Our sense of smell shapes our memories, experiences, and perceptions of the world. Not only what we smell, but what we smell like ourselves is a significant part of our personal identity. My best friend has worn Thierry Mugler Alien for years, and I will forever associate the scent with our friendship and happiness. But what if you went on a date with a guy whose scent you couldn’t stand? Maybe not even a matter of cologne, it’s just his natural body odor. For many, that’d be a deal breaker.
Enter the new frontier in dating: pheromone parties. Here’s the scoop: guests are asked to sleep in a t-shirt for three consecutive nights. After the third night, they freeze the shirt in a Ziploc bag to “lock in” the scent. Then, at the party, bags are marked male or female and guests go around smelling the bags. At the end of the night, guests pick the bag that they find smells most attractive, and they meet the person behind the scent. Crazy! Seems like an all-together kooky idea, but we think they’re on to something. If scent shapes our perceptions of one another so significantly, then pheromone parties seem, well, logical.
Maybe sniff testing isn’t on your calendar this Valentine’s Day, but you can still play around with fragrance to make yourself a hot commodity. Here are a few date-night fragrances that we find magnetic:
Word of the Week: Ombre [Ohm-bre]
A fancy word for a hair coloring technique where the color goes on darker at the root and then fades into lighter and brighter highlights on the mid-shaft and ends. Note: Ombre hair color should NOT leave you looking like your roots have grown out. The key to getting this trend right is making sure the deeper shade at the root is soft and gradually bleeds out.
“The great thing about ombre is, it can be subtle and natural or bold and brazen,” says Marisa Moon of NYC’s Sam Brocato Salon. But let’s be real. Unless you’re like Niki Minaj (right) and performing in front of thousands of fans, if you take this style too far, no one will take you seriously. Instead, follow the lead of stars like Jessica Biel, Drew Barrymore and SJP, who rock gorgeous ombre highlights.
Wondering if you’re a candidate for this popular hair trend?
Fashion is like alphabet soup. A hodgepodge of letters spill into a bowl, they’re swirled around, rubbing elbows with their fellow Ps and Qs. Somewhere during this song and dance, a literate word magically spits out out of the chaos, and is quickly slurped up by the hungry crowd. From left: Missoni Ruffle Knit Scarf, Essie’s new fall polish, Merino Cool, is greige with a hint of lavender, Alice + Olivia Party Dress. Last winter, the fashion set was starved for jeggings. This season, expect to have an appetite for “greige.” The grey/beige hybrid is the newest term to be added to the fashion lexicon, and it’s not just for the Lady Gagas of the world. Neutral to the bone, the color fares well on all skin tones and goes with everything from neons to nudes and ranges from putty to muddy. Whether worn on nails (as shown below at the Marc Jacobs runway show), lids or limbs, greige is the latest fashion grrrrreat!
Word of the Week Vajazzle: [vah jazz-el]Once glimpse at this picture and it’s pretty self explanatory. Vajazzling is the act of bedazzling your vajayjay. Jennifer Love Hewitt has admitted she’s into it. What about you?.
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Gross potatoes: [grohs puh-tey-tohs] adjectiveWhen disgusting seems too vanilla to describe the vileness of a situation, you’ll be happy to have gross potatoes in your vocabulary.Usage: Heid Montag’s lip synch, cat woman (right) and halitosis are all gross potatoes.Speaking of halitosis, did you know that everyone gets bad breath at least once a day and that 62% of Americans are concerned about bad breath? New technology has given us one less thing to worry about. The recently launched Scope Outlast mouthwash, Crest Extra White Plus Scope Outlast toothpaste and Oral-B Advantage Floss Picks Plus Scope Outlast flavor provide fresh breath longer. The addition of Scope will keep you in mint condition all night long should a kiss come your way when least expected. Finally, close talkers are off the hook, sort of. They’re still creepy but at least their breath won’t clear the room. A word to the food-obsessed: If you’re about to indulge in a delicious meal, refrain from using these products until after dessert. They leave you with a fresh-breath feeling that’s so intense, it can dominate your palette.I’m giving away 5 Scope Outlast product bundles! Each bundle contains the mouthwash in two flavors (mint and peppermint), toothpaste and floss picks. Comment on this post by Nov. 12, and you’ll be entered to win.
Since TheBeautyGirl’s inception, I’ve tended to the ladies way more than the men. Shouldn’t life always be that way? (Note: if any guys are reading, that was a rhetorical question). To be fair, dudes have their share of grooming issues, too. I’ll be covering those as time goes on. For now, I’m tossing them a carrot, which comes in the form of a new Word of the Week, to make up for any feelings of neglect.Word of the Week: Exfoliate [x-fo-le-ate] verbRemoving dead cells from the skin’s surface. Exfoliation can occur with a scrub that is gently applied in a circular motion. Scrubs contain physical agents such as spherical beads or granules to slough the dead cells. Or, exfoliation can be done with a chemical-based formula, which often contains alpha-hydroxy or glycolic acid, that you apply to the skin as you would a moisturizer.Exfoliation is the first piece of advice I give to guys interested in improving their skin. It helps to prevent clogged pores, which means fewer breakouts, exposes the hair follicles to allow for a better shave and brightens the appearance of skin. Exfoliators can be easily incorporated into the most basic of skincare routines. Use at night, no more than three times a week, after cleansing. They’re a dime a dozen, but here are two worth highlighting:For Face: L’Oreal Mens Expert Power Buff Anti-Roughness Exfoliator, $9.For Body: Anthony Logistics Sea Salt Body Scrub. I love a good deal and this is a steal! The retail value is $35 but the company is selling a limited-edition jumbo size version (32 oz.) of the popular skin softener for $15 in honor of prostate cancer month in September. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the prostate cancer research program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Shadely: [shade-lee] adjective A guy or girl who looks a million times hotter when they’re wearing shades. Usage: He’s so shadely.
Gag me with a spoon (Lady Gaga photo by WireImage)
Lady Gaga lookin’ hot
This phenomenon is most common during summer, when the sun is shining and you spy a potential hottie while sipping Bloodies at brunch. Your flirt-o-meter rises as you steal glances at his strong jawline, scruff and McDreamy hair. It’s on! But, just when you wouldn’t expect it, he takes off his sunglasses to reveal duds behind the lenses. Suddenly, his nose grows and his forehead is huge. You were duped. Once the man of mystery is now more like Inspector Gadget. If only we all had a Penny to save our asses. I wonder what the Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger would say.
Blah (Bradley Cooper photo by WireImage)
Bad boy Brad is smoking in shades
GUYLINER:Eyeliner for dudes. Often seen on skinny jean wearing types. Best on baby blues. Give it up to pop culture’s poster boy Ryan Seacrest for cementing a new slang word–guyliner–into our lexicon. He did it on American Idol when describing this season’s runner up Adam Lambert. Even though Adam didn’t take home the title, his theatrical dark liner earned him his own trademark. This goth look isn’t new on the scene; pseudo rocker Pete Wentz got sh%t when he started wearing guyliner years back. So it’s only fitting that the correct application technique come from the horse’s mouth. Check out the video below. Or, if this trend isn’t your thing, at least take away this tip: for eyeliner that won’t fade, try Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Eyeliner Pencils. The Beauty Girl…Out.