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Anis and I met a few years ago and we just clicked right from the get-go. I love her spirit, joie de vivre, and kind heart. She’s simply just a lot of fun to be around. Give us a delicious meal and some wine, and we’ll chit chat for hours on end. I also love that Anis is a female entrepreneur who started her very own line of skin care products from scratch. As the Founder and Creative Director of jewelry brand Windsor Avenue, we have this in common. We encourage and applaud each other’s successes. I just love surrounding myself with women that uplift each other.

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So, what do skin care and jewelry have in common you may ask? The obvious answer would be “absolutely nothing.” But, I would have to disagree. This unlikely pairing is quite a match. We all have different skin types as we have unique styles. When our skin glows and we love what we wear, the confidence shines right through.

As women, we often put ourselves last. But, despite limited time, we should use the right facial care products for both short to long-term benefits alongside chic and versatile jewelry pieces that accessorize any outfit no matter if you are in a mad dash out the door.

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When we feel confident, nothing can get in our way of achieving our dreams and why not do it with both beautiful skin and a personalized sense of style?!

A bientôt, 

Olivia

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About Olivia Hollaus

Olivia is the Founder and Creative Director of the jewelry brand Windsor Avenue. Windsor Avenue’s jewelry collections embody versatility, timeless elegance, effortless chic, and confidence for today’s multi-faceted woman. Olivia is a new mom to baby boy Guillaume, so she understands that time is of the essence. Her jewelry pieces are stylish but easy to style to complement a busy lifestyle. Olivia is inspired by travel, interiors, architecture, art, florals, and fabric prints, among others. Her positive outlook on life mixed with her travels and experiences are reflected in her jewelry.

 

 

What is melasma?

Melasma, also called ‘chloasma’, is a common skin condition of adults in which light to dark brown or greyish pigmentation develops, mainly on the face. The name comes from melas, the Greek word for black. Although it can affect both genders and any race, it is more common in women and people with darker skin-types who live in sunny climates. Melasma usually becomes more noticeable in the summer and improves during the winter months. It is not an infection, it is not contagious and it is not due to an allergy. Also, it is not cancerous and will not change into skin cancer.

What does melasma look like?

Melasma is simply darker-than-normal skin affecting the cheeks, forehead, upper lip, nose and chin, usually in a symmetrical manner. It may be limited to the cheeks and nose or just occur overlying the jaw. The neck and, rarely, the forearms can also be affected. Areas of melasma are not raised.

WHAT CAUSES MELASMA?

The cause of melasma is complex. The pigmentation is due to overproduction of melanin by the pigment cells, melanocytes, which is taken up by the keratinocytes (epidermal melanosis) and/or deposited in the dermis (dermal melanosis, melanophages). There is a genetic predisposition to melasma, with at least one-third of patients reporting other family members to be affected. In most people, melasma is a chronic disorder.

Known triggers for melasma include:

  • Sun exposure and sun damage—this is the most important avoidable risk factor
  • Pregnancy—in affected women, the pigment often fades a few months after delivery
  • Hormone treatments—oral contraceptive pills containing estrogen and/or progesterone, hormone replacement, intrauterine devices and implants are a factor in about a quarter of affected women
  • Certain medications (including new targeted therapies for cancer), scented or deodorant soaps, toiletries, and cosmetics—these may cause a phototoxic reaction that triggers melasma, which may then persist long-term
  • Hypothyroidism (low levels of circulating thyroid hormone)

Melasma commonly arises in healthy, non-pregnant adults. Lifelong sun exposure causes deposition of pigment within the dermis and this often persists long-term.

Exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) deepens the pigmentation because it activates the melanocytes to produce more melanin.

Research is attempting to pinpoint the roles of stem cell, neural, vascular and local hormonal factors in promoting melanocyte activation.

We love these products to help with Melasma, dark pigmentation, pregnancy mask and dark spots from sun damage.

SUPER WHITE BIO SERUM

SUPER WHITENING BOTULINUM FACE LIFTING PRIMER

TCA TONER

TCA CLEANSER

TCA PEEL GORGEOUS PEEL

Love the Cocoa Coffee Scrub, it’s 100 % organic and smells like candies. It makes my skin super clean, smooth and hydrated in minutes. 
 
The Enzyme peel with Chia is great for sensitive skin. I found it great to do a quick treatment just before an event. Apply it for 20 minutes before you start applying your makeup. The makeup will slide on your skin very well.
 
I’m Fabulous Cosmetics is a luxurious botanical skincare line formulated for men and women to safely and effectively promote healthy radiant skin. Our products are made in small batches from a diverse collection of natural, native, wild-harvested and organic ingredients known to nourish, rejuvenate and protect your skin.
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This formula is free of harsh synthetics, petrochemicals, biological and environmental toxins, carcinogens and fillers including plain water, alcohol and pre-made bases.
NUTRIENT RICH – SOURCED GLOBALLY   –   MADE IN THE USA   –   GENTLE TO YOU AND THE PLANET  –  FEED YOUR SKIN WELL
A lot of people for many years were using fancy beauty products, and a lot of them are full of chemicals, and it’s kind of like, well what are you putting on your skin? I think that’s where we are getting to now, this big shift with people wanting to go back to using things from the earth. It’s sort of like, well let’s have a look, can we pronounce the names of ingredients on the back of our products? And if we can’t, let’s think again.

During the 1990s, a fair bit of research was conducted on TCA, mostly because (via chlorine) it can end up in the water system. Reviews of various tests came up with the conclusion that it is “not considered to be carcinogenic to humans”.

study on 65 people in Korea (using TCA at 65% or 100% concentrations) showed it to be an effective treatment for acne scars. What interested me about this research was the authors did not want to conduct deep peels because of complications such as damage to adjacent normal skin but instead used high concentrations of TCA targeted directly on each scar “pressing hard” with a wooden applicator.

A lot of great reviews on people also using TCA for sun damages or scarring on legs, arms and body parts.

Medium depth peels are usually performed with trichloroacetic acid (TCA) in concentrations ranging from 20-35%. Although there are formulations of 50%, they generally not recommended because of the high risk of scarring associated with this depth of penetration. Apparently, 11-20% concentrations of TCA will penetrate one–to-two layers of the epidermis.

The concentration of I’M FABULOUS Gorgeous Peel is less than 11%. You will not get downtime. It is safe and easy to use.

BRING NEW LIFE TO YOUR SKINCARE

Plant stem cells are innately undifferentiated cells located in the meristems of the plant. Plant stem cells serve as the origin of plant vitality, as they maintain themselves while providing a steady supply of precursor cells to form differentiated tissues and organs in plants.
The stem cells thanks to their ability of unlimited division number or transformation into different cell types creating organs, are responsible for regeneration processes.
Depending on the organism in which the stem cells exists, they divide to the plant or animal ones. The later group includes the stem cells existing in both embryo’s and adult human’s organs. It includes, among others, epidermal stem cells, located in the hair follicle relieves and also in its basal layers, and responsible for permanent regeneration of the epidermis. Temporary science looks for a method suitable for stimulation of the epidermis stem cells, amongst the other by delivery of e.g., growth factors for proliferation that decrease with the age.
One of the methods is the use of the plant cell culture technology, including a number of methods that should ensure the growth of plant cells, tissues or organs in the environment with the microorganism-free medium. It uses abilities of the different plant cells to dedifferentiation into stem cells and coming back to the pluripotent status.
The extracts obtained this way from the plant stem cells are currently used for the production of both common or professional care cosmetics. This work describes the exact impact of the plant stem cell extract, coming from one type of the common apple tree (Uttwiler Spätlauber) to human skin as one of the first plant sorts, which are used in cosmetology and aesthetic dermatology.
Stem cells are a huge trend in skincare, but what do they really do for your skin? Stem cells are often called “blank” cells because they are undifferentiated, meaning they can be duplicated and made into any type of cell. Think of stem cells as blank scrabble pieces, they can fill in where there are needed because they have the ability to turn into specialized cells. They can boost collagen, protect against sun damage, brighten and repair damaged cells.

I’M FABULOUS ® uses plant stem cell extracts from oranges, lilac, and grapes as ingredients in several products. All plant stem cells provide antioxidant protection, adding an extra boost of skin-health benefits to an established regimen. Specifically, they guard against inflammation, neutralize free radicals and reverse sun damage. Plant stem cell extracts, versus the actual stem cell, are used in skincare because they are the purest, most-stable way of ensuring the quality of the ingredient. While the actual stem cell can’t survive outside of the plant, the extract is just as effective.

Here are a some products that take advantage of the benefits of plant stem cell extract: