Carrie Bradshaw Quotes Friday, Sep 16 2011 

After all, computers crash, people die, relationships fall apart. The best we can do is breath and reboot.

~ Carrie Bradshaw
Sex & the City



Confessions of a Shopaholic Quotes Friday, Aug 12 2011 

“Darling, when things go wrong in life, you lift your chin, put on a ravishing smile, mix yourself a little cocktail…”

— Sophie Kinsella
Confessions of a Shopaholic


Carrie Bradshaw Quotes Sunday, Aug 7 2011 

Carrie: Maybe I can’t leave New York. I don’t know how I’d do someplace else.
Samantha: Believe me, your fabulousness would translate.

~Carrie Bradshaw
Sex & the City


The Best Ways to Test Makeup—Safely! Saturday, Aug 6 2011 

Here is some helpful tips when you’re shopping for all your beauty goods.

The Best Ways to Test Makeup—Safely…

When I was in junior high, you could find me and my friends cruising the mall makeup counters on most weekends. We’d swoop into department stores and jam our fingers into the cosmetic testers, hoping not to attract the attention of the saleswomen, who might pressure us to actually buy things, or, worse, inform us that teal eyeshadow might perhaps not be the most appropriate look for 13-year-olds. I cringe now thinking about the garish colors I wore, and also how I applied it—with my hands, straight from the grubby testers, without any regards to hygiene.

So, are those in-store testers just kind of icky or can they actually be dangerous? To find out, I asked Elizabeth Brooks, a professor of biological science who ran a Rowan University study on makeup tester germs. Turns out, the news is not good: “More than half of all testers were contaminated, and we found staph, strep and E. coli bacteria from feces,” she says. Not only is that disgusting, but it also means that by trying an eye shadow or lipstick, “you can contract pink eye, infections or even viruses like herpes or hepatitis,” Brooks says. (Herpes, people!) But since we know that no one wants to buy makeup without seeing how it’ll look on, we found out how to do so safely:

Ask the salesperson to prep the tester. For lipstick, he or she should dip it in alcohol, then scrape off the top layer, and use a new, disposable applicator—not his or her finger—or a brush sprayed with alcohol. Since all of the contamination is on the surface layer, sharpening works for lip- or eyeliners. Powders can be just as germy as creams, so you can try bringing your own makeup alcohol wipes to clean them (we like Beauty So Clean Cosmetic Sanitizer Wipes), though Brooks says to make sure you wipe the entire surface of the tester, and that you still have the salesperson scrape it afterward.

Shop on weekdays. Brooks took samples on different days of the week, and Saturdays were the most contaminated days, presumably since there are more mall shoppers on weekends. The least-germy batches were Friday morning and Wednesday morning, since the nights before tend to be low-traffic.

Quit the pot. Don’t try anything that comes in an open jar people dip a finger into, such as lotion, lip gloss or loose eye shadow, because then the contamination isn’t just on the top layer—it’s throughout, so there’s no way to clean it, says Brooks.

Get cheeky. It’s fine to apply foundation, blush, or any other products to the back of your hand, cheek or jawline, since “the worst thing you could catch is a zit,” says Brooks. But unless you know you’re getting a clean sample, avoid applying testers to your eyes or lips, which are direct entry points for germs and can lead to infections and viruses.

–Sarah Wexler, Writer

Do you think about germs when you try on makeup? Will you follow these tips after hearing the kinda gross results?

Photo: Thinkstock
by Allure


Can A Miracle Foot Cream Cure Your High Heel Woes? Friday, Aug 5 2011 

This is so weird, I was just thinking to myself the other day when I read in People magazine how Kim Kardashian was photographed with 6″ heels. I mean all these stars and women running around in the 3″-6″ heels and never seem to be in aches and pain even after a few hours. I really just wanted to write them and ask is there some magic lotion or shoe insert to alleviate the pain? Because as I am a short girl 5’2, I always wear heels but after an hour my feet are throbbing with pain and I just want to walk barefoot no matter the cost.
So I come across this article and I am going to try this product out, I need to wear all my pretty heels an boots but without the pain. I will let you know if
this actually works….

Can A Miracle Foot Cream Cure Your High Heel Woes? We Put Topricin To The Test
Thursday, 08/ 4/2011 12:06 PM
It was one of the most promising press releases to ever make its way to my inbox: “Prevent perils of wearing high heels with Topricin Foot Therapy Cream,” the subject line read, and inside, it promised that this miracle product would save my throbbing tootsies from the torture I regularly inflict on myself with four-plus-inch heels. There was only one way to find out if the stuff actually worked…

Here’s the claim the Topricin folks made: The medicated cream “targets ankle and foot pain and contains eleven regulated homeopathic biomedicines medicines that naturally support and assist the body by helping the subcutaneous skin layers of the feet to drain toxins and excess fluids from the tissues which increases blood flow and helps heal the damage that is causing the pain. Apply Topricin Foot Therapy Cream to feet before strutting out in heels to help reduce pain and injury, as well as after wearing heels to relieve any burning, throbbing nerve pain in the feet. As an added plus, Topricin Foot Therapy Cream treats dry, cracked skin of the feet.”

I needed a translation, so I rang up Dr. Suzanne Levine, a prominent podiatrist in Manhattan, and asked her to describe the product in a bit more detail. She had her doubts about its effectiveness: “It’s essentially a counter-irritant,” she told me. “While that helps with pain a bit, I don’t think it has the absorption you’d need for it to really make a difference. When you’re trying to get absorption on the bottom of the foot, where the skin is very thick and callused, you need an agent to facilitate that, which this doesn’t seem to have. Like with all homeopathics, the amount of the ingredient is miniscule. If you were to soak in hot water first, it may open up the pores a bit and that could help, but I wouldn’t call it a miracle treatment.”

Lou Paradise, founder and chief of research at Topical BioMedics, which created Topricin, begged to differ. He said that “the molecular size of the medicines in the product go through the skin barrier to the underlying soft tissue where the pain originates.”

Eternal optimist that I am, I slathered my feet in Topricin, strapped on my most torturous pair of Christian Louboutins, and headed out to the NYC streets. This particular pair were what I call “taxi shoes”–walking from the curb to the club and back is about all I can handle in ’em–and after about six blocks, I was feeling the usual burn. But after a few minutes, the sharp pain I usually get from the same shoes kind of subsided into a duller, slightly more tolerable feeling. I lasted through all of my evening work events, about three hours in total, before I made it through my front door in my usual about-to-collapse state of foot numbness.

I went for round two, first soaking my feet in hot water, as Dr. Levine recommended, then giving myself a foot massage with another dose of Topricin (since it’s homeopathic, there is no limit to how many applications you can use or what other medications it can be used in conjunction with). Truth be told, the soreness that usually lasts until I wake up the next morning started to dissipate pretty quickly. Of course, as Dr. Levine tells it, “It’s hard to judge how effective any product like this is, because pain is so subjective. The active ingredient in most homeopathic products is water, but of course there is always that mental thing where if you think you’re using something to relieve your pain, maybe some of it really does go away.”

So my relief was quite possibly in my head, which was totally fine with me, because, well, it was still relief. I’ve never been one of those crystal-carrying, wheatgrass juice-drinking kind of believers, but in this case, if it lets me wear my stilettos with a little less pain, I guess I can be!

Score your own tube now at their website, then tell us…what do you think? Have you ever tried Topricin or any other topical pain relievers to make wearing high heels seem a little less stressful? How do you cope with foot pain when you’re in your most painful shoes? And do you believe in homeopathic cures like this? Discuss!

by Tracey Lomrantz


Carrie Bradshaw Quotes Friday, Aug 5 2011 

Carrie: I do not pick the wrong guys. They pick me.
Miranda: So what, you’re like a flystrip for dysfunctional men?
Carrie: Yeah, but one of those really pretty floral scented ones

~Sex & the City


The Sweetest Thing Quotes Thursday, Aug 4 2011 

I love this movie!

Courtney -i never laughed so hard in all my life. I flew accross that bathroom so fast, and you got fucked in the eye. I cant beleive you dont no what a glory whole is!
Christina -well, unlike my WHORE friend Courtney Rockliffe i dont spend much time in mens public could at least show some compassion.

~Sweetest Thing


Confessions of a Shopaholic Quotes Tuesday, Aug 2 2011 

This is one of my favorite movies and then I started to read all the books by Sophie Kinsella. This is a quote that I totally believe in….

“I love new clothes. If everyone could just wear new clothes everyday, I reckon depression wouldn’t exist anymore.”

— Sophie Kinsella (Confessions of a Shopaholic)


Carrie Bradshaw Quote Thursday, Jul 7 2011 

Aidan: Don’t take this the wrong way but this place could use a little work.
Carrie: I know, but I can’t afford it.
Aidan: You’ve got eight thousand bucks’ worth of shoes over there.
Carrie: I needed those!

Carrie Bradshaw
Sex & the City


10 New Sexy (and Speedy) Makeup Looks Sexing up your look takes more than a red lip stain and tousled hair (but that’s a good place to start). It also takes restraint, grace, and the ineffable ability to make it look like you didn’t fuss for hours over every last detail. In that spirit, we offer you our favorite sexy new looks that actually only take about 30 seconds to create. Monday, Jul 4 2011 

Natural Moisturized Lips
Sex kittens the world over swear by this one: Apply a lipstick that matches your natural lip color, then make your mouth superglossy by coating it in clear balm or gloss. (We love Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15.)

Glowing Skin
If you’re wearing anything cut up to here or down to there, you can’t neglect your arms, decolleté, and legs. A good body lube, like Kiehl’s Superbly Restorative Argan Dry Oil, will make the skin look smooth, dewy, and that most tantalizing of adjectives, supple.

Metallic Lids
It takes a certain kind of woman—specifically, the smoking hot kind—to get away with eyelids dripping in rich gold shadow. Don’t wimp out with safe bronze or pale copper—try pure gold, like Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner in Busy Signal, smeared on from the lashes to the crease.

Warm Cheeks
Nothing says corn-fed, golly-gee sweetness like naturally blushing cheeks. And since you can absolutely fake that kind of Lolita glow, there’s rosy cream blush. Rub it on the apples of your cheeks and let the hair twirling begin. (Our favorite: Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in Pink Truffle.)

Lived-in Eyeliner
Smoky eyeliner always makes the sexy list for two reasons: 1) It makes people think of sex and 2) we forget the second one. The trick is to take a black pencil, cream liner, and powder shadow and go to town around the eyes—trace the lashes with the pencil and cream liner, smudge the lines gently with a brush or cotton swab, and then swipe black cream and powder shadows from the lids to the crease, brusquely blending as you go.

Warm Skin
To gives skin a warm, sunny glow, try St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse—it doesn’t streak, and thanks to its Aromaguard technology, it doesn’t stink, either.
Dramatic Winged Liner
In the interest of full disclosure, this does take more than 30 seconds, but not much. And once you have winged eyeliner in place, no one will notice your other makeup anyway. Line the top and bottom lashes with black liquid liner, then flip the upper line out slightly at the outer corners (a credit card is good for making the wing straight). Try Shiseido The Makeup Fine Eyeliner.

Violet Eyes
Your neutral greige shadow will not exactly leave the opposite sex panting. Kick up the intrigue level with a shimmery purple shade applied from the lash line to the crease, then line the upper lid with deep violet liquid liner—a look inspired by one of the sexiest shows we’ve seen to date, Versace spring 2010. (We love Sonia Kashuk Enhance Eye Shadow in Purple Velvet and Almay Intense i-Color Liquid Liner in Purple Amethyst.)


Marie Claire

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