Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Intelligent Reasons Why You Should Visit A Dermatologist

A dermatologist would tell you to 'love the skin you're in.' Wonderful advice.

If you have a dermatologist and visit often, well, good for you. And if you don't have a derm, then it's time to find one, because great and healthy skin isn't always from the gene pool. In other words, we can all develop better skin. And today's dermatological advances are so precise and effective, that you'd be a fool not to take advantage.

The city of Los Angeles boasts some of the most advanced dermatological practices in the country, like Celibre, where 10 different, high tech lasers are available to deliver superb and individualized skin care results. Acne, tattoos, wrinkles, and many other skin challenges require special tools. And not every intense beam of laser light, fits all.

Here are three intelligent reasons why you should visit a dermatologist:

1. Healthy skin on the inside. Let's look at skin cancer. Many of you are at the beach during spring break. And we all know the risks. About 90% of all skin cancers are associated with exposure to UV radiation from the sun. And the facts are there: Melanoma is now the most common form of cancer in young adults 25-29 years old, and the second most common form of cancer in adolescents and young adults ages 15-29.

A dermatologist can treat you for sun-damaged skin. This professional is the best expert at diagnosing and treating major skin conditions. You should be checked once a year, just to make sure that odd, little spot you noticed on your leg, for instance, is nothing serious.

2. Healthy skin on the outside. We can all have more beautiful skin. Sometimes, it might take several visits, but the science has become incredible, and many women and men are choosing non-surgical procedures.

Did you know that Botox cosmetic remains the most popular cosmetic injectable, for 7 years in a row now?! It's a simple, quick, and almost painless cosmetic procedure that can hold back the forehead and eye wrinkles for about 3 months, giving you a more youthful and rested appearance. And the facts show about 11 million Botox procedures have been performed so far. Wow!

Just look at Hollywood alone, where beautiful people try to delay the signs of aging for as long as they can. Los Angeles Botox Injections are extremely popular because results are almost immediate. There is no down time and receiving Botox is very safe in the hands of a board certified dermatologist.

3. Better self-esteem. Many people prefer injectables or procedures like laser re-surfacing, because the results can rival those of plastic surgery and there is no knife involved. And there are times, you might be embarrassed about a skin blemish or skin condition, that only a dermatologist has knowledge of treating.

Maybe it's a bad tattoo. Or severe acne. There are lasers to remove it. Or what if you have hair popping up in places it shouldn't? There are experts at Los Angeles Hair Removal who can safely and quickly tackle the problem, again, with lasers. There shouldn't be shame and a low feeling of self, when such a wonderful solution is just a phone call away.

We all admire clear, healthy, beautiful skin. It might take several months and sometimes a few years to achieve it, but the science is available to all of us. Just slapping on some sun screen isn't good enough anymore. An individualized program is the way to go, and your dermatologist is your best skin protector.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Snooki Style Update: Red Highlights Added But Big Poof Still On



Snooki. Where do we begin....Sigh.....

Snooki, gearing up for the second season of Jersey Shore, has expanded her Snooki style and just added some pretty red highlights. But if you thought the pint-sized dynamo was going to get rid of that high-riding poof on top of her head, well, fahgeddabout it!

Snooki, who is actually Chilean by birth, was adopted by an Italian family, hence her last name of Polizzi.

We loved when Inside Edition did a make-under on 21-year-old Snooki earlier this year. Gone were the big poof, bronzer, and heavy eyeliner. Hair was pulled back elegantly and makeup was more natural, and gone were the Ed Hardy tee-shirt and hat. She looked so sophisticated. But...it didn't last long.

Some of you adore sweet Snooki's style and are giving her new auburn highlights the green light. Snooki even went on Twitter to announce her new red highlights and her visit with NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg:

“I showed my hair poof for mayor B! He’s the man!” she tweeted.

Okay, so Snooki Polizzi is probably not going to be on the cover of Vogue or even inside its glamorous pages. anytime soon. But Snooki has a look, and it's all her own. And let's remember, Snooki is only 21. That's when it's actually alright to let it all hang loose. So let's not judge too harshly.

Expert makeup artist Sandy Linter has some beauty tips for women in their 20s that might surprise you. And Sandy Linter is a legendary makeup pro. From Christie Brinkley to Eva Longoria, Sandy has worked her magic on many famous faces.

Sandy Linter's advice:

In your 20's:
1. Do experiment with color. "Crazy yellow eyeshadow? You can pull it off!" At this age, Sandy told People mag. "Break all the rules."
2. Play up your lips. Sandy advises to go with the dark lipstick and super shiny glosses now, because when you get older, lips lose volume, and a deeper tone can be aging.
3. Don't skip foundation. "Even beautiful skin can benefit from it," Sandy say. "It's corrective."


Well, then, Snooki....go big and bad, while you can!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Get Silky Smooth Hair With New Frizz Fighting John Frieda Products

Frizz. Hate it. And nothing like a rain-soaked day to bring out the beast in one's hair. But you can relax, because the brilliant hair folks at John Frieda have introduced 4 new frizz-fighting products ($6.49 each, at drugstores everywhere)., that battle the frizz right in the shower. So April showers will come and go, and this time around, you'll be prepared.

Frizz. Exactly what is it? Frizz is breakage that occurs in wavy or curly hair. And the frizzies can occur through sloppy styling.....like brushing through hair when wet. And razor cuts can also develop frizz after a while. Perms and harsh color processing can also result in a head full of frizzies. We are all prone to some sort of frizz. But remember, being gentle with hair styling and a good trim every 4-6 weeks helps a lot. Also rinse hair after shampooing in cool water to smooth cuticles.

Meantime, there are so many super products out there to help control or tone down the frizz. We've all known about the power in John Frieda's Frizz-Ease products that have been around for ages. These are extremely popular because they work. And now, we are happy the label has added 2 shampoos and 2 conditioners in their frizz fighting arsenal:

1. Smooth Start Repairing Shampoo.(The Repairing duo treats hair that is frizzy and badly damaged or 'fried').
2. Smooth Start Repairing Conditioner.

3. Smooth Start Hydrating Shampoo. (The Hydration duo treats hair that is frizzy and dying for moisture).
4. Smooth Start Hydrating Conditioner.

The new John Frieda Smooth Start line has special ingredients like silk protein and lipids that help lock in moisture. These shampoos and conditioners create healthy hair by filling in the cuticles to boost body and shine.
We are team Frieda. We've always been big fans of all his products, especially those that increase volume. This new line for frizzy hair is just another plus in his beautiful hair brand.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

More Smart And Sensible Beauty Tips By Cindy Crawford

Cindy Crawford. Most people know her from her supermodel days. But she is also a busy mother of two, and a woman in her 40s, keeping her beauty look together.

We like Cindy Crawford, because she is an intelligent woman who gets it. She never took herself too seriously during her days before the camera and the catwalk. So, today, we have more smart and sensible beauty tips by Cindy, tips she gave to the April issue of InStyle magazine.

For her daytime look, Cindy keeps it simple and sleek. A great pair of jeans 'that make your butt look good,' a little foundation, mascara, brown eye shadow, nude lipstick, and some jewelry, and she's good to go.

1. Brown eye shadow. Cindy Crawford says that brown is your best friend. "It's less harsh than black, it goes with everything, and it's impossible to mess up. For day, I do variations of brown shadow, either matte or shimmer."

2. Nude lips. Yes, the look is very polished when you can nail the right tone. "A neutral mouth looks really sophisticated, but you have to pick your color carefully so you don't look washed out. I like beigy pinks that are one shade darker than my natural skin tone. I almost always wear gloss, and save lipstick for special occasions."

3. Jewelry. It's the perfect finishing touch, according to Cindy. "Jewelry, like mascara or lipstick, completes your look." Cindy has her own jewelry line called One Kiss, and her pieces are meant to be worn every day like makeup. One Kiss debuts at JC Penney at the end of April.

4. Take care of your skin. Cindy advises SPF protection during the day and a good night cream when you retire for the evening.

5. Exfoliate at least once a month. Cindy is a strong believer in microdermabrasion facials every month and continues the exfoliating at home. "I use a gentle scrub or buff puff to clean my makeup out of the nooks and crannies so my pores don't get clogged.

6. Ballet Flats. Stylish and comfortable, and these classic shoes go with everything, Cindy says.

To see Cindy Crawford's 60-seconds of style video, click here.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

New Cover Girl LashBlast Fusion Mascara With Buildable Fiber-Strength Lengthening

Mascara. The one makeup product we can't live without! So, when a new mascara is introduced to the masses, we take note. And here's a brand new Cover Girl mascara with length and volume you can 'build' on.

Only one little thing.....you cannot buy Cover Girl LashBlast Fusion Mascara in drugstores until April. Okay, it's just around the corner, but---you can get it online pre-sale at a few places right now. What's so amazing about the LashBlast Fusion Mascara?! It almost stretch-essssssss your lashes as you build layer upon layer with Cover Girl's unique fiber-strength lengthening formula. Nope...we don't know how they create the ingredients, but the stuff works. And if you've been lash-challenged, and all you've got to work with are skimpy lashes, then try this tube. You can create instant length and volume.

By the way, the new Cover Girl LashBlast Fusion Mascara will retail for $8.99 and come in 4 shades: Very Black, Black, Black Brown, and Brown.

To get some long, thick and sexy lashes with FREE shipping,, click here.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Valerie Bertinelli Stays Skinny By Healthy Diet And BodyBugg


Valerie Bertinelli. She still looks incredible after shedding some 40 lbs. on the Jenny Craig weight loss diet plan one year ago!!

What's even more amazing, is that the actress and Jenny Craig spokesperson has been training hard for the upcoming Boston Marathon on April 19th. Her first marathon ever. And we know the Boston Marathon is a grueling race.

But Valerie Bertinelli is up for the challenge. And the petite 5'4' actress is proud to say she made a recent trip to Italy with longtime boyfriend Tom Vitale, and enjoyed all the delicious Italian food. And she wore her BodyBugg all the time. What???!! More about that in a moment.

First, Valerie told People Magazine this:
Yes, I brought my Jenny Craig scale with me!” says Valerie. "I wanted to keep an eye on my weight. I said to myself, 'Eat, have fun-- and move your body!'" Valerie enjoyed pasta, oysters, red wine, and more. And yes, she gained a little, but only 3.4 lbs. Way to go, Valerie.

How did she do it?? By walking everywhere.....through Rome, Venice, Florence. She and Tom kept moving the entire 10-day vacation. And the distance was tallied---85 miles! Oh yes, she was able to keep a solid record through the BodyBugg device.

"The smallest number of steps we took in a day was 11,000. We never caught a cab."
The BodyBugg? It was made famous through the Biggest Loser weight loss reality show. For about $249, you can own one, too. You wear the BodyBugg around your arm. The device, pictured above, uses specialized sensors to monitor calories burned with over 90% accuracy. It also tracks steps with a built-in pedometer, like Valerie Bertinelli was explaining. And the intelligent personal calorie management device is also PC and Mac compatible. More details here:

Meantime, it's back to the daily running sessions for Valerie. And just a few weeks before the Boston Marathon:
"I know my body can do this," she says. " I ran 14 1/2 miles before I left for Italy, and wasn’t sore the next day. So I’m just worried about the emotional part. I can’t let my brain remind me that I’m almost 50, not an athlete, and have never done this before. I have to get all that craziness out of my brain!"

Eating right and certainly, exercising to the ultimate, Valerie Bertinelli makes us all proud. We hear she is running for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. "I just need to finish. There are so many people depending on me, but I feel their love and their ‘You go, girl’ attitude. I don’t want to let them down!"

Great story. Great woman. We wish Valerie Bertinelli all the best.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

L'Oreal Adds New No-Ammonia 10 Minute Hair Color


Dying or dye-ing to try this new and gentle no ammonia, 10 minute hair color by L'Oreal! Ever since we saw beautiful 'Lost' actress Evangeline Lilly doing television ads for L'Oreal, we got hooked on her shade: Iced Chocolate.

If you like Clairol's Natural Instincts semi-permanent hair color, then you will also like L'Oreal's new Healthy Look Creme Gloss Color. Just a quick 10 minutes to dye your hair and it lasts through 28 shampoos.

Let's face it.....coloring hair with a permanent dye can be brutal to hair. And if you do it too often, you risk lots of damage to the hair.....like breakage, dullness, dryness, and all those ugly parts that can result when coloring hair at home.

But a no-ammonia hair color is much healthier to your locks. Okay, it isn't superior for lots of gray coverage, but if you have minimal gray, a semi-permanent will cover it. And if you don't want a 'permanent' commitment, this dye will wash away eventually.

This is what L'Oreal's new Healthy Look Ceme Gloss Color can do for you:
Super-nourishing creme colorant without a single ounce of ammonia.
So deeply hydrating, it counters dullness and helps prevent damage. Even suitable for heat-damaged hair.
Conditioning treatment with royal jelly, nature's superfood concentrate with the most essential nutrients. Seals in glossy shine.
Glossy, healthy-looking shine, full of shimmering tones. Softly blends away grays. No obvious roots. 10 little minutes.
If you hesitate between two shades, choose the lighter one.
For the best gray coverage, choose shades with neutral tones.

Evangeline Lilly has gorgeous hair , and everyone's going bananas over her shade: Iced Chocolate (cool chestnut brown) or 4AR. Her color looks as yummy as a chocolate bar! And you can pick up a box at your local drugstore for just $9.99.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Dark Skin Equals Slower Aging But Pigmentation Biggest Concern





















Lucky you! Dark skin has many beauty advantages. And when it comes to wrinkles and sagging, you needn't worry for a number of years.

Why? Because women with dark skin have the most melanin and a relatively thick epidermis. So that means, pesky lines like crow's feet and laugh lines won't appear on your face that quickly, whereas a woman with fair or light skin, will notice premature wrinkling pop up in her younger years. Being blessed with extra melanin, is like having your own personal built-in sunblock.

"In general, the darker you are, the slower you age," New York City dermatologist Francesca Fuco tells InStyle magazine.

The beauty problems many dark-skinned women develop, have to do with pigmentation, dark undereye circles, and rough patches of skin.

So, how do you fight back? With early treatment---serums, creams, and yes, even daily sunscreen. But just because you have more melanin, doesn't mean the sun's rays won't affect you over time. We are all vulnerable.

"We dark-skinned women tend to lose elasticity as we age, because we often don't wear sunblock," says Jeanine Downie, a New Jersey dermatologist says to InStyle magazine.

The magazine article suggested the following beauty regimen to keep dark skin looking youthful and flawless:

1. Cleanser: Aveeno Positively Radiant Cleanser ($7, drugstores). This product is gentle on skin and contains soy, which evens out skin tone gently.

2. Eye Cream: Skin Medica TNS Illuminating Eye Cream ($80, at skinmedica.com). A bit pricey, but this eye cream is great at treating dark undereye circles with a high-tech formula that encourages collagen and cell repair. Jeanine Downie recommends this eye cream to many of her African-American patients.

3. Daily Sunscreen: Alyria Corrective Protection Sunscreen SPF30 ($40, at alyria-med.com). Another favorite of Jeanine Downie's. This sunscreen is full of anti-oxidants and completely disappears on dark-skin, after applying.

4. Treatment Lotion: Rx for Brown Skin Bright & Clear Lotion ($34, Sephora stores). A lightweight formula that is excellent at moisturizing skin and fighting acne, and at the same time, not inflaming skin. Made with salicylic acid.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

New Avon Anew Reversalist Eye Cream Tackles Dark Circles And Wrinkles

Avon has a new eye cream that's creating some beauty buzz. Say goodbye to dark circles and eye wrinkles. And say hello to ANEW REVERSALIST Illuminating Eye System.

It's a 2-in-1 beauty product that does a decent job of brightening the undereye area. Dark circles are a very common problem many women of all ages wake up to every morning they stare into the mirror. And Mediterranean women especially, are haunted by this not-so-pretty condition.

The Anew Reversalist Illuminating Eye System, now on sale for $25, claims to do this:
Visibly repair dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles over time.
When you first start use it, the eye area appears more luminous.
IN 4 WEEKS, it dramatically reduces the look of fine wrinkles
.

The 2-in-1 eye system includes:

1. Sheer veil with potent skin brighteners. Illuminates undereye area instantly. Use after eye cream and reapply as needed. .09 oz. net wt.

2. Eye cream: visibly repairs dark, circles, fine lines and wrinkles over time. Use twice a day all over eye area. .5 fl. oz.


The magic beauty ingredient in the Anew Reversalist Illuminating Eye System includes,
Activinol Eye Technology, which was developed to repair wrinkles. Avon’s patent-pending Activinol Technology has been shown to increase the production of Activin, the skin’s key repair molecule, to help increase the skin’s ability to repair itself and encourage the formation of fresh skin. Avon’s Reversalist products use two biologically derived Phytochemicals in it’s Activinol Technology:
Amorphophallus--
which stimulates Activin production to help trigger the skin’s repair process. And Sesbania, which boos the skin’s support structure to help deliver less wrinkles.

You can learn more about the new Avon Anew Reversalist Illuminating System on YouTube. Or right here at Avon.com.

And if you don't love it, return it, for a full money back guarantee. We like that beauty promise.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Do You Like Jennifer Love Hewitt's New Breakup Bob?!




Breakup Bob. That's what People magazine is calling Jennifer Love Hewitt's new haircut. Do you like it? We do.

The 31-year-old Ghost Whisperer actress recently broke up with longtime love Jamie Kennedy, and if you believe therapy theories about chopping off hair after a love split, well, maybe there's some truth to it.

Remember this:...I'm gonna wash that man right out of my hair...." This time, Jennifer Love Hewitt is actually cutting that man loose from her hair. And let's be frank here. Most of the hair Jennifer had cut were really long hair extensions. And we're pleased that she's gone back to her natural, darker hair color, too.

We are tired of seeing all these Hollywood beauties with the same cookie cutter, super long and wavy hair extensions. Enough! We wish the Kardashian sisters would all chop off a few inches from their really long hairstyles and try something new. Same with Gisele Bundchen. Denise Richards. Jessica Simpson.

Jennifer Love Hewitt's bob is actually a LOB, or a grown out bob with long layers. And that is a hot look right now. She was photographed outside her Brentwood, California home over the weekend.

Does a short haircut cure a heartbreak? Who knows. Jennifer seems to have taken the high road, when talking about her ex:

"It was a mutual decision and we've parted as friends. There's no anger, there's no upset, there's no enemies."

"It's been totally fine. It's really a testament to who he is and to who I am. We're both grown-ups."

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Face-Lift In A Jar Works Says Jennifer Flavin-Stallone

Face-lift in a jar? Is it really possible??!!
To be honest, you can come close....at least temporarily, but only a skilled plastic surgeon cutting away excess sagging skin, can really achieve a much younger look.

However, who wants to spend the thousands of $$$ for surgery and weeks of downtime, and the real possibility you might end up not liking the results of the surgery.

Well, we've got a high tech beauty mask for you. All we need is just 3 minutes of your time. Yes, 3 minutes, says the wife of hunky Sylvester Stallone, Jennifer Flavin-Stallone. And $49.95.

Firma-Face XR by Serious Skin Care is a 3-step application to "younger, smoother-looking skin."

The firming mask works by penetrating deeply into the skin and firming from the inside out. In other words, the formula does not just sit on top of the skin. It works below, according to the website at Serious Skin Care.

We like that the entire process is very simple and only requires 3 minutes of your time. Just apply a smooth, even coat of Firma-Face XR after cleansing and drying face. Wait for the 3 minutes. Then splash face with cool water. Dry. And apply mositurizer and makeup, and go on with your day.

Firma-Face XR has been clinically proven to work and deliver these results:
Skin looked firmer, tighter, smoother and younger.
Lines and wrinkles appeared dramatically reduced.
Eyes looked more open and awake
.
What's in this face-lift in a jar? A bit of caffeine, and two high tech beauty ingredients: GABA and aminopropane sulfonic acid. The two act to lift and firm, and smooth over wrinkles. Well, maybe for a few hours, at least.

No, we haven't tried it. But just remember...a face-lift in a jar might exist, but it's only temporary. Having said that, if a beauty product can actually lift and firm for several hours, then we think it could prove to be an important weapon in the war on aging skin.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Black Eyed Peas Fergie's Three Beauty Essentials For Star Style







Fergie is still wearing her hair dark brown and still looking glam when she's out in public. Ever wonder what 'The Duchess' has in her makeup bag?

Fergie has told the beauty magazines there are 3 beauty essentials that she is currently obsessed with. And we love it when celebrities like to share their best beauty products. Sometimes the items are cheap and drugstore, and other times, their faves are high end.

For the very talented singer of the Black Eyed Peas, she's in the middle....not too cheap and not too expensive. So, let's take a look:

1. MAC Green Gel Cleanser ($20, at fine dept. stores like Macys.) Just add water and you get a great and refreshing foaming cleanser with extracts of cucumber and algae. And this won't dry out your skin. Very gentle and nourishing.

2. Sonya Dakar Omega-3 Repair Complex ($42, at SonyaDakar.com). Fergie has dry skin, and she adores this serum for its botanical properties with healthy Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids that successfully moisturize skin and balance the natural oils. There is also lavender and geranium extracts to help problem skin like redness, acneetc.

3. Le Metier de Beaute Brown Eye Pencil in Tamarck ($36, at Neiman Marcus). A velvety smooth eye pencil in a pretty softer chocolate brown. Fergie likes this pencil because it stays put---no smudging.

We hope Fergie goes back to her lovely blonde roots this spring. We think she looks best with much lighter hair. Then again, when you've got a really gorgeous accessory on your arm like husband Josh Duhamel, who needs to worry about hair color!!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Liz Taylor Debuts New Fragrance 'Violet Eyes' And Twitter Fans Agree




Violet Eyes.
Most people on the planet know who those stunning eyes belong to. Especially those who 'follow' Elizabeth Taylor on Twitter.

We say, never underestimate the power of social networking. Back in May of 2009, the grand dame herself, asked her many, many Twitter followers, millions, that is, to help the legendary actress decide on the name of her new fragrance to be launched in 2010.

Elizabeth Arden, the famous beauty company debuting the new fragrance for Miss Taylor, was sold on the name, Violet Eyes, as were we. But the humble Hollywood legend felt that was a bit show-off-y, and told her Twitter fans, that Follow Me, was a more appropriate name for her new perfume. Apparently, Twitter knows best, and the fragrance has recently been launched as Violet Eyes.

As you can see by her Twitter response and those of her faithful followers, 'Violet Eyes,' belongs to only one great woman. And those eyes are so beautiful. Heck, it's been 20 years, since the Academy Award winner gave the world her White Diamonds fragrance. It's about time, she adorned us all with a new signature scent.

Violet Eyes is a fruity floral, and it sounds yummy on paper. Here's the rundown from Elizabeth Arden:
Top Note: The Ingénue. This fresh scent of Lush White Peach bursts onto the scene, causes a stir and leaves you wanting more.
Mid Notes: The Star. Voluptuous Jasmine Flower and Rich Purple Rose create an unforgettable aura.
Dry Down: The Icon. Delicate Violet Peony, Cedar Wood and Warm Amber are long lasting and memorable.

For more information on Violet Eyes, visit Elizabeth Arden.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

How New Baby Momma Padma Lakshmi Uses Simple Indian Beauty Treatment For Perfect Hair


Congratulations to new baby momma Padma Lakshmi! The host of Bravo TV's Top Chef has perfect hair---shiny, strong, thick, and long. And as you can also see from the photo, Padma has a gorgeous baby named Krishna.

Today, we thought we'd take a look at the India-born beauty and an old beauty tip she's passing along from her family.

Jojoba Oil (Desert Essence JoJoba Oil, $14.99, at Desert Essence). This is the organic brand Padma uses.

"To fight flakes, I microwave a cup of this and massage it into my scalp. My grandmother used to do it on the stove," Padma explains.

Excellent advice from Padma Lakshmi. Jojoba oil is a wonderful and natural beauty treatment.

The Jojoba (pronounced ho-HO-ba) plant has large, brown seeds that resemble coffee beans. Jojoba oil is the liquid wax produced from the seeds. And this oil is able to moisturize without leaving a greasy residue.

Here are some other amazing things jojoba oil can do for your hair, according to the Desert Essence company:

1. Hair and Scalp Massage--Add a few drops to hands. Massage into scalp to relieve dryness.

2. Split End Mender--Add a few drops to your hands. Rub hands together and then apply to ends of your hair. You can also run hands lightly over damp hair to smooth frizzies. Remember to use only a drop or two.

3. Deep Conditioning Treatment for Hair--Pour a quarter-sized amount of oil into hands. Smooth over damp hair, applying most of oil to ends. Leave on for 5-10 minutes. Shampoo out and style as usual.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Cellulite Cure In A Pill Three Times A Day...Is It Possible?


Cellulite. You know, the dimpled fat that shows up on women's thighs, butts, and even arms and stomach.

Well, we've had this discussion before, and the facts are very simple:

You can never get rid of cellulite permanently. BUT----you can halt its further progression. And you can reduce its appearance.
So then, that would mean, that we can stop cellulite from getting worse. And we can smooth our skin and make it look firmer and less bumpy.

Okay, then what is CelluScience? Apparently, Europe's hottest anti-cellulite formula. And yes, it is a cellulite pill. Pop it 3x a day, and within 47 days, you, too, will see cellulite reduction. 94% of the women participating did.

How could that be? Could CelluScience actually make your dimpled fat look better? According to the makers of CelluScience, five international, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled published clinical trials "prove that this dietary supplement reduces cellulite." A 3-month supply costs $207.99. Not cheap, but if it really works, as they say, 'priceless!'

At least the CelluScience people didn't claim to wipe out cellulite permanently. So we are intrigued by what they are promising. And what we found remarkable, was that during these clinical trials, women were told not to change their diet or exercise routines. And they still reported seeing a reduction of their cellulite. This is what the cellulite pill does:

• Promote healthy cell metabolism
• Deliver potent anti-oxidants
• Maintain micro-circulation inside
• For smooth, sexy skin outside

You can buy CelluScience Anti-Cellulite Beaute Intensive by Santica Research Labs at GNC stores or online at CelluScience.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Olay Professional Pro-X Products Just As Effective As Prescription Retin-A New Study Shows

Olay Professional Pro-X skin care products are just as effective as prescription strength Retin-A (tretinoin)?!

Drugstore as good as prescription??!!

Well, we're certainly scratching our head over the recent news. An 8-week clinical study was conducted by Proctor & Gamble which owns the Olay company. And the British Journal of Dermatology has published the findings.

The trial compared an off-the-shelf brand, Olay Professional Pro-X, to the leading prescription wrinkle regimen, 0.02 percent tretinoin, or retin-A or Renova. The study found Olay Pro-X regimen clinically improved the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles, as well as the prescription regimen in eight weeks. An 8-week, randomized, parallel-group study was conducted in 196 women with moderate to moderately severe periorbital wrinkles.

So, exactly what did the clinical study show:

Of the 196 women participating, the results showed that more than half of the subjects using Olay Professional Pro-X Intensive Wrinkle Protocol (58%) were judged to look better for visible wrinkle reduction compared to subjects using the 0.02 percent tretinoin regimen (41%) after 8 weeks of treatment. Further, the Olay Professional Pro-X regimen reduced visible facial wrinkle size by 17%, compared to 11% by 0.02 percent tretinoin regimen after 8 weeks of treatment.

To be fair, dermatologists would tell you, that Retin-A is a slow mover. It takes quite a while for results to show. The prescription takes 24 weeks to see full results and longer term comparative results may be different. So, that is a key point right there. Remember, the Proctor & Gamble trial was only 8-weeks long.

Another point, Retin-A generally comes in 3 strengths: 0.1%(strongest), 0.05%, and 0.25%.
Still, we find the results in this recent skin study to be quite impressive. Plus, the British Journal of Dermatology is nothing to sneeze at. They are one of the world's leading peer-reviewed medical dermatology journals.

Professional Pro-X is Olay's most expensive skin care line in their large arsenal of anti-aging drugstore products.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Smart And Simple Hair Care Tips From Celebrity Stylists

Hair. It really is a big deal to most women. And when you take a look at beautiful celebrities, their hair always seems to look perfect, polished, and healthy. Julia Roberts. Penelope Cruz. Giselle. Salma Hayek. Rachel Bilson. Debra Messing. Jessica Simpson.

How does she do it? Let's take a look at celebrity stylists and learn some smart and simple hair care tips.

Hair color. Extremely important. Color isn't just for covering up a few grays. The right hair shade speaks volumes about a woman's beauty. Just ask one of the best in the business, master colorist Kim Vo.

"Skin tone is the most important factor in deciding your perfect color," Kim Vo says. "It takes a professional eye to determine, but for a simple read, use the veins on your wrist. If your veins are blue, warm tones like chestnut and auburn tones are for you. If your veins are more green, caramel and golden hues will compliment you. If your veins are blue/green, then warm and cool tones can be added seamlessly".

Shiny, healthy hair is another key to polished locks. Salma Hayek has one of the glossiest manes around. Is it sheer luck or lucky genes? According to celebrity stylist Robert Vetica, it's even simpler than that.

Any woman can achieve high-voltage shine with one product: Moroccanoil. Robert Vetica explains how he styles Salma's hair:

1: Separate hair into small sections.
2: Add Moroccanoil Treatment and Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream to each.
3: Use round brush to blow dry sections.
4: Let hair fall and mist with Moroccanoil Gold Glimmer Shine Spray
.

And when it comes to curly hair, a little extra TLC is needed. Nicole Kidman goes back and forth from bouncy curls to sleek, straight hair. Her secret? Bio Ionic hair care products.

Kerry Warn, Australia's own celebrity stylist, uses the line on Nicole Kidman, so she can change up her hairstyle without damaging locks.

"These products use the Trinity FX charge to shatter water molecule clusters by up to 10 times their size and keep them apart, allowing the properties to penetrate deep into the hair shaft." You end up with straight, silky, smooth hair.

Even if you don't have perfect locks, and need some for a special occasion, like wedding hair, relax! You can fake it.

Jessica Simpson's favorite stylist Ken Paves, has designed beautiful hair extensions that are very easy to put in. Why not try his Clip-In Bangs. They're made with heat-friendly synthetic fiber so you can curl, cut and style - just like your own hair.

"Now you can have super chic blunt bangs without the commitment of cutting your own hair. This fabulous fringe looks real, feels real and stays put! Just clip in and go," says Ken Paves.

Whatever you do, remember your hair says a lot about who you are and the style you are embracing. For more hair tips check out hairstyles on Wikipedia.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Going Nude In Spring/Summer 2010.....Lips Baring It All

Lips are baring it all for spring/summer 2010. Nude lips are back in a big way. Just ask Kim Kardashian. She loves to rock this look, along with a very smoky eye and sexy spray tan. That is Kim K's signature look. And as of the moment, NARS Belle de Jour ($24) is one of Kim's favorite nude lipsticks.

The season is calling for either a bold or bare pout. We've seen many pretty celebrities painting on the nude lips....Fergie, Leona Lewis, Carrie Underwood, Penelope Cruz, Mary J. Blige, and the list goes on.

Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock has been glossing up with a nude lip for several red carpet events, and then wowed her fans with a very strong, red lipstick when she took home her Oscar recently.

You can wear bare and bold lipsticks but you have to be very careful, in both beauty respects.

Let's be frank here---red lips are not easy to pull off. But then again, going nude isn't so simple, either. You can look washed out and even ill, if you haven't mastered wearing the right shade.

Our simple beauty tip: Experiment with going nude this spring and summer. Try on a few nude lipsticks, liners, or glosses until you nail the most complimentary 'beige-y-ness' for you. There is a nude shade for every woman, but it might take a few tubes until you find the perfect one.

You might like wearing Kim K's Belle de Jour. If not, here are a few others:
1. Cover Girl Wetslicks AmazeMint lip gloss in Freedom of Peach
($6.25, drugstores). This shade has a little more of a color punch to it.
2. Clinique Defining Liner in Berry Nude ($14, fine dept. stores like Macy's). This is very bare, hardly there. A nice natural look.
3. Bobbi Brown Sunset Nude lipstick ($22, bobbibrowncosmetics.com). A warm shimmering nude shade that will show off your smile. Bobbi Brown is a genius at perfecting the natural look.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

100 Calorie Snacks Like Frozen Banana Keep Diet Plan In Check


It's a 100-calorie snack world. Or at least it seems that way. Everywhere you turn, there are mini versions of the snacks we love on grocery shelf after grocery shelf.

But does the 100-calorie snack concept really help you lose weight? Can these tiny snack packs keep your diet plan in check?
We say, yes! As long as you are sticking to one 100-calorie pack, and not any extras. In other words, never eat out of the bag. 18 pretzels equal 100-calories. Not 30 pretzels. And we'll talk about the delicious frozen banana treat in just a bit.

First of all, when you get a snack attack, you want to satisfy it. And when the snack is pre-portioned or pre-measured, then you eat what's in the bag or drink what's in the can, and that's it. Your limit is set for you, and if you follow it, the 100-calorie packs or drinks are great for the diet watcher.

We found this excellent advice from Webmd.com:
"If you focus on the calorie count, it can make it much easier to chose a snack and much easier to stick to your diet, and you can't stray too far if you only allow yourself that 100-calorie limit," says Christine Gerbstadt, MD, RD, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association.

One of our favorite 100-calorie snacks is the frozen banana treat. And it so delicious, it really tastes like banana ice cream. It's simple. Peel a banana, and slice it into small circles. Pop them into the freezer until firm. Yum!

Bananas are excellent for you, too. What's not to like?

We all know that bananas are rich in potassium. But the yellow, creamy 100- calorie treat is much more than that. Bananas are pretty close to being a perfect food. They are packed with fiber, iron, and protein, Vitamins B6 and C. And bananas also stop your craving for sugar. And the fruit is high in minerals that reduce cholesterol. And they are great for pregnant women, because they contain good things that help keep blood sugars up.

Here are some other healthy 100-calorie snacks:
1. Fudgsicle. You loved these as a kid, and now these chocolate pops are made just for the dieter and include a good source of fiber and calcium.
2. Sun Chips. This tasty multigrain snack packs 5 grams of fiber along with vitamin E in each little bag.
3. Emerald Cocoa Roast Dark Chocolate Almonds. Satisy your sweet tooth and also load up on some essential fats in this small 100-calorie pack.
4. Cracker Barrel 2% Milk Cheddar Cheese Sticks. Okay, so there is an amout of fat in these, but.....there are also very decent levels of protein, calcium, and other nutrients which gives these snacks the thumbs up.
5. Oreo Minicakesters. Nabisco knows how to do them right. Not much in the way of nutrition, but boy, these taste really good. Moist chocolate cakes and creme-- need we say more?

Friday, March 12, 2010

New Website: LockandMane All About Hair Hair Hair



Ladies, if you want to visit a friendly place that talks only about hair, hair, and only hair, then try this new website called Lock & Mane.

As the website likes to say: Indulge, rinse, repeat.

LockandMane.com has only been up for a few months now, and already, it's a very popular site at which to, 'let your hair down.' InStyle magazine also named LockandMane one of their Best of the Web sites.

You will find luxury hair accessories and hair products for women, that are approved by NYC celebrity dermatologist Michael Lorin Reed, an expert in hair and scalp health.

At the website's 'About Lock & Mane page,' the products listed, aren't just thrown out there to make a fast buck:

"We firmly believe in every product we sell at Lock & Mane. We believe in them, because we use them ourselves. Every shampoo, conditioner, hair gel, blow dryer, hair clip and curler in our inventory has been thoroughly tested and evaluated by our team to ensure that we only offer the best.

In addition to being your destination for luxury hair products, we are your resource for all things hair. We know that everyone is different: Some of us have dry hair, others damaged. Some of us live with frizz and others (both men and women) suffer from thinning hair. It’s why we’ve ‘taken to the field,’ talking with medical and salon professionals to find out what products they value the most. We get the scoop on which over-the-counter products they recommend and bring those products to you."

There are hair vitamins and herbs at LockandMane.com. And there are products for just about every hair challenge out there....from dandruff to nourishing hair masks to oils to damaged strands to fine/thinning hair. Trust us. You can find the solution there.

And talk about hair accessories, these products are so beautiful. From casual barrettes to silky headbands to elegant crystal tiaras, some of the loveliest hair adornments we've seen.

They say, "It's all about the hair." And often times, it is, because when a woman's hair looks good, she feels good.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

How To Get A Beautiful Firm Round Butt In A Box By Bremenn Labs

Butt Lift in a Box.

We kid you not. That is the name of a new beauty body product by Bremenn Research Labs. The same folks who brought you popular Hylexin for serious, dark undereye circles and Lumedia for brightening skin tone.

It's a 3-step system that will, er, 're-model your rump.' Inside the box, for $99, you receive:

• Plumping Catalyst, 4 oz.
• Lifting and Firming Emulsion, 4oz.
• Exercise Booklet • Exercise Band

Victoria's Secret, Dillard's, and Sephora, are just three out of many popular places, where we found this butt lifter.
So, what's in the ingredients? Skin smoothers like peptide-based topical creams. These formulas help reduce the appearance of cellulite, and provide a firming look to the rear, at least temporarily.

Does it work effectively......in other words....can you 'create' a killer butt with Butt in a Box?

Well, we couldn't find any customer reviews anywhere. So we will be watching, from behind, so to speak. But let's be honest.....we are a country that is obsessed with a firm round butt! Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, Kim Kardashian. Need we say more?!

This is how Bremenn Reasearch Labs explains the reason for developing their Butt Lift in a Box:

"Over time, our bottoms are assaulted by a combination of skin flaccidity, loss of muscle tone, and the redistribution of fat in the underlying tissue matrix. Surgery can help by removing excess skin to lift sagging buns or by plumping up a deflated rear end with buttock-rounding implants."

Bremenn Labs' product claims to deliver:

"This amazing Butt-Lifting Kit not only helps reduce the appearance of cellulite, but it restores a youthful, head-turning roundness as it "plumps up" even the saggiest of rear ends."

By the way, Bremenn Reasearch Labs has also introduced 2 more new beauty body products: Boob Job in a Box and Tummy Tuck in a Box. For real.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Meet Simon Cowell's Idol Mezhgan And Her Me Makeup Line


Her name is Mezhgan Hussainy and her popular makeup line is called Me. And she just happens to be Simon Cowell's 'idol.'

Okay, maybe we're being corny here, but American Idol's Simon Cowell is quite smitten with the 36-year-old Afghan beauty. In fact, Simon introduced the world to his fiance last night on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Of course, Simon was coy and playful and didn't exactly indicate when he would marry his Idol makeup artist. But it's nice to see a happy celebrity couple.

Mezhgan, pronounced 'Mish-gone,' knows a lot about makeup. She is the makeup artist to Idol judges Simon and Randy Jackson, and has used her talent to create beautiful faces on contestant after contestant on the hit show. She joined American Idol on Season 2, and has been there ever since.

Adam Lambert, who won't go anywhere without his fab eyeliner, raves about Mezhgan's Me makeup line.
"He loves it because it doesn’t smudge," she says. "He’s always talking about it on red carpets. I should give him a lifetime supply."

Mezhgan has a very interesting and brave background. Her family escaped from Afghanistan in 1979 and later settled in Los Angeles, where Mezhgan did some modeling, and started going to dental school. And then, eventually ended up with a super career as a makeup artist, as she tells the dailygab.com:

"The irony for me is that, in my country, once the Taliban took over, women couldn’t even show their face or put on makeup," Mezhgan says. "And here I was doing exactly that on the No. 1 show. I realized how important that was; [Makeup] is part of being a woman, and it does give you self-assurance and confidence. In a way, you’re ready to conquer the world."

You can take a look at her Me makeup line here. There are lots of products designed for face, eyes, lips, and cheeks, and a nice assortment of makeup bushes. We especially like Me's variety of undereye concealers and bronzers.

When you think about it, Mezhgan Hussainy is the face of Idol.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

How To Get Work-Out Clothes And Shoes Smelling Fresh Again With Just A Spritz

Sweaty work-out clothes aren't pretty. And for those of you who hit the gym or take your exercising into the great outdoors, then you know what we mean. That's why we are looking at a new product that battles the bad odors.

It's called the Febreeze Sport Extreme Odor Eliminator. Great name for a useful product. And you can pick up a bottle in your neighborhood grocery store for about $5. And it comes in two uni-sex scents: Fresh & clean. Active Fresh.

We think it's a smart idea. You can spritz Febreeze Sport in all your running shoes, gym bags, on unwashable equipment, and even on your work-out clothes. If you believe the fine print, then you can bet the stuff works. Febreeze's special 'X-Sweat technology' is able to zoom in and zap stubborn and smelly tough sport odors. And of course, a powder fresh and clean scent will follow you around.

Even if you don't sweat, ladies, you might know someone who leaves his smelly sneakers sitting around. And you could always douse them with a very strong blast or two. Get rid of that locker room smell, and play hard!

Visit Febreeze Sport for more information.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Up-Dos And Buns And Red Lips Shine At 2010 Academy Awards

Up-dos and buns were everywhere gracing the red carpet at last night's Academy Awards show. Oscar winner Sandra Bullock was one of the few lovely ladies who wore her hair down. Stylist Frederic Fekkai chose to create a simple and sleek straight-down do with a strong side part, which is hot for 2010. A slight wave at the bottom completed the look.

Most of Hollywood chose to wear their hair pulled back, up and away from the face. Not an easy look to pull off for everyone, but beauties like Nicole Richie, Zoe Saldana, and Jennifer Lopez certainly wore it well.

Nicole Richie was sporting an elegant ballerina bun, which stylists have shown on the runways for the new year. It's a sophisticated and refined look, and turns the spotlight on one's features beautifully.

Jennifer Lopez opted for a 'messier' up-do, with a few wispy tendrils peeking out, which still showed off her sexy side. And of course, statuesque beauty Charlize Theron wowed the crowd with a side-parted do, softly tucked behind in back.



As far as the Academy Award makeup styles, red lips were hot, and Sandra Bullock and Charlize were not shy about putting on a very bold lip. You can't tell by the photo of Sandra here, but those lips were dark red on the television screen.


There were mainly softer lips in pale, neutral shades on most celebrities last evening. Zoe, Nicole, and Jennifer chose a stronger eye, instead. Amazing cat eye makeup. Just look at Nicole Richie. Her eyes are mesmerizing. Absolutely stunning. It appears to be a silver eyeshadow with a black liquid liner.


And as you know, Jennifer Lopez loves to highlight her cheekbones. And once again, her makeup is perfectly applied. Makeup artist Matthew Vanleeuween used NARS Orgasm Illuminator to achieve those highly defined cheekbones.
Here's the rest of the beauty breakdown of NARS cosmetics used to create Jennifer's flawless face:
Enchanted Cream Blush
Desire Blush
Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
D. Gorgeous Single Eyeshadow
Brousse Duo Eyeshadow
Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara
Cruising Lipstick
Sweet Dreams Lip Gloss

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Beauty On A Budget Buy: New N.Y.C. Blushable Creme Stick

Beauty on a budget. You know you like it. Who doesn't want an excellent beauty product that won't break your wallet? That's why we were attracted to a new blush by drugstore favorite, N.Y.C. New York Color.

It's called, N.Y.C. Blushable Creme Stick ($2.99, drugstores...Rite Aid, Walgreens).

We think it's a great little blush in a stick. It's a cream, not a powder. It glides on smoothly and actually lasts for a few hours. And the Blushable Creme Stick comes in 6 shades.

The consistency is very creamy. And thankfully not frosty or shimmery like some other cheap drugstore brands. It looks natural and there is a light sheen, and you can build on it, or layer it stronger. Try it in Plaza Pink, a soft, peachy/pink shade.

Even reality star Kim Kardashian carries the new N.Y.C.'s Blushable Creme Stick in her makeup bag for those red carpet evenings. Kim told OK magazine that it's definitely in her bag:

"This is a super blendable blush that can act as a lipstick in case I need a touch-up."

Remember this ladies: Blush is the most important makeup to put on, even when you're rushing out the door, with little time to do your face. It enhances bone structure and gives the face a warmth and brightness. That little beauty nugget comes from legendary makeup artist Sandy Linter.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

How To Get Rid Of Stubborn Belly Fat Naturally With Chlorophyll


Stubborn belly fat. It's a nusiance and it isn't pretty.

Chlorophyll equals flat belly. How can that be? Isn't chlorophyll the stuff that makes leaves and grass green?!

Yes! And according to the dietary experts, chlorophyll acts like a mild laxative and encourages the liver into becoming a better fat-burning machine. The green pigment is also full of magnesium which helps to balance blood sugar and melt away stubborn belly fat. Chlorophyll is also high in vitamin and mineral content.

Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, and an award-winning author of 30 books, tells First for Women magazine that, "the best absorbed form (of chlorophyll) is a liquid extract mixed with water." She suggests a twice daily drink of 1 tsp. of chlorophyll in 8 oz. of water.

Dr. Gittleman likes Sunny Green Liquid Chlorophyll ($13, 16 oz., at health-food stores).

Just one key note to consider: If stools become too loose, reduce dose to 1/2 tsp. of cholorophyll in 8 oz., twice daily.

Did you know that a glass of wheat grass juice has lots of chlorophyll in it? From what we learned, it is nearly 70% chlorophyll. If you examine chlorophyll's basic chemical compound, it matches the human hemoglobin almost perfectly. This in turn, gives the body excellent healing and nutritional value.

And lettuce (and other raw leafy green vegetables) is also another great source of chlorophyll for more natural ways of burning stubborn belly fat.

Before adding a liquid chlorophyll to your diet, please check with your doctor, especially if your are pregnant or have diabetes.

Friday, March 5, 2010

How To Fake Having Perfect Fuller Eyebrows In Just A Few Steps


Eyebrows. Now that's a touchy subject around many women. Some of us have plucked away ours forever. And others just never had thick brows to begin with. And yet, there are an enviable few, who seem to have perfect, fuller eyebrows naturally.

So what's a gal to do?

First, fuller brows = youth. Don't believe us? Two experts weigh in on the brow theory:

Professional makeup artist Sandy Linter, who has made up many beautiful faces---from Elizabeth Hurley to Eva Longoria Parker to Christie Brinkley, has told us this:

Thin brows are the biggest mistake she sees women make, time and time again. "I don’t like overly thin, trying to be perfect brows," Sandy Linter says. "I like a fuller, more natural looking brow. It is not an L.A. brow, but more like a ‘model’s brow. Look at the models, not the actresses in the magazines for correct brow shapes."

She explains that thin brows are more aging on a women. Sandy advises using brow pencils. "Kevin Aucoin has one that is perfect for any medium to dark brow and Lancome has perfect colors for the lighter blonde brows. Make sure your brow technician does not use any wax. If you think your brows are getting too thick, just use the tweezers. And don’t make the ends too short. It’s tricky, you don’t want the eyebrow to go down at the ends. This is where mistakes happen. Take off as little as possible. I try to get as much mileage from their natural shape that I can."

And the world's best known eyebrow shaper, Anastasia Soare, seems to agree with Sandy Linter on several points:

"Most of us look younger with fuller brows and a soft arch," Anastasia explains to Lady's Home Journal in the March issue.

And like Sandy, Anastasia believes, if you don't have good brows, pencil them in! Anastasia says, to keep the brows looking natural, try using short, hairlike strokes. Then comb through your brows with a clean mascara brush to blend the color evenly across the length of the brow. You can try the Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil ($22, at Anastasia). It comes with a built-in brush.

Most women will admit that it isn't easy using a brow pencil. For pros like Anastasia and Sandy Linter, it's a piece of cake. So a lot of practice is needed in the beginning, until you get the hang of it. And yes, you can pencil in perfect, fuller eyebrows.

Whatever you do, just remember to lay down those tweezers!! Leave the serious plucking and waxing to the experts like Anastasia. If you over-tweeze, well, we've warned you several articles ago, it takes a long time to grow them back, and after age 40, some eyebrow hairs never return, says Sandy Linter.

"It may take up to four months for your brows to grow in fully," Anastasia says. Patience is required, indeed.

You can also grow bangs to cover less than perfect eyebrows. That really makes them look thicker than they are. And by the way, bangs are still big in 2010. So fringe is in.