Kara is Bustle's Deputy Editor of Fashion & Beauty. Beauty school dropout with a passion for burgers, spicy food, and sci-fi.

These Are The Most Watched Halloween Makeup Tutorials On YouTube

Sometimes, it's the Halloween makeup that really takes a costume from pretty good to winning-first-prize-in-the-office-competition amazing. And with tens of thousands (or perhaps even more) of Oct. 31-specific tutorials to watch on YouTube, there's…
By Kara McGrath

The Story Behind The Herbal Essences Shampoos You Loved In the '90s

Shampoo doesn't typically inspire the same type of nostalgic swooning as, say, a Caboodle or the roll on body glitter one would apply before a middle school dance. There does seem to be one exception, though: Herbal Essences. "The bathroom my sister…
By Kara McGrath

I Wore "Harmonizing" Stickers For 30 Days To See If They'd Really Affect My Mood

What if there was a sticker that could help you manage your anxiety? Sort of like a nicotine patch, but instead of getting you to quit smoking, it sends out frequencies believed to have harmonizing effects on the human body that'll supposedly put…
By Kara McGrath

These Are The Winter Coats, Socks, & Goggles Snowboarder Chloe Kim Swears By

Despite being a Los Angeles native, Chloe Kim is sort of an expert on winter clothes that'll actually keep you warm. After all, the Olympic gold medalist has been spending huge chunks of her life snowboarding since she was 4 years old. Kim is also…
By Kara McGrath

This Is How Jackie Aina Figures Out If A Brand Is Genuinely Inclusive

CRASH. Something very large and made of metal has just fallen to the floor behind the press lounge where Jackie Aina and I are sitting on tall, white stools. After about 10 seconds of being frozen, Aina starts laughing. "Well," she says, "it went…
By Kara McGrath

I Tried 94 Different Mascaras & These Were The 23 That Worked Best For Me

My personal perfect mascara is one that does it all: lengthens, volumizes, curls... basically, I find applying false lashes nearly impossible, so I'm always on the hunt for a mascara that gets me essentially the same look without all the glue. "A…
By Kara McGrath

How To Wear This Fall's Most Rule-Breaking Denim Looks

There are few outfit staples that have gone through as much creative rebirth as the classic blue jean. The idea of a "denim trend" has gone from being a singular style that practically everyone wears (bell bottoms in the '70s; high-waisted,…
By Kara McGrath

I Tried A New T-Shirt Rental Service That's PERFECT For People Who Love White Tees

The moment I put on a white T-shirt is the moment I know it'll have some sort of stain on it by the end of the day. Even if I do manage to avoid any major shirt-ruining moments, I tend to wear my tees so frequently that they get worn out in what…
By Kara McGrath

These Fandom-Inspired Nail Art Ideas Are Too Incredible Not To Bring To Your Next Mani

Since nail art first exploded into the mainstream in the early 2010s, it has continued to persist as what appears to be a never-dying beauty trend, though it has gone through plenty of iterations. Around 2014, nail artists at Fashion Week started…
By Kara McGrath

This Subscription Box Delivers Sheet Masks To You Every Month For $5

Here at Bustle, we're avid fans of the sheet mask. Pop by any one of the Beauty Editors' Instagram stories on a Sunday and you're likely to find us lounging around, with masks draped over our faces and cups of our nighttime beverage of choice in…
By Kara McGrath

People Can't Get Over Tom Hardy Being Bald At The Royal Wedding

With no official guest list completely confirmed ahead of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's nuptials, there were several surprise sightings at the ceremony on Sunday. A major one was a bald Tom Hardy, who had prime, nearly front row seating at St.…
By Kara McGrath

NARS Just Launched A Highlighter Version Of Their Orgasm Blush & This Is My Favorite Way To Wear It

If memory serves, NARS Orgasm Blush was one of the very first makeup products all my friends lusted over universally. The pinky-peach-with-gold-flecks shade launched back in 1999 and, as Allure reported, has inspired plenty of NARS spinoff products…
By Kara McGrath

6 Ways To Wear Scrunchies That Feel Fresher Than Ever

Now that the return of the scrunchie is here, it seems to have been fairly inevitable. Scrunchies are cute as heck, sure, but they also offer up hair health benefits that your typical elastic hair tie can't: All that soft and puffy fabric means…
By Kara McGrath

This Millennial Pink & Gen Z Yellow Workout Gear Is Made SPECIFICALLY For Runners

As the weather gets warmer, the idea of going for a run starts to sound slightly more appealing. And what better way to motivate yourself than with a sweet new set of gear? Instagram darling Outdoor Voices' new running collection just hit the…
By Kara McGrath

What Happens When A Bride Actually Tries To Give Her Maid Of Honor A Dress She WON'T Hate

Even if you're the best of friends, being someone's Maid of Honor at their wedding can cause some tension — particularly when it comes to the dress. The fourth episode of Bustle's Bridesmaid Upgrade, a show that helps brides and their bridesmaids…
By Kara McGrath

This CBD-Infused Mascara Did Wonderful Things To My Eyelashes

CBD oil is having a bit of a moment in the beauty world, finding its way into everything from bath bombs to moisturizer to fragrance —and now, Milk Makeup's Kush Mascara, which hit shelves on 4/20 (natch). While people often say the ingredient…
By Kara McGrath

Why Switching To Natural Beauty Products Actually Might Not Be The Best Thing For Your Skin

Despite several articles being written on the topic (The Cut's guide to natural skin care being one of the most thorough), the question I still get asked more than anything else as a beauty editor is, "What natural beauty brands do you recommend?"…
By Kara McGrath

We Asked 305 Women To Tell Us About All The Ways They "Fake" Their Appearance

If things keep moving the way they have been, 2018 is going to be the best year yet for beauty, both for the product industry and for the people who love those products. Although beauty standards certainly still exist, the world feels a bit more…
By Kara McGrath