There’s been plenty of talk of airbrushing in the news this week, and we have no doubt that 51-year-old Sharon Stone‘s bod was given the same treatment for this Paris Match cover. They certainly didn’t skimp on the body oil, that’s for damn sure. In spite of all of Stone’s cuckoo banana antics (or maybe because of them), we still kind of love her, and agree that in general, despite the Botox, boob jobs and who knows what else, she looks pretty smokin’. That said, do you find it to be totally effed that being “body confident at age 50!” basically has to involve plastic surgery — you know, in the celebrity magazine world, anyway? Maybe in addition to airbrushing labels, there should be plastic surgery warnings slapped on ads and glossy spreads, too.
Uhrm yeah, I guess that’s all we really have to say here, except one also might add that if you’re gonna get a boob job, this seems like a fairly tasteful size, no? Keep reading »
Of all her physical traits, Angelina Jolie’s skin may not be the feature women would kill for first, but I’m sure it’s certainly high on the list (what do you think — lips #1, boobs #2, then hair, then skin?). If rumors are to be believed, Angelina’s radiance isn’t completely all natural and she has this odd torture-device-looking contraption to thank for keeping her complexion glowing. The “dermaroller” is covered in tiny spikes and when rolled over the skin it leaves thousands of pin pricks that stimulate “the repair process, boosting collagen production, which makes skin appear radiant, young and firm.” Sounds painful, but for a heavily tattooed movie star whose past includes an obsession with knives, it’s not a stretch to imagine her using a beauty device that hurts a little. Perhaps Angelina uses the Leaf and Rusher Tx Roller, which costs $118, and “claims to open up the skin’s layers, allowing products to penetrate up to 400 times more effectively.” [via DailyMail] Keep reading »
Even though she’s a mom, Victoria Beckham‘s taut and toned body in the new Armani ad released today is utterly devoid of wrinkles and jiggly bits. Gisele’s pregnant belly was flattened in the London Fog ads. Beth Ditto got fattened up on the cover of Love. Kim Kardashian appeared slimmed and lightened in Complex. Jeez Louise, the Photoshop-wielding warlocks should win big fat trophies for all their Great Moments In Airbrushing humdingers this year.
Or maybe airbrushed ads should get warning labels, says one British politician. Jo Swinson, a Liberal Democrat in the U.K., said that airbrushing should be banned on advertising intended for viewing by children younger than 16 and all other airbrushed images should carry labels that say what’s been altered.
It’s an absolutely brilliant idea. But unfortunately, it will never happen. Keep reading »
There was this girl who sat behind me in third grade. She had unruly blonde hair that hung down to her shoulders, steady green eyes, and tiny teeth, and I thought she was beautiful.
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For all of us with sensitive skin, there’s nothing scarier than shaving armpits and bikini lines. Nothing makes us more self-conscious than red bumps and ingrown hairs all over. But this post-shave soother is excellent at keeping irritations at bay. It soothes skin while it exfoliates and releases ingrown hairs from underneath the skin’s surface. It comes in an awesome little bottle and smells delightful. No yucky odors, no burning sensations — just smoothing, cooling goodness. Finally, you’ll be able to sport that itty-bitty, teeny-weeny bikini without examining your crotch all day. [$25, Sephora] Keep reading »
For better or worse, plastic surgery—both in its most extreme (Jocelyn Wildenstein) and subtler (Megan Fox) forms—is fully entrenched in modern day society. In fact, Botox gatherings have replaced Tupperware parties, celebrities flaunt face-lifts on the red carpet and it’s become downright acceptable in plenty of circles. But no matter how you feel about plastic surgery, a recent paper that appeared in the Journal of Evolution and Technology brings up an angle we hadn’t considered. Reports The New York Times today:
…the doctoral candidate says plastic surgery throws a monkey wrench (sorry) into the Darwinian process of selecting the best genes to proliferate the species — since people who otherwise might not have been perceived as desirable mates for procreation allow themselves to be perceived as desirable enough to pass on their genes.
Let’s take a closer look. Keep reading »
Over the weekend, Britney Spears was snapped on her way to the salon to get her extensions fixed up. Embarrassing! (Not that Brit is easily shamed.) We had to wonder…do people still get hair extensions? Apparently so. Unfortunately, it’s people like Spears and Paris Hilton that give the hair treatment a bad rep because their manes never look normal, and always look fried.
That said, hair extensions do offer a certain magic, allowing you to change your appearance drastically in a matter of hours. Find out if they’re right for you…
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Who doesn’t love a freebie? Until tomorrow (hurry up!), you can pick five free samples with your Sephora order. Even better, the selection is travel-friendly and includes tiny packages of essentials like Bliss Body Butter, designer eau de toilette, Laura Geller foundation, and PHYTO Phyto 9 nourishing hair cream (our favorite for fried beach hair). The goods come packaged to you in an airport-approved bag, so you can have a handy guideline to follow those pesky travel rules.
After all, summer is the season of the mini-break, and bringing all your beauty products can be a hassle. After the jump, some (beauty product) packing tips that will allow you to avoid checking luggage (getting around the liquid limit for carry-ons), or just slim down your bag. Keep reading »
A recent study concerning our attitudes about beauty as we age shows “surprising results,” according to a press release anyway. Drumroll please: When asked to specify what part of their bodies they were most concerned about, thirtysomethings ranked their abdomen/hip area as number one, whereas women of all ages expressed concerns about their faces. This highly informative survey was conducted and brought to you by The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. No, really. (Sigh.) [EMediaWire] Keep reading »
Diane Kruger has one hell of a hair stylist. Every single time she’s photographed on the red carpet, she’s rocking a new, genius look. Side braids, retro and sculpted waves, casual and side-pinned, a low chignon sprinkled with tiny braids throughout—nothing ever looks too shellacked or forced. In fact, she always looks like she just may have done it herself. (We know that isn’t true, though. Still!) Sure, the Jennifer Aniston‘s of the world will always have a nice-looking blowout, but there’s just something to be said for taking the chance and switching it up. So when I saw Diane’s hair from a red carpet event in Sydney today, I had to give her a shout out for two reasons. It looks great, but also, since one-shouldered dresses are everywhere now but I never know how to fix my hair when I wear them, I’m stealing her idea. How it’s done, after the jump! Keep reading »