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I hope you all are enjoying the Holiday season. I’ve been hopped up on egg nog for 10 days and counting.

Thanks for being such awesome BeautyOlogy readers. Fun things are afoot for 2010, and I am really looking forward to sharing the upcoming BeautyOlogy changes.

Wishing you all peace, happiness and prosperity. Let’s have a stunning 2010!


SwagI am guessing ya’ll heard about those new FCC rules re: bloggers and disclosure? So for the record…

At this point, I buy all of my product. I am not swanky enough to get inundated with swag (please oh please click the link PLEASE), and I am not chasing it either. Although it would probably be more financially responsible for me to ask  for free product to try. But I have never been terribly responsible.

You will notice I don’t  product review much these days. Times are tight at the mo, and I can’t buy as much product as I would like to try. It’s hard for me to justify buying something right now that may very well end up in the trash.

If it’s a free sample, or something I received as a gift (yes family members buy me product!), I will disclose that.

I try not to blog about the product that I use in my treatment room and/or retail, which is hard because I obviously adore those products but I am not here to be all sell-y. If I do mention any item I professionally work with, I disclose it.

Since this blog is a free WordPress blog, I can’t accept any forms of advertising. If I migrate to my own site someday, that may change. But for now, we are ad free (though I think WordPress may stick their own ads up from time to time-these have nothing to do with me). This includes “sponsored posts.” I wish I had someone who would sponsor me for just being fabulous, but I married for love, not money, which was, once again, irresponsible (see paragraph 1).

So, basically, I don’t make money from this and I don’t get free product or invited to swanky lunches, product launches, or press junkets to exotic locations.

I think disclosure is fine, and I was doing it anyway. But I am not terribly thrilled that the government thinks this blog may require federal oversight. Where’s the oversight on the health insurance companies who jack up rates and deny claims? Where’s the oversight on Wall Street? I really don’t understand why, with all the flailing around going on in this country right now, they decided that the bloggers need a babysitter. But whatever. Disclosure is easy enough.

However, if the FCC is really interested in crack downs, I would recommend they do not forget that traditional media has an awful lot of pay-for-play that going on as well. When I worked at the glossies, companies that advertised always had their product first in line for an editorial mention. And when it came time to ID the makeup worn by the cover models, we used a rotating list of advertisers. We would send them the cover image and asked them to color match everything with their products and give them the credit, regardless of what the makeup artist used. Just sayin…

So thank you FCC. I hope I am in compliance. Please don’t fine my ass.

photoThere was another beauty event today at CVS, and this time I was THERE when it was actually going on! And apparently I was the only one. The cosmetics aisle was deserted.

A person who I think was one of their famous beauty advisers walked past me while I was poking around, pleasantly said hello, answered the phone and then promptly disappeared. Perhaps she was a beauty mirage?

Once again, CVS, a big old marketing fail.

Been sick. Very very sick. Day job nutso and then Spa Week hit. I am crappy blogger once again, but real posts to come soon. One worth reading on tips for Spa Week. I PROMISE. sick_puppy-600x319In the meantime, love on this puppy!

westwood-red-label23With 80s beauty on my mind since this post, I looked up the Queen of Punk Fashion, Vivienne Westwood, who recently had her Red Label Fall 09 ready to wear show in London, to see what she was up to. And there is no better time to discuss Westwood than the kick off of  Tartan Week here in NYC.

Her Fall 09 collection was a “school girl” theme, with the usual Westwood flair. The make up and hair was a pretty modern take on the punk-era looks that Westwood and Malcom McClaren made ubiquitous in the 70s and early 80s. Some hair was in a sort of punky half up-do, other hair was left long and messy, in a just-rolled-out-of-bed look (my absolute lazy favorite).

The real story was the lips. Her makeup artist followed the prime makeup rule with bold lips and barely there eyes or vice-versa.  She used two pretty bold lip colors–a super bright pink or a dark goth chocolate.  There also appeared to be more contour to the cheeks, with a dusting of darker blush just under the cheek bone, a look I have not tried for well over a decade, and something I would be willing to if I could find the right color.

Fashion-wise, Westwood knows how to rock the tartan. Tartan heir apparent is Howie over at 21st Century Kilts in Edinburgh. If you have not seen his designs, get a ticket for  Dressed to Kilt, happening tonight. It’s a rowdy time!

QVC is launching a dedicated beauty channel in the UK.
  That’s beauty products 24 hours a day,
7 days a week!
  On Tee Vee!  Makes this Anglophile long to move to
London even more.

Update! You can watch online! Between my laptop and wireless
internet, I am never getting out of bed.

Anyone who loves vintage makeup glamour should point and
click their way to Besame Cosmetics. Influenced by the Art Deco movement and
inspired by classic beauty icons like Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn, Besame’s luminescent
cosmetics come complete with stunning retro packaging.  Now is a good time to try them out.  They are having a fab sale, with just
about everything priced at $6.

Damn there are some good stories floating around today!

Check this one out from Wired about using stem cells to regenerate human muscle and bone. Vets have apparently been doing it to horses for sometime now, with some amazing results.  One of the vets cited has a horse jumping in the Olympics who had the procedure done.

I have been reading a fascinating book, The Body Electric: Electromagnetism and the Foundation of Life, on a similar topic–regeneration and electromagnetism. It's a scientific doozy though so I am only about 2 chapters in. But so far I am familiar with how a salamander can regrow limbs.

The New York Times' Science section was a good read this morning.

First, there is an article by Nicholas Bakalar on scientifically proven wrinkle reducers here, based on a study in The Archives of Dermatology, with a good explanation on what fibroblasts do and info on the enzyme matrix metalloproteinase, which basically eats your damaged collagen, which stimulates the fibroblasts to create more (good) collagen.  

Next, Tara Parker-Pope tackles the question of fat and fit vs. skinny and unfit, citing an interesting study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association. It basically looked at the BMI of individuals (in my opinion, a flawed test of fit vs. fat) and saw some surprising results in people with a BMI of 25 – 30 (which is considered "overweight").  My reason for citing this piece is that the impact of "fat" on your skin is pretty striking. The layer of "fat tissue" (or, more scientifically accurate and way more polite, adipose tissue) gives the skin shape and contour.  If you have no fat tissue on your body, guess what?  Your skin is going to start to sag.  While I do not advise eating an entire cheesecake every day, I think that a little chub goes a long way in giving skin a lift.

I honestly did not want to get into the Madonna fray, but if the pop-diva ate a few french fries once in while, her face may look a little fresher (without resorting to surgical enhancements).