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  • The $1 At-Home LED Facial

    by Elizabeth Siegel

    COURTESY OF ILLUMASKCOURTESY OF ILLUMASK

    If you haven't had an anti-aging LED facial, the experience can be unnerving at first: You wear special sunglasses while a panel of bright red LED lights wraps around your face. And, of course, just one session can cost hundreds of dollars. But devotees (including top facialists, their celebrity clients, and even some dermatologists) swear that the machines make skin firmer and glowier, and that the more often you get the treatments, the better they work. Now, a company called Illumask is selling an at-home version.


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    The Illumask Anti-aging Phototherapy Mask looks like a hockey mask and has built-in glasses and LED bulbs; it's also got a price tag of $29.99. For that you get 30 preprogrammed treatments. (It's available at Ulta, Target, and Walgreens.) "Theoretically, the red LED lights are anti-inflammatory and stimulate the production of more collagen, reducing wrinkles. Just be careful not to play with the Read More »from The $1 At-Home LED Facial
  • The New Barbie, She's Just like Us!

    by Ramona Emerson

    LAMMILYLAMMILY

    With child's size 3 feet and a waist so tiny she couldn't digest anything more significant than a crouton, a real-life Barbie would not be alive for long. This is why artist Nickolay Lamm created Lammily, a realistically proportioned alternative to the blonde nymph we all played with as children.


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    "Rather than just criticizing Barbie, I wanted to make an alternative," says Lamm. "A lot of people have said, 'It's just a doll. Who cares?' but my opinion is that if there is even a chance of it negatively influencing young girls then why not make another option?"

    Lamm wanted the doll to look realistic and designed her body using CDC data on average measurements of American women--the CDC has stats on everything from height and weight to forearm length. But, "it's a stylized average," admits the 25-year-old Pittsburgh artist. "I wanted her to look like the girl next door, sweet and wholesome." This kind of sounds

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  • New Study: Is Barbie's Dream House Keeping Girls from Their Dream Job?

    by Lexi Novak

    John AquinoJohn Aquino
    We know we've been talking about a certain leggy, blonde figurine a lot lately--and her "girl next door" counterpart--but we can't ignore the latest breaking Barbie news: A new study has found a relationship between girls playing with the doll and perceiving fewer career opportunities for themselves.


    Researchers asked a group of girls ages 4 to 7 to play with either a fashionable Barbie, one dressed as a doctor, or a Mrs. Potato Head. Then they showed the girls pictures of 11 different work environments. For each image, the girls had to state whether they thought that as an adult they could do the depicted job and if they thought a boy could. Participants in both Barbie groups felt they could hold fewer careers than males. Those playing with a Mrs. Potato Head reported a near equal job opportunity.

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    I know what you may be thinking: "But Dr. Barbie has a lab coat and stethoscope and

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  • Perfume-Friendly Skin: Fact or Fiction?

    by Alexandra Owens

    Getty ImagesGetty Images When you work in beauty, you become accustomed to hearing critiques of everything from the gap in a model's teeth to the way a woman walks. But it wasn't until the other day, as I was meeting with a fragrance expert, that I knew one could scrutinize the skin's ability to make a perfume smell good.


    Say what? Here's what went down: I was testing scents on my skin--all of which smelled perfectly fine to me, if a bit faint--with an individual who shall remain nameless. He informed me that my skin wasn't "perfume-friendly" and suggested that my body somehow distorts the way perfumes are supposed to smell. Furthermore, he guessed this about me the moment I walked in the door, when he spotted my fair skin and blue eyes.

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    Normally I would dismiss all this as totally insanity, but I had heard talk before about the effect of things like diet and body temperature on fragrance. So I asked Dawn

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  • Look We Love: Black Heels Everywhere in Paris

    by Kirsten Chilstrom

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    Sneakers at Chanel, futuristic heels at Dior, strappy boots at Isabel Marant: There are a lot of shoe trends to look forward to when fall 2014 finally comes around. But for now, the shoe of the moment is a simple heel. At Nicolas Guesquiere's debut collection for Louis Vuitton this morning, some of the most stylish women in the world wore classic black pumps.


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    Clockwise from left to right are Giovanna Battaglia, Helene Fillieres, Gemma Arterton, Adele Exarchopoulos, Catherine Deneuve, Golshifteh Farahani, Kou Shibasaki, Haley Bennett, Princess Charlene of Monaco, Chiara Mastroianni, and Joana Preiss. A little lesson in how the right pair of shoes can make anyone look perfectly on point.

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  • Here's Who the Beauty Elite Follow on Instagram

    by Jenna Rosenstein

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    With over 36 million pictures tagged #beauty on Instagram, it should come as no surprise that the industry's top makeup artists, manicurists, and hairstylists are among the most-followed personalities on the social networking site. They even follow one another! Since there's no better view of the world of fashion and beauty than through their lens, we decided to ask the stars of the industry who they follow--and why.

    Hairstylist Sam McKnight (@SamMcKnight1) follows makeup artist Tom Pecheux:
    "I love Tom's Instagram because of his humorous, eclectic, and oh-so-very chic pics. Always a surprise and a wink," says McKnight.

    Tom Pecheux (@TomPecheux) follows hairstylist James Pecis:
    "I like the fact that James shows his work, life, and humor. There is a clearness about him that reflects in the images he posts. He is open-minded and posts images that capture his attention. It is always spontaneous," says Pecheux.

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  • Add Four Inches to Your Ponytail--And Not with Extensions

    by Catherine Q. O'Neill

    David CookDavid Cook
    I was out to dinner with my boyfriend's family when his sister-in-law showed up wearing a ponytail about four inches longer than her normal hair length. I politely grabbed her by the tail and demanded to know what kind of extensions she was wearing--but she lifted up her hair to reveal another ponytail hidden at the nape of her neck. "It's my little secret," she said. Not anymore: Here's why you need to steal this trick pronto.


    Strikingly similar to the triple tail in Allure Hair: The Ultimate How-To Hair Guide (out now), this double tail is perfect for anyone looking to add length or body to their ponytail. And it's so, so easy!

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    Step 1: Divide your hair horizontally and section it into two parts: One is all the hair above your ears and the other is all the hair below. Gather the bottom section into a small ponytail at the nape. Just make sure that your top section is bigger than

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  • Backstage Beauty Report: A Lesson in Fake Lashes

    by Sophia Panych

    Allure StaffAllure Staff

    Lots of lashes is definitely a thing in Europe this season. We saw full fringe at multiple shows in Milan and now, only a day into Paris fashion week, we've seen it again, this time at Rochas. "I love the look of no mascara because it shows off the shape of your eye, but when you emphasize your eyelashes, you just look prettier," says makeup artist Lucia Pieroni, who created the look for the show. "Mascara helps open up your eyes. It can be doll-like in a nice, cool way." That's great and all, but we all know how frustrating it can be to try and put faux lashes on yourself. Anyone who's tried it knows it can involve globs of glue and painful jabs to the eye. So I took this opportunity to get Pieroni's best fake-lash tips. Try singles. "For women, I think individual fake lashes are the easiest way to create a subtler look," says Peroni. If you do wear strips, Pieroni recommends staying away from anything too big, too long, or too winged. "Otherwise it becomes a bit Read More »from Backstage Beauty Report: A Lesson in Fake Lashes
  • Real Housewife Carole Radziwill on 'The Widow's Guide to Sex and Dating'

    by Alexandra Owens

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    The Real Housewives of New York
    isn't back until March 11 (hurry up, already), but lucky for us, cast member Carole Radziwill's first novel, The Widow's Guide to Sex and Dating (Henry Holt), is on shelves now. For our February issue, I spoke with her about the inspiration behind the book, how to find the right guy, and losing her widow virginity.


    How did you decide to write a novel? It came out of a conversation I was having with a girlfriend of mine, Christiane [Amanpour]. I was sharing some dating stories and laughing about how painful but curious it was to date again after being with my husband for ten years. She suggested that I keep a journal, and I thought it would make a funny book. She even came up with the title.

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    What was the hardest part of getting back out there? Losing my widow virginity--I sound like an 18-year-old! Because of the grief process, you just want to get it over

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  • Olympian Gracie Gold on Red Lipstick and Ice-Proof Makeup

    by Kirsten Chilstrom

    Courtesy of P&GCourtesy of P&GGracie Gold is everything I imagined an Olympic figure skater to be: precise and on point (lots of training), upbeat and optimistic (how else to survive all that relentless competition), and obsessed with beauty (did you not see her red lipstick?). I spoke to the 18-year-old Sochi veteran--and CoverGirl spokesperson--about her favorite products and where she looks for inspiration. Her biggest beauty lesson? "Always wear a smile because you never know who is watching." Spoken like a pro.

    Beauty inspiration: "Grace Kelly is my main inspiration, for her timeless beauty. I like Jennifer Lawrence for her fun, down-to-earth style, and Taylor Swift is always elegant. On the ice, I go for a simple, elegant--always one color, nothing extreme. When I'm at home, I am much more expressive and quirky."

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