The New No-Nonsense Beauty Tool Kit

Beauty Tool KitIts been two years since I published my first Beauty Tool Kit on No-Nonsense Beauty Blog.   Over time, both my skin and the products  have certainly changed.   As a beauty  junkie, I have to admit it was challenging to pick my  must-haves for a curated collection of skin care  tools, rather  than a large  plastic tub of interesting but not essential  cleansers, moisturizers  and  masks.

This  tool kit of 25 products   meet the needs  of my skin profile — over age 50, sensitive and slightly oily.  I look  first for the least expensive but high quality formulations.  My skin care needs also vary  by season as well as ongoing treatments.  For example, if  I treat my skin to a peel, I will use my mildest cleanser … Continue Reading…

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion-Flash-logoThis  week  it  my turn to  host Fashion Flash!  I am so proud to be part of this group of smart, determined women  who share the  best and latest information in fitness, fashion, health and beauty:

* Josephine of Chic At Any Age shows  how to stay chic and on trend by wearing a “blanket wrap”.

* Fashion blogger Pam Lutell of Over 50, Feeling 40 shares a great new book Style Evolution by Kendall Farr.

* Feeling stressed? Me to! As the holidays approach stress starts to build. Mirabai of Moving Free with Mirabai suggests  some easy exercises to get that stress burden off you  back.

* Besides Ebola, the next biggest media topic this week was the change in Renee Zellweger’s face.  DivaDebbiContinue Reading…

A New Tool to Fight Acne

Acne Acne– it affects more than 90% men and women, but there is   small comfort in numbers when you wake up with new  bright red bump on your face.  And while  acne affects so  many of us, we seem to  react  differently to standard acne plans.   Because  what works  for  you  may not work for  me, I  was so  happy to learn of  an effective  new tool in our anti-acne arsenal.

IlluMask is a light therapy  mask that is backed up with solid science.  The face shaped mask is studded  with mostly blue  LED lights. FDA approved, it targets acne in two ways:

1. It reduces the production of inflammtory  chemicals called porphorins. At its core, acne  is an inflammatory process and any way we can reduce inflammation will interfere with the … Continue Reading…

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion-Flash-logoThis week Barbara of Best of Everything After 50 is hosting Fashion Flash. Last week  she was on Dr Phil and this week ( Tuesday)  she  will on  the Doctors talking about   bladder  issues that is  one of the  silent issues  that  many women face as they get older.  She is also  spokeperson for the national Osteoporosis  Foundation and her series of exercises  on Youtube  are so important  for good bone health She is a courageous and positive voice for women over 50 and I am so proud that she is  part of Fashion Flash.

Fashion Flash Book Review:  Face Value by  Hema Sundaram, MD

Some of the most serious questions  on skin care  that come to  my blog are from South Asian  men and women.  Many deal with the appearance of dark paches that spread and … Continue Reading…

What the Heck is Niacinamide?

Question and Answer logoQuestion:  What is  niacinamide and what can it do for  my skin?   I bought a moisturizer that promised to lighten dark patches.  Then I  read about another product that claimed niacinamide improves acne AND  smooths  fine lines.  Can niacinamide do all of these things?  None of them?

Answer:  Niacinamide  aka nicotinic acid is a form of vitamin B3 (aka niacin).  This vitamin is  essential for healthy skin, nerves and digestion.  Lack of niacin can lead to skin inflammation and nerve damage and over time severe lack of nacin  will lead to pellegra.

On the surface of the skin, niacinamide has a wide range of benefits.  There are   good clinical studies that show nicinamide can reduce inflammation of acne.  In fact a  study  showed that a 4-5% niacinamide gel is as effective as clindamycin in reducing acne– and without the concern  of developing … Continue Reading…

Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion-Flash-logoThis week Mirabai  of Moving Free with Mirabai is hosting Fashion Flash.  These days it seems that all a trainer needs is a  lap top and a smart phone–  no credentials, no experience, no  references needed.  This is why I  have so  much  confidence and  admiration  for Mirabai.  She has more than  four degrees and 20 years of experience.  And what I think  makes her extra special is that  she  still bubbles with   a passion and enthusiasm  for  health and exercise  programs.  Mirabai  has created  fitness programs for children, heart patients, word class athletes, and  new mommies.  She knows   how every bone, muscle and ligaments  works and her science based  yet entertaining  approach  always  works, never hurts.  Check out her site for great advice and videos.  You’ll  thank me.

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Fashion and Beauty Support Breast Cancer Awareness

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month  and the fashion and beauty community is  providing  support in literally hundreds of events and initiatives:

Caner fundraiser from HalsbrookHalsbrook Fund-Raising Pop-Up Store for Cancer Center

In  recent years,  shopping ceased to be fun for me.    Stores seemed to be  packed with clothing that  fit neither my  life nor  my  body.  I could  not find  comfortable, flattering   suits, dresses or shoes that  projected  who I was and what  I did.  Where once I would   stagger home with bags of great  picks,  I often returned home  empty handed.

When I discoverd Halsbrook.com, it was like the mothership calling me  home.  My newest favorite online retailer, Halsbrook   has a beautiful  selection of clothing  for women over  40.  It takes  you from the beach to the boardroom with  … Continue Reading…

Don’t Miss Fall Fashion Event

POSH Fall Fashion SaleLast May I hit the famous POSH sale that offers designer clothing at a fraction of their original price tag.  Its an astonishing fundraiser for the Lighthouse Guild that  has raised millions since it started over 40 years ago.  My haul included a totally Audrey silk  flowered Nina Ricci  dress  ($75) and a six foot beaver scarf by Prada ( $90).  I thought I was going to have to wait a year for another sale but I was  wrong.  This week, POSH will host  its three  day Fall Fashion Sale from October  10-12. Admission is FREE and it will be  held at their east side campus at 110 East 60th Street, between Park and Lexington Avenues. For more info  call 212-821-9300.

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