Thursday, June 30, 2011

Get On The Nautical Trend This 4th Of July: Stripes And More Stripes




Anchors aweigh, ladies!

It's time to set sail in style with summer's hot beach nautical trend---STRIPES.....and more STRIPES!

Kim Kardashian and other stars are already riding the nautical wave in chic, horizontal lines. Check out the future bride strolling along in a curvy Need Supply Co. black & white stripe maxi dress. Love it!

We adore the nautical trend, because actually, it's a classic, one that is timeless and appropriate for many summer events. All you need is a a little bit of striping to get into the beach look.

We found a cute, Striped Dropped Waist Tunic Top at Forever21 for $11.80. You can't go wrong with the Henley button placket. Spaghetti straps. Lightweight. Knit.

And if you aren't crazy about stripes on your body, how about a cool, Nautical Stripe Mini Shoulder Bag by Nila Anthony. What a great nautical accessory!The striking envelope-style bag has 2-tone colors on the front flap and sides, while the front and back are mini black and white stripes. And we like the interwoven leatherette and chain shoulder strap.

This summer, you CAN find tons of stripes to ride the nautical trend, without breaking the bank. Even Kim K was wearing a $58 maxi dress. So, being chic, doesn't have to cost a bundle.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

OMG! JLo Debuts A New Fragrance: 17...Count Them!



It's called, Love and Light, and it represents #17 in the large collection of fragrances by Jennifer Lopez.

And you can catch the gorgeous celebrity introducing Love and Light on HSN.....Check her out Saturday at midnight, noon and 9 p.m.

Very sexy ads for her new fragrance, we might add.

The last time JLo debuted a new fragrance, was last fall 2010, called, Love and Glamour.

And if you're wondering who is wearing Ms. Lopez' fragrances, apparently, quite a lot of women. JLo's brand of scents just happen to rank as one of the highest selling celebrity fragrance lines.

After debuting on HSN, Love & Light will be available at Kohl’s and in department stores in September. The eau de parfum comes packaged in a bottle inspired by a woman's curves. It will retail for $58.

What is Love and Light to the nose? According to fragrance experts, "glittering and floral-woody."

Ah, the sweet smell of success!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Toned Smooth Arms Without All The Exercise?! Try This Serum





Can you get firm, smooth arms without all the hard work-outs?

Without picking up a barbell or jumping rope, or any other kind of exercise?

Well, yes and no. You CAN fake some decent-looking arms with a beauty product like Rodial Arm Sculpt ($79, at shops like Blissworld. Remember: Serums or creams packed with caffeine DO make a difference, because they can smooth and tone. Bye-bye flabby arms!

Celebrities like Sophia Vergara and Victoria Beckham are both big fans of Rodial's Arm Sculpt. It's a bit pricey, but the ingredients do their work to lift and firm a nicer arm silhouette.

Here's what Rodial has to say about their amazing serum:
'Armed’ to the teeth with a powerful combo of skin-smoothing multi-fruit acids (bye-bye, bumpy surface), caffeine and coenzyme A for formidable firming, and Rodial’s signature pomegranate extract, it’s shown to deliver results in a mere month when used twice daily.

Combine the Rodial Arm Sculpt with a tough arm work-out a few times a week, and you'll be in great shape. Just look at Cameron Diaz these days......her arms have great definition. And the way we see it---you need to move your arms to get a good sculpted appearance going. And the Rodial Arm Sculpt can get you started.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Revamp Your Summer Style: Denim Cut-Offs Are Everywhere






Not that denim cut-offs have ever gone out of fashion. But cut-offs are back in a big way this summer.

So, either make your own pair, or simply stock up on a few. And keep the look casual. It's okay to see some fringe or cuffs or patches or studs or rips and tears, and even the pockets showing through.

Celebrities know how to make cut-offs look super chic, and so can you. Check out these stars: Halle Berry, Megan Fox, Nicole Richie, and Kirsten Dunst.

If you want the celebrity favorite cut-offs, then take a note from sexy Halle Berry. She's got on a pair of Black Orchid denim shorts ($101, at boutiques like Boutique To You. Love these super short mini cut-offs in Dust Devil.

And Halle is not the only star walking around in Black Orchid. Gemma Walsh, Kristen Cavallari, Amanda Bynes and Lindsay Lohan, are just a few others in a long list of denim-loving celebs.

Revamp your summer style without going broke, and slipping on a pair of denim cut-offs is the way to go.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Celebrity List: Favorite Lipstick Shades And Brands




Celebrities always have their pulse on the best in beauty/fashion. So when we hear about what's hot in Hollywood, we take notice.

And when it comes to a gorgeous smile and kissable lips, we want details.

Here at BeautyTipToday, we've put together a Celebrity List:

Favorite Lipstick Shades And Brands.

1. Katy Perry. She told Glamour mag she adores Nouba lipstick."It’s a blue-red lipstick with a little gold shimmer in it. I also blot it with a tissue and then I put powder over it—and then it stays. And stains are perfect too. [Especially] The Benefit stain.". We found some Nouba ($20, at BeautyEncounter).

2. Courteney Cox Arquette. The star opts for paler shades. Her faves include: Laura Mercier Baby Lips (sheer warm pink, $20) and Josie Maran Rumi Joon (sheer pinky beige, $20).

3. Julia Roberts. The sexy mom of three, has been a big fan of Lancome cosmetics for years. And she's currently a Lancome beauty ambassador. Julia always reached for Lancome's L'Absolu Rouge in Rich Cashmere ($29). This is a creamy and moisturizing lipstick in a nude shade, the subtle kind of makeup Julia is often photographed wearing.

4. Kim Kardashian. The dark-haired reality star loves playing with makeup and likes to change things up. But two of her sheer , go-to faves include: Nars lipgloss in Turkish Delight and Nars lipstick in Belle du Jour ($24, at Sephora).

5. Sharon Stone. The blonde-haired beauty loves wearing lip color and is attracted to these---"Dior makes the best lip glosses going. I'm nuts about them."
And gloss is a staple in her makeup bag. "I carry gloss — Clinique Superbalm or the DiorKiss tubes — all the time." Try the DiorKiss now in the sleek, new tube ($21, at Saks.com).

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Too Much Texting Causes Neck Wrinkles? Need The Blackberry Facial?

We keep scratching our heads, and er, necks about this one. BUT----there actually could be some truth to these neck wrinkle rumors, caused by way too much texting and the repeated action of looking down, again, and again, when using your cell phone or texting device.

Still laughing? Don't......we'll explain in a bit.

Believe it or not---in Manhattan, you can receive The Blackberry Facial for $200. As far as we know, the only place you canfind this unique beauty treatment is at the Paul Labrecque Salon & Spa in midtown Manhattan.

By the way, The Blackberry Facial consists of a 45-minute treatment multi-procedure:
1. A neck cleansing.
2. A peel with sapphire stones.
3. Another peel.
4. A hydrating serum and then lymphatic drainage.
5. Followed by 20 minutes of LED light and microcurrents.
6. And ending with an oxygen mask.


Is this necessary? Can neck wrinkles really occur so quickly, just because you're constantly checking for emails and/or texts, or in the act of sending them?!

Back in 2008, Allure magazine featured in its March issue, an informative article about the neck:

Protect your neck. The neck is actually more prone to aging than the face, which is supported by a cushion of tissue. You can make your neck look much younger with the right creams.
The most crucial treatment is prevention with a broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen. Apply it every day.
You don't need to buy specific creams for the neck: Face creams with the right ingredients work just as well. An antioxidant cream used daily will protect skin from environmental damage that causes wrinkles.


So, what have we learned today?

The neck ages quicker than the face. As far as way too much texting? Well, we cannot prove that causes neck wrinkles, but if it does....then just about everyone in town is going to be walking around with a sagging neck very soon.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Don't Own A Strapless Bra? What Planet Are You On!





We don't want to preach about intimate apparel, BUT----bra experts say that every gal should own at least one strapless bra.

Don't own a strapless bra?! Don't worry, we have a couple of friends who have NEVER even bought a strapless bra. How bizarre is that? Is it even possible?

Summer has just started, and we've been seeing so many strapless and one-shoulder styles. And when you want to wear these fabulous sleek trends, you need some supportive summer shapewear.

Let's look at television's Blake Lively, the hot girl of the moment, and new friend of Leonardo DiCaprio. Lately, Blake's fave kind of style is the strapless or one-shoulder.

And if you want to wear a strapless top or dress, then you NEED a strapless bra, no if ands or buts.....unless you want to go bra-less.

We like Calvin Klein's new Envy Strapless nylon/lycra bra ($46, now on SALE for $34.50 at Macy's. We like it in Bare. It's a seamless, deep-pluge underwire bra with subtle lift.

You don't want seams or padding showing through, and this Calvin Klein bra keeps you looking polished and perfect in all those shoulder-baring styles.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Revlon PhotoReady Compact Makeup: Not As Easy As It Looks



Foundation. We wear it daily. We don't like applying it, but-----only the most flawless skin doesn't need foundation, just a bit of concealer. At least that is what professional makeup artists have told us.

And we DON'T have perfect skin. But what foundation does, is provide a balance to skin tone, a bit of warmth to complexion, a nice base on which to layer on blush, concealer, shadows, etc. Plus, foundation provides some coverage from the elements.

We wear Revlon's ColorStay Soft-Flex Foundation in Nude. It's a liquid for oily/combination skin. And it's the best for us, so far. We sample a number of foundations along the way, but this particular product has served us well. And it's not a bad match for our skin tone.

We were quite curious then, to try Revlon's PhotoReady Compact Makeup ($13.99, at drugstores). This ain't your mama's foundation, ladies. This is a high-tech compact makeup. It contains a liquifying screen that actually transforms the cream foundation into a iquid foundation for 'superior blendability.

Heck, we're all for that. But wait a minute-----------It's not as easy as it looks. From the photo we're providing of Revlon's PhotoReady, it would appear to be a simple makeup compact. But there's a certain technique you must use:

The cream makeup visibly liquefies as it filters through a screen (when pressed). Then it transforms into a weightless liquid for smooth, even coverage. A sponge applicator is used in the process.

It gets a bit messy trying to get the product out and onto your face. We're not wild about the screen. Revlon says to "Gently press on screen with sponge. Blend with sponge across face, starting in center of face blending outward." ... It's a very lightweight consistency And it takes some practice.

We give Revlon's PhotoReady high marks for its 20 SPF rating. That is great. Plus the finish to this foundation leaves a soft, airbrushed look. But we think we will stay with our Revlon ColorStay, instead.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

LOL....Anything Wrong With 5-Year-Old Madison Giving Makeup 101 Lessons On YouTube?!



Is the tender age of 5 too young to start playing around with makeup?

Let's go one huge step further-----Is a 5-year-old too young to be giving makeup 101 lessons on YouTube?!

Like it or not, little Madison is a YouTube sensation! And if you haven't seen her telling you how to apply blush and eye shadow, and so much more, then check this out here. In fact, we caught her again, being featured on 'Good Morning America.'

Madison is a pint-sized cutie pie who is very comfortable in front of the camera, playing with makeup. Period. It's harmless and fun.

But there are some out there who have cried, 'foul!' They say we are sexualizing our little girls.

Well, in this case, we don't happen to think so. We think it's okay to explore Mommy's makeup bag, and try on a swipe of lipstick or powder your nose.

Madison's mom loves watching YouTube makeup tutorials, and it's obvious, that her young daughter has become fond of cosmetics and communication via YouTube.

Madison is an internet sensation, and we can see why. She is adorable, engaging, intelligent, and a happy child, who just happens to love playing with her Mom's makeup.

What do you think?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Kim Kardashian Looks To Hepburn Hollywood Glamour For Wedding Style




With bride-to-be Kim Kardashian showing off a 20.5 karat diamond engagement ring, there is no doubt that her wedding will also be a grand one! And the late, iconic Audrey Hepburn could somehow be involved. Hmmm....more on that in a bit.

We caught the sexy reality star chatting with Ryan Seacrest live on the E! channel last evening.

And we noticed right away, that the raven-haired beauty had several inches chopped from her super long locks. She looks even hotter, if that's possible.

Why did she go shorter?

"I just wanted a change!" Kim told Us Weekly earlier that day. "I always wear my hair the same, and wanted something fresh!" Take a look at her new, layered do from Kim K's website.

Kim Kardashian recently got engaged to her boyfriend of six months, basketballer Kris Humphries. She has been busy promoting the newest season of her family's E! reality show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians. And the 'kute' couple are slated to marry later this summer.

Kim has been very busy trying to hunt down the perfect wedding dress, no easy task for any bride-to-be But the reality star beauty did give away a couple of big hints to Ryan Seacrest:

1. Old Hollywood Glamour. That's the look Kim is eyeing. Nothing overtly sexy. Tradition and sophistication.

2. Audrey Hepburn wedding dress. Possibly. Kim has been looking through the beauty archives for memorable gowns, and revealed that she loved the tea length wedding dress that Audrey Hepburn wore in the 1957 movie, 'Funny Face.'. Take a look at our top photo. Very demure and frou-frou.

And although Kim Kardashian is petite like the late Audrey Hepburn, their body shapes couldn't be more different. Audrey was far from curvy, and was uber-skinny, whereas Kim is very voluptuous.

But if anyone can carry off a beautiful garment, it's certainly Kim K., so we will be very interested to see just what kind of wedding gown the sexy celebrity walks down the aislein. Somehow, we envision Kim in a very white, mermaid style gown.

Stay tuned, fans!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Are You A Cuticle Cutie? How Does Your Mani/Pedi Look?


Cuticle cutie?

No, not yet. In fact, we are usually in hang nail h-ll. We get hang nails at our thumbs, and we are always trying to tear the skin ourselves, and we end up making it a lot worse.

A hang nail is "a small, torn piece of skin near a fingernail or toenail." And that would point to the cuticle.

But our cuticles are improving. That's because we are now conditioning them. In the past, we never bothered applying oil or cream treatments for the cuticles, but at the moment, we are hooked.
Yes, these cuticle conditioners DO work. But you need patience and a little TLC. And since we are mani/pedi-challenged, we are learning quite a few things about healthy nails.

Tennis Star Serena Williams is nail-obsessed, and we can bet her cuticles are perfect:

...."No one likes getting their nails done more than I do," she says. "As a matter of fact I go every four days to get a manicure and every seven days for a pedicure. So, I had a brilliant idea to get certified to be a nail tech."

You don't have to be manicure-crazy to achieve healthy nails, but you DO have to have healthy cuticles to make it all work. And we have 2 cult cuticle conditioning favorites that deliver results:

1. Solar Oil Conditioner by Creative Nail Design ($7.59, at drugstore.com). Made with Vitamin E, sweet almond and jojoba oils. Solar Oil is able to penetrate deeply to soften dry cuticles and promote the growth of strong, flexible nails.

Simply brush on this oil daily. We like to do this at bedtime to let the

oil dry completely, and work through sleeping hours.

2. Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme by Burt's Bees ($5.99, at drugstore.com. This stuff is amazing, too, in a cream base. It, too, includes sweet almond oil, Vitamin E. Toss in some lemon oil and cocoa butter, and your nails will be in heaven.

Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme is easy to apply, too. Just massage in and around nails nightly to heal dry cuticles and cracked fingertips.


With hot, summer days fast approaching, it's a good time to get your nails in shape, and that means a set of healthy cuticles, from your fingertips down to your toenails.

We promise to continue this simple, nightly nail routine, and if you have almost given up on your unattractive cuticles, give one of these conditioning nail treatments a try.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

How To Fake A Fabulous Safe Tan With Bronzer


This Tuesday, June 21, marks the first day of summer. And for many of you, the beginning of your tanning routine.

We are not here to judge. We don't want to scold anyone for heading to the beach for a little rest and relaxation. BUT------

There really is NO safe tan, except in the form of sunless tanning. And that means bronzer for your face, and tanning spray for your body. And yes, you CAN fake a fabulous tan with bronzer.

Your face can glow and look like you spent a day lying by the sand and sea. All you have to do is pick the right bronzer and delicately apply it, so it results in a natural, sun-kissed way.

Choose a bronzerthat is one or two shades darker than your skin. If you have an oily complexion, then stay with a powder bronzer. Dry complexions would be wise to select a cream bronzer. And remember: Don't go bronzer-wild all over your face.

Try Maybelline's DreamMousse Bronzer ($7.29, at drugstores)> It's so light and glides on beautifully!

Celebrity makeup artist Scott Barnes, a fave of Jennifer Lopez, is the king of bronzer. Here are his tips, the best we've seen on applying a fake tan for the face:

"Make sure that you don’t use a bronzer like you would be using a loose powder. You shouldn’t be applying bronzer all over your face. You should actually use bronzer on parts of your face that the sun would kiss naturally and you should make sure that the centre of your face is lighter than the outer parts of your face.".

Use bronzer sparingly, says Scott:

"In general, I try to abide by a less-is-more mentality: You can always layer more on but it’s harder to take it off. It’s really all in the approach, though. I always see women applying powders and bronzers starting next to their nose. But the trick is to work from the outside of the face inward, rather than the other way around. This creates a halo effect and leaves a diamond shape of light in the center so your face appears a little more open. This will hide double chins and give you a visible bone structure so you don’t wind up looking old. Also, use a bronzing brush to blend allover rather than applying product directly to problem areas like crow’s feet and laugh lines. And don’t forget to do your neck and d├ęcolletage."

Great tips! And Scott Barnes sells his own popular makeup line of bronzers for face and body.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

'Face' It: Palmer's Isn't Just For Stretch Marks Anymore

Okay, we'll be honest.....we adore cocoa butter. And when it comes to the king of the heavenly-smelling body butters, well, Palmer's has stood the test of time. And for many a pregnant woman, it's Palmer's to the stretch mark rescue.

But, now there's a new Palmer's in town:
Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Facial Care Line. And the great news----everything is $15 or less at drugstores!

Smart folks at Palmer's, and it's about time. Who doesn't love an anti-aging cleanser, night cream, facial scrub, eye cream, and day lotion?! Who knew crushed cocoa beans make for an excellent exfoliating scrub?

The Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Night Renewal Cream ($15), on its own, feels so good. And it's formulated with cocoa and shea butters, retinol peptides, and evening primrose to firm and tighten skin.

If you are a cocoa butter fan, it's time to look beyond your beautiful belly, and to your face and neck. This new Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Facial Care Line is kind to sensitive skin, and won't put a dent in your pocketbook.

We think this a worthy skin care line to try.

Friday, June 17, 2011

How To Get Huma Abedin's Classy Sophisticated Style






Not a shiny, raven strand of hair out of place. Not a hint of puffy, red eyes from crying.

Instead, we see the striking Huma Abedin, the wife of fallen Congressman Anthony Weiner in control, doing her job as trusted aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

And she's going about her business with her flair for fashion and polished makeup palette of a defined eye, perfect brow, and bold red lip. That's her signature beauty look.

Of course, the exotic Pakistani/Indian Huma always has a gorgeous big designer handbag with her, too. Plus some very nice accessories---over-sized sunglasses, ornate chandeliers and/or pearls. And her hair is long andglossy, usually worn straight and parted-in-the-middle, or pulled back away from her face in a sleek ponytail or elegant updo.


Huma Abedin married Anthony Weiner a year ago. The model-slender 35-year-old wore a stunning Oscar de la Renta wedding gown, from one of her favorite designers.

These days, the very private Huma has been forced into the spotlight. But she hasn't said a word yet, about her Congressman husband's sexting scandal, and most people don't believe she will make any public comment. The couple had recently announced that Huma was pregnant.

We will be watching this quiet woman, and how she continues to handle her husband's recent resignation from Congress. We also look forward to seeing how stylish Huma chooses her maternity wear.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Orange Too Bold? Try Peach Lipstick For Hot Summer Trend




Just because orange lips are IN for summer, doesn't mean you HAVE to wear the shade. Tangerine isbold and sassy, but not for everyone.

But, there is peach, and that, too, is the other hot 2011, spring/summer trend for kissable lips.

Yes, you CAN wear peach lipstick/gloss and look good, without your lips first entering a room.

Peach is soft and warm, and makes your skin glow. And celebrities like Emma Stone and Leighton Meester have been on the red carpet wearing peach lips.

We've rounded up a few of our fave peach lipsticks and glosses to give you that sexy, summer look:

1. Cover Girl Queen Collection Lip Color in South Beach Sand ($7.49, at drugstores).
2. Burt's Bees Super Glossy Natural Lip Gloss in Juicy Peach ($6.99, at drugstores).
3. Maybelline Shine Sensational Lip Gloss in Peach Sorbet ($5.99, at drugstores).

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

You Don't Use An Eyelash Curler? It Goes Hand In Hand With Mascara


A lot of women wear mascara, every day. And we are assuming that those who adorn their lashes, also use an eyelash curler, right?

Not so fast.

We were shocked when we saw the results of a recent survey in InStyle magazine that asked this question:

DO YOU USE AN EYELASH CURLER?

37% Never
36% Always
27% On special occasions




Doesn't this surprise anyone? Wouldn't you have expected the stats to be, maybe, 80% who always curl?!

Does that also mean, that the 36% who always use an eyelash curler, also always wear mascara? Or do the two beauty items have little to do with each other?

Wouldn't it make sense to you, that if you were going to wear mascara, that you would curl your lashes first?

Ladies, you NEED to curl your lashes. Period.

What does an eyelash curler do? Any professional makeup artist will tell you, that curling your lashes opens up the eyes. Your eyes will look bigger. Stubborn lashes will look more even. And short, wimpy lashes will take on thickness and appear longer.

There are many eyelash curlers out there. Plastic, metal, mini curlers, heated curlers, etc. You might have to buy several before you hit the perfect eyelash curler. Plastic ones break much quicker and easier than the metal pairs, with their scissor-like motion. Heated curlers cost more.

And if you've never used an eyelash curler, don't be afraid. It's not hard. This beauty tool is an odd-looking item, but it does great things for your lashes and really widens your eyes. In fact, if you hate wearing mascara, and absolutely refuse to, at least curl your lashes. You will see the difference. You will even look more awake.

What you want to do, is position the eyelash curler around your eyelashes. The upper lashes must be between the edges of the curler.

Then, carefully squeeze the edges of the eyelash curler together and hold for about 10 seconds.

Now gently release the curler from the lashes. Repeat again if you want extra curly lashes, or if you have stubborn straight lashes. Always make sure that the curler is fully open before removing it.

Then apply a few coats of mascara.


Here's a great eyelash curler to try:
Shu Uemura ($19.00, here). A big favorite among pros and women everywhere. Delivers the perfect curl. Metal curler.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Can Blueberry Supplement From CVS Really Improve Eyesight?

We just happened to stumble upon this one, and since good health is a thing of beauty, we thought we'd do some research.

Blueberries and better eyesight.

Do the two go hand-in-hand?

Possibly so.

A popular supplement from Sweden called, Blue Berry Eyebright ($29.95, 60 tablets), claims that just 2 tablets a day, "Helps protect and stregthen the vision. Helps increase macular pigmentation in the eyes."

The daily dosage of 2 tablets can be compared to eating a cup of fresh blueberries a day. Also included in the supplements is calendula flower extract, containing lutein and grapeseeds extracts.

Blue Berry Eyebright has been around Scandanavia for almost 10 years, and now it's being introduced to the US, exclusively at CVS drugstores.


We're not saying you'll be able to toss away your glasses or contacts anytime soon, but within 2-3 months, you will see changes, and your eyesight will strengthen.

The supplements are safe, and according to what we have learned, Blue Berry Eyebright does NOT interfere with medicine and poses no side effects. But please check with your doctor and let him or her know what you are planning to add to your vitamin regimen.

We think this is pretty exciting health news for your eyes!

To learn more about Blue Berry Eyebright, please visit newnordicusa.com

Monday, June 13, 2011

StriVectin Launches New Anti-Aging Sunscreen With Niacin

StriVectin's newest skin care product has us intrigued. Not only is it a powerful sunscreen, but it also boasts about being a strong anti-aging treatment.

And guess what.....StriVectin S-H Age Protect SPF 30 is also recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation.

So, we would like to assume, that the clever folks at StriVectin have developed an excellent way to "practice safe sun", if you would.

The magic ingredient in this sunscreen is the NIA-114 molecule. And according to what we learned, this form of niacin was actually discovered by skin cancer researchers, Drs. Myron and Elaine Jacobson, The couple found that NIA-114 is able to re-build skin layers and strengthen the skin barrier to further protect against sun damage.

This is a daily sunscreen that you can use all year long, 365 days. And the formula is said to be ultra light and ultra sheer. Nothing heavy or greasy.

How to use: Apply a dime size amount in the morning on cleansed face and neck over StriVectin-SD or a daily moisturizer. Reapply as needed or after towel drying, swimming or perspiring. Instantly absorbs into skin with a soft, matte finish.

StriVectin S-H Age Protect SPF 30 sells for $49 (2 oz.) and can be found at stores like---Bloomingdales, ULTA, Sephora, and at strivectin.com.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sandal Time Means Soft Smooth Callus-Free Feet




Hey, before you slip into those amazing new sandals, you better check your feet.

Are you sandal-ready, ladies?

If your heels are cracked and callused, then you have no business showing off your feet, no matter how sexy those sandals are.

We have a simple 2-step nightly routine for soft, smooth callus-free feet:

1. Exfoliate.
You need a powerful, yet gentle buffer, and we've found one in Diamancel Diamond Foot Buffer #11 ($49, at sephora). The price tag might seem a bit steep for a foot file, but trust us, this baby really does the job. Watch the dead skin fly away and bring back super smooth soles, The magic is in the buffer's unique, geometric diamond pattern surface.

2. Moisturize.

After exfoliating rub in a thick foot treatment like NeoStrata Foot Gel Plus ($19.50, at neostrata). This one is like "a pedicure in a jar.". The formula features a 15% AHA, Glycolic Acid Moisturizer base . It not only dissolves the rough spots, but provides a nourishing, soothing layer for your feet.

In the morning, wake up to a super smooth set of soles.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

How To Get Sexy Celebrity Wavy Beach Hair





Golden girl Jennifer Aniston has always been the cover girl for Best Wavy Beach Hair. Then, a couple of months ago, she went and chopped off her signature look for a sleek, shoulder-length bob.

In our humble opinion....boring, Jennifer. We can see her anxiously trying to grow it out now.

Hair that looks tousled and free, like you've just spent a day at the beach, is a style that everyone seems to like. And with the right hair productsand styling tools, you, too, can create sexy, celebrity beach hair for summer!

Blake Lively, Vanessa Hudgens, Julia Roberts, and Kate Hudson, are just a few of the famous heads who look like they're fans of the sun and surf club.

There are a few ways to achieve this sexy, boho beach hair:

1. Have a professional stylist tend to your locks.

2. Or.......Do it yourself. At bedtime, spritz on a good volumizer and then braid hair into 4 big sections. Remember--the smaller the braid, the tighter the wave, so if you want a ton of wild waves, then make more braids. In the morning, take out the braids for beach hair that has staying power.

3. You can also pick up a bottle of product designed to give you wavy, beach hair. Try new Alterna Summer Hair Ocean Waves Texturizing Spray ($20, at Sephora. "This spray provides weightless volume, moisture lock, and a natural wavy texture to all hair types for that sexy, back-from-the-beach look."

Spray on damp or dry hair from roots to ends and shape with fingers for a loose, tousled look.You can also use a diffuser to create waves or a big-barreled curling iron to lock in that tousled beach hair.

It's a playful, sexy hairstyle even if you're not really running around at the beach all day.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Celebrities Like Jessica Rock The Romper For Easy Daytime Chic




Jessica Simpson loves this look! She's been wearing 'it' for a few years now. In fact, the blonde beauty features a cute, Petaluma chambray number in her Jessica Simpson Collection:

"I live in rompers in the summer!" she says. "They're easy and comfortable. I change up the look with different belts."
And Jessica Simpson isn't alone. A number of celebrities have been snapped out and about, wearing the hot trend for summer, ladies like---Nicole Richie, all 3 Kardashian sisters, Blake Lively, etc.

Here's the look:

1. Cute romper.
2. Big sunglasses.
3. Statement handbag.
4. Sexy sandals.

Rompers are everywhere, and the style is attractive on all women: Curvy, skinny, short, tall.

Jessica's Petaluma Chambray Romper ($59, at jessicasimpsoncollection.
The smocked romper comes with a skinny belt and detachable halter strap. Check out the top photo. That's Jess' chambray romper.