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55 Brilliant Finds on Amazon That Make You Look & Feel 10X Better




Sometimes, your mood and your appearance are intertwined — like when stress has you tossing and turning all night, so your under-eyes aren’t exactly bright and sparkly come morning. But luckily, this relationship works the other way around, too: A fresh blowout, a pore-cleansing facial, or a self-care practice all have the potential to uplift your mood and leave you feeling rejuvenated. That’s why some of the most popular items on Amazon are the ones that make you look and feel 10 times better.

Now, as someone who reviews products for a living, I can tell you that Amazon is absolutely packed with genius items you won’t find anywhere else — but out of all the different shopping categories, the brilliant self-care products are my favorite. These are the ones with the potential to actually make a difference in someone’s life. They’re the things people reach for when they’re feeling overwhelmed, or anxious, or tired. They’re the things that remind you to take a minute for yourself, because you fully deserve it.

As Audre Lorde says, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation.” By that logic, self-care is worth the investment — and these well-designed products cut your problems in half so you can look and feel great simultaneously.

This Weighted Eye Pillow For Headaches, Eyestrain & Stress Relief

Blissful Being Lavender Eye Pillow

Whether you deal with headaches or stare at a computer screen all day, this weighted lavender eye pillow is a fantastic way to relax. It’s made with silky soft satin and filled with flaxseeds that provide gentle pressure and lavender that offers aromatherapeutic benefits. Choose from pretty jewel tones like aqua, amethyst, and ruby.

The Shower Version Of A Bath Bomb

ZenTyme Moments Shower Steamers (6 Count)

Get the soothing, fizzy effects of a bath bomb during your everyday morning routine. These shower steamers don’t require you to fill the tub; instead, just position them under a light stream during your shower, and they’ll release the relaxing scent of essential oils into the air.

A Gold-Plated Chain Necklace With A Volcanic Lava Rock Pendant

Aoebi 18k Gold Chain Choker

This beautiful and dainty necklace plated in 18K gold holds a volcanic rock pendant that does more than look cool. Add a drop or two of essential oil to the rock, and it’ll release its fragrance like a personal diffuser.

This Light Therapy Lamp That Reviewers Swear By

Verilux HappyLight Therapy Lamp

Even though it takes up limited space on a coffee table or work desk, this light therapy lamp emits 10,000 lux of sun-mimicking illumination. The result, according to reviewers, is heightened energy, a more balanced sleep schedule, and an elevated mood — especially during the dreary cold-weather months.

An Eyelash Comb With A Genius Design

MSQ Eyelash Comb

No matter how good your mascara formula is, you’re bound to be left with some clumps after applying. That’s why this cheap but effective eyelash comb is so necessary. It’s ergonomically designed to line up with the shape of your eye, and the delicate metal tines separate clumps for fluffy, natural-looking lashes.

These Eco-Friendly Hair Ties That Prevent Damage And Creasing

Terra Ties Hair Ties (27-Pack)

Keep your hair crease-, damage-, and tangle-free — all while supporting the environment. Terra ties don’t use plastic; instead, they’re made from cotton and natural rubber. They also come in biodegradable packaging, so you can feel great about an eco-friendly purchase.

These 24K Gold Patches To Ease Puffy, Dark Under-Eyes

Arvesa Gold Eye Masks (30 Pairs)

Using luxurious ingredients like collagen, hyularonic acid, and genuine 24-karat gold, these under-eye patches aim to soothe and brighten puffy under-eyes in mere minutes. One reviewer wrote, “Leaves my skin so soft! I’ve used under eye masks before and I really love the way they feel. These specifically I put into the fridge to depuff my eye area. I’m really pleased with the fact that my skin didn’t/hasn’t broken out. I have very sensitive skin and I usually break out when using new products. […] They are very soothing and gentle. Would definitely buy again”.

These Comfy Slides Named For Their Pillow-Like Softness

BRONAX Pillow Slippers

Sometimes you just need clothing that’s warm and comfortable. Luckily, these pillow slides are as cozy as they are cute. They’re made from cushy, waterproof EVA with thick, supportive soles.

Available Colors: 6

– Available Sizes: Small — XX-Large

An Exfoliating Scrub Glove For Smoother Skin

The Original Kessa Hammam Scrubbing Glove

It’s easy to maintain an exfoliation routine with this scrubbing glove. Work up a soapy lather with warm water and rub your skin using the glove to slough off dead skin cells and reveal softer, smoother skin.

These Clear Patches That Heal Blemishes Faster

Mighty Patch

They’re subtle, tiny, and transparent, but according to fans, these Mighty Patches pack a serious punch. Simply place them over a pimple, and the hydrocolloid sucks all the gross stuff out overnight, so the blemish is flatter, less red, and well on its way to healing by morning. You can even see the results stuck to the patch when you pull it off.

This 5-In-1 Diffuser Alarm Clock From ArtNaturals

Sierra Modern Home Essential Oil Diffuser with Bluetooth

In my opinion, nothing says self-care like a versatile, practical gadget. This unit from Sierra Modern Home is a humidifier, essential oil diffuser, alarm clock, Bluetooth speaker, and color-changing night light, all in one. It also has an automatic shut-off function to keep you safe when the tank runs dry, and the woodgrain finish adds a chic touch to any bedside table.

Some Gel-Infused Ankle Socks To Soften Calluses

NatraCure Moisturizing Gel Socks

Not one for pedicures, peeling masks, or exfoliation tools? These NatraCure ankle socks are infused with a softening, moisturizing gel, which soaks into calluses while you sleep, watch TV, or paint your nails. They’re breathable and stretchy to fit most feet, and since they’re infused with vitamin E, shea butter, and aloe, even those with sensitive skin say “these socks are perfect!”

A Cult-Favorite Facial Cleansing Brush For Gentle Exfoliation

EZBASICS Facial Cleansing Brush

This affordable facial cleansing brush gently exfoliates your skin, and is IPX7-rated waterproof so you can use it in the shower. It has five speed settings, and on a single charge it can run for up to 200 uses. According to one reviewer, “I’d been eyeing the Foreo for a while now but couldn’t stomach the price. Found this sonic cleanser on here and ordered immediately. I love it!! The silicone is super hygienic— easy to rinse off and sanitize. My skin always feels super smooth and clean after using this.”

This Gorgeous Silk Pillowcase To Pamper Hair & Skin

SLPBABY Silk Pillowcase

Upgrade your bed while pampering your hair and skin. The SLPBABY pillowcase is made from genuine mulberry silk (on both sides), which helps to minimize friction, prevent dryness, regulate temperature, and preserve your style. Get it in a huge selection of sizes, solid colors, and gorgeous floral patterns.

A Cleansing Brush For Smooth, Squeaky Clean Skin

VISOFO Facial Cleansing Brush

Instead of spending money restocking on exfoliant every month or two, invest in this popular Olay facial cleansing brush. The two-speed device comes with two soft-bristle brush heads that are designed to maximize the performance of your cleanser, so you get a deep clean and smooth, soft skin. Plus, it comes with AA batteries already installed, so you can get to using it ASAP.

These Odd Concealers That Actually Counteract Discoloration

L.A. Girl Pro Conceal Set

At first glance, you might think: “There’s no way I’ll ever be able to blend those colors into my skin tone,” but reviewers couldn’t believe how well they corrected discoloration. The L.A. Girl Pro Conceal set comes with green to counteract redness, orange for transparent areas, and yellow for under-eye circles. The consistency is crease-resistant and easy to blend — and reviewers now have “NO idea how [they were] living without these!”

A Facial Spray With Chamomile & Lavender

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Chamomile and Lavender

Use the Mario Badescu spray as a facial toner, make-up setter, or aromatherapy mist. It’s made with lavender oil, chamomile, and vitamin C, all of which are packed with free radicals and nutrients. Some reviewers even say they spritz it in their hair to “refresh [their] curls” throughout the day.

This Adjustable Blackhead Remover Vacuum That Can Help Clear Skin

POPPYO Blackhead Remover Vacuum

Help clear your skin and reduce the appearance of blackheads, whiteheads, and more with this suction-powered blackhead remover. According to the manufacturer, you’ll begin to see results in just two to five weeks. You can even adjust the vacuum’s absorption levels to your needs with five different levels. Plus, this unit is totally rechargeable and one charge can last 150 minutes.

This Lavender Lotion Formulated With Soothing Aloe

Little Moon Essentials Floral Hand & Body Lotion, Relax, 4 Oz.

This relaxing lotion is formulated with soothing aloe and a blend of lavender, chamomile, and rose, for a floral scent you can lather on your hands and body. Not only is this lotion cruelty- and paraben-free, it’s also vegan. This comes in a bunch of different scents, ranging from lemon and vanilla to eucalyptus and rosemary.

This Memory Foam Pillow That Cradles Your Neck While You Sleep

ZAMAT Contour Memory Foam Pillow

This luxe memory foam pillow features a contoured design that cradles your neck and supports your shoulders as you sleep. The removable inserts inside can be adjusted to your preferred height, and you can also remove the pillowcase and wash it to keep your bed set-up clean. Over 5,000 Amazon users and counting have invested in this pillow to get a comfortable night’s sleep.

Some Glasses That Block Out Harmful Blue Light

SOJOS Cat Eye Blue Light Blocking Glasses

Yeah, they’re stylish, transparent, and comfortable to wear, but these aren’t your average glasses. They block out blue light rays from fluorescent bulbs, computer screens, televisions, and phones, which can supposedly overstimulate the brain, cause headaches, and disrupt sleep. These glasses are available in five different colors, and buyers have seen an “amazing difference.”

This Detangling Brush That Separates & Defines Your Curly Hair

Denman Hair Brush

This detangling brush can help shaping and defining your curls, and has seven rows of synthetic bristles that gently brush through curly hair. With more than 58,000 Amazon reviews, this brush is one of the most popular options on the internet, and one fan says, “This thing is amazing. Normally, if I comb my hair at any point after I rinse my conditioner out, my waves and curls fall out and get stringy. This brush works exactly as it is supposed to work and helped create ringlets all over my head.”

A Finishing Cream To Touch Up Any Flyaways Or Loose Strands

Mohoix Finishing Hair Cream

A good hair day can do wonders for your mood, and with Mohoix finishing cream, reviewers say every day is a good hair day. The non-greasy formula boosts shine, smooths down flyaways, neatens up-dos, and minimizes frizz — and thanks to the mascara-like brush, it’s easy to apply just the right amount. “I never knew I needed this until I bought it, now I can’t live without it!” one reviewer wrote.

These Teeth-Whitening Pens That Don’t Cause Sensitivities

VieBeauti Teeth Whitening Pens (2-Pack)

These VieBeauti teeth whitening pens have a near-perfect rating because they’re easy to use, don’t irritate sensitive teeth or gums, and “actually work,” reviewers say. Each pen is filled with enough gel for 20-plus uses, and thanks to the twist design and gentle bristles, it’s extremely simple to apply.

A Microdermabrasion Roller To Help Your Complexion Glow

Sdara Skincare Derma Roller

This microdermabrasion roller exfoliates skin so it looks and feels so much better. With its .25-millimeter needles the roller applies light pressure to help reduce the appearance of pores and overall rejuvenate your complexion. One happy customer noted they saw results in just two weeks.

This Mist That’s Great For Your Hair, Face, Body — You Name It

WOW Apple Cider Vinegar Mist

Why does WOW apple cider vinegar mist have such a high rating? Because it’s one of the most versatile products you can add to your beauty regimen. Thanks to gentle, balancing ingredients like real apple cider vinegar, rose water, witch hazel, and green tea, you can use this stuff to balance skin tone, set make-up, soften hair, nourish nails, and soothe breakouts.

A Workout Balm That Promotes Sweating & Circulation

ICEWATER 3-in-1 Smart Water Bottle

Drinking enough water is key to looking and feeling your best, and this smart water bottle glows every hour to remind you to drink more water. This BPA-free, 20-ounce water bottle promises to keep your water cool for up to 24 hours without leaking. This comes in four different colors you can choose from.

This Sleek Smart Watch That Doubles As A Fitness Tracker

Fitpolo Smart Watch

This stylish smart watch doubles as a fitness tracker, but it does much more than track your steps. This waterproof accessories also tracks your sleep, heart rate, phone messages, and more. It even has a built-in alarm as well as music control, and it’s available in four colors.

These Velvet Makeup Blenders (& A Cleansing Bar)

JUNO & Co. Microfiber Velvet Makeup Blenders (4 Pack)

Reviewers have called the these velvet sponge their “new favorite makeup sponge for liquid foundation” as well as a great tool for “blush, highlight, contour powder, under eye setting powder…. actually, any setting powder.” That’s because it’s made from a dual-layer microfiber material that applies and blends without soaking up all your product. This set of two even comes with a cleansing bar.

A Bottle That’s Designed To Help You Drink More Water

Green Sequoia Cactaki Water Bottle with Time Marker (32 Oz)

This BPA-free water bottle is marked with times stamps so you can keep track of how much water you’ve had to drink. After all, studies prove that drinking water is essential to your body’s health. Plus for your convenience it just takes the click of a button on the leak-proof lid to open your water bottle and it comes with a convenient carry strap to keep your bottles with you on the go. So, there’s no excuse for you not to drink enough water.

This Set of Spa Headbands To Keep Your Hair Back During Your Self Care Routine

Whaline Spa Facial Headband (4-Pack)

Now you can easily keep your hair off your face and dry when you’re washing your face or while working out. This pack of four terry towel headbands are one size fits all and adjustable thanks to the velcro-strip closure. While super absorbent, these headbands are also breathable, which is why they work well as part of both your skin and exercise routine.

This Best-Selling Styling Brush That People Are “Obsessed With”

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer

With well over 13,000 reviews and a number-one best-seller status, you can tell at a glance that the Revlon One-Step dryer is special — but how? This two-in-one tool combines a blow dryer with a brush so, as you pull the bristles through your hair, hot air dries and styles strands from inside the barrel. Get it in your choice of four colors.

A Balance Disc To Encourage Better Posture

RFAQK Inflated Air Stability Wobble Cushion

Simply by adding the disc to your office chair, driver’s seat, or favorite recliner, you engage your core and improve your posture. That’s because, due to the inflatable textured design, it encourages balance and a straight back — and it’s so portable and convenient, reviewers have even incorporated it into their fitness routines.

This Massager For Cleaner Hair & An Invigorated Scalp

Rolencos Hair Scalp Massager

Thanks to its flexible silicone bristles, the Rolencos massager stimulates circulation in the scalp and deep cleans between strands to remove product build-up. It’s also waterproof and fits comfortably in the palm of your hand, so it’s no wonder reviewers call it a “life-changing product.”

A Micro-Needle Roller To Boost Collagen Production

Linduray Skincare Derma Roller

When this tool rolls over the skin, its thousands of tiny needles make microscopic punctures, which then prompt a rush of healing collagen. The result, according to reviews? “The next day after micro needling, my skin is BRIGHT and so so smooth and even.”

This Shower Head Duo That Turns Your Shower Into A Daily Luxury

DreamSpa Rainfall Shower Head and Handheld Shower Combo

This shower head set includes both a rainfall head and a handheld head all in one. With seven settings including power rain, pulsating massage, mist, hydro-mist, eco rain, and water-saving pause, you can customize your shower to your exact needs and preferences. The handheld shower head has a 5-foot stainless steel hose for cleaning versatility. Plus, you don’t even need any tools to install this shower head, and reviewers confirm how easy it is to install.

This All-In-One Gel Manicure Set So You Can Skip The Salon

SOLIDBACK Back Stretcher

This back stretcher can help your back feel so much better. Made of EVA foam that’s soft to the touch yet won’t buckle under your weight as you stretch, this could be the tool you’ve been looking for. The Solidback brand even claims to help improve your posture. One reviewer raved, “OBSESSED! It’s like yoga stretching without the yoga. I work in an office and sit for most of the day so I have chronic back pain in various spots. Opened this puppy and immediately felt the benefits after using it for only a few minutes. I like to do my upper back as well and it also feels great.”

This Hair Mask To Encourage Long, Strong Hair

Marc Anthony Grow Long Anti-Breakage Hair Mask

Treat yourself to a deep-healing salon day — right in your own bathroom. Marc Anthony Grow Long hair mask has ingredients like argan oil, caffeine, keratin, and ginseng, which both help to strengthen strands and encourage the growth of new ones. “Has changed my damaged hair to healthy!” one reviewer raved. “So worth it and I love that you only have to keep it on for 5 mins!”

A Workbook To Help You Cultivate Self-Love

The Self-Love Workbook

Reviewers call The Self-Love Workbook an “incredible self-discovery book” and “definitely a great tool to help look into your self.” It contains interactive activities, reflective writing prompts, and easy-to-apply advice, all of which aim to boost your self-esteem and “accept who you are wholeheartedly.”

This Handheld Hair Remover That Causes Zero Pain

leuxe Facial Hair Remover

Unlike shaving or waxing, this facial hair remover doesn’t hurt at all. Instead, it uses a hypoallergenic protection net that glides over the skin, so the stainless steel blade can get an exceptionally close trim. It’s also battery-operated, waterproof, and has a built-in LED light.

A Bee Propolis Throat Spray That Boosts Your Immunity

Bee Propolis Throat Spray

I swear by this stuff — and so do hundreds of other reviewers: “This spray is incredible! I’ve been taking it daily for a few months now. I haven’t gotten sick and my severe allergies to cedar have subsided.” How? The formula uses real bee propolis extract to tackle bacteria before it enters the body, coat the throat, and boost your immune system, all while tasting like candy.

These Comfortable Compression Pants That Encourage Circulation

Active Research Compression Pants

These compression pants from Active Research are made with a special material blend. Yes, it’s breathable and resistant to odors and bacteria, but it also compresses the muscles to aid in recovery and optimal blood flow, whether you’re working out or sitting on a plane. As an added bonus, reviewers say they’re well-made, “look so good on,” and are “extremely comfortable.”

This Lavender Candle That Transforms Into A Moisturizing Body Oil

Victoria’s Lavender Moisturizing Massage Candle

When lit, this candle emits a soothing scent from real lavender essential oil — but the self-care qualities don’t end there. The wax is made from avocado oil and shea butter, so when it’s in liquid form, you can use it as a moisturizing body oil or a luxurious massage oil.

This Rose Quartz Facial Massager That Vibrates

Beauty by Earth Jade Roller

Rose quartz rollers are cooling, gentle on skin, and aim to brighten the complexion by encouraging blood flow — and since this quartz roller vibrates, reviewers say it boosts those benefits tenfold. It also runs on batteries for portability and has a few interchangeable heads for versatility.

This Roll-On Formula To Ease Razor Bumps, Ingrown Hairs, And Pain

Divine Derriere Razor Bump Stopper

Regardless of your preferred hair-removal method, Divine Derriere Razor Bump Stopper aims to soothe inflammation, prevent ingrown hairs, and brighten discoloration. It also cools the skin to minimize pain after shaving or waxing, and it comes in a convenient roller that evenly coats any area.

A Thickening Shampoo That Aims To Build Volume

DR. HEMPSTER Thickening Shampoo

Those with fine or thinning hair have great things to say about thickening shampoo, which nourishes strands and builds volume using ingredients like biotin, vitamins, plant proteins, and essential oils. That said, it skips all the nasty ingredients like sulfates and synthetic fragrances.

This Weighted Blanket For The “Best Sleep” In Years

Syrinx Cooling Weighted Blanket

“Best sleep I have had in years,” one reviewer raved, and judging by the 4.4-star rating, others tend to agree. The Syrinx weighted blanket aims to ease your mind and soothe your body by simulating the weighted feeling of a hug. But don’t worry — the evenly distributed glass beads and the breathable fabric still allow for ventilation. Get it in seven colors and various weights and sizes.

A Quality Dry Brush — With Or Without The Handle

ZEN ME Premium Dry Brush

For hard-to-reach areas, this premium body brush has a 17-inch wooden handle — but when you need optimal control, the handle slides off and the strap fits comfortably around your fingers. Either way, the natural boar bristles aim to exfoliate your skin, boost circulation, and improve lymphatic flow for a bright, glowing complexion.

These Lip Balms That Add Color While They Nourish

Sky Organics Tinted Lip Balms (4-Pack)

Drying color, or hydrating lack thereof? You never again have to make that choice. Sky Organics tinted lip balms are made with nourishing ingredients like beeswax, coconut oil, and cocoa butter — but each is infused with a tint (plum, raisin, champagne, and shimmer) to keep your lips looking as great as they feel.

This Curved Massage Cane That Can Relieve Hard-To-Reach Places

TriggerPoint AcuCurve Massage Cane

You can massage your own back with the help of this trigger-point cane. It’s double sided: One has two massage sphere to target areas around spine, and the other has one sphere for deep-tissue relief. You can also use it on your feet and calves, and many customers commented on how it’s “easy to use.”

This Freezable Rolling Massager That Stays Cold For 20 Minutes Each Time

Gaiam Restore Cold Therapy Muscle Massage Roller Ball

This cold therapy massager consists of a freezable sphere in a convenient hand-held roller. It eases muscular tension and soothes sore spots, and it’s easy to hold onto (thanks to the grippy surface). Not to mention, the sphere will stay cold for up to 20 minutes after frozen.

These Magnetic Lashes That Adhere To The Included Eyeliner

Arishine Magnetic Eyeliner and Lash Set

Forget messy glue and finicky magnets. This brilliant falsie set comes with five pairs of magnetized lashes that are drawn to the metallic eyeliner instead of a second pair. As a result, reviewers say they last all day, and a lush, voluminous look has never been so effortless: “They’re so light I can’t even tell that I’m wearing them. […] I’m very impressed with these!”

These Cloths That Fully Remove Makeup With Only Water

Rainbow Rovers Makeup Remover Cloths (3-Pack)

Those with sensitive skin spend so much time checking the labels of makeup removers and facial washes. Luckily, even the skeptics have called these Rainbow Rovers cloths “the best magic trick” because they remove all makeup using just water. “I used one end of the cloth and it took off mascara, eyeliner, and eyeshadow with no residue left,” one reviewer wrote — plus they’re much more eco-friendly than disposable wipes.

A Growth Serum & An Eyeliner In One

Hairgenics Pronexa Lavish Liner

Emphasize your lashes while simultaneously growing them. Lavish Liner‘s formula is jet-black, hypoallergenic, water-resistant, and easy to apply thanks to the precise tip — but it’s also infused with biotin and castor oil to nourish lashes and encourage new growth.

This Microwavable Aromatherapy Pouch That Also Works Cold

Nature’s Approach Basic Herb Pack

This herb pack can be heated in the microwave for muscle-soothing warmth, or it can be cooled off in the freezer and used for chilly relief. It’s organic, aromatic filling of rice and flaxseed is encased in a cotton pouch, and it’s available in six colors. You can lay it on various parts of your body, and many customers wrote that it’s “exactly what I was looking for.”

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Who Is Samuel Bottomley? ‘The Teacher’ Star Is a School-Based Drama Regular




Channel 5’s new thriller is going to be a challenging watch.In The Teacher, a Bradford high school teacher is accused of having a drunken encounter with a student. Starring Sheridan Smith as the troubled teacher Jenna Garvey, the four-part series will see the educator struggle to prove her innocence. But who is The Teacher star, Samuel Bottomley? The actor who plays 15-year-old Kyle, the student at the centre of the allegations.

The 20-year old actor may be someone you’re already pretty familiar with, appearing in a number of classic British school-based dramas. West Yorkshire-born, Bottomley notably starred as Jordan Wilson in Channel 4’s school drama Ackley Bridge from 2017, where he was challenged to portray his character’s abusive relationship with his father. He also played school bully, Dean Paxton, in the acclaimed musical comedy, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.

The burgeoning talent made his screen debut aged nine years old, featuring in the BAFTA-winning film Tyrannosaur in 2011, alongside celebrated actor Olivia Colman. In the years since, Bottomley has continued making waves in movies, starring in Amazon Original’s “anarchic comedy” Get Duked! in 2019, which saw four teens embark to the Scottish Highlands for a weekend on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme. Bottomley’s considerable acting CV also includes features in Ghost Stories (2017) and more recently, in the TV series Ladhood.

The Teacher is Bottomley’s latest acting pursuit alongside BAFTA-winner Sheridan Smith, and it seems despite the series’ difficult themes, the actor rather enjoyed his time on set.

“It’s the first time we’d worked together but as soon as I met her, she welcomed me into the cast with open arms,” the actor said, per The Sun. “We sat down and talked about the characters and the scripts and she never let me feel too nervous,” he added. “We were messing around all the time between takes. Everyone had a really good time filming the series and me and Sheridan were always laughing and joking.

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‘And Just Like That’ Episode 9 Looks to Shop




All the best looks from “And Just Like That,” the “Sex and the City” reboot. They include overalls, cocktail dresses and more.

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16 Asian-Owned Beauty Brands That Will Become Your New Favorite




Lunar New Year — oftentimes called Chinese New Year — is one of the most widely-celebrated holidays across the Asian diaspora. Some of my favorite memories center around Lunar Near Year — eating sticky rice cake for breakfast, receiving a red envelope after kow-towing to my parents, and indulging in special Chinese dishes to usher in luck for the new year.

Historically, beauty brands have capitalized on Lunar New Year by offering special edition products (usually emblazoned in red and gold packaging). But Lunar New Year isn’t just a seasonal marketing opportunity. It’s a time for families to gather together, remember past generations’ sacrifices, celebrate how far we have come, and carry our traditions (both new and old) into a hopeful future.

This year, consider celebrating Lunar New Year by supporting these indie, Asian-owned brands and their founders who are paving the way for a more inclusive, equitable beauty space.

Skin Spark Blush Balm

Inspired by nature, founder Jason Lau makes the dreamiest blushes and glitter shadows with the intent of capturing the essence of a moment or an emotion to connect with a wider audience. The product textures are ultra lightweight with major payoff and lasting power, and flattering across a wide spectrum of complexions.

BYO Blush

Youthforia is all about making makeup more whimsical, skin-friendly, and, yes, euphoric. Fiona Chan was sick of coming back home late at night (or early in the morning) after staying out all night with her friends and falling asleep in her makeup, only to wake up with breakouts. She decided to make beauty products that she could sleep in — and thus, Youthforia was born. The BYO Blush and the new Pregame Primer were both personally sleep-tested by Chan — she swears they actually helped to improve her skin over time.

Loved for both its efficacy and affordable price point, Cocokind was created by Priscilla Tsai as a sustainable, transparent skincare brand that won’t break the bank. The brand is also dedicated working against anti-Asian hate, teaming up with Tower 28 to create an AAPI Advocacy bundle to celebrate the Lunar New Year and benefit The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF).

Tower 28 Beauty SunnyDays SPF 30 Tinted Sunscreen Foundation

Known for its milky lip glosses (also included in the Cocokind x Tower28 Lunar New Year bundle) and eczema-friendly face products, Tower28 has gained major buzz since launch. Founder Amy Liu has worked for some of the biggest brands in the skincare game (ever heard of Kate Somerville or Smashbox Cosmetics?), but struggled with finding makeup products that wouldn’t irritate her eczema-prone skin. So, she made her own. Boss move!

Super 8 Vibrant Silk Lipstick

As one of the earliest AAPI beauty brand trailblazers, Jennifer Yen of YenSa Beauty had an untraditional path to beauty. She started her career out as a villain on Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, and became frustrated at the limited roles being offered to her, as well as how stage makeup was wreaking havoc on her skin. She founded beauty brands Purlisse and YenSa Beauty, both of which are heavily inspired by her Chinese heritage and based on the benefits of traditional Chinese medicine.

Vitamin C Brightening Serum
Matter Of Fact

If you’re sick of your vitamin C serums oxidizing, feeling sticky, and smelling pungent, you’re not alone. That’s how former K-pop star Paul Baek felt before founding skincare brand Matter of Fact. Baek wasoverwhelmed and confused upon entering the beauty space to address his own skin issues, and resolved that there must be a way for skincare to be straightforward and simple. His determination led to a vitamin c formulation that retains 94.25% of its initial 20% ascorbic acid concentration after 16 months, according to the brand’s clinical trials. The result is a clear, light serum that brightens the skin, with none of the downsides of other vitamin C serums.

Cosmic Glow Oil

In 2019, Melissa Medvedich launched her indie brand Supernal on the Lunar New Year. Her Chinese grandparents instilled in her the importance of taking care of her skin, and Medvedich spent two years researching how to perfect her now cult-acclaimed Cosmic Glow Oil and Illumine Restorative Oil Serum (every bottle is still handcrafted in small batches by Medvedich herself!). In honor of Lunar New Year and Supernal’s third birthday on February 8th, Supernal will be offering a mini Cosmic Glow Oil and Illumine Restorative Oil Serum with every purchase on the Supernal website.

Good Light We Come in Peace Probiotic Serum

After an incredible career as a reporter, writer, and editor-in-chief of website Very Good Light, David Yi felt that the beauty industry was still lacking something — and thus, his skin care brand Good Light was born. The highly-curated skin care line offers clean, high-performance products (its Moon Glow Milky Toning Lotion is an editor-favorite) with a mission to make the beauty space a more welcoming space for all.

Circumference Green Clay Detox Face Mask
Infused with green clay, this face mask will draw impurities out of your skin, leaving it hydrated. It’s best used on combination to oily skin.

Jina Kim started Circumference with the intention of combining her love of skincare with sustainable solutions. But Circumference has always veered away from greenwashing and vague claims of “clean beauty” — the brand is rooted in science, and has always been transparent about its sustainability efforts. Circumference lessens its carbon footprint while also optimizing its products efficacy by sourcing ingredients from plants raised happily in their native, bio-diverse environments.

Nail Artist Polish in Emma
Emelie Heath

As a Korean-American adopted by white Jewish and Christian parents, Emily Rudd struggled with finding her own identity, while also noticing how scarce the Asian representation was in advertisements and pop culture. Her search led her to brightly-colored comics, art, and beauty — and her nail polish brand, Emilie Heathe. The line is an amalgamation of all the places in her journey to self-acceptance, using Asian ingredients like bamboo, rice, and sea buckthorn to help strengthen the nails.

Inner Balance Serum
Strange Bird Beauty

Strange Bird Beauty was born from Tina Chow Rudolph’s desire to prioritize her own emotional self-care, while contributing to a future with more Asian representation in the beauty space so her daughter could see herself. The ingredients of Strange Bird Beauty, like ginseng and licorice root, have been used for thousands of years in Asian culture, and all of the crystal-charged products come with an intention to say aloud as you apply.

Texturizing Cream
Black Bean Grocery

Black Bean Grocery’s food-themed packaging transports you to Chinatown, modeled after the jars of traditional Chinese preserves lining the shelves of Asian grocers. Founded by Brandon Ly and James Bui, Black Bean Grocery’s product lineup seem to be mostly be volumizing and texturizing hair products, like a pomade, root powder (named after Chow Yun Fat), and a “Dai Lo” Styling Powder.

Nail Polish in No.13 Chili Pepper Red

Sundays Nailcare takes the therapeutic process of getting your nails done to the next level. The NYC salon is a soothing space without any pressure to socialize or talk if you’re having a low-energy mental health day. Founder Amy Lin also spent a year working with a chemist to formulate the perfect non-toxic nail polish formula that won’t chip for days.

Sound Renewal Moisturizer

Superegg’s name and concept is based off of the centuries-old Asian skin practice of using raw egg face masks to boost skin elasticity and brightness. Founder Erica Choi, a licensed esthetician and fashion blogger, decided to start her own business after working 10 years in the luxury beauty, fashion, and hospitality industries and seeing a need for a sustainable, luxury skin care brand rooted in Asian practices. The brand’s packaging is a standout, too — the moisturizer comes in a curved, egg-like shape, and Choi has pledged to work towards refillable packaging options by 2025.

Strangers Parfumerie
Yuzu Soda

Strangers Parfumerie is an indie perfume brand based out in Thailand. The owner and founder, Prin Lomros, created the line to capture whatever inspires him (be that his own memories, his favorite movies, or the music he’s listening to) through experimental fragrances — his fragrance Oliver is actually inspired by Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name. His Parfums Prissana line draws directly from Asian mythology, food, and history, spanning from Russia, to Nepal, to Japan.

Glow Recipe Guava Vitamin C Dark Spot Treatment Serum

Glow Recipe, founded by Sarah Lee and Christine Chang, is one of the most well-known Asian-owned brands on the market — and for good reason. The brand has developed a cult following for its fruit-focused skin care products that feature innovative textures, high-tech delivery systems, and fun packaging.

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