It’s not every day that we test products for men here at The Frisky. But Bang is Marc Jacobs‘ first masculine fragrance in almost 10 years, so I had to jump at the chance. Plus, did you see how hot Marc looked in the Bang ad? Apparently, this scent is so special that he had to star in the ads himself because no other model would do. So do I like Bang? Yes. But what exactly does it smell like? Keep reading to find out. Plus, learn how you can win a bottle of Bang and more Marc Jacobs products. Keep reading »
I was in fourth grade when my grandmother first took me to a hair salon. She drove me to her hairdresser, Betsy, a 50-year-old woman who dyed her hair pitch black, and had a head full of curls the perfect shape of large hot rollers. I squirmed as Betsy ripped out the rubber bands holding in my afro puffs and inspected the black cloud of kink on my head.
“Naomi, have you been trimming this yourself?” Betsy asked, horrified.
“Well, yes, but I don’t know how to do her hair.” Gram said sheepishly. Gram raised five straight-haired Irish-American kids, my mother being one of them. No curls were in sight until my father’s African-American hair genes messed it up. She was lost. Keep reading »
The following might seem a bit crazy, but sounds a heck of a lot more appealing than sticking a needle into your face: Skin care addicts are now turning to beauty products containing bee venom as an alternative to Botox. These products don’t come without pain, however. The ingredient “stings” the skin, increasing blood flow to the face, which causes rejuvenation and improved elasticity. Bee venom is not a new thing to the health and beauty market. (It’s been around for centuries.) Apparently, it’s also marketed in capsule form as a pain reliever for arthritis (kind of counter-intuitive considering what we’ve just learned). You can also find it in soaps as an anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredient. At the very least, bee venom is natural, which makes us more inclined to try it as we’re more and more cautious of the chemicals in our beauty products. [Daily Mail] Keep reading »
Airports are already home to salons that provide 10-minute manicures so you can fix up those ragged cuticles while waiting for your flight, but now travelers will be able to solve their pasty white skin dilemmas before hopping on a plane as well. That’s right, until this Sunday, those flying through London’s Gatwick Airport can enjoy a free spray tan before jetting away to tropical destinations, as part of the Gatwick Glow program. It’s aimed at vacation-goers who’ve been holed away in cubicles all summer long and have yet to see the sun. The promoters of the safe tan plan are hoping that if travelers get a spray tan, they’ll go easy on the sun bathing during the first few days of their vacays, and therefore avoid nasty burns and possible skin cancer in the future. Personally, I think it’s a super-smart marketing plan, especially for people who have a hard time fitting personal beauty appointments into their busy work schedules. How long until other airports realize this genius and then start to charge astronomical amounts for the service? [Daily Mail] Keep reading »
When you hear that a certain not-yet-available-in-America skincare line is how famous English roses like Victoria Beckham and Kylie Minogue — along with in-the-know and often on-the-beach celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Renée Zellweger — keep their cellulite under control, even the most jaded beauty editor snaps to attention.
When you hear it’s how 51-year-old Madonna helps keep her muscle tone as taut as someone half her age, you start slathering it on, fast and furious. Read more … Keep reading »
“Mad Men” costume designer Janie Bryant wins my award for multitasking and branding this year. Not only is she extraordinary at outfitting the cast in ’60s-era fashions and designing a QVC line based on “Mad Men,” but she’s also adding nail polish to her growing to-do list. Bryant has partnered with Nailtini, a brand based in California, to create four limited-edition nail lacquers based on the hit show. She says she was inspired by the fabrics of the era, velvet, satins, and lamé — the stuff a glamorous cocktail dress is made of. The colors will be Bourbon Satin, a brown; French 75, a gold; Deauville, a platinum; and Stinger, an iridescence. The lacquers will retail for $14 each at CVS’ Beauty 360 and Duane Reade’s Look stores. All we need now are “Mad Men”-inspired foods and all of our senses will be touched by the show. “Mad Men” fever is now an epidemic! [WWD] Keep reading »