Friday, May 30, 2008

Weekly Beauty Read

The faux tan has never been easier - The Daily Cookie finds a fool-proof self-tanner she loves!

Bionic Beauty found freebies just for you! Including Aveda skincare, Gillette body wash, and TiGi haircare.

A Touch of Blusher presents Lilting Lilac Part 2.

Beauty Anonymous is loving the Foot Relief Cream and Body Exfoliator from Belli!

Raging Rouge discovers an easy way to shiny hair, and it's chemical-free!

makeup loves me gives you the secrets behind sjp's look in this weekend's most anticipated release, sex & the city: the movie.

Beauty Blogging Junkie gives you the scoop on Denise Richard's fave makeup items she's been rocking on her new show, It's Complicated.

Makeup Moxie agonizes over her MAC Tendertone Lip Balm.

It's beauty on a budget at Girl Gloss, with skin swatches and a review of two great Sonia Kashuk sheer lipcolor and gloss duos!
Would you like those fine lines to disappear?

The Makeup Divas
tells you how you can wipe away the years with this new skincare line.

Kitiya from Mischo Beauty shares a lesson on serums in her “Mischo Beauty School: Serums 101” post!

Getting married and looking for your wedding day fragrance? Glossypink found one you'll adore!How does Fergie keep her tresses in top form while on tour? Here’s a hint…it involves PAM Cooking Spray. Visit Spoiled Pretty for the answer!
Face Candy looks at the new beauty products from Korres. shows you how to create a super simple French Twist in 6 minutes. All you need are bobby pins and a mirror :P Perfect for everyday, weddings and those special events.

Karen from Makeup and Beauty Blog shows you how to create a purple smokey eye using pigments from MAC Cosmetics.

Beauty Banter reveals the very best BRONZERS for summer face!You could be one of All Lacquered Up's THIRTY winners in the Estee Lauder Pearls of Light Giveaway.

15 Minute Beauty Fanatic shows you what to do for your sunburn

Daily Dollfaces

Imagine that you are humming along on your little Vespa and you turn and BAM! Paparazzi in yo' face! Julia Roberts can't even take a scooter ride in Italy without getting her picture taken!

First we need to address the shorty shorts that Natalie Portman's boyfriend is wearing. Who does he think he is, Borat? Next up, dude.. Can't a couple take a vacay in Israel without having photographers around? Guess not.
just jared photo
One of my favorite skits on Saturday Night Live is when Christina Aguilera immitates Kim Catrall as Samantha. It's hi-larious!
I'll take Kate Hudson's legs thanks.
Yee haw! Jessica Simpson. Everything's bigger in Texas, y'all. The hair, the hat and the bag.
I know your center of balance if off when you're pregnant so I wonder how Gwen walks in those heels. I guess by holding on to Gavin. It's nice of him to match his shoes to her lipstick. That's a really nice husband.

I'm going to be so excited to see this movie, Bride Wars. Looks great from the stills I've seen.

I'm so into orange (for clothes and accessories, not skin) this season. Angie Harmon's dress is pretty and I dig the shoes and belt.

Here's a fun little self esteem exercise. Stare at the perfection of this photo and admire Angelina Jolie's beauty. Then go look in the mirror. I feel 100% worse about myself after seeing her and that gorgeous face and way ample cleavage then eyeing my own obvious and glaring imperfection. Thanks a lot, Vanity Fair!

Anyone else bummed that Liv Tyler and her husband are getting a divorce? I was hoping they would be in it for the long haul.

Knock, knock. Who's there? Orange. Orange who? Orange you glad you aren't the color of a tangerine like Lindsay?
Maybe she's gone overboard on her beta carotene?
Would you hate growing up if your mom was Cindy Crawford? I want to see her in baggy sweats, no makeup and zit cream on her face. You know, like me.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Daily Dollfaces

Kate Hudson and her son. He reminds me of Celine Dion's son. They must go to the same hairdresser.

Katie Holmes is in full robot mode. Empty eyes, pale skin, she needs a tune up. Beep beep.

I don't watch the Gossip Girls show but I do think Blake Lively is super cute. I'd ditch the boots if I were her.

This is from the premiere of the Sex and the City movie. There are tons of pics floating in cyber space. I posted this particular one because I cannot get over how Better Midler's daughter looks exactly like her! It's uncanny! Twins!

Tina Fey and her daughter, Alice. I'm not who that raven haired beauty is though.

I am so tempted to get my hair colored reddish like Rose McGowan's.
What's she been up to?

Jake and Reese. Do I hear wedding bells? There's something about him...that I like. She's very cute. Nice couple. She looks pregnant. That's why empire waist dresses are a no no.

Pammy! Lose the pin. Reminds me of the 1980's when we'd have those plastic clips on shirts. There was some weird stuff going on during that decade.

It's...Victoria Beckham and she's, *gasp* she's...not wearing shoes! I'm shocked that her feet aren't like a Barbie dolls, you know stuck in the high heels position permanently.

Michelle Williams looks etheral while Catherine Keener's ginormous bell sleeves conceal an artfully hidden meatball sandwich.

Those are a lot of feathers! Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos make a stunning couple.

Jessica Alba looks thrilled and happy as usual. Would it be so wrong to smile?

Fergie! I have those pants in vivid yellow.

I just read something about how Christina prefers to be out partying at night than to be home with son, Max. Just wait, she's going to never want to be home when he gets older. Terrible two's? Honey, it only gets tougher!

photos, Teddyandmoospage, jjb, ohnotheydidnt,justjared

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Summer goodness

Thymes Gardener


For me summer time is hot days, cool nights, beaches and bbq's. Its working in the yard and tending to my rose bushes. Flowers and dirt and feeling the earth between my fingers. And here are two different products which embrace that summer feeling- Thymes Gardener collection and Voluspa Candles.

Thymes is one of my favorite brands. High on quality plus amazing scents and a host of wonderful products to chose from, you can't go wrong with Thymes. The Gardener collection features a sink set of Purifying Hand Wash and Soothing Hand Lotion which comes in a neat little caddy with a nail brush. The scent is a light lemon-citrus. I can't explain it better than this: freshly clipped grass entwines with aromatic parsley, cool watercress, dewy moss, and a clarifying pinch of pink peppercorn.

Also noteworthy is the Deep Cleansing Hand Scrub. I don't wear gloves like I should in the yard and come inside with dirt encrusted nails and beat up hands. This scrub is perfect for those days, removing every trace of grime and leaving my hands fresh and clean and soft. I love scrubs anyway so even if my hands aren't caked with mud I still use it!

Lending to my whole summer theme is the Voluspa Candles. With combinations like Grapefruit Mint Cuttings and Pink Magnolia and Genoa Lemon Basil, you will feel like you've died and gone to scent heaven. The Genoa Lemon Basil is suited to the kitchen- with the crisp clean scent, its perfect to burn in the kitchen while you chop up a summer salad. Each of the scents offers a long burn time and fills the room with a delicious smell. There are lots of candles to choose from an one that I find intriguing is called Deep Lilac Muguet. You must go to the website and read all through the scents that Voluspa offers. You can find candles, incense and room sprays to suit your every mood and room.

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AB Skincare by Dr. Craig Austin

AB Skincare comes to your from Dr. Craig Austin. The story goes like this- in treating patients using glycolic acid, he noticed fine lines, minor scars and sun spots disappeared. Pores shrank, acnes cleared up. So Dr. Austin created a line of glycolic pads for women to use at home. There are pads for hands, feet, face and acne plus anti-sun care. AB Sun features a SPF 45 with antioxidents and green tea and is a must use every day. I apply it every morning on my hands, neck and chest. Since it contains a moisturizing base, my skin stays soft and I can skip lotion.

I've been using the 10%Glycolic pads and loving them. I haven't experienced any irritation at all which I think is a normal concern when you are using an acid on your face. They are super easy to use, instead of your toner, just use the pre-moistened pads. I was afraid that my face might dry out with daily use of these pads but it hasn't. The pads for hands and feet are such a great idea. When you give yourself a manicure or a pedicure, use a pad over hands and feet to keep age spots and wrinkles at bay.

My skin looks really good, healthy and clear. These pads are just the right strength to treat normal skin. My face shows signs of aging but I am hopeful that with regular continued use of the 10% Glycolic Pads from ABSkincare, those fine lines will soon be a thing of the past. Treating skin without needles? No botox? No face lift? How can you not give it a whirl? For more information you can visit the AB Skincare website.

Here are some facts about Glycolic Acid that I found on various sites ...

*glycolic acid reacts with the upper layer of the epidermis, weakening the binding properties of the lipids that hold the dead skin cells together. This allows the outer skin to "dissolve" revealing the underlying skin.

*Glycolic acid is associated with sugar-crops and is isolated from sugarcane, sugar beets, pineapple, canteloupe, and unripe grapes.

*Glycolic Acid - AHA 's loosen the glue-like substances that hold the surface skin cells to each other, therefore allowing the dead skin to peel off. The skin underneath has a fresher, healthier look with a more even color and texture.

*Glycolic Acids work by stimulating new growth of skin and collagen by decreasing the bond that holds dead skin cells on the surface. This allows dead cells to be removed gradually, leaving behind a layer of smoother and softer skin.

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Daily Dollfaces

Liv, I have mixed feelings about the leggings. Methinks it's time to pack them away. Fishnets would have looked good.

Two lovebirds. Lindsay and her BFF Samantha Ronson. I have close female friends but I never nuzzle them. Well not like that.

Don't bend over or we will get an eyeful. Where's a pair of Lindsay Lohan brand leggings when you need 'em?

Milla Jovovich, Katie Holmes, Suri? Nope. It's Marcia Cross!

Gwen, Gavin and Kingston. If she has a girl, will she name her Marley?
I know she loves Jamaica.
There's her O face. O for Oscar that is! Julia Roberts and her baby, Henry.
popsugar photo
Kat Von D. Those shoes look way comfy.

Charlize Theron, another gorgeous, genetically blessed woman.

Look, I love Dita like all the other glamoristas but that skirt looks like baseball stitching.
just jared photo
Celine Dion with a full size Marie Osmond porcelein doll.

Colon exam?
Gynecological exam?

Its hospital chic! Leave it to an Olsen to head out in public in a robe and scrubs.

Love the bag that Ashlee Simpson is carrying. Perfect for hiding that baby bump.
Ummm....not sure about the dress. But since its Natalie Portman, she can do no wrong. Her dresses for the Cannes Film festival cost more than what I spend on my clothes in twenty years.
Floppy bows belong on secretaries in stuffy offices who wear culottes and glasses on chains. Not on Madonna!
That outfit is way not attractive on her. Those romper onesies with crotch snaps are for two year olds in diapers.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Goodbye Cellulite (hopefully)

Is NIVEA Goodbye Cellulite the answer to our prayers?

I wish dimples would be considered sexy!

Even the glamorous and sexy celebs get cellulite. Comforting, no?

I didn't think I had cellulite too bad until we went on vacation and I stood in front of the full length mirror, strong lighting from above illuminting every dimple, ripple and wrinkle on my body. From then on, I vowed never to wear a bikini in public. I'm not joking, I go to the pool with board shorts or a wrap. I am baffled by how, a person like me who has been exercising without fail since I was fifteen years old, can have thighs that look like they belong on a sixty year old woman who has never seen a day of walking or weights in her life.


It's troubling when you take into consideration I haven't eaten a donut since 1998. Clearly I'm not alone because NIVEA has come out with Goodbye Cellulite products that include a gel, supplements and a box of patches that when placed on your thighs for 8 hours, will visibly reduce the appearance of those (not so) cute dimples.

"Good-bye Cellulite Patches contain the skin’s own substance and provide a continuous release of L-Carnitine to the skin." Sounds good to me. I've been using the gel for a few days now but haven't pulled out the big mirror to examine myself just yet. I like the gel because its cooling and fast absorbing. The patches look funny but I just wear sweats over them so my kids and husband don't ask me why I have bandages on my thighs. It will be interesting- and exciting- to see how well the gel works. If nothing else, rubbing the gel into the legs will stimulate circulation which is a good thing. Also, dry brushing legs with a body brush is recommended by health experts, so I've read in all my intense and ongoing study of all things health and beauty related. I'll do nearly anything to get rid of those lumps. The Nivea products have received good results and was featured on the Tyra Banks Show recently.

You can learn more on the Nivea website, there is a ton of information and health/exercise tips and you can order the supplements, gel and patches from You don't even have to get up and leave the house! You can spend that time planning your exercise program while you wait for the Goodbye Cellulite products to be delivered.