Paris Hilton has unleashed a new fragrance upon the world: Tease. Did you know this is her tenth fragrance? I am not lying when I tell you that I had not even registered that she had any eau de Paris on the shelves. I must have skipped that aisle at Wal-Mart. (For the record, that is not a Wal-Mart diss. I love Wal-Mart. You may find me in its aisles.) In any case, our favorite socialite channeled Marilyn Monroe for the Tease campaign. “I got to dress up like my idol Marilyn Monroe, and we ended up with some great photos,” Hilton explained, “She’s always been such an inspiration to me.” Personally, Paris is my inspiration. Tragically, she doesn’t know I exist. But what does a tease smell like? Fuji apples, white peach nectar, and “warm sands.” Purchase at your own peril, people. Keep reading »
You know the cliche—women who chop off all their hair are going through a breakup. [I did it! -- Editor Amelia] There is some truth behind this assumption, according to psychotherapist Heather Turgeon, who explains that, “Hairstyles are one of the most obvious, defining changes women can make to their appearance.” Although Turgeon says constant hair changes could simply be some people’s way of showing off their personality, rather than a sign of inner conflict, there is something to say for women who are obsessed with re-doing their hair, as they might suffer from weird psychological neuroses. Keep reading »
Even though I’ve mostly outgrown breakouts (finally!), I still get the occasional gift from the acne fairy. When this happens, there’s only one thing to do: Bring out the big guns, in the form of Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion. While this spot treatment can’t exactly be used during the day, due to it going on pink and all, if you dip a Q-tip into the little bottle, making sure to get some of the sediment from the bottom, and dab the stuff onto your whitehead before bed, the blemish will become smaller and less painful overnight. Seriously, I’ve had King Kong-sized monstrosities practically dissolve (or at least become less noticeable) while I was dreaming the night away. And even my sensitive skin can take a dose of this strange-looking potion containing calamine, salicylic acid, and other acne-fighting and irritation-soothing ingredients. [$17, Mario Badescu] Keep reading »
My perfume routine varies. Some days I’ll spritz a fragrance in the air and walk through it for a slight essence, and on other days I’ll dab my wrists for a longer-lasting scent. Thanks to a new report from the Environmental Working Group, however, I’m going to have to double think my perfume routine — and my chosen fragrance — because the amount of chemicals in beauty counter buys are a tad disturbing. There are a total of 3,100 chemicals that perfume makers can play with in order to create a scent, and apparently companies are not required to list out ingredients of perfumes, just cosmetics. Perfumes contain an average of 14 chemicals that never get spelled out on product packaging. One specific synthetic chemical, diethyl phthalate, has been linked to sperm damage in adult men and abnormal reproductive organ development in baby boys. Other ingredients may result in hormone disruptions and allergic reactions. Keep reading »
It’s one thing to update your hairstyle regularly and keep it fresh and stylish. It’s another thing to change it every time you step foot in the salon.
Or is it?
We’ve known plenty of women over the years (celebrities especially) who are constantly changing their looks. Blonde one day, brunette the next. Long waves to cropped bob to extensions. So, curiously, we wanted to find out what’s going on inside the heads of these hair chameleons. In other words, when is continually changing your hairstyle about something more than just having fun with your locks? Read more … Keep reading »
The geisha lifestyle might seem like a far cultural cry from any modern woman’s daily routine, yet aspects of the Japanese ladies’ arduous beauty regimen certainly haven’t fallen out of vogue.
As I write this, my face feels soft and my complexion looks bright, and while I can generally chalk up those delights to a recent facial, there was one particular ingredient involved in the treatment that deserves some extra credit: nightingale droppings. Read more … Keep reading »