For much of the past week, it’s been tough to even think about beauty, let alone write about it. Hurricane Sandy left much of the tristate area, including my beloved New York City, in a state of disaster and disarray that claimed more lives and homes than I think any of us had pictured when faced with the prospect of this “superstorm.” Those of us who only had to suffer without power, heat, or hot water for a few days were the fortunate ones, that’s for sure. (There are still many, many people in need — here’s how you can help.)
I had a few beauty revelations as a result — namely, it is not the end of the world if I can’t manage to cleanse, tone, treat, and moisturize my face, which is a good thing because it’s pretty much impossible in the dark. If you don’t wash your hair for a while, it looks extra nice when you eventually do, and because you can’t shave, your body hair grows enough to get it waxed when you can finally leave the house! (Or maybe that’s just me, because I’m really Russian and my hair loves to grow.)
But say you’re shacking up with your significant other during this very trying time: there are some things you’re going to want to keep in check. You’re definitely going to want to look, and feel, a little cleaner than I did, and there are plenty of beauty and hygiene products made for ease and convenience that become especially useful. So here it is: beauty (or trying to retain some semblance of it) when the lights go out.
This past week, a beauty pageant of an entirely different kind took place in Thailand. The Miss International Queen Pageant is a transgender and transsexual beauty pageant where contestants must have been born male in order to participate. Now in its 8th year, the Miss International Queen Pageant aims to increase visibility and acceptance of transgender and transsexual people. Plus, it’s a great excuse to dress up. This year, 21 contestants from 14 countries journeyed to Pattaya, Thailand, to compete. The winner was Kevin Balot from the Philippines, who took home the $10,000 prize and bragging rights. After the jump, Kevin and some of the other contestants strut their stuff.
Are you guys as obsessed with the Food Network as we are? We could spend hours watching enthusiastic chefs whip up culinary masterpieces and compete on ridiculous food-themed game shows. But sometimes while we’re enjoying a marathon of “Chopped” or “Cupcake Wars” we find ourselves getting a little, umm, excited. We thought it was time to pinpoint our specific Food Network turn-ons, so we made a list of 11 sexy chefs, desserts, and haircuts that really get us going. Click through to check ‘em out, and please add your own foodie fetishes in the comments!
What do you get when you mix a lion with a liger? You get a Liliger, duh! Liligers are super cute, squishy little big cats. Born at a Russian zoo, this Liliger is named Kiara and is being raised by a regular old housecat since her mom wasn’t able to produce enough milk. Click through for more cute as heck pics of Kiara and her surrogate ma. [WhiteWolfPack]
Throughout America’s history, the mustache has grown on the lips of many famous and influential Americans. In honor of Movember, click on for the mustache’s impact on America over the years.
Kate Mara and Rooney Mara are two hot, talented sisters. On the one hand you have Kate, who really stood out in the first season of “American Horror Story.” And then you have Rooney, who is the ”Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.” While Rooney has really stand-out bangs, Kate’s got a super sexy boyfriend (Max Minghella!) And they both have access to some of the top designers in the world. But their style does deviate some. Above, we take a look at some of their best fashion moments. Which sis will rise to the top? That’s up for debate.