Blog Posts by Allure Daily Beauty Reporter

  • Your Ultimate Bob (or Lob) Product Kit

    by Sophia Panych

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    We've seen so many bobs and lobs lately that ideas meetings at Allure have started sounding like an Arrested Development episode (Bob Loblaw's Law Blog anyone?). Anyway, it's the short cut that started with models Daria Werbowy and Karlie Kloss, spread to celebrity after celebrity (Beyoncé, Julianne Hough, Jennifer Aniston), and most recently can be seen on model Hilary Rhoda (above; her cut is courtesy of New York City salon Ion Studio)...and me. Yes, I, too, recently jumped on the bob-lob bandwagon and have spent every day since learning the ins and outs of styling my shorter hair. After three weeks, I think I've put together the ultimate bob-lob product kit for anyone who's made, or is thinking about making, the chop.

    Styling cream. Whether your hair is fine or thick, a lightweight styling cream will help your cropped cut hold its effortlessly cool shape--whether you blow-dry or air-dry. Just run a dime-size drop through the ends of your hair when it's still

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  • Snowed In? Cozy Up with Hot Chocolate

    by Elizabeth Siegel

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    If that delicious-looking picture doesn't have you craving hot chocolate, then congratulations on having the best willpower in the world...and we'll tempt you with this instead--drinking cocoa (and eating dark chocolate) just may boost brain power. If chocolate isn't your thing, weirdo, new research also suggests red wine and (if you're really healthy) green tea may help ward off Alzheimer's. Here's the scoop:

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    Cozy up with hot cocoa (yes!). Even at low concentrations, the flavanols in cocoa promote blood flow to the brain, according to a Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter. Recently, the flavanols have even been shown to improve cognitive performance among adults with early dementia, according to research from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Now, if only someone would discover that whipped cream made you lose weight.

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  • Miranda Kerr on Fashion, Motherhood, and Yorkies

    by Lexi Novak

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    Just in case you were wondering: Yes, Miranda Kerr is as superhumanly gorgeous and cheerfully likeable in person as she seems. And yes, her Australian accent is awesome. I sat down with the model-mom-entrepreneur extraordinaire at New York City's Bowery Hotel to talk about fashion, beauty, and her role as the new face of ShopStyle.

    How have you carved out your own personal style since working in the fashion industry?
    "I like to keep it classic with well-tailored pieces. I love white on white. I love the floral trend. And metallics add a little flash of fun. That's the thing about fashion--it's a way to express yourself and be creative. No rules. Just have fun!"

    Tell me about your role as a spokeswoman for ShopStyle.
    "I had already been using the website. It's so convenient, especially for someone like me who's so busy. You can select exactly what you want and what price point. And the emails give you little alerts, which I really like."

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  • The Most Regrettable Makeup Mistakes…And How to Fix Them

    by Cara Brook

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    Whenever some new drastic trend comes along, I have to wonder, are we going to regret this one later? Are we going to cringe when we see our ombre hair in photos? Are we going to be wishing be didn't go so bold with our lip colors? But in the end, I can't see the future, so I don't know which ones we will regret later on because I think they all look great now!

    The problem is...I'm pretty sure everyone thought these were great at the time as well:

    - Unblended brown lip liner (as shown above)
    When I see photos of this, I just want to reach into 1991 and blend!!!! I think I know where they were going with it, a little lip contouring perhaps? Which can be done well, as long as you use a fleshy tone lip liner and blend until the line disappears. That's the way to do it so it looks natural, and I don't think natural can go out of style.

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    - Contouring with bright pink blush
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  • Hair Ideas: How to Make This Braided Ponytail into a Perfect Date Look

    by Catherine Q. O'Neill

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    Last summer, I learned so much about soooo many hairstyles that Adir Abergel gave me an honorary hairstylist's license. The reason? I was interviewing him (and others) while writing about (and testing!) all the looks in our new special issue, Allure Hair: The Ultimate Hair How-To Guide. And out of those 41 looks, there was one that really took me by surprise (above). At first, I thought this braided ponytail wasn't necessarily my style, a little too cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs--but it actually became my favorite of the issue. I loved it so much, I even invented a spin-off.

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    So the original recipe calls for these steps:
    - Part your hair down the center and section off all the hair that's two inches from your hairline, ear to ear.
    - Gather the rest of the hair in a ponytail at the nape of the neck.
    - Separate the front section of hair into four equal parts and braid them all toward the back of the head.
    - Pin the top

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  • Hot Rollers: Not Just for Grannies

    by Catherine Q. O'Neill

    I hadn't used hot rollers in over a decade when I found a set under my mom's bathroom sink. Did they look retro? Yes. But did they create the sleek, glamorous waves I was desperate for (since I'd left my curling iron at home)? Also yes. And I'm not the only one who's hooked: "Hot rollers are one of my favorite tools," says hairstylist Mark Townsend, whose eureka moment came when he broke a finger and couldn't wield a round brush. Here, four versions we love for creating lush, beautiful bends.

    InfinitiPro by Conair Instant Heat 20 Ceramic Flocked Rollers
    These are the ones I almost stole from Mom. For gorgeous waves, try this trick from Townsend: Hold the roller at the scalp and point it at the ceiling (so it's vertical, rather than parallel to the floor), then wrap a section of hair around it, instead of twirling up from ends to roots. Alternate directions as you move around the head.

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  • A Surprising Way to Treat Chapped Lips

    by Elizabeth Siegel

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    Here's something really surprising that I learned recently: "Eating a lot of citrus fruits in the winter can make it harder to heal chapped lips, because juice from oranges and grapefruits irritates them," says Jeanette Graf, a dermatologist in Great Neck, New York. "The same goes for certain toothpastes." Use a lip balm right after you brush your teeth or eat an orange, and your lips won't become as dry. And then there are two more things you should know about treating chapped lips, including the fastest way to rehab them:

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    Soothe chronically chapped lips, fast. "The quickest way to fix them is by dabbing on an over-the counter hydrocortisone cream before bed, and then smoothing on Aquaphor the next morning," says Graf. "Keep using the Aquaphor morning and night until your lips are back to normal."

    Pick the right lip balm for everyday. One that's creamy or viscous penetrates and heals the cracks in your lips better

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  • Do You Have Acne…In Your Ears?

    by Sophia Panych

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    The other day I got a facial with a fancy aesthetician. It started out like any other: relaxing massaging, gentle scrubbing, a bit of steam before the extractions. Then, all of sudden, my aesthetician said with a little disgust, "Have you always had so many blackheads in your ears?" What? Wait! In my ears? I'd never heard of such a thing. But there I was, having someone scraping the insides of my ears with a diamond-tip microdermabrasion wand. How long had they been there? Could people see them? What caused them? It's the earbuds; it has to be those filthy earbuds!

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    Well, although this is a gross beauty issue, it's not exactly a rare one. A quick Google search (which I reeeeally don't recommending doing) brings about thousands of results on how to get rid of them, including lots of popping videos that are the equivalent of zit popper's porn. Also, none of the dermatologists I talked to seemed all that fazed by my problem.

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  • Think You Slept Well? Then You Did!

    by Jenny Bailly

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    I have sleep deprivation on the brain these days. So I was thrilled by this news: Simply believing you're well-rested is enough to make you feel that way. That's right--you can get placebo sleep.

    In a Colorado College study, just published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, participants were hooked up to a machine that measures brain-wave frequency and told that it could assess their sleep quality from the previous night. (It could do no such thing.) The group that was informed their sleep had been above average performed significantly better on a subsequent test than the group that was told their sleep was subpar.

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    The takeaway? Clearly, we all need to stop whining--or bragging, or both--about how exhausted we are. Instead, let's start one-upping each other with tales of how wonderfully we slept, how sweetly we dreamed, how utterly refreshed we feel. Productivity levels may just skyrocket (as latte bills plummet).

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  • 6 Pretty, Sheer Pink Blushes

    Pink! Bows! Hearts! Flowers! The new crop of blushes might look like cute overload in the package, but on your cheeks, they're subtle and sophisticated.
    by Alexandra Tunell

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    This peachy pink blush has a hint of gold running through it, "which softens the punch," says makeup artist Susie Sobol.
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    We love the heart-shaped macaroon box this blush comes in almost as much as the pretty, natural-looking flush we get from blending all three shimmery shades together.
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    No fingers, brush, or sponge required--just dab Guerlain's blush straight from the tub onto the apples of your cheeks. Bonus: It smells just like bubble gum.

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    The blush's floral pattern is more than just a cheery design; the two shades warm up skin for a fresh, healthy glow.
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    Dior's apricot blush flatters

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