There's a difference between progress and equality, and we were just reminded of it by the New Jersey gubernatorial race. Progress would mean that a woman could run for President, and what would matter would be her stand on the issues... not her hair, the shape of her ankles, or her clothing choices. Then there's equality-where everyone who runs for office is subjected to the same superficial scrutiny. In New Jersey, that's been happening to the Republican candidate, Chris Christie.
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The Democratic ad campaign, for his opponent Jon Corzine, has said Christie "threw his weight around"; there have been unflattering pictures of him with a face so huge it could devour Trenton; an editorial written by a Corzine supporter was entitled "Chris Christie's Diet for New Jersey"; and a cartoonist acknowledged that he depicted the Republican "like a fireplug sculpted of pudding." Not surprisingly, a study of voters about what
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There's a difference between progress and equality, and we were just reminded of it by the New Jersey gubernatorial race. Progress would mean that a woman could run for President, and what would matter would be her stand on the issues... not her hair, the shape of her ankles, or her clothing choices. Then there's equality-where everyone who runs for office is subjected to the same superficial scrutiny. In New Jersey, that's been happening to the Republican candidate, Chris Christie.Read More »from Male Politicians Get Into A Weight Debate
It's that time of year when even some of the most stylish women don't know what to wear-and most of us haven't yet made that annoying seasonal closet switch. Not to worry: we asked Allure's fashion director Michael Carl to make it easy-and teach us how to keep on rocking those summer favorites we just can't deal with stowing away:
- Mini dresses are new again with some thick black tights and a pair of platform ankle booties.
- A boyfriend blazer is the most versatile and comfy basic to pick up right now. Wear it over the aforementioned dress or just a tee-and you'll look polished for work or, with the sleeves nudged up and a great cuff, chic for evening.
- Our favorite tank or tee looks new again with a shearling vest layered over it (there are plenty of faux options this season, too). Just pair with skinny jeans and sky-high boots.
- Prepare a pair of rolled up shorts for the temperature dip by pairing them with some big ribbed, nubby tights. Black and charcoal work best.
- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Fashion – Mon, Oct 19, 2009 5:29 PM EDT
A new men-focused emporium, Knockouts, a Texas-based franchise that offers cuts, massages and "manscaping" administered by women in tight midriffy T-shirts and teeny-tiny shorts-is causing an uproar. Residents of the town of Mansfield, MA, according to the Boston Globe, are campaigning to prevent a salon branch from opening next door to a family restaurant.
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From what we could tell from their website, Knockouts is relatively tame-no nudity, no chair-dancing, and a sporty motif mingled with the pasha stuff. (In addition to the T & A on display, each salon chair has a flat screen TV with a remote.) But it "will only attract men with illicit thoughts, behaviors and actions," one local wrote to the town's Board of Selectmen. What do you think-are macho-themed places such as this sexist, brilliant, or stupid but harmless?
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--Lindsay van Gelder
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- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Fashion – Mon, Oct 19, 2009 5:02 PM EDT
Wedding season doesn't end at Labor Day-we know because we've been noticing an uptick in brides making demands that go way beyond wearing a particular bridesmaid dress. Some recent examples include instructing bridesmaids on the nail colors they can wear ("two coats of Essie Ballet Slipper"), hairstyles ("no up-dos or half and half"), makeup colors ("no bright or dark lipsticks"), and jewelry choices ("stud earrings only, no watches, bracelets, or necklaces").
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From a beauty editor's perspective, we call these wedding day beauty crimes. Matching hairstyles are for back-up singers, not bridesmaids. And assigning one nail shade for all won't flatter every person's skin tones. Chances are they're already wearing an unflattering dress for their body type, so do you really need to add insulting beauty tips to injury? What about you-have you ever had a bride make crazy beauty demands?
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- Allure Daily Beauty Reporter | Work + Money – Fri, Oct 16, 2009 6:49 PM EDT
We learned some years ago that there's an unfortunate side effect to some beauty research: google "facial," you get a whole lot of porno hits along with the skin care info. But apparently the link between beauty and--believe it or not--sperm is even more skin-deep than we imagined.
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According to research at Graz University in Austria, a compound found in sperm reduces free radicals and and has anti-aging effects on cells. The research thus far has been on yeast cells, fruit flies, worms, mice, and human blood cells, not on actual people. But worms treated with spermidine lived 15 percent longer than a control group; for the fruit flies, there was a whopping 30 percent anti-aging boost. That's news that's easy to swallow. (Sorry.)
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Whether it's in the morning before work or on your way out for the evening, you don't always have endless time to primp. We talked with Allure beauty director Amy Keller about the best products when you're under the gun.
- Exfoliating is the quickest way to get fresh, glowing skin. We love Pangea Organics Facial Scrub because it's gentle and softens skin instantly. Another alternative: a plain washcloth.
- Dry shampoo has saved us countless washes and fussing with our hair. It's hands-down the best thing that's happened to our beauty routine. Just a touch of Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo erases any sign of dirty hair-and the Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo Spray has the added bonus of volumizing if your hair is prone to falling flat.
- Mascara is always an effortless way to brighten eyes, and a brush with plastic bristles is best because it helps the product go on quickly without clumping-CoverGirl LashBlast Length Mascara is our favorite.
Photo: WWDYou may have been following the silicone opera of Amy Winehouse's alleged $35,000, possibly exploding boobs this week. (The British tabloids certainly have been.) But we've noticed a kind of celebrity beauty news that also seems to be exploding: the I Didn't (or Wouldn't) Do It story. Fox News recently reported that Gretchen Rossi wouldn't dream of getting implants, and in a Harper's Bazaar interview, Tina Fey says she won't do Botox.Read More »from Stars Who Say No to Botox
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Rachel Weisz got on board the no-Botox train a while ago; when she reiterated her resistance to de-wrinkling technology last week, it set off comparisons online to other actresses who might feel differently, and culminated in an announcement by Nicole Kidman that she is all "natural." We've even seen a website recently that noted that Taylor Swift doesn't need any surgery (at age 19...although the site speculated on what she might want to do for enhancement down the line.) What do you think: is not going
We recently met Tiffani Thiessen at a screening of USA Network's new series White Collar-and we asked what she is going to change in her beauty routine this fall. "I always use a richer moisturizer, and now that I'm living in Manhattan for half the year, the wind and cooler air is a change from L.A.-so my skin really needs the extra moisture." She loves Cellcosmet Concentrated Night Cream Treatment. Our beauty editors have some strategies too:
"I usually wear really light, fresh scents when it's warm, but they all seem too summery when you're bundled up. So I'm going to start wearing Nanette by Nanette Lepore. It's a gorg blend of rose and amber, so it's a bit deeper than my typical scents-but it's soft enough that it still feels like me." -Alyssa Kolsky Hertzig, Beauty News Editor
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PHOTO: COURTESY OF ELVIS PRESLEY ENTERPRISES, INC.We've heard of Celebrity Sperm Banks, and although it's a little strange, it has its own internal logic, as it were, if you want a child with rock star genes. We even kind of see the point of a celebrity lookalike sperm bank (yes, there is one), if you only care that the kid resembles a rock star.Read More »from Would You Pay $12,000 for Elvis's Hair?
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But how much would you pay for a lock of Elvis Presley's hair? (And what would you do with it-wear it in a pink Cadillac-shaped locket? Treasure it in a pillbox?) The question will be answered this month when a clump of Kingliness will be auctioned off in Chicago. Harvested back in 1958 when Elvis had to shear his sideburned do to join the Army, the hairmento is supposed to garner up to $12,000. As for us, we're holding out for Scarlett Johannson's entire head of hair, and we plan to make it into extensions.
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Photo: David Stesner for AllureEven hairstylists disagree about how long to go between shampoos. Frédéric Fekkai thinks most people look best if they wash their hair everyday; others like Chris McMillan insist that to keep hair healthy you should cleanse a few times a week at most.
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So when I met the perfect-haired Kim Kardashian recently, I asked for her take. "Hair doesn't need to be shampooed every day," Kardashian said. "I do it every two to three days. But if I go longer than that, my hair can become unmanageable. After [sister Khloé's] wedding, I went five days without shampooing-which is a very rare thing for me-and it was pretty gross." What about you-how long do you think is too long to go without shampooing?
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