Anti-Aging Success News!

It seems that the scientific community has made yet another anti-aging breakthrough with regards to skin care. Recently researchers at the University of Geneva in Switzerland (the Swiss seem to always be on the cutting edge of this kind of research…nice watches, too), found that hyaluronate (aka hyaluronic acid and sodium hyaluronate) can reverse skin atrophy (aka aging).

As you age, the thickness of both the epidermis (outter layer of skin) and dermis (layer of skin that contains collagen, elastin and blood supply that feeds the skin) decrease dramatically. By the time you reach the age of 80, you lose a significant amount of the collagen and elastin (hence, sagging skin) and the epidermis can thin by as much as half! The article noted, “No-one knows why skin atrophy occurs, but it is becoming more common as people live longer, and there is no effective treatment for it.” Scary, huh?

Well, enter the Swiss scientists. A topical application of HAFi (hyaluronate) for one month caused skin thickening and clinical improvement people with “skin atrophy.”The collagen, elastic fiber, and blood vessel content of the dermis also increased in treated patients.

Hurray! Where can we obtain this magic cure, you ask? Well, it’s not magic. The article noted that there was virtually no effect on “normal” skin, so unless you’re say age 40+, I’m not sure if hyaluronate will do anything for you. The good news here is that it won’t harm you, either, so…your call. Plus, hyaluronate is widely available (both inexpensively and very expensively) in many skin care creams, treatments and primers.

GirlPaint’s favorite sources of hyaluronate are:

photos courtesy of World of Stock (worldofstock.com)

E.L.F.: Fur Free in More Ways Than One

Support beautiful brows and the Humane Society in one fell swoop when you purchase E.L.F.’s Professional Tweezer Set...and for only $5.

E.L.F. Professional Tweezers aren’t those cheap, “off the shelf” tweezers, either. These are honest-to-goodness pro-quality. A nice, sharp, slanted edge….good weight; and they come in a cute, little custom-made, snap-close pouch.

Brow Grooming Tips
Eyebrows are usually the most neglected part of a person’s face and yet they are the most important feature on a person’s face. They tell people a lot about you. When they are properly tweezed or glued down, they help to balance facial features. They draw attention to the eyes like a picture frame for the eyes and they are never noticed. If they are improperly tweezed they draw attention to themselves. They give the face an unbalanced and can give the face a character from a comic book. Groom your eyebrows and you will look well polished.

  • Align a long handle brush with the side of the nose and the inside corner of the eye. This is where the brow should begin
  • Align brush with the edge of the nostril and the outside corner of the eye. This is where the brow should end.
  • Align your brush with the beginning and the end of both brows. The brow should begin and end on the same level.
  • Align your brush with the outside rim of your iris (the coloured part of your eye). This is where the arch should be.
  • The brow should be one thickness from beginning to end, tapering slightly at the end. Align your brush handle with the highest points of both brows to indicate this.
Fixing Problem Brows
  • Thick Brows are identified by the stray hairs that grow down into the crease area of the eye lid. This closes the space between the brow and the crease, consequently, making the eye appear smaller and closed.
  • Brows That Are Too Long are identified by the stray hairs that grow down the outer corner of the eyebrow. This creates the illusion of drooping eyes. It changes the whole face and creates a very sad or melancholy look. It also makes the eyes appear older.
  • One Brow Look or Unibrow can be identified by the stray hairs that grow across the bridge of the nose. This gives the illusion of having one eyebrow over two eyes. It creates a very stern, unpleasant and angry look. This also makes the eyes look close set.
  • Brows that have a rounded or too high of an arch. These can be identified by the excessive space from the crease to the brow. This creates a quizzical or a stunned appearance. It also gives the illusion of a permanent frown line and makes the eyes appear to be smaller.

And now for the Kissing part….

Although many sources say that kissing under the mistletoe is a purely English custom, there’s another, more charming explanation for its origin that extends back into Norse mythology. It’s the story of a loving, if overprotective, mother.

The Norse god Balder was the best loved of all the gods. His mother was Frigga, goddess of love and beauty. She loved her son so much that she wanted to make sure no harm would come to him. So she went through the world, securing promises from everything that sprang from the four elements–fire, water, air, and earth–that they would not harm her beloved Balder.

Leave it to Loki, a sly, evil spirit, to find the loophole. The loophole was mistletoe. He made an arrow from its wood. To make the prank even nastier, he took the arrow to Hoder, Balder’s brother, who was blind. Guiding Holder’s hand, Loki directed the arrow at Balder’s heart, and he fell dead.

Frigga’s tears became the mistletoe’s white berries. In the version of the story with a happy ending, Balder is restored to life, and Frigga is so grateful that she reverses the reputation of the offending plant–making it a symbol of love and promising to bestow a kiss upon anyone who passes under it.

story courtesy of Candlegrove’s Ancient Origins

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

May your celebration of the season of holidays draw deep from the abundant joy, fierce hopes and enduring traditions of all of our ancestors. –Unknown

A Merry Christmas to everybody! A Happy New Year to all the world! –Charles Dickens

Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living! –Amanda Bradley

For somehow, not only at Christmas, but all the long year through, The joy that you give to others is the joy that comes back to you. –John Greenleaf Whittier

photos of Santa Fe courtesy of Woody Galloway, Galloway Images

Hydro Proof Makeup: Makeup for the Digital Age

Airbrush is the future of cosmetics…and it’s the “now” of cosmetics used for television (especially HDTV format) and film. If you have ever longed for a flawless finish, airbrushing and Kett can deliver. It takes a little practice, and it’s expensive, but when did that ever discourage us? I mean we’re all spending upwards of $150 an ounce for face creams, so why not invest in our makeup, too? And if we’re going to spend, why not end up with results that look absolutely perfect?!

all images courtesy of Kett Cosmetics

Kindness is Beautiful…Cruelty is NOT

HelpingAnimals.com
Don’t want to leave your armchair to help protect our furry friends? No problem!
* Write to the producer of any program in which characters abuse or ridicule animals, and dash off a letter to the TV network that airs the show as well.
* Pen a brief letter “with a point” to the editor of a newspaper that runs an ad for a fur sale.
* Call the sponsors of upcoming entertainment events that use animals, such as circuses and rodeos (look for ads in your local paper).
* Include a PETA leaflet with every bill you pay, and place an animal rights sticker on the outside of the envelope.
* Ask your child’s teacher to stop keeping animals in the classroom or requiring the students to dissect.
* Show your hairdresser some of the many great beauty products that aren’t tested on animals.
* Ask for more vegan options at local restaurants and grocery stores.
* Include an animal rights quote or—better—Web link to a video in your e-mail custom signature.
For more ideas on how to help click here.

The following cosmetics companies manufacture products that are tested on animals. Some of the names on the list may surprise you…I must admit I was very surprised.

GirlPaint encourages you to reach out and contact these organizations and politely implore them to cease all animal testing and to ban animal testing activities altogether; encourage them to spend their considerable resources on saving animals and researching better cosmetics testing methods. It could be the best gift you give some defenseless mouse, pig, dog, cat, ferret, sheep or other wonderful and deserving animal.

Chesebrough-Ponds (Fabergé, Ponds, Vaseline), 800 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632; 800-743-8640; www.pondssquad.com

Church & Dwight (Aim, Arm & Hammer, Arrid, Brillo, Close-up, Lady’s Choice, Mentadent, Nair, Orange Glo International, Pearl Drops), P.O. Box 1625, Horsham, PA 19044-6625; 609-683-5900; 800-524-1328; www.churchdwight.com

Clairol (Aussie, Daily Defense, Herbal Essences, Infusium 23, Procter & Gamble), 1 Blachley Rd., Stamford, CT 06922; 800-252-4765; www.clairol.com

Colgate-Palmolive Co. (Hills Pet Nutrition, Mennen, Palmolive, SoftSoap, Speed Stick), 300 Park Ave., New York, NY 10022; 212-310-2000; 800-221-4607; www.colgate.com

Coty (Adidas, Calvin Klein, Davidoff, Glow, The Healing Garden, JOOP!, Jovan, Kenneth Cole, Lancaster, Marc Jacob, Rimmel, Stetson), 1325 Ave. of the Americas, 324th Fl., New York, NY 10019; 212-389-7000; www.coty.com

Cover Girl (Procter & Gamble), One Procter & Gamble Plz., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-983-1100; 800-543-1745; www.covergirl.com

Del Laboratories (CornSilk, LaCross, Naturistics, New York Color, Sally Hansen), 178 EAB Plz., Uniondale, NY 11556; 516-844-2020; 800-952-5080; www.dellabs.com

Helene Curtis Industries (Salon Selectives, Thermasilk, Unilever), 800 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632; 800-621-2013; www.helenecurtis.com

Johnson & Johnson (Aveeno, Clean & Clear, Listerine, Lubriderm, Neutrogena, Rembrandt, ROC), 1 Johnson & Johnson Plz., New Brunswick, NJ 08933; 732-524-0400; 800-526-3967; www.jnj.com

Lever Bros. (Unilever), 800 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632; 212-888-1260; 800-598-1223; www.unilever.com

L’Oréal U.S.A. (Biotherm, Cacharel, Garnier, Giorgio Armani, Helena Rubinstein, Lancôme, Matrix Essentials, Maybelline, Ralph Lauren Fragrances, Redken, Soft Sheen, Vichy), 575 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10017; 212-818-1500; www.lorealcosmetics.com

Max Factor (Procter & Gamble), One Procter & Gamble Plz., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-983-1100; 800-543-1745; www.maxfactor.com

Mennen Co. (Colgate-Palmolive), 191 E. Hanover Ave., Morristown, NJ 07960-3151; 973-631-9000; www.colgate.com

Neoteric Cosmetics, 4880 Havana St., Denver, CO 80239-0019; 303-373-4860

New Dana Perfumes, 470 Oakhill Rd., Crestwood Industrial Park, Mountaintop, PA 18707; 800-822-8547

Noxell (Procter & Gamble), 11050 York Rd., Hunt Valley, MD 21030-2098; 410-785-7300; 800-572-3232; www.pg.com

Olay Co./Oil of Olay (Procter & Gamble), P.O. Box 599, Cincinnati, OH 45201; 800-543-1745; www.oilofolay.com

Pantene (Procter & Gamble), One Procter & Gamble Plz., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 800-945-7768; www.pantene.com

Pfizer (BenGay, Desitin, Listerine, Lubriderm, Plax, Visine), 235 E. 42nd St., New York, NY 10017-5755; 212-573-2323; www.pfizer.com

Physique (Procter & Gamble), One Procter & Gamble Plz., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 800-214-8957; www.physique.com

Playtex Products (Banana Boat), 300 Nyala Farms Rd., Westport, CT 06880; 203-341-4000; www.playtex.com

Procter & Gamble Co. (Clairol, Cover Girl, Crest, Gillette, Giorgio, Iams, Max Factor, Physique, Tide), One Procter & Gamble Plz., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-983-1100; 800-543-1745; www.pg.com

Sally Hansen (Del Laboratories), 178 EAB Plz., Uniondale, NY 11556; 800-645-9888; www.sallyhansen.com

Schering-Plough (Bain de Soleil, Coppertone, Dr. Scholl’s), 1 Giralda Farms, Madison, NJ 07940-1000; 201-822-7000; 800-842-4090; www.sch-plough.com

SoftSoap Enterprises (Colgate-Palmolive), 300 Park Ave., New York, NY 10022; 800-221-4607; www.colgate.com

Suave (Unilever), 800 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632; 212-888-1260; 800-782-8301; www.suave.com

Unilever (Axe, Dove, Helene Curtis, Lever Bros., Suave), 800 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632; 212-888-1260; 800-598-1223; www.unilever.com

Get the Look…Fabulous Eyes for New Years

This past year, Christina Aguilera has really come into her own. Her voice is unquestionably one of the best in the biz, but her “look” has suffered some questionable periods over the years. Well she has so completely redeemed herself…and I decided to recreate this look–especially the “forties fabulous” eye.

I started by using Paula Dorf 2 + 1 for Brows Red (I’m a brunette, but I find that most brow powders designed for brunettes are way too stark and heavy-looking). Using a stiff, angled brow brush, I brushed just a little of the lighter, taupe powder into my eyebrows. Just enough to fill in any “empty” spots and add shape. Then I used my brow brush to remove any excess. Use the clear wax included in kit to set the color and keep everything in place.

Next, liner. Liquid liner. Black liquid liner. Now, don’t be scared. You can do this. The absolute best liquid liner I’ve found is Blinc Kiss Me Liquid Eyeliner. It goes on lickety split and if you make any “oopsies,” it doesn’t dry so fast that they can’t be fixed with the pointed edge of a cosmetic q-tip. Only line the top lid (lining the bottom is fine, but it’s not for this look) and take the line just past the lash line to give it more of a “kitty cat eye”. Beautiful! And if you don’t get it right, this is truly one of those applications where practice makes perfect. $24

Next up: eye shadow. I used the lightest shade of my Amuse Muse4 Palette on my brow bone and on my lid, pressed on with a broad, flat shadow brush. In the crease, I very lightly brushed the coppery-brown shade from the same palette. Blend, blend, blend. Then, on a small shadow brush or on the tip of your finger (I prefer to use my pinkie finger because of the control it gives me), I use a dab more of the lightest shade on the inner corners of my eyes. The shimmer is just lovely. $18 mirrored palette includes 6 shadows, 2 blushes and applicators

Lastly…lashes. THE most important step in the application is the lashes. First, you must prime! Again, I will always use Blinc Lash Primer(I’m a contact lens wearer so it’s my best option!). One coat or two (or three or four), depending on the amount of “plump” you want. (Added benefit: Blinc Lash Primer conditions your lashes while you wear it!). $16

Follow the primer with two coats of Blinc Kiss Me Mascara. I used black. Is there really any other color? Okay, sure there is, but for this look, black is best. One note: don’t let Blinc Mascara dry between coats or you’ll get some clumpies…yuk. $24

Last step: Curl your lashes. I know, I know. All the pro’s out there are screaming, but with Blinc you CAN curl your lashes AFTER you apply your mascara. I do it all the time and I get a better curl and a better mascara application! So pull out your little electric eyelash curler or your old-fashioned eyelash-press curler, but you gotta curl, curl, curl.

Voila! Fabulous eyes.

Christina’s photo courtesy of Entertainment for You (EFU)

Mark Me Down for Eyeko

Yesterday in “Recommended Gifts to Keep You Lovely,” I featured Eyeko’s Fruity Felt Lip Pens. These fun “markers for your mouth” offer a highly pigmented formula that lasts all day.

Well, yesterday afternoon, my sweet hubbie and I were headed out for a nice, long afternoon hike, and before we left (and just in case we happened to bump into Russell Crowe–he’s filming a movie in town–I NEVER, EVER leave the house without a little sumpin-sumpin’ on my face), I grabbed my Pink Eyeko Lip Pen and drew some color across my cheeks, rubbed in to blend and headed out the door. Incidentally, the color was the just-right shade of healthy, glowy pink, making me look like I just pinched my cheeks…tres Scarlett O’Hara.

Last night, I started my nightly skincare routine and just before throwing on my facial cleanser, I examined my face and realized that the Eyeko Lip Pen color glow was still there…just as perfect as it was several hours earlier (and remember, I applied this before a lengthy, rigorous hike!). I must say I was amazed! And very impressed…can you imagine the perfect cheek color–the one that appears to emanate from within–and it lasts all day? Well, I’m sold, and I vow to never be without one of these portable pens. The size of Eyeko’s Fruity Felt Lip Pens is great for popping in your purse or your pocket and they can go with you anywhere. A great stocking stuffer at $16! Available at CherryCulture.com

Many thanks to Michael at CherryCulture for the generous samples

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You’re Sexy and Slinky!

Glam.com asks, "What kind of sexy are you?" After answering the three indepth questions to find out what kind of sexy I am, it turns out I’m "Sexy and Slinky."

"You truly love being a woman. Whether at the office or a dinner party, you play up all your best assets without apology. You’re a free spirit and independent with a will of your own. You’re entirely comfortable with yourself, and people find you completely irresistible and intoxicating."

How true, how true. And according to Glam.com, I’m all about Guerlain…guess what, they’re RIGHT! I love the Loose Powder Kohl for eyes and Insolent is one of my all-time favorite fragrances–very grown up and wearing it makes me feel tingly-sexy (that’s really sexy, ya’ll). Maxi-lash is a great mascara, clean, no clumps and reasonably priced (although I must admit I rarely wear anything other than Blinc, in black of course). KissKiss Lipstick is one of those sultry colors that looks really fabulous with a very clean face (porcelain…matte), little-to-no blush, a swipe of liquid black eyeliner. I have never tried Guerlain’s Terracotta Fresh Bronzing Gel…but, heck, I’m game. If anyone has tried it, I’d love to hear what you think.

Have a Sexy Holiday season! Don’t forget to include Glam, Guerlain and of course, GirlPaint.

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