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Different Approaches

30 Jun

Here are two old favorite beauty product stories/campaigns:

The Wild Rose of Indiana and his lovely Rock:

 

And:

 

What overarching theme(s) do you feel they share (or attempt to share)?

FRIZZ HALOS

10 Apr

Thank you for your suggestions to the Preview! Guess the Upcoming Post. As you guessed, this post is inspired by The Tropics and will be about our crowning glory. So get in the mood, listen to some Tropicália music or these Songza playlists!

New York feels like a sticky concrete tropical cloud forest in the summer and the humidity means that it is impossible to keep hair from flying away  and gathering on top of your head. Now, if we were living in Elizabethan England, our frizz halos would be IN. But today, frizz (like acne and cellulite) is an undesirable look. But outta these three “bad” traits, frizz has the most potential to become cool, right?! There are, like, poems dedicated to it!

Marilyn and her sorta frizz halo in Florida on the “Some Like it Hot” (1959) set

Till the day comes where we embrace our frizz halos, here are two products to glue down the fluff and keep your knickers from getting in a twist when precipitation gets above 0%.

Screen shot of the No Frizz line from Living Proof

Screen shot of the No Frizz line from Living Proof

LIVING PROOF is the Hedy Lamarr of hair products: brainy and (makes you) beautiful. Its nerdy origin story is that it was co-created by biotech scientists at MIT and beauty experts.

Living Proof frizz line is so resistant to humidity you could probably do a synchronized swim routine during a monsoon and not see a hair budge. That may be a stretch, but in all seriousness, the no-frizz Living Proof line will hold your hair down. If that doesn’t sound convincing enough, the Priestess of Hair Janiston herself endorses it.

Although Living Proof smells nice in its own right, EO PURE PERFORMANCE BOTANICAL HAIR CARE in COCONUT & HIBISCUS  hair scrubber and conditioner jazz up the “tropical scent genre” from the more traditional (and expected) formula of coconut and lime.

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The Coconut & Hibiscus scrubber and conditioner  are great for the more “wrecked out by the blow out” manes, but virgin hair will benefit too from its smoothing, softening, rehydrating, fortifying, and conditioning properties that smell like heaven and make your hair light as a featha. Also, EO Everyday Hair Care lines are natural, therapeutic, non-sulfate, botanical, and stuffed with keratin… essentially, very wholesome.

Montane tropical rain forest in northern Vietnam

In conclusion, both EO and Living Proof products are truly fabulous products that do wonders for the health and look of your hair. Living Proof frizz may be better at keeping the hair clouds at bay during a tropical rain storm (or a New York summer), but the EO Coconut & Hibiscus offers a twist on the olfactory sensation we associate with the ‘the tropics’ (like the traditional tropical scent found in Sally Hershberger’s Wavy Spray and the DIY beach hair spray mentioned in an earlier post).

There are a ton of other dynamo products out there that either feel tropically or can kill frizz in literal rainy tropical climates. What do you like and recommend?

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P.S.:

Since we can’t write about the tropics without mentioning ways to protect it, here are some websites to help boost our ecosystems and save our furry and feathery friends:

http://worldwildlife.org/

http://www.sierraclubfoundation.org/

http://www.nature.org/

http://www.greenpeacefund.org/

Preview! Guess the Upcoming Post

4 Mar
Winslow Homer's Homosassa River (1904)

Winslow Homer’s Homosassa River (1904)

Tommy Bahama Waverly Swaying Palms

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self explanatory…

the famous Pink Motel

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The Aloha Shirt Museum and Boutique

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Roandcostudio Candela photo shoot

&, of course….

Beauty stuff

Take your best shot, lovelies!

Claritas

5 Dec
C. Jeré sunburst

C. Jere sunburst sculpture (mid 20th century)

Beauty (capitalized here to indicate a BIG IDEA) often gets described with words related to luminescence and light.

Think about it! You light up a roomradiate inner beauty, and shine at everything you do. You’ve got a luminous presence, beaming smile, eyes that sparkle and skin that glows… damn! It musta hurt when you fell from heaven cause you’re a star!

Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ “Untitled” (America), 1994–95

Inside, we beam and shine as bright as a disco ball. As winter steps in and  dulls our skin and flattens our hair, however, we could all use a little help conducting our inner radiance outwards.

Use Fresh’s Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask to get your outside as (figuratively) shiny as your inside. Consider purchasing a gastight Hazmat suit as well because your radiating radiance will be dangerously high. It’s that good.  And yes, unfortunately, it’s that expensive.

Fresh Black Tea

Get the “pregnant glow” without the long-term financial responsibilities!

This is one of those “just suck it up and buy it” products. Although Fresh recommends using it 2-3 times a week to get ideal results, most of us don’t hang out at the 1% club. Get the 50 ml and break it out for those special occasions. You’ll be so happy you did.

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SUGGESTED READING:

Check out Umberto Eco’s History of Beauty (2010 edition) chapter on Medieval ideals of Beauty = Light as well as this fabulous scholarly article by Sarah-Grace Heller, “Light as Glamour: The Luminescent Ideal of Beauty in the Roman de la Rose” (2001).

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ON CROY AH BLE!

14 Nov

… as in “incroyable,” the French version of “incredible.” We shouldn’t always be bound by the rules of language. Neither should our makeup. Words can only express so much, and at times language seems to offer a too narrow range of meanings, symbols, or significations to truly capture our feelings. Instead of talking, or writing, let’s just marvel and swoon together at…

these paperself eye flutters in all their festive, ephemeral glory. :

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Under the Sea flutters

Twin Horses falsies

Twin Horses flutters

London skyline flutters

London skyline flutters

… the vivid Sandra Holmbom, who incorporates the flutters as she transforms her eyelids into landscapes:

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She is incredibly talented, and self-taught:

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And can do a whole range of looks:

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Paint Me Like One of My Paintings

Frosty nails

Frosty nails

Silence is Golden

Silence is Golden

Sandra, my hat off to you.

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Images sourced from Paperself and Sandra Holmbom. Click the image boxes to enter into their sites.

International Yves Klein blue

29 Jul

Look at how gorgeous this model is!

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That blue winged eye shadow! Those earrings! That stare! Duhvine.

The blue got me thinking about IKB, the artist Yves Klein‘s signature color that he developed with chemists and copyrighted in the late 1950s. Since developing the color, Klein used it in both his visual work as well as performance pieces. Here’s an example of IKB chosen for its textural similarity to eye shadow:

IKB 160 (1957)

The search is on to find an eye shadow/make up concoction that closely resembles that deep hue. Since June 6th was Yves Klein’s 50th anniversary of his death, this piece did a write-up on him and found some similarly hued goodies. But I want to find something that closely resembles the 160 piece above. Tell me, have you worn blue eye makeup since you were 8 years old and playing with the contents of your kooky aunt’s makeup bag? I want to know.

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Model photo source

IKB 160 photo source

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Marinating in the Shower

26 Jul

What’s one of the oldest beauty rituals in the world? Baths!

What’s a surefire way to feel like royalty? Baths!

What’s one of the most common household feature that often gets excluded from urban apartments? Bathtubs…

Hmm. We’ve got a quandary.

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Unless you’re Marat, or Colin from The Secret Garden (remember that horrible ice bath scene in the movie?) or the victims of Countess Elizabeth Báthory, you surely like the concept of taking a bath. You can add rose petals and candles! Or you can write scathing reviews à la Waldo Lydecker in Laura.

Who can I make cry today?

There are a number of beautifying baths one can take. Cleopatra, Elizabeth I and Sisi preferred milk baths; the Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed mentioned earlier famously murdered virgins to bathe in their youthful blood. As we can see, bath time can either be spa time, murder time, or playtime: John F. Kennedy apparently had toys in his bath even as president!

Problem is, most of us broke fi broke plebes in New York and other urban areas don’t have the luxury of having a bathtub in our sardine apartments. But there are products that can recreate the experience of bathing even while showering (which is far more environmentally friendly anyways).

Here are some products to use in the shower to get you dreamin’ about the future when you’re rich and have a mansion with 18 bathtubs:

To soften your skin, use Archipelago milk products and luxuriate as Cleo, Liz and Sisi did. They smell deliciously clean. Both men and women will enjoy using these milky treats to condition their skin, hair and body. An ex beau used the Shaving Cream before razoring his face; women can use the Leg Lather to keep their stems slick and razor burn free. To keep the scent close at hand, carry the Soy Milk Travel-Size Hand Creme in your bag. You’ll be sniffing your mitts all day.

Ever since your bout with chicken pox twenty-something years ago, you may not have sprinkled that Quaker cereal grain into your tub water. But ya should. Those prone to itchy skin must know about this remedy. St. Ives’ oatmeal bath products are well known, but you can also create an oatmeal bath in your shower by making an oatmeal shower bag. Or just buy one from this Etsy store.

Marinate in salt water if you got sore muscles. We all know this: NFL Players, Olympians and average schmoes use Epsom salt. Besides soothing your biceps, salt is also a known beauty ingredient (Dead Sea, for example). For you active rabbits, Kiss My Face Quads: Active Athlete body wash is packed with muscle relaxin’ ingredients: birch and eucalyptus.

So, we’ve got the bath in a shower stuff down pretty well. Here’s hoping Archipelago will come out with a blood line soon (NOT)!

As always, holler about your favorite shower stuff.

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Waldo Lydecker photo source

P.S: This is a delightfully funny read on the Blood Bath Queen

Solstice

21 Jun

Today is the Summer Solstice! Grab your flower crowns and go Bacchae wild this Friday.

Here are some earthy inspired beauty stuff to try:

Fishtail Braid video – (El Cee really did teach me how to do the ‘do!)

Connect with your inner flower child by using the too adorable Swedish Dream Sunflower facial soap. It’s very good for thirsty skin!

Let your eyelids be as green as the grass you prance on with Bobbi Brown’s Sage, Balsam and Forest Metallic Eye Shadow palette. All three are stunning greens. For a cheaper alternative, L’Oreal’s Wear Infinite Studio Secrets in Spring Leaf packs a pigment punch. Use Eco Tools Bamboo set to apply —  the fibers hold product very well. If you’d rather coat your lashes instead of your lids, try YSL’s Mascara in Jade Black. It’s dark enough like a normal black glob but when the sunlight hits  just right the green comes out. Magical.

Now enough interneting! Go out and play!

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Midsummer’s Night Dream engraving photo source

Robert Altman photograph of hippies dancing source

Jeez!

20 Jun

Christ on a cracker! I’ve just noticed some grammar and language issues in some of the earlier posts! I could blame it on wordpress for not saving correctly, but that wouldn’t be very fair. My beezy you beaus and belles. I will edit.

In the meantime, edit your errors with Desert Essence Facial Scrub Gentle Stimulating. It’ll give you a thorough cleanse of this horrid pollen New York has bestowed upon us. This is a very nice scrub for those with sensitive skin.

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Las Vegas desert land in 1950s photo source (Life Magazine)

Saw Red

11 Jun

Gwen knows that a red lip is key, yadda yadda. Lots of people know that, so we really don’t have to go into it. Red lips add panache. Although a ruby pout may not scream low-key summer glamah, red lips are perfect for a post-swim snack by the seaside or while you’re slaving away at work. There are many reds out there, but here are two blue-red based lip stuff that look lovely on all skin tones.*

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SMOOCHABLE:

There’s something about red lipstick that kickstarts the anxious inner monologue about whether or not it’s on your teeth or whether or not it’s smudged all over your face like Courtney Love in her Hole days. This is why many just don’t bother to rouge up. But you can still wear red and play tonsil hockey, especially with NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Amsterdam (a nod to the Red District pershmaps?). This soft as butter lip color (rhyme!) comes in a gloss tube, but is perfectly matte and smooth on your lips. The color is “softly” strong in the sense that it is bold, not brash. It sticks without drying and crackling, which we all know is key for locking lips. Plus, it smells like a bakery!

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NOT SO SMOOCHABLE:

… but very classy still, Revlon Matte Lipstick in Really Red is for those who aspire to be as chic as Jean Seberg and as bad ass as Rosie the Riveter. It is a highly pigmented stick that glides on and stays for a while. This lipstick is meant for kissing love letters and writing notes on mirrors, so blot blot blot before leaving your house. It might not be ideal for shirt collars or rough housing around, but that’s why you have the alternative NYX, darlings.

So! Everyone has a favorite red and I want to hear yours. Comment away you comets.

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*: Do not listen to A$AP Rocky… what does he know?

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Lucio Fontana’s red spatial concept photo source

Vincent Olinet’s “Lipstick” photo source