Health & beauty
Posted by Dawn Davis on 04/08/13 at 11:44AM
Back in the mid-90s, ginseng was the trendiest plant around. These days we have kale, but in 1994 everyone was wild for ginseng. The leaves, the stems, the infamous roots -- we loved them all. Ginseng would give you boundless energy; it might make you live longer. It was a miracle of Eastern medicine.
Fast-forward 19 years and I'm testing a tub of Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Eye Cream, $180. This eye cream is so potent -- and contains so much ginseng -- that it's banned in Japan. (And obviously that makes me like it more.) It's incredibly hydrating, and it smells so…herbal -- in the best way. After a particularly late night, I dabbed some on, and my dark circles looked better and the puffiness started to go down. The difference was so noticeable that I skipped…
Posted by Dawn Davis on 04/05/13 at 12:13PM
Whether you love her or love to hate her, you can't deny that Gwyneth Paltrow is doing a pretty amazing job at selling her lifestyle brand. Between her newsletter-turned-website, Goop, and her growing portfolio of cookbooks, she's on track for world domination -- or at least it seems like that's her hope.
Her latest book, "It's All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great," came out this week, and Paltrow hit the book tour circuit. In truth, she did look great. Perhaps as a nod to the minimalist look she wears on the book's cover, she opted for natural makeup -- liner, mascara, bronzer, and not much else -- and even more basic hair.
While there's nothing earthshattering about the look, it's pretty enough to make me consider buying the book. And…
Posted by Total Beauty on 04/04/13 at 01:47PM
By Tiffanie Petett
Remember when Jergens made makeup? (Neither do we.) Launched in the early 1940s, this Art Deco face powder was part of a cosmetics campaign featuring the Vargas Girls, an illustration of pin-up girls by Alberto Vargas. Each product came with a paper insert with the slogan, "The Newest in Complexion Loveliness," as well as a chart to match your shade -- Naturelle, Brunette, Rachel, or Dark Rachel. The words, "Styled by Alix of Paris" were scripted across the lid as a nod to French fashion designer Madame Alix Grès. Tres chic, non?
Posted by Dawn Davis on 04/03/13 at 04:42PM
I've had the pleasure of interviewing Emmy Rossum before, and she's as sweet as you'd imagine -- and even more beautiful. She looked particularly stunning at a charity event in New York City last night, and I have the scoop on her 60's-inspired makeup. It was created by one of my favorite celebrity makeup artists, Jake Bailey, who told me the key to modern mod is one thing: perfect-looking skin.
"I focused a lot on skin texture -- that's how you modernize a period look," says Bailey. "Glowy skin is what people are looking for now -- not the matte porcelain look." He exfoliated Rossum's skin with Biore Acne Clearing Scrub before applying a lightweight moisturizer and foundation with a kabuki brush. He also used a cream bronzer on her cheeks and a dusting of powder over her T-zone…
Posted by Total Beauty on 04/03/13 at 10:50AM
To celebrate Earth Day, Kiehl's slapped some very cool, limited edition labels on their Ultra Facial Cream, $46.50 -- available this month only. These special designs were created by eco-conscious celebs Alanis Morissette and Zachary Quinto, who were asked to depict their vision of social responsibility. And net proceeds will benefit Recycle Across America, an environmental non-profit organization.
Kiehl's pledged to donate $50,000 that will fund the creation of 64,000 standardized recycling labels for K-12 schools in the US. Why labels? Studies show that when school districts are consistent in marking recycling bins, recycling rates increase more than 47%. Recycle Across America's focus on early education is in line with Kiehl's ongoing commitment to children's well being,…