Saturday, May 24, 2008

Olay Definity and the Mission to Protect Aging Skin

Olay Definity ProductsOlay is a trusted brand known by just about every woman who has an appreciation for beauty products. My mother used to use Oil of Olay religiously and when I was a young girl when someone mentioned a "moisturizer" I immediately thought of Olay.

With all the advances in beauty technology, Olay launched a skin care collection in 2006 called Olay Definity. The exclusive Essential Glucosamine Complex is formulated to improve uneven skin tone while reducing brown spots and protecting aging skin.

Here are just a few products from the Olay Definity collection that I've tried out:

Olay Definity Deep Penetrating Foaming Moisturizer - You just pump a little bit of this moisturizer onto your palm. I love that it's virtually weightless and is easier to spread on the face. At first it felt weird because I've never put a mousse on my face.

Olay Definity Correcting Protective Lotion with SPF 15 - Following the foaming moisturizer, you apply this light-weight lotion to protect the face from UVA/UVB rays and sun damage

Olay Definity Intense Hydrating Cream - This cream isn't too thick and you can apply it at night after cleansing your face. It's supposed to penetrate deep into multiple layers of the skin.

Find out more about Olay's new summer lines over at Women's Wear Daily...

If skin care is important to you, you may want to know that Olay and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) have joined forces for the fourth year for “Skin Cancer Takes Friends,” a nationwide free skin cancer screening program that encourages Americans to bring their friends to a participating dermatologic surgeon’s office for a free skin cancer screening. For more information, visit:

Olay products are available in many drugstores and many online shops including

Friday, May 23, 2008

Sarah Jessica Parker All Over the Place

If you're a Sarah Jessica Parker fan, you probably already know about her "Bitten" line for Steve & Barry's. Well, her latest collection is out. Not too long ago I visited the Steve & Barry's here in downtown San Diego and I have to say that I was a bit impressed with the Bitten line considering the very low price points.

Like many actresses, SJP is capitalizing on her popularity. Amidst all the buzz around the Sex & The City movie, she celebrated the launch of her new perfume, "Covet", at the Champs-Elysees Sephora in Paris, France. Yeah, Sarah Jessica Parker is definitely milking the milk. I ain't mad at her though. I'd probably do the same thing :)

At the launch of "Covet" she signed pictures and perfume bottles for her fans...

Sarah Jessica Parker launches her perfume 'Covet' in the Champs-Elysees Sephora ShopSarah Jessica Parker fans line up to get autographs
By the way, remember to enter the Sex & The City giveaway!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Hoodie: One Item I Can Never Do Without

Brown hoodie from H&MWe’ve been having some very unusual weather in California lately. One day it’s extremely hot and then the next day we have gusty winds that blow my hair around every which way. The one clothing item I always carry with me in this unpredictable weather is a fashionable hooded sweater or light jacket. This brown hoodie pictured here I bought from H&M for about $10. I got it during a trip to Chicago last summer. I have something similar in black as well and I carry either one with me everywhere.

Here are a couple other hoodies that have caught my eye...

left: DKNY Jeans Petite Half-Zip Pointelle Hoodie

right: Arlotta Cashmere Hoodie

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

An Interview With Joyce Carboni of Skinsational Skin and Body Spa

In gorgeous, sunny San Diego, one doesn’t have to travel far to get away from the hectic lifestyle and receive a little spa pampering. On the coastline of Carlsbad, a north San Diego beach community, is one of the premiere day spas of Southern California: Skinsational Skin and Body Spa. Joyce Carboni, the Owner and CEO of Skinsational, is a licensed esthetician with over 24 years experience in the skin and body care industries. She was kind enough to do a quick interview…

MP: When did you realize your passion for skin and body care?

JC: I have always had a passion for skin care, makeup and helping others look their best. I decided to make it my career when I was 30 and it was the best career move I’ve ever made!

MP: What makes your spa unique?

JC: At Skinsational Skin and Body Spa we are always striving to provide a place for guests to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The atmosphere we have created is conducive to our guests’ relaxation and helps improve their concentration assisting them into a meditative state, all key elements to fully experiencing a day at the spa.

MP: What is the biggest issue that your clients have when it comes to taking care of their skin?

JC: Life is so hectic these days, many of our clients find it difficult to be faithful with their at home skin care routines and keeping up with new trends. When they come to Skinsational Skin and Body Spa they look to us as their skin care professionals to answer all their beauty/skin care questions. We work with each guest based on their individual needs to find a skin care routine that not only fits their skin type, but fits their lifestyle as well.

MP: Many visitors to my blog are looking for information on the best way to fight aging. What one piece of advice do you have to offer?

JC: Probably sounds trite, but living a healthy lifestyle is key. Your skin is the largest organ of the body and it needs proper love and care! Drink plenty of water for hydration, eat healthy, get enough rest, exercise, and limit your intake of alcohol. ALWAYS wear sun block because skin cancer is affecting more and more people every day. Cigarette smoking is out of the question because it constricts blood flow and nourishment to the skin. And last but not least, NEVER go to bed without cleansing your skin; at night when the body is finally at rest is when healing and cell regeneration takes place!

MP: What’s your favorite beauty product?

JC: I have two I can't live without for anti-aging. Youth Serum (IS Clinical) and Skin Medica's TNS Recovery Complex.

Visit the Skinsational Skin and Body Spa blog for special deals and events! You can also shop for Skinsational beauty products at the website. I will be posting a review of the Emergency Blemish Treatment soon. Stay tuned!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Sex and the City Buzz and Giveaway!

So, all the buzz is about the Sex and the City premiere in London where Sarah Jessica Parker wore this uh, interesting hat. The minute I saw it I thought, Oh, yeah, everyone is going to have a field day with this one! But leave it up to SJP to cause all this hoopla. Carrie Bradshaw wasn't exactly the most conservative dresser, so it would be just like her to wear something like this.

Sarah Jessica Parker at Sex and the City premiere in LondonSex and the City Cast Members
Sex and the City arrives only in theaters on May 30th, 2008 and it promises to answer all of the lingering questions – will Carrie and Big finally tie the knot? Can Samantha really be satisfied with just one man? Will Charlotte ever get pregnant? Can Miranda and Steve actually live happily ever after?

Enter to win a FAB SATC ‘Goodie Bag’ which includes the following:
  • Five different titles of the Sex and the City DVD essentials provided by HBO SHOP in NYC at 42nd & 6th
  • The must-have book for every devoted fan, Sex and the City takes a unique look behind-the-scenes of the most anticipated movie of the spring. In Stores May 30th.
All you have to do to enter is leave a comment and share your favorite episode of Sex and the City and why it's your favorite episode...The giveaway ends on June 15 and 5 lucky winners will be chosen randomly to win a goodie bag!

Contest Rules:
  • Open to U.S. and Canadian residents only
  • Comment must have a valid email address so that I can contact you if you're a winner
  • Giveaway ends on June 15, 2008 11:59 pm (PST)
  • Winners will be announced on this blog on June 16, 2008

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Berwick Beauty Has Me Coming Up Roses

Give your skin spa-quality treatment with Berwick Beauty's "Coming Up Roses" collection of skin care. I've been using the cooling eye gel for a week now which regenerates, moisturizes, as well as tightens the area around the eyes. Ever since I turned the "Big 34" I'm starting to notice the sags under my eyes, so I'm hoping that by using the contour gel on a regular basis, it will eliminate the sags... I already get 8-9 hours of sleep a night just so those eye bags don't get heavier!

I've also tried Berwick's Balancing Day Cream as well as the Restoring Night Cream. Really, it's like Heaven on your face ;) At first I thought the rose smell was going to be too overpowering for me, but actually it's just perfect.

Berwick's skin care system contains 100% pure and organic Rosa Damascena oil. They're also paraben-free, minera oil-free, and are never tested on animals. Just the packaging alone lets you know that you're getting a quality product. (There's the marketer in me talking again!) Find out more about Berwick Beauty by visiting their website: or check them out at MySpace

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Tips for Healthier Skin has a great article, 50 Tips for Healthier Skin at Any Age. I'm working on being more conscious of what I eat...

Also, here is a video of Ford Model, Gelila, offering her tip for healthy skin...

Thursday, May 8, 2008

The 2 Week Challenge With Biore

To this day I am still prone to blemishes and breakouts - probably due to my combination of oily and dry skin. I've been on the hunt for the right products to help prevent these nasty bumps. Like I've said before, I had been using just plain ole soap and water to clean my face, but now that I'm getting older, that kind of skin care just isn't enough. So I decided to take up Biore's Breakout 2 Week Challenge to see if I would notice any improvement in my skin after using Biore's Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser and the Triple Action Astringent.
Did it work? In a nutshell, yes, the 2-Week challenge was a success! I used to wake up with these puss-filled bumps (yeah, pretty picture!) but the astringent cleans up and tightens up my pores really well. I like the nice tingly feeling I get after washing my face with the cleanser. Have you tried these Biore products before? Share your experiences by leaving a comment...

Read other Biore product reviews over at

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Glasses vs Contact Lenses

The eyeglassesMy poor eyeglasses. They’ve been through a lot these past 5+ years. They’ve survived accidental squashes by unsuspecting buttocks, puppy chewing, and numerous drops on the ground. Even though my prescription has changed a little, I still continue to wear them when I want to give my eyes a break from wearing contact lenses. I get so many compliments on these glasses that I just can’t seem to part from them!

However, like some people, I sometimes feel “nerdy” when I’m wearing my glasses. I know, I shouldn’t even be concerned with what other people think, however, this is the way that I feel…I do feel “smart”, but I still feel self-conscious and not as "beautiful" as I do when I'm not wearing them. Is there anybody else who feels the same way?

Nowadays I mostly wear contacts. I found out about a website,, where you can shop and compare different types of contacts and submit your eye-related questions to their optician. Who knew that there were so many types of contact lenses out there?

Monday, May 5, 2008

May Is Better Sleep Month: Sleep Tips For a More Beautiful You

'Need some sleep' Flickr photo by Mayr
According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 70 million people in the United States are affected by a chronic sleep disorder or intermittent sleep problem. Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions—such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression—which threaten our nation’s health.

According to a report from Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs, Americans with sleep disorders may be relying too heavily on sleeping pills instead of trying safer non-drug remedies. “Most people who have trouble sleeping do not need sleeping pills,” says sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus. “The scents in Aromatherapy Sleep products are scientifically proven to help provide a better night’s sleep. I recommend that those who have trouble falling and staying asleep try the formulas before turning to more drastic measures like sleeping aides.”

Dr. Michael Breus, PhD, sleep expert and author of Beauty Sleep: Look Younger, Lose Weight, and Feel Great Through Better Sleep, offers tips to get a better night's sleep:

* Take a hot bath: “Taking a hot bath before bed heats up our body’s core, then cools it down just like the process when we sleep,” says Dr. Breus. “Therefore a hot bath can trigger a biological function that our bodies associate with being at rest.”

* Get a relaxing massage: “A relaxing massage is a great way to de-stress and help us get ready for bed,” says Dr. Breus. “Ask your partner to give you a massage using Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Sleep Body Lotion to help relax or apply the formula yourself very slowly, taking deep breaths along the way.”

* Be aware of surroundings: “Our surroundings play a huge role in the quality of our sleep,” says Dr. Breus. “By using the Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Sleep Pillow Mist on your bedding you are creating a calm environment that is conducive to sleep.”

Photo Credit: Mayr

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Enter the "Totally Green" Sweepstakes

Although Earth Day has come and gone it doesn't mean that I'm still not seeing green! is having a "Totally Green" sweepstakes where you can enter to win a 2008 Saturn Vue Hybrid filled with organic beauty products from Origins, Suki, RAW Natural Beauty, and Sephora.

All you have to do is visit the Total Beauty website and write a review! You'll be automatically entered to win...and you'll also get a chance to win daily prizes from Sephora, RAW Natural Beauty, Allure, Brilliant Earth, Spas of America, Suki and Tela Beauty Organics.

Contest ends June 5, 2008. Hurry and visit the Total Beauty website to enter!

The Multi-Talented John Varvatos Creates a Fragrance For Her

Detroit-born fashion designer John Varvatos recently launched a fragrance for women and I'm absolutely lovin' it! Some of you long-time readers already know that I'm not much of a perfume wearer, but the more I explore and "broaden my horizons", the more I'm enjoying discovering new fragrances that match my personality...subtle and playful, yet able to make an impact.

John Varvatos' new fragrance for women is a symphony of floral and fruity notes that brings out feelings of femininity and elegance. It's one of those fragrances that makes people take one step closer to you in order to capture more of that goodness. I know I couldn't stop smelling my wrists all day ;)

The multi-talented Varvatos not only designs menswear and creates fragrances for men and women, he also has lines in skincare and fashion accessories. Since the sun is beaming out here in California nowadays, I thought I'd check out these John Varvatos Aviator Sunglasses as well...