In the last couple of years, nail polish and nail art have really taken off. Each season's most coveted hue gets splashed all over websites and magazines, and funky nail art has become mainstream incredibly quickly. This year there were a smorgasbord of new nail looks on the runways and on celebrities, from incredible CND Shellac gel polishes to hot leopard-print manicures. Which of these do you think was the year's defining trend? If your favorite manicure didn't make the list, you can still vote it up by posting your pick in the comments.
This year's biggest makeup trends were all about singular statements. There were extremely dramatic eyes and lips designed to be worn with an otherwise low-key face, like big graphic liner, sultry greasepaint smoky eyes, and highly pigmented ruby and aubergine lipsticks. A couple of sweeter, lighter trends still had lots of impact, like juicy peach lipstick and the pretty "all natural" look. Were any of these trends a big beauty inspiration for you this year? If you don't see your favorite look here, you can always vote for it by posting in the comments section below.
2010 was a great year for hair, with tons of experimental looks hitting the runways and a renewed appreciation for texture. Most of the best styling options made it off the runway and onto fashionable women all over, whether they were wearing retro-feel updos and bouffants, going natural, braiding away, or getting soft, luscious curls. Which style sparked your imagination? And if we've left off something you loved, please tell us by voting for it in the comments.
By now, you've probably heard all about the Brazilian Blowout controversy, but the OSHA testing that found formaldehyde in the straightener is only the first salvo in what promises to be a much longer conflict. Brazilian Blowout's manufacturers have filed an injunction to prevent OSHA from disseminating its test results, saying they're "false" and "misleading" despite similar findings in tests by Health Canada. I don't want a company ruined for no reason, but it does seem unethical to limit public knowledge about a product. Do you want to hear more about these tests, or is it only fair to wait until the definitive results are in?
It doesn't take a university researcher to figure out that ads featuring beautiful, highly photoshopped models make women feel bad about themselves. But a new study shows that even standalone images of makeup and other "beauty-enhancing" items are enough to send young women into a depressive spiral. Professor Debra Trampe and her team found that after seeing ads that featured only beautifying products like makeup — not people — women still felt worse about themselves. These women responded more poorly to questions about self-image than counterparts who'd been shown pictures of "problem-solving" products like acne medication. Maybe it's just that anything prompting people to analyze their looks isn't great for self-esteem, but do you think this is true for you?
The celebrity fragrance mill just keeps turning out sweetly-scented grist every year, and it seems that one of the marks of being a famous woman in Hollywood these days is having your own scent to sell. Not all celebrity fragrances are created equal, though. A ton of scents launched in 2010, some to a much warmer reception than others. From top sellers like Mary J. Blige My Life and Beyoncé Heat to the totally surprising Tilda Swinton perfume, there was plenty of star power to sniff in 2010. Did any of these scents tickle your fancy? Tell us if we've left off a scent you loved by putting it in the comments, too.
Perfume is big business for designers and beauty firms, and each year brings a bumper crop of new scents designed to make you throw your old fragrances aside and wholeheartedly embrace the hot new thing. 2010 had a bunch of big-ticket launches from names like Gucci, John Galliano, and Thierry Mugler, but we also saw pretty, quirky debuts like Lush's Gorilla Perfume line. Did you fall in love with any of these fragrances? If there's a new launch you loved that we've left out, let us know what it is in the comment section.
We feel a magnetic pull toward any beauty store, and something tells us we're not alone. There's something simply fun about trying a lipstick, sampling a perfume, or going all-out with a makeover. This year, we want to know which beauty retailer you like most. (As much as we love department stores and drugstores, we're focusing just on the boutiques that are blissfully beauty-obsessed.) Vote for your favorite, and if we've left one out, leave a comment to let us know. Like we said, we're always looking for new places to browse.
At 56, Christie Brinkley looks more amazing than ever. And while genetics may play a part, it seems that multitasking has really gotten her places. In an interview with Shape magazine, Christie explained that while doing everyday tasks, she tries to fit mini workouts in. "I think of drying my hair as really boring. I thought, 'OK, I'm going to multitask.' I'll dry my hair as though I'm sitting on a chair, even though there's no chair there. Then I'll do some squats," she said. When she's brushing her teeth, she'll even do a few leg exercises, too. Some of you have admitted to being beauty multitaskers yourself (as in brushing your teeth while showering), but do you think these types of activities are smart or silly?
It had been a eight months since my last haircut, and the ends were starting to look a little scraggly. As for my beau, he'd gone about two months since he'd seen a barber. So, because we are a highly exciting couple prone to doing wild and crazy things, we decided to give each other haircuts. It was all very official-looking: we created a salon-style "cape" out of a trash bag, then set up a chair on the back porch and went to work. An hour later, we both had decent new haircuts — and it didn't cost a cent. Cutting someone else's hair is one thing, but having a partner cut yours is another matter. Would you (or have you) let someone you love give you a trim?