Why Getting Painfully Rejected in Love Is Awesome and Good For You 

Date, fall in love, or otherwise put yourself out there in this crazy world for long enough, and you will eventually develop some kind of narrative about your romantic behavior: You’re a serial monogamist. A manic pixie dream girl. A ungettable man-eater. An expert on the emotionally unavailable. But what happens when… » 4/12/15 4:15pm 4/12/15 4:15pm

It Puts the ??? On Its Skin: Breaking Through My Breakouts

During what can only be described as a hellaciously stressful past six months, my skin rebelled: the flawless visage I had at 16 became overrun by blemishes — a mutant strain that continued to multiply no matter what over-the-counter washes and drying treatments I used. Coupled with extreme sensitivity, the war I was… » 4/09/15 7:50pm 4/09/15 7:50pm

Going Off Hormonal Birth Control Can Be a Real Bitch—or Not

It can’t be overstated that reproductive control is essential to reproductive freedom for women. But decades of such freedom have also given us the luxury of a next-level set of worries: What is birth control really doing to my body, and what will happen if I stop taking it? The answer is: mostly good things; maybe… » 4/06/15 4:50pm 4/06/15 4:50pm

If Your Children Were a Happy Accident, Why Not Just Tell Them? 

There is a video going around the Internet of a man finding out he is about to become a father. But instead of expressing pure joy or even the shock of fear, his response is bummed, surprised, and despondent, all mixed together. Some commenters feel putting this out there is a bad idea. I disagree. » 3/31/15 12:10pm 3/31/15 12:10pm

How to Be Pretty in The Philippines

Christine Del Castillo comes from a long line of fabulous Filipina women. With jasmine in her hair and ylang ylang tucked in her cleavage, her great-great grandmother Nitang (pictured above) left a trail of men in her wake. Soledad, Christine's mother, owned a clothing boutique in the Philippines and was a style… » 3/26/15 5:45pm 3/26/15 5:45pm

When Was the Last Time You Really Thought About Getting Old? 

If there is one thing I can tell you of usefulness in your life as a woman on this planet: You need to get yourself some older lady friends. You need to sit with them, and you need to let them tell you about the world. And you need to take it all in, and you need to be very, very grateful for it. » 3/26/15 12:00pm 3/26/15 12:00pm

An Anonymous Sephora Employee Is Here to Answer Your Questions

If we had a dollar for every email we get asking, "I have a Sephora gift certificate. What should I spend it on?" we'd have a lot more money to spend at Sephora. Right? Am I right, ladieees? But for real, this is something that comes up all the time: out of the million products at Sephora, which ones are worth it and… » 3/25/15 2:01pm 3/25/15 2:01pm

Raiding My Baby's Beauty Closet

Just over a year ago I had a baby. When you get pregnant, you hear a lot about the "glowing" that supposedly occurs. Me, I never really glowed so much as glowered — my usual mode of existence — only heightened by the hormones, continually unimpressed with the many wonders of my fertile, female body. But everyone told… » 3/23/15 6:00pm 3/23/15 6:00pm