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BLEACHOREXIA: NOTHING TO SMILE AT

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Posted by 02.04.16

What does a cup of tea, red wine, brightly colored popsicles and blueberries have in common? They all stain your teeth! Many things you do on a daily basis can cause your teeth to take on a darker, yellow or aged-looking appearance which is why so many of us count on whitening procedures to keep our pearly whites white.

A big, beautiful white-toothed grin can greatly improve your appearance, take years off your looks, boost your self-confidence and help you make a killer first impression but you have to know when enough is enough. When it comes to tooth whitening — like everything else — some people take it way too far. Dentists have coined the term “bleachorexia” for those who take it

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STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES

Posted by 02.02.16

I came across an old photo the other day. My sister and I couldn’t have been more than 5 or 6 at the time and we were standing on the side of our home in our leotards and tutus, practicing first position. I say practicing because she was clearly in first position and I was looking down at her feet trying to copy her but not quite there yet. She is 51 weeks older than me so clearly she had an edge.

Looking at the photo, I noticed the rose bushes behind us. They lined the side of our home and were brilliantly colored in shades of deep red, a mellow yellow, bright tangerine and poppy pink. My dad would spend hours pruning them and every weekend before Sunday brunch my mom would send us our

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MEET UMBERTO SAVONE: BEVERLY HILLS SALON OWNER AND BRAND DEVELOPER

Posted by 01.17.16

Soon after arriving in the United States from Italy, Umberto Savone attended beauty school and began cutting hair in New York City. He soon opened up a makeup/clothing/hair salon — a very cutting edge concept at the time — in Syracuse, NY and finally headed west to Los Angeles, California, where he now caters to clientele at his two Beverly Hills salons. A defining moment for Savone and his salon occurred in 1982. He knew that he and his team were well on their way when The Los Angeles Times wrote about the best haircutter in Los Angeles…Savone.  Then, Time Magazine followed it up with a story about him as well.

His haircare expertise and styling techniques continue to make him an

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BETTER THAN BEADS: 5 EXFOLIANTS THAT ARE NOT MICROBEADS

Posted by 01.12.16

President Obama recently signed a bill that bans microbeads – those tiny polyethylene particles added to beauty products to help exfoliate the skin — because they’re damaging to the environment and wildlife. The beads are so small they’re not being filtered from wastewater treatment facilities so they wind up clogging waterways and they’re also being ingested by fish and other animals, affecting them and possibly us, the humans that consume them. Though some companies have already started phasing them out of their products the bill stipulates it must be done by Jan. 1, 2018.

“I’ve always preached against microbeads,” says Dr. S. Manjula Jegasothy, board-certified dermatologist an

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