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.)
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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,
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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
- 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)
Why not try one of these 49 new hair ideas?
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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Here's a tip to make the whole process waaaay less time consuming: If you're personally looking for some inspiration, check out our picks for "The
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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Acne. Frizz. Wrinkles. The most common beauty complaints may not be anything new-but the secrets to giving them the old heave-ho sure are. So in case you were still snoozin' when Allure's editorial projects director, Kristin Perrotta, showed off the newest breakthrough problem-solvers on The CBS Early Show today, let us give you the lowdown/low-tech-Tivo of the segment.Old problem: Breakouts
New solution: ClearPrep by CoverFX, $39. Part foundation-primer, part acne-treatment, this silky potion keeps makeup in place while it unclogs pores and sucks up oil with salicylic acid and willowbank extract.
Old problem: Frizzy hair
New solution: No Frizz by Living Proof, $24. Think frizz-fighting isn't rocket science? Tell that to this company. They put an actual M.I.T. scientist on the case who, in turn, discovered a breakthrough molecule that repels moisture without leaving hair greasy and limp, the way silicone can. We silently thank him every rainy, humid day.
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- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Fashion – Mon, Mar 30, 2009 10:07 PM EDT
Re-applying sunscreen always seems like a guessing game-and the idea that a simple gadget could give you an exact "apply more now!" schedule seems pretty good. Enter UVSunSense wristbands, $9.99 for a pack of seven.Read More »from Sun protection warning wristband: Would you wear it?
You apply a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and slip on the wristband before going outdoors, and the orange band turns purple as soon as it's exposed to the sun. As your skin-and the wristband-absorb the sunscreen, the wristband gradually turns brown, signaling when it's time to reapply.
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(Crazy side note: The technology behind the wristbands was developed by an Israeli physicist for nuclear power plant employees to identify dangerous levels of UV radiation. The wristband is able to react just like your skin to sunscreen wearing off and UV radiation kicking in.)
After the band-and your skin-experience the maximum level of safe sun exposure, the band turns salmon, to signify that it is time to beat it indoors. Could something so
Just as it's getting to be the time to clean your house and lighten up your wardrobe, it's time your skin care regimen could use some renovating. Here's how to update things, without spending a fortune (in money or time.)
1. Switch your moisturizer. I know, it's kind of a duh, but especially for those types that tend to get "dewy," you need to step away from the acne-inducing rich creams asap. Instead, switch to an oil-free lotion or gel. Right now I'm loving DDF's new Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizing Dew, $38.
2. Up your SPF. A few weeks ago we spoke with dermatologist Jeffrey Dover, and while he thought SPF 100 might walk on the extreme side, he cautioned that when it gets warmer out, you naturally spend more time outdoors and need to up the sunscreen ante. The Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock finally comes out next week, and we're going to buy it for the light, couldn't be farther from greasy feel alone.Read More »from 4 Ways To Ease Your Skin Into Spring
- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Fashion – Fri, Mar 27, 2009 8:45 PM EDT
Ah yes, another week, another airbrushing "scandal." The latest victim, Kim Kardashian, had a refreshingly flip answer to the media frenzy caused when Complex mag accidentally released an unairbrushed photo of her and quickly replaced it with a slimmed-down image: "So what! I have cellulite!" And duh, she's not alone. (Ways to beat cellulite. Kind of.)
Approximately 85 percent of women share her so-called affliction, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons; other estimates go as high as 90 percent. Bottom line is, we can relate. In fact, even one of the greatest supermodels of all time, the inimitable Cindy Crawford, exclusively told Allure, "So if Star magazine or whatever wants to print a picture of me on the beach from the back, at the worst possible angle, and say that I have cellulite, I'm like, Guess what? I do, and I never said I didn't. I've had two kids, and I'm 43, so leave me alone."
We love it. Sounds like Kim and Cindy have more in common than theRead More »from Kim Kardashian and Cindy Crawford Say "So What!" To Cellulite
BBC America got a lot of press last year when Super Skinny Me aired-the documentary featured two women who followed the craziest possible celebrity diets in order to fit into size 0 jeans. The one who developed an eating disorder? Well, she's back-in the BBC's latest pun on Super Size Me. In Super Botox Me, journalist (and exhibitionist?) Kate Spicer goes face-first into the world of injections and lasers. Check out this part of the clip of her meeting with her "knife coach" for a consultation: "Do I look like I've had Botox?" "Yes." Tune in tonight at 9 P.M. EST.
--Hannah Morrill, Assistant Editor
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- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Fashion – Wed, Mar 25, 2009 11:34 PM EDT
Will the next big blonde trend be buttery highlights? Platinum streaks? Caramel lowlights? For now, it's actually none of the above. Instead, the news is about haircolor going green. Scientists have figured out a new way to lift dark pigment without hurting your hair or the environment. The method? A fungus. Researchers at the Kao Corporation in Tokyo discovered that one found in forest soil, Basidiomycete ceriporiopsis, contains an enzyme that can blondify hair. A treatment still requires some peroxide, but only a fraction of what's used in traditional bleaches. If you're dying to get green hair (heh), there'll be a bit of a wait-the scientists are struggling to grow enough of the fungus to satisfy wannabe blondes.
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