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The family-owned and -operated hair care company — 3 sisters and a dad — share stories about their philosophy, their products, and why they have no choice but to give back to women in need…

Sisters was created by Eva, Jo & Doni who are, in fact, sisters. What brought you together to create this line? And your DAD works with you, too?

Well, a number of years ago our dad was tinkering with a shampoo idea.  He’s a very well established scientist in the world of innate immunity. As a family, we grew up testing out his new ideas and projects together. So, one day, he came up with this idea for a shampoo that worked with the scalp and hair’s microbiome. We started using it, and… turns out that the product he created was truly great. So, about a year ago, the three of us decided to initiate a project that allowed us to support Dad’s shampoo (and conditioner), but to also work creatively as sisters. We began playing around with packaging and essential oils that we loved, changed the original formula a little, and came up with Sisters Body! 

Why hair and body care?

Skin and the scalp have such an interesting biology — our skin is an amazing barrier and one of the first lines of defense for our immune system. It is complex and the host of incredible ecosystems!

You ensure that a good portion of your proceeds goes to fund women’s health projects. Tell us about that.

As the political climate shifted in 2017, and the threat to defund Planned Parenthood and other women’s health services became a reality, we wanted to put our money where our mouth was. Two of us work in women’s health — Jo’s a midwife and Eva’s a family doctor — so providing quality health care to women is something to which we have dedicated our lives. Being able to donate a large amount of profits made this project feel exciting, like we were actually making a difference. 

What does your typical day look like? Do you live near one another/work together directly?

We live in different cities on the east coast. The business is based out of Jo’s house in Brooklyn, but we talk and text many, many times a day. Since we all have other full time jobs and families and kids of our own, our typical days are totally nuts!!.We are juggling a million things. but it’s a really amazing opportunity for all of us to be able to create and work together as sisters. 

Can you explain a bit more about the body as a microbiome and how Sisters affects that?

The microbiome, a microscopic ecosystem that lines the surface of our body, is made up of natural oils, peptides and organisms. Our body works really hard to establish a well-balanced, healthy microbiome. We believe that the products we use should enhance, not harm, our body’s wellness. So, by respecting the microbiome of our skin and hair, we feel better and look healthier.  We also formulated our products with a very gentle cleanser that washes your hair and skin but doesn’t strip away all the good oils and peptides our body works so hard to create.

Your biggest inspiration…

Pippi Longstocking! 😉 

If Sisters had a soundtrack, what 5 songs would appear on it?

Alessi brothers – Seabird 

The Roches – Hammond Song 

Jim Croche – Operator 

Bonnie Rait – Love me like a Man 

Lijadu Sisters – Come On Home 

How easy was it to make a biodegradable beauty line? Amazing, by the yay.

That’s where our scientist dad comes in handy! 

The next big thing for Sisters:

Prebiotic, microbiome-friendly deodorant! And hopefully more availability in stores!

Adria is one of the pioneers of a culinary art form known as 'molecular gastronomy'.— AFP pic Adria is one of the pioneers of a culinary art form known as ‘molecular gastronomy’.— AFP pic

MADRID, May 24 — Ground-breaking Spanish chef Ferran Adria said today he planned to open a food laboratory in what used to be his legendary former restaurant El Bulli which he closed in 2011.

The lab, a centre for new gastronomic inventions dubbed el Bulli 1846, will open its doors between June and October 2019, he told AFP.

“For seven years we have done many things to prepare this moment, and now it will be born,” added Adria, considered one of the world’s best chefs.

Adria is one of the pioneers of a culinary art form known as “molecular gastronomy” that uses science to invent new techniques that transform traditional dishes into fun culinary adventures.

His El Bulli restaurant, on the shores of Catalonia’s Costa Brava, served novelties such as gazpacho popsicles and melon caviar.

It was booked months in advance and was ranked the world’s best five times by Restaurant magazine.

When Adria served his last meal at the restaurant in July 2011, he announced he would re-open it three years later as a foundation for culinary experimentation.

“El Bulli has become a monster that had to be tamed and transformed,” he told reporters at the time.

But the renovation works were blocked due to environmental concerns since the former restaurant is located in the Cap de Creus nature park.

Adria then scaled down the project and last week he received permission from municipal authorities to continue with the renovation of the building. — AFP

An illustration of a nuclear bomb exploding in a city.

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An illustration of a nuclear bomb exploding in a city.
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The US government prepares for all sorts of threats, ranging from biowarfare and chemical weapons to volcanoes and wildfires.

But none match the specter of a nuclear explosion.

A small nuclear weapon on the ground can create a stadium-size fireball, unleash a city-crippling blastwave, and sprinkle radioactive fallout hundreds of miles away.

The good news is that the Cold War is over and a limited nuclear strike or a terrorist attack can be survivable (a direct hit notwithstanding). The bad news: A new arms race is likely underway – and one that may add small, portable nuclear weapons to the global stockpile. Lawmakers and experts fear such “tactical” or battlefield-ready devices (and their parts) may be easier for terrorists to obtain via theft or sale.

“Terrorist use of an actual nuclear bomb is a low-probability event – but the immensity of the consequences means that even a small chance is enough to justify an intensive effort to reduce the risk,” the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists said in a September 2017 article, which outlines what might happen after terrorists detonate a crude device that yields a 10-kiloton, near-Hiroshima-size explosion in a city.

A nuclear terrorist attack of this magnitude is one of 15 major disaster scenarios planned for by FEMA and other US agencies. (The same scenario also includes a dirty bomb explosion, though such an event would be dramatically less harmful.)

As part of the planning effort, the Environmental Protection Agency maintains a series of manuals about how state and local governments should respond. A companion document anticipates 99 likely questions during a radiation emergency – and scripted messages that officials can copy or adapt.

“Ideally, these messages never will be needed,” the EPA says in its messaging document. “[N]evertheless, we have a responsibility to be prepared to empower the public by effectively communicating how people can protect themselves and their families in the event of a radiological or nuclear emergency.”

Here are a handful of the questions the EPA anticipates in the event of a nuclear emergency, parts of statements you might hear or see in response, and why officials would say them.


“What will happen to people in the affected neighborhoods?”

What they’ll say: As appropriate: Lives have been lost, people have been injured, and homes and businesses have been destroyed. All levels of government are coordinating their efforts to do everything possible to help the people affected by this emergency. As lifesaving activities continue, follow the instructions from emergency responders… The instructions are based on the best information we have right now; the instructions will be updated as more information becomes available.”

Why: The worst thing to do in an emergency is panic, make rash decisions, and endanger your life and the lives of others. However, it’s also incumbent on officials to be truthful. The first messages will aim to keep people calm yet informed and as safe as possible.


“What is radioactive material?”

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What they’ll say: “Radioactive material is a substance that gives off radiation in the form of energy waves or energized particles.

Why: Nuclear bombs split countless atoms in an instant to unleash a terrifying amount of energy. About 15% of the energy is nuclear radiation, and too much exposure can damage the body’s cells and healing ability, leading to a life-threatening condition called acute radiation sickness.

Without advanced warning, people can do little about the energy waves, also called gamma radiation, which are invisible and travel at light-speed. But the energized particles – including radioactive fission products or fallout – travel more slowly, giving people time to seek shelter. The particles can also be washed off.


“Where is the radioactive material located?”

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The dangerous fallout zone (dark purple) shrinks quickly, while the much less dangerous hot zone (faint purple) grows for about 24 hours before shrinking back.
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What they’ll say: “Radiation and environmental health experts are checking air, water and ground conditions in and around the release site to locate the areas with radioactive contamination. Stay tuned to radio or television, or visit [INSERT AGENCY WEBSITE HERE] for the latest information.”

Why: If a nuclear bomb goes off near the ground (which is likely in a terrorist attack), the explosion will suck up debris, irradiate it, and spread it around as fallout. Some of this material rapidly decays, emitting gamma and other forms of radiation in the process.

Fallout is most concentrated near a blast site. However, hot air from a nuclear fireball pushes finer-grade material high into the atmosphere, where strong winds can blow it more than 100 miles away. It may take days for radiation workers to track where all of it went, to what extent, and which food and water supplies it possibly contaminated.


“If I am in a car or truck, what steps should I take to protect myself and my loved ones?”

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What they’ll say: “Cars and trucks provide little protection from radiation… Shut the windows and vents… Cover your nose and mouth… Go inside and stay inside… Tune in.”

Why: Movies portray cars as protective cocoons and rapid escape vessels in emergencies. But after a nuclear blast they’ll likely become death traps.

Vehicles don’t have nearly enough metal to meaningfully absorb radiation. You also won’t be able to outrun the danger, as fallout can travel at speeds of 100 mph in the upper atmosphere. Roads will also be choked with panicked drivers, accidents, blocked streets, and debris.

If you’re already in a car, find a safe place to pull it off the road, get out, and make a dash for the nearest building. Tuning in with a radio will help you listen for instructions on how, when, and where to evacuate a dangerous area to a shelter.


“If I am outside, what steps should I take to protect myself and my loved ones?”

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The protection factor that various buildings, and locations within them, offer from the radioactive fallout of a nuclear blast. The higher the number, the greater the protection.
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What they’ll say: “Cover your nose and mouth… Don’t touch objects or debris related to the release… Go inside and stay inside.”

Why: Being outside is a bad place to be, since fallout sprinkles everywhere and can stick to your skin and clothes. Less fallout gets indoors, and materials like concrete, metal, and soil (e.g. in a basement) can block a lot of radiation from the stuff that sprinkles outside.


“If I am inside a building, what steps should I take to protect myself and my loved ones?”

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What they’ll say:“Stay inside. If the walls and windows of the building are not broken, stay in the building and don’t leave… If the walls and windows of the building are broken, go to an inside room and don’t leave. If the building has been heavily damaged, quickly go into another building… Close doors and windows.”

Why: The blastwave from a nuclear explosion can shatter windows for miles – and fallout can blow around, hence the need to contain yourself away from exposed areas. Be prepared to hunker down for up to 48 hours, as that’s roughly how long it takes the most dangerous fallout radiation to dissipate.


“Is the air safe to breathe?”

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What they’ll say: “Federal, state and local partners are monitoring [AREA] to determine the location and levels of radioactive material on the ground and in the air.”

Why: There could be radioactive smoke and fallout in the air, but not breathing isn’t really an option. To reduce your exposure risk, stay inside, shut the doors, and close the windows. Turn off fans and air conditioners, or set them on recirculate. If you’re outdoors, cover your nose and mouth and get inside a building as soon as possible.


“If people are told by health and emergency management officials to self-decontaminate, what does this mean?”

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What they’ll say: “[T]ake several easy steps to remove any radioactive material that might have fallen onto clothes, skin or hair…. Remove your outer clothes… Wash off… If you cannot shower, use a wet wipe or clean wet cloth to wipe any skin that was not covered by clothing… Gently blow your nose and gently wipe your eyelids, eyelashes and ears with a clean wet cloth… Put on clean clothes… Tune in.”

Why: Fallout continues to expose you to harmful radiation if it’s stuck to you or inside your body. Anything that might be contaminated should be slipped into plastic bags, sealed off, and chucked outside (or as far away as possible from people). Showering with a lot of soap can remove most fallout, but avoid conditioner – it can cause fallout to stick to your hair.


“What should I do about my children and family? Should I leave to find my children?”

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What they’ll say: “If your children or family are with you, stay together. If your children or family are in another home or building, they should stay there until you are told it is safe to travel. You also should stay where you are… Schools have emergency plans and shelters.”

Why: Every parent’s instinct will scream to reconnect with his or her family, but patience is the best move. If you go outside, you’ll risk exposure to radioactive fallout and other dangers, as the route may be perilous or even impassable. Most importantly, it’s hard to help your family after the dust settles if you are injured – or worse.


“Is it safe for me to let someone who might have been affected by the radiological incident into my home?”

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What they’ll say:“If someone has radioactive dust on their clothes or body, a few simple steps can clean up or decontaminate the person.”

Why: You can offer safe shelter to people caught outside – just have them decontaminate themselves as quickly as possible. This will protect everyone by keeping radioactive fallout at bay. Have them remove and bag up their outer clothes, then take a shower with lots of soap and shampoo (or perform a thorough wipe-down).


“How do I decontaminate my pet?”

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What they’ll say: “If you are instructed to stay inside, your pets should be inside too. If your pet was outside at the time of the incident, the pet can be brought inside and decontaminated.”

Why: Pets, like people, can be contaminated by fallout and bring it indoors. This can endanger them and you. To decontaminate your pet, cover your nose and mouth, put on gloves, and then wash your pet in a shower or bath with a lot of shampoo or soap and water. Rinse your pet thoroughly and take a shower yourself afterward.


“When should I take potassium iodide?”

What they’ll say: “Never take potassium iodide (KI) or give it to others unless you have been specifically advised to do so by public health officials, emergency management officials, or your doctor.”

Why: KI pills are among the last things people need immediately after a nuclear blast and aren’t worth a mad dash to a pharmacy during the disaster, according to Brooke Buddemeier, a health physicist and radiation expert at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

“Most people seem to think of the potassium iodide, or KI, pills as some type of anti-radiation drug. They are not,” Buddemeier previously told Business Insider. “They are for preventing the uptake of radioiodine, which is one radionuclide out of thousands of radionuclides that are out there.”

Radioiodine makes up about 0.2% of overall exposure. The pills are useful for longer-terms concerns about contaminated water and food supplies, and blocking radioiodine from concentrating in people’s metabolism-regulating thyroid glands.


“Is taking large amounts of iodized salt a good substitute for potassium iodide?”

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What they’ll say: “No. Iodized salt will not protect your thyroid.”

Why: Table salt, or sodium chloride, has some iodine added in to prevent deficiencies that lead to conditions like goiter. But the amount of iodine in table salt is trivial, and eating even a tablespoon or so is a great way to throw up any useful iodine.


“Is the water safe to use?”

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What they’ll say: “[U]ntil we have drinking water test results, only bottled water is certain to be free of contamination. Tap or well water can be used for cleaning yourself and your food… Boiling tap water does not get rid of radioactive material.”

Why: Radioactive fallout can dissolve into or remain suspended in water, just like salt or dust. That’s not good, since radioactive particles can do more harm inside of your body than outside of it. Bottled water gets around this problem – though you do need to wipe containers down in case they’ve been dusted with fallout.


“Is the food safe to eat?”

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What they’ll say: “Food in sealed containers (cans, bottles, boxes, etc.) and any unspoiled food in your refrigerator or freezer is safe to eat… Don’t eat food that was outdoors from [TIME, DATE] in [AREA].”

Why: Food that isn’t contained might have radioactive fallout in it. You’ll need to wipe down cans, cookware, utensils, and anything else that might touch what goes into your mouth.


“Can people eat food from their gardens or locally-caught fish and game?”

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What they’ll say: People in [AREA] are instructed not to eat [FOOD FROM THEIR GARDENS, LOCAL FISH, LOCAL WILDLIFE].”

Why: Anything that’s outside – fruit, vegetables, and animals included – may have radioactive fallout particles on or in them after a nearby nuclear blast. Until the scope of contamination is known, food from outdoor sources should be considered potentially hazardous. Avoid food that could be been exposed to fallout. If that’s not possible, wash it to try to rinse off as much contamination as possible.


“I am pregnant. Is my baby in danger?”

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What they’ll say: “[M]ost radiation releases will not expose the fetus to levels high enough to cause harmful health effects or birth defects… Once dose levels to the expectant mother and fetus have been determined, your physician can consult with other medical and radiation professionals to identify potential risks (if any) and provide appropriate counseling.”

Why: There are few things more terrifying for an expectant parent than thinking something could be wrong with the baby, but a fetus is somewhat protected from radiation by the uterus and placenta, according to the CDC.

A mother could still inhale or ingest radioactive fallout, though, so doctors will need to check the mother’s abdomen to figure out a fetus’s exposure. Once a dose is determined, it’s possible to see if it’s enough to cause any health effects, including birth defects.


“Is it safe to breastfeed?”

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What they’ll say: “The nutritional and hydration benefits from breastfeeding far outweigh any risk from radiation.”

Why: Fallout is again the main concern here: What goes into a mother can end up in her breast milk. Officials may encourage families to temporarily switch to formula and pump-and-dump milk (to keep production going during the emergency). It’s also a good idea to wipe down formula bottles and pumping equipment to minimize fallout contamination. But if no formula is available, depriving a baby of sustenance is the worst option.


“I am seeing a lot of information and instructions on Internet blogs about what to do. Should I follow that advice?”

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What they’ll say: Check official sources first. You can find the latest information at [INSERT WEBSITE HERE]. Blogs, social media and the Internet in general can provide useful information, but only if the source is known and trustworthy.”

Why: Misinformation spreads rapidly in the aftermath of disasters, and some people may intentionally distribute rumors or false information. It’s best to stick to official websites, hotlines, TV, and radio broadcasts, and use multiple sources to verify information you’re unsure about.


“How can the public help?’

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What they’ll say: “Don’t abandon your car… Don’t go near the release site… Use text messaging… Don’t go to the hospital, police stations or fire stations unless you have a medical emergency… Stay tuned…”

Why: In the aftermath of a nuclear disaster, the most helpful thing most people can do is to stay out of the way. This helps first responders get to people that need help.

Cars in the middle of the road slow down emergency vehicles, and going to the release or blast site is extremely perilous, at best. Relying on text messages helps keep phone lines from overloading (and open to 911 calls), and limiting hospital visits to serious injuries or medical conditions helps free up resources for those who need the most aid.

Camembert is a well-known pungent soft cheese. — AFP pic Camembert is a well-known pungent soft cheese. — AFP pic

PARIS, May 23 — From lawmakers to Michelin-starred chefs, gourmets across France are seriously cheesed off at new rules that they say could put the country’s famed Camembert on the brink of extinction and destroy its reputation.

The culinary row erupted over a recent deal signed between milk producers and Camembert manufacturers in the Normandy region, the cradle of the pungent soft cheese.

As of 2021, pasteurised Camembert produced in factories can use the coveted Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) label—until now reserved for the artisanal version ladled by hand with raw, unfiltered milk.

But for patriotic foodies, the move borders on treason.

By Wednesday, more than 27,000 people had signed an online petition started in mid-May to protect the authentic Camembert, “born in the limbo of the French revolution and in the heart of Normandy”.

The Fromages de Terroirs group, which launched the petition, has also lodged a complaint against the new rules with the public prosecutor’s office in Paris.

Meanwhile, a dozen regional MPs sent a statement to the agriculture minister on Tuesday to vent their indignation at the plans.

“The accord… risks the complete disappearance of the traditional Camembert from big supermarket shelves,” the lawmakers in Normandy wrote.

They warned that artisanal producers had shrunk to a small minority and were struggling to survive.

Only around 5,500 tons of raw milk Camembert are still produced each year in France, against 60,000 tons of pasteurised cheese, they warned.

Last week, around 30 award-winning chefs signed an open letter warning the venture would turn “the most popular of all French cheeses into a vulgar soft paste without taste”.

“Eating well is a right for everyone,” read the letter published in the Liberation newspaper.

“Shame, scandal, imposition… Words are not strong enough to denounce the abuses that France, creator of the protected origin system which it wields as a model, will be accused of having committed if the French do not protest,” the chefs wrote.

Demanding “raw milk Camembert for all”, the letter ended with the rallying cry “Liberte, egalite, Camembert!” — AFP-Relaxnews

You know those hair care commercials with the models frolicking through a field while tying knots with their shiny, totally-not-extensions hair? It’s shiny and healthy and long and apparently used to be frizzy, but not anymore! Anyway, I got to do one of those commercials recently. Lil’ old me. A hair dye company tapped me and my hair for a campaign—so I spent a few days frolicking and being transformed into a very colorful version of my regular, young professional self.

The reason I’m telling you all of this is because it wasn’t just a hair campaign. Over the course of 48 hours, my hair was first highlighted to high heaven, then bleached, then taken to purple and pink and orange, then stripped out, before eventually being returned closer to my natural honey brown (I’MSOSORRYHAIR). Don’t try this at home, kids! At the end of the ordeal, my hair was effectively the “before” picture in an early aughts romcom makeover—dry, crunchy, and my scalp hurt. Bad! But a good excuse for a beauty story. So how did I keep it all from falling out—and actually make it look good again? Well, folks, come along for the ride…

Cleanse

As of today, I have color layered on top of a bleach base, which means any time I wash my hair, the texture feels different as I slowly wash the dye away and get closer and closer to… nothing. If I wash my hair with the wrong product, it’ll bring my hair closer to breaking. Even worse, patchy color. Not my look! Right now, I only wash my hair 3 times a week as a rule, and my winning maneuver is to slather on Bumble and Bumble’s Invisible Oil Balm-to-Oil Pre-Shampoo Mask every 3-4 washes.

My shampoos have the general theme of being thick and jelly-like in consistency; they’re more solid than liquid, which I’m convinced means they’re bigger, badder, stronger, and more packed with nutrients because there’s more product packed into each squeeze. They’re generally gentler, too. There’s a fine line between avoiding stripped hair and effectively cleansing your scalp, and I walk that line with the OGX Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo and the Davines Nounou Nourishing Shampoo. Both provide a super gentle refresh while sloughing away any added styling product I may have used between washes. When I need a little more “clean”, I go for the Sisley Revitalizing Smoothing Shampoo—it’s super thick, barely separates as you spread it, and handles everything.

Condition

Conditioning damaged hair is a lifestyle, not a choice. Case in point: I went on vacation earlier in the month and my beach bag contained SPF, a novel, and a tub of deep conditioner that I applied every. single. time I exited the ocean (because I’m worth it). Whether it’s a true conditioner or something calling itself a mask, leave it on for 5-10 minutes. At least!

On the lightweight end of the spectrum, there’s the B+B Quench Conditioner, followed by the slightly denser Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Conditioner, Verb Hydrating Conditioner, and the L’Oréal Advanced Haircare Total Repair “balm”. These are the white wines of my conditioning world, not to be considered in the same breath as “heat styling” or full body cringe “back combing”. They all hydrate and smooth—I’d say they “maintain”—but don’t cross over into any noticeable positive change for me.

The products that do the most work for my sad, sensitive hair usually require sleeping on a towel instead of my precious Slip silk pillowcases (you’re welcome, hair). My “noble red wines” of conditioners are the Sisley Regenerating Hair Care Mask, and the truest MVP of them all, the While You Sleep Damage Repair mask by B+B. Two rarities, masks that are real masks! They’re both slightly sticky (but not once they sink in), not as thick as you’d think, and have that jelly feel as the shampoos. The real winning property is that they don’t separate as they spread—the product envelopes my hair with it’s delicious smelling, nourishing goodness. I slather on either for flights, for a lazy Sunday, or overnight. Rinse to noticeable results.

Treat + Style

This may be somewhat of a surprise, but when it comes to taking my hair from wet to dry, I try to add as little as possible in terms of product. Less product means less build-up which means less to wash out which means less risk of danger. A spritz of Bumble Invisible Oil Spray here, a pump of Save the Day Fluid there. The damage on top of damage coupled with a shorter cut has really wreaked havoc on my naturally wavy texture. The less I do, the better my hair behaves when fully dry. Besides, it’s usually swept into a teeny tiny bun at the nape of my neck after a couple of drops of the Philip B. Rejuvinating Oil, anyways.

At some point in the not so distant future, I expect to go to bed as an interpretation of The Goblin King and wake up as Marcia Brady (this is the blonde goal!). Until then, please compliment me on how nice my hair smells to boost my confidence.

—Kelly Mittendorf

Photographed by Tom Newton.

The Marriott at Newark International Airport is actually pretty nice. The room is big, the bed is comfortable, and it has a great view of the air traffic control tower. My stay here is uniquely short, about 4 hours, and before I check out I have to do the following: shower, shave, apply a full body tan, and take a three hour nap before my 6AM flight. This list is chronological, not in order of importance—the tanning portion is top priority. Why, you might ask, am I slathering on fake tanner at 1AM at an airport hotel? Well first off, I love spray tans; if I was rich and/or famous, the first thing I’d do is invest in weekly airbrush tanning in the comfort of my own dream townhouse. And secondly, I’m heading to a wedding tomorrow at which I hope to look exceptionally good after coming off the heels of an international work trip with virtually zero time to spare.


When I got the last-minute chance to travel to Europe for work, I jumped on the opportunity without much hesitation. I’d take the red eye, then the Eurostar, fly back after about 30 hours, crash at Newark, and hit the ground running at the wedding I’d already committed to attending in North Carolina that weekend. The one superficial but significant caveat? My spray tan.

I’d planned on going the Thursday before the wedding at my go-to spot, Gotham Glow in Flatiron. They’re the best. My tan always looks totally natural and they never go overboard. It fades perfectly, too. Basically, it’s the real thing.

With new travel plans, the appointment wasn’t going to work anymore. I thought about about pushing it up to earlier in the week and flying with the tan, but Emily Ferber was quick to warn me that the international flight in economy would make me “sweat more than I ever imagined” and cause a true tanning nightmare.

The only option then was to do it myself. I asked around the office for advice and put together an intensive tanning itinerary that was reliable, travel-friendly, and had real payoff.

In the days leading up to my first flight, I applied the La Mer The Face and Body Gradual Tan. This stuff is not cheap, but the results live up to the price; the glow is subtle enough that it doesn’t streak but powerful enough that you see a difference after just one use. It also smells great (for a tanning product) and is one of the few “face and body” multi-use items that I actually feel comfortable using both places (where there is Miracle Broth, there is my face). By the time I left for the airport the first time, I had a solid base tan and a Muji travel sized container full of product to apply while I was away.

Then during the trip (i.e. the flight there and my one night sleeping in Europe) I added a few drops of Tan-Luxe The Face Illuminating Self-Tan Drops into my daily moisturizer to bring a bit more color to my face. I’m a big fan of this format because it’s easy to apply, travel with, and incorporate into an existing routine. Another favorite of mine is Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Booster.

Cut back to my current situation at the airport hotel. I’ve showered (to rinse off the biblical sweat Ferber warned me about), shaved (which doubles as exfoliating), and am applying a full body Tan Towel Self-Tan Towelette. In the interest of time, I’m throwing all caution to the wind and applying the tan as fast as I possibly can, probably in under a minute, with my eyes closed. Imagine a kid who has been forced to reapply sunscreen before he can go back to play in the pool with his friends on a hot summer’s day. That’s me, but with these Tan Towels and the pool is my cushy hotel bed. In a shocking twist, there are zero mishaps when I wake up and the results are quick. In just a few hours I’ve gotten a new wash of serious color that gets me closer to where I usually like to be with a professional spray tan.

Given the first-time success, I do another round of Tan Towels when I arrive in North Carolina a few hours before the wedding. Then, after I get dressed, I apply Tan-Luxe The Gloss Illuminating Face and Body Highlighter to the spots exposed by my dress. This is a fun product—it’s like a giant crayon for your body. I color in the my chest and neck area and rub it in with my hands. It’s easy to blend, doesn’t stink, and miraculously doesn’t rub off on my dress.

I’m not sure if it’s the tan that fuels me, or the fact that my trip was too short for jet lag, but I dance the entire night and get a lot of compliments my overall glow. My response? “I’ve been traveling.”

—Bela Yousif

Photographed by Tom Newton.

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Skin Tone: Light to Medium with warm undertones
Skin Type: Combination

Hi everyone,

Milani Cosmetics recently came out with their version of lip lacquer called “Milani Amore Shine.” There are many shades in this range and I picked up the shade “Enchanting.” So, let’s see how this lip lacquer fared for me.

Milani Amore Shine Liquid Lip Color Enchanting tube

Price:
$9.00 USD
Product Description:
Get noticed with Amore Shine Liquid Lip Color, the next generation in full high shine lip colour. One stroke delivers full coverage and glides across lips to lavish them with a sleek, extreme-shine finish. Our unique sponge applicator evenly applies buildable, long-lasting colour intensity with detailed accuracy, especially around the lip line. Designed with a weightless texture and non-sticky feel for hours of non-feathering, comfortable wear. Amp up any Amore Matte Lipstick by applying a complementary Amore Shine lipstick shade on top.

My Experience with Milani Amore Shine Liquid Lip Color Enchanting:

Packaging: The Milani Amore Shine Lip Colour Enchanting comes in a standard clear tube with golden writing mentioning the brand name “Milani.” The bottom of the tube specifies the name “Enchanting.” The tube has a golden cap. The applicator is very unique doe-foot wand and has a curve and dip in it. The curve hugs the lips nicely and provides an even application. Overall, the packaging is lightweight, sturdy and travel friendly.

Milani Amore Shine Liquid Lip Color Enchanting shade label

Shade and Finish: “Enchanting” is a warm, mid-toned pink color and it imparts a beautiful shiny look to the lips. This shade is suitable for fair to dark Indian skin tones. This lip gloss is a perfect everyday office shade. The finish of the lipstick is ultra-glossy and it imparts an illusion of plumper and fuller lips. It is extremely comfortable to wear.

Milani Amore Shine Liquid Lip Color Enchanting

Texture and Application: The texture of the Amore Shine Lip Color is highly pigmented and glossy without any tackiness. The lip gloss is hydrating, it is not sticky. The gloss applies flawlessly without any patchiness. The doe-foot applicator provides ease of application.

Pigmentation and Coverage: This lip gloss is highly pigmented like a lip lacquer and hence provides full coverage. I don’t need to fill in my lips with a lip liner when I am wearing this lacquer. It has a faint floral scent which is not overpowering. You do need to exfoliate your lips to avoid showing the chapped texture. You can achieve full coverage within a swipe or two.

Milani Amore Shine Liquid Lip Color Enchanting swatch

Staying Power: The staying power is really good by the standards of a lip gloss. It stays on for around 3 to 4 hours without the need to reapply; however, it will start to fade if you eat or drink. However this doesn’t bother me since I can reapply the gloss easily.

Milani Amore Shine Liquid Lip Color Enchanting on lips

Overall, I am really happy with the color payoff, texture, and staying power of this Milani lip gloss. Also, it can be easily taken off with a tissue.

Pros of Milani Amore Shine Liquid Lip Color Enchanting:

  • Stunning glossy lip color.
  • Beautiful mid-toned pinky shade.
  • Extremely pigmented.
  • Good packaging.
  • Travel-friendly packaging.
  • Non-sticky formula.
  • Extremely comfortable.
  • Affordable.

Cons of Milani Amore Shine Liquid Lip Color Enchanting:

IMBB Rating:
5/5
Would I Repurchase/Recommend Milani Amore Shine Liquid Lip Color Enchanting?
Yes.

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Skin Tone: Fair with neutral undertones

Hello beauties,

Kiko Milano has finally landed in India and I am so happy that it has now become easy to get access to your favourite beauty products from this leading Italian brand. I have hauled a few products from this brand. Today’s review is on Kiko Milano Smart Fusion Lipstick in the shade “404 Rosy Biscuit”. Read on to know more about this product.

Kiko Milano Smart Fusion Lipstick 404 Rosy Biscuit Review

Product Description:
Kiko Milano Smart Fushion Lipstick is a rich and nourishing lipstick that has creamy, enveloping texture which leaves the lips feeling wonderful and incredibly soft for a long time. The lipstick glides on easily and the colour is revealed immediately. Available in 36 striking colours, it provides to medium to full coverage.
Features:
·Rich and nourishing lipstick with a bright finish
·Dermatologically tested (provided with low sensitization)
·All Kiko products are formulated without parabens
Results:
·Luminous finish.
·The lips are full, soft and sensual as well as precisely outlined.

Kiko Milano Smart Fusion Lipstick 404 Rosy Biscuit Label

Ingredients:
Polybutene, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Polyethylene, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax/cire Microcristalline), Mica, Dicalcium Phosphate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Ethyl Vanillin, Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil (Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil), Litchi Chinensis Fruit Extract, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tin Oxide. +/- (May Contain): Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491 – Ci 77492 – Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 15850 (Red 6, Red 7 Lake), Ci 15985 (Yellow 6 Lake), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), Ci 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), Ci 45410 (Red 28 Lake).

Kiko Milano Smart Fusion Lipstick 404 Rosy Biscuit Ingredients

Price:
Rs 390 for 3 gm

My Experience with Kiko Milano Smart Fusion Lipstick 404 Rosy Biscuit:

The ‘Smart Fusion Lipstick’ range from Kiko Milano has about 24 shades in its collection. You will find it hard just to grab one shade from this range. The colour collection is awesome to choose from and is greatly suitable for Indian beauties. Now, let’s get into the packaging details.

Packaging: The lipstick bullet comes in an outer cardboard black box that has a matte finish in it. The brand name and other details are mentioned on the body of this box. The lipstick bullet is black in colour and has the brand logo printed on the top of the bullet. This type of simple and minimal packaging gives a classy finish to these lipsticks. The black cap closes securely in place with an audible click. There are details related to the product description and ingredients list on the cardboard body. The shade code is mentioned on the outer cardboard box and top of bullet body. Overall, the packaging is travel-friendly and sturdy.

Kiko Milano Smart Fusion Lipstick 404 Rosy Biscuit Packaging

Shade: The shade “404 Rosy Biscuit” is a warm, peachy brown toned shade. This is a perfect nude shade for fair skin tones. The colour looks quite muted and is suitable for everyday wear. It will also look good on medium skin tones. However, this might wash out dusky skin tones as it is quite light in colour. This is new favourite nude lipstick for now.

Kiko Milano Smart Fusion Lipstick 404 Rosy Biscuit Cap Open

Pigmentation: The pigmentation of this lipstick is super rich and intense. On my lips, it needs 1-2 swipes to obtain the true colour payoff. Pigmented lips will need about 3-4 swipes to hide their lip pigmentation completely. It is very easy to layer the product to build the intensity and it will never feel heavy or cause crumbling. This lipstick has a strong scent of vanilla, the odour is very sweet and I feel like I would eat up the whole lipstick.

Kiko Milano Smart Fusion Lipstick 404 Rosy Biscuit With Cap

Texture and Finish: Being a cream lipstick, it has a super creamy texture that glides on the lips smoothly for an even application. It does not cause any pulling or tugging during application. This lipstick provides the right amount of sheen and glow which looks perfect. This lipstick is a big relief to me because I have super dry lips if not prepped. It hydrates and nourished my lips and gives a creamy finish. It never dries out my lips. It acts as a good lip plumper and adds definition to my lips.

Kiko Milano Smart Fusion Lipstick 404 Rosy Biscuit Bullet

The formula is very lightweight and does not cause any discomfort when I rub my lips. I think it is definitely worth the price you pay for it. When you buy lipsticks with creamy formula, you can even apply it without prior moisturisation. This is a big benefit of this lipstick. It does not get patchy and does not highlight the harsh lines of my lips. The main drawback is that it doesn’t set on the lips, so if you touch your lips by chance, the colour will spread all over your face. Hence, But this lipstick is not completely smudgeproof and transfer-proof.

Kiko Milano Smart Fusion Lipstick 404 Rosy Biscuit Hand Swatch

To make this lipstick last longer, I dab some loose powder on my lips. Then, I line the cupid of my lips to make an ‘X’ with a lip liner. This gives me fuller looking lips and also helps the lipstick to stay in place longer. You can also apply the lipstick using a lip brush for a more precise and defined application.

Staying Power: This lipstick stays for a decent amount of time. It can stay for about 4-5 hours and it would not need any reapplication. If you are having oily meals, then the formula breaks down from the centre of your lips and the intensity fade away slowly. After that, you would need reapplication. When it fades away, it does behind a nice soft stain of colour which looks amazing. Removal of this lipstick is super easy. Any normal makeup remover can remove it completely.

Kiko Milano Smart Fusion Lipstick 404 Rosy Biscuit Lip Swatch

Overall: I love this range of hydrating lipsticks. They are perfect for you if you have dry lips like me and are on a low budget. The colour looks very beautiful and is a perfect everyday wear shade. I would definitely recommend it to the readers. You will not regret buying it.

Pros of Kiko Milano Smart Fusion Lipstick 404 Rosy Biscuit:

  • Sturdy and travel-friendly packaging.
  • Vanilla flavoured.
  • Very affordable.
  • A warm, peachy brown toned shade.
  • A perfect nude for fair skin tones.
  • Pigmentation is super rich.
  • Hydrates my lips.
  • Doesn’t cling to the dry patches.
  • Does not highlight harsh lines of the lips.
  • Easy to layer it.
  • Ideal for people with dry lips.
  • Glides smoothly on lips.
  • Lightweight formula.
  • You can skip the moisturisation part before application.

Cons of Kiko Milano Smart Fusion Lipstick 404 Rosy Biscuit:

  • Not completely smudgeproof and transfer-proof.
  • Staying power can be improved.
  • Cannot survive oily meals.
  • Needs complete reapplication.
  • May wash out dusky skin tones.

IMBB Rating: 4.3/5
Would I Recommend/Repurchase Kiko Milano Smart Fusion Lipstick 404 Rosy Biscuit?
I loved my purchase. I would love to try more shades from the cream range.

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This Rimmel mascara caught my eye on my recent trip to the drugstore. I am not an avid fan of Rimmel London brand and rarely pick products from it. There was this deal going on certain products from the brand, so I bought it. I have tried mascaras from Rimmel previously – they fared well enough, but not so much to merit repurchase. Based on my previous reviews, one can guess easily that I love to hoard mascaras and lip balms. I love to flaunt lush, long, beautiful lashes. Unfortunately, I was not blessed with long lashes, so I seek solace in volumizing mascaras.

Rimmel ScandalEyes Curve Alert Mascara tube

Product Description:
Volume and Curl. Deny-Gravity brush is 50% larger, covering the whole lash line
Triple collagen + keratin formula indicts and plumps even the thinnest and weakest lashes. 12x more volume and 70% more lift for plump lashes that will defy gravity!
Price:
$7.99

My Experience with Rimmel ScandalEyes Curve Alert Mascara:

The product comes in a tube packaging. The tube is a bit too fat and obnoxious and its dimensions seem futile to me because it still holds the usual amount of product. The cap holds the wand, which is again XXL in size and has a curve to it. The bristles are rightly spaced, but the size is a little intimidating and I would not recommend using this mascara when in a rush because it is bound to poke the eyes. It also picks up excess of product and leads to wastage or contamination. The curvaceous wand can help add more length and curve to the lashes, although that did not seem to happen for me.

Rimmel ScandalEyes Curve Alert Mascara open

This mascara claims to add enough product to cover the whole lashes, which it does, but it has to be used carefully with patience or it will poke the eyes. This mascara claims to contain triple collagen and keratin formula and claims to plump even the thinnest and weakest of lashes. Honestly, this claim seems too exaggerated and even if some changes did happen to my lashes, they were too minute to be noticeable. It also claims to add 12x more volume and 70% more lift to lashes that would defy gravity, but I did not measure my lashes before and after application, so not sure how true these claims are, but again, I would not take them literally.

Rimmel ScandalEyes Curve Alert Mascara wand

It has a thick consistency and helps add some color and definition to the lashes. The curve of the wand helps to hold the curl in place (if applied with care and patience). It does require multiple coats to add more drama to the lashes, but that is true for any mascara (I personally layer it with my trusted Too Faced Better Than S*x Mascara). It has no fragrance, is opaque black in color, does not clump lashes, and has no fallout. For me personally, this mascara alone is not sufficient and I have to layer it with another mascara to make my lashes more noticeable.

Rimmel ScandalEyes Curve Alert Mascara on eyelashes

Pros of Rimmel ScandalEyes Curve Alert Mascara:

  • Comes in a decent-sized tube, will perhaps last a while.
  • Affordable, worth a try.
  • Adds definition to the lashes, perfect for those who like to layer at least two different kind of mascaras.
  • The wand is curvaceous and adds lift to lashes (if applied with care and patience).

Cons of Rimmel ScandalEyes Curve Alert Mascara:

  • For someone like me who has sparse lashes, this mascara might not suffice alone and might need to be further layered with another thickening mascara.
  • I would not use it when in a rush or the wand would certainly poke my eyes.
  • I have to layer it with a thickening mascara to add the desired length to my lashes.

Would I Recommend Rimmel ScandalEyes Curve Alert Mascara?
It is not too expensive and is definitely worth a try. I recommend it to those who love to try new products and are blesses with thick, long lashes other like me can skip it.
IMBB Rating:
3/5

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Fenty Beauty Summer 2018

Oh hi Fenty Summer! This brand is so unpredictable which is probably why it’s making such deep grooves in the beauty landscape. Going back to last year, Slice Analytics shared with WWD that Fenty sales in its first month were five times that of Kylie Jenner’s. Kylie Jenner has sold $430 million of make up in it’s two and a bit years of operation so that gives you some figures to play with. Basically, it’s bigger than huge. It seems to be that Fenty is really speaking to diverse groups that feel under represented in beauty – it feels like its for them, and all those dollars and pounds that other brands have sorely neglected are quite rightly heading Fenty’s way. If ever there was an example of listening to your customers, this is it. Remember all those times that make up brands said there was no demand for deep colour foundation? I wonder if they’re having a little think about that now.

Fenty Beauty Summer 2018

First up are these sumptuous glosses – they come in a set of three and there’s also another set. This is Summer Days, but if you like deeper shades, there’s a Summer Nights version too. Each colour has an iridescent slant to it and they literally gleam on the lip. It’s £24 for the three HERE which seems very reasonable to me. I don’t love the smell of them – it’s a bit vanilla for me but that’s just personal choice – otherwise, they’re glidey and silky in texture making them a comfortable wear. The minty shade is Single, the gold is Bilingual and the pink is Ready To Mingle.

Fenty Beauty Summer 2018

Next up, the Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter Duo, £28 (HERE). It comes in three different colour-ways, this is Mimosa Sunrise/Sangria Sunset. You can use this duo on cheeks as highlighter or blush and on eyes so it’s a versatile buy if the colours are tempting.

Fenty Beauty Summer 2018

The texture is foil so expect high beam! There are also a couple of shimmer and glitter liners but I don’t have those to show you. If you look at the page on Harvey Nichols HERE, you’ll see that the colour selections are so careful – they’re really designed so well for all tones and all levels of adventure.

Fenty Beauty Summer 2018

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