“Star treatment”


Silk Peel

Silk Peel

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Award season is here again and the stars walking the red carpet will want to look their best. Some will undergo outrageous facials that cost more than $1,000. Others will get their glow at the dermatologist’s office with a peel, banish fines with a little a Botox, or get an injection of filllers.  Hollywood beauties pull out all the stops for award season. 

But many of the beauty treatments and products that celebrities depend on are available to you, too. Here is a list of our favourite “red carpet-ready” products and treatments: 

Banish bags

You can roll away puffy eyes with Exuviance DE Puffing Eye Serum. The triple micro-roller applicator gently massages skin to stimulate circulation and encourage drainage while delivering a high-potency complex that will get rid of puffiness.

If puffy eyes are your problem, emulate A-listers by skipping salt, carbonation, and junk food for a few days before a big event; all of these can make you retain water.  Get plenty of sleep. If you suffer from allergies check with your doctor as a non-drowsy antihistamine can also help relieve swollen eyes. 

Get the A-list Glow

Katie Couric and the Olson twins are fans of the Lumixyl SilkPeel Facial.  This rejuvenating peel is known as the by some as the “Oscar facial miracle” and leaves skin smooth and hydrated with no down time. www.youtube.com/watch?v=oS3UoP5LX6w Don’t forget the best peel in the world won’t help if you forget to apply sunscreen. If it stings or causes breakouts, try a non-chemical product.

 Blemish solution

The irony of breakouts is that the worse time for a pimple is usually when one pops up. That is because stress is a major cause of pimple problems. What can a girl do? Dab on MD Complete Breakout Spot Treatment. It doesn’t contain-Benzoyl Peroxide which can irritate skin. It has ingredients to kill the bacteria that cause breakouts while soothing and hydrating skin.

Find it at Target.

 If you feel a blemish popping up, do not apply heat but instead use ice to reduce redness and inflammation before applying the spot treatment.



Beat ‘Gymtimidation’


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Alejandro Chaban

Alejandro Chaban

Certified Nutrition Consultant and Hispanic weight loss celebrity Alejandro Chaban knows all about ‘Gymtimidation,’ or fear of working out. Chaban once struggled to lose 150 pounds. He is the author of the bestselling book De Gordo a Galán or From Fatty to Hottie. Chabad created the Yes You Can! Diet Plan, the first and only diet regime created by Hispanics for Hispanics. Chaban says ‘Gymtimidation’ stops many women from getting fit and losing weight. Because he has been there, Chaban knows how to overcome the fears that can stand between you and getting fit.  

Here are Alejandro Chaban’s 5 Ways to Overcome Gymtimidation 

Problem:  Lack of knowledge. You’re at the gym but you have no idea how to use the machines or all of those weird balls. The only thing you see is all those expert people jumping from one machine to the next. You just stare at them with a confused look on your face without knowing where to start. Solution: Invest in one session with a personal trainer who can show you how to use the machines work and design a specific routine for you. Another option that’s cheaper is to go on YouTube and look for different video tutorials that show you how to work every muscle and even learn fun cardio routines to practice at home.

 Problem:  Competition! Getting to the gym the first few days and looking at the girl next to you and wanting to compete with her are a very bad idea. The only thing you’re going to do with this is feel bad that you can’t keep up with her. Solution: Don’t compare yourself to anybody. Your only competition is yourself. You don’t know the other girl’s story, what drives her, and how long she’s been doing this. 

Problem: When we’re first starting we want everyone to know what we’re doing and we share it on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and every other way we can think of. This causes us to spend more time on our phones than actually working out. Solution:  Leave your phone in the locker or use it only to listen to music. Stop telling the world you’re going to work out and just work out! I’m guilty of taking a few selfies here and there but I try not to, and always tell myself “Focus, Alejandro “. At the end of the day if you don’t work out you won’t have any results to share. 

Problem: You are wearing the wrong clothes. Solution: You don’t need the most expensive and trendy clothes for the gym. But you need the correct clothes so you to feel comfortable and confident. It is also necessary to help avoid injuries. I used to go to the gym with those huge heavy cotton shirts that were always three sizes bigger, but when I saw myself in the mirror I got even more depressed and lost all my motivation. And watch it! It’s not about being naked in public. LOL. 

Problem: Too much stuff to keep track of at the gym. Solution: When you go to the gym try to take as few things as possible, I used to take a padlock, water, my phone, an iPod, a bag, towels, my protein shake, my wallet, a book, and 40 different things. This just made me lose my focus and I always ended up losing stuff.

Try to take as little as possible and leave everything in the locker.




Beauty bargain

Milani Cosmetics Color Statement Lipstick  Plumrose

Milani Cosmetics Color Statement Lipstick Plumrose

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Forget the old rule that says you need to choose between a strong lip and strong eye. This fall designers sent models down the runway with smoky eyes and bright lips. The prettiest way to wear this look is with a crisply defined eyeliner, mascara, and shiny bright lips.

Milani Cosmetics Color Statement Lipstick gives lips clear, shiny colour that is right on trend.  This lipstick feels great and stays on. It has a great shine and doesn’t feel sticky. Miliani Color Statement Lipstick contains Vitamins A and C to help keep lips hydrated.

Here are a few of our favourite shades for fall:

Rose Hip is a bright pink.

High Voltage is a trendy orange-red.

Plumrose is the season’s must have “berry” lips shade.

Violet Volt is funky violet purple.

Sweet Nectar is warm apricot.

Milani Cosmetics Color Statement Lipstick is a true beauty bargain, priced at only $5.49. Find it in drug stores and online.


Real Housewives of Beverly Hill’s style


Lisa Rinna

Lisa Rinna

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Lisa Rinna, the newest Real Housewife of Beverly Hills, attended Entertainment Weekly pre-Emmy’s Party. She was wearing a leopard jacquard t-length cocktail with crepe bodice and patent leather belt from Theia’s Fall Collection 2014. 


Get Natasha Lyonne’s “Bardot” look


Natasha Lyonne

Natasha Lyonne

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Natasha Lyonne, star of Orange is the New Black walked the red carpet at the 66th Emmy Awards in a form-fitting navy lace dress with ruffled hem. In her retro-looking dress with her glamourous hair and makeup, Lyonne resembled a young Brigitte Bardot

Burt’s Bees’ lead makeup artist, Katey Denno created Natasha’s makeup to complement her dress. 

Here is how Katey Denno created the look: 

“I started with a light layer of Vapour Organic Beauty Foundation as a base. Then, we went with a ‘vampy’ eye look; using lots of black and gray shadows from Kjaer Weiss just on her lid and lash lines. I finished with lots of lashes, topped with W3LL People Mascara.” says Denno. “To round out the eye look, I overdrew her brows slightly, and filled them in with a medium-warm taupe powder.” 

Denno accentuated Natasha’s cheekbones with a little contour and a pop of peachy pink on the apple of the cheeks.

“And last but certainly not least, the overdrawn Bardot-esqsue mouth finished the look,” Denno says. “I used Burt’s Bees new Lip Crayon in Niagara Overlook with a Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Pink Blossom. This gave her a sultry, intensified, but not over-the-top lip; it’s like her lips, but better.” 

Products are priced at $9 for Burt’s Bee’s Lip Crayons and $7 for Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balms. 





Trend alert: Braids

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Braids are not only one of the hottest fall runway trends, seen at Marc by Marc Jacobs, Marchese, Etro and Pucci to name a few, but they are also a great way to give heat-styled hair a break. 

Mario Russo, owner and lead stylist of Salon Mario Russo in Boston, says the Lobster Tail braid is the perfect way to update the popular fishtail braid. 

“This messy and textured twist is easy to create,” says Mario, “and doesn’t even requiring braiding skills; just twisting! Depending on the occasion the Lobster Tail can be as deconstructed or as neat as you like.” 

How to braid a” Lobster Tail”: 

Start with day-old hair to achieve the messy and textured look of this braid. 

Use a texturizing spray like Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray on the roots to eliminate any natural oils that can flatten hair. 

Gather hair to one side, while leaving a few front pieces of hair out on the opposite. Curl these pieces with a one-inch barrel to add more shape around the face. 

Separate hair in half, a front and back section, and make three small sections out of the back section. Twist each one individually before joining all three to make one twist. Secure with a clip so you can work freely on the front section. Don’t worry if it untwists a little bit, you can re-twist later. 

Take the front section, split into two small twisted sections, and then combine to make one twist. 

Join the front and back twists, make one complete twist and then secure with five or six bobby pins next to  your ear. This will hold together the beginning of the twist. 

Spray texturizing spray again on hair below the bobby pins to create fullness and then make two twists with this remaining hair and combine the two twists into one, twisting all the way down. Don’t twist too hard; let it be a little loose to give it more thickness and texture. 

Before securing with hair tie, put bobby pins UP throughout the twist, almost like a skeleton for the twist, and then secure with a hair tie. The pins will hold the twist in place. 

Finish off with a light hair spray, such as Oribe Superfine Strong Hair Spray.




Get Julianne Hough’s look


Julianne Hough

Julianne Hough

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 “Deep and disheveled” is how celebrity hairstylist Riawna Capri described Julianne Hough’s hair style for the 2014 Emmy Awards.  “After seeing the white dress, I knew her hair had to have the perfect balance between edgy and formal,” Riawna says. 

Here is how Riawna got the look: 

Stylist Riawna created this look by prepping Julianne’s damp hair with KMS California TAMEFRIZZ taming crème to smooth frizz and provide heat protection. 

After applying the product, Riawna “rough dried” her hair with a blow dryer and sprayed it with KMS California HAIRPLAY sea salt spray for added texture.  

Riawna left the hair slightly damp and let it air dry. 

Once completely dry, Riawna sprayed Julianne’s hair with KMS California FREESHAPE 2-in-1 styling + finishing spray to prep the hair for curling. 

Using a one-inch curling iron, Riawna curled the hair in vertical sections leaving out the ends. 

She then worked each section of the hair with KMS California HAIRPLAY dry wax to make it look piecey. The style was locked in with KMS California HAIRSTAY medium-hold spray. 


Tofu oatmeal coconut cookies

oatmealtofuClick on top title to open and scroll Tofu is a great source of low-fat protein. It’s a staple for many vegans but for many of us cooking with tofu is a mystery. That is why I was thrilled to find this recipe for tasty oatmeal cookies created by House Foods America. The recipe is vegan and easy to make. Best of all it doesn’t call for any hard-to-find ingredients.

½ package House Foods Premium or Organic Tofu Soft

1½ cup all-purpose flour

1½ cup old fashioned oats

¼ cup brown sugar

½ cup granulated sugar

⅓ cup vegetable oil

½ cup coconut flakes

1 tsp vanilla extract

½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

Add tofu, sugar, oil and vanilla to food processor and purée until smooth. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, oats, baking powder, salt, and coconut, and combine them with the wet ingredients. Mix thoroughly and place in refrigerator for one hour to firm.

Drop 2 tbsp. of dough onto a greased baking sheet or parchment. Cover the baking sheet, placing the cookies two inches apart. Repeat for remaining cookie dough. Bake for approximately 20 minutes at 350 degrees F.