Face masks and skin-stretching tapes that visibly turn back the hands of time? Clothes that non-surgically give the appearance of a smaller waistline? Shoes that "exercise" muscles for a lifted backside? Many innovations are available on the market or in the pipelines that promise to deliver a more youthful appearance or a J.Lo behind. Whether any of these technologies or inventions truly work (on our faces, our bodies or our confidence) will be a matter of trial and mirror. The proof will also be seen on scales across America. As a plastic surgeon witnessing the commercial hype as well as the science and research, here are the ten most innovative technologies that have caught my attention - and the ten that may really prove themselves. - Dr. Shirley Madhere
The Simple Green Guide to Beauty
1. Nutraceuticals: Supplements are fast becoming a part of more beauty regimens. From "beauty" drinks and bars to physician-recommended oral pills, beauty and wellness never tasted so good. GliSODin
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- The Staff at wowOwow.com | Fashion – Wed, May 12, 2010 6:44 PM EDT
Face masks and skin-stretching tapes that visibly turn back the hands of time? Clothes that non-surgically give the appearance of a smaller waistline? Shoes that "exercise" muscles for a lifted backside? Many innovations are available on the market or in the pipelines that promise to deliver a more youthful appearance or a J.Lo behind. Whether any of these technologies or inventions truly work (on our faces, our bodies or our confidence) will be a matter of trial and mirror. The proof will also be seen on scales across America. As a plastic surgeon witnessing the commercial hype as well as the science and research, here are the ten most innovative technologies that have caught my attention - and the ten that may really prove themselves. - Dr. Shirley MadhereRead More »from 5 Scientific Beauty Innovations You'll Want to Try
By: Organizing guru Julie MorgensternRead More »from How to make the perfect To-Do list
wOw's Question: How do I make a to-do list?
See more of Julie Morgenstern's 'How Do I?'
Julie's Answer: One of the most common mistakes people make when creating their to-do list is generating an endless inventory of everything in their heads - which is not particularly practical for getting things done. The secret sauce is creating what I call an "intelligent" to-do list, which goes way beyond just asking "what" we need to do; it addresses how long each item will take, and when we are going to do it - so that we can make realistic plans for each day.
The W.A.D.E. formula is a practical plan for sorting through your to-dos, making wise decisions and feeling the unbeatable sense of accomplishment that comes with checking things off your list.
Try applying my W.A.D.E. formula to properly manage your to-dos.
W - WRITE IT DOWN. Record every meeting, appointment, to-do, call and project in one place - whether using an iPhone, Google applications, the
by: Amy Epstein Feldman, Esq. and Robin EpsteinRead More »from Getting Him to Sign a Prenup
Traditionally, in exchange for getting to dress up in a fancy white gown and walk down the aisle to become Mrs. Him, it was the doting bride who was asked to sign a prenuptial agreement, considered by many to be a skittish groom's James Bond-like marital ejector seat. If he wanted out, the prenup easily and elegantly allowed him to bail from the wreckage with his satchel full of money intact. But these days women are frequently coming into marriages with more than their loving - if less financially secure - grooms. Across the United States, 22 percent of wives are out-earning their husbands, which means the assets in need of greater protection are those swaddled in white tulle.
Ask wOw's Divorce Doctor
A prenup is not an out-clause or a backup plan; it's a contract just as marriage itself is a contract. It's nothing more than a set of papers designed to protect separate property, clarify assets if you have children and act as a tool
- The Staff at wowOwow.com | Work + Money – Tue, May 4, 2010 6:54 PM EDT
By: Jane BuckinghamRead More »from 6 Trendy Products Tested -- And Totally Worth Buying
1. Project Shoeway
Ever browse the shoe department at Saks (the best and largest that I know of) and STILL not find just the right pair? Well, get ready to become your own Manolo. On www.shoesofprey.com you can create, remake, design, and best of all, BUY your own shoes. With hundreds of different varieties you can pick your heel height, toe, fabrics, colors, accessories and straps. Move over Cinderella, now everyone can get the perfect slipper. If only princes were as easy. Prices vary and start at about $200. Visit www.shoesofprey.com.
2. Feeling Blue?
When I say "wicked" do you think a) Incredible Broadway show, b) Vintage hot nail varnish from Chanel, or c) Your recent behavior? If it's two of the three, you're likely as addicted to the hottest new nail color as I am. The trick is making sure you look cool, not like a 21-year-old wannabe. Well, for summer, it is all about Chanel's Turquoise, my friends. But you'll need to run to get your hands (er, nails) on
By: Valerie OrsoniRead More »from 5 Ways to Stay Fit, Fabulous, and Forever Young
Having grown up in France, I can tell you, it's close to a sin for a woman there to reveal her age. 40, 50, 60 or more these days isn't like it was in our grandmother's, or even mother's, generation. We're taking better care of ourselves and have proven to the world that you're really only as old - or young - as you feel. I'm pretty sure I'm closer to 25 years old than to 40. As one of my friends put it, "Valerie, you have more energy than my daughter!" I'm just hoping they say I look 40, when I'm actually turning 80. Wouldn't that be a beauty coup?
This way of thinking is exactly why a French woman never tells her age -- it's irrelevant. We live life to the fullest, but do not lose sight of how to maintain our outward appearance as a badge of honor. My mantra for this is "Toujours Jeune," which in French has a lovely double meaning of "still young" and "forever young". I like it because it allows me to celebrate the here and now, but without losing sight of my
By: Christine HohlbaumRead More »from 7 Ways to End Multitasking Madness
Multitasking is a myth.
Old notions die hard. When you swallow your gum, do you think it will stick to your ribs? When a mirror shatters, do you believe you are condemned to seven years of bad luck? We cling to certain ideas because we believe them, not necessarily because they are true.
Multitasking is one of them.
Originating in computer terms, multitasking first referred to multiple processes running from the same central processing unit. Instead of scheduling one task after the other, the computer programmer could plan simultaneous tasks. A computer has this capacity; humans do not. As with much of our lives, technology has influenced language as well as what we do with it. But unlike computers, we are not able to perform the way they do. In fact, according to Philip Zimbardo and John Boyd in The Time Paradox, that desktop computer you've got in your home office has a reaction time that trumps yours by a factor of 750 million. We're simply not as fast as
- The Staff at wowOwow.com | Shine Food – Mon, Apr 26, 2010 5:39 PM EDT
By: Mireille GuilianoRead More »from Say 'Au Revoir' To Those Extra Pounds With This Recipe for Fresh Steamed Veggies
Hello, spring. Though modern tradition designates January 1 as the beginning of our year - a common day for resolutions - it's spring that's the more appropriate period to start anew.
Springtime, when the light starts gaining on the dark, is the natural start of the year, which explains why in French it's called printemps (and en Italien, primavera) literally in "the first time."
And spring is, of course, a time of regeneration. Our senses are awakened by new stimuli: the fragrance of blooms bursting open on the trees, and the sounds of birds, and children playing outdoors as the revival of outdoor activities begin. These sensations provide a wealth of slimming experiences. Oui, I said slimming. This works out pretty well as we begin to peel off those forgiving layers of winter sweaters and coats. We can hide from the scale, but we cannot hide from our spring wardrobe!
7 Ways to Slim Down Without the Gym
If your indulgences have gotten the better of you, if
- The Staff at wowOwow.com | Fashion – Mon, Apr 26, 2010 5:30 PM EDT
By: Charla KruppRead More »from 8 Style Secrets to Never Looking Fat Again Without Dieting
Muffin tops … Jiggly arms … Buddha belly … Lovely Mother Nature did bless many of us with beautiful angles and curves, but sometimes, in some lighting and in some garments, these gifts can look a bit, well, exaggerated.
Nationally regarded style expert Charla Krupp has 1,000 tricks up her sleeve to looking slimmer - without dieting. From undergarments and dresses to nail polishes and high heels, Charla shares her time-tested secrets in her latest guide book, How to Never Look Fat Again (Springboard Press). When it comes to our bodies, Charla says, "It's not you; it's your clothes."
If you have a thick neck and broad shoulders: Give away your turtlenecks and donate those dangly earrings. Make the V-neck your neckline of choice, and most importantly, stand up straight and don't you dare hunch those shoulders!
10 Tips to slim down, without the gym
If you have arm flap: The quickest, easiest fix here is to NEVER go sleeveless while wearing pants or jeans. When baring
- The Staff at wowOwow.com | Work + Money – Mon, Apr 26, 2010 5:13 PM EDT
By: Piper KermanRead More »from Making Friends Is the Answer When A Nice Girl Goes to Prison
"Whatever you do, don't make any friends."
That was the last piece of advice my lawyer gave me.
When I was sent to federal prison in February, 2004, for a ten-year-old drug offense, I thought my life was over. It wasn't, but the way I looked at the world - and my place in it - was never quite the same. As a prisoner you are classed as an undesirable, compelled against your will into containment and forced into scarcity. You confront surprising truths about yourself, and about others, because they are unavoidable - life lived cheek to jowl is pretty revealing. You learn many new things, from how to clean house using maxi-pads to how to discern the difference between a guard who is playful and a guard who is dangerous. But the most unexpected surprise - and the most important thing that helped me survive life behind bars - was the sustaining power of old friends, and the kindness of new ones.
Super Stressed-Out? Call Your Girlfriends
One of the kindest people I've
by Julie MorgensternRead More »from Work from home? 9 Tips to make it work
Working from home brings with it a lot of freedom - the freedom to make decisions, to set hours and to determine your own workplace culture. Yet the home-based office has its share of challenges. Space is limited. It's hard to stay organized when the lines blur between home and work.
Wireless technology has made it possible to work in any room of the house, which is great - but it can also be part of the problem. Just because you can work anywhere doesn't mean you should. The key to setting up a successful home office is to designate a specific location and clearly define the boundaries of your work space.
10 Ways to Gain an Hour in Each Day
Ask yourself the following questions to help you decide where to locate your office, based on your individual needs, family patterns and personal preferences.
• Full or part time? Home offices used full time require more work and storage space whereas part-time ones can usually afford to be smaller and tucked away (beneath a