CN Digital StudioJean Godrey-June, Lucky magazine
Q: Does laser hair removal work-and what do you think about at-home removal?
A: I am here to say that laser hair removal works better than it does in your wildest dreams, that it hurts much, much less than waxing, and that if you can afford it you should step right up and make it happen. The caveats: It's expensive and permanent, so only do it if you know you still won't want that hair in 30 years. Also it's not totally permanent, in that you might need a yearly-or-so tune-up to get rid of the odd errant hair here and there.
At-home options have improved drastically so that they, too, now actually work. The pros of at-home are: You never have to make an appointment, it costs less (amortized) and it's totally private. The cons, for me anyway, are that because I never make an appointment with myself, I never do it. Crazy but true. I have an effective, functioning laser hair removal machine in my back drawer, and I've used it precisely twice. Part of
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CN Digital StudioJean Godrey-June, Lucky magazineRead More »from The Truth About Laser Hair Removal
CN Digital StudioNatalie Matthews, LuckyRead More »from Are Flash Sales Worth Your Time?
At some point, we've all worn it: the smug smile that accompanies a seemingly amazing flash sale find. Whether the cart contains a studded leather jacket or a sherbet-colored sundress, the satisfaction of paying less than most people weaves a uniform thread.
But while there's no arguing that flash sale sites offer luxury goods at a great discount, do they always offer the best discount? With hidden fees at checkout and online outlets often offering the same product for less, maybe not.
Although discounts at flash sale sites like Gilt.com ran up to 70 percent a few years ago, lately they hover around 40 or 50 percent (that's according to an October 2011 report in the New York Times). And not only are the discounts tinier, the stock's scaled back, too. Faced with tough economic times, labels produce less of everything. So even if a site's discounts-on, say, DVF dresses-are strong, their selection of styles and range of sizes might not be.
To counter these
- Lucky Magazine | Fashion – Fri, Dec 9, 2011 4:48 PM EST
Images courtesy of the retail stores featured.Natalie Matthews, Lucky magazine
After hearing Team Zoe bicker over the pros and cons of gift cards last week, we figured it was time to settle the score. It is, after all, December 8, which means holiday shopping should be well under way. (Emphasis on the "should." Some of us have been browsing those incredible holiday gift guides and flash sales for ourselves, promising we'll give that cashmere sweatshirt to our older sister, then wearing it to work the next day. Oops.)
Back to the gift cards debate: as holiday presents, are they practical or just plain lazy? Having changed my own stance more times than Anne Hathaway changed her Oscar outfits, I've decided it's a situational thing. Absolute rules don't really apply, except one: the more thought that goes into the presentation of the gift card, the better it'll be received.
Realistically, everyone loves the freedom to pick out their own present. What they don't love is the weighy truth that gift cards are sometimesRead More »from Tips for Buying Gift Cards (and Making Them Personal!)
Molly WizenbergElizabeth Gunnison, Bon AppetitRead More »from Is Homemade Mayonnaise Worth the Effort?
In our column Fake It or Make It we test a homemade dish against its prepackaged counterpart to find out what's really worth cooking from scratch.
I like the idea of homemade mayonnaise. I really do. The alchemy of turning a translucent liquid into an opaque solid; the pale yellow, pudding-like concoction that ensues; but above all, I like the idea of making a cheap, readily available condiment from scratch. But real life being what it is--short on potential mayonnaise-making moments--I have my doubts as to whether the homemade version really is as transporting and wholly unique as some devoted home cooks claim; or whether, like butter, it can be left to the professionals with little loss of quality. Let's investigate.
Hellmann's Real Mayonnaise vs. Bon Appetit's Homemade Mayonnaise
Mayonnaise is what's known in science terms as a stable emulsion: lots of oil whipped into a small amount of water until a creamy sauce forms. An emulsifier
- Lucky Magazine | Fashion – Fri, Nov 11, 2011 10:53 AM EST
Alison Syrett, Lucky magazine
Secondhand designer shopping gets a little tricky in the online world. Bereft of tactile senses, customers must consider new methods for spotting a fake. However, if you know what to look for, used luxury goods are a great way to save some money and score a really unique piece. Still a little nervous? Don't be. Here are five scam-proof tips to keep you safe:
1.) If the price is too good to be true, it probably is.
We can not stress this enough. Finding a Chanel, Hermés or Louis Vuitton bag for 75 percent off would feel like winning the lottery, right? Well, it's actually about as likely, if not less. Hitha Prabhakar, fashion writer and author of Black Market Billions: How Organized Retail Crime Funds Global Terrorists says if an in-demand item is put up for auction, "the open market will price it out-if it's real-to the price it's supposed to be."
2.) Research the seller or website you're buying from.
If you are bidding on eBay, check the user'sRead More »from Five Ways to Avoid Buying Counterfeit Goods Online
Fairchild ArchiveLucky magazineRead More »from Jessica Simpson Says Don't Wash Your Hair
Lucky recently sat down with December covergirl Jessica Simpson, who was more-than-frank about her much-debated weight gain. "I got so much scrutiny for putting on extra pounds, but I think that the decision not to make myself anorexic was actually great for branding," she says. "Because when you're really, really skinny, not everybody can relate to you."
These days, Jessica doesn't think much about what size she wears. From her upcoming nuptials to her rumored (and since confirmed) pregnancy, the busy star is the happiest and healthiest she's ever been.
Another secret? It's not just folic acid that's making the expectant mother's glossy hair that glossy. She also doesn't wash it very often.
"I think that the best thing you can do for your hair is only wash it once a week," she revealed at her Lucky cover shoot. "If you clean your hair too much, it just strips down the natural oils."
We've known for ages that washing your hair too much can ruin the luster, but it's
- Lucky Magazine | Fashion – Wed, Nov 2, 2011 5:30 PM EDT
Fairchild ArchiveLaura Morgan, Lucky magazineRead More »from 7 Questions With the Woman Who Dresses Johnny Depp For a Living
Oscar-Winning Costume Designer Colleen Atwood is also responsible for making Amber Heard look unreasonably stunning in The Rum Diary.
Alice in Wonderland. Nine. Little Women. Married to the Mob. Edward Scissorhands. These are just a few of the projects that Colleen Atwood has made even more memorable via her wildly creative eye and skilled hand. This weekend, you can check out her latest work in the The Rum Diary, a riotous big-screen version of the Hunter S. Thompson novel set in Cuba circa 1960, starring Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. Read on to hear what Atwood (who is currently putting the finishing costume touches on the lavish Snow White and The Huntsman, out next year) had to say about dressing such horrible eyesores….
1. Amber Heard's character Chenault is so chic. What inspired her look?
We started with that glamorous late '50s early '60s style, which is so classic and perfect for her. I love the old Irving Penn photographs from that period. The
- Lucky Magazine | Fashion – Wed, Nov 2, 2011 5:16 PM EDT
By Hayley Phelan
Forget the future-when it comes to your wardrobe, there's no better way to create a one-of-a-kind look than by mining the past. Luckily, this country has tons of amazing vintage stores where you can do just that.Read More »from The Best Vintage Stores in America