Vanity Fair Teen Cover

I have no idea where I found this picture, but I saved it in my ‘Junk‘ files a couple of weeks ago because, well, it’s worth sharing. Almost nine years ago, in my first hints of teendom, I was obsessing over this magazine cover. Hang-on-your-wall obsessing. These were my (terribly Photoshopped) idols.

From left to right, you are seeing Amanda Bynes, Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen, Mandy Moore, Hilary Duff, Alexis Bledel, Evan Rachel Wood, Raven Symone (formerly known as Raven), and Lindsay Lohan. (DO WERK, MKO and ERW – fashion goddesses through and through).

Does this not feel like a million years ago to anyone else? An era before TMZ, before Facebook fuhcrissakes, before “The Amanda Show” faded into oblivion, before The Row or Elizabeth & James, before anyone could co-star with John Krasinski and evoke mass female jealously, before anyone could co-star with Chad Michael Murray and evoke mass female jealously, before The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, before a second sexyfierceboomshakalaka female fell victim to Marilyn Manson’s charms (?!), before Mean Girls, and – yes – before the Kardashians.

Memory lane, over and out.

Nina Dobrev
The 2011 Emmy Awards had one of the most peculiar red carpets I have seen in a long time. With an abundance of way-too-heavy makeup and way-too-bland dresses, a lot of the fashion was forgettable. So who did it right? These ladies!

Right at the start, we saw Nina Dobrev turn up in a stunning red Donna Karan Resort 2012 gown. Super glossy hair and a choker-style, silver Neil Lane necklace were all she needed to complete her look.
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Now that True Blood Season 4 is coming to a close in the U.S., the world can welcome many more porcelain-inspired make-up looks in the build-up to the finale.

To go a little retro on you in every regard, let’s look at Evan Rachel Wood as Sophie-Anne Leclerq – the beautiful and financially-endowed Vampire Queen. While a face like that can cost you thousands (nudge, nudge), I will show you how to re-create it for under £10!

Face: Whatever foundation or moisturiser you want to start with, remember to throw a good layer on matte powder on top! No oil/sheen allowed! (Try Maybelline’s Dream Matte Powder Compact£1.)

Cheeks: No blood = no ‘flush’. Contour your cheeks by applying light browns under your cheeks, blending up towards your ear. (Try Revlon’s creme shadow quad in “Not Just Nudes”£4, to keep it from looking cakey.)

Eyes: Use the beige shade from the same quad as an allover lid colour. Then, apply heavy liquid liner with a wing on your upper lashes and a light line on your lower lashes – from the centre of your eye outwards. (Try e.l.f.’s liquid eyeliner£1.)

Lips: The main event! Create a perfect lip shape with a burgundy lip pencil, fill in your entire lips, then add the lightest shade from the Revlon quad – lightly – in the centre of your lower lip for dimension. (Try Lord & Berry’s Ultimate Lipstick Luxury in Burgundy,£3.50.)

Then sing along to the True Blood theme song for a few hours while staring at your beautiful face in the mirror. You know you want to.

Gucci Guilty Intense
Guess who’s coming out with an incredible new Eau de Parfum, guys?

If you couldn’t tell by the interlocked G’s (or…ahem…the title), it’s Gucci! As a follow up to the gargantuan success of Gucci Guilty (and the incredible campaign featuring Evan Rachel Wood and Chris Evans), Gucci Guilty Intense has ravishing top notes of mandarin and pink pepper, middle notes of lilac, violet and heliotropine, and base notes of patchouli – Gucci’s fragrance glory. And that’s just in the ladies perfume.

The male fragrance…well, it’s pure sex. Top notes are lavender, coriander (so fantastic) and amalfi lemon, middle notes are african orange flower and neroli, and base notes are patchouli and amber. In fact, the men’s fragrance is so deliciously complex, I would recommend it as a unisex fragrance.

Both will be launching on the 24th August, 2011.

Martin Scorsese and Gaspard Ulliel Blue de ChanelMartin Scorsese‘s commercial for Chanel‘s new men’s fragrance, Bleu de Chanel, has been on my must-see list for months. The short was released today, and it features all the grit and energy that the legendary director has become famous for.

As your expected Scorsese stoy goes, a rebellious young actor played by Frenchman Gaspard Ulliel (of “Hannibal Rising”) refuses to conform to expectations, and falls in love with a woman who fuels his work though passion and turmoil. All that’s missing is the famous Copacabana Nightclub sequence from “Good Fellas” along with much of his signature violence, though kind of tough to help sell cologne.

Scorsese’s Bleu de Chanel commercial is the latest example of the fashion world getting famous names to direct their commercials, or “short films” as the companies have begun calling them. Gucci recently released a preview of the 3-D ad for their new fragrance Gucci Guilty starring Evan Rachel Wood and directed by Frank Miller of “Sin City” fame. The full “film” will make its debut at the MTV Video Music Awards on September 12th.