Blog Posts by Allure Daily Beauty Reporter

  • 6 Pretty, Sheer Pink Blushes

    Pink! Bows! Hearts! Flowers! The new crop of blushes might look like cute overload in the package, but on your cheeks, they're subtle and sophisticated.
    by Alexandra Tunell

    David CookDavid Cook
    YVES SAINT LAURENT ROSY BLUSH
    This peachy pink blush has a hint of gold running through it, "which softens the punch," says makeup artist Susie Sobol.
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    TOO FACED BLUSH IN PASSION PINK
    We love the heart-shaped macaroon box this blush comes in almost as much as the pretty, natural-looking flush we get from blending all three shimmery shades together.
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    GUERLAIN METEORITES BUBBLE BLUSH IN TWINKLE PINK
    No fingers, brush, or sponge required--just dab Guerlain's blush straight from the tub onto the apples of your cheeks. Bonus: It smells just like bubble gum.

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    PAUL & JOE COLOR POWDER IN 090
    The blush's floral pattern is more than just a cheery design; the two shades warm up skin for a fresh, healthy glow.
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    DIOR DIORBLUSH IN CORAIL BAGATELLE
    Dior's apricot blush flatters

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  • Our Favorite Candle This Winter Smells Like...Tomatoes?

    by Catherine Q. O'Neill

    John MannoJohn Manno

    There's a candle on my desk that I. Cannot. Stop. Smelling. Seriously, I want to put one in every room of my house and light them all at once. (If my landlord is reading this: don't worry, I won't actually do that.) But here's the strange part: this candle doesn't smell like vanilla, amber, or Frasier fur. It smells like tomatoes.


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    Green Tomato Leaf is just one of the four candles in Charlotte Stockdale's line for Jo Malone London. The devastatingly cool stylist (she's best friends with Azzedine Alaia, regularly consults for Karl Lagerfeld, and works with every major photographer in the business) wanted to create something that reminded her, she said, of "my mother and her greenhouse and my childhood." And yes, if you're wondering, it does smell like a tomato plant--but with musky and sweet notes that make it a cool, complex scent for indoors. To me, it brings me back to those first special dates at "our spot," an Italian Read More »from Our Favorite Candle This Winter Smells Like...Tomatoes?
  • Let’s Talk About (Rebound) Sex, Baby

    by Lexi Novak

    Getty ImagesGetty ImagesWe've all heard of it. Many of us have considered it. And some may have had it. But new research reveals that rebound sex isn't just Sunday brunch lore--it's a real, quantifiable phenomenon.

    "People really do use sex as a way to get over or get back at their ex-partner in the aftermath of a breakup," study researcher Lynne Cooper said in a LiveScience article. To confirm this, she and colleague Lindsay Barber tracked the emotions and behaviors of 170 post-breakup college students for about three months. Here are some of the highlights from their findings:

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    * 35 percent engaged in rebound sex to "get over their ex."
    * 25 percent did it as a form of revenge.
    * Dumpees were more likely than dumpers to have rebound/revenge sex (no duh).
    * The desire to seek solace in an alternate sexual partner begins to wane by the five-month mark.

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  • What is Kohl Eyeliner, Really?

    by Elizabeth Siegel

    David CookDavid Cook

    Play word association with "kohl" and the same descriptors tend to come up: inky, creamy, Cleopatra-y. But we recently found out what kohl actually is--and the answer is surprising.


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    It turns out there isn't much truth to the notion that kohl pencils are intensely dark, smooth, and supereasy to blend because--get this--there's no such thing as real kohl eyeliner. At least, not in the U.S. "Kohl is a mineral that's never been FDA approved for cosmetics, because the way it's mined means it always contains lead," says cosmetic chemist Ni'Kita Wilson. "When you see the word 'kohl' on a package, it's just referring to the color." And the color of kohl isn't actually dark black (go figure). "It's a grayish black, the color of pencil lead," says Wilson. "You can bet there was a chemist in a lab looking at a piece of kohl and mixing black, yellow, red, and gray pigments to match it." And then they add wax to make it solid, just

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  • Look We Love: Jared Leto’s Ombré Waves at the Grammy Awards

    by Jenna Rosenstein

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    There's a red carpet darling every awards season. Last year, it was Anne Hathaway. Rooney Mara and Michelle Williams have recently had their turn. And while Lupita Nyong'o may be the obvious frontrunner for 2014's favorite, we'd like to put forth another candidate. See, this season belongs to Jared Leto and his gloriously glossy hair.


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    Last night at the 2014 Grammy Awards, the 42 year-old actor/musician brought back his signature wavy and piece-y hombré (that's ombré for dudes) to present an award. And it was my favorite hair look last night from both genders.

    I'm not saying that I didn't love Rita Ora's Marilyn Monroe curls or Taylor Swift's Barbie pony. But Leto's textured waves are equal parts rock star and Oscar nominee, and it just looks undeniably cool. I even loved it two weeks ago at the Golden Globes (where he won for Dallas Buyer's Club), when Leto's stylist Chase Kusero

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  • Nutrition Labels Get a Makeover

    by Alexandra Owens

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    We love a good makeover as much--maybe even more--than the next girl, so we were pretty excited to learn that the FDA is planning on revamping its nutrition labels. After all, it's been 20 years since the last overhaul. Even the food pyramid has shape-shifted since then. "There's a feeling that nutrition labels haven't been as effective as they should be," says Michael Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. So how, exactly, is the FDA going to make them better?


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    Well, nobody's exactly sure yet, but experts are anticipating a few key changes. The biggest deal could be serving sizes that actually make sense: They'd never be measured in grams or ounces (who, other than your shady college boyfriend, could accurately dole out an ounce of anything?); and potentially, a small bag of chips or a bottled smoothie would contain an actual single serving, rather than two or more--so Read More »from Nutrition Labels Get a Makeover
  • View from the Red Carpet: What Stars Do in Their Cars

    by Jeffrey Slonim

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    During awards season, we repeatedly see celebrities work the quarter mile of red carpet in flowing gowns, with not a hair out of place. But what do they do in the limo during those last few moments before facing hundreds of cameras? We found out at the SAG Awards and the Producer's Guild Awards in Los Angeles.


    Nick Cannon (with Mariah Cary): "We were listening to music...hers!"

    Pharrell Williams: "Text."

    Natalie Dormer (Rush, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay): "Swear at the traffic. I'm in L.A., it happened."

    Sandra Bullock: "I rode?"

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    Kristin Chenoweth and Dana Brunetti
    (producer, Captain Phillips):
    KC: "Held hands."
    DB: "Our driver is an opera singer."
    KC: "He did 'Nessun Dorma' [from Puccini's Turanot]. Ten for effort, for sure."


    David O. Russell (director, American Hustle): "I had a peanut-butter sandwich."

    Grizz Chapman (30 Rock): "Made sure my tie was straight, took the sweat off my

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  • How to Shrink a Pimple, Fast

    by Elizabeth Siegel

    Kyle EricksenKyle Ericksen

    The morning is full of possibilities...except when you wake up with a giant zit. Then it kinda just bites. You can (and should) dab on a spot treatment with 2 percent salicylic acid, but even that takes about a week to do the job. So it's a good thing there are these ways to shrink it in the meantime.

    Use an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream as a spot treatment. It contains the same steroids that dermatologists inject into pimples to get rid of them, says Francesca Fusco, a dermatologist in New York City. The more you pile on and the longer you let it sit, the more effective it'll be. Fusco recommends waiting 15 minutes before rinsing it off.

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    Reach for Visine. This sounds kind of crazy, I know, but a drop makes pimples less red the same way it does your eyes. (It won't make the bump smaller, though.)

    Speed things along with a clay face mask. Kaolin clay has been shown to draw impurities out

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  • 3 Dark-Circle Fixes (That Don't Involve Concealer)

    by Jenny Bailly

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    I'm coming up on ten months pregnant. (I don't know where the whole "nine months" business started--it's 40 weeks, people.) And I'm petrified, but not of childbirth. It's the impending sleep deprivation that's keeping me up nights, and yes, I'm aware that isn't helping matters any. So I'm taking control. I may soon be an exhausted new mom, but I don't have to look like one. I called makeup artist (and mother) Emily Kate Warren to find out how to fake a bright-eyed look when your dark circles are bordering on sepulchral. Her first rule: Back off the concealer. Huh? "Piling on a heavy concealer to try to eradicate those shadows just draws attention to them," she says. Instead, just smooth on a sheer, illuminating concealer (like L'Oréal Paris Magic Lumi Concealer), then do this three-step, three-minute routine.


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    Curl your lashes. When your lashes are upturned, your eyes look more open. "And you'll bring the focus upward--away from

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  • New Study: Love Really Can Make Life Sweeter

    by Lexi Novak

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    The assault of red, heart-shaped paraphernalia at the entrance of every drugstore is a dead giveaway that Valentine's Day is approaching. And whether you fall on the grumpy/cynical or mushy/googly-eyed side of the fourteenth, in one way or another, love gets to us all. And now science has shown that one of those ways might just be by altering our taste perceptions.

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    In a study published in the journal Emotion, researchers primed participants to experience either love, jealousy, or a neutral feeling. The subjects then sampled both bittersweet and sweet-and-sour candies and ranked them on taste. Those primed with love reported all of the treats as sweeter than individuals in the jealous and neutral categories.

    For the second part of the study, a different group of volunteers was primed and asked to analyze the flavor profile of plain distilled water (they were told it was a new beverage product). Despite the water being unflavored,

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