There’s been a lot of talk in the past few years about chemicals in deodorant and their potential cancer-causing properties. I can’t speak to that because I’m not a scientist (weird, right?), but I do know that traditional deodorants and antiperspirants have never quite worked for me: my sensitive skin and haphazard shaving habits make me the perfect candidate for redness and irritation (and if you’ve ever applied deodorant on raw skin, you know just how painful that irritation can be), and the unmistakable plasticky-powdered-flower stench knows just how to induce a migraine in seconds flat. I used to forego the stuff altogether because I don’t have much of a natural scent, but since I’ve started exercising regularly (a novel concept!), that is no longer an option. And so began the search for a natural deodorant that isn’t Tom’s of Maine or a friggin’ rock. It’s pricy, so call me a flagrant wastrel if you must, but Lavanila’s The Healthy Deodorant is the only way to go from here. The light, fresh scents come from a combination of essential oils, and thanks to its primary ingredient (aloe!) I’ll never have to face a compulsively itchy armpit ever again. And here’s the kicker: it really works, all day long. [$18, Lavanila]
The British Advertising Standards Authority strikes again! The ad censorship watchdog, responsible for putting the kibosh on everything from scummy American Apparel ads to a photo of an underage Dakota Fanning holding a perfume bottle between her legs for Marc Jacobs, is cracking down on another campaign. Next up on the chopping block is a Chanel Coco Mademoiselle fragrance commercial starring Keira Knightley. Keep reading »
Oh, I’m sorry, I didn’t see you there. I’m just having sensory overload and perhaps some minor hyperventilation after seeing three of my faves all together on the
red carpet yellow brick road. Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, and Rachel Weisz are the stars of “Oz The Great and Powerful,” as the Wicked Witch of the West, Glinda the Good Witch, and the Wicked Witch of the East, respectively. They all looked gorgeous… and we want Michelle’s dress in our closet, stat. But despite their differences in personal style, the stunning starlets all went for fairly similar makeup choices — dark liner, contoured cheeks, and natural pink lips were par for the course last night. Do we think they coordinated? That’s one premiere pre-game I’d die to attend. In the absence of a formal invite, I’ll show you how to get their lovely looks in the gallery above!
We’re something of nail polish connoisseurs here at The Frisky and TenOverTen polishes are some of the most fun colors priced midrange. Available at Anthropologie or online at TenOverTen’s website, the polishes are made without icky chemicals like formaldehyde, plus they’re not tested on animals. And I can speak from experience when I say that these polishes last. Cute colors, safe, slow to chip, and cruelty free? Now, that’s beautiful. [$18, Anthropologie]
Say what you will about him, but Adam Levine has always given me a crippling case of the skeeves. I know I am in the minority because even my mom thinks he’s sexy, and her idea of a sex symbol is, like, Gregory Peck. Also, he totally serial-dates Victoria’s Secret models with a rapidity rivaled only by Leonardo DiCaprio, so what in the world is wrong with me that every time I land on “The Voice” while channel-surfing, or hear him crooning “Payphone” on the radio, my visceral reaction is to reach for the hand sanitizer?
Anyway, here’s what’s weird: the Maroon 5 frontman is breaking into the fragrance biz for the first time, and it seems to me like Adam is feeling out a new frontier, not just “another bullshit celebrity fragrance.” In fact, he told WWD that he “wanted to do something understated and elegant,” like Tom Ford would do. Adam Levine dropped Tom Ford’s name in reference to his own eponymous line of fragrances. Color me attentive, because that takes balls. The “masterbrand,” which includes both men’s and women’s fragrances, launches at Macy’s this month, and for what it’s worth, the bottles look like microphones. Will you be taking a whiff of Adam’s “woody floral” women’s scent any time soon? [Us Magazine]
Valentine’s Day is supposed to be about love, right? Romance and pink things and flowers, too. It’s supposed to be about couples, but I want to selfishly celebrate by acknowledging a woman who made me love myself a little bit more. So often, I think we’re trying to make ourselves appealing and acceptable to other people. We’re worried about how we look to them, how we come across, if we’re pretty and likable. But once, when I was a kid, I saw a woman who made me think there might be another way to do things, and I’ve never forgotten her.
This is my love letter to a buzz cut beauty queen. Keep reading »
As a general rule, I shy away from black eyeliner on the lower lid; when used around the entirety of the eye, its eye-shrinking abilities are unrivaled. The only people who can pull it off, in my opinion, are those who are all-around ungodly beautiful (Angelina Jolie!) and those who have a naturally bigger, rounder eye shape that isn’t as easily overwhelmed by darkness. So when I saw this picture of Jessica Chastain at the Hollywood Reporter Nominees’ Night, I was beyond pleasantly surprised to find that she (or, well, her makeup artist) had discovered a way to wear thick black liner all around the eye without it dragging her entire look down. Here’s how… Keep reading »
As the kind of girl who leaves red lipstick stains on everything, everywhere, I have scared off more than a few men (and probably small children) in my day. There’s nothing more alarming to a guy than a slick red mouth that pretty much guarantees it’s going to end up all over you. Any other day of the year, I would advise you to pile on the MAC Lady Danger and join me in terrifying the penis-wielding population, but I suppose some changes must be made in the spirit of Valentine’s Day. For those who are married to their lipstick, but want to look just slightly more kissable this time of year, here are 10 subtle lip colors in moisturizing formulas to pump up your pout without sending your male counterpart, prospective or otherwise, running for the hills…
We’ve all been there (or I sure hope so, otherwise this may end up being an embarrassing confession): you wash, rinse, repeat, condition, and style as usual, only to find that your hair is still looking less than squeaky clean. Product residue, environmental grime, and (ew) scalp buildup all contribute to the dulling and dirtying of your hair, especially around the roots, where these things tend to collect. When regular shampoo just won’t cut it, it’s time to bring in the big guns — a clear, super-cleansing formula that will leave no pesky particles behind. Unfortunately for the dry-haired and dye-loyal among us, these take-no-prisoners clarifiers can make hair a bit too clean, stripping it of both its natural oils and your hard-earned color. What’s a greasy girl to do? Reach for ColorProof ClearItUp Detox Shampoo, of course, a color-safe, sulfate-free (this is very important) detoxifier that cleanses and deodorizes the hair by way of a 100 percent vegan cleansing system that’s so gentle, you can use it every day. As someone who only washes their hair twice a week, when I do shampoo, it better be damn thorough; ClearItUp has earned itself a permanent front-and-center spot in my shower. [$29.95, ColorProof]