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June 2011 Archives

evanrachelpixie_smh.jpgI’ve had the same hairstyle pretty much my entire life: wavy long brown hair. So imagine my jealously when Evan Rachel Wood debuted her adorable (and chic!) new pixie cut at a press event for True Blood this week.

I had a brief encounter days earlier with a J.Crew employee with dark hair like mine who chopped it all off for the summer in a feminine boy cut like Evans… so yeah, pretty jealous.

I’m sure one of these years I’ll chop it all off, but in the meantime do you think it’s cool to change your do so frequently? Besides Evan, we can think of a few other celebs who do the same (Ashlee Simpson, Rachel McAdams). Actors change their look for roles all the time so it’s probably fun to experiment with so many different colors and cuts. But if we’re being honest, Evan has never looked better and should keep her hair like that for the next ten years.
Celebrities-Messy-Bob-Image.jpgLately, it seems a lot of celebrities are bringing summertime ease to their hairstyles. The messy bob has been taking over Hollywood! So many starlets have embraced cool, carefree waves in shorter ‘dos—Brooklyn Decker, Jennifer Aniston, January Jones, Jessica Alba, Dianna Agron … who’s next, we wonder?

We’re loving the simple chicness of a long bob left to its own devices. A little bounce, a little curl, a little wave … a lot sexy! And perfect when you’re at the beach.

What’s best about this look is that it works on a variety of different hair textures and face shapes. No matter what you’re working with, this style can be modified to suit your lifestyle and your hair texture!

What do you think of the messy bob? Is this a look you’ll be trying?
redflower_smh.jpgYou know you do it, but are the free hotel toiletries really worth sneaking into your bag? Thanks to an old cushy day job, I had the… luxury of staying at some nice hotels with even nicer amenities. In this column, I explore the brands different hotels have chosen to partner up with and where the products place on my ‘stuff it in your carry on?’ meter. 

The Cooper Square Hotel in New York City has the most amazing Red Flower products (and their bathtubs are pretty luxurious as well). The scent is called Wanderlust and if anyone finds a way to buy them without booking a night at the hotel, please tweet me and let me know because I am addicted to it. Officially, it has hints of aged paper, rare hinoki-wood bark and wild grass, but to me it is undefinable — a sweet, woodsy, feminine-with-a-touch-of-masculine scent that I can’t get enough of.
I’ve stayed there at least 20 nights, so I should have a generous supply of the lotion in my medicine cabinet, but I was always in a hurry and never thought to stuff one in my bag every night. I have one left and it’s almost empty so I squeeze a dab on my fingers and massage it into my neck. I get compliments every time I have it on.

Steal-o’-meter rating: 5 out of 5. Check out their other products at and read more about Red Flower’s creator, Yael Alkalay (pictured above) here.

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Supernail-Nail-Polish-Thinner.jpgWe have a confession to make. We have a lot of nail polish. (Think over 200 bottles.) But, while we love our collection, unfortunately some of them tend to thicken over time. (We’ve found that this especially happens with our very favorite topcoat, Seche Vite.) Luckily, Supernail Nail Polish Thinner is there to save the day.

So how does it work? Just pour a tiny amount into your nail polish bottle, shake it up, and voila! It’s restored to its original consistency immediately!

We recommend starting out with just a small pour. You can always add more if the polish hasn’t reached its desired consistency. Better to be on the safe side!

Supernail Nail Polish Thinner retails for $3.99 at
Sun protection is of the utmost importance. And if you really want to keep your skin looking and feeling its best, you should forego the tanning and invest in a self-tanner or two! Below, our favorites.

Best-Self-Tanners-Image-1.jpgBest scent: LORAC SelfTANtalizer Body Bronzing Gradual
A rich vanilla scent keeps this from smelling like most other self-tanners on the market—in other words, bad. The lotion also creates a gradual, natural-looking glow.
$34 at

Best luxury self-tanner: Dior Dior Bronze Self-Tanner Natural Glow Face
Want to look radiant and sun-kissed in just one hour? Then this gel-cream, formulated with Dior’s “ph Bronze Perfect,” is definitely the one for you.
$31 at

Best organic: Josie Maran Argan Self Tanning Cream
Caffeine molecules, sugar beets and sugar cane combine with Josie’s often-used argan oil to produce a self tanner that, along with Vitamin E, is super fantastic for the body.
$32 at

Best-Self-Tanners-Image-2.jpgBest self tanner towelettes
Okay, we have a confession to make. We couldn’t pick just one in this category! Both the Kate Somerville Somerville360 Tanning Towelettes ($48 at and Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Glow Pad ($32 at give just enough color to make you look totally sunkissed and gorgeous.

Best-Self-Tanners-Image-3.jpgBest technology and innovation: TEMPTU AIR Pod Face Tan
The innovative, fast-drying and long-lasting TEMPTU system delivers gorgeous buildable color.
$45 at

Best name & packaging: Too Faced Tanning Bed in a Tube
While we don’t promote tanning beds in real life, we are in love with the name of this product! And don’t you just want to be the silhouetted lovely lady on the front of the tube?
$25 at

Best for legs: Lancome FLASH BRONZER Tinted Self-Tanning Leg Gel
This vitamin-fortified self-tanner tints and bronzes while contouring, hydrating and smoothing your legs. What more could you ask for?
$34.50 at

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