Next time you're getting a mind-blowing massage, ask the aesthetician to stop for a minute-and it might get even better. We're not crazy: New research claims that pleasure is enhanced by simply taking time out. In a recent paper titled "Interrupted Consumption: Disrupting Adaptation to Hedonic Experiences" (really), six studies demonstrated that breaking up a good experience can intensify the enjoyment. Subjects got to have luxurious indulgences like massages or listening to beautiful music, and after they were interrupted, their bliss increased.
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The researchers theorize it's partly because of the human preoccupation with new and novel experiences. Besides wondering how the heck one qualifies for the job of massage study guinea pig, we noticed another finding: The theory applied to television commercials. People reviewed programs broken up by ads more favorably than ones that ran straight through. DVR addicts, though, may be
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- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Healthy Living – Thu, Mar 5, 2009 11:29 PM EST
Next time you're getting a mind-blowing massage, ask the aesthetician to stop for a minute-and it might get even better. We're not crazy: New research claims that pleasure is enhanced by simply taking time out. In a recent paper titled "Interrupted Consumption: Disrupting Adaptation to Hedonic Experiences" (really), six studies demonstrated that breaking up a good experience can intensify the enjoyment. Subjects got to have luxurious indulgences like massages or listening to beautiful music, and after they were interrupted, their bliss increased.Read More »from Take a break during your massage, it'll feel better
You get your hair cut at a salon so why not brighten up your teeth there, too? Makes sense to salon owners. But according to a recent article, dental boards in some states are trying to ban salons from offering teeth whitening services, claiming that the procedure should only be performed by licensed dentists. Kelly Markos, a salon owner in Montgomery, Ala., was accused of practicing illegal dentistry by offering teeth whitening to her customers-but she maintains the service is entirely cosmetic.Read More »from Should Salons Whiten Teeth?
Related: 4 tips for a gorgeous smile.
Salon owners like Markos, as well as White Smile USA, a leader in the teeth whitening industry, argue that customers have the right to whiten their teeth when and where they choose, and by regulating the service, dentists are just trying to grab the potential profits (teeth whitening can cost up to $200 at a salon, and up to $400 at a dentist's office). And the fact that many of the products offered at the salons are also available over-the-counter seems
- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Work + Money – Wed, Mar 4, 2009 7:50 PM EST
Talk about your leggy blondes: Kiehl's has thought of a creative way to hype their relaunch of Close-Shaverettes Simply Mahvelous Legs Shave Cream, ($15.50). They've enlisted the help of vertically-gifted Svetlana Pankratova, the woman who holds the record for having the longest legs in the world. (They're a whopping 4'4"-that's her legs alone. Keep in mind that the average woman is only about 5'3" from head to toe!) If you're in the New York area tomorrow, you can see those gams for yourself at Kiehl's East Village flagship store, where Pankratova will be on hand from 12 PM to 5PM to demonstrate the product and donate $44 per razor stroke to the Lower Eastside Girls Club.
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If you're devastated about missing this crucial event, don't fret. Until March 15th, you can go to kiehls.com and enter to win a year's supply of the cream by guessing exactly how many minutes and seconds it takes Pankratova to shave her legs. We wonder if the attendees tomorrowRead More »from Free Kiehl's! Can you guess how long her legs are?
- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Fashion – Wed, Mar 4, 2009 7:08 PM EST
Like most people my age who grew up in suburbia, I spent a lot of time loitering at the mall with friends. Around the age of twelve, one of our favorite activities was sneaking into the back of Spencer's Gifts, where they sold stuff like racy greeting cards, posters of firemen, "erotic" pasta, and pens that, when you flipped them upside down, went from showing a fully dressed woman to a shot of her in lingerie. We'd stand in the aisle giggling and stealing a few quick peeks before running out squealing.
Total flashback the other day, when a new collection of Urban Decay lip glosses crossed my desk. Not because there's a photo of a guy in the cap of each gloss, but because when you flick the gloss back and forth-just like one of those pens-his clothes come off, and all that's left is a shot of him in his skivvies. Immediately, I ran squealing into the office of the editor next door.
The, ahem, Pocket Rocket Lip Glosses come in eightRead More »from Urban Decay's Pocket Rocket Lip Gloss makes us squeal like little girls
For anyone who's ever stressed over a gray hair or five, you might be interested to know what really causes them. A new breakthrough study has gotten to the root of the problem (sorry, had to). A team of European scientists found that hydrogen peroxide-ironically, the same stuff that we use to lighten our hair from the outside-builds up on hair follicles and bleaches the color as hairs grow out of the scalp. We all have trace amounts of H2O2 in our hair cells, but it turns out, as we age, these levels increase as the enzymes that help break it down decrease. Ok, so now you know, what can you do about it? Researchers are already speculating that the surprise new findings may open the door for preventing or even reversing the graying process. In fact, we're pretty sure the folks over at Clairol and Garnier have their science people all up on this right this second, so you know…we'll keep ya posted.
Related: Top 5 tips for gorgeous hair.
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It's true that men can be just as self-conscious about their bodies as women can, but this news seems to walk on the absurd side somehow: Starting next month, London department store Selfridges will start selling control-top tops for men-shirts that offer not just sucking-in, but sculpting-up. We had to go check out the Equmen web site, and sure enough, the hilarity ensued. I mean, do the models in this photo (taken from the site) look like they need to be reshaped?
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Then again, maybe it's sexist to make fun of guys who would feel the need. I turned to my boyfriend for his take on the subject, but even he agreed that it was ridiculous. "It's like a girl who wears a padded bra, then you get her home and it's a disappointment," he said. After racking my brain to try and remember if I had worn a padded bra during our early days of courtship, I decided that maybe it's a don't knock it 'til ya try it situation: WhileRead More »from Man Spanx? Equmen makes control-top tops for men
Taking the term "recessionista" to dizzying new heights, Ioana Cioanca of Romania has managed to craft an entire wardrobe out of, wait for it, her own hair. Over the years, the 71 year old used her 40-inch long locks to weave a hat, shawl, skirt, top, gloves (!?), purse, handbag, and raincoat (double !?).
"They are all slightly different colours because of course I went grey over the years," she told the Times. "I did this because I wanted to show how practical human hair is. The clothes are warm and comfortable-and the materials are free."Practical indeed. Do we smell a lucrative new Etsy business in the making?
Stuck in a hair rut? Check out these 49 new hair ideas for 2009.
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If you're feeling the wintry blahs like I am, why not do as I've done and spring for some avant garde Chanel?
The brand is launching Les Noirs Mythiques ($30 each), a trio of limited-edition shades of Rouge Allure Lipsticks in three nuanced shades of black: Hysteria (a dark violet-black), Maniac (a deep red-black), and Obscure (a chocolate-black, and my favorite).
I spoke to Peter Phillips, Global Creative Director for Chanel Makeup, to ask him the obvious: How in heck am I going to pull this off and look edge, not off my rocker?
"The best way to apply them is to put it on as a 'normal' lipstick then take off the excess with a tissue or dab the shade on your fingertips and apply it-the result is a beautiful, dark lip," he says. "It looks great when worn with a soft, smoky eye and a beautiful pink or coral blush-it adds freshness to the look."
Also, he warns against pairing one of these blackRead More »from How To Pull Off Chanel's New IT Color
- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Fashion – Tue, Feb 24, 2009 12:32 AM EST
Natalie Portman must be makeup artist Jeanine Lobell's dream client. Not only was Lobell inspired by that beyond gorgeous orchid-colored Rodarte dress, but despite her sophistication, Nat is young enough to pull off what Lobell called, "cool punk rock sexy fairy makeup." Say what?
We had to call Jeanine, and ask exactly what she used to get it. The good news? It's easy enough to re-create at home. The bad news? Portman's cheekbones are not included.
Lobell, the founder of Stila, confessed that it was all about the Chanel last night. She used the Chanel Silky Eye Shadow Duo in Orient Express, $40, to achieve a frosty-pastel play on smoky. First, pale pink shadow, with dark purple smudged around the lids and lower lash line. She then lined a bit of Intense Eye Pencil in Noir, $27, inside the eye, and black Inimitable Mascara, $30, for red carpet-worthy lashes. An application of Perfect Brows in Brun, $65,Read More »from Natalie Portman's Oscar Look (Cheekbones Not Included)
Half of Hollywood relies on nutritionist Carrie Wiatt to help them avoid the Frittelli doughnuts. During award season, the stars kick it up a notch. Here's Wiatt's plan for heavy-hitters who want be lightweights:
Three Weeks Before:
Load up on lean protein. Four-ounce servings of chicken or fish are best, but lean skirt steak is OK, too.
Choose low-fat yogurt instead of the fat-free stuff, which often has extra sugar added.
Fill up on small, all-veggie salads and broth-based veggie soups.
Get extra fiber with a few almonds or walnuts (not a handful, thank you very much), and add a sprinkle of flaxseed to yogurt.
Cut sugar, alcohol, and caffeine. (Green tea is allowed). (And, yes, we're sorry).
Related: 5 ways to snack healthfully.
Three Days Before (That's NOW):
It's pretty much just veggies and fruit.
Choose produce loaded with water, like cucumbers, spinach, green beans, asparagus and zucchini, and avoid anything that'll bring on the bloatRead More »from What Oscar Nominees Eat Before the Big Night