This is the bible of beauty – I’ve seen this magazine sitting on the shelf at magazine stands, book stores and glanced through it but never purchased it, it looked like just a lot of advertising.

Until I saw Madonna on the cover and  bit the bullet.  I’ve been in love with it ever since – I’m constantly reading New Beauty cover to cover, it’s the most informative magazine out in the market today.  It’s all about women’s health, and self-improvement.

New Beauty explains what products work best for specific beauty issues, and gives you the names of the products that have the best reputation.

It’s a glossary for those of us contemplating surgical procedures and looking for the long-term effect of using age appropriate beauty products, because let’s face it, sometimes we need more than just a good moisturizer. This magazine gets a TEN!


I don’t know about you, but I’m getting age appropriate!

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Sally Hansen

NEW Lip Treatments

I walked into three different Walgreens before I found Sally Hansen’s  lip care collection, and I discovered that Sally Hansen doesn’t just know hands, but she knows lips too!

I learned there were two types of lip treatments – the quick fixes and the more intense treatments that work on improving healthier skin over time.

I bought one from each category.

Line Freeze for lips – this product instantly tightens and smooths lip lines and wrinkles – it’s known as the fast fix!

1) Effect lasts all day

2) Age Correcting Gaba , Elastomers & Vitamins

Although the effect is temporary, with continued use it will improve the overall appearance of your lips!

New Age Eraser Lip Treatment –  I’ve been applying it all weekend and I’m in love! My lips immediately looked plumper and healthier.

1) Corrects signs of aging

2) Improves Firmness, elasticity, Contour and Hyperpigmentation

3) Exclusive Formula, Resta-fill Complex & Vitamin C

You won’t need professional procedures I noticed immediate results and was impressed, I can’t wait to add to my Sally Hansen collection of lip treatments – this product gets a TEN!


NEW Pores no More anti – aging mattifying lotion


Dr. Brandt - New pores no more anti - aging mattifying lotion

Being into beauty products the way I am – I’ve heard about every skincare or makeup line known to man.  I’ve been reading about Dr. Brandt for years and often seen his skincare products lining the shelves at Sephora.

Dr. Brandt is a renowned dermatologist who specializes in innovative skincare treatments that target specific areas, maintaining healthy, radiant and age-less looking skin.

Growing older my skin care concerns have turned to skin resurfacing and adult acne.  I love love love Pores no more anti-aging mattifying lotion.  I immediately saw a huge difference,  my pores disappeared, my skin was clear and radiant.  Pores no more also addresses skin care concerns with adult acne – and keeps skin looking younger over time.  This product gets a TEN!

Pores no more is a skincare collection whose key ingredients include:

Apple Stem Cells – Plant stem cells derived from a rare Swiss apple, maintaining the longevity and activity of stem cells in the skin. Helps delay the natural signs of aging.

Retistar – Stabilized retinol that increases cellular renewal, improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles – making skin appear softer and smoother.

Aquaxyl – Hydrating agent that harmonizes skin’s moisture balance, increases water reserves, limits water loss and improves lipid barrier function.

Alpine Extract – Minimizes the size of pores, controls oil production and prevents inflammation.

Micronized Powder – Provides matte finish, absorbs surface oils.

I’m definitely going to incorporate Pores no more skincare products into my daily routine.  I’m taking the doctor home with me.


Dr. Brandt skincare is available nationwide at

Dr. Brandt skincare available at

~ Rouge Coco ~

True Red - Gabrielle

A French woman knows that a lipstick wardrobe is not complete without RED – as a little girl I idolized Diana Vreeland, the Duchess of Windsor and Coco Chanel.  They were not only stylish and fashionable, they wore red lipstick.  I wore the same shade of red lipstick during my twenties – True Red by Estee Lauder, until it was discontinued.

I had yet to find a red I’m loyal to – until now, This February Chanel unveiled a  hydrating creme lip colour, and  it’s available in 30 shades. Trying on the different shades of red lipstick I felt like a kid in a candy store, so many beautiful colours.

Speaking with Melissa the Chanel Rep I learned there were 5 popular colours of red lipstick, and a shade for every skin tone.

Paris – Blue red

Cambon – Bright red

Vendome – Orange red

Rivoli– Berry red

Gabrielle – True red

I fell in love with Gabrielle, and paired it with lip pencil #24 –  My lips  stayed hydrated and the colour lasted through out lunch time.

Some Key Facts about Rouge Coco:

Plant based – delivers long-lasting color and shine

Provides full coverage – available in matte or pearl to soft shimmer

Creamy light weight texture – softens and conditions lips – creating plumper, smoother and a healthier appearance.

I kept looking in the mirror, pleased with the effect of radiance a good red can deliver.

Rouge Coco gets a TEN!


Chanel Cosmetics sold at Neiman Marcus, Saks, Nordstroms, Bloomingdales and the Chanel Boutique in San Francisco.

Deeeeeep Conditioner

3 minute miracle

With this new economy I’ve had to budget myself – having dry and frizzy hair  forces me to use a hair mask on a daily basis and using Kerastase everyday can get expensive.  I discovered a hair conditioner that received great reviews in Allure magazine a few months ago.        

 Aussie’s 3 minute miracle, it comes in two formulas: Moist and Sydney Smooth.
I alternate using them and love them, they are cost effective and do the job they claim to do – my hair is left soft and silky smooth.  My sisters and I now buy aussie 3 minute miracle in bulk. 
This hair mask gets a TEN!
 Aussie hair products can be found at Walgreens and Target.
 $ 3.24 for an 8oz bottle – what a bargain!

~ Innovating beauty Products ~

By Fresh


My sister Rosemary and I share our indulgence for Fresh products – especially their hand milled soaps.  They foam to a frothy lather, leaving your skin smooth, silky and soft.  One of our favorites is their Nectarine soap – made with shea butter and milk protein.     

It’s hard to have a favorite – there are 15 collections that include both hair care and skin care. Fresh products are indulgent and effective –      

Love Love Love the Sugar Acai and Sugar Blossom – the Sugar Acai has been clinically proven to tone and firm the skin in 4 weeks!  I love anything that holds the promise of firming and toning – my only regret is not having started that process years ago.  It’s never too late –     

another product I fell in love with is the Sugar body oil – leaves your skin soft and it smells yummy.     

Soaps $13 – $14     

shower gels $18.50 – $22.50     

lotions/creams $65     

scrubs $45     

Body oil $45     


310 Sutter street     

San Francisco, CA 94102     


Fresh products also available at Neiman Marcus, Barney’s NY, Bloomingdales

~ Lash Boosting Serum ~

L'OREAL Double Extend Mascara


For months I’ve been reading press about this new mascara.  I’m going to admit I’m a makeup snob, especially when it concerns lipstick and mascara.  I tried Great Lash  and was not thrilled with the results.
I was skeptical – but after reading the article “5 beauty breakthroughs” in MORE magazine I allowed myself to be convinced and gave it a try.
Double Extend mascara glided on my lashes, giving me a natural full lash effect.
I was pleased with the results, although it’s fine for everyday – I plan on using it with my Yves Saint Laurent Faux Cils, especially on date night.
This mascara gets a TEN!
Double Extend Mascara $13.95


Studio Secrets


 I’ve been reading about Loreal’s new studio secrets line for the past month or so and grew disappointed each time I walked into Walgreens and didn’t find it sitting on the shelf.  Visiting my parent’s this past weekend I looked through the new Vogue magazine and noticed a $2 dollar coupon and sample for this magical base I’ve been dying to try. This morning  I sampled the product  and ran to Walgreens –        

I immediately saw the difference in my skin’s appearance, it smoothed my facial lines and minimized my pours.  Lately my skin care concerns have turned more to skin resurfacing – this product really helped create a smoother foundation.  They are right – it is a studio secret and I’m glad I’m looped in.  


Studio secrets magic perfecting base – Get’s a TEN!

~ A New Beauty Magazine ~

I don’t subscribe to every fashion magazine, because sometimes it’s just a treat to pick one up the next time I’m standing in line at the grocery store. 

Wandering around I noticed a new magazine, it was for women of style and substance, what caught my attention was an article on Jennifer Aniston’s Fab look for weekends – having been a fan of hers since the 1990’s I  purchased the magazine. 

Walking home I remembered that I met Jennifer right as her career was taking off – I have been on Team Aniston since and have always admired her choices in clothing and makeup.  She’s on my top ten list of the most fashionable women in the world.  I enjoyed reading the article and looking at the pictures for inspiration. 

MORE magazine also has a section dedicated to women’s health – a must read.

L’OREAL – Paris

Visiting my parents in Tracy, CA is a visit to suburbia and worth the trip, my older sister Wendy is a magazine junkie and subscribes to everything.  I race up the stairs in search of the magazines I don’t subscribe to and go through them at a leisurely pace.  Bonding with my sister began with a copy of Mademoiselle magazine and ice tea. I still remember the afternoon she came home with it – we poured over the magazine, hopeful.

Since then its been out of circulation – but there our other magazines that help fill it’s void.

Going through the issue of Lucky I read about  Loreal’s New Healthy Look – I couldn’t wait to try it and immediately took a trip to Walgreens.  The economy today forces us to cut back on certain expenses and having my hair touched up every six weeks can get expensive.

I tried different brands of do it yourself hair dye applications and the one I was using before was Loreal’s root touch up, which I loved!  However after having tried New Healthy Look I can honestly say my hair  looks more natural, and glossy!!  This product gets a TEN! sign up to receive coupons and beauty consultations.