handle it. I like Heaven’s Bee Polish which combines bee venom and botulism with raw cane sugar. It’s gentle on my sensitive, dry skin, leaving it smooth and reflective. Plus, it doesn’t contain those environmentally damaging microbeads. I also like the Clarifying Hydrogel (as a toner) which has a cross polymer interlocking (net-like) firming action. Both are in NYSD Beauty’s Long Weekender Kit.

By: Delia von Neuschatz

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Unique Host & Hostess Gifts For Your Summer Getaway

Labor Day Weekend: Summer’s last hurrah. Even if you’re a staunch urbanite, you’ll probably want to get out of dodge for these few days. If you don’t own your own weekend getaway, you may be jockeying now to secure yourself an invite to a friend’s beach or country house. Once you score that invite, it’s your job to make sure the same invitation is extended to you next year, and the year after, and the year after that. While no material item can take the place of proper houseguest etiquette, a thoughtful hostess gift is always sure to delight. A luxurious and thoughtful hostess gift is sure to keep you “on the list” for life.

What Does Such a Gift Look Like?

Well, a bottle (or three) of booze is nice, albeit trite. Here at Travel Beauty, we’ve had the pleasure of creating many different types of gifts for many different types of people, occasions, events, etc. Drawing on this experience, here are some unique gifts that have always been very well-received.

For The Host Who’s a Skin Care Snob

  • The Heaven Skincare Long Weekender Kit. Any product junkie will delight in this curated kit! We’ve chosen our favorite anti-aging products from Heaven Skincare’s Stratosphere line to create this comprehensive kit covering all skin care bases: there’s a cleanser, exfoliator, toner/serum, daily anti-aging moisturizer and, of course, the world famous Bee Venom Mask.
  • Cosmetics 27 SOS 27 Kit. The SOS Bio-Restructuring Cell Restoring Treatment is a complete anti-aging and skin repairing treatment kit that delivers. This anti-aging trio is ideal for those with sensitive, mature and/or dry skin. (Basically almost everyone!) Inside the chic white dopp kit, your host will find travel sizes of all the Cosmetics 27 cult-favorite products: Cleanser 27, a unique cleansing balm, Baume 27, a rich anti-aging moisturizer and Essence 27, a hydrating serum.

For The Host With Drool-worthy Bathrooms

  • Emma Hardie Luxury Superskin Face & Body Hamper. This is the ultimate head to toe Emma Hardie collection that is as gorgeous to look at as it is comprehensive. The Luxury Super Skin Face & Body Hamper has always received rave reviews from each and every recipient. This set has got it all. A mini Moringa Cleansing Balm (because no gift would be complete without this award-winning botanical beauty marvel), travel sizes of Age Support Face Cream, Night Cream, Body Cleanser, Body Lotion and the limited edition Hydra Body Oil. This set even comes with a multi-functional Body Buffing Cloth that can be used as a cleansing aid or to exfoliate dry areas of the body, helping to remove dead skin cells.
  • Compagnie de Provence My Travel Essentials Box Set. These bath and body care sets come with a travel shower gel, hand cream & body lotion from the legendary Compagnie de Provence. You can choose from two iconic scents, depending on which you believe your host would love best: Mediterranean Sea or Olive and Lavender.

For The Host Who’s Fabulously Fit

  • Mio Skincare kits. Is tagging along for a Tracy Anderson Method class a prerequisite for crashing at your host’s pad? Then you cannot go wrong with gifting one of our two Mio Skincare Kits: Strong Is The New Skinny Kit and Your Fit Skin For Life Kit. These sets are packed with smaller sizes of Mio Skincare’s multiple award winning skin smoothing, firming and toning products. Many of Mio’s products were created to work harmoniously with a workout regimen and healthy lifestyle. This is best in class body care any lady will absolutely LOVE.

For The Gorgeous Glamazon Hostess

  • MB York Paint by Numbers Kit. Will your host be taking you with her for a wild night out on the town? This is the gift for that gorgeous wild thing. Anyone can enhance her eyes thanks to these two eye shadow trios from M.B. York. Use the first row for a perfect daytime look and the second row for a shimmery evening eye. This set comes with three numbered eye shadow brushes to give you a precise and flawless application every time! These six shades are suitable and flattering for all skin tones and eye colors.

travel-beauty-shave-the-day-kitFor The Host…That’s Male

For The Impossible to Shop For Host

What about the person that must have a custom gift crafted just for her or him? Travel Beauty’s concierge is on call to create a marvelous made-to-order gift. Contact us at: 888-717-8790 or email: concierge@travelbeauty.com

Happy travels!

By: Claire McCormack, Twitter & Instagram: @clairemcmack

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