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- 11/15/16--07:00: _The coziest under-$...
- 11/15/16--08:00: _The 5 best under-ey...
- 11/16/16--04:25: _In defence of Cara ...
- 11/16/16--20:00: _Smoky Eye looks you...
- 11/17/16--05:00: _Got acne prone skin...
- 11/17/16--13:50: _Did Kate Middleton ...
- 11/18/16--05:30: _5 under-$10 ways to...
- 11/19/16--05:00: _8 oil-free moisturi...
- 11/20/16--05:00: _10 best drugstore f...
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- 11/22/16--12:30: _Black Friday clothi...
- 11/23/16--02:00: _30 Cyber Monday fas...
- 11/09/16--17:30: The best nail polish colors for fall — straight from top manicurists
- 11/10/16--18:30: 7 foundations that won’t settle into fine lines
- 11/11/16--20:00: The best drugstore facial moisturizers to try this winter
- 11/14/16--05:00: The 10 best eyelash primers for your most dramatic lashes ever
- 11/14/16--08:47: 4 beauty routines that will get you in the holiday mood
- 11/15/16--07:00: The coziest under-$30 winter accessories to stock up on now
- 11/15/16--08:00: The 5 best under-eye creams that actually work
- 11/16/16--04:25: In defence of Cara Delevingne, beauty icon of the century
- 11/16/16--20:00: Smoky Eye looks you can create with Urban Decay’s Naked palette
- 11/17/16--05:00: Got acne prone skin? Here are 10 cleansers to try
- 11/17/16--13:50: Did Kate Middleton recommend this 'organic Botox' to Michelle Obama?
- 11/18/16--05:30: 5 under-$10 ways to seriously beef up your brow game
- 11/19/16--05:00: 8 oil-free moisturizers for keeping breakouts and shine at bay
- 11/20/16--05:00: 10 best drugstore face lotions under $10
- 11/20/16--15:30: 7 ways to update your bob
- 11/20/16--21:00: How to get rid of dark spots on any skin color
- 11/21/16--19:00: How fix your hair when it’s as dry as a desert
- 11/22/16--12:30: Black Friday clothing deals you don't want to miss
- Jackets, sweaters and designer duds are a good buy, as are watches
- Skip high-end stores until Cyber Monday
- Shop outlet stores (like Nordstrom Rack) for extra savings
- $88 watches for men and women (originally $200-$260)
- $15 St. John's Bay cardigan sweaters (originally $40)
- 25 percent off Men's Nike apparel
- 60 percent off college team fleece for the family
- 50 to 60 percent off women's boots
- 40 percent off Apple watches
- 63 percent off women's Muk Luk's pom pom slippers
- 70 percent off Versace fragrances for men and women
- 72 percent of Kensie women's wool coats
- 60 percent off kids outerwear
- 60 percent off matching pajamas for the family
- 70 percent off clearance fine jewelry
- 60 percent off select men's outerwear
- Buy one, get one half off all jewelry and watches
- 30 percent off all apparel, accessories and shoes for the family
- Basketball shoes
- Casual shoes
- 11/23/16--02:00: 30 Cyber Monday fashion deals to shop on your lunch break
- Abercrombie & Fitch: No offical announcement yet, but last year they offered 50 percent off the online store.
- AG: 30 percent off sitewide and in stores with code BF16 on Wednesday, Nov. 23, to Monday, Nov. 28.
- Ann Taylor: Like A&F, no announcement yet, but you can expect to see 50 percent off close to their entire store the Monday and Tuesday after Thanksgiving.
- ASOS: Celebrates "Cyber Weekend" and is offering up to 70 percent off their products
- Athleta: Gap's athletic brand is 20 percent off for Cyber Monday.
- Aldo: 20 percent off regular styles and 50 percent off original all reduced styles only on their online store.
- AYR: 25 percent off site-wide on Nov. 27 at ayr.com.
- Banana Republic: 50 percent off five regular-priced items for both women's and men's collections from Thursday, Nov. 24 to Monday, Nov. 28. Online shoppers use the code BRFIVE.
- BaubleBar: 25 percent off one item and 35 percent off two items on Cyber Monday.
- Cole Haan: 40 off entire purchase (some exclusions apply) Nov. 27 and Nov. 28 at colehaan.com.
- Current Elliot: 25 percent off with the code THANKS from Wednesday, Nov. 23, to Monday, Nov. 28.
Dolce Vita: Up to 60 percent off items and an extra 20 percent off all sale with code CYBER20.
Equipment: 25 percent off your purchase starting Wednesday, Nov. 23, to Monday, Nov. 28, with the promo code THANKS.
For Love & Lemons: 25 percent off all orders with the code Ouioui from Black Friday to Cyber Monday.
Gilt: Up to 80 percent off top brands on Sunday, Nov. 27, to Monday, Nov. 28.
- Guess: Up to 50 percent off the entire store Wednesday, Nov. 23, to Monday, Nov. 28.
- Halston Heritage: Use code CYBER from Monday, Nov. 28 to Saturday, Dec. 10 for 30 percent off sitewide.
- H&M: Up to 60 percent off select items and free shipping with code 0319 now through Monday, Nov. 28.
- Keds: $10 off your next purchase with any purchase.
- Levi's: 40 Percent off entire purchase online starting Wednesday, Nov. 23, to Monday, Nov. 28.
- Macy's: Macy's "Cyber Week" is going on now and many clothing items are deeply discounted.
- NastyGal: 30 percent off all markdowns.
- Old Navy: 50 percent off in stores and online starting Wednesday, Nov. 23, to Monday, Nov. 28.
- Puma: Extra 30 percent off purchases with promo code CYBERMONDAY16 in stores and online.
- Rebecca Taylor: Starting Tuesday, Nov. 22, to Monday, Nov. 28, get 25 percent off all purchases excluding La Vie Rebecca Taylor with the code CELEBRATE.
- Rent the Runway: $40 off orders $100 and more renttherunway.com.
- Sandro: 25 percent of all styles and free shipping, plus gift with purchase of $500 or more with the code CYBERMONDAY on Monday, Nov. 28.
- Shopbop: Up to 25 percent off from Tuesday, Nov. 22 to Monday, Nov. 28 during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
- Steve Madden: $10 off your next purchase with any purchase made on Cyber Monday.
- Toms: 25 percent off select styles Thursday, Nov. 24 to Monday, Nov. 28. Additional 10 percent off sale section (with coupon) Monday, Nov. 28.
We’ve all wasted too many precious minutes at the nail salon staring at rows of gorgeous lacquers, stumped on where to even begin. Luckily, we’ve enlisted some of the top pros in the business to guide us through the best nail polish colors of the moment — and help you deal with this ultimate #firstworldproblem. From rich purples to vivid blues, here’s exactly which hue to pick for your next mani.
Deep Burgundy: This rich shade is, according to manicurist Miss Pop, a “re-Vamp, pun intended” from the ’90s, and she’s all for it. She suggests Essie’s In the Lobby, a rich wine that will make you feel like you’re in a time warp. Manicurist Geraldine Holford recommends Dior Vernis Cosmopolite, a brand-new take on burgundy that can be worn with just one coat, and flatters any skin tone. (L to R: Dior Vernis Cosmopolite, $27; Essie’s In the Lobby, $8; Chanel Coup De Coeur, $27)
Lush Greens: Camouflage greens are also in, and Chanel’s Vert Obscur is your surefire way to stand out with the trend notes Miss Pop. If you want a moodier take on the hue, manicurist Fleury Rose recommends using Illamasqua’s Rampage, a perfect hunter green shade, and layering it over one coat of black polish. (L to R: Illamasqua Rampage, $18; NARS Night Porter, $20; Chanel Vert Obscur, $27)
Vivid Purple: A classic fall shade, we’re always on the hunt for that perfect purple that doesn’t read too “black” once applied. Deborah Lippmann’s Miss Independent is just that according to Miss Pop—it’s a “vampy eggplant” that picks up a bit of a ’70s vibe, perfect for this coming season. If you’re looking for purple with a hint of shimmer, try out Essie’s Frock ‘n Roll, which Fleury notes will make you the vampiest siren at any party. (Essie Frock ‘n Roll, $8; Deborah Lippmann Miss Independent, $18; Dolce&Gabbana Amethyst, $27)
Charcoal Gray: If you want to take the sophisticated route with your nail shade, try out a gray as seen at shows such as Proenza Schouler and Wes Gordon. Manicurist Geraldine recommends Priti NYC Lambstail Cactus, a dark gray polish with extremely fine glitter pieces. “This shade has stood the test of time because it’s flat out chic,” she says. “It pairs perfectly with all of your fall clothing and is equally appropriate at the office or late-night on the town.” (L to R: Priti NYC Lambstail Cactus, $15; Zoya Tris, $9; China Glaze Ever Glaze Coastal Mist, $7)
Dark Blue: Spotted at shows such as Costello Tagliapetra and Karen Walker, jewel tone blues will be a go-to as the weather cools down. To get that hint of metallic that we all love, Fleury recommends Revlon Color Stay Gel Envy in All In because it gives a “disco in an opium den vibe.” She warns though, always stick to dark, sparkly finishes when choosing metallic blue polishes, otherwise you can veer into bad ’80s territory. (L to R: Revlon Color Stay Gel Envy All In, $5; Dior Darling Blue, $27; Essie Spun in Luxe, $8)
Classic Neutrals: Neutrals will always be a must-have, no matter what the season. Holford notes that Smith and Cult’s Feathers and Flesh is “the new standard in nude polish—it’s a universally flattering shade that has a slight shimmer, so it picks up the colors in your skin, creating the perfect nude just for you.” (L to R: Smith and Cult Feathers and Flesh, $18; I Cannoli Wear OPI, $9.50; Sally Hansen Gray-t Escape, $8)
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There are few things more frustrating than spending a chunk of your morning methodically applying your foundation, only to find that it’s slipped down your face and into your previously invisible fine lines by noon (or, worse, as soon as you apply it). But it’s not your fault, and no, you didn’t just develop 40 new wrinkles overnight. More often than not, it’s because your foundation is simply too thick or too drying for your skin, making every tiny line on your face look a billion times more apparent than they really are.
So instead of hating on your skin or just making do with the foundation you’ve got — even if it ages you about five years — do yourself a favor and try one of these seven foundations that we pretty much guarantee will slide over your skin without settling into fine lines thanks to their hydrating, plumping ingredients. Just don’t be surprised if you get carded at this week’s happy hour.
Trish McEvoy Beauty Balm Instant Solutions SPF 35
(Trish McEvoy, $86)
Dior DiorSkin Nude Air Serum
Avon Anew Age-Transforming Foundation
Lancôme Rénergie Lift Makeup SPF 20
Revlon ColorStay Whipped Crème Makeup
BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Treatment Makeup
While we love a good lathering shampoo around here, we’re aware of the movement to steer clear of sulfates and silicone and turn toward sulfate-free, silicone-free shampoos and conditioners, particularly for those who have curly and natural hair — or even those of us with keratin-treated hair. Well, color-treated hair too. See what we mean? There are a lot of you out there.
We’re here to help: We’ve rounded up the best hair products that contain no sulfates or silicones in every product combination possible. From serums to conditioners to creams to mousse and back, consider this a harm-free hair zone, curly and natural girls.
Kiehl's Since 1851 Sunflower Color Preserving Shampoo
If you have color-treated hair, avoiding sulfates is key to preserving your investment. This amazing shampoo is packed with nutrient-rich sunflower oil, which plays well with powerful B vitamins and apricot to gently cleanse and provide natural UV protection to prevent fading. In short, salon hair outside the chair is yours. (Kiehl's, $19)
Living Proof No Frizz Discovery Set
If you've yet to try this amazing frizz-preventing product line that is blissfully sulfate- and silicone-free, we highly recommend getting on board. Not only do the products in this starter kit (and all of the products in the line) leave your hair free of puffy disruption for up to 48 hours, they also repel dirt, block humidity and give you protection without adding weight. (Nordstrom, $29)
Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Extract
Every once in a while, a girl just needs a little dry shampoo to lift and eradicate that whole greasy hair situation. This gentle formula helps add life back to your 'do with oat extract and without any sulfate and silicone don'ts. (Amazon, $10)
Verb Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner
This shampoo and conditioner duo is silicone-, sulfate- and gluten-free and totally vegan-friendly. It's infused with quinoa and keratin proteins to gently cleanse and condition hair while strengthening each strand. (Verb, $14 each)
DevaCurl One Condition Original Daily Cream Conditioner
This amazing daily conditioner helps gently remove surface dirt while conditioning and hydrating, all without adding weight. Curls are soft and springy with just one use. (Ulta, $22)
Desert Essence Tea Tree Replenishing Shampoo
If you've got flakes outside of winter, fix that situation with this all-natural shampoo with tea tree oil, a natural cure for itchy, flaking scalp that will soothe and leave you flake-free in no time. Peppermint helps to clarify and yucca adds needed hydration. (Amazon, $9)
Phyto Phytolisse Express Smoothing Mask
We strongly believe in weekly repairing masks to give back what we take from our hair each week, and this sulfate- and silicone-free formula uses pine pulp to prevent frizz and tame unruly dryness for up to 72 hours without weighing hair down. We're in love. (Sephora, $45)
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Illuminators, bronzers, and blush are great, but nothing really gives you that fresh and hydrated glow like a hardworking facial moisturizer. Accidentally skip a day, and you’ll be quickly reminded of that fact. Often formulated with nourishing ingredients and essential vitamins, they often multitask to ward away dryness but also even out your skin tone and sometimes provide anti-aging benefits. And with the amount of moisturizer we’re going through this winter, we need options that won’t run our bank accounts dry when we’ve just lathered on the last little drop in the bottle. No matter your preference, your local drugstore houses tons of lifesaving facial moisturizers at unbeatable prices. We rounded up a few of our favorites for you to click through—because skin care and savings should always coincide.
Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer
This easy-to-blend, hydrating product works with a light-reflecting formula to hide your skin’s imperfections and brighten your overall complexion. Offered with a SPF of 15, it also provides protection from the sun in addition to moisturizing your skin. Another plus? It provides a smoothe base for makeup application.(Walgreens, $17)
Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Aging Formula
Olay’s Total Effect’s daily moisturizer is free of fragrance and actually works to reduce the visibility of aging skin by addressing various skin issues with seven different treatments, including minimizing the appearance of large pores and lifting skin for a firmer, younger look. (Walgreens, $16)
Eucerin Daily Protection Moisturizing Face Lotion
This formula provides your skin with a powerful hydrating armor for up to 24 hours without coating your skin with that heavy, claustrophobic feeling. This multitasking product also holds a SPF of 30 and is fragrance-free, which means it’s ideal for dry and sensitive skin that needs a little boost. (Walgreens, $10)
Alba Good & Healthy Anti-Oil Weightless Moisture
This anti-oil lotion, which is ideal for those with oily skin who struggle to find a decent moisturizer, uses the nutrients and vitamins found in leafy greens, including the kale and spinach mixed into the formula, to revive your skin. While the ingredients are said to work to bring moisture and life back into your skin, it doesn’t hold an SPF, so make sure you lather that on before you leave the house. (Target, $10)
Neutrogena Visibly Even Daily Moisturizer
Instead of constantly turning to foundation to even your skin tone, look towards preventative measures starting with your moisturizer. This product is made specifically with soy complexes to even out the discoloration in your complexion. It also acts as a light sunscreen with an SPF of 30. (Drugstore.com, $13)
Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15
Another lifesaver to keep in your bathroom cabinet? Cetaphil’s Daily Facial Moisturizer is gentle enough to use on the sensitive skin on your face but doesn’t hold back in the moisture department, providing relief and a very light SPF without that greasy residue we all hate in skincare products. (Target, $10)
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Let’s face it: whether your preferred beauty look is full-on Kardashian or #IWokeUpLikeThis, every girl’s wish in life is to have thick, long, dark eyelashes. But if you were not naturally blessed by the Perfect Lash Fairy, how best to go about getting them? Extensions are an option, but they get expensive and, like all good things, don’t last forever. Falsies work, but can be hard to apply every day. And if you have short eyelashes, a curler just isn’t going to cut it.
The true trick to getting those amazing lashes you’ve been dying for? Eyelash primers. Think of it as a base coat for your mascara that works to lengthen, volumize and replenish your natural lashes. To get the look we’ve rounded up the ten best eyelash primers you absolutely need to try. Pair them with your favorite mascara and you’ll be batting those lashes in no time.
Lancôme CILS BOOSTER XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base
When you’re looking for an XL boost to your lashes, Lancôme’s super-enhancing mascara base is the product for you. Infused with microfibers and Vitamin E, the formula coats your lashes for length and thickness, smoothing them out to maximize the results of your everyday mascara. It goes on white, intensifying the pigments of a black mascara. You won’t believe your lashes can look this amazing. (Sephora, $25)
Urban Decay Subversion Lash Primer
For high-volume lashes, prep with Urban Decay’s Subversion Lash Primer. It’s creamy formula contains Panthenol and Vitamin E for protection and conditioning, and is free of any fragrance or parabens. The extra-large brush allows for easy application that’ll leave you with thicker, longer and stronger lashes. The primer gives your lashes more weight, and therefore gives the mascara something to hold onto—don’t be surprised if people think you’re wearing falsies! (Sephora, $20)
Givenchy Mister Lash Booster
If you’re going for that perfect “No-Makeup Makeup” look, Givenchy has got the product for you. This all-in-one product is both a lash primer, serum and transparent mascara in one, meaning you get essential nutrients and a volumizing lift in just one swipe. The applicator is composed of supple bristles that will massage lashes to fortify and nourish them. Of course, you can still use it under a mascara, or even at night before bed for added treatment. Bonus—it can be used on brows too! (Sephora, $31)
Tarte MultiplEYE Lash Enhancing Primer
Made with high-performance natural ingredients like HydroPlant Peptide, cellulose and sweet almond extract, Tarte’s multiplEYE Lash Primer will condition, nourish and lengthen your lashes with every swipe. The cone-shaped brush ensures separation and precision while coating every lash from root to tip. Drying clear and clump free, you’ll have a smooth base for your mascara—and therefore an amazing dramatic look—in no time! (Amazon, $22)
Smashbox Layer Lash Primer
For ultra long lashes with extra hold and zero flaking, try Smashbox Layer Lash Primer. It’s nutrient packed formula includes panthenol for extra conditioning and strengthening, so not only will it extend the wear of your mascara, it will also leave your lashes in better shape than it found them. Apply directly at the root, wiggling the brush towards the ends of your lashes for a full coat with extra length and no clump. For the best results, apply mascara while the layer of primer is still wet.(Ulta, $19)
Estee Lauder Lash Primer
This multitasking primer does so much more than just prep. Giving you double the volume, this Estee Lauder product also curls (no more need for that eyelash curler!) and sets your lashes in place. While conditioning to prevent breakage, the formula acts like a magnet for your mascara to ensure long-lasting hold. Both ophthalmologist and dermatologist tested, reviewers have said that this product has even helped their lashes grow longer and thicker. Score! (Nordstrom, $24)
Clinique Lash Building Primer
For dry lashes, this Clinique product is a must. It’s ophthalmologist-tested, moisturizing formula helps to mend those annoying breaking lashes. It’s unique polymer combination holds to lashes for longer and fuller wear, and reduces any chance of your mascara flaking off throughout the day. The white undercoat boosts your mascaras natural pigments while lengthening for your best look yet! (Nordstrom, $15)
Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base
After using an eyelash curler, apply this Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base to set the curl—think of it like hairspray for your lashes. To get that perfect fanned out, fringe look you’ve been dying for, apply this primer from root to tip. You’ll instantly get fuller volume and longer lashes! It’s lightweight formula matches perfectly with any volumizing mascara, so pair this with your favorite brand and you’ll be turning heads in no time. Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base, $24, Sephora.com)
Blinc Lash Primer
For the short-lashed babes, this lash and brow primer moisturizers and conditions even the stubbiest of hairs. Enriched with Vitamin E, the product replenishes Vitamin B5 levels to your lashes for protection against environmental stressors and other damage. Apply 1-2 coats of this dye-free formula and allow it to set for 30 seconds between coats before applying your regular mascara. You’re guaranteed to have unbeatable lashes with amazing volume and length with just the swipe of a brush! (Sephora, $20)
Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum
You’ve heard of plumpers for your lips, but how about a plumper for your lashes? The first “active serum” mascara primer, this Dior product contains soy proteins that promote growth, strength and vitality. It’s super light, quick dry formula can be applied at night as a treatment or during the day for a smooth base and added volume under a mascara. Priming and thickening your lashes will quickly become an absolute must in your everyday makeup routine; you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. (Sephora, $29)
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The holiday season is upon us and that means you’ve got a full schedule on your hands. Between making time for family, catching up with friends and running around crossing items off your shopping list, it’s no wonder you’re feeling anxious to get things done. But regardless of your exhaustive to-do's, the holidays are a magical time. So to help you get in the holiday spirit, I’ve got four simple beauty routines that will have you feeling more like Cindy Lou Who than the Grinch. And the bonus is you’ll be holiday party ready to boot!
Swipe on that classic red lip
Red lipstick is the champagne of holiday makeup: It’s festive, elegant and perfect for any party. It’s sure to get you in the holiday spirit as the red shines against your pearly whites, making your smile reminiscent of those mouthwatering candy canes. I recommend filling in your entire lip with a pencil to create a strong base before layering your lipstick on top. This will help your color stay even if you get caught under the mistletoe.
Try a cranberry scented shampoo
Scents are so closely tied to your memories that one whiff of those cranberries as the winter wind whips through your hair and you’ll be immersed in a flurry of vivid memories. Rather than painstakingly waiting for the L train, you’ll instantly be back in the warm kitchen with mom preparing Thanksgiving dinner! I recently tried Garnier Whole Blends’ Color Care Shampoo & Conditioner with Argan Oil & Cranberry Extracts.
Paint your nails forest green
Green can be intimidating, but it’s a rare shade that looks just as good against your summer glow as it does your winter complexion. The evergreen hue will remind you just how fun decorating the tree can be, and the darker hue makes an appropriate nod to the colder months.
Practice a new hairstyle
This holiday season don’t let your hair get into a rut. Play with different styles to keep your hair looking fresh and ready for those festive get-togethers. Whether it’s simply switching it up with a romantic fishtail braid or adding a playful vintage barrette, changing up your look will give your locks new life and make you feel ready to take on that work holiday party you’ve been dreading.
This post is part of a sponsored collaboration between Garnier Whole Blends and SheKnows
In the dead of winter, nothing beats curling up on the couch with a hot toddy and a good Netflix binge while you hide out from the blistering cold. But sometimes, you have to adult. And that means turning off Shameless and actually going outside — either to work or to run errands that you can’t Amazon Prime yet for reasons that are wholly unclear.
And beyond that, the key to heading into the cold without totally freezing your butt off is all in the details. Yep, it’s the beanies, gloves, scarves and socks that save your extremities from frostbite, and we found the coziest, under-$30 picks to shop now.
1. Navy fur pom beanie
Miss Selfridge, $17
2. Cejon plaid velvet gloves
Lord & Taylor, $27
3. Uniqlo cashmere knit gloves
4. BP check woven square scarf
5. BP knit scarf
6. Missguided faux fur stole
7. Express gray knit pom beanie
8. Topshop faux fur pom-pom beanie
9. Zara gloves
10. Zara soft striped scarf
11. Yoins gray beanie
12. Women’s SIJJL faux fur cable-knit beanie
13. Carhartt WIP acrylic watch hat beanie
14. Old Navy textured-stripe poncho for women
Old Navy, $15
15. Old Navy tech-top sweater-knit gloves
Old Navy, $4
16. J.Crew authentic camp socks
17. Lou & Grey colorblock socks
Lou & Grey, $20
18. Faux fur collar
19. Warehouse cable-knit scarf
20. Merino wool blend tech gloves
First thing’s first: Under-eye creams are kind of bogus. Yes, we, the beauty team of STYLECASTER, are standing on our soapbox, officially denouncing (most) eye creams. Listen, it’s not that eye creams are bad for your skin, but they’re also not as magical or as revolutionary or as necessary for anti-aging as you’ve been led to believe.
If we’re being honest (we are), the face cream that you slather on every day and night is almost always as good — if not better — than most eye creams on the market. Yes, we know, your life has been a lie. And no, there’s no eye cream in the world that can permanently de-puff bags or brighten dark circles; that shit’s in your genes.
Still, some people just feel safer covering their bases by dabbing on an eye cream every night. So if you’re going to take the time to apply one, we’re going to make sure that you’re at least using the best, most-effective eye creams for plumping fine lines, tightening skin, and, hopefully, staving off the effects of mother nature for a few more years (if you’re into that kind of thing, of course). Scroll down to see our five favorites!
For under-eyes that are dark, dull, and blah-as-hell…
Andalou Naturals Luminous Eye Serum (Andalou, $20)
For under-eyes that have recently sprung some fine lines…
Eau Thermale Avène Ysthéal Eye and Lip Contour Care (Avene, $40)
For under-eyes that have been in wrinkle town for years…
StriVectin Intensive Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles (StriVectin,$70)
For sensitive under-eyes that love to burn and flake…
VMV Hypoallergenics Re-Everything Eye Serum (VMV Hypoallergenics, $100)
For under-eyes flecked in discoloration and freckles…
Dermalogica Age Smart Multivitamin Power Firm (Dermalogica, $60)
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Actress and model Cara Delevingne has been voted the most iconic beauty of the last century by 1,000 Brits aged between 18 and 65.
The 24-year-old catwalk star beat old-school beauties Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor, as well as reality TV sisters Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner, to take the top spot.
Everyone who took part in the poll (by makeup brand NKDb) was asked to name their top three beauty icons and state what they considered to be their "most striking" features.
Perhaps not surprisingly, people consider Delevingne's most striking feature to be her eyebrows. But it's those bushy brows that have some questioning her right to the accolade. "I don't see how Cara can beat Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn — it's totally crazy, they were both complete and utter style icons, whereas Cara just has eyebrows like Liam Gallagher," said Paula Warrender of Luton, Beds.
Well, we'd like to point out that Hepburn (who ranked No. 4 in the top 10, after Delevingne, Monroe and Kardashian) had pretty standout brows herself.
But this is about more than eyebrows. Delevingne deserves to be top of this list (without forgetting that this is simply a numbers game, because we all — luckily — have different ideas of what is beautiful) just as much as Monroe or Hepburn or Taylor. She's a modern celebrity whose beauty is deeper than what's on the surface, relatable in a way that those old-school Hollywood icons never were.
Delevingne has spoken openly about her mental health struggles. She's revealed how living with psoriasis has affected her body image. She's honest and upfront and flawed, and what could be more beautiful than that? And of course she looks incredible on the catwalk, but makeup-free and pulling goofball faces, she could be the girl next door. A little like 1960s model Twiggy, who comes in at No. 5.
Completing the top 10 are Elizabeth Taylor, Kylie Jenner, Dita Von Teese, Gwen Stefani and Adele. The list is reassuring insofar as it features a huge range of female body types, but we definitely need to see some women of colour in there for it to reflect real beauty diversity.
In case you’ve been living under a beauty-free rock, you’ll know that Urban Decay’s Naked eyeshadow palettes are pretty much the Air Jordans of makeup, with fans wildly pre-purchasing and literally lining up to snag one (or three) as soon as they’re released.
With a dozen richly-pigmented shades, these babies are pretty much fire when it comes to crafting the perfect neutral eye, so you can imagine how psyched we are that the “Smoky” Naked palette includes a range of light and dark colors to create all kinds of contoured looks–so much so that we went a little wild with it ourselves, creating a bunch of smoky looks on our gorgeous intern, Katie.
Check them out below, and—once you get your hands on your palette—don’t hold back!
The Gold And The Beautiful
Gold is a flattering shade on most women, and you get three gold and bronze shades in this palette. Brushing the palest gold, Dirtysweet, all over the lid and in the inner corners, we blended medium bronze shade, Radar, from the middle to the outer corner of the eye. Lastly, Whiskey was used again to line the lashes, slightly winging out at the corner for a soft cat-eye.
If you’re not into wearing an unabashedly pink shade on your eyes, High is the perfect rosy champagne shimmer in this palette. Using this pink champagne color all over the lid and in the inner corner of the eyes, we blended Smolder, a metallic eggplant color into the crease and under the lower lashes for a bit of jewel-toned soot, making this potentially girly eye look into something more grounded.
Smoke On Mirrors
Naked Smoky gives you three perfect silver/gray tones to create a quintessential smoky look. Without going too hard on the smoke, opting to play with texture instead, we ombré’d Slanted, a metallic gunmetal gray into Dagger, the deeper gray with a slight shimmer. Dagger was blended into a dramatic but soft wing shape going outwards, and swooped down to line the lower lashes. We dabbed more of Slanted onto the center of the eyelid as well as the center of the lower lash line to give the look a bit of metallic dimension. When you apply light-reflecting shimmer and gloss to the area of the eye that protrudes the furthest out (like the center of the eyelid) it makes your eyes appear rounder and deeper by dimension.
A smoky cat eye is a must with this palette. With a glitter-speckled iridescent cool bronze (or warm silver, depending on how you look at it) shadow like Armor, this takes the classic smudged cat-eye to a new years eve party. Combust, the matte pale rose color was dusted on the entire lid, with Armor blended into the crease and extended into a pointed shape, defining the outer eye corner. Black Market, the deep shimmery black shade, was painted along the lash lines with a flat eyeliner brush and winged out in the outer corners for a smoky cat eye effect.
We love a good mixed metals makeup look and we love an excuse for Cleopatra-inspired makeup. This gold and silver layered look is pretty bold without looking so heavy. Luckily, it’s dead easy to do as well. Just dust Dirtysweet all over the upper lid, and use Slanted to line your upper and lower lash lines, extending it outwards for a dramatic wing. Voila!
The ’90s Called
High shine and moody shadows were all the rage in ’90s beauty looks. We’re incorporating both into this smoky eye. With High brushed all over the eye lid, dipping into the inner corners, we balanced that out with Password, a matte warm slate gray blended in the creases and outerwards. Upper and lower lash lines were lined with Whiskey for soft definition, creating a bold thick winged look that’s dramatic without resorting to lots of black.
Going for the bold, we used the deepest and highest impact shades in this palette to create this gothy oil slick look. Using Smolder on the entire eyelid and creating shadow with Black Market, we blended the darkest shade outwards into a smoky wing. We used both shades to line the lower lash line. When you layer two shades to line your lashes, the result is slightly more dimensional than one flat color. Armor was dabbed in the inner corners for a high shine highlight.
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Not everyone’s skin is created equal and those with acne understand this more than anyone else. When it comes to getting rid of acne, using just any typical face wash may not give you the results that you’re seeking. That’s why many skincare companies have come up with cleansers specifically for those with troubled skin!
What makes these acne cleansers so good for blemishes is the ingredients that they include when formulating the product. Many of these face washes contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, both which deep clean and reduce blemishes. Many also contain natural products like clays and herbs that do wonders to suck up excess oil and vanish breakouts.
If you struggle with acne, toss your typical drugstore soap and make sure to give these acne cleansers a try!
1. Boscia Clear Complexion Cleanser
This refreshing, deep-cleansing facial cleanser works to purify pores and boost your skin's natural defense against irritations and reactions. It's also preservative-free and leaves your complexion clean, clear and free of shine. (Sephora $26)
2. Clarisonic Acne Daily Clarifying Cleanser
Even without a Clarisonic cleansing machine, you can use this face wash and achieve dreamy results. It works to remove dirt, oil and impurities while being safe and gentle enough to use twice daily. It contains two percent salicylic acid to dry and clear acne, helps your skin to heal and even prevents new blemishes from forming. (Sephora, $27)
3. Herbalism Cleanser
For a more natural option, you can cleanse with LUSH's acne face cleanser, Herbalism. With natural ingredients like ground almonds to gently exfoliate, kaolin clay and rice bran to give you a deep cleanse and mop up excess oils and a balancing blend of herbs like rosemary, nettle and chamomile, your skin will feel fresh, clean and calm helping to keep your skin balanced and blemish-free. (Lush; $14-$34)
4. Kate Somerville Detox Daily Cleanser
Designed to remove impurities without over-drying, fight acne-causing bacteria and stabilize oil production, this acne treatment cleanser will give your complexion a fresh start, setting skin on the path to clarity. It's also gentle enough to use twice daily putting your skin on the fast-track to healing. (Sephora, $32)
5. Clean & Clear Continuous Control Acne Cleanser
For a more affordable option, this Clean & Clear Continuous Control Acne Cleanser will do the trick. It not only removes dirt and oil, but also features a pore-penetrating technology that deposits helpful acne medicine into mores to help fight and prevent breakouts when when you're done washing. With time, your skin will become more and more clear. (Target, $5)
6.First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser With Red Clay
If you need a rescue for your acne prone skin, here is the answer to your prayers. This foaming gel cleanser removes excess oil, unclogs pores and purifies your skin with a seriously beneficial combination of red clay, rosemary leaf oil and botanical antioxidants. The powerful clay helps to draw out any toxins in your skin to make your pores instantly appear smaller and your complexion feeling deeply cleansed. (Sephora, $24)
7. Ole Henriksen Aloe Vera Deep Cleanser
Many times those with acne prone skin have a problem with redness and irratation. This cleanser helps to combat those problems as well as your acne. You can use this cleanser day and night soothe, clear restore balance and deeply cleanse your skin with a powerful blend of aloe vera, chamomile and tons of beneficial vitamins. (Sephora, $22)
8. Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser
This extra gentle anti-aging acne cleanser features sustained-release salicylic acid that helps to clear skin and restore youthfulness. Amino acids and hyaluronic acid bind moisture to skin to optimize hydration and restore suppleness while antioxidants neutralize free radicals to preserve a more youthful appearance. (Sephora, $30)
9. Peter Thomas Roth Beta Hydroxy 2% Acne Wash
With the powder of salicylic acid, this gentle cleanser will do the job of ridding your skin of enlarged pores, excess sebum and harmful bacteria. This wash is packed full of beneficial ingredients that will help to clear away blemishes without any of the harsh additives many face washes use that can potentially cause irritation and breakouts. Without drying out your skin, this cleanser is also formulated without dyes, fragrances or oils. (Birchbox, $35)
10. REN ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser
Formulated without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates, this antibacterial cleanser works to to combat acne while helping to prevent future breakouts and blemishes. REN uses their ClearCalm 3 system—a system that combats the three key causes of breakouts which include excess sebum, buildup of dead skin cells and blemish-causing bacteria. It also uses the latest hi-tech bio actives and is free from synthetic ingredients.(Sephora, $32)
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What are the chances that Michelle Obama is taking skin care tips from Kate Middleton? Slim to none, we'd say. But a new Daily Mail post claims that FLOTUS' makeup artist Carl Ray told them Middleton "recommended £43 ($54) Biotulin Supreme Skin Gel to Michelle — a non-injectable 'organic Botox.'" Hmm.
First and foremost: Doubt it. "Michelle Obama has been using this organic Botox gel regularly on the recommendation of Kate Middleton," Ray supposedly told a publication we've never heard of, Celebrities Style, according to the Daily Mail. And though he allegedly called the gel 'unbelievable' for combating wrinkles, a quick look at Amazon disproves that theory.
"I purchased it believing I wasn't asking to much of it just wanting it to lessen one wrinkle/line on forehead but it made no difference at all and gave me lumpy spots instead," one user wrote, adding, "Very disappointed."
"This product is nothing like Botox," another unsatisfied customer wrote. "You just get a slight tightening of the skin but not even noticeable wanted the fine lines around my eyes to be less noticeable. No one has seen anything different with my face."
Honestly, we're not sure why the Daily Mail just published this "news," because a quick search reveals that this weird item about off-brand "organic Botox" actually first surfaced in September 2015 in such "reputable" media outlets such as The Inquisitr. Who can say why this pesky "beauty tip" is making the rounds yet again, but one thing we can say with certainty: Don't hightail it over to Amazon to purchase this questionable gel. If you're worried about wrinkles, stick with what works.
The simple, strategic power of an enhanced eyebrow to transform the face is unrivaled; if a way to transform one’s appearance with a snap of the fingers (sans surgery, of course) were to ever exist, a well-groomed brow would be it.
If your reputation for having impeccable brows every day is something you value, but you also don’t necessarily want to squander your life’s savings on the admittedly amazing $30 pencil the Kardashians swear by (you know the one), a solid cadre of drugstore eyebrow pencils, powders, markers, and “sculptors” (definition unclear) is probably gonna be your jam.
Fortunately, there are some real winners of the budget variety — and these five are tried and true. Go forth for better brow game and more money in the bank.
1. COVERGIRL Bombshell POW-der Brow & Liner
The soft applicator on this powder-based brow enhancer makes application a breeze, since you can deposit as much or as little color as you like depending on whether you want a seriously strong brow or just need to fill in some stray hairs. It's easily blendable with a softer brush or your finger if you get cocky and end up looking like Groucho… and it doubles as an eyeliner, too. Everybody wins. (Walmart, $8)
2. e.l.f. Eyebrow Kit
More involved than a brow pencil but far less fussy (and less time-consuming) than you'd think, this compact features a pigmented wax for shaping alongside a color-coordinated setting powder, which helps to create natural-looking fullness that lasts until you remove it. Bonus points for the multitasking brush—there's an angled side to give brows arch and definition and a softer side for filling them in. (e.l.f., $3)
3. L'Oreal Paris Brow Stylist Sculptor
When the standard-issue pencil-and-brush combo is not enough, this fully loaded 3-in-1 tool steps in. One: fill in sparse areas and add definition with the precision tip crayon. Two: use the brush on the cap to comb through brows, which creates shape and softens the color. Three: use the clear finishing wax to keep 'em in check, and you're (very, very) good to go. (Drugstore.com, $8)
4. Maybelline Brow Precise Shaping Pencil
If precision is your thing, reach for this reliable brow pencil: It sharpens to a super fine point for utmost control, yielding thin, realistic lines that resemble the tiny brow hairs you're trying to create the illusion of without going overboard. A smooth, waxy texture gives it lasting power and helps to sculpt, but allows for the easy blending of a powder—and the spoolie brush on the opposite end ensures that everything goes exactly as planned. (Ulta, $8,)
5. NYX Eyebrow Marker
Much like a, uh, actual marker, the flexible felt tip enables you to draw smooth, easy strokes in one swoop. Unlike an actual marker, it's totally smear-, smudge-, and waterproof—and a water-based formula gives the ink a sheer, natural finish that can be layered for opacity if you want more, more, more. (NYX Cosmetics, $1)
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Listen up: Just because you have oily skin that errs on the side of the acne-prone doesn’t mean you’re immune to dryness and dehydration. Quite the opposite, in fact—a life without moisturizer means skin that’s thirsty AF, and oily skin that’s thirsty AF responds by overproducing oil, which is a great way to get more breakouts. That’s called a vicious cycle, and there’s no reason to engage in the whole causality situation (which came first, the oily skin or the acne?) when you can take a more proactive approach by finding the best moisturizer for acne-prone skin instead.
These eight picks are on the top of our list right now for fighting breakouts and keeping shine at bay—and some even come complete with antiaging ingredients, lightweight skin-perfecting coverage, or major SPF defense, which gives you all the more reason to add them to your skin-care lineup posthaste. Get into it.
1. Context Oil-Free Daily Moisturizer
Major moisture—and SPF 15—are hidden in this lightweight formula, which combines shea butter and manuka honey to condition the skin with potent vitamins and antioxidants that minimize pores and prevent premature aging. (The Stell, $40)
2. Eve Lom Rescue Oil-Free Moisturizer
This weightless hydrating fluid will control shine, fight acne, and keep skin in tip-top shape with antiseptic witch hazel, soothing cornflower, and more. (Barneys New York, $75)
3. Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer SPF 15
A longtime drugstore stalwart, this soothing lotion with feverfew extract is excellent for all skin types, from the sensitive and redness-prone to oily, easily irritated acne skin. It's essentially a salve for all that ails you. (Walgreens, $16)
4. Clinique Pep-Start HydroBlur Moisturizer
For a perfect canvas and lightweight hydration, choose this blurring moisturizer, which works like a primer to smooth away flaws and "retouch" skin. It's mattifying but not drying and so lightweight you can pat it over makeup as a touch-up throughout the day. (Clinique, $3)
5. Olay Total Effects Fragrance-Free 7-in-1 Anti-Aging Moisturizer
This never-fail antiaging formula is packed with vitamins and antioxidants to keep skin hydrated, minimize pores, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, all while balancing oil production to fight shine. (Walmart, $15)
6. Juice Beauty SPF 30 Oil-Free Moisturizer
Keep it natural and non-pore-clogging with this aloe-rich formula, which leaves skin looking calm, healthy, and completely under control thanks to organic fruit extracts and nourishing algae-based nutrients.
(Juice Beauty, $29)
7. Honest Beauty Everything Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free SPF 20
When a hint of tint is all but necessary, keep skin looking perfect—and shine under wraps—with this calming, conditioning moisturizer that melts into skin for foundation-like coverage with a super lightweight, barely there finish. (Honest Beauty, $28)
8. Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion
The gel-cream moisturizer of your lightweight hydration dreams, this smoothing oil-free formula plumps the skin to prevent dehydration while keeping oil and shine to a minimum.
(Dr. Dennis Gross, $58)
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Pray tell: What did you do with your last pair of money bags and stack of gold coins? Oh, wait, you mean you don’t have an endless supply of cash to spend on anything and everything in the world? You mean you can’t afford a $200 diamond dust-infused lotion that was hand-bottled by a Russian czar’s grandmother? WEIRD. Neither can we. Nor do we really want to, considering the fact that for just a few dollars, you can buy a cheap drugstore face lotion that’s easily just as good—if not way better—than its high-end counterpart. No, seriously.
Turns out, your skin doesn’t really need a shit ton on Peruvian crystals and unicorn tears to look good and stay moisturized. All it really needs is some rich hydrators (oh, hai, hyaluronic acid), maybe some acne-fighters, a hefty dose of SPF, and, well, that’s it. And trust us when we say that none of those basic ingredients need to cost more than $10.
So we rounded up the ten best drugstore face lotions that address pretty much every skin type and concern, so you can feel confident that your dolla dolla bills aren’t going to waste. And then maybe, just maybe, with this cheap drugstore swap, you’ll save enough money to start your own money bag. That’s the dream, right?
For the fine-lined and finely sensitive
Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Sensitive Face Lotion (Amazon, $8)
For the “it’s too sticky!” lotion hater
For the one-and-done minimalist
L’Oreal Paris Ideal Moisture Even Tone Day/Night Cream (L’Oreal, $7)
For the sometimes-oily, sometimes-dry, sometimes-both
Garnier SkinActive Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream (Garnier, $6)
For the crazy dry and irritated
Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturizer (Simple, $9)
For the occasional breaker-outer
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Moisturizer Pink Grapefruit (Neutrogena, $9)
For the constant breaker-outer
Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturizer (Target, $5)
For the easily burned and freckled
Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Lotion SPF 50 For Face (Aveeno, $9)
For the dark-spotted and discolored
Pond’s Clarant B3 Dark Spot Correcting Cream (Target, $9)
For the naturalist at heart
Alba Botanica Even Advanced Sea Moss Moisturizer (Target, $7)
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We all go through this contradictory phase with our hair where we have absolutely no interest in cutting it, but we still want a brand new and noticeably different look. This situation is especially frustrating when you have a bob. If going for the daring pixie cut or buying a set of expensive extensions isn’t up your alley, you might find yourself in a monotonous hair rut.
Thankfully, there are a ton of hairstyling options and even a few minor cutting techniques you can do to give yourself an updated ‘do without drastically changing the popular length. To help you figure out how to style a bob, we pulled together 7 options for you to choose from.
1. Blunt Bangs
If you already have a blunt bob, try giving your look even more of a mod vibe and cut bangs of a medium-thickness that fall right below your eyebrows. While they may need some management, the length provides you with the option of pulling them back or growing them out with ease.
2. Fake Bangs With a Bobby Pin
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. The bobby pin is completely underrated. Fake fringe without actually cutting them by parting your hair on the side and pulling the hair over your forehead and then pinning it back with a bobby pink or a dressy barrette. The pins will also double up as a cute hair accessory.
3. The Thick Headband
Give your workout headband another wear and rock it during the day, using it to pull flat-ironed hair back and out of your face. This look is ideal for someone transitioning their bangs. Place the headband right at your hairline and be sure to calm your hair of fly-aways and static for a sleek look.
4. A Middle Part
You might not believe it, but changing your hair part alone can make it appear like you got a new cut. As hair flips into different directions, it creates the illusion of layers, angles, and volume. Go for a modern middle part with a chin-length bob with piece-y texture at the ends.
5. Pinned Curls
Don’t get trapped in the thought that you can’t do a lot with short hair. That couldn’t be less true. Create a 20s-inspired look by with pin curls starting at your ears and followed around your head. Keep the rest of your hair texture-free and smooth, allowing the curls to really pop. When you remove the curls after a few hours, you’ll have a wavy, beachy style to wear later.
6. Voluminous Waves
You’ll be glad you didn’t get rid of your hot rollers. Part your hair on the side and set your hair in 1 ½- inch rollers while you finish getting ready in the morning. They’ll need to stay in for at least a half hour, so make sure to plan your time accordingly. When you take them out, keep the style in place with a flexible and long-holding hair spray like Living Proof’s Flex Shaping Hairspray. We love the idea of wearing an ear cuff or dramatic dangly earrings on the side opposite your hair part.
7. Trusty Tousled Waves
This is quite possibly the simplest way to update a bob. As long as you have a curling wand and heat-protectant spray, you’ll be able to achieve this at home. After curling the hair around your head with a 1-inch curling iron, run your fingers through your hair to separate the tendrils. Keep the pieces around your face in a spiral shape by winding them around your finger. Finish with a spritz of finishing spray or salt spray for even more texture.
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If you’re a human being who has ever spent a day in the sun—or ever had an especially annoying, long-lasting pimple—then you probably have a few dark spots or red marks on your face. And you’ve probably realized by this point that no matter how many scrubs, masks, or gentle words of encouragement you heap upon those spots, they never totally fade.
But to get rid of hyperpigmentation (the catch-all term for dark spots and discoloration), you kinda have to know what you’re dealing with, first. “Essentially, hyperpigmentation is your skin’s reaction to injury,” says Mona Gohara, MD, dermatologist at Yale University. “For some biological reason, when you get injured, your melanocytes—the cells in your skin responsible for creating melanin—go into overdrive and create even more melanin at the site of your injury, giving you hyperpigmentation.”
But the thing is, those “injuries” can be anything as small as a pimple, or a shaving nick, or a patch of eczema, or even just hangin’ out in the sun for a few hours. And for some reason, your melanocytes turn into Chicken Little over the injury and create a shit ton of melanin like the sky is falling, leaving you with hyperpigmentation.
Of course, not all skin discoloration is the same on all people. On lighter skin tones, the response to injury tends to appear as dark patches and spots, called hyperpigmentation, while darker skin tones often produce light spots (called hypopigmentation) and melasma (large gray-brown patches due to hormonal changes from birth control and pregnancy). Of course, any of these can affect any skin color and type, so don’t get hung up on fitting into a box. Instead, figure out what type of discoloration you have (going to the derm is your best option for this, though looking in the mirror is a close second), and then try your hand at treating it.
“Annoyingly, hypopigmentation—the loss of skin color—can’t be fixed with over-the-counter creams; it just has to fade slowly on its own,” says Gohara. Yes, it’s an insane bummer, but we promise the spots will fade. If you’re dealing with hyperpigmentation, though, you’ve got options, the most powerful (and potentially irritating) being hydroquinone: “Hydroquinone is a skin lightener that inhibits your melanin productions, which, when applied at night in 3-to-4-percent concentrations, quickly lightens hyperpigmentation,” says Gohara. The downside? It can be hella irritating, and, if overused, it has been shown to cause a darkening in the skin of darker complexions. So, you know, the opposite effect of what you’re going for.
If post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (a.k.a. the redness and dark spots leftover from acne) is your bugaboo, try over-the-counter retinoids, like Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair, which are vitamin-A derivatives that trigger your cells to turnover, leaving you with newer, fresher, brighter skin…after, you know, six months to a year. They’re still just as effective at lightening spots, though they do take longer, and they have the potential to irritate your skin and dry it out, so make sure to only use a pea-size amount over your entire face twice a week to start out. Again, we’d really recommend you use retinoids and hydroquinone under your derm’s supervision, but since you’re not going to, promise us that you’ll take it slow, OK?
If we’ve scared you out of both of those excellent options, then your next best bet is an antioxidant. “Antioxidants, like vitamin C, work to brighten your skin and fade dark spots over time, and are generally safe on all skin tones at low percentages,” says Gohara, who swears by SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum or Obagi Professional-C Serum 20%. Your irritation risk is far lower with vitamin C is far lower than with other options, but the results are also much slower. Still, with continual use (read: every single morning), you’ll notice a significant difference in your skin tone along with the start of dark-spot fading after six months.
Treating dark spots at home is the same for the lightest of light skin tones and the darkest of dark skin tones—though, as you learned with hydroquinone, dark skin can develop dark spots when it’s irritated; those with deep complexions need to be especially vigilant about using the lowest concentrations of lightening products and stopping at the first sign of irritation, lest you exacerbate the problem. And regardless of your skin type, Gohara (and literally every single dermatologist and doctor in the history of ever), urge you to use sunscreen, especially if you have dark spots.
“Sun exposure triggers melanin production, which means your hyperpigmentation will appear darker very quickly without sunscreen,” says Gohara. If you don’t use sunscreen when trying to treat your discoloration, you’re literally negating all of your efforts. Also, sunscreen is excellent and protects you from skin cancer, etc., etc. (Not sure where to start? We love Dermalogica Pure Light SPF 50, which won’t clog pores or mess with your makeup.) Now go forth into this world a brighter, younger-looking thing, armed with all of the info you never knew you needed.
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Here are but a few constants when November rolls around: The leaves change, the bird fly south, and your hair becomes a dry, static-y mess. “The winter season with the low temperatures and humidity can dry out hair making it brittle and listless,” says dermatologist Neil Sadick. And before you thank him for stating the obvious, remember: You, too, have probably stared in the mirror at your lifeless hair, questioning how it got so ungodly dull in two weeks’ time.
But there are a few things you can do. For one, swap out your shampoo and conditioner, stat: “Regardless of the hair type, extra moisturizing shampoos and conditioners can lock in hydration and ensure nurturing of the hair,” says Sadick. “Curly or thick hair is typically more demanding and prone to extra frizziness, so additional measures like hair masks and serums are beneficial to protect the hair from the root to the tip.”
And while it might seem counterintuitive to spritz your already-dry hair with dry shampoo, prolonging your showers in the winter—even by just a day or two—will do wonders for dry, damaged hair. Ahead, we found 12 masks, oils, styling products, and treatments to bring your dry hair back from the brink.
Ouai Treatment Masque
SheaMoisture 100% Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Bumble and bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil
dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse
Yes to Naturals Calming Scalp Relief Shampoo
IGK Hydrating Hair Balm
Klorane Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk
Moroccanoil Dry Scalp Treatment
Phyto Phytojoba Intense Hydrating Brilliance Shampoo
Pureology Hydrate Conditioner
Sachajuan Hair Repair
The Stell, $28
True Moringa Hair Treatment Oil
True Moringa ,$36
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Love it or hate it, there's no stopping it. Black Friday is coming.
OK, come on, everybody. Black Friday isn't that bad. It's kinda fun, actually, if you don't take it too seriously. (That means no diving into the chaotic mountain of $2 bath towels on aisle 6. Let's keep it classy this year, hm?)
Well, the good thing about clothing sales on Black Friday is that they usually start early in the week and last through the weekend. Clothing deals just can't compete with those 90-percent-off, 70-inch flat-screen TVs, so lucky for us, fashion deals last a bit longer.
DealNews has a few predictions this year regarding Black Friday's clothes sales. These are general rules of thumb you might want to follow on Black Friday 2016:
Burlington Coat Factory
At Burlington, although the selection of Black Friday items may not be huge, most of their deals include 50-percent markdowns.
Cole Haan's huge Black Friday event features 50 percent off select boots, grand styles, bags and outerwear, plus 30 percent off everything else.
Express' Black Friday sale started on Tuesday morning, and everything online and in-store is 50 percent off!
J.C. Penney is opening it's doors at 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, and it if you shop in-store you'll be lucky enough to score some Black Friday coupons. Sale items include:
On Groupon, you can already grab great deals off of gizmos, gadgets, jewelry, makeup and clothes. Their early access event has already started, and you can get up to 80 percent off hundreds of top brands. Here are a few of the deals they've advertised:
Shop Kohl's Black Friday deals online now and earn $15 Kohl’s Cash when you spend $50. But be careful! The Kohl's cash earned is redeemable only from Nov. 30 to Dec. 6. Black Friday deals are available in-store starting Thursday at 6 p.m.
Macy's starts the online sale on Wednesday, and doors open for Black Friday at 5 p.m. on Thursday. Here are some of their Doorbuster offers:
New York & Company
According to their ad, everything is on sale up to 75 percent off starting on Wednesday and there are hundreds of doorbusters starting Thanksgiving Day. All Eva Mendes collection items are also 50 percent off.
Old Navy is holding flash sales all week (follow them on Facebook to keep up) and has some pretty awesome clothing deals in-store for Black Friday. They're also giving away $100,000 every day of Thanksgiving week — to enter you pick up a game-piece with every in-store purchase.
Target is usually always on the list of stores to hit on Black Friday. If you download the Target app, you can actually plan your #TargetRun and save items and coupons with the lists feature. They also have a 10 days of deals promotion going.
Starting Wednesday, Nov. 23, you’ll be able to pursue all of Foot Locker's sweet deals online. In addition to the sales, there's also multiple online checkout codes for an even deeper discount listed on their website. Sales categories include:
Originally published November 2015. Updated November 2016.
Everyone knows Cyber Monday is better than Black Friday simply because there are no lines. And let's face it: The deals are usually the same. It's just easier. So let's talk deals...
Originally published November 2015. Updated November 2016.