Sunday December 8, 2013
I love the smell of sweet almond oil so much I have 2 bottles of it crammed into my bathroom. I use it after showers and I love it for giving massages.
So when I came across a recipe for a homemade sweet almond oil body scrub, I had to try it. And then I had to perfect it. This, my friends, is a delightful scrub that is perfect for these winter months when your skin is itchy and dry from furnace heat and the lack of moisture in the air. A good scrub doesn't have to cost $$$, they are the easiest beauty products to make yourself.
Here's the recipe: Sweet Almond Oil Body Scrub Recipe.
Image: A great organic almond oil by Pricegrabber
Saturday December 7, 2013
Most women would look good in some form of blonde, but not every woman can get away with looking like a natural blonde. Take Kim Kardashian for example, never would anyone see her in those new blonde locks and wonder, "Hmmmm, think that's natural
There are 6 things to consider before making the plunge from dark to blonde, or dirty blonde to really blonde. Check them out in my new article,
How to Tell if You'd Make a Good Blonde.
Photo: Kourtney Kardashian checking out Kim Kardashian's new blonde hair by Getty Images
Friday December 6, 2013
Every time this year, a story comes out about tipping during the holidays. I read it and cringe. Why? The advice on tipping your hairstylist in these articles is almost always cuckoo.
What is this cuckoo advice, you ask? Here it is: it is customary to tip your stylist, manicurist or colorist the cost of one service.
Oh please. Unless you live in Winnetonkalonka, Wisconsin, and get a $25 wash and curl once a week, you would be insane to tip the entire cost of a service when you get your hair done in December. My hair color costs $300 here in pricey New York City. I would be the World's Dumbest Balayaged Blonde if I walked into my salon and gave a $300 tip on top of my $300 service. I love my stylist, but even she would think I made a grave mistake -- or I won the lottery.
I should note here that the rest of the advice in these holiday tipping articles is usually spot on. Yes, you should give a holiday tip to your doorman. Yes, you should tip your personal trainer. Yes, you should tip your dog walker and your nanny and your regular housekeeper. You tip none of those people during the year and they provide you a service, so it's customary to tip them during the holidays as a thank you. (I write this knowing the vast majority of you guys who don't live in New York or LA are thinking, "who is she writing to, Beyonce?")
When it comes to tipping your hairstylist or manicurist, you should always tip 15-20% every time you have a service (and yes, this includes owners of salons). You can give an extra tip during the holidays if you go to the salon a lot (meaning more than 6 times a year). Find out what holiday tips are customary throughout the country in my fantabulous article, Holiday Tips and Hairstylists.
Photo: Getty Images
Friday December 6, 2013
So you have pimples. And no matter the amount of alpha-hydroxy-whatchamacallit pads and creams and cleansers you have tried, they aren't going away.
I get it. It's frustrating. Maybe you've decided to live with your pimples that keep cropping up that time of the month or whenever. But you don't have to.
In my article, 5 Reasons Your Acne Isn't Going Away, I touch on what you may be doing wrong and how to right it so those stubborn blemishes can be banned for good. Read on.