The Best Face Serum for Every Skin Type

The 34 Best Face Serums of 2021 for Your Skin Type

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If there's one step in our daily skin-care regimens that we dare not skip, it's applying serum. Serums are the best way to deliver a highly concentrated, potent dose of active ingredients to the skin. Whether it's antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, peptides, botanical agents, or any number of other ingredients, serums are able to carry smaller molecules deep into the skin, where they exert the most benefit.

"The main reason serums are able to do this is because of what they do not contain," says Kenneth Howe, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City. "In contrast to moisturizers, serums don't contain air-tight, occlusive ingredients, which allow them to penetrate more deeply into the epidermis, carrying their active ingredients with them."

Another reason why serums are a mainstay for skin-care novices and lovers alike? The good 'ol feel factor. "Serums are the new moisturizers," New York City-based board-certified dermatologist Ellen Marmur tells Allure. "They are perfect for layering — like a primer on clean skin before makeup or sunscreen."

Luckily, there's a world of serum options out there, including vitamin C-based varieties and thirst-quenching formulas infused with hyaluronic acid, to suit whatever your skin type and concerns may be. In fact, we've got 34 of them below, so keep scrolling to find your new favorite.

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Office Clothes That Are Actually Super Comfortable

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There was a time in my life when I wholeheartedly believed that comfort and office clothes were mutually exclusive. If I was heading to the office, that meant that I was sporting a stiff pair of slacks, shoving my feet into a far-too-small pair of pointed-toe heels, and staring at a closet of clothes that I absolutely dreaded putting on in the morning.

Though no one asked for it, 2020 introduced a lot of us to the previously foreign concept of working from home. For me, that included being introduced to the idea that if I didn’t want to wear pants while brainstorming my next project, I simply didn’t have to. After a over a year of rocking oversized college sweatshirts, my coziest joggers, and rotating between two of my favorite pairs of slippers, I am on a mission to find office-appropriate attire that makes me look put together but still feel like I’m rocking one of my go-to WFH outfit formulas. If you’re on the hunt for office-friendly attire that you could just as easily work in as you could nap in, these low-maintenance, comfy AF office clothes have your back:

 

Blouses, tees, and knit tops:

While I’ll always reach for my oversized Tybee Island tourist tee before anything else, on days when we’ll be back in the office, I’ll be opting for flowy blouses, comfy fitted tees, cozy knit tops, and oversized button-up shirts that I’ll actually look forward to being in all day long. 





Madewell

Cotton Crewneck

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Madewell

Flutter Sleeve Tee

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Oversized Button Up

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Button-Front Sweater Tee

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V-Neck Blouse

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No-hassle dresses and skirts:

Not only are dresses and skirts a super low-maintenance pick for a morning of running late, but they also happen to be a super comfortable solution as opposed to tight slacks or work-appropriate jeans (the horror!). Flowy dresses and skirts are the keys to looking cute with minimal effort (read: it’s about as close to working from home sans pants as we’re going to get).





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Ribbed Shirt Dress

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Tiered Mini Dress

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Midi Slip Skirt

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Knotted Midi Skirt

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Oversized blazers and cozy sweaters:

When we’re working somewhere that’s not our home, we don’t have the liberty to crank up the heat, swaddle ourselves in our comfiest Barefoot Dreams blanket, or control the A.C. as we normally would. Next to bringing our snowsuit, incorporating layers in the form of oversized blazers and cozy sweaters is the perfect way to make sure that we’re comfortable in the office, no matter what the office thermostat is set at.





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Open Front Blazer

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V-Neck Cardigan

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Plaid Blazer

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Polo Sweater

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Chunky Knit Cardigan

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Linen trousers and relaxed pants:

After months and months of wearing our comfiest joggers, we simply can’t fathom slipping into our most structured, restrictive pair of slacks like we used to. Though it’s not professionally acceptable to rock our favorite cotton trousers in the office (one can dream), we can reach for linen trousers and relaxed, stretchy pants, which are the next best thing.





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Relaxed Crop Pants

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Linen Pants

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Broken-in loafers and leather sneakers:

I’ll miss wearing my slippers more than I’ll miss most things about working from home, so when we return to the office, I’ll have my leather loafers and office-approved sneakers broken in and ready to go. To my slippers, it’s not a “goodbye,” it’s a “we’ll reunite after 5:30 p.m. and I’ll see you later.” Until then, we’ll be strutting through the city in these comfortable alternatives.





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Leather Loafers

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Leather Sneaker

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7 Toxic Relationship Habits That Seem Perfectly Normal






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We took chemistry, algebra, and P.E., but there was no class in school on how to be in a successful relationship (off-topic side note: have you used calculus in your life, like, at all? Just saying). There was no “How to Not be a Shitty Partner 101,” or a crash course in finding a relationship that makes you happy. So instead, we got all our relationship advice, expectations, and teen spirit wisdom from every 16-year-old girl’s god: Nicholas Sparks. Or maybe for you it was the “you complete me” magic of Tom Cruise, the will-they-or-wont-they of Ross and Rachel, or the passionate love-hate relationship between Mike Chadway and news producer Abby in The Ugly Truth.

Here’s the real ugly truth: toxic relationship habits are not only normal in our society, but are worshipped. Passionate love stories become blockbuster hits, screaming matches turned steamy make-outs become cinematic gold (à la The Notebook), and the idea of “love” becomes all-consuming, all-or-nothing, and “happily-ever-after.” The things that really make a relationship good, stable, and fulfilling are not very exciting, nor do they sell well or feel dramatic enough for the big screen, which is why we often confuse “love” with toxic behavior, and assume frogs are Prince Charmings. Here are habits that seem normal, but might be damaging your relationship (and what to do instead):

 

1. Expecting your partner to “fix” any emotional distress

Be honest: how many times have you been in a fight about your partner not being there for you during a tough time or not being sympathetic enough about your bad day? Have you built up resentment because your partner wasn’t as emotionally there for you as you “needed?” While it’s important to seek support and partnership with your significant other, there’s a big difference between being supportive and being emotionally obligated. You should be adding to each other’s lives without feeling like either of you depend on the other.

 

What to do instead

Yes, in a healthy relationship, you would be able to ask your partner, “This feels hard to do alone. Can you help me to get through this?” But the key word is ask. Vocalize how you’d like your partner to show up for you and how you’re feeling, without expecting or relying on them to “fix” anything. Take responsibility for your own emotions, without expecting them to hold responsibility for your happiness.

 

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2. Prioritizing fairness

Obviously, fairness sounds like an admirable quality. But in relationships, “fairness” can look a lot like keeping score. If you find yourself mentally computing the effort your partner puts in and how it relates to the effort you put in, or if either of you are retaliating hurt feelings by bringing up past arguments, this could be a sign that one or both of you are more focused on keeping score than keeping the relationship healthy. Your relationship should not come with a scorecard that tallies up who has screwed up the most or who owes the other more.

 

What to do instead

Relationships do not have to be “fair” in order to be good. If you live together, reevaluate your chore chart: it doesn’t have to be “equal” (like “I cooked, so you have to do the dishes,” or “I took the dog for a walk yesterday, so you have to do it today”). Instead, offer to do the chores you know your partner really doesn’t like to do that you don’t mind, and vice versa. Think about what makes sense for both of your lifestyles, not what is equal, and treat every problem or disagreement like it’s brand new, without bringing up past issues.

 

3. Believing your partner is your “second half”

Back to that “you complete me” load of crap–no one (and I mean no one) can live a fulfilled life with the belief that they need someone else to make them whole. When you don’t feel “whole” without them, of course you won’t want to have your own hobbies, friendships, and alone time (crucial for a truly healthy relationship), or may feel like you literally would not live without them so you feel insecure when they’re out of your site out of fear of losing them. This mentality can lead to toxic dynamics like codependency, insecurity, and controlling behavior.

 

What to do instead

Look at your partner as someone who enriches and adds to your already complete life. Focus on yourself more often than you focus on the relationship, and seek out what makes you happy. Then get ready to share your joy with your significant other, instead of expecting them to be the sole source of your joy. 

 

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4. Speaking in absolutes

Picture this: instead of saying, “What you just said hurt my feelings,” you say, “I could never be with someone who says such awful things!” Instead of “Your reaction to what I said made me feel unheard” you say, “I deserve someone who listens to me and cares about my feelings!” Or maybe you go with the classic, “You never pick up the slack!” or “You always ignore what I’m saying…” Sound familiar? When speaking in absolutes, you’re creating expectations for the relationship based on your own “ideals” that actually have nothing to do with your partner. You may be trying to make a point about the specific instance, but you’re inadvertently telling them they don’t deserve you or that all of the times they do listen to you or show they love you don’t matter. A singular problem that can be communicated and resolved then becomes a greater statement about your overall relationship. 

 

What to do instead

In general, stop relating with your significant other based on what they could be and accept who they are. Focus solely on the problem at hand. Don’t generalize your partner’s actions, and vocalize why they hurt you in that moment, rather than why you don’t accept them as a worthy enough partner. Avoid phrases like “never” or “always,” and instead address every issue as a singular problem instead of throwing out overarching accusations. 

 

5. Intense conflict means passion

We all love the classic rom-dram The Notebook, complete with screaming matches that turn into passionate sex scenes (I know you’ve searched for the Youtube clip of that scene!). But “passion” that results in consistent fights or screaming matches off-screen are always rooted in deeper problems like immaturity, difficulties with communication, or even traits of relationship abuse like narcissism or control (no matter how good the “make up” is). Regardless of what causes consistent fighting, it makes for an unsustainable relationship, resulting in eventual burn-out. The truth is that love should feel gentle. You should be more consistent in your relationship than you are up and down, and you should feel more content than heated or angry.

 

What to do instead

Rewire the way the two of you deal with problems. Think of the issue as you two against the problem, instead of each of you against each other. Also, focus on your partner’s emotions, rather than their words, which will limit the ability to get caught up when something is said out of anger or frustration. Start expressing gratitude for the traits about your relationship and partner that have nothing to do with “passion” at all: their kindness, how they’re there for you, how you two share the same interests, etc.

 

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6. Dropping “hints”

So maybe you “accidentally” left up a browser page of a certain pair of earrings you’re dying for when you borrowed your S.O.’s laptop, or maybe you mention how an ex complimented you more as a way to get your current significant other to compliment you more. Perhaps you even drop hints about bigger life changes, whether it’s talking about a couple who moved in together and they seem really happy, or that your mom was asking you when you were getting married. While a gift here and there is harmless, dropping “hints” about other areas of your relationship instead of communicating what you need and want can be toxic and damaging. If you can’t openly communicate your feelings or desires, whether it’s I wish you complimented me more, or I’d like to try something new in bed, your communication needs some work.

 

What to do instead

Be up front and open about your feelings, desires, and needs. Never lead with false hopes that your partner will be able to assume what you want, and value open communication in your relationship. Make it clear that your partner is not obligated to fulfill your needs. Rather, you’d appreciate their effort or support, and don’t be judgmental, unreceptive, or dismissive with anything they communicate to you.

 

7. Believing in the idea of “soulmates”

Another Box Office belief that had me believing in Prince Charming since I first watched Cinderella is the magical idea of a “soulmate” or finding The One perfect person out there for you. But the problem with believing in a soulmate is that you could be spending your life measuring your partner in terms of what they aren’t, rather than what they are: any flaw that comes up (and they will, because everyone has flaws) might make you doubt their soulmate status (is someone even more perfect for you out there?). I’m not saying you won’t find someone who checks off every box on your checklist, or who won’t love you bigger and greater and kinder than you ever knew to wait for (in fact, I truly believe love is not worth having unless it’s that). But it’s the way we think about commitment that makes all the difference.

 

What to do instead

Think of commitment as a choice, rather than “destiny.” To help distinguish the difference between “settling” and being over-critical, ask yourself whether or not you would want your children to be like them or whether or not you’d feel happy with them even during hard or boring times, instead of whether or not they’re “perfect” for you. View your relationship as a choice that both of you decide to be in every day, and don’t look at every flaw as a possibility that there’s someone better for you out there. 

 

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I’m a Vegetarian and My S.O. Isn’t—Here’s What We Eat






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Cooking is my love language. Some people give gifts and some people write love letters, but I cook. Though my boyfriend knows a thing or two about roasting veggies and makes a mean pasta sauce, I like to do the cooking because it’s the way I take care of the people I love. It’s an activity I look forward to all day long, and let’s be honest, I’m just way better than he is (he’s better at doing the dishes, so win-win!). However, every meal I make is vegetarian. I’ve never eaten meat in my life (nope, not once!), so I wouldn’t even know what to do with a chicken breast, and I couldn’t tell you the difference between an oyster and a clam. My boyfriend grew up on chicken wings and steak, so I knew his adjustment to my plant-based lifestyle would not necessarily be seamless. 

While every relationship is different, having dinner is something we like to do together. Eating together is our special ritual; I like to cook for him, and we hang out in the kitchen to catch up on our days. While many couples prefer to eat separate meals (especially when they have different dietary needs), I’ve found ways to make my cooking style work for both of our preferences, so I recorded my meals through an entire week of dinners from Sunday to Thursday (you best believe Friday is reserved for sushi takeout!). Read on for my tips, tricks, and recipes for cooking dinner as a vegetarian for my meat-loving boyfriend. 

 

Sunday: Pasta Night





My boyfriend and I are both Italian, so pasta is the natural go-to in our house. Seriously, there have been weeks where we have same kind of pasta every single night. It’s a good Sunday meal because it’s easy, simple, and delicious. Plus, whether or not you eat meat, everybody loves pasta, right? For plant-based options, I use quinoa, brown rice, or chickpea pasta, or I’ll make spaghetti squash. As for sauce, I love a homemade pesto or quick marinara, but I’ve also been known to get adventurous by adding avocado or hearts of palm to make a vegan “pasta alfredo” (at this point, my boyfriend has stopped asking what’s in the sauce). Don’t forget a simple side salad!  

 

Monday: Korean Savory Pancakes





The secret to getting your significant other to eat less meat? Get adventurous. Since I love to cook and try new foods, I make sure to experiment with different flavors and learn about different diets I would not otherwise be exposed to. In other words, my boyfriend is never bored. I was inspired by a recipe from Bonberi of bin dae tteok, or savory mung bean pancakes, which is a traditional Korean dish. Due to lack of time, I replaced mung beans with chickpea flour (very untraditional) and put together these delicious and dip-able pancakes in under 20 minutes. Trust me, he’s not missing his steak dinners. 

 

Tuesday: Fried Egg Tacos





Pro tip: If you live with someone who has totally different dietary preferences, taco night is the way to go. They’re easily customizable, and all you have to do is prepare a few different toppings and a couple of different fillers. I’ll fill mine with veggies and beans, but my boyfriend can add any kind of meat to his if he’s craving some extra protein. Another favorite hack is to top quesadillas or tacos with a fried egg for extra flavor and protein. I love using eggs for dinner as a protein we both can eat. 

 

Wednesday: Blue Apron Meal for Two









And now for my best cooking-for-two-different-diets hack: Blue Apron. Let’s be honest, yes, I love cooking, but I don’t always have time to meal plan, grocery shop, and DIY an entire meal from scratch. I think of Blue Apron as an investment in our relationship because we both can get what we want. Sometimes the vegetarian option is so delicious and filling that my boyfriend doesn’t even realize there wasn’t any meat. But when he is craving some chicken, steak, or seafood, Blue Apron offers the ability to have two separate proteins for the same recipe, so I’ll add tofu and he’ll add pork—no separate meal required. 

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Thursday: Asparagus Soup





Some nights, I cook something that may not be filling enough for my boyfriend, so he’ll plan ahead to make his own meat if he wants something extra. Tonight, I was craving soup (it was a rare occurrence, I swear), so I prepared a thick asparagus soup and topped it off with pumpkin seeds and toasted baguette. Bonus life hack: Throw any soup into the blender, and it’ll immediately taste richer and creamier, even if it’s totally vegan. While that was enough for me, my boyfriend roasted some chicken for himself to eat with the soup. Bottom line is, if you have a meat-loving significant other or your roommate is fully plant-based while you can’t give up bacon, any vegetarian main meal can be turned into a side dish for a meat-lover. 

 

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These Are Allure Editors’ Favorite New Beauty Products

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At Allure, we get inundated with the latest and greatest beauty offerings every day. Most of it is exciting, some of it confusing, and sometimes it gets overwhelming, especially now that our homes have become our offices. Alas, that is the beauty editor's burden to bear.

When we really like something, you can trust that our opinion has come from vetting it against everything we've seen before, including our longtime favorites. (We've even written love letters to some of the products we hold most dear.) But we're always open to finding — and sharing — new favorites. It's a big beauty playground out there, so we'll gladly do the dirty work to test everything under the sun. And the crème de la crème often graduate to our Best of Beauty trials.

But let's stick to the present for now. Each week, Allure editors select the new hair, makeup, and skin-care products we're currently obsessing over. Trying to narrow down our favorites to just one or two products can be hard, but we manage. Check out what our editors can't get enough of right now.

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The 23 Best Face Moisturizers We’ve Ever Tried

The Best Facial Moisturizers of 2021

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Some people may cringe when they hear the word moist, but when it comes to moisturizers, we've got nothing but love. For many, it's the final step in a skin-care routine, and whether you're looking for a lighter option to wear during the day, or a souped-up version for an overnight glow-up, we've tested countless formulas in our day-to-day work as beauty editors. Whether you've got dry, oily, or combination skin, odds are the perfect face cream for you has passed through our offices.

"Moisturizers are an essential part of every skin-care routine," Shereene Idriss, a board-certified dermatologist at Union Square Laser Dermatology in New York City, tells Allure. "Just as our bodies require us to hydrate with water, so does our skin. In the short term, moisturizing perks your skin up, giving you a healthy fullness. In the long term, consistent moisturizing helps decrease the appearance and rate at which fine lines and wrinkles emerge."

Calling all opinionated beauty lovers: We want to know which products you can't live without! Take our annual poll to pick the top hair, makeup, nail, and skin-care products that deserve our coveted Readers' Choice seal.

Here, we've rounded up the 23 best face moisturizers (the crème de la cream, if you will), including Allure Best of Beauty Award winners and recommendations from dermatologists.

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The Internet Is Full-On Swooning Over Megan Thee Stallion’s Ombré Locs

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Megan Thee Stallion has been on a fiery streak with the hair content on Instagram recently. On August 5, she shared a rather saucy update on her natural hair growth journey in a Calvin Klein ad, and she recently delivered some long (and I mean very long), ombré-dipped locs.

In the first photo of a six-part carousel that she posted on Friday, August 6, Megan's back is turned to the camera as she's looking towards the cascading waters of Niagara Falls. Even though Megan is obviously giving her fans a look at some of the views from her most recent vacation, it's even more obvious she wanted to show off her gorgeous long locs. Then again, with locs as fabulous as these, who wouldn't want to document them for posterity?  

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We're not sure who the hairstylist behind this protective style is, but we can only imagine Megan spent hours getting these locs in tip-top shape. Of course, fans and fellow celebs are obsessed with her latest 'do and left nothing but sentiments of love in the comments. 

If you thought Meg was going to leave us with only one swoon-worthy beauty moment, then think again. The fourth photo of her six-part Niagara Falls visual diary features her latest nail set with a waterfall in the background. Each of the squarely-rounded nails is painted baby blue with illustrations of purple flowers. She didn't tag a nail tech, but it's fair to say that Meg requested that these nails give off as many floral and fauna vibes as possible. 

Meg never fails to impress when it comes to her hair, and, if you know us, we're already on standby for when she posts her next look. 

How to Create the Perfect Summer Birthday Outfit

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When it comes to dressing for special occasions, holidays seem to get all the attention. Deep, vampy shades and textures come into the limelight every November before Thanksgiving rolls around, and patriotic attire is planned out and discussed at length well before the Fourth of July. But what about birthday outfits?

On one glorious day every year, it’s all about you, and your outfit can stand out, unlike when everyone is collectively dressing for a holiday. Absolutely anything is fair game, and your look should make you feel like your best self—whether it be with that special shirt you only bust out of your closet a couple of times a year or a new pair of shoes that makes you feel like a million bucks.

Trying to decide how to deck yourself out for your summer birthday (hello, fellow Cancers!)? We’re here to save the day. Here’s all the inspiration you need to choose your birthday outfit and stand out from the masses, just like you should.

 

 

1. A top so good it’ll say “it’s my birthday” on its own

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A couple of weeks before my birthday, an ad for a feather-trimmed top came up on my Instagram, and it felt like the targeted ad gods hit me in my absolute weakest spot. I thought at that moment that if I didn’t get the top and wear feathers on my birthday, I simply would never recover.

Spoiler: I did not get the top and absolutely did feel the void of a lack of feathers, but the point is that there are just certain tops that scream “birthday!” The right one paired with your go-to jeans makes the perfect look for any rooftop drinks or patio dinners us lucky summer birthday people get to have.





ASTR The Label

Kelis Top

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ELOQUII

Faux Leather Tank

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MANGO

Daisy-Print Crochet Top

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Ellora Top

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Knitted Cropped Top

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Printed Linen Top

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Satin V-Neck Cami

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MANGO

Asymmetric Design T2op

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Lovers + Friends

Anya Bodysuit

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Abercrombie & Fitch

Seamless Ribbed Strapless Bodysuit

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ELOQUII

One Shoulder Bodysuit

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ELOQUII

Asym Neckline Tank

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2. A dress that’s a look all by itself

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When the temps are high, a dress is your best bet for a one-and-done outfit, and if your birthday is in the summer, chances are, you get to dress for a hot day and night. 

A slip dress or LWD are perfect options for a fancier place you might be going for your bash—from a rooftop you had to make reservations for three weeks in advance to your favorite special-occasion restaurant. 





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Strappy Mini Rib Dress

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Reformation

Brigitte Floral Sheath Minidress

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BB Dakota By Steve Madden

Say A Prairie Dress

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ELOQUII

Puff Sleeve Button Down Dress

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NAKED WARDROBE

Snatched & Sexy Sleeveless Minidress

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ELOQUII

Cutout Detail Shirtdress

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MANGO

Floral Print Miniskirt

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Abercrombie & Fitch

Side-Draped Slip Mini Dress

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ASTR The Label

Gaia Dress

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ELOQUII

Smocked Bodice Ruffle Day Dress

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BCBGeneration

Crinkle Poly Dress

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Abercrombie & Fitch

High-Slit Midaxi Dress

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Abercrombie & Fitch

Smocked Waist Mini Dress

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Abercrombie & Fitch

Tie-Strap Smocked Midi Dress

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MANGO

Vent Cotton Dress

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ASTR The Label

Cowl Slip Midi Dress

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3. Special-occasion worthy accessories

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The cherry on top of any outfit is the accessories that get paired with it, and for your birthday look, they should be extra cool. Top off your look with a bag that provides a pop of color or a pair of sunglasses that does all the talking.





MANGO

Flowered Heel leather Sandals

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Padded heeled Mule Sandals

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Bubblegum Platform Sandal

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Raffia High-Heeled Sandals

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How to Recreate the Best Movie Interiors in Your Home

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Movie interiors can serve as the perfect, blissful escape every so often—like finding yourself in a hotel or Airbnb with the luxury of trying on another life. Preferably, one that takes place in a charming Spanish bungalow or a historic brownstone on Riverside Drive. Unlike traditional home tours, movie interiors give us a glimpse into how it would truly feel to live in a different place. Oftentimes, one far from our current reality—at least for now. Ahead, I’ve rounded up five drool-worthy movie interiors with a few ideas on how to recreate them in your own space.

 

1. Head Above Water 





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Source: Fine Line Features

Full disclosure: I have never seen this film. After some online sleuthing led me to this Maine beach house though, I’ve added it to my list. Even if only for the perfect, wrap-around windows, and textured lounge chair by the floating fireplace. The balance that this space strikes is perfect—it’s classic and traditional but far from pretentious. The blanket-covered roll armchairs, for instance, add a subtle boho flair, while the color palette remains airy and timeless.

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2. It’s Complicated





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I’ve already dedicated an entire article to Nancy Meyers interiors, but I still had to give this idyllic kitchen and dining room a shout-out. It’s the epitome of casual elegance with marble, rustic woods, steel-framed windows, and accents of terracotta hues for warmth. The skirted kitchen cabinets, modern pendant lighting, and rustic dining table feels impeccably layered and collected over time.

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3. You’ve Got Mail





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It’s hard to decide which corner of this historic Upper West Side brownstone I covet the most, but I’ve always had a soft spot for Kathleen Kelly’s writing area. Floating the desk off-center in the room adds such a quirky confidence to the space, and a traditional table lamp in place of a task light feels welcoming rather than utilitarian. All in all, the perfect place to write phantom letters to your internet boyfriend.

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4. Hanging Up 





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Source: Columbia Pictures

Hanging Up wasn’t Nora Ephron’s biggest hit, but this cozy Spanish bungalow is definitely a winner. For a similar feel, go all in with the cozy clubhouse vibes, featuring plush leather seating, a stack of vintage suitcases and a classic plaid throw. I also love the departure from a typical neutral kitchen to this playful one, thanks to rows of colorful serveware on display.

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5. The Proposal 





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Source: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Aside from a shirtless Ryan Reynolds and the ever-so-precious Betty White, the rustic charm of this Alaskan guest room was the real star of The Proposal (no disrespect to Sandra Bullock). Layering warm tones with traditional silhouettes gives this space an elevated mountain lodge vibe that makes me want to go skiing in the best way.

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The Best Deals to Shop at Dermstore’s Epic Anniversary Sale

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There are few things more exciting to us than a good beauty sale, especially when it's at one of the biggest beauty retailers, Dermstore. And have we got great news for you: Starting August 8 through August 17, the retailer is celebrating its 22nd birthday with a blowout Anniversary Event, which means beauty devotees (aka, you) can score discounts of up to 30 percent off top-selling products. (Note: The cap for discounts is 25 percent with the exception of Harry Josh Pro Tools, which is marked 30 percent off.) This includes a wide breadth of popular brands, such as SkinMedica, Dermalogica, Sunday Riley, and so many more. All you have to do is enter code CELEBRATE at checkout and watch the savings roll in.

And there's even more reason to raise a glass and celebrate. If you're a Dermstore Rewards member, you earn triple points on select brands, including Ilia, SkinCeuticals, Olaplex, and iS Clinical. On top of that, you also get 5 percent back on every purchase. Dermstore is really going all out with this event and even releasing special, limited-edition sets — so don't let all of the rewards slip by.

As exciting as a sale announcement can be, we understand that it can be equally as overwhelming to sort through every single deal — so we rounded up some of our favorite, can't-miss picks in the hopes that it helps you find the best of the best deals that Dermstore has to offer right now.

Skin Care

If you can't tell by the abundance of choices below, this sale's strongest suit is skin-care products. Whether you're looking to stock up on sunscreen or smartly save on luxury brands, now's your chance to shop beloved skin-care products at a sliver of their normal prices. Cheers to healthy skin.

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Sunday Riley Light Hearted Sunscreen SPF 30

$35$28DermstoreShop NowCaudalie Make-Up Removing Cleansing Oil on white background

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$28$14DermstoreShop NowRevitaLash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner on white background

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Sunday Riley Light Hearted Sunscreen SPF 30 uses the best of both sunscreen worlds — aka, a blend of mineral (zinc oxide) and chemical (octisalate and oxycrylene) UV filters — to shield skin from sun-induced harm, leaving behind a slightly glowy sheen that boosts your natural radiance. Plus, it contains turmeric to calm skin and reduce redness, while xanthophyll (a pigment found in plants) is said to protect skin from blue light. 

It's no secret that we rely on cleansing oils to melt and break down our most stubborn waterproof formulas. Caudalie's Make-Up Removing Cleansing Oil stays true to its name and employs nourishing almond oil, peptides, and brightening viniferine (grapevine sap extract) to cleanse and moisturize skin — all without leaving a trace of greasy or oily residue.

Thanks to a certain royal named Meghan Markle, RevitaLash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner has made headlines in the past. "I [use] Revitalash on my eyelashes, and I swear they are as long as they could ever be," Markle previously told Allure in 2017. It's a great non-prescription option that features a complex containing biotin, green tea extract, antioxidants, and peptides to promote stronger lashes.

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Tula Skincare Get Toned Pro-Glycolic 10% Resurfacing Toner

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If you're on a mission to achieve smoother, brighter skin, Tula Skincare's Get Toned Pro-Glycolic 10% Resurfacing Toner dramatically speeds up your skin's cellular turnover rate. Key ingredients include lactobacillus probiotic extracts and glycolic acid, which clear skin of dead cells and reveal a more radiant complexion in the short and long term. Mushroom, beet extract, and hyaluronic acid play important supporting roles in terms of plumping and hydrating skin.

The easiest way to upgrade your cleansing routine is to incorporate a handy tool and massage product into your skin. Dermalogica Precleanse Balm is chock-full of apricot kernel oil to melt away excess sebum, dirt, and makeup and works well with just your hands, but the double-sided cleansing mitt ensures deeper penetration of the formula for refreshed, smooth-as-hell skin.

The secret sauce in SkinMedica's TNS Essential Serum is none other than human growth factors packed with proteins, amino acids, peptides, and antioxidants to seriously reduce inflammation, lift skin, and slow down signs of aging. The upgraded version, TNS Advanced+ Serum, won a Best of Beauty Award in 2020 for its line-smoothing and elastin-boosting abilities.

Body Care

Don't neglect your skin below the neck. Whether you're experiencing an uptick in body acne or just dry, flaky skin overall, all areas of your body deserve careful attention and care. That includes SPF protection, too. Luckily, tons of brands like Glytone and Dr. Dennis Gross have effective options to treat just about every condition you can come across.

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PCA Skin Active Sunscreen SPF 45

$44$33DermstoreShop NowGlytone Exfoliating Body Lotion on white background

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Beach and pool days are all fun and games until you get burned — literally. Stay protected with PCA Skin's Active Sunscreen SPF 45 which offers water resistance for up to 80 minutes and a combination of lightweight, cast-free mineral (zinc oxide) and chemical UV filters (octinoxate and octisalate) to prevent sun damage from forming.

Uneven skin texture is no match for Glytone's Exfoliating Body Lotion, which is formulated with 17.5 percent glycolic acid to remove dead skin cells and reveal more radiant skin hiding underneath. Vitamin E swoops in to deeply condition and protect skin against environmental aggressors.

The peeling process that accompanies the acid-laced plastic booties best known as Baby Foot might be the stuff of nightmares, but the baby-soft results are hard to argue with. Pop them on for an hour and then patiently wait for a few days for the peeling madness to begin. Our feet take on a lot of wear and tear and have thicker skin than basically any other area of your body, so get ready to shed and welcome your smooth, newborn-like stompers.

Hair Care

Whether you're still not super comfortable spending hours at a salon or have mastered your at-home hair-care routine over the past year, Dermstore has just about every hair product and tool you can imagine. Between all of the deep treatments, dry shampoos, and curl gels, it's worth taking your time to sift through deals from stylist-approved brands such as Living Proof, Briogeo, and Harry Josh Pro Tools to find the right fit for your texture and styling needs.

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Harry Josh Pro Tools Ultra Light Pro Dryer

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Briogeo Dermstore Exclusive Scalp Revival Soothe Detoxify Duo

$56$42DermstoreShop NowHarry Josh Pro Tools Ceramic Flat Styling Iron on white background

Harry Josh Pro Tools Ceramic Flat Styling Iron

$140$98DermstoreShop Now

If you've gone all this time without trying the iconic, stylist-beloved blow-dryer, the best time to is right now because the entire Harry Josh Pro Tools line is 30 percent off for the Anniversary Sale. The Ultra Light Pro Dryer weighs less than one pound — a feature your arm muscles will surely appreciate — and is designed with 12 heat, speed, and ion settings, as well as two types of nozzle attachments, for ultimate versatility. 

The key to healthy hair starts with the scalp. Briogeo and Dermstore teamed up to produce an exclusive, limited-edition Scalp Revival Soothe Detoxify Duo to soothe itchy, irritated scalps and sweep away follicle-clogging debris. Start with the Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo and follow up with the Charcoal + Tea Tree Cooling Hydration Scalp Mask to seal the scalp-caring deal.

For less than $100, you can snag the Gisele Bündchen-approved Harry Josh Pro Tools Ceramic Flat Styling Iron to create sleek hair for days. Because the plates are larger than most irons, measuring in at one-and-a-quarter inches, you can use fewer passes and save precious time while styling. And because Harry Josh has thought of everything, it has rounded edges that prevent snagging or pulling, as well as an automatic, one-hour shut-off time.

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Living Proof No Frizz Instant De-Frizzer

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Virtue Scalp Treatment Kit

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Give dry hair a hearty spritz of Living Proof No Frizz Instant De-Frizzer to tame stubborn, stray hairs that can't seem to cooperate and stay down. You'll experience smoother, shinier hair without the unnecessary buildup from heavier products.

For an effortless, tousled look that doesn't require a hot tool, R+Co's Sail Soft Wave Spray is infused with vitamin-rich sea kelp to amplify shine, volume, and overall softness. Your hair will smell ridiculously fresh and invigorating, too — thanks to a blend of juniper, blood orange, violet, and more.

Virtue's Scalp Treatment Kit includes everything you need to kick-start a deep cleanse and blast away all of the gunk and buildup hiding in your roots. Use the Scalp Massage Tool to stimulate circulation and very satisfyingly work the Exfoliating Scalp Treatment into your scalp while you're in the shower. To nourish and hydrate a dry scalp, apply a few drops of the serum-like Topical Scalp Supplement before hopping into bed.

Makeup

While you should still keep up your masking habits for the near future (and get vaccinated if you haven't already), we're experiencing a tad more freedom in terms of showing off full faces of makeup — only if that's your jam, of course. Next time you have a safe, intimate gathering with friends, pull out all of the stops and reacquaint yourself with the joy of getting ready, putting on blush and lipstick, and whatever makes your makeup-loving heart flutter.

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Wander Beauty Mile High Club Volume and Length Mascara

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Kevyn Aucoin Glass Glow Face Illuminator

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Tarte Cosmetics Tartelette In Bloom Clay Palette

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Whether you're a one-coat-mascara person or you prefer to go to town with layering, you can't go wrong with the Best of Beauty-winning Wander Beauty Mile High Mascara. Don't expect this tube to smudge or flake on you, even after a sweat-inducing workout. "After just a single application my lashes looked so long and feathery that I didn't apply a second mascara, which is a very rare occurrence," our tester raved.

If a dewy sheen is a necessity in your makeup routine, Kevyn Aucoin's Glass Glow Face Liquid Illuminator is the product for you. This super slick formula coats cheekbones, brow bones, and nose bridges in a sheer, shimmering gloss. Or, if you want an all-over glow, mix a pump into your favorite foundation or skin tint. Et voilà, a fresh-faced look.

Tarte Cosmetics Tartelette In Bloom Clay Palette is a two-time Readers' Choice Award winner, thanks to 12 neutral-toned, pigmented shades that are perfect for everyday wear or a steamier, smoked-out look.

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Kjaer Weis The Cheek Collective

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By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder

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Bareminerals BarePro 16-Hour Full Coverage Concealer

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Cream blush is experiencing a major rise in popularity this summer and Kjaer Weis's Best of Beauty-winning Cream Blushes are one of the best on the market. They yield to the warmth of your fingertips and spreads like a dream over cheeks, lips, and lids. The Cheek Collective (pictured above) is part of the brand's Scandinavia-inspired Midsummer Collection and consists of a trio of mix-and-match cream blushes and highlighters inspired by summer light and colors.

Finish off any look with By Terry's Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder, which is infused with micro-fine hyaluronic acid to blur the appearance of fine lines and textured skin faster than you can say "Instagram filter." 

Bareminerals' BarePro 16-Hour Full Coverage Concealer is a well-known dupe for the pricier Clé De Peau Beauté Concealer SPF 25 and lends skin a subtle blurring effect. This ultra-creamy formula never tugs on skin or creases throughout the day. It's also spiked with noni fruit and meadowsweet extract to minimize the appearance of pores.

Feeling inspired to shop these deals? We sure hope so because they're too good to pass up. For even more beauty goodness, head over to dermstore.com now through August 17 and browse the entire sale.