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Posts for August 3rd 2009
Summer heat and humidity hits the big time this month, so your beauty routine should be simple, fuss-free, and effective. And since just about everyone is watching her pennies these days, the good news is that you don't have to spend much money to keep your cool. Everything we've highlighted is $10 or less, so read on for a few Bella-approved items to keep your look light in August.
It should go without saying that the desire to look your best in a photograph is innate, but to what extent does a little retouching here and softening there constitute as too much? That's just what members of the British Parliament are asking, particularly after a heavily retouched image of Twiggy, the face of Olay Definity, surfaced. Interestingly, the majority of you said you do or would Photoshop yourself to look better. However, when it comes to widely distributed ads, the question of what's real and what's not becomes fuzzy.Find out more about the debate.
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Do you need some clarity? Then perhaps it's time for a little DIY action. Keep in mind that for color-treated hair, it's probably best to use a clarifying shampoo specifically formulated to protect your color from stripping out. Check out three of my tips after the jump.
School's in again, and even those of us who are no longer saved by the bell can benefit from a little refresher course once in a while. So we can all brush up on our beauty know-how, I've put together my best basic how-tos and advice from the last few years.
- Shape and tweeze your brows
- Get your hair and makeup right for a job interview
- Get big, honkin', sexy curls
- Do a lightning-fast manicure
- Make your lips look fuller
- Get rid of dark circles
- Fake short hair
- Choose a fragrance
- Wear makeup with eyeglasses
- Get a great blow-out
- Remove self-tanner streaks
Why is it that every time I turn around lately, it seems there's a new perfume with a cannabis note being launched? I realize that to some extent it's just good marketing; people will buy anything that sounds illicit. But on the other hand, how many women sit around wishing they could smell like something typically associated with directionless twentysomethings who look like Seth Rogen? I have to admit that I was intrigued, so I did a little research. Big surprise: they don't actually smell like cannabis. Many of these fragrances are, however, gorgeously smoky and great for a night out.If you want to smell the phenomenon for yourself, Malin + Goetz makes one sexy Cannabis Perfume Oil ($50), and on the less expensive side, there's Demeter Fragrance Library Cannabis Flower ($20), which is a lighter, more relaxing scent. If you just want a cannabis note in a more complex fragrance, there's Memoire Liquide's sophisticated Cuir Millesime ($65), which blends its cannabis with leather and Lapsang Souchong tea, as well as Nasomatto's new Black Afgano scent, which is named for a certain strain of high-grade "product." These are fragrances that are great in spite of their names, so don't be afraid to try one. Just don't walk past a police station (or a 7-11) too soon after applying.
Earlier, I gave you the details on Jennifer Aniston's favorite gloss, straight from her makeup artist, Jorjee Douglass, who worked with the star on The Baster earlier this year. "I've been blessed to work with such amazing, smart, and beautiful leading ladies," said Jorjee, whose impressive list of celebrities also includes Jennifer Connelly, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Zooey Deschanel. "Zooey was so much fun to work with on 500 Days of Summer," said Jorjee. I've always admired the actress's bright style, and now, I've got the the scoop on what products Jorjee used on the indie darling during filming. See what Buzz thought about the flick, and find out tips for replicating Zooey's soft makeup look after the jump.
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Charles & Marie, the quirky boutique website that sells these stylish adhesives, assures me that the Bling Band Aid ($12) is "certain to catch more than just a glance cruising through the bars and clubs." I'm certain that's the case, and it is a cute way to cover up a scratch, but the price is a little steep for me, even if they're Swarovski crystals. What do you think? Next time you have a hurt spot somewhere really visible, are you gonna get blingy with it?