Prime time beauty

Skin needs extrs protection when exposed to bright sunlight as Anne's skin is while on the water.Recently, my beauty-savvy friend, Kem, drew my attention to Sunforget-
table Powder Brush Sun protection. It is part of the Colorescience, a line of beauty and anti-aging products so popular with beauty insiders that it can be hard to get your
hands on them. I couldn’t wait to find out more. The hottest trend in skin care is in products that improve  the appearance of skin while treating it.
Ask any top dermatologist or plastic surgeon and they will
tell you that sun exposure is the number cause of skin aging.
So, products that make skin look good, while nourishing and protecting it with a high SPF are all the rage!
Sunforgettable Mineral Powder Sun Protection 50 is a neat brush filled with highly refined minerals that shield skin from the damaging effects of the sun and environment while giving it a pretty glow. It is available in several shades as well as SPF 30 or 50. The light powder finish that helps to mask flaws, but looks light and natural is perfect for the summer heat.
Sunforgettable Primer SPF 30 also provides a high level of non-irritating, instant broad spectrum UVA and UVB sun protection. It helps to even out skin tones and leaves your face looking and feeling dewy. I love primer and always wear it. This one seems like a winner with white algae and botanicals to soothe ski and reduce redness. It is recommended as a base for the Sunforgettable Mineral Powder Sun Protection, but either can be used alone or with other products.
As the name implies, Colorescience combines color cosmetics with science to address women’s skin care concerns. There are illuminating serums full of peptides and antioxidants to reduce lines and firm skin while giving it a pretty champagne or bronze glow. I will buy this as soon as it is back in stock!
Brush on coverage and sun protectionColorescience seems to have a magic potion for every skin type from acne to dry aging skin. The line uses cutting edge ingredients and is well priced for what they offer. The emphasis is on sexy, pretty skin as opposed to runway trends. Most products cost between $45 and $65.
The trend towards multipurpose products that combine effective sun protection with anti-aging ingredients, as well as ingredients to make skin more radiant and beautiful, is growing.
Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-Aging Primer with Sunscreen: Advanced UVA/UVB protection + the instant correction for signs of aging from La Roche-Posey has been called a breakthrough product by experts.
Micro-particles of light reflecting silica that minimize skin imperfections are combined with state of the art UVA/UVB protection. The formula also contains traditional primer ingredients that make skin feel smooth and soft. Women love this product for its non-greasy feel. It costs less than $40.
Acne-prone women and those with sensitive skin are snatching up Boscia B.B. Cream SPF 27 PA ++. This oil-free BB cream hydrates while diminishing the appearance of pores and fine lines, and concealing small flaws and blemishes. There is only one shade, so this works best for those with medium skin tones. It costs less than $40.
Perfect BB SPF 40/PA from 3LAB, a new high-tech luxury skin care line, is a tinted moisturizer packed with serious anti-aging ingredients. It leaves skin looking flawless and feeling fabulous. This is my personal favourite BB cream.
According to the company, Perfect BB "treats fine lines and wrinkles using anti-oxidants, vitamins, and botanicals, including Photocell Tec, Nano Clair GY™ and β-white to improve and even skin tone, brighten the skin, alleviate irritation and protect the skin from harmful UV rays and oxidative stress."
I love that a small amount of the SPF 40 cream leaves skin natural-looking but flawless for hours, even throughout my sweaty workouts.
Perfect BB SPF 40/PA from 3LAB comes in three shades and costs $95. Try it.
Avène High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50 is yet another option for effective skin care for sensitive skin. Avène uses a 100 percent mineral, chemical filter-free sunscreen that provide broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection without irritation. 100 percent mineral sunscreen provides non-irritating protection.  It costs $29.
If you are looking for a good drugstore option, try Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Tone Correcting UV Moisturizer. This value-packed product offers deep and illuminating coverage as it helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It comes in several shades and offers good coverage for less than $25.

Chatting with the “Get-Fit Guy”

Ben Greenfield, AKA the Get-Fit Guy, is recognized as a leading fitness, triathlon, and nutrition expert. He’s also one of the most popular fitness authorities online.
In his upcoming book, The Get-Fit Guy’s Guide to Achieving Your Ideal Body: A Workout Plan for Your Unique Shape, Ben identifies different body types and gives step-by-step, easy to follow diet and exercise plans. He has something for everyone.
Ben agreed to answer some of our most often asked questions about weight loss and exercise.
DD: Is it possible to reset your metabolism, and if so how?
BG: The only way to "mess up" your metabolism (specifically, significantly lower it) is through long-term calorie restriction – meaning going longer than four weeks eating a very low 500-1,000 calorie diet. Otherwise, there is no need to reset your metabolism! However, if you have been on a "crash diet" with severe calorie restriction for longer periods of time, the best way to get your metabolism up is to find out your metabolic rate and then eat at least as many calories as are in your metabolic rate, so that you can sustain a normal, healthy metabolism. Of course, there can be other issues at play in a low metabolism, such as low thyroid, and that would simply be something you'd need to have tested with a physician.
DD: What is best workout to burn fat?
BG: Simply this: do a full body workout, with a resistance training exercise for each body part. After every set of weight training, do a 30-60 second intense cardio burst, such as jumping jacks, jump rope, etc. That's how to do it! Find more details at
DD: Why do some women have such a hard time losing weight?
BG: Women, and especially the endomorph and meso-endomorph women I discuss in my book, tend to have naturally higher levels of storage body fat – primarily for reproductive reasons. However, this naturally higher body fat can also cause high production of estrogens (a "pro-growth" hormone") and can also tend to accumulate higher amounts of toxins and synthetic estrogens, which can create a vicious cycle of resistance to weight gain. The best fix for this is a double-whammy: go after the storage body fat, while at the same time reducing exposure to environmental estrogens found in things like plastic bottles, chemical cleaners, and high fragrance household items, such as fabric softeners.
DD: Can you work out to build a better butt or bustline?
BG: Yes,absolutely. But this can be a catch-22 – the wrong kind of exercise, specifically too much cardio, can actually reduce or flatten the butt and bustling. For most female body types, exercise should be skewed towards weight training and away from cardio if the goal is to improve the butt and bustline.
DD: What is more for losing weight, diet or exercise?
BG:  I've seen many, many women achieve impressive figures by simply staying relatively active and eating healthy. But I've seen very few women achieve nice bodies and truly lasting weight loss by eating whatever they want and exercising in enormous quantities. So the answer is: diet.
DD: Is it important to vary your workouts, and why? 
BG: There is a principle in exercise science called "SAID". This stands for Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demands, and means that the body will eventually adapt to the demands that you place upon it. For this reason, it is important to vary workouts at least every four weeks, and preferably more often than that. The one caveat to this is that if your goal is to be a bodybuilder, or to build a specific muscle to impressive proportions, you often must hit that muscle over and over again from the same angle, which does mean repetition and lack of variety. But this would only be a goal for someone who wanted to, say, get very big biceps.
DD: How do professional athletes stay motivated as they train day after day?
BG:  Professional athletes, for the most part, are not driven by vague goals such as "look better" or "get healthy". Instead, unlike most of the rest of us, they have specific dates on the calendar by which they must be in peak condition – or risk embarrassment! You can replicate this same type of motivation by doing something like signing up for a 5K, triathlon, or marathon, and then telling all your friends about it. This way, you have a specific date on the calendar for a goal that you plan on achieving and the risk of social awkwardness if you're not ready to complete it when the time rolls around.

Who wears short shorts?

Alice and Olivia Caddy Cuff ShortsDarlings, if you have the legs — and that is a big if — one of the cutest trends this season are short shorts. Some almost look like dressy bloomers, but they are super cute. Try a pair if your legs are stellar and your butt is small and high.
Look cool in white. Alice and Olivia’s Caddy Cuff Shorts at $154, have a hip vibe. Both looks can dress down for day or up for night depending on your accessories. A sweet looking option  from Lilly Pulitzer “Buttercup Toile” shorts for $74. Super smooth and moisturized legs and a killer pedicure are essential.
Lilly Pulitzer “Buttercup Toile” shorts

Be radiant

Aussie makeup artist Sue Devitt has created a light weight bronzer that gives you a gentle radiant glow. Sue Devitt Gel Bronzer SPF 40 bronzer contains Algae Extract to help boost collagen as well as antioxidants such as Babao Seed Extract. There is also hydrating Sunflower Seed Oil to moisturize. The bronzer also contains "spherical powders" to ensure a luminous, but not greasy glow that won’t fade.

Bold beauty trend

Boots No 7 Stay Perfect Liner comes in four trendy shades. We love it in Sapphire. It’s the perfect way to try one of boldest beauty trends of the season. Apply a couple of coats of mascara and then just add a brilliant stroke of colour to bring a focus to your eyes. It costs less than $8 in drugstores and big box stores.

Little luxuries

I am mad about good soap. I love the fragrance and the feel of luxury soap. Nudo – straight from grove handmade soaps come in pretty recycled boxes and contain 60 percent olive oil. They perfume your bath with essential oils and herbs. The scented in lemon, mint and rosemary, and lavender. This sensual and elegant soap makes a perfect hostess gift.

Out, damn spot!

Sun spots and discoloration mar your complexion and make you look older. Exuviance OptiLight Tone Corrector uses “active science” and proven botanical ingredients to treat and prevent an uneven tone.
According to Neostrata scientists, “Patented NeoGlucosamine gently exfoliates to break up pigment clusters, while Retinol and a stable form of Vitamin C help reduce the intensity of existing spots. The active ingredient in Turmeric and a special blend of Alpine Plants help prevent new spots from forming. Optical diffusers create an instant, all-over brightness.”
Excess sun exposure of the years can cause dark spots and discoloration on your face hands and décolleté. Exuviance OptiLight Tone Corrector is a fabulous alternative for to use hydroquinone or is sensitive to it. Hydroquinone has been banned in Europe.
We really like Neostrata products because they work. They give us great results and beautiful skin at fraction of the cost of similar products.

Sizzling beach read

 Beautiful Sacrifice: A Novel by Elizabeth Lowell is all a beach read should be.
Sexy professor Lina Taylor believes she is being followed, but can’t imagine why. Her mother, antiquities dealer Cecilia Reyes Balm, is a direct descendant of Mayan royalty and has made a fortune selling Mayan artifacts. Her father, Phillip, is a famous, but eccentric archeologist. Lina keeps her professional life as an academic in Dallas separate from that of her flamboyant family.
As the Winter Solstice of 2012 approaches, the “Mayan Long Count “ calendar resets and heralds the end of world. Crazy cults surface sound the event. Lina even notices an increase of nutty myth-obsessed students in her university classes.
When investigator Hunter Johnson asks for Lina’s help in interpreting Mayan glyphs linked to a serious drug case, it becomes clear that Lina is being followed by very dangerous people. After thugs attempt to kidnap Lina, she and Hunter are on the run.
Beautiful Sacrifice is a sexy, chilling mystery. Lowell weaves Mayan mythology with intrigue, drug dealers, and a sizzling romance. This is an intelligent, well written summer sizzler.