Blog Posts by Allure Daily Beauty Reporter

  • Fighting Skin Cancer: Big News

    By Kayleigh Donahue, Allure magazine

    We love it when there's seriously promising news about fighting skin cancer. And this qualifies. According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, a new pill still in the early stages of trials has shown to reduce the growth of melanoma tumors in 80 percent of the people involved in the tests (it even made the tumor disappear completely in a few of the patients).

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    The pill works to inhibit the "faulty" gene that activates the protein that stimulates tumor growth in some patients. The responses to the pill are not always long-lasting, so it will be a while before people will be treated with the pill, but the authors of the study are optimistic. "In future, we hope to combine PLX4032 with other anti-melanoma drugs currently being developed," lead researcher Paul Chapman of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York told the Telegraph.


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  • Can a Nail Salon Charge a Fee for Fat?

    By Kate Sullivan, Allure magazine

    A local news report out of DeKalb County, Georgia kind of made our jaws drop. A customer at a nail salon was surprised to learn when she settled her bill that she'd been charged an extra $5 for her manicure-pedicure-because she's overweight.

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    The manager of the salon, Natural Nails, said to the WSBTV reporter that she regularly adds a $5 fee for overweight patrons, so that she can supplement future costly repairs to the salon's $2,500 pedicure chairs, which she says have a weight limit of 200 pounds. Now, if that weight is part of the chair's official description, the manager can't be held responsible for its limits. And if the additional fee had been on the price list posted on the wall or if a customer exceeding the weight limit was refused service, then the management would be within their rights to do as they may, however crappy it seemed.

    Related: Is Your Job Making You Fat?

    But stealthily

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  • How to Deal With Freckles

    By Elizabeth Angell, Allure magazine

    Despite the fact that I apply SPF so often you'd think it contained some kind of addictive compound, I still finish up every summer with a few more freckles than when I started. It's not that I think they're awful-plenty of women wear them like a profusion of beauty marks-but they feel like a reproach: proof that some of those harmful rays are still sneaking past my defenses. Here's how to deal with them:

    - Most makeup artists warn against spackling over your freckles; you'll need so much foundation to cover them up that you'll end up with a mask. Instead, choose a tinted moisturizer that will even out your skin tone but let a hint of freckles show through. Beauty director Amy Keller Laird recommends M.A.C. Tinted Moisturizer or Elizabeth Arden Tinted Mineral Moisturizer. For a little more coverage, try a sheer foundation such as Armani Luminous Silk.

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    - A dusting of bronzing powder-rather than a

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  • The Best Rainy Day Hair

    By Heather Muir, Allure magazine

    Rain plus humidity equals a deadly combination for your hair. If you're in New York or Florida, or any where else experiencing this lousy weather, you're probably resorting to a ponytail-which is fine-but don't think that it's your only option. According to hairstylist Adir Abergel, gross weather can be your hair's secret weapon.

    Recently, Abergel was styling Jessica Biel's hair for the A-Team premiere in London. Not only was the weather supersticky, but Abergel's hair kit got stuck in transit, and never made it to his hotel (is it wrong to enjoy knowing that celebrities go through crises, too?). Here, his secrets for getting amazing hair a la Biel's, despite bad weather, and limited tools and time.

    Related: How To Look Good In The Rain


    STEP ONE: "For the perfect foundation, air-dry your hair so you start with a little body."

    STEP TWO: "If your hair is curly, choose a large barrel curling iron to help relax the curl. If your

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  • Who Knows About Your Bikini Wax?

    By Kate Sullivan, Allure magazine

    After I had a few bikini waxes under my belt, so to speak, I also had tales to tell my friends. Usually, short and sweet ones that ended in a recommendation for someone who was asking for exactly that. But also, I had one horror story about a waxer who not only had sloppy technique, but, in my opinion, got a tad too personal:

    "Why are you not getting a Brazilian? What are you, a big baby? I have a Brazilian," the brusque, 60-something aesthetician told me.

    Related: Insiders' Guide: How to Get A Great Wax

    "As if I needed to know what she's got going on downtown," I told female and male party guests alike.

    Yep. Only later did I realize that by telling my friends about the experience, I had revealed something that they might not have wanted to know about me. Recently, a comment Kim Kardashian made to Allure about having all of her body hair lasered off had some bloggers and their commenters saying that she overshared. But in KK's case, she

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  • Kardashian-Style Smoky Eyes, Step by Step

    By Elizabeth Siegel, Allure magazine

    We were glued to Sunday's premiere of Keeping Up with the Kardashians's fifth season, and not just because we were waiting for Scott's latest antics. We're mesmerized by that Kardashian smoky eye. You know, the one Kim, Kourtney, and Khloé wear at a club, to lunch, to name it. Here, our tips for getting the look:

    Line your upper and lower lash line with black pencil, winging the line beyond the outer corners of the eye. Don't worry about making the line too perfect. Smudge it with a cotton swab.

    Related: Kim Kardashian: Her Allure Photo Shoot

    Choose a matte black shadow for lots of drama, or a shimmery medium gray for pared down glamour. Makeup artist Diane Kendal suggests holding a folded tissue under your bottom lashes to catch any flakes of shadow.

    The color should be darkest in the crease and along your lashes, so apply shadow to those areas first. Begin painting the lash line at the outer corner, and use small feathery

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  • My Antiperspirant Discovery

    By Sarah Wexler, Allure magazine

    I've pretty much always been loyal to the standard antiperspirant stick-basic, easy, and if even the invisible solids sometimes get a streak on my dark clothes, so be it. But I recently had a revelation that intrigued my beauty-editor coworkers. I heard about Dermadoctor's Gorilla Warfare, which promises to block hair growth and sweating, as well as donate some cash to the Jane Goodall Institute and decided to give it a try. Here's the news: gasp, it's a roll-on. Yes, the old-school dispenser with a roller ball at the top and liquid product on your underarms.

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    I mentioned the roll-on factor at work and everyone wondered about the drying situation. Do you have to stand with your arms out before you get dressed? Well, yes. But here's the thing-I'm totally obsessed with the stuff! Since it goes on like a liquid, it feels clean and dries in a minute-much faster than the viscous gel in some clear

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  • What's Up With the Blue Hair?

    By Angelique Serrano, Allure magazine

    When a pop star performs in a crazy outfit and outrageous hair, it's just part of their act. So when Katy Perry wore a lavender wig in her video for the song "California Gurls," we didn't consider it a serious beauty statement. Then we noticed Rihanna recently taking the stage with her short hair dyed a Kool-Aid red, another daring color choice.

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    This week, actress Juliette Lewis showed up to the premiere of the movie The Switch sporting royal-blue hair and dark black roots. we have to ask: What's up with the cartoon-colored hair? Is it just a music-scene thing (Juliette Lewis is also a singer), or are these technicolor tresses totally cool in real life?

    Related: How Young is Too Young to Start Coloring Your Hair?

    If you're feeling tempted to have an extreme hair color moment, you can easily experiment with one single clip-in extension in a shocking color, like red, or hot pink (check out Hi-Lite

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  • The Best Perfume Bottles

    By Sarah Wexler, Allure magazine

    Of all the cosmetics in the world, perfumes might have the most amazing packaging. I've purchased several perfumes over the years just because of the bottles they came in. What's prettier-and more classic-than a few sexy, well-arranged bottles on your dresser?

    Related: How to Make Fragrance Last (Without Overdoing It)

    My pop art bottles remind me of an updated version of my grandmother's collection. (I wish more modern ones came with diffuser pumps, which practically scream Marilyn Monroe glamour.) For example, I love Andy Warhol, so I once bought a Bond No. 9 perfume because the bottle shows an adorable design of his. Ditto for John Paul Gautier Classique, with its seductive female form.

    Related: Best of Beauty: Scents

    I may do the same for-stay with me here-the new Sex Pistols fragrance. Even if it smelled like Johnny Rotten (which it doesn't), the bottle is punky and retro, including the "God Save the Queen" album cover and a Burberry-ish plaid

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  • How to Ease Your Hair Color Nerves

    By Sophia Panych, Allure magazine

    Lately I've been obsessed with thoughts of dying my hair; it's been years since I've colored it, ever since a horrific high school dye job that left me looking like Morticia Addams for my graduation. Well, this week I'm heading to the salon to make a change, and being a bit apprehensive I went to talk to colorist Laurie Foley, founder of L'Atelier de Laurie in New York City, on how to ensure that I walk out of the salon 100 percent satisfied.

    Related: The 10 Commandments of Gorgeous Hair Color

    Foley has worked as a stylist and color-expert for over 33 years, sharing her skills on countless photoshoots and throughout several Fashion Weeks (she famously took models Jessica Stam, Raquel Zimmerman, and Siri Tollerand platinum blonde for Marc Jacobs's Fall 2010 show). And even though she treats the process as a painter would a canvas, what she finds most important comes before the dyes are even mixed. "Every appointment should start with a one-on-one

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