Monday, December 1, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
No wonder the great Calvin Klein has made her the star of his Secret Obsession perfume ads. You know, the racy, controversial commercials that were banned from being aired here until after hours,because of Eva rolling around almost naked between the sheets.
The 33-year-old Latin beauty recently shared a longtime beauty tip today. And maybe many of you have used this wonderful beauty treatment, too.
It's been around for a number of years in many bathroom cabinets------St. Ives Apricot Facial Scrub. Eva Mendes says the scrub is a favorite of hers. We also love this stuff, because it's available at your local drugstore and for about $5, depending on the scrub type you choose.
We know a number of women who love St. Ives Apricot Scrub for its wonderful exfoliating agents. And yes, lots of men use it, too. Your face feels so smooth and clean after a few moments of cleansing. And acne stays away when you're washing with this beauty routine.
This #1 selling scrub* contains 100% natural exfoliants to deep clean pores. Apricot Extract deep cleans pores while gently removing dull, dead skin cells to reveal smoother skin.
And yes, St. Ives sells an Apricot Body Wash Lotion. But we know girlfriends who use the facial scrub as a body scrub instead, because of the grainier formula that can tackle rough elbows, feet, and legs.
Every face is unique...whether your complexion is dry, aging, pimply, St. Ives has a scrub, cleanser, or mask, just for you. You can pick a scrub from these categories:
Check out their website at http://www.stives.com/.
Friday, November 28, 2008
If you travel in beauty/skin care circles, then you know the name Jan Marini.
She is the gorgeous woman in the photo.
Jan Marini is a well-respected product researcher.
We explored her skin care website, http://www.janmarini.com/, and found this nugget in her "About Me' page:
"Well before the technology was available to the mass market, Jan Marini pioneered the use of Glycolic Acid to improve the skin's appearance and texture. She was also the first to market a stable topical Vitamin C technology to promote healthier skin."
Here we go again, with these two special words: glycolic acid.
So, how does that relate to hand cream? According to Jan Marini, the two go hand in hand, so to speak.
Let's be honest, when fall and winter arrive and everything is cold and dry, our exposed skin takes a beating. No one wants rough, red, chapped hands.
Here's Jan's beauty tip today---her favorite: Alpha Hydrox AHA Enhanced Lotion Anti Wrinkle Treatment($11.99, 6 fl. oz., at drugstores).
"I've tried every hand cream on the market," she says. And she loves this brand because of it's 10% Glycolic AHA content.
"Its molecules are so small that they penetrate more deeply, dislodging dead cells and lifting the skin, giving it a smoother appearance. And glycolic acid also helps get rid of age spots!"
What's also wonderful about this product, you can use it on your face, neck and entire body. Alpha Hydrox has a huge following. People seem to love it, and swear that their wrinkling is kept to a minimum.
Hey, if Jan Marini says this hand cream is the best, well, then we believe her.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Roasted Turkey - 6 Ounces Dark + White Meat, Untrimmed
Roasted Turkey - 3 Ounces White Meat - Trimmed (no skin, no fat). White meat contains a little less calories than dark. Add 30 more calories if you prefer dark meat.
1 Cup of homemade stuffing
1/2 Cup of boxed stuffing prepared with no calorie refrigerated butter spray.
1 Cup of Giblet Gravy
1/3 Cup of Giblet Gravy
1 Cup of Mashed Potatoes
1/2 Cup of Mashed Potatoes prepared with skimmed milk, no calorie refrigerated butter spray
Stuffed Celery - 1 stick
1 Stick of stuffed celery prepared with reduced fat cream cheese.
2 Sweet Pickles, 10 Black/Green Olives
2 Black Olives, 2 Green Olives
1 Cup of Candied Sweet Potatoes
1/2 Baked Sweet Potato w/ small pat of butter, dash of cinnamon, a couple of packs of no calorie sweetener.
1/2 Cup of Cranberry Sauce
1/6 Can of Cranberry Sauce - Jelled or Whole Cranberries
2 Rolls With Butter
1 Roll With 1/2 Pat of Butter
1 Cup of English Peas with Butter
2 Glasses Sweetened Tea, Wine, Punch or Cider
1 Slice of Pumpkin Pie With Topping
1 Slice of Pecan Pie
1 Cup of Fruit Salad
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
We are taking a closer look at the newest electric toothbrush out there---this is a slim one-------the Oral B Pulsonic toothbrush ($69.99, at stores like Best Buy, Walgreens). This baby is slender, almost like a regular, non-electric toothbrush, with maybe a couple of inches longer. Or as the Oral B makers like to joke, "so slim, it makes your bathroom feel bigger."
Let's be honest. Electric toothbrushes have come a long way. They were once bulky, and difficult to maneuver inside the mouth. Some had very abrasive bristles. Others were annoyingly loud.
But not anymore. The Pulsonic features 2 speeds, rechargeable battery power, a 2-minute professional timer, custom precision tip brush head, thin precision bristles, and a quiet sound.
What we adore about the new, slim toothbrush is its 2Week White. This new gadget claims to whiten teeth by reducing up to 94% of surface stains in just 2 weeks."
This is a great dental gadget for the entire family. Young kids will enjoy brushing teeth this way, and adults can get a more thorough cleaning.
And if you head to the oralb.com website, there's a $15 rebate waiting for you.
Also, if you're always searching for the best and cheapest whitening toothpaste, we have it for you!
Back in June, we wrote an article about Ultra brite All In One Advanced Whitening. We had just caught a report by the well-respected and well-researched http://www.consumerreports.org/. And they claim, the best whitening toothpaste is:
Ultra brite All In One Advanced Whitening.
Consumer Reports tested 41 toothpastes, toothpastes that all boast about whitening your teeth. And they found that most brands do not live up to the hype or expensive price tags. But only one was really superior at stain removal. And this one wasn't too abrasive, meaning, the toothpaste would not harm teeth and gums. And that is---Ultra brite. And what a bargain at just $2.19 a tube, 6 oz. But it's not available on all store shelves. You can get it at http://www.drugstore.com/ and drugstores like CVS.
You can also pick up the toothpaste for $1 at those one dollar stores, if you're lucky.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Most dermatologists will tell you that toner is not necessary for the health of your skin. Yes, you can skip that step in your beauty cleansing routine. Or can you???
Toners or astringents often contain alcohol. And that can make your skin very dry, very uncomfortable. Your face can feel as taut as a drum. In other words, you can barely move it. Remember SeaBreeze? That one would almost knock your socks off. The sting was there to zap any extra oil sitting on your complexion's surface.
But there are some new facial toners on the block. These ain't your mama's toners! Instead of stripping your skin of oil, these new formulas offer some good things-----like anti-aging ingredients and nourishing agents. Wrinkle fighters like----hyaluronic acid, peptides, and or glycerin.
And the new toners aren't just for you ladies with the greasy and pimply 'T-zones.' The new toners have been developed with all skin types in mind. And dermatologists are saying yes, to these new face savers.
Here are 3 toners we like:
1. Dermalogica Age Smart Anti-oxidant Hydramist ($65.50, mist spray, http://www.adorebeauty.com/, and other online skin care stores). Full of peptides to encourage collagen formation. Gives back elasticity and hydration to the skin. Mist spray contains agents that fight damaging free radicals.
2. Exuviance by NeoStrata SkinRise Bionic Tonic ($37, 36 single-use pads, at http://www.exuviance.com/ and other fine skin care stores). SkinRise contains a triple blend of Polyhydroxy Acids and a marine botanical to nourish and condition the skin. Ingredients also include green tea extract to protect the complexion from the elements. Brings about firmness and smoothness to the skin.
3. Care by Stella McCartney Toning Floral Water ($35, 4.2 oz, http://www.sephora.com/). Tones and soothes skin with anti-oxidants such as green tea and linden blossom extracts, with Vitamins A and C. Also hydrates skin and boosts radiance.