WE LOVE MOM: CELEBRATE HER IN NYC
The Laszlo LatestApril 28, 2016
“Call your mother.” It’s something we hear all the time, and there’s a reason for that. Taking time on Mother’s Day to show the moms in our lives that we appreciate them is so important! Whether it’s your own mother, your mother-in-law, your best friend, or even yourself, this is the day we put aside to celebrate all the moms we know and love.
Mother’s Day is one of our favorite holidays. We have been sharing skincare through generations of mothers and daughters. We hear over and over again the connection we are able to make on something so important and personal.
If you’re thinking of going beyond the usual Mother’s Day card and doing something special this year, we’ve got a few ideas to help you show your love in true New York style!
For a truly indulgent way to say “I love you,” nothing compares to a day of beautifying. The Institute at Erno Laszlo offers a bespoke facial treatment tailored to your skin concerns. It’s the first year we are offering this, book a session for mom and yourself and spend the day together, luxuriating your skin and slowing down your mind.
Nothing compares to a big celebration with family and friends. If you are creative (and daring) enough to cook a fabulous meal at home for a large group, this is the way to go. Of course, if you’re just too busy to host a gathering, brunch or dinner at the perfect restaurant is a great way to treat mom. Three of our favorite places in the city include Supper, Egg Shop and Buvette. Time to treat and be treated!
ON A BUDGET
While spa days and incredible meals are things we’d all love to enjoy and give, sometimes our finances nudge us in a different direction. It can be just as meaningful (if not more so), to simply spend time and express your love in a way that doesn’t involve spending a lot of money. Why not grab coffee or tea and walk across the Brooklyn Bridge together? There’s also the Highline and window shopping in the Meatpacking District. Just taking the time to be together can mean everything.
JUST FOR YOU
If you’re a mom, you know how precious your alone time is. Why not treat yourself to a day out, doing what you love most? Maybe its yoga, going to the gym or a SoulCycle class. Perhaps you love going to bookstores and getting lost in a new book. Or, maybe you just want a day at home to take a bath, do your favorite mask and snuggle up with a magazine. Do whatever you want – you deserve it!
SARAH KAUSS: FINDING BEAUTY IS S'WELL
#YouOnlyYouApril 13, 2016
Our guest this week is the lovely Sarah Kauss, founder of S’well Bottle, a company dedicated to reducing plastic on the planet through their gorgeous collection of insulated water bottles. We talk about what she’s looking forward to in NYC this spring, her daily diet and exercise regimen, and her unwavering dedication to hydration, inside and out.
What are five things you love right now in New York?
Union Square Farmer’s Market - I pass it every day to and from work and it’s so nice to walk around now that it’s not bitter cold outside
The S’well Roof - We have a built out roof on our building that only S’well has access to and we’ve already started having team lunches and eating Pinkberry up there together
The Whitney Museum - It’s such a beautiful museum to get lost in on a Saturday afternoon
Central Park - As it gets warmer, I can’t help but want to spend more time there just wandering around and people watching.
Drinking Wine Outside - We’re inching closer and closer to Rosé season, but I might have put some in a S’well and started a little early
Best advice you’ve ever received?
The best advice I’ve received is that it’s ok to say ‘no’. People who know me well know that I love to say ‘yes’, so I try to make ‘no’ a positive word in my day-to-day interactions.
Is there any health trend you love right now?
Though we love doughnuts in the S’well office, we’re trying to switch over to some healthy snacks. We just started doing monthly orders from Nuts.com and I am loving it. Snacking on nuts is not only delicious, but has a ton of health benefits. Raw nuts are filled with protein, fiber, unsaturated fats, and important vitamins and minerals.
Your favorite dish or something related to food?
I’m currently loving Rhythm Superfoods- dried broccoli! It was in the gift bags at this year’s TED conference and I can’t get enough of it.
How do you stay in shape? Your favorite places/things to do to work out?
One of the benefits for S’well employees is an Equinox membership and it quickly became one of my favorite places to workout. Whether it be spending some time on the elliptical or choosing from their range of classes, I know I’m always going to break a good sweat when I go.
How do you practice beauty from the inside out?
Hydrating of course! I try to drink as much water as I can throughout the day. I don’t go anywhere without making sure my S’well is filled.
What’s your go to product if you feel your skin needs a quick pick me up?
I love Erno Laszlo’s Phormula 3-9 Repair Balm deep moisturizer. It’s very light and repairs my skin while I sleep.
What are your morning and/or evening beauty ritual?
Washing my face is one of the very first things I do in the morning using Erno Laszlo’s Phelityl Cleansing bar. It helps wake me up before I have my first cup of coffee. After a long day, I love to come home and take off the day using the Sea Mud Cleansing Bar, and if I have the time, put a face mask on. Not only is great for my skin, but it’s good quiet time for myself.
If you could tell your 20-year old self one thing as it relates skincare, what would it be?
I would tell myself that it is so important it is to find a regimen that works for you. I used to love trying all sorts of different products, but once I started investing in my skincare and using just the products that were right for my skin, I noticed a difference in the overall appearance.
Wonder Workouts & Glowing Skin
The Laszlo LatestApril 04, 2016
One of the best things you can do to get that youthful glow and defy the aging process is exercise. Whether it’s yoga, running, cycling or gym time, working out is a no-brainer when it comes to looking and feeling vibrant. But could your workout be affecting your skin negatively?
We talked to a few of our fanatically fit co-workers to hear all about their favorite ways to sweat it out, and how they keep that Laszlo Glow post-workout.
I do a ton of walking in New York, so when I actually workout, I focus on cardio workouts like Peloton Cycle. I just joined ClassPass and can’t wait to try new classes throughout the city! I tend to have sensitive skin that will break out easily. The combination of studio-provided towels and shared equipment doesn’t help. I bring the Sea Mud Detoxifying Cleansing Ritual Trio to wash and tone my face right after each class. This trio provides a deep cleanse but also calms my sensitive skin. I always follow with REM SPF30 before leaving the gym. It gives me the moisture I need, plus I never skimp on the sunscreen!
I love FlyBarre classes. They give me great results and are incredibly challenging. I never leave for a class without Anti-Blemish Beta Wash in my bag. This cleanser is perfect for acne prone and oily skin! I love using it on those days I have an extra-tough workout and want to wash my face afterwards, or plan to go from my workout to meeting a friend. It makes my skin feel so refreshed, and enhances my post-workout glow.
For me, it’s hot yoga and Pilates all the way. I love Y7 Studio for yoga. It mixes traditional yoga with Hip Hop music! Gramercy Pilates always has a class available so it's my go to spot for a quick pick-me-up class. Both are so rejuvenating and make me feel really strong and lean without building too much muscle. The Pilates machines often make my hands dry, so I always have Phormula 3-9 Repair Balm in my workout bag. It’s so rich and heals dryness quickly. The heat from the yoga class can also dry my skin out. I make sure to replenish my skin’s glow with Phelityl Pre-Cleansing Oil and Cleansing Bar post workout. For an extra boost I use Hydra-Therapy Sleep Mask. When I use this mask I always wakeup with plump, hydrated skin.
Get that Wedding Season Glow
The Laszlo LatestMarch 25, 2016
The season for exchanging vows is upon us and we all know what that means: revamped regimens to help us look and feel our absolute best. Whether you’re getting married, playing bridesmaid or attending as a guest, weddings give us a great reason to start a new program. We want to trim down to look fabulous in that dress, eat nourishing foods to keep our energy levels up, and take immaculate care of our skin so we can glow, glow, glow on that very important day!
3 MONTHS OUT
Three months might seem like plenty of time to prepare for the big day, but trust us, this time will fly by and you’ll be glad you started early. Start cutting out foods that might bloat you, like dairy and gluten. These foods can also cause inflammation in the body and lead to acne, so they’re best avoided as much as possible. Kicking off a new workout routine now will also pay off down the road, as will working out at least four times a week. Remember to keep up your twice-daily cleansing ritual and also incorporate a weekly mask, like our White Marble Sheet Mask or the Luminous Dual Phase Vitamin C Peel.
6 WEEKS OUT
Halfway there! Hopefully you’ve stuck with eating better, working out more and pampering your skin, because now it’s time to really kick it up a notch. Boost your workouts by increasing to 5-6 days at the gym per week or extending your current workout by 15 minutes or more. If you can, cut out sugar and alcohol. The extra calories and bloat aren’t worth it, and both can make skin look sallow and dehydrated. You’ll notice a real difference in how you look and feel.
3 WEEKS OUT
At three weeks out, you should be looking and feeling great. If those last few pounds are refusing to let go, or your skin seems to be having a “moment”, a tried-and-true solution is a cleanse and detox for the whole body. You can do a juice cleanse, take cleansing supplements, or try a new eating plan according to what you know works for you. Just be careful and consult your doctor before you start! We love doing a juice cleanse for 3-5 days; it really jumpstarts your energy and fat-burning power.
WEEK OF EVENT
Almost there! Hopefully you’ve stuck with your program, and if you have, you’re probably feeling pretty amazing. This is the week to keep things going, but also make sure to take some time to relax. If you’re in New York, this is the perfect time to schedule a bespoke treatment at The Erno Laszlo Institute. Your skin will love you for it.
Ready to say “I do” to glowing skin, all season long? Share your summer wedding look on Instagram and tag @ErnoLaszloNYC
GOODBYE DRY, HELLO MOISTURE
The Laszlo LatestMarch 15, 2016
Ready to rehydrate and replenish skin after a long winter’s nap?
It’s time to bring skin back to life with a mega-dose of much-needed moisture, and we’ve got the perfect solution: the Hydra-Therapy Skin Vitality Treatment Daily Hydration Mask.
We love this best-selling mask for so many reasons. Similar to the ever-popular rubber mask, its texture is unlike anything we’ve used before. It has a fabulous cooling sensation on the skin and is a breeze to peel off once it dries. It’s also just so much fun to mix and apply! Our secret weapon to boosting its hydrating and firming effects? Apply a serum before doing the mask, and you’ll see even better results! Depending on what you’re looking for, we have a few ideas to help you make the most of your mask and give it a beautifying boost.
REFRESH & RENEW
Want to supercharge skin with intense moisture and potent anti-aging nutrients? Try layering on Hydra-Therapy Refresh Infusion before your mask. It’s a super-light, silky serum that feels like a dream and goes above and beyond to help skin preserve precious moisture. It really helps reverse the damage from long-term dryness, very common in the winter months.
BRIGHTEN & ILLUMINATE
We can’t say enough about the damage-defying powers of our new White Marble Collection, and the Radiance Emulsion is no exception. This is a staff favorite due to its silky, fast-absorbing texture and ability to work deeply to recharge dull, discolored skin and banish dark spots. If your post-winter skin is looking a bit tired, try White Marble and bring on the brightness!
REFINE & SMOOTH
Our go-to serum and a classic in the Erno Laszlo family is Transphuse Rapid Renewal Cell Protocol. It always gives us great results. It turns back time with nutrient-rich active ingredients reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles, while repairing and preserving the skin’s natural vitality. This one always gives us that unmistakable glow.
SPRING BREAK SKINCARE TIPS
The Laszlo LatestMarch 07, 2016
Spring is finally on its way and if you’re feeling anything like us, it can’t come soon enough! The cold winter weather has us eager for spring’s arrival and the fun that goes along with the season’s quintessential getaway: Spring Break!
And while we’re sure you won’t neglect your skincare ritual during your travels (right?!), we’ve got a few ideas to give your routine the extra boost it needs while you’re on the go.
If there’s one thing we’re stocking up on for our travels, its sunscreen. Whether you’re taking a sun-drenched beach vaca or hitting the slopes for some downhill skiing, this is a no-brainer. Every day, you should apply a sunscreen that’s at least SPF 30 to keep sun damage and aging at bay. Our favorites include Firmarine Day SPF 30 for drier skin and Oil Control Day Lotion SPF 15 for oilier skin that needs a lighter touch, followed by a stand alone sunscreen if you are going to be outdoors for an extended period of time (and re-apply often!).
It’s far too easy for skin to get dehydrated while traveling. Air travel is known for dehydrating skin and depleting moisture, and we often don’t drink enough water while we’re jet-setting. Keep drinking that water! Beyond that, our Refresh Infusion is a lovely solution to in-flight dryness or if you’re planning to spend time in a drier climate. You can apply the Hydra-Therapy Sleep Mask while in-flight to ensure your skin stays moisturized and glowing.
It happens: you spend a lovely day at the beach and now you’re left pink with a sunburn! The solution: apply Skin Vitality Treatment for an instant cooling effect and follow it with a rich, moisturizing balm like Phormula 3-9. Be gentle with your skin and always reapply sunscreen after swimming or being out in the sun for more than a couple hours. Sun protection breaks down quickly in water and also loses its power to protect skin from sunburn after a certain amount of time.
Enjoy your travels! And remember to keep skin healthy, protected and nourished–wherever the week takes you.
POWER INGREDIENTS FOR GREAT SKIN
The Laszlo LatestFebruary 29, 2016
When shopping for skincare, what’s on your priority list? Is it the brand, the reviews, or the claims about the product’s efficacy? In our book, the most important thing to look for in your search for the perfect skincare is proven, powerful ingredients.
If your products don’t include ingredients that have been found to make visible changes to your skin you may be wasting your money! There are many wonderful anti-agers to look out for, but we’ve edited it down to three favorites we can’t do without.
Yes, vitamin C is a well-known defense against the common cold, but this popular nutrient is also a major superpower when it comes to battling signs of aging like sagging, dark spots and dullness. It boosts and regenerates vitamin E (which also benefits skin) and even stimulates growth of the cells that help produce collagen and elastin, essential for firm, strong, smooth skin. As if that wasn’t enough, this powerful anti-aging agent also has antioxidant benefits to help fight free-radical damage, lighten hyperpigmentation and minimize oil production to prevent acne and decrease inflammation.
Ready for a big dose of this powerful antioxidant? Try the Luminous Dual Phase Vitamin C Peel one or two times per week for smooth, radiant skin.
Charcoal has been used around the world for centuries as a powerful cleanser and detoxifier. It’s widely used for purifying skin, whitening teeth, and even absorbing poisons from the body. It has an amazing capacity to attach to toxins in the stomach and absorb them before they can get into the bloodstream, which explains the concept of using charcoal in beauty products: it acts like a magnet to attract and absorb dirt and oil from your skin! When impurities come into contact with the charcoal, they attach to it and get washed away when you rinse.
While it might seem counterintuitive to wash your face with something that looks like it’s only going to make your skin dirtier, you’ll be amazed at how your skin looks so much cleaner and brighter.
Experience the cleansing, detoxifying power of charcoal with the Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar.
Our bodies naturally produce hyaluronic acid. This skin-plumping, joint-lubricating substance is also a fabulously effective moisturizer and can draw a tremendous amount of water to the skin—about 1,000 times its weight! It will relieve dry, parched skin and is light enough to blend seamlessly with makeup. We also love hyaluronic acid because it won’t irritate skin or compromise the effectiveness of other skincare ingredients you might be using. We like to use a hyaluronic acid serum and then follow with a rich moisturizer to really hydrate skin.
For a deeply moisturizing, but lightweight serum, layer Hydra-Therapy Refresh Infusion under your moisturizer for instantly plump, smoothed skin.
What are your favorite skincare ingredients? Share on Instagram and tag us @ernolaszlonyc #LaszloGlow
Spring Clean Your Beauty Routine
The Laszlo LatestFebruary 23, 2016
Our favorite season is just around the corner, beckoning us with hints of fresh breezes, budding trees and all things spring. We can’t wait, and to celebrate, we’re taking our spring cleaning to the next level. Want to join us?
From your skincare routine to your makeup drawer, it’s time to clean up your beauty life! If you want the dewy, beautiful skin that’s on trend this spring (who doesn’t?!), it’s time to revamp your skincare ritual, detoxify your skin and get rid of all that clutter!
OUT WITH THE OLD
While it can be hard to toss your old, beloved makeup and skincare products, it's also absolutely crucial. Editing your beauty stash means a more streamlined and consistent routine that can only bring positive results and, hopefully, happier, healthier skin. You might even rediscover something you shelved a while back that’s perfect for your skin now, helping your complexion and your wallet.
A good rule of thumb: if there’s a product you haven't picked up in over a month, chances are you’ll never use it. Find a way to let go of attachments, whether it was that misguided eyeshadow palette purchase or the eye cream you couldn’t live without at the time. It can be liberating to declutter and move on.
Also, always look at expiration dates, especially on items like sunscreen. Certain ingredients can cause skin reactions when they’re expired, so if you have anything that’s more than a year old, it’s best to toss it. A good method to keep on top of this is to write down the dates of purchase on the bottoms of your jars and bottles.
IN WITH THE NEW
Now that you’ve properly pared down your makeup and skincare items, it’s time to reassess what you’ll realistically use for the coming months and what you might need to purchase to round out your routine. A change in season means a change in how you care for your skin, so this is the time to put away your heaver winter creams and treatments and think light: detoxifying cleansers, oil-free moisturizers, and of course, higher SPF.
The Sea Mud Soap is our personal favorite to bring back out as the temperatures warm. It’s incredibly detoxifying, exfoliating and nourishing. Use it with the Phelityl Pre-Cleansing Oil and your skin will look and feel as fresh as a spring daisy. This is also a great time of year to focus on lightening and brightening and keeping skin clear of sun damage. Switch up your Sea Mud Cleansing routine with the White Marble Treatment Bar every other day, and also try the White Marble Sheet Mask at least once a week for a powerful brightening boost.
Ready to join us and spring clean your beauty routine? Share your before and after pics on Instagram and tag @ernolaszlonyc #LaszloGlow
Keep Them Guessing: Beautiful Skin at Any Age
The Laszlo LatestFebruary 16, 2016
Let’s be honest: when it comes to getting older, few of us are elated with the idea. Sure, wisdom, experience and maturity are all very important to a happy, balanced life, but in our opinion, having great skin and bringing beauty into our later years is just as important!
As we age, our skin goes through its own process. Instead of thinking in terms of “losing your looks,” think about it as accepting that your looks and your skin will simply change over time. The most important thing we can do to support our skin’s process is start a daily cleansing ritual as early as possible and never give it up. This is an investment that will pay dividends later! We can attest to generations of women who have used Erno Laszlo and followed a cleansing ritual religiously: if you take care of your skin, it will show and you will glow – no matter your age!
20’s: PREVENTION & PROTECTION
In your 20’s, your skin will be at its best. Barring any breakouts, skin is elastic, taut and smooth. This is the PERFECT time to start taking serious care of your skin: it’s all about prevention in this decade. Maintain skin’s overall glow with a weekly antioxidant-rich treatment, we like to recommend Luminous Dual Phase Vitamin C Peel as a weekly skin detox. It’s also important to keep skin hydrated! Be sure to drink plenty of water and avoid skin dehydrating actions, like tanning and drinking caffeinated drinks. If you need an added boost to your skin hydration try our Refresh Infusion and Sleep Mask from our Hydra-Therapy collection. In your 20’s you may also have later nights: studying all-nighters or partying to dawn. Whichever, be sure to always remove makeup after a night in or out and apply a restorative eye product to hydrate the sensitive skin around eyes. We love our Multi-Phase Makeup Remover and Phormula 3-9 Eye Repair. Of course, we’ve all heard it before, but we have to reiterate: sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! Try Phelityl Day Lotion SPF 15 or REM Day Lotion SPF 30.
30’s: MAINTENANCE & MOISTURE
If you’ve nourished your skin and stuck with a cleansing ritual, by the time you’re in your 30’s, your skin should still be looking and feeling great. Subtle skin changes might begin during this decade, so it’s important to keep up your cleansing ritual and moisturizing treatments, as well as sunscreen – always use sunscreen! This is also the perfect time to bring a few new items into your arsenal for targeted concerns. Our Transphuse collection will minimize fine lines and wrinkles and our Firmarine collection helps firm and lift skin. Two skin issues many of us face during our 30’s.
40’s: LIGHTEN UP DARK SPOTS
Many Erno Laszlo Devotees express having concerns surrounding dull or discolored skin in their 40’s. If we don’t address these dark spots early, they only become more apparent with time, ultimately taking away our healthy glow. We love to recommend our White Marble collection to women and men with this concern. The active ingredients will target hyperpigmentation and keep skin looking bright and translucent. Additionally, if you have not started incorporating anti-aging products in your 30’s, now is the time to invest. Our Rapid Renewal Cell Protocol from our Transphuse collection will start reversing the signs of aging. Many of our clients see major improvements after only one month of use.
50’s+: TARGET & DEFY WRINKLES
The older we get, the drier our skin becomes. This is part of the natural aging process and, for women, also becomes more of a concern after menopause as hormone levels have a direct effect on skin. When skin is dry, it is more prone to wrinkling and lines become more apparent. Incorporate hydration focused products into your skincare ritual. We like to recommend the use of a hydrating mask at least once a week. The Hydra-Therapy collection offers a Sleep Mask that is insanely easy to add to your routine and results are visible the very next morning! We also strongly encourage clients to incorporate heavier creams into their skincare lineup. Our Transphuse collection will lock in moisture and defend against future wrinkles – perfect for a nightly revamp! Our Firmarine collection nourishes skin and protects from sun damage – firm, lift and protect all in one!
If you have more serious skin concerns we recommend speaking with a dermatologist before use of any product.
What are your anti-aging must haves? Share your posts with us on Instagram by tagging @ernolaszlonyc and using #LaszloGlow in your comment.
New York Fashion Week: Where to Go, What to See
The Laszlo LatestFebruary 08, 2016
Once again, Fashion Week is upon us here in the Big Apple and we always get so excited: the unbelievable shows, the celebrity sightings and the buzzing energy that ramps up all over the city. So if you’re in NYC for the week and you’re wondering where to go and what to do, we’ve pulled together a list of our favorite haunts and top spots. Get ready to see and be seen!
Where to Stay
We can’t say enough about the architecture and beauty of The Standard Hotel. If you’re thinking to splurge and really treat yourself, this is the place to book. If you’re looking for something on the smaller side, The Mercer is a lovely boutique hotel close to SoHo's high-end shopping area and Greenwich Village, while The James is a modern, chic option that’s also in Soho.
Where to Prep
Looking for the perfect blowout or a new cut and style from a true-blue New York City salon? We love Bumble and Bumble; their edgy, cool style is quintessential NYC and their hair products are always on point. For impeccable color and even more amazing products, Rita Hazan is a true master. Her salon is amazing!
Where to Drink
There are so many incredible places to sit and sip in New York, but there are a few tried-and-true favorites we always return to. For an upscale, elegant experience with a number of bar options for drinks, The Standard Hotel is a must (yes, we love this place). Ralph Lauren’s woody and warm Polo Bar is also a sight to behold, with a drink menu that will have you craving a newfound favorite. Last but definitely not least, STK Rooftop is an undeniable choice for views, location and the perfect lounge vibe.
Where to Eat
Again, we could go on and on about the restaurants in New York, but a few favorites among the Fashion Week crowd include Acme, Narcissa, Dirty French and Balthazar (always Balthazar!). Chelsea Market also has a number of great food options, as well as cute shops. And if you’re looking for the best chocolate chip cookie in town, City Bakery is your place.
Where to Shop
Even if you’re just window shopping, Dover Street Market is luxury shopping at its best. This seven-story, multibrand fashion emporium was designed by Comme des Garcons designer Rei Kawakubo and is simply gorgeous. Next on the list, Brookfield Place in the Financial District is an upscale retail spot that’s in a great location as many shows have moved downtown to be closer to the new Conde Nast offices. Perfect for midday shopping and strolling!
Where to People Watch
Hands down, Chelsea and the Meatpacking District is where you want to spend time during Fashion Week if your goal is to spy a few models and celebrities. There are innumerable spots to enjoy lunch or grab a coffee before a gorgeous walk and some fresh air on the Highline. Milk Studios is also a famous media hub where fashion, photography and art come together and is definitely worth a look.
Of course, you can’t be out and about without gorgeous, glowing skin, so we’ve got a few ideas to boost your Fashion Week skin-perfecting ritual:
1) Cleanse morning and evening
Every skin type benefits from a twice-daily cleansing ritual, and this is the perfect time to reinforce this habit. Dry skin will love the Hydrating Cleansing Ritual Trio while oilier skins do fantastic with the Sea Mud Detoxifying Cleansing Ritual Trio. For extra brightening and anti-aging, the White Marble Treatment Bar is a must.
2) Try a mask every other night
Prep skin before a night out with the Luminous Dual Phase Vitamin C Peel. It brightens and exfoliates while providing the perfect canvas for makeup application. After your evening out, recover skin with the White Marble Sheet Mask or try the Hydra-Therapy Memory Sleep Mask overnight for beautiful results by morning.
Having fun and looking fabulous this Fashion Week? Share it all on Instagram and tag us @ernolaszlonyc #LaszloGlow.