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These Booster Serums Will Supercharge Your Skin Care Products

If you’re familiar with double cleansing, bubble masks and cushion compacts, then you’re already aware of the many amazing Korean beauty products that have infiltrated the industry over the past few years. The latest K-beauty category everyone’s buzzing about is booster serums, a skin care wunderkind that many Western brands are now also incorporating into their product lines.

What are booster serums?

Booster serums are lightweight liquids that contain performance ingredients in high concentration. You can mix them with other skin care products, like moisturizer or sunscreen, or use them on their own before following up with the rest of your regimen. Think of booster serums as the ingredient that supercharges the products you already use.

Boosters are packaged in small volume bottles due to the fact that they’re concentrated, and because you only need one or two drops, the bottle can last a long time. Light in texture and watery, they are created to target different concerns, like increase hydration, brighten, tone, reduce wrinkles or soothe irritated skin. The goal of boosters is to prime and stabilize the skin’s barrier, allowing your other products to work more effectively and give us the healthy glow we all want.

How to use booster serums

You can opt to use boosters either on their own or mixed with another product. If you choose to use them on their own, work 1-3 drops (or more, per manufacturer’s instructions) into cleansed (and, if you wish, toned) face. Follow up with serum and moisturizer.

Another way is to mix 1-3 drops of booster with a moisturizer in the palm of your hand and apply the mixture after cleansing. You will notice that you will not need nearly as much moisturizer as you did prior to using a booster.

The beauty of booster serums is that they can improve the benefits of your creams or replace your usual toner or serum. If you are curious about giving this type of product a try, click through the slideshow above to discover some of the best booster serums available.

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Here’s Why Caviar-Infused Beauty Products Are Worth the Hype

Caviar is one of those delicacies that has a reputation for catering only to the upper echelon of society. If you don’t have access to the fishy treat or perhaps can’t stomach it, you can still indulge in caviar via your beauty products.

Why would you want to smear your face with the upscale dish? Well, caviar is actually a great moisturizer due to its omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. It also boasts antioxidant properties that protect skin. And if you’re looking to maintain elasticity, caviar should be your skin care go-to. In fact, spas have long been offering caviar-based treatments to smooth wrinkles, promote collagen production and protect skin from air pollutants.

When it comes to at-home treatments, every beauty lover worth her moisturizer knows about La Prairie’s super luxe caviar line, but you don’t necessarily have to shell out hundreds for the delicacy. Alterna has added caviar to hair care, Korean beauty brands offer up BB creams and masks containing the ingredient and Nails inc. even infused a top coat with caviar extract. Low-cost supermarket chain ALDI also has a coveted Lacura Caviar skin line, but you’ll have to head to the U.K. to get it since it’s only available in stores across the pond. Just be careful to check and make sure the products you pick actually contain caviar or caviar extract since sometimes the term is used to symbolize a supposedly luxury treatment, not the actual fish eggs.

If you’re looking to luxe up your skin care regimen, check out the 10 caviar-infused beauty products in the slideshow above.

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Is Half-and-Half Hair a Thing?

Every season we look to the runways for inspiration, be it for fashion or beauty looks. And every season we discover an array of try-worthy styles in addition to a plethora of head-scratchers. Well, Spring 2018 has proven no different. In addition to the lob, 90s hair and upgraded ponytails, several designers appeared to be pushing a beauty trend we just don’t know how to feel about: half-and-half hair. Allow us to explain.

It started in New York where Shayne Oliver’s turn for Helmut Lang included ‘dos slicked back on one side of the center part and twisted into front-hanging tendrils on the other; it was almost like two halves of separate updos. The look seemed a quirky one-off from a label known for pushing boundaries — until Phillip Lim’s show, that is. The designer sent out several models with hair swept half up on one side and on the other, tresses tucked behind the ear over a shock of what we can only refer to as side bangs. It was a tale of two hairstyles. And it couldn’t be a coincidence.

Chromat’s Becca McCharen-Tran also appeared to be on board with the multi-hairstyle mash-up thing. She had models sporting face-framing braids in front with high ponytails in back, while at Yohji Yamamoto we spotted hair twisted up on one side with free-falling, wet-looking tresses on the other. At Francesca Liberatore’s show, we were treated to many a mixed-up offering, including pompadour-style updos in front leading flat, straight strands in back. The trend was officially official.

The look wasn’t strictly a New York phenomenon, either. In Milan, Fendi showed sleek low ponytails adorned with short shocks of mermaid-colored fringe on one side, like a jaunty hat. At Véronique Leroy in Paris, hair was swept around in swingy ponytails, leaving half a head of loose tresses behind, as if an updo hadn’t been totally completed. It was hair, interrupted.

Will half-done hair make it off the runways and onto the heads of the rest of the civilian population? That remains to be seen. We’re betting on this trend staying editorial for now, but as the fashion world and the world at large have shown us, best to be ready for anything.

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The 10 Best Eyelash Curlers, According to Hyper-Enthusiastic Reviewers (and Kim Kardashian)

Consider the eyelash curler. Sure, the metal-jawed contraption looks kind of like something you’d find on an OB-GYN’s surgical tray — cold, intimidating, metallic, clinical. But in actuality, it’s the cornerstone of any well thought-out beauty routine. That 30-second lash crimp is to your face what espresso is to the fogged mind. One press and a quality curler perks up drooping lashes instantly, lifting and brightening your whole visage.

It’s truly a universal tool. With the right eyelash curler, those of the no-makeup makeup school of thought can achieve a soft, natural curl — no potentially clumpy or runny mascara necessary. Meanwhile, fans of the Instagram makeup lewk can — and know to — use curlers as precursors to lash primer. On top of that, curlers make handy false eyelash applicators. They meld the real with the faux and lend both some added lift. All this to say, you need one.

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Having trouble tracking down the best eyelash curler for your eye shape, lash length or simply your budget? We’ve got you covered. Click through the slideshow above to shop 10 of the absolute best eyelash curlers on the market, as vehemently asserted by beauty insiders (including one Kim Kardashian). Note: said assertions have been edited and condensed for clarity.

And once you’ve found your Holy Grail of eyelash curlers, check out the YouTube video below, wherein beauty vlogger NikkieTutorials demonstrates the best way to use the tool. (Hint: heat is involved.)

The 10 Best Eyelash Curlers, According to Hyper-Enthusiastic Reviewers (and Kim Kardashian)

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8 Pimple Patches That Help Heal Zits Overnight

When a pimple erupts, the first thing we usually do is apply zit cream ASAP. While there are a lot of effective acne treatments, there’s a new treatment option you many not have heard of: pimple patches (or acne dots, acne stickers and hydrocolloid bandages as they’re sometimes called).

Pimple patches may look like small, round adhesive bandages, but they do so much more than cover up a whitehead. These tiny adhesive stickers are hydrocolloid dressings, similar to those used to treat wounds. They are ideal for draining all the gunk out of a pimple without irritating or drying skin like other acne treatments. Many pimple patches are also coated with acne-fighting ingredients, like salicylic acid or tea tree oil. As no two pimples are the same, brands have started to offer pimple patches in different sizes to treat everything from tiny eruptions to full-blown zits.

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Pimple patches are usually applied after cleansing and before bed so they can work their magic while you sleep, but some are invisible enough to be worn during the day. No matter when the acne sticker is applied, it will help improve blemishes because the patch keeps the acne-fighting ingredients pressed into skin without exposing them to air. Medical esthetician Jordana Mattioli says this increases the efficacy of the treatment, so we see results faster.

Unlike some drippy acne creams that can stain and discolor clothes, pimple patches keep the medication under the protective sticker. And since the treatment is applied only where needed, it’s less likely to cause irritation. You’re also less inclined to pick at your pimple when it’s covered up by a patch.

Intrigued? Scroll through the gallery above to see some of the best pimple patches that help heal zits STAT.

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8 Pimple Patches and Acne Stickers That Help Heal Zits Overnight

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90s Hair Is Back, According to the Spring Runways

The fashion world loves few things more than a retro revival; it feels like the industry single-handedly keeps the phrase “what goes around comes around” in business. Every season we see some decade return for an encore on the runways in some form, be it fashion or beauty, and this season, 90s hairstyles are alive and well.

Sure, 90s redux isn’t exclusive to Spring 2018. The grunge-era resurgence has been going strong for several seasons now, permeating everything from our closets (hello, mom jeans) to our makeup drawers (matte lipstick, anyone?). But for the designer set, it would appear that isn’t quite enough. No, on the catwalks for Spring 2018 we saw a plethora of 90s hairstyles we recognized from our youth, confirming once again that the decade of Nirvana, Kate Moss and Friends will never die. Not if the fashion industry has anything to say about it, anyway.

So, will we be reliving our old styles from hair days gone by? Unclear. If you’re not a Gen X’er — or even a Gen Y’er — this nostalgic moment in beauty may actually feel new and fresh. But for those who lived through it the first time around, 90s hair may feel, well, best left in the 90s. Either way, we’re having fun strolling down memory lane. Check out the slideshow above and join us, won’t you?

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See Every Piece From Erdem x H&M, Feel Your Victoriana Obsession Reach New Heights

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Erdem x H&M; Image: Michal Pudelka/H&M

The Spring 2018 runways were filled with period pieces (styled anachronistically, of course). Miuccia Prada layered Victorian-era bustiers over graphic tees; Nicolas Ghesquière paired brocade frock coats with silk running shorts at Louis Vuitton. Here to further fuel our desire for clothes that feel as if they had a past life is Canadian and Turkish designer Erdem Moralioglu, who just unveiled his much-anticipated Erdem x H&M collab.

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Erdem x H&M; Image: Michal Pudelka/H&M

As presaged by the dreamy Baz Luhrmann-directed teaser the duo released this past July, the capsule is filled with floaty tea dresses and floral print suits. But that’s not all: there’s also ruffle, lace and bow-accented blouses, jackets and coats done in tweed and faux fur, colorful cable knit sweaters, fancy pajama-style shirts, pretty bow hairpins and — to remind us we’re all still in 2017 — a logoed sweatshirt and flower-embellished combat boots.

Erdem x H&M

Erdem x H&M; Image: Michal Pudelka/H&M

Suffice it to say we need it ALL. And even if you don’t partake of the collection — which you should, but we get it, H&M’s coveted designer capsules are known to sell out quickly/crash the retailer’s site — be sure to steal some styling tips from the surrealist, Michal Pudelka-lensed lookbook. Printed hoodies with matching slip dresses and heels? Yes, please.

Click through the slideshow below to see every piece from the collection, available at select H&M locations and hm.com starting November 2.

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Daisy Ridley Is in Full Force on Vogue’s Bold November Cover

We’ve always been huge advocates for magazines championing fresh new talent and nothing thrills us more than seeing someone new and different on the cover of Vogue (as opposed to the usual actresses the publication favors). To our delight, Daisy Ridley makes her Vogue debut as November 2017’s cover girl. Shot by Mario Testino and with styling from Tonne Goodman, the British actress gives us chills as she stares down the camera in a bold Saint Laurent dress.

US Vogue November 2017 : Daisy Ridley by Mario Testino

IMAGE: COURTESY OF VOGUE

Ultimately, Daisy’s cover left our forums divided. “Stunning! She never worked in print to me before, but this is really well done. And wow at it being Testino to bring out the best in her,” wrote Miss Dalloway upon checking out the cover.

“The force is strong with this one! She never looked better. I love the styling, even the greasy hair works here IMO,” kokobombon added.

“I like it, she is giving me Carré Otis vibes,” described KissMiss.

Honeycombchild also approved of the cover image. “She looks beautiful. I detest the earring in such a symmetrically perfect image, but that’s just me. It’s nice. Feels quite bold and spring-like in its colorings,” he noted.

“I think she’s rather boring but this is a very nice cover,” commented a pleasantly surprised Ed.

Forum member dodencebt wasn’t feeling it, though. “Am I the only one who thought ‘volleyball player’ when I saw this? They couldn’t have put her in a more unflattering dress for that angle, no matter how gorgeous her face is,” he slammed.

“I don’t like it,” complained MON. “It looks like a Lindbergh photo. Too rough!”

Marc10 replied, “I was just thinking this, it looks like a colored version of a Lindbergh photo. I don’t really love it, but at least it’s something bold for Vogue.”

US Vogue November 2017 : Daisy Ridley by Mario Testino

IMAGE: COURTESY OF VOGUE

See more from Daisy’s cover story and voice your own opinion here.

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The 7 Best Workout Apps, Ranked

While you could dwindle hours (days?) scrolling through Instagram and YouTube looking for workout inspiration, there’s something to be said about getting straight to the point with a fitness app that targets your specific wellness goals. With hundreds of options flooding the Apple Store, it can be hard to separate out the most effective ones. While you’re likely familiar with trailblazers like MyFitnessPal, workout apps are increasingly veering away from simply tracking your progress (via workout logs and stats) and generic coaching to ever-changing workouts one can do no matter how much — or little — time they may have. It’s never easy to push yourself through a brutal morning or after-work workout, but a good workout app can be a lifesaver. Here’s a look at seven of the best fitness apps, ranked.

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11 Makeup Brands With the Most Inclusive Foundation Ranges

Foundation is the secret to flawless-looking skin and when it comes to finding the perfect shade for your skin tone, “good enough” simply won’t do. With its telltale tint and demarcation between the neck and face, unmatched foundation is not a good look.

It’s no surprise that Rihanna’s newly launched Fenty Beauty range is flying off shelves — and it’s not just because people want to “shine bright like a diamond” with a RiRi-like glow. The line has been a hit because of its inclusive 40-shade foundation range. While Rihanna deserves praise for catering to all skin tones, Fenty Beauty isn’t the first brand to offer an extensive foundation selection. More and more makeup brands are realizing that people don’t come in just eight shades. That’s why they’re offering as many shades as possible to help us achieve that seamless, my-skin-but-better look.

Click through the gallery above to see the best foundation brands boasting an impressive range of shades to match all skin tones.

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