Ole Henriksen Gets a New Look (And Collection!)

Today, Ole Henriksen reveals his new look and as part of the relaunch has added a new Balance Collection, designed to control oil and refine pores without stripping skin. In addition to this completely new collection designed to care for oily skin, each product has been repackaged to reflect Ole’s Scandinavian heritage and has reorganized from 10 collections to 4, clear and color-coded product lines based on skincare concerns to it’s easy to shop.

The collections are as follows:

  1. The Truth Collection – brighting, anti-aging and all day hydration (orange packaging)
  2. The Transform Collection – evens skin tone and texture (blue packaging)
  3. The Nurture Collection – intensely hydrates and nourishes dry and sensitive skin (purple packaging)
  4. The Balance Collections – Ole’s new collection that controls oil and refines pores without stripping skin (green packaging).

A little more on Ole Henriksen — beyond he’s one of the most lovely and genuinely positive and happy people I’ve ever met — at 65 he literally glows inside and out! He opened a spa in Beverly Hills in 1975 and quickly developed a celebrity clientele and cult following which led the launch of his product line in 1984. In 2011 Kendo, a brand incubator of LVMH (same brand that also backed Bite Beauty, Marc Jacobs Beauty, Kat Von D and the new Rihanna Fenty makeup collection launching this fall!) acquired the brand. And today they have joined forces to reimagine the Ole Henrikson collection still exclusive to Sephora. All of the brands favorites are still in the collection, including their mega award winners, Truth Serum, Sheer Transformations Perfecting Moisturizer and Power Peel!

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Me time, yogurt and Aveeno

Having grandparents that were born in Greece, the benefits of yogurt are not lost on me. In my family though the do it all fixer wasn’t Windex, but in fact yogurt. Growing up I had really sensitive skin and was allergic to red dyes. Every now and then I would get flare ups and yogurt would always calm it down. It helped relieve the insatiable itch and dry skin. Yogurt is filled with nourishing and healing nutrients as well as lactic acid, which is a popular AHA that helps dissolve dead skin and tighten pores, and often see it in DIY face mask and skincare recipes.

Aveeno, known for their Active Naturals ingredients which harness the power and calming properties of oatmeal has blended this with the nourishing ingredients found in yogurt to launch the new Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Yogurt ($7.99) and Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Yogurt Body Wash ($7.49).  Available in two delicious scents, Apricot & Honey and Vanilla & Oat the Body Yogurts and Wash feature their new ACTIVBIND Complex. This makes up the body yogurt formula, which maintains all day contact with skin for long-lasting moisture and contains essential vitamins, lactose, proteins, lactic acid and lipids found in yogurt.

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As an adult having been in the skincare industry for over a decade, I’ve learned how to balance my skin and rarely have the issues I experienced as a kid. I wouldn’t even call my skin sensitive anymore! Dryness on the other hand, especially in the winter time is a constant struggle. The Daily Moisturizing Yogurt Collection and regimen with ACTIVE NATURALS® Oat revitalizes dry skin and hydrates for up to 48 hours. Which I need because as of recent I have not had time to pamper myself daily.

Which is ironic, since I’m someone that really enjoys skincare and taking care of my body. In my usual busy life, putting on masks, indulging in long showers, and taking the time to moisturize are my “me” time. It’s the hour in the bathroom I’m away from my computer, phone, social media and even my dog, and is all about me. I’m also someone that enjoys working out but as of late, I have been rushing through life and powering through my beauty routine. In between fashion week, shoots and I’m doing a lot more tv and videos with brands — it all sounds so glamorous and on Instagram it is, but the prep and meeting all of your deadlines has been stressful. I’ve had to be so ‘on’ and my brain has been on hyperdrive that I haven’t had as much personal or relaxing time.

When Aveeno sent me the Body Yogurt collection months ago, they packaged it with a robe and slippers encouraging me to take a #momentforme (moment for me!).  Of course, since that moment, my life has been a roller coaster and my career, dog, boyfriend, friend/family (in that order) have had my undivided attention. So while I’m burning through the Aveeno products, the plush robe and slippers remained tucked away for a special moment of celebration when my deadlines were met and I could focus on a #MomentForMe.

If you follow me on snapchat/Instagram stories, you’re no stranger to the Aveeno Body Yogurts I’ve been featuring them for months. I use them as part of my routine and religiously before every shoot so my legs look hydrated and on point. Although my dog freakishly loves to lick it off my skin — did you catch that video? He’s never licked my body, past my face until I started using this moisturizer. It’s more fragrant then I generally go for (I usually like a scented body wash, and unscented moisturizer) but I’m obsessed with the consistency. It’s thick and creamy, but absorbs into skin in seconds. And it has that cooling effect like yogurt (although it doesn’t otherwise look or feel like yogurt) when it glides in so it’s not heavy. If a moisturizer can be thick without being heavy and mega hydrating and long lasting that is my ideal. I don’t know how to phrase it better than this formula is my perfect consistency. It also doesn’t make me shiny or leave any residue or product on the surface of skin. It all absorbs in and with intense hydration.

My other confession is I use the Yogurt Body Wash to shave my legs. A girlfriend of mine with really sensitive skin was having a tough time with shaving creams so she started using Aveeno unscented body wash and swore by it. Ever since, I rarely use anything other than one of their body washes to shave my legs. It’s one less step and product in my bathroom and all of them lather nicely, without being so thick like regular shaving cream, which I don’t enjoy.  It feels really lovely on, the Yogurt Body Wash is creamy and formulated with patented Natrasurf technology to gently cleanse without over stripping or damaging skin. And leaves my skin so soft out of the shower. It smells amazing and not just in the shower, but lingers after.

Friday was the finish line (I filmed 5 segments and wrapped up 4 magazine collaborations and fashion week this month!), and the month isn’t over! I celebrated by booking a weekend up the Hudson so I could pamper myself in a hotel, take a bath and spend some time in nature running with my dog off leash. Everything about this past weekend was my idea of paradise! I don’t know that a robe has ever felt so plush, slippers ever so soft or my skin every looking better. It’s amazing when you take care of yourself inside and out how much better you feel as a person. I’m so ready and refreshed for the week to come!

Happy Monday everyone! xoLara

Thank you Aveeno for the products, partnership and inspiring not just a moment but a weekend of me!

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Dermasuri studied the ancient Eastern exfoliating secrets from…

Dermasuri studied the ancient Eastern exfoliating secrets from the traditional Hammams of Turkey, Morocco, Japanese and Korean baths, then developed a simple product that delivers the same results. The Deep Exfoliating Mitt by Dermasuri works so well that you literally can see the dead skin skills roll off (you know you love it). Not only does it remove your winter scales, it instantly but it also improves circulation, stimulates collagen and fights aging. And here are a few more: it reduces ingrown hairs, bumps, clogged pores and helps absorb skin care products more effectively.


This award winning home exfoliation product is created without chemicals and is quickly becoming everyone’s secret exfoliator. Unlike a washcloth or a loofah, the mitt is made with a particular fabric material that scoops and removes the dead skin cells. 

Does This: Exfoliates skin while providing many other benefits
Is This: Deep Exfoliating Mitt by Dermasuri
Price: $19.99

Image Source: Vogue Italia, product c/o the brand

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8 Tips I learned from Mario Dedivanovic aka @MakeupbyMario Master Class


When Mario Dedivanovic aka @makeupbymario comes to town, every beauty enthusiast wants a piece of him. If you follow him on social, you know he’s the real deal — and not just because he’s the preferred makeup artist to the Kardashians. Makeup artists around the world line up for his Master Class to learn from him and watch him work. His A-list clientele speaks volumes, as does the fact that his client following is so strong that he’s unavailable some will book him the night before and sleep on their backs so they are makeup ready the next day!


While I’ve meet Mario before — I once cornered him once at Khloe Kardashian event, the opportunity to watch him work in person came from Jergens, who sponsored his latest Master Class this past weekend in NYC. His legendary Master Class’s which often Kim Kardashian West as the model, are set in NY, London and Dubai. He started with 20 students 7 years ago and now sells out and is one of the most sought after makeup artists. During the sneak peek event, Mario did a ‘quick’ makeup look while answering questions. Here’s what I learned:


  1. He uses a moisturizer instead of a primer. His preferred is Kiehl’s Ultra Facial
  2. Apply moisturizer to the body is just as important as the face (especially for the red carpet)… radiant luminous skin from head to toe. His preferred is Jergens Shea Butter. It has pure African Shea Butter and other skin conditioning benefits and absolrbs quickly and doesn’t leave skin greasy or sticky.
  3. Uses hairspray or brow gel to set brows
  4. Doesn’t use eyeshadow primers just the foundation or concealer he already used on his client’s face on their eyelid (mainly because the foundation does the same thing and likes a consistent color throughout the face).
  5. For the makeup to last, he sets the eye lids and face with a translucent powder. His favorite is Laura Mercier’s.
  6. For a bold liner that lasts he layers a pencil, then gel (or cream) and ends with a liquid liner on top for percussion.
  7. He uses Parian Spirit to clean brushes and then deep washes them with baby shampoo with a couple of drops of tea tree oil to disinfect.
  8. He never uses his BeautyBlender dry (only damp).
Lastly I asked about the biggest makeup bane of my existence, watery eyes. He agreed and there is not much you can do but best tip is to wrap a tissue around your finger and lightly tap it when you feel the tears coming on.  The next tip is to breath through your nose (not mouth) when you feel it coming on and if done right you suck the tears in so they don’t come out. Lastly, he picked up a tip in the middle east that if you clip a bobby pin to your ears this somehow prevents tears from coming. He’s yet to try the final tip, but you know I’m all over it!

For more all things Mario follow him @makeupbymario and check out his Master Class schedule at themasterclass.com. Learn more about Jergens at jergens.com

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A day with Kiehl’s… making a difference and making serums!


Yesterday, I had an epic day with Kiehl’s. The skincare brand has always held a special place in my heart since they have amazing products, do so much good, and I used to work for them! I actually helped launch their social media a million moons ago so stepping back into their corporate office yesterday brought me so much joy. And even more so because it was for an amazing cause! kiehls-faile-feed-america-creme-de-corms

Kiehl’s partnered with Feeding America for their charitable holiday collaboration designed by the artist duo FAILE with 100% of the net profits of the “Collection for a Cause” to support Feeding America, up to $100,000. And it’s all of Kiehl’s top selling products in limited edition packaging so why not stock up on your favorites while making a major difference. Just this 3-pack of their Hand Salve ($34) will provide 295 meals, and this Creme de Corps Classic Whipped Body Butter ($15) is going to provide 85 meals! View the whole collection HERE! This is Kiehl’s 3rd year partnering with the organization and has donated $300,000 to date which is 3 million meals to those in need.  Food insecurity is a major issue in America. 42 million people are food insecure in our country and  1 out of every 6 children faces hunger.  That’s 13 million children in the US who may not be able to eat dinner tonight.  With this collaboration Kiehl’s will help provide over 1 MILLION MEALS to families in need this holiday season.  I spent the morning with Kiehl’s and Feeding America helping pack meals for City Harvest. Alongside my fellow beauty editors we put together and donated 400 meals!kiehls-gives-back-city-harvest-feed-americakiehls-gives-back-faile-feel-good-collaboration

This is just one of the many reasons it gives me so much pride to have worked for such an incredible brand. The other is their outstanding products. Harkening back to their 165-year-old apothecary roots, Kiehl’s is excited to introduce their latest product launch, Apothecary Preparations. In a first-ever personalized skincare experience, a Kiehl’s skincare specialist works with you to create a customized facial concentrate catered to your skincare concerns.


The consultation takes about 20 minutes where they identify your skincare concerns — mine was skin tone, texture and pores. Once I had my prescriptions we mixed together some concentrates with a Texture Refining Complex with Vitamin F and LHA and Brightening Complex with Vitamin C and Scotch Pine Extract.


Once the concoction is mixed they print out a custom label with your name on it and all your information. It’s so cool! This service is currently available at the Kiehl’s flagship store at 109 3rd Avenue in NYC and will be rolling out to all Kiehl’s stores soon! Learn more at kiehls.com/apothecary-preparations

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My Five Favourite Products Of The Year

Narrowing down my favourite beauty finds from what – lets be honest, is a hoarders paradise of different products may seem like daunting task, but it actually became incredibly simple when I started to think about the products I couldn’t go a day without. Cult beauty, a site which I find myself browsing more frequently than ASOS these days (and that’s saying something), invited me to share five of my favourite cult products to find my ultimate must have of the year, and I’ve got the cream of the beauty crop here for you today!

– This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Cult Beauty –

Renaissance Cleaning Gel

First impressions of the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel always seem to be somewhere along the lines of ‘what’s so special about it?’ and while I could probably give you a list about as long as my arm detailing why its just that good, the reason I know it’s is always going to be the cleanser for me is that I never fail to come back to it. No matter how many different skincare products I try there isn’t one that I’ve repurchased as many times as this despite how long it actually takes me to use up a bottle, even with daily use. One pump per cleanse is seriously enough!

Whenever my skin isn’t looking it’s best, if I feel like things are getting a little dull, or I just need a quick boost of moisture I reach for this rose scented cleanser. It’s so light and gentle but really goes a long way towards brightening up and refreshing the surface of your skin. The gel is hydrating but not thick, although it’s rich enough to massage in like there’s no tomorrow when you’re cleansing and it’s make up removing abilities are unparalleled and takes off mascara like no other.

Natural skin care lovers will be please to know this is an all natural product that uses pumpkin enzymes and Vitamin A to resurface dead cells from the skins surface in a thorough but gentle way making it perfect for sensitive skin too, leaving all skin types soft, hydrating and ready for the next step of your routine.

Sunday Riley
Luna Sleeping Night Oil

Another skincare hero that has been a staple in my routine is the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil. Sunday Riley never fail to impress me with their products – I love absolutely everything they put their name to. This bright blue, retinol based oil may just be the best of the bunch though and one of those rare skincare finds that I get almost instant results with after just one night’s use.

Dehydration, dullness, breakouts and redness are just a handful of the problems Luna seems to fix for me, making it the ultimate pick me up. With consistent use too I’ve noticed just how much clearer, brighter and plumped my skin has become over time just by adding a few drops into my evening routine.

Becca x Jaclyn Hill
Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop
I don’t often fall in love with Limited Edition launches for fear of never being able to get my hands on them again, but when Becca teamed up with Jaclyn Hill to create the Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop I knew it was going to be good. So good in fact, that it’s now part of the permanent collection – everyone breathe a sigh of relief!

Everything I loved about the super smooth, highly pigmented formula of the Shimmering Skin Perfector range, combined with the richest shade of warm, champagne peach made for an instant favourite in the highlighting department with all other contenders forgotten for good.

Huda Beauty
Liquid Matte
I think it’s safe to say 2016 has well and truly been the year of liquid lipsticks and there’s no doubt that I am firmly on that bandwagon. Long lasting, matte colour that’s easy to apply and never smudges – a.k.a a bold lip lovers idea of heaven, my liquid lip collection nearly outweighs my now ‘old fashioned’ stash OG lipsticks.

The Huda Beauty Matte Lips in Bombshell is my favourite for an everyday neutral. Who’d have thought I’d be here professing my love for a nude lip over a red one – but it’s happening. I’m officially a convert and I think this shade has had something to do with it. It’s one of those highly coveted ‘your lips but better’ colours with just the right hint of pink to be incredibly flattering to fairer skin tones and now remains a constant in the bottom of my handbag thanks to its awesome staying powder.

Hair Oil
One of the most exciting beauty moments this year for me came in the form of Ouai hair care. From the sleek minimal packaging to the simple range of products I was all over this launch when it hit the site. Everything I’ve tried just works so well but my favourite discovery to date has been the Hair Oil.

My hair hasn’t been in the best shape recently. The blonder I’ve gotten the more moisture it’s been craving and an oil has been an absolute must when it comes to styling. Most days I just run a pump of this through the ends and go. It smells dreamy, is light enough not to weigh down fine hair texture and keeps any brittle ends super soft and manageable.


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Five amazing products that I couldn’t be without. I really do reach for these every single day and choosing just one for my Cult Product of the Year seems like an impossible task, but when it comes down to it, the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel has to be one of the greatest and most loved beauty products ever. We all know I love a good bit of skincare!

Share your Cult Product of the Year and review of your cult product tagging @Cultbeauty with the hashtag #CultProductOfTheYear and nominate three friends to do the same for a daily chance to be featured on the Cult Beauty Instagram account and win £100 to spend on the site!

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