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Posts for July 19th 2010
Adding to the latest entry of the book of extremes is the Seattle suburb of Sammamish, where those with a variation of the MC1R gene flocked over the weekend. The mission? To assemble the largest gathering of redheads in one location in efforts to beat the record of 250. Dyed hair was not allowed. With 901 natural redheads in attendance, and entrants coming from as far as Arizona and Minnesota, the record-busting efforts were a success. Love beauty Guinness tidbits as much as we do? Take our quiz to find out more about records from the beauty world.
Photo by Alex Silverman, courtesy of mynorthwest.com
The stories are all worth reading, particularly these poll results about beauty in the workplace. (Depressingly, hiring managers admitted that on average, they ranked a person's appearance more important than her education.) And this essay highlighting the double standards of beauty for men and women feels like a modern version of Gloria Steinem's famous If Men Could Menstruate essay. Not everything is as strong — we're unconvinced that all makeup artists are conniving tricksters out to get your money — but all of the stories provide plenty to think about. Definitely worth a read.
Recently inspired by two of my newly single friends participating in online dating, I thought I'd compose a little sumthin' for all my single ladies. Here are five products you can use as soon as you realize the dude is a dandy or a dud.
- If he's a luvah: Place a dot on your tongue making the proceeding convo... you guessed it... like a breath of fresh air.
- If he's a loser: I'm not recommending you put some in a rude boy's eyes, because you know, I'd never suggest something like that.
Even though it's not waterproof, it does a pretty good job of staying in place — even when waterlining. If they made a long-wearing, waterproof version (hint hint), I'd probably feel compelled to buy a lifetime supply. I also wear contacts, and some other liners make my eyes itch, but this one doesn't irritate them at all. At $10, it may be a little high-priced for a drugstore product. However, because the application is very smooth and matte, you'll find yourself wearing it practically every day.
Locks that have been overprocessed through services like perms, relaxers, or bleaching can become brittle and porous. Think of those wonderfully dry and frizzy '80s-style curls with bleach blond highlights. If the integrity of your hair seems to be poor, be sure to get regular trims, deep condition, and lay off on the chemical services. If you do want to lighten or color your hair but it's in bad shape, your stylist will know exactly what pretreatments and color formulations to use on your delicate mane.
So the next time you're headed out for a chemical service, be sure to tell your stylist that you wouldn't do anything to compromise the integrity of your hair. As for soundness of character, that's up to you.