BREAKING BEAUTY

NEVER SHAVE AND SHELLAC ON THE SAME DAY!

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

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BRING ON THE AUTOCLAVE!

We all share the same fears about pedicures and bacterial infections, especially when visiting a bargain salon.  Beverly Hills dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Monika Kiripolsky, warns, “don’t shave your legs the day of a pedicure, because you create little micro-tears in the skin when you shave,” adding, “the whirlpool footbaths have all kinds of bacteria in them, so you’re essentially creating a little hole for the bacteria to get into your skin.”   As for our neighborhood chop shops, are those ok?  “Make sure any salon you go to has an autoclave, which is a small microwave-looking device that they put the tools in to sterilize them,” adding, “don’t be afraid to ask the salon owners how they clean their instruments between clients.  It’s safe to get a pedicure, but be smart about it.” — Leah Sydney

THE SUPERMODEL’S SUPER-ELIXIR

Friday, July 18th, 2014
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ELLE MACPHERSON TOASTS TO HER HEALTH!

Looking fabulous at fifty, Elle Macpherson, certainly has benefited from the effects of healthy living.  The former supermodel, also known as The Body, showed off her physique against the backdrop of the Italian Riviera and tweeted, “Super greens … After super swim.”  Super greens, in fact, are part of the supermodel’s latest venture, a health supplement by WelleCo, called THE SUPER ELIXIR.  “This is my personal super supplement, I have taken it every single day for years,” says Macpherson, adding, “I live by it.”  According to London’s Daily Mail, the alkalizing product, which consists of “a balanced blend of forty-five key ingredients, including biovailable alkalising super greens, Chinese herbs, digestive enzymes and members of the maitake mushroom family,” has sold out across the UK and has garnered celeb fans such as Florence Welch and Daisy Lowe.  For us in America, Super sounds synonymous with Expensive.  A black caddy containing 300g of the powder costs $135; however, refills are a mere $80 (shipping included!).

HOLLYWOOD’S TOP SUMMER YOGA POSES

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

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We all know that Yoga calms the mind.  It is also great for toning those areas that are revealed in summer’s hottest fashions.  Celebrity Yoga Instructor, Ursula Vari, a Certified RYT Power and Vinyasa Yoga instructor in star-studded West Hollywood, shares with Beauty Undercover her top yoga poses for summer:  The Upward Plank or Purvottanasana (above), “is a one-stop shop pose that tones the entire body.” For those wearing short-shorts, Vari recommends both the Half Moon (Ardhachandrasana) and the Eagle Pose (Garudasana) to tone the outer thighs.  ”The Warrior III Pose (Virabhadrasana IIItones the whole leg,” Vari asserts, while the Crescent Lunge Twist (the hand down twist), “lengthens and extends the leg muscles. ”  The Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana) engages and tones the butt, and to fight the dreaded muffin-top, Vari suggests the Open Side Fierce, or Chair Twist, which is “a deep twist mixed with a low squat which is great for keeping your sides slim and strong.”   Finally, Veri recommends the Chair Pose (Uktatasana), as it “tones the glutes, quads and hamstrings.” — Leah Sydney