Posts for May 1st 2009
You know what April showers bring, and for the start of this month, I've gathered together some great beauty products to make these next 31 days all the more festive. With Mother's Day, Cinco De Mayo, and Memorial Day on the way, it's time to think open-toed sandals, brighter makeup palettes, and of course, things wouldn't be the same without some May flowers in the mix.
The black box warning is one of the strongest safety actions the FDA can take . . . and it has come to Botox. Reserved for medications with known serious or life-threatening dangers, the change requires printed bold-face risk information in a black border. Not only does this increase awareness for the adverse effects, but treatment is now accompanied by a medication guide for patients at the time of toxin injection (presumably with even more warnings about this cosmetic treatment).
The decision was made on the heels of a newly approved drug, Dysport, expected to be the first real challenger to the Botox Cosmetic drug. Both are derived from the agent botulinum toxin – purified forms of the bacterial poison that causes botulism – a potentially fatal disease. These drugs temporarily reduce or halt (aka paralyze) muscle activity near the injection spot . . . but reports claim those problems can also spread to other body parts. Now, I know the choice is yours — but does a new labeling requirement change your view on this treatment?
No matter how careful I am (OK, sometimes I'm not all that careful), I still get those annoying white "zebra stripes" on my shirts caused by a morning application of deodorant. While animal prints can be done tastefully, unintentional ones are just the pits. (Sorry.)
To keep your deodorant on you, and not your new blouse, I've gathered together some tips on remaining streak free. Check them out when you read more
Gwen Stefani is one part glamour girl, one part punk, and one part retro when it comes to her hairstyles. And now that she's reunited with the band that made her famous, she's back with her signature quirky locks in full effect. During No Doubt's tour kickoff on the Today show this morning, the style icon opted for a series of knotted buns placed whimsically throughout her hair. Tell us: are you glad to see Gwen going back to her No Doubt roots, or do you prefer her old-school Hollywood styles?
This time when I'm talking pooing and plopping I'm actually talking, well, pooing and plopping. No doubt you've heard of eco-friendly energy sources like solar and wind power before. And now, beauty giant L'Oréal has plans to utilize methane from manure to power one of its plants in Belgium. Oh, shizz!
The plant, which is located near a cattle farm, will start off by using a blend of corn and organic waste, before switching over to just organic waste. By late Summer, 85 percent of its power supply will come from biomass waste processes. Talk about the circle of life.
Earlier this week, I shared with you eleven great lip glosses. While Paula Dorf's Lip Slides ($20) didn't meet the under $15 criteria, reader Ineedcaffeine, who is not really a gloss kind of girl, found one that works for her.
Ever since MAC Lipglass made my hair stick to my mouth, I have been turned off by lip gloss, and instead I went for lipsticks with some lip balm over it, or just chapstick. However, I stole this from my sister's makeup bag one night and am obsessed. It's such a nice raspberry color, and although it looks glittery in the tube, it gives just the right amount of shine. The color and shine last for so long that each tube lasts for a very long time.
Like Ineedcaffeine, have you been doing any "stealing" of beauty products from your friends and/or relatives? Tell us about it by heading over to our Product Reviews. Who knows? Perhaps you'll be featured here on my daily post.
You know the old "chocolate causes acne" bit? Quick, is that true or false? If you chose false, you're correct. Hormones, bacteria, and skin cells are the underlying causes of breakouts.
I recently came across an article in Skin Inc. magazine, a publication for spa professionals, which highlights several misconceptions regarding skin care, and I've gathered up some of my favorites in this quiz to follow. Why not try your hand and see if you can separate beauty fact from fiction?Take the Quiz
In these tough economic times, my new favorite saying is "why buy when you can DIY?" As much as I adore fancy hair adornments, I can't always justify the cost of the pricey barrettes and bands I covet. (Sorry, Blair.) So, I headed to my local craft store and picked up enough goodies for several different projects. Up first: a couple lovely headbands created by moi. Get started with the step-by-step for this money-saving craft which wins compliments from friends and strangers alike.
Product demonstrations are one of the top marketing strategies of all time. It's the whole try-it-and-buy-it mentality, perhaps with a little sales pressure built in. Not surprisingly, a recent study concluded that in-store cosmetics demos really do work.
In fact, at a Neutrogena makeup event held recently at Meijer stores, of the 67 percent who previously had not tried the brand, over two-thirds made a purchase right then and there. What's your experience with sampling events? Do you "brake for demos" are you not easily wooed by the claims of the presentation?