Marlen is a writer first, vintage hoarder second, and cupcake fiend third. Being the fiend is probably her favorite part. If you have a passion for finding the best taco joints in Chicago or want to talk about Doris Day movies, then she thinks an afternoon coffee date is in order.

Marlen’s Latest Articles

Why I Love That My Mom Hates My Clothes

We start the scene with my mom standing teary eyed at the bottom of the staircase on prom night, looking up as I walk down the stairs. But the reason her eyes are going blurry isn't because her only daughter looks beautiful in a gold silk dress — it's because her only daughter is loudly clomping down in a gold silk dress and flip flops. My mom hates my clothes. It's the way she's always been, and probably the way she will always be. And I love it. My mom and I have always had a tense relationshi…

By Marlen Komar

This Is The New Eyeliner Trend That Doesn't Include Eyeliner

If you've grown tired of your retro cat-eye or your smoky liner, then the new invisible floating liner trend is going to make you very excited: It's a whole new way to rock eyeliner, without actually using any of the stuff. By incorporating negative space, Instagram's hottest makeup artists, beauty vloggers, and general makeup addicts have created a fun and creative way to shake up your look. If you like to play with colors or create a smoky eye using a blend of shadows, then this trend is wort…

By Marlen Komar

How To Heal Acne Scars

Whether you got them from your teen years or through adult acne, having scars to deal with is so frustrating. You finally got rid of your zits and — bam —you have a permanent reminder of your previous struggles. But there are ways to fade acne scars, though it might take just as much work as the OG pimple fight to begin with. You can end up with scarring over a plethora of things — maybe you had terrible acne while in school, and some of the worst inflammations left their mark. Maybe you have s…

By Marlen Komar

This Mermaid Palette Supports A Very Fishy Cause

If you're a beauty lover who also happens to be obsessed with animals, then your two worlds are about to collide in the best possible way. KG Beauty's Mermaid Palette is a product with a cause: For every palette purchased, a portion of the proceeds will go towards an organization that help save injured seals and dolphins. The nine eyeshadows in the palette come all have punny names, each identifying a gorgeous, deep sea-inspired shade. With options like "Tall Tails," which is a glittery pink and…

By Marlen Komar

Denise Bidot Showed Off Her Stretch Marks For This Target Ad

Many fashion brands have made strides in the journey towards inclusive representation, Target's new swimsuit ad demonstrates that fact perfectly. The image features Denise Bidot, a plus-size model, proudly showing her tummy stretch marks and cellulite as she's donning a sporty two-piece suit. It's enough to make anyone who's ever felt self-conscious or unsure of their body's "imperfections" smile — after all, what's not to love about stretch marks, anyways? Considering Target's track record with…

By Marlen Komar

Vanessa Hudgens Has Flowing Mermaid Hair & It's Gorgeous

If there's one thing that Vanessa Hudgens has taught us, it's the power of a strong hair transformation. Hudgens' new waist length hair is a strong moment in her hair history — even if it is all extensions. But before we dissect the awesomeness of her butt-skimming waves, let's look back at the frequency with which she's changed up her look in 2017 alone. From rocking a short bob, to changing her look into a lob with dramatic blunt bangs, she's not afraid to drastically change her aesthetics. He…

By Marlen Komar

This Highlighter Being Poured Into A Compact Is Mesmerizing

Just as you'd pour Prosecco into a champagne flute, Becca Cosmetics poured Prosecco Pop illuminators into their compacts — and the process is mesmerizing. A shimmery gold hue, the highlighter is a second product in the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Collaboration that has a massive cult following. For those of you that are not familiar with the makeup guru, Hill is a makeup artist and YouTube beauty vlogger that launched a limited edition makeup line with Becca, offering followers and fans an intense glow.…

By Marlen Komar

Selena Rocked Bold Brows For Her First Vogue Cover

If you thought big, bushy brows were a passing trend, brace yourselves for this wonderfully bushy brown moment. Selena Gomez's April 2017 Vogue cover is all about the brows, and they are in their full, natural glory. "The shoot, which took place in Los Angeles, finds Selena looking stunning as ever, wearing a two-piece Michael Kors Collection bralette and skirt and Jennifer Fisher hoop earrings," Teen Vogue reported. Reclining on a velvet brocade chair and surrounded by tropical ferns, Gomez ro…

By Marlen Komar

This Sock Subscription Box Has A Great Cause

If you want to move beyond the world of black, white, or neutral socks, then you'll love this new subscription box — especially because it supports a great cause. Canadian-based Society Socks subscription box sends you colorful, playful designs each month, and for every sock you receive, they donate a pair to a homeless shelter in the Toronto area. Society Socks is the brainchild of Filip Pejic and Sergey Sapelnyk, two Toronto-based college students who landed on the idea during an internship. "…

By Marlen Komar

This Campaign Is All About Sharing Your Bra Size

If you've ever felt a bit self-conscious choosing a bra because you were worried what the band and cup sizes would be, bra expert Kimmay Caldwell is here to help. Caldwell's More Than My Numbers campaign is a series of body positive and educational videos of women sharing their bra sizes — no shame, judgment, or negative self-talk included. The goal of the campaign is to show women that sizes don't define them — no matter how big, small, or anywhere in between. Caldwell has worked everywhere fro…

By Marlen Komar