True story: A PEOPLE.com editor once gave her dad an XXL Snuggie as a joke. Since she never wants to see that particular look on his face again, she (and a bunch of other editors) spent some time searching for the perfect picks for our dads (and granddads and new dads). Hopefully, this roundup will help you avoid getting the same horrified reaction from your own pops on Father’s Day.
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In a new video from Vogue Italia (watch below), the magazine’s June cover model Gisele Bündchen is shown getting a whole slew of beauty treatments that range from the run-of-the-mill (a pedicure) to the totally wacky (a vampire facial and butt cupping).
And we couldn’t help but watch the latter two “activities” and wonder if the video wasn’t meant to be a subtle dig at certain Hollywood stars (we’re thinking of two in particular — their names rhyme with Shmim Shmardashian and Shwyneth Shaltrow) who engage in over-the-top beauty practices.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston have both famously tried cupping, though we doubt they did it as Bündchen did, while wearing nothing but a majorly blinged-out necklace on backward (see the :27 minute mark of the above video). The practice, in which small cups are suctioned to the person’s back (or other part of the body, in the case of Bündchen), is thought to promote blood flow and healing.
As for the vampire facial, Kim Kardashian was the first celeb to bring it to our attention when she shared an Insta selfie of her bloody face post-treatment. The process involves (are you sitting down for this?) extracting the patient’s blood, separating the platelets and working it back into the skin. “I love trying anything that makes you look and feel youthful,” Kardashian revealed. So it makes sense she tried the facial, which is said to lift and plump the skin.
Bündchen appears to be taking a selfie of her vampire facial as well at the :49 minute mark. Just a coincidence or a commentary on Kardashian’s social media share?
What do you think of the video? Do you think it’s meant to send a message about Hollywood’s kinda-crazy beauty treatments?
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What it is: A gel and paper sheet mask that’s supposed to make your skin look incredible in 20 minutes
Who tried it: Andrea Lavinthal, PEOPLE.com Style Director
Why she did it: Because she was home sick from work and there was nothing good on TV
How crazy is it on a scale from one to Kim Kardashian’s blood facial? We give it a 3 since it takes minimal effort, but makes you look like the killer in a horror movie
It would be impossible to determine exactly how many self-tanners editors here have tried over the years, but we’d venture a guess of, oh, every single one out there. We refused to stop in our search until we’d found one that is easy to apply, doesn’t streak, doesn’t look orange, dries quickly and smells so good. This Xen-Tan self-tanning kit fits all our requirements.
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No tan lines here!
“I’m so excited to be working with St. Tropez,” Moss says in a statement. “I’ve been using the products since they started and it’s really a trustworthy, cool brand.”
And she shows just how trustworthy by stripping down without a second thought for her first ad campaign images. St. Tropez’s skincare guru Nichola Joss dished on just how easy the bold shoot was.
“She surrounds herself with people she comfortable with, so it was easy to work with her and yeah, she was basically naked,” Joss tells PEOPLE. “Because she’s comfortable in that environment, there’s no confidence issues which is great.”
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To make sure she radiated “color [and] poolside glamour” during the shoot (check out the exclusive behind-the-scenes shot, above) Joss did a multi-step tanning process on the model.
“We did a lymphatic massage and exfoliated her whole body and used a great moisturizer to prep her skin so it was ready for the tan,” she says. “I then sprayed her all over with St. Tropez original formula in the machine. She slept in it and the next day I did a few skin finishing touch-ups and she was ready.”
Once on set, Moss “loved it! She felt even more sexy than [we thought possible],” Joss shares, adding that music was cranking throughout the shoot, from “Primal Scream to Rolling Stones, with a bit of Donna Summer in the afternoon to keep our energy up.”
And though Moss had Joss on hand to contour her body with the line’s tanner and bronzer, Joss says the results aren’t so hard to replicate without a professional nearby.
“You can get the same results at home with the mousse and the tanning mitt,” Joss tells PEOPLE. “You have to prep the skin and afterwards you have to massage moisturizer in every day to keep it fresh and it’ll fade more evenly.”
And Joss sums up why the whole St. Tropez team is so excited to have Moss on board: “She’s easy, professional, she’s amazing on and offscreen. She has a unique charisma; you can’t help but love her!”
Tell us: What do you think of Moss as the face (and nude body!) of St. Tropez?
–Alex Apatoff, reporting by Andrea Lavinthal
We’ve already made it pretty clear that we covet Nina Dobrev’s closet, but there’s something else of hers that we want: her complexion. So we caught up with the star and asked her how to get such flawless skin.
Her first rule: Go organic.
“I honestly believe it’s important not to put chemicals in your body and keep it as pure as possible,” Nina tells PEOPLE at the N.Y.C. launch of Origins new GinZing line.
Her other tip has to do not just with what she puts on her face, but how diligent she is about taking other stuff off it. “You really need to take off your makeup, and let your skin breathe sometimes.” And that means not getting lazy about it, even when traveling.
“I always have makeup wipes and moisturizer when I fly,” she explains. “I take all my makeup off and lather on Origins GinZing moisturizer. It actually revives your face within seconds. I can’t even describe it.” (Mental note to crib her flying routine before our next trip.)
What it is: A facial with Nichola Joss in which she aggressively massages the inside of your mouth (hence “inside-out” facial)
Who tried it: Pamela Edwards-Christiani, PEOPLE Style and Beauty Editor
Why she did it: To look younger and more contoured without the help of a needle or scalpel
How crazy is it on a scale from one to Kim Kardashian’s blood facial? Considering Pamela cried during the treatment, we give it an 8
I recently had the pleasure –– and pain, actually –– of experiencing one of Nichola Joss‘s signature toning facials that includes a deep massage, both on the face and inside the mouth (she wears surgical gloves). Now, my skin has seen the likes of laser treatments, LED lights, oxygen, you name it, but I have never cried out of pain from a facial. Until now.
Let me first preface all of this by saying that Nichola is absolutely lovely and an extremely knowledgeable skin care expert (she’s Sanctuary Spa’s Global Beauty Ambassador). Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow and plenty of other gorgeous celebrities (with firm jawlines, I might add) are some of her regular clients that have experienced this facial multiple times.
Before we started, Nichola explained that there would be the usual deep cleansing, toning and a masque prior to the deep massage using Sanctuary Spa products (the Secret Facial Oil is heaven). I was in quite a relaxed state, about 30 minutes into the treatment, before she put on the gloves and proceeded to drag her knuckles along the inside of my jawline.
That’s when the tears began. She talked me through the entire process, explaining how our facial muscles can atrophy over time. She compared this vigorous stimulation and deep tissue work to a solid gym workout. She also assured me that your face gets used to this stimulation after multiple treatments.
The Verdict: The crazy thing is that if she offered me the same treatment right now, I’d take her up on it. After she completed the process on one side of my face, I could absolutely see the difference. I wiped my tears away once I saw how much more toned and lifted the left side of my face looked as opposed to the right. She moved on to the other side, I cried again, but I truly loved the final results. In fact I had dinner with friends afterwards and two of them asked if I’d just been on vacation.