| Jan 28, 2013
| 1:57 PM
Chapped lips, flyaway hair, dry skin, cracked elbows — Southern California winters may be mild, but they still cause beauty problems.
"Independent of where you live, your skincare regimen needs to change with the seasons," says Dr. Ava Shamban,...
| Dec 30, 2012
Strike a pose
If you're Madonna and you plan to stage the most fashionable Super Bowl halftime show in years, there's only one way to kick it off: Perform the 1990 smash hit "Vogue" as classic Vogue covers are projected on stage. The Queen of Pop's...
| Sep 30, 2012
Brent Leonesio of West Hollywood became a perfumisto at age 12 when his mother bought him a bottle of Hermes' Eau D'Orange Vert. He was astonished at how the perfumer had captured the scent of a real orange.
But it wasn't until he was an adult and in the...
| Sep 30, 2012
While Los Angeles is a big perfume hub, the Bay Area more than holds its own.
"San Francisco has a great artistic vibe.... There is a Wild West energy here … artists, chefs, chocolatiers, writers and designers cross-pollinate ideas regularly,"...
| Jul 15, 2012
Given their pedigree as a beauty staple for South Korean actresses, it may seem odd that BB creams would find their way into American beauty boutiques.
But the products — originally known as Blemish Balm — are among the hottest new...
| Dec 23, 2012
The holidays are the season of sparkle. And that goes for beauty treatments as well as for Christmas trees. Spas and beauty companies are capitalizing on the allure of jewels and precious metals, hoping to harness radiance and a feeling of indulgence by...
| Dec 16, 2012
Is it possible to pick a perfume for someone? Should you even attempt such a personal gift? If the recipient likes fragrance or is interested in scent, the answer is a resounding yes. And we've got some tips and guidelines for shopping. For starters,...
| Dec 16, 2012
Still uncertain about your purchase? Most perfume counters and stores also offer gift certificates. And they will make a sample vial of the purchased scent so the recipient can road-test the perfume before opening the bottle.
(Stores usually allow...
| Nov 21, 2012
For fragrance lovers, it's the season of opulent choices.
L'Objet's champagne-scented candle is decked out in a malachite vessel with 24-karat gold and amethyst quartz cabochon detailing that can double as a treasure box later.
| Aug 4, 2012
It's one of summer's eternal questions: How do you choose a good melon? Though I've been working on it for 20 years, I'm still finding my way. The surest solution is to find a great melon man; I buy my fruit from Neil Ims at the Weiser Family Farms...
| Aug 12, 2012
Not so long ago "working on a tan" meant a choice among baking in the sun, broiling on a tanning bed or slathering on a chemical-laden self-tanner that left streaks, smelled awful and imbued skin with a distinct fake orange glow.
Today, there's another...