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We all know the ins and outs of wardrobe staples — a plain white tee, dark denim, and a timeless LBD come to mind — so why not learn the rules when it comes to beauty? We wanted to find out the must-have products that our favorite fashion insiders never leave home without: the go-to goodies that instantly put a pep in our most stylish friends’ steps. This week, Rebecca Minkoff lets us in on a minimalist beauty routine that’ll have you breezing through the summer months.
First, you take careful measure to exfoliate in all the right places (just like the directions say to)! You towel dry, and then–you go for it: Endless slathering of the most plastic-scented, lightly peach-tinted self-tanning lotion. You even let it dry. You stand there. Naked. Just waiting, diligently.
We all know the ins and outs of wardrobe staples — a plain white tee, dark denim, and a timeless LBD come to mind — but the same goes for beauty. We wanted to find out the exact must-have products that our favorite fashion insiders never leave home without: the go-to goodies that instantly put a pep in our most stylish friends’ steps. This week, actress Tika Sumpter reveals her must-have moisturizer.
Remember Rihanna‘s ads for Nivea? No? Well, we didn’t either, until we heard that the beauty brand’s spokesperson received harsh criticism from Nivea’s new CEO Stefan Heidenreich.
This was the week of model lawsuits, Vogue Photoshop abuse, and offensive advertising. We also learned about Fashion’s Night Out plans and September issues. And did you know Sarah Palin had polka-dotted toenails?
Yesterday, we stumbled upon a Nivea ad which posited that black men with afros were not only unkempt, but uncivilized. It was, in other words, utterly offensive if not totally racist. In response, our very own Justin Fenner wrote what may be one of the most thoughtful and well-argued takedowns we’ve published on this site. And now Nivea has responded.
Black men have to deal with a lot of inextricable and damaging stereotypes, but the idea that we’re savages who can’t even be trusted to groom ourselves when the occasion calls for it is among the most offensive of them. And that’s the very idea being supported in a new ad from Nivea, which encourages men of color to “re-civilize” themselves and “look like [they] give a damn.”
The Federal Trade Commission kept it real this week when it fined Nivea $900,000 for suggesting its My Silhouette! body cream can help you lose weight. To which we can only say: You go, Federal Trade Commission!
I’m currently in London and have received a lot of questions from family and friends about which English beauty products (if any) are must-haves for their own trips. Now, the entire point of buying products in a foreign land is to feel superior when returning to the states with your acquisions, proudly displaying them on your vanity, and then having your friends ooh and ahh over your beauty sleuthing. But, of course, the damn things have to work, too!