The slim stiletto tube that houses Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick in My Icon Is sums up the blue-based red inside: cool, slinky, and proudly sexy.
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It’s been 10 years since Chloé eau de parfum first created a stir in the shared world of fashion and fragrance. Clean and powdery, the scent transforms the rose at its core into a tailored object, giving it the flounce of a sleeve, the structure of a blouse.
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Nicki Minaj has built her entire career on the idea of being strong and empowered, and taking absolutely no B.S. from anyone — especially not from any men. This week, she shared a few previews from her upcoming documentary Queen on Instagram, saying in them how her take-no-prisoners attitude stemmed from witnessing domestic violence in her childhood home and how it felt when she suddenly found herself in a similar situation.
“I remember when my mother would let my father be violent with her, and she always brings up the story [that] as a little girl, I would stand in front of my mother and go like this,” an emotional Minaj says in one clip, holding her arms out wide in a protective stance. “That’s why maybe some people would describe me as abrasive or b*tchy or whatever, because I vowed from that age, no man would ever abuse me, call me out my name, treat me like that. And then all of a sudden, that was my life,” she continues, adding that everything she’d vowed would never happen seemed to happen.
Though Minaj doesn’t share any further details about the situation, she speaks about its aftermath in a second clip, discussing how difficult it was to start working on her latest album. “Who was I gonna inspire when I had nothing in me to give? Like, I let one human being make me so low that, like, I didn’t even remember who I was,” she says. “I was scared to get in the studio. Like, I didn’t believe in myself.” Fortunately, after relocating to Miami, “I started catching a vibe.” And when another vibe sent her to New York, everything that would later become Queen began to flow. “It started being incredible,” she said.
October is here and so is flu season. Is it too late to get your flu shot? Doctors say no — and advise getting one as soon as possible, especially since last year was one of the deadliest flu seasons in history.
Darria Long Gillespie, a clinical assistant professor at the University of Tennessee School of Medicine and author of the upcoming book Mom Hacks, says of the 2018 to 2019 season, “It seems it will be slightly milder than last year, but again, there is still time for the flu virus to evolve and change so we can always make estimations for what it’s going to be like, but I never would rely on them.”
As the air gets cooler and progressively drier, your scalp is going to need some extra care. If dryness is your issue, Living Proof’s latest is coming to the rescue. This scalp treatment promises lasting hydration thanks to the hyaluronic acid in the formula, which forms a microscopic “patch” over your scalp that not only adds moisture instantly, but keeps your hair hydrated throughout the day with time-releasing technology. The treatment officially launches everywhere in February 2019, but the product is so good that Sephora is selling lab samples of the stuff this month.
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Keep those grays looking gorgeous with the newest addition to Redken’s extensive selection of hair-care products. Think of this as a purple shampoo for gray hair. It lets silvery strands sparkle by neutralizing any yellow and orange undertones left in gray hair once the natural pigment is gone, and it keeps the texture soft.
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Prepare yourself for poppin’ curly styles this month. Part of The Mane Choice’s new line — which is focused on Afro styling — includes this buttery twisting gel. The black charcoal and cumin packed into the product work to nip toxins in the bud. Of course they promise a soft, defined, and moisturized crown after all is said and done.
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After much customer feedback, Herbivore Botanicals made the decision to reformulate its jade roller. Now, the tool, made of aventurine jade (which is thought to attract luck and opportunity), is more durable than ever. To use, apply a few drops of facial oil to just-cleansed skin. Then, start rolling onto skin in upward motions to de-puff and de-stress.
With injectables on the rise — over 7 million people got Botox last year and nearly 3 million got fillers, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons— it’s no wonder the beauty world is so obsessed with bottling up the results for your skin-care routine. The Minus Serum, from Korean beauty brand Private Doctor, promises to do just that.
I’ll admit it: I have a real love-hate relationship with cleansing brushes. After years of religious Clarisonic-ing — which, while perfectly fine for some people, ended up doing more harm than good to my acne-prone skin — I quit cold turkey, and hadn’t looked back since. That is, until my editor challenged me to try out the latest launch from cleansing brush purveyor Foreo, the Luna Fofo.
While the name may sound more like an iconic Flight of the Conchords momentthan a nifty skin-care device, there’s nothing silly about the Fofo. In fact, it’s just about the smartest cleansing brush I’ve ever tried. Unlike the regular Luna, and all of its numerous offshoots, Fofo creates a customized cleansing routine for your skin instead of a one-size-fits-all automatic regimen and is touted as a “smart beauty coach” on the packaging.
Of all the tips and tricks Allure editors have amassed over the years from makeup artists, one of the most useful is to invest in multiples of your base products. Why? Because when it comes to foundation and concealer, it can be helpful to have several on hand for different situations and concerns. Take foundation for instance: Pros say you should have two in your collection so you can create custom shades when your skin color changes during seasons and so that you can shade and illuminate without whipping out your contour and highlighter stick.