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TotSnob helps you find a Babysitter!
MommyMixer is a babysitter networking company. For those who have interviewed sitters after sitters, you know how much valuable time that eats up, with this service, you can do all of it in one afternoon!

Chic, Eco-Friendly Bags
Make a Fashion Statement and Help the Environment

Couture in the City: Enter to Win Frownies Face Lift in a Bag Giveaway
Are you ready to reduce those lines between your eyes? Then enter our Frownies Face Lift in a Bag giveaway!

Makeup Minute's Caption Contest
Give the picture the best caption and you could win a free Spinlash!

Stylenotes: Pat Field Creates Another Collection for Payless
Patricia Field, designer and stylist, once again collaborates with Payless to create a footwear and handbag collection.

Best of the Web

TotSnob helps you find a Babysitter!
MommyMixer is a babysitter networking company. For those who have interviewed sitters after sitters, you know how much valuable time that eats up, with this service, you can do all of it in one afternoon!

Chic, Eco-Friendly Bags
Make a Fashion Statement and Help the Environment

Couture in the City: Enter to Win Frownies Face Lift in a Bag Giveaway
Are you ready to reduce those lines between your eyes? Then enter our Frownies Face Lift in a Bag giveaway!

Makeup Minute's Caption Contest
Give the picture the best caption and you could win a free Spinlash!

Stylenotes: Pat Field Creates Another Collection for Payless
Patricia Field, designer and stylist, once again collaborates with Payless to create a footwear and handbag collection.

Best of the Web

TotSnob helps you find a Babysitter!
MommyMixer is a babysitter networking company. For those who have interviewed sitters after sitters, you know how much valuable time that eats up, with this service, you can do all of it in one afternoon!

Chic, Eco-Friendly Bags
Make a Fashion Statement and Help the Environment

Couture in the City: Enter to Win Frownies Face Lift in a Bag Giveaway
Are you ready to reduce those lines between your eyes? Then enter our Frownies Face Lift in a Bag giveaway!

Makeup Minute's Caption Contest
Give the picture the best caption and you could win a free Spinlash!

Stylenotes: Pat Field Creates Another Collection for Payless
Patricia Field, designer and stylist, once again collaborates with Payless to create a footwear and handbag collection.

Best of the Web

TotSnob helps you find a Babysitter!
MommyMixer is a babysitter networking company. For those who have interviewed sitters after sitters, you know how much valuable time that eats up, with this service, you can do all of it in one afternoon!

Chic, Eco-Friendly Bags
Make a Fashion Statement and Help the Environment

Couture in the City: Enter to Win Frownies Face Lift in a Bag Giveaway
Are you ready to reduce those lines between your eyes? Then enter our Frownies Face Lift in a Bag giveaway!

Makeup Minute's Caption Contest
Give the picture the best caption and you could win a free Spinlash!

Stylenotes: Pat Field Creates Another Collection for Payless
Patricia Field, designer and stylist, once again collaborates with Payless to create a footwear and handbag collection.

San Saba Spa Adds Tequila To Your Spa Experience

San Saba Spa is adding flare to its menu with a new Tequila themed package created for those wishing to add a twist to their spa experience. The Head-to-Toe Tequila Package is a new blend of infusion unique to the 5,200 square foot spa, located at Lakeway Resort and Spa in Austin, Texas. Currently the spa offers Massage & Martini's on Monday's, Facials & Frappuccino's on Tuesday's, Manicures & Mimosa's Wed. & Thurs. (Christina this is calling your name) and Pedicures & Pinot Grigio on Friday's.

The Resort is the largest on Lake Travis and offers a wonderful blend of resort facilities and amenities coupled with lakeside perks. This setting continues to instill the overall sense of hydrotherapy provided by the spa. In fact, each guest who partakes of this new packaged indulgence begins their spa experience in the relaxation room with floor-to-ceiling glass walls and balconies overlooking the lake. The tranquil effects of the water, with sweeping views and audible tones, provide the ideal beginning to the relaxation about to unfold. With sensory sight and sound at peace, fresh fruit and beverages provide a flavorful element for the palette, soon to be followed by scent and touch.

The experience continues in the treatment room with a lime and sea salt scrub – an accompaniment to the theme. The refreshing citrus awakens and rejuvenates, while the aromatherapy deep tissue massage is the perfect complement to follow. The subtle scent of sage and tequila infused oil fulfills all desires of the last two senses and leaves the guest in an exquisite state of relaxation.

After the treatments, guests can continue to unwind with a complimentary top shelf margarita with breathtaking views of the lake in any one of three dining outlets. Plan your spa day to end just before sunset for an exceptional treat.

The Head-to-Toe Tequila package will be available beginning June 1, 2008. The package retails at $210.00, including gratuity, for the 25-minute lime and sea salt scrub, followed by the 50-minute tequila and sage deep tissue massage (worm may or may not be included). Services may also be purchased individually. For additional details or to make reservations visit Lakeway Resort and Spa's website.

Ps. I was kidding about the worm just in case there were some of you who got excited about that part!

San Saba Spa Adds Tequila To Your Spa Experience

San Saba Spa is adding flare to its menu with a new Tequila themed package created for those wishing to add a twist to their spa experience. The Head-to-Toe Tequila Package is a new blend of infusion unique to the 5,200 square foot spa, located at Lakeway Resort and Spa in Austin, Texas. Currently the spa offers Massage & Martini's on Monday's, Facials & Frappuccino's on Tuesday's, Manicures & Mimosa's Wed. & Thurs. (Christina this is calling your name) and Pedicures & Pinot Grigio on Friday's.

The Resort is the largest on Lake Travis and offers a wonderful blend of resort facilities and amenities coupled with lakeside perks. This setting continues to instill the overall sense of hydrotherapy provided by the spa. In fact, each guest who partakes of this new packaged indulgence begins their spa experience in the relaxation room with floor-to-ceiling glass walls and balconies overlooking the lake. The tranquil effects of the water, with sweeping views and audible tones, provide the ideal beginning to the relaxation about to unfold. With sensory sight and sound at peace, fresh fruit and beverages provide a flavorful element for the palette, soon to be followed by scent and touch.

The experience continues in the treatment room with a lime and sea salt scrub – an accompaniment to the theme. The refreshing citrus awakens and rejuvenates, while the aromatherapy deep tissue massage is the perfect complement to follow. The subtle scent of sage and tequila infused oil fulfills all desires of the last two senses and leaves the guest in an exquisite state of relaxation.

After the treatments, guests can continue to unwind with a complimentary top shelf margarita with breathtaking views of the lake in any one of three dining outlets. Plan your spa day to end just before sunset for an exceptional treat.

The Head-to-Toe Tequila package will be available beginning June 1, 2008. The package retails at $210.00, including gratuity, for the 25-minute lime and sea salt scrub, followed by the 50-minute tequila and sage deep tissue massage (worm may or may not be included). Services may also be purchased individually. For additional details or to make reservations visit Lakeway Resort and Spa's website.

Ps. I was kidding about the worm just in case there were some of you who got excited about that part!

San Saba Spa Adds Tequila To Your Spa Experience

San Saba Spa is adding flare to its menu with a new Tequila themed package created for those wishing to add a twist to their spa experience. The Head-to-Toe Tequila Package is a new blend of infusion unique to the 5,200 square foot spa, located at Lakeway Resort and Spa in Austin, Texas. Currently the spa offers Massage & Martini's on Monday's, Facials & Frappuccino's on Tuesday's, Manicures & Mimosa's Wed. & Thurs. (Christina this is calling your name) and Pedicures & Pinot Grigio on Friday's.

The Resort is the largest on Lake Travis and offers a wonderful blend of resort facilities and amenities coupled with lakeside perks. This setting continues to instill the overall sense of hydrotherapy provided by the spa. In fact, each guest who partakes of this new packaged indulgence begins their spa experience in the relaxation room with floor-to-ceiling glass walls and balconies overlooking the lake. The tranquil effects of the water, with sweeping views and audible tones, provide the ideal beginning to the relaxation about to unfold. With sensory sight and sound at peace, fresh fruit and beverages provide a flavorful element for the palette, soon to be followed by scent and touch.

The experience continues in the treatment room with a lime and sea salt scrub – an accompaniment to the theme. The refreshing citrus awakens and rejuvenates, while the aromatherapy deep tissue massage is the perfect complement to follow. The subtle scent of sage and tequila infused oil fulfills all desires of the last two senses and leaves the guest in an exquisite state of relaxation.

After the treatments, guests can continue to unwind with a complimentary top shelf margarita with breathtaking views of the lake in any one of three dining outlets. Plan your spa day to end just before sunset for an exceptional treat.

The Head-to-Toe Tequila package will be available beginning June 1, 2008. The package retails at $210.00, including gratuity, for the 25-minute lime and sea salt scrub, followed by the 50-minute tequila and sage deep tissue massage (worm may or may not be included). Services may also be purchased individually. For additional details or to make reservations visit Lakeway Resort and Spa's website.

Ps. I was kidding about the worm just in case there were some of you who got excited about that part!

San Saba Spa Adds Tequila To Your Spa Experience

San Saba Spa is adding flare to its menu with a new Tequila themed package created for those wishing to add a twist to their spa experience. The Head-to-Toe Tequila Package is a new blend of infusion unique to the 5,200 square foot spa, located at Lakeway Resort and Spa in Austin, Texas. Currently the spa offers Massage & Martini's on Monday's, Facials & Frappuccino's on Tuesday's, Manicures & Mimosa's Wed. & Thurs. (Christina this is calling your name) and Pedicures & Pinot Grigio on Friday's.

The Resort is the largest on Lake Travis and offers a wonderful blend of resort facilities and amenities coupled with lakeside perks. This setting continues to instill the overall sense of hydrotherapy provided by the spa. In fact, each guest who partakes of this new packaged indulgence begins their spa experience in the relaxation room with floor-to-ceiling glass walls and balconies overlooking the lake. The tranquil effects of the water, with sweeping views and audible tones, provide the ideal beginning to the relaxation about to unfold. With sensory sight and sound at peace, fresh fruit and beverages provide a flavorful element for the palette, soon to be followed by scent and touch.

The experience continues in the treatment room with a lime and sea salt scrub – an accompaniment to the theme. The refreshing citrus awakens and rejuvenates, while the aromatherapy deep tissue massage is the perfect complement to follow. The subtle scent of sage and tequila infused oil fulfills all desires of the last two senses and leaves the guest in an exquisite state of relaxation.

After the treatments, guests can continue to unwind with a complimentary top shelf margarita with breathtaking views of the lake in any one of three dining outlets. Plan your spa day to end just before sunset for an exceptional treat.

The Head-to-Toe Tequila package will be available beginning June 1, 2008. The package retails at $210.00, including gratuity, for the 25-minute lime and sea salt scrub, followed by the 50-minute tequila and sage deep tissue massage (worm may or may not be included). Services may also be purchased individually. For additional details or to make reservations visit Lakeway Resort and Spa's website.

Ps. I was kidding about the worm just in case there were some of you who got excited about that part!

Borghese Bloomingdales 59th Street Event – May 10th

All Borghese Customers are entitled to the following at their Bloomindales 59th Street Event on May 10th:

Spa Facial in a private setting
Hand and Arm massage
Spring Color application
Complimentary Tarot card reading (not sure how this really fits in)
Gift with Purchase

To book your appt, call the Borghese counter at (212) 705-2885.

Borghese Bloomingdales 59th Street Event – May 10th

All Borghese Customers are entitled to the following at their Bloomindales 59th Street Event on May 10th:

Spa Facial in a private setting
Hand and Arm massage
Spring Color application
Complimentary Tarot card reading (not sure how this really fits in)
Gift with Purchase

To book your appt, call the Borghese counter at (212) 705-2885.

Borghese Bloomingdales 59th Street Event – May 10th

All Borghese Customers are entitled to the following at their Bloomindales 59th Street Event on May 10th:

Spa Facial in a private setting
Hand and Arm massage
Spring Color application
Complimentary Tarot card reading (not sure how this really fits in)
Gift with Purchase

To book your appt, call the Borghese counter at (212) 705-2885.

Borghese Bloomingdales 59th Street Event – May 10th

All Borghese Customers are entitled to the following at their Bloomindales 59th Street Event on May 10th:

Spa Facial in a private setting
Hand and Arm massage
Spring Color application
Complimentary Tarot card reading (not sure how this really fits in)
Gift with Purchase

To book your appt, call the Borghese counter at (212) 705-2885.

collaborate and conquer...



whoa. Some Isaac Wright designs reworked into a big piece. All the elements are here: sparrow, skull, rose, blood, what else does a good tattoo need?

Look into my EYE!


Been busy with spring things, like new ink!

5 Skincare Questions for Dermatologist, Dr. Benabio

A dermatologist friend of mine, Dr. Benabio, writes an excellent blog that I think everyone should be reading--The Derm Blog. He was also recently quoted in O, the Oprah Magazine (so you know he's got to be good). I decided to get his expert opinion on some skincare questions and share them all with you.

What is the best way to treat oily/combination skin without drying out your skin?

The key is to not overdo it. Some people have skin that is so oily that it almost never gets dry and flaky. If, however, your skin has a tendency to flake, then you might be using cleansers that are too harsh or you might be over-scrubbing. I recommend starting by cleansing your face in the morning with a product meant for combination skin such as Olay Daily Facials Cleansing Cloths for Combination Skin. You can then use a toner if you wish, but I think they are often unnecessary. If you like the feel of a toner after washing, then I recommend something mild like Peter Thomas Roth's Oxygen Mist. Then apply a non-greasy sunscreen before applying your makeup. I recommend Olay Complete Defense Daily UV Moisturizer SPF 30 Sensitive Skin or Aveeno Positively Ageless Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 with Shiitake Mushroom extract. At night, wash off all your makeup with the Oil of Olay Cleansing Cloths. Apply a moisturizer for oily skin such as Skinceuticals Renew Overnight Oily Cream or Oil of Olay Regenerist.

I occasionally find that when I use products meant to control sebum, that sebum seems to be produced even more. How can I stop that awful shine in my T-zone without messing up my skin?

Believe it or not, you are lucky. Oily skin is easier to manage and often appears younger than dry, irritated skin. You just need to focus on products that will reduce your skin's natural oils. In the morning, use a cleanser for oily skin such as Neutrogena Pore Refining Cleanser. You also probably like using toners and can tolerate one like Kiehl's Tea Tree Oil Toner. The next product is the important one: Apply an oil control gel such as Ferndale Clinac O.C. Oil Control Gel before applying your sunscreen and makeup. This will prevent that oily shine from surfacing. At night, use the same cleanser. You could also try a facial scrub once a week, such as Philosophy Microdelivery peel.

Which skincare products do you recommend for: acne-prone skin, dry skin, combination skin?

For acne-prone skin use a salicylic acid cleanser such as Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash. Then apply a benzoyl peroxide cream such as Oxy Balance with 5% benzoyl peroxide (5% is just as effective as 10% and is a lot less irritating).

For dry skin, use a cleansing cream like Noxzema Cleansing Cream. Never use a toner, as this will likely dry out your skin further. Then use a moisturizer like Eucerin Sensitive Facial Skin Q10 with SPF 15. You should try to moisturize one more time during the day if possible.

Which product do you feel is the most over rated and which is the best but seems under valued?

Overrated: Strivectin (the "better than Botox?" cream). It's not.

Undervalued:
prescription retin-A creams like Renova.

Can you give 3 do's and don'ts for skin care?

Do: Wear a broad- spectrum sunscreen every day. Don't believe all the hype that lots of sun is good for you. See my post on tanning for much more detail.

Do: Wash your makeup off completely every night. It can lead to clogged pores, pimples, and even skin infections.

Do: Realize that women and men even in their 20's can get melanoma. Check your skin regularly and see a physician if you have a changing or concerning mole.

Don't: waste money on products that are not designed for your particular skin. Many women with dry skin waste money on toners while women with oily skin waste money on expensive moisturizers. Know what your skin needs and choose products accordingly. Also, remember that many over-the-counter skin care products are just as effective as more expensive designer products.

Don't: use a magnifying mirror and tweezers to find and pick at pimples or other minor skin blemishes. I promise you, you will only make it worse.

Don't: get medical advice or treatments, including Botox, fillers, and lasers from a non-professional. Be sure that a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon is present if you are going to have any invasive cosmetic procedures performed.

5 Skincare Questions for Dermatologist, Dr. Benabio

A dermatologist friend of mine, Dr. Benabio, writes an excellent blog that I think everyone should be reading--The Derm Blog. He was also recently quoted in O, the Oprah Magazine (so you know he's got to be good). I decided to get his expert opinion on some skincare questions and share them all with you.

What is the best way to treat oily/combination skin without drying out your skin?

The key is to not overdo it. Some people have skin that is so oily that it almost never gets dry and flaky. If, however, your skin has a tendency to flake, then you might be using cleansers that are too harsh or you might be over-scrubbing. I recommend starting by cleansing your face in the morning with a product meant for combination skin such as Olay Daily Facials Cleansing Cloths for Combination Skin. You can then use a toner if you wish, but I think they are often unnecessary. If you like the feel of a toner after washing, then I recommend something mild like Peter Thomas Roth's Oxygen Mist. Then apply a non-greasy sunscreen before applying your makeup. I recommend Olay Complete Defense Daily UV Moisturizer SPF 30 Sensitive Skin or Aveeno Positively Ageless Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 with Shiitake Mushroom extract. At night, wash off all your makeup with the Oil of Olay Cleansing Cloths. Apply a moisturizer for oily skin such as Skinceuticals Renew Overnight Oily Cream or Oil of Olay Regenerist.

I occasionally find that when I use products meant to control sebum, that sebum seems to be produced even more. How can I stop that awful shine in my T-zone without messing up my skin?

Believe it or not, you are lucky. Oily skin is easier to manage and often appears younger than dry, irritated skin. You just need to focus on products that will reduce your skin's natural oils. In the morning, use a cleanser for oily skin such as Neutrogena Pore Refining Cleanser. You also probably like using toners and can tolerate one like Kiehl's Tea Tree Oil Toner. The next product is the important one: Apply an oil control gel such as Ferndale Clinac O.C. Oil Control Gel before applying your sunscreen and makeup. This will prevent that oily shine from surfacing. At night, use the same cleanser. You could also try a facial scrub once a week, such as Philosophy Microdelivery peel.

Which skincare products do you recommend for: acne-prone skin, dry skin, combination skin?

For acne-prone skin use a salicylic acid cleanser such as Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash. Then apply a benzoyl peroxide cream such as Oxy Balance with 5% benzoyl peroxide (5% is just as effective as 10% and is a lot less irritating).

For dry skin, use a cleansing cream like Noxzema Cleansing Cream. Never use a toner, as this will likely dry out your skin further. Then use a moisturizer like Eucerin Sensitive Facial Skin Q10 with SPF 15. You should try to moisturize one more time during the day if possible.

Which product do you feel is the most over rated and which is the best but seems under valued?

Overrated: Strivectin (the "better than Botox?" cream). It's not.

Undervalued:
prescription retin-A creams like Renova.

Can you give 3 do's and don'ts for skin care?

Do: Wear a broad- spectrum sunscreen every day. Don't believe all the hype that lots of sun is good for you. See my post on tanning for much more detail.

Do: Wash your makeup off completely every night. It can lead to clogged pores, pimples, and even skin infections.

Do: Realize that women and men even in their 20's can get melanoma. Check your skin regularly and see a physician if you have a changing or concerning mole.

Don't: waste money on products that are not designed for your particular skin. Many women with dry skin waste money on toners while women with oily skin waste money on expensive moisturizers. Know what your skin needs and choose products accordingly. Also, remember that many over-the-counter skin care products are just as effective as more expensive designer products.

Don't: use a magnifying mirror and tweezers to find and pick at pimples or other minor skin blemishes. I promise you, you will only make it worse.

Don't: get medical advice or treatments, including Botox, fillers, and lasers from a non-professional. Be sure that a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon is present if you are going to have any invasive cosmetic procedures performed.

5 Skincare Questions for Dermatologist, Dr. Benabio

A dermatologist friend of mine, Dr. Benabio, writes an excellent blog that I think everyone should be reading--The Derm Blog. He was also recently quoted in O, the Oprah Magazine (so you know he's got to be good). I decided to get his expert opinion on some skincare questions and share them all with you.

What is the best way to treat oily/combination skin without drying out your skin?

The key is to not overdo it. Some people have skin that is so oily that it almost never gets dry and flaky. If, however, your skin has a tendency to flake, then you might be using cleansers that are too harsh or you might be over-scrubbing. I recommend starting by cleansing your face in the morning with a product meant for combination skin such as Olay Daily Facials Cleansing Cloths for Combination Skin. You can then use a toner if you wish, but I think they are often unnecessary. If you like the feel of a toner after washing, then I recommend something mild like Peter Thomas Roth's Oxygen Mist. Then apply a non-greasy sunscreen before applying your makeup. I recommend Olay Complete Defense Daily UV Moisturizer SPF 30 Sensitive Skin or Aveeno Positively Ageless Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 with Shiitake Mushroom extract. At night, wash off all your makeup with the Oil of Olay Cleansing Cloths. Apply a moisturizer for oily skin such as Skinceuticals Renew Overnight Oily Cream or Oil of Olay Regenerist.

I occasionally find that when I use products meant to control sebum, that sebum seems to be produced even more. How can I stop that awful shine in my T-zone without messing up my skin?

Believe it or not, you are lucky. Oily skin is easier to manage and often appears younger than dry, irritated skin. You just need to focus on products that will reduce your skin's natural oils. In the morning, use a cleanser for oily skin such as Neutrogena Pore Refining Cleanser. You also probably like using toners and can tolerate one like Kiehl's Tea Tree Oil Toner. The next product is the important one: Apply an oil control gel such as Ferndale Clinac O.C. Oil Control Gel before applying your sunscreen and makeup. This will prevent that oily shine from surfacing. At night, use the same cleanser. You could also try a facial scrub once a week, such as Philosophy Microdelivery peel.

Which skincare products do you recommend for: acne-prone skin, dry skin, combination skin?

For acne-prone skin use a salicylic acid cleanser such as Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash. Then apply a benzoyl peroxide cream such as Oxy Balance with 5% benzoyl peroxide (5% is just as effective as 10% and is a lot less irritating).

For dry skin, use a cleansing cream like Noxzema Cleansing Cream. Never use a toner, as this will likely dry out your skin further. Then use a moisturizer like Eucerin Sensitive Facial Skin Q10 with SPF 15. You should try to moisturize one more time during the day if possible.

Which product do you feel is the most over rated and which is the best but seems under valued?

Overrated: Strivectin (the "better than Botox?" cream). It's not.

Undervalued:
prescription retin-A creams like Renova.

Can you give 3 do's and don'ts for skin care?

Do: Wear a broad- spectrum sunscreen every day. Don't believe all the hype that lots of sun is good for you. See my post on tanning for much more detail.

Do: Wash your makeup off completely every night. It can lead to clogged pores, pimples, and even skin infections.

Do: Realize that women and men even in their 20's can get melanoma. Check your skin regularly and see a physician if you have a changing or concerning mole.

Don't: waste money on products that are not designed for your particular skin. Many women with dry skin waste money on toners while women with oily skin waste money on expensive moisturizers. Know what your skin needs and choose products accordingly. Also, remember that many over-the-counter skin care products are just as effective as more expensive designer products.

Don't: use a magnifying mirror and tweezers to find and pick at pimples or other minor skin blemishes. I promise you, you will only make it worse.

Don't: get medical advice or treatments, including Botox, fillers, and lasers from a non-professional. Be sure that a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon is present if you are going to have any invasive cosmetic procedures performed.

5 Skincare Questions for Dermatologist, Dr. Benabio

A dermatologist friend of mine, Dr. Benabio, writes an excellent blog that I think everyone should be reading--The Derm Blog. He was also recently quoted in O, the Oprah Magazine (so you know he's got to be good). I decided to get his expert opinion on some skincare questions and share them all with you.

What is the best way to treat oily/combination skin without drying out your skin?

The key is to not overdo it. Some people have skin that is so oily that it almost never gets dry and flaky. If, however, your skin has a tendency to flake, then you might be using cleansers that are too harsh or you might be over-scrubbing. I recommend starting by cleansing your face in the morning with a product meant for combination skin such as Olay Daily Facials Cleansing Cloths for Combination Skin. You can then use a toner if you wish, but I think they are often unnecessary. If you like the feel of a toner after washing, then I recommend something mild like Peter Thomas Roth's Oxygen Mist. Then apply a non-greasy sunscreen before applying your makeup. I recommend Olay Complete Defense Daily UV Moisturizer SPF 30 Sensitive Skin or Aveeno Positively Ageless Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 with Shiitake Mushroom extract. At night, wash off all your makeup with the Oil of Olay Cleansing Cloths. Apply a moisturizer for oily skin such as Skinceuticals Renew Overnight Oily Cream or Oil of Olay Regenerist.

I occasionally find that when I use products meant to control sebum, that sebum seems to be produced even more. How can I stop that awful shine in my T-zone without messing up my skin?

Believe it or not, you are lucky. Oily skin is easier to manage and often appears younger than dry, irritated skin. You just need to focus on products that will reduce your skin's natural oils. In the morning, use a cleanser for oily skin such as Neutrogena Pore Refining Cleanser. You also probably like using toners and can tolerate one like Kiehl's Tea Tree Oil Toner. The next product is the important one: Apply an oil control gel such as Ferndale Clinac O.C. Oil Control Gel before applying your sunscreen and makeup. This will prevent that oily shine from surfacing. At night, use the same cleanser. You could also try a facial scrub once a week, such as Philosophy Microdelivery peel.

Which skincare products do you recommend for: acne-prone skin, dry skin, combination skin?

For acne-prone skin use a salicylic acid cleanser such as Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash. Then apply a benzoyl peroxide cream such as Oxy Balance with 5% benzoyl peroxide (5% is just as effective as 10% and is a lot less irritating).

For dry skin, use a cleansing cream like Noxzema Cleansing Cream. Never use a toner, as this will likely dry out your skin further. Then use a moisturizer like Eucerin Sensitive Facial Skin Q10 with SPF 15. You should try to moisturize one more time during the day if possible.

Which product do you feel is the most over rated and which is the best but seems under valued?

Overrated: Strivectin (the "better than Botox?" cream). It's not.

Undervalued:
prescription retin-A creams like Renova.

Can you give 3 do's and don'ts for skin care?

Do: Wear a broad- spectrum sunscreen every day. Don't believe all the hype that lots of sun is good for you. See my post on tanning for much more detail.

Do: Wash your makeup off completely every night. It can lead to clogged pores, pimples, and even skin infections.

Do: Realize that women and men even in their 20's can get melanoma. Check your skin regularly and see a physician if you have a changing or concerning mole.

Don't: waste money on products that are not designed for your particular skin. Many women with dry skin waste money on toners while women with oily skin waste money on expensive moisturizers. Know what your skin needs and choose products accordingly. Also, remember that many over-the-counter skin care products are just as effective as more expensive designer products.

Don't: use a magnifying mirror and tweezers to find and pick at pimples or other minor skin blemishes. I promise you, you will only make it worse.

Don't: get medical advice or treatments, including Botox, fillers, and lasers from a non-professional. Be sure that a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon is present if you are going to have any invasive cosmetic procedures performed.

Beauty for Good: Fundraiser for Meadow Quinn

As a mom, it completely breaks my heart when I hear about a child in need of medical attention. It breaks my heart further when their insurance company denies to pay for that treatment. Local Northeast PA 1st grader, Meadow Quinn, needs to raise $70,000 to pay for a feeding clinic program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Knowing that I have so many unused beauty products just sitting here, I have decided to help out.

Meadow Quinn has a disease called Neurofibromatosis. She has several inoperable tumors and has been fed through a feeding tube since she was 18 months old. A feeding clinic that will require a 4 week stay will help her to learn to eat like any other 7 year old. Can you imagine knowing that there is something out there that will help your child--it is within reach--yet you don't have the money to pay for it?


Meadow mentioned on Oprah's Big Give

So far $42,000 has been raised, but I would love to bring that amount even closer to her goal. Would you like to help? Then please take a look at the ebay auctions I have set up to raise the funds. Once each auction is live, they will be linked directly to the auction page.

Auction #1: SOLD!! $495 raised!!!

MAC Cosmetics Limited Edition Products 1 Retail Value- $502
Includes products from: Fafi, Heatherette, Finery and Heirlooms

Auction ended.


Auction #2: SOLD!! $425 raised!!!

MAC Cosmetics Limited Edition Products 2 Retail Value $515
Includes products from: N Collection, Viva Glamorous, Royal Assets, Antiquitease

Auction ended


Auction #3:

MAC Cosmetics Limited Edition Products 3 Retail Value: $442
Includes products from: Curiositease, Beauty Powder Blush, Strobe, N Collection gift pack from Fashion Week

Auction begins May 3



Auction #4:

Berwick Beauty Coming Up Roses (3 individual auctions) Retail Value: $185 (each auction)
Includes Restoring Night Cream, Lightening Cream, Nourishing Cream, Contouring Eye Gel and Balancing Day Cream.
To learn more about Berwick Beauty read Beauty Pro.
Auction relisted!


Auction #5:

Beauty Gift Pack Retail Value: $473
Includes Elizabeth Arden Intervene Pause & Effect Moisture Cream, Elizabeth Arden Mediterenean Breeze 3ml EDP, Elizabeth Arden Smoky Eyes Powder Pencil, Artemis Woman Heel Smoother & Topaz Butter, Sharon Bolton Scents Luv Perfume Oil, Nars Bronzing Powder, Nars Lip Gloss/Lip Stain Duo, Nars Kabuki Artisan Brush, Lancome L.U.C.I. Photonic, Lancome Color Fever Plumper (in Ample), Lancome Courbe Virtuose Mascara (in Black) and Billy B Beauty Paint Brush Four.

Auction begins May 15

Please help me spread the word.

If you would like to make a direct donation to Meadow Quinn, you can do so via sending a check to the following location:

Wallenpaupack North Primary
c/o Becky Schaepe
158 Atlantic Avenue, Hawley, PA 18428

Whether person or business, if you make a direct donation to Meadow, please let me know and I will publicly thank you and link to your blog or business (once your donation has been confirmed by the family--please put A Girl's Gotta Spa in the memo section). (**A ChipIn Widget is also available in the sidebar for your convenience.)

Fashion & Beauty Businesses (family friendly)--If you make a direct donation to Meadow Quinn of $100 or more, I will give you free ad space for 1 week in my sidebar. Please email me for details.

Thank you for donating:

Debutaunt
Studio 747
Three Custom Color Specialists *Beauty Brand $100 donation!*
Mythbuster Beauty
Beauty Addict
Beauty from the Earth
Aguacate & Co. *Beauty Brand $100 donation!*
We Love Beauty *Beauty Brand $300 donation!*

Beauty for Good: Fundraiser for Meadow Quinn

As a mom, it completely breaks my heart when I hear about a child in need of medical attention. It breaks my heart further when their insurance company denies to pay for that treatment. Local Northeast PA 1st grader, Meadow Quinn, needs to raise $70,000 to pay for a feeding clinic program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Knowing that I have so many unused beauty products just sitting here, I have decided to help out.

Meadow Quinn has a disease called Neurofibromatosis. She has several inoperable tumors and has been fed through a feeding tube since she was 18 months old. A feeding clinic that will require a 4 week stay will help her to learn to eat like any other 7 year old. Can you imagine knowing that there is something out there that will help your child--it is within reach--yet you don't have the money to pay for it?


Meadow mentioned on Oprah's Big Give

So far $42,000 has been raised, but I would love to bring that amount even closer to her goal. Would you like to help? Then please take a look at the ebay auctions I have set up to raise the funds. Once each auction is live, they will be linked directly to the auction page.

Auction #1: SOLD!! $495 raised!!!

MAC Cosmetics Limited Edition Products 1 Retail Value- $502
Includes products from: Fafi, Heatherette, Finery and Heirlooms

Auction ended.


Auction #2: SOLD!! $425 raised!!!

MAC Cosmetics Limited Edition Products 2 Retail Value $515
Includes products from: N Collection, Viva Glamorous, Royal Assets, Antiquitease

Auction ended


Auction #3:

MAC Cosmetics Limited Edition Products 3 Retail Value: $442
Includes products from: Curiositease, Beauty Powder Blush, Strobe, N Collection gift pack from Fashion Week

Auction begins May 3



Auction #4:

Berwick Beauty Coming Up Roses (3 individual auctions) Retail Value: $185 (each auction)
Includes Restoring Night Cream, Lightening Cream, Nourishing Cream, Contouring Eye Gel and Balancing Day Cream.
To learn more about Berwick Beauty read Beauty Pro.
Auction relisted!


Auction #5:

Beauty Gift Pack Retail Value: $473
Includes Elizabeth Arden Intervene Pause & Effect Moisture Cream, Elizabeth Arden Mediterenean Breeze 3ml EDP, Elizabeth Arden Smoky Eyes Powder Pencil, Artemis Woman Heel Smoother & Topaz Butter, Sharon Bolton Scents Luv Perfume Oil, Nars Bronzing Powder, Nars Lip Gloss/Lip Stain Duo, Nars Kabuki Artisan Brush, Lancome L.U.C.I. Photonic, Lancome Color Fever Plumper (in Ample), Lancome Courbe Virtuose Mascara (in Black) and Billy B Beauty Paint Brush Four.

Auction begins May 15

Please help me spread the word.

If you would like to make a direct donation to Meadow Quinn, you can do so via sending a check to the following location:

Wallenpaupack North Primary
c/o Becky Schaepe
158 Atlantic Avenue, Hawley, PA 18428

Whether person or business, if you make a direct donation to Meadow, please let me know and I will publicly thank you and link to your blog or business (once your donation has been confirmed by the family--please put A Girl's Gotta Spa in the memo section). (**A ChipIn Widget is also available in the sidebar for your convenience.)

Fashion & Beauty Businesses (family friendly)--If you make a direct donation to Meadow Quinn of $100 or more, I will give you free ad space for 1 week in my sidebar. Please email me for details.

Thank you for donating:

Debutaunt
Studio 747
Three Custom Color Specialists *Beauty Brand $100 donation!*
Mythbuster Beauty
Beauty Addict
Beauty from the Earth
Aguacate & Co. *Beauty Brand $100 donation!*
We Love Beauty *Beauty Brand $300 donation!*

Beauty for Good: Fundraiser for Meadow Quinn

As a mom, it completely breaks my heart when I hear about a child in need of medical attention. It breaks my heart further when their insurance company denies to pay for that treatment. Local Northeast PA 1st grader, Meadow Quinn, needs to raise $70,000 to pay for a feeding clinic program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Knowing that I have so many unused beauty products just sitting here, I have decided to help out.

Meadow Quinn has a disease called Neurofibromatosis. She has several inoperable tumors and has been fed through a feeding tube since she was 18 months old. A feeding clinic that will require a 4 week stay will help her to learn to eat like any other 7 year old. Can you imagine knowing that there is something out there that will help your child--it is within reach--yet you don't have the money to pay for it?


Meadow mentioned on Oprah's Big Give

So far $42,000 has been raised, but I would love to bring that amount even closer to her goal. Would you like to help? Then please take a look at the ebay auctions I have set up to raise the funds. Once each auction is live, they will be linked directly to the auction page.

Auction #1: SOLD!! $495 raised!!!

MAC Cosmetics Limited Edition Products 1 Retail Value- $502
Includes products from: Fafi, Heatherette, Finery and Heirlooms

Auction ended.


Auction #2: SOLD!! $425 raised!!!

MAC Cosmetics Limited Edition Products 2 Retail Value $515
Includes products from: N Collection, Viva Glamorous, Royal Assets, Antiquitease

Auction ended


Auction #3:

MAC Cosmetics Limited Edition Products 3 Retail Value: $442
Includes products from: Curiositease, Beauty Powder Blush, Strobe, N Collection gift pack from Fashion Week

Auction begins May 3



Auction #4:

Berwick Beauty Coming Up Roses (3 individual auctions) Retail Value: $185 (each auction)
Includes Restoring Night Cream, Lightening Cream, Nourishing Cream, Contouring Eye Gel and Balancing Day Cream.
To learn more about Berwick Beauty read Beauty Pro.
Auction relisted!


Auction #5:

Beauty Gift Pack Retail Value: $473
Includes Elizabeth Arden Intervene Pause & Effect Moisture Cream, Elizabeth Arden Mediterenean Breeze 3ml EDP, Elizabeth Arden Smoky Eyes Powder Pencil, Artemis Woman Heel Smoother & Topaz Butter, Sharon Bolton Scents Luv Perfume Oil, Nars Bronzing Powder, Nars Lip Gloss/Lip Stain Duo, Nars Kabuki Artisan Brush, Lancome L.U.C.I. Photonic, Lancome Color Fever Plumper (in Ample), Lancome Courbe Virtuose Mascara (in Black) and Billy B Beauty Paint Brush Four.

Auction begins May 15

Please help me spread the word.

If you would like to make a direct donation to Meadow Quinn, you can do so via sending a check to the following location:

Wallenpaupack North Primary
c/o Becky Schaepe
158 Atlantic Avenue, Hawley, PA 18428

Whether person or business, if you make a direct donation to Meadow, please let me know and I will publicly thank you and link to your blog or business (once your donation has been confirmed by the family--please put A Girl's Gotta Spa in the memo section). (**A ChipIn Widget is also available in the sidebar for your convenience.)

Fashion & Beauty Businesses (family friendly)--If you make a direct donation to Meadow Quinn of $100 or more, I will give you free ad space for 1 week in my sidebar. Please email me for details.

Thank you for donating:

Debutaunt
Studio 747
Three Custom Color Specialists *Beauty Brand $100 donation!*
Mythbuster Beauty
Beauty Addict
Beauty from the Earth
Aguacate & Co. *Beauty Brand $100 donation!*
We Love Beauty *Beauty Brand $300 donation!*

Beauty for Good: Fundraiser for Meadow Quinn

As a mom, it completely breaks my heart when I hear about a child in need of medical attention. It breaks my heart further when their insurance company denies to pay for that treatment. Local Northeast PA 1st grader, Meadow Quinn, needs to raise $70,000 to pay for a feeding clinic program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Knowing that I have so many unused beauty products just sitting here, I have decided to help out.

Meadow Quinn has a disease called Neurofibromatosis. She has several inoperable tumors and has been fed through a feeding tube since she was 18 months old. A feeding clinic that will require a 4 week stay will help her to learn to eat like any other 7 year old. Can you imagine knowing that there is something out there that will help your child--it is within reach--yet you don't have the money to pay for it?


Meadow mentioned on Oprah's Big Give

So far $42,000 has been raised, but I would love to bring that amount even closer to her goal. Would you like to help? Then please take a look at the ebay auctions I have set up to raise the funds. Once each auction is live, they will be linked directly to the auction page.

Auction #1: SOLD!! $495 raised!!!

MAC Cosmetics Limited Edition Products 1 Retail Value- $502
Includes products from: Fafi, Heatherette, Finery and Heirlooms

Auction ended.


Auction #2: SOLD!! $425 raised!!!

MAC Cosmetics Limited Edition Products 2 Retail Value $515
Includes products from: N Collection, Viva Glamorous, Royal Assets, Antiquitease

Auction ended


Auction #3:

MAC Cosmetics Limited Edition Products 3 Retail Value: $442
Includes products from: Curiositease, Beauty Powder Blush, Strobe, N Collection gift pack from Fashion Week

Auction begins May 3



Auction #4:

Berwick Beauty Coming Up Roses (3 individual auctions) Retail Value: $185 (each auction)
Includes Restoring Night Cream, Lightening Cream, Nourishing Cream, Contouring Eye Gel and Balancing Day Cream.
To learn more about Berwick Beauty read Beauty Pro.
Auction relisted!


Auction #5:

Beauty Gift Pack Retail Value: $473
Includes Elizabeth Arden Intervene Pause & Effect Moisture Cream, Elizabeth Arden Mediterenean Breeze 3ml EDP, Elizabeth Arden Smoky Eyes Powder Pencil, Artemis Woman Heel Smoother & Topaz Butter, Sharon Bolton Scents Luv Perfume Oil, Nars Bronzing Powder, Nars Lip Gloss/Lip Stain Duo, Nars Kabuki Artisan Brush, Lancome L.U.C.I. Photonic, Lancome Color Fever Plumper (in Ample), Lancome Courbe Virtuose Mascara (in Black) and Billy B Beauty Paint Brush Four.

Auction begins May 15

Please help me spread the word.

If you would like to make a direct donation to Meadow Quinn, you can do so via sending a check to the following location:

Wallenpaupack North Primary
c/o Becky Schaepe
158 Atlantic Avenue, Hawley, PA 18428

Whether person or business, if you make a direct donation to Meadow, please let me know and I will publicly thank you and link to your blog or business (once your donation has been confirmed by the family--please put A Girl's Gotta Spa in the memo section). (**A ChipIn Widget is also available in the sidebar for your convenience.)

Fashion & Beauty Businesses (family friendly)--If you make a direct donation to Meadow Quinn of $100 or more, I will give you free ad space for 1 week in my sidebar. Please email me for details.

Thank you for donating:

Debutaunt
Studio 747
Three Custom Color Specialists *Beauty Brand $100 donation!*
Mythbuster Beauty
Beauty Addict
Beauty from the Earth
Aguacate & Co. *Beauty Brand $100 donation!*
We Love Beauty *Beauty Brand $300 donation!*

Review: Hairagami Spring Rings

Seems spring has been completely skipped over here in the Poconos and summer has stepped in. My hair is super long with no intentions to cut it and I needed some heat relief. Normally, I have no where important to go, just running errands or doing mom stuff that doesn't require me to be a glamazon, so it's normally pulled back into a ponytail on warm days. When I saw Hairagami's Spring Rings at my local CVS the other day, I thought it was the answer to some fashionable updo hair.

25 tries and hours later I was frustrated. I kept following the directions of a low ponytail, twisting my hair up my head and then using the pointed end from bottom to top and interlocking the two for a secure fit. It just wasn't happening. Either the "knots" on the Spring Rings were getting caught into my hair not allowing me to twist around my hair further (when there was much more Spring to go) or I'd get it twisted around only to let go and have my hair fall to my shoulders. No matter how hard I tried it just wouldn't hold my hair.

My hair isn't unusually thick and the length goes mid-back. There's nothing on the package that says it you have long hair that it won't work, etc. and I honestly felt like a complete hair idiot. Why couldn't I get these things to work!?

I took a break and tried again on day two, but after about 40 minutes, I gave up. It just was not meant to be. So back to my boring ponytail until I can find something to make me look like the fashionista that I am. 'Cause no one is believing that I am when I am all mommy-fied.

Have you tried these? Have they worked for you?

*Photo Credit: Hairagami

Review: Hairagami Spring Rings

Seems spring has been completely skipped over here in the Poconos and summer has stepped in. My hair is super long with no intentions to cut it and I needed some heat relief. Normally, I have no where important to go, just running errands or doing mom stuff that doesn't require me to be a glamazon, so it's normally pulled back into a ponytail on warm days. When I saw Hairagami's Spring Rings at my local CVS the other day, I thought it was the answer to some fashionable updo hair.

25 tries and hours later I was frustrated. I kept following the directions of a low ponytail, twisting my hair up my head and then using the pointed end from bottom to top and interlocking the two for a secure fit. It just wasn't happening. Either the "knots" on the Spring Rings were getting caught into my hair not allowing me to twist around my hair further (when there was much more Spring to go) or I'd get it twisted around only to let go and have my hair fall to my shoulders. No matter how hard I tried it just wouldn't hold my hair.

My hair isn't unusually thick and the length goes mid-back. There's nothing on the package that says it you have long hair that it won't work, etc. and I honestly felt like a complete hair idiot. Why couldn't I get these things to work!?

I took a break and tried again on day two, but after about 40 minutes, I gave up. It just was not meant to be. So back to my boring ponytail until I can find something to make me look like the fashionista that I am. 'Cause no one is believing that I am when I am all mommy-fied.

Have you tried these? Have they worked for you?

*Photo Credit: Hairagami

Review: Hairagami Spring Rings

Seems spring has been completely skipped over here in the Poconos and summer has stepped in. My hair is super long with no intentions to cut it and I needed some heat relief. Normally, I have no where important to go, just running errands or doing mom stuff that doesn't require me to be a glamazon, so it's normally pulled back into a ponytail on warm days. When I saw Hairagami's Spring Rings at my local CVS the other day, I thought it was the answer to some fashionable updo hair.

25 tries and hours later I was frustrated. I kept following the directions of a low ponytail, twisting my hair up my head and then using the pointed end from bottom to top and interlocking the two for a secure fit. It just wasn't happening. Either the "knots" on the Spring Rings were getting caught into my hair not allowing me to twist around my hair further (when there was much more Spring to go) or I'd get it twisted around only to let go and have my hair fall to my shoulders. No matter how hard I tried it just wouldn't hold my hair.

My hair isn't unusually thick and the length goes mid-back. There's nothing on the package that says it you have long hair that it won't work, etc. and I honestly felt like a complete hair idiot. Why couldn't I get these things to work!?

I took a break and tried again on day two, but after about 40 minutes, I gave up. It just was not meant to be. So back to my boring ponytail until I can find something to make me look like the fashionista that I am. 'Cause no one is believing that I am when I am all mommy-fied.

Have you tried these? Have they worked for you?

*Photo Credit: Hairagami

Review: Hairagami Spring Rings

Seems spring has been completely skipped over here in the Poconos and summer has stepped in. My hair is super long with no intentions to cut it and I needed some heat relief. Normally, I have no where important to go, just running errands or doing mom stuff that doesn't require me to be a glamazon, so it's normally pulled back into a ponytail on warm days. When I saw Hairagami's Spring Rings at my local CVS the other day, I thought it was the answer to some fashionable updo hair.

25 tries and hours later I was frustrated. I kept following the directions of a low ponytail, twisting my hair up my head and then using the pointed end from bottom to top and interlocking the two for a secure fit. It just wasn't happening. Either the "knots" on the Spring Rings were getting caught into my hair not allowing me to twist around my hair further (when there was much more Spring to go) or I'd get it twisted around only to let go and have my hair fall to my shoulders. No matter how hard I tried it just wouldn't hold my hair.

My hair isn't unusually thick and the length goes mid-back. There's nothing on the package that says it you have long hair that it won't work, etc. and I honestly felt like a complete hair idiot. Why couldn't I get these things to work!?

I took a break and tried again on day two, but after about 40 minutes, I gave up. It just was not meant to be. So back to my boring ponytail until I can find something to make me look like the fashionista that I am. 'Cause no one is believing that I am when I am all mommy-fied.

Have you tried these? Have they worked for you?

*Photo Credit: Hairagami

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