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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Much Ado About Nothing At All

By now you've already heard about the photo spread of Miley Cyrus and her dad in the most current issue of 'Vanity Fair' magazine. It is not every celebrity that gets photographed by the very famous Annie Lebovitz for this very trendy magazine. It would stand to reason that one couldn't possibly turn down such an offer. The fact that Miley is photographed with what appears to be a less than a squeaky clean image is of no consequence to the famous photographer. Afterall, she was the one that actually asked the queen of England to remove her crown for a photo because she thought it would be more interesting if she were photographed holding the crown rather than wearing the crown. Nonetheless, to ask a child to be photographed wrapped in nothing but a blanket is not necessarily the most strategic thing for a still budding career. Truth be told, she is wearing far more than the actress who plays the lead role in 'The Little Mermaid' on Broadway, which is a Disney production, but still Miley is no grown-up...yet. I don't find it shocking and think that the more it's dissected by the venemous press, the more magazines will sell and the more she begins to resemble another young pop star who is trying to still get her life back on track after she was literally stalked by the press. If the media needs to talk about underage girls, then perhaps more attention needs to be paid to those young ladies rescued from the hands of poligamy as it appears most were found to be pregnant or to have already given birth. Now that's a real tragedy!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Her Father's Tears Won't Dry On Their Own

Amy Winehouse's father is convinced that another stint in rehab will not solve his troubled daughter's problems. The singer, who was arrested last week and then released, has apparently been taped again using drugs. Amy's father has allegedly been reported to want his daughter to be "sectioned" which means a complete evaluation, under hospital supervision, by a number of specialists. Hopefully, someone will be able to intervene on her behalf, should this be true as she is too young and too talented to be swept away by drugs and alcohol.

A Blast Of Color

There's no time to be shy this season when it comes to make-up. It's all about color and you can update your cosmetic wardrobe without spending a fortune. Before you get too scared, this season's palette, although bright with color, offers sheer textures so you don't look like you just stepped out of the 70's. For great eye shadows that won't damage your financial portfolio, check out Avon's Eyeshaow Single's in Spring Pink, Boysenberry and Cantaloupe at only $4 each. Also, look for green eyeshadow making a big comeback. If you want a pop of intense color, use your lips. Dior is offering up scented lip gloss in Berry Smoothie, a shocking shade of pink. You can get it coming this June, for $19.50, at Sephora. Also, you can use your nails as a palette for a blast of color. Check out Essie for their eye-popping Color Power collection. Don't forget your cheeks! Sonia Kashuk offers up great shades of blush in Rosey and Ginger. Her products can be found at Target. They are great quality and very reasonably priced too!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Blue Man Fraud

Undoubtedly, many of you have seen the infamous "blue man" on television. I have seen him make two appearances myself; one on a major network morning show and the other on "Oprah". Apparently, this man, whose skin is a freakish shade of blue, claims that he attempted to cure a medical condition by ingesting colloidal silver. Anyone who has interviewed him took him at his word, but there is more to this story that would make his claims appear to be fraudulent. Colloidal silver is a substance that is used legitimately as a dietary supplement and when used properly, would not have produced such a blue hue. However, this man made his own compound which he thought to be colloidal silver, but in fact, the homemade solution has a very high concentration of ionic silver and was not colloidal silver. The solution also contained salt and used a concentration of electrolysis which created silver chloride with large silver particles, which, in turn, created a condition called argyria. He also applied the solution topically and used a tanning bed to sustain the silver in his body. Had this man actually taken the appropriate dietary supplement known as colloidal silver, this would have never happened to him. Colloidal Silver can be purchased, already properly prepared and bottled which can be used as a dietary supplement. If this sounds like news to you, the fact is that silver has been used for centuries as a way to purify water and it has also been known to contain antibacterial agents. The moral of the story is to do your homework and know where your products are being manufactured to get the very best in quality and care. This post is sponsored by Pay Per Post.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Eco-Friendly Accessories

If you are looking to make a fashion statement this summer and do something wonderful for the environment, then check out Daisy's Bags. These unusual bags are knitted from plastic bags that package our grocercies, clothing and anything we buy. Instead of adding more waste to the land fill, the bags are cut into strips and knitted into great tote bags that can be used for work, play, the gym and the beach. Your friends will wonder where you got such a unique bag and you will be helping to save our earth. You can purchase one of these unique bags that surprisingly, only cost between $40 and $70 or you can donate your plastic bags to be turned into a beautiful handbag. The bags have already been featured in magazines, newspapers and on television and they are catching on quick as the next big fashion must have!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Quietly Back To The Single Life

Who could ever forget Star Jones' over-the-top, corporate-sponsored wedding that seemed like it went on for months. What seemed like a fairytale is quietly coming to and end. Apparently, Star Jones filed for divorce and is trying to be as dignified as humanly possible. Although all her filed documents have been wisely sealed, one tabloid has allegedly reported that Star had just about had enough of husband Al Reynold's need to live the good life at the expense of his famous wife. She allegedly showed him the door over a month ago and has not been seen in public with him since early February when they both attended a Baby Phat fashion show. It's just too bad that poor Star, who has had a run of bad luck in her professional life, couldn't succeed in her personal life.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Making A Difference For Our Earth

If you want to help solve the problem of global warming and make this earth a better place to live for future generations, you can start by supporting We Can Solve It. All you have to do is add your name to the list to let your lawmakers know how important this issue is for you. Also, going green isn't all that difficult anymore. You can buy great cleaning products for your home at any store now that are non-toxic and they are no more money than the products you've been using for years. Let's make this earth day a day that will really make a difference in how we choose to live!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Take The Jergens Pledge

Now you can join actress Kristen Bell and take the Jergens pledge to stop bad tanning habits that may lead to skin cancer. It's absolutely free to make the pledge and you could win a free t-shirt and sample of Jergens Natural Glow. For every pledge made, Jergens will donate $1 to the Skin Cancer Foundation so you will not only be helping yourself by pledging not to tan in the sun, but you will be helping others as well. Remember to always wear a sunscreen, but if you want a beautiful, natural looking glow, then get one of the products from Jergens Natural Glow line. I use them myself and love the look of a natural tan without ruining my skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Just click on the link to make your pledge.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

The Gift Of Gab

With both Mother's Day, Father's Day and graduation day fast approaching, you may be at a loss as to what to give as the perfect gift. There are the obvious things you can choose from like gift cards, checks or savings bonds, but you can give something that is so much more personal and that's prepaid phone cards. These are great gifts for a mom who lives far away from her children. Even moms who live in the Middle East or Asia can use these cards to call her family located in the United States. Prepaid phone cards made great gifts for graduating high school students. They can use the prepaid phone cards to call home regularly so their parents can sleep at night. These prepaid phone cards make great gifts for fathers as well, especially if dad travels a lot for business purposes. The prepaid phone card will make it that much easier for him to keep in touch with the family while he's away. When you shop for prepaid phone cards online, you can get the best deals for them no matter what phone service you may be using. Now that we live in such a global community, these prepaid phone cards not only make great gifts, but they are a necessity for the thousands of people who move from other parts of the world. They can easily keep in touch with their family and friends from their home countries with convenient prepaid phone cards. Best of all, if you choose to send these prepaid phone cards as gifts, they can be easily delivered to any part of the world where you or your family lives. This post is sponsored by Pay Per Post.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The Biggest Loser Is A Woman

Season five of "The Biggest Loser" finally brought a woman to the winner's circle. Ali Vincent, who made a vow to return to "The Biggest Loser" after being voted out mid-season, made good on her promise after losing 111 pounds beating out both Roger and Kelly. I wonder if these people are capable of keeping off the huge amounts of weight they've lost in order to compete for a grand prize of $250,000.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Fresh Air

If you suffer from allergies like I do, especially this time of year, than having a quality air purifier can make all the difference in the world inside your home. It is almost as essential as having running water and vastly improves the quality of your own life and the lives of your loved ones. Make sure your adequately research air purifiers though before making your final decision. It is a wise investment that you will want to last for years to come. This post is sponsored by Pay Per Post.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Idol Gives Back

You would have to have been living under a rock to have missed American Idol's Give Back special last night. No less star studded than last year, corporate sponsors pledged fifteen million dollars and the hope is that more will be raised this year than last. Money goes to many worthy causes that provide safe havens for children in our country as well as Africa, medical supplies and services and educational needs. Just because the show is over, don't miss out on donating. You can do so at Idol Aid and you can donate as little or as much as you want to; just know any amount is welcome.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Bikini Reality

In my last post I talked about bathing suit shopping. Now you can see Tori Spelling in all her pregnant glory, sporting a small, black bikini in US Magazine. The actress-turned-reality-tv-star is shooting the latest edition of her reality show for Oxygen. The question is, what will this season bring. She and her husband, Dean, sold their inn. Perhaps having Tori pose is one way they are making ends meet, but in any event, Tori is not at all worried about losing the extra baby weight this time around. She's confident she will be able to get back to her svelte self. For more information about the reality show, check out Oxygen.

Making Exercise Fun

Spring is finally here and the weather is finally getting warmer. Summer can't be far behind so you know what that means...bathing suit shopping. There isn't a woman on earth who doesn't dread trying on a bathing suit in one of those awfully lit dressing rooms. So maybe lounging on the beach isn't your thing anyway. There are other things you can do on a beach that don't require you to try on a bathing suit, like riding a bike. Actually, the beach is a great place to inspire exercise like walking, swimming or volley ball, but you can purchase a bike like one of these lowriders to go beach cruising. Beach cruising is very popular in certain parts of the country where you can ride all year long. I actually think this is a great way to do some family bonding because it's just as much fun for the kids as it is for the adults. These beach cruisers are not expensive to purchase and they are easy to store. They come in varying heights for both men, women and kids too. They would be great to take away on vacation if you decide to go camping to rent a house on the beach. Best of all, you won't just be sitting around in an expensive bathing suit that will probably cost as much money as the bike. You can have the bike for years to come and probably add a few years onto your own life just by riding it regularly. They make great gifts too for weddings, graduations or birthdays. It's fun, practical and healthy and you really can't ask for more than that.

Classy??? Not So Much

It's been interesting watching 'Real Housewives of NYC' on Bravo which airs Tuesday nights at 10PM. Next week will be the season finale, but hopefully not the end of what has turned out to be more than just your average train wreck. At first, I found Alex, the budding social climber, to be the most annoying. However, the winner of the "most annoying" award for this show has to be Ramona. This upper-east side business woman served as a total embarrassment to her husband, daughter and so-called friends throughout this season. In an effort to understand her a bit better, Bethany, the only single woman of the "housewives", found that Ramona has a problem with men (although you wouldn't know it by the way she throws herself around a dance floor). No past problems are ever a reason for one to act rudely toward others and if anyone will need a few lessons on proper etiquette, then Ramona is a perfect candidate. Nevertheless, I hope that this reality show will be back in the future, much like the 'Real Housewives of Orange County'.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Nutrisystem Gets A Boost From Marie

Marie Osmond has become a household name again, thanks to "Dancing With The Stars". She has made many television appearances since then and has gone on tour with her family and has made several appearances with her brother Donny. She is also preparing to launch her own talk show, but you can see her now on television as the new spokesperson for NutriSystem. It is unclear when she actually went on the NutriSystem program since Marie had already slimmed down quite a bit from her stint on "Dancing With The Stars". Nevertheless, she is forty pounds lighter. Marie also endorses the Choose To Move program which advocates heart-healthy movement. You can also check out all the other things that Marie is doing by going to her website.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Lip Service

If I were stranded on a desert island and could only take one cosmetic item with me, then you better believe that it would be lip treatment. Of course, it couldn't just be a treatment because I like my cosmetics to multi-task and now I've found something that will do just that for me with Lip Tint (Divine). Not only do I get a great treatment for my aging lips, but I get a lovely lip tint in a color that can only really be called Divine. Does your current lip treatment contain an anti-oxidant which will help bring back that soft supple lip that you once knew and he loved? If not, then you aren't wearing BORBA. Lip treatments that you purchase over the counter may save you money initially, but they aren't providing you with the anti-aging ingredients that will give you long-lasting results over the long haul. So how does BORBA do this? They've partnered BORBA Nutraceuticals with BORBA Cosmeceuticals so that the products synergistically treat both the inner and outer needs of your skin with all of their products, including their lip treatments. This month only, you can get a Lip Tint Soft Kiss + 4 Acqua-less Crystalline, a $25 value, free with a $100 purchase from BORBA. So, when you visit their website, make sure you browse through all of their wonderful products and give them a try. Your lips will be the envy of all your friends! Only one lip treatment can do that for you and it's BORBA. This post is sponsored by Pay Per Post.

Without Fanfare

Maybe the reason why Beyonce and JayZ took so long to finally tie the knot is that it took them almost six years to figure out a way to do it without being hounded by photographers. Furthermore, the news was posted anywhere much and we didn't hear about it for weeks on end like other celebrity couples (Tomkat for instance). The couple quietly took out a marriage license in the small community of Scarsdale, New York and made good use of it yesterday in a quiet affair surrounded only by family and close friends in New York. Perhaps at some point, the couple will share photos of the event, but kudos to them for keeping it simple, elegant and private, even though blog master, Perez Hilton, printed the address where the party reportedly took place.

Friday, April 04, 2008

She's All About Her Blackberry

I've always had a love/hate relationship with Madonna. On the one hand I find her fascinating. She blazed a musical trail and she has always been a fashion icon, but she has presented some cringe-worthy moments in many of her interviews and her latest in Elle magazine is no exception. It doesn't help that Simon Doonan is doing the interviewing as he literally and figuratively falls all over himself while holding court with Madonna in her home in London. He points out Madonna's tight ass and face and while Madge is facing the big five O this year, one has to wonder which one has seen the scalpel of a plastic surgeon in recent years. True enough, Madonna has a brand new CD which will drop at the end of April entitled "Hard Candy" (what could she possibly be referring to???), but more importantly, Madonna is a champion for Malawi the small African country where her adopted son David was born. In fact, Madonna has recently directed a film on Malawi and is planning on opening an all-girl school there in the future possibly similar to the one opened by Oprah, also in Africa, a few years earlier. Of course Simon has to ask about her intimate life; she is afterall a sex-symbol of our generation, and Madonna doesn't disappoint as she describes her sex life with her husband, Guy Ritchie as "incredible". How incredible can it be though if they both sleep with their Blackberries under their pillows? Perhaps Madge feels an obligation to put a good face on a marriage that has been reported to be in trouble. However you may feel about the material mom and artist, she never ceases to be fascinating, but some may say it's like a bad car accident that you just can't help slowing down to take a good long look.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Avon Calling

Avon is one of the first companies that was developed in the 1800s, selling products door to door through catalogs. Women were given small samples of perfumes to try and, of course, they were tempted to place an order. This wondrous bit of marketing is still very much a part of Avon's sales techniques. In fact, Avon is one of the most successful companies for women by women and now exists in over 135 countries around the world. Whenever I've written about beauty products, I've always tried to point out great products at a great value, and Avon consistently offers just that. Why am I so passionate about Avon? I used to sell Avon and I was never disappointed with any of the products, but I ended up spending more money than any of my customers. So what can you now buy through Avon besides perfume? Of course, great cosmetics and very competitive pricing as well as cutting-edge skincare for all skin types; hair care products; products for the home; gift items; clothing and children's items just to name a few. If you don't have an Avon representative near you, no problem just order Avon directly from the internet and have your items shipped to you for a very low rate in no time at all.

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