Beauty fix!

By / Style & Beauty / May 14, 2015

7 health and beauty powerhouses introduce the season’s latest trends, must-have products and wellness services to revive both skin and spirit.

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FeatKelly1Who they are: Yoga (Moore) and Fletcher Pilates (Brennan) instructors and creators of Fuel Flow (above), a class that incorporates the best of both practices

What’s new: This month, the athletic duo launched Chicago-based MindFuel Wellness, an initiative that brings yoga and Pilates classes to corporate settings and leads wellness workshops and corporate health challenges fit to your company’s needs. “People are working longer [hours] and sitting all that time,” Moore says. “We can see in people’s bodies the effects of sitting, being on computers and smartphones. It shows up [both in] posture and mentally. That was much of the inspiration for [MindFuel] — seeing that energy shift and seeing what happens to people after they do a class.”

Try it: Talk to your HR department, division head or even boss about bringing MFW to your office. Prices vary. 



Karla Davis | Ramzi Dreessen~Sun-Times SPLASHKARLA DAVIS

Who she is: Marketing director at Bolingbrook-based retailer Ulta Beauty

What’s trending: Many gel and cream blushes are infused with water and oxygen to hydrate skin while adding a bit of color. Lilac is a soft summer shade for eyes, and for lips, it’s all about the gloss. “The last couple seasons, people were heavy into lipsticks,” Davis says. “But glosses are able to hold a lot of pigment now, but still give you that lacquered look that’s a little more fun for summer.”


Try these: Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Soufflé ($27) is water resistant and adds a dewy flush to cheeks; Too Faced Sugar Pop eye collection (pictured, $36) offers a trio of lilac shadows; and Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing lip gloss ($20, pictured on Davis) comes in multiple shades — she recommends crimson and poppy hues for every skin tone, so try it in Beso or Streak.



FeatKovak1Dr. Kovak Splash HeadshotSTANLEY KOVAK

Who he is: M.D. and owner of Kovak Dermatology and Laser Institute (17W535 Butterfield, Oakbrook Terrace)

What’s new: Last fall, Dr. Kovak acquired a new machine, the Syneron Candela PicoWay, which removes tattoos in half the normal time, with visible results in two to three sessions. Though the treatment has already caught on in New York and LA, Kovak is the first in the Chicago area to offer it.

The benefit: “The PicoWay’s dual waves allow me to break up the pigments more quickly and with more comfort,” Kovak says. “This helps protect the patient’s skin and also eliminates a wider range of colors with fewer treatments.” The pulses of thermal energy are 40 percent shorter than traditional removal treatments — lasting a matter of picoseconds, as opposed to nanoseconds — and reduce the risk of scarring. Prices vary based on size and color of tattoo and depth of ink.




FeatShamaByBillyRoodWho she is: Founder and president of AIR aerial fitness and Mud. facial bar (676 N. LaSalle)

What’s new: Patel worked with a small apothecary vendor out of Pennsylvania to create an organic skin care line, Uptown Yogi, set to launch next month. Each product is made with all-natural ingredients and named for a yoga pose: Goddess Face Oil, exfoliating Warrior Face Scrub, citrusy Cat Cow Cream and Lotus Lips scrub and serum will each be available for sale ($22-$52) at Mud.



Try this: Patel’s Savasana Stress Fix can be used as a toner underneath makeup, or as a mist during the relaxing savasana phase of the more yoga-centric classes at AIR — its eucalyptus scent and anti-bacterial properties are perfect post-workout.




Who she is: Certified nutrionist and Chicago-based blogger,

Trending now: “The past ten years have really been about the vegan and the vegetarian [diets], and I think the next phase is the Paleolithic, whole foods diet,” Felts says. “Through that, a huge trend that I’ve seen hit New York and LA is bone broth bars — [places that serve] bone broth and veggie broth as a drink alternative to pressed juices or coffee.”



The benefit: Bone broth is a great source of collagen and provides anti-aging and healing nutrients hard to find elsewhere. It can protect against degenerative diseases, heal the digestive tract and even be used as a cleanse.




Who he is: Creative director at Mario Tricoci Hair Salon & Day Spa

FeatMario3ATrending now: “People are starting to take their length shorter,” Gialluisi says, citing recently chopped celebs like Kim Kardashian and Taylor Swift as the inspiration. For a shoulder-length cut, ask your stylist what’s best for your face shape (shorter cuts work best for oval or heart-shaped faces). Have him or her use a razor for softeness and beautiful texture, recommends Gialluisi. Tricoci stylist Rico D’Alessandro, based at 900 N. Michigan, is the best when it comes to chic shorter cuts.

What’s new: The salon introduces two new color services this season for summery locks. The Color Touch Instamatic sweeps steaks of pastel into tresses — think Jaded Mint or Muted Mauve — for a fun look that fades naturally; and the more subtle Blonder Freelights treatment uses a no-foils balayage technique and adds tons of dimension. (D’Alessandro’s wife, Nelida, is our go-to colorist.) Treatments start at $45, 900 N. Michigan;




Who he is: Facial plastic surgeon and American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Board member

What’s trending: “Photographs — in particular, selfies — have a tendency to highlight certain facial features, such as the nose, skin tone and texture and wrinkles,” Kim says, nothing that the greatest rise in requests have been for fixing these attributes. “In the past, patients seemed to prefer more angular, sculpted noses, like Nicole Kidman’s,” he says. “Today’s patients prefer more natural, smooth noses, like Jennifer Aniston’s or Scarlett Johansson’s. … The goal for rhinoplasty should be to make the nose balance and blend with the rest of the face, not stand out and become the focus of attention.”

SI ExifGo to: We caught up with Kim last week while he was in town as part of AAFPRS’ “Selfies & Surgery: The Influence of the Digital World on Rhinoplasty Patients” panel. Locally, He recommends Dr. Dean Toriumi — “my mentor” — especially for difficult and revision surgeries, and Dr. Regan Thomas (The Facial Plastic Surgery Center, 60 E. Delaware); and Dr. Steve Dayan (845 N. Michigan;


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