By Sophia Panych, Allure magazine
To this day, my parents put inexpensive little tchotchkes into my Christmas stocking, from socks embroidered with snowmen to Santa-hat-wearing cow figurines that pop caramels out from under their tail. While there's no need to spend a ton of money stuffing your friends' and family's stockings, it's best to go for goodies that they can actually use (trust me). Beauty items always make the best gifts-plus you can stock up on great ones at the drugstore. Here are a few of our favorite cheap thrills:
For the trendsetter.
We fell in love with N.Y.C. New York Color City Duet Blendable Brights Eyeshadow in Island Sunset-but the duos come in a variety of vibrant pairings (orange and yellow; kelly and lime green). Electric-colored eye makeup was all over the spring runways and is bound to be a big this year, so these shades are perfect for the trend-obsessed-and at $2.99, you can give more than one without overspending.
For the classic beauty.
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By Sophia Panych, Allure magazineRead More »from Best Beauty Stocking Stuffersâ€”All Under $9!
By Sarah Wexler, Allure magazineRead More »from Who's Your Beauty Icon?
Ask any female celebrity, "Who's your beauty icon?" and she'll likely answer Jackie O, Audrey Hepburn, or Marilyn Monroe. But while those three classic beauties might be the most obvious contenders, they aren't the only ones.
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I have a friend with red hair and fair skin who considers Julianne Moore her beauty icon, and takes cues from photos of Moore as to whether she can pull off a blue-ish red lipstick or a peachy blush herself. I also prefer having a current beauty icon because then her looks change with the trends. Right now, I'm completely inspired by Alexa Chung (above), a British model/writer/TV host. (I'm not the only one; she just won a British Fashion Award.) Her clothes are quirky but put-together, and her makeup is the same way.
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Chung somehow makes neutral brown eye shadows pop yet can follow that up for her next outing with just mascara and
By Kate Sullivan, Allure magazine
Company dress codes have made the news a lot this year. In New York a banker was allegedly fired for looking too sexy. And after American Apparel's guide, which encourages "full eyebrows" leaked, New York magazine's The Cut reported on several other retail stores' rules, most of which are pretty standard for businesses that are selling style.
But this week, it's Swiss bank UBS that takes the cake, with a 44-page guide to hygiene and clothing that includes some hilarious minutia. It's in French, but several news outlets have offered translations of some of the best lines.
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NPR's Jamie Tarabay's favorite: "the best time to apply your perfume is right after a hot shower." (Check out the comments on the NPR story for reader translations.)
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From the Wall Street Journal: "Male employees of a certain age are warned against dying their hair, because artificial color
By Victoria Land, Allure magazine
I loved the variations of classic braids that made their way down the runways this year (Alexander Wang's messy side braid, the braided headband at Emanuel Ungaro and Roberto Cavalli's long, traditional plait). Unlike so many runway hair trends, these actually translate to your everyday look.
Celebrities are constantly showing us how-take Kate Bosworth and Lauren Conrad, who are often photographed with loose side braids while running errands, while Rachel McAdams and Jessica Alba have been snapped in more elaborate versions on the red carpet (perfect for a glam holiday party).
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All that's stopping me from sporting them myself is my inability to weave a proper braid, and apparently I'm not the only one who needs help! Celebrities and L.A.'s fashion insiders have been heading to Salon Nine Zero One in West Hollywood for 15-minute appointments at their recently opened Braid Bar-a take on the popular blowoutRead More »from Are Braids the New Blowouts?
- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Fashion – Wed, Dec 15, 2010 11:32 PM EST
By Sarah Wexler, Allure magazine
I am not the rhinoplasty type. It's not that I have the perfect nose (it's more ski slope than button) or anything against people who've had a nose job. It's more that I don't dislike my nose enough to be able to rationalize the health risks, pain, cost, and recovery of surgery to change it. I'm also squeamish, and the though of a doctor breaking my nose and leaving me with two black eyes makes me squirm; worse, what if I was unhappy with the near-permanent result and, after all that, wished I had my original nose back?
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That's why I've been obsessed with the new "injectable rhinoplasty," where fillers such as Juvaderm or Restylane are used off-label to tweak noses without anesthesia, blood, or stitches. Injectables can't make a nose smaller, but they can even out bumps or dips, and camouflage mild crookedness. Most people would probably be bummed that results last only six to 12 months (especiallyRead More »from Sayonara, Scalpel. Needle-Only Nose Jobs Are Here!
By Sarah Wexler, Allure magazineRead More »from Did You Make Bad Beauty Decisions as a Teenager?
As a teenager, we often don't make the best decisions (my neon slouch socks, smoking habit, and frosty pink lipstick come to mind). At least those were temporary lapses, though, that I could easily leave behind before getting to be a full-fledged adult.
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I do regret a more permanent change I made at the time: getting bonding to have the gap closed between my front teeth. At the time, I was self-conscious about looking different, but now I wish I could proudly flaunt my gap (unfortunately, two different dentists said it would be too difficult and costly to remove the bonding now.) And I'm not the only one who wanted to make major, long-lasting appearance changes as a kid.
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Big-busted celebs Sofia Vergara and Katy Perry both recently admitted that as teens, they wanted breast reductions. Neither got one, and they both say that as adults, they're
By Heather Muir, Allure magazine
Fifty-four percent of women say that when someone compliments their looks, it makes them feel happy, according to a recent Kelton Research study. And we've got an easy way to bring in the flattery fast: Certain beauty products go above and beyond personal satisfaction, grabbing others' attention left and right, time and again. These are the ones our editors swear by.
Pop Beauty Smokey Eyes palette. For deputy editor/beauty director Amy Keller Laird, the high-sheen (but no-shimmer) bronze shadow in this palette works like a charm. "I apply it over my lids and then slightly darker in the crease, creating bronze smoky eyes," she says. "Just yesterday, while I was at a salon getting a blowout, the girl who shampooed my hair complimented it. Then I had a TV appearance, and the makeup artist there complimented it. Then when I got to work, several coworkers complimented it. It's like this every time I wear it."
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By Alison Caporimo, Allure magazine
When Taylor Swift told us that we helped inspire her signature makeup look, we were thrilled. We painted her lips bright red for her first Allure cover back in April 2009-and when we talked to her for our cover story this month, she told us that that cover was the first time she'd worn the color she now loves. In a recent interview with E! Online, Swift said that a red mouth "really helps you show emotion."
Scientists used eye-tracking software to show that, in ten seconds, men will spend more than half of that time staring at a woman's lips. Geoff Beattie, who led the investigation, examines the red lip trend that started way before Swift took the stage (or was even born).
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- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Fashion – Tue, Dec 14, 2010 1:31 AM EST
By Elizabeth Angell, Allure magazineRead More »from Is Your Favorite Straightening Treatment Now Banned?
The Canadian government recently banned the sale of a number of popular hair-straightening products. The treatments, which are usually used in hair salons and typically not sold directly to the public, were linked to reports of hair loss, watery eyes, and other symptoms consistent with overexposure to formaldehyde, which is a known carcinogen that is dangerous to both salon clients and employees.
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Health Canada, that country's equivalent of the FDA, blocked the following products, most of which originate in the US:
- Brazilian Keratin Treatment
- Advanced Brazilian Keratin Treatment
- Chocolate Extreme De-Frizzing Treatment
- Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy - Global Keratin Taming System Strawberry - Global Keratin Taming System with Juvexin Strawberry Resistant - Global Keratin Taming System with Juvexin Strawberry Light Wave - Pro-Collagen RX Keratin Treatment - IStraight Keratin (Advanced Keratin
By Alison Caporimo, Allure magazineRead More »from Are Men Beauty Babies?
In an effort to raise money for The Prostate Cancer Charity, a group of British counselors and council staff had the genius idea of waxing off their mustaches to help their fundraising efforts. One waxee said of the experience, "I now know the pain ladies suffer through waxing-they have my sympathy." While I appreciate his condolences and newfound understanding, this still confirms something that we, beauty addicts and simple mascara-and-lip-balm girls alike, have known for years: Men are beauty babies!
I remember an ex-boyfriend of mine who would obsess about gelling and straightening his hair. I thought it was bad enough before the two of us went on a vacation to humid Florida-but he began waking up with the sun to frantically run an iron through his hair, whimpering as he went.
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And he's not the only boy to throw a beauty tantrum. To confirm this theory, I asked our staff to share their thoughts anonymously