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  • Finally, a Gymless Workout You Can Do Anywhere

    by Lexi Novak

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    Maybe it's just spring-cleaning fever, or maybe it's the sobering reality that puffy coats will soon be replaced with nothing-to-hide-behind swimsuits, but everyone--myself included--seems to be on a workout bender. And when life inevitably disrupts my newly enthusiastic gym attendance, I will finally have a contingency plan: Ballet Beautiful.


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    "Ballet was just something that I always wanted to do," says founder Mary Helen Bowers, who uses her background as a professional ballerina to create quick, do-at-home videos that can be streamed from just about anywhere. Bikini Blast in a hotel room? Absolutely. Backstage Abs before bed? Totally. (I may have even done Swan Arms The Classic at my desk once.) The routines can be customized based on focus, such as Fat Blaster or Legs & Butt, and tailored to how much time per week you're willing to commit.

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    Admittedly, if

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  • Protein Sprays for Damaged Hair: Too Much of a Good Thing?

    by Madaline Donnelly

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    Protein-infused hair products are supposed to beef up and fortify weak and damaged hair, which is why I tend to apply the stuff like it's going out of style. Not a good idea, as a recent cut with New York City hairstylist Nunzio Saviano revealed.


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    During my appointment, Saviano called my attention to a crop of split ends. "But I apply protein spray after every shower!" I protested. He nodded knowingly. "That can cause breakage," he replied.

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    Twisted as that logic sounds, cosmetic chemist Ni'Kita Wilson agrees. "Keratin is a protein that strengthens damaged hair so it's less likely to break during styling, but you have to be careful because using too much can actually make hair hard and brittle," she says. Wilson recommends using a mask with keratin no more than once a week or, if you're using a spray with keratin, "give it a rest if your hair starts

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  • Don't Get a Pixie Cut Till You Read This!

    by Stephanie Saltzman

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    Maybe it's a rebellion against all those years of extensions, or maybe hairstylists are just inexplicably scissor-happy of late--but whatever the cause, short haircuts like Anne Hathaway's (above) have taken over Hollywood, and they're giving us tons of inspiration for our next salon visit. Thinking of making a drastic chop? Here's what you need to know.

    Scared? Start with a bob and work your way shorter. Play it safe by going shorter in stages: "An easier transition would be to start with a bob. Work your way from there into something shorter, because a bob is much easier to grow out if you end up not liking it," says hairstylist Anh Co Tran, who cut Coco Rocha's hair into her current crop.

    Keep it versatile. The best way to do that? Keep hair longer on top. "It's a way to commit to a short cut without giving up that security blanket of longer hair," says Tim Rogers, a hairstylist at Sally Hershberger salon in New York City. And you'll be able to

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  • The One Brow Product You Should Be Using

    by Sophia Panych

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    For someone who has massacred her brows again and again (even after waiting patiently for them to grow back in, only to accidentally snip them too short), filling in brows is tricky. And sure, I'm not a makeup artist, but the products out there aren't exactly easy to use. Pencils are hard to match to your hair color, waxes almost never show up, powders show up too much, and mousse, which is good, is hard to find. However, backstage at Isabel Marant this season, I came across a foolproof brow groomer that won't make you look like Groucho Marx.


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    The product is--drumroll please--Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel. "A lot of eyebrow products can be very dirty-looking colors that are cold and grayish," says makeup artist Lisa Butler (see, it's not my lack of hand/eye coordination!). "Anastasia just kind of worked out how to fix that with these brow mascaras. The colors are warmer, so brows are not just thicker

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  • The Best Beauty Tips from Backstage (That You Can Actually Use)

    by Sophia Panych


    The Best Beauty Tips from Backstage (That You Can Actually Use)Covering the fashion shows in New York, Milan, and Paris, I get to spend a lot of time hanging out with the best hair and makeup people in the business. I see them glue in yards of extensions, empty out garbage pails of glitter, and experiment with things like face-lift tape (yes, face-lift tape). Needless to say, I see a lot of things that I would never think of using on a regular basis. This season, however, makeup artists and hairstylists shared a few of their beauty secrets that will actually help you get out the door quicker--and more perfect looking in the morning.

    Freezing your makeup. Dick Page (that's him above, backstage at Michael Kors) was full of crazy-cool tips this season. The Shiseido artistic director used a discontinued cream liner from the company. "I've been hoarding the stuff--my fridge is full of it." Why, you might ask, if Dick Page's fridge full of eyeliner? "Powders tend to live forever, but wax-based products, like lipsticks and creams, tend

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  • What's the Deal with Gluten-Free Beauty Products?

    by Alexandra Tunell


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    Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably noticed the recent boom in gluten-free foods--bread! Pretzels! Pasta!--as well as gluten-free friends, using the diet fad to slim down. But we were still surprised to see the latest gluten-free products. Because instead of snacks, they're hand soaps, shampoos, body washes, and face creams.


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    Wait... Beauty products have gluten? And that's a problem? "Skin care products aren't typically loaded with wheat-based ingredients, so [gluten-free] is an easy claim to make," says cosmetic chemist Ni'Kita Wilson. But, "hair care products are more likely to contain [them]."

    Okay, but gluten intolerance--a reaction to grains like wheat, barley, and rye--occurs in the small intestine, and we're not drinking our shampoo, right? I asked Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at New York City's Mount Sinai Hospital, if

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  • View from the Red Carpet: How Will Your Feet Feel at Midnight?

    by Jeffrey Slonim


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    Despite the strides toward more comfortable attire that women have made in recent years, if they want to tower over the red carpet in four-inch heels, agony remains a given. In fact, running to all the parties during Oscar week, even my feet were killing me, and I'm a guy (who, unlike Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club, sticks to flats). To investigate just how painful spiky heels really are during the awards' season finale marathon--including at the Academy Awards, the QVC Red Carpet Style event, the Fiji Water's Spirit Independent Awards, Perrier Jouet and MAC cocktails for Women in Hollywood, Essence magazine's Black Women in Hollywood lunch, and the Fiji and Moet Dinner for Sony Oscar nominees--we asked: How will your feet feel at midnight?


    Jaime King: "Honey, my shoes are going to be off my feet at midnight. They already hurt. My knees are killing me. Oh, my Gosh, I never wear heels, only on the red carpet."

    Christin Milioti (The Wolf of Wall Street):

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  • “Princeton Mom” Says Plastic Surgery in High School and Husband Hunting in College

    by Lexi Novak

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    A year ago this month, Princeton alum Susan Patton wrote an open letter to young ladies that ran in the Daily Princetonian newspaper. In it, the 1977 graduate advised: "Forget about having it all, or not having it all, leaning in or leaning out.... Find a husband on campus before you graduate." And now, Patton's progressive nuggets of wisdom have been released in her new book, Marry Smart: Advice for Finding the One.

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    Some of her recommendations are just silly, like "learn how to bake bread." (Patton apparently thinks grocery stores will cease to exist in a few years.) Some are wildly biased and outdated: "College-age women...have to start putting in place plans for their personal happiness, because they will never again have this concentration of extraordinary men to choose from." First, that's assuming a husband is the only means to personal happiness. And a "concentration of extraordinary men to choose

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  • Turn Your Instagram Photos into Nail Art

    by Stephanie Saltzman

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    We're pretty big Instagram fans here at Allure. And we're also pretty excited about nail art. So when we found out about NailSnaps, a new Kickstarter campaign that combines the two, we were intrigued (and, no, we have no financial stake in this whatsoever).


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    NailSnaps is free mobile app lets you select an Instagram image and adjust it to the correct size and shape to be converted into nail wraps. NailSnaps produces the "high-quality nail polish stickers" and ships them to you, while you wait excitedly at home. The standard nail wrap rules apply: no dry time, no curing, no waiting--just stick them to your nails and file away the excess.

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    So far the Kickstarter campaign has raised about $7,600 (their goal is $47,381). But there's still time! We're crossing our (now sadly Instagram-less) fingers that NailSnaps becomes a reality. Hey, it worked for

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  • Kristen Bell on the 'Veronica Mars' Movie, Her "Tortured" Haircut, and Early-2000s Fashion

    by Stephanie Saltzman

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    Attention, Marshmallows (and if you don't know what that is, don't worry about it): Teenage-private-investigator/all-around-badass Veronica Mars is back! But she's no longer in high school, and she's no longer limited to the small screen. Thanks to a Kickstarter campaign, a devoted cast, and a whole lot of obsessive fans, the TV show that went off the air in 2007 is getting a movie re-boot. Yes, people: in theaters this Friday.


    In case it's not obvious, we dug the show for its witty dialogue, whodunnit storylines, and, of course, love triangles. So we spoke to the film's star Kristen Bell about the styles from the show that make her cringe and a certain genius makeup trick. Yes, Bell is just as cute and endearing in real life as she was during that whole sloth freakout on Ellen.

    Allure: How has Veronica changed since the show?
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    : "When we meet her in the movie, she's living in New York, trying to be normal. She's decided that her old life

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