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A DIY Facelift—Would You Do It?

We’ve talked a whole lot about do-it-yourself projects here at The Frisky—DIY haircuts, DIY Botox, DIY sex toys—and mostly we’ve come to the general conclusion that anything that goes in or is slathered on your body should never be a DIY. (Unless you’re using natural crap, like berries or honey or whatever.) News from the Daily Mail, though, has over 2,000 women on a Harrods waiting list for an at-home facelift kit (it just went on sale). Say what?! Keep reading »

Fat Is Fabulous In Mauritania

Yesterday, Oprah Winfrey discussed beauty rituals and standards around the world on her talk show. I had no idea Iran was the “nose job capital of the world,” but I was really shocked that Mauritanian women don’t want to be thin. Plump is sexy for women there, but men are expected to be thin. Thick ankles, chubby arms, and a big butt are considered the most beautiful parts of a woman in this West African nation. Men even like stretch marks! Thin women are thought of as being sickly. But don’t move to Mauritania just yet because this beauty ideal has its own flaws. Keep reading »

How To Get Michelle Obama’s Arms

Woman’s got guns. And by guns, I mean a not-too-Madonna-esque but still muscle-y set of arms. I want them. Badly. Luckily, someone hunted down her trainer to get the how-to.
(Now, I’m not promising you results, just an exercise routine—we all don’t have a White House chef and organic garden at our disposal.) According to her trainer, Cornell McClellan: “At the end of a routine of cardiovascular workouts and weight training, Mrs. Obama finishes with the “arm-shaping super set” of tricep pushdowns and hammer curls to tone her biceps.” Say what? Basically, it’s one set of tricep pushdowns using a straight bar attached to the high pulley of a cable station and then, without resting, follow that up with a set of hammer curls using dumbbells. Then, you immediately repeat the entire process until two or three sets of both exercises have been completed. And, if you’re in need of a little video help on all those moves (like me, I’m weight-training challenged), the Women’s Health magazine ladyfolk demonstrate exactly how to get Mrs. Obama’s guns, after the jump. Keep reading »

Five Beauty Products To Skimp On

Today the HuffPo ran a story about “beauty indulgences” in which a writer extolled the virtues of 10 outrageously splurgy beauty products, the total cost of which clocked in just under a grand ($986 to be exact, I counted). Her point, that some products are totally worth the money, is fair enough, but having spent some time in the trenches of the beauty industry, I have to take issue with some of writer Felicia Sullivan’s recommendations.

To be fair, if you have the money to blow, I guess go for it. But if you’re feeling bad that you don’t have hundreds of dollars to spend each month on certain essentials, don’t. Seriously. Do not. After the jump, five products which it’s kind of foolish to waste your hard-earned cash on. Keep reading »

Janelle Monae’s Surprising Beauty Secret

We couldn’t possibly be any more obsessed with Grammy-winning artist and new fashion It Girl, Janelle Monae. Seriously, this gorgeous chick not only literally rocks, she’s got a mean sense of style and can moonwalk like a champ. What’s not to love? We’re waiting with bated breath to meet her at the MAC store on Fashion’s Night Out, but in the meantime, we’re spying on her unusual beauty regimen. While we can agree that some of her favorite products, like MAC’s Studio Finish concealer and #35 lashes are indeed superb, we were surprised to learn that when it comes to her “off” days, she has a rather unique source for blush and lipstick: “… when I am with family or running errands, I use Whole Foods’ organic raspberries for blush and dark cherries for stained, moist lips. There’s nothing like having genuine natural colors on your face,” she told our friends over at the Beauty Counter.

Seriously!? I have never heard of that, have you? And ya know what, I am so totally intrigued that I need to run to the grocery store ASAP. [Beauty Counter] Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Lily Allen Takes Eyeshadow To A Whole Notha Level

Lily Allen has been absolutely wowing us with her eye makeup lately, what with all the metallic swooshes and crazy liner. But somehow we missed this photo from last weekend’s V Festival in the U.K. and just had to share. Is it working? You be the judge. But yeah, she totally went there, that’s for sure. [Staffordshire, 8/23/09] Keep reading »

Pepto-Bismol Has An Ugly Side Effect

Vaguely freaky news from the girls over at Glamour: According to NYC cosmetic dentist Dr. Thomas Connelly, Pepto-Bismol turns your teeth black. Truth. So what do you do when faced with a five-alarm fire going on down in your stomach? And why the hell does this even happen? (And where have I been living? I’m a Pepto guzzler when the belly isn’t happy, are my teeth totally grody?) His answer, after the jump. Keep reading »

Hair How To: It’s Not A Braid—It’s A Twist!

It’s been quite a braid-happy past few months. Which is why, when I spied this photo from the Venice Film Festival of Italian actress Laura Chiatti, I had to get all up in your (beauty) grill about it. Look closely at her hair. It ain’t a side braid; it’s a twist. (Remember those from back when? I was a huge braid and twist fan — whatever hairstyle worked to keep my long, stringy hair out of my face for school and didn’t take longer than three minutes to put together my mom could get behind.) Laura’s twist is chic and feels really boho. Want the hair how-to? It’s a snap, actually.
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Who’s The Fairest of Them All?

Members-only sample sale sites like Gilt Groupe are growing in number. But even as getting designer duds at deep discounts becomes easier, deals on makeup are almost non-existent. Or were almost non-existent, anyway. Enter The Fairest, an online makeup sale site, launched yesterday with offerings from Stila (at 50 percent off) to Jurlique (almost 70 percent below retail).

The site only deals in the big name brands and sales last 24 to 48 hours, with the good stuff moving quickly. But members — and all you have to do to be a member is sign up — get weekly email reminders of what’s to come during the week. We’re seeing our makeup bags growing bulkier already… [Style.com] Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Temptu AIRpod Foundation

As someone with an uneven skin tone, I have a hard time applying foundation (which I wear everyday). I generally use a brush, but end up taking my fingers to my face to even out the streaky lines it makes. With a sponge it’s also hard to get an even application because each time you re-dab it into a pool of foundation and then apply to the skin, you have to spread around the excess.

For people (like moi) who are obsessed with flawless skin, the Temptu AIRpod system will be a miracle worker. Keep reading »

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