Ads for luxury brand Louis Vuitton generally feature the rich and fabulous, i.e., Madonna, Sean Connery, Sofia Coppola, and Sean Connery. But the latest installment in the company’s Core Values series, shot by Annie Liebovitz, features lesser-known faces whose names we learned in elementary school history lessons. The ad pictures Sally Ride (the first American woman to enter space), Buzz Aldrin (set foot on the moon with Neil Armstrong), and Jim Lovell (commander of the Apollo 13 mission). Of course, the trio just happen to have a Vuitton satchel with them as they hang out on a battered pickup truck, looking at the moon. Isn’t it nice to have a change from the typical celeb faces we see hawking products? [WWD] Keep reading »
When you’re a bridesmaid, everything is supposed to be about making the bride’s life easier, making the day go smoothly, blah, blah, blah. Know what it’s really all about? The dress. While a classic dress in a nice color shouldn’t be too much to ask for, bridesmaids generally end up covered in heinously colored ruffles, walking down the aisle in mild shame and kind of wishing for death. The madness must stop! Matching dresses and rhinestones of any kind need to be banned immediately. Not yet convinced? Check out these bridesmaid dress horror stories, and you too will dedicate yourself to the cause. Keep reading »
Maybe there are a few gentleman out there sporting unisex trends like Ugg boots and Longchamps bags but a certain foreign import might be making the next big splash in unisex fashion: Drop-crotch pants. Shops like Zara, H&M and Topshop have already jumped on the drop-crotch pant bandwagon after the trend hit the streets of Europe.
I found that some of my craftier, fashion pioneer friends were making their pants from MC Hammer Pants Simplicity patterns or getting them custom made. Unlike the Hammer pants, the sides on these genie-like thingies don’t billow out but cling instead and taper at the ankles. Despite its clear flaws, it does have benefits like elongating your torso and letting ones package breathe. The jury is still out on whether these will be hipster cool or just plain weird. I don’t know girls, is it time to let your man drop-crotch it like its hot? [$44 Topshop] Keep reading »
Being puffy is only in style when Diddy is around. Combat it with Skyn Iceland’s Relief Eye Pen, a portable spot treatment that’s (remarkably) fun to use. Meant to help beat stress by reducing puffiness and dark circles, the blend of vitamin K, orange peel and cotton powder (weird) creates a cooling effect when applied for a mini-relief from summer heat. It’s an especially great purchase for contact-wearers and sufferers of seasonal allergies who constantly have puffy eyes. [$20, Sephora]
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Feeling the burn? Good. Getting burned? Bad. And yet, it happens each summer even when you’re being careful (and usually with the most embarrassing tan-lines possible). For a quick refresher in sun safety: maximize your sunscreen’s efficacy by applying a 30+ to your skin before you go outside, and then another coat 20 minutes or so after, reapplying every few hours. Sadly, we’re human, and often slip up on this regime. Here, some after-sun products to help ease your pain and get you back to looking hot and not scorched:
- Korres’s Yoghurt Cooling Gel does in fact have yogurt in it, which hydrates skin and cools the stinging effects of a burn. Some users refrigerate the product to maximize coldness. [$23.50, Sephora]
- A traditional aloe vera gel form will do the minimum to help healing, but the trick is to get one laced with Lidocaine, a topical anesthetic. For those chronically burned, it’s best to go budget with this inexpensive Rite Aid brand to make your product last. [$4.29, Drugstore.com]
- Decléor’s Aromaessence After-Sun Balm includes a blend of essential oils that soothes sensitive skin for longer periods of time. With reparative action, you’ll also help prevent the inevitable initial peeling situation that comes après-burn. [$50, Drugstore.com]
Are you having a good hair day? You probably are if you’re living in one of these cities. (And, ahem, you’re probably not if you live in one of these thirteen worst hair cities). We looked at humidity levels, pollution, rainfall, average wind speeds, water hardness, demographics, and the number of beauty salons per capita to find which cities have the best conditions for healthy, stylish hair.
After the jump, the best — and worst — cities for hair. Tell us what you think the best and worst cities are for hair in the comments! Keep reading »
Avon sells tons of beauty and skin products, but did you know you can actually add to your wardrobe by leafing through a brochure or surfing the website? We especially love Avon and mark’s jewelry. Check out our picks for sweet accessories, footwear, dresses, and a bonus makeup item from Avon after the jump. Keep reading »
I’ve been scared to use bronzer since an experiment went so terribly wrong for me circa freshman year of high school: I thought I was using bronzer sparingly, but pictures from back in the day reveal I looked like an oompa loompa. The mere thought of returning to those months of orange-y glow is a tad traumatic. But we’d do anything for a good beauty test drive, so I gave Becca’s Mineral Powder Bronzer a go. And I loved it.
As long as you’re careful with the quantity—one or two brushes per cheek, please—you’ll look subtly tan and not at all like you belong in Willy Wonka’s factory. Warning though: if you’re looking for a dark bronzer, this isn’t the one for you. Putting on a ton of it will just make you look silly.