This past weekend I was a bridesmaid in a good friend’s wedding and, as is seemingly customary these days, the bridesmaids had their hair did for the walk down the aisle as well as for the endless photo sessions. I decided, Hey, it’s a wind tunnel out there; do I really want to fight with my hair all day/night? Why don’t I go for an updo? (And it’s not like I don’t spend my days talking about updos ad nauseum on The Frisky anyway—so it was time to start really living what I’ve been preaching!) As is always my problem, I had trouble explaining exactly what I wanted. I did manage to communicate that I wanted a bun but not a super-tight one and I wanted it to look like I did it myself. Basically, I wanted nothing to do with one of those intense, huge, tight, donut-shaped Jennifer Lopez hairdos. One of the other bridesmaids so perfectly described the size I wanted: “Less Cinnabon, more Dunkin Donuts.” Great. And as Jenn, my stylist, was soaking in all my wants/needs/crazy talk, she passed on one amazing nugget of a hair trick … Keep reading »
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I was reading Daily Mail columnist Liz Jones’ latest crazy rant (today the subject is unwanted body hair) and it was just as bats**t and entertaining as usual, until I came across the following description in regards to a cousin of the Brazilian bikini wax:
“Then there is its more extreme stablemate the Hollywood, which takes away everything, leaving the bearer distastefully childlike. My waxing specialist in London now does ‘seven or eight Hollywoods a day’ – a 70 per cent increase on this time last year. Completely Bare, the American chain of spas dedicated to hair removal, has seen requests for a Hollywood quadruple in the past 12 months.”
How did I miss out on this terminology? Was I absent that day during beauty school? Now don’t get me wrong. I understand that some women are going completely bald down there, but I had no idea just how many of them were and that it was even called that. And I’ve even visited Completely Bare, the spa Jones is referring to (though not for that). What I need to know immediately is this: Are you getting this (presumably extremely painful) procedure done? And did you know it was called a “Hollywood”? Oh and dudes, are you like, into this or find it totally disturbing? [The Daily Mail] Keep reading »
This Fashion Week we went backstage at a number of shows, and the makeup artists and hairstylists we spoke to were calm, cool, and welcoming even when there was only an hour or so before the models had to be dressed and ready to walk down the runway. The atmosphere backstage before Threeasfour, however, was a little different. Who knows what caused the storm — maybe the complicated makeup that required absolute precision to apply or the fact that celebrities were involved in the show — but it was tense back there. The lead makeup artist and hairstylist were wonderful once they were able to step away from their work to chat, but they had their hands full. Thirty minutes before the show was to begin, someone came back and announced that hair and makeup was to be complete “AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE” so the models could get into the clothes. And, just as I was leaving, I bumped into Sean Lennon, who was being interviewed and photographed like mad, adding another element of excitement to the scene. (I also thought I saw Yoko Ono, but now I’m pretty sure it was just a cute, middle-aged Asian woman.)
The reason for Sean Lennon and Yoko Ono’s presence was because Threeasfour designers Adi Gil, Angela Donhauser, and Gabriel Asfour were inspired by Yoko Ono’s dot drawings for the spring 2010 collection. Some of the drawings were turned into prints and used on elements of the collection. The dot theme extended to the makeup, too. Check it out, after the jump! Keep reading »
Prescriptives, the makeup company known for skin care-friendly products and custom blends, is going out of business. Apparently, the brand, a division of Estee Lauder, hasn’t been performing well, and its shutdown is part of company restructuring. Eek! What comes next? Please don’t take away our Bobbi Brown or Clinique goods (seems unlikely).
Anyhow, it’s a shame because we’ve long been obsessed with their Magic line foundations, which have the greatest texture. Luckily, Prescriptives fans now have fair warning, as wholesale distribution will end in January, and the rest of the stock will be sold on the Prescriptives website until supplies last. Better stock up now before you have to scour eBay! [Wall Street Journal] Keep reading »
So, um yeah, we love designer Alexandre Herchcovitz, but when we consider the facts, we’re disappointed that only the wealthiest of the cool kids (like model/socials Cory Kennedy and Byrdie Bell, who sat front row) can actually afford his clothes. And, while we appreciate an artist who takes risks, it’s also pretty clear to us that we won’t be saving up to buy the above ensemble anyway, n’est-ce pas? What we will be getting all up on is the pretty peach eye makeup paired with rosy pink blush that Global Makeup Artist for Maybelline New York Charlotte Willer used on the girls to give them a flushed look to go with the footballer theme. How peachy shadow makes your eye color pop, after the jump. Keep reading »
We’re pretty low-maintenance in the perfume department and tend not to bother with spritzing our pressure points before running out the door in the morning. But we like to smell nice, so Crazylibellule and the Poppies’ CrazySticks solid perfume sticks have found a home in our handbags. The sticks, which look like chunky ChapStick tubes, contain light and lovely fragrances that we can rub on whenever the mood strikes us. We’re especially big fans of the new Les Garçonnes collection. Each of the seven scents honors a lovely woman from the ’20s, one of the most glamorous decades ever, in our opinion. It’s too bad these perfumes weren’t around back then; the flappers would have appreciated the convenient, portable scents while painting the town red! [$18, Amazon.com] Keep reading »
The clothes at the Doo.Ri show last night were mostly gray, accented with a couple blue and peach pieces. The makeup matched, though in a rather unexpected way. Makeup artist Tom Pecheux made the models’ lips blue. Check it out! Keep reading »
Normally, I am fiercely against anything too matchy-matchy—i.e., exactly color-coordinated belt and bag, or lips and shoes, or headband and belt and bag. It just looks too trying-too-hard and robot-esque. I actually actively try not to match my beauty touches or accessories—and while I’m not a Kate Moss mix master, I do spend some time contemplating it all. Yet, when I spied Natalie Portman‘s color-coordinated nails and lips I actually didn’t hate the combo. Here’s why it works. Keep reading »
There are many reasons why women look for cosmetics without this or that—maybe they’re vegans or maybe they’re very eco-conscious. Another reason? Religion.
For Muslim women, there’s apparently been a gap in the market, due to the lack of non-halal makeup. (Halal refers to the law forbidding, among other things, certain pork and animal products and alcohol.) That said, many Arab women already wear makeup — lots of it. We’re guessing that, perhaps, they’re not all so strict about conforming to Islamic law. Keep reading »
The hunt for the ultimate red lipstick can be a lifelong endeavor. And if you ask my dear friend and beauty expert Courtney Dunlop, red lipstick is the new smoky eye. Some are too tomato-y, some too blue, orange or worse, pink. But once you’ve found the perfect shade of red that looks great with your skin tone, just like scoring the perfect LBD, you’ve got a go-to glamour maker that you can bust out on days where you can’t be bothered to put any effort into looking put-together. That’s why I was so excited to spot such a fetching shade of brilliant red on the pretty lips of the models at the Christian Cota presentation yesterday. Global Makeup Artist for Maybelline New York, Charlotte Willer spends a lot of time mixing up colors to use for editorial purposes, but yesterday she didn’t have to. All of the girls were treated to a heapin’ helping of Color Sensational Lipcolor in Very Cherry, a color which looks good on all skin types (and the girls there ranged from lily white to deepest ebony black) and they all looked smashing. Also, because of the high pigment color payoff and creamy texture, no liner was required. Um yeah and it also costs under $10.
Also spotted at Christian Cota: celebs Rose Byrne and Amerie; ’50s-inspired cocktail dresses made edgy with chain jewelry; the fattest, smallest chihuahua we’ve ever seen; and seriously even-more-gorgeous-in-person, new Maybelline New York spokesmodel, 18-year-old Emily Didonato (whom we snapped, above). Oh, also, the sickest shoes ever, after the jump! Keep reading »