Hold up a second! Don’t plunk down another 50 bucks (or, uh, $100+) for the newest/latest miracle in a bottle—at least when it comes to getting rid of wrinkles. I’ve got something way better for you — adopt a pet! According to celebrity dermatologist Jessica Wu (and numerous studies), people become more relaxed and their blood pressure drops when they’re talking to pets — which isn’t the case when they’re talking to other humans, by the by. So your facial expressions also appear more relaxed, especially around the eyes, when you talk to your four-legged bestie. Really. The schmoopy way you talk to your dog or cat may actually soften your crow’s feet! Must. Find. My. Dog. Now. [Glamour]
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“When I had braces we danced the night away, and we were really sweaty.”
When I was a kid, I desperately wanted/actually kind of needed braces — as did my brother and sister — but we were way too poor to even think about getting them. Therefore, I thought they were the coolest “accessories” in the world, and would often unbend metal paper clips and try to fashion them into DIY braces. [I did that too! Then I got braces and it sucked. -- Editor] So I guess I never quite got the whole negative braceface mentality until we just came across this new blog devoted to vintage pictures of kids with mouthfuls of metal and looking as awkward as it gets, circa junior high and the onset of puberty. OK, yikes, now I get it. And yes, they’re actively taking submissions. [When I had braces...]
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Just like fusion food, collaborations are (almost) always a good thing. Why not mix two brilliant things together to end up with an even more amazing product? The latest: Lilly Pulitzer has teamed up with MAC cosmetics to create a line of polishes, glosses, and shadows in typical bright, Hamptons-esque colors. Starting Jan. 7, you can pick up the cosmetics, which range from $12-32, at any MAC store. The makeup line is kind of a refreshing look in contrast to the dark vampy looks we’ve been seeing lately for fall/winter. And their timing really is perfect, given turquoise is the new Pantone color for 2010. [New York] Keep reading »
Shadow insurance? What’s that? According to makeup company Too Faced, it’s a way to prevent fading, creasing, and blurring of your eyeshadow. At first glance, this product might seem like something you wouldn’t really need. After all, do you really have that much of an issue with your eye makeup?
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When the going gets cold and dry outside, the tough slather on Vaseline—everywhere. It’s a cheap old-school remedy we always overlook for dry patches, chapped lips, red, flaky noses, and grody winter feet. And don’t worry about it causing zits, “the chemical composition of petroleum jelly actually makes it highly unlikely to cause acne. It doesn’t absorb into your skin, just sits on the surface and soothes/traps moisture in.” Will you be buying a giant tub of Vaseline this winter? [Glamour] Keep reading »
OK, so I know I’m really late to the party (actually, I once insisted I wouldn’t even show up), but yesterday I found myself at the movie theater, gobbling popcorn, absolutely transfixed by a movie made for teenagers. Taylor Lautner’s insane abs and hokey Harlequin-esque romance moments aside, I couldn’t help but notice how great of a job “New Moon” makeup designer Norma Hill-Patton did, making Bella look fresh as a daisy and natural-looking and, alternatively, the vampires appear as gorgeous and other-worldly as possible. Apparently, creating the illusion of perfect skin is the vital starting point. “Vampires don’t perspire, don’t grow facial hair, don’t get lines and certainly don’t get blemishes, so all the actors required a lot of makeup on their faces for long periods of time,” Hill-Patton explained, via a press release for Dermalogica, the brand of skincare used on set. In the old days, pancake makeup would’ve done the trick. But this is the era of hi-def, people. Here’s how to steal some on-set looks for real life. Keep reading »
You could credit Tarina Tarantino as the woman who made your lingering childhood obsession with Hello Kitty (and anything else pink and plastic) justifiable. The funky jewelry designer’s specialty is taking girly toy-like charms, Lucite gems, flowery cameos, and bows, and somehow turning them into accessories appropriate for adults. Now, the magenta-haired expert has launched a cosmetics line for Sephora, which brings the Tarina spirit to shimmery lip glosses, neon makeup compacts, brushes, and earthy eye shadows.
Tarina, who apparently started out as a makeup artist, was very involved in the production of the collection. This is the first “designer collaboration” to come from Sephora … we wonder if they’ll curate more projects like this in a bid to become the Target of the beauty world. The line comes out later this winter, so keep your eyes peeled! (Not that you could miss the blindingly bright packaging.) Check out a few more pics after the jump. [Nylon] Keep reading »
In the market for a new pillowcase? Here’s one that claims to make you prettier overnight. Right. Beautyzzz Natural Silk Pillowcase claims that it “works naturally with skin and hair to make nighttime beauty routines more effective.” Since it’s made of skin-friendly elements (hypoallergenic silk) instead of cotton, all those creams and moisturizers you put on before bedtime, apparently, will work even better. Plus, the company promises that you can say goodbye to bed head and wrinkle lines on your face. So, for $47.00 would you shell out? [Grazia] Keep reading »
Scent is certainly a powerful element in generating attraction from the opposite sex, but when a new study came out this week pointing to Chanel No. 5 as the perfume most likely to seduce a man, we were doubtful. The idea that you could bag a guy with a specific perfume seems far-fetched as it is, and the claim that one in 10 women met the men of their dreams while wearing No. 5 seems even further from the truth. Have you smelled the stuff? It’s one pungent aroma that came into style in the ’20s and smells like it’s been in the same bottle since then.
Yet, an article in the French version of Marie Claire (December 2009) provides evidence that potentially supports this argument. Chanel No. 5 may attract men, but they might not be your dream guys. Keep reading »
Check out Christina Hendricks and Nicole Kidman, two of Hollywood’s more famous redheads. Now, look at their red, red lips. What do you think; do the red lip shades they choose work with their red hair? The jury is still out for me on Christina. (What do you think? Does it work?) But I think Nicole nailed this particular redhead/red-lipstick moment. I’m sure you’ve heard at some point the old idea that redheads can’t wear red anything (lipstick, dresses, etc.), but it’s actually total crap. What does apply to red lips and red hair is also the same rule that goes for wearing makeup of any kind, across the board—you have to take into consideration your skin tone, hair color and feature shapes. How does Nicole get her red lip so right? Keep reading »