I just came across these Pedisavers pedicure socks ($16–$20), and I can't stop giggling. The idea is that you put them on before applying polish, so that you keep your legs and feet warm. Additionally, these socks eliminate the need for toe separators. (Are toe separators a big problem that needed to be solved?) I doubt I'd wear these, but for cold-footed pedicure addicts, maybe it's a must-have. What do you think?
Posts for January 2nd 2008
There was Dallas, Georgia, Hoola, and 10. And now, Benefit has released a pink cheek, forehead, and chin powder called Thrrrob ($28) to their already existing and ever-popular collection of face powders. While it is referred to as a powder, I definitely see this as more of a blush than something that you would wear all over your face.
The color is a medium bubblegum pink and was designed to give you a natural-looking flush. If you can read between the lines, the name is pretty erotic and the description on their website says "turned on." I think I can deduce that the shade they are going for is actually closer to a sexual flush than a chilly, Winter's day flush. I haven't tried it yet, but I am really interested in checking it out. What do you think of the color and the name?
Baliage is a French freestyle technique of creating natural, hand-painted highlights. In French, le balayage means "strands of color." The technique can be done in a chunky or subtle way, but the effect is generally softer since the highlights are more sparse than with a methodical aluminum foil technique. It's a great way to achieve a natural, beachy, and relaxed bright look.
Baliage is less time-consuming than getting a full head of traditional highlights. It is easier to maintain, too, since the roots will blend in with the rest of your hair as they grow in.
Looks like the eco-friendly movement is going strong into 2008, and with results this pretty, I doubt anybody can complain. Smashbox is launching the Green Room collection, filled with beautiful neutral colors for a more refined earth-girl look. Most of the products have moringa seed extract, and with every product purchased, Smashbox will plant a moringa tree in a developing country. (The tree can feed people with its leaves and fruit.) Plus, all of the packaging is biodegradable or recyclable — as it should be, I think. (I'd also like to see a "green" collection do away with unnecessary cardboard box packaging, but maybe I'm just crabby.)
Anyway, the colors are light and pretty for Spring. For a description of the products in this collection, read more
I traveled to Italy about a month ago, and along with the fantastic food, wine and art, what really captivated me was the love of all things luxurious. So when I heard there was a fragrance called Eau d'Italie, I just had to see what it was all about. As it turns out, Eau d'Italie is a unisex fragrance that was launched in 2004 by perfumers Bertrand Duchafour, Marina Sersale and Sebastian Alvarez Murena.
It was inspired by the cliffs along the Amalfi Coast and the smell of the abundant flowers, sea, lemon trees and mountain air. In fact, the fragrance is so cultural that its sale has been limited to the five-star Positano hotel Le Sienuse and a few London boutiques.
Eau d'Italie is made from a mixture of black currant buds, bergamot, incense, tuberose, citrus fruits, magnolia, cedar, musk and honey. It’s a fresh and seductive scent that I prefer more for the summer months.
You can purchase it online in a 3.4 oz eau de toilette for $110 as well as in a 4.2 oz Shower gel for $40 — or, if you’re really intrigued, make it an excuse to visit the Amalfi Coast for one amazing souvenir.
After some earlier hints, it's official: Anne Hathaway is the new face of Lancôme. Make that "brand ambassador," which is a fancy way of saying that she's, well, the brand's spokesperson.
Anne hasn't made a statement yet, but Lancôme president Odile Roujol said, "Anne Hathaway is a radiant young woman who perfectly embodies modern femininity. We know she will portray all the passion and excitement of our new fragrance, to be launched throughout the world in September 2008."
So what does this mean? More likely than not, you'll see a lot of ad campaigns and commercials featuring Anne—and if her fans are lucky, she'll do some in-store meet-and-greets. I think she's a good fit. What about you?
The last time I used Johnson's Baby Shampoo, I was illiterate and, most likely, incontinent as well. (Thank goodness things have changed in the decades since.) When I recently visited my parents, I noticed that they had a bottle of it in the shower, so I figured I'd give it a whirl.
There's something comforting about the bottle, labeling and smell. These things don't necessarily revert me to childhood, but there's something simple and sweet about it nonetheless. But does the no-tears shampoo work well for grownups? To find out, read more
I know, I know—it's weird to be talking about sunblock in January. And yet, when you think about it, there's no better time. The absolute best thing you can do for your skin this year is to start wearing SPF every single day. Don't believe me? Well, let me tell you a little story.
In high school, I worked at a beachside shop. One day, two sisters came in to try on swimsuits. One looked like a high schooler, and the other looked about 26. When they came to the checkout counter, the older sister opened her wallet. "That's really nice of you to buy your sister a swimsuit," I said. Both sisters started laughing, because they weren't sisters—they were mother and daughter. Crazy! When I asked the mother how she looked so young, she said, "Well, I've been wearing sunblock every day since I was a teenager."
Look, there's no other way to put it: The sun will make you look older. It won't if you wear sunblock. Wear it every day, and you'll prevent most of the spots and wrinkles associated with aging. And on a less frivolous note, you'll be maintaining the health of your skin by minimizing the risk of UV-related cancers such as melanoma. Summing up, then: Wearing sunblock keeps you looking young and prevents cancer. Skipping it... doesn't. Seems like a simple choice, right?
For tips on how to make wearing sunblock a habit you'll easily keep, read more
Here's a new product with a clever name. Sleep In Beauty ($48) is a tinted moisturizer that acts kind of like a really light foundation. It contains all kinds of good ingredients like active peptides (to smooth away rough skin), matrixyl (to help relax skin and diminish fine lines), salicylic acid (to kill acne-causing bacteria) and other nutrients to keep your skin moisturized.
The gimmick of it all is that you can sleep in it and it won't run all over your pillow, since it penetrates deeply into your skin like a cream as opposed to a foundation. Also, it works to calm redness and create a healthy glow, so when you wake up, you look great!
This sounds more like a dream cream for sleeping beauties (I kill myself sometimes), but instead of nicknaming it the obvious, Ramy has appropriately dubbed his latest invention, "The Hook-Up Cream." Sleep In Beauty! is available in light, medium and dark. I'm not sure if I could get used to the idea of sleeping in my makeup. What about you?