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  • Do You Use More Than Two Products in the Morning?

    by Jenna Rosenstein

    John RawlingsJohn Rawlings Here's a fun fact: A recent survey of 1,000 U.S. adults showed that 36 percent of U.S. women use only one or two (I repeat: ONE OR TWO) products to get ready in the morning. The question defined products as hair, makeup, and moisturizers, specifically. Only 7 percent of women polled used seven or more products. Am I the only one that thinks this number seems terrifyingly low? I use one or two products just under one eyeball on any given morning.

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    And so, I did a little experiment on myself this morning (for science!): Each time I used a product, like undereye primers, highlighters, etc., I set it aside to be counted. The result? Fifteen. And I haven't even gotten to hair or body. With those in the mix, the total is north of 20. As an Allure assistant, I understand that my number might (definitely) skew high on the scale, so I also polled my Facebook friends. Their average number seemed to be more than five but less than

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  • 3 Masculine Scents to Wear This Fall

    by Alexandra Tunell


    My weakness for rose fragrances (and rose hip oils, and rosewater face mists, and YSL cream blush in Rose Quartz...) has become somewhat of a joke around the Allure offices, where I'm known as "the rose girl." Lately, though, the feminine, overt florals I always gravitate towards just aren't doing it for me. As the weather cools, I'm finding myself drawn toward warm, woody fragrances--ones I like to imagine the world's sexiest mountain man would wear.

    These three strike just the right balance between fresh, sexy, and masculine:

    1. Dior Gris Montaigne: Though it's technically for women, this scent--designed to capture the essence of the color grey--has heavier notes of patchouli, amber, and moss, so it feels like something your (French, scarf-wearing) boyfriend might wear. It'll be my go-to on moody, overcast days.

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    2. Diptyque 34 Boulevard Saint Germain EDT: Nearly 40 raw materials come together to create this unisex

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  • Newsweek's New Dress Code Demands “Natural Color” Hair

    by Lexi Novak


     photo: Horst P. Horst photo: Horst P. Horst When it comes to office dress codes, I'm totally on board with no midriffs, sweat pants, or micro-minis (which should probably be barred in every other public space, too, but that's a different discussion). But after purchasing Newsweek last month, it seems IBT Media has made a few excessively strict modifications to the company's "International Business Times Employee Handbook," specifically about hair.

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    According to excerpts from the handbook published on Politico, "hair should be clean, combed and neatly trimmed or arranged. Shaggy, messy, and neglected hair is not permissible regardless of length. Also, well-groomed, business style hair of natural color is required."

    I get it, you want your employees to have access to a shower and use it regularly, but let's not get all haterade and incidentally discriminate against certain types of hair. Based on these guidelines, it looks like shaggy bobs, or shags "regardless of

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  • Backstage Beauty Report: Prettiness Overload at Dolce & Gabbana

    by Sophia Panych

    Sophia PanychSophia PanychI snapped about a thousand pictures at Dolce & Gabanna--and not just because it's my job. The look was so pretty that even models like Bette Franke were uploading selfies on Instagram. "I always love this show because they make the girls look so beautiful," said hairstylist Guido Palau. The pairing of his romantic, adorned style and makeup artist Pat McGrath's blush-y, feminine, I-just-spent-a-month-vacationing-in-Sicily makeup meant there was practically an overload of prettiness backstage.

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    From the very first step, McGrath set out to warm up the models' skin so they would look "cherubic, golden, and sun-kissed." To do this, she chose a foundation shade "a tone slightly warmer than their skin tone." Then, she mixed Dolce & Gabbana The Blush Luminous Cheek Colour in Apricot, Rosebud, and Peach and brushed the potent hue across the cheeks, chin, and hairline. On the lids went the prettiest shade of gold you've ever seen--the

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  • Behind the Candelabra: Liberace's Lover Celebrates

    by Joan Kron

    Ron Galella/WireImageRon Galella/WireImage There were cheers--but no champagne. Last night, Behind the Candelabra, HBO's biopic about Liberace's five-year affair with his decades-younger lover, Scott Thorson, won an Emmy for Best TV Mini-series or Movie. I shared the moment--by phone--with Thorson, who wrote the best-selling book on which the film is based. "We did it, we did it!" he screamed, while a cheer went up from the ten friends assembled in his brand-new apartment in Reno. They snacked on steak, pulled pork, roasted vegetables, and, because Thorson in currently in a court-mandated substance-abuse program, a round of soft drinks.

    Liberace's former lover didn't expect a shout-out from the film's producer, Jerry Weintraub, and he didn't get one. "You'll see," said Thorson as the TV exec made his way to the stage to receive his trophy. "He won't mention me." Weintraub thanked everyone from the film's director, Steven Soderbergh, to the stars, the cast, crew, and HBO. But not a word about Thorson or his book.

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  • Linda Ronstadt on Beauty, Style, and Becoming a Rock Icon

    by Danielle Pergament


    David Redferns/Getty ImagesDavid Redferns/Getty ImagesBelieve it or not, there was a time that we--that is, humankind--didn't know the words to "You're No Good" by heart. It was 1969, and Linda Ronstadt was just about to release her first album. Forty years, 60 million records, and ten Grammy awards later, Ronstadt retired. Though she's no longer singing due to her battle with Parkinson's, she is writing: Ronstadt's memoir, Simple Dreams, is out this month. I spoke to the rock legend about her unlikely status as a style icon and how she adopted her signature accessory.

    Did you think of yourself as a style icon? "If ever there was a person who was less style-conscious than me, I don't know who it is. You'd have to go to Berkeley to find her. When I was growing up, my mother sewed all my clothes and I thought that's what everyone did. My dad made jewelry for a hobby, and that became my uniform--sundresses and hoop earrings my parents made for me. When I moved on to Levi's, I would scrounge secondhand clothing

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  • How to Tie a Scarf (Hint: There Are Many Ways)

    by Alexandra Owens

    courtesy of Potter Stylecourtesy of Potter Style I have a love-hate relationship with scarves: I love how they look on other people and hate how they look on me. And crisp fall weather like the kind we're having this week always brings out the worst of my scarf envy. Luckily, before I snatched off some lady's Hermès carré in a fit of jealously, I got a sneak peek at How to Tie a Scarf (Potter Style) and learned how to fold and tie one myself. The book has 33 styles (who even knew there were that many?) with step-by-step photos and instructions.

    It's on sale October 15 and available for preorder now, but here's one of my favorites, the deceptively simple Glasgow (above), to tide you over.

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    Step one: Fold the scarf in half and wrap around the neck so that both ends hang evenly in front of the chest.

    Step two: Cross both ends at the center of the neck and loosely pull them to rest on the back.

    Step three:
    Pull the back of the scarf upward to

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  • Abigail Breslin Talks About Boys (and the Bachelorette)

    by David DeNicolo

    RICHARD FOREMAN JR.RICHARD FOREMAN JR. Abigail Breslin has appeared in more than a dozen movies in her scant 17 years, most memorably Little Miss Sunshine. Soon there will be two more: the sci-fi thriller Ender's Game, with Harrison Ford, and the black-as-coal comedy August: Osage County, with just about everyone else. Our October Allure's Face talked to us about work, guilty pleasures, and her love of cats.

    The aliens in Ender's Game are described as "insect-like." Why do movie aliens always look like dust mites?
    "I've always wondered what aliens would look like, but I haven't met one yet. That I know of."

    From aliens to alienation--tell us about August: Osage County.
    "I play Jean, Julia Roberts and Ewan McGregor's daughter. She's a little bit of a tough girl. She has a hard edge [and] she's a bit jaded, even though she's 14."

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    You've also worked with stars like Meryl Streep. Do you ever get intimidated?
    "Oh, yeah. I was terrified.

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  • The Best Fall Nail Polish Colors for Cold-Weather Manicures and Pedicures

    by Alyssa Kolsky Hertzig


    Getty ImagesGetty ImagesWell, fall is officially here. I know that not because it's been noticeably brisker in New York City over the last few days or because it's dark when I wake up, but because my pedicure polish colors are a-changin'. Yep, for many of us, darker nails are as sure a sign of fall as turning leaves or black tights.

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    At my pedicure appointment this past weekend, instead of reaching for one of my trusty summer colors (my favorites in August were pretty pastels like Essie nail polish in Mint Candy Apple), I went for an old cold-weather favorite, Essie nail polish in Wicked, a deep red, nearly black shade. I polled the other beauty girls here and it seems I'm not the only one switching things up. Assistant editor Catherine O'Neill says she's looking forward to trading in her usual bright blue for a darker iteration (her pick: OPI Incognito in Sausalito--one of her favorite new fall colors), while

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  • Designer Faces: Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring 2014

    The latest Marc by Marc collection boasted plenty of working-girl essentials, but have no fear: There wasn't a single power suit in the lineup (David Bowie was an inspiration). The hair and makeup--cool, lanky waves and bold blue shadow--were equally as un-corporate.


    by Catherine Devine; reported by Sophia Panych




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