Natalie Sharp Paints Her Face as Eight Different Album Covers.

Several blogs have featured recent images of Face painter Natalie Sharp’s own visage made up as various music album covers, but none have shown the actual record cover art that inspired the makeup. That said, I’m going to do that for you as well as share close-ups of her impressive face paint. Read more

Repent With Sin-Care, A Line Of Skin Serums For Those Of Us A Little Less Than Perfect.

Despite my vanity, I’ve done all the things one ought not to when it comes to protecting my skin over the years. I’ve indulged in both smoke and drink, baked in the sun, ingested far too many sweets, rarely get a good night’s sleep and live in a city known for smog. And yes, my skin is paying for it. Enter Sin-Care, a line of nine specialty booster serums from Australia, is here to help me – and you – atone.

The Sin-Care serums are made with natural ingredients tested for their efficacy and come in sleek, recyclable Italian glass 50 ml pump bottles. You don’t need to change your present skin care regimen or buy a bunch of products, just use this along with your other products to help your skin repent for all that unintentional skin sinning. The packaging has a tongue-in-cheek retro pin-up girl look and the frosted glass bottles are made of recycled glass. Carried at the chicest of stores, they cost $80 each.

Full size boxes:

sample sized boxes:

above photos ©if it’s hip, it’s here

from their press release:
Also known as “extrinsic” aging, lifestyle factors both within and outside of our control can age skin as much as time itself. After years of studying the effects that certain habits and environments can have on skin, the company has launched the world’s first serum-only product line with a holistic, lifestyle-based approach.

Most anti-aging skin care products are designed to reduce the signs of chronological aging, also known as “intrinsic” aging. This refers to the slowing of collagen production, the breakdown of collagen and elastin, and a weakening of the skin’s underlying support structure. But these products can’t possibly know your secret indulgences (be they smoking, sugar, alcohol or sun), whether you live in a polluted city or in the desert, or what kind of stressors you may face – from over-exercise to lack of sleep. All of these external factors can produce fine lines and wrinkles, and dull the skin.

Pick your potion
Simply own up to your problem, select your Sin Care fix from a repertoire of nine precise, silky serums – and slip it into your existing skin care regimen. There’s no need to change the products you’re currently using. Choose from:

• PARTY GIRL – If you love evenings out with friends spent to the music of champagne corks, cocktail shakers doing their work, and the clink of glasses, this one is for you:

• URBAN RENEWAL – City life is exhilarating, except for the polluted air. Give skin a breather

• SUN GODDESS – For hard core ex-sun junkies AND everyone who drives, walks the dog or strolls out to the mailbox

• LINE REWIND – Neglected skin is older looking skin. Time for a do-over

• RELAXATION SENSATION – A spa in a bottle for stressed faces

• SLEEP DOCTOR – For those who work or frolic too hard

• SUGAR HIT – Have your cake and beautiful skin too

• SMOKER’S SECRET – Use it, just until you quit

• SKIN COACH – Replenish minerals after that triathlon, or brutal session with your very mean trainer

Saintly serums
Sinned against skin needs serious help. Sin-Care chose to deliver that in the form of serums, which are far more concentrated than most facial creams. Such creams are made of either “oil in water” or “water in oil” emulsions which sometimes contain as little of 5 -7% active ingredients. (A greater quantity would cause them to separate or disintegrate.) Serums, on the other hand, can accommodate a greater number of concentrated ingredients and a higher concentration of those actives, thus offering stronger anti-aging protection. In addition, serums can be layered or mixed with other skin care products to customize a beauty routine. They can be used on any skin type and are also gentle enough to use in the delicate area around the eyes, one of the spots that is highly susceptible to lifestyle aging.

Virtuous ingredients
Sin-Care serums are made from a cocktail of nutrients that include natural cosmeceuticals, vitamins, herbs, antioxidants and biotech ingredients like yeast and algae. They also contain hyaluronic acid from a vegetal source to help instantly diminish the appearance of wrinkles and moisturize the skin. All ingredients have been tested for their efficacy against the lifestyle factor in question.

Even if you’re zealously faithful when it comes to hydrating, using sunscreen, and always removing makeup before bed, you’re bound to commit a skin care sin from time to time. Thanks to Sin-Care, your skin no longer has to let the whole world know what you’ve been up to. For that, there’s always Facebook.

Sin-Care serums are available at NewBeauty in Fred Segal Santa Monica, Henri Bendel in New York City, Soft Surroundings stores, Beauty Collection Sherman Oaks, Amazon Prime,, and other fine retailers across the U.S. For further information, visit here 

info and bottle photos courtesy of Sin Care

The Magnificently Macabre Photography of Miss Lakune.

macabre photography of miss lakune

If Heaven and Hell could be combined in an artistic photograph, the beautiful and talented Miss Lakune, has done so with her ethereally disturbing Gothic photographs. The perfect images for the month in which Halloween lies, her work is both simultaneously repelling and compelling. Read more

Photographer Wendy Hope Takes First Place in PDN’s “The Look” Contest

Wendy Hope Wins Photography Contest

Brooklyn-based beauty and fashion photographer Wendy Hope has been awarded first place in the beauty category of PDN’s “The Look” contest. Read more

A Model Ages Six Decades With The Magic Of Make Up, Lighting and Photography.

10 to 60 hero
above: model Eniko Mihalik made up and lit to appear both 10 years old and 60 years old

This beauty editorial is not new. It’s actually from Paris Vogue, November 2008, but it’s so interesting, I wanted to share it with you. Read more

A Bald Artist Uses His Head As A Canvas: Meet James Kuhn

James Kuhn Head As Canvas
above: James Kuhn as Mr. T (note the doll’s arm stuck up his nose)

Self-described artist, drag queen, former nudist, born again Christian, average 46 year old guy (hardly!) James Kuhn likes to paint his face. And I’m not just talking about a little gloss and guyliner. I’m talking complete transformations! In some cases he even adds doll parts, paper extensions and more. But there’s no sense in trying to describe it, you simply have to see his self-portraits. Read more