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With the summer in full swing we took some time to test brands that stood the test of time from sun up to sun down.

Milk Makeup Sunshine Skin Tint SPF 30: Calling all city girls and gals! This roll-on application that protects you skin just makes you giggle with joy when you put it on. I mean how smart and it’s the thing we didn’t know we needed until we had.

A sheer, clean skin tint with SPF 30 sunscreen and hydrating skincare ingredients that quickly evens out your skin tone for weightless coverage and a radiant glow. The formula is vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, silicone-free, and gluten-free. Available in 14 shades on MilkMakeup.com for $42. Find a shade that matches your skin with ease. We love this!

 

Biossance Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen:

Brand ambassador Reese Witherspoon has been proudly promoting this line that we have also taken a small place in our heart for. If you are prone to breakouts – and who isn’t over the summer – this is a must. Protect your skin without issue!

 

This lightweight, deeply hydrating, and Squalane-rich clean sunscreen is a daily healthy-skin favorite of the stars from coast to coast. Its powerfully invisible formula blends in for all skin tones fast and without leaving a trace, giving you a soft, dewy finish. Available on Biossance.com for $30 (50ml/1.7oz).

 

JLo Beauty That Big Screen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Moisturizer:

Another big star who shines as bright as the sun itself is having us sing loud and proud this summer with her skincare line.

Jennifer Lopez’s luxurious, luminizing moisturizer that blocks UVA/UVB rays, street pollutants, free radicals, and blue light damage does it all  while delivering a smoother, dewier, glowier complexion. Instantly, you’ll achieve that Jennifer Lopez glow. Available on JLoBeauty.com for $54 (1.7oz). Get your girl power on and get this!

 

Pipette Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50:

And for you and the whole family try this brand that always proves to be a refreshing product on the market. It protects young to old all while being ever so gentle to your precious skin. You don’t have to be a kid to have fresh skin to look like one!

A baby-friendly, family loved SPF 50 sunscreen that uses 100% mineral, non-nano zinc oxide for broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection. It’s lightweight, fast-absorbing, and formulated with Squalane for extra hydration. Available on PipetteBaby.com for $15 (4 fl oz).

 

Cover art by CHUTTERSNAP on Unsplash

ElizaBeth Taylor is a journalist for Times Square Chronicles and is a frequent guest at film, fashion and art events throughout New York City and Los Angeles due to her stature as The Sensible Socialite.Passionate about people ElizaBeth spent many years working as a travel reporter and television producer after graduating with high honors from University of Southern California. The work has afforded her the opportunity to explore Europe, Russia, South America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. It has greatly influenced the way in which ElizaBeth sees a story and has created a heightened awareness for the way people around the world live today.

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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!

 

Cover art by  Oliver Johnson on Unsplash

 

 

 

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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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PHYTO Hosts Dazzling Night of Beauty

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PHYTO USA elevated the world of beauty this month during a luxurious soiree in Manhattan this week.

Guests gathered in Midtown and were gloriously beautified inside and out during a lavish affair that showcased the brands latest and greatest products as well as newly minted products.

Our favorite of the night was their renowned hair coloring line. It is truly the pop of color you need in your life.

COLOR by PHYTO

This new hair care line for color-treated and highlighted hair targets key essential issues in a 3-step routine:

  1. SETSPigments – Featuring a rice peptide base, selected for its immediate action to prevent color from fading, and rich in amino acids and polysaccharides, this active ingredient works to create a protective sheath around each strand of hair that captures pigments and prevents them from vanishing
  2. PROTECTSColor – This high performance ingredient duo of sunflower extract (rich in phyto-nutrients) and tara tannins, (rich in powerful antioxidants) works to trap free radicals induced by external stress factors, and prevents pigments from fading and highlights from changing color (such as turning green), while ensuring more vibrant shade.
  3. NURTURESthe Hair Fiber – Thanks to Karanja oil, composed of fatty acids (Omega 6 and 9) and flavonoids, which intensely cares for color-treated hair, it nourishes and repairs sensitized hair fiber, while reinforcing the hydrolipidic film. Also known for its ability to absorb part of the UV rays, Karanja oil offers impressive photo protection to extend color’s radiant sheen.

PHYTO’s new COLOR routine includes:

  • COLOR Anti-Fade Shampoo($22) – Delicately removes accumulated dirt from hair fiber and is ultra-gentle on color pigments. It leaves color-treated and highlighted hair clean, lightweight and luminous.
  • COLOR Radiance Enhancer Conditioner($26) – To be used after the Anti-FadeShampoo, this fluid conditioner not only makes detangling easier, but also provides remarkable shine from the very first application. Color-treated and highlighted hair is easy to style, and the color appears increasingly luminous.
  • COLOR Extend Mask ($35)– Optimize shine with this lavish treatment that completes the haircare routine with a two-fold long-term promise: lasting color and beautiful hair fiber. Its high concentration in active ingredients protects and revives pigment intensity, while deeply repairing sensitized hair. It leaves color-treated and highlighted hair looking stronger, healthier, beautiful and shiny for several weeks.

Here is to creating your own colorful life of beauty today!

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Friday Jones Flash of Inspiration Launch blends the Art of Tattoo with Astrology at The Life of Riley Studio

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Photo “The Big Talk Academy” founder, Tricia Brouk and Friday Jones (Photo Credit: Vital Agibalow)

Celebrity tattoo artist Friday Jones triumphant New York City return after a global career expansion now has her in 2024 on a mission to continue to lead the industry with renowned artistry and game changing standards. The rich tapestry of her profession over the decades is both notable and admirable with even more facts now to elevate her status. 

Holiday Mathis and Friday Jones with Guests (photo credit: Noelle Muñoz)

Return to her artisan roots in New York City to one of her original stomping grounds in the Chelsea neighborhood, Friday joins forces with The Life of Riley, a “beauty and beyond” co-working space where her private studio is located. At The Life Of Riley Friday maintains some of the highest standards set by New York City and regulated by the Department of Health as well as little-known industry standards. Such notable protocols include asking potential clients to wait two weeks before fully deciding on committing to getting questionable spontaneous tattoos as part of the movement to promote higher work ethics in the field by all skin artisans in the city.  

Expanding her business to new horizons, Friday unveiled the latest extension of her burgeoning work with the launch of “Flash of Intuition.” A one-of-a-kind, intuitively crafted fine art package with renowned Astrologer and author of “Rock Your Stars,” Holiday Mathis.  Inspired by a popular tattoo industry term, “Flash Of Intuition” includes an 8×10 hand-detailed collaborative fine art piece based on a significant date and printed on Hahnemuhle fine art paper. Also included in the package is a 15-minute bespoke meditation audio file and a remarkable tattoo stencil artwork that a favorite tattoo artist can use to bring the bespoke tattoo to life.

Stacey Smoker owner of Life of Riley (photo credit: Vital Agibalow)

The event debuted the unique interactive experience with Friday and Holiday where invited guests enjoyed a fascinating discussion weaving mysticism, tattooing and symbolic meanings in life. The Life of Riley hosted the event with special guest Tricia Brouk, founder of “The Big Talk Academy”, who acted as emcee during the inspirational evening. In addition to charcuterie and curated cocktails, guests received content creator-inspired Inspiration Cards created by Friday and Holiday specially for the Flash Of Intuition launch attendees.

For more details of Flash of Inspiration, please visit www.flashofintuition.shop

Friday Jones is a trailblazing tattoo artist, known for her exceptional talent and innovative approach to the art of tattooing. With a client list that reads like a who’s who of award-winners, supermodels, and world leaders, Friday has left an indelible mark on the industry. Her work has graced album covers and even iconic guitars, making her a true luminary in the world of tattoo artistry.

Bookings for Friday are available Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays between 11:00am and 6:00pm at The Life of Riley located at 163 West 22nd Street New York, NY 10011. 

For more information, please visit www.fridayjones.net and www.thelifeofrileynyc.com

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