Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Fast beauty hints for today's time-pressed moms

(ARA) - With today's hectic lifestyles, time is often hard to come by. As many of us try to juggle multiple responsibilities, the thing that often gets the least attention is our beauty regimen.

"Fortunately, you can still look and feel good without spending a lot of time during these busy holiday seasons," says Joy Bergin, cofounder of the Hot Moms Club and a parenting and style expert. Bergin has shared her style tips with TV's "ET," "The Insider" and "Inside Edition," and has the inside scoop on time-saving beauty secrets employed by some of the biggest names in Hollywood.

For women who want to look and feel their best this holiday season, Bergin offers a few time-saving beauty tips for your regimen:

The eyes have it

"Eyes aren't just the window to your soul, they say a lot about your overall health, vitality and mood," Bergin says. Making your eyes appear larger enhances your entire face. If you don't have time to apply full eye makeup every morning, simply using a waterproof mascara can get you through the day.

A show of hands, please

"There's an old saying in Hollywood - you can't hide the hands," Bergin says. According to a Harris Interactive survey conducted on behalf of Dawn Hand Renewal with Olay Beauty, about three in five (59 percent) women believe hands are one of the parts of a woman's body that most reveal her age. Eighty one percent of women polled believe it is at least somewhat important to maintain soft and youthful-looking hands.

"If you're short on time for salon or paraffin treatments to help your hands look and feel your best, look for products that you use everyday that have added benefits," Bergin says. Dawn Hand Renewal with Olay Beauty, which combines Dawn's cleaning power and revolutionary hand care technology effectively cleans your dishes while transforming the look and feel of your hands.

The scent of beauty

Scent is an easy way to create an aura of beauty. You don't have to spend hours trying on perfumes until you find the right one and you don't have the reapply your scent every few hours. You can create your own personalized "designer scent" - one that you can easily stay with you throughout the day. Mix your favorite designer lotion with a similar scent to extend quantity. The scent will remain strong longer and the lotion will last longer, too.

Skip the facial; scrub instead

Instead of time-consuming facials, buy a soft loofah and gently rub your face in a circular motion with your normal exfoliate cleanser to smooth skin texture and remove dead cells. Replace heavy oil-based foundations with a loose mineral powder to top off your look and give you a natural radiance.

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Clinique Pays It Forward With Happy Day, December 11th

/PRNewswire/ -- Happiness is contagious evoking feelings of universal joy. In a tough economic climate, it's even more important to spread happiness and give back in meaningful ways. For the third consecutive year, Clinique is partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters, the largest youth mentoring organization in the country, to continue its tradition of engaging in random acts of happiness.

Clinique teamed up with children from Big Brothers Big Sisters to create personalized holiday cards that embody happiness during the season of giving. The children participated in designing holiday cards and were encouraged to express happy holiday moments visually through their artwork. Six designs were chosen for Clinique Happy Holiday Cards, which will be available complimentary at Clinique counters nationwide and at Clinique.com with a $30 purchase. In addition, Clinique has made a cumulative donation of $350,000 to support Big Brothers Big Sisters initiatives.

"For three consecutive years, Clinique has demonstrated its commitment to our children by selecting Big Brothers Big Sisters as the beneficiary of its annual holiday promotion," said Michael A. Corriero, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC. "Clinique's generosity is bringing holiday cheer to countless children."

"At Clinique, we're committed to paying it forward," said Lynne Greene, Global President of Clinique, Origins and Ojon. "We're thrilled to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters once again and bring smiles to the faces of children who need them the most."

The holiday card icons designed by Big Brothers Big Sisters will also appear on Clinique's Happy Day Card Designer, a customizable e-card application, on Facebook http://apps.facebook.com/clinique_happyday/fb/welcome. Each person can select pictures from his or her Facebook albums, choose a pattern, background colour, Big Brothers Big Sisters icon and greeting and create a one-of-a-kind e-card to share with Facebook friends.

Clinique status updates and tweets will also encourage fans and followers to share their happy moments on Facebook and Twitter. Consumers who accumulate five or more Happy Day Card comments on Facebook will receive either Free Standard Shipping or a sample of a Happy Fragrance with their next order from Clinique.com.

And continuing the brand's global holiday tradition, all Clinique executives, dressed in festive orange, will join their dedicated sales teams at retail counters on Happy Day to spread the holiday cheer, worldwide. Along with the Happy Holiday Cards, Happy-To-Go Fragrance Pencils will be given away for free at Clinique counters nationwide and on Clinique.com with a $30 purchase while supplies last. In addition to the U.S. festivities, Happy Day will continue to spread random acts of happiness across the globe in partnership with locally affiliated charities.

1. Smile!
2. Say thank you.
3. Perform an act of happiness.
4. Spread positivity.
5. Pay it forward.

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Get Married Unveils the New Top 10 Bridal Trends for 2010

/PRNewswire/ -- The holiday season -- between Thanksgiving and Valentine's Day -- is the most popular time of year for engagements with approximately 35-40 percent (550,000-650,000) couples getting engaged to be married over the next 12 to 18 months, according to The Wedding Report*. With an estimated 2.2 million weddings projected in 2010*, more than 1.1 million brides will discover their unique bridal style as they plan every moment of their celebration. Get Married offers these brides a sneak peek of the top 10 bridal trends for 2010. From runway fashions and edible passions to techie automations and color saturations, the new bridal trends are all about personalization and expressing your unique bridal style.

"Bringing your unique wedding inspirations to life is as exciting as it is essential when creating the 'wow'-factor," said Stacie Francombe, founder and CEO of Get Married, a tri-media wedding lifestyle platform for passionate brides. "We encourage brides to be bold and adventurous, infusing the elements and styles that excite them in life in this momentous lifecycle occasion."

Following is a look at the top 10 bridal trends for 2010 as determined by Get Married's editorial and production teams as well as leading industry experts:

1. Non-linear aisle: Brides are personalizing the procession by altering
the traditional aisle with a circle or a triangular double aisle,
enabling the couple to enter from multiple spots with a central meeting
point. Stephanie Davis, Get Married magazine editor-in-chief and new
bride, wedded lake-side on a circular dock from which she and her groom
entered. "Our family no longer has two sides, so everyone sat together
and, as an added bonus, there wasn't a bad seat in the house!"
2. Comfort foods with a kick: Chef Wolfgang Puck believes that comfort
foods have become more popular in the current economy. Think burgers,
pizza, ribs, pot pie, and risotto -- but comfort does not have to mean
pedestrian. "Upgrade ingredients and prepare them with great expertise.
Serve hors d'oeuvres like Kobe burgers, wild mushroom risotto, smoked
salmon pizzas, slow-braised short ribs or a simple chicken pot pie with
lobster," advises Puck.
3. Gifting techie gadgetry: Registries and wedding gifts have increasingly
become more high tech. Brides want electronic recipe finders, books and
charging plates, and matching his-and-hers PDA cases--all examples of
great gadgets for the couple as well as thank-you gifts for parents and
the wedding party.
4. Texture-inspired invitations: Top bridal designer Monique Lhuillier
shares inspirations and details from her various collections: "A lot of
fabric details from the dresses translate into the invitations. We use
techniques of embossing to mimic textures and incorporate the same
colors from the gowns into the invitations." Look for details you
would see on the runway on your wedding invitations.
5. Old, new, borrowed and cobalt blue: From hints of blue in bridal
fashion to saturated color throughout the wedding decor, "blues will be
the most requested color in 2010," according to Shane Murray of The
Wedding Report. Bright cobalt blue is a hot hue for 2010, offering
fresh, bold and atmospheric twist on the bluesy tradition.
6. Wear-again bridesmaid dresses: The urban legend of wearing a
bridesmaids dress by choice after the wedding is a reality with the new
silhouettes that mirror what is happening on the runway. Gorgeous and
glamorous dresses with drop waists, bubble skirts and ruffles add an
additional sense of style for bridesmaids to wear -- and wear again.
7. Three-dimensional save-the-dates: Inform your friends and family of
your wedding day with a twist. Three-dimensional elements on the
save-the-dates, like a paper umbrella (signifying a destination
wedding), adds character, humor and relevance.
8. Old Hollywood glam, for men!: A return to Cary Grant's sense of style
is making a comeback this year for grooms, looking charming and dapper
in a white tuxedo with black-rimmed lapels. This cool old-school look
brings back the sharp-looking vest and nostalgic pocket watch.
9. Blogger brides abound: Now more than ever, Get Married is seeing brides
enjoy sharing snippets of surprises, ideas and images throughout their
wedding planning experience. Personal blogs offer a space for brides
to share, gather inspirations and explore. Check out Get Married's
robust and newly-skinned wedding blog.
10. Personalized plus: From the decor designs and inspirational invites to
a great gifts and super-fab favors, Get Married is observing brides'
aspiration for distinctly personalized wedding details. Designing
invitations, save-the-dates and thank-you cards and adding monograms
to guest books, aisle runners and gifts (like cosmetic and travel
bags) offers a hint of personal bridal style. An assortment of
personalized decor, invitations, gifts and favors are available at

Get Married offers a bridal style quiz for brides to discover their bridal personalities and express it -- available on the homepage at getmarried.com and reflected on the new season of Get Married's show on WE tv. The series will include real brides learning about their bridal style by partaking in fun wedding planning challenges and activities with expert wedding professionals.

More details and images about Get Married's top 10 bridal trends for 2010 -- and additional hot wedding ideas for the coming year -- will be showcased in the second issue of Get Married magazine available January 2010 on newsstands, online, by subscription and as a free first issue.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Smart gifts for your sexy, sophisticated man

(ARA) - It's nearly 2010 and real men accessorize. They get manicures, dress well and enjoy wearing sophisticated scents, too. These days, being sexy and chic doesn't conflict with being strong and masculine. This holiday, the best gift to the man in your life should reflect his personal style and sense of casual sophistication.

From grooming products and fragrances to accessories and clothes, here are some gift ideas that embody the class, style and sensuality of the modern man:

1. Modern, masculine scents

Your man is sexy, sophisticated, charming and intelligent, and you want his men's fragrance to be a reflection of him. A good scent is not only the gift that keeps on giving, but it's a gift to you too. After all, is there a better gift than a great-smelling man?

Whether your man is sporty, clean-shaven or a little rock 'n' roll, he needs to have a few good fragrances. These days, with so many to choose from, it's important to select quality over quantity. Blue Seduction for Men by Antonio Banderas is fresh, clean and most of all, sexy. Opt for the holiday gift set which includes an eau de toilette spray and after-shave splash.

For something a little more daring, another great scent is Seduction in Black, also by Antonio Banderas. This scent is spicy and warm, making it the perfect scent for nighttime, when the art of seduction begins. Seduction in Black is sexy and addictive, combining the perfect mix of citrus, spice and musk. Best of all its available at local fine chain drug and mass market retailers.

"Seduction in Black embodies the man who has it all - charm, personality, intelligence and good looks, and ultimately one who knows what it takes to be a success," says Banderas. "It is a scent for a man who is confident in his powers of seduction and who plays out his relationships with a twist of complexity and spontaneity."

2. Grooming gifts galore
Today's man is active in caring for his skin and body. With the men's grooming business booming, gift options are unlimited. Many companies have expanded their lines to include products geared especially toward men's wants and needs. Gift boxes including anti-aging skincare products, bath and body gels and shaving sets are widely available. With skin care becoming more of a concern for men, a gift basket with products promoting healthiness will be appreciated.

3. Watches - a timeless gift
Few pieces of jewelry make more of a statement about a man than his watch, something he'll wear, look at and show off every day. A watch is a gift that perfectly combines the concepts of sophistication and practicality that epitomize the modern male. Whether he's a businessman in need of a power watch that makes a statement in the boardroom, or a professional surfer who needs to know how many seconds until the next killer wave, virtually every man can use a good watch - or even two or three to fit his changing moods and needs. Plus, it's a gift he'll wear next to his skin, subtly reminding him of your touch throughout the day.

4. Chic jackets and casual scarves
Knit sweaters or jackets with a slightly relaxed but tailored shape are the perfect way to stay stylish and contemporary this holiday season. Tweed is gaining popularity, achieving a more casual look that still has a high level of sophistication. Shearling lined coats are a favorite because they have a chic and masculine look and will keep him warm on those cold winter nights.

Add a casual chunky knitted scarf and casual hat and he'll have a look that is put-together yet relaxed. A beautifully knitted scarf or hat is a great holiday gift because it adds style to his favorite jacket, shirt or anything else in his closet. Plus it is functional because it will keep him toasty when the temperatures drop.

This holiday, you can't go wrong with a fragrance or fashion. It is sure to be one his favorites under the tree!

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Opposes Cosmetic Surgery Tax

/PRNewswire/ -- As negotiators on Capitol Hill try to find ways to fund a health care overhaul, a 5% tax on cosmetic surgery has been introduced on Nov. 18 as part of the Senate's proposed health reform bill, introduced by US Senator Harry Reid (D-NV). The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery strongly opposes such taxes and urges legislators to consider the following points:

-- A tax on elective cosmetic procedures is an unreliable, risky revenue
source that has no proven record of raising projected revenues.
-- The difficulty of defining elective vs. medically-necessary cosmetic
surgery. There is a blurry line between what procedures are considered
medically-necessary and those that are elective.
-- Retention of highly-skilled physicians is at risk. Physicians face
many challenges in operating their practices on a day-to-day basis.
Turning them into tax-collectors is an additional burden on these
-- Cosmetic surgery is not a specialty for only the wealthy or the vain.
In fact, the median income for those electing to have cosmetic surgery
is dropping.
-- Despite the fact that more men are seeking cosmetic procedures than
ever, the largest portion of patients are still working women, who
would be unfairly targeted by such taxes.
-- A large portion of those being taxed would be the baby-boomer
generation. And as this age group continues to age, the more interest
will be generated in cosmetic procedures. It is important to note that
the age bracket are most likely to vote in elections is the same as
those who are electing to have cosmetic procedures.

"Activating a cosmetic surgery tax is not the solution to funding a health care overhaul," states AACS Immediate Past President Dr. Steven Hopping. "While it appears that this is currently a serious consideration, this idea concerns us."

Such a tax has been proposed in numerous states over the years and rejected after examining the feasibility. The only state to approve such a tax has been New Jersey, which has failed to realize proposed profits from the bill and faces opposition from the same legislators who approved it in the first place.

"Implementing such a bill would be a bad idea for patients and physicians," Hopping said.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

A new you for the new year

(ARA) - With the New Year just around the corner, could it be time for a new you? Have you been wearing the same outfits, in the same order? Has your hair and make-up regimen remained unchanged for the last decade? Reinventing your style can give you a new attitude and outlook. And with a few simple updates, you shouldn't have to worry about breaking your budget.

A new style does not mean a whole new wardrobe. "You can start with garments you already have in your closet," says Anne Hankey Forman, fashion marketing and management instructor at The Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago.

"Mix up the way you wear your pieces," suggests Art Institute of Philadelphia fashion instructor Karen Karuza. "If you always wear a white blouse with a black skirt, try wearing a lavender sweater."

Adding new accessories can bring last year's - or last decade's - outfit back to life. Mary Jo Miller, department chair of fashion and retail management at The Art Institute of Atlanta, says: "Scarves, hats and gloves make your current wardrobe more up-to-date." Shoppers may want to consider getting those accessories in purple, the hot color this season.

Karuza agrees: "Accessorize! Accessorize! Accessorize!" She recommends costume jewelry, belts and colored tights as well.

A new pair of trendy shoes is another simple way to update your look. "They're a fun and easy item that makes you look trend forward," says Forman. And what is the hottest foot trend this season? Both Forman and Miller agree you can't go wrong with the over-the-knee boot. Miller suggests, "Wear them with your skinny jeans, dresses, jackets and leggings from last year's trends and have an instant update."

What about getting professional help to update some older garments? "Make sure the garment is worth it," cautions Forman. Karuza agrees that the garment has to be a high enough quality to justify the cost of a great tailor.

If you can spend a few extra dollars on some new garments, Miller offer this advice, "It's critical that you remain true to your own style and remember that not every trend works on every body." Forman adds: "Dress for your body type, invest in classics, think about what makes sense for your lifestyle and dress for the life that you have."

And instead of looking just to your closet for a new look, take a look in the mirror. Both Miller and Forman agree that a different hairstyle and new make-up can dramatically change and update your style.

When reinventing your style, what's the top "don't"? All three fashionistas agree - do not overspend.

They suggest you create a budget and stick to it. Make sure the trends you buy today are still wearable tomorrow. And don't sacrifice quality for quantity. Karuza cautions, "Don't spend a lot or over-invest until you've test driven your reinvention!"

If you're a fashionista looking for a career in style, learn more about options at The Art Institutes schools by visiting www.artinstitutes.edu/nz.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Saving Face 101: How to Customize Your Skin Care Routine With Your Skin Type

/PRNewswire/ -- Finding the right skin care routine starts with understanding the unique needs of your skin type. For example, people with dry skin can benefit from applying moisturizer several times a day; whereas, those with oily skin might need to apply a lightweight moisturizer only once a day, if at all. Customization is key, and dermatologists can help people of all ages and skin types select products based on their individual skin care needs.

Speaking today at the American Academy of Dermatology's SKIN academy (Academy), Sonia Badreshia-Bansal, MD, FAAD, a dermatologist in private practice in Danville, Calif., discussed the importance of an individualized approach to good skin care and offered basic tips for the most common skin types.

"No matter what your skin type, using daily moisturizer and practicing year-round sun protection are vital to maintaining healthy, glowing skin," said Dr. Badreshia-Bansal. "That's because with adequate hydration and use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen, the skin has the advantage of protecting itself from free radicals and harmful ultraviolet radiation that cause skin damage, discoloration, premature wrinkles and even skin cancer. Over time, a careful and consistent skin care routine with products designed for specific skin types can gradually improve the overall health and appearance of the skin."

Combination Skin Tips

For many people, their skin has areas that are dry and oily, which is classified as combination skin. With this skin type, the forehead, nose or chin might be oily, but the cheeks could be dry. For combination skin, Dr. Badreshia-Bansal recommends using a mild cleanser that minimizes sebum removal. In addition, a medium-weight lotion with broad-spectrum sunscreen containing many different sunscreen ingredients is beneficial.

"To improve skin texture, prevent fine lines and wrinkles, and help even skin color - especially to help lighten dark spots - an over-the-counter retinol cream or a prescription tretinoin cream can be used during the evening skin care regimen to maintain skin health and prevent future damage," said Dr. Badreshia-Bansal. "However, when beginning use of tretinoin, the strength should be gradually increased due to its potential to irritate the skin, followed by vigilant use of a moisturizer to help offset any dryness or peeling."

Dry Skin Tips

For dry skin, Dr. Badreshia-Bansal recommends washing the face twice a day with a gentle cleanser or creamy wash with mild detergent. She suggests applying a moisturizer with sunscreen once a day right after cleansing while the skin is still damp, as this can help seal in moisture.

"If the skin begins to feel tight, reapplying moisturizer midday will help to improve skin hydration," said Dr. Badreshia-Bansal. "A sunscreen-containing moisturizer in a smoothing cream formulation that contains antioxidants, plus dimethicone, grape seed oil or petrolatum, which prevent water loss from the skin, also is helpful."

In some cases where the skin is very dry, Dr. Badreshia-Bansal noted that cleansing the face at night - when it is the dirtiest - may be the only time necessary to wash the face to prevent stripping the skin of its natural oils. If so, she advised rinsing the face with cool water in the morning to help maintain natural oils.

When exfoliating flaky skin, Dr. Badreshia-Bansal suggested that exfoliating once a week is sufficient. Since dry skin can be sensitive, gentle retinols should be applied sparingly to start - such as every other night - along with a moisturizing cream to help even skin tone, texture and color while continuing to hydrate the skin.

Oily/Acne Prone Skin Tips

Oily or acne-prone skin, which is prevalent in teenagers and many adults, requires careful observation to ensure the skin responds favorably to products and the overall skin care routine. For example, some people with oily or acne-prone skin need to wash their face as much as two to three times a day. On the other hand, over-washing the skin also can lead to increased oil production, so a balance must be achieved based on an individual's skin care needs. In general, using an oil-free, non-comedogenic foaming cleanser that contains salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide is imperative to prevent breakouts.

Dr. Badreshia-Bansal said that contrary to popular belief, oily skin may still require a moisturizer. She suggested a moisturizer that is lightweight and non-comedogenic (does not block pores) that contains sunscreen, which has a dual function as a moisturizer and sun protector when applied every morning. Reapplying a sunscreen during the day is necessary to ensure continuous sun protection.

Exfoliating oily skin once or twice a week is sufficient, but Dr. Badreshia-Bansal cautioned that it is not necessary during acne breakouts, as the mechanical friction caused by exfoliation can make acne worse. She added that for skin that is prone to acne, avoiding products with cocoa butter, cinnamon and coconut oil will help prevent breakouts.

To help soften fine lines while reducing future breakouts, Dr. Badreshia-Bansal suggested using a retinol gel or serum nightly. "Your dermatologist can help recommend gentle and effective products that work together to improve the appearance of oily skin and help prevent acne," said Dr. Badreshia-Bansal.

Sensitive Skin Tips

For sensitive skin, washing the face once a day should be enough to keep the skin clean. Dr. Badreshia-Bansal noted that exfoliation is not necessary and can worsen already sensitive skin.

"Avoiding products that contain fragrances, soap or alcohol will help patients with sensitive skin maintain skin health," explained Dr. Badreshia-Bansal. "Calming ingredients, such as green tea polyphenols, chamomile, and aloe are beneficial and, as a general rule, the fewer ingredients in a product the better."

In the morning, Dr. Badreshia-Bansal suggested applying a cream-based moisturizer to dry skin to help prevent or reduce irritation. Active ingredients found in skin care products penetrate more deeply into damp skin (which often can be beneficial in normal skin), but this can cause more irritation in individuals with sensitive skin. In addition, products containing acids, such as lipoic acid, glycolic acid and salicylic acid, may be irritating to sensitive skin. For that reason, caution must be taken with any skin care product containing these types of active ingredients.

To help prevent fine lines and wrinkles and help reduce irritation, Dr. Badreshia-Bansal recommends using a mild retinoid every night followed by a moisturizer to stimulate collagen production.

Skin of Color Tips

For people with skin of color, there are differences in skin anatomy, physiology, and function that can influence how skin care products react with the skin. Even though skin of color is more resilient in many ways, it also is more sensitive to irritant reactions from harsh chemicals and active ingredients, such as glycolic acid which can lead to exaggerated stinging and potential hyperpigmentation (or darkening of the skin).

Dr. Badreshia-Bansal noted that daily moisturizers are a must, since darker skin has a tendency to appear "ashy" when it is not well lubricated. Creams and lotions applied after showering when the skin is slightly damp can help lock in moisture.

Since skin of color is more prone to discoloration and slow healing and scarring from trauma, Dr. Badreshia-Bansal stressed that sunscreen should be used vigilantly by people of color to prevent further sun damage and hyperpigmentation. She suggested that micronized zinc or titanium-based sunscreens will provide the most effective protection.

"People of color, especially those with darker skin tones, mistakenly believe that they don't need to use sunscreen since they generally don't sunburn," said Dr. Badreshia-Bansal. "The fact is that sun damage still occurs in people of color, which can be very difficult to correct. More importantly, studies show that skin cancer is even more life-threatening when it develops in this population, because people with skin of color often ignore the early warning signs - thinking they are not at risk."

In addition, skin lightening products can help lighten discolorations - such as a thin film of kojic acid or a cream containing hydroquinone. However, Dr. Badreshia-Bansal cautioned that patients should be careful not to over-irritate the skin with these products, which can worsen discoloration and acne, particularly in skin of color.

Regardless of skin type, Dr. Badreshia-Bansal finds that a few simple skin care tips can be beneficial in improving the overall appearance and health of the skin.

"I recommend keeping the skin care routine very simple, being very gentle with your skin, and avoid irritating, over-washing and over-scrubbing the face," said Dr. Badreshia-Bansal. "Finding moisturizers that contain sunscreen in a single combination product does the job of two products and are excellent for all skin types. The key is to find the skin care routine and appropriate products that work the best for your individual skin type, which is where your dermatologist can help get you started."

For more information on improving the appearance of your skin, go to the "AgingSkinNet" section of www.skincarephysicians.com, a Web site developed by dermatologists that provides patients with up-to-date information on the treatment and management of disorders of the skin, hair and nails.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Defeat Dryness

(NAPSI)-It may be simpler than you realize to kiss dry, chapped lips good-bye.

The problem is dry air, cold temperatures and wind can all have a drying effect on skin by drawing moisture away from the body. In fact, lips are composed of the body's thinnest and most fragile skin and are particularly vulnerable, often being the first area to present signs of dryness, sunburn and other wear and tear.

According to a recent survey, 53 percent of the population and 67 percent of women experience dry lips. Symptoms include:

•Dehydration-Lips feel dry and tight.

•Rough Texture-Lips are rough and scale easily.

•Diminished Tone-The natural hue appears faded.

Fortunately, there are easy and inexpensive ways to protect your lips. Here are hints that can help:

•Refrain from licking your lips, which can actually enhance dryness.

•Drink plenty of fluids to remain hydrated.

•Use a humidifier at home to moisten the air.

•For extra protection from wind and cold air, cover your lips with a scarf when you're outdoors.

•Consider a lip product designed to repair damage and improve lip health. To help with long-lasting relief that goes beyond a simple barrier, Neosporin, a brand known for its legacy of healing and leadership in the topical antibiotic category, has introduced a new line of lip health products. It features a patented technology that contains a combination of essential lipids, fatty acids and antioxidants designed to provide cells with the building blocks they need to repair themselves. The daytime Neosporin Lip Health contains SPF 20 to protect skin from the sun's damaging rays. The Overnight Renewal Therapy works during the body's natural recovery process while you sleep for softer lips the next day. Together, they're clinically proven to give you visibly healthier lips in three days.

To learn more about the simple steps you can take to keep your lips healthy, visit www.neolips.com.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Affordable fall beauty secrets revealed

(ARA) - In the sea of beauty lotions and potions, how do you know what really works and is worth your hard-earned dollar? It's best to trust the experts who test them all so you know what is fabulous, and what will flounder.

Polly Blitzer, founder and editor-in-chief of BeautyBlitz.com, has spent years immersed in the beauty industry. Today she offers her insider tips for getting the best style at an affordable price:

Tip 1: Utilize the Internet for beauty buzz and best buys

The Internet is a great place to research, find and buy beauty products. There are blogs, sites and forums devoted solely to helping you look good and they can even save you time and money by weeding through the fads and helping you cut through the beauty aisle clutter. Blitzer recommends drugstore.com for their deals on top products.

Tip 2: As weather cools, keep hair healthy and shiny

When looking at hair products, it's hard to tell if it's worth spending more for expensive treatments. What's the difference between pricey and less expensive products? There are a few things that could account for the price difference – packaging, exotic ingredients, small manufacturing facilities, etc. That doesn’t mean, however, that products without those are any less effective. Look for hair care products that have won numerous awards by beauty and fashion magazines since they have expertise in the area.

To get sexy autumn locks at an affordable price, try Pantene Pro-V products. Experts agree that Pantene products provide damage protection that even the leading salon brands can't beat and the line was even recently awarded the "Good Housekeeping" Institute Seal.

Tip 3: Utilize household staples

When looking to save a buck and still look fabulous, see what you have around your house. Always stock up on cotton swabs because they can be used for virtually anything. Clear nail polish goes beyond nail use – fix a quick loose stitch on the bottom of your pants or stop an itching mosquito bite.

Tip 4: Think quality skin care for less

You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get a quality skin care product. Magazines and beauty editors say great things about – and give plenty of awards to – drugstore favorite Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream. Priced at $25, it recently outperformed pricier luxury creams costing as much as $350 in testing by the "Good Housekeeping" Institute. Its high quality ingredients and both immediate and long-term results make it a great buy.

Tip 5: Focus on the fall beauty trends

Metallic nail polishes are in this season – everything from silvers to bronzes to golds. The red lip is still on-trend as is the smoky eye, although it’s been freshened up by using soft grays instead of severe blacks. Finally, on cheeks, try a nice pink flush to give yourself an almost fairy or pixie look. Blitzer likes CoverGirl’s Cheekers collection, also a regular winner in the beauty magazine competitions.

Tip 6: Get the hair color to match the look

Want to find a way to extend the time between your salon visits without sacrificing great looking color? Current at-home dye kits are very easy to use. One that particularly stands out is Clairol Perfect 10 by Nice 'n Easy. It was the most awarded at-home hair color in 2008 by beauty editors at national beauty magazines because it’s the first to offer high-gloss hair color that covers 100 percent of grays in just 10 minutes. Look for rich, shiny colors this fall in shades of gold.

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Monday, October 5, 2009

How To Look Great In Glasses

(NAPSI)-Finding the perfect eyeglasses doesn't have to be difficult or break the bank. One important tip to remember is that facial features are the best guide for selecting the most complementary pair of frames.

"If people try to follow trends too closely when shopping for glasses, they may end up choosing a pair that doesn't fit properly or complement their face," said supermodel and fashion designer Daisy Fuentes. "It's important to find frames that accentuate your best features before focusing on the look you are trying to achieve, whether it's stylish, intelligent or geek chic."

Fuentes, whose line of affordable eyewear is sold at Walmart Vision Centers, recommends the following tips for matching the perfect pair of glasses with various face shapes:

Oval: Keep balance and proportion in mind when trying on different options and look for frames that are as wide as the broadest part of the face. Make sure the eyewear features aren't overwhelming.

Round: A round face is full with curvy lines and no angles. Use eyewear to provide a slimming effect and minimize the fullness of the face. Avoid square styles. Look for oversized eye shapes in oval or rectangle to make the face appear longer and thinner.

Square: Square faces often have a strong jawline, broad forehead and wide chin and cheekbones. Choose a frame with soft lines or curves to enhance and make the face appear longer. Try highlighting the cheekbones with a cat-eye-inspired look.

Another factor in choosing frames is the prescription in the lenses; this affects which frame style to pick. Plastic frames are usually the first choice for thick lenses, although they may have a tendency to slide down the nose frequently without adjustable nose supports. Metal frames are more durable and are a great choice for people who prefer a lower-profile design. Whichever the choice of frames, be sure to pick a color that complements hair, eye color and skin tone.

"If you have red hair and freckles, avoid bright red frames. Dark skin tones look great with a lighter pair of glasses and vice versa," said Fuentes. "Pick hues that accentuate your eye color. You can amplify your brown or blue eyes by wearing glasses with a similar shade."

After selecting the frames, it's important for people to wear glasses that are recommended by an optometrist and to get regular eye exams to ensure the prescription stays up to date. The latest eyewear styles by Daisy Fuentes and other celebrities, as well as affordable eye exams by licensed optometrists, are available at nearly 3,000 Walmart Vision Centers across the country.

Look Out for this Season's Hottest Eyewear Trends:

Animal Attraction: Leopard and snake in all shapes, sizes and colors. Mix with any trendy color to make a glam statement.

Retro Revival: Vintage is new again with a sprinkle of geek chic. A great vintage accessory will spice up any wardrobe and keep a signature look from looking stale.

Star Studded: Bold, brave, confident…perfect to satisfy the inner diva and make heads turn when entering a room.

True Beauty: From airy feminine details to dangerous curves, make sure to infuse some personality into an everyday wardrobe.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Three beauty looks to get ready for the holiday party season

(ARA) - With the season of soirees upon us, the ultimate look is needed to stand out among the crowd of little black dresses. With a few simple steps, it’s easy to have the appearance of professionally done makeup without emptying your wallet. Be your own makeup artist by trying these three looks from the pros to accent your best features.

Smokey eyes
International makeup artist, Jemma Kidd recommends a dramatic smoky eye to pump-up the glam.

Step 1 – Sweep a light highlighter shade over the whole lid to the browbone.

Step 2 – Apply a dark and intense shade along the lashline, blending up and smoking outwards to the socket line.

Step 3 – Smudge eyeliner across upper and lower lashline; use black for ultra intensity.

Step 4 – Finish off with dark, black mascara, and for a full on look, go for false eyelashes. For an ultra-modern take, add a touch of glitter to lower lids and lashes.

Tip: To finish off the face, use a nearly-naked base, with barely-there flush on cheeks and a nude color for the lips.

Natural perfection
Petra Strand, makeup artist and creator of Pixi, firmly believes that makeup should make a woman look like herself – only more gorgeous.

Step 1 - Prime the skin with a primer – skin will look youthful, glowing and hydrated.

Step 2 - Switch to a base that is sheer and use a concealer for those areas that need a little extra help. Your complexion will look naturally flawless.

Step 3 - Use a cheek gel instead of regular blush to give an instant "lift" with a transparent touch of color on the apples of the cheeks.

Step 4 - Switch from full coverage lipsticks to a tint of color that has both the moisture and treatment of a balm for a perfect pout.

Tip: The next generation of powders is here with a diffused matte finish that is truly perfect to "set your makeup" so that it goes the distance yet you look "fresh as a daisy."

Sophisticated glamour
For classic holiday glam, celebrity makeup artist Napoleon Perdis recommends being bold and brilliant.

Step 1 – Prime your skin for a flawless canvas for makeup application and follow with your perfect foundation match for full coverage and matte skin.

Step 2 – Make a lip statement. Red lips are the most glamorous trend of the season. Pick your favorite red and make sure to always apply lip liner to prevent bleeding. To give the illusion of fuller lips, dab some gloss only on the center of the pout, over lipstick.

Step 3 – To perfectly complement your bold lips, keep the eyes neutral. Use a neutral and easy palette of taupe eye shadows for a seductive eye.

Tip: Complete the look with black mascara – always remember that three coats is the magic number, and a look is never complete without show-stopping lashes.

Don’t have all that’s needed for the ultimate glam look to show off your best assets? Relax, Target has you covered. Pick up premiere makeup products at budget-friendly prices from Pixi, JK Jemma Kidd and NP Set at Target stores nationwide and at target.com.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Look Good...Feel Better Announces 'Women of Hope is Beautiful' Honorees

/PRNewswire/ -- Look Good...Feel Better, a national public service program that helps women cope with the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment, proudly announces the honorees from its Women of Hope is Beautiful campaign, a nationwide search to identify five women who embody the core values of the Look Good...Feel Better program -- courage, confidence, control, community and caring -- and inspire others with their spirit.

The five Women of Hope is Beautiful will be honored at the DreamBall, an annual black-tie charity gala at the Waldorf=Astoria, held on September 24, that supports the Look Good...Feel Better program and celebrates its 20th anniversary. The women will also receive complementary makeovers with hairstyling by Anthony Barrow, Avon Global Stylist and Advisor, and makeup application by Ida Abruzzi.

"We received so many compelling stories of strength and determination, and it was very challenging to select just five women," says Louanne Roark, executive director, Personal Care Products Council Foundation and the Look Good...Feel Better program. "These women have all experienced the tremendous impact a Look Good...Feel Better session can have on a woman's emotional and physical wellbeing, and they each serve as an inspiration to other women undergoing cancer treatment." The five finalists were chosen from more than 150 submissions to the Look Good...Feel Better blog at www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org.

The Women of Hope is Beautiful hail from all across the country - from Washington state to South Carolina to New York. They are mothers and wives, sisters and daughters, and while they each fought an individual battle against cancer, they have all benefited from attending a Look Good...Feel Better session, and are connected by their positive outlook and remarkable determination in the face of this disease. The honorees include:

Lesley Bonner, who began her battle against Hodgkin's Lymphoma this year, the same week as her 39th birthday. She attended a Look Good...Feel Better session to learn how to deal with her new wigs and head scarves, and makeup application tips. "The best part of the workshop was getting to meet so many beautiful women, all dealing with many of the same issues as myself. I am not alone; I am not different," she says.

Andrea Brown Buford, 52, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and attended a Look Good...Feel Better session. "When I did lose my hair, that first day as I prepared to step out into the world among people that knew me with a head full of hair, I took the time to apply what I had learned on my face, but also, that which I had experienced was in my heart," says Andrea. "I stepped out knowing I walked in pure radiance."

Vicki Everhart, 59, a typically strong and independent woman whose breast cancer diagnosis left her frightened and reeling with uncertainty. Vicki calls her Look Good...Feel Better session a "turning point" in her cancer treatment. As she says, "I was so tired and drained from treatments and really only wanted to curl up in a corner...When I left, I felt like I had gotten a new lease on life, and felt pretty for the first time in months!"

Aarika Johnson, who was diagnosed with breast cancer this year on her 25th birthday. As a cosmetology student, Aarika wondered who would want to get their hair cut by the "bald chic." The Look Good...Feel Better workshop was a turning point: "Someday, I was going to have a woman in my chair getting her last haircut before her treatment begins, and maybe I will be of some comfort to her that she will get through the obstacles ahead."

Michele VonGerichten, 46, who is a breast cancer survivor. Michele made the decision to get chemotherapy as an aggressive, preventive measure and immediately made the decision to enroll in a Look Good...Feel Better session. She attended the class excited that it was "something just for us women to help build our self-esteem." She says that she felt a kindred spirit with the other women in the session, and "returned home feeling like I could stay beautiful, and that I was not alone!"

The Women of Hope is Beautiful will be introduced on stage at the DreamBall by Hoda Kotb, co-anchor of the Today show and a breast cancer survivor. Kotb is being honored as this year's "DreamGirl" for her courage in openly sharing her cancer treatment and recovery with millions of viewers on the Today show.

"Hoda and the Women of Hope is Beautiful are such an inspiration - they have shared their remarkable journey with cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery to encourage and inspire others," says Roark. "We are thrilled to celebrate them at this year's DreamBall as their stories are representative of all the women who have gone through the Look Good...Feel Better program over the past 20 years."

Since 1989, Look Good...Feel Better has helped 650,000 women with cancer look good, improve their self-esteem and thereby manage their cancer treatment and recovery with greater confidence through free workshops, practical tips and guidance. Look Good...Feel Better is a collaboration between the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, the American Cancer Society and the National Cosmetology Association.

The DreamBall is jointly sponsored by the Personal Care Products Council Foundation and the American Cancer Society, bringing together nearly 700 executives in the cosmetic industry for the largest Look Good...Feel Better fundraiser of the year.

Look Good...Feel Better is a collaboration between the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, the American Cancer Society, one of the nation's largest voluntary health organizations, and the National Cosmetology Association, a national organization of more than 25,000 hairstylists, wig experts, estheticians, makeup artists and nail technicians. Visit www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org or call 1-800-395-LOOK to learn more about the program, to find a program in your area, or for information on how to volunteer.

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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Colorful Trends Turn Up The Heat

(NAPSI)-The weather may be cooling down, but fashion trends for the fall are turning up the heat. This season is all about neon accents and make-a-statement looks. Here's the inside scoop on this season's must-have trends.

• Neon rocks the fingertips. The '80s are back, with neon colors spotted on virtually every runway. For those who are a little more girl next door and a little less queen of the catwalk, it's still possible to embrace the latest trends. Start small by rocking a neon shade on your fingertips. The China Glaze nail polish line carries great, bright colors like Neon Purple Panic, Neon In Lime Light and Neon Turned Up Turquoise. Besides being a major trend, a glance at colorful nails is a quick way to pump up your mood as the weather turns dreary.

• The eyes have it for drama. This season, for eyes, the rule of thumb is the more dramatic, the better. Gray, smoky, come-hither eyes are a must, especially when topped off with a great set of lashes. Individual lash application can be tricky, so for the nonprofessional, strip lashes are the way to go. Use an understated set of Ardell strip lashes to add oomph without looking overdone.

• Add new colors for a new look. For the adventurous, colorful eye shadow will wow. With a big statement, it is especially important to test out a few shades until you find one that works for you. Sally Girl has a huge variety, and since they are inexpensive, it's easy to try a few different shades without spending big bucks.

• Update your hairstyle. Still growing out your 2008 bob haircut? Update the style by adding curls and waves with a mini flat iron. It's simple to do and produces curls that are edgier and more modern looking than those made with a curling iron.

Ernie McCraw is a licensed cosmetologist and director of beauty education for Sally Beauty Supply, the world's largest retailer of professional beauty products. With more than 25 years in the beauty industry, Ernie has expertise in all phases of cosmetology. If you have a beauty question, please e-mail Ernie at asksally@sallybeauty.com. To find a Sally store near you, call 1 (800) ASK-SALLY or go to www.sallybeauty.com.

by Ernie McCraw

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

L'Oreal Reveals Beauty Habits in the Face of Recession

/PRNewswire/ -- In an ongoing effort to better understand women's beauty routines, L'Oreal, in its 100th year, commissioned an international usage survey. The research featured some unexpected findings about how women's makeup habits are adapting in response to the recession, including how women are using makeup to get ahead at work.

The Beauty Barometer survey asked 4,000 women in the U.S. and four European countries about their cosmetic products and usage. And findings revealed that while women have changed the shades they purchase to be more "natural," they won't be giving up their favorite products anytime soon. Survey highlights include:

-- Nearly half of U.S. women surveyed believe wearing makeup gives them
an advantage at work and makes them feel more in control
-- Four out of 10 U.S. women are wearing more neutral shades and a more
natural makeup style than before the recession

-- The majority of women surveyed believe wearing makeup makes them feel
more self confident, and even more believe that wearing makeup
improves their self image (82 percent and 86 percent respectively)

Proving that beauty is recession-proof, nine out of 10 women in the United States and Europe reported no change in makeup usage despite the economic crisis.

Women won't compromise on their hair either - when it comes to saving money, most U.S. women surveyed (63 percent) have not cut their hair to make it less expensive to maintain.

L'Oreal has led the beauty industry for the past 100 years through a keen understanding of consumer attitudes and preferences. The brand's goal has always been to make beauty accessible to all and to develop products that meet the cultural preferences and beauty needs of women and men around the globe.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Beauty basics to help you embrace autumn

(ARA) - Fall is a time of transition. Not only do you need to prepare your skin for the cold months ahead, but it’s time to transform your look from light and airy to soft and classic.

Focus on a few beauty basics – skin, make-up, fashion and fragrance – and you’ll have all you need for a fantastic fall.

Great skin is always in
As the weather gets cooler and drier, your skin needs extra moisture to keep it supple. Keep warm weather memories alive with a scent reminiscent of summer and try Coconut Milk Body Lotion from The Body Shop. Treat yourself to the finest ingredients – ethically sourced community trade virgin coconut oil from Samoa – and get soft, smooth and deliciously scented skin.

Pucker up
Autumn lips are washed in soft color. International make-up artist Chase Aston says this fall is all about the perfect pout and recommends Colourglide Lip Color from The Body Shop.

Aston shares his tips for luscious and gorgeous lips:
* Use a lip liner for added definition and to help prevent feathering.
* Enhance the natural color of your lips by gently gliding on lip color. For added pout power, use a lipstick/concealer brush.
* Look for a shade that complements your skin tone. With 37 shades, you can easily find Colourglide Lip Color that works for you.

Ultra-modern eyes
This fall, dramatic smoldering eyes are what’s fabulous.

To achieve fall’s hottest eye looks, Aston gives these sizzling tips:
* Smudge together forest green, shimmering grey and lilac to create a chic, modern, smoky eye.
* To create an intense, sultry eye look, look for a palette that features a warm trio of rich brown, golden copper and shimmering sand hues.
* Try a metallic eye definer. Alone, it can be used to line and define or use it to complement your favorite eye shadow. “Choose shades that contrast your eyes to make them pop,” says Aston. “Apply color to the eyelid or along the lash-line as an accent for impact.”

Bundle up
Classic, “back to basics” clothing was all the rage on the fall runways. This season’s must-have piece is the crisp white jacket that works with everything from jeans to a little black dress. The key accessory to sport is perfectly fitting with the chill in the air – gloves. Half gloves, fingerless gloves and long gloves are gracing the arms of starlets walking the red carpet and go with everything from rugged parkas to dainty and ladylike skirts. If you’ve got a special occasion to dress for, or if you’re just plain feeling glam, the gold dress, inspired by the rich tones of autumn, is the choice for your holiday parties.

For more information on fall beauty basics, visit TheBodyShop-USA.com.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Hanes(R) and Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R) Inspire Creativity for a Cause

/PRNewswire/ -- Hanes has launched a T-shirt design competition offering the chance to combine creativity with passion for a most worthy cause - Susan G. Komen for the Cure . Through Oct. 26, 2009, participants can enter Passionately Pink-inspired T-shirt designs with messages of hope, love and support for the chance to win a weekly drawing for a $100 Hanes gift card. In addition, a grand-prize winner will receive a $250 Hanes gift card and a screen-printed copy of the winning T-shirt design. Hanes will also make a $5,000 donation in the grand-prize winner's name to the winner's choice of Susan G. Komen for the Cure local Affiliate or Komen Global Headquarters.

This year, Hanes became the Official Apparel Sponsor of Passionately Pink for the Cure, a fund-raising program created by Komen for the Cure that inspires breast cancer advocacy and honors those affected by the disease. Hanes is donating $250,000 ($100,000 in cash and $150,000 in kind) to Komen for the Cure. In June 2009, public service announcements dedicated to breast cancer awareness began airing featuring actress Sarah Chalke (Hanes spokesperson and star of the television show "Scrubs" and mini series "Maneater"). Chalke also will attend Komen events and will host her own "Passionately Pink" parties with her sisters and friends.

Beginning today, Hanes will also offer a special "pink collection" of panties, bras, socks and graphic tees (including one T-shirt exclusively designed by Chalke), and has created a campaign Web site, www.hanespink.com, that features interactive content to inspire people to make a difference in the breast cancer support community. The Hanes contribution will help fund Komen's breast cancer research and community outreach efforts. The Hanes "pink collection," including Chalke's T-shirt, is now available on www.hanes.com and will be in select stores in September.

About the Competition

The design competition will be hosted on the campaign Web site, www.hanespink.com. Visitors can design virtual Passionately Pink T-shirts using a variety of tools and graphics provided on the site, including a text function that will allow users to convey a tribute message or a personal note. Once the digital T-shirt is submitted, consumers will complete an online form to be entered into the promotion for the chance to turn their virtual creation into a screen-printed tee.

"The Hanes Passionately Pink T-shirt design competition will mobilize and encourage people to join the fight against breast cancer while allowing them to express their passion in an individualized way, providing comfort to those who need it most," remarked Sidney Falken, SVP/Hanes brand.

Each week throughout the contest, the first 30 participants will receive a T-shirt from actress Sarah Chalke, who has kicked off the competition with her own Hanes T-shirt design which includes the words "courage and strength" above her signature and features pink hearts alongside the iconic pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness.

"I am so excited to kick off the Hanes Passionately Pink for the Cure design competition and be a part of an amazingly dedicated network. Awareness is the best prevention and this program encourages people from across the country to join the fight against breast cancer in a truly meaningful way," remarked Chalke. "The pink Hanes T-shirt I designed was inspired by my personal connection to cancer."

Twelve weekly winners will be selected based on pre-determined criteria including representation of campaign theme, creativity, originality and online votes. Finalists will be announced on November 11, 2009, and will receive a $100 Hanes gift card. Beginning Nov. 11, 2009, through Nov. 25, 2009, 12 finalists will be featured on www.hanespink.com where visitors can vote on their favorite designs. The grand prize winner, who will be announced on or about Dec. 7, 2009, will designate either Komen Global Headquarters or a local Komen for the Cure Affiliate to receive a $5,000 donation made in his or her name by Hanes. The grand prize winner will also receive a $250 Hanes gift card and a screen-printed copy of their winning design on a Hanes T-shirt.

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ChiliPad™ Reduces Severity of Hot Flashes in Menopausal Women

GBB Note: Ahhhh... A cool bed and a good night's sleep? Delightful idea.

(BUSINESS WIRE)--For many women, the word "menopause" means living with innumerable symptoms which can alter the course of their lives. Menopause affects nearly 40 million women in the United States and while it is a natural time of physical and emotional change, it can also be a time of confusion and worry. Common symptoms include hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, irritability, low libido, and depression. Hot Flashes are the most common symptom experienced by menopausal women.

ChiliPad™, a revolutionary mattress pad with both heating and cooling functions, reduces the severity of hot flashes by allowing consumers to adjust the entire surface of their bed to the desired temperature. ChiliPad cools and warms a bed from 48 to 118 degrees F.

"Often if a room is too cold for one person it is too warm for the other,” said Todd Youngblood, president and co-founder, ChiliTechnology, LLC. “Some couples resort to opening windows or turning on the AC all night to stay cool. Instead of cooling the whole house to get a comfortable night's sleep, you can just cool the bed. This is especially helpful for women experiencing hot flashes and night sweats or anyone who just needs to cool their body down to get a good night’s sleep.”

According to the National Sleep Foundation, about 61 percent of menopausal women suffer from some kind of sleep disorder. Sleep is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, allowing the mind to rest and reorganize before the next day's events; menopausal women who are having trouble sleeping feel the effects in every part of their lives.

“When having hot flashes, it's hard to fool Mother Nature,” said Karen Giblin, president, Red Hot Mamas. “Hot flashes and night sweats affect 75-85% of women. Women feel intense heat, get flushed, perspire, and they may get uncomfortably wet during the night. This may cause them to awaken and the next day they may feel fatigued and moody. Good news gals, we now have a product that can fool Mother Nature. The new product is the ChiliPad which gives some of us a new lease on menopausal life. So, as the temperatures soars in your bed at night, and you are tossing and turning feeling that greenhouse effect when those hot flashes and night sweats strike, all you have to now do is to turn on your ChiliPad. Your bed will stay cool and you will be more comfortable during the night."

The ChiliPad can be used 12 months out of the year to keep the bed cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Anyone suffering from menopause, injury or illness where cooling the body down or warming it up helps, benefits from a ChiliPad. To learn more about ChiliPad and how it is being used by consumers, please contact Jane Westgate at 336-209-9276 or via e-mail pr@chilitechnology.com.

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Watching Your Bottom Line

(NAPSI)-Staying true to your style budget is an increasingly smart idea, and there are a few clever ways you can watch your bottom line.

Recessionistas know that it pays to invest in classic pieces and dress them up with a few trend-smart favorites to keep current. Here are a few examples of this season's must-haves:

• Flats. Patent metallic flats work with so many different outfits. Embellished ballet flats add a feminine touch.

• A large bag. A large, polished-leather satchel or antique tapestry bag can supply the look and offer a practical advantage for carrying everyday essentials.

• Belts. A large belt with heavy metal studs fits well with this season's gladiator look and can help define a variety of daytime outfits. For a more sophisticated evening look, choose a belt with sparkle.

• Natural jewelry. When buying jewelry, think natural. Opt for a rustic turquoise bracelet or a necklace of polished river stones.

• Cinch it. Need a dress for a date? Consider a flirty number with a cinched waist.

• Fitted skirts. For dates or daytime, nothing says trendy now like a fitted, knee-length skirt.

• Smoothers, toners, tights. When watching the bottom line of your fashion budget, don't skimp on smoothers and shapers that shape up your bottom line. The right first layer can make everything that follows look so much better.

L'eggs Profiles® Smoothers, Toners and Tights, with or without hosiery, help smooth and shape hips, tummy and thighs to enhance the way you look when wearing the season's must-haves.

It's always a good idea to shop and compare prices. With their smooth shape and slim price, the L'eggs Profiles line can help shape your bottom line. The line can be conveniently purchased at many mass and drug retail locations for under $9.

The right smoothers and toners can even help you shop in your own closet. They could help you fit into that classic skirt that has gotten a little snug.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Fall fashion trends – expert advice from those who know

(ARA) - Looking for insight into what your college student wants to wear to school this fall? Want them to fit in with their peers, but still look respectable? Want to know the secrets to saving a buck?

The fashion design and fashion merchandising students and instructors at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale offer some advice and insight on fall fashion trends.

“Global cultures influence the colorful mosaic of fall ’09, creating a new universal attitude,” says fashion design instructor at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Chelsea Rousso. “Through a mixture of motifs, layering occurs, allowing for uniqueness and individuality. Deep ethnic colors and patterns are appearing on scarves, skirts and knit dresses worn over leggings or textured tights. These ‘boho’ looks capture the relaxed approach to the easy-does-it mind-set.”

Rousso, who is currently writing a book on fashion forecasting, has more than 20 years experience as a designer and design director in the New York fashion world, including Datiani. As business in the early ‘90s was changing, she developed the concept for an artisan-inspired collection called Earth Song, clothing with natural and earthy appeal that was sold to stores and catalogs throughout the United States. “I am now committed to ‘giving back’ through teaching,” she says.

Recent graduates of The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale Fashion programs have their own opinions on fall fashion. “College students think about finding themselves,” says Karlee Smith, who received a bachelor’s of science degree in fashion merchandising and immediately went to work at the VF Corporation in Atlanta, Ga., as Vassarette merchandiser. “In essence, they create their own trends. At least most do who care to be unique. Even if they are on a budget, college students can find affordable clothes and accessories at places like Forever 21, Zara and Express.”

Smith’s classmate Elana Bloom concurs with making your own fashion statements and that college students care about their clothes. “I do think college students still think about fashion when they dress for class. Although, I do not think fashion is what is determined in their mind when they are shopping for their class attire,” she says. Comfort, convenience and chic are ideal for a college student who faces long days schelpping books, laptops, and other college necessities. Let’s face it, can a girl walk up three flights of stairs in 4-inch platforms and make it without breaking a sweat or falling?

“Today less is more and being chic is not being bedazzled or wearing ultra tight clothing,” Bloom adds. “It is about accessorizing your bamboo cotton sweat outfit. Attraction is all in the hair, makeup and the accessories. Who has time to put together a three-piece outfit at 6 a.m. for an 8 a.m. class? Throw on a comfy cute sweat suit by Pink Lotus or a cotton maxi dress by Lani, Havianas sandals, beaded bracelets, sunnies and a quick blow dry to the hair and you’re ready to go.”

Rousso agrees that when it comes to accessorizing, students are keen. “They are adding interest to their outfits by using bright pops of color to a neutral palette of black and grey,” she says. “From shoes to sweaters or necklaces to handbags, the intense hues are adding color excitement. Crimson red, associated with strength, desire and power is being worn by girls and guys in jackets, bags and accessories.“

Jeans – a college fashion staple – are also getting an updated look this season. Ruosso continues, “The looks for denim this season include skinny jean silhouettes along with more relaxed shapes that are cinched at the ankle – often tucked into gladiator sandals or boots. Denim is light in color, distressed and embellished with studs and embroideries – a flashback to the ‘80s.”

Bloom also suggests Nordstrom’s B.P section and Target as places to find affordable accessories. “Wide headbands or scarves used as headbands, chunky beads and rings, and fun play jewelry embellish any outfit. I also think everyone should accessorize with a nice manicure and pedicure. This always gives a mini makeover.”

Both Bloom and Smith share more than their fashionable interests. They were the first two high school teens to win full scholarships in The Art Institutes Passion for Fashion Competition in 2006. They decided that Fort Lauderdale was the shared destination to pursue their design and merchandising goals. They met for the first time in New York at the scholarship presentation and have been making news ever since.

Smith is originally from Simi Valley, Calif., and a graduate of South Forsyth High School, in Cumming, Ga. Bloom, of Boca Raton, Fla., is a graduate of Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Fla.

To learn more about The Art Institutes schools, visit www.artinstitutes.edu/nz.

The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu) is a system of over 40 education institutions located throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals.

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Sunday, August 2, 2009

U.S. Marshals Seize Skin Sanitizer, Protectant Products Made by Clarcon Biological Chemical Laboratory Inc.

U.S. Marshals, at the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, have seized all skin sanitizers and skin protectants, including ingredients and components, at Clarcon Biological Chemistry Laboratory’s Roy, Utah facility. The FDA is also warning consumers not to use any Clarcon products because they contain harmful bacteria and are promoted as antimicrobial agents that claim to treat open wounds, damaged skin, and protect against various infectious diseases. No cases have been reported to the FDA.

Clarcon voluntarily recalled the affected products, marketed under several different brand names, in June 2009, following an FDA inspection that revealed high levels of potentially disease-causing bacteria in the products.

The inspection also uncovered serious deviations from the FDA’s Current Good Manufacturing Practice regulations, including poor practices that permitted the contamination. The FDA’s seizure of these products, along with their ingredients and any in-process or bulk materials, occurred after Clarcon did not agree to promptly destroy them. The FDA is protecting the public by preventing these products from entering the marketplace.

“The FDA is committed to taking enforcement action against firms that do not manufacture drugs in accordance with our current good manufacturing practice requirements,” said Deborah M. Autor, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Office of Compliance. “We will remain vigilant in our efforts to protect consumers from defective products.”

Clarcon produced and distributed over 800,000 bottles of these products in multiple regions of the country since 2007. Consumers should not use any Clarcon products and should dispose of them in their household trash.

Analyses of several samples of the topical antimicrobial skin sanitizer and skin protectant products revealed high levels of various bacteria. Some of these bacteria can cause opportunistic infections of the skin and underlying tissues. Such infections may need medical or surgical attention and may result in permanent damage. Examples of products that should be discarded are:

Citrushield Lotion
Dermasentials DermaBarrier
Dermassentials by Clarcon Antimicrobial Hand Sanitizer
Iron Fist Barrier Hand Treatment
Skin Shield Restaurant
Skin Shield Industrial
Skin Shield Beauty Salon Lotion
Total Skin Care Beauty
Total Skin Care Work

Health care professionals and consumers may report serious adverse events or product quality problems with the use of this product to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, or by regular mail, fax, or phone.
--Regular Mail: use postage-paid FDA form 3500 and mail to MedWatch, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787
--Fax: 800-FDA-0178
--Phone: 800-FDA-1088

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Clinique launches New Vitamin C Lip Smoothie Antioxidant Lip Colour

/24-7/ -- Clinique is launching a new innovation in lip gloss to help protect and defend delicate lips. Bursting with antioxidant ingredients, Clinique introduces new Vitamin C Lip Smoothie Antioxidant Lip Colour, a healthy dose of luscious colour in six juicy shades, rich in moisture and shine, like an antioxidant fruit smoothie for the lips.

Combining the high shine and super moisturising aspects of a lip gloss with the rich, stay-true colour and buildable coverage of a lipstick, the beauty experts at Clinique have developed this revolutionary new lip product.

The new formulation has taken powerful, 'good for you' ingredients and squeezed them into a gorgeous, colourful lip product with treatment benefits. Over time lips become vulnerable to lines and wrinkles and can become thinner and drier while also losing some of their colour. This vitamin packed formula is enriched with a cocktail of ingredients, including the key antioxidants, Açaí Berry and Pomegranate to help protect against environmental aggressors and Vitamin C to improve the look and feel of lips instantly and over time. Whilst a decadent blend of rich butters such as Shea Butter provide comfort, moisture and soothing benefits and help put the smooth in to Lip Smoothie.

To finish the fresh, healthy look High Impact Curling Mascara can be applied, along with a Quick Blush to cheeks for a naturally blushed look.

New Vitamin C Lip Smoothie Antioxidant Lip Colour is available in six lip-quenching, yet water-resistant, juicy shades ranging from opaque to shimmery: Fig-a-licious, Raisin the Bar, Pink Me Up, Nude-tricious, Goodness Grapecious and Rhubarbie.

The new Vitamin C Lip Smoothie Antioxidant Lip Colour will be available at Clinique counters nationwide from 1 August 2009.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Go Ahead, Indulge! Investing In Yourself

(NAPSI)-In times of economic uncertainty, there is one thing you should always invest in…yourself!

A March 2009 survey conducted by Survey.com found that 80 percent of women said that when they look good, they feel good. So especially during hard economic times, women try to look their best, and 79 percent said using beauty products is a way to pamper themselves without spending a lot of money.

Celebrity stylist Hallie Bowman offers advice to help women outshine the recession by looking and feeling their best.

"Right now it is all about shiny, voluminous hair," says Bowman. "The sharp and defiant shapes of past seasons have now transitioned into full waves and soft, bouncy bends."

Hallie's Tips to Get the Look...

• Start with clean, freshly shampooed and conditioned hair. Hallie recommends using products from the Pantene Pro-V Full & Thick collection because they protect hair against damage and help create fullness at the roots by reviving limp strands for a full, healthy look.

• Spray a root-lifter gel into wet roots before blow-drying.

• While blow-drying, periodically flip your head forward to help create fullness. While your head is forward, give your roots a shot of cool air to really amp up the volume.

• After drying each section, while hair is still warm, set hair into Velcro rollers.

• Once all hair has been set, keep rollers in for at least 10 minutes.

• Remove rollers and brush hair from roots to ends.

• To polish off the look, apply a smoothing serum from midshaft to tips for a healthy shine.

When you don't have money to invest in a new outfit, a new hairstyle is the perfect way to indulge! This look can upgrade even the most casual of outfits, leaving you looking put-together and feeling beautiful.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Start The School Year Right With A Fresh Face

(NAPSI)-Let's face facts. As millions of teenagers get ready to head back to school, they may be hoping for the same thing: a fresh start and a fresh face.

Unfortunately, almost all teenagers experience at least an occasional whitehead, blackhead or pimple. Research shows stress from breakouts, coupled with the stress of returning to school, can have profound psychological effects on teenage acne patients. In fact, the recent Skin Matters Survey, conducted by Harris Interactive, found that 70 percent of teenagers feel pressure to have clear skin, and 60 percent of teenage girls think acne negatively affects their self-confidence.

Despite the availability of improved, effective acne treatments, teens continue to suffer from the negative impact that acne can have on social relationships and quality of life. The same survey determined less than half of teens (44 percent) feel knowledgeable about skin care and only 14 percent of teens with acne have seen a dermatologist specifically for their acne.

For teens, getting rid of embarrassing acne can be just as time consuming as picking out an outfit for the first day of school, so it's important to know how to avoid that breakout before it happens, and what to do if it does.

Acne is unique to every individual. The good news is that today, there are many effective treatments that can help clear up virtually every type of acne and prevent new breakouts, so it's important to visit a dermatologist who can collaborate with you on a targeted skin care regimen. This regimen may include a prescription-strength treatment, such as a topical retinoid, which goes deep down to unclog pores and prevent breakouts. Retin-A Micro is the only acne medication with patented microspheres that contain tretinoin, the No. 1 prescribed retinoid by dermatologists. Microspheres help absorb excess oil, reduce facial shine and protect against irritation. Available in a unique and sleek pump, Retin-A Micro Pump delivers a consistent amount of medication with each use, making treatment easy. For full prescribing information, visit www.RetinAMicro.com.

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Summertime protection for mom and baby -- inside and out

(ARA) - Whether you're relaxing beachside on vacation, picnicking in the park or strolling through the neighborhood, warm weather offers many opportunities for outdoor fun. However, these activities can lead to dehydration, sunburn and fatigue if you're not careful. Barbara Dehn, women's health nurse practitioner and award-winning author, offers tips to keep mom and baby safe all summer long.

“Mom and baby both need extra protection in the months following birth, especially during the summer season,” says Dehn. “By following a few simple guidelines, the entire family can enjoy summer outings and activities together."

Dehn suggests protecting yourself and your little one with these tips:

Practice sun protection -- If sun exposure is unavoidable, don’t forget to shield yourself and your little one with a hat and sunblock to guard against powerful UVA and UVB rays. Make sure to use a baby-safe sunblock with a high SPF that has no artificial colors or unnecessary chemical additives.

Stay nourished -- It is important to maintain your overall health, especially in the heat. Sufficient hydration is essential because a lack of fluids can cause heat exhaustion and improper digestion. Moms should also increase their intake of foods that are high in protein as well as those that contain natural liquids to improve energy and emotional state, and prevent dehydration. Best bets include dark green vegetables, juicy fruits, eggs and almonds.

For babies who are using infant formula, you can choose one that is designed to support your baby's natural defenses and digestive health. For example, Similac Advance EarlyShield is specially designed to support your baby’s developing immune system. It’s the only formula that has the EarlyShield blend of prebiotics, nucleotides and antioxidants -- nutrients found naturally in breast milk.

Refocus and recenter -- Summertime is meant to be carefree. Allow yourself some alone time to unwind. Have your partner or a friend watch the baby so you can focus on yourself. Keeping a journal is a simple way to organize your thoughts and help examine your emotions. Help baby relax, too. Set aside time to give your newborn a massage. Massaging enhances the emotional bond with your baby, improves sleep patterns, aids with digestion, boosts immunity, helps fight disease and calms your baby.

Rest up -- Hot temperatures during the summer months can cause fatigue. Nap time is not just for your little one. Force yourself to drop chores and nap while the baby does. Use a lavender-scented eye mask to get maximum rest and awaken refreshed. For baby, start a consistent bedtime routine as early as possible. Sing lullabies, read books, give a warm bath or rock in a rocking chair to help trigger bedtime.

Following these simple tips will help ensure a safe and happy summer for both you and your baby. For more information, visit www.earlyshield.com.

Courtesy of ARAcontent

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Dress for success and comfort at work

(ARA) - Wondering what to wear at the office as the temperature climbs this summer? Fashion experts at The Art Institutes have some words to live by when dressing for success at your workplace.

"There are many ways to incorporate summer's hottest trends into your office wardrobe without compromising your professional credibility," says Marlise Vance, senior instructor in Fashion Merchandising at The Art Institute of Ohio - Cincinnati. "Using color, accessories and patterns can bring a summer feel to your work ensembles, even if the pieces themselves are traditional office conservative. A bright tank or cami under a jacket, a colorful patterned skirt or fashion-forward shoes can make a big impact."

"Black is never out of style," says Stephanie Taylor, academic director of Fashion Marketing and Management at The Art Institute of Charlotte. "A great idea is to pair a black suit with fresh colors such as lime green, hot pink or yellow."

Some of the hottest trends this summer include a more do-it-yourself kind of attitude. "The big trend this summer is that there is no big trend. Instead of going out and buying a trendy new outfit, recycle and reuse the clothes you do have," says Taylor.

As part of this do-it-yourself kind of season, however, there are essentials every woman may want to purchase when dressing for the office.

"Accessories are an essential part of the dress code, and summer can be a good time to try a new scarf or bracelet," says Thomas Liddy, apparel design instructor at The Art Institute of Portland.

Cardigans are another great buy.

"Women want to invest in a great cardigan this summer," says Mike Watson, Fashion Marketing and Management instructor at The Art Institute of Charlotte. "A cardigan is great because you can wear it over a sleeveless shirt or dress, and then take it off when you leave work."

He adds, "If I had to tell women to buy one thing for the summer, I would tell them to buy a white skirt or pants."

"Think about your overall look throughout the day," says Patricia Crockett, Apparel Design instructor at The Art Institute of Portland. "If you choose to wear a lower-cut top or camisole underneath your blazer, ask yourself if you'll really wear the blazer or sweater all day. If the answer is no, choose another top that will complement your outfit and look work-appropriate on its own."

What's underneath your outfit also is crucial to your being dressed for success.

"Appropriate undergarments are essential," says Julie Hengle, academic director for the Fashion Merchandising and Interior Design programs at The Art Institute of Ohio - Cincinnati. "There is nothing less professional than an unsuitable foundation piece."

Common sense goes a long way, she elaborates. "Though it should go without saying, it bears repeating and reemphasizing: There should never be an occasion in the workplace when your co-workers can discern anything about your underwear. If you want to be taken seriously and judged for your work, not your wardrobe, then make good choices in proper undergarments."

"What you wear to the office in the summer should always be one step removed from what you wear to an after-work event such as a date or cocktail party," says Vance. "That means there should be something you either add, such as trendy accessories like jewelry or shoes, or something you can remove, like a jacket or sweater."

Along with the essential "Dos" come absolute "Don'ts." According to the fashion experts at The Art Institutes, one should follow these rules in the office, no matter how high the temperature climbs outside:

* No tube tops or halter tops.

* No flip-flops or gladiator sandals.

* Never go braless and be careful not to show too much cleavage.

* No minis: Skirts should fall at or below the knee.

* Don't go sleeveless -- cover bare arms with that cardigan.

* If you wear open toe-shoes, make sure you have a pedicure.

* And, men: Never go sockless.

"Make sure skirts are office-appropriate, which includes length," says Crockett. "Because women bare their legs in summer, skirts should be closer to the knee. In winter, skirts can be shorter because women wear dark hosiery underneath."

For men, there also are appropriate ways to transition to warm weather summer attire.

"Men obviously have fewer options than women when it comes to changing their wardrobe for summer time." Watson says. "But what they can do is change from dark, heavy clothes to light clothes. For more fashion-forward companies it is perfectly acceptable to wear short-sleeved European dress shirts to work."

Liddy adds, "If your office culture allows jeans, pair them with a lightweight blazer. Ties can also be worn more loosely to achieve a great summer look."

No matter what, both men and women should "resist the urge to dress down for summer," says Liddy. "Save the strappy sandals for evening and the sports sandals for the weekend."

To learn more about The Art Institutes system of schools, visit www.artinstitutes.edu/nz.

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Bright Ways To Deter Sun Damage

(NAPSI)-On the one hand, exposure to the sun's rays induces the production of vitamin D in the skin, promoting calcium absorption and even protecting against the development of cancer. On your hair, however, sunlight can have a dulling effect.

Here are hints to help you take advantage of the sun's healthful properties while saving your hair and skin:

• Skin Protection: Overexposure to UV radiation can cause sunburn and some forms of skin cancer; however, it can also cause direct DNA damage and affect the immune system. Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that melanoma cases on the scalp or neck are twice as deadly as melanoma elsewhere on the body. To help protect against scalp burning and peeling, use a scalp product with SPF such as Nioxin Scalp Shield Sunblock with SPF 20. This product is carefully formulated to protect sensitive scalp skin, blocking UVA and UVB rays, and it doesn't clog pores or leave a sticky residue.

• Hair Protection: Exposure to summer elements can take a toll on your hair, which can lead to color fade, dryness and cuticle separation. Use a clarifying shampoo regularly to eliminate buildup of oil, chlorine and salt water. Additionally, try using a daily leave-in conditioner before heading to the beach or pool. Hair is porous like a sponge and will soak up less water if saturated with conditioner.

• Hair Color Protection: UV rays can destroy melanin and color molecules in the hair, causing it to dry out and fade…a frustrating experience for those concerned about making color services last. To help protect against damage and safeguard your investment, use styling products that contain UV filters for added protection and moisture. Shine-enhancing sprays can also add sheen by creating a glossy surface that reflects light.

For more hair care tips and tricks, visit your hair care professional for advice that is suited to your lifestyle.

You don't have to let the sun take the shine out of your hair if you heed a few hints.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Nordstrom Rack to Open at Buckhead Station in Atlanta, Georgia

/PRNewswire/ -- Seattle-based Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE:JWN) , a leading fashion specialty retailer, announced it will open a 38,000-square-foot Nordstrom Rack, a unit of the company's off-price retail division, at Buckhead Station shopping center in Atlanta, Ga. in spring 2010.

"We're excited about the opportunity to open our doors in Atlanta at Buckhead Station," said Scott Meden, president of Nordstrom Rack. "We hope customers will give us a chance to earn their business at this outstanding new location."

This will be the retailer's second Nordstrom Rack in the greater Atlanta area joining Nordstrom Rack at Mall of Georgia Crossing in Buford, Ga. The company also operates several Nordstrom stores in the area, including a store at Mall of Georgia in Buford, and Phipps Plaza and Perimeter Mall in Atlanta.

"We are delighted Nordstrom Rack will be opening a store at Buckhead Station," said Jeff Olson, CEO of Equity One. "Nordstrom's reputation for high quality merchandise will serve as a great consumer magnet, benefiting the existing tenants in the center tremendously."

Buckhead Station is a 234,000 square-foot shopping center located at One Buckhead Loop adjacent to a full interchange of Georgia Highway 400 in the city of Atlanta. In addition to Nordstrom Rack, the center is occupied by a strong line-up of retailers including TJ Maxx, Old Navy, Toys "R" Us, Bed Bath and Beyond, DSW and Ulta 3. The upscale Buckhead community is home to numerous high-rise office buildings, hotels, shopping centers and two regional malls.

Nordstrom Rack carries merchandise from Nordstrom stores and Nordstrom.com at 50-60% off original Nordstrom prices. Nordstrom Rack also offers an incredible selection of brand-name apparel, accessories and shoes for the entire family--from many of the same hot vendors carried in Nordstrom stores--purchased specially for Nordstrom Rack, with most at savings of 30-70% off.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

6 summer wardrobe essentials every woman needs

(ARA) - Are the warm rays of the sun inspiring your inner fashionista? Summer is the perfect season to jazz up your wardrobe with fun and fashionable items that make you look great. But how do you know where to start in a fashion world that offers endless possibilities?

When it comes down to it, there are some things that every woman should have in her wardrobe. Here are the top six items that will make you look like you stepped out of a fashion magazine this summer:

1. Sunglasses
A good set of shades is an essential that is fashionable and functional. Helping protect your eyes from the sun's harsh rays, sunglasses can also provide a fun summer look. What types never go out of style? Some options with fashion-longevity include aviator glasses (also known as pilot shades) that have metal frames and reflective lenses, as well as over-sized options often seen on celebrities.

2. Shawl
Having a fun colored wrap or shawl can serve multiple purposes throughout the summer. For example, pashmina-style shawls offer a look that is appropriate as a shoulder wrap at a wedding, but also could be tied around the waist as an impromptu cover-up at the beach. Are you chilled? It can add a bit of warmth. Is it too sunny? It provides protection from sunburn. Really, it provides style and function for just about any situation summer can throw at you, plus it's small enough to be stashed away in a bag if not needed.

3. Pearl necklace
Pearls are the quintessential summer accessory for many reasons. They remind us of the water and are produced by nature, plus, they are the traditional birth stone for June. The best part of having pearls in your wardrobe is their versatility -- they add style to your ribbed tank and jean outfit or jazz up your black dress for a night on the town. Want to truly add some summer pizzazz? PearlParadise.com notes that pearls in fun colors like pink, gold, blue and lavender are popular during the summer season, as well as unique shapes like baroque, drop and keshi Tahitian pearls.

4. Strappy sandals
Whether heeled or flat, show off those toes with a great pair of strappy sandals. Open shoes look great and help keep your body temperature down during hot summer days. Colored leather straps are popular and stylish during the summer season, but you can also find options in natural woven materials. Having a couple pair isn't a bad idea -- maybe one flat and one high-heel, or one casual and one dressier. Whatever route you go, you'll be sure to get use out of these the entire season.

5. Earrings
Earrings bring focus to the face and enhance a person's eyes. That's why so many people feel "naked" if they don't have earrings on. For summer, opt for pearl or stone earrings -- or better yet, a combo of both. According to Pearl-Guide.com, Akoya Pearls are very popular for use in jewelry because of their consistently round shape. Studs, drop-downs and drop-downs with diamond accents are all great summertime options. When the sun hits them, your face will sparkle with true style.

6. Wide-brim hat
A good hat can be a great addition to your favorite summer dress and also be your best friend on a sunny day at the beach. Wide-brimmed hats are popular during the summer time because of their style and how they protect the face from wrinkle-inducing rays. A straight, stiff brim often made from natural fibers like raffia or straw provides a more formal, tailored look. Flexible, shapeable brims often made of cotton or linen have a more casual feel.

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