A BOOK ON….FRECKLES

Swiss photographer Reto Caduff celebrates the beauty of girls with freckles in a limited edition photography book called “Freckles.” The book features fifty portraits of young women with various amounts of freckles with no make-up artist involved. Photographed in natural light, the gorgeous images are printed in toned black and white.

In the words of the author:

“We live in strange times: I noticed that often in today’s photography, models with freckles have them either covered by make up or removed in post production. Just search for freckles online and most results are for ways to get rid of them. I want to pay homage to these spots that make a face so unique and fascinating.”

The book’s foreword is written by dermatologist and professor Jonathan Rees who is credited in discovering the gene MC1R, responsible for freckles.

To learn more about Freckles: Freckledbeauties.com

To buy in the US: amazon.com

Photo from “Freckles” by Reto Caduff

BEFORE AND AFTER

Not all embrace imperfections. The cosmetic surgery trend is still growing for both men and women, with 13.8 million procedures in 2011, a 5% increase from 2010.

The top cosmetic procedures are breast augmentations, nose reshapings, liposuction, eyelid surgery and facelifts, which is back in the top five for the first time since 2004, replacing tummy tucks. Other procedures with increasing popularity are: chin augmentations (+71%), lip augmentations (+49%), buttocks implants (43%) and buttock lifts (38%). Botox is still the favorite minimally invasive cosmetic procedure, followed by fillers, chemical peels, laser hair removal and microdermabrasion.

Even if more men are going under the knife (+6%), most cosmetic procedures are done on women (91%)

Data from American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Image: Photo of Andy Warhol’s painting Before and After at the Metropolitan Museum

Jen’s Camouflage Report

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In recent years, magazines are showing all types of models, from different nationalities, shapes, sizes and ages. Different has become beautiful. Crooked smiles, moles, scars, athletic builds all have their place in beauty. How refreshing this all is, especially for our children.

However, certain “flaws” are not flattering on anyone, who would want to highlight a pimple or dark circles under your eyes? Here some tricks to camouflage when necessary:

  • I hide my dark circles and blemishes with a bit of liquid foundation (a shade that blends in perfectly) and my favorite concealer from Cle de Peau (a magic stick).
  • I use Proactiv for my acne, it truly has been a miracle worker for me.
  • I use L’Oreal Sublime Bronze self tanner mixed with Nivea Q 10 lotion to make my less than smooth legs appear silky.
  • My hair remains it’s natural color and I use products like Morroccan Oil and Leonor Greyl Mask Orchidee to keep it looking its best.


We all have our little helpers, and there is nothing wrong with it. Confidence after all is always the most attractive feature.

MAN MUSE OF THE WEEK

Charlie “Rockstar” Himmelstein, model and boxer, the hero in this week’s beauty adventure. He defies his good looks for his passion for boxing.

A PERFUME FOR ROSSY

Many might know Rossy from her Almodovar movie Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, when the Spanish actress made quite an impression with her strong look and particularly accentuated nose, breaking the rules of beauty in an era that glorified supermodels. She was often described as a Picasso painting “coming-to-life.” The fashion world was fascinated and followed Almodovar, with designers like Jean-Paul Gaultier and Thierry Mugler embracing Rossy as a muse. In 2007, she launched her own passionate fragrance with cosmetic house Etat Libre d’Orange, called Eau de Protection, which includes the rose as the predominant note, a reminder of her rose garden in Madrid:  “This magic potion, this instrument of transformation, could only be made by the crushing of armfuls of roses. Roses with thorny stems that yield lavish blossoms, lush petals, outrageous, puffed-up fantasies, trembling with the sweat of impatience and desire. Roses, red with blood, a piercing note that leaves the flavor of fire on lips that suck the finger pricked by a thorn.”

MUSE OF THE WEEK: Frida Kahlo

The woman that made the unibrow appealing, Frida Kahlo.

Image: Frida Kahlo Self Portrait 1926

A SWIMMER’S MOISTURIZER

by Carole Hallac

Michael Phelps has to face great challenges in this coming Olympics. Will he still be number one, beating his fierce competitor Ryan Lochte? Will he win at least three medals, beating gymnast Larissa Latynina’s record of a whopping eighteen medals?

Maybe a bit shallow on our part, but we can’t help but wonder about another challenge he must face every day spending hours training in the pool: how does he protect his hair from harsh chlorine and keep his skin moisturized? The champ swears by Head & Shoulders, the popular dandruff shampoo that he became a spokeperson for in a recent media campaign.

However, for real beauty secrets, probably always better to ask a woman. When it comes to moisturizer, his female colleague, and five time olympian, Dara Torres uses AmLactin® Ultra Hydrating Body Cream, which just tapped the gorgeous athlete as a sponsor: ”I approach all aspects of my life with the same intensity as my training, including how I take care of my skin. AmLactin® Ultra Hydrating Body Cream works wonders to restore my skin’s softness after a long day in the pool, so it fits well into my daily health and beauty routine”.

In a recent interview for the LATimes, Torres shared more of her beauty regiment: La Mer and Sisley as face moisturizers, and WEN shampoo. She advises to rotate shampoo and doesn’t use any chlorine-removing branded products because they can remove the natural moisture and make the hair more susceptible to damage. She suggests to swimmers that are not competing at the Olympics to put conditioner under their swim cap.

Definitely great advice for our summer days by the pool, however very doubtful that we will be wearing the cap…

MUSE OF THE WEEK: David Beckham

 

No other athlete has brought more glamour to sports than David Beckham. He will be part of this year’s Olympics Opening Ceremony, hopefully shirtless.

Photo from David Beckham Facebook Page

A SWING AND A MANICURE

 

Amazing Serena, winning Wimbledon and shooting for gold at the Olympics. Believe it or not, being the best tennis player in the world is not her only talent. She is also an awesome manicurist! Serena is known to be obsessed with her nails, getting a manicure every four days and a pedicure once a week. Then, two years ago, she had the brilliant idea to become a certified nail technician. Would you like to see her in action? Check this vintage video of Serena giving Oprah a pedicure.

Photo from Wimbledon 2012.

SPORTS AND VANITY

by Carole Hallac

What is the rule on wearing make-up for athletes? It’s a tough call. On one hand, all eyes are on them, with million of viewers watching all over the world, they’d rather look good. On the other hand, they wouldn’t want mascara to drip down their face when they are trying to beat a world record.

According to ESPN, athletes are in general wearing more make-up, but to avoid any embarrassment, many skip it, like tennis player Maria Sharapova, who always looks glammed up in red carpets and photo shoots, but keeps it clean on the court. Others find ways to use smart products that won’t let them down during performance, like hurdler star Lolo Jones, who confided to Fitness magazine that she skips face make-up on race days and only uses soft colored cream shadows that hold up in the heat, like Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow. US goalie Hope Solo, who recently became a spokesperson for Simple skincare, always has impeccable eyebrows, and loves her lash curler and lip balm.

We can always count on Serena Williams to look her best, with dark eyes and perfect manicures. Gymnasts wear lot of make-up, from Shawn Johnson, who loves sparkles, to Alicia Sacramore who matches her eye shadow to her leotard. While no nail polish is allowed during gymnastic competition, it has been the women swimmers favorite accessory for these Olympics, no matter the nation, from blu and red alternate nails on many girls from the US team to Olympic hoops on British Aimee Wilmott while her teammate Rebecca Adlington sported the British flag. Gold medal winner and new America sweetheart Missy Franklyn opted for red, with a US flag on her ring finger, a subtle classy nationalistic touch that won’t horrify the fashion police like Lochte’s flag grill.

Photo: Gymnist Evgeniya Kanaeva in Rhythmic Gymnastic at Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Source: olympic.org