Category:  skin

An Oldie but Goodie…

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From the wonderful lips of Di Gaeta….
“Here’s a dirty little secret for your naughty bits and more: Jing Jang Crème. This little pink jar houses a Chinese herbal remedy that does everything from soothing your sore or chaffed kitty-cat (you know what I mean) to moisturizing your cuticles and lips. This is the edgier rose-bud salve and it is also great on your cheek and brow bones after make-up to give you that “I just had a facial” look. Jillian Dempsey (wife of hottie, Patrick) is a fan too. I keep mine in my purse, cause you never know when it’s going to come in handy….xoxox”

UPDATE!!! Hair crazed Jenny just informed me that Madonna’s make-up artist gave her the creme too, telling her that Madonna uses the jing jang for EVERYTHING!!!


Roses are Red…

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Dry skin hurts. And it feels like sand paper. And it looks like a raisin.
Okay, don’t start crying just yet… let me tell you about nature’s secret moisturizer… Rosewater. It works wonders.
Rosewater is said to be a natural hydrator. Hydrated skin looks better and feels better. Oh yeah, and it slows down that nasty little thing called aging…
Not to mention, the smell… pure roses, au natural!

Here are some rosewater products that we adore:

Mario Bedescu’s Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs And Rosewater is the ideal boost of hydration. Use it daily to cool off or after make-up to help it all settle in.

Smith’s Rosebud Salve is the ultimate chap-stick. Also can be used for diaper rashes and blemishes. I sometimes rub it on my cuticles to hydrate the sensitive skin (especially after a manicure!)

Epicuren After Bath Rose Petal Moisturizer. No, it’s not roseWATER, but rose is actually considered to be “nature’s most moisturizing essential oil. The lotion calms and hydrates dry skin.

Bigelow Chemists Rose Water Skin Tonic 8 is a balancing tonic for normal to dry skin. “This gentle tonic perks up tired-looking skin, promoting a bright radiant complexion.”

So next time you feel like your skin is going to shrivel up like a prune, try one of these rosewater enriched products and stop complaining!!!
Tres Magnifique!


To pick… or not to pick

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Pimples are brutal. Period.
I’ve been known to be a picker… but at some point, you’ve got to grow out of bad habits. In my quest to change, I found some really amazing at-home zit-zapping recipes!

See if any of these tricks help your delicate skin battle the bitter break-out!!!

An oldy but goody: Toothpaste. Yes, I’ve tried and tested and toothpaste really does decrease the swelling and the redness. I prefer Crest, the white kind… it seems to smell the best.

Our friends over at Daily Candy interviewed a fab facialist at Spa to the Stars, Sally Hershberger and discovered a great at home recipe to zap the zit:
The next time you’re tempted to squeeze, prod, and pick your face into an irritated mound, stop. Instead, use this gentler, smarter, at-home zit cream from Karen Axmaker, our favorite facialist at Sally Hershberger Face Place.

cotton swab
hydrogen peroxide
½ oz. powered oatmeal
½ T. fresh lemon juice
¼ c. egg whites
3 drops honey

1. Dab cotton swab in hydrogen peroxide and cleanse the infected area. (This will keep the infection from spreading.)

2. Mix everything else in a small bowl.

3. Cover blemish with mixture and leave on for twenty minutes.

4. Rinse with warm water.

5. Store leftovers in fridge for up to one week. (Do not eat.) Apply twice daily until pimple disappears.


Mike Herman, over at, has a few tricks up his sleeves too:
How About This Home Remedy Zit Treatment?

When beginning to make your home remedy for zit and pimples, look at items in your kitchen, pantry, or refrigerator.

When a pimple pops up, rub crushed garlic cloves on the skin.

The garlic will reduce swelling as well as cure the pimple.

Another great homemade recipe is to mix one teaspoon of lemon juice with one teaspoon of ground cinnamon.

So next time you have the urge to purge on your innocent skin, remember that there is always an alternative.

Tell us what zit-zapping tricks you use!!!


Skin Secrets From A Fellow Beauty Whore…

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Many of my devout blog readers have been asking about that one product that will gaurantee perfect skin. Well, I’m a product whore so I can’t narrow it down, thus, I’ve enlisted fellow beauty whore, Di Gaeta (actress and artist) to unveil her favorite… after all, she’s always ready with a glowing complexion and a seductive stare.
“I am an avowed product whore, I am constantly in search of that magical product that makes me look like I have slept forever and am naturally the prettiest person alive. Needless to say, I’ve kissed many a frog on my journey and I believe I have finally found the skin care line that makes my dreams as close to reality as possible…
May I present Amore Pacific, sold exclusively at Neiman Marcus, Barney’s, and in their flagship store in NYC. This line imparts some kind of dewy glow of health that has people asking you why your skin looks so good. They have multiple combinations for any type of skin so I suggest you mix and match but the one, truly universal, must have is the Moisture Bound Vitalizing Mask . (above, left) You slather this clear sweet gel over your face and go to bedy bye, and the next morning is honestly a new world. I have to say, it is constantly sold out because of little beautybrats in the know, so I suggest buying two of these at a time. They’re moderate at $60 a bottle and worth every red cent. Now the secret is yours, do with it what you will….
With all this good skin, foundation is infinitely easier. I’m all about Embryolisse 24 hour Miracle Cream, for the ultimate makeup-stayer slash amazing skin booster. This trick was passed onto me by an amazing guy who did my makeup in NYC. He told me that Christy Turlington never showed up to have her face done without this product in her bag. To use, simply apply a thin layer to clean, hydrated skin and let it sink in for five minutes before your normal face paint routine. With all this stuff in your arsenal behind closed doors the world won’t be able to handle itself when you’re around!!!!!!”

Xoxox Di

(Di and her glowing complexion)


Best Cold Creams For 2007

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Check out this article (click HERE) on the best cold creams available for all of your moisturizing needs. Winter has a tendency to make us dry, brittle and chapped… see if you agree with the folks over at Women’s Health and their top 8 picks!!!

The best defense against Winter is just a click away!!! ()


Gobble, Gobble…

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I’m thankful for:
Nars Turkish Delight lip gloss – a “pink sorbet” color with mega shine minus the goo.
Kerastase Nutritive Elixer Oleo Relax hair drops – the most fabulous anti-friz serum in all of hair care land! (my mane is always soft, friz-free and curly when I use this product)
Marc Jacobs by Marc Jacobs perfume – a staple fragrance that smells of gardenia and musk. (I’ve worn this for the past 5 years and still continue to get loads of compliments)!
Kinerase Intensive Eye Cream – my new dark circle savior!!! It moisturizes and minimizes bags and darkness. Alas, I feel like a pre-teen again! (also a great base prior to using eye make-up!)
Kiehl’s Coriander Bath and Shower Liquid Body Cleanser and Hand and Body Lotion – an old favorite past time that has become a new and welcomed bathing treat! The smell is a delicious blend of Winter richness that lathers and rinses leaving my skin soft and radiant. And the lotion compliments the shower gel, moisturizing and reviving dehydrated skin.
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion – the closest thing that I’ve found to a zit zapper. This is a miracle product that literally dries out those nasty little pimples overnight! It’s like magic!
MAC Splashproof PowerPoint Eye Pencil in Engraved – a liner that goes on strong and lasts so long! Easy to apply and fun to smudge… I use it to line my lids as well as that sensitive area inside of my eye! (very mysterious….)
Tend Skin Razor Bump Solution – An oldie, but goodie! After a painful wax in that “intimate area,” Tend Skin is a welcomed soother. It actually rids the region of redness and ingrown hairs! TRICK!!! Tend Skin can also be used on acne for a quick fix… 1,2,3 and the pimple is gone!
C.O. Bigelow’s Dr. Hiosous Quince Hand Lotion – a salve that literally saves my chapped and cracked hands! All natural, it smells of a mixture of fruit extracts and carrot oil and it lasts for an unearthly amount of time. This is my absolute favorite hand cream in the world… I never leave home without it!




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I recently ran out of my skin-saving astrigent, Kiehl’s Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion, and I haven’t had a moment to drive over to the Kiehl’s store on Robertson Blvd. Thus, in a bit of a skin pinch, I began rummaging through the containers of random beauty products that I have tucked away in every corner of my house. Low and behold, I found my new favorite skin product: Celibre’s Vitamin C Antioxidant Cleansing Pads (left). God knows where these appeared from, but they have become my new saving grace. I have normal to oily skin that has a tendency to break-out during the most inopportune times (like right before an event…) so my daily skin routine is vital in maintaining a healthy appearance. These Vitamin C pads are pre-soaked in a special solution that not only cleans out the pores (you can tell it’s working when you start to feel that slight tingle…), but also leaves my skin looking youthful, fresh and almost plump (in a good way… like my skin just soaked up a myriad of vitamins or drank a liter of water!).
A word (or several) from the company:
These unique Antioxidant Cleansing Pads are specially formulated with antioxidants and citrus extracts to gently cleanse the skin. The pads remove skin oil and debris while leaving behind a rich blend of skin enhancing antioxidants and citrus extracts.
Not to say that I will never return to my Blue Astrigent Herbal Lotion, but I’ll definately be giving these fabulous pads some face time!


Beauty with a Heart…

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It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and some beauty companies go above and beyond what is expected: they’re actually giving back…
“Breast cancer is the leading cause in death for women ages 40-55. Breast cancer kills approximately 41,000 women in the United States each year.”
These are just some of the staggering and frightening statistics of breast cancer. Please help and support the cause… if not by donating money, buy products that do.
Try boscia Rose Blotting Linens (below, right) and stay beautiful as you do your part in finding a cure! It’s a win-win!

Here’s a word (or several…)from the company:
“The Rose Blotting Linens are finely woven linen sheets infused with the exquisitely feminine essence of Rose that not only absorb excess oil without disturbing makeup but also soothe skin and uplift the psyche. These powder free sheets are made from 100% natural leaf fibers from the exotic Abaca tree plant and contain Rose, which naturally soothes and supplies fresh skin.”
“Ten percent of the proceeds of the boscia Rose Blotting Linens (SRP: $10.00 for 100 sheets) will be donated to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation, one of the leading breast cancer research organizations. Breast cancer is the leading cause of death among American women between the ages of 34 to 54 and the second leading cause of cancer death for all American women.”

Support your favorite products and support the cause!


Cooling Cucumber… Good for your body, Good for your face!

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I recently visited a very interesting, “unconventional” spa in Los Angeles’ Korea Town. Aroma Spa & Sports is a full-service spa with treaments including body scrubs and massages. However, it most likely isn’t what you’re used to. Let me walk you through a massage:
First, I was led through the common room of exposed showers, hot tubs, cold pools, steam and sauna, into the treatment area (a large shower-like area with about a dozen water-proof tables and little Asian women clad in black bras and undies). Lying nude on the table, the masseuse trickled my body with oil and jumped all over the table, using hands, feet and elbows to dig into my muscles. She then washed my hair and scalp and flooded my body with a waterfall of hot water. Lastly, a refreshing and delightful cucumber mixture was placed on my face and left to harden.
Personally, I relished such an incredible experience, however I am well aware that not all people would find enjoyment in such a spa. So for the shy folks out there, I’m bringing you the cucumber mask!
Here’s how to make the cooling cucumber mask in the comfort and privacy of your own home:

Materials Needed:
1 Cucumber
A Peeler
A bowl with ice
A strainer.

Peel the ENTIRE cucumber into the bowl of ice and let sit until ice melts. Strain the water and apply the remaining cucumber to the face. Leave on for 15 minutes or until hard. Rinse.

I assure you that this simple mask will not only refresh and sooth but also take years (at least days…) from your face! Best when used prior to a big night out as the cool cucumbers have a tightening effect on the skin….

You have an at-home recipe? SHARE IT WITH US HERE!



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I’m pretty psycho when it comes to my skin (I’ve actually had a couple of dermatologists ask me to find medical advice elsewhere…). Ever since my mother unknowingly offered me a magnifying mirror as a young child (the kind that lights up and magnifies your pores to the size of small craters…), I’ve been a picker. I know, it’s not a good look. But the smallest imperfection leaves me obsessive and totally insane. I don’t try many different face products… in fact, up until recently, I didn’t even use face cream (always eye cream, however).

But then a friend told me about Jurlique’s Calendula Cream (she hyped it by saying that Michelle Pfeiffer (right) swears by the products… and hey, lets be honest here, Michelle has fab skin!) and I’ve been hooked. The Australian based company uses all natural, fragrance free ingredients. It’s ideal for sensitive skin types (like mine). The calendula cream can be used as a face moisturizer or a cream for any chapped area of your body. It smells divine and works like a dream – never oily or greasy, always soothing and fresh leaving your skin glowing like a light bulb!
A word (or several…) from the company:
Calendula Cream is a powerful moisturiser for any skin type. Contains a high percentage of Calendula extract, which soothes and calms the skin. Calendula Cream is an excellent moisturiser for chapped or sun exposed skin.
Hey, if it’s good enough for Michelle Pfeiffer, it’s good enough for us!
Try it and let us know your thoughts!!!


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