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Monday, January 31, 2011

A Good Winter for Netflix!

Busy baking a homemade date-nut bread today. Made a dozen hand-made Valentine's! Then decided to sit down and watch a movie.Based on a true story "Love Ranch" with Helen Mirren and Joe Pesce. What a pair! They owned a legal brothel in Reno Nevada and the year was 1976. Definitely worth a few hours of your time if you have an interest in legal brothels and how they were run. Next waiting for me is "Salt" with Angelina Jolie. Will let you know.
So hope everyone is keeping soft and smooth with this "drying" time of year. Between the cold outside and the heat inside, it's a sure skin killer! After bathing lather on the body cream. And moisturize your face before you put on your hat, moisturize your lips before you put on your scarf, moisturize your hands before you put on your gloves! Also moisturize those feet before you put on your socks!
In case there is no school or work make sure yout Netflix list is up to a #1 fav movie!
And read my "Beauty Culture" column for more beauty tips at!
Keep it smooth and warm!!
Cheers, Mary

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Is there beauty in winter? So much snow is too much!

I really thought that 2nd last storm was beautiful. A real winter wonderland. The snow stuck to all the trees like a painting. Riding down the road I admired the whiteness of it all. But NOW I feel like spring can't come fast enough. I'm decorating my old dollhouse for spring. I ordered plants, ivy, shrubs and flowers galore. Even a flag and bracket for door frame as soon as paint dries will definitely be a sign of spring. The "miniature" place also sells different flags. I only noticed fall/winter on sale now. I inquired on their Spring/Summer collection and when will they be ready!!! It's been a worth while hobby for the "snow and cold" days! Stuck in New England and making the best of the "good" going out days though!

Writing my "Beauty Culture" columns bi-weekly for the Post Gazette (the Italian voice of Massachusetts) has been a fun and rewarding experience. Read them at for great tips on life and beauty. I just might write about the beauty of my old "dollhouse" which has recently re-entered my life. Stay tuned!

Friday, January 28, 2011

The Bombshell is Back!

The Bombshell is Back
Ciao bella, Oh what I wouldn't give for those Jayne Mansfield thighs! Or even the coy smile of Claudia Cardinale! True bona fide bombs if ever who could steal a man's heart.
The giggly Marilyn Monroe flopping down on a soft mattress of down. Jean Harlow's platinum hair carried that drop-dead sex appeal in the 1933 film "Bombshell" Frolicking fountain girl Anita Ekberg. The swinging hips of the redheaded firecracker Ann-Margret could sway an Army. Anna Nicole Smith brought us back to the days of the "siren" diva. The ultimate sensual, steamy but always classy Sophia Loren has melted many hearts! All in all, the "look" is back!!
From the runways in Milan, Mad Men's Joan to Kim Kardashian's "get ready for a bumpy night" curves!! Real glamour is timeless. The pin-up potential look for Old Hollywood glam is easier to achieve today than years ago. You can find all sorts of make-up tricks from the beauty mags or even the make-up counter gals themselves.
First of all, well arched and not thin eyebrows are a must. Dark liner on top and bottom of lash lids will bring out your eyes. A smoky color in the crease and a frosty light highlight just below brows will add that smoldering look. Then with all the product out there for volumizing eyelashes-go to it! Experiment and take time. There is an inner siren in all of us!! Pile on the lash!!!
And now the hair-big, poufy loose tresses (don't laugh--those "Bump-its" really work!) Va-va voom bouffants will complement a capacious cup size if you've got them!
Also the correct foundation garment will enhance any gal's figure. Think of Rita Hayworth in Gilda with her famous hair flip. Raquel Welch who has aged beautifully into our decade old millennium.Ursula Andress's sultry look in Dr. No. Sharon Tate's voluptuous curves in Valley of the Dolls.
It's at our finger tips ladies to bring it all forward. Glamour at its finest.
Buona giornata, and God bless the United States of America!
--Mary N. DiZazzo-Trumbull

Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns at Mary is a third-generation cosmetologist and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183 or

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Start The New Year Off "LUSH-ously"!

Start The New Year Off "LUSH-ously"!

Ciao bella,

The elves at LUSH have been busily putting together wonderful product to soften and fragrance your skin--so delightfully!

Here are just a few......

GLÖGG SHOWER GEL--for those who are still indulging (or wish they were!) at the bar, or for a quick pick-up with a spicy scent to be lathered on hair and your bod. Inspired by traditional English Glögg, a warming, fruity mulled drink-great for keeping you nice and toasty. This festive shower gel gets your circulation going with orange flower oil. cinnamon bark extract, red wine, clove, brandy--just don't drink it!

CINDERS BATH BOMB--crackling bath (pop rocks!) is a warming soak with spicy cinnamon leaf, orange and almond oils.

MANDARIN'S TEA PARTY SOAP--a fruity masterpiece made with orange juice, crystallized ginger and dried orange peels for a refreshing scrub! Truly a must feel good “scentsation”!!!

BON BON LIP SCRUB--a yummy buffer for your smackers! Superbly sophisticated lemon sherbet texture and flavor with a cranberry kick! Wow!

ONCE-A-YEAR MASSAGE BAR--this moustache-adorned bar of (heaven) cocoa butter is infused with brandy and cinnamon--truly delectable and addictive. Massages all around all year with this baby!

SUMMER PUDDING SOAP--for a taste/scentual memory of summer. Grab a slice of this herbal dream. Heaps of ground almonds, a splash of zesty lemon makes your bath time a "berried" treasure of fragrance. More like a dessert!

So gals don't miss out on the fab products! LUSH has outdone themselves this year. I have personally used all of these terrific products! So keep it soft and scented baby for 2012!

Buona giornata, and God bless the United States of America!

--Mary N. DiZazzo-Trumbull

Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns at Mary is a third-generation cosmetologist and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183 or