Posts Tagged ‘Celebrity’

A big hair day is never a bad hair day

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Dolly Parton’s was platinum, Nicki Minaj’s was a rainbow, Pam Anderson’s was bouncing on the beach and Snooki’s was wilder than an untamed gorilla… but what did they all have in common? Their big bouffant hair of course! Well, toss your teasing combs ladies because Nick Chavez is back in the upcoming season of BeautyFix to bring us all up to this ever-desired bombshell hair level (literally, sky scraper heights)!

After years and years of bleach, dye, heat, distress, snags, weathering, teasing, etc. my poor mane is lifeless, thin and boring. This is why I am ecstatic to hear that Hollywood hair stylist, Nick Chavez is bringing one of his best products in the Advanced Plump ‘N Thick Collection to BeautyFix. These Advanced Plump ‘N Thick products are the absolute answer to our dilemma of lifeless locks in desperate need of high performance products. There are three products in the collection, the Advanced Plump ‘N Thick Shampoo, Conditioner and Styling Mist. Let me tell you – after using them all, my strands have been as thick and voluminous as Carrie Bradshaw’s pony that basically swallows up the streets of NYC as a snack.

The Advanced Plump ‘N Thick Thickening Styling Mist is probably the most effective and efficient product in the collection, as it can be used on wet or dry hair. As long as you follow up with a little heat from the blow dryer, your hair is going to look extremely full and healthy – almost as if the past ten years of damage and thinning has been completely erased. The Mist is light and fresh so it doesn’t weigh your hair down making you compromise volume for thickness.  It is actually formulated with an ingredient called Ampli-filler which strengthens strands and plumps them up with collagen! (Kind of like the aforementioned female celebrities? Just kidding. Sort of.)

Get ready to swing your own Nick Chavez Advanced Plump ‘N Thick Thickening Styling Mist in your BeautyFix bag to achieve the thickness of Nicki’s coif or plumpness of Snooki’s pouf! I am pretty excited about it… can you tell? FIST PUMP! Or should I say PLUMP?!

Celebrity Look Alikes – Animal Style

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

I don’t know about all of you, but this holiday season has already been exhausting and it’s only just begun. Just like everywhere else, holiday time at the DermStore offices is one big bag of crazy that we all have a love hate relationship with. To remain sane in our cubicles, a few of us girls started talking about random talents. While the majority of our team has awesome skillz with things like, being able to pick things up with their toes or super braiding skills or knowing their spirit animal, I was at a certain loss. I surely must have some oddball talent other than sarcasm. While perusing the American Music Awards photos for gorgeous makeup and hair inspiration it hit me. Christina Aguilera kind of looks like a warthog… I have an uncanny ability to find less than accurate animal doppelgangers for people! In the spirit of Thanksgiving week, we all deserve to have a good chuckle and of course, we shan’t leave celebrities out of this. Here some animal slash celebrity look alike photos to help you get through this short week.

Let’s get animal! (Animal!)

It’s nice to see Kesha wearing something lovelier than a trash bag, but here she is with her new bff the muskrat.


If only it was this easy for Chris Brown to go back into his shell.


Ginnifer Goodwin, so cute and cuddly like a Koala.


You can squint all you want Carly Rae Jepsen but we know those eyes.


Uncanny right?

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Telltale Signs of Plastic Surgery

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

By Jenna

A recent conversation between me and a co-worker prompted the question of: How can you tell if someone has had plastic surgery? Are there dead ringer signs of plastic surgery? I’m definitely convinced that going under the knife MUST lead to at least one scar or sign that you’ve been there. So out of all of the plastic surgery options available, we wanted to find the ones that are most noticeable and the ones you could virtually get away with. Aside from the bad plastic surgeries that have become notorious, (Ahem Cat Lady and Priscilla Presley) there are the ones that slide by unnoticed. Just when you thought your mother in law ‘looked different’ and thought her nose is actually shrinking, here are 5 ways to spot if someone has had plastic surgery.

  1. Bad Scars – It’s true that people heal differently and the same person with the same procedure may get worse scarring than the other. However, tummy tucks and breast lifts usually leave some pretty gnarly scars. Depending on your genetics, skin type and skill of the surgeon, a lot of plastic surgeries result in some scarring.  Oh and don’t forget, if you are a smoker it hinders your healing process can make scarring worse. Look for these at the waist line, under the armpit, in front of or behind the ears for facelifts or ear pinning’s and below the chin.
  2. New fat appears in different places. Hello liposuction! The myth about liposuction is that it will remove fat for good, so people flock to this procedure instead of hitting the gym or changing their lifestyle. The truth is that yes, if a plastic surgeon removes fat cells from your thighs, the cells aren’t reproduced in other areas of the body. However, if a person’s lifestyle stays unhealthy after getting lipo and gains 10 pounds, they’ll gain fat in a place they didn’t have fat before-it has to go somewhere. If Yolanda came in to work with a super flat stomach all of a sudden and 3 weeks later has gained chubber arms, there’s a good chance our friend lipo has been there.
  3. The ‘stink eye’ happens when you go to an inexperienced or distracted plastic surgeon for Botox. If a doctor injects into the wrong place in between or above your eyes, your eye tends to droop. Botox can cause the droopy eye or the Botox brow which unfortunately, both make you look a little angry. The good thing is that both of these are not permanent and should clear up in a few months.
  4. The trout pout is pretty common around southern California and if you can’t spot it you probably aren’t from ‘round these parts’. Usually, your bottom lip is about 50% larger than the upper one so most of the ladies out there with the fish lips have had silicone injections or a lip augmentation.
  5. Someone is filling out their jeans a lot better… and higher? Butt implants can totally make your booty beautiful, but sometimes the rest of the body just sags. Look for the butt that rides high all of a sudden, it takes a while for the implants to settle and drop naturally. While you can’t really see a scar unless you’re checking out their fanny close enough, this one can be a little more obvious than the rest.


Happy hunting friends! What signs have you seen?

Jennifer Lopez- People Magazine’s Most Beautiful. What’s Her Beauty Secret?

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

People Magazine just released their annual Peoples Most Beautiful issue and the star grabbing the top honor is none other than Jenny from the Block. Mrs. Jennifer Lopez, aka JLo, graces the cover and divulges her beauty secrets, philosophies and woes to the magazine.

Claiming that beauty is not something that always comes easy, J Lo freely admits that outer beauty is part of her job and something that she has to work at to achieve- from her intense sweat sessions, to diets and a strict beauty routine. “I don’t want anybody thinking it’s easy. It does take time and it’s hard work. HDTV wide-screen is nobody’s friend,” claims Mrs. Marc Anthony.

As we all know, it takes the help of skilled stylist and great product to maintain those gorgeous looks. Some of the former Fly Girl’s favorite products include SkinCeuticals Ultimate UV Defense, a powerful broad-spectrum moisturizing sunscreen, and Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream.  Says the star: “I love that Rose Cream by Dr. Hauschka. I buy it at Whole Foods!”

Although, even someone as genetically blessed as JLo realizes that outer beauty is only skin deep:

“The physical would fade, but it was always was something that was born from the inside out. You can have a person with perfect features and if they are not a nice person or a loving person or a person with a big heart they just don’t seem as beautiful as someone else with features that are not as perfect.”

As clichéd as it might be, it’s comforting to hear such revelations from the reigning Peoples Most Beautiful Person.

Red Carpet Ready Calendar

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Awards Season is here and Hollywood is abuzz with diets, dresses and detoxes.  However, a perfect complexion is just as important as the right hairstyle and jewels. We are all aware that celebrity skin secrets and stars beauty tricks are slightly more complex than a great makeup artist.  Below, is a timeline for getting red carpet ready and achieving star-worthy skin… even in HD!

2 Months Before the Red Carpet

  • Chemical Peels-  A medium-strength chemical peel, such as a  TCA peel, can produce pretty dramatic results. These procedures can renew collagen and elastin, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and reduce large pores, soften acne scars, and combat hyperpigmentation, evening the skin tone. However, the actual peeling of the skin can last a couple weeks. Celebrities have these procedures performed at least a month before their big event.

2 Weeks Before the Red Carpet

  • Injectable Fillers- Celebrities often turn to fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse and sculptra to treat deep lines and wrinkles. The various options of fillers now available to the public provide patients with several options when it comes to texture and desired results. Depending on the type of filler, the results can last as little as 2-6 months or as long as 1-2 years. It is generally recommended that treatments should be performed about two week before a major event.

5-7 Days Before the Red Carpet

  • Botox- Botox treatments are one of the most commonly used and accepted cosmetic dermatology procedures on the market. While the list of celebrities with botox (and denying it) is never ending, many star such as Jennie Garth, Lori Loughlin, Vanessa Williams and Jenny McCarthy have come clean about receiving Botox treatments. Since the FDA approved the procedure in 2002, there has been a continual demand for the product. In fact, when used correctly and in moderation Botox treatments are a great preventative measure. Recovery time is minimal, but it is recommended Botox 5-7 days before an event just in case there is a reaction or bruising.
  • Microdermabrasion- Microdermabrasion is great to have done a few days before a red carpet appearance. It makes skin look and feel smoother almost immediately and the results can last for several weeks after the treatment. There are even a few DYI kits that let you perform microdermabrasion treatments at home, I suggest the kit from Personal Microderm.

48 Hours Before the Red Carpet

  • Facials- Celebrities are known to indulge in extravagant facial before big events, including Mila Kunis’ recent $7,000 Golden Globes facial utilizing rubies and diamonds. While the scientific evidence is inconclusive when it comes to using exotic stones, facials are renowned for relaxing and rejuvenating client’s right before events. Facials are great because they are specifically designed and targeted to each person’s skin concerns. Facials include extractions, cleansings and appropriate masks, which revives the dull skin and is a great quick pick-me-up.

How to get Perfect Eyebrows

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

By Liz W

Eyebrow shaping has been around for centuries, and in the modern day quest for perfect eyebrows, too many of us have experienced some (often hilariously) bad brow-days.

perfect eyebrows

From Stock.xchng user heidijean

If you are like me, then looking back at old pictures can be an eye opening experience. High school portraits and family photos bring back flooding memories of brow disasters. Like that summer when you decided to try the (almost always unacceptable) shave-off-and-draw-in method; Or the next summer when you made up for it by developing a phobia of all hair removal devices, and allowed your eyebrows to not only unite as one, but also let the other ends reacquaint themselves with your hair line.
With so many ways to go wrong with this delicate facial feature, it is no surprise that women worldwide have given up on trusting others with tweezers, wax, and dye near their face.

The best eyebrows are the ones that look naturally groomed, shape the face without overwhelming the eye area, and look so good, they go unnoticed to the untrained eye. Celebrity eyebrows that fall into the awesome category are those of Hayden Panettiere and Megan Fox, and ones that may need a little lesson in color theory, and perhaps tweezer intervention, are available for your viewing pleasure at this bad brow blog.

If you are searching for a product that will fill in the little spaces between your hairs without making you look like Princess Jasmine, either see an expert, or search for a brow filler that is the same tone and a few shades lighter than your natural brows. We all share the fear of looking like that heavy-handed makeup artist sporting Dracula brows, but with the right tips and tools, filling in your eyebrows doesn’t have to be so scary.

  • For dark brown hair, a medium grey-brown shade is usually better than charcoal black (which is how you achieve the Elvira effect) or a chestnut brown (which can look way too red on most complexions).
  • If you are blessed with scarlet locks, chances are your eyebrows are a less intense version of your hair’s red hue, so opt for a slightly golden brown, instead of a crimson shade fit for the circus.
  • For blonde hair, there are 2 obstacles you must overcome
  1. If you are VERY blonde and have white eyebrows, take them down a few notches by dying your eyebrows a light ash-blonde.
  2. Blondes tend to have very sparse hair all over their body, so when it comes to eyebrow shaping, never over-tweeze, just work with what you have and only remove the completely unruly hairs that have no contact with the bulk of your brows.
  • For truly black hair, a dark grey pencil/powder is a great option, and for darker complexions, the charcoal black looks natural.

If you are currently trying to re-grow your brows from an overzealous plucking session, the only advice I have is to wait; and for heaven’s sake STAY AWAY FROM MAGNIFIED MIRRORS. They make every hair appear as if it is miles away from the one next to it, and you could end up with a microscopic row of wisps when you are finished tweezing.

All in all, the best thing to do is to see a professional every other week, but if you must divulge yourself in at-home maintenance, try an eyebrow stencil to achieve the perfect shape every time.

The Best Beauty Trends (and the worst!) of 2010

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

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2010 was a pretty beautiful year, literally speaking. Aside from a few missteps and casualties (Bump-its anyone? Jersey Shore-esque tans? Anything from the Taylor Momsen makeup bag?), this past year has ushered in some gorgeous new looks and brought relevance to retro trends as well. Below is a list of some of the best beauty trends 2010 had to offer.

  • Ombre Hair- Good news for those who despise the monthly trips to the salon for touch-ups! Perfectly maintained hair is out and ombre hair is in!  Celebs like Nicole Richie and Rachel Bilson started bucking the beauty rule of root maintenance this summer.
  • Retro hair- Think beehives, a la Scarlet Johanson, and Veronica Lake waves made popular by beauties such as Megan Fox and Angelina Jolie.
  • Cat eye makeup and winged eyeliner- A favorite of everyone from Lauren Conrad to the make up artists at fashion week, this easy-to-achieve look dominated the beauty pages in 2010.  With a steady hand and an easy-to-use liquid eyeliner (I prefer Hourglass Cosmetics Calligraphy Liquid Eyeliner) anyone can perfect this subtle, yet sexy come-hither look. Again, please remember, you are going for subtle, not Little J!
  • Pixie cuts- For the past couple months, stars have been chopping off their long locks one-by-one to reveal a gamine and gorgeous, yet classic do. Celebrities such as Michelle Williams, Ginnifer Goodwin, Carey Mulligan, Emma Watson, Elisha Cuthbert and Rihanna have all made the cut, literally. Beware though; this hair trend is not for everyone.
  • Braids- The braided hair style is my personal favorite look from this year. The mixture of simplicity and versatility, mixed with my laziness and unruly mane, has turned the braid into my go-to hair style.

The worst? There were some doozies! The aforementioned Bump Its, Oompa-Loompa tans, raccoon eye makeup, also snuggies, neon makeup and scraggly extensions (again, bad year for Taylor Momsen) … but the absolute worst beauty trend of 2010? Vajazzling!

Pixie Please! The Newest Hairstyle for Fall

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Emma Watson's Pixie Cut flickr user skoykkahwin

Forget the Rachel, say goodbye to Posh’s angled bob and peace out to Blake Lively’s tousled tresses. There is a new style on the block and it is taking Hollywood by storm. Meet The Pixie- the IT 2010 hairstyle. For the past couple months, stars have been chopping off their long locks one-by-one to reveal a gamine and gorgeous, yet classic, do. Celebrities such as Michelle Williams, Ginnifer Goodwin, Carey Mulligan, Emma Watson, Elisha Cuthbert, Rihanna, Katie Holmes and Hayden Panettiere have all made the cut, literally. The most recent addition to the ever growing list of short haired beauties is Ashlee Simpson Wentz, whose husband debuted the pixie haircut via twitter. So you think you want to jump on the pixie bandwagon? I got some advice about the 2010 hairstyle trend from Shear Genius contestant and stylist to the stars Janine Jarman—read on and learn how to make this fun look work for you.

Beautyfix: Let’s talk pixie cuts.

Janine Jarman: It makes me so happy to see short hair on girls! To me, short hair looks so feminine—it makes the face and eyes really stand out.

Beautyfix: Are different variations better for different face shapes?

JJ: Yes, there are hundreds of charts online of face shape and hair cuts that are designed to make your face shape look as close to an oval as possible. That’s the ultimate goal, so if you have a square jaw you want to have layers cut down into the jaw and round it out. If you have a heart shaped face, same thing—you want longer layers and a side bang cut down and over so that it makes oval.

Beautyfix: How often do pixie haircuts need to be trimmed to maintain the shape?

JJ: Every four weeks. Short hair cuts need to be cut a lot more often than long hair cuts.

Beautyfix: Any tips on how to gracefully grow out a pixie cut?

JJ: Hair accessories are the best way to grow out any hair-do. Once it gets to chin length and lower, get extensions if it’s that torturous for you.

Blonde vs Brown: Choosing the Best Hair Color for you

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

By Liz W

Marylin Monroe blonde user manitou2121

Sultry Brunette user jbcurio

Ever wonder whether you would get taken more seriously at work if you had dark hair, or if you would get noticed more at parties if you were playboy platinum? The Brunette and Blonde stereotypes are constantly portrayed in movie characters, popping up in jokes, and even seem to hold true in real life. If you are itching for a change maybe becoming a sultry brunette or blonde bombshell is just what the doctor ordered.
Dying hair dark user ganesha.isis

A lot of celebrities have drastically changed their hair color for different roles, and in some cases the hair can be given credit for the awesomeness of the actresses’ character.  Even if you tend to prefer blondes over brunettes, sometimes one color looks great while the other looks awful, depending on skin tone.

You be the judge with these celebrity images:

  • Do you like Scarlett Johansson blonde or brunette?
  • Is deep chestnut color too dramatic for natural-ish blonde Katherine Heigl, or do you like her with dark locks? See Katherine Heigl hair pics here to decide for yourself.
  • Jessica Beil’s hair is naturally brown, but she has gone from dark to light and back again. Normally she  has some subtle highlights, which looks awesome with her olive skin tone. See Jessica Beil pics here.

Usually people expect blondes to be silly, fun and not so smart (pretty sure Elle Woods proved them all wrong after graduating with honors from Harvard Law) and brunettes to be quiet, brainy, and serious, so if you want to be viewed as more playful to get the guy, or more intellectual to get the job, you could do what the celebs do and change your look to fit the new you.

It usually does hold true that blondes naturally get noticed more often, and seem to be much more approachable to timid members of the opposite sex. Maybe this is due to the fact that the blondes are always the nice girls in books and movies, and the brunettes are usually the evil villains. (Have you ever seen a blonde witch?)

On the other hand, Brunettes are usually more exotic, and their dark hair automatically makes them seem more intelligent.  Throw on some thick rimmed glasses, and you instantly look like a smart, sexy librarian.

Blonde vs brunette user *Saffy*

All silly brunette and blonde stereotypes aside, no matter what color you chose to be, it is best to stay within four or five shades of your natural hair color.
If you have dark features, then the dark chocolate locks will likely suit you much better than canary yellow highlights, but some subtle honey highlights can really boost the radiance of dark brown hair shades.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, be careful if you have really light hair, and you want to go dark. Not only will your hair have a hard time gripping the color, but blonde roots are not a good look against really dark strands, as it will give the illusion of bald spots. If you are still considering taking the plunge, color deposit shampoo will become your best friend for keeping your deep new hue looking shiny and lustrous, instead of dull and flat.

Make Your Pedicure Last: Pedi-Tips from Celebrity Manicurist Michelle Saunders

Thursday, March 18th, 2010
Pedicure tips user Pink Sherbet Photography

If we had it our way, at home pedicure maintenance would be unnecessary as we would gladly sit in that plush pedi chair and be pampered daily with a professional pedicure. The unfortunate reality is that many of us are lucky if we get to the nail salon once a month. If you are guilty of neglecting your tootsies until the polish has shrunk to a little dot on your big toe, here are some easy at home foot care tips from celebrity manicurist  Michelle Saunders that will keep your toes looking freshly painted and dry cracked heels a thing of the past.

Here is what she says:

“The professional pedicure you just had at the salon could last up to two weeks longer with some TLC at home.

If the skin on your feet is callused or dry, the most important thing you could do is use a pumice stone (wet or dry) or a foot file about once a week. That will keep the skin smoother between pedicures, and don’t for get to lotion up! Nightly would be ideal, but if you do it once a week that’s better than nothing.

If your polish loses its luster after three weeks, add a top coat! That will bring the shine back. If you are wearing flip flops or shoes that show your toes, all you have to do is add a little cuticle oil to the cuticles on your toes and voila, the pedicure looks instantly refreshed!”
If you take Michelle’s advice, you can get away with long stretches in between pedicures. It is easy to keep your feet looking and feeling perfect for weeks. With a little scrubbing, moisturizing, and top coating, you will be proud to show off your toes, instead of hiding them in socks and shoes 3 1/2 weeks a month.

Using fabulous pedicure products can make giving yourself an at home pedicure feel luxurious instead of daunting. Some of our favorite products include Alchimie Forever’s Watercress-infused hand and foot treatment. It hydrates without making your feet feel sticky, and the Watercress has a soft scent so you won’t feel like you dipped your feet in melted candy canes. For cuticles we like SpaRitual’s Cuti-Quench because it’s a cream instead of an oil, making it easy to apply throughout the day on your hands too  without making a greasy mess out of everything you touch by coating everything you touch with oil.

A professional pedicure should last 3-4 weeks but can go 5-6 with proper home care.”–Michelle


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Michelle Saunders, Celebrity Manicurist

Based in Los Angeles, Michelle’s manicures and pedicures are regularly seen all over the red carpet and on the covers of your favorite magazines. Her work frequently graces the hands of myriad celebrities including Kim Cattrall, Kate Beckinsale and Eva Longoria Parker.