VIALE Beauty Appoints Taek Kim as Chief Design Officer

Taek Kim

Taek Kim

VIALE Beauty, a Los Angeles based skincare company focused on developing caviar-infused, cruelty free beauty products, announced today that it would hire Taek Kim as their new Chief Design Officer. The prominent startup attracted the top executive from a well-known technology and healthcare company known for its groundbreaking innovations in the heath and design spaces. The Korean design and marketing expert will contribute more than a decade’s worth of experience in shaping some of the most recognizable brands in the world.

The Korean beauty regimen has been dictating the direction of the global beauty industry over the last few years. With the appointment of Taek Kim, the Los Angeles based startup aims to increase the popularity of the new premium focusing on the North American and Asian markets, and become a globally recognized beauty brand. As a Chief Design Officer, Taek Kim will be responsible for overseeing all design and innovation aspects of VIALE’s products and services, including product design, graphic design, user experience design, industrial design, and package design. The new member of the VIALE team will also be overseeing some aspects of advertising, marketing, and engineering. Other areas of the business sometimes overshadow design but multiple success stories prove that design is as important as every other aspect of the company. Having on board one of the most knowledgeable design professionals in the world is what will help VIALE elevate over the competition in the next few years.

“I spent the last month thinking about everything I’ve accomplished with my previous employer over the last eight years. So many employees, vendors, media representatives told me how much they enjoyed our products. Such kind words always warmed my heart and made me push forward”, said Taek Kim. “However, I am an entrepreneur by nature! I see potential in the new premium skincare and I feel now is the right time to turn the page and accept the offer from VIALE Beauty. I’ve always been in love with the startup culture, I am an explorer, and I enjoy the voyage of discovery. The journey is the reward!”

Back in 2009, Taek Kim joined a then start-up local massage chair manufacturer. He has been leading the growth of the company ever since turning it into an entity valued at more than $2 billion. Almost all departments in the company were developed by him. When Taek joined the company they only had 20 employees and a net worth of less than $9,000,000 annually. Less than ten years later the result is one of the best performing healthcare brands in the world grossing annual sales of $500 million per year and having more than 1300 employees.


Founded in 2017, VIALE Beauty is a US based skincare company focused on clean beauty. The cruelty free skincare startup develops beauty products infused with caviar, horse placenta, and eight other exclusive ingredients, crafted in the heart of one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites – Jeju Island. The team consists of health specialists, designers, and beauty experts from all over the world including Korea, Italy, Hong Kong, and Los Angeles. The organization relies on implementing their diverse cultures, tastes, and skills in developing high-quality skincare products. VIALE is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.

9 Causes of Hair Loss That Can Be Avoided

If you suffer from hair loss, you might think you just have bad genes and that there is nothing you can do about it. You might be able to avoid the issue by changing your behavior. The right changes could lead to a full head of hair in no time.

Without further ado, let’s look at some causes of hair loss that can be avoided.

1.    Pulling Your Hair Tightly

If you wear a lot of ponytails, braids, or buns, you could be causing your hair to fall out. These hairstyles pull the hair out from the root. If you’re doing this, you need to stop it immediately, as it can lead to permanent damage.

2.    Over-Brushing Your Hair

If you’re living like Marsha Brady and brushing your hair 100 times before bed, you are making a big mistake. This strains your scalp and can cause your hair to fall out. Once your hair is tangle-free and styled, you can put the brush down.

3.    Using Too Much Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo comes in handy at times (like when you’re in the hospital), but overuse can lead to hair loss. This shampoo is made up of alcohol, talc, and cornstarch, and those ingredients build up in your hair. Over time, that leads to breakage, which will eventually cause your hair to fall out. Skip the dry shampoo if possible. Your hair won’t just be fuller. It will also look so much better.

4.    Failing to Use a Protective Product

Your hair can’t stand up to blow dryers, curling irons, and flat irons on its own. It needs a protective product to protect it from the heat, or it will start falling out in batches. Pick up a product and use it every time you apply heat to your hair. You’ll notice the difference right away.

5.    Towel Drying Your Hair Too Aggressively

Do you towel dry your hair when you get out of the shower? That could be causing an issue with your hair. Your hair’s cuticles swell when wet, making it easier to damage wet hair. Add in some vigorous towel drying, and it’s easy to do some damage.

6.    Getting Hair Treatments Too Frequently

It’s okay to get your hair colored or straightened from time to time, but if you do it too often, your hair will become dry and rough. That actually doubles your chances of losing your hair, so lay off those treatments. The natural look is making a comeback anyway.

7.    Blow Drying Dripping-Wet Hair

There’s nothing wrong with drying wet hair, right? You’ve been doing it your entire life. Well, in reality, if your hair is dripping wet when you use a blow dryer, you could cause some serious damage. Wring your hair out to get rid of excess water. Then, let it dry on its own until it’s about 70 percent dry. At that point, you can safely blow dry your hair.

8.    Using Weaves or Extensions

Weaves and extensions are a fun way to change up your look. Unfortunately, though, if you use them too much, you might lose your hair, so limit your use. Also, only use a professional stylist when using weaves and extensions and follow all the instructions. Failure to do so could lead to significant hair loss.

9.    Styling Your Hair with Too Much Heat

It’s normal to use some heat when styling your hair, but if you use too much, you will end up with a problem on your hands… or your head. You should use the minimum temperature setting when using a flat iron and other styling tools. Also, limit your flat iron use to three times a week at most.

Take the Road to Luscious Locks

Now you know what you need to do. It’s time to take care of your hair so you can regain those full, luscious locks of the past. Just change your habits, and your hair will look better in no time.

Hair 2.0 is the creator of a line of hair care products formulated to enhance the look of hair. Using the highest quality Keratin Fiber technology, the same building blocks as natural hair, Hair 2.0 delivers instant, natural-looking results to keep hair looking fabulous all day.

The Lash Lounge West Lake Hills Announces Grand Opening of First Austin Location

Guests Are Invited for an Opening Celebration on June 21 

The Lash Lounge is excited to announce the opening of their newest location in West Lake Hills. The upscale salon offers eyelash and eyebrow extensions, tinting, threading, microblading and permanent makeup, all delivered by expert hands passionate about making clients feel their best.

To celebrate, The Lash Lounge will be hosting a grand opening party on Thursday, June 21 at  5:30 p.m. Austinites are invited to visit the new space and learn all about lash extensions and the services the salon offers. The first 50 guests will receive carefully curated swag bags with goodies from Lash Lounge, surprises from neighboring businesses, and more. Attendees will enjoy an evening of photo booth fun and tasty treats from Nothing Bundt Cakes, Daily Juice and Maggie Louise Confections, accompanied by refreshing beverages from Independence Brewing Co. and Austin Eastciders.

Guests will also have the opportunity to win complimentary services from The Lash Lounge and neighboring businesses through a fun prize wheel. Additionally, there will be opportunities to take advantage of exclusive Grand Opening specials and discounted VIP membership. The following specials will be available starting on June 21 through September 30:

  • $99 full set of classic lashes or $129 volume full set of lashes
  • $99 VIP membership to include:
  • - 2 refills per month
  • - 20% off first microblading or permanent makeup service
  • - 10% off all additional services and products
  •  -$25 credit for additional services
  •  -Locked-in monthly rate for as long as membership remains active
  •  -Month-to-month, contract-free membership that can be cancelled at any time with 30-day notice
  • Double loyalty points for referrals through September 30th!

The newest Lash Lounge is located in the Westbank Market Shopping Center at 3300 Bee Caves Road, Suite 630. They will be open seven days a week to accommodate their clients’ busy schedules. For additional information about Lash Lounge, or to take advantage of the introductory offers, call the salon at 512-361-LASH or visit the website here.

June 21, 2018

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

The Lash Lounge West Lake Hills

Westbank Market Shopping Center

3300 Bee Caves Road, Suite 630.


Follow along on social media for updates.

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Instagram: @Thelashloungewestlakehills

About The Lash Lounge:

Anna Phillips founded The Lash Lounge® in 2006 because she recognized a need for a service that gives the everyday woman a simplified and effortless beauty routine while still looking and feeling beautiful and empowered. Our passion for lashes drives who we are and what we do. What makes us unique is our commitment to providing safe, sanitary, and truly customized lash applications with our proprietary face-mapping system and innovative training program. We seek to provide exceptional customer service by building personal connections with each person, treating every customer like a special guest and creating a relaxing escape from daily life!

Introducing Galactic Glosses and More Hot Summer Picks by Puckerd

Introducing the latest bold and bright, liquid lipstick by Puckerd! Haute Nights represents the newest collection.  Just what the summer ordered! This lipstick has a matte finish for long lasting wear and a comfortable feel. You’ve reached the entire rainbow with this collection.

The names are just as provocative as the colors, embodying power and demanding attention. This line is made for the exceptional girl who likes to walk on the bold and trendy side. Four colors to start with and a new color added each week in the month June. These lippies will leave you kissable and won’t dry out the lips. Also, just released is the Galactic Gloss.

This super lustrous gloss leaves lips lush, full and sparkling like precious gems. The doe foot applicator delivers even more coverage and extraordinary shine. Preservative-free and paraben-free lip plumping peptide complex maxi-lip helps to stimulate collagen and glycosaminoglycan synthesis, leaving lips looking voluptuous. Marine-Filling Collagen Micro-Spheres instantly plumps and hydrates lips, making them smoother and fuller. Mango, Kokam and Shea Butter hydrates and conditions lips. Vitamins A, C and E antioxidant vitamins help to protect cells from free radical damage.


  • Hydra gloss $15
  • Liquid matte lipstick $19
  • Matttastic matte lipstick $16.50 (haute nights summer collection)
  • Mattastic metals $21.00
  • Galactic gloss $18.50

View all new names here.

Check out the new commercial here.

“PUCKERD” is a line of cosmetics that celebrates the beauty in every woman and empowers women of color, and of different ethnicities, to create the life they want.  Founded by female brainchild and powerhouse, Sylvia Russell,  the brand encompasses the flirty vivaciousness and ability that females emit, and the celebration of all things “girlie.” “PUCKERD” is a lifestyle exuding strength, and the imagination to create things that  transform dreams into reality.

Facts about the product: 

  • Vegan and Gluten Free
  • Hours of kiss proof wear
  • Soft silk texture with a flexible feel
  • Paraben,  and sulfite free
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty Free

Russell states, “After years of selling cosmetics in my own salons, it has always been a dream of mine to create and build a business focused solely on cosmetics, while educating and motivating  women. I finally decided to take a leap of faith and do it.” The line currently carries over 20 products, with an online-only ecommerce structure, and plans to expand to retail and is dabbling in pop ups everywhere. Selections include liquid mattes, mattetastic metals, hydrating lip glosses, line and define lip liners, lip kits and more ranging from $12-$21. Visit for more.

More about Sylvia Russell

Sylvia Russell has been working in entertainment and with celebrities for over 25 years. She was the key makeup artist for the Tampa Bay cheerleaders and worked on various celebrities, ranging  from Hulk Hogan and family to foodie Adam Richman and HSN show hosts. Russell has been a beauty and lifestyle expert host for 10 years in Tampa at WFLA, Channel 8 @ The Daytime Show and Channel 10 @studio10. She has also worked for NBC Dateline, TLC Network, The Travel Channel and has been an educator in the classroom for top beauty companies, as well as owned and managed salon start ups. Russell founded the business in August 2017 in St. Petersburg Florida and is a proud mother of 3.

Drink Your Way To Glowing Skin

Lulu Ge recently left her corporate career leading change and transformation at the parent company of Saks Fifth Avenue, GILT Groupe, Lord & Taylor, etc. (Hudson’s Bay Co) to become the first U.S. organic importer of a rare handpicked antioxidant-rich superfood she discovered while traveling through China’s border with Tibet.

Her love for Chinese herbs started at a young age; her grandfather ran a hospital in the Southern Chinese province of Hunan where she grew up drinking homebrewed super fruit elixirs, adaptogen teas and medicinal mushroom tonics before they were trendy. It wasn’t until the demands of her career left her feeling chronically tired, stressed, immune-deficient and on the edge of burnout that she found her way back to these ancient healers. The unsustainable hours, lifestyle and a feeling of ‘is sacrificing my health for success really worth it?!’ left her wanting to do something more purposeful, sustainable and connected to her Chinese heritage.

As she explored finding a new career, she discovered the use of Chinese herbs – especially a type known as adaptogens, which help naturally lower stress levels in the brain and rebalance the body – were on the rise. Unfortunately, most companies using adaptogens prioritized getting the lowest price over quality. This mentality is cheapening production methods and hurting many indigenous communities in China whose livelihood depends on wild harvesting and sustainably growing these precious plants.

Lulu saw this as an opportunity to launch a brand focused on social impact and health by introducing Chinese herbs that are beneficial for well-being while also putting resources back into the indigenous regions where they are sourced. Voila! Sustainably sourced black gojis are the first product of ZenChi Health Teas + Tonics.

Lulu is currently receiving her MBA at the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) and has a previous Masters of Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. She lives in NYC with her husband Justin and practices Ashtanga yoga daily. Her guilty indulgence is brunello and french fries.


ZenChi means ‘to cherish and treasure’ in Chinese. We believe in cherishing our health in order to unlock our greatest potential and live a long, fulfilling + laughter-filled life. We strive to make a positive social impact by partnering directly with indigenous communities in China and putting resources back into these regions. ZenChi Background Info

Why black gojis?

Lulu spent this past summer traveling through remote, high elevation regions of China and meeting with different indigenous communities known for sustainably harvesting the highest quality herbs throughout the country. It was in the Tibetan-Qinghai Plateau that members of the Salar people, one of China’s 55 ethnic minorities, introduced her to their precious superfruit used in Tibetan Medicine for 300+ years.

While it’s in the same family as the red goji berry more familiar in the West, the black goji is much more rare and has the potent antioxidant known as anthocyanins.

What are the benefits?

The anthocyanins found in black gojis offers anti-inflammatory and anti-viral benefits acting as an amazing immune booster. It also helps the body naturally produce collagen, which supports healthy skin and digestion.

The people of Tibet have used black gojis for centuries to help with everything from cleansing the liver and kidney to enhancing blood circulation and detoxing to reducing stress as this superfood contains a variety of minerals and amino acids.

How does it work?

You can literally see the nutrients flow out. Due to its high levels of antioxidants and water soluble polyphenols, black gojis immediately release potent streams of purple micronutrients when infused in water.

What are your favorite ways to enjoy its benefits?

1. Sip as a hot tea or cold water infusion: the black gojis turn either purple or blue depending on the pH of the water, creating a stunning micronutrient-rich beverage to enjoy throughout the day!

2. Squeeze some lemon into your black goji water and watch it transform into a natural pink lemonade.

3. Mix black gojis into your yogurt or trail mix for a nutrient boost.

4. Infuse black gojis into your milk-of-choice to create a calming purple latte.

5. Enhance your favorite smoothie bowl or chia-seed pudding with this antioxidant powerhouse.

Last Minute Father’s Day Grooming Gifts from SteelMclean


Give dad a grooming gift he’ll love this Father’s Day from SteelMclean. This gift set includes four of the latest and greatest products from the SteelMclean collection of hair and body care products including the Scalp Cleanser and Shave Lotion, Oil Purpose, Sport Culture and our newest launch, Parallel. (

  •         Scalp Cleanser and Shave Lotion: for those who want a smooth shave experience without the painful irritation, inflammation or overdrying, this perfectly pH-balanced product can be used on the face or scalp for the ultimate shaving experience.
  •         Oil Purpose: created to eradicate dryness and replenish your skin and hair’s natural protective barrier.  Perfect for use on the moustache and beard to provide shine and luster without weighing down hair collicles or clogging pores.
  •         Sport Culture: this rich, plant-infused, face and body cleanser that packs a powerful 1-2 punch. Infused with 11 botanical extracts that effectively remove dirt and impurities while leaving skin moisturized and refreshed.
  •         Parallel: this 2-in-1 product offers rapid relief from skin irritation caused by shaving, waxing and clogged pores acting as a non-abrasive exfoliant, removing dead skin, rapidly and gently, while reducing the appearance of bumps, dark marks and fine lines.

SteelMclean is paraben-free, sulfate-free and cruelty-free.

Available at

Meet the Designer Behind the World’s Most Iconic Perfume Bottles

From Jean Paul Gaultier’s Classique and Scandal to Olympea by Paco Rabanne, Bloom Room by Marc Ange Designs the World’s Most Iconic Perfume Bottles

Photography courtesy of Bloom Room Studio.

Founded in 2008 in Paris by Artist & Designer Marc Ange, Bloom Room ( is a creative agency at the service of the extraordinary. Clients from all over the world commission the creation of unique designs,, from iconic perfume bottles to new concepts for champagne brands,  luxury cars, restaurants and private residences. While the Bloom Room team does not limit itself to designing for a unique field, it specializes in bringing to life the client’s most unconscious and abstract desires. Clients of Bloom Room include: Jean Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs, Valentino, Prada, Paco Rabanne, Penhaligon’s, Louis Vuitton, Moet et Chandon, Ferrari, Orient Express and more.   Today Bloom Room has a second office in Los Angeles with a team of creatives that under Marc Ange’s vision continue to create the dream product.



About Marc Ange

Marc Ange

Marc Ange

Marc Ange was born in Rome and relocated to Paris at age 5. His childhood marks his universe and his creations, eternally balanced between the real and the unreal, perfection and mistake, harmony and chance. It is in Paris, the city where he grew up, that Marc Ange develops his work as Artist & Designer.

Marc Ange is currently based in Los Angeles and shares his time between his creative agency Bloom Room (LA /Paris) and as Creative Director of LJ Edition (, his furniture brand and signature of his iconic piece “Le Refuge” first unveiled during Milan Design Week 2017 and subsequently seen at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Miracle Fruit Aronia Berry, Rose Water & 3 Botanical Milks are Key Ingredients in Latest Anti-Aging Products by FarmHouse Fresh

We’re thrilled to introduce 2 new facial products in the FarmHouse Fresh Ageless collection:

The pore-minimizing Vitamin Berry Facial Tonic by FarmHouse Fresh (retail $36) features aronia berry, a little-known miracle fruit harvested in the U.S. and containing one of the highest antioxidant contents ever recorded among fruits. Delivered with hydrating rose water steam distilled from the Rosa Damascena flower and a touch of gently exfoliating polyhydroxy acid, this uniquely cocktailed tonic can be spritzed on after cleansing, as well as midday, to freshen up tired skin.

The intensely hydrating Three Milk Night Cream by FarmHouse Fresh (retail $45) uses coconut milk, milk vetch, and milk thistle along with advanced firming peptides and time-released retinol to intensely hydrate skin and firm skin at night without causing irritation.

Learn more by visiting

Must Have Beauty “I Do’s” for Brides on a Budget 

 Barely Xtensions Gives Tips for Getting a Luxurious Wedding Look Without the Hefty Price Tag 


Every bride wants to be beautiful on her wedding day, and for many that image incorporates a vision of long cascading hair or a dream updo with thick, lustrous curls and other adornments to crown the perfect dress, makeup and veil. In fact, brides-to-be spend countless hours looking through social media sites and bridal magazines looking for inspiration and on average spend $500+ on hair and makeup for their wedding.  

“Many brides might think that if they weren’t born with their ideal hair they are out of luck, but that’s not true,” says Jennifer Hutchens, Brand and Product Development Director with Barely Xtensions, “There are so many alternatives for women that want to add length, volume, and color to enhance their natural beauty — whether it’s for daily use or a special occasion. We make hair extensions easy-to-use, affordable and fun.” 

Here are some simple tips to say “I do” and stay within your beauty budget: 

DIY Hair. With DIY education at your fingertips on platforms like YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest it is easier than ever to avoid salon prices and achieve photo-worthy hair in the comfort of your own home. Clip-in hair extensions will instantly add the volume and length you need to achieve the perfect style. When selecting the right clip-in extensions it is key to find something that will be discrete and blend seamlessly with your natural hair. Barely Xtensions 18″ Ultra-Seamless Clip-in Hair Extensions feature a very thin ultra-seamless weft that is lightweight and lays flat to the head for a virtually undetectable blend that can be work again and again. It’s as easy as part, clip, and go!  

DIY AccessoriesCreate the perfect accessories to complement your wedding theme or dress; or even use as bridal party gifts.  For instance, create the latest on trend, “hair jewelry” by attaching petite flowers, gems, and ribbons to hair pins with a glue gun from any local craft store. Little touches like this can will go a long way in personalizing your wedding, not to mention look fantastic in close ups and save hundreds of dollars. 

Make Your Eyes PopStunning eyes can completely transform your “I do” look. Add drama and flair by experimenting with a natural smoky eye paired with glitter eyeliner and a pop of highlighter. Complete the look with false eyelashes for your big day to keep him gazing! An Ardell 5 Pack is less than $20 and is available in a variety of colors and styles. 

Go for the Glow. Buff and polish your skin to achieve the wedding glow of your dreams for a fraction of the cost at home with a microdermabrasion facial. The Dead Sea Salt Microdermabrasion Scrub available at Sally Beauty Supply will instantly improve the appearance of your skin leaving it soft, smooth, and younger-looking with an incredible glow.  

By taking advantage of our budget friendly ideas, the savvy bride can walk down the aisle with a little less stress, more confidence and a few extra dollars in her pocket for the honeymoon.  

About Barely Xtensions: 

Barely Xtensions offers the ultra-seamless difference in hair extensions featuring a revolutionary Micro-Thin Skin Weft technology providing the smoothest application on the market allowing the extensions to lay flat to the head for a virtually undetectable finish. Made of 100% premium quality Remy human hair Barely Xtensions is setting the standard of luxury hair extensions at an affordable price with the latest trend-setting colors and styles and are sold exclusively at Sally Beauty Supply stores throughout the county. 

For more information visit the website at or connect with Barely Xtensions at:





Amy Taylor, The Model for Women Empowerment 

Super model Amy Taylor is the perfect example of an intelligent, hardworking, powerful, and gorgeous model.  Amy Taylor has graced the cover of numerous powerhouse magazines including Maxim and Playboy, and this year we will also see her grace the covers of FHM, Muscle & Fitness Hers, and Playboy yet again.

But we’re not just talking about magazine photoshoots, when it comes to her job, it requests her non-stop presence and dedication.  So, one would think she wouldn’t have time for anything else.  Wrong.  Amy still managed her time to study at Berkeley, earn an MBA and as if that weren’t enough, a commercial pilot’s license as well.

And that’s not the most impressive part, this super model is exceptionally gifted and a member of MENSA!

Amy also shared with us some beauty tips. She takes care of her beauty by trying not to fall asleep with her makeup on, trying to eat somewhat healthfully, and using top-shelf skin and hair products but most of her looks are just genetic luck. She doesn’t focus too much on these looks in daily life. She has always known that they’d fade someday, and that the inside of a person is sexier than any hot shell could ever be.

When she’s not found in front of the camera, she’s enjoying the sunny skies flying, keeping fit at her gym in Los Angeles, or at the beach playing with her dog.

Follow Amy on Instagram @amyatylorla to find out her next projects

Photo Credits:

With the Dress:

Photographer: Brooke Mason Photo

Makeup: Renata Rensky Makeup

Hair: Rene Maldonado Cortez

In the Desert:

Photographer:  Ryan Dwyer