Friday, June 22, 2007

Ask Ellen: Hand Creams

Q: So, I was just wondering if you had any recommendations for good quality lotions and/or hand cremes. I wash my hands quite a bit and have had trouble finding a product that can stand up to numerous hand scrubbings. Any experience in this area?

A: Well T.G. I am like you and fanatic about keeping my hands clean. It is important to keep your hands hydrated so I would recommend applying lotion after every washing. Keep a lotion by your sink, in your bag, in your desk drawer and I always apply lotion at bedtime so that the cream can really get into my skin whilst I am sleeping.

There are a huge amount of creams and lotions on the market and it can be a little confusing. I actually have a couple of favourites that I can recommend:

Vaseline Intensive Care Healthy Hand & Nail Revitalizing Hand Lotion
This is a really fast absorbing cream that makes your hands hydrated and your nails stronger.
Contains keratin and vitamin E. Small size is perfect for your purse or bedside table.
$3.79 USD $4.99 CAD

Principessa Cattiva Diva
I absolutely love anything made by Principessa. Their silky hand cream is lovely and smells to die for. If you are looking for a perfumed hand cream then this is the perfect one for you.
$16 USD $18 CAD

Bliss High Intensity Hand Cream
This rich cream really softens and smooths your hands and cuticles. On the higher price range I enjoy this cream. It has a citrus fragrance that is quite fresh.
$18 USD $23 CAD

L'Occitane Lavender Hand Cream
A little pricey but pure luxury. I absolutely love the smell of lavender and if you do too then this is a great hand cream. Blends the nourishing benefits of Shea Butter with soothing A.O.C. lavender essential oil and rosemary extract. Also contains vitamin E.
$20 USD $20 CAD

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Elle Magazine's July Beauty It List

Elle has just hit the stands and I recommend that you grab a copy!

As always there are some fantastic articles - here are some that grabbed my attention:

* ELLE gets the scoop on four makeup pros (Kathy Jeung, Kristofer Buckle, Talia Shobrook, and Jennifer Daranyi) that are living the rock-star life by proxy.

* Edgy beauty is back. Make way for clever cuts and fearlessly fake hues.

* Elle's July Beauty It List - see image.

Go! Go now and get your copy!

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Chick Advisor

As most of you know I made the move to Toronto recently (I've been in town 30 days!) Well I have no idea where anything is! It's actually a little embarrassing and I needed a little guidance to where the 'cool' places were in town. I scratched my head as to who I should talk to and then it came to me....CHICK ADVISOR!

Ali from Chick Advisor took me for a very delicious latte at B Espresso somewhere on East Queen - and yes I did get lost trying to find the placed! She was so kind and drew maps, listed off cool shopping areas and fantastic restaurants in my note book.

Check out her post of our meeting.

Thanks Ali and Chick Advisor for your expertise!

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Therative Respond to Reader Question

Last week I ran an article on the ThermaClear and then received a good question from a reader: "How does this differ from Zeno? Does anyone know? The FAQ on the Thermaclear website was less than helpful."

Well I decided to go straight to the source and asked Therative to comment. Here is what Ted Simon, Vice President of Marketing for Therative, the company who makes ThermaClear had to say:

“Sorry that our site didn’t provide the info you were seeking – tech gremlins were at work, and we had some technical difficulties. We’ve addressed those on our site, but let me answer your question here.

Let me first tell you how ThermaClear and Zeno are similar – both are hand-held acne treatment devices that use heat to treat existing pimples, or those that are about to form. Clinical studies have shown that the two products are equally effective at clearing pimples. Now here is how ThermaClear is different:

- Application time: ThermaClear is 75 times faster to use than Zeno. Each ThermaClear application takes two seconds per pimple while each Zeno application takes 2 ½ minutes per pimple.

- Convenience: Depending on the model, Zeno requires that you replace their product's treatment tip with as few as 60 applications (the device will shut down and become inoperable until the tip is replaced). ThermaClear has no such requirement, although we do recommend you replace your treatment tip one to two times a year (or, immediately should it become scratched or damaged).

- Overall cost: The Zeno device costs up to 33% more than ThermaClear, depending on the model and where you buy it (some Zeno’s cost up to $200). When you add in the cost of replacement tips for Zeno, ThermaClear is a much better value. Assuming just two treatments per day for a single pimple (Zeno’s recommended treatment regimen), the Zeno tip would need to be replaced monthly. At a replacement cost of $25-$35 per tip, the overall cost of owning Zeno goes up an additional $300 more per year, making it at least three times more expensive to own Zeno than ThermaClear.

In addition to the above differences between the two devices, ThermaClear also has a line of topical skin care and acne treatment products, ThermaClear Essentials, to accompany our device. These topicals serve to help treat and prevent acne while cleansing and nourishing your skin. Coupled with the ThermaClear acne treatment device, which serves as a spot treatment to help clear pimples AFTER they occur, it's a one-two punch that Zeno does not offer.

We would like to offer the readers of your blog a special. If they go to and type LIPSTICK25 at checkout, they will receive 25% off the purchase of a device till July 4th."

I hope that this answers your question.

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Monday, June 18, 2007

Lipstick, Powder n Paint Poll

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Ellen to be a Guest Editor on GlamBlush

I am very excited to announce that I will be a Guest Editor on GlamBlush twice a month starting NOW!

GlamBlush is the insightful blog of India-Jewel Jackson, Beauty Editor for The Glam Network.

It was just announced that is the #1 Women's Community Web Property with over 17mil visitors in the month of May. That is HUGE!

Please visit me on GlamBlush at the middle and end of each month.

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Jennifer Garner is the New Face of Neutrogena

Jennifer Garner has just signed on to be the newest face of Neutrogena and will be featured in both national TV and print campaigns.

“For me, Neutrogena has always been a part of my life; I’ve used the products for years,” said Garner. “I feel an emotional connection to the brand because it represents healthy beauty – and that’s something that I strongly support. I am excited to be a part of the Neutrogena family.”

Jennifer will represent the new Neutrogena Anti-Oxidant Age Reverse line, as well as Neutrogena Healthy Defense SPF 45 Daily Moisturizer that contains the breakthrough sunscreen technology, Helioplex.

For more information on these products visit: or

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Glam up your Toes this Summer

This summer why not add a little art to your toes?

Foot Candy is an online store that sell a fun assortment of nail decals. There are 6 different collections to choose from and my personal favourite is Audrey in the City - how cute are these?

I will definitely be ordering some to perk up my tootsies.
$10 for 60 decals

If you would prefer, you can go to your local spa and ask if they provide creative art pedicures. Le Petit Spa in Vancouver can assist you in expressing your unique personality with a nail art pedicure. For $70 you receive:

- Luxurious soaking of the feet
- Trimming and filing
- Cuticle work
- Callous removal
- Signature Lavender sea-salt scrub
- Massage and polish application plus your choice of nail art design. has a wide range of fashionably funky toe rings, all handcrafted with Swarovski crystals. Stars like Angeline Jolie, Gwen Stefani and Jennifer Aniston can't get enough of owners Lisa Wilcox and Tuesday Knight's designs.

How about a red crystal cherry or a lemon drop martini on your toe? There are umpteen designs to pick from and here are 3 that caught my eye:

Toes rings start at $10USD

Glam those toes up!

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