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Time management is essential in any routine so the best way to accommodate your skin care regimen into your daily hustle and bustle is to save yourself time by planning ahead. Lay out your makeup items and skin care products you know you’ll need the night before. Display your products on your bathroom sink and arrange them in the order that you’ll be using them so you don’t skip anything. By already having your morning skin care and makeup items set up, all you have to do is wake up instead of wasting minutes looking for your favorite beauty item. It also helps to coordinate your makeup colors with the next day’s outfit ahead of time as well so you know that your look will be complete.

Use simple skin care and makeup items that don’t take forever to apply. Practice your makeup application until you feel so confident that you can do it in your sleep. 

Showering at night saves you tons of time in the morning, so all you have left to do is cleanse, tone and moisturize. Learn to multitask effectively by using products like 2-in-1 cleansers that also exfoliate or tone. This frees up a few steps out of your morning skin care regimen. To help set your makeup more effectively, allow your moisturizer to sit on your face for at least five minutes prior to application. This helps makeup set better. While you’re waiting for your skin to completely absorb the moisturizer, start working on your hair and/or brush your teeth. By the time you get your tresses tamed and your smile bright, you’ll be all set to go for makeup.

Skip time-consuming eyeliner and opt for a light coat of mascara and stick to one shade of eye shadow. Dab on some lipstick or gloss. When it comes to foundation, one of the quickest ways to apply it in a hurry is to dot your forehead, nose, cheeks and chin. Then use a clean sponge to smoothly blend. Check in a mirror using a bright light to make sure there are no streaks or other problems spots. If foundation takes too long, go without and sport the natural look. The most radiant skin happens when your skin isn’t covered with layers of foundation, powder and concealer. If you don’t have the skin to pull off the “au naturale” look, then remember that less is more.



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We all love going to the spa. That’s a fact. It’s soothing to be pampered and waited on by professionals instead of following our usual routine of pampering and waiting on the other people in our lives, be it boyfriends, spouses, children or friends.

However, there is a slight drawback to our spa-loving lives: payment. These professionals need to be paid, and for most spas, even the most seemingly rudimentary treatment costs the arm and the leg you’d like to treat. But have no fear, there’s an easy solution that will easily reconcile the cost of beauty treatment to the contents of your pocketbook. Make them yourself!

You can make your own beneficial spa-like treatments using simple ingredients you may already have in your refrigerator, such as various fruits, herbs or even coffee grounds. What follows are a few simple recipes that, when mixed, will beautify your body and relax your spirit, all without the help – or cost – of paid professionals.

Facial treatments
Apples and coffee, the main ingredients in the following recipes, maintain many beneficial properties. Apples contain calcium, iron and Vitamin A, and have antioxidant, astringent and toning effects. Coffee contains magnesium and Vitamin E, and is also an antioxidant, and also exfoliates and stimulates the face.

Aphrodite Apple Mask
· 1 T Applesauce
· 1 T Wheat Germ

To Make: Purée apple in a blender or add applesauce to a small bowl. Mix in the wheat germ to form a paste.

To Use: Apply to washed, scrubbed, and steamed face. Allow mask to set for 10-15 minutes. Tone then moisturize.

(Source: Noreen Finneran’s book, Incredible Edible Spa)

Invigorating Coffee Scrub
· 3 T Coffee grounds (organic-caffeinated)
· 1 T Salt (optional)

To Make: Brew a fresh pot of coffee. Enjoy a cup, if you like. Put grounds (and salt) in a small bowl. Use grounds within 20 minutes of brewing before oxidation occurs.

To Use: Scrub mixture over entire body while in the shower. Rinse. Tone. Moisturize.

(Source: Noreen Finneran’s book, Incredible Edible Spa)


Hair products
These recipes cater to the season; one, made with lemon juice, brightens your locks, the other, made with cucumbers, protects your hair from chlorine damage. Lemons can be used as an antiviral, as well as for bleaching, while a slice of cucumber is great for tired eyes.

Summer Highlights
· Juice of three lemons, pulp straine

1. Pour lemon juice in a small spray bottle and top up with pure filtered water.
2. Spritz on sections of clean, damp hair. For a natural look, apply to sections around the face and on the top layers of hair.
3. Sit out in the sunshine and let dry, then rinse.
4. Repeat until you achieve the desired lightness.


Cucumber Hair Drench
If you swim in a chlorinated pool for exercise on a regular basis, the same damage you've noticed happening to your skin and bathing suit, is happening to your hair, as well. Try this treatment at home to keep chlorine damage to a minimum.

· 1 egg
· 1 eggshell's worth of olive oil
· 1 quarter of a peeled cucumber

Blend the egg, olive oil and peeled cucumber. Spread evenly through your hair, leave on for 10 minutes, then thoroughly rinse. For the best results year-round, continue this treatment monthly.


Body therapies
Peaches and lavender make up these concoctions meant to make your body as soft as your hair. Their smells are known to lift the spirit, but lavender also is known to calm the nervous system and act as an antiseptic and analgesic.

Peach Lotion (for dry or normal skin)
· 1 Peach
· 4 drops tincture of Benzoin (known to be STRONG sensitizer)
· 2 oz. coconut or sweet almond oil
· 1 1/2 oz. orange flower water and 1 or 2 drops orange oil

Wash, drain, mash and then strain the juice from one peach through muslin or cheesecloth. Add to it four drops of tincture of benzoin, 2 oz. coconut or sweet almond oil, 1 1/2 oz. orange flower water and one or two drops orange oil. Beat together until it is fluffy and pour into a clean 4 oz container. It will keep for a longer period if you store it in the refrigerator. Use the lotion to moisturize your skin whenever it feels dry.

(Source: Jeanne Rose’s book, Herbs & Things)



Lavender Hand and Foot Wash
Use this wash to relieve red and inflamed hands and feet.

· 1/2 cup dried Lavender Flowers
· 1/2 cup finely chopped Fresh Sage
· 2 cups of water
· 8 drops of Lavender oil

In a saucepan, combine lavender flowers, sage and water. Simmer, covered, on low heat for 20 minutes. Strain mixture through cheesecloth and let cool. Discard the solids, retain the liquid. Add Lavender oil, shake to emulsify, and then apply to hands and feet with a soft wash cloth or cotton pads. Repeat as necessary, or desired.


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Hair tends to be frizzier in the summer with the increase in humidity, so it's best to use a product that is light in weight, silicone-based and humidity resistant.

If your hair seems to be oily in the summer time, try cutting back on how many products you are using. If your color seems to go flat or dull in the summer, ask your colorist to pump up the shine with a clear glaze or visit your local drug store in the home coloring section and purchase a clear color. Apply as directed and enjoy noticeably shinier, healthier looking hair for up to four weeks!

Summer is not the time to fight your natural texture. If your hair is naturally curly or wavy, let those tresses flow by using a product such as a mousse or curling lotion.

Head bands are going to be an essential hair accessory this summer. To reduce the stress put on your summer locks by these headbands, try using scarves and ponytail holders with no metal on them. Hats are another summer must. Not only do they help protect your hairs healthiness and color, but they also shade your skin!

Great Products for curly or wavy tresses:

  • Aveda- Be curly
  • Pureology- Real curl

My miracle summer product suggestion for those who want straighter, smoother, less fly-aways and humidity resistant hair:

  • Pureology- super straight relaxing serum
  • Kerastase Serum Oleo-Relax

Great deep conditioner to restore and add more moisture into your summer do:

  • Pureology- Hydracure
  • Kerastase Masquintense-this one has different formulas depending on how much hair you have

Sun Protectant:

  • Frederic Fekkai- Sun protectant spray with shea butter
  • Shiseido- Refreshing Sun protection spray SPF 16 (this is great for all over the body!)


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Not sure Charlize rolls out of bed looking sultry. But she has the basics to get the look started. It’s that healthy look. Consider the condition of you hair, skin and teeth before you worry about a sultry outfit. Try products to make your hair shiny, your skin smooth and teeth pearly white. For healthy hair tips, click here.

Give your hair a sophisticated sexy look. Lisa Herman, owner of Salon Urbanity at Adams Landing, suggests upswept hair or long soft curls.

You can appear sultry simply by accentuating your assets. If your eyes are your best feature, accentuate them with a smoky look and add extreme lashes (available at Urbanity). Love your lips? Rev them up with red lipstick. Great hair? Add a sparkly hair clip or band to turn heads. But remember, it’s the total package hair, skin and physique. But while you should only accentuate one or two physical features to avoid looking overdone, your confidence is a necessary component to any successful sultry look.

And now, what to wear? Consider your body type before you purchase the dress that looks so smooth and sultry on the mannequin. Remember, she’s totally in proportion and doesn’t have any bulges or extra pounds. She’s definitely not your average woman.

Glance through tips on finding the right dress considering your body type here.
Black can instantly make you feel sexier. Emily McAlister, assistant manager at Forever 21, says a $40 dress in pink may look cheap, but the same dress in black looks expensive. Add a gold or red belt for a dramatic effect. Yes, the little black dress is a safe and sultry choice for an evening out. Little black dresses with "wow" can be found at the Nordstrom site.

But don’t get stuck in a little black dress rut. Experiment! Be sexy and stylish. Emily suggests a black and white polka dot shirt with a black corset over it. Yes, you do need confidence to pull off this one.

Wear something that shows off your figure, but keeps them guessing. Try a neckline that’s somewhat low (not too low, though) or off the shoulder for a sensual effect. Try layering a patterned camisole under a see-through top to add a touch of intrigue.

Shoes are "sole food" for women. Stilettos and boots kick an outfit up to sexy status. Stilettos and platform shoes make you feel long and lean.

Ok, think you’re ready to step out? Look in the mirror. Maybe you need to rethink that killer outfit. Be honest with yourself. Are you looking more like Charlize or Peggy?

Now that you have it all together, before you go out that door, remember your attitude. Wrap yourself in an air of confidence. Now that’s sultry!


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Cassandra Mooar, the director at the International Academy in Cincinnati, says hair should maintain an acidic state to be at its shiniest. Acidic shampoos, conditioners and other styling products force the cuticle to lay smooth, which increases shine.
The cuticle is the outer layer of hair that is made up of long compressed bundles of Keratin (a protein) fibers. When cuticles are intact and lying flat they reflect light.

Mooar recommends products in the Wella Color Preserve or Sebastian Laminates lines to boost hair and keep it shiny. These product lines are found only in salons.

Sarah Hunterman, a stylist at Identity Hair Salon and Spa in Kenwood, agrees that the secret to maximizing shine is to get the cuticle layer to lie straight and smooth. She says that investing in conditioning treatments will help you achieve this. Hunterman says over-washing your hair can be counterproductive. Highlighting your hair can increase shine at first, but due to the peroxide, it can also damage the hair causing it to become dull. If you want to add color and minimize damage, try low lights.

Mooar and Hunterman both suggest shine sprays to add everyday shine. Mooar says to look for products with dimethicone. Dimethicone is a type of silicone that can make hair soft, manageable, full, shiny and easier to comb. She recommends Wella System Professional Flashlight for instant glossiness.

Hunterman warns to stay away from shine serums and other style products that you pump into your hand. She says that anything you apply with your hands can add greasiness and weigh your hair down. This can cause dullness. Instead opt for the spray, they have no hold, and won't weigh down hair.

When using the spray shines, concentrate spraying from the mid-shaft to the ends. The roots do not need much because the hair in that area is new. Hunterman suggests using the Bed Head spray shine called Camera Ready. It not only adds brilliant shine, it also acts as a smoother and defrizzer. Another spray shine used at Identity Hair Salon and Spa is from the Aquage line.

When styling hair, you may think that flat-ironing it will make it look the shiniest, but it also damages hair. The more you damage by flat-ironing, the more you will become dependent on the flatiron to reach the same level of shininess, Hunterman says. She says that taking the time to blow-dry your hair straight, and using a flatiron just on stubborn sections of hair, will keep you hair healthier.

However straightening your hair every one in a while is fine, and it will add instant shine. Try using a leave-in conditioner before straightening. Also, as a side note, ceramic flatirons truly are less harmful to your hair. Ceramic styling appliances, everything from irons and hair dryers, to brushes are all around better for the health of your hair.

Also available to smooth out the cuticle and pump-up the shine are Powerdose treatments at Identity Hair Salon and Spa. These treatments, Hunterman says, are customizable to each individual's type of hair or hair need. They are only $15, spray-on and can be asked for at your next salon appointment.

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As thousands of young athletes are at such high risk for developing skin cancer, a University of Cincinnati (UC) dermatologist says he dreams of the day "when sunscreen is right up there in the locker room next to the Gatorade."

050707BEAUTY.jpg What's more, says Brian Adams, MD, a sports medicine specialist at UC and a part-time high school coach, the risks are so high that sunscreen use should be compulsory in outdoor sports.

Adams says he applauds one rowing coach who benches any crew member who appears for practice sunburned. That, he believes, gets the message across.

According to the American Cancer Society, most of the more than 1 million cases of nonmelanoma skin cancer diagnosed yearly in the United States are sun related. Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, will account for about 59,600 cases of skin cancer in 2005 and about 7,800 of the 10,600 deaths due to skin cancer each year.

Unfortunately, says Adams, a study he did recently with medical student Erica Hamant revealed that most young athletes ignore the danger.

Reported in a recent edition of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, the study showed that 85 percent of 186 NCAA soccer players and cross-country runners at four Cincinnati-area colleges used no sunscreen during the previous seven practice days. Ninety-four percent admitted they used sunscreen on fewer than three days during the previous week.

"The NCAA has medical guidelines for wrestlers, football players and others," says Adams, "but using sunscreen in outdoor athletics, which is very, very important, just isn't part of the culture.

"The well documented consequences of not using sunscreen all point to the fact every locker room should have sunscreen right up there next to the Gatorade."

What is part of the culture, Adams laments, is "the tan."

Although a tan wasn't "hip" in earlier times, he says, "unfortunately today if you have a little color you're perceived as being healthy or better looking.

"The problem is that a tan is a bad response. It's the body's last attempt to protect itself against ultraviolet (UV) light damage and the subsequent mutations that UV rays induce in the skin cells. It's your skin's way of saying please stop the madness!"

Forty-six percent of 139 athletes who gave reasons for not using sunscreen blamed lack of availability, and 33 percent thought they didn't need it because of various misconceptions. Others says they didn't consider the weather hot enough for sunburn.

However, says Adams, only 1 percent of the athletes says they didn't use sunscreen because it hurt their eyes, commonly thought to be the reason they ignore it.

The American Academy of Dermatology Web site recommends avoiding sun exposure from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., "exactly the times when most teams are out practicing, be they soccer players, long-distance runners, or tennis players," Adams pointed out. "They're getting an enormous amount exposure to UV light."

Outdoor athletes are also in double jeopardy, because sweating exacerbates their risk, Adams says. Perspiration on the skin lowers what's called the minimal erythema dose, the lowest UV exposure needed to turn the skin barely pink.

"You've already set yourself up for trouble by not using sunscreen," Adams says, "and now by sweating you're making it worse. Think about that the next time you see all those men jogging around town without their shirts on.

"Nearly 20 years ago when I was in college running at 3 p.m. and getting burned and tanned, there wasn't as much knowledge about the risks as we have now, and there weren't as many sunscreen products – especially for sports enthusiasts.

"Today there are plenty, so there's no excuse for this risky behavior, on or off the sports field."

Skiers have it even worse, Adams says. Not only is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. prime time for lift tickets, but UV light on the high slopes isn't "filtered" by the pollution found in the atmosphere at sea level, and it's even intensified by the white snow.

Studies have shown that sun exposure at noon in Vail equals that at the same hour on a Florida beach, says Adams. "Because it's cold on ski slopes, people who typically have their face and hands exposed tend not to wear sunscreen. Whereas on the beach they feel hot and are more aware, and they're influenced by the fact that everyone around them is using sunscreen."

The solution, Adams suggests, is relatively simple and could cost organizations like the NCAA – with its 250,000 outdoor athletes – very little or even nothing.

"All the NCCA and the other conferences, colleges and clubs need to do," he says, "is install a huge container of sunscreen in the locker room, where it's impossible to avoid. Manufacturers would probably donate product for the promotional value."

Infrastructure is already in place through the various sports organizations for educating outdoor athletes about the risk, Adams says. Preventive programs could easily be integrated into daily practice and competition regimes.

And enforcing a sunscreen rule should be a snap.

"Young athletes are at the right age to learn good habits that they can take into adulthood," he says, "and most kids heed their coach more than they do their parents."

– University of Cincinnati


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1. Runners and other athletes, male and female, should clean their faces daily. "During summer outdoor activities such as running, athletes should clean their face with an exfoliant containing lactic acid (milk)," explains Yolanda Webb, CEO of E'LON Cosmetics. "This will remove build up from dull congested skin cells, which result from open pores and sweat glands." She says E'LON's Non-Fat Dry Milk Deep Refining Cleanser is great for this.

2. And as you hit the pavement, don't forget your hydrating toner with cucumber. Webb shares a pearl of skin care wisdom: "Put toner in a spray bottle and chill overnight before the big race. Carry it with you and mist yourself as you run. This makes a great skin hydrator."

3. Before that sun beats down on you, make sure you protect your skin with a moisturizer containing SPF. "Marathon runners and other athletes should use oil-free daily moisturizers with silk proteins," explains Webb. She says E'LON's Oil-Free Moisturizers and their signature Veil Primer work to create an invisible barrier for the skin and both have an SPF 15.

4. There are few things worse than chapped lips, and one of them is having chapped lips when your chap stick is MIA. "Don't forget that lips should be protected as much as the rest of the skin," explains Webb. She says E'LON's Vitamin E Sticks protect the lips from the wind and sun and they contain an SPF 15.

So, to avoid dry, cracked or uncomfortable skin, which can take your focus off of the race, don't forget the four most helpful ways to replenish your skin while protecting it from the sun.



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This search can be hard, so I suggest you find the perfect dress first and then find a hairstyle that compliments you and your dress.


The best way to find a formal hairstyle is to look in hair magazines or fashion magazines.

When it comes to formal hairstyles or updos, simple is better. This year, sleek and classic styles are making a huge comeback.


A simple hairstyle will show off your gorgeous dress and beautiful face. Best of all, it won’t make you look overdone.

My favorite look of the season is the classic ponytail. A low, sleek ponytail looks great on everyone and looks great with any outfit.042307UPDO2.jpg


For a younger and fresher look, you can wear a low side ponytail with a full crown and curled ends. This look works well with the fun patterned and brightly colored dresses that are popular this season.

Another look that I think looks great is long loose waves. This look is a throwback to the old glamor days of Hollywood.


Wearing "down do" hairstyle that sweeps the shoulders looks especially great with strapless or spaghetti strap dresses. Wearing your hair down can make you feel as if you are not showing as much skin especially when you are wearing a dress with little or no straps.
If you have short hair and you are looking for a special style, think about Marilyn Monroe when you are picking out a hairstyle. Curl your hair all over and use your hands to loosen the curls for a very sexy look.


If you have short hair and want to go for a more sophisticated style, you can also comb all of your hair away from your face.

When choosing a hairstyle for the big day, you should always consider these three things:

  1. Will my hair texture work with this style?
  2. Will this style overpower my face or my outfit?
  3. Do I love this hairstyle?

In the end, all that matters is that you love your hair and it makes you look and feel your best.





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To get these rockstar eyes, you'll need the following: M.A.C. eyeshadow in "Forgery," "Frankly Scarlet" and "Black Tied." Then, "Fuschia" eyeshadow by Ben Nye, Revlon Colorstay liquid eyeliner in "Blackest Black," M.A.C. Zoomlash mascara in "Zoomblack," Smashbox shimmer overlay in "Lux," an eyelash curler, an eyebrow pencil to match your haircolor and a black kohl eyeliner (I find that Wet N' Wild works the best).

Start by applying the "Forgery" to the entire lid, from lashline to eyebrow.

Starting at the lashine, apply the "Frankly Scarlet" from lashline to the crease of the eye.

Using an eyeshadow brush, blend the "Fushia" from the crease half way to the eyebrow. This will give a very blended, airbrushed effect.

Taking a smaller brush and the "Black Tied" eyeshadow, make a "C" shape starting at the middle of the crease, ending at the beginning of the bottom lash line. Then blend out. Making a reverse "C" shape, do the same to the right eye.

With an eyebrow pencil matching your haircolor, use short sweeping motions to fill in and shape eyebrows. Blondes, to be bolder, use a darker color like dark brown or black.

Apply shimmer overlay in "Lux" to top lid. Use sparingly a little goes a long way!

Apply the black kohl eyeliner to the bottom lash line, using your finger to smudge out harsh lines.

With the liquid liner, start at the inner lashline, work your way out, letting the liner end in an upswept fashion.

Using eyelash curler, press only top lashes gently for five seconds. Finish lashes by applying two coats of the "Zoomlash" mascara using an over and under movement. This creates a thicker looking lash.

All products listed above can be found online, or locally in Kenwood Mall at M.A.C. and Sephora retailers.

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It’s your skin. Your lifestyle, hormones and heredity determine the look and feel of the skin your in. Keeping your skin clean and protected from the sun will help you maintain a healthy, youthful appearance. Deep cleaning your skin should be a supplement to your daily skin care routine. You can deep clean your face a couple of times a week by removing the outer layer of dead skin cells through exfoliation.

Exfoliation can be done professionally, or at home. The Plastic Surgery Group, with offices in Ohio and Northern Kentucky, offers several methods of exfoliation to encourage cell turnover and reveal new skin cells.

The Micropeel® is a three-step process that removes a micro-thin top layer of skin and clogged pores. The procedure is accomplished in 15-20 minutes, and tests show that it lessens the appearance of fine lines and brown spots.

The Micropeel® Plus is a 15 minute in-office procedure that helps smooth fine lines, helps even skin discoloration and reduces the appearance of acne scars. In addition, once the dead cells are removed, the MicroPeel® Plus stimulates the new, living cells in your skin to reactivate the renewal process.

Microdermabrasion combines pampering with an intense dermabrasion. It uses a velocity of crystals, followed by an aloe facemask and an ultra sound treatment. I had a microdermabrasion treatment from Joyce Dickman, skin care specialist at The Plastic Surgery Group.

And of course, being the good editor that I am, I had to experience a Microdermabrasion procedure so I could explain it to the best of my ability. Plus, I've been wanting to get one ever since I took a trip to New York City in December and saw a Microdermabrasion Boutique at every corner. Up there, Microdermabrasion Boutiques are the new Starbucks!

Here's what I experienced: step one felt like my cat, Lakeisha, licking my face; steps two and three were cool and refreshing. After the dermabrasion, my face felt smooth and I had a healthy glow. I have sensitive skin, too, and it didn't aggravate it. The experience was totally relaxing.

Do it yourself. Exfoliation can be as simple as mixing baking soda or sugar with water to a pasty consistency and rubbing it over your face for about a minute. Do this a couple a times a week and your face will feel like silk.
Skin exfoliation is a natural process where dead surface skin cells slough off. But the natural process can be helped along. It’s good for both oily and dry skin. Oily skin has difficulty sloughing off dead skin because of the sticky nature of oil. With dry skin, dead skin cells pile up on the surface quickly. This gives your skin a dull appearance. 

Spring clean your face. No matter what method you choose to get rid of the old and show off the new, deep cleaning your face should always be part of your regular skin care regime.