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Men Go Matte So As To Appear “In Control”?

The latest in metrosexual men’s beauty trends: mattifying beauty products. For ladies, matte beauty products are often a choice of aesthetics, especially in summer. Do you want a flat texture or that “dewy glow”? For guys who aren’t afraid to use skin care products, many are opting for mattifying lotions to take away shine. (And maybe that’s a good thing because a guy with a “dewy complexion” doesn’t sound all that attractive, now does he?) According to The New York Times, this trend has been growing, and the market for mattifying products has increased over 50 percent in the past two years. Keep reading »

Quick Beauty Tip: Drugstore Vitamin-E Oil Vs. The Fancy Stuff

It’s no secret that vitamin E is super healthy for your body and skin thanks to its antioxidant properties. You’ll find it’s often a nourishing ingredient in lip balms, but lately we’ve been seeing some great skin care results from the natural product in its purest form. It all started when we tried out a super fancy face oil, one like Bobbi Brown’s Extra Face Oil, which retails for a fairly pricey $60. We kind of prefer the straight vitamin E-only drugstore variety, however (which is also helpful if you’re allergic to nuts—facial oils blended by beauty companies will often be a mix including almond extract or oil). Dabbing a bit on has helped clear up acne slightly, but better yet, helps it heal faster. After a few weeks of treatment, a few of our brown sun spots have faded noticeably. (Sunscreen, always!) Best yet, a bottle from the vitamin section will cost you less than $20, and keeps for ages. (Kind of like oil for the Chanukah lamp that you think is only going to last for a little bit, but instead lasts forever!) [$14.56, MaxVite] Keep reading »

Will You Try Latisse Now That Claire Danes Is Shilling It?

Initially, I wasn’t convinced Latisse, the prescription drug that promises to grow fuller, longer, and darker lashes, would be effective because Brooke Shields had really long and thick lashes to begin with. Plus, those warnings of darkened irises and eyelids really scared me. And then The New York Times featured that woman who used Latisse without a prescription and now suffers from discolored eyelids the shade of a black eye. I decided L’Oreal’s Lash Boosting Serum was a safer way to maintain my lashes. But I’m really impressed by the results Latisse’s new spokesperson, Claire Danes, experienced. Her eyelashes went from meager and wispy to long and naturally full-looking, the kind of results you’d expect from lash extensions. There’s something a little more trust-worthy about Claire, who admitted to experiencing some redness within the first few weeks of use. It’s true Latisse is paying Claire, but her results speak for themselves. Now, I’m actually considering trying this product. Would you? [Fashionista] Keep reading »

Bling Your Boo Boo’s, Get Hurt And Still Shine.

Have you ever gotten hurt, needed a Band-Aid, and then wished you were a kid, so you could wear a cool bandage with a princess or Superman on it, instead of a plain boring one? Well, that bandage of yours doesn’t need to be simple anymore thanks to Boo-Boo-Bling, a crystal cover that decks your bandage out in serious bling. Each package of Boo-Boo-Bling contains seven adhesive covers in three different sizes for any size injury. You can sport a scraped knee, blister, or broken nail in style and sparkle until the injury heals. [$5.99, Boo-Boo-Bling] Keep reading »

To Straighten Curly Hair, Moroccanoil Does The Trick

If you’re like me, a curly-haired girl who dreams of straight locks, you feel me during the dog days of summer. I hate my curly hair, and I always have. I remember the first blow-out I ever got. I was maybe 12 and spending the summer at my grandmother’s, who took me to the salon. It was the first time I ever saw my waves tamed, and I’ve been chasing that high ever since. Keep reading »

White Queen Wins In Chess-Inspired Skin Whitening Ad

Wow, SkinWhite. Symbolism much? Latino pop culture blog Guanabee noticed this ad for SkinWhite skin lightening cream which conveys a message about race via black and white chess pieces: “See, the white queen is reigning over all the black pieces. That’s because the black king took her as his queen. Because she’s white. Get it?”

It’s unknown if this ad is “spec work” or if it actually ran anywhere. But the fact that an ad for a product that helps darker-skinned people bleach their skin — itself disconcerting, as we recently discussed regarding Vaseline’s skin lightening app on Facebook — thought to depict “white wins over black” as a concept is troubling enough. [Guanabee] Keep reading »

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