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Beauty changes from season to season. Heck, it even changes from day to day; one day bird poop facials are in, the next they’re out. That particular beauty tip may have been a little too trendy for most, but there are definitely some beauty scoops that have been around for a while and are here to stay. Still others are brand new to the world and their staying power has yet to be seen.
Take the latest in innovative beauty: the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP7. Almost all modern cameras have a red-eye removal button or a general retouch button that basically enhances the quality of the entire photo. But if you’ve ever wondered what you’d look like if you were photoshopped the same way that celebrities and models often are, then this particular $230 digital camera will be your new best friend. It boasts “Beauty Retouch modes,” which can actually add makeup where there was none, whiten teeth and even turned wrinkled skin into smooth skin. After you snap a photo of someone, you can click on “esthetic,” which will tone down shiny skin and banish wrinkles; clicking on “make-up retouch” will allow you to apply foundation, eye shadow and more. According to a review of the product, “subjects showed a huge change in skin tone, wrinkle removal and general smoothing of the skin, as well as a whiter set of choppers. The makeup was subtle if you used the right settings.”
If you’d like to take that digitally enhanced, pretty polished look to reality, emphasizing eyelashes is a good way to get started. There are a plethora of eyelash growth stimulators and even an eyelash perm. But perhaps the most common of all eyelash lengtheners are simple extensions. And, apparently, the trend right now is mink eyelashes. I’ve read several articles over the past couple of weeks about the benefits of real animal fur (think Jennifer Lopez’s famous red fox eyelashes, pictured), though minks in particular seem to be coveted. The fur creates the “softest, curliest and most build-able” eyelashes. Like other high-end lashes, mink ones are glued on one by one, though the latter is unique in that they are so thin and light that multiple extensions can be attached to each lash. Silk and synthetics do not offer the same option. Though the mink lashes are pricey – about $500 dollars if you’re in a major city – they will last 2 – 3 months, as long as you keep glycol (which removes the lashes) away from them. For those of you who are worried about the welfare of the minks, from what I understand, the fur used for the eyelashes can be removed from the minks by simply brushing the animals.
And now to move from the hair sprouting from your eyes to the hair sprouting from your head. Getting your hair washed, cut, colored and dried isn’t a new beauty trend, but going to a blowout-only salon certainly is. Only in the past few years have chic but affordable salons, like LA’s Drybar and Blo, a blowout-only chain with outlets in California, Florida, Texas, British Columbia and Ontario, popped up. Drybar offers an array of 5 different blowouts at $35 each, ranging from beach waves to the pin straight “Manhattan.” Blo has a bit of a wider selection, with seven styles offered at $33 each, you can get anything from that Audrey Hepburn coif to a curly “rock & roll” look. Best of all, the blowouts take only 20 – 40 minutes and come with fun amenities like cocktails and tea. In fact, actress Rose McGowan liked Dry bar so much (“It’s a lot cheaper than therapy – and a lot more fun”), that she became one of the company’s investors. So while the mink eyelashes may be a little out of my price range, I'm definitely on board with this beauty trend.