Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
The world of beauty is an intimidating one. It feels like there are a gazillion products on the market right now dedicated to enlarging this and minimizing that, highlighting and contouring this feature, covering up that flaw.
One area of the body I wish people actually dedicated more time to? Underarms. Yes, I want more than a few Dove commercials.
See the problem is I’m human and I sweat. I wouldn't say I have apocalyptic body odor (I bathe daily) but I am a little obsessive compulsive about smells and have been known to do armpit checks throughout the day.
Here's the other problem: I am very anal about what I put on my body. Yes, I'm one of those "the skin is the biggest organ, chemicals should not be touching it, if you wouldn't eat it why would you lather it on" snobs. See, Aluminum Chlorohydrate is one of the most common active ingredients in commercial antiperspirants. It’s also linked to Alzheimer’s disease and Breast cancer. So Secret or Degree just isn’t going to cut it.
I purchased an organic deodorant called Crystal Essence! It’s made of natural mineral salts and the one I bought is “infused with the refreshing aroma of pomegranate”. It’s supposed to create an invisible protective barrier against odor protecting bacteria and the pomegranate is supposed to promote skin regeneration. Sounds promising, right? It also doesn’t hurt that Crystal Essence is endorsed by Cancer Treatment Centers.
When I started using this product I loved it but I didn't want to write a review before giving it some time to fail me. Nine months later, I can say that while it's not the perfect product, it's a great alternative. Keep in mind that this product is not an anti-perspirant but a deodorant. So its job is to make your pits smell good and that it does. It hasn't kept things under the arms dry.
My armpits look fantastic so I guess all that talk about pomegranate promoting skin regeneration is true. Other deodorants irritated my skin and made it feel clammy to the touch. Crystal Essence has not only taken care of the clammy skin problem but it's minimized the discoloration under there too.
It really does nothing to prevent me from sweating which is unfortunate. I reapply the product throughout the day. So if you’re like me and you’re used to wearing an anti-perspirant, natural deodorants take some getting used to.
That’s all folks.
As always, if anyone finds a better product, let me know por favor.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Lovely Disco did a fun post on songs that changed her life so I compiled my own list.
Boy, that was hard! My list was originally 50+ so don't be surprised if I add to it in the future.
These are songs that had such an impact on me, I still remember the first time I heard them. Now I literally lose my shizz when these songs come on: the radio in a car, at the mall, or on the iPod of the person next to me. Theyhave the ability to take me to a different place and some of the songs introduced me to some of my now favorite artists.
Check it out and feel free to share your list with me. And remember Music = Love.
- Aerosmith - Dream On
- Weezer - Say It Ain't So
- Metric- Dead Disco
- Oasis - Wonderwall
- Lady Gaga - Just Dance
- Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Gold Lion
- Justin Timberlake - I Think She Knows
- Michael Jackson - Beat It
- Wheatus - Teenage Dirtbag
- Harvey Danger - Flagpole Sitta
- Alicia Keys - Unthinkable/ I'm Ready
- Death Cab for Cutie - Soul Meets Body
- Coyote Shivers - Sugar High
- Madonna - Like a Prayer
- Garbage: Cherry Lips
- Cream - Sunshine of Your Love
- Michelle Branch - Goodbye to You
- Nerf Herder - Buffy Theme Song
- Third Eye Blind - Semi Charmed Life
- Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun
- Staind - Outside
- Beyonce - Get Me Bodied
- No Doubt - Underneath it All
- Jewel - You Were Meant For Me
- Nirvana - Lithium
- Paramore - Misery Business
- No Doubt - Spiderwebs
- Fiona Apple - Criminal
Thursday, October 21, 2010
These photos of Glee stars Lea Michele, Dianna Agron and Cory Monteith have caused a huge stir.
Now I'm no prude; I certainly have a sense of humor and to be honest, pervy Terry Richardson never manages to get a rise out of me with his 70s porn aesthetic.
And this photoshoot was for GQ; a magazine for men.
But does anyone else find the photos, Lea Michele's particularly, just sad? This whole Lolita/ Britney Spears, girly sex-pot thing is still popular despite its ick factor.
Little girl accessories shouldn't get a guy's motor running.
All I see is Rachel Berry trying to be sexy. It's like she went through Playboy and picked out her favorite poses.
Do you think she would have done a photoshoot like this before she traded Broadway for Hollywood?
I take my television shows very seriously. So seriously, that I print a schedule out before the Fall premieres so I can remind myself when my fave shows are premiering and so I can decide which new shows I'm going to invest in.
This year, I added UnderCovers to my Wednesday lineup. The show is about a husband and wife (Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha - Raw). They used to be CIA agents and are reactivated after being retired for an ambiguous number of years. So we have an interesting story, gorgeous actors and J.J. Abrams as the creator. How can this show fail?
Well, I'll tell you.
Awful writing, overacting, unrealistic everything.
After the first episode, I was dissapointed but optimistic. This is J.J. Abrams. He's never done me wrong, never. After the third episode, I accepted the fact that Abrams had a flaw and UnderCovers was it. Still, I watch the show. Why? Because I still believe beyond all logic that it will find it's groove and get better. Or because I want to support a mainstream series with characters of color in the lead roles. It's not like that happens every day. But I don't know if I can watch it anymore. It sucks.
Richard Lawson, Gawker.com's hilarious writer, made a comment about the show I took very seriously "Abrams's oddly unwatchable spy show (I think it's the tone? Y'know, is it thriller? Comedy? It needs to be frothier or grittier, the in-between just isn't working)".
Yes, yes and yes. The show is like an awkward teenager who doesn't know whether to spend adolescence with a sense of humor or all angst-ridden. Are you a comedy or an action thriller? The characters either need to head over to Chuck or they need Sydney Bristow to slap the smiles off their faces. Being a government agent is serious stuff!
Luckily for the people depending on this show for a paycheck, four more scripts have been ordered.
So UnderCovers, make up your damn mind. Nobody wants to wait around while a show figures things out.
Monday, October 18, 2010
- This was not the best week for holy matrimony in Tinseltown. Seemingly solid couples Courtney Cox and David Arquette , Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman , Ben Harper and Julie Dern and former Mrs. Schuester Jessalyn Gilsig have all called it quits. I don’t have a snarky comment. Breaking up is hard and sad.
- And now it’s being reported that Carey Mulligan and Shia Lebeouf have called it quits too. Boo : (
- The first photo of Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe is making the internet rounds. Do you love it or hate it?
- Everyone’s favorite View host, Elizabeth Hasselback, is joining Good Morning America. Yay?
- Posh Spice reminds us that while her husband may sound like a little bitch, he’s still finer than the guys we hang with.
- Size 10 Model Crystal Renn gets booked in three shows and claims the fashion industry is diversifying their models. Ha, okay.
- Bachelorette stars Ali and Roberto have decided getting married immediately may not be such a great idea. This is smart considering they only dated for a couple of months before getting engaged.
- Ohmygawd you guys! Ken Paves and Jessica Simpson really are fighting. Allegedly. I mean there were rumors of them you know like not talking but now it’s gone to a totally different level because he won’t even do her HAIR anymore. Whatisshegonnado? Anyone with internet knows what Jessica Simpson’s hair looks like when she doesn’t have her mane man hooking it up. I’m really gutted over this.
- In repetitive but similar news, Jessica Simpson is in love. Again.
- Wanna see Demi Lovato go all “oh no you didn’t bitch” on a reporter for Miley Cyrus? Here ya go. The chick didn’t even have a chance to insult her.
- Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz are parents to a baby boy. The sure to be cutie, Egypt Daoud Dean, was born on Oct. 14 in New York City. Congrats to the couple.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
- Questionably hetero Joe Jonas is “head over heels” for Ashley Greene. Aww, good for them. If it's true.
- MI:4 has managed to do the impossible (hehe, clever me): they’ve got a cast that may be good enough to overshadow Tom Cruise’s involvement in it. So far, Jeremy Renner and Paula Patton have signed on. Solid, right? Well word on the street is Josh Holloway aka Sawyer aka Walking Sex aka Baby Daddy is in the final stages of negotiations to join the cast. I think it's because of the hair.
- So Snookin’ for Love is probably definitely happening. Possibly. Yes, trashy reality television can get worse. Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi is getting her own dating reality show in what can only be called a guidette version of Rock of Love. This is going to be sooo mind numbingly awesome.
- Joey Fatone wants Glee to feature NSYNC songs after seeing the Britney episode. He already sees “Bye Bye Bye” being performed by New Directions. Now Joey Fatone is a funny guy but c'mon.If Ryan Murphy does decide to go the boy band route and dedicates an entire episode to NYSNC, Justin "I'm an actor" Timberlake will probably have dibs. And if he says no, they'll probably skip a cameo all together.
But keep the dream alive?
- Lea – I’m Bossy – Michele is working it as UK Marie Claire’s November cover girl.
- J.K. Rowling told Oprah she may not be done with Harry Potter. Ugh, whyyyyyy? It ended perfectly. Let's hope she was just being a tease and doesn’t go all “Short Second Life of Bree Tanner” on us!
- Heidi and Spencer are – I can’t.
- RIP Tony Curtis, Greg Giraldo, Stephen J. Cannell. The entertainment industry lost some great ones this past week.
Friday, October 1, 2010
I read this NY Times Style article a while back about logos and I thought I'd present it to the Court of Lovelyish for debate.
Did you read it? Okay, I move on to my argument.
With the risk of sounding blunt, I think logos are tacky as hell. Like Ed Hardy and Uggs with sweats. In my opinion, the only thing worse than a Coach or Louis Vuitton purse, is a fake one.
Now, I'm not rich nor do I own a wardrobe that would make Blair Waldorf cry with envy. None of my purses are designer.
I just happen to believe purses like Coach and Louis Vuitton are used as status symbols. And I don't get it because if you ask me, they're eight levels of fugly. Not to mention the fact that according to this Journal of Consumer Research paper, expensive products use more discreet markers, such as distinctive design or detailing. So if you're trying to show off how much paper you got, you're doing a crappy job of it.
Why not spend your money on a bag that will be cheaper and not make you look like a walking advertisement for the brand?
Let me also say, I am not against designer labels. I am currently saving up my pennies so I can buy myself a Lauren by Ralph Lauren handbag that I have been eyeing for months now. But that's because I am in love with fashion and the craftsmanship behind it. The bag will probably outlast my car.
I'm not going to spend my money on Louis Vuitton just so everyone can see I can afford it. I'd much rather spend a lot less on a very nice bag that doesn't scream label whore.
Now if you just happen to love the way logo bags look, more power to you. And errr, sorry for the disses. I wear headbands with big bows and sequins. It's all relative, right?
Do you buy Louis Vuitton because it's Louis Vuitton?