By Victoria Land, Allure magazine
I used to feel guilty about my monthly facials-at $300, they seemed so indulgent. But the UK's Daily Mail recently reported that Demi Moore spends over $150,000 a year on Thermage treatments to maintain her youthful appearance. Thermage uses radio frequencies, heating the inner layers of the skin to tighten and stimulate the formation of new collagen-and it seems like everyone, including Allure's top experts, have differing opinions on its effectiveness. So is it worth the cost?
THE BELIEVER: Dermatologist Patricia Wexler recommends Thermage for skin tightening, saying "You should see results in one session and continued tightening for about six months."
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THE SKEPTIC: Dermatologist Jeannette Graf told Allure she thought Thermage "was the most over hyped anti-aging treatment." "There's a small percentage of people who do well," she said, "But there's a huge percentage
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- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Fashion – Wed, Dec 1, 2010 11:13 PM EST
By Victoria Land, Allure magazineRead More »from Is Thermage, Demi Moore's Favorite Skin Treatment, Worth $3K a Pop?
- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Work + Money – Wed, Dec 1, 2010 5:36 PM EST
By Sarah Wexler, Allure magazine
Along the way, we've all had some beauty mishaps-trying trends that didn't work for us, or being overly devoted to an of-the-moment color that now seems hopelessly dated. Heather Muir, Allure's beauty news editor, recently came face-to-face-along with about 1,700 others-with a past mishap when a friend scanned a bunch of high school-era photos and posted them to Facebook.
"I was mortified!" Muir said, and immediately un-tagged herself. "Back then I was obsessed with dark maroon lip liner, and I'd apply a baby pink lip gloss on top. Ew! I thought it was so hot at the time." (These days, she skips the liner completely.) A few additional Allure editors agreed to fess up to their embarrassing beauty moments-as long as we promised the pictures wouldn't show up on Facebook.
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By Heather Muir, Allure magazine
Ok, now that you're back from one weekend of traveling, it's time to think ahead to the next set of holidays! For the beauty-obsessed, there are special considerations for packing. Each time I try to narrow down products from my makeup and hair arsenals to bring on a trip, I can't: I want to take it all.
I hate the idea of having to sacrifice my looks when I'm going to be around friends I haven't seen all year. Conveniently, cosmetic companies pump out their teeniest products this time of year. First, we oohed and awed at how freaking cute the baby beauty offerings were, then tested them to see if they really worked. Here's what's worth throwing in your bag:
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The super-small bullets of the Kat Von D Tattoo Chronicals Painted Love Lipsticks make it easy to stay in the lip lines. We liked Cathedral, a mauve-y neutral for day and raisin-colored Rosary for evening.
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By Heather Muir, Allure magazineRead More »from Why Some Women Are Afraid to Cut Their Hair
Princess Rapunzel's crazy-long (70 feet, to be exact) golden blonde hair in Disney's newest movie release Tangled is attractive in a magical, fairy-tale sort of way (maybe it's because we know it'll eventually help her score a hot prince). But in real life, hair that grazes the lower back doesn't have the same effect-at all.
I recently watched a woman in a restaurant proudly swing her butt-long straight hair as she walked. I couldn't help but think to myself, "Why doesn't she cut her hair? She can't possibly think it looks good." Maybe I should have minded my own business…but instead, I asked New York City clinical psychologist Vivian Diller, author of Face It: What Women Really Feel When Their Looks Change, to shed some insight on why some women are petrified of cutting their hair. (And to clarify: I'm a long-haired girl myself and love that my stylist obeys my half-inch trim requests.)
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By Alison Caporimo, Allure magazine
It's pretty much a well-known fact that Nicole Richie is both stylish and gorgeous. So we were shocked to read a recent beauty confession from her in Women's Wear Daily. She said that she wears her infamous bug-eyed sunglasses because she doesn't wear makeup. And not only that: "I don't know how to do makeup-it's just not a part of my life."
Even if she's underestimating herself here, it's true that even makeup lovers (like the editors at Allure) are occasionally too rushed to get their look to a T-and have to resort to short cuts or clever disguises. As for me, if I'm running late in the morning and looking tired, I put highlighter on the inner corners of my eyes to brighten my face.
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Beauty news editor Heather Muir wraps her hair into a top knot when she doesn't have time to get a blowout or do her own hair. When beauty editor Angelique SerranoRead More »from What's Your Beauty Shortcut?
By Elizabeth Siegel, Allure magazine
We don't have tons of sympathy for stars that hate being recognized...but mid-bikini wax? That's a different story. Rihanna dished to the Toronto Sun that she walked out of a wax after an aesthetician blurted out, "I know who you are, you're Rihanna!" While we've never stormed out or experienced such a public embarrassment, we have had our share of awkward moments on the waxing table:
"An over-60 aesthetican chastised me for not getting a full Brazilian. She yelled at me: 'What are you, a big baby? I have a Brazilian!'" -Kate Sullivan, associate editor
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"My bikini waxer pulled out a denim strip. When I asked her what it was for, she smiled and said, 'This is what they use on men's back hair'. How mortifying!" -Heather Muir, beauty news editor
"One waxer got into a detailed conversation about shapes. And that's all I'm going to say about it." -Angelique Serrano, beauty editorRead More »from Rihanna's Awkward Waxing Moment (We Dish, Too)
- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Work + Money – Tue, Nov 23, 2010 6:32 PM EST
By Sarah Wexler, Allure magazineRead More »from How Much Can You Tell About Someone by Her Makeup?
Recently I went to see a new doctor for a minor surgical procedure-something that certainly requires a steady hand and extreme attention to detail. Though the office walls were lined with her impressive degrees, I fixated on one thing: her uneven makeup.
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She didn't look like Mimi from The Drew Carey Show or anything, but she had mascara tracks on her eyelids, and there was slightly more blush on one cheek than the other. On anyone else, I probably wouldn't have given it a second glance, but it made me concerned that perhaps it hinted that she isn't obsessed with precision, and I got nervous.
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Ultimately, she did the procedure well, and then I felt bad for judging her this way. After all, maybe smeared mascara just meant she was more interested in spending time working on her patients than on her appearance, which would actually benefit me.
By Sarah Wexler, Allure magazine
Of course it's unacceptable that 16-year-old Willow Palin, Sarah's daughter, wrote a homophobic slur ("Your so gay...Your such a f**got") to a male schoolmate who criticized her mom's TV show on Facebook-he said it was "failing so hard."
(Another problem is that she doesn't seem to know the difference between "you're" and "your.") Willow continued, "I have no idea who you are, But what I've seen pictures of, your disgusting...My sister had a kid and is still hot."'
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She's only 16, so we guess it's not surprising-but it made us think about the bigger topic of randomly attacking someone's appearance. It's beyond immature to do so when you feel criticized. Going after someone's looks is a move from the lowest common denominator school of fighting: rather than responding to the criticism, you bring up something completely unrelated, just hoping it's damaging and hurtful enough that the other person willRead More »from Why Do We Lash Out at Someone's Looks?
By Angelique Serrano, Allure magazine
As you've probably heard, Eva Longoria has filed for divorce from her husband of three years, Tony Parker, amid rumors of unfaithfulness and naughty texting on the basketball player's part. Though the news might have come as a shock, we wouldn't be surprised if Longoria switched up more than her last name in the wake of this sad split.
We're talking, of course, about a post-relationship makeover. Think about it: When has a bad breakup not made you crave a major change to your look? For most of the women on our staff, the answer to that question was: never. Here's how some of the most heartbreaking moments have resulted in beautiful transformations.
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"I was devastated and really angry after a past breakup, and I expressed it by wearing intense black eyeliner all around my eyes for weeks. It made me feel stronger, tougher-like no one could mess with me again." -Angelique Serrano, beauty editor
By Sarah Wexler, Allure magazine
This week, Candace Cameron tweeted: "Can we talk breakouts? I thought zits were gonna stop in my 30's. Sheesh! I feel like Deej when she got one for the Christmas play." We hear ya. The common wisdom is that skin settles down and acne hits the road as soon as you get your high school diploma-but as Cameron and many other women in their 30s know, that's not always the case.
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Thanks to shifting hormones, breakouts flare up again around 35, according to dermatologists, and they're usually worse than the teenage variety: adult acne tends to be redder and have more of the large, painful cystic bumps. Oh, and as if that's not bad enough, the zits pop up all over the place, including your lower face, cheeks, neck, chest, and back.
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