Friday, June 23, 2006

Case of the Fridays

Dear Readers,

Instead of a case of Mondays, we have a case of the Fridays. We're going to take the day off today and play catch-up in our personal lives. Never fear, we'll be back on Monday with our trademark snarkiness and exceptional taste in fashion. Cheers to a wonderful weekend for all!


Las Fashionistas

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Is that you, Star?

Okay, Star's dress is way too busy, but it's kind of fun for summer, right? Spunky colors, a cute cut, a little flirty at the bottom. Sometimes, against all odds, a strapless dress can be a busty girl's best friend.

Her "I'm-a-six-year-old-on-my-way-to-a-Barbie-themed-birthday-party" purse pains me, but texture is fun, right? And do they sell those hot pink sandals at Payless, because I am soooo getting some if they do.

But seriously, why is Star Jones starting to look less and less like herself? Why is it a crime to be over 40--and look like you are over 40? Granted, I thought she looked a little like Ursula the Sea Witch before her face was stretched farther and farther into oblivion, but I mean that in the best way possible...Ursula is a classic! At least the Sea Witch would know enough to wear a little lip gloss to a red carpet event.

Star, cool it with the Botox and plastic surgery. Please. I liked your nostrils and eyebrows where they were before.

Photo courtesy of Hollywood Rag

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Product Review: Tarte Cheek Stain

cruelandpretty says:
I had some gel blush made by clinique that I loved, but now I'm out and they don't make the color I had anymore! The three (I think) colors that I saw at the counter were not at all flattering to my skin tone (no pinks!). I've been curious about tarte's gel blush for a while, but not enough to try it, especially for the price. I have oily skin and have found that gel blush lasts longest, so I might be willing to splurge if others have had good experiences with it...

Ever since Tarte Cosmetics introduced their line of Cheek Stains, the raves haven't died down---and for good reason! I'm a big fan of this high-quality and easy-to-use product, although it took a bit of experimentation to get it right.

The selection of colors is extensive, although there are a few randoms in the mix. The shades offered are suitable for every skin type, whether fair or dark complected. I have fair skin with rosy undertones, yet a warm palette, so I use Blushing Bride. I've sampled Tickled Peach, Tipsy & Flush and each color seems to look very natural.

Tarte's Cheek Stains are oil-free and they don't clog your pores. I have oily skin and this product does not contribute to the afternoon greasies. It has real staying power, too---I apply it in the morning before work and my color is still fresh by quitting time. Stain is an appropriate term. The product is sheer in nature and delivers a slightly dewy finish. A little goes a long way, and it's easy to add more for a hot nighttime look.

However, the product takes some time to learn how to use. It's container is a cylindrical shape and one might be tempted to apply directly from the container to the cheek. Because the surface area of the product is large, you end up with a streak, much like a line of roll-on deodorant on a black shirt. The product is best applied by using your fingertips and dotting color on the desired area of your cheeks, then blending. This way, you are able to control the coverage.

The product also doesn't mix well with heavily powdered faces. It's a bit tacky (as in sticky) when dotted on your face. If you overdo the fingertip blending, it's possible to muddy the product with your existing foundation. It's best to be accurate the first time when applying, because the product is not very forgiving.

Bottom line: I love this product and with practice, it has become a staple in my makeup arsenal. The goal of a natural body flush is accomplished. The product has lasted me a very long time and I'm nowhere close to needing a replacement. The $28 pricetag accurately reflects the value of the product---in fact, I'd pay more!

Photos courtesy of Sephora and Tarte.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Intervention Needed, STAT!

I've never really taken much notice of the Spice Girls or David Beckham. It's obvious why Becks is famous...his wife is a little more of a mystery. It's not like she really does all that much, and yet we keep getting pictures of her:

What's this? Living Interpretation of Cinnamon Sticks Gasping for Air Through Oversized Nostrils? With googly eyes to match? This is not pretty, Stickham. Not at all.

In fairness to Stickham, her hair looks fabulous, she always has great shades, I like the color of the sweater, and her shoes are way cute (I told you pointy flats were in!). Her lips are always perfectly glossed, and she never appears in public looking anything less than well-put-together. Britney should take a leaf from her notebook.

However, in most other respects the woman is a trainwreck. She's only 32 years old, yet her extreme waifishness in combination with the work she's undoubtedly had done make her look much older. What is it about this business that hardens women's faces?

Case in point: In both of these pictures, Stickham looks thin, but normal. Her face is softer and her nose and eyes don't bulge as they do now.

See? Normal legs, normal stomach, sweet face.

It's sad to see these boylike figures promoted as beauty. And it's sad to see women like Stickham bow and scrape at the altar of Nicole-Richies waifness just to get in the tabloids each week. And I find it especially pathetic that her husband is a famous athlete and therefore supposedly a picture of health yet his own wife has wasted away like this.

Other problems with this outfit:

-Shorts. No. Bad. Shorts are for the beach. Shorts are for picnics. Shorts are for volleyball and sports. Shorts are not for wearing out to lunch with a friend.
-Stickham, you're happy to see us...have you ever heard of a sweater bra? Please buy one today.
-Oh to return to the mid-90's when fair was the new tan.

To quote the Fug Girls,

We are on high alert.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Other fun fashion websites

Although we here at Las F believe we know pretty much everything there is to know about fashion and style (and we're modest about it, too!), I think we are willing to admit that there are a few other websites we enjoy visiting from time to time.

We want you to keep coming by Las F (please!), but here are a few of our faves of fashion:

Go Fug Yourself - These ladies define the meaning of a "barbed wit." Their scathing celebrity fashion reviews will literally have you laughing so hard you cannot breath. (I would not want to be a celebrity precisely because of these girls.)

Style Bakery - A fun little site with a sweet concoction theme, including favorite style "recipes," what's hot and what's not, and excellent fashion advice.

Dilly Dilly's What Every Woman Needs in Her Wardrobe - Her most recent post on business casual has revolutionized my life! This gal is just full of good common fashion sense.

MSN Beauty and Fashion - While geared toward an older audience, this website has some great tips and a message board.

Lucky Magazine - Though I cancelled my Lucky subscription after faithfully reading for two years (I'm just not the type of girl to shop in New York City every week with a $1,000-per-outfit budget), I really like the magazine's aesthetic and their "Catch of the Day" available on their website.

Add yours in the comment section!