Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Kim's fave eye cream just happens to be Creme de la Mer Concentrate, at $350 for 1.7 oz.
And Kourtney claims she doesn't really follow a strict skin care routine, but does, however, "love Peter Thomas Roth eye cream and Peter Thomas Unwrinkle Peel Pads". Both cost about $100 each.
Well, sometimes, beauty isn't cheap.
Monday, June 28, 2010
They sure are ultra shiny and lovely. And one of our BFFs, delights in reminding us that gel manicures last longer than all the others.
No...we haven't had a gel manicure yet, and now, we're not so sure.
Our rule of thumb, so to speak:
You better make sure the gel manicure you are getting is safe.
We caught a segment this morning on Good Morning America about the safety of gel manicures and the possibility of nerve damage when things don't go right.
Gel manicures are hot and everyone seems to be requesting them in nail salons.
This is how a gel manicure is created:
"First, the technician lightly roughens your nails with a file.
Then an all-in-one gel is brushed onto your nails only, not the skin around them.
Next, the gel hardens under a UV lamp.
And the final step is simple. The technician removes any residue with a cleanser."
So, what's the big, harmful deal?
The subject in the GMA piece, Jane Ubell-Meyer, received what she thought was a real gel manicure> And what she ended up with was an excruciating pain that began at her thumb.
"Anything that touched my thumb caused an electric shock, whether it was air or water or just touching very gently. I would get an electric charge that went up my thumb, through my elbow and up to my shoulder," she says.
Jane found a neurologist who was also familiar with getting gel manicures. And Dr. Orly Avitzur figured out the problems that developed. "The two major hazards are the actual filing down process of the nail and then subsequently what the chemicals are we often don't know," she says.
More from the GMA news segment:
"Jane Ubell-Meyer said that during her manicure, the electric file slipped and scuffed up her skin. Then the technician dipped her damaged fingers in to a pot of powdered chemicals.
"And that allows the chemicals to actually seep in -- in a way that wouldn't if the skin served as a protective barrier," the doctor notes.
Avitzur said she believes that the chemicals got into the abrasion and migrated, causing nerve damage. What's worse, she said, she doesn't even know what the chemicals were, because what Ubell-Meyer got wasn't a true gel manicure.
The lesson here: Ask a lot of questions BEFORE getting a gel manicure, because this is scary stuff.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Crochet is back in a big way, and now you can add some cool crochetpieces for that sexy celebrity summer trend. Check out Kate Bosworth in a TopShop Knitted Crochet Dress ($110, at topshop.com), at the Coachella Music Festival recently.
And there's Alexa Chung, very casual in an ivory crochet top with denim cut-off shorts, and a Chanel bag, which of course, catapults a very low-key ensemble into the stratosphere.
Speaking of Chanel, the design house, along with Issey Miyake showcased lots of pretty crochet fashions in their spring/summer 2010 collections.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Take a look at the photos provided by Us magazine. That's old Kate on the left, with her signature, much-hated hair-do. On the right, there's new Kate with pretty blonde hair extensions, much smoother skin, and oh yeah, some alleged Botox gone bad!
Shame on Us magazine for dishing on the reality television star, when so many, many actresses all submit to the stings of a Botox needle to arrest a few lines, crow's feet, and wrinkles.
Us magazine brought in some big guns, or experts, to tattle-tale on the poor woman's alleged Botox results. Believe us, Kate Gosselin wouldn't be the first TV persona to get a make-over with Botox, and certainly won't be the last. There are quite a number of actresses who sometimes don't get the Botox injections perfectly mapped out across their foreheads. Hmmm. Does the name Nicole Kidman ring a Botox bell?! Or The Nightly News' Katie Couric?!
Big deal. Botox doesn't last forever. It irons out lines and wrinkles for about 3-4 months. And it gradually relaxes, so Kate Gosselin doesn't have to worry, and she can always return to a dermatologist to balance out the Dr. Spock raised eyebrows if she wants.
Here's what Us magazine caused such an uproar about:
"Kate Gosselin had oddly spiked eyebrows and a noticeably smoother face as she ran errands in Pennsylvania on Monday.The reason? After comparing before and after photos (left), plastic surgeons tell UsMagazine.com. the reality mom, 35, had botox treatments gone wrong.
"She looked much better in the earlier photo: great hair, nice smile and a normal brow position," says Dr. Michael Olding, the chief of The George Washington University's division of plastic surgery. In the "after" photo, she "has the typical appearance of Dysport or Botox poorly placed in the space between the brows where frown lines occur," adds Olding. But because Gosselin didn't have any injectables put in her forehead, "the lateral part of her brow is elevated in an abnormally high position, which my patients refer to as McDonald's arches!"
Maybe so, but why are the tabloids cutting the woman down every chance they can?! We think Kate Gosselin was a good candidate for a little Botox treatment. She had deep 11 (eleven) marks between her eyebrows. And we think her skin looks smooth and clear now.
Botox cosmetic still remains the number 1 injectable in the country. And celebrity super derm Frederick Brandt, says it's great stuff:
“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.”
Thursday, June 24, 2010
This exfoliating cream is also formulated with lactic acid for hydrating the skin. And it contains, "a high % of multiple sized quartz and diamond crystals for exceptional exfoliating. It is excellent for all skin types......This product will keep the skin smooth and radiant. Ideal for the face, neck, hands and body. The results are great and can be seen immediately."
Simply wet your face. Apply a small amount of polishing cream to a clean face. Massage in circular motions for 1-2 minutes. Avoid eye area. Rinse thoroughly and apply moisturizer sunscreen.
Trust us. You face will feel as soft as a baby's behind and give off a pink, healthy glow. The benefits are worth it.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
And since it's now summer, there is also popular laser hair removal. Women get so tired of shaving, waxing, threading, plucking, and using depilatories to get rid of unwanted hair in unwanted places.
Today, we are looking at armpits. Not the most pleasant subject to bring up, but from the research we've been doing for the past couple of days, the Beauty Tip Today is this:
Do your homework BEFORE choosing a doctor for laser hair removal.
Why? Very simple. Take a look at the photo of Monica Jimenez of Miami. She has hired an attorney to handle a case involving second and third degree burns received during a recent laser hair removal procedure.
It's almost painful to see the skin damage done to this woman's armpits.
"Ms. Jimenez says she experienced a burning sensation instantly during the laser hair removal process," says her attorney, Spencer Aronfeld, in a press release. "It's clear Dr. Cabrera didn't ensure protocol was followed and did not provide an acceptable standard level of care -- something all health care providers are required to do."
Attorney Aronfeld goes on to claim that neither Dr. Cabrera nor the person performing the laser procedure recognized the fact that the laser was burning the patient's skin continuously, and that she needed immediate medical attention.
We can't imagine the pain in such a sensitive area like one's armpits. But Monica Jimenez can tell you what it felt like:
"It felt literally like fire was under my armpits," Jimenez declares in a YouTube video. "Somebody got a torch and lit fire."
In her medical negligence lawsuit, Miss Jimenez is seeking personal injury damages totaling more than $15,000. It now appears that the person who performed the laser procedure might not have been licensed.
So here's the lesson: Make sure the dermatologist and the technician are licensed to do so. And if you feel burning during a laser hair removal procedure, stop, and head to an emergency room.
Lasers often feel like someone is snapping your skin with a rubber band. The discomfort should not feel like a burning.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
And she's not the only Hollywood hottie donning this classic hat. There are a string of them: Katherine Heigl in plaid (photo3), Hayden Panettiere in black (photo4). And we've also seen the fedora recently on Sarah Jessica Parker, Miley Cyrus, Ashlee Simpson, Katy Perry, Lindsay Lohan, and Rachel Bilson, just to name a few.
The fedora looks glamorous on everyone. Although, usually for celebrities, the hat is also a clever cover-up. Toss on a pair of big sunglasses, and, well, you're almost going incognito. You can dress the fedora up or down, and it always looks right.
And forget about spending hundreds for such a cool hat. we found a super cute fedora from the 15dollarstore. It's gorgeous and really rich-looking. And for $15, you can't beat it! Check it out in our top photo!
Don't be afraid to try on the fedora. As you can see, it looks sexy and classic on all face shapes and hairstyles. And if you're having a bad hair day, well, the fedora makes a great cover-up, even for a non-celebrity.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Neutrogena: 25% off skin care.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
In addition......on April 29, 2010, Julia Roberts landed on top of the People magazine's Most Beautiful People of 2010 list. This is the 12th year that Julia has made the cut.
Gee, not too shabby.
And now, the Oscar-winning actress is hoping women line up for Lancome's newest beauty product-----Definicils Precious Cells Mascara ($29, at fine dept. stores). The product features stem cell technology from Swiss apple extract.
Lancome makes some wonderful and pricey mascaras, but many would say this little tube of black beauty magic is worth the price.
We love trying out brand new mascaras, and Definicils has us curious about its claims that the Swiss apple extract helps lashes grow longer and the special formula adds a sexy boost of volume to lashes.
Look for Lancome's new Definicils Precious Cells Mascara in beauty stores late this summer.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Sunscreen. If you believe the skin care experts, then you know you need to wear it everyday.
But maybe you are tired of applying the white gooey stuff the old-fashioned way(photo2) and putting it on 30 minutes before heading out in the sun.
We have something a little bit easier, and really not messy at all. Colorscience is proud of their mineral-based powder sunscreen called, Sunforgettable. Cute name.
Sunforgettable is a really unique beauty product. The ingredients contain immediate 8 hour, waterproof protection. And it's a powder base. No more greasies.
And it comes in 3 shades: Perfectly Clear. All Clear. Almost Clear. Application is easy, too. You can put it on with a brush applicator, a roll-on, or a shaker.
We found some Sunforgettable here at SkinCareRX.com for $50.
And the product is pretty amazing if fair-skinned actresses Cameron Diaz and Anne Heche swear by Sunforgettable.
Whatever you do, just play safe under the sun. And even if you're in the car driving, you still need to wear sunscreen. Facial skin cancers develop more on the left side due to frequent driving, say researchers at St. Louis University.
"We tend to see more skin cancer on the left side of the face---drivers need to be aware of the amount of sun exposure they receive behind the wheel," cautions Dr. Scott Fosko.
All the more reason to be smart and put the sunscreen on. And it looks like mineral-based sunscreen powder is high-tech beauty science.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
The Tiffany & Co. Engagement Ring Finder, the jeweler’s first iPhone® application..
Oh yeah....it was just a matter of time before the oh-so-important task of diamond engagement ring shopping went mobile
And leave it to one of the most celebrated diamond experts to lead the way! Who wouldn't want an engagement ring from Tiffany's?!
This is out right now! So, how exactly do we use this dazzling iPhone app?
According to the famous Tiffany jewelers, this one-of-a-kind app includes an "accurate Ring Sizer, the first tool of its kind from a jeweler, that lets users determine their size by placing an actual ring directly on the screen and aligning it with the correct circle in the guide. Browsing the collection according to shape, setting, metal or design is equally simple. The rings are shown true-to-size and each style may be viewed with diamonds of six different carat sizes. Users may zoom in on a ring’s exquisite details, pair the rings with wedding bands, and save or share their favorites via e-mail, Facebook® and Twitter®."
Wow! 6 different carat sizes. We'll take the 'Liz Taylor' rock, if you don't mind, or that J.Lo/Ben Affleck ginormous ring. Remember that one?! LOL.
And how about finding the ring size, too? Just place the ring on the screen and find your size. Love it!
For all you happy diamond engagement ring seekers click here for details.
And to see a super YouTube demo, place your ring finger here, ladies.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Maureen threw out all the junk food and adopted a much healthier diet of vegetarian foods, like beans and rice. She does eat chicken if it is organic. And Maureen enjoys "the wheat-free, gluten-free snacks, mainly fruit and vegetables, and nuts."
Maureen is also moving, a lot. 6 days a week. "We box, we run, we swim. She's found this diverse toolbox of exercise. Now, it's a fun thing in her life," says her trainer Juliet Kaska. And she started the Brady Bunch beauty moving slowly. Walking. The treadmill. Some yoga and Pilates.
To learn more about Maureen McCormick's stunning weight loss, pick up a copy of OK magazine's June 14th issue
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Pond's Cold Cream instead of Botox to stay youthful over 40?!
"I've been honest about the fact that I did use Botox. But I don't any more, I won't go near it. I have lines. You can see the lines on my face," Kylie Minoque says.
".......considered today as one of the most popular beauty products in the Philippines as well as in other countries. The brand is the Ponds Age Miracle Cream. The Ponds Age Miracle Cream uses some of the most technologically advanced formulations that specifically target the 7 signs of skin aging, which are fine lines and wrinkles which are usually seen on the eyes and on the forehead, rough skin texture, uneven skin tone which is usually the result of sun or UV rays, skin dullness, visible pores, blotches or age spots, and dryness of the skin. Through targeting these signs, the Ponds Age Miracle Cream is known to stop the aging process."
Well, we're not sure if Kylie Minogue is talking about this advanced Pond's Miracle Cream or the regular jar of Pond's Cream that only costs about $5 here, and is great at removing makeup and keeping skin soft. Whatever the case, she looks amazing, and if it's only Pond's keeping her looking so darn good, then what are we all waiting for!!
Monday, June 7, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Saturday, June 5, 2010
In our tiny corner of the world, mascara makes a huge difference to our eyes. So we are always excited when a brand spanking new mascara makes its debut.
Enter MAC cosmetics. No...it's not for sale just yet. You'll have to wait until the end of summer or the beginning of September to grab up a tube. But here's a sneak peek. We love the look of Mac's new Haute & Naughty Lash with its pink, purple and black design. Very feminine.
The way we understand it, there are two mascara application sizes in one. If you go naughty, you pick up more product for thicker lashes. If you stay with haute, you will get the length and volume, but at a tamer level.
We don't have much experience with MAC mascaras, but this new Haute & Naughty has us intrigued, expecially after reading a 'test drive' of the product , if you will. We enjoyed Tina's review at her beauty website, The Fancy Face:
"So here's how it works....the brush can be used two ways. First way is to pull off just the pink cap off the tube...the brush will be pulled through a small tube extension on the purple/glitter cap and you will get less product. This can be for separating and lengthening the lashes.
The second way is to pull off both the pink and purple/glitter caps together so the brush is just pulled through the bottle itself like a normal mascara. You get a fuller brush with more product so you can get volume.
I got volume and length and it made my lashes super thick and black. It was the perfect mascara for me!
It was actually a GREAT mascara and I HATED that I had to give it back after four weeks! I will be BUYING THIS FOR SURE!!!"
Okay, Tina, we are sold! We will try MAC's new Haute & Naughty Lash, but it's going to be a long-gggg summer before this one launches.
Friday, June 4, 2010
Look at actors Eddie Cibrian and Jennifer Garner. How hot are they?! And those delightful dimples have a lot to to do with the attraction. Gabrielle Union. Mario Lopez. These celebrities, too, share incredible dimples.