Got 5 minutes?

For those days when you’re feeling lazy, it’s nice to know that you can still get in a mini workout that has mega benefits on your health. Apparently, running just 5 minutes a day can have significant benefits and help you live a longer, healthier life.

Click here to read full article.

 

(photography courtesy of pinterest)

Nationwide Model Search and Giveaway

Calling all male and female wannabe models…have you got what it takes?

If you’ve got great hair and great style you could be the next L.A. Looks® model! All you have to do is be a fan of L.A. Looks Facebook page and  submit a photo with your best “L.A. Look. All 18 and older male and female fans will get the chance to win a trip to L.A. for a professional photo shoot and a surprise VIP experience, including airfare, L.A. car rental, hotel and even a trip stipend.

Plus, The Beauty Wall readers will get a chance to win a basket full of L.A. Looks® products. The basket contains L.A. Looks Absolute Curls, L.A. Looks Volcanic Rush Glue Gel, L.A. Looks Mega Mega Hold gel and L.A. Looks Define & Shine gel.

To enter to be a model, simply click here and like L.A. Looks Facebook page. Also, submit a hair shot of yourself (your personal L.A. Look). The deadline for this is 9/6/14. *

To enter to win the basket of L.A. Looks® products, simply leave a message on this post or leave a message on my Facebook Wall. One winner will be randomly selected. The deadline for this is 7/25/14.

*Model search entries will be judged on originality, creativity, quality of photo and overall appeal. Using these criteria, the judges will select 10 women and men for the finalist stage. Starting on Sept. 22, 2014, L.A. Looks will ask its fans to vote and determine who the two grand-prize winners will be, with the winner announcement to be made later in the fall. The model search will be promoted on product packaging, social media and the website.

GOOD LUCK!!! xoxoNancy

Road Tested: Ultherapy / Dr. Jacono Reviews

We all have our bad beauty days–you wake up and regret the salty food you ate the day before or the extra-late night or the second cocktail. But you get through the day, get some extra shut-eye, eat lots of fruit and veggies and within a day or two your eyes are bright again and your skin glows. Lately though, I’d been noticing it took me a little longer to bounce back and my skin wasn’t as taut as I remembered. I couldn’t blame it on anything but age. My less-than-tight jawline was all I could see when I looked in the mirror and I was hoping there was a solution to reverse this downward shift, short of cosmetic surgery.

I’d heard about Ultherapy and thought it might be just what I was looking for but there were conflicting reports–some people seemed to love their results and others couldn’t even see a difference. Said to improve loose, sagging skin in the face and neck in a significant but completely non-surgical way, Ultherapy is a non-invasive, no-downtime, anti-aging, in-office procedure that uses focused ultrasound waves to bypass the skin’s surface and heat the deep layers of skin tissue, stimulating collagen production for subtle yet visible tightening (the best candidates can expect about a 30% improvement).

I made an appointment with world renowned Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Dr. Andrew Jacono at his NYC office. He explained how the loss of volume in my lower face was contributing to my less than taut jawline. Though everyone is not an ideal candidate for Ultherapy (possibly the reason for the mixed reviews) he  accessed my skin and assured me great results. Apparently, those with a fair-ish, on-the-dry side, thinner-skinned complexions will get better results than those with oily, thicker skin. Since it’s hard for people to determine this on their own, speak to your doctor about your skin type and whether you’re a good candidate for it as well.

Before my treatment I took some Advil to make it a bit easier to handle. Through an imaging window (that looks very much like a computer) Dr. Jacono looked below my skin to determine which specific areas needed the most energy to jumpstart new collagen growth. He marked up my skin like a roadmap (see my before picture) so that Joyce, his Laser Technician/Aesthetician would know the precise locations and depths to direct the energy. I had to stay very still as Joyce used the hand-held transducer  to zap me a few times in each area Dr. J had marked. The whole procedure took about 60 minutes.

It can be uncomfortable at times (especially around the bonier areas), but Joyce was calming and patient as she got the job done. She didn’t even bat an eye when I found that the lamaze breathing I learned many years ago was helping me get through it. In fact, once I started doing the breathing techniques it was quite easy to handle. The second the treatment was over any discomfort was all but forgotten.

Afterwards, I had almost no redness and was able to go about my day as if I hadn’t done anything. I went to a work event and even met a friend for dinner. Over the next week or so I did experience some mild tenderness that almost felt like what a sunburn or mild bruise feels like even though there weren’t any visible marks on my skin. I was actually happy for it since I knew it meant it was working.

Ultherapy prices vary from office to office but it costs approximately $2000 – $6000 depending on the area(s) being treated and the doctor or technician’s expertise. Though it’s non-invasive with no downtime whatsoever, don’t count on a spa-like experience. Basically, Ultherapy heats small, targeted amounts of soft tissue below the surface of the skin to the point that it contracts and the body will starts creating new collagen. It’s tricky because the right amount of heat needs to be delivered to the right depths of tissue, without injuring the surface of the skin.Re-building collagen takes time and I was informed that results can take 2-3 months to appear and many clients experience continued gradual lifting and firming for up to 6 months afterwards. My after  photo is taken just 2 months post-treatment and you can already see a more defined jawline, so I’m excited to see this through to the 6 month mark. Though the results aren’t as dramatic as they’d be with surgery, I’m quite pleased. I actually prefer maintenance types of treatments like this that no one will ever mistake for surgery. You’ll look like yourself, but you on your best day all the time.

If you’re looking for a non-invasive, anti-aging treatment with no downtime that can put off (or put an end to) the need for surgery Ultherapy has got what it takes. I’d do it again in a heartbeat!

 

 

Add a Pop of Color!

Product Review: Laura Geller Love Me Dew Moisturizing Lip Crayon, $16 at laurageller.com

For someone who doesn’t wear a lot of lipstick, I’m crazy about my new Laura Geller Lip Crayon. I’m loving it in Purple Currant but it also comes in shades of pink, cranberry, plum, orange, coral and more.

Laura Geller Love Me Dew Moisturizing Lip Crayon is the perfect blend of balm, color and shine. It leaves my lips super-moisturized and it never feels tacky.

Since the bright, bold lip trend is going nowhere I keep it in my bag at all times–whenever I need to look good, out it comes and on it goes!

 

(photography courtesy of laurageller.com)

Go Faux!

Everyone loves sun kissed skin, but for the safest route you’ll want to forego an actual suntan and go faux instead. Click here to check out my latest story for Beauty in the Bag. It’s chock full of pro tips and product recommendations to help you get golden. xoxoNancy

 

(featured image courtesy of pinterest)

Summer Must-Have: The Tunic

I don’t know about you, but every summer I live in tunics…and this summer is no exception. They muti-task over cutoffs, jeans, swimsuits and depending on the length can even be worn as a dress. Ahhhhh…what summer dressing all about!

Here, what I’m coveting right now:

Enza Linen Striped Tunic Tank, $69 at calypsostbarth.com

Lem Lem Striped V-Neck Tunick, $200 at barneys.com

Lilla Stripe Tunic, $240 at shoplatitude.com

 

Hair Flair!

Book Review: The New Braiding Handbook: 60 Modern Twists on the Classic Hairstyle

If you usually leave your hair down or pull it back into a ponytail like me this book will get you out of your style rut and shake things up a bit. “The New Braiding Handbook” will help you master the trendiest twists, fishtails and updos. It has easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step photos to learn how to do the Celtic Knot, the Waterfall Ponytail, the Dutch Braided Headband and many, many more–60 all together to be exact!

Though I’m not sure all the styles are quite right for me, there are those that I can’t wait to wear. And my tween daughter Emma is all over this book! We’ve had a lot of fun practicing a few of the styles and her and her friends have been getting in on the action, too. In fact, they’ve been loving it so much that this might be her go-to birthday gift for a while. Have fun braiding! xoxoNancy

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Ballerina Girl

Product Review: Linge Shoes Ballet Flats

I love sky high heels as much as the next girl…as long as I’m sitting down. The moment I have to walk around in them, I’m miserable, which is why my flip-flops get more than their fair share of play time. Looks like my summer staple has some competition.

Enter Linge ballet shoes. They’re made from soft, top-quality leather so they’re super comfy and a breeze to slip on and off. They’re really light (ie. portable!) so perfect to pop in my bag for easy, quick access if I need to step out of my heels and into something that’ll show my feet some love, plus they look great with skirts, dresses, jeans and shorts.

I definitely found a new shoe to get me through the summer. Linge Shoes Ballet Flats are light, super-stylish and come in 12 gorgeous colors–just what the foot-doctor ordered!

Linge Shoes Ballet Flats, $59 at lingeshoes.com.

(photography courtesy of lingeshoes.com)

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Beauty and the Brow

Take a good look in the mirror. Could your brows use some work? If so, don’t even think about touching them right now. Instead, mark your calendar for this Friday, June 13th, aka Eyebrow Intervention Day in the beauty world!

“The perfect brow can transform anyone’s look, making it more stylish and beautiful,” says celebrity brow guru, Ramy Gafni. “Eyebrow Intervention Day is your opportunity to lift, shape and style your brows flawlessly.”

On June 13th from 11:00am to 7:00pm at LOOK Boutiques at Duane Reade and Walgreens stores nationwide Ramy  and his team of trained RAMY Bar Staffers will be offering FREE brow consultations and shapings (a $20 value). Walk-ins are welcome but guarantee a slot by scheduling an appointment ahead of time. Click here for a complete list of participating locations.

If you can’t make it in for an appointment follow Ramy’s Rules:

- When in doubt, don’t pluck it out!
- When tweezing or trimming eyebrows, always take a conservative approach.
- Follow nature! Eyebrows that follow your bone structure will always be flattering.
- When filling in brows, regardless of what product formula you use, always brush it through. This removes the excess product and blends what’s left behind. You’re left with a perfect looking eyebrow, not a made-up looking eyebrow.

I’m definitely attending!  xoxoNancy

 

(photography courtesy of pinterest.com)

 

 

Sole Saving

Product Review: Emjoi Micro-Pedi Nano

I love a good sandal…and the warm weather had me very excited to go shoe shopping…until I checked out my feet. How didn’t I notice that they’d morphed into something I most certainly didn’t want to show off–my hard, cracked heels and scaly feet needed a remedy and fast!

My crazy, busy schedule meant that the earliest I could book a pedi was a few days away. And then I remembered I had something in my “Products to Review” basket.  The Emjoi Micro-Pedi Nano was certainly worth a try and I could even do it while watching Andie whittle down her list of suiters–I know there are other The Bachelorette fans out there!–but I wasn’t canceling my appointment just yet.

Emjoi’s Micro-Pedi Nano is an at-home, hand-held device that gently and easily turns feet silky. The unique roller spins 360 degrees, at an incredible 30 times a second, effectively buffing away hard, dead skin. Really!

It’s completely painless and I actually felt a weird sort of satisfaction watching the dry, hard skin literally turn to dust to reveal the healthier, soft skin below. The fact that it’s  accepted by the American Podiatric Medical Association as beneficial to foot health is just the icing on the cake.

Emjoi lived up to its promise and then some. This just might be the miracle solution you’re looking for. It is for me!

To purchase: Emjoi Micro-Pedi Nano, $24.95 at emjoi.com

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(photography courtesy of pinterest and emjoi.com)