Note the Scents for a Fragrant Fall

Amidst the arrival of fall fashion, we also need to make sense of all the sensuous scents—ha, that call upon our inner goddess. A fragrance lingers far longer than the style of any outfit, so make a dramatic departure from your grand entrance—noses up, and take note, literally.

First-up, fellow Chicagoan’s will be most interested in [...]

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Neutrogena, My Secret…

Do you want to know my secret? Shhhhhhh don’t tell because it is so simple and so straight forward. How could this high maintenance Diva of Dermatology use anything simple? My #1 top beauty pick will always be sunscreen. By far, the most effective, emollient, and “cosmetically elegant” (that is a buzz word from the [...]

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Dynamic Trio from Kate Somerville

Kate Somerville is always on the cutting edge, and she has two new products for the face coming hot off the press. Hitting counters soon is her CytoCell P299 Oil Fee Anti-Wrinkle Serum, now that sounds scientific! P299 is a proprietary stem-cell polypeptide that diminishes the look of fine lines and wrinkles. This new product [...]

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Aerin Lauder Launches Beauty Collection

Aerin Lauder, granddaughter of mega beauty mogul Estée Lauder, is going solo with her own line, The Aerin Lauder beauty collection.  Exploding onto the beauty scene with a cosmetic line, this über chic protégé is launching Aerin, LLC as a global luxury lifestyle brand that will encompass everything from beauty, tabletop décor, jewelry, and a book.

Aerin Lauder beauty collection.

The Aerin Lauder beauty collection will launch first, in stores such as Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom by late August. The launch will focus on a digital campaign including a micro-site on, titled and  a social media play on Twitter and Tumbler.  September will kick-off with the tabletop collection, and gifts including a candle line ready for the holidays.  Could Ms. Lauder possibly add anything more to her plate? (No pun intended!) Yes she can! Personal accessories, fabrics and more home décor items are slated to appear in spring 2013, and, she is not finished yet, there is still more to come. A book on living and style published by Random House will debut the following fall—phew! I am tired just thinking about all of this!

Aerin Lauder.

The Aerin Essentials Collection will offer a Fresh Skin Compact Makeup, available in six shades, priced: $48; Pretty Bronze Illuminating Powder, available in two shades, priced: $45; Multi Color Lips & Cheeks in Natural, priced $42; Rose Lip Conditioner in Nude, priced $28; Rose Hand & Body Cream, priced $48; and the Brush Essentials set, which includes foundation, concealer, bronzer, highlighter and lip brushes, priced: $148.  The limited-edition fall color collection will be launched in September, featuring edited colors, which will continue four times a year—fall, holiday, spring, and summer.

Expect to find The Aerin beauty collection merchandized with the Estée Lauder ReNutriv skin care brand, with the photo campaign shot by Claiborne Swanson Frank.

Aerin is an amazing inspiration at Estée Lauder as the style and image director, and now with Aerin will surely set the industry ablaze with her creations.  Methinks this protégé is vying for mogul status. Is there nothing she can’t do?


Ciao for now,

Sandra Witten


Gift Mom with Glowing Skin by Revale

Mom. Who could replace her? She is the amazing lady that tied our shoes when we were young and then taught us about Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin.  We have always been Diva’s in training—thanks Mom! What could we ever do to repay her? My #1 pick for Mom (or Mum as the British would say) is a product line called Revale. It gives a potent anti-aging punch but is very gentle on Mom’s tender visage. AND, it is derived from my oh so favorite beverage.  Stay tuned, and I will let you know how to rock Mom’s world, she might even buy you a new pair of shoes to say thanks.

Are you sitting down? What does a latte and radiant skin have in common? Don’t call me crazy just yet.  Before you start dunking Mom’s face in your Starbucks, let me tell you about the newest anti-aging breakthrough—the coffee berry, which is found in the Revale skin care line. This little sucker packs an anti-oxidant punch that is eight to ten times more potent than vitamin C. It is more potent than both pomegranate and green tea. And believe it or not, it is very gentle on the most sensitive skin. (Mom will love you for this.)

How was this tiny titan of beauty discovered you ask? Ladies, are you ready for this?  The workers who harvest the coffee bean are known to have smoking hot hands, despite blazing sun exposure. They sport leather-like skin everywhere except for those harvesting hands. So, we really need to send a thank you to these guys—not only do they supply us with our morning jolt, they accidentally stumbled upon our fountain of youth.

To purchase, check out the nearest location near you, or to shop online, visit: Revale.

Have a great Mother’s Day.


Ciao for now,

Sandra Witten, PA-C, MPAS


The Sizzle on Sunscreens

If you hear a tiny voice in your ear screaming “I’m meeeeeelting!” it is not a throwback to the Wizard of Oz’s ”Wicked Witch of the West,” it’s your skin’s collagen screaming and melting in the sun.  Ladies, I know it’s not glamorous, but lets talk sunscreen. In fact, it is a very serious chat if you want to preserve that oh so precocious collagen, “Sunscreen is like brushing your teeth for your skin.”  This is my MANTRA. So, may I hear a drum roll? This heliophobe’s top 5 sunscreen picks include sassy, sexy, little sunscreens that will transform shopping for boring sunscreen basics in to a safe and educated, walk in the park.  Let’s go ladies…

1. BrushOnBlock by Susan Posnick. This is the “quickie” of sunscreens ladies–wham, bam, thank you ma’am.  Is it on? Oh, yes it is… It is SPF 30 and is mineral based. What diva wants to re-apply greasy sunscreen atop her perfectly applied makeup mid-day? Mas non, ma petite! Whip out this little brush and whisk the powder atop your already made-up visage. Perfect for you, and easy for the kids.

2. Estee Lauder DayWear BB Cream SPF 35. It is the anti – “O.”  “Oh” stop ladies! We are referring to antioxidants. Oxidation and free radicals should be on every gals naughty list. Free radicals are pesky little scavengers that smack your collagen like Joan Crawford in Mommy Dearest. SO, ladies we need antioxidants to protect that coveted collagen.

3. I am over the moon (or should I say sun?) for Laura Mercier’s Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer. Coverage, luminosity, and protection, what more could a diva want?

4. SkinCeutical’s new SPF 50. This is the stiletto heel of non-chemical sunscreens. Which is a MUST have for those with sensitive skin or rosacea. It uses zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as physical blockers. Brings up images of a huge bouncer outside a club, right? Block those pesky UV rays ladies!

5. Anything Neutrogena. They have a sunscreen for every mood you might be in, and my cabinet is STOCKED—think of Imelda Marcos’ shoe collection. From kitten heel to ballet flat and wedge—take your pick ladies, Neutrogena has your style.

Ciao for now ladies, gotta go re-apply my sunscreen! Digging in my LV as we speak for my BrushOnBlock….


Sandra Witten, PA-C, MPAS

Natural Beauty with Yvonne Ryding

Amidst cab hopping and “how-do-you-walk-so-far-in-those-heels,” and still look so fabulous comments,  what else does a city girl contend with in Chicago?  As the clouds part, and we finally see the sun, our skin is even more exposed to those treacherous UV rays. And, did I mention the city pollution and humidity?  EEEK EGAD! What is a city girl to do?

Enter Yvonne Ryding DNA Repair and Protect Face Cream. Why is DNA important? DNA is not just for archeologists studying neanderthals – DNA is essential to beauty! It is the motor that turns on that oh-so coveted collagen. Protect it, and shield it from free radicals that seem to lurk around every corner.

Another fab product for summer city skin? Yvonne Ryding Facial Tonic, boasts cinnamon – not in your latte, ladies but on your skin.  It is a natural antibacterial agent, and a must-have for acne-prone skin, AND I quote from the manufacturer “Gives skin a fun tingle!”  WELL this gal will take a tingle wherever she can get it.


Ciao for now,

Sandra Witten PA-C, MPAS.