Green and crystelline, peridot is reputed to protect wearers against nightmares, and bring both power and influence All good news, but peridot is also fabulous for its glorious yet affordable glorious color. Peridot ranges from pale green to deep olive and was often used in crowns as faux emeralds. At $35/carat it delievers the green of uber precious emeralds for a fraction of the price ( FYI one carat of Columbian emeralds clock in at $700).
Most peridot comes from Arizona, but there are also good supplies from China and Pakistan. It is also one of those rare jewels( like pearls) that is flattering for practically any skin, eye and hair combinations. While it is used in bracelets and pins, it really comes into its own in a pair of earrings. if … Continue Reading… →
Question: I’ve been using a 1% retinol serum, 15% vitamin C serum for my face and another 5% vitamin c serum for my eyes for two weeks and now my skin is a mess! It’s red, peeling, super dry and wrinkled. It even hurts when I wash my face and put on sunscreen. I’m so scared and don’t know what to do.
Answer: These are strong and genuinely effective formulations, but you overdid it a bit. According to the wizard of Park Avenue, Dr Albert Lefkovits, stop using all current products. He recommends soothing the skin with a milk compress. Soak a man’s hankerchief in a mixture of 1/4 cup milk and 1/4 room temperature cup water, wring it out a bit and apply it to face and neck. Wash your face with a super gentle cleanser like Cetaphil … Continue Reading… →
This week my favorite fashionista Diva Debbi is hosting Fashion Flash. There is reason that she has more than 12,000 Polyvore followers. Her eye for color , shape and texture comes through in her amazing style posts. With fall hard upon us, I can’t wait to see what she has created for colder weather.
Fashion Flash Book Review: Dropping Acid– the Reflux Diet Cookbook and Cure
My BFF from college never smoked, but when she turned 50, Annie developed a chronic cough that never went away. A non-smoker she has tried the usual medications for asthma, but nothing really seemed to work. When she asked my pulmonologist husband for help, he suggested she … Continue Reading… →
I first “met” skin and heath care expert Dr Gayelord Hauser in a dusty junk shop where I picked up a copy of his 1951 best seller, Treasury of Secrets. His clear writing and positive attitude was addicting and I trolled old bookstores to find his other out of print books. ( This was before Amazon, way before).
Dashingly handsome, Dr Hauser was a European nutritionist who promoted the idea of “living foods”– unprocessed fruits, vegetables, low fat dairy and even meat. He was certainly not the first natural health guru. There have been self-styled diet experts who recommended a wide range of supplements, magic foods, and exercise programs and equipment. But Hauser was the first who made the link between a … Continue Reading… →
This week Jodell of Black Cat Plus is hosting Fashion Flash. This terriffic plus size site is living proof that style has no size. I love how Jodell explains how to enjoy top trends at any shape and age. Jodell is also a committed activist against fat shaming and discrimination and I am so proud to know and work with her.
Fashion Flash Beauty Icons
This week I got an invitation from HSN to join their “Skinspiration” discussion that explored the beauty icons that ifluenced me. I have so many that it is hard to pick just one. I love the style and highlights of Jennifer Aniston’s hair. I admire her casual All-American style during the day and her … Continue Reading… →
RIght now I have two top passions– honest skin care and watching Shark Tank every Friday night. For those who may not yet be addicted, Shark Tank is a competition where aspiring entrepreneurs seek to partner with self-made billionnaires like Mark Cuban ( Yahoo, owner of Dallas Maverick’s) Barbara Corcoran ( real estate magnate ) and Daymond John ( brilliant founder of Fubu fashions). I usually find competition shows banal and mean inspirited, but each week I am blown away by the originality and intelligence of these uber successful moguls.
When I discovered that three Shark Tank winners were exhibiting their products at Cosmoprof in Las Vegas it felt like the mothership was calling me home. While there are literally hundreds of new products at this international beauty show, the Shark Tank products were truely unique:
This week Cindy of Prime Beauty is hosting Fashion Flash.Before I discovered Prime Beauty I had boxes of lipsticks, foundations, bronzers, and mascaras that failed to deliver for me. This site changed my failure/success rate with new make-up choices. Cindy does the heavy lifting, testing each one and providing in-depth analysis of fragrance, texture and color. The ads promise so much that its easy to get drawn in. Prime Beauty gives me much better info to make good beauty purchase decisions.
Fashion Flash Book Review: Cuisine Sante by Christopher Buey
I recently reviewed Afro Vegan by Bryant Terry which offered meat-free versions of African and Carribean cuisine. It beautifully captured the flavors of the original cuisine but with a fraction of the fat and calories. I wondered if there was an equivalent book that did the same for traditional french recipes. When I had tried myself to simply to cut back on the butter, cream, bacon and salt on french cookbooks, the meals just didn’t taste French. When I found Cuisine Sante in a quirky second hand book store in upstate New York, I was inspired to try again.
The book genuinely drills down into the subject. It starts with clear, well illustrated photos for techniques like filleting a fish, boning a chicken and prepping vegetables in traditional french style. It offers recipes for stocks with full flavor yet lower sodium levels by compensating with additional seasoings like ginger and mushrooms. For creamy dishes, Cuisine Sante substitues Greek yogurt for heavy cream and exchanges olive oil for butter in braised dishes. I love carot soup but it usually is packed with butter and cream. I love a true rich quiche but the fat and calorie count is truely scary. I’ve tried making a low fat version but they were watery and bland. The Cuisine Sante version cuts calories by “sauteing” the onions in a mixture of wine and thyme until lightly carmelized and mixing a bit of cream with skin milk for the custard. The result? Even better than the original.
I wish that Cuisine Sante provided nutritional breakdown of their recipes. Cuisine Sante does not consider their recipes diet food, but healthier versions of beloved french meals, but I really like to know what I am eating. Some of the recipes are time consuming and others are technically challenging. But there are many simple yet hearty dishes like glazed pork loin, ratatouille, “creamy” carrot soup which allow me to both eat French and wear French.
Question: Sunscreens are always the last step of your treatment plans. I hear what you are saying, but sunscreens make my skin breakout– and I’m 34! And if I spend time in the sun, my skin actually clears up and looks geat. Could I be allergic to sunscreens?
Answer: I hear you too!. For years I found that sunscreens didn’t so much prevent a sunburn as they triggered more breakouts. Turned out that many sunscreens contain ingredients that provoke acne. Most contain oils, waxes, and polymers that clog pores. Others have chemical sunscreens like oxybenzone and homosalate that are irritants– and over age 30 acne is often provoked by inflammation rather than excess oils. To get the benefits of a sunscreen without problems, look for oil free physical sunscreens formulated with zinc oxide or titanium oxide. Mineal based powdered … Continue Reading… →