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 »
With all the health concerns regarding beauty products, it was only a matter of time before someone created natural nail polish. That day has come thanks to Urban Outfitters, meaning natural and safe nail polish is readily available for your fingers and toes at the reasonable price of $12. The retailer just added A Beautiful Life’s products to their beauty section, so the masses can now paint their fingers with a polish that’s free of chemicals like DBP, toluene, and formaldehyde. Though it could be some time before your local nail salon starts to carry all-natural nail polish as an addition to their regular selection of Essie and OPI, the colors won’t leave you lacking for a quick home manicure. A Beautiful Life created polishes that are quite similar to your current favorites, including fuchsia, orange, and seafoam green — so your fingers can be fashionable and chemical-free. [Stylecaster] Keep reading »
I know a woman who has tried to cover her gray hairs by coloring them, but at-home kits, no matter what the box says, really suck at covering gray hairs. So she’s tried, at different times, blending the gray hair with both light and dark hair. It hasn’t worked. But I say she should embrace her grays because she’s worked hard for them. I admire 46-year-old model Kristen McMenamy for choosing to color a chunk of her dark hair in order to have a head-full of silver, instead of the other way around. She looks gorgeous! McMenamy even made the August cover of Dazed & Confused and the pages of Vogue with her hair, showing that gray hair could be more than a trend for fall, but a statement for women about embracing your age. Will you go gray or color your hair? [Refinery 29, Vogue, DazedDigital.com] Keep reading »
While lawmakers hoped that imposing a tanning tax would help people cut down on the skin-harming treatment, they should possibly be focusing their efforts on making stricter enforcements on older tanning laws. Since 2009, it’s been illegal for anyone under 14 to use tanning salons, and anyone under 18 must have parental consent. An undercover op by The New York Post shows that in the New York City region, this regulation is rarely followed. A Post reporter sent a 14-year-old to five tanning salons, four of which did not ask for her age or a parental consent form. (To set your minds at ease: the teen didn’t actually go through with the tanning at each stop.) There’s more bad news. Tanning salon employees are required to warn clients about the dangers of indoor baking and inform them about the serious melanoma and cancer risks associated with tanning beds. According to the Post: “None of the 13 parlors visited provided the state’s official tanning-hazards information sheet or the ‘statement of acknowledgment form,’ on which the customer indicates knowing the dangers.” What’s to be done? Should tanning salons be checked up on regularly and fined when not in compliance? [New York Post] Keep reading »