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Have you ever had a mini-panic moment, when you looked around and wondered if you were only person not having work done to their face? I recently attended a fashion festival and was immediately struck by the plethora of super-shiny, unlined faces around me.
Was everyone else lining up to get Botox aside from me? I mean, not that there’s anything wrong with that – if that’s what blows your hair back, do it I say. But how did this become the norm in certain sections of the community? And is it a societal faux pas for a woman like me to be in her 40s and – gasp – leaving her house without a trace of injectibles? Is it now so commonplace to get Botox – an alleged safe and effective anti-wrinkle treatment – that we’ve lost sight of what it actually is? Why is it now commonplace to pay top dollar for poison – aka Botulinum toxin – to be injected into our faces, to plump out our wrinkles and make us appear less like ourselves?
No longer just for TV types and A-list celebrities, Botox is positively mainstream: it celebrated its 13th anniversary this April after being approved for the treatment of lines between the eyebrows in April 2002. And nowadays, the number of people who get it continues to rise; by 2018, the global market is forecast to hit $2.9billion.
I’ve previously written several features about the rise and rise of the plastic fantastic Botox age, which even saw me get my face jabbed full of injectibles once in the name of journalistic research. I have to say – I didn’t hate the results – and this is what scared me about it. I could see how easily you could become addicted to Botox – it’s a totally weird, yet wondrous thing to see lines on your forehead erased, if you ask me. And, being on a newspaper journalist salary at the time – you’re never going to earn a millionaire’s wage – I had better things to spend my money on, like say food, running my car, a mortgage, books, travel and shoes (always, the shoes).
Besides which, I had some ethical and moral misgivings about Botox – is it so wrong for a woman to let nature take its course? Did I want to come one of those super-vain types who can’t let themselves age gracefully? Would I really want to erase all those – dare I say it – lovely laughter lines that give our faces such beautiful life and character? And did I want my children to not be able to play with mummy’s face – eyebrows/frowning games amuse them no end – and not know when I was truly happy, sad, or angry? Thankfully, my husband would also kill me if I ever touched my face – not that it’s up to him – but I imagine life would be so much harder if your significant other was constantly begging you to get work done, as is the case with some heinous men I’ve heard of.
Some of my closest friends and numerous acquaintances have succumbed to the pressure to get Botox and it makes me a little sad and disappointed every time I witness someone’s newly frozen-face. I know and understand that if Botox makes women feel better about themselves, I have no right to judge. But for me at least, a more natural beauty is what I aspire to. Mind you, I’m constantly told I have very youthful skin for my age so I have my mum’s good genes to thank for that, for she too looks a lot younger than she actually is.
I foresee that the dangerous vanity of Botox – the never-ending search for the fountain of youth – will be a horrid conversation I’ll have to have with my daughters, in time, and I’m already dreading it. How do you explain it? I want to raise two proud feminists who constantly question society’s determination of what constitutes beauty, just as I do: that it’s far from OK for male (and female) plastic surgeons to decree that a woman’s smile/laughter lines and those fabulous crinkly bits around your eyes are unattractive – ugly, even.
And then, there are the safety concerns: do you really know what Botox is doing to your face, long-term? Is it really safe to get done at parties? And what if the nurse/doctor/surgeon who does your Botox has a bad day and makes a mistake?
While it’s fair to say the number of Hollywood celebrities who Botox the f*** out of themselves far outweighs those who haven’t had the jab, it’s refreshing to find in my research that some brave big names in the entertainment biz are still allegedly refusing to adopt the frozen-face trend. Among them are Salma Hayek; our “own” Cate Blanchett; Gwyneth Paltrow; Angelina Jolie; Jennifer Aniston; Tina Fey; Lady Gaga; Kate Winslet (pictured above); Sofia Vergara and Julia Roberts (pictured below).
Pretty cool, huh? I mean, it can’t be easy for A-list female celebrities to be bucking the trend in such a sexist, misogynistic industry as Hollywood. I adore luminous beauty, actor Kate Winslet for one – and love her even more after I found this delicious, feisty quote: “It [Botox] goes against my morals, the way that my parents brought me up and what I consider to be natural beauty. I will never give in.”
Here, the last word must go to the the ever-wonderful Julia Roberts who recently said of Botox: “It’s unfortunate that we live in such a panicked, dysmorphic society where women don’t even give themselves a chance to see what they’ll look like as older persons. I want to have some idea of what I’ll look like before I start cleaning the slates… Your face tells a story… And it shouldn’t be a story about your drive to the doctor’s office.”
What do you think? Are you all for or against getting Botox?
Images via generationnext.com.au, medicaldaily.com, sheknows.com, popsugar.com.au
Julia Roberts rocked one of the best Oscars makeup looks, pairing a subtle brown smoky eye with a gorgeous nude lip. It’s a fantastic look for nights out. Here’s how celebrity makeup artist Genevieve Herr created the look with the exact makeup products used.
Genevieve started by applying Lancôme Visionnaire 1-Minute Blur, an oil-free primer that blurs imperfections.
Next, she used Lancôme Dual Finish Versatile Powder Makeup, a gorgeous powder that can be used wet or dry. For Julia’s naturally rosy cheeks, use Lancôme Blush Subtil Palette in #323 Rose Flush.
Genevieve didn’t want to create a classic black smoky eye which would be too harsh against her blonde her, instead, she opted for a chocolate brown smoky eye, using Lancôme Color Design 5 Shadow & Liner Palette in Sienna Sultry.
She lined Julia’s eyes using Lancôme Le Crayon Khôl in Black Coffee, one of the most versatile eyeliners on the market.
Finally, Genevieve coated her lashes using Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara.
Lips We loved Julia’s nude lips, and Lancôme Rouge in Love Lipcolor in #106M Jolis Matins is the perfect your-lips-but-better lip hue.
Did you love Julia Roberts’ Oscars makeup?
Award season is definitely here with some serious red carpet dresses seen on our favourite celebrities this week, from Jessica Alba glowing in white to Jessica Chastain and Sandra Bullock sparkling in bright colours. It might be snowing in the U.S. but these celebrity dresses are giving us plenty of inspiration for summer!
Girls’ star Allison Williams beamed in a pale blue satin Dior mini dress at the Girls Season 3 premiere in New York earlier this week. Are you looking forward to the new season?
Jessica Alba looking as adorable as ever in a white Jason Wu zip-up dress with Casadei heels at the People’s Choice Awards last night.
And proving it’ll be all white on the night, Jessica Hudson rocked her unbelievable body in another stunning white dress paired with Manolo Blahnik heels, picking up the Favourite Humanitarian Award.
12 Years a Slave actress Lupita Nyong’o glowed in shimmery Elie Saab at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala (you have to see this movie!).
Also at the Festival, Julia Roberts in a carefree Gucci leopard print swing dress.
Sandra Bullock brightened up the Festival in a vibrant pink and orange Alex Perry dress with lace detail, offset with nude Brian Atwood heels.
Camila Alves outshone hubbie Matthew McConaughey in her all-out sexy black Mikael D gown with thigh high split.
At the National Board Of Review Gala, Jessica Chastain went for a gorgeous shade of yellow in her pretty Oscar de la Renta dress, contrasted beautifully with pointy blue satin heels.
And proving French women will always look chic, Blue is the Warmest Colour actress Lea Seydoux donned jewel-toned Prada and a berry pout.
Which is your favourite celebrity dress this week?
Julia Roberts was absolutely radiant at the August: Osage County premiere last week, pairing her electric blue mini dress with a subtle smokey eye and rosy lip. Here’s how celebrity makeup artist Geneveive Herr created the look with some easy makeup tips for recreating the look at home.
Genevieve used Lancôme Teint Miracle on Julia’s skin to create an even, radiant base.
She then used Lancome Blush Subtil in Rose Fresque on the cheeks for a natural, rosy flush.
For Julia’s subtle smokey eye, Genevieve used Lancôme Color Design Doll Lashes Edition Eye Brightening All-In-One 5 Shadow & Liner Palette in Violet Sweetheart.
She finished with several coats of Lancôme Définicils High Definition Mascara in Black on the lashes.
Genevieve mixed two lip colours for Julia’s pretty lips: Lancôme Rouge in Love in Sweet Embrace and Delicate Laceand Lancôme Le Lipstique Lip Colouring Stick with Brush in Bronzelle. This is one of our favourite makeup tips for creating a unique lip colour.
Are you a fan of Julia Roberts’ August: Osage County premiere makeup?
Scarlett’s lingering lady love
Experimenting ScarlettFellow drinkers in a New York bar were shocked when uber cool Scarlett Johansson locked lips with another woman last week. The 19-year-old star was seen drinking with blonde designer Tara Subkoff at the hip Hiro venue. A source said, “Tara took Scarlett to a dark corner of the bar, where she proceeded to administer a very long and lingering kiss. People who saw it were shocked. Then she did it again. Maybe she just thinks Scarlett’s hot.” Or maybe Scarlett thinks Tara was hot. 30-year-old Subkoff is known for her provocative actions and has also been nicknamed the new Twiggy for her startling appearance. We suppose her boyfriend, director Wes Anderson, is used to her antics but wonder what Scarlett?s new man, actor Patrick Wilson, thought?
A baby for Julia?Twins for Julia?
After rumours over the weekend whether Julia Roberts is pregnant, we finally know the truth. Her spokeswoman Marcy Engelman told People magazine that the Pretty Woman star is due to give birth to twins early next year. She was recently spotted strolling on an Italian beach with a telltale bump on her belly. According to The Sun, pictures prove the Hollywood star is pregnant to husband Danny Moder. Julia is currently filming Ocean?s Twelve. Her character, Tess Ocean, was originally meant to be eight months pregnant, however Julia changed it to three months to avoid wearing padding. US Weekly said Roberts, 36, has been pregnant for about nine weeks with twins. Star magazine, citing unidentified sources, said the twins were a boy and a girl. Friends of Julia?s say she is happier than she has been for years. ?The pressure of trying over and over again has got to her in the last few months but it looks like her agony is over.”
Whereas Jennifer is acting like a babyJ.Lo won?t be seen with Ben
Jennifer Lopez has irritated film bosses by refusing to turn up to the premiere of her last film with ex flame Ben Affleck. Jersey Girl is a romantic comedy staring Affleck, and includes the Latino actor in a small role. She is snubbing the British premiere, sources saying “J.Lo was far from happy about facing up to Ben in front of the glaring eye of the world’s media.? Meanwhile, she?s well on the way to snaring new boyfriend Marc Anthony. 34-year-old actor Anthony has filed for a quickie divorce from ex-Miss Universe Dayanara Torres in the Dominican Republic. The pair were seen together shortly after Jennifer?s wedding to Ben was called off. According to The Sun, she was recently seen wearing a massive diamond which friends say is an engagement ring. Phew! The serial lover strikes again.
Who’s Joaquin’s lucky lady?Joaquin?s silky secret
The set of Joaquin Pheonix?s latest film The Village is abuzz with rumours of the identity of his new conquest. According to sources in Chadds Ford, Chester Country where the horror flick is being filmed, Joaquin has chosen nearly $2,000 worth of silky lingerie (including a silk embossed whip) from a Philadelphia store. The items were all gift wrapped in silver boxes especially for him. But despite the guessing game played by the film crew, no one is privy to the identity of the special lady.
Who is Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor?
The desirable Ben AffleckBen Affleck has been named Hollywood’s most eligible man according to a new survey in US magazine In Touch Weekly. Glamorous ex-lovers Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow claim it’s Ben’s high income that’s the main reason for his desirability. George Clooney came in second, ahead of Starsky and Hutch‘s Owen Wilson, Friends star David Schwimmer, Gary Dourdan, Benjamin McKenzie and the puffy one, Sean Coombes. Sexy Jude Law came in at number eight while bad bo Colin Farrell placed nine with the king of the Lord of the Rings, the darkly handsome – and single – Viggo Mortensen completing the top ten. Yummo!
Posh will soon be sporting diamondsDiamonds – a Spice Girl’s best friend?
If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, Victoria Beckham will have no shortage of sparkling amigos on her 30th birthday this weekend, thanks to her SMS-loving footballer husband David Beckham. Despite the fact the glamorous couple are embroiled in a juicy infidelity scandal that risks ruining their marriage, David is determined to shower his wife with diamonds for her 30th birthday. Or could this be the act of a guilty man trying to win his way back into his wife’s good books? The Real Madrid player has spent more than a million pounds on a rare ten-carat pink diamond ring for her, splashing out even more cash for a pair of matching earrings. “He wanted the best diamonds in the world, and that’s what he got,” said an insider of the Asprey dazzler. Apparently David has picked out yet another pricey bauble for Posh, a handmade $500,000 eternity ring created by an exclusive Spanish jeweller. Inscribed with “I will love you forever”, the sparkler also features five gorgeous diamonds. “We were really surprised when Beckham came to us, but he has very good taste and was very specific,” said the Madrid jewellery house. “To receive a gift like that makes Victoria a very lucky woman.” Don’t know if Posh would describe herself as lucky at the moment!
Cam & JustinDiaz and Timberlake – big screen co-stars?
Hot celebrity couple Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake are apparently so desperate to star together in the same movie, the actress has asked her Charlie’s Angels pal Drew Barrymore to find a suitable script for their co-starring endeavours. Diaz, 31, was so impressed with her beau’s acting skills on the set of his debut movie Edison, she’s now sought the advice of producer Barrymore. A close friend of the couple says, “Cameron has spoken to Drew as a friend and because she’s such a hot shot producer. Justin has really impressed Cameron with his keenness to get into film, and they both said how great it would be to do something together. Drew thinks it’s a great idea and she’s promised to help.” Let’s hope that the pair’s movie debut doesn’t earn them a Golden Raspberry like fellow-lovers-turned-co-stars. Acting together did wonders for J-Lo and Ben in the atrocious Gigli. And Madonna‘s made some terrible pics with both of her husbands – Shanghai Surprise with ex Sean Penn and the mega flop Swept Away with Guy Ritchie. Eww!
Julia RobertsPretty Woman desperate for baby
Julia Roberts wants a baby so badly with husband Danny Moder, that she is looking at alternative ways to have children after reportedly exhausting all other methods including undergoing IVF treatment. According to London Evening Standard, the actress revealed she cannot conceive a child naturally, and that is why the 36-year-old is looking at alternatives including using a surrogate mother and adoption. A friend said: “She seemingly has everything in the world. She’s the number one female film star, her fans adore her and her husband adores her. She has the pick of films. But she doesn’t have the one thing she wants most – children.The friend added: “Danny said, “‘We’ve always said we are going to have a family one way or the other. Now we are just going to try the other”.’ Seems like money can’t buy everything for this Pretty Woman.