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Girl Talk: Botox Is Worth It (When It’s Free)

A couple of years ago, when I was a freelance writer, I got Botox. I was working on a story for a women’s magazine in the U.K. about “ageorexia” — women in their 20′s and early 30′s who were getting anti-aging treatments and surgeries as a preventative measure rather than as maintenance. While I interviewed a number of women about the subject, I also thought it was a good opportunity to do a little Gonzo-style journalism and get a cosmetic procedure myself. Keep reading »

Brides Are Demanding Botox For Bridesmaids

Hiring a hairstylist and a makeup artist used to be sufficient for the big day, but not anymore. Brides are increasingly demanding or strongly suggesting their bridesmaids, mothers and mothers-in-law get all types of cosmetic enhancements, like Botox, Restylane, and even breast implants. In most cases, the brides are replacing the customary mani/pedi bonding session with trips to an aesthetician, where she foots the bill, but some bridesmaids are actually willing to pay for these treatments themselves. I can understand a bride wanting everything to be perfect on her wedding day, but perfect to me means showing loved ones as themselves. The bride has the right to choose the bridesmaids’ dress, but she has no right to demand cosmetic enhancements. Why risk a friendship over a wrinkle, an acne scar or sun damage? The only way I’d get Botox for a demanding bride is if she paid for it and I could get it in my armpits, which I imagine is extremely painful, but I hate sweat stains. [New York Times] Keep reading »

Current’s Sarah Haskins Targets Botox

Our beloved Sarah Haskins is back, this time with a video about Botox. I got Botox once, but in the name of journalism. And it was free. I never refuse anything that is free. Anyway, getting Botox was weird because when they inject it into your face, you can actually hear the needle pierce the skin. It sounds like a tiny bag of chips is being stepped on. Seriously. For about four months my forehead looked line-free when I wasn’t trying to make an expression, but when I tried to frown or raise my eyebrows, nothing moved. I looked like Joan Rivers on Oscar night and let me tell you, I missed being able to scowl at people. Anyway, Sarah hits it right on the money — why are women so damn afraid of aging? My Botox wore off ages ago and I have no desire to get it again — even for free. [Current] Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Nicole Kidman Looks Radiant Pregnant & Botox-Free

Not being able to inject herself with Botulism is doing Nicole Kidman’s body good. [With husband Keith Urban, Academy of Country Music Awards, 5/18/08] Keep reading »

Botox Gets A Whole Lot Scarier

Guh-reat. Last summer, I got botox in the name of journalism. It looked okay. Before I got the ‘tox, I had a pretty visible verticle line across the middle of my forehead and then a few little frowny lines near my eyebrows so I always just looked a teensy-weensy bit mad. I never really had much of problem with those lines, although it did occur to me to buy better sunglasses so I wouldn’t squint as much. Had the botox not been free, I wouldn’t have done it, but I never turn down anything free (even little unappetizing finger foods at parties!). Anyway, the botox made all the lines go away, which looked pretty good when I wasn’t trying to move my face. When I did try to move my eyebrows for example, only the very corners would go up a smidge. Think Joan Rivers. Yeah.

So even though I got the ‘tox for free and got paid for the journalism assignment, it turns out it may not have been worth it. Nicole Kidman, pay attention! Keep reading »

More Wrinkle-Obsessed Narcissists Choosing Dermal Fillers

The Harvard Women’s Health Watch reports that dermal fillers are becoming more popular for women looking to erase wrinkles. Is it just me, or did we know that collagen and Restylane were popular a few years ago? What’s really news (ha) is that some celebs are using other methods to prevent wrinkles and keep their bodies youthful and fit. Victoria Beckham has been using a $110 “natural Botox” face cream, in addition to following a low carb diet to prevent her skin from sagging and eating nuts and seeds to help her skin glow. And Madonna’s sick figure is the product of hard work. “There’s no easy way,” she told British Elle. “If you want to know how I look like I do, it’s diet and exercise and constantly being careful.” I think I’d rather eat an ice cream Snickers. [Medical News Today, AHN, and PopSugar] Keep reading »

Star Couplings: Heath Ledger’s Secret Spawn

  • Um, did Heath Ledger father a love child with an older women when he was only 17? [Just Jared]
  • This isn’t so “couplings”-related, but Lara Flynn Boyle is looking swell. [TMZ]
  • Oooh, damn. Parents magazine says that J.Lo’s super posh nursery is filled with suffocation hazards. [TMZ]
  • The Daily Mail says that Madonna wants to remake Casablance with husband Guy Ritchie as her co-star. Here’s looking at you, box office and critical disaster. [Daily Mail U.K.]
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    Where Are The Wrinkles And Zits?

    Magazines tamper with photos to make women appear skinnier, more busty, and wrinkle-free. That’s a given. But in movies, you can sometimes see a little breakout or some crow’s feet on an actor’s face when there’s a closeup shot. It might be a little mean or insensitive, but I find it reassuring to know that even really attractive people get zits every now and again. Sadly, though, these minor blemishes in movies will be going the way of the double-chin in magazines. With Photoshop-like programs, post-production companies can correct or change colors, erasing frown lines, and shave off 5-o’clock shadows, and it’s happening more often now that the cost has gone down. Digital coloring specialist Stefan Sonnenfeld told NPR that he had touched up Tom Cruise’s face in Mission Impossible: III and Johnny Depp’s in Sweeney Todd, and some stars even have digital coloring written into their contracts. Perhaps this will negate the need for Botox? [NPR] Keep reading »

    The Daily Squeeze: Simon Cowell & Viagra, Mothers, History, And Wikipedia

  • American Idol judge Simon Cowell turned down an offer to be Viagra’s spokesperson, according to the British edition of Glamour. He also acknowledged that he uses Botox to maintain his face, calling it “no more unusual than toothpaste.” [NY Daily News]
  • Mothers tend to discuss twice as many sexual topics with with their children as fathers do, according to a report published in Pediatrics. [Reuters]
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    Botox: Looks That Can Kill

    Joan Rivers, a big fan of Botox, is poking fun at herself and laughing all the way to the bank in a new Geico commercial. While it may give you a career, a new report shows the wrinkle reducer could make you loose more than just facial expressions — it’s a look that can kill. The popular cosmetic injection is made from the botulinum toxin, the same bacterium that poisons meat, has in many cases spread through patients’ bodies wreaking all sorts of havoc. Since Botox has been linked to 16 deaths and almost 100 users hospitalization, Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, is asking the FDA to review the trendy disease…er, skin care substance put out by the pharmaceutical company Allergan. Looks like there’s an even uglier side to this beauty product. [Reuters] Keep reading »

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