Crave: ACT Permanent Vegan Hair Color

Vegans want to look good, but the beauty industry has a habit of ignoring their desire for completely animal-free products. At least until now. Advanced Cosmetic Technologies (ACT) has developed the beauty industry’s first entirely plant-based permanent hair color. The hair color is formulated with very pure, natural plant dyes that enhances existing color, covers gray, and adds highlights without any harmful, synthetic chemicals or peroxide. And, you won’t feel the least bit guilty for using this product because the packaging and insert materials are made from Forest Stewardship Council certified paper and 80 percent post-consumer waste and the packages are printed with soy-based inks using wind-generated energy. If only beauty was always this natural. [$29.99, Advanced Cosmetic Technologies] Keep reading »

Segregated Proms Still Exist

The debate about senior prom usually focuses on whether to go, what to wear, and who to take. But in Georgia’s Montgomery County the prom-related question that often arises is whether to adhere to the tradition of segregated proms. Each year, white students from Montgomery County High School attend what is referred to by many students as the “white-folks prom,” and the black students attend the “black-folks prom,” which is open to anyone, but few if any whites attend. Neither proms are sponsored by the high school. Instead, they’re organized by student committees with the help (and input) of parents. Students of both races say they have interracial friendships and relationships. “But it’s the white parents who say no. … They’re like, if you’re going with the black people, I’m not going to pay for it,” Terra Fountain, a white 18-year-old who graduated last year and is now living with her black boyfriend, told the New York Times. Keep reading »

Five Things I Learned From Last Night’s “Real Housewives Of New Jersey”

We took yet another trip down the Garden State Parkway last night with Caroline, Dina, Danielle, Teresa and Jacqueline—and although I think this episode was more of a precursor to next weeks Danielle bombshell, it served up the usual nutzo Jersey fare. Here are the five gems (as I see it) from last night’s hour: Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Brooke Hogan’s Album Cover Is Terrifying

Brooke Hogan posted the cover for her new album “The Redemption” on her website today, and it looks like one of those airbrushed kitty t-shirts you can buy at the beach. What’s with the wings? Who thinks that is a real skin color? And, uh, why is she unleashing this on our eyes, not to mention ears? [5/27/09]
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12 Bad Things We’d Rather Hear Than “We’re Just Friends”

Sex sells and Madonna’s made 500 million bucks at it. But even M, one of the most lusted after women in the world and is the author of a porn tome simply called Sex, can get the brush off by a boy toy. In a recent interview, Jesus Luz, Madonna’s supposed future husband, said, “She is my friend, just a friend.” As if! Haven’t we all heard the “just friends” line once or twice? There’s plenty of bad news we’d rather hear from a guy that’s seen us naked than that kinda of buddy line. A bunch of not-so-hot things we’d rather hear from guy, after the jump…

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Wet Blanket: Snuggie Towel For Summer

If you find blankets to be such a challenge you needed the Snuggie, well, we have some good news for you. This summer you can stick your arms through a whole new sheet of fabric! Behold, the Wearable Towel. Hm, couldn’t the marketing geniuses behind this have come up with a snazzier name for it like say, the Toweldactyl or the Toggie? Well, perhaps they’ve already burned out all their brain cells making this totally hilarious infomercial.

(And if the Wearable Towel doesn’t do it for you—and you happen to be both a Snuggie and a Weezer fan—you can get your hands on a Wuggie. “A Wuggie is basically exactly like a Snuggie, except it says Weezer on it,” Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo told Rolling Stone. “The people at Snuggie are doing it with us and promoting it with us. It’s a totally legit Snuggie.”—[Rolling Stone]) Keep reading »

In Bed With Carla Bruni: Nudie Pic Of France’s First Lady For Sale

What’s better than the real Carla Bruni, dressed head-to-toe in Dior, as the first lady of France? Carla Bruni, 16 by 24-feet tall, dressed head-to-toe in nothing, as the subject of a 1994 nude portrait by American photographer Pamela Hansen.

Called “Carla Bruni in Bed,” the photo is, not surprisingly, an image of Bruni, well, in bed. But we’re not talking about the sort of “in bed” that you and I practice, complete with rumpled pajamas, day-old makeup and quite possibly a dirty sock static-clinging to the sheets. We’re talking mid-’90s-supermodel-dating-Mick-Jagger-at-the-time “in bed.” It’s totally different. And totally hot. Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Madonna Never Looked So Good (Snicker)

This controversial painting of a naked Madonna and Guy Ritchie, by Peter Howson, is going up for auction at McTear’s Auctioneers and Valuers in Glasgow. It’s expected to make between £15,000 and £22,000. Doesn’t it look as if Guy is trying to get at Madonna’s goods, but she has her mega arm and fist ready to punch? Keep reading »

Was “American Idol” Fixed?

Last week, when underdog Kris Allen won “American Idol” over clear favorite Adam Lambert, my jaw dropped. I wanted to call foul, but I didn’t have proof until today. According to the New York Times, last week’s “Idol” finale is the new 2000 election. They say the vote may have been unfairly rigged, thanks to some wheeling and dealing by AT&T, Idol’s main corporate sponsor. Recount in Arkansas! Please, thank you! After the jump, the sordid details. Keep reading »

Blondes: They’re Just Like Us!

Over at The Daily Beast, Alison Prato has written a column on“Breakout Blondes,” which asserts that there is some sort of tow-headed backlash against the dumb blonde stereotype going on in pop culture. Prato gave a number of examples of successful blonde women, from Taylor Swift to Dakota Fanning to Agyness Deyn (the range is astounding isn’t it?), maintaining that after a dark reign in which brunettes like Angelina Jolie ruled our collective imaginations, the fair-haired contingent was back and better than ever. There’s a multitude of reasons why this “article” rubbed me the wrong way, but I’ll just address two. Keep reading »

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