Beauty news flash: Our favorite
"Heroes" star got a major hair overhaul (see other amazing celeb makeovers here). So the question is ... which of her many looks do you like best? Think she'll make the pixie as popular as these trendsetting celebs did? Or do you think she'll go down in the hairstyle hall of shame like these A-listers did? Tell us the look you like best ... A, B or C (the pixie)?
See other celebrity hairstyles and pictures of hairstyles here.
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- The chicks at TotalBeauty.com | Work + Money – Fri, Apr 23, 2010 7:17 PM EDT
Beauty news flash: Our favoriteRead More »from What Do You Think Of Hayden Panettiere's New Pixie Cut?
Overly-hyped anything always sets me up for disappointment -- whether it's a beauty product or a film (sorry Clooney, but all the best lines from "Up in the Air" were in the trailer). Expectation really is the mother of frustration. Plus, the allure of cute packaging creates a certain kind of hype, which can either be a sweet score or a total waste of money. And unfortunately I'm a sucker for it -- hook, line and sinker -- from choosing a bottle of vino to picking out a tube of lipstick (see a list of top-rated ones here).
Here are a few of the 6 most overly-hyped products. See whether you agree with the product's hoopla or with the TotalBeauty.com readers' comments that question the love-fest some people have with them.
The Hype: This infomercial darling was developed by Stanford-trained dermatologists and has recently added Katy Perry and Avril Lavigne to its stable of celebrity endorsees.
The Bottom Line: Whether or not theRead More »from The Most Overly-Hyped Beauty Products
- The chicks at TotalBeauty.com | Fashion – Tue, Mar 2, 2010 3:16 AM EST
I only have a few minutes to write this blog 'cause it's almost time for my new obsession -- "Hoarders" (A&E Monday at 10pm) -- and I absolutely cannot miss it.
Talk about compelling. It's "a fascinating look inside the lives of people whose inability to part with their belongings is so out of control that they are on the verge of a personal crisis" and it is soooo good.
I'm just waiting for them to do an episode with Lindsay Lohan who, in case you missed it, told "The Insider" last week that she, LiLo, is secretly a hoarder.
I am not making this up.
But think about it, what really qualifies as "hoarding" -- am I a hoarder just because I still have shoes from eighth grade? Am I a hoarder because I have shampoo and conditioner and, um, let's see, eyeshadow from college? Am I a hoarder because my medicine cabinet is chock full of … OMG, I AM A HOARDER!
How do I pare back? I need all my stuff! Ok, deep breath. I'm going to take some tips from the pros. First, itRead More »from Does Your Bathroom Cabinet Look Like Lindsay Lohan's House? Get Decluttering Beauty Tips Here
- The chicks at TotalBeauty.com | Fashion – Tue, Feb 9, 2010 4:30 AM EST
Evidently, I'm not in Kansas anymore. Ok, so I've never been to Kansas but based on the conversation I had with my friend Lynn this morning, I must be somewhere over the rainbow.
Me: Hey, want to have lunch today?
Lynn: I can't, I'm having my eyes whitened.
Lynn: Yeah, it's a really cool new procedure that makes your eyes totally white! They just remove some membrane and, voila, you look eons younger.
Me: Um, I think I'd rather try one of these anti-aging tricks. And I have to go.
Ok. Let me process this.
It's true that I sometimes get frustrated with my bloodshot eyes. And, I did once hear Julie Campbell, the editor of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, say that having super-bright whites of your eyes is what makes Elle Macpherson so stunning (yeah, 'cause the rest of her is so unattractive) but I'm not sure that either of those are enough tempt me into having a membranes removed from my EYES.
However, because Lynn isRead More »from Eye Whitening Surgery: A New Genius Beauty Technology or Torture Treatment?
- The chicks at TotalBeauty.com | Fashion – Thu, Feb 4, 2010 2:41 AM EST
I kissed a girl and I liked it.
Oops. Wrong column. But, now that it's out there and we're on the topic, can I just say, what was up with Katy Perry's bangs at the Grammys?
I mean, I get that she likes to be fashion wacky (I actually applaud her for that) but unless she got her hair caught in her Oral-B Sonic, and had to butcher it to free it from the rotating heads, there is just no excuse for those too-short, too-heavy bangs.
You want good bangs? I'll show you good bangs (see a whole photo gallery of them -- here). Heidi Klum has good bangs. Kate Moss has good bangs, Heck, even Ashlee Simpson has had good bangs.
Maybe it's the whole "Russell Effect" -- and maybe she'll get back on the beauty improvement track she ruled just 12 months ago, but, in the meantime, I'm thinking maybe a little "How-To" video might be the thing she needs to get those bangs where they need to be. Do you agree? Or am I overstepping here?Read More »from Dear Katy Perry: Here's Some (Unsolicited) Advice on How To Get Better Bangs
When you see a certain drugstore shampoo commercial where the woman (always, always) has amazingly shiny hair, do you find yourself yelling "fake!" at the TV? (Don't feel bad; I'm totally there, shouting at my TV with you.)
Turns out, it's time to stop the cynicism. You actually can have totally shiny and strong hair in real life (er, unless you live in one of these 13 worst-hair cities) -- you just need a little help. Check out the tips below or take this shampoo quiz, and don't be surprised when the shocked and awed looks start.
Shine CocktailRead More »from Best Kept Secrets for Shiny, Strong Hair
Celebrity hairstylist Marc Townsend (he does Natalie Portman and January Jones' hair, among other goddesses) has the perfect recipe for shiny hair: The night before you need extra shine, mix a silicone-based shine serum with deep conditioner, apply to your hair (fine-haired chicks will want to skip their roots) and leave it on for 15 minutes (or all night if you don't have a deep love for your pillow cases). Rinse it out
Raise your hand if you want clear skin, shiny hair and strong nails. Is your hand up? Yep, that's what I thought. Who doesn't want all these things is a better question (answer: crazies or people who exclusively frequent dark caves).
The thing is though, all the phenomenal skin serums or awesome hair conditioners can only take you so far. To really look your best you need to start eating better. (Note to self: Replace afternoon potato chips with one of these foods, stat!)
Think you know what you need to eat to get a better skin, hair and nails? Well then test your smarts with this quiz. It'll share what foods will have you looking your best -- whether you're a nutrition expert or a clueless newbie. Click here to start!
Of course, what you put on your face and hair still has some effect on how you look, so check out these recipes -- they're all natural and you can make them at home!Pineapple Sage Facial Mask
Benefits: calms and hydrates skin, removes dead cells
- The chicks at TotalBeauty.com | Fashion – Thu, Jan 7, 2010 7:47 PM EST
I have a confession: This whole story idea started as a joke in the office, kind of a "what-if" game. As in, "What if we dared someone to not use any beauty products for a month, would they survive? Go crazy? Scare off all their friends and loved ones?" After a few minutes of talking, it became too good to pass up, so we challenged one of our writers to try it.
The rules: nothing but soap and sunscreen for 30 days. That meant no makeup, no shampoo, no deodorant, nothing, nada for a whole month. Click here to read her diary from the ordeal, or check out some of the highlights below:
Day 1: The Before Photo
Here's what she looked like before the challenge, with a full face of makeup and her hair nicely done. Click here to see her transformation from product junkie to product minimalist.
Day 5: Fatigue Sets In
"I've come as far as I can with just Dove soap and water. I look like the poster child for Les Miserables." Check out her ingenious solution here.
DayRead More »from Would You Survive 30 Days Without Beauty Products?
I don't know about you, but my skin is in crisis mode. Between the dry airplane air from my holiday traveling to the equally dry air produced by the heater constantly running, my skin is alternating between flaky dry and super-oily (I think it's trying to compensate). And don't even get me started on breakouts.
Now, these tips will certainly help me restore some balance, but what I really need is a good moisturizer to get rid of the flakes, control the oil and help my skin calm down. To the rescue: TotalBeauty.com readers, who shared their picks for the all-time best moisturizers. Check them out below, I can't wait to try them and finally get some relief.
No. 18: Boscia Oil-Free Daily Hydration SPF 15, $27Read More »from The Best (Yep, Best!) Face Moisturizers
I think this might be the one for me, readers say it "hydrates where it needs to and controls oil" too. Could it
I'm sure you've seen these before and after shots of Sammy Sosa making the rounds on the Internet. Sosa claims that a product he uses to soften his skin is responsible for making it lighter as well.
I have to wonder about this. First, there are a million creams out there (like these) that will soften your skin without also bleaching it, so unless he has really limited access to skin care products (which I doubt), he's using the product to lighten his skin and the softening is more of a cover/bonus.
Skin bleaching has its place in beauty, be it for sun damage, acne scars or melasma, but Sosa has clearly gone far beyond this realm. Now there's even talk of him becoming a spokesperson for this mystery cream. I will say that however you feel about Sosa lightening his skin, you have to admit that the product gets results.
- Share your thoughts about Sammy Sosa's skin lightening here.
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