It’s almost that time of year again: you know, the time when you’re obligated to blow a good chunk of your hard-earned money on your family and friends. If your inner circle is anything like mine, they sure as hell expect something nice. Oven mitts just aren’t going to fly for my mom anymore, and my dad balks in the face of an Office Max fountain pen. I’m not going to lie, buying and giving gifts is hard, mostly because you can’t guarantee that someone will like something unless they’ve explicitly said what they’d want… and where’s the fun in that? For my people, my foolproof gift-buying agenda is to delve into Sephora and not emerge until a) my debit card cracks in half or b) I’ve got something for everyone (whichever comes first). Seriously, male or female, there’s not a single person I know who will deny a body butter in their favorite scent or a luxurious herbal bubble bath. My holiday gift guide stays true to that and regardless of age, gender, or skin type, everybody will be smelling good and feeling even better.
Oh, dichotomous winter. I love your pretty snow, your brisk air, your holidays… but I loathe what you do to my skin, my hair, my lips! You turn my most powerful (ahem) feminine assets from soft, smooth, and silky to dry, breaking, and brittle. What ever shall I do? Keep reading »
It’s the least wonderful time of the year. My skin is dry year-round, but fall and winter are the worst of the worst (as in, before writing this post I went to the ladies’ room to slater on face cream for the second time today). I don’t just have to worry about keeping the skin on my face moisturized (but not greasy!) %u2014 it’s when I suffer chapped, flaky, sensitive skin and pretty much carry lotion on me 24/7 to cope. Keep reading »
Early in the morning is definitely when I’m at my least attractive and I’m sure many readers would say the same. It’s one thing to wake up alone looking like a puffy-eyed mess. But when you’re sleeping over with someone else, that’s another story entirely! Luckily, I have a few pointers on how to wake up looking gorgeous.
Sounds impossible, right? It’s not. Here’s how to start off sexy every morning…
That sound you hear? It’s a stampede to the nearest tanning salon before it’s too late! Tanning will be banned in California for anyone under the age of 18 beginning on January 1. Presently, anyone 14 or younger is banned from tanning, but 15-, 16- and 17-year-olds may toast themselves if they have parental permission. However, there is mounting concern that tanning beds’ UV rays damage growing skin, which puts youth at risk for skin cancer. A Democratic state representative pushed the tanning ban bill and Gov. Jerry Brown signed it into law on Sunday. While some folks — like the tanning bed industry — call the tanning ban an overreaching intrusion of the government into people’s personal lives, keep in mind that France and England ban tanning under age 18 and Brazil bans tanning for everyone.
Do you support California’s ban on tanning under the age of 18? [Orange County Register] Keep reading »