Recent posts by Amber Katz

  • Beard and Chest Hair Transplants Are Growing Among Baby-Faced Men

    Hipster culture still reigns supreme, so is it any wonder that the word “beard implant” has even infiltrated our vocabulary? As a former student of Linguistics, I would have assumed that the inclusion of that expression in any phrase would have made it a never-before-uttered, entirely original phrase like those covered in my Noam Chomsky-penned textbooks. But yes, like skinny jeans, vintage everything and a deep and real commitment to normcore, people are going to some major lengths to achieve that artfully deconstructed, “I just don’t care” effect. 

  • ‘Organic Botox’ Is Not the Same as Botox

    Surely on our list of overused buzzwords for 2015 was “detox,” followed swiftly thereafter by “organic” “Clean eating” and “decluttering” which also rank highly in our newly curated lexicon for embracing virtuous living. “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” starlet and cover star extraordinaire, Kim Kardashian made headlines when she bought rights to a product called Biotulin, heralded “organic Botox.” It’s a cream she says yields the same results as the neurotoxin that addresses wrinkles and fine lines. It sounds fascinating, but does it actually work? 

  • We’ve Got Your Back with The Bra Line Back lift

    Who among us hasn’t experienced the very real and deep dressing room torture that ensues when stripping to skivvies in a three-way mirror? Not to mention the frustration with checking out one’s rear view in an especially form-fitting dress or top. If working out and eating clean isn’t doing the job and baby’s still got back, (but not exactly where it’s wanted) – then a bra line back lift may help. We caught up with Dr. Joseph P. 

  • Breaking Down the Subliminal Beauty Theory

    Isn’t the best compliment we could give a Hollywood starlet, a friend or a relative, “I think she’s had work done, but I’m just not sure?” That’s the crux of the ‘subliminal beauty theory’, and what’s difficult about it is that it completely contradicts what plastic surgeons are taught. Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Steven Dayan says that defining beauty with preconceived dimensions and measurements thrives in the face of the formula for successful cosmetic surgery outcomes.  

  • Here’s One Way to Literally Freeze Your ‘Muffin Top’ Off

    Under the heading of “Things That Sound Too Good to Be True,” CoolSculpting, at first glance, might top the list. It’s a non-invasive treatment that uses a vacuum applicator (essentially a suction device) along with intense cooling to target the area of excess fat. We scored the scoop from board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Law on why this procedure is the real deal. 

  • Managing the Marionette Lines – Fillers or Neurotoxins?

    Even those among us who aren’t dummies can get confused about when one should use a neurotoxin, (Botox, Dysport and Xeomin) versus fillers, (Radiesse, Juvederm et al) in the nasolabial folds AKA marionette lines. It’s one of the signs of aging that make you look the oldest, even more so than wrinkles. 

  • Don’t Let Those Droopy Brows Drag You Down!

    If droopy brows are concerning you, then you may be a good candidate for either a browlift or a forehead lift. So what should you do when your face’s best frame needs a lift? We caught up with Dr. Michael Law to find out. Here he highlights the differences between the procedures, the myriad options available, (most of which I was previously unaware of) and whether or not you’re a good candidate.  

  • Need a Lift? 4 Techniques for the Perfect Breast Lift

    Let’s be real with each other: there may come a point where our tatas’ perkiness itself bids us ta ta. And what if you don’t necessarily need more volume? When implants are extraneous, but your girls need a little lift, a mastopexy (breast lift) may be exactly what you need to feel good about your bust. Should you do it at the first sign of sagginess or wait until after you have kids? Who should and should not have this procedure done? 

  • Botox Does More Than Just Smooth Away Wrinkles

    Yes, Botox can preserve your smooth, wrinkle-less skin, but did you know it could even help you maintain your blow-out post-spin class or stop your migraines and/or sweaty hands from being a nuisance? But isn’t getting 100+ units of Botox (the amount necessary to shoot up an entire scalp) much more costly than indulging in twice as many $45-a-shot Dry Bar sessions? Should we really use the chemical equivalent of a sweat straitjacket just because we want less sweaty hands? What do we need to know before Botoxing our scalps, hands, underarms or temples (in the name of migraine prevention)? 

  • Restylane Lift®: The First and Only FDA-Approved Filler for Plumping Your Cheeks and Erasing Your Smile Lines

    It’s official: we live in a facial contouring-crazed society and right now, it’s all about sculpted, high cheekbones, full lips and a defined jawline. Normally, it would take hours of makeup application to achieve this look – and almost as long to remove the numerous cosmetic layers, but now you can plump up with dermal filler instead. 

Amber Katz

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Amber Katz is a freelance writer, consultant, copy writer/editor and founder of rouge18.com, a pop culture-infused beauty blog featuring everything from skin smoothers to hair spray to body scrubs. A former financial copy writer, Amber started her blog in 2006 as an outlet from which to rave about her favorite lotions and potions to fellow beautyphiles—instead of her non-target audience of middle-aged (straight) male auditors at the office. Amber writes frequently for Allure.com, Refinery29.com, TeenVogue.com and Yahoo Beauty.