Erin Mayer
Erin is a freelance writer and editor who lives in Brooklyn with her fiancé and their beloved pet succulent. To ask her about her skincare routine, email her at ekellymayer@gmail.com or find her on Instagram (@erinkmayer).

My Anxiety Is Now My Only Connection To My Father

On the surface, my childhood nights were normal: At my scheduled bedtime, I’d brush my teeth, kiss my parents goodnight, and crawl into bed. Surrounded by a small mountain range of stuffed animals, I’d close my eyes and say a few frantic prayers for…
By Erin Mayer

This Modern Exorcist Explains Why She Thinks 99 Percent Of People Are Possessed

“What I love when people come and they have this process done, is how they feel after,” writer R.H. Stavis tells me over the phone. “The process” she’s referring to is an exorcism. Stavis is a self-proclaimed secular exorcist and author of the book…
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16 People Reveal The Discontinued Beauty Product That Broke Their Heart

Let's face it. You don't love your favorite face wash just because it cleans your face well. Cosmetics are personal. That's why it takes us a long time to recover when the beauty products we cherish are discontinued — if we ever recover, that…
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Why Shapeless Clothing Makes Me Feel The Most Confident

The year was 2012. The dress was kelly green, with thicker, better quality fabric than much of what you'd find at the notoriously inexpensive mall chain where I bought it. The back featured thick black strips of elastic stretched across a cut-out…
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Beauty YouTube Distracts Me From My Own Life. Here's Why I'm Conflicted.

I remember the first time I came across a makeup collection video embedded in an article I was reading. It was filmed by Zoella, a YouTuber with 11 million subscribers and perfectly highlighted hair. She reminded me of the popular girls that went to…
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It's Time We All Admit That It's Cool To Buy Makeup Just For The Packaging

Sometimes, I visit the Glossier showroom when I know I'm not going to buy anything. I just like how it smells in there, like a spray of fresh roses (more specifically, like Byredo "Burning Rose"). I like the pink jumpsuits the employees wear, and…
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I Used Caffeine-Infused Beauty Products Instead Of Drinking Coffee For A Week

Coffee is one of the greatest pleasures of my life — my whole existence revolves around that first sip (often taken before I even emerge from bed) that pulls me from the fog of sleep. But, since depriving myself of joy is the other great pleasure of…
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I Clean Out My Closet Once A Year. Here's Why I Never Actually Get Rid Of Anything.

One thing you learn when you watch a lot of capsule wardrobe videos on YouTube is that this common piece of closet-cleaning advice gets bandied about often: Get rid of any clothing you haven't worn in the last year. In theory, this makes a lot of…
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Here's Why The Best Fix For Dry Skin In Winter Isn't Actually Lotion

When I heard about Body Hero, Glossier's first body care launch, I calmly shrugged it off like the jaded, aloof beauty consumer that I am — and, by "shrugged it off," I mean that I frantically watched about 1,000 reviews on Instagram Stories. The…
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11 Halloween-Adjacent Makeup Ideas For People Who Don't Do Costumes

Every year, no matter what I tell myself, I end up with nothing to wear on Halloween. My last really solid costume was two years ago, when I dressed as The Log Lady from Twin Peaks. I love the holiday and the movie-watching and candy-eating…
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The Beauty Habits 15 People Learned When They Were Young That They Just Can't Kick

Bustle and Coveteur are working together to bring you the best mix of the season's fashion and beauty releases, shopping tips, and service stories in ways that are both inspirational, and attainable. Check The Fall Style Edit channel weekly to see…
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This Chilling True Crime Book May Have An Answer To The Unsolved Black Dahlia Murder

"I'm particularly interested in cases where it's not just a murder or a crime, but there's a whole kind of mythological significance — you know, the murder or the crime suddenly became much bigger in a way than the actual event, and came to…
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14 Unexpected Things Worth Splurging On

Bustle and Coveteur are working together to bring you the best mix of the season's fashion and beauty releases, shopping tips, and service stories in ways that are both inspirational, and attainable. Check The Fall Style Edit channel weekly to see…
By Erin Mayer

I Tried ColourPop's Crystal Collection To See If Using Gemstone-Infused Skin Care Actually Makes A Difference

I'm a certified Miracle Ingredient Skeptic, which means I often turn a narrow side-eye toward skin care and makeup trends. In my world, matcha is for spending upwards of $3.75 on at your local coffee shop, and gemstones and crystals are pretty…
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The One Skin Care Hack I Use To Calm My Anxiety During The Day

I sometimes wonder if aspects of my fairly extensive skin care routine are a little pointless. Does toner really do anything? What about essence? But there's one item you can pry from my cold, dead hands — face mist. I would use it even if it turned…
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I Didn't Know How To Process My Grandmother's Death Until I Started Wearing Her Jewelry

I don't think I'll ever forget what I was wearing when my Nana died on an otherwise normal day in April: A silk shirt with lobsters printed on it, bellbottom jeans, and a silver choker. Clothing has the power to evoke vivid memories, and so it's not…
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30 Oversized Denim Jackets That'll Make Your Fall Wardrobe Cooler

Bustle and Coveteur are working together to bring you the best mix of the season's fashion and beauty releases, shopping tips, and service stories in ways that are both inspirational, and attainable. Check The Fall Style Edit channel weekly to see…
By Erin Mayer

This Might Be The Best Loose Powder For Beginners

It would be hard for me to overstate my love for Glossier. Some brands just sink their teeth into you and won't let go. To be honest, Emily Weiss could sell me toilet paper if it was millennial pink and decorated with her brand's logo. I listen to…
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Please Stop Telling Me To Wear Contacts For My Wedding

If there's one thing I've learned since getting engaged in October of last year, it's that everyone you meet will have an opinion about some aspect of your wedding. I've learned to smile and nod when random strangers and acquaintances try to explain…
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My Nighttime Skin Care Routine Isn't Just About Vanity, It's About Putting My Anxiety To Rest

It's late for a weeknight, around 11 p.m. The morning's makeup feels heavy on my face. My mascara is beginning to flake under my eyes after spending the past hour dozing in front of the TV. My lipstick has settled into the cracks in my perpetually…
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