How does a celebrity know she's really made it? By winning an Oscar or a Grammy? Nah. It's all about being immortalized in wax by Madame Tussauds. But because of oily skin, cosmetic procedures, or just plain nervousness, some stars seem to look like statues from time to time. Think you can guess which stars are posing and which ones are paraffin standins?
Posts for June 19th 2009
The celebrity-fragrance train shows no sign of slowing down — but it is making a stop at Latifah City. This August, Queen Latifah's fragrance, appropriately named Queen, will debut at Macy's, Bon-Ton, and Dillard's.
The multi-talented star says she tried more than four dozen scents before settling on the final formulation, which she calls a "warm and sexy" scent. “Queen doesn’t smell like anything else," she told WWD. "That’s what you’re setting out to do — to create something unique. People tend to want to borrow from what’s popular, and me, I try to be a pioneer, a trendsetter.”
For more details, plus a picture of the bottle (it's cute), read more
I haven't been watching the new season of She's Got the Look, but if I'd known this sort of thing would go on, I'd have popped out the Elmer's and glued myself to the TV. During last night's episode of the modeling-competition show, a contestant named Laurie goes berserk. We're talking about jogging-in-place, taking-off-her-shirt berserk (so, um, maybe don't watch while the boss is around). Laurie — a self-described iconoclast and maverick — says she took her top off because "beauty is spiritual."
Sadly, Laurie is off the show, so the whole reason to check it out every week has jogged off the set. I'm not 100 percent convinced that this outburst was unscripted, but it's entertaining nonetheless. Did you see it last night, or does it make you more likely to watch the show?
Now that warm weather is here, you might be frequenting pools and/or beaches a little more often. That's when waterproof and humidity-resistant products can be most helpful. Recently, reader Telane reviewed Neutrogena Healthy Volume Waterproof Mascara ($10). Testify!
I have been using this mascara for about a month, and I have to say I am pretty impressed. I wasn't really expecting anything other than natural looking, voluminous lashes from Neutrogena, and I haven't been disappointed at all. I haven't had the problems that others have had with streaking and running, though I am sure it depends a lot on skin type and whatnot. I even wear it when I run my three-mile route after work and I haven't had a problem yet. I do have to agree that I wouldn't say it gives me "400 percent" thicker lashes, but I would say it does a good job for a drugstore brand.
What waterproof products are floating your boat these days? Groan. Head to the Product Reviews section and tell us all about it.
It's been a while since I've written about Crazylibellule & the Poppies CrazySticks, which are so French, so travel-friendly. The line of delicately crafted solid perfumes was created in 2005 by one of the cofounders of Sephora. Each of its ultrafeminine scents, which are free of alcohol, parabens, and artificial colors, provides 269 swipes per stick. Not too bad, eh? And next week, the brand is about to release its fourth collection, Les Garçonnes (about $17 each), aux États-Unis.
The seven new scents pay tribute to the Roaring '20s, and each stick is named in honor of an independent woman — famous or not — who changed her time, including Josephine, Gabrielle, Louise, Tamara, Jeanne, Rose, and Pompon. My favorites are the sweet, powdery smelling Rose à Saïgon, with notes of rose, patchouli, mango, and vetiver; and the crisp, clean Hommage à Gabrielle, with notes of peony, cedar, vanilla, jasmine, and leather. Look for the talisman-like scents to make their debut on BeautyHabit.com and B-Glowing.com early next week. Let the good times roll.
As tempting as it is to just pick the highest setting on hot tools in hopes of saving time with maximum sleekness, deep down you know the damage it causes. While healthy hair can better hold up to the heat, thin or chemically treated hair should turn it down a notch. Or several notches.
Even though many flat irons have built-in temperature settings in degrees, others simply list ranges from low to high. If you're operating with a tool with no thermostat, there's a simple test to make sure your iron is hot enough . . . but not too hot to handle. Curly Bella witnessed her stylist do this simple test with thermal irons on her last visit. Find out how to do this at home and read more
Earlier this week, Miley Cyrus showed off her new nose piercing on her Twitter page. What do you think of her latest addition? Throughout the years, celebrities such as Alyssa Milano, Nicole Richie, Pink, Christina Aguilera, and Kelly Clarkson have all accentuated their nostrils with a little bling. As for me, although my schnoz remains unpierced, I have to confess that the temptation definitely exists. However, I remain conflicted as to whether or not I could ever face the needle — that long, big, scary needle. How about you? Are you all for calling attention to this facial feature, or is it just not your bag?