Saturday, February 7, 2009

How To Get Shiny Hair In A Bottle The Citre Way

We talk a lot here about hair.

When you see a beautiful head of shiny tresses, it makes you wonder. Was she born with such shiny hair? Or is she spraying on something that gives it such a glossy high-wattage brilliance?!

With all the abuse we do to our many, many strands of hair, it's a wonder that we have any left on our heads. Think about it--shampooing every day in the shower for many of us. Blowdrying, day after day after day. Heading out into the harsh elements of blazing days in the sun. Dry, brittle cold nights of winter. Pollution. Smog. Constant coloring and perming and straightening.

The makers of Citre hair products have a new kid on the block, and it's a keeper:

Citre Shine Color Prism Thermo Defense Shine Glaze ($5.99, at a drugstore near you).

That's quite a mouthful. But the product rocks!!

"This Multi - Reflective Thermo Defense Shine Glaze will protect all colored hair from the drying, damaging effects of heat styling. This thermo active formula enriched with citrus waxes shields your hair creating resistance to damage from heat styling, leaving hair protected, healthy and full of multi - dimensional shine."

What we find refreshing about this Citre Shine Glaze is its gentleness to colored hair. But most importantly, its texture. You merely spritz it on to towel-dried hair, and then blowdry. Or you can add it as a finishing touch to dry hair.

The serum is wonderful. It doesn't give you a head of the 'greasies.' And we all know that can happen when you over-dose on the typical shine serums.

It's all in the science of the citrus waxes. According to the Citre company, these waxes are "naturally prismatic as they create an invisa - shield around the hair shaft, adding multi - dimensional highlights while helping to protect and prolong color vibrancy."

Shine on, ladies. At $5.99 a bottle, this stuff goes a long way.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Allergan Botox Maker Now Excited About Latisse For Long Lashes

Some women are calling Latisse, Botox for the eyes.

But you don't have to worry. This exciting new product developed by Allergan, the same folks who brought you Botox, does not entail stinging needle pricks around your eyelids. Thank goodness.

Latisse could prove to be one of the most important beauty treatments in 2009.

Latisse grows you longer, thicker, darker eyelashes and all with a simple, painless drop of bimatoprost ophthalmic solution-0.03%. The website explains it all:

"Remove an applicator from its tray. Then, holding the sterile applicator horizontally, place one drop of LATISSE™ solution on the area of the applicator closest to the tip but not on the tip.

Immediately draw the applicator carefully along the skin at the base of the upper eyelashes (where the eyelashes meet the skin) just as you would apply liquid eyeliner. This area should feel lightly moist without runoff.

Blot any excess solution beyond the eyelid with a tissue."

What we love about this eyelash thickener---it's the first and only one for treatment approved by the FDA for hypotrichosis of the eyelashes. That means, having inadequate lashes.

This is a once-daily prescription, available only through a doctor.

What's remarkable, you can see a signifcant difference in upper eyelashes in about 8 weeks, with full results in 16 weeks. By the way, this prescripition is not designed to use for the lashes along the lower lid.

But you must be anchored to Latisse for life. In other words, if you stop using Latisse, your eyelashes will return to their previous appearance within weeks or months.

Any harmful side effects? According to Allergan, the clinical trials lasted for 13 years, and the product has proven to be quite safe. Usually redness or itchiness around the eye is common. But, there are a couple of concerns:

"LATISSE™ use may cause darkening of the eyelid skin which may be reversible. Although not reported in clinical studies, LATISSE™ use may also cause increased brown pigmentation of the colored part of the eye which is likely to be permanent."

We still believe that Latisse is a super beauty treatment for women who have always desired long, thick, dark lashes. The results are amazing. And your doctor will be able to determine if you are, in fact, a good candidate for this prescription.

Latisse by the way, is here. Allergan is launching the beauty product nationwide in the first quarter of this new year.

Visit for further product and prescribing information.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

New List Of Best Tasting Coffee But Too Much Shrinks Breasts?!

We know. Most of you love a good cup of coffee. And we are happy to give you Consumer Reports' New List Of the Best Tasting Coffee for 2009. This little nugget is coming out in their March issue.

You will learn that a great-tasting cup of joe does not have to cost a lot. But we also found some disturbing news for women who love drinking as little as 3 cups of coffee a day. If you believe the latest scientific study published in the British Journal of Cancer, then this is quite stunning:

Drinking caffeine over an extended period of time makes women's breasts shrink.

The New York Post was the first media outlet where we picked up this information. Read on:

"A new study has found that drinking caffeine over an extended period of time makes women's breasts shrink. Unfortunately, the same study also found that gals may have to make a hard choice between breast size and breast safety, because drinking caffeine also helps protect against cancer. According to the research, regular drinking of as little as three cups daily a day can have an enough of an impact on estrogen levels to cause noticeable bosom reduction."

Well, ladies, if you can look forward to a good cup of coffee after that little stat, then let's take a look at Consumer Reports which studied 19 ground coffees.

The clear cut winner, and a cost-saving brand at that---Eight O'Clock Coffee.

Yes, the 15-cents a cup favorite beat out the snob brands like Starbucks and popular supermarket choice Folgers.

2nd best-tasting coffee: Caribou Coffee Colombia Timana.
3rd best-tasting coffee: Kickapoo Coffee Organic Colombia.

According to Consumer Reports' Bob Markovich, there is something, well, 'fruity in flavor' about the high scoring coffees.

"What made them good is they tended to be fragrant with floral and earthy notes, so this is the kind of coffee you can drink even when it's black," Markovich said. "When you start to go down the list of stuff that isn't as good, you're going to probably want to add milk or sugar or cream."

The complete list of best-tasting coffee will appear in the March issue of Consumer Reports magazine.

In the meantime, all you coffee-loving sisters out there, don't become too freaked out over the findings. The study's author, Helena Jernstroem of the University of Sweden, claims that your bosom will not pull an instant abracadabra .

"Coffee-drinking women do not have to worry that their breasts will shrink to nothing overnight," said Jernstroem, who came across the findings during a cancer-research study.
"They will get smaller, but the breasts aren't just going to disappear," she added.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

How To Care For Your Over-processed Over-blown Fried Hair

Dear Drew Barrymore:
Please forgive us for using your photo as an example of over-processed, over-blown, fried hair. Actually, we think you are quite pretty and look very Marilyn Monroe here, at the recent Golden Globes awards show.


We adore talented actress Drew Barrymore. Her newly blonded hair? Well, a number of stylists were quite critical of the shape her processed locks were in. Some were using words like: straw. fried. damaged. brittle. bird's nest. You get the picture.
We have all suffered from some form of damaged hair. It can come about from bleaching the daylights out of dark hair. Or from perming and then coloring over. From too much blow-drying. From chlorinated pools. Brushing through wet hair over and over again. And so on.

Fried hair. No shine. Dull. So what's a gal to do?

Hair experts always say the best, instant remedy----a cut! Yes, we're talking scissors here. Sometimes you just can't salvage an overly-processed head of hair. You might have to lose a few inches.

And then, to nurse your locks back to good health, you must follow some basic steps. And we learned ours from the King of Color, Louis Licari, the legendary celebrity stylist. We have read a couple of his books, and trust us, he knows hair very well.

Louis Licari recently told Vogue Magazine, that you can manage your over-processed, over-blown, fried hair at home. It all begins with washing your hair. And most of us don't do it right.

"Women use too much shampoo. Wash with conditioner every other time."

Sounds too simple, but Louis is the master.

You can color your hair. But try and stay away from ammonia. Buy gentler products like Clairol's Perfect 10, which will cover grays and be kinder to your roots.

You can blow-dry and/or flat-iron your tresses. But look for ionic styling machines that deliver less damage to hair. And please, do not brush through wet hair. Use a big-toothed comb.

Sensible hair tips from a smart hair guy. Thanks, Louis.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Dr 90210 Making Women Beautiful With New Skin Line

Dr. Robert Rey. You sure are handsome. And you try to make women more beautiful, so we can't find too much wrong with you.

The most popular plastic surgeon on E!'s Dr. 90210 reality television show, has the world of beauty buzzing with his new skin care line for women:

Dr. Robert Rey Sensual Solutions.

"The only skincare approach to ageless, timeless beauty for women who want doctor's office results with no appointment necessary."

Alright. We like the concept behind this skin care line: No needles. No scalpel. No downtime.

But ladies, let us remind you. This is a hot plastic surgeon, known for his minimal scar surgeries, with a practice located in gorgeous Beverly Hills. These aren't cheap beauty treatments from the Harvard Medical School trained Dr. Rey.

The prices are steep, especially if you are pinching pennies like most of us these days. But the Brazilian doctor has put together some very effective skin care products.

Nordstrom's is offering an exclusive starter kit from Dr. Robert Rey's Sensual Solutions line. It's cleverly called---'Let Me Introduce You' Starter Kit ($150, at nordstrom's fine dept. stores).

Before you pooh-pooh the cost, let's take a look at the variety you will be getting:

Set includes Body Liftox™ Anti-Aging Body Lift Cream with AActive6-Exotics™ (1.7 oz.)
Face Up to It™ Gentle Oxygenating Cleanser with AActive6-Exotics™ (1.5 oz.)
Eye Full™ Contouring Wrinkle Filler with AActive6-Exotics™ (0.25 oz.)
From Your Lips™ Instant Lip Plumper with AActive6-Exotics™ (0.03 oz.)
and Inhibitox™ Instant Wrinkle Erase with AActive6-Exotics™ (0.5 oz.).

Curious about the AActive6-Exotics ingredient? According to Dr. Robert Rey, this formulation is in his beauty treatments because of it's strength in fighting wrinkles. This 'exotics complex' is made up of "six potent natural anti-aging ingredients from the Brazilian rain forest."

Come on, we believe Dr. 90210's Robert Rey. He seems so sincere. We are giving his new skin care line the green light!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Hematite From Magma Rock Rejuvenates Mature Skin

You can even find hematite on planet Mars! Go figure.

Not exactly science fiction, but we have to love the beauty technology that develops each passing day.

Maybe you have already read about hematite extract, an iron oxide, and how it can bring back the resiliency and tone to mature skin. Hematite, when extracted properly and formulated into a skin care treatment, is able to slo-wwww down the aging process. There is something in this energy from the earth, that can re-activate pro-collagen synthesis.

Collagen gives our skin suppleness and elasticity. And as we get older, collagen production is on the wane.

Obtaining and then mixing hematite mineral complex into a beauty formula probably isn't easy. That's why you will notice this little gem of a rock is not cheap. But here are 2 fine hematite extract serums for you to try:

1. PurMinerals 'While You Were Out' ($49.50, A 2-step anti-aging kit that rejuvenates and repairs skin while you are fast asleep. Includes an evening peel and recovery duo. The hematite extract helps firm the skin, and the formula helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and age spots.

2. Bieux Skin BioNaturals Regimen Introduction Kit ($115, This 3-piece collection includes a power lift and repair serum. 24-hour treatment moisturizer. advanced eye treatment cream. Again, the emphasis is on tightening and improving the skin. What you get back is a radiant complexion.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Miss Pakistan World Representing New Generation Of Women

Natasha Paracha is both smart and stunning with a good head on her shoulders, as they say.

The 24-year-old raven-haired beauty has been enjoying her reign as Miss Pakistan World 2008.

We got to learn more about the Islamabad-born pageant winner on a recent Good Morning America segment. She is living in New York City and working for the United Nations. And she was gracious to let us interview her about her favorite beauty tips and dreams for her Pakistani countrywomen.

"I work for IREO, which is a renewable energy organization at the United Nations. I hope to continue to promote the use of alternative energies throughout the globe."

Natasha Paracha, is an ambassador for the new generation of Pakistani women.

"Participating in Miss Pakistan World has opened many doors for me. This pageant has provided me with a platform to be an ambassador for my country and represent Pakistan at an international level. I am honored and humbled with my new role."

Life in Pakistan can be quite a challenge for girls growing up with dreams and goals, because of conservative Islamic views. There is still much work to be done for Muslim women to achieve as equal a footing as men. The Miss Pakistan World pageants are actually held in Toronto, Canada. Women like Natasha Paracha and founder of the Miss Pakistan World Beauty Pageant, Sonia Ahmed, are courageous and anxious for opportunities to spread their wings. They are representing the next generation of modern Pakistani women, trying to create a new role for Muslim women in society.

"My family has a long standing history in Pakistan; it is where we have basically spent our childhood. Also, all of my extended family lives in the Lahore or Islamabad. I want young Pakistani women to know that they can succeed in any facet of life that they choose. I don't want to be cliché, but the world is your oyster and our time is now to take advantage of that. "

In the meantime, like many of us, Miss Pakistan World 2008, enjoys wearing makeup and living a healthy lifestyle. Although she has makeup artists for special events, Natasha usually applies her own cosmetics. And let's be honest here, when it comes to lining eyes perfectly, South Asian women have the upper hand.

"I only started wearing make-up recently. If you are in a rush, there are really only two things that one needs: mascara and eyeliner. My go to products are the Dior Black Out Mascara and Mac Eyeliner."

Natasha also adores brightening her lips with these popular brands.
"I am a lip-gloss fanatic. I'm actually in the process of starting my own lip-gloss with a few of my friends. My favorite brands right now would be Nars and Dior Addict."

As far as her crowning glory, that long, shiny dark hair, Miss Pakistan World 2008 doesn't get caught up in the chemical processes of coloring or perming.

"My hair kind of has a mind of its own. During the winters it becomes stick straight and during the summers it's wavy. I try not to use any products in my hair, but if I'm going for a certain look I stick to organic hair products. Coming from a Pakistani background, I think we have some very unique homemade beauty treatments. When I was younger, my mom would put coconut oil and eggs in my hair. It was classic, I have not done that in a while though. I think the secret is just avoiding too many chemicals or products, just keep it simple."

Natasha is proud of her Pakistani roots and her exotic features, and would hope that women everywhere, both young and older, could learn to love how they look. The world is a big place, and there is plenty of room for every set of features.

"I think every woman should feel comfortable in their own skin. And it's wonderful to be unique. Even in Pakistan, we have all kinds of looks: light eyes, dark eyes, blonde hair, brunettes and many unique looks. Since you are a Greek yourself, you must have heard of the Kalash people of Pakistan, who are Greek. So Pakistan is like the melting pot of many looks as we are surrounded by many countries."

In closing, Miss Pakistan World 2008 had this advice for her Pakistani sisters:

"Pakistani women have come a long way and the Miss Pakistan World pageant is a platform for the new generation of Pakistani women to represent themselves. My message to those women would be to take that chance and avail the opportunity. Thank you."

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