Given the recent increase in temperatures and summer’s obvious arrival, I’m searching for any way to tie up my long locks and get them off the nape of my neck, without resorting to plain and basic ponytails. And to add to my hair issues, this weekend I’m heading to humid Baltimore, Maryland for a friend’s (outdoor) wedding — I’ve been looking for a simple but pretty up-do that’s easy enough to replicate, but looks fancy and intricate without spending hours (and dollars) at the salon. Thanks to this how-to based on Emma Roberts’ chic bun, I now have a great wedding hairstyle which is simple and easy to emulate — not to mention ideal for fancy warm weather occasions or a day at the office. There’s minimal effort involved, very few steps, and even less products. Read on for the quick instructions! Keep reading »
Have you ever met a drop-dead, gorgeous, this-person’s-face-could-launch-a-thousand-ships woman? Then you may dig this article I read on The Gloss called “Do You Ever Hate Women Because They’re Beautiful?” Jennifer Wright sees a Victoria’s Secret model coming out of her apartment building (she either lives there or has a friend/partner there) and of course the doorman and men in the lobby are falling over themselves. “And my first thought,” Wright writes, “was ‘f**k you, bitch, I hate you.’”
OK, it’s not the most sensitive — or rational — of responses. (Wright acknowledges it’s “a stupid, pre-feminist cliche to hate someone because they’re prettier than you are.”) Jealousy makes us feel this way, of course. But I think those of us who have “I hate you” moments also make a lot of assumptions about beautiful women. Keep reading »
Cristiano Ronaldo has been poolside during the NYC heat wave, which means his black toenail polish had been on display. Cristiano, who enjoys shopping at Gucci and Armani, probably knows how to treat himself well — pedicure and all. But is polishing his toes, like Dean McDermott does, a little too much? The men at my nail salon love to get pedicures, but so far I’ve only seen one extremely eccentric male customer get his toenails polished in a color. How do you feel about men getting colored toe nail polish? Discuss! [TMZ] Keep reading »
Is it just us, or are mousse beauty products just a bit nasty? We were browsing Urban Outfitters’ new online beauty shop when we found DuWop’s Lipmousse, which is described as a “cross between a gloss and a lipstick” in which a “hydro-attracting powdered silicone absorbs water and swells, creating a mousse-like look and feel.” We just imagined sticking our lips in a bowl of shaving cream. Shudder. There are tons of other mousse products out there, a popular one being Maybelline’s foundation and eyeshadow. St. Tropez also makes a mousse bronzer.
Are you into mousse-like beauty products? Or should the texture be reserved for hair products and chocolate desserts?
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The latest in retro fashion statements? Slathering streaks of colored sunblock on your nose or cheeks with Zinka products. The gnarly sun protection brand has been popular with surfers for over 20 years, and re-entering the mainstream. Ironic? Awesome? Hilarious? Oh, pipe down hipsters. We see you rolling your eyes while simultaneously applying a stripe of neon yellow to your nose. For those interested in the lifeguard look, you can choose from some 10 colors (mix and match, dude!) including army green, electric blue, blindingly bright orange, and pink.
Would you rock this visible sunblock look? [Zinka via Nylon] Keep reading »
Unless you are some sort of superhuman, summer inevitably brings on the butt sweats, and, um, sweat in other private areas. This extra moisture can cause inner thigh irritation if you’re doing a good amount of walking in a skirt or dress. One way to avoid this super uncomfortable rash would be to wear shorts under your skirt (or just not wear skirts?), or you could safeguard against chafing with an anti-chafing gel. Our pick: Monistat’s Anti-Chafing Powder-Gel, which is non-greasy (meaning it won’t damage your clothes) and guards against wetness (ew, sorry, we know that sounds dirty). If you’ve already hit Chafe City, try a diaper cream (no, really) to relieve irritation in a snap. Mustela’s Vitamin Barrier Cream has an incredibly rich texture to soothe and reduce redness. [Mustela Vitamin Barrier Cream, $9, Sephora; Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel, $7.99, Drugstore.com] Keep reading »