We’re poised to do a fair bit of traveling over the next few months to keep up with a jet-setting significant other, so www.3floz.com has become one of our favorite Web destinations of late. (Don’t worry, our laptop will be clearing security with us, so Beauty Counter will be going global.) To keep us properly addicted to its revolving cast of miniature, TSA-approved beauty essentials from brands like Jonathan Product, Pangea Organics, and Dr. Hauschka, site creators Kate Duff and Alexi Mintz have recently added customized kits to their offerings. The six collections include standouts like the Urban Traveler, a set of face towelettes, sanitizers, a mini body lotion, and a lip balm; the Gym Kit, which boasts a dry shampoo, a refreshing mint-scented body wash, and an herbal deodorant; and Duff’s own picks like Philip B Avocado & Peppermint Shampoo and Lightweight Conditioner, Ole Henriksen’s Walnut Scrub (exfoliating is a must to boost skin cell renewal while you’re on the move), and Dr. Hauschka lip balm, an all-natural in-flight savior. Look out for an After Sun and Sun kit as well, which launch in two weeks—just in time for Coachella and the beginning of the summer festival season.
Beauty house calls are becoming an increasingly popular way to get your blowouts, highlights, eyebrow waxing, and manicures done—often at a fraction of the in-salon cost. Please note: Covertly convincing your aesthetician to cheat the system and come to your apartment may resemble illicit solicitation, so just choose your words carefully. [NYT]
Coldplay will release a new perfume called Angst. Or so they told fans this morning as a playful April Fool’s joke. It’s a shame to waste such a good fragrance name on a prank, if you ask us. Do it for real, Chris Martin. You know it would sell. [UKPA]
Everybody loves a celebrity makeover story, and now Us Weekly has obliged our collective guilty pleasure with a newly launched 15-photo slideshow. It mostly includes before-and-after pictures of weight loss and haircuts, but Christina Aguilera’s transformation really stands out; her new, anti-drag queen beauty approach is really working for her, no? [Us]
Thinking about a professional-grade teeth-whitening treatment but too squeamish to sit through the procedure at the dentist’s office? A new study shows that acupuncture can actually help you endure the anxiety so you can get the pearly whites of your dreams. [Science Daily]
Or you could just download a new ringtone to soothe your nerves. Therapeutic ring tones that can do things like cure allergies or help curb your appetite are the newest technological rage in Japan. [BBC via Allure]
Live Web casts have emerged as the marketing world’s favorite new channel for generating buzz for everything from fashion shows to celeb-fronted symposiums. Pantene is the latest brand to get in on the game, using the digital format to announce some spokesperson news that’s been hyped all week. For the past few days, clues have been planted on its Facebook page to keep fans of the brand guessing, but turns out the “former Time Person of the Year” who can “handle the pressures of reality” and is “known for rock star locks” that are “admired by men and women” is…Bret Michaels. Just kidding. Michaels was on the Web cast that aired a few minutes ago, however, as a funny April Fool’s joke (ha ha) and also to announce that the real spokesperson is you. Pantene is launching the first Reality Hair Star search and is looking for one-minute videos from 15-minutes-of-fame seekers who think they have the strands to stand up to a new nationally aired commercial. The top contestants will be flown to New York City for a screen test, and the winner will appear in the ad spot and get the chance to go on tour with Michaels this summer. That’s not an April Fool’s joke but a prospect that strikes us as hilarious nevertheless. Click here to enter and vote for your favorite videos by April 18.
Go ahead and rejoice in the sun’s triumphant return to New York City today, but try not to get too comfortable. Seeing as how spring is all about weather curveballs, we could very likely see another weeklong rainy spell or, maybe worse, a return to biting, near freezing temperatures. It’s hard enough to know what to wear this time of year, let alone deal with your skin, which can vacillate between dewy/sweaty and dry/dull. To properly offset the barometric changes that have been messing with my complexion, I’ve been carrying around Yes to Cucumbers’ new Natural Glow Facial Towelettes. They control grease and eliminate surface shine on the go, without relying on the harsh alcohols or unnecessary oils that come standard on most moistened wipes. It’s the little extras, though, that have earned them a coveted spot in my purse: Each towelette is soaked in a mellow blend of organic cucumber to soothe, aloe vera to rehydrate parched patches, and green tea to gently exfoliate any flakiness. They’re also cut from a different cloth—specifically, a soft woven fabric that’s sustainable and certified by the FSC, a nonprofit that supports responsible forestry. Even better, the pack is sealed with a handy snap closure, instead of those lame sticker flaps, to prevent the wonderful botanicals from escaping. At $5.99, they’re a good investment that should give you some much needed security in these few months of flux.