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Reading List: Spice Girls Reunited, The Biggest Beauty Company in the World, and More

Most of the ‘Spices’—Sporty, Posh, Scary, and Baby—rehearsing for their big reunion on Sunday. (photo: E! Online)

  • Oh Em Gee, you guys! The Spice Girls are back and are officially performing at the Olympics closing ceremony. The group was spotted rehearsing (riding on top of cabs no less!) on Thursday. Start practicing your “Wannabe” dance routine! [E! Online
  • WWD just released their Beauty Inc Top 100 issue and revealed that L’Oreal is the world’s biggest beauty company. Their sales totaled $28.33 billion this year. That’s a whole lotta BB Cream. [Huffington Post
  • Reem Acra’s releasing an eponymous fragrance in October and the print ad for the fragrance, featuring Crystal Renn, has just been released. Renn looks gorgeous (natch) in a flowing red dress by the designer and Hollywood waves. [Styleite
  • An exercise fanatic tries out and reviews the spinning phenomenon, SoulCycle. Incidentally, the Union Sq location is just around the corner from our office and a sizeable percentage of the staff is obsessed. [Into The Gloss
  • What happens when a blogger and certified lipstick addict goes a few days without makeup? A new-found appreciation for her favorite accessory. [Stylelist


We can’t wait to try Acra’s new fragrance come October but in the meantime, we’ll be finding a new signature scent in the Birchbox Shop.

Should Photoshopped Pictures Be Labeled?

Photo: The New York Times

Take a look at any fashion magazine, and you’ll see countless images of airbrushed perfection. Even the most gorgeous celebrities and models have their pictures altered by professional retouchers using Photoshop. The software does what no makeup artist can: it erases every blemish, lengthens limbs, and sculpts inches off the waist. All of us know that the flawless pictures we find in glossy mags have been enhanced. Yet it’s still hard to convince ourselves that the pictures we pore over are fantasy, not real. Seeing is believing. 

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Crystal Renn Reveals Her Contouring Secret At Benefit’s Bash

Last night two big things happened: 1) Benefit opened its much-anticipated first New York City location and 2) I scratched meeting supermodel Crystal Renn off my bucket list. Renn was co-hosting the party with Maggie Ford Danielson (who is the daughter of Benefit co-founder Jean Ford and the company’s current trend artist and global beauty authority). In addition to be festively attired in pink, Renn was also full of tips.

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