Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Do-It-Yourself Chemical Peeler? Be Careful And Watch The Clock!

We wish we had done chemical peels when we were a lot younger, such as in our 20s.

We love glycolic acid peels. And now--We are a do-it-yourself peeler.

We suggest having a chemical peel performed by a dermatologist for the first several times, so that you understand how the skin reacts and what the peel actually does for your complexion.

We gave our self a glycolic acid peel last evening.


Because we had not had one for about 6 months. But now that spring has sprung, it was the perfect time to remove the dull, dead skin layers from last winter.

Glycolic acid peels help rejuvenate the complexion by also encouraging new growth of collagen and by improving skin tone + texture.
It's key to remember that:

1. The clock matters. Timing is very important. Do NOT let the peel sit on your face longer than the prescribed minutes. Do NOT get cocky with a chemical peel.

2. Misuse can result in burns, swelling, redness, irritation.

3. Rinse off the peel thoroughly with cool water.

4. Apply a hydrating and healing moisturizer to the treated areas. Be gentle and avoid scrubbing the complexion with strong cleansers for the next few days.

5. Avoid the sun for several days. A glycolic peel contains an alpha hydroxy acid which is likely to increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun. If you must spend time outdoors, please apply an effective sunscreen with a high SPF.

Here's a very good moisturizer to soothe a complexion following a chemical peel: Glaxal Base Moisturizing Cream, just $8.49, at Walgreens.

It does all this:
    • Helps seal in moisture to protect skin.
    • Clinically Recommended
    • Hypoallergenic
    • Perfume-Free
    • Lanolin-Free
    • Non-Greasy

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Best-Dressed Power Couples At NYC's Met Gala 2014


That's a tough one to swallow. But that's exactly what a single ticket to last evening's, annual met Gala in New York City cost.

No small potatoes. But we inhaled what we could from this famous Cinderella-type ball. Wish we were invited!

There were plenty of beautiful celebrities wearing expensive beautiful gowns + tuxes. And there was also some NOT so great-looking attire, but that's to be expected even at very fancy events.

No...Kanye and Kim did NOT win one of our best-dressed couple awards. Just our humble opinion. We felt that Kim could have chosen something a lot more gorgeous to enhance her beauty + recent Vogue cover royalty status. Her Lanvin wrap gown with pockets was a BIG disappointment.

There were a number of HOT Met Ball couples. Here are our top 3:

Gisele + Tom.
Do you even have to ask? They look so stunning together; they make us turn GREEN with envy.

Yes, Gisele seems to LOVE herself quite a bit, but when you're attached to arm candy like NFL QB Tom Brady, well, you might think you're all that, too!

Beyonce + JayZ. Wow! They are music royalty and holding court. Another amazing ensemble. Queen Bey looks  sultry + edgy in this lingerie-styled sparkling gown. And yet, they  remind us of classic, old Hollywood.

And then there were Blake + Ryan. Elegance and sophistication at its best! What a golden, glamour couple. Even her ruby-colored gems match his ruby-colored bow-tie.
Sure, the earrings on Gisele, Beyonce + Blake, plus Blake's cocktail ring make a chic statement, but nothing overdone.

Simplistic perfection by all 3 power couples.

Want a pair of emerald drop earrings like Gisele has on? Hers are NOT chandeliers, but subtle emerald drops.

We found a pretty, copy-cat pair here at for $35!

Monday, May 5, 2014

It's Definitely Spring! Time To Find A Great Hat!

Hats seem to be just about everywhere this spring. And celebrities are leading the way.

A great hat can serve a few key purposes:

1. Style
2. Sun Protection
3. Anonymity
4. Bad Hair Day Cover-Up
5. Keeping Cool in the Heat

Let's look at one of our favorite bad a** supermodels of all time:

Naomi Campbell. There's the elegant beauty in New York City in sexy stilettos and a pretty brimmed, khaki hat.
Naomi makes everything look HOT. And she's got the attitude!

Here is lovely Jessica Alba strolling through balmy Beverly Hills in a breezy denim jumpsuit and wide-brimmed straw hat.
And there is also actress Dakota Johnson at JFK Airport wearing a dark head-to-toe ensemble. Her hat appears to be of  straw material, also. And hers has an adorable polka dot ribbon tied around it.
And then there is "Downton Abbey's" Joanne Froggatt in a cute, black cap with skinny jeans and floral scarf arriving at Heathrow Airport in London.
Hats come in so-ooooo many, wonderful choices.

We found this Jessica Alba straw hat look-alike here at
We think this one is even prettier than Jessica's hat! Can't beat the rock-bottom price of $20, PLUS 20% off and FREE shipping to the USA!!


Sunday, May 4, 2014

Gabrielle Union Pampers Pretty Hair With Artichoke-Based Shampoo + Conditioner: For Real!

Busy actress Gabrielle Union is running around planning for a wedding soon to the Miami Heat's Dwayne Wade.

The 41-year-old beauty has a gorgeous head of hair to go with that gorgeous face.

We always wonder how celebrities maintain their looks. This time Gabrielle is talking to the May 5th issue of People magazine. And she shares her honest + healthy hair tips:

"I only wash my hair once, sometimes twice a week. I can't do too much because it breaks off. I use Trilogy shampoo + conditioner. That line is like instant goodness."

Simple, but excellent beauty advice. The Trilogy line isn't cheap, but then again--- a bottle of shampoo goes a long way.

What's intriguing about the Trilogy line is its special formula......Yes...artichoke-based! It works!

"Protein rich Keracyn™ from artichoke protects by coating the hair shaft with a restorative and protective botanical shield – ideal for colour treated or heat damaged hair. ".

Trilogy Shampoo ($24)

Trilogy Conditioner ($24)

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Celebs Show Knee Socks Hot Again: Featured In Ralph Lauren 2014 Spring Runway

Katy Perry has been sporting black knee socks OVER the knee for a number of years now. And she featured them again, during her recent green hair moment.

Taylor Swift has also just been photographed in a pair of burgundy knee socks + shorts.

And Ariana Grande has also been walking around in naughty knee socks or white go-go boots.

We don't know what to think?!

Are knee socks a Fashion Fail at all times unless you're a tween?

Well, consider this---Iconic style master Ralph Lauren featured knee socks + Mary Janes in his 2014 Spring runway shows. And the look was polished + feminine.

Take a peek:

If you are anxious to try this trend, we found inexpensive knee highs to get you started!

These classic black knee socks are by HUE and we found them, for $8.50

Friday, May 2, 2014

Rihanna's Glam Green Lips At iHeartAwards: Do Not Try This At Home!

Some would argue that superstar Rihanna is so stunning, that she CAN get away with GREEN lips.

But our humble advice: Do NOT try this at home. (LOL)
Between all that Goth-inspired stuff, the beautiful singer kept her makeup to a minimum and let her lips do all the talking, so to speak.

Does it work?

Yes, if you are gorgeous and in your 20s. You CAN get away with wild makeup + hairstyles, like RiRi's playful, bad-ass hair knots.

You can also get away with wearing see-through, naughty, peek-a-boo lace from head-to-toe.

And yeah, Rihanna piled on the silver jewelry beyond the point of no return. But it works.

Want a pair of MAJOR silver hoops like Rihanna's wearing? We're talking BIG 4-inch hoops!

Check these out! We bought a pair here at Etsy for $7.99.  You can COPY RiRi's look on the cheap.

As far as the green lips go, well, we'll leave that up to you!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Powerful Peplum Is Still Creating Curves for Spring + Summer 2014

Some of you might be wondering if the pretty peplum look is already passe.

Well, hate to say it----but the PEPLUM lives on at least for spring + summer 2014. Fashion week proved that on the runway.
Theysken's Theory

3.1 Phillip Lim

Herve Leger

And to prove this hourglass shaping style remains HOT, just take a look at gorgeous Emmanuelle Chriqui in a strapless, black Katherine Kidd peplum dress at a Crackle NewFronts event last evening in New York City.

Peplums are supposed to be clever, fashion-forgiving items. The fabric style hides a bigger belly. It allows the waist to look smaller, and can add curvy shape to less than curvy hips. But it all depends on the proportion or cut of the peplum.

For longer-waisted gals like ourselves, we need a peplum to hit at the waist...NOT the rib cage.

A peplum in black will work beautifully for ANY formal event. And you can pick up one at an inexpensive price. You can also wear a black peplum top for a casual occasion. It's a very versatile piece to own.

We found more than 100, lovely, black peplum tops/dresses at And you can't beat these LOW prices
! Take a peek below:

Alannah Lace Long Sleeve Peplum Top ($32--take 20% off)

Emily Slit Neck Cap Sleeve Peplum Midi Dress ($32--take 20% off)
Will you be wearing a peplum this spring/summer?

Or do you wish the peplum fades away soon?