Few and far between are the crochet accessories that manage not to look like hippie-wear. These Candela NYC booties, however, expertly walk the fine line between something that belongs in the closets of people who went to Woodstock and pretty-chic. The ribbon laces, sleek shape, and floral pattern make them a total win in our book.
I sat on a purple mat wearing black yoga pants and a long-sleeved shirt across from 10 other women whose faces I couldn’t quite make out. The studio was dark, except for a few fake flickering candles lining the walls and two red-lit lamps. I looked around and counted four armchairs and fives poles. What had I gotten myself into? As a “liberated” 21st century professional woman, what was I doing in a room filled with a bunch of lap dance chairs and stripper poles? I reminded myself that I was there to help my friend Jennifer win a pole, but I was starting to reconsider. I could just leave, duck out quietly. Then I heard the teacher say, “Let’s start on our backs, and feel your breath.” There was no way out now. Keep reading »
The following might seem a bit crazy, but sounds a heck of a lot more appealing than sticking a needle into your face: Skin care addicts are now turning to beauty products containing bee venom as an alternative to Botox. These products don’t come without pain, however. The ingredient “stings” the skin, increasing blood flow to the face, which causes rejuvenation and improved elasticity. Bee venom is not a new thing to the health and beauty market. (It’s been around for centuries.) Apparently, it’s also marketed in capsule form as a pain reliever for arthritis (kind of counter-intuitive considering what we’ve just learned). You can also find it in soaps as an anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredient. At the very least, bee venom is natural, which makes us more inclined to try it as we’re more and more cautious of the chemicals in our beauty products. [Daily Mail] Keep reading »
Airports are already home to salons that provide 10-minute manicures so you can fix up those ragged cuticles while waiting for your flight, but now travelers will be able to solve their pasty white skin dilemmas before hopping on a plane as well. That’s right, until this Sunday, those flying through London’s Gatwick Airport can enjoy a free spray tan before jetting away to tropical destinations, as part of the Gatwick Glow program. It’s aimed at vacation-goers who’ve been holed away in cubicles all summer long and have yet to see the sun. The promoters of the safe tan plan are hoping that if travelers get a spray tan, they’ll go easy on the sun bathing during the first few days of their vacays, and therefore avoid nasty burns and possible skin cancer in the future. Personally, I think it’s a super-smart marketing plan, especially for people who have a hard time fitting personal beauty appointments into their busy work schedules. How long until other airports realize this genius and then start to charge astronomical amounts for the service? [Daily Mail] Keep reading »
Kate Moss, perhaps the most over-exposed yet somehow mysterious model of our time, is venturing into the realm of reality TV. Moss won’t be hosting her own show — the gods are not that kind — but she will be making a guest appearance on Great British Hairdresser, a show slated to be hosted by her friend, hair stylist James Brown. Though perhaps not the world’s most original concept, the celebrity guests stopping in should make it far and away cooler than most of the American hairdresser search incarnations. If Moss wasn’t enough to convince you to tune in, Gwyneth Paltrow and Liv Tyler will also make appearances. [Press Association]
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When you hear that a certain not-yet-available-in-America skincare line is how famous English roses like Victoria Beckham and Kylie Minogue — along with in-the-know and often on-the-beach celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Renée Zellweger — keep their cellulite under control, even the most jaded beauty editor snaps to attention.
When you hear it’s how 51-year-old Madonna helps keep her muscle tone as taut as someone half her age, you start slathering it on, fast and furious. Read more … Keep reading »