Archive for January, 2011

SAFELY lose 20 lbs in 6 weeks. Seriously!

       
Monday, January 31st, 2011

Eric S Berger BB Blog PhotoThere’s more to looking good than smooth skin, and great hair and makeup. Carrying around an extra 20 pounds can be a real deal killer… especially if you’re obviously self-conscious about your weight.
Yo-yo dieting isn’t a sound solution, either. Forget the fact that it’s frustrating… it’s dangerous. Women whose weight constantly fluctuates, have statistically more heart disease than people with stable weight.
We can also safely ignore the unbelievable TV ads promising, “Lose pounds and inches fast. Order today and receive an extra one month supply, absolutely free!”
Fat burning pills do not work, which begs the question, “How can I safely and effectively lose fat fast?”
It’s really pretty simple. Burn stored fat, instead of food. Here’s the equation:
Calories Burned Minus Calories Eaten Equals Fat Burned
CB-CE=FB
Every time you burn 3,500 calories of fat, you lose a pound. That sounds easy enough, except you’re probably thinking, “If I don’t eat I’ll be really, really hungry!”
Not anymore.
The best diet plan for losing 20 pounds fast, without being hungry and cranky, is HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin). HCG is a water soluble hormone which selectively utilizes the stubborn stored fat in the tummy, “love handles”, butt and thighs.

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Because the process is smooth and continuous your blood sugar stays constant, so you’re not hungry even though you eat very little food.
On average, we actually need about 2,000 calories a day. People taking HCG can eat as little as 500 calories a day, so they burn 1500 calories of fat, instead. That allows them to effectively lose about 3 pounds a week… 15-18 pounds in 6 weeks. It’s simple math.
If you want to lose about 20 pounds safely and rapidly, find a physician who prescribes the 6-week HCG Diet Program. Make absolutely certain you’ll be treated by a physician and followed every week your on the diet.
You be smiling in your bikini by summer!

Corrective measures for pasty skin when landing at your winter getaway destination

       
Monday, January 31st, 2011

Corrective measures for pasty skin when landing at your winter getaway destinationIf you're one of the lucky few escaping from the torrent of winter storms to a warm vacation hotspot this season, consider yourself blessed. You may be arriving at your tropical destination with a less-than-beach-goddess glow, but you'll be hard-pressed to find much reason to complain.

Still, if you want to hit the ground running, here are a few ways to prep your skin for a sudden transition to balmy weather.

One of the safest and most popular ways to get a base tan is to start using self-tanning products a week or two before your vacation. Look for convenient spray bottles or creamy lotion formulas that can be applied evenly for a streak-free complexion – GloMinerals gloBody Bronzer adds a hint of shimmer in addition to a sun-kissed glow.

If you've got any flaws that need covering up, using CoverBlend Corrective Leg and Body Makeup with SPF 18 will help you hide your imperfections and add a natural-looking tan in the process.

Even if you're not necessarily looking to layer on some fake color, you can still bring your pale skin to life with some Michael Kors Leg Shine or Karin Herzog Body Shimmer. These products will give skin a healthy glow while enhancing your natural skin tone.

Five hot nail-polish colors to try this winter

       
Friday, January 28th, 2011

Five hot nail-polish colors to try this winterIt's a safe bet that the only colors we'll be seeing outdoors for the next couple of months are white, gray, and well – more white. But, if you're looking to add to your arsenal of winter-blues-beating tricks, consider trying some of these hot nail polish colors to add a healthy dose of color to everything you touch.

1. Honeysuckle. Beauty analysts have deemed this poppy-colored hue a big hit for 2011, and you can jazz up your nails with Pixi Nail Polish in Red-orange or Sula Paint & Peel Nail Polish in Sorbet.

2. Lilac. Purple is definitely not just for little girls this year, and you'll be surprised at how sophisticated a bright lavender or lilac shade looks on your nails. Try POP Beauty Nail Glam in Lilac.

3. Tangerine, because who doesn't love a zesty pop on their fingers? Go for POP Beauty Nail Glam in Mandarin.

4. A red-tinged black can take dark to a whole new level – see it for yourself with the Lippmann Collection's Nail Lacquer in Ruby Red Slippers.

5. Slate gray. We know it sounds a bit counter-intuitive, but trust us, it'll look startlingly sophisticated. Go for Sula Paint & Peel Nail Polish in Dove.

Celebs spill their beauty secrets

       
Friday, January 28th, 2011

Celebs spill their beauty secretsIt's no secret that women love getting beauty advice from celebrities. After all, looking great is part of their job, why wouldn't we want some of their show-stopping tips?

Luckily for those aching for more insight, People.com recently spoke with a slew of Hollywood's hottest ladies as they dished about their top beauty secrets.

It seems that Whitney Port and Kara DioGuardi, who starred on The City and American Idol, respectively, have more in common than appearing on hit reality shows. Both women confessed that it's imperative to wash your face every night before bed.

According to Julianne Moore, gals should make it a point to protect their complexion.

"[It's] not just putting on sunscreen every single day, but also just wearing a hat, walking on the shady side of the street," the stunning actress told the news source. "That doesn't mean you can't be out in the sun, you just have to be really cautious about it."

While loading up on skin care products may be the way to go, when it comes to makeup, Jennifer Garner swears that less is more.

"My top beauty secret would be don't overdo it. For me, if you have a little concealer, a little mascara, a little blush, you're good to go," the 13 Going On 30 star told the website.

Define your eyes for a fresh-faced look

       
Friday, January 28th, 2011

Define your eyes for a fresh-faced lookWhether you are rocking a bold lip color or want an understated look for a daytime brunch, sometimes it's necessary to refrain from wearing dark eye makeup. However, that doesn't mean that your lids should be naked. Instead, subtly enhance your eyes for a fresh, natural-looking appearance.

According to O magazine, makeup artist Sandy Linter recommends lining your upper lashes with a brown eyeliner, which is less severe than black. Follow with two shades of matte brown shadow – a paler hue on your lid and a deeper tone along your crease.

Next, curl your lashes and apply mascara. For a truly wide-eyed stare, rim your inner lower lid with a brightening pencil. According to Linter, a white pencil is perfect for pale complexions, while those with darker skin should use a golden-beige shade.

Finally, use your pinkie to apply a bit of cream blush (the same that you wear on your cheeks) on your browbone, blending toward your crease. This will complement your cheekbones and add warmth to your face.

Enhance Your Lighter Eye Color

       
Friday, January 28th, 2011

Products Used in This Tutorial

Jane Iredale - Eye Steppes - goBlue

Jane Iredale – Eye Steppes – goBlue

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Glee star talks about his off-camera style

       
Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Glee star talks about his off-camera styleFew shows on television right now are hotter than Glee. The musical comedy won three Golden Globe awards earlier this month and has attracted a slew of famous guest stars, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Neil Patrick Harris and John Stamos.

Recently, the show welcomed a new cast member, Darren Criss, who plays Blaine, an openly gay student at a rival high school. Given Glee's immense success, it's not surprising that Criss is starting to get noticed on the street.

However, Criss may not get recognized as often as one may think, and it's partly due to his beauty routine.

"[On the street] I look very different from my character – he has slicked-back hair, while I have really curly hair," Criss told Interview magazine. "And I never shave. I'm kind of a bum."

Whether a guy wants to play up his natural curls or prefers smoother strands, Jack Black offers a number of products perfect for maintaining any 'do. Jack Black Sleek Finish Texture Cream helps control unruly locks, while the brand's High Definition Hair Pomade provides separation and texture.

Four steps to smoky eyes

       
Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Four steps to smoky eyesWhile smoky eyes are one of the most alluring looks around, some women may be intimidated by the complicated application process. However, makeup artist Sandy Linter recently told O magazine that the perfect smoky eye can be achieved in four simple steps.

According to the news source, start by applying a neutral cream shadow all over the lid and up to the browbone to create a clean, even-toned canvas. Use your finger instead of a wand to avoid a heavy application.

Line your upper lid with a black pencil, staying as close to your lash line as possible. For a smooth finish, Linter advises holding your eyelid taught and drawing dashes along your lash line. Then, use an eyeliner brush to smudge the dashes together to create one, fluid line.

Next, curl your lashes, but don't brush on mascara until after you've applied the shadow. Using a deep violet pigment (which flatters nearly every eye color), dust shadow across the entire lid, applying the most concentrated color at the outside of the lid and lightening the application as you move toward the inner corner.

Remember, when sporting strong eye makeup, keep the rest of your face looking light with little more than a rosy blush and a nude lip gloss.

The perfect winter pedicure

       
Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

The perfect winter pedicureWhile many women only indulge in pedicures during sandal season, treating your feet in the cold months too can be a great pick-me-up. However, a winter pedicure requires a little more TLC than a summertime one.

According to StyleList.com, begin by exfoliating your feet in the shower with a pumice stone, but wait until the end of your shower so that your feet have had ample time to soak (at least five to 10 minutes). Dry off and use a lotion with vitamin E, such as June Jacobs Green Tea and Cucumber Hand and Foot Treatment.

"[Vitamin E is] an antioxidant, so it protects skin from various sources of pollution, UV rays, stress damage, drugs and toxins, all of which can trigger cell-damaging free radicals," nail technician Mara Taskin told the news source. "Plus it just helps keep skin and nails healthy and supple."

You should also look for a treatment that contains glycolic acid, like Exuviance Heel Repair, to remove calluses. Massage cuticle oil into your nail beds and use a cotton-covered orange stick to push back cuticles.

Finally, apply a base coat, two coats of nail polish and a top coat. Taskin recommends using a light-colored lacquer – dark polish is trickier to apply as the slightest mistakes are more noticeable.

The key to youthful looking hands

       
Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

The key to youthful looking handsWhile many women spend time and money on age-defying products for their faces, it's important to take care of your hands. But how should you go about making your hands appear more youthful?

According to Deborah Sarnoff, a clinical professor of dermatology at New York University, it's not that difficult, as long as you use the right products, O magazine reports.

To treat hyperpigmentation (also known as brown spots or age spots), use a bleaching cream to fade the discolored areas. At night, apply a hand cream that contains retinol, such as Dermalogica AGE Smart Multivitamin Hand and Nail Treatment.

Sarnoff reminds women that SPF is not just for your face – or the summer time. She recommends using an SPF 30 sunscreen on your hands year-round to keep new age spots from appearing.

Finally, don't underestimate the best hand protection of all – gloves and lotion.

"Wear cotton-lined or rubber gloves when you're working around the house and leather gloves when you're outside," the publication reports. "And moisturize like crazy."