Beauty Breakthroughs


Fall Into Fabulous!

Embrace the season of change with five fab autumn essentials.

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For Her …

Cast a magical spell - Try Midnight Hour, a striking smoky eye palette by Beautifully Disney. $27.95, exclusive to Disney Parks

Go nude – Body of Royalty lipstick in Flawless glides on effortlessly and gives you a gorgeous pale pout. $14.99,

Banish bad hair days – Arrojo’s PrIMP working spray fights humidity while adding body, texture and grip. $22,

Exude attitudeTaylor by Taylor Swift is the playful and elegant new fragrance by the seven-time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter. $59.50, department and specialty stores

Plump up dull skin - Phytomer’s XMF Perfection Youth Cream is formulated with marine biotechnology and delivers exceptional results. $230.50,

For Him …

Turn up the intensity - Ambre Noir by Yves Rocher is masculine-chic, mixed with a little character and sensuality. $44,

Be a wise guy - Stay outdoors the smart way with TURO SKIN Sport Lotion + Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30. It’s sweat- and water-resistant for up to 80 minutes. $35,

Go LUSH – This stimulating and minty Roots Healthy Scalp Cream is a men’s must-have. It’s great for growth and makes hair strong and shiny. $19.95,

Dread not – This metal blade holder with a laser-etched skull makes Dreadnought “Cut-Throat” Shavette/Straight Razor the coolest shave in town. $20,

Face the facts – Even guys get dull, dry skin. BABOR’s Dynamic Face Moisturizer is an ultra-light gel that reduces shine. $64,




 Sugar Rush

If you’re craving something ultra-decadent, oh my – you are in for a treat! Here are the region’s crush-worthy spa services we’re sweet on.

The Cocoa Facial Experience at The Spa at The Hotel Hershey in Hershey, PA

> The Indulgence: The Cocoa Facial Experience starts with a warm foot bath, then a hair-brushing technique, followed by a citrus cleansing and exfoliation ritual to prime the skin for an edible dark chocolate mask. (Yes, edible!) The mask is first applied to the lips to sample before being painted on the rest of the face, incorporating the senses of taste and smell. The mask is then removed with a soft spatula – yep, just like bakers use! – and a warm towel, creating the aroma of baking brownies. The facial ends with a protective tinted moisturizer to give the skin a cocoa-kissed look. $165 (Mon-Thurs), $175 (Fri-Sun)


The Hot Chocolate Marshmallow Sugar Foot Scrub with a Chocolate Crème Brulee Reflexology Foot Massage at Illusions Hair Salon and Day Spa, Freehold, NJ

> The indulgence: This heavenly service created by certified massage therapist Michelle Flaum will sweep you off your feet. It includes a half-hour warm foot scrub made of shea butter and hot chocolate-flavored sugar, infused with marshmallow extracts. This will exfoliate all the dead skin cells away leaving your feet luxurious and smooth. For the remaining half-hour you will receive a sinfully Chocolate Crème Brulee moisturizing reflexology foot massage. This relaxes and harmonizes the body by acting on reflex points on the feet, helping to release energy blockages and promote healing while the Crème Brulee Soufflé leaves your feet nourished, glowing and revived. $70,      


Hot Fudge Sundae Manicure & Pedicure at The Salon at Lipstick& Lollipops in Mount Sinai, NY

> The Indulgence: Reward yourself (and perhaps a little lady in your life) at The Salon at Lipstick & Lollipops. They serve up a yummy sweet treat for hands and feet! The “Mom and Me” special is their signature service for a perfectly sweet bonding day. One vanilla-flavored bath bomb for the foot soak, a chocolate-flavored sugar scrub, topped off with vanilla-flavored icing lotion. Mmmm, mmmm, good! $30 (for children), $45 (for adults), $60 (Mom & Me),


Chardonnay, Nectar & Honey Couple’s Treatment at Reflections Spa in the Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg, NJ

> The Indulgence: Rejuvenate body and soul with this luxurious, organic, anti-aging Chardonnay, Nectar and Honey treatment. A warm sugar and Manuka Honey scrub polishes the dull, dry skin off arms, hands and feet, while the Chardonnay Grapeseed Oil full-body massage nourishes the skin, delivering powerful antioxidants and easing tension and sore muscles. A skin-satisfying body hydrator is applied after the Nectar Douceur shower to leave the entire body in an unprecedented relaxed state, and giving skin an unimaginable softness. $525 for two,


Crushed Cabernet Scrub at Mirbeau Inn & Spa in Skaneateles, NY (Finger Lakes Wine Country)

> The Indulgence: A blend of grapeseed, honey and brown sugar creates a scrub that invigorates and refines to stimulate microcirculation and drainage of excess toxins. Caudalie’s contouring concentrate and body lotion are then carefully applied to restore skin’s radiance. $140 (Fri-Sun), $130 (Mon-Thurs),




 Ohm in Your Home

Decompress in an instant and add a little ahh-romatherapy to your beauty routine.

Sparkling Lather’s Pink Grapefruit & Ginger Illuminating Crème, $22,

Soothing  b-leve b-calm Stress Relief Neck Wrap, $8.99, stores nationwide 

Beaming Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Baked in Happiness Bronzer, $13.95, stores nationwide

Rejuvenating Bio Follicle Launches Sulfate-Free, Cruelty Free, Vegan Aromatherapy Lemon Grass & Sage Shampoo and Conditioner, $22 (shampoo), $25 (conditioner),

Relaxing  Lavender Sandalwood Calming Body Wash by Dr. Hauschka Skin Care, $22.95,

Shining Lucy B’s ApothecaryTinted Lip Gloss, $18,

Seducing Sara Swanson Skincare’s “Sweet Dreams” Therapeutic Soy Body Candle, $48,

Nourishing Kneipp’s Pure Bliss Bath, $20,

Hydrating  100% Organic Coconut Oil Skin Care Sticks by Skinfare, $9.99 each, 


 All. Systems. Go.

Looking for the latest get-gorgeous gizmos to amp up your beauty arsenal? Give these new goodies the green light:

mē smooth – This smooth operator is FDA-cleared and clinically proven to be safe and effective on all skin types and tones. It’s a bit of a splurge but the at-home device delivers the benefits of professional hair removal that’s quick and easy. Powered by elōs (electro-optical synergy) technology, combining the power of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and Radio Frequency (RF) energies, mē smooth selectively targets the hair follicles and delivers heat deep into the dermis to inhibit hair regrowth. $395 (Pre-loaded with 6,000 pulses), $50 (elōs replacement cartridge), Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, Ulta, Sephora and Space NK, QVC and

Calista Tools Perfecter Heated Round Brush and Complete Spray – Fix flat spots, fly-aways and frizz in a flash. This heated round brush with two temperature settings is designed with ceramic and ionic technology to help add body and shine. It’s the ultimate perfector: The bristles smooth, lift and direct hair, giving hair movement and a sleek salon look. It’s also a simple way to add some waves and curls and, if you’re in a rush, nix bedhead! $88, QVC

PMD Personal Microderm Device & Accessories – Salon exfoliating services are pricey and can really add up over time, which is why we are all for this at-home microdermabrasion device designed to get you glowing without breaking the bank. This device exfoliates and removes superficial layers of dull, dead skin that block the full absorption and delivery of your favorite products like serums and lotions. The exfoliation reduces the skin’s roughness and gradually diminishes the look of uneven skin tone, resulting in a smoother, softer and more radiant appearance. $129, QVC




 Indie Beauty Brands We Love

Can’t find that perfect beauty product? Why not create it? These women did! We’re shining the light on three brazen “beautypreneurs” and the love-worthy brands they launched.


Roberta Perry, Scrubz Body Scrub, Inc.

: 2006

Beautiful idea:
“I was raising three kids and working and became really beauty-lazy. As a result, my skin was dry, itchy and peeling. Early in my 40s I finally discovered exfoliating products. However, like Goldilocks, I became picky, some being too oily, others too drying, too many chemicals, etc., so I decided to make my own. After giving out some jars to friends and family, my sister, Michelle, declared we have to sell it, and came up with the name, Scrubz. Because it was created for personal use, in my kitchen, it was a natural, handmade product. The cool thing is that it still is!”

Why she’s beaming:
“Scrubz took everything I ever loved about business and people and wrapped it around a product line I am proud of, humbled by and use on myself and my family every single day.” 


BELLA Loves: Citrus Burst Natural Sugar Scrub $16,


Paula Ortega, Blast Makeup 


Beautiful idea:
“I’ve been a professional makeup artist for several years and I’ve always had clients from different backgrounds, ages and style tastes that have the same thing in common: They’ve always asked me for a flawless natural look. They’re concerned about being inexperienced using makeup and confused with certain products that are on the market. Taking in their concerns, and having a lot of fun throwing around ideas, shortly after, Blast Makeup was born. Blast Makeup focuses on the everyday natural look of a woman, without overwhelming them with products they don’t need. Looking for something a little more extravagant? Blast Makeup has you covered as well using fewer products to achieve an amazing look.”

Why she’s beaming:
“I love having control over decisions like making our products animal cruelty free. Blast Makeup is 100 percent animal friendly. Lastly, I added my own personality when creating the names of our products which was a blast too! Having a makeup brand is really fun and rewarding and I hope to keep helping women feel and look incredible for a long time!”

BELLA Loves: Blast’s Eye & Lip Primer $18,


Tata Harper, Tata Harper Skincare

: 2010 


Beautiful idea: “I wanted to create a line of skincare that offered true anti-aging results without a single drop of synthetic chemicals. I believe that modern women deserve 100 percent natural and nontoxic products that don’t compromise on luxurious smell, feel and experience or on amazing results. My inspiration for the line was to create what I couldn’t find in the market: A truly effective complete line that didn’t compromise my health with synthetic chemicals, but that still contained powerful new natural skincare technology.”


Why she’s beaming: “I love that every woman that tries my skincare line is one less woman exposed to chemicals in her everyday routine, and that the word on safe, natural beauty is spreading. It’s an inspiring movement to be a part of!”


BELLA Loves: Tata Harper Skincare’s Rejuvenating Serum $150,



 Fall Trends: Healthy Hair That Wows

By Kyle White, Celebrity Colorist at Oscar Blandi

In the same way we switch out our summer clothing for the fashions of fall, we should always adjust our hair color with the change of season. I like to think of hair color as someone’s most important accessory because, unlike a great bag or pair of Jimmy Choo’s, hair color is the one accessory you never take off. Here are some of my tips to consider when prepping color for fall.


Adjust Your Color

Refresh hair color for fall by going slightly darker and warmer. As the sun begins moving further away from the earth and casts a bluer light, golden tones bring warmth back to the skin, especially as we tend to get paler. Deepening color slightly will ensure much-needed contrast between skin and hair. If you get your color done at the salon, ask your colorist to use a gold gloss for added depth and warmth. At-home glosses work well too – try Rita Hazan Foaming color gloss to enhance gold tones. 


Don’t Neglect Hair Health

When hair isn’t healthy it can look dull and lifeless. Add indoor heat and cold temperatures and everything seems to get even drier. Instantly restore radiance to lifeless hair by sleeping with a humidifier. It’s a great way to boost hair’s moisture without weighing it down like some serums and heavy conditioners can.


Treating dry skin and scalp in the cooler months can also strip hair of its vibrancy. Instead of using harsh medicated shampoos all over, try rubbing Vitamin E on the scalp before bed and shampooing in the morning to keep hair shiny and healthy. Simply pierce one or two Vitamin E capsules and squeeze out the oil, then massage into the scalp and hair. Vitamin E is an anti-oxidant and is also reported to increase hair growth. Also remember to just treat the scalp or affected area, there’s no need to lather up your hair and risk ruining your color. Instead first coat hair strands with a heavy conditioner, then rub shampoo only on the affected areas of the scalp. Finish by rinsing and continuing with your normal shampoo and conditioner for color treated hair. You’ll see an immediate difference in both hair health and long-lasting color.  


Turn Winter Hair Woes into “Wows” 

If your sun-kissed highlights have begun to look more solid and all-over blonde from sun exposure, try adding lowlight for a fall pick-me-up that adds dimension back to the hair. Ask your colorist to weave a contrasting color back into the washed-out ends of hair. The waves of lightness and darkness trick the eye into seeing depth, creating the illusion of fullness. Breaking up the solidness of color will also add a flattering contrast between skin and hair. 


In the winter, we tend to see a lot of hair breakage at the nape of the neck from high collars and heavy scarves. Gravitate toward softer fabrics like silk and cashmere that allow hair to slide along the fabric instead of rubbing and breaking. And skip daily shampooing – instead use a dry shampoo. No matter how gentle the cleanser, every washing removes color molecules that keep it vibrant. The scalp’s natural oils are Mother Nature’s deep conditioner. Refresh your style with a dry shampoo like Garnier Volume Extend Instant Bodifier Dry Shampoo.


It’s essential to deep-condition at least once a week in the fall/winter months. I’m a huge fan of essential oils and one of the main reasons is because each type of oil offers its own unique benefits. Olive oil has natural UV-blocking properties and rose oil is great for removing dead skin cells and unclogging hair follicles. It’s a great way to customize your treatment while conditioning the hair. You can add these to your usual hair masque to boost its potency or just use them on their own. My personal favorite is coconut oil because it penetrates two levels of the hair shaft making it long-lasting and very effective. Plus, I just love the smell of coconuts. Simply heat a tablespoon in the microwave, apply it to damp hair and leave on for at least 15 minutes, then shampoo out.


 Bio:  Kyle White is the go-to colorist and confidant of A-list stars. He has an extensive list of NYC-based clients such as Mariah Carey, Julianna Margulies, Tatum O’Neal, Dorothy Hamill, Tracy Pollan, Jane Pratt and Maria Menounos, as well as Manhattan social figures such as Dabney Mercer and Tinsley Mortimer. For more info, visit 


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