Starting Out Striking

The end of the holiday season marks the beginning of the New Year and a new you. What better way to start the New Year than by updating your look? There are plenty of local businesses in the New Orleans area that can help you achieve the “new” you.

As fun as the holiday season can be, it can wreak havoc on the skin and body. At LeVisage (8110 Hampton St., 256-8018, they encourage all of their customers to use the New Year as an opportunity to take a fresh look at both their skin and their body care. A Jan Marini Age Intervention Regeneration Booster and Oxygen Facial is said to be a powerful combination of enzyme boosters, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents that maximizes results and leaves skin refreshed, hydrated, glowing and younger looking.

You can continue to use the Age Intervention Regeneration Booster at home to get a smooth, moisturized skin surface throughout the year.

The Jan Marini’s Age Intervention Retinol Plus maximizes the effects of retinol, peptides and antioxidants to dramatically improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

When it comes to updating your makeup bag for the new year, Pixie Cosmetics & Skincare (5715 1/2 Magazine St., 895-5571) recommends Face Stockholm Gel Eyeliner in black as a makeup bag must because of its versatility, long lasting wear and, most importantly, because it doesn’t run. Having well-manicured eyebrows is also an instant and easy way to update your look. Use Amazing Cosmetics Brow Powder to fill in brows in order to create strong brows that instantly frame the entire face. A new fragrance is the easiest way to update your look. Try Melange Perfumes Solid Perfume Blending Palettes; each palette contains four solid perfumes designed to be worn alone or blended together to give you a unique custom blend.

Everyone knows the damage the cold winter months can have on our skin, and at Tisa’s Beauty Bar (5421 Magazine St., 891-8992) they know exactly what you should do to counter cracked, dry skin. They recommend scheduling an appointment with them to apply an active body peel that removes dull, dry skin, leaving it supple and luminous. What better way to start the New Year than with a warm summer glow? Get a custom blended airbrush tan application, which gives skin a warm glow that lasts for five to seven days.

Massages aren’t considered just a luxury service, but a necessity to clear the mind and to rejuvenate the body. At My Spa By The Park (6312 Argonne Blvd., 482-2219, massages and yoga sessions are great ways to relax and relieve stress. Do not be afraid to experiment and try something different for the New Year. Many celebrities are sporting shorter hairdos, from pixie cuts to shoulder-length bobs. Not willing to part with your long locks? Try blunt, fringe or side-swept bangs. Feeling adventurous? consider adding sun kissed highlights or touches of pinks, greens and blues (or black and gold!) in unexpected places in your hair to also be on-trend.  

At Old New Blue (6117 Magazine St., 655-0863, metallics are key to updating your look for the New Year. From eyes to lips to the perfect handbag, you can find a galvanized shade that will work for you. They recommend the Bronze Tortoiseshell eye palette by Bobbi Brown and Deppa Gurnani handbags, which are available at their store.

NOLA Bronze (352-9556, is a full-service airbrush tanning company that can help you achieve a flawless, natural looking bronze tan.

They can customize your tan to match your own natural skin tone. Airbrush tanning has many benefits: it’s a healthy way to achieve a golden tan without exposing your skin to the damaging rays of the sun, it produces instant results with little drying time and it hides skin imperfections. Looking for a fun night with the girls? NOLA Bronze also offers spray-tanning parties, and the host tans free of charge.

With a new year also come more signs of aging. For a fresh new look Bonus Image Aesthetics (2728 Magazine St., Suite 200, 909-1490, recommends considering Botox to get rid of those pesky frown lines that can make you look tired or angry. In addition, advanced techniques using Botox or Dysport in combination with dermal fillers such as Restylane or Juvederm can give you a “soft lift.” Peels are also a great way to rejuvenate the skin by restoring the skin’s natural glow while diminishing fine lines, pore size, pigmentation and poor skin texture.

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