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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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Celebs are Giving This Controversial Spring Denim Trend a Big Hell Yes

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This spring, a handful of controversial jean trends are bubbling up. Have you noticed? First, it was looser-fitting baggy jeans that began to flood our Instagram feeds and more recently, we saw low-rise jeans on the queen of tricky trends herself, Bella Hadid, a surefire sign they’re making a comeback. Now, we have another style to add to the list of controversial denim trends for spring: cargo-style jeans. We just spotted celebs like Yara Shahidi, Emily Ratajkowski, and Kendall Jenner wearing them, if that’s any indication that these are on the rise (which it is).

On the whole, cargo pants tend to be a pot-stirring trend, with people jumping on board with the workwear look and others opposing them at all costs. So we can already tell that these cargo-style jeans are about to incite passionate reactions from pretty much everyone. Opinions aside, though, you can’t deny that the celebs we’ve seen testing out the jeans are absolutely nailing the look. Shahidi went the double denim route and finished off the jeans with classic nude pumps while Jenner and Ratajkowski styled theirs down with “dad” sneakers and cozy outerwear.

Whatever your thoughts are on the cargo-style jeans, scroll down to see the celebrity outfits that are giving the trend a big hell yes. Then, if you’re so inspired, shop the pairs we’d totally wear.

WHO: Yara Shahidi
On Emily Ratajkowski: Cotton Citizen Venice Tank ($80); Dickies Relaxed Fit Carpenter Pants ($59); Nike Air Max 97 QS Sneakers ($180)
On Kendall Jenner: Art That Kills Logo Hoodie ($365); Versace Straight-Leg Jeans ($780); adidas Yeezy Boost 700 Intertia sneakers

Next, the affordable fashion items with cult celebrity followings.

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These 5 Brands Have the Best Plus-Size Swimsuits

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Though it’s hard to believe, we’ve almost made it to swimsuit season. That’s right, lounging on the beach and soaking in that much-needed vitamin D—a summertime activity that seemed so far away at the beginning of the year—are just around the corner. So now’s finally the time to start parting ways with your cold-weather classics (bye, sweaters, coats, and Ugg boots) and start trading them in for summer dresses, lightweight blouses, and, you guessed it, fresh, new swimsuits. 

If the idea of freshening up your swimwear collection intimidates you, don’t worry. We fully know the struggle to find a good suit is all too real—and sometimes the limited sizing options make it even harder for those of us with curves. Luckily, however, there are a handful of great brands out there that have the best plus-size swimsuits, and we’ve handpicked the top five that we know you’ll love, too. Not only are the suits flattering, stylish, and comfortable, but many come with a very affordable price tag, as well. And we know how quickly swimwear prices can exceed our budget, right? 

Ahead, see the five best plus-size swimsuit brands we’re eyeing right now, and shop our favorites from each.

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The Basic $58 Top That Earns Me the Most Compliments

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You know those rare pieces that once you come across them, you wonder what you even wore before you owned them? Well, that’s precisely what happened to me with Reformation’s Hunter Sweatshirt. Much like the elusive white T-shirt or vintage jeans, a cropped sweatshirt that hits at just the right spot on your hips sounds simple but is actually nearly impossible to come by. The correct crop, desired sleeve width, ideal fabric weight—I’m super picky, and all of these components have to be just right.

Just when I had accepted that finding the perfect match just wasn’t in the cards for me, it happened—I found The One. Yep, consider this my love letter. Upon seeing the Hunter Sweatshirt on Ref’s site looking exactly as I had always pictured it in my head on the model, I impulsively purchased the black style faster than I could think. Much to my shock and delight, once I tried it on, I knew this was it: My search was over. I ended up ordering another one in white after only a few wears (and numerous compliments from friends and co-workers) because I knew this was a sartorial unicorn that wouldn’t be around for long. 

As predicted, the Hunter sold out in lightning speed. But, rejoice—the shopping gods are on our side as Reformation just re-stocked this style in every size and colorway. Word of advice: Don’t sleep on ordering this as it’s all but guaranteed to sell out again. It’s quickly become the hero piece of my winter wardrobe, and I have to actively stop myself from pulling it out every day, so IMO it’s 100% worth the purchase. Keep scrolling to see and the shop this cropped style for yourself, and you can thank me later.  

Here’s the white version in all of its glory. The perfect companion to high-waisted jeans if you ask me. 

And the black style. Oh, and don’t even get me started on these boots.

This beauty is next on my wish list. 

This neckline!

Spring is calling. 

Another day, another perfect white Ref dress. 

Meet the Hunter’s full-length cousin. 

Still not over these. 

I’m picturing wearing this dress while biking through a winery. 

Plays well with vintage jeans. 

Never met a button-front dress I didn’t like.

The perfect bodysuit does exist. 

You have the bridal shower, Ref has the dress.

Already ordered this bad boy—and the matching top. 

A not-so-basic tank top. 

Florals for spring that are actually groundbreaking. 

Yes to everything happening here.

Next up: Meet the 2019 version of over-the-knee boots.

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