Q: I want a new look for the new year but I don’t even know where to start. What is the best way to begin my transformation?

Well, the easiest way is to take an honest look in the mirror. What is it you really want to change? And why? Maybe changing the shape of your head so your boyfriend will love you more isn’t a realistic goal. But trading out that tired eye shadow you have been rocking since junior high might be. Then look for the best products to help you achieve that new look. You happen to be in luck with this month’s beauty section. We have the ultimate beauty guide. Clutch Magazine’s Best of 2007 list. On the list you will find all the products you need to complete your transformation as well as where to find them. So print the list out on your recycled pair, and head straight to the mirror. A new look is a great way to start the New Year.


Q: New Years Eve is right around the corner. What are some must have products for my clutch to keep my look fresh all night?

You definitely want to keep your clutch stocked with a few essential items while your partying like a rock star this New Years Eve. You want items that are versatile and have multiple uses. Also, you want products that are lightweight and portable. I would suggest a small-mirrored compact like Sephora’s Black Travel Mirror ($6, sephora.com). A clear wearable lip gloss like M.A.C. Cosmetics Clear Lipglass ($13.50, maccosmetics.com). A multipurpose stick that works on eyes, lips and checks such as the highly flexible Nars Multiple in Orgasm. ($36.50, narscosmetics.com). And finally, a pack of blotting paper. DHC makes a great blotting paper that soaks up oil and sweat without ruining your makeup. ($14, dhccare.com) Throw these items in your favorite show stopping clutch, and you are good to go. _23353.jpg


Q: The indoor heat that I am using in the winter in my house, is drying my face out. What are the best facial moisturizers?

The heat in many of our houses, workplaces and stores is super drying. You could spend a day in a place with the heat on and come out feeling like a pair of cheap, faux alligator pumps. And for most of us fighting the effects of the dry heat in the winter is a full time job. So, finding a cream that really does moisturize and hydrate is crucial to our sanity. One cream that truly keeps my skin from becoming dry and flaky in those harsh winter months is the original Crème de la Mer ($125, cremedelamer.com). This ultra luxurious crème is popular with celebrities and those in the beauty industry and for good reason. This crème is so indulgent and creamy that it feels like you are putting a soft blanket on your skin. The crème is not heavy or tacky on your skin and absorbs quickly and moisturizes well into the day. One application and you will feel refreshed and renewed. A must if you are in indoor heat all day.

Q: One of my resolutions for the new year is to lose weight. What do you think about all the cellulite and firming creams on the market?

If there was one cream on the market that magically cured cellulite, I can guarantee I would buy lots of stock and be vacationing on a tropical island right now. No matter how hard we hope and pray for a cream, the fact remains there is no magical cream or potion that banishes cellulite from our thighs. And while you can’t eliminate cellulite from your thighs you can reduce the appearance of cellulite. The trick is to keep the area moisturized. Hydrated skin looks healthier and more supple. Using a tinted moisturizer might also even out the skin tone on your legs. And a bronzer used in the right areas can make your thighs look slimmer. So these tricks won’t get rid of your cellulite but it will bake it less visible.

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