Archive for May, 2011

Beauty Spot: Osmotics

May 27th, 2011

Nadine Kam photo
George Smart, national director of education for Osmotics Cosmeceuticals, shows the device used for the LED treatment used in conjunction with the company’s products. He’s 40 and his skin is amazing. After battling rosacea most of his life, he said Osmotics’ Blue Copper is what started him on the path of skin healing.

Francine Porter, creator of Osmotics Cosmeceuticals, is revolutionizing the way skincare is sold by bringing esthetics to the sales floor with the introduction of LED red-light Therapy used in conjunction with Osmotics products.

This is the wave of the future, just as performing makeovers on the sales floor might have been a novel idea 50 years ago but is commonplace today.

While the Nordstrom Cosmetic Trend Event is going on May 28, you may be able to catch George Smart, national director of education for Osmotics at the counter performing the LED Therapy, which will continue to be available on a permanent basis, by appointment.

A treatment that might cost $200 at a esthetic or medi-spa will be free with a $75 purchase from Osmotics, or $75 without purchase. Consider it a lift with purchase instead of a gift with purchase.

Porter started the company because she was frustrated by the empty claims of many cosmetic brands, and wanted scientific proof of products’ effectiveness. She began working with university medical centers, basing its treatments on clinically validated tests, and licensing technologies that produce results.

Smart said he suffered from rosacea throughout his life, unable to find any product that worked until he discovered Osmotics Blue Copper 5.

Although most people might use Osmotics for anti-aging purposes, others like Smart, seek it for relief from rosacea or other skin conditions such as excema, psoriasis, or who are going through chemo or radiation.

Some of the most popular items from the line include:

“Crease-Less”: A needle-less Botox alternative, with patented peptides that help prevent expression lines and creases.

“Eye Surgery”: An under-eye rejuvenator to help reduce dark circles, puffy eye bags and smooth crepey eyelids.

Necollete: Targets signs of aging and sun damage on the neck, chest and décoletté.

Catching up with Bliss Lau

May 27th, 2011

Malie Moran photo

Romi Beppu, a Hawaii dancer who was formerly a Boston Ballet principal dancer, auditions for Bliss Lau’s fashion presentation taking place Sunday night at The Waikiki EDITION.

Hawaii-raised and now New York-based designer Bliss Lau is back in town for two fashion events taking place at the Waikiki EDITION Lobby Bar this weekend.

She’ll be sharing her New York experience during the Hawaii RED magazine and Hifi Fashion Panel, 2 to 4 p.m. May 28. Tickets are $25, visit

Then at 6 p.m. Sunday she’ll present her Fall 2011 “Embraced” collection that debuted in New York in February. Tickets are $10, available at

But first there was the matter of casting ballet dancers to model her pieces. By the time I caught up with Bliss at the Lobby Bar, she was thrilled that she had seen so many powerful dancers, including Hawaii dancer Romi Beppu, a former principal dancer for the Boston Ballet.

You can see why she’s enlisting dancers in a peek at the collection’s New York debut, which I posted here in February. (Click on the top photo of the earlier post to see the video.)

I intended to dash in for a quick photo of the auditions so paid a dollar for an hour of metered parking, but actually hung around a half hour longer so my car was towed from the Ala Wai marina area! Those tow trucks come fast because they’re parked around the corner near the Waikiki Prince Hotel! At least the tow yard wasn’t at Sand Island. I totally would have had no money because I forgot they only take cash. I had to go to a cash machine at the Prince.

Nadine Kam photo
Bliss shows one of the pieces she designed for herself when she needed something to wear to an event.

Oh well, it was sort of worth it to be able to catch up with Bliss and see her amazing body jewelry up close. At the shows, you get the impression of what the pieces are like, but this was a rare opportunity to feel their weight and see the work and detail up close. Her workmanship is incredible.

She makes all her samples by hand, and it took her about two months to finish her first leather piece with long, cuffed sleeves; the one being worn by Romi in the top photo.

She initially entered Parsons to study fashion design but along the way she discovered a passion for handbag design, then jewelry. She said that a fashion foundation provided the fundamentals for creating both. She still designs jewelry with clothing in mind, creating, essentially, airier versions of halter tops, dresses and collared, peplum jackets.

Even so, when I asked her if she’d ever return to clothing, she said, “Probably not.”

She said she designed too many strange, unwearable things that she has held onto, but will never show anyone.

Sunday’s show promises to be amazing. Be there!