Before I dive into this week's beauty news, can I just share a bit of this week's happy Marci news?
My dad's currently battling bladder cancer—yeah, the same dad who survived throat cancer a few years ago—and yesterday, he finally bye-Felicia'd the chemo portion of his treatment.
He still has surgery ahead of him, but I'm really happy that the drugs that were making chewing food feel like rigorous exercise are behind him. ONWARD! (To both better health and the news.)
Rihanna's fragrance launch was upstaged by her hypothetical makeup line
I feel bad for Rihanna. (Just kidding.) She showed up at a Brooklyn Macy's dressed like the shoo-in for Anytown High School homecoming queen 1987 to celebrate the launch of her new fragrance, RiRi, but everyone kind of forgot about that after it dawned on Refinery29's Cat Quinn, who will now officially go down in history as the Barbara Walters of celebrity beauty journalism, to ask the recording artist (at least I think she still is—she hasn't released a studio album in three years) about the trademark she ever-so-discreetly registered for last year: Fenty Beauty.
"I’m going to make sure it happens," Rihanna said. "I'm going to find some time between albums and fragrance to do that. I promise."
Although she admittedly doesn't have a solid idea of exactly what Fenty Beauty, named for her legal last name, would offer, Rihanna seems to want at least one futuristic product in the line: "Lashes that could just put themselves on."
Hey, it's 2015. Hoverboards are here, just like Back to the Future Part II promised. It could happen.
LASplash DGAF about copyright infringement, is letting you relive your youth via lipstick
I had just graduated high school when the first Harry Potter novel was published and was almost a year out of college when the first film premiered; I've always felt I missed the enthusiasm boat by a few years. But I totally understand why friends of mine who are just half a decade younger are all bippidi-boppidi-booyah about it. (Sorry, I know that's a different magic-wand story.)
So if you fall into the Harry Potter enthusiast category, you'll probably be pretty psyched to learn that makeup brand LASplash, located in Los Angeles (shockingly), has named many bold shades of their Smitten Liptint Mousse matte liquid lipsticks after Harry Potter-y thingies: Ravens Claw, Severus, Hermione and so on.
You may notice, however, that the words Harry and Potter don't actually appear anywhere on their website or Instagram. That's because this is not an official collaboration or endorsement, and they're all but asking to be sued by J.K. Rowling.
... and Disney.
Yeah, speaking of bibbidi-bobbidi-boo, they just launched a bunch of Studioshine Waterproof Lip Lustre shades with rather familiar names: Ariel, Aurora, Jasmine, Tiana, Nala, Belle, etc. You know—totally common names for girls... in Disney movies.
"Fairy tales do come true," LASplash says in the description of these colors, more or less taunting Walt Disney to un-cremate (you don't actually believe his head was cryogenically frozen, do you?) and personally serve a subpoena.
Pamela Anderson doesn't like M.A.C as much as she used to
Pamela Anderson was nothing short of Baberaham Lincoln in her M.A.C Viva Glam V campaigns in 2004, and she had nice things to say about the brand back then: "M.A.C VIVA GLAM V is a great campaign to be involved with. I feel privileged and empowered to help raise funds and awareness on the importance for getting tested."
And while she surely still cares a lot about AIDS testing, one of her most publicly high priorities these days (and for quite some time) is animal rights, which is why she wrote a strongly worded letter to John Demsey, group president of Estée Lauder, which owns M.A.C.
"When I worked with M.A.C., I found it to be a very progressive and forward-thinking company," Pam wrote. "That’s why I was very disturbed to learn from PETA that M.A.C., under your direction at Estée Lauder, is selling products in China, where the company funds painful tests on animals in order to meet the country’s archaic regulations."
The brand replied with a statement that very much echoes what they've said many times before about how they, as a company, do not test on animals, but because they choose to sell their products in China must allow the regulatory authorities there to perform the animal testing still required on all imported cosmetics:
We are proud that we were one of the first cosmetic companies to establish that cosmetic safety can be demonstrated by non‐animal testing methods. There are, however, still some countries that believe they need to conduct or require animal testing in order to validate the safety of cosmetic ingredients or products. Our Company and all of our brands remain dedicated to the elimination of animal testing on all cosmetic products and ingredients worldwide. We believe that animal testing should not be needed to validate safety of cosmetic products or ingredients and we are encouraging the use of alternatives and the elimination of such animal testing globally.
Opal is apparently the latest hair-color trend, and I'm pretty sure we can credit Alyssa with starting it
According to the powers that be (read: online beauty editors and Instagram), the hottest new not-particularly-natural-looking hair color trend is "opal"—essentially a pearly almost-gray mixed with iridescent pastels.
Sure, much of the credit for starting this trend should go to Aura Friedman of Sally Hershberger (and of making-Annie-blonde fame)—she posted an #opalhair photo back in January—but let's not forget that Alyssa has a whopping 41,000 Instagram followers.
She totally made this a thing, you guys.
Pixi's UK-adored Glow Tonic is finally available in the US
Man, Target is having a really good couple of weeks, beauty-wise. Last week, their exclusive Sonia Kashuk makeup line welcomed facial skincare, and this week, the Pixi makeup line welcomed to the U.S.—via Target—their UK cult favorite, Glow Tonic.
If you haven't heard the British buzz yet, Glow Tonic is an alcohol-free toner with 5% glycolic acid to exfoliate skin into a brighter, smoother state. Its aloe extract keeps it gentle, though.
I haven't tried it yet, but I'm sold. Or rather, it's sold, to me, in the very near future.
- So, do you think this Rihanna makeup line is really gonna happen?
- Do you personally boycott any brands because they sell in China?
- Which would you rather spend $15 on: Pixi Glow Tonic or one of the LASplash liquid lipsticks?
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