Friday, April 30, 2010
We fell in love with these Rasta Mystic Flip-Flops ($38). They're not only super cute, but eco-friendly, yes, kind to the environment. And after the passing of Earth Day a week ago, we felt it was time to stay in the eco-friendly spirit and shop for something 'green' and stylish.
Let's take a look at the 'ingredients' in this Sanuk flip-flop sandal:
Ultra-Soft, High Rebound Fashion EVA Footbed
Sustainable, Fashionable Strap Design featuring a Hand Woven Upper
Handmade Organic Cotton Rope Upper with Hemp Footbed
Recycled PET Liner
Sustainable Rubber and Cork Outsole
Vegan and Vegetarian
Don't be fooled....this is a strong and very comfortable pair. Great for those vacation get-aways or just hanging out in town.
The Rasta Mystic comes in beige or black, and sizes 5-11. You can buy them here and at dealers like Eastern Mountain Sports.
Sanuk (pronounced sa -nook') makes lots of other cool and globally-kind products. By the way, the company says that Sanük, "is the Thai word for FUN, our name is also our mantra.
Our goal is to provide creatively inspired yet thoughtfully designed products for the global outdoor community…mostly because we’re part of it."
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
"As a busy mom, wife and journalist, I feel I am representative of the many women whom hairstylists across the country see on a daily basis. I know I trust the stylists' opinions about which products to use. And that is how I originally started to use RUSK and now BaByliss Pro," she remarked in a statement.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Remember our pal Snooki Polizzi munching on pickle after pickle on season one of the MTV reality show hit?!
The other wonderful news about eating pickles---it's a dieter's delight!! The crunch, the texture, and the taste.
So, what's so healthy about munching on a pickle? 3 main reasons:
1. low in calories (about 5-10 in one pickle).
2. low in fat.
3. low in sugar(most are).
We found a great low-down on the common pickle, here, at FoodEditorials.com.
"Pickles are also a healthy edition to your diet for other reasons. Pickles, being made from cucumbers (or other vegetables), are high in fiber which is necessary for digestive health and fighting cancer. The cucumbers and (other vegetables) also contain antioxidants, which fight free-radicals, and depending on the veggie, can be a good source of calcium, magnesium, and iron. The recommendation by most health professionals is to eat five servings of vegetables and fruit each day. Eating pickles is a great way to get a daily serving or two of your five-a-day!
"Fermented pickles also have good bacteria that can control harmful intestinal microbes. When pickles are fermented, lactic acid is created. This acid helps to lower fat in the bloodstream, improve circulation, and lower high blood pressure. It also helps to support a healthy digestive system, reintroduces good bacteria into the intestines, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, and is beneficial for diabetics. In fact, one study even found that eating fermented products regularly contributed to lower rates of skin problems, asthma, and auto-immune disorders."
And pickles all taste so darn yummy!! Even Martha Stewart has her faves. We've heard her mention McClure's Pickles often. The website displays a number of different kinds, including McClure's Spicy Pickles, dunked in "cayenne and habanero peppers, these pickles have a kick."
If it had to be Snooki, to bring back the pickle into high popularity, so be it. We are really hungry for a pickle right now!
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Maybe you have had a string of them. Or you might be afraid to let the sting zap every facial pore. Lets' face it---a chemical peel can be quite painful depending on the strength of the peel solution and the type of peel being applied. And there can be some downtime....red, swollen skin, crusty peeling, etc. And let's not forget the cost when it's done in a derm's office.
But a chemical peel has its value when it comes to creating beautiful skin. And peels are big beauty business. Oh, yeah. Let's look at the facts we found:
The chemical peel is one of the most popular treatments for an aging skin. In the United States alone, 1.03 million chemical peels were performed in 2007.
Although you might hate, you must exfoliate!!! And that is what a good peel will do, giving you back healthy, radiant skin in return.
Is there another way around the chemical peel? Yes. And it's brand new by Origins, Brighter by Nature High-potency Brightening Peel with Fruit Acids ($37.50, treatments, at fine stores like macys.com).
This little jar of beauty features a simpler, gentle, at-home way. All you do is swipe a pad across your face and neck, twice a week. And let the Origins fruit acid complex do all the work.
According to the pros at Origins, these little pads can do plenty! New Brighter by Nature High-potency Brightening Peel can deliver the restoring benefits of a professional 30% glycolic peel and instantly exfoliate dead surface cells to restore radiance.
The fruit acid complex includes powerful goodies like blueberry, Goji berry, and grape seed extract.
Used regularly, Origins Brighter by Nature will improve uneven skin tone and discoloration. It's a great price for 20 weeks of treatments. Definitely a worthy beauty tip today.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Say it isn't so!
When a handful of pretty celebrities all start making similar beauty changes, everyone takes notice, and soon, the hot new trend hits middle town America. And right now, it's looking like shorter cropped styles and long bobs are summer trendy.
Kate Beckinsale, Heidi Klum, and at the moment, Hayden Panettiere have all traded their long, sexy locks for shorter new dos.
Love it or hate it?
Well, we suppose when you are that famous, good-looking, and glamorous, you wear it well. But usually when a woman chops off her trademark look of long, flowing tresses, it signals trauma of some kind, usually in the man department. Remember when Jennifer Love Hewitt recently dumped her boyfriend, and then chopped off her hair into a lob (long bob)?!
As far as we all know, the men in Hayden's, Heidi's, and Kate's lives are loving the new hairstyles. No break-ups there. Hayden Panettiere is a beauty chameleon. In other words, she changes up her looks often. Recently, she was sporting a wavy, long hairstyle of auburn locks. And now pictured above, there she was at an Earth Day celebration yesterday in L.A. You really notice those gorgeous blue eyes.
British beauty Kate Beckinsale also let the scissors do the talking and styling. Although she had several inches chopped off, the trendy summer do is glamorous and full of soft volume grazing her collar bone.
As the temperatures heat up and the days get longer, we'll be watching to see which new celebrities go for the new trendy summer dos.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Apparently, there's a big-to-do over a new lingerie TV ad by Lane Bryant for their Cacique Intimates line. The bra size starts at 36C and goes up, and up.
Lane Bryant is calling foul over the ad, which was supposed to air during the time slots for the popular ABC's 'Dancing With the Stars' and FOX's 'American Idol'.
The plus-size retailer claims that the networks banned the ads for two reasons:
1. ABC and Fox don't like plus-size women.
2. The ads are supposedly too sexy.
Both television networks say the commercial was not allowed, simply because too much skin was showing in the ads for the family-oriented shows.
Well, there's even more...and our cups overflow....we wish, ha ha. There are some who figure that it is Lane Bryant exaggerating the story for publicity. Who knows. If anything, people are talking, and that's always a good thing, in the world of public relations.
First, let's take a look at Lane Bryant's allegedly, 'too risque' Cacique line. The undies are sexy and beautiful, just like the lovely Victoria's Secret underwear, which is proudly featured on lots of major TV networks at all hours of the day.
Now, let's take a peek at the TV ad that's got folks talking. Is there just too much of a great couple of things here? In other words....too much boob? Very deep cleavage? You be the judge. Click right here.
Almost 800,000 people have tuned into the so-called naughty, banned TV commercial. We can see that the Lane Bryant ad features a lot of breast, very deep cleavage. But the ad is not much different from the current Playtex ads featuring plus-size women. And we think the VS ads are even more provocative than most we've seen.
Our uneducated opinion? We believe the networks are afraid of too much cleavage. We don't believe the networks don't find plus-size women attractive, because they certainly are attractive. It's just too much boob...it makes people nervous.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Includes 5" x 3-1/2" braided chignon hairpiece.
Heat-resistant to 350F.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
But what many people don't understand, is that there is a way to soften and smooth an acne scar. Sure, we all know that a topical treatment with a moisturizing base is very important, however, that is only a tiny part of the beauty equation.
You also want to improve the texture of an acne scar, but you don't want a formula that causes more break-outs.
For a number of years, some women and men have turned to natural methods to battle acne scars. A cotton ball dipped in lemon or lime juice has been a popular way to lighten up the tissue. And there are others who have used honey, and even sour cream, in hopes of healing a scarred area of the face.
But now we've learned that these natural methods are merely scratching the surface. Researchers have discovered more wonderful ingredients from nature and the science lab that can do more than just lighten an acne scar. There are new blended formulas that smooth the roughness and help dissolve the scar tissue, and stimulate collagen production. Let's take a look at some of these skin care products:
1. Rosehip Oil. A very strong concentration of Vitamin C. This soothing oil has been prescribed for some 20 years now to patients following surgery, to keep scarring to a minimum. Rosehip oil also has the magic touch to regenerate skin cells.
2. Acai Berry Extract. You've heard about this wonderful little berry that has been known to help people lose weight and maintain a healthy body. Now beauty scientists have learned that the super berry of the acai also does wonders for the skin, especially when it comes to acne scars. Acai berry extract can speed up the healing of the scar, and also take away any nasty bruising and embarrassing discoloration.
3. Collaxyl. An incredible peptide, known as hexapeptide 9. Researchers have found Collaxyl to be an excellent skin repairer. What it does, is act as a catalyst to spur the skin on, in re-building and re-modeling the holes left behind from the scar tissue. Collaxyl is a big breakthrough in the world of skin care, because of its amazing ability to remove acne scars.
Whatever you do, remember there is help for those whose complexions have been left behind with unattractive acne scars and the challenges that come with such a complex type of skin. And when that aid comes in the way of powerful and successful topical treatments, you'd be a fool not to give these new skin care products a shot.
We can all achieve beautiful skin. The journey might be a slow and thoughtful one, but today's high-tech beauty formulas can actually re-build the skin. And that can lift anyone's self-esteem.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Let's be reasonable here. Flat irons. Blow dryers. Perms. Straightening. Extensions. Curling irons. Peroxide. Permanent color.
All of those can really damage the hair cuticle, resulting in flat, dry, and dull-looking locks. But some of us cannot live without some type of hair chemical alteration.......so, what can we do?!
Try some hemp seed oil.
Oh yeah. There's something in it that brings on the S-H-I-N-E. Hemp seed oil is legal, so let's get that out of the way. In fact, hemp oil is now commonly used in a number of beauty treatments---shampoos, hairsprays, conditioners, etc. It's got good properties in it, that can strengthen your hair. And don't worry, your hair will get high in shine, but not high off the THC, because there is not enough of it in there to get you stoned.
Just a little hemp history: Marijuana and industrial hemp both come from Cannabis sativa L, but the plants are cultivated in very different ways. Industrial hemp makes use of the seeds and fiber, whereas pot plants are harvested for their flowering tops and leaves.
That's why we are looking today at Supre Hempz Shine Spray ($16, now on sale for $13, 4.3 oz. can) here. This is amazing shine spray. It wakes up even the dullest hair! We just happened to stumble upon it. We like it when a beauty product can add such 'weightless brilliance' to any type of hair.
If you are a little hair-challenged these days, why not try Supre Hempz Shine Spray, and enjoy using a product that actually comes from nature.
"Hempz Shine Spray adds instant shine for healthy looking hair. Hemp seed oil and extract work with natural botanical oils, proteins and special silicones to provide immediate shine, tame frizz and help keep hair conditioned. UV-inhibitors and heat shield ingredients protect from color loss and styling damage. Hempz Shine Spray is the final step for a perfect style."
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Use once or twice a day in the AM and/or PM. The eye beautifying crème and eye activating serum should be applied in equal amounts evenly to the eye area. Apply a layer of the beautifying crème, over the serum, to the same areas.
Eyes appear significantly more open and lifted for brilliant, more awake-looking eyes.
Diminished the appearance of dark circles to brighten skin around the eye area.
Dramatically improved the appearance of bags and puffiness for more defined, younger-looking eyes.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Wow! J. Crew has launched an amazing new jewelry line called Fenton-Fallon for J. Crew. And we love these pieces! Gritty meets glam! Our thoughts exactly.
It's a very sexy collection of chunky statement pieces of bracelets and necklaces. Just take a peek! A lovely mix of industrial-metal pieces with very classic Fenton-Fallon trademarks----like the pyramid studs, spikes, and jumbled chains.
Prices range from $95 - $295. And the J Crew Fenton-Fallon line has just launched. And it's now available at JCrew.com.
We believe the new Fenton-Fallon for J. Crew line is a hot one. It's punk meets classic in a very NYC way.
We have our eyes on the crystal rock bracelet ($85), in gunmetal. Not arm candy for the shy. This is a very bold statement piece, as the website describes it:
.....Equally at home with a simple tee or peeking beneath the cuff of a boyfriend blazer, it's the one you'll wear again and again—and again. Hematite-plated (gunmetal) or purple gold-plated (copper) steel chain. Hand-assembled faceted round glass stones.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
They started to notice the difference after two weeks of treatment, and the difference continued through all 12 weeks of the study.
"The stretch marks did not go away, but the cream made them look and feel better," says Dr. Draelos.
We think this is promising news about stretch marks and certainly worth the $40 to try.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
1. A cheap radiance booster. "Mix baking soda with water and use it on your face as an exfoliater. My grandmother gave me that tip," she says.
4. For super-soft skin. "Mario Badescu Buttermilk Moisturizer. I don't like heavy stuff on my face; it's nice and light."
This is a great choice for combination skin. Non-clogging with lactic acid as the key ingredient, which is of course, an Alpha Hydroxy Acid.
5. Always in her purse. "Rosebud salve. It's a good lip moisturizer."
Cool beauty tips and inexpensive items you can find at your local drug/and or beauty stores.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Sure, you can buy the $30 dry powder shampoos. Yuck! Sometimes, even the high-priced ones are a powdery mess!!
But now there's a new dry shampoo on the block. And it's put out by the folks at Salon Grafix. You know the company. Their hair products are sold at just about every drugstore in town......from CVS to SafeWay to Walgreens and beyond. And did you know that, Salon Grafix is now the #1 brand of aerosol hair spray sold at retail stores across the United States!
That's why we are intrigued by Salon Grafix new Invisible Dry Spray Shampoo ($7, 4 oz. can). The company claims that this is the first invisible dry shampoo. Well, it's about time.
When you look at most dry shampoos, you get a product that does absorb the oil and greasies and stale hair smell, but it also leaves behind a messy white powder residue. Salon Grafix' does not. Simply shake, spray in (roots by section), and brush out. No color. No powder. Odors are neutralized. So, does it really work? Yes...we tried it. And our oily hair responded. There's a nice, delicate scent to the spray. As a result, the greasies were gone. Our hair felt clean and 'lifted.' This is a keeper, ladies.
Finally, an invisible dry spray shampoo. You won't be left in the dust, and you know what we mean, Pssst....
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
What exactly is it? And what does ' it' have to do with cellulite.....the dimpled fat you find on your butt, thighs, belly, and even on your arms???
Summer isn't far away, and that means bare skin, bikinis, short-shorts, well, you get the picture. So, it's never too early or too late to begin a body beautiful program.
And our beauty tip today is actually a very simple one to add to your daily beauty routine.
We came across dry-brushing years ago, when we first learned about the most intelligent cellulite professor, Anushka. She was the dimpled fat pioneer. She was the first woman to openly discuss the problem of cellulite and how to tone down its appearance and fight back.
Cellulite is a skin condition of swollen fat cells jammed together, that cannot be exercised off or dieted away into nothingness. Of course, a taut and toned body will definitely make a difference in how you look. So it is important to always have some kind of exercise regimen going.
Circulation is key!! And that's where dry-brushing comes in.
Anushka who operates world-renown Cosmedical Centre, Spa, Salon & Cellulite Clinics in New York City, has been an authority on cellulite and its prevention for more than 3 decades. And her wonderful website AnushkaOnline features cellulite treatments, target exercises, nutritional recipes, the ABC's of cellulite, and more.
Circulation, diet, and topical treatments can all help tone down cellulite and bring back smooth, taut skin.
1. Keep moving.....Anushka is a firm believer in taking a large natural bristle brush, and using the brush daily to give those areas special attention. “Dry brushing helps eliminate dead skin cells which make the skin look smoother. And it also improves lymph and blood circulation. I recommend a soft, natural bristle brush. Start at your feet and continue upwards in a circular motion towards the heart. Use once a day.”
Plus, you get the added benefits of exfoliation. Your skin will really look smoother and healthier.
Dry-brush right before your shower. And then apply some wonderful and high-tech Anushka cellulite serums to further tone your body and prevent fluid retention.You can purchase a Natural Bristle Cellulite Brush by Anuska ($9.00) here.
Back by popular demand, her "natural bristle brush wakes up microcirculation, gets rid of the rough stuff and prepares skin for application of Anushka cellulite products."
Hey, it's a super way to 'wake up' your body. And a simple extra step to add to your beauty routine.
Friday, April 9, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Pro-Tense Technology – A new, patent-pending skin lifting complex that improves skin’s density & elasticity
Pro-Xylane from Beech Tree Extract – a patented anti-aging, eco-friendly Green Chemistry molecule that rebuilds skin’s structure by plumping from deep within skin’s surface layers
Soy Protein – boosts natural collagen production
Vitamin A – helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
You certainly recognize and adore these lovely scents. And now you can roll on a beautiful blend of aromas with BathByBettijo Organic Aromatherapy Sticks ($18.50 each) and get back therapeutic relief. No kidding. These perfect-for-pocketbook little sticks really work.
These are earth-friendly, so it's nice to go green, when you can. And the roll-ons are made with only Certified Organic Essential Oils. The organic scents come in 4 therapy serums.
So put down the aspirin, the coffee, and stronger stuff. You can get a caffeine-like kick from a few dabs here and there.
Er, where exactly do you roll on BathByBettiJo Organic Aromatherapy Sticks? This is how the catalog suggests:
SLEEP – Organic Lavender and Cedarwood Essential Oils quiet your mind so you can get the rest you need. Roll on temples and wrists at bedtime for sweet dreams.
ENERGY – Give yourself a caffeine-free kick. This stick gives you a natural boost using Organic Citrus Essential Oils. Roll on wrists and breathe deeply for a refreshing wakeup call at any hour.
PEACE – In need of a tranquil escape? Inhale this calming blend with Organic Bergamot, Eucalyptus and Spearmint Essentials Oils. Reminiscent of a trip to the spa, breathe deeply and exhale away stress.
RELIEF – An all-natural remedy for everyday tension and dull headaches with the analgesic benefits of Organic Peppermint Essential Oil.
These organic aromatherapy sticks sound terrific. And they're getting quite a buzz around town, so to speak. We really need the Energy stick and the Sleep stick. You can also buy them in a 4-set for $62.
Monday, April 5, 2010
She seems to have it all. She's a beautiful, kind, glamorous gal, a writer, a designer, a TV star, and a head full of extensions.
That's right. Those long, wavy blonde locks are fake. And, yeah, we certainly appreciate Lauren Conrad's honesty. At age 24, she's a breath of fresh air.
In the May issue of Glamour(out on newsstands tomorrow), Lauren Conrad lets her hair down. "These are all extensions." she explains, "I chopped all my hair off to my shoulders. I thought I was doing a chic bob. It was so bad."
So what, many of you might be saying. Lots of celebrities wear hair extensions.
True, but how many of them admit to having fake hair. Extensions have become so sophisticated and hair high-tech these days, that it's not always easy to tell who's got the faux strands and who does not.
Jessica Simpson has worn hair extensions quite frequently in her career, and has been unafraid to admit it. She's also lucky to have made some major profits by hooking up with her stylist Ken Paves, who sells a line of both human hair and synthetic hair extensions with Jessica's name.
If you crave having long sexy hair and aren't sure about the commitment of extensions, you can try clip-ons by Ken Paves. That way, you can instantly 'grow' a set of bangs or a pony tail wrap with a quick clip-on. If you tire of them, simply un-clip. A lot cheaper than salon hair extensions.
Lauren Conrad also admits to one other common beauty problem, in her interview with Glamour. "I’ve never felt a push to be stick thin,” Lauren says. "I work out and eat healthy, so mostly it’s about being in shape and having energy." The star suggests she's okay with her less than perfect body. "About a year ago, I looked down and thought, ‘I have cellulite. Where did that come from?’ I went through treatments; [my body] was like, It’s not going anywhere."
We love Lauren Conrad and her honesty. To read the full interview, pick up the May issue of Glamour April 6th.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
The product has been out in fine dept. stores like Sephora, Bloomingdale's, and Lord & Taylor, since January.
Friday, April 2, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
No word on how many lbs. Jennifer Hudson has lost, because big diet companies don't always divulge that info, just like the time Queen Latifah was on the Jenny Craig diet. We know the Queen lost considerable weight, but wasn't concerned about promoting a tiny size. She was promoting a healthier look and still keeping her curves.
Hey! So I've got some news I've been so excited to share with you. I'm doing Weight Watchers, losing weight, and loving it. I’m learning stuff I thought I knew and I didn’t. The best part is, it’s working. Really working. The weight is coming off. The new jeans are slipping on. And And I feel so, so good.
Check me out on Good Morning America!
You can read my blog at weightwatchers.com/jenniferhudson and make the tips and strategies that are working for me, work for you too.
And oh yeah, I almost forgot, this is your personal invitation to view a live stream interview with me exclusively on the Weight Watchers Facebook page (www.facebook.com/weightwatchers) today, Thursday, April 1st at 3pm EST.
That’s it for now.
Gratitude as always for your love and support,