Archive | October 2008

Stop It, Already


The average U.S. woman is 5’4” and weighs 140 pounds, whereas the average U.S. model is 5’11” and weighs 117 pounds.

The “ideal” woman – portrayed by models, Miss America, Barbie dolls, and screen actresses – is 5’5, weighs 100 pounds and wears a size 5.

The diet industry (diet foods, diet programs, diet drugs, etc.) takes in over $40 billion each year and continues to grow.

30% of women chose an ideal body shape that is 20% underweight and an additional 44% chose an ideal body shape that is 10% underweight.

Two out of five women and one out of five men would trade three to five years of their life to achieve their weight goals.

Young girls are more afraid of becoming fat than they are of nuclear war, cancer, or losing their parents.

*Source: Shocking Statistics by University of Colorado in Boulder*

Wow…read those over again, let them sink in. The last one, especially, left me reeling. The idea of a few extra fat cells is scarier to girls than dying or losing their parents?

Women have the ability and the power to stop this poisonous destruction of women’s and girls’ self-esteem, and to shift the focus to realistic images and a priority on accomplishments rather than appearance. But women have self-perpetuated this crap for so long, I don’t know that most women know how to stop.

For instance, I have read that 7 out of 10 women feel depressed after viewing pictures of models in fashion magazines. Yet, who are the primary subscribers and purchasers of these same fashion magazines? Why do women feed their own self-loathing and financially contribute to the lunacy of unrealistic, unhealthy body shapes?

I receive This Old House and PC magazine. Not Vogue, not Cosmo (sure as hell not Cosmo), or any other magazine targeting women with their “you are not good enough” message, full of fluff, with the token “love yourself” article followed by an ad for SlimFast or Jenny Craig.

*flipping middle finger*

It’s as easy as that, ladies. Step off the lunatic train and stop giving it momentum. And please, for the love of god, let’s give today’s little girls a more female-friendly, realistic world to inherit.

Unless, of course, it doesn’t bother you that these girls are more afraid of being fat than being dead.

Winter Perfume

You’ve probably already changed up your skincare routine for fall/winter, and likely have adjusted your make-up colors as well…but did you know that your perfume will also wear differently in colder weather?

According to Beauty-Advices.com, “Cold winter air will cause your perfume to…cling longer and evaporate more slowly. Winter is a perfect time to choose a richer, fuller fragrance. It will develop more slowly and last much longer than the same perfume will when worn on a hot day. Warmer, intimate scents like musk and deep, rich spicy tones are the perfect addition to a winter wardrobe.”

My personal favorite is Coco Mademoiselle, but I also love:

Carolina Herrera 212 Sexy
Giorgio Armani Mania
Givenchy Hot Couture
Dior Addict
Dior Pure Poison

What are your favorite winter perfumes?

When to Toss Out Make-Up and Beauty Products

According to Beauty.about.com, here’s a quickie list of the shelf life of most make-up and beauty products:

Concealer: Up to 12 months
Powder: 2 years
Cream & gel cleansers: 1 year
Pencil eye liner: should be sharpened regularly. Will last up to 3 years.
Eyeshadow: will also last up to 3 years
Brushes: Wash every 2-3 months in a mild detergent.
Sponges: Wash weekly and discard monthly.
Foundation: Check the ingredients: A water-based foundation will last up to 12 months, oil-based will last up to 18 months.
Lip liner: Up to 3 years
Lipstick: Some experts say 1-2 years. Others say up to 4 years. What everyone agrees on is that if it smells rancid, throw it out, it’s spoiled. Extra tip: If you store lipstick in the refrigerator, it will last longer.
Mascara: This product expires the fastest: Throw out after 4 months.
Nail Polish: Up to 12 months, depending on the quality

How’s YOUR Body Image?

How do you really feel about your body? I found this short quiz from Ladies’ Home Journal interesting in some of the questions posed. Check it out here:

Quiz: What is Your Body Image?

My results?

“Congratulations! You have a positive body image. Your answers show that you feel comfortable with your body. When you look in the mirror, you take both your good attributes and your flaws in stride.

You are adventurous and like to try new things. If the spirit moved you to get up and dance, you wouldn’t think about who was watching, and if you were being watched, you wouldn’t care.

Your physical self-confidence permeates your relationship with your partner, which is exuberantly physical. Even if you do experience problems in the bedroom, they are not likely to be related to your body image.”

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Samples

It’s not often I get excited about a shampoo or conditioner, since I’ve always believed you just rinse it down the drain anyway. I’ve tried my free sample of John Frieda Luxurious Volume shampoo and conditioner only once so far, so I won’t write my official review of them until I’ve used them a few more days, but so far I like them enough to consider buying them when the bottles in the shower are empty.

This shampoo and conditioner are intended to “boost all three dimensions of volume, for up to 110% more fullness, 90% more lift and 50% more thickness,” according to the product description.

To get your free samples, plus a coupon for styling products, click here. I’ll be back in a few days to review this shampoo and conditioner!

Make Lashes Look Fuller

This is an oldie-but-goodie from Prevention magazine, by make-up artist Bobbi Brown:

Question: How can I make my eyelashes look fuller?

Answer: Double line your eyelids: This eyeliner trick creates the illusion of fullness by darkening the roots of lashes, whereas the alternative–extra mascara–often leaves a clumpy spider-eye effect. Use an eyeliner brush to apply a dark powder shadow (brown or charcoal appear more natural than black) to each upper lid.

Make sure the line is thick and smudgy, which adds more depth than one that’s skinny. Then, dampen the brush and, using a stamping motion, layer a thinner line over the first line. Repeat on your bottom lids; finish with a coat of thickening mascara.

Something I like to try is using liquid liner first, then going back over that line with my Sephora Liner Electro in Black Electro. This darkens and deepens the line, adds some subtle sparkle, and definitely makes my eyes stand out.

Chadwick’s of Boston

My Chadwick’s of Boston catalog arrived in the mail over the weekend, and I almost tossed it until a quick flip through the pages caught items like these:

I love the emerald green color and the attention-getting beading. I like three-quarter sleeves, as well, for showing off bracelets and jewelry.

This dress is goddess-like beauty, and a gorgeous color. I’d find a reason to wear this, even if it’s just hanging out and watching a hockey game in style!

I couldn’t actually stand the pointy high heel on these boots, but tell me, who could resist looking at those bright red buckled boots?

Chadwick’s of Boston also sells fragrances and jewelry online. I have been disappointed by Chadwick’s in recent years. I used to get the catalog and instantly turn pages down for so many things I liked, and their prices used to be amazing. Now they are leaning toward trendy instead of classic, so a lot of the clothes are ugly and overpriced, but I like how the website has expanded to include accessories and shoes. Still…I miss the simple, classic, well-priced items they used to have.