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April 19 2014

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18 posts tagged "Michelle Obama"

Change Is Coming, Much To The Chagrin Of The Cosmetic Industry

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While most of the fashion world clamors over Michelle Obama’s dress options for the inaugural ball, members of the international beauty community are biting their manicured nails, watching closely for signs of costly regulatory changes to the environmental policy that could be a focus of Barack Obama’s new administration. As reported by Cosmetics Business this morning, the biggest concern for cosmetics giants comes over potential reforms to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which gives the EPA authority to regulate certain chemicals. Currently, the act excludes the cosmetics industry, but any major change in the law could add cosmetics to the list of substances under review, which would mean increased environmental reporting and testing requirements for chemicals used in all personal care products. (As of right now, manufacturers are only required to test chemicals for human safety, not for risks to the environment). A mandatory registration for beauty companies with the FDA, which can cost up to $10,000, could also be on the table, as are amendments to the statute governing wildlife protection, which would require additional disclosures of imported plant seeds and might restrict materials commonly used in perfumes and cosmetics. Call it a forced “greening,” if you will; this kind of institutional progress could bring certain brands closer to fulfilling their promises of being truly eco-friendly.

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sarah palin: internationally minded, after all?

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While Britons continue to try and stir a style war between France’s Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and their own Samantha Cameron (a.k.a. “SamCam,” a.k.a. wife of Tory leader David Cameron), the contested issue of who is wearing the Jackie O shift better seems overshadowed by the more interesting issue of the two women’s collective hairstyle of choice—or at least we think so. Behold the short-bangs ubiquity on both sides of the Channel. While marveling at how political better halves in Europe seem to favor the easy, brushed-forward fringe, we couldn’t help but notice our own political pool’s preference for the side sweep. Michelle and Cindy continually choose the conservative style over the easier, more playful tendencies of their transatlantic counterparts. What does it all mean? Americans are in fact stodgier than the French and the British and perhaps not ready to accept any derivation of hipster hair in the White House? Probably. Or else the divergence can be used as yet another interpretation of Sarah Palin’s continually discussed hairstyle, which seems to favor the Continent more than her mistrust of passport holders might lead you to believe. Discussion encouraged.

Photo: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

Bobbi Brown’s Conventional Wisdom

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By now beauty junkies across America know that Bobbi Brown is at the Democratic National Convention as a member of the New Jersey delegation. We spoke to the makeup pro yesterday by cell phone as she made her way to the Bidens’ hotel suite, where she would be doing Jill Biden’s makeup for the first time. (She’s worked with Michelle Obama in the past, but if she’s doing so again tonight she wasn’t saying.) “I’ve never experienced anything like this,” she said. “Not the Oscars, not the Super Bowl; there’s so much energy on the floor. Last night I got in at 1, and I’m not a night person. Tonight there’s a concert that starts at 11, and it’s Kanye, so of course I’m going.” But it’s not all fun and games in Denver. Getting makeup right—and by right, Brown means natural—under the Pepsi Center’s lights and in front of the TV cameras, not to mention in the eyes of the millions of viewers tuning in, can be a tricky business. She shared some of her secrets: Concealer and correcter should brighten the area under the eyes, not whiten it. Foundation should look like skin, not pancake. Eyes should stand out, without going overboard, and the same goes for cheeks and lips. Most importantly, a woman has to look like herself. If she doesn’t, she won’t feel comfortable. Judging by the smile permanently affixed to Dr. Biden’s pretty face last night, we’d call it a mission accomplished.

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