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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.

The not-so-festive Turkey Neck!

By Andrea Claire · December 21, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

The turkey neck waddle and the decolletage are areas that we have neglected over the years. Guess what? A neglected neckline reveals more than you want to share - your age! Sure - maybe you are face focused and looking youthful with your creams serums, boosters, fillers and the Botoxed Barbie extremes from the neck up but what about below the chin?

Have you learned nothing from Ally McBeal?

Judge Jennifer 'Whipper' Cone (Dyan Cannon) gets some turkey waddle love by Richard Fish (Greg Germann) as seen on Ally McBeal.

When you apply your face creams are you stopping at your jawline? Yes? Are you using a neck cream? hm...

Our skin needs to be treated with love and devotion.

You can't ignore the beauty industry's influence just like you can't ignore the fashion influence of cerulean blue.

We don't make the aging rules but you do need to learn them to win the fight against aging! Maintaining hydration and elasticity focusing on collagen rejuvenation as we age is key. Of course we think of prevention - suncreen and regular skincare habits and that should not be limited to our face.

As you age do you ever wake up with creases on your bust? I am not talking breasts - just above the top of your cleavage to your collarbone. Those creases in the morning are signs of dehydration and over time they will stay, deepen and sag. Do you look at an older relative wondering if your decolletage area will become leathery like theirs? Are you focusing on Aunt Bertha's neck waddle when you are chatting with her? Don't get her confused with your Holiday turkey.

Delaying the signs of aging can be done with proper care. Keeping your skin nourished with creams is proven to be effective. This is me. I am 41. I have had no work done and there is no Photoshopping here - yes, a little Instagramming - I have used creams all over for years. If I get lazy with my body / neck creams I notice the difference within a week on my decolletage. Lather up with lotions Ladies and metro-Gents!

You can get a jump-start on your waddle and extra chins with Exilis. [I may or may not be giving this a go elsewhere... stay tuned.] But no helping hand is efficient without upkeep. Never too late to start with your magic potions.

Radical Skincare Firming Neck Gel  $125.00 USD at Barneys New York

Experience an immediate lift and a smoother, brighter skin tone on your neck and décolleté with this unique antioxidant-rich creamy emulsion. Kelp Extract smoothes and Green Tea and Resveratrol fight aging free radicals. Antioxidant-rich Vitamin C and collagen-defending Sepilift help firm sagging neck tissue, while Soybean and Jojoba Oils provide high-performance hydration. 50ml

La Prairie Anti-Aging Neck Cream A Cellular Firming Complex  $225.00 USD at Bloomingdale's

Is your neck hinting at your age? The skin of the neck and chin ages differently from the skin of the face, and with aging, the chin may lose its youthful streamlined look. Scientists at La Prairie have developed a formula containing a complex designed to help re-contour the chin and neck area to a slimmer, firmer look. Other ingredients work to hydrate, smooth, and promote even skin tone. With regular use, the skin of the neck becomes silkier, smoother, and tighter. Benefits: Helps slim and re-shape the chin and neck area Boosts skin function to help restore density, firmness, elasticity and texture with a youth-restoring complex and an advanced peptide Renews skin hydration system to increase moisture retention Helps reduce age spots and promotes even skin tone through an anti-pigmentation complex The Application: Morning and evening. Using two hands and beginning at the bustline, stroke upward quickly toward neck and chin in rapid alternative strokes. Use more cream if necessary and apply to back of neck and upper shoulder area.

Perricone MD Perricone MD Firming Neck Therapy 2 oz (59 ml)  $98.00 USD at Beauty.com

The science to address specific skin concerns. Helps to firm, nourish and hydrate Minimizes appearance of deep lines and wrinkles. The first signs of age often appear in the neck area. This anti-glycation cream will help tone, tighten and form a barrier to increase the appearance of skin's overall elasticity and thickness. It nourishes and hydrates the skin to help minimize developing lines and wrinkles. It is odorless, non-greasy and non staining. Skin will appear more firm, smooth in texture and youthful. Made in USA


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.


Eco-Beauty: Beautify Mother Earth & Yourself

By Andrea Claire · July 4, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Eco-Beauty by Andrea Claire [me] originally seen in austinwoman magazine

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