Bet you didn’t know I was a skincare professional in a past life, did you? Yes, I went to cosmetology school in my early twenties and am licensed as an aesthetician. That’s actually how I got my start in writing—as a beauty blogger and health writer years ago. More
After scouring our bags, offices, and bathroom cabinets for our favorites, we’ve picked 10 under $20 for everyone you know. More
Remember that scene in The Handmaid’s Tale where the heroine asks the Commander if she could have some hand lotion, and he tells her that he’s surprised she needs any because her hands are very soft? And she replies that she’s been using pats of butter, and he laughs, as though that is charming and ingenious, where, really, it is a sad thing because she lives in a futuristic dystopia and, as a woman, cannot procure hand lotion? Margaret Atwood was right about everything!
Or, at least, she was right about the fact that we’re going to use food as beauty products. That is a thing we’re doing, now. More
You could brave the mall and grab an armful of Bath and Body Works clearance lotion if you’ve run out already this winter, or you could check out Etsy for some handmade moisture. That way at least you’ll know they’ll … More
In Pick Of The Week, I highlight a nifty fashion or beauty item I’ve discovered in my travels. More
Were you aware that cocoa butter was – until RIGHT NOW – an incredibly gender specific product? More
Are you currently lighting hundred dollar bills on fire because you like how Ben Franklin’s face gets all crackly? Crackle, crackle, Benji! Crackle your little wig! I think I went to a weird place there, also, I am poor, now. Anyhow, if that’s something you do, too, maybe you should also be buying the $1,000 wrinkles creams featured in New Beauty (print). But which one? Which goddamn one? I will help you. More
The Internet is abuzz today with news of an unintentionally racist skincare ad from those generally inoffensive lovers of “real beauty” over at Dove. Although the “before” and “after” copy is meant to refer to the close-ups of dry/not dry skin, the models are positioned under the words in such as way as to imply that VisibleCare Body Wash will give black women “visibly more beautiful skin” by turning them first into latinas, and then into skinny blonde white women. Uncomfortable! More
I mean, I think the headline pretty much says it all. The BBC reported recently that a new contraceptive gel called Nestorone is being tested, and it looks to be as effective as the pill but offers women who really, … More
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You know how it is. You wake up one morning with welts all over your legs and call everyone you know to tell them you have bedbugs, which you knew you were going to get, you knew it, you knew it, you knew it, because bedbugs are everywhere. And then you call in the bedbug dog, and he doesn’t find any bedbugs, and you have to go to a dermatologist and he tells you that you have hives, probably because you’re worrying about bedbugs so much. Well. That wouldn’t have happened to the same extent (to you) if you’d had this bedbug repelling lotion. Belegenza Timeless Skin Moisturize– retails for $40 and the ingredients are said to repel bedbugs. Because, as Fashionista states, “Any girl worth her Alaia, Chanel, and Phoebe Philo’s Chloe archive should not be taking chances with bed bug infestations.” Or psychosomatic bedbug hives. More
Thanks for the holiday gift set, Philosophy! And thanks for letting all your products be inspired by holiday foods like spicy gumdrops, and candy canes, and gingerbread and English Toffee (I didn’t even know English toffee was a holiday food before!) We smell like some old witch’s house right now, and it’s awesome. In honor of you, here are some great philosophic quotes about food: More
A few weeks ago, Amanda Ernst and I attended a press event for a new product called Bio Oil. To be honest, we both left the event not entirely certain what the product even was. Here’s what I have figured out since then: Bio Oil, which comes in a sleek, orange-tinted cylinder, is basically Dr. Bronner’s minus the hippie factor. More
Victoria’s Secret sent us some of their “Bombshell” hand cream. What do bombshells smell like? Not charred flesh and the misery of war, according to the office. Without being exposed to the label or maker, they think the cream smells … More
Jersey Shore, also known as the best show on television, has taught me new vocabulary (grenade, smush, DTF) in addition to important lessons about life. And now they’ve taught me about beauty. Let me impart the wisdom on you. More