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Summer Picnic: M+G Style

08.09.2013 | Posted by MALIN+GOETZ in Apothecary and Lab | No comments

This past weekend, I had my first summer picnic in the park! I must say, it was THE perfect day for it – not too hot, a nice breeze and lots of white puffy clouds. Here’s how M+G got me ready for my day out!

  • Peppermint Body Scrub – I thoroughly buffed my legs for a close shave. The peppermint wakes you up while liquid bamboo and pumice gently exfoliate dead skin!
  • Vitamin E Shave Cream – This treatment shave cream softens my skin and prevents razor burn. My legs may be super pale, but they were also super soft! Moisturizer not even needed – don’t be wasteful!
  • Sage Styling Cream – Not only am I pale, but I have fine hair too…I know, I’m a mess. Because my hair is so limp, I like that tousled, “brush hasn’t touched these tresses in days” – look to give the illusion of bountiful locks. After I shampoo and condition, I run a pea sized drop of Sage Styling Cream through my damp hair for that “day at the beach” look.  I air dry and I’m on my way.

The next step was finding the perfect tree to relax under. I lucked out! The park wasn’t crowded and I secured a spot under a big tree to lend me shade and give me somewhere to tie up my spirited Yorkie.

Here’s what wrapped up lovely Sunday in the park –

  • Neroli Hand + Body Lotion – After a sticky day in the sun, the Neroli Hand + Body lotion is perfect for my sun kissed shoulders. Neroli is calming and soothing and hyaluronic acid puts moisture back into my scorched skin.
  • Grapefruit Face Cleanser – After my glorious day of frolicking through the grass, I’m sweaty and petrified of a potential pimple. But I know that’s not a real concern, because I wash my face with the grapefruit face cleanser before bed. Grapefruit kills bacteria, cuts oil and dirt, but the hydrating gel cleanser balances my skin. Ah, so fresh!

It was truly a perfect day in the shade!

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DOMA Attorney Event.

07.11.2013 | Posted by MALIN+GOETZ in Apothecary and Lab, Lifestyle | No comments

Andrew Goetz and I were invited to attend a panel discussion with Roberta (Robbie) Kaplan—the attorney that represented Edie Windsor in front of the Supreme Court to overturn DOMA. The event was hosted by JP Morgan’s Private Banking Division—a long time support of LGBT financial concerns. The panelists spoke to a group of 100 (we are 99 and 100) about the implications of the decision on taxes, wealth management, business and employment, marriage, health care, etc. It was an inspirational evening of law, taxes and personal stories—with a midtown view of Manhattan from the 50th floor!—for MALIN+GOETZ to be included in support of equality!!!

Pictured from left to right are: John Duffy, CEO Private Banking, JP Morgan; Darren Spedale, the evenings moderator and author, Gay Marriage: For Better or for Worse? and Banker at J.P. Morgan Private Bank; Roberta Kaplan, the attorney who represented Edie Windsor and argued the Windsor case before the Supreme Court to overturn DOMA (Partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP); and Alexander Popovich, Senior Wealth Advisor at J.P. Morgan Private Bank.

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Summer, M+G Style!

06.03.2013 | Posted by MALIN+GOETZ in Advice, Apothecary and Lab, Lifestyle, Locations, Products | No comments

*by Kenne Kuramochi

Well my wish for the cold, harsh New York winter to be over has been granted. Now I’m faced with the hot, humid summer!  As I write this from my cozy NYC studio, I consider how to best cope. I turn to my beauty addiction otherwise known as MALIN+GOETZ! Yes, I work for the company, but anyone who knows me knows that I pursued the company to work for them. I truly believe in the performance of every MALIN+GOETZ product and having to be creative in a tiny studio apartment, I have found numerous ways to use my favorites to make myself and my apartment look and feel stupendous!

First, I start by using my Peppermint Body Scrub to cool off and shed dead skin accumulated by previous winter months. From my shoulders to my feet, I can feel the bamboo extract exfoliating my skin—soft to the touch for that summer romance!  Next, the subtle, natural Neroli Hand & Body Lotion is a great, lightweight alternative to winter’s choice of the Vitamin B5 Body Moisturizer (a rich luxurious cream!). My colleague, Paige, says, “it’s like vacation in a bottle!”

What’s next? Don’t forget to light the Mojito Candle—paradise at the beach. I have received many candles as gifts, but MALIN+GOETZ candles have outlasted every other more expensive candle. While I appreciate the expensive candles in heavy jars imported from France, I will stick with my M+G candles hand-poured here in Brooklyn, New York!

Body smooth and cool: check. Mojito candle lit: check. Ready for one of New York’s finest beaches: CHECK!

KENNE

*Kenne Kuramochi is our Business Mgr at Barneys on Madison Ave.  Visit Kenne there and see his beautiful summer skin in person. You will not be disappointed.*

Less is Enough

05.31.2013 | Posted by MALIN+GOETZ in Apothecary and Lab | No comments

Andrew Goetz and I share an affinity for design, its’ function and often times, its’ minimal aesthetic (I have a tendency to want to “overdo”).  However, we both have agreed that keeping our skincare regimens simple is key, and, we remain focused to this effective philosophy.

Case in point: Winter takes its toll on a New Yorker’s skin.  Suffering from many skin ailments, I am certainly a good test for what to use, when to use it and how much.  I am the guinea pig, and, have been the catalyst for our simple approach—learning early on that sometimes using less helps the few products I do use work better.

Back to our New York Winter.  My skin was tired, dry (and tends to be so) and red (I have rosacea) and dull.  As always, I wash my face (Grapefruit Face Cleanser), Moisturize (Vitamin E Face Moisturizer) daily, and, once/week, offer my skin a perk with our Detox Face Mask for extra cleansing/hydration.  Winter has proven that for my 45 year old skin, sometimes, less is less and not enough.

I decided to take my own advice and integrate our 10% Glycolic Pads—an item I had not used for at least two months.  Voila.  Bright, clear, smooth skin.  It is amazing how paying attention to your skin requires a little effort, AND, not over-reacting by using too much at the slightest change is essential.  Less is enough, and, once in a while, a little extra can help it along.

Matthew Malin, CEO

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Beauty Tips to look and feel your best in 2013!

03.14.2013 | Posted by MALIN+GOETZ in Advice, Apothecary and Lab, Lifestyle, Products, Skin Stories | No comments

  1. Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen.

Not to sound like a broken record, but did you know that the sun is the #1 cause of ageing? Whether it’s au natural or from a tanning bed, UV rays will cause wrinkles, hyper-pigmentation and other scary forms of skin damage. The only way to protect your skin from uva and uvb rays is to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day. Make it easy on yourself and find a moisturizer and spf in one. Me? I use the Malin+Goetz SPF 15 every day because it hydrates without adding oil, protects my porcelain skin from the sun and is a makeup primer all in one. Excuse me, I need to go get my healthy dose of vitamin D.

  1. Wash your face. Repeat.

Washing your face every day is essential to keeping those pores clean and as tiny as possible. No one likes breaking out, but there’s an easy solution to tackle the never-ending battle against pesky pimples… Wash. Your. Face. Sure, it’s a task, and one I’m not always excited to check off my list, but I leave myself no other option before pouring myself into bed. And, I see results. Not only do your pores benefit, but your moisturizes and creams don’t have to work as hard to penetrate your skin. Get on board.

  1. Hydrate Inside + Out.

We’ve all heard it before, “Drink 8 cups of water a day.” And while the amount varies, the principle holds true, our bodies depend on water to function on a day-to-day basis. The same goes for moisturizing! Everyone needs it, no matter the skin type. Hydrating the skin combats ageing, douses it with vitamins and keeps it bright. Just remember about our friend, SPF during the am, and you’re well on your way to rocking your 60s Helen Mirren style.

  1. ZZZZzzzzz

It seems there is nothing a good night’s rest can’t do for you. Fresh face? Check. Memory booster? Check. Stress reducer? Check. Get your 40 winks and live an all-over healthier and happier life.

  1. Exfoliate.

Did you know that exfoliating on a regular basis helps remove that dead layer of skin and reveals a dewy, youthful complexion? Well, it does. Exfoliating speeds up the cell renewal processing, reducing the appearance of fine lines and discoloration (damn you, sun.). All well-rounded skincare regimens have one. Don’t be the odd man out, exfoliate that face with the Malin+Goetz Jojoba Face Scrub. It’s a gentle cream-based manual exfoliator that doesn’t cause micro tears in the skin, but gently rolls dead skin away. Or, if you’re feeling really adventurous, check out the Malin+Goetz 10% Glycolic Pads…Get in line for a new face.

  1. GREENS!

Turns out your mom was right, eat your vegetables. Not only are they good for you, with their power punch of nutrients, they also contain antioxidants which fight free radicals that cause ageing from the inside out. Whoa. Pass the brussel sprouts.

  1. :]

We know the age-old saying – it takes more muscles to frown than to smile… Hello wrinkles. Smiling boosts your mood and immune system, and makes you more attractive. It’s an instant and cost-free face lift!

  1. Keep your mitts off your mug.

Your hands are covered in bacteria and oil and it transfers right over to your face when you can’t keep your hands off! You just committed to washing your face daily, don’t ruin your beautiful work.

  1. Fats, but only the healthy kinds.

Healthy fats not only taste good (mmm, avocado), but they help the body absorb nutrients. Get healthy fats through olive oil, nuts and olives. Get to snackin’.

  1. Take time for you.

One of the biggest mistakes we can all be guilty of is not taking time out for ourselves. Whether a walk in the park or a yoga class, allowing your mind and body time to decompress is part of a healthy lifestyle. Perfect that downward dog.

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