It's easy to obsess over beauty products: new colors, new packaging, new textures, new finishes. It's not all that often, however, that truly innovative products come out. We're talking about ones that have the potential to change the standard and are seriously worth obsessing over. Think about it. Many of us can't conceive going a day without our sonic face brush, but it wasn't all that long ago that Clarisonic was considered an out-of-the-box innovation. These days it seems about as common as an electric toothbrush.
Google "small-batch, handmade beauty" and you'll discover a seemingly endless amount of indie beauty brands catering to every woman's skin care, makeup and fragrance needs. But also growing in the beauty space is the amount of cosmetics brands owned by African-American women and the offerings are pretty spectacular.
Ever had a beauty product you love so much that you shook, hacked, scraped or squeezed its container until you were absolutely positive you had expended all of its precious contents? Rare indeed is the product that elicits that deliciously desperate feeling, especially in beauty editors. So when our team of beauty mavens encounters a rave-worthy product, you know it's the real deal. Herewith, our editors rattle off their "beauty empties," aka the best beauty products that they can't help but use until the last drop. Read on for their best nail polishes, hair products, skin care products and makeup now.
Now that the wellness and beauty industries are completely obsessed with CBD, it was only a matter of time before the trendy cannabis compound, said to have a myriad of benefits, got the Tom Ford treatment — which is to say, you can now find everything from CBD chocolates, capsules, gummies and balms, to tinctures, salves, lotions and oils in Net-a-Porter-worthy packaging. CBD lattes sold at beauty meccas like Chillhouse and post-yoga flow balms (just launched at Y7 Studio) are now a thing too. Many of these brands don't focus so much on the nitty-gritty medicinal talk, but rather let their glossy packaging do the CBD advocating for them. Here's a look at the standout brands with luxury CBD offerings.
Recently, Wet n Wild released Pump, its athleisure beauty line in collaboration with YouTube darling and founder of Blogilates, Cassey Ho. Any fitness enthusiast knows it can be a challenge to keep your makeup intact during a workout, and going from fitness class to play can seem like a huge task.
Whether you're single or attached, a V-Day lover or hater, there's no denying that a sleepover-style Galentine's Day party is a great way to spend an evening. To help you get the party started, we've rounded up a handful of items that'll help you and your girls feel cozy and pampered. So put on your fave romcom — or horror movie if that's more your thing — and make a whole night of it. No BAE required.
A little bit feminine, a little bit flirty, Miu Miu Twist EDP, $97, starts out fresh and fruity with bergamot and apple blossom, then turns warm and sweet, thanks to cedar wood and sugary pink amber. Choosing your signature Valentine's Day scent has never been such a no brainer.
Whether you've had a long week at the office, you're going through particularly stressful time at home, or you're just burdened with a crippling sense of ennui thanks to the ever-worsening state of current events... well, candles can help.
We all know that food baskets and flowers make awesome Valentine's Day gifts... but if you're looking for something that will satisfy the makeup lover in your life, beauty products might just be the way to go. Each year, big beauty brands unveil fun and festive new products (we're talking gift sets and more!) that will give your wallet a break and put a smile on the face of any beauty diehard.
Don't you dare sit home moping on Valentine's Day. Yes, it's traditionally a day for love — but for us singles, it's also a day for daring! A day for adventure! A day for learning! A day where we're not giving a second thought to anyone else's wants or needs! Honestly, who says you have to let good ol' V-Day get you down?
What with all the running around we do, getting a good night's sleep often feels like a foregone conclusion... though in reality, it's really something we should be prioritizing. You see, getting an adequate amount of sleep — 7 to 9 hours a night on average — is crucial to our survival and cannot be compromised, according to experts. "Sleeping well is one of the most powerful and effective ways to avoid illness, improve productivity and creativity, boost mood, reduce stress and simply enhance our quality of life," says David Brown, PhD, sleep psychologist at Children's Health and UT Southwestern in Dallas, Texas.
When I posted on social media asking for people's thoughts on weighted blankets I didn't expect to get dozens of answers — but maybe I shouldn't have been surprised. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults (or 18.1% of the population), so it stands to reason that many people are open to trying out the latest fads with the hope that they might actually work.
When it comes to creating the perfect smoothie — healthy, delicious and packed with nutrients — superfood powders are definitely a boon. They help ensure you get all the vitamins and nutrients you need to stay healthy, officially taking your smoothie game to the next level.
December was quite a doozy for me... I don't think I've ever been quite as stressed as I was that month. Let me break it down for you: a) I started a new job, b) my roommate of three years suddenly decided to move out, prompting me to move in with my boyfriend, c) I had a vacation planned far, far ahead of all this madness... right after the stress of the holidays, and d) did I mention that my boyfriend had secretly been planning to propose all along and thus, is now my fiancé?
Whether or not you celebrate Chinese New Year, one thing is undeniable: All of the Year of the Pig-themed beauty products coming out right now are so good. From classy red versions of popular serums to ridiculously adorable highlighters pressed with piggies, there's just so much amazingness to choose from. So with that in mind, we've created a round up for some of the very best Lunar New Year makeup and skin care products in town — keep reading to see our favorites.
You've had too many first dates to count. Your thumb is getting sore from too much swiping. Your online dating skills are honed to perfection — you're nobody's fool, because you've been at it for years.
Put down that to-do list. Turn off your phone — or at the very least set it to silent mode. And don't even think about squeezing "just one more thing in" first. It's time to prioritize you with a relaxing self-care regimen. The proverbial chill pill doesn't come in medication form; it can come from calming beauty products.
Whether you're single or coupled up, there's one thing we can all agree on: Limited-edition Valentine's Day beauty products are on a whole new level of cuteness. And like the slaves to retail we are, we can't help but lust after all the new goodies that come out this time of year.
If one of your New Year's resolutions is to be more mindful, adopting a meditation practice may be just the ticket to help you achieve this goal. Especially if you live a busy and hectic life (and who doesn't?), it's important to find peace of mind in moments throughout your day. Not only will it better ground you and bring you closer to your feelings and emotions, but it will help relax your nervous system and aid your overall health since you'll experience less stress on a daily basis.