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.

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How to Read His Beach Body Language Tuesday, May 22 2012 


I’m a big people watcher, especially at the beach. I mean it’s a classic form of entertainment watching complete strangers setting up camp, wondering “why in the hell would you choose to wear that article of clothing”, or the watching the group of hot boys not to far from you play in the sand.
I’ve always wondered what is he thinking as he’s all muscled out, walking with his friends, or with a girlfriend applying sunblock on her back. Well, if you’re interested check this out…

How to Read His Beach Body Language

Body language experts say that guys are way flirtier at the beach. (Hello, that’s what your slammin’ body on display does to a dude.) His actions can tell you a ton about his hook-up potential and availability, so here’s a guide to the sand and surf behavior that screams “I Want You.”
By Brittany Talarico
Cosmopolitan June 2012

•He Strolls the Beach With a Bouncy Step
If you spot a hottie walking back and forth near your chair or towel with some pep in his step, pay attention. “A lively stroll conveys confidence and interest,” says body language expert Lillian Glass, PhD. He’s showing himself off for you, and it’s an early clue that he wants you to notice him.

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•His Toes Are in the Sand…Pointed At You
“Even if his eyes and head are focused somewhere else, if his feet are directed your way and dig into the sand, he’s planted himself next to you to show interest,” explains Glass. Same goes for his upper body: If he positions his chest and shoulders at you, even if he’s looking at someone else, he’s still set his sights on you.

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•He Plays With
His Board Shorts
When a guy grabs at the clothing around his waist, he’s subconsciously trying to draw your attention to his package. So if you see him pulling at the drawstring on his trunks or fiddling with the waistband, steamy thoughts are most likely running through his head. Thing is, this can also be a sign that he’s immature—he’s thinking only about sex, not getting to know you, adds Glass.

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•He Stands Above You
“This is a power stance and he’s trying to dominate and show sexual attraction,” says Glass. Check how far apart his legs are too: If his stance is wide and his pelvis is facing you, then yowza—he’s really hot for you.

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•He Splashes Around Solo
Uh-oh, beware this beach behavior. “It’s a childish, immature move; he’s jumping around in the water to try to get your attention when he should be spending more time connecting face to face or inviting you in for a dip with him,” says Glass.

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•He Touches Your Bare Arm
Sure it’s hard for a guy to resist touching the sexy skin revealed by your bikini, but grazing your arm is a tip-off that he’s feeling a serious connection. Where he touches you tells you what he has in mind. “If he touches your shoulder, it indicates friendship,” says Glass. “Anywhere below that suggests he’s sexually attracted to you and very interested.”

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•He Takes Off His Sunglasses
He may as well just get down on one knee right along the shoreline. Kidding! But if a guy removes his sunnies and engages in direct eye contact while chatting with you, he’s displayng real interest and is looking for more than just a happy hour companion.

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Fun in the Sun, maybe… Tuesday, May 22 2012 


Well, it’s Memorial Day Weekend coming up, which means its beach time. I love the beach, it’s one of the things that I miss the most living in Florida. I had my car always prepared in case I wanted some relaxation for a few hours on the beach. Now, being that I’m not quite ready for my body to be in a cute bathing suit or have my tan on, I will make the most of it by saying F it. I made my appointment to get my spray tan (trust me my days in the tanning beds are long done) and will then shop for a bathing suit that won’t make me throw up when I see it on myself. This of course is the reason I need the spray tan first, because a tan body looks better than a white fat body.
I am on the right track as far as trying to slim down, gave up the fast food, no sodas, and allowing a skim latte 3 times a week. I’ve been bringing my lunch to work and counting my calories, my clothes are fitting better but, still not noticing a difference on the scale. My doctors appointment yesterday really pissed me off, because as you know I had several surgeries on my back late last year. As of the last few weeks I’ve been experiencing some of the pain and spasms in my back like before, so for my doctor just to give me a few prescriptions of pain pills and suggest working out isn’t an option just of yet. So hello gallon of water I’ll be drinking everyday. And I will be on the beach, I may not be my slim self yet but as long as my boobs look good, have a pretty tan, and a drink in my hand I will be happy! So, forget what everybody is thinking, if they are making me of you part if their thoughts it’s better than not being thought of as well. Tired of the over critical thoughts and opinions a person has to say about another even when they don’t know the obstacles they have had to overcome just to get to the “beach”. Hell, a year ago I was bedridden and miserable in pain, I couldn’t even walk from my car to the front door of my apartment. If this is just a minor setback I’m okay with this but refuse to let this interfere with my life again. I want to celebrate my summer on the beach, have a hell of a 41st birthday party, and to find a way to suck the fat out of me without crying!
For those going out of town this weekend, be careful but have fun in the sun!
xoxo

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

J. Muckle/Studio D
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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9 ways to impress your man… Friday, May 18 2012 


9 Ways to Impress Your Man

It’s not easy to think of ways to make your boyfriend feel special (flowers just aren’t going to cut it). But a recent study from Florida State University found it’s crucial to let him know you care in order keep your bond solid. Go with these gestures—they’ll let him know just how lucky you feel to be his girl.
By Brittany Talarico
Cosmopolitan June 2012

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Fix Him Dinner in Your Sexiest Bottoms
Not only will he dig the meal you’ve put together for him, he won’t be able to take his eyes off your butt as you bend down to open the oven and reach for ingredients in the back of the fridge.

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Draw Him a Steamy Bath
The next time he’s super stressed, fill the tub with hot water and offer to hop in and massage his tense muscles. Skip the candles and bubbles—they’re not dude-friendly—but set up some of his favorite slow jams to help him chill.

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Say “Thanks”
A recent study found that acknowledging small acts of generosity strengthens your relationship. Reason enough to tell him you appreciate his fixing your PC, replacing lightbulbs, killing spiders, and all the other tasks guys take on for us.

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Initiate a Surprise Smooch
Next time you’re sitting together close—say you’re catching a rerun of The Office or he’s showing you a funny viral video—plant one on his cheek or forehead. An unexpected kiss will make him feel so desired and so close to you.

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Pack His Lunch
Send him off to work with a brown bag containing his favorite sandwich, snack, and dessert. Add a sweet (or naughty) note for him to discover when he takes his lunch break, and he’ll feel like a king.

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Stock His Kitchen
Before a big game, fill his fridge and pantry with beer, soda, microwavable pizza, and other man-friendly grub he can easily grab when he’s glued to the screen.

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Give Him Man-Time
Bro-bonding time is ridiculously important to guys, and not coming off as controlling or clingy whenver he wants to meet up with them will impress the hell out of him…and maybe make him want to cut the night short to come back to you.

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Make a Spotify Playlist
Compile all his favorite tunes on one go-to playlist, incorporating some 90s hits you know were on constant repeat during his high school days. It’ll show him you that you get his taste…including his goofy nostalgic love for Mmmbop.

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Plan a Cool Outing
Skip the dinner and a movie thing and surprise him with an adernaline-pumping date, like a visit to a rock-climbing gym or amusement park. Guys love being active, and the rush he’ll get will make him feel super close to you.

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Life Quote Friday, May 18 2012 


This is what I’m looking for in a man….

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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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