By Catherine Q. O'Neill, Allure magazine
Americans talked more with their hands than their lips in 2011-at least according to the NPD Group. The market research firm reported that nail sales increased by 59 percent among US consumers this year. So what exactly were you clamoring to get your hands (and toes) on this year? We polled polish companies to find out their bestsellers (pictured above, from left to right).
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OPI Black Shatter Coat: Whether worn over lime green or classic red, the black topcoat flew off the shelves this year-and led the way for even crazier nail art trends (remember those snakeskin manicures?).
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Quartz: The silver beige polish was a fall favorite, bringing some much-needed sparkle to the nude family.
Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips: These stick-ons won an Allure Breakthroughs award in 2011 for their uncanny resemblance to real polish, but it was the prints that really
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By Elizabeth Siegel, Allure magazineRead More »from Holiday Hair and Makeup Tips from the Allure Office Party
Last night was the annual Allure holiday party, and I was so inspired by how glamorous and festive my fellow editors and writers looked. We'd been glued to our computer screens mere hours before, and then here we all were at the Standard Hotel, champagne in hand. In case you need a few ideas for your next holiday party, I asked each of my colleagues for the secrets to their look.
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"It's fun for people to see you in a new look at a party. I normally wear my hair in soft waves, so I went for straight and sleek instead, and I rarely wear it half up," says Beauty News Editor Heather Muir (top right). To give her style volume, Heather slept with her hair in a top knot and then placed a barette right at the crown. "I also wore a bold Vera Wang necklace," adds Muir. "It's sparkly and so easy-you just throw it on and that's all you need."
"I didn't have time to do eye makeup before leaving the office, so I went
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For Allure's January issue, Chris McMillan created "The New Rachel," the hairstyle we predict will take over the salons in 2012. (Watch him give the fresh cut to Chuck star Yvonne Strahovski in our behind the scenes video. For what to request from your stylist, pick up the new issue, on sale December 20.) But before "The New Rachel," there was "The Rachel"-and McMillan's enduring relationship with the actress who wore it, Jennifer Aniston. We recently spoke to McMillan about his favorite Aniston looks, the tricks and tools he uses to create them, and the good hair advice that she ignores.
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Why are people always so focused on Aniston's hair? "People can relate to Jennifer. They look at her and think, I could do that."
How would you describe her current cut? "She has a long bob-a lob. It's actually a growing-out bob. A growb?"
What's your favorite cut on her? "I love the one she has now. And I loved her hair in
From adult acne to dry skin to cellulite, we've got you covered with 101 tips for your best skin ever.Read More »from 5 Easy Skincare Tips
"Greens like spinach and arugula are packed with naturally occurring antioxidants," says Robyn Flipse, MS, RD. For a radiant and blemish-free complexion, add a side salad to your lunch or dinner.
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Jodi Ranson, an esthetician at Utah's Golden Door Spa, recommends honey for taking care for dry, cracked lips. "It helps to heal wounds and hydrate parched skin, plus the anti-viral properties make it a good cold sore remedy, too."
"Topical retinoids have been shown to improve the skin's texture and the appearance of fine lines," says NYC-based dermatologist Dr. Ariel Ostad. "So, for women looking for potent anti-agers, retinol is the one must-have ingredient to help keep skin young."
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For all of the breath-taking red carpet beauty moments in 2011, there were equal amounts of what-was-she-thinking makeup and hair flops.Read More »from The Worst Celebrity Beauty Trends of 2011
Worst False Lower Lashes: Zooey Deschanel
Zooey Deschanel's perfectly symmetrical, spidery fringe is creeping us out! The doll-like look should start and stop with her flawless, porcelain skin.
Worst Haircut: Rose Byrne
When you're as gorgeous as Rose Byrne, it's hard to imagine anything would look bad. While the Bridesmaids star is still stunning, we nearly cried when she made the ill-decision to cut some serious fringe.
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Worst Orange Lipstick: Petra Nemcova
Pops of bright lipstick is a beauty trend that won't be loosing steam anytime soon. Still, Petra Nemcova makes a misstep, picking a color that looks pure orange rather than a coral or tangeriney-red.
Worst Gray: Penelope Cruz
A gorgeous Penelope Cruz takes a walk on the gray side, showing a salt-and-pepper look on the set of her latest
5 Hot Winter Hair TrendsThe change of the seasons is here, and you might be wanting to switch up your look for winter. Some of the trends from summer and fall will carry over, and there are some new hot looks showing promise of becoming hot this winter. Here's 5 hot winter hair trends for 2011.
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Ombre color is toned down.Instead of the obvious line of color change, this coming season you'll see a more blended and natural look. There are two ways you can wear Ombre color. If you have naturally dark hair, have your hairstylist gradually lighten your hair from the crown to the ends. On the other hand, if your hair is naturally blonde, have your stylist darken your hair down the shaft for a natural look.
Peek-a-boo highlights are still hot. Shots of vibrant color peeking out from under your hair is still a very hot trend. With just a few highlights of bright pink, electric blue or vibrant violet you can be aRead More »from 5 Hot Winter Hair Trends
Algae are well known to have effective anti-ageing properties. Marine algae consist of nearly 200 different strains. The Earth is made up of more than 70% water, so it comes as follows that biochemists are searching for new sources of ingredients from oceans and fresh water sources. Arrestage Laboratories has found that when the right combination of algae extracts are mixed together using the correct molecular weight form, it results in a biological profile that forms an ingredient which acts as a superior anti-ageing product.
Herbalists have used these ingredients in Asia centuries ago, and to this day Asian consumers are aware of the natural benefits, providing a thriving audience for a marine algae based products that now are embraced by consumers worldwide. Arrestage Laboratories is just one prestige cosmeceutical company that has a line of marine-derived actives. Successful skin care launches, including Elemis (The Steiner Group), La Prairie (Beiersdorf) and Crème de la MerRead More »from 2012 Newest Skin Care Ingredients from the Sea
two tones makes one great look
As you have probably noticed, "ombre," or color shading from dark to light, has been stylish for hair and nails this fall and winter. And now lips are getting the glamorous gradation look, too. Luckily, the two-toned look (seen in Miu Miu's last runway show) is actually easy to achieve on your own. You need two opaque shades in the same color family, one darker than the other. The more different the shades are, the more dramatic your lips will be. (Psssst, you can also use your favorite lipstick and a concealer!) Just apply the darker shade all over your lips, then use a brush to pat the lighter shade (can be cream or powder) in the middle of your pucker, avoiding the edges. Blend lightly to ensure the colors diffuse together, pop on some clear gloss to set everything, and voila-lips look glamorously kaleidoscopic!
Would you wear ombre lips?
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