Bizarre celeb beauty secrets (that you can recreate at home!)

It’s no secret that international models and Hollywood A-listers go to great lengths to look their best on the red carpet. But unlike leech facials or umbilical cord injections, some of these beauty tricks are actually doable by your average non-celeb. Well, if it works for a super model… !

celeb-beauty-secretsEva’s kitchen

Desperate Housewife or not, one can’t deny that Eva Longoria has simply the most flawlessly glow-y complexion in Hollywood. Her secret? A homemade mask made of 4 parts coffee grounds, 4 parts olive oil and 1 part lemon juice. Piece of cake!

Emma Stone’s grapeseed fixation

The Help actress, who always seems to have flawless skin, reveals that her look doesn’t come courtesy expensive creams – it’s actually the work of grapeseed oil. In fact, the 24-year-old is allergic to many beauty products, so she uses the pure vegetable oil as a moisturiser all the time. Emma jokes that the oil, which costs around US$3 from most supermarkets, makes her smell like grapes “pretty much all the time.” Which, I think, just makes her even more appealing!

Make like Moss

Kate Moss preps for a big night out by dipping her face into a bowl of ice cubes and cucumber slices to tauten up her skin and create a fabulous glow.

celeb beauty secrets 2Kerr goes coco

Australian beauty Miranda Kerr believes that beauty comes from within. So, she has a daily shake made from natural juice and a supplement of chlorophyll and spirulina to help maintain her clear skin. Besides this, she “doesn’t go a day” without four tablespoons of coconut oil – spreading it over her salads, cooking or cups of green tea. Now it might seem like coconut oil is fattening (and it is when taken excessively) but the composition actually makes for more energy and leaner bodies. That’s because it’s composed of lauric acid rather than saturated fat, which has unbelievable health benefits like fighting off bacterial infections, cleansing our bodies, and boosting metabolism, besides warding off breast and colon cancer.

Ramp up the runway quotient

Backstage, models and make-up artists have been known to concoct a powerful face pack consisting of aspirin and honey. The salicylic acid within the aspirin sloughs away dead skin cells and unblocks pores while the honey soothes and softens. Dreamy!

Glow like a Kardashian

A spoonful of sugar helps your skin glow, according to Kim Kardashian, who adds the sweet stuff to her body wash “for a gentle exfoliating experience”.

Gaga over spinach

Lady Gaga claims that drinking spinach juice works wonders on her skin. Dermatologists and nutritionists concur: The phytonutrients in green leafy vegetables such as spinach help the detoxification and biotransformation systems in the body, which is a crucial element in clear and glowing skin.

Gisele’s bed head

This Brazilian beauty often has a sexy, come-hither “bed hair” look in public… and she doesn’t need an army of stylists to achieve the same. Gisele washes her hair at night, ties it up while it’s still damp, then goes to bed. When she wakes up in the morning it looks nice and wavy, so all she needs to do is add a bit of hair serum for a shine.

celeb beauty secrets 3Laundry locks

A celebrity cannot afford to have one hair out of place on the red carpet. So, stylists sometimes use spray-on laundry starch on their tresses, which helps control fly-aways and prevents frizziness even in the steamiest of situations.

Jennifer Lopez’s appetite killer

J-Lo is known for her slender frame and legendary curves but she has an unusual method for maintaining the same. The singer-dancer-actress sniffs grapefruit oil for 15 minutes (there is always a vial on her person somewhere) to reduce cravings and stop her reaching for the chocolates.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done in the pursuit to beauty? Would you be tempted to follow any celeb fads? Tell me below!

Is Kerastase Chronologiste worth the big bucks?

If it looks luxe, feels luxe and needs a luxe wallet, it must also be super-effective, right? Well! As most of us have learnt along the way, the fact that a beauty product comes with a hefty price tag and an enchanted feel-good experience is no guarantee that it will make a dramatic difference to your hair or skin. Which brings us to the Kérastase Chronologiste – billed as “The finest haircare treatment ever created by Kérastase”. Really? Time to put it to the test, which I did yesterday.

Hair, Caviar, L'Oreal, haircare, beauty, Kerastase, Chronologiste

Kerastase Chronologiste Caviar Pearls

First, let’s talk about the technology of this lush product that is centred around caviar. Except that the treatment doesn’t really have caviar – it’s “mimetic caviar”, which is a lab-derived equivalent (honestly, I don’t mind since who wants their hair to smell like fish eggs?). Anyway, this mimetic caviar comes in the form of pearls that are immersed in enriched Pacific sea-water and are crushed just before use to release active ingredients like lipids, vitamins A and E, and marine nutrients. These are mixed into the Creme Chronologiste, which is loaded with hair-nourishing goodies like gluco-lipids, ceramides, anti-oxidants and silicone. The result is a velvety paste that is applied liberally on your strands, right from roots to ends.

In the salon ritual (which uses more concentrated versions of the products), my hair therapist followed up the application with the most intense, reinvigorating and heavenly head and shoulder massage that loosened and refreshed every tiny millimetre of my scalp and was more decadent than all the products put together – I would go back just for this! Then she popped my head under one of those hooded steamers that make you look like a space traveller – 8 minutes of hot steam and 2 minutes of cold air (to close the hair cuticles) later, my hair was washed, dried and softly serum-ed into a glossy version of it’s normal straw-like texture. Ta da!

Now for the ultimate question – was it worth it?

My hair – which had been feeling dry, dull and totally lifeless after endless rounds of colour and flat-irons – did come out looking shinier, bouncier and smoother. It also felt lighter and not-so-weighed down, which meant that my fine strands looked more voluminous and had good movement. My scalp, which was so dry that it was flaking, seemed less tight and the flakes seemed to vanish. However, just a few hours later, the ends started frizzing and by the next morning, some of the shine had already disappeared, leaving me to wonder whether the initial smoothness and glossiness was due to an external layer of silicones rather than true deep conditioning. Frankly, I would say the long-term results were just a notch above the more generic L’Oreal Professionel in-salon treatments, which cost about half the money.

Kerastase Chronologiste Home Kit

Which is one of the reasons why I won’t be buying the take-home box anytime soon. Actually, I am sure that 10 concentrated doses would make an improvement but this treatment should ideally be carried out either by a professional or an extremely patient person who can meticulously coat each strand, from root to tip, for best effects. And I fall into neither of these categories. Think of it as the difference between do-at-home face masks and a dermatological facial – technique matters!

Would I try the in-salon treatment again? When I have cash to burn then yes – if only for the decadent, feel-good factor and the aforementioned head massage. Otherwise, I would rather stick to the more affordable and equally effective L’Oreal Professionel or Wella salon samplers. What would you do?

Convertible Hair

Love convertibles, hate what they do to your hair? The new Mercedes Benz E350 and E550 Cabriolet models have solved the problem of tangled hair by adding an Aircap, a small 2.4-inch wind deflecting device that not only cuts down on turbulence but also keeps your blow-dry in place.

There’s also a new Airscarf, a weather-defying system that blows hot air at the necks of the people seated up front, literally enveloping you in a scarf-like layer of warmth so you can keep the top down even in the chilly months. Now these are cars I could fall in love with!