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is one of the latest late night infomercials to pop up.
It's creator, Chaz Dean, who is a "stylist to the stars"
appears with various celebs who supposedly use this
What it is: A somewhat creamy hair conditioner AND
cleanser. This is a two in one product that cleanses
your hair and also conditions it. It claims to have
restorative properties and not strip your hair (great
for those who color). You're supposed to use several
(like 14 or 16 pumps of it per use), massage it in,
leave it during your shower and then rinse. The voila!
Shiny, bouncy, conditioned hair like never before,
Well, not so fast. I have curly, fine hair. It's
generally not limp and I have a fair amount so it
doesn't look superfine. I color and heat style so I
definitely need condition and softness, but not frizz.
This product seemed to work pretty well--at first. Then
after about a month or so of use (every other day), I
felt I really needed to SHAMPOO. It's not that my hair
felt dirty, on the contrary, it felt clean, but it
seemed dry and lifeless. It was like straw on the ends.
I wondered how that could happen when you're essentially
just using a straight conditioner and no shampoo. I
found I really needed to shampoo some day, but use WEN
when I felt I only needed a light cleansing.
A couple positives: It smells great. I like the Almond
Mint and Cucumber Aloe. I also used the Lavender, which
was OK, but not my favorite. It does work well as a
leave-in conditioner on your ends when you feel you just
need a little extra softness there. My favorite use for
this product is suggested by Mr. Dean himself in the
literature that came with my order: Fill a spray bottle
3/4 full with warm water, add several squirts of WEN,
shake and use as a refresher or touch up spray. I use it
this way lots of times but whose to say another light
conditioner formula wouldn't work just as well. (Yeah,
this stuff is pricey, too.)
Bottom line, it's fun to try, but if you have favorite
products right now, I wouldn't jump ship to WEN. It's
pricey, mail-order only and doesn't (at least for me)
work quite as well as I'd hope. Not a bad product by any
means, but not the savior for limp, dry, hair so many of
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I happened across Frownies (the
little brown paper & glue tapes that help you
de-wrinkle) a number of years ago. I loved them
(’cause they do work if you work ‘em). However,
a couple years ago I ran across a method that
works just as well, is super cheap and easy. All
it takes is a trip to your local drugstore and
medical tape! I started out using the flexible
plastic tape (waterproof, it holds on gauze
bandages) and now also use the thin paper tape.
The best way to use this method is to first
cleanse and moisturize your face. Then take just
a tiny dab of extra moisture or treatment cream
(read notes below) and run it into the areas
where you’ll put the tape. Don’t rub it in
completely, only partially so your skin is a
bit damp with it.
Tear of a square of tape and
place it anywhere you need to–on crease between
eye, forehead, nasolabial fold (lines between
nose and mouth), side of eyes, etc. Press it on
and sleep with them on. The beauty of using the
plastic clear tape is that once on, you really
can’t see them. Not so with the large, brown
shapes of Frownies.
You can use the paper tape
also, however it has some caveats. It will
crease during the night if you use too large a
piece. These creases can crease your skin and
once removed, you’ll have a deep crevice for a
few hours. Not good. Use the paper in small
square and in areas that don’t get a lot of
movement. I have a small divot on my cheek
developing where my sleeping mask (think Mrs.
Howell or “Lovey”) burrows into my face when I
sleep. I place a small square piece of tape on
the spot (over some good cream) and voila! In
the morning, no divot!
A word of caution: Be sure to
use the extra dollop of cream under these tapes.
Using them night after night with no cream may
leave a reddish, raw spot. These tapes actually
exfoliate when you pull them off so using them
in the same spot with no barrier (the cream)
will start to irritate your skin.
Also, be careful with the tape
around the eyes. Don’t place the plastic tape
too close to the eyes. I always tear up if I get
it too close. However, if it’s at least 1/4 inch
from my eyes, I’m fine.
To remove, wet your face with
several splashes of water. Once your face is very
wet, the tapes will soften and peel right off
(like a band-aid comes off easily in the
shower). Have fun experimenting with this!
Shaper or Wallet Breaker?
OK, have you seen this infomercial and been
so jazzed by the thought of tight, toned legs in just 13
minutes a day that you’ve reached for a credit card (any
card) and grabbed the phone? Yeah, me too! Well, I went with
an online purchase, but same difference.
I FINALLY got the thing (I waited a few weeks and was almost
going to cancel my order when it magically showed up on my
doorstep). After getting my guy to assemble it and hoist it
up the stairs to my mini-gym, I was anxious to give it a
Here’s the deal…
This thing will rock your thighs into submission. I am
pretty fit, but I could barely knock out 13 minutes on this
thing the first time around. I was holding the hand-rail for
dear life while my thighs quivered and begged for mercy. In
a word, it was tough. But tough is good, right? It means
It’s been about a month of using this about 2-3 times per
week and I do feel some firmness and tone in my inner/outer
thighs. Is this due to the Legmaster or the Accent
treatments or just my increased treadmill runs? I don’t
know, but I do feel a real firmness in my inner thighs that
I haven’t had in awhile (those of you who live the jiggly-thigh-life
know how hard it is to get those inner thighs toned!)
The caveat (there is always a caveat, isn’t there?) The
exercises themselves are pretty dull. After a few minutes on
this (even with variations) you’ll be bored. They include a
workout, which is pretty decent (only 13 minutes) and
challenging. It does, however, require you to get off the
Legmaster a few times to do lunges, squats, even ab work and
push ups. Of course, if you were doing these all along,
would you really need the Legmaster?
At first I was a little disappointed to get a workout with a
leg machine that required the old-fashioned lunges and
squats in addition to using the machine, but I persisted and
I’m happy I did. I really do feel the Legmaster helps, but
you could probably get just as good results if you’re very
committed to lunges and squats on your own. I’m not.
A last note, the workout dvd mistress is very toned and has
a body to aspire to, but the “Fabulous!” that she calls out
nearly every other second is a bit much. It’s a bit fake and
when you’re legs are shaking and sweat is pouring, you feel
UPDATE: Several months later: I ditched the
cd workout included with the machine and now hop on it
during my workouts. I am SO much stronger now that I can
literally do it without holding on (something I thought I'd
never do when I first got it). My inner thighs are stronger
and more toned but still a far cry from the infomercial
promises or photos. All in all, this does work if you work
it (and really, what doesn't?)
PUREOLOGY Hydrate vs. AVEDA Dry Hair Remedy:
you're like me, you are constantly on the hunt for
something that truly will moisturize your hair while
not weighing it down. I've tried these both
(numerous times) and my winning bid goes to
Pureology Hydrate. This stuff is amazing (for me,
anyway). I have have fine, curly hair that I color
and heat style. It can be really dry and even
somewhat frizzy if not well-moisturized. Since it's
also fine, I need conditioners that are thick and
penetrating, but that rinse clean so as to not weigh
it down. I absolutely think Pureology fits the bill.
I love the smell and it really does moisturize my
hair and doesn't strip the color. The shampoo and
conditioner works well together. The only con is
that they tend to be pricey.
Aveda is one of my faves for numerous other products
and while I like the Dry Hair Remedy products, they
just didn't perform quite as well as the Pureology
(again, for me). They do smell amazing and would
probably be best for someone with normal to dry hair
vs. dry or dry/damaged hair. It just didn't give me
quite the shiny, glossy finish the Pureology
products give me and I notice they have stripped my
color just a tad (not cool!). I have not tried the
Damaged Hair system they also have out, but it will
be on my list.
Bottom line, I'll stick with Pureology for now.
Quick Non-Surgical Eye Lift Trick
Need a quick
tip to make your eyes appear uplifted?
Use a concealer at the outer corner of
your eyes. We know we need it in the inside corners to
cover that dark, hollow look we all get. However, using
the concealer just under your outer lower lashes and
extended upward and out slightly beyond your eye line.
Be sure to blend well. Use a lighter color than you use
on the rest of your face (gives a nice bright glow).
This tip works best if you use a
makeup brush. Draw a line of concealer under your outer
(only) lower lashes and out beyond your eye line. Use a
sponge to blend. Dab a little light powder on it for
staying power (Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
And, as always, curl your lashes
before applying mascara. This really does help make your
eyes appear wide open. I use a drugstore-brand curler
(Revlon) and warm it a bit with my blow dryer before
using. This tip will make your outer eye look lifted,
give you a rested and awake look. It works!
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No more outdated, aging,
Facelifter In a Bottle
Perusing the internet one day several
months ago I ran across a product that purported to
give a non-surgical facelift (yeah, right, I
thought). The thing is, this product came with
pictures that looked pretty good. They seemed
realistic and they definitely showed an improvement
in the faces. The skin was toned, the muscles firmer
and lifted. They looked great. So I read some more.
And some more. I tend to really READ into the
websites I visit trying to get glimpses into the
“catch” or the real deal behind the claims. After
reading and studying the pictures and viewing the
video clips, I decided to order the product. This is
a HUGE leap for me, because unless it’s a well-known
product or someone I know and trust (aka Oprah)
touts it, I generally don’t buy it from an anonymous
website. I guess I’m a skeptic after getting burned
time and again (I’m also hopeful and feel people are
basically good–thus the getting the burned before).
I got the product, Younique
(aka L’egance) Natural Facelift. It’s basically
a thick, sticky liquid mask. It’s applied in a
certain way to your face. It needs to stay on and
dry for about 30 minutes (a bit inconvenient, I
admit, but I do love a mask, so it’s OK for me). I
used it in accordance with the directions and
remained skeptical. However, after I removed
it, wow! I really saw a difference. Not only was my
skin noticeably smoother, glowing and brighter, but
it was really firm. My eyes seemed lifted and my
cheeks and jaw were definitely plumper and lifted.
You’re supposed to use this mask
every other day for 90 days for maximum results. It
dries very tight and is touted to “exercise” the
muscles under the skin. It does pulsate a bit after
it is dried, so you do feel something. Whether it’s
enough to actually provide a long-term solution
remains to be seen, but I’ve used it for months
(admittedly on and off–every other day wasn’t
practical for me), and I’m sold…so much so that I
became a professional distributor. View the “30-
Minute Facelifter” page.
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Tip - Make perfume last.
spritzes of perfume in the
morning will not carry you
through the day, no matter
how expensive your bottle
may be. To make your scent
last, try this beauty tip:
put an unscented moisturizer
on first and then spray on
your perfume a few seconds
later. “There’s so much
alcohol in perfume,”
Carmindy explains, “that if
you spray it on dry skin, a
lot of times it evaporates
so quickly. But if you have
moisturizer on your skin it
adheres much better.”
Beauty Tip - Ditch your spot
fumbling around your makeup
bag for multiple concealers
in the morning, just stick
to one, advises Carmindy.
The reason why? Because you
can actually use the
foundation stuck to the top
of the cap of your liquid
all-over concealer as your
spot-treatment. “It oxidizes
there so it becomes a little
bit thicker.” Plus, she
says, “It’s the same shade
as your foundation, so it
will instantly erase your
blemish.” To apply, just
take a small tip concealer
brush and dip into the cap
of your foundation, or the
nozzle if you use a spray.
Then brush it on the spots
and you’re ready to go. Now
it will be a good thing when
your foundation lid gets
Tip - Recycle:
Good for the earth, good for
your lips. What are you
supposed to do when your
four best lipsticks are
almost gone and your finger
is tired from scraping out
the remnants below? Carmindy
suggests combining the
half-used sticks into your
own lip pallet. “Go to the
drug store and purchase a
plastic pill box and dig out
the lipstick that’s left in
the tubes. Then put each
color into a different
little section of the pill
box.” You can mix and match
the colors or even put
Vaseline in one of the
sections to make your own
Tip - Save time and eye
late in the morning? The
best thing you can put on is
white shimmering highlight
powder. “If you highlight
three key places you set of
the planes of your face–you
don’t even need eye shadow,”
says Carmindy. These key
spots are underneath the
eyebrow, on the inside
corner of the eye and on top
of the cheekbone. “It brings
sparkle to the eye; it lifts
up the lid and draws
attention to the top of the
cheekbone.” Now all you need
is a big cup of coffee to
actually feel as awake as
on TLC’s “What Not to Wear”
which airs every Friday at
9:00 p.m. Her new book The
Five Minute Face is
available at amazon.com.
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True or False ... These products have myths that may not be so
mythical. Read on...
There a lot of myths that surrounds the market of an anti-aging
cosmetic product. Many are there because they want to be
believed and many because of the aggressive advertisement
campaigns which claim that these can erase age right off. The
belief that these products are what they claim they are, is so
strong that the market has reached the mark of eight billion
dollars plus and it is steadily growing. The most common of the
products are sun blocks, moisturizers and anti-wrinkle creams.
Myths about sun blocks
This is an anti-aging cosmetic product which
has been acutely misused or rather underused and still is,
despite the changed direction of awareness and publicity. Most
women (though men also started using sun blocks) use it only
when they go to the beach or for a swim at the pool. However,
today with the global warming becoming
acuter every day, sun block should be used every day to prevent
the skin damage caused by UV rays. You will need a minimum SPF
15 (for 96% blocking of sun rays); however an SPF 45 will keep
you totally covered.
Myths about moisturizers
Moisture loss does not happen only when you go
out in the sun. It also happens while you spend time in the air
conditioned environment such as an office, in classrooms, and
even bedrooms. Hence, a moisturizer should be used with or
makeup anywhere you go.
It also should be used for at least four weeks before making a
decision on whether it makes any difference or not. Do not
switch from one type to another too often or the skin will get
irritated instead of moisturized.
Myths about anti-wrinkle cream
Anti-wrinkle cream is the most popular and in
demand anti-aging cosmetic product today. Why? Because it
promises magical results and to be truthful some even deliver.
The best contain anti-oxidants which reverse the skin damage
caused by sun, making the skin visibly brighter and clearer.
The creams which contain Retinol, Vitamin C and Vitamin E are
the most effective. However, once you start applying such creams
you need to keep a regular program over 4-6 weeks in order to
really see the changes. Many get disappointed because they do
not have the patience to wait for so long.
The best thing about the antiaging cosmetic
product market available today is that it uses today's
advancement in technology and
science along with the
rediscovery of the uses and importance of plants and plant
extracts. This is what makes anti-wrinkle creams such a great
combination, though nothing can yet beat the beauty of the
Laser Therapy Treatment (NEW ITEM):
OK, it's official, I'm
middle-aged (ick, don't you just hate that term?) Anyway, I'm
pretty good about taking care of my skin and I was blessed with
finely pored, even-textured fair skin. With that said, I am
definitely seeing the signs of age creep upon me: fine lines,
skin laxity, droopy lids, brown spots, etc. Let's face it, it
pretty much happens to us all.
I've have Thermage (don't bother), Accent (short-lived results),
microdermabrasion (OK, but I can get the same results or better
with a chemical peel at home), glycolic peels (my favorite way
to smooth, brighten and perk up my skin), Botox (yes, I tried it
and like it in very small doses), Restyline (pretty good, sturdy
line filler, some pros and cons). Anyway, you get the idea; I'm
not obsessed by I try to stay on top of things.
Well, I recently moved to Phoenix and felt I was needing some
help. I found a local Dr., made an appointment and thought I'd
get some filler, maybe some Renova, and be on my way. Well, he
sat and listened to me and told me straight out that filler was
not what I needed. He was doing a new treatment and it was
getting great result: the SMARTXIDE DOT THERAPY. I'd never heard
of it, but soon became a full-fledged fan.
I saw his before and afters, even results on his staff in the
office (real people, not some over-the-top promises the
corporate company releases), and I was sold. So I paid my money,
had the treatment and here's what I found:
The laser itself shoots little dots onto your face. It acts
basically what used to be a very intense laser resurfacing
treatment like FRAXEL or CO2 lasers. This treatment works much
the same way, but in a slightly more gentle (meaning much less
recovery time) way. It's not painful, but it sure smarts in
areas. It essentially "burns" the tops layer of skin off your
face. Not a pretty thought, but over a few days (it took me
about 5), you skin gently sloughs off and the skin below is
You actually leave the office with your face plastered in heavy
lotion and little dots all over your skin. Over the next several
days I had to frequently re-apply the cream (like a Vaseline
consistency--real pretty) and stay indoors. Also, I needed to
not only avoid the sun, but bright light of any type or
low-hanging (like pendant lights). I could actually get a
"sunburn" just from bright light inside the house!
I followed direction religiously and after my total recovery (a
couple weeks later), I had another appointment. This time I got
to see my before and after shots and wow! what a difference.
This treatment--and this is my FAVORITE part--actually helps
firm up the skin and boost collagen production and I could
really see it in the pics. My puffy, droopy eyes were firmer and
brighter, my cheeks/jowls were defined and I couldn't believe
it, but I actually had a little bit of a turky wobble starting
under my chin and this totally zapped that!
Bottom line, I cannot say it's right for everyone, but it worked
for me and I would very likely do it again. It's pricey (I paid
$2,000), slightly painful, takes several days to really recover
(about 5-7), but I feel it was well worth it. Especially since
all the Thermage and Accent in the world never seemed to even
come close to these results.
P.S. If you live in the Phoenix area and want to know my Dr.,
just jet me an email!
7 Top Tips for Amazing Foundation
1. For a sheer look, dilute
your foundation with two drops of water for normal skin; toner for
dry skin; Witch Hazel for oily skin. Mix it with your your
foundation before applying.
2. Perfect skin coming right up:
Apply foundation first, then mix a little concealer into your
foundation. Apply this mixture into areas that need more coverage.
Lightly powder. By mixing your concealer and foundation together,
you get the perfect color and perfect coverage every time.
3. Stick foundation: Easy but
too heavy? Just mix the stick foundation with a dot of moisturizer
on the back of your hand.You'll still get the coverage that you
like, without the heavy mask look. Keep it even fresher by applying
only where needed (under the eyes, around the nose, etc.) Spot apply
it just where needed. Set with a touch of loose powder and your look
just went from opaque to sheer.
4. Summer in October? Stay
bronzed and beautiful easily. An easy way is to take your favorite
bronzer stick or liquid, and run a bit over your your fingertips.
Add a bit of moisturizer on top. Blend and apply on your face. The
result is a softer version of your bronzer that works for the fall
and winter months.
5. Mix it up: Try mixing a bit
of your foundation with a little transluscent powder. The powder
soaks up extra oils in the base and creates a matte foundation that
stays on hours longer.
6. Really oily? Apply a light
dusting of loose powder on clean skin before applying foundation. It
helps skin look matte hours longer by giving the powder a chance to
grab oils and shine before breaking through the foundation.
7. Ready for your close-up? Try
this great photography makeup trick. Create perfect-looking skin
that has great coverage, but with a real skin look. Apply your
liquid foundation as normal, but about twice as much as you need.
Then, take a folded tissue and lightly press it into the skin. The
tissue will grab excess oils from the foundation while leaving pure
pigment on the skin. This is perfect for creating a flawless
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