Archive for October, 2010
Don’t Be Scared!
Sexy Halloween costume’s are popular, but they don’t leave much to the imagination.
Our tricks and treats will make you “bootiful” before your Halloween Party.
Trick: Cellulite or belly bump.
Velashape is used to treat cellulite and for circumference reduction. There isn’t any down time so you can go out immediately post treatment. For best results a series of weekly treatments are needed, however even one treatment can offer improvement.
Trick: Scary Hairy
Waxing or Dermaplaneing
Laser hair removal is usually my first suggestion, however for a quick fix waxing or dermaplaning is your best bet. Waxing is quick and can be done almost anywhere on face or body, however waxing is not recommended if you are using isotretinoin or tretinoin.
For facial hair dermaplaning is my favorite option. Dermaplaning involves using a surgical blade to gently scrape the skin, to manually exfoliate dead skin and remove facial hair. Your skin is instantly smooth and your makeup will go on better than you ever imagined. You can go out immediately post treatment and look gorgeous.
Trick: Skin Laxity
ReFirme is a non-invasive Skin Tightening procedure, that is used to achieve a more youthful, toned and lifted appearance without enduring downtime. ReFirme is used to improve skin laxity, targeting those telltale signs of aging, including, jowl and neck laxity, sagginess under the eyes, saggy brow lines, and nasolabial folds. There isn’t any down time with ReFirme treatments, so you can have a treatment the same day as an event. A series of treatments are needed for best results, however even your first treatment offers a visual benefit.
An acne facial can offer some improvement, however keep in mind it is never a good idea to do a lot of extractions before an event. Extractions can be done on pustules and can help reduce inflammation.
Trick : Peeling, flaking skin and beyond.
Microdermabrasion and/ or Dermaplaning
Microdermabrasion is a form of manual exfoliation and is ideal for most skin types. Your treatment is customized to your specific needs. Exfoliation will slough of any flakey or peeling skin, and reduces the appearance of skin discolorations ” slightly”. Pigmentation will still be visible, but we are talking about a last minuet treatment, and you don’t get 100% correction over night. After a Microdermabrasion your skin is left smooth, hydrated and glowing.
Treat: Dead Sea Body Paraffin
This is an incredibly pampering, 90 minute- body wrap treatment. First dead sea salts infused in warm aromatic oil is rubbed over your body, exfoliating and removing dead skin. You are then wrapped in warm wet towels and the salt scrub is gently removed. After the salt glow, oils are massaged into the skin, and then a warm dead sea mud paraffin is painted over your entire body. The body is then wrapped in a cocoon to help seal in moisture. Finally, the the wrap and paraffin is peeled away, leaving your skin silky smooth. This is a salt glow, massage, and body wrap all in one.
Treat: Oxygen Treatment Facial
A uniquely designed system to cleanse, nourish and revitalize every skin cell through its revolutionary use of pure oxygen. It helps to reduce the effects of aging caused by the sun, exposure to pollutants and free radical damage. Vitamin rich oils are first massaged directly into the skin and then infused via pure oxygen into the skin again. This is excellent for dry, dehydrated skin as well as skin that is “hungover” from to much late night partying.
Treat: Lash and Brow Tint
This treatment is excellent for men! Women enjoy it too. Whether the hair is naturally fair or has lightened with age, a quick tint can brighten your appearance. There are many colors that can be used for a natural look.
Paradise Valley Skin Klinic offers a wide variety treatments.
Call to schedule a treatment or consultation with Stephanie or Kristy. 480 421-1701
Last night I attended a Latisse Event at the Hilton in Scottsdale. Allergan, the makers of Latisse are leading teams of LATISSE® users from across the country to raise more than a quarter of a million dollars for the Make-A-Wish Foundation®. Inspired by the tradition of blowing on an eyelash to make wishes come true, the teams are challenged to raise the most funds to help grant children’s wishes, and they need your help.
Between now and November 30, 2010, Allergan will double each donation made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation through Latisse Wishes Challenge Campaign, with a maximum of $250,000.The total number of Latisse trial certificates is limited to the first 10,000 participants who make a minimum donation of $20 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Offer limited to one Latisse trial certificate per person and U.S. residents only. This is such a GREAT deal since Latisse retails for $125!!
All you have to do is visit www.latissewisheschallenge.com to join team Bobbie by donating a minimum of $20 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. After doing so you will receive a Latisse free trial certificate and schedule an appointment with your doctor to see if Latisse is right for you.
I got to meet Bobbie Thomas, one of the campaign ambassadors for Latisse’s Make-A-Wish Foundation. She is so beautiful inside and out! For over a decade, Bobbie has been empowering others to embrace their style as a positive form of self expression, and is passionate about communicating ”Style is the way you speak to the world without words.” She encourages everyone to match the ‘outside’ with the best that the ‘inside’ has to offer, and believes you don’t have to Do-It-Yourself, but you should Do-it-Your Way.
As co-host of the Style Network’s Fashion Police, Bobbie helped to not only transform viewers, but trends, by taking from the runway, what could work their way. For the past six years, Bobbie has appeared as both a co-host and guest on a variety of E! Entertainment specials, including their annual red-carpet Emmy, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and Academy Awards coverage.
Currently, millions of people wake up to catch Bobbie on NBC’s “Today Show,” where she serves as Style Editor. Her weekly TodayShow.com Style Buzz articles have become a popular fixture for the Fashion & Beauty section, and are often pulled to also appear on MSN.com and MSN messenger, as well as MSNBC.com’s home page. Check out Bobbie’s website for all of the latest Fashion Trends! www.bobbie.com
Other campaigne ambassadors include fashion CEO Kathy Ireland and professional ballroom dancer Chelsie Hightower. They are leading teams of Latisse users from across the country in raising funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation while sharing their personal lash experiences with Latisse at www.LatisseWishesChallenge.com
Join the Latisse Wishes Challenge to help the Make-A-Wish Foundation!! I personally use Latisse and it’s amazing how well it really works. I LOVE it! I now have fabulous lashes and you can too! The donation is for a great cause and it’s a inexpensive way to try the Latisse.
Please note: The Latisse Make a wish challenge is not hosted by Best of Both Worlds AZ, Stephanie, Kristy or Paradise Skin Klinic. This campaign is by Allergan ( the makers of Latisse).
* This only works if it is your first kit.
#1 Go to www.latissewisheschallenge.com
#2 Click pink button: donate and get a Latisse trial certificate
#3 Fill out all the required fields ( your name, email ect..)
#4 Select “Team Bobbie”
#5 Read terms and conditions
#6 Make $20 or more donation
#7 Wait for certificate in mail ( a couple weeks)
#8 Bring certificate into approved physicians office, to be signed and get a Latisse prescription.
#9 Return completed form via email or fax.
For assistance call 1-800 505-3898
Latisse is sold at Dr. Shapiro’s Paradise Valley Skin Klinic, and other Dr. offices. Click here to find an office near you that carries Latisse.
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After Obagi Most Women Go Naked
The Obagi Nu-Derm® system is the world’s #1 professional skincare program, used by more than 11,000 physicians throughout the world. It is the most effective treatment for skin health restoration, correcting complex problems such as acne, melasma (brown spots), fine lines, wrinkles, and scars.
The Obagi Nu-Derm System contains prescription-strength formulations that can only be sold through a licensed physician, such as a dermatologist or plastic surgeon.
*Take a moment to watch the Obagi video at the end of this post.
The goal of the Obagi Nu-Derm system is to create soft, radiant- looking skin, increase skin tolerance and restore normal skin functions. The problem is, it only works if you use it. It works even better when you use it correctly. Dr Zein Obagi created the Obagi Nu-Derm as a skin health restoration system, and the products are designed to be used together. Each of the products are good individually, but if you don’t use the full system, you will not see the amazing results that Obagi is famous for.
- Increase smoothness
– Reduce pore size
– Improve elasticity
– Normalize oil production
– Increase skins own ability to hold moisture
– Increase skin tolerance to all external factors
– Generate a balanced, even skin tone
– Reduce hyperpigmentation ( freckles, age spots, melasma, Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation )
I have worked professionally with the Obagi products for over 10 years, and have had “literally” thousands of clients on the Nu -Derm system. The results shown in the before and after photo’s are typical and common. If you use the Obagi system correctly you will experience skin transformation. Using a specific dose and frequency that’s recommended specifically by your skin care professional for your skin condition, the prescription-strength system exfoliates old skin leaving healthy, new skin that looks and acts younger and healthier. The products in the Nu-Derm System are clinically proven, prescription-strength, ingredients that work to improve your skin cell function, compared to retail products that contain more cosmetic-based ingredients.
Obagi System: Steps 1-6
All of the products are labeled AM, PM or both AM/PM and numbered 1-6 in the order you would use them. The lines between the letters in the word OBAGI are designed as a tool to measure product. For example from the O-A = 1/2 gram ( thick like toothpaste).
Step #1 Cleanser AM/PM
Foaming Gel – For Normal/Oily Skin or Gentle Cleanser – For Normal/Dry Skin
Proper cleansing is necessary
Step #2 Toner AM/PM
Adjusts the pH of the skin for increased penetration of the system ingredients.
Exfoderm® Forte – For Normal/Oily Skin
An alpha hydroxy acid (6% glycolic acid, 4% lactic acid) that removes old skin cells while promoting new skin cells for a lighter, brighter, firmer complexion for skin that needs deeper exfoliation.
Step #5 Bleander & Tretinoin PM (mixed as prescribed)
This step restores damage to the deeper layers of the skin. It restores skin elasticity by enhancing the production of collagen and elastin.
A topical prescription treatment that contains 4% hydroquinone to target hyperpigmented (discolored) areas of the skin and increase the penetration of the active ingredients of the system.
Tretinoin Cream 0.025%, .05% , or.1% (as prescribed)
A topical prescription, use as directed. *Do not wax skin that is treated with tretinoin.
Step #6 Healthy Skin Protection SPF 35 AM
A sunscreen with 9% micronized zinc oxide and 7.5% octinoxate that helps to protect newly transformed, younger looking skin and prevents further sun damage. This is a physical/chemical sunscreen with UVA/UVB protection.
If you just want to FEEL good you should get a spa treatment. If you want to LOOK good, then follow the recommended Obagi Nu Derm protocol. Generally, with a more aggressive protocol you will have more reaction, however you will also have more stimulation, see correction faster and build up tolerance more quickly. That doesn’t mean everyone should start out aggressively, individual system protocol is determined by skin type.
Reaction Phase: Out with the Old
Inital correction and stimulation phase
This is the time in which the damaged top layer of skin is replaced by a new layer of healthier cells. It takes about six weeks for ” newborn” cell to reach the surface of the skin and exfoliate.
You WILL experience one or more of the following symptoms:
– Dryness – Itching
– Burning – Redness
– Sensitive skin
– Exfoliation ( flaking and peeling)
These reactions are a sign the skin restoration is in process. The Nu- Derm system is accelerating the skin cell turnover to alter the rough top layer of the skin.
Tolerance Phase: In with the New
Correction and stimulation continues
Your skin has built tolerance , skin improvement is viable. The skin increases the production of collagen and elastin, to diminish wrinkles and reduce pore size.
Correction Phase: Healthy Glow
Finally, your skin enters the last stage and you are ready for a maintenance protocol. Skin tolerance is now complete.
“Begin with the end in mind.” – The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Peeling is more severe in the center of the face and around mucus membranes (eyes, nose and mouth). You can try focusing product use on the forehead and cheeks and blending them in toward the center of the face. Most people notice that the peeling reaction peeks late afternoon-early evening. It is okay to cleanse your face later in the day ( at least 4 or 5 hours later) and reapply sunscreen and makeup. Cleansing the skin can help slough off some of the loose peeling skin. If you have an social event and need to stop reactions, discontinue step 5, four days before event. Obagi Action and Tolereen are “control” products that can be used as needed to relieve surface tightness, itching and dryness. Control products should only be used temporarily, as they slow the skin restoration process. Be sure to discuss options for controlling your reactions with your skin care professional.
Obagi Nu-Derm Action
A moisturizing cream to be used as needed to soothe areas of dry, flaky skin.
Obagi Nu-Derm Tolereen
Contains 0.5% hydrocortisone for the temporary relief of itching and burning associated with minor skin irritations.
Find Obagi neer you. www.obagi.com
Tretinoin ( retinoic acid) is the acid form of vitamin A and is available as a cream or gel (brand names Retin-A, Renova, Aberela, Airol, Atralin, Avita, or Stieva-A). Tretinoin was FDA approved as a topical medication in 1971. Tretinoin treats acne, minimizes pores and reduces oiliness. The anti-aging benefits of tretinoin include, reducing appearance of fine lines and skin discoloration.
Tretinoin promotes detachment of cornified cells and the enhanced shedding of corneocytes from the follicle. Tretinoin also increases the turnover rate of thin, loosely-adherent corneocytes. By making keratin softer and more gelatinous, the stratum corneum becomes soft and compact. Tretinoin suppresses the melanocytes, this is why it is often used when treating skin discoloration.
Tretinoin stimulating fibroblast.
It is believed that tretinoin stimulates the fibroblast. Some studies suggest that tretinoin can help firm the skin by stimulating fibroblast activity. Fibroblasts produce collagen, elastic fibers, and the ground substance of the dermis. With age fibroblasts become smaller and less active.
Tretinoin enhances the skin healing process.
Studies show that topical use of tretinoin before chemical peels, enhanced healing. There is more epidermal regeneration and collagen regeneration appears to be faster when skin was pre treated with tretinoin.
Tretinoin makes my skin peel and it feels tight and dry.
Initially, tretinoin dehydrates the skin the outer surface of the skin ( stratum corneum ), causing a rapid exfoliation. The good news is, tretinoin repairs the damaged keratinocytes, increases mitosis, and restores proper hydration. With time your skin builds up tolerance and reactions subside.
Does tretinoin thin the skin?
I have heard people say, “don’t use tretinoin it thins the skin”. I think there is some confusion, about what part of the skin is thinning and if that is a good or bad thing.
Tretinoin works by thinning the outermost layer of the skin (stratum corneum), while cells in the epidermis are stimulated to produce a thicker epidermis layer. Collagen production and cellular growth in the dermis layer also increases. Although it is true that tretinoin does thin the stratum corneum, it actually makes other layers of the skin thicker. Thinning the stratum corneum isn’t exactly a bad thing. With age the statum corneum can become thick and dehydrated causing the appearance of fine lines and rough, sallow skin.
Epidermis Stratum corneum, outermost layer with dead keratinocytes being exfoliated off.
Is retinol the same as Retin-A ( tretinoin)?
Many people confuse retinol with Retin-A (tretinoin). Retinol and retinoic acid (tretinoin) are related but distinctly different. Retinol, retinal and retinyl palmitate, do not have the same effect on the skin as tretinoin/ retinoic acid. They first need to be converted by special enzymes into the active metabolite, retinoic acid. Unfortunately , the conversion rate is low and varies among individuals. The other problem is that when retinols are exposed to air, they can become oxidized and degraded. There are some companies that have produced retinol formulas that are more stabilized.
Tretinoin vs AHA’s
Tretinoin causes a rapid coarse exfoliation, which is the shedding of attached group of cells. AHA’s cause shedding of individual cells. The action of AHA’s is extracellular, compared to the intracellular action of tretinoin. The intracellular action of tretinoin works goes into the dermis and stimulates the fibroblast. The effects of tretinoin can last up to four months even after product has been discontinued, in contrast to the short lasting smoothing effects of AHAs.
Tretinoin is a drug.
Tretinoin is a drug and should be used only as prescribed. There are certain contraindications for using Tretinoin, including pregnancy and nursing. You should not wax skin that has been treated with tretinoin and some skin treatments are not recommended while using tretinoin. Be sure to discuss possible contraindications with your skin professional.
*You should never purchase Tretinoin or any other prescribed drug on line.
There are several schools in Arizona that are rumored to be haunted. Are there truly spirits still roaming the halls of Arizona schools or are these stories just urban legends. Tell us what you think, or share a ghost story of your own.
Chandler High School – Chandler, AZ
In the north wing of the oldest building, sightings and voices are still experienced.
Northern Arizona University – Flagstaff, AZ
Morton Hall is said to be haunted by the spirit of a former student, who died there. Studants claim she even pulls off their blankets while they are sleeping.
Highland Junior High – Gilbert, AZ
Globe High – Globe, AZ
Blue Ridge High – Lakeside, AZ
Desert Ridge High – Mesa, AZ
Carl Hayden High – Phoenix, AZ
Rumored to be haunted by a former cheerleader and football player.
Deer Valley High – Phoenix, AZ
A ghost by the name of Dewy is rumored to peer down from the catwalk. Stories of how Dewy died range from a love story gone wrong to a construction worker who fell of the scaffolding while the school was being built.
Trevor G Browne High School – Phoenix, AZ
When construction workers were building the auditorium in the early 90’s, one of the workers fell off of a high beam and was killed instantly on impact they say you can hear moans and crys of pain in the auditorum at night during closing time .
First Avenue Elementary – San Manuel, AZ
Saguaro High School – Scottsdale, AZ
A girl haunts the bathroom where, before it was a high school, she was hanged for practicing witchcraft in 1786.
Marcos De Niza High – Tempe, AZ
A worker who fell through the stage and died. If you visit the auditorium after 9:00 pm, you may see his ghost trying to finish the job he had started.
Bloom Elementary – Tucson, AZ
There’s a dead principal who still visits
Catalina High – Tucson, AZ
Rumor has it that a man had died from a heart attack in the school, and that his spirit is still there.
Davis Bilingual School – Tucson, AZ
People claim to have been touched by the ghost residing there, doors open and close themselves, and faucets turn themselves on and off.
Holaway Elementary – Tucson, AZ
Sightings of Mr. Holaway him self, checking rooms.
Tucson High Magnet School – Tucson, AZ
One of the many classrooms in the vocational building has been condemned because of rumors of a student killing himself there. Students now haunts the room.
University of Arizona – Tucson, AZ
The ghost of a woman runs to escape her attacker.
Mary Elizabeth Post Elementary School – Yuma, AZ
Students often hear and see visions of Mary Post, as she haunts the school. There is also a picture of Mary above the exit doors, and sometimes when you walk out, her eyes will follow.
Falling leaves collection, designed and hand crafted by local artist Rita Beada.
FALLing leaves are a featured item this month on Art Fire.
FALLing Leaves Bracelet, necklace and earrings. Lightweight metal leaves in dark orange, gold, and red with deep red glass bead accents. On a goldtone chain with toggle clasp.
You can find FALLing leaves collection on Art Fire.
With the popularity of shows like True Blood, Vampire Diaries and the Twilight series, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that vampires have become a fashion inspiration. One popular beauty trend this fall is vampire inspired makeup. Pale faces and dark red lips were found on runway models for designers like George Chakra and Dolce Gabbana.
This is one of the looks from Dolce Gabbana.
This look was created with three shades of red lipstick from Dolce Gabbana.
Devil ( blue-red), Dahlia ( deep merlot), and Ultra ( rich, dark crimson).
To create depth, use the darkest color (Ultra), in the center.
True Blood: Vampire Style
Mariana Klaveno as Lorena
Queen Sophie ( True Blood) Inspired Makeup Tutorial
Hollywood Noir Makeup
Check out www.hollywoodnoirmakeup.com for more makeup tutorials.
More vampire inspired looks and plenty of vintage styles as well.
Makeup Designory Primer
Vichy Aera Teint Foundation — Opal
MAC Studio Finish Concealer — NW15
Benefit — “Hello Flawless” Powder in Champagne
Makeup Designory Bronzer — Endless Summer
Makeup Designory Blush — Gingerbread
MAC Blush — Peachtwist
MAC e/s — Phloof! (highlight)
MAC Paint Pot — Bare Study
MAC Eyebrow Pencil — Strut
Makeup Designory e/s — Bone (highlight)
Makeup Designory e/s — Dulce De Leche
Makeup Designory e/s — Cajun
Makeup Designory e/s — Taupe
Makeup Designory e/s — Espresso
MAC Penultimate- Rapidblack
Benefit Bad Gal Lash — Black
Quo Lashes — #805
Lancome Lip Pencil — Berry
MAC Lipstick — Russian Red
“Blondes are noticed but redheads are never forgotten.” – Unknown
Hollywood loves a redhead. Celebrity inspiration for beautiful red hair.
Best of Both Worlds Az posed the question: who has more fun, blondes or brunettes?
Perhaps it’s redheads that have the most fun.
Are you dyeing to go red?
If you are dyeing to have sexy red hair, I recommend going to an experienced professional. I have a had a few failed attempts at going red, myself. The first time, my hair was colored by a professional stylist that was a trainer for a well known brand of hair products, and the results were it was terrible. My hair was fiery orange and the color wasn’t even. It was one of those moments you want to cry. I tried to color over it with a reddish- brown color, although it looked better, I was coloring it all the time because the ends always faded fast and left me with a strange combination of color. My conclusion is that red hair can be a little challenging to perfect and maintain. Your best bet, is to go to a stylist that has been recommended by a friend with the color hair you are trying to achieve. Mike and Jessica Anderson at Salvage Salon are both very experienced with red hair. I have seen their clients that have red hair and it looks stunning.
The professional stylists at Salvage Salon all well established and work independently, however if you are a new client, call Mike and he will place you with the stylist that best suits your needs.
The HUB has been Arizona’s leader in luxury denim since 1991.
You may be surprised to find out that the HUB is a local independent boutique, not a national chain. The HUB is co-owned by Tom Simon, his wife, Amanda, and Jennifer Mumford. Tom Simon launched the original HUB Clothing Boutique in Tempe, AZ in 1991, Simon recognized that the Phoenix area was in serious need of an independent directional boutique. HUB has always been a leader in cutting-edge casual clothing and luxury denim, in-fact the HUB was the first to introduce Arizona to labels such as Diesel and G-Star. The HUB was also the first to cary Nudie jeans in the United States. They have always focused on luxury denim and cary high end brand like Acne, Hudson, Citizen of Humanity and more.
HUB has just moved to it’s new space inside Scottsdale Fashion Square and already the HUB team is preparing to open a G-Star RAW Store. The HUB was the first to bring G-Star to Arizona and The G-Star RAW Store will be the first of it’s kind in the Southwest and is expected to open in early November.
You will not find couture in this boutique, instead you will find unique casual clothing that is influenced by street design. Brands like, Kill City are influenced by alternative and contemporary culture. Kill City has been seen on celebrities like Mick Jagger, Axl Rose, Aerosmith, Motley Crue, Kristen Stewart, Rihanna, Kate Boswort, Shaun White and Russell Band.
Gold Sign: Great Brands Think Alike
The Gold Sign brand is actually part of the Citizen of Humanity family, however it remains an exclusive boutique line, and can be found at the HUB. Citizens of Humanity was founded by Jerome Dahan, who was also a co-founder and the original designer of 7 For All Mankind, and the head designer at Lucky Brand. Citizens of Humanity eventually acquired the GoldSign label, and GoldSign creator, Adriano Goldschmied joined Citizen of Humanity as a partner and Executive Vice President of Product Development. Goldschmied has created brands such as Diesel, Replay, AG Adriano Goldschmied and continues to design the GoldSign brand.
Many vehicles around the valley were a victim of hail damage. So what do we do? One of the best body shops in town is Select Auto Body. Select Auto Body is a full-service automotive collision repair facility, so if you were in an auto accident or have scratches or dents, Select is the place to go. Select Auto Body is a family owned and operated business that has been established for over 20 years. Most of their business comes from referrals and repeat customers. They work with all insurance companies to put your vehicle back to how it was before the loss. Your insurance can “suggest” a repair shop, but the choice is ultimately up to YOU, it is YOUR car. Select offers the finest in quality repairs and service. Check out Garage Fly.com for real customer reviews.
Select offers towing, rental car service, and pickup/delivery. They offer a lifetime warranty on all labor, parts, and paint for as long as you own your vehicle. Select is an environmentally conscious auto body shop, that only uses high quality waterborne paint that combines durability with superb color matching.
Select’s friendly and caring staff helps to make your car repair experience as easy as possible. Select keeps you updated throughout your vehicle’s repair process. They always go the extra mile to make sure their customers are satisfied with the repair and service.
Select Auto Body is conveniently located in Central Phoenix on 7th Avenue and Highland, 4 blocks south of Camelback. Stop by anytime for a free estimate. 545 W. Highland Phoenix, AZ 85013 or Call to schedule your car for drop off and repairs 602-241-9111
If you need immediate towing service call Tow Time at 480-348-0400