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Published: Tue, 09 Feb 2016 12:17:05 GMT

You'll Never Believe These 8 Looks Are From Gap (Tue, 09 Feb 2016 11:47:01 GMT)

Chances are, you shopped at Gap when you were little (we surely weren't the only ones who stocked up on their floral leggings and matching headbands). But when is the last time you stepped inside the store as an adult?


Yeah, we couldn't remember, either. However, over the past couple months, we've seen many stylish ladies on Instagram posting photos of themselves wearing the mass retailer. And we have to say, they look great. 


To prove our point, we rounded up eight great outfits that include pieces from Gap that show the store has certainly evolved since the '90s. And the best part? The prices are unbeatable. 



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Polka dot fit & flare dress, $47


 


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Cinch ballet flats, $49


 


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Nautical stripe rib sweater, $59


 


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Bi-stretch skinny ankle pants, $59


 


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Crochet blouse, $54


 


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Southwestern mini skirt, $32


 


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Patch bandana scarf, $34


 


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1969 black denim jumpsuit, $44


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Kristen Wiig Is So Fashionable, You Probably Didn't Notice (Tue, 09 Feb 2016 11:12:00 GMT)

We're used to seeing Kristen Wiig dressed as the "Target lady." Or in a nude bodysuit, performing Sia's "Chandelier." Or in a hideous bridesmaid dress. But when you look at this lady's red carpet style, it becomes clear: She is a fashion maven. 


The comedienne has become a staple on our best-dressed list and constantly turns it out, week after week. But we realized that without viewing Wiig's amazing outfits, all in a row, it's probably easy to overlook her style prowess -- after all, she keeps a pretty low profile. 


To prove her sartorial genius, we rounded up photos of Wiig over the years to show how her style has gotten better and better. Here's to one funny woman who takes style very seriously. 



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How To Cover A Pimple With Makeup Without Anyone Noticing (Tue, 09 Feb 2016 11:00:24 GMT)




Nobody likes waking up to a zit. But instead of allowing an unexpected breakout (or two) to dampen your mood, save face with this simple concealer trick. 


Our pals at PureWow have come to the rescue with this 3-step tutorial on how to successfully cover a pimple. To cancel out redness, it's best to apply a green-ish cream concealer before blending your regular concealer on top. And don't forget to set your face makeup with powder.


Watch the video above to learn exactly how to conceal zits with the quickness!


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3 Must-Have Beauty Treatments for New York Fashion Week (Mon, 08 Feb 2016 23:04:02 GMT)

Not all members of the media and attendees and of New York Fashion Week strut from their trendy apartments in recently gentrified neighborhoods on Day 1 rearing to go. Some of us who cover fashion week actually come from far away lands like, in my case, the hippy hills of Fairfax, CA.

Exchanging my daily wardrobe of a hoodie and yoga pants for what's barely passable as fashionable (I try and go for the mostly black look to blend backstage with the often black-clad makeup artists and hair stylists) is just the first step. Once I get to my old stomping grounds of Manhattan (though I now live in Northern California, I lived in all over Brooklyn and downtown Manhattan for 16 years), I try and get myself physically and mentally ready for fashion week by partaking in a few vital beauty rituals:


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1. Pay a visit to Joanna Vargas Skin Care. Countless actresses, models, and designers prepare for big events by visiting Joanna Vargas's iconic skin spa in midtown Manhattan. Why? Because all it takes is one of her famous Triple Crown Facials, featuring organic products and magic wands that literally give your face an instant lift. Don't believe me? Have the esthetician do half your face and give you a mirror - you will look like a Picasso. It's that dramatic. Seriously. Tip: Keep the magic going by investing in a NuFace, an at-home microcurrent device that can keep you lifted if you do it religiously. Think of it like Pilates for your face. Joanna Vargas Skincare, 501 5th Avenue, Manhattan. 212.949.2350 or www.joannavargas.com.

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2. Get my nails done at Paintbox in the village. I will never forget the first time I heard about Paintbox. I was backstage at a show, and Rebecca Isa, the genius Creative Director of Zoya was explaining to a group of editors and writers her artistically crafted negative space nail design. After she showed us a model with the final look and I wiped the drool from my chin I casually asked the group, "Is there anywhere I could actually get a manicure like this?" The entire group (no lie) chanted together, "Paintbox!" Obviously I had been away too long. Started by former beauty editor Eleanor Langston with celebrity nail artist Julie Kandalec as Creative Director, Paintbox offers the latest runway-inspired nail designs (think ombre, geometric, marbled, negative space designs) while you sip bubbly and feel fabulous. Paintbox, 17 Crosby Street, Manhattan. 212.219.2412 or www.paint-box.com.

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3. Get a Korean body scrub in Koreatown. A Korean Body Scrub is not for the faint or heart nor is it for the modest. You can opt for a higher end spa like Juvenex Spa where you can spend hours pre-treatment, soaking in healing "ponds" of sake and seaweed and visiting the various saunas... Or, choose a no-frills spa like Zen Spa & Sauna where the wet room looks straight out of a sanitarium prepped for a murder scene and they use Vaseline as the moisturizer of choice. Either way you can expect a little pain and lots of nudity. So why would I subject myself to such a scene? Because even though the woman scrubbing me is in a bra and granny panties and she's scouring me within an inch of my life, I can literally see rolls of grey dead skin flying from her scrub cloth. I assure you that even though you think you got a "fantastic scrub" at a luxury spa where you left smelling like sunshine, a traditional Korean scrub will literally bring out your baby skin and keep you super soft for weeks. Juvenex, 25 West 32nd Street, Manhattan. (646) 733-1330 or juvenexspanyc.com

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Cindy Crawford: Ex-Husband Richard Gere Is Like 'A Stranger' To Me (Mon, 08 Feb 2016 22:36:09 GMT)


Twenty years after their divorce, Cindy Crawford admits she and ex-husband Richard Gere haven't really kept in touch.


The 49-year-old supermodel reminisced on her short-lived marriage to Gere recently in a candid interview with Marc Maron on his "WTF" podcast


"I was young," said Crawford, adding that she was 26 when they married (Gere was 42 at the time). "I didn't think I was young, though, but I was young. I was with Richard for like six years, but I was only married for two years."


When Maron asked if she and the 66-year-old actor are still friends, Crawford gave a surprisingly frank answer.


"We're friendly, but I think it's almost like he's gone back to being, like, 'Richard Gere' again, like a stranger because we don't really see each other that much," she said. "I think part of the problem in our relationship was that we were a lot of other things but I don't know if we were ever friends -- like peers, because I was young, and he was Richard Gere. And then, as I started kind of growing up and growing into myself -- it's hard to change the nature of a relationship once you're already in it."



The supermodel -- who recently announced her retirement from modeling -- went on to find lasting love with businessman Rande Gerber. Crawford told Maron it's the exact thing that was missing from her marriage to Gere -- friendship -- that's kept the pair together. 


"I think why Rande and I really work is that we were friends first," she said. "I never pretended to like baseball or meditation -- or whatever the version is." 


With Gerber, Crawford felt like she "wasn't trying to impress."


The couple -- who have two teenage kids together -- recently celebrated their 17th anniversary. Crawford marked the occasion with a sweet Instagram snap of the pair, writing, "17 years ago we decided to jump into life together. Happy anniversary, babe. I love you!"



17 years ago we decided to jump into life together. Happy anniversary, babe. I love you! @arthurelgort

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Makeup 101: Your Crash Course on the Essentials + How to Use Them (Mon, 08 Feb 2016 22:15:52 GMT)

Don't get us wrong: We love a show-stopping makeup look as much as the next girl. But makeup basics are important. They're what help you with your base makeup routine that gets you ready in just five minutes flat every. single. day. and the hacks that can take you from office to date in just a few simple steps. We spend a lot of time breaking beauty down to the essentials, but here, we're going even further into 101 territory: we're talking a what's what of your makeup kit. Whether you've glossed over the nitty gritty of each product or are just learning how to build a routine that fits your personality or schedule, consider this your guide to keeping makeup simple and approachable. This foundation of knowledge can also be your stepping stone into the more advanced, creative ways to use makeup. Here's everything you need to know about makeup basics and how to use them.

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Foundation + Concealer


Foundations

Foundation: Beyond your skincare routine, foundation is what makes your skin appear flawless; it evens out your skin tone and conceals any subtle blemishes or discolorations on your face. The most important aspect of foundation to consider is coverage. Generally speaking, there are two ways to go. If you want lighter coverage then opt for a tinted moisturizer, a slightly colored cream that you can swipe on with your fingers to give your skin a wash of color. This is the lazy girl's M.O. If you're interested in more coverage then liquid foundation -- the classic form of foundation -- is your best bet. This foundation is best applied with either your fingers, a flat synthetic foundation brush or a sponge blender.

Take it to the next level with concealer: When you really want to be sleuthy, add concealer to your routine. It's your go-to for things like covering blemishes and more apparent skin discolorations, and can also be used to brighten and even out your under eye area. Concealer comes in different mediums like creams, sticks and liquids. Similarly to foundation, you'll pick your product based on the level of coverage you need for your skin type.

Bronzer + Highlighter


Bronzer

Bronzer: Imagine bronzer as sunshine in powder form. When you apply foundation to your skin you even out your skin tone, but you're also getting rid of the natural shadows and highlights on your face. Think of the bronzer as your way to use shadow to create depth or to give the illusion of moving a part of your face back. This is the first step to adding warmth and dimension back into your face. The "right" bronzer for your skin tone should look like a naturally tan version of you, not too orange and not too dark.

For extra illumination use highlighter: Highlighter is essentially the opposite of your bronzer. Rather than making a part of your face look smaller, you will use the brightness of a highlighter to bring out areas of your face (When you see images of a gal who has that glowing dewy-looking skin, there is a very good chance that she is wearing highlighter. Secrets revealed!). You can get highlighters that are golden, pearlescent and opalescent. There are also other variations, such as matte highlighter, which gives you the brightness without the shimmer. Finding a highlighter that works well on your skin tone and for your personality is pretty simple.

Blush + Cream Blush


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Blush: When you're not wearing any makeup, you'll be able to see a natural flush of color on your cheeks. But again, after applying a little foundation, you're covering that up in attempt to get a more even base to work with. Enter blush, the product that adds life to your features (um yeah, you can wear blush on more parts of your face than just your cheeks). Because blush comes in so many hues, you can take it literally and match your natural flush or use a more playful hue to make your look more vibrant. Typically, beginners will wear powder blush because it's usually easier to apply for a more natural finish.

Pump it up with cream blush: Cream blush is a really fun way to take wearing blush to another level -- it's more pigmented, and therefore a bolder way to wear blush. To take it even further, you can apply a cream blush as your base and set it in place with a powder blush for an even brighter punch of color that will last all day.

Eyeshadow + Smokey Eye


Eyeshadow

Eyeshadow: When it's used on its own as a single shade, eyeshadow is purely cosmetic. As a minimalist or beginner, you can apply a sweep of a single shadow across your eyelid for a subtle pop of color.

Get your blend on with a smokey eye: For a more advanced gal who wants to take eyeshadow to the next level there's the smokey eye. The concept here is to create dimension using a base shade, highlight shade and contour shade just like you would do on your face, but focusing on your eyelids only. You can use endless color combinations as long as you keep the basic approach the same. To build a dramatic look, use a neutral color on your eyelids, a deeper medium hue in your creases and a brighter shadow on your brow bones and the inside corners of your eyes.

Eyeliner + Brow Pencil


Eyeliner

Eyeliner: Eyeliner is all about enhancing the shape and color of your eyes. There are several techniques you can use, but beginners should keep application simple by using a pencil along their lower lash line to create definition and along the upper lash line to make eyelashes look fuller. Simple as that.

For further definition use a brow pencil: The idea of filling in your eyebrows can be a little intimidating for the gal who has never gone there, but once you're ready to accentuate your eyes further, this is the way to go. Eyebrow enhancement can actually change the entire look of your face -- this is why we're considering it a more advanced makeup route. You can try powders, creams and other variations of mediums, but the easiest way to fill in and shape your eyebrows tends to be an eyebrow pencil that you can get in a hue to complement the natural color of your eyebrows.

Mascara + Eyelash Curler


Mascara

Mascara: This was actually my gateway to makeup; I wore mascara before anything else. Mascara is a great way to give your entire face a little extra pop without having to learn all the other techniques. I recommend that you pick a mascara that's not waterproof to start because it will be much easier to take off later. The formulas are typically designed to enhance length or volume and the biggest actual difference is usually the shape of the brush. Try to find a mascara that has a smaller application brush so you can have more control when putting it on.

Turn up the volume with an eyelash curler: This device looks scary as heck (I always make sure to be gentle with this little contraption), but it's totally clutch when it comes to getting va-va-voom lashes. It's a must for certain looks, but you have to make sure you use it correctly or else you can -- eek! -- break or rip out your eyelashes. Be sure to watch a tutorial that offers tips and tricks as to how to use it properlly before you get on this train!

Lip Color + Lip Liner


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Lip Color: We're not just talking color -- the choices are endless -- but we're also talking types of lip color. There's lip balm, gloss, tints, creme sticks and stains. The main difference you should be aware of is that each one carries a different level of pigment, aka the amount of color that will show up on your pout; this can vary from brand to brand. The easiest intro to lip color is to start off with the less pigmented options and work your way up to the bolder hues that take more effort to apply and maintain.

For an even more perfect pucker use lip liner: While lip liner is a next-level product, it's one that I highly recommend using whenever you choose to wear any type of lipstick or darker pigmented lip color. Lip liners essentially create a barrier to keep the lipstick on your lips and prevent the color from bleeding or feathering onto the perimeter of your mouth. In other words, it's the secret to totally kissable lips.

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James Corden Steals Cindy Crawford's Spotlight In This Pepsi Ad Parody (Mon, 08 Feb 2016 22:08:03 GMT)

This is the best Pepsi "commercial" we've seen since, well, Cindy Crawford also starred in the original version





James Corden debuted a reboot of the classic 1992 ad during a post-Super Bowl episode of "The Late Late Show" Sunday night. It stays pretty much true to the original (including the fact that Crawford looks almost the same as she did 24 years ago), but the new version has one... colorful difference.


Crawford emerges from her totally '90s car the same way, and makes her way over to the soda machine in virtually the same denim cut-offs and white tank while two young boys appear to ogle her just as before. But things take a turn toward the hilarious when Corden emerges wearing -- you guessed it -- barely-there denim cut-offs and a fitted white tank top.


Corden truly has a knack for taking something that was already pretty darn perfect (Hello, Adele) and making it even better. This parody commercial is no exception. But hey, don't let us keep you from reliving the original, either: 





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There's an Easy Way to Tell If Your Beauty Products Are Expired (Who Knew!?) (Mon, 08 Feb 2016 21:55:46 GMT)

By Petra Guglielmetti, Glamour

We often hear guidelines from dermatologists about how long we should use certain beauty products; the FDA has advice on this too. The one that always stands out in our minds is the three-month rule for mascara (whether we all adhere to such advice is another story entirely). It makes sense, and of course we want to avoid using expired products that could be crawling with grody, possibly harmful bacteria. Yet somehow, we've gotten this far in life without ever knowing there's a really easy way--embarrassingly easy--to know whether one of our makeup, hair, or skin care staples is well past its prime.

Did you know there's a little stamp on each beauty product's packaging and/or label that tells you how many months you should keep it? Yep, it's there. It looks like a little open jar with a number inside (officially called the PAO logo, or period after opening), and your eyes have probably scanned right past it a million times when you're looking for a shade name or ingredients list. When Mic pointed out this obvious detail yesterday, we had a flash of recognition; we'd seen the logo before but honestly never really paid attention to it. Now, as we take stock of our own product stash, we're faced with concrete evidence that many of the items we've hoarded for a year or more weren't intended to last nearly that long (oops). And as for our new stuff, we're excited to see keep dates are a lot longer than we had anticipated:

Here's some Chanel illuminating powder we can hang on to until July 2017.

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And these Urban Decay eye and lip liners are good for two years--sweet!

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It's all very interesting, but there's one obvious complication: remembering when you actually opened any given item. That's not easy when you're a bit of a...collector. If that's you, and even these handy expiration labels won't help you, here are calming words of reassurance from one of our favorite dermatologists, Ranella Hirsch. "It's not do or die, more common sense," she says of retiring products right on time. "If it smells funny, looks funny, or just seems off, discard it. Why risk it? Note how similar this is to checking food in the fridge." Overall, we're feeling pretty inspired to resolve our hoarding tendencies this year. Clear our weekend schedules, we have a medicine-cabinet purge coming on.

Photos: Lindsay Schallon; Design: Natalie Long

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Your Ultimate Guide to Dry Shampoo (Mon, 08 Feb 2016 21:49:18 GMT)

By Deanna Pai, Glamour

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Photo: Delphine Achard/WWD

Dry shampoo isn't exactly new (one of the OG brands, Batiste, has been around for over 40 years), but it really only took the beauty world by storm a few years ago. And instead of quietly fading alongside other trends, it carved out a permanent spot for itself on our bathroom shelves--and in our hearts. Why we love it: Initially formulated to cleanse hair without water, it now does way more, from prolonging blowout lifespans to adding gritty second-day texture to squeaky-clean hair. But that doesn't mean it's foolproof. These are the key things you should know, whether you're a dry shampoo devotee or new to the game.

Shake Before You Spray:
In the everlasting words of Taylor Swift, you've gotta shake, shake, shake, shake, shake--the dry shampoo can, that is. "The product might separate and settle in the bottle. This mixes it up again so it'll be evenly distributed once you spray it," says TRESemme celeb hairstylist John D. He suggests pausing every few seconds to shake the bottle to guarantee good coverage throughout your hair.

When Using It to Cleanse: If your roots are crazy greasy, technique is key to cleaning them up with dry shampoo while keeping your style or blowout intact. "Use your fingers to loosely lift and section the hair, and focus on spraying the root area," says John D. "Keep the can six to 10 inches away from the scalp when applying. This way, you distribute it not just on but also around the roots." (The only exception is for curly hair, since it's denser--get right up to the roots for that.) Let the dry shampoo sit there for a minute or two to give the formula time to soak up all the oil and grime. Then, use your hands to massage it into your roots and then rake any excess out. Boom. You've just hit refresh on your hair.

When Using It to Style: On the other hand, when you want to boost overall texture and volume--or if you're working with freshly washed hair--there's no need to focus on your roots. Once your hair's dry, just add a few spritzes of dry shampoo. "Keep in mind that a little goes a long way," says hairstylist Edward Tricomi, cofounder of Warren-Tricomi Salons. "Turn your head upside down and, holding the can a few inches away, spray the dry shampoo." He recommends starting with two or three sprays, because going overboard can make hair look dull (if that happens, just brush it out). Once you flip your hair back, it'll look tousled and textured--like you just woke up with the best bed-head ever.

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Choose Wisely: Like any other product in your cabinet, dry shampoos vary widely. Some are formulated for super-oily scalps, while others offer hair-healthy ingredients like keratin. And there's no shortage of options for different hair colors. (Check our recs below!) If you have very dry or damaged hair, follow your dry shampoo with a dry conditioner like Oribe Soft Dry Conditioner ($36, barneys.com). In the same way that dry shampoo functions like its traditional liquid counterpart to cleanse roots and give hair a rough texture, dry conditioner conversely smooths it and imparts a healthy sheen. Used in tandem, they're almost enough to sub for a real hair-washing--the key word being almost.

Wash It Out: Sadly, it's possible to have too much of a good thing. If you find that you use your dry shampoo more than your actual shampoo, you may have a problem. "I always compare the scalp to the face. Could you imagine if you didn't remove makeup and dirt from your skin and instead only added a little powder to soak up the oil?" says New York dermatologist Francesca Fusco, M.D., and Clear Haircare expert. "Dry shampoo is okay in a pinch, but not ideal for regular use." If you go too long between washing your hair, you may experience scalp issues like irritation (in the form of itchiness and uncomfortable tightness) and even bacterial growth, which can give off a weird smell. If you're a dry shampoo diehard, use a scalp scrub like Christophe Robin Purifying Scalp Scrub with Sea Salt ($52, sephora.com) once a week, or DIY it by adding a tablespoon of sugar to your shampoo and massaging the mixture into your scalp (don't worry, the sugar melts out).

Dry Shampoos for Every Situation

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1. Best Post-Gym:
Spin class is no match for this powerhouse, which sops up dirt, oil, and sweat alike. Plus, it's lightly scented so you head can out without worrying that you stink. Definitely a game-changer.
Living Proof Perfect Hair Dry Shampoo ($22, ulta.com)

2. Best for Curly Hair:
Unlike most dry shampoos, which give hair a matte finish, this one is laced with Abyssinian oil to prevent frizz and amp up shine.
Sephora Collection Dry Clean dry shampoo ($14, sephora.com)

3. Best for Dry or Damaged Hair:
This overachiever packs a hair-strengthening combo of keratin and vitamin B-12 for smoother, stronger strands.
TRESemme Fresh Start Basic Care Dry Shampoo ($6, ulta.com)

4. Best for Fine Hair:
Instead of heavier starches, the primary absorber in this is actually volcanic ash, which is so lightweight that it won't weigh down fine hair.
Unwash Dry Cleanser ($28, unwash.com)

5. Best for Brunettes:
Dry shampoos can have a white or grey tint, which stands out (not in a good way) on darker hair colors. Some dry shampoo brands offer a range of shades to fix that, but this goes above and beyond with options for different brunette tones.
Batiste Hint of Color Dark and Deep Brown Dry Shampoo ($7, target.com)

6. Best for Normal Hair:
Good for cleansing, adding texture and boosting volume, this versatile option does whatever you ask of it.
Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo ($23, sephora.com)

7. Best-Smelling:
The sequels to the Olsen twins' hit fragrances, vanilla-spiked Nirvana Black and floral-heavy Nirvana White, these dry shampoos make for super-luxe hair cleansing. Perfume need not apply!
Elizabeth & James Nirvana Black Dry Shampoo and Nirvana White Dry Shampoo ($28, sephora.com)

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8 Ways You're Accidentally Making Your Breakouts Worse (Mon, 08 Feb 2016 21:39:08 GMT)

By Deanna Pai, Glamour

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Photo: Delphine Achard/WWD

It's like clockwork: You spy--or, almost as bad, feel--the beginnings of a zit. The next thing you know, you're applying layer after layer of your go-to spot treatment and scrubbing it to death. But is that really doing the trick, or could you actually be making it worse? You probably know where this is going. Read on for the biggest mistakes women make when it comes to dealing with acne--and tips on how to fix them.

Mistake #1: Putting on a spot treatment every time.
Reaching for the spot treatment is, at this point, a natural reaction to a breakout. But it's not doing as much for your skin as you may think. "Your face has thousands of pipes connecting your oil glands to the surface of your skin," says Joshua Zeichner, M.D., dermatologist and director of cosmetic and clinical research in Dermatology at Mt. Sinai Hospital in NYC. So it's tough to tell which will get clogged enough to result in a pimple. Sure, it'll help diminish the zit of the week, but it won't prevent a new one from popping up right beside it. Instead, check Mistake #2.

Mistake #2: Only using acne products when you have a breakout.
If you know you're breakout-prone--or you have telltale zits at the same time every month--calling on anti-acne products as needed is like chasing your tail. "Instead of treating pimples as they appear, it's more effective to use a gentle product that contains salicylic acid every day," explains NYC dermatologist Whitney Bowe, M.D. "This helps prevent breakouts on a regular basis." Bonus: Salicylic acid is an anti-inflammatory ingredient, so it'll also minimize irritation. We love Origins Zero Oil Oil-Free Moisturizing Lotion ($29, sephora.com).

Mistake #3: Scrubbing away at your breakouts.
It can be tempting to try and strip off your top layer of skin in the hopes that your zits will go with it (spoken from personal experience). "Acne is to a great degree inflammatory, so if you're not gentle, you'll only create more inflammation," says celebrity facialist Tracie Martyn. Ditch anything abrasive, including physical scrubs, and try an exfoliator that does the trick with gentle fruit acids, like Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Cleanser Daily Foaming Wash ($38, sephora.com).

Mistake #4: Using the highest concentration of benzoyl peroxide you can find.
You might have heard that benzoyl peroxide (an antibacterical ingredient that targets acne- and inflammation-causing bacteria) is great for treating whiteheads. That's true. But more doesn't always equal better. "Even at low levels, benzoyl peroxide kills acne-causing bacteria and opens pores," says Zeichner. In fact, studies show that high amounts of benzoyl peroxide (the most available is 10 percent) are more irritating but no more effective than their lower-concentrated counterparts. Arithmetic Acne Control Complex ($30, arithmeticproducts.com) balances a low 3 percent benzoyl peroxide with nourishing shea butter and jojoba oil. Translation: It'll zap blemishes without drying out the skin around them.

Mistake #5: Picking!
Popping zits used to be a capital-D Don't, because picking at your skin can lead to bacterial infection and scarring, notes Bowe. But now, most derms agree that as long as you use a clean extraction tool, it's OK. Look for one with a lance to delicately pierce whiteheads (like Sephora Collection 3-in-1 Extractor, $23, sephora.com), and then center the metal loop over blackheads--and gently press down--to remove them. Just note that deep acne, however, still needs to be treated by a derm.

Mistake #6: Believing every skin care hack you see on Pinterest.
You've no doubt at some point read (or heard) that toothpaste is an effective zit zapper. Eh, not so much. "Flavors like menthol or cinnamon in toothpaste are super-irritating and could even cause a mild chemical burn on skin," says Bowe. Save toothpaste for your teeth, and acne products for your acne.

Mistake #7: Rinsing off your face wash ASAP.
If your trusty, salicylic acid-spiked cleanser doesn't seem to be doing anything for your skin, that doesn't necessarily mean it's a dud. "Cleansers need contact time on the skin to work," says Zeichner. If it's only on your face for a few seconds, the ingredients don't have time to do their job. His rule: Massage the cleanser into your skin, sing the alphabet, and then rinse it off.

Mistake #8: Not using moisturizer, even if your skin is oily.
Turning your face into the Sahara won't make acne disappear so much as piss off your skin. "Oil and water content in the skin are separate issues," says Zeichner. "You can have oily, acne-prone skin but still lack hydration." Skipping moisturizer only causes your skin to overcompensate with more oil. Just use an oil-free moisturizer like Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel ($19, drugstore.com) before your acne treatment to hydrate and prime skin. This extra step also reduces the risk of irritation from a heavy-duty acne regimen.

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Exploring the Concept of Makeup as an Emotional Crutch (Mon, 08 Feb 2016 21:20:43 GMT)

Sometimes, as we all know, the whole world is very, very bad, and life-things are too much to even attempt to deal with. Sometimes the crippling pressure of being a person mounts and you feel trapped and alone and, quite simply, sad. Everyone sometimes feels that coping as a human being is extremely difficult (and for me, perhaps even more often than that). And when one starts to feel panicky, or sad, or stressed, or anything, we would file under the general category of no-thanks-not-for-me-thank-you, there are "strategies" we put in place -- deep breaths, go to bed, eat the entire contents of the fridge, etc. But for me, something which reliably alleviates the sads is makeup, and I have been wasting some time recently thinking about why.

Well, firstly, when you're drifting around a makeup store, it's a rare time in life when you don't really have to think. It's almost like being in a pleasant hallucination, with bright lights, mirrors, pleasant scents and soft, inoffensive music. You can just drift aimlessly around, touching things and sniffing things and squeezing things without any annoying cognitive input. It's almost like a temporary lobotomy; you can fall into a type of comfortable, dreamy trance. You don't have any obligations, you can just look, touch, wander aimlessly. If your brain pipes up "... but what are you actually doing with your life?" it can briefly be quite easily stifled with swatching. Mindlessness gets a bad rep, but in small doses I think it's extremely useful to the modern condition.

Another aspect to the process of makeup-browsing, which I think is kind on the brain, is the search. Having your own personal mission -- to find a limited edition product, or to get the best deal on your favorite cleanser -- seems mundane but is actually innately satisfying. When you succeed in the finding of makeup, that is one of life's rare, unmitigated successes. You did it -- and nobody can take that away from you. The mundanity of life can thus be interspersed with these exciting treasure hunts or even missions. And you get to set entirely your own "goals," and reap your own "rewards."

Makeup is also, in its most basic form, extremely satisfying to the senses. It's the only thing post-childhood that retains a capacity for "play." It's a rare aspect of our life where we get to touch different textures, smell hundreds of different variations on "vanilla," look at the microscopic difference between colors or shades. It's the creative process which it's acceptable to partake in: you get to finger paint as an adult!

The process of make-upping also relies on a particular type of brain-skill. You get the total freedom to decide which color you like, and which (perhaps even similar) color you don't. You have the power to decide which red is "your" red, whether you prefer cream or powder, whether you're pro lip-pencil or against. You can build up aspects of your identity through choice in a way often precluded by adulthood. And it's easy, and it's fun, and there is no wrong choice. How often is that the case for literally anything?

Another reason I can find "beauty" so innately comforting is that it is designed in the form of problem-solution. Dry face? We can fix that. Want a red lipstick which stays on through five beers? Right this way. In a world of ambiguity and difficulty, having something easy and reliable, which consistently works how you want it to, is a blessed relief. Having a minor irritation dealt with can make the bigger and more complicated "life" problems seem more resolvable, too. There's more to being a functioning human than having your skincare routine perfected, but it's a start.

So, yes, it's easy to feel guilty about wanting to give money to an industry with an insistence on making women feel inadequate by magnifying their insecurities. But you don't have to. If you can restructure your feelings about makeup and people's faces and your own face, you've achieved a small revolution in thinking. And if you enjoy the many processes of makeup buying, trying, wearing, then this can become a uniquely and dependably positive space in an uncertain world.

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A Men's Eyebrow Grooming Guide, In 6 Easy Steps (Mon, 08 Feb 2016 21:00:20 GMT)


Hey fellas, we know we expect a lot from you when it comes to style. Whether we're complaining about the wrinkles in your button-down shirt or the awkward fit of your shorts, we hope you interpret our "nagging" as caring. And we have yet another bone to pick with you: eyebrow grooming.


Your eyebrows are one of the first things we notice, besides that amazing smile, of course. MAC Cosmetics Director of Makeup Artistry Romero Jennings said it best: "Brows are really personal. Brows really give you expression. Brows can make you look strong or weak or powerful or not. A brow will give you approachability. If it's too strong or severe, someone will pass you by."


To help your brows look their best and reflect your personality, we asked Jennings for a guide to men's eyebrow grooming. Check out what he had to say below.


1. Do get recommendations for a groomer. The most important thing is to ask a guy with really great brows for a reference on where to go, not a woman. "In many cases, I feel like a guy is going to a place that his girl goes because it's now acceptable to go and get a pedicure," said Jennings.


"Then someone says, 'Hey, let me do your brows. Let me arch them!' I think it's great, but at the same time they kill it when these guys have these amazing thick brows and all they may need is a little bit of a clean up."



2. Don't wax, do tweeze. According to Jennings, traditional tweezing is best because it allows you to see progression. He added, "Sometimes guys go in and get their brows waxed and there is this really clean, blocked off, square shape. And because their hair is so dense and often dark, it looks drawn on. [Waxing] makes it obvious that it's been done."


3. Do take a step back from the mirror. When you go into the salon, Jennings recommends that men request to have their brows cleaned up a bit underneath. After that, take a second look in the mirror, then you can trim. "Once the shape is there and you've gone back to your groomer a few times, they can make sure it's tailored for your face shape and brow hairs," he said.


4. Don't touch your unibrow just yet. Jennings believes that addressing unibrows is age-specific. "Depending on your age, you might want to address it as you're getting older," said Jennings. "If you're 20 years old and you have that, it can be hot on a guy. If you're 60, everyone just thinks that you're being lazy."



5. Do invest in a really good brow gel.MAC Brow Set is clear, guy-friendly and foolproof. "You can't make a mistake and it's a great way to keep your brows going in one direction," said Jennings. "For a guy to use a pencil, it's going to be extreme." If a guy has salt and pepper hair, he can get the Brow Set gel in a tinted shade to conceal the gray brow hairs.


Tip: Take a white tissue, pull the tube off the brow set gel and apply the product onto the brush wand that's attached. Then simply brush it into your brows going upwards so that they look masculine and spiky at the same time.


6. Don't forget to bring down the shine. After getting your brows groomed, both men and women are left with super shiny skin. One way to immediately fix this is to apply a mattifying gel like MAC Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone between the brows. "It also comes in a guy-friendly black tube and is something I use every day to control shine in general," said Jennings. "You place the product on your finger, wipe it on and you're done."


A light moisturizer, tinted moisturizer or face powder also helps to reduce redness and calm skin post-eyebrow grooming.



Are you a guy who takes eyebrow grooming seriously? We want to know! Share your tips in the comments section.


This piece was originally published on August 14, 2013.


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Remember What Happened The Last Time Taylor Swift Performed At The Grammys? (Mon, 08 Feb 2016 20:39:53 GMT)


Taylor Swift is nominated for seven Grammys, including Album of the Year for "1989," and on Sunday it was announced that she'll return to the stage for a performance at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. 






While it's still unclear what song Swift intends to perform ("Blank Space" and "Bad Blood" are up for awards, while she recently released the video for "Out of the Woods") it's important to remember what happened the last time Swift performed at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.


This:





And this:





And finally this:





Remember now? Of course you do.


Watch Swift's emotionally gut-wrenching performance of "All Too Well," and let us hope we can expect greatness this time around, as well:





The 58th Annual Grammy Awards will air live on Feb. 15 on CBS at 8 p.m. EST. 


 


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How To Tell Where Your Eyebrows Should Start, Arc And End (Mon, 08 Feb 2016 20:29:33 GMT)




This is what it takes to whip your brows into shape -- literally. 


In the video above, famed celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury shares her brow-grooming tricks, from the ideal tweezing technique to how to properly sculpt with a pencil. The best part? Tilbury's tips for shaping your brows based on your face. Talk about a game changer. 


Not convinced you need to step up your brow game? Check out the video's striking before and after photos to see just how transformative a well-groomed, perfectly blended brow can be. 


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Gigi Hadid Wears 'Mostly Chanel No. 5' For Nude Vogue Paris Cover (Mon, 08 Feb 2016 19:41:12 GMT)

Gigi Hadid landed not one, but two different covers for her Vogue Paris cover debut. 


The "new-generation fashion phenomenon" appears on the front of the March 2016 issue of the fashion magazine, shot by the collaborative photographer duo Mert & Marcus. The 20-year-old, dubbed the "model of the moment" by the mag, posed for two versions of the cover: one with clothes, and one without. 


Hadid celebrated the moment by sharing both shots on Instagram. "And here's the version where I'm wearing mostly Chanel No. 5," she captioned the nude option. 



And here's the version where I'm wearing mostly Chanel N°5 ;) lol @vogueparis

A photo posted by Gigi Hadid (@gigihadid) on





What an honor and dream come true it is to be on the cover of French Vogue. Thank you so much @mertalas @emmanuellealt

A photo posted by Gigi Hadid (@gigihadid) on




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We Tested 4 Blow-Dryers to See Which is The Fastest (Mon, 08 Feb 2016 18:08:50 GMT)

By Alexandra Tunell, Allure

We challenged four blow-dryers--all promising a faster blowout--to a race. One tester with a medium-thick lob followed the same styling routine for five days. The products (shampoo and conditioner) and the brush stayed the same, but she swapped in a new blow-dryer each day. The models went up against the current speed demon, the T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i, which holds the title for the quickest blow-dry session: five minutes and 20 seconds. Here are the results.

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Infiniti Pro by Conair 3Q
Special features: The brushless motor is lightweight and fast, and the strong and directed airflow reduces the need for hair-sizzling heat.

Results: It was surprisingly quiet but didn't do much to smooth our frizz or add shine.

Blowout time: 6:53

Price:
$84.99, amazon.com


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Paul Mitchell Neuro Dry
Special features: A fancy LED screen displays heat and power settings and a "clean filter" indicator.

Results: Call us shallow, but this sleek, matte black dryer won us over before we even switched it on. Afterward, our hair looked so healthy and silky, we almost forgot we were due for a cut.

Blowout time: 5:40

Price: $174, amazon.com



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Bio Ionic 10x
Special features: Weighs less than one pound, and the brushless motor uses 75 percent less energy than average dryers.

Results: This superlight blow-dryer didn't strain our arm muscles (and is great for travel). We loved how shiny it made our hair look.

Blowout time: 5:27

Price: $279.99, amazon.com


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BaByliss Pro Italia Brava
Special features: A Ferrari-designed engine and six heat and speed setting

Results: This dryer worked in record-setting time, but beware of the highest heat setting. The air gets about as hot as a Ferrari's exhaust pipe, and the vents stay scorching for several minutes after unplugging.

Blowout time: 5:18

Price:
$228.99, amazon.com


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The Surprising Reason You Might Want to Avoid Essential Oils (Mon, 08 Feb 2016 17:54:17 GMT)

By Anne Bauso, Allure

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Photo: Dan Drury

Those with touchy skin know to steer clear of skin-care products with added fragrances, alcohol, and harsh chemicals. Many natural-leaning beauty brands exclude these potential irritants from their formulas. Skin-care companies Drunk Elephant and Restorsea take it even further, renouncing seemingly pure and wholesome essential oils. It's somewhat counterintuitive; essential oils are often lauded because they represent a natural means of adding fragrance to a product and usually come with a host of other benefits. But as it turns out, they also have the potential to majorly irritate skin.

"Essential oils are the fragrance essences from plants that have been extracted for use," explains dermatologist Rebecca Kazin. "They are much more concentrated than regular oils." Because of their potent fragrance, the plant-derived oils are commonly added to beauty products as a natural alternative to synthetic scents, but when Drunk Elephant founder Tiffany Masterson was formulating the brand's line of natural (and Allure-editor-acclaimed) products, she decided to leave them out because of their potential to upset skin. "I was focusing solely on quality, pH, and levels of actives, plus the exclusion of toxins and irritants," she says. "When choosing the ingredients, I couldn't find one reason to include essential oils. They definitely have aromatherapy benefits, but smelling pretty wasn't a priority for me."

Restorsea founder Patti Pao also opted to make her products free of essential oils. "I'm allergic to everything, and my allergies have caused my skin to be very reactive," she says. "I wanted to create a line for all skin types--including extremely sensitive, reactive skin types. If you have allergies, essential oils may be very allergenic and can cause a reaction." But according to Kazin, essential oils can aggravate those with sensitive skin, not just those with allergies. "Because essential oils are so concentrated, they can be irritating or allergenic to sensitive skin," she says.

It's fair to say that essential oils are not problematic for everyone, but people with sensitive skin, to be safe, should add them to their topical-things-to-avoid list. It may seem counterintuitive that a natural substance would cause inflammation, redness, and overall skin crankiness for some, but Masterson points out that "there are good and bad natural ingredients, just as there are good and bad synthetic ingredients."

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The Drugstore Products Top Makeup Artists Think Everyone Should Own in 2016 (Mon, 08 Feb 2016 16:57:10 GMT)

By Renee Jacques, Allure

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Photos: Courtesy Of Revlon, Burt's Bees, And Vaseline

We all love a good drugstore find. We've sought out the best drugstore makeup products, the best drugstore skin-care winners, and the best drugstore anti-agers. And now, behold: the best new drugstore makeup products that top makeup artists think everyone should own this year.

NYX Cosmetics Ombré Blush. "The color payoff is amazing for all skin tones. It comes in eight shades and is a great way to brighten up the face on the fly." --Daniel Chinchilla, who works with Ariana Grande and Keke Palmer

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops. "It's a concentrated pigment you can add to your skin-care routine. You can add a drop of it to your favorite moisturizer--or serum, or primer--to make it tinted, or add four drops for full coverage. I've added drops to my body moisturizer to give a tint to my legs, too." --Julie Harris, who has worked with Allison Williams and Kate Hudson

Vaseline Lip Therapy Tins. "These just launched in the United States. As generic and simple as it sounds, this is the one tried-and-true product that moisturizes your lips and keeps them that way. Plus, companies are beginning to see lip balms as a makeup product now, which is really great! These come in a few different flavors, but I suggest Rosy Lips." --Robert Greene, who works with Tinashe and Samira Wiley

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Burt's Bees Lipstick. "This product has answered my beauty prayers: It offers vibrant color in 14 shades, and it's made with 100 percent naturally moisturizing ingredients, like vitamin E, beeswax (of course!), moringa, and raspberry-seed oils to help condition and soften the lips. What's more, the packaging is recyclable. Also, I can feel good about kissing my little one when I am wearing a product like this that's free of the potential toxins." --Suzy Gerstein, who works with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

The New Revlon Mascara Collection. "There are five in the lineup, each with a color-coded lid labeled for what it does to your lashes. The Ultimate All-in-One and Dramatic Definition are my favorites." --Edward Cruz, who works with Priyanka Chopra and Kathy Griffin

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Cleanser and Makeup Remover. "Cleansing water, a.k.a. micellar water, has been in my kit for 15 years. They've been around forever, but not so much in the drugstore, unless you were in Europe, until now. I saw this and decided to give it a whirl, and I'm hooked. I always cleanse my clients' skin as the first step, and this really does its job of refreshing and hydrating the skin and giving a nice glow." --Sage Maitri, who works with Judy Greer and Kathryn Hahn

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Duchess Kate Is Slaying Stigma With This Important Mental Health Message (Mon, 08 Feb 2016 16:49:38 GMT)

The Duchess of Cambridge kicked off Children's Mental Health Week in the United Kingdom Monday with a rare but touching video message.


Kate sat down for the clip with four children who participate in Place2be, a schools-based nonprofit children's mental health program that provides emotional and therapeutic support through talking, creative work and play.  





"Many of us are incredibly fortunate that the issues we face in childhood are ones we can cope with and learn from, but for some children, learning to cope with life's challenges can be a struggle," she said in the video. 


That's true for more children than you perhaps might think. According to the UK Centre for Mental Health, one in five kids experience at least one mental health difficulty before they're 12 years old. In the United States, as many as 20 percent of children suffer from a mental disorder, putting them at risk for developing mental illness as adults. 


"While we cannot always chance a chid's circumstances, we can give them the tools to cope, and to thrive," the duchess continued. "With early support, they can learn to manage their emotions and feelings, and know when to seek help."



The Duchess has exhibited fierce commitment to the cause of mental health, especially she became patron of Place2be organization in 2013. She's worked to spread awareness for the organization and its overall mission, and this year will even guest-edit The Huffington Post UK with a focus on children's mental health. The goal is for all children to be provided the support and resources necessary to grow into healthier, happier adults.



"Through my work in areas like addiction, I have seen time and again that the roots of poor mental health in adulthood frequently stem from unresolved childhood issues. This needs to change," she said in the video.   



Check out her entire message above, and to learn more, head to ChildrensMentalHealthWeek.org.uk.


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Angelina Jolie Adds A Few Massive Tattoos To Her Back (Mon, 08 Feb 2016 16:34:38 GMT)

Angelina Jolie has always been open about her extensive collection of tattoos, which just got a little bigger.


The 40-year-old actress recently added three new designs to her body ink. The art was spotted while Jolie was reportedly shooting the film version of "First They Killed My Father" for Netflix in Cambodia. 






According to a People magazine source, Jolie's three tattoos represent Buddhist blessings for peace, love and a prosperous life.


In the photos below, you can kind of see what Jolie's back looked like before the new ink arrived. 


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November 5, 2015: 




Previously, the actress angered Buddhists by getting a traditional Thai tattoo similar to the new ones she's sporting, so we'll see if her latest ink causes any more problems. 





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