The Story of the Man Who Revolutionized the Beauty Industry: MAX FACTOR

Looking for a poolside read for spring break? I am a sucker for a good biography!


NOT JUST A BRAND— THE MAN WHO CREATED AN INDUSTRY

MAX FACTOR
The Man Who Changed the Faces of the World
By Fred E. Basten

“Fascinating . . . you won’t be able to put it down.”
—Glamour

“Enthusiastically told.”
—The New Yorker

Max Factor: The Man Who Changed the Faces of the World (Arcade Publishing, April 2012) is the story of a true innovator, paving the way for modern day makeup. He helped women look like their favorite glamorous stars, bringing his innovative cosmetics to the general public. He revolutionized the world of beauty by producing many firsts: false eyelashes, lip gloss, foundation, eye shadow, the eyebrow pencil, concealer, wand-applicator mascara, and water-resistant makeup. He also introduced the concept of color harmony and the celebrity-endorsed cosmetics advertising that forms the glamorous backbone of the modern industry.

Nice women never wore makeup. Even the word was taboo in polite society . . . until Max Factor entered the scene. Born in Poland, in 1877, Factor worked as a beautician for the Russian royal family, the Romanovs. In 1904, he fled to America where he opened a cosmetics store in Los Angeles. Creating makeup for silent films, then talkies, and ultimately, color motion pictures, Factor designed looks for Katharine Hepburn, Rita Hayworth, Bette Davis, and countless other beauties of the day.

Max Factor, the father of modern makeup, changed the beauty industry forever. This is his extraordinary story.

 

To read more or purchase check it out here.


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NEW from L’Occitane Cherry Blossom Petal-Soft Hand Cream!

This is my kind of hand lotion. It is liquid heaven in a bottle, I’m serious.

I fancy myself as a sort of hand-lotion snob. I have found very few that I like. I hate that greasy feeling you get with most lotions. This lotion DOES NOT do that. It absorbs into your skin leaving your hands gentle and smooth. It’s amazing! Hurry up and get it – because this is a Limited Edition!

Enriched with Shea Butter and vitamin E, this lightly textured and non-greasy cream nourishes and protects hands from daily aggressions. They are soft, moisturized and delicately perfumed with Cherry Blossom’s enveloping flowery scent. Contains a cherry extract from Luberon, France.

You MUST try it!! Trust me!

Disclosure: I was sent a bottle of this lotion to review for the site!


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Lavanila introduces a healthy all-natural deodorant line!

The Healthy Deodorant Vanilla Lavender To Go! Lavanila introduces an all-natural, clinical-strength deodorant that is both safe and effective.

I absolutely love this deodorant. I am always a little nervous when I try all-natural deodorants, because in my experience, they haven’t worked as well! I was happy to find that this product works just as well anything I’ve tried in the past. And the added benefit here is, it smells like Lavanila’s amazing fragrances. It kills 2 birds with 1 stone! Love it!

This travel-friendly size of The Healthy Deodorant is perfect for storing in your gym locker, purse, or packing into your suitcase. The unique formula uses beta-glucan technology to effectively fight odor while soothing, conditioning, and strengthening the skin. It goes on clean, with no sticky wetness, and delivers long-lasting, luxurious results.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Synthetic Dyes
– Petrochemicals
– Phthalates

What else you need to know:
This dermatologist-recommended, non-irritating, allergy-tested formula does not contain aluminum or mineral oils.


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Introducing Murad’s NEW Pomegranate line!

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about Murad’s new line of pomegranate products. I was lucky enough to receive two of the products to try, and I had to share them with you! I tried the Energizing Pomegranate Cleanser and the Energizing Pomegranate Moisturizer.

I have used Murad products for years – and so to try NEW products was like Christmas morning for me.

I am absolutely in love with these products. The cleanser is gentle – yet effective. It makes my skin tingle, which I love. The moisturizer is so wonderful. I don’t think there’s any shimmer in it, but my skin looks like it’s glowing all day when I wear it. My skin has felt healthier – more firm. My pores are smaller, and my skin overall – looks amazing.

In case you missed my post a couple weeks ago – here’s why Murad is going with pomegranate – and why it’s so good for your skin!

From healthy, beautiful skin to lower stress levels, the pomegranate is a valuable resource in helping jumpstart your complexion and your mood.

Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA and author of The Water Secret: The Cellular Breakthrough to Look and Feel 10 Years Younger, shows us six ways pomegranates can help your skin look younger and your body feel healthier.

Build Youth Back into Your Skin

Summer berries aren’t the only way to get your antioxidant fix. The pomegranate, a winter fruit, has powerful antioxidants that assist in the cellular renewal process and help cells stay plump with water. It also boosts anti-aging agents, helping to maintain skin’s collagen levels, and fights oxidative stress that ages us internally and externally. You can eat pomegranate to reap the benefits but also look for topical products that contain Pomegranate Extract to help fight free radical damage and promote overall skin health.

Decrease Inflammation

Winter weather is known to inflict a mild inflammatory reaction in exposed skin, like the face and hands. Studies have shown that Pomegranate Extract significantly reduces the activity of proteins that cause inflammation. It also reduces the production of pro-inflammatory compounds produced by cells isolated from cartilage.

Increase Your Oxygen Intake

Exercise is great way to increase oxygen flow. However, the cold winter weather can make it challenging to get daily exercise. Research shows that eating organic pomegranate seeds and drinking pure pomegranate juice can increase oxygen levels to the heart and skin cells, making the skin look fresh and smooth–without having to hit the gym!

Minimize Cultural Stress

A study found that having pomegranate juice every day resulted in lower stress hormones and a reduction in blood pressure, which leads to healthier, happier skin. Volunteers in the study reported feeling less distressed and more enthusiastic in their general well-being after consuming pomegranate juice.

Boost Your Natural SPF

Many people think that sun damage is only prevalent during summer months, yet the sun’s harmful UV rays can damage skin even through overcast weather. One of the most important foods to combat sun damage is pomegranate, which contain polyphenols, like ellagic acid. Murad’s clinical trials show roughly a 25% improvement in SPF when a pomegranate extract supplement is added to a diet because it boosts natural sunscreen levels. If topical sunscreen also contains pomegranate extract, there is an additional improvement in SPF by 20%. Studies have also shown the application of pomegranate to the skin minimizes the risk of developing skin cancer.

Help Banish Breast Cancer

Murad recently partnered with City of Hope to help raise funds for breast and women’s cancers research, education and treatment. So it only makes sense that the internationally acclaimed hospital would find the pomegranate to be as amazing of a superfruit as Murad did. City of Hope researchers identified six chemicals in the pomegranate that suppress aromatase — a substance in the body that helps produce estrogen. About 70 percent of breast cancers need estrogen to grow, so pomegranate is a prime candidate as a breast-cancer-blocking super food. Other scientists have also detected two substances in the fruit with the potential to fight both colon cancer and diabetes.


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