Friday, December 21, 2007

It Ain't Easy Being Blue. Check out this story about Paul Kerason who's skin has turned blue. He even had to move from Oregon to California due to people not being too nice to him.
Paul thinks that a colloidal silver ointment that he used on his face contributed to his bluish/purple facial skin condition.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Makeup, Mercury and Minnesota. Click here for a news report about Minnesota's ban on certain cosmetics which goes into effect January 1st because of levels of mercury in mascara, eyeliners and skin lightening creams.
Here's a slideshow in PDF format containing a report from 2005 on skin lightening creams and their effects in Africa. This link contains all you ever wanted to know about mercury.
The brand/line of cosmetics I represent does not sell a skin-lightening cream. As an alternative to eyeliners, you can wet your favorite shade of eye shadow and apply that as an eyeliner. To view the products, click here or contact your Beauty Consultant.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Nail Tips. Don't blow on your freshly painted nails to dry them, this will only dry the top and leave the layers underneath goopy. Clean the neck of your nail color bottle with nail color remover. Keeping it clean will ensure that no air gets into the bottle and turns your nail color all mucky. Don't shake the bottle of nail color prior to application. This only causes bubbles to form on your fingernails. Roll the bottle of nail color between your palms instead.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

COSMETICS SEIZED: Jan Marini Skin Research Age Intervention Eyelash can cause eye damage. U.S. Marshals seized nearly 13,000 tubes of the product, considered by the FDA to be unapproved and misbranded. The product contains the drug bimatoprost, used to treat eye pressure and if someone is already on that drug and using Age Intervention Eyelash as well, the extra dosage can be harmful. The product may also cause swelling of the retina and loss of vision.
According to the FDA, you should discontinue use immediately and discard any remaining product.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Relax for Great Skin. I spent the weekend at a wonderful resort and spa on the James River in Virginia. A little relaxation can do wonders for your skin, not to mention good hair days! I highly recommend these pampering weekend getaways. Take advantage of them whenever you can, as they will do you a world of good.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Lead In Lipsticks

Click here for an article that talks about significant levels of lead in lipsticks.

Also, visit the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics site for more great information.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Accutane and Acne Issues. Wow, just saw a story about Hans Peterson's adventure with Accutane. He murdered the doctor who prescribed it to him and then fled to St. Maarten to be under the protection of France.
There's no reason for issues with Acne to be that complicated! Check out this page on solving acne problems.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Check out the Skin Care Talk forums. I hang out there sometimes and help answer people's questions, anything ranging from skincare to makeup to acne issues.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Prescription for Disaster? Just heard that between 1997 and 2005 prescription drug use was up by some 90%. This upset me just a little bit. I understand that a good portion of that is because of the aging population and their dependence on painkillers as they grow older. However, I'm not a fan of prescription pills. In my opinion they lead to skin problems and when people tell me they can't use anything on their skin my first inclination is to ask them what prescriptions they're on. I often don't do that because I don't want to be nosy about people's medical conditions, so what I usually do is tell them that some prescription drugs have been known to cause skin problems, which is the absolute truth.
I hate to think that people are suffering through all the side effects of these pills and not taking care of their skin the way they should. It's a shame.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Don't Rub Your Eyes. Not only should you avoid rubbing the eye area for reasons of a foreign object in your eye, you should never rub your eyes, period. If there's a foreign object in there, flush with water and pat dry with a towel. Don't rub! It will scratch the delicate surface of your eye.
Don't rub your eyes when you are tired because you will stretch the skin around your eye area and this leads to wrinkles. It's best to refresh your tired eyes by misting or splashing some cool water on your face and then gently pat dry with a towel. Or you can use eye drops. If you wear contacts, make sure you use the drops that are especially for contact lens wearers.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Is Your Face Running? Does your makeup just slide off your face in the heat and humidity of summer? You may not be able to use the same foundation year-round, you may just have to switch it up and opt for a lightweight tinted moisturizer during the summer months. These are great if you want sheer coverage for all those fun summertime activities. They work well year-round too.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Your Look To Go. What better item than Neckties by Belisi for that guy in your life, and a handbag for you to carry all your on-the-go cosmetics in? They also have scarves and pocket squares so they've got you covered, so to speak, as far as those items go. I remember watching old reruns when Flo from the TV sitcom "Alice" used to come in to Mel's Diner every day, take her scarf off her head and tie it around her purse strap. Since then I've always thought handbags and scarves were the coolest thing!
Go get yours today at Belisi! 25% off and free shipping with orders of $100 or more.

Friday, July 27, 2007

It was also MY birthday so it's a double celebration.
I look forward to another year of providing you with great information and tips on skin care (or skincare - one word)
nail care
and some health and fashion news thrown in too.
Don't forget to visit SkinCareTeacher

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Look Good Feel Better I just applied to be a volunteer for this program. I live close to a couple of different cancer centers and I'm happy to do what I can to help out. Take a look at their site, there's a lot more to the program than I originally thought.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Check out this article which talks about using probiotics, a healthy bacteria in skin care and beauty products because of it's anti-aging abilities.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Sugar, Sugar. I've said it time and time again: What you put into your system has a lot to do with your appearance. You are what you eat, after all.
It's important to also stay away from dangerous food additives that can cause chemical imbalances in your system. Some of the worst are artifical sweetners.
Opt for natural sweeteners instead, such as stevia, organic sugar cane or honey.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Sister Sandal Pledge. I love this.

Just a friendly reminder; it's that time of the year again. Please raise your big toes and repeat after me.

"As a member of the Faux Pas Sisterhood, I pledge to follow The Rules when I wear sandals and other open-toe shoes:

I promise to always wear sandals that fit. My toes will not hang over and touch the ground, nor will my heels spill over the backs, and the sides and tops of my feet will not purge out between the straps.

I will go polish-free or vow to keep the polish fresh, intact and chip-free. I will not cheat and just touch up my big toe.

I will sand down any mounds of skin before they turn hard and yellow.

I will shave the hairs off my big toe.

I won't wear pantyhose even if my misinformed girlfriend, coworker,mother, sister tells me the toe seam really will stay under my toes if I tuck it there.

If a strap breaks, I won't duct-tape, pin, glue or tuck it back into place, hoping it will stay put. I will get my shoe fixed or toss it.

I will not live in corn denial; rather I will lean on my good friend Dr.Scholl's if my feet need him.

I will resist the urge to buy jelly shoes at Payless for the low, low price of $2.99 even if my feet are small enough to fit into the kids' sizes. This is out of concern for my safety, and the safety of others. No one can walk properly when standing in a pool of sweat, and I would hate to take someone down with me as I fall and break my ankle.

I will take my toe ring off toward the end of the day if my toes swell and begin to look like Vienna sausages.

I will promise if I wear flip flops, that I will ensure they actually flip and flop, making the correct noise while walking and I will swear NOT to slide or drag my feet while wearing them.

I will promise to go my local beauty school at least once per season and have a real pedicure (they are about $15 and worth EVERY penny). I say spend another $15.00 and get an even better one.

I will promise to throw away any white/off-white sandals that show signs of wear...nothing is tackier than dirty white sandals."

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Rock and Roll All Over Again
OK, I'm having flashbacks to my former life when I was a rock journalist, back before I got into the skin care biz.

Back in the early 80's when The Police were huge, I must admit I was headbanging with the likes of Def Lep and Quiet Riot. I do like a lot of The Police's songs, though and I remember being so envious of hearing people talk about seeing them in concert and what a great show they put on.
I am eagerly awaiting their big reunion tour! I'm planning to see the show on November 3rd in Atlantic City. That's my backup in case I can't make the August 4th show in Baltimore, MD. I've heard only great things about it and I'm so excited to be able to see them live. Most of the shows are SOLD OUT so get your tickets TODAY! Don't wait, or you'll regret it. Remember what I said earlier. You don't want to hear people talking about how much fun they had at the show - the one you didn't go to! I'm bringing my copy of the police cd to the show because you never know! I might be able to get it autographed!

I'm so happy that they're participating at the big Live Earth event on July 7 in New Jersey. Sting and the boys are so good about helping out a great cause.

If you haven't already gotten your hands on a copy of the new police cd, you simply must do so - and now! Release date is June 5th! I absolutely cannot wait to hear "Can't Stand Losing You" because that is one of my very favorite songs. It's track #2 on Disc 1.

Oh my gosh, and I'll never forget the episode of "Sledgehammer!" where they were chasing the bad guy into a recording studio and the cops told the receptionist as they were running by, "We're the Police!" and she told them they'd have to pick another name because there's already a band called The Police.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

A Healthy Within will get you Beautiful Skin. I know you've heard it before, you are what you eat. So why ingest anything that's not good for you? So many skin problems can be traced back to bad eating habits, so go organic, get off any drugs you're on and quit smoking if you smoke. You'll be amazed at the results and you'll be so much more healthy. YOU are the only thing you've got, so take care of YOU!

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

D.C. is the Sun Smartest! I'm proud to live in the DC Metro area and now I have another reason to be proud. I just heard that residents in the DC region scored the highest in a Sun Smarts quiz, correctly answering questions such as
Is it good to get a base tan?
Are tanning beds safe to use?
DC was ranked 1st in Sun Smarts - even over sun-drenched cities like Tampa and Los Angeles!
Remember, May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month! Go and soak up some knowledge about how to stay safe in the sun.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Take the time to learn the dangers of sun exposure. You owe it to your health and your self. Make sure you stay sun safe this summer. Sunscreen, long sleeves and limit your time in the sun. See my earlier post in this blog about wrap-around sunglasses. Those will protect your eyes from the sun as well as help prevent fine lines from forming around the eyes.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Vision Correction with Lasik. Years ago, in the early '90's I worked with a woman who had the laser eye surgery performed. I was surprised because at the time she was in her late '70's. She was thrilled with the results, though and recommended the procedure to others. I had often thought of having eye surgery performed to correct my vision. I don't much mind wearing my contacts, though and that's probably my main reason for not having it done.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Eye Wash. I see so many women cleansing their eyelids and eye area with their facial cleanser. Often times, the cleanser is not formulated for the delicate eye area. It may even lead to eye irritation. Also, chances are if you're applying cleanser there you will remove the cleanser with a damp wash cloth and that leads to more pulling and stretching of the already thin skin in the eye area.
Use eye makeup remover on a cotton ball or pre-moistened cloth instead.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Makeover for My Tree. I added this face to my tree to give it some personality. It blends in pretty nicely and adds a whimsical touch to my front yard.

Here are the supplies needed to give your trees a makeover.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

The Particulars of a Pampering Pedicure

It's sandal season! Time to get those feet ready for the warmer weather ahead. If you plan on making a trip to a salon for a pedicure, here are some things you should know.
An infection caused by Mycobacterium smegmatis, a rapidly replicating bacterium that responds poorly to medication, is a possibility when you go to get a pedicure. It starts out as a red, swollen toe or looking almost like a bug bite and then gets swollen and turns blue or purple. You're looking at a long course of antibiotics and possibly even surgery to correct the scarring that can occur. One of the most serious mycobacterium infections called fortitum may cause boils on the legs.
While severe infections from a manicure or pedicure are rare, you wouldn't even want to risk getting a minor infection from having a pedicure done. Athlete's foot, toenail fungus and even warts are other potential pedicure dangers, not to mention allergic reactions, loss of a nail, and the spread of staph infections or viruses and, in extreme cases, HIV and hepatitis. A fungus can take hold of your toenail, multiply and cause the nail to grow up to 1/2 inch thick. It's very ugly, it can cause a lot of foot problems. If you're a diabetic, it may lead to infections and even toe amputations.
Some nail technicians recommend finding a salon that does not use whirlpool tubs or any other foot bath that involves plumbing, because the bacteria can sit in the pipes and there's no good way to clean them efficiently and effectively. Chairs specially designed for pedicures have foot baths attached with individual filtering systems. The filters can become clogged with hair, skin and toenails, making an ideal breeding ground for bacteria. The swirling waters then spread the bacteria.
Here are helpful tips for finding a reputable salon to perform a pedicure on you.
Make sure the establishment has a license. It should be prominently displayed in the front reception area. Your cosmetologist should also have a license posted at his or her station.
Leave if the salon appears even the slightest bit dirty. Take a peek at the towels and the instruments and look to see if workers are washing their hands between treatments. Sniff the air, and if you sense a strong odor, that's a bad sign.
Ask questions. How does the salon disinfect its instruments? The cosmetic industry is not required to use sophisticated and expensive machines to ensure a medical level of sterilization. Are disposable items that cannot be sanitized (like emery boards, nail buffers, toe separators, orange sticks, etc.) thrown away immediately after their use?
Cutiekit, Your Professional Manicure Pedicare Tool Kit
Bring your own manicure and pedicure equipment, towels (and disposable foot tub liner, if possible) with you to ensure the supplies will not be used on anyone else. Many people have a set of their own dental tools when they go to the dentist, so having your very own pedicure kit only makes sense. You can find two pedicure kits that I recommend at my website.

Ensure that the person performing the pedicure knows your cuticles are not to be clipped or cut. They are important in that they keep bacteria from getting under the nail bed, and if there's a chance you could be cut and bleed, it could lead to serious infections. In addition, razors, scrapers or graters for calluses must never be used.
Try to relax and enjoy. Just remember to keep on your toes and tread carefully when going for a pedicure.

Katrina Price, also known as the Skin Care Teacher is a ten-year veteran of the skin care and beauty industry. Valuable information can be found at her website and her blog, updated almost daily at

Friday, April 06, 2007

One Mold You Don't Want to Fit. Mold is not good for your health. If you live in NJ, DE or PA, you can give Mold Managers in NJ a call to help eradicate any mold issues you have in your home. Mold can lead to skin rashes along with numerous other health problems. Just run an internet search for "mold dangers" and you'll see what I mean.

Monday, April 02, 2007

The Eyelashes Have It. If they don't, call eyelash transplant artist Dr. Alan Bauman of Boca Raton, FL. He can help you find someone in your area who can perform eyelash transplants. It's a great idea if the eyelashes have been lost to cancer or burns. You may suffer mild infection and bruising, and your eyelashes will fall out and need to be re-transplanted but other than that, and the $3,000 per eye price tag, you'll have a great set of long, luxurious eyelashes.

What happens is that hair follicles get harvested from your scalp, and sown in one by one to your eyelid. They will grow like the hair on your head, so they need to be trimmed, curled and maybe even dyed.

This surgery has become very popular recently. Dr. Baumann said he's seen a 300% increase in the number of eyelash transplant operations being performed, and he's busy training doctors all over the country to perform the surgery.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Keep those Pearly Whites White. Being in business for myself, I have to find my own Dental Insurance, Health Insurance and Life Insurance. I rarely get sick and I avoid doctors like the plague. I have had ongoing problems with my teeth since I was very young. It started right after my adult teeth grew in. I fell off my bike and knocked out my brand new teeth.
That led to braces, retainers, bridgework, and the like. Luckily that's all behind me now, but it pays to take care of your teeth.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Sunscreen or Sunshield?

I think the term Sunshield is better, because the lotions will help shield you from the damaging effects of the sun.
Now that spring time is here with warmer weather and we're all getting back into the great outdoors, please remember to apply at least an SPF 15 to keep from getting sunburns and skin cancer.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Drugs are Bad for Your Skin. Have you seen the pictures of meth addicts? If you look at a set of pictures taken over time, it's very frightening. It doesn't take that long for the irreversible damage to appear, either. For addicts, you've GOT to quit and get into drug rehab so you can get better. If you've tried other places with no success, please try Stone Hawk in Michigan. They have two very picturesque locations in the state and their success rate is over 76% which is great! Much higher than the 12-step program grads and other alternative methods.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Cough-ee, Anyone? This year for our Anniversary, the gift my husband and I exchanged was a wonderful hacking cough. The kind where you cough and it feels like your brain will plop out through your forehead unless you hold it back. The kind where you cough so much your upper back aches. It's been such a joy, and I'm glad we were able to share in the magic together. Buy stock in Ricola now because I'm suckin' 'em down by the case. That and chopped garlic mixed in applesauce (to kill the taste) and bring me back to health.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Run for Your Health. I've always been health conscious and recently I have taken up running. I want to be able to get to the point where I can keep up easily with my husband when he goes jogging around the neighborhood. There's nothing worse than running a few yards and then gasping for breath. I'm sure my dogs would enjoy the exercise as well.
My sister is a great source of inspiration for me. She has competed in a few marathons and half marathons in Virginia and San Diego and she's in great shape. The Wirefly National Marathon is coming up soon in my area. It's their 2nd annual run and takes place on Saturday, March 24th. I won't be able to attend this year, however. There's already so much happening on that day! I already had to choose between a fundraiser, a training seminar, a Second Chance Prom or watching my hubby win another dirtbike race and I chose the fundraising event. It's not political, though. Gotta help out those Scouts! I won't be ready for the marathon this year anyway, I have a lot of training ahead of me yet.

This year's race is taking a new course which from what I understand will allow the runners to see more monuments and historical items rather than running through boring areas. As it stands now, the weather is predicted to be sunny with a high of 64. That's subject to change of course but it sounds like perfect running weather to me.

There's an Expo the day before the marathon at the DC Armory from 11:00am to 9:00pm where sports-related vendors will have displays set up. I may go and check that out and pick up some new gear.

Oh, and in case you're wondering what Wirefly is about, it's Wirefly Mobile and their website offers cellphones, service plan comparison, ringtones and accessories.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Lip Clinic Recap. I think the Lip Clinic presentation on Saturday morning went fairly well. We had a good turnout - about 70 women. We did the Lipstick Personality Profile which is a fun thing to do, it shows how the way you wear down your tube of lipstick by using it (slanted, pointed, rounded, flat) tells much about your personality. I gave some lip care tips and taught them how to apply lipstick using lip liner as a base so that it would last a long time and not wear off so easily. I also stressed the importance of sun protection for lips. Everyone got a free sample of a neutral lipstick shade. All in all, I hope it was a fun and informative speech.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Revlon Sugar Sugar Lip Topping. I saw a TV commercial for this product this morning and was intrigued by it.

I wonder if women who wear it will have people thinking they've just eaten a powdered sugar donut and neglected to wipe their lips off? To combat that, I suppose one of the other colors can be utilized. These Limited Edition Lip toppings come in Snowflake, Peri-Twinkle, Lemon Drop and Pixie Plum. Hurry! Sprinkled Pink is already sold out.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Skin Burns and Treatment. I remember hearing to apply butter on affected areas if you burn yourself in the kitchen. Turns out that's not the best thing to do after all. Click here for first aid for burns to the skin. Burns from steam, splattered oil and grease, and hot pots and pans are really painful, so be careful while cooking.
For sunburns, click here for first aid and treatment info. Of course the best way to treat sunburns is not to get them at all. Stay out of those tanning beds too! I know, I know, they are very relaxing and it's so soothing to lay in there and listen to tunes. It's such a disappointment when the bed shuts off letting you know the session is over. I tanned in a bed for maybe a year or so and then gave it up. It's far too dangerous and now I opt for the tan in a can or fake and bake. Those products have come a long way and will NOT leave you looking orange or overcooked. Click here to learn how to prevent sunburns, which can often lead to skin cancer.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Support Local Bands. Years ago I did a lot of rock journalism and photography. I paid a visit to the famous Sunset Strip in Hollywood and saw all these bands out on the sidewalks, handing out flyers and pressing the flesh. I figured right then and there that I would do what I could to help local bands, as a lot of the ones I saw in the clubs could give some of the well-known national acts a real run for their money.
I didn't deal a whole lot with Reggae Bands because we concentrated on more of the hard rock and metal artists.
I was on support teams for Alice in Chains (Rest In Peace, Layne Staley!) as well as Firehouse and Slaughter. All three bands saw a great degree of success and that made me proud. In fact, I remember seeing Alice in Chains at a local club with a capacity of maybe 350, and then a month later they were on a national tour and I had a photo pass to shoot them at the San Diego Sports Arena. That was a fabulous experience!
If you believe in your local unsigned bands, then help and support them. You never know...

Fine Lines around Mouth. To help combat fine lines in the skin around your mouth area, skip the drinking straws and stick to a regular cup. Also, if you're a smoker, kick that habit. Pursing your lips to smoke or sip from a straw will cause those fine lines.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Review My Blog.
If you're not a fan of blog ads you can still earn money, increase traffic and interest in your site through PayPerPost's brand new Review My Post program. It will pay you every time someone signs up and reviews a post on your blog. How simple is that?!

The Review My Post program is open to all bloggers. Like I said before, it's great for bloggers who aren't interested in having sponsored posts on their blog. All that's needed is to simply add this badge at the end of the post.
It will bring in some easy money AND help build traffic to your blog - no additional effort required.

This new program is just exploding! Come join up and blog about my blog.

Just as I described above, you’ll have to register with PayPerPost in order to review one of my posts. I think the PPP staff have to accept your blog into the system so the rules I listed above will still apply, but they've said that they'll approve new blogs for the Review My Post program quickly, so you won’t have to wait too long to review my post and make some quick and easy money. Looks like the initial review will pay you $7.50!

Valentine's Day. So how did you do? I'm just glad all the sappy diamond jewelry and dating site commercials have stopped airing on T.V. Not to mention the goofy singing stuffed animals that are your gift with purchase of greeting cards. I'm glad it will be a whole year before we have to look at that stuff again.
I received the usual kisses, candy, card and cuddling. It is a very romantic holiday after all.
Skin Care Blogging. In addition to writing about skin care, makeovers and glamour, I like to make money blogging about a few other things that are close to my heart and topics I'm interested in, such as health and fitness. I do this with PayPerPost. They offer for sale to companies write-ups in blogs about their product or service and only charge them a 35% service fee. Bloggers get to write about things they like and the brand new segmentation system they're offering awards bloggers with high traffic blogs. You could make $1000 for a single sponsored post!

PayPerPost makes sense for both high traffic and lower traffic bloggers alike. Mine is a Google PR4, but it was a O up until last month (January) and I just started blogging in July. Plus, if you run a search on, you'll see my blog right there on top if you search for skin care expert or skin care and glamour. It's pretty cool! It's just ahead of even GLAMOUR magazine. Wow! Now I'm working on obtaining those same results on the Yahoo!, Ask and Google search engines.

Why not earn some cash for blogging? You'll be blogging either way, so you might as well be making money with it. It's painless and fun.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Wrap-Around Sunglasses. It's important to wear sunglasses that wrap around because they cover the temple area and help to minimize fine lines and crow's feet in the outside corners of your eyes. Here are some examples:

Friday, February 09, 2007

Skin Donations for Burn Patients.
It seems that contrary to popular belief, folds of skin removed from former morbidly obese patients cannot be used for patients in burn units who are in need of replacement skin tissue. Unfortunately, the skin has lost all of it's elasticity, is too thin, has poor circulation and is overstretched.
Healthy skin tissue that can help burn patients is easily obtained from recently expired cadavers, and through modern science, skin can even be regenerated.
Click here to learn more about how you can become a tissue donor.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Monday, February 05, 2007

The OTHER special occasion on February 14th. Not only is it Valentine's Day on the 14th, but beautiful 2005 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl Carolyn Murphy and friends will hit the newsstands in the latest issue of this always top-selling publication. It's the 43rd annual edition and it features beautiful, glamourous, tanned and toned supermodels with great skin, perfect makeup and awesome hair sporting some of the hottest swimsuits imaginable and posing in exotic locations all over the globe.
Cellphone wallpapers straight from the photo shoots for the magazine are available for just $1.99 at so you can see the likes of Victoria's Secret model Heidi Klum, Marisa Miller, Ana Beatriz Barros, tennis star Maria Sharapova and Molly Sims right on your mobile phone, on all major wireless carriers. There are over 50 different models to choose from.
Classic SI-SI (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue) cover girl wallpapers from past years are also featured on the site! Three-time cover girl Elle Macpherson ('87, '88, '94) and Kathy Ireland ('92, '94) are featured on downloadable wallpapers. SI Mobile users can also download video clips from the photo shoots, "video ringers" (ringtones with video), animated screensavers and more.
Log on, download and join the fun of this year's swimsuit issue. Pictures of those hot bods and beach scenes will help you guys out there stay warm during this record-breaking cold winter we're having.

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Pollution is bad for your skin. One of the reasons it's good to wear foundation is that it helps keep environmental pollutants from getting into your skin. Let's also do what we can to cut down on pollutants. Visit Stop Global Warming dot org and see what you can do to help reduce your carbon footprint. One thing I did this weekend is to seal up cracks around doors and windows where cold air was coming in, to help keep my heating bills down. I also installed 5 compact fluorescent lightbulbs in place of the regular ones I had been using. They're a bit more expensive and they resemble a corkscrew, but they last a very long time and are very energy efficient! Apparently if every American family switched out 5 bulbs as I have done, it will be the equivalent of removing 8 million cars from our roadways. Let's get to it and cut down on pollution! Your skin will thank you.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Hair Removal

It's a plucky subject for most people. Whether you shave, wax, sugar, pluck, or go through electrolysis it's still a pain. I myself have used all the above methods except the latter. I even tried the buffing technique, where it's almost like sanding your body hair off with sandpaper! I gave it a try because my husband had bought it to remove some of his body hair. It was definitely different, that's for sure. There was a little sanding pad that you would strap onto your hand and rub it on your body in a circular motion. Then you would rub, and rub, and rub, and then rub some more. The hair would ball up and then you'd have to brush it away. It seemed to work pretty well but it took a very long time. I forgot to time it and see how long it took for the hair to grow back in.

One method I for sure do not want to try is an epilator machine. Perhaps these days the're more advanced and streamlined, but I know the last time I saw one it was like a huge coil, almost like a Slinky toy but thinner, attached to a hand-held machine that plugged in to an electrical outlet. You would switch it on then run it across any hairy parts on your body where you wanted to remove the hair. The coil would then grab onto the hair and yank it out. This just sounded way too painful. I remember watching commercials on TV for it and shreiking in pain just from watching the animated demonstration. Even if it were effective, I think I'd still be scared to use it.
I'll stick to shaving, thanks. I might even give these Hair Removal creams a try. They seem to be very promising. I'm very lucky and I don't have a lady moustache on my upper lip. Once in awhile, a single hair will grow from what used to be a mole near my bottom lip. When that happens, I just pluck it.

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Valentines Day Gifts
If you're still searching for the perfect Valentine's Day gift for your sweetheart, please allow me to offer some assistance. Visit this link for my Spa and Aromatherapy gift sets which make a perfect romantic gift for the most romantic of all holidays, Valentine's Day.
Credit Card Debt Consolidation
I went through this process some years back and while it was painful then, it's so great to be debt-free now. You have no idea what a relief it was when I made the final payment. Then again, I remember they accidentally deducted the regular payment amount the month after the final payoff as well. That took some time to get sorted out but they did me right and all is well.
Being a teenager with two credit cards was lots of fun, until it came time to join the workforce and pay down those balances, which is impossible to do if you're just paying the minimum amount. I even once took a cash advance from one card to make the payment on the other. Ouch! Learn from my mistakes and don't ever get into big Credit Card Debt. It is a downward spiral that took a long time to get out of.
What helped so much was to go to a Credit Card Debt Management place and have them work out payment arrangements with the debtors so that you can have a fixed low monthly payment and get all those cards paid off. For me it took 5 years and it was a struggle, but I never would have made it had I not consolidated that debt.

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Jewels Bangles and Baubles!
I have added the title of Jeweler to my repertoire! I feel it complements my skin care and glamour business nicely. Makeup and Jewelry go hand in hand almost like peanut butter and jelly. My catalogs should be arriving any day now, so if you'd like to receive a copy of one, please e-mail me and I'll zip one right out to you. Note: The pictures in the catalog often don't do the pieces justice. It's hard to show sparkly, even on glossy paper.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Sunny, Funny, Florida! Being of European descent, I have a real zest for travel. Perhaps it's because so much vacation time is given. That's why you'll often encounter tons of tourists from Europe and some other overseas countries. My first visit to Florida was during a race my husband participated in near Lake Okeechobee. It was early Spring and still quite chilly at night although the days were warm and bright. My next trip to Florida was near a property in Orlando in December of 2000 when I drove there to visit my husband at school. My office was closed the whole week of Christmas, so I headed South and spent ten fun-filled days in wonderful Florida. What a great place to be when it was so cold back home up North. We even made a trip over to Tampa to visit his uncle. It was hard to leave this beautiful state and make the long drive back home. I hope to spend more time in Florida this coming summer.

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Glamour's Big Book of Do's and Don'ts

Another great resource. This book has been out for a few months, but I had gotten so behind in my reading I hadn't had a chance to look at it until now. Grab your copy today!

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Rock and Roll!
If you've been reading this blog for any length of time you're aware that in addition to beauty, glamour, skin care, manicures, pedicures and makeovers I'm also into football. I know, I know, odd combination. I'm also really big into music and I love to sing. Singers typically write songs, as I have done. Next year I'll have to submit some of my work and see if I can be one of the We Are Listening song contest winners. Go to their site NOW! Check out this year's entrants, vote for and download your favorite. There are three winners who will soon get to go to London and work in a famous studio with the legendary Steve Williams who has been a producer for artists like Sting, Seal and Eric Clapton! Did I mention the winners also get luxury accomodations at a five star hotel? I'm definitely entering this one next year! For those of you who are ready now, there's still a little over a month left to submit your work and have it heard.

We Are Listening is a London-based company, providing professional opportunities for up-and-coming musicians worldwide. Their site includes a great blog which contains some nice music industry nuggets. Also, either they're really good with PhotoShop or they have their own airplane complete with artwork and logos. It's a very large plane, too - we're not talking Cessna here.
The Link Boutique on their site has a great list of featured artists including one that opened for Bon Jovi here in DC not too long ago in front of 15,000 fans and aired on FOX and CNN.
Visit the Success Stories portion of their site so you can see for yourself that songwriting contests really do work!
Go on and get yourself heard. Submit your song and who knows? Shoot for the moon and you'll land amongst the stars.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Humidify Your World. If you don't already have one, get a humidifier. It will greatly help you combat dry skin problems in winter, and it will help keep your heating bills down as well. My humidifier is a warm mist one, and it keeps my skin from drying out when I run the heaters in my house.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Beauty Basics At Face Value by R.L. Fielding

Last year, more than eight-point-seven-million people underwent cosmetic procedures to enhance what nature gave them, or didn’t. But experts tell us that Americans may be jumping into invasive procedures too quickly.

Despite the media coverage of makeover reality shows, the majority of Americans are not looking for extreme transformations. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, most of us want to look better, naturally, with 68-percent preferring a subtle change. And experts agree that looking your best could be accomplished at home for considerably less.

Dr. Linda Franks, a leader in the specialized skin care frontier, says “To get that timeless, healthy look you need to start with an appropriate skincare regime. Taking good care of your skin can stave off fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and even dry skin.”

Where to begin? At the sink! Doctors say whatever your skin type, the key is to cleanse it gently. Avoid hot water and use lukewarm instead, to prevent over-drying. And throw in the towel – traditional washcloths are too abrasive for the face, so use your hands and fingers.

Sixty-eight-percent of women claim to have sensitive skin which means dry, tight, chapped or easily irritated skin. Dr. Franks advises moisturizing regularly and avoiding harsh cleansers with ingredients such as fragrances, dyes and preservatives because sensitive skin is easily damaged and takes longer to recover.

If your skin is dry and easily irritated, don’t wash more than once a day. You may risk stripping the skin of its natural oils. Dr. Franks recommends looking for non-irritating cleansing washes that are soap-free, moisturizers that are light, oil-free, and water-based to help maintain the skin’s natural barrier. Another tip—make sure to choose a facial moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15, which protects against both UVB and UVA rays.

Skin sensitivity may also result from the third most common, non-surgical skincare procedure known as Microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion is a quick and easy, non-invasive procedure that helps to reveal healthier-looking skin by sweeping away dead skin cells. Dr. Franks reveals that, following the treatment, the best way to avoid irritation is by opting for an ultra-gentle cleanser and moisturizer.

A new clinical study shows that PURPOSE gentle cleansing wash and dual treatment moisture lotion with spf 15 are compatible with this procedure.

How else can you obtain optimal skin health? Here are some other healthy basics to keep your skin looking its best:

Dr. Franks says, “Exercise opens up blood vessels to make skin look healthy and youthful. It’s so important for healthy skin.” Regular cardiovascular exercise increases blood flow to the skin which assists in collagen production. Maintaining muscle mass through exercise can also help anchor and support skin, keeping it taut.

And drink up! At least eight, eight-ounce glasses of water a day are crucial for optimal skin hydration.

So before you sign on for an extreme and expensive makeover, just think back on some simple, beauty basics! You just might like what you see!

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Friday, January 19, 2007

Skin Care Online Schools
By Michael Bustamante

Online skin care schools offer courses for working adults to change a career or to advance an existing career. Skin care technicians (also known as Estheticians) are in demand in beauty salons, spas, and private practices.

Online distance learning skin care courses focus on the study of all aspects of skin; skin structure and natural health; and on skin conditions, treatments, and care. Online skin care programs teach basic biology, cellular components of skin, normal skin and adjoining systems, common dermatologic disorders (birth marks, acne, discoloration), skin diseases, and general routine components of good skin care.

Online courses in skin care may include discussions of skin layers (epidermis and dermis), immunology, skin infections, pigmentation, healing, hair and nails, cosmetics and beauty, skin biology, skin tumors, and more.

Online skin care schools offering programs of study can include tanning and dangers of tanning; camouflage of skin imperfections; aging and conditions of aging; diseases and treatments; and tips for seasonal skin treatment for healthy skin.

Generally, hands-on experience in laboratory course(s) may be required for certification or a degree in this field of study. Be sure to inquire whether certification or a degree in skin care is an option at your school of choice, and whether or not hands-on experience is a requirement for the particular skin care program of study.

If you are interested in learning more about Online Skin Care Schools and other types of schools, please search our site for more information and resources.

DISCLAIMER: Above is a GENERAL OVERVIEW and may or may not reflect specific practices, courses and/or services associated with ANY ONE particular school(s) that is or is not advertised on

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Blood Diamond. OK, so what do I know about diamonds? I know they’re a girl’s best friend. I know they come from coal that has been under high pressure conditions for many, many years and I know that I have not seen the movie “Blood Diamond” yet because I don’t like the way Leonardo DiCaprio’s accent sounds when I see ads for the movie. I don’t think I could sit through a whole two hours of that. It just sounds so faked to me. Maybe I’ll wait until the DVD comes out and watch it with Spanish subtitles so I can brush up on my Espanol.

The Four C’s of Diamonds are: Cut, clarity, carat and – wait, I can’t remember the last one. Oh yeah, it’s Color! How could I have forgotten that?! Diamonds are no fun when they’re yellowish.

One disturbing thing I’ve heard about diamonds are that they are mined, cut and polished by children in horrific conditions on the African continent. If that's true then that's quite disturbing. The kids who mine them at Crater of Diamonds state park in Arkansas are mining them for fun, and many large diamonds have been found there. The most recent being on December 31st by a resident of Arkansas who found a 2.37-carat white diamond, the 4th largest diamond of the 486 diamonds found at the Park in 2006.

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The 100th Post! Wow, it's like our 100th episode, what a landmark. I've really enjoyed blogging here since July, offering up my knowledge and tips about skin care (or skincare), nail care, makeovers, glamour, sun wellness and everything else related to beauty (and sometimes health!) for those who seek information on those topics.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Bladder Infections are no fun. You know what a health buff I am. I believe there are natural cures for everything and people need to get off the prescription meds because they are dangerous and do more harm than good. When I broke my finger last May I was prescribed an antibiotic, a pain pill and an anti-nausea pill (because I kept throwing up. You would too, if your finger looked like raw meat from having the fingernail removed!) I took one course of all those pills and then threw them out. Those pills threw me for such a loop that I wanted nothing more to do with them. I would rather have lost my finger to infection than pollute my system with any more of that garbage.

It was the same thing when I had a urinary tract infection about 7 years ago. First of all, the pills they gave me did terrible things to me. I even backed into a concrete piling while driving my husband's truck and wrinkled the bumper. Had to miss work and cancel a house-hunting appointment too because I was in so much pain. Oh how I wish I had known about d mannose back then! It's an all-natural glyconutrient without any harmful additives. Give it a try the next time you have any issues. You'll be glad you did.

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Monday, January 15, 2007

For Stronger and Longer Fingernails, think ZIP! Z stands for Zinc. Zinc is also good for fighting the common cold. If you can stand it, let a tablet dissolve under your tongue. It can be a bit bitter.
The I in ZIP stands for Iron. Make sure you get enough Iron. Many women suffer from iron deficiencies. No wonder we have trouble growing out our fingernails and maintaining their length.
P stands for Protein and I know that's a word you're familiar with. Make sure you're getting enough of it and then watch those fingernails grow!

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Don't Prop Your Head Up with your hands when you are reading, watching TV, etc. All the germs and chemicals from items your hands come in contact with are things you do NOT want pressed up against your skin when you're relaxing. Make good use of those neck rolls and other pillows and keep your hands off your face.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

I Work from Home. Over the summer, my sister gave me some information on the idea of affiliate marketing. I saw this as a great opportunity to work and make money at home so I began building websites and blogs on topics that I have a passion for and along the way I have come across some great money-making opportunities, such as blogging for bucks with PayPerPost. I really enjoy being able to blog about certain topics and then see some extra money in my PayPal account. I will take all that money that I'm earning on PPP and put it towards savings. (I just went to a presentation by a Financial Planner this morning and made the decision then and there to put that money away for safekeeping.) So far my account reads that I'll be paid $40 and I've only been with the program for a very short time. Plus, my blog doesn't have a high page rank so I can't partake of all the posting opportunities available. However, once I get to 10 posts, I think it is, I'll be able to add some of my other blogs to the program and utilize those blogs for posting. That will be great because I like to post about things that don't stray too far away from the theme of the blog. With this being a blog about Skin Care and Beauty, I have been including posts about health and fitness because they pretty much go hand in hand.
Speaking Engagement March 10th - Lip Care Clinic. I, along with my colleague Lisa Courtney will be teaching a lip care clinic at the next meeting of the Colonial Beach Women's Connection which will be taking place on Saturday, March 10th from 10am - noon at Wilkerson's Seafood Restaurant in Colonial Beach, Virginia. If you're interested in attending, e-mail me at katrinaprice[at]mail[dot]com. The cost is $14 payable at the door and includes brunch.

My other speaking engagement/clinic topics are:
Skin Care
Nail Care (Manicures and Pedicures)
Glamour Makeovers (Makeup application tips and instruction)
Sun Wellness (great for May - Nat'l Skin Cancer Awareness Month)

Friday, January 12, 2007

Jennifer Aniston's beauty secrets revealed! I'm told that on her hair, she uses SUDZZ FX Hair Treatments.
Jennifer uses SUDZZ FX Cashmere® Cleansing treatment to condition her hair. It's a gentle, non-damaging and non-stripping 100% Sulfate-Free cleansing system that's vegatable-derived.
It gently cleanses color-enhanced hair and maximizes color retention. For brittle/dry hair it's recommended that you use it daily to restore moisture balance in your hair.
Jennifer uses SUDZZ FX Aquafix to hydrate her hair, as a restorative treatment.
This is important to do, because chemical treatments, heated curlers/irons and blow dryers will all disrupt the moisture balance in your hair, resulting in unmanageable hair that is lifeless and dull.

To target and soothe, smooth and restore moisture deficiencies way down in the hair shaft, use SUDZZ FX Aquafix. It's a lightweight formula which contains honey (in a breakthrough non-sticky form) and leaves hair dazzling and completely manageable.

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Hurricane Katrina. It has not been fun being associated with one of the most powerful and destructive hurricanes ever to hit the U.S. At first it was kinda cool to have the same name as a hurricane. Katrina wasn't doing a whole lot, just skipping across southern Florida and causing the usual flooding and high winds. When Hurricane Katrina headed for Louisiana, things got a bit more exciting. However, streaming a local New Orleans news station on my computer the morning Hurricane Katrina hit, I quickly learned that this storm was more than anyone bargained for.

A day or two later, my phone number was mistakenly given out on the air at a press conference. I went to the store for 1 hour and when I got back I had 137 voicemail messages! My phone continued to ring off the hook and through speaking with some of the callers, I was able to find out the source of the press conference. I then began work to contact them and ask them to please stop airing the press conference where the incorrect number is given out. I was also able (after a couple of days) to find out the number that they meant to give out at the press conference so I changed my voicemail message and put that number on there. I also transcribed all the messages that people left and forwarded them on to the appropriate agency. Most of the callers were medical professionals wondering how they could be of help. A few of the calls were people wanting to take in people who had been displaced by the hurricane. Of course, there were some calls from frustrated people wondering why more wasn't being done to help the victims.

Here it is, a year and a half later and I still see calls on my phone bill from the 504 area code. Once in awhile I'll see the Houston, Texas area code on there as well which makes sense, as that's where a lot of the displaced residents headed. Thank goodness the Katrina name has been retired so that name will never be used for another hurricane.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Fun Family Research! To think about all those hours I spent with a pen and posterboard mapping out my family tree. Check out ZOOOF, The Family Network and build your interactive flash family tree online - FREE!
The guys with the plan are Jean-Paul Busker and Stefan Leenen from Amsterdam (in the Netherlands) who want you to forget the six degrees of separation and concentrate on the REAL degrees.

ZOOOF has been in beta since last month and the beta stage will last until Valentine's Day. Got family secrets to hide? No problem! There's a treasure chest for safekeeping. More tools are made available to you depending on the number of counrties you unite with your family ties. Just check out these screenshots:

If you want a sneak peek NOW just simply e-mail the following information to invite(at)zooof(dot)com:
E-mail address

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Magnifying Mirrors - Up Close and Personal. Do magnifying mirrors frighten you? They shouldn't. That's not how people will see you. Take a regular mirror, hold it at arms' length and look at yourself in the mirror. THAT'S the distance people will see you from and THAT'S how you appear to them. Click here to see a wide variety of mirrors, both lighted and non-lighted for home and travel as well as bath accessories.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Lead In Lipstick = Hoax. I get this e-mail from friends every now and then. If people would just check for the scoop before forwarding on these e-mails, there would be a lot less confusion. There's no lead in lipstick so grab your favorite shade and wear it in good health.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Amazing Before and After Makeover Pictures!
Click here for an amazing before and after makeover picture.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Check out the Health Blog Carnival. What a great resource for information on health, especially what with it being the New Year. It may help a lot of people keep those Resolutions to be healthier in 2007.
Bike to Get Fit and In Shape for the New Year

OK, I had a bad experience with bikes when I was younger. I was going down a hill and picking up speed when suddenly the “headshake” effect kicked in and my handlebars began wobbling from side to side and went out of control. After I came to, I remember yelling at my sister to ride home and go get mom. Luckily I was riding with my sister that day! I can’t imagine what would have happened if I had been by myself.
That was years ago and water under the bridge. Speaking of bridge, I had to have some bridgework done because they were not able to reattach my teeth that were knocked out in the accident.
But enough about that, already. That bike was of poor quality and probably possessed! We ended up giving it to the neighbors and their kid crashed on it too. I now love biking again. It’s a great form of exercise and it’s a lot of fun. OK, I know it’s January and not perfect weather for bike riding. Plan your summer vacation now to help you ward off the winter chills. Or, head for the beaches where it’s warm. A perfect way to enjoy the beach is a beach cruiser blog. I, myself prefer this model, being the San Diego Charger football fan that I am. Go Bolts!

Of course, that would be the bike my husband would ride because it’s a men’s bike.
Or, since he's really into motorcycles he might prefer this version that looks like a chopper. For myself, I think I’d choose the Urban Pro Lady model. Pink is where it’s at!

Which would you choose? There are so many different models which include a nice variety of styles and colors.
Have fun cruising the beach! Don’t forget to be good to your skin - pack your lip balm and sunscreen!

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