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January, 2012:

Beauty by Clinica Ivo Pitanguy


From Beauty by Clinica Ivo Pitanguy

In addition to facials like the Opulent Rejuvenesence Facial at The Spa at Madarin Oriental, NY, I use the most marvelous line of products called Beauty by Clinica Ivo Pitanguy.

This luxurious line bears the name of one of the world’s most esteemed plastic surgeons, Dr Ivo Pitanguy, and was designed at the legendary Clinica Ivo Pitanguy in Rio—an international beauty landmark founded in 1963. The line encapsulates the accumulated knowledge of all the clinic’s specialists—from nutritionists and aestheticians to dermatologists and surgeons—and is enjoyed by some of the world’s most famous faces, including the ageless beauty Carmen Dell’ Orefice.

Now, I am not one who can bear endless applications of this and that—my regimen is actually quite simple. In the morning I use the “Lifting Serum” (see above) which revitalizes, tones, firms and rejuvenates the skin, targeting wrinkles, and I follow it up with the “Face Lifting Formula” (see below) which increases elasticity, firmness, tone and texture; then I apply the “Eye Contour Lifting Gel” which fights fine lines, wrinkles, crow’s feet, bags and shadows.



In the evening I use the “Ultimate Repair Cream” and “Ultimate Eye Cream” that both work to restore a more youthful appearance. (see below)



As I have mentioned, these products have a wonderfully cumulative effect, and it probably goes without saying that I am rather thrilled with the results!

Opulent Rejuvenesence Facial – The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, NY

James Andrew at the Mandarine Oriental Spa - photo Gabrial Everett

James Andrew at the Mandarine Oriental Spa - photo Gabrial Everett

I’ve been accused of having my own Dorian Gray portrait hidden away somewhere to absorb my many indulgences, but the truth is, I keep my years at bay with healthy foods, a youthful attitude, and, of course, a top notch skin-care regimen.

Which brings me to facials. When only the absolute best treatment will do, the Opulent Rejuvenesence facial given at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Spa wins hands down.

The Opulent Rejuvenesence facial is an intensive, two hour, anti-aging treatment that incorporates result-driven Beauty by Clinica Ivo Pitanguy products developed by Dr. Ivo Pitanguy, famed Brazilian cosmetic surgeon to celebrities, royalty, and socialites around the world, proven to boost collagen and give the skin a more youthful appearance.

James Andrew - under the able hands of the fantastic Fini at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Spa

James Andrew - under the able hands of the fantastic Fini at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Spa

These facials are administered with some seriously state of the art equipment (e.g., rotary brushes, an opal sonic infuser, and a high frequency current wand), and really have a long lasting and cumulative effect.

Of course, the proof is in the pudding, so to speak—during an after spa luncheon, my friends all insisted that I must have received Botox and Restylane injections (which I had not). Needless to say, I’ve sold them on the Opulent Rejuvenesence facial!

The Vip Room at the Mandarine Oriental Spa

WIJW recommends The Vip Room at the Mandarin Oriental Spa

Feeling particularly radiant, I’m captured (top) on the 35th Floor spa at the Mandarin, sporting a Tom Ford suit jacket in a olive wool silk tweed over check and silk pocket square, Tom Ford era Gucci ivory cashmere turtleneck sweater and J Brand jeans, vintage Rolex oyster perpetual watch, tan leather tasseled loafers by Gucci and my fragrance is Creed Royal Water.

The Camel Hair Jacket – A Wardrobe Essential

James Andrew at Grand Central - photo Gabriel Everett

James Andrew at Grand Central - photo Gabriel Everett

A camel hair jacket is one of those must-have staples in a gentleman’s wardrobe. The marvelously neutral color and super luxurious fabric makes it hugely handy in both top coat and sport coat incarnations, and can complete any number of different looks. Whether you are going super casual, (pairing camel hair with jeans and a cream cashmere turtleneck for instance), or doing something dressier, (say with a fab shirt and tie), a camel hair jacket will ad a perfect touch of uber wasp chic and proven historical precedence to your well considered ensemble. From the board room to the playboy mansion and beyond, a good camel hair jacket will take you there!

I’m sporting a Tom Ford version of this iconic jacket, i.e., a tailored “Country Jacket” in camel silk cashmere twill with suede accents, cotton plaid shirt, silk knit tie, brown wide wale corduroy pants, saddle leather loafers, vintage moon stone cuff links, Rolex oyster perpetual and brown and camel silk pocket square, Gucci double horse head buckle python belt and my fragrance is Creed Himalaya.