| 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...
| Apr 22, 2012
It's never been easier to feel like a natural woman. The 1960s mantra about getting ourselves back to the garden now applies to an increasing number of beauty products, with some small companies literally going to the garden and farm to bring customers...
| 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...
| Aug 12, 2012
Summer can play havoc on the hair with prolonged exposure to the sun, seawater and chlorine as well as the inevitable perspiration and humidity that accompany the season.
"It's important to always keep the hair hydrated; deep condition at least weekly,"...
| Feb 10, 2013
'Rose' perfume can smell green, spicy, powdery, sparkly, fruity or more.
The ubiquity of roses in early to mid-February can be overwhelming (their prices, shocking), but their association with love and romance — and perfume — is hardly a...
| Feb 10, 2013
Here's a news flash, folks: No matter what your guy says, when Valentine's Day arrives, he so does not want that heart-festooned necktie, cupid-covered hot water bottle or I.O.U. snuggle coupon. After briefly recalling the grisly fate met by the holiday's...
| Jan 28, 2013
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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...
| 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,...