the beauty quotient formula

Confidence puts a lace pearl thong to shame in the sexy department. Charisma bitch slaps cleavage every day, and twice on Sundays. Personality trumps perfection. We get it. Wall know the answers, but the key is learning how to live the answers.

beauty quotientYou’ve heard of having a high IQ (Intelligence Quotient), and by now know the importance of an individual’s EQ (Emotional Quotient). Well, move over bacon, there’s a new meat in town: the BQ (Beauty Quotient), complete with its own standardized test (aka quiz).

So how do you really, truly, look beautiful without beer goggles or plastic surgery? How do you become one of those women who doesn’t scowl or knit her brow when she discovers a new line, a blemish, a sun spot (oh, the hell)? I’ll tell you.

Well, I won’t tell you, but I’ll share with you a new favorite find of mine, a book written by a plastic surgeon about how plastic surgery isn’t the answer to ageless, timeless, beauty: The Beauty Quotient Formula. What I love most is that it gives you real answers, not just a bunch of woo-woo talk about loving your body, caressing your arms, telling them what a great job they’re doing staying attached to your shoulders. Real answers about beauty products (not relying on the sales rep at Bergdorf’s). I’m for sure getting my hands on some Myoxinol™, Micro-Encapsulated Vitamin E and Micro-Encapsulated Retinol. No lie. I suck at my beauty regimen, but that’s about to change. And these days, I’m all about embracing change, especially when change tends to lift, lighten, and brighten!



  1. I think this is really true. I am definitely NOT thin, which seems to be what conventional wisdom says men want, but have always had a boyfriend or husband if I wanted one. I don’t see the need to go through the agony of plastic surgery. Anesthesia is always a risk.

    And I can’t understand why all these women want to look like emotionless automatons. Not to mention this need to do the cheek thing–everyone who has cheekbone implants looks really weird to me.

    I know that I don’t look my age, but was shocked recently –as I near 60 have begun to see the start of neck wrinkles, which all my sun-damaged-skin friends have had for a decade or more. And a few years ago I saw my first real wrinkles, again, late for my peer group. I attribute this to focusing on happiness and not sweating small stuff.

    I just ordered the book for my Kindle. Am off to a spa in the red rocks in 10 days for R&R and this book will be a perfect way to spend some time. Thanks for the tip.

  2. I am going to have to get my hands on this book. In the past couple of years, I have noticed that my face had become drawn. Now that I’m out of THAT relationship, I’ve noticed I’m smiling and laughing more, and I want to turn back what the trauma did to me.

    But… I’m a single mama of 3 little ones, including an 11 day old. I can’t imagine the wrinkles that will be coming my way!

    One thing that I do daily (even though I’ve only showered 3 times in the past 11 days, and haven’t shaved in FOREVER) is my Clarisonic. I loooove it. My pores are practically nonexistant, and I feel like my face and neck are rejuvenated daily.

  3. I drink too much to ever be truly beautiful, the kind of pretty that comes from being hydrated and moisturized. At least I was given good genes. Will check out the book, though, because I’m lazy and love the idea of being beautiful by using a few serums.

  4. That “baby eyes” eyeliner you once suggested ALWAYS makes a difference. It makes me look younger and more alert. But I too could use a regimen. Will check it out, thanks.

  5. Just ordered my copy after taking the quiz you posted on your facebook page. Thanks!

  6. I don’t do much yet – I’m 27. But two three staples of my routine are 1. Oxypads at night.
    2. Vitamin E cream from The Body Shop (this cream is heavenly). I recommend it. Only $20.00!!!
    3. Sunscreen every morning. I use to suck at this until I realize the repercussions it might have when I’m older.

  7. Tinted sunscreen. That’s almost all there is to it. That and spray tans.

  8. I took the quiz online and about halfway through I started realizing that I don’t like them telling me how I should feel about this and what I should be doing about that.
    So I guess that makes my beauty quotient: Obstinate.

  9. Love this! Just the other day I was trying to figure out what type of moisturizer I should be using. Firming, toning, strenghtening, night, day…. I left the store with nothing. This book sounds like the perfect place to find not just the what, but the why.

  10. hi Stephanie, i dont normally comment any longer on your site, boy has it had some overhauls! (i personally preferred the previous layout of it how i knew immediately your most recent entry.)

    I just HAD to let you know in case no one has, that there is a woman on a reality show who looks EXACTLY like you! The show is soooo ridiculous and delicious – High Society, it is on Wednesday 9:30pm on CW. I live for it and there is a socialite named Alex Opisow or something along those lines- who looks like your twin.

    Just had to tell you, i love telling people when i find their twins.
    Congrats on your wonderful successes, your babies are adorable as always, and glad you and Phil are still together.

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