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Your destiny is a whole new look

Luck is defined as "good fortune as the result of chance." But when it comes to beauty, new products and procedures may just have the power to change your future or, at least, what you look like as you face your destiny.

Luck of the draw

When I was growing up, I'd often wish that fate had blessed me with blue eyes and straight hair. Now, there's no need to wish for good fortune, thanks to buzz-worthy Keratin hair treatments designed to change texture, including taming frizz and straightening even the kinkiest of locks.

Straightening treatments, including Brazilian Keratin, the Brazilian Blowout, Keratin Complex by Coppola and others, promise to transform dull, unruly hair into sleek and straight tresses. I've personally tried the Brazilian Keratin brand and can attest to its effectiveness.

But changing your hair's destiny doesn't come without consequence; negative buzz has been generated claiming that certain brands of Keratin treatments contain unhealthy levels of formaldehyde. That's a claim the FDA is investigating, so before you opt to alter your hair with one, be sure to do research into the brands you're considering.

Lady Luck

The quest for flat abs, taut thighs and a firm bum seems to be a female obsession. A company called Vaser has set out to level the playing field with their non-invasive liposuction alternative.

Vaser Lipo targets specific areas of the body using ultrasonic energy to separate fat cells for removal in areas including the legs, stomach, waist, back and even the neck. This body-sculpting liposuction alternative can not only blast your belly fat, but also leave you with a six-pack to boot. One of my colleagues tried the treatment and it actually worked, transforming her tummy from paunchy to washboard with one treatment. I know because she showed me — and all of the other girls in the office — her stomach post-procedure. Repeatedly.

I comfort myself by thinking that maybe some of the celebs that are pictured frolicking on the beach in a skimpy bikini after giving birth to a couple of kids didn't just hit the genetic jackpot. Perhaps they were just fortunate enough to find a good doctor?

Feelin' lucky

Forget the rabbit's foot and opt for aloe vera, a plant that Mexicans have long called upon to bring good fortune.

Fortunately for your skin, doctors Ahmed and Kay Abdullah have created a skin-care line, TréSkinRX, that targets acne as well as a myriad of other skin care woes with organic, pharmaceutical-grade aloe vera.

Aloe vera is a proven anti-inflammatory that is therapeutic for complexion problems aggravated by inflammation including acne, rosacea, psoriasis and others.

Carolyn Brundage is the founder of, a guide to the best in local beauty. Need beauty advice? Tweet up with Carolyn on Twitter @tampabaypretty.

Your destiny is a whole new look 03/10/11 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 5:04pm]
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