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I've Self-Tanned Since Middle School, and I Swear By These 7 Drugstore Formulas

I've Self-Tanned Since Middle School, and I Swear By These 7 Drugstore Formulas

Believe it or not, the headline for this story is not clickbait or an exaggeration for dramatic effect. I’ve used self-tanner on a weekly basis since I was in eighth grade (the result of being endlessly teased for how naturally pasty I was). Lacking parental permission to increase my skin cancer odds by going to tanning salons like many of my peers, I always felt like the odd one out, so I became dependent on the drugstore aisle filled with bottles and spray cans of Jergens and L’Oreal Sublime. At the time, I was convinced a fake tan would be better than looking like I had never had a wink of sun exposure, and it was then that my borderline addiction to self-tanning was born—a slightly embarrassing but very real thing I wrote all about here for The/Thirty.

Since becoming a beauty editor, I’ve become more accepting of my … Read the rest

What Versed Founder Katherine Power Would Buy From Her Own Brand

What Versed Founder Katherine Power Would Buy From Her Own Brand

There’s nothing more exciting for us than taking a peek into the beauty bags or daily regimens of some of the most influential women within the beauty and fashion industry. From Cassandra Grey to Linda Wells to Shiona Turini to April Gargiulo, we want to know every secret, every ritual, and every product female beauty bosses swear by. Steeped in all things beauty and fashion, these women know a thing or two about a game-changing (or -ending) product, so what they choose to use from their own brand—and others—becomes all the more intriguing.

So we decided to ask our very own Who What Wear and Versed CEO and founder, Katherine Power, which products she uses on the reg from her own brand and what the process and criteria are when she’s choosing what she will or won’t use while shopping other brands.

“I usually go by word of
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A Celebrity Dentist Told Us Everything We Ever Wanted to Know About Whitening

A Celebrity Dentist Told Us Everything We Ever Wanted to Know About Whitening

Here’s the thing—the likelihood of having stained or yellow teeth is kind of inevitable. After all, most of us have some kind of vice—be it coffee, tea, wine, or, eek, even smoking—and many of us have better things to be doing than brushing our teeth every other second or spending gobs of money on teeth whitening treatments. But here’s the other thing, almost everyone I know covets a whiter and brighter smile. Perhaps, it comes down to a deep-seated evolutionary need. After doing some research, I discovered “chew sticks,” aka what people back in 3000 B.C. used and munched on in order to rid their teeth of stain-inducing particles. Don’t you just love learning something new every day? Anyway, back to the point at hand: whitening tips.

These days, you can walk into almost any beauty retailer—from Walmart to Violet Grey to Sephora—and you’ll notice an onslaught … Read the rest

We Asked Gwyneth Paltrow's Facialist How to Banish Acne Scars—for Good

We Asked Gwyneth Paltrow's Facialist How to Banish Acne Scars—for Good

Ever since becoming a beauty editor, I’ve been pretty candid about my acne-prone skin. Especially considering my skin has gotten worse (or at least had higher highs and lower lows) since my professional start in beauty. Between lots of stress, lots of product tries, and lots of sleepless nights (plus some hormonal ups and downs), trying to treat and reduce acne and scarring has felt like a full-time job.

As I shared here, it wasn’t until I met celebrity facialist Vanessa Hernandez (who has worked with A-list clients like Gwyneth Paltrow and Amber Valletta) that I learned how to train and treat my skin correctly and efficiently. That said, it hasn’t been a passive treatment plan. I have a simple yet strict regimen, and I head to her clinic in Brentwood on a weekly basis for extraction-heavy facials, microdermabrasion, and other specialized and targeted treatments.

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The Face Cream Celebs Love Most Now Has a Body Version—Here's My Honest Review

The Face Cream Celebs Love Most Now Has a Body Version—Here's My Honest Review

As a rule, I pretty much despise any kind of beauty product designed to be slathered all over my body—mostly because I despise the feeling of stickiness, tackiness, slipperiness, or butteriness as I pull on a pair of pants or toss and turn in my sheets. Anyone else with me here?

Aside from self-tanner, which I only tolerate in order to achieve a perpetual summer glow, I pretty much avoid body oils, lotions, creams, butters, masks—you name it—at all cost. However, as any certifiably sane, beauty-loving human would, I made an exception for Augustinus Bader’s brand-new, highly anticipated launch, The Body Cream ($165), which is now officially available for preorder on Violet Grey’s website and AugustinusBader.com. (It will launch globally to other selected retailers in September 2019.)

At $165 a pop (or should I say crystal-blue jar?), this body cream is undeniably a steep investment. Let’s also
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The 12 Most-Wanted Face Creams—and Their Less Expensive Drugstore Dupes

The 12 Most-Wanted Face Creams—and Their Less Expensive Drugstore Dupes

Face creams—and expensive ones at that—are having a serious moment right now in the beauty industry. Cult-loved, holy grail formulations from brands like La Mer, La Prairie, and Augustinus Bader are favorited and touted all over Instagram by makeup artists and their glowing A-list clientele, and the urge to splurge on a small tub or jar of the stuff has reached current-level pull. But, can we just say something? You don’t need to spend a fortune on your moisturizers, people.

In fact, as much as we love a decadent whip of 24-karat-rose-spiked-quartz-spring-water-dew, we’d almost argue that you shouldn’t spend your hard-earned dollars on 2 ounces of the above elixir. And you certainly don’t need to do so in order to have healthy, glowing, youthful skin. (End rant.) What’s more, most drugstore brands and moisturizers are taking nods from the above-coveted formulas and utilizing some of the exact same … Read the rest

This $16 Serum Has Almost the Same Ingredients as a $166 Cult Favorite

This $16 Serum Has Almost the Same Ingredients as a $166 Cult Favorite

Psst: Did you know Prime Day is going on right now? There are tons of beauty deals to be had on editor-loved products. Don’t be shy!

Dermatologists agree that if you’re going to splurge on any at-home skincare product, let it be serums. While cleansers’ and moisturizers’ purposes are a little more basic and therefore require fewer expensive ingredients, serums are aimed at treating specific issues like dark spots, fine lines, and acne. So if you want them to generate visible results, investing in active ingredients with clinical trials supporting their efficacy is your best move.

SkinCeuticals is adored by beauty editors, skincare gurus, and dermatologists alike for its smart, scientifically backed formulas, including its cult-favorite antioxidant serum, C E Ferulic, which I personally credit for keeping my freckly skin bright and clear.

Of course, we’re not always in the position to drop $150 or more on a … Read the rest

All the Prime Day Beauty Deals People Are Losing It Over

All the Prime Day Beauty Deals People Are Losing It Over

If you’re like us, you don’t really need a special excuse to splurge an entire paycheck on the deep, dark depths of Amazon’s amazing beauty department. But for one “holiday” per year, we go especially insane. Three words: Amazon Prime Day. Yep, the annual one-day shopping event is officially upon us, and we’re already shining our wallets and pep-talking our credit cards in anticipation.

For those who don’t know, Amazon Prime Day is basically the equivalent of Black Friday or Cyber Monday but held exclusively for Amazon Prime members. (Without a membership? Fear not! You can sign up now for a 30-day free trial to shop all deals.)

Shoppers are gifted with extra-special deals and markdowns across pretty much every category. So yes, go ahead and buy a blender, microwave, and vacuum while you have your credit card handy, but we, of course, have our beauty-loving hearts zoomed in … Read the rest

The 21 Best-Selling Skincare Products on Amazon Are All Under $35

The 21 Best-Selling Skincare Products on Amazon Are All Under $35

Listen, we’ll be the first to admit that we can get caught up in the hype surrounding luxury skincare brands like La Mer and La Prairie. There is no doubt that they are incredibly effective, but these brands are far from your only options when it comes to saving your skin from common concerns like acne, dryness, dullness, wrinkles, and more. Enter Amazon’s massive beauty selection, which will no doubt see a ton of action on Amazon Prime Days, aka July 15 and 16. 

With thousands upon thousands of products for sale, Amazon can be daunting to sift through. Luckily, the retailer has a best-sellers section that is updated hourly based on what people are really buying. Amazon has broken best-selling skincare into over 20 categories and sub-categories, but I did the hard work for you and narrowed it down to the types of products I thought our readers would … Read the rest

This Is How Top Dermatologists Would Treat Your Uneven Skin Texture

This Is How Top Dermatologists Would Treat Your Uneven Skin Texture

Having an uneven skin texture is one of those annoying cosmetic beauty qualms that’s certainly not the end of the world but is annoying nonetheless. Unlike discoloration, which we can handily hide with a quick dab of concealer, uneven skin texture is a lot harder to mask and can be even trickier to treat. Your first mission? To pinpoint the cause of a bumpy complexion and then go from there. Spoiler: Genetics, age, acne scarring, enlarged pores, and an inappropriate skincare routine and/or product usage are the biggest culprits. 

“If your mom had big pores, you are likely going to have bigger pores than your friend whose mother had microscopic pores,” explains Heather D. Rogers, MD, of Modern Dermatology in Seattle. “Additionally, as we age, our skin turnover slows down and dead skin accumulates creating a dry, dull complexion that can easily result in an uneven texture.”

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