Beauty & Wellness

My Weird, Wonderful Week Living Like Gwyneth Paltrow

Yoni steams, bee venom therapy, candles that “smell like my vagina” — in the matter of talked-about wellness figures, Gwyneth Paltrow makes more headlines than most. Ever since she launched her wellness and lifestyle brand, Goop, in 2008, critics have enjoyed picking apart her every bone broth-drinking move. A lot of the stuff she does is pretty normal, like yoga, smoothies, and nightly baths. Other things are, um, pretty unique, like rectal ozone therapy (which sounds like it could be refreshin

In 'Feud: Capote Vs. The Swans,' Wigs Help Weave a Story of Betrayal and Refusal to Age

For centuries, there has been a fascination with high-society women: the ones whose every pore exudes beauty, class and elegance, their glossy lives seemingly as perfect as their flawlessly coiffed hair. In Ryan Murphy's FX series "Feud: Capote Vs. The Swans," we get a glimpse into the not-so-perfect lives of Manhattan's (past) elite. The story is one of backstabbing and betrayal, as the series chronicles one of the most scandalous friendship breakups of all time, between writer Truman Capote an

Chanel's Vamp Might Be the Most Sought-After Nail Polish in History—Here's Proof

Myths can be a big part of a beauty brand’s DNA. Some of the most iconic beauty products are linked to an epic origin story. Take Benefit Cosmetics’ Benetint Lip & Cheek Stain, which was initially made as a nipple tint for exotic dancers, or how La Mer was invented after its founder suffered burns in a lab accident. (He also consulted astrology and played a specific soundtrack for each batch.) Then there’s Chanel’s Vamp aka Rouge Noir, a whole other ball game. The blood-red, almost-black shade w

This New Lip Balm Transforms Dry Lips, and the Star Ingredient Is… Surprising

Turns out, it was the lobster! The protein was discovered by the brand’s founders, Amber Boutiette and Patrick Breeding, who are biomedical engineers. Breeding had discovered that the properties in lobster glycoproteins are naturally reparative. It’s what allows the crustaceans to heal wounds, fight off disease, and regenerate limbs. When applied to human skin issues, it can help with dry, aggravated skin. This was amazing news for Boutiette, as she suffers from eczema.

They launched the brand

These Are the MAC Lipsticks That Had '90s Pop Culture Icons in a Choke Hold

MAC has a long, storied history in the beauty industry. Ever since the Canadian-born company launched in 1985 as Make-Up Art Cosmetics, it’s been a favorite of beauty lovers. By the time the ’90s rolled around, MAC’s popularity would reach new heights. The brand would become the go-to for professional makeup artists, making magic both on-screen and on the red carpet. You couldn’t open a beauty magazine without seeing a mention of the brand. If you were watching a movie or TV show, there’s a good

I'm a Pop Culture–Obsessed Beauty Editor—These Nostalgic Products Give Me My Fix

As someone who existed and very much lived through the '90s and 2000s (meaning I was grown and not a baby), I get excited when I see beauty and fashion trends from my youth come back. Well, let me clarify—there are some things that I personally cannot do again, like super-thin brows. However, other people look really good with them! But there are throwback products that get my heart pumping with nostalgia and remind me of the pop culture icons I loved as a teen. For example, a lip-plumping gloss

She Wanted to Send Those Brats Off to Switzerland—I Wanted Her Beauty Aesthetic

In the film, Hallie Parker and Annie James (Lohan in a seriously Oscar-worthy performance) attempt to sabotage the engagement between their father and his new fiancée, Meredith Blake (played by the amazing Elaine Hendrix). It’s not too difficult a task, as Meredith is nasty enough to fit into the evil stepmother stereotype seamlessly. However, though she threatens to “ship those brats off to Switzerland,” one cannot deny the woman’s stylish wardrobe and stunning makeup. Many fans of the movie ha

My Skin Gets So Oily in the Summer—This Cream Instantly Mattifies It

After months of unusually cold weather and rain for most of the year, we’re finally experiencing full-fledged summer in LA. This means 90-degree temps outside while air conditioners running full-blast inside. You can imagine what this is doing to my skin. Sometimes it feels super dry and tight, then an hour later, my T-zone is oily and shining bright like a diamond. I’ve even had a pimple on my lipline for over a week; it's absolute complexion chaos!

Now that my skin is acting up, I’m like Gold

I Tried the Buccal Facial Massage Celebrities Like Meghan Markle Love

Facials have certainly evolved in recent years. The typical step-by-step treatment that includes a cleanse, exfoliation, and extraction has expanded to facial yoga, face slapping, and other facial massage techniques that promise to sculpt and define the face. One of the more interesting facials involves something called buccal massage. Also known as intraoral massage, buccal massage is performed in the buccal cavity—the area inside of your cheeks—and from the inside of your mouth. It may sound s

Science or Suspect: Does Infrared Light Really Improve Skin?

These days, we’re bombarded with beauty claims from every direction: social media, television, product labels, our friends and family. But some of these so-called facts just don’t add up. In our new series, Science or Suspect, we set the record straight on what’s true and backed by science—and what claims are just plain suspicious.

When it comes to skin health, we’ve been taught to fear the light: to stay out of the sun’s harmful UV rays so we won’t get skin cancer and, more recently, to be war

The Enduring Appeal of the the Skin-Care Ingredient Origin Story

The global skin-care industry is expected to surpass $179 billion by 2027, and the focus on buzzy, marketable ingredients — CBD, for example — is at an all-time high. Beauty brands are under pressure to find innovative ways to stand out from competitors while consumers are left to figure out what products are worth the hype. There is, of course, the irresistible lure of a good origin story, especially one that involves a strange, almost fantastical ingredient. We're naturally drawn to urban lege

Marie Antoinette Had A Budget For Hair Bows Alone — And It Was Pricey

2023 was, no doubt, the year of the bow. We saw ribbons everywhere and on everything, from the runways to the red carpet, and in unconventional scenarios, like tied into croissants for artistic purposes and as cheeky decor for mac and cheese. Designers like Sandy Liang, Simone Rocha, and Balmain used bows in their Fall 2023 collections, while celebrities like Olivia Rodrigo, Sydney Sweeney, and Jodie Turner-Smith sported bow-adorned ensembles. The bow also played a significant part in beauty tre

The Beauty World Is Putting A Fresh Spin On Ancient Beauty Rituals

For hundreds of thousands of years, people from all over the world have tapped into their surroundings to create skin care remedies and makeshift cosmetics, from Cleopatra’s rumored donkey milk baths to a young Dolly Parton using red pokeberries for lipstick. Thanks to innovations in technology and ingredients, the world has come a long way with its heritage beauty formulas. Never in an ancestor's wildest dreams did they think people would be programming a flat iron to custom fit their hair type
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Costume Design

The Fashion in 2024's 'Mean Girls' Has Something for Gen-Z and Millennial Fans Alike

In the realm of beloved teen movies, 2004's "Mean Girls" is immortally fetch. Tina Fey's oft-quoted script, a superstar cast (Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried and Lacey Chabert in the titular roles), trendsetting fashion — the box-office success had it all. Fey later adapted it into a Broadway musical that was such a hit itself, it spawned its own film, also called "Mean Girls," 20 years later.

In theaters since Jan. 12, it sees Angourie Rice step into the role of new-girl Cady (p

Brittany Murphy's Style in 'Uptown Girls' Is Still Coveted, 20 Years Later

By the time Uptown Girls hit theaters on August 15, 2003, late actor Brittany Murphy had graduated from her breakout role as Tai Fraiser in Clueless and achieved legitimate leading lady status. In her role as Molly Gunn, the orphaned daughter of a rock legend, Murphy was at her finest: She made a flighty, spoiled, trust fund kid into a funny, charming, and lovable character. The film sees Molly get scammed out of her inheritance by her financial manager, so she ends up taking a job as a nanny to

Dress Up Like One Of The Cool Auntie-Witches From Late 90's Classic, "Practical Magic"

BACK WHEN EVERYONE kept talking about the “Coastal Grandma” aesthetic, I instantly thought of something more whimsical, something more me. It was “Coastal Weird Aunt,” inspired by the eccentric and absolutely fashionable witch aunties in the 1998 cinematic masterpiece Practical Magic. Sally (Sandra Bullock) and Gillian (Nicole Kidman) definitely have some cute ’90s garb, but we mustn’t sleep on Aunt Jet (Dianne Wiest) and Aunt Frances (Stockard Channing)! Whether it’s casting spells or tending t

Practical Magic Still Has Us Under Its Spell 25 Years Later

Witches have always been style icons. From Veronica Lake in I Married a Witch to the 1960s housewife Samantha Stephens and her caftan-wearing mother Endora in Bewitched, witches in pop culture have helped shatter the archetype of the old, ugly, evil-cackling crone. But in the 1990s, a new generation of witches emerged in the zeitgeist, thanks to popular films and TV shows like The Craft, Charmed, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. With instructional books like Silver Ravenwolf’s TeenWitch!: Wicca fo

How the costumes in "10 Things I Hate About You" depicted the duality of the ‘90s girl

The year 1999 was important for teen cinema, as evidenced by the countless movie scenes etched in our memories from those twelve months. There was Laney Boggs, (Rachael Leigh Cook), walking down the stairs post-makeover in She’s All That. There was Rose McGowan opening up the trunk of her car to discover that she “killed the teen dream” in Jawbreaker. And who could forget that scene in Cruel Intentions when the haunting violins of The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony” accompany the big reveal of Ka

15 Years Ago, This Sorority Sister Comedy Delivered An Epic Makeover Montage

It’s been 15 years since Anna Faris so generously offered this piece of advice in The House Bunny: “The eyes are the nipples of the face.” Faris’ turn as Shelley Darlingson, the discarded-Playboy-Bunny-turned-sorority-house-mother, was comedic mastery at its finest. The film, written by 10 Things I Hate About You and Legally Blonde screenwriting duo Kirsten Smith and Karen McCullah, sees Shelley transform a group of misfit sorority girls into campus hotties so they can attract new pledges and ke

Gen Z Is Scrambling To Get Their Hands On Megan Fox’s Hoodie

You’re watching the 2009 film Jennifer’s Body. The eponymous cheerleader turned succubus (Megan Fox) walks down her school’s hallway, wearing a pink velour zip-up hoodie studded all over with red hearts. She’s smiling with satisfaction, fresh from killing a football jock — she is a flesh-eating demon, after all. The feminine outfit, the deadly threat; it’s a subversive scene. And it encapsulates the film’s first line of dialogue perfectly: Hell is a teenage girl. It’s only onscreen for 10 second

The Fran Fine Formula

We asked The Nanny’s costume designer to show us how to work this iconic look for fall

Whenever Fran Fine walked into a room on The Nanny, all eyes were on her outfit, whether it was a colorful Todd Oldham ensemble, a Versace two-piece set, or a simple black turtleneck and pencil skirt. It’s no wonder TikTok fashion mavens still look to Fran Drescher’s flashy girl from Flushing for ensemble enlightenment, even as the show celebrates its 30th anniversary this November. Despite the designer wares

'The Lizzie McGuire Movie' Costume Designer Reflects on the Wild Fashion Show Scene

When it comes to Y2K style icons, nobody did it quite like Lizzie McGuire. Hilary Duff’s beloved Disney Channel character was known for her bold fashion in the series, but she also showcased her unique sense of style in The Lizzie McGuire Movie, which was released in theaters 20 years ago this week. In the film, Lizzie has her very own Roman holiday when she travels to Italy for a school trip and meets a hunky Italian pop star named Paolo. The twist? Paolo’s ex-singing partner, Isabella, happens

How Zac Efron, Jeremy Allen White and Harris Dickinson Became the Von Erichs Through Costume in 'The Iron Claw'

When Zac Efron stepped out in front of a massive crowd while filming a scene for "The Iron Claw," the reality of his scantily-clad wrestling regalia suddenly hit him.

"It was the very first time that I had to enter the Sportatorium in Kevin's full costume, which was just, frankly, a Speedo, or trunks, and there was this huge crowd," he recalled in a press conference. "I just remember, in that moment, thinking, 'How the hell did I end up here? What is going on? This is 'Magic Mike.''"

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Fashion & E-Commerce

This Trail-Blazing Female Rapper Has Had The Most Memorable Red Carpet Moments Ever

When Lil’ Kim made her debut with the 1996 album Hard Core, she utterly and completely changed the rap game. A protege of Notorious B.I.G., and the sole female member of his hip-hop group Junior M.A.F.I.A., Lil’ Kim, aka Kimberly Denise Jones, had a flow that was raw and gritty, with raunchy, sexually liberating lyrics that made critics clutch their pearls. Hard Core went on to become certified double platinum by the RIAA, cementing the then-22-year-old as a bona fide hip-hop god. But it wasn’t

Malibu Barbies and Hollywood starlets: See inside Chanel's Los Angeles catwalk show

Los Angeles (CNN) — The worlds of film and high fashion have long been intertwined. Whether through costume design, red carpet fashion moments or celebrity-led campaigns, the two industries have developed a powerful symbiotic relationship. Which is why the location for Chanel’s 2023/24 peppy and playful Cruise show, which the brand presented at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, made perfect sense.

“Together, fashion and cinema lead us into a waking dream,” the show notes promis

The controversial history of Barbie’s classic stiletto mule heels

When the trailer for Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie” movie was first released, Google Trend searches for fluffy mules shot up 115 percent. This was, of course, largely inspired by the trailer’s scene featuring Margot Robbie’s Barbie stepping out of her pink stilettos and into a tip-toe pose, a reference to the doll’s signature stance due to her perpetually frozen feet. (In 2015, Mattel began making Barbie dolls with adjustable ankles so she could finally relax — and wear flats.)

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How the Ugliest Shoe on the Market Became the Coolest (and Most Comfortable) Footwear You Could Possibly Own

In the history of dressing, controversial fashion trends are nothing new. But no footwear has been met with such polarizing response as Crocs. For over 20 years, the clog with Swiss cheese-like holes has garnered legions of both devoted fans and enemies. (Some, like me, have been on both sides.) Those who despise Crocs deem them the ugliest shoe on the planet, while Team Crocs supporters tend to have multiple pairs and wear them proudly, Jibbitz and all. Like them or not, Crocs are an icon of mo

Why Halloween Tugs at the Heartstrings of So Many Millennials

efore launching the Instagram page efore launching the Instagram page @halloweenhomemaker in 2016, Marsh Moon spent years connecting with other Halloween enthusiasts in online forums, where they were happy to discover they “weren’t the only weirdo” with the spooky holiday constantly on the brain. Their account, which now has more than 27,000 followers, features their massive vintage Halloween collection, which consists of 250-plus pumpkin pails and blow molds. “Halloween has always been somethin

8 New Style Trends For Every Fall Mood

There’s no better way to say goodbye to summer than by diving into cool-weather fashion, but if you need a helping hand as you cross over to an autumn wardrobe, consider SHEIN your guide. The retailer just released its Fall/Winter 2023 collection, which features a variety of aesthetic categories — eight, to be exact — that center around seasonal trends in fan-favorite categories. Variety is the name of the game: from ‘Comfy Cool’ to ‘Ready for Romance,’ every personal style mood is accounted for

Cover Stories & Celeb Interviews

Betsey Johnson on Nonconformity, Getting Through Hard Times, and Staying Creative

At the tender age of 80, Betsey Johnson has lived a life many of us can only dream of. She’s built a legendary career out of kitsch, eschewing the minimalist motifs favored by some of her fashion industry colleagues for funky prints, an unabashed celebration of extreme girlishness, and the tendency to close her runway shows with her signature cartwheel and splits. Still, one has to wonder if Johnson was ever tempted to submit to the status quo. “I never feel pressure to conform,” Johnson says. “

‘I’ve always made fun of the rules.’ John Waters has only ever been himself

“Los Angeles is everything a great American city should be: rich, hilarious, of questionable taste and throbbing with fake glamour,” John Waters once wrote, chronicling a six-hour tour of the city in his 1986 book of musings, “Crackpot.”

The filmmaker and author has, over the years, spent a lot of time in the tourist mecca that is Hollywood Boulevard. Now, he’s a bonafide tourist attraction of his own: 77-year-old Waters was recently bestowed with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, an honor

Lady Gaga Talks About Haus Labs’ Major Makeover

Makeup has always been a powerful tool of expression for Lady Gaga. Throughout her 20-plus-year career, the singer and actor has undergone countless beauty transformations, whether she’s wearing pearl-studded face jewelry, bold sequin eyeshadow or a classic red lip. Which is why in 2019 it was a natural step to launch her cosmetics brand, Haus Labs by Lady Gaga. And while Gaga reinvents her look time and time again, now it's high time her brand follow suit.

Three years in, Haus Labs by Lady Gag

The Relatable Reason Scarlett Johansson Is “Scared” of Facials

Welcome to Shelf Life, where celebrities break down every last detail of their beauty routines from the highest hair on their heads to the tips of their toes. Today, actor Scarlett Johansson reveals her secret weapon against damaged hair, her go-to lipstick, and the relatable reason she'll never get a facial.

When it comes to beauty icons, Scarlett Johansson might be one of the most underrated. She looks amazing in a bold red lip, represents all the tattooed girls out there, and can pull off an

Hacks Stars Hannah Einbinder And Megan Stalter Get Messy In Our Fall Cover Story

One of the wittiest, grittiest, and most feminist shows on TV, Hacks catapulted its young stars, Hannah Einbinder and Megan Stalter, from standup stages to global fame. Here, the two IRL pals reveal their belief in aliens, retell their friendship’s origin story, and explain how as teens, they didn’t know whether they wanted to be cheerleaders or just kiss them

A food fight is about to commence. Not in a high school cafeteria scene in a 1980s movie, but in a beautiful French château on an unassu

How Elvira Became an Unlikely Beauty Icon

In her recently released autobiography, " Yours Cruelly, Elvira ," Peterson recounts the serendipitous moments that led to her becoming a beauty and style icon herself, although it’s more in the category of Morticia Addams than Marilyn Monroe. But the road to becoming a legend like Elvira wasn’t easy. When she was only 18 months old, a pot of boiling water spilled on her, resulting in third-degree burns on more than a third of her body. The burns healed into red and purple raised scars that made

Chloë Sevigny on Collecting Perfume Bottles, Her Favorite '90s Scents and CBD

We caught up with the actress and perennial It girl at the Los Angeles launch of her first fragrance, Little Flower.

Chloë Sevigny almost seemed destined to launch a rose fragrance of her own. The 44-year-old actress has been wearing rose fragrances for the past 20 years, and ever since one of her favorites, Comme des Garçons Rose, was discontinued, she had been searching for the right replacement.

Being longtime friends with Ezra Woods and Alia Raza of the fragrance house Régime des Fleurs ca

Lilly Singh: Storming the Late Night Boys' Club

Lilly Singh is a powerful manifestor. The YouTube star is now on her third vision board, and most of the things that have actually happened in her life have surpassed what was on them originally. Her second board had images of Selena Gomez and Priyanka Chopra (both of whom have appeared in her videos), her reaching five million subscribers on her YouTube channel (she now has nearly 15 million), a puppy (she's dog mom to poodle mix Scarbro) and a verified Twitter account (which, obviously, happen

Tyra Banks Talks 'Life-Size's 20th Anniversary, Dad Sneakers, & The Launch Of ModelLand

It’s been 20 years since Tyra Banks starred in Life-Size, the Disney film in which she plays a doll named Eve who comes to life and befriends a young Lindsay Lohan. If you ever wondered how Banks and Lohan got along back then during shooting, well, it sounds pretty sweet. “On weekends, Lindsay and her sister Ali, and her brothers Michael and Cody, would come to my apartment and we'd pop popcorn and watch movies,” she tells Bustle. “And every now and then I'll be on social media and I'll see all

Bretman Rock talks to us about repping Filipino culture as an influencer and the first makeup he ever bought

Let’s be real, with the number of beauty influencers out there, it’s hard to figure out just who is worthy of the follow button. But in a sea of a thousand perfectly beat faces, Bretman Rock stands out. The Hawaii-born vlogger is not only talented at makeup, with a magnetic, hilarious personality that has attracted over 9 million Instagram followers to his feed, but he’s also a major inspiration to the Filipino community. This is something that personally resonates with me. Filipinos are highly

Betsey Johnson has been a shining light in the fashion industry for decades, and it's because she's "never connected to trends"

A decade or so ago, I was in New York for a wedding at the same time as Fashion Week. Knowing this was my chance to finally attend a Betsey Johnson show, I attempted to use my mildly popular fashion blog to finagle an invite. While I was successful at my cold reach-out, I regrettably had to turn it down, being at the mercy of my travel partners’ schedules. On the same day of the show, I ended up in a bar on the Lower East Side with a couple of friends. As I carried two Jameson and Cokes to our t

Heidi Klum tells us the most random thing she uses in her skin care routine

Sometimes learning about the bougie skin care routine of a celebrity can be shocking, whether it’s Sandra Bullock getting “penis facials” or Jessica Alba posing in a futuristic LED face mask. On the other hand, the revelation of a celeb’s drugstore fave can be just as surprising, like finding out a star swears by the same face cleanser you’ve been using since junior high. Heidi Klum takes it even further with her go-to skin care product, which is something many of us used when we were babies: Jo