Posts Tagged ‘fashion’

Uncle Karl, At It Again

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012


If you follow fashion even just a little, you’re familiar with the controversial creature whose influence on couture is trumped only by his candor. The real-life version of Mugatu. The man who all but called Pippa Middleton a butterface, and who reportedly criticized Adele for being a little heavy, but then retracted and said he was talking about Lana del Rey. (Because, like, what’s the diff?) Obviously, I’m talking about Karl Lagerfeld. And while it’s impossible not to love him for his one-of-a-kind style and—barring any John Galliano-esque PR disasters, of course—immutable position as a living legend, it’s also kind of impossible not to wonder what the other “gloved one” would have to say to a regular person. Someone who can’t afford a Chanel jacket. Someone who weighs more than 100 pounds as an adult. Someone who has no idea how to pronounce “Rochas.” Right? I mean, this is the guy who thinks Heidi Klum is large. Heidi Klum.

Anyway.

Uncle Karl is at it again. I’m paraphrasing, but this time, he’s basically saying that “high fashion” and “anorexia” are two entities that do not intersect.

Perhaps all that diet coke is beginning to wreak havoc?

To witness Karl in all his Karldom, check out the video below, courtesy of BBC 4—and thank you, Refinery29, for the scoop.

The Health Benefits of Pantyhose

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

image courtesy of prphotos.com

Even though the royal wedding happened months ago, Kate Middleton remains a pretty hot topic among beauty buffs and fashion aficionados everywhere. She’s actually a source of heated discussion around this office—some of us think she’s the picture of elegance, with her long, silky hair and rail-thin physique. Others are less than impressed by her conservative aesthetic, which I will admit flirts with “matronly” from time to time. Whatever your take on Duchess Kate, there’s one thing you can’t deny: the girl’s a trendsetter, deservingly so or not. The J Brand 811 jeans? Those things FLEW off shelves everywhere once the world spied how fab she looked in them. (I think it’s pretty cool she wore them several times—I like that she isn’t above wearing something repeatedly just because she has the kind of shopping budget that most women only dream about.) Now, the naysayers (NayKaters?) would probably argue that J Brand jeans have been “cool” for quite some time. They’d be right. But what about pantyhose? What do you have to say about those, NayKaters? I say that until Kate Middleton and her Midas touch got a hold of them, pantyhose most certainly were not gold.
I’m under the impression that pantyhose are part of the agreed-upon dress code Britain’s royal types are held to, so I’m not necessarily convinced Kate Middleton likes them any more than I do. But I bet she doesn’t know that they could be beneficial to her health and beauty. (Bet you didn’t know that either.) But they could be! According to Dr. Z Catherine Navarro, Medical Director of The Vein Center of the Palm Beaches in Florida, “wearing support stockings can help prevent poor circulation in the legs and swelling of the feet, ankles or legs.” What’s more, pantyhose can prevent varicose veins and spider veins—AND they can thwart the formation of a blood clot in a vein. Pretty awesome, but I think I’ll go ahead and stick with my trusty black tights when bare legs aren’t doing it for me. Now I know they’re good for my health! What about you? Are you rushing out to your local drugstore to stock up on L’Eggs?

Minx Manicure for Must-Have Metallic Nails

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

By Liz W

Kim Cattrall with Minx nails

“Photo of Kim Cattrall with Minx. Although I did not do her nails for this Sex and the City, I enjoyed working with her on the first movie!”

Metallic nails are at an all-time popularity high right now, and recently, there have been women walking around with such smooth and flawless manis and pedis, it almost looks like they have foil nails! This new trend in nail art has been all over the glamorous hands of Hollywood for the past year, and now it is available to everyone!

Beautyfix Panelist Michelle Saunders has been loving Minx nails since she discovered them last year. Here is what she has to say about the Minx Manicure:

“Let me tell you about Minx Nail Coverings. Every so often something is created in the nail industry that is truly innovative and gets me asking, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Minx co-founders Janice Jordan and Dawn Lynch-Goodwin created this revolutionary product and I started using it in 2009.

Minx nails deliver the most unique nail art to your fingertips and is applied by a professional manicurist who is trained. The artwork is designed graphically so anything can be transferred to a Minx covering. The product itself is a pre-cut covering that sticks to the nail after the adhesive has been heated with a heat lamp.

Minx Nails

Photo of Michelle wearing Minx Nails - Grey with silver fishnet

Zoe Salanda Minx Nails

Zoe Salanda with Minx Nails

A pro is that these coverings last longer than just an old fashioned polish – up to two weeks on hands and up to 6 weeks on toes! My favorite is the chrome in gold lighting and <a href=”grey with silver fishnet (the ones I have on in the photo). They are eye-catching and beautiful and I see why celebrities were the first to use them. But today, anyone can have them applied – you just have to find a Minx Nail Salon in your area that can put them on.
Go to minxnails.com for salon locations and be sure to peek at the design gallery.

Cost can be anywhere from $55-$85. I applied the gold lightning minx to Zoe Saldana, star of the movie Avatar for the April, 2010 cover of Glamour. Happy Minxing!” – Michelle>

Makeup Trends Throughout the Decades – Beauty Looks of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s & 90’s

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

By Liz W
As we approach a new decade, it is fun to try and guess how we will be remembered by the generations after us. Being in the midst of it all makes it difficult to predict which trends will define our time, and which ones will be forgotten. Makeup trends over the last 10 years have been shocking and risk taking, but overall, I think our looks measure up well to the past few decades. Generations before us and the beauty looks of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s inspired our definition of beauty and influenced the makeup trends during the first decade of the 21st Century.

Makeup trends

Flickr.com user K E T S U

In the 60’s it was all about super long lashes, thick cat eye liner, pastel shadow, and frosted pale lips. Being known for its psychedelic glamour, the 60’s look is imitated today, with huge lash rimmed smokey eyes paired with nude glossy lips being a red carpet staple since the start of the millennium.

In the 70’s, the hot look was sun kissed and shimmery. Everyone wanted to look like Farah Fawcett, with dewy bronze skin, lightly defined eyes, and of course the feathered hair. Natural was in, and the makeup trend was less is more. If there is anything that has boomed over the last ten years, it’s the tanning industry. Sun worshipers are paying the price for years of unprotected sun exposure, and most of us have turned to sunless tanners to get that back from the beach glow, without the risk.

The 80’s traded natural for neon, and are still thought of as the wildest and most brightly colored decade. No particular shade was in, unless you consider “rainbow” a color. Bright pink lips and over the top everything went perfectly with the highly spirited (and pigmented) decade. The 80’s looks have been making a comeback in recent years with day glow lips and bold colored eye shadows; they are just applied in a less shocking way today.

80s makeup

Flickr.com user Max Braun

As if the pattern was pre-planned, the 90’s flipped right back to the dark side. Color was out, and nude “anti-fashion” was in. The peppy beat of the 80’s was replaced with the grungy heroin chic attitude and style of the 90’s.   Today, the obsession with vampires (instead of rail thin runway models) has re-inspired the half-dead slept-on-hair and eyeliner look.

With such a mixture of styles to choose from, it is hard to say how we will be remembered. Hopefully in ten more years we aren’t shaking our heads with embarrassment as we look through old photos. But that being said, (besides a few red carpet makeup and fashion mishaps) I think we should be proud how beautifully we started the 2000’s.

Get the Look: New York Fashion Week Hairstyles

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

By Liz W

People sometimes forget that their hair is one of their best accessories, and you don’t have to spend a lot of time and money on hair products to create a head turning style fit for a fashion show. For the Spring 2010 Monarchy Collection show at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week, Beautyfix Panelist and celebrity hair stylist Sean James created some of the season’s hottest hair looks. Leading a team of 13 stylists for Rusk, Sean created a super chic look that went perfectly with Monarchy Collection’s edgy and sophisticated designs.

Check out this backstage footage of the show.

We were eager to find out how we could achieve this look at home, so we went straight to the source to get the scoop from Sean himself:

Step 1: Get a 3/4 in barrel curling iron and some hair clips.

Step 2: Take small sections the size of the iron and wind the hair back.

Step 3: Pin the hair into small “sausage” shapes.

Make sure to work the hair in sections
Make sure to work the hair in sections


Step 4: Continue all the way to the nape or back of neck continue down horizontally down the sides, then, set the hair set the hair with w8less hairspray by Rusk, and let cool.

Letting the "little sausages" cool.
Letting the “little sausages” cool.

Step 5: When set, remove pins and tip hair upside down, spray the roots a give a vigorous shake, mold and pin into the voluminous bouncy shape you would like. Try with different size irons for different size curls

The Finished Look!

The Finished Look!

Just five quick steps and these models were ready to hit the cat walk, some in less than five minutes! As you can see, this celebrity look can be achieved with just a few tools and steps so you can look run-way ready in no time! To read more about the show and Sean James, check out his Blog.