Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
This generous jar of hair nourishment is called Kiehl's Sunflower Color Preserving Deep Recovery Pak ($25, 8 fl.oz.).
Apricot kernel oil and sunflower oil. These two ingredients make all the difference, and help keep color-treated and highlighted hair from fading in the hot, summer sun. And these anti-oxidant rich oils also help hydrate locks.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
A friend of ours emailed us, to talk about a new book by Dr. Mao.
You might say, now who is Dr. Mao? Dr. Maoshing Ni, to be exact.
Dr. Mao, known to viewers of HBO's Sex and the City as the doctor Charlotte consults on fertility, Ni (Secrets of Longevity) is a 38th-generation doctor of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) who practices acupuncture in Southern California.
The new book, Second Spring by Dr. Mao, focuses on women over 35, and teaches them how to rejuvenate and recapture their youth with healthy, natural approaches
"Women don't need to be victims of their midlife changes, " Dr. Mao says. "Women can actually take control, take charge of their health and begin to rejuvenate and regenerate themselves."
The book is available at bookstores. And at http://www.amazon.com/ in the kindle book edition for only $9.99, including wireless delivery.
Here are some of Dr. Mao's beauty and health tips:
1. "Fuji pears -- or Asian pears -- were used by Chinese courtesans to get rid of dark circles under the eyes," says Dr. Mao. Fuji pears are abundant in vitamin C and copper, which can help protect the oh-so-delicate skin around the eye from free radical damage.
2. Use plain yogurt as a gentle facial peel for nice, smooth skin. Apply a thin layer to the face and leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes. "It's got lactic acid, which is a weak acid that will help peel and renew the skin," says Dr. Mao. "People can do it every other day. It's perfectly safe, and it does not cause the same kind of redness from a chemical peel.".
3. Do-it-yourself Facial massages, morning and night. Dr. Mao's suggestions:
First raise the eyebrows as high as you can and then relax them. Then inflate your cheeks. Finally, open your mouth as wide as you can and stick your tongue out.
To massage the face, stroke the whole face with a circular motion until it's warm. Delicately pinch along your eyebrow line to help stimulate the muscles that keep the eyelids from falling. Finally, gently pat the cheeks with your fingers.
4. Lessen Age Spots with sardines or anchovies. Dr. Mao says these little fish have good value, as long as they are packed in water.
"Dimethyl-aminoethanol (DMAE) found in small fish promotes energy, focus, concentration and has been found to reverse age spots."
5. Get rid of Peri-Menopausal and Menopausal symptoms with this supplement, an herb known as chasteberry.
"500 to 1,000 mg of chasteberry, which can also relieve breast tenderness and prevent irregular menstruation. Chasteberry can actually stimulate your pituitary gland to get your body to produce a little more estrogen. It doesn't contain any estrogen, but it helps to stimulate hormonal function in the body," says Dr. Mao.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
"I find inspiration all around me," the gorgeous model explains, "in the beauty of the American Southwest, in my own colorful garden, in the promise of peace on earth. And if you think you see my intials hidden within the designs, you do! They're a fun reminder to CeleBrate every day!"
Christie Brinkley is very artistic and we knew her jewelry collection would not disappoint. Included are 4 different lines: the Floral Collection, Signature Collection, Southwestern Collection and the Inspirations Collection.
Prices start as low as $40 for a simple silver chain. Her gold and diamond pieces are over $1,200. Pieces come in a Christie Brinkley gift box with a note from the model.
To check out the Christie Brinkley Jewelry Collection, visit: http://www.christiebrinkleyjewelry.com/.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
And today, we take a look at a pricy little beauty item, but one we believe is worth its $195 cost. It's called the Clarisonic Skin Care Brush. And many spas and dermatologists recommend this complexion oscillating brush.
Even InStyle magazine raved about it in their April issue of the 2009 Best Beauty Buys.
This little beauty gizmo glides along your skin, giving you a sonic micro-massage, as it gently gets rid of dirt with its deep cleansing, and exfoliating features.
The Clarisonic Skin Care Brush performs these key components to beautiful, healthy, youthful skin:
Leaves skin feeling and looking healthier and smoother
Removes 6 times more makeup than manual cleansing
Cleanses so well that products absorb better
Pores appear smaller
Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Reduces oily areas, dry skin patches and blemishes
Gentle for use twice daily for different skin types
In addition, this super-sonic brush also makes its use ideal for those with seborrheic dermatitis, rosacea and acne.It's all in the gentle, yet effective oscillating motion.
To learn more about Clarisonic, and to see 'before & after' photos, visit: http://www.clarisonic.com/.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
If there's a young Hollywood starlet who always looks glam and polished, and so classy on the red carpet, it's definitely actress Anne Hathaway.
Her hair and makeup are flawless. And a lot of women want her makeup artist.
Julie Harris is her name, and now she is telling you how to get glam like Anne Hathaway with just 4 makeup items.
Julie Harris did Anne's makeup at the recent Tony Awards show, giving the pretty actress "a modern version of Audrey Hepburn."
Sinply translated in makeup talk, that means the emphasis is on those big, brown eyes.
Here are the 4 makeup items to get glam:
1. Nars Eyeshadow in Portobello ($32, at fine dept. stores, and http://www.narscosmetics.com/). Apply in crease.
2. Lancome Artliner Precision Point Eyeliner ($28, http://www.lancome.com/ and fine dept. stores). Apply along top lash line.
3. Lancome Hypnose Custome Volume Mascara ($24, http://www.lancome.com/). 2 coats top lashes. 1 coat bottom lashes
4. Nars Sabrina Lip Balm ($24, http://www.narscosmetics.com/). Light pink shimmer shade with melon scent.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
This so UGG-tastic!!!
The new fall 2009 UGG collection!
We just caught this at Nordstrom's trunk show. Beautiful boots, slippers, clogs, and sweater boots.
Ladies, it's time to get your UGG on!
Sure, there are some pretty imitations, but no one makes them quite like UGG Australia.
And now there are 22 gorgeous pairs in the collection to choose from.
And you can pre-order them online right now through July 5th at http://www.nordstroms.com/.
UGGS are so comfortable and everyone we know, has at least one pair.As the head of UGG Boot put it:
"UGG® Australia is the real deal," says Connie Rishwain, President of UGG® Australia. "Once you wear UGGs, you're hooked. They're original, authentic and the ultimate in luxury and comfort."
But the beautiful boot people, have been kicked in the heels a few times, by foot experts who claim the shoes are not good to wear for extended periods of time. We talked about this in a past article here at BeautyTipToday:
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 nbclosangeles.com.
"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.
UGG 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.
Right on, UGG!
Monday, June 22, 2009
But applying mascara to the bottom lashes, is not always easy. The brush on the wand is a bit too long and clumsy, and many of us end up getting some mascara under the eyes, ugh.
But the folks at Tarte have created a pretty cool mascara to get those smaller bottom lashes. The product is sensibly called Bottoms Up Lower Lash Mascara ($16, at beauty stores like Sephora, and online at www.sephora.com).
So how is the formula and brush different from a regular wand?
Tarte explains that they do it with precision:
Tarte Bottoms Up™ - Lower Lash Mascara has a flake-free, water-resistant formula with a precision tapered brush that allows you to target the tiniest of lashes and wide-set bristles that separate and evenly coat. The ergonomic component ensures easy application for perfectly defined bottom lashes.
Should you even bother to put mascara on your lower lashes?
Yes, of course. You will frame the eyes more beautifully. And your eyes will look larger, always a good thing.
Let's get Twiggy eyes.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
The product is strong enough to use every day, but also kind to your skin. It won't leave your complexion all rough and red. It smells heavenly and the formula itself is made up of very fine mineral crystals. The lather isn't heavy, more like a cleanser consistency.
If you're looking for an inexpensive scrub, then try this one by St. Ives. And get your inner glow.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Fringe is in!! And this time we're talking feet. Celebrities are letting their shoes do the walking this summer in fringe sandals.
From Lauren Conrad to Jennifer Love Hewitt to Jessica Alba, and Reese Witherspoon, fancy feet are in. And we love this look!
A pair of sexy fringe sandals by Jimmy Choo will run you about $945, and the adorable tan ones Reese Witherspoon is wearing as she walks through the airport, are from France and wear a price tag of over $300, by Gerard Darel.
But there are cute fringe sandals for much cheaper. All you have to do is dig around. We found these black suede fringe thongs by Candela, the same ones Lauren Conrad is sporting. The sandals retail for $245, but we found them for $147 online, http://www.bluefly.com/.
And if you would like a dressier pair to wear in the evening, take a look at the gorgeous Kenneth Cole 'Know-Veau' sandals we found. A three and a half inch wood stiletto heel. It comes in bark and natural.
But don't pay the full price of $79.99. You can pick up a pair here--- http://www.overstock.com/ for only $42.99.
These fringe sandals spell instant sex appeal, and should become a summer staple, along with your straw fedora hat.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
The pill is called Venacura. You take one pill daily. The bottle costs $49.99 for a month's supply. The result? Hopefully, greatly diminished or elimination of spider veins and/or varicose veins.
According to the Venacura website, Diosmin 95 is clinically proven to work:
The strength of your veins are controlled by several nerve endings. These nerve endings play major roles in the contractile and relaxing response of the vein by releasing chemicals called neuromediators. It is important that your neuromediators do not breakdown and that a healthy amount is maintained in your veins. This keeps the vein from becoming too relaxed, which prevents varicose and Spider Veins.
Diosmin 95®, the key ingredient in Venacura has been clinically proven to keep the neuramediators in your veins more active for a longer period of time. Keeping the neuramediators more active will prevent and reverse spider veins. The addition of Diosmin95® is healthy for people with both normal veins and those with varicose or Spider Veins.
More women than men get varicose veins. Often times, the condition develops following pregnancy, the use of birth control pills, excess weight gain, or even genetics, where weak veins are passed down through the generations.
We took a look at the testimonials at the Venacura website. Most customers raved about this one a day pill. And many also agreed that results take a while to see. About a month or more to notice spider veins diminishing in color.
It might not be the perfect solution to the stubborn problem of spider veins and varicose veins. But if this little supplement can lighten these pesky red and purple lines, then it's worth the price, especially now that wearing shorts and bathing suits are just around the corner.
To learn more, visit http://www.venacura.com/.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
You're really getting blush-kissed beauty with just a sprinkle of powder. It's called Jane Iredale 24-Karat Gold Dust Minis, pictured in Rose Gold.
This shade is so pretty and light, and perfect for summer days ahead. What we adore about this Rose Gold dust is its quick convenience and all-in-one purpose.
Just lightly brush or dab on lids, cheeks and lips, as this silky all-over powder leaves a gorgeous hint of color.
Jane Iredale uses real 24-Karat (food grade) gold to gild the skin. You can even mix it with a moisturizer for the decollete or into a gel to work into your hair. A super beauty product to also use in the evenings when you want a little extra shimmer. Especially attractive under candlelight.
Jane Iredale 24-Karat Gold Dust Minis come in 9 pretty shades. Available at www.drugstore.com.
"The most beautiful cosmetic you can wear is a healthy skin." -- Jane Iredale
"Jane Iredale's Skin Care Makeup "Beauty with Benefits" combines the most up-to-date colors with skin-care benefits that conventional makeups can only envy."
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
And when the product can give you back soft, silky skin, then this is worth the high price tag of $65. Remember: a little goes a long way. A big, economical jar of 14.1 oz.
We are talking about Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish (at http://www.fresh.com/, http://www.sephora.com/, and other beauty shops).
Women and men are really getting their scrub on with this delightful-smelling and effective buffering spa quality body polish.
So what's the big-to-do?
Every body should exfoliate. Your skin needs to get rid of dry skin cells and rough patches, especially at elbows, knees, and feet. But you also need to bring the moisture back, And this invigorating body polish does just that with almond oil and other all-natural ingredients like ginger root extract, peppermint, and citrus oils.
Meanwhile, if you would like to make your own brown sugar body polish, it's quite simple to do. And you can pick up organic sugar at places like Whole Foods Market.
We found this recipe at Healthy & Green Living at care2.com. The recipe is adapted from Organic Body Care Recipes by Stephanie Tourles:
Recommended for all skin types except those with acne (use with care on sensitive and environmentally damaged skin).
1 cup organic brown sugar
1 cup white granulated sugar
¾ cup almond, soybeans, hazelnut, or macadamia nut base oil
2 teaspoons cinnamon, powdered
2 teaspoons ginger, powdered
2 teaspoons nutmeg, powdered
40 drops cardamom essential oil
In a medium-sized bowl, combine all ingredients except the essential oil. Using a whisk, blend ingredients thoroughly, making sure to break up any lumps of brown sugar or spice. Add the essential oil drop by drop, blending after each addition.
Spoon into a storage container with a tight-fitting lid.
Massage approximately ¼ to ½ cup of scrub onto pre-moistened skin using circular motions. Rinse.
Brown sugar body polish is a really addictive addition for the bath/shower. Smooth skin is just a sweet teaspoon away.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
- Pre-color Treatment provides targeted repair, guarding ends and dry sections against oversaturation.
- Professional Color delivers a triple-conditioning complex of luxurious butters for moisture and radiance, as well as soothing extracts to help calm the scalp.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
But here we go again. And this time, the universal beauty product is coming from the skin care master himself, Nicholas Perricone.
We have used Dr. Perricone's beauty treatments, and we have to say, the products are expensive, but work very nicely and quickly.
We have not sampled this featherweight foundation yet. But we caught a recent item in New York magazine.com, and the Perricone product piqued our beauty interest. Here is what they found:
......"the No Foundation Foundation ($50) is a true testament that one foundation can indeed be worn by different complexions. Our panel of testers ranged from pale white to dark-skinned black, with some olive and tan tones thrown in for good measure. Surprisingly, the foundation blended with everyone's skin, and coverage was subtle and natural looking....."
Read the full article here: http://nymag.com/shopping/bestbets/friday/56736/
What we like about Dr. Perricone's new No Foundation Foundation, is its non-chemical SPF of 30. In addition, the product also contains one of our fav Perricone trademark ingredients--Alpha Lipoic Acid, the powerful anti-oxidant that improves skin texture and tone, while it reduces the appearance of pesky fine lines and wrinkles.
If you don't like slapping on foundation, or find that wearing a base feels heavy, give this one a shot. It's supposed to impart a healthy glow and even out your complexion.
Friday, June 12, 2009
There's a fashion frenzy at the moment. The fedora is back big time!! This is the fashion accessory for summer 2009!!
Lightweight fedoras for women, in fabric like straw and linen, are all over the place. From Hollywood to your neighborhood, now is the time to hide from the strong rays of the sun, and to also sport a classic, cool, boyfriend look.
Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, and Reese Witherspoon, are just a few of the famous faces wearing fabulous fedoras. And just remember, when you're donning a hat, you won't be having a bad hair day-- at least no one will be able to tell.
Fedoras comes in all kinds of styles, fabrics, and weights, but for the hot summer days ahead, we would suggest either a straw or linen.
And since we have all been seeing some tough economic times these days, we searched for a couple of handsome fedoras that won't break your budget.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Bass' three-step arm workout for Cameron Diaz:
Reverse flies (15-20 reps done by stepping into a lunge and raising arms parallel to shoulders), Tricep kickbacks (10 reps per arm done in a lunge, leaning forward with a flat back and extending weights behind close to the elbows)
And 15-20 reps of Bicep curls.
Sure, it takes time to get your arms buff like Cameron's, but you will start seeing results rather quickly, says Teddy Bass.
"Arms shape up faster than any other body part. You'll see changes after two to three weeks!"
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Oh my!! Every teensy imperfection is magnified to the nth degree when it comes to digital imagery.
But thank the world for brilliant makeup companies like Make Up For Ever. Their newest baby is the HD Microfinish Powder ($30, http://www.sephora.com/).
Makeup artists everywhere are talking about this featherweight powder. So very light, and yet it sets makeup beautifully and keeps your face shine-free for hours and hours.
You don't have to be a glamorous TV anchor or actress to wear this HD Microfinish Powder. You will get a similar soft, smooth complexion by dusting on this extremely fine powder. Your face will be 'camera-ready' as they say.
HD Microfinish is offered in one universal shade—which looks white in the jar, but goes on transparent. The magic is in the spherical micro-beads that give skin a matte, velvety "soft focus" effect. We love that, and don't worry, this colorless powder will not change the color of your foundation.
Just think of HD Microfinish Powder as the very last step in your daily makeup routine. Ready, set, and go!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
But what if you just want to head into the balmy breezes of June, July, and August with a gently sun-kissed mane of hair?
Summer time means Clairol Frost & Tip Nice 'n Easy and Clairol HairPainting Nice 'n Easy.
And Clairol puts out a very good highlighting kit for women to use at home, according to New York City colorist Marcello Paglionico. He told InStyle magazine that this formulation really delivers, "beautiful, natural, beachy" highlights without a hint of brassiness. And because it is oil-based, it leaves hair in fantastic condition."
And the price is nice, $10.99, at your favorite drugstore.
Take a peek at the results below:
There is also the Clairol HairPainting Kit to use, but which one is right for your degree of highlighting?
It's simple: If your hair is already color-treated, then use Clairol's HairPainting kit, also $10.99:
YOUR STARTING COLOR
Medium Brown to Light Blonde
THE LOOK YOU'LL GET
Natural-looking highlights on the top layer of hair only.
Use Clairol's Frost 'n Tip kit for hair that isn't colored with permanent dye:
YOUR STARTING COLOR
Dark Brown to Light Blonde
Medium Brown to Light Blonde
THE LOOK YOU'LL GET
All-over highlights and the flexibility to create subtle or more striking natural-looking dimension; great if you wear ponytails or updos.
For more details, go to Clairol's excellent website: http://www.clairol.com/