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.”
The woman that made the unibrow appealing, Frida Kahlo.
Image: Frida Kahlo Self Portrait 1926
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…
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.
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
Sunscreen might not be the most alluring of beauty products, but it is undeniably one of the most important, especially for athletes. Many athletes spend tons of time outside, breaking a sweat. Here are some tips to choose the best sunscreen for outdoors and aquatic sports:
Always choose a high SPF. No need to go overboard; most dermatologists say it’s fine using an SPF 30 or 45. Just reapply the lotion every two hours to ensure maximum protection.
Look for labels that promise that the sunscreen has broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) coverage. These ultraviolet rays can increase your risk of skin cancer and contribute to premature aging, freckles, age spots and wrinkles.
Athletes in particular should pick up sunscreens that are labeled “water-resistant” or “sweat-resistant.” During an intense game, no one wants lotion to get in their eyes!
Some sunscreen lines are targeted specifically to athletes, such as MDSolarSciences. The lightweight, easy-to-apply lotions have all of the factors mentioned in this article. It’s Olympic star approved, so it is definitely a safe bet.
For more tips for skin protection, please visit the American Academy of Dermatology
Photo: France Germany Women Beach Volley match at Sydney 2000 Olympics – source: Olympic.org
As a little girl, after my mom cooked fried food, I would sneak into the kitchen and dip my finger into the pan of cooled down oil and spread it over my lips to make them shiny. I eventually graduated from grease to store bought lip gloss and was always on the search for that perfect nude shade that would provide the natural look, but also hydrate my lips.
I found it unexpectedly many years later, while traveling with my older son to Europe. He was still an infant and I was taking him on a trip overseas to visit my in-laws without my husband. I was very worried about the amount of carry-on luggage I could handle because I was alone, and had a connecting flight, so I decided to put my toiletries in my suitcase and check it in.
When I arrived in Germany, my luggage didn’t arrive. I was desperate to freshen up and sans any products. The only item I had on-hand was my baby’s diaper bag and my other idea was to run to the corner supermarket with the hope that they may have a product I could use.
I reached into the diaper bag and the first thing I grabbed was an Aquaphor tube, normally used for my baby’s bum. I applied it on my lips. It worked wonders! My lips were not only hydrated and soft, but also had that subtle glossy look that I always longed for. Then I remembered, when my son was born he had very sensitive eyes, like me, and his pediatrician suggested to wash his eyes with some gentle baby shampoo. I decided to give it a go and tried my son’s Johnson Baby for my bloodshot jet-lagged eyes, and it worked! I have never looked back since!My son’s diaper bag has become my most effective and convenient beauty source, from lip treatment to eye care and even sunscreen. I alternate Johnson’s Baby with another great German baby shampoo called Bübchen as a gentle alternative to make-up remover to clean and moisturize my eyes. And who doesn’t love the delicious smell of Coppertone® Water Babies® spray-on lotions?
The highlight of my year was when Aquaphor became available in small tubes to carry around in my purse… it tells me that they must have created it for everyone, who like me, discovered the secret for moist glossy lips; thanks to their little ones of course!
I am so excited for the launch of Pampadour, I can’t wait to discover more beauty eccentricities from my friends and professionals.