Women fed up with the constant pressure to look good are embracing a new trend – ‘mirror fasting’. They are trying to avoid the obsession with youth and beauty by not looking at their reflections for anything from a few days to a year.
Participants avoid reflections in shop windows, wing mirrors and even mobile phones – and those who try it report feeling liberated.
Followers of ‘mirror-fasting’ believe it helps improve body image and take focus from obsessing about appearance and looks. The trend is believed to have started, inevitably, in the United States where New York beauty writer Autumn Whitefield Madrano, 36, tried it for a month last year and wrote about her experience. She said she realised she had developed a ‘mirror face’, sucking in her cheeks and posing when she looked at herself, and added: ‘It made me feel really vain.’
Miss Madrano went on: ‘I wanted to see how much my mood was affected by the way I perceived my looks.
‘I was surprised at how quickly I stopped worrying about how I looked, and if I wasn’t thinking about it She did not shun mirrors entirely, however.
Miss Madrano allowed herself a hand mirror so she could apply her eye make-up and put a piece of paper over another mirror so she could style her hair occasionally without seeing her reflection. Miss Madrano has since completed another month-long ‘mirror fast’ and hopes to do it annually. She said: ‘It’s my way of checking in with myself, to remind myself that I don’t need to know how I look every minute to be a fully functional, capable human being.’
But Dr Phillippa Diedrichs, a psychologist at the Centre for Appearance Research in Bristol, said ‘mirror-fasting’ was another way of obsessing about appearance.She added: ‘When working with people who have issues around body image we encourage the “mirror exposure technique” – to look in the mirror and take a less critical approach.’
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Earlier this summer Demi Lovato tweeted pictures backstage at X Factor with bright pink hair. Now another star and rival singing-competition judge goes for a daring, bright hue. Christina Aguilera deputed purple streaks this week at a press junket for The Voice.
Pink locks was a hot trend seen on numerous celebrities including January Jones and Lauren Conrad. The bright hair trend certainly isn’t going anywhere but purple may be replacing pink as the popular shade. Last month Ashley Tisdale showed off a dip-dyed purple waterfall braid at her birthday party and now Christina is in on the trend.
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With a rainbow of shades, Streekers allow you to change your look in an instant. Each candy-colored highlighting hue is true, temporary hair color. Streekers use advanced technology to actually bond brilliant color to the hair. Its sponge-tip applicator guarantees flawless coverage and precise control for easy application. Streekers shows up vibrantly on blonde or highlighted hair, and as subtle highlights on darker hair.
Vampire Dairies star Kat Graham has practically perfect skin. The secret to her glowing complexion? Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub, just $5.99 at your local drugstore.
Recently, Kat was spotted making a quick stop at an LA drugstore to pick up Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub. The perfect product to keep her looking fabulous through her busy schedule, the scrub lifts away stubborn, pore-clogging dirt and grime.
The soap-free, creamy pearlized formula employs gentle beads to help remove dull, lifeless surface cells for a refined complexion. Harnessing the skin clearing power of Salicylic Acid, the scrub unclogs pores by penetrating deep down to where blemishes start, helping prevent blackheads and future breakouts.
Kat made sure to read the ingredients before picking up the Biore scrub. The actress and singer recently revealed she will be touring soon. “New tour dates,” she tweeted. “So excited to be htiting the road again! In FL now. Can’t wait to meet you guys.”
Laura Mercier gives back with the launch of the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund. Its mission is to raise awareness and fund research and educational efforts that will help diagnose, treat and support women with ovarian cancer. Beginning in September 2012, in recognition of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, 100% of the profits from the sale of two products – Bonne Mine Healthy Glow for Face & Cheeks Crème Colour Palette and Rose Hope Lip Glacé – will be donated to the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund.
This ultra-sheer, blendable and portable palette was inspired by Laura Mercier’s work with celebrity clients, who wanted a universal compact that would “wake-up” their skin and give them an immediate healthy glow. Skin is left with a natural “no makeup” glow that looks soft and sun-kissed.
The Bonne Mine Palette includes:
1 Bronzer Veil
2 Cheek Veils
2 Glow Veils
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Laura’s secret – use your fingertips to blend Glow Veil over the high points of your face…the cheekbones, center of nose, browbone, cupid’s bow and top of forehead.
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Mercier Lip Glace can be applied directly to lips or layered over Laura Mercier Lip Colours.
Availability: Laura Mercier Rose Hope Lip Glace is a limited-edition addition to the Laura Mercier product line, and it will be available at Laura Mercier retailers nationwide beginning September 2012.
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Laura Mercier Cosmetics is a global luxury line of Cosmetics, Skincare, Body & Bath and Fragrance. Founded in 1996, the Laura Mercier philosophy revolves around The Flawless Face- the concept that making skin look perfect is the first and foremost important thing a woman can do to achieve a great look. Laura believes that a flawless look begins with a fresh canvas, and each product has been specially developed to allow every woman to achieve an incredibly even, smooth, natural-looking complexion. Laura Mercier is an international brand sold in 26 countries. Key US retailers include Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales and Sephora.