Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
"I gained a little, but I kept using almost the same clothes, with minor adjustments to close in the belly," she told Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo Veja.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
"I am so excited and honored to be named the new face of Prell -- especially following in the footsteps of my mother, who was a Prell girl."
Congratulations, Alexa Ray. We look forward to the new ads this spring.
Monday, February 22, 2010
It's called, Olay Regenerist Micro-Purifying Foaming Cleanser ($9.99, 6.7 oz., drugstores).
When it comes to beautiful skin, it's essential to deep clean your face and neck. What we like about Olay's Regenerist cleanser, is its advanced anti-aging properties included in the formula. It's important to note, that when you have deep-cleaned your face and neck, then the skin is prepared for the next phase of your beauty routine, be that of a moisturizer, a prescription retinoid, a chemical peel, and so on. If the skin is not totally free of grime and left-over makeup, then these other beauty treatments will not be able to penetrate the skin's layers as effectively.Olay's Regenerist cleanser performs 3 key steps:
Deep cleans to the pore to remove even micro-particles.
Gently refreshes skin for a beautifully regenerated appearance.
Prepares skin for Regenerist Moisturizers and Treatments.
Although we are not an Olay user, we have plenty of friends and relatives who believe in the Oil of Olay trademark. Many women trust this brand. And the Regenerist line, in particular, has received high marks from those in the beauty business. So we would be interested in trying the new Micro-Purifying Foaming Cleanser. We most definitely want a product that will remove all traces of makeup, grime, and oiliness, without stripping the complexion and leaving it too taut and dry.
Thumbs up to Olay's Regenerist for a cleanser that understands the meaning of deep clean.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Of course, blonde wasn't the only highlight shade on the runways for NY Fashion Week. There was a punk vibe being re-visited. Cynthia Rowley's show featured some light turquoise highlights woven throughout the models' hair. These were custom color hair extensions. And there were more bright, bold highlights in jewel colors like amethyst and emerald.
Best to go subtle, when it comes to highlights. And best to leave the job to the pros.
Think stripes this spring. You can get a totally new look with some chunky highlights. We wonder if Brad is loving Angie's new do! How could he not.
P.S. Angelina, Brad, and their adorable six kids are in Venice where mama Jolie is filming her new movie, The Tourist, alongside Johnny Depp. We're not sure if the chunky highlights are part of her movie character's appearance, but Angelina has changed her hair in the past for some juicy movie roles.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Kelly continues to cha-cha-cha and has also added Pilates to her work-out routine, according to an interview she gave to Life & Style magazine.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Talk about arm candy! From bangles to cuffs, in multiple numbers. Chunky bracelets are so in style!
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
There's been a lot of buzz about a makeup line called Motives by Loren Redinger. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian are said to be fans, and if Kim likes a cosmetics brand, then we know it's of great quality. Kim K loves putting on her face and she always looks high glam and flawless.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
A friend of ours recently asked us to write an article on the delicate hair care needs of African-American women and other ladies of color.
Monday, February 15, 2010
We also thought she made a fine judge during her few appearances at the American Idol try-outs. But what has really made us adore Victoria Beckham is her great sense of style. We were stunned at how good a fashion designer she is. And we are not alone. Celebrities like Courtney Cox Arquette wore a lovely black gown from Victoria's dVb Spring 2010 line at the Golden Globes awards show. And a couple of weeks later, Jennifer Hudson wowed fans at the Grammy's wearing a sophisticated black peplum dress from the dVb Spring line.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Okay, so you don't want to look exactly like Na'vi princess Neytiri, who in the science fiction world, is quite attractive. But you can wear a shade of blue or green and accentuate your beauty. M.A.C. senior artist Jenn Karsten tells People magazine, "There's a shade out there for everyone." And she adds, that the darker your skin tone, the stronger the intensity of the blue or green color you can go. "And then, accent the color with peach or tangerine on lips and cheeks," Jenn Karsten says.
So, we went searching for some lovely cool blue and green makeup items at Sephora and Ulta beauty stores to bring out the sexy Avatar in you. And trust us....we merely scratched the surface. There are plenty of pretty blues and greens in makeup to choose from:
1. Illamasqua Powder Eyeshadow in Victim ($20).
Remember, ladies, when you're going for the Avatar look, a little goes a long-ggg way. Have fun.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
It's called the Dermaroller, and it was invented in Germany in 1999 and patented in 2000. This beauty device, the Home Care Model C8, contains 192 extremely fine needles. The process is called micro-needling, and what it can do, is restore epidermal thickness and remove dead skin cells. The result? Younger, brighter-looking skin. And no pain, as you roll the device over your skin. In fact, it tickles the skin.
The Dermaroller S.a.r.l. company also offers a dermaroller to be used by dermatologists in a clinical setting. This one is called the Medical dermaroller, with longer needles to create a skin resurfacing procedure. To use the Medical dermaroller, the skin must first be prepared with a numbing cream. This beauty instrument can actually stimulate collagen production, but it is best used by a skin care professional.
The company explains exactly what a dermaroller is:
It is a cylindrical shaped drum stud with fine needle in different length and a medical device used in mi-croneedling to stimulate skin cells to proliferate. This cell multiplication results in the formation of new tissue layers of elastin- and collagen fibres (neo-collagenesis) as well as in new capillaries for an improved blood supply (neo-angiogenesis). This procedure is called Collagen-Induction-Therapy (CIT).
What can this rolling beauty gadget claim to do for you?
Scar removal – acne, chicken pox scars
Stretch mark removal
Inprove wrinkles and skin surface
Hair Loss treatment
It looks painful, but the beauty science is there. The hand-held device, when rolled across the face, causes trauma to the epidermis, stimulating the repair or re-building process through collagen.
Maybe your derm has heard about the dermaroller. It's difficult to explain its entirety in one article. You can learn more by visiting Dermaroller.
Friday, February 12, 2010
And Fergie was workin' the mini. Why not? She has lost 17 lbs. since appearing in the movie musical Nine. In the hit flick, Fergie played a curvaceous prostitute, so she was asked to pack on the lbs. She looks incredible now, with those gorgeous legs and the addition of some auburn highlights to her dark hair.
So, you ask, how does one get a figure like Fergie?
Through hard work of exercise and diet. Yes, she actually watches what she eats, and that is the key to quick weight loss and the huge amount of energy she needs when performing as an artist.
And it wasn't one of those fad diets for lovely Fergie. We have learned through her nutritionist and trainer, Carrie Wiatt, that the star stuck to a 1,600 calorie-per-day diet. No Doritos on this plan. It's all healthy and delicious:
"She usually opts for hunger-blasting ingredients like protein-rich chicken, omega-3-rich pine nuts, fiber-filled grapefruit and healthy fats from avocado," says Carrie Wiatt.
And Fergie cuts back at night, no carbo-loading. "Fergie restricts her carb intake at night," Carrie Wiatt told "Life & Style" magazine. "That means avoiding carbs at dinner and doubling up on veggies -- and having three small snacks during the day to prevent overeating at mealtimes."
And when it comes to working out, Fergie is right there walking on an incline on the treadmill, concentrating on her butt. She does lots of exercises designed to keep her famous assets tight and toned.
You can learn more about Fergie's successful weightloss and exercise routine in the latest issue of Life & Style magazine.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Alexander McQueen's mother, Joyce, had passed away only a few days earlier. According to NewYorkmag.com, a source at McQueen's office confirmed the suicide, saying, "It is a tragic loss. We are not making a comment at this time out of respect for the McQueen family." Details of his death have not been released yet.
Sadly, his death comes just days before the start of London Fashion Week. And the British fashion icon was merely a few weeks away from unveiling his new collection at Paris Fashion Week on March 9.
A number of Hollywood's famous women adored Alexander McQueen's style, including Sandra Bullock, Drew Barrymore, and Sarah Jessica Parker. Sandra Bullock appeared at the SAG Awards show recently, wearing a beautiful Alexander McQueen black floor length gown with a blue embellished neckline. And of course, models loved the popular designer, and wanted to appear on the runway for him. Models like Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss held Alexander McQueen in high regard(see photo).
'He was able to bring creativity to whatever he turns his hand to, from perfume bottles to every piece of clothing. It is a dark, dark day to hear this news. he was a British icon in fashion whose loss is unimaginable.'
The world began to see the designer's grief over his mother's passing with several remarks he made on Twitter. He made this entry on Feb.1st: 'From heaven to hell and back again, life is a funny thing. beauty can come from the most strangest of places even the most disgusting places.
Rest in peace, Alexander McQueen.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Everyone wanted the Farrah do. And many tried to copy it throughout the years. And now in 2010, it has made another fabulous entrance into the world of beauty. Wavy, tousled hair is hot, inspired from below-the-shoulder blunt hairstyles from the 1970s.....the hair with the front and side layers. Volume, volume, volume.
Even Jennifer Lopez was rocking the 70s at the recent Grammy awards show, and she has never looked better!
Golden-haired Julianne Hough(below) is another celebrity who was wearing the Farrah hairstyle at a red carpet event.
Monday, February 8, 2010
No need to worry, you can say bye-bye to blackheads. Whatever you do, please do not attempt to squeeze out a blackhead with your fingers. Forcing out a blackhead in this manner can cause infection, and yes, even scarring. You might make the situation even worse.
Blackheads are actually acne, in the form of comedones, which are a plug of sebaceous and dead skin material stuck in the opening of a hair follicle. The follicle may be open (blackhead) or almost closed (whitehead). Take a look at the diagram below to get a better idea of how the blackhead looks below the complexion surface.
We know, it ain't pretty, and it sure ain't pleasant to talk about, but---there are ways to improve this common acne problem.
A steamy shower or hot facial is great before blackhead extraction. You can also try a number of beauty treatments. Retin-A, which is prescription-based, stimulates fast cell turnover, helping to expel or get rid of plugged pores. There is also benzoyl peroxide lotion, which helps 'unplug' too, when the blackheads aren't too severe a problem.
You could also apply salicylic acid cream, which helps to exfoliate the skin, bringing blackheads closer to the surface to help in easier removal.
And there are also blackhead strips that you place on the black dots to gently 'lift' away these impurities. And many of you are familiar with a little, stainless steel tool or extractor that quickly and painlessly removes blackheads, designed with double cupped ends.
We also believe in trying all natural ingredients to say bye-bye to blackheads. We heard Dr. Oz talk about epsom salts today, as a great beauty tip to loosen the plugged follicles. So we found a few recipes you might want to try:
1. Make a solution of equal parts Epsom salts, iodine and warm water. Soak a cotton ball in the solution and apply to blackheads. Leave on for 5 minutes and rinse with warm water. Exfoliate with a face scrub immediately to remove the blackheads loosened by the Epsom salt solution.
2. Mix equal amounts of baking soda and water to form a thick paste, and apply to affected blackhead areas. Gently rub your skin for several minutes and wash off with warm water. The baking soda is a good exfoliation remedy, removing blackheads.
3. Make a scrub of 4 tbsp. salt, 1 tsp. honey, and the juice from half a lemon. It should be the consistency of a thick paste. Scrub your face with this mixture for 5 minutes, using your fingers, and rinse and pat dry. Exfoliation is a good way to dislodge blackheads from the skin, and the honey is soothing, while the lemon acts as an astringent.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
If you think your better half has never opened a few of your anti-aging jars or taken a quick dollop of your expensive deep glycolic acid cleanser, well, we've got news for you. Boyfriends, husbands, lovers, brothers, etc., sometimes dip into women's beauty treatments.
Why do men secretly sample your beauty stuff? Either, a. because they've run out of their own zit cream. b. they're darn curious why your skin looks so good. c. they're too cheap to buy their own beauty products and have no clue what their skin needs. Or, d. all of the above.
Then of course, there are unisex beauty products. And we found a super detox face mask you can both enjoy together. Try this one at malinand goetz And it's simply called, Detox Face Mask ($40, 4 oz.). You can also find these wonderful unisex beauty items at Barneys New York stores, and a number of other beauty stores.
This Malin+Goetz detox face mask is a great product and one of the company's best sellers. It even won Allure magazine's Editor's Choice Best of Beauty Awards (2008) Best Deep Cleansing Mask.So, exactly what's in it? According to the bottle: Squalene, glycerin, and sodium pca to moisturize and hydrate; soy protein and panthenol to firm; green tea extract and vitamin e to work as antioxidants; vitamin c to smooth lines.
Don't worry...you and your better half don't have to sit there with some nasty goop on your face for 30 minutes. This is a nice, cool foaming gel mask that takes just 5 minutes to make a big difference in your skin.
Just apply to a clean face, and the detox face mask does all the work. "Oxygenating cleansing agents replace harsh detergents and drying clays to deep-pore-cleanse, lifting dirt, oil and make-up away from the skin without irritation, while creating a physical barrier to seal hydration. Complex amino acids and natural almond extract gently and effectively purify, clarify, balance and soothe. Stable Vitamin C, anti-oxidant Vitamin E and Soy Protein help firm and address concerns for aging".
For more details, visit malinandgoetz.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Okay, we've had enough. Wrinkles.
We all get them and we all hate them, but once wrinkles 'set up house' across your face, it's almost impossible to get rid of them. And that is where Botox comes to the rescue. With the sting of a needle in some key wrinkle zones, and poof! Wrinkles are gone! Eliminated, at least for about 3 months.