Thursday, February 9, 2017

Cyberderm wages war on harmful effects of the sun

Canadian company creates efficacious sunscreens that are safe for everybody

by Patti Pietschmann

Think of the sun as 'beauty and the beast'.  While a tan makes everyone look more attractive and healthy, getting one by sitting in the sun is quite beastly and harmful. Not only does overexposure to rays speed up the aging of skin  (translated sun spots, wrinkles and lines) it has been known to cause skin cancer (been there done that and have scars to prove it). Enter Cybederm, a Canadian company that caught my attention via an email because of how effective and efficacious its products sound.  Hardly new to the business Cyberderm has been around since 2008 years.   It was founded by Canadian doctors Denis Dudley and Sharyn Laughin who say the company is dedicated to creating products that feature the latest and best advances in formulations back by medical professionals. The company sent me two products to try: 

Every Morning Sun Whip  a great facial sunscreen with a cashmere matte finish that you apply it to the face, neck, chest and hands daily! Zinc oxide provides consistent and photo-stable protection against UVB and UVA rays. It’s soothing and calming to the skin, which is why mothers apply zinc oxide to their babies’ bottoms. This 15% zinc oxide and 7.5% encapsulated octinoxate blend applies invisibly and smoothly to the skin. It provides just the right amount of hydration for many but pairs nicely with our H20 Hydration. It is also perfect for those with combination, oily or acneic skin. This is an essential for both young and mature skin and provides essential daily protection. Category: , price $38..

Simply Zinc Sun Whip a pure, physical sunscreen the Simply Zinc Sun WhipTM   contains 22% certified organic Zinc Oxide in a rich and hydrating olive base. It applies smoothly and invisibly while it absorbs quickly without leaving a shiny finish. It is perfect for those looking for more hydration or for those with sensitive skin. It is also a great facial sunscreen for women with melasma or hyperpigmentation, by providing strong and consistent protection against UVB and UVA rays. The anti-oxidants provided by the olive oil base and the inclusion of tetrapeptides also make this a great anti-aging sunscreen.
Category: , price $38.

Since  I am now in Los Angeles, California where it has been raining cats and dogs I can't effectively test the products but will as soon as the sun also rises. I am also bringing them on our next trip to Maui where we spend a month a year and need to protect ourselves from sun damage. Remember I have suffered surgery to remove skin cancers, it's no fun. So practice safe sun at all times.

Best in beauty for 2016-17 from IT to the Valley and Beverly Hills

How to stay glam in the New York with the right cosmetics and stylists 

By Patti Pietschmann

Yes let's hear it for It Cosmetics, my number 1 standout of 22016  for constantly creating a collection of products designed to make every woman look beautiful and ageless--especially Bye Bye Foundation, a moisturizer, cover-up and age-defender in one tube. Thanks to Jamie the company continues to impress and produce products from skincare to makeup that have revolutionized the beauty industry.
Hair, hair
For fabulous hair we pick Pureology and Redken that keeps on giving us products that voluminize, silken, had shine, add vibrant color, protect and maintain our manes. Then there are independent super talented  beauty caregivers such as Nelson J

of Beverly Hills, super 'chill'  Tammy Kranzo (818-347-1900 and 818-384-9256) of Lusk Woodland Hills, rocks the hair styling profession. She's your go to girl for Brazilian Blowouts, make-overs, and customized colors and cuts--all at reasonable fees.

Over the mountains to Beverly Hills   Debi Dumas and Alina Ratta

of  Rosano Ferretti of Beverly Hills  are two  hair gurus we can't live without to keep us looking super glam with color, styles, trims and cuts. Debie does color, Alina does the rest and they rock it.

Hair after Debi and Alina work their mane magic

Debi Dumas and Alina Ratta are a dynamic duo of hair stylists, Debi does color, Alina works magic with cuts and treatments such as Keratin and Brazilians and more

Day Spa superstars

Cheers to skin, body and face-saving spas such as the petite and so effective Le Jolie Medi Spa
Me having a treatment at Le Jolie Medi Spa
of Studio City which offers non-invasive solutions that are skin changers.
Le Jolie Medi Spa
The intimate Larchmont Sanctuary where we had some of the best facials and massages of 2016. The spas at Montage Beverly Hills, Peninsula Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills Hotel, Four Seasons and Hotel Bel-Air where you can unwind and relax in elegance with head to toe beauty treatments.

No skincare regimen is complete without Le Mieux, another beauty company that keeps on creating new exciting products to hold back the hands of time on our faces. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Get to the root of your problem with Redken with 'hair raising' solutions

Wave goodbye to bad hair days with these technologically advanced product

By Patti Pietschmann

Having more than your share of bad hair days? Perhaps it's a just a matter of getting to the root of the problem which could mean you need to change shampoo and other haircare products. Enter Redken's next generation of innovative products that focus on  different levels of the hair – from the root to the core to the tip.  Redken addresses each of these needs with super targeted, customized technology such as NEW RCT PROTEIN COMPLEX-- a smart, multi-targeted delivery system that has a trio of  proteins that attract to where the hair needs them most, delivering custom nourishment to the root, the core and the tip.

There's also the newly upgraded  All Soft, Color Extend Magnetics and Extreme, and the crowning jewel, the new Mega Mask --which features a dual chamber design with two different formulas that combine during application to create the ultimate “multi-tasking mask” experience. The secret? Combining the deep conditioning of a mask with the long-lasting benefits of an extender. “Not a single client’s hair is exactly alike. With today’s environmental aggressors, coupled with constant styling, I’m constantly recommending different hair regimens to my clients in the chair. New Smart Haircare takes some of the guesswork out of tired, lackluster strands. I’m so proud to use these products on my clients, and again, seeing Redken at the forefront of haircare innovation,” says Rodney Cutler, Redken Brand Ambassador and owner of Cutler/Redken Salons in NYC. “I’ve always been a huge fan of these three haircare lines and I am so glad to see an upgraded technology within these three formulas: it proves that you really can innovate on perfection!”

Redken tress  rescue FAQs 

  • All Soft Shampoo ($16, 10.1oz) cleanses, restores and softens dry, brittle hair. The omega-6 enriched argan oil formulas nourish for intense softness. Hair is silky soft with increased manageability, suppleness and shine.
  • All Soft Conditioner ($17, 8.5oz) detangles, conditions and softens dry, brittle hair. The omega-6 enriched argan oil formulas nourishes for intense softness. Hair is silky soft with increased manageability, suppleness and shine.
  • NEW All Soft Mega Mask ($29, 6.8oz) – just 3 minutes a week will seal in benefits up to 3 washes! This mask is a deep treatment & care extender for dry/brittle hair. Dual chamber design with 2 formulas: a mask for deep, intense conditioning, and a care extender to extend benefits for 3 washes.
  • Extreme Shampoo ($19, 10.1oz) gently cleanses, strengthens and restores distressed hair.
  • Extreme Conditioner ($20, 8.5oz) detangles, strengthens & protects distressed hair leaving it supple and resilient. Hair is left healthy-looking.
  • NEW Extreme Mega Mask ($29, 6.8oz) just 3 minutes a week will seal in benefits up to 3 washes! This mask is a deep treatment & care extender for distressed hair. Dual chamber design with 2 formulas: a mask for deep, intense conditioning, and a care extender to extend benefits for 3 washes.
  • Color Extend Magnetics Shampoo ($19, 10.1oz) has a non-stripping, lightweight, gentle, sulfate-free conditioning cleanser formula that strengthens hair fiber from root to tip with soft, flexible results. Contains amino-ions to help seal in color.
  • Color Extend Magnetics Conditioner ($20, 8.5oz) features an easy detangling formula that leaves you with a softer, smoother, and more conditioned feel. Contains high levels of amino-ions to help seal in color. Sulfate-Free.
  • NEW Color Extend Magnetics Mega Mask ($29, 6.8oz) just 3 minutes a week will seal in benefits up to 3 washes! A deep treatment & care extender for color-treated hair. Dual chamber design with 2 formulas: a mask for deep, intense conditioning, and a care extender to extend benefits for 3 washes.
Where to buy: at

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A dynamic hair styling duo makes mane miracles at Rossano Ferretti in Beverly Hills

Debi and Alina are the super stylist team to see at this chic salon

By Patti Pietschmann
They are the gurus of coif, mane masters, two female hair stylists who work in tandem to turn dull-looking hair into the silky strands.  First Debi perfoms a masterful color transformation then  Alina painstakingly applies a Keratin treatment followed by a necessary bang and ends trimming. The women have been friends for 16 years and have worked as a team at three top Beverly Hills salons where they amassed a large celebrity following (as well as the rest of us) in the shops as well as home calls. Both have also worked backstage on television and have clients who fly them in private jets to Europe and the Kentucky Derby. They are that talented and sought-after. After Debi redid my color to make it more vibrant and healthier looking, Alina began the Keratin Complex process. The whole appointment took a little more than two hours but then I was taking photos and schmoozing. I  highly recommend this service is you want straight and shiny hair that's easy to manage (since I travel frequently this was a big selling point).
Hair after Debi and Alina are done

Salon Scenes

My dry, listless hair before Debi and Alina worked their magic, yuck

A selfie at Rossano Ferretti

 Yes there is a Rossano Ferretti who operates 23 salons around the world. The friendly, bustling, stylish Beverly Hills facility is located at 345 N. Canon Drive, 310-598-6780.  When you book an appointment with Debi and Alina tell them Patti sent you.

 And if you go for the Keratin Complex Treatment you need to follow up by not getting your hair wet or pining it up or wearing a pony tail  for three days after and then rinsing it for seven minutes then putting on a special mask for five or ten minutes after which you're free to roam around the world carefree without having to worry about any bad hair days ahead, at least for six months or so.

Go glam for Valentine's Day with IT Cosmetics makeup collection

Put your best face forward for the most romantic day of the year

by Patti Pietschmann

I must admit to loving IT Cosmetics and if you haven't tried IT  yet what are you waiting for?  The popular cosmetics company has a full line of makeup and skincare products designed to keep women looking great. 

And for the big V-Day date, or anytime, IT can give you a big beauty boost with makeup such as  Je Ne Sais Quoi™  which pops with pink – one swipe on the lips and cheeks is all you need to look perfectly polished day or night! Other glam enhancers include:

NEW! Bye Bye Pores Blush™ $24--in IT's coveted shade – Je Ne Sais Quoi™! This award-winning Bye Bye Pores™ formula is infused with optical-blurring pigments which instantly diffuse the look of pores and discoloration! It’s filled with skin-loving ingredients like anti-aging silk, hydrolyzed collagen, antioxidants and peptides which will give you a youthful flush.
This palette includes four must-have, talc-free powder formulas that instantly enhance and brighten your features: new Sunshine in a Compact™ Matte Bronzer, new Perfect Lighting™ Luminizer, new Bye Bye Pores Blush™, and award-winning Bye Bye Pores Pressed™ Poreless Finish Airbrush Pressed Powder.
This ultra-hydrating formula locks in moisture and reacts with the warmth of your lips to create your perfect flush of color!
Defines your lips while keeping your favorite lipsticks and glosses in place—can also be used as your all-over matte stain!
Glides on like a lightweight serum, drenching your lips in intense hydration and rich pigment that lasts all day.
Delivers high shine and 50% less stain than the original for softer, sheerer color that’s equally as beautiful.
Hydrates your skin while delivering a naturally pretty pop of pink to your lips and cheeks.
Combines your balm, gloss, stain and lipstick into one lip-loving formula that doesn’t come off until you take it off!
Smooths on nourishing, highly pigmented color that blurs away lip lines and evens your lip tone for a younger-looking smile.
The hydrating, color-correcting crème formula gives your cheeks a vitality-filled flush that lasts!
This best-selling powder blush doubles as your highlighter, and transforms your skin with a matte-to-radiant flush of color!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Have I told you lately that I love iT and you will too

And iT's now available in Sephora grab your Color-Infused Skincare now

By Patti Covello Pietschmann

It's a game-changer that fixes facial flaws. The Color-Infused Skincare from iT Your Bye Bye Exclusives only at Sephora gives you  the 'I own it' look. Don't worry if you have a line here, a wrinkle there, a sun spot, iT can hide them so  you can go out on that hot date or audition confidently  looking pretty as an Instagram photo or perfect for your selfie. Think of iT look photo  shopping your face by sculpting and erasing.

iT  Bye Bye Under Eye makes you look  years younger for $24; Bye Bye Makeup is a 3 in 1 makeup melting cleansing balm for $38 that strips off the dirt and makeup before bed. Then there's Je Ne Sais Quoi lip treatment $24, a pore primer for $38, a Bye Bye Lines Serum or $58 and for a luxurious finish a CC+Skin-Perfecting Brush for $48 that caresses the skin. #ItsATSephora, tweet it now.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Exciting new beauty products make their bow at Secret Room Events Golden Globes gifting lounge

Sensational new offerings in baby products, oral care, face savers, wellness fill celeb and media swag bags

By Patti Pietschmann 
photo courtesy secret room events 
Swag fests are a big part of  Hollywood Awards Season.  The events are held to honor the nominees as well as  get publicity from the press. Everyone comes away a winner especially last Friday at Secret Rooms Events pre-Golden Globe gifting lounge at SLS Hotel Beverly Hills.  Your Beauty Guru also scored, not just products for herself but some nifty new launches to share with my readers among which are:

AROMABABY--this is a great gift (think Valentine's Day) for new Moms,but adults can use it too. We're talking special baby care products that were first gifted to Sly Stallone's baby Sophia in Melbourne during his trip for the Planet Hollywood opening there in 1997. It was also presented to Princess Mary, Mariska Hargitay, KellyPreston and other celebs prior the Golden Globes swag suite where media such and I and Hollywood invitees also got a bag of goodies.The shampoo and bath gel smells wonderful and leave hair and skin baby soft. Check it out on Facebook at AromababyOrganicBabySkincare.

SPLAT—an oral care brand of water-less toothpaste (as well as the normal kind)  designed to clean, prevent plague, protect from tooth decay, promote gum health and keep your breath smelling fresh for all those Hollywood blow kisses.
Auspect Skin Care—a “try me’ kit was given out that contained Vita A Retinol Facial Serum; Exfol+ Exfoliating Serum; Vita C Skin Brightening Serum and Vita B Damage Control Serum.  Each are packaged in travel-friendly bottles and are intended to produce superstar looking skin.
CelleCle—love this one for the name which means the  key to transformation. But I also love how it smells and feels going on my skin--like it's doing good and I'm sure it is. The products are designed to fight environmental intruders such as pollution, climate extremes and mobile devices and ward off breakouts, dehydration, age spots, fine lines, wrinkles and more. I've been trying them out and LOVE the results. The company has lots of products on its web site.
CoteCHHair Hybird Shampoo an Conditioner –they didn’t give out any info on this product but I will be testing it soon and reporting back on the results.
Mighty No Bitey 100% Insect Repellent—this one couldn’t be more timely with the epidemic of mosquito-borne viruses  (such as the Zika) in tropical areas. It smells nice, contains essential oils and as the bottle says, “is strong enough for tough guys and safe enough for babies.” It’s already packed in my toiletry kit for our next Caribbean cruise (I cover the cruise industry at and on on my Cruise Guru column.

Non F Expert Massage cream by McCoy--created to melt the fat, improve metabolism, reduce bumpiness and tighten saggy skin.  I started bringing it to Crunch and apply it as directed before and after workouts (it's supposed to take a month of uses to see full results).  Let's see if it really gets the job done. Sounds promising especially since it contains what the company calls, "rich anti-aging ingredients" stem cell extract, ozonized oryza sativa (rice), callus culture extract (stem cell) and caviar placenta.

Woda Magic Bamboo & Charcoal Mask that's simply amazing. I actually tested it last night on myself and husband Richard and both our faces sprung to life with a youthful glow (no kidding). Margaret Tomaszewicz of European Skin and Massage Studio's was right on the mark when she told me at the Secret Room Events lounge that this is an awesome mask. She also does facials at the salon at 1333 2nd Street, Santa Monica, California. Call 424-279-9771 for appointments. Tell them Patti, the bodacious beauty guru, sent you.

The Happiness Box is a great gift idea that contains 350  wonderful daily sayings for people to pick much like fortune cookies. Today's handpicked happiness card said, "We are no longer happy so soon as we wish to be happier" by Walter Savage Landor. My husband picked out "They are no dead who live in the hearts they leave behind," which is a A Native American proverb.

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I'm edgy, energetic and esthetic--hey, I'm a Pisces. I'm a prolific writer, published in magazines, newspapers, on the web and in books and travel guides. I'm a beauty, cruise, spa and luxury travel specialist. I'm also really good at writing web copy. I also appear as the Dining Diva occasionally on Rick Dees in the Morning on Movin 93.9 FM, the Mix That Makes You Move.  Happily married (to a talented writer)with no children but one cat. I love writing, reading, traveling, sports and fitness activities (especially hiking, aerobics, gym workouts), movies and life. Blogging's my latest bag.