Posts for December 16th 2008
What's a girl to do when she wakes up already stressed out and overwhelmed? It's the situation I faced this morning, and made a counterintuitive choice that turned out perfectly – I picked up a bottle of EO Nighty Night Bubble Bath ($7.99).
I admit that conjuring up bedtime is not exactly the best start to a work day, but the main ingredients of blue chamomile and lavender promised to soothe, and soothe they did. The mildly floral scent lingered in my bathroom to make me feel like I was wandering through a field of lavender, not putting on concealer and brushing my teeth.
Hours later, I'm still mellow but not sleepy (I'm thinking the coffee helped with that). I may just try this again tonight while sipping some chamomile tea for sleepy time. After all, this product had some of the longest-lasting bubbles of any I've reviewed, making me want to linger way longer than my AM routine allowed.
As if dealing with cancer isn't difficult enough, now there's some unsettling news about moisturizers. Recently, researchers from Breastlink, a breast cancer treatment center in Southern California, presented the results of a study in which they tested 16 easily accessible moisturizers for estrogen. While none of the samples listed estrogen as an ingredient, six actually contained some type of the hormone — which is terrible news for women with a type of breast cancer that is driven by estrogen.
What's up with the absence of such an important detail? If you're concerned, you could check out Lindi Skin, a soothing skincare line formulated specifically for the sensitive skin of chemotherapy patients. Since the skin absorbs topical products quite readily, applying a nourishing alternative specifically formulated for people with cancer seems like the safest bet to me — not to mention anyone worried about the repeated exposure they may have unknowingly received from any unlabeled creams.
With risqué names like Deep Throat, Orgasm, Super Orgasm, and The Multiple, NARS blushes sure do capture attention, no? Sexy names aside, its flattering, easily blendable formulations are an industry favorite — and they're yours, too. A whopping 43 percent of you agreed the famous brand with the ever-so-famous product was the Best Blush of 2008. Congratulations to NARS!
As for my pick, I was really feeling Bare Escentuals all year long. From soft shades of pink to sha-zam shades of plum, the color selection and pricing just can't be beat. Plus, I like playing mad scientist when I mix different hues together to get the ultimate color. Curious about what else was hot this year? Check out more Best of 2008 coverage throughout the Sugar network right now.
- What a certain pop star used for her latest video's hairstyle — Beauty and the Blog
- Disgraced Blago is obsessed with his hairbrush — Huffington Post
- Another peek at Hello Kitty/MAC images — Specktra
- Peel-off nail polish is back — Beauty Snob
- Get Hayden Panettiere's makeup look — The Beauty of Life
- How to glow like ScarJo — InStyle
On last night's episode of The Hills, the gang was a little worried when they couldn't find Heidi and Spencer. No worries — the camera-loving couple was just in Cabo getting hitched, that's all. In the meantime, Whitney received the happy news that she got the job at Diane von Furstenberg, and her friends shed many a tear as she departed for NYC. So, how closely were you paying attention? Take my quiz to find out and make sure you get the lowdown on the fashion from last night's episode on CelebStyle.
Photo courtesy of MTV
Well looky here, it's another pre-holiday discount! MAC is shaving 25% off most of its holiday makeup on top of offering free shipping. It's a doubly good discount because these limited-edition collections were already providing some good deals. With the discount, we're talking five mini glosses for around $22 — not too shabby.
But if I were you, I'd consider picking up this set of five small-handled basic brushes; it's now on sale for $30, whereas buying the full-sized brushes separately would run a whopping $119.50. Invest in the right tools and you'll face 2009 feeling like a true makeup artist. Happy browsing!
Madonna is in the last weeks of her sold-out Sticky and Sweet tour, and after seeing her dance around the stage, all I have to say is, 50 seems like a lot of fun — and it looks pretty good, too. M's makeup artist, Gina Brooke, showed us how to get the tour makeup look earlier this fall, and now hair stylist Andy LeCompte shares the scoop on Madonna's sexy, wavy hair.
Work with your natural texture. "Every time we set a look for tour, I always try to do something that is wavy," LeCompte explains. "Madonna has naturally wavy hair, so I consider sweat, moisture, and humidity — all of the elements in a live show."
For maximum bounce, keep your products simple. "In the show, I avoid using sticky products and sprays that weight the hair down. The only product I use is Sunsilk Waves of Envy Sea Mist ($3.99). It's a salt water and silicone-based product that I mist in Madonna's hair to give it a bit more texture."
Use the right tool. Skip the curling iron and use a tool specifically designed to make waves. LeCompte swears by the Revlon 3-Barrel Jumbo Waver ($18.83), which creates S-shaped waves. "I also used it on Britney for the 'Human Nature' video to give her Madonna-like waves," he adds.
The Google says the title of this December 2008 Vogue Russia editorial translates to "Fatal Beautiful," but I'm just going to say that it means "Wild, Inspiring, and Cool Photo Shoot." (Just rolls off the tongue, da?)
The ever-talented makeup artist Val Garland created these colorful looks, the likes of which might be hard to pull off in regular life but are a ton of fun to look at nonetheless. And if nothing else, these photos serve as a fun way to brighten your day.
Don't know about you, but when I think about what I'd like to smell like, greasy mass-produced hamburgers are at the top of my list. (Or not.) In an attempt to show how hip and ironic fast food can be, Burger King has created Flame by BK ($3.99), a body spray scented with the aroma of grilled beef.
Putting aside the question of why anyone would want to smell like low-grade meat sizzle, it's not that far-fetched of an idea. Back in 2001, Eric Schlosser described a visit to a chemical company that develops flavors for food and scents for fragrances:
After he opened each bottle, I dipped a fragrance-testing filter into it — a long white strip of paper designed to absorb aroma chemicals without producing off notes. Before placing each strip of paper in front of my nose, I closed my eyes. Then I inhaled deeply, and one food after another was conjured from the glass bottles. ... After closing my eyes, I suddenly smelled a grilled hamburger. The aroma was uncanny, almost miraculous — as if someone in the room were flipping burgers on a hot grill. But when I opened my eyes, I saw just a narrow strip of white paper and a flavorist with a grin.
Flame by BK was probably designed to amuse the hipster burger brigade rather than to start a meat-scent olfactory trend. As a longtime vegetarian who finds Burger King's latest ad campaign exceedingly gross, I'm clearly not the target audience. But for my omnivorous friends out there, what's your take? Funny joke, lame marketing gimmick, or a scent you'd want to wear?