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I am always intrigued by solutions-oriented beauty. I’m a smart girl and I have an appreciation for beauty that’s just as smart. Innovative and slightly techy beauty products and tools seem to capture my immediate attention. So this begins to explain my infatuation with TALIKA Paris, a niche French line of targeted solutions for eyes, face and body.


With products like Lash Extender (an easy on/ easy off alternative to faux lashes), Skin Retouch (your own personal retoucher in a bottle) and Cream Booster Device (it basically does for face cream what the Clarisonic does for cleansing), it’s hard to resist trying it all.

ThisThatBeauty & Talika President
A little blurry…but we had an incredible beauty chat!

While recently visiting Paris, I had the opportunity to dine with TALIKA Paris’ President, Alexis de Brosses, and learn a bit more about this truly unique brand. And since returning from Paris, I’ve had the pleasure of testing out several TALIKA goodies that make my heart go pitter patter! So hold on to your seats girls. . . I think you’re going to love these products just as much as I do.


Cream Booster Device

Think about it. Your face creams, lotions and potions are already pretty powerful, right? They’re chock full of super antioxidants and good-for-you ingredients. Now couple the efficacy of your creams with TALIKA Cream Booster Device and WHAM!…uber boosted results. Your creams now penetrate more deeply for maximum payoff. TALIKA Cream Booster Device, which is inspired by aerospace research, incorporates three technologies:

– Ionotherapy: Uses micro-electricity to enhance the transfer of active ingredients to the cells. Ingredients are deeply transported to targeted zones and are more efficient.
– Phototherapy: Helps incite cellular stimulation and activity. TALIKA uses its patented Light 590 technology to reactivate and reenergize cells, allowing them act like young, fresh cells.
– Gentle vibrations: Provide a micro-massage effect to increase micro-circulation and improve cellular communication.

I must admit, girls. TALIKA Cream Booster Device is an added step — but it’s one that’s well worth it for optimal results. I will also admit, while I find it challenging to commit to daily use, I am able to work TALIKA Cream Booster Device in a few nights per week….and over time, notice improvement in the the delivery of my skincare. TALIKA Cream Booster Device is one of those things that you kind of have to get your head around…very similar to the Clarisonic. I immediately jumped on the Clarisonic bandwagon nearly 10 years ago and never looked back. But, at that time, it was a new way of cleansing your skin…something totally different from anything most of us had ever experienced. And look at it now — the Clarisonic is practically a household name. I predict the same type of success for TALIKA Cream Booster Device. Even if used just a few times a week, you will notice a major improvement in your skin.


TALIKA Lash Extender

Toss your false lashes, glue and high-priced mascara. Instead, invest in TALIKA Lash Extender. This one looks a little odd, but it works…and that’s all that matters. TALIKA Lash Extender is basically a small jar of rayon hair-like fibers, that brush onto natural lashes in between two coats of mascara. Truly brilliant. So achieve the length and volume of faux lashes without the fuss of sticky glue or pesky extensions. And TALIKA Lash Extender removes just like mascara. Yep, you need this!


Click here to read more about my Beauty Tour of Paris

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It’s no surprise that I’ve been paying much closer attention to labels these days. With Baby Benson on board, I can’t be too careful (I mean, she’s heir to my ThisThatBeauty empire!!). So while visiting Paris, I was extremely excited to have the opportunity to get to know Patyka. During my five-day Beauty Tour, I had dinner with Patyka’s President, Pierre, and visited the Patyka Boutique at Printemps.

with Patyka's President, Pierre
After dinner with Patyka’s President, Pierre…& check out the view from his home!

I’ve tried many times (unsuccessfully) to embrace organic skin care. I get it I get it!. . . organic is generally better for you because it’s free of “bad-for-you” chemicals and such. . . blah, blah, blah. Gotcha! But what about product efficacy? I am all for going the greener route, but at the end of the day, I am also (slightly) vain and I need to uphold a certain aesthetic. I don’t want wrinkly eyes or a creased forehead. . . .well not at the tender age of thirty-something. I’ll gladly take my well earned lines of life, at say, 65, but for now, I look to highly effective skin care products to slow down the hands of time. And, generally, I’ve found very few organic skin care products that deliver the results I desire. So when learning of Patyka, a high-performing line of organic skincare, fragrance and bath and body, well — I had questions.

Patyka Boutique
At Patyka’s Boutique in Paris

I first learned of Patyka a couple of years ago and began using their body care products, but had yet to venture into their skincare. So after spending time with the brand in Paris, I decided to take the plunge and commit to a few items for a six week period.

Since returning from Paris I’ve been regularly using:


RADIANT EXFOLIATING MASK: The Radiant Exfoliating Mask is a spectacular anti-aging skin care product. Its intelligent complex of botanical active ingredients moisturize, exfoliate, and tone in three complementary phases, with a single gesture. The mask smooths fine lines, refines the pores and genuinely brightens the complexion. 


ROSE FACE TONER: The delicate alcohol-free Rose Face Toner tones, protects, softens, refines skin texture and leaves a sensation of absolute comfort thanks to a remarkable association of 2 key active ingredients: Damask Rose Hydrosol and Biosaccharide Gum 1.


RADIANT EYE CONTOUR: Specifically created for the demanding eye contour area, the targeted chronobiological Radiant Eye Contour skin care product is a unique combination of more than 10 active ingredients with natural anti-aging and anti-fatigue properties. It brightens, relieves congestion, smooths, lifts, and is an excellent make-up base. Signs of fatigue are immediately corrected, the eyes’ radiant glow is infinitely preserved.

Of the three products, one is a clear winner and another is a definite keeper.

RADIANT EXFOLIATING MASK is the clear winner. First of all, you had me at “Radiant”. Anything that promises radiant skin is immediately a cause for pause. I firmly belief that bright, luminous skin is the ultimate sign of youth. Even with a few lines and wrinkles, skin that is vivid, hydrated and bright appears more youthful. I love that RADIANT EXFOLIATING MASK delivers the aforementioned attributes with just one use. The mostly organic (99.55% of ingredients from natural origin &
71.40% of ingredients from organic agriculture) brightening mask is formulated with Avocado, Jojoba, and Sesame oil to moisturize, and Soft Fruit Acids and Bamboo Extract to exfoliate. The moisturizing and exfoliating dual action delivers immediate brightness, visible hydration, and a fresher complexion. If you’re looking for an immediate boost, RADIANT EXFOLIATING MASK is the answer.

As for the ROSE FACE TONER I must, firstly, admit that I am a sucker for a good toner. I believe in the skin balancing, treatment, and prep properties of facial toners….so I am naturally drawn to this soothing, rose water based lotion. I tend to have very oily, acne prone skin, so the soothing, anti-inflammatory nature of rose is a big help. I highly recommend ROSE FACE TONER for most skin types, but I 100% recommend it for super sensitive, acne prone, or easily inflamed skin.

While the RADIANT EYE CONTOUR is certainly comforting and hydrating, I don’t think I’ve used it long enough to speak to its cumulative benefits. I can say that my eye area has experienced no adverse reactions as a result of use. As for smoothing lines and relieving the look of fatigue, I think I’ll be in a better position to evaluate this claim after Baby Benson arrives. *WINK* ..so let’s just say I’ll keep you posted!

BOTTOM LINE: Based upon my six-week trial of the aforementioned Patyka products, I am giving the botanically based skin care line my seal of approval. Partnered with a modern sensibility, innovative technology, and efficacious delivery systems, this organic skin care line proves that it can deliver results on par with its non-organic competitors. If naturally blended ingredients are a key factor in your skincare routine, I absolutely suggest that you give Patyka a try.

While I traveled all the way to France to experience the brand, you can purchase Patyka stateside at: Patyka.com, dermstore.com and Amazon.com.

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Click here to read more about my Beauty Tour of Paris

For a look into my world and my time in Paris, peruse my Instagram feed and search using #TTBinParis

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Ever the thrill-seeker, when traveling abroad, I embark on a hunt for new discoveries….an obscure scent, an innovative beauty tool, a skin-perfecting cream. You know, something extraordinary that I can’t find in New York City. And I have to tell you — In this digital age of unlimited information and far reaching access, it has become quite challenging to discover new, game-changing beauty.

During my recent trip to Paris I visited the LEONOR GREYL Institute. If you’re not familiar with LEONOR GREYL, it is a family owned range of hair care products made from 100% natural ingredients. The brand’s passion for healthy, nourished hair stems from of its founders, husband and wife team Leonor and Jean-Marie Greyl. They had a simple idea: Healthy, natural products = healthy, beautiful hair. Caroline Greyl, daughter of Leonor and Jean-Marie, proudly carries on the tradition of high-quality, environmentally-safe hair treatments using only the best natural ingredients.

As most of you now know, I’m a mommy-to-be, so I find myself more carefully reading labels these days. Quite naturally, I am drawn to products with as few chemicals as possible.

While in Paris I experienced a LEONOR GREYL hair treatment that was so incredible, and the results were so dramatic, that it has forever changed how I care for my hair. Obviously, if you live in Paris, you should check your calender and schedule an appointment ASAP. But if you’re in the states, like me, read on as I explain how to achieve LEONOR GREYL salon quality results at home.

To replicate my salon treatment you will need a few things:

Huile de Palme
LEONOR GREYL Huile de Palme


LEONOR GREYL Creme aux fleurs
LEONOR GREYL Creme Aux Fleurs


LEONOR GREYL Masque Quintessense
LEONOR GREYL Masque Quintessense


Huetiful Hair & Facial Steamer
Huetiful Hair & Facial Steamer


And for the most amazing hair of your life…no, seriously — most amazing hair ever…follow these steps:

STEP 1: Beautiful hair begins at the scalp. Apply LEONOR GREYL Huile de Palme to scalp and ends of hair. This beauty-enhancing oil begins the process of detangling, softening and protecting hair from root to ends. I cannot stress how crucial this step is. In order for hair to properly receive the application of treatment products, it must be well-prepped. LEONOR GREYL Huile de Palme’s restorative oil blend can be left on hair for up to 10 minutes, or overnight for more intense penetration. Once applied, massage throughout and brush through to ends if needed.

Leonor Greyl Institute Paris

STEP 2: Further layer the treatment and apply LEONOR GREYL Creme Aux Fleurs to the scalp. This washing cream is a MUST!…particularly for very dry, color-treated and/ or frizzy hair. You do not need to wet the hair just yet. Simply apply LEONOR GREYL Creme Aux Fleurs to scalp (after you’ve applied LEONOR GREYL Huile de Palme). Leave on for about ten minutes and gradually emulsify by adding water little by little.


DO NOT RINSE…just yet

STEP 3: Lastly, apply LEONOR GREYL Masque Quintessense to ends and massage away.

Leonor Greyl Institute Paris
Leonor Greyl Institute Paris

STEP 4: To seal the deal and truly reap the benefits of the abundance of good-for-you ingredients, sit under Huetiful Hair & Facial Steamer for roughly 30 minutes. Obviously, this is not the steamer used at LEONOR GREYL Institute, but for those of us not in Paris, Huetiful Hair & Facial Steamer is the perfect at-home alternative. After 30 minutes under Huetiful Hair & Facial Steamer, rinse hair thoroughly…emphasis on “thoroughly’. Spend more time rinsing than usual. Afterwards, style hair as desired.


Feeling like amillion bucks after my LEONOR GREYL hair treatment!!
Feeling like a million bucks after my LEONOR GREYL hair treatment!!

Immediately following my salon hair treatment, I noticed that my hair felt stronger, fuller, and more lush. My scalp felt clean, yet not stripped.

Here I am at lunch with Caroline Greyl...showing off my amazing results!
Here I am at lunch with Caroline Greyl…showing off my amazing results!

I was able to go over a week before my next wash. My hair never felt, heavy, weighed down, or greasy. And when I returned home & replicated the treatment process outlined above, I achieved the same results. SOLD!

I love the idea of an intense treatment prior to washing…and I especially love that I can achieve healthy, full, glamorous hair without having to over-wash….which can lead to dryness and breakage. Ever since returning from Paris, I have continued to treat/wash my hair in this fashion — and let me tell you: I can’t imagine going back to the old way of washing.

If your hair type is similar to mine (dry, coarse, prone to frizz), the above treatment recipe should work for you. If your hair type is not similar to mine, visit the LEONOR GREYL website and customize a treatment plan for your specific needs.

In the US, LEONOR GREYL products are available at LeonorGreyl-usa.com, Nordstrom, AmazonFolica, and these online retailers. To locate a salon near you that offers LEONOR GREYL treatments, click here.

Click here to read more about my Beauty Tour of Paris

For a look into my world and my time in Paris, peruse my Instagram feed and search using #TTBinParis

Follow my Paris videos on Vine (@ThisThatBeauty)

Chat soon!


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By a show of hands, who’s enamored with French beauty? Everyone, right?

I absolutely crave the rituals and beauty secrets of French women. There’s just something about the French beauty aesthetic that I cannot get enough of…the mood is chic & understated, yet undeniably present. For years I’ve dabbled in French beauty products ranging from creams and treatments serums, to haircare and color cosmetics.

with Jean Patou Parfumer

I recently had the opportunity to visit Paris and spend intimate time behind-the-scenes with five incredible French brands: Orlane, Leonor Greyl, Jean Patou, Patyka, and Talika.


The thought of this rare experience immediately appealed to me. While pretty colors and lovely packaging send my heart sailing, my expertise as a Beauty Girl is deeply rooting in gaining a deeper understanding of brand heritage, product ingredients, formulation, efficacy, delivery systems, etc.

Orlane Headquaters

So, when offered the chance to travel to Paris and meet with the owners and R&D professionals behind five of Paris’ most successful brands, well — only an act of God could have prevented me from going!

Over the next few weeks, I will share my Parisian Beauty Tour with you:

– You’ll learn all about the life changing Leonor Greyl hair treatment and treatment technique that has forever changed how I care for my hair…I’ll share the products used (lucky you — they’re available in the US) and insider tips on how to get the results of your life.

– I’ll share how I fell in love with fragrance house Jean Patou.

– As a new mom (to be!), I’m really getting into products that are both organic and effective – key word: effective! So learning about Patyka was an absolute pleasure…can’t wait to tell you more about the line and the products with which I’m having tremendous success.

– Beauty innovation gets me going…and, oh the things I learned while visiting with Talika! Stay tuned…

House of Orlane was truly a unique and special experience. During my trip I took lots of video of rarely seen archives and original product packaging. And since my return three weeks ago, I’ve been faithfully using Orlane’s #1 elixir and cream…can’t wait to share more!

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For a look into my world and my time in Paris, peruse my Instagram feed, and search using #TTBinParis

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For a little less than 48-hours, I was able to take a much needed break from the effects of Hurricane Sandy and experience Canada’s top beauty brand, Lise Watier.

Lise Watier Winter 2012 Glamour Rose Collection
Lise Watier Winter 2012 Glamour Rose Collection

I was invited to Montreal to learn about Lise Watier and celebrate the launch of their e-commerce site in the US. My trip included a fun crash course of Lise Watier Beauty School, a rocking star-studded launch party, a limo-guided tour of Montreal, breakfast at The Ritz-Carlton with the Lise Watier, a glam makeover and a photo shoot with one of Montreal’s top photographers.

Lise Watier Beauty School
Lise Watier Beauty School: ThisThatBeauty is ready to learn!
At Lise Watier Party
At Lise Watier E-Commerce Launch Party…showing off my nails in “Backstage”
Breakfast at The Ritz_Carlton with Lise Watier
Breakfast at The Ritz-Carlton with Lise Watier
ThisThatBeauty's GLAM Lise Watier Makeover and Photoshoot
ThisThatBeauty‘s uber glam Lise Watier Makeover and Photo Shoot

Along the way, I of course, got to test lots of Lise Watier product. . . like this complexion-perfecting palette, “Portfolio“.

Lise Watier Portfolio
Lise Watier “Portfolio” in my shade, dark.

It’s one of Lise Watier’s top sellers…and with good reason. The do-it-all skin-enhancing palette corrects, conceals, brightens and contours – More on “Portfolio” and my other Lise Watier loves soon. . .I’ve order several products from the newly launch site — so as soon as they arrive, reviews galore!

In the meantime, follow #BonjourMTL on Twitter and on my Instagram feed (@ThisThatBeauty) for lots of tweets and pictures from my time in Montreal. Also, I have loaded several Lise Watier videos to my viddy account…they’re cute!

Take a moment to follow @LiseWatier on both Twitter and Instagram to learn more about this lovely Canadian beauty brand.

For now. . . I just wanted to update you on my recent trip to Montreal and whet your appetite for plenty of amazing Lise Watier goodness en route. . . Stay tuned, beauties!


I’m such a little tease — Can we please allow a moment to take in the full throttle glam-nificence of Lise Watier GlamourRose Winter 2012 Collection. I mean . . . stunning!


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Do you know that Poland is the 6th largest cosmetics producer in Europe? Well, if your answer is “no”, this begins to explain the rationale behind my recent trip to Warsaw for Polska Cosmetics’ International Cosmetics Industry Promotion Programme and Conference.

In an effort to increase awareness of Polish beauty and promote international opportunities, I was invited to take part in the  discussion panel: The Polish Cosmetics Industry From The Global Perspective. Along with Moderator Andrew McDougall (Reporter: Cosmetic Design, France), Auani Cusma de Paula (Cosmetica News: Brazylia, Rachel Liverman (Brand Relationship Manager: Birchbox, USA), and Emanuela Treneva (United Business Media: HBA Global, USA), I was invited share my thoughts on opportunities for the expansion of Polish cosmetics internationally. During the panel we explored the strengths, perceived weaknesses, and shared insight on opportunities for growth.

That’s me. . .in the top knot & DVF dress!
Imagine I’m saying something brilliant. . .you’re likely right 😉

The highlight of my contributions included:

Perception of Polish Beauty — Highly focused on aesthetics and skin care…this seems to be the core of Eastern European beauty. I currently know of only one “color” focused Polish beauty brand, INGLOT. Given the success of INGLOT as a color brand, I think this lays the groundwork for other Polish brands, interested in an international audience, to make strides beyond purely skin care.

Expansion Opportunities: I always say that “beauty is very personal“. It’s the kind of thing that connects with you on a personal level. Once that connection is made, you’ll pretty much try anything. For many women, that “connection” is about a feeling, a story, a setting. This presents a major opportunity for Polish beauty from a “heritage” point of view. I think that by sharing more heritage behind the brands, you create a bond with the customer. For example, Helena Rubinstein, the very first manufacturer to offer UV protection cream, was born and opened her first cosmetics company in Cracow, Poland? Also, Max Factor — yes, THE Max Factor of PAN-CAKE makeup fame — was born in Łódź in Poland as Maksymilian Faktorowicz. He created the first ever daily foundation. Clearly, the world should know more about this kind of Polish beauty! [What’s your story Poland?…Why should we love you? Pull us in!]

While in Poland I attended the Beauty Forum & Spa Expo (find video footage here on Viddy). As I walked the aisles I was in complete awe of the amazing niche beauty brands: like Organique, a paraben free skincare line that incorporates a holistic approach to caring for skin. Clarena, a line of caviar infused creams and serums. Synesis, a wonderfully chic fragrance brand…I had the pleasure of spending time with CEO Anna Garbaczewska, CEO — what an incredible woman!

With Anna – CEO of Synesis

Since all work and no play makes Felicia a very dull girl. . . I was delighted when Anna offered to show us (Lara of PrettyConnected.com, Rachel from Birchbox, Alice of Candifiend on Youtube, Heather of BeautyUnbiased.com, Danielle of Style And Beauty Doctor) around Warsaw. We had a ball. . . a few pictures —

Team Poland: Dinner with Danielle, Rachel, and Lara
Me: Taking in the Streets of Warsaw
When in Warsaw…Vodka with your hosts (I actually chickened out)
Always stop to smell the roses, err…scents: A yummy collection in Warsaw

While in Warsaw, I shot LOTS of Viddy footage of my beauty finds. For more, visit my Viddy account. You’ll find videos from the Beauty Forum & Spa Expo, product demos, and even my wild partying in Warsaw — Spoiler alert: I guest DJ’d one night!

Click my Viddy account to see my beauty videos from Warsaw — SIX in total !!!

I am incredibly grateful to Polska Cosmetics and the entire Poland Beauty Industry for inviting me to take part in such and important inaugural event for their beauty community. It was my honor to represent the US. The Promotion Programme (which is partly responsible for my participation), will run for about three more years. The unique initiative is deigned to promote the Polish beauty industry and enable the Polish national pavilion to take part in important beauty trade shows throughout the world — clearly an important step in boosting Polish beauty awareness. I encourage you to learn more about the Polish cosmetics industry and The Promotion Programme: www.polishcosmetics.pl

Do widzenia [that’s ‘good-bye’ in Polish]

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