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Getting to Know Lord Gavin McLeod-Valentine Who Gets Celebrities The Perfect Awards Look

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Award Season is the time of the year when all celebrities step out on the red carpet looking absolutely flawless. Wonder how you too can achieve that seamless skincare look. Lord Gavin McLeod-Valentine’s go-to secret beauty-weapon is giving secrets you can do from home @lordgmv  

Cultivating a desirable client list that includes Kim Kardashian-West, Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore, Allison Janney, Amanda Seyfried, Laura Linney and Susan Sarandon, amongst others, Gavin has ensured our favorite stars have looked nothing less than ageless on both the red-carpet and both TV and Movie Screens. Gavin recently achieved international attention as the on-set facialist for both Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham-Carter on Netflix’s powerhouse royal drama– The Crown.

What makes Gavin so popular, and indeed led to him being crowned “King of Red-Carpet Skin-Prep” by Elle Magazine, was the combination of the Intraceuticals Oxygen Facial followed by his own signature rhythmic facial massage technique. When paired together, clients both famous and unknown achieve an other-worldly glow, with contours clearly lifted and shifted, leading to a quantifiably younger visage.

The Intraceuticals oxygen facial has achieved almost iconic status in the Hollywood beauty circles, for its instant ability to deeply hydrate the skin, while simultaneously using a proprietary micro-weight of Hyaluronic Acid to not only surge the skin with moisture but deliver highly concentrated actives, vitamins, peptides and nourishers to create long-term improvement to the skin. Using oxygen as a delivery system, the Intraceuticals serums are able to travel deeper than they would topically go, while the naturally therapeutic qualities of oxygen; anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory, provides a cool resuscitating blast to the skin to calm, soothe and perfect.

With no downtown – the intraceuticals oxygen facial is the only facial that doesn’t wash off and is ideal directly before makeup application for optimum results.

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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The Ultimate Wellness Summer Guide

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Summer is about to kick off in a gorgeous way.

Our ultimate wellness guide this season has been carefully curated with top editor picks that will bring you bliss. From beauty products to health companies, we have brought together a list of outstanding items that will shine as bright in your life as the summer sun.

For the Perfect Summer Manicure –

Radiant Cosmetics viral Nail Growth Oil lives up to all the hype.

Founder and TikTok influencer Ruth Ismayelyan and her vegan brand have overwhelmingly captivated beauty enthusiasts for good reason. Her cuticle oil has a unique formulation that after using in a week creates a noticeable difference. Nails look shinny and they start to grow in stronger. The results are really that quick. Nourishing your nails has never been easier and the vitamins in the formula also give a great boost to your overall nail health.

Ruth’s brand has also expanded to lipsticks, lip liners, and lash and brow serums. Products are cruelty-free, paraben-free, vegan, and non-GMO.

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Glow Up with Anastasia Beverly Hills Beauty Balm

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Glow up! This is the ultimate beauty find.

To use the first-ever B.B. Cream in stick form, blending skincare and makeup with 8 ingredients for a radiant complexion is like waving a magic wand over your face. It sizzles with a dash of whimsical joy and everlasting effect is breathtaking.

Sheer to light coverage for a natural, glowing look comes with just a swipe – yes a simple swipe and a blend creates a divine look that will engulf you in true and divine beauty that you will forever appreciate. No skills needed. No over the top qualifications. Just blend on your skin and discover a simple product with over 4000 swipes for every stick that paints a simply gorgeous portrait on you every single time.

Feel the glow with a simply wonderful effect of glow, moisture, definition, shape and perfect pigmentation every single time you use it on every little part of your face.

Stated perfectly by the OG beauty specialist and ABH President Claudia Soare: Beauty Balm is the introduction to the future of skincare for ABH. I wanted to create something that bridges the gap between ABH and the clean customer, the intent is to welcome that customer while still being ourselves. Beauty Balm is not a 
stick foundation; it is literally tinted skin care in a stick for the first time ever. It has all the same attributes as a BB cream, 
while being in a stick form that makes it super easy to apply
at home or on-the-go. Think of it like a skincare-makeup
hybrid, it is a treatment product that happens to be tinted. It’s 
the easiest, simplest makeup that makes you look great in
two seconds. The portable component really caters to quick
and easy application. You can literally apply it in the car, it’s
that easy. You just apply it directly to skin and blend with 
fingertips, it’s like applying skincare, no brush required. It 
gives you a natural, fresh-faced look, truly the perfect ‘no 
makeup makeup’ product. I can’t wait for you to try it.”

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Getting Ready for Oscars – Red Carpet Skin with Biophora

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The Academy Awards are less then two weeks away and for many that means getting red carpet ready.

It is a time of great joy, but there are also many sleepless nights and stress which can be harmful to skin. A great solution to get your complexion ready to shine beautifully on the scene is with Biophora.

We tried their at-home products designed to reduce bacteria buildup and loosen debris that clogs the pores. The goal of the brand is to increase cellular turnover resulting in normally functioning pores, which are able to release the flow of oil. In less than two weeks there was a visible notice. Skin was clearer without irritation or dry out, which often happens with products when you are trying to get rid of acne or breakouts.

The Biophora Acne/Oily Kit is perfect and includes day and night treatments with:

We interviewed Biophora President Madeline Wolkove and were thrilled with her feedback and inspirational advice on how to achieve great skin this season.

More and more adults seem to have acne issues. The change in environment and more factors lend to it. Why do you think your
product is so revolutionary to help adults in this day and age?

The Biophora Acne protocol / “recipe” has been developed in a way that reduces the frequency and severity of acne over time. Our protocol uses topical exfoliants like AHA’s, BHA’s digestive Enzymes and Retinol to loosen the stickiness or “glue” that holds dead skin cell together, increasing the turnover rate and allowing for these cells to be exfoliated from and out of the pore more rapidly. The results of this is that normal
functioning pores that are able to release the flow of oil.


What are the top three things that make your product line stand out above others in the same category?

The top three things that make Biophora unique in this space are:

1) Our line has the highest % of acids for home use on the market.
-our protocols have been designed to stack acids like – Glycolic, Salicylic , Kojic Ferulic and have them work in a synergistic manner to exfoliate, brighten, smooth and reduce the appearance of crepiness, blemishes , rough texture ,sun damage and age spots.

2) Biophora is an extremely affordable technically advanced skin care line – was built on the principle that anyone can attain healthy, toned and more youthful looking skin.

Clean and high percentage of effective ingredients represent the majority of the line. An example of this is: Pure C- This is our Vitamin C which has one main ingredient 100% pure topical vitamin C – this retails for $68.
Multivitamin Freeze Mask – is a clay-based mask rich in Collagen, Elastin and Vitamins A, E, C, D3, K and B Complex – this retails for $66
Bioactive Gel – an effective gel to be used every day to Brighten, lighten and reduce hyperpigmentation and the appearance of acne scarring. This
contains Glycolic , Salicylic acids and Arbutin. – this retails for $68

3) The Synergistic effect of our products being stacked

The entire line was created in collaboration with doctors, plastic surgeons and dermatologists to leverage science to improve the effectiveness of ingredients being used in combination with each other to develop superior results.

The line seems to masterfully understand the balance between the need to clarify and moisturize skin at same time?

Biophora was developed as a very balanced line. Our main objective is to stimulate cell turnover while periodically increasing acid percentage to drive a deeper treatment safely and consistently. This helps to bring up and rid dead melanocytes to the surface of the skin – making replenishment and repair
more effective. For example, our Normal/Element Exposed and Acne/Oily kits our systematically designed to increase acid percentage with the first three products in the regime, starting from 1% glycolic in our Bioactive Cleanser, 3% in our Bioactive Solution and 8% in our Bioactive Gel. This is then followed by the remaining products in the kit providing the nourishment, hydration, and protection that the epidermis needs after cell
turn over has taken place.

The goal is to create a synergistic balance of cell renewal and replenishment catered for each individual person. Due to the wide variety of products our line offers, we have the ability to prescribe very specific and appropriate treatment plans geared for every skin type and condition. Our DermaRich Moisturizer is one of our best-selling items and is rich in peptides and vitamins, while Antibac Veil is a more light-weight cream that works amazingly to absorb oil, clear congestion and mattify the skin. Acids can be increased or subsided due to sensitivity levels – ranging from products such as Gentle AHA Cream
with 6% lactic acid to our AHA Active Gel with 10% glycolic acid. The beauty of our line is that it is extremely versatile to create the perfect regime for any type of skin issue or concern. One size does not fit all when it comes to skincare.


Your products are gentle. Why is it important for consumers to have something that fits the needs of sensitive skin – even if they don’t think they have it. The older I get the more sensitive I am to products that are not good – this is great for me in just one night – felt a nice difference in the morning.

As we age, the skin begins to thin. We lose adipose tissue, collage production declines and elasticity tend to break down. This will naturally happen to everyone which will automatically increase sensitivity, even if

most of our lives we’ve never experienced any sensitivity issues.

It is important to understand the difference between sensitivity caused from aging, a product causing it or a natural allergic reaction to ingredients. Biophora has taken all of these factors into deep consideration by providing a line that is free of gluten, parabens,
hydroquinone, triclosan and added fragrances. We have scientifically implemented safer, yet effective skin lightening agents such as arbutin, kojic acid and licorice root extract that are all derived from natural sources. These ingredients are proven safer, without compromising their incredible efficacious abilities.


For getting ready for Oscars Week, using a product for a few weeks can make a difference normally or course with constant use. What would be your top recommendations for someone using your product to get ready for a big event in a few weeks or a month using your products, especially to get clearer skin and red carpet ready?

The objective here is to show up to the Oscars with plump and
glowing skin. Based on your skin type my recommendation is that you commit to one of our protocols by starting one of our Skin System Kits. They have been designed to accommodate all major skin conditions – Element Exposed / Aging, Sensitive Skin, Rosacea and Acne. Ideally, you would want to start this skin system 3-4 weeks out and incorporate the use of our Pure C daily to this as well as our Enzyme Exfoliator and
Multivitamin Freeze mask weekly. With just these few products and simple protocol your complexion will be brightened, smoothed, and plumped.

With the Oscar’s coming up you will already notice a difference.
For the day of the Oscar’s, if you can’t get into your Esthetician, we have created a home “Awards Show or Party Prep At Home” treatment that you can do before you go to get your hair and makeup done.

Here are the steps for the day of: The Party Prep Kit
In a rush for the party? This quad of incredibly crafted products developed by Canadian Estheticians is a fast and effective super-charged boost for your skin! This can be utilized to prep your face prior to makeup application for a big night out. The Party Prep kit includes the Biophora Bioactive Solution, Biophora Enzyme Exfoliator, Biophora Multivitamin Freeze Mask, and Biophora Derma Rich Moisturizer. With regular use, this at home combination will leave your skin bright and healthy all awards season long.

Bioactive Solution – A skin toning conditioner with 3% Glycolic Acid and a blend of de- congesting botanicals such as Eucalyptus Oil, Vitamin C and Kojic Acid mean to help lighten, brighten, and support anti-oxidization.

Biophora Enzyme Exfoliator – A gentle and powerful blend of Fennel, Pineapple, and Papaya fruit enzymes with exfoliating Mineral beads to enzymatically dissolve debris and promote cellular turnover. Your skin is sure to look smooth with a beautiful glow!

Biophora Multivitamin Freeze Mask – A revitalizing clay-based mask with Collagen, Vitamins and Elastins. This not only soothes the skin, but also hydrates, reduces inflammation, and brightens the skin. A bonus is that it is also easy to remove once the mask dries down.

Biophora Derma Rich Moisturizer – Dense in nutrients and advanced hydration, this luxurious moisturizer contains Green Tea, Grape Seed Extract and; Vitamin E. It is perfect to plump and nourish while calming Chamomile will help to soothe the skin.

Lastly, we would be remiss if we did not mention our Golden Glo for the day of the Oscars – Take this serum to your makeup artist and let them do their magic with it. Not to mention, the cocktail of vitamins A, B, & D3 along with Hyaluronic Acid will no doubt give you that celebrity glow!

 

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Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents Goes Live

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Photo of Govner of Govner Leather, celebrity tattoo artist Friday Jones, Suzanna Bowling and celebrity hairstylist Eddie Wunderlich.

“Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents Goes Live”, is a new show that will be filmed live every Wednesday from 5 – 6 in the lobby of the iconic Hotel Edison, before a live audience. We will run the video on our site every Thursday. Our world premiere episode happened this Friday February 9th to encompass Fashion Week. Our next episode will be filmed live on Wednesday February 14th.  As of the 15th we will also be an international podcast.

I am so grateful to my guests celebrity hair stylist Eddie Wunderlich, celebrity tattoo artist Friday Jones and Govner of Govner Leather. Thank-you Magda Katz for videoing and creating the content, the audience who showed up to support us, Rommel Gopez and The Hotel Edison for their kindness and hospitality.

We hope to see you there.

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The Beautiful Artistry of Abosoyoki

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The perfect facial experience is found in the heart of Manhattan. When you discover the divine artistry of Abosoyoki you will find yourself on an elevated adventure and glorious way to discover the treasure of beautiful skin.

The splendid skincare studio, located at Madison Square Park, was founded by Soyoki Abo. The  aesthetician and certified beautician is a one-of-kind entrepreneur who holds rich knowledge of what it takes to establish and maintain wonderful skin. She is passionate about her dedicated work and a first meeting will demonstrate her keen sensibilities.

Walking into her work space the stress of the city streets slowly melts away. You are embraced in the glowing warmth of her presence. Comforting and soulful, her one room office is like the atelier of a great artist or fashion designer who knows the small details really matter.

Once you are in session, her magic touch takes over. It dominates the mood in a positive way. The production and her method goes beyond just the way she touches you or uses her equipment. The pinnacle of her work is breathtaking and soars higher than many in her field. It is because her method is based on her love of helping others discover great skin blended with a background of influential family affairs.

She will tell you how her search for great health and wellness began with the way her grandmother helped care for her as well as how she watched her mother and sister delving into ways to expand their horizons. All the moments reflect on her need to find and use products on clients that are fundamentally based on clean living. It has pushed her to search the world for products that fundamentally represent her core values and beliefs that every person should feel confident, beautiful, and empowered, and is passionate about the art of beauty. Just one example is how on a trip from Italy she found a small business that sold an olive oil balm that she feel in love with due to it being a great moisturizer. She ended up buying several and now uses it on clients.

Soyoki and her studio are different for those intimate reasons as much as the fact that she knows how to make your skin different if you have problems. It is a bespoke experience with this amazing artist – this amazing sculptor of grand skin.

Offering a variety of facials and other beauty treatments to help people look and feel their best, she makes time to personalize to each session and patiently reviews client skin type and need  to keep skin healthy and radiant.

Each personalized facial is customized for the individual’s skin type, plus she offer tips to keep skin healthy and radiant long after you leave her magical studio until the next session.

Some of Soyoki’s treatments include:

●  Personalized Facial Massage ($135) – The skin is a very emotional organ. This relaxing, nourishing, and restorative 50-minute facial massage experience is flexible, as needed based on the clients’ skin concerns and needs.

Microneedling ($350) – Known as collagen induction therapy, this uses tiny needles to create micro channels into the skin, stimulating the dermis and boosting collagen. The treatment is infused with Hyaluronic Acid, which retains moisture in the skin. The skin is pre-treated with topical numbing cream as this is an invasive treatment. Dermaplaning and LED Light Therapy are beneficial add-ons for this treatment.

Dermaplaning ($115) – This treatment uses a sterile scalpel blade to gently exfoliate the top layer of skin manually, always removing peach fuzz. It helps makeup go on smoother, and moisturizer/serums penetrate deeper. It can help reduce the appearance of acne scars or pitted skin.

Keratin/Lash & Brow Lift/Tint ($85) – A lash/brow lift is an all-natural, semi-permanent procedure that gives you the appearance of fuller, thicker lashes/brows without the use of any leave-on chemicals or extensions. The natural hairs are boosted from the root, giving them a lifted, lengthened appearance. (For more info on the difference between the two, click here.)

Eyelash Extensions ($140) – Eyelash extensions are semi-permanent lashes that are hand-glued on top of your natural lashes. They are applied to each of your individual natural eyelashes (one extension per natural eyelash). Abosoyaki offers a variety of extension lengths, curl patterns, and qualities so clients can customize their look.

Eyebrow Microblading ($500) – Microblading is a cosmetic tattooing procedure that fills in thin eyebrow areas to make them look fuller. Unlike a traditional tattoo, which is permanent, the coloring from microblading may last for up to 3 years. Microblading uses different tools and a smaller amount of pigment than the traditional tattoo.

To schedule your own incredible session, please visit HERE. Your skin will forever thank you.

 

 

 

 

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