Sex and the City Quotes Thursday, Mar 21 2013 


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“When you’re young, your whole life is about the pursuit of fun. Then, you grow up and learn to be cautious. You could break a bone or a heart. You look before you leap and sometimes you don’t leap at all because there’s not always someone there to catch you. And in life, there’s no safety net. When did it stop being fun and start being scary?”

~Carrie Bradshaw
Sex and the City

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A Happy Closet makes me a Happy Girl Thursday, Mar 21 2013 


Vector-girl-fashion-perfume_1440x900Well, it’s that time of the year…it’s Spring! Time for bunnies, beaches, and bikinis, also gym time. It is time to polish those toes and tan those legs. I love transforming my closet for this season. Getting rid of the sweaters and boots, making room for flirty skirts and sandals. All the colors of the rainbow in stock from every store and accessories boutique. Oh, how I missed you pretty florals and ruffles, to the eyelets and lace in my wardrobe. I will admit I’m a control freak when it comes to organizing my wardrobe and accessories. I have a closet that has sections to where I can separate my blouses, skirts, and dresses, all color coordinated. Now, this is an all day season transition. So be prepared: turn on some Sex and the City episodes, pour a mimosa, and make a day of it. Here are a couple of ideas to make this an easy transition:
•make a list of staple items you need to complete your Spring wardrobe.
•try on every item, sort out articles that need cleaning, donate, or trash.
•color coordinate your wardrobe that way it’s easier to see what you have on hand.
•separate your coordinates : blouses, pants, skirts, and dresses. Gives you a better idea on how to plan your outfit of the day.
•rule of thumb: if you haven’t worn it in the last year or it doesn’t fit, discard it. It just means more room for new pieces.
•don’t forget those shoes, boots, and sandals. Any scuffs use a shoe polish, get a credible shoe repair to repair any caps, heels, or repairs. Any damage to shoes that cannot be salvaged, donate! Always look polished from head to toe…
•Accessories include handbags, scarves, and hats. Inspect all items to keep or discard.
•jewelry should be cleaned and repair if needed, discard any pieces broken if need be.
•I am a big fan of donating all my items to a women’s shelter or good will.
Lastly, not sure to what to do with pieces of clothing and accessories…have a swap party. You heard me, invite our girlfriends over with their items to swap out, chill some wine, prepare some finger foods and dessert. Set out all of you and girlfriends goodies and swap out your items. You never know what you may not love anymore could be a girlfriend’s most beloved.
Happy Springtime…
xoxo,
Nolagirlscocial

Carrie Bradshaw Quotes Thursday, May 24 2012 


Don’t I know about buying the preggo test, actually bought three just to be sure…

Carrie (Purchasing a pregnancy test): Which kind do I get?
Miranda: Here. This one’s on sale — half-off.
Carrie: I just spent $395 on a pair of open-toed Guccis last week. This is not the place to be frugal.

~Carrie Bradshaw
Sex & the City

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Jerseylicious Quotes Wednesday, May 23 2012 


Oh Gigi…

I think that Frankie’s different when his hair isn’t done. When he doesn’t have gel in his hair, he’s sensitive. And when he does have gel in his hair he’s very tough and masculine. He’s like Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde – Gigi

~Jerseylicious

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10 beauty disasters Tuesday, May 22 2012 


Okay, ladies and gents, we are all guilty of a few beauty disasters and hopefully these tricks of the trade will help you with a few solutions to those “OMG” moments.
I can recall my first time doing my tease to the bangs (hey, it was the 80’s) and used my hairspray to keep in place. Only to notice, it wasn’t hairspray but nail polish fast dry spray in my perfectly teased bangs. Needless to say make sure you look at the can or bottle when applying to your facial or hairline.

10 beauty disasters
And pro advice for how to resolve them.
By Fiorella Valdesolo
Getty Images

•The Unexpected Zit
We’ve all been there: Go to bed with a clear complexion, wake up with blemishes.

SHRINK AND DESTROY “Gently press an ice cube over the pimple to reduce inflammation, then try a spot treatment with benzoyl peroxide to dry it out and kill bacteria,” says dermatologist Dr. Sapna Westley. Or crush an aspirin tablet (it contains salicylic acid) into a paste with water and dab on.

GET HIGH TECH The latest fix? At-home LED devices like Tanda Clear+ ($195) that use blue light and sonic vibration to kill acne-causing bacteria.

SQUEEZE IF YOU MUST Dermatologist Dr. Amy Wechsler insists that you at least avoid using your hands to do the deed. “Apply a warm compress for five to 10 minutes, then take two Q-tips and use gentle, even pressure,” she says. “Then dab dry and apply a little antibiotic ointment.”

•Derm Visit Side Effects
While basic cosmetic derm treatments like lasers and Botox and other injectables can be quick, easy, and, for the most part, painless, the telltale bruising and redness–which can last for a few days after–isn’t exactly a pretty sight.

TAKE ARNICA Dr. Anne Chapas, director of Union Square Laser Dermatology in New York City, recommends her patients take the supplement orally (before the treatment) and apply it topically (after) to reduce bruising.

CAMOUFLAGE Use a foundation with yellow undertones to address redness or discoloration until it fades.

ZAP IT Patients who demand a quick fix can slip in for a V-Beam laser treatment. “Just two millisecond zaps breaks up the bruise in 24 hours,” Chapas explains.

•Blotchy Self-Tanner
Nothing takes away from a golden glow quite like a streak or splotch.

PREVENTION IS KEY Exfoliate first to create an even plane for the bronzer to adhere to; moisturize thoroughly, concentrating on dry patches like elbows and knees; apply bronzer with a mitt for the most even results; wait until it’s dry; and change into loose cotton clothing.

ERASE MISTAKES Bronzing expert and aesthetician Nichola Joss recommends investing in a bottle of St. Tropez’s Tan Detox to remove blotchiness. “It’s a bath oil with lavender, lemon, and hazelnut oils,” says Joss. “Soak in it and massage your skin in a circular motion with an exfoliating cloth to help remove buildup.” Then steer clear of self-tanner for at least 12 hours.

•Broken or Chipped Nail
One fallout of daily computer duty: a shortened manicure life.

DAMAGE CONTROL At the first sign of a break, Creative Nail Design pro Roxanne Valinoti advises clipping or filing to the broken point if possible. “If it is a low tear, ‘patch it’ with a few coats of polish, followed by a topcoat,” she says. “If you don’t have polish at your disposal, anchor the nail for the time being with a clear piece of Scotch Tape.”

BUFF IT If polish chips post-mani, Valinoti suggests gently buffing out the nick, then filling in with a thin coat of the same color.

STRENGTH-TRAIN Because brittle nails tend to split more easily, applying a nourishing product, like CND’s SolarOil ($12), daily will add flexibility and prevent breakage. And to avoid future mishaps, beauty insiders swear by the company’s Shellac gel manicure, which resists chipping for two weeks.

•Serious Sunburn
Your fresh-from-the-island glow has morphed into a lobster-like burn.

CHILL OUT Take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory like aspirin or ibuprofen, apply a cool compress soaked in equal parts milk and water, and dab on a 1 percent hydrocortisone cream to calm inflammation fast, advises NYC dermatologist Dr. Heidi Waldorf.

COVER UP If staying locked up for a few days isn’t an option–say you’ve got an event to attend or, even more distressing, a job interview–celebrity makeup artist Andrew Sotomayor suggests camouflaging redness with a creamy, yellow-based liquid concealer to help minimize the look of dry, peeling skin. Just “moisturize like crazy” before you apply, says Miami-based derm Dr. Joely Kaufman-Janette, who also recommends using a green-tinted primer.

•Greasy Hair
For some, a blowout can endure nearly a week without any greasiness surfacing; others can’t count themselves so lucky.

SHAMPOO SMARTER “Concentrate the shampoo at the roots, behind the ears, and at the nape of the neck where there is the most oil production so it doesn’t bleed through the hair,” explains hairstylist Rodney Cutler. “Massage with the balls of your fingers in a circular motion, but don’t use nails because it will create breakage at the roots.”

DRY OUT When oil makes a midday appearance, flip hair upside down and generously douse it at the roots with a dry shampoo. “Another option to try is witch hazel on a cotton pad tapped onto your scalp,” adds celebrity stylist Jenny Cho.

GO WITH IT Stylist Theodore Leaf suggests embracing the oil. “Create a deep side part and pull into a tight, low ponytail, then use hairspray [like Suave Professionals Touchable Finish Extra Hold Hairspray, $3] to clean up flyaways and make it shine,” he says

•Noticeable Sweating
Generally, the tendency toward excessive sweating (aka hyperhidrosis) is an inherited trait, but it can also come on suddenly.

SWITCH YOUR DEODORANT Start using an over-the-counter, clinical-strength antiperspirant twice a day.

SEE AN M.D. “A doctor can prescribe a pill to reduce sweating [Robinul, an anticholinergic] to be taken daily or before a big event,” says Westley. “She can also make sure there is no issue with your thyroid, other hormonal conditions, or diabetes.”

CONSIDER BOTOX “Injections can make a big difference for underarms, palms, and soles, reducing sweating by 75 percent, with results lasting up to six months.”

•Crooked or Too-Short Bangs
A bit overzealous with the shears during your DIY trim?

HIDE THE EVIDENCE “Try pulling from a farther-back section to cover up the too-short bangs and, depending on the length, sweep them to the side or braid in short pieces with longer hair to mask the problem,” advises Bumble and Bumble stylist Roz Murray.

SWITCH YOUR PART If bangs are uneven, this move will camouflage your mistake.

GET ANOTHER CHOP Cutler suggests you simply trim the rest of your hair to match. “If the fringe is crooked, make the rest of the hair layered and choppy,” he says. “Then the bangs will match.”

•Overplucked Brow
Bringing arches back from dangerously thin territory requires a two-step approach.

REBUILD The latest generation of brow-enhancing serums can help with regrowth: Anastasia’s Brown Enhancing Serum Advanced ($45) uses a peptide formula that, according to the brow guru herself, strengthens sparse brows and prevents fallout.

FAKE IT Soul Lee, grooming specialist at Manhattan’s Spa 1851, suggests filling in with a shadow for extra control of color and blendability–find one that matches your brow color or is one shade lighter, never darker. “Brush the brow with a clean mascara wand to expose the line, then begin filling in with light, short strokes and spread color evenly,” says Lee. “Finish with clear mascara.”

•Under-Eye Circles
Sometimes it’s not just late nights that are to blame: Eye-rubbing, allergies, and genetics can also be culprits.

TRY AN ANTIHISTAMINE “The release of histamine induces edema under the eye and dark circles,” explains derm Dr. Zoe Draelos. “An over-the-counter medication such as cetirizine may reduce them.”

APPLY “WAKE-UP MAKEUP” Celeb makeup artist Kara Yoshimoto Bua advises hydrating the area with a non-oily cream (try Chanel Ultra Correction Lift Total Eye Lift, $100). “Use lightweight, pigmented foundation to cover inside along the bridge of the nose and under eyes, blending out to cheeks,” says Yoshimoto Bua. “Then use a highlighter on darker areas under bags and blend by dotting with ring finger. For very dark areas, use a more pigmented concealer and dot and blend again.”

GET PROFESSIONAL HELP “Sometimes there is an indentation in the tear trough area under the eye, and a dermatologist can inject Restylane filler to help,” says Wechsler.

Carrie Bradshaw Quotes Tuesday, May 22 2012 



Carrie: No matter who broke your heart, or how long it takes to heal, you’ll never get through it without your friends

~Carrie Bradshaw
Sex & the City

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Karen Walker Quotes Monday, May 21 2012 


Love this woman…

Karen:Honey, youre simple, youre shallow, and youre a common whore, thats why were soul mates!
Jack:Kare, youre my best friend in the whole world!

~Karen Walker
Will & Grace

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How You Should Really Wash Your Face Friday, May 18 2012 


As you all know I’m a beauty product whore, the more the merrier I say. Men never understand our beauty rituals but if you educate them on this subject, he will be part of the beauty phase as long as its labeled “For Men Products”. This is so true, my ex boyfriend would watch me with my lotions and potions to a cleaner face, younger skin, and make up application. He would ask why do I go through all this, does it really help your skin. Well, the answer is YES, to all questions, I have never washed my face with a bar of soap nor have I not gone a day without applying moisturizer to my face under my make up.
The basics to all this is to always begin with a clean face (when you prepare and taste food have a clean pallet or paint a portrait use a clean sketch) here are some tips for cleansing your pretty face.

How You Should Really Wash Your Face

When it comes to facial cleansing, there are two schools of thought: old-fashioned soap-and-water or every-bell-and-whistle-at-the-beauty-counter. Turns out, neither is right.
By Gina Way
Marie Claire June 2012

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Most of us assume that cleansing is a task so basic it can be accomplished even when you’re completely exhausted or slightly tipsy — which, of course, it can. But with all the latest options (lotions, milks, foaming mousses, oils, wipes, motorized brushes) and antiaging ingredients to consider, there’s a lot more to it than soap and water, says Dr. Doris Day, NYC dermatologist and author of Forget the Facelift. “With so many sophisticated, gentle cleansers that won’t strip the skin, using the right one allows moisturizing and antiaging products to absorb more effectively.” Clearly, an old-school splash and scrub won’t do. Here, the new rules for getting your freshest face.

Myth 1: WASH AND GO It’s more of a two-step process. “Remove your makeup before you wash your face,” says Montclair, New Jersey, derm Dr. Jeanine Downie. “Many cleansers can’t take off concealer or foundation completely, especially around the eyes and nose.” Use an oil-based cream, an emollient wipe, or a cleansing oil to dissolve stubborn sunscreen and makeup. Follow with lukewarm water and a dime-size amount of cleanser (look for the ingredients cocamidopropyl betaine or caprylic triglyceride, which are sulfate-free surfactants) on your fingers or a clean, damp washcloth. Rinse and dry with a soft paper towel if you’re acne-prone.

Myth 2: WASH TWICE A DAY While the jury is still out on how often to cleanse (every a.m. and p.m. or just once at night), all derms agree that over-washing can lead to irritation and a lack of moisture. The rule is to use common sense: Always wash your face after a workout to prevent breakouts, and wash excessively oily skin morning and night. For very dry or sensitive skin, stick to cleansing once daily in the evening.

Myth 3: CLOSE YOUR PORES Sorry, folks, but you can skip rituals like massaging your face to increase circulation or splashing with cold water to “close” your pores. “Pores don’t open and close,” says Downie. In fact, extreme hot or cold can exacerbate problems like rosacea and redness. That said, mild steam can help soften hardened oil in pores, so it’s never a bad idea to cleanse in the shower. And “while it feels nice, massage doesn’t do much,” adds Downie. “Exercise is what boosts your circulation.”

Myth 4: BUY CLEANSER ACCORDING TO SKIN TYPE No matter what kind of skin you have, make sure the ingredients list doesn’t contain fragrance, which can be irritating; parabens (potentially toxic preservatives); or harsh soap (it’s drying). “If a cleanser fits that bill, the formula itself [cream, lotion, foaming, etc.] is more a matter of personal preference,” says NYC dermatologist Dr. Brad Katchen. Of course, people with dry skin may prefer formulas with added moisturizers, like glycerin or shea butter. And “if you have oily skin, you might want a foaming wash that leaves skin feeling superclean,” says Day.

Myth 5: SCRUB TO EXFOLIATE AND SMOOTHA salicylic- or glycolic-acid cleanser is gentler and more effective than grainy scrubs, and both offer antiaging benefits and help prevent breakouts. Alternate with your regular wash (start with three times a week), and adjust depending on how your skin is looking and feeling.

Myth 6: USE TONER “An alcohol-based toner strips off natural oils,” explains Day. Not good. “Gentle toners calm the skin and balance pH levels, but with the right cleanser, you don’t really need this step.” Love the feeling anyway? Choose gentle, alcohol-free versions.

Myth 7: BRUSH YOUR SKIN TO A GLOW EVERY DAY “A brush removes oil, dirt, and dead skin better than your hands can, and it’s less aggressive than most exfoliating cleansers or scrubs,” says Day. “But it’s not something you have to use every night, especially if you’re also applying ingredients like retinoids or acids. Too much exfoliation can cause inflammation.” Basically: Use, but use sparingly. (Right now we’re obses-sed with Clarisonic’s new acne-cleansing brush head, below.) To keep your brush bacteria-free, rinse and air-dry after use. Oh, and hey, clean freak, like you do with your Brita, replace the brush head every three months.

Myth 8: SPEND A FORTUNE Save your pricier ingredients, like retinol or antioxidants, for leave-on products instead of washing them down the drain. “They’re most effective when they stay concentrated on the skin,” says Katchen.

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Karen Walker Quotes Friday, May 18 2012 


This woman is my idol, she is everything I want!

I haven’t felt this emotionally raw and exposed since Penthouse published those photos of me and Vanessa Williams.

~Karen Walker
Will & Grace

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8 Do’s and Don’ts of At-Home Waxing Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow Thursday, May 17 2012 


8 Do’s and Don’ts of At-Home Waxing
Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

By Diana Vilibert
Marie Claire June 2012

PHOTO CREDIT: KATJA GOVORUSHCHENK

Skip the salon for your monthly wax and save some cash for a new bikini with an at-home wax kit. We asked VEET Esthetician Anna Stankiewicz for her insider tips on baring all:

1. DO start with legs if you’ve never given yourself a wax before—you’ll have a good view of what your doing, and the skin is a little tougher, decreasing the odds that you fall off the edge of the bathtub in pain after pulling off the first wax strip.

2. DON’T attempt a Brazilian wax by yourself—you won’t be able to see what you’re doing as well as a professional, and an obstructed view and hot wax are not a good combination.

3. DO apply tooth numbing cream in the area you plan to wax about half an hour prior to your session. It will temporarily numb the skin, making the experience a little less painful.

4. DON’T moisturize right before the wax.

5. DO soak up moisture with baby powder, which will allow the wax to adhere to your hair better.

6. DON’T pull at the hair every which way. Make sure you’re pulling the wax strip against the grain of hair growth.

7. DO exfoliate and moisturize after waxing to smooth skin and to remove any wax residue.

8. DON’T go over the same area more than three times–you will irritate the skin and increase your odds of ingrown hairs.

Ready to go bare? Try these…
VEET Salon Line Ready to Use Wax Strips
NAIR Salon Divine Body Wax Kit
SALLY HANSEN Express Wax Hair Removal Kit For Face & Body

Read more: How To Wax – At-Home Wax Tips – DIY Waxing – Marie Claire

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