May 2011

How to Recreate Iconic Beauty Looks


Lookbook Last summer, we highlighted Erika Stalder's In the Driver's Seat, a guide to your first car (still a fantastic resource!). This year, she's got something different out on the shelves: The Look Book (Zest), with illustrations by Carol Pesce. It's all about Hollywood beauty icons, and it could not be more fun.

Celebrity hair stylist Christopher Fulton and makeup-artist-to-the-stars Cameron Cohen also contributed to this beauty bible that celebrates stars ranging from Björk to Marilyn Monroe to Naomi Campbell. You'll learn when each one inspired a new look, why it became legendary and how to create it.

Want to rock Betty Boop's bee-stung lips (which were inspired by silent film star Clara Bow)? Kate Winslet's no-makeup makeup? Veronica Lake's peek-a-boo hair wave? You're covered -- the stars featured span the decades from the 1920s to now. Not to brag, but my pop culture beauty knowledge is kind of off the charts after flipping through The Look Book.

Stalder says that each style included in the book "is absolutely attainable at home, by girls of all ages," and I'm inclined to agree. I can barely put on mascara, but with step-by-step instructions from The Look Book, I'm about to tackle Audrey Hepburn's winged eyes. Wish me luck.

Check out a few instructional videos from the book here. You'll be hooked.

5 Cute Charm Bracelets


Booksbracelet The cool thing about charm bracelets is that they're endlessly customizable. They can commemorate everything from your trip around the world to your love of all things geeky (see robot and book options, below). Here are five picks for a charmed wrist:

 Got Books? Literary Charm Bracelet, A Likely Story ($38, pictured). With replica typewriter keys, pewter charms and literary images, the book-geek in you will swoon for this one.

 Dinosaur Bracelet, ShanaLogic ($18). Remember how the idea of dinosaurs blew your mind when you were younger? Let this bracelet celebrate that sense of wonder.

 Candy Sweets Charm Bracelet, KorpseCrafts ($15). This could work two ways: Either you're hungry all day for donuts, or you're sated by this bracelet's cuteness.

 Ulinx Magnetic Jewelry, Ulinx ($25 per set). These are the ultimate update for friendship jewelry -- the strong magnets that make up each design (you can create necklaces and rings too) can be bought individually, traded with friends and moved around to create new pieces. Think of them as a more grown-up version of Silly Bandz.

 Robot Love Charm Bracelet, MindThis ($5). With a silicon band and crystal accent, this little guy makes a simple statement (and he can always be joined by friends).

RED Hearts: Traditional Argentine Mate


Mate 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.

Today's RED Hearts post is from Zoe Mendelson, 20, currently studying in Buenos Aires, Argentina, who loves a new drink with a metal straw:

Here in Buenos Aires, they look at you funny if you ask for your coffee to go. They’ll giggle at the silly tourist if they see you walking around holding a little paper cup. This seems odd to me, considering their beverage of choice involves carrying a container of loose leaves, a gourd, a metal straw and a giant thermos of hot water.

If you’re a North American who wants to try a hot drink with more ritual than anything you get at Starbucks, two things to know -- it’s pronounced mah-tay, and you can get a whole range of products here (I recommend the plain loose mate leaves).

Yerba mate, the plant from which mate is prepared, is a species of holly. The leaves and parts of the branches are dried and steeped in hot water inside a gourd and sipped from a metal straw that has a filter at the bottom. It has more caffeine than coffee, and more antioxidants than green tea.

But what’s really special about it is that mate is for sharing. One person pours the water and then hands it to the person on their right. That person then drinks it and hands the cup back to the server, who fills it for the next person. Everyone shares the same straw and nobody bats an eye.  

Mate has a strong, bitter, vegetal flavor that takes some getting used to. But don’t worry, the Argentines aren’t averse to adding sugar. “Mate dulce, para amarga es la vida,” they say, which means, “Sweet mate, for life is bitter.” 

Red hearts logo RED Hearts guest poster Zoe Mendelson is an author of RED: Teenage girls in America write on what fires up their lives today, which is out in paperback.

eco-amour: A Close Shave You'll Want


Eco-armour reshoot I don't take special measures when it comes to shaving my legs or underarms. I'll use whatever is within reach in the shower: shampoo, bar soap, shower gel, etc.

But, since trying out eco-armour, I'm shaving to the beat of a different emollient. Made by a husband and wife team, eco-armour is an all-natural, eco-friendly shaving foam that feels and smells heavenly. It comes in two scents: Eucamint 2, which contains eucalyptus, peppermint and tea tree oils for its refreshing and tingly smell, and Pomago, which is enhanced with pomegranate and mango-scented oils and smells so scrumptious you'll wish it were a popsicle flavor.

Seriously, this stuff really conditions your skin -- mine feels like a baby's bottom. Also, it doubles as a body and face wash, making it the triple threat of bathing foams. And because it contains witch hazel -- which conditions metals -- you can apply eco-armour to your razor in between shaves to extend the sharpness and use of the blade.

At $14 for a 3 oz bottle and $24 for 7.1 oz, it isn't exactly budget, but I can vouch that a little pump goes a long way. So if you have problems with razor burn, ingrown hairs or irritation, or if you just want really soft skin that smells good, check out eco-armour. Summer's a-calling and those short shorts want to come and out play.

Read It: Crush: 26 Real-life Tales of First Love


Crush_cover I've had a number of crushes throughout the years. Some were giddy, lighthearted affairs, and some were painfully intense, leaving my soul destroyed and ego embarrassingly bruised (don't worry, I recovered!). But, hey -- we can all relate, right?

Well, get ready to commiserate in a major way with Crush: 26 Real-life Tales of First Love, edited by Andrea N. Richesin, who assembled this anthology of writers spilling their guts about L-U-V.

The range of emotions and types of crushes run the gamut. Jacquelyn Mitchard's melancholy but tender story of finding lost love letters from a boy in Vietnam is a movie plot come to life, while David Levithan writes candidly about coming to terms with his sexuality, thanks to a boy in his creative writing class with a seductive neck. And I Heart Daily's very own Melissa Walker reveals "Notebook 286," where she scribbled down every detail and encounter with her blue-eyed dreamboat.

From having a crush to being crushed, this book reminded me of every boy that's ever given me butterflies (or indigestion).

AND, guess what? We're giving away copies to five lucky I Heart Daily subscribers!* Just write to us with a short (or long) tale about your first crush, and we'll pick the winners next week! (If you're not subscribed, sign up for the newsletter now!)

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