Blair Wagoner from Fig and Flower gives her best advice about how to make your foundation look natural for fall.



What are some common foundation trends people get stuck in?    

People think “more is better” when it comes to foundation, but using too much foundation can lead to an unnatural look and even cause the skin to produce more oil in some cases. Start with a very small amount of foundation and build the coverage only in places where you really need it.

How should someone update their foundation for the fall?

Often, people need two foundation colors: one for summer and one for winter. As people’s summer tans fade, mixing the summer and winter colors often gives the right transition color for fall.

What are the most important factors when selecting a foundation?

Ingredients and color. Choose a foundation with ingredients that will improve the health and vitality of your skin, such as plant-based oils and antioxidants. Avoid ingredients like parabens, mineral oils, talc and synthetic colors that can clog pores, irritate skin or lead to other health issues. Choose a color that blends seamlessly into your skin and check the color in natural lighting.


What styles of foundation are best for women in their 30s, 40s and beyond?

Typically, skin loses moisture as we age, so a moisturizing foundation with a plant oil base, such as coconut oil, will improve skin condition while promoting a youthful appearance.


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Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a disease caused by the Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV). Dr. Angelica De Lisa from Piedmont Physicians at Roswell Road explains the risks, causes and symptoms of this disease.

VZV is the same virus that causes chicken pox, so logically, Dr. De Lisa says, anybody who has had chicken pox may be at risk for shingles. “In fact, it is a reactivation of the chicken pox virus, usually many years after the initial chicken pox infection.” Seen most commonly in people older than age 50, additional risk factors include history of cancer or organ transplant, use of medications that weaken the immune system, or a history of diseases or disorders that affect the immune system.

Symptoms of shingles range from mild pain, itching and tingling to severe pain, numbness or burning sensations in specific areas of the body. “Fluid-filled lesions or blisters can appear at the same time or several days later,” Dr. De Lisa adds.  If they appear on the face, these lesions can affect the ability to hear and see. The disease is usually diagnosed based on a history of pain in a specific area of the body along with the appearance of this characteristic rash. Currently, no cure exists for this condition.itchdr

Though it sounds frightening, this disease is usually not life-threatening for people with a normal, healthy immune system. “With proper treatment, lesions clear and pain improves in most cases,” Dr. De Lisa says. That treatment typically includes antivirals. “If used as soon as symptoms start, [antivirals] can decrease the duration and the intensity of the episode of shingles.”

“But for people who have conditions that affect the immune system, shingles could represent a serious threat,” Dr. De Lisa continues. In order to reduce your risk, you can opt for the shingles vaccine called Zostavax. Even people who have had prior episodes of shingles can still benefit from the vaccine, Dr. De Lisa says. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the vaccination for people 60 and up, with a few exceptions for people taking medications or experiencing diseases that affect the immune system. Check with your doctor to ensure that you are eligible for the vaccine.

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While October is officially Breast Cancer Awareness Month, there are some great initiatives that last the whole year long. One of those fantastic initiatives is the 11Alive Buddy Check, which has been helping women fight breast cancer for more than twenty years.

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The Buddy Check was created as a way to remind women of Atlanta to perform their monthly breast self-exams, and to keep them up to date on the latest information about breast cancer research.

The way the 11Alive Buddy Check works is that you choose your buddy, and then call them each month on the 11th to remind them to perform their breast self-exam. You can also sign up to receive text and email alerts from 11Alive on their website.


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Dr. Helen Gelley from Hyperbaric Physicians of Georgia answers a reader’s question about cancer survivors having chronic problems with radiation.

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Q: Can anything be done for cancer survivors experiencing chronic problems from radiation?

A: Depending on location of their radiation treatment, cancer survivors may experience poorly-healing wounds, pain, or bleeding with urination or bowel movements, among others.  Fortunately, in Atlanta hyperbaric medicine (HBO) programs are widely available, including in the suburbs. HBO has been shown in published studies to be very effective at resolving these late effects of radiation, and insurance covers HBO for problems related to previous radiation treatment.  A great source for more information is the “HBO Indications” page of

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Lately, there has been a lot of talk about women receiving genetic testing to find out if they have the BRAC1, BRAC2 or any gene mutations. While there are several different stances you can take on genetic testing, it is imperative to know the facts. With the help of Gwinnett Medical Center, we will answer some of the most frequently asked questions about genetic testing.


Q: Who should consider getting genetic testing done?

A: GMC suggests that anyone with a strong personal or family history of breast, ovarian, colorectal or endometrial cancer could benefits from genetic testing. GMC also offered genetic counseling for those with a high risk of cancer.

Q: What percentage of cancer is hereditary?

A: Only five to ten percent of cancer is caused by inherited gene mutations. What’s more, not everyone who carries a gene mutation will develop cancer in their lifetime.

Q: How is genetic testing done?

A: At GMC, they take a sample of your cells from the inside of your mouth or from your blood. These samples are then sent to a lab where technicians looks for certain changes in your DNA.

Q: What does genetic counseling include at GMC?

A: during genetic counseling at GMC, they will look at a detailed version of your family’s medical history. They will also asses your risk and your family’s rick for developing cancer, discuss the pros and cons of genetic testing with your and offer you counsel in order to help you make the best decision for your health.

Q: You got tested and are high risk for breast cancer, what now?

A: At GMC, they offer a High Risk Clinic where they will help you develop a plan to try to prevent you from getting cancer, as well as an early detection plan.

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This classic dessert comes from local dietitian, food journalist and author Carolyn O’Neil’s latest work, “The Slim Down South Cookbook.” She has given these bars a trendy twist with a sprinkle of kosher salt – a simple addition that can upgrade a variety of sweet treats to a new level of tasty. Plus, at less than 170 calories per bar and a total prep time of less than an hour, this will give you an easy, guilt-free treat to enjoy while your kids dive into their Halloween candy.



Vegetable cooking spray

1½ cups finely crushed pretzel sticks

½ cup butter, melted

3 tbsp. sugar

1 large egg white

2 tbsp. fat-free milk

40 caramels

1 tsp. vanilla extract

¾ cup finely chopped pecans

¼ tsp. sea salt


Preheat oven to 375°. Line bottom and sides of an 8-inch square pan with aluminum foil, allowing 2 to 3 inches to extend over sides. Coat foil with cooking spray.

Stir together crushed pretzels, melted butter, sugar and egg white. Press mixture on bottom of pan. Bake at 375° for 11 minutes.

While crust is baking, combine milk and caramels in a medium saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes or until caramels melt. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

Remove crust from oven. Pour caramel mixture over hot crust. Sprinkle with pecans and salt.

Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes. Chill at least 30 minutes. Lift mixture from pan, using foil sides as handles. Cut into 20 bars. Store in refrigerator up to one week.


-          Courtesy of “The Slim Down South Cookbook” author Carolyn O’Neil,

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In honor of breast cancer awareness month, exhale Spa is dressing for success… from the feet up. They have once again created their exclusive pink grip sock as their own unique way to raise awareness and fundraise for the fight against breast cancer.exhale

These limited edition socks will be sold at exhale Spa’s across the nation, as well as online. They make the perfect edition to anyone’s workout wardrobe, with pink grippy hearts on the bottom of the classic black socks. They are available for $16, with $2 from each pair sold going towards the Entertainment Industry Foundation Revlon Run/Walk For Women.

exhale, a proud supporter of breast cancer, began selling the sock at the end of September and will continue to sell them until October ends.


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Pat Alessi from Salon 1580 is here to give you her best advice on how to update your hair for fall.

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Why should women update their hair color and style?

Any lifestyle change that necessitates a new wardrobe also necessitates a new hair style. A subtle transformation can yield as much impact as a total makeover.

What are the most important factors when selecting a hair color and style?
Your hair type, meaning hair texture (coarse, medium or fine), density (the number of individual hair stands on one square inch of the scalp), porosity (the ability of the hair to absorb moisture), and elasticity (the ability to stretch and return to its original length without breaking). Also consider the pH levels required for your hair type, the growth pattern of your hair, and your facial features and skin tone.

What hair colors are best for women in their 40s and beyond?

If you’re thinking red, go blonde. Red hair, unless it’s natural, is tough on mature skin tones, but a honey blond with golden tones works every time. If you’re a brunette, shifting from espresso brown to a softer shade like maple or chestnut can erase years. If you want to show off your gray, remember that your best gray may not be your natural gray. Cool, ashy highlights can improve the color and are one of the best-kept secrets of stylish gray-haired women.

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Take a walk for breast cancer at The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Atlanta on Saturday, October. 25. This year’s walk is presented by Independent Insurance Agents for a Cure and will be held at Centennial Olympic Park. making

While the walk kicks off at 9 a.m., the fun doesn’t stop there. Christian singer, Amy Grant will be performing at the walk. She has written an exclusive song for breast cancer awareness month, with a portion of each download going towards the American Cancer Society.

Walkers can also enjoy a special ride on the SkyView Ferris Wheel after the 5K. SkyView is hosting breast cancer appreciation day following the walk, with a portion of each ticket sold going to the American Cancer Society.

So far, this year’s 6,096 walkers and 912 teams have raised more than $270,000 for the American Cancer Center.



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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Emory Healthcare is offering extended and weekend screening hours for women to receive mammograms. The extended hours are as follows: Tuesday, October 21 and Thursday October 23 from 7:30 a.m to 7:00 p.m. at the Emory Breast Imaging Center on Clifton Road. NewEmoryHealthcareThe weekend hours took place on Saturday, October 18 at Emory University Hospital Midtown. These extended and weekend hours are great for women who have full-time jobs, or who don’t have time to get screened during regular business hours.

Emory Healthcare will also give their employees the opportunity to get screened for free at the 3rd Annual Breastival™ Event on Tuesday Oct. 21.

To schedule an appointment for a mammogram with Emory Healthcare, call 404-778-PINK (7465).

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