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Tan in a Can?

Posted in Actors/Comedians, Beauty, Tanning with tags , , , on May 4, 2009 by shapach


Well, not in a can exactly, although they do exist as well. L’Oreal Sublime Bronze is actually a tinted self-tanning lotion (also available in gelee form) that comes in a squeezable tube, and comes in three shades to match skin tones: Light, Medium, and Deep.

I prefer the Deep shade since I have an olive skin tone and a base tan. If you are an avid tanner, like me, and want the darkest and most immediate bronze shade as possible, this the best shade for you. Although I have not tried the lighter shades, I’m sure they work just as well to give a natural looking shade enhancement.

The active ingredient that is responsible for the instant bronze tint is AHA, or sublime-eva1alpha hydroxy acid. This is the similar tanning agent found in most spray tans and bronzing lotions. Once applied, you will see a noticeable bronze tint, complete with golden flecks of sparkle that add to the illuminosity of the skin (very pretty!) Within an hour, your golden tan will have developed. With repeated use, you may never need to step into the sun again. (Although I like to layer this product over a UV-based tan or spray tan to really enhance the effect!! I’m talking “Dancing-with-the-Stars-dark” Oh yeah!) 

Although it is marketed as a quick-dry formula, both the gelee and the lotion take about 10-15 minutes to dry if applied generously. And the newest version claims to be transfer-proof and water-resistant, but will rub off slightly if not dry ALL THE WAY before putting clothes on. Use sparingly around knees, elbows and ankles and wash hands after application. Also containing Viatmin E, the product is super hydrating much like a daily moisturizer, so no need to use both.

So besides having to stand nude in front of the fan for quite some time, I have found this product to be the best on the market to help achieve the darkest, streak-free, golden brown tan. Hey, for these results, that a sacrifice I’m willing to make.


To Brace or Not to Brace?

Posted in Beauty with tags , , , , , on March 22, 2009 by shapach


Every orthodontist’s dream is a twenty-something gal with messed up teeth, because she never got braces in middle school like everyone else. Okay, so I was a bit of a baby when it came to my choppers. My mother will still tell you the stories of me sobbing, tooth dangling out of my mouth, as she tried to convince me to let her tie a string around it and remove it. She even pulled the ol’ “Let me just look at it” trick, then dubiously tried to yank it free in my moment of vulnerability. Now I know it was all for the better of my dental future.


We all remember the episode of Sex and the City when Miranda is post-maturely forced to wear braces, to prevent her headaches, caused by her tongue-thrusting (Season 3, Episode 15). As hilarious as it was prior to my appointment, I could think of nothing else as I sat in the dentist’s office and listened to him tell me that I too would need braces in adulthood. And to make matters worse, my condition was too severe for clear braces, and would require many agonizing years of “metal-mouth”.

I swooned at the smell of antiseptic, and the walls of the small room closed in even tighter. The thought of having to face my co-workers and peers with a shiny, chrome mouthpiece was humiliating. On second thought, maybe this wasn’t so bad after all; grills are making a huge comeback in the hip-hop world.

Oh, who am I kidding? I’m not Lil Kim, and braces are nowhere near trendy.  I could only imagine what my dentist-to-be boyfriend would think, with his perfect, blinding-white teeth. He never thought there was anything wrong with my smile before, so that fact that I was even seeing an orthodontist puzzled him. But still, no one wants to be seen with a baby-faced, pubescent teen on your arm, unless you’re actually a pubescent teen, in which case I was going to be the hottest chick in school.

What a nightmare! And that’s just the beginning, wait until I get the bill for my enlightening consultation. Needless to say, I jumped out of the chair and never went back.

I’m still searching for a second opinion…