Archive | November, 2009

Twilight Boosts Pale Foundation Sales

29 Nov

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Pale Foundation is the New Normal

Just about this time of year, many of us look in the mirror at our pale winter skin with despair. What usually follows is a frenzied attempt to bring sunny color to porcelain skin using a darker foundation that often looks artificial.

If your skin is on the pale side right now, there’s no need to add color. Due to the influence of the vampire film New Moon, pale complexions are shining through. Just take a look at the alabaster skin of some of the stars of the series like Kristen Stewart and Ashley Greene, and you’ll see why pale is popular. Continue reading

Luxurious Beauty Treatments from Leftovers

28 Nov

Do you have leftovers from your Thanksgiving dinner? You don’t have to let good food go to waste.

Pumpkin, cranberries, and mashed potatoes make great ingredients for simple at home beauty treatments. Just open the fridge and create your own home spa.

Pumpkin Facial Mask

A slice of pumpkin pie can add up to about 400 calories, but there are no calories involved when you apply pumpkin to your face as used in many expensive spa facials. Just mix together 2 teaspoons of cooked pumpkin puree, 1/2 teaspoon of honey, and 1/4 teaspoon of regular or soy milk. Leave the mask on for five to ten minutes, then wash it off with lukewarm water.  Continue reading

Chopard Jewelry Featured in “Nine”

26 Nov

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Chopard Lights Up the Movie, Nine

Swiss jewelry company, Chopard, has teamed up with costume designer Colleen Atwood to create several unique pieces for the leading ladies of the upcoming movie musical, Nine.

The musical is based on Mario Fratti’s adaptation of Federico Fellini’s autobiographical film 8½. It focuses on film director Guido Contini during the early 1960s in Venice, who faces a midlife crisis and a web of romantic difficulties that block his creative endeavors. The original Broadway play, which starred Raul Julia, won five Tony Awards including best musical.

Chopard pieces in the film include a a South Sea pearl and diamonds white gold ring worn by Kate Hudson’s character, Stephanie. Nicole Kidman as Claudia wears oval-cut diamond chandelier earrings and a cuff with 97 carats of diamonds. Sophia Loren and Judi Dench’s characters also wear Chopard in the film.

With all the talent and bling on the screen, the musical which is set for release on December 25th is certain to sizzle. Click here to see the official trailer.

Get Beautiful While You Sleep

26 Nov

Fat Girl Sleep

If your busy schedule is distracting you from your beauty routine, you can always catch up while you sleep.

Here are four beauty products that work hard when you hit the sack.

1. Bliss FatGirlSleep–You’ll get a great night’s sleep with this rich body cream including ingredients that target cellulite, reduce water retention, and promote calm and relaxation. Although you can’t expect miracles when it comes to cellulite reduction, just massaging the cream into your trouble spots for 20 to 30 seconds before bedtime does result in smoother skin according to its many fans.  Continue reading

Design Your Own Shoe

25 Nov

Create the Next Hot Shoe Trend

Do you have what it takes to be a shoe designer? If you do, shoe designer Steve Madden is looking for you.

Steve Madden and have joined forces to launch the Sole Search contest. If you have a passion for footwear, you could win a chance to present your one-of-a-kind design to Steve Madden himself.

All you need to do is draw a sketch, use graphics software, or design your shoe masterpiece using the site’s Entry Editor to select colors, patterns, or shoe embellishments. Entries must also include a description of the shoe or the inspiration behind the design.

Three lucky winners will fly to Las Vegas and then to New York City to sell their design to Steve Madden. The contest runs till December 29, 2009 so get out your sketchpad and start designing. Click here to see sketches by various designers for Spring 2010 courtesy of The Insider.

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Sleep Masks for Sleeping Beauties

24 Nov

Lights out for a Better Sleep

Forget about counting sheep to get a good night’s sleep. A sleep mask may be low tech, but it goes a long way when you’re traveling and want to block out approaching daylight or illumination from street lamps, stereos, or televisions.

Sleep masks go way back but were popularized in the hit movie, Breakfast at Tiffany’s when Audrey Hepburn wore one as a hard-partying gold-digger trying to get some shut-eye.

Even if you don’t stay out all all night, the Holly GoNightly sleep mask from will help you get into that all important REM stage of sleep. Complete with fluttering eyelashes and gold trimmed eyebrows, the satin lined mask with terry backing is a must have for the holiday season when sleep hygiene is usually thrown out the window.

Now all you have to do is download Henry Mancini’s Moon River, hit the play button, and you’ll be fast asleep.

Can You Handle Infatuation

23 Nov

Precise Application with Smooth Texture

One of the first cosmetic companies to develop a high performance lip plumper, Fusion Beauty is once again moving to the head of the pack with their latest lip fattener. LipFusion Infatuation is a glossy lip color that mimics the results you get from surgical lip fat replacement.

Using new Amplifat™ technology that works with your own skin, LipFusion Infatuation promises to dramatically plump your lips while retaining their own natural fatty acids. Peptides also enhance collagen synthesis.

The paraben and silicone-free shades merge gloss with a liquid lipstick for a high impact shine. Six natural shades like Sugar Rush (sheer natural peach), Pucker Up (hot pink), and Big & Bare (plum-beige nude) can be applied with a precision brush for optimum coverage and a long-lasting plump lip.

Who Will Fill Oprah’s Shoes?

20 Nov

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Say Goodbye to the Oprah Winfrey Show

Although ratings have been taking a slow dive for the last few seasons, the Oprah Winfrey Show has been a mainstay of daytime television for 23 years. So, who will viewers look to for their daily talk fix when Harpo Studios shuts the show down?

Current daytime talkers Ellen DeGeneres and Rachael Ray already have established audiences and likely have peaked with their viewership. Although the Ellen DeGeneres Show has maintained a popular base, it looks like DeGeneres may be taking baby steps beyond the talk show couch with judging appearances on reality shows So You Think You can Dance and American Idol. The Rachael Ray Show has modest popularity, but it’s unlikely the show’s format has the depth to carry on for the length of time the Oprah Winfrey Show has been around.

The Doctor is in

Is it time for a new format for daytime talk TV? Last year’s introduction of a health-focused talk show with a panel of medical practitioners has proved to be successful for The Doctors. With the high cost of health care and rampant misinformation on the Internet, medical education on television is a natural. Continue reading