Reason #238 why growing up sucks: no more goody bags at birthday parties. Remember the glee attached to a sudden abundance of loot? Why not treat yourself with Sephora’s new Sun Safety Kit, which comes with 13 mini-products for you to play with. The bag includes some of our good-for-your-skin favorites like Clarins SPF 40, Smashbox Photo Finish, and Murad Essential-C Eye Cream. To add to its functionality, the kit comes packaged in a recycled beach bag you can use all summer. The whole shebang is only $22.50 (but worth $110!), and all the proceeds go to The Skin Cancer Foundation—meaning you won’t just be getting a gift for yourself, you’ll be giving back to others, too. [$22.50, Sephora] Keep reading »
Apparently, poop is all the rage. The newest place to put it is in your hair thanks to Moroccan Oil, a treatment derived from something deceptively clean called “argan oil.” In reality, argan oil is extracted from the feces of goats who expel the undigested argan tree pits. After the substance goes through purification processes, it becomes a usable product with antioxidant and vitamin-rich properties. Rub into either wet or dry hair to treat dry ends, smooth flyaways, or long-term condition. As for the smell? It’s a sort of musky vanilla that’s not too strong, and all in all, not too, ahem, crappy. [MoroccanOil.com] Keep reading »
While Europeans are known for spending the summer lazing about the beach topless, we Americans have more modest sunbathing practices, which involve covering up our boobs and bums. But if you’re taking vacation in France this summer, you’ll be able to test the topless waters without showing your peaks to the entire Riviera. Starting in June, Sephora France will stock 50 of its stores with Nippies, those little stickers cute shapes like stars and hearts that cover up your nipples and are normally worn under clothing that don’t allow for a bra to prevent “wardrobe malfunctions.” While Nippes are for sale in the states, Bristols 6, the company behind Nippies, is marketing their use in France as a way to avoid unintended nipple slips at the pool when wearing teeny bikinis, and on their own as an alternative to tops (yes, the adhesive is waterproof). “While topless sunbathing is de riguer in Europe, Nippies are a chic cover-up for less courageous Americans desiring a cool Euro vibe. … Undercover or exposed, Nippies are a patch of freedom you won’t need to hide,” reads a promotional email. Would you wear these sparkly stickers in place of your swimsuit top? [Bristols 6] Keep reading »
I’m one of those girls who wears fancy matching under-things only by accident, so perhaps I’m not the best person to speak to this, but somehow I think there must be a better way to bring an “explosive style” to the bedroom than wearing grenade-top thigh highs. But, hey, if it’s your thing, you’re in luck — the weapon-themed lingerie is on sale for $10.50! [Spicy Lingerie via ideeli]
[Author's Note: This DailyCandy story was an April Fool's joke, which I fell for. Dammit!]
Finally, something hipster beards are good for: the five o’clock shadow exfoliation.
August Duben, owner and aesthetician at Spa Opilovat in Williamsburg, Brooklyn charges $125 for an exfoliating treatment in which he rubs his beard against a client’s skin. The catch is that August only performs this service on Mondays and Thursdays, when his stubble is at its stubbliest.
If some dude rubbing his chin against you for a Benjamin sounds dodgy, there’s always the $36 Bliss Lemon + Sage Body Scrub. After a couple beers, you could definitely get a hipster to rub his beard on you for free. [DailyCandy] Keep reading »
Here’s a different kind of poop facial. Swiss Kriss is an herbal laxative that’s been around forever and includes flakes of dried senna leaves, licorice root, fennel, dandelion, peppermint, and peach leaves. Today, I noticed on the box — um, that, you know, was in my friend‘s medicine cabinet — that it has directions for a facial sauna. Dump the box into a pan of simmering water and stand over it with a towel on your head. The herbalized steam “penetrates and cleanses every pore. The beads of perspiration coming from the open pores loosen accumulated make-up, rancid oils, and every bit of dirt in just minutes.” Intrigued, I tried it.
I lasted about 20 seconds before the “herbalized steam” caused a coughing fit and fear set in that the laxative going straight to my pores would cause a different type of cleansing. It’s worth a try, however, to take that constipated look off your face. [$8.12, LuckyVitamin.com] Keep reading »
It used to be that the only time we ventured into Ann Taylor Loft was to buy our mother a gift card for her birthday. Recently, we walked past the store’s window display and thought: Either the retailer has gotten a youthful makeover or our tastes have matured. We don’t know which one of the two happened, but what we do know is that Ann Taylor Loft has some awesome and affordable finds that won’t make us look anything like our moms. In August, Ann Taylor Loft will sell a collection of jewelry designed by Lulu Frost’s Lisa Salzer. Looks like we’ll have to make another trip! Keep reading »
We’ve always wanted to be spies, so we adore high-tech gadgets that hide within them something unexpected. Swarovski sells not one but several dressed up USB drives decorated with about a million crystals. The Moon Chrome USB Memory Key is by far the coolest, since it’s the fanciest looking, but, sadly, it has a big price tag ($240) to match. The jump drive attached to our keychain will have to do until we marry James Bond. [Swarovski] Keep reading »