Blog Posts by Allure Daily Beauty Reporter

  • Are Stars What They Proclaim to Eat?

    By Kate Sullivan, Allure magazine

    This week, the New York Times examined the phenomenon of actresses chowing down in front of magazine interviewers, and asked if the basket of fried calamari is too obviously part of a show-both the actress branding herself as a sexy, no-holds-barred kind of gal and a preemptive strike against accusations that she earned her slim figure with some disordered, un-American eating. Well, duh. But that doesn't necessarily mean the "show" is fictional.

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    Some people want you to believe a certain thing about them because it's true-gasp! Yes, for every salad with dressing on the side, messenger-delivered diet meal, or juice cleanse description in celeb stories (we've had 'em!) there seems to be 20 descriptions of overflowing pasta bowls or mega-fatty burgers and a plate stacked high with fries. But it might be that those foods simply sound better described. (I eat oatmeal with raisins every

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  • Do You Get Sick When You're Stressed Out?

    By Elizabeth Angell, Allure magazine

    We've always maintained that nasty colds have an uncanny habit of striking exactly when a giant project is due at work or we have to look our best for a big presentation. Now research confirms that stress is indeed linked to the common cold-for guys, that is. A group of researchers in South Korea asked subjects what their stress levels were and then tracked how many came down with a cold.

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    Men in the study who experienced stress were more likely to report symptoms of the common cold, but for women, there was no significant association between work stress and that pesky combo of cough, runny nose, and sore throat. Which brings us to something else we've long believed: Men are big babies when they get sick. We have a harder time accepting that we were wrong about this as well, even if science is suggesting that it's all that stress has weakened their immune systems, rendering them Read More »from Do You Get Sick When You're Stressed Out?
  • Ann Curry's Surprising Trick for Hiding Dark Circles

    By Alison Caporimo, Allure magazine

    While backstage at the Heart Truth's Red Dress celebrity fashion show last week, I found myself most star-struck by the presence of the Today show's Ann Curry. Move aside, Denise Richards and Dita Von Teese. Here is a woman who broadcasts from Afghanistan on Monday, reports from a rally in Italy on Tuesday, and is spotted at the "running of the bulls" in Spain on Wednesday-only to end up looking bright-eyed and beautiful within the confines of your television screen on Thursday's 6 a.m. news.

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    So how does this real-life Carmen San Diego emerge unscathed from her countless layovers and ungodly call times? One simple beauty trick-redirection. For Curry, it comes in the form of lipstick: "Red, that's my go-to beauty fix," she explained (citing all of Bobbi Brown's rouge shades mixed with a MAC lip liner in Mahogany as her personal color palette). "Sometimes I'll come back from an assignment really exhausted and I'll

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  • How to Return a Fragrance

    By Sophia Panych, Allure magazine

    Love may be blind, but let's face it, your sense of smell is typically immutable. So, what to do if a guy bought you fragrance for Valentine's Day, but it's so not your style? Trade it in. Unlike an oversized box of chocolates, it is possible to return fragrance.

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    We checked with a number of stores (including Dillard's, Sephora, and Ulta) and discovered that most of them have surprisingly generous return policies for perfumes. Most stores we polled will take back a scent-even when you've used a bunch of it-as long as you still have an original-or gift-receipt. Some stores, such as Sephora, require you to have the original packaging, too, so try to refrain from tearing the box apart or tossing it in the trash.

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    Keep in mind though that you do need to get on it: Most retailers place time limits on returns-usually between 30 days to six months from purchase. So, if you've received

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  • 4 Romantic Movie Beauty Looks to Try for Valentine's Day

    By Kate Sullivan, Allure magazine

    Assuming you've chosen a gift for your significant other (or your BFF) and have opted in to (or out of) one of the country's most popular bikini wax styles-the only thing left to do for Valentine's Day is decide on your beauty look for the evening. Garner some inspiration from these, some of the most romantic makeup and hairstyles ever on film. They're as gorgeous today as they were when they premiered.

    Grace Kelly as Lisa Fremont in Rear Window (1954)
    You might think the look is a little retro-but you can totally pull it off without looking like you're in a Halloween costume. As fashion editor Fremont, Kelly wore soft (but set) curls tucked behind her ears and an orange-y red lipstick-as seen in Gucci's Spring show-that's always on trend. Perfect for dinner at The 21 Club, whether it's 1954 or 2011.

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    Tamiyo Kusakari as Mai Kishikawa in Shall We Dance (1996)
    As the enchanting dance instructor,

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  • Allure Exclusive: Khloé & Lamar Steam Up the Fragrance Counter

    By Heather Muir, Allure magazine

    With its sexy notes of nutmeg, jasmine, cedarwood, and dark chocolate, we have yet to find an Allure staffer who hasn't smiled after taking a whiff of Unbreakable, the new unisex fragrance by Khloé and Lamar Odom. It's available at perfumania.com, and at DASH stores in March (Click here to watch their nakedy-naked commercial!). We chatted the couple up about what spurred them to create the scent, then challenged them to a game of She Says/He Says.

    Allure:
    What made you decide to create a fragrance?
    Khloé: "Lamar has always been fascinated with colognes and body sprays. When we first met, we went to department stores so he could buy colognes at least three times a week. Finally, I said, 'What is your obsession? You have like 500 different colognes!' And Lamar said, 'I don't have the perfect scent yet.' He claimed if we had our own perfume, he wouldn't have to buy any more. At that moment, I emailed my mom, asking her to get Lamar a fragrance before we

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  • The 5 Sexiest Beauty Products

    By Sophia Panych, Allure magazine

    Valentine's Day is so close we can almost taste the chocolate and smell the roses. To get ready for the most romantic day of the year, we've rounded up the beauty products sure to get hearts racing.

    1. Lorac Perfectly Lit Oil-Free Luminizing Powder. This pearlescent powder, strategically pressed on the tops of the cheekbones and down the bridge of the nose, makes your face look bathed in candlelight.

    2. Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara. Nothing is more seductive than long, voluminous, feathery lashes, and this mascara really delivers. It gives "Kim Kardashian-quality thickness," says contributing editor Alyssa Kolsky Hertzig.

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    3. Clinique Long Last Glosswear in Juicy Apple. Lips are at their most kissable when they look wet and juicy. "I layer this red gloss on top of red lipstick to get my lips looking luscious," says deputy editor/beauty director Amy Keller Laird.

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  • Valentine's Day Gifts for Your Single Friends

    By Heather Muir, Allure magazine

    Single on V-Day-or have friends who are? You don't need a dude and dinner reservations to have a good time. I mean, really: Who cares about flowers when you can have…beauty products? Send these goodies to your solo girlfriends (or keep 'em for yourself!).

    Something sparkly. No need to break the bank on major bling-just a little will do. Proof: A bottle of Chanel Nail Colour in Black Pearl, a murky, shimmery black-green, will perk up any girl's day. And unlike some jewelry you/we/every woman has received in the past, this sparkly find certainly won't need to returned.

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    Something relaxing. Dodge restaurant waiting lists and sold-out movies and head to the spa for a manicure/pedicure date (Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse for pampering).

    Something funny. We wouldn't usually suggest something quite so cheesetastic, but we couldn't resist here: Meet Colin (above), the sexy

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  • What Are the Top Bikini Wax Trends for Valentine's Day 2011? We Got 'Em!

    By Sarah Wexler, Allure magazine

    We're in the final countdown for Valentine's Day-a week that moves many an ordinarily sane woman to get a heart-shaped bikini wax or a pink-and-red rhinestone rose vajazzled across her crotch. So what are the major waxing trends for 2011? We spoke to top waxers in several cities to find out the big (and very little) V-trends they're seeing this V-Day.

    New York City: Tiny Triangle
    "The best Valentine's Day wax means letting it grow wild for a few weeks before. Then, right before V-Day, get a tiny triangle of hair buzzed super-short, starting at the top of the lips; everywhere else is waxed bare."
    -waxer Lidia Tivichi of the Kimara Ahnert salon

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    Dallas: Shapes
    "When not going bare, our biggest shape requests are for a 'V' for V-Day, Cupid's arrow, or a lightning bolt."
    -waxer Candance Spilman of the Bliss spa

    Chicago: Bald Eagle
    "Sixty percent of women

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  • Does Makeup Voyeurism Bother You?

    By Alison Caporimo, Allure magazine

    I found myself a bit disturbed while on the train last week when a grown man studied my in-transit makeup application as though his life depended on it. When I held up a mirror, he leaned closer to get a better look. I shifted in my seat to reach a tube of cheek stain and his eyes followed me.

    The whole idea of it made me feel uncomfortable, as though I was on display-a one woman show tapping (and brushing) along to a musical called Bumpy, Subway Beauty: In One Act. I tried to return his blank stare (a gesture that would make most commuters uncomfortable), but he just looked on, more transfixed by my powder bronzer than the band of accordion players that had now joined our car.

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    This awkward incident got me thinking about the intimacy of applying makeup.

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    I have a friend who is determined to never let her boyfriend watch her

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