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All things beauty and then some. Andrea Claire has been a hairstylist and makeup artist for 23 years now. A Canadian based in Singapore since 2007, she has appeared on Asia's Next Top Model, Yahoo Asia, Canadian Idol, So Chic and more.

Haute Beauty: Expect the unexpected

By Andrea Claire · October 12, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

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Collagen plumping, cellular rejuvenating and skin-brightening are all skincare qualities we have learned to look for at beauty counters and spas. The beauty world is forever spinning new fabulous innovative [and maybe a little shocking] ingredients and treatments that keep us chasing after the fountain of youth. What are the latest and greatest? Snails gliding on your forehead? Cats licking your acne? Well, maybe not exactly but there is a little truth for this sensational skincare story.

Dr Brandt Intraceuticals Oxygen Facial. Yup that stuff we breathe apparently makes our skin look better. Quelle surprise!

How it works: Using therapeutic grade oxygen, infusing a skin specific cocktail of hydrators, essential vitamins, botanicals, antioxidants and amino peptides are then penetrated into the deeper layers of the skin through an airbrush-looking tool. Taking less than an hour, this treatment is set apart from any other facial treatment because the result is luminous with intense hydration and visible, age defying results with zero irritation and redness. Go straight to your office or centre stage after your treatment. [PS Madonna LOVES this!]

Stay Gold. Gold has been a part of beauty for centuries. Channel your inner Cleopatra.

How it works: Gold-infused skincare activates the cellular growth, detoxifies and brightens the skin with the added perk of a sheer luminous golden hue, enhancing your makeup.

La Prairie Cellular Radiance Concentrate Pure Gold $615.00 USD at Bergdorf Goodman, apply morning and night under your skin creams.

Skincare that has the potential to gag you pretty: Placenta facials. I know; gagging already. Sheep's placenta has been a known ingredient for many high end treatments for plumping up the skin, if ewe can do it why can't you? The latest is DIY placenta facials (yes, with your own placenta) or having your placenta turned into capsules via a compound pharmacy or even DIY placenta encapsulation kits. [Now I’m gagging and I’m a mother. No thank you on the capsules.]

How it works: Placenta is rich in bioactive nutrients which are anti-aging, revitalizing, hydrating, skin firming, diminishes age spots and pigmentation. Keep in mind placenta is what nourishes a growing foetus so there must be some youth miracle in there somewhere.

Try Re-Birth Placenta Extract Concentrate Serum by Lanopearl with a smaller molecule than a skin pore, it is quickly absorbed in one minute.

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Snail slime in your skincare? Ever since hearing about the benefits of snail slime I've been eyeing the creatures in my garden in a whole new light.

How it works: The Helix Aspersa Muller snail extract has allantoin which has the power to regenerate skin cells; proteins that soften the skin; collagen and elastin which stimulates the cell renewal and glycolic acid, a key component that encourages peeling and eliminating of dead cells that are on the surface of skin.

Try ELICINA with healing properties that also makea a great scar reducer and stretch mark fader.

Cat saliva. Have you ever thought: “Hmm, cats heal so quickly by licking themselves, maybe my cat should lick my face?” Me neither; but apparently some of you have. In my Google research there was one forum post as to how this person put tuna juice on their face and had their cat lick their acne; swore to the cure. [Which could have something to do with the Omega in the tuna juice...]

While you may not want to encourage Fluffy to lick tuna off of your face, a Nobel-prize winning discovery found that true, an enzyme in saliva possessed healing powers. And just as you can’t squeeze blood from a stone, nor can you get a cat to spit so that enzyme is bioengineered as EGF and used in many products including the skincare line: ReVive.

ReVive Moisturizing Renewal Cream Supreme $195.00 USD at Neiman Marcus, for all skin types to revitalize and reverse the signs of ageing.

Now you will look PURRRFECT.

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