Padma Lakshmi has that mom-to-be glow these days, and she's sporting a sleek new hairstyle, too. While we're used to seeing her with hair that's either in big, beautiful waves or swept back in a variety of updos, last night at the Made In Italy party, she went for thick bangs split in the middle. Padma's so pretty that anything, really, would look great on her, but do you think these bangs are a flattering new look, or a faux pas?
Posts for October 15th 2009
Just as other organs in our body are able to distinguish day from night, so can our skin. However, many dermatologists say that there isn't enough proof to claim that skin-repairing processes go full force during our sleeping hours. "We are constantly repairing our skin and responding to stressors," dermatologist Dr. Jenny Kim told the paper. "Our skin doesn’t wait for nighttime repair," she adds. On another note, cosmetic companies, which don't have to follow quite as strict FDA guidelines as drug companies, can often get away with self-pimping their product benefits without much question.
What research does show, however, is that after sundown, blood flow increases. "When blood flow is increased to skin, surface area of the absorption will increase," Dr. Kim explained. Also, during the nighttime hours, the temperature of our skin rises, and our skin can become a bit drier. Therefore, a moisturizer "can improve the skin barrier," she told the Times. What do you think on this topic? Are you a firm believer in nighttime potions, or are you just fine with your simple cleanse, tone, and moisturize routine, thank-you-very-much?
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OK, there are a million bad apps out there already, but the Shafer Plastic Surgery App really puts the "terrible" in the "terribly useless." An "informational database of over 1,000 FAQ’s covering invasive and non-invasive plastic surgery procedures and treatments," this iPhone app seems designed mostly to tell young, trendy women about procedures that, if you're at all considering, you should be discussing directly with a doctor instead of a gadget. If plastic surgery is going to make you really, truly happy, then OK, go for it. But taking advice from your phone on how to look your best is probably not a wise idea. Plus, the graphics on this thing are kinda sleazy. A headless female torso with water running down it and just a hint of boob — really? I think surgery is a serious thing, and your self-esteem is too. What about you? Would you download something like this?
If you like shopping Too Faced's Vintage selections, this is the sale for you. From now until Oct. 25, the brand's last-season (but still good) products are on sale for deep, deep discounts. My favorite steal is the Decade of Glamour set ($15), which has six eye shadows, a ton of lip glosses, blush, bronzer, mascara — all the brand's best-selling products — for $20 less than its standalone bronzer set. If you want a taste of Too Faced for Wet 'n' Wild prices, I'd say this is a good time to buy. There are also a ton of lip glosses on sale, and a waterproof turquoise metallic eyeliner ($6) that I'm buying now because I know it'll be hot come Spring 2010.