Friday, January 30, 2009


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Daily Dollfaces

Cute as a button, Isla Fischer. I'm curious how the Shopaholic movie will be!?

This is much better than Renee Zellweger's last outfit- that see- thru Mae West mess. I'm not a big fan of matching shoes to a dress- reminds me of dyed pumps for the prom- but she looks good. Very flattering shade of crimson!

I don't understand why guys hang chains from their pockets. Other than that, Tori and Dean plus kids are all super cute. I love the curl in Tori's hair.

Friends again? Nicole Richie and uberstylist Rachel Zoe. I can't wait for Rachel's show to come back on Bravo. I love the behind the scenes look at her glamorous and frazzeled life!

Pamela Anderson can get away with the coochie cutters. If I were to wear this get-up in public, I'd be taken downtown and put in a cell, out on bail if I promised never to bear my body parts again!

Penny Lover and ScarJo. I realize that everyone thinks Scarlett is smoldering and sexy but here she looks like your everday church secretary. Penelope may be up for all kinds of awards for her role in Vicky Christina Barcelona- I can only hope her acting has improved since Vanilla Sky. That movie was so bad, I'm still mourning the loss of my eight dollars for the movie ticket.

Paris needs a few more strategically placed crystals if you get what I'm saying.

Yep, this is the outfit that caused the big scandal over Jessica Simpson's alleged weight gain! She looks pretty normal to me. The only thing that disturbs me is her awful, high-waisted, camel toe, diaper jeans with that belt!

Gorgeous! Perfectly age appropriate. Whoever styles Dakota Fanning gets two gold stars. Dakota walks the red carpets looking her age. Clear complexion, pretty hair, light makeup and a nice dress....yes!

Actress Camille Belle wears a dress that reminds me of the interior of a diamond or shattered glass.

Here is your daily Angelina! Nice dress.
I wonder if she's wearing Spanx?

Dear Dollface- All about the eyes..

Sometimes I receive beauty questions from readers who want to know my thoughts on products or advice on beauty issues. Here's a question I get quite a lot-

Dear Dollface,
How do I eliminate darkness around my eyes
without having concealer settle into my crows feet?
Thank you-
Cathy B, New Jersey

I've struggled with this too. I've been using a variety of products to help get rid of shadows, circles and everything else that makes me look ten years older than I really am. Here's a winning combination I discovered.

This is a new product from Prescriptives. It's called All You Need for Eyes and its a hydrating gel for the eye area. It's brilliant. It glides on smoothly and moisturizes under the eyes, above the eyes, where ever you need a little moisture. It's not heavy like some creams can be, it absorbs quickly and it doesn't leave any residue. This has been my go-to eye product ever since I got it in my little hands. I can't say enough about the gel formula.

I turned my bathroom upside down looking for my Teint Sublime by Jelly Pong Pong! I couldn't find it anywhere and I just knew it held the key to brighter eyes! I finally found it and breathed a huge sigh of relief. I needed this product, this simple tinted cream that literally erased every shadow from my sunken, tired eyes. You only need the tiniest dab of this, apply it to the inner corners of the eye, gently and sparingly pat it around the entire area. Seriously, a dab will do it for you. When its blended in well and your eyes look brighter and more alert, then and only then do you (again, gently) apply the Prescriptives gel that I mentioned above!
What you end up with is a fresher, more alert looking face! I apply All You Need for Eyes during the day so that the skin around my eyes is never dry and is always super hydrated. Really, be judicious with your application of eye products, you don't need your orbs swimming in moisturizer.
With these two products, I promise you a less sallow looking eye area which results in a younger looking face. Maybe not younger, but definitely fresher... and happier!


Lash Food-Longer, Stronger Lashes!

For longer, lusher, stronger eye lashes, look no further than Lash Food! It's super easy to use - all you have to do is paint a thin line on your upper lash line, sit back and let your lashes grow! Recommended use is morning and night but I use it only at night. There's no irritation because the ingredients are very gentle to even sensitive eyes like mine. After using for a few weeks, my eyelashes do look longer and thicker! I'm going to apply this to my eyebrows and see how that works out.

Lash Food contains "Biotin (essential vitamins) and Arginine (Natural Amino Acids) and Iris Extract (Natural Oriental Medicine Complex Extracts) promotes the natural growth of healthy lashes. " You will be relieved to know that there are not any chemicals or weird ingredients. When I went to Sephora recently, two ladies were discussing blindness as a result of using eye lash growth products. So the natural ingredient element is very important.

You can learn more about Lash Food by going to their website here. The company is so certain you will have results with this product, they offer a 60 day money back guarantee!


Thursday, January 29, 2009

Winter Skincare tips from Dr. Jeannette Graf

My skin is getting dry and my lips are always chapped since the weather took a turn here in Southern CA. I mean, it gets down to fifty degrees...thats freezing for me! With the cold comes wind which equals dry skin. I asked Dr. Jeannette Graf- New York dermatologist and author of Stop Aging, Start Living- to give me some suggestions for winter-proofing skin. Her tips are featured below.

I love drug store products like Neutrogena Sesame Oil, Blistex for chapped lips, Lubriderm for hands, cuticle oil for the dry skin around my nail beds. I use either Olay or Suave body wash to keep my skin soft. Even though it's chilly outside, the sun is still shining and I am trying to be hyper-vigilant about sunscreen- yes, even in the winter! I spray my Peter Thomas Roth sunscreen every morning and use Olay Regenerist spf 15 or Kinerase spf 30 on my face.

Here are Dr. Graf's tips:

*Keep showers quick! Overwashing your skin particularly with hot water will strip away your moisture retaining lipid barrier quickly. The result of that is dry, dull itchy skin. Think about the effect that rain has on your house over time – how it wears away the exterior paint and insulation. That’s why people with dry skin are always feeling chilly. Shower quickly and use lukewarm water.

*Exfoliate the dead layers of skin. Exfoliating should be done gently with an effective exfoliator. Microdermabrasion scrubs, exfoliating body washes, salt scrubs, jojoba beads– just use them as directed. Do not overexfoliate! Overzealous scrubbing can result in irritation as well as disrupting the vital moisture-retaining lipid barrier. This will worsen dry skin.

*Body Wash – The type of cleanser you use on your skin will influence the way your skin looks and feels. Using a bar of detergent alkaline deodorant soap will be extremely drying to your skin. Just as detergent can dissolve dirt and grease from your clothing, so it can dissolve and break down you moisture retaining lipid layer of your skin. On the other hand, there are some excellent pH balanced body washes that are based in petrolatum which moisturize while they cleanse.

*Apply moisturizer within three minutes of stepping out of your shower to maximize the effects. My recommendation is to start with a humectant containing moisturizer such as with lactic acid or urea. These are found in the skin’s NMF (natural moisturizing factor), which is our own humectants, made by our skin. This NMF, which draws moisture into our skin, is covered by a lipid layer, which prevents the moisture from evaporating.

* Winterproof and seal the moisture by applying a humectant containing moisturizer, top it off with a rich lipid emollient. These can be cocoa butter, shea butter, glycerin or petrolatum. Doing this once a day is great but twice a day will give you the best moisturizing for your skin
**Tip – if you are in a hurry, use a dry oil satinizing body spray to cover your body quickly.

*Keep a humidifier in your room. Since winter air has a much lower relative humidity than other seasons, winter skin will naturally be drier.

Thank you Dr. Graf!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Soloist

It's no secret that I love movies and I love books. When good books are turned into films I try to see them, especially if I've read the book version. If I can get my hands on the screenplay then it just rounds out my experience and encourages my desire to be a screenwriter.

I just finished the book, The Soloist by Steve Lopez. The movie stars Robert Downey Jr and Jamie Foxx. If the movie is half as good as the book, I will be a happy girl. Take a look at the trailer below.

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Mission Skincare and HSN

One of MISSIONSkincare's co-founders, 7-Time Olympic Medalist, Amanda Beard, will be on HSN tomorrow Thursday, January 29th debuting MISSION Skincare to the network! You can catch this during-
January 29th
7am EST (4am PST) – HSN Today Show
8pm EST (5pm PST) – Beauty Report (HSN’s most popular show time during the week)
January 30th
1am EST (10pm PST on 1/29)

What you need to know:
MISSION Skincare was created and tested by tennis superstar Serena Williams, professional basketball player Steve Nash, Gold Medal skateboarder Ryan Sheckler, professional soccer player Mia Hamm, Gold Medal snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler, Gold Medal swimmer Amanda Beard and professional basketball player Carmelo Anthony. These esteemed sports stars have joined forces as co-founders to revolutionize the skincare industry while doing good with the launch of MISSION Skincare™, the brainchild of ultra-endurance athlete Charlie Engle, who conceptualized the line after finishing a 111-day run last year across the Sahara Desert.

And for my HelloDollface readers, the first person to send me an email with the subject MISSIONSkincare will WIN products from MISSIONSkin care! Email me at
And don't forget to watch HSN!


Tina Steinberg Designs

I want this necklace. It's my birthday next month so....anything's possible.

I love love love Tina's jewelry. I haven't seen anything I wouldn't wear. She's so talented! Maybe the horse shoe would bring me the luck I need.

Have you seen anything like this before? I thought not! Perfect for my friend Catherine who loves Paris.

I have a necklace similiar to these cool lockets, my dear friends bought it for me a while back. It's one of my most treasured pieces.

You can find more of Tina's designs on her site. Click here to scope out the goods!


STUDIO at Fred Segal

For all of you in the southern California area, consider spending the evening tomorrow over at STUDIO at Fred Segal. I adore SMASHBOX cosmetics and Fred Segal! I wish I could go but alas, I cannot. Please go in my place. You are sure to have a fabulous time.
Here's the 411 on STUDIO-
STUDIO began as one small beauty counter founded by Robin Coe-Hutshing and her sister Jennifer Coe-Bakewell at Fred Segal in Santa Monica in 1984. It quickly became the ultimate destination for style-savvy, cosmetics-obsessed and luxury-minded women worldwide. 25 years later, beauty fanatics are still flocking to STUDIO at Fred Segal to discover an unparalleled brand selection in an innovative retail environment. STUDIO has secured its place as a taste-making force in the beauty landscape.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Let's start with the stunning tweed blush, Blush Duo Tweed Effect. A blend of shades that will no doubt remind you of the infamous Chanel tweed fabric. The shimmer woven through the tweedy goodness will impart a slight glow on the face. The consistency, texture- everything about this blush is perfect. Chanel blush lasts a bit longer than most which is a huge benefit.

The Professional Eyeliner Duo offers a bold eyeliner to line your lash-line, and a sparkly shade to compliment the dark color. This duo comes in a mirrored compact and includes a tiny eyeliner brush and a little sponge tip applicator. What I appreciate about this set is the amazing staying power of the shadow/liner. You can tell this product is high quality with richly pigmented colors. Such a dramatic evening look and its easy to get a smoky sexy eye with these two shades.

This eyeliner is in heavy rotation in my makeup bag, Chanel Precision Eye Definer. It comes with a little pencil sharpener, the color is long lasting and the little sponge on the end helps to blend. I hear Paris Hilton loves this eyeliner so much that she used to steal it from her (ex) boyfriend. This eyeliner glides on, no pulling or tugging necessary to trace the shape of your eye.

The Creme Gloss Lumiere is a Brush On Lip color- you twist one end and the color comes out of the brush on the opposite end. This offers all the concentrated color of a lipstick with the shine and texture of a lip gloss. I whip this out for special occasions or layer it over the Rouge Allure lipstick. Rouge Allure is a satin lip color that is smooth, non waxy and the colors offered are so brilliantly pretty. The actual lipstick is etched with the word CHANEL. The lipstick is released by clicking the bottom of the tube, very cool. I should mention that this lipstick doesn't bleed around the mouth or smudge or look heavy. I feel very sophisticated when I apply it!

One of my very favorite glosses ever is Glossimer. I don't even feel this gloss on my lips. When I look in the mirror however, there is fantastic shine. I'm dying to try Sirop, a shade that is always gone when I stop at the Chanel counter. I'm not the only one who is crazy about Glossimer, I know that!

Eclat Lumiere is the highlighting face pen, think of it as an eye highlighter. You can use it anywhere your heart desires of course, but I use it around my eye area. I dot, very lightly, this on the inner corners of my eye after applying an eye cream. Instantly, my eyes look brighter. It's like a pen that you click and the color comes out of the brush, enabling you to apply it with no mess.

This eyeshadow is very cool- the Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow comes in a tube, looks like a watercolor and is applied with a sponge tip. It goes on wet but dries to a powdery finish. It offers grand staying power and comes in gorgeous colors.

You can find all CHANEL, all the time at their website!


Daily Dollfaces

Keira Knightley is such a pretty girl but she is wearing her hair styled in a Cocker Spaniel coiff.

I love blue! Blue scarf, blue cardigan. Isla Fischer makes me seriously consider dying my hair blue. No, red like hers. I want to do it...but don't think I have the guts!

Ginnifer Goodwin looking lovely. Nice shade of lipstick that goes well with her skin and dark hair!

Drew is looking very retro glam these days! Blue is a fabulous color on her. I like the pink cheeks and nude lips. Id love to know all the makeup colors used on her.
Now take a deep breath, close your eyes and prepare...
.for the Jolie-Pitt twins. Hardly ever seen!-
Look at that round little face and big eyes! Angie's hair is so shiny but I still want to see her with long, sideswept bangs.

It's the entire family! Look how the sun is shining only on them, so much so that they need glasses inside! We haven't seen Shiloh in forever. Don't be fooled, the nannies and security detail aren't in the picture but they are surely there. The Jolie-Pitts travel with a big crew. A nanny per kid and burly guards to keep people (like you and me) away!

Brad and his mini-me. Cute. Love the cap. That was Maddox's doing, I can tell.

Pearly Dreams Toothpaste

Do you have trouble falling asleep like me? Sometimes I lay in bed, tossing and turning, unable to fall into a restful slumber. I'm always tempted to reach for my trusty sidekick, Tylenol PM, but then I can't wake up early enough to get my kids up for school. So what's a girl to do?

Luckily a Manhattan dentist named Dr. Arthur Zuckerman developed a toothpaste called Pearly Dreams that helps. Here's what you need to know:

Dr. Zuckerman formulated PearlyDreams by using the optimum combination of Melatonin and organic extracts of Valerian, Balm Mint and Passion Flower. Known for treating certain insomnias, Melatonin is the body’s own “sleep signal” – a hormone that helps regulate the body’s natural sleep pattern. Aging reduces the amount of Melatonin our body’s produce, contributing to adult sleep-deprivation. By combining one of natures most effective sleep inducers with Valerian, Balm Mint and Passion Flower (herbal remedies known for treating nervous tension and sleep disorders), PearlyDreams’ groundbreaking formula is one of the most efficient and natural sleeping aids available on the market.

I've been brushing my teeth with Pearly Dreams for the last several nights and somehow, this really does work! I don't lay in bed, trying to count sheep so I can fall asleep and get my beauty rest. I brush (and floss) and drift off into never never land. I don't really need to know exactly how it works, I only need to know that it does. The flavor is good, not minty or strong, but a really nice, pleasant sort of herbal taste that leaves my mouth feeling clean and my mind ready for sleep. I hope Dr. Z comes out with a floss and mouth rinse too! Learn more here.


Monday, January 26, 2009

SAG Fashion Wrap Up

As I watched Jane Krakowski interviewed on the red carpet, I anticipated a fashion malfunction. I was nervous that her plunging neckline would gape open to reveal ...everything. She looked amazing with the upswept hair, makeup and accessories but I would have appreciated a slightly more modest V neck.

We've established that Kate Winslet is one of the world's most beautiful and talented actresses. Now we need to work on the red carpet style just a smidgen. I'd like to see her hair down, or if she wants to wear it up, add curl and a glittery pin to give a little punch. The dress is a bright, beautiful color but in my humble opinion, it ages her a few years. I want to see Kate elegant but with a flair.

So much talent and an incredible body of work behind her, Laura Linney is in a league with the heavy hitters. Laura's hair wasn't anything fancy, I would like to have seen it held back with a thin diamond headband. The dress was a good color for her peachy skin but she needs a long, diamond necklace or some kind of powerful accessory- a giant cocktail ring, a bold bracelet.

Is it me or has Tina Fey dropped some weight? She looks good in this plain and safe dress. I'm sure her dress costs more than anything I have in my closet. Her makeup always looks pretty. I'm not thrilled by this look but I'm not vomiting in the gutter either.

Here's a look that I am one hundred percent happy with. Taraji P. Henson is a stunning goddess in this flattering gown. Her sleek hair framed her face nicely, she is a natural beauty and sashayed the red carpet with style.

Penelope Cruz didn't take any fashion risks. She looked beautiful as usual, didn't bowl me over. She does the pulled back hair and dark eyes nicely, she looks good in black. In the past she's worn some interesting gowns. I'm hoping she does something daring for the Oscars, I'm thinking peacock feathers!

I liked Julie Benz's look. I noticed the cute earrings right away, the shoes were a good choice, something different than a plain pump. I really liked this look. The hair could have been a little messed, its a wee bit prim and proper but you know what, I'm going to give Julie an A.

This dress reminds me of wrapping paper. Holly Hunter has the body to pull off a strapless gown at her age - so she gets points for that! Her makeup looked nice, hair was sleek and straight. Bravo for her use of a single big accessory with the earrings.
Alec Baldwin and his "rude little pig". Oh, no! I shouldn't bring that up. This is Alec's beautiful daughter Ireland. Very pretty girl. I'm getting a "Miss Golden Globe" vibe here. Maybe next year! Pssst, lighten up the hair.

I think Teri Hatcher is lovely, don't get me wrong but I have a strange desire to feed her some foccacia bread and olive oil. She needs about fifteen pounds to fill out her frame! She's too skinny to pull off that voluminous gown. I appreciate the curled hair and accessories though.

I am always a fan of Jenna Fischer's makeup. At the awards shows, she normally has light, pretty makeup and soft hair as she does here. I love the color of the dress, the necklace and the shoes. But something about the hemline reminds me of a mullet.

I just love this shade of lilac-blue! I like the neckline and the criss-cross. Mark my words, this girl is the new beauty of Hollywood. We will be seeing her a lot! Miss Frieda Pinto of Slumdog Millionaire.
What! I hear she's dating David Spade! Nicolette Sheridan definitely stands out with the bold one- armed dress. I think its a very complimentary color to her blonde hair and sunkissed skin. What else would we expect from such a smoldering actress?
I can't quite see what Meryl is wearing- black and pants. She gets a free pass! I don't think Meryl Streep is really known for her Red Carpet style. Viola Davis chose a flattering buttercup dress with bold bracelets. I'd love to see a vivid red lipstick on her.

Evan Rachel Wood looks glorious! I love the blue dress, the little pin on her shoulder. I adore the hair color and think I want to give this shade a whirl. I don't know who does her makeup but lately its been looking beyond perfect. Look at the eye makeup! Her creamy skin reminds me that the effort of putting sunscreen on everyday will pay off. Of course she's only about nineteen.

Christina Applegate chose a fabulous color. The green looks so good on blondes. I always think that gold accessories go well with green but I'm not going to judge too harshly. The silver works. But-

-personally, I would have chosen a slightly smaller earring or a plain diamond hoop. Her earrings are a little too much for the diamond necklace.
Where's the tie, Brad? Is that too much to ask?

Did you happen to see these two being interviewed on the Red Carpet? Either Angelina doesn't care for award show chit-chat or she's a tad haughty. I shouldn't say too much more, I do after all, want to work in Hollywood and don't want the wrath of Brangelina to rain down on me.
I think the coiffure ages her. I'd like to see Angie with some long, sideswept bangs and a blunt cut, shoulder length. Or lots of wavy curls. She could kick it up a notch and wear a gown that's a bit more daring. I applaud the blue, nice departure from the grays and whites and blacks.

The multi-layered bow made Amy Adams look a little pregnant from the side. Other than that, she has such a pretty face that she can get away with her hair being pulled back so severely. People would jump back in horror if I tried that 'do. Her makeup was definitely done up for the event and she's wearing diamonds so kudos of those two aspects. The color of the dress is lovely with her cream complexion. The only issue I have is with the bow. Other than that, I give Amy Adams an A.
You have to be careful with updo's. I think when the hairstyle is rigid and in place, it ages you. Lovely Eva Longoria should have asked her main hair dude, Ken Paves, to mess up the hair to keep her from looking matronly. I like the color of the dress and the jewels on the neckline. The hip area was a little to much with that ruffle.
America Ferrara- I can't believe she plays a character named Ugly Betty- because she's got natural beauty and a great smile. I was kind of "eh" about the dress, the sash looks like tulle randomly sewn on. Her makeup is courtesy of Jouer, she always looks so great!
If that one ruffle by the hips/waist wasn't there, the dress would have flattered Eva's tiny body a little more.

My vote for Best Dressed goes to Taraji P. Henson who killed it with her gorgeous white gown and sleek hair. I also really liked Julie Benz and her t-strap shoes, cute earrings. And I can't forget Evan Rachel Wood with her cool hair color, blue dress and A++ makeup!
**did you happen to see the TV Guide Channel's Red Carpet fashion review? They picked my favorite three as their faves too! Oh how I'd love to be on there with Lisa Rinna!**