Category: Price of Beauty

Chanel’s Vamp

Did you you?

umathurman_450x3001The blood red nail polish popularised by Uma Thurman in the movie Pulp Fiction is apparently Chanel’s top selling product of all time. The shade is called Vamp but originally called Rouge Noir. It was created by Dominique Moncourtois in 1994.

It was so sought after at one time that there was a waiting list for the nail- polish.

Chanel No 5 – Ultimate Favourite

When you think of perfumes, to most women, the first thing that comes up in their mind is none other than Coco Chanel’s  Chanel No. 5.

Chanel No 5 – Ultimate Favourite

Why did Coco called her perfume Chanel No. 5 and not number 1, 2 or 3…?  Apparently Coco’s favourite number was number 5.  So much so that the perfume was launched on 5th May (5th Month of the year) 1921.

It is such a timeless fragrance, so luxurious and expensive smelling.  It has hints of vanilla, rose and jasmine. 


It is quite expensive but  not the most expensive perfume in the market but it is always been a best seller.  No girl in their right mind would turn down a Chanel No 5.  Would you?  I wouldn’t!!!

When Coco Chanel was asked where one should wear perfume…

“Wherever one wants to be kissed.”



Chanel No 5 – Ultimate Favourite

Marilyn Monroe was probably the most famous endorser of the scent.  When she was asked what she wore in bed, expecting her to say a pajama top of just the pajamas or a sexy negligée, Marilyn blurted “Chanel No. 5”.

Did you know?

When Coco first release the now iconic Chanel No 5, she included a secret ingredient, used by old school perfumers.  This was the addition of  musk base note gathered from the sexual pheromones of Abyssinian civet cats.  Of course the latest version now only have a synthetic musk base note.  Civet cats have not been retired as they are now used as a symbiotic apparatus for civet coffee.


Rebecca Adlington Buys New Nose

Rebecca-Adlington-3174861Our British sporting heroine, Rebecca Adlington had succumbed to the pressure of celebrity self-image.

Apparently winning a couple of gold and two more bronze for excellent swimming prowess was not enough to elevate Rebecca into a stratospheric euphoria. Instead, her being in the public eye had resulted in her being image-conscious.

Becky Adlington was never ugly, she was attractive but lacking in self-confidence. This has probably had something to do with winning two golds for Team GB which made everyone expect for her to be honoured and made a dame by the Government, the way they did with Dame Kelly Holmes.

I think Kelly Holmes was over-honoured. The Government made a knee-jerk reaction; they used Kelly Holmes’ triumph at the Olympics to deflect people and voters from what was going wrong in the Government.

It was unfortunate for Becky that people started thinking that she would be honoured the same way as Kelly. When she failed to get the same celebration from the Government, Becky might have probably felt let down. Really unfortunate for a young woman’s ego.

I hope Rebecca’s new nose brings here some comfort and more self-confidence.

Becky A

She does look better and seems more confident with her “new” nose.

Snail Facial

I bet they shell out a lot of money for a snail facial!

I wonder what would they do with the fat, juicy snails after the treatments?

Are they bound for some fancy French restaurant for the delights of gourmet loving diners?

Esgargot anyone?



Snails face: Japan beauty treatment offers slime power

AFPBy AFP | AFP – Sun, Jul 14, 2013

Snails crawl on the face of a woman, as part of a new beauty treatment at beauty salon "Ci:z.Labo" in Tokyo, on July 13, 2013. Starting Monday, women who want to slough off dead skin, clear their pores or roll back the years can submit themselves to five minutes of molluscs

AFP/AFP – Snails crawl on the face of a woman, as part of a new beauty treatment at beauty salon “Ci:z.Labo” in Tokyo, on July 13, 2013.

Having live snails crawling on your face sounds like the thing of nightmares, but in Japan one company is hoping people will be prepared to pay for it.

Starting Monday, women who want to slough off dead skin, clear their pores or roll back the years can submit themselves to five minutes of molluscs.

“Slime from snails helps remove old cells, heal the skin after sun burn and moisturise it,” said Manami Takamura, a spokeswoman for Tokyo-based beauty salon Ci:z.Labo, as she placed three gastropods on a woman’s face.

“In this way, you can have 100 percent pure snail essence directly on the skin.”

Snail slime is believed to have an anti-ageing effect on human skin, and some cosmetics are already sold with essence of escargot.

But Ci:z.Labo beauty salon is going one step further in what it says is the first live snail treatment in Japan.

As part of the salon’s “Celebrity Escargot Course” customers will get five minutes of snail therapy, along with massage and other facial treatments.

The snails alone cost 10,500 yen ($106). Sayaka Ito said she had found the treatment so relaxing that she had almost fallen asleep.

“You can feel the snails moving on your face. At first, it is surprising, but it’s actually rather nice,” she said.

“My skin really does feel smooth and moist.”

Innovative Anti-Ageing Gadgets from Japan


What I say it if it works then the hilarious consequences to you during usage of the device is worth it.

I want this for Christmas. I want an Angelina Jolie super lips.


Bonkers Japanese anti-ageing products – the alternative to botox?

Could this bizarre-looking facial exerciser make botox and face lifts a thing of the past? Or would you prefer a wrinkle-fighting forehead plaster?

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Forget face lifts – all you need is a few minutes with a snazzy new Japanese anti-ageing gadget to reduce wrinkles around your mouth, lift your eyes and banish your jowls.

It looks utterly bonkers but The Face Slimming Mouth Exerciser promises the ‘perfect visage’ without resorting to the cosmetic surgeon’s knife – all you need to do is pop it in for three minutes a day and exercise your mouth.

The Face Slimming Mouth Exerciser promises to fight wrinkles and slim your face [JapanTrendShop]

According to Japan Trend Shop, which sells the gadgets, you can: “Fight wrinkles around your eyes and help shape the overall look of your face, whether in front of the mirror, in the bath or at any other convenient time every day.

“The movements are given extra load by the mold, forcing everything to work a bit harder and resulting in more youthful, vibrant faces.”

The mouth piece costs $61 (£39), which seems a little steep for a piece of rubber.

But that’s not the only plastic-surgery alternative offered by the website. You can also avoid turning to Botox for forehead wrinkles by wearing a… plaster.

Is The A-ge Liner Forehead Stretcher an alternative to botox?

The Forehead Stretcher is a butter-fly shaped ‘A-ge Liner’ that promises to combat the signs of ageing in just 15 minutes a day. You stick it to your forehead and forget about it. “You will hardly notice it’s there”, claims the site. Others might, however. But at $18 (£11.50), it’s certainly cheaper than having fillers.

And now we come to our personal favourite, the vibrating Facial Lift At Once Face Trainer $77 (£49). This little baby can be used for three minutes each day and pulses at four different strength levels to tone your facial muscles and give you a lift.


This vibrating gadget promises to tone your facial muscles in just three minutes a day [JapanTrendShop]

As the site says, “If only running a marathon could be as easy!”.

Though they all look a little bonkers, we’re slightly tempted. Surely exercising your facial muscles is better for you than injecting stuff to stop them working?

Though perhaps we’ll start slow with facial yoga

Sexing Up Princess Merida

This is rather disconcerting to read in the news that Disney, the promoter of everything for family viewing has now allegedly decided to sexify a perfectly charming and attractive and cute character, Princess Merida.

Leave Princess Merida alone.  She is fine as she is.  Funky, feisty and yet still feminine.  A perfect ideal for young girls to emulate.




Brenda Chapman joins growing anger over ‘sexier’ version of character for Disney Princesses range

Yahoo UK Movies NewsBy Ben Arnold | Yahoo UK Movies News – 8 hours ago

The director of ‘Brave’ has slated Disney for its redesign of Princess Merida from the film.

A new version of the character, with a slimmer waist and what has been described as a ‘Victoria’s Secret’ hairstyle, emerged last week after Merida was crowned as the 11th ‘Disney Princess’.

Before and After… Merida from Brave gets a makeover (Copyright: Disney)

But the film’s director Brenda Chapman has now joined the growing anger among parents at the decision to give her a makeover, which also includes the removal of the character’s bow and arrow.

“I think it’s atrocious what they have done to Merida,” Chapman said in a letter to her local newspaper, the Marin Independent Journal.

“When little girls say they like it because it’s more sparkly, that’s all fine and good but, subconsciously, they are soaking in the sexy ‘come hither’ look and the skinny aspect of the new version. It’s horrible!

“Merida was created to break that mould – to give young girls a better, stronger role model, a more attainable role model, something of substance, not just a pretty face that waits around for romance.”

The Scottish princess, voiced by Kelly Macdonald in the film, is now among the ‘Disney Princess’ franchise, the merchandising banner which includes various princesses from the Disney films, including the likes of Snow White, Cinderalla, Aurora and more recently Mulan and Rapunzel, as featured in ‘Tangled’.

A petition launched last week on addressed to Disney boss Robert A. Iger and a host of other Disney executives, called for them to ‘keep Merida brave’.

So far it has been endorsed by over 107,000 supporters.

“The redesign of Merida in advance of her official induction to the Disney Princess collection does a tremendous disservice to the millions of children for whom Merida is an empowering role model who speaks to girls’ capacity to be change agents in the world rather than just trophies to be admired,” writes the petition’s creator A Might Girl.

“Moreover, by making her skinnier, sexier and more mature in appearance, you are sending a message to girls that the original, realistic, teenage-appearing version of Merida is inferior; that for girls and women to have value – to be recognised as true princesses – they must conform to a narrow definition of beauty.”

Disney has responded to the criticism, saying: “Merida exemplifies what it means to be a Disney Princess through being brave, passionate, and confident and she remains the same strong and determined Merida from the movie whose inner qualities have inspired mums and daughters around the world.”

Vampire Facial

Is the search for eternal youth/beauty going too far? Apparently the new trend now which is much sought after is the vampire facial.

The beauteous intrepid Kim Kardashian underwent a vampire facial which left her sobbing during the painful procedure.

Kim Kardashian tweeter photo.

Kim Kardashian tweeter photo.

Kim Kardashian’s Vampire Facial: Experts Weigh In

Us WeeklyUs Weekly – Thu, Mar 14, 2013 7:00 PM EDT

  • Kim Kardashian's Vampire Facial: Experts Weigh InKim Kardashian’s Vampire Facial: Experts Weigh In

When Kim Kardashian decided to brave the latest Hollywood trend — a vampire facial — on a recent episode of Kourtney and Kim Take Miami, viewers’ jaws dropped.

In a vampire facial (the term “Vampire Facelift” has been trademarked by Alabama doctor Charles Runels), which is intended to help fight signs of aging, about two teaspoons of blood are extracted from the patient’s arm, spun in a centrifuge for approximately 10 minutes to separate the platelets, and then injected back into the patient’s face.

The golden-colored clear serum that rises to the top of the tubes is known as platelet rich plasma, or PRP for short, and that is what’s “injected into the patient’s face to rejuvenate the face,” New York-based dermatologist Dr. Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas tells Us Weekly.

Some variations of the procedure involve an extra step, wherein the practitioner adds fillers to help the results. The procedure takes anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes and can cost between $1500 to $2500.

Asked if there is any science behind the latest anti-aging remedy, the doctors are split. “[There’s] almost none,” Dr. Alexiades-Armenakas tells Us. “As of now there isn’t any scientific evidence that examines its efficacy … but presumably the plasma contains nutrients and factors that may boost skin rejuvenation. It is the latest new thing.”

Dr. David Colbert, a fellow New York-based dermatologist who has worked with stars like Rachel Weisz and Sienna Miller (Dr. Colbert has not performed the controversial procedure on either actress), tells Us that “it is the most sought-after procedure after Botox and fillers.” He counters that the science does, in fact, support the procedure.

“Many studies have been done that show how and why PRP works,” he tells Us. “Injecting a person’s own growth factors back into the skin stimulates more collagen and elastin to be made — in effect increasing the thread count and luminosity of the skin.”

On the show, Kardashian, 32, winced in pain as she was pricked with the tiny needles that delivered the extracted blood back into her face. “Ow, that hurts so bad!” she cried as red blood streamed down her face.

But Dr. Colbert tells Us that the procedure doesn’t hurt any more than an “acupuncture treatment,” and, in fact, he takes steps to make sure that the procedure is as painless as possible.

“We use a topical numbing agent and patients are very comfortable throughout the 15 minute procedure,” he says of his experience. “They are always surprised that it doesn’t really hurt.”

This article originally appeared on Kim Kardashian’s Vampire Facial: Experts Weigh In


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