Allure May 2019

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.

United States
Conde Nast US
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R 102
R 340,39
11 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
sweet dreams (are made of this)

A few weeks ago, a noise startled me awake shortly before midnight—maybe a lead-footed cat jumping off the kitchen counter or a tree branch brushing the rooftop. My eyes popped open; my heart raced. I tried to get back to sleep. I lay there for 30 minutes. Then one hour. Thinking about sleep turned to overthinking: At what point should I give up and accept that this isn’t going to happen? And still I tried. Four more hours passed. Instead of drifting off into sweet slumber, I was dragging sheep over fences trying to knock myself out by sheer will. Sleeplessness has visited me a handful of times throughout my life, usually on nights of elevated stress: the evening before a major presentation in college and, more recently, the night before…

1 min.
must-see clips

First there was the hairpin, popular among Egyptians and designed with symbolic motifs, revived in the early 2000s with hairstylist Odile Gilbert’s line of U-shaped clips. Then the scrunchie made a comeback, with an impressive 2019 Oscars outing on Jason Momoa. Now the barrette’s time has come (again), but with a crucial update: One is no longer enough. Roughly 7 to 50 will do, stacked, like rungs on a ladder, along your hairline (like blogger Brittany Xavier’s, above) or clipped throughout a cascade of loose hair. Either way, we’ll say this: It bodes well for tiaras in 2020.…

1 min.
product review

Olay Sensitive Calming Liquid Cleanser with Hungarian Water Essence I’ve been a beauty editor for 12 years, and my skin still wigs out at times. (It gets blotchy in places, flaky in others.) So during a recent bad patch, I tried this creamy, aloe-infused cleanser. (“Sensitive” and “calming” jumped out at me.) After a few days, my face was smoother, less dry, bordering on radiant. If you have eczema or rosacea, however, dermatologists recommend fragrance-free washes (this one smells delightfully like cucumber). CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: CAMPBELL ADDY; JOSEPHINE SCHIELE; COURTESY OF BRANDS (3)…

1 min.
a marked woman?

Botox can help smooth more than wrinkles: A recently published review in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology found that injections of BoNT-A, a protein found in neurotoxins like Botox and Xeomin, can soften and flatten raised scars after six months to a year of injections. “Neurotoxins are being used to relax muscles at the site of surgical scars to help them heal better,” says Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. “The less motion there is, the smaller the scar should be.” For this reason, one initial injection should be given as soon as possible, Zeichner says, with follow-ups every three to five months if needed.…

1 min.
weighted blankets

Every night, I flail wildly in my sleep, doing a cardio workout when I should be resting my bones. But with a 20-pound Rocabi blanket, which is fleecily fuzzy, I fall asleep faster than I ever have in my life, and I don’t realize it until nine hours later when it’s morning and I’m late for work. Though research on the effects of weighted blankets is still preliminary, early findings suggest that they could increase your body’s serotonin levels, which helps you snooze more soundly. Most companies suggest picking a coverlet that weighs about 10 percent of your body weight, though I hear rave reviews of 20-pound blankets from friends of all sizes. So sleep tight. And good luck getting up.…

1 min.
oil rich

I have Einstein-like morning bed head—my heavily processed, bleached hair sticks out in all directions. A dime-size amount of Moroccanoil Treatment Original makes it look smooth and healthy-ish without flattening it. On damp hair, it speeds up blowout time; on dry hair, it adds shine. Moroccanoil Treatment Original will be available, along with five other products, in next month’s Allure Beauty Box ($10 for the first month, then $15; beautybox.allure.com). CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: COURTESY OF BRAND; RANDALL BACHNER/BLAUBLUT EDITION; JOSEPHINE SCHIELE (3)…