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The (Real) Virtual Makeover Is Here!

Earlier this month we reported on Ray-Ban’s new virtual mirror, a program that allows you to see how sunglasses will actually look on you before you order them online. Now The Daily Makeover has announced a revolutionary antidote to being attacked by rabid perfume sprayers at your local department store: virtual makeup application. But will it replace the real-life makeup counter once and for all? [Tech Crunch] Keep reading »

Pretty Women Can Be Hard To Be Friends With

Blame my older sister, the kindergarten teacher, but I believe in the Golden Rule. Whether you’re my boss, my intern, my boyfriend or my third-cousin-twice-removed, I will treat you with the same amount of respect as everyone else.

Why am I wired this way? Other kids were really cruel to me from grade school through high school—whether putting Scotch tape in my hair during class, calling me “Cabbage Patch Kid” because of my chubby cheeks, or circulating my name on a list where girls were ranked by their hotness and I was rated 3 out of 10. That stuff made me feel terrible most of the time and I don’t want anyone knowing what that’s like. Instead, I try to be kind to every person, regardless of how popular/attractive/smart they are, and not be a kiss-ass, ever.

It’s striking to me, though, how not being an ass-kisser has ruined my friendships with some very pretty women. In fact, my only friendship Titanics have happened when I’ve stood up to extraordinarily beautiful women and lost out. The Pretty Girl wanted me to play by her rules; I didn’t want to do it, so Pretty Girl read me the friendship riot act and ditched me. Forever. Keep reading »

Sneak Peek: Guerlain’s Gorge New Fall Makeup Line

We’re loving Guerlain’s fall/winter makeup line for its beautiful packaging and and soft pink and purple hues. Called “beauté slave,” the compacts feature prints inspired by fabrics worn by Russian princesses (um, we’re guessing “slave” is a play on “Slavic”). It’s a unique turn for the French makeup company, which is usually more traditional, and starring Russian beauty Natalia Vodianova as their cover girl is apt, considering she’s kind of a real-life rags-to-riches “princess.” We’ll be watching to see if sugar plum hues catch on for winter. We hope so — they kinda work, no? [StyleFrizz.com] Keep reading »

Glamour’s Plus-Sized Model Visits “Today”

Glamour has received loads of praise after publishing a photo in their September issue of plus-sized model, Lizzie Miller. Lizzie, along with Glamour‘s editor-in-chief, Cindi Lieve, was on “Today” this morning to talk about the positive response to the photo — which shows Miller naked, with un-airbrushed stomach pudge — and Lieve vowed that her magazine would be including more models like Miller in the future. Sounds amazing, but we’ll believe it when we see it! Keep reading »

Be Your Own Makeup Artist With These Instructional Beauty Buys!

No matter how many cosmetics ads you rip from your magazines or grainy tutorial videos you try to study on YouTube, replicating the exact makeup look you see done by the pros is not often an easy feat. Not everyone has the skill, time, or coordination required to be as creative and as beauty-dexterous as the trained makeup artists of the world, and even if you’re pretty gifted with an eyeshadow quad and brush, chances are there are loads of makeup tricks you just can’t seem to master on your own. Luckily, more and more our favorite big-name beauty brands are making their collections more novice-friendly with product intro kits and how-to instructional sets that are sure to make Hollywood-worthy glamour accessible to even the most easily intimidated. Have a huge array of shadows but don’t know how to apply them to achieve the perfect smokey eye? Maybelline can tell you where on your lid each shade belongs! Got the eyes down pat but need a little help with the brows? Anastasia’s at-home brow kit even provides the stencils! Take a look at the slideshow for a few of my favorite instructional products and sets! Keep reading »

Etsy Find Of The Week: Sierra Solid Gold Botanical Perfume Mini

If you’ve ever made the grave mistake of plopping a small bottle of perfume in your bag and thinking you can get away with it not spilling … well, let’s just say we doubt you’ll make that mistake again. But when you’re running around from work to play and back to work again, it’s nice to touch up with a nice subtle scent every now and then. That’s why we swear by perfume solids, and now that we’ve found these cuties from Etsy seller Illuminated Perfume, there’s no reason why the packaging can’t be as lovely as the fragrance. This botanical scent, Sierra Solid Gold, is not going to make people a mile away sit up and smell you. Instead it’s a clean yet well-rounded blend of green conifers like spruce, fir and pine, mixed with warm notes of vanilla, tonka bean, spice and orange. It’s the perfect fragrance to take from late summer well into fall, you know, if you believe in stuff like seasonal perfumes and stuff. [$7.50, Etsy] Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Queen Helene Mint Julep Natural Facial Scrub

Queen Helene’s Mint Julep Face Masque is a cult classic among beauty experts. People swear by its detoxifying prowess and it’s known to tighten and shrink the oiliest of pores. So, last time I was browsing the drugstore aisles I picked up a tube of the exfoliant version, Mint Julep Natural Facial Scrub, to see if it measured up. I was pretty pleased with my purchase: After all, at just under $4 it was more than affordable, and I was relieved to see that the company abstains from animal testing. And hell, I couldn’t wait to experience the “pleasant, tingling mint glow!” the label promised.

After a few weeks of testing, here’s the verdict… Keep reading »

Is Eye Cream A Big Old Waste Of Money?

Say it ain’t so, but a major UK consumer organization claims that spending money on fancy eye creams is like investing in horses and buggies, or erm, something like that. The group Which? tested 12 anti-wrinkle products on volunteers between 35 and 65 years old, and “found none of them came close to eliminating or reducing the appearance of lines.” Not. Even. One. As a result, they concluded that a $5 eye cream is not too different from a $50-plus one. [Belfast Telegraph]

Really? Do you agree? Keep reading »

Kate Moss Has Aged. We Still Say So What?

Today the Daily Mail reports that Kate Moss, presumably horrified by the recent unflattering photos of her looking a bit un-supermodel-like on vacay in St Tropez, is going on a health kick. “A source said: ‘Kate didn’t like seeing pictures of the state of her skin while she was on holiday. She knows it’s down to her lifestyle, so she is deciding to try a particular health plan to help regain a fresh look.’” The idea is to take 10 years off. Perhaps she’ll consult GOOP for fasting regimens?

Seriously though, here’s why this kind of sucks.
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Beauty Test Drive: Swim Cap By Philip Kingsley

If you have sensitive or colored hair, you know that pools are your nemesis, making discoloration and brittle ends inevitable. This may no longer be the case thanks to hair genius Philip Kingsley’s Swim Cap, $33, a deep conditioner that actually waterproofs your strands. The idea is you apply the cream under your swimming cap pre-dip, and your hair absorbs the protective formula first and guards against the harsh effects of chlorine. It’s also a good option for beach-goers looking for protection against sun, wind, and salt water. As a regular swimmer, I’ve found that the product hasn’t tampered at all with my blond hue, and even leaves my hair softer and shinier after I rinse and blow-dry it. I’d recommend Swim Cap for non-swimmers as well looking for a good weekly hair conditioning treatment. Keep reading »

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