There's something really serious we need to talk about. Yesterday I stopped dead in my tracks when I came across CHEETOS LIP BALM in a novelty beauty store. I get that it's a gimmick, but why would anyone make such an item?! I'll be honest, I have eaten and enjoyed many a Cheeto in my lifetime, but it has been a long while since I've had one. Thinking about them now, I keep picturing that pungent cheesey scent, the styrofoam-like texture, and the way the orange "cheese" rubbed off on your fingers and mouth and stained them for what felt like forever, even after you licked them off. Is this the type of product you'd like to hydrate your lips with? Hardly. Did I desperately need to buy this Cheetos lip balm? Absolutely. For research and blogging purposes of course.
What did I find: Cheetos lip balm is pretty much as nasty as you'd imagine. It's florescent orange, it smells like that artificial, sugary cheese, and while the application is smooth, as any lip balm should be, I kept licking
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There's something really serious we need to talk about. Yesterday I stopped dead in my tracks when I came across CHEETOS LIP BALM in a novelty beauty store. I get that it's a gimmick, but why would anyone make such an item?! I'll be honest, I have eaten and enjoyed many a Cheeto in my lifetime, but it has been a long while since I've had one. Thinking about them now, I keep picturing that pungent cheesey scent, the styrofoam-like texture, and the way the orange "cheese" rubbed off on your fingers and mouth and stained them for what felt like forever, even after you licked them off. Is this the type of product you'd like to hydrate your lips with? Hardly. Did I desperately need to buy this Cheetos lip balm? Absolutely. For research and blogging purposes of course.Read More »from Things we don't get: Cheetos flavored lip balm
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Fri, Mar 19, 2010 6:33 PM EDT
Getty ImagesWhen it comes to perfume, women are still not tired of spritzing on celebrity fragrances. Beyonce launched her new scent, Heat, exclusively at Macy's, and 72,000 bottles flew off the shelves in one hour when the singer made an in-store appearance. Macy's has already sold $3 million of the perfume in only one month! To give you a point of reference, the New York Daily News reported that the average celebrity fragrance earned around $2.5 million in 2008. Beyonce sold more than that in 30 days!
Clearly many of you ladies were holding out for Beyonce to enter the fragrance arena. With notes of magnolia and blush peach, is Heat your favorite celebrity fragrance? [US]
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Thu, Mar 18, 2010 6:50 PM EDT
DoveWe at Shine love the stronger presence of curvier models in ads and on the runways, but apparently some women do not. A new Arizona State University study has found that plus-size models cannot sell products as well as fit models, and researches say this is in part because these fuller-figured ladies lower our self esteem.Read More »from Do plus-size models make women feel bad about themselves?
"We believe it is unlikely that many brands will gain market share by using heavy models in their ads," says Naomi Mandel, marketing associate professor in the W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU. "We found that overweight consumers demonstrated lower self-esteem - and therefore probably less enthusiasm about buying products - after exposure to any size models in ads (versus ads with no models). Also, normal-weight consumers experienced lower self-esteem after exposure to moderately heavy models, such as those in Dove soap's 'Real Women' campaign, than after exposure to moderately thin models."
Mandel and her researchers studied hundreds of female students and
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Wed, Mar 17, 2010 8:44 PM EDT
Ugg AustraliaDespite the fact that Uggs and their many knockoff incarnations have long been considered a "fashion don't," lots of women love and continue to wear these suede and sheepskin boots all winter long. They're warm, they're cozy, they're easy to throw on with any outfit, they feel like slippers, and they're a celebrity favorite. Of course this makes the boots very appealing and popular, especially during chillier months. But are they actually good for your feet? Experts say no.
In a recent Daily Mail article, professionals spoke out about the health risks of wearing cheap, imitation Ugg boots. Dr. Ian Drysdale, the head of the British College of Osteopathic Medicine, said, "Because these boots are warm and soft, young girls think they are giving their feet a break. In fact, they are literally breaking their feet." Drysdale continued, "Their feet are slipping around inside. With each step, the force falls towards the inside of the foot and the feet splay. This flattens the arch and makesRead More »from Experts debate dangers of wearing popular sheepskin boots
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Tue, Mar 16, 2010 8:43 PM EDT
Getty ImagesAs Botox and plastic surgery becomes increasingly rampant in Hollywood (um, there were some men and women we could barely recognize at the Oscars!), we love when we come across actresses who embrace aging gracefully. Especially Drew Barrymore, who has experienced more than her fair share of hardships in her early life, but has bounced back with humility, warmth, style, and resilience. In a recent interview she spoke candidly on what many actresses have done to adhere to Hollywood's standards of beauty.Read More »from Drew Barrymoreâ€™s strong stance against plastic surgery
" f--- surgery!" says Barrymore. "I'm so curious as to what's going to happen naturally that I can't imagine wanting to alter things just yet. And to all those women putting botulism in their faces - we don't know what the long-term effects are, so stop! I'd rather look like a basset hound than do that to my face!"
Barrymore acknowledges that the roles for aging actresses are scarce, and that Hollywood can be unfair to women when it comes to aging, but does not feel nipping and tucking
Estelle, Parker Posey, Rihanna, and Agyness Deyn / Getty ImagesWe have a love hate relationship with bowl cuts. We have a fondness for the haircut perhaps because it conjures up memories of the early Beatles, and it was a style worn by many of our childhood crushes in the '80s. Unfortunately, the style isn't always the most flattering.Read More »from Yay or nay: the ladies bowl cut
We couldn't help but notice many ladies taking on the bowl cut hairstyle in recent months. Singers Rihanna and Estelle have worn them, as well as English model Agyness Deyn, and actress Parker Posey. The look has been seen on many a fashion week runway, and even on Shiloh Jolie-Pitt. It's official: the bowl cut is back, and this time, on ladies. But do we like them?
Getty ImagesSupposedly the beauty industry is recession-proof. Why? Because when times are tough and ladies can't afford to splurge on a new outfit, buying a tube of lipstick or a bottle of nail polish provides a cheap thrill. And we don't know about you, but it's often difficult to go into a drugstore or walk by a Sephora without purchasing a little something. Well, a new survey has revealed that all those makeup purchases add up to big bucks over time. The results claim that woman will spend, on average, $13,000 in her lifetime. Does that number shock you, or are you already feeling pangs of guilt?Read More »from Women spend $13,000 each on makeup
Superdrug, who conducted a survey of 3000 women, found that women begin regularly buying cosmetics by the age of 16. On average, ladies shop for makeup five times a year, spending around $39.45 on each trip. When multiplied by 65 years, the average female adult life, that brings us to a whopping $13,000. As for some specifics, they tallied around $1,620 spent on a lifetime of lipstick, $2,512 on eye
Photoshop and airbrushing scandals grow less shocking by the day, but we are always super excited to see unretouched photos. It's satisfying to see what celebrities and models really look like! The photo at the left was taken last weekend in St. Barth's during a photo shoot for Glamour's June issue. From left to right we have Victoria's Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio, plus-size model Crystal Renn, and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl Brooklyn Decker.Read More »from Supermodels without photoshop
Of course makeup artists and celeb hair stylist Ted Gibson were on hand to help beautify the ladies, but this photo has not been airbrushed at all.
Do you think women would feel better about themselves if photos were not retouched, and we were able to see celebrities and models as their true undoctored selves? [WWD][Fashionindie]
*For the record, I just want to clarify that Crystal Renn is a size 12, and that is what the modeling industry--not myself--labels as plus-size.
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Tue, Mar 9, 2010 10:38 PM EST
Andrew ChristianIf women can wear padded bras, girdles, and butt pads, then men should be able to use some devices to create the illusion of perfect figures too, right? But we're wondering if the recent craze of man Spanx and male body enhancing devises is getting out of hand. Today we found the Andrew Christian Show-It Bulge Enhancing Boxer. They're like a push-up bra for the penis. Here are the stats:
- Features Show-It Technology 2.0 with a hidden "comfy cup" that gently lifts and presents the package to the front.
- The horseshoe shaped inner cup is lined by soft elastic that gently aids in the lifting and adds up to 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) to a man's frontal measurement and provides the biggest enhancement of any underwear.
- The underwear also features the custom Andrew Christian 'Anti-Muffin Top' elastic to slim the appearance of love handles.
Yes, wearers of these "Show-It" undies will appear to have more shapely bulges in their pants, but women may be slightly disappointed when the guys Read More »from Introducing these bulge-enhancing, anti-muffin top boxer briefs
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Tue, Mar 9, 2010 8:46 PM EST
Here in New York City where public transit is the norm, there's a good amount of public grooming, as men and women head to work or to meet a date. I've personally seen everything from makeup application and brow tweezing to teeth flossing and nail clipping, and I really don't like it. Sure, a quick swipe of lipstick or powdering from a compact is innocent enough, but I feel like people should allot a couple extra minutes at home for more intimate activities like teeth flossing. Or at least go into a restroom.Read More »from Why grooming should be done at home: woman crashes car while shaving bikini line
When you're driving your own car, there's a bit more personal space, so grooming may be a bit more acceptable. I myself am guilty of applying lipstick and mascara at red lights. But one 37-year-old Florida woman has really taken the cake this week. Megan Mariah Barnes caused a car accident by shaving her bikini line while driving. "She said she was meeting her boyfriend in Key West and wanted to be ready for the visit," says state trooper Gary Dunick, who was on the scene. Barnes