Friday, July 31, 2009

Gwyneth's Cleansing: Good Sense Or Dodo Diet Advice?

Apparently, the diet cleansing is working for actress Gwyneth Paltrow. That and a love of working out, since she and Madonna share the same fitness trainer. However, we like the 'softer, rounder curves' Gwyneth is showing, rather than Madge's too sinewy muscular silhouette.

Here is Gwyneth Paltrow at the Children of the City 'Champions of Hope' benefit in New York City Wednesday night.

Paltrow, who recently finished filming "Iron Man 2" wore a black, sparkling mini dress by Preen and black booties, with the familiar red kabbalah string around her wrist.

Gwyneth is fresh from another 3-week-long cleansing. That means 3 weeks of smoothies and salads. Actually, we are attracted to that diet plan. We believe we could pull that off.

But the Academy-award winning actress has been 'pooh-poohed' by critics, claiming that her lifestyle website,, is teaching women how to detox and cleanse. And some medical professionals claim that cleansing can cause serious problems with the body.

The cleanse, developed by Gwyneth's doctor and detox diet specialist, Dr. Alejandro Junger, is made up of two liquid meals a day with a solid one (no processed foods, dairy, sugar, etc) in between.

Let's be real here.....Gwyneth Paltrow is already uber slim to begin with, but then again, she is seen by millions on the big screen, and actresses want to be very thin because the camera adds about 15 lbs. Still, it is difficult to read on her website, about having to shed a few extra lbs. she gained at the holidays. Er, where are those lbs. hiding?

So what's wrong with diet or detox cleansing?

We hunted around for information, and found these quotes from Interviewed was Peter Pressman, MD, an internal medicine specialist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

According to Dr. Pressman, "the problem is that some groups may suffer severe adverse effects from highly restrictive diets. They include children and teenagers, pregnant or breastfeeding women, seniors, and people with heart disease, diabetes, or other chronic conditions. These groups are especially vulnerable to intestinal and even cardiac problems stemming from malnutrition."

Another specialist was quoted, too. Dawn Jackson-Blatner, a dietitian at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Wellness Institute and American Dietetic Association spokeswoman, tells WebMD this:

"The problem is most detox diets are so restrictive that they’re ineffective for long-term use. And any weight loss that occurs during the diet is likely to be temporary.

“When people think about losing weight, they think about losing fat,” she says. “But this is water lost and water gained.”

To take a look at Gwyneth Paltrow's website and her detox cleansing, click on

Thursday, July 30, 2009

No Wrinkles And $50 Botox Rebate Good Until October 15

Think of this as a mini Botox stimulus plan.

Get $50 back, in a Botox rebate all across America. Get your Botox cosmetic treatment by September 30, 2009, and postmarked by October 15, 2009, and add a little cash to your beauty stash!

Now you might be thinking, gee, $50, big deal? But you could put the $$$ towards some expensive Chanel makeup or several great Sephora beauty store cosmetics.

Why the Botox rebate? Because the most popular cosmetic injectable, for 7 years in a row now, is celebrating its anniversary!!!

What's the big deal about Botox, or Boulinum Toxin Type A?

Let's look at the numbers. 11 million Botox procedures and counting, thus far. Heck, someone is having the stuff injected. Both women and men alike. And the Botox routine is quick and easy. Minimal pain, and within 7 days or so, wrinkles and frown lines around the eyes and forehead are temporarily smoothed away for 3-4 months. The result is subtle and attractive when done correctly.

People love Botox because the procedure is non-invasive. You are not undergoing surgery. Botox has become a household name. And baby boomers trying to stay youthful, really enjoy having that rested appearance, although many younger women, with barely wrinkles showing, are turning to the sting of the needle to get that 'air-brushed' look.

Botox shouldn't be given to those with neuromuscular disorders like ALS, myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome.

Botox cosmetic injections should not be given to people who have an infection where the physician proposes to inject. They should also not be given to people who are known to be sensitive to any ingredient in Botox cosmetic.

To get in on the $50 Botox rebate plan, simply save your receipt from your Botox visit, and ask for the rebate form. Have your doctor write the Botox cosmetic vial lot number on the form, and then sign the form to verify your treatment.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Madonna's Bulging Veins And Biceps Gone Too Far?

We have to admit, this photo of Madonna in London returning home from dinner, snapped two evenings ago, freaked us out a bit. And apparently, that is the buzz all over the globe.

Has the 50-year-old superstar over-done it with the strenuous exercise routine she religiously sticks to, 2 hours a day, 6 days a week?!

There is a fine line between fit and toned arms, ladies. Critics says this has gone beyond the look of healthy and feminine. What we see now are bulging veins and too sinewy arms.

And the media is having a ball going after her. Headlines screaming for 'Madge' to quit the gym. Calling her a walking skeleton. Showing off stringy, muscular arms. And so on. Just brutal attention made to this beloved musical performer.

Some women might argue, that at least Madonna, the busy mother of 4, has little fat, and a whole lot of muscle. Who wants bat wings and soft, mushy arms, her supporters have been saying.

Both Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna share the same personal fitness trainer, Tracy Anderson.

And according to an item in the, Tracy Anderson suggests that Madonna is her star pupil and works out like a fiend, and still has maintained her feminine appeal:

"Madonna is an athlete. That's what I try to hammer into people's heads, people who criticise her for training two hours, six days a week. She's just like a baseball player or a soccer player.

"I don't have to scream at her because she's so motivated. She organises her time so she can train – she makes an appointment to do it and she keeps it, but two hours is the most she ever exercises in a day.

"Madonna will never look her age," Tracy Anderson insists. "She doesn't even look half her age – she looks 19."

By the way, Madonna is currently in London on her "Sticky & Sweet" tour.

To get some softer, but still fit, knock-out arms, check out an article we did last year on toning triceps and biceps.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

NeoStrata's Exuviance Introduces Sheer Refining Fluid

We've written a few articles about NeoStrata skin care products. We happen to believe the beauty treatments are effective and on the cutting edge of skin care science.

Our NeoStrata friend Michelle, has just sent us a brand new product from the company's Exuviance line, called 'Sheer Refining Fluid.'

And for those of you fighting oily/acne prone skin, this is an ideal item.

Not only do you tame the 'greasies,' but you also give your complexion a healthy boost, in the way of reducing the look of dark spots and discoloration, pimples, and wrinkles.

This pH-balanced fluid contains 2 important ingredients: NeoGlucosamine, to even out skin tone. And Phytotal, a botanical blend that controls oily skin.

We like Exuviance's Sheer Refining Fluid ($32, 1.75 oz.) because it really is a lightweight formula and absorbs immediately. And there is an added plus of an SPF 15. Apply it during the day under your makeup, and you're good to go.

Exuviance's skin care line always develops products that are non-irritating to sensitive skin. There is no animal testing.

To learn more about NeoStrata and Exuviance skin care products, and to purchase, visit:

Monday, July 27, 2009

Kohl's Vitamin C Brightening Cream Actually Estee Lauder Product Line

We've been hearing encouraging news about a wonderful little orange jar of Vitamin C cream.

And you can find this little anti-aging product at Kohl's department stores. Yes, Kohl's.

What's even more intriguing, is that Vitamin C Power Brightening Cream SPF 25 ($32.50) is put out under the label, Grassroots Research Labs. And this company is actually owned by cosmetic giant, Estee Lauder. The Grassroots line is sold exclusively at Kohl's.

And we have always associated Estee Lauder with beautiful makeup and skin care.

Get your dose of Vitamin C in this little jar, because your skin will really thank you for it. And if you are a dry-skinned beauty, this product is perfect for you, especially in these searing hot summer days. Trust us, this is a very moisturous cream.

Here is how the Grassroots folks at Kohl's describe their Vitamin C Power Brightening Cream SPF 25:

This rich hydrating cream brightens skin and helps reduce discolorations and uneven skin tone while protecting skin from the sun’s harmful rays, environmental aggressors and damaging pollution, with a triple vitamin cocktail and SPF 25.

Vitamin C, referred to by scientists as a powerful anti-aging vitamin, is known for its remarkable ability to help visibly brighten and even out skin tone while helping skin defend itself against future damage. 1.7-oz.

According to the clinical trials that Grassroots Research Labs conducted on this Vitamin C brightening cream:
62% saw an immediate increase in skin clarity
68% saw an immediate increase in moisturization

And after 4 weeks:
88% of the subjects reported visibly brighter skin

For more information, visit: kohl's

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Dysport: Longer Lasting Botox Wins FDA Approval

We thought there would be a much bigger beauty buzz over the new Botox alternative known as Dysport (Reloxin).

The Food & Drug Administration recently gave the green light to this newest wrinkle relaxer Botox rival. The thumbs-up was issued in April.

So, why is this botulinum toxin better than Botox?

According to the research we uncovered, Dysport "may last up to 8 months compared to Botox, which typically lasts 4-6 months." Now that's excellent news. And this longer-lasting Botox is said to work faster than regular Botox and be about 25% cheaper in price.

Hmmm. Sounds terrific, and yet why haven't we been hearing more amazing stories about Dysport?

We haven't got the answer to that yet, but it should be noted, that the skill of your dermatologist and/or plastic surgeon could make the difference in how Dysport is even better than Botox. We saw this beauty nugget at And one of the first doctors to try Dysport on his patients was Oculopastic surgeon Joseph Eviatar, M.D., of New York City:

"I am very excited about the introduction of Dysport as it possesses several unique properties that set it apart from Botox Cosmetic," says Dr. Eviatar. "Since Dysport does act quicker and last longer, it is more important than ever to have an experienced aesthetic physician administering the injection. The doctor should be very experienced about facial anatomy and dilution procedures. It is exciting to be able to offer patients an alternative to Botox Cosmetic, especially those patients for whom Botox does not last."

Sure, the sting of the Botox needle is still there. But while Botox needs about 7-10 days to work, Dysport appears to do its magical smoothing stuff in 2-3 days.

Dysport sounds quite amazing. We will be watching for more beauty buzz on this newest wrinkle relaxer. We're surprised it hasn't been a top beauty story as of late, especially since more and more baby boomers are out looking for employment and trying to look youthful against the much younger competition bombarding places with resumes.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Forever 21 To Debut First Ever Makeup Line In Fall

Forever 21 is ready to launch their first ever makeup line this fall! The popular, junior-sized retail clothing store wants to give young women good cosmetics at bargain prices.

So for all you recessionista-makeup or fashion junkies out there, this could be your deal. Some cosmetics snobs are turning their noses up at the concept of a Forever 21 makeup line. But we aren't laughing. Hopefully, the line could be as decent as drugstore brands.

Forever 21 has had recent successes with its new swimwear and plus size clothing lines.

And we wish we could find the quote Eva Longoria Parker gave to InStyle magazine a couple of years ago, when she said that shopping at Forever 21 was a guilty pleasure. Every gal loves a bargain, and Miss Eva is no exception.

Of course, Eva Longoria Parker is petite and very tiny and can easily fit into the junior-sized fashions at Forever 21, but there are also lots of no-size, super accessories there on the cheap-cheap. Like trendy scarves and sunglasses, and of course, fun jewelry at rock bottom prices. Come on.....if you can buy a pretty bangle bracelet or some nice chandelier earrings for $5, and it lasts the season, what's wrong with that?

We look forward to the lip glosses, foundations, eyeshadows, mascaras, and more, to launch this fall at Forever 21.
You can check out the shopping deals here at

Friday, July 24, 2009

Scott Barnes' Makeup Tips For Looking Lovely Like Lopez

Happy Birthday, Jennifer Lopez!!!! The Latin beauty turns 40 today!!! And Jenny from the Block has come a long-ggggg way. From music to movies to a fashion line, a collection of perfumes, and motherhood, and a triathlon, and now this: Jennifer Lopez and husband Marc Anthony are proud part owners of the Miami Dolphins!!!!

J. Lo is looking slender and sexy these days, filming a new movie and of course, chasing after her twin toddlers.

Jennifer Lopez' makeup always looks refined and glamorous. And you can thank her artist Scott Barnes for the beautiful transformation he gives her, time and time again.

When you look at Jennifer, you notice wonderful, high cheekbones and a golden glow. That seems to be her trademark look. To get that J. Lo makeup, you need highlighter and bronzer.

Makeup artist Scott Barnes has these suggestions:
Bronzer: Make sure that you don’t use a bronzer like you would be using a loose powder. You shouldn’t be applying bronzer all over your face. You should actually use bronzer on parts of your face that the sun would kiss naturally and you should make sure that the centre of your face is lighter than the outer parts of your face.

Highlighter: This is one of Jennifer Lopez’s most loved beauty secrets. Highlighter is what gives her that J.Lo glow!

We found more details on the beauty of bronzer, in an article by Here, Scott Barnes explains the process:
So would you recommend cream-based bronzers over powder then?
Liquid bronzers, like my Body Bling, work well to this end, and I just repackaged my cult favorite in a squeeze tube that should be out by the end of the month.

What about application techniques? Is there one right way to apply product for the perfect sun-kissed glow?
In general, I try to abide by a less-is-more mentality: You can always layer more on but it’s harder to take it off. It’s really all in the approach, though. I always see women applying powders and bronzers starting next to their nose. But the trick is to work from the outside of the face inward, rather than the other way around. This creates a halo effect and leaves a diamond shape of light in the center so your face appears a little more open. This will hide double chins and give you a visible bone structure so you don’t wind up looking old. Also, use a bronzing brush to blend allover rather than applying product directly to problem areas like crow’s feet and laugh lines. And don’t forget to do your neck and d├ęcolletage.

Wonderful makeup tips. And by the way, if you're wondering how Jennifer Lopez maintains that healthy, youthful complexion, just 2 words.....La Mer.
For more information, visit

Thursday, July 23, 2009

New Anew Avon Face Cream Promises To Knock Off 5 Years In 2 Weeks

Anew Ultimate Night Gold Emulsion.

"Look 5 years younger in 14 days, or your money back!"

Okay, Avon, that's where we get disappointed. Sure, we adore the money back guarantee. But let's be honest.......there is no face cream on the planet that can knock off 5 years and make you look younger in 14 days.

And at the moment, this new Anew Avon beauty treatment is on sale for $29.00. A savings of $5.00.

So what's in this pretty, gold jar of youth cream magic?

According to the Avon Anew creators, these 2 ingredients make it happen:

Transcend time with a rare skin-strengthening fusion of patented Pro-Sirtuin TX and Gold Polypeptide technologies.

1.7 fl.oz.Pro-Sirtuin TX Technology is formulated to stimulate sirtuin youth proteins for healthier cells, and activate remodeling proteins to help restructure and strengthen skin.

Gold Polypeptide Complex is engineered to help replenish skin's moisture reserves and maintain its youthful structure.

If you visit the Avon website and look at the customer reviews, so far, women really like this new Anew Ultimate Night Gold Emulsion. "13 of 14 (93%) customers would recommend this product to a friend."

So there you have it. The Avon Anew beauty products are very popular around the world. The reviews we read, talked about firmer skin, complexion soft as silk, etc.

We certainly like the price on this new Anew Avon Face Cream. It lets all of us sample the goods. What we don't like, is that Avon is getting away with a pretty big claim of subtracting 5 years off your life. We wish it were that easy.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Oprah's Dr. Oz and Youth Supplement Resveratrol

You've most likely heard a lot about this 'fountain of youth' supplement, Resveratrol, by now.

When Oprah's pals speak, everyone seems to listen, especially when the words are coming from Dr. Mehmet Oz.

Dr. Oz is a strong believer in the benefits of taking Resveratrol supplements. And although he hasn't endorsed any particular brand, he does think that popping a couple a day, can keep you healthy and looking youthful.

By the way, Dr. Oz does suggest 500 mg per day. Note this is the equivalent of dozens of bottles of red wine per day. Er, too bad we couldn't get our daily dose that way.

What exactly is Resveratrol?

Here's how science explains it:
An active polyphenol found in the skins, seeds and stems of grapes, has been proven in studies to be the element in red wine which increases cellular productivity and longevity, leading to a longer and healthier life.

As far as benefits to the skin, Resveratrol is said to support these two aspects:
Provide rapid cell rejuvenation
Offer maximum antioxidant protection

That sounds great to us. But if Oprah and her pal, Gayle, are using these supplements, we don't think they look any younger, tee hee.

All kidding aside, check out this YouTube video of Dr. Oz talking to Diane Sawyer about the merits of taking this 'Fountain of Youth' pill:
If you want to jump on the Oprah/Dr. Oz Resveratrol bandwagon, just make sure you buy your stuff from a reputable supplement company.

Resveratrol won't get rid of your wrinkles, but maybe it can reverse further damage to our skin and what's going on internally with our bodies.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Target Your Way To Beautiful Hair by Umberto Beverly Hills

Umberto Savone knows beautiful hair. The Beverly Hills celebrity stylist tends to the healthy mane of actress Christina Applegate, and many others.

And if you shop around Target dept. stores, you can find his wonderful line of hair styling products.

Umberto's collection features shampoos, conditioners, hairsprays, hairbrushes, and this little bottle of magic for just $8.99:
Umberto Beverly Hills Volumizer Thickening Spray (8 oz.).

Love this, but good luck trying to find it, every time. It is, once again, sold out at And better check online ahead, to see if a Target near you, has it in stock. We had to drive 20 minutes away just to locate the latest stash.

There is something about this thickening spray, and a lot of women have been getting their hands on it. It gives volume to fine, limp hair, and also helps define curls.

The formula also contains 'film-forming polymers' like those found in more expensive styling products. These polymers are what add fullness and hold and bounce to your hair.

All you do is apply this spray with a few squirts to towel-dried hair, then style with a blow-dryer and watch the volume begin.

To take a look at the affordable and excellent Umberto Beverly Hills hair products line, click here:

Monday, July 20, 2009

Lose Weight With New Special K Shake 10 Protein Grams

Are the new Special K Protein Shakes a dieter's dream?

Let's find out together.

We are happy to report, that the Special K Protein Shakes come in three yummy flavors:
French Vanilla. Strawberry. Milk Chocolate. And each shake has 10 grams Protein. 5 grams Fiber. 180 Calories. And 190 Calories for the Milk Chocolate shake.

According to maker Kellogg's, each meal replacement shake is designed to 'take the edge off hunger.'

"Special K(TM) Protein Shakes are the brand's debut weight-management shake and the newest addition to its ensemble of all-day, weight-management products, which includes eight varieties of cereal. The new protein shakes are the perfect grab-and-go breakfast for on-the-go women. Each shake is ready to drink and comes in a convenient, single-serving, reclosable plastic bottle -- giving women the perfect partner for all-day, weight-management success."

So, what else is in these delicious lose weight shakes?
We've got all the numbers:
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 serving
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 190
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5.0g
Saturated Fat 0.5g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0g
MonoUnsaturated Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 10.0mg
Sodium 220.0mg
Total Carbohydrates 29.0g
Dietary Fiber 5.0g
Protein 10.0 g
Vitamin A 35.000 ~ IU

Vitamin C 100.000 mg
Calcium 35.000 mg

Iron 15.000 mg
Vitamin E 100.000 ~ IU

Thiamin 35.000 mg
Riboflavin 35.000 mg

Niacin 35.000 mg
Folate 0.000 mcg

Vitamin B-6 35.000 mg
Vitamin B-12 35.000 ?g

Phosphorus 0.000 mg
Magnesium 0.000 mg

Zinc 0.000 mg
* Based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

And click here for savings: $1 off Special K Protein Shakes.

These shakes are smooth and yummy. Why not try a few.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Beauty For A Buck Deal Of The Day At Walgreens

If you're still searching for loose change under the sofa cushions, in the back seat of your car, at the bottom of your purse, and so on.....we feel your pain.

So, your BeautyTipToday can be found at your local Walgreens drugstore. We call it 'Beauty for a Buck.'

And in this case, actually 99 cents!

Our featured item today:

Walgreens Cocoa Butter Moisturizing Cream.

We did a little research on the benefits of cocoa butter. And if you having been using it, continue to do so. Cocoa butter is full of great things for your skin. We found that out at the blog:

"Cocoa butter is, first and foremost, arguably one of the best natural emollients to be found. It’s a traditional moisturizer, as the EGCG blog points out, used for centuries to keep people’s skin in many nations soft and protected. And because it melts at body temperature, it is more easily and readily absorbed by the skin. Its natural, subtle chocolate scent also makes your skin smell like dessert, and who doesn’t want to smell like a cupcake?"

We agree, the scent is delicious. But why blow lots of money on fancy cocoa butter creams? There are gazillions out there in expensive spas and salons and fine dept. stores. We recommend Walgreens Cocoa Butter Moisturizing Cream because it delivers what the other costlier ones give you, and that's the same ingredient----cocoa butter---at very similar concentrations.

That's what cosmetic chemist Jim Hammer says. "It's a rich, fatty emollient that helps seal in moisture without leaving the skin feeling greasy. This should hydrate dry skin just as effectively as the most expensive versions."

Okay, thank you, Jim. That's good enough for us, since the information is coming from a reliable and respected cosmetic chemist.

'Beauty for a Buck' deal of the day found right at your neighborhood Walgreens.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Hollywood Stylist Ken Paves Creates Quick Clip-In Bangs

Bangs. Fun to wear, but they grow out so-oooooo quickly. Bangs are great because they do lots of wonderful thing: Make you look younger. Hide too-thin eyebrows. Cover up forehead lines. Show off your eyes.

But bangs can also be a pain-in-the neck: They might not look good on you. You have to have them trimmed about every two weeks. You might tire of them in a month, and you're stuck with them.

But super Hollywood stylist Ken Paves wants you to start your summer with a bang!!! And he has created a limited edition of clip-in bangs. These quick clip-ins were inspired by his blonde client Jessica Simpson. Funny, we've never seen the glam Jess ever wear bangs, except for this photo lay-out. But she's really rockin' them. We think it's a lovely look for her.

Ken Paves explains how you work them in your real tresses:

Made with Tru2Life Heat-Friendly Synthetic Fiber so you can curl, cut and style - just like your own hair. Don't cut it - clip in! Now you can have super chic blunt bangs without the commitment of cutting your own hair. This fabulous fringe looks real, feels real and stays put! Just clip in and go.

1. Brush your hair away from your face.

2. Starting with your center clip, slide into hair about 1/4" from your hairline, then secure side clips.

3. Style, straighten, curl or brow dry - just as you would your own hair. Tru2Life fiber is heat friendly up to 350 degrees.

More hair tips from Ken Paves about his clip-in bangs:

Hair tools are an essential part of making your bangs blend with your own hair. You may wish to use a flat iron or curling iron on your bangs prior to application, depending on your style preference. For optimal results, we recommend shampooing and conditioning before wearing.
Get more than one set. Have them cut into your favorite bang style - long, blunt, wispy, asymmetrical. The choice is yours!

For $28.95, this is a good and cheap hair investment. Bangs are versatile, and you could make several different looks with this 'faux' hair. Ken even includes a how-to video with your bangs. You can buy them in 9 shades. And Ken swears, this is easy for a beginner. So we will trust him there.

For more information, visit

Friday, July 17, 2009

5 Beach Bag Beauty Items To Toss In And Go

It's summertime and it's hard to completely avoid the strong, harmful rays of the sun. So we are not going to preach about limiting your play time. Beach and summer go hand-in-hand. So we've put together a small list of 5 beach bag beauty items to toss in and go!!!!!

1. Let's protect our precious and delicate lips. We found an unique medicated lip balm called Aloe Gator. It includes an SPF30. Paba-free and flavored in yummy Pina Colada. And only $1.99, This little balm glides on smoothly and is the 'ultimate defense for lips against sun, wind, and cold.'

2. One of our faves forever: Bazooka Bubble Gum. Classic and fun, delicious to chew. Get a box cheap....only for a dollar at the Dollar Tree store. Chewing gum actually burns calories, and it's better than chomping down on a calorie-laden snack.

3. We discovered this wonderful and smart beachtime must-have last year. It's called Surfer's Secrets. It's quite simply, a sand eliminator. A 6 oz. bottle, just $7, Made from natural stuff like grapeseed oil and aloe vera. It removes the sand sticking to your skin. Just squeeze out a dollop, about the size of a quarter and wipe away. Great for the whole family. No more sand in the bikini or all over your feet.

4. John Frieda's very popular Frizz-Ease, $7, drugstores. This tube is full of silky softness. If you've spent a day at the beach, then your dry locks will love you for smoothing on some of this hair TLC. Get rid of the nasty frizzies. This product is tried and true. Not greasy. Light and marvelous. If you have a curly perm, your hair will drink this up.

5. How about a sultry solid perfume by k hall designs. Egyptian Jasmine pictured here. On sale for $19.50. Made with absolute jasmine oil. Beautifully gift boxed and made with a blend of beeswax, jojoba oil, essential and/or fragrance oils, and vitamin E. This compact perfume travels well and is loaded with scent. A super idea after you get off the beach and want to embrace an intoxicating scent. And these solid perfumes come in a lovely variety:
Orange Amber. Fig. Peony. Sandlewood. Etc. Find them here at
These 5 beach bag beauty items and a great book are all you need for a day in the sun!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Arden B. Has Amazing Accessories At The Right Price

We love Arden B. stores and their online site, too.

And we especially 'heart' their accessories.

Just take a look at some of the beautiful and stylish items we found for you. Snake clutch. Zebra bustier. Twill fedora. And the prices won't overwhelm you. Arden B. believes in knocking down prices and we like that. So check back often for some really super summer deals.

This elegant Short honeycomb bib necklace caught our eye. Comes in gold or silver ($24). All the celebs are sporting bib necklaces.

We're hooked on this oversized mustard-colored Woven stripe tote. Nice and roomy with lurex and stud detail. 16"w x 11"h x 4.5" d ($58).

We so-ooo want these Enamel fan chandelier earrings ($24). Enamel finish with delicate pearl drops. Makes a lovely statement piece(s).

And don't you just love this Beaded hinge cuff? Quite ornate and pretty bold with striking stone and beaded detail. Final sale on this item ($28).

A beautiful accessory, be it a strong piece of jewelry, or hat, handbag, headband, or belt, can make all the difference. It can update your look instantly!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Heidi Klum Sans Makeup And Not Afraid To Show The World

We've always adored supermodel and Project Runway Host Heidi Klum.

She's a breath of fresh air and seems to have her stuff together---with a great family in husband Seal, three adorable kids, and another on the way.

Heidi Klum is 36-years-old and a beautiful model.

Please forgive us for showing these photos, but Heidi doesn't mind. She was snapped a few days ago at a Broadway show, The Lion King. And she happily smiled for the cameras.

We love these photos of gorgeous women sans makeup. Zippo. A naked face. We even zoomed in closer to Heidi's eyes, so you could see that even she, is only human. Yup. Even a supermodel over 35, can get fine lines and wrinkles.

Heidi Klum has said before, that she has not had work done, and is proud to grow older. Apparently, she is telling the truth.

Look how she explained it to Ocean Drive magazine in their April issue:

“Most people go to the doctor and do Botox, Restylane, and silicone. I’ve never done anything to my body or face. I want to grow old; I don’t want to change my appearance.” Heidi Klum tells the magazine. “Everyone has the right to do what they wish, but personally, I would rather use good products.”

We still think Heidi Klum looks radiant and healthy. And except for a few lines around the eyes, her skin looks bright, clear, pimple-free, and youthful.

Of course, we prefer to see Heidi Klum the supermodel all glammed up, but this was an interesting and honest new supermodel to see. And we respect that she's a confident woman and not ashamed to show the world that even she, gets a few lines and wrinkles.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

4 Best Anti-Aging Products You Need Says Harper's Bazaar

We get a little suspicious when major beauty magazines give your their list of the best beauty products to buy. Granted, most of the items being featured are very good, and it's nice to be given a heads-up when the newest and latest beauty treatments arrive. But don't you sometimes wonder if these beauty magazines are talking only about their main advertisers, and hoping you, the reader, will be enticed into purchasing these creams and serums?

For instance, the May 2009 issue of Harper's Bazaar included their tiny list of the best anti-aging buys. Included are huge names in the skin care business: 1. Chanel 2. Oil of Olay 3. Lancome 4. Estee Lauder

We have much respect for Harper's Bazaar. We subscribe to the magazine, and have for years, so let's get that out there.

The 4 beauty products to fight the signs of aging, according to Harper's, includes a sunscreen, an eye cream, a glycolic-based moisturizer, and a wrinkle-reducing cream.

We believe that is excellent advice. As any dermatologist worth his or her skin would say, 'never leave home without putting on a decent sunscreen.'

And yes, an effective eye cream is also key. Since fine lines and wrinkles love to show up around the eye area, you need to protect this special skin because it is thinner, delicate and very dry.

As we age, we need a super moisturizer. Our cellular turnover is slow-wwwing down, and our skin texture is getting duller and rouigher. A good glycolic-acid base would really help improve the complexion.

And lastly, we would agree that an amazing wrinkle-reducing cream or serum couldn't hurt. It's nice when a cream can go in and soften those pesky lines, and help plump up the skin to make it appear more youthful.

Here are Harper's Bazaar magazine's Best Ant-Aging Buys, as pictured:

1. Chanel Precision UV Essential Protective UV Care SPF30 ($48, fine dept. stores)
2. Olay Professional Pro-X Eye Restoration Complex ($45, local drugstores)
3. Lancome Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate ($78, fine dept. stores)
4. Estee lauder Time Zone Line and Wrinkle Reducing Creme SPF15 ($58, fine dept. stores)

If the beauty products you are using, are not any of the items Harper's Bazaar has listed, you are not alone. You might have 4 very similar beauty treatments that do the same job for your skin.

And if you are looking for another opinion on anti-aging, or merely want newer products to battle the signs of aging, then this list might just be perfect for you. In any case, Harper's makes intelligent beauty sense, with 4 products that target specific skin areas.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Rachel Weisz Hates Botox But Adores Photoshopping?

Yes, we can all see that British actress Rachel Weisz is a stunning woman at age 39.

But does she have to go on and on about the badness of Botox, as she discusses in the August 2009 issue of Harper's Bazaar UK?!

Rachel Weisz is the mysterious, sexy model gracing the cover of Harper's as you can see her here in black velvet. And this is what she was quoted as saying in the magazine interview:

“It should be banned for actors, as steroids are for sportsmen,” the Oscar-winning actress says of Botox. “Acting is all about expression; why would you want to iron out a frown?” As for fashion, Rachel says, “I love the way girls in London dress; it’s so different to the American ‘blow-dry and immaculate grooming’ thing.”

Tongues are wagging that the lovely actress was photoshopped like crazy, here for the magazine cover. Her waist and all-over silhouette appear much tinier. Which brings catty remarks from some women as to, how is Botox bad, but photoshopping is not? Why didn't she demand the editors keep her figure curvier, as we all know Rachel is blessed with?

Good point. It's okay not to use Botox. Actress Jennifer Aniston, who recently turned 40, claims that she, too, will not use the stuff. But to declare that a few needle pricks of Botox should be banned for all actors, is quite silly and bizarre.

Botox is not invasive surgery. It's not a facelift. It is a cosmetic procedure, one that most doctors would consider mild. It is known as an injectable. And Botox temporarily paralyzes muscles so that you can't make frowning expressions. As a result, wrinkles appear softer. Forehead lines, crow's feet, and frown lines all disappear, more or less, for about 3-4 months.

Sure, some people go overboard, where it seems almost mannequin-like. You can't readily tell if the person is happy, angry, or any emotion in between. But most women and men who receive Botox injections subtley erase deep frowns and look healthier and rested.

Botox has also been used under the arms to stop excessive sweating, and has been used for many years prior to its cosmetic value, as treatment for a number of neurological disorders.

Botox is actually a new kid on the block. It's only been 7 years since the FDA approved the injectable for cosmetic purposes.

What we can say, is that Botox is extremely popular and does plenty of good for women and men who want to temporarily erase some of the sun damage and natural aging process. In fact, Botox was the top non-surgical cosmetic procedure in 2008.

We cannot tell actress Rachel Weisz to be quiet and stick to acting. Er, well, of course we could, but we won't. We would like to check back with Ms. Weisz in 10 years when she turns 49, and see if she has changed her mind about this popular injectable, known as big bad Botox.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Get Bikini Beautiful By Zapping Ingrown Hairs

If you've never had an ingrown hair, congratulations! You are one of few.

And since it is bikini time, you'll want to zap those nasty ingrowns before you slip into your sexy swimsuit.

Ingrown hairs mainly come about through shaving. And since shaving is the quickest and cheapest way to remove hair, these little red and sometimes painful razor bumps are common to both men and women.

By the way, did you know that people with curly hair tend to have more ingrown hairs than do those with straight hair?!

An ingrown hair forms when a shaved hair gets trapped inside the follicle or where the hair curls back or grows sideways into the skin. And when it happens near the bikini line, it can be quite uncomfortable.

There is a simple and effective way to fight back----Bikini Bump Blaster by Completely Bare ($32, 60 pads, You can also find the Completely Bare line at many spas and salons.

Just wipe and go!

Bikini Bump Blaster Pads prevent and get rid of ingrown hairs. So-easy-to-use pads keep 'just waxed' skin super smooth. The magic ingredient is Glycolic acid, which clears away the dead skin cells that clog pores and hair follicles that cause ingrowns. Toss in some salicylic acid, which blocks bacteria buildup by reducing sebum production in pores. And zap those nasty ingrown hairs!

Meantime, here's some advice from Mayo Clinic Dermatologist Lawrence E. Gibson:

Shave hair a little longer than you normally do
Avoid repeated razor strokes over the same area
Shave in the direction of hair growth
Use a moisturizer to soften the hair and make shaving easier

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Organize Your Jewelry In Beautiful Jewelry Boxes

Let's be honest. Have you ever stored your jewelry all over your bedroom? In ashtrays? On the dresser? In the drawers? On the nightstand? In a closet? Etc.

Well, you are not alone. Sure, some gorgeous rings, chandelier earrings, and ornate gold bracelets might look pretty on display, but only if you carefully arrange them on pretty trays or crystal bowls. You get the idea.

We think the best way to look after your precious jewelry, is by simply buying a beautiful jewelry box.

You can go high-end or low-end. Trust us, there are some stunning jewelry boxes to be found. Take a look at the asian wooden jewelry box. This little antique is at a starting bid of $29.99 on Ebay.

There are tons of jewelry boxes on Ebay in so many styles and sizes. We have purchased a few there and these boxes are really attractive and so useful.

You can also buy jewelry boxes new with lined compartments to gently store your delicate and more expensive gems. Take a look at the lovely lacquered jewelry boxes by This beauty features metal hardware and velvet lining. On sale now for $59.99.

Really examine all your precious pieces. And then organize your jewelry.

Separate the broken ones from the perfect ones. And do your jewelry maintenance. Learn how to clean your gems.

Read our article on keeping jewelry shiny and new on a budget.

There you will learn the different ways of keeping gold, silver, platinum, pearls, and other jewelry in tip-top shape, and nice and sparkly!

Friday, July 10, 2009

McDonald's Fruit 'n Yogurt Parfait Healthy Choice at 160 Calories

We know you crave the chocolate triple thick shake, but if you're trying, and we mean really trying to stay healthy, then this quick snack will satisfy your hunger and your wallet:

McDonald's Fruit 'n Yogurt Parfait. 160 Calories. Only a buck on the dollar menu!
And what's not to love? Blueberries and strawberries sitting in cool, creamy low fat yogurt with crunchy granola.

Healthy for the whole family. And it's made of good stuff, according to McDonald's:

McDonald’s works with the top dairy suppliers in the industry, such as Dannon® and General Mills®, to supply the low fat vanilla yogurt found in the Fruit ‘n Yogurt Parfait. Our yogurt uses only Grade A low fat milk, plus live active yogurt cultures.

And the 160 Calories in the Fruit 'n Yogurt Parfait are not difficult to burn off. We did some research and found this nugget at the website:

You could burn off the 160 calories from this Fruit N Yogurt Parfait in a variety of ways: Stroller - pushing baby stroller for 59 minutes
Studying - sitting for 82 minutes
Lawn Care - raking for 34 minutes
We like the idea of burning off this snack by er, studying-sitting for 82 minutes, ha ha.
Here's the nutritional breakdown for this McDonald's healthy choice:

Nutrition FactsServing Size: 5.3 oz (149g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 160
Calories from Fat 20
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
Saturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 5mg
Sodium 85mg
Total Carbohydrate 30g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 21g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
Est. Percent of Calories from:
Fat 11.2% Carbs 75.0%
Protein 10.0%

Hey, for only $1 and 2 total fat grams, this is a dieter's dream.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Celebs Love Dr. Siegal's Yummy Weight Loss Cookies

Love cookies?

How about yummy cookies in blueberry, oatmeal raisin, chocolate, and even banana!!

Now what if we told you, these cookies are high protein and low fat. And that these 'magic' cookies are actually weight loss cookies?!

Wow! What a yummy way to go.

Pretty celebs like Jennie Garth and Shannon Doherty from 90210 fame, both enjoy munching on Dr. Siegal's treats from the Cookie Diet Store in Beverly Hills. This is how these lovely ladies stay slender. The two were spotted buying cookies together at the Beverly Hills store.

And you can munch your way to skinny, too. A weekly supply of Dr. Siegal's cookies will run you about $59.

So how does piggin' out on yummy cookies work? We took a look at Dr. Sanford Siegal's website:

Dr. Siegal’s COOKIE DIET® is a proven, three-step plan that has helped more than a half million people lose weight since 1975. It’s a safe, fast, and affordable approach to weight loss and weight maintenance. To help you succeed, Dr. Siegal personally developed a suite of free, web-based calculators that eliminate the uncertainty of results inherent in nearly all diets. Dr. Siegal’s tools will help you set and reach an attainable goal weight.
During the weight loss phase, with your family doctor’s blessing, you’ll eat Dr. Siegal’s COOKIE DIET® hunger-controlling cookies and shakes during the day and a reasonable dinner at night. It’s that simple.
The Dr. Siegal’s COOKIE DIET® suggested daily caloric intake is 1,000 calories but your doctor may raise or lower the amount based on your medical history. (Always follow your doctor’s instructions). On 1,000 calories a day (or even 1,200), everybody loses weight. Therefore, your success is guaranteed if you follow the plan.

This might be a bit pricey, but it sounds like a delicious way to lose weight. For more information, visit: