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M-J's  Recommendations,  Based on Her Own Experience


 

The Elegant Lady's Boudoir 

by M-J de Mesterton

Buttress Your Bosom in Bed

Posted on March 2, 2015 at 7:50 PM

NightLift Bras


Developed by renowned plastic surgeon Randal Haworth, MD, FACS, NightLift® is the first and only sleepwear collection specifically designed to protect the breasts and décolletage. During his 20 years of private practice in Beverly Hills, Dr. Haworth found that those breast patients who wore a bra while sleeping had higher, firmer bosoms. NightLift helps to prevent sagging and drooping over time by keeping the breasts perfectly immobile, but always comfortably supported.

M-J's Review of the NightLift Bra 

 

 

In 2004, I photographed myself in an elegant robe made of black velvet with white satin trim. It was the sort of thing in which one would not be embarrassed to be seen on an impromptu basis--answering the door to package deliveries, for example. I miss that old robe, which I wore-out through regular usage, but I still have my silk dressing gown by Sulka as a consolation.

©M-J de Mesterton 2015


 

 

 

M-J's Favourite Night Cream, the Highly-Rated Lumene from Scandinavia

 

 M-J's Inside Advice

A useful, elegant accessory for the vanity:

 The Caron Duvet Powder-Puff, a French Classic Made with Swan's Down

I use this comfortable, simple fabric brace to correct and protect my posture as I sit at the computer. I'm wearing it now; the Stability Ace Upper Back Brace even looks sort of cool over a black turtleneck.~~M-J


BE ROUND OR BE SQUARE!
Gone are the sad days when a flat, shrunken, 
teardrop behind was de rigueur

EXERCISES FOR A MORE VOLUPTUOUS DERRIERE 

 

 

Nylons from National Hosiery, Made in the U.S.A. 

 

Store home-made creams and emollients in antique porcelain jars for an elegant presentation on your vanity. 

 

Storage for Gloves and Scarves: Hatboxes 

Drawing from 1800s Yokohama, by C. Wirgman

Elegant Survival Skin-Care and Makeup

 Elegant Survival Discovery

La Roche-Posay Medical Skin-Care Products, for when your skin needs extra attention:

The Most Highly-Rated Grooming Implements for Our "Nails"

 

 



This elegant hairbrush by Kent is the ideal grooming tool for fine or thinning hair.~~M-J de M.

This elegant hairbrush by Kent is the ideal grooming tool for fine or thinning hair.~~M-J de M.

This elegant hairbrush by Kent is the ideal grooming tool for fine or thinning hair.~~M-J de M.
Elegant Survival Recommends  Safe Crystal Essence Deodorant

 

I've used this safe deodorant, which is free-of-aluminum (aluminium) and very effective for up to twelve hours, for seven years with great success--it's the only brand for me; I prefer the lavender-white tea scent, but chamomile and pomegranate are also very pleasant and available at Amazon. Crystal Essence is the natural solution that protects both your skin and clothing.~~M-J

Inexpensive Hair Care

 

It's been many years since I visited a beauty salon to get my hair done, or for any other purpose. There are several reasons for this, foremost among them is that the hair stylists I had, no matter how much money I paid, paid no attention to what they were doing. They were more interested in operating an inquisition into my private life than in the usual beauty operator's line--cutting my hair in a straight line. Going to Bergdorf Goodman's salon didn't make a whit of difference in the quality of my final result. Hair dressers blow-dry and style cut hair with a curling brush in order to conceal the bad job they've done. Once you wash the hair, the signs of neglect and poor craftsmanship appear.

 My husband enjoys cutting my hair. He uses some very good scissors from France. And he doesn't spend his energy asking about my private life--he is  my private life! Train your husband, wife, or trusted friend to cut your hair, and return the favor. Remember, the higher the quality of your scissors or shears, the better the haircut.

There are many brands of hair color on the market. Target and Wal-Mart carry L'Oreal lines of hair-dyes, usually for eight dollars a box. They are gentler on hair than the three-dollar brand If your hair has already started to turn gray or, as in my case, white, choose lighter colors. I remember bumping into Tony Bennett back in 1980s Manhattan. He was dying his hair black then to look younger, but the effect was reminiscent of a wax museum replica. Now that he has let his hair go naturally white, he looks so much more healthy and attractive. The same is true for ladies. If you are fortunate enough to go white instead of gray, it gives a platinum blond look. White hair is usually much more delicate than gray, and thus is easier to color. Hair that hasn't yet turned, but is mixed in with white hair, will also dye or lighten more easily. If you have naturally black hair, lightening will be difficult. In your case, blending gray and dark hair with a shade just a bit lighter than your original one will be better than going to the lightest shade, because attempting to bleach black hair usually produces an orange result.  What you ought not to do is try to dye your hair as black as it was when you were young. Nothing is more difficult to keep up than dark hair with white or gray roots. Slightly lighter colors of hair dye will blend with the new growth of hair and give you an evenly pigmented coiffure. At about eight dollars a box, it is wise to stock up on your shade, because at times they are sold-out, and you don't want to be caught dead with  the wrong color on your head!

Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2008 

 

 
Most Nail Polish Toxic; Beauty-Shop Manicures Dangerous
Almost all brands of nail polish contain the harsh toxins toluene and formaldehyde. Many American nail polishes also contain dibutyl phthalate. The European Union has banned pthalates from all cosmetics made commercially in Europe.

Toxins in Most American Brands of Nail Polish

Dibutyl Phthalate

Phthalates affect hormone function. They are suspected of causing early puberty in girls, and low sperm counts in men. Phthalate exposure may have played a part in a large number of uterine problems in women, and cases of testicular cancer in men. Phthalates may also cause decreased fertility in both sexes. Long-term, repeated exposure to these toxic chemicals may damage the liver and kidneys. Dibutyl phthalate may adversely affect developing fetuses.

 

Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen that has caused cancer in the nose and throats of laboratory animals.

Toluene
Toluene is toxic to the human reproductive system, and damages nerves.  It may  degrade the liver, and irritate the skin. Toluene is believed to cause birth-defects and have a negative effect on the kidneys. Inhaling its fumes leads to confusion, vertigo and memory-loss. That may explain the hordes of dizzy dames coming out of beauty salons!

I used to have a weekly manicure on 57th Street, where I lived in Manhattan. I eventually quit doing that because of the nail-fungus epidemic and other sanitary concerns. Now I take care of my own nails, and have just decided to forgo the use of nail polish. When you realize that fingernails absorb whatever you put on them, the use of nail lacquer should strike fear in your heart.

Clip and file, wash, and soak your nails. You might even leave a little soap under your nails to keep the tips white and clean-looking, as Sophia Loren recommended in her 1984 book, Women and Beauty. It's a lot more natural,  and undoubtedly safer than the fashionable French Manicure. Then soften, clean, and shape the cuticles. A metal nail file can be used to eliminate loose or rough tags of skin. Buff your nails, and/or apply vitamin e, lavender, or almond oil on them and around the nail-bed to keep cuticles pliable and intact.

When you keep your nails free of polish, is easy to monitor them for anomalies that can reveal health problems.  When they are covered up with lacquer, that's not possible. Old-fashioned, toxic nail polish is a must to avoid. Your hands can look  healthy and elegant without it!
 
Update on Nail-Care, June 8th, 2009: 

 

June, 2009 My husband found this new product for me: Vaseline brand Healthy Hand& Nail Conditioning, in lotion-pump or cream in a tube. 

Healthy Hand & Nail  

Incredibly, our hands are made up of 5 unique surfaces. But because they are constantly exposed, they are prone to dryness, and require custom care.

Healthy Hand & Nail Lotion is formulated just for your hands. Its conditioning moisturizers are fast absorbing and non-greasy. It nourishes completely for softer palms, fingertips and knuckles, smoother cuticles, and stronger nails.

  • In 2 weeks, nails are 10x stronger

June, 2009~I am testing this product now, am not affiliated with the company, and will give an objective report on my results in two weeks. My nails break whether or not they are polished. Since I am now keeping them bare, this product may help.

UPDATE This product, if used regularly, works!~~M-J, July 2009 

~~Copyright M-J de Mesterton, June 2009

 

Inexpensive, Scented Bath-Salts
August 10th, 2008; UPDATED on January 17th, 2017

There are plenty of expensive, fussy bath-salts on the market. It's difficult to be sure what is really in them. A safe, reliable way to have high-quality, wonderfully scented bath-salts is to buy sacks of Epsom Salts, a time-honored product, put some in a fancy jar with the essential oil of your choice, and shake. I devised a formula lately called California Blend, in which I mix equal parts eucalyptus and sweet orange oils with my Epsom salts.~~M-J
These two ambrosial products by Sun Essential Oils are my favourites for scenting Epsom salts.~~M-J
Elegant Survival's Favorite Stockings

Why wear stockings instead of panti-hose or tights? It is better for your skin in hot and humid climates, and cheaper when one considers the run in one leg of a pair of panti-hose causes the whole unit to be wasted. 

Nylons from National Hosiery, Made in the U.S.A. 

 

 

by M-J de Mesterton

The Elegant Lady's Boudoir Recommends:

The Stocking Store

The Stocking Store, at www.stockingstore.com is M-J's long-time source for garters and suspenders, reliable and inexpensive, made in the U.S. and England. UPDATE, JANUARY 2017: be sure to order by actual WAIST-MEASUREMENT, because if you wear a garter-belt anywhere below the waist, your stockings will pull it down to your knees. Here is my illustrative photograph:

 Courtesy of M-J de Mesterton
Now, there is the waist, our anchoring feature of elegant style. Jeans, trousers and skirts constructed without it are a waste! 

 

Update, July 26th, 2007
 

Swisspers Suprême Cotton Rounds and Squares are the best quality cosmetic pads. Almost all other cotton pads fall apart when you use them, leaving bits of cotton that get into your eyes, etc. And, don't buy the Swisspers low-end product, because it disintegrates during use, like the others do.  Make sure you use Swisspers Suprême.

Swisspers are made by U.S. Cotton  in Rio Rancho, NM 87124-4517


 
The Elegant Lady's Boudoir recommends an indulgence to lift your spirits daily: luxurious Provençal scents in triple-milled, long-lasting soaps with skin-softening shea butter,
and exquisite natural scents from Provence, France: MISTRAL


~~Copyright M-J de Mesterton, October 25th, 2007

May 27th, 2008

Rimmel Eyeliners are inexpensive compared with Revlon, which, at six or eight dollars each, will break and become useless. Rimmel's product costs less than three dollars.

February 12th, 2008:
Pharmaca is a good source for high-quality health products. I love the Bass line of hairbrushes, bath pillows, mirrors and sponges. Also, the South of France brand has marvelous hand and body soaps in beautiful, reusable dispensers. Pharmaca is an integrative pharmacy, where one may use an insurance card. Pharmaca is one of the places were one can get a prescription filled for estrogen cream formulas. They also carry the cutting-edge eye cream, Sanitas Pepti-Derm, and Sanitas' line of other skin creams.

I have just discovered a South African company, Essential Oils.za, which gives uses for essential oils in several categories. One thing I do regularly with plain, unscented lotions and creams is to add essential oils such as rose or lavender.

UPDATE, JULY 12th, 2008:

Protect Your Woolens and Silks
 
Use cedarwood oil for preventing moth infestations. Moths can eat your clothing and wool rugs.  Add cedar oil to cedar blocks and set them inside your closets. This creates an extra-strength moth-repellent.

Glamour at Home Can Lift Your Spirits

I wrote this for Eons in 2006:

 

Glamour at Home Can Lift Your Spirits

I've mentioned that looking as well as possible can enhance your physical well-being. This theory can be practiced when you are home alone as well as out and about. Sometimes, there are just too many mirrors in the house, and going by them in sweat-suits and other comfortable but unflattering ensembles can really bring you down.

The reason that I don't wear my best garments around the house is that I wish to preserve them. I wear them when going out or entertaining, however. I have discovered that looking romantic while working at home doesn't have to be uncomfortable. There are plenty of gorgeous gowns that aren't made of flannel, and some that are, over which one can wear a warm bed-jacket and even look presentable answering the door. Think old movies from the 1930s. Ladies often seemed ready for romance, though they were well-covered in luxurious fabrics. Comfortable slippers can even have a little platform and give you some added height to make you look stately. No, I didn't say stuffy or old, but rather a look that commands respect and admiration!

ebay for Old-Fashioned Glamour...

I've been searching for long, glamorous vintage peignoir sets on ebay, the great American invention where one can find, on a lucky day, almost anything from the past or present that one desires, and deal with nice people who aren't affiliated with big department stores! ebay has been a friendly and satisfying experience for me. My only problem lately is that vintage peignoir sets are selling like hotcakes! Oh, and here I thought I was being different and there would be few gals hunting for these gems, but alas, the competition is fierce! One can even find unused items from the Fifties, for example, so not everything on ebay is in used condition. I find that people aren't going to put things up for sale there which are drastically compromised or moth-eaten. There is a great system in place called feedback, where buyers and sellers alike can comment on their purchases and transactions. It's people helping people, too, which I like. Unload something you think someone else may need, and acquire something that someone else no longer has room to store. Keeps you out of the store, too, and shopping at home can be really peaceful and...COMFORTABLE!

Please consider punching up your home attire as an antidote to mirror-induced malaise.

Copyright M-J de Mesterton, 2006

 

Elegant Face & Figure

 

Face and Figure  

 

...Avoid Plastic Surgery and Botox! 

M-J's Latest Tips  for Face and Figure

Hatred Makes You Ugly

By M-J de Mesterton

Posted on July 27, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Have you ever noticed that the more resentful and jealous a woman is, the more wrinkles she has? The most important age-preventing measure for your face is being a member of the Clear Conscience Club--you know, the one whose members get a good night's sleep. When people carry around the burdens of hatred and envy, resentments and greed, these destructive inner elements inevitably manifest themselves on their faces.

Here is a quote from an interview by Linda Holmes with elegant, ageless singer Darlene Love, whose work in the 1960s with music innovator Phil Spector catapulted her to fame and made her into the exploited victim of a megalomaniac who was ethically-challenged, and for whom loyalty was a foreign concept:

"I have no reason to hate him," she says, "and I never did, because I always found that hate makes you ugly. Makes you have wrinkles. Which I don't have." Here, she laughed. "But you know what? That has a whole lot to do with your insides. When you hate people, it not only makes you hate that person, it gives that vibe off for everything around you. I really do believe that. So I really did try hard not to dislike him and always be the good guy, and say what I say about him and nothing bad. 'Cause it doesn't help."

Categories: How to Be LovelyHow to Carry YourselfElegant Survival

   

November, 2010 

Try Rebounding on a Mini-Trampoline for Better Health:

an Editorial by M-J de Mesterton

 

September 30th, 2009: Facial Yoga Exercises are Better than Botox


The classic hula-hoop is great for maintaining your figure, and can help you lose extra kilos. It's low-tech, lightweight, and easy-to-store.

The old-fashioned jump-rope is inexpensive, compact, and packable for travel; jumping rope is still the most effective cardiovascular exercise. We are jumping rope daily, and playing tennis. Tennis keeps us running round picking up balls, and jumping into the air to return lobs. Jumping rope will make your legs and heart strong!

My husband and I are now using Dr. Brandt's "Pores No More", for special occasions. 

Shield Yourself from the Sun

To maintain the flower of youth, ladies often use parasols. They are much more reliable than sunscreen creams, and safer for your skin.

Alternatively, a  wide-brimmed hat is perfect for guarding against the sun's harmful rays.

 

Elegant Survival Skin-Care and Makeup

 Elegant Survival Discovery:

La Roche-Posay Medical Skin-Care Products,

for when your skin needs extra attention. Dr. Zeff's site is the best place to order these skin-care creams. He ships lightning-fast.

 

Thursday, July 17, 2007

M-J on Maintaining an Elegant Countenance

 Skin-Care and Beauty

Skin-Care Tip for Summer and Hotter Climates: When the weather is hot and humid, acne can plague even the most mature and clean faces. The scientifically-advanced product advertised heavily on TV and internet by a starlet and other gals costs about 70 dollars US before shipping charges. Meanwhile, at Sam's Club, an analogous acne-treatment regimen-in-a-box costs about 30 dollars US. It contains a big bottle of facial scrubbing lotion, a large bottle of toner, a cream, and a tube of acne-zapping ointment. I estimate that the bottles and tube in the Acne-Free set will last approximately six months. It works!
 
Skin-Care for Winter, 2008: Drink plenty of water and use a moisturizing cream, preferably an oil-free one. You don’t have to hurry to the cosmetics counter at a mall-based department store (where it's easy to be taked into buying one cosmetic line's whole set of offerings)-- just go to the supermarket and look for Olay’s affordable products. They are on the cutting edge, or the vanguard of skin-care research and development--they have to be. L'Oreal has some high-quality, low-priced skin-creams as well. In our house, my husband and I use both brands.
 

( IMAGE STOLEN 2017) Vintage Photo Hand-Coloured in Oil Paint, by M-J in 1980

 
Makeup: The Less You Use, the Less You Need Two lovely, elderly ladies in my life told me years ago to never use foundation makeup, and I have never forgotten their advice, nor used the wretched stuff. One of them was my Swedish grandmother, who, at the age of eighty, had baby-soft skin on her face. We usually do remember what our elders tell us, even though when they are doing it we couldn't care less. I'm so grateful to her, and to Loulla, the other elder bearing great advice about keeping a bare face. Come to think of it, I have never seen a liquid makeup that looked natural in daylight, where all facial embellishments become apparent. The best thing to do is to scrub your face well with a microfiber cloth and Cetaphil, a wonderful liquid cleanser made in Fort Worth. It is so mild that soldiers in the desert use it to cleanse their faces when there's no water available. This cloth/cleanser combination will exfoliate your skin, which is key to keeping the new, fresh skin-cells at the fore. After washing and drying my face, I like to use just a little pink blush on my cheeks. Try to find one that is non-comedogenic (doesn't clog the pores).
What is it about liquid foundation that is deleterious to the skin? It usually contains oil, which doesn't mix with water, and can dry the skin. I once tossed out a bottle of Clinique face-lotion because I discovered that it had linseed oil in it. Also, liquid makeup, whether or not it contains oil, can clog the pores. Less is more, and of course, choose a sunscreen that won't clog pores or irritate your skin. I use Baby Magic sunscreen when going out for tennis.
Makeup: the less you use, the less you need--because it can damage your skin, thus making you want to cover it up, which is what's known as a "vicious cycle". Keeping one's skin in good condition is not expensive! Copyright 2006 M-J de Mesterton
 
Enhancing the Face that Nature Gave You, and Creating a Beautiful Visage
 
 Drawing by C. Wirgman, English Correspondent in 1800s Yokohama
 
 Eyebrows
Eyebrows ought to help create an expressive face. Pluck them from underneath only, not above them, and aim at getting the stray hairs out of the design. Tweezerman makes the most reliable, accurate tweezers that I've ever used. Eyebrows, eyes, undereyes, cheeks, jowls, lips: I believe that any woman can look lovely if these areas are treated properly. After you have achieved a satisfactory brow-line, you can fill-in spots where the shape is weak--I prefer an ashy, light blonde eyebrow pencil (I use Maybelline, under two dollars US), which doesn't show. Darker pencils can look orange on your skin in the daylight. A well-shaped brow, either thin or strong, if that is your natural growth pattern, can be a great facial asset.
Eyes
Eyes ought to be the focus of your face. Skip the lipstick and wear a gloss or moisturizing balm. That way, the rest of your face is softened by the beauty of your eyes. Mascara can look hard and harsh in the daytime; it can flake, crumble and smear. I need to accentuate my eyes, so rather than mascara, I use a thin, brown-black eyeliner pencil with built-in sharpener by Revlon. To reduce the stark line that it creates, I soften with just a bit of eyeshadow over it. Restrict use of eyeliner to the upper lid, because any eyeliner at the bottom of your eyes brings down your face and can make you look old. After lining the upper eyelid, I add a little light brown eyeshadow in the most concave area above the eye, tipping it upward towards the outer edges. A little dab of lighter color in the center of the eyelid can have a nice finishing effect.
Undereyes
Never put liquid foundation or powder under your eyes, unless you want to look like you have two crinkle-cut potatoes resting there! It dries the most delicate skin on your face so badly that it may never recover. And speaking of cover, if you really have a dark circle under your eye, don't touch any baggage with concealer; put it only in the very darkest area. Less is more, especially in this area of the face.
Cheeks
Sometimes in the evening, I put the lightest, most skin-friendly pink blush on each cheek, applied very delicately. It brings the focus up from the jowls, and makes you look a bit cheerier. Darker skins can use peach or bronze, but very lightly. Any color added to the skin during the daytime can make one look older. Even translucent powder is drying and can make skin look heavy, so I restrict the use of it to hot summer nights when I am sure that I'm going to have hot flashes and I need something to absorb the excess moisture I exude. I avoid getting any powder or blush on the jowl area, since that can really accentuate the negative!
Lips
My husband always tells me not to wear lipstick, since he thinks it makes women look silly, cheap, and old. And if I must wear it, he says to wear a very light pink frost. All right, I cooperate because the fellow has great taste! According to him, his ol' pal, Arnold Schwarzenegger, with whom he body-built at Venice Beach back in the 1970s, won't let "his woman" wear either lipstick or trousers. My husband has the same demands. Well, I only wear pants when riding my bike or a horse, so no problem there, but wearing lipstick is a tough habit to break!
Jawline and Neck
For glamorous evening occasions, here is a device that can give you the illusion of a slim neck and tighter jawline. Under the jawline there is an area which can be brushed lightly with a shading tone of blush. Make sure you don't touch the jawbone with it, but go just underneath it. This is best done at night, since, again, daytime exposes a multitude of sins. This shading technique is especially helpful if one has a bit more "flesh" under the jaw than they desire. Again, this must be done very delicately and with a rather fluffy brush to avoid creating stripes. To avoid an orange-ish effect, I find that a very light pink blush mixed with a very pale frosted brown works well. I will even mix in a little translucent loose powder to facilitate the flow, and then lightly blend downward around the neck. This prevents a line of demarcation. This stuff is awful to remove from one's clothing, so it is best used when wearing a low-necked evening gown. This is advice that you can take or leave, and perhaps some of it will be useful. I learned these techniques and more in Manhattan, New York, when I spent six years working with a fashion and head-shot photographer. We worked with opera singers, Elite models and Broadway stars. Each subject had to visit a particular professional makeup artist before his or her photo-shoot. I was in charge of retouching, with an etching knife, the final product on black and white 8X10" photographs--that's what we did in the old days. It wasn't easy, but I found it much easier and produced more realistic, natural-looking  results than the modern method (digital may as well be painting), which I have never used.
 
~~Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2006 
 
Maintaining the Flower of Youth
 
Check It and Chuck It! 

Look at the labels on your makeup products. If they are "made in China", they are likely to contain lead, which is a carcinogen.

Check all makeup, lotion, and deodorant products for the ingredient, "aluminum". Aluminum is known to cause a breach in the blood-brain barrier, an anomaly to which Alzheimer's disease is attributed.
A well-preserved blood-brain barrier is required to protect brain cells from being damaged by neurotoxins, which accumulate and poison brain cells.

Another source of aluminum is the non-dairy creamer, Coffee-Mate. I found the Canadian version to be aluminum-free, however. Check the labels on all such products before buying. Some of the less-expensive store brands of non-dairy creamer, such as Wal-Mart and Sam's, are free of aluminum additives (I think they are called flow-agents).

If a product contains one or both of the aforementioned ingredients, chuck it!

~~Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2008

Elegant Survival Exercise

Elegant Exercise: Low-Cost, Low-Tech and Low-Stress

 UPDATE, JULY 2011

Try Rebounding

Bounce your way to better health with this ideal mini-trampoline. As long as your feet are in fair condition and you’re able to stand, this mini-trampoline is easy to use, and its cardio-vascular benefits are similar to those acquired by jumping rope. And “rebounding” on a trampoline is easier than jumping rope, because there is nothing on which to trip. It seems like all the rage right now, but those in the know were using mini-trampolines in the 1990s. The svelte and intelligent character Charlotte Cavendish in the series Lovejoy, for example, used to bounce fifty times on her mini-trampoline in the morning,and another fifty in the evening.©M-J de Mesterton


Elegant Face and Figure, 2007:
I am currently using three exercise implements or machines that use no electricity and occupy little space. Each of them is easy to use, and I have seen clear results from their use lately. 1) The Gazelle by Tony Little: available at Wal-Mart for around a hundred dollars. This low-impact machine is great for those with knee and joint pain, because you can do fast-walking without touching the ground. Assembly required (men seem to be able to do this without using the instruction manual; beware of four-letter words).2) The Ab Lounge by Fitness Quest: Available at Wal-Mart for about a hundred dollars. It's so easy to flop onto it once a day and do ab-crunches. I find it so much more conducive to ab-work than getting down on the floor--and more fun than sit-ups, which are a colossal bore. 3) The Thigh-Master, by Suzanne Somers. I have been using it for at least ten years! It's fun to pick it up and do chest exercises and a few thigh-squeezes just before bed. Here's an oldie-but-goodie for high-impact cardiovascular exercise: jumping rope!. ~~Copyright M-J de Mesterton 2007
 

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Video of Abdominal Exercises  

Miscellaneous Health & Beauty Topics

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Sophia Loren: Women and Beauty


I've had this book since it was launched in 1984. I still remember the fashion and beauty advice given in it by one of the world's greatest beauties. Here are some of Sophia Loren's philosophical entries:

Beauty: In my opinion, there are two things you must recognize about beauty in order to achieve it: first, that it is within your reach, and second, that it is worth working for.

Exercise: Contrary to what most women think, exercise will decrease your appetite and help you burn more calories even hours after you have stopped. To me this is almost a miracle. I have always noticed that after I exercise, I am not hungry, but just imagine--not only does your appetite decrease, your body continues to burn more calories than ever for hours afterward. It is as if you started a fire that continues to burn long after the kindling has gone out. This means that your body's increased metabolism is working to keep you trim and firm far beyond your exercise time. What a wonderful dividend that is.

Self-Confidence: When I began my career, my nickname was "Giraffe" because I was so tall and awkward. No one thought I was especially beautiful, but everyone knew right away that I was proud. In the beginning people were impressed with my confidence, and gradually they came to see it as beauty. On the other hand, I know a woman who is convinced that she is too tall; she is so self-conscious about it that most of the time she looks as if she would like to disappear. All she thinks about is her height and that is all you notice about her. Unless her attitude changes, the sad fact is that although she is very pretty, she has no chance of being thought attractive.

You can build self-confidence by knowing yourself. That is not just a matter of counting your strengths. You must know your weaknesses as well. Self-confidence doesn’t grow from perfection...if you know your weaknesses, you can control them, not vice versa.

Clothing: Spend your fashion budget where you spend your time: if you are in an office most of the week, then office clothing should take the lion’s share of your clothes budget...remember also that you should make an effort to look attractive in the evening for the man in your life, even if you are only going to be watching television together.

Decide on what you really need and buy the best. Every woman has had that dark night of the fashion soul when she stands in front of her closet and cries to the heavens, “I haven’t a thing to wear!”
Living: ...don’t postpone living until you reach the perfect size.
Self-confidence has to do with the way we face the world, while tranquility reflects the way we face ourselves.

~~Sophia Loren, in her 1984 book

Reducing Puffiness under the Eyes

Peel and slice a potato very thinly, and put the slices in the freezer, in a waxed paper or plastic bag. The potato slices will freeze quickly.

Put the chilled potato slices under eyes while lying down, and remove them when they turn brown. If this doesn't work right away, fetch the other frozen potato slices from the freezer and repeat the process.

Another method is to use chilled cucumber slices. I don't know why it works, but it does.

Botox, an Unhealthy Poison

Botox, an unhealthy poison, is used to freeze people's faces. This insanity has consequences. Article in the Telegraph U.K.

Gayelord Hauser's Low-Impact, High Results  Exercise Routine

Excerpt from "Mirror, Mirror, the Book by Gayelord Hauser

Give Yourself Seven Minutes A Day

Now here is some more cheerful news about exercise: it does not have to be a long, complicated, strenuous routine.  All the women - and men, too - who have told me how the successfully made exercise a part of their lives have confirmed my own experience.  A few well-chosen, basic, simple exercises make the best routine.  they can be gone through in a few minutes as part of the getting up, bathing and dressing ritual that begins your day.

I have studied countless exercise routines, American, European and Oriental, for every country has its favorites.  The best ones have been developed out of natural body movements and do not demand a contortionist's or an acrobat's abilities.  Let me give you here my seven basic exercises.  You can do them well and thoroughly in no more than seven minutes of your day, and they will keep you trim and fit all your life.  Remember, we not only exercise to keep slim; we exercise because it helps us to feel so much better and it keeps our "instrument" in tune:


  • Stretch:  Rise up on your toes, arms up, with your hands try to touch the ceiling.  Drop arms.  Relax.  Do ten times.

  • Bend:  Down, down, from the waist, hands reaching for the floor.  Stretch, stretch, until you can touch the floor with the palms of your hands.  the best vitalizing and backache exercise.  Do ten times.

  • Torso Stretch and Twist:  With arms outstretched to the sides, reach to the left, to the right; twist at the waist and reach backward to the left and to the right.  A wonderful and easy twist for keeping waistlines.  Back and forth.  Do this ten times.

  • Hip Roll: With hands on hips, rotate the middle, holding shoulders still, first to the left, then to the right.  Do ten times slowly in each direction.

  • Bicycle: For beautiful legs, lie on the floor on your back, legs up, pedal slowly and rhythmically.  The more you breathe the better it feels.  Do for two minutes and relax.Tummy Lift: Pull your abdominal muscles in, hard, harder.  Hold tight for about 30 seconds or until muscles start to quiver, then relax.  Do just once per day, but regularly.

  • Shoulder Shrug: Important for neck, face and scalp.  Lift the shoulders to the ears and hold for ten seconds.  Relax a repeat ten times.

Now shake yourself all over, take a few breaths, and off to your shower or tub.  You have done your muscle work for the day.  Any other exercise, sport or physical work you do will be so much gravy.  Try and make these easy and lazy twists a daily habit.~~Gayelord Hauser, 1895-1984

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