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.
March 11, 1994 |
The new color-enhancing shampoos and conditioners seem just right for the '90s. They promise to make busy women who dye their hair less dependent on the salon, or the Loving Care, by offsetting the fading effects of sun and shampoo between treatments. Some women swear by them. But others wonder if the potential savings in time and money is worth the extra hassle. In evaluating whether these products will work for you, take note of what they do and don't do. Enhancers won't cover roots or gray.
August 6, 2005
Re "Fleshy thighs on parade," Opinion, Aug. 2 Meghan Daum absolutely nailed the reason why the new Dove commercial is so uncomfortable to watch. Yes, let the professional models do their work. Also, stop pretending to celebrate our bodies as they are, if the purpose is just to sell us corrective creams. I feel no guilt about the beauty products I buy. Cleopatra was considered the world's most brilliant and intriguing woman, and she invented the luxury bath. Most women enjoy the fantasy approach.
October 29, 1999 |
Buying makeup on the Internet seems counterintuitive. After all, how can you choose the perfect foundation for your skin from a laptop screen? And aren't most cosmetics bought on impulse? You go in for mascara and come out with three lipsticks? Yet, since summer, there's been an e-commerce explosion in the cosmetics industry. Almost 20 Web sites selling prestige beauty products have launched or are planning to launch this fall: Ibeauty.com, Gloss.com, Eve.com, Beautyscene.com, Beautyjungle.
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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 21, 2007 |
There's something deflating about buying a $70 jar of face cream in a grocery store. But the crowded aisles of natural food markets are exactly where beauty buffs in search of high-end organic or synthetic-free products have been forced to forage.
February 24, 2013 |
Question: My husband and I will be traveling abroad for several weeks. We plan to pack lightly so that we do not have to check luggage. However, we will need more toiletries than we can carry on our planes so we are thinking about shipping them ahead. Can you give us any advice? Patricia Koch Long Beach Answer: Because of the cost of luggage services, I would ordinarily recommend sending toiletries (which Koch said couldn't be bought at the destination) by a known entity, such as the U.S. Postal Service, UPS, FedEx and DHL. Jami Counter, senior director of TripAdvisor Flights, agrees.
August 4, 1993 |
Can painting your fingernails be hazardous to your health? And if so, should the product label warn you about it? Those issues are the focus of settlement talks continuing today in San Francisco between an environmental watchdog group and attorneys for nearly two dozen nail polish manufacturers. The group, San Francisco-based As You Sow, sued 43 polish manufacturers in April for failing to warn consumers of the hazards associated with the toxic chemical toluene.
July 16, 2007 |
The products: Pheromones are the true aphrodisiacs of the animal kingdom. Female pigs don't respond to compliments or slow jazz, but the slightest whiff of androstenone -- a pheromone produced by randy boars -- will instantly put sows in a sexual mood. Hog farmers often use batches of androstenone, also known as "boar taint," to fan barnyard desires. Thanks to a wide array of pheromone-laced hair gels, colognes and body sprays, you can buy androstenone too.
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.