Laser hair removal at home

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Summer – the season to be bare is almost here. And that can make too much hair

in the wrong places a problem. Now you can get beautiful bare at home with effective

hair removal systems using laser and IPL. I tired two that really work and are a snap to use.

Results take about 7 weeks so get started now!

Tria’s Hair Removal Laser 4X is the first FDA-cleared laser for home use that uses the same

diode technology found in a dermatologists’ offices.  The HRL’s Pulse Counter lets you know

that each targeted area has been effectively treated. The device has to be activated before

it will turn on and will not work if you have the wrong skin type. This is a really good safety feature

as it will help prevent burns.

There are five different power settings you can adjust according to your own tolerance.

I tried a sample device on my fair skin and I love it.  I love the convenience and the privacy.

$449, Sephora/,

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safe and effective on all skin tones. The mē smooth uses “a unique combination

of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and Radio Frequency (RF) to address the limitations

and hassles of older hair removal technologies. It has clinically proven to deliver

unprecedented speed and effectiveness for all skin tones and the widest range of hair colours.”

I also really like the mē smooth.  It is very gentle and operates at three different power levels.


While we are chatting about high tech devices that can up your skin care game

Tria’s Acne Clearing Blue Light is an FDA-cleared device that

“eliminates acne-causing bacteria deep beneath the skin’s surface to

clear skin and help prevent future breakouts”.  I suffered with acne for years,

which I was lucky enough to control with the help of fabulous doctor.

Serious or even persistent break outs benefit from the attention of really

dedicated acne doctor. But I have found high-quality blue light devices

can really help acne! I like light because it is gentle and effective.




Safe “spa” tips

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I agree with , you can’t be too careful about  safeguarding your health even at – or maybe especially at – a spa.

Dr. Papantoniou is an expert who specialises in Injectables, Lasers, Body Contouring, Surgical and Medical Dermatology.  She is also clinical instructor at Mount Sinai Health Center in New York City with locations on Long Island and Queens.

Dr. Papantoniou is also a woman. She recounts, “I recently was in a large shopping mall, and was quickly approached by a kiosk worker who started to buff my fingernail before I could say yes or no to his administration. After I walked away, I was preoccupied with the thought that the very same nail file had been used on countless other people, and I could potentially develop a wart on that finger now!”

According to Dr. Papantoniou, “Sometimes the more you know the worse off you are. However, this is just an example of how you can Dr kally Ppick up a skin virus or infection without even knowing, and may not present for weeks. A similar incident occurred during a massage when the masseuse began to use a cactus bristle brush against my skin as part of her routine.  The entire time I was concerned about the reuse of the tool, and was too polite to request that she not use it”.

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“I have many patients that have acquired warts from nail salons, the gym, and even from facials or waxing. Young women who come see me to treat tiny warts disseminated over the face or body commonly have a history of frequenting a spa or salons. When you are using instruments on patients and not properly sterilizing them, it can lead to the transmission of diseases. While these skin conditions aren’t life threatening in the cases I have presented, they are often difficult to treat and unpleasant”, Dr. Papantoniou concluded.


I couldn’t agree more about with her concerns. I always place a small clean towel on my own yoga mat to protect my face from any virus or bacteria my feet might have transfer to the mat. I will also be using also of her tips anytime I visit a spa.

Here are Dr. Pap Antoniou’s 5 Tips for A Safe Spa Experience

Seek out a salon or spa that uses a heat autoclave to sterilise their instruments.

You can ask directly if the instruments are autoclaved and they should be able to answer this question. Establishments that use autoclaves will often have their instruments in sealed bags. Other spas or salons will use an alcohol-based solution to clean their instruments, this can be helpful, but is inferior to heat autoclaving. Autoclaving entails placing instruments inside a machine utilising intense pressure and high heat to destroy all organisms on tools. It is the gold standard for sterilising even medical and surgical instruments.

Don’t soak your feet in the foot-bath in the nail salon.

Unless a disposable liner is being used for each customer, I cannot think of a dirtier place to soak your feet. As appealing as a nice warm soak might sound, I have seen some terrible infections that were picked up at nail salons. One such customer had suffered an amputation of one of her toes due to a salon-acquired infection. The issue is that you never know who is going to pick up an infection. The vast majority of people who have these services have no such serious complication, but very commonly will develop a wart or athletes foot.

Bring your own nail filers/emery boards, and/or other nail tools if you desire.

When in doubt, you cannot go wrong by being prepared and bringing in your own supplies. You may get a few looks by other customers, and cause the employees to talk a little, but is it worth it to have fewer worries about your health? Absolutely! It is not uncommon for many salon goers these days to come prepared with their own equipment.

Do not permit the use of any reusable instruments that are not sterilised.

For example: getting a massage and being scrubbed with a brush that is used on other customers. Do not be shy, and don’t let anyone use something that has not been properly sterilised. A nice way of avoiding this awkward moment is to actually be up front and direct with your question before having a service.

Seek care quickly!

If you do pick up what appears to be a wart, nail fungus, or another skin infection, do not delay seeking dermatological care. The earlier you start treatment, the easier it is to fully resolve. There are many treatment options available and your dermatologist can advise which one will work best. In addition, holding off treatment can result in the development of more warts and spreading warts or fungus to your loved ones at home.

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Double-duty beauty

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No one has extra time these days so what could be better than double-duty

products that get two jobs done at once!

Here are just a few of  our favourites:


Amarte Natural Finish BB Cream is one of my own personal favourite

double –duty darlings.  Described as a” true Korean beauty balm” this sheer,

finely pigmented moisturising face tint looks flawless and natural.

Your skin shows though while small flaws are minimized.

It contains a broad spectrum SPF 36 for daily sun protection, this BB cream “

also softens and smooths skin for a glowing, natural look that never gets caky or make up looking.



Sebamed Liquid Face & Body Wash  is an ultra-mild,download (7)

2-in-1 soap free face and body wash with a pH value of 5.5

that matches the acidic pH level of healthy skin.

It cleans and moisturises skin “and is clinically proven to promote the

development of the skin mantle.”

This great for the gym too!

Find it at drugstores and online.



WUNDEREXTENSIONS Lash Extension & Volumizing Mascara WWUNDEREXTENSIONS Lash Extension & Volumizing Mascara instantly

makes lashes look lush and long! While the “Dual-Formula Technology

offers clinically-proven results to accelerate lash growth in just two weeks

of daily use”.  Instant satisfaction and long-term growth!

Just two coats will make your eye lashes spectacular!




Chic European beauty bargain

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Have you tried INGLOT Cosmetics? It is chic line of inexpensive makeup

from Poland that has become a cult favourite with models and editors.

This line has products that every beauty diva will die for a drugstore prices.

Two items on my must-have list this summer are:

INGLOT NEW HD Lip Tint Matte

This is the first matte lipstick I adore!  It has full coverage and a silky matte finish.

There are colours for all skin tones.  Made with intense pigments, the formulation also is long lasting,

smudge and transfer resistant. I have been #430 a really pretty peachy with enough brown to look sexy-natural.


INGLOT AMC Eyeliner Gel is high intensity pigment eyeliner.  The delicate formula, AMC Eyeliner Gel dries to a smudge proof, and crease proof finish stays put and is ideal for steamy days.  I love the look in brown – so soft. $14

Also at Macy’s




Natural beauty, natural hair colour

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If you like all-natural products and disdain chemicals or
if you have had have bad reactions to them Natural Hair Coloring:
How to use Henna by Christine Shahin may change your life.

Shahin is licensed cosmetologist with decades of experience
using all natural “herbal muds”, as she calls them, to colour hair.
The results shown in her book are beautiful.

This is best book I have read on the subject.
It is clear Shanin has a passion and deep knowledge of her subject.
She addresses the needs of many different hair types with all variations
of herbal mud for different results. She is an artist and scientist.

Her instructions are very clear and they should be easy to follow.

I recommend this book to anyone interested in all natural hair colour.


Blueberry Thyme Smash

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 If you are looking for a new and refreshing cocktail to add a twist to-Blueberry Thyme Smash

your Memorial Day celebrations, try this Blueberry Gin-Spiked drink made

with refreshing lime from The Tommy Bahama Restaurant and Bar in NYC.


2 parts The Botanist Gin

¾ part fresh lime

1 part simple syrup

10 blueberries

2 sprigs of thyme

Muddle 7 blueberries and 1 sprig of thyme in a mixing glass

Add rest of ingredients with ice, shake well until chilled and strain over fresh ice.

Simple Syrup:

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

Combine ingredients in a saucepan

Bring to boil and simmer until sugar is fully dissolved, stirring frequently

Set aside to cool.


Sprig of thyme and 3 blueberries on a noshi gushi (knotted bamboo) skewer




Time and Money

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These days there are two things everyone runs short of: time and money.

You might, at one time or the other, have more of one or the other.

Being able to do a few beauty chores perfectly at home will help you with the squeeze.

I admit I like saving both. I find it relaxing to do my nails alone with Netflix

and splurge instead on quiet foot massage or really great facial treatment

— or indulge at a fabulous spa.

Life is sweet but you need work at it too.

It is good to have a plan and a good guide.


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