Its Fashion Flash Monday!

This week Kari of Fabulous Over Forty is hosting Fashion Flash.  Kari and I shared a stage at  Beauty Bash last  month and when she showed  her before and after  anti-aging  make-up, you could  hear  the audience gasp.  Her fifty something model  looked 10 years  younger in  ten minutes after  Kari camouflaged  her lines, sags and darkened areas.  Kari  shared  her makeover  game plan on her site and its a keeper.  Kari is a concealer grand  master  and  she uses it to literally erase years from your face.  I downloaded a copy and taped  it up near my make-up mirror .

And if you live in  New York city area,   make plans  to attend  the Clarins Beauty and Style Update on November10.  Sponsored by Glow Beauty Magazine, this  program will feature  Dr Tracy Pfeifer, selected by New York Magazine  as ” … Continue Reading…

Question and Answers- What’s the deal with Boots #7?

Question:  I’ve heard that a moisturizer from Boots Chemists actually works on wrinkles.  Is this true?

Answer:  This might sound like another urban legend, but studies of Boots #7 have actually been published in the always reliable British Journal of Dermatology.  Beautifully designed research actually looked at  changes both  in the cellular level and those visable in the  mirror and came up with desirable results.

Here’s how  it worked.  In the lab, this study looked  at fibrillin deposits in the cells as a “marker” for cellular aging.  Fibrillin is associated with new collagen growth anad as we grow older, fibrillin  levels naturally decline.  After six months of using Boots #7, researchers found increased levels of fibrillin right where you would want them to be.  Even  better, the study also found that in real time about 40% of the women saw a decline in wrinkles, especially … Continue Reading…

Invisalign, Take 2

Last year I tried to get Invisalign orthodenture, but “Dr Braces” as  I call her said I was not a candidate.  Instead she offered a plan that started by extracting four back teeth.  Then full metal permanent  braces for at least two years and at the cost of at least 10 grand.   I got out of that office so fast I left skid marks.

This year at Beauty Bash ( the lifestyle expo created by Geri Brin at  Fabulous Over Fifty, I made a point to touch base with the cosmetic dentists.  I was especially impressed by Dr Jaqueline Fulop-Goodling  aka Dr Jackie.  She is one of the top Invisalign dentists in the US.  I was impressed by both her credentials and her dazzling smile.

 From the first  moment I  walked into her  New York office could sense a difference in … Continue Reading…

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

This week the host of Fashion Flash is Staness of Menopause Makeover.   I love her blog for its  healthy delicious recipes and her down to earth advice.  She was one of the most popular experts at  Beauty Bash and  she had over 40 back to back consultations  over the two day event. It was the first time I met Staness and she  is beautiful, warm and super smart.  Her site always the latest info on woman’s health issues and its facts you can trust.

And when you’ve clicked through all the great Fashion Flash sites,  check out The Flat Belly Book by Liz Vaccariello who  is editor-in-chief of Prevention magazine. This best selling diet book offers nutritional dvice to reduce  belly fat.  All good, but what I like about this eating plan is the emphasis on fats like linoleic acid– the … Continue Reading…

Its Faux Tox Friday!

Question:  Do  Botox  creams really work?

Answer:  Its sounds  like  a back room  beauty product– Botox in a gel that  you simply  apply  to the skin.  But its really happening.  A true  Botox  topical gel is  deep in clinical trials and results are very encouraging.   The gel is applied to  the skin  by a physician and delievers about 25% of the impact of a Botox injection.  According to Reverance Therapeutics which is developing the gel, more than 200 patients have been treated with it and it  has been shown to be both safe and effective.   It will be approved for treatment of wrinkles around the eyes and offer  a reasonable  option for those of  us who cringe at  injections. I’ve heard that the price  for applications will be  significantly less than true Botox, about $150/treatment. 

However keep in mind  that  you won’t be able to use it at home.  Every … Continue Reading…

Do Vitamins Cause Cancer?

My aunt and uncle were true believers.  Every morning they would open a tackle box  filled with rainbow colored pills and capsules.  They took so  many supplements that their holistic physician urged them to cut back.   They ignored him and   were healthy and active until their late 80’s. Even  as she reached 90, my aunt looked lovely with a  thick hair and bright blue eyes.

Watching them dip and swoop about their box of pills  turned me off vitamin supplements, but I couldn’t argue with success– so I hedged my  nutritional bet with a  daily  multi-vitamin.  I was careful to choose  supplements that stayed within recommended limits.  Smugly I felt I had gamed the odds.  I covered my basic nutritional needs, but I didn’t risk excessive levels. My little red multi-vitamin gave me a nice sense of security.

Now, not … Continue Reading…

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

This week Shawna of Female Fat Loss Over 40 is hosting Fashion Flash.  She recently  threw down a challenge to  the  rest of rest of us to join her in a structured fitness program.  Jojami  of Fabulous After 40  took  it on and  has posted a video clip  of her progress.  We were together at Beauty Bash and she looked  amazing. But  even more impresive was her stamina.   After six hours   on her feet at the Fabulous After 40 booth, she was still bright and bubbly– and in  4 inch heels!  

And when you have  checked out all the linked posts on Fashion Flash, go back to Fabulous After 40  and click  on The Ultimate Cure for the Dysfunctional Closet DVD from Jojami.  I thought I had my clothes under control, but  Jojami is a closet grand master.  She takes youContinue Reading…

Q & A- Does Soy Cause Breast Cancer?

 October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I thought this is the right time to get the right answer to this question.   For almost as long as I can remember, nuritionists have urged us to  replace red meat with soy.  In  China  its  called the meat without bones and its nutritional profile- high in protein yet  low in  cholesterol-  certainly seemed to justify its place in the good food hall of fame. 

But within recent years there  have  been concerns that the estrogen-like compounds in soy, called phytoestrogens, can trigger estrogen receptors in the breast and  increase risk of breast cancer.    There have  been  a  number of dueling studies, some  finding an increased incidence  of cancer while others that say it actually can lower risk.  These dueling  yes  it does no its doesn’t  studies may be entertaining for researchers, but  for women … Continue Reading…