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7 Tried-and-True Moisturizers That Won’t Break You Out

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Finding the best moisturizer for dry, acne prone skin is not easy. Keeping skin well-moisturized is important, but so is keeping it breakout-free. Usually popular moisturizers just don’t cut it for those of us who get blemishes—we require special attention to maintain the right balance between too much moisture and not enough. Unfortunately, most of the time it seems like we have to choose between super-dry skin and clogged pores.

With that in mind, we put these moisturizers to the test, and found them to be our prime choices for moisturizers that won’t cause breakouts. Give ’em a try.

Kate Somerville Oil Free Moisturizer

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Photo: Kate Somerville

We don’t mind a bit of oil in our skin care (really!), but Kate Somerville Oil Free Moisturizer makes the case for the fact that you can achieve the perfect balance of moisture without the stuff. If you have oily skin that still needs a good dose of hydration, this formula can’t be beat—it goes on silky smooth and leaves absolutely no residue, so all you’ll be left with is soft, clear skin. (, $65)

Skyn Iceland The Antidote Cooling Daily Lotion

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Photo: Skyn Iceland

Perfect for warm weather months and beyond, Skyn Iceland The Antidote Cooling Daily Lotion is just the thing to cure all that ails you—so long as all that ails you is blemishes, redness, and stressed out skin. Packed with fatty acids, soothing aloe vera, and mint, this lightweight formula imparts a cool, refreshing feeling that heals and protects skin. (, $45)

Olay Total Effects Anti-Aging Moisturizer with Sunscreen

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Photo: Olay

Forget killing two birds with one stone: Olay Total Effects Anti-Aging Moisturizer with Sunscreen tackles seven distinct skin problems, from age spots and fine lines to obvious pores. It’s a rich formula for sure, but despite its super hydrating feel, it won’t promote congestion or cause breakouts. The added SPF 30 is just a bonus. (, $22)

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion


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Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion, a weightless take on the brand’s cult classic facial lotion, helps the skin to retain moisture without over-hydrating or contributing to shine. Skin looks healthy and totally refreshed, and the vitamin E helps neutralize free radicals and improve your skin’s ability to retain moisture over time. (, $28)

Dermalogica Active Moist


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The natural botanical astringents like lemon and cucumber in Dermalogica Active Moist work actively to fight and prevent breakouts without over-drying. Don’t be deceived by the extremely lightweight, almost liquidy feel—this formula provides serious moisture that sinks deep into the skin rather than sitting on top of it. (, $62)

Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture SPF 35


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At the very top of our budget picks list is this all-around winner: Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture SPF 35 has a totally non-greasy finish that mattifies without zapping the natural glow out of your skin for a fresh-faced look. In our experience, skin loves this moisturizer—it absorbs quickly, so you can go ahead and apply your makeup immediately after. (, $9)

Mario Badescu Aloe Moisturizer SPF 15


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Aloe is kind of a wonder ingredient for all skin types, so it’s no surprise that Mario Badescu Aloe Moisturizer SPF 15 has such a soothing, non-irritating effect on problem skin. It also contains squalane, the oil that most closely mimics your skin’s natural sebum—between that and the aloe, it’s basically a dream combo for combination and oily complexions. (, $24)

Originally published August 2015. Updated March 2017.

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15 Crazy-Affordable Beauty Brands You Didn’t Know About

If there’s one thing we’re embarrassingly up-front about, it’s just how real our beauty obsession is. And sure, it’s all fun and games when we’re stalking Sephora’s monthly new releases, but when boring shit like rent and groceries come into play, our love for makeup, hair, and skin care basically demolishes our budgets. But rather than rein in our product obsession (suck it, self control), we’re taking a different route: We’ve scoured the market to find the absolute best, wallet-friendly beauty brands.

And, guys, we feel like we’ve struck gold, because we discovered 15 crazy-affordable brands (like, $8 for eyeshadow palettes, affordable), that prove products don’t have to be expensive to be good. Ahead, check out our 15 favorite beauty brands for major bargains and high-quality ingredients.

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1. Nyx Cosmetics is your one-stop-shop for super-cheap, but high-quality makeup basics. From $7 lipsticks to $10 tinted moisturizers, it requires major self control to leave the site with an empty cart.

2. Peach Slices is the new Korean beauty line from Peach & Lily Founder, Alicia Yoon. Taking a fun, affordable approach to Korean skin care, Peach Slices features an impressive lineup of under-$3 sheet masks (all of which, are designed and packaged to perfection).

3. Kristin Ess offers minimalist, high-quality hair care that’s pretty enough to make your Insta feed. The celebrity hairstylist’s (who works regularly with Lucy Hale) line of shampoo, conditioner, and stylers is available exclusively at Target.

4. Bourjois is a French makeup brand boasting lipsticks, liners, primers, and shadows—all under $20.

5. Promise Organic proves top-notch ingredients don’t have to break the bank. Available at CVS, the line features gentle skin care products, like soothing coconut cleansers and body lotions.

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6. The Body Shop offers high-quality, budget-friendly hair products, skin care, makeup, and fragrances. We’re obsessed with the Camomile Oil Cleanser.

7. Pacifica is a vegan, cruelty-free makeup, skin care, and hair line with on-point packaging and non-irritating ingredients, with most products hitting the under-$15 mark.

8. Milani is hands down one of our favorite drugstore makeup brands—from creamy, matte lipsticks, to super-pigmented blushes, they’ve got it all.

9. Verb offers a full line of hair products, all of which are priced at $16. With cool, minimalist packaging and innovative formulas (like the brand’s new Ghost line), Verb leaves your hair looking salon-worthy for a fraction of the price.

10. Holika Holika‘s packaging will have you sold alone. The K-beauty line features makeup and skin care that’s too cute (and cheap!) to pass up on.

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11. E.l.f. Cosmetics is a must for any makeup obsessive. The O.G. of cheap, but awesome, products, E.l.f. is one of the only places (if not the only place) you can get legitimate makeup for $1.

12. CeraVe is the not-so-secret obsession of Reddit’s infamous Skin Care Addiction community. The line of no-frills facial cleansers, moisturizers, and SPFs are loved amongst oily and acne-prone complexions.

13. L.A. Girl is a bit of danger zone for any makeup hoarder. With a wide range of under-$10 makeup and nail polishes, ‘just one more product,’ usually turns into five.

14. The Ordinary is the Canadian skin care brand blowing up the beauty sphere. The brand specializes in high quality, active ingredients for under $10.

15. BH Cosmetics brings your budget-friendly palette dreams to life—28 shades for as low as $8, folks.

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Trend Alert: Diamond Eyebrows Are Now a Thing

Eyebrow trends are never-ending these days. It’s as if every time we open Instagram, some new brow trend has taken over our feeds. To be honest though, we have to applaud the creativity people have when it comes to finding new ways to style those two face-framing features. And this time, we actually kind of like the trend: diamond brows.

The new look involves tiny diamonds spiraled toward the outer edges of the brows, and since it’s not too crazy over-the-top (hello, braided brows, anyone?) we actually could see ourselves wearing this on a fun GNO. And we aren’t the only ones. Dozens of comments on Instagram photos of the diamond brow praise the new trend for kicking out the most recent brow trend—the squiggle—and truthfully, that one had to go. One woman even tags her friend to say she’s going to be wearing it the next time they go out. Maybe I should pair up with them for that GNO.

The bedazzled brow spiral can range any length along the brow, which means you’re in control of how it turns out. You can choose to only add a tiny spiral toward the end, like angelicbeautyxo did below, or bling out the whole damn brow like bronya_h. Whatever you choose, the diamond brow could definitely be your friend this fall. I’m envisioning pairing mine with blown-out blush eyeshadow and glossy lips while I dance to’70s disco all night long.

Add some color to those diamonds

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These Colors Are the NewMillennial Pink

These Colors Are the New
Millennial Pink
  • Dainty and small
  • Making moves toward the middle
  • Add some color to those diamonds
  • Understated and easy
  • Look at that sparkle

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Tom Ford Just Dropped 100 New Lipsticks For “Boys and Girls” Collection

Take a deep breath, because Tom Ford just released 100 new lipsticks in a brand-new collection titled Boys and Girls.” No, you aren’t dreaming, and yes, you read that number right. The collection, which just dropped this morning and is a riff on a previous collection called Lips and Boys,” is separated by colors on the tubing and the of range shades.

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The 50 Girls” half of the collection comes in white tubing and shimmery shade, while the 50 Boys” half is packaged in dark brown tubes and mostly-matte shades . Though it may seem a little ’50s to separate genders in such a simple way that doesn’t account for all the different gender identities in between and outside men and women, we still think it’s cool that the entire collection isn’t only geared toward (or inspired by) women, and that both sides offer ultra-rich” finishes in cream, matte, metallic, and sheer.

Tom Ford Boys

Tom Ford Beauty / Boys 50-Piece Set, $1,980

Boys and Girls” also incorporates ingredients like soja seed extract, Brazilian murumur butter, and chamomilla flower oil, which all work together to create a smooth, creamy effect. Not only are the lipsticks gorge, but there’s such a wide range of color, from the iridescent blue Lena to the matte dark brown Ben that I already know I’m sacrificing my next paycheck to buy these.

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Tom Ford Beauty / Girls 50-Piece Set, $1,980

But perhaps the best news is that I might not even have to spend it all, because each tube is only $36, which might seem like a lot for one little tube of lip color—but is actually kind of a steal for the quality of Tom Ford. But who am I kidding—I work in journalism, and have you even seen Sex and the City? I will definitely be going without my Whole Foods smoothie for a few weeks to add these to my makeup kit.

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Behold: All the Best Foundations for Mature Skin

As we get older, the foundations that we swore by in our youth start to no longer serve us in the way that they used to. They kinda sink into lines (making wrinkles appear even more prominent) and coverage seems to fade quicker than before. It’s a sad day when we have to say goodbye to old favorites, but finding the right makeup for mature skin is key.

It’s a bummer, but it’s a fact of life. Our skin changes with time, and we have to be willing to upgrade our products along with it. Just as you wouldn’t use the anti-acne face wash you loved as a teenager when you’re in your thirties, you likewise wouldn’t use the foundation you were obsessed with in college when you turn 40. Your skin has different concerns! And it’s so important to address those.

So here are the five best foundations for mature skin. As always, you really need to test products like this out to see how they work with your unique skin, so we recommend getting really into samples before you buy. Just a fun tip from us to you.

Updated by Sarah Long 9/18/2017.

Lancôme Renergie Lift Makeup Foundation

This foundation is a superstar. It gives fantastic medium-weight coverage without settling into fine lines, blurs pores and smooths out imperfections, all while looking incredibly natural. We love that it includes SPF—something that skin of every age needs—but never gets cakey or greasy.

Revlon ColorStay Whipped Crème Foundation

If you’re looking for superior wear in a lightweight, silky-feeling package, this is the foundation for you. This has some major staying power, and never collects in lines. We also find that it provides a really great, primer-like base on which to layer products like blush—so if thats something you look for, you’ve found your perfect foundation match.

Iman Second to None Liquid Makeup

If you find that the foundation world doesn’t cater to your skin tone, Iman is here to save you. Her Second to None foundation truly is second to none, especially for its long wear and subtle blurring effect. Apply it with a brush or your fingers for best results, set with powder and marvel at the perfection of your complexion.

Boots No7 Dual Action Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15

We’ll tell you a secret: tinted moisturizers are mature skin’s best friend. Not only do they keep you hydrated all day—which gives you a beautiful glow—they tend to be lighter weight than classic foundations. This means they float on the skin, rather than caking up on you; if you’re into a very minimal, natural look, this is the product for you. We love how sheer and gorgeous the Boots formula is—even on oily skin, it covers, enhances and stays all day.

Clinique Almost Powder Makeup

This is a classic. We know what you’re thinking: isn’t powder foundation the natural enemy of mature skin? Well, set your mind at ease, because it isn’t. Almost Powder gives you the most perfectly airbrushed skin of your life, gliding over fine lines and hiding pores without leaving you looking like a powdered doughnut. It’s a miracle, and we are HERE for those!

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Every Red Carpet Look from the2017 Emmys

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Forever 21 is Launching a New Beauty Chain Called Riley Rose

Forever 21 has long been home to the latest trends at the best prices, but this retail mecca is about to become even better with the addition of Riley Rose, a chain of new independent cosmetic shops.

Too often, in fast fashion favorites like Forever 21, the beauty products are overlooked, tossed into a bin near the checkout counter in hopes of inspiring a last-minute impulse buy. But Esther and Linda Chang (daughters of Forever 21 founders, husband and wife Do Won Chang and Jin Sook Chang) saw the untapped potential in the Forever 21 beauty section.

The sisters were inspired to open an entire store dedicated to affordable beauty products and aimed at millennials. It will be full of classics like Essie and Stila, but also newer K-beauty products that are hard to find in the US.

And it isn’t just the inventory that’s getting an update—it’s the entire shopping experience. Like many other stores that have recently updated their beauty sections in the hopes of catering to the ever-changing millennial mindset, the brains behind Riley Rose are keenly aware of the impact of technology in today’s shopping experience.

We know our customer can open her phone and research anything she sees in our store within seconds, and we embrace this reality by empowering her to explore our offerings through digital and social moments throughout the store,” Linda told Refinery29.

The stores will be full of mirrors with the perfect #selfie lighting and even interactive touch screens so you can find the right products for any beauty trend you want. The grand opening will be on September 30th at the Glendale Galleria in California, but it won’t be long before a Riley Rose makes it way to your local mall and you can experience this beauty paradise for yourself.

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