Posts for December 20th 2007
I can't say that I'm shocked by the results of this year's winner for best nail polish. While one brand in particular didn't win, it looks like black stole the show with total of 19 percent of the votes. Dark purple came in second place, and navy, and other inky blue hues came in at close third. Looks like goth-colored nails rocked 2007.
My personal black fave is OPI's nail lacquer in Black Onyx. It's a really shiny and opaque shade, and the formula can last up to eight days on my nails — which is a record high for a manicure for me! Now that we know that black polish rules, do you have a favorite brand, too?
Ah, Françoise Hardy. So lovely. So lilting. So French! When she was just 17, she signed her first record contract, and from there, she became one of the most popular singers in the Yé-Yé pop-music scene of the '60s. And while she was certainly lucky to have a remarkable face (seriously, those cheekbones could cut glass!), her simple style has made her an enduring beauty icon.
Getting Françoise's dolorous beauty look is pretty simple. Black mascara, some thin black eyeliner, well-groomed brows, and a little bit of lip balm give you the Hardy face. Her signature hairstyle — straight brown hair with eyebrow-grazing bangs — has become synonymous with low-key Parisian cool. But the look isn't strictly for Gallic gals; modern-day chanteuse Cat Power has a Hardy-esque style going on. And be sure to take care of your skin by protecting it with sunblock; when you look through the gallery on the next page, you'll see that Françoise remains belle as ever at age 63. To see it and view a video of a performance by Françoise, read more
This week's episode of Gossip Girl was chock full o' love triangles, fabulous outfits, snow and best of all, gorgeous holiday beauty looks. Take my quiz to find out more about the glamorous hair and makeup on this week's "Roman Holiday" episode. Also, for more tech fun, take GeekSugar's Tech Quiz and to find out more about all the sexy lingerie featured on the show, take FabSugar's Fashion Quiz.
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- Now Smell This reviews niche scents from Juliette Has a Gun.
- Spoiled Pretty's mom says Kate Somerville's eye cream is "worth its weight in gold."
- Jezebel readers are talking about those too-strong scent strips in magazine ads.
- The Beauty Brains examine whether moisturizers could make your skin drier.
- Have you heard about the "hair mystery"? A Girl's Gotta Spa sleuthed out the clues before the mystery product was unveiled.
- ShinyGloss shows off two well-priced beauty gift sets available at Target.
- Lipstick Powder 'N Paint has photos of the new OPI Holiday in Hollywood nail-polish collection.
- Fashionista wonders if lip gloss is dead.
- Ca-caw! Makeup and Beauty Blog fills you in on the return of MAC's cult shadow, Parrot.
- Beauty Snob tries out the Perricone Prescription meal plan. Find out if she got results!
- Blogdorf Goodman has found a beautiful, feminine limited-edition version of Estee Lauder Pleasures.
- Master hair stylist Louis Licari shares a video of his "ambush makeover."
- The Moment doesn't care whether J'Adore is popular — it just smells great.
- Shake Your Beauty meets Alicia Keys's stylist and finds a new (and cheap!) hair product to love.
A lot of times women like to change their look after a big breakup, and considering the public divorce that Jessica Simpson has undergone, she seemed to be focusing on getting in shape and changing her hairstyle a lot over the past year. I wasn't a huge fan of the brown-to-red era on Jess — I happen to like her best as a blond — but tell me, which is your favorite hairstyle/hair color on her?
I don't quite know all of the details yet, but from what I understand, Burberry is getting ready to launch its sixth fragrance called The Beat in March. The scent is said to be a woodsy, sparkling and tea-infused (how very English!) juice created by Dominique Ropion, Olivier Polge and Beatrice Piquet.
It contains notes of iris, bluebell, ceylon tea, bergamot, cardamom, pink pepper, mandarin, vetiver, white musk and cedarwood — and to give you an idea of the pretense under which it was born, the perfumers were given modern rock music for inspiration.
Perhaps that's why the Fratellis played at the December 3rd launch party in London! The face of the fragrance is Britain's most up-and-coming model, Agyness Deyn, and I love how her rocker look plays into the theme.
The Beat is an eau de parfum, and will be available in three sizes: 30 ml ($50), 50 ml ($62) and 75 ml ($80). Additional bath products such as a 40 ml elixir ($130), a body lotion ($39.50) and a shower gel ($35) will also be available. I'm looking forward to checking this out, because Burberry is definitely ramping up its cool quotient with this one.