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December 6, 2007, 3:45 PM CT

Caffeine Cream Tones Thighs

Caffeine Cream Tones Thighs
A new study recently reported in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology reports on the discovery of caffeine's novel benefit in slenderizing thighs.

The Brazilian scientists studied 99 women treated with a cream consisting mostly of a 7 percent caffeine solution. The women used the cream twice daily for 30 days.

When the scientists took their subjects' measurements at the end of the study, the slimming effect was clear. More than 80 percent of the women had a reduction in the circumference of their upper and lower thighs. Nearly 68 percent also reduced their hip measurements.

Whether caffeine banishes cellulite is less clear. The scientists assessed cellulite changes with a handheld imaging instrument that reveals microcirculation in fat tissue. Imaging showed little change in cellulite even in the hips and thighs that slimmed down. The scientists speculate that the 30-day trial might not have been long enough for the cream to act on cellulite.

"This is no cure for cellulite", said lead researcher Omar Lupi of the Federal University of then State of Rio de Janeiro. "But it can help women who want to look thinner. Exercise is still the best way to go".........

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December 6, 2007, 3:39 PM CT

Hiring Practices Influenced by Beauty

Hiring Practices Influenced by Beauty
A new study published in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences finds that the attractiveness of interviewees can significantly bias outcome in hiring practices, showing a clear distinction between the attractive and average looking interviewees in terms of high and low status job packages offered.

"When someone is viewed as attractive, they are often assumed to have many positive social traits and greater intelligence," say Carl Senior and Michael J.R. Butler, authors of the study. "This is known as the 'halo effect' and it has previously been shown to affect the outcome of job interviews." The study explored the influence of the halo effect in a mock job negotiation scenario where male and female interviewers were shown pictures of attractive or average looking male and female job applicants.

Female interviewers were found to allocate attractive looking male interviewees more high status job packages than the average looking men. Female interviewers also gave more high status job packages to attractive men than to attractive women. Average looking men also received more low status job packages than average looking women. Male interviewers did not differ in the number of high or low status job packages that were given to attractive looking interviewees of either sex, though the male interviewers gave out more low status job packages overall, irrespective of the sex of the interviewee.........

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December 4, 2007, 10:03 PM CT

Choosing a favorite may increase the likelihood of purchase

Choosing a favorite may increase the likelihood of purchase
This shopping season, salespeople looking to increase the likelihood of a sale can simply ask the potential buyer which of several items they prefer. As per new research from the Journal of Consumer Research, this skips the first part of the mental purchasing process. Instead of Should I buy at all? the consumer is moved immediately into the mindset of Which one should I buy? Thus, while the shopper might have been merely window shopping without any previous intention to make a purchase, they are now more likely to proceed as if a decision to buy has already been made, reveals the study.

Stating a preference appears to induce a which-to-buy mindset, leading people to think about which of several products they would like to buy under the implicit assumption they have already decided to buy one of them, write Alison Jing Xu and Robert S. Wyer, Jr. (both of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology). Consequently, they are more disposed to make a purchase than they otherwise would be.

Making a purchase is a two-step mental process, the scientists explain. Consumers first decide whether or not they want to buy at all. Then, they decide which of the available options they prefer. Sometimes, however, consumers indicate a preference for an item before they go to the register. For example, customers who are browsing or window-shopping might be asked by a friend which of several products they like the most.........

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Tue, 20 Nov 2007 01:24:44 GMT

Mike Chris Costello Designer Handbag

Mike Chris Costello Designer Handbag
Check out RareChic''s newest addition to their site, the relaxed-chic Mike & Chris Costello designer handbag. Isn''t it lovely? This bag is on the top of our "want it now" list for winter. The slouchy hobo style purse is dressed in an ultra soft 100% Italian lambskin leather hobo with a long, thick strap and an antique brass D ring closure.

The bag above usually retails for $749, but when you add your BagBliss 20% off promotion code the price drops down to only $600-ish - for a newly released bag!

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Wed, 07 Nov 2007 04:10:47 GMT

Happy Robot Bag: Makes strangers smile

Happy Robot Bag: Makes strangers smile
Ready to retire your bland black laptop bag? Looking for a great gift for the vegan-tech-lover in your life? Consider Shana Logic''s Happy RobotBag . Made from sturdy double lined black vinyl (animal-friendly) with an adjustable canvas strap, flat bottomed for extra room and lined with durable black fabric, you''ll be pleased with its quality. The front flap features the silly smiling metallic silver robot stitched applique. Both the front flap and side pockets have reinforced magnetic closures. Got gadgets? There are plenty of pockets for your cell phone, abacus, and camera.

The only downside is that there''s no protective padding, so you''ll need to pack your laptop in a padded sleeve, just in case you find yourself tumbling down a flight of stairs into the subway, or hanging out a window from the 10th floor of your office. Regardless, you''ll find strangers smiling as they catch that robot from the corner of their eyes.

Price: $80 at Shanalogic.com.

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October 28, 2007, 4:04 PM CT

High-tech textiles pave the way for glowing garments

High-tech textiles pave the way for glowing garments
Scientists at The University of Manchester have developed high-tech battery-powered textile yarns that can be used to make clothing glow in the dark.

The yarns have been developed by The William Lee Innovation Centre (WLIC), based in the Universitys School of Materials and have the potential to be incorporated into clothing worn by cyclists, joggers and pedestrians.

Current high visibility products such as those used by emergency services, cyclists and highway maintenance workers depend on external light sources to make them visible.

They can be ineffective in low light situations and require a light source from something like vehicle headlights to make them visible. This can lead to the wearer being seen too late.

The latest WLIC development, made from electroluminescent (EL) yarns, allows the wearer to be permanently visible and therefore improves personal safety.

EL yarn is a novel technology, which emits light when powered by a battery. Its development has been based on thin film electroluminescent technology.

The yarn consists of an inner conductive core yarn, coated with electroluminescent ink which means it emits light when an electric current is passed through it and a protective transparent encapsulation, with an outer conductive yarn wrapped around it.........

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October 28, 2007, 3:08 PM CT

Huge numbers willing to go under knife to alter their appearance

Huge numbers willing to go under knife to alter their appearance
Most women, and large numbers of men, are interested in having cosmetic surgery, UCLA researchers report in the recent issue of the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Forty-eight percent of women surveyed said they would be interested in cosmetic surgery, liposuction or both, and another 23 percent said they would possibly be interested.

Among men, 23 percent said they would be interested in surgery, with 17 percent expressing possible interest.

"Interest in cosmetic surgery is far more widespread than we had anticipated," said David Frederick, a UCLA psychology graduate student and lead author of the study. "The majority of women expressed some interest in cosmetic surgery, and more than one-third of men expressed some degree of interest, which I found really surprising. We know there is tremendous pressure for women to be thin and have a certain appearance and for men to be fit and muscular, but I would not have guessed that so a number of people would be interested in surgical body alteration." .

In addition, 21 percent of women and 11 percent of men described themselves as unattractive, and 31 percent of women and 16 percent of men reported feeling so uncomfortable in a swimsuit that they avoid wearing one in public, Frederick and colleagues reported.........

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Sun, 28 Oct 2007 19:09:11 GMT

Origins goes Organic

Origins goes Organic
We''ve all noticed the number of organic bath and body products that have recently flooded the market, but major beauty brands have been slow to catch on. That is, until Origins announced the debut of their organic line. Straying away from unpronounceable (and unidentifiable!) ingredients, items from the lip balm to the silkening body spritz include familiar names such as organic sesame seed oil and organic willow bark extract. The products are sure to meet Origins high standards while ensuring that we stay as chemical free as possible. The line is available now at Origins stores, or online at www.originsorganics.com.

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Mon, 22 Oct 2007 01:16:32 GMT

Hats off to Fall!!

Hats off to Fall!!
Well besides fantastic sweaters, my next favorite thing about fall is hats and lots of them. I love, love, love hats of all shapes and sizes. You might say I am an equal opportunity (mad) hatter. The winter or ski type hat is fine for when it is really snowing out or you are really go skiing, but for everyday wear, you should style it up a bit.

The fedora is very popular this year and why shouldn't it be? It is a classic. Throw it on with a white t-shirt and some jeans or add it to a pantsuit and you are tres chic. Yes, most of them are made for men, but we look better in them anyways. The Village Hat Shop has almost every single kind of fedora you could possibly want.Knits are very hot this fall, especially in hats. I know what you are thinking, but no, it's not the same kind of knit hat that your grandmother made you, it's the kind you wish your grandmother made. Try this Juicy Couture one available at Shopbop for $125When you first think of wool you think itchy right? Not so my friend. Some of the cutest hats this season are all about the wool. This would look fantastic with a cream color turtleneck. Seeberger Wool Hat with Flower, $78

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October 17, 2007, 8:15 PM CT

Examining Where Customer Loyalty Lies

Examining Where Customer Loyalty Lies
Customers determine the success of any business; whether a sense of loyalty develops often depends on one particular dynamic: a customer's relationship with the salesperson. A team of academic marketing professors, including one from the University of Missouri-Columbia, observed that customer loyalty toward the salesperson - rather than the products and services tied closely to the seller -can inspire greater sales, but be bad for business by making the company more vulnerable.

The study was conducted by Robert W. Palmatier, Evert McCabe faculty fellow and assistant professor of marketing in the Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington; Lisa K. Scheer, the Emma S. Hibbs Distinguished Professor and associate professor of marketing in the MU College of Business; and Jan-Benedict E.M. Steenkamp, the C. Knox Massey Distinguished Professor of Marketing and marketing area chair of the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Based on their findings, they strongly recommend that businesses develop strategies that encourage not only salesperson loyalty, but also enhance the company's products and value. Doing so, Scheer said, results in loyalty to both the company and salesperson; in the long run, it is good for sales and revenues.........

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