When Consumer Reports weighed in with their first-ever test concerning the efficacy of wrinkle creams, their report found that the handful of products they tested made little to no difference in the skin's appearance and that there was no correlation between price and effectiveness.
Ironically, the creams with the best results showed only a 10% improvement in wrinkles.
"There was no correlation at all between price and effectiveness,'’ the publication states.
According to the Consumer Reports study, Olay Regenerist, priced at about $19, ranks as the most effective in reducing wrinkles, garnering the same results as Lancome’s Renergie, priced at $74 for the day cream and $88 for the night cream. At the bottom of the list: La Prairie Cellular ($335) and RoC Retinol CorrexionŠ Deep Wrinkle ($40). Source: [Link]
Beyonce Knowles has been chosen to be the new face for Giorgio Armani's new perfume 'Emporio Armani Diamonds'. The new fragrance is due to release this fall and besides being part of the print and television advertisements, Knowles will lend her voice to the perfume's marketing scheme.
Knowles and Armani have long been acquainted, "in addition to having attended his fashion shows and wearing his gowns on a multitude of red carpets, the multitalented personality lent her support to the Emporio Armani RED launch initiative to fight the global AIDS epidemic". Source:[Link]
The ten finalists of the 7th Annual More Magazine/Wilhelmina 40+ Model Search prove that aging gracefully is definitely possible. These amazing and gorgeous women compete for a prize package including a $15,000 contract with Wilhelmina.
However, beauty isn't everything. These women are accomplished professionals who don't need a modeling contest to boost their resume, but well deserve the praise and treatment. Some of their careers include film executive, doctor, and horse trainer.
By their middle ages, these women are accomplished and confident and show no signs of being less than energized than their younger counterparts.
This definitely gives young girls and women something to foward to in the future; perhaps we can all age gracefully and exude confidence along the way.
In 24 hours, Britney Spears went to rehab in the Caribbean, checked herself out, flew to LA (coach!), shaved her head and got 2 tattoos!
Britney Spears arrived unannounced at a Los Angeles hair salon yesterday, demanding staff shave off her long brunette hair (half of which were extensions). When staff refused, the singer grabbed electric shears and shaved her head, declaring she was doing it because she was fed up with being touched by other people.
Emily Wynne-Hughes, a worker at Esther's Salon, said Spears was crying and agitated when she entered after closing time, demanding they shave her head. "She wasn't making sense at all -- she was very scatterbrained," she said.
"Esther has been in the business for 30 years and said, 'I'm not doing that,' but Britney was set on having her head shaved so she started doing it herself."
Ms Wynne-Hughes said when she asked the upset singer why she was shaving her head, Spears gave a bizarre answer. "She said 'I don't want anyone touching me -- I'm tired of everybody touching me'," she said. The fallen chart star then went to the nearby Body and Soul tattoo parlour where she got two tattoos -- a black, white and pink cross on her lower hip and red and pink lips on her wrist.
About 60 onlookers -- amazed to see the pop star adopting a shocking new look -- and photographers gathered outside, with police having to clear the way for Spears to reach her chauffeur-driven car. Her bizarre hair appointment on Friday was at a salon in California's San Fernando Valley about 6pm. Photographers said the 25-year-old wept in her car before going inside, sitting in front of a mirror and shaving her head with a pair of clippers.
Her latest bizarre behavior came only hours after the mother of two returned to California from a short stay in rehab. She reportedly checked herself out of Eric Clapton's Crossroads Centre rehab clinic in Antigua last week after less than 24 hours. Looks like she should have stayed a little longer...
Throughout the history of western poetry and prose, the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra has been described as a queen with great beauty and charisma. Now, a newly unearthed coin depicting her and her lover, Mark Antony, may contradict her great outward beauty.
The queen is shown with a pointed chin, thin lips, and a sharp nose. Mark Antony himself, on the other side of the coin, has a hook nose and a thick neck. Roman writers wrote of her charisma and seductive voice and fantastic personality, but they never mentioned her great looks.
In fact, it's a common myth that that may have been perpetuated through Hollywood movies and television programs. Nonetheless, Cleopatra was an influential figure in history and some have credited her to the downfall of the Roman empire because of her affair with Mark Antony. Beauty isn't all you need to make history.
While models are have been criticized for starting the waif look, more Hollywood actresses are become thinner and thinner in order to fit into the same designer gowns as seen on the runways worn by skinny models, and are affecting the perceptions of young women.
Some stars that are known to be quite skinny include Ellen Pompeo of "Grey's Anatomy", Keira Knightly of "Pirates of the Caribbean", and Angelina Jolie, who has recently lost her buff Lara Croft look.
The former supermodel and talk show host, Tyra Banks, was recently mocked by critics as being "fat" when paparazzi photos of her in a bathing suit became released. Indeed, while she is no longer the same weight as she was when she posed on the cover of Sports Illustrated, Tyra Banks is still far from "fat" and asserts her confidence that if she truly has low self-esteem, she'd be trying to lose weight already.
While it's nice to know that Tyra is accepting her curves, young women across the world still feel necessitated to lose weight. It's apparent that from the runway to the red carpet to the streets, such beauty standards are trickling down into mainstream culture. Super-skinniness may be the norm on the runway and in parts of Hollywood, but it should not become the "norm" for beauty among young women everywhere.
Kate Moss is not exactly hurting for modeling contracts. With more than 14 advertising campaigns at the moment, she is arguably as hot a commodity as ever. But rumors have been flying around London that Kate Moss might lose out on her Rimmel cosmetic contract due to her age.
At 33, she's fresh-faced and youthful, but she's still no modeling spring chicken. According to News of the World newspaper a source said, "age catches up with everyone, even Kate. But she hasn't been told anything by Rimmel."
If the rumors are true, I'm sure it will be a hard blow for Moss who is already quite sensitive about her age. Hopefully she keep things in perspective, especially since she has had a 20-year career in an industry where most woman have a shelf life of five to seven. We'll be sure to keep you updated as this story unfolds.
Last September, Trend Hunter posted an article about Madrid's skinny model ban from their catwalk - sparked by the death of a runway model. That ban started a wave of other similar bans and for the first time ever brought some attention to the ultra-skinny models in high fashion.
Yet the controversy seems to have floated right by Brazil. The style conscious upper class are still starving themselves in the name of so-called beauty. The nation is transfixed on a thin ideal and anorexia among the successful and well off is growing. The deaths of four young women in recent weeks from anorexia — a disorder characterized by an abnormal fear of becoming obese, an aversion to food and severe weight loss — have been splashed across the front pages of newspapers nationwide.
How odd that in a country where millions of impoverished Brazilians are starving, the elite are dying (literally) for their own starvation. For those who say fashion is just fun and has no social impact, they might want to take a second look at the warped ideals that are causing this Brazilian phenomenon.
When the winter rolls around and the temperature drops, everyone winterizes their wardrobes, homes and even their makeup. But it seems people often neglect their most important shield from the icy months of winter – their skin! Skin is a natural barrier from harmful agents in the air and it should be treated with the care it deserves. The combination of exposure to cold, windy air outdoors and the dry heat indoors can leave skin looking scaly and blotchy. However, tweaking your daily skin care rules with a few simple steps can prepare your skin for the upcoming winter weather. Read more...