Blog Posts by BeautyRiot Diva

  • Average Woman Thinks About Fashion 91 Times a Day -- Do You?

    How often do you think about fashion? Try 91 times a day. At least that's what researchers found after conducting a recent poll of 1,000 British women between the ages of 18 and 25. (To put that number in perspective, women think about sex only 10 times a day.)

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    The researchers asked the women to count the number of times they shopped (online or in-person), daydreamed about shopping, checked out the outfits of others, or just thought about clothing and accessories. You may think you don't obsess over fashion nearly as much as these 1,000 women, but if you really think about it, 91 times a day isn't all that crazy in the scheme of things.

    After all, fashion is everywhere --from magazines and TV to the Internet and billboards. As a result, we think about it a lot. Says fashion expert Mark Heyes, "When you look at it logically, the figure makes sense. Compared to 15 or 20 years ago, fashion is so engrained in our culture nowadays --

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  • What's the Most You Would Pay for a Pair of Shoes?

    Confession time: Last week, I spent an entire paycheck on a new pair of boots. They're French, black, and make my legs look like Beyonce's. Crazy? Maybe a little, but I think a shoe binge once in a while can be healthy. But, for a little confirmation that I'm not nuts, I asked the other editors about their biggest shoe splurges:

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    "About four years ago, when the government gave out 'stimulus checks,' I took the $600, went straight to Barney's, and bought a pair of Prada sandals I'd been eyeing. I had other expensive shoes, but always bought them on sale or with the help of a gift card, but these were full price -- and I didn't feel guilty about it. (Except maybe I should've picked an American designer!) They're still one of my favorite pairs of shoes." -- Dawn D.

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    "I'm not a heel girl by any means, but when you live in New York City there are a few things that just about every fashionable

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  • Secrets from a Styling Master: Get the Perfect Blow Out at Home

    You know how it seems like only celebrities can get that voluminous, gorgeous, glossy hair that looks perfectly polished at all times? Well, good news: Mere mortals, like you and me, can get an amazing blow out at home. How is this possible? Enter Yoshi Hagiwara from Yoshi's Hair Studio in Beverly Hills, Calif.

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    Together, we broke it down for you, step-by-step, in this foolproof guide to achieving a salon-worthy blow out every single time. This isn't magic … it's just a few key tips and tricks that will make your hair go from "meh" to jaw-dropping. Scroll down to get started, or click here for the full guide.

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    No. 1: Protection Required

    Heat tools damage hair. BUT, if you use the right products before you blow dry, you can minimize that damage. Before a blow out, Yoshi uses his specially pH balanced water (called Yoshi's Magic Water, $14), which opens the hair shaft, allowing product to

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  • Do We Still Need Beauty Pageants?

    Flipping through the channels last night, I stopped at the Miss USA pageant. "Live From Las Vegas!" scrolled at the bottom of the screen, but I couldn't help wonder if this was a re-run from 1975. The cheesy jokes, the swimsuit competition … it all seemed so outdated. Then host Andy Cohen arrived on stage and I realized this is happening now. As he announced the interview portion of the contest, I bit my lip nervously. Remember when Miss South Carolina famously bombed while trying to answer why Americans can't locate the US on a world map? It was painful.

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    Luckily, nobody screwed up this time. Most of the girls were given pretty easy questions like "Should we ban supersized sugary drinks?" Not exactly head-scratchers. But 20-year-old Olivia Culpo, Miss Rhode Island, was asked a tougher one: "Would you feel it would be fair that a transgender woman wins the Miss USA title over a natural-born woman?"

    OK, even with all the cheesy

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  • A Year Without Mirrors -- Could You Do It?

    I'll admit it: I am (overly?) dependent on mirrors. Perhaps not as bad as the queen from Snow White, but between my morning beauty routine and daily touch-ups, I would feel pretty uneasy without a mirror to verify that I look presentable to society. When there's not a mirror around, I'll find a way. I've checked my reflection in everything from store windows to my iPhone. But Kjersten Gruys, a UCLA Ph.D. student gave up mirrors for the ultimate vanity experiment. How long did she avoid her reflection? An entire year. Yikes!

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    Before you say, "Yeah, sure, I could do that." Think what a year without mirrors would really mean. Got a first date? That means no eyeliner or red lipstick … nothing too tricky. And definitely no double-checking in your rearview mirror when you pull up to the restaurant. Feel a giant glob of spinach in your teeth during dinner? No excusing yourself to check in the bathroom. Instead you'd have to do the

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  • Shoe Company Sells $1,800 Sneakers Made from Genetically Engineered Stingrays -- Would You Buy?

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    In today's gag-inducing fashion news: Shoe company Rayfish Footwear is launching a new line of sneakers made from stingray skin. As if that's not enough to send PETA into a tizzy, these sneakers will be made from genetically engineered stingrays. Yup. We're talking about some mad scientist type stuff.

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    Scientists will etch decorative patterns right onto the DNA of the fish, and you can choose from nine different skin combinations to make a custom pair of kicks just for you. Rayfish Footwear's tagline is, "Grow your own sneaker." But of course, stingray skin (and genetic modification) isn't cheap. Each pair of shoes will cost around $1,800.

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    What do you think? Is this just the next level of consumer customization? Or is it totally freaky? Discuss below:

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  • The Costumes of "Snow White and the Huntsman"

    I'm one of those people who sit through the credits when the movie is over -- scanning the list for familiar names as I polish off my popcorn. So I was pretty excited when I found myself at a table with THE Colleen Atwood (Oscar-winning costume designer for "Alice in Wonderland," "Chicago," and "Memoirs of a Geisha"), surrounded by some of her stunning designs for "Snow White and the Huntsman."

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    Even though the movie centers on two main characters, more than 2,000 costumes were made for the film. But with their details and textures, Queen Ravenna's (played by Charlize Theron) costumes are easily the most amazing -- although not the most comfortable looking.

    This black gown was for action scenes, so three versions were made and it also had to come apart easily. Atwood says the shoulder pieces and heavy skirt could be taken off between takes.

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  • So This Happened … Clint Eastwood's Daughter Destroys $100K Handbag Just for the Fun of It

    OK, so we've heard the expression "burning money," but this story takes the meaning to an entirely new level. Francesca Eastwood set a Birkin bag worth more than $100,000 (yes, that's five zeros) on fire and posted the pictures on her boyfriend's blog. Underneath the images reads, "Destruction is a beautiful version of freedom...Would you want this bag? Are you sad to see me destroy it?"

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    We can think of a few people (um, us!) who would love to have that bag, and would use it rather than douse it in gasoline and set it aflame. And clearly we're not alone, because Eastwood is now getting a ton of fiery backlash from angry bloggers and Tweeters. She's even getting death threats. Apparently the image of a Birkin bag being destroyed at the hands of Clint Eastwood's daughter makes people really, really, mad.

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    Most of the comments are too harsh to even print, but here are a few,

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  • Why We Love London -- the Best British Beauty and Fashion Trends

    It's no secret. London is HUGE this year, and for good reason. The 2012 London Olympics are right around the corner. Everyone and their mother is obsessed with "Downton Abbey." And of course, Kate Middleton and her sister Pippa make headlines every time they step out of the house.

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    After sorting through these and a bazillion other reasons why we can't get enough of London (Adele, Harry Potter, the ability to sound instantly intellectual just because of your accent), we've come up with a list of what we love about this country. Not surprisingly, it was the British beauty and fashion trends that appeared most often. Scroll down to check out the first five or click here for the full list.

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    Butter London's Olympic Collection

    Butter London is paying homage to its hometown by releasing a special "Olympic Heavy Metal collection." Gold is the goal for an athlete, but in this case the

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  • Is This the Next Trend Everyone Will Be Wearing?

    Lately, I get the feeling I'm being watched. Not by a person, but something a little more wild. Tiny kittens, galloping horses, and woodland creatures. And no, I'm not nuts -- I'm just talking about the animal fashion craze that's hit an all-time high. You know, shirts, skirts, and dresses covered in penguins, owls, or frogs?

    This got me thinking. If in fashion "one day you're in, the next day you're out" (thanks Heidi!), what animal will be "in" next? I decided to do a little research, and here's what I found …

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    1. Peacock Print

    It's obvious -- designers love birds. (Yup, more birds.) Seriously, they can't get enough. Year in and year out, whether it's owls, parrots, or flamingos, at least one feathered friend always makes it to the runway. This season, according to fashion expert Stephanie Rygorsky, it's all about the brightest bird in the bunch. "I think the peacock is going to be everywhere this summer," she says.

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