Nicole Richie loves an updo—and why shouldn’t she? She has a lovely jawline that makes all topknot/chignon situations just work for her. The style has almost become her signature, in fact, and while we’ve gotten accustomed to seeing her with sleeker versions of these high-and-tight coifs, she let her eyebrow-dusting fringe hang out for a softer look at Dior’s dinner for Charlize Theron’s Africa Outreach Project last night in L.A. Which version do you think is more face-flattering?
May is but a few days away, which means the anxiety of what to get Mom for Mother’s Day should’ve officially set in this week. Feelings of unease overcome us around this time every year, as we’re never quite sure on what day the holiday actually falls (it’s May 9, for those of you who are wondering) and we’re still scarred from the one time we missed it and had to hear our mother utter the D-word (that’d be disappointed) in low tones over the telephone. To forever make up for that blunder, we try to travel the 90 miles to Philadelphia in order to take her out for a fancy brunch. That may not be in the cards next weekend, though, so our current plan is to send flowers—or Philosophy’s new Field of Flowers gift set, which we’re pretty sure will work just as well. The brand has packaged a two-ounce size of the delicate fragrance of the same name along with an eight-ounce size of the ultra-rich body lotion, so Mom can layer the light floral notes over one another for long-lasting freshness—and enjoy loving thoughts of you all day long.
Marios Schwab and Roksanda Ilincic may swear by its insta-glow capabilities on their runways, but St. Tropez’ fake tanning products came under attack yesterday for allegedly further supporting an unhealthy body image in the media. The controversy centers around ads starring newly named spokesperson Kelly Osbourne, who claims that its products make you appear not just browner, but slimmer. You can’t fault Osbourne too much, though; she just spent months at the Dancing With the Stars school of cosmetics. She’s not in her right mind. [Daily Mail]
The FiFis are just over a month away, and competition in the women’s Celebrity Fragrance of the Year category is heating up. Mariah Carey, Halle Berry, Avril Lavigne, and Faith Hill will all try to follow in the footsteps of Paris Hilton, who took home the prize last year. For those of you wondering, Beyoncé’s Heat won’t be in the running until next June, when it will no doubt emerge as the uncontested winner. Until then, our money’s on Halle. [Ace Showbiz]
TotalBeauty.com is finally getting in on the iPhone app game, with a new program that lets you read hundreds of makeup reviews from “real” women, on the go. Now, you’ll never again have to have that awkward “so…have you ever tried this?” conversation with a stranger in the beauty aisle at Duane Reade. [StyleList]
If, like us, you’ve been fascinated by Nicole Richie’s transformation from bad girl with bad highlights to stylish mother and entrepreneur with gorgeous chestnut brown locks, then you might be interested in meeting George Papanikolas. The Joico celebrity colorist is responsible for making Richie the beautiful brunette she is today—not to mention keeping Mila Kunis’ auburn streaks perfectly intact and even working some magic on one Britney Spears (mostly during her comeback periods). He’s also well versed in protecting hair from the summer sun, which can add unwanted hues to your perfect dye job. “Precautions like hats and SPF products like Joico’s K-PAK Sun Therapy Protective Sun Milk are particularly important for women who use a permanent or semi-permanent base color, as they can get uneven fading if they don’t shield out the UV rays,” Papanikolas explains. For women with their own base color and a few highlights already in place, though, Papanikolas ascribes to an “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” philosophy, and recommends a “summer at the beach” look, which entails a few strategically placed baliage highlights to simulate the effects of the sun without actually basking in it. “Highlights should be able to go ten to 12 weeks, and once-processed colors should be maintained every four to six weeks,” he points out, adding that you may need to start heading to the salon more often since hair tends to grow faster in the warmer months. As for summer’s It colors, you need only know one word: ombré. “Ombré hair is the most requested service from my fashion-forward clients. The effect is darker hair at the roots that fades into a lighter color on the ends, so for blondes it’s dark blond fading into light blond; for brunettes, it’s brown fading to caramel or dark blond; and for redheads it’s copper fading to golden blond.” The technique also happens to sound like a green light for root touch-up negligence, which is music to our ears.
The release of Iron Man 2 is exciting for a few reasons: 1) Robert Downey, Jr., is quite possibly the best actor in a superhero role, ever—better even than Christian Bale’s Batman; 2) the movie’s soundtrack is all AC/DC, all the time; and 3) it provides a rare opportunity to see Gwyneth Paltrow and Scarlett Johansson simultaneously on the big screen (and the red carpet). We’d like to give ScarJo some kudos for her beauty look at the film’s premiere last night in L.A., as sharing the spotlight with Ms. Paltrow is no easy feat. Knowing that Gwyneth would likely rock her signature corn-silk strands middle parted and pin-straight, Johansson seems to have made a calculated decision to go with a textured and tousled updo that culminated in a low-lying messy chignon. It definitely set her apart from her co-star and expertly showcased the sexy neck and shoulder line of her structural Armani Privé one-sleeved frock. Do you like the sophisticated style or prefer her in something more free-flowing?