This week in beauty: Drew Barrymore hops back on the Ombré train, Adriana Lima’s workout tips and the all-time cutest nail art I’ve ever seen

Drew Barrymore hair

Just when we were ready to put Ombré to bed, Drew Barrymore has gone and resurrected it. I’m not sure how I feel about this because as you know, I said it was over months ago (when I ditched my blah brown Ombré for a strawberry blonde-tastic double-process ‘do). Maybe I need to reconsider.

And that’s not all that’s happening in beauty this week. Movember is in full force, the Country Music Awards happened, Adriana Lima revealed how she gets in shape for a Victoria’s Secret fashion show, Gwyneth Paltrow has a makeup tutorial… and I decided there ARE some exceptions to my anti-nail art stance. Let’s discuss!

… Is anyone else getting freaked out by Movember?

Tom Selleck Magnum PI This week in beauty: Drew Barrymore hops back on the Ombré train, Adriana Limas workout tips and the all time cutest nail art Ive ever seen

I was chatting to Arianne (a.k.a. the Glitter Geek) about this on Twitter yesterday. I know Movember’s for a good cause and all (you can make a donation here), but ALL OF THESE MOUSTACHES ARE FREAKING ME OUT. I keep forgetting that these dudes don’t normally have facial hair… and instead am constantly feeling a creepy ’70s porn star/child molester vibe. Anyone else finding it a little disturbing? Refinery 29 has a street-style ‘stache round-up here.

… Speaking of moustaches

Moustache nails This week in beauty: Drew Barrymore hops back on the Ombré train, Adriana Limas workout tips and the all time cutest nail art Ive ever seen

How adorbs are these nails?!? I can totally get on board with these. (I found ‘em via Glamour’s beauty blog.) Here’s the YouTube how-to vid:

… And this strawberry manicure may just be my favourite nail art of all time

Strawberry nails This week in beauty: Drew Barrymore hops back on the Ombré train, Adriana Limas workout tips and the all time cutest nail art Ive ever seen

I have a thing for strawberries (hence the hair, I guess) so I think I squealed when Jane from Daly Beauty alerted me to this how-to.

… Gwyneth Paltrow wants to give you makeup tips

Goop makeup tips This week in beauty: Drew Barrymore hops back on the Ombré train, Adriana Limas workout tips and the all time cutest nail art Ive ever seen

I missed this last week, but in her Goop newsletter our friend Gwyneth decided to have her makeup artist, Emma Lovell, recreate her signature daytime and nighttime looks on a school-mom friend named Kate. (I can’t help but wish she’d picked someone who didn’t have her exact same skintone…) Anyway! It’s definitely worth a read for some of the tips, such as using a flat brush to apply mascara.

… I only liked two looks from the Country Music Awards

NOT Taylor Swift. (Yawn.) And especially not Carrie Underwood. But I thought Reese looked amazing:

Reese Witherspoon CMAs 2011 This week in beauty: Drew Barrymore hops back on the Ombré train, Adriana Limas workout tips and the all time cutest nail art Ive ever seen

And also Ginnifer Goodwin, whose hair is growing out rapidly.

Ginnifer Goodwin CMAs 2011 This week in beauty: Drew Barrymore hops back on the Ombré train, Adriana Limas workout tips and the all time cutest nail art Ive ever seen

Her SKIN. That is all.

… This is how Adriana Lima prepares for a Victoria’s Secret show

Adriana Lima This week in beauty: Drew Barrymore hops back on the Ombré train, Adriana Limas workout tips and the all time cutest nail art Ive ever seen

Via the Telegraph: “It is really intense, it’s not really the amount of time you spend working out, it’s the intensity: I jump rope, I do boxing, I lift weights, but I get bored doing that. If I am not moving I get bored very easily.” She sees a nutritionist, who has measured her body’s muscle mass, fat ratio and levels of water retention. He prescribes protein shakes, vitamins and supplements to keep Lima’s energy levels up during this training period. Lima drinks a gallon of water a day. For nine days before the show, she will drink only protein shakes – “no solids”. The concoctions include powdered egg. Two days before the show, she will abstain from the daily gallon of water, and “just drink normally”. Then, 12 hours before the show, she will stop drinking entirely. “No liquids at all so you dry out, sometimes you can lose up to eight pounds just from that,” she says.

Okay, so first of all, I’d rather just be a little chubby than do this. And second? Now that we know the extreme measures that VS models have to take to “prepare,” can we PLEASE stop pretending that it’s realistic for normal, healthy women to look like that? I mean, I know this is her job and all, but I think it’s more than a little irresponsible to put the idea of a liquid diet into people’s heads as something to emulate. What do you think?

… And last but not least, tell me how you feel about Drew’s new ‘do

Drew Barrymore hair This week in beauty: Drew Barrymore hops back on the Ombré train, Adriana Limas workout tips and the all time cutest nail art Ive ever seen

Love it? Hate it? I applaud her for always mixing it up, but I’m not sure this is the most flattering look. She’s fantastic as a non-rooty redhead or blonde. These colours don’t seem to go together.

Tell me:

How do you feel about this Movember moustache business?
Would you try the moustache or strawberry nail art?
What’s your take on the Adriana Lima extreme diet?


Friday, November 11/2011 at 5:42 pm

What a horrendous way to “prepare”! I never understood the appeal of VS shows, and to go to extremes like that seem ridiculous to me. Personally, I adore Drew and think she can pull anything off, but I don’t even count that as ombre, just two-town hair that’s sorta…. Terrible. I don’t like nail art, either, but the mustache is cute. Still not for me, though. Strawberry, I may try.

Lastly, as a grade 12 girl, I wholeheartedly plead all of my peers to abstain from Movember. And for all high school teachers to do the same. :)


Friday, November 11/2011 at 5:51 pm

I didn’t even realize Movember was for prostate cancer until this year… I was pretty sure it was just an excuse for guys to grow ridiculous facial hair. What we need is a month where all guys go clean-shaven so we can get a break chinstraps and other facial hair crimes.

I’m not feeling Drew B’s hair, but I do like the idea of lighter bits around the forehead at the part.


Friday, November 11/2011 at 6:16 pm

re. drew, in that photo she looks straight out of the 90′s. I first saw it on glamour and thought they were showing and old picture of her. it is SO BAD.


Friday, November 11/2011 at 7:29 pm

Movember is cute. The mustache is what ever it is I guess. I didn’t even know about it until this year also .

I would definitely try the mustache or strawberry nail art. They are cute and everyone does everything else so why not.

I think the idea of extreme dieting is crazy. I mean isn’t she pretty enough just being thin or having thos beautiful eyes pop at you. She is gorgeus as it is and I think its unfair that when we see those pics of the super thin model we all feel less than adequate. Then enter the diet we read they are on…just terrible.

Drew’s hair looks like a bad grow out. She is so pretty other wise.


Friday, November 11/2011 at 10:01 pm

Movember’s not terribly trendy around here, so I haven’t noticed many dudes sporting moustaches.

MAN Ginnifer Goodwin’s skin is gorgeous! I’m so jealous.

Drew looks so much better WITHOUT this two-tone hair. I think ombre needs to stay within the same colour family to look good. I do like the placement of the lighter colour, but not the clashy colour itself.


Stephanie M Andrews
Friday, November 11/2011 at 10:12 pm

Drew can pull off so many great looks – why, WHY the yucky ombre?

Love the strawberry nails, and love that the VS models have to go through so much for the show… makes me feel less guilty watching it in sweats while eating chips.


Saturday, November 12/2011 at 12:41 am

I work in an accounting firm, and the mo is out in force this year. Just like you Michelle, I’m also quite freaked out by all the mo action (getting lots of child molester/70s porn vibes), which is quite awkward when its your colleagues, supervisors and bosses. Can’t wait til this hellish 4 weeks is over.

And yes, Reese looks stunning.


Nomadic D
Saturday, November 12/2011 at 3:25 am

Ginnifer looks amazing. Holy moley, she just looks stunning! As for Drew, well, I think the flash is making the whole thing looks a lot more dramatic than it probably is. While I think she looks cutest as a redhead, I actually don’t mind this sort of edgier grunge side of her. What can I say, I guess I’m in the minority here.


Sunday, November 13/2011 at 8:50 pm

SO true about the flash making it look more dramatic! I got a really awful ombre hair job done earlier this year (it was traumatizing), and i had a great hair stylist fix me up by toning down the ends and giving me natural looking highlights through the top part of my head. It still looked slightly ombre-ish, but far more natural than what was originally done to my head! Anyway…. shortly after I got my “fixed”, I went to an event where I was photographed a lot and once I saw the photos posted on Facebook, I was HORRIFIED to see that my hair still appeared super ombre-ish! Like, super dark on top and super blonde on the bottom. The camera flash can really exaggerate these things! SO Drew’s hair prob looks a lot cooler in real life. I kinda like the 90′s throw-back thing anyway. It suits her.


Saturday, November 12/2011 at 12:22 pm

Ginnifer looks like perfection…why is she growing her hair out though? Her pixie was bomb! This whole movember thing is outta control, I didn’t realize it was for a cause either, just an excuse for all my guy friends to grow ridiculous facial hair. I like those nails, I’d never wear em but the mustaches are very hipster! I feel like ombré is still in, but definitely not that variation! Also, I had a friend in high school that trained for body competitions and her process was basically the same as Adriana lima’s, so I kind of expected you to say that. She told me that dehydrating the body makes the muscles protrude. The only reason I don’t have an issue with it is because I know that’s their job. If you’re that dedicated then whatever…I’ll be over here eating my cereal!


Saturday, November 12/2011 at 2:37 pm

MIchelle – I totally agree with your comments about the VS models….taking someone who has already been chosen specifically based on their fabulous (and incredibly rare) genetics… then tweaking their body to the enth degree using excessive exercise and totally restricted eating… I mean, no wonder we’re all so effed up about body image. I hope I live to see the day when we’re no longer worshipping skeletons with fake hair.


Saturday, November 12/2011 at 4:49 pm

Speaking of moustache, I saw this video several days ago and thought it was awesome :)
Thanks for the link to Gwyneth’s MUA tips, going to read that now.


Saturday, November 12/2011 at 5:54 pm

Drew’s hair is truly awful. Like painted velvet wall hangings from the 70′s bad. I’ve seen some comments about Movember on Facebook, but haven’t seen it in action yet, thank goodness. I really like nail art, but wouldn’t wear these looks myself. I like a bit of flash or shine.

The Goop make-up lesson was a bit blah, but I suppose it would be good as a basic introduction for newbies. Reese always looks good, but what’s going on with those roots? Just bad lighting? I’m sure Ginnifer Goodwin is breathtaking, but she just doesn’t do it for me. I think it’s because she doesn’t smile.

As for Adriana’s routine, holy cow man, that’s just insane. “No liquids at all so you dry out…” DRY OUT? Heck models, why not just mummify yourselves and get it over with?


Sunday, November 13/2011 at 10:24 am

OMG, the Movember thing is freaking me out just as much. Its so weird because at my school all the Year 11′s are doing it (in England we leave secondary/high school at 16 in Year 11) and I swear some of these boys look thirty, its creeping me out. I’m just gonna come right out and say it, Drew’s hair looks AWFUL. It is seriously like one of those cheap wigs you get at party shops. The main problem for me is that there is no real graduation of colour, and especially coming from BLACK to blonde, you really need a lot of blending! This proves to me that you need to be very special indeed to pull off short-haired ombre. Its just so brassy!!! UGH, and the red looked so nice too! Finally, as far as I’m concerned the VS models are skeletons with boobs. Plus, her name reminded me of a model who, at one of this year’s fashion week’s, came off the catwalk and dropped dead of heart failure. CURVES ARE BETTER.

Huge fan, hyper-hair-colour-aware Thomas xx


Liz Stanley
Sunday, November 13/2011 at 10:14 pm

Reese needs to take care of those roots ASAP. Also, I don’t get the child molester/70s porn star references regarding mustaches. Can someone explain? Coming from south america with a family of men who all wear mustaches as is fairly common in our culture, I dont get it. Must be a cultural thing.


Monday, November 14/2011 at 11:15 am

I’m also normally not a nail art fan but gotta say I’d wear the strawberry mani. Jane if your daughter takes suggestions I’d love to see a tutorial on a floral manicure( anything but a daisy). Along the same vein as the berry one, as in the nail is a flower not a flower painted on the nail. I hope that made sense.
I agree with Lisa about Drew considering how pale she looks as well the flash is probably contributing to the extremeness. I’d also say with the many color changes she’s done recently her hair is probably really porous and grabbed a lot of color. It will fade a good bit with a few shampoos and should blend better.
I don’t think ombre will ever be out. Now that “roots” have become acceptable excluding extra light and single process blonds, it’ll stay. I mean “ombre” is what happens naturally anyway. Hair lightens with age, chemicals, sun etc. Little girls hair will have an ombre look after the winter.
I’ll tell you what I declare “out” is heavily highlighted, more that four shades from base color looks.
I’m saying it “Highlights are over”. Of course in actuality we will never stop highlighting our hair, again it’s what happens naturally and most people look better with a few. But I don’t think we’ll be seeing any more heavily, evenly placed foiled and/or too light looks. When I do see it ( last week on my sis in law, who moved out of the city and was happy to find a hairdresser who did her highlights the same way as she was used to- super heavy super blond on an ashy base- luckily) it looks so dated to me. She also has the stacked in the back, graduated bob which I am declaring the official hair of the modern soccer/suberban moms of North America.
Gigi’s skin is really lovely. And while I’m sure she feeling a little bored with it, I just don’t see a more flattering haircut on her than that pixie.


Wednesday, November 16/2011 at 8:33 am

Denise what a neat concept…sort of a Georgia O’Keefe nail or something…nails as petals. Cool!


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