Stories by Julie Gerstein

Lisa Kudrow Fesses Up About Her Teenage Nose Job

Beauty is so much in the eye of the beholder, or the owner. Just ask Lisa Kudrow, star of Friends, with one of the most recognizable faces in the world. At 16, admitted Kudrow, she hated the way she looked, and decided to do something about it.   read more


Plus-Size Model Robin Lawley Is Anti-Thigh Gap

• Plus-size model Robin Lawley just gave us another reason to love her: She penned an op-ed for the Daily Beast about the time she found a photo of her body was used on a "pro-thigh gap" Facebook page. "The truth is I couldn't care less about needing a supposed "thigh gap." It's just another tool of manipulation that other people are trying to use to keep me from loving my body. Why would I want to starve and weaken my natural body size? I'm not saying women who have it naturally are unattractive. But I would have to change my entire frame just to achieve something that seems so trivial." She continues: "I want my thighs to be bigger and stronger. I want to run faster and swim longer. I suppose we all just want different things, but women have enough pressure as it is without the added burden of achieving a 'thigh gap.' The last thing I would want for my future daughter would be to starve herself because she thought a 'thigh gap' was necessary to be deemed attractive." [Daily Beast]   read more


Miley Cyrus Says She 'Saved The VMAs'

There's a lot of things you could say about our girl Miley Cyrus, but one thing you certainly can't accuse her of is having low self-esteem. It's now October and we're still talking about her controversial MTV VMA performance.   read more


Lancôme Sticks The Perfect Eyeliner

• We've been long on the look out for the secret to perfect eyeliner, and perhaps Lancôme's stick on eyeliner will do the trick. Lancôme's Hypnose Velours Multi-Wear Eyeliner Patches are $45 for a set of three, and they come in shapes designed to "enhance the shape of the eye." The best part? They don't smudge! Eureka! [Telegraph]   read more


And The Size Women Are Happiest At Is ...

• Size matters, but it's not the size you think. It turns out women care about their dress size, but we're not all clamoring to be a tiny size zero. According to research commissioned by So Fabulous for, which is a plus-size clothing company (so yes, definitely consider the source), it's women who are a British size 16 -- an American size 12 -- are happiest with their appearance. A survey of 2,000 women found that a full 74 percent of size 12s claimed to be content with their size -- compared with just 42 percent of size 6 (that's an American size 2) women. Women surveyed said they most envied the bodies of Nigella Lawson, Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, Christina Hendricks and Adele. Yup, we wouldn't mind looking like Beyonce, either. [Daily Mail]   read more


A Common Chemical Peel Ingredient May Cause Cancer

We all want to look younger, but at what price? Chemical peels can make you look younger, but beware: putting strong acids on you skin may also have unwanted affects. That's because a compound commonly used in many peels, called trichloroacetic acid, or TCA, has been linked to cancer. This past summer, the International Agency on Cancer Researched classified TCA as a suspected human carcinogen, and the state of California listed the acid on its state registry of toxic substances. Scientists are quick to say that they're not sure of the real risks of TCA yet, but that alone should be a cause for concern.   read more


A Manicure Spot, Just For Men

Are nail salons weird and hostile places for guys? Michael Elliot thinks so. That's why he launched Hammer & Nails, a guy-centered nail salon where dudes can go to get their fingers and toes buffed and polished to perfection.   read more


Kate Bosworth Debuts Her New TopShop Collection

• Kate Bosworth just launched her second amazing collection for TopShop, and it's a doozy. The 46-piece collection is full of leather, leather, leather, in metallics and glossy whites. "The collection is tailored and classic," said Bosworth. "For fall, we wanted to create luxurious pieces with a strong minimalist approach. Slim silhouettes are cloaked in a masculine shape, staying true to the mix of masculine/feminine balance that exists in my personal aesthetic." But will it make us look like Kate Bosworth? [Fashionista]   read more


A Perfume For (Nearly) Every Day Of The Week

Do you have a signature scent -- or, a series of them? One fragrance doesn't necessarily work for every occasion, after all. A date requires a sexy scent, work, a fresh, floral smell. That's why Miller Harris perfumer Lyn Harris is launching the Perfumer's Library.   read more


The Next Level In False Eyelashes

• There are false eyelashes, and then there are false eyelashes. These are just beyond, beyond, beyond, and we wouldn't want to run into them in a dark alley. [   read more


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