Trend alert: Must-have for spring – eyeliner!

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This fall the new beauty must-have is eyeliner. You will want a few different colours and you will want textured eyeliners to wear different ways. Eyeliner looks seen on the runways for spring ran the gamut from classic winged and cats-eye looks to smoky-eyed liner and pastel liner.

These eyeliners are new and unique, and have never been easier to work with. The pencils really stay put because of the gel in them. You have about five minutes to smear and adjust them as they dry. Pen-type liquid liners are easier to apply, too, and stay on longer. Keep a pack of swabs handy, as the pros do, to clean up your work. And instead of black, try a liner in dark shimmery mink, deep plum, or navy for a softer, more interesting look.

If pencil or liquid looks too harsh too you try lining your eyes with eye shadow.  Use powder shadow in a smoke or slate shade  and  small tapered brush.

Here are a few of our favourites:

Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Gel Liner $24

Butter London Wink Eyeliner Pencil $18

Laura Mercier Longwear Creme Eye Pencil in Violet.

Butter London Wink Matte Liquid Eye Liner $18

L’Oreal Paris Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner $9.29

L’Oreal Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner $8.59




Non-toxic beauty solutions

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If you hate the idea of using unnecessary drugs to make your skin look younger or fresher, then Eric Schweiger, MD, founder of Schweiger Dermatology Group has great news for you. “Less invasive methods and the development of new devices means that we don’t have to introduce foreign substances into the skin to turn back the clock,” says Eric Schweiger, MD, founder of Schweiger Dermatology Group.

Dr. Schweiger shared a few of the most effective new non-toxic beauty treatments with us.

Non-toxic beauty treatments:

Skin Tightening Ultrasound

Ultherapy is the first non-invasive procedure specifically cleared by the FDA to improve fine lines and wrinkles on face, chest, and neck. The treatment uses ultrasound to build new collagen, and tone and lift skin.

Collagen is the protein that gives skin the supple, elastic qualities most associated with youth. “We can now harness this power to tighten skin under the chin and even lift the brow with none of the downtime and risks associated with surgery,” says Dr. Schweiger. “You will look refreshed immediately after treatment, and the collagen stores will build up gradually over a few months, which is when the full aesthetic results will be visible.”

Laser Resurfacing

Laser Genesis is a multi-purpose fractional laser that addresses a vast range of skin concerns including large pores, wrinkles, scars and rosacea – all in one simple treatment. “Genesis is not only good for reducing acne scarring, but for total facial rejuvenation, plus there’s no downtime, says Dr. Schweiger. Treatments takes only 15-20 minutes and three sessions are recommended for optimal results.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

PRP is otherwise known as the “vampire facial”. Kim Kardashian propelled this treatment into popularity with her shocking selfie. During treatment, a small amount of blood is drawn from you and placed a centrifuge to separate the different components of the blood. Red and white blood cells are divided from the platelets and the plasma (the clear fluid). Platelets are the cells in the blood that help tissue to heal and grow new cells. The PRP, injected into specific areas of the skin, act as a matrix that promotes your own collagen to grow, regenerates tissue, and thus acts as to naturally smooth and tighten the skin.


Curve appeal

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Laura Gomez, from the award-winning ensemble cast of Orange is The New Black, showed off her fabulous curves at the recent 2015 SAG Award show in a shimmering teal gown from THEIA. The “curvilinear gown” also had a dramatic triple tiered bustle train.







Get Emily Rossum’s look

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Emmy Rossum’s 2015 SAG Awards look was created by celebrity hairstylist, Cervando Maldonado. His inspiration for her ‘do was a modern young French bun. The look is chic and sexy.

Here is how to get the look from Cervando’s team:

Cervando created this look by prepping Emma’s damp hair with KMS California TAMEFRIZZ smoothing lotion, distributing the product on the ends and mid shaft of the hair.

Next he sprayed ADDVOLUME volumizing spray to the roots at the crown of the head to add lift and texture.

Using a medium sized boar bristle brush he began blow drying the hair. After blow drying each section he placed medium sized Velcro rollers around the crown of the head. He blow dried the rest of the hair straight and smooth with a large-sized boar bristle brush.

He curled the hair with a 1¼‘’ barrel curling iron, giving it a loose modern texture. Next he removed the Velcro rollers on the crown of the head, leaving the front roller in place. He sprayed HAIRPLAY dry wax lightly throughout the hair for texture and movement. To add more texture he scrunched HAIRPLAY messing creme towards the ends of the hair.

After creating the texture he desired, Cervando placed hair into a mid-ponytail. Once the ponytail was finished he wrapped it into a textured bun, using hair pins to hold into place. Next he removed the roller in the front of the head, and let it loosely fall around the face. He curled the loose hair with a 1’’ curling iron to frame the face.

He added a last bit of texture to the look by spraying HAIRPLAY playable texture throughout the hair. Finishing the look with FREESHAPE 2-in-1 styling+finishing spray to hold hair into place and give great shine.


Trend alert: Lip oils

ClarinsinstantlightlipconfortoilClick on the topmost title to open We all love beauty oils. Exotic oils for our faces and bodies – and now we have lip oils to soothe and soften our lips. It makes sense. And one of my favourites is from Clarins.  They were one of the first skin care lines to use real beauty oils so it makes sense they know how to make them. Clarins Instant Light Comfort Lip Oil feels fabulous. They have a gel-like feel and are not greasy. Clarins Instant Light Comfort Lip Oil contains hazelnut oil and organic jojoba oil to soften and plump lips. Lips are instantly soothed, nourished, and left with a pretty gloss.  It feels wonderful going on. I keep a tube on my desk in easy reach to combat winter dryness.  It comes in two shades: The Honey shade has a transparent amber tint and Mirabelle oil to help prevent dehydration and lips satin-smooth. The Raspberry shade contains raspberry oil to help nourish lips and slow aging.  Look for this at  better department stores and online.    


Trend alert: Military touches for spring

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Beauty Bargain

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Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover Pads are perfect for travel. The individually-wrapped felt pads can’t spill and are ideal for meeting air travel regulations. They also take up little room and weigh next to nothing. The pads combine botanical oils with Cutex remover. These are quick and easy to use. They are also great to keep around if you get your nails done at a salon and need to remove old chipped polish.  They are available in 10- and 3-count packs.


Wacky sexy spy adventure

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The Loving Daylights by Lynsay Sands is a crazy cross between James Bond and Austin Powers but for women. 

Jane Spyrus  is a brilliant but shy inventor for the secret crime-fighting organization B.L.I.S.S. Her parents and grandparents were all agents but she is too timid. 

Jane lives with her grandmother, Maggie, who was injured in a work-related spy accident.  Maggie was once one of the best agents in the business but now is sometimes confused as well as in wheelchair.

When Jane and Maggie’s next door neighbour’s  brother arrives for a visit and finds her missing there is reason to suspect she has been kidnapped.

Soon, Jane, Maggie, and her neighbour’s very attractive brother Abel Andretti are embroiled in a rescue which leads to a bigger spy caper.

Sand’s plot is totally silly but her characters are engaging. The Loving Daylights is a risky spy caper that romance lovers will adore.