StyleCaster finds the most curious ingredients lurking in your makeup bag.
Big Hair is Back! Celebs Try Out Volume
Beauty companies usually entice with thoughts of flowers and fruit - rosewater and pomegranate products ring a bell? It's no wonder that millions of beauty enthusiasts feel a sense of well-being upon leaving the local Sephora with fragrant and beautifully packaged items in hand. From lip balm to perfume, popular products look and smell better than ever, but upon closer inspection of the ingredients, we found some outrageous - and in some cases, appalling - materials lurking in our makeup bags. Crushed beetles, dynamite, snail secretion and infant foreskin, just to name a few.
Under all that colorful tissue paper and clever bottling are some pretty shocking ingredients:
Cochineal Beetles (Dactylopius Coccus)
These tiny crimson insects feast on the prickly pear cactus in South America. Once they are full of cactus juice, the Cochineal beetles are scraped off the plant,
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See who stole the top spots on this year's countdown.
Zoe Saldana Makes People's 50 Most Beautiful List
Today, FHM released this year's countdown of the top 100 sexiest women in the world, and of course we had to take a look at the top picks. Among the glamazons named in the top ten were some of the usual candidates - Kelly Brook reached number seven while WAG/model Abbey Clancy snagged the number five spot.
It came as no shock that Brazilian babe and Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima took up one of the coveted top ten placements as well - a devout catholic who attends church every Sunday, Lima proves you don't have to be a bad girl in order to be sexy.
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However, there was one surprise we didn't see coming. Kristen Stewart, Twilight's angtsy and pale star who most recently portrayed rocker Joan Jett in The Runaways made a new entry to the list sliding in at number six. In fact, Stewart ranked even higher on the list than both drop dead
- StyleCaster | Bikini – Wed, Apr 28, 2010 3:45 PM EDT
New York Health & Racquet Club expert gives us the essentials for getting fit fast.
Taylor Swift Style: How to Emulate the Look!
Right around this time each year, we start to feel both equally excited and filled with dread for what's to come; warmer weather may give our spirits and our skintones a little boost, but along with the sun comes bikini season, which doesn't exactly give us the same fuzzy feeling we get on Christmas morning. Yes, it's officially time to shape up for summer, but for those of us fashion peeps who have barely lifted a cocktail ring-bedecked finger, let alone looked at an elliptical in 7 months, where to start? Luckily, the experts at New York Health & Racquet Club have a few insights that should help you get on the right track. These basic workout tips from NYHRC's personal training manager, Dionne Cross, will get you started on getting bikini-ready asap.7 Things Every Apartment Renter Should Know
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Festival meets charity in a music-inspired collection.
Bikini Season Alert! A Personal Trainer Talks Summer Shape Up
If you're over building your entire music festival circuit wardrobe via Topshop, thrifting and Urban Outfitters, H&M will have you covered just in time for Glastonbury.
The Swedish fast fashion behemoth is putting a charitable spin on what is quickly becoming a whole new style category, with its first festival collection. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from the sale of the line's 50 pieces will go to the company's third Fashion Against AIDS campaign.
Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M's head of design explains, "For me, festivals are unique and inspirational places as they join both music and fashion. To see your favourite bands, to see creative people gathered, all from different nations and with different looks really inspires me."
Those looks will have both boys and girls covered, and will include ethnic-inspired pieces with a glam bohemian bent for the ladies, andRead More »from Affordable Fashion for Music Festival Lovers!
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A beige fitted blazer is a great alternative to your usual black staples during the warmer months. Aside from keeping you cool, the lighter shade goes better with a summer palette. Take this beige blazer by H&M ($59.95). The cropped, double-breasted topper is perfect for switching up silhouettes - girls with shorter gams rejoice, an abbreviated cut brings the eye upwards to lengthen the leg - and the color is just the neutral to go with a multitude of lighter looks. With those flattering ideas in mind, here are five ways to rock the piece.
Outfit #1 (above):
A beige blazer works well with pale hues. If you're going for a lighter-toned look, opt for brown accessories instead of black which can be a sharp contrast.
Rose silk romper by Stella McCartney; Mint floral crop top by Standard Finery; Brown wedge sandals by Marni.
Pull together a super casual or undone look with a
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H&M Set to Launch Music Festival Collection
Matthew Williamson's PR team has been working overtime lately, with a recent Belvedere vodka collab featuring Misshapes' Leigh Lezark as model, following a high-profile, highly coveted bit of product placement on Gossip Girl a few weeks back.
And speaking of product, GG viewers could hardly keep their attention on the plot-twisting scene that led to splitsville for everyone's favorite morally bankrupt Upper East Side couple - Chuck and Blair, that is - because of Blair's all-eyes-on-me Matthew Williamson gown.
Fans may have forgotten all about the creepy Uncle Jack seduction scene, but chances are that the full-length pure silk georgette gown with an empire waist and hand-beaded metallic bodice has been lodged firmly in place in memory banks. Well, Williamson and Gossip girls alike are in luck, the kind folks at the designer's studio is offering up a giveaway.
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More lessons one man has learned from having kid sisters.
A Look Through Memorable Dates in Cinematic History
Are you ready for Round 2? After getting some great feedback for dating lessons I learned from my sisters, the first time around, I'm back with the second installment. It's not the bible of all dating tips, but hey, it's a guy's perspective!
Lesson 6: Distinguish Yourself From the Others
Guys tend to forget attractive women are approached by men all day, every day. These women have heard it all, seen it all and met them all. This includes the nice guy, the bad boy and the douchebag. To stand a chance, you have to distinguish yourself from the other suitors and become memorable in some way. Memorable can come in many forms: spiritually, professionally, physically, athletically, creatively, culturally, emotionally, romantically, intellectually, inter-personally, etc. If you are still not clear, here are some concrete examples of memorable: sense of humor, creative,Read More »from Dating Advice Guys Can Take From Their Sisters
Makeup artist Pamela Taylor dishes on choosing the right bright hue.
Learn How to Apply a Bright Coral Lip For Spring
Red lips are here to stay. We've seen them everywhere - from the runways, to the red carpet, to the bars we frequent and finally, to our places of work. Trust us ladies, they'll be sticking around. If you haven't figured out what shade of red works best on your skin tone or whether to opt for matte or gloss, it's about time to do a little bit of experimenting.
StyleCaster: The bold red lip is everywhere right now. How do we choose the right shade for our skin tone?
Pamela Taylor: Selecting the perfect red for a model or client is one of my favorite tasks as a makeup artist! The right red can look amazing, while the wrong red can be a disaster!
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Hot or Not: Hayden Panettere Chops Off Her Locks
Those of us with unmanageable hair can rest easy knowing that unruly locks are in. Big, teased hair was a huge trend on the Spring 2010 runways, as seen on the models that walked the catwalk at Luca Luca, Rachel Comey and Mulberry. But lest you end up walking out of your house like you've just tread this morning's walk of shame, taking a cue from celebs could be the way to go.
Style Standoff: SJP vs. Ashley Olsen!
Below are a few of our favorite stars that have taken the runway look and made it work (or not so much). Let us know who's your favorite in the comments below!
1. Amp Up Your Bob
L to R: Drew Barrymore, Carrie Underwood. Photos: spoiledpretty.blogspot.com | zimbio.com
Drew Barrymore's bob at the 2009 Golden Globes was tough to forget, and we're not recommending you try this at home. But, if you combine Carrie Underwood's style with Drew's (Drew's had way too
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10 Top Eco-Friendly Beauty Buys
Let's face it girls, in addition to looking good for yourself, beauty is often about attracting the opposite sex. Walk into your local Sephora and everywhere you look there are different types of lip glosses, shines, stains, and plumpers to make your pout glossier and more appealing to male suitors. And let's not even get started on the products marketed to make our hair shinier, our skin softer and our face glow.
But because of our undying love for beauty products, it may be that we're a bit biased. So for the sake of neutrality, we've enlisted a guy's take. Idan Ravin, our resident dating expert and trainer to pro athetes nationwide, said "beauty products should enhance, they shouldn't mask your looks."
With that tip in mind, here's our list of beauty products that will help you turn heads, without going over the top.
1. Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint
Jouer's lightweight tint is the perfect