Cannes Looks: Diane Kruger’s Ponytail Bun

There were many celebrities on the Red Carpet that inspired us with the looks they have chosen for the Cannes Film Festival. However, we have decided to stick with Diane Kruger’s ponytail bun because this type of hairstyle is perfect for any occasion, especially in the summer time. This look is not just easy to reproduce, but also very practical whether we need to go to work, to a party or spend a day at the pool.

The best hairstyles are usually the ones that are easy to accomplish, but look very sophisticated and elegant. Diane Kruger has made a perfect choice for this year’s edition of the Cannes festival because she took the star of the moment, the ponytail and upgraded it with a bun.

The first step you need to make for this coif is to apply a serum that makes hair sleek and tames fly-aways. You should apply a bigger quantity of product in case your hair is wavy or curly because you need extra hold to keep locks in place.

Once your hair is smooth and manageable enough, you can gather the mane in one ponytail and place it below your crown. Use a thin elastic to fix the ponytail; it is even better if you can find clear elastics as you won’t have to worry whether they match your hair color or not.

Take one piece of hair of about half an inch and let it loose while you take care of the rest of the hair. Roll the remaining hair of the ponytail into a bun and secure it with bobby pins for a better hold. Once you have finished the first part of the updo, you will take the loose piece of hair and simply wrap it around the bun until the elastic is perfectly covered. Make sure you pin down the end of the strand so it wouldn’t come off.

You may choose to wear this hairstyle as it is or you may embellish it with various accessories. For a more elegant look, you can wear it with a headband. If you want a glamorous updo for special occasions add a jeweled hair clip to the bun.


Ingredients To Look For In Anti-Cellulite Skin Creams

The myriad of anti-cellulite cream lines on the supermarket shelves can sometimes put you into trouble. The decisional process becomes even more difficult when your wallet is a little too thin and playing “Hunger Games” with your family looks like the only solution for you to obtain the miraculous product. It is not the name of the brand, nor the price of the merchandise you need to compare, but the ingredients contained in the lotion.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids are the main components that your new anti-cellulite cream needs to contain in order to be effective. These acids are usually used in anti-aging creams because they firm the skin, but scientists have discovered that they work very well against severe cases of “orange peel”.

You probably heard a lot of discussions about the positive effects of the caffeine on both our bodies and minds. They were all true as natural caffeine really smoothens skin and reduces cellulite when applied externally. However, caffeine-based creams have temporary results, so make sure you apply them a couple of times per day if you are looking for quick solutions.

Chili oil is the latest “technology” that beauty product makers use to produce anti-cellulite creams. They have resorted to this ingredient because it is a world-renowned stimulator of blood flow. As soon as you rub this product into your skin, you will get a sensation of heat which increases the blood flow within the problematic areas. If you don’t like chili oil, you can use Aminophylline because it helps nutrients enter the skin faster and diminishes fat cells.

Our skin needs a lot of collagen to remain firm. For that, it is important that you purchase skin lotions that contain copper peptides. The latter stimulate the production of collagen in our skin, so you won’t have to worry about sagging areas and, implicitly, cellulite.

The anti-cellulite skin lotion you will purchase doesn’t necessarily have to contain all the above mentioned products; just choose the one that is more appropriate for your needs. Drinking lots of liquids, eating healthy food and practicing sports will also help reduce cellulite.

Gwyneth Paltrow – The New Face Of Hugo Boss Perfume “Nuit”

Gwyneth Paltrow has been co-opted before for various healthy eating campaigns, but her image was never used for the promotion of a perfume. This time, however, the Oscar-winning actress was selected to represent the new face of Hugo Boss’ latest perfume, Nuit Pour Femme, says Daily Makeover.

The 39-year-old star has always impressed designers with her amazing body and stylish looks. It was, therefore, only natural that she was chosen to represent the new fragrance for women created by Hugo Boss. The campaign hasn’t been released yet, but the company has provided beauty magazines with a first behind-the-scenes image as a preview of the product.

Gerd Von Podewils, Global Marketing Director for Hugo Boss Fragrances, released the statement saying that the company is proud to announce their new collaboration with actress Gwyneth Paltrow. He further explained that their choice was based on the actress’ “effortless style, captivating beauty and remarkable [career] achievements”. The new fragrance from Hugo Boss, “Nuit”, was designed for successful women and, in Podewils’ opinion, Paltrow is the embodiment of female success.

Gwyneth also stated that she is honored to represent Boss Nuit Pour Femme. She felt really flattered by this collaboration because the Boss woman represents all the things she strives towards in her own life. The actress continued her statement by saying that the Boss woman is very ambitious, yet very feminine at the same time, managing to perfectly balance these two dimensions in life.

Boss Nuit Pour Femme was inspired by LBD looks because it is as simple and refined as a little black dress. Paltrow confessed that she fell in love with the concept of the campaign as soon as she first saw it because it is incredibly feminine. In addition, she likes the idea that a perfume can give you the impression that your look is complete.

The campaign that Gwyneth Paltrow is currently preparing for Hugo Boss will be publicized through various means of communication. The company will prepare a TV spot, a print and an online ad campaign that will be launched in August 2012.

Hairstyling Star Vidal Sassoon Dies At Age 84

In the fashion world, the news about hairstyling star Vidal Sassoon’s death was a hard moment. He has literally revolutionized hair styling and made the history books. Hairstyling star Vidal Sassoon died at age 84 after a history of heart trouble and a longtime and terrifying struggle with leukemia.

According to police spokesman Kevin Maiberger, the 84 year old hairstyling star was found dead at his home in Los Angeles. Family was with him when he passed away and police officials say the death occurred of natural causes, so there’s no reason for a further investigation.

Although the police report said he died of natural causes, publicist Mark Sejvar said that the exact cause of death was a bit unclear. However, given Vidal Sassoon’s history of health problems, it’s likely it was whether the leukemia that finally got him or his heart problems reappeared.

On Monday night, Vidal Sassoon was set to attend a fundraiser, but he called that day to cancel saying that “his body was feeling just a little bit too tired and he would be there in spirit”.

John Paul DeJoria is CEO of John Paul Mitchell Systems and a friend of the hairstylist. He said about Vidal Sassoon that he “was the most famous hairstylist in the history of the world. Good hairstylists never die. Vidal Sassoon and Paul Mitchell will always live on”.

Paul Mitchell’s son and former student of the hairstyling star, Angus Mitchell was interviewed by AP regarding Vidal Sassoon’s death. He said that “Vidal was like Christopher Columbus. He discovered that the world was round with his cutting system. It was the first language that people could follow”.

Oscar Blandi, owner of the Madison Avenue salon and stylist for the stars, said Vidal Sassoon “truly changed the world of hair and beauty”. He said that Vidal Sassoon “was definitely the most innovative person ever to enter the industry. He led the way for the celebrity stylists of today”.

Back in 1993, Vidal Sassoon was talking with Los Angeles Times about the haircut he did for Mary Quant in mid ‘60s. “My idea was to cut shape into hair, to use it like fabric and take away everything that was superfluous” explained the hairstylist. It was back in the days when “women were going back to work…they didn’t have time to sit under the dryer anymore”.

Brad Pitt Is Model For Chanel No. 5

It’s really no better man to sell and represent women’s fragrance than Brad Pitt. Perhaps Johnny Depp is next in line or George Clooney, but Brad Pitt is the king. Brad Pitt is now model for Chanel No. 5.

This Wednesday, women across the world received great news. Brad Pitt is model for Chanel No. 5. The company announced that the 48 year old gorgeous looking actor is going to be part of an advertising campaign that will launch later this year.

Although some might have something to argue about, given that Brad Pitt is now the face of a women’s fragrance, the truth is it is a great honor. For once, Chanel No. 5 has been designed and inspired by Coco Chanel, who herself modeled in the fragrance’s advertising campaigns back in 1973.

Thus, Brad Pitt joins a very exclusive list. Apart from Coco Chanel, Catherine Deneuve, Nicole Kidman and Audrey Tautou have been models for Chanel No. 5. Besides being a very profitable gig, given that Chanel No.5 is one of the most popular and top selling perfumes in the world, it is also a confirmation of Brad Pitt’s status. The actor has once been named by People magazine to be the Sexiest Man Alive.

A source told E! News that Brad Pitt will be flying to London for the shooting of the Chanel No. 5 ad campaign “sometime this week”. The Brad Pitt inspired fragrance for women will be released by the end of this year and we can only day dream about the mindboggling cocktail of aromas. Rugged, masculine, fresh and feel free to fill in the rest.

In other news today, Brad Pitt and his fiancée Angelina Jolie are rumored to have spent $16.18 million on real estate. Apparently they have bought a mansion in southwest London and a source told International Business Time the purchase wasn’t exactly linked to Brad Pitt’s recent Chanel No. 5 gig.

“They loved it when they were in the UK last year. They like the culture and are happy for their children to receive schooling here. They think Richmond is a beautiful part of the world” explained the source.

Vogue Launches The Health Initiative

It was about time somebody in the fashion industry did something to prevent young models from becoming frighteningly skin and developing eating disorders. Vogue was the first to put foot down as the magazine will launch The Health Initiative in June hoping to convince other publications to promote a healthier approach to body image.

Vogue publisher, Condé Nast International, realized that too many young models face health problems because they refuse to eat in order to attain an impossible beauty standard. The only solution to prevent similar problems in the future is to change mentalities; therefore, the magazine plans to launch The Health Initiative, an agreement aiming to promote a healthier body look.

According to Condé Nast International, health is the most beautiful asset that a person could have. As a consequence, Vogue no longer wants its magazines to promote images that might hurt models and readers. The agreement is made out of six points which will have to be accepted by all the international editors of the magazine. Based on the provisions of the pact, editors will no longer work with models who are younger than 16 and who appear to suffer from anorexia, as well as other eating disorders. In addition, they will hire professional models to educate younger girls in the fashion industry to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The agreement has already been accepted by the majority of the editors. Emmanuelle Alt of Vogue Paris, Alexandra Shulman of Vogue U.K., Kirtsie Clements of Vogue Australia, Mitsuko Watanabe of Vogue Japan and Anna Wintour of American Vogue have agreed to enact the pact starting with June 2012.

Models Lily Cole and Adriana Lima were invited to discuss these issues in the June number of the magazine. Although their initiative won’t start to pay off as soon as it will be initiated, Vogue is convinced that they will manage to make several changes in the fashion industry. Their plan is to determine many more magazines to follow their example in the following years.

Choosing The Best Ponytail For Your Face Shape

Ponytails are back in fashion as they have been present on every catwalk during this year’s fashion week presentations. However, gathering your tresses in a simple ponytail is not enough to look stylish; most of the times, you need to adapt your hairstyle to your face shape. Here are a few tips you may use to get a perfectly ‘relaxed’ look.

Women who have oval face shape can wear pretty much any type of hairstyle they want. When it comes to updos, however, experts recommend the side ponytail. If you pull all your hair back you will notice that one side of your face is a little bit asymmetrical, that is, you have a smaller eye or your forehead gets narrower. These differences are absolutely normal, but they still have to be counterbalanced with the help of the hair. Thus, the ponytail will be placed in the back, on the side that is usually smaller to make up for the difference. You can also add a side parting making sure that the fringe is placed on the less symmetric part.

Making their faces look longer is the main goal that women with round faces should bear in mind. This task is usually very easy to accomplish as you only have to gather your hair into a ponytail that is as close as possible to the top of the head. According to experts, you should try to create volume in the front, so make sure you tease your hair before securing it with an elastic band. For a better result, you can gather the front sections of your hair into a quiff and keep it in place with a bobby pin.

At the opposite end, we have elongated face shapes which must be equilibrated through a low ponytail. For this coif you need to determine how loose or how tight your ponytail should be. If you want to create a fuller face-effect, you need to slightly loosen the hair on the sides. Women with very long foreheads should opt for a ponytail with fringe or bangs.

Square face shapes must be ‘softened’ with romantic ponytails. Soft curls, loose fringes and side partings are the allies you need to consider whenever you want to diminish facial features that are too prominent.

AnnaLynne McCord Sets Out To Change Hollywood And Fashion

Actress AnnaLynne McCord sets out to accomplish a very difficult task. Us Weekly reports that the 90210 star plans to make a change in the Hollywood and fashion industry because she doesn’t want to pretend that she is perfect anymore. The first step has already been made: the 24-year-old actress posted a makeup-free picture of herself on Friday.

Many more celebrities follow in the footsteps of Nicole Polizzi who impressed everyone with her perfect complexion and child-like features when she posted a no make-up pic. This time, it was AnnaLynne McCord’s turn to take pride in both her qualities and her flaws. The 24-year-old star took a makeup-free picture of herself and shared it with her Twitter followers.

The photo was accompanied by a message saying that McCord was feeling “over Hollywood’s perfection requirement” and that is why she decided to show people how she really looks like. The message was a little bit ironical because the actress’ complexion was far from flawless; in the picture you could clearly see that McCord’s face is covered with pimples and red spots. In the end, she encouraged fans not to feel embarrassed about their skin problems and to accept themselves as they are.

AnnaLynne decided to get involved in this anti Hollywood glamour trend because she wants to make a change in the fashion industry. Earlier this year, she stated in an interview that she will adopt a more relaxed approach when it comes to fashion and beauty, so young girls would no longer be tricked into believing that celebrities are perfect.

This decision was taken over the New Year’s Eve while the actress was having a conversation with her sister. The two asked each other what changes would like to see around them in order for the world to become a better place. Their conclusion was that they should start the changes themselves and since AnnaLynne would like to change Hollywood, she will give up many fashion and beauty tricks that celebrities use to look perfect.

The 90210 star is aware that changing Hollywood mentalities is going to be a difficult mission, but she is willing to take the risk. In fact, she is determined to stick to her plan, so class would make a comeback.

Cameron Diaz Cried After Super Short Haircut – Learn To Avoid Salon Mistakes

Cameron Diaz is now promoting her most recent movie “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” and the actress showed up at Jay Leno’s show on Thursday. She told the TV host that she never wanted to cut her hair so short, so she started crying when she first saw her super short haircut.

Here’s a lesson we all need to learn, whether we are celebrities or not: never let your best friend cut your hair. Cameron Diaz was not familiar with this unwritten rule and that is how she ended up with a super short haircut that she never wanted in the first place. The 39-year-old actress told Jay Leno during his Thursday edition of “The Tonight Show” that she went to her pal’s house to get a quick trim and she got several inches of hair chopped off instead.

Diaz stated that her female friend was supposed to leave for Christmas with her family, so the actress insisted that she received a haircut that night even if it was 10:00 p.m. There was a misunderstanding between the two and Diaz’s long tresses were shortened a few inches. When she realized what had happened, the actress could not refrain herself from crying. A few minutes later, she went from sadness to anger and she started screaming at her pal for the mistake she made. The female friend felt guilty for everything that had happened, so she started crying, too.

Despite the words that they said to each other, Cameron Diaz learned to accept her new look. In fact, she emailed her friend a few days later telling her that she was OK and that she was sorry for the scene she had caused.

Her new haircut was not the only subject that was approached during the show. The “Bad Teacher” star will turn 40 in August and Jay Leno wanted to know if this makes her sad. Diaz responded that she can hardly wait to be 40 because she has always liked the idea of getting old and becoming a wiser person.

You can avoid similar mistakes in salons if you carefully explain your hairdresser what style you have in mind. Give specific directions to how much hair you want to cut and, if necessary, provide photos of the look you want to achieve.

Erika Harold, Former Miss America Might Run For Congress

Although being a celebrity can get you more than enough media coverage, some people want even more. And politics seems to be the right place to be controversial and under the media’s radar. Erika Harold, a former Miss America, is thinking about running for Congress in 13th District.

You might not truly remember Erika Harold, even if the name does ring a bell. She won the Miss America award back in 2003 and after getting her degree in law, the former beauty queen looks into politics as a possible career down the line.

Erika Harold grew up in Urbana, Illinois, a city from 13th District. According to the News – Gazette, the former beauty queen is just one of the people that have been looking into the possibility to run for the seat left vacant by Illinois U.S. Republican Tim Johnson. In the competition for Tim Johnson’s seat there are some pretty experienced people waiting in line: real estate developer David Paul Blumenshine, former Johnson chief of staff Jerry Clarke or Becky Doyle, the former state agriculture director.

In an interview with News – Gazette, Erika Harold, now 32 years old, said she is still considering the possibility to run for Congress in 13th District. The thought however seems to be quite appealing for 2003’ Miss America: “I would consider it an incredible honor and privilege to represent the area in which I grew up. I will be assessing in my own heart whether I felt that I was the best person to represent the 13th District”.

The former Miss America also added that the idea “humbled and honored” her and she emphasized she understands “what an awesome responsibility it is to represent people’s interests and to be their advocate in Washington, D.C.”.

Harold said that if she’s going to run for 13th District, then she’d do it on behalf of the Republicans. Erika Harold explained that she considers herself a Republican because she believes that the “Republican principles of fiscal conservatism and free-market economics creates the greatest amount of good for the greatest number of people”.

What do you think? Should Erika Harold run for 13th District? Would her past as Miss America damage her chances?