Friday, October 28, 2011

Myface.cosmetics Contest On Facebook

My friends at are having a wicked Halloween contest on It's not too late to paint your best face forward and post it.
You could win over 15 awesome products and get a signed sketch by the GENIUS makeup artist Kabuki.
What are you waiting for? Get your creative juices flowing and start painting ghosts and ghouls galore.
Good luck everyone!

Be on the lookout for some fab myface.cosmetics product reviews in future posts. Trick or treat!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Get Your Sexy On

For those 'in the know', underwear shopping just got a whole lot cooler. The swanky, Hanky Panky brand is having a sample sale in NYC. Here's your chance to own the trendiest, super sexy, most comfortable undies around. Do not miss out, Hanky Panky is the it brand of lingerie. Designer panties worn by a hipster, fashionista crowd. Cameron, Cher, Rhianna, Jennifer Aniston and a whole bevy of sassy celebrities rock Hanky Panky in pastels, leopard and lace. I may even make the trip down, and get my under garment groove on. 

Here's an early Holiday gift to yourself. The Once-A-Year, Hanky Panky Sample Sale.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Sesame Bliss Balls

The Chopra Center

Out in Cali', we called The Bliss Balls our "Basti Balls" (as in Basti Enemas). They helped keep things moving right along if you know what I'm sayin'. For anyone who has a sluggish digestive system, these little balls of bliss will keep things regular and right on track. I actually missed them terribly when we left, I'm so glad to see the Recipe in The Chopra Newsletter. Prepping the ingredients now, and getting ready to rock and roll a little bit of heaven. Try them, you'll love 'em.

Sesame Bliss Balls

Sesame bliss balls are not only delicious and require no baking – they also contain ingredients that help cleanse and detoxify the body. Bliss balls are part of the daily menu at the Chopra Center’s Perfect Health program. 


1 cup toasted sesame seeds
½ cup golden raisins or regular raisins
2 teaspoons ground ginger powder
2 inches fresh ginger root, peeled and chopped
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1½ teaspoons ground cardamom
2½ tablespoons


Place all ingredients in a food processor and mix together until well incorporated. Roll into 1-inch balls.
*Ghee is clarified butter but contains many healing and culinary properties that plain butter does not:
  • Ghee is salt free and lactose free.
  • Since ghee won’t burn at high temperatures, it’s great for sautéing. It also doesn’t have to be refrigerated.
  • Ghee is an excellent from of fat for the body, and is especially beneficial for the liver, kidneys, and brain.

Wash Rinse & Repeat: It's Seasonal Cleansing Detox Time Again

Everyone knows true beauty starts from within. Clean mind, clean body equals gorgeous, glowing, youthful skin. Not all of us have the means to treat themselves to a Spa Detox. I have never felt better than after my Panchakarma experience at the Chopra Center. My skin felt soft like butter, and the bags under my eyes disappeared, for the first time in decades. I looked and felt years younger. The Chopra Center Newsletter is featuring 9 Seasonal Detox tips by Dr. Sheila Patel, M.D. you can do at home. I plan on digging right in, renewing my practice with vigor, and rejuvenating the soul.

Dr. Sheila Patel is a board-certified family physician, Ayurvedic expert, and the Director of Health Programming at the Chopra Center. 

According to the Ayurvedic tradition, just as the natural world transforms with each changing of the seasons, so, too, does our mind-body physiology. The environment is our extended body, and therefore changes that are occurring outside of our bodies are also occurring inside of them. During these periods, it’s common for certain energies within us to become aggravated and contribute to disease or illness. In addition, imbalances in our diet and lifestyle may manifest in more noticeable symptoms.
Return to Balance

As we transition into the autumn season in the Northern Hemisphere (and springtime in the southern half of the planet), it is an ideal time to sit back and reflect on what may be out of balance in our lives, then take steps to restore our equilibrium. Ayurveda recommends a seasonal cleansing, purification, and renewal process in which we eliminate whatever physical and emotional toxicities we have accumulated, allowing our mind-body to return to a natural state of balance and health. After we’ve released the stored toxins that prevent the free flow of energy and information throughout our entire physiology, we can engage in practices of rejuvenation that nurture our vitality and wellbeing.

A Detoxification Program You Can Do at Home
Recognizing the value of regular cleansing and rejuvenation, the Chopra Center offers the Perfect Health program, which includes a simplified natural diet, daily Ayurvedic massage treatments, herbal supplementation, a mind-body medical consultation, meditation, and yoga. Some guests return regularly for seasonal cleansing and renewal, and others come to restore their balance after a major life change. By participating in this process in a loving and supportive environment, guests find that they can reawaken their body’s inner healing abilities. After a week of immersion into self-awareness and nurturing, they feel more balanced, invigorated and prepared to re-engage in their daily lives.
If you’re unable to join us at the Chopra Center, you can benefit from an at-home cleansing and rejuvenation retreat for your own self-care. We suggest that you allocate a week or at least an extended weekend to disengage as much as possible from the outside world.
Many people prepare by stocking up on healthy food, getting caught up on bills and errands, and letting friends and families know they will be going on a personal retreat and not responding to email or phone calls. As best you can, create a sacred space for yourself where you won’t be bothered or distracted. Enlist the people directly around you to honor this time by alleviating you of as many duties as possible.
A thorough program of cleansing and rejuvenation includes:
1.) Practice Meditation and Deep Breathing The practice of meditation and deep breathing restore our mind-body to a place of harmony and unity with our true nature. In many Eastern healing traditions, these important self-awareness practices are the foundation of connecting with our divinity or spiritual essence, which is the source of all healing.
A simple meditation practice used for thousands of years is the technique of observing the breath. You can try this meditation right now by finding a quiet place to sit comfortably. Now close your eyes and put your attention on the inhale and exhale of your breath. If your mind drifts away from your breath, gently return it to the object of your focus. Try this for a few minutes and observe how your body and mind feel both before and after the practice.  You can use this meditation practice during your cleansing and rejuvenation process.
You may also want to explore the Chopra Center’s 21-Day Meditation Challenge, which offers daily guided audio meditations. There are several series to choose from, which you can download and use during your cleanse and beyond. Find more information on guided meditations here.
The Healing Breath
Deep breathing is a yogic practice that is profoundly relaxing and cleansing.  There are many different techniques. For the purpose of the cleanse, I suggest that you practice the alternate nostril breathing technique each day known as
nadi shodhana. This ancient yogic technique restores balance to the body and mind. Find instructions for alternate nostril breathing here.

2.)  Release with Mind-Body Exercise
Various forms of mind-body exercise mobilize and move stored toxins out of the physical and emotional body and towards our channels of elimination.  When performed deliberately and mindfully, yoga is a deeply cleansing and rejuvenating practice that also helps us experience the unity of our body, mind, and spirit.
Other mind-body exercises include tai-chi, Chi Walking, and qigong. I would recommend mindful walking or other gentle activities (nothing that demands too much energy like cycling or running – this is a week to renew). This movement can be practiced for 30−60 minutes a day, preferably in the morning and/or early evening.
3)  Indulge in Daily Sauna Therapy Externally heating the body increases the circulation to our tissues, mobilizes toxins, and dilates our channels of circulation (known as srotas) to facilitate movement of toxicity away from the tissues so that they can more easily be eliminated.
Many gyms or health clubs have saunas; if you don’t already belong to one, you could find one in your area offering a free trial week – or try a day pass at the YMCA or other public recreation center. If none of these options are available to you, you can run a very hot bath or shower to create a sauna effect, or sit in a warm tub.
Listen to your body to guide you as far as the proper amount of time to heat the body. Because there are different mind-body types (or doshas), some may feel ready to step out of the sauna or shower after 5 to 10 minutes, while others can remain for 15 to 20 minutes. Placing a cool, moist cloth on your head reduces the chance of lightheadedness and allows the head to stay cool while the body heats up. In addition, some people may prefer a moist sauna, while others prefer dry heat. Experiment a little to see what serves you best.
Sit quietly and imagine the stored toxicity being mobilized and eliminated.   A quick rinse after breaking out in a sweat allows you to visualize the released toxicity flowing off of you. Drink plenty of water before and after the sauna.
4.)  Enjoy Nutrient-Rich, Fresh Foods

Ayurveda teaches us to use food as our medicine. Choose plant-based, organic foods of all colors and prepare them in a healthy way. The natural rejuvenative phytochemicals in fruits and vegetables neutralize toxicity and restore our tissues and energies to balance.

Ideally, the food you ingest during your cleanse should be light to strengthen your digestive fire, or agni. Try steamed vegetables, rice and dahl, and whole grains. Avoid processed foods, refined carbohydrates, and dairy and animal products. Eat slowly and mindfully, paying attention to and appreciating the nourishment the food is giving you.
To facilitate digestion and elimination, make this recipe for sesame bliss balls, containing ghee (clarified butter), sesame seeds, raisins, and herbs with detoxifying and cleansing properties.
Find the Sesame Bliss Ball recipe here. You can enjoy one bliss ball twice daily (morning and evening).
5.)  Treat Yourself to a Healing Massage
Your cleanse will ideally include Ayurvedic massage using large amounts of warm herbalized oils. Ayurvedic massage is designed to free up our channels of energy and circulation, and mobilize toxicity stored deep within our tissues. Massage and hands-on healing techniques energize and rejuvenate us, and have been shown to increase our mood and sense of wellbeing while decreasing stress. If you don’t have access to authentic Ayurvedic massage therapy, you will still benefit from relaxation or other types of massage – whatever feels right to you.
You may also treat yourself to a daily Ayurvedic self-massage known as the self-abhy. Find instructions for a self-abhy here.

6.) Try Detoxifying and Rejuvenating Herbs
Ayurveda recommends the use of specific herbs that can cleanse the organs and rejuvenate the tissues. Some of the recommended herbs include triphala, ashwagandha, guggulu, brahmi, ginger, turmeric and neem, among others. These herbs help by enhancing our bodies’ own detoxification pathways. They have also been shown to contain helpful natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, as well as several anti-cancer chemicals. At an energetic level, they help to balance our doshas as well.
The appropriate doses of certain herbs may vary, depending on a person’s balance and other medical issues. Check with your health care provider or practitioner  as recommendations will depend on your individual mind-body type, medical conditions, and other medications you may be taking.  However, most people can benefit without any side effects from the following regimen:
Triphala: 1,000mg, twice daily
Turmeric capsules: 500mg, 2−3 times daily
Ashwagandha: 500mg, twice daily
Fresh ginger tea: 5−6 servings each day
How to Make Ginger Tea
Ginger tea has a strong cleansing effect on the body, mobilizing toxins and restoring balance. It benefits the digestive system and helps reduce cravings for sweet and salty foods. Prepare ginger tea by adding one teaspoon of grated or sliced fresh gingerroot to a cup of hot water. We encourage you to get a thermos bottle so that you can sip ginger tea throughout the day.

7.)  Get Plenty of Rest Our mind-body has an incredible system of detoxification and self-healing, and by removing ourselves from some of the daily stressors and distractions in life for a short while, we can enhance our innate healing powers. Each day, take some time for yourself to sit and rest in a peaceful environment.  Consider disconnecting from watching the news, or spending unnecessary time on the computer or phone.
Get plenty of sleep each night and take a nap if you feel the need. A lot of our body’s healing takes place when we sleep. Ideally, we should be in bed by 10−10:30 p.m. in order to maximize our natural detoxification process.  Melatonin, our natural sleep hormone, is an important anti-oxidant, and studies are showing that it has beneficial effects on other hormones in our bodies as well as on the immune system.
Bright lights in the evening suppress our natural melatonin levels and make it more difficult for us to sleep; in addition to interfering with the beneficial effects that melatonin has on our physiology at night. It is best to avoid bright lighting and stimulation in the evening. Take this week to develop a good nightly routine. Engage in relaxing activities in the evening to prepare yourself for sleep such as drinking chamomile or valerian tea, and light candles or incense scented with lavender or sandalwood.
8.)  Connect to Nature
Spending time in nature is deeply restorative. Take time during your week to nourish each of your senses with nature’s beauty and healing power. Gaze up into the space of the night sky, feel the wind on your face and the warmth of the sun; listen to ocean waves or a bubbling brook (if you don’t live near water, there are wonderful nature recordings that you can use). Walk barefoot on the earth.
9.)  Keep a Journal Writing is an extremely useful tool for self-reflection and emotional detoxification. Take time each evening to write about what you have been feeling both physically and emotionally. Note what you are grateful for, and then try to identify things in your life that you would like to eliminate. Write about how it will feel when these things have been eliminated − and also identify what you would like to bring into this space that you will create in your life.
By engaging in regular programs of purification and rejuvenation, you will allow yourself to eliminate any stored toxicity and strengthen and revitalize your mind-body. In this process, you will connect to your wholeness and allow your true and beautiful nature to emerge.
*Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, fitness, or other health program.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Pixi Dust & Fairy Godmother

Petra Strand, Mum, Makeup Artist extraordinaire, and founder of Pixi by Petra has done it again. Revamping and re modernizing her "natural beauty" brand. She's created cool, sophisticated products in whimsical packaging. When I received Pixi's Ultimate Beauty Kit, the sleek, delightfully fun Vanity Set with, "32 lush eye shades, 16 balmy lip hues and 8 complexion awakening cheek coulours," I let out a squeal. 
No way! Glorious makeup in a chic, ultra-thin, super portable design. Who I am kidding? I get so much product, sometimes I have to give it away, but Ultimate Beauty Kit is too good to be true. It stays put, right here with me. 
Ultimate Beauty Kit by Pixi
Pixi is sold online at and at as well as Target Stores nationwide. What are you waiting for? Run right on down and pick up your own personalized, makeup kit. The colors are so pretty, so easy to mix and match, it's an instant pick me up. Your face will look radiant and fresh with less effort. The added, pop up makeup mirror and lightweight design makes Pixi's Ultimate Beauty Kit your number one travel companion. Stick it in your purse and off you go, camera ready for whatever the day or evening might hold. Thanks Petra for getting it right, and bringing beauty so neatly together, in such a nifty package.
And while you're at it, pick up an extra few. The Holidays are around the corner, the women in your life will adore Pixi, and you.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

To Be or Not to Be? Made Up.

Garden of Zen
A new study just came out on women who wear makeup, appearing more confident.
What's your take on this? I love makeup, smokey eyes, false lashes, and a sizzlin' hot, glossy lip.
At home, I rarely wear it. I'd rather be outside, digging' in the dirt, planting bulbs, looking forward to Spring. I turned in my power suit to Diane Sawyer, Oprah and all those awesome, working women I so admire. But, not my cosmetics kit. Not quite yet.
I stopped painting my face when my dog decided to lick it. Incessantly. 
I always wear makeup at work, or a night on the town. It makes me feel pretty, polished, empowered and yes, even smart. As someone who made their living as a 'model', I wore a painted face, my image plastered on billboards from Milan to Paris. I always felt like a kid, playing dress up. Today, I love to get my hands filthy, dirty in the earth. Planting my Zen Garden in mud and water, without a stitch of makeup. I feel more me, more alive in my skin than I ever remember. So while I will always say, YES to MAKEUP, I say hello to a new me. A work in progress, a blossoming one.

Oct 3, 2011 6:40pm by Ben Forer

Study: Makeup Makes

Women Appear More 

Competent – Do You Agree?

"Makeup makes women appear more attractive and competent according to a new study by a team comprised of researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston University and Proctor & Gamble.
The research reveals that when viewers saw a female face for 250 milliseconds, women who wore color cosmetics rated more highly in the categories of attractiveness, competence, likability and trustworthiness. However, when participants were allowed to look at the faces for a longer period of time, while the ratings for competence and attractiveness stayed the same, the ratings for likability and trustworthiness changed based on specific makeup looks.
Which face do you find most competent? Face 1 is on the left."


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Too Cruel To be Kind

I did not write this, but I wish I did. I love women, all women. I find they are magical, powerful, smart, nurturing and way too hard on themselves. Thank you, Delphine for the beautiful reminder. Letting go of the need for self-acceptance is beauty enough. Celebrate your glorious, naked self for just one day. Imperfect, perfection. Revel in it, lovin' your birthday suit.

"A while back, at the entrance of a gym, there was a picture of a very thin and beautiful woman. The caption was "This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?"

The story goes, a woman (of clothing size unknown) answered the following way:

"Dear people, whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, seals, curious humans), they are sexually active and raise their children with great tenderness.
They entertain like crazy with dolphins and eat lots of prawns. They swim all day and travel to fantastic places like Patagonia, the Barents Sea or the coral reefs of Polynesia.
They sing incredibly well and sometimes even are on cds. They are impressive and dearly loved animals, which everyone defend and admires.

Mermaids do not exist.

But if they existed, they would line up to see a psychologist because of a problem of split personality: woman or fish?
They would have no sex life and could not bear children.
Yes, they would be lovely, but lonely and sad.
And, who wants a girl that smells like fish by his side?

Without a doubt, I'd rather be a whale.

At a time when the media tells us that only thin is beautiful, I prefer to eat ice cream with my kids, to have dinner with my husband, to eat and drink and have fun with my friends.

We women, we gain weight because we accumulate so much wisdom and knowledge that there isn't enough space in our heads, and it spreads all over our bodies.
We are not fat, we are greatly cultivated.
Every time I see my curves in the mirror, I tell myself: "How amazing am I ?! "
By: Delphine Fieberg

PHOTO: The Sublime Tara Flynn Courtesy French Elle