Saturday, June 30, 2012

Insecure About Your Thighs And Cellulite: This Celeb Is Too

She might have her haters, but this hugely popular reality star also has millions of Twitter followers.

Kim Kardashian is speaking out about her body insecurities again. We have to admire the woman in that respect, because we have seen her on 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians,' standing there in a bra with a rounded, not flat belly.

Kim K is not super skinny and doesn't want to be, but she certainly feels the insecurities that most women feel, and in her case, it's her thighs and cellulite.

This is what Kim told the UK's ITV Lorraine Kelly of the 'Lorraine Show.'

"I still have some cellulite," she says, describing Spanx as "the greatest invention." Check out Spanx here.

We would have to agree. Just about every woman in Hollywood slips into Spanx before a red carpet event. Why? Because the fabric really smooths out a lot of imperfections. And, we all have them.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Flying For The Fourth? On Board Beauty Tips By Giuliana

There will be a lot of traveling going on as the July 4th holiday gets closer. And some of you will be flying to get to your destination. But what about your mid-air time?

How do you hop on a plane and still look fresh and pretty by the time you arrive?

New momma-to-be Giuliana Rancic has these in-flight beauty tips (as told to US mag):

1. Brookstone Inflatable Neck Pillow ($25, at
"The pillows on the plane are too flat. This inflatable pillow supports your neck and folds up to fit in your purse after landing," Giuliana says.

2. DDF Advanced Eye Firming Concentrate ($88, at
"I pat eye cream under my eyes, and if I have any excess, I massage it into my cuticles because it's so moisturizing."

3. Evian Brumisateur Travel Facial Spray ($7, at
"Half-way through a flight, I do a little spritz of Evian water in the bathroom to refresh myself," Giuliana says.

4. Laura Mercier Bronzing Pressed Powder ($32, at
"I always carry bronzer to make me look alive after traveling--planes can dehydrate me and drain color."

Excellent in-flight fixes. Thanks, Ms. G..

Thursday, June 28, 2012

New One-A-Day Diet Pill Debuts: FDA Gives Green Light

If you've been trying so hard to lose weight and are considering lap band or some other kind of bariatric surgery, please try this first!

The Food & Drug Administration has okayed the first prescription diet pill in 13 years. It's called Belviq and will melt away lbs. by a healthy 10% in one year! No word yet, on what this pill would cost.

Belviq works by blocking your food cravings, and the beauty of this oral diet plan is in its sheer simplicity:

Take one-pill-a-day. Period.

What could be easier?!

This is major diet breaking news! Good Morning America made the announcement earlier today, with ABC's Dr. Richard Besser. He said that Belviq isn't a 'magic bullet' for weight loss, but it is another solution for those who are obese and/or for those also suffering from medical problems like high blood pressure and diabetes.

A couple of possible side effects include headache and fatigue. Studies on the heart will be conducted soon.

We found this nugget from

..."In a rare move, the FDA explicitly stated in a press release that Belviq "does not appear to activate" a chemical pathway that was linked to the heart problems seen with fen-phen.

The FDA said the drug acts on a different chemical pathway in the brain, which is believed to reduce appetite by boosting feelings of satiety and fullness."

If you are an emotional eater, then the new Belviq diet pill would not be effective for you, says Dr. Besser.

For more details, click here.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Cameron Diaz Carries This $9 Beauty Item In her Purse

Cameron Diaz always nails the perfect California girl look-----blonde hair, blue eyes, warm, golden skin, with polished, NOT overdone makeup.

We were happy to find a little beauty nugget from the pretty 39-year-old actress.

Cameron Diaz tells InStyle magazine that this little number is always in her purse:

Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain by Colorstay in Passion ($9, at drugstores). We found a tube at

The Just Bitten lip line has been around a a few years now, and we can see why this is a Revlon keeper. It's a 2-in-1 product---lipstain and balm in a magic marker-type applicator.

Passion is practically a cult fave with its healthy pink, flush shade.

And it's quick and easy to use:

"Apply marker directly to clean, dry lips. After 30 seconds, apply the balm for moisturizing shine."

And the stain lasts for several kidding.

Great beauty tip for the budget-conscious, Cameron Diaz! Thanks.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Tired Of Push-Up Bras That Add Too Many Cup Sizes? Try This One

Is it just us?

Or have most new bras been over-doing the push-up?!

We'll be honest, we need a boob boost, and adore the entire concept of a push-up bra. Whoever designed that one, is a genius.....BUT.....

We DON'T want a push-up bra that ADDS 2 cup sizes or MORE.

What's the point, really?

There's just so much room for ultra-thick padding. We like a little oomph, but please don't let our cups runneth over, so to speak.

We think we've found the perfect push-up bra that doesn't push up to the extreme:

Maidenform Naturally Glam Plunge Push-Up (on sale $28, at Maidenform). The bra comes in sizes 34B - 36D. And we found these shades at Kohl's online--Black Latte. Ivory Shell. Latte Lift. Poppy Pink Peach. Rum Raisin Lotus Pink.

The beauty in this Maidenform bra is in the construction. There is no padded bulk-- instead there is memory foam padding in an underwire style. You still get a very respectable lift but it's not 'in your face.'

Here's how Maidenform describes it:

"New innovative pad technology reveals new blends of foam for a second skin feel.
Lightweight comfort that glides over your skin.
Luxuriously soft fabrication into your body.
Natural push up brings on a new level of sexy."

Do you wear push-up bras? Is add 2 cup sizes, a bit too much of a good thing?

Monday, June 25, 2012

Toss This Little Mac Into Your Beach Bag And Go!

We don't need to warn anyone about the dangers of the sun's rays. We've all been told, again and again, and yet, many of us still lie out there and tan.

But there are ways to play safely, and here's a little cutie for your beach bag:

MAC's, Hey, Sailor! Suntints SPF 20 Liquid Lip Balm ($16, at and fine dept. stores). Yes, the packaging of this one is super sweet and nautical.

These sheer balms help protect your kissable lips from the sun, surf, salt, and those balmy breezes.

But MAC's Hey, Sailor! Suntints are hard to find----SOLD OUT at the MAC website for the moment. Not available at Macy's, either.

We did locate a tube at

By the way, Ebay is selling a number of MAC's new Suntints at much higher prices, but when a gal needs her MAC fix, well, you gotta do what you gotta do, we suppose. Would you shell out $24.99 for this $16 MAC Hey, Sailor! balm?!

The Suntints come in 3 limited edition shades:

Abalone....a light pink gloss.

Au Rose...a medium pink gold shimmer gloss.

Sea Mist..a pale beige with a white shimmer.

So, the question begs, are these very pretty, but very sheer MAC lip balms effective under the powerful searing rays?

Maybe not as much, unless you put another SPF lip balm on BEFORE you slick on your MAC.

Lip Gloss Can Invite Skin Cancer. That was the headline a few years ago. And although MAC's Suntints are lip balms, they are made with a liquid gloss-type formula.

We still believe that the MAC Hey, Sailor balm at 20 SPF is great to toss into your beach bag. We'd just add another layer of balm underneath to reach a 30 SPF, as dermatologists advise.

Hey, no beauty product is perfect to protect you from the sun, but there are ways to still play safely.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Brow-tastic New Pencil By Sania Of NYC!

Well-shaped brows.

Not easy to come by, but good eyebrows allow a woman to look younger and more attractive.

And if nature hasn't rewarded you with nice, full brows like model Hilary Rhoda (pictured above), well, you CAN fake it with the right brow pencil.

Check out brow expert Sania of New York City. She's just launched her OWN brow pencil ($25), in your choice of light, medium, or dark, and this one has a slanted tip. Her website has tips and tools to give you guidance.

Check her out at Sania's Brow Bar.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

New Nair Brazilian Spa Clay For Face: Bye-Bye Peach Fuzz

If you're bothered by a few hairs that have popped up on your face or some bothersome peach fuzz, call Nair to the rescue!

The cult favorites have added a face cream to their popular, new Brazilian Spa Clay hair remover lineup:

Nair Brazilian Spa Clay Face Cream ($5.49, on sale at for $4.49).

The hair remover cream sounds good enought to eat, with yummy mango butter and acai berry blended together for superb moisturizing effects. Mineral-rich clay is also in the formula to make hair removal a quick and painless, smooth event.

Would you try this method of facial hair removal?

Read this customer review from

"I have some peach fuzz and a few more hairs on my upper lip. Honestly I was afraid to use this thinking of memories of Nair years ago of how badly it irritated my skin and also the terrible smell but I'm SO GLAD I took a chance with this. It is so easy and effective and it doesn't smell horrible (doesn't smell nice, but not horrible).

It totally removed the hair, so far they mostly haven't grown back and it's been three weeks, and it didn't sting at all. Make sure you wash your face thoroughly beforehand and dry it, and be sure to remove all of the Nair with a warm wet towel or I used wet tissues. I had no stinging at all on my sensitive skin."

To avoid irritation and burning like one often sees with hair remover creams, use gentle cleansers to wash the face beforehand, and avoid things like toners, pimple serums, and prescription skin care products a couple of days BEFORE trying the Nair Face Cream.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Ivanka Trump's Simple Cleansing Routine Has A 'Purpose'

Savvy businesswoman Ivanka Trump often deals with complicated city statutes and building permits, but when it comes to skin care, it's pretty 'clear':

Ivanka's simple cleansing routine has a 'purpose,' so to speak.

The 30-year-old mom of one has a great peaches 'n cream complexion, and this is her beauty secret:

Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash ($4.74, 6 oz., at Target).

You know this cleanser. It's been around for a very long time, and Ivanka has been loyal to Purpose:

"I've been using Purpose face wash since I was 12---it works!" she tells Redbook magazine

And let's take a look at why this effective non-soap DOES work----

"Purpose removes dirt, oil, and make-up without stripping or drying your skin like soap can. And it won't sting your eyes, so it's ideal for removing eye make-up."

The moral of the beauty story here----Even super-rich girls like super cheap skin care products that really work.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Hot Humid Weather Calls For Tough Makeup Setting Spray

Another round of 100 degree temps today for the East Coast.

And if you spend any time outdoors with a full face of makeup on, well, you know what that's like.

If you have an oily complexion, and you're walking around with the searing heat, you can feel your makeup melting.


Not a comforting thought.

Most women dust on some powder to set and seal in their cosmetics, but when the thermometer says 99, you can't win with just a little powder.

You need an 'all-nighter.' And we've found a cult fave by Urban Decay. If you haven't tried this, say hello to Urban Decay Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray ($29, at Sephora).

OKay, so $29 isn't too cheap for a 4 oz. bottle, but a few spritzes go a long way. And this stuff works!

Urban Decay claims their Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray will see you through 16 hours of living. Whatever activity you're into, your makeup stays put, thanks to the amazing patent-pending Temperature Control Technology, which "lowers the temperature of your makeup to hold foundation, eye shadow, blush, and concealer in place. Makeup looks picture-perfect all day long through wind, heat, and cold."

Don't take our word for it, read the raving reviews at Sephora---4.5 stars out of a possible 5 stars, and 1, 216 reviews and counting!

Think of this $29 makeup setting spray as a summer beauty investment.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Revlon Makeup Says Their Whipped Foundation Is Like No Other

Like 'silk on your skin.'

That's how Revlon is describing its new Colorstay Whipped Creme Makeup ($13.99, at Ulta, Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off!).


Halle Berry is wearing Whipped Creme in Caramel. There are 12 shades to choose from.

We've always been big fans of Revlon Colorstay foundation. And we've always worn Nude in the liquid foundation for oily skin.

And although the foundation isn't perfect, it has served us well. So, now our interest has been piqued with Revlon introducing their new whipped formula.

We can't wait to try this on, because we happen to adore whipped, light-as-a-feather makeup. We also like Maybelline's Dream Mousse Blush. These whipped formulas turn from cream to liquid and glide across the skin beautifully.

Revlon says the new whipped Colorstay is super for summer because it won't cake or flake and is a light but full coverage foundation.

Like Revlon claims, "The time release formula balances skin for a flawless look."

Let's face it, its quite a challenge wearing foundation during those brutally hot, searing summer days (98 degrees where we are today). You need a makeup that can stand up to the humidity.

We've looked at some very good reviews from Makeup Alley. The foundation scored a very respectable 4.1 out of 5.0.

Have you tried Revlon's new Colorstay Whipped Creme Makeup?

Saturday, June 16, 2012

NYC Smooth Skin Perfecting Primer Covers Up Nicely

We really like when inexpensive makeup gives you a real bang for your buck. And that's why we are taking a closer look today at NYC or New York Color Smooth Skin Perfecting Primer ($3.99, 1 oz., at drugstores).

A primer is like magic in a tube. It can smooth things out and prepare your face for the application of makeup. So, if you'd like those large pores to get lost and take a hike for the day, primer can hide those little imperfections and help you achieve a lovely air-brushed finish.

For under $4, you're getting a good deal. This primer has a pearly white appearance and light texture to it. It leaves behind a little shimmer or glow. We're not sure why it's been labeled Shade 684. Maybe NYC is planning to add other kinds of primer to their beauty collection?

We like playing around with cosmetics from New York Color. We think the makeup brand is under-rated.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Goop Editor Gwyneth Wears SuperGoop Sunscreen--Of Course!

Let's not even talk about how superfit Gwyneth Paltrow, the actress/mom/author is at age 39. And look at the bikini!

We know it's all about the diet. But what about the Oscar winner's lovely, youthful skin?

We know that Gwyneth loves playing in the sun at the beach with Apple and Noah. So---how does she protect herself?

With Supergoop!

This one looks like it's a very good sunscreen, because if it weren't, the flaxen-haired beauty would not even bother putting it on. We all know how very picky Miss Paltrow is.

Supergoop! Everyday Face and Body Moisturizer with 30SPF and UVA/UVB protection ($14, at Sephora and at

Gwyneth writes about Supergoop! products in her Goop newsletter:

..."Love the name! This SPF 30+ sunscreen works for the entire family and comes in a variety of shapes and sizes depending on your use—spray, cream, serum and wipes, for whatever your needs may be. The wipes are especially good for quickly protecting the kids before they jump in the pool."

The sunscreen is formulated with excellent anti-aging properties, too. Holly Thaggard, a sunscreen expert debuted the Supergoop! brand in 2007 with this mission in mind: educate and protect adults and children alike from both harmful skincare ingredients and the UV rays of the sun.".

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Hate The Dimples: New Cellulite Procedure Can Smooth Things Out

Remember this name, Cellulaze.

It's for serious girls with some serious cellulite.

In other words, if you are tired of trying to HIDE your dimpled fat, either through clothing, firming creams/serums, massage, and exercise, and the cellulite is STILL there--Relax.
There is another way. From what our beauty knowledge tells us, there is NO way to get rid of cellulite PERMANENTLY, but there are methods to lessen its appearance.

And that is what the Cellulaze treatment aims to do---smoo-oooooth things out! The procedure consists of the Cellulaze laser fiber and all you need is 1 treatment. The tiny laser fiber attacks the very structure of the cellulite.

We learned this at

...."Your physician will mark the areas of cellulite to be treated with a marker
A couple of tiny incisions will be made, about the size of the tip of a pen.
Local anesthesia or numbing solution is used (you'll be awake during the procedure).
The Cellulaze laser fiber is threaded through a very small tube (or cannula) and inserted through the incision site.
Your physician will use the SideLaze3D™ Cellulaze laser fiber to:
Level out bumps of fat.
Treat dimples by releasing the fibrous bands that pull down on the skin.
Stimulate collagen production to increase your skin’s depth and elasticity for a smoother look.
The liquefied fat is gently pressed out.
The entire procedure should take about 1–1.5 hours

The Cellulaze procedure sounds great, especially for bathing suit time right around the corner. Plus, it's minimally invasive with practically little downtime.

We haven't been able to locate the cost of a Cellulaze treatment. Please check the website for more details.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Brits Say Kate Middleton's Eyebrows Too Thick And Harsh: Are You Kidding Us?!

We cannot imagine living in the royal fishbowl. Poor Kate Middleton! The Duchess of Cambridge is being 'plucked' quite painfully today in the British publication, the Daily Mail.

Apparently, a number of women are disappointed not in the way the future queen is dressing for public events, but in the way Kate is 'dressing' her brows, supposedly TOO dark, thick and harsh.

So, we would beg to ask---What's wrong with Kate's brows?!

Please look at the photos above. The DailyMail has posted these at their online publication.

Top Photo shows Kate AFTER enjoying life as a new bride and gracefully carrying out her role in the royal hierarchy.
Bottom Photo shows Kate BEFORE as a college student, prior to her marriage to Prince William.

DailyMail columnist Liz Jones wrote this about the Duchess of Cambridge:

...."Kate’s brows have grown exponentially since her student days at the University of St Andrews, as you can clearly see if you compare pictures of her then and now. It is as if Monty Don has been tending them with some sort of magical mulch and a lawn-edger.

"Were they pencilled, inked, tattooed? Or (now here’s a thought) could they be a brand new trend the glossies haven’t even come up with yet: a brow extension, a sort of furry wig for those brunette beauties who can’t grow their own?..."


How cruel can people be?!

We've always admired Kate Middleton's fresh-faced beauty with her natural, full brows, glossy brunette locks, bright smile, and classic makeup look.

Every makeup artist who knows the score, will always remind you that fuller brows = youth. And we ALWAYS refer to the makeup legend herself, Sandy Linter:

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."

And the world's best known eyebrow shaper, Anastasia Soare, would agree:

"Most of us look younger with fuller brows and a soft arch," Anastasia explained to Lady's Home Journal.

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.

Meantime, here across the pond, we haven't seen one mention of bad brows for Kate Middleton. In fact, we all seem to admire the future queen and her effortless beauty.

Okay, readers, you take a look. Is there anything wrong with Kate's brows?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Let's Go Boating This Summer---Or Pretend In Preppy Mocs

The whole nautical look is trendy this summer with colorful stripes everywhere. Why not complete the pretty picture with a cute, inexpensive pair of preppy mocs?!

You don't have to be a yacht owner to wear this summer classic, although a boat of any kind would be really nice....

We found these adorable mocs from GoJane. And each pair is only $17.60! Colors come in Navy. Mustard. Red And Black. In sizes 5 1/2 - 10.

The Lace-Up Boating Flats are really espadrille/boat shoes with cute raw-edge detailing and a bow front laced design with an espadrille rope heel. Super comfy-casual, too.

For under $20, or in this case, under $18, you're getting a boatload of savings, so to speak.

There are some situations that call for more than a pair of flip-flops, and we've got you covered here in the classic/hipster boat shoe moc.

Monday, June 11, 2012

One Of The Most Dangerous Beauty Tools: The Callus Shaver

Got foot calluses?

Sandal season has begun, and for many of you, ourself included, it's frustrating trying to get rid of thick, dry rough skin on the heels and balls of the feet.

Sure, you can try and pumice stone away those nasty Hobbit feet, slather on expensive creams at night with a pair of socks, use prescription serums on the leathery soles, use the 'tame' Ped-Egg shaver, allow a pedicurist or podiatrist to deal with them, or------
Buy the callus shaver. Please don't laugh too hard, but this is one of our FAVORITE beauty tools, however, you CAN hurt yourself and bleed. So, the callus shaver is one of the most dangerous beauty tools out there.

If you have perfectly smooth soles, then good for you---We are envious. But if you seem to develop thick, dry heels, etc., then you need to arm yourself with a tough beauty weapon.

Look at the photo of what a typical callus shaver looks like. It comes with a razor blade. You simply and carefully, glide the shaver across the callus removing thin layers of hard, dead skin. Then snap the rasp onto the head of the shaver and work back and forth over the callused area to smooth the skin.

For us, the callus shaver works like a charm. Yes, we have cut into our feet upon a few clumsy occasions. Make sure, you don't hurry the job, and make sure your replace the razor when it gets dull. Other than that, we LOVE this thing! It really works!

We found a good callus shaver from Tweezerman for only $4.99 at Ulta.

Ulta reviewers gave the Tweezerman Callus Shaver a 3.1 rating out of a possible 5 stars. We beg to differ. Some people don't know how to properly use a callus shaver, and it takes a bit of practice to make it work effectively. Even replacing the blade can be tricky, but you'll get the hang of it.

Be gone, ugly Hobbit feet!See you during sandal season!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

The NY Times Has Finally Noticed That Blunt Bangs Are Back...LOL!

The New York Times is a highly regarded publication, and with good reason.

But we had to chuckle when the newspaper printed an article last Thursday, announcing that Bangs are back!....LOL.... The title to the feature story was catchy, we admit--- 'The Forehead Is the New Canvas.

A lot of beauty/style websites are having a good laugh over the months behind article by the NY Times. For anyone that follows trends or writes about beauty/fashion on and on, each day, well, it's old news.

For quite a few months now, we've all been talking about bangs, the bluntness, and how Hollywood beauties are covering their eyebrows these days. There's Jessica Biel sporting her own full, curved fringe. And she's been maintaining this cool look for several months now.

Some people are not wild about the blunt, heavy bangs, but we think Jessica looks gorgeous no matter what hairstyle she wears. Just look at those killer cheekbones! Plus, new fiance Justin Timberlake apparently likes her sexy do.

The Times article does say that full fringe does NOT go with curly hair But if you do have a straight mane, let your face shape be your determining factor, according to Johnny Lavoy, a hair stylist and a consulting hair expert for L’OrĂ©al Paris:

...."Even if your mane has the requisite swing, stylists still recommend using face shape as a guide. An oval face can handle almost any sort of bang. Round faces are said to look better with longer, sideswept bangs. Square faces may also benefit from sideswept bangs, with a slight part instead of a curtain of hair straight across the forehead. On long faces, a softer, lengthy fringe is typically most flattering.

"And those with heart-shaped faces are encouraged to embrace their inner fashion editor with bold, heavy bangs or, as Mr. Lavoy reverentially calls them, “Anna Wintour bangs."

Thank you, New York Times. Better late than never.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

At Home Chemical Peelers: Burns Can Happen To Good People

We have talked about chemical peels a number of times here at BeautyTipToday. We are big fans of glycolic acid peels and have become an experienced at-home peeler.

With our oily skin, we find glycolic acid to be quite effective in the exfoliation department to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and sun damage. Plus, these peels deliver smoother, more even skintone with less visible pores. Skin care experts claim that glycolic acid is the most effective for peels due to its small molecular size, which allows it to penetrate into the skin more easily.

It's always best to have a dermatologist apply a chemical peel. The pro can determine which peel strength to give you, control how your face is reacting under the peel, and exactly how many minutes to keep the glycolic acid on.

And yet, many of us learn the skin care ropes and start chemical peeling at home. Usually, at-home peels are SAFE, but as we like to say, Burns CAN happen to good people.

This happened to us late Wednesday night, June 6th, which would actually be Thursday, June 7th, because the mini accident occurred AFTER midnight, when we strangely enough, like to do our peels.

What went down?

We had been using a new glyolic acid cream and cleanser 24-hours prior to our peel. And we left the glycolic acid peel on for a bit too long, which turned out to be 6 minutes. We were using a 50% strength, which we've been accustomed to for about a year. We noticed our face and neck quickly turning red, and yet, we took no action and decided to let the peel do its thing.

When we attempted to wash off the peel, the burning began and continued. We dried off our face and neck, kept them both bare and went to sleep.

Today is Saturday and we are still a bit swollen, red and peeling. We have a couple of small brown spots on the upper cheeks and one under the chin/neck. Other than that, we feel good--no more pain. We are going to be just fine.

Dermatologists advise putting on emu oil or aloe vera to soothe burned skin following a chemical peel. Other than that, if you are going to be an at-home peeler, well, you are on your own. So, follow directions exactly. And good luck!

Here are some excellent glycolic acid peel directions from

Friday, June 8, 2012

Walk In Nude Like Duchess Kate For Less Than $20!!

Like the great and stylish Princess Diana before her, all eyes remain upon Duchess Kate. And everything this young woman puts on, from eyeliner to jewelry to hoisery, and of course, to wardrobe, gets looked at through a fine-tooth comb. And then, of course, the item quickly sells out!

The royal buzz around here these days, are those elegant nude pumps by L.K. Bennett, known as the Sledge. Kate has been slipping into these sophisticated shoes upon a a number of occassions. And we notice she was photographed wearing them a few times at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

The L.K. Bennett Sledge is a classic pump in the classic neutral nude shade. You can wear them anywhere with any color. And now, you can find them ONLINE at Nordstrom's for $325.

Nordstrom's describes the Duchess' favorite nude shoe:
A perfectly-sized platform lends elegant height to a sleekly versatile, round-toe pump with timeless appeal.
Approx. heel height: 4" with a 1/2" platform.
Leather upper, lining and sole.
Made in Spain.

If $325 is a bit out of your fashionista budget range, well, we've found a super copy-cat pair for UNDER $20!! And these are very chic, too:

Check them out in the bottom photo. These are from Forever 21 for the rock-bottom price of only $19.80. OMG!

Forever 21 has all the details:
A pair of faux leather pumps featuring an exposed platform and high heel. Round toe. Padded insole. Textured outsole.
- 6" approx. back heel height; 3" approx. shaft height from high point heel; 1.3" approx. platform height
- Upper: PU; insole: 100% PU; outsole 1: 100% rubber
- Imported
Sizes: 5.5 through 9

We realize there is a major difference in the shoe materials and craftsmanship of the L.K. Bennett Sledge, but still, if you want to copy a classic nude pump that you CAN get away with looking polished and chic, try on the Forever 21 Platform Nude Pump. And add a little royal cha-ching to your step and pocketbook.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Dr. Oz Says That Chili Peppers DO Help Burn Away Fat Fast

Just over two years ago, BeautyTipToday posted an article about the dietary benefits of red hot chili peppers, and how this spicy pepper could melt away fat fast!

It didn't seem like a silly fad, but after reading about so many methods that claim to drop pounds and don't really work, we weren't so sure.

But now Dr. Oz, one of the most popular television surgeons, has added his 2-cents about the chili peppers fat-busting engine. And he gives this diet tip the big thumbs up! Here's what he told O magazine recently:

"Capsaicin, the key substance that makes chili peppers hot, stimulates your "fight or flight" stress response and may increase metabolism by 23 percent. Peppers may even improve your muscle-to-fat ratio: Research suggests that capsaicin inhibits the generation of fat cells."

And explains how chili peppers can spike metabolism:

"Spicy foods contain chemical compounds that kick the metabolism into high gear. Eating a tablespoon of chopped red or green chili pepper can temporarily boost your metabolic rate by 23 percent. Some studies suggest the effect only lasts about half an hour, but if you eat spicy foods often, the benefits may add up. For a quick boost, spice up pasta dishes, chili, and stews with red-pepper flakes."

Let's say you just can't eat that much hotness every day, but you still would love the chili pepper fat-melting benefits, we have a simple solution---Pop a red hot chili pepper capsule!

Capsiplex guarantees to burn up to as many calories as a 25-minute jog. This little diet pill contains extracts from pepper plants that may help to reduce appetite and increase metabolism. And don't worry about the spiciness---there will be no upset stomach while taking Capsiplex. The pill people have put a protective coating on the ingredients. All you need is 1-pill per day.

The cost---$48.18 for a 1-month supply.

For more details, visit Capsiplex.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Nicole Richie's Simple Solution For Big Beach Wave Hair

Nicole Richie once said, that she can't put on makeup well, but she CAN style hair.

"I actually think I am the best hairstylist on the planet," Nicole laughs.

And we believe her, which means, Nicole Richie probably has lots of great hair that does what she wants it to do.

If you haven't caught photos of the super petite fashion and jewelry designer, then take a look at the 30-year-old mom of two looking glam in the pages of the June issue of Glamour magazine.


How does Nicole get her style into perfect-messy beach wave hair?

Nicole tells Glamour that she has naturally curly hair, but to get the beach waves, she has to improvise. It's a simple 3-step process:

1. Braid hair at night and then let it out the next day.
2. Curl hair with a flatiron in the morning to create uneven waves.
3. Scrunch with Wella Rugged Fix Matte Molding Creme ($15.99, at salons
,or online at BeautyofNewYork).

Wella is a texturizing cream that keeps hair in its place. It's a sticky white paste you can also use BEFORE pulling locks into an updo. It's definitely a molder--you shape and texturize with it.

Nicole also remarked to Glamour that..."If you have bobby pins, you can always figure out some sort of look.

Oh, really? We wish it were that simple for ourself.

How about you, dear reader---better at makeup or better at doing hair?

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Nuxe Dry Oil Golden Shimmer: For That Spa In A Bottle Feeling

Dry oil.

Is there such a thing in the beauty world?

Yes, indeed!

If you're looking for a natural golden sheen, dry oil is the way to go. And we have a super one to get your glow on:

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse or Dry Oil Golden Shimmer ($58, at A lot of models, beauty editors, and spa experts adore this dry oil for its wonderful moisturizing properties and lovely golden mother-of-pearl shine it leaves behind. It's fine for all skin types

We like the Nuxe Huile dry oil for its 3-pronged beauty benefits:

Use all year round, winter or summer. Ideal after sunbathing.
- Face: Apply to face or blend a drop of oil with your day cream.
- Body: Spray Huile Prodigieuse® over entire body.
- Hair: Use as a “mask” for dry hair, smooth over hair ends or spray the oil onto your hair brush.

Ideally, you should be fake-tanning, and if you are, this Nuxe dry oil can only enhance the beauty of your glow. For instance, let's say you spray on Sally Hansen Airbrush legs. After letting it dry completely, spray a little Dry Oil Golden Shimmer into the palm of your hands and smooth over your legs. You'll be amazed at the pretty, subtle sheen it leaves behind.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Would You Pay $29 For The Perfect Eyebrow Pencil/Shaper?


Are you crazy?! For an eyebrow pencil/shaper?!

Well, it is by Dior, and it is actually a universal brow styler with an ultra-fine tip. That means this universal brown WILL flatter women of every skin tone and hair color. And if the folks at Dior are claiming this, we believe them.

Just look at the customer feedback at Nordstrom's. Dior's Diorshow Brow Styler received a 4.7 out of a 5-star rating.

If your brows are thin, just filling them in a bit, will bring more definition to your face, beautifully framing your eyes. If you don't have thick brows, that's okay, too. You don't want to draw in a big, full set, because it will look fake and distract from the purpose of the brow styler. Go with what you've got, and just add a subtle, few hair-like strokes to recreate what nature never gave you, or what you had plucked away for years.

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.

Generally speaking, it takes up to 4 months for your brows to grow in fully.

By the way, we have found, unscientifically, that rubbing in some prescription Retin-A over the brows a few nights a week helps them grow, albeit--- slowly. Patience is a virtue in the eyebrow world.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Nothing Nicer Than Nautical Stripes For Summer

We've been mentioning how major the timeless classic is this season. Look around you everywhere------nautical stripes have taken over the fashion hemisphere!

It's good to add a few horizontal stripes to your summer wardrobe, ladies. And although blue and white stripes are the traditional go-to nautical color scheme, this time around, we're seeing tons of colored stripes. From electric blue to fuchsia, and every shade in between, stripes are making a bold statement.

Look at the cheap price we found on a pretty pencil skirt from Forever21! Check it out----a Pencil Skirt with Belt----just $17.80, in black & taupe!!!

What a super buy!

You're getting a knee length pencil skirt with a banded waistline with belt loops and a skinny belt. The skirt is made of a lightweight knit and comes in sizes--small, medium, and large.

Nautical stripes will keep you in the wave this summer.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Celebs Baring It In Black Bathing Suits---Hot New Trend

Most women have owned a black bathing suit in their lifetime. Maybe you own several.

What's not to love about black?!

When it comes to elegance and a slimming silhouette, the color black has got you covered perfectly. A black bathing suit is sexy and timeless. You can't miss.

Lately, black swimsuits seem to be trending, and celebrities are leading the way. Check out the bottom 3 photos:

Beyonce running through the waves in a flirty one-piece.

Kim K catching rays in a smokin' triangle bikini.

And Taylor Swift romping at the beach in a cute polka-dot high-waisted bikini.

We found a ton of alluring black bathing suits at, and these will keep you sitting pretty without breaking your fashion budget:

Goddess Enhancer Bikini $34 with Ruched Scoop Moderate Bikini $29. Sizes 4-12.

Halter Tankini $34 with Low Rise Moderate Bikini $22. Sizes 2-14.

Ruffle One-Piece $49. Sizes 6-12.

We like the black bathing suit trend! Will you slip this on, or are you happier wearing neon?

Friday, June 1, 2012

Ciate Caviar Mani: Sprinkles Stay Put As Long As Hands Are Idle


Eye candy for your nails!

It's called the Caviar Mani and it's the hot trend straight from across the pond. The Ciate nail company based in London created the 3-D manicure, which is named after its resemblance to Caviar eggs.

When we look at the Caviar mani, we think immediately of an ice cream cone dipped in sprinkles.

We're probably too old to be running around with a Caviar mani, but we think this nail trend is sexy/glam for summer.

You can find the Ciate Caviar Mani kit at Sephora for $25, in Rainbow, Mother-of-Pearl, or Black Pearls. Our fave is the rainbow kit:

2-step Caviar Mani
1. Nail Polish in Strawberry Milkshake
2. Pearlescent Beads in Rainbow

And if you're all thumbs, don't worry, this is not that hard to do. Just paint on the sticky base coat. Gently sprinkle your polish with the Caviar Pearls and seal in the manicure across the free edge with a gleaming top coat to create a decadent 3-D finish.

There's something very appealing about the Caviar mani. How adorable are these tiny, elegant sprinkles?!

Our only advice:
Eventually, these sprinkles go airborne....You will find them in your food, in your hair, when you wash your hands, etc. So, enjoy the 3-D manicure while it lasts.

It's best to let the Caviar mani dry for the recommended 15-20 mins., and best to apply the manicure just before heading out the door, that way you savor each little pearlescent bead. If you start using your hands too much, the sprinkles WILL start flying.

Our beauty conclusion:
The Ciate Caviar Mani is tres chic, even for just a few hours.