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How to get Scarlett Johansson's hairstyle

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 by Jacqui Pini

Scarlett Johansson's hairstyleDavid Babaii had a Marilyn Monroe-style on his mind when he created Scarlett Johansson's hairstyle for the LA Shorts Fest '09. We were lucky enough to get the details on how he created this 1940s bob without cutting any hair!

How to get Scarlett Johansson's hairstyle from the LA Shorts Fest '09:

Step 1: David dried her hair using hair polish and then divided her tresses into 3 sections: top with a side part, sides and back leaving the nape area free. To create these large barrel sized curls, he took alternating "V" shaped partings to avoid any part lines from showing through.

Step 2: David used a 1 ½ inch FHI Heat Ceramic Curling Iron throughout Scarlett’s entire head. The sides and back curls were pinned into an assortment of sized looped curls giving the deception of a bob.

Step 3: On the top, he lightly brushed her hair to one side creating soft waves. For an extra sparkle, David brushed back one side and secured with a ornamental hair pin.

Finish it off: For hold, David used his Mise en Plis Light Styling Spray.

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New research on tanning beds

by Jacqui Pini

It is just another reason not to go in a tanning bed … Cancer experts are saying tanning beds and UV radiation are both “definite distinct causes of cancer.” Most lights used in tanning beds give off mostly UV radiation, which causes eye and skin cancer.

Vincent Cogliano, one of the cancer researchers, said the categorization means specialists are convinced tanning beds cause cancer, but added they may not be as strong as other carcinogens like tobacco.

A new analysis of about 20 studies demonstrates the risk of skin cancer rises by 75% when people (under age 30) begin using tanning beds.

In Britain, melanoma is the No. 1 cancer diagnosed in women in their 20s.. Typically, skin cancer rates are highest in people age 75+.

If you really want a broze glow- use a self-tanner. There are many good ones to choose from and my selections for some of the best self-tanners and bronzers are in the photos below.

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YogaPaws, leave the yoga mat at home

Tuesday, July 28, 2009 by Jacqui Pini

If you’re sick of toting around a yoga mat you may want to give YogaPaws a try! YogaPaws were created to give your hands and feet enough support and cushioning that you can practice most yoga positions without a yoga mat. They have a cloth lining on the interior to soak up sweat and are small enough to just flip in your bag and go about your day.

This is a great everyday option for some, or maybe a better option for others just when they travel and do not feel comfortable borrowing a a yoga mat (and do not want to check one in their luggage.)

YogaPaws offers styles for men and women and are $34.95 and come with a Yoga-Syz DVD. More information on YogaPaws.

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Win a trip from Cetaphil to a tropical location

Tuesday, July 21, 2009 by Jacqui Pini

What makes you feel comfortable in your own skin? Cetaphil wants to know and they could award you a terrific prize for sharing!

This very cool contest (see my entry below) is asking applicants to complete the sentence “I feel comfortable in my skin…”

One very lucky winner will receive a seven day, four person trip to a tropical Marriott & Renaissance Caribbean & Mexico Resort destination, a Kate Spade totebag and $500 American Express gift card to purchase their preferred getaway items.

How to enter? Go to the Cetaphil contest website and create a photo collage of includes your selected vacation spot, your preferred Kate Spade bag, your much loved Cetaphil products and maybe a photo of you doing one of your favorite things (or you can select from stock pix of favorite things!)

Good luck! Check out my “I feel comfortable in my skin…” entry below and feel free to vote for me… and, yes, that is a photo of me running in the corner!


Vegan shoes

Monday, July 20, 2009 by Jacqui Pini

If we knew what it took to make many of our favorite products, we probably would not wear them ... sadly many animals are injured and killed and many people abused just to make one simple pair of shoes.

I recently heard about olsen Haus, a vegan shoe company. From heels to flats, the shoes are trendy and fun and according to the company's website "Products are made of non-animal materials, in sample rooms and factories that are personally checked for ethical practices & environmental impact."

For more on vegan shoes, visit olsen Haus' website. Also, visit the Mother Nature Network to see an a recent interview done with olsen Haus' Elizabeth Olsen on vegan wedding shoes.

Fun fact: According to the olsen Haus website, the following people were vegan or vegetarian!

Albert Einstein
Sir Issac Newton
Van Gogh
Susan B. Anthony
Charles Darwin
Abraham Lincoln
Mark Twain
Henry David Thoreau
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Rosa Parks
Mahatma Gandhi

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Summer hair tips by Rodney Culter

Thursday, July 16, 2009 by Jacqui Pini

Cutler Hair ProductsRodney Culter, owner of the famous Cutler Salons, has worked with Jaime King, Bridget Hall, Kate Moss as well as designers Nicole Miller, Cynthia Rowley, Toni Maticevski and countless others. Today he is here to give readers of Indulge a few tips on fighting humidity as well as directions on a gorgeous summer hairstyle.

Tips to fight humidity by Rodney Culter
· Always rinse your hair with cool water after shampooing and conditioning to seal the cuticle
· Blow-dry with a thermal protectant treatment spray (like Cutler Protectant Treatment Spray) as it will seal the cuticle and protect from heat damage
· Make sure you have a nozzle on the blow-dryer and direct the air from roots to the ends to fight humidity and keep high shine

How to do a messy bun, as seen on the runways of a recent Angel Sanchez show
· Spray Cutler Protectant Treatment Spray into hair to fortify and strengthen. Scrunch to add texture
· Loosely pull hair straight off the face and secure in a ponytail
· Rough up the ponytail and twist into a messy bun
· Secure with bobby pins
Not only does Culter run the Cutler Salons in NYC, he also has an outstanding collection of Cutler hair products (also available online).

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Organic Shea Butter Herb Soaps

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 by Jacqui Pini

Organic Shea Butter Herb Soaps
Looking for a quick little gift for someone? We are loving these Organic Shea Butter Herb Soaps, $8/bar, by JK Soul Salts. Each soap is elegantly wrapped in handmade paper and features an inspirational mantra.

Made from raw organic shea butter, dead sea salt and essential oils, these soaps come in your choice of lavender, orange blossom, sweet grapefruit, Tahitian vanilla and more.


International Massage Week

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 by Jacqui Pini

International Massage Week starts July 15, 2009! This week was launched to give people insight into the benefits of therapeutic massage.

In honor of this special week, we talked to mySpaShop.com Founder and leading spa consultant Kim Matheson.

How did you get started in the spa industry?
Kim Matheson:
I’ve always been interested in health and wellness. I studied Hotel Management in College and landed at the Desert Springs Resort and Spa right out of college. Once I had fulfilled my management training program, I became the Director of Resort Activities then I was lucky enough to be lured to the Spa by mentor Janet Denyer (now the CEO of Gene Juarez) I worked my way up the food chain form Programming Supervisor, to Spa Marketing Manager to Women’s Spa Director. From Marriott I joined CSI (Club Sports International) and helped develop their spa programs within the 80 high end clubs. Ultimately I landed at The Peninsula Spa in NYC. After managing that Spa for several years I joined a consulting firm, Natural Resources Spa Consulting, Inc. then owned by Janet Denyer, which I purchased in 2001 when she left to join Elizabeth Arden Red Door as COO. The Spa industry has always fascinated me, with the depth and breadth of the offerings and the industry had few business professionals when I entered it in the late 80’s. It was a perfect fit for me. I adore exploring the world of well-being and creating a safe and enticing sanctuary for people to explore.

What are some of the lesser-known benefits of massage?
Kim Matheson:
The deep sense of well-being generated by massage is under-rated. I travel constantly and am my computer and phone often, it takes a real toll on my back. Plus I enjoy working out, sometimes a weekend warrior Massage helps keep me going.

Anything you would like to add? Kim Matheson: Find a good massage therapist and create a wellness plan for yourself. There are many proactive things we can do for ourselves, however when working with a professional they can help take you to the next level.

If you want to honor International Massage Week at home, MySpaShop.com is reducing the price of Just Good for You Wild Rose & Jasper Body Oil, a soothing body lotion, by 30% for the month of July!

Thanks to Kim for this great information! Visit mySpaShop.com for great spa products, expert information and more.

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Vintage Bjorn Borg sunglasses

Monday, July 13, 2009 by Jacqui Pini

I love vintage clothes and accessories just like everyone else, but I thought the style of the "True Vintage Bjorn Borg" sunglasses was especially classic. They are for sale on a website called "No Mas." The white plastic Bjorn Borg glasses have a late-1970s early 1980s look to them and make for an interesting (yet cool - if you can pull it off) vintage look.

Fore $375 you get the Bjorn Borg sunglasses and a pair of shorts.


UV-protective clothing

Wednesday, July 8, 2009 by Jacqui Pini

Sadly July 4th usually marks the mid-point of the summer and while many places (like my home, Boston) have seen nothing but rain, I do believe sunny days are here to come!

I like to spend a lot of time outside, but do not like to get too much sun exposure so this year I have been wearing UV-protective clothing- this is measured by UPF.

LL Bean describes UPF, or Ultraviolet Protection Factor on it's site. This is a rating of a materials ability to block UV rays. It is similar to your sunscreen's SPF, but UPF ratings refer to both UVA and UVB protection; SPF rates only UVB protection.

Why UV-protective clothing works:
According to the Mayo Clinic, UV-protective clothes work because the fabric is tightly woven. Companies also may insert chemicals that absorb ultraviolet (UV) radiation to the fabric.

How to shop for UV-protective clothing:
Check labels for a high UV protection factor – they range from UPF 15 to 50+. A UPF 50 garment blocks 49/50, or 98% of UV rays. If you are outside just wearing a normal white T-shirt it is rated at about UPF 5, which means 20% of UV rays pass through the fabric to your skin.

Some of my favorite sites for UV-protective clothing include:

LL Bean's SunSmart line: Features cute bucket hats, breezy pants and tunics and more for men women and children.

REI: features Sun protective clothing by REI, Columbia Sportswear, Royal Robbins, ExOfficio NorthFace and more.

Cabana Life: Colorful and trendy styles for women and children

Ayana: As a bonus they are having a 25-30% off sale!

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Eco-friendly jeans

Monday, July 6, 2009 by Jacqui Pini

If you want a wardrobe filled with green clothes, what better place to start than an everyday basic like your denim. Ok, in case you have been living in a cave since 1990 we don't literally mean "green jeans," but instead eco-friendly denim.

Eco-friendly denim options:

Levis: They have an eco line of jeans that are made from 100% organic cotton. If you are looking on their site, search eco and most of the styles should come up.

Good Society: This brand offer jeans that are made from organic cotton, “certified fair-trade” and are cut well. Funds from each pair go to the people in India who made them and 10% of Good Society’s profits go toward environmental causes.

Arizona Jeans: These jeans are made from pre-consumer recycled cotton from the fabric mill (basically cotton that normally goes to waste). These are actually really cute and a great price- on sale for around $25 at JC Penney.

Loomstate: This company is commited to organic farming and uses 100% certified organic cotton. They make jeans (and other clothing ) for men and women in great styles. Also, like many of these other brands, Loomstate manages the full manufacturing process. They only work with factories that maintain the highest environmental and labor standards.

Also, visit Greenloop for more eco-friendly denim and other apparel.

Thanks to Mother Nature Network for much of the above information.


Celebrities in Old Navy

Thursday, July 2, 2009 by Jacqui Pini

Brittany SnowWant to look like a million bucks without spending it? Some of Hollywood’s chicest young stars – including Audrina Patridge, Kristin Cavallari, Jessica Lowndes, Brittny Gastineau, Kim Kardashian and Brittany Snow – came by the Old Navy supermodelquin sharehouse in LA wearing Old Navy’s latest looks for summer.

You can get these- or similar styles now at you local Old Navy! All of the looks featured cost under $35!

Brittny Gastineau

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