Fast fixes for annoying and embarrassing beauty glitches

 
Stretch marks can be disguised with sunless tannerEven the most gorgeous women have occasional beauty glitches. Some are temporary, such as sudden eruptions of painful cystic pimples before special occasions. Others are more permanent, such as stretch marks. But all can be finessed with the right fix.
 
Stretch marks are distressing, but most women will aquire a few in their lifetimes. Stretch marks are caused when the skin stretches too fast. The reddish or purple lines will usually fade over time.
 
You can help prevent some stretch marks by moisturizing with cocoa butter if you are pregnant. If you get stretch marks, some experts claim retinoids and glycolic acids can help by stimulating new collagen. Speak to a doctor as soon as you notice stretch marks as these treatments work best on fresh ones. According to our experts, expensive stretch mark creams and over-the-counter treatments are not very effective. 
 
Some dermatologists use lasers to treat stretch marks. Expect to need multiple treatments and to spend at least $1,500. Lasers can help remove redness and even out the skin, but don’t expect more than a 30 to 50 percent improvement.
 
If you want a fast, inexpensive fix, exfoliate and use a sunless tanner in your skin tone to help mask stretch marks. Sunless tanner can make stretch marks and minor cellulite seem to almost disappear.
 
Spider veins are not a health danger, but they look terrible. They can spread if left untreated. Saline injections or laser treatments are quick fixes for spider veins.
 
Prices vary for both treatments, and they can sting if the doctor is not careful, so get a recommendation from a friend or a trusted physician.
 
To disguise blemishes on your legs try Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs Light Glow Leg Makeup with Vitamin K. This spray-on leg makeup is inexpensive, easy to apply, and stays on.
 
A cortisone injection from a doctor is a quick way to get rid of large cystic pimple and prevent scaring too!Large cystic pimples pop up at the worse time! It is no surprise that stress is major cause of acne flares! If you feel one coming on before a big event, apply ice and a little over-the-counter cortisone cream, or even eye drops such as Visine that treat redness. Do not apply heat or dying agents. You want to calm and reduce the redness and inflammation without disturbing the skin.
 
See if you can get a cortisone injection. It will reduce the cyst overnight. You will need a dermatologist or look for a special acne clinic that offers these injections – they are magical.
 
Blue light from a Klima Wanda or Tanda Acne light can be helpful too.
 
If you have frequent acne flares, seek the help of an acne specialist. Make sure they offer acute treatments including cortisone injections for cystic pimples, which also prevent scarring.
 
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage and Loose-Setting Powder will cost about $65 together. But they the most effective, natural cover-up for any type of blemish and last a very long time. Make an appointment so you can have a Laura Mercier-trained makeup artist teach you how to use it. You can use a small new artist brush to apply it, if your budget is a concern.
 
If you have frequent dark under-eye circles or puffy eye bags you may have allergies. Talk to your doctor before you invest a fortune in treatments.
 
Keep a few teaspoons and used teabags in your freezer to de-puff eyes fast.
 
Never apply eye cream right under your eye; apply it on the orbital bone and crow’s feet area.
 
Use a lighter eye cream especially for puffy eyes and dark circles. Be aware that many eye gels can be irritating and stick to lightweight eye cream.
 
Peeling manicure: Peeling gel manicures look awful but are hard to remove. When you get a gel manicure pick up a bottle of regular polish in the same colour for touchups. Or if you change your colours frequently, get a bottle of two of Sally Hansen’s Gem Crush. A coat or two over your nails will extend any polish for a week. The thick glitter covers anything, looks trendy, and is forgiving if you are not an expert.
 
Dull, tired, lack luster skin and clogged pores can ruin any girl’s look. My favourite fix is a gentle, weekly, at-home peel. I don’t like harsh peels that can leave skin red and rough-looking. I prefer to keep a glow with frequent but gentle glycolic peels. Friends have told me this trick has saved their skin and their budgets. My favourites: Exuviance Performance Peel AP25 and Glytone Mini Peel Gel.
 
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Trend alert, floral pumps!

Years ago Paul Simon sang about a girl with diamonds on the soles of her shoes. This spring, the prettiest pumps have no jewels on them, but they are in bloom. These ladylike shoes are as pretty as a Claude Monet painting covered in vibrant floral prints.
 
Pair them with cool, frocks in bright sherbet colours or crisp spring and summer dresses in cream, white, or black.
 
Oscar de la Renta Floral-Print Satin Pump $575 in Pink.
Nine West Drusilla Floral Pump under $60 in Lavender.
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Serious anti-aging eye cream!

Women constantly ask me for the best eye cream. I tell them it depends on their concerns. Some women, especially younger women are troubled with dark circles and puffiness. But as we age, problems in the eye area are more complex. The skin loses elasticity, fine lines develop, and some women have issues with hyperpigmentation.
 
Renovage Cellular Eye Repair from Osmotics is an eye cream for mature skin. It has clinically-proven ingredients to improve the appearance of fine lines and to help slow down skin damage. And it is rich and creamy, to help keep dry, thin skin moist and dewy.
 
The secret is Renovage, which is also known as teprenone or geranylgeranone GGA. It is a “heat-shock protein inducer” that helps to protect the cells from DNA damage from free-radicals, inflammation, and stress.
 
It also contains powerful anti-oxidants, botanicals, and vitamins, as well as plant-derived Squalane, Shea butter, and evening primrose oil to reduce the signs of aging and help keep the eye area supple and moist. This is a serious eye cream that won’t irritate sensitive skin or eyes.
 
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Trend alert: The Gatsby look!

Carey Mulligan as Daisy drips pearls and diamonds in flapper fineryFashion lovers get ready for another lavish Baz Luhrmann spectacle. His hot sexy remake of The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan looks simply dazzling. It is sure to set trends. So darlings, get ready for a romantic summer in pearls, lace, and shimmery flapper-inspired fashions.
 
Fashion forward stars including Amy Adams and Stacy Keibler were already feeling the trend at the Oscars. Stacy wore a short, sassy flapper-like bob, and Amy had her hair in sexy 20s-inspired waves. The look is jazz hot!
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Interactive makeup

    EyeDoll Chatter is a new interactive line of makeup for young teens that older women love, too. The natural, paraben-free mineral makeup kits of shadows, blushes, and lip glosses have fruity scents. 
 
Young women like the fun packaging and interactive appeal of sharing their looks online. Older women get hooked on the light, transparent texture and all-natural ingredients.
 
As an added twist, EyeDoll Chatter users can communicate via text, Facebook, or Twitter, thanks to EyeDoll Chatter’s free iPhone app.   The cute kits contain six items each. The small containers make them ideal for evening bags and travel too. The eye and cheek kits have three all-natural colors and three-scented shimmers. The lip kits have three colored glosses and three scented balms. www.EyeDollChatter.com this is a perfect starter makeup line for tweens, but older women will be tempted too.  

  

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Spa at home!

Use it head to toe several times a week!We love to spa at home. A little pampering is good for the body and soul. So when St. Ives, one of DolceDolce’s favourite beauty bargains, sent us their own spa at-home tips, we decided it would be fun to share some.  The tips were created for them by Melissa Liebling-Goldberg of PopSugar.
 
Here are some ideas to bring the spa home from St. Ives:
 
Give your day a fun lift by taking the "St. Ives Naturally Joyful Challenge".
Take a hot shower to open your pores with steam.
Clean out your skin with a deep cleansing scrub to fight clogged pores.
Don't forget the lotion after your shower too – the heat helps your skin absorb moisture more efficiently.
Get your body ready for the day by doing a series of light stretches in the morning to get yourself pumped up and realigned after a night’s sleep.
DolceDolce tip: We are addicted to St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub. Try it head to toe! Naturally Soothing Oatmeal & Shea Body Lotion has a great fresh scent and leave skin soft and moist.
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The second installment of “Breathless” sizzles!

 
Fever by Maya Banks, is the second book in her steamy hit trilogy, Breathless. In Fever,the bestselling romance author has penned a yet another sexy, smoldering S&M romance that will once again delight the fans of newly popular genre.
 
Fever begins with Jace, Mia’s older brother, and his best friend Ash, seducing Bethenny, a young waitress at Mia and Gabe’s engagement party.
 
Ash thinks that Bethenny, the pretty young waitress, is just another casual dalliance. But even as Jace makes the usual arrangement for the three of them to spend the night together he feels himself growing possessive of Bethenny.
 
When Jace discovers Bethenny gone the next morning he pursues her in a panic. He discovers that Bethenny is homeless and that has she has had a very difficult and deprived life.
 
Learning of her hardships, Jace falls even more deeply in love with her and is determined to protect her. He fears she will not accept his unconventional desires but is reassured as she responds to his lovemaking.
 
In Fever Banks skillfully blends a traditionally “rescue romance “into her chosen S&M genre.
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Savory Brussels sprouts with pomegranate molasses

  
Roasted with tangy pomegrante molasses and garlic this recipe can convert even sprout hatersThis is inspired from many different Middle Eastern recipes. I became intrigued after seeing Brussels sprouts prepared like this on a television show, but I couldn’t find a recipe. So, I invented one after reading various descriptions of the dish. 
 
I make these Brussels sprouts with pomegranate molasses and nuts. It is delicious, different, and addictive – and may even convert sprout haters! I think the pomegranate and nuts make it perfect for festive holiday meals.
 
Pomegranate molasses is a popular Middle Eastern ingredient. This thick, tart syrup can be hard to find, but persist. It is delicious on lamb, in salad dressings, and in a variety of Middle Eastern dishes.
 
Preheat oven 400 F/200C
2½ cups large fresh Brussels sprouts
2½ tbsp. pomegranate molasses
2 tbsp. pine nuts
Salt and pepper
 
Wash, trim, and cut in half 2 cups of large, fresh Brussels sprouts.
Heat 1 tbsp. of good oil olive in a heavy sauté pan.
When the pan and oil is hot, add the sprouts and 1-2 cloves of peeled crushed garlic.
Reduce heat to medium-high and sauté for 2-3 minutes while stirring with a wooden spoon.
Salt and pepper to taste.
 
Transfer sprouts to a well-oiled, shallow baking pan, just large enough to hold the sprouts in a single layer.
 
Coat the sprouts with 2½ tbsp. of pomegranate molasses, and sprinkle with 2 tbsp. of pine nuts.
 
Roast in preheated 400F/200C oven for 25-30 minutes until tender. Do not overcook.
 
This dish is great with lamb, chicken, and fish, or for vegetarians, with lentils, rice, or a mélange of roast vegetables. It really is delicious and perfect for holiday entertaining!
 
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