Thursday, May 31, 2012

Unbelievable: Tattoo Hair Pigmentation Gives Back Missing Hairline

Good Look Ink.

That's the name of the company that is doing some very amazing cosmetic hair miracles.

We caught wind of this on Good Morning America today, and we were blown away.

The process is called Cosmetic Transdermal Hair Restoration or scalp micropigmentation.

To us, it looks like the areas of the scalp that are balding or missing hair are tattooed with ink, to resemble a hairline or to appear as a fuller head of hair. In other words, all pigment is blended to match one's natural follicle hair.

And we think the results speak for themselves. Pretty awesome, indeed!

So, how is it done?

According to, "Cosmetic Transdermal Hair Replication is a process of inserting pigment into the skin with an electrically-powered hair-fine needle. The custom needles penetrate the skin by about a millimeter and deposits an impression of insoluble CTHR™ formulated pigment with each application. The pigment appears through the epidermis, which is the outer layer of skin.

"The result is a client’s replicated follicle applied tens of thousands of times, creating the appearance of a full-looking head of hair that can last a lifetime"!

Take a look at the BEFORE + AFTER photos.

What do you think?

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Wll You Make Yours Mousse? Or Are You A Gel Gal?

Let's be honest. There are tons of hair-styling products out there and it can get a bit confusing.

From mousse to gel to spray gel to mousse gel, and on and on.

The best beauty advice we have for you:
Trial and error. In other words, everybody's hair is unique, and just because a gel is advertised to work for your long wavy locks, doesn't mean that it actually will.

Maybe you find the product to be a bit greasy for your hair or too stiff and drying. So what. Move on. It's not the end of the world. There are so-oooooo many other styling aids to take its place. Try another hair product.

Mousse VS. gel. Which one do you use?

For our long, straight, medium thick tresses, we've gone from extra hold gels to setting lotions to thickening lotions to spray gels, and now----we're trying some mousse.

We like to switch our hair-styling products around, just as salon pros advise when it comes to using shampoos. "Don't stick with one, add a few others to your beauty routine."

The way we understand it......Mousse adds VOLUME. Gel gives DEFINITION and HOLD.

Er, and sometimes we need BOTH!

Check out this YouTube mousse how-to.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Are You Diggin' Halle's Flashback Flashdance Curly Do?

Okay, maybe it's just us.......But doesn't Halle Berry's new curly do look like a vintage Jennifer Beals Flashdance do?!

Even the style of her one-shoulder top with tank underneath resembles the sexy downtown glam from the big 80's flick, 1983, to be exact.

The Academy Award winning actress has been spotted in these curly ringlets at the beach and out on the town with fiance Olivier Martinez. And at age 45, we must admit, Halle can most certainly rock this Flashdance do!

Do you prefer the actress' super cropped gamine cut? Or are you diggin the mass of curls?

Are these curly extensions?

We're not sure.

We can tell you that the right styling tools can keep those sexy ringlets from frizzing out and falling apart. And that brings us to the diffuser, ladies. If you don't have the time to air-dry your curly locks, you can speed up the process by switching on the diffuser attachment to your blow-dryer.

Remember this:
Diffusers run on high heat but operate on low speed. The diffusercirculates the air flow while blow-drying to bring out your natural curl.

Need some help?

Watch this Redken Salon demo on YouTube.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Glycolic Acid Complex With Pineapple Delivers Soft Smooth Skin

We received a beauty sample from ASDM Beverly Hills recently, and it smells yummy enough to eat, but DON'T do that!

It's called ASDM Glycolic Acid Complex ($20.50, 2 oz., at

This medical strength exfoliating cream contains pineapple extract as its base, therefore, the pretty yellow cream in a jar. And if you're looking for soft, smooth skin, this formula feels decadent as it's absorbed into your face and neck.

Why the pineapple?

We've been doing some research and have learned that pineapple extract has positive effects on the skin, promoting elasticity and zapping away dead skin cells, while improving hydration and moisture.

And it's easy to use: Apply 2x daily after cleansing----once in the AM and again in the PM, massaging the cream in upward, circular motions.

ASDM Beverly Hills describes their Glycolic Acid Complex like this:

"Powerful formula consisting of 30% Glycolic acid, pineapple extract and other powerful skin softening moisturizers. This skin perfecting night cream gently exfoliates, retextures, renews and intensely moisturizes facial skin. Works while you sleep, to help eradicate imperfections and visibly diminish fine lines."

We are a major fan of glycolic acid products because of the effective, exfoliating action they deliver. And the addition of pineapple extract makes this little beauty cream a winner in the more radiant skin department!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

VBeaute Traveling It Kit: All Any Socialite Needs For Pretty Skin

Smart gal Ivanka Trump is a big fan of the V-Beaute It Kit.

But you don't have to be a well-known socialite to get in on the fab skin care products developed by Julie Macklowe.

You, too, can see how the Swiss botanical stem-cells from the Alpine Rose plant "have developed near miraculous anti-aging abilities".

Ivanka adores V-Beaute's It Kit Travel Size ($165, at V-Beaute).

Here's what you get:
Undercover Agent (Wrinkle Serum)
Rub Off (Facial Exfoliator)
Evidence Eraser (Gel Cleanser)
Buying Time (Daily Moisturizer)
and Eye Never (Eye Cream

If Ivanka Trump loves this skin care travel kit, then it must be doing something right, because girlfriend has such a smooth, radiant complexion. Hey, we've watched The Apprentice, and we have seen those invisible pores up-front.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Do You Buy Buy BB Cream And Skip The Foundation?

BB cream.

It stands for beauty balm or blemish balm. And it's big across Asia, and has been for a number of years now.

Korean women, especially, will not leave home without their BB cream.

So, let's learn a little more...

BB cream has now made its way into our American beauty market. Think of it as a tinted moisturizer with better coverage, an spf, a skin tone balancer, and a dewy glow.

BB cream was originally recommended by dermatologists for patients who had undergone plastic surgery or laser treatment to soothe, protect and help rejuvenate irritated skin.

Korean cosmetic brands then picked up on the trend and brought it into the mainstream, by adding skin whitening and sun protection to the BB cream. A porcelain, smooth complexion is something Asian women admire in their culture.

Now, here in the U.S., BB creams have arrived in large numbers:
from Estee Lauder, Dior, Dr. Brandt, 3Lab, Clinique, Bobbi Brown, Skin79, and even drugstore brand- Garnier, which is calling their cream Miracle Skin Perfector, for $12.99.

Some women love to put on BB cream instead of foundation. Others use the cream as a primer BEFORE applying their base.

We're not saying the BB cream will hide every complexion issue, but if you're looking for better coverage than a sheer tinted moisturizer, and one that doesn't feel as heavy as a foundation, then BB might be great for you.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Jumpsuit Is Fine But CatSuit Is Extremely Unforgiving!

We don't want to go there again, but we bravely will.

Let's take a close look at the photos of 3 sensational, talented singers:

Jennifer Lopez, 2010, Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve Party.
Fantasia Barrino, last night, American Idol Finale.
Chaka Khan, last night, American Idol Finale.

All three ladies are wearing skin-tight and unforgiving catsuits. And as famous and celebrated as they are with stylists and makeup/hair pros always with them, a major fashion faux pas can still happen for the entire world to see.

American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez has one of the fittest, curviest bodies in Hollywood, but just 2 years ago at age 40, even she could not pull off the bronze-colored diamante-studded catsuit! Meow!

And you couldn't tell this was a woman with one of the sexiest rear ends around. The head-to-toe spandex made her butt look flat and sagging, her belly appear flabby, and we know that isn't the case.

If you're gonna don a skintight, see-through catsuit, and perform on live TV under harsh stage lighting, you better pray your body is in the best shape it can be, because people will be watching and talking, and blogging about it the next day.

This brings us to Fantasia and Chaka. Even their incredible vocals could not hide the fabric they were performing in on the stage. The catsuits were distracting and too darn tight!

A jumpsuit would have been a much smarter and more stylish choice for these lovely women. Instead, Fantasia and Chaka 'painted' themselves into these unattractive head-to-toe spandex onesies.

Fantasia is 27 and Chaka is almost 60.

Okay, we are going to give props to Chaka for looking so fab at 59, and she has since dropped a lot of weight. Congratulations!

Still, a catsuit is really only meant for the super tall, super slim body. Period. Someone like country star Taylor Swift could rock this unforgiving style and fabric.

What do you think?

Would a jumpsuit have been a better option here?