Over the weekend, Britney Spears was snapped on her way to the salon to get her extensions fixed up. Embarrassing! (Not that Brit is easily shamed.) We had to wonder…do people still get hair extensions? Apparently so. Unfortunately, it’s people like Spears and Paris Hilton that give the hair treatment a bad rep because their manes never look normal, and always look fried.
That said, hair extensions do offer a certain magic, allowing you to change your appearance drastically in a matter of hours. Find out if they’re right for you…
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Who doesn’t love a freebie? Until tomorrow (hurry up!), you can pick five free samples with your Sephora order. Even better, the selection is travel-friendly and includes tiny packages of essentials like Bliss Body Butter, designer eau de toilette, Laura Geller foundation, and PHYTO Phyto 9 nourishing hair cream (our favorite for fried beach hair). The goods come packaged to you in an airport-approved bag, so you can have a handy guideline to follow those pesky travel rules.
After all, summer is the season of the mini-break, and bringing all your beauty products can be a hassle. After the jump, some (beauty product) packing tips that will allow you to avoid checking luggage (getting around the liquid limit for carry-ons), or just slim down your bag. Keep reading »
A recent study concerning our attitudes about beauty as we age shows “surprising results,” according to a press release anyway. Drumroll please: When asked to specify what part of their bodies they were most concerned about, thirtysomethings ranked their abdomen/hip area as number one, whereas women of all ages expressed concerns about their faces. This highly informative survey was conducted and brought to you by The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. No, really. (Sigh.) [EMediaWire] Keep reading »
Diane Kruger has one hell of a hair stylist. Every single time she’s photographed on the red carpet, she’s rocking a new, genius look. Side braids, retro and sculpted waves, casual and side-pinned, a low chignon sprinkled with tiny braids throughout—nothing ever looks too shellacked or forced. In fact, she always looks like she just may have done it herself. (We know that isn’t true, though. Still!) Sure, the Jennifer Aniston‘s of the world will always have a nice-looking blowout, but there’s just something to be said for taking the chance and switching it up. So when I saw Diane’s hair from a red carpet event in Sydney today, I had to give her a shout out for two reasons. It looks great, but also, since one-shouldered dresses are everywhere now but I never know how to fix my hair when I wear them, I’m stealing her idea. How it’s done, after the jump! Keep reading »
If you’re like some of us, the only way to get bone straight, silky hair is via an hour long cream relaxer process. For ages, brands like Dark & Lovely and Organic have been popular for their healthy, easy to use relaxers, but now they’ve got competition: Dr. Miracle’s. Since launching a few years back the company, created by a husband and wife team, has surged in popularity. But today I’ve just discovered that Dr. Miracles signature “Feel It” formula, which tingles and refreshes the scalp, can also be experienced in an acne care line. It’s called My Goodbye Acne System and comes with an exfoliating skin cleanser, regenerating toner and a repairing mositurizer. If you’re skeptical about a hair line debuting an acne treatment system, well, we don’t blame you. Then again, it worked for Garnier. Plus, the product has already gotten a hugest stamp of approval from the fashion and beauty industry’s leading publication, Women’s Wear Daily when it won breakout beauty product of the year. I don’t know how I’ve managed without it. Log on here or visit your local Walgreens to buy it. Keep reading »
Why, oh why is makeup so pricey? Yes we love our YSL and Benefit, but considering the circumstances, maybe schlepping to the drugstore beauty
counter aisle isn’t so bad anymore. We’ve rounded up a face full of daytime-friendly makeup for a mere $20. Keep reading »
Who doesn’t remember “The Nanny”? Since it ended, the star of the show Fran Drescher has commendably branched out to working tirelessly on behalf of women’s health issues, and now she’s extending her efforts to a new organic skincare line called FranBrand. Drescher personally worked with a chemist in California as well as organic manufacturers in Oregon to develop the products, which are free of parabens and carcinogens (aka bad chemicals you don’t want on your skin). Her line will be available November 10th exclusively via, what else? The Home Shopping Network. [StyleCaster] Keep reading »
We’re not quite sure where Amazonian white clay has been all our lives (oh, right, in South America), but now that we’ve met, never shall we part. If you have oily skin or even a troublesome T-zone, you dread these hazy mid-summer months when the humidity peaks and causes a minor catastrophe in the form of greasy skin, clogged pores, and the subsequent breakouts all over your face. Enter the new Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Minimizing Collection (in stores next month), which, frankly, has saved the day. If you want frilly, perfumey product, then move along, but we’ve been road-testing this combination, and it works. Really. First, you wash with their gently exfoliating Deep Pore Daily Cleanser, rinse with Refining Tonic to remove excess oil and re-balance PH-levels, then mattify with Pore Minimizing Lotion, which makes your skin look all perfectly porcelain doll-ish. And for those evenings when you need a more serious detox, bust out the big guns: Their Cleansing Masque contains signature ingredient Amazonian white clay (note: it’s fairly traded), along with natural, absorbent bentonite (clay) and soothing aloe vera. Basically, we haven’t come across a better hangover helper since discovering Bloody Marys back in college. [$20.50 - $28, Kiehl's]
We’re giving five winners the entire collection–yup, all four products–but you have to work it if you want one. (PS: We truly recommend this for normal-tending-oily-to-full-on-oily-skin types.) The five best commenters from Friday, July 31 to Thursday, August 6 will win a set of their own. Click HERE to read the official rules. Keep reading »
The Vanity iPhone app is the latest application to confuse us because it somehow judges “beauty.” All you have to do is import a face-forward, close-up photo into the app, and it will instruct you to mark certain areas of your face, like the outline of your nose and the bottom-center of your chin. Then, you press “calculate” to have either your ego crushed or inflated, as the Vanity iPhone App judges your beauty on a scale of one to 10. The app doesn’t account for hairstyle, flawless skin, or smile because it only measures proportions, and I suspect it also ignores the fact that different races have different facial feature proportions. Amelia decided to test it out and confirmed what we already suspected — that myself, Catherine, and Simcha are all more beautiful than Megan Fox. Amelia’s dog Lucca wasn’t far behind. Our plastic wild hog was not so lucky. Worth paying the $2.99 for confirmation, though! [Daily Beauty Reporter Blog] Keep reading »
One of the things I love to do is walk into a Sephora–the bright lights and subtle fragrances remind me of beauty heaven, if there ever were such a place. But I often find that I’m overwhelmed by all the makeup, skin care, and perfume choices. That’s why I’ve been shopping at MAC shops lately for makeup with bold colors that are visible on my skin. Now, however, I don’t have to decide between atmosphere and fun makeup because Illamasqua, which has been dubbed Britain’s version of MAC, has arrived in Sephora stores. Hello, vibrant pigments and unexpected textures! Now all I need to do is find time for one of their free lessons to take my makeup to the next level. [Beauty & the Blog] Keep reading »