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Serena Williams, Part Time Nail Tech?

Serena Williams is known for a lot of things, her killer game on the tennis court, her bodacious booty and now she has something else to add to her resume–a certified nail tech. The tennis pro took to her blog stating, “No one likes getting their nails done more than I do . . . I go every four days to get a manicure and every seven days for a pedicure. So, I had a brilliant idea to get certified to be a nail tech.” Williams, who holds 12 grand slam singles titles, enrolled in Palm Beach Nail School. The tennis super star added, “Don’t be surprised if you hear about a part-time job I’ve picked up at a local nail salon.” Manis by Serena? Sounds like an interesting reality TV show! We’re game!

photos courtesy of ny post
in product review

Concealer Problems Solved!

Do any of you have those products that you absolutely cannot live without? I do, and this is it! Having had little experience with Too Faced, I was apprehensive to try this, but now, I cannot go anywhere without this! It’s super-light formula amazingly diminishes the appearance of fine lines and combats dark circles. The best part? The natural herbal extracts give this concealer all-day staying power while aiding in the reduction of aging. Can we say Too Facelicous!

Available at Sephoras worldwide (recommended in Hollywood Tan, $19.50).

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Blemish Buffing Beads

By Huda Heidi Kattan

Yes, we all want perfectly smooth, even-toned, blemish free shoulders, back, and yes bums.  But how likely is it to find a product that actually delivers enough power to fight and prevent acne? Peter Thomas Roth (PTR) gets it!  Sound  too good to be true?  In a search for the impossible, in one of my routine Sephora-shopping-sprees, I came across this miracle product.

How it works? This powerful scrub contains acne fighting glycolic acid, salicylic acid and Sepicontrol.  This powerful mix help fight future breakouts while keeping sebum (our glands that secrete oil) regulated.  The glycolic acid also works hand-in-hand with teh Jojoba beads to help stimulate cell turnover and reveal sexier more smooth skin.  I’ve been using this product for almost 3 years now and it keeps my entire body smooth! I simply cannot live without this product!

Available at Sephora online or Sister’s salon Dubai Mall.


The At Home Brazilian Butt Lift

With bootylicious now in Webster’s dictionary, there is more reason than ever to be envious of Jennifer Lopez or Kim Kardashian’s signature assets. Here is a quick way that is sure to give height to your derriere.

This might sound a bit weird and possibly far-fetched, but I have been doing this for years, and let me tell you, this works like a charm! My friends who’ve tried it (literally every single one) told me they saw results they loved and continue doing this simple at home exercise!

Classic kick backs:

While on your hands and knees, place one leg in the air with your knees bent 90 degrees. Thrust the leg upward with your foot parallel to the ceiling and contract your glut, then lower your leg back down. Repeat for 50 counts on the right leg, then 50 counts on the left leg. I do this every night before I sleep, it literally takes 5 minutes. Try it!



Say Cheese! Tips for a Brighter Smile!

Anyone have this issue? Their teeth have lost their luster and are looking a tad on the yellow side? After moving overseas, I started to appreciate American dental practices. Okay, appreciate is the wrong word, I became obsessed with having a brighter smile. Let’s face it, it’s inevitable that our teeth will naturally stain as we age due to food, drinks and lifestyle choices. Nevertheless, it is possible to acquire and maintain a bright smile–these are some common practices that have worked for me.

Teeth Whitening

I have tried several methods including Zoom whitening at the dentist, whitening kits, whitening toothpastes and mouthwash. I have found the most effective for me was actually the kits. I like the Crest Whitening Strips. Not only are they affordable and effective, but if used properly, they were the most gentle. Zoom caused so much pain for me at times my teeth became sensitive to air! Not fun! Furthermore, you can control how bright you want to go with the kit. I noticed a difference after three days with Crest Whitening Strips and I could barely tell the difference in the before-and-after photos with the Zoom whitening.

Only downfall of the strips: They don’t cover you entire mouth (only your dentist will notice) and they can be a bit time consuming.

If you’re a bit old fashioned and prefer the baking-soda-with-your-toothpaste-routine, then here are some foods that also add light to your smile:

  • Celery
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Carrots

Remember to rinse your mouth with water after eating dark foods and beverages! This will tremendously help reduce stains and easy to do!

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Into the Valley of YSL

By Huda Heidi Kattan

Ever heard of the name Val Garland? In case you haven’t, it’s time to get familiar!  f you are a makeup or fashion lover of any sort, chances are, you already know her work. She is ubiquitously featured in Vogue Italia, UK, Japan, and Paris as one of the premier makeup artist for their most elite editorials and cover shoots. Want more? She has created some of the most provocative makeups for recent runway shows and ad campaigns for Giambattista Valli, Moschino, and MAC. Oh, did I mention she is the power-house behind the creative designs for YSL makeup? Not too shabby for the Brittish Makeup Artist, who was originally a hair dresser. She landed her first gig doing makeup on a photo shoot one day, when the makeup artist was a no-show! Boy are we happy that person slept in!

in beauty, celebrity

When a Little Nip and Tuck is Too Much

Heidi Montag, 2010 post-surgery

Heidi Montag 2006, pre plastic surgery

Has Heidi Montag gone too far? I think we know the answer to that question. After having 10 procedures done in one day (this is not her first time under the knife), Montag claims she is ready for some more work. According to several sources, her surgeon who performed the surgery has refused to do any more work on The Hills star, but will this be the end or will we see a cat lady copy cat?


in beauty, skin

Younger Skin with Chocolate?

We’ve all been inundated with recent studies that dark chocolate is in fact, not only good for your taste buds, but also your health. What you may have not heard is the beautifying affects of dark chocolate.

In a study published by the American Medical Association, dark chocolate demonstrated the same cancer fighting polyphenol levels that matched red wine. Furthermore, the antioxidants found in dark chocolate have strong anti-aging qualities that protect your skin from sun damage, improve skin hydration, and skin density ( It has been noted that adding sugar to the equation, could cancel out most of the benefits).

Bubble bath anyone?



Beauty Secret Revealed: Baby-Soft Feet!

When it comes to footwear, it’s no question as to what is hot these days: The higher the heel, the better. And as much as we love our Louboutin’s, they may not love our feet.

Here is an old trick to get the perfect at-home pedi:

When soaking your feet, make sure the water is warm, add half a cup of olive oil and half cup dishwasher powder (Ariel works fine as a substitute), soak for at least 15 minutes then scrub with a body scrub like Cuccio Milk and Honey Sea Salt (available at Select Sasha’s salon or online at Scrub in circular motions starting from your heels and moving toward your toes. Rinse with warm water. Follow with a pumice stone and foot lotion (Aveda Foot Relief, or Cuccio Milk and Honey Butter Blend) and voila! Buttery-soft-beautiful feet! For best results, try doing this once a week.



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