Announcing New Skin of Color Tab

Fashion FLash Remembers-- Titi BranchEvery day I get great skin care questions from visitors to No-Nonsense Beauty Blog. Some like which moisturizer to wear with Retin A  or how does vitamin C work , I can answer easily.  Others like skin care during pregnancy deal with health  issues  that need an expert for  safe  and accurate info.  But its the questions about skin of color that challenge me the most.  All too often these questions ask for advice after standard treatments  have not  only failed , they have made the situation worse.

Skin of color is genuinely less troubled by acne and aging, but   its this  inherent strength that can lead to two common problems– irregular pigmentation and scarring.  For example at least once a week I get an  email asking about the safety of hydroquinone for lightening  dark patches. … Continue Reading…

It’s A Freezing Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion-Flash-logoThis week I am hosting Fashion Flash and most of our bloggers  are so tired of  slush and snow.  We’ve gathered all our best advice on staying, warm, beautiful and healthy until the calender turns to spring:

Josephine of Chic At Any Age  shows how warm underwear can add an extra layer of insulation to keep us cosy and warm in the cold winter weather.

*Jodell of Black Cat Plus  styles plus size tights and tunics to say warm this winter

* Barbara Hannah Grufferman author of Best of Everything After 50 created the perfect indoor exercise program that you can do anytime, anywhere, no matter how cold it is outside.  All you need is a pair of sneakers, some comfortable  clothes and you’re good to  go.

* Melanie of Society Wellness has … Continue Reading…

Freezing at Fashion Week

Fashion Week in NYCThere is nothing like  New York Fashion Week in an Arctic freeze.  It forces Fashionistas to use all their style skills to look great under  real life situations.  Open any fashion magazine or catalog and you’ll see smiling people in beautiful clothing with little or no relationsip to real time weather.   As a result, unless you are living year round  in the South West, you’re left to deal with rain, snow and cold with little helpful style advice. In winter this can mean black puffy coat  that adds at least 20 pounds, a hat that squashes  your hair and a 24/7 relationship with shapeless waterproof  boots.

Fashion week bootsThat was then, this is now.  This week Fashionistas  finally showed me how to do winter in style and comfort. … Continue Reading…

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion-Flash-logoThis week Jackie of Aging Backwards is hosting Fashion Flash! I have learned to trust Jackie’s advice on health and beauty.  She introduced me to  the best  skin cleansing system I have ever tried– and  trust  me when I say I have tried   many.  Her recipes are  both delicious and packed with nutrition.  She taught me how to  bake bread and  I now can dazzle  guests with a  bowl of soup and a loaf of homemade dill  bread.  A few months ago I had signs of an ulcer  and Jackie recommended a mix of  fresh cabbage juice and honey.  it sounded so bizarre, but  out when I did a medline  search, it turns out that the sulfur in the cabbage is known to  destroy the bacteria  that  a part of the ulcer syndrome.  FYI it works.

Now Jackie … Continue Reading…

Roses for Health and Beauty

Roses for health and beautyRoses are the official flower of Valentine’s Day.  In a bouquet or fragrance, roses are  a no-fail  gift.  But roses are  more, much more. Rose based  skin and hair care  formulations have been used for centuries in all parts of the world.  According to beauty  lore, it was  a  12th century  Persian princess  who discovered the  soothing benefits of rose oil. Jump forward a few centuries where  the famed  herbalist  Thomas Culpepper  recommended  rose extract for both heart disease and acne.  Modern science  has  been able to show that rose oil and extracts have anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties.  But wait, there’s more.  Just smelling  rose oil can reduce  blood pressure.

Turning Roses into Beauty Aids

Roses offer a whole pharmacy in every petal but you can’t  just chop up  a few petals and mix them into … Continue Reading…

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion-Flash-logoIt is  so appropriate  that Mirabai  of Moving Free With Mirabai is hosting Fashion Flash this week.  In addition  to Valentine’s Day, February is also  healthy heart month.   Heart disease is the #1  killer of women and  all too often a woman is not ware of  cardiac problems, until she winds up in  an ER.   Mirabai  established  a  world class cardiac  rehabilitation program in NYC  that become a  model that other centers followed.  While  she has developed  a wide range of exercise programs,  heart healthy  workouts are  her special passion. Click thru Fashion Flash  to read   other heart related posts for advice that  makes you feel as good as you look.

Fashion FLash Product Close-UpFashion Flash Close-Up: Shark Tank Beauty Products

I’m addicted to  Shark Tank, the … Continue Reading…

Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion-Flash-logoI am so excited to be hosting Fashion Flash this week!  Its almost Valentines Day, one of my  favorite holidays.  Growing up, my parents made the holiday all about showing love to all   people in our  life– my beloved Uncle Bill,  my next door neighbor who  always  pulled  out a Hershey’s kiss from her worn leather purse and  my BFF  Peggy  who was at six, my loyal partner in crime. This week  all the Fashion Flash bloggers have Valentines Day fever and  I  know you will enjoy every post:

* Barbara of The Best of Everything After 50 wants every woman to find love again, no matter what her age!  Here are some of the best tips for getting back into the dating groove, straight from one of the country’s top dating gurus.  Happy Valentines Day!

* Jodell … Continue Reading…

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion-Flash-logoThis week the amazing Cindy of Prime Beauty is hosting Fashion Flash. There is  certainly no shortage of beauty sites that deal with skin care and  make-up, but Prime Beauty stands  out for its style and  accuracy.  I especially love the way  that Prime Beauty filters all the advice thru the unique needs of over 40 skin.  Her recent  post on smoky eye for our tribe is a classic.  I shared it on Facebook and downloaded a copy  and used it  to make-up  for my evening out.   If you care about  beauty, subscribe to Prime Beauty   to get every post.

Fashion Flash Book Review: Vintage BeautyFashion Flash Book Review:  Vintage Beauty by Daniela Turudich

This book combines two of my favorite subjects- vintage and DIY skin care.  This … Continue Reading…