What? Did you think we'd leave you in a snow day with nothing to do?
Watch our gratuitous cat video of the day, hosted by new cat internet sensation, Pudge, and learn how to make custom printable nail decals. Pudge walks you -- okay, he kind of just lumps there -- through each step for a surprisingly simple DIY, totally suitable for a day when you're trapped inside with nowhere to go. So, kind of like today.
Not into nail art? No worries. Pudge can also lump you through making these super chic cat magnets.
Not into doing anything yourself? That's OK too. Pre-made nail decals, as well as a whole plethora of Pudge-themed paraphernalia, are available in the official (and excessively enterprising) Pudge the Cat website.
It's about time.
The Boston-by-way-of-Brazil super model was announced as Pantene's newest ambassador last month and her enviable locks have not only earned her a shiny new campaign, but also a fake Twitter account.
Sadly, as of now, @GiselesTendril only has 27 followers, but that's probably because it has kind of boring (but sort of funny?) things to say.
My highlights are throwing shade. Golden like cachaça.— Gisele's Hair (@GiselesTendril) January 9, 2014
No word if the account is affiliated with Pantene, Gisele, or even as The Cut muses, the New York Post, but we'd like to see where the parody tweeter takes us, so make that 28 followers.
The account started on Jan. 6 with this opening line:
Confession: Sometimes when she's wearing lip gloss, a breeze blows me into a puddle of slime. But it's Gisele's lips, so I win.— Gisele's Hair (@GiselesTendril) January 7, 2014
Gisele's hair? Can you tweet me?
It's no secret that we're eternally jealous of Kate Middleton's gorgeous, glossy locks. And while we've been following the Duchess of Cambridge's every fashion move, we've also been longing for the day that one of her royal hairdressers would break their silence and share the secrets to her perfect mane.
Well, that time has come -- sort of.
Middleton's longtime hair stylists James Pryce and Richard Ward have kept mum on the subject but recently, Rossano Ferretti (who apparently also cut Princess Diana's hair) told Vanity Fair that he had the duchess in his salon for a recent six-hour session with his team.
According to the pub, "Italian born Mr. Ferretti is famous for his £600 ($984) 'Method' haircut, which entails using handmade texturizing scissors." Also noted: Pippa is a regular at the salon and suggested the change in stylists was a result of the older, former Middleton stepping out with visible gray roots in November. Prince William and his wife (and her new hair) are next expected to walk a London red carpet tomorrow for a screening of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom."
Demeter Fragrance Library is known for their long list of wacky (and occasionally appealing) scents like Holy Water and Gin and Tonic, but we were pretty shocked to see a bottle of First Response -- Boston show up at Boston.com. As the name suggests, the "pick-me-up" scent was created in honor of the Boston Marathon bombing tragedies, with 75 percent of sales going toward the Boston First Responders fund.
Sounds all well and good, right?
Sure. But what does it smell like?
According to the fragrance brand's site: "At Demeter, we want to do our part, too. So we created First Response - Boston, a combination of spices and flowers, overlaid with white smoke and rubber."
We gave it a whiff, and smoke dominates the fragrance profile, strong and overpowering of any floral or spice notes. But that could just be us.
Our real question is: Is this in bad taste? Should a fragrance brand (or any brand for that matter) -- regardless of their good intentions -- create a product that is so literally tied to a tragedy?
As for Demeter, their scent library is rather literal. As in, Paper Back smells like musty aged paper and Dirt smells like... well a very artistic expression of dirt, so we suppose it makes sense that these notes would appear in a fragrance tied to the bombings.
To quote Seth Myers: Really? Really?!?
What do you think of Demeter's First Response fragrance? Is it an inappropriate gesture or just a consistency for their brand? Would you buy a bottle?
"I'm contracted to this hair color... I can't change it for two years. I wanted to go green, but was told I wouldn't be able to work anymore."
Osbourne originally opted to go purple three years ago and said her network bosses loved it so much that they had her sign a contract to keep it.
OK, Kelly. But what color is it?
"My hair is a mix of gray, blue [and] lavender," Osbourne told fans at the FABB Conference. "It's hard to get this color; you have to have blond hair to get the right shade."
Right. We've seen Osbourne's hair morph over the past few seasons, from lilac-tinged ash gray to clear vibrant violet, so we want to know what that contract really says.
Hair must remain dyed within the 380-450 nanometer range for the next five years?
Regardless, Osbourne lives up to her look.
"In England, I'm called queen of the granny girls and I love it."
You might be on your own there, Kelly.
[Above image, from left: Jason Merritt/Getty Images; Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP]
Make Up For Ever is sending their team to Boston on March 23 and 24 as part of their Makeup Bag Remix event tour. Their pros will sift through the goods you already own (whether they're MUFE brand or not) and teach proper application techniques and answer any burning beauty questions by appointment.
I sent a photo of my daily products to MUFE artist, Jenn, who analyzed my stash and some of the things I struggle with in my routine via e-mail before the bus comes to down.
This is a tally of what I've been doing right and what she was able to teach me:
Me: I have no idea how to apply bronzer. It's my secret shame. I know how to contour so I'll just use a bit in the hollows of my cheek but I have no idea how to create a nice sunny look.
Jenn: Don’t worry, bronzer is usually more sheer than blush so you can be okay with a simple tip. Think of bronzer like the sun-- it hits you stronger in certain spots, like the bridge of the nose, tops of the cheekbones, and the chest. If you stick to these areas, it will be believable. If your foundation is too light, you can also use bronzer lightly allover like a sheer finishing powder with a big soft brush. Bronzer can work for contour but if the contour is the same color as your sunny effect, it won’t look like contour.
Me: 0 Pro: 1
Me: I use way too many products for a daytime eye. I wear a winged eye every day using a liquid pen, I highlight using two different products, I use a peach Make Up For Ever liner on waterline, light black along lashline, and a Clarins "light creating" cream pen along my brow bone, and I wear a ton of mascara and use a MAC lash curler. Only waterproof mascara keeps my curl. It's a process and I have it down to a science so it only take 2-3 minutes top, but I'd love a more simplified routine with less products.
Jenn: You are doing a sculpted natural eye. You don’t seem to be using too many products and I could really visualize the look with what you have. I think if you like this eye look stick with what you are doing. It works! Find somewhere else to shave the time off. You could substitute your foundation and concealer on lids and under brow bone and set the creases with a light touch of your bronzer or a sculpting kit. Great job on using the waterproof mascara for holding curl. Most women don’t, but it is really the only thing that holds curl a la "hairspray" for the lashes.
Me: 1 Pro: 1
Me: I just started using a diffusion powder from Hourglass. I have no idea how to use it. I just put it on my nose and over my cheekbones. I have no idea if it does anything, but I find it helps with oil absorption but I'd like to know if I'm using it correctly.
Jenn: I’m not familiar with this particular product, but by the sound of it, it is for finishing and blurring lines and pores. HD powder at Make Up For Ever is the same concept. The difference between finishing and setting powders is that finishing powders have zero or very little pigment so they are more light and airy because of less fillers. These do sometimes control oil but mainly are there for surface smoothness. It shouldn't be noticeable just seen as flawless, unless it has some small sparkle in it.
Me: 1 Pro: 2FULL ENTRY
If you've been obsessively following red carpet award season coverage like us -- you've seen the Mani Cam. E!'s teeny tiny set up that allows stars to "walk" their manicured fingers down a mini red carpet step and repeat. Cheese central? Yes! Somewhat delightful? Sort of.
Jennifer Lawrence just barely escaped the Mani Cam red carpet at Oscars festivities this past weekend due to a tech malfunction (winning) and went home with the award for Best Actress (also winning). Coincidence? Eh, maybe.
But it didn't stop plenty of other starlets -- including fellow Best Actress contender, Jessica Chastain -- from showing up their perfectly painted nails. Fun? OK, maybe.
So we thought: Why not try one of our own?
Here are some of Boston's freshest manis, via Instagram, in real time:
While Gisele Bundchen might be frolicking in the Hawaiian sunshine with new babe, Vivian, those of us bracing for "2-3 feet of snow" can at least bask in the glow of her shiny new ads for Chanel. Mrs. Tom Brady was announced as the face for Chanel beauty's Les Beiges collection, a new range of powder face products launching in mid-March. Bunchen joins the likes of Brad Pitt, who starred in a series of questionably ironic commercials for Chanel No.5, and Victoria's Secret model Barbara Palvin (Justin Bieber's rumored fling), who lent her mug to the brand's Le Blanc campaign.
The print campaign for Les Beiges was shot by Mario Testino and Hello! estimates the contract landed the Brazilian super model "an impressive sum of four million dollars." This will be Bunchen's third beauty deal, following campaigns for Max Factor in 2008 and Dolce & Gabbana's The One fragrance in 2006.
What do you think of Gisele's new contract with Chanel?
Sasha Bertran and Samantha Sherwin were both working in the fragrance industry when they decided to found their state-inspired scent collection, United Scents of America. The New Jersey-based duo launched their small collection with five states in 2012 and said each fragrance was created to remind the user of the places they've come from or the places they wish to be. Homesick Texans could spritz on a sultry blend of cedar and citrus while New Jersey natives can relive summers on the boardwalk with a scent sugarcoated with cotton candy, caramel, and buttered popcorn.
Massachusetts joins the mix with a rustic autumn-inspired fragrance of our own, featuring notes of cranberry, bergamot, sage, red oak, and tobacco leaf, launching later this month. The Bay State and a fragrance inspired by Hawaii, make seven scents for the collection with the addition of corresponding candles.
Bertran and Sherwin will be in town on February 21, 7-9 p.m., to host the official launch party for Massachusetts at Shake the Tree in the North End with complimentary edible goodies via Scarborough Food Fair blogger, Emilie Bell.
Not long after Kate Middleton was caught rocking a brand new set of side bangs (just weeks prior to announcing her pregnancy), Michelle Obama debuted a 'do of her own, just in time for the Inaugural Ball. Lady Obama showed off her shoulder-grazing bob with a new layer of blunt fringe on her 49th birthday on Thursday. She also debuted a new Twitter handle, @FLOTUS (which stands for First Lady of the United States), that appeared to be immediately flooded with bang commentary.
Not to be outdone, Kim Kardashian also revealed a new set of side-swept bangs earlier this week, while celebs like Jennifer Lawrence, Kerry Washington, and Beyonce continue to rock fringe like champs. Jennifer Lopez jumped on the bandwagon with a less flattering set of fringe for her recent People Magazine cover, while Karlie Kloss's chicer-than-chic crop with wispy bangs was deemed the "Haircut of the Year."
So, is this the year of the bang, or what?
"Absolutely," said George Amaral, a senior stylist at Mario Russo's Newbury Street location. "Bangs are one of the best ways to change the whole haircut without making a drastic change. You look more youthful almost instantly. Side-swept bangs like Kate's were more popular last year but this year, it's all about a full bang."
But is there anyone who should just say "no" to the bang trend?
"It's not about face shape when it comes to bangs. It's about your hairline. People who have cowlicks or a very low hairline tend not to look good with fringe," he continued.
But what if I'm not ready for this type of commitment?
"If you start off with a full blunt bang over the brow, wait for it to grow out and after a month you can try for a side-swept bang. In about six months you can have the bangs cut into the sides of your style. It's not as difficult as it used to be to try a bang because there are so many modern hairstyles that you can grow into while you're waiting for them to fully grow out."
Ah, we feel better.
Will you get bangs in 2013? What do you think of Michelle Obama's new bangs? Do you think Karlie Kloss's bangs are the haircut of the year? Do you think Kim Kardashian's bangs are copying Kate Middleton's bangs? Do you think we should get bangs? (We do not.) Comment here.
Want to add something adventurous to your 2013 beauty arsenal without spending a small fortune? Here are the 20 brand new finds that we're most excited about, all for $20 or less. -- Erica Thompson & Rachel Raczka
L'Oreal Colour Caresse Shine Stain
Strikingly similar to Yves Saint Laurent's coveted Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres glossy stains, L'Oreal's new gloss-stain hybrids come with a much easier to stomach price tag. Each water-based lip color dries to a long-lasting shiny finish and comes in 12 on-trend shades. (We've been living in Pink Rebellion -- a sheer rosy pink.) $9.99 at Target store locations.
Olay Fresh Effects Va-Va-Vivid! Powered Contour Cleansing System
The set, that "guarantees" a 400 percent “better” clean, includes a battery-operated cleansing brush, designed to fit the contour of your face focusing on the T-zone, hairline, and nose, as well as a shine-minimizing cleanser. The kit is part of Olay’s new “Fresh Effects” line for 2013. $14.99 on Drugstore.com.
L'Oreal Paris Féria Wild Ombré hair color kit
This box kit contains the step-by-step instructions and equipment needed for users to recreate the trend at home. Available in three shades for varying degrees of dark-to-light gradients: medium to dark brown; dark blonde to light brown hair; and light to medium blonde hair. $10.99, Amazon.com.
NYC 'Applelicious' Glossy Lip Balms
Infused with a hydrating blend of Shea butter, jojoba and avocado oil, these dual-shade lip balms insure smooth lips and an even smoother application. $3.99 each at CVS store locations.
Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids lipstick
Prep for spring with 10 super pigmented shades, ranging from Brazen Berry, an eye-popping purple, to Pink Pop, a true bubble gum pink. Unlike most tradition 'sticks, the Vivids collection is made with a honey nectar formula for lip nourishment and hydration. Target.com, $5.49.
Sally Hansen Salon Effects™ French Mani
With no drying time and an easy peel-and-stick application, it’s hard to find a reason to visit the salon. The manicure lasts up to ten days and won Cosmopolitan’s 2011 beauty award for "A Mani that Lasts for Real." The 2013 update includes glittery French tips for those who haven't been able to master an ombre sparkle effect of their own. CVS.com, $12.99.
Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Deep Conditioning Shine Mask
This deep conditioning mask infused with Moroccan Argan oil claims to hydrate, soften, and add shine to hair when used in place of a regular conditioner one to two times a week. $3.49 on Soap.com.
Essie Sleek Sticks (pictured)
Available in 12 trendy prints and patterns with equally trendy names ('Oh My Gold' and 'Don’t Cheetah on Me' are among our faves), the DIY nail decal set includes 18 nail stickers, a cuticle stick, a file, and a buffer. Target.com, $9.99.
Neutrogena Crease Proof Eyeshadow
This product’s built-in-primer not only alleviates a step of preparation in the morning, but also prevents fading, smudging and creasing throughout the day. The anti-oxidant formula goes on sheer and boasts brightening effects. Ulta.com, $8.99.
Nivea Lip Butters
The pocket-size balm comes in three new flavors (Raspberry Rose Kiss, Caramel Cream Kiss, and Vanilla & Macadamia Kiss) tucked away in a charmingly old school tin. The formula blends shea butter and almond oil to moisturize and hydrate lips with the claim that a smear will improve kisses. $3.99 at most drugstores.
Maybelline Rocket by Volum' Express Mascara
Available in blackest black, very black, and brownish black, the washable mascara (also available in waterproof) contains a micro-bristle brush suitable for battling clumps and building volume. $7.99 at Ulta.
CoverGirl Queen Collection Jumbo Gloss Balm
Available in 16 different shades, the crayon-shaped lip balm contains mango and Shea butters for a silky smooth application. The shades, when first applied, go on sheer but can be layered for maximum "pow!" factor Target.com, $6.99.
L'Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara
A super skinny brush that boasts 200 bristles delivers product to every corner of your lash line. The formula claims to contain "Liquid Extension" that adds length and definition to each and every lash while the waterproof version (also available in regular) holds a curl like a champ. $9.95 at Rite Aid store locations
Herbal Essences Smooth and Shine Collections shampoo and conditioner
The hair care brand will reintroduce their two classic formulas (updated to be silicone and sulfate-free) from the '90s in their iconic bottles and scents in February. It's a bit early for this list but we're so excited we can't contain ourselves. Whether or not the brow-raising commercials (above) will also be renewed is up for debate. Pricing TBA, at most drugstore and discount store locations.
Kate Moss for Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte lipsticks
The mega model's popular long-lasting lipstick collection now comes in five new high-pigment matte shades that claim to last up to eight hours. The line was recently given Allure's stamp of approval for Best Beauty of 2012. $5.79 at Walgreens store locations.
Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Hair Care Collection
The new range from the Boylston Street beauty icon includes five care and styling sub-collections; color, moisture, repair, volume, and smooth; a styling and finishing collection; and at-home color kits, all priced to please. Collection starts at $2.47, Walmart.com.
Wet 'n Wild Fergie Centerstage Collection To Reflect Shimmer Palettes
Using “baked” technology, this shimmery complexion highlighter blends three tones in one palette to create a high-pigment reflective finish. Available in "Carnival in Rio," a deep bronze, "Rose Golden Goddess," a blend of bronze and pink, and "Rose Champagne Glow," a sheer pale pink highlight. $5.99 at Walgreens store locations.
IMAN Skin Tone Evener BB Cream SPF15
Jumping on the BB cream bandwagon, this version features a sunscreen, moisturizer, and a tone-evening, paraben-free formula for a full-coverage foundation. $20, Ulta.com.
Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balms
Heavy in moisture and light in color, these all-natural sheer color balms are made with shea butter and botanical waxes. Burt’s Bees recently added four brand new colors to the collection for 2013: Blush Orchid, Caramel Daisy, Petunia, and Sweet Violet. $7, Burtsbees.com.
bareMinerals Loud & Clear Lip Sheer Duo
The sheer gel gloss set (below) comes in a lipstick-like applicator for easy application and storage. Made with shea butter and jojoba seed oil, the product moisturizes and conditions lips, while adding a sheer wash of bright color and shine. $19 for a set of two, QVC and QVC.com starting January 21.
Clarins head makeup artist Christopher Truffa and his team will be at the Bloomingdales at the Chestnut Hill Mall through Friday to give complimentary skincare and beauty consultations to help you through the fall transition. Whether you're seeking out the idea eye cream to prep for this humid holiday weekend ahead of us or want to find the perfect vampy burgundy lip shade for the office, Truffa is in town for a limited-time to provide unlimited advice. (Meaning he'll teach you how to execute the key fall looks, not just list them off.)
His favorite fall trend? Truffa said he's liking a nude lip with a bold eye. (Like above, at Rag & Bone.) "I think a smokey eye paired with a dusty nude lip is amazing. I love all of those coral tulips coupled with a nude liner. You're still getting that nude color but adding a bit of orange to the environment. I think this look can even extend into the spring."
Learn Truffa's favorite look and more at the beauty department in Bloomingdales, 225 Boylston Street, Newton through this Friday.
Today, I had the pleasure of chatting with Dr. Neil Sadick while he was in town for the Summer American Academy of Dermatology Meeting. Dr. Sadick, who has more esteemed professional titles that I can even begin to list, caught my eye as the Global Medical Advisor to Christian Dior Beauty. Do I want my skin to look like Natalie Portman's? Oui, oui!
While he was bursting at the seams with knowledge of the latest in innovative cosmetic procedures, my favorite moment of our chat came when he advised me to be sure to help myself to a glass a beer this holiday season.
Crow's feet, cellulite, non-invasive lasers, pain tolerance... beer? Did our conversation take a casual turn?
Not so much. Dr. Sadick likened the suggestion to the last health craze that led women to justifying a glass of red wine per day for its antioxidant benefits.
"We're all familiar that red wine has polyphenols in it that can protect your body and skin but more recently, it's been shown that drinking a glass of beer a day, which has silica in it, will also prevent free radical damage to the skin and internal organs. Party season? Opt for a glass of beer to protect your skin and keep your insides healthy."
Well then! Cheers.
The pop rocker with the bubble gum locks was announced this morning as COVERGIRL's latest face. P!nk will join the likes of fellow celebs Sofia Vergara, Queen Latifah, Drew Barrymore, Ellen DeGeneres, and Taylor Swift, with her first print ads dropping in Fall 2012. According to a press release from the brand, the partnership will reveal: "many more surprising new beauty looks on [P!nk's] lashes, lips and everything in between."
The "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" songstress tweeted "Guess who's the new COVERGIRL!!!!!!!!!!!" with an Instagram photo after the announcement was officially made during this morning's press conference for her latest album, The Truth About Love, featuring a bold colbalt blue smokey eye, extra lush lashes, and bright -- of course -- pink lips.
Thoughts on P!nk as the newest COVERGIRL face? Do you think she'll trade beauty secrets with Queen Latifah and Taylor Swift? And vice versa? (We hope so!)
Ah, a girl can dream -- right? Until we configure our master plan to lure Gosling from the clutches of Eva Mendes, we can at least decal his sexy mug to our thumb. And while we're at it, we can get 5-7 days of wear out of Zac Efron, Joe Jonas, Pharrell Williams, and Robert Pattinson. Is it our wit? Our charm? Our staggering good looks? No, it was $18 and the fine folks at Rad Nails, who fulfilled our wildest teeny-bopper dreams and created the Hot Man-icure nail wrap set.
As for our undying love, we suppose this will do -- for now. And there's also this:
AP Photo/Wally Santana
Little monsters everywhere will soon get a whiff of Lady Gaga as the details of her first fragrance, Fame, leak as the late summer/September release grows near. Gaga tweeted out images of the fragrance which was created with Coty (who is the mega-fragrance-force behind celeb releases from Jennifer Lopez and Madonna) that revealed the look and essence of the scent. According to the back of the perfume's packaging, the main scent story includes: "Tears of belladonna, crushed heart of tiger orchidea with a black veil of incense, pulverized apricot and the combinative essences of saffron and honey drops" -- which sounds like it smells as Gawker is succinctly putting it: "like a dramatic 17-year-old."
Additionally, the fragrance, which appears to be pitch black in the bottle, does a magic trick of its own using "fluid technology .... It's black like the soul of fame but invisible once airborne."
The bottle itself is surrounded by some dangerous looking spikes and has an overall hand grenade feel to it, but in retrospect, these bells and whistles are a whole lot more tame than the gasp-factor this perfume was originally supposed to make when it was announced Gaga wanted the fragrance to smell like ... um, other things.
So -- the sock bun. We still don't get it. But we want to, we really do. We'll be investigating this thrifty hair phenomenon soon but for now, we asked stylist Elle Proulx of Mario Russo (9 Newbury St., 617-424-6676) for an easy big bun tutorial that doesn't require butchering a pair of socks. This look is perfect for summer weddings, graduations, or just as a fun alternative to the typical everyday ponytail. And trust us, it's easier than you think.-- Anna Marden, Boston.com correspondent.
1. Spray a thickening product throughout the entire head and pull hair into a high ponytail on the very top of the head. Tie with a dark or clear elastic.
2. Take a small, finger-sized section of the ponytail and backcomb/ tease to create lots of volume. Continue to do this in small sections, working your way through the entire ponytail.
3. Take the “volumized” ponytail and loosely wrap it around the elastic. Secure on all sides with hair pins and spray entire head with hair spray.
Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe will launch a color cosmetics collection for beauty retailer Ulta in December of this year. According to Women's Wear Daily (subscription required), the line, dubbed Khroma Beauty, "will offer mass consumers the tools to mimic the famous faces of the brunette beauties."
The color line will cover the bases of face, eyes, and lips and will also include false eyelashes and something called "Kardazzle Compacts."
Additionally, the sisters will take to Twitter and YouTube to give makeup tutorials on how to use the collection to recreate their own looks. So if you ever hoped a little lipstick and mascara could take you on your way to looking like a Kardashian, this your lucky day.
Well, it will be in December.
This isn't the first plunge into the beauty industry by a Kardashian. Kim launched a line of namesake signature fragrances in 2009.
Have more to say? Tweet me @RachelRaczka.
You can spend $375 or $10, but no matter what you do, make sure that you've got enough SPF in that moisturizer. Our two favorites in the high-low categories are ReVive's Intensite Crème Lustre SPF 30 ($375), or, for you penny pinchers, Eucerin's Sensitive Facial Skin Moisture Lotion, SPF 30 ($9). An ounce of prevention now means not looking like a well-worn leather purse later.
In today's Wall Street Journal, reporter Elizabeth Holmes dove deep into the rise of BB creams in luxury and mass market retailers. The truth is, beauty fanantics (me) have been chasing these multi-use "miracle" creams for years, ordering them compulsively off Asian e-commerce websites while attempting to decipher what exactly we were applying to skin while feeling a little more than just lost in translation. But fear not -- BB creams have arrived in the U.S. with serious gusto.
The list of benefits tends to be jaw-dropping on the labels for most of these creams, with the life-bettering effects stopping just short of walking on water. Okay, maybe we're exaggerating. But as women who apply a moisturizer, a primer, a foundation, a setting powder, and an SPF every morning ... they may be a small miracle. Overall, a one-step product that can protect, conceal, and correct texture and tone in a singular application. Too good to be true? Perhaps. But perhaps not.
We chatted with New York magazine "best doctor" award winning dermatologist, Dr. Neal Schultz, about what exactly is this BB cream and what should we be looking for when we buy one:FULL ENTRY
In Boston, season swaps not only signify that it's time to change out our closets but also our makeup must-haves. Warmer weather means an increase in sweat and oil production, meaning many of our favorite face and eye products end up slowly fading, muddling, and moving by the end of the day.
Help? We turned to Brian Granoff, a tarte makeup artist, who sent us three quick additions for our daily routine to make the products we already love stay strong (and in place!) all day long:
1. Before applying foundation, always use a lightweight primer. Try tarte's clean slate flawless 12-hour brightening primer -- it acts as velcro for your foundation even in the summer heat.
2. Translucent finishing powder should be the last step in your makeup routine. One dusting (with a big fluffy brush) will create an invisible veil to help set your makeup in place, while keeping shine under control.
3. Go for products that specify a matte finish -- they tend to last longer during the heat. They also help diminish shimmer and oil so your complexion has a smooth, slip-free finish.
From left: tarte clean slate flawless 12-hr primer, $30 at Sephora store locations; Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet foundation, $36 at Sephora.com; Real Techniques Powder Brush, $9.99 at Ulta.com; e.l.f. Studio High Definition Powder in translucent, $3 at Target and eyeslipsface.com)
Celebrity makeup artist Renato Almeida (left), who has worked his magic on the likes of certifiable babes Gisele Bundchen and Kate Moss, will bring his talents to the Shiseido counter Friday and Saturday. Almeida, in the flesh, will provide complimentary personalized walk-throughs of what colors can work best for you, as well as customized makeup applications.
Will you walk out with Bundchen's chiseled cheekbones? We've got our fingers crossed.
Friday, May 18, noon-7 p.m. at Macy’s, 75 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington.
Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Macy’s, 310 Daniel Webster Highway, Suite 104, Nashua, NH
Appointments are required for both appearances. Call 781-221-3804 for Burlington or 603-891-3800 ext.2117 for Nashua to schedule.
We asked the stylists at Mario Russo (9 Newbury St., 617-424-6676) to create super simple, fashion-forward hairstyles for the upcoming prom/wedding/graduation season. Stylist Elle Proulx created this look on model Mallory Dion, a glamorous (but practical) half-up, half-down do that would work on a variety of hair types and lengths and could be a humid weather hero for ladies with bangs.
We deem this look: The New Romantic.
1. Make a dramatic side part on the far left side.
2. Beginning at the side part, French braid along the front of the hairline, moving towards the right ear.
3. Continue to braid, weaving in more and more hair as your work towards your right ear. Stop braiding just behind the right ear and secure with a dark or clear elastic.
4. Take the remaining loose hair and curl 1-2" sections with a large barrel curling iron or a flat iron.* Gently run your fingers through curls to separate.
5. To finish the look, wrap curls around bottom of braid to cover the elastic. Add a light mist of hairspray.
* Confused on how to curl your hair with a flat iron? It's easier than it sounds. Check out this great YouTube tutorial for a quick how-to.
-- Anna Marden, Boston.com correspondent
Christian Louboutin -- the king of the red sole -- told Women's Wear Daily in an exclusive interview that he will be entering the beauty category with a collection of products launching late 2013. Other than being slated as a "luxury" product line that will have "global distribution," details on what exactly will be included in the first sampling of Christian Louboutin Beauté are pretty vague.
According to Louboutin, the line "has to mirror the quality of the shoes, of the bags, of all the DNA of the brand" (read: be expensive) and will feature packaging and product as "detail-oriented" as his approach to shoe design.
[image via REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth]
Editor's note: We were saddened to hear about Vidal Sassoon's passing on May 9 in Los Angeles. To honor his career, we took a look back at highlights and some of his most iconic cuts.
Bronze, silver, and gold tones, round shapes, and natural movement are some of the features of the new Olympic-inspired Sassoon Salon Spring/Summer collection: Athletica.
Cole Thompson, the new Boston creative director at Sassoon, sat down with us to discuss the salon's summer direction.
“We’re really tapping into that high-fashion, but still wearable, contemporary look,” Thompson said. “We believe that’s gonna be huge this summer with the Olympics.”
He said many fashion designers were inspired by sporty styles to create high fashion versions of athletic looks for the runway. This season, Sassoon's creative team was inspired to follow the trend with cuts for the Athletica collection.
“In terms of technically with the haircuts, we were really inspired by the Olympic rings, so all of the hair curvature and all of the haircuts are very rounded with lots of movement,” Thompson said.
An additional source of inspiration for the creative team was the imagery of women in sports throughout the decades, beginning with vaulting in the early 1900s. Sassoon’s relationship with the Olympics dates back to 1984, when Vidal Sassoon cut the famous bob for gold medal figure skater, Dorothy Hamill.
The Athletica collection includes mostly short versatile styles that can work for all hair types. Thompson stressed that the Sassoon technique is customizable and a stylist can easily adapt a haircut from the collection for anyone’s personal lifestyle and hair type, including customers with longer length preferences.
To wrap things up, Thompson provided us with tips for keeping your hair healthy throughout the summer:
Problem: Sun exposure
Solution: Use products with UV protection. If you're going to be swimming, make sure to find a product that is also waterproof.
Solution: Only use conditioner from the mid-lengths to the ends, not many people need to apply it directly onto the root. If you have naturally oily hair, a color treatment will also help absorb some of the excess oil.
Problem: Dry, frizzy hair
Solution: Search for moisturizing products or visit a salon for treatments that act as injection of strength and conditioning into the hair. If treatment and conditioner aren’t enough, get a haircut. Sometimes the ends of the hair are past the point of no return and products just won’t do it. Also, a conditioning color would help to restore the natural shine and gloss of the hair.
Problem: Chlorine damage
Solution: There are deep cleansing shampoos that are perfect if you’re suffering from having too much chlorine in your hair. The product will remove the chemicals and then next time you shampoo, switch off for something that’s more nourishing to condition the hair.
Solution: Use products with moisture in them. If you use heat in your hair and don’t add moisture to it, when you go outside, the hair will absorb the moisture in it and that’s when the humidity affects it.
Visit Thompson and his team in person, visit Sassoon Salon at 399 Boylston St., Boston.
-- Anna Marden, Boston.com Correspondent
According to EW.com, Mr. Angelina Jolie has been announced as the newest face of the iconic fragrance Chanel No. 5 with a new film ad campaign in the works. Pitt will receive a hefty seven figure compensation for linking up with the brand, but we're still scratching our heads as to why a male actor was chosen for the coveted role. Recent No. 5 peddlers include actresses Audrey Tatou and Nicole Kidman, but Pitt will be the first man to lead the fragrance campaign.
Details regarding Pitt's campaign are still tightly under wraps (though sources report shooting will take place in London "sometime this week") but we're anxious to see what glamorous dreamscape the folks at Chanel come up with.
In previous years, the Harris Center at Massachusetts General Hospital has enlisted fashion gliteratti such as Diane von Furstenberg, Anna Wintour, Michael Kors, and Natalie Portman to bring attention to eating disorders. This year, the April 2 discussion, which is free and open to the public (although online registration is required) will feature internet magnate Arianna Huffington, Amber Valletta from the show “Revenge,” and Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani. While Huffington was blessed with the gift of the gab, expect Sozzani, who has been outspoken on the issues of models with curves – along with pretty much any other issue germane to fashion -- to steal the show.
I get all manner of wrong-ness in my email, and here's the latest. Agent Provocateur trumpeting that Madonna is wearing their bra-like contraption on the cover of her latest single. Please Madge, you and your daughter are designing clothes now. Wear them.
Fashion isn't the only subject on center stage when starlets walk the red carpet during awards season. I'm a strong believer that hair and beauty can make or break a look -- or, in my opinion, save a particularly bad dress -- especially when it's applied to withstand multiple step-and-repeats, a live show, and, if you please, a series of after-parties. Here are my top picks for the stars that showed best face (and hair) at this year's Golden Globes.
I was not won over by Sarah Michelle Gellar's tie-dye Monique L'huillier gown, but I did love her royal blue smokey eye and the sublime ethereal glow that was so perfectly dusted on her shoulders and decolletage.
Makeup artist Jake Bailey (who has personally given me a killer pink pout and softly smoked-out eyes during a fashion week of yore, and so I can attest to his greatness) created Gellar's smoldering look and shimmery skin for the occasion. He "mixed equal parts AHAVA mineral body lotion and M.A.C. strobe cream to add a healthy sheen" to her exposed upper body. Her eyes were emphasized with L'Oreal's new Infallible eyeshadows in "Midnight Blue" and "Sultry Smoke" (a shimmering royal blue and dusty dove gray, respectively) applied with his fingertips -- a budget-friendly tip, and we'll certainly be taking note.
I was also psyched that "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" actress Paula Patton led the marigold yellow trend that was dominate at the GGs, but so much could have gone wrong if she opted for a bold hued lip. Luckily, makeup artist Fiona Stiles gave Patton a sheer sparkling peach lip color (COVERGIRL Queen Collection lip gloss in "Starlet Sand") and opted for rosy cheeks to bring warmth to her face. Stiles layered COVERGIRL's Simply Ageless Sculpting Blush in "Lush Berry" under Patton's face powder and a layer of powder blush to set the look for a lasting flush.
[Patton image via Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images]
Oribe's Richard Marin (part of the team that is also responsible for Taylor Swift's Vogue-worthy bangs) gave funny gal Tina Fey her stylized bedhead for the show. (Fey wore a berry-colored Oscar de la Renta that I felt pretty "meh" about.) Marin added serious volume and movement to Fey's layered bob by layering on three of the brand's signature products (Creme for Style, Royal Blowout styling spray, and Impermeable Anti-Humidity spray) and using a flat iron to bend the edges into soft waves. The final product was spritzed onto the underside of Fey's hair while her head was flipped upside down for extra "omph" factor.
I was really (really) not a fan of Zooey Deschanel's lime green "one-of-a-kind" Prada, however, I was struck by her "doe-ier than usual" eyes. Jorjee Douglass (who also handled the beauty for "500 Days of Summer") used Rimmel products on the brand's spokes-gal (of course) to create the look and said she was inspired by Emma Peel from the '60s show, "The Avengers." Several coats of Rimmel's Lash Accelerator mascara were applied to Deschanel's lashes and a "feathered line of liquid liner was added to her bottom lash line to emphasize and thicken the shape. And what about the "New Girl" starlet's "tuxedo" manicure? Definitely deserves an honorable mention of the night.
[Fey & Deschanel images via Frazer Harrison/Getty Images]
With carol season upon us, we snagged celebrity manicurist (she's polished the talons of the likes of Kate Winslet, Mariah Carey, and Reese Witherspoon) and color creatrix/not-so-secret soul singer Deborah Lippmann for some tips for the tone deaf. Lippmann's latest holiday jazz 3-track album (a follow-up to her two previous full-length albums, "Vinyl" and "Nightingale") "Deck the Halls" debuted this season, accompanied by three aptly named mini polishes in Christmas-ready shades. A longtime caroler, Lippmann recalled her many years in her native Arizona with childhood friend Darrell Brown (who also produces her album) and their experiences spreading neighborly cheer to give us her top 5 tips for surviving a singalong.
Stick to the basics: "Go for a 'Frosty the Snowman' or 'Deck the Halls' - anything fun and light-hearted where you don't have to hold out any notes," Lippmann advised. "You get into trouble when you try doing 'Oh, Holy Night.'"
Pick a song that everyone knows: "With caroling, these are songs that everybody knows so it becomes all about heart. Even when you're at karaoke, there's nothing like the person that gets up [and] just belts it out with their whole soul. Since you already know the tune, just go in with confidence and enjoy."
There's strength in numbers: "I think the whole thing about singing carols is so universal, that when you're with a group you're less likely to get called out."
Hit up the neighborhood, reap the benefits: "We still get Christmas requests every year from our old route [in Arizona]," said Lippmann, "We hit everyone, from the firehouse to the governor's mansion to a trailer park - we ran the gamut. We started at 5 in the afternoon and we got to hit everyone's Christmas Eve party on the way. We ate like champions."
Remember that perfection is overrated: "We have plenty of tone deaf people [in my group]. I'm not naming names but some of them are in my family. It doesn't matter, with caroling it's all about just being together."
The most glam pig we know, Miss Piggy, will be paid a pigment and powder tribute with MAC's inspired makeup collection debuting online on Nov. 14. The 3-piece collection includes a fuchsia powder eye shadow named Miss Piggy Pink, an ink black liquid liner, and fluttery faux lashes worthy of a wink at your bashful froggy beau.
Also, to tie in with the "The Muppets" movie's Nov. 23 premiere, O.P.I. released a character-inspired polish collection this month with shades named for some of our favorite fuzzy heroes. (Think: sparkling colors deemed "Divine Swine" and "Getting Miss Piggy With It".) Wondering why the influx of beauty tie-ins? In Miss Piggy's new flick she will play the editor of Vogue Paris, complete with a wardrobe designed by Zac Posen and Christian Louboutin. Are we beyond jealous of the porcine diva yet? Oui! -- Gina Tomaine, Boston.com correspondent
[Image courtesy of MAC]
Lindsay Lohan may be facing time in the slammer and obviously has bigger problems, but there's something about her appearance at her Wednesday hearing that has since haunted our beauty nightmares: her ridiculous misuse of contour blush.
Come on, you had to notice that Lohan -- who was very innocently dressed in a demure pastel Fendi sundress and Giuseppe Zanotti peep-toe pumps -- managed to ruin her (uncharacteristically) cheerful look with dramatic smears of dark blusher under her cheekbones. Lohan, who we loved in 2006 for her chippy Chanel "Black Satin" manicures and despised last week for her frighteningly poor dental hygiene, has hit highs and lows with her beauty choices. (Remember when she was a redhead and everyone really liked her?) But this wacky blush certainly falls into the latter category.
In Lohan's defense, however, Grazia noted that the streak-tastic blusher look has made runway appearances at the likes of Vivienne Westwood and Jeremy Scott. But as most fashionphiles know -- not all runway trends should be replicated in real life.
[Top image via Mark Boster-Pool/Getty Images]
National Breast Cancer Awareness month is coming to a close, but for those of us who are still looking for an opportunity to do a little good -- Boston-based hair extension company Hair Stiletto has partnered with area salons to offer semi-permanent strands of pink in return for a $10 donation toward breast cancer research.
For a list of participating salons/stylists* in the area, follow the jump.FULL ENTRY
This past Sunday, Reuters reported that California governor Jerry Brown signed a bill officially banning the use of tanning beds for those under 18 years of age. The bill is the first of its kind and follows up on a previous bill that banned minors between the ages 14-18 from using the beds without parent consent and those younger from using the beds all together. According to a statement from the Governor's office, the bill will work toward an act to "improve the health and well-being of Calfornians."
However, the underage crowd in California won't need hang up their tanning bed goggles just yet -- as the bill won't go into action until January 2012.
What do you think of an underage tanning ban? Do you think Massachusetts should take similar action? Discuss below.
I actually was obsessed with this concept a while back when I read that Lancome created a magnetic polish called Le Magnetique. I scoured eBay to track down a polish -- which at the time was already a few seasons back and led me to auctions that were insanely astronomically priced -- but after hitting many-a dead end, I decided it was probably for the best. Magnetic nail polish? Where's the FDA statement on that? I'm a nail biter and I'm wondering what the health effect of potentially digesting a small amount of metal on a daily basis would be?
However, I spotted magnetic nail polish popping up in the states again this month. UK-bred nails inc., a newcomer to U.S. Sephora stores, released a line of shimmery metallic magnetic polishes and the October issue of People Style Watch featured nail care and polish brand LNC's jewel-tone versions. Am I still smitten? Why, yes -- of course!
Still wondering what exactly a magnetic polish is? It's just your average polish infused with iron powder that makes a swirly design when you hover a magnet over it shortly after it's been applied. The result is a unique marbleized masterpiece with a glossy finish.
Will you try magnetic nail polish? Have you spotted any other brands offering iron-infused polish? Does it work? Is it too cool for words or just a big ol' mess? Discuss in the comments below!
P.S. Want to see more hair and beauty trends for fall? Check out this list of trends -- straight from the runway!
Tom Brady’s long hair passed away on Monday after brief but controversial life widely chronicled in gossip columns and the sports press. It was 2 years old.
The death was visually confirmed at a New England Patriots press conference earlier today when Brady appeared before reporters wearing a baseball cap, his chestnut hair closely cropped around the sides. His longtime Newbury Street stylist, Pini Swissa, told a reporter that the QB’s long locks were cut down in their prime on Monday.
Born in Foxborough in 2009, Brady’s flowing hair went on to achieve international stardom, becoming an object of adoration for some and abhorrence for others.
Shortly after its birth, Tom Brady’s Long Hair (known to family and friends as TBLH) drew attention for its spunky personality and ability to excite and incite fans of the Patriots. The flowing locks at one time reached No. 12’s shoulders. More recently, TBLH was bobbed to around chin length and seemed a bit more auburn than usual, a byproduct perhaps of summer sun and stress over the NFL lockout, now passed.
Initially accused of impersonating Canadian teen heartthrob Justin Bieber, TBLH soon developed its own rambunctious persona, growing at a rapid clip, and even traveling to Rio de Janeiro last year and disguising itself as a ponytail to evade paparazzi. Fans could not stop talking about it, at one point speculating that the Prince Valiant-like hairdo was a misguided attempt to cover an incipient thinning of his hair. Such rumors have never be confirmed.
Many observers have attempted to determine the birth mother of TBLH, hypothesizing that the guiding influence behind it was Brady’s wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, well-known for her own flowing tresses. The hair also is rumored to have used its influence to get former Patriot Randy Moss traded after the receiver reportedly claimed that TBLH made Brady look like “a girl.”
TBLH is survived, of course, by the newly shorn Brady, the QB’s wife Bundchen, and several lucrative endorsement deals including one for Ugg Australia, famous for its line of shaggy boots. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that contributions be made to the Vidal Sassoon and Aveda lines of hair conditioners.
Skin and body care brand Kiehl's announced that their latest Hub location will open on Sept. 29, 2011, at the Mall at Chestnut Hill (199 Boylston St.). Lucky for us (and for them) that date is just around the same time that wind-chapped skin starts settling in, so a newly-stocked Kiehl's may be just what we need to stock up on seasonally-fit serums and lotions.
What do you do to protect your skin in this transitional period? Any must-have skin products for the fall? Let us know below!
[Pictured: Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free collection, image courtesy of Kiehl's]
Last night's MTV Video Music Awards marked multiple big wins for Adele and a big announcement for Beyonce (below -- with baby bump!), and while all eyes were on two song birds, our eyes were on their talons. Both ladies donned manicures with pointed tips in creamy shades of light caramel, a neutral shade for a shocking shape.
Nails filed to sharp, sleek points, deemed "stiletto nails," have been popping up on celebs and the runway for several seasons now, but how soon will it be before they finally transition into our everyday lives?
How do you feel about a sharp-end manicure? Would you wear it?
Are they baby friendly? (We're looking at you, Beyonce ...)
Take our poll below!
[Adele image via REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni; Beyonce image via REUTERS/Danny Moloshok]
When actress Zoe Saldana hit the red carpet for a Miami premiere on Monday, she rocked a glittering gold and cream Balmain gown and low-slung ponytail made of mini braids. Kirsten Dunst wore her blond locks in an elegant braided updo at Cannes. And Rihanna bested them all with her cherry red hair woven into a complicated French braid at the Costume Institute Ball at the Metropolitan Museum earlier this summer.
There’s no question that braids of all types will continue to be the hot hair trend this fall, but how to wear them in the real world (translation: to work) without looking weirdly overdone? Nick Penna Jr., owner of Salon Capri in Dedham, recommends the waterfall braid. Basically a loose French braid that wraps around the back of your head, the waterfall allows you to wear your hair down but braided in a way that’s interesting and office-friendly. Works for us.
See below for Penna’s directions and advice on the best products to make the look work. -- Hayley Kaufman
- Start with dry straight or wavy hair. Brush through hair with a wide tooth comb to remove tangles.
- Part hair at your natural part using a fine tooth comb and apply a dime-sized portion of smoothing serum, starting at the hair shafts through the ends. Nick uses L’Oreal Professionnel Textureline Smoothing Serum.
- Collect a small section of hair at the top of one side of your head, close to your part, and begin by braiding the strands three times like a French braid.
- After you’ve French braided the left section of hair (now in the center) drop the right strands and let them fall along the side of your head.
- Pick up a new piece of hair in the dropped section’s place, as well as a new piece on the left side like a traditional French braid, and braid the three sections again, dropping the right portion after you’ve completed the braid.
- Continue this process, wrapping the waterfall braid toward the back of your head as you go.
- Once you’ve passed the back of your head with the waterfall braid, end with a traditional braid and secure the end with an elastic.
- If desired, add some style with a flower or jeweled clip where the waterfall braid and traditional braid meet.
- Finish with a light spritz of hair spray around the braid. Nick suggests Shu Uemura Sheer Lacquer.
[Images by Essdras M Suarez]
When the story about a perfume named eau Flirt landed on my desk a few weeks back, I was skeptical. After all, the fragrance supposedly "flirts" for you.
It all started with the founders' mother. Class of '08 Harvard graduate Shaan K. Hathiramani created a perfume named Ageless, with crisp fruity notes of pink grapefruit and pomegranate and the goal of counteracting smells associated with aging. Shaan, along with his brother Raj, continued to experiment with scents and what feelings these scents were associated with. This led them to create Harvey Prince, a women's fragrance brand that intends to "put the power of scent back into women's hands," Shaan told me by phone.
"It’s all done with good humor," he explained. "Every day we get e-mails with very funny stories [from users] about how they walk into bars and get guys trying to get a second whiff."
eau Flirt was developed after two series of focus groups and blind smell tests at the the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation and Columbia University, where Harvey Prince worked with scientists (and male testers) to develop perfumes with strong positive scent associations and that were pleasant as a scent on its own. "We asked what scents guys recalled and what kind of images of women they would expect to smell like them," said Shaan.
The result was a mix of pumpkin pie, lavender, mango, plum, and gardenia.
"Cinnamon and nutmeg is a very nostalgic combination," he explained. "It's associated with really classic, great memories that we collectively have -- whether it's growing up or interacting with people we love and care about."
Does it work? I'm not so convinced, but I'm willing to give it a go. As for now, Shaan still tries to keep my hopes up:
"I got an e-mail from a woman in the Persian Gulf the other day," he said. "She ordered our perfume online and had eau Flirt airdropped into a war zone. She said she had to be careful about using it because too many guys came up to her and started saying 'Hello.' But as you can imagine, the ratio of guys to girls is pretty favorable to her ..."
But does it really work? Have you tried it? Let us know in the comments.
Find Harvey Prince's eau Flirt online at HarveyPrince.com.
[image courtesy Harvey Prince]