We know that virtually every image we see in print has had a little Photoshop magic worked on it, but it’s easy to forget just how much. Former Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Caroline Forsling is here to remind us. She is currently suing Estee Lauder over an ad she appeared in for Origins Plantscription, an “anti-aging serum.” The stuff is meant for mature skin—but Forsling is only 35. The ad shows Forsling’s face without makeup, one side supposedly treated with Plantscription and the other side without it. Check out the ad above on the left. On the right, the way we’re used to seeing Forsling.
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I consider shaving my legs a necessary summer evil, and to that end, I’ve tried to make it as quick and painless as possible. Enter Eos’ line of sweet-smelling, very effective shaving creams. Eos can be used either in the shower or dry–and it works like a charm, while smelling great to boot. I especially love the pomegranate-raspberry scent. Eos, if you’re listening, make some shower gel and after-shave moisturizer. I’ll definitely buy that, too.
Last weekend, I stayed with a few of my dude besties at their house in Austin, Texas. In between eating tacos and marveling at the sheer number of terrible tattoos Austin has to offer, I went swimming and got some sun. Well, wouldn’t you know it, a house full of 20-something dudes didn’t have any fancy bath and beauty products. So, I had to forgo my weekly allotment of lotions in favor of whatever I could scrounge up in their bathroom. Thankfully, one of the three bought a tube of Lubriderm Intense Skin Repair Ointment, which I’m going to assume (la la la) was used to help heal his latest tattoo or cigarette burn. I put that stuff on my legs after a day in the sun, and wow, did it work a zillion times better than a $50 bottle of blood orange-infused moisturizer harvested from the bottom of the sea or whatever. Consider me converted. And Logan, Timmy and Charlie, sorry about using all your lotion.
My soul is ready for spring, but not my skin. Time to slough off the scales of winter with Bliss Blood Orange and White Pepper Sugar Scrub. Smell vibrant while sudsing, smoothing, and softening skin. Perfect for my skin’s spring cleaning. Now I just need some warm weather so I can tan away my pasty whiteness.
For the most part, we’re wash ‘n’ go gals, but occasionally we actually take the time to do our hair. On such occasions that we want to rock the stick-straight look, we depend on this hairdresser-approved flat iron to take us into Cher-circa-1972 territory. The ceramic plate iron heats up to five temperature settings and is suitable for use on all hair types, giving anyone who uses it seriously glossy, pin-straight locks. Over the years, we’ve tested many different flatirons and this one, at least so far, has a permanent spot in our bathroom cabinet.
Admit it: You have slightly shameful fantasies of swimming in unusual substances like pudding, champagne, Pinkberry, or whipped cream. (Or is this just us? Um …) Making one of our dreams come true is Jellybath Tub Soak, which, when added to your bath water, creates “a warm fluffy jelly that retains heat up to four times that of the water.” Sexy high-class retailer Kiki de Montparnasse is selling the stuff, so already we’re thinking that it’s meant for pre-sexytime fun. What do you think: sexy or nasty? [$45, Kiki de Montparnasse] Keep reading »
Is it just us, or are mousse beauty products just a bit nasty? We were browsing Urban Outfitters’ new online beauty shop when we found DuWop’s Lipmousse, which is described as a “cross between a gloss and a lipstick” in which a “hydro-attracting powdered silicone absorbs water and swells, creating a mousse-like look and feel.” We just imagined sticking our lips in a bowl of shaving cream. Shudder. There are tons of other mousse products out there, a popular one being Maybelline’s foundation and eyeshadow. St. Tropez also makes a mousse bronzer.
Are you into mousse-like beauty products? Or should the texture be reserved for hair products and chocolate desserts?
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Don’t let the bright pink color fool you, NARS’ new Multiple Tint makeup stick isn’t trying to leave you looking like a hooker after a rough night. In fact, unless you entirely over-swipe, the pretty burst of pink is so subtle that we dare anyone to even realize that it’s not just your natural glow. Use it on cheeks and lips for a look that says, “It’s summer, so I’m not trying to hard; I’m just super attractive. So suck it.” If you’re anything like us, that sort of look will sound appealing to you. [$38, NARS, Sephora] Keep reading »
I have extremely oily skin that is a curse (I’m always shiny) and a blessing (I won’t wrinkle easily). So for years, I’ve ignored the advice of my dermatologist and beauty professionals who said I should moisturize despite my skin type. Until recently, I hadn’t found a moisturizer that wouldn’t contribute to the oil slick and cause breakouts. I happened upon the L’Oreal Ideal Skin Genesis Complexion Equalizer by chance; someone left it on The Frisky “free table,” an area for discarded books [Anyone want some erotica? -- Editor Amelia] and unused cosmetics. It was kind of fate that the little pink box caught my eye because my skin has been looking a little blotchy lately. After about three weeks of use, it’s helping to even out my skin tone. Keep reading »
Since the beginning of time, people have been slathering themselves in all sorts of bizarre substances in the hopes of becoming more beautiful.
Modern technology has exposed a lot of these concoctions to be worthless (or, in the case of Elizabethan-era women using lead paint to lighten their skin, very harmful) and also given us less disgusting alternatives (like synthetic dyes replacing bat poop in mascara).
And yet, the weirdness continues.
Here are some odd ingredients used in beauty products and treatments today. Read more … Keep reading »