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These Wacky Japanese Beauty Products May Be Headed Your Way

When it comes to beauty products (and fashion, for that matter), you can always count on Japan for crazy out-there trends. And with a new decade comes new inventions, and more ways to spend money on your appearance. These inventions are already a big hit in Japan, so they have a fair chance of being repackaged and sold here. Just what beauty gizmos might your hard-earned cash go toward this year? Well, let’s see, there’s …

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Can A Facial Fend Off The Swine Flu?

When the going gets tough, there are those who get knocked over, and then there are folks who figure out how to profit from a bad situation. Looks like the beauty industry is looking to the latter by facing the swine flu epidemic with expensive, fancy treatments. High-end spas have started offering healthy-sounding preventative care treatments like “immune boosting” facials and detoxes. Many of these offerings feature antibacterial ingredients meant to ward off sickness—a few examples include bee propolis (bee goo, basically) and high-pH, Japanese water.

So does this stuff work? One doctor tells New York magazine’s The Cut: “There is no question that these treatments will protect against winter illnesses, even the flu and swine flu.” [Interesting. Doesn't sound like any doctors we've ever interviewed. -- Editor]

The cynics in us are intrigued yet doubtful that a facial could replace a flu shot. Either way, pretty clever business-wise, no? [The Cut] Keep reading »

“Avatar” Makeup Tutorial Will Make You Blue In The Face

Our favorite makeup tutorial vlogger, GlowPinkStah is back with a new look inspired by the hit movie “Avatar.” Naturally, the process starts with a blue base which, if you want it to be legit, “you’re going to have to bleach your skin and dye it blue.” Too extreme? A blue shadow will do the trick as long as you layer it on thick: “If you’re starting to look like a sea urchin, you know you’re doing it right.” Then comes gold eyeshadow, black stripes at your temples, and white dots, which are “basically the human equivalent to having really bad acne.” [YouTube] Keep reading »

How To Get The Snooki “Pouf”

We’re obsessed with Snooki from MTV’s “Jersey Shore” for innumerable reasons, including her signature hair ‘do. Called “the pouf,” Snooki’s been rocking the look since she was 16 years old. Now she’s explaining how to get your very own (FYI, it takes her an hour and a half to do, but she isn’t the most low-maintenance girl going, so grain of salt): “When I get out of the shower and my hair is wet, I can scrunch it up and put the clip in and it stays forever, just because I have thick hair and it’s naturally straight. If people don’t have hair like mine, I suggest teasing it a lot and then just put hair spray in (product plug: she uses Paul Mitchell hair spray) and a clip. It should stay.” There you go, kids. [In Touch Weekly] Keep reading »

What Are Your Beauty Resolutions?

Normally, I’m not a resolution person—I make them, stick to them for, oh, two weeks and then I forget entirely about them. Fun times. For me, making resolutions usually makes me feel worse about my life—just one more reminder of stuff I haven’t yet done. So, imagine my anxiety when reading about beauty resolutions over at Style.com. Shockingly, though, all the resolutions were totally pull-off-able and now I’m inspired! So, I’ll start off with my New Year beauty to-do: “Throw out my mascara on a regular basis.” If you’ve ever seen any of my mascara tubes, you know my makeup MO: I use and use and use mascara for months, no years, and never throw it out. Grody, I know. And not the best idea for my eyes, medically speaking. So, that’s my beauty resolution for 2010. What’s yours? Start using heat-protectant before flat-ironing your hair? Regular waxes? Non-regular waxes? Using a daily eye cream? [Style.com] Keep reading »

Terrorists Coming To A Beauty Supply Store Near You?

Looks like the FBI is on the lookout for terrorists in just about the last place you’d think to look—beauty supply stores. Obviously, this has nothing to do with looking pretty, but all about obtaining bomb-related chemicals under the radar. Issued a few weeks before the recent Delta terrorist attack attempt, the official warning concerns beauty stores in the Detroit area, and advises retailers to look out for suspicious customers who purchase large quantities of products with hydrogen peroxide or remark clients with “missing hand/fingers … have burn marks on hands, arms, or face … significantly alters appearance from visit to visit.”

So if you’re now afraid to go to the beauty supply store to get your hair dye … does this mean the terrorists have won? [Stylelist.com] Keep reading »

What Will Be In Your Makeup Bag In 2010?

Turquoise has already been named the color of 2010, but what about your beauty options for the new year? Mintel Beauty Innovation has just named the four beauty trends you may be trying shortly. Read on to see their predictions. Keep reading »

How To Make Your Hair And Makeup Last All Night

The usual New Year’s Eve conundrum—you go out looking hot, hair and makeup fixed just so, and by the time midnight rolls around your ‘do is a frizz-ball mess (or a flat mess, depending) and your eye shadow is half-way down your face. Rather than constantly running to the bathroom for touch-ups and carrying a whole case of makeup and hair sprays/clips/etc. in your purse, why not make things easier on yourself this year with a bit of pre-party prep? A few stay-put tips, after the jump! Keep reading »

What Will Beauty Products Of The Future Be Like?

According to research from Mintel, beauty products will take a new turn in 2010, one that focuses on concretely improving well-being: “Mood beauty” — products that come with psychological benefits by interacting with the body’s neurotransmitters — will be one of the key trends for 2010 among other industry innovations.” So what does that mean, exactly? You might start seeing your cream as advertised with new added “mood enhancers” that claim to improve your state of mind. Of course Origins has been marketing similar products for a long time, and we know of one kitschy company already doing this, Smiley, which became known for its “anti-depressant perfume.” The latter company’s website appears to be down, however, so maybe they went out of business. According to the Independent, you’ll also begin to see products marketed with a larger medical image through “DIY pharmaceutical kits.”

So does this mean we can stop paying for therapy soon? Something tells us it will take more than a night cream to make us really happy. But anything’s worth a try. [Independent.co.uk] Keep reading »

Claw Your Way Down The Rabbit Hole

Every good movie deserves a proper nail polish collaboration, right? OPI fell down the rabbit hole and found inspiration in Tim Burton’s delicious-looking new film “Alice in Wonderland.” The product of their fantastical dreams turned into four different shades: Absolutely Alice, Mad as a Hatter, Off With Her Red! and Thanks So Muchness. These looks are certainly not for anyone afraid of color or glitter, since each is just as extravagant and eye-catching as the next. From the deep red for the Red Queen to the glittery black for the Mad Hatter, each pairs with its character to crazy perfection, which makes sense, as those on-screen personalities really do need outlandish colors to compete. The polishes, available at salons nationwide in January, will retail for $8.50 each or $20 for the set. [All Lacquered Up] Keep reading »

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