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Sunday, November 30, 2014

How to Get Your House Holiday Ready

Each year, when I’m trying to think of new ways to get my house ready for any holiday, I try to keep each of the 5 senses in mind and what appeases each when I think of that holiday.

  • What I see
  • What I hear
  • What I smell
  • What I taste
  • What I touch



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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

“Freckle’s Ugly Cousin …” Said Kramer

Remember that Seinfeld episode when Kramer is mistaken for a doctor due to the white butcher’s coat he’s wearing and he gives George’s boss, Kruger, a mole check? Well, I had the line stuck on repeat in my head a whole afternoon recently.

It’s something that I don’t look forward to but it needs to be done every year. And what’s that? A mole check. Yeah, sexy and the stats are just as not sexy – according to, there will be 76,100 new cases of melanoma in the United States this year and 9,710 deaths from it. So while you can do some things to prevent melanoma, if you do have or see a mole appear, try and remember the ABCDE’s of mole checking so you know what is normal and what is not.  

I’m not a big fan of just having a Dermatologist give my skin the once over with the naked eye as, like us, they’re only human and can miss things. But if you do find one that is questionable, before getting an invasive biopsy, there is now an option that can tell if a mole is cancerous or not.

NIDIskin is the first imaging center devoted solely to Non-Invasive Diagnostic Imaging of the Skin. In other words, they have a machine that can look deep into the skin to see what’s below it. The technology has been around for 10-years and they just opened their first location in Los Angeles.

I was invited to meet with their Imaging Tech, Nicole, to see exactly how it all works. Using the FDA approved VivaCam Dermoscopy system, they can monitor your skin and moles one time or like a mammogram, you can get them all monitored each year and they can compare them from year to year for any changes in size or appearance.



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Saturday, September 06, 2014

Exploring a New Option For Hair Color with eSalon

How many times have you seen a product/service that seems spot on and said, “I wish I thought of that!!” Well this next one falls into that category and I really think it bridges a gap between the drugstore box of hair color and the salon hair color service. It’s eSalon and could be your answer to getting a great single-process hair color in your own home using professional grade ingredients.

In the drugstore, just looking at a picture of a color on a box is not exactly my idea of accuracy when it comes to choosing a hair color, though I have done it many times. And then there’s the limited shade selection because what’s light auburn to one company can be drastically different to another. So it really is a guessing game, so what’s today’s woman to do? She’s on a budget and still needs to look good for work and well, life. According to, 90 million women currently color their hair, so how are they all getting it done? 



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Monday, May 26, 2014

DIY Corner - How to Recreate the Lilico Leather Flower Sandals from Sophia Webster

How many times have you lusted after a gorgeous pair of shoes only to finally have a peep at the price tag and see that to have them will cost you one or two paychecks? For most of us, it’s just not a reality. But for some reason when I saw Sophia Webster Lilico Leather Flower Sandals, I immediately thought, “I can make these!” It’s not something I normally say to myself when looking at a pair of shoes but for some reason, that’s what popped into my head.

So I took on the challenge of recreating a pair of couture shoes that cost $595 for under $100. Here is the step-by-step on how I made them. 



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Sunday, February 09, 2014

Cybelesays Special Report: Sample Sale 101 – How to Navigate the Madness

Have you been to a sample sale before? They’re pretty common on both coasts and I’m sure in most cities around the country. Sample sales are usually comprised of overstock items, pieces that may have not sold as well as they hoped, or items that never even made it to the line. And you’ll find them in all categories: clothing, furniture, jewelry, shoes, makeup and beauty products; probably every category of product out there has had a sample sale at some point.

I’ve been to my fair share and have some tips on how to get the most out of one. The pictures I took in this feature were with my iPhone from one I went to back in December for the Steady Clothing line at their warehouse in Santa Ana, CA, which is about 1 hour from me. Yup, I will make the drive for a good one! It seems that there is a surge of the quantity in November or December but I know they do take place all year and they usually on a Friday and/or Saturday and/or Sunday. But of course they can vary. 


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Monday, February 03, 2014

Cybelesays Special Report! Trend Spotting @ ISSE Long Beach

It was the end of January and for me, that means one thing, the International Salon & Spa Expo (ISSE) in Long Beach! Every year I go to walk the floor to see what the trends are and looks for new and exciting ones. And I came across a few I think you will find really interesting, so click after the pic to read more…



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Saturday, February 01, 2014

Happy 13th Year Blogiversary! And Shu Uemura News!

Wow, can you believe it? 13 years ago today I launched one of the first beauty blogs on the Internet; before the word "blog" even existed! Time really does fly as I didn't even remember this milestone until late last week.

Have you ever looked at my archives that are listed at the end of each page? The site used to be a monthly, publishing a new issue on the 1st of every month and this is what it looked like.

This week also brought some other good news. I was chosen to be one of the "shade-finder" faces for Shu Uemura's new Lightbulb Fluid Foundation and the launch went live earlier this week. Posted below is a screen shot or click here and here to see if on their site (click the below pics to see them bigger). 

And do you see who is right below me in the top shot? Leesha/Xsparkage! So I'm in good company, huh? I will be on the US and Canadian sites for the rest of 2014 with the foundation. I was so excited to be asked to do this and the foundation is pretty great, so phew on that front. 



So here's to another 13 years!!

All my blush, 


Friday, December 27, 2013

What Makes for a Good Hair Clip-In?

What-Makes-for-a-Good-smallThe biggest party you will attend this year is right around the corner, so don’t you want to kick it up a little bit when it comes to your hair? Clip-in hair is the only way I go as it’s simple, easy to put in for the regular person and really shoozhes up a look, no? The latest brand I tried is HAIRDIAMOND ITALIA. They make pieces in real Remy hair (this is real human hair!) and Keraflex, which is a heat resistant fiber hair that can be treated like your own hair. So no matter which you chose, you can use that curling iron or flat iron on them!

They come in 13 different colors and the Remy comes in 14”, 18” and 23” lengths and the Keraflex ones come in 14” and 20” lengths. And if you are looking for specific pieces, they make those too, like toppers and bangs.

The style I tried was the FastClip 14” Remy Extension in a really light shade of blonde. I recently went to get my hair touched up from my hair stylist Kristin Merkling, freelance hair/makeup artist based at KimVo salon in Beverly Hills, and brought the FastClip with me I was sent to try. Since she is a professional in this area, I wanted to get her input on clip-in hair pieces.



So I have to ask ...

What Makes for a Good Quality Clip-In Hair Piece?



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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Best Makeup Pencil Sharpeners

After running this feature on Smashbox’s new eye liners and seeing all the makeup sharpeners I owned, it got me thinking. What makes for a good one? As in, what makes for a good makeup pencil sharpener or what makes for a good anything really? After trying and playing with products for the past 12+ years, I think I have a bit of expertise when it comes to specific topics and what makes for a good something.

So I decided to start a new on-going feature called …


and in these features I will discuss what I think makes for a good product or way of doing something beauty-related.

This first one will investigate what I think makes for a good makeup sharpener, so let’s get to it!!

What Makes for a Good Makeup Sharpener?

Like the ones shown in this picture I took of the ones I own, they all fill a purpose. Since there is no set size for any pencil for lips or eyes, you will probably find yourself having to own quite a few different ones.

If you are just going to invest in one or two of them, here is what you should look for in a good one. I like a duo sharpener like this one from Pixi Beauty I recently featured. Also, since I don’t have a trashcan next to my makeup table, a case that surrounds the sharpener to catch the shavings is also convenient. And with all the ones I’ve tried, that small pokey thing to poke color and shavings away from the blade is totally underrated. Believe it or not, only some include this pokey thing.

Here are some good ones that can get you by.



  • URBAN DECAY Grindhouse Double Barrel Sharpener ($10 @
  • JAPONESQUE Dual Sharpener ($10.99 @
  • SEPHORA COLLECTION Colorful Dual Antibacterial Sharpener ($4 @
  • ULTA Cosmetic Pencil Sharpener ($2.50 @

But if you really want the best of the best, I’ve tried a bunch and these ones below are the best as they meet the key criteria:

  1. Should be able to sharpen two different sizes; so make it a duo, please.
  2. Should have a blade-cleaning pick with it. This is so useful!
  3. Should be encased to catch the pencil shavings.



  • KEVYN AUCOIN The Precision Pencil Sharpener ($8 @
  • TWEEZERMAN Deluxe Cosmetic Pencil Sharpener ($4 @
  • MALLY BEAUTY Dual Sharpener ($12.50 @
  • ELF Dual Pencil Sharpener ($1 @
  • DuWOP Beauty Blade, Antibacterial Dual Eye and Lip Pencil Sharpener ($11 @

So do you have a favorite makeup pencil sharpener? Let me know in the comments!

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Cybelesays Featured on!


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