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  • The New Meaning of "New Car Smell": The Scent of the Mercedes S-

    by Jenna Rosenstein

    MERCEDES-BENZ USAMERCEDES-BENZ USA If I could bottle the scent of my (very used) first car, it would be something like Eau de French Fries and Shoes. No amount of royal pine Little Trees hanging from the rearview could mask it. Mercedes-Benz has now come up with a whole new level of car fragrance. The new ($100,000+) 2014 S-Class sedans come with the ($350) option of a built-in fragrance atomizer and four custom colognes.

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    Located in the glove box, the "active perfuming system" can be turned on and off by the driver, who can also control the intensity (low, medium, or high). The perfumed air passes into the cabin of the car through the A/C vents in five-minute intervals. You can choose from four exclusive interior fragrances created with perfumer Marc vom Ende: Freeside Mood (light citrus), Nightlife Mood (spice, oud), Downtown Mood (floral, musk), and Sports Mood (green, citrus). Each scent was created to complement the Read More »from The New Meaning of "New Car Smell": The Scent of the Mercedes S-
  • Straightening Your Hair Today? Your Color Will Look Different

    by Elizabeth Siegal


    Robert Mitra/WWDRobert Mitra/WWD At a recent appointment at Sally Hershberger Downtown salon in New York City, colorist Dana Ionato asked one Allure editor detailed questions about her styling routine. The editor was used to these kinds of questions from a stylist, but not so much from her colorist. Turns out the products and tools you use on your hair--as well as its texture--make a big difference. "Whenever I help a new client choose her hair color, I ask about her routine," says Ionato. "Highlights look very different on fine, straight hair than thick, wavy hair, and your base color will appear different on days you air-dry." We were surprised--and it's not easy to surprise us. I called up the colorist for her tips on tweaking your shade according to your styling routine:

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    If you're getting highlights: "The straighter your hair is, the thinner you want your highlights to be," says Ionato. "Highlights really stand out on

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  • How to Get Fall's Sexiest Waves

    by Catherine Q. O'Neill


    photo: Patrick Demarchelierphoto: Patrick DemarchelierGlossy, beachy, old-Hollywood--we've seen every possible variation of waves cross our desks. But none took our breath away like these pretty, messy ones created by Luigi Murenu for our November issue. They're a stripped-down, roughed-up, insanely sexy version that we want to wear every day for the next four months. Here's how to get them:

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    1. Apply a baseball-size mound of mousse (Murenu, a spokesman for Kérastase, likes the brand's Mousse Bouffant) on dry hair from roots to ends until they feel slightly wet. Using the mousse on dry hair will create a slightly uneven, matte finish, which is what you want here.

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    2. Rough-dry the hair, then wind random sections around a one-inch curling iron, starting at the midlengths and leaving the ends free. Only hold each section for two to three seconds--you don't want a ringlet, just a slight bend.

    3. Run a

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  • Cool Girl Alexa Chung on Kids' Clothes, Chanel, and Karaoke

    by Ramona Emerson


    Getty ImagesGetty Images"Look in a mirror. Do you look like a wizard? If so, go back to stage one." Equal parts style guide, memoir, and scrapbook, Alexa Chung's new book, It, (Penguin) is filled with useful tips like this one that are fun to read even if you aren't a rock-star-dating, Karl Lagerfeld-inspiring gamine. I spoke to Chung about Francois Hardy, airport glamour, and how to kill at karaoke (or at least not care if you don't).

    What's your go-to trick for making anything look cooler?
    "I have a navy blue children's coat that I was obsessed with--I can barely wear it anymore because it's gotten so ratty. But I still love it. It instantly lifts an outfit from scrappy to sophisticated. Same with the Chanel bag. You can wear it with anything, and the outfit instantly looks better. Those are my go-tos: a navy blue coat, Chanel bag, and simple hair."

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    You love karaoke--got any good advice for the less musically

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  • Three Very Easy (And Very Timely) Halloween Costumes

    by Jenna Rosenstein


    UK Press Via Getty Images; AllureUK Press Via Getty Images; Allure Looking for a kickass costume idea that you can pull together on your way from the office to the Halloween party? We came up with three clever concepts only slightly more complicated than popping in a pair of plastic vampire teeth.

    Kate Middleton with Baby George (left)
    I'll admit it: I had royal baby fever. If you did, too, consider Kate's hospital exodus look; it's equal parts iconic and easy to put together.

    Step one: Give yourself a killer blowout.*

    Step two: Keep your makeup natural, but go a little heavy on the blush and undereye liner and don't forget to define your brows.

    Step three: Put on a blue dress (as close to periwinkle as possible; bonus points for polka dots) and find yourself a white blanket and a baby (fake is probably best for party-hopping).

    Step four: Whatever you do, don't suck it in. (A major bonus of this costume.)

    *Need pointers? Hairstylist Bridget Brager gave us a crash course: Coat your roots with a volumizer (like Kérastase Lift

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  • Smoky Eyes Solved: The One (And Only) New Product You Need

    by Catherine Q. O'Neill


    Barneys New YorkBarneys New York Smoky eyes are sexy, mysterious--and, for most of us, way more difficult than they should be. After nearly every beauty editor in New York (including me) began calling makeup artist Troy Surratt, an expert at this skill, to beg for his tips, he came up with a brilliant idea: to create a product that solves the dilemma once and for all.

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    Barneys New YorkBarneys New York Allow me to introduce you to Surratt Smoky Eye Batons (available at Barneys starting this month). You can throw away your powder quads and four-piece brush sets, because this little, two-sided gizmo is everything you need. Simply rim your top and bottom lash lines with the creamy liner, then smudge the corresponding shadow stick around that, says Surratt. It comes in five shades--including my favorite, Cendres (a shimmery taupe perfect for day or evening, above). We'll take that as a hint to stop calling, Troy.

    For more tips from Surratt and details about his new beauty line, check out the

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  • Costume Your Face for Halloween with These Makeup Tips!

    by Cara Brooks


    Cara BrookCara Brook Cara Brook of Maskcara was the winner of the 2013 Allure Beauty Blogger Awards and is now contributing to the Daily Beauty Reporter.

    Masks are for amateurs. To me, nothing is more fun on Halloween than actually transforming your own face. It's easier than you think, and usually a lot more cost-effective than buying an elaborate mask anyway. All you need is a few supplies and a couple key tips.

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    1. Elmer's Glue:
    To create wrinkles for a creepy witch costume, dab some glue on your forehead or cheeks, hold still while it dries (it should take about 5 minutes) and then scrunch up and move your face around. The glue will crack and wrinkle up in a clear-ish color. Then you can blend some foundation on top, and boom!--you'll have aged 50 years.

    2. Sally Hansen Salon Airbrush Legs Leg Makeup:
    If you're doing a costume where you want to make your skin tone lighter or darker, you can drastically change it using these bottles of color and

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  • Tips for Finding the Perfect Bra Size

    by Alexandra Owens


    Murray Feierberg/WWDMurray Feierberg/WWD Years later, the Oprah episode that sticks with me most (oh, Oprah, how I miss you!) was the one about bra size. Does everyone remember this moment? One by one, women got in front of a studio audience, met with a professional to be prodded and measured, and found out how much better they looked in a wildly different bra size. So maybe it was naive of me to go to an appointment with Bobbie Smith, the fit expert at Freshpair.com, and expect to be a bra prodigy. I'll spare you the details, but I feel like I owe my anatomy a sincere apology now. (And no, that is not me in the photo above.) Here are some of Smith's tips that took me by surprise.

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    Pick your band size, then your cup size. Cup sizes are in relation to band sizes. For example, a 28D is much smaller than a 36D. No one is a universal D cup. If you lose weight or your band size changes for any reason, there's a good chance your cup size

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  • Estée Lauder Launches Motivational Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign

    by Sophia Panych


    Estée LauderEstée LauderEver since the late Evelyn Lauder established The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) in 1993, the Estée Lauder Companies have been integral in providing funding and promoting awareness for the disease. This year, the company continues the tradition with "We're Stronger Together," a social media-based campaign in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) month.

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    A trip to the campaign's site is an inspiring one: There's the moving 2013 Campaign video featuring three breast cancer survivors and their stories, the live media wall tracking all Instagram and Twitter posts with the hashtag #BCAStrength or the @BCACampaign handle, and the hundreds of photos sent in from breast cancer survivors and their families. But the most inspiring, I think, are the "Circles of Strength" that Estée Lauder encourages visitors to the site to create. Each "Circle" allows you and your loved ones (on Facebook) to rally

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  • Inspired by Gravity: The "Beauty" of Living in Space

    by Jenna Rosenstein


    Kevin Cooley Kevin Cooley If you've seen the film Gravity, you know the last thing Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) was probably thinking about as she floated untethered--with rapidly decreasing oxygen levels--through the darkness of outer space was how good she looked. But it turns out, there are some real beauty benefits to floating at zero Gs--minus frightening space junk disasters.


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    1. Sci-Fi Anti-aging
    Because of a cool thing called "time dilation," astronauts actually age slower in space than on Earth. Why? Well, I'd love to quote NASA here, but their web site is inoperable thanks to the Government Shutdown. Essentially, it's all because of some unique combination of gravity and velocity and the observation of relative time. In reality, astronauts aboard a six-month stint on the International Space Station (ISS) only age about 0.007 seconds slower than us Earthlings.

    2. Cool Hygiene
    Have you seen the YouTube video of astronaut Karen Nyberg

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