If traditional wands aren’t doing it for you, welcome a new vibrator into your life–Pulse Perfection Vibration Mascara by Maybelline.Forget the days when you shimmied the brush through your lashes. This one does the work for you. It vibrates 7,000 times per minute so the mascara goes on evenly and adds miles to your lashes in one fell swoop (just press down the button and glide the brush through from root to tip). A seriously steady hand isn’t required, thanks to the subtle pulsations, and the results are more than satisfying.Vibrating mascara isn’t the newest novelty to hit the market (Estée Lauder and Lancôme introduced the concept last year and each of theirs sold out in a flash). I’m turned on to this one because it’s half the price at $14.95, is available in drugstores nationwide, and is as effective as the department store brands. Plus, it’s from the company who brought us Great Lash, a tried and true favorite.*BG Tip: For the best eye-opening results, first curl your lashes with an eyelash curler (I’m loyal to Shu eumura’s) because it conforms to every eye shape. Press down and hold for 20 seconds on each eye. Next, swipe on mascara. Apply the rest of your makeup as you wait for the mascara to dry. Mascara is dry when the lashes no longer feel tacky. Finally, curl lashes one more time. Note: it’s important to only curl lashes after the mascara dries or else lashes could stick to the curler.
The sweepstakes below gives you a chance for some extra pampering. If you want the sure thing, indulge in the Oatmeal Raisin High Foaming Shampoo, Shower Gel and Bubble Bath ($16) from Philosophy. It’s a 3-in-1 that’s good for your body and soul because from now until October 15th, 100% of all the net proceeds will be donated to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer — an organization that raises awareness of pediatric cancer and funds research for new and improved therapies through the hosting of local bake sales. That’s some sweet charity.
Want a free vacay? The odds of scoring one are better than winning $500,000 on Deal or No Deal so why not give it a try. Remington is giving away a trip for two to Hollywood complete with lunch at the see-and-be-seen spot the Ivy, styling tools, a $500 AMEX gift card and a styling session with celeb stylist Richard Marin, whose clients include Megan Fox, Cindy Crawford and Denise Richards. Food, shopping and the chance to have hair like Denise’s–the only thing missing, thank god, is your very own toy puppy. To enter, click here and submit a pic of yourself wearing a celeb-inspired hair look.
If you’re looking to swim in a sea of dudes, go to a Phish show. I went to my second one this week (my first was in June) and once again it was raining men. However, there is one caveat: don’t expect any chivalry here. Phish shows are sacred grounds where men retreat to their boyhood. They push and shove, they break into their own trance dance without an ounce of self-consciousness and brace yourselves—they wear headbands. It’s hard to believe that the manband could be worse than a guy wearing a shell necklace…but it is. Apparently, I didn’t get the memo about wearing headgear to the show, but if I did, I would have burned it for the good of the male species.
Mario Lopez is a double miss in a headband and wifebeater
Don’t: Whether you’re bald as a baby or you’ve got a mop, this isn’t a sexy look. It doesn’t work on Mario, and it won’t come off any less cheesy if you’re name is Mark, Mike or any other shmo. Leaving the house with any version of a doo rag is a telltale sign you’re a douchebag. So guys, step away from the headband and leave the hair decoration to the ladies.
Natalie Portman wearing Jennifer Behr’s crystal twist headband
Do: Wear a headband if you don’t have a Y chromosome. It’s the finishing touch to any outfit from a swimsuit to a business suit. Here are some of my favorite brands: Goody (the styles look way more expensive than the drugstore prices), Jennifer Behr, a favorite of celebrities and beauty editors, and Susan Daniels (I especially love her feather headband, which is very similar to the one Jessica Alba wore when photographed with her daughter Honor in LA). What’s your take? It’s hard not to harp on these guys for committing such a fashion no-no. If anyone wants to come to their defense so I can try to understand the reasoning behind this fashion doozy, I invite you to make a comment.
What it is Jonathan Product Green Rootine Dry Shampoo, a hair powder made with talc and hydroxide that absorbs oil, dirt and product build-up. Just brush the powder on your hair and rub it in with your fingers.Want to win? 5 are up for grabs and Tuesday’s your last chance. Subscribe to thebeautygirl.com by clicking here. Then, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and include your name, address and hair color. It’s important to specify your hair color because the dry shampoo, which retails for $19, comes in two shades (light for blondes and dark for brown, black and red hair). Check out the original post for the full story. Pssst. The BG is giving away 10 lipsticks, too! This Clinique Different lipstick in Raspberry Glace is a pretty blue-based berry that helps teeth look whiter. To score this freebie, email me at email@example.com by August 21st and include your name, email and mailing address. For more teeth whitening tips, check out last week’s post The Recessionista’s Guide to Whiter Teeth
Kim Kardashian is ready for a fresh start. Having recently split from longtime boyfriend Reggie Bush, the reality star showed off her new blonde locks and can-do attitude at the Teen Choice Awards. “It’s a new day, I’m a new person, let’s see if blondes have more fun.”
Outfit pictured in June/July 09 issue of Teen Vogue. Josh Goot blazer, $300, and top, $125. Lacoste shorts, $105. Jennifer Behr head wrap, $248. Alexis Bittar earrings, $145. Sonia Rykiel suede bag. Aldo sandals, $135.
I’m not obsessed with Rob Pattinson or Taylor Swift, but I am a Teen Vogue fan. You’d think by now I would have moved on to Vogue. Granted, the iconic magazine does inspire, but if you start looking for outfits with less than three zeros on the price tags you’ll never sleep. Its younger sister, on the other hand, highlights the industry’s hippest designers like Rag & Bone and Alexander Wang and features items that don’t require you to take out a loan. While the 200-word articles are written for tweens, the fashion is high style, creative and, in my opinion, much more appropriate for 20 and 30 somethings in the market for fresh finds. So, the next time you’re seeking the latest trends, skip the hoity-toity titles and give this one a try.
Start your week with some Common scents. If you want to see the hip-hop artist perform in an intimate setting, smell this: he’s teamed up with Diesel Only the Brave fragrance and beginning today, the first 500 people to make a Diesel Only The Brave purchase of $117.50 or more at select Macy’s will receive TWO general admission tickets to a private concert on August 26th at Capitale, an exclusive venue in New York City’s Lower East Side.*The participating Macy’s locations include Herald Square, Rego Park, Kings Plaza, Garden State Plaza and Cross Country.
His wompadu-pompadu hair, his distinct frames, his diminutive stature that makes you want to pick him up and stick him in your pocket—there’s no mistaking Project Runway winner Christian Siriano.Bigger than his personality is his fierce taste, and he’s used it to scurry up the fashion pyramid, attacking Fall 09 from all sides. The 24 year old has got a clothing collection, a line of shoes for Payless that will debut this month and will retail from $25 to $45 and now a hot as hell new limited-edition makeup collection for Victoria’s Secret, which includes a sexy ruffled makeup bag that doubles as a clutch. The makeup launched today online and will be available at VS stores on August 11th.
Siriano’s ankle boot for Payless
All three of his babies share the same inspiration. “This Fall is Egypt: the warmth of the desert, the blue of the Nile. It’s about the juxtaposition of soft fabrics and strong shapes,” he says. How’s that for an August rush!
Nicole Pearl, The Beauty Girl, has written for national publications including Allure, Cosmo, Marie Claire, Self, In Style, Seventeen, and more. She appears as a beauty and style expert on TV for shows like TODAY, Windy City LIVE, and more. She's covered NYC and LA Fashion Weeks, has been a guest speaker for corporations, hosts events and offers services. The Beauty Girl blog is Nicole's exclusive insider notebook, sharing her V.I.P. access to the latest in beauty. Welcome! Still curious about Nicole? Click here.
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