Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Neck Slimmer Looks Like Pogo Stick And Probably Won't Make You Look Younger

In the two photos above, please meet Anna. The top photo shows a firmer and tauter neck and jawline. The second, or before photo, shows a sagging, looser neck and jawline.

According to the website, http://www.skinnyneck.com/, Anna is 42-years-old, and the happy customer of the Neckline Slimmer beauty gadget ($19.99, plus $7.95 s&h).

The last photo shows you just what you get for your money---an odd-looking contraption with 3 resistance springs, and a CD to instuct you along the way with this small pogo stick for the neck.

We are certainly not here to judge, but seriously, folks, do you really believe that the Neckline Slimmer can actually "firm your chin and neck to look younger, and reduce facial sagging and re-define your profile, as the website's inventor claims?

The genius behind the new Neck Slimmer is a gentleman by the name of Paul Younane.

No, Paul Younane is not a plastic surgeon, dermatologist, or doctor of any kind. He is a former Rugby player and physiotherapist, a fitness trainer.

So how does his beauty gadget work?

"The Neckline Slimmer targets and tones the underlying muscles of your neck, chin and cheek area by applying gentle resistance. Just like every other muscle in your body – whether it be your abs, butt or thighs – your facial muscles need exercise. We all know the benefits of resistance exercises like crunches and curls. Think of the Neckline Slimmer in exactly the same way, only easier."

Any fine plastic surgeon would tell you, that the only way to firm up older, sagging, and loose skin in the face and neck, is through surgery. In other words, cutting. We found this little nugget here-- http://www.docshop.com/.

"Most face lifts can dramatically refresh and invigorate the lower two-thirds of the face. By removing excess fat and reshaping loose muscles and facial tissue, cosmetic surgeons reduce sagging in the cheeks and around the jaw. While this usually makes patients look younger and less tired than before surgery, a face lift will not eliminate all common signs of aging. For patients with wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes, BOTOX® injections, chemical peels, or laser resurfacing may be able to help. Blepharoplasty, on the other hand, can resolve drooping eyelids, and brow lifts often minimize a sagging forehead area."

If you have had great success using the Neck Slimmer, please leave us your comments below.

To learn more about this beauty gadget, visit: http://www.necklineslimmer.com/.

Monday, June 29, 2009

New Kiehl's Sunflower Recovery Pak For Keeping Highlights Bright

We could probably all use a jar of Kiehl's newest product for color-treated hair, especially those with sunny, blonde highlights, who want to keep them bright all summer long.

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.

Easy to use, too:

Shampoo hair with Kiehl’s Sunflower Color Preserving Shampoo ($18, 8.4 fl.oz). Then rinse and towel-dry.
Apply a liberal amount of the pak to damp hair evenly, concentrating on hair ends.
Let the formula remain on hair for at least three minutes. (Allowing hair pak to remain on hair for longer periods of time will increase its efficacy).
Rinse well with lukewarm water until formula is thoroughly removed from hair.
Style as usual.

If you can't find a Kiehl's store near you, visit them online: http://www.kiehls.com/.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Dr. Mao's Beauty Health Tips For Women Over 35

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

Mac A Rose Romance Makeup Petal Soft And Cool

Plums, pinks, and roses.

If these cooler makeup shades look lovely on you, then Mac Cosmetics new Mac A Rose Romance collection is right for you.

23 petal soft shades are in this collection. We especially love the Mac See Thru Lipcolours, like Tender Tryst and Secret Crush ($14, a tube). Just enough oomph of color wash to brighten your lips for summer. Like the stain left behind from a popsicle. In a sleek gel-like texture.

And the Mac eyeshadows ($14.50) in the line are whisper soft in hues of silver pearl, violet and pink golds.

This romantic collection is reminiscent of the pretty, cool tones that Elizabeth Taylor used to wear whenever we saw her in photos or on the red carpet years ago. With her pale skin and raven locks, the great actress had such a luminous glow, in colors that complemented her violet eyes.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Christie Brinkley Debuts New Jewelry Line At Ross-Simons

Christie Brinkley has always worn some knock-out jewelry----elegant chandeliers, turquoise cuff bracelets, and lots of silver. And now she has taken her good taste in jewelry and designed her own new line available through Ross-Simons, the Rhode Island-based retailer.

We have to say, Christie Brinkley's jewelry line is quite stunning. We are showing you a few pieces here, from her Southwestern collection.

Christie talks about her line of necklaces, rings, earrings, and bracelets:

"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

Clarisonic Skin Care Brush Really Gets Beneath The Dirt

We should all invest time, money, and TLC, when it comes to caring for our skin.

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

How To Get Glam Like Anne Hathaway With 4 Makeup Items

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

Try On The New UGG Fall 2009 Collection Now

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

There Actually Is A Mascara For Your Bottom Lashes

Putting on mascara is a key step in most women's daily beauty routine.

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

All-American Bandana Prints Hot For Summer Fashion

It's a bandana bonanza! Today is the first day of summer, and it's time to look at one of the hottest fashion accessories for 2009.

The all-American bandana print. It's back, in a big way, although it never really went out of style. But now bandana prints are popping up everywhere, and not just in the trademark red color. Check out all these bandanas. Even fashion-conscious Katie Holmes is wearing one as she walks in New York City.

From watches to tops to bathing suit bottoms, the timeless paisley bandana print is hot this summer at a store near you.

Red Bandana Top, ($24 sale, http://www.bostonproper.com/)
Orange Bandana Cuff Watch, ($39.50, http://www.coldwatercreek.com/)
Wild Violet Bandana Print String Bikin Bottom ($11.95 sale, http://www.ae.com/)
Pink Bandana ($2.99, http://www.tillys.com/)

Saturday, June 20, 2009

St. Ives Microdermabrasion Scrub Gentle But Tough

We've talked many times before about cleansing and exfoliating the skin you're in.

If you want to uncover the smooth, healthy glow, then you have to work at it.

Especially when it comes to your face and neck, you need to scrub to smooth away the dull, dead skin cells. Don't worry, you have plenty of skin cells to spare.

That's why we were interested in St. Ives' new Elements skin care line.

We took a look at St. Ives Microdermabrasion Scrub ($7.99, drugstores). This gentle but tough scrub is blended with fine mineral crystals and soothing chamomile. The tube is only 4 oz.. We wish it came in a larger size.

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.

For more infromation, visit http://www.stives.com/.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Fringe Is In! Fab Fringe Sandals For Summer Style

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

Diminish Spider And Varicose Veins With One Daily Pill?

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.

We're not sure we believe all the hype, but Venacura has been big throughout Europe for years. Apparently an active ingredient known as Diosmin 95 is the magic bullet here, in giving you back strong, vein-free legs. And Venacura is bragging that their supplement is the only one available here in the U.S. with Diosmin 95.

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

Jane Iredale 24-Karat Gold Dust For Blush Kissed Beauty

We like this cute, little Jane Iredale cosmetic pixie dust in a jar. And for $12, you can't go wrong.

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

New Eyelash/Brow Serum Featured on Today Show Really Works

Long. thick eyelashes and natural, fuller brows, are what everyone wants. But many of us have been stuck with limp, sparse lashes and brows. Frustrating, to say the least.

Sure, there are some new beauty products designed to give you longer, thicker hairs, but those are prescription-based and very expensive.

Now there's a new beauty treatment in drugstores developed to grow you length, thickness, and volume on both eyelashes and eyebrows. And we think it's reasonably priced at $49.95 a tube (free shipping at http://www.drugstore.com/). It's called RapidLash Eyelash Renewal Serum.

This easy-to-apply-in-a-tube, resembling eyeliner, has been featured on the Today Show, and with very good results. It is made with advanced polypeptides.

RapidLash becomes part of your beauty routine:

A simple once a day application. Ideal for women and men with brittle, weak, thin or short lashes and eyebrows.

The reviews are quite positive. In fact, some women claim the product works so well, that the lashes grew so long, and they had to trim them back. And most found they grew longer lashes within 3 weeks.

We would be interested in RapidLash for brows, too. Nothing worse than having eyebrows get sparser and thinner as years go by. We've been there. We have learned that a fuller, more natural brow frames your eyes quite effectively. Makeup legend Sandy Linter taught us that one.

We think RapidLash Eyelash Renewal Serum is certainly worth a try.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Brown Sugar Body Polish Scrubs Away Rough Skin

Any beauty treatment that smells just like Nestle's Toll House Cookies, is alright by us.

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

Fekkai Brush-On Hair Color For At-Home Convenience

We've never met him, but we've always had a crush on this superstar hairstylist Frederic Fekkai. And his celebrity client list is an impressive one. The beautiful heads of Salma Hayek, Victoria Beckham, Tyra Banks, Debra Messing, and on and on.

The Manhattan-based Frederic Fekkai has a unique at-home haircoloring box you can try. It's been out for almost a year now, and a lot of women like this brush-on permanent hair color. So we thought we would take a look inside the box.

As far as we know, Fekkai Salon Color is the only at-home color kit that comes with a brush and bowl technique, just like one sees in a professional salon. It isn't cheap at $30 a box, but a lot cheaper than heading to the stylist every month.

Fekkai Salon Color comes in 20 delicious shades, and promises long-lasting color with gray coverage and a 40% increase in softness and shine.

Here's what is in the box:

Each Salon Color comes with one application of Frederic Fekkai's signature, three-product coloring regime and the essential tools to achieve a "just stepped out of the salon" look:
- 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.

You can buy Fekkai Salon Color at beauty stores: http://www.sephora.com/ and http://www.ulta.com/.

Take a look at the customer reviews. The only potential problem we could see, was that a number of blonde women complained that the Fekkai shades were darker than what the stated color should be. So maybe go a shade lighter?

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Perricone's No Foundation Foundation: One Shade Fits All

We get a little leery about 'one shade or one size or one color fits all,' when it comes to the world of makeup, skin care, and hair.

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.

His newest creation is the No Foundation Foundation ($50, http://www.perricone.com/ and http://www.sephora.com/).

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

Fabulous Fedora Fashion Trend: The Boyfriend Look

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.

1. Linen Fedora Hat- Tan ($17.99, Amazon.com). One size fits most. A cool and breathable hat. Comes in several delicious shades.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000PQFLI0/ref=asc_df_B000PQFLI0820154/?tag=dealt137389-20&creative=380333&creativeASIN=B000PQFLI0&linkCode=asn2. Spillane Straw Fedora ($28, Urban Outfitters). With a subtly rolled brim, a classic hat in featherweight straw with pleated trim.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

How To Get Fab Toned Arms Like Cameron Diaz

We like Cameron Diaz, not only for her fine acting abilities and goofy laugh, but for her unique fashion sense and healthy, slender body.

Today, we are looking at her fab, toned arms. And yes, you can get these buff arms with a little exercise and a couple of small weights or dumbbells.

There is no way around it. You must work out. Cameron Diaz will turn 37-years-old in August. And she's still rockin' these fab, toned arms.

Believe it or not, this is a simple exercise routine. And you can get the 3-step plan right from the mouth of her trainer, Teddy Bass. He gave out her toning tips to People magazine.

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

Don't Need To Be On TV To Get Flawless Skin With HD Microfinish

HD. High Definition TV. We all know what that means: flawless pictures, ultra-smooth surfaces, every teeny detail exposed........and every woman's nightmare when it comes to skin...up close and personal.

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

Summer Time Means Clairol Frost & Tip And HairPainting

We have told you time and time again, that it's best to leave the complex haircoloring to the professionals, especially when it involves a 2-step color processing.

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:

Medium Brown to Light Blonde
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:

Dark Brown to Light Blonde
Medium Brown to Light Blonde
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/