The Sephora Glossy: The DJs of Ardency Inn’s “The Sound of New York”

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Meet the disc-spinners behind New York’s hottest turntables and the women who inspired four blaringly gorgeous ARDENCY INN lip colors.

New York is the city that never sleeps—undoubtedly because the music is just too good to turn off. With that in mind, sonic-centric makeup brand ARDENCY INN introduces “The Sound of New York,” a cacophonous collaboration with four of the city’s most-requested DJs. “Downtown New York is ARDENCY INN’s birthplace and the visual backdrop of every photoshoot we’ve done,” says co-founder Stephane Siboni. Co-founder Gilles Kortzagadarian adds, “We feel [these DJs] collectively represent the sound of the city right now. Individually, they inspired us to create MODSTER Lip Vinyl in four uniquely bold shades.”

The chosen muses all paint on distinct personas for the campaign—gothicly glam Audrey Napoleon, boho wild child Brooklyn Dawn, effortlessly edgy Becka Diamond, and modern bombshell Valissa Yoe—grounded with one versatile lip formula. Whichever shade you chose, this non-sticky, long-wear liquid lipstick is loaded with intense pigments, reflecting a patent-leather shine that’s just as glossy as the ladies’ jet-setting lifestyles. So, swipe on the Lip Vinyl of your choice, and rock out to an exclusive 30-minute music mix created by each muse available now on Here, we check out each DJ’s one-of-a-kind color, pair it with some of our favorite NYC noises, and offer up chart-topping new ways to remix the look. RENEE TRILIVAS

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Allure Daily Beauty Reporter: Rashida Jones on Frizz, Fragrance, and Fozzie (Yes, the Muppet)

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You may have barely recognized Rashida Jones under that wild pouf of kinks in the new Dove “Make Friends With Your Hair” video. But we all know her for bringing on the laughs week after week in Parks and Recreation.We chatted with the actress about her quirky beauty routine, from her lip gloss hoarding to her wish for a Dirt Devil-esque eye-makeup remover.

What beauty products will you not leave the house without?
“I love the Jurlique Rosewater [Balancing Mist]. I’ll even put that on in the middle of the day to refresh my skin. For makeup, I have a lip gloss problem. I had a competition the other night where my friend and I pulled out all the lip glosses and lip balms in our bags—I had an astonishing seven.”

What’s your beauty routine like on your day off?
“It’s pretty sparse. There might be some face washing, there’s sunblock—there’s always sunblock and moisturizer. I like the Josie Maran SPF 40. I’ve been using this face wash by Fix Malibu—it’s delicious! For moisturizer, I switch back and forth from Jurlique to Dr. Hauschka. I’ll always wear a little blush, lip gloss, and maybe a tiny bit of mascara. I like Sue Devitt’s creamy, bright pink blush or Tarte’s Cheek Stain in Flush.”

What’s the least favorite part of your beauty routine?
“I really don’t like taking off eye makeup. It’s so hard—you just have to rub and rub and rub! It just sticks underneath my eyes. Givenchy’s 2 Clean to Be True eye-makeup remover is amazing. It really gets off all that eye makeup. I wish there was a vacuum, like a Dirt Devil, that just took off all your makeup.”

You’re known for your beautiful eyes. What do you when you want to play them up?
“I’ve been feeling a lot of eyeliner recently. If I want to get really dramatic, I’ll take Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil and line the inside of my eyes on the top and bottom. Then, I’ll go really buck wild and take a liquid liner and put a really thin line on my lashes, winging it out a tiny bit.”

What are some of the best beauty tricks you’ve learned from the pros?
“Recently, I’ve learned to not really use foundation. I use a little bit of cover-up where I need it and then a bronzer. It’s nice that it doesn’t cover up my whole face. Mark Townsend also taught me to not overwork my hair. He lets my hair be a version of what it wants to be—to have its natural wave—instead of blowing it out.”

What was the first perfume you ever bought and how has your taste changed since then?
“The big one for me was Quelques Fleurs. Then I was all about Chanel No. 19. I would go between Chanel No. 19 and Chanel Cristal. Then I was obsessed with Angel [by Thierry Mugler] in college, and that’s when I felt, like, sexy. Now I like things that don’t smell like perfume. I wear this scent called Midnight Orchid by Susanne Lang; it’s vanilla and flowery. It’s very fresh, clean, and everyday. I also wear Serge Lutens Féminité du Bois for night, it has a little bit of mystery and musk.”

What nail colors are you looking forward to for fall?
“I was told that there’s a Muppets line coming out [by OPI]. I don’t know anything about it—and I’m in the Muppets movie! But that will definitely, definitely be explored. My favorite Muppet was Fozzie for a long time, but Kermit and I got really close.”

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Allure Daily Beauty Reporter: Just How Bad Is Bad Hair on Guys?

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There are some Hollywood hotties who, no matter what they wear, still make girls and women alike squeal with excitement. But what is one of said hotties did something truly disastrous with his hair?

While filming his new movie The Place Beyond the Pines, the usually dapper Ryan Gosling was last week seen sporting a white-blonde quasi-pompadour in place of his usual tousled, dirty-blonde locks. The 30-year-old leading man also swapped out his stylish suits in exchange for a gray muscle tee, skull-emblazoned pants, and combat boots. We can get over the ’90s biker wardrobe, but that dated boy-band hairstyle’s another story. Could such an extreme transformation like this make swoon-inducing Gosling—gasp—unattractive?

Gosling has switched up his ‘do and facial hair for past roles, from shaggy and scruffy to buzzed and clean-shaven, and I personally don’t mind watching him pensively run his fingers through his hair—whatever hue or length. It should also be noted that the last time we saw this look was on Brad Pitt circa 2005, and he ended up scoring tinsel-town’s sexist woman, Angelina Jolie. But when I showed his peroxided locks to other people around the Allure office, I must admit I heard more “ughs” than sighs.

What do you think—can bad hair be a dealbreaker, or does Gosling still make you go weak at the knees? How important is a man’s hair to his overall attractiveness?
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Penn Badgley to Play Jeff Buckley

Jeff Buckley

Penn Badgley, best known as Dan Humprey on the CW’s Gossip Girl, will play late singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley in an upcoming biopic. The film entitled Greetings from Tim Buckley will begin shooting in August under director Dan Algrant. Robert Pattinson, who has also expressed interest in the role, may still get his chance to play the troubador–another film is in the works with the Buckley family behind the scenes is set to begin prep in September. Who do you think should play the late-great Jeff Buckley? Whoever is it, they better get to researching! Check out this “study guide” of Buckley’s 1994 version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” below.

The Moral Conflict of Romanticizing the Legend of Ned Kelly

“Ned Kelly is one badass motherfucker,” one of my peers said, walking out the Old Melbourne Gaol where the Australian outlaw spent his last days before his execution on November 11th 1880. Prior to relocating to Australia, I never heard of Ned Kelly, yet once I heard his story I found myself eagerly hoisting the fiberglass replica of his iron armor over my head, peering out of the rectangular slit, slinging my hands in the air mimicking the shape of revolvers.
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Hilken Mancini of Girls Rock Camp

Hilken Mancini is up on stage at Cambridge’s T.T. the Bear’s. Her pale spider monkey arms linked to lissome fingers that scrupulously strum a glossy, cherry-red guitar. She seldom takes her wide, green eyes off the guitar’s neck to emerge from under a curtain of blonde fringe. She belts out a cover of the Go-Betweens’ “Rock and Roll Friend” with fellow ‘90s rocker Mary Lou Lord before rocking out on guitar and later thumping on drums, stomping her caramel-colored boots all over the stage with her all-female band, Shepherdess.

But Mancini does more than put on a good show. Last year she co-founded the Jamaica Plain-based Girls Rock Camp, a non-profit organization that teaches girls aged eight to 16 to form a rock band, write an original song, and perform it live at T.T. the Bear’s—all in a single week. “If I were to pick up a trombone right now, I’d probably be really bad at it. You don’t have to be destroyed because you failed the first time you tried something new.” But this concept is foreign to the campers. “It’s insane to them,” Mancini says. “I’m gonna have to learn how to play an instrument?” she says, mimicking the voice of a teenage girl. “And then I’m gonna be in a band? And then I’m gonna write a song? And then I’m gonna get onstage in front of my parents, and my grandparents, and my best friends?”

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