Beauty Buzz: Rebecca Minkoff’s Mani Makeover, Giuliana Rancic’s Shade Shift, and the Psychology of Skin



Rebecca Minkoff's fashion show always guarantees a magnificent mani, but the designer is taking her love of nail art to the next level as the new Global Color Designer at Essie. She's been a fan of the nail authority for a long time, first linking up with Essie to take care of the tips and toes of her models starting back in 2012 with fresh looks mani mavens immediately replicated for the season. And she's already crafted a spring collection, Flowerista, inspired by the season's pretty perennials that will hit shelves in March. As she explained, “I have always had a lifelong passion for vibrant nail color and nail art – they are the perfect accessory and offer every woman another unique way to express herself.” [Glam Inbox]

Giuliana Rancic will be rocking the Oscars red carpet on Sunday with a new hair color. But the E! correspondent saved time by skipping the salon and opted to craft her color at home with Vidal Sassoon Salonist to go from her bold blonde to a golden brown with warm undertones. While she admitted she was nervous to try the new system, once it was done, she realized why separating the shades for her roots and ends was so important. As she explained, “I never had a reason to question why, but it makes sense – it’s similar to how you don’t use the same moisturizer for your face and body. The same thinking applies to hair since your roots and lengths need different amounts of dye.” [Glam Inbox]

We all know a bad day can get worse when a blemish appears on your skin, but it may be more that skin deep! The mind-body connection can be strong enough to show issues like stress, anxiety, depression, or more on your face in the form of acne, rosacea, psoriasis, itching, eczema, pain, and hives, according to recent report from the American Psychological Association. But there is help! Aside from our go-to spot treatments, psychologists have tried cognitive behavioral therapy and meditation to help heal dermatological conditions along with the mental issues. Kristina G. Gorbatenko-Roth, a psychology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, told the APA, “The skin is the most noticeable part of our body that could be impacted by psychological factors. It's classic health psychology, just in a different area.” [The Huffington Post]

When Hollywood's brightest take to the red carpet for The Academy Awards, there's sure to be plenty of snark on more than just the ensembles. A recent report found that on Twitter alone, women are more than 50% more likely to say something negative about themselves, and Dove is looking to shift that conversation to something positive with its upcoming #SpeakBeautiful campaign. While working with the social platform, negative tweets will trigger constructive and accessible advice from the brand's self-esteem experts to encourage more positive language. As Audrey Hepburn said, “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” [Glam Inbox]

Many of us boast at least of drop of ink on our skin, some with a bit of art they wish they could erase. The process may become easier, as a Canadian student recently developed a cream that could replace the cells holding the ink with fresh ones to slowly but surely fade any tattoo disaster without the burning or blistering of a laser removal. While the new drug is still in its testing phase, the product could be a cheaper and safer solution to any ink regret when it finally hits shelves. [The Independent]