August 2, 2010 |
It's 1 o'clock on a Tuesday afternoon, and Heidi Kling is reading in an all-white room. She's shoeless, but socks protect her feet from the 6 inches of salt that cake the floor. The only objects in the windowless room are four chaise longues and hand-molded plaster icicles that hang from the ceiling. If there were a Yeti in the room, you would swear you were on the Matterhorn at Disneyland. Normally, Kling would be at work or running errands, but today her allergies, which cause her ears to ring, have brought her to this monochrome sanctuary.
December 10, 1992 |
The other day I approached a cosmetics counter at a major department store in a mall near my home. It was a Saturday, and I looked . . . like hell. A youthful looking woman wearing dramatically applied eye shadow, and a surgically inspired lab coat was standing behind the counter. She did indeed look "specially trained." She smiled gently, and a look of benevolence crossed her face. She once had a mother, I could tell. Then she gave me a more scrutinizing, clinical look.
January 20, 2005
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has emerged in recent years as a vigorous proponent of strong intellectual-property laws, joining the entertainment industry, publishers and software developers in pushing the government to do more to combat counterfeit goods and digital piracy. That's a natural role for one of the business world's top lobbying forces, considering how important copyrights, patents and trademarks have become to U.S. firms in the information age. Lately, however, the chamber has resorted to the kind of intellectual-property overkill that only undermines the public's respect for the rights the chamber is so eager to protect.
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August 15, 2013 |
Michael Jackson's ex-wife Debbie Rowe returned to the witness stand Thursday, crying as she described the singer “begging for relief” from medical issues and treatments she said were “horribly painful.” It was the second day of testimony for Rowe, who married Jackson in 1996, and is the mother of his two oldest children. They divorced a few years later. Rowe met the singer while she was working for Beverly Hills dermatologist Dr. Arnold Klein. Rowe said she was designated to help Jackson through the procedures, and the two formed a friendship.
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March 19, 2014 |
A West Hollywood skin care expert who allegedly tried to hire a hit man to snuff out the competition pleaded not guilty in a Los Angeles County courtroom Wednesday. Dawn DaLuise, 55, who boasted a celebrity clientele including Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Aniston and Alicia Silverstone, is charged with one count of solicitation of murder and is being held in lieu of $1 million bail. The allegation has stunned neighbors and associates, who said they knew about the rivalry between DaLuise and esthetician Gabriel Suarez but never thought it would go so far. Suarez moved in a couple doors down from DaLuise's business last year and started offering facials and male body waxing; the competition created tension.
January 5, 1990 |
The ozone's going, the globe is warming, fossil fuels are burning and Southern California's more than 8 million cars, trucks and buses are coughing up a witch's caldron of pollutants. Pollutants that not only lend the area distinction as having the worst air quality in the nation, but also sting eyes, burn lungs and turn locally grown oranges a ghostly, ghastly shade of yellow.
March 19, 1997 |
The expanding list of reasons why post-menopausal women might take estrogen therapy now includes a cosmetic benefit: Your skin might hold up better as you age. In a study published today, UCLA researchers found that women who used estrogen were 25% less likely to have dry skin than women who didn't use estrogen. The impact on wrinkles was even greater, with the study showing that estrogen-users were 30% less likely to have wrinkles than nonusers.
December 10, 1999
I have to tell you how disgusted and appalled I was to read "Cover Story" (Dec. 1). Rather ironic to put a piece about dead animal covers for books in the "Living" section. What a mixed message Mr. Kavin gives. How can you teach children to love and appreciate animals when you cover the book with the skins of dead ones? I may be wrong, but I thought elephants were an endangered species. And what a tasteless "joke" about not putting the skin of a collie on "Lassie" because "the collies were reluctant to cooperate."
September 20, 2012 |
Connoisseurs of really bad television - you know you're out there - whose taste for schlock hasn't been satisfied by the mediocre new fall season should run to the Pasadena Playhouse to see "Under My Skin. " The title is meant to be romantic, but anyone who manages to sit through both irritating acts of this lowest-common-denominator comedy will know that the truth is far more painfully dermatological. Some might consider this a sitcom performed live, an evening's escapist entertainment, a harmless piece of fluff.
September 2, 2013 |
- Jonathan Glazer's "Under the Skin" isn't easy to watch. And that's part of the point. Not far into the "Sexy Beast" filmmaker's new drama about an alien in human form, which had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival over the weekend, you see a couple with an 18-month-old child picnicking on a Scottish beach. When their dog is swept out to sea by stormy waves, the parents and a nearby swimmer try to rescue the pet, but it all ends badly. Into the frame enters a young woman named Laura (played by Scarlett Johansson)