New research suggest that "brown fat," a cell that rapidly burns calories, could be the key to fulfilling that whole "eat whatever you want and burn it off" pipe dream. The former hypothesis-that it was only present in rodents and human infants-has been debunked by new studies that claim adults have plenty of the stuff: It's just activated by the cold. (Scientists found their subjects' brown fat kicked into overdrive when they sat in a chilly room.)
What ever happened to good old fashioned aerobics?
The New York Times reports that these findings should help pave the way for safer, more effective ways to combat the obesity epidemic, and of course, you can bet that some day soon we'll have access to brown fat diet shakes (um, yum?). Then there are the inevitable beauty treatments. One doctor joked, "We're thinking of opening a frosty spa." Sounds recession-friendly, too. Maybe we should all just turn our heat off next winter?
Speaking of weird beauty alternatives, would you ever get a
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New research suggest that "brown fat," a cell that rapidly burns calories, could be the key to fulfilling that whole "eat whatever you want and burn it off" pipe dream. The former hypothesis-that it was only present in rodents and human infants-has been debunked by new studies that claim adults have plenty of the stuff: It's just activated by the cold. (Scientists found their subjects' brown fat kicked into overdrive when they sat in a chilly room.)Read More »from Fat That Makes You Skinny?
Perfect smoky eyes tend to come with stray dark powder particles all over our cheeks. Now instead of getting creative with a Q-tip to wipe specks away, we can just blast them.
Try these tips for smoldering, smoky eyes.
Air She Blows (get it?) by Miss Oops blows out puffs of air to get rid of any makeup muck; it's especially useful with excess loose mineral makeup. Not to mention the crumbs in your keyboard.
Related: Check out this video on how to apply illuminating mineral makeup in five simple steps.
-- Kayleigh Donahue
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- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Fashion – Wed, Apr 8, 2009 9:20 PM EDT
It seems like some members of the beauty industry are turning to good old-fashioned, er, bathroom humor to increase sales during these tough times. Every time we watch these out-of-control crazy, hilarious, and semi-offensive-to-the-feminists-among-us new Schick Quattro ads, our jaws drop. Watch this "Mow the Lawn" ad currently on rotation on television channels across the U.K. and you tell us if this makes you want to run out and buy a razor...or if you'd rather not think about hedge clippers and weed wackers in relation to the v-zone. Then again, they're not alone in upping the raunch factor of late: Imadeen, a skin supplement company, has a bawdy new tagline running beneath a photo of a girl lounging on her bed. It reads, "My secret to beautiful skin? I swallow." Wow. Just. Wow.
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-- Erin Flaherty
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- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Work + Money – Wed, Apr 8, 2009 6:54 PM EDT
There is nothing grosser, not to mention more dehumanizing, than accidentally wearing flip flops or flats (or any other shoes that don't require some kind of socks) to the airport: You only remember once you line up for security that you're going to have to kick off your kicks and walk barefoot on a very public, very filthy floor.
Get through airport security fast with these helpful travel tips.
Enter Eco Living's new, TSA-friendly Biodegradable Travel Booties ($5.95 for two pairs), which not only serve the handy purpose of protecting you from germs and humiliation (well, wearing booties is still kind of embarrassing, but anyway), but also save you the guilt of filling landfills. (These are compostable.) Win-win! Oh and P.S.: If any of you out there actually use shower caps, they make a green version of those, too.
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-- Erin Flaherty
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- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Fashion – Tue, Apr 7, 2009 11:00 PM EDT
Dr. Scholl's For Her has a new shoe insert, High Heels Insoles, $9.99, that claim to ease the pain caused by your favorite stilettos (yes, even the five-inchers that you swore felt like fuzzy slippers when you tried them on in the store). They have squiggly, squishy gel pads in the ball and heel of the foot, to cushion and take off some pressure.
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Our favorite part: the inserts are clear, so no one sees them and thinks you stuck odor-absorbers in your Louboutins. We tried them in our highest new Mary Janes and even after running around all day at the office, we kept standing painlessly when we went out for the evening.
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- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Healthy Living – Tue, Apr 7, 2009 4:46 PM EDT
Grapefruit: perfectly delicious, diet-friendly fruit. The Grapefruit Diet? Gimmicky at best, and in a bizarre case, nearly deadly at worst. Three days into a restrictive version of the diet, a 42-year-old woman in Washington was rushed to the hospital. She had developed a blood clot from the hip to the calf of her left leg while on an hour-and-a-half car ride. Doctors wrote in the medical journal The Lancet that by the time the woman reached the hospital, her leg was purple, she could hardly walk, and her leg was almost amputated. So what's all this got to do with grapefruit? Turns out that the fruit and her birth control pills had a strange reaction: the fruit blocked an enzyme that usually breaks down the Pill's estrogen. Higher estrogen levels, greater risk of blood clots. Another reason to listen to real scientists for diet advice.
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Mega home-shopping retailer QVC is a guilty pleasure for millions of women, but now the company has been ordered to pay the tidy sum of $7.5 million dollars by the Federal Trade Commision on charges that it, shall we say, slightly exaggerated the effects of certain dietary supplements and cellulite creams they sold. Apparently, the claims that Lipofactor Cellulite Target Lotion reduces those pesky thigh blemishes is ahem, unsubstantiated. (When it comes to topicals not working, we don't want to say, "I told you so," but hey, if you read Allure over the years, we've told ya so.)Read More »from Cellulite Products Get Called Out, Big Time
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Acting Director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection Eileen Harrington said, "The company is responsible for the product claims made on its programs, and we expect that going forward, QVC will do a better job for its audience and make sure that its programs are truthful and not deceptive." So in a way, this is good news. Next time they hawk cellulite-reducing cream,
- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Fashion – Fri, Apr 3, 2009 9:11 PM EDT
Why is it that disheveled hair on the runway looks amazing, but in real life can look so schlubby? Messy hair poster child Blake Lively may make it seem effortless, but we're betting she doesn't simply roll out of bed looking that way.Read More »from How to Wear Messy Hair (Without Looking Like a Slob)
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To style the messy look, spritz on a Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray type of situation on damp hair for added texture. And here's the real key to pulling off the look: When rocking mussed hair, you need to compensate in other ways. See, if you attempt the look with no makeup and a t-shirt, you run the risk of looking like a college student during exams. Instead, paint on bold red lips or swipe on black eyeliner to demonstrate that you meant to look like this. And nothing looks more fresh than a devil-may-care hairdo paired with a really chic, perfectly turned out ensemble. We'd suggest one of Donna Karan's spring twists on the LBD. Okay, glad we had that talk.
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Any time we interview hairstylists, they recommend bringing in a photo of the cut or color you want, because a visual best conveys exactly what you're going for. That's why we found it kind of meta, not to mention hilarious, that Cameron Diaz was photographed clutching a photo of Kate Moss (who else?) as she strode into her Los Angeles salon. (The Daily Mail also ran some less-than-flattering pictures of her in the chair-come on, who looks good with foils on her head?) Anyway, apparently everybody needs a little inspiration, even A-list movie stars. Just, please, don't go overboard: According to a recent Guardian article, some ladies show up with whole mood boards, "...a potentially sophisticated piece of decoupage featuring up to 100 photos of models and celebrities." Um, that's just a bit much.Read More »from Even Celebs Bring Photos To The Salon
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When one of my esteemed editors sent me a package of silicon nipple guards in the mail, I thought she was having a laugh. Then I realized that this product is not a joke. Nippies, $24, are two nude-colored cups that adhere to your skin, using your own body heat, and are intended to keep you from looking too, um, "alert" should you need to go bra-less for whatever reason.
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Perhaps the most noticeable and slightly alarming aspects of the Nippies is that they're slightly defeminizing. I mean, now I know what Barbie feels like. Still-and I don't care that Carrie on Sex and the City made bra-strap baring chic-I do have a certain LBD that demands bralessness, and the night I wore them out on the town I felt completely secure. (Not a nip slip in the house!) So laugh all you want, but I'm now officially a Nippie convert (but no, that's NOT me in the photo above).
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