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Allure Announces First Ever Insiders’ Guide to Beauty and Style!


Available exclusively at ULTA Beauty stores

Katharine McPhee talks to Allure about career struggles, growing up in Los Angeles,
her role on NBC’s Smash, and how she’s grown into herself.

“I see myself as someone who’s finally grown into being more sure of her thoughts and opinions.” —“Raising the Bar,” page 124

Allure’s first-ever Insiders’ Guide to Beauty & Style, on sale now at ULTA Beauty, is the ultimate how-to guide for women, packed with beauty, fashion, and lifestyle tips and tricks from Allure editors.

Skin, page 14: Expert advice from Allure’s editors on how to get radiant skin, eliminate zits, smooth dryness, calm irritation, choose a facial, shrink your pores, find a great dermatologist, reduce puffiness, prevent fine lines, erase dark spots, and more.

Makeup, page 42: How to find the best lip color, pick and apply foundation, conceal flaws, choose mascara, master the smoky eye, fake a vacation glow, and even more.

Hair, page 58: Allure’s expert tips include how to fight frizz, add shine, create beachy waves, hide roots, get sunny highlights, and find the best cut.

Nails, page 77: How to have beautiful nails, choose the perfect polish color, do a perfect pedicure, and even more tips from the beauty experts at Allure.

Body, page 93: How to shave and wax smoothly, fake a tan flawlessly, protect your skin from the sun, camouflage cellulite, apply fragrance, and more.

Fashion, page 114: Expert advice on how to dress to look thinner, wear color, dress for the office, find the perfect jeans, buy a bra that fits, care for a handbag, organize your closet, and more.

Travel, page 135: Expert tips from Allure’s editors on how to pack like a pro for any trip, look fresh after a flight, take a beach vacation, plan a yoga retreat, shop abroad, and more.

Entertaining, page 147: How to throw a party, set a beautiful table, mix killer cocktails, cheek-kiss, be gracious, and more.

Skin Care A-Z, page 163: The definitive beauty glossary: Allure’s editors have assembled a list of the ingredients and terms that every woman should know and understand about skin care to enable them to shop more knowledgeably.


About Allure
Allure, the Beauty Expert, is an insider’s guide to a woman’s total image. Allure investigates and celebrates skin care, hair, makeup, fragrance, and fashion with objectivity and candor, and places appearance in a larger cultural context.

About ULTA Beauty
ULTA Beauty is the largest beauty retailer that provides one-stop shopping for prestige, mass, and salon products and salon services in the United States. Ulta Beauty provides affordable indulgence to its customers by combining unmatched product breadth, value, and convenience with the distinctive environment and experience of a specialty retailer. Ulta Beauty offers a unique combination of over 20,000 prestige and mass beauty products across the categories of cosmetics, fragrance, hair care, skin care, bath and body products, and salon styling tools, as well as salon hair-care products. Ulta Beauty also offers a full-service salon in all of its stores. As of April 28, 2012, the company operates 467 retail stores across 44 states and also distributes its products through the company’s website:

5 Cute Summer Totes!

I am SUCH a summer tote kinda girl. I don’t ever want to spend too much money on a cute bag, so I made it my mission today to come up with 5 great summer totes – for under(ish) $30!

Don’t forget to scroll down and check out our awesome Summer Hats!

Summer products to take with you!

Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray!

This styling spray adds volume and texture to the hair to create a sexy, wind-blown feel. Its salt-infused formula adds fullness, hold, and a cool, matte finish. Salt water is no secret to editorial stylists for adding volume and texture, and anyone who has been in the ocean knows of that salty, sexy, sun-dried, wind-styled feel (that seems such a shame to wash out). So while Bumble and bumble hasn’t exactly bottled the real thing, they’ve replicated and improved it, including seaweed and kelp extracts to enhance moisture.

Stila’s Lovely in London Palette!

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Kate Somerville 360°® Face & Body Self Tanning Pad Duo

This self-tanning duo will give you the sun-kissed look you’ve been dreaming of in just two to four hours of a simple, one-step application. The hydrating towelettes will produce a uniform, natural-looking glow on the skin, and can be applied as often as needed to produce a darker tint. Specially designed for the face, the pad’s formula contains powerful peptides and age-defying actives to diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles, while gradually darkening to an ultra-natural, complementary color every time.

Benefit: They’re Real! Mascara Mini

This breakthrough mascara reveals lashes you never knew you had with a specially designed brush that can be used horizontally and vertically. The long-wearing jet-black formula lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts, and separates.

24 Hours Left To Make A Pledge for “Bridegroom,” A Film That’s Making History!

This past May, Shane Bitney Crone posted a YouTube video titled, “It Could Happen To You” as a way to honor his partner, Tom Bridegroom, who died in a horrible accident. Shane also wanted to show the world what can happen when you aren’t legally prepared for the unexpected and you don’t have equal rights.

His YouTube video has been viewed almost 3 million times. This led Shane to partner with Linda Bloodworth Thomason, The director/producer of the critically acclaimed Clinton film, “Man From Hope,” and the Emmy winning TV series, “Designing Women,” to turn his story into a feature length documentary.

GO HERE: Less Than 24 Hours Left To Make A Pledge for “Bridegroom”!

Shane and Linda have utilized the popular crowd-funding source,, to raise money for a documentary entitled, “Bridegroom – An American Love Story.” With about 24 hours remaining, you can still make a pledge and be a part of the film project that has now become this most funded film project in the history of Kickstarter.

With over 6,000 people from around the world making pledges, and support from celebrities like Denise Richards, George Takei and Neil Patrick Harris, this film is on a path to becoming a part of the civil rights movement.

Click here to check out Bridegroom and Kickstarter and see the YouTube video that has touched millions of people and changed the way thousands view marriage equality.

Shane is a dear friend of ours, and I am SO PROUD to be a part of helping him fund his feature length documentary. If you haven’t watched his touching You Tube video – then take a minute and watch it below. It’s amazing and moving. The video has already been viewed by just under 3 million people!