Monday, September 30, 2013

Ladies---Watch Out!! September, October + November: Hair Fallout Doubles!

We first posted about autumnal hair fallout last November, after reading a fascinating article from Japan about hair loss during the months of September, October + November. And once again, we have been affected by this bizarre occurrence.

We are noticing MORE strands in our hairbrush. Tomorrow marks October 1st. So, we figure, we have another month of  NORMAL hair-shedding to deal with.

We find it frightening, to say the least. We don't care how NORMAL it appears to be. Finding MORE hair in one's hairbrush, is never a calming thing.

Here is the article once again, from the Japanese newspaper, 'Yomiuri Shimbun:'

...OSAKA--"Like trees shedding their leaves, autumn is the time of year when humans are said to lose the most amount of hair. Some experts attribute this to damage caused by exposure to ultraviolet rays during summer, while others say autumn is a time when much of the hair is replaced by new growth. Hair care specialists suggest gentle shampooing and getting enough sleep to maintain a healthy mane." We never knew about this.

The article, written by staff writer Michiko Nakai , goes on to explain that most heads have between 100,000 - 140,000 strands of hair, and "each strand goes through 3 phases--the anagen phase of growth, the catagen phase where the hair bulb at the base of each strand weakens, and the telogen phase when weakened hair falls off." The cycle then repeats every 5 or 6 years.

So, how much hair fallout is normal?
According to the article...."An average of 100 strands of hair fall out as part of this cycle per day, but according to some studies, this rate increases twofold from September to November."
We're not sure how many of you have noticed more hair in your hairbrush, but we thought we would bring this to your beauty attention, in case you start to experience the same.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Jessica Alba Debuts Shorter Hairstyle And Trendy, Dip-Dyed Ombre Color

Alright...So when does actress Jessica Alba ever look lousy?

Probably rarely.

The glam mom of two had everyone's attention at last evening's 'ALMA Awards Show.'. We LOVED her sophisticated ensemble of a silky white blouse with frilly sleeves and maxi skirt that dazzled in silver + black beading.

The hair was a few inches shorter. We suspect that Jessica merely had her long extensions removed.

The new do was designed by celeb stylist Andy Lecompte. It features that ombre, dip-dyed 2-tone look we've discussed in 2 recent posts here at Jessica is now sporting a center-parted, blunt, wavy hairstyle a few inches below her shoulders.
Apparently, the 2-tone, dip-dyed hair is still HOT, especially out in Hollywood.

If you want to copy the look, remember to FIGHT the frizz!!

Target has the entire John Frieda Frizz Ease collection to keep your locks all bouncy + healthy like Jessica Alba's.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Kim + Kanye Do Paris And London In Relaxed Fashion Chic Way

Kim + Kanye.

From Paris to London. Private planes to  fancy hotels.

It's ALL good, as they say.

We like the laid-back look the super celebrity couple was jet-setting around in yesterday.

Although Kim K could pull off any hair color--dark hair is her BEST friend, and the sooner she figures this out, the better.

We are guessing the blonde Beyoncé-look will be no more after a few more weeks.

While hanging in Europe, Kim hid under a big brown floppy fedora, long, belted camel coat, grey tee shirt and leggings and lace-up stiletto booties.

Kanye had on ripped jeans, long white tee and gold chain.
Kim's been photographed in brown fedoras a few times now. Check this one out some years ago:
Want Kim K's laid-back boho chic?
Then pick up your own big brown, floppy fedora.
 We found this one at ($47.99).

Friday, September 27, 2013

Stacy London Goes Ombre: Hideous Or Hot?

Is this a simple case of , er.....'What Not to Wear?'

We all love Stacy London, the host of the great, makeover TV show, but we're wondering why the fashion star let a famous colorist do this to her glorious graying mane?!

NYC's Rita Hazan is obviously loving the ombre hair color she created on the glam 44-year-old.

Hey, we're all for the latest, dip-dyed trends, but this do ain't doing it for us.

Maybe over 40 is a what NOT to do for loud, ombre hair?

We're not sure..... And we recently poked fun at Ke$ha's new rainbow bright, dip-dyed strands?!

We believe that Khloe Kardashian sports some of the loveliest ombre hair highlights in Hollywood.

Maybe, this just isn't the best pic of Stacy London's new ombre hair. If you would like to keep up with the popular trend, you CAN do it at home, too, with good results.
Try a box of this: L'Oreal Feria Wild Ombre ($12.99, at L'OrealParisUSA).

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Will You Get Your Glamglow On For Smooth, Clear Skin?

Okay....Let's get the steep price out of the way. This small 1.7 oz. jar is NOT cheap at $69. BUT------the stuff works! If you're looking for a youthful, smooth, clear complexion, your search is over.

It's called Glamglow Youthmud, and you can find it at Sephora.

The unusual mud mask is made from french sea clay, volcanic pumice rock + green tea leaf pieces. Yes, it's strange-looking. And it takes ONLY 10 minutes to dry and do it's exfoliating magic. Your face will TINGLE while it's working.

So---what does Glamglow Youthmud do?

The company promises this:

"This mud mask leaves skin noticeably radiant and glowing. It works with the body's natural moisturizing collagen to provide gentle resurfacing exfoliation and helps to leave skin smoother, brighter, and softer. While providing tighter skin texture and tighter pores, it provides a more youthful appearance and absorbs impurities without removing natural oils."

It's like getting a professional facial in your own home.

Use it 2x a week and watch your skin GLOW!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Ke$ha Radiant in Rainbow Dip-Dyed Hair?

Okay...we're just plain old to think that singer Ke$ha looks cool with her rainbow-colored highlights.

It seems just a bit too tacky/juvenile for us. But, hey-----what do we know?

Ke$ha has a unique style all her own. And we give her props for being fashion/beauty fearless.

The star was in New York City to promote her 2nd album 'Warrior.' She is currently on tour.

If you would like to try the fun, bright rainbow highlights like Ke$ha's sporting, you CAN do it with Kool-Aid.

Oh yeah, you heard us right.

We found the rainbow hair recipe for you to follow here. This comes courtesy from

Would you try this rainbow bright trend?

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Want Hot Lips? Try D & G Monica (Bellucci) Lipsticks For Fall!

Let's be honest. Italy's Monica Bellucci is a stunning woman at ANY age. The actress and face of Dolce & Gabbana fashion/beauty is killin' it at 49!

And the designers have introduced a great line of lipsticks named after her:

Monica Lipstick Collection ($33, at Sephora).

One of the hot Monica shades is Chic Monica, a lovely magenta-pink berry hue.

Actress Heather Graham wore the shade beautifully at last evening's Met Opera in NYC.

How do we know?

The girls over at glamour.combeauty got the scoop from Heather's makeup artist:

"We opted for a deep pink berry-stained mouth to avoid her looking overdone," Nick Barose says. And that shade was Chic Monica.

We think D&G's 'Chic Monica' is Fall's-Must-Have hue!

Mama mia!!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Deschanel Sisters: Gorgeous In Icy Blue Gowns At Emmy Awards 2013

Double your fashion pleasure with the dazzling Deschanel duo---Zooey + Emily!

Take a peek at their stunning ice blue gowns!

The sisters wowed on the red carpet at last evening's Emmy Awards Show 2013.
Emily shined in a keyhole J. Mendel dress, featuring a waist-sash + thigh-high split.

Emily sparkled in a lace, one-shoulder gown by Houghton.

Both talented sisters certainly know how to dazzle on the red carpet, showing off ice blue gowns that matched their baby blues. And both Zooey(33) + sister Emily(36), wore it with class, glamour + sophistication.

Try some sexy blue mascara to make your blue eyes pop!

CoverGirl LashBlast 24HR Mascara Blue-Black.


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Marc Jacobs Beauty: Making Beautiful Faces At Tonight's Emmy Awards Show

This gorgeous lip gloss is called, 'Sweet Escape.'. And it's from designer Marc Jacobs' Beauty makeup line. It's Lust for Lacquer Lip Vinyl ($28, at

Sephora makeup artists will be on hand this evening to create some unforgettable complexions + cosmetics at the Emmy Awards Show!

This sophisticated lip vinyl by Marc Jacobs will be tucked inside HBO's  2013 Emmys Luxury Lounge Gift Bag, along with an assortment of super swag presents!

This lip vinyl plumps up your lips, too! Plus it comes in 6 full + 6 sheer shades.

Lucky recipients will also receive a tube of the designer's Lash Lifter Gel Volume Mascara ($26, here).
Tune in tonight  for the EMMYS LIVE, starting at 8 PM, on CBS!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Natalie Portman: Best Look Of The Week In Christian Dior!

From her pretty head to her pretty toes, Natalie Portman looks absolutely exquisite at the New York City Ballet's Annual Fall Gala earlier this week at Lincoln Center.

She wins our Best Look of the Week.

Maybe it's the stunning, simple Christian Dior column gown she is wearing. Or her classic makeup + hair. Whatever 'it' is, she's hitting ALL the right notes!

Sometimes, a bit of elegance is all you need
We love the textured beauty in this color-block gown of turquoise, yellow + black from Christian Dior's Fall 2013 Couture collection.  It's like a pop-corn stitch.

Say what you will, but we think Natalie Portman nailed it!

And she kept it to the minimum:

Drop  amethyst earrings
Statement watch by Richard Mille.
Highlighted brunette hair worn down + tucked behind ears
Smoky eyes, bold brow and  nude lips

What do you think?

Natalie Portman wears it well?

Or Natalie Portman plays it safe?

Friday, September 20, 2013

Who wants soft, shiny, manageable hair?

We do! We do!

There's a brand new hair repair cream coming to a Walmart near you this Fall. It's called-- Cantu Argan Oil Leave in Conditioning Repair Cream ($5.97, at CantuBeauty).

It's a leave-in-conditioner. We like creams that REPAIR.

We also RAVE about beauty products that don't bust your budget. This one is great bang and great hair for the buck!

You're getting a sizable tub--16 fl. oz. for LESS than $6. Plus it's loaded with argan oil, one of the finest ingredients for soft, shiny, manageable hair.

This repair cream has been developed especially for dry or coarse hair. It's been infused with 100% pure Argan Oil.

And Cantu Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream stops and mends hair breakage.

If you did any of these during the summer----sunning, highlighting, perming, straightening, coloring, bleaching, curling ironing, flat-ironing, and so forth...your mane is THIRSTY.

Fall is the best time to REPAIR the damage.

And at $5.97 a tub, we think Cantu Argan Oil Leave in Conditioning Repair Cream is a smart product to have in your beauty stockpile.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Botox: How Young Can You Be To Get Wrinkle-Free?


A lot of adult women + men get these stinging shots of youth EVERY 3-4 months to stay wrinkle-free.

But if your 20-year-old daughter announced to you, that she wanted to get Botox to have a perfectly smooth complexion what would you say?

You'd probably remark that she were crazy. But some experts believe it's OKAY to begin receiving Botox shots in your early 20s to really keep wrinkles away.

A recent commentary in the JAMA Dermatology publication suggested just that-- stating that it is "rarely too early" to start the "conservative and thoughtful use of neuromodulators [i.e., Botox], fillers and noninvasive energy-based treatments."

One dermatologist from Boston said this to Today-Health:

"If you slow down the use of these muscles beginning early in adult life, the lines never develop," Dr. Kenneth Arndt says. "Rather than going backward and fixing something that’s there, you can inhibit it from starting in the first place." And he co-wrote the JAMA commentary.

"We’re not advocating treating infants, children and people in their teens," he added. "What I would suggest is at whatever point [people] begin to notice and are bothered by some of these things like frown lines or forehead lines … it’s reasonable to consider starting treatment with Botox. It’s easier and more effective to inhibit progression than come in 10 years later and take them away. We’ve termed it 'prejuvenation."'

Not every expert thinks this is a good idea.

"For the average person to start using Botox in their twenties is overkill," Dr. Arthur Perry, a board certified plastic surgeon with offices in New York and New Jersey told Today-Health"There’s a variability in the wrinkles and thinning of the skin, so to do it before the late thirties is probably unnecessary in the vast majority of people."

Plus, Botox is pricey---about $700 for halting wrinkles on just the forehead area, alone. And you have to go back for more Botox every 3-4 months.

Learn all about Botox here.

Our humble advice: If you are in your 20s, limit the amount of sun you get. ALWAYS wear sunscreen. Don't smoke. Don't drink a lot of alcohol.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Cate Blanchett Wows in One-Of-A-Kind Givenchy Gown At Blue Jasmine Premiere

Cate Blanchett.

The Oscar-winner just oozes elegance + sophistication.

There's the striking 44-year-old Australian actress at the UK premiere of Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine' movie last evening.

And she's wowing in a stunning, futuristic black Givenchy gown with exquisite bronze detailing. The fab halter neck reveals a sexy plunging back with cape-like draping.

The magic is all on the shoulders design,  bringing  attention to the neck + face. It's so chic + classy, and Cate wears it well, from front-to-back-to-side.

Of course, Cate's complexion glows, showing off great skin care. Her choice?

Cate Blanchett has supposedly been using SK-II Skin care products for 11 years now, and swears by their effectiveness. In fact, Cate is now the global spokesperson for the SK-II line.

'Throughout my career, I have only accepted roles that I am passionate about, and my partnership with SK-II is no different. I truly believe I already played this role as an ambassador long before SK-II caught up with me,' Cate Blanchett has said.

For more details, click here.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

For Super Glossy High-Tech Lashes, Call Avon


It's a beauty essential. Period. There's no way you can look complete without it. And of course, there are zillions of mascaras to choose from.

Here's another. It's so peculiar-looking, we are intrigued by it:

Avon Mega Effects Mascara ($10, at

This stuff promises 'panoramic volume!'
Avon calls their wand the Wonderbrush. And if you can wield it properly, it can be bent + adjusted in many angles to reach each nook & cranny in the lash department.
We haven't tried it yet, but we probably will. We try and sample EVERY mascara that hits the market.

Avon is calling their Mega Effects Mascara a 'breakthrough' formula that, "provides 24-hour volume, leaving lashes darker, denser and more dramatic." It comes in black and brown-black.

Here's what one, happy Avon customer wrote in a recent review:

"I wear mascara everyday so I try a ton of products always searching for the one that will make my lashes long, full and stay on all day. THIS IS IT! When you first open the mascara it will take a while getting used to applying it in such a different way, a lot of mascara tends to get on the applicator in the beginning but once you get the hang of it you will love it. I am planning to write to Avon to ask them to please contact me far in advance of ever changing or discontinuing this product I love it that much! My only hope is that Avon gets the word out on this product. I think once people try it, it's here to stay. GREAT PRODUCT.....THANKS AVON!"---CJL1123.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Rose Byrne's Favorite Matte Bold Lipstick: Red Lizard!

Actress Rose Byrne is quite the style + beauty icon. She ALWAYS looks put together.

As her stylist Penny Lowell tells InStyle Beauty mag 2013----

"She has a flirty, feminine style but likes clothes with a bit of an edge. There isn't anything she won't try on."

The 34-year-old Aussie who now calls New York City her home, graces the cover of InStyle's Beauty Special issue.

We like the chances she takes with her hair + makeup, too.

When it comes to the perfect red lip, like most celebrities, this gal has her favorite:

NARS Semi-Matte Lipstick in Red Lizard ($26, at NARS).

Red Lizard is a pretty, pinky-red shade with a smooth-matte finish.

"I adore NARS lipsticks," Rose says. "The shades are gorgeous!".

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Now You Can Copy Katy Perry's Happy Daisy Print Dress On the Cheap!

Katy Perry always likes to surprise her many fans. And this time, put on a happy, care-free ensemble.

It's all about the daisy print. And here, the talented singer chose a cute dress from the Moschino Cheap and Chic Resort 2014 Collection. We're still not sure how much her 'cheap + chic' daisy print dress cost.

But we can find you an adorable copy-cat for MUCH less. Actually, ONLY $8 at WetSeal.

Check out the super-cute daisy print maxi skirt, On SALE now. In sizes XS - XL.

The fashion critics picked apart her total look, saying the 'Heidi' braids, big hoops, black knee hose, and Doc Martens were ALL off. What do you think? Katy Perry's daisy print ensemble pure disaster or quite refreshing?

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Dry Skin Complexions Thirst For Exfoliation, Too!

Usually people only think that oily-faced gals need lots of exfoliation to clean up greasy pores + dead skin cells. But ALL complexions NEED exfoliation.

And when your skin is dry, you just need to find an exfoliator that sheds the old skin cell layers and nourishes well in between.

We have a tried + true beauty product that favors dry complexions. It's gentle + yet 'sloughs' where it's needed:
Fresh SUGAR FACE POLISH ($55, at

And it sounds YUMMY enough to eat! This natural exfoliator combines pure brown sugar + wild strawberry seeds for the knock-out punch!

It's easy to use, too:

"Gently massage on cleansed, moist skin, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 5-10 minutes and rise with warm water. Can be used 3-4 times a week."

•97% reported improved skin texture and softer, more supple skin
•94% felt it had an exfoliating effect and decreased rough patches

•88% noticed soothed skin that felt silky and velvety
•85% said their skin was radiant.

$55 for a 4.4 oz. tub sounds a bit pricey, but customers swear this little tub lasts a long time.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Estee Lauder Launches New Fragrance: Modern Muse

Here it is!! Estee Lauder's brand new Fall fragrance: Modern Muse!

Even the bottle is elegant + chic! Modern Muse ($58, 1 oz., at

Lots of celebrities attended, including actress Hailee Steinfeld and models Joan Smalls + Hilary Rhoda.
So, what does Modern Muse smell like?

Here are the Fragrance Notes: Mandarin, Tuberose, Lily, Honeysuckle, Dew-dropped blossoms, Jasmine, Patchouli, Vanilla, Amberwood + Musk. It's been described as a lush, woodsy floral.

You can watch a beautiful ad for Modern Muse here.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Giuliana Rancic: Enjoying Life Extensions-Free!

"I was just over long cheesy hair,” she said.

“Looking back at those pictures, the hair is so tragic, I’m so happy I got rid of it. I thought about it off and on for a while, but just one day I looked in the mirror and it didn’t feel right anymore.

He (George Kotsiopoulos) said, ‘You have got to cut your hair, it covers the fashion; it’s not right for your face."

Giuliana's sleek bob.

Do you like this hairstyle better?

It does look so chic + fashion-forward.

And we happen to think that Ms. G. looks better with darker locks.

A very sophisticated do.

To get Giuliana's shiny, sleek hair, you will need to invest in a very effective frizz fighter to repair damaged strands.

Hey, we all hurt our hair in some form or another on a daily basis.

Actress Olivia Palermo likes this brand for her sleek, straight bob:

Rahua Finishing Treatment ($45). She talks about it at her blog. This amazing formula gives you back shiny + strong locks.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

ULTA Cheek Stain: Cheap, Wears Well And Looks Great!

Cheek stain. We happen to adore it.

We like products with staying power. And ULTA beauty stores have their OWN cheek stain.

It's cheap, wears well + looks great! Plus, it's water-based.

It's called, ULTA Extreme Wear Cheek Stain. And for $8, you can't go wrong.

The cheek stain looks very bold here, in the shade of tickled, but it goes on nice, sheer + natural-looking.
It also comes in: Desire. Gleam and Passion.

Lots of customers also dab this cheek stain on their lips for a nice sheer stain.
We think this is a GOOD beauty buy! Blush should be worn daily by EVERY woman around.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Julia Roberts: Lady In Red Lace Dolce & Gabbana At Toronto Premiere

Movie star Julia Roberts usually wears glamorous black on the red carpet.

Well, NOT this time. The ageless beauty chose RED for the Toronto International Film Festival for her new movie--'August: Osage County.''re either going to LOVE this red mini or probably HATE it altogether. And the critics have been panning it, saying it looks like a red tablecloth or drapes, etc.

And it's NOT cheap, either.

It's a ravishing Dolce & Gabbana Bell Sleeve Lace Shift ($3,325, at Barneys New York).

We like it. We really love lace, and we think the Academy award-winning actress is working it well, with her sky-high nude platforms. We could see Monica Belluci wearing it in those sexy D & G ads she stars in.
Here's the original:

What do you think?
Is this Dolce & Gabbana a runway beauty on Julia Roberts, or simply a dud?

Monday, September 9, 2013

Can Cinnamon Oil Grow Hair Back? Some Experts Say It Can!

Okay, we have no real scientific evidence to prove this, but it surely CAN'T hurt.

While doing beauty research on something else, we stumbled on to this:

Cinnamon oil for hair loss?!

WOW! It sounds simple enough. All you need is one healthy product.

We found this little nugget at

Catherine Devine, Assistant Editor at Allure, asked her stylist about her hair which was starting to look a bit thinner.

The stylist gave her this advice:

"Dab a little cinnamon spirit along your hairline. That will stimulate hair growth.".

Cinnamon oil is really called, Cinnamon Bark Oil. We found a bottle here--LuckyVitamin ($19.99).
And that's not the end of it. Catherine then went to NYC dermatologist, Francesca Fusco, who agreed with the concept:

 "It would probably help to stimulate blood flow to hair follicles, and that's always a good thing," she says, since "proper circulation is critical to healthy hair growth," Catherine revealed.

She added, " "It's rich in antioxidants, so it's terrific for scavenging free radicals, reducing inflammation, and reducing UV damage."

Dr. Fusco's only caution: "Even though cinnamon is natural, it's possible you can have an allergy to it, and [a reaction] on the scalp could cause irritation."

So...... Dr.Fusco suggests "applying the aromatic oil to a test area first, rather than massaging it all over your scalp."

We think this is a super beauty tip for women AND men!