The first step to getting over a problem is admitting that you have one. Now that we’ve divulged our summer beauty routines, I figured it was time to give up the goods on the five-step program that keeps my naturally oily skin looking summertime fly, and by that I mean dry. If you’re having grease problems, I feel bad for you, son, but I can almost guarantee that mine are worse than yours, especially during the hottest months of the year when sweat exacerbates the issue. My face practically screams, “Drill me.”
With years of market research (sometimes referred to as “shopping at Sephora”), I’ve found that the best way to treat my reactive, combination-to-oily skin and keep it under control is by supplementing my sensitive skin wash-and-tone routine with sebum-fighting powerhouses that simultaneously work to clear up blemishes. Most of them will get you matte in a pinch, and others help with oil production and congestion in the long run. Use one or all of these five tried-and-true slick-solvers, blot throughout the day as necessary, and revel in your miraculously matte complexion. Now isn’t that a relief?
If you find T Magazine‘s Model-Morphosis as utterly transfixing as I do, then prepare to be stunned: photographer Leland Bobbé’s incredible new portraits will blow your mind. The ongoing series depicts men who masquerade as women as one dichotomous (and, it must be said, beautiful) persona — half masculine, half feminine, neither male nor female. Says the artist, “My intention is to capture both the male and the alter-ego female side of these subjects in one image … These are composed in camera and are not two separate images joined together.” The result is a powerful and welcome addition to the conversation of gender and a segue into Nietzche’s overman, “the man that goes beyond, who is beyond.” I’ll drink to that! Click through to check out the full series. Fair warning: there are many. [Refinery29 via Vogue Italia]
I am somewhat of a walking dichotomy: I enjoy literature and consider myself a “reader,” but my attention span maxes out at 30 seconds. Unless a book really grabs me, and I mean seriously grabs me, it’s a lost cause. I write even the most popular, best-loved books off as “boring,” and for that, I am the worst. As such, I’ve become somewhat of a connoisseur of novels that are really, truly captivating, whether it’s due to an intricate plot, a particularly thrilling mystery, or fascinating characters. Here are five authors whose works will reel you in and keep you on the line …
The dividing line between shimmer and glitter is seemingly modest, but boy, is there a gigantic difference between the two (let’s just say glitter is kind of like shimmer’s trampy sister). There’s a time and a place for everything, but when it comes to your makeup this summer, subtle shimmer is the way to go: it reflects light and imparts a dreamy, ethereal glow that can’t quite be traced, completely devoid of the garish “1980s prom in Utah” effect glitter is infamous for. A touch of incandescence restricted to one area of the face not only brightens but also draws the eye away from imperfections, so nobody has to know about the dark shadow under your eyes or the zit on your chin, because look, you’re shimmering, and it’s so pretty! Also, bonus: men don’t really know about this stuff, so when they see you glistening all over the place they just think you’re magic. What more could you ever want than for people to think you’re magic? That’s what I thought.
As a lady, I find that I often unconsciously gravitate to books with female narrators or protagonists. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t necessarily prefer them to male-driven books, but I generally feel far more of an intrinsic emotional connection to female voices than I do to those of men (with the obvious exception of my homicidal spirit animal, Patrick Bateman). I’ve observed that, as with all things, there are certain “types” of female characters (in fiction and in memoirs and biographies) — not necessarily stereotypes, but overriding themes of personality that are in many ways the driving force behind the story being told. After the jump, a short list of some of the most prevalent personalities in literature, and the best and most prolific of each.
Movies may offer you your favorite characters served up live on the big screen, but books allow your imagination to run wild. Sure, they describe details of appearance, and mannerism, and style of dress, but it’s up to you to fill in the blanks. The film versions are often disappointing when they don’t live up to the image in your mind’s eye, but sometimes they’re truly spot-on — like these ladies, who happen to have been plucked from the pages of four books and reincarnated onscreen in overwhelmingly effective ways. They all were given distinct style entities in their respective books, but it’s the movies that made them real, and I have to admit that live action did them more than appropriate justice. After the jump, a series of style inspirations straight out of some of my very favorite pages…