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Double Duty Beauty Foods on Live! with Kelly

Mar

On the March 19 episode of Live! with Kelly,  Prevention Magazine’s Jennifer Goldstein was on to share some Double Duty Beauty Foods aka foods that have beauty benefits by eating them or applying to the skin.  One caveat is to make sure you have no food allergies first!  If you can’t eat almonds, don’t apply them to your face either!  Kelly had a little too much fun applying these foods to co-host Nick Lachey.

Kelly Ripa applying a mask to Nick Lachey

Avocados

Yummy!

Avocados are a great anti-ager, mostly due to their essential fatty acids (and Vitamin E!).  They help plump skin and keep it smooth. Hooray for Guacamole!

Apply

Applying avocado oil to the skin may stimulate collagen and elastin production.  To create a great mask,  mix with 1/4 cup sour cream (which is a terrific skin exfoliator due to Lactic Acid – hey another great double duty beauty food!) and leave on for 10-20 minutes.  Then rinse with cold water.

Tea

Yummy!

Teas contain skin-boosting antioxidants (especially but green and white varieties) that may protect skin from damage caused by environmental pollutants and sun exposure.

Apply

First, you can put cooled tea bags on your (closed) eyelids to depuff the skin around your eyes, as the tannins can constrict blood vessels.
You can also boost your hair colour and get some subtle highlights going by applying a rinse.  Use black tea for brunette hair, chamomile for blonde, and redheads can use red zinger.  Prepare the tea, let it cool, then apply the solution to your hair. Put on a shower cap, wait for 15 to 30 minutes and rinse with cool water.

Almonds

Yummy!

Got Grey? Almonds contain high levels of catalase enzymes that can help counteract the buildup of hydrogen peroxide present in greying hair.  Who knew?!  I’ll be reaching for almonds more as a snack now!

Apply

For a skin smoothing scrub, pulverize about 1/4 cup of almonds in a food processor and mix in some coconut oil (also a great double duty beauty food!). Use about 2 tablespoons to make it into a paste.  Use on your hands, elbows, knees, or anywhere else you need to get rid of rough skin.

Yogurt

Yummy!

Great for teeth and skin (high in calcium), yogurt is also high in protein, to help build your hair and nails.

Apply

Yogurt contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid that can get rid of dead skin cells.  Try using full-fat, plain yogurt as a mask. Just apply a thin layer to clean skin and leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing.
Or make a hair mask.  Mix together  1/4 cup full-fat yogurt, 3 tablespoons honey and an egg yolk. Apply the protein rich mask to hair, put on a shower cap, and rinse after about 15 minutes.

Strawberries

Yummy!

Strawberries have high levels of vitamin C and ellagic acid.  Vitamin C is essential for the production of collagen.  It also acts as an antioxidant to prevent environmental damage.  High Vitamin C intake is associated with a lower likelihood of wrinkles and skin dryness.  Ellagic acid increases skin’s ability to hold moisture, and has been shown to help fade dark spots.

Apply

Make a brightening face mask with pureed strawberries, yogurt and a squeeze of lemon juice (also high in Vitamin C).  Leave on for about 20 minutes before rinsing.  Nick seemed to really like eating it.

Coffee

Yummy!

Full of antioxidants to protect skin from sun damage and help prevent the breakdown of collagen and elastin (which results in wrinkles and sagging).

Apply

Cooled coffee grounds are a way to treat cellulite due to its high caffeine content.  Caffeine is a diuretic, and pulls water away from fat cells to smooth skin.  It is also grainy, so will exfoliate like a scrub.  So take some used coffee grounds with you into the shower and rub on your butt, thighs or whoever that dimply skin is hiding.

 

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BB Creams – All the Rage

Mar

BB Creams, aka Beauty Balms, are the new buzz word of the beauty industry, at least here in North America.  They have been popular in Asian countries for some time, then became popular in Europe, and now are here.  They were originally developed to help regenerate and protect the skin of patients who had undergone laser treatments.

Many creams now are used as a type of foundation, with some claiming to cover blemishes, improve skin texture, and/or reduce acne scars; all while blending imperceptibly onto the skin for even skin tone with a satiny finish. Used both as a skincare treatment and foundation at the same time.

Rather thick in texture, and they often contain plenty of silicones to achieve that satiny finish. And because they are usually highly pigmented, they even out skin tone temporarily, while being almost unnoticeable. They are often recommended for acne prone and sensitive skins.

The creams being released now are touted as being “all-in-one” products (primer, foundation, sunscreen, moisturizer, blemish control, etc.) eliminating the need for a drawer full of separate products.

Many magazines have been talking about them, including:

InStyle (March 2012) –

“Popular in Asia, BB products (the initials typically stand for beauty balm or blemish balm) are “like multifunctional tinted moisturizers,” says Great Neck, N.Y., dermatologist Jeannette Graf.  In other words, they usually contain skin-treatment ingredients such as antioxidants and UV filters while offering sufficient coverage.  Many also have light-reflecting goodies such as mica. “They can help even out skin tone without being as heavy as some foundations,” adds N.Y.C. makeup artist Troy Surratt.”

Cosmopolitan (April 2012) –

“TREND ALERT – A New Sexy Skin Weapon ….  BB creams (short for beauty balms) are like tinted moisturizers – except they do way more (like fade spots and fine lines, reduce redness, and protect with SPF). And each comes in just one or two sheer shades that fit all tones (easy!)”.
(Just beware that since these were made for an Asian market,  sometimes these creams tend towards lighter colours!)

Allure (February 2012) –

“Two-in-one products seem sadly unambitious when you consider BB creams (short for beauty or blemish balm), a makeup and skin-care hybrid that treats, protects, primes, conceals, and covers in one tube.  Developed by a German dermatologist in the 1950s, BB creams later gained a cult following in Asia and are now hitting the U.S. “It’s a twist on tinted moisturizer – these creams hydrate and tint but also contain active ingredients to treat skin, plus antioxidants and broad-spectrum sun protection,” says dermatologist Jeannette Graf.  “They’re good for the person who only wants to put on one thing.” “

Some popular BB Creams:

Boscia BB Cream

Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream

 

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06

Beauty on the Fly – Today Show March 28, 2012

Mar

Senior Lifestyle Editor for Shape magazine, Bahar Takhtehchian, was on the Today Show on March 28 for a segment called “Beauty on the Fly”, with air travel friendly products and suggestions. Here are some of her suggestions for the best travel sized cosmetics and lotions to throw in your ziplock before takeoff, so travelling with that carry-on won’t have to mean leaving your have products behind.

Bahar started out with a reminder on some of the rules for getting through the security checkpoint by remembering “3-1-1”.
3 – All liquids, aerosols and gels need to be in containers of THREE oz. or less.
1 – They all need to fit into a ONE quart bag (clear, usually zip locked)
1 – Everyone gets to bring just ONE of these bags on board with them

So Bahar wanted to look at alternatives to bringing liquids to take care of your beauty routine.

Facial Cleansers

Many people want to bring their cleanser or toner with them.  Because, of course,  great skin is one of the best ways to get gorgeous! Since bottles can break and spill, think outside the box with towelettes.  She brought the “Yes!” line, recommending “Yes to Blueberries Brightening Facial Towelettes” for mature and aging  skin, “Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes” to soothe sensitive skin and “Yes to Tomatoes Blemish Clearing Facial Towelettes” with salicylic acid for people with problem skin.

She also had hypoallergenic Biore Makeup Removing Towelettes and Pond’s Wet Cleansing Towelettes, Morning Refresh with citrus and cucumber. These have exfoliating beads, so you don’t need a separate face scrub.

Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes she called “a very potent makeup remover, going to get rid of waterproof mascaras and that eyeliner, but it’s gentle on your skin and eyes. If you wear contact lenses this is a product for you.”

Sunscreen

If you don’t want to  bring a big bottle or buy it once you get there, she suggested using one in stick form. One of her favourites is Clarins Sun Control Stick because it is 100% mineral based. So it is for target protection around eyes, lips and nose.

If you are sporty and going to be in the water, she recommended Sun Bum Face Stick as an alternative or the Shiseido line.

Makeup

Instead of bringing separate lipsticks, shadows, bronzers, etc.  Consider a compact palette.  One of Shape’s favourites is Cabana Glama from Benefit.  It has eye shadows, bronzers, and even a little bit of foundation!  It is an easy way to look great since usually the colours are all complementary.

Benefit Cosmetics Cabana Glama

She also showed off a Trish McEvoy Effortless Beauty Little Black Card palette, as well as Sephora Mini Shopping Bag Makeup Palette.  You can even pop these in your purse after your vacation for touchups on the go.  Instead of bringing a bottle of liquid foundation, try using one that comes in compact form.  Bahar’s favourite is from Neutrogena.  She says it gives flawless coverage, is nice and blend able but also has SPF55.

As an alternative to translucent powder, which can sometimes get cake and make you appear ashy, Bahar likes Mally Beauty Evercolor Poreless Face Defender.  I even like the cute pink packaging!  It will set your makeup, reduce the appearance of pores and wrinkles, and control oil by mattifying the skin.

Perfume

Instead of loading a glass bottle of perfume, that could break or spill all over AND will count against your liquid allotment, why not try solid perfumes?  Pacifica and L’Occitane  all carry solid perfumes.  Bahar says: “What we like about these is they come in small tubes, they’re portable. If you go on a hike and need to freshen up, dab some on to your pulse points. You can also blend these together, wear them awhile and blend them together. if you have a favorite brand, a designer brand, definitely check out and see if they have solid alternatives, as well.  Sometimes you can get tiny roll ons as well (I love the tiny-ness of Juicy’s roll ons – Sarah).  As long as they are under 3 ounces, you can bring those along.

Men

Finally, men need grooming products too, so she suggested the John Allan’s Travel Pack.  It has shampoo, conditioner and even a bit of shaving cream.  All the bottles are just one ounce, so very travel friendly

 

 

This is from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority Website:

Everything you should know about liquids, aerosols and gels

Before leaving for the airport, you can ensure security and speed up security screening by packing your liquids, aerosols and gels properly.

Remember: Liquids consist of items such as coffee, bottled water and shampoos. Aerosols include things like deodorant, hairspray and static remover. Gels are comprised of food items like jam, pudding and yogurt, and personal-care products like lipstick or hair styling gel.

Please note that if an item that is illegal in Canada, such as pepper spray, is presented at a pre-board screening checkpoint, protocol requires us to notify the police. This could lead to charges and prosecution to the item’s holder.

So before leaving for the airport, pack your liquids, aerosols and gels properly.

How to pack your liquids, aerosols and gels

Containers of liquids, aerosols or gels in your carry-on must be 100 ml/100 grams (3.4 oz) or less.

All containers must fit in 1 clear, closed, resealable plastic bag no more than 1 litre (1 quart) in capacity. The approximate dimensions of a one litre/quart bag are 15.24 cm by 22.86 cm (6 in. by 9 in.) or 20 cm by 17.5 cm (8 in. by 7 in.).

At the screening point, take your plastic bag out of your carry-on and place it in one of the provided trays.

Drink or discard any beverages in containers over 100 ml before pre-board security screening.

Any containers over 100 ml should be placed in checked baggage.

EXCEPTIONS FOR LIQUIDS, AEROSOLS AND GELS

The following are allowed in your carry-on without a bag and in containers over 100 ml:

  • If traveling with an infant under two years of age (0-24 months), baby food, milk, formula, water and juice in small containers and reasonable amounts for your itinerary.
  • Prescription and essential non-prescription medicines.

You must declare all such items at security screening. These items must be removed from carry-on baggage and placed directly into a bin at the entrance of the checkpoint, as additional screening may be required.

FOOD

Solid food is permitted in both checked and carry-on baggage.

All liquid food in your carry-on (for example, yogurt, pudding or jam) must be in containers of 100 ml or less.

All containers must fit in the same clear, closed, resealable 1 litre plastic bag, as all other containers of liquids, aerosols or gels you are carrying.

Any containers over 100 ml should be placed in checked baggage.

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05

Eucerin Dermatologist on Dr. Oz

Mar

On the March 1st episode of Dr. Oz – “Dr. Oz goes Head to Head with the Men who Hate Him” (funny title!) – Eucerin dermatologist Rosemarie Ingleton was on to talk about dry skin.  (you can head over to EucerinUS.com to get US coupons).  Its winter and people (including me!) are starting to feel the effects of dry, heated air. Also, the older you get, the more issues you have with dry skin.

She said that dry skin goes beyond just comfort, that it can become a health issue.  If yours is so itchy that you start scratching, you can open your skin up to all sorts of bacteria, viruses and fungi (Ummm  Yuck?!).  So according to her the three biggest reasons you get dry itchy skin are:

1. Your Morning Routine

Most people take too hot and too long of a shower.   It just irritates your skin and removes its natural oils.  I know I am totally guilty of this.  Also,  many women are applying anti-aging products like retinols and retinoids that prevent wrinkles, but at the same time irritate and dry out skin.  Also,  some soaps may be no good.  It doesn’t protect oils, just removes dirt.  The fragrances and dyes some contain are no good either.

2. Genetic Reasons

Some people may be genetically predisposed to certain dry skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis.  These can be causes of red patches and scaly skin.

3. Weather

Heating and air conditioned air suck moisture from skin.  It is usually less humid in winter as well.

Her suggestions for helping skin:

  1. Eat salmon.  It has fatty acids and oils in it to nourish skin.
  2. Eat bran.  It is rich in zinc which repairs skin cells.
  3. Use a humidifier.  It will put moisture back into the air. You can try one like the Air-O-Swiss Travel Ultrasonic Humidifier.
  4. Use a timer to remind you to keep your showers short.  She suggested 5 minutes.  I say that is impossible!  But maybe you can do it.   She brought a timer from Eucerin.
  5. She also suggested trying Eucerin Calming Body Wash Daily Shower Oil and Eucerin Calming Creme Daily Moistuizer.  I use these myself, and they are great!

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Debunk Common Beauty Myths with Tess Mauricio on The Talk

Mar

Dermatologist, Dr. Tess Mauricio, was on “The Talk” on February 29 to discuss common myths.  She said that misinform abounds, and it doesn’t hep that there are so many crazy claims out there; and that so many regimens and products are used incorrectly.  Well, I don’t necessarily agree with some of the things she said. These are her 5 biggest myths:

Myth 1

Acne is the Result of Dirty, Oily Skin

Often acne is caused by over-washing.  There are many factors that can cause acne, such as genetics and hormonal changes.  But she says dirty, oily skin is not one of them (say what?!  Sorry, while I don’t think that it is one of the main factors, I don’t think you’ll have nice skin if yours is oily or dirty, and not taken care of.  I think it is evidenced by so many teenage boys with oily skin, who probably don’t have the best hygiene habits having terrible acne….  but I do agree that there can be other causes for it.  I tend to get a lot of breakouts when I am under stress. – Sarah)  Over-washing skin, especially when you over scrub, can over dry the skin and cause irritation.  It can make your skin kick start your oil producing sebaceous glands, and make skin greasier (which causes ACNE,  see?! – S).  So don’t wash more than twice a day with the appropriate cleanser for your skin.  Using cleansers with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide can help decease bacteria on the skin and minimize blackheads and other blemishes.

Myth 2

Adults Shouldn’t Have Acne

Since hormones and stress can mimic puberty, adults can definitely get acne.  Make sure you wash off your makeup!

Myth 3

Cocoa Butter prevents Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are deep under the skin.  They are a disruption of skin’s elastic fibers when skin expands rapidly, such as during pregnancy, rapid weight gain/loss or during growth spurts.  Some may even have a genetic predisposition that makes them more susceptible to them.  Dr. Mauricio said that some people use a mixture of coconut oil mixed with the  lime juice (for vitamin C) as a natural moisturizer to help repair the connective tissues beneath skin’s surface that cause stretch marks. (Well, I kind of think THAT sounds a bit like a myth….  I have to say I also kind of disagree with this one, to an extent.  While I don’t think that cocoa butter will prevent stretch marks,  I think that it is important during certain times, like pregnancy, to keep skin moist and pliable, which cocoa butter does, to help reduce stretch marks.  If you have a dried out rubber band, it might crack when you stretch it. – S)

 Myth 4

Facial Scrubs Make Your Skin Glow

Facial scrubs may make your skin feel instantly smoother by removing dead skin cells.  But over-exfoliating can cause problems, especially for those who have  have eczema or sensitive skin.  Over-scrubbing may also cause some superficial blood vessels to appear, especially on patients with rosacea.  It may also worsen redness of the skin.  For those who are acne prone, over-exfoliation can elicit overproduction of oil and make acne worse. (see Myth 1)

Myth 5

Dryness Causes Fine Lines

Dryness causes flaking and peeling.  It may make lines look worse but it will not create the wrinkles.  A mask of milk, buttermilk and yogurt contains alpha hydroxy acids that may help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in some people.  Try soaking a cotton cloth in cool, whole milk or buttermilk, and dab the liquid onto your face and neck in order to treat fine lines.

Myth 6

Toothpaste Dries Out Pimples

Toothpaste can actually be irritating to skin, and make acne worse.  It contains no ingredients that will dry out a pimple. What it could do is cause irritation, burns and even more breakouts.  Many toothpastes nowadays have bleaching and whitening properties that are even more irritating.  She says there are more effective spot treatments for acne, so save your toothpaste for your teeth.  She suggests to help dry out your acne without drying out your face, put a thin layer of milk of magnesia over your face as a mask, which can help oiliness and blemishes.

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Look Younger Tips from Around the World

Feb

On the Today Show, February 23, 2012, celeb nutritionist Cynthia Pasquella shared her favourite Looking Younger Tips from around the world. While these tips come from exotic locales such as India, Brazil and France; many of these aging fighters could be found right in your own kitchen!  So here is a list of things that, at least according to old wives’ tales, may help you defy age.

Tip 1: Coconut oil

Coconut oil is an awesome moisturizer, full of fatty acids.  But it can also be used as a deep cleanser for skin. as it contains natural antibacterial ingredients which can clear up acne. The women in Belize have long used it to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, as well as soften dry skin. Coconut oil also acts as a natural sunscreen, protecting skin even further. Ingesting this amazing food improves circulation in the skin, restores elasticity and may even banish under-eye circles.

You can get unrefined, organic coconut oil from health food stores. Try Dr. Bronner’s Fresh-Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil .

Tip 2: Noni juice

From Polynesia, the Polynesians use Noni Juice for its powerful anti-aging properties to help them feel younger and make skin glow. Because it is full of essential fatty acids, it can help plump the skin. Noni juice may also help lower inflammation throughout your body.

You can try Lakewood Pure Noni Juice in stores and online.

Tip 3: Ginger

Because of the anti-oxidant gingeral, it improves blood flow to the skin.  Its very popular throughout many Asian countries, and especially in India.  In India, many women often make a tea in the  morning by shredding a little ginger and mix it with a spoonful of honey in hot water.

Most grocery stores will carry whole ginger roots you can grate yourself.

Tip 4: Guanábana

The Guanábana, also known as Soursop,  is a fruit native to the Caribbean and South America. It used to support health and well being in many countries and is known for its nourishing benefits. Guanábana contains a healthful blend of nutrients that may help promote more beautiful skin; including vitamins B and C, which help boost immunity and nourish the skin.

Since the actual fruit may be hard to locate, if you’d like to give guanábana a try, you can buy Borba Slimming Chocolate Chews or Borba Smart and Sexy Omega 3 Bursts.  Cynthia says the chews “it tastes like a tootsie roll and it has fiber in it to curb your cravings.”

Tip 5: Black cumin seeds

Native to south and southwest Asia, black cumin seeds are known as a powerful antioxidant. They’re beneficial for strengthening hair and nails. They may treat skin conditions like  acne and eczema. Cynthia says she munches on these seeds all the time.  She says You can cook with them, buy the oil or buy them in capsuls. She had tablets from Intelligent Nutrients called Intellimune. She states that ” eating four of these little tablets is equal to eating ten pounds of berries for anti-oxidants”. The seeds themselves contain a rich variety of vitamins including A, B1, B2, B6, C and Niacin, as well as an assortment of minerals including calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, selenium, copper, phosphorus and zinc.

Intelligent Nutrients Certified Organic Intellimune Tablets.

Tip 6: Grape-seed extract

French women are often known for their incredible, glowing skin.  Some attribute that to their consumption of wine.  French women regularly use grape-seed extract to keep their skin ageless and beautiful. Grape-seed extract contains the powerful antioxidant resveratrol.  One would need to eat a pound and a half of grapes to get the same the antioxidant benefits you would get from a supplement.  She suggested:

Murad’s Youth Builder Dietary Supplement contains grape-seed extract.

Cynthia also recommended drinking water to flush out the toxins and plump up the skin.  Always good advice!

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VIVA GLAM new spokespeople Nicki Minaj and Ricky Martin

Feb

Nicki Minaj and Ricky Martin are the newest spokespeople for the popular VIVA GLAM line from M.A.C Cosmetics.  VIVA GLAM consists of  lipsticks and glasses (and now a lip conditioner!). Every cent from the sale of the products go to the M.A.C AIDS Fund. Available in store or online at Mac Cosmetics.  Their ad is now appearing in magazines.  They were both on the February 15th episode of Live! with Kelly talking with Kelly Ripa.

Magazine Ad

Nicki Minaj and Ricky Martin in the Spring 2012 Viva Glam campaign

Nicki & Ricky

Nicki and Ricky on Live! with Kelly

Not permanent additions, this collection will only be available for a year.  A Bright Yellow Pink is Nicki’s lipstick, and a clear lip conditioner/balm for Ricky.  This is the first time they have been able to offer something everyone can wear, including guys!

Viva Glam

Viva Glam Lipstick and Lip Conditioner

Nicki and Ricky remind you to: Be Bold. Be Beautiful. Be Safe.

VIVA GLAM I was introduced in 1994, with a deep, glamorous red.  In 1997, VIVA GLAM II’s pinkish mauve was introduced.  Next came VIVA GLAM III, a brown plum. In 2002, VIVA GLAM IV’s rosy gold was added.  VIVA GLAM V introduced a lip glass at the same time as their neutral pink lipstick.  And finally, VIVA GLAM VI was introduced, a warm plum with a pearl finish.

Some of the celebrity endorses have included: Elton John, RuPaul, Shirley Manson, Mary J Blige, Lil’ Kim, Christina Aguilera, Pamela Anderson,Missy Elliott, Linda Evangelista, Chloë Sevigny and Eve.  The most popular spokesperson though has been Lady Gaga.   Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper’s campaign was the most successful ever.  Viva Glam donates the most money to AIDS research.

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Rachel Berry’s Evening Beauty Routine in Glee

Feb

On the recent Valentine’s Day themed episode of Glee “Heart”, Rachel Berry (played by Lea Michele) described her evening beauty routine.

“My ritual is pretty elaborate:
First I shower.  I’m more thorough than during my morning bath.  The world is a very dirty place!  Brush Teeth. Eyebrows. Makeup remover. Moisturizer. Followed by an ice water face bath à la Joan Crawford in ‘Mommy Dearest’ (the height of glamour!).  Find something cute to wear. Text my dads to let them know I am almost ready for my evening tea.  But we’ll skip that tonight.  Then… condition and brush my hair”

Hmmm, not that elaborate.  But some things seem out of step. How I would change her schedule:
1. Makeup Remover first. (its best to remove makeup before cleansing)
2. Brush teeth next, tooth paste can be irritating to skin, so you want to wash it off!
3. Then take a shower, where you can cleanse skin; wash and condition hair; and prepare skin for:
4. Eyebrows, because the warm shower will make plucking easier.
5. Do the ice water bath and finally
6. Apply moisturizer to seal in the water from the ice bath.

Sounds better to me!

 

So is this similar to your evening beauty routine?

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Things I learned from Estée Lauder CEO

Jan

So I was watching the Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo (of all things, right?) and it had an interesting interview with the CEO and President of Estée Lauder, Fabrizio Freda.  He was talking about cosmetics shopping strategies for 2012.  So I am just sharing it because I learned several things I didn’t know before!

1 – While I know they have been doing this at some of their brands, like Origins, for a while; more brands are now putting prices at the counter.  I really love this, because I always feel a little like Pretty Woman when I have to ask for the price of an item.  Especially if I am on my lunch break from work or something.  And besides,  sometimes I just want to look around and compare and not have a sales person involved yet. Which brings me to point #2…

2 – While I knew Estée Lauder owned many brands, like Origins and Prescriptives, I had no clue that they owned over 20! I think I am mostly suprised to hear that they own La Mer and hair care brands B+B and Ojon.  Some of their brands:

  • Origins
  • Prescriptives
  • Aveda
  • Smashbox
  • Jo Malone
  • Kiton
  • Lab Series
  • Clinique
  • Bumble & Bumble
  • Darphin
  • Bobbi Brown
  • MAC
  • Ojon
  • La Mer

3 – That this Fabrizio guy was the CEO anyway…  I always thought it was Aerin Lauder or another family member.  I guess you learn something everyday! and finally…

Some of the interview highlights talked about how women’s discretionary income is increasing.  More women are working, graduating, having lucrative careers.  So women have more available money.  And the top 3 things women spend this extra money on are: Food, Fashion and Cosmetics/Beauty.  I love how practical we are!

He also talked about how women around the world are beautifully different from one another.  For example,  in China they are passionate for skin care.  Roughly 70% of sales fall into the skin care category.  Chinese women will do up to 7 steps of skin care on average per day if they can afford it.  To them, a gorgeous complexion is a symbol of beauty and high social status.  But in Brazil, the majority is spent on makeup.  All sorts of makeup.  But in India it is makeup for lips and in the Middle East it is in eye makeup.  But in the USA and Europe, fragrance is their biggest seller.

I always love to hearing about how beauty ideals differ in different parts of the world.

 

Here is a link to an except from the video if you’d like (not the whole interview)  VIDEO

 

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Spider Lashes…Yay or Nay?

Jan

For as long as I can remember,  one of my biggest pet peeves is SPIDER LASHES!  I hate it when other girls have them, and I go to painstaking costs to use a lash-comb and non-clumping mascara.  I prefer the look of long, fluttery, feathery lashes.  I want every lash to be defined.

So I was a little bewildered when this past fall, spider lashes became a major trend.  Some put the blame on Kim Kardashian.  And while her lashes are very long and fake looking….  they lack the ‘clumpiness’ that really defines Spider Lashes.  And now Allure Magazine (tagline: The Beauty Expert) is joining the bandwagon.  In their January 2012 issue, there is an article called “Magnifying Lash” (pg.76) featuring 3 lash looks to covet, one of them being, spider lashes! From the article: “…The look has even evolved to include clumpy spider lashes, popularized by [Pat] McGrath when she chunked them up at the fall 2011 Gucci and Lanvin shows.  “The look is so extreme- and there’s great beauty in that,” she says.”.  The article also says that they were “Once a sign of bad taste or technique”. I think that for most every day looks, they are! After all, covergirl Roony Mara seems to be rocking gorgeously clump-free lashes.

Allure Cover

Allure Cover - January 2012

Allure Article

Allure Article

The wikipicks blog had this picture in their “Worst Trends of 2011” post, with the caption:

“The clumpy top and bottom eyelashes that result from a zillion coats of mascara made a dramatic appearance on celebs like Kim Kardashian and Nicki Minaj. The downside is “lumpy, messy mascara that takes double the time to take off that it did to put on. It’s a nightmare,” says “X Factor USA” style team member Kristofer Buckle. Chanel makeup artist Rachel Goodwin, who works with Lea Michele and Emma Stone, says spider lashes took off because of the overuse of magic-grow eyelash formulas. “Woman had more lashes than they knew what to do with. It looked like they had creatures on their eyes.”.”

spider lash

Semi-Spider lashes

 

This look might be okay for going out, or for rocking a 60’s Twiggy look.
Your Opinion?

So what about you,  do you love or loathe this trend?

So Yay or Nay to the Spider Lashes trend?

  • Nay! I hate it! (100%, 2 Votes)
  • Yay! I love it! (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Love the look, but would never wear it myself (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Don't really care either way..... (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 2

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