Megan Thee Stallion Wins Halloween Nail Art

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We are pretty much obsessed with all of Megan Thee Stallion's nail art over here at Allure. Not a day goes by when we aren't scouring her Instagram page to see her latest manicure. Meg even has a signature pose she often uses to show off her manicures with her hands displayed across her world-famous booty. The rapper loves to experiment with different nail designs and styles; she can give us a hot-pink Y2K-inspired French mani one day and an anime-inspired set the next. So, of course, as spooky season begins, Meg already has a cute-yet-creepy manicure — actually, she's already had three. 

The Hot Girl Captain shared her latest Halloween-themed nails, which she calls an " X-ray $et" in the caption, with her 25 million fans on October 6. Like most of her manicures, these long nails were sculpted into a chic lipstick shape. On each lengthy nail is a different part of a skeleton, painted in a blue hue onto a jet-black base. A skull sits on her right index finger and the left middle finger, while parts of the spine can be seen on the left ring finger. The design practically looks like it's glowing in the dark (or under a blacklight, perhaps), which is perfect for the Halloween season. We're really amazed by the nail artistry here.

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This isn't her only recent Halloween-themed set, which shouldn't be surprising considering Thee Stallion switches out her manicures so often. Just a few days prior, on October 1, she shared a white manicure with blood-red polish dripping onto the tips. The pinky and index fingers have a stiletto shape and the middle and ring fingers have a coffin shape, representing vampire fangs. 

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Not even a full day later, Thee Stallion was already onto her next set, which she displayed in an Instagram carousel. This colorful manicure looks simple at first except for the multicolored, bloodshot eyes painted on each lipstick-shaped tip. It's obvious that she is killing it in the Halloween nail art department this year, and we can't wait to see what creative manicure comes next. 

TikTok Invented Yet Another Easy Eyeliner Hack for Hooded and Monolid Eyes

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Folks with hooded and monolid eyes are rejoicing over a new winged eyeliner hack that is all over TikTok, and with good reason. Drawing that coveted cat eye oftentimes poses a challenge for those who have limited eyelid space because the wings have a tendency to hide inside the upper creases. With TikTok user Joni Sann's video, however, people with monolids or hooded eyes now have a simple solution to creating that perfect winged eye — one that might be even easier than the famous "bat wing" trick. 

Sann's video, which she posted on September 21, currently has over 4 million views. She tells Allure that she came up with the method back in high school after struggling to find YouTube tutorials specifically for "hooded, almond-shaped eyes, or other tapered eye shapes with deep-set creases."

As Sann explains in the video, she used to begin by drawing the wing directly from the outer corner of her eye. Instead, she now "extends the corner of her eye [first] before drawing in [her] wing," meaning that she creates a downward-sloping line at the outer end of her eyelid that extends slightly beyond the end of her eye crease. Then comes the wing. She goes on to explain that she draws the wing "out and up, instead of… you know, vertical."

Her eyeliner tricks don't end there. If you're into lining your inner corners, Sann has a hack for that as well. Rather than drawing a horizontal line, she creates a diagonal line, which she says aligns with "the natural angle of [her] inner corner." 

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TikTok user Momo has also taken a liking to Sann's eyeliner hack. She documented her experience  with a video accompanied by the caption, "THIS IS WHY MY EYELINER NEVER SUITED MY EYES," indicating that she's now found a technique that suits her self-described "mildly hooded, downturned, almond-shaped eyes." 

Momo says she's always watching eyeliner videos, which is why she thinks TikTok brought Sann's video to her attention. "I struggled a lot with eyeliner making my eyes look strange and misshapen, and I think this method really helps accentuate the features that are already there because it follows the natural line of the upper lid," she explains. She adds that she now only uses Sann's technique when lining her eyes. 

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New York City-based makeup artist Tommy tells Allure that extending the line further out isn't necessarily what's making this look work for hooded and monolid eye shapes. It's the fact that "the eyeliner is more horizontal than it is at an angle" and is placed at a "lower angle" than what a rounded eyeliner technique seems to call for. He's all for lining the eye beyond the natural lash line, but he says to "be wary of starting the wing at the corner or bottom lash line up." Placing the wing in these positions "lower[s] the eyeliner."  "A harmonious winged eyeliner will meet the top eyelid and no lower, thus lifting one's eyes and face."

Makeup has no rules, but if you have hooded or monolid eyes and are looking to change how you line them, then consider taking some pointers from this TikTok hack and aim the wings in a different direction.  

How to Discuss Money with Your Significant Other






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When we think of money and relationships, there is often a negative connotation. Maybe it’s because what to do on date night is a way sexier topic than finance or maybe because one of the leading reasons marriages end in divorce is due to disagreements over money. But it doesn’t have to be a sensitive or controversial subject; if you lay the groundwork and have honest conversations, setting financial goals can be something that brings you and your partner closer together instead of something that pushes you apart.

There is no set rule as to when to have a money talk. Every relationship has its own timing and moves at its own speed. The important thing is that when it’s right for you to have the conversation, you should have an open, honest, and respectful one. Read on for tips about how to have a productive money conversation that will bring you closer together rather than push you apart.

 

1. Observe

You might not feel comfortable bringing up the full money conversation in the early stages of your relationship, but observing your partner’s money habits can be incredibly telling. What are your significant other’s spending habits? Do they impulsively make big purchases or usually go for the thrifty option? What do they like to splurge on, and what do they like to save on? On top of learning about how they treat money, this is also a good opportunity to observe and learn more about their personality and what they value. Trying to understand your partner’s attitude toward money can eventually help you ease into a conversation that feels natural and can highlight where you are similar and where you are different. 

 

2. Establish an open environment

The money topic is sensitive, so the environment that you set before and during any conversation with your partner around finance is really important. Start by mentioning the topic and suggesting that you want to sit down to talk about it together so you can be on the same page with your life goals. Think about making it more enjoyable: Pour a couple glasses of wine, make a lunch date out of it, or talk about it casually in the car or while you’re making dinner (it doesn’t have to be so serious!). During the conversation, focus on using effective communication skills, especially if something is surprising or upsetting to you. For example, if you learn your partner is swimming in credit card debt, don’t make them feel bad. Instead, try to understand the full story of how they got there and what they’re doing to improve the situation.

 

3. Know what you want to discuss

Depending on where you are in your relationship, you probably have a different list of concerns, questions, and goals. If you’re moving in together or getting married, you’ll probably want to focus on how you’re going to handle money as a couple, whether or not you’ll combine finances, and how to reach financial goals together. If you’re having the money conversation in a newer relationship, you’ll want to cover how you each value and think of money. For example, if you’re someone who wants to save up for travel but your partner likes to spend on weekly luxuries, it’s not necessarily a deal-breaker (most couples won’t have the exact same money habits), but it is important to know what each of you value so you can make plans that work for both of your goals.

 

4. Be honest with your partner (and yourself)

Honesty is crucial, but it can be difficult to be honest with your partner if you haven’t accepted your own financial reality yet. Part of having the money conversation is being honest with yourself first. If you have something in your financial history that you’re not proud of, it’s time to come to terms with it and make a plan to move forward. If you’ve avoided paying down your debt, take some time to look at it and come up with a plan for how you’re going to pay it down before you talk with your partner. Coming to the conversation with an honest account of your situation as well as your plan to move forward will help ease the surprise of anything negative you need to share.

 





 

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30 Soup Recipes Just in Time For Cold Weather






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Friends, it’s soup season. We’re big-time soup fans at The Everygirl (and have very strong feelings about the pros and cons of cream of mushroom in particular). Once the air gets crisper here in Chicago, you can bet that a few of us will be running across the street at lunchtime for a cup of soup at least once or twice a week. So it’s probably not surprising that I’m pretty much always on the hunt for great soup recipes that I can make at home and eat for lunch all week long. We rounded up 30 stellar options that are anything but boring and will keep you warm for the entirety of soup season.

 

1. Creamy Roasted Mushroom Soup





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2. Creamy Italian Quinoa Soup





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3. Vegan Pumpkin Soup





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4. Curry Lentil Soup





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5. Potato Leek Soup





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6. Roasted Cauliflower and Red Pepper Soup





Source: Two Peas and Their Pod

 

7. Creamy Bean Soup with Sausage





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8. Avgolemono Soup





Source: Sweet Tea and Thyme

 

9. Crockpot Lentil Soup





Source: Pinch of Yum

 

10. Sopa de Ajo





Source: Abra’s Kitchen

 

11. French Onion Soup





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12. Chickpea Flour Matzo Ball Soup





Source: My Name is Yeh

 

13. Tomato Basil Soup





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14. Creamy White Bean Soup and Sautéed Broccolini





Source: Orchids + Sweet Tea

 

15. Turmeric Chickpea Vegetable Soup





Source: Two Peas and Their Pod

 

16. Italian Wedding Soup





Source: What’s Gaby Cooking

 

17. Thai Coconut Curry Soup





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18. Creamy Broccoli Soup





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19. Hungarian Mushroom Soup with Fresh Dill





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20. Roasted Sweet Potato Soup





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21. Knoephla Soup





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22. Crockpot Butternut Squash Soup





Source: By Erin Clarke of Well Plated

 

23. Creamy Chicken and Gnocchi Soup





Source: Sweet Tea and Thyme

 

24. Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup





Source: A Sweet Pea Chef

 

25. Chipotle Black Bean Tortilla Soup





Source: Grandbaby Cakes

 

26. Caribbean Chicken Soup and Parsley Dumplings





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27. Instant Pot Wild Rice Soup





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28. Quick Chicken Noodle Soup





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29. Icelandic Fiskisupa





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30. Creamy Thai-Inspired Carrot Sweet Potato Soup





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Kylie Jenner’s Take on Freddy Krueger Is Way More Glamorous Than the Original

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When you think of glamorous 1980s movie characters that have earned beauty-icon status, you may think of Lisa from Weird Science, Elvira Hancock from Scarface, or any of the Witches of Eastwick. Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street? Not so much. But leave it to Kylie Jenner to see the horror villain through fresh, fully lined eyes.

On Tuesday, October 5, Jenner posted a stunning photo to Instagram in which she's wearing a catsuit made to resemble Freddy Krueger's burn-scarred skin. Her pulled-back hair culminates in sleek bangs separated into four sculpted pieces. And of course, her manicure is made up of super long, metallic silver, pointy nails that recall Freddy's signature knife-finger glove.

It would be understandable if Jenner was just getting off to an early start on Halloween costumes — the Kardashian-Jenner clan is known for going full-throttle on the holiday — but the photo is actually a promo shot for a new Kylie Cosmetics collaboration with A Nightmare on Elm Street. In her Instagram Stories, Jenner revealed all of the products in the collection accompanied by a sufficiently creepy soundtrack.

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First up is a Lip Lacquer Trio in tubes that look blood-splattered. She swatches the nude-pink Only a Dream, peachy-red Elm Street, and mauve-brick Never Sleep Again shades on her arm to show off their rich, glossy color. Next is the Pressed Powder Palette, which contains 12 pans of matte and shimmery neutral and red-toned eye-shadow shades, not to mention a dark teal shade called Gonna Get You. 

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Kylie also shows off the false lashes in the collection. "I love pre-cut lashes, so I wanted to do these pre-cut lashes for you guys," Jenner says in the clip. "They're so soft. They look so pretty on the eye, and I just love being able to customize my own lash."

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And finally, there's the Lip and Cheek Jelly Stain, which Jenner says is a brand-new formula. "It has a really cool texture," she says, adding that it gives a light, pretty wash of color.  

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The Kylie x A Nightmare on Elm Street collection launches on October 12. Jenner's new launches tend to sell out quickly, but with millions of Freddy fans in the queue, there's no doubt that this will fly off kyliecosmetics.com shelves especially fast, so definitely don't sleep on it.

21 Black-Owned Beauty Brands You Can Shop at Sephora Right Now

21 BlackOwned Beauty Brands You Can Find at Sephora

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Frequent Sephora shoppers have probably noticed its near-daily refresh of newer, more diverse brands. Last year, Sephora adopted the 15 Percent Pledge policy to serve the dire need for representation in beauty, business, and the intersection of both industries. Under this initiative, the retailer promises to dedicate 15 percent of its shelf space to Black-owned brands — and so far, it's made progress in the right direction.

As part of the initiative, Sephora has relaunched its Accelerate Program to exclusively focus on businesses owned by women of color. Each brand participating in the program — including internet favorites like Hyper Skin, 54 Thrones, and Eadem — is offered a spot in Sephora stores across the globe and online, creating more essential space for brands owned by underrepresented groups while bringing the retailer closer to its goal. 

Since Sephora's official announcement in 2020, it's taken steps to increase its initial seven-brand portfolio of Black-owned businesses to 21. Though that number isn't 15 percent of the overall 322 brands Sephora offers, it's certainly a significant increase. Each and every one of these brands bring something refreshing to your vanity, whether it's a high-strength retinol serum from Shani Darden Skin Care, an indulgent leave-in conditioner by Briogeo, or a dewy skin tint à la Fenty Beauty. 

There's more work to be done, but Sephora's taking a step in the right direction through its diversity efforts. These moves set a higher standard for other retailers to follow while allowing consumers to be able to shop Black-owned brands at one of the biggest beauty shops on the planet.

Now, keep reading to learn more about every Black-owned beauty brand on Sephora's roster so far.

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7 Weight Loss Tips You Haven’t Tried Yet






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I’ve been writing about health for years and have coached dozens of women through their health journeys. In my experience, I’ve learned that nothing is as clickable or buzzworthy as weight loss tips. However, what makes headlines doesn’t usually pan out in everyday life, and the universal obsession with weight loss is not a sign that we’re prioritizing our health but rather that we don’t feel worthy as we are. If you clicked on this article expecting the usual “Eat less sugar” or “Do a HIIT workout” tips, know that that is not what this is. This is not your typical weight loss article you’ll read through and feel discouraged by at the end or forget to actually apply to your life. 

And that’s because Dr. Adrienne Youdim is not your typical weight loss specialist. She isn’t telling her patients to count calories or work out more as a solution. Instead, she focuses on the “why” behind both the desire to lose weight and the inability to lose weight to help each patient achieve self-love and lasting healthy habits. Dr. Youdim is an internist who specializes in weight loss and nutrition and served as the medical director of the Cedars-Sinai Center for Weight Loss before opening up her own private practice in Beverly Hills. Read: She’s helped a lot of patients achieve (and maintain) a healthy weight.

As if her long list of credentials and experience wasn’t enough, she’s also the author of the book Hungry For More, which explains how our emotions or life circumstances affect weight. While she’s a weight loss expert on paper, she’s not like any other weight loss expert. She not only changes her patients’ numbers on the scale but also changes their lives. Struggling with reaching the weight you want to be? Read on for Dr. Youdim’s best tips to achieving your best self. 

 

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Dr. Adrienne Youdim, MD, FACP
An internist who specializes in medical weight loss and nutrition
Dr. Youdim served as medical director of the Cedars-Sinai Weight Loss Center before opening her own practice in Beverly Hills. She wrote the book “Hungry For More,” an empowering memoir and how-to guide for women looking to reach their health goals and love their bodies.

 

1. Start with mindset

When you want to change your weight, what’s the first thing you do? Do you start cutting out sugars or processed carbs or increasing your workouts? Dr. Youdim suggested that before any tangible goal, habit, or action, you must work on mindset first if you want to achieve your goal weight (and then sustain it). “How we approach a habit is so critical to our ability to change in a durable or lasting way,” she said. “Without a proper mindset to address the process, the ups and downs, the waning motivation, the negative self-talk, and all the other mental barriers we create, we will not be able to maintain the necessary changes that result in healthy weight.” 

First, identify why you want to change your weight. Is it to feel best in your body, to live a long and happy life, or to get more energy? Coming back to this core motivation frequently will help you stay inspired and make changes based on self-love instead of self-consciousness (more on that below). But if your reasons have more to do with not feeling enough as you are, disliking your body, or because someone else told you you have to, you won’t achieve what you’re looking to feel, no matter what pant size you get to. 

 

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2. Identify the “why” behind your eating patterns

If you feel disconnected from your eating habits, are unable to control yourself, or eat more than you know you need, the problem is not your “laziness” or “lack of willpower.” The problem is that you’re suppressing an emotional need that you’re subconsciously using food to attempt to soothe. In fact, Dr. Youdim wrote an entire book about the emotional reasons most of us eat a certain way or have certain cravings. “So many of us use food to soothe—this is actually hardwired in our neurobiology,” Dr. Youdim explained. You might think you’re craving a donut or absolutely need a slice of pizza, but your body is actually trying to tell you it needs something else, whether it’s a break, stress relief, emotional comfort, or something deeper. “Know what you are trying to soothe with food. We need to identify what is at the root of our ‘hunger.’ What are you truly hungry for?” 

 

We need to identify what is at the root of our ‘hunger.’ What are you truly hungry for?

 

3. Focus on your routine

Imagine this: You’ve (finally) reached your goal weight, so you become less conscious about keeping up those healthy habits and then are frustrated when your body goes back to its old ways. Or maybe you eat more plants, exercise more, and prioritize sleep for a week, and then you get annoyed and stop because you saw no changes after those seven days. Or you’ve tried diet after diets for years, always hop onto different workouts, and never stick to your meditation practice. Sound familiar? The key you might be missing is routine.

“Routine is critical. It allows us to show up for ourselves, even when we don’t feel like it. Every practice that helps us achieve a goal weight help us maintain healthy weight as well.” Be patient with your body. Know that physical changes take time, and you should find comfort instead of frustration in the practices you do for your body. Turn practices that make your body feel good into habits, and give your body some consistency. 

 

4. Stop restricting

In the past, you might have restricted calories or food groups in order to lose weight. You might have tracked macronutrients in an app or cut out dairy or sugar, all in the name of a few less pounds. Maybe your doctor or nutritionist even told you to restrict, so you were convinced it was a healthy way to lose weight rather than a detrimental practice that could cause weight gain or disordered eating. In reality, restricting and limiting might be stopping you from achieving your health goals. “Restriction invariably makes us want to do the very thing we are trying to restrict: It focuses attention on scarcity, which makes the body thinks it needs more of that food. Restriction also causes hunger, which is just not sustainable,” Dr. Youdim said.

So how do you eat for weight loss instead? “I tell my clients and patients to eat in terms of abundance. Eat so much of what serves you, so that you have less room for what doesn’t.” Yes, that means add more plants to every meal, and you’ll be subconsciously crowding out the foods that don’t make you feel good. Most importantly, eat intuitively rather than based on numbers or percentages.

 

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5. Eat your protein

Between Keto Diet, low-carb, high-fiber, and everything in between, there’s a lot of confusion over the best type of diet and what percentage of macronutrients is best for reaching a goal weight. While the most important step for actually being healthy is to stop worrying so much about dieting and percentages (see #4), Dr. Youdim said that a common issue she sees with her patients is not enough protein. “Protein is the most satiating macronutrient and also helps preserve muscle mass, which then preserves a healthy metabolism,” she said. But before you pull out your macronutrient-tracking app and load up on protein powders, focus on adding more whole foods and nutrient-rich plants to your diet while also eating a balance of clean protein sources like fish, chicken, eggs, tofu, chickpeas, lentils, etc.

 

6. Improve your sleep and stress levels

If the only factors you’ve considered in your weight loss journey are nutrition and fitness, you’re missing out on key players that can make or break reaching (and keeping) your goal weight. Stress levels and sleep are just as important as food and exercise when it comes to being healthy and reaching a healthy weight. But don’t believe me: Ask Dr. Youdim. “Sleep is crucial. Countless studies show that sleep deprivation results in surging hunger hormones, greater appetite for calorie-dense foods, and weight gain. Stress is also a huge contributor, and it affects our hunger too, both physiologic and emotional.” Your health plan and wellness routine need to include a sleep-care routine and stress-relief plan (whether its daily meditation, weekly therapy, or all of the above). 

 

You don’t accept your body once when you reach certain health goals. You can reach health goals because you accept and love your body.

 

7. Love yourself as you are now (no, really)

While this might sound like some fluffy self-help advice your mom used to tell you in middle school, it is actually tangible, concrete advice to reach your goal weight. “We can want to change our bodies and still accept ourselves as we are in this moment,” Dr. Youdim explained. “This is critical because we’ll sabotage ourselves if we don’t accept ourselves. Picture this: You get on a scale and are disappointed at the results. If you accept yourself and hold that disappointment with compassion, you’ll be able to focus your attention on the habits you want to adopt. If you don’t accept yourself (i.e. you get mad at yourself, put yourself down, or feel hopeless), you’re more likely to throw in the towel.” 

In other words, you don’t accept your body once when you reach certain health goals; you can reach health goals because you accept and love your body as it is right now. Love yourself first, and then make changes or form habits because you know what your body deserves. For tips on where to start with self-love and body acceptance, click here for expert advice or here for 10 ways to love yourself more. 

 

This article is intended to provide inspiration to help you reach your health goals, not as treatment for an eating disorder. If you are struggling with an eating disorder or with disordered thoughts or behaviors regarding food and eating, please seek help. Call the National Eating Disorders Association Helpline at 1-800-931-2237 for support, reach out to a qualified medical professional, or, for a 24-hour crisis line, text “NEDA” to 741741.

 

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How Filming Star Wars Changed Adria Arjona’s Relationship With Makeup

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"I got reunited with my mom this year and that was really special. I hadn't seen her in so long and when I hugged her for the first time — after quarantining, and getting tested, and doing the whole thing — she was wearing My Way," says Adria Arjona, who is the face of the newest iteration of the fragrance, Giorgio Armani My Way Intense. "Now, this has upped the meaning of the perfume for me even more because it reminds me of someone that I love — and I smell like it, too."

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The original My Way, a blend of tuberose, vanilla, and bergamot — an "uplifting, joyful smell," as she describes it — has become Arjona's "everyday perfume." For her, My Way Intense (quite literally intensified with sandalwood) is more of a statement: "I find it sexy. If you want an armor of confidence, you can spray it on, walk down the street, and feel great," Arjona tells Allure.

The star of the soon-to-be-released Marvel film, Morbius, and Disney+'s Star Wars prequel series, Rogue One, radiates with confidence as we chat on Zoom — and in the unretouched campaign images of My Way. Here, Allure catches up with Arjona and learns just how she manages to always exude so much charisma.

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On her new self-care ritual: "Before [COVID], my beauty routine was about looking nice wherever I would go. Throughout this whole year, it's transitioned in a positive way. The main thing that’s changed is the importance that I give it and the time I give it. I've promised myself now that I'm back to work and traveling, to maintain that, no matter how late or early it is. Not to look good, but to take care of myself. I've fallen in love with it."

On quality time: "My nighttime routine is my favorite. It's where I strip down the whole day and get ready for bed. I really take my time with it. I have to double cleanse. I use an oil-based cleanser from Emma Hardy, which smells so good. It has orange blossoms and I’m a huge fan. And then I use the Tatcha The Rise Wash [which she discovered on the set of Star Wars]. I make sure I don't have any residue on my face and then go through my serums and my moisturizer. Most of the time it's Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum. And I make sure I have either a candle or music just to kind of wind down from the day."

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On her favorite artist from her playlist: "It's a quirky one [laughs]. His name is Blaze Foley. It’s really old country music — and it's relaxing. I'm in love with him and all his music."

On making connections: "The whole philosophy of My Way is about opening your horizons. It's about listening. It's about diving into other cultures. And doing the research and having the knowledge. And making eye contact with someone else and connecting. I think that makes everyone a better person. If we were just to be able to connect, the world would be much more of a happier place. It's about being joyful and finding your own journey, paving your own path, and doing things your specific way. Everyone can choose that journey."

On the product always in her bag: "Lip balm is a must. Armani has a really good one called Ecstasy Balm and it comes in all different shades. It's very subtle. The orange one is my favorite. It's just a tiny little bit of tint and I put it on and on and on all day."

On experimenting: "Usually, I have a bare face and red lips. Now, I'm really into monochromatic tones. Especially on Star Wars, we used a lot of browns and shading. I always felt like it would flatten my face out. But I've fallen in love with keeping my cheeks and eyes and lips in the same tones. That was very much inspired by both Star Wars and Morbius. One of my favorite products was the Giorgio Armani Neo Nude A-Contour. It's miraculous. It's dummy-proof contouring."

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On the power of scent: "Fragrance really finalizes a look. Whatever it is that you're wearing, whatever makeup it is that you decided to do that day, or hair, or anything, your fragrance sort of locks it all in. People can sense it before they really see you. They can smell it before they really lock eyes with you. I love that."

On lessons learned: "I'm not a firm believer that everyone is extremely confident. I think it's almost like an armor suit that you have to put on and then all of a sudden it sort of sticks to you. I think taking that leap and jumping and being like, 'I'm terrified of this. I'm just going to boom…I'm going to do it.' This sort of gives me a lot of confidence. Pretending to be confident, gives me confidence. Fake it till you make it."

Cabincore: The Fall 2021 Trend We Didn’t See Coming

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A majority of fashionistas are familiar with cottagecore, a romantic aesthetic suitable for spring, summer, and early autumn. But the trend we didn’t see coming? Cabincore.

A recent study published by Stylight reports that clicks on key cabincore pieces such as quilted coats, sleeveless sweaters, and tweed pieces are up—and not going anywhere anytime soon. So what exactly is cabincore? Similar to cottagecore, it’s an aesthetic that embodies the cozy tranquility of remote living and can be channeled in both home decor and fashion alike.

Unlike cottagecore, which nods to an idealized farm life, cabincore draws its inspiration from the mountains and forests. It’s more rustic and—dare we say it—perhaps more practical for chilly autumn and winter weather. While cottagecore fashion is airy and feminine, cabincore is warm and rugged.   

As it turns out, cabincore may just be the word the fashion world has been looking for all these years to describe our favorite cold-weather staples. Knit sweaters, warm flannels, booties of all shapes and sizes—all of these fall favorites are fair game when it comes to channeling this trendy aesthetic.

 

How to nail the cabincore aesthetic 

The key to dressing in line with this trend? Don’t overthink it! Cabincore is an embodiment of the classic fall styles we all know and love. Dress practically with boots that are made to brave the elements, layers that take you from chilly mornings to warm afternoons, and simple accessories that will dress up your look without holding you back on your adventures. If you’re stuck, think about textures and focus on key textiles such as wool, tweed, and flannel.

Here are six cabincore-inspired outfits to get you started on the coziest fall aesthetic yet.

 





beanie / turtleneck / leggings / leggings (plus-size) / bag / boots

With a wool sweater, sherpa boots, and a knit beanie, this cozy outfit is basically what we want to gravitate toward whenever the temps are below 60—and cabincore is giving us a reason to.

 

 





top / top (plus-size) / dress / dress (plus-size) / belt / bag / boots / rings

Making a short dress work for fall involves lots of strategic layering. Here, a plaid, fall-appropriate dress is paired with a turtleneck underneath and knee-high boots for an aesthetic that feels very Evermore.

 

 





sweater / sweater (plus-size) / jeans / bag / socks / booties 

A big sweater, mom jeans, and cozy socks under lug boots gives us woodsy chicness that’s an effortless embodiment of what cabincore is all about.

 

 





hat / shacket / dress / dress (plus-size) / bag / boots

Take advantage of the long shacket trend and pair one with a knit dress, wide-brimmed hat, and chunky boots for a look that’s fall at its very core (and a little bit witchy, too).

 

 





beanie / patchwork coat / henley /henley (plus-size) / jeans / jeans (plus-size) / boots

Like ASAP Rocky’s Met Gala look told us, patchwork is everywhere this season, and the very aesthetic it gives is cabincore in itself. With jeans, a cozy henley, and a beanie, it’s a cozy fall look that will make you feel like you’re wrapped in your grandma’s favorite quilt (just as it should).

 

The Fall 2021 Trend You Didn’t Know You Needed

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An Ode to First Aid Beauty’s Pure Skin Face Cleanser

First Aid Beauty Pure Skin Face Cleanser  Review

$22 at Sephora

TL;DR:

  • What It Is: A fragrance-free cream cleanser
  • What It Does: Removes makeup and grime while calming and soothing skin
  • Who It's For: Anyone looking for a cleanser that’s as gentle as it is effective

There are few universal truths in skin care (after all, everyone’s needs are different), but right up there with wearing SPF every single day is the fact that you should always, always remove your makeup before bed.

But doing so can feel like a Herculean task — until you find a cleanser you and your skin absolutely love. For me, that’s long been First Aid Beauty Pure Skin Face Cleanser.

The creamy, fragrance-free formula with calming aloe has the power to remove every trace of mineral sunscreen, makeup, and grime on my face at the end of the day, but never leaves my reactive skin red or irritated. And because it’s so gentle, I also don’t worry about it interacting with the actives — like retinol — I’m using during the rest of my routine.

It’s turned the act of washing my face at night from another item on my to-do list to a soothing ritual — in more ways than one.

You’ll find the First Aid Beauty Pure Skin Face Cleanser in the October 2021 Allure Beauty Box.

First Aid Beauty Pure Skin Face Cleanser

First Aid Beauty Pure Skin Face Cleanser

$22 at Sephora

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