April 24, 2014 at 8:48 am , by Tiffany McHugh
If you’ve opened up your Internet browser at all this week, you probably already know that Emma Stone has been straight up killing it while promoting her latest film, The Amazing Spiderman 2. While we love all of her recent red carpet looks, the vintage-inspired curls and pastel blue eyeshadow Emma rocked in Germany had us completely smitten.
To create Emma’s soft, brushed out tendrils, start by creating a deep side part in your hair and wrapping small sections around a 1-inch curling wand (we love this one by Enzo Milano). You’ll want to wrap these curls in towards your face, even though the motion feels a bit counter-intuitive. When you release the curl, hold the rolled hair in place with your finger and pin it (you can pick up inexpensive curl clamps at your local beauty supply store, or here at Sally Beauty). Work though each layer of your hair until you reach the top, where your final curls should stop about two or three inches from your part. Give the curls about 15-20 minutes to cool completely before you begin to unravel them. After you’ve removed all of the pins, flip your head over and gently run your fingers through your hair. If you still see more coils than you do soft, conjoining waves, run a soft-bristled brush through your hair. Slide a bobby pin above the arch of your eyebrow (depending on which side of your part contains more hair) to secure the look. Set with a light-medium hold hairspray.
If you love Emma’s pastel blue eyeshadow, we’ll show you how to rock a similar look here!
April 23, 2014 at 8:00 am , by Bethany Cantor
Gird your loins, ladies, wedding season has begun! Should you find yourself in the grip of a what-do-I-wear panic, breathe easy. We’re planning to bring you a few different wedding outfit ideas to help this matrimonial melee go smoothly. First up, for a breezy beach wedding we offer you this gorgeous maxi dress. Worn with a long, silky slip it’s the epitome of glam without the fuss. The floaty material will keep you cool while the gold accessories add a dressy feel. We just had to throw in that iridescent bag, too, a girl’s gotta have a wow factor! Once the wedding is over, ditch the slip and wear this over your bathing suit while you preside over the poolside festivities. Two looks for one!
April 21, 2014 at 3:27 pm , by Kayla Becker
When I heard that ob-gyn Lauren Streicher, M.D., a trusted member of our hard-working LHJ Medical Advisory Board, had written Love Sex Again, I wrote it off as a book for an older crowd—definitely not for a 20-something like me. But when I met with Dr. Streicher, a super energetic woman who has been the go-to person on sexual health for Dr. Oz and The Today Show, her enthusiasm won me over. I was surprised at how much I learned and how interested I was in what she had to say. Because let’s face it—she’s one of the few candid voices actually talking about this stuff.
In the book, which comes out this week, she covers topics such as how your hormones affect your sex life, what to do when sex is painful, how to re-spark your libido and how to improve your orgasms. She puts words to things you didn’t know you had and offers solutions to problems that are common. Her personable, humorous tone makes the book fun to read, and it’s useful, whether you’re in your 20s or your 70s. Here are three things from the book that grabbed me most.
WHAT 20-SOMETHING KAYLA LEARNED
1. Not many women are talking about their sexual problems.
Even though 100 million women in America have troubles in the bedroom (at all ages), very few talk about it—not even with their doctors. And even if they are seeing a physician, the doctor generally won’t bring it up. When surveyed, almost 42 percent of women said their doctor never asked about sex or libido. Dr. Streicher says it’s time to speak up!
2. Endometriosis can affect you (and your sex life) when you’re young.
The disease, which is often misdiagnosed, can be genetic and start at birth. In fact, 52 percent of teen girls with severe chronic pelvic pain had surgically proven endometriosis. It was news to me that this health problem didn’t just start later on in life. It reminds me of the popular article LHJ published recently about a woman who suffered from endometriosis for 20 years without being diagnosed!
3. The HPV vaccination is safe after age 26.
Because the HPV vaccination Gardasil is only FDA-approved for ages 9-26, I thought for years that it was unsafe after that time. In reality, age 26 is the cutoff not because it’s dangerous, but because the FDA has determined it doesn’t have a high enough cost benefit. Most women don’t ask for the vaccination because they think they’re too old for it, but Dr. Streicher says she gives the vaccine to anyone who asks. So if you’re, say, divorced and starting to date again, you should ask your doctor about it. The HPV virus can lead to several types of cancer, including oral. Just be prepared to pay, since your insurance probably won’t cover the cost.
I asked a friend in her 50s what she found most compelling from the book.
WHAT 50-SOMETHING JULIE LEARNED
1. Your sexual organs can atrophy?
Of course I’d heard that the drop in estrogen during perimenopause can cause your sexual desire to plummet, but I’d never heard about vulvovaginal atrophy. Lack of estrogen changes the pH so you have less lubrication and less protection from infections, as well as dryness, burning, itching and pain. No wonder so many women my age don’t feel like having sex! Yes, systemic hormone therapy can help. And we now know that new lower doses and different formulas are safer for many women (although there still are risks). But with local vaginal estrogen, via cream or a ring, only a tiny amount is absorbed into your system and can restore your lubrication and elasticity to more like your younger self within a few weeks. And yes, you do have to use it or lose it!
2. STDs… they’re not just for young people!
For some reason, we seem to think that 20-year-olds have more to worry about when it comes to sexually transmitted infections. There are more than 50 of them floating around out there; syphilis and chlamydia, for example, are skyrocketing in those over 55. And 80 percent of adults will have been exposed to HPV by the time they’re 60. “So many times my patients say, ‘I’m not worried… he’s a really nice guy,’ says Dr. Streicher. “I’ve got news for you. Sometimes the nice guys are the ones most likely to have an infection. Face it: Creepy guys usually have a harder time getting someone to sleep with them.”
3. Where is the women’s version of Viagra?
Women’s sexual function and desire are just more complicated than men’s. “Even if someone does discover the perfect pill to keep women lubricated, interested and highly orgasmic,” says Dr. Streicher, “the chance that the FDA will approve that pill before our daughters are grandmothers is extremely small.” So what till then? Dr. Streicher says some women with low libido benefit from small doses of testosterone, which can be prescribed off-label. A good lubricant can help a lot, too (or vaginal estrogen; see above). Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor.
April 15, 2014 at 8:00 am , by Bethany Cantor
Just in case you needed a good deed to justify your beauty shopping, the teams at QVC and CEW (Cosmetics Executive Women) are partnering for the Beauty with Benefits campaign to raise funds for Cancer and Careers.
Cancer and Careers empowers, educates, and provides essential tools to people with cancer so they can thrive in the workplace.
The campaign features a PSA by actress Tiffani Thiessen and a two-hour fundraiser on QVC on Thursday, April 17th at 8pm.
“Cancer in the workplace is so prevalent yet it’s an issue that rarely gets discussed,” said Thiessen. “I am excited to work with QVC and CEW to support such a worthy cause. I love that I get to use a fun thing like makeup to shed light on such a powerful message.”
During the two-hour live event viewers will be able to shop products from 19 prestige beauty brands including Fresh, bareMinerals, Philosophy, and more. (The items will also be available online)
For this initiative, 80 percent of the purchase price of donated merchandise will benefit Cancer and Careers, a charitable program established by the Cosmetic Executive Women foundation.
April 10, 2014 at 8:00 am , by Tiffany McHugh
Glee songstress Naya Rivera looked bright-eyed and beautiful at a party in West Hollywood earlier this week. Her fuss-free blown back hair (a 90’s trend that is making a big comeback) gave way to her stunning eye makeup and glowing complexion.
One thing that makes Naya’s almond-shaped eyes stand out even more than usual is the subtle trace of purple eyeshadow you see around the inner corners of her eyes. To get a similar look, we recommend smoothing on a layer of your favorite foundation, followed by a peach blush (we love Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Peach Satin). Dust an illuminating highlighter down the bridge of your nose and over your cheekbones for some additional glow and definition. To start your eye makeup, we recommend using an eyeshadow stick to coat your lid (try Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Amethyst), and then dusting a powder eyeshadow on the inner third part of your lid (try Urban Decay Cosmetics Eye Shadow in AC/DC). Follow by tracing a thin line along your top and bottom lashes, smudging it a bit with your finger or a q-tip (for a dramatic look like Naya’s, line your upper and lower waterlines with the same black liner). Finish by swiping on a nude lip gloss and a few coats of mascara.
Are you a fan of Naya’s purple eyeshadow? Check out our Bold Eye Makeup for Real Women slideshow!
April 8, 2014 at 10:55 am , by Ladies' Lounge
On joining Fox & Friends after leaving The View…
It was like going from hanging out with your sisters to playing catch with your brothers. I don’t think I am or will ever be the best at what I do but I try really hard. My parents gave me the freedom to pursue passions and take sensible risks.
Getting up at 2:45 A.M. for my job…
I don’t even put one foot out of bed without reaching for my concealer. I have concealer everywhere: in my coat pocket, on my nightstand, in my car. The alarm goes of, I hit snooze. I feel for my concealer and I feel for my glasses. I put the concealer on and I’m ready to start my day.
My first date with my husband [former pro quarterback Tim Hasselbeck]…
We met when we were students at Boston College. We got locked out of the dorm we both lived in. There was nowhere to go, so we sat up against a bike rack and fell asleep holding hands. That first date lasted 14 hours. It wasn’t magical—we had our backs up against a metal bike rack!—but it felt strangely comfortable.
What I learned from being on Survivor in 2001…
I don’t like to fish. I don’t like being out in the wilderness. I don’t want to be with an animal that doesn’t have a cute name or an owner. I went in thinking I was tough and I found out I wasn’t tough at all. But I learned that facing your weaknesses can make you stronger.
The biggest misconception about me…
That I’m super-organized and type A. I’m a wannabe type A. I don’t even see the messes I make. Right now I probably have an apple rotting at the bottom of my bag.
Interview by Kate Meyers
Photo courtesy of Fox News
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