Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Time-Saving Beauty Tips

There are so many things that women do today that one of the things that women end up letting go is taking care of themselves. Here are some beauty regimen time-savers so that you can go through your to-do list without neglecting yourself.

1. Keep your nails short and trim. Just because you have short nails does not mean that you can't shape and color them. You don't have to have long nails in order to look fabulous. Trimming your nails so that you don't have to worry about breaking a nail is a great time-saver and costs you less money. In addition, short nails don't get in the way of doing your job while your hands still looking polished and manicured.
2. Maintain a hair color that's closest to your true hair color. It is so unattractive to see the roots on someone's hair that is such a contrast to the rest of her head. Your hair color shouldn't be more than two shades lighter or darker than your original hair color. By keeping the shade closer to your true shade, you don't have to go to the hair salon as often, and it also saves you a lot more money.
3. Stay true to your hair style. The grass is always greener on the other side is such a true expression when it comes to your hair. If you have straight hair you want it wavy or curly, and vice versa. My sister and I have the opposite hair. She had these gorgeous curls, and I had straight hair; and wouldn't you know it, she spent her time and money trying to relax her curls so that it would be straight like mine, and I spent my time and money on perms. Be happy with your hair and work with it by getting a cut that goes with your natural hair so that it can be displayed at it's best and you'll have so many compliments and more time to hear them.
4. Keep experiments on your skin to a minimum. It's very hard to ignore the latest skin care treatment. Everything looks so effective and you always to bring back that healthy, dewy look that you had when you were a teenager. But you're not and you can't turn back the clock by using every skin care line that comes out. What you can do is to keep your skin clean and use moisturizer. "The key to beautiful, healthy skin is consistency," says Jeffrey Dover, M.D., a dermatologist in Boston, who counsels patients to stick with a streamlined regimen. Every time you use different cleansers, toners, washes, etc. it affects your skin's natural balance, so do your skin a favor and experiment sparingly and use a skin care line until you run out.
5. Don't overtweeze your eyebrows. It's so disconcerting to see a straggly line of overtweezed eyebrows. Some women try to cover it up by by darkening it with eyebrow pencil, but then it just comes out looking weird. Women can't seem to stop from tweezing their brows out and they spend so much time on the shape. To make sure your don't overtweeze, take a white pencil and use it to shape your eyebrow, then tweeze any hair outside of the white line.
6. Keep makeup to a minimum. You don't always have to be fully made up when you make a quick run to the store or other errands. Minimize by using concealer instead of foundation. Use an eyelash curler instead of mascara. But always wear lipstick because it's a great finishing touch.
7. Wax less. There's a reason why you have pubic hair. "Pubic hair acts as a natural buffer against chafing. And, as you get older, you'll want to leave some hair there for camouflage because everything, and I mean everything, sags eventually," says Amy Wechsler, M.D., a dermatologist in NYC. So take the doc's advice and don't always go brazilian. A nice trim, V shape or a landing strip, seems to be what the doctor recommends.
Now you don't have to implement all seven beauty tips at once. Try one or two at a time until it becomes a habit and pretty soon you'll see that maintaining your best self doesn't take time at all.
Originally published 8/8/2010

How to Look like a Million Bucks on a Budget

Being in style is so expensive, thinks the average consumer, but that's not true, it can just look expensive. Not many women I know want to spend $300 on a Dooney and Bourke giraffe print bag, but I can drop $20 for a giraffe print handbag that I saw online. There are so many things that have the look of fashion designer apparel and accessories but not the price. Now I'm not talking about buying the fake bags you would see in Chinatown or on the streets of Manhattan; that's engaging in a criminal activity. However, part of being fashionable is recognizing the trends that come from the designers that are popular and buying the equivalent at your price range.
And there are so many opportunities to get the look at an inexpensive price -- in fact that's what America is all about. Taking the elite styles and making it possible for the masses. Where but in America would mass merchandising happen?
Take my earlier example, a Dooney & Bourke giraffe print bag with a price tag of $295 (there is a whole line of giraffe print bags at Dooney & Bourke). Now for that kind of money, I can buy a small gas stove for my apartment or a 4-piece dining set, or an evening out at a nice restaurant and a Broadway show or a weekend at a good hotel in the mountains of upstate New York. There's plenty that I can do with that $295 instead of splurging it on a bag. Then again, I'm not a fashionista where I have to have a designer bag. I'm happy to get the "look" of that same bag and I can get it for approximately $20 on Amazon. For me it's a no brainer, I'll take style at a budget price.
You and I can do the same thing when it comes to the black shirtdress over here by Ralph Lauren. The shirtdress is one of those great pieces that you can wear at the office during the day and be ready to go out at night by accessorizing with either a scarf or chunky jewelry and a change of shoes. I can either buy Ralph's at $169 or I can go to Target and buy a similar look and have fashionable style from Merona for under $30.
Now if you are the kind of shopper who wants the authentic thing by all means, buy the real thing. I'm not here saying that it's foolish to do that. But what I do want to make clear is that you can still take advantage of the latest trends and do so on a small budget, and that's why having fashionable style can be so much fun.
Keep in mind that just because the lookalike is cheaper doesn't mean that you would want to buy it. The consideration for whether a product is worth the purchase should be the same. Is the product well made? If you see uneven stitching, loose threads, flimsy material, then it's really not worth buying. Will you get a lot of use out of it? This is an important question. For me, I like to combine fashion with practical use. I buy something because I will get a lot of use out of it in addition to it being cute and fashionable. A bargain is only good if you get more than your money's worth.

Originally published 08/30/2010

More Pictures of Terracotta Warriors exhibition

I just posted a new article about the terracotta warriors exhibition that I went to this past summer at Discovery Times Square.  I didn't post these pictures with the article but it's still worth looking at so here they are for you.

I thought this little sculpture was so cute.  It's not anywhere near as impressive as the terracotta warriors but I found it very appealing.

A cavalry soldier

and his horse

A high ranking official

This is a terracotta model of a chariot horse and he's quite impressive with his glaring eyes and flaring nostrils

LaGuardia Airport Waterlogged by Hurricane Sandy

Needless to say, both JFK and LaGuardia airports were affected by Hurricane Sandy since both are situated near water.  LaGuardia is next to Flushing Bay and JFK is next to Jamaica Bay.  Of the two, LaGuardia suffered more because Flushing Bay practically engulfed the runway.  LaGuardia will still be closed today.  JFK has limited flights departing today.

I found these two incredible pictures of LaGuardia on Tuesday morning, the morning after the hurricane passed through New Jersey and New York in the evening.  Incredible.

A flight attendant took this shot on Tuesday morning and it looks like it was taken from Terminal C where US Airways and Delta flights depart.

This is another shot taken at LaGuardia by someone at JetBlue but I don't know which terminal this is.

These pictures have been making the rounds on new television shows as well as on Facebook and other social media.