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Pale Foundation is the New Normal
Just about this time of year, many of us look in the mirror at our pale winter skin with despair. What usually follows is a frenzied attempt to bring sunny color to porcelain skin using a darker foundation that often looks artificial.
If your skin is on the pale side right now, there’s no need to add color. Due to the influence of the vampire film New Moon, pale complexions are shining through. Just take a look at the alabaster skin of some of the stars of the series like Kristen Stewart and Ashley Greene, and you’ll see why pale is popular. Continue reading
Do you have leftovers from your Thanksgiving dinner? You don’t have to let good food go to waste.
Pumpkin, cranberries, and mashed potatoes make great ingredients for simple at home beauty treatments. Just open the fridge and create your own home spa.
Pumpkin Facial Mask
A slice of pumpkin pie can add up to about 400 calories, but there are no calories involved when you apply pumpkin to your face as used in many expensive spa facials. Just mix together 2 teaspoons of cooked pumpkin puree, 1/2 teaspoon of honey, and 1/4 teaspoon of regular or soy milk. Leave the mask on for five to ten minutes, then wash it off with lukewarm water. Continue reading
Chopard Lights Up the Movie, Nine
Swiss jewelry company, Chopard, has teamed up with costume designer Colleen Atwood to create several unique pieces for the leading ladies of the upcoming movie musical, Nine.
The musical is based on Mario Fratti’s adaptation of Federico Fellini’s autobiographical film 8½. It focuses on film director Guido Contini during the early 1960s in Venice, who faces a midlife crisis and a web of romantic difficulties that block his creative endeavors. The original Broadway play, which starred Raul Julia, won five Tony Awards including best musical.
Chopard pieces in the film include a a South Sea pearl and diamonds white gold ring worn by Kate Hudson’s character, Stephanie. Nicole Kidman as Claudia wears oval-cut diamond chandelier earrings and a cuff with 97 carats of diamonds. Sophia Loren and Judi Dench’s characters also wear Chopard in the film.
With all the talent and bling on the screen, the musical which is set for release on December 25th is certain to sizzle. Click here to see the official trailer.
Create the Next Hot Shoe Trend
Do you have what it takes to be a shoe designer? If you do, shoe designer Steve Madden is looking for you.
Steve Madden and Zappos.com have joined forces to launch the Sole Search contest. If you have a passion for footwear, you could win a chance to present your one-of-a-kind design to Steve Madden himself.
All you need to do is draw a sketch, use graphics software, or design your shoe masterpiece using the site’s Entry Editor to select colors, patterns, or shoe embellishments. Entries must also include a description of the shoe or the inspiration behind the design.
Three lucky winners will fly to Las Vegas and then to New York City to sell their design to Steve Madden. The contest runs till December 29, 2009 so get out your sketchpad and start designing. Click here to see sketches by various designers for Spring 2010 courtesy of The Insider.
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Lights out for a Better Sleep
Forget about counting sheep to get a good night’s sleep. A sleep mask may be low tech, but it goes a long way when you’re traveling and want to block out approaching daylight or illumination from street lamps, stereos, or televisions.
Sleep masks go way back but were popularized in the hit movie, Breakfast at Tiffany’s when Audrey Hepburn wore one as a hard-partying gold-digger trying to get some shut-eye.
Even if you don’t stay out all all night, the Holly GoNightly sleep mask from fredflare.com will help you get into that all important REM stage of sleep. Complete with fluttering eyelashes and gold trimmed eyebrows, the satin lined mask with terry backing is a must have for the holiday season when sleep hygiene is usually thrown out the window.
Now all you have to do is download Henry Mancini’s Moon River, hit the play button, and you’ll be fast asleep.
Precise Application with Smooth Texture
One of the first cosmetic companies to develop a high performance lip plumper, Fusion Beauty is once again moving to the head of the pack with their latest lip fattener. LipFusion Infatuation is a glossy lip color that mimics the results you get from surgical lip fat replacement.
Using new Amplifat™ technology that works with your own skin, LipFusion Infatuation promises to dramatically plump your lips while retaining their own natural fatty acids. Peptides also enhance collagen synthesis.
The paraben and silicone-free shades merge gloss with a liquid lipstick for a high impact shine. Six natural shades like Sugar Rush (sheer natural peach), Pucker Up (hot pink), and Big & Bare (plum-beige nude) can be applied with a precision brush for optimum coverage and a long-lasting plump lip.
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Say Goodbye to the Oprah Winfrey Show
Although ratings have been taking a slow dive for the last few seasons, the Oprah Winfrey Show has been a mainstay of daytime television for 23 years. So, who will viewers look to for their daily talk fix when Harpo Studios shuts the show down?
Current daytime talkers Ellen DeGeneres and Rachael Ray already have established audiences and likely have peaked with their viewership. Although the Ellen DeGeneres Show has maintained a popular base, it looks like DeGeneres may be taking baby steps beyond the talk show couch with judging appearances on reality shows So You Think You can Dance and American Idol. The Rachael Ray Show has modest popularity, but it’s unlikely the show’s format has the depth to carry on for the length of time the Oprah Winfrey Show has been around.
The Doctor is in
Is it time for a new format for daytime talk TV? Last year’s introduction of a health-focused talk show with a panel of medical practitioners has proved to be successful for The Doctors. With the high cost of health care and rampant misinformation on the Internet, medical education on television is a natural. Continue reading
Blind Side Blonde
If you have to pick one of the top brunette actresses in Hollywood, Sandra Bullock easily stands out. When it came to portraying Memphis Housewife Leigh Anne Tuohy in the film The Blind Side, the dark-haired actress had no trouble jumping into character by dying her hair golden blonde.
The Blind Side is based on the life of Michael Oher, an offensive lineman who plays for the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens. The storyline revolves around the Tuohy family who adopted Oher when he was homeless, and helped him to become one of the hottest recruits for college football in 2004 (check out the Tuohy family story that inspired the movie).
According to People, Bullock felt humbled to have been part of the movie, and considered her lighter hair entertaining but not really her “color palette”. Jesse James, the actress’s husband at the time, thought the same. So much for blondes having more fun! Click here to check out the official trailer.
- Sandra Bullock’s performance in The Blind Side has brought her several honors, including a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild award, and an Oscar award for Best Actress. Her film has also reached a milestone as the first in history driven solely by a top female star to cross the $200 million mark at the domestic box-office.
- If you loved the look Sandra Bullock pulled off as Southern Football mom, Leigh Anne Tuohy, you’ll be happy to know she was wearing a ToyWatch Plasteramic Watch with Crystals during the film.
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No Home Advantage for Canadians
Stephen Colbert has been offered a job at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics by the City of Richmond, BC. There’s just one stipulation for the host of The Colbert Report. He has to wear pink.
Colbert, sponsor of the cash-strapped U.S. speedskating team, recently complained that the team has been denied ice time at the Richmond Olympic Oval sport facility. Calling Canadians “syrup-sucking iceholes”, Colbert urged his viewers to send in letters demanding that the country cease its icehole-ish behaviour.
City of Richmond spokesperson, Ted Townsend, responded to the allegation by sending a letter to Colbert indicating that international skaters have never been barred, though they have been asked to follow rules to get on the ice. To ensure there are no hard feelings, the City of Richmond also offered Colbert the position of ombudsman of treatment of American speed skaters during the 2010 Games. Along with the letter, the city included a pink toque as part of Colbert’s uniform to be worn at all times during the Games.
Stephen Colbert later accepted the City of Richmond’s offer to be the Olympic Oval Ombudsman. Although he has no idea what an ombudsman is, he has agreed to take on the job as long as it requires no effort. Ted Townsend, who learned of Colbert’s acceptance by watching the show, insists that Colbert wear the pink toque during his reign as ombudsman: “It’s the uniform and he’ll have to wear it to carry out the functions of the job.” Check out Colbert on the January cover of Sports Illustrated.
Update: The Colbert Report will be taping LIVE at Vancouver Creekside Park next to Science World on February 17th and 18th at 9:15 am!
Hair that Works
It’s not all about your resume.
According to Marie Claire, a competitive job market means getting every detail right including your hairstyle.
Depending on the field you work in, Marie Claire has some tricks of the trade and style mentors that will help you land a job.
For example, if you work in Finance, you’ll want to show off your business aptitude not your over the top hair. To demonstrate authority, neat flat-ironed hair or short and chic styles are the best options.
If you’re a Marketing specialist, you can sell yourself with loose waves that demonstrate that you’re on top of the trends and able to bring freshness to the role.
To get ahead in Arts and Entertainment, show that you’re original but not off the wall.Don’t forget to promote your best qualities at all times. Speaking of which, if you run a business and need a writer, click here.
Full Range of Bath and Body Care
There’s a new addition to the Joe Fresh Beauty collection just in time for the holidays. Joe Fresh Bath™ features a full assortment of bath and body products with prices that range from $2 to $8. According to Creative Director of Joe Fresh Style, Joe Mimran, the approach for the bath collection is “about value, style and quality for our customers.”
Joe Fresh Bath products include a foaming body wash, a creamy body balm, a gel-based exfoliating body polish, and a light, refreshing body mist. The products offer fruity scents like grapefruit and pomegranate with vibrant packaging, making them the perfect pick me up for the dreary days of fall and winter.
If you like soap with a rich lather, you can also try the liquid hand soap. Or, pick up a Wash & Go with Joe travel kit as a gift for your favorite Joe Fresh fan who will no doubt want to sample the line.
Perk up Your Complexion
If you have just one minute to give your skin a healthy glow, Benefit has the answer. One Hot Minute is a lightweight powder that will give you a natural glow for the holidays that won’t be over the top.
Designed to work on all skin tones, the rose-gold powder adds a healthy glow that makes just the right setting for your makeup. The powder goes on light but you can build it up for the right amount of color.
Use the mini fan brush included with the kit to lightly apply the powder to all parts of your face (cheeks, eyelid, hair line). For best results, use a larger brush for the neck and decollete area. Perfect for a night out or to freshen up your look, you’ll find one minute is just the right amount of time for an all over glow.
Man-Gagement Rings Becoming Popular
What’s the latest trend in wedding jewelry? Well, it doesn’t involve rings for women. The newest jewelry being sold to engaged couples is the “man-gagement” ring.
According to ABC news, jewelry stores like Frassanito Jewelers are now offering this ring alternative to newly engaged men as a way for couples to celebrate their relationship: “All the girls want everyone to know their guy is taken, and there’s no better way than to see a ring on his finger,” says Diana Frassanito.
One celebrity who followed this trend is singer/actress, Jennifer Hudson. To celebrate their engagement, the former Idol contestant gave her then fiance, David Otunga, a $15,000 engagement ring by Neil Lane.
If you’re up for it, buy your man an engagement ring in masculine materials like steel, tungsten, or cobalt. Just save the diamonds and platinum for yourself!
Iconic Givenchy Gown Up for Bid
Audrey Hepburn will be forever known for her elegant, yet classic style. The legendary actress had almost a sixth sense when it came to accentuating her best features and minimizing any flaws.
As Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Hepburn made the little black dress a timeless necessity in every woman’s wardrobe. The actress was also famous for perfectly accessorizing outfits whether it was over-sized sunglasses, a string of pearls, or even a tiara.
Fans of Audrey Hepburn can experience her style at an upcoming specialty auction to be held by Kerry Taylor Auctions in London on December 8th. The auction includes 36 items of clothing from 1953 to the late 60’s, as well as accessories like hats and belts.
Movie items up for bid include a Givenchy black cloqué silk gown worn in Paris When it Sizzles in 1964 (estimated to sell for between $17,000 to $25,000 US), and a Chantilly lace cocktail gown from How to Steal a Million filmed in 1966. Fifty percent of the sale proceeds will be donated to the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund.
Update: The collection of Audrey Hepburn gowns has exceeded pre-sale estimates selling for $435,180 at auction. The highest price ($97,270) was paid for the Givenchy lace cocktail gown from How to Steal a Million.
Audrey Hepburn’s Influence on Fashion
If you can’t get enough of Audrey Hepburn, check out the new book release, Audrey Hepburn: International Cover Girl, by Scott Brizel. The book is a collection of more than 600 magazine covers with an accompanying biography tracing Audrey Hepburn’s image, style, and influence.