Thursday, January 26, 2012

Zap Acne with a New Product

I just invested in the Tanda Zap by Tanda, the maker of several different light and pulse therapy products.

I invested in the product because I have been struggling with acne for about 2 years now, and I wanted to purchase a product that would not interfere with my dermatologist's prescriptions.

How It Works:

Tanda Zap uses a blue LED light (like the ones found in spas that treat acne) in combination with a pulse (vibration) at concentrates on the affected area for a 2 minute period.  See the illustration below for how the light kills bacteria

For $49 (which is considerably less than Zeno at $149) you get 1,000 two-minute uses.  You need to treat the affected area with the Tanda Zap 2-3 times per day until the blemish subsides.

I've used it for two days so far and I have already noticed a difference, I had a blemish yesterday that is totally gone today!

You can order direct from Tanda

But the Zap is also available at Sephora (who also carries it in a limited edition pink shade online)

For those with more severe acne problems, there is the Tanda Clear

Which is $195 and has a larger surface area and longer life.

What I Love About This Product:
-It is so easy to use, it auto shuts off after the treatment is done
-It is small, which makes it portable
-It can attach to a key chain, to ensure that you have it with you on the go, whenever a pimple may strike
-The price is so reasonable.  This of it this way, your Insurance Co-Pay for the Dermatologist is probably $25, that equals 2 visits!  So cheap!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Everybody is asking their stylist for "The Kate"

We all remember 1992 when everyone wanted "The Rachel"?!

Well its 2012 and everyone wants the....."Kate"  Middleton that is!

It all started with her engagement photo:

and women flocked to their hair dressers and begged for long blown-out layers and that SHINE!!!  Stylists and designers are reporting that the craze is all over the World, with Kate Middleton's fashion and beauty style being the most requested! 

And you have to admit, she DOES have incredible hair!

Kate's stylist at Richard Ward Hair & Metrospa says that Kate gets regular Keratin treatments from Kerastase

The products (like shampoo) start at $21 and range up to $60 for treatment products

You can find Kerastase at Ulta, and on

Another "New Bohemian" Look

Make Up For Ever, one of my fav brands, is jumping on this "Bohemian Bandwagon" and introducing the "La Boheme" Collection, which is exclusive to Sephora

The collection has 4 products: a collection of baked mineral eye shadows, 2 lipsticks and a deep chocolate brown eye pencil.  The look is bright, but it's modern and still falls into the Bohemian category.

The most exciting piece in the collection is defiantly the eye shadow palette ($39), which is a new direction for this incredible brand, which is the baked mineral shadows

I love the fact that they are wet/dry, which means you can create your own "eyeliner" by wetting an eyeliner brush and rimming the eye with color (see the photo of the model wearing the green shade on her lower lash line)

The lipsticks are a very hydrating and creamy formula

So they are not long wear, but they do keep lips smooth and soft!

And the eyeliner is a matte deep brown (perfect for those that don't like the look of harsh black)

The collection can also be used to create a more bold look too:

test it out at a Sephora store near you!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sneak Peek at What's Next in Fashion

The key word in what is 'next' (read: start rockin the trend this second, because it's on!) in fashion is:


Nina Dobrev (Of Vampire Diaries Fame, and of amazing Green Dress Fame from People's Choice Awards 2012)

tweeted a pic of her preparing for her Nylon magazine shoot yesterday, and the picture says 1000 words about the 'New' Bohemian trend!

Look at the braid in her hair, how 'Native American' and the silver necklace is Aztec meets modern with the bright blue turquoise shirt!  Her makeup looks incredible too, especially the mauve lip color the artist is applying!

I've been seeing this "new Bohemian" trend in the last two weeks popping up, and it is defiantly a look to steal!  It started when Taylor Swift announced that she cut herself bangs on the set of her Vogue Cover, and the young cutie came out looking like a 70s rocker!  Love it!

Complete with floppy hat and the long fringe layers, it screams bohemian chic!

This new trend is a bit



complete with.......finger nail print?!


These looks all mash together to create 2012's New Bohemian, and there is really no wrong way to rock the trend!  The essentials are:

1. Long layers of hair (and bangs if you can stand it!)

2. Native American Inspired Accessories

3. A floppy hat in a modern color like burnt orange or mocha

4. Suede Accessories (Fringe Acceptable!)

5.  "Maxi" length skirts & dresses pull the whole look together

For makeup, hop on the matte trend with chocolate browns and nudes on eyes, with a mauve semi-matte lip - and make sure you use a lengthening and separating mascara to get as much 'fringe' on your lashes (the 70s pat of the inspiration)

I like Too Faced's new line of Natural Beauty kits such "Natural Eye" and "Naked Eye" palettes

There are great shades that can contour the eye (not going full blown smokey eye)

Use a soft blush to define cheek bones, and right now I am in love with this blush called "Frat Boy" by The Balm!  HAHAHA!  What an awesome name!  The product is a creamy powder that gives you a very natural flush!

Finalize your chic 'effortless hippie' look with a mauve lipstick or gloss (not too shiny)

A great long-wear option is Bare Escentuals Pretty Amazing Gloss in "Fearless"

Start wearing this trend as early as mid-February (weather permitting) and well into Spring!  You will start seeing the clothing and makeup trends in this 'natural but chic' look hitting counters as early as next week!  Bobbi Brown and MAC will feature these matte nudes in pre-Spring at their counters.

So, what do you think of this new Bohemian look?

Monday, January 23, 2012

Beat Winter Dryness with this Drug Store Beauty Buy!

I get severe dry, scaly skin when the winter first hits (and you are blasting heat in homes and offices), which is a huge change from my oily skin of summer!  Even my ear lobes are dry!  (imagine that!)

Pick up a tube of Aquaphor - it is the BEST at protecting skin and holding in moisture!  It is also great for sensitive and atopic (read: Eczema) skin!

It has made a huge difference with my hands, nose, chapped lips, and even my pesky dry ear lobes!  Safe for children too!!!