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Kylie Minogue’s Cheap Secret For Perfect Skin

Forget expensive skin creams and trips to the dermatologist. If you really want perfect skin, Kylie Minogue has the answer, and it’s a whole lot cheaper than you’d expect. Apparently, the star relies on Pond’s Cold Cream for her wrinkle-free complexion, a product you’ve seen in the vanity of your grandmother’s house, no doubt. “It’s really changed my skin,” she said. “It’s all I really use to look after my skin. It’s such an old classic.” Though the skin cream has been around forever and costs a measly $4.99, you might not be aware that its roots are really based in ancient Greece, which officially makes it that much cooler, not to mention a total steal. The cream derives inspiration and its base — water and fats — from a cleanser used over 2,000 years ago, making it a historical gem in the beauty world. Kylie’s must-have product proves two things: 1) You shouldn’t judge skincare products by their price tag because sometimes the best finds are the cheapest, and 2) Grandma always know best. If this cream will give you flawless skin through your 40s, like Kylie’s, I’m picking some up on my way home today. [Daily Mail] Keep reading »

Kim Kardashian’s Thoughts On Plastic Surgery

In news that should be a shock to absolutely no one, Kim Kardashian is now ready to admit that her picture-perfect look is not totally natural, and we’re not talking about concealer and beauty products here. So far, no scalpels have come near her body, but she’s dabbled with Botox:

“I’m totally not against plastic surgery. I’ve tried Botox before. That’s the only thing that I’ve done. I’ve never had my nose done. What’s funny about my nose, it’s my biggest insecurity. I always want to get my nose done. I went to the doctor, I had them take the pictures, he showed me what it would look like and it just didn’t — I wouldn’t look the same.”

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The New Catch-22: Can Sunscreen Give You Skin Cancer?

Great. Just as we had stocked up on all the necessary sun protection supplies for the season, we hear this incredibly disturbing news. An environmental organization claims that “almost half of the 500 most popular sunscreen products may actually increase the speed at which malignant cells develop and spread skin cancer because they contain vitamin A or its derivatives.” The same group also concluded in a study that several of the well-known sunscreen brands out there contain “oxybenzone, a chemical shown in laboratory studies to release a reactive form of oxygen that can actually be skin-cancer contributing.”

Um, who are we supposed to believe now? If this is true, then our options are none too appealing: 1) Skip sunscreen, get burned, risk cancer, 2) Slap on the SPF 70, avoid burn, still get cancer, or 3) Become a vampire. [Vanity Fair] Keep reading »

Are Beauty Products With Gold Ingredients (Literally) Worth It?

Unsurprisingly, beauty products and treatments containing gold—whether in flake, powder, or liquid form—cost quite a bit. You can expect to pay about $400 for a fancy face lotion, and as much as a crazy $1,000 per ounce for certain La Prairie products. Consumers of luxury love these beauty aids both for their opulent nature and also for their purported benefits, which include the usual: anti-aging, firming, improved complexion. However, it looks like they might not be worth their weight in gold (har, har). After having a severe allergic reaction to a golden collagen facial mask, one New York Times writer investigated the story behind the metal’s use for personal care. Dermatologists, she found, tended to speak out against gold products, explaining that “gold cannot help you, but it absolutely can hurt you, causing inflammatory reactions like contact dermatitis (which may be what happened to me). In high doses, gold can be toxic, but these products probably don’t contain enough of it to make that happen, doctors say.” As one derm so bluntly put it: “I would tell people to put that money into gold that they can wear around their neck or on their fingers.” Just a heads-up for all those golden girls out there. [NY Times] Keep reading »

How To Keep Your Feet Looking Nice This Summer

When I lived at home, my mom made us — and our confused friends — wash our feet in the sink before entering the house proper during the summer. In sandal weather, she could often be heard admonishing us not to “drag our street feet into the house!” As a result, I’m flexible and balanced enough to stand on one leg while the other is in the sink and consider myself an expert at warding off what I like to call “hobo feet.” Click through for tips for keeping your feet smooth and pretty, even as summer sandal dirt threatens to make them filthy and dry.

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Try This New Home Hair Dye Technique

Do you dye your hair at home? If so, this inventive technique from U.K. hair empire Toni & Guy may interest you. It’s one of the easiest-sounding strategies we’ve heard in a long time. All you have to do is braid your hair and paint dye over it, which, reports British Vogue, is “ideal for the time-poor, Interlacing [as the technique is called] aims to give hair a subtle lift of grungy color minus the long-haul wait associated with traditional techniques.”
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