Happy New Year! Did you have a super-fun time ringing in 2016? I did, especially because of my makeup. A makeup artist friend did me up in the style of Michelle Pfieffer in Scarface. I loved wearing a ton of makeup out to dinner and a crappy dive bar.
Speaking of selfies...
Take better selfies in 2016 with a little help from Beyoncé's stylist
You know when you look amazing and want to show it off in a selfie but the lighting in your apartment makes you look like a Crypt Keeper? Well, you better invest $80 in a Ty-Lite if you're really committed to the selfie game. It comes with a built-in selfie light so you get that good glow wherever you are, and three settings so you're sure to find a flattering lens for your face.
The Ty-Lite is the creation of Beyonce's stylist Ty Hunter, and though Bey doesn't have one yet, he's hanging on to one for her when she returns from her oh-so-glam holiday travels.
"I'm such a selfie king and just wanted that extra light," Hunter told Glamour. As you know, good lighting means more likes, and more likes make you feel like a pop star yourself.
I wish I would've had this genius phone case on NYE! Should I get one?
Your first history lesson of 2016: the history of butts
As I am of Scandinavian descent, it's pretty much written in the cards that I'll never have a real Kardashian-style butt, no matter how many squats I do. (And I do them almost every day!) It's disappointing, but I have accepted my fate.
The butt has pretty much owned the 2000s and beyond, and it'll probably be the trendy body part for another handful of years until we move on to something like, oh, the clavicle? (I wouldn't be mad about that because mine is pretty legit.) Allure rounded up some pretty surprising facts about the butt's place in history and science, including this one:
45.5 - The degree angle of a woman’s spine — which lifts her butt and makes it appear larger — preferred by male subjects in a 2015 study published in Evolution and Human Behavior. Researchers noted, "Men who think they like big bottoms may actually be more into spines."
Wait, really? Can you imagine talking to some dude on Tinder and he's like, "Well, I'm really more of a spine man." I'd be like, Um, serial killer alert!
See more booty news (see what I did there?) over at Allure.
Bye-bye, "Bikini Body"
I love when this happens! Women's Health magazine really listened to its readers and discovered that they hate being bombarded with "Bikini Body" and "Drop Two Sizes" stories on the cover of the magazine.
Editor-in-Chief Amy Keller Laird says of the change, "Since our goal is always to pump you up, and never to make you feel bad, here’s our pledge: They’re gone. They’ll no longer appear on Women’s Health covers."
Even though I spend most of my time reading beauty and fashion stories online, I love flicking through a magazine. Give me your Cosmo, your Elle, your Us Weekly yearning to breathe free. But I've always stayed away from the fitness and health magazines in part because I had a teenage eating disorder that always threatens to return, and also because I think they're silly and have a tendency to make me feel like a loser because I'm not doing intense cardio five times a week.
If reading about how to get a bikini body in five easy moves motivates you to exercise and eat better, great! I'd love to have less cellulite and firmer arms! Everyone has things they don't like about their bodies. But if reading headlines like these makes you feel like less of a person, then that magazine needs to go right into the bin. Making a positive change in your body, or being happy just as you are, is up to you. You can't find it in the pages of a shiny magazine in a Target aisle. Like the old cliche reads, "Every body is a bikini body."
We'll probably still see these stories inside the covers of Women's Health, but it's a start! Now if we could just get rid of "baby bump..."
Now, let's chat!
- What are your selfie secrets? Do you have any good lighting tips to share? Do you think a selfie case is a waste of money or a sound investment? (I think my money guy Charley might have an opinion.)
- Do you buy fitness/health magazines? Why or why not? Do you think it's a legit move to take "Bikini Body" off the cover, or do you think they're doing it for the good press?
- What were your resolutions? Are any of them beauty related? Mine is probably to eat more greens so I can ~*glow*~ without a special selfie light.