August 2016

  1. Super hydrating sun screen

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    The problem with wearing sunscreen is that it can

    Leave your face looking oily or very dry.

    Too many of them get greasy, cause break outs or cake up.

    That’s why I fell in love with

    AMOREPACIFIC Resort Collection Cushion Broad Spectrum SPF 30+ Sunscreen.

    This broad spectrum sunscreen makes skin look and feel moist and hydrated.

    It is the most luxurious and elegant sun screen I’ve tried.

    As the company says, it is “perfect for on the go touch ups”

    and if you burn-easily as I do,  you know

    how important this can be.

    The lovely compact is equipped with a specially designed

    anti-microbial puff, enabling hygienic use. These puffs help make application smooth and seem to keep your product very clean.

    As with all AMOREPACIFIC products, the sunscreen ingredients of Zinc Oxide, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, and Titanium Dioxide are supplemented with

    anti-ageing botanicals.


    Plum extract is added to protect against “heat-aging which accelerates oxidation and inflammation

    the two major causes of premature aging”.  Purslane extract is added as “superior antioxidant protection, reducing skin irritation from environmental aggressors”. And Bamboo sap is “rich in minerals and amino acids” and it “hydrates for long-lasting suppleness”.  All together this formula leaves skin protected and glowing.


    A few reviewers on store sites have complained that this is” just a sunscreen”. It is just a sunscreen – a fabulous, luxurious, effective, sun screen.

    I see why Olympians like Swimmer Natalie Coughlin and Soccer Player Hope Solo love the AMOREPACIFIC range of Cushion Compacts.  They know the importance of waterproof and sweat proof sun protection.




  2. Beauty bargain: Fuller Thicker Hair!

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    Stress, diet, over-processing, genetics, and even serious health problems can all make your hair thin or even fall out. Some women experience sudden and temporary hair shedding after pregnancy or going off the pill. Menopause or even perimenopause can cause hair to get thinner, even in women who are in their mid-thirties.


    So if your hair is looking dull and thin you might want to try the new Thicker Fuller Hair line of products from Schwarzkopf. There is a Revitalizing Shampoo, Moisturizing Shampoo Weightless Conditioner, and Instantly Thicker Hair Serum, Thicker Fuller Hair Cell-U-Plex Root Lift & Bodifying Spray for Fine, Thin Limp Hair as well as Thicker Fuller Hair Weightless Volumizing Hair Spray and Thicker Fuller Hair Weightless Volumizing Hair Spray.  Since I first reviewed this line two new products have been added: Thinning Hair Treatment and Instantly Thick Serum.  The Thicker Fuller Thinning Hair Treatment is foam you use every day as an intense treatment for 3 months.  The Thicker Fuller Instantly Thick Serum helps to strength hair, stimulate growth and reinforces hair strands for a thicker, fuller look.


    The products are priced from $3.99 to $6.99, making this one of the best values we have seen.


    The products all contain Cell-U-Plex, a blend of botanicals, wheat proteins, and caffeine, designed to work together to help prevent hair loss and prevent breakage. These ingredients are similar to those in some of the most expensive hair care lines designed to address the problem of thinning hair. Wheat proteins help to strength hair instantly and prevent hair loss from breakage. It also makes hair look instantly thicker by wrapping around the individual strands. Fuller Thicker hair care also contains a special Marine Flora Complex described as “Tahitian marine water microalgae, derived from sustainable, renewable sources that strengthens and thickens hair, helping to prevent thinning hair”.  According to the company, “It’s clinically shown to help reduce the appearance of hair loss by targeting the three stages of your hair growth cycle.”


    Caffeine is a key ingredient in Cell-U-Plex – and perhaps the most important one.


    There are several recent studies that show that caffeine applied topically does help stimulate hair follicles.


    I have thick, fine hair. I am always looking for ways to strengthen it and prevent damage from colour and heat styling.  These products smell and feel luxurious.  With products priced well under $20 each, Thicker Fuller Hair by Schwarzkopf is a true beauty bargain.  You can find it online, at drugstores and big box stores, as well as online.




  3. Doctor approved infused-water recipes

    Healthy water ready for spin class!

    Healthy water ready for spin class!

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    If you resist buying infused-bottle water to avoid the environmental

    impact and expense there is no reason you need to miss out on the benefits

    We have recipes from top experts that we think taste better and fresher – You may agree. And there is no worry about what is in them because you control the quality!

    And when water tastes this good – you drink more of it. I know I do!


    DolceDolce note:

    I used my Citrus Zinger Infusion Set sample to make the citrus and cucumber recipes. It made it so easy and very pretty too. The cucumber slicer connects to the 28oz BPA/EA-free bottle so it is easy to cut a ribbon of fresh cucumber right into the water. My set also includes the Citrus Zinger harnesses the power of fresh fruits by preserving their taste, aroma, hue, vitamins and minerals.



    Here are the recipes:

    All set work and hydrate!

    All set work and hydrate!


     Mango Ginger

    This combo might seem weird, but adding the health benefits of ginger and the antioxidant power of mangoes is a surprisingly tasty mix! “Mangoes contain so many vitamins that help boost your immune system. It has antioxidants that maintain youthful glowing skin and aid in the production of blood cells,” says Dr. Christopher Calapai D.O. a NYC anti-aging expert and long-time health advisor to the New York Rangers hockey team.  “Ginger is also helpful in fighting infection, has been linked to lower cholesterol levels, may reduce muscle aches, and helps digestion,” adds Dr. Calapai.


    Grapefruit Rosemary

    Recently rosemary was found to be the main ingredient eaten by residents of an Italian village with one of the highest populations of people who live past 100! “Rosemary improves circulation and sends more blood to the brain which is linked to greater concentration and potentially reduces risk of Alzheimer’s,” says Dr. Calapai. Grapefruit is not only delicious but it’s a natural fat burner, boosts metabolism and cleanses your liver.


    Melon Mix

    Cut up watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe chunks and throw into your water over night. “This melon variety tastes great and is amazing for your skin,” says Dr. Kally Papantoniou board certified dermatologist and clinical instructor at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York. “Melons are immensely hydrating, meaning more hydration per cup of water. They are also chock-full of antioxidants that keep skin clear plus they contain vitamins that promote collagen production which helps skin cell turnover.”


    Citrus Mint Pick your favorite citrus fruits, cut up into slices and add some crushed mint.  “Adding mint to your water is not only extra refreshing but also improves digestive health and can speed up your metabolism,” says Dr. Calapai. “Mint actually contains salicylic acid, a potent acne fighter,” says Dr. Papantoniou. “It’s also well known for its anti-inflammatory properties which work to calm irritation both on your skin or internally,” she adds.


    Cucumber Lavender

    “The reason so many spas use cucumber based treatments is because it contains many skin friendly minerals like magnesium, potassium and silicon,” says Dr. Papantoniou. “This mix is especially healthy,” says Dr. Calapai “Cucumbers are powerful detoxifiers, flushing out any waste in your system. Adding crushed lavender to the mix not only adds a beautiful aroma but can also help digestion as lavender contains polyphenols that reduce bad bacteria in your gut, making your system run smoother,” he explains.


    Pineapple Coconut WaterThis one is almost cheating… almost. Get your favorite store bought raw coconut water and refrigerate overnight with large chunks of pineapple. The coconut-pineapple flavor combo is delicious and reminiscent of a piña colada without all the sugar and calories. Although this is not pure H2O, coconut water contains electrolytes which plain water does not, which rehydrate you in record time. “Pineapple is yet another fruit that aids in collagen production,” says Papantoniou “This is not just great for beautiful skin, and collagen also has a major role in bone health and tissue repair.”

    Water does not have to be boring, it can be delicious. Drink up and enjoy the many benefits!


  4. Final days of summer

    Sullivan's Island

    Sullivan’s Island

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    The final days of summers are speed by

    as we look up to see Virgo in the sky.

    Here in the South, children are already

    gone back to school. Up North, everyone counts the days

    until labour day –

    Days of summer play always go too quickly for me.

    Slow down enjoy the sun warm and last days on the deck.


    Life should sweet but you need work at it too.

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  5. Is your sunscreen shady?

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    According to study published in the

    Journal of American Academy of Dermatology

    (JAMA), and reported widely, 40 percent of

    top consumer rated sunscreens sold on  did not adhere to AAD guidelines,

    including not being water and sweat resistant.

    Many others are also facing legal challenges,

    alleging they are not performing up to their marketing claims.

    This doesn’t surprise me! I have found shopping

    for good quality Mineral sunscreen to be very challenging.

    Now, Dr. Kally Papantoniou tells you what you need to know to really protect your skin. She is a Board Certified New York Dermatologist, so she knows her stuff!

    Do you really need SPF 50 or higher?

    Dr. K: SPF refers to the ability of a sunscreen to block ultraviolet B (UVB)

    rays, which cause sunburns, but not UVA rays, which are more closely linked

    to deeper skin damage. Both UVA and UVB contribute to the risk of skin cancer.”

    Dr. Papantoniou explains that, “The SPF rating is a measure of the time

    it would take you to sunburn if you were not wearing sunscreen as opposed

    to the time it would take with sunscreen.

    “SPF is not a consumer-friendly number,” says Dr. Papantoniou.

    “It is logical for someone to think that an SPF of 30 is twice as good

    as an SPF of 15 and so on. But that is not how it works.”

    According to Dr. Papantoniou, “An SPF 15 product blocks

    about 94% of UVB rays; an SPF 30 product blocks 97% of UVB rays;

    and an SPF 45 product blocks about 98% of rays.

    After that, it just gets superfluous,” she says.

    Sunscreens with higher SPF ratings block slightly more UVB rays,

    but none offers 100% protection. Dr. Papantoniou recommends

    her patients use products with an SPF 30 – 50, depending on their skin type and medical history.


    How much sunscreen should you use?

    Dr. K: You’ve probably heard people say to use an amount the size of a quarter.

    Wrong! You’re supposed to use a shot glass full of sunscreen on all exposed

    areas. “And here’s something else you probably don’t know,” says Dr. Papantoniou.

    “SPF only refers to UVB rays. There is no ratings scale for UVA protection.

    So look for the words ‘Broad Spectrum’ on the label and specific ingredients.

    The most important ingredients for UVA protection are Avobenzone, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.”

    Dr. K says: Wear sunscreens rich in antioxidants

    Natural antioxidants are the latest breakthrough in sunscreens

    and are a safe way to boost our natural immunity to the sun’s harmful rays.

    When layered or combined with a sunscreen, they add an extra level of protection.

    Some known antioxidants are green tea polyphenols, vitamin C, raspberry seed oil, astaxanthin, ferulic acid and reishi mushrooms.

    Dr. Kally says: You don’t need multiple SPF products every day!

    “Only one of the products you use each morning needs to have SPF of 30 or higher,” says Dr. Papantoniou. “SPF is SPF, regardless of whether it’s in your foundation or moisturizer.”

    Dr. Kally says: SPF isn’t an equation.

    “You can’t use an SPF 15 primer and an SPF 20 foundation and get SPF 30 coverage.

    Your sun protection is only as strong as your highest SPF, which in this case would be 20.”

    Of course, if you’re dabbing foundation or moisturizer on only small areas of your face,

    it’s wise to double up on products that contain SPF to ensure total coverage”.

    If you’re wearing foundation, you don’t need sunscreen. A layer of makeup will protect your skin from the sun.

    Dr. Kally says: Make up will not act as a barrier for UV rays, even if it has an added SPF.

    “Testing has shown that the SPF protection from a makeup product alone is insufficient.

    That small amount of SPF is always a nice addition, but not enough to protect your skin,” says Dr. Papantoniou. Always apply sunscreen (or a moisturizer with broad-spectrum sun protection) under your makeup.

    If you’re worried about your skin looking greasy, there are plenty of great mattifying options for the face.

    Here is a check list:

    Always wear a hat and sun protective clothing if you’re going to be out for long periods of time.

    Avoid the mid-day sun.

    Don’t be tempted to use that tube of sunblock you didn’t quite finish last year. New summer, you need sun screen.

    Slather on generous quantities of sunblock at least 30 minutes before you head outdoors: To achieve the SPF level on the label, you need a teaspoon on your face and a shot glass-worth for your body. Don’t forget your ears, your lips, your hairline, and your scalp or part lines.

    Reapply every couple of hours, especially if you’ve been swimming or exercising.

    Dr. Kally Papantoniou is a Cosmetic Dermatologist, Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology. She specializes in Injectables, Lasers, Body Contouring, Surgical and Medical Dermatology. Dr. Papantoniou is also a clinical instructor at Mount Sinai Health Center in New York City.


    DolceDolce favourites:

    Here are a few of our own personal favourite sun screens:

    Avène High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50 combines serious sun protection with natural-looking makeup coverage in a handy compact. It is perfect for touching up all day. The compact comes in two shades that should work for most skin tones. If you have sensitive skin that reacts to most sun screens, you may find a mineral sun protection less irritating.

    I have tried many types of makeup /sun screen combinations and this one remains on the top of my list for appearance and protection.

    Avène High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50 is a pure mineral sunscreen with powerful antioxidants. It provides protection against both UVA and UVB (we think of UVA

    UVA as “aging-rays” and we call UVB the “burning-rays”). The Avène High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50 also carries the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Active Seal of Recommendation!

    Avène Ultra-light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ (Face) is a 100% mineral sunscreen for the face with broad spectrum SPF 50+ UVA/UVB filters. It also contains anti-oxidants, as well as being very hydrating and water resistant.

    I love the Avène line for the same reason many dermatologists recommend it; this line is very gentle, non-irritating and effective.


    Amore Pacific Color Control Cushion Compact Broad spectrum SPF50+ is a favourite of beauty editors and with good reason. From the Korean skincare line that has a cult following, this light weight cream really does almost perfect the skin. The anti-oxidant, hydrating formula floats over imperfections and gives the skin radiance while providing UVA/UVB protection. The compact formula is convenient for the woman on the go! I am addicted.

    Note: I use an obscene amount of sun screen. I am fair skinned

    person  and religious about applying it. I don’t use chemical sunscreen

    – even so-called organic sunscreens like Octisalate.

    I react to them after a few days and I prefer not to slather chemicals on

    my skin day after day. I like to keep it all as natural as possible.

    In my own experience, physical sun screens made from minerals protect my skin

    better and are less irritating. It is a personal choice.

    For inexpensive, all mineral sun screen try looking at those made for babies. But always check the labels.

    I find more and more products for children now contain chemicals.



  6. How to save your thinning hair!

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    Hair today takes a beating!

    It is no surprise that more women of all ages are reporting hair loss

    and thinning hair due to stress, dieting, genetics, illness, surgery

    and even hormones can all cause hair loss.

    Even common beauty practices such as tight braids,

    blow drying, heat styling, and hair colouring can take a heavy toll.

    No one likes losing their hair but for a woman it can be devastating.

    Here are Do’s and Don’ts from the experts at éprouvage

     to help protect your locks! éprouvage is a hair care line

    that features a progressive plant cell technology specially

    developed to promote scalp health to create the ideal environment

    to produce stronger, healthier hair.


    Eat the right foods!   Without enough protein your body can’t

    replace the hair that you naturally shed every day.

    An Iron deficiency can actually contribute to more hair loss than the

    regular 50-100 daily strands.

    Eating foods with plenty of vitamin C helps in the absorption of iron.

    Try to combine iron-rich foods with those that are high in vitamin C

    to get the most out of iron. Vitamin C also helps you’re body’s production

    of collagen, which in turn strengthens the capillaries which supply your hair shafts?

    Treat your hair to a weekly nourishing hair masque.

    Pay attention to ingredients in your hair care products

    If you are noticing more hair loss than usually, try products that contain Redensyl.

    It was originally used in eyelash growth products and it is gentle enough for daily use.

    I tried éprouvage over the past few months and I am impressed. I have thick but fine hair. I colour it as well as heat style it, so I try to pamper it as much as possible with the best shampoos, conditioners and treatments I can find.

    I used éprouvage Restorative Scalp Serum, which is described as “a potent scalp treatment that features an award winning ingredient, Reydensl that works to target hair at a cellular level”.

    According to the company, “Hair goes through 3 phases and Redensyl helps to keep hair in the growing phase longer resulting in fuller, thicker hair and less hair fall.” The serum is also supposed to reduce the appearance of hair fall by up to 17%, promoting the appearance of hair growth by up to 214 percent.

    It also reduces some of the primary issues causing thinning hair and hair loss and nourishes the scalp, helping provide an optimal environment for hair growth.

    I found the éprouvage gently fortifying shampoo and éprouvage gently fortifying conditioner very soothing. My hair looked great – very full and bouncy. I  applied the éprouvage Restorative Scalp Serum and the replenishing leave-in conditioner. The leave-in conditioner left my hair shiny and soft.  This is a great line if you have hair that needs gentle care.  If you have tried other hair serums and found they left your sticky  you  won’t have that problem with the éprouvage Restorative Scalp Serum. 

    Finally a few Don’ts:

    Don’t consume artificial sweetener aspartame as it has been

    cited as a cause of hair thinning and hair loss.

    Food additives can also have a negative effect on your hair.

    Raw egg whites contain a substance that binds biotin, which prevents its absorption.

    According to the American Academy of Dermatology,

    taking to many vitamin A-containing supplements or medications

    could trigger hair loss.

    Be gentle when styling your hair.

    Turn down the heat on styling tools to minimize damage to your hair.

    Be gentle when brushing.

    Comb knots out from the ends up to avoid breakage.

    Never brush wet hair. Instead, use a wide tooth comb to gently disentangle.

    Also never rub or twist your wet hair. Instead, pat it gently.

    DolceDolce tip:

    Consider using a special microfiber hair towel or turban to avoid

    damaging delicate weak follicles.

    I love the AQUIS hair turban. It helps dry frizz-free without damage.

    The éprouvage hair care line is priced from $15 to $30.


    You can also find it at Ulta



  7. Foreo Issa – gentle and effective

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    Foreo Issa is a new kind of electric tooth brush from the same people

    who make the popular  Foreo Luna skin brush.

    Like Foreo Luna, the Issa tooth brush, is made entirely of silicone.

    That was what first got my attention. The Foreo Issa is made

    entirely from nonporous silicone which makes it resistant to bacteria buildup.

    I am a bit of a germ-freak, so when I read it was “at least

    35 times more hygienic than regular toothbrushes” I wanted one.

    Foreo ISSA is also a “soft-touch”. It uses high-intensity

    pulsations and soft silicone bristles instead of friction to remove stains and plaque. So it is gentle on tooth enamel which helps to prevent gum recession.

    For an over-brusher that is important!

    Foreo also comes with a hybrid head that adds a core of regular bristles to the silicone bristles. I use the hybrid head. I find the silicone really keeps the bristles away from my tender tissues.

    Many reviewers have complained that the Issa feels too big in their hands and in their mouths. I am confused by this as my mouth is so small my dentists have to use children’s instruments at times. I am only 5 feet tall so my hands are little too. I find the Issa very comfortable. I love that it is half the weight of standard electric toothbrushes. But if it is too big for your taste there is also is a mini size.

    Besides looking very cool and chic, it also has a two minute timed cycle with a single switch for each quadrant of the mouth every 30 seconds. There are eight-speed adjustable pulsations. The brush head is so gentle that I run mine on high all the time. The brush is fully waterproof.

    You can charge it anywhere with a USB charger on any voltage. You just slip it in its little pouch and go. There are no bulky extras to pack.

    The website says each charge lasts for 365 uses or for six months. I am not sure how long it lasts. I brush my teeth a lot, but it stays charged longer than any other tooth brush I have tried. 

    Foreo says each brush head will last a year. Mine won’t. I am rough on toothbrush heads I bite them and mess them up. It doesn’t matter it is worth it — my last checkup was excellent.  I figure I will go through three a year which is no more than my other tooth brushes – and this one is much nicer to look at and use.

    It costs $199.

    Brush heads cost $19.95




  8. Trend alert: velvet

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    If you are looking for a fall wardrobe update think velvet.

    Wear a flippy little skirt or sexy lace up pumps with your leather jackets

    and cashmere sweaters, but before the mercury drops try lightweight

    panné or devoré with bare legs and tank tops.

    This fall and winter is all about luxe so get a jump on this trend!


    3.1 Phillip Lim Sculpted Velvet Mini Skirt, Sapphire $750.00Velvet tied pump

    Stuart Weitzman Cordonmid Velvet lace up pump $398


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