Allure Daily Beauty Reporter: Do You Suffer for Beauty?

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When French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir said, “The pain passes, but the beauty remains,” I’m pretty sure he wasn’t talking about bikini waxes. But Allure’s staff occasionally seems to share the painter’s results-focused philosophy when it comes to treatments—myself included.

For the past month, I’ve been using Latisse, the prescription eyelash-growth serum. My sensitive eyes—which stream like Niagara Falls in the wind and get Sahara-dry in heat—have been itching like crazy after I carefully paint it on at night. But although it’s hard to stop myself from clawing at my lids, I willingly suffer through the discomfort. The prospect of longer lashes outweighs the agony.

Here are some of my fellow Allure editors’ “no pain, no gain” tales:

“I have the most sensitive teeth ever, but I am obsessed with keeping them white. Whitening kits hurt so much, but I’ll still do one every couple months. In between, I’ve been using Arm and Hammer whitening toothpaste which actually brightens without the burn.”—Catherine O’Neill, editorial assistant

“I love to put my hair up in a high bun at night to get volume and waves in the morning, and sometimes the pins will stab my scalp when I shift in my sleep. Usually I’ll wake up enough to pull them out, but sometimes you’re so tired you just deal with it.”—Sophia Panych, associate editor

“I like getting my nails buffed—I think it looks subtle and pretty and lasts so much longer than polish. But my fingers always feel a little bruised the day after. It actually makes typing somewhat painful.” —Elizabeth Angell, articles editor

What about you? What do you suffer through, in the name of beauty?

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Get This: Nanao candles, or a Sun jar?

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Ready to light up a hand-rolled, all-natural substance? No, not that kind – so take down the black-light poster and step away from that vintage copy of The Dark Side of the Moon. Instead, try these Nanao candles ($35) to create some much-needed Zen vibes (without inducing a case of the munchies). Crafted by the same family for more than a century, these traditional Japanese candles have wicks of hand-rolled paper and papyrus reed, and their wax is made from the seeds of the lacquer tree. Their striking sculptural forms have hollow centers, which make for big flickering flames that are perfect for lighting up summer nights. So score a set at Lekker (1317 Washington Street, Boston, 617.542.6464) and blaze away – and don’t be surprised if you wind up saying sayonara to Western wax.


But perhaps you prefer lighting that’s a little less 19th century, a tad more 21st? (Or maybe you just don’t trust your crew around an open flame?) For a modern take on a natural glow, look no further than the Sun Jar ($40), designed by the late Tobias Wong. Available at Joie de Vivre (1792 Mass Ave, Cambridge, 617.864.8188), this lamp contains solar-powered LEDs that will light up the night for up to five hours at a time. Just leave the frosted Mason jar in a sunny spot to soak up some rays, and then use its warm glow wherever you’d like a small dose of sunshine – a hidden sensor tells the lamp to glow when it’s in a dark space. It’s watertight, too, so you can leave it on the patio all season long. Talk about a bright idea.

Allure Daily Beauty Reporter: If We’re So Confident, Why Do We Still Want Plastic Surgery?

Read my blog post for Allure‘s Daily Beauty Reporter here.

In the midst of this sweltering heat wave, clothes are getting tinier—and that’s apparently good news for American women.

Mamma Mio Skincare recently revealed the results of their “Summer Confidence” survey, a body image poll of 8,000 women from the U.S. and the U.K.. And, according to their results, American women are a tad more confident about their bodies than their British counterparts. Thirty percent of American women said they loved their boobs, compared with 20 percent of British women. It turns out, we are also pretty fond of our backsides, pulling in another 30 percent, while 20 percent of British women “love” their butt. Thirty percent of us also feel confident strutting around in a bikini, but only 12 percent of U.K. respondents say the same. And when it comes to overall body image, a brazen 15 percent of American women said, “I was made to be naked,” versus 10 percent of Brits that felt the same way.

But it may not be all good for us Yanks—10 percent of Americans polled said they “need a boob job,” compared to only 5 percent of Brits. (This finding reminded me of a stat from Allure‘s own American Beauty Survey, in which women listed their butt and breasts among the top five physical attributes they’d like to alter.)

So, let me get this straight—we love our boobs and we love our butts, but we still want plastic surgery?

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Allure Daily Beauty Reporter: What Beauty Rules Do You Ignore?

Read my blog post for Allure‘s Daily Beauty Reporter here.

From leaving hair dye on past the recommended time to going out without sunscreen on—we’re all guilty of breaking a few beauty rules once in a while.

I admit, I break one of the Ten Commandments of Skin Care on a nightly basis. Instead of patting on eye cream with a tender tap, tap, tap, I briskly swipe on my Clinique All About Eyes cream like a windshield wiper. I know my touch is too hard, and that tugging at my skin is not going to do me any favors over time, but I don’t have the patience to add an extra 30 seconds to my already extensive nighttime routine.

It turns out even the most senior beauty buffs at Allure can confess to some rule-breaking behavior. Here, a sampling of their crimes:

“I don’t take my makeup off before bed when I sleepover with a guy—whoops.” —Heather Muir, beauty news editor

“Every time a manicurist ask whether I want my cuticles cut or pushed back, I say pushed back—but then get bullied later as they notice big pieces they just can’t resist snipping off with cuticle nippers.” —Amy Keller Laird, deputy editor/beauty director

“I brushing my hair when it’s wet. I know it’s bad and causes breakage, but I always spritz Sally Hershberger Hyper Hydration spray in my hair beforehand, to cut tangles. In my mind it’s making it okay.“ —Sophia Panych, associate editor

“My mother always told me to never, under any circumstance, squeeze a pimple or a blackhead on my own. I can’t stand to look at one for a second before I insist on getting rid of it. I guess a scar will make me learn the hard way one day, but until then…” —Jillian Ruffo, editorial intern

“I know that you’re not supposed to focus on more than one feature at a time—but I’ve worn smoky eye makeup with bold lipstick before. I toned it down by wearing a dark bronze smoky eye instead of black. If the makeup looks good, I say who cares about rules?” —Catherine O’Neill, editorial assistant

Here’s you chance to come clean—what beauty rules do you ignore?

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