Nicki Minaj Goes Back to Her Roots

By  April 23, 2014


It looks like Nicki Minaj has packed up her rainbow of wigs and wacky costumes in favor of a more natural look. So what was the reason for the big change?

The rapper explained to MTV News that the shock factor of a make-under was the big draw for her. “I went so far to the other side that there’s only one place to go from there,” she told the music channel while promoting The Other Woman. “You can either continue doing costumes or you can just say, ‘Hey guess what? This will shock them even more. Doing nothing will shock them even more.’”

But it seems the process has been under way for quite some time. The “Starships” songstress received a make-under courtesy Elle last year, carrying the look over to her Marie Claire cover story. After some down time and a decadent fragrance commercial later, she switched to a darker hair shade for her turn on the MTV Movie Awards red carpet.

According to Minaj, it’s not just her look that has undergone a revamp, but her music has as well. The Pink Print is a coming full circle by going back to her hip-hop roots and staying far away from the pop hit formula. “I don’t think it’s something that I’m necessarily trying to do,” she said. “As soon as I started working on my new album, that’s just the songs that I’ve been writing.”

We have to say we’re loving her new/old look and can’t wait to hear what she has up her sleeve for the new album.

Lighten Up: 10 Gel Creams for Supple Spring Skin

By  April 23, 2014

Since this spring has gotten off to a slow start, our skincare regime has had to strike a delicate balance between the heavy winter moisturizers and the lightweight lotions we rock when the heat is on. Luckily, a slew of beauty brands have combined the best of both worlds in the form of gel creams. The lightweight formula allows anti-aging and hydrating ingredients to absorb into skin easily without any weight or shine, making it an essential for those with oily or combination skin. Want to give these whipped up wonders a whirl? Check out a few of our faves:



1. Ren T-Zone Balancing Gel Cream, available at DermStore.com for $52
2. Fresh Rose Hydrating Gel Cream, available at Fresh.com for $42
3. Ahava Time to Hydrate Active Moisture Gel Cream, available at Ulta.com for $40
4. Bliss Firm Baby Firm Gel Cream, available at BlissWorld.com for $62
5. Peter Thomas Roth Laser-Free Regenerator, available at PeterThomasRoth.com for $68
6. Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Gel Moisturizer, available at Algenist.com for $65
7. Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Cream, available at Target.com for $6.99
8. Hada Labo Tokyo Skin Plumping Gel Cream, available at Ulta.com for $24.99
9. Philosophy Take a Deep Breath Oil-Free Energizing Oxygen Gel Cream Moisturizer, available at Philosophy.com for $35
10. NARSSkin Aqua Gel Luminous Oil-Free Moisturizer, available at NARSCosmetics.com for $58

Lupita Nyong’o’s Is The World’s Most Beautiful Woman

By  April 23, 2014


We had a feeling this would be no contest: Lupita Nyong’o is People’s Most Beautiful Woman in the World!

It’s no surprise since the screen and style star had everyone doing a double take throughout awards season, starting with her ruby red Ralph Lauren and culminating in her Prada Nairobi blue and Oscar gold. She’s also the third African American to land the coveted cover, joining the like of Halle Berry and Beyoncé. Funny thing is, Nyong’o never dreamed she would receive this year’s title. “It was exciting and just a major, major compliment,” she told the glossy. “I was happy for all the girls who would see me on [it] and feel a little more seen.”

She’s spoken openly about learning to love her own beauty outside of society’s standards, but it doesn’t mean she was afraid to experiment. Along with her rainbow of matching shadows and lippies, her hair has also undergone major transformations, including shaving it all off! “It was very strange and very cold!” she laughed. “It was scary but I like to dare myself.”

Though Lancôme’s latest leading lady regularly plays with color, she feels her most beautiful without a stitch of makeup on. Her explanation? “Happiness is the most important thing,” she said. Excuse us while we do a happy dance!

Kristen Bell, Jenna Dewan Tatum,and More Are Body Beautiful in Allure

By  April 22, 2014


Body confidence can be a struggle on a day-to-day basis, but Kristen Bell, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Minnie Driver, and Nia Long are out to change everyone’s perceptions by taking it all off for Allure.

The glossy’s annual nude photo shoot began in 2009 by featuring four stars, not only to  share the natural beauty of the body, but to also address self-esteem. This year’s batch of stripped-down stars join alumnae like Padma Lakshmi, Kaley Cuoco, Maria Menounos, and Naya Rivera, to name a few.

The stars each revealed the body parts that they love, their opinions on body doubles, and even shared what parts made them feel self-conscious. “I never could have done this when I was 25—no way,” Driver told the magazine. “All I saw then were the flaws. I still see the flaws, but I see what’s great more—and I’ve got a banging body.”

The shoot was extra special for Bell and Tatum, as both recently gave birth to daughters. “I was terribly frightened that I would feel like a schlub and not at all beautiful,” Bell explained about her pregnancy. “When I looked in the mirror, I saw Cindy Crawford…I talk a big game about being comfortable no matter my size. I wanted to put my money where my mouth was.”

While  some serious gym time and diet adjustments contributed to the final result, we have to give kudos to the lovely ladies who were confident in showing some serious skin and pushing everyone to be braver when it comes to their own bodies. Whatever your opinion on nudity, everyone should be comfortable in their own skin.

Yadim Adds Edge to Maybelline’s Makeup Portfolio

By  April 22, 2014


Yadim is moving up from the backstage area to the spotlight as Maybelline’s new Global Makeup artist.

The mononym behind Rihanna’s Balmain beauty, Lady Gaga’s applause-worthy makeup, and Gisele’s romantic glow will be the go-to guy to help set the trends and take them from the runway to the real way for beauty buffs of any skill level.  His position will feature in on the brand’s recently resurrected City blog, where his likely to work with Maybelline’s freshest face, Jourdan Dunn. “Having the opportunity to work with a brand that has made makeup trends accessible to all women is a dream come true,” said Yadim. “I look forward to engaging with the consumer in ways that will make her feel welcomed, empowered and connected to Maybelline in a new way.”

Yadim has been a rising star in the backstage scene for years, previously working with makeup maven Pat McGrath, before going his own way in 2010. We spotted him backstage at Yigal Azrouël back in February, and he went on to key at Haider Ackerman during Paris Fashion Week. We’re so excited to see Yadim reaching new heights,–as Riri would say, “Shine bright!”

10 Ways to Green Up Your Beauty Routine

By  April 21, 2014

With parabens and sulfates in some beauty products that can have negative effects later on, we’re taking a closer look at our vanities to see what greener options we can add to it in honor of Earth Day. Our choices used to be scarce, but now everything from cleansers to nail polish can be more earth and people-friendly—if you know where to look. Here are a few green faves to help you enhance your look:



1. Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick, available at Target.com for $7.99
2. Jonathan Green Rootine Styling Crème, available at JonathanProduct.com for $24
3. Mineral Fusion Nail Polish, available at MineralFusion.com for $7.99
4. Dr. Bronner Almond Castille Liquid Soap, available at DrBronner.com for $10.99
5. Physician’s Formula Organix Wear CC Curl + Care Mascara, available at PhysiciansFormulas.com for $9.95
6. EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm, available at EvolutionofSmooth.com for $3.29
7. CEW Eco Award Finalist 100% Pure Healthy Skin Foundation with Super Fruits, available at 100PercentPure.com for $35
8. Tata Harper Rejuventaing Serum, available at TataHarperSkincare.com for $95
9. Nature’s Gate Aloe Vera Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner, available at ShopNatures-Gate.com for $7.79 each
10. The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil, available at TheBodyShop-USA.com for $10.80

Jennifer Lawrence Nails This Year’s Top Chop

By  April 21, 2014


If it freaked out Jennifer Lawrence when her pixie grabbed national headlines, she may need to prep herself once again for her newest style.

Though the star has been out of the spotlights since the Oscars, Lawrence was spotted rocking a boxy, textured chop on her way to a taping of Good Morning America on Sunday to promote X-Men: Days of Future Past. The look has become a big hair trend this year thanks to the likes of Jessica Alba, Rita, Ora, Taylor Swift, and many others sporting the shorter strands.

During awards season she found a slew of styles to sweep her growing pixie into, but hasn’t had the same awkward hair phase as other celebs have in growing out their cropped coifs. What do you think of J. Law’s new look?

Burning Beauty Question for Gwyneth Paltrow? All It Takes Is a Tweet

By  April 21, 2014


Many turn to Goop for their health and wellness fix, but Gwyneth Paltrow is turning to Twitter to spill some of her beauty secrets.

The actress/health guru will host a Twitter Q&A on April 29th from 3:00PM-3:30PM with Restorsea founder Patti Pao to share beauty, diet, and fitness tips. From Paltrow’s favorite fitness moves with Tracy Anderson to their signature green smoothie mixes, all you have to do to participate is tag your questions for the dynamic duo with the hashtag, #YourBestIsYettoCome, and follow the action on their social handles.

We’d love to know what Paltrow’s favorite drugstore buys are, as may of her favorite things are more aspirational. What would you ask the actress?

4 Tress Tips for Longer-Lasting Hair Color

By  April 21, 2014


If you took a peek at my Instagram over the weekend, you saw that my strands underwent the Jared Leto treatment, but with a twist. Colorist Aura Friedman, the woman behind Molly Sims’s transformation from blonde bombshell to radiant redhead, gave me an oxblood ombré that I’ve fallen head over heels for. With loads of ladies switching their strand shade as well (candy colors included), I turned to the colorist for a few tips to make my new hair hue last. Here’s what you should keep in mind if you opt for a color change:

Wind Down the Washing – Water is one of the biggest threats to vibrant color–as your follicles open up to receive  moisture, the dye also washes out. It’s recommended that you don’t shampoo your strands more than once a week, but if you simply can’t hold out that long, Friedman recommends using Nexxus’s Color Assure Primer prior to washing “to seal in the color vibrancy and seal out the damaging effects of water.” Another option? Dry shampoo.

Protect Your Pigment – Along with keeping your dyed ‘do primed against waterlog, surfactants and sulfates from shampoos can strip the color you worked so hard to achieve. Stick to color protecting shampoo and conditioner combos like the brand Color Assure line to gently cleanse and condition.

Mask In Moisture – Masking can not only revive damaged tresses, but also moisturize to help your hair better retain pigment. Friedman favors the brand’s Humectress Deep Conditioning Treatment once a week, but those with blonde ambitions should also add Nexxus’s Emergencée Conditioning Treatment to strengthen strands. “Platinum blonde or anything like that you need protein once a month to every two weeks,” she advised. “If you do it too often it makes your hair brittle.”

Stop the Shade Zap – Heat styling can also fade the color of your coif if you’re not careful. Heat protectants like the Color Assure Glossing Tonic provides a barrier between the styling tools and your strands to reduce damage. “Any product you put on your hair before you dry can protect your hair from heat. The product is what gets the heat first, so it’s coating the hair with a protective layer,” Friedman explained.

3 Simple Steps to Avoiding Dry Skin

By  April 21, 2014

Dry skin getting you down? Follow these three easy steps to keep your skin moisturized this spring.

  1. Drinking enough water has a direct effect on your skin. To keep skin supple and soft, consume at least eight glasses a day. And avoid caffeine—it’s a diuretic and will suck you dry.
  2. Nix hot showers. It can be tempting to turn up the heat when you’re sudsing, but overly hot temps can strip skin of its natural moisture barrier, and that barrier is necessary to keep your skin hydrated.
  3. Lock in hydration right after you towel off from your lukewarm shower. If your skin is still damp, it’s more likely to absorb a moisturizer.