Scarlett Johannson must have read about this study that says women feel their sexiest at 32, because the 24-year-old actor wishes she was 10 years older. “I don’t feel sexy, not right now. I think there is kind of an ingenue thing that women play when they are in their 20s. They are sort of these whimsical, sort of transient characters, and it’s like that in life,” she said. Although we can’t comprehend how Johansson doesn’t feel sexy with that body and intelligence, we totally buy her reason for wanting to be older in Hollywood: “Women in their 30s, and actors in their 30s, suddenly take on far meatier roles. They are playing mothers and wives and women who have been through a life – before the place that they are at that moment. And I look forward to that time when I’ll be able to have more of a life that I have experienced to put into the roles,” she said. For someone who wants more life experiences, Johansson sure has good advise on relationships… Keep reading »
Great news for those of us who are 32: we’re totally hot! At least, this is the age we report feeling the most beautiful, anyway. A new survey of 1500 women found that 40% of respondents said they felt most attractive at this age. At 32 women say their life “had the mix of confidence gained from life experience, an active love life and the pleasure of eating and drinking sensibly.” Hmm…do women not have that at 33 anymore? Or at 38, or 43, or 50? While I would hope these things would continue well past 32, some psychologist named Sandra Wheatley says this is “really encouraging” news because it means women are placing value on life experiences and achievements instead of just how shiny there hair is or how perky their boobs are. She told the Daily Mail: “It sounds to me like women are becoming much more swayed by personality. It’s a sign that we are valued for who we are and what we are capable of, not just what is on the surface. Feeling beautiful is tied in with confidence and life experience. At 32, a woman has been through and survived more experiences and achieved more than at 22.” Keep reading »
If your 2009 isn’t quite getting off to the start you’d been hoping, you get another chance today with the Chinese New Year. Traditionally, money is given in red envelopes to unmarried young people, bringing both the giver and the recipient good fortune — that’s why this Double Fast Luck Emotibomb from Lush is in the shape of a coin. Put it on the floor of your shower and a spicy-orange scent emits from it, along with (we hope) good luck for the new year. [$3.95, LushUSA.com] Keep reading »
No matter how charmed (or challenging) life can be, the new year always seems to startle us into finding ways to make it better. Remember that trying to make too many changes at once may be so overwhelming that we quit before even getting started. But choosing one really important goal is doable, right? What is a must for you in 2009? Maybe you want to find a new love. Maybe your goal is a leaner, stronger body. Or, maybe your inner fashionista is calling for a new curly hairstyle, revamped wardrobe or makeup makeover. Whatever you choose, making it happen will take a little soul-bearing honesty and a lot of action. Here are a few ways we can all get started on our resolutions as we ring in the new year. And keep them. Keep reading »
Taking showers during the winter is no fun. The water takes forever to heat up, and after you’re finally all fresh and clean, you have to put on buckets of lotion in a freezing cold apartment. Well, hairstylist extraordinaire Ted Gibson has a line of body shampoos and conditioners that might make us a little more fond of showering, even when it’s cold. While body conditioner might seem silly, it means you can skip the après-shower lotion step. Genius! [$42, TedGibsonBeauty.com]
We’re giving away five Ted Gibson Body Kits , but you have to work if you want one. The five best commenters for this coming week — from today, Friday, Jan. 9 through Thursday, Jan. 15 — will be awarded with a set, which includes three body shampoos and three body conditioners. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules. Keep reading »
Benefit’s versatile Benetint stain has long been one of our favorite beauty products, mainly because it makes our cheeks look nice and rosy, like we just spent a couple hours sledding in Vermont. It’s supposed to work wonders on lips, too, but when we tried it once, the brush tickled us too much. That’s why the new Benetint Lip Balm is perfect. The tinted lip balm comes in a pot, so you use your finger to apply it, and it contains vitamin E and sunscreen. Now, if only someone would kiss us. [$20, Benefit] Keep reading »
Trying to de-stress and stay beautiful apparently led to the death of three people. They were using a foot massager called the Shape-up-Roller 2 when somehow they were killed. Details were uncovered regarding the death of one of the victims. The woman removed the protective cloth cover from the machine but strangled herself when it got caught on her collar as she tried to use it on her neck.
It makes you wonder, though, what other high-maintenance products we use on a regular basis to feed our vanity that could be dangerous or painful. After the jump, a list of products that could be unsafe and harmful if not used properly. They won’t kill you, but they can definitely cause havoc in your life.
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Haven’t changed your cosmetic case in a while? We bet it’s pretty yucky in there, what with the eyeliner remnants and goops of lip gloss. Since a cosmetic case can get pretty funky, our main requirement is that it’s lined in vinyl, like these from Toss Designs. But it has to be pretty, too. These cases are constructed of leopard-print pony hair. We’ve seen other accessories made of pony hair, but never a cosmetic case. They’re so chic we might carry the larger one as a clutch. [$48, Luggage Online] Keep reading »
You know what you ought to do before you turn 30 (1, 2, 3, 4), but what do you do afterward? Believe it or not, life doesn’t magically come into focus the second that you’re no longer 20-something. Creating the life you want in your 30′s takes work. To make the transition into your new decade as smooth as possible, here are a few tips for navigating those first 30 days. Keep reading »
However, four scientists from Tel Aviv University think differently. They recently unveiled a new computer program that contains a “beautification engine,” which uses a mathematical formula to alter a face in a photograph to a theoretically more attractive version. According to the programmers, the program maintains an “unmistakable similarity” to the original. The software program is based on the responses of 68 German and Israeli men and women, age 25 to 40, who viewed photographs of white female and male faces and picked the most attractive ones. With this data and an algorithm involving 234 measurements between facial features, like the distance between eyes, scientists trained the computer to determine which distances were the most attractive for each individual face and choose the ideal closest to the original face. They have not developed a program that will be a “beauty estimator” for nonwhite racial and ethnic groups. Keep reading »