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Beauty Spot: Nordstrom hosts Lancer spa treatments

March 12th, 2014

belancerIn November 2013, Ferial Boukarroum, National Director of Sales and Training for Lancer Skincare, demonstrated use of the Lancer  Skin Care Microcurrent Power Boost on Midweek managing editor and style editor Yu Shing Ting. This time around, she'll be offering Microcurrent Facial Spa Treatments.Nadine Kam photo

_8296584Lancer Skincare National Sales Director Ferial  Boukarroum will be back in Honolulu March 14 and 15 for a facial event at Nordstrom, using clinical products not sold at the store to brighten and even skin tone.

There will be a gift with purchase of Lancer Skincare products, and a one-hour customers meet-and-greet with brand founder Dr. Lancer via Skype at 5 p.m. March 14.

Appointments are being taken at the Lancer counter for Microcurrent Facial Spa treatment, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 14, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 15. Contact the Lancer counter at Nordstrom for reservations.

Avon amps up drama with reverse cat-eye on Nicholas K runway

February 7th, 2014

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If you thought Avon was too "old lady" to be relevant today, it appears Avon Global Celebrity Makeup Artist Lauren Andersen wants to prove you wrong.

Love this reverse cat-eye look she created for the Nichoals K Fall/Winter 2014 runway show at New York Fashion Week.

n1To get the look:

Mega Effects1. She started with Avon Ideal Flawless Invisible Coverage Liquid Foundation.

2. She contoured cheeks using Smooth Minerals Powder Foundation in a slightly darker shade than the liquid foundation.

3. SuperShock gel eyeliner pencil in "Blackout" was used to paint a bold line on the lower lash line, extending the line beyond the eye for the reverse cat-eye.

4. False lashes were applied to the bottom lash line, then Andersen pumped up the drama with two coats of Mega Effects Mascara in black.

5. The look was completed with Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick in "Caramel Comfort."

Can't wait to try this over the weekend.

Caramel Comfort




Beauty Spot: Sulwhasoo Sensorium

December 30th, 2013


Amore Pacific national educator and trainer Steven Snook shows a handful of the Korean red ginseng that goes into many Sulwhasoo products. —  Nadine Kam photos

Korean skincare brand, Sulwhasoo brought its Herbal Sensorium to Neiman Marcus from Dec. 9 to 15, when those interested in learning more about the herbs going into the products were welcome to smell and touch the various ingredients and ask questions.

Parent company Amore Pacific's national educator and trainer Steven Snook was in town to share information about the brand, with products rooted in Korean herbal medicine.

Asian medicine differs from Western medicine in that it attempts to address ailments from inside and getting to the root cause of problems vs. addressing symptoms.

In Hawaii, we're one step ahead of much of the nation in this regard because of many of our diverse ethnic backgrounds, with knowledge of folk and herbal remedies. He said that in his travels across the nation, he finds people unfamiliar with the idea of Korean herbal medicine, and afraid of the word "medicine."

"Sulwhasoo" is named after a flower that blooms in the snow in the dead of winter, and the brand's aim is to restore balance to the skin, through use of Asian botanicals.

Sulwhasoo's products are rooted in Korean herbal medicine recipes that refer to some 2,000 ingredients. Many of the original remedies were intended to be ingested, but the company studied the ingredients, using only the 200 that would be most effective when applied topically.

I've used their Time Treasure line and feel it works, if you don't mind the herbal scent of ginseng.

Korean red ginseng.

Snook said he gets nods of understanding when those of Korean ancestry look at the displays, but said, "The one thing that Koreans don't understand is pine, because it's the only ingredient not eaten."

The display featured wood from the red pine, but in cosmetic usage, they use the chlorophyll and oils of the Korean red pine, which in Asian lore is said to treat myriad ailments.

The line is based on addressing skincare needs in seven-year cycles and restoring skin to balance, from First Care Serum that is intended to reduce inflammation and improve circulation, to the Time Treasure Collection that addresses permanent signs of aging for those 36 and older.

In formulating the Concentrated Renewing Ginseng Cream, he said no added water is used so you get an effective blend of the roots, berries and sap of Korean ginseng, along with other herbs, and avocado, mango seed and sunflower oils.

An image from Steven Snook's presentation.

The Herbal Sensorium display of ingredients that go into Sulwhasoo products, including Korean red ginseng, red pine, white lily, Solomon's Seal, rehmannia, Chinese peony and East Indian lotus.

Wood chips from the Korean red pine.


White lily helps the skin with moisture retention.

Beauty spot: M.A.C hosts 'Divine Night'

December 27th, 2013


M.A.C brought its "Divine Night" Holiday collection to Ala Moana Center's Centerstage, complete with disco performances.Photos courtesy M.A.C

M.A.C debuted its glam "Divine Night" Holiday collection in a big way, bringing models, dancers and a disco diva to Ala Moana Center in the spirit of Studio 54 and honoring the late fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez. The illustrator's work frequently graced the pages of Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Elle and Interview.

A person who may not have been to the center recently, commented on Facebook about the setup, saying, "OMG, Ala Moana has gone so chic," but it was all M.A.C's doing as they created a club vibe to Centerstage.



Events took place over three days, Dec. 20 to 22, with M.A.C artists including John Stapleton, M.A.C. Cosmetics Senior Artist, available to help anyone with their holiday look.

I was able to catch up with Stapleton back stage, where artists were preparing models for the stage, and he was able to share some tips for holiday sparkle, with some real practical tips for women who don't want to go overboard, or others who never wear makeup but just want to amp up a bit.

He reaffirmed that less can be more when it comes for real-way makeup, and when it comes to going out at night, what you really want are products that help light you up in the most flattering way possible.

For those who don't want to juggle a lot of products, I asked for a short list of must-haves. His New Year's Eve recommendations:

M.A.C's Prep + Prime Natural Radiance Powder: For prep with built-in sheen.

Strobe Cream: With one stroke across the cheeks, you add a pearly opalescence that varies with the way light hits the skin.

Divine Night Mineralize Blush: A '70s-style glam look would not be complete without contouring, but the new contouring is achieved with color ranging from the coral pink of "Lured to Love" to the violet pearl of "Lavish Living."

Divine Night lipstick: Create the strong, bold look of the N.O.W. era with such colors as "Prepare for Pleasure" or "Private Party." Going bolder on the lip allows you to lighten up around the eyes by simply highlighting your peepers with eye liner and a good mascara.


Nadine Kam photos
The effect of M.A.C's Prep + Prime Natural Radiance Powder, and Strobe Cream could be seen on male models' bodies. After prepping, models were patted down with a light dusting of M.A.C Pigment in "Old Gold" for an overall glow.

Models were made up following the Divine Night face chart below.

divine hair


One step closer to show time!

Beauty Spot: M·A·C hosts 'Divine Night' events

December 19th, 2013


A photo from a previous "Divine Night" event.Photo courtesy M·A·C

M·A·C Cosmetics will be introducing its new holiday collection "Divine Night" at the Ala Moana Center Dec. 20 to 22, with models showcasing the newest looks, accompanied by disco performances at various times throughout the event.

Book an appointment with a M·A·C Artist who will create a stunning look for you, sending you home with a photo of your glam moment. M·A·C senior artist John Stapleton will be there to answer questions and offer product demonstrations.

Hours are:

Dec. 20: Noon to 9 p.m.
Dec. 21: 11 a.m.  to 8 p.m.
Dec. 22: 11 a.m. to  7 p.m.

For more information, call 955-0356.


While there, also check out the RiRi M·A·C Holiday Collection.

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