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I'm a Beauty Editor, and I Think These 8 Popular Skincare Products Are Overrated

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There are so many skincare products on the market that sometimes the easiest thing to do is just to buy the stuff you’ve heard of a million times. But are super-hyped products always worth it? As a beauty editor, I’ve tried so many moisturizers, serums, toners, and masks (rough life, I know) that I’ve become pretty desensitized to what’s buzzy and try my best to pay attention to what really works.

Sometimes the trendy stuff really does live up to its reputation, but often there are sleeper hits hiding on less-visible shelves that are either cheaper or have higher-quality ingredients. In an effort to help you get the most out of your purchases, I’ve put together this very honest list of eight products you’ve likely bought due to how much air time they get, plus eight swaps to consider instead next time you shop.

Keep scrolling to take my beauty editors’ take on overrated versus underrated skincare.

Having a jar of La Mer’s iconic $175-per-ounce moisturizer on your vanity is certainly a fashion statement. But if what you’re going for is a rich night cream that will seal the skin’s moisture barrier while infusing it with soothing, hydrating ingredients like omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, brown algae, aloe, and antioxidants, consider giving this fairly new, cutely packaged brand a try.
No shade to Drunk Elephant, whose eye cream is Sephora’s #1 best seller. But if you’re looking to switch things up and save a little dough, I’m really into Caudalie’s nourishing, brightening formula, which offers similar ingredients like stabilized vitamin C, vitamin E, and peptides.
Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser has a cult following I don’t want to mess with, but my favorite cleansing lotion comes from this French drugstore brand that boasts a delightfully short, gentle ingredient list, perfect for super sensitive skin types. The product is free of detergents and irritants but still works really well to cleanse the skin and remove light makeup. 
Facial rollers are definitely cool, and we love this one from Nurse Jamie for improving skin firmness and circulation. But learning the right facial massage technique can be just as effective—and all you need is your hands. This video demos a quick facial-massage method created by an esthetician at Japanese skincare brand Koh Gen Do that I personally swear by. (The moisturizer above is amazing for performing your massage but you could also swap in a more affordable option like Cerave’s daily lotion, $10.)
The beauty community loves fun, flashy peel-off masks, but if you’re looking for pure efficacy without all the bells and whistles, may I recommend these sheet masks from celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas? The deeply hydrating sheets are soaked with powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredients to lift and plump up the skin.
I’ve heard dozens of celebrities name Mario Badescu’s drying lotion as their spot treatment of choice, but esthetician Renée Rouleau’s lesser-known formula is mine. Whenever I find a rogue blemish, I dot this camphor, sulfur, and zinc oxide-packed formula on at night and wake up to an amazingly noticeable improvement.
If you’re into hypnotic-smelling, radiance-inducing oils, I suggest stepping up your product game with this fancy blend of Ayurvedic herbs and saffron, which is lightweight in texture and always leaves my skin almost unfairly glowy. 
As delicious as Fresh’s beloved lip scrub is, the truth is that a mix of coarse brown sugar and organic coconut oil will exfoliate your lips with similar efficacy for a tiny fraction of the price.  Next up: Check out five breakout basics dermatologists think everyone with acne-prone skin should own.

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10 Items Jennifer Lopez, Amal Clooney, and Hailey Bieber Would Buy at Zara

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Here at Who What Wear, Zara is our editors’ not-so-secret obsession. As our regular readers are well aware, we turn to the fast-fashion retail giant for everything from wardrobe staples to evening wear. (ICYMI, our fashion editor Lauren Eggertsen even has an entire Instagram account dedicated to culling through the brand’s overzealous amount of products.) All this to say we scroll through Zara’s new-arrivals section on the regular.

So naturally, we were bound to stumble across items that look as though they were taken straight out of some of our favorite celebrities’ closets. Ahead, we’re shopping out some of Jennifer Lopez’s, Amal Clooney’s, and Hailey Bieber’s best looks by linking only to—you guessed it—Zara products. Keep scrolling to shop some of their most recent outfits and find out how to steal their style for yourself. Hang on to your wallet—prices start at just $20.

Lopez was recently spotted wearing the summer shoe trend French girls will never tire of: wedge-heel espadrilles. With these animal-embossed ones from Zara, you’re basically getting two trends for the price of one.
Wide-leg pants with extra-long hemlines are on the rise in 2019. If you’re still contemplating how to wear them, take a page from Lopez’s book and pair them with platform heels to really elongate your legs.
Leave it to Lopez to make a compelling case for adding a plaid pencil skirt to your wardrobe. A waist-accentuating detail like an oversize belt keeps the timeless basic from feeling, well, basic.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from style-stalking Amal Clooney, it’s that a black midi dress deserves a spot in every work wardrobe. We’re partial to this button-front take on the classic LBD.
Clooney recently stepped out in clear vinyl heels, which we’re taking as confirmation that the naked shoe trend is still going strong.
A true basic, a high-collar knit top looks polished and professional even when paired with an edgy leather skirt, as Clooney demonstrates here.
Hailey Bieber is no stranger to highlighter hues. Take a cue from the model, and dial the wattage all the way up with a monochrome neon ensemble, starting with an oversize shirt in glow-stick green.
PSA: Cuffed denim is one of the biggest jean trends of 2019. Make like Bieber and opt for a pair of ripped jeans for an even more laid-back look.
We’re calling it: Cat-eye frames are the sunglass trend that’s coming for your Instagram this summer. This square take on the silhouette is a favorite of Bieber’s, and it feels fresh for 2019.
Bieber was spotted sporting one of fall 2019’s hottest shoe trends—slouchy boots—sans pants, aka the perfect outfit to wear during that awkward period between spring and summer.  

Next up, Carrie Bradshaw’s favorite fashion trends are sitting at Zara.



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7 Summer Wardrobe Staples NY Girls Never Forget to Buy

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Summer in New York City is one of a kind. Alfresco dining, park picnics, and long evening strolls are all common, and the sidewalks are filled with tourists and locals alike dressed in their favorite warm-weather pieces. The not-so-glamorous side of Manhattan summers, however, is the extreme heat and humidity. Sure, we’ll take it over a snowstorm any day, but if you’re braving an 85-degree day, your wardrobe should reflect it. You probably know all the basics by now: Choose breathable fabrics like cotton and linen, avoid black unless you want to get heat stroke, and always wear sunscreen. However, if you’re curious to know which items specifically bode especially well in the city then continue ahead to see seven standout pieces NYC girls never forget to buy once summer rolls around.

Up Next: 5 sunglasses trends that are in for summer 2019.

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How Much You Should Really Be Spending on Clothing Every Month

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We can confidently say that we spend a substantial amount of our hard-earned paycheck on clothes, but what exactly should our clothing budget be? To be quite frank, we had no idea, which is why we were excited to research this story. And just in case you’re in the dark about your spending habits as well, we thought we’d bring the matter to light with a super-simple equation.

To get to the bottom of it, we looked to award-winning financial planner Pete Dunn. Based on his expertise, we calculated what your clothing budget should be per month based on your salary. And because we still fully condone adding a few pieces to your wardrobe each month, we included a few on-budget pieces that we recommend for each of the salaries listed below. Keep scrolling to get ready for your reality check.

According to Dunn, you should spend 5% of your monthly income on clothing. To find the exact dollar amount you should be spending per month, multiply your take-home pay by 0.05. For example, if your monthly take-home pay is $3000, you should spend around $150 per month on clothing. While everyone has a unique financial position and you likely know your own situation best, we find that the 5% guide is helpful for reeling in those oh-so-tempting shopping sprees. Read on to see the types of purchases that are appropriate for different income brackets.

Hopefully, this guide has helped you figure out how much you should be spending on clothes per month. But like we’ve said before, you know your financial situation best.

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated by Anna LaPlaca.

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