Friday, March 19, 2010

Taming Tempestuous Tresses

Don’t look now but there go the winter winds and here comes the beginnings of soon-to-be-sultry humidity—you know, the kind that plays havoc with any attempt at a smooth hair style? Pantene has a few tools that can honestly help restore hair’s smoothness and shine. Starting with  Pantene Pro-V Restoratives shampoos, conditioners and treatments--they are created with advanced pro-vitamin formulas that penetrate to the core, and help to fortify the structure of the hair.

Then apply some Frizz Control Ultra Smoothing Balm to help tame unrelenting frizz and flyaways for easy-to-manage, smooth, virtually frizz-free hair throughout the day on either air-dried or heat-styled hair.
Pantene’s products always live up to expectations and these really work beautifully.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Professional Skin Care on Your Terms

If you are thinking of trying the PRO-X line from Olay, you might want to start with the Starter Kit. Pro-X Anti-Aging Starter Protocol is your introduction to the three-part daily program. All products have been designed and professionally tested to re-signal skin to perform more like it did when it was younger.

This introduction to the Olay PRO-X line includes:

Pro-X Wrinkle Smoothing Cream-- designed and professionally tested to smooth uneven textures with moisture, fighting the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

Pro-X Eye Restoration Complex -- designed and professionally tested for the part of your face that shows age the most: the delicate eye area. This specialized treatment hydrates to restore the area to its optimum appearance by improving the look of crow’s feet. Massaging it in reduces excess fluids to diminish dark circles and puffiness.

Pro-X Age Repair Lotion with SPF 30 is designed and professionally tested to help shield your skin from harmful UVA and UVB exposure. This  Primary Solution  hydrates to overcome the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Available separately is the Regenerist Anti-Aging Eye Roller, which uses precision micro-rollers that gently massage in a concentrated, hydrating anti-aging treatment to not only help reduce eye puffiness, but also regenerate skin's appearance to diminish fine lines and wrinkles.  

This feels very nice rolling over the delicate skin around the eyes and it lasts a long time, since there is no waste—just the right amount is dispensed with each application.

You can create the perfect skin care solution for you with the Regenerist line of advanced anti-aging products.

For your body, consider Olay’s Quench Advanced Healing Body Lotion, an intensive, fragrance free lotion with vitamin E & Vita-Niacin. It is non-greasy and helps heal skin's moisture barrier to prevent dry skin from coming back. This fast absorbing lotion provides repairing moisturization to break the cycle of dry skin.

Three products from Olay—not so new but tried and very true. And affordable.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Easy Eye Make-Up Application

 Over the years—our own and time in general—the colors, shades and textures of eye shadows my change, but the basic application technique is the same. As with all make-up, unless you are preparing for a saunter down the catwalk or to be seen from the last row in a theater-- less is always more.

Whether you choose minerals, crème, or powder, it is best to start with a clean, dry eye lid. Use a base if you like. If you curl your lashes, take care of that before you apply the shadow.

Start with the medium shade on the lid itself. Use a light hand—you can always add more later. The darker shade (which can also double as a powder eyeliner if it is not too loose) goes in the crease of the eyelid—where the lid meets the area under the eyebrow. You can add a fillip of darker shade to a small portion of the outer area of the lid, taking care to blend. In fact blending is an important part of the application process. Just under the brow is where the lightest shade is applied, again, with t light hand. Some eyeshadows come in a palette of four shades, allowing you to be more creative. As for what color works best with your eye color, the choice is up to you. Also consider the whole picture—your skin tone and hair color and if you are not sure what shade is best, stay with neutral shades.

As make-up artist supreme Kevyn Aucoin stated in his book The Art of Make-up, “The main principle to bear in mind with eyeshadow (and with the shadowing techniques…) is that dark colors deepen or hollow an area and light colors bring it forward.”

A very helpful and easy to use site with shadow application tips is Covergirl’s  where you can also find the useful application tips for deep-set eyes, wide-set eyes, close-set eyes, for eyeglass wearers, for Asian eyes. Another is from Avon  and, for help choosing a shadow color for your eye color and skin tone, take a look at  Maybelline’s

(thanks to  for the photo)