Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Intelligent Reasons Why You Should Visit A Dermatologist

A dermatologist would tell you to 'love the skin you're in.' Wonderful advice.

If you have a dermatologist and visit often, well, good for you. And if you don't have a derm, then it's time to find one, because great and healthy skin isn't always from the gene pool. In other words, we can all develop better skin. And today's dermatological advances are so precise and effective, that you'd be a fool not to take advantage.

The city of Los Angeles boasts some of the most advanced dermatological practices in the country, like Celibre, where 10 different, high tech lasers are available to deliver superb and individualized skin care results. Acne, tattoos, wrinkles, and many other skin challenges require special tools. And not every intense beam of laser light, fits all.

Here are three intelligent reasons why you should visit a dermatologist:

1. Healthy skin on the inside. Let's look at skin cancer. Many of you are at the beach during spring break. And we all know the risks. About 90% of all skin cancers are associated with exposure to UV radiation from the sun. And the facts are there: Melanoma is now the most common form of cancer in young adults 25-29 years old, and the second most common form of cancer in adolescents and young adults ages 15-29.

A dermatologist can treat you for sun-damaged skin. This professional is the best expert at diagnosing and treating major skin conditions. You should be checked once a year, just to make sure that odd, little spot you noticed on your leg, for instance, is nothing serious.

2. Healthy skin on the outside. We can all have more beautiful skin. Sometimes, it might take several visits, but the science has become incredible, and many women and men are choosing non-surgical procedures.

Did you know that Botox cosmetic remains the most popular cosmetic injectable, for 7 years in a row now?! It's a simple, quick, and almost painless cosmetic procedure that can hold back the forehead and eye wrinkles for about 3 months, giving you a more youthful and rested appearance. And the facts show about 11 million Botox procedures have been performed so far. Wow!

Just look at Hollywood alone, where beautiful people try to delay the signs of aging for as long as they can. Los Angeles Botox Injections are extremely popular because results are almost immediate. There is no down time and receiving Botox is very safe in the hands of a board certified dermatologist.

3. Better self-esteem. Many people prefer injectables or procedures like laser re-surfacing, because the results can rival those of plastic surgery and there is no knife involved. And there are times, you might be embarrassed about a skin blemish or skin condition, that only a dermatologist has knowledge of treating.

Maybe it's a bad tattoo. Or severe acne. There are lasers to remove it. Or what if you have hair popping up in places it shouldn't? There are experts at Los Angeles Hair Removal who can safely and quickly tackle the problem, again, with lasers. There shouldn't be shame and a low feeling of self, when such a wonderful solution is just a phone call away.

We all admire clear, healthy, beautiful skin. It might take several months and sometimes a few years to achieve it, but the science is available to all of us. Just slapping on some sun screen isn't good enough anymore. An individualized program is the way to go, and your dermatologist is your best skin protector.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Snooki Style Update: Red Highlights Added But Big Poof Still On

Snooki. Where do we begin....Sigh.....

Snooki, gearing up for the second season of Jersey Shore, has expanded her Snooki style and just added some pretty red highlights. But if you thought the pint-sized dynamo was going to get rid of that high-riding poof on top of her head, well, fahgeddabout it!

Snooki, who is actually Chilean by birth, was adopted by an Italian family, hence her last name of Polizzi.

We loved when Inside Edition did a make-under on 21-year-old Snooki earlier this year. Gone were the big poof, bronzer, and heavy eyeliner. Hair was pulled back elegantly and makeup was more natural, and gone were the Ed Hardy tee-shirt and hat. She looked so sophisticated. didn't last long.

Some of you adore sweet Snooki's style and are giving her new auburn highlights the green light. Snooki even went on Twitter to announce her new red highlights and her visit with NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg:

“I showed my hair poof for mayor B! He’s the man!” she tweeted.

Okay, so Snooki Polizzi is probably not going to be on the cover of Vogue or even inside its glamorous pages. anytime soon. But Snooki has a look, and it's all her own. And let's remember, Snooki is only 21. That's when it's actually alright to let it all hang loose. So let's not judge too harshly.

Expert makeup artist Sandy Linter has some beauty tips for women in their 20s that might surprise you. And Sandy Linter is a legendary makeup pro. From Christie Brinkley to Eva Longoria, Sandy has worked her magic on many famous faces.

Sandy Linter's advice:

In your 20's:
1. Do experiment with color. "Crazy yellow eyeshadow? You can pull it off!" At this age, Sandy told People mag. "Break all the rules."
2. Play up your lips. Sandy advises to go with the dark lipstick and super shiny glosses now, because when you get older, lips lose volume, and a deeper tone can be aging.
3. Don't skip foundation. "Even beautiful skin can benefit from it," Sandy say. "It's corrective."

Well, then, Snooki....go big and bad, while you can!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Get Silky Smooth Hair With New Frizz Fighting John Frieda Products

Frizz. Hate it. And nothing like a rain-soaked day to bring out the beast in one's hair. But you can relax, because the brilliant hair folks at John Frieda have introduced 4 new frizz-fighting products ($6.49 each, at drugstores everywhere)., that battle the frizz right in the shower. So April showers will come and go, and this time around, you'll be prepared.

Frizz. Exactly what is it? Frizz is breakage that occurs in wavy or curly hair. And the frizzies can occur through sloppy brushing through hair when wet. And razor cuts can also develop frizz after a while. Perms and harsh color processing can also result in a head full of frizzies. We are all prone to some sort of frizz. But remember, being gentle with hair styling and a good trim every 4-6 weeks helps a lot. Also rinse hair after shampooing in cool water to smooth cuticles.

Meantime, there are so many super products out there to help control or tone down the frizz. We've all known about the power in John Frieda's Frizz-Ease products that have been around for ages. These are extremely popular because they work. And now, we are happy the label has added 2 shampoos and 2 conditioners in their frizz fighting arsenal:

1. Smooth Start Repairing Shampoo.(The Repairing duo treats hair that is frizzy and badly damaged or 'fried').
2. Smooth Start Repairing Conditioner.

3. Smooth Start Hydrating Shampoo. (The Hydration duo treats hair that is frizzy and dying for moisture).
4. Smooth Start Hydrating Conditioner.

The new John Frieda Smooth Start line has special ingredients like silk protein and lipids that help lock in moisture. These shampoos and conditioners create healthy hair by filling in the cuticles to boost body and shine.
We are team Frieda. We've always been big fans of all his products, especially those that increase volume. This new line for frizzy hair is just another plus in his beautiful hair brand.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

More Smart And Sensible Beauty Tips By Cindy Crawford

Cindy Crawford. Most people know her from her supermodel days. But she is also a busy mother of two, and a woman in her 40s, keeping her beauty look together.

We like Cindy Crawford, because she is an intelligent woman who gets it. She never took herself too seriously during her days before the camera and the catwalk. So, today, we have more smart and sensible beauty tips by Cindy, tips she gave to the April issue of InStyle magazine.

For her daytime look, Cindy keeps it simple and sleek. A great pair of jeans 'that make your butt look good,' a little foundation, mascara, brown eye shadow, nude lipstick, and some jewelry, and she's good to go.

1. Brown eye shadow. Cindy Crawford says that brown is your best friend. "It's less harsh than black, it goes with everything, and it's impossible to mess up. For day, I do variations of brown shadow, either matte or shimmer."

2. Nude lips. Yes, the look is very polished when you can nail the right tone. "A neutral mouth looks really sophisticated, but you have to pick your color carefully so you don't look washed out. I like beigy pinks that are one shade darker than my natural skin tone. I almost always wear gloss, and save lipstick for special occasions."

3. Jewelry. It's the perfect finishing touch, according to Cindy. "Jewelry, like mascara or lipstick, completes your look." Cindy has her own jewelry line called One Kiss, and her pieces are meant to be worn every day like makeup. One Kiss debuts at JC Penney at the end of April.

4. Take care of your skin. Cindy advises SPF protection during the day and a good night cream when you retire for the evening.

5. Exfoliate at least once a month. Cindy is a strong believer in microdermabrasion facials every month and continues the exfoliating at home. "I use a gentle scrub or buff puff to clean my makeup out of the nooks and crannies so my pores don't get clogged.

6. Ballet Flats. Stylish and comfortable, and these classic shoes go with everything, Cindy says.

To see Cindy Crawford's 60-seconds of style video, click here.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

New Cover Girl LashBlast Fusion Mascara With Buildable Fiber-Strength Lengthening

Mascara. The one makeup product we can't live without! So, when a new mascara is introduced to the masses, we take note. And here's a brand new Cover Girl mascara with length and volume you can 'build' on.

Only one little cannot buy Cover Girl LashBlast Fusion Mascara in drugstores until April. Okay, it's just around the corner, but---you can get it online pre-sale at a few places right now. What's so amazing about the LashBlast Fusion Mascara?! It almost stretch-essssssss your lashes as you build layer upon layer with Cover Girl's unique fiber-strength lengthening formula. Nope...we don't know how they create the ingredients, but the stuff works. And if you've been lash-challenged, and all you've got to work with are skimpy lashes, then try this tube. You can create instant length and volume.

By the way, the new Cover Girl LashBlast Fusion Mascara will retail for $8.99 and come in 4 shades: Very Black, Black, Black Brown, and Brown.

To get some long, thick and sexy lashes with FREE shipping,, click here.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Valerie Bertinelli Stays Skinny By Healthy Diet And BodyBugg

Valerie Bertinelli. She still looks incredible after shedding some 40 lbs. on the Jenny Craig weight loss diet plan one year ago!!

What's even more amazing, is that the actress and Jenny Craig spokesperson has been training hard for the upcoming Boston Marathon on April 19th. Her first marathon ever. And we know the Boston Marathon is a grueling race.

But Valerie Bertinelli is up for the challenge. And the petite 5'4' actress is proud to say she made a recent trip to Italy with longtime boyfriend Tom Vitale, and enjoyed all the delicious Italian food. And she wore her BodyBugg all the time. What???!! More about that in a moment.

First, Valerie told People Magazine this:
Yes, I brought my Jenny Craig scale with me!” says Valerie. "I wanted to keep an eye on my weight. I said to myself, 'Eat, have fun-- and move your body!'" Valerie enjoyed pasta, oysters, red wine, and more. And yes, she gained a little, but only 3.4 lbs. Way to go, Valerie.

How did she do it?? By walking everywhere.....through Rome, Venice, Florence. She and Tom kept moving the entire 10-day vacation. And the distance was tallied---85 miles! Oh yes, she was able to keep a solid record through the BodyBugg device.

"The smallest number of steps we took in a day was 11,000. We never caught a cab."
The BodyBugg? It was made famous through the Biggest Loser weight loss reality show. For about $249, you can own one, too. You wear the BodyBugg around your arm. The device, pictured above, uses specialized sensors to monitor calories burned with over 90% accuracy. It also tracks steps with a built-in pedometer, like Valerie Bertinelli was explaining. And the intelligent personal calorie management device is also PC and Mac compatible. More details here:

Meantime, it's back to the daily running sessions for Valerie. And just a few weeks before the Boston Marathon:
"I know my body can do this," she says. " I ran 14 1/2 miles before I left for Italy, and wasn’t sore the next day. So I’m just worried about the emotional part. I can’t let my brain remind me that I’m almost 50, not an athlete, and have never done this before. I have to get all that craziness out of my brain!"

Eating right and certainly, exercising to the ultimate, Valerie Bertinelli makes us all proud. We hear she is running for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. "I just need to finish. There are so many people depending on me, but I feel their love and their ‘You go, girl’ attitude. I don’t want to let them down!"

Great story. Great woman. We wish Valerie Bertinelli all the best.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

L'Oreal Adds New No-Ammonia 10 Minute Hair Color

Dying or dye-ing to try this new and gentle no ammonia, 10 minute hair color by L'Oreal! Ever since we saw beautiful 'Lost' actress Evangeline Lilly doing television ads for L'Oreal, we got hooked on her shade: Iced Chocolate.

If you like Clairol's Natural Instincts semi-permanent hair color, then you will also like L'Oreal's new Healthy Look Creme Gloss Color. Just a quick 10 minutes to dye your hair and it lasts through 28 shampoos.

Let's face it.....coloring hair with a permanent dye can be brutal to hair. And if you do it too often, you risk lots of damage to the breakage, dullness, dryness, and all those ugly parts that can result when coloring hair at home.

But a no-ammonia hair color is much healthier to your locks. Okay, it isn't superior for lots of gray coverage, but if you have minimal gray, a semi-permanent will cover it. And if you don't want a 'permanent' commitment, this dye will wash away eventually.

This is what L'Oreal's new Healthy Look Ceme Gloss Color can do for you:
Super-nourishing creme colorant without a single ounce of ammonia.
So deeply hydrating, it counters dullness and helps prevent damage. Even suitable for heat-damaged hair.
Conditioning treatment with royal jelly, nature's superfood concentrate with the most essential nutrients. Seals in glossy shine.
Glossy, healthy-looking shine, full of shimmering tones. Softly blends away grays. No obvious roots. 10 little minutes.
If you hesitate between two shades, choose the lighter one.
For the best gray coverage, choose shades with neutral tones.

Evangeline Lilly has gorgeous hair , and everyone's going bananas over her shade: Iced Chocolate (cool chestnut brown) or 4AR. Her color looks as yummy as a chocolate bar! And you can pick up a box at your local drugstore for just $9.99.