Thursday, April 30, 2009

Makeup A Breeze With Bobbi Brown's New Nautical Collection

We are falling in love with Bobbi Brown's new Summer 2009 Nautical Collection.

We are ready to set sail (excuse the pun) for the warmer days ahead, with a simple and sheer makeup plan.

"I love sheer colors for summer - they're wearable, easy and look good on everyone."- Bobbi Brown

And if you are even a bit shy about putting on makeup, don't be, not with these natural and sheer shades. You can't miss. There is nothing complicated. Just pretty and breezy. Here's how makeup legend Bobbi Brown describes her new Summer 2009 Nautical Collection:

Sheer Color Gloss
Our newest gloss formula is super sheer and super wearable. The see-through finish makes it easy for any woman to wear the season's punchy shades. Available in four shades ($20).

Sheer Color Cheek Tint
Bobbi's NEW Sheer Color Cheek Tint gives cheeks a sheer tint of natural-looking color. The
translucent, lightweight formula glides on and blends evenly onto skin. Packaged in a swivel-up stick for convenient and easy application. Available in six shades($22).

Perfectly Defined Mascara
Perfectly Defined Mascara makes the most of every lash. In one easy sweep, this ingenious mascara lengthens, separates and curls lashes for perfect definition. The secret? A unique multi-comb brush and equally innovative formula, working together to enhance each and every lash. The flexible, long-wearing formula resists flaking, doesn't smudge and stays in place all day. And best of all, it removes easily with warm water ($22).

To learn more about Bobbi Brown's new Summer 2009 Nautical Collection, just click here:

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Kim Kardashian Poses In Bikini Without Airbrushing

One great thing about Kim Kardashian, she isn't afraid of not fitting into the size zero and size 2 Hollywood mentality.

In fact, she actually embraces her curves. And now she's posing with cellulite and no airbrushing for the cover of Life & Style magazine, hitting newsstands today.

Let's be very honest, here. There's a lot of airbrushing going on. We don't care how stunning, and skinny or rich and famous the celebrity is, when that cover shot or lay-out is printed, all you see are perfect, slimmer lines, wrinkles gone, flab zapped. Even the whites of their eyes are as white as a sheet of paper. So not real.

What we love about Kim Kardashian, is her honest admission, that yeah, she has cellulite,
and as she has responded, "So what!"

"I love my body the way it is," Kim told Life & Style. "I'm not perfect. I have cellulite, so what ... I chose to do the shoot because I am so sick of people giving me a hard time for those photos that came out in Complex. I wanted to say, 'This is me, take it or leave it."

Kim is actually 5'3'' and petite. But because she is curvy, she appears much larger, when the truth is, she's not a big girl. She says these are her stats, and we will take her at her word:

"I'm 35-26-40. My dress size is a 4 or a 2/4. I wear a size 4 skirt and size 27 jeans."

Do you know how many women have cellulite?! Most women on the planet. Sadly, you can never get rid of cellulite permanently, but, you can halt its further progression and reduce its dimpled appearance.

Anushka of New York City, is the best cellulite pioneer that we know of. She has been studying this dimpled fat for decades now. She advises that women drink raspberry tea, to
help slim the silhouette and fight cellulite. (Read our article here:)

To read more of the Kim Kardashian interview in Life & Style, visit here:

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Bye-Bye Back Fat! Newest Plastic Surgery Procedure

Ladies, if you often worry about the size of your rump, well, it might be time to look behind you, but in a different area of the body. We couldn't believe this when we stumbled onto an article at

The plastic surgery procedure takes about an hour. And it's actually called a bra-line back lift.

Can you imagine? We have come this far, and now, we are removing the "dreaded back fat rolls and lumps."

What's next? We're afraid to imagine. Apparently, society won't let women be human. Every extra inch of flesh has to be removed and the rest tightened, it seems, until the perfect, ideal silhouette has been artistically designed.

The ASPS, or, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, is introducing this new plastic surgery procedure to the world. The surgery has been performed on 20 women for the past few years now, and studied closely, and has been deemed a safe and effective surgery.

According to the ASPS:

"The study concluded that the procedure is a safe and powerful method to contour the middle and upper back – literally removing all of the back rolls and folds. By placing the scar within the patient's bra-line, it is easily concealed even by a two-piece bathing suit, according to the study.

"This is an exciting new procedure that gives patients concerned about this area of their body a possible new option to discuss with their plastic surgeon," said James Wells, Chair of the ASPS Public Education Committee. "As with all new procedures that are not yet widely practiced, patients need to choose an ASPS Member Surgeon who has a comprehensive understanding of how bodies change over time, the impact of environment and lifestyle and the know-how to develop the best treatment plan for the best result."

Now, some would say to get off your rump and exercise away the back fat rolls and bulges. But it isn't that easy to firm up that particular part of the body:

"For many patients—even the very fit ones, such as an aerobics instructor—the upper to mid-line back where the rolls and bulges form was very frustrating," said senior author Joseph Hunstad, MD and ASPS Member Surgeon. "This redundancy of skin occurs generally from aging and cannot be exercised away. For those who desire to wear form-fitting outfits, this procedure eliminates the problem."

So there you have it: the new bra-line back lift.

To read the article at lemondrop, click here:

Monday, April 27, 2009

America Ferrera: Ugly Betty's Beauty Favorites

Who doesn't adore Ugly Betty?

The beloved but frumpy fashion assistant character has won America Ferrera an Emmy and a Golden Globe.

At age 25, America Ferrera also has legions of fans, and many of them love her just as she is---not a size zero, or 2, or 4. America has a real body. She's petite and curvy, and naturally pretty.
We found out in the May issue of InStyle magazine, that Ugly Betty's America Ferrera loves to get glam for red carpet events, but when she's not working as an actress, America doesn't wear makeup. And she doesn't like to exercise, either.

"My workout situation is pretty grim at the moment," America tells InStyle. "But I do take my two dogs to the park."

We love her already!

Meantime, here are America Ferrera's beauty favorites:

1. Rodin Olio Lusso moisturizer ($135,, This is a sinfully elegant liquid moisturizer, blended with 11 essential oils. Makes your skin soft and dewy. America says, "It's so luxurious."

2. YSL Golden gloss No.2 (Golden Prairie) ($29, fine dept. stores). This is a lovely golden neutral shimmering lip gloss. If you're addicted to gloss, YSL is one of the best.

3. Nars Velvet Matte lip pencil in Cruella ($24, This jumbo crayon in the bold Cruella shade is a must for America at her red carpet appearances. Provides a creamy, highly pigmented color that lasts and lasts. This shade allows America's pretty features to pop. And who doesn't love Nars makeup? Duh!!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

How To Get Big Plump Angelina Jolie Lips...Well, Sort Of

She has one set of impressive lips. We are, of course, talking about Hollywood's own Angelina Jolie. And many women desire big, plump, sexy lips.

Are Angelina Jolie's lips artfully engineered? Who knows. Most beautiful women on the silver screen these days, have had at least one or two things done to look more stunning.

Well, now we have one, tiny thing you can do, to enhance the beauty of your lips. Okay, this beauty product won't give you a set of Jolie lips, but it will take your smacker to a whole new level.

It's by Physicians Formula. The makeup geniuses there, have developed a cool way to instantly grow some fuller, sexier lips, all in 60 seconds!!

Physicians Formula has recently introduced Plump Potion Needle-Free Plumping Cocktail ($9.75, at drugstores, like http://www.cvs/ and

We like the concept. And no needles, ladies. If you've ever felt the sting of a collagen-filled needle, slowly and deeply piercing the skin of your lips, well, this Physicians Formula lipstick plumper would be a very welcome procedure. Maybe not the perfect substitute, but surely, a natural and instant way to get big, plump Angelina Jolie lips, well, sort of.

This is how Physicians Formula describes their popular, new plumping cocktail:

"Lip plumping lacquer formulated with a high-tech cocktail of non-irritating ingredients to transform lip's appearance, contour, size and color so they look and feel fuller, smoother, sexier. 3x Plumping Effect:
1) Instant Plumping Effect
2) Instant Hydrating & Smoothing Effect
3) Younger, Smoother & Fuller Looking Lips with continued use."

For more information, visit:

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Clairol Adds 24 New Shades For Gorgeous At-Home Color

It's always best to visit a salon when it comes to coloring your hair, especially if you are making drastic changes or trying to maintain a complicated two-tone process.

However, at-home coloring is big business, and we know some women who do it very well, and their hair always looks so darn pretty and shiny.

Since we are all trying to be the best recessionista, that we can---- you know, a very stylish chick who can live within her budget, then at-home coloring can be just the perfect match for you. Whether you home-color in between your salon visits, just to touch up roots, or even to go glam with a new shade, dyeing hair can be a wonderful adventure.

And the folks at Clairol are adding new color to your life! 24 new shades of beautiful!!!!

That's right. Clairol is introducing 24 new shades this season. And you can find these pretty colors at your local drugstore. From permanent to semi-permanent to a quick root fix, there are even more shades to choose from.

Clairol Balsam haircolor has debuted a new Signature Browns Collection.

Clairol Natural Instincts has introduced its new Champagne Indulgence Collection.

And more shades have been added to Clairol's Perfect 10, Nice 'n Easy, and Root Touch-Up collections.

For more hair color information visit: .

Friday, April 24, 2009

Countess Gives Advice: From Table Manners To Touching His Arm Lightly

We adore the Countess. She's bold, sassy, beautiful, and stands out.

We are talking about LuAnn deLesseps. And yes, she is a real Countess! If you have tuned into Bravo's reality show, The Real Housewives of New York City, then you certainly know the Countess.

And now there's plenty of buzz about her new book, "Class with the Countess": How to Live with Elegance and Flair. The book is now available at bookstores nationwide.

We thought we'd take a little peek into this modern book on manners and etiquette. If you head to her book website,, you will find lots of fascinating items, and Countess LuAnn's blog, where she talks about table manners to touching his arm lightly. Yeah, that's right. The Countess has strong opinions on how to act with class, and how to hold a man's interest.

We hope The Countess doesn't mind us quoting from her blog:

....."It is possible to be a strong, accomplished woman in matters of business, yet be soft in affairs of the heart. Men respond positively to women who dress like women (a flirty skirt and high heels might do the trick). Men love when women speak softly, listen intently, and act flirtatiously. A date should not be treated like a business meeting – it is a chance to be engaging, sexy and whimsical. It is by being elegantly provocative that a woman communicates her interest to a man.

Tip: Here a few ways to turn up the heat during your next encounter with a man who intrigues you:
• The gaze – look into his eyes a few beats longer.• Talk in a soft, low, provocative voice – you will both need to lean toward each other, drawing attention to your lips.• Keep up the banter – being light and playful keep the energy high.• Touch his arm lightly – only the briefest of touches and only above the belt unless you’re playing footsy!• Show him you’re interested in him without giving him your business card. If he wants your number he’ll ask for it. • Leave him wanting more."
posted by LuAnn deLesseps

Okay, maybe some of you are snickering, but we think the Countess has a lot of common sense. And there's nothing wrong with wanting to share what you've learned, especially for a woman who has traveled the globe, meeting royalty, and encountering many different social situations. She wants to show you how to be comfortable in the world, and this book is a wonderful guide.

Countess LuAnn deLesseps is the mother of two children, Victoria and Noel. Her 16 year marriage to the Count Alex deLesseps is over. The couple has been separated, and as of this writing, we are told the marriage is no more.

(website photo of The Countess and Count, in happier times)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Get Your Glow On With LiLo's Sevin Nyne Tanning Mist

Lindsay Lohan (we like to call her LiLo) has become a sharp businesswoman these days. She has recently launched a self-tanning mist called Sevin Nyne. It's now available online at for $35 a can.

Amid all the recent drama involved in LiLo's life, following her break-up with Samantha Ronson, the tanning mist sort of got caught in a cloudy haze. But now she's back, and Lindsay Lohan is proud of her business venture. She appeared on daytime's Ellen DeGeneres Show this morning to pitch her beauty product.

We like this self-tanning concept, because we all know how bad too much sun is to our skin and health.

LiLo developed the unique faux tan styling mist with Lorit, an expert celebrity airbrush tanner. The product is chemical-free and smells delicious!! And its made with natural products like---goji berry, chardonnay extracts, caramel, and a sugar coconut base. And It even comes in an environmentally-friendly aerosol can.

Yes, Lindsay Lohan wears her own Sevin Nyne Tanning Mist. She's got very fair, freckled skin, and this product delivers a natural, golden glow.

"I have tried every tanning product on the market and worked with the best tanners in the business. When Lorit and I met, we thought it would be great to bring a quality product at a reasonable price to the market so everyone could enjoy a professional spray tan," LiLo says.

Sevin Nyne is named after LiLo's two lucky numbers 7 and 9.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

ProActiv Derms Develop 3-Step Anti-Age Regimen To Zap Wrinkles

You know these smart derms:

and Fields.

If you've had pimples, and used ProActiv Solution, then these Stanford-educated women, have made a huge impact on your life.

Clear skin isn't their only mission, however.

Rodan + Fields Dermatologists are now zapping wrinkles and sun damage in a simple, 3-step Anti-Age Regimen ($160):

"ANTI-AGE Regimen refines texture, energizes skin cells, and signals the building of collagen. The ANTI-AGE Regimen features 3 full-size products:
Gentle Exfoliating Wash 125 mL/4.2 Fl.Oz.
Hydrating Toner 125 mL/4.2 Fl.Oz.
and Skin Protectant Cream SPF 15 Sunscreen 50 mL/1.7 Fl.Oz."

Rodan + Fields Dermatologists also offer 3 more beauty treatments in their Anti-Age collection:
Anti-Age Night Recovery Cream ($107)
Anti-Age Multi-Function Eye Cream ($59)
Anti-Age Night Renewing Serum ($89)

So, do these beauty treatments really work?

According to their website, the peptide technology makes it happen:
"This complete skincare system combines peptide technology, anti-oxidants and UVA/UVB protection to firm and protect, as it replenishes and repairs collagen loss in your skin. Not a temporary plumper, polypeptide technology signals your skin to increase natural collagen production over time. Using Multi-Med Therapy, ANTI-AGE Regimen delivers the right medicines, in the right formulations, in the right order to transform your skin."

To order Rodan + Fields Anti-Age Regimen, visit: and

By the way, you are also invited to join the Rodan + Fields Skin Care Team, and become an Independent Consultant. The business opportunities are waiting.

For more information, send an email to Victoria at:

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

CG Outlast Lip Stain Really Lasts And Lasts On Your Lips

Cover Girl spokesperson, Drew Barrymore, wears "Everbloom Kiss."

There are actually 10 luscious shades to choose from in the newest Cover Girl Outlast Lip Collection. No budge--no smudge lipstains ($7.29, at drugstores).

Take a look at these cute lip pens. Don't they look like magic markers? Sharpies?

These beauty pens work in the same way. Just color your lips in.

And relax.....The shades are highly pigmented. Cover Girl describes them as: "a lightweight flush of color that lasts for hours without the heavy look or feel of an ordinary lipstick."

Apply some gloss on top to seal in the color, and you're good to go.Cover Girl Outlast Lipstain really stays put. It ain't going anywhere. Kiss somebody. It won't rub off. Eat lunch. You'll still have a stain left.

We're not going to promise you 8 hours plus, but you might be good for at least 4-6 hours of long-lasting lipstain. And hey, that's pretty decent.

The water-based colorants formula is nourishing, too, with hyaluronic acid and glycerin. No alcohol, either.

Yes, a lipstain is matte, and can be quite drying. But gloss on top helps, or a moisturizing lip balm over the stain.

Either way, you get a nice, subtle blast of color. We chose 3 shades we liked:

Plum Pout
Coy Coral
Wild Berry Wink

Monday, April 20, 2009

Best Brush On Nail Hardeners For Long Strong Nails

Nail hardeners are used to boost the strength of brittle nails.

And if you've been an acrylic nails wearer, then you know what we are talking about. Peeling. Splitting. Cracking. Unhealthy-looking nails.

Nail hardeners are actually clear nail enamels that have been amped up with different solvent and resin concentrations. They are the first coat of enamel applied to the clean nail and function as a base coat. And they can also be brushed on after a colored polish for extra protection.

There are many nail hardeners on the market. Some work well, and some do not. But the basic idea of using a hardener, is to build up a strong nail plate. In other words--- fortify, protect, and harden.

We have dug our fingernails into the dirt, and gone digging around for the Best Brush On Nail Hardeners:

1. Mavala Scientifique Nail Hardener ($16.99, This little bottle has a huge following of fans. Hard to find, but we located a stash at One woman says she's been using Mavala for some 30 years. Now, that's an opinion we can trust.

Mavala describes their little nail hardener this way:

The tip of nail is the most fragile part which breaks easily. Logic and experience have proven that it is the tip of nail which needs to be strengthened. This Scientifique is a special treatment for the nail tip. It helps prevent splitting or flaking, strengthens soft nails. It features fast result, ease to apply and economical. And one little bottle lasts an entire year.

2. OPI Nail Envy Natural Nail Strengthener ($12.00,, and at fine salons). Let's face it, OPI really knows nails. And this small bottle can also do the trick. Say so long to cracking, splitting, and flaking nails.

The product works like this:

You apply two coats to start, then one coat every other day. At the end of a week, you remove all the product and start over. This method sounds weird, but it really delivers.

3. Witchcraft Nail Hardener ($14.99 at, or This stuff has been around for about 40 years. It was developed in Canada, and is very popular around here. Not easy to find, but Ebay always seem to be auctioning off a few bottles. And we found the hardener and a whole nail kit for $14.99.

And this nail hardener is so easy to use:

Shake well before using. Apply one coat to nail surface. Let dry, then apply second coat. Repeat procedure twice a week.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

How To Wear 2009 Ponytails Without Damaging Hair

As you can see by these gorgeous photos of Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Aniston, Beyonce Knowles, and Carrie Underwood, ponytails are so in for 2009!!

Whether your ponytail is big, bold, and exaggerated like Drew's, or casually off to the side like Jennifer's, pulling back your locks into a classic hairstyle, is quite refreshing for 2009!

And even if you have limp locks, or not long enough hair, there is a way to get a smooth, silky ponytail. Just a little faux hair, like a hairpiece or extension, and you can carry off a bouncing do.

If you have long hair already, you could also achieve this look the old-fashioned way, by spritzing on some volumizing mousse or lotion on to dry hair to pump up the volume. You could add some hot rollers, too, and then tease your way to max fullness! And secure back into a ponytail.

But just be careful how you secure your new ponytail do. Hairstylists will warn you that pulling back hair severely and often, can result in damage to your front hairline, especially.

Stay away from the common elastic, or elastics that have metal on them. Not good for your hair. Those items can cause snarling and breakage.

Ken Paves, hair genius to the stars, suggests you try a gentler ponytail securer like Vidal Sassoon No Crimp Elastics ($3). "They give you just enough hold without damaging your hair."
Another elastic brand to try is Karina Sport Colored Ponytail Elastics ($3.50). These, too, are metal-free, and will hold your hair tightly, without risking breakage.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Exuviance Oil-Absorbing Gel Keeps Face Shine-Free

We've found another clever beauty product to take control of shiny, oily, greasy skin. And there are many items out there that promise to 'mattify' your complexion.

Maybe you've tried oil-blotting papers. Oil-free primers. Glycolic acid cleansers. Toners. And the long list goes on.

Now you can try this little number. It's formulated with Mandelic Acid. That is one of the AHAs, or Alpha Hydroxy Acids. And curiously enough, Mandelic Acid is found in almonds.

We adore Exuviance Matte Perfection ($35,, or ULTA stores). You can wear it alone, or under your makeup, or even over your makeup. Either way, this oil-free gel glides on easily and gives you a shine-free finish.

Gluconolactone, a Polyhydroxy Acid, or PHA, is another unique property combined in the oil-free gel. This beauty ingredient helps to balance uneven pigmentation, rough patches, and enlarged pores. It also provides special anti-aging benefits.

We like the lightness to this Exuviance product. And it does absorb the greasies, and is gentle to your skin.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Padma Lakshmi Speaks Up For Women With Endometriosis

Padma Lakshmi is probably best known for her popular role as host of Bravo's Top Chef hit reality show.

But the 38-year-old beauty is also a writer, model, actress, and great cook, among her many talents.

And now Padma is speaking out about endometriosis, a condition that affects many women who suffer from painful, heavy periods.

Padma Lakshmi recently underwent surgery for the condition, and she wants to assure women out there, that they are not alone, and that surgery can cure this common problem which a number of women face.

Endometriosis developes when tissues lining the uterus grow outside the uterus, resulting in painful menstrual cycles and uterine scarring. And this could lead to infertility.

Padma says it wasn't easy talking about such an intimate problem.

"It's a very personal issue," Padma told People Magazine. "It has to do with the most private aspect of a woman's life, and when I had to have surgery, I had to miss work and explain why. I just found that in talking to people, not many people knew what it was." "I just thought I had a responsibility to let other young women know so they wouldn't have to go through what I went though," she says. "If you get tested at an early age, it's very simple to be treated for it and it will save you from a lifetime of pain and stress."

Padma Lakshmi has joined ranks with Dr. Tamer Seckin, who treated Padma and with her also co-founded the Endometriosis Foundation of America.

Dr. Seckin and Padma will host the "Blossom Ball," their first fundraising event, on April 20 at New York's Prince George Ballroom.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

How To Color Beautiful Dark Brown Hair Perfectly

When we think of beautiful dark brown hair, we often think of actress Catherine Zeta-Jones. She wears it so well. Sometimes she lightens up her very dark tresses by a shade. But usually, her color is dark and shiny.

Believe it or not, coloring dark brown hair perfectly is not easy. We should know.

Of course, the coloring process is more damaging when you want to lighten hair, to become blonde, for example. Hair can quickly become damaged.

Then what's the big deal about becoming dark brown?

Celebrity colorist Rita Hazan of New York City, said in an interview recently that, "Brunettes are the most challenging. Their hair can turn red and brassy with added color, but look flat without it."

Rita Hazan suggests asking for gold highlights, instead of red highlights at the salon.

If you've ever tried to go darker, well, it's simple. But getting the right shade of brown is difficult. If you pick too dark a shade, your hair can turn raven, or almost black. Best to select a color one step lighter, otherwise, you will have to live with the super dark shade until your hair grows out.

As any hair colorist would tell you, pick up a box of semi-permanent color if you want to brighten up your brown. You won't be tied down to the darkness forever. A box of Clairol's Natural Instincts will cost you only $6, and the hue will wash out in 6-12 shampoos.

If you desire a much longer lasting hair color, try any of the L'Oreal products, to become a brilliant brunette and cover up gray hair. L'Oreal Paris Excellence-to-Go ($9.49) is a good one to try for shiny hair color that delivers the goods in 10 minutes.

Meantime, we just learned this little hair color tidbit:

You've heard about Waiting 48 hours before shampooing newly dyed hair.

The reason? This allows for the pigment to really soak in. And when you go to wash your hair, by the way, DO NOT use very hot water, because that can open up the hair cuticle and let out the dye.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Karina Smirnoff 's Olive Oil Diet Tip Does Make Beauty Sense

She is certainly petite, toned, and sexy.

And we know that the pros on ABC's huge hit reality show, Dancing With The Stars, dance some 8 hours a day to keep in excellent shape.

But Karina Smirnoff also has a diet tip that works for her, and everyone's been buzzing about it.

Diet is crucial when it comes to maintaining your weight. We all know that. But is there a trick to helping keep off the pounds?

Yes. And it involves olive oil.

We are Mediterranean, and we love eating olive oil, but we didn't do it the way Karina Smirnoff does it. So we were intrigued by her diet tip. We did a little research and discovered that she is one smart lady.

Karina told US Weekly magazine that she avoids red meat, and dines on egg whites, fish, and salad. And has, "a tablespoon of olive oil on an empty stomach to help with digestion."

Go ahead and laugh, but the diet tip is a sound one. And here's why:

"Research suggests that replacing other types of fats with monounsaturated fat, especially olive oil, helps people lose a moderate amount of weight without additional food restriction or physical activity. So just imagine what adding a lower-calorie diet and increased physical activity (which is always a good idea) to the consumption of monounsaturated fats like olive oil could do for your weight-loss efforts."

We found that weight loss nugget here,

The article goes on to say:

"What's more, the FDA determined that eating 13.5 grams of monounsaturated fat in a dietary pattern low in saturated fat and cholesterol would reduce total blood cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels by an average of 5 percent, resulting in a 10 percent decrease in coronary heart disease.However, the FDA did not approve this particular claim for food labels. Instead, the agency approved a stronger claim linking the consumption of 23 grams (about two tablespoons) of olive oil to a decreased risk of coronary heart disease."

So there you have it. Just a spoonful of olive oil daily can help you get skinny in a very healthy way. Doesn't sound so yummy, but the results are quite beautiful!

Monday, April 13, 2009

DDF Offers New Twist On Anti-Aging In Moisturizing Serum

A wrinkle resister and a pore minimizer all rolled into one.

This little 1.7 oz. bottle claims to give you back younger-looking skin with the appearance of smaller pores.

And in this not-so-great economy, if you can put together $85, then you might want to invest in DDF's Wrinkle Resistant Plus Pore Minimizer.

Who doesn't want more perfect-looking, flawless skin?!

DDF, Doctor's Dermatologic Formula, is pushing their most recent product, calling it, a new twist on anti-aging.

It all has to do with DDF's 'dual phase technology.' The unique formula increases the skin's surface renewal rate. You end up with a smoother and balanced complexion.

1. Clear Gel continuously reduces the appearance of wrinkles and pores with vitamin B3 and Promatrixyl pentapeptide.

2. The Colored Optical Swirl Serum instantly minimizes the appearance of fine lines and pores with its light-diffusing technology.

And this little bottle has already built quite a fan base. Maybe because DDF's clinical trials came up with some very decent results:

65% saw noticeably smaller pores
70% saw less noticeable fine lines and wrinkles.

Results also showed improvement at 4 weeks and greater improvement at 8 weeks.

You can purchase DDF Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizer at beauty stores like Sephora, Ulta, and Nordstrom.

Learn more at

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Jessica's Stylist Ken Paves Talks Fav Hair Products

Celebrity hair stylist KenPaves has tended to the beautiful heads of many famous women.....Jessica Simpson. Jennifer Lopez. Britney Spears. Carmen Electra. And the list goes on.

Where would Hollywood be without super talent like L.A. stylist Ken Paves?

Sometimes the perfect hair can make all the difference in a woman's appearance. And without his nimble fingers, well, Jessica Simpson just wouldn't be the same.

And now Ken Paves is talking hair. We love that. He's naming brands. These are a few of his favs when it comes to georgeous locks on a budget. This is what he told InStyle magazine. And these budget-wise hair items can be picked up at beauty stores like ULTA and your local drugstore.

Paves's Picks:

1. VO5 Hot Oil Treatment ($4). "A cheap treatment that has always screamed luxury to me. It guarantees a great hair day."

2. Vidal Sassoon No Crimp elastics
($3). "They give you just enough hold without damaging your hair."

3. DCNL Organics Natural Wood hairbrush
($9). "It gives lift and volume without creating static."

4. Ken Paves Healthy Hair Try Me kit ($34). "The perfect travel sizes for your weekend getaways."

5. Got 2b Defiant Define + Shine pomade ($6). "A little goes a long way to smooth flyaways. One tub will last until you're 115."

6. Bellissima headband ($10). "This gives a chic, classic look that can instantly transform limp hair."

7. ULTA Ultimate Size travel blow-dryer ($25). "Enough abusing your hair with a dryer that's professional grade. This is lightweight and gets the jobe done."

Thanks, Ken Paves. Wonderful hair tips. Wish we could book a session with you.

For more hair tips and products, visit: and

Saturday, April 11, 2009

D The Sunshine Vitamin Basking In Good Headlines

We know some people who pop tons of vitamins, and others who don't take a single supplement. But getting your "D" on, could be a very smart thing for both women and men.

There's been plenty of good buzz about the sunshine vitamin, D, in the headlines for several months now. And lots of benefits, so we hear---keeps breast cancer away, boosts bone strength, protects against multiple sclerosis, and even wards off the flu.

The best place to receive your dosage of vitamin D, is to soak up the sun's rays. But the experts say that most of us are still sun-deprived, especially in the fall through winter months. In addition, many of us are afraid of too much sun these days, because of possibly developing skin cancer.

And did you know that just by applying a sunscreen with an SPF of 8, alone, is enough to scare away vitamin D's production. And if you slap on an SPF of 50, the vitamin's production is stopped entirely.

So how do you get your "D" on, then?!

You can try eating D-rich foods, like salmon, tuna, sardines, eggs, cereal, and milk.

But doctors say that still doesn't give you enough of the D. You should also take a supplement.

As of this writing, doctors recommend a safe level---between 1,000 and 2,000 I.U.'s of D3 a day, for adults.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Foot Docs Say These UGGS Aren't Made For Walking

Just about everyone we know walks around in a pair. But considering the weather is warming up, isn't it time to take off the UGGS boots already?

Some foot doctors are warning women to stay away from UGGS altogether, or to limit their time in them.

Let's be honest. We know women who love wearing their UGGS all year round. These boots are so-oooo comfy. Even the knock-off pairs.

But podiatrists like Edward Chairman of Philadelphia, says these UGGS aren't made for walking all the time. Apparently, the boots are not good for the arches of your feet. That's what the foot doc told

"After a few hours, they start feeling tired, their feet are tired, they're aching and they don't know why. The reason it's aching is because there is zero support in the arch area," says Dr. Chairman.

UGGS Australia finds the report a bit ridiculous and stated, that the company has been in business for some 30 years now, and has never once received a complaint about arch support or comfort.

So what's an UGGS lover to do??

"I think they're wonderful. You should wear them, but wear orthotics in them," Dr. Chairman says.

You can buy a pair of orthotics at your local drugstore. These are actually shoe inserts that help align the foot the proper way.

Or you can just ignore the podiatric buzz, and keep on walking around in your oh-so-comfy UGGS.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

New NeoStrata PDS Cream Like Pedicure In A Jar

Tired of walking around with your Hobbit feet?

The cold, dry winter air has left us for spring, and now our sorry feet are paying the price.

If you recall the great writing of JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit, then you remember the feet of these kind-hearted creatures:

"(Hobbits)wear no shoes, because their feet grow natural leather soles and grow thick warm brown hair like the stuff on their heads” (The Hobbit pg. 12).

The smart skin care folks at NeoStrata have developed a very effective cream to soften all your tough, dry skin areas: heels, elbows, and knees.

Let's get rid of Hobbit feet!

NeoStrata Problem Dry Skin Cream ($30, 3.4 oz). It only takes about 3 weeks to smooth away the thick, leathery heels many people develop. The formula contains 20% Alpha Hydroxy Acid, Pro-Vitamin E , and Maltobionic Acid.

Say good-bye to scaling and flaking, and very rough, thickened skin.

NeoStrata PDS Cream is like a pedicure in a jar. And we trust the NeoStrata name. The company is very well-respected, and the products are created by dermatologists.

The NeoStrata brand features a wide variety of skin care treatments containing the most advanced hydroxy acid technology. And yet the products work beautifully without the harsh stinging that generally comes with such formulations.

NeoStrata beauty products are available through physicians and through select online retailers. For more information, visit:

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

How To Get Fab First Lady Arms With Strength Training

Ladies, it can be done! You can get fab First Lady arms like Michelle Obama's.

If you are young and in your 20s or 30s, the toned triceps and biceps are much easier to achieve. But as we get older, well, you have to work much harder to get rid of the "dingle-dangle," as we like to call it.

Look at our First Lady, Michelle Obama. She's in her late 40s, and her well-toned arms have been a hot topic for weeks now.

So, how do you get fab First Lady arms???

With a healthy diet, of course, a little cardio, and most importantly, some religious strength-training.

Many women hit the gym, but are afraid to pick up the dumbbells. They're scared of developing massive football shoulders and huge arms. So women work out and work out on the elliptical machines, for instance, and then become frustrated because their arms lack definition.

You need some small weights. We like 3-5 lb. baby dumbbells. You can achieve some decent definition with free weights and a routine. You must keep up with a work out program, or you won't see the toned arms. And don't worry, you won't develop gigantic muscles.

First Lady Michelle Obama has said she exercises in 90-minute workouts three times a week with a personal trainer. She told People magazine that during an average day in the White House, she and the president get up at 5:30 a.m. and usually work out and have breakfast.

We found a great article at CNN's website about toning arms:

"It's unclear what kind of exercises Obama does to maintain her buff arms, but it appears to be both back and arm workouts, said Michele Vourliotis, author of "Amazing Arms: Get Toned Triceps, Beautiful Biceps, and Sexy Shoulders in Just Minutes a Day."
"She may be working out on machine, dumbbells, bands or using her body weight," Vourliotis said. Pick the option that seems most suitable to you, she advised.

For beginners, Vourliotis recommends getting a suitable set of dumbbells (five pounds or more) and doing 12 to 15 of each exercise -- bicep curls, tricep kickbacks to exercise the back of the arm, shoulder and lateral raises. Visit the American Council on Exercises library for detailed instructions on these arm exercises.

Read the CNN article here:

Monday, April 6, 2009

Canned Tuna Still Heathy Yummy Way To Lose Weight

Tuna fish in a can. It's really a dieter's dream.

You're getting a lot of good from a 5 oz. can of tuna packed in water:

Low in calories--only about 120, 4 oz.
Naturally high in protein
Naturally 98% fat free

Yummy, filling meal
Full of excellent Omega-3s

Healthy for your heart

And if you were hesitant about buying canned fish like tuna or salmon, worry no more. We did a little research and found the facts at The website has made our job easy. Check out their results, and lose weight the healthy way:

"Here is a quick guide to some of the more common canned fish you’ll find in your local grocery store:

Tuna is considered a good source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids and other important minerals and nutrients but because of increased mercury levels recommendations suggest less than 3 meals a month. White tuna packed in water holds the highest levels of Omega-3’s and Albacore tuna caught in the US and Canada are your Eco best because their catching techniques yield almost no bycatch. (other sea creatures)

Salmon is a much better choice over tuna if you like the taste. It’s got similar health benefits without the risks of other contaminants. Also, canned Pink or Sockeye salmon is caught in Alaska with environmentally friendly gear.

Mussels & Oysters. These beauties have tons of Omega-3 fatty acids and low contaminants plus they’re farmed using hanging ropes which doesn’t affect local habitats at all. If you’ve never had smoked oysters or mussels you’re missing out. Grab yourself some of your favorite crackers and cheese plus a little seafood sauce and you’ve got a great little appetizer. (Cracker, cheese, mussel or oyster, seafood sauce on top YUM)

That’s the basics but check out the Environmental Defense Fund’s site to see the ratings of any ocean fish you may be interested in. They include an Eco rating plus nutritional guide and recipes."

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Schick Quattro And Your Shrinking Bush For $10.99

Okay. We are going to talk about your bikini line, ladies.

We didn't even want to go there, but the clever and dopey folks at Schick Quattro, have thrown the ball in our court, so here we go......

We were half asleep on the couch last night, barely watching a program on VH-1. Suddenly an ad came on, showing various women going through their day, and curiously, bushes and shrubbery around them, shrinking and shrinking.

So that's the commercial everyone's been buzzing about?! Duh!!! We get it. It's time to, er, Mow the lawn," as one of the Schick Quattro for Women ads have been coyly referring to.

If you're still in a hairy fog about this, let us explain further. The ads are supposed to be a smart way of telling women out there, that Shick Quattro has a special, new razor for trimming your pubic hair. Yeah. That's right. The advertising agency thought that 'shrinking bushes' might be a great clue, since it isn't easy talking about a woman's hair down there over the public airways.

Well, we're not sure about the ad and the analogies, but, the product has gotten lots of buzz, so from a marketing standpoint, the advertising company has surely done its job.

Let's take a look at Schick Quattro for Women Trim Style Razor & Bikini Trimmer. It sells for $10.99 at your local drugstore. In the package, you receive:

1 blade
1 battery
1 razor
1 holder

There are 3 adjustments you can make to the trimmer, depending on hair length desired in the bikini line area.

As one woman quipped, "If this razor comes with a vibrator, they'll be flying off store shelves!"

Hey, we didn't say it.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Wear Nude Neutral Makeup For Glam When Time Is Short

Let's be honest. Some women love makeup, but claim they don't have time to get glam. Time is short.

But there are quick ways to fake your makeup know-how when time is of the essence.

And beloved professional makeup artist Bobbi Brown shows you just what to do. And we're talking a stripped-down classic look. Think nude, neutral.

All you need is one beautiful lipstick. Yeah, that's it, ladies.

Bobbi Brown's makeup is featured in the April 2009 issue of Glamour magazine.

"This creamy, semi-matte lipstick gives lips instant polish with rich, full coverage. Wear Bobbi Brown Lip Color alone or pair with Lip Liner and Lip Gloss - depending on your desired effect.View Bobbi's Lips How-To Video. "

The shade Bobbi Brown suggests is Brown. Her particular brown is described as a "medium pink brown." A nude, or a neutral.

"One swipe makes you look done," Bobbi Brown explains. "I created this to look like your lips, only better."

Meantime, let us go one step further. And this is still being very minimal in the makeup department.

Nude nail polishes are very hot this spring. You don't need to sport long talons, either. The upkeep is low-maintenance. Just keep your nails short and neat. And apply a pretty nude-colored cocoa. Your hands will look longer and slimmer. It's a classic, elegant look.

Here are a couple to try:

1. Creative Nail Design's (CND) Cocoa nail enamel ($6). This particular shade was hot on the catwalk of popular designers like Nina Ricci.

2. Essie's Eternal Optimist ($9 ). A sexy fleshy-toned creme nail shade. Another hot hue for the Spring of 2009.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Shaun Robinson's New Book Lifting People's Self-Esteem

Some folks don't have much of it. Others have too much of it. And a few have the perfect balance of it.

We're talking about self-esteem.

And today's beauty tip is all about 'it.'

Entertainment reporter Shaun Robinson of Access Hollywood, has written a super book for women of all ages:

Exactly As I Am.

The book is fresh off the presses. And we love the title.

It's an intelligent book about how women get caught in the trap at a very young age. The image society has presented to women on how they should look and how they should be.

Shaun Robinson explains this at
“Girls today are so influenced by what they see on television and in magazines, film and media across the board and I began to realize how those images affect girls and how they feel about themselves,” Shaun explained. “That’s really nothing new, but I think the topic has taken on more of an urgency because there’s becoming more of an emphasis on looks. With all these messages of female empowerment, girls are still feeling incredibly, incredibly inadequate.”

In her book, Exactly As I Am, Shaun talks with a number of famous women about the topic of self-esteem. Women like Alicia Keys. Kelly Clarkson. Eva Mendes. Oprah, and other accomplished ladies.

“Whenever I said I was doing a book on girls and self esteem, I can’t tell you how many people said, ‘Oh, we need that now,” Shaun said. “There are so many people that have daughters or know of somebody in their family who is struggling with self-esteem issues. Building self-esteem is a lifelong process. I think women of all ages will be able to get some information from this book and take a piece of it with them. Sometimes I come in and I look in the mirror and I’m like, ‘Oh god, I don’t know how I’m gonna go on TV today.’ But it’s a lifelong process, you get to the point where you are comfortable with who you are, you are comfortable with yourself and you’re able to deal with these outside influences and make sure you can look in the mirror and say, ‘If I like the type of person that I am inside, I’ll like the type of person I am outside."

We like Shaun Robinson's bold approach to a subject that seems so hard to tackle. Self-esteem issues are something we all deal with in life, and it's nice to learn how other women, even famous ones, are dealing with their own insecurities.

Exactly As I Am is available at Barnes & Noble ($18). For more information, visit:

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Supermodel Cindy Crawford Says Decollete Needs TLC

Decollete. Exactly what part of a woman's body is that?

Don't let the French elegance of the word fool you. The decollete is actually the upper part of a woman's chest, below the neck.

Iconic model Cindy Crawford was just mentioning the very delicate skin of the decollete in a recent interview with Allure magazine. And we here at BeautyTipToday, featured some smart, anti-aging beauty secrets from the supermodel, who looks gorgeous at age 43, mother of two.

"ALLURE: Are there any areas you take particularly good care of?

CINDY CRAWFORD: My hands and my décolleté. In L.A., there are 65-year-old women walking around in Juicy sweatpants, and from the back, you'd think they were 20. But when you see their hands or their neck, you know. When I put moisturizer on my face, I use a little extra so that I have enough to cover my hands. Most people don't start caring about the décolleté until it's too late, but I'm religious about it."

Why does the decollete need special TLC, or tender loving care?

According to, a website dedicated to helping raise awareness about early detection of breast cancer, the skin of the decollete, is quite delicate:

"The skin on the décolleté area is more sensitive than skin on other parts of our body; it is thinner, less moisturized, has less elasticity and there is no fat tissue below. Consequently, this skin is more likely to show signs of aging with dryness, hyper-pigmentation and age spots."

We recommend these 2 wonderful decollete creams to firm and smooth the skin:

1. Borba Neck and Decollete Cream ($40,

2. Erno Laszlo Intensive Decollete Cream ($95,

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Wake Up On Time In AM With New Energy Pill At PM

Hitting the snooze button once too often?

Late for class, and can't keep your eyes open?

A night owl having to live as a day person?

You are not alone. And now there's a fascinating new, natural product designed to get you up and out of bed in record time!

It's called Wake Up On Time. And it is the first time-released product taken before bed. You wake up feeling refreshed, energized, and ready-to-go!!

So what's in this little all-natural energy pill? See how the Wake Up On Time folks describe their little pick-me-upper:

"Wake Up On Time contains only the finest ingredients, including all the important B vitamins, Siberian ginseng, L-tyrosine and guarana seed extract. It will never prevent you from falling asleep at night, but it's guaranteed to get you going in the morning!"

Wake Up On Time is available at most drugstores at $29.95 for a month's supply.

For more information, visit