Friday, July 30, 2010

Demi Quits Maple Syrup Diet For 21 Day Clean Detox To Drop Pounds

At 47, Demi Moore is in superb shape. But apparently, she still wants to drop some pounds, so the actress is tweeting about her latest diet dilemma.

Demi claims that she only lasted 4 days on the popular maple syrup, cayenne pepper, and lemon (yuck) diet drink, known as the 10-day Master Cleanse.

We don't blame Demi Moore. We would not have lasted, either.

If you look at the photo, you can see that Demi doesn't need to lose any major poundage. Here she is on the May 2010 cover of Elle Magazine(United Kingdom). She appears as youthful and slender as ever.

At the moment, according to Demi's tweets on Twitter, the actress is on a new cleanse-detox diet. And this one lets you eat real food. It's called the 21 Day Clean Program:

'2day’s day 13 4me on The Clean Program!' Demi tweeted
on Tuesday.

Gwyneth Paltrow is a big fan of cleanse-detox diets, having blogged about going on a few to drop pounds and restore her digestive system.

The Clean Program was developed by a cardiologist, Dr. Alejandro Junger. And the dietary program looks sensible to us----consisting of a shake for breakfast and dinner, and a lunch that combines one vegetable, one grain and one protein.

If you would like to diet like Demi, and get 'your clean on,' it's available for $350. According to the Clean Program website, it's a 3-week diet-detox.

"The Clean Program is a 21 day detox program that is specifically designed for the person on the move. Unlike traditional cleanses, you need not stay at home while you detox on the Clean Program. This cleanse is designed for those who want to live their life and still get Clean."

For more information, visit the Clean Program.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Bridal Buzz About Chelsea Clinton And That Funny-Looking Hat

All eyes are on Chelsea Clinton. The 30-year-old President's daughter is keeping her fans guessing about 99% of the details surrounding her Saturday nuptials. We do know that the wedding tents are now up at the Astor Courts in Rhinebeck, NY., a 50-acre private mansion/estate. This is where the bride will marry her groom, Wall Street whiz kid, Marc Mezvinsky.

The wedding price tag? Some sources report anywhere from $1 million to $3 million.

So what's the newest bridal buzz about Chelsea Clinton?!

Well, it appears to us, that she's hiding an elaborate braided up-do underneath that ridiculously, huge hat. She was snapped wearing the $80 Raffia Sun Hat by Hat Attack recently, heading into the Vera Wang showroom for a hair and makeup trial that she didn't want anyone to preview. And no, it's not a ruse......Chelsea will wear an exclusively-designed Vera Wang bridal gown.

As far as makeup goes, we are wondering if the bride will keep her signature natural look. Nothing heavily applied, but waterproof makeup is always handy for tears of joy and constant kissing,and the champagne toasts. No smudging makeup, please!! And we are most certain that Chelsea and her mom, Hillary, the Secretary of State, will both have a professional makeup artist creating their wedding day faces.

Check out makeup artist, Kandee Johnson's wedding day makeup primer on YouTube. She shows you how to get the job done on your own, because not every gal can afford a professional makeup artist on one of the most important days of her life.

By the way, you can buy the Chelsea Raffia Sun Hat here.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

New Exuviance Age Reverse Collection Promises Younger-Looking Skin

The Exuviance skin care people have just launched a new breakthrough skin care line called, Age Reverse. Four anti-aging products in the collection, with incredible ingredients to re-create younger-looking, firmer, and more radiant skin.

You could call this, state-of-the-art skin care technology, because these four Exuviance Age Reverse products use a multi-mechanism approach to battle the signs of aging. And this is what you get back in return, according to the clinical results after 12 weeks:

1. 100% overall appearance improved
96% better clarity/radiance
96% plumper/fuller/more youthful skin
94% firmer skin
92% skin appears lifted & less droopy
91% reduced appearance of brown spot

The four product collection includes:

1. BioActiv Wash, $35. Cleanses without irritation, providing excellent exfoliation ability.
2. Eye Contour, $68. Softens appearance of crow's feet. Banishes puffiness. Targets droopiness.
3. Day Repair with SPF20, $60. Protects and repairs. Plumps up wrinkles. Improves elasticity.
4. Night Lift, $68. Reduces fine lines. Adds fullness and firmer lift to facial contours. Develops smoother texture.

The ingredients all perform together beautifully, to bring back the skin you remember with tough-fighting blends of Peptides. Polyhydroxy acids. NeoGlucosamine. Retinol. And lots of other beneficial anti-oxidants.

We have sampled this wonderful Exuviance Age Reverse collection. And we are addicted to their Eye Contour cream, especially. We love what it does to tighten and lift the delicate, and easily damaged eye area.

Take a look at the new Age Reverse line See for yourself here.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Angelina Jolie Gets A Leg Up On Hollywood's Leading Ladies

Angelina Jolie.

Talk about getting a leg up.....The woman looks incredible as she makes her unforgettable entrance in a black, dramatic, Versace chiffon gown to the Salt premiere Tuesday in Tokyo.

The busy mom of six cutie-pies, has been making a world tour of her action-thriller flick Salt. She sure has. by reportedly earning $20 million for this movie.

We brought you a few of Angelina's diet and fitness tips here at Beauty Tip Today in an article last Saturday.

Now, let's take a closer look at the glamour of 35-year-old Angelina Jolie. Let's be honest....this is one hot Versace gown. It's a backless beauty. A few days ago, the sexy star wore black leather. Angelina's style is modern and edgy.

The British press has had a field day with Angelina's 'vein-bulging Madonna arms'. Big deal! The actress had a grueling training program for her cinematic role as Evelyn Salt, a CIA agent on the run. She performed most of her stunts. We are happy to see that she is in such amazing shape. Angelina Jolie still looks flawless. No one is 100% perfect.

We like Angelina's makeup and trademark cat-eyes. Her look is always dewy and natural.

Here are some of the products her makeup artists have used to create her global appeal:

1. Lancome Le Crayon Kohl in Black Ebony (for lining eyes with definition and creating sexy cat-eyes)
2. Lancome Oscillation Mascara (for long, lush black lashes)
3. Shu Uemura Blush in M Pink 31 (for softness, a warm pink color)
4. Lancome Juicy Tubes in Spring Fling (for beautifully shiny lips with a hint of color)

Monday, July 26, 2010

Lindsay Lohan Locked Up But Still Launches Lucrative Leggings Line

Lindsay Lohan. The young, troubled star may be locked up in jail for a few more days, but she still has the smarts to try and re-launch her image and of course, rake in the cash.

Let's face it. A lot of young girls and young adults don't want to see any time behind bars, but they do want to look like pretty Lindsay Lohan, dress like her, and have her fun lifestyle and money. So, the idea of Lindsay re-launching her leggings/clothing line, 6126, has been well-timed.

We guess you could call it, "a comeback behind bars". Plus, the former child star is planning to give a $1 million post-jail interview, to whichever network would like to pony up the money.

Speaking of money....Don't worry about this confused and infamous, young woman. She's in jail for violating the terms of her probation. It's supposed to be a 90-day stint, but, it's only a matter of time before the crowded lock-up system lets Lindsay leave very early.

As far as the 6126 clothing line, it could be quite lucrative. Industry insiders predict it will produce $5 million in sales by year's end.
"It's amazing to think that someone like Lohan could actually profit from her time in a correctional facility," says MSN Money's Jason Buckland tells the NY Daily News. "One thing is clear: It pays to be dysfunctional."

The fall 6126 line features mainly leggings. A cute pair will cost you about $60. Some feature floral prints and some with sexy, lace peek-a-boo.

You can check out Lindsay Lohan modeling pieces from her new 6126 clothing line on YouTube.

And she has also recently launched a 6126 website.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Cool-Looking Layered Bracelets Hot Summer Trend

Another celebrity style to copy, ladies.

Loving the look of layered bracelets. A super hot summer trend. And you can get the pretty, arm candy look without spending a boatload of cash.

Load 'em up on one arm, and the bracelets don't even have to match. That's the beauty of this trend.

We found a ton of cool-looking bracelets at American Eagle Outfitters. The cost is inexpensive, too, from $12.50 to $15.50 apiece. And right now, buy one, and get another at 50% off. From colorful beads to rhinestones to heavy metals and studs, there's a look for you. Soft to edgy---mix and match.
This is an elegant, classic look for jewelry. Simple accessories can add so much to an outfit, and bracelets always look just right.
Check out the arm candy at

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Angelina Jolie High-Energy Diet And Training Tips For Salt Movie

Angelina Jolie is dazzling audiences in her new action thriller movie, Salt.

The Academy Award winner plays the role of a CIA officer, Evelyn Salt. And Ms. Salt is a kick-butt agent on the run. Angelina does some amazing stunts in the movie, and trained and dieted hard to get in super shape.

So, how did the slender and busy mom tackle such a demanding movie role?

Well, it wasn't easy. But we have some of her fitness and diet tips:

1. Eating a high energy diet of 5 small meals a day. No junk food. And alcohol was only allowed on the weekends. The diet plan broke down into a 70% carbs/30% protein intake. And according to what her stunt instructor, Simon Crane, told Self magazine, Angelina actually avoided cardio.
"Angelina has to have 70 percent carbohydrates and 30 percent protein diet with an anaerobic training regime (as opposed to aerobic), so she can put muscle on without losing weight."

2. Building muscle strength and stamina. Angelina worked out like a mad woman, because the Salt role included daring stunts with safety cables and wire rigs, as you can see in the photo above. That translated into tough, 2 hour training sessions, 5 days a week, including fight training and strength work-outs.

"For her fight training, we got her learning a combination of Muay Thai and Krav Magha (self-defense) very early on," Crane says. "We would then pick the moves she was best at and combine them into a sequence."

We hear that Salt is a great spy thriller flick and that Angelina Jolie does about 99% of her own stunts. And the woman is in incredible shape. In this case, the carbo-loading pays off.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Forever 21 Now Selling Maternity Clothes: Dopey Or Clever Marketing?

Shopping at Forever 21. Sure, the fashions mainly target teens. But then again.....lots of women who aren't teens also buy clothes there. And we've mentioned Eva Longoria Parker before, as one of the hot celebrities who loves Forever 21, saying, that shopping there,"was a guilty pleasure." And Eva Longoria Parker is in her 30's.

So, then, is there a problem with the department store now selling maternity clothes? Will teens who frequent Forever 21 be 'inspired' to get pregnant to buy some cute maternity clothes?!

Well, some people feel that way, including the YMCA in San Jose, California, whose city is one of the 5 selected Forever 21 store locations where the maternity line is being launched. By the way, San Jose, just happens to have one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the country.

One of the 'Y' staffers claims young girls should not be exposed to maternity clothes at their favorite teen stores.The staffer says that launching the line in the highest rate states, "could not be unintentional, especially since the line is opening next week in Nevada, another state that ranks high in teen pregnancy."

So, there you have it. Is it clever marketing? Or just plain dopey by the folks at Forever 21?!

"Forever 21 did not create, design or distribute Love 21 Maternity to target or appeal specifically to pregnant teens. Any relationship between teen pregnancy rates and the locations of our stores is unintentional," the clothing company stated in a press release.

Hmmm. We think Forever 21 knew exactly which of their stores to offer the new maternity line. However, you can also find the new line right at your fingertips here.

The new Forever 21 maternity line has some cute and affordable pieces. And we are sure, that a lot of pregnant women over 21 will be wearing the clothing, too.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Authentic Designer Shoes Bought For Less Online Probably Aren't

Christian Louboutin. Prada. Dior. Jimmy Choo.
Who doesn't love designer shoes!!

Of course, we all desire the real thing...authentic designer shoes. And many of us like to shop for them online and save some big bucks!

But, let's face some facts:

If you are shopping for real designer shoes on the out! Chances are, those Louboutins, just like the ones Jennifer Lopez wears, probably 'aren't'. In other words: theses are knock-offs from China.

Baby, those ain't the real deal!

Says who?

We saw an interesting segment on Good Morning America earlier today. And what we learned, is that those sexy Christian Louboutin pumps might look like the real deal on the shopping website. But when the shoes you purchased, arrive in the mail, well, the merchandise might not look as appealing. A snakeskin pump might look far too shiny to even mimic an authentic pair. Or the signature red sole of a Louboutin might reveal a bumpy texture, instead of the authentic smooth-as-silk red sole.

GMA's press release on the fake designer shoes:

"Buyers beware! In an age where billions of dollars are spent online on shoes each year, the counterfeit market has picked up on the trend. Fake Christian Louboutin and other top designer shoes are being sold for hundreds of dollars online as the real deal -- even though they are fake replicas from China.".

Maybe you don't mind, and still feel that the average eye cannot determine the real ones from the fake ones. Maybe so, but when you're shelling out $700 for a pair of authentic designer shoes online, well, you would hope you are getting the real deal.

Sadly, more often than not, these shoes probably 'aren't.' And it's so hard to protect yourself from buying an expensive fake replica, that we can't even tell you which online shoe shopping sites are the bad ones. There are so many out there.

Our your hard-earned $$$. And when you can really afford a pair of beautiful and flawless Louboutins, you'll know it, and head to a 'real store' that sells authentic designer shoes, that you can examine and try on in person.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Vanessa Hudgens Goes Exotic With Henna Tattoo And Red Hot Nails

We all love studying every fashionable inch of our favorite Hollywood celebrities.

Let's look at vivacious Vanessa Hudgens today (photos 2+3). Check out the young starlet's exotic henna tattoo on her palm and her red-hot nails at last night's movie premiere of Charlie St. Cloud.

It's called Mehndi, which is an ancient Indian body art. Check out the top photo. The detail is incredible. You can't take your eyes away.
And we love this sexy and temporary body accessory, because it's done with henna paste. No commitment. No needles. No stinging. Just an exotic, and in this case, red tattoo, that gently fades away within one to four weeks.

We learned that Mehndi is used to create beautifully intricate, ethnic designs and exotic patterns in red or black on different parts of the body. However, the tradition commonly features application to the hands and feet of ladies preparing for special ceremonies.

Hmmm....Vanessa wouldn't be planning a secret engagement/wedding to your hunky Zac Efron, now, would you?!

Madonna used to flash us some Mehndi back in the day. Remember?
Maybe there's a spa or salon near you, that offers this exotic body adornment. We are going to have this done, one of these days. How about you?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Jennifer Aniston Launches New Fragrance Lolavie

Now, fragrance by Jennifer Aniston.

Well, why not? Plenty of beloved celebrities have their signature fragrance, and some in multiples. Mariah. Sarah Jessica Parker. Beyonce. Britney Spears. Halle Berry. Jennifer Lopez. And the list goes on.

Next Wednesday, you will see the pretty actress in London at Harrod's dept. store exclusively launching her new perfume, called Lolavie, which we are told, means, 'Laughing at life,' in French.

And laughing all the way to the bank. You, go, Jennifer Aniston!

Lolavie by Jennifer Aniston has been described by some as, 'a gentle floral.'. And this is how the Friends star explains the scent to Women's Wear Daily:

"I want people to go, ‘What is that? You smell great!’ But most of all, I wanted it to smell natural."

Actually, here's what's in Lolavie: A floral fragrance which includes rose, wild violet and Amazon lily, dries down to a woody aroma of musk, golden amber and sandalwood.

Jennifer Aniston
went on to explain, that the entire fragrance development was more than just attaching her name to the label:

"It's been a year-and-a-half journey," she says. "I'd been asked to do things before, and it never felt organic. But when Leon [Falic, the president of Falic Fashion Group] approached me to be involved with the process from inception to fruition, I thought, 'This could be a creative expression.' And it's turned out to be an extension of myself as opposed to slapping my name on something."

We're told that a bottle of Lolavie by Jennifer Aniston will start at $47.

Interesting how the premiere of Lolavie coincides with the new Angelina Jolie movie premiere, Salt.

Monday, July 19, 2010

PETA Furious Over New Face Of Fur For BlackGlama

PETA. Fur. Oh, boy! We don't want to be anywhere near this one, when the fur hits the fan, so to speak.

Janet Jackson has become the new face for BlackGlama Furs. There she is, posing in luxurious black mink with her new, short-cropped do. Her sexy ad campaign photos will hit all the big targets this September. Places like the huge Times Square billboard. In major fashion magazines like Vogue. W. Harper's Bazaar.

And the animal rights folks like PETA, are furious with Janet Jackson, BlackGlama's new face of fur. She, on the other hand, has not addressed the PETA people, thus far, but she is talking about the glam company she's in.

The 44-year-old Jackson is so excited to join the long list of BlackGlama'a famous fur cover girl beauties: Sophia Loren. Catherine Denueve, Linda Evangelista. Liza Minnelli. Diana Ross. Cindy Crawford. Lena Horner.. And others, for 4 decades of BlackGlama ads.

"If someone would have told me later in life that I would be alongside such legendary entertainers, I would have never believed it," Janet Jackson

But PETA is not impressed with any list of famous folks who would slip into a fur coat and promote the beauty of wearing an animal's skin.

"You told me that you were always aggravated at photo shoots when stylists would try to throw fur on you and that you were even wary of wearing fake fur out of concern that it might actually be real or look real in photos and send the wrong message,"
PETA Senior Vice President Dan Matthews wrote to Janet Jackson in a letter obtained by Black Voices. "You were very straightforward and sensible about it. What happened?"

Meantime, PETA already has their own new anti-fur campaign ad featuring the ultimate sexy gal, Pam Anderson. Sure, it's very provocative, and apparently too much so, for Canada, where the new PETA ad has been banned.

By the way, Pam Anderson is a Vancouver, British Columbia native. And she and PETA find the whole ad banning matter to be that of sexism, rather than too sexy.

"In a city that is known for exotic dancing and for being progressive and edgy, how sad that a woman would be banned from using her own body in the political protest over the suffering of cows and chickens," Anderson said in a statement. "In some parts of the world women are forced to cover their whole bodies with burkas -- is that next? I didn't think Canada would be so puritanical."

Ouch! We're staying out of this one. We hope Janet Jackson knows how to duck, because we're certain the fur will be flying come September.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Whiten Teeth While Traveling On Vacation With No Rinse Go Smile System

A bright, white smile. Nothing looks better than that, with a sexy tan.

And now you can whiten your smile as you travel on vacation. We like these pocket-friendly, travel-friendly little ampoules of hydrogen peroxide by the Go Smile Teeth Whitening System $89/20, at

How are these for tasty teeth whiteners: In Watermelon Mint, Fresh Mint, and Green Apple. Yummy!

Forget those clumsy, never-fit-right dental strips. The Go Smile Teeth Whitening Ampoules help you maintain your gorgeous, white, mega-watt smile!

Here's how it works:
"Other tooth whiteners may whiten your teeth, but do nothing to keep them white. GO SMiLE® makes it easy to keep your teeth looking fresh and bright, every day.Touch Up® ampoules help keep your smile brilliant, anytime, anywhere. These Smile Perfecting Ampoules contain daily-use level of hydrogen peroxide, combined with deliciously refreshing burst of flavor. Use them as
part of your daily routine, like a “mid-day brush!”
Flip, Pop, Touch Up!™"

These delicious fluoride toothpastes are made with special ingredients to polish off surface stains and help keep your smile white, with luxurious natural extracts.

The best part? No rinsing...just a rapid dissolving formula. So you can whiten on the go!

Click here for more details.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Havaianas---The Ultimate Flip-Flops That J.Lo Adores

Havaianas Flip-Flops. Even J/Lo loves them. And the Brazilian shoe, which shares a cult following, is a super choice to wear when you're beaching, strolling, or just hanging out this summer.

What's so amazing about these flip-flops that has rock stars, celebrities, models, and athletes, all running to get a pair?!

They're like butta. Ha! Actually, the Havaianas company likes to brag, that their flip-flops are made of 100% butter-soft rubber that molds comfortably to your feet. "They are considered to be the finest rubber flip flop in the world thanks to a secret rubber formula that promises they will be the most comfortable flip flop you will ever own!"

Jennifer Lopez has great style, all the way down to her pretty toes. So we trust the sexy singer on this one.

Her fave pair she'll be wearing this summer:

The Black Jeweled Havaianas Flip-Flops ($148,

"I like the flat beachy ones with all of the crystal bedazzling," J.Lo says. She means the Havaianas Rubber and Swarovski Crystals.

Great choice, Jennifer. They're quite an elegant, sexy pair of flip-flops. We have seen these flip-flops in person, and yes, the crystals do sparkle like **diamonds**!!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Get Beautiful Bare Bikini Skin With Hair Inhibitor Moisturizer

Bare skin. We show plenty of it in the scorching summer days. But trying to keep up with smooth, hairless skin isn't easy.

If you can afford it, waxing is the best way to remove unwanted hair on the body and even a stray hair or two on the face. You really get smooth skin instantly. And those bothersome, little hairs, take longer to grow back again.But most of us shave with a razor. It's the cheapest way to get rid of body hair.

But you can also slow-wwww down hair growth with a unique beauty product called Completely Smooth for Body ($42, at

So, what does Completely Smooth do??

It's what you call, a hair inhibitor. Aha! The formula includes the plant extract Capi-slow, and does exactly what the name says. The moisturizer slow-wwwws down hair growth between waxing, shaving, or laser hair removal treatments.

According to the website, Completely Smooth for Body is quite effective:
"It is clinically proven to visibly diminish hair texture by up to 55%, density by up to 50% and length by up to 30%. Apply the formula, twice a day, over the areas where you would like to reduce the growth of hair and watch as hair comes in finer and smoother".

Completely Bare sells a bunch of smooth, bare skin products.

Show your bikini body some love. With this darn heat wave going on and on, bare skin is definitely in.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

How Many Bras Does A Gal Really Need? We Can Help

Bras. Most of us seem to need them. And comfort is key when it comes to wearing one.

Did you know that the most popular bra size here in the U.S. is a 36C?! Hmmm, well, we certainly got robbed.

We've always wondered, exactly how many bras does a gal need?. We'll get to that one, in a moment.

First, we already know that a nude or skin-tone bra is a life-saver, because it can almost disappear under even a slightly sheer white top. But then again, no two complexions are the same. So, how do you find the perfect nude bra?

Right here. It's called, My Skins bras. And these bras come in 20 different flesh tone shades. Simply, hold the My Skins special cut-out color card against the middle of your bosom, and select the closest hue.

As far as buying bras, the experts suggest, that at the least, a woman should own 3-5 everyday bras. That's what fit expert for Vanity Fair, Tiffany Aschenbrenner says. You also need a high-impact sports bra and a convertible strapless number for special occasions, she adds.

The smart thing to do, is rotate the bras throughout the week. "This will minimize stretch and extend a bra's life from regular wear and tear," Tiffany told InStyle magazine.

When it comes to caring for bras, we've been told that hand-washing is better than machine-washing.

And the best stuff to wash your bras with? Don't laugh. We heard from another expert, that a mild shampoo is great for cleaning bras.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

A Little Body Bling And Natural Glow Help Make Legs Look Slimmer

Ladies...let's face it. We all want slimmer, more toned-looking legs. And since it's summer, and our legs see a lot of action out and about, we thought we would explore the world of bronzing lotions and beauty products that give your legs a healthy glow.

Need a little more bling? Jennifer Lopez is always wearing some. And why not? Her fave makeup artist, Scott Barnes, created a super bronzing lotion called Body Bling ($38,

This little bronzer can give you flawless, glowing legs with a quick smooth application. And Scott Barnes is big on bronzers. He also makes some great ones for the face, as well.

The experts suggest always applying these bronzers or natural 'tanners' in a circular motion to prevent streaking. Great advice.

Next, we have one of our go-to-beauty products for long, lean legs. It's Sally Hansen's Airbrush Legs ($13.99, at drugstores).

We like to think of Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs as spray-on pantyhose. It comes in 4 blendable shades: light glow. medium glow. tan glow. deep glow.

The spray won't cover imperfections like spider veins completely, but the beauty product does minimize bothersome leg issues. Plus the formula is water-resistant, weightless, and moisturizing with Vitamin K.

We have used the spray in medium glow. It gives a lovely sheen with a nice shade of a light tan. The color is pretty. It isn't an orange streaky hue.
We also hear many women raving about Jergen's New Natural Glow Firming Moisturizer ($9, at drugstores). This formula will slowly build up a natural-looking glow for your legs and other parts of your body.

And an added benefit, says Jergens....their firming lotion is also, "clinically proven to reduce the appearance of cellulite in as little as 7 days>"

Now, that's wonderful news. Lightly tanned, glowing legs that look slimmer, toned, and without cellulite! Sounds super to us.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Refreshing Body Sprays Make Sense On Very Hazy Hot Humid Days

Refreshing body sprays! A lot cheaper than your favorite perfume or cologne.

When it's hazy, hot, and humid for several days in a row now, you want to smell pretty and cool, and the best way to do that, is with a wonderful, intoxicating body spray. Just pop a bottle in the fridge, and when you need a lovely spritz or two, you will really enjoy the feeling.

Victoria's Secret has some of the best body sprays out there, especially from their Secret Garden Collection. One of their most popular, is Victoria's Secret Body Mist in Love Spell.

Beautiful Indian actress Freida Pinto is very taken with Love Spell. "The scent is very soothing. I spritz it on my neck and forearms," she says.

Most body sprays or body mists have sweet, fruity aromas. And in this case, Love Spell is a rich blend of peach, cherry blossom and white jasmine. A soothing mist, with moisturizing Aloe Vera and calming Chamomile. It will leave your skin kissed with softness and a sensuous scent. Mist on after shower or bath. Or in our case, spritz on before and after going out into the scorching heat wave!

Trust us, refrigerating your favorite body spray makes a big difference. You will feel so cool and calm.
Victoria's Secret has so many yummy body mists to choose from. And at $9 for a good-sized bottle (8.4 fl oz), you'd be a fool, not to pick up a few.

VS Secret Garden Collection here.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Skin Serum Bio-Oil: Bunch Of Baloney Or Does It Heal?


You've probably heard about this popular and inexpensive skin serum for quite some time now. The beauty product has been designed for improving the appearance of scars, stretch marks, and uneven skin tone, aging and dry skin.

The Bio-Oil company boasts about its special formula, which includes PurCellin Oil. This ingredient is related to the oil from a duck's gland. No kidding. PurCellin Oil supposedly helps targeted absorption into the skin. Oil from a duck's gland?!! Is this a bunch of baloney? Or has Bio-Oil really tapped into the fountain of youth?!

According to the Bio-Oil people, this is how the duck oil figures into the beauty formulation:
PurCellin Oil is a recreation of the preen gland oil of ducks. "During preening, a duck secretes oil from its preen gland and distributes it over its entire plumage in the familiar twisted-neck action that one often associates with ducks. This oil creates a thin, non-greasy layer on the surface of the feathers without which water would not pearl off and the bird would struggle to swim. This ingredient acts as a delivery system for Bio-Oil's other ingredients, improving spreadability and allowing for targeted absorption into the skin."

is supposed to work wonders on stretch marks, and the testimonials we have read, indicate, that the stuff lessens the purple/red marks and softens their overall appearance.

The product is quite inexpensive at just $11.99 for a 2 fl. oz. bottle that goes a long way. And it's available at your neighborhood drugstore.

Check out fans of the product here.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Celebrities Like Kelly Ripa: Scary Skinny Or Just Perfect?

Scary skinny.......or just perfect?!
The debate continues for superstar celebrities like daytime TV's Kelly Ripa.

We know that the cute and popular celebrity works out like crazy and watches what she eats. And at age 37, and a terrific mom of 3, with a hectic schedule, some would say that Kelly Ripa looks darn amazing, with very little body fat.

But is she too thin?? Some call her skeletal, emaciated, anorexic, and not a good role model for young women. Television adds 10-15 lbs., so Kelly Ripa must be even tinier in person.

Kelly's been sculpting her body over for a few years now. We know that she admired Madonna's ripped arms, and wanted a pair just like them. And now, you can catch her on Regis and Kelly going sleeveless often. She is proud of her muscle tone.

But we just caught a glimpse of the star photographed last Tuesday, out and about with two of her children, Joaquin and Lola. And well, she looked extremely thin. In fact, little Lola's legs appeared to be even bigger than mom, Kelly's.

Are we being too harsh on this major celebrity? We know a number of men who find Kelly Ripa to be 'just perfect.' They love her fit body and don't mind her minimal curves. We also find plenty of websites that celebrate Kelly Ripa's ultra skinny silhouette, websites that young girls flock to, to learn her dieting and exercise tips. We're just not sure, that most young girls are using sound diets tips to get there. In other words, do such celebrity bodies like Kelly Ripa's encourage a healthy lifestyle or one that encourages a possible eating disorder.

This is what Kelly Ripa told Fitness Magazine last February:
A lot of women think if they didn't exercise in their 20s, there's no way they can start at 35 or 40. You've done it. What's the secret?
KR: I was the same way about exercise. I didn't do it in my 20s and I was like, it's too late to start now. I figured, I work in an industry where there's a stylist and a makeup artist -- they'll make me look fine. But I began feeling tired -- just playing in the park with my kids wore me down. I thought, "Geez, I'm kind of young to be feeling this way." So I started walking on a treadmill. Then I started jogging on a treadmill. Then I began jogging outside. Now I'm running outside, three to five miles, and taking toning classes.
At what point did you notice changes in how your body looked?
KR: A month or two after I started working out, I wore a sleeveless turtleneck to work. Regis was like, "Ripa, your arm muscles look incredible!" It was the first time anybody had ever said anything to me about my muscles. And because I am a vain person, that's all I needed to hear to stay with it."

Scary Skinny.....or just perfect? You decide.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

It's All About The Straw When It Comes To Beautiful Beach Bags

Beach bags. When it comes to packing up all your stuff for those hot, fun days in the sun, you'll want the right bag to bring down to the sand.

No. You wouldn't tote along a leather bag, now would you?! Of course not. We think straw is the best material for your summer beach bags.

Why? Straw looks like summer It's beach-ready. Plus, it's light and yet, very durable.
Here are 3 favorite straw beach bags we found:
1. Old Navy Multi-colored Straw Tote ($19.50). Top photo. This adorable and big, roomy straw bag, at 17"L x 7"W x 13"H with a 7" strap drop, is constructed well. We like the double straps and lined interior. The bag comes in 3 shades. We chose to show you the neutral, because, some women don't always want a bold block of color. But for those who want to shake things up, this straw tote also comes in gorgeous Warm Floral and Cool. Take a look here.

2. Newport News also features an array of vibrant straw beach bags at very affordable prices. We chose this vibrant Colorblocked Straw Tote Bag ($19.00). Photo 2. This medium-sized bag will get you noticed with its sassy colorblocked style. The straw tote bag has handy, cutout silvertone metal handles. One inside slip pocket. Fully lined. It also comes in Blue multi. And Newport News also offers more straw tote bags in different styles.

3. We also adore this cute, preppy style Straw Tote Bag by Straw Studios ($54, Free shipping). Photo 3. We are loving the nautical look, which is really hot this summer. Very beautifully made in woven straw with colorful topstitch-accented trim, rope handles, and an adorable anchor embroidered on the front. Its zippered entry provides added security. Dimensions: 12" high
21" wide. 7.75" deep. And a 6.25" shoulder drop. Check out more styles at their website

Let's face it, ladies......We know you need to stuff the right stuff into your beach sunscreen, bottles of water, a compact, tinted moisturizer, lip balm, and more. But you also want to tote around a fine-looking summer straw beach bag. So let's walk around in style!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Wendy's Launches New Salad Line Today With Dressing Maker Marzetti

Wendy's wants you to know, that their brand new salad line is a lot more than some crispy iceburg lettuce.

Starting today, you can pick up a new Wendy's salad for $5.99. There are four delicious ones to try......from a BLT Cobb to an Apple Pecan Chicken. And nestled in among the iceburg, you will find these nutritious 'green's: spinach, red and green chard, and red and green romaine..

And what tops this new salad in a very tasty way, is the addition of the special salad dressing. Wendy's has teamed up with well-known dressing maker Marzetti.. New flavors like: avocado ranch and pomegranate vinaigrette. Yummy!

Here are the 4 totally re-invented salads from the Wendy's Garden Sensations line:

1. Apple Pecan Chicken Salad.....with tender grilled chicken and real blue cheese crumbles mixed with fresh, hand picked apples and sweet cranberries.

2. Baja Salad.....Wendy's famous meaty chili on a bed of 11 greens served with spicy guacamole and a red jalapeno dressing with seasoned tortilla strips.

3. Spicy Chicken Caesar Salad.....Classic Caesar with a zing, including grape tomatoes, shaved asiago cheese, and a natural lemon-garlic dressing over French bread croutons.

4. BLT Cobb Salad.....flavored with applewood smoked bacon with blue cheese and tender, center-cut chicken served with a Marzetti avocado ranch dressing.

has not yet provided the caloric information on these new salads at their website. We could only find the stats for their previous Garden Sensations line.
But we really approve of the size and depth of these new salads. These are not side dishes, but full meals. And we give salads the thumbs up, because you can watch calories, but still enjoy a delicious meal.

And sure, you can probably make a much better salad entree at home, but for a quick, fast-food meal on-the-go, you shouldn't overlook Wendy's new salad line.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Forever 21 Fashions And Accessories For Summer Fashionista Fun

Forever 21. We've talked about this store before, and now we're doing it again.

What's the big deal? Well. it's rather simple......there are tons of bargains at Forever 21 stores and here online. For the fashionista on a budget, the store has a lot to offer.

We wish we could find the quote Eva Longoria Parker once gave to InStyle magazine, when she said that shopping at Forever 21 was, " a guilty pleasure." Every gal loves a bargain, and Miss Eva is no exception. Lots of celebrities enjoy picking up inexpensive fashions at Forever 21. From sunglasses to tops, shorts, swimwear, jewelry, to pocketbooks and hats, and so much more.

Look at the pretty pieces we found, in just a few minutes as we stopped by

1. Navy Beaded Mock Wrap Top ($16.90).

2. Sweet Ruffle Trim Fedora ($9.80).

3. Suedette Interlocked Sandals ($16.80).

4. Ball Fringe Lace Scarf ($6.80).

5. Sunglasses ($5.80).

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Tips To Avoid Makeup Melt-down In Hazy Hot Humid Weather

Makeup melt-down. If it hasn't happened to you yet, consider yourself lucky.

But for the rest of us, who have opened up our makeup bags on a hazy, hot, and humid day only to find melted eye pencils, gooey mascara, and mushy lipstick, it isn't a pretty scene.
Since a major part of the country is sweltering in 95-100 degree muggy temps for the rest of the week, we thought we would share a few key beauty tips to avoid makeup melt-down.

Ladies....the refrigerator is your new makeup BFF. Oh, yeah. You can store your foundations, eye makeup, lipsticks, glosses, and balms in the fridge. The best way, is to take a Ziploc bag and dump your makeup in one, and then place in the cool refrigerator, or even the freezer, if you need your beauty essentials firm and ready for application in a few minutes.

Here's an example.....we took out our brow and eye pencils this morning, and tried to sharpen them for use. Well,'s was already 85 degrees when we were starting to put on our makeup. The pencils melted and 'smooshed' inside our eye pencil sharpener Yuck....when you need to be somewhere and your makeup isn't co-operating.

We ran downstairs and popped the brow and eye pencils into the freezer for 10 minutes. Went back up and the pencils were firm enough for sharpening and application.

We should have kept all the makeup in the fridge overnight, and we wouldn't have had a makeup meltdown.

You get a nice, cool sensation, applying makeup that has just come out of the fridge. Foundation glides on smoothly. And lip balms and lipsticks feel so refreshing on a hazy, hot, and humid day.
1. DON'T wear heavy eyeshadows on sweltering summer days, unless you apply a powder underneath or a good primer. Creases can develop quickly on triple H days.
2. DON'T leave makeup in the car on very hot days. You'll ruin a bag of your go-to beauty essentials, because they will melt, and very rapidly.
3. GO EASY on the makeup when you're spending a day in the sun. A decent tinted moisturizer looks polished and pretty, along with a lip balm with an SPF. And don't ever forget the sunscreen to layer on top.
4. WATERPROOF makeup can really help, too, especially, if your fun involves pools, lakes, beaches, and swimming. Waterproof mascara really works!
5. SPLASH on a fragrant body spray when you need a super, cool pick-me-up. Keep ready in the fridge at all times. We wouldn't chance a pricey fragrance sitting in the fridge, but an inexpensive body spray will work just as well.
6. does a girl good. Mineral makeup is a wise choice if you really want to keep away from heavier foundations and blushes. Powder your nose and try oil-blotting sheets to keep the greasies away.