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 »
Nothing will cause you to reevaluate your beauty product stash more than attempting to organize the usually prodigious, crummy mess. Even the most meticulous chick will admit to hiding a hot mess of broken eye shadows, four-year-old hot pink lipsticks and almost empty hairspray somewhere under her cupboard. Once you make the decision to get it together down there, you will see that you should make a new commitment to minimalism, and never again will you buy a sixth lip gloss willy-nilly. Well, for a few weeks anyway. After the jump, a few tips for getting it together. Keep reading »
Erin, The Frisky’s style editor, gets sent a lot of new beauty products in the mail to test and review, but sometimes the most exciting part is opening the goods and finding out what’s inside. When we found out that there’s a whole genre of internet videos in which tech geeks film themselves unboxing the latest gadgets (check out how it’s done at Engadget and Gizmodo), we realized women might be psyched about seeing us unbox the products we get sent in the mail. So, check out the first installment in this new Frisky video feature, “Style Unboxed,” in which Erin pops by my apartment to unbox Talika’s “Beauty of Your Eyes” kit. There’s an eye mask involved! Keep reading »
Have you ever used lip plumpers? They’re those lip glosses that are basically like collagen injections in a bottle—they have some weird potion in them that makes your lips feel like they’re warm and tingling/itching. It’s a bizarre sensation to endure, but if you can, these products promise that your pucker will indeed appear more plump. Now some of these companies are using the same technology and applying it to blush and cheek products — so you can get that just-Botoxed look, we assume? DuWop, one of the original brands to come on the scene with its spicy Lip Venom, now has a rouge called Cheek Venom, which uses the same blend of essential oils you find in its plumping gloss “to warm the cheeks while bathing the senses in the lightest hint of scent. This process creates a natural flush by stimulating circulation.” Too bad we’re just finding out about this as winter’s over. Are your cheeks something you want to plump up? Or is this an area you prefer to de-emphasize? Or maybe you just think this whole thing is kind of stupid? [$24, Sephora via Nylonmag.com] Keep reading »
You probably take for granted just how many beauty products you benefit from each day (look in your bathroom cabinet to prove it). So what would happen if you all of a sudden cut yourself off, cold turkey? That’s what one woman did in a 30-day challenge where she allowed herself to use only soap and sunscreen. She did get around some problematic areas by looking to certain foods as substitutes, finding that cornstarch can act like a dry shampoo and olive oil is basically a wonder product for dry skin and lips, as well as hair. Another interesting finding—exfoliating both your armpits and body can decrease your body odor (makes sense when you think about all the dirt that inevitably sits on the top layer of your skin). But, there were emotional and physical drawbacks. Some highlights after the jump and her final judgment. [Today Show/MSNBC] Keep reading »
Last week, we asked you to tell us about your first time wearing red lipstick in exchange for some Jemma Kidd cosmetics from Market for Drama. And, unsurprisingly, many of you made it into an older relative’s makeup bag when you were young, and the results were hilarious, defiant, and heartwarming. But, astrolatry won for her story that brought tears to our eyes … Keep reading »
This morning I came upon a rather alarming piece of information: My favorite skincare product (and yours, judging from the crazy sales of that St. Ives apricot drugstore staple) could be responsible for making our complexions worse, not better. According to Marc Edward, a top facialist in L.A., facial scrubs “break your skin out more and break capillaries and spread bacteria.”
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Who doesn’t like a good deal on cosmetics without pressure from a salesperson? Market for Drama, a private online beauty site, offers up to 70 percent off high-end beauty products during its weekly shopping events. Shop online for brands like Jemma Kidd Professional Beauty, which offers multi-tasking cosmetics for busy beauty hounds. From March 2 to 5, Market for Drama will have Jemma Kidd products on sale, so you’ve got just enough time to join Market for Drama before this super opportunity passes you by. [Market for Drama]
WIN THIS! We’re giving away enough Jemma Kidd makeup to create the perfect classic face — a Define Stay-put Eye Liner in Mahogany, a Stardust Créme Shadow in Galaxy, an Ultimate Lipstick Duo in Scarlett, and a Lasting Tint: Semi Permanent, Waterproof Lash Colour in Brown — but you have to work if you want it! Leave a comment before 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, March 4, telling us about the first time you wore red lipstick. We’ll pick our favorite response and announce the winner on Friday, March 5. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win. Good luck!
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Not to reinforce stereotypes, but this one is fairly common—a lot of women are scared s**tless of snakes. (Well, except maybe for Britney, but there’s something a bit crazy going on upstairs there in the first place.) Despite this phenomenon, the one way females might feel totally OK about snakes is if their powerful juices were packaged in a pretty, expensive ampoule, and somehow presented as miracle products. That’s what Rodical’s new Glamoxy Snake Serum aims to do. Valued at almost $200 per bottle, the formula claims to be “Botox in a bottle,” and actually doesn’t contain any real snake spit but rather “Syn-Ake, a neuropeptide that copies the effect the South-East Asian Temple Viper’s venom has on its victims.” What does this stuff do? It freezes your muscles for several hours after application, similar to a perma-grin post-Botox. (Lovely.)
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A little R&R isn’t usually high on our priorities list. How can it be when we’ve got deadlines, bills, and drama to deal with? Yet we all have experienced the painful effects of stress and know that going non-stop is unhealthy. (We’re not Energizer Bunnies, you know.) Now, you might not be able to take a spa day weekly, or monthly for that matter, but you can have a little daily release. Spread a little Buddha Nose Bodhi Balm on your temples, shoulders, or back of the neck for a tension-relieving experience that will have you calm in no time. Who knew juniper berry, ho wood, cedarwood, and frankincense could be such lifesavers? [$24, Beautyhabit] Keep reading »