The Huffington Post noted that our first lady loves her flats. True! "Barbara Bush had her pearls, Nancy Reagan her low BMI and Michelle Obama her ballerina flats," wrote Karin Tanabe, who also said that America has suddenly gone "hog wild" for the shoe style. Not to negate Mrs. Obama's sprawling influence on fashion--clearly, we're all obsessed--but let's remember that the trend isn't startlingly new, even outside Washington.
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In fact, thanks to the now-everywhere Lanvin and Tory Burch designs, slippers have been silently padding down both city streets and country houses across the nation for some time now. And unlike some of the spendy originals that spawned the trend, you can easily find adorable versions at mass retailers everywhere. Walk into any Target, H&M, Urban Outfitters, and even K-Mart, and you can find scores of chic and cheap ballerina-inspired footwear. Besides its hearty embrace from the White House, why does the
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- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Fashion – Fri, Mar 20, 2009 6:10 PM EDT
The Huffington Post noted that our first lady loves her flats. True! "Barbara Bush had her pearls, Nancy Reagan her low BMI and Michelle Obama her ballerina flats," wrote Karin Tanabe, who also said that America has suddenly gone "hog wild" for the shoe style. Not to negate Mrs. Obama's sprawling influence on fashion--clearly, we're all obsessed--but let's remember that the trend isn't startlingly new, even outside Washington.Read More »from America loves flats again thanks to Michelle Obama
Beth Ditto was a rather unlikely celebrity fixture throughout these past Fashion Weeks-she was pretty and demure in the front row of Stella McCartney and Gaultier, shined at Alexander McQueen and Chanel, and palled around with BFF du jour Kate Moss at the now-famous Fendi party. It's no secret that Ditto stands out from the crowd: the lead singer of the band Gossip, she's not only talented, but she has great style. Still, there's no question that she's built noticeably differently from the sinewy usual suspects that make up the fashion elite.
I wonder if beauty industry may have helped sway fashion's affections. After all, who could forget all the attention Dove's "Campaign for Real Beauty" got? And people across the world have also voiced their opinions as Fashion Weeks in major cities have questioned (and struggled with) the revision of models' measurements. But however her fame came about, Ditto seemed anRead More »from Beth Ditto: The New Full-Figured "It" Girl
- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Fashion – Thu, Mar 19, 2009 5:49 PM EDT
When you're pregnant, there are lots of weird things that happen to your body. But I was seriously not prepared to find out this news: That pregnant ladies are basically walking, talking skin-care-makers for their kids. Researchers at Leiden University in The Netherlands have been studying an all-natural moisturizer mothers produce in the womb-a "buttery ointment" with the not-so-catchy name Vernix caseosa. (I get the gross factor, but bear with me.) Apparently this stuff not only keeps your baby from being born a human prune (consider that it spends nine months essentially underwater), it also helps baby's skin stay hydrated and fight off infection after it's out in the world. The scientists just released a study with promising results on a synthetic version they created to heal some adult skin diseases. And, their hopes are that it just might one day be the mother of all moisturizers for healthy skin. Stay tuned.Read More »from Mother's womb moisturizer coming to a store near you
Read about the latest news in health and skincare over at allure.com.
Anti-aging perfume is here! Well, kind of. Before you go spraying Ageless on your smile lines and crow's feet (that stinging sensation in your eye? pink grapefruit essence!), that's not how the fragrance works. Ageless doesn't promise visible results, just smoke and mirrors: it intends to mask "noneal," an age-revealing chemical in the skin. (What?!)Read More »from Ageless: A Perfume That Makes You Younger
To its credit, the fragrance's literature and even its website name, agelessfantasy.com, are straight up that real agelessness is just that, a fantasy; their perfume doesn't claim to change looks, only perception. They tout a study meant to prove Ageless's effectiveness, although it's a bit, well, imaginative. An independent surveyor asked 75 men to smell various scents (including Ageless) and say what age they would expect someone wearing the fragrances to be. The men guessed that the women who would wear Ageless would be nearly 17 years younger than the average age of women who might wear four other scents. (The company's press release
- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Fashion – Tue, Mar 17, 2009 7:19 PM EDT
As a lass of Irish heritage, I get tired of the fact that St. Paddy's seems to revolve around green beer and, in more extreme cases, um, puking. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't be Irish if I didn't enjoy me Guinness now and then (I'll skip the food coloring, thankyouverymuch), but there's so much more to the culture, like Yeats and Joyce. (And corned beef and cabbage.)
Had a little too much to drink? The top 5 ways to prevent a skin hangover.
Here are three alternative ways to celebrate the beauty of green today:
Eat a handful of pistachios:
It's well-documented that the jade-colored nut can lower cholesterol, reduce inflammation, provide antioxidants and, compared to most nuts, are low in fat and calories. But a surprising new study also found that when it comes to weight management, they're your best bet. Why? Having to shell them slows your consumption time. Huh.
Treat yourself to a face mask:Read More »from Happy St. Patrick's Day! 3 (Better) Ways to Celebrate
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New Jersey has long been known for major hair (blame Bon Jovi and mall bangs for that one)-and a recent bit of news isn't doing much to help that rep.Read More »from New Jersey may ban the Brazilian wax
In a move that's sure to freak out hyper-groomed women in the state, New Jersey's Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling is considering a proposal to ban Brazilian bikini waxes-a response to the complaints of two women who claim they were injured and hospitalized from botched jobs (ouch!).
Don't suffer the same pain, here are 5 tips to getting a great wax.
According to the Philadelphia Daily News, the up-close-and-personal waxes have actually always been illegal, but the statute wasn't explicitly spelled out. The new proposal would make things perfectly clear by outright banning, ahem, "genital waxing."
The board is set to meet, and presumably vote on the ban on Brazilians, on April 14th. If you live in Jersey, we suggest booking your next (and possibly last) wax before then-and stocking up on a good depilatory just in case. (We like
- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Fashion – Fri, Mar 13, 2009 8:10 PM EDT
I think I've had açaí berry in my moisturizer, breakfast bar, yogurt, and maybe even in a $14 chocolate bar I splurged on in a particularly I Heart NY moment in SoHo. I have to say, I wasn't 100 percent shocked to see this article in the Times today that there's not a lot of science to back up all the weight loss, memory-boosting, superberry claims. No, a Brazilian berry isn't going to give you a Brazilian body or turn you into a rocket scientist. Not a huge surprise there.
But I was proud that when I looked back in the Allure archives that although we've reported on it here and in our magazine, we've always proceeded with caution. There's no doubt açaí is a powerful antioxidant-but getting the most of it through skincare is still difficult. In January of last year, dermatologist Jeannette Graf told us "topical products only contain a modest amount of açaí, because a high concentration of it would stain the skin and hair," and recommended choosing products that combine it with otherRead More »from Are there any real health benefits from aÃ§aÃ berries?
In case you missed it, our editor in chief Linda Wells was on The Today Show this morning to talk about the effect of stress on skin. (In a word: bad). In fact, an allure.com poll showed that 87 percent of us notice a difference in our skin when we're freaking out. (And it's not all in our heads-one Miami derm we talked to said about 50 percent of her patients are coming in with stress-related skin problems.)
In case you're stressing out, here's a rundown of the products that won't necessarily lower your blood pressure, but will at least make you look like you weren't tossing and turning all night.
If you're breaking out:
Clean & Clear Continuous Control Acne Cleanser, $5.99, is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and hey, the price is right.
Clearasil Ultra Pimple Blocker Pen, $8, contains 2% salicylic acid and is a great spot treatment.
1-percent hydrocortisone cream, about $5 at the drugstore, can eliminate redness, but use it sparingly: It can thin the skin overRead More »from 18 Ways To Beat Stressed Skin
It's ok-you're not just being cheap. Companies know that people are stretching their dollars right now, so the demand to "try before you buy" is greater than ever. Just don't go cray-zay. Saleswomen tell us the best way to get samples is to avoid treating the cosmetics department like an all-you-can-eat buffet. Instead, tell them your skin type or your problems with certain ingredients, or your plain old love of red lipstick. With that in mind, they'll be able to hook you up with samples that you'll love-and stuff you're more likely to come back and buy. (Oh, and don't act like you're Katie Holmes on a Fred Segal shopping spree if you're not-be upfront about wanting to test something out. It saves everyone time.) Now that you know your sampling etiquette, check out what's going on at some beauty counters right this minute.
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Obviously there's more (a lot more) to finding gainful employment than great looks. But you'd be surprised how much appearance can count when it comes to making a spectacular first impression in an interview. For example, let's see....a Chinese company insists that its hires have gorgeous ears. (The firm says they want to make sure a worker's appearance won't have a negative effect on customers. What?!) But back to normalcy, when we also came across the news that Prive salons in LA and NYC are now offering a $95 Interview Prep package [that includes beauty services in addition to career placement assistance, we started thinking about professional grooming, if you will. Here are five tips to keep in mind.
1. Leave the blue eyeshadow back in the 80's where it belongs. We know that nods to this decade were all over Fashion Week, but unless you're applying for a runway gig at Ford (the modeling agency, not the car company), do not attempt trendy, distracting makeup. Neutrals appliedRead More »from 5 Ways to Beautify Job Interviews