Friday, September 30, 2011

VS's New Showstopper Bra Perfectly Smooth Under All Your Autumn Knits

It's getting to be sweater weather, ladies, and that means you need a perfectly smooth bra for your favorite autumn knits.

Welcome, Showstopper! Victoria Secret's newest bra ($48) is ideal for giving you un-bumpy curves and contours where you need them most.

“It’s smooth on the skin and doesn’t show under clothing,” VS angel Adriana Lima boasts.

Let's be honest, if your undergarment is heavily padded and lacey, those features can show right through a thinner sweater, adding bulk and lumps.

The Victoria Secret Showstopper is carefully designed to show nothing but your shape. This collection of bras has padding and underwire, but the intricate nylon/spandex technology provides a no-show coverage because it is very light and soft. The VS Showstopper disappears under your best knitwear.

The full-coverage bra goes up to a 38DD and comes in 3 styles: Demi. Perfect Coverage. And Multi-Way. Colors come in Nude. White. Black. Fuchsia. And Blue.

Check out the VS Showstopper here.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Gotta Love Lorac Haute Couture Palette In Black Lace Cover

A $76 eyeshadow palette for just $14?!

Yes. And it's a one-time deal with beauty maker Lorac and Just head to the website and sign up, and get your hands on this super quality cosmetic.

Okay, we have to admit.....The sexy, black lace-covered palette drew us in. We love anything in lace. But we also think the Lorac Haute Couture Palette in Sand Tropez is gorgeous.

This is a versatile, neutral palette in these shades:

Matte ivory. Gold shimmer. Bronze shimmer. And Matte espresso brown.

You can't go wrong with brown eyeshadow. Model Cindy Crawford applies it all the time:

Cindy 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."

Excellent beauty advice from one of the best supermodels of all time.

Check it out at HauteCouture.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Time To Add A Piece Of Cool Cowgirl Chic To Fall 2011 Wardrobe

Designer Ralph Lauren is brilliant at cool cowgirl chic. No one does it better, in our opinion. Some suede, a little fringe, an armful of silver bangle bracelets, a blast of turquoise,a few chunky knits and you're riding the trend.

You don't want to over-dose on the classic boho prairie style, but you CAN add one great cowgirl piece to your wardrobe this fall:

A chic fringed bag. We found a budget-friendly one at American Eagle Outfitters (top photo). Just $39.50 in the right earth-tone shade of tan! Gotta love that!

Okay, so it's not real leather like the Ralph Lauren Collection fringe bag Kate Hudson has been toting around all year. But the AEO Fringed Bag is still super stylish and looks great:

Faux pebbled leather
• Hobo silhouette
• Long layer of fringe
• Adjustable shoulder strap
• Top-zip closure
• Interior zip and patch pockets
• Fully lined
• 13"L x 11.5"H x 3.5"D

We adore the color, too. AEO describes their fringed bag as tan. We say it looks more like a saddle shade. Either way, this earth-tone works as a classic. Read on what designer Michael Kors says about these neutral shades:

"Saddle-colored leather, bags, shoes, and belts are great neutrals that get better with age, and will work year-round, with every color and texture in your closet."

Great fashion tip, Michael Kors!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Taste Ain't Great But Colgate's New Optic White Really Brightens Teeth

Let's get to the bad news first:

The taste isn't great. In fact, it's almost like brushing with a mouthwash paste, if you will.

But we will say that Colgate's new Optic White toothpaste is a keeper! Every gal should have a couple of tubes of this in her bathroom.

Why? Because this toothpaste DOES brighten teeth while using a whitening strips formula.

This is how the folks at Colgate explain the benefits of using new Optic White:

"NEW Colgate® Optic White™ uses a unique technology with hydrogen peroxide to make it easier to achieve visible whitening every day. You will start seeing whiter teeth in just one week! And even better results week after week.".

And there's more great news:

"For the first time, our scientists were able to develop a hydrogen peroxide formula that does not require a dual-chamber dispensing method. Not only that, but the formula also helps remove surface stains and offers cavity protection, fresh breath and plaque removal with regular brushing," says Colgate.

This is safe for everyday brushing. In fact, it is suggested to use the Optic White 2X times a day.

By the way, Colgate did not send us a FREE tube. We were curious and bought our own Optic White at Walgreens yesterday. Our teeth are white to begin with, but as we like to say, "Still not WHITE enough!"

We have used the toothpaste on three occasions, so far. And we really like new Optic White. We can get past the not good minty taste. The formula produces a decent foam and cleans our teeth nicely. Plus, the paste is gentle to gums and teeth. We only noticed a mild burning sensation to our lips. Go figure.

We think our teeth DO look brighter and whiter, and we haven't even used the paste for a full week.

You can pick up a tube of Colgate's Optic White at drugstores and Target and Walmart stores. Online, we found a tube at for $4.29. Only problem there, the Optic White is already sold out! A new supply is arriving in 1-2 weeks.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Chilean Rainforest Honey: The New Sticky Smart Way To Rejuvenate Skin

Hey honey, could you please pass us the honey? Er, actually, pass us the Chilean Rainforest Honey.

This one really caught us off guard. We love eating honey. Who doesn't?

But did you know, that honey from the rainforest in Chile is being touted as the next great, sticky, but smart way to rejuvenate skin?!

For the optimal benefits, you apply the honey to your face as a mask. Yes, it's thick and messy, to say the least.

Just smear it on 2x a day for about 20 minutes, then rinse off. It might take you a while to get the delicious Winnie-the-Pooh sweetness off your skin. But the results are wonderful! Fans of Chilean Rainforest Honey swear by this product to get back, firmer, smoother, clearer complexions.

So, is there any truth to this special honey? Could this sticky sweet serum really turn back the clock? It's all the buzz over in the U.K..

For centuries, people around the globe have used honey for its medicinal properties, including its power in healing wounds and its anti-septic strength.

Then, why not apply from a regular jar of honey you find at the supermarket?

The 'regular' honey is pasteurized, while honey from the Chilean rainforest is raw and FREE of pollutants. And the Chilean product contains enzymes, which appear effective at breaking down scar tissue and making wrinkled and sun-damaged skin more elastic.

And let's take this one step further:

Not all Chilean Rainforest Honey is the same, however. The Active Honey Co. will tell you this:

"Not all honeys are active even though they claim to be. Therefore it is essential that you choose a honey that has been tested to show it has bioactivity. Rainforest and Antiseptic Honey have been tested in an independent laboratory and have been found to have antiseptic properties. This activity is due to the peroxide activity of the honey which is totally unique and not seen in any other honey.

The activity factor (ie 10+) is a rating that is given by the laboratory depending on its antiseptic ability. The higher the number, the more active and therapeutic the honey is."

Active Chilean Rainforest Honey is very yummy, indeed. The company raves about its unique blend of aniseed, jasmine, vanilla and cloves and a subtle taste of caramel and toffee. So, of course, you can enjoy eating it, too.

The Active Honey Company's strongest honey is the RAINFOREST HONEY ACTIVE 40 (49.99 British pounds or $77.50 in US dollars).

For more details, check out their website.

Maybe your grandmother or great grandmother believed in applying a honey mask for nice, taut skin. And maybe she was right all along. The Chilean Rainforest Honey offers the same great beautiful skin benefits at an accelerated speed in the rawest, purest form found in nature.

How sweet is that?!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Exuviance Intensive Eye Treatment Pads: For Perfect Peepers

Your eyes need special care and special skin care products. If you think you can skimp on the eye care beauty routine........think again.

The skin around the eye area is thin, delicate, and drier. And when your eyes aren't getting the TLC they need, like moisture and strong anti-oxidants, you look tired and older.

That's why Exuviance has a super solution that refreshes, firms, and tones down the crow's feet. It's called Intensive Eye Treatment Pads ($22, for 4 applications), and worth every penny.

Remember the old TV commercial for the bubble bath, 'Calgon-----Take me away!'. Well, that's how you will feel, too. These Exiviance eye treatment pads let you relax and enoy a little 'me' time. This is the ultimate in eye care rejuvenation.

And we like the results---firmer, softer skin around the eyes, thanks to the gentle and effective Lactobionic acid formula.

So easy to use, too.

1. Cleanse and dry the area thoroughly.
2. Open the pouch and remove both eye pads.
3. Place one pad under or around the eye area, and smooth it onto the skin. Apply the second pad to the other eye area.
4. Now relax for 10-30 minutes.
5. Remove both eye pads and toss out. Smooth any excess solution into skin.

These Exuviance Intensive Eye Treatment Pads sound great for a big night out, when you have time to give your peepers some much needed TLC. And the pads are also nice to use before bedtime, so you awake to a brighter, more refreshed set of eyes.

The price for an eye treatment always seems to cost a bit more, but you are getting a product that is made specifically to battle the fine lines in the eye area, and as we keep reminding you, it's the toughest area to keep youthful. So let's remember today: All eyes need tender loving care.

For details, click here.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Applying Eye Shadow Under The Lower Lashes Takes Practice And Primer

The runway models always look amazing. And their makeup always appears perfect. Look at her, from an Oscar de la Renta show.

We LOVE her eye makeup, especially the gorgeous eyeshadow UNDER the lower lashes of the eyes. Not an easy makeup application to copy.

Of course, the model has a great professional makeup artist nearby. Not fair.

But there is a way to smudge some shadow UNDER the eyes without looking like a woman who's had a rough night.

We'll never forget when iconic model Cindy Crawford made an appearance years ago on the Late Show with David Letterman, it was actually back in 1996, and he poked fun at her heavy, dark under eye shadow, asking her who gave her the black eyes.


Cindy was said to be totally embarrassed and allegedly went home crying after the show.

Before you put on your eye shadow, you should prime the eye area with a good primer.

The beauty of a primer is its perfection at filling in fine lines and pores for a flawless finish BEFORE putting on foundation. Most primer fans love to create as smooth a complexion as they can, so that the next layer, that of foundation, glides over easily. And then when adding eye shadows and eyeliners, the primer prevents the eye makeup from heading south during the night. Colors adhere better with a primer.

We have found that darker shadows are more difficult to apply UNDER the lower lashes. The runway model in the photo is wearing green shadow. Trying to achieve the same look with a deep brown shadow, for instance, takes a steady and lighter hand.

You can try the new pointed Q-tips and dip one into your shadow and apply a thin line under the lashes.

You can also try a soft, angled eyeliner brush and apply the shadowas close to the lashes as possible, and smudge it.

Model Jaime King likes to use a jumbo eyeliner pencil as an eye shadow for both top and bottom lashes.

Good luck. We said it isn't easy.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Alpha Hydrox Retinol ResQ : Cheap & Effective

We cannot remember how we stumbled onto the Alpha Hydrox skin care brand, but we do know it's a very good one for 2 simple reasons:

It's cheap.
And it's effective.

And although we have had a tough time finding the full line of Alpha Hydrox products in the local drugstore, we CAN find them readily at beauty/skin care online stores. The Alpha Hydrox brand uses a bright red box for packaging. You can't miss it, when it's available on a store shelf.

One of our faves is the Alpha Hydrox 10% AHA Enhanced Lotion. Generally we see it for $12.99, but have found it on sale for $10.99. And although it is geared more for dry skin (our face=oily), we do apply it to our neck and decollete daily, and carefully under our eyes. We love it, and learned from skin expert Jan Marini, to use the 10% lotion as a super hand cream, also.

Today, we are looking at Alpha Hydrox's Retinol ResQ ($14.99, at neotericcosmetics.

We also believe this is an excellent skin care product for these reasons:

Anti-wrinkle, firming cream
* Oil-free
* Delivers pure-active Vitamin A
* Contains Vitamins C&E anti-oxidants
* Helps remove fine lines & wrinkles
* Tightens & firms skin

If your skin is very sensitive, then you might have to go very slowly while trying the Retinol ResQ. But trust us, Retin-A, the big sister to retinol, is even more potent and difficult to adjust to at first. So, this Alpha Hydrox product shouldn't be that hard to tolerate.

Retinol is an over-the-counter retinoid, a form of Vitamin A. And Vitamin A derivatives are key to maintaining beautiful skin, because they speed up cell turnover, brighten the complexion and even up skin tone, boost collagen production, and repair damaged skin.

So, in a sense, retinol really comes to the rescue. If you hate the idea of an expensive prescription Retin-A which is sometimes irritating to skin, then try gentler retinol for very good results.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

At-Home $40 Zeno Laser Device Aims To Zap Wrinkles

An at-home laser device for just $40?!

Could this really be effective?

According to the folks at Zeno, yes and yes.

It's called the Zeno Line Rewind Wrinkle Reduction Kit and you can find it at Walmart and Target and plenty of skin care boutiques, and the Zeno website.

The handheld beauty device runs on 2 AA batteries. And the kit also includes the Line Rewind serum, enriched with anti-oxidant Resveratrol, which is designed to work with the laser wrinkle zapper.

All it takes is just a few minutes a day on clean skin. You run the Zeno Line Rewind over your face and the vibrating device emits a warm beam of light. The red LED stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. In turn, your face feels firmer and smoother. Fine lines and wrinkles appear softer.

The Zeno Line Rewind is derm-approved and safe and effective for all skin types.

No, it isn't as great as a trip to the dermatologist's office for a genuine laser session. However, we will say, that the red LED technology in an at-home device is a good beauty breakthrough that can help prevent further new wrinkles from forming. And any product that encourages more collagen/elastin growth is fine by us.

If you can commit to a strict skin care routine with the Zeno Line Rewind, your complexion will thank you. If you're hoping to erase those deeper lines and sun damage, well, then a real laser procedure is your best bet.

But for just $40, this is a nice beauty device to have around.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Need A Nice New Neck Now? Botox Can Do It

A long, smooth, perfect neck.

Not easy to come by, unless you're the gorgeous woman in the photos, iconic model Iman. And at age 55, her neck still looks firm and smooth and youthful. Just lucky genes, diet, or other supermodel secrets?

If you're feeling lousy about your neck, and want to do something fast without all the downtime, you CAN avoid cosmetic surgery and smooth away those platysmal neck lines with a few injections of Botox cosmetic.

More and more dermatologists and plastic surgeons are offering their patients the quick fix. Results might not be as dramatic as a neck lift, but the bands in the neck can be relaxed effectively via the sting of the needle.

Experts say that a Botox neck procedure lasts about 4 months , and can cost anywhere from $300-$900, depending on how many injections are placed.

Remember to do your homework, and find a very good doctor. You need an experienced pro who knows exactly where to properly and carefully inject the Botox into the delicate neck region.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Green Eyeshadow Hot For Fall 2011: How To Wear It Like Jaime King

Green eyeshadow.

Many of you stay away from it, and stick to neutrals like brown or gray. It's not easy wearing a jewel-tone shadow like green. Let's be honest, green is BOLD. But sometimes, when it comes to beauty and fashion, it's okay to go strong.

Green is THE shadow for Fall 2011. So, maybe it's time you considered taking the leap. Check out model/actress Jaime King. She was already rockin' the trend at an InStyle dinner earlier this summer. Jaime is showing off an emerald eyeshadow she even matched to the bright green in her sexy Versace dress. Who says you should never match your eye makeup to your outfit?!

And even beautiful Jaime admits, it's not easy being green, so to speak. She said to InStyle magazine:

"The whole thing is just eye liner, which is a bold move. People are afraid to do it, but you've just got to go for it. I wanted to hit the trend of jewel tones."

You can wear the green eyeshadow trend just like Jaime. All you need is a great chubby crayon pencil to do the trick. We found one by NYX, the Jumbo Eye Pencil in Rocky Mountain Green ($4.50, at NYXcosmetics). This s a lovely emerald shade with a pearly finish. And the NYX Jumbo Pencil glides on nicely---no tugging. Its acts as an eyeliner or an eyeshadow. The blendability is fab. Resists creasing.

We think it's good to go green, in more ways than one!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

How To Get Ashley Olsen-Inspired Nude Lips

Today we are looking at fashion mogul Ashley Olsen and her signature makeup style of soft, nude lips.

You often will see the petite, blonde beauty with strong smoky eyes and a natural, neutral lip color. It's a makeup balance that works out perfectly. And you, too, can achieve a similar sexy glamour.

Many women stay away from nude lipsticks because they don't want to appear washed out or cosmetically un-finished. Finding the correct nude shade is an art in itself, and takes practice hunting down a good match for one's skin tone.

Although we cannot tell you which neutral lipstick or gloss goes with your individual complexion, we can tell you one that looks Ashley Olsen-inspired. And that lipstick is from Boots No7:

1. Boots No7 Stay Perfect Lipstick in Nude 15 ($9.99, at This is a nice, creamy neutral shade, and great for sensitive lips.

This is called cool glam and Ashley Olsen looks put-together. The makeup does not overwhelm her delicate features. We think she looks polished and pretty.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Don't BYOB Your Botox: Beware Of DIY Botox Kits!

Botox cosmetic. It still remains the number 1 injectable in the country. More than 11 million injections, and counting!

And we can understand why.....A few stings of the needle around your forehead and your crow's feet, and POOF! Wrinkles disappear for about 4 months. The cost varies, but generally, each wrinkle site you want treated, will run you anywhere from $300-$600.

Celebrity super dermatologist Frederick Brandt, says it's great stuff:
“Botox cosmetic has revolutionized our field,” Dr. Brandt says. “Botox is easy to administer, safe and effective, and not only reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, but also has the effect of preventing the future formation of wrinkles and fine lines if used appropriately.”

And that's the key word, 'appropriately.'. If you're not a licensed doctor, then please DO NOT do your own Botox!

Unfortunately, we heard on the news today, about the rise in DIY Botox Kits. The government was shutting down websites caught in the illegal sale of such kits a few years ago, but apparently, the need for a cheaper way to get rid of wrinkles is attracting a lot of
people, once again. And maybe the weakened economy has something to do with the desperate and ludicrous idea of self-injecting the beauty posion.

Maybe we didn't dig deep enough, but we couldn't find any DIY Botox kits out there on Ebay and beyond. We know these kits exist, and for a few hundred dollars, the customer gets a pack containing needles, saline to mix with the Botox powder and a face map showing where on the face to inject the drug.

We would hope, that no one reading this article, would be foolish enough to buy Botox without a prescription, because you don't know if you're getting the real stuff. And most importantly, we would hope no one would be crazy enough to try and inject some Botox into their own face.

We spoke to a dermatologist friend a few months ago, and she had indicated to us, that she had tried Botox for the first time. "Did you inject yourself?" we asked.

"No way," she laughed. "I had another derm do it for me."

There you have it. There's a lesson there for all of us.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Still Mad for Missoni Out Of Stock At Target? Try Ebay


The iconic label must speak volumes, because the luxurious Italian designs immediately SOLD OUT and crashed the website when Target stores debuted the famous zig-zag brand at budget-friendly prices.

If you wanted a Missoni for Target dress, pair of shoes, makeup brush set, or the stylish floppy brown hat, pictured above, well, you were out-of-luck!

But not to worry. Our old friends at Ebay have listed lots of Missoni for Target pieces from the new collection. You might have to pay $20 more on Ebay for a Missoni item, but if you REALLY want a well-made and affordable famous label, then, this is a good place to get your pickings.

We had no idea the Missoni for Target collection would sell out so fast on Tuesday, September 13th. But when you think about it, Target was offering most of the pieces for under $50 each.

Take a look at the Missoni for Target Floppy 100% Wool Hat. It was selling for $24.99 at Target. A super find for a HOT fall trend. But good luck hunting one down, until we tried Ebay. And we found this one, even cheaper than the Target store price!

We discovered the same Target for Missoni hat at a starting bid of $20 and FREE SHIPPING. Click here.

Now look at Kim Kardashian's brown floppy wool hat. Not a bad match, right?

We're not sure when Target stores will re-stock their new, wallet-friendly Missoni collection, but until that time, might be your best bet.

Good luck, and may the vibrant Missoni zig-zag pattern find it's way into your closet this fall.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Style Icon Kate Moss Launches New Lipstick Line For Rimmel London's 10th Anniversary

Kate Moss.

A super model with super style. In fact, we were more excited to see what Kate was wearing for the Rimmel London 10th anniversary photo shoot, than the brand new lipstick line she was launching.

And she always gets it right. Dressed in head-to-toe gray, the model exudes sophistication. This is a polished look you can copy, from the sleeveless cowl-neck sweater to the tailored pants and belt, down to the classic high heels.

Kate Moss' style looks effortless. She chooses clothing wisely, stays with neutrals for the most part, and keeps a sleek, simple silhouette.

As designer Michael Kors said, "Great style means having a point of view, but evolving your look is even more important. Rushing to embrace every trend will leave you fashionable, but not stylish,"

Great quote!

By the way, the 10th anniversary of Rimmel London and the beautiful British model is being celebrated with the launching of Kate Moss' new Lasting Finish Intense Wear Lipstick line.

We found a great Q & A with the model in She discusses her new, very own lipstick collection:

Do you have a favourite shade in your new Lasting Finish Collection?

My favourite shade is the red, shade number 1, that I am actually wearing in this commercial. I just really like a red lip.

What words would you use to describe these new shades?

I would describe these shades as easy to wear. I wanted colors that are classic, ones that I have always worn and to suit every occasion. There are some for day with a mix of beiges and pinks, and for the night the red and darker colours. There is a shade for any occasion.

What was your inspiration behind the shade selection for this Collection?

The inspiration was for classic shades that I have always worn and had in my handbag. There is always a small selection of shades I always go back to and I wanted this range to reflect that as they will never go out of style.

What do you like most about the Lasting Finish Range and its feel on the lips?

What I really love about this range of lipsticks is they do not feel like lipsticks. I really hate that heavy lipsticky feeling you can get on your lips when you first apply it. This range is not at all like that, it has a very comfortable feeling without loosing any of the colour.

Other than your new lipstick range with Rimmel, what are your other favourite Rimmel beauty products?

The flash eyeliner in black is great and I love the Pro nail polish with the maxi brush, they make application so easy.

Other than lipstick what are your other make-up must haves?

Kohl eyeliner –I love a smoky eye. And mascara. My makeup rule is to either have a strong eye or a strong lip not both together.

Great beauty tips, Kate Moss!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Get Glam Like J.Lo With Signature Gold Hoops At Kohl's

Gold hoop earrings.

A classic, and something every gal should own a pair of.

In our thinking....the bigger the hoop, the better! And Jennifer Lopez would strongly agree. The glamorous superstar is always rockin' a pair of big hoops, and now she's brought her signature style to Kohl's.

You, too, can get glam like J.Lo for a lot less. Check out these cute hoops in gold metal and faux crystal! Love these!

Jennifer says she will be wearing a lot of her Jennifer Lopez Collection for Kohl's during the new American Idol season. And she's got many fashionable pieces of jewelry and clothing to show off.

It's okay if the hoops aren't 14 ct. gold. Not everything has to be expensive. J.Lo's jewelry looks fun and glam. And as the sexy Latina superstar says:

"You don't need to spend a lot to look good! When you feel comfortable in what you're wearing, your confidence shines through."

Amen to that.

Originally $24. Now on SALE for $18 at

Simulated crystals lend a sparkling touch.
2 3/8-in. diameter
Click-it backings
Gold tone

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Too Early For A Pumpkin On The Porch: Try Pumpkin In Your Soap

Cucurbita Pepo.

In other words, pumpkin extract. This is one of the 'magic' ingredients that makes your skin smooth and soft all over.

Fall is fast approaching, and it's time for un-doing some of the sun and summer damage. And all you have to do, is think, pumpkin. It's too early to decorate your porch, so why not 'decorate' your skin.

Pumpkin has become very popular these days at expensive spas and salons. There are pumpkin facial masks, pumpkin body wraps, and so on. Applying pumpkin to the skin is a smart thing to do, because pumpkin is rich in anti-oxidants ---full of vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C, potassium, alpha-carotene, zinc, beta carotene, and lutein.

And pumpkin acts like Alpha-Hydroxy acids. In other words, skin texture is improved, roughness diminishes, acne stays away, and skin is moisturized and smooth.

We stumbled on to a celebrity favorite---Horto Botanico Pumpkin Soap by Nesti Dante($9, at It's an all-natural vegetable bar soap from Italy with a super rich lather and purifying action. Plus, it smells yummy and is carefully formulated with active and organic ingredients.

Dante Botanico Pumpkin Soap ia a luxurious, cleansing experience. There's not a bad thing in it.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Biotin and Apple Hair Supplement Promises Long Healthy Locks

When it comes to the hair of many beautiful celebrities, some of it is pure extensions. And we can understand why. When you need long, healthy gorgeous hair in an instant, you CAN have some fake hair fast!

But maybe you would prefer to grow your own. Who wants to sit in a salon for hours, as they 'sew' in some hair, even if it's expensive 'human hair'?!

If you want long, healthy locks, you CAN get them, by taking special supplements. These hair vitamins contain essential nutrients that support healthy hair follicles.

Even Manhattan celebrity stylist Ted Gibson recommends popping some hair pills:

"If you want to grow your hair, try taking a supplement called Biotin. I've told a lot of actresses to use this B Vitamin."

We have searched around for a sound hair dietary supplement, and discovered Hair Volume by New Nordic ($19.95, for a 1 month supply). This system is based on a Swedish apple formulation featuring millet and other key nutrients.

And yes, Biotin plays an essential role in the list of ingredients on a bottle of Hair Volume.

It's very simple, too. Just take one tablet with a meal per day.

The Swedish company is calling Hair Volume one of the best for growing strong, shiny hair. And they claim it's all about the apple:

"The Hair Volume™ tablet is a breakthrough that provides skin, hair and nails extra nutrition and strengthens the growth, volume and color of the hair. An effective tablet based on a new ingredient that no other tablet or shampoo has: a natural growth factor extracted from apples."

The way we look at it, an apple is an amazing fruit already rich in anti-oxidants and fiber, and just maybe, its special extract properties can do wonderful things for your hair. It's surely worth a shot.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

How To Melt Away Fat With Your Choice Of 4 Natural Healthy Foods

It's your dietary choice:

Olive oil.
White tea

Take your pick, ladies, and melt away fat the natural way.

If you've had it with all these diet pills, diet drinks, detox potions, and generally, depriving yourself of a normal amount of calories, let's take a look at the 4 foods above, that are good for you, and are chemical-free. And best of all......Cinnamon, olive oil, chlorophyll, and white tea, can help you drop some pounds in a healthy way:

Cinnamon. A recent British university study found that women eating cinnamon lose 500% more weight AND 300% more belly fat! And the most amazing thing about it-------you don't have to change your diet! And you can lose up to 10 lbs. a week.

Some prefer to take supplements, and you can do that with 4 500mg. of cinnamon daily. 1 with breakfast, 2 with lunch, and 1 with dinner. And for those of you preferring your cinnamon from your kitchen spice rack.....that's the equivalent of four 1/4 tsp. doses of the spice.

Olive oil. 'Dancing with the Stars' Karina Smirnoff uses this clever oil to maintain her sexy, slender figure. Karina told US Weekly magazine that she avoids red meat, and dines on egg whites, fish, and salad. And has, "a tablespoon of olive oil on an empty stomach to help with digestion."

Does she have a point? Acccording to this tidbit from, yes!

"Research suggests that replacing other types of fats with monounsaturated fat, especially olive oil, helps people lose a moderate amount of weight without additional food restriction or physical activity."

Chlorophyll. Dietary experts say that 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.

White tea. It really does exist and tastes BETTER than green tea. And a group of German scientists have discovered that there are compounds in white tea that are capable of breaking down fat cells and preventing new ones from developing.


"We've shown that white tea may be an ideal natural source of slimming substances," Marc Winnefeld says. And he led the team of researchers.

White tea is a fat-buster. This tea has zero calories. So that means the body has to work harder to digest and metabolize it. So your body is expending more energy.

White tea has less caffeine. Also a great feature. You won't get the jitters, and you can enjoy cup after cup, all day. This in turn burns more fat, because if you keep your caffeine level up all day, experts say the body burns calories evenly for hours.

Good luck. Maybe one of these 4 natural foods can help you get skinnier

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Bothered By Weak Brittle Nails? Try Essie 'Grow Faster'

We need a new set of nails.

Seriously. We are so frustrated! Last week, our nails were looking pretty 'buff,' and growing longer, and looking healthier. And then-------

Four nails broke off. Three on the right hand and one on the left. And for us, our ring fingers are always the weakest links, so to speak.

We don't get it. We do NOT abuse our nails by over-painting
them. In fact, we usually just put on a clear coat of polish, and go on with our life. We maintain a good diet and have strong, shiny hair. But for some reason, our finger nails are NOT a beautiful thing.

Weak, brittle nails That is us!

We have tried a few nail hardeners that seem to work for us, and then eventually fizzle out, resulting in a few breakages. But maybe there is more hope on the horizon for us.

Essie is proud of the product they have developed called, Essie Grow Faster ($8, at Walgreens). This one features a base coat in a clinical strength formula with conditioning Argan oil. And best of all, Essie promises that Grow Faster is the "only one that gives you 27% longer nails in just 5 days."

Now that sounds like a beauty product that delivers! We will try this formula soon and keep our fingers crossed.

Friday, September 9, 2011

SJP Teams Up With Manolo To Launch Shoe Collection For Fashion's Night Out

Even Carrie Bradshaw would have shown up at the midtown Manhattan Manolo Blahnik shoe boutique last night to buy a sexy pair autographed on the sole by actress Sarah Jessica Parker.

It was the start of Fashion's Night Out, and the beloved star of Sex and the City was there wearing her own stilettos to reveal a shoe collection she co-designed with the master himself, Manolo Blahnik.

How exciting! Wish we were there. A very long-ggg line of SJP fans snaked out the door of the elegant shoe boutique, just to get a glimpse of the fashionable actress and to do a little shoe shopping.

Sarah and Carrie most certainly share a huge love for shoes, especially Manolos. Shoes were often a major theme in the hit HBO television series,'Sex and the City', which still remains popular even in re-runs.

You have to admit, nothing beats a pair of Manolos with those sky-high heels. And SJP once said this:

"You have to learn how to wear his (Manolo Blahnik) shoes – it doesn't happen overnight... I've destroyed my feet completely, but I don't care. What do you really need your feet for, anyway?"


As soon as we find a price for a pair of SJP/Manolo Blahniks, we'll update our post.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Getting A BooBoo Now Fun With Cynthia Rowley's New Fashion Band-aids

Say good-bye to the Sponge Bob band-aid and hello to some sequins, gold chains, gems and lace!

Designer Cynthia Rowley has created some sophisticated fashion band-aids that really take the paper cut up to a whole new level! For $4.25 you can take home a designer tin of band-aids and hide your boo boos in style. The band-aids are available starting today at, and at mass retailers in December.

Let's face it, band-aids aren't just for kids. We had a regular, boring beige band-aid on last week, and we would have appreciated one with some pretty lace.

"While the BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandage, and specifically our decorated adhesive bandages, have always been very popular with kids, we've seen increased interest from adult consumers who are looking for a stylish way to 'Dress Up' cuts during the healing process," says Bryant Ison, Senior Brand Manager, BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages. "Cynthia Rowley has been a great partner in lending her creativity to help us bring this category into the limelight for adults in the U.S., and having Cooper-Hewitt onboard makes the project even more special."

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week kicks off today in New York City with more than 250 scheduled shows sandwiched into the 8-day lineup! And if you're lucky enough to be there, look for the Cynthia Rowley 'Glambulance' making the rounds today for Fashion's Night Out. What a great promo!

You can also enter the Fashion Malfunction Facebook Contest during Fashion Week and tell us your worst fashion emergency story for the chance to win a $2,500 Cynthia Rowley fashion spree and styling session. Check out for more details.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Kim Kardashian Swears By Sally Hansen Product To Hide Psoriasis Spots

When reality television star and new bride, Kim Kardashian, recently revealed to the world that she suffers from the skin condition, psoriasis, we were blown away by her honesty. And we admire Kim K for showing everyone, that no one is perfect, even in celebrity land.

Kim is not the first celebrity to talk about her psoriasis, but the very popular star puts a new face on the incurable condition, one that causes thick red marks and flaky white patches that look like scales, to form on the skin.

And the beautiful celebrity is now showing other women how to hide psoriasis spots. It's a product we have raved about, time and time again, for our own less than perfect legs. It's Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs ($13.99, at drugstores). We found a can here at Walgreens.

And it's been a key beauty staple for the petite, leggy Kim:

"I’m using Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs spray and it is my lifesaver at the moment," she writes on her website.

"I love this stuff! It really covers up my psoriasis so well!"

And we agree! We have used the bronzing leg spray to hide our own broken capillaries. We love the stuff! We buy the Airbrush Legs in Medium Glow, and it's a gorgeous, sun-kissed stocking-free look.

The spray-on pantyhose comes in 4 blendable shades: Light glow. Medium glow. Tan glow. Deep glow.

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs won't cover imperfections like spider veins, completely, but the beauty product minimizes bothersome leg issues. Plus the formula is water-resistant, weightless, and moisturizing with Vitamin K.

If you are frustrated with psoriasis flare-ups and any other issue that attacks your legs, give Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs a try. This one is worth the price.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Buy A Cape Says Rachel Zoe: Fab Fall 2011 Trend!

Celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe definitely has her pulse on the fashion scene. And today on GMA, she said that the cape is a must-have for Fall 2011!

Okay, some of you are thinking that capes are very-old lady-looking. But trust us, the cape has come a long way, and we have been seeing some very attractive shapes and styles for the open sleeve garment.

What you have to remember is---PROPORTION, and getting it right. For instance, if you are petite, a cropped cape won't swallow you up.

Think of a cape as another form of a jacket and wear one with your favorite skinny jeans or a flirty dress, for example. It's a versatile piece with a simple cut. And stylish celebs like Rachel Bilson have been photographed ahead of the trend stepping out in a cape as casual wear.

Plaid is hot again this autumn, and would look great in a cape. And don't forget that wool isn't the only fabric you will see. There are sweater capes,cotton ones, and flow-y florals, too. You will also see hooded capes and reversible capes. The list goes on.

It's the cape to the fashion rescue this fall. Don't be afraid to try a few on.

Juicy Couture Jane Wool Cape

NY & Company Colorblock Knit Sweater Cape

Monday, September 5, 2011

Salma Hayek Introduces Nuance Beauty Line At CVS: All Under $20

Nothing priced over $20?

Good news! Actress Salma Hayek has been hinting at a beauty line for a few years now, and finally, it has become a reality. The Latina lovely has just launched her Nuance beauty line at CVS stores.

The 40-something star has developed a 100-piece line, including skin care, makeup, body products and more. And we are most interested in the Nuance shea butter and honey body cream, because it's based on her late grandmother's old family recipe.

And Salma was hands-on in the creation and testing of the entire Nuance line:

"I was truly involved in every aspect of product development, bringing my vision to life in making a line that is available to all women, who are entitled to preserve their youth no matter what," she says.

So, maybe we won't wake up looking like the sexy celebrity after applying the Nuance beauty line, but we admire and appreciate Salma's dedication and integrity to the beauty line. And we think Nuance is worth looking into.

Check out the line at CVS

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Is There Really A Universal Brow Pencil?

Remember these eyebrows?

For those of you who do, these brows were a major part of Brooke Shields' appeal as a child model.

Thick, healthy, perfect brows.

And eyebrows like hers, are once again, front and center in the world of beauty and fashion for Fall 2011.

Are your brows somewhat anemic compared to young Brooke's?

We admit, ours are. We wish we had fuller brows. And many of us submit to the pencil, powder and gels to try and create the perfect arch and shape for our face.

But it's a tricky procedure. Some brow pencils are too harsh, ashy-colored, and so forth. So we wonder, is there another way?

Welcome to the universal brow pencil.

We have heard a lot about these one-size-fits-all beauty products, so can this really work?

Let's take a look at 3 of them:

1. Billion Dollar Brows Universal Brow Pencil ($15, at the skinstore). It's waterproof---a great thing. And it claims to give all gals a natural look----"formulated to work with all skin tones and hair colors. You'll never have to guess which eyebrow pencil is right for you again."

2. ybf Automatic Eyebrow Pencil Duo
($20, at HSN). A fave of fashion designer Cynthia Rowley. You get 2 pencils in a universal taupe color. The pencil tip is designed to deliver short, feathery strokes. And you get a little brow brush on the other end.

3. Anastasia Go Brow--Universal Brow Pencil
($21, at Sephora). A double-ended brow pencil and highlighter. The universal shade---medium neutral brown/ light pink ivory. According to celebrity brow-guru Anastasia, her pencil "features both a universal brow color Brow Pencil and Highlighter that work together to create perfectly shaped, luminous brows."

So there you have it. These are just 3 of the many so-called universal brow pencils out there.

Universal means, easy to find, in the makeup world. And hopefully, easy to work.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Clumsy Putting On False Lashes? There's an EZ Way To Do It!

We know that celebrities wear them all the time.....the Kardashian sisters, Oprah, and even a Desperate Housewife or two. But most often, these famous women have a super makeup artist applying their false lashes for them. And if you've never put a pair on, well, it can be tricky business, and yes, even intimidating.

Maybe that's why the Kiss company is making life a little less frightening for all our false lash-challenged friends. They have just introduced, Ever EZ Lashes, which promises to deliver, "the easiest lash application ever!".

And there's some string involved.

Say what?

They're called "Easy Place Applicator Strings". Okay, now you've really got our attention. As you can see by the photo, red string is attached to the tiny loop of each faux lash. And the purpose of the string is to allow for perfect placement along the lash line, as you hold each string end to best position the Kiss Ever EZ lashes.

And once applied, just pull the string out.

If it still sounds complicated, check out a good Ever EZ demo at

What we like about these false lashes---they're now available at Walgreens ($3.99), CVS, and Walmart. And the folks at Kiss promise you their fauxs are made from the "highest quality hair for a natural, light as air feel.". By the way, you will need a bit of lash adhesive for best results.

Still, these Kiss Ever EZ Lashes take the klutz factor out of the application. If you're all thumbs, don't worry, use them to hold each end of the red string to give yourself the best Kardashian lashes each time.

For more details, visit everezlashes.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Always Choose Serum Over Cream For Best Anti-Aging Results

Beauty 101:

Would you select serum or cream for your face and neck skin care routine?

It's very simple, ladies.

ALWAYS choose the serum when you can. And here's why:

If you want to battle the signs of aging, like wrinkles and sagging, pick up the bottle of serum.

According to New York City dermatologist, David J. Goldberg, the face serums are more potent. "Creams usually contain less than 10 percent of active ingredients; serums have up to 70 percent," he says. So, in other words, you are getting more bang for your buck, with a serum.

And we have a super arsenal of serums by Exuviance from the NeoStrata skin care company. So, let's get serious about serums.

It all began with a bottle of Vespera Bionic Serum ($68). And oh, what incredible ingredients inside! The pretty green bottle was more than just a 'pretty face,' as the saying goes. This high-tech beauty science formula blended with proven botanicals really delivers. We were gifted with a bottle of Vespera Bionic Serum and immediately fell in love! And it has remained one of our all-time favorites.

The serum by Exuviance gives the skin a healthy, youthful glow, and over time, the texture really improves. And we are not alone, because clinical studies show:

212% improvement in skin clarity.
89% of users claimed a significant improvement in skin texture and smoothness

And we are pleased to report, that Exuviance has added 3 brand new serums to the skin care family. More pretty green bottles to battle the signs of aging:

1. Antioxidant Perfect 10 Serum ($68). A strong serum designed to protect against collagen/elastin breakdown.

2. OptiLight Essential 6 Serum ($68). A complexion-balancing serum that helps fade dark spots.

3. Collagen Triple Boost Serum ($68). A plumping serum packed with collagen stimulators

Summer's winding down and we've all suffered a little more skin damage from Mother Nature. It's time to check out this new family addition to the Exuviance Vespera Bionic Serum line, and get our skin back on the right track.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Can't Go Wrong With Michael Kors' Classic Closet Essentials

Luxurious American sportswear.

That is Michael Kors, through and through. And he's been in the fashion biz for a long time, celebrating his company's 30-year anniversary.

If you watch Bravo's popular 'Project Runway' reality show (on tonight 9PM), you know how opinionated the fashion judge is. And we adore that about him.

What we also adore and trust, is the designer's fine taste in women's clothing. So, when Michael Kors tells you what EVERY woman should have in her closet, we take notice.

So, ladies, if you're starting to re-build your wardrobe this fall, or adding some new pieces, but don't know which way to turn, here is Michael Kors' Classic Closet Essentials as told to Elle magazine:

1. White tank or fitted white short-sleeve tee.
2. Fitted long sleeve blouse in white silk.
3. Skinny leg white jeans.
4. Crisp dark denim jeans.
5. Trench in khaki or black.
6. Black cashmere V-neck cardigan.
7. Black cashmere fitted long sleeve crewneck.
8. Black pencil skirt.
9. Black sleeveless crewneck sheath.
10. Black lightweight wool tailored pantsuit.

And from there, you can build a can't-go-wrong wardrobe. Michael Kors has provided the fashion foundation, and we think it's a good list!

The designer also has these great fashion tips:

1. Aviator Sunglasses make any outfit sexy.
2. Buy tailored jackets, coats, dresses, and pants in neutral colors.
3. Saddle-colored leather bags, shoes, and belts are great neutrals that get better with age, and will work year-round with every color and texture in your closet