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Monthly Archives : June 2015

Toiletry Packing Tips For Summer Travel

toiletry packing tips for summer travel

The Travel Beauty team hopes you have some exciting summer travel plans in the works. Cross country road trip…destination wedding…Minorca…Don’t let your summer escape infringe upon your summer aesthetics! Take the products you know you need and nothing less. Here are our tried and true product packing tips.


When you travel with as many expensive toiletries as we do, you learn – rather quickly – which packing strategies work and which leave you with a toiletry travel kit coated in night cream. Here are our trial and error tested methods for arriving at your destination with your products – and your beauty regimen – fully in tact.

It’s What’s Outside That Counts

First and foremost, choose your toiletry bag wisely. We designed our Travel Beauty Travel Bag to be slightly padded, zipper enclosed and plastic-lined. The padding protects products from breakage, but if the unfortunate happens, the plastic lining and zipper stops it from getting unfortunate all over your vacation wardrobe! Many of our favorite brands, like Cosmetics 27, Emma Hardie and Phylia de M. have all made their own complete travel sets that come in chic little dopp kits as well.

Dust Off Your Dust Bags

More and more beauty products come in eco-friendlier glass bottles every day. And though they be beautiful on our vanity, they are but perilous in our carry-on. Enter all those small dust bags you’ve likely amassed. You know, the ones that come with large jewelry pieces (hello, Alexis Bittar bangle) and small leather goods. These are your beauty products’ best friends. Put each glass product in its own bag (the thicker the bag, the better) to protect them from banging and then breaking in transit.

Know Your Products’ M.O.

What spills easily and what doesn’t? For example, there’s an oil we love, but it seeps out of its bottle very easily. We learned (the hard way) that this has to stay home. (We are not fans of transferring containers, especially oils. Too much gets lost!) Also, pump bottles – the types you have to press down to lock – are all-around bad travel buddies. The pump almost always opens and then the darn thing is pumping product out the entire trip, unbeknownst to you! As much as possible, go with tubes that have tightly-closing flip tops. We also love non-liquid formulas for travel, like Juvena Pure Lifting Peeling Powder, and Heaven Skincare Ella Jane Celebrity Skin Wipes. The less liquids to worry about, the better.

Pack Products That Pack A Triple Punch (Or More)

Most of the products we really love do many different things…and do them all well. A quality multi-purpose oil, like Cosmetics 27 Huile 27 can be used from scalp to soles, and works fabulously wherever you apply it. When thinking of which products multi-task, don’t forget about those that are unisex! Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes are traditionally a men’s product. But these wipes are so cleansing and refreshing we love them just as much as our husbands do. Emma Hardie’s Moringa Cleansing Balm is face cleanser and mask that doubles as a deep conditioning treatment for hair. Pack a moisturizer with SPF. Institut Esthederm Bronz Repair Age Control Face Cream SPF 20 is an ideal anti-aging moisturizer that offers strong protection against the sun and can be used as a day cream. Then there’s Vine Minus Ion Care Water, which is so high tech and multi-talented it could probably fly the plane if need be. It is a great refresher/primer for hair and face, moisturizes and has antibacterial properties. You can even brush your teeth with it! And we do…

Always Pack A Dream Cream

Bring one product you can keep right with you (in your purse) and that can go anywhere on you. Heaven Skincare Black Label Vanilla Pod Hand & Nail Cream is made with such high quality organic ingredients you can use it not only on your hands and nails (and arms and legs and feet) but also on your face. Plus, the luscious scent has the aromatherapeutic benefits of being calming, comforting and stress reducing! ‘Cause, you know, travel can be a bit stressful sometimes…

Bon Voyage!

By: Claire McCormack, Twitter & Instagram: @clairemcmack

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Summer Hair Color Care

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On a recent trip to Sicily I forwent my usual ritual of applying protective creams and sprays. I even dunked my head in the pool and let it air dry in the sun. After a good 2 years of being brunette I wanted, as quickly as possible, a lighter, brighter and blonder hair colour – and all without spending 3 hours and £300 in a hair salon. However, if you wish to keep your locks the same shade during the summer, you need to do the exact opposite of what I did. UV rays react with your hair structure in a similar way to bleach. They oxidize your hair’s melanin (pigment), lightening it. Chlorine, which is also an oxidizer, results in similar changes. And if you add the two together, you may just go a full shade lighter in a matter of days. Apply a water-resistant cream containing SPF to guard your hair from colour fade. My go-to is our Swimcap Cream, which hydrates your hair at the same time as protecting it.

Your Hair Can Burn

However, if you too want your hair to be significantly sun-kissed, there are a few things you should know. Your hair can burn, just like your skin – you just can’t feel it. Even though the sun’s rays are ‘natural’, they damage the bonds that hold your hair together. This can result in dryness, brittleness and subsequent breakage. It is therefore essential to use a pre-shampoo conditioner that restores elasticity, moisture and strength to the hair. When I was in Sicily, I used our pre-shampoo conditioning treatment, Elasticizer, EVERY day. I slept with it in, read a book on my balcony with it on and worked it into my hair before going to the gym. You don’t have to be quite as methodical as I was, but I certainly suggest you use it at least twice a week if you will be baking your hair in the sun.

No Lemon Juice Please!

Even for those wanting a lighter hue, a line must be drawn somewhere. Applying lemon juice is a definite no. It tangles your hair, and leaves it with a straw-like texture. Leaving your hair exposed, unprotected, in the sun for over 2 hours a day should also be avoided. And if your hair begins to feel parched, embark on the regime I described above. It is also important to point out that pool water can turn blonde hair green. This isn’t due to the presence chlorine. Pool water often contains traces of copper – and this can react with your hair protein. I have not experienced this personally (although watch this space…) but we have seen it in our Clinics – and the green tint is very hard to get rid of. If you are concerned, put your hair in a high bun, wear a swim cap, or apply our Swimcap Cream before getting into the pool.

Daily Colour Fade Defence

For daily sun protection from colour fade in the city, or simply when wandering about on holiday, use a protective conditioning spray. This will shield your hair from environmental damage. Also, try to choose one that has detangling properties and offers heat protection. We make one called Daily Damage Defence.

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Negative Ion Water Benefits for Hair and Skin Care

negative ion water benefits for skin and hair care

When hot, sticky summer weather makes our hair and skin freak out (i.e., break out…frizz out…), we make sure to stock up on our favorite multitasking product from Japan. No one can sing the praises of Vine Minus Ion Care Water better than Travel Beauty’s hair care expert, Ishi. ——— Where do I begin? Vine Care Water is negative ion water that was first developed in Japan for NASA to clean the lenses and mirrors on space bound vehicles and satellites. Bacteria cannot live in a pH 12.5 environment, so it was made as a germ-killing cleanser. Negative ion water is 170 times more absorbent than water, so on its own it provides moisture. Used in conjunction with hair and skin care products, negative ion water works as a driver – so it boosts the effectiveness of products used subsequently.

Negative Ion Water Benefits for Hair Care

The negative charge of the water is attracted to – and bonds to – hair.  It helps strengthen fine hair, making it feel thicker. It boosts the strength of conditioners, treatments and styling aids to amplify the benefits of these products. It can also be mixed with your shampoo or conditioner at a rate of 10%, or can be sprayed onto hair, roots to ends, before leave-in conditioners or styling aids are applied. This is a fabulous tool for thick, curly hair as well; read more here about how to use it.

Negative Ion Water Benefits for Skin Care

Care Water works well as a moisturizing skin toner or clarifier (most products that clarify tend to dry the skin). Many of my clients have had success clearing up some forms of acne with Care Water as well. Layered with other products, it boosts the benefits of those products. Here’s an easy experiment to give you an idea of what Care Water does:

  • Put a few drops of oil into water. You will see it separates.
  • Then spray the oil and water with Care Water.
  • You will see it actually reduces the size of the oil drops so that the water and oil mix together.
  • This is the same way Care Water breaks up and clears away oils on the skin.

Negative Ion Water Benefits for Scrapes & Cuts

Sprayed on scrapes or cuts, Care Water cleans the wounds (by killing bacteria) and moisturizes, therefore promoting healing. It’s currently being used in research at burn hospitals in Japan with very positive results.

Negative Ion Water Benefits for Teeth

Care Water also works for brushing your teeth – both cleansing and whitening. Read all about our smile-cleaning secrets here. Don’t swallow it, though! It is not for internal use. The pH is too extreme for that. Care Water is the ideal multi-tasking travel companion. You can find this cure-all wonder water in travel size here at Travel Beauty.

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Interview With Liz Lange

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As a New York City based, women-run company, we are particularly taken with our fellow female entrepreneurs. Each has a unique career trajectory that, in many cases, includes balancing a job, family and much, much more. Recently we caught up with Liz Lange, the pioneer of maternity chic. Her perpetual positive outlook and drive is inspiring and a healthy reminder. Thank you Liz for kicking off Travel Beauty’s #GirlBoss Series. And away we go!

TB: Where did the idea for Liz Lange Maternity come from, and how has it evolved over the years?

LL: In 1997 my friends were getting pregnant, I was newly married and had pregnancy on my mind although I was not yet pregnant. All my friends had the same complaint – they couldn’t find anything to wear. They’d buy expensive non-maternity clothing and tailor it to fit them as traditional maternity clothing at that time was typically very oversized and styled in a very babyish way (almost as if you were morphing into a baby rather than expecting one!)  I noticed my friends looked better and slimmer when they wore slightly more fitted/body conscious clothing tailored – just like regular non-maternity clothing. I figured that if I could design a line of clothing using only stretch fabrics (which were new in the mid 1990s) that I could make things with a better fit that would still grow with a woman as she progressed in her pregnancy. I also thought that someone should be dressing pregnant celebrities (unbelievably back then nobody was!) so I set out to do both and succeeded way beyond my wildest expectations.

TB: What was your background prior to launching the line?

LL: I graduated from Brown University with a degree in Comparative Literature. I never studied fashion but did work as an assistant Editor at Vogue upon graduating from Brown and then for a women’s dress designer.

TB: What was the most significant unforeseen obstacle that you had to manage in relation to your business?

LL: Math! I am not good at numbers and business is all about numbers. I had to learn quickly to manage a budget, an open to buy plan, inventory, margins, markups etc.

TB: What prompted you to transition your line to Target?

LL: I could see that the success of my line was bringing a lot of attention to the space, and that I suddenly was competing with monster brands such as Gap, Old Navy, even Barneys for a while. I knew that only a few players would survive and that in order to do so it would be smart to align my brand with one. I loved Target’s philosophy of Expect More, Pay Less and approached them. I also really liked the idea of dressing pregnant women everywhere and not just the ones who lived near one of my three high end Liz Lange boutiques and who could afford my price points.

TB: To what do you attribute your success?

LL: 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.

TB: As a working mom, what advice can you give on balancing career, family and life in general?

LL: Balance is very hard. Don’t beat yourself up. The best advice I was ever given is to be present wherever you are. If you are at the office, be there, don’t be there thinking you should be at home with the kids. And likewise, if at home with your kids, try not to be thinking that you should be at the office. And give up the guilt! We are so hard on ourselves.

TB: As a frequent traveler what are your top packing tips?

LL: Always go carry on!  My children and I go carry on no matter how long the trip is and everyone rolls their own. Buy the biggest soft bag TSA allows (we swear by A. Saks brand sold at Lexington Luggage in NYC). Figure out a color scheme and pack a few pieces that all go together and can be mixed up to create different looks. Careful outfit planning is key. I also swear by zip locks. Use a large ziplock for your fun accessories – different jewelry  can really change things up. Keep another ziplock under your sink packed with a set of your must have toiletries and makeup so you can always just throw that in your bag and never forget anything. Fold up your bras and underwear in a zip lock too.

TB: What beauty products can’t you live without, especially when traveling?  

I swear by a light moisturizer like La Roche Posay Toleriane Facial Fluid – I never travel without it. I like to look tan but I don’t sit in the sun, so I love a bronzer like Laura Mercier Bronzing Gel or Michael Kors bronze powder. I don’t like a lot of foundation so I often just use a tinted moisturizer mixed with a serum. I like Biologique Recherche serums and Nars tinted moisturizer. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil is the best as it’s soft and so easy to apply and I love a natural lip color like Clinique’s Chubby Pencil in Whole Lotta Honey or some of the more sheer Tom Ford lip colors.

For more on Liz Lange, please visit her website.

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How to Remove Brown Spots

how to get rid of sun spots with BBL laser treatment

Dr. Dara Liotta’s blog post about BBL laser treatment for brown spots caused by sun exposure is worth a repost as summer gets underway. If you are a sun worshipper, you may want to investigate this simple procedure that has several anti-aging benefits.


Wear sunscreen. “Sunspots”, “age spots”, or even worse, “liver spots” are flat, non-raised, brown spots or freckles that develop on the skin after prolonged exposure to direct ultraviolet (or UV) rays. In med-speak, they’re called “solar lentigines”. Contrary to the common-speak, people of all ages are susceptible to these spots, and those with lighter skin tend to develop them more frequently. The most common areas to develop brown spots are those exposed to the sun most often: the face, chest, and hands.

How to Banish Brown Spots

The good news is that there is a fairly simple and relatively painless way to banish these brown spots. Summertime, when most people have their greatest sun exposure, is usually the time that we accumulate these brown spots, so I generally recommend that people wait until the fall for removal. There are various topical treatments that have been recommended for these pigmented spots, but the quickest and most effective treatment is BBL (broadband light) treatment. BBL is FDA cleared for the treatment of benign pigmented lesions, among other conditions.

The light energy delivered by the BBL will be absorbed by the unwanted melanin responsible for pigmented lesions in the upper layers of the skin. Over the next few days to two weeks, the pigmented lesions will darken and fall off. Typically, three sessions, spaced two weeks apart are required for most effective removal of brown spots. The procedure takes about 15-20 minutes, and feels like the snapping of a rubber band on the skin. Most patients only find the treatment mildly uncomfortable. BBL treatment for brown spots requires no real downtime. There is occasionally slight redness of the skin, but when this occurs, it generally subsides in the few hours following your treatment. You can use moisturizer or cover-up on the face immediately following the procedure.

Anti-aging Anyone?

An added bonus of the treatment is that as the light energy of the BBL gently heats the upper layers of your skin, it stimulates your skin cells to regenerate new collagen, leading to increased skin firmness, smoother skin texture, and a more even color to your skin surface. Most patients notice positive changes even after their very first session, though the results are cumulative. In my office, I offer a BBL treatment called “Forever Young BBL”, which is a special type of BBL treatment that can help you greatly improve your skin’s appearance and health. In fact, scientific evidence from a long-term Stanford University study demonstrates regular maintenance treatments using Forever Young BBL functionally rejuvenates skin and delays skin aging. Studies include patients treated 10+ years ago.

What Are Your Brown Spots Telling You?

Brown spots from the sun, or solar lentigines, are benign, but they do indicate excessive sun exposure, a risk factor for the development of skin cancers. Additionally, they will return with repeated sun exposure. So, ladies and gentlemen, wear sunscreen. If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, visit Dr. Liotta’s website or call (212) 288-2222.

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