Stay healthy and alert with the Domestic Goddess
A smart blood-pressure monitor, gluten-free makeup, a fashionable face mask and a carbon-monoxide alarm.
Pacific NW associate editor
Doctor, doctor, give me the news. I've got a bad case of ... well, whatever you've got a bad case of. And maybe no pill will cure your ills, but our small offerings here might be of some help.
Oh, the pressure
Got any of those "I" doodads? iPad, iPhone, iPod? (iiiiiKnow.) Then you can easily take, record and send your blood pressure. The Withings Smart Blood Pressure Monitor. Wrap blood-pressure cuff around arm and plug it into iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. App launches instantly, and you're set to pump. It. Up. Results (Systole, Diastole, heart rate) are saved on the device. Stats can be accessed from your iDevice or from your personal Withings webpage. Share results by email with your doctor or use the automatic sharing feature to sync with personal health-record sites.
Useful and stylin'. (Now Goddess wonders if somebody is doing something about open-back hospital gowns.) Download free Withings app from the App Store. Monitor is $129. Find at www.bestbuy.com, www.amazon.com, store.apple.com and www.withings.com.
Livin' the wheat-free life
"Nature gives you the face you have at 20. It is up to you to merit the face you have at 50," quipped Coco Chanel, fashion icon fabulous right to the end.
A task made even more difficult for those avoiding gluten. "Wheat extracts occur in lipsticks, foundations and mascaras to improve skin or help bind a product," says Hourglass Cosmetics founder Carisa Janes. Gluten molecules in cosmetics are typically too large to permeate the skin (science!), but we unwittingly ingest makeup, especially eye and lip products.
So, Hourglass offers products with one more "without the use of" (parabens, phthalates, sulfates, talc, synthetic dyes, animal testing and now gluten). Veil Mineral Primer ($52), Illusion Tinted Moisturizer ($55), Visionaire Eye Shadow Duo ($38) and Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara ($28). Find at www.hourglasscosmetics.com and www.sephora.com.
Dr. Kildare, I presume?
If one must go about town wearing a surgical mask, one must still consider fashion: "Vogmask, the world's first good-looking filtering face mask."
No, really. Vogmasks (microfiber or organic cotton) come in fun and, uh, fashionable prints (Blue Flowers, Pink Roses, Batik). Shelter from the perils of modern life or relief from allergies, Vogmask's got you covered. "Our vision is simple," say Vogmaskians. "Make beautiful, reusable, comfortable masks that people can wear in any(?) setting." Barring a local erupting volcano, you outdoors-goers might like them for cold-weather protection. $20 each, $70 a four-pack. Find at www.vogmask.com and www.amazon.com.
You should be alarmed
As of Jan. 1, nearly all existing residential buildings must have carbon monoxide alarm devices. Apartments, condos, hotels, motels, single-family homes. And not just one: outside each sleeping area, in the immediate vicinity of the bedroom and on each level of the residence.
Most CO deaths, "the silent killer," occur in winter, due in part to fuel-burning heat sources, according to the National Fire Protection Association. No. 1 cause of accidental poisoning in the U.S.
For that there is this, the First Alert DC Plug-In Carbon Monoxide Alarm with Battery Back-Up, $39.97. Find at Lowe's, www.lowes.com.