Reviewed: The Grace Eleyae Satin-Lined Cap

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Sleeping with Black hair, no matter the style, usually means having it protected somehow. Whether that’s a bonnet, scarf, du-rag, satin/silk pillowcase—Black women and men have been protecting our hair when we sleep for centuries. My method of sleep protection usually depends on the style I’m rocking at the moment; however, I may have finally found the product to work with any style. I tried the Grace Eleyae SLAP (Satin-Lined Cap), and it’s the first product to comfortably stay on through the night, no matter the style, and prevent frizz. Here’s why it’s become the most important step in my entire hair routine and why it is worth the splurge:


About Grace Eleyae:

Grace Eleyae makes protective hair accessories that are fashionable and functional. All of their silk and satin-lined products eliminate hair-damaging friction, lock in moisture, and help distribute your hairs’ natural oils throughout your scalp. Cotton, like on a traditional bonnet or on your pillowcase, causes a lot of friction against your hair. This can encourage frizziness, tangles,  and breakage. Your hair glides right over satin and silk, keeping it feeling healthier and stronger over time. 

While their products include turbans, headbands, and satin-lined baseball hats, I tried the Original Slap (Satin-Lined Cap) in a size medium.

The Slap is most similar to a bonnet but instead of being puffy and full of room for your hair to move around in your sleep, the Slap has a slimmer fit but stretches where needed. It comes in size medium or large and has an elastic band that keeps the Slap in place. However, they do also have an adjustable slap if you want a more precise fit.

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Staying Power


This is what you came here for; because if it doesn’t stay on through the night, there’s really no point. Rest assured, this product will still be on in the morning. So far, I’ve used the Slap with multiple styles, and it’s stayed on for all of them. From my thick, 4C, curly hair in a pineapple with the Slap on top to hip-length box braids, I stuff all my hair inside and it doesn’t move. I was very surprised it even fit all of my braids (and still covered my roots and edges in the front), but the material has just the right amount of stretch to it.




The Slaps are lined with charmeuse satin, so your hair glides against the fabric to eliminate frizz and lock in moisture, unlike cotton which can cause too much friction and lead to breakage. The satin protects your follicles and creates the optimal environment for hair growth. Depending on the style, it can help preserve hairstyles like a silk press, your natural texture, curls on straight and wavy hair, and protective styles like box braids; however, I would still use a scarf for certain styles like sleek ponytails or laying my edges where I don’t want the front of my hair to move at all during my sleep.


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The Slap comes in 12 colors and really is cute enough to wear in public without looking like you just rolled out of bed. It’s great for when I want to deep condition my hair for a few hours, I’ll just put my hair in a plastic shower cap then put the Slap on top, and I’m good to go. They also have even more fashionable products, like their gorgeous printed turbans that are THE statement piece of any outfit while offering the same protection as the Slap.




You can get an Original Slap for $13 (or $20 for the adjustable) at Sephora. I know a regular bonnet is only a few dollars in comparison, but this one is better quality, protects my hair better, and is definitely worth the price.


Final Thoughts


Overall, I can’t get enough of this product, and I highly recommend it. It does exactly what it sets out to do and is an improvement upon the bonnets I’ve been wearing over the years. I can’t wait to try more of their products like the Kemi Print Turban and Satin-Lined Baseball Hat.


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What Successful Women Have In Their Sunday Routine

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We’ve all fallen victim to a bad case of the Sunday Scaries. You know what I’m talking about: those days where all you can do is lay in bed and binge an entire Netflix series, feeling sad that the weekend is over and worried about the stressors that Monday will bring. But news flash: the weekend is not over, and how you spend your Sundays can ease a lot of those Monday stressors. In fact, the most successful women know their Sunday routine can make or break their entire week. Read on for eight Sunday rituals that successful women never skip. 


1. Clean your home

You might not think you’re a neat freak, but trust me when I say that you will sleep better with the shower cleaned and the dishes put away. Plus, your week will feel so much more manageable when some of those chores you put off (looking at you, pile of dirty laundry) are already taken care of. Clutter in your home leads to clutter in the mind, so a one-hour deep clean or a quick closet reorganization can make a huge difference in not only your home environment, but how you feel for the rest of the week. If those major chores (like organizing the junk drawer) feel overwhelming, start with a quick clean-up of the kitchen (doing dishes and wiping up counters), tidy up the living room (fold throw blankets and stack coasters), and declutter your bedroom (that means putting away the clothes on your “worn-but-not-yet-ready-for-laundry chair–I know you have one!).


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2. Map out the week

If your go-to for coping with Sunday Scaries is to completely ignore the fact that work starts again tomorrow, this one is for you. You may think that not acknowledging your to-do list is the best way to deal, but even if hours of Netflix helps you “forget,” you still know Monday morning is coming, leaving you with dread, anxiety, and a whole lot of stress at 9 a.m. the next day. The ideal way to set up your week for success and feel a lot better when Monday morning comes along is to plan out the week in advance. Review your upcoming schedule, add in time to prepare for big meetings or presentations, and include time for when you’ll actually get those things on your to-do list checked off. You’ll feel much more in control and will be better prepared throughout the week. 


3. Prep your meals and wardrobe

Speaking of being prepared, another way to help you feel in control of the week ahead is to meal prep and plan out your outfits. We make a lot of decisions every single day, even just within the first few minutes of waking up: whether or not to hit snooze, when to turn on the coffee pot, what to make for breakfast, and what to wear (which is approximately 1000 different decisions). No wonder we all feel exhausted or overwhelmed when we’re required to make decision after decision throughout the work day itself. No matter how big or small, decisions add up–decision fatigue is real.

But good news: you can spend your Sundays to limit your decision making throughout the week. Prep your meals in advance (whether that looks like actually chopping veggies and making easy dishes, or just writing out a plan and making a grocery list) and plan out outfits (including which shoes you’ll pack to transition into happy hour on Thursday). You’ll limit some of the decision fatigue throughout the week so you can spend more time on those really important decisions, but you also might find yourself excited for those meals or that power outfit, instead of dreading the week ahead. 


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4. Set goals

Yes, Sundays are not just for self-care or laziness; they can also be for goal-setting. Think about what specific, attainable things you want to accomplish by next week, and how they relate to your bigger goals. For example, if you’ve always wanted to learn piano, add in a goal to practice for a total of two hours by next Sunday. If you wish you exercised more, set a goal to attend three workout classes at any point throughout the week, and then schedule in when they’re going to happen. If you want to be in a relationship, plan to go on one date this week, or if you’re dying for a promotion, set an intention to connect with your boss. No matter what your goals or intentions are, check in with what you want out of life setting them. You’ll feel more excited for your week, but will also feel like you’re making progress towards those huge life goals.


5. Unplug

PSA for whoever needs to hear it: you do not have to (and should not) be “plugged in” 24/7. If your weeks feel overwhelming and Sundays are scary, consider doing a temporary digital detox to reduce stress. When we’re constantly bombarded by Instagram, work emails, or even that never-ended group text, we can feel like we’re constantly missing out on something (I like to call it chronic FOMO). Turning off your phone for a few hours helps reduce that overwhelm and can allow you to actually relax. Try a full unplug and turn off all screens to read a book, take a walk with your dog, or do something creative, or just put your phone in the other room while you unwind with your favorite show for a couple hours. 


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6. Set Monday morning alarm for a few minutes earlier

I get it: Monday mornings are a rude awakening. That 6 a.m. alarm is probably the last thing you want to hear, and you’re tempted to sleep in until the last second possible to savor the last of your weekend bliss. But hitting the snooze button can lead to a rushed morning so you feel stressed, overwhelmed, and behind before you even start your workday. Instead, set your alarm on Sunday night for 10-15 minutes earlier the next morning. Whether you spend the extra time meditating, indulging in a luxurious skincare routine, or just brewing a cup of coffee with a moment of silence, you will not miss the 10 minutes of extra sleep, and feel much more prepared for the workday and entire week ahead. 


7. Read something 

One of the best secrets of successful women? Reading. Many of us have a plethora of excuses when it comes to reading more often. “I’m too tired,” “I don’t have any new books,” and “How am I expected to do anything else in my free time when all six seasons of Sex and the City are on Hulu!?” are excuses I personally use on a regular basis. But reading is not only enjoyable; it’s good for you. Whether it’s winding down before bed, taking a break in the afternoon, or as a way to kick off your Sunday, fit in some time to read during the day to inspire you and help you feel motivated for the week ahead. As for what to read? Check out these inspiring books or books to educate yourself to help you grow in both your success and life goals. 


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8. Get your inbox to zero

If your Monday mornings feel like a race against the clock starting the second you wake up, set your week up for success by getting ahead with your emails. While Sundays should feel like Sundays (rather than an extension of the workweek), spending just 10-20 minutes getting some work done will help you start your week already feeling ahead. If emails are a source of stress, tackle your inbox, or if scheduling feels like a tedious task on Monday mornings, plan out your meetings and deadlines the day before. Just think about how good your Monday morning will feel when your inbox is already at zero.


9. Have a financial check-in

Self-care doesn’t always mean bubble baths or face masks. Sometimes, self-care means being an independent adult and doing what you can to feel in control of your finances. While having a detailed financial plan and setting goals can help you reduce money-related stress and achieve what you want in life, feeling in control of your finances doesn’t always require a lot of time and energy. Spend fives minutes on Sunday to glance over your bank account and credit card statements. Getting in the habit of frequently checking in can help identify fraud early on and will also give you a good idea of where you’re spending and where you can be saving. Set a financial goal for the week, whether it’s to put a certain amount of cash into your savings account or invest in a course or service that will improve your wellbeing. 


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Why Snow Mushroom Is the Trendiest New Ingredient in Skin Care

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Add this to your skin-care vocabulary: Tremella fuciformis, also known as snow mushroom. It sounds like something you'd stumble upon in a mystical forest, and yes, it is a fungus, but it looks more like a white gelatinous flower than a mushroom. It's commonly used in traditional sweet Chinese foods (like snow fungus soup) and has also been a staple ingredient in Asian medicine and skin care for thousands of years.

Now, it's popping up as an active ingredient in skin-care products in Western beauty, and it's even been labeled as the next hyaluronic acid for its hydrating properties.

What exactly is snow mushroom?

This ingredient's skin-care origins go as far back as the imperial Tang dynasty for creating a youthful, supple appearance, according to Cosmetic chemist Ginger King. Modern science can explain why: King says silver ear mushrooms, yet another name for tremella fuciformis, have an ability to boost skin hydration when ingested. 

"Due to the gelatinous structure and high amount of polysaccharide, it has been used in skin care to provide hydration, as well," she tells Allure.

What are the benefits of snow mushroom?

Board-certified Dermatologist Dendy Engelman, the director of dermatologic surgery at Metropolitan Hospital in New York City, says the fungus acts similarly to that of hydration powerhouse hyaluronic acid by pulling moisture to the skin. Hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, so finding an all-natural match for its hydrating power is pretty major. 

And snow mushroom has an extra edge. "The particles are smaller than hyaluronic acid, so it penetrates the skin more easily," says Engelman. She cautions, however, that she wants to see more targeted studies on the ingredient's skin-care properties before she hails it as a magic mushroom for moisture.

With that being said, board-certified dermatologist Hadley King, who is based in New York City, notes that this mushroom — like most mushrooms, in general — is rich in fatty acids, which also help retain moisture while stabilizing your skin barrier. "Mushrooms are also rich in vitamins A, [also known as retinol], C, and D and have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties," she says.

In addition to its moisturizing abilities, King says mushrooms are becoming more popular in skin care because they have anti-inflammatory properties to calm and comfort your skin. They're also a source of kojic acid, an ingredient most commonly known for addressing dark spots and hyperpigmentation.

"Kojic acid is often used as a skin lightener and is found in many skin-care topicals that claim to help with age spots and skin discoloration," says King. "Kojic acid is thought to help inhibit melanin production on the surface of treated skin." 

So if you're looking to address any dark spots and other discoloration concerns, this ingredient will definitely provide a helping hand.

What type of products contain snow mushrooms?

Though both dermatologists would like to see more research done around snow mushroom skin-care products, this fungus sure looks promising. One of the benefits is that it's gentle on skin, so most skin types (even the most sensitive) can enjoy it. 

This ingredient can be found in a plethora of face creams, serums, and other skin-care products, but King's favorite is Volition's Snow Mushroom Water Serum for hydrating while addressing dark circles. If you'd rather check out the drugstore beauty aisles, the Botanics Pure Botanicals Snow Mushroom Concentrated Serum will provide intensive hydration on a budget.

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It seems like even Pharrell, who's known for his flawless skin, is snow mushroom. This hydrating ingredient can also be found in products from his own skin-care line, Humanrace. The brand's Humidifying Cream is packed with the brightening properties of the beloved ancient mushroom, alongside oil-balancing niacinamide, anti-inflammatory Centella asiatica (also known as cica), and more botanically-derived ingredients.

If you're in need of hydration and exfoliation, then allow us to introduce you to Good Light's Moon Glow Milky Toning Lotion. This toner uses a combination of snow mushroom and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) to gently remove dirt, oil, and makeup from your skin without drying it out.

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Is your skin still feeling a tad dry? Then refresh it throughout the day with the Origins Mega-Mushroom Soothing Hydra-Mist. This mushroom-infused mist contains two types of the fungus (reishi and snow) for moisture, as well as hydrating hyaluronic acid for good measure. 

For dry skin that's just begging for a hydrating moment, slather on Tata Harper's Hydrating Floral Mask. This mask is packed with a quenching blend of snow mushroom, hyaluronic acid, kangaroo paw flower, red spider flower, and candlestick flower. The flowers aren't just a cute botanical touch: Each of them is known as a natural source of ellagic and ferulic acids, two antioxidants that brighten your complexion, even skin tone, and minimize the look of redness.

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Cooler weather is just around the corner, and if your skin is feeling particularly dry or irritated, we recommend supercharging your moisturizing routine by adding in snow mushroom and another hydrating ingredient, like hyaluronic acid or glycerin to seal the deal.


No One Is Doing Y2K Beauty Right Now Better Than K-Pop Stars

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The Y2K wave has officially splashed all over American beauty and fashion trends. The cheeky, cute, and colorful vibes of the early aughts have also made their way to Seoul, South Korea, and music videos for hit K-pop songs, like Somi's "Dumb Dumb,"Sunmi's "You Can't Sit With Us," and Taeyeon's "Weekend," are pretty solid (and stunning) proof. 

K-pop stars are bringing Y2K aesthetics to their hair, makeup, and nails in droves. So many throwback looks are returning that we can hardly keep up, but some of our favorites include baby braids, black nail polish, and chunky glitter makeup. (We'll dive into each — and many, many more — below.) 

Even Unistella's Eunkyung Park can personally attest to the rising popularity of Y2K beauty trends in Korea — and has even bolstered it with her creations for the likes of Blackpink, DPR, Somi, and Sunmi. The Seoul-based nail artist was just getting started in the industry in the 2000s. Back then, manicures actually veered more on the conservative, simpler side in Seoul. 

"The era of nail art was just beginning back then," she tells Allure. "Us nail artists struggled a little to explore what we could do without being concerned too much about what people would say. I love how [Y2K] has become a trend now, so we can all try different things on nails without being judged."

However, the K-pop groups of the early 2000s, like S.E.S., Fin.K.L, Baby V.O.X, and SHINHWA, were all about the same looks we're seeing now in their hair and makeup, like tendrils, bright pastel eye shadow, and chunky hair accessories. Keep scrolling to see how K-pop stars of today are giving Y2K beauty trends 2021 twists. 

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The Best Rare Beauty Products That Allure Editors Are Obsessed With

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In case it wasn't already apparent, we're somewhat in the advent of a celebrity beauty brand boom. However mysterious the conception and structuring of these star-studded brands are, one clear standout has been a beauty line created by none other than Selena Gomez — you know, the multi-hyphenate singer-songwriter, actress, activist, entrepreneur, and a constant source of inspiration for people across the world. Rare Beauty, which is sold exclusively at Sephora and rarebeauty.com, is at the top of its game. Case in point? The illustrious brand won a 2021 Readers' Choice Award for best new brand and also picked up a Best of Beauty Award in the same year for the Stay Vulnerable Melting Cream Blush. (Warning: You'll become obsessed with the bouncy, melt-into-your-skin texture and potentially buy all five shades at once.)

"I had always wanted the name Rare," Gomez told us during her cover interview back in 2020, when she was gearing up to introduce her brand to the world. "[Rare] has become the identity of my brand and who I want to be, which is showing people that being diverse and different, whatever was happening, I wanted it to feel like you were included," she revealed. Gomez's refreshing openness toward her own journey with mental health naturally extends to her business. As soon as Rare Beauty launched, 1 percent of sales started being funneled straight into the Rare Impact Fund, which serves to increase access to mental-health resources and programs, especially for underserved communities. With the added help of funds from partners, the goal is to raise $100 million over the next decade. We love to hear it.

Now that we've covered Gomez's undeniable impact, we'll be focusing on the beauty products themselves. Whatever you need in the makeup department (and whatever the future of the brand may hold), chances are Rare Beauty has you covered. Blushes (cream and liquid), lipstick (liquid, cream, gloss, and balm so far — whew), foundation, concealer, liquid eyeliner, and highlighter barely scratch the surface. So where are you to start? Scroll through to read about seven of our favorite Rare Beauty products that are worth adding to your makeup collection. Come and get it, one might say.

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What to Watch Next, Based on Your Zodiac Sign

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We don’t know about you, but we might actually spend as much time deciding what to watch as we do actually enjoying a series. And while we love to explore what’s out there in the streaming universe, we’re busy people—and so are you. In the interest of maximizing your time and getting you to the good stuff, we’ve made it our mission to help you find your next “so-good-you-recommend-to-everyone-else” series.

And while we await the creation of a dating app that will match us with a show based on our personality traits, we’re turning to the next best thing: Your next series to binge-watch is written in the stars. Here’s what to watch based on your Zodiac sign:





Where to stream: HBO

Number of seasons: 2

Aries are known to be passionate, independent, ambitious, and competitive as hell, which makes Succession an obvious choice for the Aries in need of a new binge-watch. In this HBO drama, we meet the Roy family, who controls Waystar Royco, an international media conglomerate. As the aging patriarch of the company and father of the family contemplates what the future holds, the rest of the family struggles for power and control as loyalties collide. 




Where to stream: Amazon Prime, Peacock

Number of seasons: 9

Tauruses think deeply about all things money, love, and career, which makes Suits the perfect binge-watch on a weekday night. In this legal drama, a team of lawyers is launched into a battle for power when a new partner joins the firm. With heartbreaking betrayals, fiery romances, witty banter, and nine seasons, this one will keep you entertained from start to finish.



Behind Her Eyes

Where to stream: Netflix

Number of seasons: 1

Geminis might just be one of the most dynamic signs of all: They’re versatile, expressive, curious, passionate, and they love a good plot twist in their choice of entertainment. By the standards of any Gemini, Behind Her Eyes, a psychological, supernatural thriller with a touch of romance, is worth the watch. With twists and turns they’ll never see coming, it’s a show that they’ll recommend to anyone who will listen.



The Chair

Where to stream: Netflix

Number of seasons: 1

While Cancers are known to be a bit intense, they have a funny side with a dry sense of humor—kind of like one of Netflix’s newest dark comedies, The Chair. When a woman at a large university becomes the first woman of color to step into the role of Chair, she is challenged with meeting the conflicting demands and high expectations of saving a failing English department. While the content is urgent in nature, it makes room for dry humor that will make you fall in love with the first season and long for a second. 



Real Housewives of Potomac

Where to stream: Hulu, Peacock

Number of seasons: 5

If there’s one sign we secretly wish that we could all be, it’s a Leo. Known famously for being outgoing, firey, self-assured, and adventurous, Leos deserve a show that’s as bold as they are. And when we think unapologetically fabulous, we think of Real Housewives of Potomac. With five seasons, a ton of “did she just say that?” drama, and bold personalities all around, this reality TV series serves up all of the tea you could ever want.



Grace and Frankie

Where to stream: Netflix

Number of seasons: 7

Whoever said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend must have never met a Virgo. Virgos are the Golden Retriever of the zodiac signs: bold, intelligent, warm, and courageous. And what better storyline of female friendship than our all-time favorite comedy-drama series, Grace and Frankie? This rivals-turned-friends storyline is one that we hold near and dear to our hearts and one that keeps us laughing for hours on end.



Dear White People

Where to stream: Netflix

Number of seasons: 4

Libras are lovers of balance, justice, and exploring multiple viewpoints, and for that, we can’t help but recommend one of our all-time favorites, Dear White People. In this comedy-drama series based on the film with the same name, a group of students of color at Winchester University use irony, self-deprecation, brutal honesty, and humor to highlight issues that still plague today’s “post-racial” society.



The Queens Gambit

Where to stream: Netflix

Number of seasons: 1

Scorpios tend to be pretty intense. They’re passionate, stubborn, brave, and unafraid of controversy, making The Queen’s Gambit a guilty pleasure for Scorpios everywhere. In this drama miniseries, a young chess prodigy will do anything to rise from an orphanage to the world stage, no matter the cost. While grappling with mental health issues, romance, and addiction, her will to become the greatest remains unwavering in the face of conflict.



Outer Banks

Where to stream: Netflix

Number of seasons: 2

We love a Saggitarius—extroverted, optimistic, funny, generous, and a born-adventurer—just as much as they would love both seasons of Outer Banks. This action-adventure mystery has it all: on-point chemistry between characters, a wild treasure hunt, a bit of humor, and a ton of mystery that will keep you coming back for more. With a recurrent theme of friendship and an action-packed plotline, you’ll want to finish both seasons in one sitting.



Peaky Blinders

Where to stream: Netflix

Number of seasons: 5

Capricorns are serious, tenacious, disciplined, detail-oriented, and intelligent, which makes them the perfect viewer for the critically acclaimed series Peaky Blinders. This British crime drama tells the tale of a notorious gang led by the fierce (and easy-on-the-eyes) crime boss, Tommy Shelby, who will do whatever it takes to move his family up in the world, no matter the cost. While the beginning of the series takes some setup and time to gain momentum, Capricorns’ affinity for discipline and detail is perfect for the high-investment, high-reward payoff.



Ted Lasso

Where to stream: Apple TV+

Number of seasons: 2

Aquarians deserve a show as fun-loving, sweet, and quirky as they are, so it would be no surprise if Ted Lasso was at the top of their watch list. In this outstanding comedy series, Ted Lasso, a small-time football coach hired to coach a professional soccer team overseas with no experience, takes on an uphill battle of bringing a team together with optimism and underdog determination. It’s a feel-good show that’ll make you wonder why you didn’t hop on it sooner.



Never Have I Ever

Where to stream: Netflix

Number of seasons: 2

Pisces are creative, intuitive, emotionally intelligent, sympathetic, and totally wear their hearts on their sleeves, so they’ll definitely fall head-over-heels in love with Never Have I Ever. In this coming-of-age romance meets comedy meets drama, we meet Dev—a witty, first-generation Indian American teenager who wants to make the most of her social life in the wake of a traumatic year. 


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25 Allure-Beloved Beauty Products Under $25

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Skin is your body's largest organ but it doesn't mean you have to give one up — aka, drop tons of hard-earned money and valuables — in order to properly care for it. Same goes for perfecting your washday routine or everyday makeup routine. Beauty and self-care can be, and should be, accessible to all. Just take a peek at the skin-care routines of top dermatologists — many of which we frequently tap for product recommendations — and you'll see drugstore-friendly brands like Neutrogena, CeraVe, and La Roche-Posay everywhere you look.

As Allure editors, it's essentially our job to scope out the best cheap beauty products that'll make your skin glow, makeup stand out, and hair look like it just got out of the salon. In the midst of Best of Beauty Award testing season and all throughout the rest of the year, we trial countless brands — like The Inkey List, Tower 28, and Black Girl Sunscreen — that offer amazingly innovative products with more-than-reasonable price tags.

To prove that they're seriously up-to-par, each item listed below has won at least one of our highest honor, the Best of Beauty Awards. Even more impressively, some products including La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscreen and Tweezerman Slant Tweezer have earned multiples awards since their debuts. It's safe to say these products are well on their way to entering the Allure Best of Beauty Hall of Fame.

Keep scrolling to shop 25 makeup, skin-care, hair-care, and body-care products that we've sworn by for years — and will continue to take up permanent residence in our bathroom shelves and bedroom vanities. Let us convince you, once and for all, that you don't need to spend more than $25 to invest in an effective, well-trusted product.

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Scalp Care Reigns Among These Exciting New September Hair Launches

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September generally signals the start of many transitions — hair included. Summer may have done a number on your color, moisture, and overall hair health, but luckily there are always new hair innovations brewing to help whip things back into shape. Or, if you're looking for a seasonal switch-up, there are plenty of options for that, too.

This month's offerings run the styling and hair-care gamut — with a heavy focus on scalp care. Fans of the original Wet Brush, which has won Best of Beauty awards, just launched a scalp massager that will for sure elevate your washday. There's also an exciting addition to Dyson's hot tool lineup that will transform your at-home blowout. Plus, sun-scorched (or generally dry) hair will benefit from Philip Kingsley's latest treatment. 

Throughout the month we'll be sharing details on other new product launches, including two options for color-treated hair that you can use right in your bathroom. For now, keep scrolling to see the rest of the best new hair-care products to snap up in September.

Be sure to check back weekly for new hair-care launches that are dropping this month. (Trust us, you don't want to miss out.)

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The Best Hair and Makeup Moments From London Fashion Week

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After a busy week of festivities in New York City, including, but not limited to, the VMAs, Met Gala, and New York Fashion Week, models, hairstylists, and makeup artists are heading over the pond for London Fashion Week. Yup, fashion never sleeps. 

As designers show off their spring/summer 2022 collections, fun hair and makeup looks are being displayed too. Tassels, magenta, and double-stacked winged liner are just a few examples of the vividness we're seeing on the runway and in lookbooks for LFW. 

We rounded up the boldest, brightest, and generally gorgeous looks and put them all in one place for all to enjoy. If you see some looks you want to recreate at home, lucky for you, we recommended some products to help make that happen. You're definitely going to want to grab your closest magenta eye shadow, cream blush, and liquid liners.

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How pH Balance Could Be Destroying Your Hair

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In the last 10 years, I’ve probably spent a quarter of all of my earnings on my hair. Between consistent cuts, changing colors, new products, tools, and about a thousand shampoos and conditioners, I’ve forked up a considerable amount of cash to keep my hair healthy and looking good. But I’ve recently discovered that my efforts have likely gone a little unnoticed because I was missing a crucial part: making sure my hair had a healthy pH balance.

“I’ve seen many adverse effects on my clients’ hair over the years from consistent lack of pH balance,” said Nina Lemtir, a previous salon owner and hair and wellness coach. If your hair is feeling just a bit “off,” pH might be to blame.

Meet the expert
Jill Turnbull
Turnbull is a professional hairstylist and the founder of Jill Turnbull Beauty.


What is pH?

Taking it back to chemistry class, potential of hydrogen (what we know as “pH”) refers to the activity of hydrogen ions (molecules that carry a negative or positive charge) in a water-based solution. A pH is considered acidic if it’s anywhere between 0 and 6.9, while 7 is neutral and anything from 7.1 to 14 is considered alkaline. The scalp has a natural pH of 5.5, meaning it’s acidic. How does this impact your scalp? Well, our skin is mostly made of water, and the pH can change how our skin retains it, including the skin on our scalp.


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Why is a pH-balanced scalp important?

“If you’re not using pH-balanced hair care, you’re likely doing unintentional damage to your hair and scalp,” said professional hairstylist Jill Turnbull. “When you use hair care that is not pH balanced, your hair becomes temporarily acidic or alkaline, depending on the pH level. This causes the cuticle to stay open and become more receptive to damage.”

This is impactful regardless of hair type, but it’s especially important in the natural hair community. To keep your curls moisturized and defined, your scalp naturally produces more oil than straight or wavy hair, making your pH even more acidic. Using a product with a pH of 7 or higher is prone to causing extra frizziness in your curls, scalp dryness, and irritation.


How do we keep our hair pH-balanced?

It’s normal for our hair’s pH balance to sway back and forth a bit due to water (which has a natural pH of 7), our environment, the sun, and more. When our hair is consistently put in an alkaline state thanks to our products, that’s when we experience dryness, irritation, flaking, itchiness, and more. 

If you want more of a quick fix, trichologist (someone who studies and focuses on hair health and scalp) Shab Reslan suggested using apple cider vinegar alone. “If somebody wants another natural way to lower their hair’s pH, they could do an apple cider vinegar rinse using three tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and a bottle of water and rinsing their hair with that.”

On the other hand, making sure your regular hair care routine keeps your hair and scalp pH-balanced can reduce frizz, prevent breakage, keep hair looking and feeling moisturized, make your color last longer, and prevent your scalp from getting greasy.


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Unless you pH-test all of your products yourself, the only way to know the pH of a product is if a brand provides it or by doing your research from those who have used it in the past. Don’t worry if you feel confused. Many brands still don’t include the pH of their products on their websites, but always check the FAQ for the brand, do your research, and feel free to reach out to the brand for that information if you’re unsure.


Products to Try


Shampoos and Rinses

Using a pH-balancing shampoo once a week can help bring your hair back and keep you from irritation in the future without having to overhaul your entire routine. 


Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

You can use this instead of shampoo to clean and clarify your hair without stripping it. Our editor’s favorite way to use this is in between washes when you need a quick fix (like after a hard workout class) that’s a little more than dousing your hair in copious amounts of dry shampoo.

If you have fine hair, dpHUE just launched a Lite ACV Rinse that is a little less moisturizing and won’t weigh your hair down iIt’s already a holy grail in our beauty editor’s shower).

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Detox Shampoo

This product contains apple cider vinegar, which naturally lowers the pH of the product, leaving your hair feeling ultra clean without stripping it of its natural oils.

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Hydrate Shampoo

Pureology is one of those rare, unicorn brands that discloses the pH of its products, and every shampoo in their line has a pH of 5.3 (even below the recommended 5.5!). This shampoo is super moisturizing and soothing on the scalp (thanks to green tea and jojoba oil) but still ideal for fine hair types.

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Babassu Oil Conditioning Shampoo

This will nourish all hair types but is especially recommended for curly and coily hair textures that need lots of moisture from root to tip.

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Acidic Bonding Concentrate Shampoo

This is one of the only products on the market actually targeted at being acidic and balancing your scalp’s pH. Our editor reviewed this product, and she thinks it even works better than Olaplex on her damaged, blonde locks.

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Leave-Ins and Treatments

If you want to add a few other pH-balanced products to your routine, focus on products that stay in your hair, like leave-ins, or low pH treatments that get a long time on your hair (like a mask). 


Volu Hair Mist

This has a balanced pH that will leave your hair soft and shiny without leaving it feeling crunchy.

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Curl Charisma Frizz Control Gel

Fight frizz, define your curls, and keep your hair healthy? Briogeo is a mainstay in our editors’ hair care routines because their products pack a punch, all without sulfates, silicones, and parabens.

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No. 3 Hair Perfector

The classic Olaplex No. 3 has a low pH, which is one of the ways it’s able to actually repair your hair’s damage over time instead of just masking it by making the hair appear more moisturized. Those with extremely damaged hair from relaxers and bleaching swear by Olaplex for bringing their hair back to life.

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Scalp D(pH)ense Daily Nourishing & Protecting Serum

This scalp serum protects your hair against all those environmental factors (like water, pollution, the sun) and life factors (heat damage, chemical relaxers, coloring your hair) from damage from being in an alkaline pH.

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