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Monday, February 13, 2012
925 Bali Silver Jewelry
On a vacation 4 years ago I traveled to Bali and fell in love with the people and land. I purchased some Sterling Silver jewelry in Celuk Indonesia and began my http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifbusiness. I now travel there yearly to buy quality silver jewelry. Shop with confidence as all items are guarantee authentic. Selling online business since 2004.Located in the heart of Southeast Asia is a small island called Bali. Bali, Indonesia has been known for its wholesale silver jewelry and other fine arts and crafts for over half a century. For decades Bali has been a major source of sterling silver jewelry for smaller jewelry wholesale and retail outlets. We carry a large variety of Bali Silver Necklaces to choose from. Our selection of sterling silver Necklaces include Chains, Choker, Beaded Necklaces, Gemstone Necklaces, Women's and Men's Necklaces. The quality of our sterling silver bracelets is excellent, and our pricing is affordable. Browse through our sterling silver Necklaces to find that perfect jewelry for you.
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Thursday, December 17, 2009
"Minxing" by De Lux.
(Photo: Sweetsquared/Courtesy of De Lux)
De Lux Gallery
Fulton St., nr. S. Oxford St., Ft. Greene; 212-920-1066
Here is the manicure’s next generation: Sheets of metallic film are heat-adhered to the nail, then filed into shape. The films, by a company called Minx, need no drying and last, without a chip, for about two weeks. Though it sounds potentially tacky, the result is sleek, slightly androidy, and incredibly cool-looking. Ten gleaming silver fingertips with black tiger stripes are dramatic; if you’re timid, start with a single gold pinkie. You can also customize the films with a photo (your pet) or logo (AC/DC). Have yours done by Honey, who has a space at De Lux. For $55, she’ll do a mini manicure and apply a full set of Minx. The procedure requires some setup, so make an appointment.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
How to Use a Flat Iron
A flat iron is a flexible styling tool that has come a long way from the scary torture devices of ages past. Flat irons today are safe, gentle on your hair and can be used not only to straighten, but also to make quick curls and flips. Like any tool, the key is knowing how to use it.
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Prepare Your Hair:
* Styling products, grease and dirt that build up in your hair every day must be thoroughly cleaned away before you use a flat iron or your hair will stick, clump and easily damage.
* For manageable hair that responds well to styling and remains healthy afterwards, you'll need to shampoo and condition first.
* Use quality hydrating shampoos and conditioners that will prime your hair for the rigors of styling. This can be right before using a flat iron or the previous night.
* While hair is wet, use a thermal spray or heat treatment. Using it on wet hair is allows it to distribute evenly and soften hair as it dries. This treatment will protect your hair, and increase the life of the style you're after
* Then blow your hair dry - even flat irons that are "safe" for damp hair will not produce the best results without completely dry hair. (Don't be concerned at this point with straightening your hair; just dry it.)
* We highly recommend a ceramic heated ionic hair dryer for gentler heat that dries your hair faster and reduces frizz, static and hair shaft damage. We have a great selection including T3 Tourmaline dryers and Elchim hair dryers.
The Right Flat Iron For You
* A professional ceramic flat iron, unlike cheaper consumer flat irons, will have a ceramic heater and thick ceramic layers baked onto the plates. ("Nano-ceramic" means there are only small particles of ceramic; many lower grade irons use this technique or apply a light ceramic coating that easily scrapes off.)
* Any ceramic flat iron produces negative ions and far infrared heat which is much more gentle to your hair, seals hair follicles to preserve moisture and ultimately conditions hair for added shine and health. A tourmaline flat iron or a titanium flat iron combines these elements with ceramic to increase the ionic output & shine.
* As long as you go with a professional quality ceramic flat iron, you're making the healthiest choice for your hair - but you still need to pick the right size.
* Flat irons with plates 1" - 1.5" wide are fine for most hair types, as long as your hair is short-medium length. For finer hair, a narrower plate is sufficient. In general these smaller irons are lighter and easier to control.
* Flat irons with 2" plates or larger are great if you have long hair and a smaller iron would just make your styling more tedious.
* You can also use larger plates for thicker, curlier hair and they might save some time, but you'll sacrifice easy maneuverability - which might not be worth it if you use your iron frequently.
* Plates with rounded edges are superior for curls and flips - and won't leave any "dents" in your hair.
* You don't want to use more heat than necessary when styling your hair. If your iron has variable temperature settings, you have more styling flexibility and control.
* For thick, coarse, or extra curly hair that is hard to style, a higher heat setting between 350-400 degrees F will be more effective.
* For fine, damaged or chemically treated hair, use lower heat settings, below 300 degrees F (but start with the lowest heat setting and work up if necessary).
* Normal hair can be heated at around 300-380 degrees F.
Choosing a Flat Iron
* Now that you know what you're looking for, you have a lot of choices in front of you. These days you can choose by colors (basic black, blue, green, purple, silver and yes - the famous pink flat iron - no longer limited to the pink CHI flat iron!
* Well established name-brand tools like the CHI flat iron, FHI flat iron or Corioliss flat iron might cost more, but many people find it worthwhile to know what they're getting into from the numerous reviews and magazine endorsements that can be found.
* Lower profile flat irons like the Infrashine flat iron or the HAI Convertable flat iron may be surrounded by less hype, but have been around long enough to build consumer confidence as well.
* Of course, price & features matter to most of us and will probably be the most important factors in your choice. See our flat iron comparison chart to easily compare features & prices and choose the best flat iron for you!
Using A Flat Iron
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* Check out our Salon Secrets video series (also featured on this page) to see expert tips from a licensed hairdresser on professional straightening and styling at home!
* Unless using a wet-to-dry flat iron, make sure your hair is clean and completely dry before styling. Any moisture could cause it to frizz right up. If it feels cool to the touch, it's probably still damp.
* Use a comb and get all the tangles out of your hair - then make sections no wider than the plate size of your iron. Use clips to keep your hair separated while you style. (See our combs and clips.)
* Keep sections small! The most common mistake women make with flat irons is to try to iron too much of their hair at once. This leads to uneven heating and therefore uneven styling. Small sections mean less passes with the iron and straighter hair!
* Too much hair in the iron also leads to another mistake - heating your hair longer to get it to straighten. Not only will it not have the desired effect when the section is too big, this prolonged heating leads to damage.
* Once you have a manageable section, press it between the plates close to your scalp and, maintaining gentle pressure, draw the iron down to the tips of your hair. Your movement should be even and moderately fast - don't allow the iron to linger on any spot for long. With some practice you'll see how much attention your hair needs to get it just right.
Flipping with a Flat Iron
* This technique is the same as straightening with a flat iron; except when you near the tip of your hair, turn the iron in the direction you want the flip and glide it the rest of the way through. Experiment with starting at different points along your hair for different volumes of flip!
* Check out the video to the left for tips on perfect flips - and some helpful do's and don'ts that'll get you a style that looks like you paid big bucks for it!
Curling with A Flat Iron
* If your flat iron has rounded or curved plates, it's easier to create curls. Check out the third video in our flat iron styling series for a step by step professional demonstration!
* Unlike a curling iron, you aren't wrapping your hair around the iron and curling up to your head. Instead, clamp a 1" section of your hair close to your scalp with the iron and turn the flat iron about 1 and a half turns in the direction you want to curl.
* Firmly hold the flat iron at this angle, and pull it through the length of the strand of hair while maintaining the flat iron's position.
* Repeat for the rest of your curls - if you have long hair, you can pin them up as you go to make sure they stay until the finishing process.
* It may be tedious the first few times you curl with a flat iron, but once you get the hang of it, you'll be curling quickly and easily.
Protect Your Style
* To keep your hair styled perfectly for the whole day or night, use a lightweight finishing spray to keep your hair in place.
* Take good care of your flat iron! It's a great piece of equipment and not exactly cheap to replace, so simply storing it in a heat proof pouch - or using one for safe travel - will help you protect your iron and keep using it for a long, long time. You can also set your iron down on this heat proof surface during styling to protect counters from possible heat damage.
* Clean your flat iron from time to time - frequently if you use leave in conditioners or heat serums, every week or so if not. Build-up on the plates can cause your hair to snag and shorten the life of the plates themselves. Heat your iron and then wipe it down with a non-abrasive cloth - use a flat iron cleaner if you use leave-in treatments frequently, but avoid chemical solvents not meant for cleaning your iron.
Click here to view our ceramic flat iron selection!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
The treatment uses laser energy to stimulate collagen formation, tighten the skin and reduce fatty tissue, in combination with fat transplantation to fill in the depressed areas.
The patient's own fat is injected into the area, producing visible signs of improvement and few adverse effects, according to a study in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal.
Study author Dr Robert Gotkin, a cosmetic surgeon in New York, commented: "The search for the cause of cellulite and effective treatments is ongoing; however, the combination of a minimally-invasive pulsed laser treatment and autologous fat transplantation represents a viable option for women who have severe cases of cellulite."
Dr Foad Nahai, the journal's editor-in-chief, added that although there is currently no cure for cellulite, the latest research provides hope for those most affected by the condition.
Cellulite can affect the skin of the lower limbs, abdomen and pelvic region and its development is thought to be associated with hormones.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
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Skin whitening is one of the fastest growing segments of the global beauty industry. The Asian market is estimated to be around US$18 billion per annum in size(1). The global whitening market is expected to grow over 10% annually(2), with major opportunities emerging from the rapidly expanding Asian markets.
The elure advanced dermal whitening product is the first scientifically proven enzymatic skin whitening treatment that targets and decomposes melanin to reveal a visibly lighter and exceptionally luminous skin tone. This product line is based on the a unique scientific discovery of a naturally occurring bio-active substance, Melanozyme(TM), working in cooperation with scientists in the field of biotechnology and enzymes and with international cosmetic experts.
Melanozyme acts to decompose the melanin in a clinically proven, fast and safe manner with no side effects. It is combined with a bio-activator to diminish the dark colored pigment in the skin. Unlike several other whitening products in the market, the elure product line does not contain Hydroquinine which may cause side effects such as skin redness and burning sensation.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
I'm planning some fun Halloween how-tos for later this month, but I couldn't resist showing you these looks. MAC asked its makeup artists to come up with creative Halloween makeup, and received more than 500 face charts.
You can see 25 of them online, where you'll also find lists of which products to use—but considering the techniques needed to achieve these looks, you'd be wise to go to the nearest MAC store for a lesson. These are some of my favorites. Which one would you want to wear?
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Sweet skin secrets: Collagen Marshmallows
So many beauty treatments involve an element of suffering that it's great to hear of one that involves nothing but a tasty treat. Whether this one works is another matter altogether, but I was amused and intrigued to hear about these wrinkle-busting collagen marshmallows, which have recently reached our shores from Japan - the home of weird beauty.
The plump and juicy 'mallows contain 3000mg collagen peptides per pack, and are said to bump up the body's collagen levels, in turn aiding skin flexibility, softness and resiliency.
I have to say I'm not immediately convinced by the science, but they look very tasty and they'd make a lovely gift. Available in Harvey Nichols or online: £9.99 at Eat Yourself Beautiful
Thursday, October 1, 2009
It seems Estée Lauder has its money on blue mascara making a big comeback, so today The New York Times talks color for your lashes. Estée’s new Sumptuous Color Bold Mascara line features not only sapphire, but also amber, garnet, amethyst, and emerald shades.
Monday, September 28, 2009
The most common side effects after using LATISSE® solution are an itching sensation in the eyes and/or eye redness. This was reported in approximately 4% of patients. LATISSE® solution may cause other less common side effects which typically occur on the skin close to where LATISSE® is applied, or in the eyes. These include skin darkening, eye irritation, dryness of the eyes, and redness of the eyelids.
If you develop a new ocular condition (e.g., trauma or infection), experience a sudden decrease in visual acuity, have ocular surgery, or develop any ocular reactions, particularly conjunctivitis and eyelid reactions, you should immediately seek your physician’s advice concerning the continued use of LATISSE® solution.
Special warnings associated with LATISSE® use.
LATISSE® solution is intended for use on the skin of the upper eyelid margins at the base of the eyelashes. Refer to the illustration below. DO NOT APPLY to the lower eyelid. If you are using LUMIGAN® or other products in the same class for elevated intraocular pressure (IOP), or if you have a history of abnormal IOP, you should only use LATISSE® under the close supervision of your physician.
LATISSE® use may cause darkening of the eyelid skin which may be reversible. LATISSE® use may also cause increased brown pigmentation of the colored part of the eye which is likely to be permanent.
It is possible for hair growth to occur in other areas of your skin that LATISSE® frequently touches. Any excess solution outside the upper eyelid margin should be blotted with a tissue or other absorbent material to reduce the chance of this from happening. It is also possible for a difference in eyelash length, thickness, fullness, pigmentation, number of eyelash hairs, and/or direction of eyelash growth to occur between eyes. These differences, should they occur, will usually go away if you stop using LATISSE®.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
How light fights acne bacteria
Early light-based treatments designed to address acne used UV light to eliminate blemishes, but these have fallen out of favor due to skin-damaging side effects. Today, the most popular light-based acne treatments harness the power of blue light to safely and painlessly treat inflammatory acne without harmful side effects.
The wavelength associated with blue light is able to zero in on the P. acnes bacteria and kill them without affecting other parts of the skin. It creates heat that causes the bacteria to produce "suicide" proteins, so they essentially self-destruct. Red light may be used in conjunction with the blue light to help treat the inflammation associated with acne.
Typically, eight sessions are given over a four-week period, and each session lasts about 15 minutes. You'll see results within this time, and you may even see improvement as early as two weeks in.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Large lot of 45 designer jean just closed my online store. Great for resale.
7 For all mankind
Rock and Republic
Will trade with something of equal value of one $30 or all $1,500
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
"If I run out when I travel, it's a problem," says the 44-year-old art director who co-founded the handbag collection Kelly Locke. "I don't like to put something on my skin that I'm not familiar with. I don't like unknown elements."
She also knows that her loyalty to SK-II products, a Japanese skin-care line endorsed by flawless-complexioned Cate Blanchett, is based as much on the allure of sleek packaging and the luxurious formula as on the possibility that the reported active ingredient, Pitera (derived from sake yeasts), can rejuvenate the skin. "When I use it, it immediately feels great on my fingers and feels good on the face. And when I look in the mirror, my skin looks dewy and radiant."
She attributes much of her success at looking younger to exercise, eating well, drinking lots of green tea and, most important, being vigilant about sun protection. But still, she has no problem spending up to $200 on a product that probably won't do what it promises. "There are so many products out there that claim to do this or that," she says. "Do you really ever see that kind of difference? I never do."
Women's complicated relationship with their anti-aging products is of course perpetrated by the beauty industry from which they spring.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
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Wednesday, April 29, 2009
FDA approves eyelash-booster
FDA health officials have recently approved Latisse as an effective medication in promoting longer, thicker and darker eyelashes.
Latisee origins from a prescription eye drop, Lumigan, originally used to relieve eye pressure and treat glaucoma; eyelash growth was reported as one of its side effects.
Recent studies have reported that the drug can effectively promote eyelash growth, thickness, and darkness when applied to eyelash roots as eyeliner.
Eye redness is the only side effect reported following the use of the drug; this mild temporary complication, however, goes away when the drug is discontinued.
Lumigan's prescription information notes warn consumers about darkening of the eyelid skin and eye color (increased iris pigmentation), which are permanent but not noticeable in short-term use.
This adverse reaction is not reported following the use of Latisse as the new drug contains only 5 percent of a Lumigan drop and it is not directly applied to the eyes.