Mattel recently released a line of black Barbie dolls that is supposed to be more authentic. The So In Style by Barbie dolls, developed by Stacy McBride-Irby, have fuller lips, curlier hair, and three distinct skin tones. Some have criticized these dolls for not being authentic enough and having long brown hair, while others have praised them, saying they’re a step towards changing beauty ideals and giving black girls a positive representation of themselves. But this isn’t the first time Mattel has released a line of dolls to represent black women specifically. Keep reading »
I am a busty lady, and what might suck most about it is never finding a supportive sports bra—I’ve always had to wear two to make sure the Boobsey Twins stay in place when I’m on a run or working out. While there are solutions out there for C, D, and larger cupped ladies, I find a lot of these bras are either made for women who also have larger bodies or they’re simply so freakin’ ugly that I just can’t bring myself to wear what looks like some t-shirt flotation device. My latest discovery is this Adidas “Simia” sports bra with underwire (underwire—thank you!). It also has all the makings of a sturdy workout garment—molded cups, wide straps and a hooked back closure. How about that. [$40, ShopAdidas.com] Keep reading »
This is just a portion of the completely epic invitation to Jill and Matt’s wedding. The whole thing is about a foot and a half long and tells the entire saga of their relationship, from meeting at work to dating long-distance for seven years to eventually landing in the same city. It’s sort of storybook, and I love the simple presentation and the use of different fonts. But one question — did they have to use custom envelopes? View the full invite here. Keep reading »
Calling all cyborgs. Remember that metal glove Beyonce wore? The look may become as ubiquitous as thigh-high boots. Designer Lorraine Schwartz created the glove for the singer’s I Am … Sasha Fierce album. “She wanted something a little bit harder and robotic,” says Schwartz. To get the “superhero” look, the jeweler made a wax mold of Beyonce’s hand, and then cast the hand-piece in lightweight titanium. Schwartz reports she’s since seen regular folk wearing knock-offs. Does this mean we’ll all be fembots soon? [NYMag.com] Keep reading »
We’re way past boys pretending they don’t use beauty products. Women all over are sharing bathroom vanities with their boyfriends. These days, trips to the beauty counter aren’t complete without a pass by the men’s section. Now dudes are faced with the same problem we girls have – just what to buy with all the hundreds of options? A new Sephora study reveals that there are specific favorites, depending on your location.
Here in the United States, men overwhelmingly care about their teeth, skin, and the way they smell. Top sellers? BriteSmile To Go Accelerator, Tend Skin, as well as Acqua di Parma, Dolce & Gabbana’s Light Blue, and Armani’s Acqua di Gio. Keep reading »
Left your Halloween costume to the last minute? (Shame! And with all the daily inspiration we’ve been giving you!) Here’s a quick and easy solution from one of your favorite trendsetting stores—Topshop now has a small collection of cute masks and headbands, perfect for an understated Halloween accessory. There are sequin cat and devil masks, a black satin bunny-ear headband, and a pair of mesh cat ears with tufts of black fur and glittery gold lobes. Problem solved. [$8 each, Topshop.com] Keep reading »
While pinup girls make regular appearances on everything from jewelry to automobile mud flaps, we don’t see pinup guys, well, anywhere. Thankfully, tableware company Fishs Eddy has come up with a set of cheeky (har, har) glasses to fill the void. Featuring a pole dancer in butt-baring chaps, these 13.5 oz. cups are certainly one tall drink of water. [$20 for 4, Fishs Eddy] Keep reading »
Ever heard of Biotin? It’s a B-complex vitamin that you probably already have in your system as it’s found in lots of foods including milk, tomatoes, soybeans, carrots … the list goes on. To get all scientific on you for a second, Biotin helps to metabolize amino acids and is also necessary for cell growth. And according to skin guru Mario Badescu’s blog, it also “increases the size of the hair’s cortex to prevent breakage, thickens the cuticle, increases the size of the hair shaft and promotes growth.” It’s believed by some that taking oral supplements can give you fuller hair and stronger nails. Is there truth to the claims?
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We’ve all heard of clothing swap parties—you clean out your closet, bring all the dresses, tops, shoes and bags you never wear anymore, everyone else does the same, and you, well, swap. Now, a company called ThredUp is taking that same idea to the wilds of the internet. You post and give details about the items in your closest that are up for grabs and enter in exactly what you’re looking for and the site chooses clothes that fit your description that other people have grown tired of. Items are exchanged according to a schedule and using prepaid envelopes — like Netflix, for fashion! Sounds peachy, right? Well, not so fast. There are a few “issues” that I’m not so fond of … Keep reading »
As the Daily Mail so nicely pointed out, Blake Lively‘s got some concealer on her chest (check it out above)—and what, pray tell, is she covering up? No idea, but when I try to throw cover-up on my chest it’s for one reason—chestne. (Acne on your chest for those not occasionally plagued by it.) It’s the annoying little skin secret you don’t hear about much, but loads of people suffer from it. Fortunately, I’ve got a few tricks and preventative measures you can try out to get rid of it. Blake, listen up! Keep reading »