May 2015

  1. Sun screen for sensitive skin

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    If you have sensitive skin you may find a mineral sunscreen less irritating. I have tried many types of sunscreens, and chemical-free mineral products are the only ones that don’t give me a rash.


    A good mineral sunscreen costs about $20 to $30 dollars. You may find a sale but expect to pay in that range. Read labels carefully when shopping for sunscreen. I have seen products labeled “organic” and “natural” that contain chemicals. Try before you buy to make sure you like the feel of a cream or lotion. I have also tossed mineral sunscreens because they felt so icky or smelled terrible. This is another reason why I prefer the products listed below, even if I pay a little more.


    There are plenty of good sunscreens with ingredients added to minerals, but if you are really sensitive they might bother your skin. I have reviewed them and will cover more. We test them on Anthelios 50 Mineral Tinted by La Roche-Posaydiscerning contributors. The sunscreens reviewed below contain pure mineral with no chemicals.


    Here are a few to try: 

    Avène Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ for Face and Body: This is an advanced, lightweight, chemical-free sunscreen for the face and body that provides maximum broad-spectrum sun protection without irritation. Avène says its “non-Nano mineral particles are enhanced with powerful antioxidant protection from Vitamin E to protect against damaging sun-induced free radicals and Avène Thermal Spring Water to soothe the skin.” The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends this product as an effective broad spectrum sunscreen.

    The sheer, non-whitening lotion provides 24-hour hydration. It is also water resistant for up to 80 minutes. If you hate the sticky, gummy feeling of many sunscreens you will love this one. After it soaks in skin feels soft and has a healthy look. It is also fragrance-free. This is one of the most comfortable sunscreens I have ever worn. I even worked out in it and it didn’t get icky.


     Avène High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50 is a pure mineral sunscreen with powerful antioxidants. It provides protection against both UVA. The Avène High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50 also carries the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Active Seal of Recommendation. This compact comes in two shades that blend with most skin tones. It looks natural and even helps to hide minor skin flaws. I carry this with me for touchups. It is very useful during long days especially when traveling in sunny places. I can be sure to keep my face protected by touching it up.


    Anthelios 50 Mineral Tinted by La Roche-Posay is a tinted mineral sunscreen. It contains Cell-OX Shield, which LA Roche-Posay describes as a “unique patent pending antioxidant technology to provide advanced UVA/UVB protection.” This is a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen that is water resistant up to 40 minutes. The universal tint blends with most skin tones. This is a very good mineral sun screen.


  2. Bikini ready

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    I love lotions and potions. They smooth, soften, and smell delicious. Without a doubt the right ones can work wonders to keep skin looking fresh and clear. But some beauty issues won’t budge without professional help. But for some beauty problems nothing can compare to the new laser treatments offered at your doctor’s office. These treatments can tone, tighten, and brighten. The best part is there is little or no down time for most of them and the results can be fabulous. 

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    Here are a few you may want to try:


     UltraShape melts away little tummy bulges that just don’t move, even with diet and exercise. It is FDA cleared and non-invasive. The average loss of inches is 1.3 to 2.5 inches. We think that is a lot from a painless treatment. The company describes it as “pulsed focused ultrasound energy precisely and non-thermally targeting subcutaneous fat, while keeping the surrounding tissue, blood vessels, nerves and muscles intact.”  And it is fast. The company reports, “Patients may drop up to two sizes in just three 45-minute sessions, with some visible results seen as early as two weeks.” So if you have to get rid of a little tummy for a vacation or special occasion, this might be your treatment. We keep hearing great things about it.


    Ultherapy lifts the eyebrow, neck under-chin and décolletage using sound. You may have heard that treatments are a little painful. It is stingy but most offices use numbing cream. The results vary but the skin tightening can be impressive. I had recently Ultherapy to rejuvenate a small area on my thigh. This is not standard Ultherapy treatment but the result was impressive after only one session.  With Ultherapy the final results can take months to emerge and vary from person to person.


    Profound is a new treatment that can be used alone or with other minimally-invasive treatments like Botox and fillers to help maintain a youthful appearance without surgery.  The company says. “It is the first device clinically proven to stimulate three skin fundamentals – elastin, collagen and hyaluronic acid.”


    PicoWay is the newest and may be easiest way to get rid of unwanted tattoos. The new dual-wave laser delivers ultra-short pulses of energy. Pico Way’s creators say, “It delivers a photo-mechanical impact that breaks tattoo ink or pigmentation into tinier, more easily eliminated particles. The end result is a faster, more effective treatment experience with better clearance on the widest range of ink colors and types.” They report, “Results can be seen after just three to four treatments, as opposed to six to twelve sessions with other systems.”


    There new treatments are impressive. There results can be impressive in the hands of a good doctor and a trained clinician. Many doctors have a trained staff member who operates the laser. How successful your treatment will be will depend a lot on your expectations and your doctor’s knowledge. A doctor needs to be able to match the treatment to the patient and it is more complex than it sounds. To get a desired result, it is often necessary to mix and match treatments. Botox, fillers, and other things may be mixed with the treatment to attain the desired result.


    The best way to find a doctor is from a personal recommendation from a friend. If you can find a friend who is willing to share her secrets — reading online reviews can be helpful, but be sure to read many, not just one or two. Have a consultation. You want a doctor who clearly explains the procedure and what it can do for you.  They should be able to show you before and after photos of their own patients.  And you want expense ask how many times they have performed the treatment. Be clear on the number of treatments you will need, the cost, and how long before you see the results. Be sure to ask who will administer the treatment and ask to meet them. This is important. It is fine to see more than one doctor before deciding, especially for a pricey treatment.



  3. Say no to waxing

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    If you wax your brows to may want to stop now. The combination of hot or even warm wax and repeated pulling of your delicate eye tissues is a fast way to speed sagging. The ancient art of threading, which is favoured by Eastern beauties as well as many celebrities, is much kinder. In the hands of an expert, threading is also quicker and much less painful.


    NYC beauty expert Umbreen Sheikh is the owner of the popular Wink Brow Bar in New York City. “Every woman knows how delicate the skin is around the eyes, we’re even told to simply tap on eye products with the ring finger to avoid any tugging or rubbing,” she says. “I’ve noticed that women who have waxed all their lives are more likely to have some hooding around the lid and thinner or more sun-damaged skin on the forehead and brow area, whereas women who’ve grown up threading stay younger longer.”



    Brow bars with expert threaders are popping up everywhere. Look for one in your city.

    In Atlanta try

    Brow bars are often less expensive than spas and offer services like tinting also.




  4. Trend alert: Strappy sandals

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    This summer a strappy sandal in a soft nude is the perfect way to update your wardrobe. A nude sandal makes your legs look longer. A block heel like the one on the sandal below can make a high heel feel more stable.

    Stuart Weitzman Soundtrack High Heels

    $398. Neiman Marcus


  5. Trend alert: “Off-duty model” hair

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    The Model-off-duty look has become a trendy catch phrase for soft, hair that flows with natural texture. Models are famous for giving their tired, stressed locks a rest when they are not on the job. And summer is the perfect time for all of us to try it.  John Frieda New Frizz Ease Dream Curls Air-Dry Waves Styling prevents frizz and keeps wave and curls soft.

    Celebrity hairstylist and John Frieda International Creative Consultant, Harry Josh says, “Many women face the false choice between how their hair looks and how it feels.” 

    Models avoid styling their over worked locks during their time off.

    Try Klorane Dry shampoo with oat milk to give your hair a break from styling. There a several formulas for different hair types and colours. Klorane Dry shampoo with nettle is especially formulated for oily tresses.




  6. Summer beauty must-haves

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    Summer is the time to looks fresh, healthy, and sexy. It would be great if we could roll out of bed looking like that but except on vacation most us need a little help. Here are a few of our favourite things to help you look beachy-perfect, even if you still have to go to work.

    Floral Racer-back dress by Guess from Macy’s 

    Start with a good sun screen and a cute dress.

    Lighten up your look by wearing a BB or Primer place of foundation. Amarte Natural Finish BB Cream brightens, softly conceals, and protects your face with a broad spectrum SPF 36. This is one of my 4-in-1-Pressed-Mineral-Makeupfavourites because it looks so natural it is like wearing nothing at all. It covers imperfections and gives skin a natural glow that looks beautiful in all lighting conditions. It contains titanium dioxide, Argan oil, elemental sulfur, and caviar extracts to hydrate and protect skin. It comes in two tints: Light and Natural $49.


    Mineral makeup is a good choice for summer. It looks natural and doesn’t aggravate sensitive or acne-prone skin. I really like the Pür Minerals line. Its pressed powder foundation looks lighter and less cakey than other similar brands. If your skin is drier, Pür Minerals Color Correcting Foundation Primer Illuminate & Glow gives skin a lovely dewy finish. Pür Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation evens skin and gives it a glow.

    I often wear this under Amarte BB cream for that “naked but better” look that is so in now. If aren’t familiar with the Lumene line from Finland you will want to be as this “drugstore” line packs a beauty punch with anti-aging ingredients, such as wild arctic cloudberries and sea buckthorn berries. Both are powerful anti-oxidants. I love the way Lumene products make my skin look and feel.  Products with similar ingredients cost hundreds of dollars each. I also really like their BB cream.


    Every girl needs a good bronzer. We love Chanel’s Lumiere d’ete Illuminating Powder – limited edition. It costs $65 and looks like a camellia in Chanel’s signature shiny black compact. The powder leaves a beautiful shimmering bronze on skin, but not a sparkle. Sweep it over your face for an instant glow.2284254


    Physician’s Formulas Argan Wear Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil Bronzer is big bronzer with a golden highlight.  For about $15 this Argan-enriched bronzer will leave you looking sun-kissed.


    Eyeliner is a must this summer. It was one of the biggest runway looks. Buy many want to skip eye makeup at the beach. If your lashes are lush you have them tinted* and skip mascara by the sea. Regular use of a lash serum like RevitaLash Advanced can really help to thicken skimpy lashes. Or try prescription Latisse. Both work very well and quickly. Latisse can turn blue eyes dark, so speak to your doctor. Liquid liner is a good choice for humid days because it stays put. Gel pencils that “set” also are summer friendly. L’Oréal Paris Super Liner So Couture Black Waterproof Eyeliner makes lining your eyes as easy as using a Sharpie. ButterLondon Wink Eye Pencil sets after a few minutes.


    I am a huge fan of Rimmel London mascara. They make a line of fabulous mascaras that cost about $10. Rimmel London Wonder’Lash Mascara Argan oil will give you lavish doll-like lashes to rival any posh brand, if you like that trend. If you are into the bare, less-is-more look, try Dr. Perricone MD No Mascara, a tinted, lash-enhancing serum.


    Every girl needs a bright classic red and soft, shimmery pink lip collar to get through the summer. Smashbox be Legendary Lip Gloss fills the bill. The super colour saturated lip gloss stays on but never looks heavy. You can change your look by changing the colour. True Red or Rich Rose will give you a polished or sexy look Coral with Shimmer or Pinky Pinky with Shimmer are beach-perfect shades. They are $24 each.


    “Say no to wax” for great places to tint lashes


    Block 7



  7. Sweet slaw for summer

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    This slaw is sharp, sweet, and tangy – perfect with any deli sandwich or BBQ. The secret is the dressing made with honey, good mustard, garlic, and raspberry vinegar. It’s a crowd pleaser. It is perfect for summer celebrations because it won’t wilt or spoil in the heat.


    I hand-grate the cabbage on a mandolin, but you can use a food processor. The trick is to cut it finely. If you are not used to a mandolin, it may be much safer to cut it with a fine slicing blade in a food processor.


    Finely slice a small head of rinsed red cabbage

    Slice very thin (transparent) half a medium sweet onion

    Grate two large peeled carrots

    Peel and grate a large apple (optional)

    Mix and salt very lightly with kosher or sea salt


    Dressing: ¼ cup raspberry vinegar

    1 ½ Tbsp. honey

    1 ½ Tbsp. Pomegranate Molasses

    1 tbsp.  Good mustard

    1 large clove garlic, peeled and crushed

    1½ to 2 tbsp. good oil – use what you like

    Mix well and toss with the slaw



  8. Stiletto scandal

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    When several women were turned away from the gala screening of the movie Carole at the Cannes Film Festival for wearing flats, the hue and whine was deafening.

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    Festival director Thierry Fremaux apologized. He has also denied that high heels are obligatory for women at Cannes. He issued the following statement: “Regarding the dress code for the red carpet screenings, rules have not changed throughout the years and there is no specific mention about the height of the women’s heels as well as for men’s.” Tuxedo and formal dress are required for gala screenings, while other screenings require smart dress.


    Fashion writer Amanda Brooks pointed out in her piece for Time magazine that Ines de la Fressange walked the red carpet this year at Cannes. She wore a stunning gown and flat sandals, demonstrating the dress code is about elegance not heel height. 

    I am so sick of today’s “culture of comfort”. It destroys elegance. The guards who turned away the women may have been “over-zealous” as the now beleaguered and attack director says, or perhaps they not only wore flats but disregarded the formal dress code. I don’t know. I have seen no pictures and few would dare to ask.

    I long for the days when a scandal from Cannes included a beautiful starlet like Brigitte Bardot or a flamboyant couplet like Dick and Liz.


    Summer is short, so enjoy the sweetness! Happy holiday! 

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