Website Review: Charlotte’s Book! The Angie’s List of Health & Beauty!


Charlotte’s Book

In Beta right now with New York Reviews and Online Consults it is going to be “The Angie’s List” of skincare, nutrition, and health. Helping you to make the right decision when it comes to choosing a doctor or other professional and what treatments involve and whether or not they are right for you. Click here for the list of requirements in order to be invited by Charlotte’s Book as a professional to be listed in their directory. It is quite impressive!!! I’m keeping an eye out on the site for expansion into other states; fingers crossed. They review products and have great articles as well! 20140609-230354-83034575.jpg

Sia’s Mini Me: Maddie Ziegler!

Madison NicoleMaddieZiegler (born September 30, 2002, age 12) is an American child dancer, actress, and model. She is known for starring in Lifetime’s Dance Moms, and has appeared in numerous music videos, including the videos for Sia‘s “Chandelier” and “Elastic Heart“.

Thanks to Sia


"It Girl"!

Choosing Make Up Brushes!

Why spend good money on a make up brush instead the cheaper brush?

Here’s Why:

  • A flexible and soft brush will deliver a sheer finish and more diffused result.
  • A coarser brush will deliver a heavier result.
  • A denser brush will deliver a stronger coloring and more coverage.
  • A round brush will create a softer and diffused result.
  • A flatter brush will be more adapted to deliver a glossy finish.
  • An angled brush will be good for creating a more defined blush or contour application.
  • A pointier brush will allow more precision or gradation depending on the density.


Choosing the bristles:



The bristles are man made of either nylon (PBT), taklon (PET), or polyester bristles. The bristles tend to come together better for a more even finish. They can be tapered, tipped, flagged, abraded or etched to increase color carrying ability. They are typically dyed and baked to make them softer and more absorbent. They are less prone to damage from makeup and cleaning solvents so they are easier to clean and don’t trap or absorb pigment, They are however usually dyed a color which will wash out when cleaned and can make a mess. They don’t hold powders very well. Best for application of creams or liquids and lipstick/liner due to the fact that they don’t have a cuticle. If using with powder the application will be very light compared to natural bristles.


The bristles are extremely durable.  They move freely, allowing you to not only pick up enough product in one swipe, but also to blend it out better than synthetic. Natural bristle tend to be more expensive and more difficult to clean.

They come in a wide range of quality within its type.

If it comes from first-cut hair it will be cruelty-free since it’s sheared from the tips of the fur and will be soft and pointed.  If the hair comes from blunt-cut, the point will be flatter and the hair will be much coarser.



Stiff enough to define and shape, thin enough to fill in sparse brows. The coarseness is great for firm brow feathering creating a more natural eyebrow look.

The term “camel” describes makeup brushes made with a mix of goat, squirrel, or pony hair.

The softest goat hair is, known as capra. It provides a medium to full application for both the face and body.

Often used blended with other natural hairs to deliver more elasticity and enduring, it has the ability to adapt to your skin the more you use it. Use for blush or eyeshadow.

Called Kolinsky/Sable (is really Mink):
Has the highest permeability of the natural bristles used for the application to create intense color. It is generally considered to be the best bristle for layering of color.

Similar to sable but does not have a fine tip. See Kolinsky.

It is primarily used for blush or eye brushes and are ideal for contouring. Dampen the brush to provide opaque coverage or use dry to create a light wash of color or a soft, foiled effect The bristles have enough range to create dramatic  or a soft, smoky eye. They are often blended with other hairs.

Has a very pointed at the tip, to be used with sticky pigments.

Sable (reddish in tone):
Has a reddish-brown color, pointed tips and are shiny; any other color is not red sable! Very expensive!!! See Kolinsky for uses.

Squirrel :
The softest, gray or blue squirrel (Talayoutky), provides a soft, natural wash of color. Brown squirrel (Kazan) is more readily available, and is used mainly for medium quality makeup brushes. It works best for contouring and blending shadows because of the compact head the crease of the eye.






Would You Rather Have A Polite Smile Or A Duchenne Smile: The Genunine Smile! Not the Fake Pan Am (Botox) Smile!


It all comes down to having a Duchenne smile – smiling with both your eyes and your month. How do you know it’s a Duchenne smile? Emotionally, it’s real and spontaneous. Physically, if you see crows feet at the corner of the eyes and a little squint in them, that’s a Duchenne smile

While conducting research on the physiology of facial expressions in the mid-19th century, neurologist Guillaume Duchenne identified two distinct types of smiles.

Guillaume Benjamin Amand Duchenne

A Duchenne smile involves contraction of both the zygomatic major muscle (which raises the corners of the mouth) and the orbicularis oculi muscle (which raises the cheeks and forms crow’s feet around the eyes). A non-Duchenne smile involves only the zygomatic major muscle. “Research with adults initially indicated that joy was indexed by generic smiling, any smiling involving the raising of the lip corners by the zygomatic major…. More recent research suggests that smiling in which the muscle around the eye contracts, raising the cheeks high (Duchenne smiling), is uniquely associated with positive emotion.”

A girl smiling or laughing. |Source=

The Pan Am smile, also known as the “Botox smile”, is the name given to a fake smile or the polite smile, in which only the zygomatic major muscle is voluntarily contracted to show politeness. It is named after the airline Pan American World Airways which became defunct in 1991, whose flight attendants would always flash every jet-setter the same perfunctory smile. Botox was not introduced for cosmetic use until 2002.

Have you ever seen someone and right away couldn’t help but notice how fantastic their smile was? Their whole face warmed up as they portrayed a genuine spontaneous emotion, like happiness or joy. You don’t know what it is but you felt that they were honest and trustworthy –> All of that from just one smile!!

Now think of a time when you saw someone smile who had more of a fake smile – it probably looked a bit forced or awkward, cheesy maybe, and you couldn’t see the real emotion that evoked it because it didn’t show up in their eyes – it was more of a ‘polite’ or ‘courtesy’ smile that was only with their mouth.

So why is it that some people’s smile can light up a room and quickly gain a degree of trust while others don’t? After all, a smile is a smile right? Wrong!

The Mechanism of Human Facial Expression

Demonstration of the mechanics of facial expression. Duchenne and an assistant used electrical stimulation to mimetic muscles of “The Old Man.”

Influenced by the fashionable beliefs of physiognomy of the 19th century, Duchenne wanted to determine how the muscles in the human face produce facial expressions which he believed to be directly linked to the soul of man.He published his findings in 1862, together with extraordinary photographs of the induced expressions, in the book Mecanisme de la physionomie Humaine (The Mechanism of Human Facial Expression, also known as The Mechanism of Human Physiognomy).

Duchenne believed that the human face was a kind of map, the features of which could be codified into universal taxonomies of inner states; he was convinced that the expressions of the human face were a gateway to the soul of man. Unlike Lavater and other physiognomists of the era, Duchenne was skeptical of the face’s ability to express moral character; rather he was convinced that it was through a reading of the expressions alone (known as pathognomy) which could reveal an “accurate rendering of the soul’s emotions”. It refers to the expression of emotions indicated by the voice, gestures and facial expression. While physiognomy is used to predict the overall, long-term character of an individual, pathognomy is used to ascertain clues about one’s current character. Physiognomy is based on shapes of the features, and pathognomy on the motions of the features. He believed that he could observe and capture an “idealized naturalism” in a similar (and even improved) way to that observed in Greek art. It is these notions that he sought conclusively and scientifically to chart by his experiments and photography.

Duchenne defines the fundamental expressive gestures of the human face and associates each with a specific facial muscle or muscle group.

He identifies thirteen primary emotions the expression of which is controlled by one or two muscles.

He also isolates the precise contractions that result in each expression and separates them into two categories: partial and combined.

To stimulate the facial muscles and capture these “idealized” expressions of his patients, Duchenne applied faradic shock through electrified metal probes pressed upon the surface of the various muscles of the face.

Duchenne was convinced that the “truth” of his pathognomic experiments could only be effectively rendered by photography, the subject’s expressions being too fleeting to be drawn or painted. “Only photography,” he writes, “as truthful as a mirror, could attain such desirable perfection. He worked with a talented, young photographer, Adrian Tournachon, (the brother of Felix Nadar), and also taught himself the art in order to document his experiments.

Duchenne used six living models, all but one of whom were his patients. Through his experiments, Duchenne sought to capture the very “conditions that aesthetically constitute beauty.” He had a desire to portray the “conditions of beauty: beauty of form associated with the exactness of the facial expression, pose and gesture.” Duchenne referred to these facial expressions as the “gymnastics of the soul”. He replied to criticisms of his use of the old man by arguing that “every face could become spiritually beautiful through the accurate rendering of his or her emotions of the face, he could experiment upon the muscles of his face without causing him pain.

Aesthetics and The Narrative Setting

G.-B. Duchanne de Boulogne, Synoptic plate 4 from Le Mécanisme de la Physionomie Humaine, 1862. In the upper row and the lower two rows, patients with different expressions on either side of their faces

In the scientific section was intended to exhibit the expressive lines of the face and the “truth of the expression,” the aesthetic section was intended also to demonstrate that the “gesture and the pose together contribute to the expression; the trunk and the limbs must be photographed with as much care as the face so as to form an harmonious whole.”

Duchenne’s experiments for the aesthetic section of the Mechanism included the use of performance and narratives which may well have been influenced by gestures and poses found in the expressing or representing (something) by extravagant and exaggerated mime. He believed that only by electroshock and in the setting of elaborately constructed theatre pieces featuring gestures and accessory symbols could he faithfully depict the complex combinatory expressions resulting from conflicting emotions and ambivalent sentiments. These melodramatic tableaux include a nun in “extremely sorrowful prayer” experiencing “saintly transports of virginal purity”; a mother feeling both pain and joy while leaning over a child’s crib; a bare-shouldered coquette looking at once offended, haughty and mocking; and three scenes from Lady Macbeth expressing the “aggressive and wicked passions of hatred, of jealousy, of cruel instincts,” modulated to varying degrees of contrary feelings of filial piety.

Beauty and Truth

The exact imitation of nature was for Duchenne an indispensable and essential action of the finest art of whatever age, and although he praised the ancient Greek sculptors for unquestionably attaining an ideal of beauty, he nevertheless criticized them for their anatomical errors and failure to attend to the emotions.

It’s actually possible for many people to fake Duchenne smiles if they are imagining positive emotion and aren’t currently feeling bad.

Consumer research recognizes the well-established effect of positive emotions on consumers, i.e. consumers in positive moods tend to give positive evaluations of products and advertisements. Recently, researchers have investigated the use of Duchenne smiles (genuine smiles) in advertisements to evoke positive emotions and lead to positive evaluations. Duchenne smiles are identified by the activation of both the zygomaticus major muscle (which pulls up the corners of the mouth) and the orbicularis oculi muscles (which surround the eye and result in the crow’s feet wrinkles). Peace, Miles, and Johnston (2006) demonstrated that including Duchenne smiles in mock print advertisements affects viewers’ perceptions of the ad and featured product, resulting in more positive evaluations as compared to neutral and non-Duchenne advertisements. The current research expands on Peace et al. and examines the effects of type of smile displayed in mock print advertisements that feature inexpensive and expensive products alike. Participants rated pairs of advertisements created by the researchers. Participants significantly preferred Duchenne smiling advertisements over non Duchenne and also showed significant preference in their likelihood to purchase products in Duchenne advertisements. A potential mimicry association mechanism is discussed, as well as practical implications for advertisers.The Strength of a Smile: Duchenne Smiles Improve Advertisement and Product Evaluations

This study, as many other studies, i.e. Howard & Gengler (2001), assumed the
theory that the primary emotional contagion, that the mimicry brings emotional contagion
(people feel better). It is important that other studies use different ways to measure the
emotional to develop the theory about emotional contagion.

Emotional Contagion Interfering on Product Evaluation
Autoria: Giuliana Isabella

The Root Chakra: Your Survival Center!

The root chakra “Muladhara” is the foundational support center for our entire chakra system; it is your connection to this world. Mula meaning “root” and Adhara, which means “support” or “base.”

First Chakra

It is a place of basic needs such as food, shelter, sex and safety. It is where we find smell, sexual desire, animal instinct, emotions, etc. The root chakra is a very physical chakra “your energy body” – a place where we connect to our physcial bodies and to the earth body…. a place that is powerfully effected by smell.


It is important to stabilize this chakra.


It is located at the base of the spine, and is related to the perineum, near the anus. Being associated with the sense of smell, it is associated with the nose.


Are you grounded? Take this quiz!


Healing Foods:

Red colored foods (apples and beets)
Hot spices (Red cayenne peppers and Tabasco sauce)
Vegetables from the ground (potatoes and carrots)


Every chakra comes with a character and emotion. If you feel those emotions and feelings are getting stronger, it signifies that that the chakra is now in balance. You should always move from lower to upper chakras.


My Style Inspiration: Yé-Yé Girls 60’s European Pop Goddess!


Derived from "yeah! yeah!", the yé-yé movement was comprised of female pop singers from France, Québec, Italy, and Spain.

Jamie Brewer: The First Model With Downs Syndrome to Walk the New York Fashion Week Runway!

IMG_0440 Jamie Brewer

Known for American Horror Story

Role Models Not Runway Models - Backstage - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015


Make Up Tips To Keep You From Looking Older!

Avoid using powdered makeup anywhere you have wrinkles it settles into the lines emphasizing them.

A hair oil or shine serum used with a very light hand makes your hair seem more youthful.

Drawing eyeliner so that it creates a slight wing up and out past the end of the lid aka cat eyeliner. Make sure to soften it by getting the liner between your lashes and stippling instead of drawing a heavy line, you’ll achieve a subtler more natural effect.


Don’t wear a nude lip when you want to look younger try a rose or berry shade instead to make your lips look softer.

Avoid making a sharp demarcation line from a lip pencil.

Square tips with rounded edges also called squoval make your hands look more youthful. Avoid square, coffin, ballerina, stiletto, almond, mountain peak, or talon nail shapes. Rounder nails soften the appearance of your hand.


Fill in your eyebrows using a brow gel, mousse, or powder. Make sure not to use pencil the friction from using the pencil can damage the hairs.

Apply a lighter shade, a touch of gloss, or highlighter to the center only of your bottom lip after applying your lip color. Slight blend into the bottom lip so it is subtle.


Love Quotes – Not Just For Valentines Day!

If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.
A. A. Milne


Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another.
Thomas Merton


If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.
Maya Angelou


Doubt thou the stars are fire, Doubt that the sun doth move. Doubt truth to be a liar, But never doubt I love.
William Shakespeare



They invented hugs to let people know you love them without saying anything.
Bil Keane


The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.




How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss, and all was said.

Victor Hugo


I know of only one duty, and that is to love.
Albert Camus

President And Mrs Obama Visit Troops At Ft Stewart Military Base

Love is blind.
Geoffrey Chaucer




Ingredient: What Is Fuller’s Earth?

A specific type of clay that got its name back in the days when a Fuller an old English name for a worker used the clay combining it with water, urine, and the cleansing herb soapwort (Saponaria officinalis) to extract grease and oil from woolen cloth.


Hydrated aluminum silicates that contain metal ions such as magnesium, sodium, and calcium within their structure.

Minerals montmorillonite, kaolinite, attapulgite, & palygorskite in various ammounts
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