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11 Of The Weirdest MTV Movie Awards Outfits Ever

With the 2017 MTV Movie Awards right around the corner, us pop culture junkies and self-proclaimed fashion police are in for a real treat. There are a million unanswered questions — who will dazzle on...
By Kelsey Nguyen

Is The Red Swimsuit Instagram Promotion Real?

No, your eyes aren't fooling you. No, your friends did not ~all~ suddenly morph into Insta-worthy swim models overnight. And finally, no — your phone is not glitching (well, there goes that upgrade). ...
By Kelsey Nguyen

I Tried An Ancient Hawaiian Beauty Secret & Loved It

Apologies to my beloved coconut oil, for I have sinned and found love in another alternative: Hawaiian kukui nut oil. Don't look at this as betrayal — consider it more of a beauty awakening. Kukui oil...
By Kelsey Nguyen

What Does Non-Toxic Beauty Mean, Anyway?

Want a horror story quick fix? Just read the ingredient list on your beloved beauty products. Those labels look innocent on the surface, but your body may say otherwise. Exhibit A: the hairspray you t...
By Kelsey Nguyen

Will Rihanna Be At The 2017 Met Gala?

On May 2, 2015, history was made, history as in Rihanna dazzled in a yellow Gui Pei masterpiece at the Met Gala. The same dress that generated a meme movement and what numerous glossies branded as "wi...
By Kelsey Nguyen

Will Taylor Swift Be at The 2017 Met Gala?

Time for a game of Where's Waldo: T-Swift edition. The 2017 Met Gala will certainly be a star-studded affair, but will Taylor Swift be on the guest list this year? It's time we start placing bets.... ...
By Kelsey Nguyen

Millie Bobby Brown Shared Her Entire Daily Makeup Routine

Time to swap Eggos for eyeshadow. On Thursday, Millie Bobby Brown shared her everyday makeup routine via Instagram livestream. And — as expected — the Stranger Things sweetheart made even concealing a...
By Kelsey Nguyen

Google Image Search Can Help You Shop For Clothes Now, Too

It's 2017, so anything is possible on the tech front. Case in point: what if Google and Pinterest had a love child? Well, no surprise here — it's now a beautiful reality. On April 13, Google launched...
By Kelsey Nguyen

The Best/Worst Viral Beauty Trends of 2017 So Far

No one is safe nowadays. A lunch break Facebook scroll seems innocent at first — and then, it strikes. It's yet another beauty trend video, but this time around, dripping in pure clickbait and gimmick...
By Kelsey Nguyen

11 Products You Can Buy To Piss Off Trump

In an age of extremely fake news and very real witch hunts, there are a lot of people who are anti-Trump. As in, Donald J. Trump — purveyor of taste and the iconic orange shade that suspiciously resem...
By Kelsey Nguyen

Karlie Kloss' Kode With Klossy Program Is Expanding

Karlie Kloss reigns supreme as one of the most successful models in the world, but fashion is only one aspect of her successful career. Kloss' work in coding is a big part of her life as well, and it'...
By Kelsey Nguyen

This Cafe Only Hires Women Who Don't Wear Makeup

You've heard of cat and maid cafes in Japan, but what about no-makeup cafes? Naturalia — which first opened in 2015 in Sapporo — is touting itself as a "natural face girls cafe". The gist: they only h...
By Kelsey Nguyen

11 Crystal-Infused Beauty Products

Miranda Kerr sleeps with them. Victoria Beckham travels with them. And once, Spencer Pratt dropped $500k on them — then ended up with $203 in his bank account (a relatable event, really). They're Holl...
By Kelsey Nguyen

A Love Letter To My Converse

Step one: tell friends you still own the same pair of Converse Chuck Taylors from seventh grade. Step two: experience reactions of confusion, disbelief, and fear. Step three: continue to wear said pai...
By Kelsey Nguyen

11 Stunning Eye Makeup Trends For 2017

Scenario: three months into the new year and you've found yourself in a makeup rut. Your standard daytime smokey eye feels monotonous, winged liner uninspiring and lips have been shellacked in the sam...
By Kelsey Nguyen

9 Products I Use When I Want To Treat Myself

As a devout follower of the Church of Tom Haverford and Donna Meagle, I take the "Treat Yo Self" mantra very seriously — and by seriously, I essentially mean indulging 365 days a year (my friends: "Bu...
By Kelsey Nguyen

What To Wear To Coachella This Year

Another year, another April where I will be terribly Coachella-deprived. Though I will not get to experience an existential crisis seeing Allah-Las live, I can settle for the next best alternative: pr...
By Kelsey Nguyen

11 Cool New Sunscreens For Musical Festivals

In the magical universe of music festivals, it is easy to forget about this little concept called "reality." It makes sense, after — when you are experiencing your Spotify playlists in the living fles...
By Kelsey Nguyen

Lena Dunham's New Tattoo Is Inspired By Rihanna

They say imitation is the most sincerest form of flattery — perhaps even moreso when it involves permanent body art. Lena Dunham unveiled her new chest tattoo on Instagram Thursday, revealing that she...
By Kelsey Nguyen

9 Hats To Wear To 2017 Music Festivals

PSA to future attendees of Coachella/Outside Lands/Bonnaroo/insert other cool music festival: please, for the sake of the sartorial world, leave the flower crowns at home. Naked tresses are no fun, bu...
By Kelsey Nguyen

6 '90s Beauty Habits That Were Bad For Your Health

Once upon a time, an innocent soul Google searched "the dangers of glitter" and lived the opposite of a happily-ever-after. That unfortunate individual is me: A typical millennial with a severe case o...
By Kelsey Nguyen

The 10 Best Multi-Tasking Beauty Products

Hitting snooze always seems like a good idea in theory — that is, until you realize you have five minutes to deliver the perfect winged eyeliner and contoured cheekbones that you so desire. So, what i...
By Kelsey Nguyen

You Can Wear These NYE Dresses Over & Over Again

When the clock ticks midnight on Dec. 31, you might find yourself engaging in a midnight kiss, dancing with friends, or already at home watching the ball drop on TV. No matter the case, you'll want to...
By Kelsey Nguyen

Mariah Carey's MAC Collection Is Worth The Hype

BRB: mourning the death of my wallet because the MAC Cosmetics x Mariah Carey Holiday 2016 Collection just dropped and it's essential that I own like, all of the glitter goodness. Trust me when I say ...
By Kelsey Nguyen

All The Best Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals

Turkey/Tofurkey consumed. Pumpkin pie demolished. Jeans swapped for sweatpants — a.k.a. Thanksgiving done right. Now that you've survived dinner table interrogation (nothing quite like the age-old "ar...
By Kelsey Nguyen

12 Black Friday Coat Deals You Need To Shop Now

Ah, Black Friday — a beautiful day to watch your bank account go into flames in the name of retail therapy. There's nothing I love more than a good steal, especially on a Margot Tenenbaum fur coat of ...
By Kelsey Nguyen

These Smoothies Double As Excellent Face Masks

At last, paradise has been found: smoothie face masks — berry lovers and beauty fanatics, get ready to eat your heart out. I can't deny that there is something especially satisfying about the idea of ...
By Kelsey Nguyen

Here's How To Get The Influenster x Bustle Box

Is there truly anything more euphoric than coming home to a package? "You've got mail" are literally the three words that bring the most joy to my heart. Luckily, your doorstep action is about to get ...
By Kelsey Nguyen

Here's How To Do Lisa Frank Costumes For Halloween

If you asked eight-year-old me what the definition of "happiness" was, I would tell you two words: Lisa Frank. Yes, back then, nirvana was simple — unicorns, dolphins, kittens, kittens with angel wing...
By Kelsey Nguyen

The 13 Best Sales On Fall Coats

Goodbye sun-drenched bikinis, hello cozy outerwear — autumn is here, and it is here to stay. Your blood type may be pumpkin spice and you're probably mentally prepping yourself for the inevitable Hall...
By Kelsey Nguyen

How To Get The Nost Out Of Your Hair Appointments

You truly haven't lived until your trusty hair stylist since seventh grade suddenly packs his scissors, quits the salon, and basically destroys everything you've built together. This is when panic mod...
By Kelsey Nguyen

How To Deal With Combination Skin In The Fall

For years, I lived life believing I was team oily skin. It wasn't until a fateful trip to Sephora that I would discover the reality of my combination skin type. To be honest, I'm still not sure what c...
By Kelsey Nguyen

11 2016 Makeup Trends For Back To School

School may teach you the human anatomy and timeline of every world war, but what about the art of drawing the perfect cat eye? Or the 101 on
By Kelsey Nguyen

How To Dress Like A 'Stranger Things' Character

Real talk: Stranger Things is everything a girl could ask for in a TV show. Winona Ryder. Supernatural creatures that make your skin crawl. Dark synthpop. It's got suspense, horror, and romance in one...
By Kelsey Nguyen

Here Are The Deets On Cleaning That Clarisonic

Confession time: I am actually a human disaster when it comes to washing my makeup brushes. RIP my skin, hello breakouts. Every beauty maven knows that scrubbing those bristles is merel
By Kelsey Nguyen

Your Biggest SPF Question, Answered

Sunburns: the ultimate beach enemy — well, that and Jaws-level sharks, obviously. While it's easy to sip on a daquiri, kick off your flip-flops, and forget about the world, you should never forget abo...
By Kelsey Nguyen

11 Best USA Olympic Costumes

Ask me what comes to mind when I think "sporty fashion" and I automatically imagine The Royal Tenenbaums — red tracksuits à la Chas Tenenbaum, sweat headbands done in Richie Tenenbaum flavor. As much ...
By Kelsey Nguyen

9 Ways To Make Hair Removal Easier

Although hair removal wasn't always the norm, it's becoming increasingly more popular in the past few decades. Not everyone prefers being hairless, but if you tend to shave your legs and/or underarms,...
By Kelsey Nguyen

9 Celebs Who Loved The Frosted Lip Look

To be honest, pretty much everything I love comes frosted — donuts, cereal, and of course, lip gloss. Time travel back to the '90s and what do you get? An era where the frosted lip was the 
By Kelsey Nguyen

One '90s Fashion Trend That Deserves More Credit

Let's just say the world seems to be in an open relationship with '90s fashion. One minute, platform shoes and chokers are religiously worshipped, the next, bucket hats and baggy shorts are savagely s...
By Kelsey Nguyen