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Safely Sun Kissed
Safely Sun Kissed

Summer is definitely over, and so is my tan.  I have been sun obsessed for as long as I can remember. Some people love ski vacations and winter, but the only vacation for me is one on a beach in a lounge chair. My collection of bikinis and sarongs far exceeds that of my sweaters. I began tanning with my mom when I was in middle school. I would sit out for hours with a homemade reflector made with aluminum foil and a double-sided album (Billy Joel’s Glass Houses comes to mind) and baby oil.  Just thinking about this makes me cringe.  Still, I do like how I look with a tan, so I continued to lie out in the sun over every vacation and weekends all summer. A visit to my dermatologist this fall convinced me that my sun obsession has to stop for good, but I still wanted that tan look.

I had tried self-tanners in the past, but never felt that I got a “real” tan with them and instead was left looking a bit orange, and smelling like self-tanner for days.  I had received a sample of a self-tanner at a department store and decided to give it a try.  It was love at first application. This product Kanebo Sensai went on easily, had no scent and left me with an even tan and glowing skin that lasted for days.  I am hooked and it has eased my transition from sun worshiper to fake tan lover.

Do you like how you look with a tan; and how do you achieve that look in the dead of winter? Have you ever tried a self-tanner and is there a trick to applying to it your body to make it even?

-Pamela Weinberg

Pamela Weinberg is co-author of City Baby, the best selling NYC parenting guidebook. This indispensable resource for parents, written with Kelly Ashton, is in its third edition and has been called “The Bible for New York City parents.” City Baby answers the many big and little questions that expectant and new parents ponder.  The fourth edition will be available fall, 2010.


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Sun-Kissed Glow - by Sandy Gold
Sun-Kissed Glow - by Sandy Gold

Using a self-tanner is one of the best ways to get a healthy sun-kissed glow without the harmful rays of the sun.  But, we all know, if not applied properly - it can be a streaky mess! So to prevent you from looking like a ripe orange - here are some quick and easy tips to help you get glowing from home in minutes!

  • Before exposing your skin to any self-tanning product - it's super important to exfoliate firts.  Exfoliating helps to remove dead skin cells that lye on the surface of the skin, and when not removed - it can leave it dry and dull-looking and nobody wants that!
  • Make sure to exfoliate from your head toyour toes!  Concentrate on areas that tend to be more dry, like your elbows, knees and feet.
  • If you don't have an exfoliator - try making one from home! All you have to do is mix together organic honey and sugar in a bowl - and viola, a homemade exfoliator in seconds! Yiipppeee!
  • When applying a self-tanner - I like to start at my feet and work my way up - in small circular motions.
  • If you don't like the smell of self-tanners - try applying it at night - so you can shower when you wake up and be fresh and tanned in the morning.
I hope this helped you out! Now, get glowing!

And, don't  forget to Wake.up & Make.up!


Sandy Gold is always up to date with the latest and hottest beauty trends as a Professional Makeup Artist, Beauty Consultant and the Creator of the popular Beauty Blog - 
She is also an online beauty video producer and host, creating how-to makeup videos on YouTube [which have received over 4 million hits and is #99 - Most Subscribed (All Time) in Canada]. Her make.up videos teach real women easy-do-it yourself tips and techniques on how to look and feel great each and everyday, and have received recognition from The New York Times, The Rachael Ray Show, Good Morning America, SELF Magazine, The Toronto Star and The National Post. 
She has also created flawless faces for many well known celebrities and athletes like: Elle Macpherson, Viggo Mortensen, Chris Bosh, Mats Sundin, Kevin Bacon and Jeff Daniels, to name a few.
Today, you can catch Sandy demonstrating some of her tips and techniques as a Beauty Expert on a variety of television, radio and online media like: CBC - The Steven and Chris Show, Breakfast Television, Global News at Six, Elle Canada and


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Summer Necessities
Summer Necessities
FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2007


Summer is here, which means bikini season has sprung…scary!!  The long winter sheltered my once tan body to a now scarish white hue.  No worries though, nothing a little self bronzer, a few non-fat latte’s and cardio can’t fix.  Here’s my best bronzer routine:

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