The recession is affecting everyone. From layoffs to budget cuts, a few money problems are inevitable it seems. But in England, those issues are hitting the middle class so hard that people have resorted to crime in order to keep up appearances. Over the past year, shoplifting has increased by 20 percent, while clothing and fashion accessory shops have suffered the most. With unemployment on the rise in New York City and the United States as a whole, do you think we’ll see a similar statistic? Walking down the streets, I’ve seen stores and restaurants closing their doors simply because they can’t afford the rent — the recession is surely at fault. Eating out is a luxury, and buying new clothes simply isn’t a part of tight budget plans. But resorting to petty theft in order to satisfy a craving for new accessories? That’s going a bit far, no? [Times] Keep reading »
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What is it with bloggers and their year-long challenges? Twelve months to thin, cook all of Julia Child‘s recipes, wear the same dress everyday, survive 365 days in Paris. (That last chick is a real nutbag). The latest in blog projects, The Daily Nail, chronicles one woman’s attempt to paint her nails a different way each day for one year.
Lady has got some talent, and we are loving her creations, which are sometimes funny and cheeky, or just downright sexy. Pictured above, a Jackson Pollock-inspired manicure which necessitated no less than nine different polishes. Other designs draw inspiration from random yet cool things like bacon, KISS, Mondrian, and fishnet tights. There are some seriously creative ideas here, if you’re bored with your ho-hum Ballet Slippers and want some new nail art ideas. After the jump, some styles we’d like to try out ourselves! [The Daily Nail] Keep reading »
A few years ago, permanent makeup—tattooing on rouged lips or inking on eyebrows, for example—may have been laughed off as one of those crazy beauty fads that a handful of rich, desperate woman bought into. For most, the thought of eyeliner or lipliner tattoos probably conjures images of aged drag queen beauty. Shudder.
Apparently, however, there have been both some gross misunderstandings about the field, as well as advances. MyFashionLife talked with Sarah Jagger, a semi-permanent makeup artist to stars, whose approach to the procedure sounds much more rational, and quite honestly, awesome in principle. Yes, Jagger uses a needle and describes her work as “similar to tattooing,” but she doesn’t poke your skin with drastic ink. Keep reading »
We’re not entirely sure that Dior’s Lip Maximizer gloss actually made our lips look larger, but it did make them look gloriously shiny and leave us with a tingling sensation that we would like to believe meant it was working. The gloss claims that it will help reshape the contours of your lips in 15 days, but we’re a bit skeptical of that claim. They looked a little more luscious (we think…) for a short period of time, but the light pink lip gloss doesn’t strike us as having the stamina to create lasting Angelina Jolie Mouth. That said, $30 is a lot to spend on a lip gloss with dubious plumping abilities. But the color is that perfect mix of sheer and sparkly that won’t leave you looking like a hooker if you wear it during the day, so if you’ve got the money to spend, it’s kind of the perfect wear-it-whenever gloss, and the pretty packaging doesn’t hurt, either. [$30, Dior, Sephora] Keep reading »
While most of us suspect Demi Moore‘s exceptional ability to seemingly grow younger-looking by the day has to do with scalpels and needles, she insists there’s a far more natural (yet creepier) regimen at hand: “I was in Austria doing a cleanse and part of the treatment was leech therapy. These aren’t just swamp leeches though — we are talking about highly trained medical leeches. These are not some low level scavengers — we’re talking high level blood suckers,” she said. Highbrow indeed! We know leeches have been used in the medical field for years, but have no clue how they improve your complexion. In other beauty news, Moore will likely be the next to debut a celebrity line. She’s reportedly in talks with beauty giant Helena Rubenstein to develop a new product range. No word on whether blood-sucking worms will be utilized as key ingredients. [IOL] Keep reading »
Continuing their obvious bid for complete and total retail domination, Forever 21 has expanded into beauty, because clearly they’re not satisfied simply sticking to fast fashion. The new collection, Love & Beauty, will launch on Nov. 8 and include lip gloss, mascara, eyeshadow, and eyeliner. While the products surely won’t be Sephora-style quality, it’ll most likely be the cheapest and easiest way to try new beauty trends — a similar approach for many to their trendy clothing. If you spend $75 today, you’ll receive a free lip gloss to try … and hopefully you’ll love it enough to become a fan of the line. This is just the beginning of their expansion though, as the brand is planning on moving into the home goods sector as well. Like we said, total domination. [Forever 21] Keep reading »
Finally, someone looks beyond the superficial value of manicures. Photographer Molly Sorno focuses her work on nail art, salons, and manicure culture. Her pictures make you realize that your nails say a lot about you—concentrate solely on them, and you start imagining the person neon airbrushed tips belong to. Sorno’s work is now on display at the Brooklyn, NY gallery Nefer/NFR along with other artists’ works that explore the concept of adornment. If you’re in the area, check it out! Otherwise, look to Sorno’s vision as proof that what you wear on the outside resonates culturally. (Just don’t go so far as to call yourself an artist when you’re getting dressed in the morning.) [Time Out NY and Nylonmag.com] Keep reading »
We’re low-maintenance gals in these parts, but special events (parties, weddings, dates, etc.) call for a little something extra. Orlane’s new Absolute Radiance Set promises “Cinderella skin” in seven minutes, and you’d better believe we were intrigued. The kit comes with several applications of an eye serum and patches, a face mask you get to mix together all chemistry set-style, and a brightening face cream. We applied the products in the specific combination outlined in the included instruction manual, and it left us with refreshed, glowing skin that looked so divine we ended up skipping foundation altogether. We were stunned. In fact, it was sort of like seven minutes in heaven. [$200, Neiman Marcus]
WIN IT! We’re giving away five sets of Orlane’s Absolute Radiance Set, but you have to work if you want one. The five best commenters for this coming week—from today, Friday, Nov. 6 through Thursday, Nov. 12—will be awarded with one. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules.