September 2019

Designer Fashions for Your Gadgets

Spring is right around the corner, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is here…and a girl needs functional fashion during one of the chicest times of the year. Lucky for you and your attached-to-your-ears-and-fingers phone, top designers like Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Juicy Couture and more have come out with super-cute smartphone clutches!

Nothing says you’re a saucy stylista like toting the Michael Kors iPhone Wristlet in Red ($79.95). This red patent-leather clutch wallet features pocket space for several IDs and credit cards, along with an opening for all ports (making it easy to charge while inside the clutch). Plus, it’s compatible with iPhone® 3G, iPhone® 3GS and iPhone® 4!

Best Nude Underwear, Bras & Gadgets:
What to Wear Under Sheer & White Clothing

You’ve probably seen sheer clothes everywhere from the runways to the racks of your favorite stores lately. And white separates, of course, are a total summer staple. These sexy and stylish looks are great for hot summer days, but there’s always the problem of what to wear underneath. There are tons of options that claim to be invisible, but how do you know what works, fits, and is still cute? Here’s our round-up of the best no-show underthings to sport under sheer summer clothes or fab white outfits.

Tops:

The Cosabella Nude Cami is fitted and provides the light support of a shelf bra. If you wear a bra underneath, the shelf acts as an extra boost. The no seam tank makes it perfect for wearing for under sheer tops. Our Founder Melissa wears these all summer long under her sheer white tops.

If you need more support or have a fuller figure, this bra from Le Mystere works like a charm; Oprah even loves it! Plus it has a hidden underwire for a seamless look.

The Only Hearts racer back bra is a favorite for under t-shirts. It’s a great choice if you don’t need a lot of support but like to wear a bra.

Every summer wardrobe requires a great strapless bra. The Self Expressions iFit from Target has a perfect strapless at a great price. It even makes a great everyday bra with its removable straps. This one works for larger cup sizes, too, as it stays up and stays put.

Buy Now, Cosabella Nude Cami, $75
Buy Now, Le Mystere Underwire Bra, $62
Buy Now, Only Hearts Racer Back Bra, $46
Buy Now, Self Expressions Ifit Strapless Bra, $13

Bottoms:

Laperla is known for its gorgeous lacey lingerie but also makes great seamless basics. The Laser-Cut Full Brief is great under a sheer pair of pants or dress because it offers full coverage without any seams.

Nude Spanx have become another fashion staple. Slide them on under a clingy sheer dress for extra coverage and a slimming effect as a bonus!

Commando makes the most seamless underwear ever, end of story. Plus, they stay put underneath even the clingiest dresses or tightest pants. They come in two styles…a wide side band and a thinner one. The wider one is better for dresses and the thinner for wearing under white or pale colored jeans/pants.

As for undies, you can’t beat the Incredible Hiphugger from Victoria’s Secret. They are so soft and comfy, come in great colors, and the stretchy fabric does not show at all under pants or a tight skirt. If you’re not a fan of wearing a thong or going commando but still hate the dreaded Visible Panty Line, you’ll love these.

Buy Now, Laperla, $58
Buy Now, Nude Spanx, $32
Buy Now, Commando Thong in True Nude, $20
Buy Now, Victoria’s Secret Incredible Hiphuggers, $12.50

Accessories:

Bring it Up Instant Breast Lifts are great for backless looks because the lift from the top instead of the bottom and stick on without any straps or bands. Perfect to wear under white, strapless or deep cut v-neck tops.

Low beams” stick on and give you semi-sheer coverage of what you don’t want seen if you choose not to wear a bra.

Frederick’s of Hollywood makes great silicone gel “petals” that offer a little more coverage than the low beams if you’re going to go bra-free. They stick on but can be used up to 25 times.

If your bra isn’t already racerback and you’re going to rock one of this season’s on-trend racerback top or dress, you can use a StrapPerfect to turn your regular bra into a racerback to avoid any out-of-place straps. It’s made of a clear plastic and does not show under anything white.

Buy Now, Bring it Up Instant Breast Lifts, $20
Buy Now, Fredericks Undercover Silicone Gel Pads, $18
Buy Now, Low Beams, $10
Buy Now, Strap Perfect, $7

New Beauty Gadgets that Erase Wrinkles and Treat Sunburn

Recently we’ve been seeing new launches in the world of FDA approved skincare devices.  Two of them are particularly interesting, Zeno Line Rewind Wrinkle Reduction Kit is mass priced and sold in drug stores.  It retails for $39.99.  PaloVia Skin Renewing Laser is premium priced and sold online and on QVC.  It retails for $499.00.

Below are FAQs about these new devices.

1) How do these skincare devices work?

Ron Robinson: PaloVia Skin Renewing Laser eliminates under-eye wrinkles using patented fractional laser technology (apparently the first FDA-cleared, at-home device that can be used to help treat under-eye wrinkles). The micro-fine light works from within the source of wrinkles. It stimulates the skin’s natural collagen and elastin production. The unit comes with a pre-treatment gel and the device. The pre-treatment gel is applied to the under-eye area. The device is switched on and activated with the desired low or high setting. The unit is placed and worked upon the target under-eye area. Suggested use is three-four minutes for the first month and twice a week thereafter.

ZENO LINE REWIND Wrinkle Reduction Kit uses heat, vibration and red LED technology to fight wrinkles. The system includes a serum and the device. The serum, enriched with peptide complexes, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid, is applied all over the face. Upon turning on the device, it warms to a soothing temperature and gently vibrates to massage the serum onto the skin. 

2) Do these devices represent a threat to the topical market?

RR: These devices do pose a minor threat to the topical market due to their immediate, long-lasting effects and prices almost comparable to mass and premium cosmetic products.
In addition, they may take away a minor share of consumers who undergo dermatological procedures, given their relatively low price points and convenience.

3) Can these devices be used in tandem with a cosmeceutical treatment?

RR: In case of PaloVia, it is recommended to use a sunscreen daily and use a moisture-rich cream after the application if the skin feels dry. It is safe to continue using regular skincare products.  Zeno Line Rewind comes with a serum, as mentioned above, but it also can be used in conjunction with other skincare products.  A mild cleanser is recommended.

4) What do consumers say about these skincare devices?

RR:  We surveyed the BeautyStat.com community. Eighty-eight percent of Beautystat readers are excited to try the PaloVia Skin Renewing Laser, and 70 percent are interested in trying the ZENO LINE REWIND Wrinkle Reduction Kit. They feel great about the affordable price compared to expensive doctor visits. Consumers are interested in trying non-surgical procedures to fight aging lines. One percent of consumers are not convinced by the claims made by PaloVia, and 20 percent are skeptical about the effects of the ZENO LINE REWIND Wrinkle Reduction Kit.

Buy Now,  Zeno Line Rewind Wrinkle Reduction Kit, $39.99

Buy Now, PaloVia Skin Renewing Laser, $499

  Ron Robinson is a cosmetic chemist and research executive who has developed products for Clinique, Estee Lauder, Revlon, Avon and Lancome. Ron is the founder of a fast-growing online beauty community called BeautyStat.com. Ron and BeautyStat.com have been featured in Women’s Wear Daily, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Self Magazine, Women’s Health Magazine, GCI Magazine, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, AM New York, Allure, NBC and CBS News.

Buy USB Mixtape Memory Stick, $15.99

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Buy USB Mixtape Memory Stick, $15.99, at thinkgeek.com

  • USB memory stick
  • Packaging looks like an analog audio cassette tape
  • 90 minutes of storage (128 megs)
  • Space to hand write your track list
  • Available in 4 distinct styles

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Buy Sony Fontopia Ear-Bud Stereo Headphones, $11.16

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Buy Sony Fontopia Ear Bud Stereo Headphones, $11.16, at amazon.com

  • Volume control on cord, for handy volume adjustment on-the-go
  • Compact case and ear pads included
  • Silent cap prevents sound from bothering others

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Buy MP3 Retro Speaker Amp, $19.99

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Buy MP3 Retro Speaker Amp, $19.99, at thinkgeek.com

  • Speaker for use with MP3s or computers
  • Adjustable bass, treble, and volume
  • 5” X 4” X 3 ½”
  • Works with 3 AAA batteries (not included) or a USB lead for a PC (included)

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Buy Grid-It! Organizers, $9.99-$29.99

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Buy Grid-It! Organizers, $9.99–$29.99, at cocooninnovations.com
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  • Made of rubberized woven elastic
  • Great electronic gadget organizer
  • Ideal for iPod, iPhone, Blackberry, accessories, and handheld games
  • Holds items firmly in place

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Buy Microsoft Kinect for Xbox 360, $149.99

Buy Microsoft Kinect for Xbox 360, $149.99, at bestbuy.com

  • Uses full-body tracking technology to put you into the game
  • Sensor recognizes your body and mirrors your movements while you play
  • Compatible with every Xbox 360
  • No controllers required

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