Eight Hour Cream is a cult beauty product created in 1930 by Elizabeth Arden to soothe, restore, and calm chapped, dry skin. With key ingredients like petrolaturm (one of the original beta-hydroxys) and Vitamin E, the legendary cream was so effective Miss Arden even applied it to her thoroughbred horses’ legs.
Today, this skincare classic is still a popular choice for moisturizing dry skin and providing anti-inflammatory benefits. But now you can enjoy the award-winning formula in a lip protectant stick encased in a limited edition vintage 1960′s lipstick holder. With a light, yet super-emollient formula, the lip balm also protects against sun damage with an SPF 15 sunscreen.
Perfect for chapped and cracked lips, take this stylish lip protectant along with you and your lips will feel soft, supple, and ready for the swinging 60s.
Fans of the 80′s can also get an Eight Hour Cream Vintage 1980′s Lip Protectant Stick reminiscent of the early Madonna days.
Heel cushions help prevent blisters
Now that it’s boot season, your feet are about to take a beating as you stomp around in the snow. Help is on the way with Foot Petals’ line of foot care and comfort products.
Heavenly Heelz are multi-functional cushions that make the transition from summer flip flops to winter boots super easy. Not only do they protect against heel blisters, you can also insert Heavenly Heelz in the inside top of your boot to ease friction or help with sizing.
Made of Poron, a light but dense foam fabric, Heavenly Heelz provide all day comfort while keeping your boots in place. Just place the sticky side of the cushion in an uncomfortable area, and your boots are made for walking.
Available in black, rose, buttercup, and silver rose, Heavenly Heelz will have you stepping out in style whether you’re wearing Prada slouch ankle boots or Nine West thigh highs with a laced tassel design.
Use Avocado Oil as a Moisturizer
A favorite of celebrity facialists, avocado oil is a secret weapon that helps to reduce skin inflammation and hydrate skin.
A new fundraiser ad for a Canadian breast cancer charity, Rethink Breast Cancer, is causing controversy but may lead to more discussion about the disease.
The ad campaign called “Save the Boobs” shows up-close shots of a woman in a bikini as passerbys stare. The tagline reads: “You know you like them. Now it’s time to save the boobs. Booby Ball October 2nd.”
One website showing the ad has had almost half-a-million hits, but some people are criticizing the ad as being too racy. The woman in the ad is Aliya-Jasmine Sovani, who conceived, wrote, and helped to produce it entirely with volunteers. The MTV Canada host says she has nothing to apologize for and, as more people talk about breast cancer, good or bad, at least they’re talking about it.
Click here to watch the ad (note that a YouTube warning is displayed indicating that content may be inappropriate for some users).
Find out here how you can help Rethink Breast Cancer.
Breakthrough Lash Lengthener
Are you tired of clumpy lashes and middle of the day rings around the eyes? It could be time to try another kind of eyelash product. How about a conditioning boost for your lashes that increases them to twice their original size?
Cargo Cosmetics recently unveiled LashActivator™, a nourishing combination of ingredients that promises to visibly increase the appearance of lash length and fullness in just 30 days.
Sound too good to be true? Many lash lusting ladies swear by the formula that contains marine algae extracts to increase lash density and citrus-derived flavonoid to promote micro-circulation for optimal growth. Peptide-Biotin complex also delays lash loss.
With deep black pigmentation, you can wear the primer as a mascara if you’re looking for a more natural look. For glossy rich coverage, apply LashActivator before using your favorite mascara (be sure to let it dry well) and wait for the magic to happen.
Two Shade Concealer System
You’re never too old to get blemishes, but now there’s a secret weapon for covering up nasty red spots and other skin imperfections.
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage is a two-shade system with one shade to match your skin’s depth of color and one to match your skin’s undertone. With two shades that you can custom blend, you’ll be able to cover up just about everything from acne to red spots to dark circles.
The best way to apply this color is with a thin concealer brush using a warming technique to start. After applying foundation, use the brush to place a generous amount of concealer on the top of your hand. Then, move the brush back and forth until the concealer is a creamy texture. Mix the two shades together until you get the perfect shade. After application, pat the concealer with your fingertips and set with a translucent powder, if desired.
With the concealer’s dual shade system, you’ll be able adjust your coverage all year round to suit your changing complexion. Even better, Secret Camouflage contains aloe to soothe irritated and sensitive skin.
Nourishing Organic Ingredients
You may have already tried organic foundation or lip gloss, but what about organic products for removing makeup? If you have sensitive eyes or skin, it’s worth looking into 100% natural origin for removing makeup. Organic products are free of harsh chemicals, which means fewer ingredients that may cause irritation.
Physician’s Formula Organic Wear® is the first organic line of makeup in the U.S. to be certified by ECOCERT®, an international certification organization that guarantees the genuine practice of environmental respect throughout product formulation and manufacturing. In addition to a full line of cosmetics, Physician’s Formula Organic Wear has several choices for removing makeup, depending on whether you prefer pads, towelettes, liquid, or lotion.
Organic Wear Natural Origin Eye Makeup Remover Pads are the perfect choice for wiping away dark mascara and shadow without a lot of effort. Formulated with organic cucumber extract to soothe the eye area and OrganiSoy® to moisturize and help nourish lashes, the gentle formula easily removes makeup without oily residue.
To use the pads, just press the pad lightly over closed eyelids and lashes to gently melt away unwanted elements for your eyes and the environment.
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Sophisticated Floral Fragrance
If you’re in love with this season’s hot colors, you’ll definitely want to check out Marc Jacobs latest fragrance, Lola. The bottle features a layered flower on the lid, inspired by the designer’s fashion collection, with purple and red petals entwined with a green leaf.
The scent of this feminine fragrance opens with pink peppercorn, pear, and ruby red grapefruit. Layers of vanilla and creamy musk complete the long lasting scent.
Although the name Lola in Spanish means little woman, you’ll make a big statement wearing this modern and inviting fragrance.
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Joe Fresh Fall ’09 Collection
Fall is a time for renewal with a lot of options for freshening up your wardrobe without breaking the bank. Joe Fresh offers designer inspired pieces for under $100 with a Canadian touch.
Bringing to life a whole new plaid look with Buffalo check outerwear and accessories, the Joe Fresh fall collection also includes vibrant winter vests and knits. Whether it’s a cropped bomber jacket or a cozy v-neck cardigan, Joe Fresh Style will keep you warm as the temperature cools off.
Here are some fabulous finds from the Joe Fresh Fall ’09 collection available at select stores in Canada.
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Embrace your inner librarian with a white pleated blouse ($39) and a black ribbed cardigan ($29). Add some color with a thin patent belt ($6).
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Don’t be afraid to mix and match checks whether it’s a white and black Buffalo check coat ($89) or Buffalo check wellies ($29).
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Pump up a pleated denim skirt ($29) with a navy ruffled blouse ($24). Warm the look up even more with a trendy heather grey cardigan ($19).
Click here for more top trends at Joe Fresh.
Ravishing in Red
If you haven’t noticed that red is a big color this fall, small screen stars at this year’s Emmy’s proved it.
Blake Lively wore a revealing shear V-neck and backless red dress by Versace with a single braided hairstyle to complete the look. Debra Messing chose a one-shoulder Swarovski-embellished red gown by Michael Kors.
Also in red was Mila Kunis, who showed off a ballerina inspired dress with layered tulle in bordeux red by Monique Lhuillier. While Hayden Panettiere embraced a one-shoulder look from J. Mendel in organza and and Bally gold leather platform pumps.
How to Wear Red
Red isn’t as hard a color to pull off as you may think. Here are a few guidelines to follow to make your red hot dressing a success.
- Choose a red dress that has a classic cut and uncomplicated lines. Too many details, like ruffles or bows, overpower the look.
- Wear minimal jewelry as a red dress is a statement piece. Simple items in gold or silver work well.
- Add black or metallics for your accessories as neutrals set off the red and don’t draw attention from the color.
- Wear soft makeup that balances your look like Blake Lively’s hint of dark liner around her eyes and shimmery highlighter on her brow bone.
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Soothing Protection for Your Lips with a Hint of Color
As the weather gets cooler, it’s time to give your lips extra protection from harsh winds and overheated rooms. You can fight dryness using products with a natural humectant like sugar which provides long-lasting moisture.
Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 contains a paraben-free moisturizer with natural oils like Meadowfoam seed oil and apricot kernel oil to keep your lips fully moisturized.
To shield your lips from free radicals, the balm also includes antioxidant grapeseed polyphenols and vitamins A, C, and E for protection against wrinkle-causing free radicals.
If you’re looking for more than hydration in a balm, Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment has a subtle rose tint and Fresh’s trademark sugar lemon scent, all in a travel-friendly tube.
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Vamp up Your Look
You don’t have to spend a bundle for this fall’s dark eyes seen on runway shows, like Yigal Azroul, during New York Fashion Week.
Express your individuality by pumping up eye shadows like Rimmel Colour Rush Mono Eye Shadow in Jet Black, a blendable shadow with long lasting color.
Or, try N.Y.C. Smooth Mineral Loose Eye Powder Kit in Black Onyx for intense color, either wet or dry. The kit includes loose eye powder and liner sealer if you want to turn the powder into a waterproof liquid liner.
To get the look, use a shadow brush to blend the color. Before applying, tap the brush on the side of the container to get rid of excess eyeshadow. Next, use the shadow with a liner brush to create a thin line close to the lashes. Finish with a soft lip gloss for contrast, and you’re ready to channel your inner rocker chick.
Ultimate Color Compact
If you loved playing with paint as a child, you’re destined to be a fan of Josie Maran Finger Paints compact. With a touch of your fingertips, you can explore your artistic side with sheer color for your eyes, cheeks, or lips.
Offering a two color combination with peach or pink shades, the compact includes just the right assortment of colors to build and blend coverage. A key ingredient in the compact is Josie Maran’s signature argan oil for replenishing and repairing skin cells. To soften and protect the skin, the palette also contains organic jojoba seed oil and Shea Butter.
With endless color possibilities, this multi-use palette for busy makeup junkies will definitely bring out the Rembrandt in you.
Flower Power is Back
When it comes to the retro movement, count LUSH Cosmetics in with their Karma collection of products and Happy Hippy Shower Gel.
To get you in the groove, the Karma collection offers everything from a citrus body cream to a moisturizing, solid perfume to bring harmony into your life. Karma Kream Body Cream, a citrus and spice scented body cream with cocoa butter, soothes your skin and makes it glow. With orange flower water and lavender extract, this body cream is on the light side which means it will absorb quickly into your skin.
You’ll create only good vibes when you wear Karma Solid Perfume, a sweet smelling solid with a slight touch of patchouli in a recyclable metal tin. Rub the perfume on your pulse points or anywhere you like for long-lasting fragrance and gentle softening with cocoa butter, Japan wax, and jojoba oil.
The Happy Hippy Shower Gel offers flower children true clarity with fresh ingredients like grapefruit water, bergamot oil, and frankincense oil. Since LUSH shower gels are concentrated, just a couple of squirts will cleanse your body and your soul.
It was only a matter of time before Oprah would jump on the Mad Men craze, and now she’s hosting January Jones and Jon Hamm as they sit down on September 21 to discuss the success of the show.
In the spirit of the 60s for which the drama was created, Oprah will be wearing a one of a kind red silk dress with a brooch closure designed by Mad Men’s costume designer, Janie Bryant. This Oprah episode will feature music from the 60s courtesy of the Jersey Boys, a Mad Men inspired set, and a studio audience wearing their best interpretations of vintage 60s style.
If you’re pulling for Mad Men at the Emmy Awards coming up September 20, why not throw a 60s cocktail party. Oprah has some ideas on how to put together the celebration. Continue reading
Nail Polish Remover not Required
With so many great nail colors for fall, it’s hard to decide which ones to try. Now, you can experiment as much as you like without worrying about the nasty smell of nail polish and remover.
Paint & Peel™ nail color by Sula is a water-based nail color (with no smell) that you apply then peel to remove. All you do is paint two coats on clean nails and let them dry for at least 15 minutes. When you’re ready to move on to another color, just peel off the non-toxic polish. Since it sits on top of the nails, peeling the nail color causes no damage to your nails.
Currently, Sula offers a rainbow of colors to choose from with two collections. The Sula Collection includes vibrant choices like Crimson Red and Perfect Pink. The Trend Collection offers fashion runway colors like Crush (this fall’s hot purple nail color) and royal (an inky, indigo shade).
Now there’s no need to commit to just one (nail color, that is).
Guilt-free Fast Food
If you’re having trouble getting into those skinny jeans, you don’t have to give up junk food completely. According to Hungry Girl, Lisa Lillien, “It’s not about going on a diet or being on or off a diet – it’s about finding foods that can fit into your lifestyle forever and still feel satisfied.”
After struggling for years with her weight, Lisa decided to abandon flour, bread, pasta, and starches for a year to change her way of eating. In the process, she developed replacement recipes for fast food favorites like onion rings and chicken fingers. Today, Lisa watches calories by following Weight Watchers’ point system and keeping carbs to a minimum, as she searches for the latest trends in food and dieting to incorporate into her philosophy.
On a recent Rachael Ray show appearance, Lisa demonstrated her food makeover talents by reforming a classic fast food chicken burger. While a take-out chicken burger usually includes a deep-fried batter, Lisa’s HG Crispy Chicken Sandwich uses Fiber One cereal as a coating which results in one-third of the calories and almost no fat (yummo!).
You can find healthy recipes at HungryGirl.com as well as daily tips and tricks.
Muse for Fashion Label Rodarte
Most thirteen year olds are getting used to being back at school during the first few weeks of September, but not Tavi Gevinson. The Chicago suburb eighth grade student was absent from school to sit front and center at the Rodarte fashion show during New York Fashion Week.
Tavi, the daughter of an artist mother and a schoolteacher father, caught the designers’ eye with her blog Style Rookie, which she began in March 2008. On her blog, Tavi shows great fashion sense with photos of herself dressed in her favorite vintage fashion finds.
Tavi has moved on to bigger and better things now. She took a week off from school to attend other shows, including Marc Jacobs, and will report on them for Pop, a British fashion magazine.
Update: Check out the Rodarte, Tavi, And Target team on video courtesy of Style.com.
Photo by Alan Light
Patrick Swayze mamboed his way into our hearts in Dirty Dancing, but lost a brave two-year fight against pancreatic cancer today at the age of 57.
He’ll be remembered mostly for his romantic lead roles in Dirty Dancing and Ghost, in which he was able to maintain a strong male presence. Even though he had great success in the romance genre, he was still able to move on to hard hitting dramas like Point Break and Road House.
His last role was on the A&E televsion series, The Beast, which was filmed despite his cancer diagnosis and treatment.
About Pancreatic Cancer
Pancreatic cancer is the abnormal growth of cells in the pancreas that results in a tumor. While pancreatic cancer is not as common as other forms of cancer, it can be considered one of the most deadly because it spreads rapidly and is often not diagnosed until it is in later stages when few treatment options exist.
For those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the prognosis is generally poor: less than 5 percent of those diagnosed are still alive five years after diagnosis. For resources on pancreatic cancer, go to The National Pancreas Foundation.
Catch this classic SNL video with Patrick Swayze and Chris Farley auditioning as Chippendale dancers (gotta love that Loverboy music).
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If you highlight your hair, you know that it’s normal to see regrowth within 4-6 weeks.
For those who are short on cash these days, here are a few innovative ways to stretch out the time between color appointments.
Stretching out Your Color Appointments
- Change your part so that the line of root demarcation is obscured. You can do that by switching your part to the opposite side or creating a zigzag look.
- Use dry shampoo powder in the appropriate color to soften dark roots. Cake Beauty Satin Sugar Refreshing Hair & Body Powder is available for lighter or darker hues. A DIY alternative to dry shampoo powder is a sprinkle or two of plain old baby powder.
- Apply a dash of eye shadow to cover up roots that are a different color than the rest of your hair. Use a thin brush to cover individual strands.
- Create volume at the root and brush hair backwards so that hair covers the root area. A root hairspray like Phytovolume Actif Maximizing Volume Spray can help get the job done. For inspiration, check out Madonna’s bumped up hairstyle at the MTV Video Music Awards.
- Try a highlighting pen specifically designed for root touch ups. Oscar Blandi Pronto Colore Root Touch-Up & Highlighting Pen gives your hair that freshly colored look until your next shampoo.
Beauty Products Containing Pomegranate
Throughout history, the pomegranate has been considered a symbol of health and rebirth. Even Aphrodite, the goddess of love, used pomegranate as a powerful love potion.
Today, this ruby red fruit is the latest superfood providing vitamin C, potassium, and antioxidants. If you’re looking for a rosy glow, try pomegranate on the inside and outside of your body.
Korres Pomegranate Balancing Moisturizer
Made with pomegranate extract, this balancing moisturizer for combination skin helps to reduce the look of pore size and rejuvenate the skin.
It keeps your skin fresh, without causing unwanted shine. You can also use this moisturizer as a makeup base whether you apply a liquid or mineral powder foundation. Continue reading
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One of the hair trends spotted at fall runaways this week is the classic Ballerina Bun. This sophisticated hairstyle can add elegance to a casual outfit or complement a more dressy look.
This season’s version of the bun is the perfect mix between a neat and messy bun, according to the stylist who handled hair at the Monique Lhuiller fashion show, Sabrina Michals.
For a ballerina bun, she gathers hair into a low pony without using a brush so that the chignon is tight and clean. Hair is then twisted and pinned into a bun using a toothbrush to tame unruly strands.
Even if you can’t tell the difference between a plie and a piroutte, ballerina buns are an easy look for day or night. Here’s the details on creating a ballerina bun by stylist Harry Josh for BCBG, courtesy of Bella Sugar. Or, try an easy updo.
Sephora Brand FAME Lip Gloss
If you’re a fan of the hit film and TV series Fame, you’ll definitely want to audition Sephora’s limited edition FAME Lip Gloss.
This nonsticky lip gloss offers high shine and just the right amount of color. With celebrity worthy shades like Raw Talent (light peach champagne) and Standing Ovation (bright red), you’ll be in the spotlight in no time.
You can catch the remake of Fame in theaters on September 25.
Chocolate that’s good for you
Too much chocolate may be bad for your waistline but not when it comes to Hershey’s Complete Cocoa Facial Regimen line from The Spa at The Hotel Hershey.
This unique cocoa facial experience offers everything from a Creamy Cocoa Cleanser to a Cocoa Pom Facial Moisturizer. Ingredients include cocoa and caramel extracts, Canadian glacial clay, HERSHEY’S Cocoa Powder, and shea and cocoa butters.
You can also try massage bath bars in six delicious flavors, like Cocoa Latte and Milk & Honey, to sooth tired muscles. This kind of chocolate binge is the type you’ll never regret.
Mix Vaseline with Sugar for Soft Lips
After being exposed to the heat and dryness of summer, your lips can use some TLC. To get them ready for the dark matte shades of fall, pamper your lips with a conditioning treatment that keeps them smooth and silky.
Everyone is looking to save money right now, and you can do it if you invest a little time to search out the right products.
One hint to remember is that many drugstore brands are manufactured by the same companies that sell high end designer cosmetics. For example, Lancome is owned by the the L’Oreal Group.
Here are five makeup products under $5 to get you started.
L’Oreal HIP Concentrated Shadow Duo
Jump into the world of color with HIP high intensity pigments™. This shadow duo provides rich pigment in two colors that can be worn together or separately. The colors are highly blendable and go on sheer when applied with a shadow brush. If you’re up for this fall’s hot color, try the Charisma or Cheeky shades.
Rimmel Extreme Definition Two-Tone Liner
This two for one liner gives you complementary colors that are crease resistant and long lasting. The light side opens up your eyes, while the dark side accentuates and adds definition. The eyeliner goes on smoothly without pulling for a natural or dramatic look. At a low price, you can build up your eyeliner collection with funky choices like Party Girl and Rock Chick. Continue reading
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Magic Markers for Your Face
Makeup pens that offer precision delivery with a flick of your wrist have been around for a few years. Now that more cosmetic brands have jumped on the makeup from a pen bandwagon, you can find everything from eye brightener to nail strengthener in this easy-to-use portable format.
Yves Saint Laurent TOUCHE ÉCLAT–This highlighting pen lets you brighten and countour your face under the eyes, around the brows, down the center of the nose, and on smile lines. Created over 17 years ago, it’s a best selling item that can brighten any complexion.
Smashbox Filter with Dermaxyl ™ Complex–If you love Smashbox’s Photo Finish Foundation Primer, you’ll definitely be a fan of this click pen that’s perfect for touch-ups throughout the day over or under your makeup. This primer pen not only targets facial flaws, it also treats them with Dermaxyl Complex proven in clinical trials to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Shiseido The Makeup Fine Eyeliner–This liquid eyeliner pen with a fine-point brush lets you create the finest of lines to the boldest cat’s eye. The classic color creates a natural finish, with no smudging. Once the color it set, it’s there to stay until you’re ready to take it off.
Sephora Brand French Tips & Toes Manicure Pen–This felt tip pen makes it easy to get the perfect French manicure without visiting a pricey salon. All you do is glide the tip over the whites of your nails (or toes), let them dry, and finish with a clear coat or a translucent polish. After a few applications, you’ll get the hang of working with the manicure pen and drawing a straight line that doesn’t smear and dries fast.