Cover: Lea Michele
Scent strips: Donna Karan Cashmere Mist, Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia, Dior J'Adore, Britney Spears Fantasy & Radiance, Versace Bright Crystal
Editorial coverage: The Beauty Reporter section has a paragraph on fragrances by The Lab Room (p. 60), a “Smell This” feature (random passersby comment on a scent) on Oscar de la Renta Live in Love (p. 66) and a quick Q&A with Lara Stone, face of CK One Shock for her.
Beauty 101 (p. 72) is a 2-page spread about floral fragrances, with tips on how to find one you might like. The Gift List (p. 92) includes Bond no. 9 I Love New York For All, TokyoMilk Dark Wisdom and A Dozen Roses. Insider's Guide includes a brief piece on Snooki and her new fragrance (Jerseylicious, p. 104).
Cover: Jeremy Renner
Scent strips: Dolce & Gabbana the one; Lacoste L.12.12; Curve; Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male
Editorial coverage: p. 86, Grooming, Upgrade Your Morning Routine, Everything you need to start off the day looking, and feeling, your best.
Cover: Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake
Scent strips: Ralph Lauren Big Pony Collection; Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme Libre; Curve; Calvin Klein Euphoria; Paco Rabanne 1 Million; Dolce & Gabbana the one
Editorial coverage: Zip
December marks the welcome end of my [ed. note: this is Kevin speaking; see note at bottom of article] subscriptions to Harper’s Bazaar and W. If I see another arse-kissing, outrageously positive ‘profile’ of an ex-model, actor or actress, designer (aka “major advertiser”) and his muse, or some rich person I’ve never heard of before, I’ll pass out. Harper’s Bazaar, particularly, is full of chuckles this month: self-aggrandizing Madonna proclaims – “I think my BEHAVIOR and my LIFESTYLE threaten a lot of social norms….” Yawn. You’re no Emma Goldman, Madonna! (Speaking of which, do read that great new Emma Goldman: Revolution as a Way of Life by Vivian Gornick)
Cover: Madonna and Andrea Riseborough
Scent strips: Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia and Acqua di Gio; Dior J'Adore
WINNER: “Most Ludicrous Article of the Month”! Look Thinner by Tonight by Wendy Schmid, p. 227; Need to look skinny for a dinner party? Do the following: dehydrate yourself (healthy!) with caffeine-rich lotions and by soaking in a tub full of Epsom salts; drink diuretic cranberry juice too; avoid bubbly drinks (they “distend your belly”). Best of all? A tip too good not to quote *from L.A. dermatologist Jessica Wu*: don’t chew gum: “You swallow air when you chew, creating gas and the body can’t digest the artificial sweeteners in gum…also the repetitive movements build up your jaw muscles, so your face looks wider.” This has made me consider not chewing at all…for WHO can afford a “wide” face?
Cover: Dakota and Elle Fanning
Scent strips: None
Editorial coverage: Not a thing.
Note: as always, I read Allure, Kevin did all the rest. Thanks Kevin!