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Kerry Washington is a Neutrogena Spokesperson

kerry washington neutrogena Kerry Washington is a Neutrogena Spokesperson

Neutrogena announced today that Emmy nominated actress (and my homegirl) Kerry Washington has joined the brand’s current roster of talent. Smart move, right? I mean…just look at this goddess’s face!

Not only will Kerry be one of the faces for Neutrogena – but for the first time ever, she will also serve as a “creative consultant” to the brand, sharing her valuable insights with the marketing, scientific, and retail teams. (more…)

MAC & Disney Team Up For Venomous Villains Collection!!!

disney+villains MAC & Disney Team Up For Venomous Villains Collection!!!


This just in from WWD:

MAC Cosmetics is teaming up with Disney to create a limited edition color collection, intended to launch globally in late September in all MAC locations. The products will feature four Disney characters, on which the brand is keeping mum at the moment — although with a collection name of Venomous Villains, it is assumed that we’re not talking Donald Duck and Minnie Mouse here. Lipstick, powder, lip gloss and blush shades will be sold, ranging in price from $12 to $29.50.

Are you as excited for this collection as I am?!?! You just know the packaging is going to be off the chain. What I can’t wait for is the shade names.

I’ve got so many ideas…

Perhaps a lipstick or Lipglass in Cruella Crimson? Or some fantabulous new concealer inspired by The Lion King’s Scar? There are a whole bunch you can take from Sleeping Beauty…like a gothic, compact purse mirror that pays homage to Maleficent or a raven black eyeliner named Diablo. The Little Mermaid (my favorite Disney animated film eva) also provides a plethora of product possibilities. What about an double-ended eyeliner called Flotsam and Jetsam? Or maybe a palette of poor unfortunate shadows? And can’t you just picture a juicy, red nail polish that no beauty – sleeping or otherwise – could resist? I’d call it Ambien Apple.

What do you think of this collection? Do the Disney Princesses deserve a collection too? Any clever product/name suggestions for MAC?

Click here for a Venomous Villains video teaser.

Snake Massage? Sssssay What?!?

snake+massage Snake Massage? Sssssay What?!?The other day, Mr. Spoiled Pretty was perusing msn.com when he happened upon an article entitled “Bizarre Ways to Beat Stress and Unwind: 10 lesser-known methods for dealing with a high-stress life.” First up on the list: snake massage. Um, say what?!?!? I can’t think of anything more stress inducing than having serpents slither all over me. I’d probably die of cardiac arrest before the whole thing was through.

But oddly enough, people actually pay for this kind of ‘therapy.’ 

Strange: Some people like the feel of non-poisonous reptiles slithering across their bodies in spa-like settings, with larger, heavier snakes providing a deeper kneading as they crawl across flesh. But how effective are these creatures at reducing stress? Even snakes’ general pressure on the body can be relaxing, says Kriota Willberg, a licensed massage therapist and an instructor at Swedish Institute, in New York. But what’s missing is a snake’s ability to systematically and selectively apply pressure, and to respond to the body’s feedback.

But True: When a patient is stressed out, the neck, shoulders, lower back and lower extremities are often especially tense, says Willberg. Within these areas of tension, multiple layers of muscles are often involved. By incorporating different muscle-relaxing techniques, such as tempo, expertise at palpating, and varying the pressure—skills that are not part of a snake’s repertoire—massage therapists customize their work to patients’ needs. The result is a modality that’s both stress-reducing and therapeutic.

I don’t care what anyone says – snake massage sounds like something they’d do to the contestants on Fear Factor, right before making them eat crocodile eyeballs. And paying for this wackadoo service? You gotsssssssssssssss to be a resident of crazytown to reach into your wallet for some nonsense like this. Someone would have to pay me a helluva lot more than $70 for six snakes to have a playdate on my semi-clothed body.

Visit msn.com for more bizarre stress relievers, including jaw massage, beer baths and ironing.

CHANEL Taps Scorsese To Direct New Advertising Campaign

CHANEL MS GU CHANEL Taps Scorsese To Direct New Advertising Campaign

CHANEL just announced that Academy Award winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese will direct the broadcast advertising campaign for their new men’s fragrance. French actor and rising international star, Gaspard Ulliel, is the face of the new line and will be featured in the ads. The new CHANEL men’s fragrance will be launched worldwide in September 2010.

Teacher Cuts Braid Because 7 Year Old Won’t Stop Playing With Her Hair!

teacher+cut+student+braid Teacher Cuts Braid Because 7 Year Old Wont Stop Playing With Her Hair!

This is a damn shame. A Milwaukee teacher cut off a 7-year-old’s braid after she absentmindedly kept playing with her hair. Um, isn’t that what 7-year-olds do…act up? If a teacher can’t handle a fidgety first grader, then she should probably look for a new line of work.

If I had a daughter and she came home from class with less hair than she went to school with, I’d be real tempted to schedule a parent/teacher “conference”…and make sure she didn’t have any hair when she showed up for work the next day.

First Look: MAC Viva Glam Campaign Starring Cyndi Lauper & Lady Gaga!

MAC+Viva+Glam+Cyndi+Lauper+Lady+Gaga+photo First Look: MAC Viva Glam Campaign Starring Cyndi Lauper & Lady Gaga!

Last month, I told you that Cyndi Lauper and Lady Gaga were named the latest faces of the MAC AIDS Fund. The ad campaign, called “From Our Lips,” will launch on February 25, 2010 – but here is a sneak peek!

MAC Viva Glam Gaga Lipstick and Viva Glam Cyndi Lipstick will hit real and virtual shelves on March 18, 2010, with all proceeds going to the MAC AIDS Fund.

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Parabens: Not So Bad After All?

paraben Parabens: Not So Bad After All?Parabens have a bad rep…but is it undeserved? Yes, according to a study performed by Europe’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety.

After conducting tests on mice, using propylparaben and butylparaben (two common parabens used as preservatives in numerous grooming products), the group concluded that mammals metabolize parabens before the chemicals have a chance to enter the bloodstream – and thus, parabens are unlikely to cause cancer and other health problems.

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Skin Color Gives Clues to Health?

woman+rosy+cheeks Skin Color Gives Clues to Health?Does skin color give clues to health? That’s what two UK researchers are saying. They have “found” that skin color affects how healthy and attractive they appear, and that diet may be crucial to achieving the most desirable complexion. The study will be published in the December issue of Springer’s International Journal of Primatology.

“Most previous work on faces has focused on the shape of the face or the texture of the skin, but one of the most variable characteristics of the face is skin color,” said Dr. Ian Stephen from the University of Bristol.

Though the researchers’ findings sound interesting, I’m not sure how much stock I can put in their experiment – given its narrow scope. All 54 participants were Caucasian, and the faces they were asked to manipulate and rate were all Caucasian too.

To read more about this so-called study, click here.

Mattel Introduces Black Barbies, To Mixed Reviews

so+in+style+barbie Mattel Introduces Black Barbies, To Mixed ReviewsFrom Philly.com:

NEW YORK – Mattel has launched a new line of black Barbie dolls with fuller lips, a wider nose and more pronounced cheek bones , a far cry from Christie, Barbie’s black friend who debuted in the 1960s and was essentially a white doll painted brown.

The “So In Style” line, which hit mass retailers last month, features BFFs Grace, Kara and Trichelle, each with her own style and interests and a little sister she mentors: Courtney, Janessa and Kianna. The dolls reflect varying skin tones , light brown, chocolate, and caramel , and Trichelle and Kianna have curlier hair.

Barbie designer Stacey McBride-Irby, who is black and has a 6-year-old daughter, said she wanted to create a line of dolls for young black girls that looked like them and were inspirational and career-minded. For example, Kara is interested in math and music.

“I want them to see themselves within these dolls, and let them know that black is beautiful,” she said.

Many black women are praising Mattel for its efforts , Black Barbie hit the shelves in 1980 with white features shared by many of the dolls following her.

But some say the long straight hair does not address the beauty issues that many black girls struggle with. In the black community, long, straight hair is often considered more beautiful than short kinky hair.

so+in+style+barbie+3 Mattel Introduces Black Barbies, To Mixed ReviewsChris Rock highlights the issue in his “Good Hair” documentary, which opens in select cities on Friday and shows black women straightening their tight curls with harsh chemicals and purchasing thousand-dollar hair weaves.

“Why are we always pushing this standard of long hair on our girls?” asked Gail Parrish, 60, a playwright in Alexandria, Va., and a mother of four grown children. “Why couldn’t one of the dolls have a little short afro, or shorter braids or something?”

McBride-Irby said she originally designed all the dolls with long hair. Combing her Barbie’s long hair when she was a girl was the “highlight of my play experience,” she said. She was advised to create some dolls with curlier hair, so she did.

There is a So In Style hairstyling set so girls can curl, straighten and style their dolls’ hair over and over. (It costs $24.99, more than a pair of dolls at $19.99.)

That is troubling to Sheri Parks, an associate professor of American Studies at the University of Maryland in College Park, because it actively involves girls in the process of straightening hair. She worries that it reinforces the message that there is something wrong with natural hair.

“Black mothers who want their girls to love their natural hair have an uphill battle and these dolls could make it harder,” Parks said in an e-mail.

Aside from the hair, some black women are concerned about the dolls’ thin frames. Barbie, which celebrated her 50th birthday in March, has for years come under fire for promoting an unrealistic body image, with her long legs, tiny waist and large breasts.

While white girls also deal with body-image issues, Kumea Shorter-Gooden, co-author of “Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America,” believes Barbie has a more negative impact on black girls. They are already struggling with messages that “black skin isn’t pretty and our hair is too kinky and short,” she said.

Despite those complaints, Mattel seems to have gotten several things right.

Andrea Slaughter, 38, a mom of two in Newnan, Ga., said she likes how the designer highlighted values that are critical in the black community, such as education and mentoring.

Sheila Adams Gardner, 41, a mother of three in Arlington, Va., praised the varying skin tones. She said when her daughter was 4, she became very self-conscious about being lighter than everyone else in her family.

“She has always had African-American dolls, but rarely dolls with skin like her own,” she said. “Often the lighter dolls were Hispanic or Indian. It was very heartwarming to look at a series of African-American Barbies and hear my daughter, now ll, exclaim, ‘She looks like me!'”

Even Shorter-Gooden acknowledged the facial features “look like real black people.”

Mattel doesn’t release sales figures. But Michelle Chidoni of Mattel said the dolls are resonating with girls of all colors and ages.

The line will be expanding next year with Rocawear clothing, new dolls Chandra and her little sister Zahara, and Darren, who will have a little brother he mentors.

Thoughts?

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