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Fashion And Beauty Products That Could Kill You!

Last time you painted your bedroom, it probably wasn’t with lead paint. That crap causes nervous system damage, slow development in kids and stunted growth. So yeah, nasty stuff. But while U.S. laws have kept lead out of houses for years, it hasn’t kept it out of H&M handbags lately. Last week, the mega retailer settled a lawsuit brought down by a consumer watchdog group over the lead content of some of their bags, wallets and other accessories. When we read that some of the items contained as much as 115 times the legal limit of lead, we did two things: 1) freaked out and took mental inventory of any and all H&M accessories we own, making note to burn them later and 2) started thinking about other recent fashion and beauty products that have had creepy and unexpected downsides. (OK, maybe they won’t kill you per se, but they’re dangerous!) Take a trip through the world of three totally-not-worth-it beautifiers after the jump. Keep reading »

Axe Body Spray’s Biggest Customers Are Tweenage Boys?

The typical Axe Body Spray man isn’t a man at all, apparently. The New York Times reports that more and more, it’s tweenagers and teens—boys who might not even have any underarm hair—who are buying the super manly fragrance products. Says one mother, whose children stock their bathroom with exfoliators, shaving creams, and body washes: “Every day they walk out the door in a cloud of spray-on macho.”

You might think to first blame a guy movement that’s increasingly accepting of metrosexual tendencies, but the teen obsession with brands like Axe isn’t so much about grooming and beauty as it is about finding tools to promote confidence. Much like teen girls might turn to push-up bras or sexier clothes to attract attention and mask insecurities, their male counterparts are finding the same in a spray can … Keep reading »

The Latest Illegal Beauty Trend In Hollywood

The things people are willing to go through to preserve their youth. The latest fad hitting Hollywood and wealthy beauty addicts is a drug administered by injection that’s neither advocated for anti-aging, nor available legally for those who wish to use it as such. Somatropin, known by the brand name of Genotropin, is a man-made version of Human Growth Hormone, which your body produces naturally when you’re young but tapers as you age. While the prescription drug is meant for those deficient in this hormone, apparent side effects include glowing and firmer skin, decrease in body fat, and a youthful appearance, which have caused women to look at it as a beauty treatment.
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It’s All About The Silver Nails

While Erin has been obsessing over the sparkly silver tights at Chanel’s Spring 2010 Couture show, that wasn’t the only metallic moment that Karl Lagerfeld had in mind. We’ll leave the fingerless Michael Jackson gloves alone for a second to talk about nail hues. A few seasons ago, editors and fashion fans fell in love with the brand’s sleek black hue, followed by jade green, and most recently a light grey. But now it’s all about the silver look as models stomped down the runway this week with metal colored nails. With the recent obsession over Minx, it’s not surprising that polish fanatics would welcome any range of fantastical colors, and the metallic look certainly fits under that category. In case you need this look now, (because really, who doesn’t?) Essie provides a shade that’s almost a perfect match called Loophole. And here’s my advice to you: Silver nail polish chips really really easily, so you know, now you have an excuse not to do the dishes. [All Lacquered Up] Keep reading »

Johnny Weir Takes ESPN Reporter For A Mani/Pedi


ESPN’s Jim Caple gets introduced to a whole new world when he meets up with Olympic ice skater Johnny Weir for a manicure, pedicure, some paraffin wax and a little sex talk. (Johnny: “I don’t have sex. I don’t have time anyway—man, woman, tree.”) And the hat! Close-ups of gnarly man-toes (belonging to Caple)! The man, woman, tree multiple mentions! It’s everything you want it to be—and more. [You Tube] Keep reading »

How To Create Splendid Couture Nails At Home

Most of us can only dream of getting our greedy little hands on a real couture gown — the exquisite tailoring, such rich fabric, those intricate details! — but we can recreate the actual nails used in most runway shows. (Hey, we’ll take what we can get.) For Lebanese designer Elie Saab’s show in Paris this week, Creative Nail Design busted a move that we’ve done plenty of times with eyeshadow and lipstick, but forgot to try with nails: They layered CND Colour polish in Creamy Cameo and Effect in Lavender Pearl (find ‘em here), for an extra “opalescent, luxe” look that perfectly complemented Saab’s outrageously gorgeous, opulent gowns. Hey, we think this combo would look great with jeans and a T-shirt, too. Keep reading »

I Wanna Zip You Up

A model on the runway at Eric Tibusch’s showing in Paris. So, when you zip her up, do her eyes close, too? Ack! [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Alicia Silverstone’s Diet Will Give You Glowing Skin, Magical Bowels

Alicia Silverstone, potentially Hollywood’s most devout vegan, has a new book out about her nutritional vision called The Kind Diet. Fortunately, you don’t have to become a full-on kale-munching vegan to adopt Silverstone’s doctrine. The plant-based regime accommodates dieters of three levels, where at the lowest, you “flirt” with the idea of veganism by making a few key changes in your diet, and at the highest, the “superheroes” go all macrobiotic. (Corny!)

While weight loss is a main focus, Silverstone claims that her diet also has some interesting added perks. Keep reading »

There’s Pee In That Fake Bottle Of Chanel No. 5


If supporting child labor and drug cartels weren’t enough to dissuade you from purchasing counterfeit luxury goods, consider the nasty rash you might break out in after spraying on the mixture of urine and antifreeze that’s found in a number of black market perfumes. Just as we’re still recovering from their shocking, scatological expose on new clothing, “Good Morning America” once again takes us on a compelling journey into the disgusting underbelly of a seemingly innocuous world, this time focusing on the knockoff fragrance trade. (And for that “GMA,” we salute you). I don’t think I’ve personally ever bought a fake perfume, but I’ve certainly seen them for sale before. And I think it makes sense they use pee: You totally need it to get the color just right! [ABC News] Keep reading »

The Dermaroller Is As Painful As You Assumed

This should come as no surprise, but apparently, the Dermaroller, the skin-perfecting needle-roller gizmo (Angelina Jolie is an alleged devotee), is way painful. This is according to a U.K. beauty blogger (it’s not available in the States yet) who got the behind-the-scenes info:

… the efficacy of the treatment lies not just in simply rolling needles over the face, but achieving the optimal needle penetration with pinpoint bleeding and swelling, which often requires a physician’s care … patience—as well as a high tolerance for pain—are necessary if you want to reap the benefits; three to five sessions over the course of four to five months are recommended for optimal results. And it’s not a particularly, um, pleasurable experience. Despite the fact that a topical anesthetic agent was used to freeze my face, the pain in some parts was well north of a ten. I was red and puffy for the first day, but by day two people started telling me how rested and “well” I looked. My skin tone was noticeably clearer, too, and the circles around my eyes had diminished.

Ew. This sounds so crazy — would you go there? [Beauty Counter] Keep reading »

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