Oprah’s Favorite Things 2012

Did you know that Oprah did a favorite things this year? I just found out so now I’m combing through looking for what I suddenly need have to have (the oil can looks really cool), you can check out the list on her site HERE and look for a TV special coming up this week on OWN.

Highlights include:

Oil Can for the kitchen.

Eau La La Fragrance by Edward Bess, made just for Oprah available now to us little people.

Lancer Skincare, a doctor produced line that blew up after it was featured on an anti-aging Oprah show.

Non-Surgical Cosmetic Facial Procedures from WebMD.com

Click HERE to see a gallery of non-surgical cosmetic facial procedures along with before and after shots from WebMD.com. I didn’t see a big difference in the chemical peel before and after photos, but I’m not a chemical peel fan since you can’t predict how far into the skin the chemicals will go – which can sometimes lead to burns. Scary! Microdermabrasion is another throw away treatment I think unless you do it pretty frequently in which case you should just get a PMD and get it over with. I’ve been looking into Thermage and want to try it on my lids! The before and after pic they have is just what I want, a little tightening without looking like a freak.

Anyway, it’s just fun to see how far technology has advanced and what we can improve without going under the knife even if it’s something (like me with Thermage, let’s face it..) you’ll never do.

Photo Credit: WebMD.com

XOJane.com, Cat Marnell, and Joe Jonas

It was the news of Courteney Cox joining XOJane.com that first brought me to the site, but it’s Cat Marnell that keeps me going back for more. The easily offended need not apply, but if you can appreciate talk of – let’s say – her watching one of her friends smoke pot in a club with Joe Jonas, then you’ll love every second of her smart, crazy stories that draw you in and make you wish you knew her. Click HERE for the whole crazy account accompanied by her best bets for ‘stoner beauty’ i.e. cosmetics that contain cannabis – a stretch but still a good tie in for her now infamous story.

Of course it’s not all as racy as Cat’s stuff, but the tone from the editors throughout is a modern one like how you talk with your girlfriends.  Click HERE and subscribe to my new fav site, XOJane

The FDA’s new Brazilian Blowout Warnings

Things are heating up between the FDA and the makers of Brazilian Blowout with the company’s labeling called “adulterated” and “misbranded” by the administration. Still addicted to the hair treatment? Find an alternative, it’s just not worth it.

Check out the EWG’s article HERE, and their investigation into other dangerous hair treatments HERE

Natural Skincare Options for Pregnant Women

It’s not just your wardrobe that changes when you’re pregnant. I get a lot of emails from women wanting to know what they can use to improve their outbreaks and sallow skin during pregnancy. I asked Hope Gillerman, creator of H.G.O Lab, a beautifully crafted organic skincare line what were her go-to’s for essential oils that work hard to deliver safe results.

Q: So many pregnant women have trouble with their skin when they’re expecting. Breakouts, redness, and a lack of luster are often the biggest complaints. What would you recommend to solve these problems using products they can use?

A: For irritated skin try vegetable oils like Coconut and Meadow Seed. Red skin can be calmed from Neroli, Chamomile, and Ylang Ylang, and oily skin is balanced by using Grape Seed oil. Also, pick up some Wheat Germ oil for stretch marks, it’s ultra rich in Vitamin E.

Q: What ingredients in skin care should pregnant women avoid?

A: The primary ingredients to avoid are parabens, fragrance, and synthetic or synthetically derived ingredients (they’re simple to spot – the word will look like a chemical, not a plant name.) [Sidebar, Cosmetics Database is a good resource for ingredient look-ups.]

On the natural front, it’s best to avoid essential oils from spices like Basil, Clove, Cinnamon, Rosemary, Marjoram, Myrrh, Fennel, and Anise. Drying oils like Cypress, Eucalyptus, and Cedarwood should also be avoided.

Q: What about breakouts since Salicylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide are off the table?

A: Lavender and Tea Tree oils disinfect and heal breakouts safely while leaving skin completely in tact.

You can check out her site HERE for more natural beauty options.

New Cosmetic Safety Report; Lead in Your Lipstick

We’ve been hearing a quiet roar about the hidden dangers in cosmetics recently, but what exactly are they? A Canadian Environmental group recently grabbed up 49 popular beauty products and tested them for toxins like lead and cadmium. The results? Not great, but will it detour you from buying your favorite products?

Photo Credit: Allen McInnis, Gazette files

Check out the full report HERE