There's almost too much beauty news this week. So many launches, celebrity revelations, and controversies — so little time.
But there's still enough time to play with Pat McGrath Labs' new Lust 004, which Kelly told you about a couple weeks ago. The brand's instantly recognizable packet of sequins landed on my desk a couple days ago, and even though it breaks my heart to cut it open (I know that's the only way to get to the products, but it's just so prettyyyyyy), Caitlin convinced me to open it for the sake of Instagram story content. Let's just say it didn't come out as elegantly as we would've liked.
I'm considering making Vermillion Venom "Your New Favorite Lipstick" this week, so stay tuned to see if I figure out how to apply it by Friday.
In the meantime, here's what made the cut for your top beauty news this week.
Urban Decay eyeliner swatches have started a heated debate on Twitter
Urban Decay has been in some social-media hot water since last night as the result of a tweet that a lot of people deemed thoughtless and triggering.
It's an unfortunate combination: a series of lines along the inner forearm plus the words "razor sharp" made a lot of followers concerned that this was an insensitive reference to self-harm.
Others felt that the anger and disappointment over the tweet were an overreaction.
About 16 hours after the original tweet, Urban Decay tweeted an explanation:
Although the explanation assuaged some of the fury — or more likely preached to the choir of those who were already defending it — many Twitter users were still upset.
Personally, I don't think Urban Decay was intentionally making a reference to self-harm. That said, once it was brought to their attention that a row of parallel lines on the inner forearm is a questionable way to swatch a product called Razor Sharp — even if it is the most common location on the body to swatch makeup — it wouldn't have been so bad for them to consider presenting the swatches in a different way. Just my opinion, though.
Keira Knightley's hair hasn't been what it seems
If you've found yourself coveting Keira Knightley's hair any time in the last few years, it might not have been her actual hair you were envious of.
"I have dyed my hair virtually every colour imaginable for different films," she told InStyle UK. "It got so bad that my hair literally began to fall out of my head! So for the past five years I’ve used wigs, which is the greatest thing that’s ever happened to my hair."
She doesn't clarify if she means she's been wearing wigs just on set, for public appearances, or pretty much all the time, but it's probably a big relief to many women who deal with hair loss to hear that someone whose beauty is so celebrated has dealt with the same issues.
Lately, however, her need for wigs might be declining.
"Since I’ve had the baby it’s become 10 times thicker," she said, referring to her daughter Edie, who was born last summer.
If you liked CoverGirl's Empire collection, you'll love Taraji P. Henson's MAC collection
You know, I thought it was a little weird when CoverGirl came out with a makeup collection inspired by the show Empire earlier this year without including its star, Taraji P. Henson (aka Cookie), in the promo images. But it's all starting to make sense now. She was probably already collaborating with MAC for her upcoming self-titled limited-edition line.
I was lucky enough to receive a few of the TPH products just this morning — Matte Lipstick in Strip Me Down, Mineralize Skinfinish in Highlight the Truth, and Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Taraji Glow (seen above) — but the collection will also include Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash mascara, Penultimate Eye Liner in Rapidblack, and the 187 Duo Fibre Face Brush when it goes on sale in early September.
You'll never guess what the most popular nail polish on Pinterest is. Or maybe you will — I don't know your life. You might be psychic or something.
I haven't used Pinterest in about three years, but I remember manicures being a very popular thing for people to post on beauty boards.
I guess not much has changed, because HelloGiggles has figured out that one nail polish color in particular has been pinned more than any other shade in the history of Pinterest — a whopping 75,000 times. And that shade is Essie's Petal Pushers.
Officially, it's described as a "smoky stone rose." But come on — it's just... gray. It's a very nice gray — don't get me wrong! But I think it's so popular because it's the right blend of neutral (gray goes with everything) without being the usual neutral (like something in the beige family).
This is what happens when KFC drinks their own chicken-flavored nail polish
Remember when KFC launched chicken-flavored nail polish and I immediately fell asleep as a self-defense response to something too ridiculous to comprehend? Well, the fast-food chain very briefly ventured into the beauty space again this week when they announced limited-edition Col. Sanders Extra Crispy Sunscreen SPF 30. Needless to say, as we've come to expect, it smells like chicken.
The sunscreen is, I'm guessing, an intentionally ironic marketing stunt since the most recent actor in the Colonel rotation is George Hamilton, known for his "extra-crispy" tan.
Sadly, unless you were one of the 3,000 people to buy the Extra Crispy Sunscreen on Monday, you missed your chance. It sold out like hotcakes — or fried chicken, I suppose — but I appreciate the message KFC posted on their site as a consolation: "This was a limited-time offer and we ran out of KFC Extra-Crispy Sunscreen. Please accept our apologies in the form of this amazing website that you can still look at."
- Would you want your sunscreen to smell like food?
- What's your take on the Urban Decay tweet?
- Have you ever worn a wig in day-to-day life as a result of hair loss?
- Which celebrity would you like to see get a MAC collab next?