Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Which Would You Rather Wear? Wednesday

Zoe Saldana

Jessica Alba




Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Luminaze


Something I, and a lot of other people deal with, is dark spots due to acne and aging, hyperpigmentation, and uneven skin tone. I just discovered Luminaze which is a natural enzyme that breaks down melanin to help fade dark spots and even out your skin tone in just 7 days. In clinical studies it has been proven to work better and faster than the leading prescription ingredient, and it's actually gentle enough to use every day. 

The best part is that it does all of this without creating white patches or splotchyness. That's something that's always scared me about products that claim to even out skin tone, but Luminaze is gentle and effective. Sounds great to me:)! Has anyone tried this product?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Looking For Beauty Bloggers

I'm looking for guest bloggers and beauty bloggers to join OpalStevens.com. I would like my focus and posts to be more on hair and skin care. I'm looking for anyone who enjoys and would be willing to write 1 to 3 articles a week on fashion, nail art & design, and/or makeup. You could be on this blog full time or you could choose to promote your own blog in any articles you write for this blog. Any products that I get to review for subjects I don't know too much about (i.e. makeup and nails) I could to send to bloggers who want to come on board and write for reviews and informational articles on OpalStevens.com. Email me at opalstevensblog@gmail.com if you're interested or would like more details!



Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Pippa Middleton: A Fashion Icon?

Pippa Middleton wowed us during The Royal Wedding in her Alexander McQueen gown and she has only continued to leave us in awe. A lot of women have even begun to consider her a style icon. Personally, I think she has great taste and I'm constantly amazed by her fashion choices. Take a look at just a few of her outfits from the past year:


She looks amazing in that tan Whistles jacket and tiered silk dress from French Connection. Even when she's wearing a casual button down shirt she looks stunning! I really like the design on her jeans and the pops of red really add interest to the outfit.  


I really love how she paired the jean jacket with a simple white dress to make the outfit more interesting. 




Which Would You Rather Wear? Wednesday

Olivia Munn

Pippa Middleton






Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Fashion Trends For Fall 2011

Plaid... in a jacket! Reminds me of the kind of shirts you'd get from fieldmaster clothing. Although the colors are a bit over the top - but this is the runway, it's supposed to be shocking. I think a more wearable look for everyday life would be a plaid pea coat like the one pictured below with jeans and Uggs. 



Graphic tees under leather or bomber jackets are really cute too! Not too sure about Ashley's choice of pants or shoes, but the top of the outfit is great. Any kind of graphic tee will do. The more interesting and unique, the better! You can see the swag with the guinness beer price tag of shirts. 


Jaime King looks amazing here and I'm in love with her shoes! I really like how she made a masculine looking shoe look very feminine. They look like these harris shoes. I think you could definitely use this type of shoe to as a foundation for some really great fall outfits. 

GOSH Cosmetics Video Review





GOSH 581 Orange Drops Nail Polish:
I really love the color of this nail polish :D It has an average dry time and I needed 4 coats.


GOSH Nail Glitter:
10 different shades are available (really pretty colors!) Just apply a base coat of polish, then dip your nail in the small jar of glitter before the polish dries up, and brush off any excess glitter. Doesn't rub off too much during the day.


Tuesday Beauty Blog Hop 11/22

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Ceramic vs Tourmaline Flat Irons

Picking out a flat iron used to be easy, but as technology gets more advanced and we've begun to see names like ceramic or titanium flat iron it's not surprising that a lot of women are raising an eyebrow. It sounds all nice and fancy schmancy, but seriously, what the heck does it even mean? And is it really worth the extra cash?! I did a little research to figure it out.

Ceramic irons have ceramic plates and provide even heating making it less damaging than the metals traditionally used in flat irons. Ceramic irons release negative ions which when heated can actually help seal the cuticle and give the hair a healthy looking shine. 
Titanium irons have a very smooth surface and keep the temperature of the flat iron stable and even throughout. Titanium releases even more negative ions than ceramic flat irons and as a result the hair will be shinier. Although any kind of heat styling can cause damage, I've found that ceramic and titanium flat irons are definitely much better and kinder to your hair than traditional flat irons. 
Oh, and I'm looking for new hair products! I'm running out and I would like to try something new:). I've heard a lot of people say that Moroccan oil is THE best hair oil. Has anyone tried it? Do you like it?

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Dr. Patrica Farris on Adult Acne: Why It Occurs, How To Treat It



Is adult acne any different than the acne you would get as a teenager?

Acne is different in adults. It is not in the t-zone but instead tends to be around the jawline or hairline...so a more peripheral pattern. The skin is not oily in adults so it is hard to treat adult patients with the same medications we use in teens since these meds tend to dry the skin.

Is adult acne more common in men or women?

Adult acne is more common in women than men. Men get acne as teens and then in general grow out of it. Women also have acne as teens but then some continue to have it as adults. Women have so many hormonal fluctuations during their life that causes acne. They get acne with their periods, during pregnancy or after pregnancy and even at menopause. Women also seem to be very susceptible to stress induced acne which of course is also caused by hormones.

How is adult acne treated?

I see a lot of women who are very frustrated with adult acne who complain of getting cysts every month right before their periods. I call this type of acne "cyclic cystic acne." They get one or two big cysts on the chin and they take forever to heal and of course then they get the next crop of cysts. To treat this type of acne we use oral antibiotics, topical retinoids and a gentle cleanse with glycolic or salicylic acid. I like combination products in adults because they can use the medications at night and wear their make-up during the day. Combination products may have topical antibiotics and benzoyl peroxide or a retinoid plus topical antibiotic or retinoid and benzoyl peroxide.


PatriciaFarris
About Dr. Patricia K. Farris
Dr. Farris is a board certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon. She received her medical degree at Tulane University and her residency training at Tulane in the Department of Dermatology where she served as chief resident. She has been quoted extensively in newspaper and magazine articles on a variety of topics related to dermatology. Dr. Farris has been featured in over one hundred health-related television segments on dermatology and skin care including CNN, Regis and Kathie Lee and Good Morning America. Dr. Farris is known for her expertise in the treatment of aging skin and has lectured internationally on this subject. She has served as a consultant to cosmetic and pharmaceutical companies and has been involved in the development, clinical testing and marketing of new and innovative anti-aging skin care products. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Which Would You Rather Wear? Wednesday

Carrie Underwood

Amy Adams






Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Dr. Sue Ann Wee on Acne Scarring, Types of Acne Scars, and Treatment Options

Dr. Sue Ann Wee is Board Certified Dermatologist with expertise in laser surgery, cosmetic, and medical dermatology. I got the opportunity to ask her a few questions about acne scarring and the treatment options that are available for those suffering from acne scarring. 

Why does acne scarring occur?

When acne occurs, it is accompanied by an inflammatory response which injures the skin. This injured area of skin then undergoes wound repair in which the body produces scar tissue (collagen) to heal the wound. Although, the body replaces injured tissue with the same type of tissue (collagen) that is present in normal tissue, scar tissue lays down collagen in a different and inferior manner compared to normal tissue collagen. This different arrangement of collagen in the body’s healing process is the key feature of scar formation.

What are the different types of acne scars?

There are 5 main types of acne scars: rolling, box-car, ice-pick, hypertrophic, and keloid. Rolling acne scars are typically shallow, soft wave-like recessions in the skin whereas box-car scars tend to be more angular recessed scars with vertical edges. Ice-pick scars appear as deep, narrow pits in the skin. Hypertrophic scars are usually raised and firm but can less commonly be soft and protuberant. Keloid scars are larger than hypertrophic scars because they extend beyond the original area of injury to the skin. Most acne scars are initially pink or reddish in appearance which may last just a few weeks to many years or more.

picture source: acne.org

Can acne scars be treated if the patient still has acne?

Yes, various treatment modalities can be used or combined to treat acne scars even during an active acne flare. For example, hypertrophic scars can easily be injected with steroid which can flatten scars. I treat patients with photodynamic therapy utilizing a variety of lights and lasers to simultaneously treat both pink or reddish acne scars and active acne. Other benefits of photodynamic therapy include less oily, healthier skin, and improved pore appearance and skin texture. It can be a great alternative to oral antibiotics and isotretinoin (Accutane) in patients who wish to avoid taking pills. Before performing laser resurfacing on a patients’ acne scars, I will use a variety of topical and/or systemic therapies to control the acne first.

When should you seek professional treatment for acne scarring?

Patient should seek professional treatment when they have acne flares that are leading to acne scars. Aggressive treatment of active acne is the best way to prevent further scarring. Also, patients who have acne scarring may want to seek treatment when it begins to affect them in their daily life. However, if the patient has recently been on isotretinoin (Accutane), then they must wait at least 6 months before laser resurfacing and/or other acne scar treatments.

What kind of treatments are available for those with acne scarring?

There are many treatment options for acne scarring. Fractional laser resurfacing is an excellent treatment option for acne scarring. Fractional lasers deeply treat tiny columns of skin, leaving surrounding skin intact. There are two main types of fractional resurfacing lasers: non-ablative (no open wound) and ablative (open wound) lasers. Non-ablative fractional resurfacing lasers are an excellent choice for most types of acne scarring because they require very little down-time for patients (approx 2 days), can be safely used in lighter and darker skin types, and produce significant improvement in acne scars over a series of treatments. Ablative fractional laser resurfacing uses the more aggressive CO2 wavelength that results in open wounds with longer down-time(weeks); however, fewer treatments are generally required. Ablative resurfacing lasers should be used with great caution in darker skin types as there are more risks for pigmentation and scarring. Although there are many similar lasers, Fraxel Restore is the original and most studied non-ablative fractional laser. Its ablative counterpart is Fraxel Repair.

There are also lasers that can reduce the pink or reddish discoloration of acne scars (pulsed dye lasers). Raised hypertrophic and keloidal acne scars can be injected with steroid to flatten them.

If a patient also has ice-pick scars or very deep recessed scars, then additional treatments such topical acids can be applied directly into the scars to build collagen and improve them. Alternatively, severely recessed acne scars can also be filled or ‘plumped up’ by injection of fillers which have variable duration of benefit depending on the choice of filler. Severely recessed box-car or pitted acne scars can also be surgically cut out using punch-excision techniques.

Superficial chemical peels offer little improvement for acne scars; however, medium strength chemical peels and mechanical dermabrasion can improve acne scars but carry more risks and side effects compared to non-ablative fractional lasers. Patients often ask me if microdermabrasion is helpful for acne scars and the answer is no; microdermabrasion does not penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin where the acne scarring problem lies.

Of course, no acne scarring treatment is complete without a plan tailored to each patient to discourage future acne.

SueAnnWee
About Dr. Sue Ann Wee
Dr. Sue Ann Wee is Board Certified Dermatologist with expertise in laser surgery, cosmetic, and medical dermatology. Dr. Wee obtained her medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine and completed her dermatology residency at New York University School of Medicine. She pursued further training by completing a Laser and Cosmetic Surgery fellowship in Boston, Massachusetts under the direction of faculty from Harvard and Yale University School of Medicine. She practices dermatology at Manhattan Center for Dermatology and 5th Avenue Dermatology Surgery and Laser Center in New York City. 
http://www.laserdermatologynyc.com/ (212-489-6669)


Tuesday Beauty Blog Hop 11/15

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Coleen Butterflies Fragrance Review



"Coleen Rooney, fashion and style icon of a generation and one of the UK's most photographed women has launched the long awaited premium fragrance, Coleen Butterflies. 

The bottle is fashioned from heavyweight sheer pink glass, adorned with a cascade of gold butterflies symbolizing femininity. This beautiful fragrance is said to truly reflect the young woman Coleen has grown to become. 

A sparkling burst of citrus, sultry rose and hibiscus opens the fragrance, melting the senses with subtle hints of black pepper, nutmeg and vanilla flower, tumbling into a fall of creamy cedar and rose wood with a subtle hint of amber and tonka bean; the sumptuous scent lingers to leave an indelible impression. 

Coleen who has been involved in every aspect of the product is justifiably proud of the finished article "I love the fragrance which is both feminine an alluring. The bottle will look fabulous on anyone's dressing table and my favorite butterflies add that special touch."

The epitome of sophistication and elegance, Coleen Butterflies is set to become this season's top selling fragrance."



Design:
The bottle and the packaging is extremely cute! It's made out of pretty sturdy glass and the butterflies are really gorgeous. It's definitely a very fun and elegant looking bottle of perfume:)

Scent:
It's a very sweet and floral scent. It may be a bit too strong for everyday use, but it's perfect for special occasions. It smells very feminine. Heart notes: Black Pepper, Nutmeg, Vanilla Flower. Top Notes: Citrus, Hibiscus, Rose. Base Notes: Rosewood, Tonka Beans, Amber, Cedar. 

Price:
You can get it for £24.50 (50 ml) or £38.50 (100 ml) at The Perfume Shop. Which is equivalent to about $38 (50 ml) or $53 (100 ml). 









The products in this review were provided to the reviewer for the purpose of writing a review. This in no way sways the opinion of the reviewer and the quality of this review. No monetary exchange occurred for the writing of this review.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Which Would You Rather Wear? Wednesday

Pippa Middleton

Beyonce







Comment and tell me what you think! And if you have a link to an outfit that you would like to see voted on next week make sure to comment :)

Dr. Leslie Baumann on Acne Causes, Myths, and Treatment Mistakes

Dr. Leslie Baumann is an internationally renowned board-certified dermatologist, New York Times best-selling author, media personality and lecturer, and CEO of Baumann Cosmetic & Research Institute in Miami, Florida. I got the opportunity to ask her a few questions about acne and her skin typing system. 


What causes acne?
Increased Oil Production, Clogged pores and Bacteria. Oil causes dead skin cells to stick together which creates a clogged pore . If bacteria is present it can cause that clogged pore to inflame with pus.


What are some acne myths or common misconceptions people have about acne?
1. Only teenagers get acne 
2. Sun Exposure Helps Acne ( it’s actually the opposite ) 
3. Putting toothpaste on a pimple dries it up – NOT TRUE

4. Popping pimples make them heal faster – popping pimples can cause scarring and further inflammation. 

What are some common mistakes that people make when trying to treat their acne?
They over exfoliate. If you are using a scrub over and over, chances are you also spreading the bacteria back into open pores. Not washing your face last when you bath or shower. People often wash the face and then apply hair conditioner to their hair.  The hair conditioner can make the face break out so the face should be washed AFTER the hair is.


What is the Skin Type Solution?
Skin Type Solutions is a skin typing system that helps accurately and precisely define your skin type using 4 main skin factors

Dry or Oily
Sensitive or Resistant
Pigmented or Non Pigmented
Wrinkled or Tight

Using all D, O, S, R, W and T you come up with 16 different skin types . Once you know your skintype it becomes MUCH easier to use skin care products that are best suited for you .

Here is a video that describes Dr. Baumann's skin typing system:




You can find more information about Dr. Baumann's skin typing system and take the questionnaire to find out what skin type you are at http://www.skintypesolutions.com. After taking the questionnaire you'll be given a list of products that work best for your unique skin type. 

* Adult acne is a reality! It's estimated that adult acne affects 25% of all men and 50% of all women at some point in lives. It can occur in your 20s, 30s, 40s, and even later in life. 



BaumannAbout Dr. Baumann
Dr. Leslie Baumann is an internationally renowned board-certified dermatologist, New York Times best-selling author, media personality and lecturer, and CEO of Baumann Cosmetic & Research Institute. She authored Cosmetic Dermatology: Principles and Practice (McGraw-Hill, 2002), the world's best-selling cosmetic dermatology textbook, as well as the New York Times best-selling book, The Skin Type Solution (Bantam Dell, 2006), which focuses on her revolutionary and proprietary skin typing system. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tuesday Beauty Blog Hop 11/8

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  2. Try to follow as many people on the list as possible :)
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Which Would You Rather Wear? Wednesday

Cat Deeley

Eva Longoria






 
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