Despite the gloomy economy and reports of designers changing their Fashion Week plans, nothing seems to stop haute couture shows. And why should it? At today's Christian Dior show, fantasy reigned. The breathtaking dresses are a reminder that yes, fashion can be art — and the backstage photos are just as inspiring. Read on to see some shots of the hair and makeup that ruled the runway.
Posts for January 26th 2009
Maybe you know that vitamin C is an antioxidant responsible for fighting the signs of aging or that this essential nutrient helps burn fat. But, when reader Brig482 tried out The Body Shop Vitamin C Moisturizer SPF 15 ($15), she was disappointed by the paltry amount of actual vitamin C in the list of ingredients. Here's what she had to say:
I was on a mission to find a good vitamin C product for my face, and before I did my research I was talked into buying this from The Body Shop. Bad idea. It's a decent moisturizer, but the actual amount of vitamin C is less than 1 percent! For a vitamin C product to work effectively, you need at least 10 percent.
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It's clear that Eva Longoria and her longtime hairstylist, Ken Paves, have that certain client/stylist chemistry. "She is always willing to try something new and have fun," he said. "We laugh a lot." As for the curled updo last night? Paves looked to Longoria's peach chiffon gown for inspiration. "I saw this dress a couple weeks ago and instantly thought Grace Kelly 'Longoria,'" he explained. "I wanted to create something reminiscent of old-world glamour that was modern and would appear effortless."
While an appointment with Ken Paves might not be a reality, I've got the second best thing — hairstyling tips straight from the source. "The most important thing is to work from your natural texture and keep it simple," he advised. "It is very chic to look effortless." I couldn't agree more. To get the how-to from Paves, read more
Things got a little chilly — on the style tip, at least — at the 2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards. While the red carpet saw an abundance of cool-toned blue gowns, some actresses opted for cool-toned shadows. They ranged from subtle silvers, as seen on Emily Blunt, to bold blues à la Freida Pinto. One common theme? Regardless of whether the shadow has a matte or shimmery finish, this look dazzles best with complementary rosy- or pink-toned cheeks and lips.
Some people may say it's too early to start thinking about Valentine's Day presents. Maybe, but I like to get an early start on choosing the gift you give your sweetheart. After all, it says a lot about the relationship. (I once got a mixing bowl. As you may imagine, ours was not a lusty union.)
You'll send a very different message with Lush's new massage bar, Business Time ($8.95). The melt-on-your-skin massage bar is made with shea and cocoa butters and scented with rose, fennel, and lavender. I love Lush's massage bars because they last a long time and smell so good. Why not strip down to your socks and spend two minutes giving your lovah a rubdown? Consider it a romantic team-building exercise. All of you Flight of the Conchords fans know what I'm referring to, but if you don't, just read more
Whether we love it or hate it in the end, it's great to see celebrities take risks with their looks. I've gathered some contrasting photos where one beauty detail is more exaggerated or less exaggerated in each picture. To make it fair, I'm only comparing the same celebrity with herself – so get started and let me know if you like a big impact or a more subtle look.
Similar to lye relaxers, no-lye relaxers use a product with a higher (more basic) pH to change the shape of the hair strands by breaking those disulfide bonds that hold the protein fibrils. In other words, it's taking out the curl, but also eliminating some of the strength and elasticity of the hair.
Where lye relaxers come in around the 12-14 range, no-lye relaxers have a pH of 9-9.5 and usually use guanidine hydroxide to straighten the hair. Even though the pH is lower with this type of relaxer (making it a "milder" type of chemical to expose a scalp to), they still apply unnaturally high bases to hair. While no-lye is described as gentler, it's not technically true as the hydroxide is what makes the relaxer reactive and both products use this. Furthermore, everyone's hair strands are different and for some, no-lye relaxers actually make hair drier and duller than the lye types. If considering either one, it helps to find a knowledgeable stylist who can examine and help make the decision with you.
Last week, the Oscar nominations were announced, and that means we're in the heart of awards season. While I realize that the majority of people get most excited about the best actress, actor, and movie portions of the awards, the Bella in me gets excited for the lesser known, behind-the-scenes kind of people. Yep, I'm talking makeup artists, who somehow make mythical creatures more realistic, Jokers more insane, and Brad Pitt look less Brad Pitt-esque. In Hollywood, it's not always about the glitz and the glam, as this year's set of nominees prove. They include The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Dark Knight, and Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Check out my gallery below to take a peek at their talented work, and fill me in on who you think should win.
Reaching for a bottle of nail polish only to find out that it's gone clumpy is disappointing, to say the least. The good news? Due to all of the solvents polish contains, it pretty much remains bacteria-free. However, the solvents can evaporate over time, and that's what gives you thickened polish. Bummer. Generally speaking, your nail polish should last you about one year before expiring, but I've also heard anywhere from one-and-a-half to two. So, how can you prolong the shelf life of your favorite shades? Here are some tips.
- Air out: Each time you polish, wipe residue off the threaded portion on the top of the bottle to ensure tight closure. Tight closure is a must to prevent the polish from drying out.
- That's not hot — Store nail polish in a cool, dry place. Warm environments can cause the color to alter and polish to separate.
- Stand up straight — When storing, place the bottle in an upright position to prevent the pigments and solvents from separating.
- Stay cool — Many people like to prevent clumping by refrigerating polish to preserve it, although others argue that this technique doesn't work because it changes the chemical texture of the product. I say, chill out.