Archive for February, 2012

Tuesday February 28, 2012 14:04

Vitamin D and Your Skin: What’s the Deal?

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Our friends at You Beauty gave the down low from the experts on how the “sunshine” vitamin affects your complexion.

Vitamin D sure is a hot topic these days. About one third of the U.S. population has low levels, and it’s been touted as a cure-all for everything from depression to heart disease and skin cancer. With all the talk going on, there’s a lot of back-and-forth over the full range of D’s superpowers.

But most recently added to the list? Mega anti-ager.

Here’s the thing: We already know that skin is a crucial catalyst and gateway for vitamin D to get to where it needs to in the body. “Vitamin D is primarily synthesized in skin exposed to UV light, if not obtained by diet or supplements,” explains Jean Y. Tang, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of dermatology at Stanford University School of Medicine.

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And since over time, the skin’s ability to create vitamin D decreases (up to 75 percent from the age of 20 to 70) you’ll eventually have to pop more vitamin D supplements to reach standard levels than when you were younger. (That’s one of the reasons why Grandma is more likely to be diagnosed with osteoporosis, because of D’s crucial role in bone health.)

But does D play a much more superficial role? “Vitamin D is a key ingredient for beautiful looking skin,” says Dennis Gross, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City and creator of his namesake skincare line. “Skin, like all organs, needs vital vitamins to function properly–and vitamin D is one of them.”

Dr. Gross has spent the last few years researching the D-skin connection, really one of the only experts to do so in the dermatology community, making him a lone ranger of sorts. And the benefits he’s uncovered from poring over the existing vitamin D research and observing his own patients’ experiences are expansive. Having sufficient vitamin D in the skin helps minimize acne, boost elasticity, stimulate collagen production, enhance radiance, and lessen lines and the appearance of dark spots, he says. It’s this laundry list, plus anecdotal evidence from seeing patients day in and day out at his NYC office, that led him to create skincare with D right in the bottle. “Many of my patients have vitamin D deficiencies as a result of avoiding the sun and wearing a daily sunscreen in fear of premature aging and cancer,” he says. “Together, we noticed that their skin had a sallow and dull appearance, which I believed to be an adverse effect from low levels of vitamin D.”

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After heading to the lab, Dr. Gross says he saw that popping a D pill wasn’t the only way to make sure you got enough of the much needed to your complexion–the skin could get it directly from a product. “I came up with a formula that I immediately began testing on patients and then witnessed a dramatic reversal of symptoms, even after one application,” he says. “I then began applying Active Vitamin D Serum-Oil to patients who weren’t deficient and noticed similar beneficial results. The immediate results were enough to convince anyone who may have originally been skeptical.”

So, how does it work? “It already contains an active form of vitamin D2 (aka ergocalciferol, a plant source of vitamin D) and doesn’t require sunlight to start giving skin the benefits of vitamin D,” says Dr. Gross. “Taking a Vitamin D supplement orally, while benefiting the body, will not give you the same skincare benefits as daily, topical application.” And to be clear, a topical D product won’t raise the levels in your body, so it’s not a substitute for supplements or vitamin D-rich foods.

Tuesday February 28, 2012 14:04

Emily VanCamp’s Diane von Furstenberg Yumi Dress



Who: Emily VanCamp wearing a Diane von Furstenberg Yumi dress
Shop: (in blue) $ 345
Where: “TCA 2001 Summer Press Tour”, LA


Tuesday February 28, 2012 04:44

Uma Thurman and Arpad Busson: Expecting!

Uma Thurman is pregnant with her third child!

This will be the first for the actress and boyfriend Arpad Busson … who called off their engagement in 2009, but recently got back together.

In a big way, it appears!

Uma Thurman, Arpad Busson

“She’s excited,” a Thurman pal said. “She’s happy; just a few months along right now.”

The 41-year-old actress already has two children, 13-year-old daughter Maya and 10-year-old son Levon, with her former husband, Ethan Hawke.

Her ex-spouse also has two children with his second wife, Ryan.

Congratulations to Uma and Arpad “Arki” Busson!


Monday February 27, 2012 23:21

Bobby Brown Arrives in Los Angeles

The singer is swarmed by paparazzi upon his arrival at LAX. He has returned to Los Angeles to comfort his daughter, Bobbi Kristina.
Video Rating: 2 / 5

Monday February 27, 2012 22:12

Elizabeth Banks’ sleek shag bob

Elizabeth Banks shag bob

New mom Eizabeth Banks shined at the 27th Annual Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica with her blonde hair grazing her shoulders in a sleek layered shag bob.

Elizabeth Banks long layered bob

Elizabeth’s long bangs framed her face. Her eyes were dramatic and her lips were pale pink and glossy.

Monday February 27, 2012 20:05

Top 14 Oscar 2012 Hairstyles

Rose Byrne

The Bridesmaids actress continued to turn heads with her sleek bob, while keeping it simple and chic. “We wanted it to be all about shine and a high-gloss finish,” said her stylist Harry Josh, the John Frieda International Creative Consultant. To keep flyaways in place, Josh swiped stray strands with John Frieda Full Repair Touch-Up Flyaway Tamer.

Michelle Williams

Williams’ pixie has become a staple on the red carpet but seems to never get old. Hairstylist Chris McMillan spritzed Michelle’s bangs and part with Wella Professionals Stay Essential Finishing Spray to keep them shiny and in place all night long. The Best Actress nominee recently dyed her strands a lighter blonde and paired with a raspberry lip to really make the blonde pop.

Sarah Hyland

The Modern Family actress went with a classic up-do, complete with tousled waves in front and a soft side part.

Milla Jovovich
Instead of a straight bob like Byrne and Faris, Milla went for tousled waves that fell in every direction. It was a great contrast to her strong red lip and old Hollywood one-shoulder dress.

Stacy Keibler

From the front, George Clooney’s better hair looked to be sporting a classic side swept ‘do but from the back the retro look actually had a twist at the nape of the neck, pulling the hair to the left.

Rooney Mara

The blunt bang was big last night. This Best Actress nominee went a little shorter, mirroring a classic French look. She paired with a sleek chignon at the crown of the head.

Maya Rudolph
Old Hollywood glamour was out last night and the Bridesmaids actress was no exception with side swept voluminous waves. “I was inspired by her beautiful gown and wanted to create a style that was a modern day homage to old Hollywood glamour,” said TRESemme Celebrity Stylist John D. who created the look.
Stylist Tip: He used a smaller barrel curling-iron to create a strong curl pattern. To loosen the curl after, he gently pulled on the section with fingertips.

Kristen Wiig
Celebrity stylist Mark Townsend described Wiig’s waves as “having an edge and sexy texture.”
To break up the curls and create shine, he raked Dove Style+Care Frizz-Free Shine Cream-Serum through Wiig’s curls. “I’m beyond obsessed with this product,” Townsend said. “It gives you the nourishment of a cream and the shine of a serum in one bottle!”

Anna Faris
Faris arrived to the Oscars with a blunt bob that fell just above the chin. Unlike Byrne, she went with a simple center part.

Penelope Cruz
The actress went for a Grace Kelly ‘do with old Hollywood waves and curls that rolled under in the back to create that faux bob look. Celebrity hairstylist Ande LeCompte rubbed a small amount of Wella Professionals Natural Volume Styling Mousse on Penelope’s roots to give her style great lift.

Cameron Diaz

Sexy bedhead hair is not as easy as Cameron would have you believe. Hair stylist Lona Vigi created the presenter’s carefree look and we have the details on how! To start, she blow-dried the hair with the Sultra Sophisticate Power Dryer to infuse volume and shine and the Sultra Seductress Curl, Wave & Straight Iron to straighten Cameron’s hair. To create that bedhead look, Vigi used the Seductress to flip up random pieces of hair, adding texture and movement.

Angelina Jolie

All eyes were on the bombshell actress, proving that a blowout is Oscar worthy. Her stylist used minimal products to allow movement, creating that beachy feel. And her new golden highlights were an added touch.

Olivia Wilde

Big buns were a red carpet trend but Wilde’s was less intense, complimenting instead of distracting. Hairstylist Davy Newkirk, who created Oliva’s look, whipped up tons of texture by applying Wella Professioanls Pearl Styler before blow drying and styling.

Katie Holmes
Holmes showed off her freshly cut bangs on the red carpet, courtesy of hairstyle Andy LeCompte. She paired with a 70s style long pony.

When Amy Adams hit the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscars Party in West Hollywood last night, I could only think of three words: Va va voom.

Amy stunned in a silver sequined Vivienne Westwood draped corset dress.

I love that Amy went short for the event – a longer length with this draped gown would have overwhelmed the petite actress.

Veronica Lake-styled waves would have complimented the beautifully structured top of the dress, but she she wears her hair down often, this updo is a refreshing change.

What’s also refreshing is to see her wearing a designer other than Roland Mouret.

Credit: Getty

Monday February 27, 2012 18:40

Taylor Swift Invites Cancer Patient to ACM Awards

In case you still weren’t convinced that Taylor Swift is totally awesome…

The singer was invited last week to attend the prom of Kevin McGuire, an 18-year old from New Jersey who has suffered a relapse of leukemia.

The invitation was set up by Kevin’s sister, Tori, who created a “Taylor Swift Take Kevin McGuire to Prom!” Facebook page that has nearly 100,000 followers and on whose profile it reads:

Kevin is the kindest, most noble 18 year old a person could even fathom meeting, and throughout his ups and downs Kevin never even questioned ‘why me?’ Nothing, and I mean NOTHING brightens Kevin’s day more than Taylor Swift. Kevin DESERVES more than anyone a special event in his life.

Taylor Swift Grammy Pic

Taylor agrees. On her Facebook page, the superstar responded to this request with:

“Kevin, I’m so sorry but I won’t be able to make it to your prom. But I was wondering, the ACM Awards are coming up… Would you be my date?”

The Academy of Country Music Awards will take place on April 1 in Las Vegas and Swift is nominated for several big ones, including Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year and Video of the Year.

Said McGuire, who is being treated at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, to USA Today: “Obviously I said yes. [The CMAs are] a lot better than the senior prom.”

Sacha Baron Cohen just kicked the 2012 Academy Awards in the ash.

Arriving on the red carpet dressed as Admiral Aladeed – his character from The Dictator – the actor chatted up E!’s Ryan Seacrest for a bit before bringing attention to the urn in his hands, which Cohen said contained the ashes of late North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il.

“It was his dream to come to the Oscars and to be sprinkled on the red carpet and over Halle Berry’s chest again,” the star said, before “accidentally” spilling the ashes all over the E! News host.

See for yourself and decide: A hilarious gag? Or a lame cry for attention?

Sacha Baron Cohen Dumps Ashes on Ryan Seacrest

Sunday February 26, 2012 16:14

Victoria Beckham’s sleek long ponytail


Victoria Beckham long ponytail

Is it just me or is Victoria Beckham slimmer than ever? At the unveling of her new Victoria Beckham Clothing Line at Harvey Nichols in London, Victoria was practically outweighed by her ponytail.

Victoria Beckham ponytail

The miniature mom and fashion mogul wore her long dark brown hair in a part with the end of her ponytail hanging over one shoulder and a few tendrils framing her gaunt face. We hate to give Victoria a hard time, but this busy businesswoman needs to take a lunch break!

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