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  • Fact or Fiction: Does Witch Hazel Treat Dry Scalp?

    by Catherine Devine

    Delphine Achard/WWDDelphine Achard/WWD Could an astringent like witch hazel be the fix for itchy dry scalp? During a recent haircut, that's just what my hairstylist recommended--that I slather my head with astringent before I wash my hair. I'm always up for a good home remedy, especially one that could relieve one of the most annoying winter skin problems, and this one seemed easy enough. I checked in with dermatologist Jason Emer before I tried it--and good thing, because it turns out that it's not for everyone and can even make the problem worse.


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    "Some astringents like witch hazel and calamine are known to soothe skin because of their anti-inflammatory properties," Emer says. "However, some patients get very dry after applying it, which in itself can be a stimulant for itching." His suggestion? Skip it, unless you have oily skin or hair, since "these formulas work topically to bind to residue and dead skin cells and remove them from the surface." If your Read More »from Fact or Fiction: Does Witch Hazel Treat Dry Scalp?
  • A New Product for Seriously Steamy At-Home Facials

    by Alexandra Tunell

    Getty ImagesGetty ImagesA hot cup of herbal tea is one of my favorite winter treats. It's warm, soothing, and healthier than my other go-to, hot chocolate. And while I recently learned about the skin benefits from drinking tea, I never thought I could get them from just relaxing in its presence.

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    The new Maijan Herbal Facial Steam blends for acne, oily, or dry complexions look just like loose-leaf tea and contain chamomile, peppermint leaves, rose petals, and lavender. Just heap a few fragrant spoonfuls into a bowl of steaming--never boiling--water, hold your face over the bowl, drape a towel over your head to trap in the steam, and chill out for five to ten minutes. The steam softens pores, the herbal add-ins detoxify, and the aroma? It's enough to clear anyone's sinuses.

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    A side note: Extracting your own blackheads and whiteheads is always ill advised--you run the

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  • We Tried It: The Angels' Butt-Firming Secret

    by Sophia Panych

    Getty ImagesGetty ImagesVictoria's Secret's annual runway show may not air until December 10th, but we all know from our Instagram accounts that the whole sparkle-filled shebang was filmed last night right here in New York City. From the images we've seen so far, the flesh on display was as taut and toned as ever. These women work out. A lot. But I recently learned that it may be more than lunges (and genetic good fortune) that lets the Angels wear those Cheekinis with pride. Many of them also visit aesthetician Ildi Pekar a day or two before the show for her butt-firming treatment. (They shall remain nameless, though--Pekar is tight-lipped about the butts she has treated.) So does it really work? Is it painful? Could it make me look like an Angel (at least from behind)? There was only one way to find out: Try it for myself.

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    Pekar started off by, in her words, "liquefying the fat cells" in my butt and thighs with

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  • Backstage Beauty Tips Just in Time for Party Season

    by Sophia Panych

    Giovanni GiannoniGiovanni Giannoni

    I know it's only the first week of November, but my calendar is already starting to fill up with holiday parties--not to mention Thanksgiving, which this year involves both my family and my boyfriend's. (So, alas, sweatpants are a no-go.) Luckily, the fall runways provided me with more than enough makeup inspiration for the next two months. Below, I've broken down three of my favorite looks. If you're looking for more ideas, sign up now for our holiday beauty guide. Sign up here and you'll receive an email from us every day for ten days, each jam-packed with the best holiday beauty tips to get you glowing for your office party, ugly sweater gathering, or simply drinks with friends. Subscribing won't cost a dime, but it will give you a chance to win a $500 gift card from HSN.


    Try silver eyeliner. Yes, it sounds scary, but after seeing the thin strokes of silver liner at Dior, I'm convinced it can look superpretty (not to mention quite festive) when done

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  • The Easiest Ways to Fix Dry, Itchy Winter Skin

    by Stephanie Saltzman

    Getty ImagesGetty Images Flaky, scaly, ashy, itchy...need I go on? Cold-weather skin is basically the worst, and it's kicking into high gear for the frigid months ahead. I spoke to New York City dermatologists Amy Wechsler and Hadley King about their best advice for avoiding cold-weather skin disaster--and they shared a few tips that may surprise you.


    Some moisturizers are not very moisturizing. "A lotion may smell good and look nice, but if you can't tell you put it on five minutes after you put it on, it's not doing much," says King. She recommends switching to heavier, thicker products that contain humectants like glycerin and sorbitol, which attract moisture to skin, when the weather gets cold.

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    Oily skin gets dried out, too. "The biggest myth is that people with oily skin should skip moisturizing because it will lead to breakouts," says Wechsler. "That's especially untrue if you're fighting acne with

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  • Fragrance Notes: There’s Nothing Vanilla About Vanilla Perfume

    by Lexi Novak

    MiN New YorkMiN New York

    Vanilla is one of those scents that will always remind me of sugary body sprays and rollerball lip glosses--saccharine, juvenile, and boring. Since the moment I decided I was mature enough to wear an "adult" fragrance (circa tenth grade), I've avoided vanilla entirely. But when a goodie bag full of new perfumes arrived at my desk from MiN New York, guess what my three favorites all had in common? Yup, vanilla.


    I would now like to take a moment to formally retract my sentiments about the gourmand note. Not only can it be complex and sophisticated, but also totally not sweet. Here, the three bottles that proved me wrong:


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    Fusion Sacree for Her by Majda Bekkali Sculptures Olfactives (left, above). This warm, amber-y Oriental easily could have been cloyingly rich or heavy, but notes such as coriander and black currant cut it with a fresh spiciness. And if one spritz makes you think of "Jingle

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  • Cult Object: Isabel Marant for H&M Fringe Booties

    by Nicole Chapoteau

    courtesy of H&M courtesy of H&M H&M has done it again with another incredible collaboration, this time with Parisian designer Isabel Marant. Known for a rock and roll, boho-chic vibe that somehow also manages to be quintessentially French, Marant's line for H&M is like a greatest hits collection of her signature style. These fringe booties pretty much sum it up. Also, for those of you who aren't partial to waiting on endless lines with desperate fashion hopefuls, the collaboration will be available online and in stores for the first time starting November 14. (Suede-and-leather boots, $299.)

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  • Marilyn Monroe's Plastic Surgery Records Sold at Auction

    by Joan Kron

    Grant CornettGrant CornettIf you were a Marilyn Monroe fan with money to burn, would you want to own the rare X-rays of her skull and notes from the plastic surgeon who treated her in 1962, three months before her death? Or would you prefer the star's award from Redbook magazine? Or perhaps rare photos of her in Korea instead?

    There was great anticipation when Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Norman Leaf put the Hollywood icon's medical file, which he inherited from his late partner Michael Gurdin, up for sale at Julien's Auctions in Los Angeles. Monroe had come to see Gurdin because she was afraid she had broken her nose. She claimed she'd tripped and fallen, but rumors circulated that she'd been struck by her psychiatrist.

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    Judging from the press frenzy, many people thought the lot might surpass Julien's top estimate of $30,000, but Monroe's fans spoke with their wallets yesterday when the medical file fetched only

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  • In Defense of Kate Middleton’s Hair Twirling

    by Jenna Rosenstein

    Getty ImagesGetty Images It was the twirl heard 'round the world: Kate Middleton set off a media firestorm this week for daring to adjust a curl, in public, at an otherwise somber Remembrance Day event. Some labeled her insensitive; others lamented her vanity. Still others wondered how this could possibly be a news item. Well, I'm here to defend Kate's honor, and her hair, with the help of Debrett's A-Z of Modern Manners, a British guide to proper decorum.


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    If you have not yet seen the shocking images, you may picture Kate chomping on a piece of gum, using one hand to twirl her hair while checking her phone with the other. In fact, however, over the course of about three seconds, Kate spots a rogue curl, twists it around her finger, and lets it rest on her shoulder. That's it. Was she showing concern for her appearance at a rather untimely moment? Yes. Did she do anything wrong? Let's consult the book.

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  • Allure Cover Girls Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s Beauty Secrets

    by Jenna Rosenstein

    Peter LIndbergh/AllurePeter LIndbergh/Allure Sure, they're twins, two tiny blonde businesswomen with mermaid-wavy hair--but Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's beauty and food preferences are truly individual. Here, their secrets, as told to writer Judy Bachrach.


    The beauty products they can't live without: "I'm more of a skin-care junkie. I do Biologique Recherche--it's facials and things like that," says Ashley. "I've been using Sanitas," says Mary-Kate.

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    Their worst hair mistakes: "Extensions," says Mary-Kate. "I woke up one day and I said, 'You know, I don't want to wear a bikini top this summer, so I guess I'll get hair that covers my breasts.' And it did!" Ashley regrets the time she went brunette: "It just really wasn't great!"


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    Their biggest food cravings: Sushi and vegetables for Mary-Kate; French fries for Ashley.Ashley's makeup of choice: Clé de Peau. (Not a surprising choice for someone who Read More »from Allure Cover Girls Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s Beauty Secrets

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