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Allure October 2018

Allure, the first and only magazine devoted to beauty, is an insider's guide to a woman's total image. Allure investigates and celebrates beauty and fashion with objectivity and candor, and places appearance in a larger cultural context.

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United States
Conde Nast US
11 Issues

in this issue

5 min
the best splurges

body $185 | Shiseido Future Solution LX Replenishing Treatment Oil. This light elixir veils skin in moisture while speeding cell turnover. Use it on your face, rub it onto your scalp, slather it on your cuticles, or drizzle it in the bath to literally soak up the benefits. $240 | Louis Vuitton Le Jour Se Lève. We’ve lost count of all the fragrances we’ve tested over the years (it’s somewhere between 250 and infinity). But we’ll never forget the moment we first experienced this revelatory scent. Glowing with all the floral, shining aspects of mandarin, it’s an extravagant burst of sunlight. $195 | La Mer The Body Crème. Brimming with the marine algae that first put La Mer on the map, this omega-rich emulsion delivers all the sublime softness you’d expect from the…

1 min
pretty sleek, eh?

Oh, Canada, your goods are much appreciated—Justin Trudeau in office, Schitt’s Creek on Netflix, and maple syrup atop our pancakes…and our heads? I raked a marble-size amount of Garnier’s new Whole Blends Restoring Leave-in Conditioner Maple Remedy, a repairing formula (with maple extract to soften), through my just-washed hair and let it air-dry. Afterward, my color-treated ends looked bouncier, felt silkier, and smelled reassuringly warm and sugary. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: JESSICA KIM (@SHUTTHETOUCHUP/INSTAGRAM); JACOB SADRAK + CARROL CRUZ/THELICENSINGPROJECT.COM; SOFIA HONEKMAN (@SOFIEUH/INSTAGRAM)…

1 min
night moves

The party line on dry shampoos: They’re catnip for the lazy and snooze-button-addicted. But what if they became a mainstay of the self-care night owls? The ones who layer cream upon serum in hopes of a brighter morning? Kaia Naturals’ new formula is that dry shampoo—a powder meant to be worked into hair before you go to bed. But any dry shampoo can be used overnight, of course. “What makes this one unique is its active ingredient, tapioca starch,” says cosmetic chemist Ginger King. “It’s a finer, more luxurious alternative to cornstarch, the main ingredient in most dry shampoos.” (You can also find it in Herbal Essences Refresh Blue Ginger and Innersense Refresh.) You heard it here first: Dry shampoo is now a luxurious part of your wellness routine.…

1 min
that’s visionary

Acuvue Oasys With Transitions Light Intelligent Technology Prescription Lenses Meet the first-ever prescription contact lenses that can shield your eyes from UV damage by becoming tinted when exposed to sunlight (or harsh indoor lights). They’re like traditional soft lenses, only they slightly darken lighter eye colors (and leave a thin purple halo around the iris) in bright light. But you’ll have to keep tabs on your sunglasses for a few more months: The lenses are due by mid-2019. Bausch + Lomb Lumify Redness Relieving Eye Drops These mark the first time brimonidine tartrate has been available in over-the-counter eye drops. But doctors have been onto the stuff for years: Los Angeles dermatologist Jessica Wu has been using Alphagan, prescription glaucoma drops with 0.1% brimonidine, before on-camera appearances for a decade. “Alphagan…

9 min
the secret keepers

Following the now-canonical Fight Club model, the first rule of being a celebrity dermatologist is that you don’t talk about the celebrities you treat. (That is, until they talk about you on the record to the press—but more about that in a moment.) The second rule of being a celebrity dermatologist is that you owe any fame of your own to your very first celebrity patient, the one who discreetly whispered your name to her agent, and her trainer, and her costars on location, and in doing so set off the cascade of referrals that made your career the stuff of skin-care lines and TV appearances that it is today. For New York City dermatologist Patricia Wexler, that first A-list client was the result of pure serendipity. “I was seven months pregnant…

3 min
how to: multimask

If a mask should be on for 10 minutes, and you need two minutes more for application and rinsing, and you are given 30 such masks under the terms that you will test all of them and report back, it would take 360 minutes, or just over six hours, to thoughtfully appraise each one. Adjust this for a regular work schedule, and it would take about a week (assuming you have highly unsensitive skin). All I had was 30 untested masks and two days left before feedback was due. (I promise there are many responsible testers per category at Allure, not just one incompetent me.) So what do I do? Embrace multimasking: four masks at a time, painted in horizontal bars across my face like a sad Rothko painting. Something gunk-sucking…