The Best Men’s Grooming Holiday Gifts for $50 and Under

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If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, what the heck do we buy for the boys? From handsome shaving sets to booze-scented soaps, we’ve picked seven dude-approved presents for every man in your life (even your fragrance-phobic boyfriend). Plus, you can create an online shopping bag and get your order shipped to you in two days or less!

Allure Daily Beauty Reporter: Would You Rock Brown Nail Polish?

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Model Brooklyn Decker recently bad-mouthed the shade when she posted a picture of her manicure on Twitter. She said, “I painted my nails the color of poo. ‘Brown dress’ is a nice euphemism for the color. Who told me this was cool again?”

Brown may never have the dramatic effect of inky black or the sex appeal of fire-engine red, but that’s no reason to call it names. (For the record, Decker is wearing Essie’s Little Brown Dress.) To prove it can be done, we searched the Allure beauty closet for pretty brown polishes that show that the color is neither boring nor icky.

Orly Nail Lacquer in Coffee Break. Ease into the controversial hue with this creamy light brown polish—it even won a 2011 Best of Beauty award for best nude. The high-gloss formula leaves nails looking clean and refined.

OPI Nail Lacquer in You Don’t Know Jacques! This edgy shade looks a bit grungy in the bottle, but the taupe-brown hue is surprisingly chic on short nails.

Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Long-Lasting Nail Lacquer in Rich Coffee. Coat nails in this deep chocolate shade for a shimmer-free neutral that’s less expected than beige.

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Allure Daily Beauty Reporter: Do People Think You’ve Had Plastic Surgery?

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This week, rumors swirled around the internet that Miley Cyrus had gotten breast implants. She quickly got up on her 21st-century soapbox and Tweeted, “Thank you for the compliment but these babies are all mine.” She’s certainly not the first celebrity to fend off questions about plastic surgery, but the mini-controversy got me wondering: Has anyone ever incorrectly thought that you’ve had cosmetic surgery?

While I don’t have much in common with the former Disney star, I have been accused of having breast implants. I was at a dinner party with a group of new (and nosy) friends and one guest speculated that my breasts were fake. I decided to go with it, saying something like, “Oh yes— got these for my 21st birthday. They were the best purchase I ever made!” One woman across the table, blind to my sarcasm, boasted that she loved her breast implants, as well. It was an awkward moment for everyone once I admitted that I was actually all natural.

I discussed this incident with a friend, and she confessed to a similar experience: She once had a boyfriend praise her on the “great work” of her plastic surgeon. Unlike Cyrus, she was insulted—not complimented.

What about you: If someone wrongly assumed that you had a few shots of Botox or even a major surgical enhancement, would you be flattered or offended?

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Allure Daily Beauty Reporter: What to Do if You Hate Your New Haircut

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After countless forgettable trims, I finally worked up the courage the to get an actual haircut this past weekend. I walked into my salon with long waves and walked out with choppy layers, wispy bangs, and tears welling up in my eyes. (I did manage to wait until my train ride home before letting the waterworks flow.) Rather than give in to the urge to shave my head like Britney circa 2007, I asked Ruben Colon, stylist at Sally Hershberger Downtownwhat to do when you hate your new cut.

Wait it out. Not sure if “hate” is too strong a word? You have more time than you think to let the salon know. Colon recommends clients wait at least a week or two to see if they like the cut—this gives you a chance to wash and style your hair on your own. “Clients usually go into shock, it takes that much time to settle down with the hair and see how it feels to live with it.”

Make the call. If you’re still sobbing or dropping F-bombs at the thought of your stylist, it’s probably best to wait until you’re feeling cool and collected before calling. If you’re a long-time client, Colon says phone the salon and speak directly to your stylist, calmly telling him that you’re not crazy about the cut. If it was your first visit or you just don’t feel comfortable with the stylist re-cutting your hair, Colon recommends speaking with the manager.

Assess the damage. When you return to the salon the stylist should take a good look at the cut to see what they can do to fix it. Colon says the two most common complaints are hair being too short or hair that’s uneven. If you’re concerned about the length, “wait six weeks for the hair to grow before getting a re-cut,” says Colon—adding that that next visit should be complimentary if they can’t fix it immediately. But if the cut is lopsided, the stylist should even it out that day at no extra charge.

Get it right this time. If all you can manage to articulate is “I just. Don’t. Like it,” Colon recommends bringing in a celeb picture that’s closer to what you had in mind. “The important thing is to let us know. We don’t want you to walk out of the salon feeling totally unhappy either,” says Colon.

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Allure Daily Beauty Reporter: Chanel Iman on Skincare, Spa Treatments, and… Mosquito Bites?

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Yesterday, Chanel Iman unveiled DKNY’s new over-the-top, Golden Delicious million-dollar fragrance bottle, encrusted with thousands of diamonds—but in person, the supermodel is extremely low key. I chatted with the supermodel about her simple secrets to great skin, her travel must-haves, and her 21st birthday party in Jamaica.

I heard you celebrated your birthday last week. How was your trip?
I actually just got back from Jamaica, so I now have mosquito bites on my face and jellyfish burns and all kinds of these Caribbean bites. Growing up in California, we always had this aloe vera tree in the backyard, so when I would come back from modeling in exotic places I’d always rub the aloe on my skin. I’m really into natural and organic products.

You have gorgeous skin, how do you keep it so clear and radiant?
I’m not really a product girl. I’m very basic. The only products I really use are my soap and moisturizer. I don’t get facials. The last time I got a facial was when I first started modeling when I was 15 or 16. It made my face completely break out.

How do you prepare for a photo shoot?
A good night’s sleep is always the best way to wake up and go to work. I go to set with clean hair and clean skin and I let the makeup artists do their job. When I get home, I always make sure that all of the makeup is off my face before I go to sleep. I use a little bit of Dermalogica cleanser to remove any extra makeup that the makeup remover may have missed, then go to sleep and wake up and do it all over again.

You travel so much as a model, what are your beauty must-haves while on the road?
I use Rosebud Salve on my lips, and I always travel with Rodin oil. You just put a drop in your hands or drop it in the bath and it makes your skin extra soft and glow-y. I travel everywhere with it and my Diptique candle. I like vanilla or lavender candles. It makes my hotel room feel homey.

What is your favorite spa treatment when it’s time to de-stress?
I like a good Swedish massage with hot rocks. I always ask the therapist for extra time on my feet because I’m in heels all day. And there’s something about them massaging my ears that really makes me relax!

You have an amazing body, what’s your workout routine like?

I have to gain weight, which is the complete opposite of most models. I have to lift a lot of weights to build muscle, which is really difficult. But I feel even sexier with a little meat on my bones. I’m really focused when I’m working out, so I don’t really listen to music. I like to listen to music after, because it’s like, “Yeah! I finished! Let’s party!”


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