The challenge: substitute every single “normal” product in your beauty routine for an all-natural, possibly edible, old-fashioned beauty recipe—oh, and no makeup! One brave woman is trying to do just that, and after a week of substituting odor-eating baking soda, apple cider vinegar rinses/milk rather than shampoo/conditioner, and using lemon and apple cider vinegar as a facial wash, things aren’t looking pretty (see her very frustrated shot, above). Keep reading »
We’ve heard about using precious materials in beauty routines—there was the gold facial (or the crazies who just drink gold). Problem is, all that pretty stuff just gets washed off. Now here’s something indulgent meant to be shown off—Melmacz’s Oyster Pearl Powder. Made from real ground pearls, you dust the powder on eyelids as a highlighter, or all over to give your skin a glowy finish. The rose-scented product may pack a luxurious price, but … it’s probably cheaper than a pearl necklace. Or a gold facial for that matter. [$50, Barneys.com]
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For parents, part of the joy of Christmas is knowing your children will behave in the days leading up to Santa’s arrival. But when you grow up, the scary possibility of finding coal in your stocking instead of presents has been fairly nonexistent, until now: Lush Cosmetics decided to bring back the sooty gift this season. But it’s not quite what you think. Though it may appear to be a pile of gross black rocks, their Want to Believe Bath Melt is actually a beauty product, made from soy milk and cocoa butter meant for a delicious bathing experience. It will soften the skin while also providing a great Christmas morning prank. Actually, it could be the most perfect gift for a frenemy. Keep reading »
It’s no secret that celebrities have entire teams of experts that work tirelessly to make sure they look nothing short of stunning for public appearances like the red carpet and industry events where the paparazzi will be waiting. Sadly, mere mortals do not have the luxury of devoting entire days to their workout regimens, much less personal trainers and nutritionists at their beck and call. The average woman can’t remember the last time she got a facial (if ever), and if you make regular manis and pedis a priority then we say you’re doing pretty well. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t take a peek into the world of celebrity style and steal a few pro tips and tricks. Here’s how to get that glamorous red carpet radiance without the entourage. Keep reading »
Contrary to popular belief, your mom wasn’t completely and totally trying to ruin your life when she said “No way Jose” when you wanted to start wearing makeup. She was merely responding to maternal intuition, because, turns out, all that mascara and lip gloss contains the kind of dangerous chemicals associated with cancer, infertility and hormone imbalance. And according to a new study by The Environmental Working Group, the younger a girl is when she starts caking it on, the greater the danger.
Great. And we thought all that smoking in the bathroom we did was bad for us. Keep reading »
Up until now, if you asked Eva Longoria Parker what her signature scent was, she’d probably sneeze in your face. Sensitive to fragrances, Eva has taken to the chem lab to create a perfume of her own (called Eva by Eva Longoria—not the most original of names, but to the point) that won’t bother picky noses: “I have always been somewhat allergic to all perfumes and really wanted to create something that every woman could wear. So I decided to create my own fragrance that is light, fresh and unique. I think the scent of a woman is extremely sexy and this scent will prove that.”
So what does an allergy-neutral perfume smell like? The eau de toilette contains hints of citrus, bergamot tea, jasmine, and freesia, and it’s due out this spring. Just in time for hay fever season! [WWD] Keep reading »
We still have to get through the rest of the holidays, so don’t even get us started on all the makeover madness that we can promise you we’ll be obsessed with come January. But if you’re going out on the town or throwing a party for New Year’s Eve, we know you can’t resist getting all gussied up, and chances are you’re already thinking about it. We’ve suggested a whole bunch of cute dresses (under $100!), plenty of dancing shoes, and even cocktail shakers to keep in mind, but check this Elle.com video out for a hair and makeup look (inspired by Derek Lam’s spring 2010 runway but redone on their intrepid reporter for the realway), we think would look good on 99 percent of the population come party time. Just don’t forget, kids: Use that hairspray responsibly. Keep reading »
What’s more unhealthy—women who go Botox-crazy in order to look young, or those who gain weight to achieve the same goal? Yes, apparently another study proves that older women who are a bit overweight tend to look younger in their faces. Reports the Archives of Dermatology journal: “Implying that although excess fat may increase the skin’s susceptibility to damage, it may help mask the appearance of wrinkles in old age.” And still, UK Marie Claire is asking readers, “Wouldn’t it be nice to have an excuse not to watch the scales this Christmas? We might just have found one…”
We just have to ask—what is the point to exploring information like this? For starters, we’d think most women would freak at the idea of purposefully gaining weight. But why would you even consider the option when the dangers of obesity are so well documented? [MarieClaire.co.uk] Keep reading »
You may have heard of the golden ratio of beauty at this point. Scientists love to talk about it (I assume because it’s considered a “sexy” study and therefore it gets them more press). After all, the closer we come to quantifying that elusive asset called beauty, the easier it may be to manipulate ourselves in order to achieve it. And yes, that is sick and twisted, but it’s not my fault humans are the way they are.
Anyhoo, researchers at University of California, San Diego claim they have big news to share: They say they’ve “discovered the ideal alignment of female facial features, a pair of measurements that explain why one woman is perceived as attractive and the other, well, isn’t,” which seems weird since many a scientist before has boasted the same thing. But interestingly, these folks have some ideas on how to fake the kind of symmetry that will make the masses bow down and want to bone you. Keep reading »
You thought health care reform was all about boring stuff like health insurance, didn’t you? Well, it’s far more fabulous than that: Washington, D.C.’s finest are fretting over several medical procedures of interest to the casts of “Jersey Shore” and “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” including Botax and fake baking.
The latest news? A tax on plastic surgery is out, while a tax on indoor tanning is in.
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