ThinkstockOur facial skin is one of the first things people notice about us, yet-when our lives get super busy-it's also one of the first things we neglect. Sure, makeup can cover up imperfections, but having a genuinely pretty, natural glow really isn't as difficult to achieve as you'd think. For most folks (barring serious medical skin conditions like eczema) a simple, well-thought-out, 10-minute daily skincare routine is all you need to look great. And no worries if you can't squeeze it in during time-crunched mornings. Manhattan dermatologist Eric Schweiger M.D., says an evening skin regimen is actually much more important to maintain. These four easy steps will help you achieve a flawless face in next to no time.
Step 1: Cleanse
Dr. Schweiger says there's no need for a fancy, expensive makeup remover, so cut down on time and your beauty budget by thoroughly washing with a gentle cleanser that removes products and oil but doesn't over-dry.
Time spent: three minutes
Step 2: Moisturize
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- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Mon, Dec 13, 2010 10:26 PM EST
ThinkstockOur facial skin is one of the first things people notice about us, yet-when our lives get super busy-it's also one of the first things we neglect. Sure, makeup can cover up imperfections, but having a genuinely pretty, natural glow really isn't as difficult to achieve as you'd think. For most folks (barring serious medical skin conditions like eczema) a simple, well-thought-out, 10-minute daily skincare routine is all you need to look great. And no worries if you can't squeeze it in during time-crunched mornings. Manhattan dermatologist Eric Schweiger M.D., says an evening skin regimen is actually much more important to maintain. These four easy steps will help you achieve a flawless face in next to no time.Read More »from Your most gorgeous skin everâ€”in just 10 minutes a day!
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Mon, Dec 13, 2010 7:05 PM EST
Photo by Thom Kerr for Elliot Ward-FearThe photo pretty much says it all. These pink, furry, pants with a heart-shaped butt hole were created by 22-year-old Australian designer, Elliot Ward-Fear, as part of his Fall/Winter 2010 collection.
A few quick thoughts:
- They remind us of My Little Ponies in a warped way that makes us feel weird and sad.
- There's no way you could actually wear these in public (please, no one try).
- Butt tan.
- Butt draft.
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- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Fri, Dec 10, 2010 11:19 PM EST
This photo of Ceara Sturgis will not appear in her senior yearbook, because her school found it inappropriate.Earlier this fall, Ceara Sturgis, a senior at Wesson Attendance Center in Wesson, Mississippi, opted to wear a tuxedo for her senior photo, because that is what she felt happiest and most comfortable wearing. The school refused to print the photo in the annual yearbook, despite the fact that there is no photo dress code or policy dealing with yearbook pictures in the student handbook. (Their non-discrimination policy, says "Wesson Attendance Center prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, or sex.")Read More »from School uses lesbian studentâ€™s bikini photo to negate lawsuit, justify discrimination
"It makes me feel I'm not important enough," Sturgis told WLOX back in October. "Like just because I'm wearing a tux I can't be in my senior yearbook. It's like i never even went there. That's my yearbook. This is my senior year and I'm not gonna be able to be in there because I'm wearing a tux. I don't think it matters what we're wearing."
We tend to think Sturgis is right, and that the school is discriminating against her because she is openly gay. It is clear that
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Fri, Dec 10, 2010 7:20 PM EST
APMany of us have become obsessed with the upcoming royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton, and are eagerly anticipating the first glimpse of the bride's wedding dress. Several sources are now claiming that British designer Bruce Oldfield may be the chosen dressmaker. Paddy Power, an Irish bookmaker, says the odds are 1-3 that Middleton will choose Oldfield, whose custom gowns start at around $5,460. Based in London, the designer has dressed many famous women, such as the late Princess Diana, Britain's first lady Samantha Cameron, the Duchess of Cornwall, actress Sienna Miller, and Rihanna. Last month Oldfield told Women's Wear Daily, "If I was lucky enough to be asked, I'd be delighted. I'm already dressing her peers."
Former designer Ben de Lisi has heard the very same information about Middleton's dressmaker. "There are lots of rumours, but I've heard it is Bruce Oldfield," de Lisi told the Daily Telegraph. "I'm absolutely certain I won't get chosen; I'm sure I'mRead More »from Is Bruce Oldfield Kate Middleton's wedding dress designer?
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Thu, Dec 9, 2010 11:03 PM EST
Bless lingerie blazer, available at ra antwerp.We've always deep down felt like two-in-one products were inferior in some way. Shampoo/conditioner combos never work quite as well as the solo hair products, and those convertible dresses that can supposedly be worn five different ways really only look decent when styled the simplest, original way.Read More »from Fashion that makes us sad: The lingerie/blazer hybrid
We think this Bliss Lingerie Blazer takes the cake for the dumbest fashion hybrid of all time. It's one part lacy camisole, one part blazer, and 100% ugly. This insanely overpriced garment costs $348 and we're not even sure how it stays on. Also? Her neck looks cold.
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- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Thu, Dec 9, 2010 8:50 PM EST
Coach bags are some of the most frequently copied. Photo courtesy of Coach.Luxury items from big-name brands are ultra-popular holiday gifts, but with so many impostors out there, it's extra important to be sure you're buying the real thing. Shopping online places greater distance between you and your purchase (which allows serious room for scams), but these days it's even tricky to spot a counterfeit item in person. The online consumer site SiteJabber has put together a list of the top 10 counterfeit items and brands for the holiday season. If you're looking to buy any of the goods listed below, you'll want to be extra careful about where you buy the item and examine it closely or check the store's return policy before you commit.
Behold! The top 10 most counterfeited items of 2010:
- Coach handbags and leather items
- Athletic jerseys
- Nike sneakers (especially Air Yeezy and Air Jordans)
- Ed Hardy and Juicy brands
- Watches (like Rolex, Omega, and Tag Heuer)
- North Face
It's that time of year again when those of us who think we look bad, or silly, or weird in hats are forced to wear them to avoid frostbite. Thankfully there are a variety of options like berets, trapper hats, fedoras, ski hats, beanies, newsboys caps... and animal hats. Yes, hats that make you look like a cuddly critter are all the rage this season, and we don't like it! Sure, making your adorable toddler look like a little bear or kitty cat is cute, but don't people outgrow such hats by the age of five? Take a look at the worst celeb animal hat offenders and a variety of retail options available this winter.Read More »from Fashion that makes us sad: animal hats
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Wed, Dec 8, 2010 10:52 PM EST
Maybe Joan Rivers would look less scary if she'd waited to have surgery until she was 52. Photo: Wire ImageDid you know that there's an ideal age to cosmetically transform yourself? According to a new survey conducted by London's beauty and health retailer, Superdrug, when you're 52 years, 41 weeks, and four days old you should head to the plastic surgeon. Personally, we're not buying into that, but a survey of 3,000 women aged 40 to 65 found that one in three women are considering cosmetic surgery. Here are more of the survey's findings:
- 20% of women would get a face lift if money were no object
- 25% would like an eye lift
- 29% would want a tummy tuck
- 29% of those who wouldn't get plastic surgery would like to get Botox or chemical peels
- 29% would rather look 20 years younger than be a millionaire
- the majority of women surveyed said Twiggy was the best aging role model
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Wed, Dec 8, 2010 7:12 PM EST
Wire ImageFormer Gucci designer, Tom Ford, may have a way with clothing, but he sure doesn't have a way with words. Although he is in fact a clothing designer, he's going around saying he believes garments are unflattering and that we should all embrace nudity. Especially women with bigger proportions.Read More »from Worst quote of the day: Tom Ford says "fat women look better naked"
"I spend most of my time at home naked," Ford said. "You know, most people actuallylook better nude. We are all one harmonious colour, with a symmetry and an innate elegance. Fat women almost always look better without the constraint and lumpy pinching of clothes, all the straps and elastic squeezing and sucking. We are the only animal that wears clothes, and that can't just be because dogs can't do up buttons."
First of all, we hate the word "fat." Secondly, isn't it a bit odd for a clothing designer who just launched his first womenswear collection in six years to say that ladies look better without their clothing? Well, this is good to know. Now we can all save thousands by not buying his
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Tue, Dec 7, 2010 10:17 PM EST
A line outside the New York City Ugg store in SoHo. Photo via Shophound.Years ago when UGG boots began sweeping the nation one furry foot at a time, many people were on the fence about them. They're warm and comfortable (like wearing slippers!) but many would argue they are also ugly and really bad for your feet. Two camps eventually emerged: those who swear by UGGs and those who loathe them and continually list them as a "fashion don't." That last type would be me.
Yesterday I passed by the UGG store in the SoHo area of New York City right around dinner time, and saw a long line formed at a velvet rope outside the shop. Loads of people were already shopping inside. I assumed they must be having a holiday event, or maybe a special sale. It wasn't until I stumbled on this post on Shophound that I realized people actually line up outside the three Manhattan UGGs stores in the cold to score the boots every holiday season. This makes me wonder about a few things:
- Don't the people who love UGGs already have enough of them?
- Don't the people who love UGGs