February 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm , by Nykia Spradley
From “stem cell facelifts” to butt implants some plastic surgery procedures are too good to be true. Here’s board-certified plastic surgeon (and author of In Stitches) Dr. Anthony Youn’s take on the hottest not-so-hot trends in plastic surgery.
AY:The newest craze in cosmetic surgery is stem cell therapy. Some doctors are now injecting the patient’s own stem cell growth factors into and under the facial skin–in hopes of creating a younger, healthier glow. Some cosmetic and plastic surgeons are touting stem cell treatments as cutting edge procedures that promise results far greater than anything we have ever seen in plastic surgery. It’s true that the future of medicine and plastic surgery is stem cells. Unfortunately, the claims of today’s marketing have pushed far ahead of the actual science supporting these cosmetic stem cell treatments. So if you are considering a stem cell cosmetic treatment, two words of advice: buyer beware.
AY: There are two traditional techniques of buttock augmentation used to give women a fuller, rounder look–solid silicone implants and fat injections. The majority of women undergo the Brazilian Butt Lift, where fat is removed from one area of the body (typically the abdomen, hips, or thighs) and injected into the buttocks. Implants are less common, but the only option in women who don’t have extra pockets of fat. While buttock enhancement is growing in popularity, it doesn’t come without risks. There is no shortage of ‘plastic surgery gone bad’ stories, including the woman who died after having tire sealant and cement injected into her buttocks by a phony doctor. More and more physicians, such as Ob-Gyns, ER physicians, and even family docs are practicing outside their specialty training to perform liposuction and buttock enhancement. Without proper knowledge of anatomy and technique, these doctors can leave a trail of botched surgeries and complications.
AY: First and foremost, budget shopping is okay for some things, but not when it comes to your health. It is simply dangerous and irresponsible to purchase a procedure from a doctor you haven’t consulted with or even met! The most important step you can take to protect yourself is education–do your homework! This is especially important when it comes to board-certification. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and make sure your surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Most reputable, skilled plastic surgeons advertise little or not at all, relying on good word-of-mouth to power their practice. Participating in drastic discount deals smacks of desperation. Who wants a desperate surgeon to operate on them?
January 30, 2012 at 5:48 pm , by Nykia Spradley
Believe it or not, we are well into summer mode. When temps are in the 30s you kind of have to be, right? This time of year we’d give anything for the blissful days of bare legs and coral lips, but there has to be some trade off to living in NYC.
Being able to toss our hair up in a top knot without having to worry about fitting a knit hat over it, or showing off a super bright toe nail shade every other day are just a few of our best summer beauty moments.
What are your favorite summer beauty moments?
January 17, 2012 at 4:58 pm , by Nykia Spradley
If you’ve seen the trailer for the much anticipated “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” movie, you’re probably as shocked as us to know that the GORGEOUS woman in the above photo (Rooney Mara) is the actress who plays the movie’s rough and tough main character Lisbeth. The red carpet transformation was so drastic we had to find out how makeup artist Kate Lee did it. And as it turns out, the real magic lies in a little pink sponge called the beautyblender.
STEP 1 Use the beautyblender sponge to apply foundation. Rooney is wearing Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation, a long lasting formula that highlights her nearly flawless complexion.
STEP 2 Then, using the round base of the sponge, add a cream blush to the apples of the cheeks to really accentuate cheekbones.
STEP 3 Swipe on a dark, matte red lipstick, and pat gently with a soft tissue.
STEP 4 Apply two-three coats of black mascara to the top outer lashes only.
December 5, 2011 at 10:05 am , by Lauren Piro
’Tis the season for, well, tons of stuff. Department store circulars crowd our mailboxes (and coupon codes flood our e-mail), the new totally-bigger-than-last-year’s TVs jut dangerously out of car trunks, and gift closets overflow with trinkets for the people you didn’t think to buy for anyway, but “shoot!” those neighborly jerks just brought over bottle of your favorite wine.
Ugh. There has to be a way to feel at least a little better about all of this.
I’m into the “going green” lifestyle, and I like to be pretty discerning about what I put in and on my body and around my home (case in point, after moving into my first grown-up New York City apartment this week, my Seventh Generation cleaning products, Dr. Bronner’s all-in-one soap and BPA-free water bottle were among the first things I unpacked). And because I care about how I live, if I’m going to add to my loved ones ever-growing inventory of stuff yet again this December, it would be great to give gifts with at least some earth-friendly redeeming qualities.
The folks at Origins, a beauty line that promotes its natural ingredients, agree, so they teamed up with eco-tastemakers to lend some easy, green ideas we can all try this holiday season. Their first video, with best-selling novelist Emily Giffin and eco-minded event planner April Trigg, offer the coolest green gifts you can give this year, many of which are made from awesome recycled or reclaimed materials. I especially love the salvaged tin ceiling photo frames April found—they’re perfect for your shabby chic sister.
Watch the video below for the rest of her picks (and get her handy where-to-buy-it list here) and head over to Origins.com with the special code GOODTOGLOW for a surprise at checkout. Want more tips on how to make your holiday a little more green? New videos will arrive each week on Origin’s Facebook page, including eco-chic holiday fashion with designer Vivienne Tam and green holiday decor with interior designer Robin Wilson.
November 28, 2011 at 11:35 am , by Nykia Spradley
Is it just us or do the holidays seem to begin earlier and earlier every year? We’re not complaining, we’ll take any excuse to squeeze in a little shopping–and the ladies behind BeautyBloggers.org have given us even more incentive to open our wallets.
For the next two weeks, as you’re mulling over your gift list, Karla Sugar and a roster of over 60 other beauty bloggers will be hosting their second annual online beauty auction. Proceeds are going to Doctors Without Borders, an organization that provides medical care to people in crisis, regardless of race, religion, or political affiliation.
These beauty mavens have collectively rounded up a pretty impressive collection of products to auction off: a complete set of Peau Vierge skincare from Le Métier de Beauté (retail: $1,100), a mascara wardrobe from Lancôme, a set of “matched luggage” makeup travel bags from Stephanie Johnson, Armani’s mother-of-pearl holiday eyeshadow palette, and tons of other goodies.
So put your clicking finger to good use, someone on your list will appreciate it. Plus, you’ll feel good knowing that your bucks are going to a good cause. Hey, it is the season of giving after all, right? The auction starts today and ends on December 12th.
November 16, 2011 at 10:15 am , by Nykia Spradley
When she’s not giving her fictional co-workers of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce hell, or showing up red heads everywhere, Christina Hendricks is all about doing good. What’s not to love about that?
She’s been up to doing good through her latest partnership with the lash enhancement brand, LATISSE and the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Before the end of November, Christina is encouraging women to help her raise $500,000, which will go to every Make-A-Wish chapter across the country. We caught up with Christina who shared why the challenge means so much to her.
As an actress, how have lashes played into the different characters you’re portrayed?
The 1960s were a time when false eyelashes were widely used. True to the period, all of the female characters wear them on “Mad Men”. I think it amplifies the characters’ femininity.
How did your partnership with LATISSE and the Make-a-Wish Foundation come about?
My lashes have always been thin and light in color, and over time I know they will continue to thin out even more. Not to mention, as an actress, I wear a lot of makeup and false lashes, which has also taken a toll on my lashes. When I was approached by the LATISSE brand about joining a campaign that would support the Make-A-Wish Foundation®, I was delighted to get involved.
Tell us a little bit about the campaign.
I am really proud to be an ambassador for the LATISSE® Wishes Challenge because it contributes to children. Since launching in June 2011, participants have helped to raise more than $380,000, but $120,000 is still needed to meet the campaign goal. As a thank you, donors receive a certificate to try LATISSE for free.
What makes you feel beautiful?
My husband makes me feel beautiful! Some of my favorite beauty secrets are to use moisturizer regularly, get lots of sleep, add a hint of blush and mascara. Ever since I started to use LATISSE, my lashes have grown longer, fuller and darker giving my mascara more to work with.
You’re helping to grant tons of children their wishes, if you had one wish to make, what would it be?
My wish would be to take a year off of work and travel the world!
October 31, 2011 at 1:16 pm , by Nykia Spradley
In the spirit of Halloween we’ve dug up a few of our favorite boo-tiful finds.
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Black Satin, $25
How can a rich and shiny nail polish look anything but glam?
Shea Terra Organics African Black soap, $22
A spoonful of this raw soap powder added to you bath seriously does wonders for skin.
Benefit Benetint Lip & Cheek Stain, $29
Add a splash of color and tap into your vampy side with a blood red elixir that brightens cheeks and lips.