Friday, January 28, 2005

Diana Ross signs up with MAC, finally

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Diana Ross signs up with MAC, finally

MAC Global President, John Demsey, states, "Not only is [Diana Ross] a global style icon but also a timeless and exquisite beauty. As a multi-talented performer who expresses her individuality through fashion and make-up, she's all that M.A.C admires."

I'd dispute that Diana Ross is "a timeless and exquisite beauty." Actually, she's become pathetic. She reached the heights of her career in 60s with the Supremes and in the 70s and 80s with her solo career. More recently, her career has been plagued by a lot of setbacks and missteps: the end of her marriage, a DUI conviction last year, and the failed "Return to Love" Supremes reunion - if you could call it a "reunion," as neither Mary Wilson nor Cindy Birdsong, the two surviving Supremes (Florence Ballard died broke years ago) with whom Diana Ross had her biggest 60s hits, agreed to participate.

As far as being "all that M.A.C admires," this is consistent with M.A.C's habit of engaging female impersonators like Liza Minnelli and drag queen RuPaul - although RuPaul is more genuine than either Diana Ross or Liza Minnelli.

Sunday, January 23, 2005

WHAT'S NEW - Beauty pages now updated on The Style Page

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The Style Page has just updated the Beauty pages for COSMETICS, FRAGRANCE, HAIR AND NAILS, BUSINESS, CONSUMER, and SHOPPING. This update includes links to Beloved Body Care and My Vanity Case, but not before The Style Page droves visitors to their sites via this blog - including a visitor who became a customer! (Refer to our previous update to the Beauty pages on November 27, 2004).

As always, I have added many new links to the Beauty pages. I removed the icon to, as and have a common shopping cart and checkout. You can purchase beauty products from and health products, housecleaning products, and more from in the same session so that you can qualify for free shipping sooner. I have also added "screen tips" in the product listings so that you know which products you can purchase through our partner stores.

The Style Page likes clever products, and among the new brands it has included on this update, it would like to highlight Spongeables, a soap and sponge in one. I purchased Spongeables in Fresh Lavender, and the first time I used it in the shower, the entire bathroom was suffused in fragrance! Spongeables are available at - just select the image at left to shop.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Yahoo! News - Badgley Mischka to Dress First Daughters

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Yahoo! News - Badgley Mischka to Dress First Daughters

Barbara (L) and Jenna Bush at the first inauguration - APForget the red carpet for the People's Choice Awards, Screen Actors' Guild (SAG) Awards, Golden Globes, and other awards shows culminating in the Academy Awards (Oscars) show! The Style Page is eager to see how Barbara (L) and Jenna Bush, the (fraternal) twin daughters of President George W. and First Lady Laura Bush, will look in the gowns that the Badgley Mischka design team created for inauguration festivities. I love looking at Badgley Mischka dresses and gowns in the fashion magazines and find them glamorous and sexy, but never tacky. This is not to suggest that I support lavish festivities for a second term, especially after the tsunami disaster in Southeastern Asia and while terrorist attacks take place and American soldiers die almost daily in Iraq.

Barbara's gown - APJenna's gown - APBarbara Bush's gown is described as a "pale aquamarine silk chiffon gown with a plunging neckline, a ruffle seam skirt and jeweled straps." Barbara, being thin and not well endowed, should be able to carry this gown off nicely. Jenna Bush's gown (R) is an emerald green silk crepe column gown with metallic green banding and jeweled insets at the hip, no doubt to "carve" a waist for her. Green is a difficult color to wear, and the plunging neckline will keep the green away from Jenna' face. The plunging neckline should be more flattering to Jenna than the strapless gown she wore to inauguration festivities for her father's first term (see photo above), which made her look busty.

Tumeric, the new active cosmetic ingredient


Turmeric rootThe Kingdom of Thailand is funding a project to extract and isolate chemical compounds from turmeric for use as skin-lightening, anti-inflammatory, and antioxident agents in cosmetic formulations. Turmeric is currently used in a popular skin cream manufactured by Vicco Labs of India, which claims that turmeric prevents the penetration of ultra violet rays of the sun into the skin (I rely only on FDA-approved sunscreens).

Turmeric powderThis article dovetails nicely with two articles "A passion for cardamon" and "A passion for sandalwood" from the March 2004 archive of this blog. Turmeric (called haldi in Hindi) is a main ingredient in Indian cuisine; in fact, it's what gives curry its yellowish color. However, tetrahydrocurcuminoids (THC), the chemical compounds to be extracted through the Thai project are colorless.

Turmeric is related to ginger and in its raw form, looks very much like ginger root.

I found out about this article through Marlene Eskin's monthly newsletter sent by Email. Marlene has been a supporter of The Style Page over the years and I encourage everyone to subscribe to her newsletter.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Home and Design pages newly updated


I have just completed an update to the Home and Design pages on The Style Page. Come check out the new additions to the ACCESSORIES, BATH, CARPETS AND FLOORS, CERAMICS, CLOSETS, FURNITURE, HOUSEKEEPING, KITCHEN, and TEXTILES pages.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005


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I just completed an update of the HOUSEKEEPING page. I discovered that this page had not been updated in several months. This page provides links to many house cleaning brands that are environmentally safe and non-toxic (solid waste from empty containers continues to be a problem, however). Formerly, one could only find these products at health food stores; now, one can find them at supermarkets and other mass-market retailers. Target is marketing products from Method Home. Williams-Sonoma has a line branded under its name, but read the find print, and you'll see that the products come from Caldrea. Restoration Hardware is also marketing a line of environmentally safe and non-toxic cleaning products. Direct sales company The Pampered Chef sells environmentally safe and non-toxic cleaning products through its sales consultants.

Method hand soap - cool packagingThe Style Page has tried Method laundry detergent, Method liquid hand soap, ecover lau

ndry powder, Tsunami Wave laundry capsules, and Caldrea dishwashing liquid, and can recommend them all. Our household relied on ecover for laundry as my husband and I were being treated for dermatitis. Those who follow this blog should know by now that I'm a sucker for great packaging, and the packaging for Method liquid hand soap is really cool!

The Style Page is not a granola-munching, Birkenstock-wearing purist: the Housekeeping page also provides links to products from 3M and Proctor & Gamble. If you cannot justify paying a premium for natural cleaners, simply use less of your current products: for example, try halving the amount of laundry or dishwashing detergent you use per load and see if the results are about the same. You know by now that wash-rinse-repeat is merely a marketing gimmick to get you to buy shampoo more often; now simply use less detergent for dishes and laundry.