Happy Sunday, babes! My brother is making brunch in my kitchen and I'm sipping a giant mimosa, so it's basically the perfect day over here in Kara Land. I hope you're having an equally lovely day! Did you read our survey results? Did anything surprise you? I can't believe that the xoVain I started writing for way back in 2013 now gets that many viewers per month.
There's lots of crazy stuff going on in the beauty news, from the opinions of professional Instagram critics to a line of Swedish spray tans that has come under fire for some questionable shades. Let's get to it!
Khloe Kardashian endorses this injectable that does whaaat?
When I got my lips done, my doctor mentioned a new product about to hit the market called Kybella. It was an injectable with a purpose, though it wasn’t really something I needed at the time, so I promptly forgot about it. However, Khloe Kardashian seems to be a fan of Kybella, so much so that she’s going to star in the campaign promoting it.
But what does Kybella do, you ask? It’s an injectable to destroy the fat cells that give you what we call a "double chin." It’s made out of deoxycholic acid, which is something we’ve all got in our bodies to absorb fat. A doctor injects Kybella under your chin and bam! Those fat cells are gone — forever. They don’t come back.
It’s pretty cool, especially for people who have lost a lot of weight but can’t seem to get rid of the double chin. I’m assuming this is why Khlo endorses it, since we all know she’s totally transformed her body in the past year. I think this is a totally legit procedure, because I know so many people who exercise and diet like crazy but don't feel satisfied with their appearance because of their double chin. Maybe it sounds shallow, but really, it's people's business to do what they like with their bodies, right?
Spray tans gone very, very wrong
I’m a huge fan of the spray tan; in 10 minutes, I can be bronzed to the perfect shade of tawny brown that it would take me a whole summer to cultivate. You can pretty much mix any color you want... which can get a little out of hand.
A Swedish line of spray tans called EmmaaTan offers its customers many shades of tan from caramel to coconut. That's pretty normal for spray tan shades, right? But they also offer shades called "Dark Ash Onyx" and "Black," and were posting "Dark Chocolate" tans to their Instagram page.
Someone happened to notice that these tans were basically blackface, and that these so-called dramatic transformations were actually cultural appropriation. "That's my skin color in a bottle," one user commented.
Clutch Magazine calls it "being black without the burden."
The company's Instagram page has disappeared, and I truly hope they realize why their tans are offensive to so many people. A little bronze glow is great, but that's where it should stop.
Daisy Ridley stands up for herself (again)
When an Instagram critic said something about Star Wars star Daisy Ridley being too thin, she didn’t take kindly to that remark. The user posted a photo of Daisy as Rey and this caption: "I can't believe the unrealistic expectations I'm setting for young girls. Who cast me anyway? Don't they know real women haves curves?"
Daisy reposted the user’s image, saying “Real women are all shapes and sizes, all ethnicities, all levels of brave, have families, don't have families. I'm a 'real woman' like every other women in this world." Later, she deleted the Instagram post as her fans were going after the original poster in her defense. What a world!
Daisy’s always stood up for herself and for other women, and she knows the weight of her role in Star Wars. She doesn’t want to be a sex symbol; she wants to inspire little girls to be strong. (Have you noticed the absence of Rey-centric toys at Target? It's really dumb that the heroine of the movie isn't represented via action figures or costumes like the secondary male characters are. Little girls love Rey, and they deserve the same toys little boys who want to be Kylo Ren get.) Her views are pretty clear, and she's not afraid to speak her mind when the time is right.
Fashion Month is over! Let's talk about the best beauty looks
Thank God this Fashion Month showcased actual makeup. I get so bored of seeing models wearing just a hint of concealer or whatever. I want to see makeup! I want to see crazy hair!
The Cut agrees with me, and they rounded up their six favorite looks from shows like Dior and Kenzo. I like the "slightly kinky" beauty at Prada with those reddish lips and the glittery ears at Opening Ceremony. I want my fashion shows to have an element of fantasy, and when the makeup looks are all about "glowing skin" and "fresh faces," I have to roll my eyes. I know it's all about the clothes, but the makeup is what I'm always drawn to.
Blue Ivy Carter delves into the beauty world
OK, she's not announcing her own makeup line (yet), but Blue Ivy Carter has some serious talent. Beyonce posted a photo of her little daughter applying makeup, and while it looks like perhaps Blue had some help applying those crystals, the dramatic eye is all her.
As someone who spent a lot of time in her mother's makeup bag, I totally get how excited Blue is to beautify herself like mommy does.
- What do you think about Kybella? Is it something you'd try?
- Do you spray tan? What are your thoughts on the EmmaaTan line and its controversial shades?
- Which Fashion Month beauty look is your favorite?