New app lets you check your moles for cancer?

Want to check your moles without taking the time to go into a dermatologist? Well, according to a press release – there is a new app – created by a dermatologist to check whether or not your moles could cause cancer. All for $4.99! But does it work?

The days of worrying about a mole for weeks on end are over. The newly launched SpotCheck app is a groundbreaking and easy-to-use mobile app that identifies potentially dangerous moles without the time-consuming trip to a dermatologist.

With SpotCheck, users simply take a picture of their mole with a mobile device, and the image is instantly sent to a board-certified dermatologist (not to any kind of machine or scanner). For only $4.99, the user will receive a response from SpotCheck within 24-hours that categorizes moles as having either typical or atypical features. If a mole with atypical features is identified, the app will list local area dermatologists and recommend that the user make an appointment.

With the average wait time to see a dermatologist at 38 days, and busy work schedules and insurance co-pays often hindering the decision to have a mole looked at, SpotCheck alleviates those worries with a simple click.

Developed by Nick Wilkinson, SpotCheck is the first app designed to transmit images of moles through a mobile device to a dermatologist, who will scan it within 24-hours for a nominal charge, taking the marriage of mobile technology and personal health/beauty to an innovative new level.

SpotCheck was founded by Dr. Bobby Buka, “New York City’s most sought-after dermatologist” (NBC NonStop) and a favorite amongst Hollywood A-listers. Dr. Buka has offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn with a third on the way, and has appeared on The Today Show and CBS News as a skin care expert.

Allure tested the app out:

If you own an iPhone, you now have no excuse not to monitor suspicious moles on your body (not that you had much of an excuse before). SpotCheck, an app that launches this week, helps people identify dangerous moles with a click of their phone’s camera. Curious, I downloaded the app and snapped a picture of my mole (the same one I monitor regularly with my dermatologist). Within an hour, I received this message: “Your photo shows features that are generally regarded as typical of a normal mole.” (For the record, that’s consistent with what my doctor said.)

The app was developed by Dr. Bobby Buka, a dermatologist who, for the time being, personally screens every submission. He guarantees a response within 24 hours—a promise that inspired him to create the app in the first place. According to a 2006 study by the American Academy of Dermatology, it takes an average of 38 days to set up a skin cancer screening. But it can take as little as one month for melanoma to penetrate the epidermis — at which point the chance of survival goes down to 66 percent, Buka says. “One third of those patients will die,” Buka says. “Suddenly, that 38-day window becomes very relevant.”

The app is free to download, but it costs $4.99 to submit a photo for review. If Buka determines that your mole is atypical, he will refer you to dermatologists in your area who are both board-certified and have signed a contract promising to schedule any SpotCheck referrals within two weeks. “The tricky part about melanoma compared to other cancers, is that we don’t have any chemotherapy that works,” says Buka. “The only thing we can do is remove it, which is why you have to catch it early.”

I’m a bit skeptical. Would you pay $4.99 to try it?


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FIRST LOOK! Kat Von D launches a clothing line!

Kat Von D has just launched her new clothing line she’s calling ‘Love Letters.’ She debuted the new clothes on her website KatVonDLosAngeles.com. The The Fall 2011 lookbook is complete with staple “Kat” items, like lots of black, lace, military coats, and the occasional ripped sweater.

Basically they look like the clothes she wears, which I guess is the point?

She wrote:

“The purpose of me creating this clothing line is simply to practice and share what Mom taught me: Express yourself through your art – whether it’s your drawings in a sketchpad, tattoos on your skin, the shade of your lipstick, or the clothes that you wear.”

Check out her full line below!

What do you think? Would you wear them?


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Meet my two new best friends!

Who has the time to paint nails anymore?

I love to paint my nails, but typically it takes a good hour or so to completely dry. That’s hard to pull off anymore, with such a busy schedule!

On my last trip to Sally’s I noticed these two products, and I decided to give them a try. They’re $7.99 each – but the bottles are TWICE the normal size, so it’s well worth it.

Not to mention they WORK! The basecoat, Nail Life’s Gripper, is an EXCELLENT base coat. It literally grips the nail polish so it doesn’t chip easily! I can go a whole week without a single chip! (Do you have any idea what an accomplishment this is?)

Nail Life Gripper Basecoat is a sticky adhesive base coat that holds polish to nail from underneath. Keeps polish on!

  • Makes a smooth base on nail for the perfect manicure
  • Dries fast to a tacky base
  • Polish won’t chip
  • Hold-on polish

$7.99 at Sally’s

I then applied two coats of Zoya’s gorgeous Petra nail polish. I followed my polish with quite possibly the perfect top coat, Nail Life Speed Demon. It has my nails completely dry in about 2 minutes. Seriously.

Nail Life Speed Demon Polish Dryer is a chip-proof top coat that protects polish from fading.

  • Gives polish a high gloss finish
  • Protects polish from fading
  • Chip-proof top coat
  • All-in-one applicator

$7.99 at Sally’s

You gotta give them a try! You won’t be sorry!


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Is 72 days really a marriage?


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Kim Kardashian played the villainess  at a Midori-sponsored party at New York club Lavo on Saturday night,  she sported a green bodysuit and red wig as Batman bad girl Poison Ivy.  Kim’s husband of nine weeks, pro basketball player Kris Humphries was not in attendance .

The story on Saturday:

“I’m going to Australia tomorrow so I’m in New York alone tonight,” the reality mogul, 31, told PEOPLE, brushing off rumors of trouble in her marriage.

“Something I really prepared Kris for [was] to let him know that no matter what we do, there’s going to be rumors,” she said. “It used to really upset me and now I don’t even think about it.”

The story today:

“I hope everyone understands this was not an easy decision,” she says in a statement to E!, which airs her reality shows. “I had hoped this marriage was forever, but sometimes things don’t work out as planned. We remain friends and wish each other the best.”
Kardashian, 31, cited “irreconcilable differences” in her Los Angeles Superior Court filing on Monday, saying the couple have a prenuptial agreement and asking the court to deny spousal support to Humphries.

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