Friday, October 27, 2006

Making a Mark in Beauty

When the words "beauty mark" and "celebrity" are mentioned in the same sentence, a couple of names automatically come to mind.

Cindy Crawford, check!

Marilyn Monroe, check!

But Lindsay Lohan???

Lohan was spotted recently at the Hollywood Film Festival Awards, sporting a beauty mark that's obviously been created with an eye pencil. And I think she looks fabulous. Can't actually believe I used one of my favorite words to describe Ms. Lohan, but that's a moot point.

So, readers--- what do you think about this? Is a beauty mark intended for only those who are graciously gifted at birth? Or is it kosher to wear a beauty mark as an accessory? Does a beauty mark have a practical use, like hiding a blemish or drawing attention to somewhere specific on the face?

One thing's for sure... I bet the teeny bopper crowd will pick up on this and our shopping malls and movie theaters will soon be swarming with pre-pubescent, walking beauty marks...

Photos courtesy of SFF and IMDB.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Well done Mischa!

Dear Mischa,

I know I was pretty hard on you the last time we spoke, but I can see that you were listening:

Seeeeeeeeeee?? Hair brushed? Check. Makeup (not too much, but enough to accent your great features)? Check. Good posture? Check.

I'm so proud of her, I have to say. I'm sure she had plenty of help from the folks over at Bebe, but they are doing great things for her.

This just goes to show..everyone can turn over a new leaf. This week it's been Britney and now Mischa...who would we like to see unfug next?

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Product Review: John Frieda's Sheer Blonde Tousled Tresses

The Claim

John Frieda's Sheer Blonde Tousled Tresses Fine Mist Wax lifts and loosens layers while creating mussed-have style for blonde that looks perfectly “undone.” Adds detailed separation for a look that’s deliberately disheveled. Contains a lightweight, micro-fine wax to create tousled style, while delivering soft hold with touchable texture. Non-yellowing, non-darkening formula, with chamomile and sunflower seed extracts, helps blonde color stay bright. For natural, color-treated or highlighted blondes

The Observation

My hair is cut short, in what one might call, the "inverted bob." It's baby fine and straight, so the quest for body, bounce and volume is never over. I had high expectations for this purchase because I've had a lot of hair success using John Frieda's other products. I normally use a regular wax pomade in styling my hair, so I was interested in the concept of a "fine mist wax."

My first observation, was the unique bottle. At first glance, the bottle appears to be any regular, plastic styling bottle. But instead of a typical air pump, the nozzle is made like an aerosol pump. And the product sprays like an aerosol spray. It's very unique.

I followed the directions, washing and blow-drying my hair completely, before using the product. Manufacturer directions are below:

Shake well. Spray on dry hair and run fingers underneath in a zigzag motion, from the scalp to the ends, to create a tousled look. For added definition, spray product on hands and run fingers through sections to separate pieces.

Most mornings, I use a 2.5-inch and a 1-inch barreled curling iron on my hair. After I had appropriately styled my hair with my curling irons, I sprayed a light layer of the product on my hair. I immediately began to run my fingers underneath my hair, from the base of my neck, upwards. The product definitely delivered a "disheveled" look, but it wasn't really the desired "bed head" look I was going for. Problem is, the mist dries fast. And if you don't perfect the "disheveling" on the first try, you're stuck with it. And there's no brushing it out, because you end up flattening any body previously created. In the infamous words of Eminem, "you've got one shot---one opportunity."

The next day, I though I'd try something different. I washed my hair, and blow dried it with a diffuser. My hair waves when I style it this way, even though it's normally stick straight. On my dry-diffused hair, I sprayed a light mist of the wax. This time, the "disheveled effect" was perfect. It tamed any of my wavy fly-aways, yet gave my hair an edgy look. I also scrunched the bottom half of my hair with the product, spraying it into my hands to apply. I was pleased with how well this worked.

I still have yet to figure out how this product and straight hair can work together, but overall, I'm happy with the purchase. And while it's marketed toward blondes, it's colorless, meaning that I think it would be okay for any hair color. A little bit of this product goes a long way, so I anticipate it will last me a long time.

Photo linked to online vendor.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Return of the Almost-dead Minnie

Dear Minnie,

You know, I loved you in Goodwill Hunting. And even though you didn't sing in it (and then when you did I wished you would stop), I loved you in Phantom of the Opera.

But I really, really would like it more if you had a sandwich. I know it's for a role on TV but, please girlfriend, it's only a TV role. I know you can do better.

Call me. I make a mean homemade mac and cheese.

Pictures courtesy of Popsugar

Monday, October 23, 2006

It's Not Too Late!

Dear Aspiring Fashionistas,

It's not too late to submit your entries for "The Search for the Next Las Fashionista!" We've decided to extend the contest until Friday, October 27 at 5:00 p.m. PT. For details, click on the picture below. We welcome entries from any and every state/country, and would love to hear from the unrepresented regions! Show us what you've got!