As soon as the seasons change, so does my skincare regimen. Sure, I slather on the SPF-infused moisturizer year-round, but now that it’s spring, I’m looking to liven up my pale Northeast complexion – without any damaging rays of sun. Cue Clarins to the beauty rescue.

I spoke with one of the brand’s insiders, who gave me the scoop on its new Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster. Which, as it happens, is what super-chic celebrity stylist Sophie Pera uses to maintain her enviably bronzed complexion. I dare you to tell me you’re not preemptively obsessed after watching the video below.

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April 9, 2014

With its honest-to-goodness products, apothecary-style retail stores, and clinically clean packaging, Kiehl’s has long been loved for its fuss-free approach to skincare. And that’s exactly why I was surprised – and intrigued – to learn that the company will break into the beauty business in July with the release of a glossy black nail polish.

Black Nail Polish

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My first thought: Really? If a company like Kiehl’s, which has found huge success in a singular sector, is rolling out a basic beauty product like nail polish, it must be special. Turns out, it is. Proceeds from the polish’s sales will benefit AmfAR in the organization’s fight against AIDS.

My second thought: But, black? Yes, and it makes sense. Legions of Kiehl’s fans already know that the company’s founding family members had a soft spot for motorcycles, a theme seen in its stores’ décor and in LifeRide, a nine-day motorcycle ride that raises funds for amfAR. So, biker-approved black it is. The polish will begin shipping in July, just as the fourth-annual LifeRide hits the road in Seattle.

Read more on WWD.

By Lindsay Lambert, Editor

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March 26, 2014

If you’re anything like me, in between contouring and concealing, you let your makeup brushes sit on your vanity counter collecting bacteria. But here’s the thing: cleaning your brushes should be a regular part of your beauty routine. By doing so, you’ll avoid clogged pores and endless breakouts. And it’s easy to do – just check out the steps below.

How to Clean Makeup Brushes

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March 26, 2014

Our whole lives, we’ve been taught that the fast track to good health and wellness is eating our fruits and veggies. But, wearing our spices? When it comes to beauty, yes, says YSL, which has launched a decadent new skin cream packed with precious saffron.

Or Rouge
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The new cream, called “Or Rouge” (that’s French for “Red Gold”), doesn’t actually derive its beautifying goodness from the supermarket-spice-aisle form of saffron. Instead, Or Rouge is made with saffron in its next-to-impossible-to-get natural form, which comes from a crocus that blooms only in Morocco. In the fall. So precious is this saffron that a single pot of Or Rouge will set you back $400. But for the restorative benefits of this North African bloom, which include skin renewal, cellular turnover, firming, and reduction of dark spots, discoloration, and redness, it seems a fair price to pay.

Read more about Or Rouge on Refinery29.

By Lindsay Lambert, Editor

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March 19, 2014

You’re in the home stretch. Winter is almost over. But while you wait for temps to rise, booking a tropical vacation is never a bad idea. What is? Jumping on a plane without these four must-have, getaway-ready beauty products.

Beach Beauty Tips

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March 12, 2014

Jared Leto was a big winner last night. He took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and landed himself atop every “best hair” list. Rightfully so, too. The rocker/actor’s effortless, ombré look was the envy of every viewer – male and female alike.

As soon as he hit the red carpet, my news feed was filled with comments such as, “Printing a pic of Jared to bring to my next hair appointment. BRB.” And you know what? I totally thought the same thing.

Jared Leto's Hair

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March 3, 2014

The 2014 Winter Games may have come to a close, but cold weather is still out in full force. So, until things heat up, we’re taking our beauty cues from figure skater Gracie Gold, who managed to look flawless throughout the games despite freezing temperatures. Here are a few tricks to get you through the next couple of months.

How to Beat Winter Beauty Woes

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February 26, 2014

Selfies have taken the world by storm (it turns out, Doutzen Kroes really does wake up looking that good), and it seems the skincare industry could be their next stop. Think it sounds far-fetched? Maybe. But those photos you’ve snapped everywhere from your Big Game party to your sister’s wedding might, in fact, be a dermatologist’s window into your dermal distress.

Doutzen Kroes Selfie
Research published last week in The Journal of the American Medical Association found that, when it comes to an in-person visit versus sending a self-snapped photo, dermatologists generally agreed on patients’ skin troubles and conditions. Translation? Serious skincare on the go. I’ve never been a fan of taking my own picture, but snapping selfies in the name of healthy skin might be the perfect reason to get comfortable in front of the camera.

Read the full story on ELLE.com.

By Lindsay Lambert, Editor

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February 19, 2014

Step away from the tweezers. When it comes to this season’s eyebrows, bushier is better. Sure, big brows are nothing new – thanks to It girls like Cara Delevingne, they’ve been a major beauty trend this past year – but the F/W 2014 runways made it official. They are here to stay… for now, anyway. To get in on it, check out the tips below.

How to Get Bold Brows

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February 19, 2014

My coworker just passed by the writers’ corner and exclaimed, “It’s like a garden over here!” And, honestly, it is. Roses abound in the Rue office on Valentine’s Day. Unfortunately, however, in four to seven days, sad, half-wilted petals will stand in their place. Sure, you could make potpourri – while knitting mittens for your bridge group. Or, you could do something far more fabulous: give yourself a facial. According to SELF magazine’s contributing blogger Alexandra Samuel, roses are “ridiculously” good for the skin. “They’ve got built-in toners to get you glowing.”

How to Make an At-Home Petal Facial

Image via SELF

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February 14, 2014