Even though we're believers in looking one's best, we haven't been happy with studies that show that good-looking people earn more money than those less blessed, or suggestions that women need to hit the Botox before they go job-hunting. But we realize the economic stakes are high these days for everyone, and they may be especially daunting for women.
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Now, a just-published study in the Harvard Business Review notes that male MBAs are more likely to be promoted than their female counterparts and that women who graduate from business school are more likely to lose their jobs worldwide than men. Only two percent of Fortune 500 company CEOs are women, and the female representation on their boards of directors is only 15 percent. So-duh-sexism is alive and well. Do you worry that being a woman is holding you back? And do you think that good looks serve as a counterweight to sex discrimination?
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Even though we're believers in looking one's best, we haven't been happy with studies that show that good-looking people earn more money than those less blessed, or suggestions that women need to hit the Botox before they go job-hunting. But we realize the economic stakes are high these days for everyone, and they may be especially daunting for women.Read More »from Does Beauty Trump Sexism at Work?
Back in the 1990s, we figured New York City must be just like it was on Friends. Which means it came as quite a shock when we moved here and nobody we knew had huge, adorably decorated apartments and cute neighbors. But even more surprising was a new study that found that Friends could have something to do with a negative self-image.Read More »from Watching TV can affect your body image
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Researchers at Ryerson University had 76 undergraduate women watch a 10-minute clip of Friends and then evaluated their satisfaction with their appearance. In the study, the researchers theorized, watching slim Rach, Monica, and Phoebe had a negative impact on the women's self-image. (Reading a pamphlet about the overrepresentation of thin characters on TV, however, did help the participants keep their self-confidence in check.) What do you think: could a TV show affect how you feel about yourself?
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You know those people who say they're addicted to running, like they can't skip a day or they'll freak out? They may not be exaggerating. A new study, conducted on rats and published in Behavioral Neuroscience, showed that very intense exercise can become as addicting as narcotics. In the study, rats who ran the hardest and ate the least suffered the worst withdrawal symptoms when injected with a drug that mimics heroin withdrawal.Read More »from Can you become addicted to exercise?
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But before you take that as a cue to pick up the remote control and a bag of chips, Robin Kanarek, lead author of the study, said that in fact, it supports the idea that moderation is key. "Exercise, as long as it doesn't interfere with other aspects of one's life, is a good thing with respect to both physical and mental health," she said.
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Now that we've all questioned our right to have body hair, would you like yet another thing to feel self-conscious and crummy about? Enter the surgical field of "nipple correction." Once largely the domain of women who were having reconstructive surgery after cancer, nipple "enhancements" are on the rise and now being marketed to the rest of us, as we found out from one very creepy press release.Read More »from Is "nipple correction" surgery going too far?
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And just in case you were OK with the pair you've already got, the Southern California surgery practice that put out the release offers a "Pick the Perfect Nipple" rating system (NSFW, ladies), in which you can compare and contrast 25 different sets based on areola diameter and various nipple types-and then vote on your fave. Of the 25, only five are labeled "normal." So we have to ask: Have you ever thought of putting yours under the knife?
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Our recent post on the pressure on women to get rid of body hair sparked quite a bit of debate-both with readers and around our office. One especially prickly (sorry) area seems to be arm hair. One friend confessed to us that during a manicure at an upscale Manhattan nail spa, after massaging lotion on her arms, the technician smoothed the girl's arm hair perfectly into place, practically creating a comb-over. The girl, who had never been self-conscious about her naturally blonde arm hair before, spent the rest of the day paranoid that the nail technician was hinting that she should wax it.Read More »from Do You Remove Your Arm Hair?
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Another friend told us that during a recent trip to Los Angeles, the friend she was staying with refused to take her out on the town until she agreed to get her arms waxed, snipping to her, "No one in LA has arm hair, so we simply can't go out with you looking like that." Whoa! What do you think-is fuzz on your arms ever a faux pas?
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It's a jungle out there in this crummy economy, and we've already told you about the women who think they need Botox to compete in the job market. To that we will add that your hair better not be too big, your self-tan better not be too extreme, and you shouldn't commit the fashion faux pas of bells on your shoes, just in case you were tempted.Read More »from Do Your Co-Workers Commit Beauty Crimes?
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These and other sins, many of them appearance-oriented, were cited in a new survey of thousands of hiring managers across the country as being among complaints voiced by co-workers against each other. Thanks to the survey, we can authoritatively warn you, for instance, not commit the offense of reminding someone at work of Bambi (yes, this was an actual complaint.) We personally have never had a run-in at the office with anyone offensively doe-eyed, but now we're curious about this whole phenomenon: What bugs you about the people you work with, and how many of their annoying tics have to do with
- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Fashion – Thu, Aug 6, 2009 10:41 PM EDT
Bliss is known for their clever/funny/cute names for their treatments (a Best Of Skintentions facial) and products (Fat Girl Slim cellulite cream). Their latest is a publicity stunt right outside our offices: We walked through day two of their "Gorilla" marketing promotion-complete with guys in actual gorilla suits-for waxing offers and free product samples. Yeah, we laughed (and felt bad for whoever was in the costume.) Then we started thinking about the body hair waxing phenomenon in general; Bliss calls it "waging war against unwanted hair." Does waxing make you feel better about your body, or is there too much pressure on women to wax it all off?
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The summer months are stuffed with seriously good festivals-and while the music is what matters, it never hurts to look good while you're rocking out. For those of you who are heading to Lollapalooza in Chicago this weekend, here are some tips:
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Sunscreen. Not negotiable! Neutrogena Ultimate Sport Sunblock Spray SPF 55 is light enough to carry in your bag, and the no-mess spray makes necessary reapplications easy.Too caught up in the music to reapply? Here are our editors' best sunscreen tips.
Waterproof mascara. Outdoor music festivals are inevitably really hot or really rainy. Either way, they're tailor-made to make your mascara run. Pick one like Lancôme's Définicils Waterproof that can last the day.
Hand wipes. The least glamorous part about a festival is the bathroom situation. Bring Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer Wipes. Seriously.
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OK, we've definitely been loving color around our eyes this summer. And we get it-major shadow is not for everyone. But for all of you lovers of beige and brown, we beg you to consider adding at least a teensy bit of fun around your eyes-in the form of colored mascara. Yes, it's a total '80s throwback (what isn't these days?), but it doesn't have to look as fake and cheesy as it did back then. These mascaras, in fact, are pretty subtle and just make your own eye color look brighter and more interesting.
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Purple: Everything from eggplant and deep wine to amethyst look gorgeous on green, blue, or hazel eyes, says makeup artist Chrisanne Davis. Our favorite one: Clarins Wonder Volume Mascara in Wonder Violet.
Blue: This is a great contrast to brown eyes and gives you a little rocker edge, like black. Our picks: Korres Abyssinia Dramatically Volumizing Mascara in Cobalt Blue (if you're kinda afraid of blue) and Yves Saint LaurentRead More »from Would You Wear Colored Mascara?
- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Fashion – Wed, Aug 5, 2009 5:13 PM EDT
Photo via www.naomisims.comThe month: November, 1968. The milestone: Naomi Sims became the first African-American model to appear on the cover of a mainstream women's publication, Ladies' Home Journal. The cover began what was to become Sims's legacy-that of a ground-breaking model turned cosmetics businesswoman. Sadly, Sims died of cancer Saturday in Newark, New Jersey at age 61.Read More »from A Tribute to Naomi Sims: The First Black Supermodel
Although she struggled at first trying to break into modeling as a teenager, Sims rose to fame quickly, working for Halston, Teal Traina, Fernando Sanchez and Giorgio di Sant'Angelo. (Halston called her the first black supermodel.) Harold Koda and Kohle Yohannan, curators of the current Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition "The Model as Muse" credited her with helping express the "Black is Beautiful" movement; two images of Sims are featured in that exhibition. Sims gave up modeling in 1973 to start the Naomi Sims Collection, a business that made wigs designed for black women. Her company grew to feature cosmetics, beauty salons, and