Sunday, June 29, 2014

When BIG Bad Lips Happen To Beautiful Women

Dermatologists + plastic surgeons would both agree that a little lip filler never hurt anyone. But they emphasize the words "a little."

That's when celebrities, models and "regular women" get into cosmetic trouble--when they don't adhere to those words.

Getting dermal filler can be quite addicting. Whether you're using filler to boost V-O-L-U-M-E into your cheeks, jawline, under eye sockets or lips, a little goes a long way.

A good dermatologist or good plastic surgeon knows when to say, "when." But sadly, many surgical pros yield to the patient's wishes, and instantly we've got this:

When BIG Bad Lips Happen to Beautiful Women.

And this time we won't even mention actress Lisa Rinna.

Here are just a handful of stars with beyond normal-looking lips---Nicole Kidman, Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian and Janice Dickinson.

No---We cannot prove these lovely women have done anything to their lips cosmetically-speaking, but it would appear that they have possibly gone over-board with the injections. Allegedly, we might add.

Experts will advise using Hyaluronic acid fillers like Restylane, Perlane, Juvederum, etc. These substances are the preferred choice for lip enhancement because when done properly, look + feel soft + natural.

And if lips become TOO big, these volumizing fillers can be reversed.

Here's what derm expert Dr. Teh Siew Yen says about lip injection over-board:

 "The key to natural looking lips is to start with a small amount of filler and touch up with more later, if needed. Too much lip filler can result in blunting of the lip edges and cause a sausage-like appearance. Less is often more and it is best to make the most of our natural lips rather than attempting to over-stuff it."

To read more about Dr. Teh Siew Yen's take on lip enhancement with fillers, click here.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Comfy Clothing For J Lo: Her Fave Are Wedge Sneakers....

When she's NOT on the red carpet doing her sexy thing, Jennifer Lopez likes to kick back in something easy-breezy. J Lo LOVES her loose gym looks + special shoes, according to the July issue of InStyle magazine:

When asked about her FAVORITE article of fashion, this is how the glam superstar responded

"Something comfy, like my sweatsuits and wedge sneakers."

 And big wedge it is. We're not talking Kohl's, either.

J Lo adores her Giuseppe Zanotti wedge sneakers in both white and black shades. These zip-up, metal-plate sneaks give her a nice boost in the height department.
These are $1,000 a pair sneakers. We found some at Saks.

You can copy J Lo's wedge sneaker look with a much cheaper pair. We hunted down these at ami clubwear for $23.99. Lace-up 3-inch wedges with a single metal plate.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Summer's Best Budget Buy: Classic, Bucket Bag From Old Navy!

Okay....So you can't afford the red, studded Prada bucket bag for $2,400.

That's alright....We feel your pain.

But, we've found a CHEAP, sporty, cute, roomy BUCKET BAG from Old Navy.

Hey---for LESS than $33, this is one best budget buy. Plus, the bucket bag comes in 3 shades......White. Navy. Mocha brown.
And it has pretty tassels.

Yes, it's FAUX leather, but who cares. It looks good and can carry you conveniently through summer.

Take a peek at all 3:

Here are the details:
Supple, textured faux leather, with piped trim. 
Adjustable buckled shoulder straps. 
Grommeted openings threaded with faux-leather tassel ties. 
Bucket shape, with molded base Smooth twill lining, with interior compartment for cell phones or wallets. 
Approximately 14"L x 6 1/2"W x 10 1/2"H, with 20" strap drop..

 If you check out the customer reviews, you will see that this bucket bag from Old Navy gets HIGH marks.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Big Beauty Bulk-Up: Jessica Simpson's Legs Are The New Madonna Arms!

A recent beauty publication has linked the defined musculature of Jessica Simpson's legs to Madonna's super-ripped arms.

And you know what?

We see the connection!

For a few years now, it's been ALL about the arms---shredded biceps + triceps.

And Madonna became the poster girl for extreme arm fitness in both a good + bad way.
Either the star was considered perfectly fit with bulked-up arms or way too buff for a woman to appear.

And now usher in Jessica Simpson, a new mom once again to baby boy Ace Knute with fiance Eric Johnson. And look at those killer legs! The calves alone, are something you can't take your eyes off.

Already---the critics have responded:

"Those legs are too muscular and belong on a man."
"Way to go, Jess! You look incredible!"

Jessica admits dropping some 50 lbs. through Weight Watchers since having baby Ace. Plus she works out. Trainer Harley Pasternak demonstrates her leg-sculpting routine:

Check out this excellent demo here on

Ladies, Do you prefer the beauty bulk-up or just fit but not defined?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Nautical Summer Scarf: Get On Board With Style!

Yes. It's REALLY alright to wear a summer scarf. No----NOT the heavy woolen kind, but something in a cool, cotton blend is nice.

Fashionable celebrities like Jessica Alba wear summer scarves A LOT! And she's protecting her beautiful skin in the process. . maybe you aren't spending summer in St. Barts, but you CAN wear a summer scarf hanging out anytime, anywhere. It's a classic fashion staple.

Since it is summer, we think the nautical summer scarf is a must-have!

And these scarves are just about everywhere. We found some at


These are both from AnytimeScarf. The nautical anchor scarf is $30. The nautical stripe scarf is $24

A summer scarf is styish + handy for a few good reasons:

1. It can serve as a head scarf
2. It can be tied around the hips as a sarong
3. It can shield the neck + decolette from the sun

Plus, a  summer nautical scarf looks so darn chic!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Finding The Perfect Foundation Match For Today's All-American Woman

The perfect match.

When it comes to makeup foundation, well for us, it's been almost impossible to blend in the perfect match. We have light olive skin, being of Mediterranean background.

Today, we wear ColorStay foundation in NUDE by Revlon. And we've been applying this foundation shade for years now. Maybe 15 years and counting.....This is the CLOSEST shade we could get to match our skin tone. Not flawless, but, not bad, either.

We have been to the department store makeup counters and have had pros trying to exactly match our complexion, but still, they haven't done any better than our self, so we stick to the Revlon, because it works and we're afraid we can't do any better.

We remember the March issue of Glamour magazine that recently tackled this same topic. The publication noted that we are indeed a melting pot nation, and that "the number of mixed-race people grew 32% from 2000-2010," adding that by the year 2050, "people of color are predicted to represent 54% of the American population."

So, that poses a lot of challenges for makeup companies to re-think foundation choices for the abundance of skin tones that ALL deserve the perfect foundation match.

We believe that the giant makeup players are trying to expand the foundation market. Bobbi Brown + MAC are just 2 of the major companies that offer a nice, full range of foundations that are really wearable + flattering to most skin tones.

And then there is IMAN Cosmetics started by the iconic model herself, who has been at the forefront for years now, when it comes to creating the closest to an exact foundation match.

Iman's brand looks at the issue this way:

 ...."That women with skin of color represent many races, cultures and ethnicities. IMAN Cosmetics, Skincare and Fragrances are designed for African American, Asian, Latina and multi-cultural women with skin tones in a myriad of shades."

Beautiful Iman divides her foundations choices into 3 color categories--Sand, Clay, Earth, with 16 shades to choose from (photo only shows 12 shades here).
To learn more about IMAN Cosmetics, click here.

Monday, June 23, 2014

It's Summer, Finally: Now Tell Your Body Hair To Take A Hike!

Summer means bikini time and mini skirts and halter tops and ALL that skin exposed in between.

Maybe you wax, shave, depilate, bleach, sugar gel, pluck, laser, epliate, etc., etc.

And perhaps these methods just aren't enough for the body hair grow-back.

Well, this stuff is worth a shot:

Completely Bare Don't Grow There Body Moisturizer & Hair Inhibitor, ($9.99, at CVS).

At least, this formula makes for a wonderful hydrating body cream if it doesn't work successfully as a growth inhibitor. It smells divine, too and made with a lemon grass and green tea base.

Here are the details:

"For best results apply twice a day, results will show after 28 days.
Contains capislow, proven to: Help reduce hair density by as much as 50%; Help reduce hair length by as much as 30%; Help reduce hair growth by as much as 55%. Individual results may vary.
Cindy Barshop, hair removal guru to celebrities is owner and founder of Completely Bare Spas. Made in USA."

We can't make promises that you will remain hairless on the areas you want to be, but it doesn't hurt to try this growth inhibitor during the weeks of summer.

Unwanted body hair is an unwelcome sight, and honestly,most of us have found at least have ONE nasty hair that didn't belong there.

To quote that adorable Sesame Street song.....
"One of these things is not like the others,
One of these things just doesn't belong,
Can you tell which thing is not like the others
By the time I finish my song?"


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Kaley Cuoco Follows Blonde, Pixie Cut Trend With Success: Would You Dare?

We have to give these celebrities a lot of credit for undergoing a major beauty transformation.

 "Long hair we don't care."

 Apparently not!

 Kaley Cuoco is the latest blonde star to go pixie. And her fans are lovin' every selfie + red carpet photo they can find of the delightful TV actress.

Some might say, all Kaley did was remove her long hair extensions. Even if that were true, going from super long hair to super short hair is still a BIG beauty change.

The pixie cut is definitely on trend at the moment. But it's NOT an easy do to carry with style + beauty. It's a chance you take when you have that much hair lopped off. It's the point of NO return. If you don't like your new, short locks it will take several months to get back to longer hair and usually involve a difficult or awkward growing out stage at times.

However---with a pretty, pixie cut, you can go edgier with makeup, jewelry + hair styling products. Check out Kaley's very bold cat-eye.

The "Big Bang Theory star follows in the pixie footsteps of 2 other famous, blonde actresses who have also gotten lots of attention for their closely cropped cuts---Jennifer Lawrence + Robin Wright.

Plus, all 3 ladies are wearing a glam side part. Allure magazine explains the beauty of the classic side part:

To feminize a boyish cut, like Robin Wright's, blow-dry bangs to the side using a small round brush. "Wearing the bangs soft and side-sweptcan help minimize a square jaw and make a short cut look less severe," says Tim Rogers, a hairstylist at the Sally Hershberger salon in New York City. If bangs are short, pieciness can accomplish that, too. For a wispy effect, flatiron the face-framing sections, then tousle, and separate them with your fingers.

To read more about styling a pretty pixie cut, click here.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Going On Summer Vacation? Then Take This With You For Wrinkles!

Summer vacation is fast approaching for many of us. And wherever your travels + adventures take you, remember that wrinkles are a no-no.

Well, NOT those wrinkles we worry about after playing in the sun all day. For those---tuck in your high 30 SPF, plus some retinoids for nighttime application.

We're talking about those OTHER wrinkles. You know---the kind that ruin your perfect summer ensemble.

Packing for vacation is not always fun when you have to cram your favorite tops, shorts, skirts, bathing suits, etc. into a never big enough suitcase. And maybe where you're headed, ironing isn't an option.

But there is a simple solution.

You will have to pack along these 2 extra items:

1. A blowdryer.
2. A bottle of this---"The Laundress Crease Release" ($8, 2 fl.oz., at

It's easy. After you arrive at your hotel room, beach/lake cottage, etc., hang up your loose dresses, tops, shorts and so on. Spray them with Crease Release. Then BLAST 'em with your blowdryer. Laundress is safe + gentle to fabrics.

There---INSTANT smoothing. Wrinkle-free, ladies!

Now go out and enjoy your summer vacation!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Every Body CAN Look Lovely In A Jumpsuit For Summer 2014!

The jumpsuit.

It is so HOT for Summer 2014. Diane Von Furstenberg is showing them, as are TopShop, H&M, Michael Kors etc.

Hmmm. Think ONLY tall, skinny chicks can wear a jumpsuit?

Well, then think, again!

Jumpsuits look amazing on models like super-slim Gisele Bundchen. There she goes, looking casually chic in a chambray number with a henley top style with baggy denim appeal.
But jumpsuits ALSO look amazing on shorter, curvier bodies like Kourtney Kardashian.

Look at the reality star in a black, lace jumpsuit from the Kardashian Kollection:
This glam, lace number is only available through the girls' London collaboration with Lipsy.

But the Kardashian sisters also feature lots of other pretty jumpsuits at their Sears Kardashian Kollection.

WE like this denim halter jumpsuit. On sale for $38.99.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Sun Laboratories Self Tanning Lotion For Safe, Sun-Kissed Bronze Skin

Who doesn't desire sun-kissed bronze skin, especially during those fun days of summer?

But we have all learned the hard way that there is NO safe tan. Period.

Even superstar Jennifer Lopez lies on the beach in moderation, and has perfected the fab, fake tan with a couple of clever products by advise from her makeup artist Scott Barnes:

"Stay out of the sun! He (Scott) really nailed into my head. Bronzer and self-tanners are so worth it. Stay out of the booth, girls! And boys!" Jennifer has said previously.

Self-tanning lotions are where it's at in today's world. And we have sampled an excellent system from Sun Laboratories. If you're looking for a smooth, golden INSTANT tan, then check this company out.

Sun Laboratories features a number of SAFE, for all skin types---sunless tanning sets or kits to help you achieve that sexy, bronze, summer beauty. You get exfoliating body gel, instant tint--self tanning lotion overnight and tan extender lotion.

The sunless tanning products are all paraben-free, come with lots of scientific research and results that deliver. The tanning magic is in the unique ingredients:

Natural sugar-based formula leaves a bronzed look in just three hours!

Self-tanning lotions take some practice to make it all look flawless, but if you follow directions exactly as Sun Laboratories suggests, your deep, dark tan will look amazing + last for days.

We sampled the company's TAN OVERNIGHT SELF TANNING LOTION (10211 T). On SALE now for only $39.95. This set (generous 8 oz. bottles) is gorgeous for light to  medium skin tones. We are of Mediterranean background with light, olive skin.

We can tell you we have NEVER self-tanned, but the results we found after trying it just on our legs offer a NATURAL, attractive, real-looking, medium tan. NO orange skin to worry about. The almond scent is appealing. When everything has set + dried, you will notice that common, self tanning lotion scent, but it disappears in the shower.

We think Sun Laboratories Self Tanning Lotion is a GOOD SUMMER BUDGET BUY!

Here are a few self-tanning lotion tips:
1. Exfoliate in the shower--with a loofah sponge or brush. The smoother the skin, the easier the application.
2. Wear a pair of latex gloves when applying, so palms of hands stay colorless until the end when you want to tan your hands.
3. Rub in the self-tanning lotion quickly, and keep moving to other parts of skin. Do not linger on any one area.
4. Apply one coat every night right after showering until desired shade is reached.
5. Don't forget to rub in the Tan Moisturizer Maintainer in the morning. It wonderfully hydrates the skin with aloe vera gel.

Sun Laboratories also sells bronzer, makeup + skin care items, teeth whitening kits and airbrush tanning equipment.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

JLO Wows On Live With Kelly + Michael In Hot Pink Halter Dress + Huge Gold Hoops!

JLo is on a continuous roll. The mega star is EVERYWHERE these days---on the World Cup Soccer stage in Brazil to "Live with Kelly + Michael.".

You cannot stop the one-woman JLo machine. She's pretty amazing and doing it all with style, humor+ HOT pink ensembles.

Jennifer Lopez not only Luh Ya Papi. JLo also LOVES wearing HOT pink for the past year now.

This morning on Kelly + Michael, the sexy star wowed the audience with a HOT pink halter dress + matching pink stilettos. Plus, JLo had on her huge, gold signature hoops. And that was all she needed. JLo looked gorgeous!

Those gold hoop earrings appear to be 4-inchers. To take a closer look at Jennifer Lopez' winning look today, click here!

 Look at JLo's PINK PARADE:
We found a pretty, copy-cat HOT pink halter dress like the one JLo wore today. And it's on SALE---marked down from $121 to just $19.99, at UrbanOutfitters.

Get in the HOT pink, ladies!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Want Kim K's Killer Brows? Then You Need Some Anastasia Now!

Killer brows.

We ALL want those, and yeah, some of you were born with them.

We believe that Kim Kardashian has one of the BEST sets of killer brows around. Sure, in her case, it's mainly genetics. Her brows are naturally full.

Plus---Kim K leaves the proper brow grooming to famous eyebrow guru Anastasia of L.A. (below), as well as her professional makeup artists for perfect results.

We've now got the beauty scoop on Kim K's wedding brows. So let's take a further look:
There appears to be 4 Anastasia brow products used to create Kim K's Killer Brows.

Now, you do not have to use all 4 Anastasia brow products, but the most important, magical item is this one:

  Dipbrow Pomade--- a creamy gel, waterproof formula ($18, at
  Dark Brown was applied on Kim.
And Anastasia also used the Brow Wiz ($21) to create Kim K's killer brows. This one in Brunette/Dark Brown has an ultra-fine pencil tip, as well as on the other end, a spool-ey brush to blend in the brow Wiz + Dipbrow Pomade.

Now, you can also go 2 steps further, although pro makeup artists make this easier than it looks:

Duo Brow Powder in Brunette/Dark Brown ($23) to further define eyebrows.

Beauty Genius gel to seal the brow makeup flawlessly($18).

To view all 4 Anastasia brow products, click here.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Cutie Kerry Washington Has This Jumbo Lip-Stick With Her At All Times

 Scandal's Kerry Washington is enjoying her time as a new mother to adorable baby Isabelle Amarachi.

And boy, does Kerry look AMAZING just 7 weeks post-baby!

Here she is at a recent, L.A.  red carpet event for women in film where she accepted the Lucy award for Excellence in televsion from her Scandal boss Schonda Rimes..

The gorgeous actress tells InStyle magazine's July issue that she MUST HAVE this beauty item with her at all times:

Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in BrightBerry ($8.99, at ULTA).

These JUMBO Lip-STICKS are so hydrating with soft, buildable color. And this is mainly why Kerry keeps MoistureSmooth color sticks in her makeup bag:

  "I don't even have to look in the mirror to apply this lip color---that's how easy it is to put on. It's like a crayon for adults!"
Kerry is wearing Bright berry in these photos. Now that's a PRETTY lip color!lip color!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

JLo Puts Her Big Girl Panties On: Booty On Parade

Big butts are still the HOT trend, as JLo shakes her money-maker in her new music video, "Booty."

Is it us.....Or is this big butt thing getting a bit out of control now?

Between Jlo, Kim Kardashian + Beyonce, enough is enough!

Of course, we cannot stop the booty love.

Meantime, when it comes to a super booty, we all want a cellulite-free behind. But cellulite, that dimply fat, affects MOST women of all shapes + sizes. Yes---even famous, gorgeous celebrities.

So what's a gal to do?

Fight back with a darn good cellulite cream. It tones down the dimples and brings back the smoothness, at least for several hours.

We found this one at Walmart----Equate Farewell Cellulite Cream, ($5.08, 6.7 oz.).  

Equate Cream contains L-Carnitine and other substances to help diminish cellulite and make skin smooth again.

Customer ratingsgive this cellulite cream 4 **** out of 5.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Orange Is Everywhere This Spring From Fashion To Beauty


Yes--Orange is the new black this Spring + Summer!

It's not the easiest color to wear when it comes to fashion + beauty. But you can always choose a muted orange palette if you are too shy to go BOLD and beyond.

The Spring 2014 runways were all sprouting the bright color and celebrities were quick to embrace it.

Check out actress Shailene Woodley wowing in orange at a red carpet event back in March.

Then there's Reese Witherspoon glammin' it up in sexy orange, too.

If you want to be noticed when you walk into a room, then reach for a little orange or a lot of orange.

Then there is orange beauty in the form of makeup.

Today, we are looking at the gorgeous celebrities who have dressed up their lips in the citrus shade. Kate. Lupita. And Camilla.
Try this pretty TANGERINE lipstick by Josie Maran ($22, at sephora).