CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 2005 |
For many Southern Californians, summer is the season for beaches, chaise longues and the quest for the perfect tan. Not for Margaret Qiu. She and thousands of other Asian American women are going to great lengths to avoid the sun -- fighting to preserve or enhance their pale complexions with expensive creams, masks, gloves, professional face scrubs and medical procedures.
July 9, 1999 |
Cosmetics maven Cristina Carlino had an epiphany five years ago on Christmas Day. She was in a serious relationship, but it turned out her partner was not, so she was alone on a holiday hike in the Arizona desert. Devastated by her parents' divorce and seemingly alienated from her siblings, Carlino felt completely alone. In a split second, she looked up and saw a rainbow. "Something in me completely shifted, as if I had a healing."
August 23, 2009 |
If you don't wear animals on your body, chances are you're loath to smear one on your face. And even if an animal byproduct isn't used in a moisturizer or a blush, those who don't eat or wear products of any kind from beings that walk, fly or swim have another concern. They want to know that the goods they use weren't tested on animals. Satisfying the demand for products that fit those descriptions is an Ã¼ber-niche market in the cosmetics industry: vegan beauty products. An extension of so-called natural beauty products, which largely eschew petrochemical ingredients, vegan items restrict their ingredient lists even further by prohibiting beeswax (which is often used in lip balms and mascaras)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 2010 |
Vera Brown, a skin care specialist with a star-studded clientele who sponsored beauty clinics for thousands of blind teens, delinquent girls, homeless women and cancer patients in Los Angeles, died Sept. 24 at her Westwood home. She was 90 and had been in poor health for the last year, said her daughter, Angela. For more than 25 years, Brown operated two luxurious spas ? Vera's Retreat in Tarzana and Vera's Retreat in the Glen in Bel-Air ? with a client list that included such celebrities as Chris Evert, Whitney Houston, Nicole Kidman and Jane Seymour.
October 30, 2008 |
With stock portfolios in the toilet, layoffs looming everywhere and credit hard to come by, many folks are looking for places to cut back. That includes their own heads. Consumers are slashing their budgets by skipping visits to upscale hair salons and opting for inexpensive stylists. Some are getting haircuts less often or dyeing their own locks at home.
August 31, 2008 |
Full, thick eyebrows may be back on the fashion radar, but how do you achieve them after years of plucking thin-and-tidy shapes? We asked Anastasia Soare, the Romanian-born aesthetician who's turned her talent for taming arches into an eyebrow empire. Soare sculpts the brows of half of Hollywood's A-listers at her Beverly Hills salon, and her extensive line of products -- including gels, pencils and stencils -- has made hers the top-selling eyebrow line at beauty mega-store Sephora.
September 22, 1997
The state Department of Health Services on Friday warned consumers to avoid using Epil-Stop Hair Removal System, a depilatory cream used to remove hair from the body. The product has caused severe skin burns, according to Health Director Kim Belshe. The health department has received numerous complaints of burning shortly after the product is applied to the skin. Some of the burning was accompanied by swelling, blistering and skin discoloration, according to officials.
April 2, 2008 |
At a national cheerleading competition last month, girls wearing short skirts and purple eye glitter competed for points at the Anaheim Convention Center. But the real contest was going on in the beauty lounge. The prize: the loyal buying habits of brand-obsessed teens. At a vanity table in a corner of the convention center, Jessica Lopez, a 14-year-old from West Covina, learned how to make her tresses stand up on end with Herbal Essences hair spray.