Ever since I saw “Food, Inc.” and began researching toxins in beauty products through the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, I vowed to begin eating organic and non-processed when possible, and to gradually attempt to replace my beauty aids with natural (or as close to natural as possible) products. So when I got one mother of a cold sore last weekend, instead of opting for my chemical-infused lotions and balms, I remembered once being advised to try gel directly from an aloe vera plant. You’ll commonly find aloe vera mixed in with lotions, and while it’s generally thought to have great medicinal properties for healing skin, its effectiveness isn’t exactly proven. Keep reading »
It smells like … Sex Pistols spirit.
The iconic British punk band is getting its own themed fragrance thanks to a partnership with Fragrance and Beauty Limited. Guess the group who once promoted anarchism with their hit anthem “Anarchy in the U.K.” has made peace with the man by going corporate? Who knows. Anyhow, we’re not sure capturing the essence of punk rock would smell all that good (the last time we checked, it smelled like sweat and cigarettes), but the makers have translated this “revolution in a bottle” thusly: “Resisting tradition, fighting conformity and disregarding aromatic conventions it leaves a fresh, restless bite of lemon, sharpened and intensified by a defiant black pepper. Electrified by aldehydes, the fragrance exudes pure energy, pared down and pumped up by leather, shot through with heliotrope and brought back down to earth by a raunchy patchouli.” We’d like to say this is a joke, but it does seem you can actually purchase it. [Hint Mag] Keep reading »
Some people get a real high from driving fast cars. Others just like the windswept look. Now, for both types, there’s a new hair dryer by Conair made with parts from Ferraris. Mimicking the design of the Italian sports car, the gadget boasts a groundbreaking “ball bearing design.” We’re not sure what that is, but apparently it will make your blow dryer run smooth. This baby’s also got some real power—the tool has a Ferrari-like engine with 2,200 watts behind it, and can produce wind speeds of 80 mph. The $400 model is for professional use, but if it wasn’t … we’d expect that Pauly D would own one. Vroom, vroom. [Bella Sugar] Keep reading »
It seems every celebrity has a fragrance nowadays, and oftentimes you get the feeling the celebrity slapped their name on the perfume bottle without regard for what was actually in it. This is not the case with Outspoken by Fergie. The singer not only worked with Avon for two years to develop the fragrance, but also, somehow, captured her essence in a bottle. Keep reading »
Sometimes, a lip stain just isn’t enough. This trio from Bare Escentuals contains a lip liner, lipstick, and lip gloss all in one package. So you can play around with different combinations depending on the look you want. Wear just the lipstick or gloss for an office-appropriate look, and then get a shiny, pigmented pout with all three for a night out on the town. We recommend this mauve color, which matches a variety of skin tones really well. And yes, lip liner is back!