Monday, November 7, 2011
Wanna get skinny really quickly?
It's easy....Dance your butt off and eat the way the DWTS professionals and their celebrity partners do.
It's called the Freshology Diet, and simply put----it's healthy, gourmet meals brought right to your doorstep.
This ain't your mama's cardboard-tasting diet-delivery program. Oh, no!! This organic feast tastes very yummy and promises to melt away those extra unwanted pounds.
So, that's how Nancy Grace and Ricki Lake are getting skinnier and skinnier before our very eyes each passing week. And that's how the body-beautiful DWTS pros Karina Smirnoff, Lacey Schwimmer, Chelsie Hightower, etc. maintain those amazing physiques.
You, too, can lose weight by trying Getslim with the Stars by Freshology. It's a diet of calorie-controled meals inspired by the popular dancing reality show.
And you can choose from the Waltz Diet--fresh food meals at $47.95 per day or the Samba Diet--flash-frozen meals at $35.95 per day. The great thing, you don't have to shop, measure portions, or cook it, it's all done for you.
For more details, visit Getslimdwts.
Gourmet diet meals, 3X a day with dessert? Sounds so delicious. Take a look at that side of beef!
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Pregnant Beyonce looks beautiful at her 5-month mark. Very stylish and certainly not wearing the standard plain maternity clothing, all the way down to her pretty feet. Which reminds us----Why oh why, teeter on platforms and stilettos during a most delicate time in your life? Just take a look at our top photo from Us magazine....5 inch heels Price tag $1,180!
Is Beyonce just vain, not thinking, or very skilled at balancing her weight and a baby bump on sky-high heels every day?
There's always been some debate as to how tall the sexy singer really is. Lots of articles have been printed about people obsessing about Beyonce's true height.
For the record, Beyonce is a 'petite 5'3" tall.' That's according to a 2009 magazine interview with the singer in Ebony. And we trust the writers of Ebony magazine. Tons of articles claim that Beyonce ranges in height from 5'3" to 5'7".
We also estimate that she is short and enjoys putting on the super high heels to appear taller and to fool her many admirers
That's all fine and good, but dangerous when you are pregnant. We pray she doesn't take a tumble.
Seriously, Beyonce, we are so happy for your wonderful baby bundle-on-the-way. Please slip into a pair of flats for a few more months. You will still look gorgeous.
What do you think:
Is Beyonce ridiculous to continue wearing sky-high heels at 5 months pregnant?
Is the singing superstar just being a stylish pregnant icon?!
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Who doesn't like the patent leather shine that comes from a gel manicure?!
But the brilliant nail dazzle also comes with a warning label--- that some gel manicures done in a salon can pose the risk of nerve damage.
The culprit is the chemical compounds some salons have used. These toxic, harmful mixtures in gel manicures include ethyl methacrylate or methyl methacrylate. Such chemicals can seep through the skin of the scuffed fingertips(after filing) and can cause irritation, swelling, and yes, nerve damage.
But if you still desire the gorgeous mega-watt shine of a gel manicure without the possiblity of injury to your fingers, we've got a great new Do It Yourself product for you to try. And it's SAFE!
It's called, Gel Perfect, UV-Free Gel-Color by Nutra Nail, and you can pick it up at your local drugstore for $11.49 a bottle. We like it, because it only takes 5 minutes to dry, and you still get that beautiful patent leather shine. Plus, Gel Perfect comes in 12 fab shades.
The application process is different from a regular nail polish. And the Nutra Nail company has provided a good step-by-step guide on how to do a gel manicure with a YouTube demo, too.
Friday, November 4, 2011
Come February, David's Bridal stores will be launching the Kim Kardashian wedding gown replicas by Vera Wang.
Now, every gal can look just like a Kim K fairytale princess on her big day.
Or.....considering her nuptials lasted merely 72 days, would a 'kopy-kat' Kardashian wedding gown spell bad luck for brides-to-be all around?
Hmmm. Even designer Vera Wang didn't see this one coming, and word has it, that she can't stop the sewing machines, because the Kim K replica gowns for David's Bridal are already deep into production.
Kim filed for divorce from her NBA groom Kris Humphries on Monday, following a multi-million $$$ over-the-top wedding/celebration on August 20th.
Would you wear a Kim K wedding gown? Or is the dress cursed?
Does the divorce affect the Vera Wang brand?
We don't think so.
Let's be honest.....Vera Wang designed 3 gorgeous couture gowns for the reality TV star's big day...From the tulle ball gown to the curvy mermaid gown, to the Old Hollywood v-neck satin gown, all of Kim Kardashian's dresses were stunning. And the Kim K-inspired collection for David's Bridal stores will be just as lovely, because Vera Wang is involved. And by the way, each Kim K replica gown will sell for under $1,600.
We believe that Kim K's fan base is still strong and growing, and we are guessing that her 'kopy-kat wedding dresses will be flying off the shelves at David's Bridal come February.
Hollywood fairytale weddings don't usually last forever, and when a bride-to-be has her eye on a certain gown, watch out! A bride wants what a bride wants. And so many young women want what Kim K has, from her black eyeliner down to her stiletto heels.
The reality TV star is a superb marketing machine, and trust us, all will be forgiven in a few more weeks.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Is it just us, or have all the top news anchors gone sleeveless-crazy lately?
It doesn't matter if the snow is falling or the tornado-is-a-coming, news anchors and entertainment anchors are delivering the facts with bare, toned arms all-year-round.
We've come to the conclusion, that bare arms on a woman, can make some people uncomfortable. Why, we can't figure out. Remember when First lady Michelle Obama had her official White House photographs taken in a sleeveless dress? Some observers went ballistic----'How inappropriate!" some sneered.
We've noticed that more and more top anchors in their 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond, are baring their arms, and not only during the hot summer months. Check out Good Morning America with Robin Roberts and Lara Spencer showing off toned triceps and biceps a few times a week in raw autumn weather. And Fox News' anchors also going sleeveless whenever the camera is turned on them, including Megyn Fox, Jeanine Pirro, and a parade of others.
Do you like the bare arm look all-year-round?
You, too, CAN show off your feminine guns with a weekly exercise routine. You have to keep up with a regular work-out schedule to get away with the bare arm look, but it can be done, and you don't need to lift any heavy artillery.
It's all in the trcieps, ladies, according to womensrealfitness.com:
"The triceps are probably the most important muscle to develop when you want to achieve firm toned arms. The reason for this is that the tricep muscle takes up 2/3 of the arm. If it is underdeveloped it looks wobbly and soft but when it is firm and lean it makes the whole arm look that way."
Jade Alexis, who has trained Alicia Keys, came up with this boxing-inspired exercise that you can do at the office when you have a few spare moments.
"Sit upright in a chair with feet flat on the floor," Jade explains. "Hold dumbbells with your hands under your chin and slowly punch out at an angle across the body." Do at least 100 punches. You will develop 'knockout triceps, biceps, and shoulders.'
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Maybe you don't care about the science behind coloring your hair. But when you take a look at the damage that permanent dye can leave behind, well, it's smart to examine the chemistry that's involved.
If 75% of women color their locks, that's a huge number. And most of us, come away with some kind of damage, be it dry, dull tresses, split ends, brassy strands, hair loss, and so on.
We dye our hair with permanent color, because we are a victim of early graying, so we've been touching up our roots forever. And although we have what we call almost Kardashian-colored hair, we can STILL see damage on very dark hair.
Whether you color at-home or visit a professional salon, your mane will suffer the consequences, and yet, we all keep dyeing.
Let's look at permanent color:
1. Peroxide and ammonia are present in permanent color. Ammonia goes first, by allowing the cuticle of the hair shaft to open, to accept the dye. Peroxide acts as the oxidizing agent, removing the pre-existing color, and allowing the new color to bond to the hair cortex.
2. Conditioner is applied after rinsing out the dye, to close the cuticle, and seal in the new color.
3. Lightening. That's another chapter in the hair coloring process, and even more complicated. When you want to really lighten up several levels, you turn to bleaching. Hydrogen peroxide is usually involved as one of the most common lightening agents. Peroxide blended in an alkaline solution allows the hair shaft to open and then react with the melanin in the hair for the blonde shade one is trying to achieve.
Simply put, permanent coloring and bleaching do a number on the hair. The cuticle is roughed up. Strands are weaker. And locks are drier.
Your hair needs more TLC. That means frequent trimmings. Lots of conditioner. And less reliance on damaging hair tools like blow-dryers, flat-irons, hot rollers, etc.
If you can't afford a trip to the salon for frequent coloring or lightening, you can try a special at-home hair color kit by Robert Craig. Allure Magazine has named him, "one of the country’s top hair color artists."
It's called, Color by Robert Craig ($12, a box). And his PERMANENT dyes DO NOT change the internal structure of the hair like peroxide dyes do.
And it’s simple. Mix Color by Robert Craig with tap water. Shake. And you get a no-mess mousse, that is easy to apply. Zap your grays-- choose from 21 luscious shades---Golden Blonde, Medium Mahogany, Chocolate Brown, or Jet Black. These are just a few radiant shades offered by Color by Robert Craig. There are 21 inter-mixable shades available. His color will not lighten your hair, but he also sells an ‘Ultra Blonde Highlight Kit.’ It contains a very gentle approach to highlighting with ‘off-the-scalp’ blonding. It’s great for bleaching, highlighting, frosting, and streaking. What’s even more comforting, you can color, even if your hair is permed or chemically treated.
It's worth checking out. Details here.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Are you afraid of the foundation brush?!
You are not alone. We would like to estimate, that most women are probably fearful of using a makeup tool they've never tried, or a makeup product or makeup technique they've never approached.
And this time, we're looking at the foundation brush.
Oh yeah, there is such a thing. For us, we've been a liquid foundation wearer all these years, and routinely, we have put on our base each morning with our fingers and then smoothed over with a makeup sponge.
But when it comes to flawless application, makeup brushes can really do the trick, especially for foundation. The bristles are short and dense for easy buffing.
You can use the foundation brush in a couple of ways. You can either dot your forehead, chin, cheeks and nose with foundation using your fingers first, and THEN, using the brush.
OR....You can dip the brush into the bottle of liquid makeup and THEN apply right to the face.
Either way is fine. Start at the center of your face and move outward. Use the foundation brush with short, circular strokes, around your face, as you blend and buff the foundation into your skin for a smooth, even finish.
Here are 3 Great Foundation Brushes we like:
1. Mac 187 Duo Fibre Brush ($42, at macys).
2. Black Up Foundation Brush ($32, at blackupcosmetics).
3. Sephora Collection Pro Foundation Airbrush #55 ($34, at Sephora).
Just a little reminder: When you use any kind of makeup brush, you must be mindful to wash it 1X a week. Use baby shampoo to gently get rid of grime and bacteria. Dry the brush flat on a paper towel and store the brush upright in an open container.