When it comes to my hair, I spare no expense to have my kinky, curly strands styled in intricate ‘dos. I don’t even mind forking over a few extra tens to splurge on a deep conditioner that will rid me (even if it’s temporarily) of lackluster locks. But would I pay $500 for a salon service? No. That hasn’t stopped Harrods, however, from introducing “the world’s most expensive blow-dry” at its Urban Retreat spa in London.
The U.K. department store’s extravagant treatment includes a diamond and meteorite dust-infused shampoo and condition with Truffle by Fuente haircare products (including full size bottles to take home) followed by the blowout that the salon boasts on its website will “leave your hair looking silken, shining with health and feeling light as air — just like our favorite red carpet starlets.”
I didn’t realize that I had curly hair until I was 12 years old. Until that point, I would brush my ringlets into a porcupine-esque frizz ball and slick it back into a ponytail on a daily basis. I started to discover the wide world of products shortly thereafter, and along with learning about mouses, creams and sprays I became dear friends with the terrifying flat iron.
Years of blow drying, ironing and heat styling has left my locks beyond drab. I have always wanted to have straight hair like Gwyneth Paltrow or Jennifer Aniston, but I am terrified of the chemicals involved in most treatments. TheBrazilian blowout? Japanese hairstraightening? There had to be another option.
British makeup artist Lisa Eldridge, who helps guide my brushes from the palette to my face with her reassuring voice and smile in the Chanel Makeup Confidential videos, recently unveiled the French fashion house’s Spring 2012 nail colors on her website. The candy-colored trio of shades include April (a rich garnet), May (a rose pink) and June (a creamy pastel apricot). But it’s the latter polish that caught my attention, as it reminded me of the orange sherbet my grandmother bought for hazy, summer days in South Carolina.
“I was immediately drawn to June (I’m wearing it in the pic) as its one of those shades that flatters many skin-tones,” wrote Eldridge. “I’m all about June’s future bloom.”
When we met with Eva Mendes back in June to discuss her new role as the face of Thierry Mugler Angel fragrance, we also brought you this behind-the-scenes video of the actress preparing for the campaign’s soon-to-launch commercial. It features Mendes singing “The Windmills of Your Mind,” a song that you might recognize from “The Thomas Crown Affair.” After we talked about her beauty routine and long-standing love for the Angel scent, the actress actually revealed that she wasn’t originally slated to sing in the commercial: “They had the original version of the song and they said they wanted to modernize it. I quickly volunteered, I was like, ‘I could modernize it.’ It just happens to be one of my favorite songs. It was a big moment for me.”
Pat McGrath is easily the most sought-after makeup artist in the world. Every season, her backstage beauty looks set the trends we’ll see on magazine covers, editorial shoots, red carpet starlets and girls on the street. Like we said, Pat’s the best in the game. While she was responsible for much of Fashion Week’s super minimal, washed-down makeup, as well as the more exaggerated intense eye looks, we wanted to know McGrath’s take on the perennial makeup classic: the bright lip. (A somewhat tricky thing to pull off.) We polled the industry veteran (and creative advisor for Dolce & Gabbana The Makeup) on everything from mastering a matte look to finding the right red for your skin tone to the shade that works on everyone.
Jessica Alba. Photos: Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Giorgio Armani | JEAN-PAUL AUSSENARD/BAUER-GRIFFINUptown: Giorgio Armani and Vanity Fair private dinner in Los Angeles, California
Look: The 30-year-old actress attended the stylish affair wearing loose, yet lush locks, bold brows, smokey eyes and warm, beige lip gloss.
Downtown: “Spy Kids: All The Time in The World” premiere in Los Angeles, California
Look: A pregnant Alba beamed on the red carpet of her latest film with her caramel strands in a soft updo, winged-out liner, bronzer and nude lipstick.
For me, it started with my left eyebrow. I do this thing where — if I’m confused or irritated — I raise my left eyebrow. Used to be, the skin around my eyebrow went right back to where it should be. But now that I’m creeping (or maybe being dragged is a more accurate way to put it) toward my mid-30s, it doesn’t do that anymore. There’s this little ghost of a line, right where there used to be smooth skin.