Beauty is in the eye of the beholder...and those of us holding the mascara wand.

After two decades of covering the beauty industry, I've come to learn what makes it so alluring. Finding the perfect shade of makeup to match your skin tone, adding a swipe of eyeliner to give your tired eyes a lift, discovering an innovative new product line, or indulging in a totally luxurious spa treatment. My experiences have been documented in magazines, newspapers and websites worldwide. I've tested newly formulated products in the lab, explored hair removal options, shopped for lipstick, added shine to my hair and succumbed to massage marathons--all in the name of beauty. I've written press releases, hosted makeover events and co-authored a Do-It-Yourself Beauty book (Alloy). On this blog, I write about products and services that I come across every day as well as those that have been provided by publicists or the companies that make them. Either way, I write what I think. I hope to share some of my insights--and bring you the latest, greatest beauty news right here. Join me in the quest to find all things pretty.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Diet Tips for a Healthier 2013

Only one more day till the start of that famous New Year's resolution: the inevitable diet! Here are some expert tips for taking the weight off and keeping it off...

Beverly Hills, Bariatric Surgeon Dr. Michael Feiz notes that most diets fail because they often require a dramatic change in lifestyle which for many people is difficult maintain. The following 10 Best Diet Tips For 2013 will make a difference and are very easy for anybody to incorporate in their lifestyle.  Dr. Feiz also notes that in addition to exercise and a healthy diet the most successful diet technique is to make many small simple changes in behavior until they become established as a habit.
  1. Eat a meal, before going out, never shop for food or leave home hungry.
  2. Schedule specific times for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a goal of reducing or stopping snacks in between.
  3. Cook your own meals and reduce the portion size of bread, pasta, potatoes and rice.
  4. Don't eat processed packaged food that has the word Fructose, Sugar or an ingredient you wouldn't normally keep in your kitchen such as a chemical with numbers in the ingredients.
  5. Don't eat food that is delivered through your car window.
  6. Drink sparkling water instead of sodas and eat carob chips, nuts and fruit instead of candy.
  7. Eat from small plates.
  8. Eat slowly using a small child's size spoon, knife, fork or chopsticks.
  9. Wait 20 minutes before having a second helping.
  10. If you need to snack between meals, make sure you keep a healthy snack with you.
Dr. Feiz notes "Obesity is a very serious problem that is at an epidemic level in the USA, people who do not struggle with obesity usually do not understand the many complex issues that obese people struggle with.
Patients that come to see me for weight loss surgeries that potentially may save their lives and reverse significant health issues caused by this condition, have often endured many years of discrimination because of their weight and are making a dramatic and brave decision to change their life".

Monday, October 15, 2012

Sinful Colors Nail Polish Interactive Website

Love the new nail polish shades of the season but don't want to buy a bottle until you know how it will look on your nails? No more shlepping from salon to salon to test-drive the latest shades. Sinful Colors introduces its latest creation, the interactive website where you can see the brand's colors on an actual hand. You can even get as specific as choosing your polish's level of shine or shimmer, the length of nails shown and the color of the model's skin tone to get a truly accurate representation of how the shades will look on you. Talk about personal service. Try it now at About You.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Happy birthday Caboodles!

"Caboodles" celebrates 25 years as makeup case leaders!  To celebrate, they made 1,000 of the original fishing tackle boxes. Like them on FB, Wish them Happy Birthday or tweet @realcaboodles to win one!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Perfect Manicure at Your Fingertips

If you're like me, you know the feeling of sitting down to do your nails and not being able to find the nail file or discovering you're out of nail polish remover. Now there's no need to stress--an amazing new product on the market provides everything you need for the perfect manicure at home in one convenient package.

The innovative new cosmetics company, Duality Cosmetics, has conjured up Nail•Pak, a patented 3-in-1 nail care system designed to manicure nails in three simple steps—R.F.P… Remove, File and Polish.   Inspired  by the fashionista in all of us who have the desire to create and maintain well-manicured nails, the Nail•Pak is the answer to your nail care needs whether you are at home, at work or on the road.

The unique and portable Nail•Pak is a complete nail care system in one convenient patented package.  The top half contains an on-trend nail polish or treatment  lacquer, the bottom half houses 40 user-friendly, pre-soaked polish remover pads—which can easily be replaced with a refill Pak when needed—and a mini removable nail file is strategically placed in between.

The best part is that the colors are gorgeous--from soft pinks, blues and purples to deep reds and corals to vibrant yellow and orange.There are treatment formulas too, designed for quick drying, rebuilding and strengthening.

Keeping nail health in mind, the long lasting, salon strength formulation  in the polish and treatment laquers are chipresistant and free of dibutyl-phthalate, toluene and formaldehyde.  To ensure nails stay as healthy and strong when taking off polish, the pre-soaked freshly scented Nail Polish Remover Pads have been formulated free of damaging acetone and alcohol and instead contain healing and moisturizing Vitamin E and Aloe Vera.

Duality Cosmetics’ Nail•Pak, which comes in its own drawstring travel pouch, retails for $15.00.  All products will be available at Never leave home--or do your manicure at home--without it!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Out in the sun this summer? Even if you're super diligent about your sunscreen, the sun can wreak havoc on your skin.  Just back from a cruise where sitting on the top deck of the ship makes you feel even closer to the sun, I've found a new daily go-to beauty product.

Atopalm Moisturizing Skin Revitalizing Complex ($35 at is the perfect antidote for combatting the effects of the sun. This rich, advanced anti-aging skin care treatment targets fine lines, wrinkles, laugh lines, rough skin, and more.  Employing a blend of peptides, vitamin C, and other unique anti-aging ingredients, as well as Atopalm’s MLE technology, it replenishes hydration, leading to a softer, suppler, and more radiant complexion.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Have a Safe July 4th -- with Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard

Whether you’re headed to a July 4th bbq or spending the day at the beach, don't leave home without Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard insect repellents. Every Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard product is DEET-free. Skin So Soft Bug Guard insect repellents are suitable for the entire family and contain one of two EPA-registered active ingredients, IR3535® or Picaridin. The best thing about them is that they not only guard against pesty insects, they contain SPF to protect you from the sun as well. So convenient--and makes it easier to get out the door and get to your July 4th plans pronto. 
Choose from: 

  • Bug Guard Plus IR3535® Expedition ™ SPF 30 ($14-$16) – This powerful product provides sun and insect protection in one. Available in an Aerosol spray and Pump spray, the formula offers strong, long-lasting protection against mosquitoes, deer ticks, sand flies, gnats, no-seeums and biting midges.

  • Bug Guard Plus Picaridin ($14-$16) – Offering protection during dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are more active, this formula repels deer ticks that may transmit Lyme disease and mosquitoes that may carry West Nile virus.  Bug Guard Plus Picaridin is available as an Aerosol Spray, Pump Spray and travel-friendly Towelettes.

  • Bug Guard Plus IR3535® SPF 30 Lotions ($14) – These formula s effectively repel mosquitoes, deer ticks, black flies, sand flies, gnats, no-seeums and biting midges.  Aloe and Vitamin E-enriched formulas are available as a Gentle Breeze Lotion and Cool ‘n Fabulous Disappearing Color Lotion.

If you forget to use your Bug Guard insect repellent, Avon has the care you need with new Skin So Soft Bug Guard Anti-Itch Spray ($10), providing temporary relief to itching insect bites and soothes with Avon’s formula. It does not repel insects.

Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Collection is available exclusively through Avon Representatives. To locate an Avon Representative call 1-800-FOR-AVON or visit

Monday, April 30, 2012

Any great offer from Dr.'s Remedy is worth taking advantage of! You get more of this good-for-you spot cover treatment for less! Enter the promo code ICSpring2012 to get 50% off Dr.'s Remedy's Instant Cover.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Spring Trends, as reported by celebrity stylist Susan Redstone on KDFW Fox Good Day Dallas

Spring is here and some of the latest beauty trends will make you grateful the weather is looking brighter. Celebrity stylist Susan Redstone shares her favorite spring trends, as she did on the set of FOX Good Day Dallas. Read on and get ready to get beautiful...

The hot nail colors for spring are fresh, bold and fun to wear. Thanks to the talented podiatrists behind Dr.'s Remedy Enriched Nail Polish, this season we can indulge in some pretty amazing shades that are free of formaldehyde and toxins found in most commercial nail polish and look great too. Try "Grateful Grape", "Hopeful Hot Pink", or "Youthful Yellow" and prepare to wow them with your new look. $17 each, at

When warmer weather comes along, the last thing you want is to feel a heavy layer of foundation on your face. New scientifically advanced Dream Nude AirFoam Foundation from Maybelline is a remarkably ultra-lightweight formula. The refined pigments are pre-dispersed in the air for effortless application and 100% nude perfection. Plus, it has SPF 16, doesn't clog pores and is great for any skin tone. All 12 shades are available at and drugstores nationwide, for $10.99..

Puristics Totally Ageless "Advanced Skin Rejuvenating Lotion" has no added preservatives at any stage. That means no dyes and no fragrances. It replenishes your skin while delivering good-for-you ingredients. What else would you want to put on your skin? Available at drugstores nationwide for $19.99.

When it comes to saving money by buying the basics, it's a no-brainer. Choose trusted brands like Vaseline to give you great quality at an amazing value. Vaseline Total Moisture is lotion that feels good and works to moisturize and soften your skin. Enriched with oats, aloe, cocoa and other natural scents, you can use it liberally because you're not paying an arm and a leg. Only $3.99 at a drugstore near you.

Lush lashes are envied by all women but for some, difficult to achieve. Rapidlash is an over-the-counter lash growth serum that grows your natural lashes to new lengths in 30 days. All you need is one bottle--$49.99 at

Head into spring and summer making eye contact every chance you get. NYX Cosmetics Boudoir Mascara Collection features seven different kinds of mascara, all designed to give your personal lashes the attention they deserve. Pick up your favorite formula at Ulta Stores for only $6 each.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

get smooth, young, radiant looking skin this vday, with Algenist

When it comes to skincare, we're always hoping for a major discovery that will give us back the skin of our youth. That's why Alegenist products are somewhat of a miracle.

What started as a renewable energy project in San Francisco has turned into an unexpected discovery. Algenist comes from a team of scientists who were studying microalgae-based energy solutions when they uncovered alguronic acid, a powerful compound with never-before-seen potential for younger-looking skin. Algenist focuses on the ability of effective, bioactive ingredients to deliver visible anti-aging results to the skin.

Combining advanced biotechnology expertise, the regenerative power of Alguronic Acid, and targeted skin bioactives in every formula, Algenist anti-aging products correct, enhance, and protect the skin.

Algenist works by increasing cellular regeneration to slow and repair signs of aging. Stimulating skin cell regeneration, eliminating old, damaged cells and promoting the growth of new, vital skin cells, produces noticeable improvements in skin texture and appearance.

Firming & Lifting Cream ($94 for 2 US fl. oz.), an ultra-firming and restructuring cream tightens and lifts while reinforcing the skin structure. The unique combination of Alguronic Acid + ProPeptide3 boosts production of skin's key structural proteins: elastin, collagen, and proteoglycans to rebuild firmness and tone the skin. Facial contours are redefined to create a more toned and sculpted appearance...which means you'll get your cheeks back, lose a couple of chins and see your entire face look smoother and more radiant.

Firming & Lifting Eye Gel ($68 .5 US fl oz), a lightweight, refreshing gel, combines Alguronic Acid + ProPeptide3 to stimulate synthesis of skin’s key structural proteins, rebuilding skin density while firming, tightening and lifting the delicate skin around the eyes. Eye contours are redefined revealing a recharged and youthful you can say goodbye to fine lines and not-so-fine ones too. If you're planning on making eyes with someone this Valentine's Day, use this eye gel first.

Firming & Lifting Intensive Mask ($52 2.7 US fl oz.), a unique gel mask, restores skin elasticity, structure and suppleness. Alguronic Acid + ProPeptide3 promotes elastin, collagen and proteoglycan production to help reduce the effects of aging and gravity on the skin. It feels surprisingly lightweight on your skin and seems to tighten without making your face feel like it's about to crack off. Skin appears immediately firm, toned and sculpted so you feel good about your skin after just one use.

Algenist products are available at Sephora and QVC. For more info, go to

Friday, February 10, 2012

expert beauty advice from beauty and style expert Susan Redstone, as seen on ABC7 Chicago (WLS-TV)

Did you know, you should replace your mascara every three months? And your foundation, every six? Beauty products do have a shelf life, and we'll show you what to toss and when. Luckily, since new beauty innovations pop up just as fast, if it's time to toss out some of those antique products and make room for some new items, Beauty and Style expert Susan Redstone has some of the newest replacments to refresh your beauty supply for the new year.

Whats OLD? Six-month-old clay masks.
Buy NEW: Skinceauticals Clay Mask ($39.66 for 2 oz. at
Botanicals and minerals help heal and calm skin while a 5% hydroxy acid gently exfoliates. Leaves skin feeling healthy and purified.

What's OLD? Dried-out lipstick that you have to scrape out of the tube.
Buy NEW: Maybelline SuperStay 14-Hour Lipstick ($8.99, at Walgreens)
Choose from 20 long-wearing shades that offer super rich color that lasts 14 hours. Plus, they're light and comfortable on your lips.

What's OLD? Six-month old lipsticks, lip glosses.

BUY NEW: Vaseline Lip Therapy Original (mini on-the-go jar) $3.29 for chance to win Swarovksi crystal jar

One of the best lip treatments ever to combat dry or chapped lips. Smooth some on and prepare to pucker up (a great investment with VDay just around the corner).

What's OLD? Tired, thin brows and lashes

Buy NEW: Rapidlash $49.95 at drugstores or

It's clinically proven to be safe and effective in enhancing the appearance of lashes and brows--and who doesn't want lashes or brows that wow?!

What's OLD? A three-month-old mascara

Buy NEW: NYX Cosmetics Boudoir Mascaras$6

Get longer, fuller lashes with one of seven formulas and seven distinctive wands--in a spanking new tube! Time to get batty.

For more great beauty advice, go to

Thursday, February 9, 2012

fashion tip: go blue!

Beyonce stepped out last night for the first time since giving birth and was sporting bright blue nails – in honor of her daughter, Blue Ivy. This week, many of us in New York were feeling blue too, as we celebrated the Giant's Superbowl victory (go big blue!) No matter what your reason for liking this playful hue, there are plenty of blue nail polish options out there to choose from.

Baker Street, a bright cobalt blue from Nail's Inc, was all over the London catwalks during the spring/summer shows ($9.50 each. Available March 1st at Sephora and on

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Nail in Jet Set to Paris ($5.99, Available at and chain drug, food and mass market retailers) delivers rich color, high-intensity and pure shine.

Deborah Lippmann in I know What Boys Like ($16, Available at is flirty and fun. This playful periwinkle crème lacquer is formaldehyde, toluene and DBP-free.

Topshop Make Up Nails in Missile ($10, Available at Topshop Stores) is fast drying and extra long wear with a lasting glossy wet look finish and perfect coverage.

Only a brave few will choose blue this season. Will one of them be you?

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

get in touch: Nivea Million Moments of Touch Movement

When's the last time you and your significant other held hands? How often do you hug your kids? At a glamorous cocktail party held on the 61st floor of the Empire State Building, the team at Nivea--along with Dr. Drew Pinsky--shared the fact that we're losing touch with each other! People just don't touch as much as they should anymore and, in fact, the term "PDA" more commonly refers to a personal digital assistant rather than public display of affection.

Nivea hopes to change all that with its Nivea Million Moments of Touch movement, designed to help us achieve smooth skin so we want to touch and be touched more. Rebecca Romeijn and Jerry O'Connell were named the celebrity ambassador couple for the brand and promise to touch each other more in 2012. The rest of us can join in the action too by entering the Nivea Touch contest on Facebook and promising to revive our power of touch. Winners will receive a date night on Nivea every night from now through the end of the year.

Getting smooth can be as simple as using Nivea touch of Renewal Lathering Body Scrub in the shower, Smoothing on Nivea Extended Moisture every morning and night, or slicking lips with Nivea A Kiss of Berry Swirl vitamin-enriched lip care with SPF 10. There are plenty of products for men too, like Nivea Maximum Hydration Moisturizing Lotion, guaranteed to smooth even the driest skin.

Go to to learn more about all these products and to enter the Million Moments of touch contest. The fact that the folks at Nivea have gone through all this trouble? Touching!

Monday, February 6, 2012

win a dvf dress from celeb makeup artist malley roncal

Remember how long the lines were at the Diane von Furstenberg sample sale after Sarah Jessica Parker wore her wedding dress in the Sex and the City movie? We don’t need any more proof that the designer’s silhouettes are worth the wait. Now you can have your shot at being a proud owner of a DVF original–without paying a price. Celebrity Makeup Artist, Mally Roncal, is giving away a Diane von Furstenberg dress to one lucky winner! All you have to do is follow Mally on Twitter ( and Re-Tweet whenever she sends a tweet out! The winner will be selected at random. For more info about Mally, go to

Friday, February 3, 2012

DNA Renewal: the anti-aging miracle

Who doesn't want to turn back the clock a couple of years when it comes to skin care? Decrease some of those fine (or not-so-fine) lines, smooth your skin's surface and look brighter, firmer and more radiant overall? Now there's help, with DNA Renewal Foaming Cleanser ($28) and DNA Night Renewal ($130), both designed to repair photo damaged aging skin.

I have to admit: I tried them reluctantly as I've tried so many products that promise the same youthful effects. But I tried them each for a few weeks, giving me time to see the fruitful results. My skin not only feels softer and smoother but I definitely see some optimistic retexturizing results. Fine lines seem finer, deep lines seem more subtle. Granted, there's no surefire way to go back to the old days but every little bit of skin renewal helps!

The Foaming Cleanser's gentle, non-irritating formula genlty washes away dirt, oil and makeup, leaving clean, vibrant skin. Its unique ingredient, AHC, a glycolic sugar acid, is combined with amino acid for slow, controlled release, reducing stinging or irritation that's typically associated with standard AHA's. Apply it with a washcloth or soft brush before bed or in the AM then rinse thoroughly with warm water.

The Night Renewal lotion has an advanced liposome delivery system to maximize cell repair while your body sleeps. It works overtime to regenerate cells and counter photo-aging damage to restore skin's vitality. Ideal for dry and stressed skin, smooth it on before bedtime and you'll wake up looking and feeling more youthful.

To order and get these amazing results for yourself, go to

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

undermakeup moisture with atopalm

Try applying makeup right after your favorite moisturizer and you may find yourself in slippery territory. Now there's a new way to get makeup to stay put: With Atopalm Daytime Undermakeup Moisture Cream, a unique, paraben-free formula designed to hydrate skin while creating the perfect canvas for flawless makeup application.

Its patented MLW technology, made with plant-derived ingredients, is the secret. It mimics the structure of the skin's natural lipids, replenishing lost moisture while protecting over-evaporation, leaving skin soft, supple and comfortable.

Sounds too good to be true? It's not. I tried it under concealer, foundation and blush, only to see results as promised. All makeup stayed in place and my skin felt great too. But the formula is so smooth, I like to wear it without makeup too.

Designed to treat dry, sensitive, sun-damaged skin, Atopalm products are rich, emollient and non-greasy. Check out other Atopalm face products like the Eye Repair Serum, Skin Revitalizing Complex, Facial Cleansing Foam and Cleansing Wipes at

Monday, January 30, 2012

New Year, New You Beauty, as seen on FOX 31 Denver, Colorado's Everyday Show: expert advice from beauty and style expert Susan Redstone

Did you know, you should replace your mascara every three months? And your foundation, every six? Beauty products do have a shelf life, and we'll show you what to toss and when. Luckily, since new beauty innovations pop up just as fast, if it's time to toss out some of those antique products and make room for some new items, Beauty and Style expert Susan Redstone has some of the newest replacments to refresh your beauty supply for the new year.

Whats OLD? Six-month old liquid based foundations.

Buy NEW: Dream Nude Airfoam Foundation SPF 16 by Maybelline New York $10.99 at drugstores.

Ideal for normal skin, try this amazing foundation designed to achieve 100% nude perfection for a lightweight, flawless finish.

What's OLD? Six-month old lipsticks, lip glosses

BUY NEW: Vaseline Lip Therapy Original (mini on-the-go jar) $3.29 - for chance to win Swarovksi crystal jar

One of the best lip treatments ever to combat dry or chapped lips. Smooth some on and prepare to pucker up (a great investment with VDay just around the corner).

What's OLD? Tired, thin brows and lashes

Buy NEW: Rapidlash $49.95 at drugstores or

It's clinically proven to be safe and effective in enhancing the appearance of lashes and brows--and who doesn't want lashes or brows that wow?!

What's OLD? A three-month-old mascara

Buy NEW: NYX Cosmetics Boudoir Mascaras $6

Get longer, fuller lashes with one of seven formulas and seven distinctive wands--in a spanking new tube! Time to get batty.

For more great beauty advice, go to

Friday, January 27, 2012

STILL PRETTY GREAT: Jergens Ultra Healing Moisturizer

Some beauty and skincare brands have been around for a while...and whether they launch new products or continue to offer the same formulas they are known for, they're still pretty great. I was recently sent a complimentary bottle of Jergens Ultra Healing Extra Dry Skin Moisturizer ($3.99 for 10 fl. oz.) from the Kao Brands company and am happy to learn that after years of using Jergens' products, I am still a huge fan. This is one product I can't live without...

Starting winter without Jergens is like heading into sub-zero temps without a scarf and gloves. You want to protect yourself from the elements and Jergens is your best shield. Formulated with a blend of vitamins C, E and B5 to deeply nourish and replenish skin, the fast-absorbing body lotion goes beneath skin's surface to lock in moisture and heal dryness at the source, preventing its return. Offering 24-hour relief, the formula helps heal extra dry skin including heels, elbows and knees--which are often some of the toughest nuts to crack.

Slather it all over to instantly double hydration, and infuse skin with a powerful blend of intensely-moisturizing vitamins. The replenishing formula not only helps heal extra dry skin, but it also softens and smooths, leaving you with winter skin you can be proud of.

The best part: When it's time to shed your clothes to escape winter and jet off to someplace warm, you'll be more than prepared to bare. Throw it in your suitcase to combat dry heat, the sun, and chlorine which can also dry out your skin, leaving it yearning for some serious hydration. Go to for more info or drugstores nationwide to purchase.

Monday, January 16, 2012

PRETTY GOOD ADVICE: hydrate your hair

When the temperature drops, I can never seem to infuse enough moisture into my hair. Static, split ends, the frizzies all end up being everyday occurences. That's why I always look for ways to revitalize my hair. Pureology Colour Care Ambassador Natasha Sunshine offers some simple ways to keep your hair looking great all winter long.

1. Keep a mini bottle of Evian spray in your purse. A light blast of water can help with static or even hat head. Spritz a light mist all over your head from about 12" away, then smooth your flat palms over your hair.

2. Condition, condition, condition. Choose a daily conditioner with extra moisture during the driest months. Plus, a once a week conditioning masque for five minutes will give you that extra dose of hydration your hair needs. Try Pureology's Hydrate Conditioner and Hydrate HydraWhip Masque.

3. When it comes to styling, be sure to lock in moisture by using a leave-in conditioner and a deeply nourishing styler. Pureology's MiracleFiller is a leave in that will give you a supple dose of protein while hydrating the hair as well. Choose a wet/dry styler like Redken's Argan-6. This incredibly light oil goes on wet and melts over the hair in a protective shine while blowdrying. You can add a couple drops after your style is complete to get extra shine, nourishment and protection.

4. Stay away from too many hot tools. If you're going to blowdry, skip the iron and vice versa. If you opt for the flat or curling iron, go to bed with a wet head and style in the morning.

For more information visit

Thursday, January 12, 2012 A pretty great deal

We’ve all been there: We put together a great outfit and find ourselves looking for the perfect accessories to complete the look, at a price we can afford. No easy task…until now. (BAB) is the brainchild of founder Bill Mazhar, whose family business was located in the heart of Manhattan’s wholesale district. “I saw that there were numerous stores with great designs and good prices for accessories but they were only available to big retail shops who had to purchase a large quantity of accessories to even qualify for an order. Luckily, our store allowed both retail and wholesale purchases.” But there was still something missing. Mazhar realized that customers wanted experienced stylists to help them match their favorite accessories and they wanted discounts for purchasing items that matched perfectly together. In addition, they preferred trusted name brands when purchasing their accessories. By combining these factors, he established a new way to purchase jewelry and BAB was born.

BAB has a team of designers that curate jewelry from quality brand names and sells them in a bundled set which we call a ‘Mini Boutique’ at a steep discount. Mini Boutiques are brand name accessories composed of two or more items. is different from other sites because it sells all of its products in bundles prepared by experienced stylists at prices that are heavily discounted. After all, who doesn’t love a bargain? The website provides customers with designer bundles at discounts over 50% off the retail price. Stylists pair up with name brands to offer styling advice and create very trendy mini-boutiques to sell on BAB for unbelievable discounts. Choose from a handful of must-have collections including: BOLD (statement pieces), EDGY (innovative jewelry made of wood, gun-metal, beads and animal prints), BOHEMIAN ( eclectic options) or SOPHISTICATE (a cultured, cosmopolitan look).

Some of our favorite bundles: The Swan Necklace and Bracelet from Elizabeth J’adore. The faux pearl necklace is an edgy alternative to the one your grandmother gave you for your high school graduation and pairs beautifully with the flower white leather bracelet (bundle price, $64). The Luxe Sophisticate features a necklace, bracelet and earrings crafted from a mixed medley of materials, including stunning crystal stones, glitzy rhinestone chains and an ultra-delicate floral motif made from minted gems (bundle price, $144).

The best part: At, you get expert advice on how to wear the items you are purchasing. Let leading industry stylists help you put together a winning accessories look that will take you from work to day to night with ease. Go to to choose your favorite jewels.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

PRETTY GOOD ADVICE: be good to your skin

It’s that time of year again, when we make promises to ourselves that we will diet, exercise, and become more organized! This year, take your resolutions a step further and make a promise to yourself that you will make more of an effort to become “skin healthy.” After all, the skin on your face is your best accessory, not to mention the skin on your body is what holds you altogether. Here, Marina Peredo, MD, founder of Spatique Medical Spa in Smithtown, NY, offers her tried and true skincare tips.

Skin Rx: Make an appointment to see your dermatologist for a full body skin check, once a year (if there is no history of skin cancer.) If you have melanoma, which is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, you should see your dermatologist every 3 months, the first year and following years, every 6 months for life. This isn't something you should put off. It can save your life!

Treat It Right: Make an effort to see your esthetician on a monthly or bi-monthly basis and get a microdermabrasion or chemical peel to rid your face of dead skin cells and bring on a new, fresh, glowing looking face, regularly. If you cannot see your esthetician, try a home-made scrub with Honey and Sugar. The Honey smoothes the skin and has antibacterial properties and the sugar exfoliates. Follow-up with an egg white to tighten your skin.

Stock Up on Skincare Essentials: Invest in good skincare products that contain essential vitamins and anti-oxidants that can help reduce the negative effects of free radicals, stress and other elements that can impede healthy skin. Start off with a gentle cleanser for most days and an exfoliating cleanser for a couple of days in between to help get rid of dead skin cells (this will hold you over until you can make it to the medi-spa for your facial!) Then, try a good anti-aging serum that contains vitamins and antioxidants to help with cellular turnover and of course, a daily moisturizer that contains a sunscreen.

Don't Forget the Sunscreen: Sunscreen is needed every day, not only at the beach or vacations. That is why it is important to find a sunscreen that provides protection as well as hydration.

De-Clutter Your Stock: Throw away outdated skincare products. Make-up that hasn't been used in a while and outdated skincare products may be hosting bacteria and can cause breakouts. Open the medicine cabinet and empty your make-up bag. If you haven't touched that skincare product or piece of make-up in a few months it’s time to say goodbye. Your skin will thank you later.

Come Clean: Sleep without make-up. Not removing your make-up is one of the worst don'ts when it comes to your skincare routine. Make-up clogs pores and can leave your complexion looking dull. Wash, tone, and moisturize your skin every night before bed this year.

Personal Tip: *My newest discovery is Macha Tea, a type of Green Tea that has antioxidants that help fight off free radicals. Not only do the free radicals break down collagen that cause wrinkles and sagging skin, Macha can also help to suppress your appetite and give you more energy…helping achieve your weight-loss resolution!

For more info, amazing skincare products and great skincare tips, go to