Sunday, December 8, 2013

Broadband Beauty Tips

End of the year, time for some rearranging of your life, perhaps?  WNL suggests exploring your make-up and skin care routines - or lack thereof - as a possibility.  Since there's now a free, convenient way to get great advice and tutorials on what to use and how to use it, take the plunge!

Along with endless cat and dog hijinks, streaming movies, and TV on your desk or laptop, the internet has opened the secret, high-priced world of beauty and beauty products to even the most ignorant or recalcitrant among us.  Take a little tour with me of some of the best...and let me know what you've found to add to this list.

Manhattan dermatologist Dr. Neal Schultz has a website -  and a YouTube channel where he has stashed video consultations on all sorts of beauty and skin questions.  Lumps, bumps, wrinkles, dark spots, lasers, skin care.  Dr. Derm covers it all in a friendly, understandable format.  A great first stop on your road to upgrading your appearance.  Did you know you just got to pick the brains of a top skin doctor for free? 

Now to the UK where so many of the beauty gurus originate and hang out.  Why is that, I wonder?  Anyway, the link above will take you to an interview with Caroline Hirons, the superstar of all things makeup and skin care to many in that universe, where she is questioned by Sam and Nic, who call themselves Pixiwoo.  

Not only is this video a great introduction to Caroline Hirons, in her no-nonsense manner, she shows and tells the products and pathways to good skin care.  You could not possibly afford to see her in person.  How amazing that she shares her expertise for free on YouTube.  

About himself in Wayne's own words,

I have been working in the makeup industry for the past 15 years. Originally I trained in exercise and nutrition but when acne struck me at 20 it changed the course of my life. My goal at the time was to get the flawless smooth skin I once had. Once my skin was back to normal I became fascinated with makeup. The whole concept intrigued me…

After much training (self taught) and then formal education I slowly began creating a career for myself. Working in bridal makeup and then moving into one on one training and workshops my client base grew.

Editorial makeup was never my passion. The images are so heavily retouched that it portrayed an unrealistic image that I didn’t want to be a part of. Thankfully my career expanded without the use of retouching and so began a passion of mine. Teaching. And what better format for that than YouTube. Over a short period of time I grew a beautiful audience.

I really enjoy Wayne's videos whether he's using himself as the demo or one of the models who seem to be enjoying the experience.  He devotes a good percentage of his videos to keeping skin healthy, free of blackheads and blemishes, which sets him apart from most makeup/skin care bloggers.  He is also very sensitive to looking natural and your best rather than made up, and some of his video subjects are up there in age.  He's a down-to-earth guy who has really applied both brains and passion to the challenge of looking good.

From her website "About",
With over 20 years of experience, Lisa Eldridge is one of the most highly regarded make-up artists on the international beauty and fashion circuits. Whether she’s called upon to create her signature look, best described as fresh and flawless or to work her magic for the catwalk or on editorial shoots, her understated, modern approach to beauty has made her indispensable to designers, magazine editors, art directors and celebrities alike. Through her online make-up tutorials, and her role as resident on-screen beauty expert for three seasons of Channel 4’s successful series ‘Ten Years Younger, Lisa has become one of the most recognised faces in the beauty industry, both in the UK and internationally. 
When I visited Lisa's video page it took me a while to realize that the top three pictures linked to collections of videos rather than videos themselves (like the smaller pictures below with the play symbol).  Select "Everyday Looks" to get started.  One of my personal favorites is the "Glowing, Youthful Make-up Look for Mature Skin" that shows the amazing before and after. 

Tiffany is  either your best friend in high school or the girl who was too cute and cool to pay any attention to you at all.  She grew up to be "TiffanyD".  In her own words,
After spending my college years majoring in education and teaching little ones, I discovered that I am truly a teacher at heart. However, I had always dreamed of becoming a makeup artist. By combining my love of teaching with my love of makeup, I ventured into the world of YouTube creating makeup and beauty how-to videos for fun. People started watching and the channel grew faster and larger than I could have ever imagined. I had no idea it would ever become what it has and I'm so thankful for all my subscribers! It's truly so much fun and very rewarding knowing that I'm able to reach so many people and do what I love.  I now have two YouTube channels. MakeupByTiffanyD, my first and main channel, and my "priority" where videos are concerned, is all about beauty.
You'll love her or hate her.  Lovers like to kick back with a glass of wine in their bathrobes and watch Tiffany.  Soooo relaxing.  I am amazed at how well she is able to film herself putting on mascara. 

SO HOW MUCH MONEY DO I HAVE TO SPEND?  Remarkably little it turns out, but not nothing.  Once you see a product you'd like to try, the web is a great place to comparison shop or find out who carries the blush you saw near where you live so you can try it on.  

Some products cost a lot, some very little, some last a long time, some are hard to find.  The web will help you figure out how to spend your dollars and your time.  What a change from the terror of department store makeup counters where the salesgirl made a commission from selling you more stuff.  Separating the person giving you advice and teaching you how to use a moisturizer or a blush from the person selling you the product could be one of the unsung improvements of our times.

(Painting is "Good Hair Day" by Lyn Southworth.  See more at Lyn Southworth Words and Pictures)

Saturday, August 31, 2013

What You Haven't Heard About Abortion

If you are looking for confirmation for your passionate pro-life, anti-abortion, anti-contraception beliefs, read no further.  If you are still looking for information, or are a discouraged pro-choice, pro-contraception, pro-women's-health-as-a-private-matter person, I've got some links for you!

"How I Lost Faith in the 'Pro-Life' Movement" by Libby Anne at  She explains:
I was raised in the sort of evangelical family where abortion is the number one political issue. I grew up believing that abortion was murder, and when I stopped identifying as pro-life I initially still believed that. Why, then, did I stop identifying as pro-life? Quite simply, I learned that increasing contraceptive use, not banning abortion, was the key to decreasing the number of abortions.
Libby Anne continues with a very articulate and researched (although I can't verify where her statistics come from on either side) rebuttal to all the arguments she passionately accepted in her pro-life mode.  I learned a lot about pro-life thinking from her post.

“Pro-Life” Anti-Abortion Myths Debunked" by Sarah Moffat (one of the founders of Sexpression:Edinburgh in 2012. The organization is passionate about providing high quality sex and relationships education to students and young people around Edinburgh.) I found it very helpful to get off the continental US and see how our European neighbors are responding to pro-life arguments.

Back in the US, Emily Bazelon wrote this long article in 2010 about the upcoming generation of doctors who refuse to accept the lay-low attitude of medical schools which marginalize or outsource women's health issues like contraception and abortion.  She gives a great history of how this happened and the push-back by young doctors. Here's part of the hopeful story she details:
When Salt Lake City and Atlanta are [now] home to programs that train doctors to be expert in abortion and contraception, the profession sends a signal that family-planning practices are an accepted, not just tolerated, part of what doctors do. That helps draw young physicians. The first generation of providers after Roe took on abortion as a crusade, driven by the urgent memory of seeing women become sick or die because they tried to induce an abortion on their own, in the days before legalization. Out of necessity, the doctors pushed ahead with little training or support. “We did it by the seat of our pants,” says Philip Ferro, an 82-year-old OB-GYN at the S.U.N.Y Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. “There was no formal source of knowledge.”

As Ferro wryly puts it, “That would not stand today.” Abortion and contraception have become the subjects of rigorous, evidence-based research. The younger doctors who are coming through the residency training programs and the Family Planning Fellowship “have invigorated this field beyond my greatest expectations,” Grimes, the researcher and abortion provider, says. “We are cranking out highly qualified, dedicated physicians who are doing world-class research. There is a whole cadre of people. I helped train some of them, and I’m very proud of that. In the 1980s, I wasn’t sure who would fill in behind me when I retired. I’m much more optimistic now.”
That was written three years ago.  Right now, in the September, 2013, issue of American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Time reports, there's a statement in which
"100 ob-gyns condemn new state restrictions on abortion as a 'political regression.' The article...criticizes hospitals for relinquishing abortion to stand-alone clinics that are easily targeted by abortion activists, and calls on the medical community to integrate the procedure into women’s-health services and medical training."

“In our view, hospitals have disregarded the responsibility that our academic predecessors expected them to assume,” the professors write. “The savings in lives and money from legalization were soon forgotten and many hospitals now claim they cannot afford to provide abortions even if they wanted to …”
The article has more statistics that show how important this unusual call to action really is.

Amanda Marcotte at Daily Beast ("Blue States Buck Abortion Trend") notes the leading-edge West Coast of the US is not just place-holding in the tug of war over women's bodies:
In general, the West Coast is trending toward decentralizing abortion and making it as widely available as possible. Oregon has no abortion restrictions—it treats abortion as it should be treated, as just another medical service—and Washington is now requiring all public hospitals to provide abortions. Unfortunately, the latter doesn’t do much to reduce the cost, but the move does help spread the message that there’s nothing about an abortion that requires it to happen only at a specialized abortion clinic.
California's Governor has signed a law allowing specially-trained nurse practitioners and others to do early terminations, making low-visibility abortions available all across the state, much of which is rural (although we don't think of California as rural).

WNL:  What's the new news in all this?  Articulate, informed people are speaking out about the fake science and scare tactics used very successfully by pro-life supporters to make their views laws that other people have to live by.  The upcoming generation of doctors (many of them women) is not willing to put up with suppression of medical care to women.  Half the country has moved on.  Yay.

Picture "Muse" by Lyn Southworth.  More here.