Drive you Right up our Walls

Where? Who? What?

It’s INVERTED SPACES by Calico, NYC (www.calicowallpaper.com) : A celebration of the infinite space that has surrounded us since the dawn of time…It’s three walls of all-encompassing Alchemy feeeeeels.

al·che·my

ˈalkəmē/

noun

the medieval forerunner of chemistry, based on the supposed transformation of matter. It was concerned particularly with attempts to convert base metals into gold ; or to find a universal elixir. synonyms: chemistry, (+ just a titch of magic)

a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination.“finding the person who’s right for you requires a very subtle alchemy”

Inverted Spaces : The Story

A collaboration with Amsterdam’s BCXSY concept design studio, Inverted Spaces transforms NASA satellite imagery into a series of constellational portraits.

Calico Wallpaper and BCXSY’s shared interest in explorations of space—both interior and beyond—led to the discovery of NASA’s immense library of breathtaking satellite imagery. Calico combined their talents to transpose a selection of these images, creating a series of imagined environments that offer an abstracted view of the universe. Enlisting the help of a matte-painting studio (who typically create cinematic fantasy worlds for Hollywood films) Calico was able to scale and enlarge the imagery while retaining the quality of the originals. The result is a six pattern celestial collection that is at once playful and profound.  And our vision for our space and brand, smeared all over our walls. Our soul. On paper.

Inverted Spaces explores the beauty of the infinite expansion of the universe. Gazing up at the distant light of the planets and stars, we see that we are but a speck in a stunning sky.

The Gold Bio-Collagen Mask

If three months of harsh winter air have left your complexion looking lackluster, fear not. There’s a quick 30-minute treatment that won’t break the bank, and will rejuvenate dull wintertime skin (between seeing us for treatments at the loft) leaving you with a fresh, clean canvas to take into spring…. Alchemy’s Gold Bio-Collagen face mask challenge; we simply ask you to commit to mere 1800 seconds to an awesome at-home mask . eazzzzy peazzzz.  Hidden plus side? You’ll look amazing with your glimmering golden face. Your dog will be impressed.

It’s a skin-care phenomenon that first gained momentum in Korea and is now taking off overseas…and, more importantly, here @ Alchemy.  You can purchase a gold mask for 20% off, simply by mentioning this post! ….a lil alchemist lovin’ from us to you. woot!

*the nitty-gritty - 

Ingredients:

  • Collagen
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Provitamin B5
  • Grape Seed Extract
  • Purified Water

Usage Directions:

  • Cleanse & dry your face thoroughly per normal
  • Apply the mask & smooth over your face with fingertips to ensure a smooth + snug fit.
  • Apply any desired add-on gels to the mask to maximise moisturizing per skin-type (consults on add on gels are free within any treatment appointment).
  • Leave the mask on for 20-30 minutes
  • Remove the mask & follow your normal facial routine!

**The Gold Bio-Collagen mask is also available as a procedure add-on to most treatments here @ Alchemy, or prior to your appointment while you wait in the lounge and sip on Pelle!  All that glitters here at Alchemy, is in fact gold. We promise.

What We're Obsessing Over This Month

There’s a fresh new way to look your best on-the-go….Herbivore Botanicals Face Mist is our must have day-bag essential. 

<< gym, work, happy hour, whatever, wherever your day brings you; make sure you have this spritz refresher on-hand >>

Featuring coconut and rose: Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist is created with pure plant actives — no fillers. A base of coconut water is infused with youth-boosting hibiscus flower petals and moisture-enhancing rose to tone, hydrate, and soften all skin types.

Truly Natural. Everything HB creates contains the finest all-natural ingredients, with an emphasis on ingredients that are plant-based, organic, and food-grade. Each ingredient is included for a therapeutic reason. No animal testing is conducted on our products or ingredients. All HB oils are cold-pressed or steam distilled. These are the best extraction methods available and lead to premium quality oils. All products are made in small batches in the USA.

Tips for Use: Shake before using. Spritz your face a few times and rub in. We recommend using it on your face after cleansing and before applying moisturizer.

Disclaimer: Due to the nature of Hibiscus leaves, color of this product might vary…..and you also might feel more awesome & glowy than normal.

+ 20% off, with mention of this post #lillovinfromthealchemists <3

“Chewbacca be Gone”

LASER HAIR REMOVAL : Is it really worth it??

Are you sick of having furry calves in July? Or maybe you’re a man who dredges through summer with red bumps or raz-rash all over your chest + back….not a good look. 

Here’s what Marissa Moss thinks on it - 

Several years ago I decided to stop shaving my legs and switched to waxing. (Note to readers: If this is already too much information, this article is probably not for you.) My lower legs did not respond well to shaving, I got terrible ingrown hairs and the little red bumps that formed were constantly itchy. Obviously shaving was an extreme irritant so either I had to resign myself to a life of ingrown, itchy hairs, or I could switch to waxing. Waxing your legs is wonderful—for three days. Then the hair begins to creep back in and you are stuck with it for at least two weeks, three if you want it to be even more efficient. At the end of last summer, I put my furry foot down. No more of this back-and-forth business, I decided. It was time to look into a more permanent option.

(Clearly I’m not alone in this. Nearly half a million laser treatments were performed by dermatological surgeons in 2011 (the last year that collected data is available) according to the American Society for Dermatological Surgery.)

I remember first hearing about laser hair removal years ago when people were first talking about it and thinking, “Eek, that sounds risky, I’m going to wait and see if this goes the way of the LaserDisc or more the DVD.” Basically I wanted to make sure it was legit and worth the time, pain, and cost. Five or more years later I feel confident that laser hair removal has legs and that it is the right decision for mine. The way laser hair removal works, I discover in my research, is that pulses of highly concentrated light are emitted from the laser into the hair follicles. The pigment in the follicles absorbs the light and that destroys the hair. When I read that about 90 percent of laser hair removal patients who are good candidates for the procedure report permanent hair loss after an average of three to six sessions, I am sold. “Chewbacca be gone,” I vow to myself. “Next year, I am getting my legs lasered.”

I learned that in order to have bikini-worthy legs by Memorial Day I would need to start the laser process in peak tights-and-boots weather. So I book in for the dead of winter for my first of six appointments—six approximately, explains my nurse, to accommodate the hair’s growth cycles. “Hairs have a growth phase and also a resting and a falling-out phase,” she says. “Some of the hairs are not there right now because they are in the rest phase and not every hair will respond to the pulses.” Hence the need for multiple sessions, spaced about one month apart, the typical length of a hair-growth cycle.   

So, my first visit; my nurse asks if my legs are shaven.“No!” I reply proudly, excited to show her that I wax instead. For some reason I am convinced this will impress her. “Hmm,” she frowns. “Well, okay. Let’s re-book.” When I protest, reminding her that I wax, rather than shave, she corrects me. “Yes,” she says, “but I need the legs to be clean-shaven for the laser so I have a follicle in place.  It can’t be removed if we want to kill it off.” Well, there goes three years of waxing down the drain. I feel like an addict being forced off the wagon. For the next six months of my laser treatments, I begrudgingly shave my legs.  But it’s amazing. The gaps in time, the reduction in hair thickness-i am a total believer. “What the hell else can i laser off?’ I’m thinking…

Outcome, totally overwhelmingly, WORTH IT.”

Hey, Thanks Marissa Moss!  The Alchemists second that notion. 

The whole process is a bit like whack-a-mole; it seems there’s always another hair to quash, but our staff is the best. No really, the BEST. We have the most calm, most methodical nurses. Our lasers are the highest grade & most forward in hair-removal technology.  They move up and down the body in circles & straight lines (depending on your personal nurses steeeely), zappin those hairs away. The noise of the pulses is like the beat of a metronome or a very fast elevator that beeps at every floor. We offer you the jolly-jelly-stress-ball to hold, & you can even choose your own music if you like!

I mean, c’mon,what a deal?!  Jolly-jelly-stress-ball annnnnnnnd Bowie while you beepbeepbeep!

Book in today; mention this post and receive 10% off your first treatment.

#thealchemistloveyou

And lastly, 

It’s better to burn out, 

than fade away.xo

The Case for Wearing Antioxidants After Dark

It’s long been the dermatologic party line: prevention by day, repair by night. As such, we’ve been applying antioxidants plus sunscreen every morning followed by a curative dose of peptides or retinol in the evening. Lately, however, we’ve sensed a shift in the way dermatologists (and our own clinical staff) are talking about antioxidants, those precious molecules that snuff out free radicals before they can chew up collagen or cripple DNA. And while many still advocate applying them upon waking to fend off environmental insults that sunscreens can’t shield us from—pollution, cigarette smoke—it turns out there are ample reasons to feed skin a second helping before bed, too.

Lending credence to the after-dark argument is the simple fact that sunlight deactivates a good many antioxidants, including the venerable vitamin C. 

“If you apply an antioxidant in the morning and then go outside, it will act much like a sunscreen, sponging up UV-generated free radicals before they can harm the skin. But in the process, that antioxidant is destroyed and never gets fully absorbed into your cells where it’s really needed,” explains New York City–based dermatologist Neal Schultz, M.D., who, for the record, has always held the dissenting opinion that antioxidants work best at bedtime. And antioxidants are needed, day or night, according to Ellen Marmur, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City. “Every step of our nightly rejuvenation process gives off some by-products, like toxic free radicals,” she says. “Antioxidants can help the skin to repair by capturing that excess energy overnight.”

Soooooo…what to do, what to do: one of our favorite naturals lines encompassed in Alchemy Naturals is Herbivore Botanicals, as well as our old faithful, Obagi; only sold by us exclusive Medical folks, both offer natural & medical grade solutions to detoxification & anti-oxidizing…so what are you waiting for? come seeeeeeeeee us!