Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sharon Stone Is Nuts About Tancho Stick For Taming Short Crop Hairstyle

Do you, er, tancho stick, ladies?!

Actress Sharon Stone does. That's one of her beauty secrets for making her short crop hairstyle always look gorgeous.

"I am nuts about the Tancho stick. It's a styling wax. It works better than anything else, but you have to use it sparingly. Just touch your finger on it and then touch your hair. It makes your hair stand up and gives great tousled texture. Then I spray dry shampoo or the Blondish Hair Powder from Bumble and Bumble. The powder sticks to the wax," Sharon explains.

Tancho Tique sticks from Indonesia are made from natural ingredients. It's an old-fashioned styling product that easily tames even the most unruly hair. The pomade has the pleasant scent of lavender.

Many stylists reach for the Tancho stick time and time again, because it imparts a wonderful texture to piece-y strands, especially for all you lovely short-cropped hair gals. And the wax stick also makes hair shiny. Just a little beauty reminder: Don't use too much Tancho, or you'll end up with a greasy head of hair. All you need is a dab on your fingertips and you're good to go!

The Tancho stick also smooths frizzy and curly hair edges.

Now, exactly where can you pick up this wonder hair stick? At, of course. We found it for $8.50 a stick.

Enjoy the Tancho and add some rock 'n roll style to your hair.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Exuviance Introduces New At Home Power Peel To Smooth Skin

Peel. Doing it to your skin, can produce a more radiant and youthful complexion. You need lots of patience and a skin routine to stick to. But chemical peels do work. And you can safely do them at home. Who doesn't want smooth skin?

And now the skin experts at Exuviance are introducing a new at home power peel, that you can easily do. Trust us, we have done 4 out of the 12 peels in the kit. And we love it!

It's called the Exuviance Performance Peel AP25 ($60, kit). The kit contains 12 peels which can be used up to twice a week on the face, chest, and back of hands, where aging from the sun and environment initally appears.

The peels (a 6-week supply) contain a 25% blend of AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) and PHA (Polyhydroxy Acid) along with Glycolic Acid, Mandelic Acid, and Gluconolactone.

The Exuviance Performance Peel AP25 is a high performer, so at home users can get very good results. What chemical peels do, is exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate. The dead and dull skin cells are dissolved away. And this action stimulates the process of cell renewal, making way for healthier, more radiant skin.

The clinical results are in after one month of twice-weekly use:
100% noticed improvement of fine lines and wrinkles.
94% noticed more even skin tone, texture, and radiance.

So far, we are enjoying our experience with Exuviance's new power peel. We decided to apply the peel along our decollete area. That's the area right below the neck and right above the chest. Oh yeah, that's where we used to slather baby oil and sit under the hot sun for hours, never realizing the damage we were doing. And now, tiny sun spots have created a maze of little trails across our decollete. And we are trying to halt the progression.

We really like the Exuviance Performance Peel AP25 kit. It's goof-proof. Inside, you get 12 pre-packaged peel pads, 12 pre-packaged neutralizer pads, and an extra peel pad for testing your skin's sensitivity, and easy-to-follow instructions.

If you've never peeled before, we can tell you, it's not that bad. It does feel like your skin is burning off, but only if you do a very advanced peel. But the folks at Exuviance have designed a pleasant at home experience. There is tingling when the peel is applied and some mild burning. This is to be expected. After you apply the neutralizer and rinse the area thoroughly with water, you will notice how very smooth your skin feels. And that is the reward of a peel.

For more details, visit Exuviance, a NeoStrata company.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Beauty Tip Today's Bunch Of Beautiful Beauty Tidbits

We here at Beauty Tip Today, thought we would round up some of our favorite and news-worthy beauty tidbits for you. Don't worry....we have done all the heavy lifting.

Did you know.......Julia Roberts, the new spokeswoman for Lancome cosmetics, has always been a big fan of Lancome's L'Absolu Rouge in Rich Cashmere ($29)? This is a creamy and moisturizing lipstick in a nude shade, the subtle kind of makeup Julia is often photographed wearing.

Did you know......chandelier earrings, the statement jewelry pieces of 2009, are still hot in 2010? Harper's Bazaar is calling chandeliers one of the 20 Top Trends for 2010.

Did you know.....there's a new diet pill called Capsiplex? And it's full of chili pepper!! Celebs like Jennifer Lopez, Brad Pitt, and Britney Spears are said to be popping the pills to drop fat fast! Capsiplex really does work, according to their website.

Did you know.....the best tooth whitening toothpaste is: Ultra brite All In One Advanced Whitening. Consumer Reports tested 41 toothpastes, toothpastes that all boast about whitening your teeth. And they found that most brands do not live up to the hype or expensive price tags. But only one was really superior at stain removal. And this one wasn't too abrasive. And what a bargain at $1.00 for a 6 oz. tube at Walmart.

Did you actress Eva Mendes loves a certain beauty product? St. Ives Apricot Facial Scrub. Eva Mendes says the scrub is a favorite of hers. We also love this stuff, because it's available at your local drugstore and for about $5, depending on the scrub type you choose.

Did you know....there's a simple way to clean your diamond jewelry at home? Place your diamonds into rubbing alcohol or a mixture of equal parts ammonia and cold water. Let them soak for a few minutes. Then take a brush with soft bristles, like a baby toothbrush, and gently clean your diamonds. Rinse off. And lay them on a tissue to dry.

Did you know...Nicole Richie likes a smoky eye and told one magazine she goes to these products to achieve her cat eye look: for eyeliner, M.A.C’s liquid type, and Maybelline for mascara! "I love mascara! Maybelline is great because it’s inexpensive and easy to use!" Nicole says.

Did you know...stylist Rachel Zoe cannot live without this multi-purpose skin cream called Egyptian Magic? She and a bunch of celebrities can't get enough of this stuff. "Living up to its namesake, this olive oil and honey-based cream works magic on elbows, knees and everything in between. Seriously, hold no reservations with this stuff— some of my friends and clients even swear by it as a hair mask. My advice…use it as a moisturizer to help extend your summer tan into fall ;) xoRZ" tweeted to Twitter.

Did you know...designer Giorgio Armani says that foundation and eyeliner are the 2 beauty products every woman needs to wear daily? He's got a lovely cosmetics line, for sure. Mr. Armani explains the value of a defined eye: "....a small eyeliner line. It is fundamental because it gives depth to the look and a sense of mystery---but it must not be noticeable."

Did you know...a simple jar of Aquaphor Healing Ointment ($8.99, 3.5 oz.) makes a superb nighttime eye treatment?! Yes, says celeb dermatologist Laurie Polis. Aquaphor Healing Ointment does its best work when you've retired for the night, which is actually the best time to treat your skin. "It conditions lashes and hydrates the delicate eye skin really well," she says. And Laurie Polis swears by this product.

We hope you have enjoyed our beautiful beauty tidbits.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Model Gisele Bundchen Gets Back Skinny Body By Working Out In Pool

Gisele Bundchen. Super long legs on a size 4 frame. Who wouldn't want her beautiful body?!
A baby boy named Benjamin arrives in December......and already, the model from Brazil is back in supermodel shape.

Her secret? Water resistance. Working out in a pool. It's called the Brazilian Body Surf program, and Gisele was reportedly doing the surf during her pregnancy. Smart girl! At least that is what the Boston Herald was reporting.

What exactly is the Brazilian Body Surf? According to the website Equinox, it's a combination of cardiovascular and muscle conditioning drills taught using water resistance.

Gisele's personal trainer is Leandro Carvalho. And he told the Herald, that Gisele was active to begin with, which can only help a woman's body bounce back from pregnancy. She was in "very, very" good shape throughout her pregnancy, in part due to the "very athletic" workouts, which he believes are super for muscle tone.

When we've seen photos of Gisele with her husband Tom Brady, quarterback for the New England Patriots, the couple always seem to be at the beach, in the water. Gisele isn't afraid to get her hair wet.

The supermodel also does yoga and meditation, which served her well during the labor and birthing process. And according to Quem, a Brazilian magazine, Gisele was back on her feet immediately. She was "washing the dishes and making pancakes" just two days after giving birth. Hmm. Sexy show-off.

Gisele didn't have much need for maternity fashions, either.
"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.

Yeah.....Don't hate her because she's beautiful....Gisele Bundchen was back at her old job just six weeks after giving birth, modeling for Brazilian fashion line Colcci (photo).

Now that's impressive.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Stylist Ted Gibson Shows You How To Make Messy Elegant Ponytail

Ladies....this ain't your childhood ponytail. And celebrity stylist Ted Gibson shows you how to make a messy, elegant ponytail for spring 2010. All you need to think is: texture. That is how you create the modern version.

Yes. Ponytails are hot!! And even trendier with a side-part. NYC's Ted Gibson of the Ted Gibson Salon made a bunch of ponytails at the recent NY Fashion Week Spring/Summer shows. We saw them at Lela Rose (photo), Jenni Kayne, and Vena Cava, to name a few.

The 'roughed up' ponytail as Ted Gibson also likes to call the new hair trend, is something unique that women can create at home. "You get a really interesting ponytail, rather than the same old version you always wear," Ted says.

You don't want to make your ponytail too high on the head. Location is key, according to Ted. "The ponytail is going to be in the middle of the head which is a little more playful," he explains.

To make the do, you should invest in a couple of products. And why not try Ted Gibson's hair line? To achieve the texture, he advises, applying Build It Blow Drying Agent ($20) on to dry hair and blow-drying, twisting the hair in small sections. After you build up the messiness, keep the look in place with Ted Gibson's Beautiful Hold Hairspray ($20, at

You can also check out Ted Gibson here on YouTube backstage at the Vena Cava Spring 2010 show. He gives a really cool demo.
We're already liking this messy, elegant ponytail!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Alexa Ray Joel To Star In Prell Shampoo Ad Just Like Mom Christie 25 Years Ago

You could say Prell Shampoo is back in a big way. Alexa Ray Joel, the 24-year-old daughter of famous parents Christie Brinkley and Billy Joel, is set to star in TV and print ads for the iconic Proctor&Gamble shampoo.

Alexa Ray told the NY Post that she will also provide the soundtrack to the commercial.
"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."
Oh yeah, mom Christie Brinkley starred in ads for Prell shampoo almost 25 years ago, in 1986. Both mom and daughter have healthy, beautiful long hair.

Many women know about Prell shampoo for 'lifting' hair color mistakes. The green, thick formula has been used for years by some hair care professionals and women who color their hair at home, to get rid of too-dark hair dye. The strong ingredients have been successful at toning down or fading the darkness, if you let the Prell sit in your hair for several minutes and use it within 48 hours of a hair color mistake.

Of course, Prell shampoo will be looking to amp up its public relations image with the famous daughter of Christie Brinkley. And we think it's a smart choice. As a spokesperson for Alexa Ray says, "This is Alexa's first ad campaign. It is for print and TV for spring and summer. We will also shoot a fall campaign."

Prell shampoo is available at drugstores and dept. stores like Walmart for $2.99 a bottle. And it's excellent also at getting rid of hair product build-up.

This is how P&G describes the famous shampoo:

Classic Prell Shampoo is an exclusive water-based formula that is designed specifically to leave your hair ultra clean. Prell's thick, rich lather gently lifts away daily build-up like residue, dirt, oil and perspiration and leaves your hair looking healthy and shiny. Classic Prell is alcohol free, so it cleans your hair without causing dryness. Plus, Prell rinses away easily, leaving you with healthy hair that is Prell clean and full of body and shine.

Congratulations, Alexa Ray. We look forward to the new ads this spring.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Oil Of Olay's Regenerist Micro-Purifying Foaming Cleanser Goes Deep

Here at Beauty Tip Today, we are always on the hunt for a cleanser that goes deep, and Oil of Olay's Regenerist line has introduced one that tackles a lot of skin issues.

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

Beauty Routine Of Olympic Gold Medal Skier Lindsey Vonn

Golden girl Lindsey Vonn is wearing some major Olympic hardware around her neck these days. Two medals--a gold and a bronze, so far, for the pretty downhill skier!

She's the talk of Vancouver....not only for her athletic prowess, but also for her sizzling Sports Illustrated bikini layout. And now that she's sporting Olympic gold around her neck, the all-American beauty will be seen all over the globe with lots of huge endorsements in the future.

"Lindsey is the total package from a marketability standpoint," Greg Luckman, president of the Manhattan-based Group M Entertainment told the NY Daily News a few days ago. "If at the end of this week she is wearing gold around her neck, she will undeniably propel to another level."

And we believe Mr. Luckman. The folks at Proctor & Gamble's Rouge magazine, have already asked golden girl Lindsey Vonn for some beauty tips:

For anyone active in outdoor sports, the elements can be cruel to the skin all over, as Lindsey admits:
"It's really, really hard; not only on your face, but my legs too, from going in and out of the cold and being in really dry climates. So Olay Body Wash plus Body Butter Ribbons is my go-to cleanser for my body. In the winter you get as much sunburn on your face as you do in the summer, so I'm always putting on a sunscreen. I also use Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream as my facial lotion."

So, what's Lindsey's daily beauty routine like? She's smart enough to know, a naked face is a no-no:
"I wash my face, exfoliate and moisturize. I always put on makeup even when I'm going on the hill. I use a light foundation, like Cover Girl Clean Oil Control Makeup and definitely mascara---I love LashBlast Length----and LineExact Liquid Liner. Just enough so that I don't feel naked."

The wind, cold, and sun, can all do a number on one's hair. Lindsey makes sure she gives her long, blonde locks some extra TLC:
"A lot of conditioner! My hair is like my skin, I have to keep it moisturized because it's constantly dry, so I use Pantene Pro-V Ice Shine Shampoo and Conditioner. It's a constant struggle because I'm in cold, dry temperatures, and then in summer I'm constantly working out."

Congratulations and thanks for some great beauty tips, Lindsey Vonn and Rouge magazine.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Chunky Hair Highlights Emerge At NY Fashion Week And Angelina Already Wearing

Ladies...Angelina Jolie knows this is a hot trend for spring/summer 2010. The beautiful, 34-year-old actress was already wearing some chunky highlights while in Italy a few days ago. Hers were a soft, honey blonde. But not for dark-haired gals. If your base color is a medium or light brown, then you're good to go!

If your hair is very dark, well, it can look 'skunk-y' if you go for too light a highlight.

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

How Kelly Osbourne Is Keeping Weight Off In Cha-Cha-Cha Way

Kelly Osbourne has been the little darling of Fashion Week in New York City. And she has good reason. Kelly continues to keep the weight off and is wowing folks with her slender silhouette. She just modeled for super model Naomi Campbell in a Fashion for Relief Haiti show in Bryant Park. Just look at her in a shiny red dress. From Dancing with the Stars to the uber chic runway, Kelly Osbourne has cha-cha-cha-ed her way to a healthy and attractive new body.

So, exactly how has the offspring of famous rocker daddy, Ozzy, been successful at keeping the lbs. off? By moving.....staying active, and picking up better eating habits. Kelly was once a size 14. She's about 5' 3''.

"I’ve tried so many stupid fad diets to try to lose weight, when all I needed to do was start dancing,” Kelly wrote in a column for British magazine 'Closer'.

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.

"Pilates is amazing, my posture is so much better and I'm even starting to get muscles on my tummy - it's incredible," Kelly says.

As far as her diet goes, Kelly Osbourne tells the magazine, that she had to create a new one.

"I've completely changed the way I eat since doing Dancing With The Stars," she says.
For instance, a half an apple is the natural sugar Kelly enjoys snacking on before heading to bed at night.

"A trick I've learned is to eat just a little bit of something that has no carbs and no sugar in it before you go to sleep because it keeps your metabolism going.

"They say you should never eat before you go to bed, but I've found just having a tiny little snack - like half an apple or something like that - before you go to sleep really helps," Kelly Osbourne

And instead of having "10 sodas a day, I'll have one," Kelly has told In Touch magazine.

And she also says it's not about the number of lbs. one loses. Do not compare yourself to others. "All these people worry, 'Oh I have to be under 100 lbs.,' but everyone has a different shape."
Kelly also says to keep a positive frame of mind. "I find that when I get depressed, that's when I gain it all back. But as soon as I start working and I'm productive and I start feeling good about myself, the weight just goes."

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Load Up On Lots Of Bracelets For Spring 2010 Style

Bracelets. And lots of them for spring 2010 style.

Nicole Richie is wearing some gorgeous bracelets from her House of Harlow 1960 jewelry collection.

Talk about arm candy! From bangles to cuffs, in multiple numbers. Chunky bracelets are so in style!

We especially love her 14KT Gold-Plated Red Cabochon Stone Bangle ($180). Talk about a statement piece. The bangle is made from 14KT Gold-Plated Palladium. And look at the pretty red stones and black crystals around the band. We want this.

Nicole Richie has a smart sense of style, and she adores baubles and gems of all kinds. We think her House of Harlow 1960 jewelry is wonderful and sophisticated with a modern edge. You can find her jewelry at several online boutiques like Polyvore and fine stores like Bloomingdales.

Nicole Richie also has a very chic clothing line, Winter Kate. To her, fashion and jewelry should share a common bond:
“Fashion should be accessible,” Nicole says. “That was my philosophy when designing House of Harlow 1960 and it remains my philosophy for Winter Kate.”

We like that about Nicole Richie's business endeavors. The designs are classy and affordable, and Nicole is proud to wear the jewelry and clothing in public, unlike some celebrities who want to make a fast buck on a line, and have no desire to even wear the stuff.

And we have warmed up to Nicole Richie's darker hair. Actually, we prefer it to her trademark blonde mane. She looks beautiful.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

We Are Motivated By The Buzz On This Makeup Line

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.

So, let's take a look. Loren Redinger, pictured above, has a super product---her foundation. It's called Motives Liquid Powder Foundation ($24.95). This little number seems to have a cult following. It's very popular and there are reasons for it.

First, her foundation has an SPF15. That's important. It comes in 10 shades. The foundation contains micro diffusers, which keep skin looking perfect. And Motives Liquid Powder Foundation feels really smooth and light on the face. You can sweat in it, and it still looks fresh and flawless.

This is how Loren Ridinger describes her unique foundation:

"This self setting foundation and powder in one is infused with powerful antioxidants and an exclusive multi-mineral complex that protect and hydrate the skin for a more youthful appearance. There is nothing like this product on the market. It is a one step process with primers, silicone and sunscreen properties all in one formula to make it a quick, complete, flawless application. It contains rich polymers and silicone which smoothes out fine lines and wrinkles. This oil free formula is safe, practical and effective on all skin types and colors.

Beauty editors adore Motives by Loren Redinger cosmetics, too. The line has been written about in several magazines. And it isn't just about the foundation. She also features lovely jewel tones in her eyeshadows. And there are blushes, lip glosses, nail polishes, accessories, and some exciting skin care essentials.

Take a look at the website. There are valuable tips & trends, celebrity looks, and much more.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Amazing Hair Care Products For Women Of Color

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.

And that mission has brought us to a wonderful website, treasuredlocks. We were blown away by the variety of hair products with very informative descriptions, as well as a 'Reading Room' on the site, where one can find super hair tips on styling and caring for your 'treasured locks.'

Ask any woman about their hair, and well, if you're having a good day, it's because your hair is looking fine. When your hair looks lousy, it can upset the balance in your life.

We have always admired Diana Ross and her beautiful, big hair. We don't know if it were all her hair, but it doesn't matter, because she could always pull off that look. She had an incredible mane. Little did we know that black hair is very fragile and needs lots of TLC, or tender loving care, to encourage its maximum growth potential. And that is where we found a bounty of hard-to-find brands and even Treasured Locks' line of hair products.

Let's take a look at Treasured Locks' own H2G Hair Growth Serum ($19.99, 4 oz. bottle). We were drawn to this product, because it contains emu oil, which scientific data shows has such promise in stimulating hair growth. Emu oil is able to penetrate through several layers of the dermis, and is good for the scalp, and discourages inflammation.

This is how the website describes their H2G Hair Growth Serum:
"While nothing can give you instantly longer hair, there are ways to maximize the amount of hair you have. By keeping your scalp healthy, maintaining the proper moisture and oil balance on your hair and getting the proper nutrition, you can make sure your hair grows at its maximum rate and does not break off. This is the secret to long and strong hair.
Treasured Locks H2G Hair Growth Serum is a blend of all natural ingredients scientifically proven to promote longer, healthier hair. Made from the highest quality Emu oil (AEA food grade certified), naturally extracted carrier oils and a proprietary blend of the finest quality, steam-distilled essential oils, our serum is unlike any other on the market."

Tywana Smith owns and operates She talks about her company in her 'AboutUs ' page:
"Our policy is to only offer products we have extreme confidence in. Most of the products you see here are products we use on a regular basis. Our goal is to continue to develop the company to meet your needs. So, please tell me what you like and what you don't like. If there is a product you need and you don't see it here, tell me and I'll see if I can get it for you." also sells makeup, skin care products, bath and body items, and also features a men's section.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Victoria Beckham's Spring 2010 Fashion Line Is Actually Posh

Victoria Beckham might have her critics, but we, here at Beauty Tip Today, actually find her quite charming and personable. No, we have never met her, but we do like her. And we like that she is beauty and fashion-conscious, and loves to shop.
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.

This is Victoria Beckham's third collection, and she chose to show it earlier last September to small groups of retailers and editors. "This is my third collection, and I wanted to push myself, but I also wanted to be respectful of my customer,” Victoria Beckham says. “I want her to know she can rely on me.”

She also sells jeans and sunglasses in the Spring 2010 dVb line. We must say, her collection is elegant and well, actually posh, so to speak.

To find out more about Victoria Beckam's dVb fashion line, click here

Sunday, February 14, 2010

How To Look Very Avatar With Blue And Green Makeup Colors

A blockbuster movie like Avatar, can have quite an influence on a culture. People on the street begin to copy a hairstyle, makeup, fashion. And right now, blue and green makeup colors are hot!!

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
2. BadGal Blue Benefit Mascara in deep-blue-violet ($22).

1. Sephora by OPI Ocean Love Potion Nail Polish ($9).
2. Urban Decay Ink for Eyes Eyeliner in Loaded ($22).

Remember, ladies, when you're going for the Avatar look, a little goes a long-ggg way. Have fun.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Can You 'Roll' Your Way To More Beautiful Skin With Dermaroller?!

We love to look at the latest in skin care. And we are intrigued by an interesting-looking beauty gadget designed to give you back more beautiful skin.

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?

Hyperpigmentation treatment
Scar removal – acne, chicken pox scars
Stretch mark removal
Inprove wrinkles and skin surface
Cellulite treatment
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

How To Lose Weight Quickly Like Black Eyed Peas' Fergie

Wow! Look at the body on Fergie. The 34-year-old singer of the Black Eyed Peas wore this curve-hugging electric blue Pucci dress at the recent 2010 Grammy Awards show.

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

Huge Loss For Fashion And Celebrities In Passing Of Alexander McQueen

There are many heavy hearts today, because we have lost an icon, British fashion designer Alexander McQueen. He was found dead in his London home, and authorities believe the 40-year-old designer had hanged himself.

Alexander McQueen's mother, Joyce, had passed away only a few days earlier. According to, 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).
The British publication, the Daily Mail, gave us a glimpse into the amazing talent and life of the legendary designer :Sue Whiteley, his former CEO at McQueen said: 'This is devastating news. He was an unforgettable part of my life. He was a talent who was beyond others. People who worked with him would give 100 per cent and more because he was totally inspiring. This is an unimaginable loss for the fashion world".

'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

Beyonce Becomes Face Of Fashion For Haiti Tee Shirt Campaign

It's now official. Beyonce has been named the face of the Fashion for Haiti tee shirt campaign.

It's a limited-edition tee shirt which features black and lime green graphics designed by Peter Arnell. And it goes on sale next Tuesday, Feb. 16th. Proceeds will benefit the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.

We think it's a fabulous idea, and applaud designer Diane von Furstenberg for her hard work and passion as President of the CFDA, the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

The devastating earthquake occured almost a month ago on January 12th, and the fashion industry is hoping people dig just a little deeper into their pockets and buy the striking tees to help the Haitian people who have suffered immensely.

“The tragedy in Haiti has affected everyone and most of us individually have given money for relief,” said Diane von Furstenberg, President of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. “However, I think it is now important to send a message and create a channel for funding from fashion as an industry.”

And Beyonce is proud to become the face of Fashion for Haiti tee shirt campaign. “Join me and the fashion industry by buying and wearing the Fashion for Haiti T-shirt. Together we can send a message of hope by raising much needed funds for the people of Haiti.”

The tees come in women's and men's styles, and should be available in e-boutiques and retailers across the country on the 16th. You can learn more details at the CFDA.

We give a big hug to the CFDA, because the council always supports those in need, and really understands the word 'loyalty.' The initiative gets the blessing and support of the fashion industry, including the entire CFDA membership, and carries the endorsement of fashion leaders Tory Burch, Kevin Carrigan, Francisco Costa, Oscar de la Renta, Tommy Hilfiger, Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, Andrew Rosen, Diane von Furstenberg, Vera Wang, Anna Wintour, Italo Zucchelli, among many others.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

2010's Wavy Hairstyles Inspired By The 70s And Farrah

Sadly, Farrah Fawcett is no longer with us, but her beautiful mane of big hair is making waves in 2010. In some ways, it's a wonderful tribute to a great actress who changed the way women look at hair with her 70s layered, wavy hairstyle.

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!
Stylist Robert Vetica explains to Elle magazine how he got JLo's hair to turn 70's sexy:
First, he trimmed the bottom to one length. "When you blunt the hair it makes curls appear stacked and gives volume at the ends". Next, he blew strands dry with a round brush to maintain hair’s buoyancy and fashioned a middle part. Misting a mild fixing spray, he then created spirals with a one-inch curling iron. Working from the back to the front on each side, he finger-brushed the set with Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream (“It holds the wave and takes out any dryness from the curling iron”). For a va-va-voom finish, Vetica smoothed waves with a bristled brush and backcombed under each section using a wide-tooth comb.

Golden-haired Julianne Hough(below) is another celebrity who was wearing the Farrah hairstyle at a red carpet event.
To get the look, you need lots of hair or hair extensions. You will also have to invest in some volumizers like root lifting gel or mousse. And you definitely need a blow dryer, curling iron, and/or hot rollers. And lastly, a blast of hairspray!
And would you believe this? Because we are having a hard time thinking this is true....But someone is selling a lock of Farrah's hair at an online auction. Is it really Farrah's hair? The seller claims it is. And it's on the block for $1,000, and has been there since July. Take a look here.
That's quite tacky to do. We believe Farrah Fawcett deserves better. Her beautiful big hair lives on, and she remains an icon to millions.

Monday, February 8, 2010

How To Say Bye-Bye To Blackheads With Some Simple Steps

If you've never had an ugly blackhead, congratulations! You are not from this planet. But seriously, blackheads are a form of acne. And these tiny black dots that like to hang out on your nose, and even on the ears, chest, and back, can be stubborn follicle bumps that can ruin a complexion.

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

Award-Winning Detox Face Mask A Must For Both Women And Men

Beauty Products for both women and men?

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 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".

Malin+Goetz Apothecary and Lab in New York City sells some effective skin care products for the both of you. And these guys love to send you free samples with every order. We love that!

For more details, visit malinandgoetz.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

There's Only Botox When It Comes To Eliminating Wrinkles

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.
That is why we get so upset when we see an ad at, for example, one that is boasting about a very inexpensive no Botox solution.

Are you kidding us? Even prescription strength Retin-A cannot remove all wrinkles. We hope to believe that Retin-A helps soften the wrinkles you've already got, and most importantly, helps to prevent new wrinkles from forming. But trust us, there is no miracle beauty product that can make them disappear forever.

Ladies, don't believe the hype! If you catch an ad that promises a no Botox solution, just quickly turn the page, and have a good laugh. This is one we saw last evening:

Say "No" to Botox!
See how a mom combined 2 products & made her wrinkles vanish for $3!
When you arrive at the website, you are treated to a site that is pretending to be a real journalism site----Consumer Tips Weekly, with a so-called health & fitness reporter. And here's where they get you, with headlines like this:

Beauty & the Recession: A Mom's Secret to Eliminate Wrinkles for under $3*.

Then you are told a lengthy story about a mom named Rachel, who had the beauty science and smarts to discover a winning wrinkle eliminating combo:

"Rachel decided to change her life, and recently discovered a clever way of combining two beauty product trials from trusted companies, Bellanue & Cupuacu, to unlock the secrets of anti-aging. The results are comparable to what you might attain at local beauty salons and clinics for $1000 or more, using nothing but trial offers."

So, what's in these two wrinkle serums:

1. Matrixyl 3000 is a fast acting, skin firming peptide, that is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by up to 68%. It also happens to be one of the main active ingredients in Bellanue.
2. Cupuacu has a unique set of polyphenols that have never been seen before.This new revelation is causing a stir in scientific circles and has prompted many to call it a “Pharmacy In a Fruit”. Now there is NO more need for botox or expensive cosmetic surgery. Erasing Damage comes from the inside out with Cupuacu. Clinically Optimized for Results.

We are not saying that Matrixyl 3000 and Cupuacu don't possess some promising features for healthy, youthful skin, BUT-----to try and rope women into purchasing a duo of products that are better than Botox, well, that's when the beauty police have to step in and make a report.

Botox cosmetic, the number one injectable, is the best so far, ladies. And as celebrity dermatolgist Frederick Brandt has said:

“Botox cosmetic has revolutionized our field,” Dr. Brandt says. “Botox is easy to administer, safe and effective, and not only reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, but also has the effect of preventing the future formation of wrinkles and fine lines if used appropriately.”

Just be cautious when you see an ad that promises so much for beauty, for as little as $3. If it's too good to be true, well, you know the rest of that saying.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Let's Look At Lace Camisoles For Valentine's Day Beauty

Lace is big in 2010!! From little black dresses to blouses and skirts, the delicate and very feminine look of lace is popping up everywhere. And if you would like to show a subtle bit of peek-a-boo lace, try it in a lace camisole for Valentine's Day.

Of course, you can go high end, low end, or anything in between, and still come out with a stylish look for 2010.

We went hunting and found lots of lace camisoles, and in lots of juicy colors. You can even wear sexy lace to the office, hiding under a jacket or inside a blouse. The look of lace is classic. And around the Valentine's Day holiday, wearing some, is a no-brainer.

Let's look at 3 favorites:
1. The Scarlett Cami by Frederick's of Hollywood ($20. Buy 2 or more, $18 each). Photo 1 shows this sexy lace camisole in 'pink passion.' We love this cami and own several. Hugs your curves in a microfiber stretch. Comes in lots of pretty shades. Take a look here.
2. Wacoal Lace Ahead Camisole ($40,, Nordstrom's). Who could resist a black lace camisole? We love this one, because the lace trim is wide and elegant and comes with stretch double front straps. Would look perfect in a peek-a-boo way under a blazer. Details here.
3. Josie Natori Obsession Lace Camisole ($118, This is a stunning lace camisole in 'tiger's eye.' (Photo 3). A beautiful top with scalloped edges in a body-conscious fit with sheer floral lace panels. Need we say more. Take a look at Saks.

Since Valentine's Day isn't too far away, this is a wonderful excuse to go out and buy a lace camisole. There are so many styles and colors in just the right amount of lace for you. It's a classic look for any occasion.