CNDSpring is here, and just as ladies are beginning to show a little more skin, nude is the color taking fashion and beauty by storm. Heels, handbags, and tops in flesh-colored shades are all the rage, and this season's biggest polish trend is neutral nails! Nude, taupe, mauve, and beige have been seen on the runways, in stores, and on the hands of many celebrities.
For this month's challenge, the Shine Beauty Gurus tested out two polishes from CND (Creative Nail Design). They are an industry favorite, and produce high quality, affordable products that are often used on the runway. In fact, the exact polishes our Gurus tested were worn during Spring 2010 New York Fashion Week at the Catherine Malandrino and Max Azria shows . Talk about on-trend!
The polishes up for review are Desert Suede ($9) and Gold Shimmer ($11), both available at cnd.com. Both the Colour and the Effects polishes can be worn alone, but the Effects polish is meant to be layered on top of Desert Suede or another polish
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CNDSpring is here, and just as ladies are beginning to show a little more skin, nude is the color taking fashion and beauty by storm. Heels, handbags, and tops in flesh-colored shades are all the rage, and this season's biggest polish trend is neutral nails! Nude, taupe, mauve, and beige have been seen on the runways, in stores, and on the hands of many celebrities.Read More »from Shine Beauty Gurus review: CND nail polish
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Fri, Apr 2, 2010 7:21 PM EDT
Erica DeRamus in her prom dress. CNNLast week, Erica DeRamus, a senior at Oxford High School in Alabama, was suspended for wearing a dress to her prom that was deemed inappropriate and denied access to her senior dance. The school's dress code, which was presented to both parents and students on three occasions, stated that dresses could not have cleavage that fell below the breast bone, or rose six inches above the knee. When DeRamus showed up to the prom this past weekend, she was told she had violated both rules.Read More »from Huh? Alabama students must choose between being PADDLED or suspended for violating prom dress code
"What cleavage, that's exactly what I said," DeRamus told CNN. "I wasn't trying to be rude or anything, but that's the way I feel." Her mother stood by the mint-green confection, claiming she saw nothing wrong with it. "If I felt like it was too much cleavage in this dress, I wouldn't have purchased the dress," said Darrie DeRamus. "It would have stayed in that store, and I wouldn't have even got it off the internet and paid for it."
Of the 352 students who attended the prom at Oxford, 18 violated the
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | SATC – Thu, Apr 1, 2010 9:11 PM EDT
Andy WarholCelebrity favorite shoemaker, Christian Louboutin, may sell fancy heels from $495 and up, but his business is not suffering from the recession. In fact, the sale of Louboutins are up, and over 340,000 pairs are sold annually. Obviously, not everyone can afford or wants to spend that kind of dough on fancy pumps, but Louboutin himself estimates that about 3,000 women have around 500 pairs of his shoes each. (Um... 500 times $500 is $250,000. Holy crap.)Read More »from Danielle Steele has 6,000 pairs of Christian Louboutins. What?!
Louboutin's best customer is author Danielle Steele. "She has at least 6,000 pairs, if not more," he says. "She comes to Paris, and she literally buys everything. Then she flies back to New York, says, 'I'm a little disappointed - there's nothing in the store,' and walks out with 80 pairs. She is super."
And we thought our closets were brimming over with shoes. 6,000 pairs? What on earth do you do with that many shoes? You could wear a different pair every day for over 16 years!
When it comes to shoes, do you tend to save up for a few
Getty ImagesLady Gaga has become known as much for her outlandish avant-guard attire as she is for her music. In fact many people would consider her day-to-day clothing to be straight up costumes, but Gaga prefers it that way. "I think you should look nice all the time," she says. "When I meet celebrities and they're in casual clothes, I'm always like: 'Whaaat?' I don't mean to be judgmental, but it would do them better to be who they really are, all the time."Read More »from Lady Gaga thinks celebs should never look casual
But what if they actually are casual people who only dress to the nines for red carpet events and premieres? Are we to believe that Gaga never goes out on a Starbucks run in sweatpants like Britney Spears? Hmm, come to think of it, we never have seen Gaga in casual clothes!
"This is really who I am all the time," says Gaga. "When I get out of a car and there are 30 fans waiting for me, I know I'm dressed the way I should be. There's a reason they have that emotional reaction."
Maybe there's something to that, but we kind of like seeing
Getty ImagesFor those of you who are unfamiliar, Beth Ditto is the singer of Gossip, an indie-rock band that gained popularity in 2007, and credibility with the fashion crowd. Chanel and Fendi designer Karl Lagerfeld is reportedly pals with Ditto, and had her co-host a party with him and provide the music. Is Ditto a fan of fashion? Absolutely. She just doesn't want to pay for it.Read More »from Singer Beth Ditto admits she shoplifts. WTF.
During a recent interview with Paper magazine, the reporter caught her eying the outfits hanging on the rack of a video shoot at MTV's studios. "I have a hard time not buying or stealing," said Ditto. "If I want something, I have to have it." The singer claimed she has given her sticky fingers a rest for a bit. "The last time was three months ago-a dress from Marshalls. I used to steal more. I mostly stole from Goodwill. You know, 'Can't be bothered. The line's too long. Put it in your purse.'"
The Paper reporter jokes, "Beth Ditto is the new Winona." (You may recall that Winona Ryder was famously caught shoplifting at
Jennifer Lopez is the fragrance queen, but did you know how many perfumes she has actually put out? When Blue Glow launches this week it will marks her 18th scent. And while her first fragrance, Glow, has been a hot seller since its 2002 release, we honestly have never even seen some of these other ones. Live platinum? Deseo for men? We decided to do some research on the constantly evolving eau de J.Lo and see just what kind of perfumes Lopez is offering up these days. Is she just adding adjectives to "Glow" and switching up the bottle color? You be the judge.
Read More »from Smell like J.Lo in 18 different ways
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Tue, Mar 30, 2010 7:48 PM EDT
New York nails urban style, Milan knows luxury, and Paris is renowned for avant-garde fashions. But over the past decade, Toronto Fashion Week has established itself as a home to over-the-top designer looks that should not be taken lightly. Check out these eye-catching fashions from the not-so-humble beginnings of Toronto Fashion Week.
Panoply dress via NY PostJust as fun and cute Halloween costumes have been pushed aside for more revealing and sexy ones, prom dresses are getting, well, sluttier, too. While we may remember the taffeta gowns, and elbow-length gloves of proms past, teens are now looking for skimpier dresses that show off cleavage, backs, stomachs, and legs. Or all of the above, as seen on the model at left, wearing a popular dress from Panoply that retails for $370. The New York Post has labeled this new prom dress trend "slutty chic."Read More »from â€œSlutty chicâ€ is new trend for prom dresses
"I can't believe that mothers let high-school girls buy these dresses for prom," a Saks Fifth Avenue sales associate told the New York Post. To be honest, neither can we. And with expensive price tags, we doubt girls are buying their own prom dresses with allowance and babysitting money. So if dresses like these are flying off racks, are the young ladies shopping for dresses without parents, or are their parents actually approving these choices?
Nadia dress by Boutique via NY PostWhen it comes to the actual prom event, there is
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Mon, Mar 29, 2010 7:41 PM EDT
When it comes to walking the red carpet, Jennifer Aniston tends to stick with what looks best on her. Ninety-nine percent of the time this means a form-fitting dress in black, red, or a neutral nude shade, that reveals either a little cleavage or her legs. And ninety-nine percent of the time she looks fabulous. Aniston is in terrific shape and knows how to plays up her assets yet still look chic enough to make the best-dressed lists.Read More »from Jennifer Aniston takes fashion risk... and stumbles
So we're not really sure what happened over the weekend at the Paris premiere of her new film, "Bounty Hunter." Surely Jen wanted to wear something daring overseas, but this salmon colored Christian Lacroix gown does her figure no justice! And all the critics are letting her know. One correspondent from E! says, "as much as we think mixing it up is better than playing it safe, sometimes taking a risk can go awry and, well, this one did." Another UK blogger commended her for choosing a French designer for her Paris premiere, but insisted Aniston didn't
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Fri, Mar 26, 2010 9:44 PM EDT
Often times teen idols are as famous for their hair as their body of work. Take, for example, newcomer Justin Bieber. In a recent interview, a reporter asked how he creates his signature style. "I'd love to be able to say it was complicated, but I'm just chilling," said Bieber. "My hair takes five minutes to do in the morning. I shower and as soon as I get out I just shake it and it just does that. For real." [People]
This got us thinking about all the teen heartthrobs of yesteryear and their memorable, awesomely bad hair. Sure they may have been enviable back then, but have they stood the test of time? Take a walk down memory lane with us through this tribute to the guys we loved, and the hair they loved more.Read More »from A look back: the best teen heartthrobs with the worst hair