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Posts for June 1st 2010
June sees the end of one season and the beginning of another. Summer is close, so why not flirt with the idea of scorching-hot weather (while enjoying some balmy days for the time being)? We've found a few items that will no doubt make your month more beautiful — and more comfortable, while you're at it. Check out our finds when you read more.
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Whether it's the sleek, elegant profile of the Rumor Touch or the bold, playful shape of the Lotus Elite, one is bound to speak your language. Click here to check out the newest phones hot off the runway of digital fashion.
Only a few decades ago, such a thing would have been unthinkable; after the 1979 revolution, makeup was completely forbidden. Women who wore lipstick risked being fined or even arrested by the moral police. Since laws relaxed in the '80s, and cosmetics were allowed for import again in the '90s, Iran's young-leaning population has flocked to lipstick and mascara. Products are expensive due to a 50 percent duty fee, and a black market of smuggled grooming goods is thriving.
That's not to say that it's all sunshine and Maybelline in Iran, though. Women who are employed by the government are still forbidden to wear makeup at work, and Tehran's police chief says he'll arrest suntanned women who look like "walking mannequins." Have you ever considered makeup to have a subversive side?
Hitting the beach can be problematic when it comes to your makeup. All the things that are great about the seashore — the sand, the surf, the soft, salty, humid breeze — cause regular beauty products to run, melt, and just plain fail. And that's where these products come in. They're designed to be sweat-proof and waterproof and to keep you pretty. For some brilliant beach-ready finds, just keep reading.
It looks like Kristen Stewart is saying adios to her look from The Runaways. Yesterday at an Eclipse Q&A in Sydney, she arrived looking cute and casual in a low, messy ponytail. It was a lot more subdued and less textured than we're used to seeing on her, and definitely less dramatic than her previous looks. Kristen was edgy and unique with her old style, but do you like her new low-key look better?
OK, I know you all probably have your minds in the gutters already upon hearing of the Vibrate Massager app. And while yes, there are some apps out there specifically targeted for, ahem, other purposes, this particular one is touted as a "relaxing and portable vibrating device to let go of your knotted muscles in the office or after workout." Sounds good to me. But did it work? Find out when you read more.
While probably best known for their fresh, clean, perk-you-right-up aromas, deodorant soaps such as Zest, Coast, Irish Spring, and the like didn't always have the reputation of being the most moisturizing. Formulas have improved over the years, but I've still always had a fondness for the eye-awakening aromas they deliver.
Recently, I came across a natural dupe, Pre de Provence's Shea Butter Soap in Sage ($4). While the body cleanser's not an exact replicate of those revitalizing soaps I grew to love back in the day, it is still rather reminiscent of them. And while Pre de Provence's version isn't exactly cheap (call it a reverse dupe, if you'd like), it's made with eco-friendly pure essential oils and a vegetable base. It's also free of parabens and packaged up in biodegradable cellophane. Not only that, it has those feel-good loofah-like bits in it that I like so much. Full of natural win.
Those of you who have followed me for a while might remember that Evil Shades Cosmetics created a custom eye shadow just for moi! You can check out that blog post and more swatches here. Anyway, I decided to dig up some makeup that got buried in my stash and remembered this amazing color. Here's what I came up with. Honestly, the camera didn't pick up the complexity of the shadows, but I tried.Eyes: MAC Painterly Paint Pot, Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, Evil Shades Mysteria (inner corners lid),
Evil Shades Abyss (center lid), Evil Shades Nymphette (outer lid), and Matte black from 88 palette in crease.
Face: Lumiere Flawless Medium/Deep Beige and MAC Buff.
Lips: Korres Lip Butter Jasmine.
If you have a little bit of a nerd streak (and let's face it, don't we all?), perhaps these Scrabble-inspired hair accessories are for you. Turns out there are lots of fun and quirky Scrabble-y hair accessories available. Better yet? All of the items I found cost just $10 or less. However, if you're in a do-it-yourself kind of mood, perhaps these crafts will instead serve as inspiration for you.
Get the details on each piece when you read more.