The Today Show

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Whiter Teeth and Fresher Skin & Nails for Fall

Sep

Show: The Today Show

Segment: Bobbie’s Buzz

Date: September 14, 2012

Theme: Freshen Up for Fall

On this episode, Bobbie shares affordable ways to exfoliate skin, freshen up manicures and whiten your teeth in preparation for Fall (My Favourite Season!).

The first item she shows is Le Edge Full Body Exfoliator. This looks like those plastic razors you sometimes get with depilatory creams. It is a stainless steel  tool.  It kind of looks like fun, but I wonder how well it would work? And for how long? (Available in Pink and Blue). The product webpage says:

Le Edge is a hygienic personal exfoliating tool. Le Edge is precision designed to remove with ease dead skin cells and debris from the skin’s surface, revealing the newer younger cells and more radiant skin. Le Edge removes dulling surface debris such as toxins, oil, dirt, pollutants and dead skin cells. This process helps to restore the skin texture and by doing so, helps to reduce the size of the skin’s pores naturally.

The next item was for all those new gel manicures. Because you can’t just take the polish off (you’ll be removing part of your nail!), you need Red Carpet Manicure Erase Gel Nail Polish Remover.  Actually Bobbie showed a kit with a buffer, orange sticks, and I guess some remover pads;  but you really just need this!

Finally, for those darker lipstick colours (hooray for plums and crimsons!), Supersmile Quikee Instant Tooth Whitening. Bobbie says this is what Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez use when they wear bright lip colours. She says it will keep teeth whiter and remove any film, so you can get away with wearing that bolder lip for fall.

 


To see the video, check it out here:

Check out GottaGetSomething.com to see some of the non-beauty items Bobbie shares!

And Bobbie’s website is www.bobbie.com

 

 

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Mally Roncal with Makeup Tips for Every Woman

Apr

On the Today Shows’s April 27 episode, celebs Makeup Artist Mally Roncal demonstrated the Best Makeup for Every Type of Woman.  Since we all have different skin types, colours and facial features, we need to know how to best enhance those differences.  Mally shared her tips to enhance your best features by complimenting your skin tone and features.

Asian Features

Contouring is your friend.  Lift cheekbones and apply shadow in crease of eye to define and widen.  The crease is right under the brow bone. When you blend it in, it opens up the eye and will make you look more awake.

Showing the eyelid crease on an Asian eye

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Olive Skin Tones

Olive skin tones can look sallow and washed out, especially in winter months.  Use a foundation to warm your skin tone.  And use blush – it is your friend!  Pink, Peachy or Coral coloured blushes are great.  Smile to find the apples of your cheeks.  Mally says she likes using the ‘Cinnamon Bun‘ method for applying powder blush – “A little in the middle and blend it up toward the cheekbone.”

Applying blush onto an olive skin tone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dark Skin Tones

Mally says it is all about choosing the right shade of powder, try a clear powder to avoid ashiness.  Using translucent powder can look dry and sit in fine lines.  You want to mattify your skin.  Apply a primer to prevent skin tone from looking too grey.  And using an eye shadow base will help shadow last all day.  I believe she was using her own powder: Mally Beauty Poreless Perfection Skin Finisher

Applying mattifying clear powder to dark skin tones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Older Women

Bronzer is your friend. Avoid ones with shimmer in them, try a matte version instead. Black mascara will really define your eyes. And for a fuller lip, use a lip liner that matches your lip tone.

Applying Lip Liner

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Bobbi Brown – Foundation Fixes for Spring

Apr

Makeup artist Bobbi Brown was on the Today show today to give some tricks and tips on the perfect foundation.  Bobbi says it is the simplest thing when you get it right, and the trick is it needs to match your face, your neck, your hands; it just has to be the right tone.   My mother has this problem finding foundation, as her neck is a different colour from her face.

Her number one tip for buying foundation is getting the proper colour.  You need to get the one that blends into the side of your face. (Don’t use your hand – wow, I am so guilt of this sometimes!).  Try to look in natural light,  and try a yellow-based foundation.  Yellow foundations get rid of redness, and it is tones we already have in our skin.  Second tip is choose the right formula.  She also loves tinted moisturizers,  they are sheer and great for weekends.  You need to adjust your foundation for spring, as your skin gets dryer or oilier.  You can also adjust the formula by adjusting the moisturizer you wear underneath.

Dark Spots

The first model had some dark spots,  so Bobbi suggested putting foundation on first, taking a touch up stick (not a concealer, because concealer is lighter than your skin, Bobbi applied this with a brush), go wherever there is a spot, let it sit and use powder on top to lock it in place.  Bobbi says if you have dry skin, you can still use a mineral-based powder foundation.

Redness

The trick is to use a yellow tone foundation.  Apply all over.  Use a yellow powder.  A translucent powder could cause ashiness.  By using a good moisturizer underneath, you can still get a great dewy look, even when using powder.  She also used a a cream blush on her cheeks, as well as a bronzing powder all over with a big brush, including a little on the neck.

Bobbi’s Tips:

Never apply foundation on the neck.
Avoid over applying to cover dark spots.
Apply foundation with fingers, sponge or brush.  A brush will give you more coverage.
Reduce redness with a tinter moisturizer.
You can also correct redness with bronzer.
Avoid using a product that is too dense.

Bobbi Brown products can be found at Sephora.com!

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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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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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