Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Our Beauty Tip Today From Celebrity Makeup Artist Kristofer Buckle

Our Beauty Tip Today is a simple one. Powder.

We could all use a good one. And celebrity makeup artist Kristofer Buckle has the perfect loose face powder. And oh's a drugstore find.

Kristofer Buckle is a super makeup artist. He has worked with many A-list beauties---like Christina Aguilera. Mariah. Madonna. Blake Lively. Mary J. Blige. And the famous list goes on and on.Kristopher's favorite: Coty Airspun Face Powder in Translucent ($7.19, at local drugstores).

What's so wonderful about Coty's powder?

"It goes on incredibly evenly and easily; it's always been one of the best-textured translucent powders on the market," Kristofer Buckle tells Good Housekeeping in the Sept. 2010 issue).

And we believe him. If the powder is good enough for Christina and Mariah and all his girls, then it's a great beauty find!

Do you really need a loose face powder? Yes. It completes the steps to your makeup routine. It 'sets' your foundation. It knocks down an oily complexion and shine that can build up during the day. And it allows your skin to appear polished and flawless.

Thanks for our Beauty Tip Today, Kristofer Buckle.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Good Housekeeping Tests 90 Products For Best Anti-Aging Awards

Thank you, Good Housekeeping.
The popular women's magazine has just come out with its first (2010) annual Anti-Aging Awards. And it's a great list of beauty products that actually do what they claim they are going to do.

For instance...if you need firmer skin, a nourishing moisturizer, or an eye product that hides fine lines and wrinkles, these beauty products will target the problem. And most can be found in your drugstore aisle.

We applaud Good Housekeeping for doing all the heavy lifting, so to speak. The magazine's Best Anti-Aging Awards were featured in a segment today on Good Morning America. We learned that the project took 18 months of research and included the testing of 90 beauty products, 820 volunteers, more than 3,000 lab tests, and the tallying of 1,800+ questionnaires to find the 26 best anti-aging beauty products.

So here are just a few GH Anti-Aging winners:
There's a tie. There are 2 winners.
L'Oréal Paris Advanced RevitaLift Deep-Set Wrinkle Repair Night Creme ($20, drugstores) and Vichy LiftActiv Retinol HA Night ($42, CVS) shared top billing.
Olay Pro-X Eye Restoration Complex ($42, drugstores).
Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Beauty Serum ($23, Target)
Peter Thomas Roth Firmx Growth Factor Extreme Neuropeptide Serum ($150, Sephora).

We are just scratching the surface here. Check out the rest of Good Housekeeping's First Annual Best Anti-Aging Awards list here. The magazine details each winner and runner-up, and why these beauty products deserve an award.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Julia Roberts Really Does Exercise To Stay Fit And Sexy At 42

Julia Roberts graces the cover of September's 2010 Elle magazine. She is also featured in a wonderful photo lay-out in the fashion mag. Here are two pics from that shoot. And looking fab at 42!

How does the star of the summer hit movie, Eat, Pray, Love always look so together and svelte? And still stay that way after having 3 kids?

Seriously, we never thought that Julia Roberts did any exercise at all. We just assumed that the movie star was really pretty, naturally slender, and gifted with a tall, legs-up-to-her-neck kind of figure.

Boy, were we wrong! Julia Roberts has had the same trainer for almost 15 years now. She is celebrity favorite--Kathy Kaehler. And according to Kathy, Julia loves step aerobics and spends about 1 hour, 3-4 times a week with her, working out:

"Eat Pray Love took her all over the world but when she got back [to California] I helped her get ready for the press tour," Kathy Kaehler tells Elle. "We currently do 20 to 40 minutes of step aerobics and up to 40 minutes of body work—lunges, crunches, planks, push-ups—after.".

And Julia admits she isn't wild about exercising, but likes the strength and rewards from a work-out routine:

"Sure, there are days when she doesn't feel like stepping, but once she starts, she loves every minute and feels refreshed after," Kathy explains.

Julia Roberts admitted that she gained about 10 pounds while filming Eat, Pray, Love in Italy, but those lbs. melted away by the time she strolled the red carpet to promote the movie.

According to her trainer, she got back to eating sensibly and the good habits that go with a sound diet. "She is a great cook and uses only organic or home-grown foods for her family," Kathy Kaehler says.

So there. A little step, a good life, and some healthy organic stuff tossed in, and you get the secrets to Julia Roberts' staying fit and sexy at 42

Saturday, September 4, 2010

E.L.F. Nail Polish In Smoky Brown Hot Runway Color For Fall

Smoky brown. One of the hottest nail shades all over the Fall 2010 runways.

How can we define this color? A creamy, brownish-greige-y taupe. And e.l.f. has their own sexy, Smoky Brown nail polish. Only a dollar a bottle. As we like to say, You certainly get a bang for your buck with e.l.f.!'

Designer Marc Jacobs featured brown/greige nails at his shows. So this shade is perfect for those autumn days ahead.

If you love Chanel's Particuliere ($23), then you will adore e.l.f.'s Smoky Brown. It's almost a dead ringer for the Particuliere. Look at the photo, and you decide. And if you're on a budget, well, it's a no-brainer to us.

e.l.f. nail polish is inexpensive but the quality is there-----"color-lock formula with chip resistant shield gives long lasting nail color with high shine."

It's great to be in on the latest beauty trends, and when you can do it on the cheap and still bring home the quality, then you'd be a fool not to try e.l.f. cosmetics.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Painless Botox At Home In Cream Form Could Be Here In 2011

No-needle Botox? In cream form, right in the privacy of your own home? For real?

Yes, indeed. In fact, hopefully, sometime next year, in 2011, the amazing wrinkle smoother will be available in a topical cream called Revance.

Say goodbye to the sting of the Botox needle and hello to a simple and painless rub-in cream.

Genius, we say. Botox already enjoys a huge following. It is THE most popular cosmetic injectable. And the company that brings you Botox cosmetic, Allergan, is singing a happy tune these days. According to Allergan's Chairman, David Pyott, sales are up. "On a global basis, we estimate that Botox enjoyed 80 percent market share [during January-March] in a market that grew 15 percent year-over-year worldwide."

Meantime, Revance Therapeutics, is still working on the new topical toxin, Revance, and is very pleased with the latest phase 2 clinical trials. Check this out:

"The benefits of RT001(Revance) are clear; patients achieve meaningful aesthetic results with a simple, painless procedure" said Richard Glogau, MD, Clinical Professor of Dermatology at University of California, San Francisco and principal investigator for the study,

"The superficial muscles in the crow's feet area can be relatively difficult to inject; this treatment will allow physicians to obtain a more consistent result while maintaining patients' natural expressions".

Fredric Brandt, MD, who also participated in the study agrees, "RT001 represents a natural evolution in the treatment regimen which will appeal to a whole new segment of patients who want the cosmetic benefit but are unwilling to tolerate the discomfort and bruising caused by multiple injections".

This is quite a beauty breakthrough, ladies and gents! Revance has been shown to be very effective for those pesky crow's feet, which is welcome news by many. But if you really want to erase those deeper 'elevens', the lines between the eyebrows, and those on the forehead, Botox by needle is still the only way to go. Ouch.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Menswear Look Hot For Fall And Norma Kamali Does It At Walmart For Less

Ladies...the menswear look is hot for Fall 2010! And if you're looking for a great classic,button-down vest, one of the most important must-have pieces for your autumn/winter wardrobe, look no further.

Check out the latest Norma Kamali for Walmart collection. The vest is only $15. Yes, we said, $15. You can't beat that! By the way, everything is under $25, in the newNorma Kamali collection. Good news for the fashionista-on-a-budget.

A cute tweed vest in a poly/rayon/stretch blend. Very good quality. In sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL. Online, the vest is currently only available in XS. All the other sizes have been sold out. Best to check your neighborhood Walmart store in person, for your size.

We also like Norma Kamali's Sheer Ruffle Shirt in XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL. Again, only $15. In black or gray, featuring a sheer georgette, short sleeves with a round collar, and ruffle front and hem. This delicate blouse adds feminine appeal to the hard guy style, that is so in for Fall 2010.

When hunting for menswear style, look for wide-leg pants, as well as those with pleats, a boyfriend jacket, lace-up shoes, and window-pane checks design.

Take a look at the Norma Kamali for Walmart collection here.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Liquid Smile: Paint On Whiter Teeth In Just Two Weeks

Whiter teeth. A brilliant, mega-watt smile. Who doesn't want that?

But you want it fast, and without the mess and painful sensitivity to your mouth. So, we found a super alternative--- a professional whitening pen called, Liquid Smile.

And it looks simple and effective. Liquid Smile is actually a strong, paint-on gel, containing 12% hydrogen peroxide, which earns the product, 'the most powerful paint-on formulation on the market.'

When you figure that most over-the-counter whitening systems only contain between 2 and 6% hydrogen peroxide, well, that's quite a difference. Liquid Smile is 3x stronger and 4X faster that store-bought whiteners.

Liquid Smile promises you a brighter smile, with up to 5 shades of whitening. Just follow these easy steps, every night for 2 weeks before bedtime:

1. Brush and floss teeth. Dry with tissue.
2. Twist Liquid Smile pen to activate gel onto brush.
3. Smile wide, keeping lips away from teeth.
4. And paint a thin layer on to teeth, to the front surface.

And get this...Liquid Smile comes in 4 yummy flavors: Cola. Mint. Rootbeer. And Lemon-Lime

No strips. No trays. And dazzling results typically show up after the 2nd or 3rd application.
Liquid Smile ($129.95) is available through plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and dentists. Ask them for details. Or click here.