They say cheap is good. Well how about free? Cosmetics counters give away samples to get their customers hooked. Here’s a sampling of some of the companies that regularly offer sam­ples at their counters.

If you are able to engage the counter per­son, and you catch her at a slow time, she may even take time to apply some of her newest products on you. Of course, they would like you to buy on the spot, but you’re not under any obligation. The best way to gracefully get away is to simply and honestly tell her that you need to see everything out in the sunlight and see if the product suits you.

Calvin Klein Chanel Clarins Clinique Elizabeth Arden Estee Lauder







Yves Saint Laurent

There’s always more. Just ask if there’s a sam­ple, while looking over a product that interests you.

There’s definitely an etiquette involved to get­ting free stuff. What you don’t want to do is to go from counter to counter with a big Halloween type bag and a "trick or treat" kind of attitude.

Bring in an ad from a magazine. Chances are, if it’s a new product that’s being introduced, there’s a sample.


It has been my intent in this book to allow beauty to become more attainable, understandable, and more affordable for everyone. The beauty and diet industries know how to push our buttons by play­ing to our emotions, causing us to look for that magic elixir. There is no one answer. Each technique, each trick, every product should help lead you to the eventual goal: better looks and more confidence.

If you find that some of the techniques take some time to master, don’t worry. Once you’ve conquered the learning curve, you will be delighted by the remarkable results as much as the substantial savings. There are more options than ever in beauty and diet. Explore as many as your lifestyle will allow. Then, adopt what you enjoy and what works best.

I’m always here to help. Bringing out beauty in women of every age, size, ethnicity, and background is my privilege. Please write to me via my website at dianeirons. com and let me know your issues. As always, I am deeply honored that you have allowed me into your life.


Don’t wear any metal jewelry on the day of your flight. Try not to even wear an underwire bra. In an age of tightened security, assume that any­thing will set off a metal detector.

Before entering the airport, tuck your ID in a secure pocket that you can access quickly.


Don’t drink caffeinated, carbonated, or alco­holic beverages if you plan to sleep.

If you travel east, get a half hour of sun when you awaken.

If you travel west, get your sun late in the day.

Bring earplugs to block out sounds. Moldable foam ones work best.

Check with your doctor about taking mela­tonin.


When booking your flight, avoid the front row or bulkhead. This is where infants are generally seated.

Don’t stow your bag in an overhead bin behind you. Otherwise you’ll have to fight the flow of traffic to get to your bag.

When flying on a weekday, fly early in the day. That’s when most airlines post the fewest delays.


Since celebrities practically live on the road, they have by default become experts at travel. The products they can’t live without are inex­pensive but absolutely essential to these stars.

Talk show host Ananda Lewis carries olive oil and uses it on her hair and body straight from the bottle.

Singer Britney Spears won’t leave home without Herbal Essences volumizing shampoo.

Actress Gretchen Mol uses Elizabeth Arden Ceramide capsules to give her face a glow. Janet Jackson pops Castile soap in her bag.

It’s something her mom has always used and everyone in the family carries it when they travel.

Claire Danes likes the free products that she gets at the Four Seasons hotels, especially their shampoo.

Lisa Kudrow uses collagen patches on her eyes while flying.

Mariel Hemingway brings evening primrose oil with her when she travels. It not only strengthens and adds shine to her hair; she claims it gives her complexion more elasticity. It’s available in capsules everywhere.

Alexandra Paul carries psyllium husk to pre­vent constipation while she’s traveling and eat­ing on the road.

Providence star Melina Kanakaredes keeps her lips moist and smooth with hoof cream when she’s traveling. (Yes, it was originally for­mulated for horses’ hooves!)

Shania Twain never travels without Bag Balm, made to keep cows’ udders from getting sore while they’re being milked. Her skin tends to dry out when she’s flying, so she rubs it over

her entire face to protect it.

Lucy Liu carries lavender oil to keep her calm and relaxed in-flight.

Fashion designer Adrienne Vittadini’s

favorite travel item is a shawl. She uses it on planes, for cool evenings as a wrap, and in air – conditioned offices. She also shares that she won’t allow hotels to iron her clothing because she finds them too heavy-handed. Instead, she wraps each item in tissue paper and then steams them in the shower in her hotel room.

Supermodel Naomi Campbell travels with two bottles of hot sauce, Jamaican and domes­tic to keep her metabolism fired up, and for low – calorie snacking while on the road.

Claudia Schiffer takes turkey jerky along with her as a high-protein, practically fat-free snack. It takes a while to eat and is easy to carry.


Wear driving slippers or comfortable shoes whether you’re the driver or passenger.

Use sun block with an SPF of at least 30. Sun rays have the ability to penetrate glass.

Dress in layers for a car trip. It may be chilly in the morning but can get hot by late after­noon. Dressing in layers will eliminate the need to go searching through your luggage once you’re on the road.

Bring along a small cooler with bottled water and healthy snacks. It will keep you from being tempted by the bright lights of the fast food restaurants you’re driving past.



Choose hotels with interior room entrances and avoid hotels with hallways that lead to a parking lot or maintenance area.

Pick a hotel location where transportation and security is readily available.

A smaller hotel and lobby is safer than a large hotel since staff will notice strangers and loiterers more easily.

Always ask for a higher floor. Never accept a first-floor room.

Ask that your room number be written down, not spoken.

Book a room close to the elevator.

Use the Do Not Disturb sign even while you’re out of your room.

Leave the TV or radio and lights on to give the impression that there is someone in the room.

Check your windows, sliding doors, and locks.

Use the door chain when you’re in your room.

Close your curtains.

Bring along a rubber doorstop for extra security while you sleep. They’re especially use­ful for providing security on doors in adjoining rooms.

Always check with the front desk before opening the door to anyone.


While traveling, you should try to maintain your beauty routine in the usual way with a few extra touches.

Drink at least eight ounces of water every hour. The dry air on planes (not to mention the lack of oxygen) is like being stranded in a desert.

If you can, wear a sleep mask while traveling. Some are scented with soothing herbs, while others are lightly weighted to reduce puffiness. Some masks have a cooling effect.

Travel with a satin pillowcase so you won’t wake up with morning creasing.


Whether in a car or plane, use a pillow you can roll up for lumbar or neck support.

Do heel raises, ankle circles, toe lifts, and overhead stretches every hour in flight to avoid cramping. Take a walk up and down the aisle once an hour to work the leg muscles and ease the back!

Prevent air bloating by leaning forward in your seat and supporting your face in your hands for several minutes. You’re providing the right amount of pressure on your facial tissue to combat puffiness.

Avoid high sodium snacks while in the air.

Tense each muscle in your body then release it and relax completely.

Breathe through your nose to defend against cabin germs.

Work out in the comfort and safety of your hotel room. Use wine bottles from the mini bar as free weights.


when it comes to luggage. If you don’t fill your suitcase, your clothing will fall all over the place, which will cause wrinkling and make a big, jumbled mess.


Here is a list of seasonless wardrobe essentials that can be combined in many ways.

Tops T-shirt Tank top

Sweater or cardigan


These fabrics will wrinkle less than others:









A skirt: Pack one in a neutral color and basic style and length.

Pants: The most comfortable to wear on the plane is a pair of stretch pants. Your second pair should able to work as city day wear or at an evening dinner.


Bring a swimsuit. It doesn’t take much room and there may be an indoor pool, even if you’re stay­ing in the city.

If you feel comfortable in a bikini, the top can work with pants or shorts. Pack a big shirt to act as a cover up or jacket.


Shorts Sports bra Tank top Sneakers/socks


Check out the weather of where you’ll be travel­ing to on the Internet.

Call your hotel to make sure that they have hair dryers and irons so you don’t have to pack them.

Also ask your hotel if they will provide a robe in your room. It also doubles as a beach cover-up.


They hide spots and wrinkles. Use two colors at the very most for easy mix and matching with fewer pieces.


Pantsuits and skirt suits should be considered separates.


Choose a purse that can fit inside your brief­case.

Never carry a purse so large that it looks like you’re living out of it.

Pack accessories that can take an office look into evening like rhinestones and crystal jewelry.

Interlock belts and run them along your suit­case’s inner circumference to save space.


Wear mules (backless shoes) if you need to wear heels while traveling by air. They can easily be slipped off on the plane, and can still fit at the end of the trip when your feet have swollen con­siderably.

Always include walking shoes A light pair of evening shoes with a comfort­able heel is ideal, but if you have no room, bring a pair of clip-on earrings to dress up your day shoes.

Before packing a CD player or other battery-operated item, put the batter­ies in the wrong way. In this way, if the appliance is accidentally switched on, the batteries won’t be drained.


A black dress is a versatile go-anywhere-in-any – kind-of-climate staple. The simpler the styling, the more looks you’ll be able to create with it. Choose one with just a hint of stretch to flatter without clinging.

Fold clothes where the natural creases would be, like elbows and knees.

Keep your clothing in its dry cleaning bags if there’s room. The plastic forms air pockets that will keep clothing from being crushed.

Leave your bulkiest clothing out and wear it on the plane.

Place shoes and heavier items (like blue jeans) at the bottom of your bag when you pack.

Stuff your shoes with socks, medicine, film, and jewelry.

Roll your clothing whenever possible to avoid wrinkling.

Put your shoes in plastic bags to protect clothing.

Wrap your dressier clothing around some­thing soft (like a beach towel).

Always unpack and hang your clothing immediately upon arrival.