Beauty Blog

  1. Let the Revolution Begin! 🎉 💪🏻

    Date 19 Oct 2017
    The revolution has begun! The retinAl revolution that is. Yes, that’s retinAl with an “A”, vs retinol with an “O”. What a difference a letter makes! On October 18th, 2017, Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields, the two dermatologists who created both Proactive Solution as well as Rodan+Fields Skincare, launched a…

  2. Beauty Sleuth #17: Define magnetism!

    Date 21 Aug 2017
    If you are on Instagram, then you’ve probably seen the demonstration video of a new product out there: magnetic false lashes! Wow! Now that’s innovation. Let’s break this down – what are your choices for lashes these days, what are the pros and cons of each, and which is the…

  3. Beauty Sleuth #16: Untangling Hair Color

    Date 22 Jul 2017
    It was many years ago that I read in, I want to say Town and Country Magazine, that Evelyn Lauder dyed her own hair. Simply for the time savings. I thought to myself, “Sheesh, if she dyes her own hair, I should try it too!” After all, I used lemons to…

  4. Beauty Sleuth #15: What happens when you get skin cancer?

    Date 14 May 2017
    May is Skin Cancer Awareness month! Did you know that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States? Fortunately, its also one of the most preventable forms of cancer and highly treatable when detected early I was just treated for skin cancer last month. I had sort…

  5. Let It Glow! Glam and Tan time.

    Date 02 Apr 2017
    With apologies to my East Coast fans caught in an April snow-storm, this blog post is on how to tan safely! It’s warm here on the West Coast and lots of folks are getting ready for Spring Break too! The only safe way to tan is to fake it. And I…

  6. Beauty Sleuth #14: Does Dry Brushing Really Do Anything?

    Date 26 Mar 2017
    Ok - so here it is…the headline from Vogue that is 100% “click-bait”: The Skin Secret That Will Transform Your Body in Five Minutes or Less. Now who wouldn’t click on that link given the million other things we have to do all day? Well, never fear, the Beauty Sleuth is…

  7. Beauty Sleuth #13: What’s In A Cream?

    Date 12 Mar 2017
    Is there any difference between a night cream and a day cream? An eye cream vs a neck cream? And what about a body lotion? What are all these different lotions and potions and do I need them all? Let’s dig in a bit deeper and find out There are…

  8. Beauty Sleuth #12: Skin Cancer from a Manicure?

    Date 06 Mar 2017
    I’ve been asked this question more than once: “Can I get skin cancer from the lights used to cure a gel manicure?” Most recently during my presentation on the science of the sun at Rancho La Puerta in Mexico. It’s an interesting question, because in order to “cure” the gel…

  9. Beauty Sleuth #11: Aye, there’s the rub!

    Date 13 Feb 2017
    It was Hamlet who said, “To sleep, perchance to dream; aye, there’s the rub…” Well, the Prince of Denmark might not have been speaking about skincare, but so what? I’ll use the reference anyway, because, my guess is that it might make you remember this entry in my blog! The…

  10. Beauty Sleuth #10: Can Dry Shampoos Make You Bald?

    Date 03 Feb 2017
    Hmmm. A few weeks ago the New York Times came out with an article about how people were not washing their hair often enough because of dry shampoo “addiction”. No judgements! (47% of women say bad hair can ruin their day! - Allure poll). The internet went viral when this…

  11. Beauty Sleuth #9: Teeth whitening is B. S.

    Date 07 Jan 2017
    Actually, the only color I judge people by is the color of their teeth! Teeth whitening is real, works, and is now a $1.4 billion industry (American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry). But then again some people believe that it’s all a hoax, hoopla, and marketing b.s. Well, perhaps some of…

  12. Join me in Mexico?

    Date 01 Jan 2017
    Super excited to be a Guest Speaker at Rancho La Puerta, a fabulous destination spa just south of the California border. There you can “escape from life’s stress and distractions on a healthy vacation that empowers your true self”. Having been there several times (once with my #girlsquad and once with…

  13. Beauty Sleuth #8: “Help me! I can’t breathe!”

    Date 03 Dec 2016
    I hear from clients and friends that they don’t want to apply skincare at night because they “want to let their skin breathe.” Recently, I had a client say this to me and then ask, “Does that make sense?” and then “Maybe you could do one of your beauty myth…

  14. Beauty Sleuth #7: What the Pluck?

    Date 18 Nov 2016
    If you pluck your brows … do the brow hairs grow back? A common question because sometimes we go a little overboard when we are trying to clean up those strays First let’s get on the same page. I think a lot of people picture plucking or tweezing or threading for…

  15. Beauty Sleuth #6: Am I Addicted to Lip Balm?

    Date 11 Nov 2016
    Who hasn’t heard the old Carmex conspiracy theory? Is it true? Can you get addicted to lip balm? Uh well, you probably won’t be surprised to hear that this is a big, old, whopping fib. But it does lead very nicely into a great blog piece below about how you…

  16. Beauty Sleuth #5: Quenching Your Skin’s Thirst

    Date 05 Nov 2016
    “My skin is so dry. I’m not drinking enough water…” I hear this so, so often. Fact or fib? I mean do you have to drink that much water a day to keep your skin properly moisturized?  Well, even though we have all heard this comment frequently, you might be…

  17. Beauty Sleuth #4: Does Makeup Make You Break Out?

    Date 30 Oct 2016
    Lots of women, Mom’s, friends and such believe that makeup is “bad” for your skin and can even make you break out. Well, to tell you the truth, that’s not really true! It’s more complicated than that! There are several “habits” that some of us get into that do, in…

  18. Beauty Sleuth #3: Does A Cold Water Splash Close Pores?

    Date 21 Oct 2016
    I just did a Google search of “cold water to wash face” and find that there are dozens of articles online stating “cold water closes pores” and “hot water opens pores”. WRONG! Urban myth, urban myth, urban myth! Actually I probably have to stop saying “urban” because this one does…

  19. Beauty Sleuth #2: Shaving Your Face Is Just For Men

    Date 16 Oct 2016
    “Not by the hair on my chinny, chin, chin….” Gawd…facial hair…it’s one of those things that no one likes to talk about, but frankly there is just a ton of misinformation swirling about out there on this one. I’m here to tell you that I shave my face once a…

  20. Beauty Sleuth #1: Can You Get Sunburned Through A Window?

    Date 03 Oct 2016
    “Don’t worry children! You can’t get a sunburn through a window!” So said Ms. Nolan, my 1st grade teacher at Selby Lane School, in sunny Northern California. Well, that was then and this is now! Was Ms. Nolan correct?  Well, you may not be able to get sunburned through a…

  21. Can You Change The Size of Your Pores?

    Date 27 Mar 2016
    “I hate my pores.” It’s a seemingly constant complaint among women over 30. In fact, a recent Harris Poll found that 45% of women wish they could change the size of their pores, and almost 30% are more concerned about their pore size than they are about wrinkles Dermatologists have…

  22. Should Your Lipstick Match Your Blush?

    Date 25 Mar 2016
    The Age Old Conundrum:Should Your Lipstick Match Your Blush?I get asked this a lot in my makeup lessons.My answer: the tones need to be complimentary for the best look.There is a trend right now with some eye-popping combinations,like Light Pink with Orangish  or a Bronze-y cheek with a bright pink…

  23. It’s Not Too Late - 5 Things You Still Can Do To Look Your Best This Holiday Season

    Date 02 Dec 2015
    It’s not too late…to whip it…whip it into shape!”…ah, so sang DEVO when I was growing up and the same refrain applies today in early December. It’s not too late to look your best for the holiday season. Here are 5 things you can still do that will make a…

  24. Merry and Bright - Tree Decorating

    Date 02 Dec 2015
    How do you dress up the White House’s Christmas tree? How do you add thousands of lights to holiday tree, and take them down later? What the best size tree to get for your space?  Meet decorating expert and holiday tree lover, Annie Ballantine, a business partner of mine…

  25. Talking Turkey

    Date 10 Nov 2015
    Many men and women are shocked to hear that there is no such thing as a “neck lift.” Unfortunately, as with many things in life, there’s no “quick fix” procedure for that area. Reversal of the sag requires an invasive face lift (a minimum of 2- 3 weeks to heal) and won’t…

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