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A sense of irreverence and youth at Celebrity Connected’s MTV Movie & TV Awards’ lounge


NEWS  by Jody Miller/May 15, 2017/23.09



Just when you thought awards season was over, MTV pulls out their annual Movie & TV Awards for yet another night of star-gazing revelry with a rebellious, “young Hollywood” twist. As befitting any awards ceremony of note, Celebrity Connected gets the enthusiasm and adrenaline started early with their famed luxury gifting lounge. It could not have found a more appropriate location than the ultramodern and plush W Hotel Hollywood for the lively star-studded event.
   While youth reigned supreme (it is MTV, after all), there were as many notable established as well as up-and-comers parading the red carpet. Al McLean of the Backstreet Boys, singer Alli Simpson, actor–comedian JB Smoove, actor Lil Rel Howery (2017 winner), Michelle Visage (2017 winner), Randy Jackson, Rashad Jennings, actor Sam Huntington, Christian Navarro, Princess Love and others were in on the fun.
   In true gifting-suite fashion, suppliers were out in force showcasing cool products to test, taste and touch. Pure premium golden cannabis oil is the secret ingredient at Speakeasy710, infusing multiple levels of THC into vape cartridges, tonics, balms and more. Mister-e-Liquid is all things e-cigarette and nicotine alternative in a cornucopia of flavours. There are also batteries, chargers, cases and complete vaping kits.
   Cyndie Wade offered custom painted glassware and gifts, ensuring tastemakers would never be at a loss for customizable ideas with a dash of whimsy. Just email a clear photo and some particulars and Wade sends you custom wine glasses, ornaments, treat jars for pets and cookie jars for humans, paintings on canvas and more.
   Using only the finest natural ingredients, DivaStuff creates hand-made beauty products with a global twist. There is something for every skin type and concern and is if that were not enough, the line comprises incredibly affordable products. Stitch & Stone is a Canada-based bohemian inspired boutique featuring clothing, jewellery, and home décor proudly showcasing many designers. We love their whimsical apothecary items like Men Don’t Stink, Beard Wash, solid colognes and every woman’s best friend, B’Ver Balm.
   An abundance of sweet treats and beverages were on hand to relieve the appetite worked up on the red carpet. Sweetopia Artisan Chocolates uses and old copper kettle and family recipes for the creamiest, smoothest caramels, truffles and cakes imaginable. Are crave-worth protein bars, shakes and chips even possible? They certainly are thanks to Quest Nutrition. Flavours like Salted Caramel Protein Powder, Sea Salt Protein Chips or the Cookies ‘n’ Cream protein bars ensure healthy eating is never a sacrifice. Press creates delectable, craft-cocktail inspired carbonated drinks, including pomegranate ginger, grapefruit cardamom, blackberry hibiscus and lime lemongrass.
   Other vendors present included Harmless Harvest, Bonjour Clothing Co., Hemp Kitchen, FYM Hot Sauces, and Survivor ApparelJody Miller, Correspondent











Enjoying a “beauty rest” at the Mondrian; and hair revival in Beverly Hills


NEWS  by Elyse Glickman/April 24, 2017/13.03




Elyse Glickman

Award show season may be over, and the Coachella fashion parade has run its course. However, Los Angeles’ first heatwave provided a convenient excuse to play hooky from pressing writing assignments to hit Charmed PR’s friendly little showcase of beauty products and a pick-me-up pedicure or manicure. The backdrop of the Mondrian Hotel’s ever-so fashionable and busy rooftop pool provided extra incentive to try out the goodies to prep hair and skin (feet in particular) for sandals, swimsuits, and shorter skirts.
   The Better Skin Cream Company not only came armed with its multitasking Mirakle Cream, but also its new, triple-threat Lava Magik (cleanser, exfoliating scrub and revitalizing mask). Volcanic lava from France is enriched with calendula, sweet orange and grapeseed oils, cucumber, parsley, and chamomile for radiant clean that goes a little more skin deep, with its antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-yeast properties.
   Hair La Vie’s continued the multipurpose beauty theme with a less-is-more line developed by hairstylist and cancer survivor Carla Rivas. She introduced media and web influencers to her philosophy with travel sizes of the shampoo and conditioner, and full-size hair serum and vitamins, all formulated without harmful chemicals or additives. Greater value is added to customer purchases with users knowing 10 per cent of profits will go to charities such as Save the Children, Heifer International, National Breast Cancer Foundation and the Global Fund For Women.
   Even the smiles on people’s faces got a little extra love, not just from Lucy B’s lip glosses, but with Popwhite dental products. This simple system of toothpaste and mouth rinse works along the same lines as colour-correcting foundations and make-up. FDA-approved purple pigments sourced from plants and herbs cancel out yellow residue on teeth for a whiter smile naturally. Coconut oil and xylatol make the process pleasant tasting, to boot.
   Schique Skin Care by Jacqueline Schaffer, MD showcased her beauty how-to book, Irresistible You, as well as her anti-ageing product line built on sulfate and paraben-free formulas, integrating elements from daisy plants known their natural sun protection and vitamin complexes. This back-to-basics line includes a refreshing mist, colour-changing specialty beads, face mask, eye cream, sumptuous moisturizer and creamy firming serum.
   The centrepiece of the festivities was a trio of foot-beautifying items, including LVX Luxury Nail Lacquer, Baby Foot Exfoliant Foot Peel and an anklet from Sterling Forever. LVX lives up to its branding, thanks in part to its gel-like formula that’s seven-free, vegan and cruelty free. Many of the fashion-forward shades have their origins with past collaborations with designers such as Mara Hoffman, Tadashi Shoji, Tracy Reese, Rodebjer and others. I was particularly excited about Baby Foot, as Leyla Messian and Jody Miller raved about the effectiveness of this product, which was featured at Charmed’s beauty event a year ago. A formula of 17 natural extracts makes one’s feet look scary at first, but this is an assurance the product works. Glycolic acid and citric acid peel away dead skin cells softened by alcohol. Salicylic acid, lactic acid and isopropyl stimulate a flaking effect, and although your feet temporarily look haggard, healthy skin is ultimately undamaged and a fresh layer beneath reveals itself.

A couple of weeks ago, Biolage launched its new RAW collection at Beverly Hills’ Brighton Salon. Although reality television personality Ali Fedotowsky was crowned the face of the brand, the concept behind the products is pretty stellar: a sustainable, green hair care line packaged in fresh-pressed juice bottles that are themselves made of sustainable materials. While the salon itself has all the earmarks of a Beverly Hills salon, from luxury brands (Kérastase, Shu Uemura, and Oribe), it is an oasis of neighbourhood salon friendliness and sanity, amid designer labels and celebrity stylists. The laid-back, multicultural staff are more committed to steering clients towards flattering styles than of-the-minute colour and cut trends. Veteran cutter Dani Faraj and colorist Walid Chaya took a less-is-more approach with me that looked fresh and current without leaving me shorn and shell-shocked—no small feat.
   This tiny salon that could offers hair extensions, Brazilian blowouts, bikini-wax and everything else needed for a fresh look. However, they are also big on community outreach, including a wig bank sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Brighton Salon supports the cause by giving a 50 per cent discount to customers who commit to donating their hair for the cause. They also offered a sneak peak at the recently opened Prestige Skin Care (9435 Brighton Way) a few doors down, featuring locally produced luxury lines and an owner who worked at such prestige salons as Christophe before going the “friendly neighbourhood” route.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor








Elyse Glickman

Hooking up: Blu and Ministry of Sound; Kathy Ireland Worldwide and Larson-Juhl


NEWS  by Lucire staff/April 22, 2017/12.14




John Phillips

With vaping gaining greater acceptance, Blu, a leading e-cigarette brand, has teamed up with the Ministry of Sound in London. Celebrities attending the celebration of the partnership included Pixie Geldof, Nicola Roberts, Vanessa White, Louise Thompson and Ryan Libbey, with DJs Hernan Catteneo and Nick Warren performing.
   Another partnership this week saw Kathy Ireland Worldwide joining forces with Larson-Juhl and the Buffalo Works to create branded art and wall décor. Larson-Juhl specializes in picture frame design, manufacturing and distribution, while the Buffalo Works manages brands and licenses art. Ireland said of the agreement, ‘To finally join forces with Larson-Juhl and the Buffalo Works is a dream come true for many reasons. Larson-Juhl is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway business family. We began our Kathy Ireland Home collection with a Berkshire Hathaway flooring company. Our first retail client was Irv Blumkin and Nebraska Furniture Mart, still clients and dear friends, all these years later.’







John Phillips

Spring cleaning: the Secret Room’s MTV Movie Awards’ party gets us ready for summer


NEWS  by Elyse Glickman/April 9, 2017/20.13




Elyse Glickman

It’s no secret that during the summer months, great skin and healthy hair make up the foundation for one’s warm weather look. The Secret Room once again took over the SLS Hotel’s Garden Terrace to focus their attention a variety of shampoos, skin care essentials, beauty services, and fashion accessories to get the ball rolling on summer 2017.
   Parfaire, a posh med-spa in Pasadena, was back for some summertime skin consultations while two hair care lines, Beaver Professional Hair Care and Luseta (www.lusetabeauty.com), filled out the centre of the Garden Terrace with several products infused with exotic essential oils.
   Some people, sponsors included, note that clean body, mind and soul come from within. Paola Petrella, chef and founder of Two Peas Meal Delivery and Catering (located in LA suburb Van Nuys), introduced her take on clean eating without compromise, while the owner of Nava Natural, a Beverly Hills-based beauty and supplements purveyor, did the same with her line of beauty products and herbal remedies.
   With Oscar season long over, and hippie-chic and trend-setting Coachella music festival around the corner, it was only fitting that the jewellery had an earthy, accessible quality. Maine-based JA Designs made that statement with its fibre necklaces while silk bracelets adorned with silver, copper and natural beads from Caravana Jewelry of Sedona, Arizona were crowd-pleasers.
   Jewels by Duranni showcased small, understated gold-filled and sterling designs.
   As MTV still focuses on the tastes, trends, and interests of the under-18 set, it was nice to see chic (but age-appropriate) shoes and clothing for girls from Jessica Simpson’s line, as well as Townley Girl, which teams with Disney, Dreamworks and other studios to create cosmetics and hair goods for girls just growing into a beauty routine and finding their personal style.
   All told, there were a few neat things for guys in attendance, from Unisex sweats from the re-launched BUM Equipment clothing line to gear from Santa Cruz Skateboards and a company called Whimzey, which featured outdoorsy slogans and a few confidence builders.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor















Elyse Glickman

Natural selections: the best of 2017’s Expo West


NEWS  by Lucire staff/April 7, 2017/19.04



Anaheim, California is, famously, home to Disneyland, the happiest place on Earth. However, hundreds of visitors who came to Anaheim on a hot weekend in mid-March found their happy place at the city’s convention centre. For the last several years, the centre and the adjoining Marriott and Hilton hotels have been home to the Natural Products Expo West.
   Although Expo West is a trade show, it has a colourful, carnival-like setting. This year, it expanded to include numerous new products’ rooms and a festive midway area that added an extra level of family-friendliness, as many paid attendees have their kids in tow. For the 2017 edition, the planners truly infused the proceedings with a healthy dash of Coachella and other hippie-chic music and arts festivals. Retailers and hospitality professionals from around the globe descended on this four-day carnival of healthy living to scope out established and emergent producers of specialty foods (ethnic, vegan, organic, ethically sourced, and so on), beauty products, pet gear, household supplies, cooking ingredients, vitamins and health aids.
   Everything that makes the business of an environmentally conscious-driven so alluring was in place, from free early morning yoga classes, to a concert stage with a steady stream of free energy bars, Late July chips, Think Thin protein bars, Kettle Chips, Pamela’s baked goods, Siggi yoghurt, Silk milk substitutes, and GoGurt. Pie Pops—possibly the most indulgent treat handed out to passers-by—was the cream of the crop with its custardy ice-cream core bathed in crumbled pie crust and toppings.

A healthy appetite for change
Pie Pops notwithstanding, there were fewer knockout ice-cream vendors populating Expo West 2017 than in past years. Sweet Lady Jane, Hollywood bakery to the stars, picked up some of the slack by rolling out its line of supermarket cakes and pies, including layer cakes that make the brand’s VIP cache accessible to markets beyond La La Land. There were almost too many excellent Fair Trade chocolates (Wild Boar and ZazuBean could give Valrhona a run for its money), and way too many reinventions of the classic granola bar (Empact, raising money and awareness for women’s causes, was among the best).
   While coconut- and almond-based beverages continued to dominate the dairy substitute drinks, Ripple Oat Milk cut in to the competition, as did Banana Wave. Carnation released its new Natural Bliss almond- and coconut-based coffee creamers. (Correspondent Jody Miller and I were partial to the coconut.) There was also a jolt of excellent coffee and tea offerings with artsy packaging, from canned coffee from hot Los Angeles desert bar BeSweet, to sublimely boxed Pukka teas and herbal infusions, to earthy Prana Chai, Maxpresso’s tasty instant coffee packets from South Korea, and Black Medicine’s powerful brews. Kombucha also flowed in abundance, and once again, we found Kombucha Dog was top dog for its balanced flavours as well as its animal welfare charity endeavours. Speaking of balanced, we loved the true fruit flavour of the blood-orange ginger ale and other concoctions from Massachusetts-based Powell and Mahoney Drink mixers, KillCliff energy drinks (which donates proceeds to US Navy Seal veterans), and bright watermelon and ginger flavours from Dry Soda, in contrast to medicinal energy drinks that still flood the market.
   As it can get very easy to burn out on nutrition bars and chocolate, ethnic and ethnic-inspired food offerings from the main floor and new products’ installations provided excitement. We loved the multi-brand and product spaces focused on México (perfect lime popsicles), Korea and Japan. New Zealand was well represented, with a large booth featuring a mix of imports from Pacific Resources International, including manuka honey items, medicinal items, and snacks from the Proper brand.
   Tamales from Arizona and New Mexico provided welcome relief from diabetic-coma overloads of sweets, as did Hummus Pods (heartier, less “chemical” variations on Hot Pockets); Yellow Bird, Tsang and One Culture hot sauces and salsas; the latest from celebrity chef Rick Bayless’s Frontera Grill; Thai fare from Koh; and Indian foods from Deep and Tasty-Bite. Better Than Pasta, which swaps out wheat and rice noodles with konnyaku (a sweet potato-based product popular in Japan) added spicier creations to their line-up of products. Arlette Tea Seed Oil, meanwhile, may truly be the next big thing: a tea-based substitute for olive oil.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor

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The bad and the beautiful
Health and beauty are big business, even in the natural products world. While many up-and-coming brands were represented, the aforementioned carnival-like atmosphere was absent from the Health & Beauty Pavilion, in favour of a more corporate trade show vibe. In fact, some popular beauty vendors were downright surly (I’m talking to you, Beauty without Cruelty and Andalou Naturals). Others were merely aloof. Hopefully their reps will take some people skills’ training next year.
   In spite of those glaring shortcomings, there were real high points and positive vibes. Quite a few brands got it right with attitude and presentation. Alaffia (getting attention with their live drummers and vibrant tribal décor, pillows and scarves), showcased their Fair Trade hair and body care. Badger celebrated new Moms with a new line of body care and new additions to their Damascus Rose facial care. Derma-E debuted sleek new packaging, while Burt’s Bees not only showcased their new Healthy Nutrition protein powders, but rewarded patient attendees with two complimentary products. As a big sunscreen advocate, it was encouraging to see Goddess Garden and Earth Science proudly display their hottest SPF products.
   One of the most refreshing trends, and a welcome respite from singular note essential oils, was holistically sourced perfume. Sow Good’s natural eau de parfum, made with premium ingredients and alcohol from organic sugar cane, were available in four distinct scents packaged in elegant bottles. Juniper Ridge, meanwhile, distils their perfumes from such free-range ingredients as wildflowers, plants, bark and other cool stuff that grows in the woods. This results in a fragrance library that authentically reflects the great outdoors.
   Taking multiple vitamins and supplements every day is a hard pill to swallow for many of us. Fortunately, drinkable and gummy-bear supplements were everywhere to help the less diligent among us. Vegan Smart, Vega One, Vegan Slim, Almased and Rainbow Light will keep the calories down and the metabolism up with shakes in a plethora of flavours. American Health, Pure Essence Labs, Oxylent, Paradise, Mega Foods, and Genesis Today, in contrast, want you to drink your way to health.
   For the more dedicated whole-food junkie, Kulli Kulli offers a pure moringa vegetable powder, while Manitoba Harvest grew on us through samples of their tasty hemp smoothie. Gummies and chewables from Bluebonnet, Solgar and Hero Nutritionals taste just like candy, so now everybody can get their daily dose.
   In the lifestyle department, Ecos gratified the weary with a free full-size product. And a big kudos to Seventh Generation for donating their display products to a shelter. We like that!—Jody Miller, LA Correspondent

C’est Jolie: old Hollywood charm meets serious skin renewal


NEWS  by Jody Miller/April 4, 2017/14.03




Above: Le Jolie Medi Spa opens in West Hollywood.

Medi-spas in Los Angeles seem to open and close quicker than a shot of Botox. Some of them respectable, many of them flash-in-the-pan operations. Le Jolie Medi Spa is not only respected and very successful, it is owned and operated by a mother-and-daughter duo that are at the cutting-edge of non-invasive cosmetic enhancements. Mother Dr Parvaneh Rafaeloff is a veteran cosmetic surgeon, while daughter Sharona is an experienced æsthetician. On the heels of their wildly popular Studio City location, Le Jolie has opened a West Hollywood location right off the famed Sunset Strip.
   In honour of the new location, Mom and daughter celebrated with a gathering under the stars. Guests were treated to first peek at the new spa with champagne and French pastries. Dr Rafaeloff explained some of the newest procedures, including Forma. Destined to be the life-changer for many women and men, Forma is a non-surgical lower face and neck sculpting treatment for lax and sagging skin.
   Lucire US West Coast Editor Elyse Glickman and I had the opportunity to experience this unique approach to their take on the medi-spa experience first-hand through our own individualized custom facials. My facial was anything but medi-spa clinical. Instead, it was pampering, indulgent, and a treat for the senses. A raspberry enzyme masque gently exfoliated dead skin, while the practitioner’s use of a micro current instrument enhanced my facial contours and added tone and definition.
   Elyse had her turn at La Jolie a few weeks later. She found herself enchanted by the spa’s beachy décor, co-owner Brian Nourian’s attentive greeting, and its impressive selection of products. Brian explained proudly that the salon made the cut of Barcelona-based Natura Bissé, which is extremely picky about who carries their cosmeceutical skin care line in the US. After the chat, it was time to get down to business with her agenda—fading sunspots that appeared even with liberal use of sunscreens. In addressing the occupational hazard arising from California’s year-long sunshine and all that driving, her practitioner managed to put a lot of practical pampering into her hour-long custom facial.
   The first step was applying Skinceuticals’ whitening serum along with IS Clinical’s med-spa grade vitamin C serum and Youth Eye Cream. This was followed by a bracing, but pleasant, enzyme exfoliation with IS Clinical product and a cooling koji berry peel-off mask from Cosmara. One step flowed into the next, thanks to the æsthetician’s instinct for talking only at the right moments to explain the benefits of the products used.
   In more beauty news, esteemed Image Skincare hosted their launch party at the Kimpton Palomar Hotel Beverly Hills. Enthusiastic guests could hardly contain their excitement at the introduction of some new products. Last year’s Yana Collagen Shots were a huge hit. This year, we were most impressed with the Ageless Total Overnight Retinol Masque and the K-Beauty inspired Bio-Molecular Anti-Aging Radiance Masque. If the results are as good as they promise, Image has another big seller to add to their collection.—Jody Miller, LA Correspondent








Above: Image Skincare hosts a launch party at the Kimpton Palomar Hotel Beverly Hills, and the products that impressed.

Paris editor’s diary: a treat for the body, mind and soul at Kona Kai Resort & Spa


NEWS  by Lola Cristall/March 30, 2017/12.07




Kona Kai Resort & Spa

Whether for business or pleasure, guests can enjoy the beauty and grace of an exclusively trendy setting. The Kona Kai Resort & Spa in San Diego, California, is more than just a place to stay: it can be thought of as an opulent escape with stylish, contemporary furnishing. The site is surrounded by the Pacific. The hotel comprises a a private beach, a swimming pool, a tiki bar, beach fire pits, 24-hour concierge service, 129 guest rooms, a fitness centre as well as the phenomenal 7,020 ft² SpaTerre, providing facial treatments, massages, and more. Whether in a room overlooking a marina view, a premium bay view, or a pool view, guests will enjoy a scenic prospect that will make their stay even more satisfying.
   SpaTerre’s quality takes one back into a relaxed, zen and calm setting. Other than their exquisite services that incorporate original treatments such as the Himalayan salt stone massage, Balinese massage, the Ancient Earth Cleanse, the Javanese Royal Treatment and even Cleopatra’s Milk Ritual, the spa’s pièce de résistance is its innovative heated quartz sand bed that is sure to relieve and deeply calm one’s aching muscles. It’s only one out of sixteen available in the US.
   Guests can also indulge in an enticing meal at the Vessel restaurant. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the savoury American cuisine, meticulously prepared by executive chef Roy Hendrickson, is made of local and seasonal ingredients.—Lola Cristall, Paris editor





Converse celebrates 100 years of the Chuck Taylor All Star with a series of films


NEWS  by Lucire staff/March 16, 2017/11.23





Above, from top: The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star. The All Star ’70, evoking the decade of big lapels and platform shoes. The Chuck Taylor All Star II. In black, the lightweight Chuck Taylor All Star Modern.

Converse, which began in 1908, has been making the All Star shoe, later the Chuck Taylor shoe, continuously since 1917.
   It’s the most successful type of shoe in history, with 200,000 pairs sold daily. Its nickname came after Charles H. Taylor, a basketball player for the Akron Firestones, who became one of the shoe’s biggest supporters. By 1932, with input from Taylor, it officially gained his name.
   Converse has been adding variations to the Chuck Taylor shoe over the years, including the Chuck Taylor All Star II in 2015, a premium design with more colours and a liner borrowed from parent company Nike, which bought up Converse at the turn of the century.
   There’s also the Chuck Taylor All Star ’70s model that débuts more colours for spring–summer 2017, a design that harks back to the 1970s but with more cushioning and thicker rubber. Then there’s the Chuck Taylor All Star Modern that’s lightweight, again available in an all-new version this month.
   To celebrate the centenary of the All Star, Converse has launched a digital and social media series that looks at what made the line iconic.
   Millie Bobby Brown presents a video called Chucks in Film, with excerpts showing a previous Chuck Taylor All Star appearance (Michael J. Fox’s shoes in Back to the Future) and an interview with costume designer Stephanie Collie. Long Beach artist Vince Staples, Born × Raised creator Spanto and basketball player Jordan Clarkson discuss how Los Angeles culture impacted on the Chuck Taylor All Stars’ æsthetic. Finally, model Winnie Harlow looks at the Chuck Taylor All Stars’ connection to the fashionable set and youth culture. A final film, Forever Chuck, is a nonconformist commercial that celebrates youth and the Converse brand.
   The four videos are featured below as Converse marks 100 years of its All Stars.

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