Blog Posts by BeautyRiot Diva

  • Deodorgrams: Clever or Horrendous?

    You know when a friend offers you a mint and you wonder if they are subtly trying to say your breath is funky post-tuna fish sandwich? Well, Deodorgrams takes this kind of polite hinting to a whole new level. If you have a friend or coworker who suffers from bad B.O. -- and you can't broach the subject without feeling super awkward -- all-natural body care brand G.B. Proudfoot suggests you send one of their Deodorgrams as a "gift" anonymously.

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    How does it work? For $9.99 you can send your smelly friend a giftwrapped stick of For Pits' Sake Natural Deodorant anonymously, and you can even choose from three different pre-written messages. Our favorite? "You've always been such a cute little stinker, now you can just be cute and little! Please enjoy this hard working natural deodorant sent to you from a caring friend."

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    Deodorgrams is a hilarious idea, and it's also pretty genius -- this way you

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  • Is Putting Older Women in Fashion Ads the New Trend?

    Just a couple weeks ago American Apparel featured a 61-year-old woman in their ad campaign -- a pretty shocking move for a company who typically puts half-naked, young 20-somethings in their ads. The gray-haired model is the face of their new "Advanced Basics" campaign, aimed at an older audience. And it seems like this trend has taken off. Lanvin's new fall 2012 campaign features non-models of all ages (mere mortals like ourselves!) in the ads, including one especially chic 80-year-old woman.

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    Lanvin's designer Alber Elbaz told WWD, "I was interested to bring these clothes back to the street somehow, and seeing how they look on different ages, different sizes. It felt like a crazy family, and I like that." While it may seem bold, it's actually a pretty savvy move to put older women in fashion advertisements, because they're the ones buying the clothes. In fact, the National Retail Federation found that people aged 50-to-65

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  • Gaga Bucks the Traditional Perfume Ad Trend -- and We like It

    Lady Gaga's official perfume ad campaign is out, and "provocative" doesn't even begin to describe it. The ad, for her fragrance Fame, features a giant naked Gaga with tiny men crawling all over her body. Are we even slightly surprised? Keep in mind this is for a perfume that was supposedly created from samples of her blood. And Gaga has described the scent by saying, "It smells like an expensive hooker." Of course the ad is going to be out there.




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    But once you get over the initial shock of seeing miniature men scaling Gaga like she's Mount Everest, the advertisement is really more clever than it is gross or gratuitous. After all, the message "this perfume will have men crawling all over you" in a fragrance ad is nothing new. It's the idea behind almost every single traditional perfume campaign out there. Is Gaga poking fun at these conventional fragrance ads? Or subverting the typical sexy, good girl image for a woman not afraid to show

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  • Kate Middleton on the Cover of Marie Claire … Kinda

    The August issue of "Marie Claire" South Africa is making us do a double take. None other than Kate Middleton appears on the cover wearing a South African designer dress. Wait, what? Nobody can score the Duchess for a magazine cover. What kind of strings did they have to pull to get Kate on board? None apparently, because this cover is courtesy of an illustration.

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    Were you fooled? We admit, this thing looked totally legit at first, until we got a closer look and saw the pencil strokes around Middleton's hair. Other than that, this looks like the real deal. We have to hand it to whoever mocked up the cover for having some major drawing skills (and guts). But, isn't this kind of shady? It makes it look like "Marie Claire" SA snagged Kate Middleton -- who is pretty much the most coveted celebrity for any woman's magazine -- for their cover, when they really didn't.

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  • Top 5 Movie Closets We'd Love to Raid

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    Wouldn't you love to take a walk inside Cher Horowitz's amazing closet from "Clueless"? Even though that movie came out 17 years ago (oy), we still can't get her enviable wardrobe out of our heads. In a pretty genius move, The Coveteur takes us inside Cher's closet, detailing every fabulous outfit. And that got us thinking. Of course "Clueless" makes the list, but what other fictional closets would we love to raid? Scroll down for our other fashion in film picks:

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    "Devil Wears Prada"

    Remember when Anne Hathaway's character first walks into the Vogue fashion closet and Stanley Tucci pulls out some fabulous heels, making over her "frumpy" work clothes? We've all had those days where we've rushed out of the house and gone to work with damp hair and a wrinkly dress. If only there was a "Devil Wears Prada"-esque closet where we could go and change into some glamorous designer getup. Here's an idea: all offices should have a fashion

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  • YSL Creates Facebook-Inspired Makeup -- Do You "Like"?

    I'll admit to my Facebook addiction -- I even check my page before I jump into the shower in the morning. But my devotion to Facebook has its limits … and this new makeup collaboration may be it. After all, do I want my makeup to resemble the colors of Facebook? It seems like YSL has decided that many women do, since it's making a new Facebook-inspired eyeshadow palette featuring the classic blue and white color scheme.

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    The "Devoted to Fans" palette launches July 19th on the YSL Facebook page, and there are only 1,650 of 'em up for grabs. Plus, anyone who buys the eyeshadow will get special online privileges -- my guess is coupons -- through their Facebook feed.

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    While it's not unusual for cosmetics lines to team up with pop culture icons (most recently, Betty Boop for Lancome or Miss Piggy for MAC), or for beauty brands to collaborate with Facebook for special promotions, this is the first time a

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  • A T-Shirt that Costs $90,300 -- Seriously

    Last week, Gwyneth Paltrow unveiled the first item from her Goop Collection -- a plain white T-shirt that sells for $90(!). The Internet exploded with outrage; a boring white tee for nearly $100?


    Well, thanks to Kanye West the heat is off Gwyn and her overpriced tees. Graphic designer Wil Fry created a limited edition Kanye West Air Yeezy T-Shirt, inspired by West's Nike Platinum Yeezy 2 shoes. The sneakers cost a pretty penny ($245 to be exact), but that's nothing compared to the T-shirt, which is being sold on the designer's website for jaw-dropping $90,300. Yup, suddenly Paltrow's T-shirt seems like an absolute steal.


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    Sure, the idea of overpriced celebrity clothing lines is nothing new, but $90K for a tee is pretty astronomical. Unless this T-shirt turns into a BMW after you wear it or comes with a one-bedroom apartment, it's not worth the asking price.

    And, if you think no one would ever pay thousands of dollars for a T-shirt,

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  • DIY Louboutins: Would You Ever Try Them?

    When we think crafts, we think scrapbooking or DIY accessoriesnot designer shoes. But the latest DIY craze is just that -- creating your own pair of Louboutins. Since Christian Louboutin's famous red-soled shoes will run you about $800 a pop, women have started painting the bottoms of inexpensive heels to look like the real deal. In fact, so many imposters have tried this trick that sales of red paint have soared a staggering 40 percent over the past year.


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    What we want to know is, why? So your cute black heels don't have a fancy label. So you don't have buckets of money to spend on a pair of designer shoes. You're not alone. And if you find yourself hunched over a pair of Payless shoes, painstakingly trying to paint the soles of your stilettos red, we say … put down the paintbrush and get a little perspective.


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    Sure, it'd be nice to own a real pair of Louboutins, but if

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  • Average Woman Changes Outfits 4 Times a Day on Vacation

    When it comes to vacationing, I'm a proud, self-declared heavy packer. I'll bring a dozen swimsuits for a weekend beach trip, six pairs of shoes for an overnighter -- and I'm not alone. According to a recent survey, the average woman changes her clothes four times a day while on vacation, and brings 28 outfits with her for a week-long trip. Sound excessive?


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    Researchers found that one in 10 women will go through at least seven outfits a day. That's practically as many wardrobe changes Katy Perry makes during a concert. But, not surprisingly, eight out of 10 women admit they don't manage to actually wear everything in their suitcase. The study also noted the average woman goes clothes shopping while on vacation, ending up back at home with even more outfits than she brought.


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    So how do you avoid an overstuffed suitcase? Here are some quick tips for becoming a savvy packer (from my

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  • Is 15 Too Young for a Bikini Wax?

    When I was 15, I was more concerned with getting my braces off in time for the homecoming dance than I was with waxing. In fact, I didn't even know that salons offered bikini waxes. But Uni K Waxing Salon, which has locations in New York and Florida, is currently running a promotion offering 50 percent off all waxing services for girls 15 years old and younger. Which raises the question … when is it appropriate to start waxing?


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    The salon offers an answer on their blog, saying, "Our daughters and granddaughters at 11 look like we did at 14 and 15. We may try to hold back the years, but the reality is that girls are physically maturing at an earlier age, while emotionally, they are still little girls, even if they don't look like it."


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    While girls may be maturing at a faster rate, what about that "emotional" component mentioned in the salon's blog? Teaching tween girls that their bodies

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