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The Scary Side Of Skin Lightening Creams Isn’t Just Psychological

Skin-lightening creams might be controversial for their implications on race and beauty, but they’re also seriously dangerous, reports The New York Times. These creams are so strong that many users thin down their skin to a point that it bruises to the touch, exposes capillaries, and causes acne. The culprit? Steroids. (Eek!)

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Is Hollywood Embracing Curves?

Only a few short months ago, we were talking about Hollywood boobs. Or, more accurately, the lack thereof, when we noticed that more and more, celebs were joining the itty-bitty titty committee. After the Golden Globes, however, some see the trend reversing. Writes one New York Times blogger who saw an emergence of curves on the whole:

“Maybe it’s just me, but I could have sworn that some of the ladies who showed up at the Golden Globes on Sunday had put on a little weight. It’s almost criminal to name names, because the very actresses whose body-mass indexes have been the subject of endless tabloid speculation are the very ones now sporting sexier curves. You could definitely see the difference if you concentrated solely on the upper arms … ”

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How To Get Kate’s Reverse Cat Eye!

Check out Kate Hudson‘s super sleek and architectural-feeling eye makeup at this past Sunday’s Golden Globes. I’m loving it—the look is sort of like a reverse cat eye. Not only are her inner rims lined, but the liquid liner is extended beyond the inner corners of her eyes (rather than the usual outer-corner cat-eye look). Different, fresh, totally cool, no? Get the quick how-to, after the jump! Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: L’Occitane Shea Butter Lip Balm

Few things make you feel more like a jerk than spending $10 on lip balm. As a recent and complete convert to that very practice, I speak from experience. But while forking over the cash for an item that I could more or less buy for $2 at CVS does require some resolve, my lips are thanking me for it. L’Occitane’s She Butter Lip Balm is all natural, smells amazing and lasts much longer than the drugstore brand without requiring reapplication. Though Burt’s Bees is a definite second place performance-wise (and costs only $3), L’Occitane’s balm is actually worth the extra $7 investment, especially if your lips gets really dry in the winter. [$10, L'Occitane] Keep reading »

DIY Lace Nails

It’s time to relinquish antiquated simple manicures and one-color nails. The world has already welcomed Minx styles, Calgel nails, and as soon as we spotted Lady Gaga‘s intricate nail design in her “Bad Romance” video, we knew that plain manicures were over forever. With the lace trend cavorting down the runways, a transition from clothes to nail design was a necessity. Celebrity manicurist Elle for Barielle recognized the need to share her nail wealth with lace fans all over, and provided The Frisky with a quick DIY so you too can have your very own lace nails. Read below for instructions! Keep reading »

You Can Help Haiti By Buying Perfume—But Should You?

Perfume maker Bond No. 9 has just announced that when you buy their “Scent of Peace” perfume, 10 percent of the proceeds will go towards relief efforts in Haiti (purchases in the next 30 days). Naturally, Bond isn’t the first company to offer charitable donations with product purchases, but this brings up an interesting point—is it honorable of brands to do this? As a shopper, does it feel ethical to be prompted to buy a perfume for a good cause? Or do you think you (or companies) should give your money directly to charities? [Fashion Tribes] Keep reading »

Shocker: How Much Crème De La Mer Actually Costs

For years now, Crème de la Mer has reigned supreme as the most desirable skin cream on the market. Women claim that once you’ve used the moisturizer, you’re hooked for life. The only negative aspect would be its price, since a 250 ml tub will hurt your wallet by about $860.41. Expensive but apparently worth it. You’d be shocked to find out that the mark-up on this beauty product is astronomical. Read on and prepare yourself for a surprise … Keep reading »

Latisse Side Effects Even Scarier Than We Thought


We’ve talked about the alleged horrors of the eyelash growing formula Latisse gone wrong before, but this video from Consumer Reports tells us a few more scary things about the beauty product. You shouldn’t be easily fooled by the FDA-approved label. The reason Latisse has FDA approval is that it was previously a medication used to treat glaucoma. And while we knew that some Latisse users had complained about weird pigmentation going on, Consumer Reports confirms that the treatment can turn blue or green eyes permanently to brown, and that users have complained about dyed eyelids—on both the top and bottom—which results in a “raccoon look.” Watch and hear it for yourself. [Stylelist.com] Keep reading »

Thicker Hair From A Cream

Beyond adding extensions or using complicated styling tricks, there isn’t a whole lot you can do to make your hair thicker than it actually is. But leave it to scientists to figure out how to dupe everyone into thinking Mother Nature blessed you with voluminous strands. Living Proof’s smarty-pants team developed a new material that gives hair tons of oomph without making it brittle the way hairspray does. Those lifeless locks should be extinct in no time. [$24, Living Proof] Keep reading »

“Avatar”-Inspired 3D Makeup Coming Soon

The easiest way to give yourself an “Avatar” makeover is to paint your entire face blue or make out with a member of the Blue Man Group. Unfortunately, going that route does nothing for your complexion. Soon, however, you’ll be able to get “Avatar” pretty without looking like you left a sci-fi convention.

Makeup company Milani is about to release a line inspired by the film that will include a nail polish, lip gloss, and eye shadow. The cool thing about the products is that they’ll produce “3D” effects through holographic and light-reflecting properties. We’re not sure what 3D makeup is supposed to look like, but sounds intriguing. And oh yeah, the makeup will all be blue. If you haven’t already guessed. [Vogue.fr] Keep reading »

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