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PSA: Madewell Has an Especially Killer Beauty Section RN

Back in October, millennial-favorite denim retailer Madewell — cool little sis to J.Crew, which it regularly outperforms — made headlines when it launched Madewell Beauty Cabinet, a curated selection of “tried-and-true products…that fall in the sweet spot between low maintenance and treat yourself.”

True to Madewell’s casual-cool #aesthetic, there are no contouring tools, no highlighters designed to give you a donut-like glaze. Available both online and in select stores, the selection includes various all-natural sheer lip and cheek tints, face masks, bath soaks, body oils, velvet-ribbon hair ties and, beginning more recently, French-made perfumes and Madewell-branded candles. (In case you hadn’t noticed, they’re very big on the whole French girl beauty thing.)

Haven’t been keeping up with the Cabinet? We understand. There’s been the holidays, #metoo movement, awards season, fall fashion collections and a certain Kylie Cosmetics founder’s baby news to distract you. That’s why we’re here, alerting you to the fact that Madewell’s beauty section now features aromatherapy, even more Madewell x French Girl stuff and loads of other must-have goodies. Plus a lot of it’s on sale.

Without further ado, shop our current Madewell Beauty Cabinet favorites in the gallery below.

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Dion Lee Fall 2018 Runway

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Chromat Fall 2018 Runway

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Jeremy Scott Fall 2018 Runway

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Oprah Stars on WSJ Magazine’s Joyous March 2018 Cover

You’re about to see a whole lot more of Oprah at the newsstand (and we predict even more so throughout 2018). Laura Brown brilliantly tapped the American philanthropist for InStyle‘s latest and now Oprah makes an appearance on WSJ Magazine‘s March 2018 ‘Women’s Fashion’ edition. The publication has been a favorite of the tFS forums ever since its debut in 2008 and continues to impress, doing Oprah justice with a joyous and momentous cover shot. Photographed by Mario Sorrenti and styled by George Cortina, Oprah lifts our spirits wearing an Azzedine Alaia jumpsuit.

WSJ March 2018 : Oprah Winfrey by Mario Sorrenti

IMAGE: COURTESY OF WSJ MAGAZINE

Members of our forums were into it. “I love this. I think it represents Oprah perfectly and she looks ‘on fleek,’” noted FadeToBlack.

“Well, I like the vintage feel of the image, and her shape adds a lot of character to it. Maybe the pose is a bit too Messianic/iconic, and would probably befit a Nobel prize winner better. But Oprah has done a lot for the entertainment industry, so it makes sense,” commented Benn98.

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“I love the simplicity of the cover, it’s so refreshing,” added brikin.

Dodencebt liked what he saw too. “I think this is already much more successful than InStyle‘s take on Oprah. It’s very grown-up,” he admired.

“I don’t think they nailed that cover but it’s a vast improvement over InStyle‘s joke of a cover. Excited to see the rest of the Oprah images,” voiced ellastica.

WSJ March 2018 : Oprah Winfrey by Mario Sorrenti

IMAGE: COURTESY OF WSJ MAGAZINE

Await more from Oprah’s cover shoot and voice your opinion here.

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14 Non-Tacky Valentine’s Day Manis You’re Sure to Love

With Valentine’s Day a week away, you’ve probably already bought your significant other (or yourself) a heart-stopping gift. Or at least a card. You may also have a special outfit all lined up for the big day and storyboarded your makeup strategy, but you forgot one crucial element: a Valentine’s Day-appropriate manicure. Don’t worry, we’re not talking about those OTT nail jobs with cutesy hearts or tons of glitter we sported in middle school. As adults, it’s time we upgraded our manis just like we moved past those cartoon valentines we passed out to schoolmates.

This year, favor unexpected shades (not just red and pink) and don’t be afraid to add some subtle shimmer. And remember, negative space nail art is still your BFF. Here are 14 Valentine’s Day nail art ideas we’re crushing on.

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Why Centella Asiatica Is All the Rage in Beauty Right Now

If you’ve noticed centella asiatica — aka tiger grass, aka gotu kola, aka Indian pennywort — popping up in your beauty products, you’re not alone. The herb known by many names has become the It ingredient for 2018, mainly due to its restorative properties. There’s even a legend of Asian tigers rolling in centella asiatica to heal battle wounds.

Actually, centella asiatica has been proven to aid in skin recovery, making it a prime pick for combating redness or irritated skin. But it doesn’t stop there. It also builds collagen, stimulates cell growth and even improves circulation. Why is the herb such a multitasker? Because it’s rich in antioxidants, amino acids and phytochemicals. Plus, it’s antimicrobial.

That explains why we’re suddenly seeing the wonder ingredient in everything from serums to foundations to hair products. Even big name brands like L’Oréal Paris, Lancôme and Kiehl’s are getting in on the action.

Want to see if the hype is real? Here are 11 products boasting centella asiatica as the key to fix all your beauty woes.

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Show Some Skin: Slits Are In

Play with slits and hemlines; Image: Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Fun fact: Since Joseph Altuzarra’s debut collection for Fall 2009, the designer has sent out more than 200 slitted looks (that’s over a nine-year period, for those of you doing the math at home). He’s the master of the skin-baring phenomenon known as “Angelina Jolie leg.”

But who doesn’t love a slit? No one, it seems. Searches for the edgy, sexy-yet-chic detail are way up on Pinterest; saves for “side slits” have increased by 147 percent over the past year, according to the photo-sharing platform’s latest trend report.

This season’s Altuzarra catwalk featured several slit-to-there dresses.

Altuzarra’s signature silhouette; Image: Imaxtree

Of course, you don’t have to be a data scientist to recognize that arty flashes of skin are in. At the Spring 2018 shows, we caught glimpses of legs, thighs, midriffs and shins at, yes, Altuzarra, but also Esteban Cortázar, Chloé, Paco Rabanne, Dries Van Noten, Christian Dior, Trussardi, Fendi, Versace, Michael Kors, Monse and Proenza Schouler, to name just a few.

Slits are all about hinting at what lies beneath without being overly “look at me, look at me.” In the winter, when we prefer more coverage, slits are especially useful — a front slit on a dress or a tunic instantly improves a modest, layered look, whether or not you’re actually baring any skin. With every shift in body movement, your outfit takes on a new shape, new life.

Not to mention a well-placed slash maximizes the comfort level of curve-hugging pencil skirts. Pants with slits — especially those that run down the front seam — flatter and elongate the leg and allow your statement shoes to show themselves. And while we’re on the subject of layering, slitted tunics and midi dresses add a tinge of sex appeal to the ever-popular dress-over-pants look (they reveal just enough midriff to draw attention, but not early-2000s references). And, as demonstrated time and time again by Demna Gvasalia, midi and maxi slit dresses also look killer with mega-high boots, another oh-so-current trend.

Slits on the Spring 2018 runways.

Esteban Cortázar Spring 2018, Monse Spring 2018, Proenza Schouler Spring 2018; Images: Imaxtree

Generally speaking, when slits are involved, you want to play with lines. One easy, eye-grabbing option is to reach for a cool graphic dress wherein the slit is nearly lost in the pattern, then pair it with shockingly white (or red) heels. Or you could go the Monse route and do straight-leg jeans with a top with an off-kilter neckline that complements its strategically slashed hemline. Or, per Proenza, add edge to 5-to-9 suiting by pairing a breezy, center-slit skirt with nothing but a blazer up top (buttoned once to mirror the cut of your bottom).

Slits on the streets; Images: Claudio Lavenia/Getty Images, Christian Vierig/Getty Images, Edward Berthelot/Getty Images For Nina Ricci

Street style soothsayer Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert also believes in the “peep show up top, peep show below” look — note how she tones down her skin-flashing leather skirt with a delicate pussybow blouse made slightly less prim by its own chest-baring slit.

As with all things, balance is key. The more skin you show on your lower half, the less you want to show below. For instance, a slit-to-the-waist, deep-V maxi dress calls for wide-leg pants. Alternatively, you can also offset the va va voom factor of an ultra-revealing skirt by lining its hem with peekaboo lace or ruffles. Cute, no?

Ahead, 20 fun slitted pieces to get you started.

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Grandpa Sneakers Are the Latest Ugly Shoe Trend You’re Going to Be Wearing

The ugly shoe trend is a fashion phenomenon that’s grown so popular, we pretty much expect it every season. We’ve seen the Birkenstock, the Teva and even Crocs experience runway rebirths that sparked fashion insider frenzies. So when chunky grandpa sneakers (alternative name: dad shoes) burst onto the scene, it was all but inevitable and just as displeasing to the eye as its predecessors — which is, of course, what makes it cool.

Susie Bubble wears grandpa sneakers

Grandpa sneakers worn to the Spring 2018 Haute Couture shows; Image: Imaxtree

We first noticed the clunky, almost orthopedic-looking footwear in December when Bella Hadid stepped out in her Balenciaga Triple S Sneakers. Also spotted in the supportive shape? Kendall Jenner and Teyana Taylor, who both rocked Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 Wave Runners. And just like that, a trend was born — or at least, officially confirmed.

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With model Elsa Hosk recently sporting the Balenciaga version, the grandpa sneaker quickly trickled down to the street style set. Just a quick scroll through haute couture street style photos reveals everyone from Charlotte Groeneveld to Susie Lau and more channeling their inner octogenarians. And yes, paired with jeans and minidresses, these thick-soled sneaks looked chic.

Grandpa sneakers worn to the Spring 2018 Haute Couture shows

Grandpa sneakers worn to the Spring 2018 Haute Couture shows; Image: Imaxtree

Whether the grandpa sneaker’s your cup of tea or no, prepare to see more of this shape. Everyone from Stella McCartney to Steve Madden currently has a version on offer with more brands undoubtedly to follow. If you’re feeling the dorky-chic vibe, click through the slideshow ahead for several takes you can grab now before the trend goes totally mainstream. Consider this your own personal early bird special.

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Luna Bijl Steals the Spotlight on Vogue Japan’s March 2018 Cover

Vogue Japan sure does love a good group shot on the cover, once again turning to its winning formula for March 2018 (just as long as we don’t get a repeat of August 2017‘s crowded shot, we’re good). After a magical Gisele Bündchen cover last month, photographic duo Luigi & Iango are back with a handful of models for Japanese Vogue‘s latest cover shoot. Luna Bijl, Lexi Boling, Kiki Willems and Selena Forrest pose in various pieces from Louis Vuitton, styled by Anna Dello Russo.

Vogue Japan March 2018 : Luna, Lexi, Kiki, & Selena by Luigi & Iango

IMAGE: VOGUE.CO.JP

For the most part, our forum members weren’t here for it. “When will VJ stop with this group cover? Seem like everyone under the sun has a Vogue Japan cover now,” commented djowodjo30.

“VJ has been obsessed with group covers lately,” added Lausanne.

“I’ve gotten used to, and even like these VJ signature class photo covers,” Phuel proclaimed.

Apple wasn’t exactly impressed, writing, “Nope, I don’t like it. Lexi looks so angry, Kiki looks scared and Selena looks bored (as usual). Only Luna looks good, that girl was born to be in front of the camera!”

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It soon became evident that one model, in particular, was working a little harder than the rest. “The most boring and uninspiring models of this generation – except Luna. The girl is such a star. My eyes went straight to her. She’s the only one delivering. Should have been just her,” stated guimon.

“Wow! Luna blew me away. She’s so mesmerizing,” liv4beauty noted.

Valentine27 felt the same way: “Luna is a star and it shows here. Quite impressive.”

“The Luna Eclipse!” declared Breathless.

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