July 2015

  1. Amazing masks!

    RoloxinLiftMaskClick on topmost title to open

    Heat, humidity, pollution, and air conditioning can make you skin look tired just when you want a healthy glow. Skin starts to look rough, even a little greasy. Your pores may look large and skin can be a little dull or sallow. 

    Using the right mask just once or twice a week can be the fastest way to regain radiance. In just 10 minutes, skin is instantly refreshed. You won’t believe what these new masks can do for your skin.


    Here are a few of our new favourites to try:

    There are the weeks that add years to your face. Try Roloxin Lift. Its “unique formulation combines a matrix of hydrophilic and hydrophobic silica particles forming a latticework atop the skin to create a bright, smooth, luminous appearance”.


    There are 10 little packets in the box. You knead the packet right before you open it and apply it. The mask dries to a white powder that you remove, and then you can apply your usual skin care.


    This mask leaves skin glowing, lifted, and smoothed. The effect lasts 24 hours so you can look perfect for any event, or just use it to recover from a grueling week. I really like this mask. It doesn’t duplicate a facelift or even Botox but it does make you look fabulous. You skin will smooth out and get a bit of a glow.


    The company says that, “the patented technology that powers Roloxin Lift was developed in conjunction with the Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology, which is consistently ranked one of the world’s top ten research universities”.




    If you are looking for an organic anti-aging mask to refresh and help firm skin, try Acure’s Cell Regenerating Mask. French Green Clay draws out impurities while Moroccan Argan Oil, CoQ10, and Seabuckthorn Oil hydrate with the added punch of potent anti-oxidants.


    The mask contains Acure’s Chlorella growth factor or CGF. According to the company, CGF is clinically proven to protect collagen and elastin fibers from enzymes that destroy them.

    It also contains “Active stem cells” from Argan oil which “contain all the beneficial markers that a specific plant carries. Being able to isolate and amplify these benefits up to 1,000 times their natural bioavailability makes stem cell science so unique”. This makes a very effective and well-priced pick-me-up for tired skin.


    My sensitive skin loved this mask. It left my skin soft and hydrated.





    If heat and humidity have brought on breakouts, Indie Lee’s Clearing Mask is the one to try. It contains Bentonite Clay, Zinc Oxide, Colloidal Sulfur, Salicylic Acid, and Glycolic Acid all help to keep skin clear. The clay draws out excess oil, Zinc Oxide and Colloidal Sulfur help calm acne, and Salicylic and Glycolic work to keep pores clear and skin texture refined.


    Hyaluronic Acid, Seaweed, and Chamomile extract help to soothe and rehydrate skin. $60Indie Lee’s Clearing Mask


    I tried this mask on my dry, stressed skin after a week of air quality warnings. Even the few blocks I walk to yoga had left my skin feeling grungy. But the mask was like a mini facial.





  2. Celebrate Lipstick Day!

    Mally Instant Impact Lipstick DuoClick on the topmost title to open and scroll

    National Lipstick Day is July 29th. If any cosmetic deserves its own day, it is lipstick.


    Since it was first invented about 5,000 years ago people have loved, feared, revered, and even tried to ban it. It has been proven to attract men and even improve a waitress’s tips.


    So isn’t National Lipstick Day a wonderful excuse to buy a new lipstick?


    One of the hottest runway lipstick trends for fall is sexy, glossy, and sexy.


    Here are a few of my suggestions:


    Mally Instant Impact Lipstick Duo captures two the two hottest looks for fall with a Fierce Pinky Coral and Extreme Nude. These lipsticks contain Vitamin E, mango butter, and almond oil, as well as a high pigment. Lips look glossy and sleek. A little less than $40.LauraGellerDoubleDipFijii


    Laura Geller Double Dip Lip Stick in Fiji Kiss holds warm pink tangerine, beige, and a bronzy brown berry in a single tube. Blend your own custom shade with a satin finish. This super-creamy formula with Shea Butter, Avocado Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Vitamin E keeps lips soft and moist. $17.50tartemattelipstain


    Tarte LipSurgence matte lip tint is a soft, natural-looking stain. In Tempted, a deep berry shade, this is the easiest way to wear the fall trend of a darker lip. Unlike may lip stains Tarte LipSurgence matte lip tint is not drying. $24





  3. Beauty classic update

    Coppertone’s CLEARLY Sheer For Sunny DaysClick on the topmost title to open and scroll

    Coppertone is a beauty classic from the 60s. Coppertone’s CLEARLY Sheer For Sunny Days is the classic updated just for women. This new line of sunscreens is “lightweight and sheer so you’ll feel comfortable wearing it every day under your makeup – without that ‘sunscreen feeling.” CLEARLY Sheer For Sunny Days comes in lotion, spray, and a formula just for faces. All formulas are UVB/UVA SPF30 and won’t cause breakouts. All have a light citrus scent and there is a water resistant version for the pool and beach. The line is priced at under $10.


  4. The Venus Effect

    VENeffect Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 15Click on the topmost title to open and scroll

    VENeffect is a skin care line that contains plant-based phytoestrogens to combat the effects of hormonal aging on skin.


    “The Venus Effect” is a term coined for the week when a woman’s peaking estrogen causes heightened vitality and beauty. It is also what inspired sisters Cecil & Dr. Rebecca Booth to create VENeffect. Dr. Booth is also the author of The Venus Week, about the powerful effect of estrogen, so she is familiar with the subject.


    The VENeffect skin care collection contains “proprietary phytoestrogen complex: plant-based molecules that safely and effectively restore collagen, dramatically increasing elasticity and reversing the signs of aging.”


    I recently tried a sample of VENeffect Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 15. It is designed to enhance collagen production, helps reverse sun damage, and dramatically improves skin elasticity while offering broad-spectrum protection from harmful UVA/UVB rays.


    I really liked the way this moisturizer feels and the luminous look it gave my skin. As a journalist who has covered anti-aging and women’s health extensively, I am convinced of the effectiveness of these ingredients in helping to fight the signs of aging. This line is one to try if you are combating hormonally-aging skin. My main quibble is with the low SPF. I hate to layer SPF with moisturizer so I prefer minimum SPF 30 intended for day wear.


    The light weight moisturizer contains VENeffect’s exclusive Phytoestrogen Blend of grape seed, red clover, and soy extracts which are proven to stimulate collagen and hyaluronic acid, reverse the signs of aging, and restore skin’s vitality and glow. Genistein, an effective phytoestrogen, has been clinically shown to repair sun damage and reduce inflammation.

    There are also Peptides to stimulate collagen production and hyaluronic acid to plump skin. Vitamins B and C have been shown to improve skin tone as well as help to lighten age spots, improve radiance, and enhance a healthy glow.


    The moisturizer has a UVA/UVB SPF 15 which the company states is “designed to protect skin from incidental daily sun exposure”.





    Find it at NeimanMarcus.com, Dermstore.com, SpaceNK.com, CosBar.com and Bloomingdales.com.




  5. Beauty bargain: “Never-fail eye liner”

    Click on the topmost title to open and scrollNYC HD automatic eyeliner

    I love the new  They preform like pricy department store eyeliner pencils for a fraction of the price.

    The pencils have a built-in smudger and auto-sharpener. The retractable liner lets you create

    a fine line or smoky eye with a waterproof formula that stays on. I tested my samples on the hottest days of the year!


    They come in five shades: Black, Navy, Blue, Deep Brown, Turquoise, and Deep Purple.


    At a suggest retail price of $1.99 NYC New York Color HD Automatic Eyeliner pencils are a true beauty bargain.


  6. Guacamole light

    GuacamoleLight DolceDocle.comClick on the topmost title to open and scroll

    There is a new “light” guacamole recipe making the rounds. It contains frozen peas to cut the fat and calories. Some consider this hearsay, but as a woman who is always watching her weight, I am more open-minded.


    This is my version. Try it and decide for yourself. I also add chopped tomato. It is definitely not “authentic” guacamole, but is delicious and a nice change if you are cutting calories. I also use Engage Organics Mex Mix spice blend which can use to taste and omit all the salt if you wish for health reasons.


    1 large ripe avocado, mashed (You can use a fork for this if the avocado is as ripe as it should be)

    ½ cup fresh or frozen peas — cooled or defrosted and pureed

    1 small clove of garlic mashedimusa handheld Citrus Squeezer

    1/4 – 1/2 tsp Engage organics salt free Mex Mix spice blend


    Juice of one lemon

    I used the IMUSA handheld Citrus Squeezer with a great ergonomic design. So easy and you get all the juice. This is an amazing tool and under $10 at Target and Bed, Bath and Beyond.

    Mix all the ingredients very well



    ½ finely diced and drained ripe tomatoes

    Optional: Finely sliced cilantro

    Salt to taste


    Feel free to double this for a larger serving


    Serve with fresh vegetables or tortilla chips



  7. Savour summer!

    Gracey HitchcockClick on the topmost title to open and scroll

    Enjoy the summer. Stay cool the same ways you did as a child, if the heat starts to make you cranky. Go to the movies, sit by the shore or by a river, and catch a cooling breeze. Spend time with friends at pretty café or on your own back deck. Everyone can stay up later when the days are longer, so make the most of warm evenings. Look up at the night sky and wish upon a star.


    Summer is fleeting so savour it.


    DolceDolce is off to play and we will see again Aug 21, 2015.


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