Is wine a virtue, a vice, or just a beverage? If you're not sure--and you're drinking some right now--you're not alone.
by Theresa O'Rourke
Salinas Horacio Hard liquor tastes like trouble. That's why Sadie* drinks wine-soft, velvety white wine, preferably Riesling. The 34-year-old pharmacist loves the flavor, yes, and everything that comes with it: the gratifying snap of the cork, the beads of sweat on a cold glass, the buzz that still takes her by surprise.
Three nights a week, often after a particularly punishing day at work, Sadie will open a bottle with the intention of drinking no more than half. (Her husband only likes vodka, unfortunately--or is that fortunately?--so there's no sharing of the spoils.) Somewhere around the third pour, those intentions wash away. "When there's about a quarter of it left I think, Oh, let's just put this bottle out of its misery," she says.
Killing a bottle on your own may seem excessive...or not. Fact is, Americans are drinking more wine than ever before. In
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Closing your eyes and wishing it were over may be the easiest way to endure a bikini wax, but it's not the most efficient. There are steps you should take before, during, and even after your appointment to ensure the best (and least painful) results.
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The color blue, like many extended families, has a flock of relatives with wildly different personalities. There's the affluent branch (royal, Oxford), the no-nonsense blue-collar group (denim, Dodger), and the loud, eccentric cousin that nobody really understands (electric indigo). Here, three of the most prevalent shades of blue in makeup collections this season.
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Everything's more fun in the summer--especially when it comes to beauty products. They're lighter, they're brighter, they smell fresher, and they look cooler (and sometimes feel cooler, too). Here, the gorgeous palettes, juicy cheek stains, and colored mascaras we can't wait to get our hands on this season.
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1. SHAVE AFTER WASHING
Showering or bathing in warm water for at least two or three minutes prior to shaving "will prevent dirt and dead skin from jamming up a razor or causing ingrowns," says Claire Girdler, a research scientist at Gillette.
2. DRY OFF YOUR RAZOR
"I knew a girl who shaved her bikini area with a razor she always left in the shower, and she ended up with a staph infection," says Jodi Shays, owner of Queen Bee Salon and Spa in Los Angeles. Granted, that's an extreme example, but wiping your razor clean and storing it someplace dry can ward off bacteria.
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3. USE A FRESH, SHARP BLADE (OR FIVE) If it's a disposable razor, chuck it after two or three uses. If it has a replaceable blade, switch to a new one before it gets dull. Most American women replace after about a dozen uses, according to Gillette research, but you should change it at the first sign of dullness or discomfort, says Girdler. "For most
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You may have spent years studiously ignoring your mother's advice (and she was right about that guy in high school, admit it), but eventually all that bossing and nagging adds up to something truly useful. Here, Allure staffers share their mothers' wisest words about beauty.
by Lexi Novak
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CN Digital Studio "Superfoods": The term is everywhere now, but can downing them actually make you look better? In a word: Yes. "Let's say you eat three meals a day. You have three chances to hydrate your skin, boost your circulation, and promote cell turnover," says Frank Lipman, a former chief medical resident at Lincoln Hospital and founder of Eleven-Eleven Wellness Center in New York City. "Or you can eat foods that actually promote aging in skin." Here, Lipman's top four nutritional powerhouses--and one food to avoid.
Wild salmon. "Most of us are deficient in omega-3 fatty acids, and we need these healthy fats [found in salmon and other fatty fish] for our bodies to function and replenish themselves," says Lipman. In addition to helping the body expel bad fats, healthy fats pad skin tissue and cell membranes, leaving skin plumper and more radiant. Aim for two to three servings a week.
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Chia seeds. "They're packed with antioxidants, fiber, and fatty
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Fairchild Archive Maybe it's because I work at a beauty magazine, or maybe it's because last year I had my first bad bout with acne (it's probably a combination of both), but I'm constantly trying to look better, younger, firmer, and glow-ier. No joke: I slather on about ten different products each day. The newest addition to my skin-care regimen was a "no downtime, no redness, no flaking" peel at N.Y.C. dermatologist Dennis Gross's new uptown office. I used the opportunity to ask Courtney Brooks, the medical aesthetician that administered my peel, for a little skin-care advice.
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This is my first professional peel. How is it different from a facial?
"A peel achieves great exfoliation. The one we use here is a combination of multiple different acids that treat everything from acne and hyperpigmentation to fine lines and texture. Facials are usually more specific to those with complexion issues who desire a good clean with extractions, or
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CN Digital Studio Earlier this week, Old Spice launched a line of bar soaps as the newest addition to their product line and a comical (and convincing) ad campaign to go with it. Based on this commercial alone, I'm about ready to trade in my favorite creamy body wash, but before doing anything rash, I called dermatologist Jason Emer to get the dirt on the classic sudsy cleansing bar.
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Why do bars have such a bad rap? "Historically, they have been more drying and had preservatives that may cause allergic reactions. If bar soaps don't have antibacterial agents, they're also more likely to spread germs. However, those with antibacterial agents such as triclosan or triclocarban can be useful."
What makes a bar so drying? "Many have detergents and no added moisturizers such as glycerin, oils, ceramides. That said, some do have moisturizers, and less detergent, which makes them less likely to cause dryness or