Salma Hayek is following up her Valentine’s Day wedding to gazillionaire François-Henri Pinault (they have a cute babe, too) with a cosmetics line. Apparently beauty runs in the family: Hayek’s grandmother was a cosmetologist, and the “antiaging products at an affordable price” Hayek is developing will carry her grandma’s name, Maria Luisa. Awww. Will you buy Beauty by Salma? She’s gorgeous, funny (next role: Adam Sandler movie), and occasionally employs her husband as her stylist (that Bottega Veneta dress at the Golden Globes? All François). Is this a brand you’ll get behind? Or should we leave this sort of thing to the pros?
This past weekend, a shudder was felt all along the Jersey shore, where bikini season looms ever closer. A proposed state-wide ban on Brazilian bikini waxes is on the table for the next meeting of the New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling, which means that the thousands of women (and a few scantily clad men) who flock to beaches from Seaside Heights to Atlantic City every summer might need to invest in some new cover-ups come June. Apparently, genital waxing has always been illegal by New Jersey state statutes, which only allow waxing of the face, neck, arms, legs, and abdomen, although as Philly.com reports, almost every salon in South Jersey has been breaking the law for years—and charging $50 to $60 a session while they’re at it. The proposed ban was apparently prompted by complaints from two women who were injured and hospitalized after a recent depilatory episode, and has since caused a regional uproar. The board meets again on April 14 to decide the fate of the well-manicured members of the Garden State, but in the interim, New York- and Philadelphia-area salons should prepare for an onslaught of new clients should the ruling be passed.
It may cost upward of $800 to have your hair cut by Sally Hershberger, but today the celebrity hairstylist proves that she’s got mass appeal. Hershberger and a troop of stylists from her New York City salons will be on hand at the new Walgreens in Times Square from 1 to 5 p.m. offering demonstrations, conducting a Q&A session, and giving out 500 full-size bottles of the shear genius’ Shagg Spray as well as 400 $2 coupons for other products from her Professional Hair Care Line (if you were unaware, the drugstore giant added Hershberger to its new roster of high-end brands at the beginning of the year). There will also be a raffle for a free haircut at one of Hershberger’s two Manhattan-based salons, followed by an appearance by the stylist herself at 3:30. Walgreens is located at 1471 Broadway, although if you get disoriented amid all the fanfare, look up; its huge LED spectacular should tip you off.
For the basketball-inclined among you, March means the start of the NCAA college hoops tournament. For everyone else, it mostly indicates the beginning of the winter thaw, when makeup palettes get brighter and you start to care a little bit more about your physical appearance as the hoods, hats, and scarves come off. Ever the clever copywriters, Bliss Spa has found a way to wrap both concepts into its “Arch Madness” special, in which the first 25 people who hustle into the salon tomorrow will receive a free signature brow wax. It adds a competitive edge to the idea of personal maintenance, and all you have to do is print out this coupon and, well, take your best shot. Just watch out for fellow competitors’ sharp elbows; we doubt there will be any officials around to yell “foul.” Call (877) TO-BLISS for more info.
For any European beauty junkie who has ever been disappointed by a name-brand product purchased on eBay for a fraction of its counter price, there may be a good reason—aside from the realization that mauve lipstick doesn’t look good on everyone. Apparently, a host of counterfeit products have wound up on the online auction site and beauty companies are out to settle the score. As reported by Cosmetics Business this week, L’Oréal has started proceedings against eBay at London’s High Court for selling unauthorized versions of its hair, makeup, and skincare lines, with similar cases taking place in France, Belgium, Germany, and Spain. The French cosmetics giant is accusing eBay of selling goods that are either fake or sourced from outside the European Economic Area, although eBay is denying these claims, saying that it has simply provided a trading platform. Luxury brand LVMH has won similar rulings against the site in French courts, which might bode well for L’Oréal, as far as citing precedence is concerned. Stay tuned—and for the time being, stick to buying retail.