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What would be the end of the year be without the ye olde tradition of list-making? Time to get down to business with my picks for the five best dressed women of 2011!

By Glamour Magazine Dec 19, 2011 11:54PM

Kate Middleton

by Tracey Lomrantz, Glamour Magazine

 

How can you talk about fashion in 2011 without mentioning Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, FKA Kate Middleton?

 

She redefined royal fashion, mixing high street finds with her signature ladylike style and helped make more demure hemlines and conservative sleeves look modern again.  And then, of course, there was that dress.

 

We polled the top nail polish companies to find out their bestsellers...

By Allure Magazine Dec 19, 2011 9:38PM
Most Popular Nail Polishes of 2011 By Catherine O'Neill, Allure magazine

Americans talked more with their hands than their lips in 2011—at least according to the NPD Group. The market research firm reported that nail sales increased by 59 percent among US consumers this year. So what exactly were you clamoring to get your hands (and toes) on this year? We polled polish companies to find out their bestsellers (pictured above, from left to right). 

Find out a new skin care line is focusing on geography over skin-tone...

By Allure Magazine Dec 7, 2011 10:11PM
Do Different Races Have Different Skin-Care Needs? // Condé Nast Digital StudioBy Kate Sullivan, Allure magazine

Bare Escentuals is launching a seven-product mineral skin-care line developed specifically for Asian skin—and it has more to do with geography than skin-tone: "The texture [of the mineral line] gives a smooth feeling without stickiness and thus is also comfortable for the highly humid climate specific to Asia," said Shiseido, their parent company, in a press release. The line will debut in Japan this March and will then be released in other Asian countries. 

Six fantastic bargains that have changed one beauty editor's hair for the better...

By Allure Magazine Dec 7, 2011 9:42PM
6 Amazing Drugstore Finds for Your Hair // Goody Simple Styles Spin PinBy Anne-Marie Guarnieri, Allure magazine

It seems that no matter how responsible I am with my hair—I protect my color from fading, limit heat styling, and get regular trims—I still manage to get chided for one thing: my choice of gel. Several schmancy hairstylists have scolded me for choosing a drugstore gel, insisting that only a salon brand could help tame my fine curls. 

Recently, we at Allure got our hands on a copy of Runway, Virgin Atlantic's new employee style and beauty guide...

By Allure Magazine Dec 7, 2011 9:36PM
Flight Attendant Beauty Rules // Courtesy of Virgin AtlanticBy Kate Sullivan, Allure magazine

Recently, we posted in Alluring Links that we would give a gift-wrapped high five to anyone who gave us a copy of Runway, Virgin Atlantic's new employee style and beauty guide. And yes, we got one!  

Will You Wear One?

By Glamour Magazine Nov 28, 2011 11:54PM

 

by Lauren Tardanico, Glamour Magazine

 

Last year, the winter classic otherwise known as fair-isle sweaters were all over the runways, and as a result, ended up being a cold-weather staple in all of our closets.

 

If you're anything like us, jeans comprise, oh, 90% of what you wear on a regular basis. But finding a perfect pair that's also affordable isn't easy. Unless, of course, you have our handy guide to the five best places to score cheap jeans!

By Glamour Magazine Nov 28, 2011 11:39PM

by Tracey Lomrantz, Glamour Magazine

 

American Eagle's jeans are extremely well-made--hey, they're good enough for Zoe Saldana!--but won't break the bank. They're already priced under $50, but with their frequent promotions (like $10 off all jeans or buy one, get one half off), you can usually score 'em for even less.

 

Xerox is developing technology that will make selecting a flattering image a matter of math...

By Allure Magazine Nov 28, 2011 6:14PM
Is There an Algorithm for Beauty? // Fairchild ArchiveBy Anne-Marie Guarnieri, Allure magazine

Sometimes when I go to an event, someone will snap my picture, and it gets put up on a photo site for all the world to see (should anyone care to Google for it), whether I look good or not. Same with Facebook—I will untag myself from pictures from certain bad hair color years or those don't show me on my good side. But what if there were a way to ensure that EVERY photo taken of you was a good one?  
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