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Thursday March 29, 2012 14:11
The $ 100k Shopping Spree
Kim Kardashian and her mom recently went to Paris for a little shopping and spent well over $ 100,000 on purses at the Hermes store. How many purses? Only seven! One of the famous bags was reportedly over $ 30,000, which isn’t exactly a surprise since Kim is rarely seen without her $ 50,000 Birkin bag.
The $ 350 Face Cream
SK-II’s LX Revival Cream is quite pricey at $ 350 a jar, but it might just be worth it. The cream is made with their highest concentration of Pitera, which is a blend of vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and organic acids that work together to enhance the renewal of the skin’s outer layer. Obviously such an expensive cream isn’t realistic for everyone, but seeing as how this product is responsible for Cate Blanchett’s glowing skin, we might start saving up.
The $ 5,000 Mani
Rihanna looked amazing at this year’s Grammy’s, but it was her manicure we couldn’t stop obsessing over. The polish, “Amor 24,” is made of 24 carat gold and retails for $ 5,000! This is one manicure that better never chip.
Celeb Manis At The Grammy’s
The $ 68 Million Diamond Ring
The first of its kind, this all-diamond ring is worth $ 68 million! Suddenly, even the most impressive celebrity engagement ring looks puny in comparison…
The $ 600 Haircut
It was reported earlier this year that Jennifer Aniston spends over $ 140,000 a year on her beauty routine alone! One major contributor to that big bill is her haircuts with Chris McMillian, the man who skyrocketed her career with “The Rachel” cut. Now every time he snips her hair, she hands over $ 600.
The $ 755 Manolos
Does this silver slipper look familiar? It should! In the episode “A Right To Shoes” on Sex And The City, Carrie’s Manolo Blahniks are stolen at a party. In the episode, Carrie reveals her pair cost her $ 485. Today, they are sold at Bergdorf Goodman and will set you back $ 755! So while they aren’t in season and they aren’t vintage, this pair of Manolos has skyrocketed in value.
First Look At The Carrie Diaries
The $ 8 Million iPhone
And we thought our iPhone was expensive! This rose gold version is covered in diamonds (553 to be exact) and has a 7.4 ct pink diamond set in platinum. Dropping this phone might just cause us to go into cardiac arrest.
Wednesday March 28, 2012 20:08
Photo: Getty Images
We haven’t seen much of Mischa Barton since her O.C. days. Personally, I haven’t gotten over the killing off of Marissa Cooper in the third season finale. Remember those “Free Marissa” t-shirts? Yep, I still have mine! There must be some other Mischa supporters out there because the 26-year-old actress has launched a boho-inspired clothing e-commerce site, mischasplace.com, and it’s doing really well.
Many pieces, such as the Mischa Signature Jacket, are completely sold out, while others are flying off the shelves. And the collection doesn’t stop at clothes. You can also purchase handbags, body butters and, get this, nail polishes!
“Together with the help of my Mum Nuala, my inspirations are brought to life using elements of my personal style,” the actress told Cocoperez.com. “Our collection has grown and developed to reflect the consumer and myself over the season, whilst maintaining a consistent theme. I hope you enjoy my designs and have as much fun wearing them as I did designing them!”
I may still be a little bitter about the cancellation of The O.C., but at least I can enjoy Mischa and her co-star Rachel Bilson through their design endeavors. I actually just purchased a pair of pumps from ShoeMint last night! And now to check out Mischa’s collection.
Will you be going Marissa Cooper boho this spring?
Wednesday March 28, 2012 02:12
I have been a fan of Elle Magazine for as long as I can remember. It’s always been a great resource for fashion, celebrity features, trends and news. When I heard that the brand was releasing a makeup collection, I could hardly wait!
Esteé Lauder’s entrepreneurial think-tank, BeautyBank Inc., is responsible for the cosmetics line, which includes a variety of blushes, bronzers, eyeshadows, liners (eyes and lips), lip glosses, lipsticks, mascaras, and nail polishes. The line will be launching in April, and it is only available at Kohl’s stores.
The ladies at BeautyBank Inc. were kind enough to hold a preview of the collection, as well as provide makeup artists, so we could play around with the products. I really enjoyed the wide range of nail polish colors (28 shades!), and the non-gimmicky approach to makeup. My conclusion? If you have a Kohl’s nearby, it’s a great way to experiment with bright colors for spring.
Saturday March 10, 2012 20:05
TRIA Skin Perfecting Blue Light
When you have the money and time, getting a laser treatment at the dermatologist’s office can do amazing things for your acne. For the rest of us, there’s TRIA Skin Perfecting Blue Light ($ 245, amazon.com). The hand-held device emits the same powerful blue light used by doctors’ lasers, and it’s incredibly easy to use. Once you turn it on, the beeping timer reminds you to move the light around to different areas, and it alerts you when you’ve reach your time limit for the day (TRIA should only be used 5 minutes a day). The light kills acne-causing bacteria, so your blemishes disappear and they are less likely to come back.
SUPER Clarifying Activator
Dr. Nicholas Perricone has been helping stars like Gwyneth Paltrow keep their skin radiant with his line, Perricone MD. Now, he has a new line, SUPER, that uses the ingredients found in “superfoods” to target various skin concerns. For those with acne-prone skin, The Apple Family(amazon.com $45) is for you! Quercetin, which is found in green apples, is comibined with malic acid, glycolic acid and lactic acid to exfoliate the skin and control breakouts. During a particularly rough week for our skin, this foursome of products left us zit-free.
Cane +Austin Retexturizing Pads
Remember the Stridex pads sold at drugstores? Think of Cane + Austin Retexturizing Body Pads ($ 57, amazon.com) as the more grownup version for your body. Each pad is soaked in glycolic acid, so not only does it keep breakouts on your back and arms at bay, but it also firms skin and reduces the appearance of fine wrinkles.
Bliss No ‘Zit’ Sherlock Breakout-Busting Rubberizing Mask
When your skin is red and broken out, you want to hide under a mask, so how about putting on one that actually clears up your skin?Bliss’s No ‘Zit’ Sherlock mask (amazon.com, $38) uses seaweed, tea tree, willow and menthol extracts to calm your skin and clean out pores. Once a week, follow directions to mix up the ingredients inside and apply the mixture to your face. Wait 20 minutes until the mask rubberizes and peel off. Pretty easy, right?
Clarisonic Acne Clarifying Collection
Not long after Clarisonic came out with their hand-held cleaning brush, the beauty world was singing their praises. Now the company is putting smiles on even more faces by introducing an Acne Clarifying Collection ($ 147, amazon.com). Because flared-up skin is so sensitive, Clarisonic has developed a special brush that is soft and gentle on acne. And don’t worry about getting a whole new Mia. The new brush head fits on all existing Clarisonic cleaning systems!
Peter Thomas Roth Laser-Free Retexturizing Kit
For those who suffer from acne, “smooth” is not exactly a word that describes skin, until now. Peter Thomas Roth has a new collection devoted to retexturizing skin without the use of lasers or expensive treatments. The Laser-Free™ Resurfacing Kit ($ 75, amazon.com) features a scrub, a serum and a moisturizing gel that all repair skin with dragon’s blood, a tree resin found in the Amazon.
Fresh Umbrian Clay Mattifying Serum
Fresh’s latest serum ($ 35, amazon.com) uses Umbrian Clay to shrink pores and reduce shine. It also combats acidity, which can cause breakouts when too much is present. In short, this lightweight formula does wonders for skin’s tone and texture.
MD Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel
The thought of getting a professional facial peel seems a little scary, especially when you hear the horror stories of people’s bad reactions. MD Skincare offers an Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel ($ 67 amazon.com) that is safe enough to use once a day at home, but still powerful enough to slough off dead skin that clogs pores. It’s the best of both worlds in an easy-to-use pad.
Glytone Essential Mini Peel Gel
Glytone creates skin products for in-office doctor use, but they also offer skin clearing items that can be used at home. Their Essential Mini Peel Gel ($ 40, amazon.com) is insanely easy to use. It involves putting a thin layer of the gel on your face, waiting 10 minutes, and washing it off. There was no burning or irritation, which made the whole process even better.
Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Spot Solution
And since bad breakouts can leave scarring, we wouldn’t feel right leaving you without a good solution. Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Spot Treatment ($ 45.00, amazon.com) may say “Dark Spot,” but it also goes after acne scars. It also leaves skin looking a little brighter after a couple of uses, so you can really start loving your reflection in the mirror.
Saturday March 10, 2012 02:07
Ever get in a dire mood from waking up with disheveled, unruly hair? Well, you’re not alone. According to Daily Mail, a new poll reveals that women will be moody and depressed for over an hour from waking up with uncontrollable hair.
One in twenty girls reported that they have been dumped for being grumpy from a bad hair day, while fourteen percent admitted to snapping at their children. However, if a woman is having a great hair day, 56 percent will be nicer to people and 67 percent will have a better day.
The poll of 2,000 women also shows that women will spend the equivalent of 26 years suffering from bad hair because most wake up with greasy, limp or uncontrollable hair at least three days a week. That’s about a third of your life.
Does our hair control our lives? Twelve percent of women admitted to cancelling a date if their hair could not be controlled, while the same percentage, surprisingly, also cancel get-togethers with friends. So, not only do we have to look perfect for potential suiters but we also have to look our best for our besties as well.
Do you cancel dates when you have unruly hair? What about brunch with the girls?
Thursday March 8, 2012 14:09
Less Is More
There are several products on the market made to target curly hairstyles, but that doesn’t mean you should be layering them all on. According to Morgan Willhite, Creative Director at Ouidad, “Less is more because product build-up can cause hair to look lack luster.” He recommends products that are easy to rinse out, like Ouidad Shine Glaze Serum ($ 20, amazon.com), for days when you don’t have much styling time on your hands.
Determine Your Curl Type
Willhite suggests that women with loose curls, like Emmy Rossum, wash their hair 2 to 3 times per week, tight curls should be washed 1 to 2 times per week, and kinky curls only need to be washed once a week. Joico Smooth Cure Shampoo ($ 11.95, amazon.com) is great for curly girls, since it’s sulphate-free, which means it gently cleanses and reduces frizz.
Condition Every Day
According to Morgan Willhite, curls can lack nutrients, especially when they are dry and weather-damaged. Use a leave-in conditioner, like Ouidad’s Moisture Lock ($ 22, amazon.com) or L’Oreal’s EverCréme Nourishing Leave-In Spray ($ 7.74, amazon.com). These products will keep curls healthy, but are light-weight, so they won’t weigh hair down.
Use The “Rake And Shake” Method
To get curls that are well-defined, Willhite suggests the “Rake and Shake” Method. After washing hair, squeeze out the excess water and blot with a towel. Divide hair into four sections, and apply a curl-defining product, like Amika’s Curl Defining Cream ($ 26.65, amazon.com) or Matrix’s Curl Super Defrizzer Gel ($ 16, amazon.com), with your fingers. When you get to the ends of each section, gently shake your hair back and forth to create a curl movement. Once you have finished doing this to each section, allow the hair to air-dry or use a diffuser.
When you constantly have your hands in your curls, you are disturbing the natural pattern and causing frizz. Avoid touching your hair when drying it by using a diffuser, like DevaFuser ($ 23.95, HSN.com). Although this diffuser may look like some sort of alien hand, it is actually pretty genius and helps keep curls intact.
Play With Your Look
If you’re not in the mood for a tight curl, then try a more casual wave, like Kate Hudson. You can use a texturizing spray, like Sachajuan’s Ocean Mist ($ 24, amazon.com), to get the just-spent-a-day-on-the-beach look. Spray into wet or dry hair, and scrunch upward.
Wednesday March 7, 2012 02:10
We’re starting to think Taylor Swift is as nice as she looks. The singer wore a piece from Kanye West’s spring collection on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar Australia, proving that all is forgiven between her and the rapper who rudely interrupted her MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech back in 2009.
Marni for H&M in Stores Thursday
The magazine went as far as to confirm this on their website:
“For those who might wonder if the hatchet is buried between Taylor and Kayne West, following Kayne’s outburst at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, well, there she is in our story (image 6) wearing a Kayne West top from his first collection.”
Taylor drama aside, we’re surprised to see Kayne’s collection doing so well after all of the bad reviews he received in Paris last fall. However, fashion editor Christine Centenera, who styled the shoot, also consulted with Kayne on the collection. Are the release of these photos perfect timing or what? The rapper-turned-designer is showcasing his fall 2012 collection in Paris tomorrow.
Do you think Taylor was too quick to forgive and forget or is Kayne’s collection just too hard to resist?
Monday March 5, 2012 14:12
Matt and Luciana Damon
Matt Damon saw his wife Luciana from across a crowded bar… where she was working as a bartender (and single mother). Just a few years later they were married with four daughters. Some girls have all the luck!
Kevin and Danielle Jonas
If you’re booking a vacation, why not go to the Bahamas? That’s were the former hairstylist met her rock star husband. His favorite thing about her is “her chicken parm,” so start cooking, girls!
Chris and Caroline O’Donnell
For this smokin’ hot actor (who once dated Reese Witherspoon), college came with more than books and grades. That’s where he met Caroline Fentress, who he married in ’96.
Tobey and Jennifer Maguire
While working on a film in 2003, Tobey Maguire met jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer. The couple married and now have two kids. Wonder if they know dad is Spiderman…
Christian and Sibi Bale
Sibi Bale has made a life of shmoozing with celebrities. The aspiring model was working as an assistant to Winona Ryder, who then introduced the future sweethearts.
Eric and Rebecca Bana
The hunky Aussie actor married his publicist wife in 1997. The secret to their 1,000 year (in Hollywood years) marriage? “We like each other, as well as love each other,” Bana told Star Magazine.
Jon and Dorothea Bon Jovi
Dorothea met her husband of 23 years while they were still in high school. Yes, this is a story of high school sweethearts, and no, you’re not the only one green with envy.
Denzel and Pauletta Washington
Paulette met the repeat Sexiest Man Alive titleholder while he was filming his first screen role in 1977, and they’ve been together ever since. In 1995, the couple renewed their vows in South Africa as Archbishop Desmond Tutu officiated.
Patrick and Jillian Dempsey
Dr. McDreamy could have had any woman in Hollywood he wanted, but in 1999 he married his makeup artist and hairdresser, Jill Fink.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambrige
Most little girls read fairy tales, but Kate Middleton actually gets to live one. The future princess met her royal hubby in college, and after waiting quite a while, finally scored a gigantic sapphire rock.
Sunday March 4, 2012 02:07
We’ve heard the horror stories of kids being constantly ridiculed on facebook and twitter and the rash decisions that sometimes result. Even so, youth are still conjuring up new ways to bash each other on the internet.
Both girl and boy teens and tweens have been posting “Am I Ugly” videos on YouTube, asking viewers if they are ugly and/or fat. According to Dailymail, these videos have been posted for the past two or three years but have just recently been hitting views in the millions.
Many viewers complement and reassure that there is no need to question their attractiveness while others find joy in the teens’ insecurities. This brings bullying to a new level because by posting videos, these kids are asking for the ridicule. They are bringing all eyes to their insecurities.
Adolescence is a vulnerable time when children struggle to learn who they are in this society that paints intangible beauty as the norm. Now is the time for our youth to stick together and enjoy what makes them different.
The beauty industry has responded, most notably with Dove’s Self Esteem Weekend campaign. For the past two years, the company has held confidence-building weekends, with events across the country.
Here’s to hoping that companies follow Dove’s lead with their own campaigns. But will it be enough?