Can we confess something to you? We simply don’t get the cult of Justin Bieber. Where on earth did this kid come from? Few things have made us feel as out of touch with “today’s youth” (god, we feel like our grandmothers just writing that) as the 16-year-old, mop-topped Canadian phenom. He’s at the White House! He’s on the cover of People! He’s on SNL! He’s taking over our lives! We desperately want to understand why girls are obsessed with him, and we long for a day when he’s not the top trending topic on Twitter. (Alliteration, whee!) But most importantly, we want to know: how does he keep his hair so shiny…and does he have stock in Crest Whitestrips? Things to ponder, eh?
In completely unrelated news, it’s been a good week for royal watchers. First, the interwebs were buzzing this past week after Tina Brown declared on The Daily Beast that Prince William and Kate Middleton are rumored to be announcing their engagement this summer, with a wedding to follow in November. Regardless of whether the news is true or not (we think close, but not quite), it’s caused Wills and Kate speculation to go into overdrive.
And secondly, Grace Kelly—the legendary Oscar winner who moved to Monaco and became a real life Princess—is again everywhere, thanks to an exhibition at London’s Victoria and Albert museum celebrating her life through her wardrobe. Here we have Grace on the cover of Vanity Fair, there we have a juicy article in Tatler detailing her rise to the top of the social heap. It’s been nearly 50 years since Grace’s monumental wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco and nearly 30 since her fatal car crash, but she still fascinates. When it comes to poise, elegance and timelessness…there’s only one Grace.
Now, onto the giveaways!
LAST WEEK’S WINNER
Congratulations to Ericka Hyak, winner of the Bare Escentuals mega-giveaway! She’s won all of the following amazing Bare Escentuals goodies:
• Bare Escentuals bareMinerals SPF 15 Matte Foundation
• Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Flawless Face Brush
• Bare Escentuals Buxom Lip Gloss in Leslie (a color exclusive to QVC, and named after Leslie Blodgett!)
• Bare Escentuals Smoky Eye Tutorial Collection
• Leslie Blodgett Perfume Diaries in Santa Barbara
THIS WEEK’S GIVEAWAY
Love Tarte Cosmetics? We do, too! Founded in 1999 by Maureen Kelly, Tarte is an eco-conscious makeup line beloved by beauty editors, and dedicated to making you look your absolute best through glamorous high-performance naturals™. We’re huge fans of the Cheek Stain, Eyeliner, and Lock and Roll 12-hour creaseless eyeshadow—but all the products are the bomb!
If you haven’t tried any Tarte goodies, here’s your chance. One lucky reader will win 5 different Tarte emphasEYES inner-rim eyeliners in shades of Black, Charcoal, Plum, Brown and Green. They’re incredibly versatile and make it infinitely easier to create that sexy feline look we all covet, but can rarely achieve!
How to enter? Simply comment below with the best makeup advice you’ve ever received. We’ll pick one reader at random next week from the comments. Good luck!
THE LATEST LAUNCHES
- Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer Liquid Sunblock in SPF 55 and SPF 70, $10.79, drugstores
– NARS So Famous Gift Set, $44, Sephora.com
– Ralph Lauren Summer Romance, $78, limited-edition, sephora.com
– LUSH The Naked Kit (featuring Squeaky Green Shampoo Bar, mini Buffy
Body Butter, mini Therapy Massage Bar, Sexy Peel Soap, Toner Tab, Fresh Farmacy/Coalface Cleanser), $20, limited-edition, Lush.com
– PreGame Texturizing Spray, $22, stylingpowder.com
– Cargo 100% Natural Plant-Love Collection, beauty360.com
– Nicole by OPI Nicole ♥ Walmart Nail Lacquers, $7.99, Walmart
“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” – Confucius
Are you a slave to beauty products like we are? Crazy for the best cleansers, mad for moisturizers, and mesmerized by any new makeup? Well, have we got some exciting news for you!
Since we know you miss our daily sales, we’ve partnered up with HauteLook to bring them back! As the online leader in beauty, HauteLook offers daily beauty sale events, featuring some of your favorite brands at up to 75% off! From Stila to Laura Mercier, Kiehl’s to Mario Badescu, they’ve got all the products you can’t live without—and even those you’re dying to try.
On Tuesday, March 30th, shop bestseller StriVectin, proven effective to treat the telltale signs of aging. Resurface skin’s texture and combat free radicals with this incredible line of combative skincare.
Or if you’re looking for a new makeup palette for Spring, Kevyn Aucoin on April 5th and Fusion Beauty on April 7th have you covered. Find everything you need to achieve the flawless complexion and sun-kissed radiance you crave—this week on HauteLook!
Need even more reason to shop? As part of our partnership, HauteLook is offering readers of The Fairest a special offer of $10 off any StriVectin order of $100 or more through 4/1.
Now’s the time to stock up on your must-haves and even try something new. Let HauteLook help you look and feel beautiful for Spring.
— The Fairest
We’re in an American Idol state of mind, although we must confess that we find this year’s contestants a bit lackluster. Where’s our Kelly? No Carrie? Wherefore art thou Glambert?! After Alex Lambert was eliminated, we were a tiny bit crushed…but now we’re throwing our hopes behind Crystal Bowersox, who has that unique, awesome voice, plus is looking prettier and prettier every week. What say you?
Speaking of American Idol and prettiness, it seems the name on everybody’s lips is makeup artist Mezhgan Hussainy (pronounced MISH-gone—you’re welcome), who is, of course, engaged to marry annoying/sexy he-devil Simon Cowell. We had a pleasure of working with Mezhgan on a photo shoot for Total Beauty last year, and not only is she supremely talented, super nice and ridiculously beautiful (some people are just blessed!), she’s also the creator of her own makeup line called Me by Mezhgan. Learn more about the line here; we’re a fan of Luminous Me, a double-barreled primer and foundation duo.
Can we share something else really exciting? When we ran into Mezhgan at a party later in the year for Dr. Garth Fisher’s skincare line Cell-Ceuticals, she not only remembered us, but told us she’d bought our book Beauty Confidential and loved it! (The subtitle of Beauty Confidential is “The No Preaching, No Lies, Advice-You’ll-Actually-Use Guide to Looking Your Best,” which is exactly what we tried to do. If you’ve read it, email us at email@example.com and let us know what you think!)
Now, onto the winner of last week’s contest: it’s Laney (who loves DKNY Be Delicious)! She wins 5 Memoire Liquide Reserve fragrances (Vacances Liquide, Amour Liquide, Soleil Liquide, Encense Liquide and Fleur Liquide), worth more than $475 total! Congratulations, Laney!
Ready for this week’s giveaway? We think you’re going to flip for it, and we’re particularly excited as it’s our personal all-time favorite makeup brand:
- Bare Escentuals bareMinerals SPF 15 Matte Foundation
- Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Flawless Face Brush
- Bare Escentuals Buxom Lip Gloss in Leslie (a color exclusive to QVC, and named after Leslie Blodgett!)
- Bare Escentuals Smoky Eye Tutorial Collection
- Leslie Blodgett Perfume Diaries in Santa Barbara
The total value of the prizes is over $150 and the contest is open to all US residents. To enter, simply comment below and tell us who you think’s going to win this year’s American Idol (or who you’re pulling for). Good luck!
DISCOUNT FOR THE FAIREST READERS
Founded in 1999, Fenix Cosmetics is one of our favorite beauty brands; it’s a line specially formulated for sensitive skin and is sold in doctor’s offices and med-spas across the world. It all began with the original sunscreen, SPF 30 Rehydrating Sunscreen (we love!) and has since expanded into a celebrity-favorite line that’s gentle enough for even eczema-, rosacea-, or acne-prone skin. Just for readers of The Fairest, Fenix is offering 65% off all products when you enter promo code “thefairest” at FenixCosmetics.com, until Friday March 26th. Happy shopping!
THE LATEST LAUNCHES
Kiehl’s Limited-Edition Acai Damage-Protecting Toning Mist, $26, (100% of proceeds benefit the Rainforce Alliance.)
Jemma Kidd JK Showstopper Water Resistant Bronzer, $23
Napoleon Perdis NP Romance Set, $32
Umberto Beverly Hills Dry Clean Dry Shampoo, $9.99
Phyto-C Pro Heal Serum, $70
Clarins Brightening Hydrating Day Lotion SPF 20, $59
Clarins Intensive Brightening Smoothing Serum, $68
ANGEL Sunessence Blue Lagoon Edition by Thierry Mugler, $80
ALIEN Sunessence Sun Sapphire Edition by Thierry Mugler, $80
Sea Breeze Original Formula and Sensitive Skin Astringent. $3.97 each
Kilian Arabian Nights Collection, $395 each
“Even I don’t wake up looking like Cindy Crawford.” — Cindy Crawford
What did you think of the Oscars? (Did we call The Hurt Locker, or what?) Hands-down, our favorite glamour gal of the night was Cameron Diaz, who proved that women (like fine wine—or Johnny Depp!) get better as they mature. At the Samsung viewing party we attended at the Four Seasons, there were audible gasps as she walked the carpet, and we heard her name-checked all night as looking particularly divine.
We snooped a bit to find out the secret behind Cameron’s gorgeous ‘do—perfectly old Hollywood, particularly set off against her strapless gold beaded Oscar de la Renta gown—and discovered that her stylist Lona Vigi achieved the Rita Hayworth-esque waves by using LiQWD Professional Volumizing Catalyst (also the secret behind Vera Farmiga’s softly tousled updo) and followed with Velecta Paramount Paris TGR 4000 blow-dryer. (Read more about her look here on the LA Times’ All the Rage blog.)
Meanwhile, in other beauty news, have you seen Lady Gaga and Beyonce‘s Quentin Tarantino-inspired video for Telephone yet? It debuted yesterday, immediately set Twitter afire, and is sure to spawn countless YouTube imitations and beauty blog-recreations. See it for yourself here! (What do you think: weird or genius?)
Congratulations to Erin from Never Enough Nails, winner of last week’s Paul Mitchell giveaway! You’ve won:
- Paul Mitchell Shampoo One
Paul Mitchell Hair Repair Treatment
Paul Mitchell Extra-Body Daily Boost
Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum
Paul Mitchell Super Strong Liquid Treatment
Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Lemon Sage Energizing Body Wash
Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Lavender Mint Moisturizing Body Lotion
Paul Mitchell Express Style Fast Form
Paul Mitchell Hair Sculpting Lotion
Ready for this week’s giveaway? It comes from our featured boutique, Studio Beautymix:
Founded in 1984 by industry legend Robin Hoe-Cutshing and her sister Jennifer Coe-Bakewell, Studio Beautymix at Fred Segal in Santa Monica features an amazing selection of can’t-miss brands (like Stila, Korres and Smashbox), as well as up-and-coming indie brands (like Juara, Diana B., and Jemma Kidd), all in the first open-sell apothecary boutique environment. I defy you to walk into Studio Beautymix and leave without purchasing a slew of products you’re newly obsessed with. (Seriously, it traps us every time!)
We’ve partnered with them for a great giveaway this week. One lucky reader will win 5 Memoire Liquide Reserve fragrances—created by Robin herself—valued at over $475. Here’s what you’ll win!
The contest is open to all US residents. Simply comment below with the name of the perfume you’re currently loving!
London gals are obsessed with The Organic Pharmacy–an organic health and beauty spa featuring treatments, vitamins and homeopathic remedies, as well as a luxury product line–and the first North American location has recently opened up in Beverly Hills. Just for readers of The Fairest, when you visit The Organic Pharmacy, you’ll receive 20% off all facials! (And believe us, their facials are divine.) Call (310) 272-7275 to set up your appointment, check out the menu of offerings here, and don’t forget to tell them The Fairest sent you!
THE LATEST LAUNCHES
Here’s what’s new at your local beauty emporium:
MAC Give Me Liberty of London Collection, including
- Liberty of London Makeup Bag, $30
- MAC Liberty of London Nail Lacquer in Blue India and Vestral White, $12
Keep your eyes peeled next week for the winner of the Memoire Liquide giveaway, and stay beautiful!
Tell them dear, that if eyes were made for seeing,
Then beauty is its own excuse for being
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
It’s Oscar weekend, and we at The Fairest HQ are all abuzz over the big show. (Who do you think’s going to win? Our money’s on Kathryn Bigelow and The Hurt Locker.) Of course, while the awards are fun, what we really salivate over is all the red carpet glamour: this is Hollywood at its finest! While few of us might ever experience the Academy Awards inside the Kodak theater, we’re still determined to look just as glowy and gorgeous as any of the nominees.
To that end: congratulations to Caity88, winner of last week’s Sue Devitt giveaway! Caity’s bathroom just got a lot more chockablock (we hope you don’t have roommates), since she won all of the following!
- Sue Devitt Mini Lip Gloss
- Sue Devitt E-Z Eye Shadow Roller Ball
- Sue Devitt Eye Intesifier Pencil
- Sue Devitt Silky Eye Shadow
- Sue Devitt Silky Blush
- Sue Devitt Black Widow Mascara
- Sue Devitt Bermuda Triangle Undereye Corrector
- Sue Devitt Starbrights Lip and Cheek
Ready for this week’s giveaway? We’ve partnered with Paul Mitchell (Happy 30th Birthday, PM!) to bring one reader of The Fairest an entirely new hair care wardrobe worth over $100! One lucky North American winner (that’s right, ladies in Canada and Mexico—you’re eligible, too!) will receive a collection of Paul Mitchell’s latest and greatest, including:
- Paul Mitchell Shampoo One
- Paul Mitchell Hair Repair Treatment
- Paul Mitchell Extra-Body Daily Boost
- Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum
- Paul Mitchell Super Strong Liquid Treatment
- Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Lemon Sage Energizing Body Wash
- Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Lavender Mint Moisturizing Body Lotion
- Paul Mitchell Express Style Fast Form
- Paul Mitchell Hair Sculpting Lotion
To enter, simply comment below with the name of your favorite hair brand. Good luck!
DISCOUNTS FOR THE FAIREST READERS
We’re always on the hunt for cool new websites, so we flipped when we discovered Lock and Mane, an online boutique dedicated to the best high end hair care. Featured brands include Mason Pearson, Oscar Blandi, Rene Furterer, T3, Terax and Ted Gibson, and the site also has a fun, trend-spotting blog. Want your own hair to look sexy and fabulous? (Um, is the sky blue?) We’re here to help! All readers of The Fairest will receive 20% off when shopping at Lock and Mane. Just enter discount code thefairest at checkout.
And just because one is never enough, we’ve also got our makeup lovers in mind! ShopPrep.com is a new boutique that features great makeup brands like DuWop, Becca, Paul & Joe, Stila and theBalm. Exclusively for readers of The Fairest, they’ve offered a 25% discount when shopping at ShopPrep.com. Just enter discount code THEFAIREST (in all caps) at checkout.
Phew! We’re exhausted from all that beauty beneficence!
THE LATEST LAUNCHES
Meanwhile, so you can keep your beauty cabinets stocked, we’ll be doing regular roundups of the latest beauty launches. Here’s what’s new at your local beauty emporium:
MAC Cosmetics Tabloid Beauty Collection, including all-time classic MAC products repackaged for the permanentTabloid Beauty Collection, like:
- Plush Lash Mascara, $13
- Pro Longwear Lipcolour, $21
- Penultimate Eyeliner, $16.50
- Viva Glam Cyndi, $14 (high luster lipstick in light coral-red color)
- Viva Glam Gaga, $14 (high luster lipstick in cool blue-pink shade)
Keep an eye out next Friday for the winner of the Paul Mitchell giveaway, your chance to win another fabulous haul of beauty loot, as well as an Oscar beauty roundup with tips and tricks on how to recreate the best looks of the night.
Love in lipgloss!
“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” — Kahlil Gibran
Exciting news! The Fairest is evolving, and we hope you’ll join us on the journey. Effective immediately, The Fairest is transitioning from just hosting daily sales to providing you with a once-per-week newsletter chock full of can’t-miss beauty goodness and special offers directly from brands. We’ll still host occasional sales, but plan to focus on deals directly from brands exclusively for you.
– Special offers and discounts from your favorite beauty brands
– A new beauty product giveaway each week
– Insider tips and how-didn’t-I-know-that? tricks to help you look and feel your best
– Product obsessions—from both readers and experts—that are guaranteed to become your favorites
– Honest, tell-it-like-it-is reviews
– Regular roundups of the latest beauty launches
– Nationwide salon and spa opening news
We’ve said it a million times: it doesn’t require perfect genes, an army of stylists, or a bathroom that rivals Sephora to look fabulous. All you need are the right tips and a little help from your friends—and that’s where we come in. (Hey, we get it: we’re beauty junkies, too!)
To celebrate our relaunch, comment below with the name of your favorite makeup brand to enter the Sue Devitt makeup giveaway. One lucky reader (open to US residents) will win a makeup haul worth over $350. Here’s what you’ll win!
We’re The Fairest…and so are you. Thanks for reading!
Love in lip gloss,
Three years after being paralyzed in a pool diving accident, Francesco Clark–founder of skincare line Clark’s Botanicals–was in an emotional fog, traumatized and feeling adrift. When Christopher Reeve suddenly passed away, Francesco was spurred into action, realizing that he wanted to make a difference, and founding Clark’s Botanicals. (The line is made from essential oils, botanicals and vitamins, is highly effective, and smells wonderful. Sensitive and drier skins will love the Deep Moisture Mask.)
Francesco is now the new ambassador for The Christopher Reeve Foundation, and is publishing his first book, Walking Papers, on June 1, 2010–the anniversary of his accident.
Learn more about Francesco’s amazing, inspiring story tomorrow, Wednesday January 6th, when he appears on the PBS series “This Emotional Life” at 9pm.