July 2009

Fred Flare Fridays: The Retro Edition


Howtobepopular Every TGIF, we’ve been featuring mucho Fred Flare cuteness, and giving away a $25 gift certificate to Fred Flare. Whee! To be eligible for the contest, all you have to do is sign-up for the I Heart Daily newsletter (and if you’re already subscribed, you’re entered!). It’s easy, it’s free and it’ll take you, like, 3.23435 seconds to do. 

This week, for our final Fred Flare Friday of the summer (cry): The Retro Edition!

1. How to Be Popular by Jennifer McKnight-Trontz ($13, pictured). With real tips from the 60s and 70s, this book has advice on friends, boys and the ultimate ambrosia salad. Ha!

2. Toddland Chevron Backpack ($30). This knapsack screams early-80s day camp in the best possible way.

3. James Dean Sunglasses ($11). Wire-rimmed for that geek-in-the-sun look. These harken back to even pre-Ray-Ban days.

4. Space Invaders Key Charm ($6). You can order one of these aliens (based on a classic 80s video game), but you can’t choose your color or design, so it’s like buying a mystery. I love that! Also, they’re bright and cute and fun. Win-win-win.

5. Iron Me On Fabric Transfers ($13). For the sewing-challenged, iron-ons are like magical “make me a fashion designer!” pills. Check out this book with 30 pages of possibilities for your plain tees and backpacks and pants. Then get out the old flatboard and start your fashion empire!

RED Hearts: Sweetly Detangle Your Hair


Glam RED Hearts are guests posts on I Heart Daily from the authors of RED: Teenage Girls in America Write On What Fires Up Their Lives Today.

RED Hearts post is from Alison Smith, 18, reporting from Brooklyn, NY, who writes about her new favorite hair product:

I can still remember being six, perched on the edge of my parents’ bed as my father attempted to detangle my wet knotty locks with nothing but a flimsy plastic comb.

Sadly, my hair woes have since worsened (thank you, frying hair dryer). But I’ve fortunately come to rely more on detangling products than on my father’s forceful tugs.

Early this summer I found out about G&G Hair Products' Creamsicle Mist Leave-In Conditioner & Detangler ($15) and have sworn by it since. The bright orange liquid works best when sprayed vigorously on damp hair then applied throughout the day as needed. My knotted dead ends slowly moistened with each use. And, despite being intended for kids and tweens, the spray’s packaging is so sleek it won’t embarrass any teen or adult customer who pulls it out of a beach bag.  

Although the creamsicle scent threw me at first, it turned out to be quite subtle and absolutely perfect for lounging by ice cream stands on hot afternoons. Plus, with several certified organic nutrients and a company policy against animal testing, I’m sure you’ll feel as responsible as you do tangle-free when you use this product

Red RED Hearts guest poster Alison Smith is an author of RED: Teenage Girls in America Write On What Fires Up Their Lives Today, which was recently published in paperback.

How Health Care Reform Could Affect You


Condoms2 President Obama's health care reform has been a hot topic in national news lately. Here's a piece of information that could directly affect you.

Currently, the president plans to expand the intact Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative, but this still would exclude the topic of sexually transmitted diseases. However, a new Healthy Teen Initiative has been proposed that would include STD preventative education.

In addition, the Healthy Teen Initiative would create strategies to, "reduce teen pregnancy, reduce the spread of sexually transmitted infections, and comprehensively address a range of teen sexuality issues, and build life-long skills to promote good sexual and reproductive health throughout a person's life-cycle.”

Sounds pretty reasonable, right? So why is this a big deal? Well, in the last 10 years, the government has pumped over $1 billion into abstinence-only education. The passing of this initiative would make teen sex a more comprehensive sexual education program. Obviously, not having sex means no STDs or unwanted pregnancies, but is it realistic? Let's hope the folks on Capitol Hill finally get a grip on teen health. Or at least watch an episode of Gossip Girl.

When Teens Interview Rock Stars


Offthebusandontherecord This book isn’t new, but it’s very cool. Besides, I just found it, so it’s new to me. Off The Bus and on the Record (Zest, $19) is a collection of 22 rock interviews by young journalists. When four Florida-based teenagers -- Jaime, Amanda, Zac and Brittany Rich -- started a TV show for a local Boca Raton network, they got to interview all the big names that came through town, including Gavin DeGraw, Maroon 5, My Chemical Romance and one of our favorites, Charlotte Sometimes.

The best interviews are compiled in Off the Bus and on the Record, an Almost Famous-esque book that lets us in on the back story of each interview, bloopers and band quirks. For example: The guys from OK Go talk a mile a minute and Rooney’s Robert Schwartzman likes to wear an eyeglass-nose-mustache mask. Good to know!

Young writers, heart and rock stars… what more do you want in a summer read?

NYLON Beauty Director Holly Siegel Tells All


Karen-o-for-nylon-july-2009 Can we get a shout-out for NYLON magazine? I mean, it's still making us want to rip pages out and hang them in our long-gone lockers, and therefore it does deserve some props. So we decided to interview NYLON's resident Beauty Director, Holly Siegel, and get some tips on, you know, what's hot. Here goes:

I Heart Daily: What are your favorite drugstore beauty product(s)?

Holly Siegel: I find that drugstore mascaras tend to be on par with (if not better than!) more expensive brands. Two of my favorites are L'Oreal Double Extend Mascara ($11) and Maybelline Microfiber Mascara ($8). I personally use black, but they also come in brown for those who like a less intense eye. I love the feel and look of brand-new mascara, and since this isn't too expensive I can buy another as soon as I feel my old mascara starts to dry (mascara expires after about three months!). Wet 'n' Wild lip liner in 666 ($1.50) is universally flattering. For hair, I really love the John Frieda Sheer Blonde Color Renew Tone Restoring Shampoo and Conditioner ($8 each) to keep blond hair from turning brassy.

IHD: What are some products that are worth splurging on?

HS: I absolutely adore Chanel intense kohl pencil eyeliner. It never smudges or fades, which is great because I don't have to worry about constantly reapplying when I'm out and about. Another great splurge is NARS cream eyeshadow ($21). It has such a nice, smooth feel and comes in such fun colors, especially for summer. Also, Bobbi Brown makes the best blushes and bronzers. They come in many different shades that work well with a range of different skin tones. And YSL foundations are always amazing.

IHD: What are some little known brands you love?

HS: Eyeko has adorable, manga-inspired packaging at a low price point. I love fragrances by Byredo. KO (it stands for "Knock Out"), started by Mike Potter, who was the makeup artist on Hedwig and the Angry Inch and works with Karen O, makes amazing matte nail polishes in cool colors and bottles. Sachajuan is also a cool haircare line.

IHD: What's the best beauty tip you've ever gotten?

HS: I bit my nails for years, and the only way I would stop was by getting acrylic tips -- but they were expensive, and when they came off my nails were long, but also wrecked. It was recommended that I try Cal-Gel, which is a super strong UV gel t you can get your nails painted with (it is, apparently, all the rage in Japan and Russia). It's amazing and doesn't damage nails or look fake. Dashing Diva salons now offer a similar service called Gelife. I've converted more people since!

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