Saturday, May 8, 2010

Serums More Powerful Than Creams For Younger Looking Skin

Serums or creams?

Excellent beauty and skin care question.

Usually, women with oily skin, select the face serum, because it is lighter and won't clog pores. Those with dry skin, pick the face cream because it's heavier and provides moisturizing effects. But not always....
If you want to battle the signs of aging, like wrinkles and sagging skin, always opt for the serum.

Says who? New York City dermatologist, David J. Goldberg. He explains that face serums are more potent. "Creams usually contain less than 10 percent of active ingredients; serums have up to 70 percent," he says. So, in other words, you are getting more bang for your buck, with a serum.

Now, that's good to know. Of course, that is just one dermatologist's view, and we're sure that other professionals might disagree. But for the moment, let's assume that Dr. Goldberg is correct, that serums are more powerful than creams when it comes to beautiful skin.

Okay, now what type of serum do we choose? Another very smart beauty question.

Here are 3 excellent serums for younger-looking skin, with 3 different, but all very high-tech formulas:

1. Skin Biology Super CP Serum( 1 oz, $24.95, at Skin Biology).
Skin Biology's Super CP is a strong skin remodeling face serum made with its patented copper peptides. Just a few tiny drops smoothed over the face in the morning, followed by an hydroxy acid at night. Skin will tighten up and complexion will brighten after a few weeks of usage.

2. Exuviance Vespera Bionic Serum(1 oz, $60, at NeoStrata).
Exuviance's Vespera Bionic Serum is another potent skin treatment formulated with (AHA) Mandelic Acid, and (PHAs) Lactobionic Acid and Gluconolactone
Multi-Antioxidant protection from Pro-Vitamins A, C and E. And also blended with a marine botanical to help smooth stressed skin. Clinical studies indicate that after 6 weeks of use:
212% improvement in clarity
89% of users claimed a significant improvement in skin texture and smoothness.

3. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Intensive Serum(1 oz, $19.99, at drugstores).
A highly concentrated formula with a good amount of Retinol combined with anti-oxidant multi vitamins. After four weeks, you should notice a healthier glow with smoother skin, and wrinkles appear less noticeable.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Sold Out Ann Taylor Floral Dress Pops Up On Ebay In Fashion Frenzy

Ann Taylor. We love the style-----classic, modern, and feminine. And now the sleeveless dress everyone wants.

The really lovely Vintage Floral Lace Dress ($198) from Ann Taylor's Spring-Summer 2010 line. The only problem being.....the dress is SOLD OUT at all Ann Taylor stores and online at their website.

But there has been a fashion frenzy brewing for a few days now on Ebay. It's the only place we know, where you can try, and we mean try, to get your hands on this timeless sheath. But you better expect to pay a lot more for the Ann Taylor dress.

At the moment, there is one Vintage Floral Lace Dress up for bid on Ebay going for $316.99, at this writing. And it's in a teeny size 2. There are just a little over 4 hours left in this auction. There are 8 bids so far. Shipping, by the way, will cost you $14.50.

Don't worry, Ebay has more of these impossible-to-find Ann Taylor Vintage Floral Lace Sheathes. We counted a total of 16 SOLD OUT dresses.

Here's the breakdown on Ebay:

two up for auction in size 8
three up for auction in size 0
two up for auction in size 0P
one up for auction in size 00P
three up for auction in size 2
one up for auction in size 4
one up for auction in size 4P
one up for auction in size 2P
one up for auction in size 6
one up for auction in size 10.

Good luck, ladies. We're not sure exactly how this SOLD OUT fashion frenzy began. Some speculate it was all because of model Milla Jovovich, who appears in the new Ann Taylor spring/summer ads, and dang, she's wearing that Vintage Floral Lace Dress.

The photo we display here, however, is not that of Milla Jovovich. But you can easily see, the dress is a knock-out!

Ann Taylor stores
will be stocking another 100 more of these lovely dresses sometime, somewhere next week in a flash sale. We hope to keep you posted.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Would You Stick On Lady-Like Chanel Transfer Tattoos

Transfer tattoos. This is a big trend for 2010 in body art. And Chanel is making it all very lady-like with some elegant, tres chic beads and floral prints.'s not real ink, but you have to admit, these temporary tatts are quite pretty.

It all began with designer Karl Lagerfeld and his runway show. His models' arms and legs were adorned with delicate-looking tattoos at the country-inspired Chanel spring/summer 2010 catwalk showback in September. Hay was strewn along the runway to give a bucolic touch to his designs. But it was the cool tattoos like the sexy chain-link ones, that everyone's been talking about. The Chanel models had each been hand-painted for the show by make-up artist Peter Philips.

And now, these Chanel Transfer Tattoos are available in Chanel Boutiques to non-models, too, in an easy, quick transfer tattoo method. We're told that a set of 55 individual Chanel tatts will cost you about $70.

Would you stick on a few? We especially adore the wrist bracelet tattoos. We think those are sexy.
And for those of you who own real tattoos, some of you might want to take the fake Chanels and have real ink ones designed for you. We think it's a clever trend in body art, and are curious to see how many permanent tatts emerge from the delicate, lady-like Chanel transfers.

Gaia Geddes, executive fashion and jewelry editor of Harper’s Bazaar in the UK, explains the new trend this way. “The tattoo has long lost its tacky associations. Wearing a fashion tattoo is the ultimate fix for label-lovers: they can literally brand themselves in double Cs. It’s a sort of extreme, conspicuous consumption – tongue-in-cheek, of course. Karl Lagerfeld is the master of the quirky must-have and he’s managed to make the tattoo look cool in a way that makes the label accessible. Coco probably wouldn’t approve – but, then, isn’t that the point?”.

So, er, for the stick-on tattoo novice, how do you put the transfers on?

Duh. “Dunk them in water until saturated. Wait a bit. Then press on really hard.”

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Kim Kardashian's Best Makeup Pal Is MAC And More MAC

Kim Kardashian and makeup. The two go hand-in-hand. In fact, Kim K loves MAC makeup, and lots of it!

Everyone's been talking about a recent photo of the sexy Hollywood reality TV star, showing the Armenian beauty bare-faced. Kim was snapped in a grocery store. So what? We think she still looks darn good because of excellent bone structure.

Does Kim Kardashian look better with makeup? Well, of course, silly. Every woman looks better with a little foundation, blush, concealer, gloss, and mascara.

So, let's take a long look inside Kim K's makeup bag. These products come straight from her website and fan site.
We interviewed Kim Kardashian about 2 years ago at Beauty Tip Today. Back then, she was gracious to give us her favorite makeup products. And MAC cosmetics made up a large percentage of her beauty repertoire.
And still today, MAC rules in Kim's world:

STEP 1: I always start with a clean face. Then I put on Intuit 'Photo Shoot.' Intuit is a great company and I love the names of their products. Photo Shoot is a make up primer. I put it .. my moisturizer, which basically is like a moisturizer that will fill the pours on your face which will help set the foundation so it will last longer.
STEP 2: I use Cle De Peau concealer stick (it's super expensive, but works for me). It comes in two colors, I use Ocre, which is the darker of the two. I also use M.A.C. concealer (which comes in a little pot) if I run out of Cle de Peau. Everyone's color is different but I use NW25. I put the concealer under my eyes because I absolutely hate dark circles! I also use concealer to cover up blemishes!
STEP 3: After I put the concealer on I put on Make Up Forever liquid foundation. I mix one pump of No. 5 and two pumps of No. 4. I also have No. 3 for the winter time when I am really pale. I mix the foundations to get the perfect color. I blend them with the coolest make up brush. Its the M.A.C. brush No. 180.
STEP 4: Since I hate dark circles, after the foundation, I put on a little more concealer just under my eyes since the foundation makes it darker under my eyes. I use a lighter concealer from M.A.C. NW30 in a little lipstick tube-looking container and I select 'moisture cover.'
STEP 5: To set the foundation I lightly brush on with a big powder brush M.A.C. Select Sheer Pressed Powder NC 30, then to make me a little tanner I lightly brush on M.A.C. Powder NW 45.
STEP 6: Now its blush time! I'm obsessed with blush! I use a color called Gingerly to warm me up and give me a little color and then add a pink color called Cheek to give me rosey cheeks. I just started getting into cream blush and find it works a lot better and lasts a lost longer.
STEP 7: Time for the eyes! My favorite part! I first put down a M.A.C. PaintPainterly. I just use my finder and put enough onto cover the lid. This creamy shadow makes it so that the powder eye shadow does not crease. Like, if you wear make up all day you will see that the eye shadow begins to crease and get oily, but if you put this paint color down first it won't! I love cream shadow and use the color cream pots too! I love colored shadow; so it depends on the color depend of shadow I plan to wear: If it's black smokey I use Carbon by M.A.C.; if its grey smokey I use Knight Divine or Print; if it's brown smokey I use Embark by M.A.C. I love a fresh shimmery look as well and use M.A.C. Pigment called Tan. Its so pretty! I love bright colors for eye make up! I absolutely love Make Up Forever and don't think anyone does pigment colors better than them. So again, depending on what color you feel like wearing, go look at Make Up Forever's colors to choose from.
STEP 8: I always use black pencil eyeliner. My favorite is Stilla black pencil.
STEP 9: Now its mascara time! Putting on mascara completes the look, but I hate it when I mess up and get it on my eye lid and mess up the eye shadow. I used to use Lancome Hypnose, and still do, but I recently started to use M.A.C. Zoom mascara -- which is amazing! I take my time and put coat after coat. I love to layer mascaras so I will probably start with the M.A.C. Zoom and then put Lancome Hypnose on top. I always use a separater brush to separate my lashes. I am completely clueless on how to put false lashes on, so I only wear them for photo shoots sometimes.
STEP 10: The final touch is putting on lipstick! I usually use M.A.C. LiplinerStripdown (I use it very lightly) and a lipstick called Angel and put Nars Turkish Delight lipgloss on top. Or for my very nude matte lip I wear Nars Belle De Jour and I line my lips first with M.A.C. Subculture lipliner.

Wow! We are exhausted. Too much makeup for a 29-year-old woman? Maybe. What do you think?

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

You Don't Have To Spend Hundreds For Sexy Pair Of Shorts

Shorts. They never really go out of style. But the hot trend for spring and summer are denim and city style. You'll be seeing shorts everywhere, and for every price. The good thing to know in this still-tough economy, is that you don't have to spend $$hundreds$$ for a sexy pair of shorts. Cheap end is alright for the budget fashionista.

Yesterday, we talked about getting our legs in shape for the long, hot days ahead, when major skin is exposed. So, if you've begun your jump-roping routine to sculpt and firm, good for you. Now, let's look at some shorts. The high end shorts are photos 1 and 2. The cheap end shorts are photos 3 and 4.

High end. We hunted down a pair of Chloe High-Waisted Linen Shorts ($1,205, at net-a-porter).

These light brown linen city shorts are gorgeous and come with a detachable tan leather belt. Sold Out, by the way, in sizes 2, 4, and 6.

We also found these cute Medium Blue Wash Jeansshorts by True Religion ($215, at stylebop. These are sexy, classic jeans cut with broad waistband, loops and lateral pockets, featuring very short roll-up legs in moderate width. The bad news----most of the sizes are on back-order.

Cheap end. Don't laugh. We saw these Kmart Khaki City Shorts by Route 66 ($17.99) in Vogue magazine. Yeah, that's right, in a Kmart ad in the famous fashion bible.

These Women's Roll Cuff Twill Shorts are also on sale at the moment, marked down to $13.49 a pair. A great deal. We want a pair.

And then, of course, there's Old Navy. And we found this hot pair of Distressed Cuffed Denim Shorts with the fading, abrading, and paint stains for just $19.50. Gotta love that from Old Navy. Yeah, we'll take a pair, too.

The lesson learned here----you can hunt down the spring and summer fashion trends for a much cheaper price. And we won't tell, if you don't tell.

Monday, May 3, 2010

How To Get Lovely Legs Ready For Spring Summer Bareness

Lots of leg. On the runway. Red carpet. And it translates to the street.

Legs are on display this spring and summer, as fashion trends dictate. From sexy city shorts to classic dresses, it's time to get our legs in shape.

And there are 3 ways to get lovely legs:
1. Exercise
2. Faking Smooth Skin
3. Cosmetic Surgery

First, let's look at the simplest way to develop a great pair of legs. It's called a jump rope, ladies. And it's one of the best methods to define the shape. Yes, you can sculpt a better pair.

We have written about jumping rope here at Beauty Tip Today in several previous articles.

Jumping rope isn't just for kids. It works every muscle in your body And it's actually an excellent cardio movement for adults, for 3 reasons:
1. Firms legs nicely
2. A super fat burner
3. An overall body exercise

Next, you can fake smooth skin. No more lumps and bumps and pale-looking legs. Yes, a tanned leg is a healthier-looking leg. And you can achieve that without lying in the sun for hours and hours. You can use a self-tanner. And exfoliate the skin before you apply the faux tan, because it goes on smoother and looks more even.

This little trick from Victoria Secret makeup artist Meredith Baraf:
If you have only minutes to get ready for lean and lovely legs, use a fast-drying body lotion bronzer. "This will make legs appear less pastey and blotchy," Meredith

Try Josie Maran Bronzing Argan Oil ($52, at Sephora, for that healthy, sexy glow.

And lastly, there is always cosmetic surgery to improve the legs, when exercise and cover-up just aren't enough.

We all know about liposuction. It's been around for many years. And it serves a purpose. You can actually shape a better pair of legs, and not just the thighs. Plastic surgeons can slim down the calves and ankles.

Then there are laser treatments for legs, to zap away unattractive spider veins. And the technology here keeps getting better and better each year.

Medical options certainly are not cheap, but can effectively change a woman's legs quickly and with long-lasting results.

There are several more weeks before bikini baring begins. It's time to get our lovely legs on!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Plump And Smooth Out Lines With Estee Lauder's Newest Perfectionist CP+ Wrinkle Filler

Lines and wrinkles. We all end up with a few of them as the years go by. Some women take charge and fight them 'til the end. Others do nothing and accept the 'years of experience.'

But why sit by and just do nothing?! Estee Lauder has the right stuff to plump up and smooth out lines and wrinkles. It's called Perfectionist CP+ Targeted Deep Wrinkle Filler ($39.50 at Estee Lauder), and it's the newest beauty weapon in Estee Lauder's Perfectionist skin care line.

Yes, you can fill in the wrinkles. You might not wake up looking like longtime Estee Lauder cover girl Elizabeth Hurley, but your face will thank you. The lines will not disappear, but over time, the Targeted Deep Wrinkle Filler will improve the look of wrinkles in just 4 weeks.

Go ahead! Throw your worst deepest wrinkles at the newest Perfectionist CP+ treatment. Laugh lines. Frown lines. Brow lines. Crow's feet. Lip lines. This concentrated formula can soften your worst facial enemies. And we like the way this one targets those pesky lines--it comes in a 15 ml. polymer-tip tube with a precision-tip applicator that provides fool-proof, accurate dispensing.

Just zero in on your wrinkle, and 'fill it in.' Your skin bounces back. The 'filler' instantly plumps and smooths out lines and wrinkles. In fact, the Estee Lauder company says that "100% of women tested, showed an instant reduction."

So, exactly what's in this tiny tube of anti-aging magic? Yes, the tube is small, like a lipstick, but it is concentrated, so a little goes a long way. Estee Lauder explains it like so:
exclusive Wrinkle Lift Restructuring Peptides™ to the depth of every wrinkle -— helping skin amplify its natural production of redensifying collagen. Over time, deep wrinkles appear pushed up from within for a younger, smoother, more lineless look.

Okay, so it isn't Botox. But it's instant and does the job. And it costs a lot cheaper.