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11 posts tagged "Olay"

Beauty Throwdown: Battle Skin Brush

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It was bound to happen. Clarisonic’s signature face brush had gone years without any other brands daring to knock off its design. But now, beauty behemoth Olay has ventured to do just that, trimming more than $100 off the price tag in the process! As a recent convert to the church of face-brush loyalists, I thought this new development warranted some brush-on-brush evaluation, so without further ado, meet the contenders: the Clarisonic Mia and the Olay Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System.

I opted to test-drive Clarisonic’s newer Mia style, versus the classic, because its smaller design is more comparable to Olay’s version. With that in mind, let’s talk size. Delicate types will gravitate toward the Olay, but those of you with big ol’ man hands like me will probably prefer the heft of the Clarisonic. And because the Clarisonic brush head has a greater circumference, it simply covers more territory.

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Leighton Meester Ups Her Beauty Profile; Naomi Campbell Does Not; And More…

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Leighton Meester is gaining ground in the beauty spokesperson game. With an Herbal Essences contract already under her belt, the Gossip Girl star has just signed on as the face of Vera Wang’s forthcoming fragrance. Taylor Swift, watch out. [WWD]

Olay is also looking to woo the twentysomething set with a new round of TV ads to air during the CMAs next week, starring the company’s new face, Carrie Underwood. [WWD]

One celebrity who may not be getting a beauty deal anytime soon is Naomi Campbell. Her former agent is claiming that the supermodel lied under oath about backing out of a previous perfume deal before stiffing said agent on commissions. Three words: bad for business. [The Cut via NYP]

Lovers of fine fragrance, rejoice: Frédéric Malle has a new eau coming out next month that the famed perfumer himself has called his “best ever.” [T]

There’s another new beauty reality show in the works: Mistress Makeover doles out boob jobs and the like to the women implicated in B-list celebrities’ salacious affairs (yes, two of the show’s “stars” allegedly have ties to Tiger Woods). Gross. [BlackBook]

The BBC has been accused of ageism. Well, that’s what you get when you recommend that your TV presenters get Botox to stay one step ahead of HD cameras. [Daily Mail]

Photo: Jennifer Graylock / AP Photo

Julianne Moore Thinks Plastic Surgery “Just Looks Weird”; Uma Thurman Has A Makeup Malfunction; And More…

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Get this: Julianne Moore turns 50 this year! The actress doesn’t look a day over 40, thanks in large part to staying out of the sun, Oil of Olay with SPF 15, and a vegetable-based red hair dye—but not plastic surgery. “I hate to condemn people for doing it, but I don’t believe it makes people look better,” she says in the November issue of Allure. “I think it just makes them look like they had something done to their face, and I don’t think we instinctively find that appealing…It just looks weird.” [StyleList]

Wardrobe malfunction, meet makeup malfunction. Uma Thurman made a rare beauty misstep at the Feminist Press at the City University of New York’s 40th Annual Gala last night when she hastily applied her blotting powder. Blend, Uma. Blend. [NYDN]

Forget the Vampire Face-lift: It’s all about blood cleansing, i.e., draining blood from your body, treating it under ultraviolet light, then pumping it back in for increased energy and vitality. Sounds…expensive. [Daily Mail]

If you missed out on snagging one of the nine bottles of Guerlain’s L’Abeille de Guerlain when the rare fragrance arrived in New York last month, one more of the French brand’s spendy parfum has just landed at Harvey Nichols in Hong Kong. The transcontinental airfare you’ll need to get your hands on it is nothing compared to the handmade, individually numbered Baccarat crystal flacon’s $19,232 asking price. [WSJ]

Speaking of exceptional fragrances, New York’s Museum of Arts and Design will open The Art of Scent: 1889-2011 next fall. The new exhibit will present examples of more than a dozen perfumes that have defined the aroma industry, all curated by your favorite perfume critic and mine, Chandler Burr. Mark your calendars. [NYT]

Photo: Courtesy of Bulgari

Death, the Fragrance; Vanity: A Global Epidemic; And More…

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Any interest in a perfume called Puberty that smells of dirty socks and sweat, or a musky eau simply called Death? These were just a few of the conceptual projects on view at HEADSPACE, a day-long symposium to launch Parsons’ new, broad-reaching MFA program, Transdisciplinary Design. So…exploring the olfactory properties of, say, “depression” or “conception” is now considered a viable degree program? Graduate school just got more appealing. [New York Observer]

“Globalization hasn’t just given us Starbucks in Beijing and shopping malls in Africa. It is also creating an eerily homogenized look,” says photographer Zed Nelson, whose new online slideshow, “Bodies Altered in Pursuit of Beauty,” includes images of nose jobs in Iran, child beauty pageants in Texas, male chest waxing in New York, and leg-lengthening surgeries in China. ‘Tis a small, weird world we live in. [NYT]

Speaking of plastic surgery, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery’s Top 10 list of the most requested procedures of the last year just came out. Turns out, boob jobs, eyelid lifts, and lipo qualified as “necessities” for a surprising number of people, even during a recession. [Forbes]

Now some natural beauty news. Actress Thandie Newton has scored a spokesperson job with Olay in the U.K. to be the (unaltered) face of its Total Effects skincare range. Pre-requisite PhotoShopping, that is. [Grazia]

Photo: Hulton Archive / Getty Images

Mistral: For The Love Of Lathering

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We’ve been fans of the body wash plus pouf concept for as long as we can remember, trading up over the years from Caress to Oil of Olay, straight on through much of the Bath and Body Works inventory. But a few years ago, we returned to humble bar soap—predominantly due to our discovery of Mistral. Made from triple-milled pure shea butter from Provence via Southern California, Mistral’s bars are infused with fragrances distilled in Grasse, the olfactory capital of the world, which sets them apart from your average body cleansers. The Candied Ginger version was our favorite, and although it has unfortunately been discontinued, two new scents keep us coming back for more. Black Tea Mandarin combines crisp orange with rich black tea, freesia, and warm cedar wood, while Blue Sky is a refreshing clean blend of lemon, grapefruit, rosemary, and basil that’s infused with cool water notes. They’ll make you look forward to showering—as if you need another reason in this humidity and heat.

Photo: Courtesy of Mistral