Posts for December 18th 2009
Do you think this is really true, though? Would anyone dispute that Michelle Pfeiffer is exceptionally beautiful? And she has exceptionally, very noticeably wide-set eyes. Another legendary beauty, Sophia Loren, has quite a bit of space between her eyes and mouth. So what do you think all this suggests? Are these women's other features so magnificent that it outweighs their "poor" proportions, or are researchers mistaking what people think is "nice-looking" for actual beauty, which is a wholly different thing?
Silver may be the most universally flattering color outside of beige: it's a neutral shade, it brightens up your eyes and skin, it diffuses light, making you look soft and glowing no matter how tired or broken out you are, and around the holidays you can wear it with impunity. There's no reason to forgo the benefits of a little precious metal, so click through and get your sexy moonlit glow on.
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In what's sure to be one of the biggest perfume launches of 2010 — if not the entire decade — Beyoncé Knowles is set to launch her first scent in February. Expected to earn $100 million in its first year alone, Heat is the first in a series of scents to be released by the the superstar.
“I’ve been working on it for a while now," the singer told WWD. "I was on tour for a year, and I have meet-and-greets with fans. I’ve never in my life gotten so many compliments. Coty has their own testing, but that was my testing! The fans loved it."
To find out more about the scent, keep reading.
While you should never feel obliged to give an extra holiday gift, particularly if the service doesn't warrant it, Post says that any gift, be it a handmade item, purchased gift, or cash tip, should always include a brief handwritten note expressing your appreciation. For beauty salon staff, give a gift or cash, the amount depending on how well you tip after each service. Not sure how much to give? According to Post, the general guideline is: "The cost of one salon visit divided for each staff member who works with you." There you have it. Now it's your turn to dish. Do you dole out a little something extra for your stylist during the holidays?
We've got you covered on gifts of the wacky variety and ridiculously huge makeup palettes, but if you're looking for some more "normal" options in the reasonably priced range, I've got some ideas for those, as well. Here are 20 beauty presents for friends, family, co-workers, and everyone in between — all for $25 or less. On a tighter budget? Check out these gifts for $10 or less, too.
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Perhaps you might remember my friend Rebecca. She's the one who helped me sample nail polish while dining out. She was also the inspiration behind my non-boozy brown sugar body scrub, all thanks a hot-buttered rum recipe she decided to make on a whim one cold evening. What's Rebecca got cooking now? Most recently, she's straight up put ornaments right from her Christmas tree into her hair.
Thanks to the bendy-wired design of these cute red decorations, she was able to easily latch them into her hair for a festive addition to her twisted bun. (That's her husband there doing the bunny ears — or maybe he's just wishing us all a peace-filled season.) Have you ever adorned your hair with ornaments before? Would you?
A full third of you voted that you were totally over celebrity scents as a genre, and while I agree that some are poorly made, there are plenty of nice, very wearable fragrances among them. Among those who didn't mind a little star power, Reese Witherspoon's In Bloom and Faith Hill's eponymous scent were the big winners.
To be honest, Team Bella wasn't obsessed with any celebrity fragrances this year. Of everything we tried, Halle Berry's Halle was probably our favorite, because it smells natural, develops nicely, and doesn't have the rough, synthetic edges a lot of the other scents do. Will 2010's launches from Sarah Jessica Parker and Beyoncé thrill us? We'll just have to wait and see. (Er, sniff.)