Best Bargains

Best Bargains

Every woman loves effective and affordable mascara. Maybelline’s Lash Discovery Mascara is just what the doctor ordered—and what her patients want! Maybelline says, “This mascara’s mini-brush allows you to get hard-to-reach lashes—from corner to corner,” and I find it adds perfect length, volume and color to my lashes without clumping or flaking. It is hypoallergenic and easy to remove, too. How can you go wrong with a great product that really delivers what it promises? Average cost: $7.

Health & Fitness

Regular and diet soda consumption has been linked in several different studies to a rise in the risk of preventable diseases—including obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart attack, osteoporosis and kidney stones. Diet sodas can even worsen a “sweet tooth,” and possibly lead to an overall greater daily intake of sugar and calories. I recommend adults consume no more than one 12oz soda per day, and pregnant women and children under ten eliminate sodas from their diet altogether.

Above the Neck

The Eyes Have It! Eyebrows are essential to facial balance and to “frame” our face. A full eyebrow with a well-defined arch looks great on everyone. The right eyebrow for you takes into account your face shape and other facial features. Consider a consult with a beauty professional to help with your choice of shape, color and which technique to use.

Shaping your brows can be done with waxing, plucking, or threading. Avoid widening the distance between your brows too much, as this will look unnatural. Even years of over-plucking can be overcome by the use of Latisse and a brow stencil. The right products and best application will achieve a natural-looking brow, and give your face the finishing touch it needs to look fresh and “framed” all day!

Body Topic

Underfoot: Gel and Shellac pedicures are the latest trend for toes. With these products, you can have beautiful, long-lasting toe color. Although these trends started on the fingernails, why not wear them on your toes? Gel and Shellac pedicures provide durability and glamour, and last much longer than regular polish; four-plus weeks of perfect color and shine without a chip or scratch. Hot colors this winter are nudes and grays—perfect for day and into the night.

Health Tips

Have your heard someone say, “I am anemic”?

Anemia, or low levels of healthy red cells in your blood, has many different causes, but is rarely normal. Menstruation is the most frequent cause of anemia in women. Anemia is not normal in a man of any age, or in a post-menopausal woman. It should always be explained with a medical diagnosis, and the cause determined.

If you think you might be anemic, it is vital that you see your doctor for a physical exam and blood count. If you are anemic, your physician may need to perform additional tests to determine the cause. You should never self-diagnose yourself with anemia, or initiate iron supplementation without the advice of your doctor.

“ASK Dr. V”

“Why does the skin above my upper lip appear dark, as if I have a mustache?”

This “mustache”or shadow on a woman’s upper lip, can be a sign of deep pigment in the skin—called melasma. According to, an estimated six million women in the US have melasma.

Melasma is diagnosed with the aid of a Wood’s Lamp, which shows the pigment that may or may not be visible to the naked eye. Many things can make melasma worse, including certain medications, sun exposure and hormones. Treatment for hair can also make the shadow worse, including waxing, plucking, threading, bleaching, electrolysis, laser hair removal, shaving, and more.

The best treatment for melasma is protection from sun and prevention of future damage by the daily use of a zinc-based sunscreen.

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