Lauren Conrad covers Allure: pretty, unrecognizable or overdone?

Of all the women from The Hills, Lauren Conrad and Kristin Cavallari seem to be the only ones with staying power. Audrina Patridge still shows up on gentlemen’s blogs with her killer bikini body, but we haven’t heard much about her otherwise. Once in a while there will be a story about Whitney Port, Lo Bosworth or Stephanie Pratt. And of course Heidi Montag was the biggest flame-out with her sad and bizarre tale of unnecessary plastic surgery, ridiculous overspending and a gross overestimation of her meager talent. In contrast, Lauren Conrad has written a few books, she’s done her lifestyle stuff and collaborated with Kohl’s without pushing it in our faces, and she’s won the race, slow and steady.

Here is Lauren looking lovely on the cover of April’s Allure. I really like her styling. She looks like one of Sean Connery’s Bond girls. Plus they’re making her look sexy without showing too much skin. Inside, Lauren gives some beauty and lifestyle advice and it’s all very breezy and easy to follow. Here’s some of what she said and I’m including quotes from her behind the scenes interview, available on E!:

She doesn’t wear eyeshadow and does a winged look with liquid eyeliner
I use Mark. I order them in bulk and keep them in my refrigerator. I go through one a month. My favorite mascara is Maybelline Full and Soft. I’ve used it forever.

She always uses hair extensions
I can’t remember the last time I didn’t have extensions. Extensions are great. And they’ve come so far in the last few years.

Her decorating style
If it was up to me, my home would be just over-the-top girlie and vintage, but I share my home with a gentleman now. I wanted [the bedroom] to be very calm. Your bed is for sleep and sex.

Her beauty and skincare routine
I think that the last year I’ve tried to just make it easy… I trade off between a really gentle cleanser and an exfoliant and then egyptian magic which is just amazing… I put it on all over my skin.

Her advice to keep it simple
I’ve learned just to pick one thing and go with it. If you’re going to do something a little crazier with your hair, just dial down your makeup. I think the same goes for your outfit. If you’re wearing something very simple then you can have a little more fun there [with your makeup]. I think it’s all just a balancing act when you’re putting your look together.

On her style
Take any trend you want and relax it. If it’s silk button-up shirts that are in, you probably don’t button them all the way, and you cuff a sleeve, you know what I mean? It’s almost like how your outfit looks at the end of the day.

[From Allure, E! and US Magazine]

Lauren is just very matter-of-fact and open, and you get the sense when she gives advice that you’re talking to your fashionable friend who doesn’t seem like she tries too hard. In a behind-the-scenes video available on E!, Lauren said that she does her own nails and doesn’t get manicures, but that she’ll get a pedicure. She also talked a little about wedding day beauty when she was asked about it, demurring at first because she hasn’t gone through it yet but then giving practical advice not to do anything daring on your big day. That makes me wonder when Lauren is going to get married. She’s been engaged to musician William Tell since last October, and sources claim she’s planning a fall wedding.

You can see more from Lauren’s photo shoot on and E! has an exclusive behind-the-scenes video.


Lauren Conrad and her fiance William Tell seen arriving at Craig's restaurant in West Hollywood

Lauren Conrad Booksigning

Lauren Conrad Stops By Kate Somerville

Photo credit: Allure,, FameFlynet, Getty and Pacific Coast News

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  1. Lizzie says:

    She says a lot without saying much of anything. That’s a skill.
    She’s lovely but blah.

    • Denise says:

      She is very bland, but pretty and accessible, kind of just floats in and out. But she’s refreshing in a way, considering just about every other celeb who is famous just for being herself is nauseating. I wouldn’t seek out her advice or feel compelled to buy something with her name on it, but she’s a good girl who seems honest, so…. well done, Lauren.

  2. harpreet says:

    Pretty shoot, dunno why LC gets all sort of hate. I mean, there are far worse reality stars.

  3. Erinn says:

    I never watched the hills, but I like her. She advertises without shoving it at your face. I actually believe she uses what she says she uses.

    I also love the beautydepartment website, which she’s featured on a lot.

  4. ldub says:

    this is the 2nd time this morning, literally within 30 mins, of hearing about Egyptian Magic lotion.
    has anyone tried? reviews?

    • BRE says:

      It’s says the Ingredients are: Olive Oil, Beeswax, Honey, Bee Pollen, Royal Jelly and Propolis extrac. Nothing magic about that

    • AG-UK says:

      I use it it’s not lotion it’s in a tub and sort of like vaseline, It lasts for ages.

  5. Olivia says:

    Musician? I thought William was a law student….?

  6. Steef says:

    It’s funny; I’ve never really had any thoughts on LC but I love her comment about bed being for sleep and sex only. As an insomniac, I am always getting told about limiting bed activities to sleep and sex so I don’t upset my circadian rhythm (sleep hygiene some of my doctors have called it). I wonder if Lauren suffers with sleep issues.

  7. HH says:

    I’ve always really liked Lauren Conrad. I think it’s because you could always tell she used reality TV as exposure for her other ventures (which didn’t include famewh*ring). She didn’t trump up her personality. I get the feeling what you see is what you get. Yes, it is somewhat boring, but that’s what happens when someone who isn’t insane (at least for the cameras) is true to themselves.

    And in regards to Audrina’s bikini body… I mean her abs are great, but I can’t get past the awful boob job. Awful.

    • Tiffany says:

      Yep. She has said in several interviews that she only agreed to The Hills was for
      exposure for other ventures. Some found her boring, but she was always my ffavorite. And Kaiser, Kristen is only in her current position because of her children and husband, and nothing else. You really cannot compare the two.

      • Denise says:

        Isn’t it odd that having a semi-famous husband and then getting pregnant a couple times is enough these days? I have never understood how that has power. I could not be more bored by celeb marriages, and I’m a mother, but the only pregnancy that was fascinating to me was my own. I think it’s an American Stepword wife mentality or something.

      • FLORC says:

        Love LC. Her style and her work ethic are to be admired.

  8. Poppy Q says:

    Surprisingly dignified for a reality t.v star.She`s pretty rather than beautiful, a bit bland but actually kind of likeable.

  9. Lemon says:

    I thought her fiance William was a law student at USC. I didn’t realize he was a musician. Interesting to spend money on law school if you’re just going to finish and enter the music industry…he must come from a wealthy family.

    • Kay says:

      He was in an awesome band called something corporate (their songs I kissed a drunk girl and babies of the 80s are freaking awesome fun songs) the band broke up several years ago and he decided to go back to school and become a lawyer. Super smart guy.

  10. Loopy says:

    I didnt really like her in The Hills, she was always the common denominator in all the fall outs. But i understand it was heavily scripted.

  11. QQ says:

    I Liked her fine in the His and some of her Khols stuff, what earned her my neverending adoration was that time she went to the Sway show on the radio and he asked her “what was her favorite position” and without pause, batting a lash or anything she said “CEO”

    • Nick says:

      For a second I didnt understand why you thought her response was so great. Like, what a CEO is a job position and I am sure she owns her own compa OH…… Then I laughed at LC’s wittiness and my stupidity.

      • QQ says:

        LOL WASN’T IT the best??what killed me was that in light of all these innapropriate ass questions she was unflappable but also IT WAS SO QUICK HOW SHE WAS ON THAT

    • SallyJay says:

      That is amazing! I love her even more now. What can I say, I’m a longtime fan. She’s beautiful, she seems smart and savvy, and has great style. And even though she’s in the public eye, it seems that she’s far from being a fame-ho. Go LC!

  12. Talie says:

    Apparently, she still sells very well for magazines, all these years later. Frankly, if any reality star should’ve covered Vogue, it should’ve been her.

    • Nick says:

      That wouldve been shredded too – another skinny/white/blonde

    • shellybean says:

      Totally agree, Talie. I could see Lauren on the cover of Vogue. She’s one of the few reality stars that never seemed “reality” or famewhorish, plus she actually has style.

  13. MG says:

    I like her but I’m sick of her winged liner…change it up for Pete’s sake!

  14. Cotton Candy says:

    Her nose was heavily photoshopped in those pictures.

  15. Norman says:

    I like the commentary in here in that most people like Lauren Conrad, most other sites have mostly negative commentary. In my opinion she is the most beautiful woman on “The Hills” but she is also the most successful of all of the cast with her two clothing lines and “The Little Market.”
    Of the cast I think Lauren will have the longest staying power as time goes by. Lo and Whitney have faded to semi obscurity since they moved to New York, Stephanie I don’t know, Heidi and Spencer have burnt out the public in a quest for fame, Audrina does bikini photo shoots and hosts a show about party hotspots for 20 somethings after SNL and of course Kristin, Laurens main rival on “Laguna Beach”, ‘The Hills” and after words is the other success story but her position not to vaccinate her kids has got her in hot water so Lauren success has been assured.
    Lauren may hot have flashy sales promotions but she has a lot going on.

    • Bridget says:

      I would say that there’s a huge distinction between LC and her ‘rival’ Kristin – LC is extremely successful in her right. Kristen is really just known for marrying a football player. Any opportunities she’d managed to get from her Laguna Beach/Hills days were long gone by the time she married Cutler. I give LC a tremendous amount of credit, she is one of the few who has truly used her reality stardom as a jumpoff to real success.

      • Norman says:

        You’re absolutely right, I was bringing up KC’s notoriety by her footballer husband and her clothing line “Chinese Laundry” which has some recognition by the fashion public. Lauren is by far the most successful of the bunch and ahead of KC. Only Lauren has a line “LC Lauren Conrad” that sells at nationwide store, Kohl’s.

  16. Grant says:

    Wow. Those pics took my breath away. She looks stunning.