Many things that are in bad taste have one saving grace: being hilarious. But a new jelly containing eBay-purchased strands of what's supposedly Princess Diana's hair makes us gag, not laugh. The amino acids in human hair have actually been used in food production for years (yup, it's true), but the co-founders of the catering company Bompas and Parr weren't thinking of flavor when they made "occult jam" out of the late celebrity's hair-and they definitely weren't thinking of taste.
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Five pound jars are being sold for $7.60 at a London art exhibition, providing them with an opportunity to call the jam "surreal" and insist that it is both food and art that provokes thoughts about food marketing. It sure made us think about marketing-and how nothing seems to be sacred anymore. What's next-peanut butter with Elvis's nail clippings in it?
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Many things that are in bad taste have one saving grace: being hilarious. But a new jelly containing eBay-purchased strands of what's supposedly Princess Diana's hair makes us gag, not laugh. The amino acids in human hair have actually been used in food production for years (yup, it's true), but the co-founders of the catering company Bompas and Parr weren't thinking of flavor when they made "occult jam" out of the late celebrity's hair-and they definitely weren't thinking of taste.Read More »from Would You Eat Famous Hair?
Record-setting temperatures mean it's time for as little clothing as possible. Unfortunately, that also means every inch of dull skin on your body will be on display. Here, our three favorite ways to scrub it away.
Just add sugar: It's nice and gentle and it gets the job done. If you're comfortable with raiding your kitchen cabinets, makeup artist Joanna Schlip tells her celebrity clients to mix a cup of sugar with a half cup of olive oil and rub into damp skin in a circular motion. For those who prefer pre-made products, we're fans of Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish.Related: The Prettiest At-Home Pedicure
Don't be too harsh: For sensitive areas like the neck, chest, and stomach, makeup artist Jillian Dempsey recommends buffing skin with a pump of cleanser on a Japanese Hand Towel.
Use citrus: Super rough spots, like the elbows, heels, and knees, call for the strong stuff: makeup artist Scott Barnes recommends cutting a lemon in half, pouring coarse sea salt on both halves,Read More »from 3 Easy Ways to Get Your Skin in Shape
England fans are having a hard time coming to terms with Sunday's World Cup result. Now the dust has settled-and the English are fully into their sulk-they're wondering aloud "what happened?!". Our favorite hypothesis is the Daily Mail's Samson idea that surfaced on Monday: did Wayne Rooney-supposedly the country's best player-lose his powers when he waxed his chest?
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The usually fairly hairy Rooney flashed his hairless chest at the end of the match against Germany. So is a man less manly (and worse at "football") with less hair? While we can't answer for sure, we can point to the Argentinian team as a country with fairly hairy sportsmen.
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When the App Store started selling FatBooth, an application that shows you exactly what you'd look like as a morbidly obese version of yourself, the media went nuts. Hoda and Kathie Lee tried it out on the Today show, and newspapers even "supersized" Sarah Jessica Parker and George Clooney.Read More »from Is Photo-Fatting Fun--Or Mean?
So we decided to give it a go at the Allure offices, with my co-workers cajoling me into being the guinea pig. We used an iPhone to snap a photo of me and waited a minute while a hamburger icon danced onscreen. When we got the puffed-up photo, the responses were actually more interesting than the picture itself. Half of the women in the room lined up to try it next and the other half ran away in fear.
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One woman said she'd worry about somebody's anorexic sister getting hold of this app; another said it would be great to use as diet motivation, especially printed out and taped to the fridge. Some people shrieked and some people laughed.
So what do you
Steve Martin as a comedian? Funny. Steve Martin as a humor writer? Possibly even better. We love his Shouts & Murmurs and Talk of the Town pieces for The New Yorker, but his latest bit making its rounds in the internet universe-his alleged "leaked" rider-might be our new favorite. Not only because it hilariously includes our favorite topics, beauty and fashion (even if that fashion is a "constricting" and "scratchy" thong for Martin himself), but because we actually got a shout-out.
Apparently, a little waterproof guyliner and a tutorial on "a smoky eye" from Allure is all Martin needs to look his best before performing (Steve, we make it a rule to call them smoky eyes, plural.) We figured we might as well offer him a little more advice-or material:
- For an especially sultry look, apply the liner before hopping into the shower.
- Get wild and crazy (sorry) and throw some purple into the mix.
- And if yourRead More »from Steve Martin's Outrageous Beauty Demands
Highlighter is our secret for getting beautiful, glowing skin, but for summer, when our skin is already glistening, we don't want our makeup to make our skin look any greasier. The best highlighters for this season are lightweight, cream formulas in nude or a soft peach. These are our top choices:Read More »from Our Favorite Summer Highlighters
Lorac Perfectly Lit Oil-Free Luminizing Powder in Luminous. "I dab this along the tops of my cheekbones, and when it hits the light, the effect is so pretty. It has a nice sheen but no obvious shimmer particles, so it almost looks like you could naturally have that glow." -Amy Keller Laird, beauty director
Benefit High Beam. "I mix this pearly liquid into my moisturizer, my tinted moisturizer, my cream blush, and even my lip gloss." -Angelique Serrano, beauty editor
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Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat."The pen applicator makes this mistake-proof to apply and it doesn't leave my fingers feeling sticky like some liquid or cream formulas tend to do. I love
We've been hooked on the third season of True Blood, and not just because of the ever-twisting plotline. We're also loving the '40s-inspired beauty of Queen Sophie-Anne LeClerq (played by Evan Rachel Wood): the Rita Hayworth-worthy waves and ruby red lips. Here are a few tricks for getting a more modern take on that sexy look:
Roll with it. According to pros like Guido, old-school hot rollers can give hair a softer, more polished wave than curling irons. Roll sections of hair (each should be about as wide as the hot roller) around, from the ends all the way up to the scalp. Once the rollers have cooled, gently brush out your curls to help soften the look. Try Remington Colossal Curls .
Red lips. LeClerq's lipcolor fits summer's bright, trendy shades. Orange-red lipsticks, such as Elizabeth Arden Color Intrigue Effects Lipstick in Poppy Cream, are great for the dramatic look. If you'd like less color, just blot until theRead More »from True Blood Beauty
- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Working Women – Wed, Jun 23, 2010 10:11 PM EDT
This week I sat down with Lindsey Duncan, a nutritionist who's worked Courteney Cox and Demi Moore-and transformed Marc Jacobs from what the doctor calls "almost dead" to his current buffed-up state. Most of us don't need anything that drastic, but we wouldn't mind dropping a few pounds. These are Duncan's top tips:
Eat your yogurt. Preferably the Greek kind, which doesn't have chemicals or artificial sweeteners but is loaded with probiotic enzymes. According to Duncan, they help break down and dissolve fat stored in your body, and tell it not to store additional fat. He says that if you have two servings a day, you'll notice a difference within 10 to 15 days.
Take that rebounding class. Many gyms now offer classes on these low, individual trampolines. Not only a they a great cardio workout, but they target the leg muscles-Duncan says that helps to flush your lymphatic system of toxins.
Drink up. Duncan says that 85 percent of us are dehydrated. Of course we need to drinkRead More »from Lose Weight, Gain Energy: Tips From a Celebrity Nutritionist
Justin Bieber is too young for us-and for you, Kim Kardashian! (A joke, she's clearly not dating him, people-and People.) But when we read a quote from a recent interview about his preferring a natural beauty look, we took notice. Said the singing haircut: "I don't like girls who wear lots of makeup and you can't see their face. Some girls are beautiful but insecure and look much better without the makeup, but decide to put loads on."
Biebs has a point: If you're overdoing it, you're suffocating your natural beauty. But every time a male celebrity claims that he prefers a woman without makeup, we have to wonder: Does he even know the difference between minimal (or just well-applied) makeup and none?
Either way, a natural look can be beautiful done right. Try these tips from Allure's book Confessions of a Beauty Editor:
Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate. Even the best makeup in the world will look like dirt if it's appliedRead More »from Are You Wearing Too Much Makeup?
So it's been a long day. Words like tired, cranky, hot, and sticky sum up your situation. What you really need is a vacation, but what you can get, more realistically, is instant getaway gratification from out favorite beauty treats. Each promises on-the-spot relief, and you can indulge anytime you're feeling a little less than your best.
Naturopathica Arnica Muscle Gel: Banish the word Bengay from your mind. This cooling gel is anti-inflammatory and tingles on your skin in that fresh pepperminty way. It also helps sore muscles relax, so it's perfect for rubbing along aching, stiletto-tortured calves.
Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Eye Mask: Just about the best thing to ever happen to swollen undereye circles, these vitamin-C soaked patches rest on your skin so it can absorb all the de-puffing ingredients.
Kiehl's Acai Damage-Protecting Toning Mist: Spritz your face with this antioxidant-infused liquid to protect it from skin-damaging pollutants and give it aRead More »from 4 Ways to Escape (When Vacation Isn't an Option)