Saturday, October 1, 2011

OMG: It's 'Vampire Filler' PRP To Scare Away Wrinkles

We like to think we're pretty knowledgable about cosmetic injectables, but boy, PRP takes the cake.

In some beauty circles, it's called vampire filler. LOL...And it's been developed to frighten your fine lines and wrinkles into hiding for about 1 year.

And yes, it involves taking blood---- your own blood, and having it spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelets. Those enriched cells are then injected around your crow's feet and the dark hollows of the eyes, and into other stubborn scars and wrinkles. So, the PRP becomes a filler just like the popular fillers we all know and love---Restylane, Perlane, Sculptra, Juvederm, and so forth.

How is this possible? From the research we uncovered in the July issue of Vogue magazine, PRP or platelet-rich-plasma, has been around for a long time in the world of orthopedics. The platelet broth is used to treat problems like tendinitis or a torn ligament, by speeding up the healing with a saturation of your OWN concentrated platelets into the injured area.

And although vampire filler is still in the pioneering stages here, for it's reaction with fine lines and wrinkles, doctors are allowed to legally use PRP, off-label for cosmetic use.

If you're squeamish about giving blood, well, then maybe 'vampire beauty,' isn't for you. About 4 test tubes of blood need to be drawn from your arm.

The good news: You can't be allergic to PRP because it's from your OWN blood.

The bad news: You won't be able to see immediate changes, like you would with a pre-packaged filler. It takes some time with vampire filler to scare away wrinkles and other complexion issues.

Would you roll up your sleeve to try a little PRP to get smoother skin?

Don't laugh. We would! We'll have to check with our dermatologist to see if he's even heard of this cutting edge beauty technology.

Friday, September 30, 2011

VS's New Showstopper Bra Perfectly Smooth Under All Your Autumn Knits

It's getting to be sweater weather, ladies, and that means you need a perfectly smooth bra for your favorite autumn knits.

Welcome, Showstopper! Victoria Secret's newest bra ($48) is ideal for giving you un-bumpy curves and contours where you need them most.

“It’s smooth on the skin and doesn’t show under clothing,” VS angel Adriana Lima boasts.

Let's be honest, if your undergarment is heavily padded and lacey, those features can show right through a thinner sweater, adding bulk and lumps.

The Victoria Secret Showstopper is carefully designed to show nothing but your shape. This collection of bras has padding and underwire, but the intricate nylon/spandex technology provides a no-show coverage because it is very light and soft. The VS Showstopper disappears under your best knitwear.

The full-coverage bra goes up to a 38DD and comes in 3 styles: Demi. Perfect Coverage. And Multi-Way. Colors come in Nude. White. Black. Fuchsia. And Blue.

Check out the VS Showstopper here.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Gotta Love Lorac Haute Couture Palette In Black Lace Cover

A $76 eyeshadow palette for just $14?!

Yes. And it's a one-time deal with beauty maker Lorac and Just head to the website and sign up, and get your hands on this super quality cosmetic.

Okay, we have to admit.....The sexy, black lace-covered palette drew us in. We love anything in lace. But we also think the Lorac Haute Couture Palette in Sand Tropez is gorgeous.

This is a versatile, neutral palette in these shades:

Matte ivory. Gold shimmer. Bronze shimmer. And Matte espresso brown.

You can't go wrong with brown eyeshadow. Model Cindy Crawford applies it all the time:

Cindy 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."

Excellent beauty advice from one of the best supermodels of all time.

Check it out at HauteCouture.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Time To Add A Piece Of Cool Cowgirl Chic To Fall 2011 Wardrobe

Designer Ralph Lauren is brilliant at cool cowgirl chic. No one does it better, in our opinion. Some suede, a little fringe, an armful of silver bangle bracelets, a blast of turquoise,a few chunky knits and you're riding the trend.

You don't want to over-dose on the classic boho prairie style, but you CAN add one great cowgirl piece to your wardrobe this fall:

A chic fringed bag. We found a budget-friendly one at American Eagle Outfitters (top photo). Just $39.50 in the right earth-tone shade of tan! Gotta love that!

Okay, so it's not real leather like the Ralph Lauren Collection fringe bag Kate Hudson has been toting around all year. But the AEO Fringed Bag is still super stylish and looks great:

Faux pebbled leather
• Hobo silhouette
• Long layer of fringe
• Adjustable shoulder strap
• Top-zip closure
• Interior zip and patch pockets
• Fully lined
• 13"L x 11.5"H x 3.5"D

We adore the color, too. AEO describes their fringed bag as tan. We say it looks more like a saddle shade. Either way, this earth-tone works as a classic. Read on what designer Michael Kors says about these neutral shades:

"Saddle-colored leather, bags, shoes, and belts are great neutrals that get better with age, and will work year-round, with every color and texture in your closet."

Great fashion tip, Michael Kors!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Taste Ain't Great But Colgate's New Optic White Really Brightens Teeth

Let's get to the bad news first:

The taste isn't great. In fact, it's almost like brushing with a mouthwash paste, if you will.

But we will say that Colgate's new Optic White toothpaste is a keeper! Every gal should have a couple of tubes of this in her bathroom.

Why? Because this toothpaste DOES brighten teeth while using a whitening strips formula.

This is how the folks at Colgate explain the benefits of using new Optic White:

"NEW Colgate® Optic White™ uses a unique technology with hydrogen peroxide to make it easier to achieve visible whitening every day. You will start seeing whiter teeth in just one week! And even better results week after week.".

And there's more great news:

"For the first time, our scientists were able to develop a hydrogen peroxide formula that does not require a dual-chamber dispensing method. Not only that, but the formula also helps remove surface stains and offers cavity protection, fresh breath and plaque removal with regular brushing," says Colgate.

This is safe for everyday brushing. In fact, it is suggested to use the Optic White 2X times a day.

By the way, Colgate did not send us a FREE tube. We were curious and bought our own Optic White at Walgreens yesterday. Our teeth are white to begin with, but as we like to say, "Still not WHITE enough!"

We have used the toothpaste on three occasions, so far. And we really like new Optic White. We can get past the not good minty taste. The formula produces a decent foam and cleans our teeth nicely. Plus, the paste is gentle to gums and teeth. We only noticed a mild burning sensation to our lips. Go figure.

We think our teeth DO look brighter and whiter, and we haven't even used the paste for a full week.

You can pick up a tube of Colgate's Optic White at drugstores and Target and Walmart stores. Online, we found a tube at for $4.29. Only problem there, the Optic White is already sold out! A new supply is arriving in 1-2 weeks.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Chilean Rainforest Honey: The New Sticky Smart Way To Rejuvenate Skin

Hey honey, could you please pass us the honey? Er, actually, pass us the Chilean Rainforest Honey.

This one really caught us off guard. We love eating honey. Who doesn't?

But did you know, that honey from the rainforest in Chile is being touted as the next great, sticky, but smart way to rejuvenate skin?!

For the optimal benefits, you apply the honey to your face as a mask. Yes, it's thick and messy, to say the least.

Just smear it on 2x a day for about 20 minutes, then rinse off. It might take you a while to get the delicious Winnie-the-Pooh sweetness off your skin. But the results are wonderful! Fans of Chilean Rainforest Honey swear by this product to get back, firmer, smoother, clearer complexions.

So, is there any truth to this special honey? Could this sticky sweet serum really turn back the clock? It's all the buzz over in the U.K..

For centuries, people around the globe have used honey for its medicinal properties, including its power in healing wounds and its anti-septic strength.

Then, why not apply from a regular jar of honey you find at the supermarket?

The 'regular' honey is pasteurized, while honey from the Chilean rainforest is raw and FREE of pollutants. And the Chilean product contains enzymes, which appear effective at breaking down scar tissue and making wrinkled and sun-damaged skin more elastic.

And let's take this one step further:

Not all Chilean Rainforest Honey is the same, however. The Active Honey Co. will tell you this:

"Not all honeys are active even though they claim to be. Therefore it is essential that you choose a honey that has been tested to show it has bioactivity. Rainforest and Antiseptic Honey have been tested in an independent laboratory and have been found to have antiseptic properties. This activity is due to the peroxide activity of the honey which is totally unique and not seen in any other honey.

The activity factor (ie 10+) is a rating that is given by the laboratory depending on its antiseptic ability. The higher the number, the more active and therapeutic the honey is."

Active Chilean Rainforest Honey is very yummy, indeed. The company raves about its unique blend of aniseed, jasmine, vanilla and cloves and a subtle taste of caramel and toffee. So, of course, you can enjoy eating it, too.

The Active Honey Company's strongest honey is the RAINFOREST HONEY ACTIVE 40 (49.99 British pounds or $77.50 in US dollars).

For more details, check out their website.

Maybe your grandmother or great grandmother believed in applying a honey mask for nice, taut skin. And maybe she was right all along. The Chilean Rainforest Honey offers the same great beautiful skin benefits at an accelerated speed in the rawest, purest form found in nature.

How sweet is that?!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Exuviance Intensive Eye Treatment Pads: For Perfect Peepers

Your eyes need special care and special skin care products. If you think you can skimp on the eye care beauty routine........think again.

The skin around the eye area is thin, delicate, and drier. And when your eyes aren't getting the TLC they need, like moisture and strong anti-oxidants, you look tired and older.

That's why Exuviance has a super solution that refreshes, firms, and tones down the crow's feet. It's called Intensive Eye Treatment Pads ($22, for 4 applications), and worth every penny.

Remember the old TV commercial for the bubble bath, 'Calgon-----Take me away!'. Well, that's how you will feel, too. These Exiviance eye treatment pads let you relax and enoy a little 'me' time. This is the ultimate in eye care rejuvenation.

And we like the results---firmer, softer skin around the eyes, thanks to the gentle and effective Lactobionic acid formula.

So easy to use, too.

1. Cleanse and dry the area thoroughly.
2. Open the pouch and remove both eye pads.
3. Place one pad under or around the eye area, and smooth it onto the skin. Apply the second pad to the other eye area.
4. Now relax for 10-30 minutes.
5. Remove both eye pads and toss out. Smooth any excess solution into skin.

These Exuviance Intensive Eye Treatment Pads sound great for a big night out, when you have time to give your peepers some much needed TLC. And the pads are also nice to use before bedtime, so you awake to a brighter, more refreshed set of eyes.

The price for an eye treatment always seems to cost a bit more, but you are getting a product that is made specifically to battle the fine lines in the eye area, and as we keep reminding you, it's the toughest area to keep youthful. So let's remember today: All eyes need tender loving care.

For details, click here.