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By Kimberly McDonald

Top Five Fresh Items:

#1:
Pick-your-Palette: Eye Shadow Palettes are offered in an assortment of color combinations that contains six brilliantly paired Fresh colors. The intensely pigmented and moist formula is enhanced with crushed Polynesian pearl and antioxidant green tea extract.
Sale Price: $20
Retail Value: $65

#2:
Lip Shine: Lip Shine is an ultra-emollient formula that glides on for a smooth and shiny finish. Available in popular colors including: Chocolate, Crossfire, Cranberry and Lido.
Sale Price: $5
Retail Value: $20

#3:
Candles-to-Go: Our famous Fresh candles boast a unique blend of waxes and clean flame of a lead-free wick. Offering our best-selling scents: Sake, Sugar and Grenadine.
Sale Price: $9
Retail Value: $22

#4:
Index Fragrances: Each Fresh fragrance is created according to its inspiration and utilizes methods both time honored and unconventional. EXCLUSIVE to this sale, Fresh is offering Fragrance Discovery Kits containing Five 5ml Index Fragrances packaged in a Fresh discovery bag and grouped by its’ fragrance classification, such as:

Sale Price: $20

#5:
Fresh Body: Celebrated items from the Milk, Soy, Sugar, Umbrian Clay and Original collections are being offered at amazing prices, such as:
Jasmine Milk Body Lotion, Sale: $9 Retail Value: $28
Wisteria Body Balsam, Sale: $9, Retail Value: $34
Sugar Shower Gel Lily, Sale: $8 Retail Value: $28

Get Lifted
By Lauren Baccus

Having paid my obligatory retail penance at Victora’s Secret during college, I inwardly cringe whenever I notice a woman wearing an obviously ill-fitting bra. It’s an act of sheer will power not to rush in, tape measure in hand, and stage a guerilla-style bra intervention on the mammary misfit. Apparently, scores of women schlep into their local VS and snatch up their “size” with the machination of a toll booth attendant on the Jersey Turnpike. If you’re like most girls-on-the-go, you’re probably assuming you’re the same bra size year after year (apparently 85% of women are walking around wearing the wrong bra size). Hell, if you’re like some, you’re still buying the size you wore in college. The thing is, grown up girls get their bras Professionally Fitted. Yes, Professionally fitted.

Stop blushing…you didn’t act to shy when you were on the bar at Hogs N Heifers last weekend whipping off that 34B that was cutting into your sides. You should have NO problem with a trained professional measuring you for a bra that actually fits!

True to their theatrical roots, Bra*Tenders, led by husband and wife team Alan and Lori Kaplan, make their Broadway customers top priority but never fail to lend their top rated customer service to more casual clients as well, specializing specifically in large sizes and bridal wear. The vast assortment of bra styles and sizes may be intimidating at first but there is more than enough expert advice on hand to guide you to your ideal fit and style. In fact, they are so committed to properly-fitting brassieres that for the month of August they are offering free Bra fittings ($75 value). And, for a truly uplifting experience, all bras (Cosabella, Chantelle, Wacoal, Aubade) are 20% off. Is it cold in here or did I just feel the flush of excitement that can only come from a personalized service that includes the probability of SHOPPING!?

Bra*Tenders is located at 630 9th avenue at 45th street, room 601. All fittings are by appointment only, no walk-ins. For more information, or to book your appointment, call 212-957-7000. Sale runs through the end of August, and Beyond bras, Bra*Tenders also offers an extensive collection of hosery, shapewear and all the accessories fit for a Tony worthy couture creation…or maybe just a hot date.

A few tips from our experts on how to take special care of your breast area:

The skin around your breast and decollate area is delicate and often sensitive. Gentle cleansing and exfoliation should be followed up with special moisturizers. Try one with firming botanicals, like Sisley’s Botanical Intensive Bust Compound or go for a delicate shimmer that will give the appearance of fullness with Pout’s Bust Enhancing Cream. You’ll be treating the skin as well as improving circulation.

You can also get great lifting results from simple stretches or by incorporating a couple of exercises in your regular program. You want to strengthen the ligaments and muscles that support the tissue, without bulking up. Stick with low weights and higher reps when you’re doing chest presses, and don’t forget the tried and true push-up…whether ‘girl style’, ‘boot camp style’ or standing in front of a wall, your own body weight will provide enough resistance to help strengthen and lift the targeted area. Or try a yoga class where you’ll learn some gentle stretches that will improve muscle tone and increase circulation.

Past the aesthetics, there is one major benefit associated with taking time to “treat” the twins: You’ll get to know them better, allowing you to detect changes in the texture of your own breast tissue (most women have tissue that is not entirely smooth). The best way to examine your breasts is to keep your fingers together and use the flat of your fingers and palm to feel every part up to the collarbone, into the armpit and behind the nipple. Remember that most changes are nothing to worry about but it’s a good idea to get anything unusual checked by your doctor.

For information on Breast Cancer Awareness, log on to www.komen.org

Originally published August 2006
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