Saturday, July 31, 2010

Changing Attitude Towards Plastic Surgery and Liposuction

There is a certain stigma associated with plastic surgery, and in the past I’ve been very vocal about being against it. There used to be a time when I would judge someone for altering their physical appearance, but then I realized that I was going against my philosophy of “no judgements”. Who am I to decide what’s best for you or to say something negative about you if I don’t even know you?

For instance, I came across a list of celebrities who had undergone (or allegedly undergone) liposuction, and some of these women I personally admire - like Janet Jackson.

If you do decide to do something like get liposuction because you think it will make you happy, then by all means do it. But ask yourself if it will truly cure the insecurities that you feel about yourself.

I would say that Kate Winslet sums up my thoughts about plastic surgery nowadays:
"Plastic surgery and breast implants are fine for people who want that, if it makes them feel better about who they are. But, it makes these people, actors especially, fantasy figures for a fantasy world. Acting is about being real being honest."--Kate Winslet
I admit that even today I still look at myself in the mirror and say, “Oh, I wish my stomach...” or “Look at that flab...” It’s so easy to focus on the negative, but I’m learning to turn those thoughts around and to just simply say, “I love you.” It does take time to love yourself completely. It’s like any relationship you have in life.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Favorite Classics For Fall 2010: Lace and Leopard Print

I tend not to be a trend follower, but I do like to know about the latest fashion looks and what’s coming up for fall. The fall is my favorite season for fashion because of all the layering and boots. I love boots.

I am excited, though, that many classic styles are coming back for fall 2010. For instance, lace and leopard print are fun and add a little spice to the wardrobe.

Mid-length Skirts by Michael Kors at ShopStyle
Whenever I think of animal print clothing, I picture myself wearing a leopard print pencil skirt (I've had my eye on the Michael Kors skirt pictured here), a nice white sleeveless blouse with ruffles, and a pair of Jimmy Choo heels. As for accessories, I would keep it simple - studded pearl earrings and a simple gold ring.

When wearing animal print, I think it should be worn in moderation. I wouldn't wear leopard print from head to toe!

As for lace, I love that it's being used in everything from trench coats to handbags and even shoes. I especially love lace shoes and handbags.



The beauty of lace and animal print is that you'll probably be able to get a great deal of wear out of anything you buy because they're such classic styles. I would definitely make the investment and buy quality pieces.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Beauty Is: Organized Beauty Products and An Organized Closet

Yesterday I pulled everything out of my closet to reorganize and figure out what clothes to give away. I do this every 6 months or so to preserve my sanity. I just can't stand clutter and messiness. It drives me bonkers. That's not to say that I'm not messy because there are times when my life gets a bit hectic.

Organizing your closet and all of those beauty products is something I highly recommend. Not only will you feel instant zen, you'll begin to discover items you forgot you had. You realize that you don't have to go shopping after all. You've been reacquainted with that pair of brown peep-toe heels that go with all your summer dresses ;)

One area that needed help desperately was my beauty products. I have lipsticks, lip gloss, eyeliners, perfume samples, and hair accessories all over the place. Thank Goodness for the handy-dandy Magnapods. They have magnets so you can attach them to the inside door of the medicine cabinet. I don't have a medicine cabinet, so I've put them on my metal shelf next to the bathroom mirror.

I also organized all the items on top of the dresser drawer in my closet.  My jewelry was a mess, so I took a cork board, stuck push pins in it, and used it to hang some of my longer necklaces and bracelets.

So, hopefully this post will inspire you to get organized.  I've always believed that a cluttered life equals a cluttered mind.  Believe me, your mind will feel so much better after you've organized a closet.  Besides, there might be something in there that could be more useful for someone else.

If you want to learn more about how to organize your beauty products, check out this article at BellaSugar: How to Organize Your Product Stash.

Here's a video from Real Simple Magazine that offers some tips on how to organize your closet space:


Friday, July 16, 2010

Glamorous Hair in Under 10 Minutes

Lauren Conrad
What is a person's best accessory? No, it's not a nice handbag or a pair of super duper kick-ass shoes. Although, that's what I used to think. Nowadays I'm thinking that a person's hair is their best accessory. Well, besides a beautiful smile, of course :)

As I'm writing this here in the bookstore, I'm looking at a woman wearing a very cute summer outfit. However, all I can do is stare at her hair. It's just THERE. She would have been much better off pulling it up in a ponytail with a nice headband.

It doesn't take that long to put together a nice hairstyle. It doesn't have to be totally done up. Remember that sleek ponytails are always in style. You can even try this fancy stacked ponytail like Lauren Conrad's.

Although I say that treating yourself to a haircut or new hairstyle once in awhile can get you out of a beauty rut, you don't have to spend loads of money to make your hair look glamorous.

Kate Hudson
I'm in love with Kate Hudson's hair, with its beachy waves and golden color.  Her hairstyle is actually very easy to replicate and only takes about 10 minutes to do.

All you have to do is:

1.  Spray your hair with a texturizing spray.  I use AG's DV8 Texture Spray.
2.  Loosely wrap sections of hair around the barrel of a curling iron.  I recently received Amika's clip-free tourmaline curler to try out, and love the ease of use - not to mention the pretty tattoo design.   It also comes with a black glove so you don't burn those pretty fingers while wrapping your hair around the barrel!

3. Run your fingers through your hair...and Voila!  You hair looks effortlessly glamorous.

Go ahead, try something fun with your hair this summer.  Leave a comment and share a hairstyle that takes less than 10 minutes to do.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Why I Love Organic Skin Care Products


As I've mentioned before, organic beauty products have gained precedence in the beauty industry, making their way into the bathroom cabinets of women all around the world.

Although I have yet to go completely organic with my beauty routine, the majority of the skin care products I do use are organic.

Lately I've been receiving compliments on my skin, so it could be a combination of using organic products, getting an occasional facial, or just learning how to slow down and not stress out so much. In fact, I have an appointment for a massage tomorrow that I'm really looking forward to! All of these things do affect how you look and feel about yourself.

The more research I do about beauty product ingredients, the more I'm realizing that organic products would be the best for me. The less toxins I have in my body, the better - especially now that I'm trying to get pregnant. If you're interested in learning more about this, check out the list of toxic ingredients commonly found in skin care products published on the Be Natural Organics website.

Speaking of, if you're looking to go organic with your own beauty regimen, I would recommend checking out Be Natural Organics' products. I've been trying out their anti-aging collection which includes a 4-step formula for younger skin:
  • Step 1: Cleanse with Bio-Active Cleansing Treatment
  • Step 2: Exfoliate with the Daily Botanical Enzyme Peel
  • Step 3: Balance with Niacin Complex Balancing Mist
  • Step 4: Moisturize/Protect with Sea Kelp Moisturizer (This is my favorite!)
What's interesting to note is that many of Be Natural Organics' products use Aloe Vera juice instead of water as a base. My esthetician noticed that the brown spots on my cheeks are fading away, so these products must be working!

I never used to like complicated skin care regimens that required me to go through more than two steps (wash and go used to be my routine), but as I get older I'm beginning to have more patience.  Besides, I don't have to rush out of the house to get to work or school like I did back in my 20's.  So, if you're reading this and you're still in your 20's, I highly recommend taking the time and putting in 5-10 minutes to take care of your skin.

Keep in mind that the skin products you use are absorbed by all of the cells in your body. Start paying attention to the ingredients in the products you use and start thinking about the long-term health of your skin.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Review: Intraceuticals Infusion Treatment at Spa Aquazul (San Diego Hilton Bayfront)

Cucumber Slices at Spa AquazulContrary to what you might think, out here in San Diego the sunny weather, palm trees, and ocean water are not enough to make us feel relaxed and physically beautiful. We do need to pamper ourselves once in awhile with a visit to the spa. I do have to say that a spa located in a nice hotel overlooking the ocean is definitely a nice treat.

Can you say livin' the good life?

When you visit Spa Aquazul at the Hilton Bayfront, that's exactly what you'll start to believe. Of course, I've known this for many years now, but you certainly need a reminder once in awhile.

I was invited to experience the Intraceuticals Infusions treatment and to meet renowned makeup artist, Gina Brooke, who is one of the brand ambassadors. Gina uses the treatment on many A-list celebrities who absolutely love it. Now, I'm not one to go wild just because someone like Madonna endorses a beauty regimen, but after experiencing the facial myself, I can understand why she's addicted to it.

The Intraceuticals treatment is an oxygen facial that leaves your skin feeling as smooth and soft as a baby's bottom. First, your face is sprayed with a serum of nutrients, and then a wand is applied across the face that detoxes and infuses your skin with oxygen. Even just a few minutes into the facial I could already feel my skin tightening up. It's a very simple process and my face looked so radiant afterwards.

Oxygen infusion facial cost = $175

The feeling that you're the most beautiful woman on the planet = PRICELESS

Intraceuticals also has several lines of take-home products that will help with maintaining healthy skin long after the treatmet.  I've been trying out their opulence brightening wand for the sun spots on my cheeks and the line wand for the small lines on my forehead.  I'll report back in a couple months to let you know how they work out for me.  You can find out more about their products by visiting http://www.intraceuticals.com/.

After my treatment I took a short staycation and hung out at the hotel to bask and enjoy the luxurious views...

San Diego Hilton Bayfront

Spa Aquazul at the San Diego Hilton Bayfront is located at One Park Blvd, San Diego, CA  92101 (Next to the San Diego Convention Center in downtown.)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Book Review: "Unforgettable You" by Daisy Fuentes

What is it about a woman that makes her more attractive and desirable besides her stunning physical beauty? Is it that she knows who she is and feels comfortable being in her own skin? Is it that she knows how to carry herself with elegance and grace?

In her book, Unforgettable You: Master the Elements of Style, Spirituality, and True Beauty, Daisy Fuentes shares her thoughts about what makes a woman beautiful from the inside-out. Daisy also dishes out tips and personal, candid thoughts on fashion, sex, relationships, and spirituality. There's even advice on table manners, cell phone etiquette (a must read!), some grammar rules that Daisy feels every lady should know, plus much more.

Unlike other books about beauty, this is not just another one filled with Do's and Don'ts. It's also a workbook in which you get to know more about yourself and how you feel. Daisy says that to know yourself, you have to question yourself fully. Therefore, there are several questionnaires throughout the book and you are given space to fill in your own answers. I like that Daisy shares parts of her own journal so that the reader can know more about her too.

I love that this book is filled with inspirational quotes, pictures of Daisy during her journey to becoming a woman, and interviews with notable people such as Cindy Crawford and Martyn Lawrence Bullard.

When Daisy asks Martyn Lawrence Bullard, "What is the best beauty advice you can give a woman?", his answer is:

"...learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all. Show yourself and others all the beauty you possess inside, and by learning to love yourself, embracing your faults, whatever they may be, and seeing those faults are really just a part of us and by accepting this love them, yourself, and eventually everyone will love you, and through that inner love your outer beauty will shine tenfold."

From beginning to end, this book is filled with the inspiration to be who you truly are and to live a happier, more fulfilling life. After reading it, I almost feel like I personally know Daisy Fuentes. In many ways she and I think alot alike - especially about spirituality. This book made me realize that not all beautiful celebrities are full of themselves!

Buy Unforgettable You on Amazon.com!