June 2010

Contestants get to dance in the bathtub, (yep, the bathtub on stage) and then the crowd votes on the winner.

I read this in AZCentral this morning, from blogger Megan Finnerty. According to Ms. Finnerty’s article, the Cream Store Lounge in Scottsdale is hosting the world’s tackiest promotion, with flyers reading,

” Got Jugs ? ”

Someone shoot me now, please.

And the doctor performing the  winner’s surgery ? Supposedly voted one of Phoenix’s ” Top Docs “.

So, let me just say for the record…

Club owner Kevin Dow : You’re a bonehead for thinking this ridiculous and demeaning promotion up.

Dr. Mazaheri: You’re an idiot for thinking any press is good press. Why would a ” top doctor “  ( or any doctor, for that matter ) feel the need to participate in something as crass and tasteless as this ?

And girls ? Dancing in bathtubs for new bigger boobs…makes you look really desperate, not to mention classless. I shouldn’t even have to say that out loud.

Come on, people… get a life.


Scottsdale Fashionista is pleased to introduce Kristy Harris, our first guest blogger ! Kristy is a licensed aesthetician from Paradise Valley Skin Klinic and today she’s sharing her favorite sunscreen products and what to look for when you need protection from our blazing desert sun.

Sunscreen: Beauty’s first line of defense

by Kristy Harris

Protect yourself this summer. The damaging effects of UV radiation not only cause cancer, they are also responsible for aging the skin.  Your first line of defense should be a daily broad spectrum UVA/ UVB sunscreen with an SPF 30 regardless of your skin type. Some sunscreen labels can be a little confusing, leading you to believe you are more protected than you actually are. If you know the basics of sun protection,  you will be prepared to choose the best sunscreen for you.


UVB rays are often referred to as the “burning rays” because they are known to cause sunburns and skin cancer. The carcinogenic effects of UVB rays are further exasperated by UVA rays. Although UVA rays are less intense than UVB rays, up to 95% of the UV rays that reach the Earth are UVA rays. UVA rays penetrate deeper than UVB and can be further divided into UVA1 and UVA2.  UVA rays are considered more  as the “aging rays”: they are known to cause wrinkles, skin laxity and skin discolorations. Photo aging happens because UVA rays penetrate more deeply, breaking down collagen, elastin,  and damaging melanocytes in the skin.

UVA1 340 – 400nm
UVA2 320 – 340nm
UVB  290 – 320nm


SPF measures the length of time a product protects against skin reddening from UVB exposure, compared to how long it takes to redden without protection.   An SPF 15 filters out approximately 93% of UVB rays, SPF 30 filters 97% and SPF 50 filters about 98%. Don’t be fooled by a high SPF rating ! No sunblock protects against 100% of UV rays.  An SPF 15 – 30 is fine for daily use with limited sun exposure, however it is recommended to use a higher SPF for extended sun exposure.

UVA/ UVB Broad Spectrum Protection

SPF only measures UVB protection; there currently isn’t any criteria to measure UVA protection. It is important for consumers to know what ingredients protect against UVA rays. Chemical sunscreens absorb UV rays before they penetrate the skin, physical sunblocks reflect UV rays away from the skin, and are non- irritating. Avobenzone, Dioxbenzone, Oxybenzone and Sulisobenzone are chemical sunscreens that filter UVA rays. Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide are physical sunblocks and block both UVA/UVB rays.  Zinc Oxide is the most broad band: it uniformly blocks UV rays 290 -380nm.

The Best Sunscreen

Ultimately, the best sunscreen is the one you will use and use correctly. Sunscreen needs to be applied 15 minutes before sun exposure and reapplied every two hours.  You need to use one full oz. per application; or enough to fill a shot glass.

All of my “ top choices” are Broad Spectrum UVA /UVB sunscreens and have the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of approval.

#1.  NIA24 Sun damage Protection 100% Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

This sunscreen has excellent broad spectrum UV protection with Microfine Titanium Dioxide 9.4% , Zinc Oxide 3.6% and 5% Pro- Niacin. Pro – Niacin helps skin to protect and repair itself from sundamage. You will love the way this product looks and feels on your skin. It feels like you’re using a facial moisturizer.  Great daily SPF for Face!  $55.

#2 Obagi Healthy Skin Protection SPF 35.

Contains Zinc Oxide 9% and Octinoxate 7.5%. This is another sunblock you will want to use on your face daily, and is appropriate for all skin types including acne prone skin. The Zinc is microfine, so it isn’t the thick, white Zinc Oxide you usually find. $46

#3  Coppertone Water BABIES Pure & Simple SPF 50

Contains Zinc Oxide 14.5% in addition to chemical sunscreans. Excellent UVA / UVB Protection. This is ultra gentle, hypoallergenic, waterproof and tear- free. You can find this product at any drug store and it’s very affordable. The only reason this isn’t my #1 choice is because, it’s a little thick for everyday use and it doesn’t work well under makeup. I strongly recommend it for any extended sun exposure. This is for everyone; not just kids! $11.49 at Walgreen’s.

#4 Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Lotion Sunscreen, SPF 50

Contains Avobenzone 3%, Octocrylene 6%, and Oxybenzone 4%. It’s hard to believe this is a  UVA /UVB sunscreen. You can use this as a daily body lotion, it’s very sheer and moisturizing. And did I mention it smells AMAZING ?! This is available at most drug store and is also very affordable. $12.49 at Walgreen’s.

#5 Jane Iredale Mineral Cosmetic. ( Pressed or Loose Minerals SPF 20)

Contains Titanium Dioxide 14% and  Zinc Oxide 3%. This is a makeup and sunscreen. It needs to be mentioned because it can be used immediately after cosmetic treatments such as laser and chemical peels, when other sunscreens may not be appropriate. It provides great protection and beautiful coverage. Women are not going to re-apply sunscreen as needed if they have done their makeup. With a mineral powder, you can easily re-apply as needed, the same way you would touch up your makeup. It’s also available as a mineral SPF in powder for for men and a lip balm with SPF 15. All are recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation.Loose Powder, $42. Pressed Powder, $49. Comes in a refillable compact, refills $40.

Honorable Mentions…

IS Clinical Treatment Sunscreen Perfect Tint SPF 25 UVA/UVB.

Contains Zinc Oxide. This has a beautiful dark tint that can double as an instant bronzer. The best part feature about this product is it conceals skin imperfections and spider veins. It won’t come off in the water. You scrub it off in the shower ! $36

IS Clinical Powder Sunscreen SPF 20.

Contains Titanium Dioxide and Zinc. You can get this in a tinted or translucent finish. It comes in a handy self -contained applicator, that will not spill. Great for athletes ! It won’t run into your eyes or make your hands slippery. It is a must- have for golfers, runners and tennis players. And men love it ! $40

All these products are available from Paradise Valley Skin Clinic/ Shapiro Plastic Surgery, unless otherwise indicated. For more info, contact kristypvskin@yahoo.com.

Paradise Valley Skin Clinic, 480-421-1701


It’s Sunday morning…yep…laughing at bad celeb fashions again…

June 27, 2010

Apparently, Ke$ha is going hiking right after this event with the walking stick she bought at ToysRUs… Celebrity dish maven Perez Hilton in a panda suit. Rich beyond words. And what’s up with his hair ? Looks like an aging ferret decided to move in to the upstairs apartment… Zach Braff and Taylor Bagley model [...]

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Don’t miss these outstanding beauty kits from Trish McEvoy at Nordstrom Fashion Square !

June 27, 2010

Ladies, we just got the announcement of these exceptional values from our friends at the Trish McEvoy counter at Nordstrom in Scottsdale Fashion Square. These are limited Anniversary Sale offers, so if you want to reserve, e-mail Katrina @ katrina.sparacino@nordstrom.com. Or call 480-429-1080. If you haven’t tried the Trish McEvoy Lash Enhancer yet, this is [...]

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Funniest response to Thursday’s post on Jeggings for men…

June 26, 2010

Occasionally, I e-mail ScottsdaleFashionista blog posts to friends if I think it’s something they might like. So, I sent the Jeggings post off to my friend, Jim Knapp, who is the Grand Poobah of All Things Digital at KTAR and 98.7,the Peak. ( We just call him ” digi-boy”  for short. ) He sent me [...]

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The new trend from Men’s Fashion Week in Milan: Jeggings ?!

June 24, 2010

In the world of men’s high fashion, the new math is jeans + leggings = jeggings. Apparently, jeggings were featured by many designers, including Burberry Prosum, ( pictured to the right ) Giorgio Armani, and Versace. They’re basically skin tight stretchy leggings done in a denim look, which is hard enough for women to pull [...]

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Have you seen the hilarious new ads Huggies created for their designer diapers ?

June 23, 2010

Love the future supermodel strutting down the street in his Huggies  jean diapers. They’re like designer jeans for babies . Genius ! A must-have for fashionable Scottsdale moms !

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Kudos to Ann Taylor Loft for actually listening to their FaceBook Fans !

June 22, 2010

Here’s a fashion retailer that understands the significance of engaging their fans on FaceBook. You don’t hear this every day. Last Wednesday, Ann Taylor Loft posted photos of their silk cargo pants on their FaceBook fan page, worn by a tall, thin blonde model. Happens every day, right ? But it seems that many of [...]

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5 great places to shop in Scottsdale for Father’s Day !

June 19, 2010

So many sales, so little time ! Last night, my husband asked me what time on Sunday the Father’s Day gift shower would begin. (Quick calculation…Ummmm… he’s playing golf till 1… that gives me exactly 12 solid shopping hours to hit the sales, wrap and bestow.) Fellow procrastinators, never fear ! Here’s 5 good sales [...]

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Just checked to see if I made People’s Most Amazing Bodies List…

June 17, 2010

Nope. I look just like this. Ok, maybe not. But I could… In fact, I did hear about a procedure available right here in Scottsdale, called Vaser Hi-Def Liposculpture where the doctor is actually able to precisely sculpt your body so that when he’s done, you have oh-so-fashionable 6 pack abs ! And what’s more, [...]

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