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Get Pearly Whites With Burt’s Bees

With a cult following, Burt’s Bees products are already found in most beauty lovers’ makeup cases and vanities, but here’s another reason to appreciate the storied brand. In addition to caring for your lips, face, body, and hair, the company wants to make sure you have good oral health as well. Their new natural toothpaste is made with cranberry extract, which is known to block bacteria while fighting plaque, and comes with and without fluoride. We want. [$5, Burt's Bees] Keep reading »

How To Make An At-Home Manicure Look Professional

While I was backstage at New York Fashion Week, I got to chat with Nonie Creme, the founding creative director of Butter London. (In case you’re not familiar, Butter London makes amazing nail polish without formaldehyde, toluene, or DBP.) Nonie shared an awesome tip for making nails painted at home look professionally manicured. Keep reading »

Lipstick Is Key At Erin Fetherston

Super cute Erin Fetherston is one of the sweetest designers I can think of, so it’s no wonder hairstylist Odile Gilbert told me that the designer herself was the inspiration for the hair as she placed blunt bangs — Erin’s signature style — over the models’ foreheads. MAC makeup artist Lucia Pica had another muse in mind: 1970s icon Nico of the Velvet Underground. She said she wanted the girls to “look very healthy and glowing, as if they have been running in the fields,” you know, with a little Vaseline on the lens. To get the look, she massaged the models’ skin, which “really gets the blood flowing,” a trick I may or may not employ ASAP to make my complexion look a little less Fashion Week-y. Then she regaled me with another revelation: She created the entire look using only lipstick. She used MAC lipstick in Fearless on the cheeks, explaining that the oils in a lipstick help to blend into the skin and lend an exceptionally natural-looking glow. Using a shadow brush, she swept a bronze-y brown-hued MAC lippy called Cocochino over the girls’ lids, finishing the look with a dab of clear gloss on the inner corners of the eyes to make them dewy-looking. It was gorgeous and inspiring — I think I’ll lock myself in my boudoir with a tube of lipstick and see what happens. Ahem. Keep reading »

Breaking Down Hair Straightening Techniques

First up, Keratin Treatments. According to Garance: “Pretty much it covers up the hair with keratin (the protein hair is made of) and then they straighten it with a flat iron that penetrates through the keratin and then you wait for it to harden… Hence three days without washing. And that’s what straightens it. And then it lasts 6 months. No need to brush and blowdry, no need to do anything.” Check out the photo of Garance with her new straight hair.

Brazilian Blowout. It’s less about pin-straight hair and more about getting rid of frizz. Nicole Ritchie, as a hair example, loves Brazilian Blowouts. The Brazilian just softens whatever curl or wave you have. If the hair is air dried without a blow dryer, it will still have wave or curl but no frizz. On the flip side, if you want to blow dry your hair straight, you can do that, without a brush, in a fraction of the amount of time it would have taken without the Brazilian. It washes away with time and is diffused, so there is no noticeable difference between new hair and treated hair.

And the most permanent of the straightening techniques, Japanese Straightening. (and I mean straight, you get stick straight hair!) It’s mainly for “virgin” hair, i.e. hair that hasn’t been highlighted or colored or permed, etc. The procedure—sometimes called thermal reconditioning or ionic retexturing—weakens the hair, breaking down each follicle’s cystine bond (the molecular arrangement that gives hair its shape) so that it’s vulnerable to restructuring; the hair is then flattened with a special ceramic iron, after which a neutralizing serum is added to keep it straight. It’s a precise and difficult process, and if a stylist is inexperienced or a less gentle metal iron is used, the effect is dried-out and damaged-looking. And note: Upkeep is something to think about—there will be a line of demarcation, meaning that when new hair grows in, it is curly/ wavy while the rest of the hair is straight.

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Beauty-Obsessed Travelers, Listen Up!

Frequent fliers (and fashion folk gearing up for Paris, London and Milan shows), this post is for you. A new website, 3floz.com, recently launched, and basically, it’s a site selling only products that are three fluid ounces or less! As their tagline says, “For those who travel, those who are curious and those who can’t commit.” And I’m not talking the usual drugstore stuff—founded by beauty junkies Kate Duff and Alexi Mintz, they sell Dr. Hauschka, Go Smile, Malin + Goetz, Ahava, DDF, Philip B, etc. etc.—beauty brands you actually love to use. Take that TSA! Good idea, right? [3floz.com] Keep reading »

Dashing Diva Gives Minx Nails A Run For Its Money

Minx Nails pretty much cornered the market on metallic nails the minute it burst onto the scene because no polish could compete with its high-shine foil-like quality. But now Dashing Diva, another nail care company, is trying to get a bigger piece of the metallic nail action. For the Cushnie et Ochs fall 2010 fashion show in New York, lead manicurist Patti Yankee created a nail covering that is very similar to Lee Press-On Nails, but soooo much cooler and current. She wanted the nails to be dirty, raw, and gritty to complement the Cushnie et Ochs designs, so she affixed broken glass and black glitter to the chrome nail coverings. Each applique was a little sculpture rising from the models’ hands. The metallic silver added a bit of glamour to the grimy designs. Although I still love simple metal look of Minx, I’ll definitely be on the lookout for these sculptural chrome nails when Dashing Diva mass produces them for the fall, you know, for those dirty/glam occasions. Keep reading »

Beer-Flavored Lip Gloss Is Very, Very Real

The video above is typical beer company fare—hot young thing applies beer flavored lip gloss, guy plants one on her because, well, bro, she’s got beer on her lips. Is there a better way to get guys to make-out than put an alcoholic beverage on your lips? Clearly not, according to Heineken, at least in the world of advertising. Except that this whole situation is real—not just a man-dream—because the beer flavored gloss actually exists. (And it’s not the only bizarre-o gloss out there!) You can even buy it for just under five euros. Would you wear it? [Heineken via BellaSugar] Keep reading »

Cushnie Et Ochs Shows How To Get The Modern Romantic Look

The beauty look at the Cushnie et Ochs fall 2010 fashion show in New York was all about edgy romance — an oxymoron, I know, but actually a fitting description. Nothing about the hair and makeup was perfect. In fact, it was downright disheveled. Yet the chunky tendrils and soft smoky eye still evoked a fairy quality. Find out how you can duplicate this easy and fun look that only requires your fingers as tools, after the jump. Keep reading »

What The Hell Is A “Vagina Facial”?

I know what you’re thinking and it’s not that, you perv. A vagina facial — or a “vagacial,” as it’s called — is a post-waxing treatment at the Script Wax Bar in San Francisco available to women one week after they’ve gotten a Brazilian. According to BellaSugar, for $60, the spa’s estheticians will cleanse your vulva with anti-bacterial body wash and witch hazel (witch hazel?), exfoliate, pluck out ingrown hairs, apply “an anti-freckle, anti-acne, or calming mask,” and then a lightening cream.

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Extreme Plastic Surgery: Beauty Or Butchery?

Socio-political photographer Phillip Toledano’s new series, A New Kind of Beauty, seems to suggest that beauty is not only in the eye of the beholder, but also in the hand of the scalpel-holder. The images — all of men and women who’ve undergone extreme plastic surgery in the pursuit of what they consider beautiful–are shot against a stark black backdrop and appear at once awkward and arresting. From men with breasts like we’ve never seen to lips Angelina would covet, there’s a certain dedication to perceived perfection that keeps us enthralled. Check out more after the jump and tell us: Is this beauty or butchery? [Refinery29]
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