By Kate Sullivan, Allure magazine
Formaldehyde, which a chemical engineer told Allure many embalmers have stopped using because it's "so toxic," has not been banned from your beauty products. But it will be regulated in your salons, thanks to a recent "hazard alert." (What threat level is that? Apricot? Magenta?)
After a series of investigations, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an agency of the Department of Labor, has issued a "hazard alert" for "hair smoothing products that could release formaldehyde"-read: Brazilian blowouts. (If the government-issued document looks too intimidating, Fashionista has a great Cliffs Notes version of the major points in the alert that's a little easier to follow.)
This comes after Canada completely banned Brazilian blowouts and hair products with more than 0.2 percent formaldehyde, and a recent report that found that many hair products still on store shelves in the country exceeded those limits. OSHA's alert doesn't ban the
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By Kate Sullivan, Allure magazineRead More »from Department of Labor Issues Hazard Alert on Brazilian Blowouts
By Sarah Wexler, Allure magazineRead More »from Tina Fey Talks Beauty in Her New Book
I'll admit that my girl-crush on Tina Fey has only intensified after reading her new book, Bossypants (Reagan Arthur Books). It had me laughing like a crazy person on the subway because she's so willing to divulge her nerdy proclivities (as a kid, she relaxed after school by putting on a colonial costume) and her beauty struggles (though, for the record, she's adamant about having all of her "original teeth and face parts"). It's worth reading every page of the book, but here, a few favorite Fey thoughts on beauty:
On being hirsute: "[I have] straight Greek eyebrows. They start at the hairline at my temple and, left unchecked, will grow straight across my face and onto yours."
On her teenage beauty routine: "I washed daily with Ivory soap and Prell shampoo. Everyone knew Prell was the best because you could also use it to clean a frying pan. I then dried my hair with a Hot Comb, a small, vibrating hairbrush that my family kept in the dining room
By Elizabeth Angell, Allure magazineRead More »from Would You Be on Team Blonde or Team Brunette?
Last week, the new season of the Real Housewives of New York City premiered and I'll admit to being more than a little excited for tonight's second episode. A teaser for coming episodes promised that new allegiances would be drawn and that women would form two teams: Blondes vs. brunettes. Apparently Jill Zarin, Luann de Lesseps (sorry, I just can't do the "countess" thing), Kelly Bensimon, and newcomer Cindy Barshop pit themselves against Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan and Alex McCord.
Now, hair-color battle lines make about as much sense as any of the other catfights these women have had, but I'm the first to admit that I don't watch the show for the cogent, well-reason arguments. I say bring on the crazy. But it did make me ask myself: Would I take sides-or even just feel sympathy for someone-because of her hair color? I guess I look at a fellow blonde and know that we've probably both endured the petty humiliation of third-grade blonde jokes and,
By Victoria Land, Allure magazineRead More »from One More Reason Why French Women Don't Get Fat
Chanel. Hermès. Croissants. The list of French goods I lust after daily is endless, but now I have a new one to add to the list: Aquabiking, the latest fitness trend to come out of Paris.
This 45-minute class, which merges aerobics and cycling (think Spinning under water) is done in your bathing suit on bikes submerged in a pool. And apparently it gives results fast and works everything. Our tester raves: "Not only do you work your legs, thighs, butt, and calves, but you are constantly working your arms and abs. You get toning plus cardio at the same time, you don't overheat, and if you sweat you don't even realize it because you're in the water."
I'm a total fitness (and Spinning!) buff myself, so I've got my fingers crossed that this class hits a gym nearby soon. What do you think? Would you try Aquabiking?
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By Lori Segal, Allure magazineRead More »from Are You Addicted to the Office Candy Jar?
I used to sit next to the candy jar in the Allure office and it was my cloyingly sweet frenemy. Three o'clock would roll around and, despite my better judgment, I'd hear the refilling of the jar with Baby Ruths and Almond Joys, and like a dog hearing the rustling of a bag of dry food, I'd be right there, digging in for my afternoon fix. When the candy jar departed (along with the coworker), I felt the pang of its absence (and withdrawal), but also relief that my Twix addiction wouldn't be fed.
Apparently not everyone is as passive as I was. According to a story in today's Wall Street Journal, people are increasingly giving the cold shoulder to their candy dealers in offices across the country-with tactics ranging from "guerilla attacks" of refilling the bowls with sugar-free candies, to bringing fruit to staff meetings, to "sugar segregation" (ie. moving all treats to another side of the office).
So, as we all try to make it through the next few hours
By Kate Sullivan, Allure magazineRead More »from Do Sane People Get "Revenge Surgery"?
You had a bad breakup. Maybe your boyfriend ended things via text message. Maybe your girlfriend decided you two were moving too fast only days after you moved across the country to be with her. Maybe your spouse cheated and wasn't sorry. And maybe afterward, you pulled a Gwyneth Paltrow in Sliding Doors and cut and colored your hair just to try something new-who hasn't? But would you go under the knife?
Today, the New York Post features divorcees who did just that below the headline "I Had Revenge Surgery." I hate seeing that phrase in the tabloids (even more than "Stars Without Makeup"). I just can't imagine revenge being the true motivation for any sane person's elective surgery. Many of the divorcees in the story were of a certain age, of a certain moneyed class, and in a certain body rut where they might have considered injections and lifts whether they had just gone through a traumatic divorce or not. By categorizing their cosmetic procedures
- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Fashion – Tue, Apr 12, 2011 9:45 PM EDT
By Sophia Panych, Allure magazineRead More »from Kate Middleton's Wedding Makeup: Top Makeup Artists Give Ideas
Last week, we asked top hairstylists to envision how Kate Middleton should wear her hair for her April 29 nuptials. Now we've gone to celebrity makeup artists, soliciting their suggestions for Middleton's big-day makeup look. Here's how three pros think the most watched bride in the world should look when she ties the knot.
The Makeup Artist: Scott Barnes, who works with Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, and Mariska Hargitay, and author of About Face-Amazing Transformations Using the Secrets of the Top Celebrity Makeup Artist.
The Look: Shades of gray
"You're wedding isn't an occasion to experiment with trends-it's a time to stay clean and classic," says Barnes, who, if doing Middleton's makeup, would keep it in the neutral range with grays and taupes. "I would line the top lashes and define the crease with a smoky gray shadow, using a skin color on the lids and a little liner in between the lashes to add some definition."
To really give her the look
By Sophia Panych, Allure magazineRead More »from A Pretty New Fix for Our Fragrance Nostalgia
Growing up, my favorite scent was (the original, now discontinued) GAP Scents Eau de Grass, an earthy, green, slightly sweet scent that I doused myself in every morning before middle school. It may be the only bottle of perfume in history that I've ever finished-not even one drop remained.
I've since moved away from lawn-inspired scents, but last week, my memory was triggered when I came across Lancôme's Ô de Lancôme, a classic chypre that, according to the company, evokes a "leap across dewy grass." With one mention of grass, I knew I had to give it a spritz. Originally created in 1969, it's being reintroduced this month in an elegant flacon engraved with the brand's iconic rose design.
While it's not as overtly "grassy" as my clover-scented childhood eau, the clean scent smells as though it could be its older, more sophisticated sister. Jasmine gives it a hint of sexiness, and basil, bergamot, and lemon add a touch of zest. It's a pretty, fresh
By Alison Caporimo, Allure magazineRead More »from What's Your Best Feature?
I was admiring fellow Allure editorial assistant Vicky Land's incredibly long eyelashes yesterday when she divulged that she was not wearing any mascara. "No mascara?" I asked, confused-and a little bit jealous. "How about falsies? Eyelash extensions? Lash growth serum? Then are you sure about the mascara?" Eventually I believed her protests, and it got me thinking about natural beauty. That is, attributes that we're thankful we don't have to work hard to make look like we were born with them.
Because Vicky's not the only Allure staff member who has the gene pool to thank. One editor has straight, frizz-free hair that usually looks like she just had a blowout-when she actually just hops out of the shower and hopes it dries before she gets to work.
Another, a former beauty editor, is still famed for golden-brown eyelids that make her look like she wakes up in the morning wearing eye shadow. But articles editor Elizabeth Angell, who considers
By Elizabeth Angell, Allure magazineRead More »from Does a Great Smile Make You Gorgeous?
Before dates, I used to spend a lot of time worrying about whether I looked good in a certain pair of jeans or if my hair was sufficiently bouncy and shiny. I don't think I spent a minute worrying about whether I had a nice smile-but maybe I should have.
It turns out that a smile ranks as the most important physical feature when it comes to the attraction between men and women, according to a recent poll conducted by the British Dental Health Foundation. (Face and eyes came after smile in the poll, with body shape, hair, and height rounding out the list.)
Need more proof of the power of a smile? In the recent national beauty survey that Allure conducted for its 20th Anniversary Issue in March, we discovered essentially the same thing: women are more attracted to a man's face and smile than to his height or body type.
So, what do you think? How important is it to you that a guy has a great smile?
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