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Beauty & Beyond: The Weird & Wonderful Edition

I'??m always amazed at how some things come about. Do people just sit around and think '??hey, the world doesn'??t have [insert weird item here]'?¦let make it'?? I guess that's the case because here are the top three things that have recently caught my eyes and caused them to cross a bit in a good way.


I'??m a freak when it comes to the smell of Play-Doh. Disregard my junkie-esque ways, as I shove my face into every new bucket my daughter gets and breathe deeply. I give the appearance of being a supportive mom with every Play-Doh playdate, but I'm really just feeding an addiction to that unmistakable scent.

Truth be told, I'??m starting to panic. What will I do when my dealerdaughter grows up and doesn'??t want to play with Play-Doh anymore? As a respectful grownup, I can'??t start hoarding the small yellow containers under the bed (I have no room anyway, since that'??s where I hide all of my new shoes I don'??t want my husband to see right away). Is there a support group for this type of thing?

No, there'??s Demeter. I now have a fragrance company on my side. They'??re offering me their own type of support with their new eau de PLAY-DOH, a fresh, just-out-of-the-can aroma that'??s part of a year-long celebration of the beloved modeling compound's 50th birthday. This spray brings me right back to my childhood, you know'?¦the one I'??m constantly trying to relive through my daughter.

Demeter is available for $6-$39.50 in room spray, bath oil, bath gel, cologne and roll-on perfume at


University Medical'??s Wrinkle MD is a ridiculous looking contraption that you attach to your face to combat aging. It might look silly (yes, my own husband chuckled several times as he walked by me sitting on the couch all hooked up like a droid), but it really does the trick to combat fine lines. I would give you my shocked face, but that causes wrinkles.

Here'??s what you do: Attach the activator pods (they look like iPhone ear buds) to the treatment pouches. These little individual-use patches are full of age-defying Hyaluronic Acid (this stuff gives you more hydration than any other skin treat). Peel them off the liner and adhere them to your outer eye area where the crows tend to walk...a lot. Then, much like a trés chic Star Trek spaceship dashboard thingy, the light blinks during the 40-minute treatment. When it goes from green to yellow, you'??re done. And hopefully so are your wrinkles. Gently pull off the pads, and follow treatment with an application of the included eye Serum C and moisturizer. According to their clinical studies, wrinkles were reduced in just four weeks.

Its delivery system is more committed than the leading anti-wrinkle creams or serums, going deeper to significantly reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Topical stuff is so shallow, you know? The key is the Hyaluronic Acid boost that puts the much-needed hydration right where you want it.

I'??m not sure this is my go-to for long-term aging benefits. You toss the kit once you're done and you have to do the treatment twice a week the first week, then once a week. So this could be a pricy endeavor. But it did give my tired eyes a boost, something I especially appreciate as we face the dry, cold season.

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University Medical'??s Wrinkle MD is available at for $129.


Just when lipstick was getting too boring for you, no worries. Now you can draw some serious attention far beyond that ravishing red or hot pink.

Violent Lips (horrible name) is an insanely funky, fun and sometimes a tad frightening way to perk up your pucker. Think temporary tattoos. But this time they aren't for your kid's hand or forearm...they're for your lips. Patterns range from bold leopard and cheetah to fishnets and the new Glitteratti sparkle (the most sane of the bunch).

These appliqués keep the print and color on your lips for up to 8 hours. And since they'??re vitamin enhanced, they'??re easy to apply and won'??t leave you chapped when you remove them. When I tried them (yes...I actually tried husband not only LOL but refused to kiss me), they seemed a bit dry so not sure where the vitamins were when I needed them. But my daughter thought they were beautiful (maybe there's a future in kids lips).

After you measure and cut the lip appliqué to fit your size mouth (VERY important), you basically seal it like you would your son'??s pirate tattoo or your daughter'??s fairy. Dab water over it and then gently pull off the backing. If you start to freak out and realize that you really do not want fishnets on your mouth, relax. It'??s easily removed with mineral or baby oil and a textured wipe.

This is pretty fun for whatever occasion you might have where you believe simple lipstick is the wrong choice for your lips. Now if only they could tattoo '??honey, I took out the trash'? to my husband'??s mouth, I would be pretty happy.

Violet Lips are available at Sephora stores and on for $9.99-$14.95 for three applications.

Cheryl Fenton is a Boston-based freelance writer, who writes beauty, fashion and fitness for Boston Common, Stuff and Glamour magazines, as well as her own

Momtrends was not paid for this post. We did receive samples for review purposes.

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