If you think you spend a lot of money on makeup, this woman will make you feel better about your excessive mascara and lip gloss purchases. Meet Hillary Kosofsky, who owns a total of $30,000 worth of beauty products. During her 54 years, she’s become totally obsessed with buying any form of makeup or hair care product, but face creams don’t make the cut. Here’s her main problem: When she goes shopping and falls in love with the appearance of a product, she’ll buy two just to keep one fully intact! It’s makeup, lady, not art. With this kind of consumption, it’s easy to see just why Hillary has money problems. In addition to all the multiples she owns, Hillary can count at least 9 hairsprays, 29 shampoos, 137 eyeshadow palettes, 32 concealers, 86 nail polishes, and 25 brushes that are currently stockpiled in her house. And when she’s not snagging new beauty items on impulse, Hillary is strategizing about her next big splurge. When new magazines come to her house, she’ll flip through and rip out pages to remember what to buy at the store. As if she really needs more. And yes, she was in debt up to $14,000 at one point, but her devoted husband paid it off. [MSN] Keep reading »
Put away all your dark nail polish until next fall, because just like last year, J. Crew has anointed two colors of Essie nail polish as the shades of spring and summer. Punchy Pink and Russian Roulette look so bright and fun they’ll wipe away any lingering memories of the long, cold winter you barely made it through. Because nothing goes with warm-weather clothes like happy colors on your fingers and toes!
A recent blog post by Elle UK tells us that the deep tan is back. All we can say is ohgodno and pray that this doesn’t give an army of Snooki wannabes sanction to bronze until they’re black. So we have a proposition: Before you sit in the sun for weeks straight, or whip out the über-dark spray tan, take a moment to consider how much “tan” your skin can really handle. If you’re of the naturally olive persuasion, the answer may very well be “a lot,” and we’re ready to support you through the process of getting there. If, however, you tend more towards the pale and fair, consider a lighter hand in your bronzing, trendiness be damned. All we ask is that you think for yourself when it comes to artificially bronzing. Keep reading »
I’ve tried waxing my lady regions before. It didn’t go well. There were burns and blood, and I threw a few things. That was a few months ago, and it prompted me to seek out Irina, a lovely Eastern European woman of epic bikini waxing skill. But apparently time does heal all wounds and traumas, because I decided to forgo the awkward squirming that comes with a relative stranger being so close to my lady parts and give the home waxing another go. Sorry, Irina, but I won’t be coming back to your too-well-lit chamber of horrors. If you’re up for the DIY waxing challenge, I recommend GiGi’s Brazilian bikini wax. Don’t let the odd mint green color put you off. This stuff’s microwaveable, doesn’t require strips, and works really, really well. That said, there are a few things you should be prepared for… Keep reading »
The woman who invented this machine must have taken her mother’s warnings really seriously when she said, “If you keep making that face you’ll get stuck that way!” This looks like torture to us. [Copyranter] Keep reading »
The reclusive designer Thierry Mugler has emerged from the shadows to announce he will be launching his first fragrance in five years, and it’s called Womanity. We wrote about the Womanity website here previously, which rants on about the invisible bond between women, something, one imagines, that is supposedly embodied in this scent. According to WWD, “womanity” is “a made-up word meant to associate with femininity, humanity and city.” What any of those things have to do with each other, and why commodified feminism is being used to sell perfume, I don’t know. Personally, I’m a huge fan of Mugler’s fragrances — I wear Angel Rose and Alien on a regular basis — but I don’t need some pseudo-gender politics to get me to buy it. Reportedly, Womanity smells of figs and caviar, and it will be available online in June for $58 an ounce. [Styleist] Keep reading »