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Clean & Clear Ad Banned For Using Makeup In “After” Photo


I had to laugh when I read about a recent ad for Johnson & Johnson’s Clean and Clear Spot Control Kit getting pulled from British television recently. When consumers complained that their skin didn’t look the actress’s in the commercial, Johnson & Johnson admitted that, get this, the actress was wearing makeup in the “after” photo!! I know, shocking, right? The U.K.’s Advertising Standards Authority pulled the ad and released this statement:

“We considered that, in order to make the before and after comparison fair, both shots should have been taken under the same conditions (both without makeup) to ensure that any visible improvement was an accurate representation of what could be achieved with the product.”

What I’m wondering is: do these people (the consumers and the ADA) seriously believe skin care companies don’t normally use makeup on models to give the illusion of clearer skin (or, in the case of “before” pictures, bad skin)?! I think that’s the real crime here. [via Huffington Post and The Guardian] Keep reading »

How To Get That Old Funk Out Of Your Vintage Gear

You know that vintage funk smell—a little musty, a bit pungent cheese-smelling and sort of moldy. Well, stink be gone: Janie Bryant, the “Mad Men” costume designer who turns out Betty, Don and the rest of the Sterling Cooper gang in ridiculously sexy (but not always overtly so) looks week after week (and clearly knows a little something about shopping vintage), shares an amazing tip: “All you have to do is mix one part vodka with two parts water in a spray bottle. It works every time—that’s the power of vodka for you.” [Valet magazine via Glamour] Keep reading »

An Easy Trick To Get J.Lo’s High Donut Bun

Celebs are all about the super-high buns these days—January Jones was spotted with one, so were Rachel Bilson and Cameron Diaz. Now, J.Lo has joined the fray with this big donut-type bun. What do you think? Want to try it out? I’ll let you in on a secret—it looks hard, but one little trick makes it oh-so-easy to do yourself, and you’ve got one laying around the house. The secret weapon, after the jump … Keep reading »

Attention Bike Nerds: Fuji And Obey’s Limited Edition Ride Is Out

The following will interest you if you: a) are into bikes; and b) are into Obama. Japanese bicycle producer Fuji has teamed up with OBEY, a sticker campaign and clothing line steered by urban artist Shepard Fairey, the dude who did that Obama “HOPE” poster. The fixed gear bike is one seriously designed ride with a matte black frame, all gold accents, and a leather seat. It’s also incredibly limited-edition with only 300 products available. The almost $1,200 price tag is a bit high, but for those passionate about biking (or street art), it could be an investment piece that turns into a collector’s item. [80s Purple] Keep reading »

Quotable: Kanye West Blames Outburst On Fashion Stress

Like a scared child, Kanye West fled the United States after his booze-induced outburst during the MTV Video Music Awards. Finally, a whopping four months later, he’s blaming his outburst on his love for the fashion industry.

“This is my first time back in America for the past three, four months. I love the game so much and I’m so passionate about it, that I can’t take (the stress). I’m so anxious, I’m getting anxiety, begging one of these fashion houses to hire me. I said, ‘If you acquire me, I could be a quiet me. Call it verbal dieting.’”

—Kanye West on why fashion is the culprit [Contact Music] Keep reading »

Check This Out: Lizzie Fortunato For Urban Outfitters

A sweet story can make already-cute jewelry just that much more special. Behold Urban Outfitters’ latest accessories collab with sister-design team Lizzie Forunato. The line, called Hope Marian, is named after the girls’ grandmothers. The result lends a metaphoric quality to messily interlaced bracelets that combine bright cloth strands with vintage-inspired clasps, or gunmetal chains and rhinestones. Complete the look with the Jewels Bar necklace, which features layered metal plaques attached to braided cloth.

The duo’s work for Urban also manages to combine two other things—great design and affordable prices, with nothing over $30. Hallelujah. [Urban Outfitters via Nylon] Keep reading »

Hair Model Citizen: Jessica Simpson Just Stepped Out Of The Salon

Well, look whose hair is all shiny and new! Jessica Simpson, caught by the paparazzi outside of her BFF and main hair guy Ken Paves’ salon yesterday looking hot, blond and sneaking a satisfied little smirk. All we ever read about Jessica are 84989203123-word paragraphs about how she’s too fat/curvy/skinny/clingy, and we can’t take the negativity anymore. She’s our Hair Model Citizen of the day—because is there a better hair moment than that first, confident stride out of the hair salon? If you’re wanting that just-from-the-salon mood boost, call your stylist. But if you’re just interested in the actual Cinderella hair style she’s rocking, here’s what you do: blow-dry, create a deep side part, sweep to the side, and coat ends with a dab of styling cream. Now, get out your trusty medium-barrel curling iron to create individual curls, then use your fingers to gently separate them so they look piece-y. [Beverly Hills, 1/5/10] Keep reading »

Quick Tip Of The Day: How To Write A Thank-You Note In 3 Minutes

Writing a thank-you note can be a daunting task, but you only have to remember the rule of three. You have three days to send the card without seeming rude or forgetful. It should only take three minutes to write your message of three lines. Greet the recipient by name, obvi. You should thank them for the exact item you received, but if they gave you cash, don’t state the amount. Simply write: “Thank you for your generosity.” And if the gift is intangible, say, they let you stay at their country home, then write: “Thank you for your hospitality.” The second line should explain how you plan to use the gift. The third line is your opportunity to express your appreciation for seeing or hearing from the giver and that you hope your paths will cross again soon or they’re in your thoughts. Simple, right? Then wrap it up and sign your name. Keep reading »

Marc Jacobs Is Registered At JCPenney?

Yesterday, the fashion world went into a tizzy when blogs reported that Marc Jacobs and his fiancé, Lorenzo Martone, got hitched in St. Barts during the holiday weekend. With a guest list that included BFF Rachel Zoe and a party hosted by Larry Gagosian, complete with a cake topped by a mini version of the couple, it would be the perfect secret wedding. But as soon as the rumors began, they were dashed by a representative for Marc. In the short span of time that congratulations hit Twitter and Facebook, one trickster decided to have a bit of fun with the news and set up a fake registry for the designer at the extremely fashionable store of JCPenney. In case you’re interested in buying a gift for the happy (as of yet unmarried) couple, you can pick from a variety of specially picked items, including an Oreck® Tower Air Purifier, Portable Massage Table, and a Lexington Swivel Mirror for the bathroom. Just remember that Cintra Wilson made it well-known that J.C.Penney is anything but the ideal shopping location for a true fashion insider. Eye-roll. [WWD] Keep reading »

Fashion Fortune: “Yo, What If We Made A Belt Outta Legos?”


Meet Dee and Ricky Jackson, twin brothers from Staten Island who have struck gold in one of those ways that makes you either go “Why didn’t I think of that?” or “You’ve got to be kidding.” The duo creates Lego accessories in the form of belts, brooches, and necktie-shaped pins that have caught the attention of celebs (Rihanna and Kanye, to name a few), and designers. In the video above, Dee and Ricky tell the tale of their success, which is less interesting for what it is, than how it’s told; it basically reads like a fashion mockumentary. To begin, the brothers explain that their inspiration was kind of random: “One day, we were like yo, what if we did a Lego belt.” The belt then made its way on to the models at a Marc Jacobs fashion show, and apparently, “Everybody hated Marc’s show that year. People were saying the only thing that was hot on the runway was the Legos.”

Seems like a pretty easy and fun job, right? The Jacksons think so. Tells Dee to the New York Daily News: “It is easier than dealing drugs. We are flipping bricks – Lego bricks.” [NYDailyNews.com]

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