5 posts tagged "Barbie"
Nexxus teamed up with supermodel Molly Sims for its forthcoming Color Assure line—adding her to the growing list of models (including Gisele Bündchen and Miranda Kerr) who recently signed contracts with haircare companies. According to WWD, Sims will undergo a “dramatic” dye job by Aura Friedman, Nexxus’ new celebrity colorist, and share her experience with fans across different social media platforms.
Barbie is no GoldieBlox—she’s plastic, proud, and #unapologetic. She also just scored a spot in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, proving she’s no dumb blond. [Allure.com]
For those who prefer 3-D manicures and glitter-flecked lacquers over triple axels and gold medals, the Nailympics just wrapped up in Italy—and the competition was fierce. From classic gels to clawlike acrylics with intricately designed themes, more than two hundred competitors (read: manicurists) from all over the globe competed for ten trophies and ninety-six different medals. #sochiwho? [MSN]
Speaking of polish jobs, New York City-based nail salon Tenoverten recently announced a collaboration with J.Crew, introducing three shades named after real streets in downtown Manhattan: Houston, a pinky nude; Prince, a pale lavender; and Hudson, a punchy sherbet. (We think each color would pair well with the retailer’s Fall collection punctuated by pastels.) [Bellasugar.com]
A few years back, we had the pleasure of interviewing Scarlett Johansson, who revealed herself to be plenty in the know when it comes to natural skincare remedies. ScarJo told us that she frequently uses Manuka honey as a mask, raw lemon as an exfoliator, and, according to a new report, she’s also been known to apply apple cider vinegar as an astringent. Who knew? [Metro UK]
Following a stint with pink streaks, Glee star and blonde beauty Dianna Agron has gone red. [People]
We watch RuPaul’s Drag Race for the heated competition (and amazing sound bites), but the show’s makeup artistry is equally impressive. Ivy Winters’ transformation from man to glamorous woman includes contouring, lashes, eyeshadow, brows, and a multi-platform lip application that puts even our strongest face-painting efforts to shame. [Jezebel]
Speaking of impressive makeovers, ever wonder what Barbie would look like without the mascara, the pink pout, the blue shadow—and with braces? One graphic artist did, to staggering effect. [HuffPo]
After cornering the market on dip-dye jobs and pastel-colored streaks across the U.K., Bleach London’s Alex Brownsell secured a fashionable New York fan base in September when she set up a pop-up shop at Milk Studios during the Spring shows. For her next trick, Brownsell is working with the original fashion icon: Barbie. Inspired by Mattel’s new Barbie Design Printables, an online program that lets you sketch your own patterns and then print them out directly onto hair extensions (the kit comes with 16 extensions for you and 6 for Barbie herself), Brownsell has created eight designs to showcase her color-combining skills—and the sheer fun of the program. Brownsell got her talented staff in on the digital dye jobs as well; their original creations are being posted in daily increments on a dedicated Tumblr set up for the occasion. So far, we’re partial to colorist Grace Clayton’s Rude Riri, which features strands that are red at the roots and spotted through the lengths in homage to what the 21-year-old calls “East London Rihanna.” Into it—and presumably, the beauty-inclined arts and crafts lover on your holiday gift list will be, too.
This week has been a banner one for the beauty industry. While Barbie has had friends of various ethnicities over her long existence, up to this point the blond and blue-eyed Caucasian doll has been the center of the franchise. But on Tuesday, Mattel launched the “So in Style” line, its first series of black dolls to feature varying skin tones. To add to that milestone, today marks the release of a Disney-commissioned haircare line inspired by the new movie The Princess and the Frog, Disney’s first animated feature to star an African-American princess. The four-piece Princess Tiana Magical Beauty Collection was created in collaboration with Carol’s Daughter and comes with inspirational messages, as in a shampoo called The Beauty Within and a conditioner aptly named Inner Shine. They join the Dream Big hair detangler and a Sharing Means Caring bubble bath. Both new lines add some much-needed color to the bigger picture.
After taking a turn as fashion muse at the Fall collections in New York, Barbie fêted her 50th birthday with a four-walled “experience” in Shanghai last month, when the world’s first flagship store dedicated entirely to all things Barbie opened there. With a lattice facade, softly curved pearlescent surfaces, and a pink escalator tube that leads to three floors of a Barbiephile’s retail paradise, the new House of Barbie is girly, to the max. A fitting late addition to the 35,000-square-foot doll mecca is the Barbie Spa, which just opened its doors and serves as a beauty and relaxation outpost for “little princesses” and their older caretakers, the latter of whom will likely need more than a pedicure to ease their nerves from the sensory overload. (In addition to all of the above, there is a looped soundtrack of girls laughing and giggling that filters throughout the entire store.) The spa menu includes facials, body scrubs, body wraps, and hand and foot care, as well as treatments designed for the younger set, like face painting, Barbie-style haircuts, and toned-down manicures. And so that you can take the spa experience home with you, exclusive Barbie cosmetics and skincare products are also for sale—not to mention books, videos, collector-edition dolls, clothes, and accessories. It strikes us as the kind of place where getting out purchase-free is simply impossible. For more information, visit www.barbieshanghai.com.