Normally, the Daytime Emmy Awards aren’t really my bag. I’m not a huge soap fan (Is she preggers with Sonny’s baby or does it belong to Jax?! OMG, is he really sleeping with Hope Brady?!) or a regular “View” watcher (except when Elisabeth goes off on one of her nutso rants), so to me, the event is sort of a non-issue. What isn’t a non-issue, though, are the red carpet goings-on at the Daytime Emmys and I’m struck by one seriously dope beauty trend: white-ish nails. They were everywhere. Not that the marshmallow-fluff-white shade is a just-this-second color—it’s been kicking around the nail salon shelves for years—but it seems like there’s a bit of a resurrection of late, which I lurve. Also, white nails look great on all skin tones and tend to make your complexion and hands look tan in comparison. So, what better way to wring out the last of your summer bronze (or if you’re like me, non-bronze)? Screw the no white after Labor Day maxim. After the jump, the best shades out there! Keep reading »
Cat Man Dennis Avner is the world’s most modified man. In his quest to look more like a tiger, he’s split his upper lip, undergone surgical pointing of the ears, plumped his face full of silicone implants, filed his teeth to points, and gotten plenty of ink and piercings (he attaches whiskers to the ones around his mouth). Wonder if he’s ever met cat lady Joceyln Wildenstein? They’d be so purr-fect together. (So sorry.) [NYC, 8/312/09]
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Treating yourself to something girly is always fun, so this weekend, I booked myself my first appointment at Bliss Spa. But my guy looked at me like I sprouted a third eye amongst my unibrow fuzz when I shared the price of my eyebrow wax: $30, plus tip. “Thirty dollars!” He exclaimed. “But, whatever. It’s your money.” Keep reading »
I really hate shaving my legs. Then again, does anyone actually enjoy this activity? No matter what, I end up with a few nicks and bleeds. As for Nair? No way I would put up with the smell. And waxing? Forget it. Ouchy. So these doo-dads piqued my interest while I was in the drugstore the other day. (And weirdly, I realized that Smooth Away has been doing a ton of advertising in my neighborhood with posters at bus stops. Guess I was swayed.) But really, who isn’t interested in whether these things really work or not? The verdict, after the jump!
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We’re not math whizzes, but we do know that having seven nail polish bottles in our bathroom means we can paint our nails seven different colors. Soon, however, nail polish arithmetic will get a whole lot more complicated thanks to CND’s upcoming Colour & Effects line. With 50 Colours available — from Brilliant White to Blackjack, and everything in between — along with 15 Effects (variations on pearly, shimmery, and glittery) to layer underneath or on top, there aren’t endless possibilities, but there are hundreds more than we can count on our uniquely manicured hands. [$9 - $11, CND]
We’re giving five readers a bottle of Oil Slick and a bottle of Sapphire Sparkle from CND’s Colour & Effects line (which doesn’t even hit salons until later this fall!), but you have to work if you want your nails to look good. The five best commenters for this coming week — from today, Friday, Aug. 28 through Thursday, Sept. 3 — will be awarded with a set. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules. Keep reading »
Generally speaking, I’m happy with my mascara. Fiberwig and I have been through a lot together and it’s remained pretty true, never smudging and leaving me raccoon-eyed when I’m going for smoky-eyed. But every once in a while, you’ve just got to try something new. When I received a bag of Dior goodies to road-test the other day, I knew the time had come to betray the mascara that’s seen me through everything from first dates to weddings. (Other people’s weddings, that is…)
I felt a little dirty at first, as I swiped on the Diorshow Iconic mascara, wand clenched in my sweaty, guilty hand. Then something amazing happened. Keep reading »
How can you erase that weathered look you get from years of drug abuse? Well, Amy Winehouse proves you don’t need rehab, no, no, no! You just need an eye liner and a penchant for playing connect the dots. The cat-eyed, beehived soul singer has added another beauty ritual to her repertoire: fake freckles. She really has a nose for fashion! And she brought all that elegance with her on a trip to the dentist. With those spots, Amy looks just like fresh-faced Shirley Temple. Jealous? Of course you are! But don’t worry girl, after years of letting my gay boyfriend put makeup on me, I’m a pro at poppin’ on beauty marks. So, here are seven tips for how you can look as glamorous as a Grammy winner.
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To straighten or not to straighten is still a heated debate within the black community, as the New York Times article, “Black Hair, Still Tangled in Politics” points out. The topic came up recently when 11-year-old Malia Obama was criticized for wearing her hair in twists while visiting Rome this summer. She was deemed by some to be unfit to represent America because her hair wasn’t straightened. Also, Chris Rock’s documentary “Good Hair” sheds further light on a culture in which “good” straight hair is preferred to “bad” nappy hair, especially when Chris asks a hair store owner: “So my nappy hair isn’t worth anything?”
I’ve had my own trials and tribulations with the “creamy crack,” as chemical straightener is sometimes referred to in the black community, so choosing to leave my hair natural was a decision that came, well, naturally to me. However, the Great Black Hair Debate still weighs heavy on my mind at times because naturally nappy black hair still isn’t widely accepted. Keep reading »
Humidity makes your hair look like ass, but British researchers have discovered Mother Nature’s awful mugginess is actually optimal for growing nails that don’t split! Air with 55 percent humidity keeps our nails pliable; unfortunately, excessive amounts of hot water from bathing or hand-washing soften nails too much. A researcher at Manchester University advised, “It’s best not to get nails completely dry or completely wet.”
Sorry, we can’t avoid hand-washing with hot water! But luckily we’ve found The Body Shop’s Almond Oil Nail & Cuticle Treatment ($12) helps lock in moisture and keeps our manicures cute. [Daily Mail] Keep reading »