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The Best Night Creams For Glowing Skin, According to Glamour Editors

It may seem like a simple upgrade, but adding the best night cream into your evening routine can make a world of difference. The right formula can take a dull, dry, flaky complexion, and turn it into glowing Glossier model skin in a tight eight hours (or even less, if like me, you’re a fan of the 2am Gossip Girl binge). Not only do they deliver in the dew department, the best rich creams go above and beyond with targeted ingredients to address any skin concern you can think of. Worried about fine lines? There’s a cream for that. Brightening? There’s a cream for that. Reactive skin? We’re got you covered. If if you’re prone to oilyness and breakouts, a proper night moisturizer can help balance your skin, and cut down on oil in the long run. Don’t believe us? We asked Glamour editors to share the best night creams that they can’t live without. Get ready to add to cart, and catch up on that beauty sleep. 

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For Andy and Candis Meredith, a Show on the Magnolia Network Was a Dream Come True—Until It Wasn’t

Despite the support the Merediths received, Magnolia Network temporarily pulled the plug on their show, stating they were conducting an investigation into the homeowners’ claims. A week later Magnolia announced it would put the show back on the air, declaring, “We do not believe there was ill or malicious intent.” According to a Magnolia Network press release, the network didn’t exactly suffer from any of this “bad” press: More than 3 million viewers tuned in to watch programming on Magnolia’s premiere night, and the network has continued to thrive, with the second episode of the Gaineses’ Fixer Upper: Welcome Home drawing 9% more viewers than the first.

Followers, fans, trolls, and allegations aside: Despite the Merediths’ seeming win with the network, it’s hard to say there are any real “winners” in this story. Regardless of the overwhelming abundance of evidence in this argument, everyone appears to have suffered some degree of pain. So what do we do with that? As humans, we’re wired to thrive off drama and intrigue, but this isn’t a soap opera we’re watching play out—these are real people whose real lives and livelihoods are on the line. With the stakes so high, is schadenfreude an appropriate response? Or is all of this—the show, the fame, the trust, the destruction—constructed on a faulty foundation?

The premise many of us have bought into is that anyone or anything affiliated with brands and names we’ve sunk our faith into must, by extension, be worthy of unmitigated confidence. Most of us are guilty of this unconditional loyalty to some degree—whether it’s the allegiance of wearing a beloved brand’s logo or the well-intentioned but ultimately disastrous investment in a business model built on manipulation (see: Amazon’s LuLaRich docuseries). We also now exist in a world in which we all have the ability to wield devastating power through our keyboards and phone screens. What may have, a decade ago, solely served as fodder on Yelp or a niche community message board, now has the potential to level a person’s career and social standing. In a culture that has historically silenced so many voices, the opportunity to amplify concerns and critiques is critical, but the flip side is the possible fallout and backfire that can occur when anything goes out into the ether. We may not be able to dismantle an infrastructure that’s both elevated influencers on the same platforms we use to praise, question, and condemn them, but we can take a step back and choose how we participate in this ecosystem. And that’s a sentiment all parties involved have echoed in one way or another.

“I used my platform to tell the truth,” Bennion says. “I used a platform where so often so many things are untruthful, or are bigger or smaller than they appear. I just wanted to tell the truth after all of the times that I knew that people were trying to silence it.”

Two days later Candis told Glamour, “It’s okay to support people online, [but] when that support means that you’re tearing somebody else down, you need to take a moment and pause. Just think that there might be two sides to every story.”

Michelle Konstantinovsky is a San Francisco–based freelance journalist who has written for a number of publications including Vanity Fair, Vogue, Shape, Teen Vogue, and O: The Oprah Magazine. 

Law & Order: SVU Star Mariska Hargitay Says Olivia Has ‘Been in Love’ With Elliot for Years

In November 2021, Meloni paid tribute to his costar during Glamour’s Women of the Year ceremony. “I have been trusted with one task tonight, introduce someone who needs no introduction, who I’ve been working with for 13 years, and been friends with for 22,” he started. “Because tonight, I am here to right a wrong that has festered for far too long. Twenty years ago an interviewer asked me about Mariska, and I said, ‘She has great energy.’ She read the article, she brought it to me in hair and makeup, she goes, ‘What is this?’ I go, ‘What do you mean? You have great energy.’ She goes, ‘You don’t say someone has great energy, because what that means is you have nothing nice to say about them, you have nothing original or truthful, you might as well say I have a great personality.’

“And to be truthful, have you ever met Mariska?” Meloni continued. “She’s got great energy, great personality. So tonight, I say this: Radiant. Charming. Funny. Generous. Elegant. Bawdy. Honest. Appreciative. Inclusive. Direct. Vivacious. That’s my favorite word; it comes from the Latin, to live. Which is what she does with great passion, every day, with everyone that she engages, be they friends, family, strangers, or commitments.”

He continued, “She’s fearless, without the bravado of the warrior stance, but always with the open arms, the open heart. She’s a connector of people, because she knows we’re all better when we’re working together. She is as comfortable in the sacred as she is in the profane; she is a soul in the constant search of the beauty and the truth that she knows that this world holds, but she also knows requires vigilance, persistence, and insistence to pry magic from the often times mundane reality. Her first instance is to always react with compassion and empathy. She sees hope in the hopeless; she sees the potential in the you, and me, and us.” 


How Years & Years Of Hookups Led Olly Alexander To Make Night Call

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Recovering from a breakup isn’t easy, even if the relationship wasn’t romantic. Early last year, Olly Alexander told fans he’d be pursuing Years & Years as a solo venture after fronting the synthpop band, alongside instrumentalists Emre Türkmen and Michael Goldsworthy, for over a decade. Following years of creative disagreements, Alexander became free to fully explore his lifelong aspirations of major pop stardom, no longer seeking his bandmates’ approval. But having full creative control has come with unforeseen, mainly self-inflicted pressures for the 31-year-old musician, whose new album, Night Call, drops today (January 21). “I have a big fear of failure, I realized. If anything goes wrong, it’s really on my shoulders,” Alexander tells MTV News. “It’s been a real journey, but I’m so grateful. I love making music and being Years & Years.”

The band’s split was a long time coming, as initial chats about parting ways occurred during the making of 2018’s Palo Santo. “We couldn’t agree on a direction. It was a bit of a struggle,” explains Alexander, who created many of its tracks based on his own vision, separately from Türkmen and Goldsworthy. After an “intense” discussion about Years & Years’s future as a band, they decided to remain intact for Palo Santo’s release and subsequent tour, which ran through late 2019. Alexander then quickly began working on what would become Night Call, but following the pandemic’s onset, he wasn’t sure how the band would function together logistically, let alone creatively. “We’d had a decade together, and it was really clear people wanted to do different things,” he says, noting that “multiple honest conversations” led to the decision to separate. “It’s a relationship coming to an end, so it was tricky at times, but it definitely happened as amicably as it could’ve.”

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Goldsworthy will continue playing alongside Alexander for future Years & Years live performances, while Türkmen, who just welcomed his first child, will independently work as a songwriter and producer while focusing on family. There’s no bad blood between the ex-trio, though based on who’s been granted an advance listen of Night Call, their bonds have clearly shifted. “Mikey has, and he said he loved it. Thanks, Mikey,” Alexander says with a giggle. “I don’t think Emre has. He might have to wait until the release.”

Despite holding complete autonomy over Years & Years’s musicianship, crafting Night Call was no easy feat for Alexander. Before landing the album’s angle, he wrote, recorded, and scrapped nearly 20 songs created with a wide range of collaborators. “I didn’t feel connected to it, and it just didn’t hit right,” he says. In early 2020, after a half-decade hiatus, Alexander returned to acting, portraying 18-year-old Ritchie Tozer in Channel 4’s streaming record-breaking It’s a Sin, a miniseries about five gay men whose lives are impacted by the rising HIV/AIDS epidemic after moving to London in 1981. Despite its heart-wrenching subject material, Alexander walked away from the experience feeling inspired by the blissful ’80s pop music on its soundtrack, from Pet Shop Boys to Blondie. “We all had so much fun shooting these big party scenes. That’s when the characters felt the most powerful and confident, and all that music is so good,” he details. “I really had to go through the process of remembering the pure joy that should be at the core of the music I want to make.”

Alexander looked inward to find it. Once the pandemic hit, he found himself isolated and missing his once-active sex life, so he decided to write songs about his steamiest fantasies. He was interested in capturing the near-infinite outcomes of hookups, “from terrible, and you really regret it, to mind-blowing,” he says. “You meet someone you connect with for the rest of your life to someone you never see again, but you had a good experience.”

A gloriously upbeat, club-ready ode to queer hookup culture, Night Call celebrates the intricacies of falling in lust with a stranger, from pure physical desire to the unintended consequences that can follow, inspired by the musician’s own life. “Sex and hookups were a part of my late teens, early twenties. Figuring out what I liked, what I didn’t like, the kind of guys I wanted to have sex with,” he recalls. “I didn’t figure any of that stuff out, by the way.”

Alexander’s sexuality has always been present in his music, but Night Call cuts including its title track, “20 Minutes,” and “Muscles” are laden with intimate details of his erotic outings — a far cry from the first time he used masculine pronouns to reference a lover on 2014’s “Real,” an early single. He attributes the increased lyrical vulnerability to simply striving to have more fun while songwriting, working with a small group of familiar co-writers and producers, and drawing inspiration from George Michael’s groundbreaking ’90s cruising anthems “Fastlove” and “Outside.” He sought to highlight aspects of LGBTQ+ romance that aren’t always present in mainstream pop culture. “I remember hearing [those songs] when I was younger and not fully getting the references at first but being so intrigued,” he explains. “I really wanted to put that into my own music, and be that bold in whatever way I want to be.”

The immense impact such tracks can have on shaping the views of Alexander’s queer listeners, especially young ones, isn’t lost on the performer. “When I listen back to Night Call, I hear the inherent fucking paradox of what it is to love someone. Desire is inherently full of conflict,” he says, knowing the album will likely mark some of his fans’ first times hearing about gay relationships and sexual encounters in a positive light. “I hope queer people listening feel like I was at least being honest about my own feelings, and that it’s OK to be honest about your own, too. We don’t ever really get the script for this stuff.”

While many came before him, Alexander arguably laid the groundwork for mainstream queer artists who’ve hit the scene since Years & Years debuted in 2012, thanks to his pursuit of the larger-than-life dreams he’s held since childhood. His prospects of mega-stardom didn’t always align with his ex-bandmates’ indie-pop vision, but since going solo, he’s been able to call every shot for the first time in crafting the Night Call era and its promotional cycle. “It’s not like I have this grand plan anymore, but I know a few things. I want to be as queer as possible in anything I do, and if I think it’s gonna be fun, then I’ll do it,” he says of accepting recent opportunities to host BBC’s slightly controversial 2022 New Year’s Eve special and collaborate with “the angel of [his] life” — Kylie Minogue — on a remix of lead single “Starstruck” and bonus track “A Second to Midnight.” (“Nothing can go wrong when Kylie is there. She sprinkles joy and happiness everywhere.”)

Beyond Night Call, options for Alexander’s future career moves are seemingly endless. He’s already started thinking about Years & Years’s next album, and recent recognition from legends like Minogue and Elton John means the door is wide open for collaborations. (“I’ll do anything connected to Rihanna.”) His critically-lauded performance in It’s a Sin has also sparked a creative itch for more acting work. Looking to combine his talents, he’s been conceptualizing a Twin Peaks-esque series centering queer characters for him to star in and soundtrack with original music. (“But now I’ve really got to do it, because I’ve put it out there.”) Whatever’s next for the multi-hyphenate, it’s clear Alexander’s in control. “I have random plans and ideas,” he says with a laugh. “I still don’t really know what’s gonna happen, but it’s gonna be gay.”

Sweet Magnolias Season Two Details: The Official Trailer Is Here!

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What will happen with Chef Erik, Helen, and Ryan? 

While Ryan seems to be out of the picture—for now—will Chef Erik make a move on Helen? Or will he continue to be just a friend? “I think the evolution of their friendship will fascinate and, I hope, delight people,” Anderson says. But Garcia Swisher isn’t hiding her thoughts on what she wants to see happen: “I want Erik and Helen to get it on!” 

Will something—or someone—cause a rift between the three Magnolias? 

“I wouldn’t be surprised if something shakes the friendship a little bit, because something always does,” Headley tells Glamour. “A man? Money? I want to know what shakes their foundation a little bit, because how they come back together will be a beautiful thing.” As for what Headley wants to see for Helen’s romantic life, she’s not entirely sold on Chef Erik just yet. “For me, personally, Helen has to go through her learning process of what love is. Is love what’s comfortable? Or is love opening up to someone new? Erik has issues with his own PTSD, and he has some secrets that nobody has gone into just yet. And when are they going to make themselves known? I don’t know if a pot pie will forgive a lot of that, but we’ll see. She is in her 40s and doesn’t want to jump into nonsense. She’s strong, beautiful, and successful. Where’s her equivalent?” 

And just for good measure, Headley has one more thing on her wish list for season two: “I want to have a fight with Mary Vaughn. A throw-down in the streets.”

Who are Isaac’s parents? 

If you ask Isaac, he seems to think Dana Sue is his mom. Not so fast, Anderson says. “Isaac has some digging to do to figure that out, so we’ll have to see how long it takes to put the pieces together.” Anderson is impressed by the many fan theories out there, but says all is not what it seems. “Some of the theories, I think, Oh, okay, I see that, and some of the theories, I’m like, What?! That never occurred to me…oh, well wouldn’t that have been interesting. And some of the theories I’m like, Oh, I see what you wanted there, and in advance, I’m sorry. It’s been delightful to read.”

Will we learn more about Dana Sue’s past?

While Brooke Elliott wants to see Dana Sue explore relationships with the many men of Serenity, she’s most concerned about the relationship she has with her angsty teen daughter, Annie. “That relationship is a bit stressed right now,” she says. “There’s a lot of learning that Dana Sue has to do around her daughter. Dana Sue was someone who was super wild as a teen and then became super strict as a parent. There’s so much to explore there, and so much to learn.”

Adele Is ‘Gutted’ as She Tearfully Announces Las Vegas Residency Delays

Adele was just one day away from her Las Vegas residency opening. But unfortunately, she’s had to postpone all show dates because of COVID-19’s impact on preparation. 

In a tearful video posted to Instagram Thursday evening (January 20), Adele announced the cancellation of her residency show, apologizing to fans and explaining the need for delay. 

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“I’m so sorry, but my show ain’t ready,” Adele said. “We’ve tried absolutely everything we can to put it together in time and for it to be good enough for you, but we’ve been absolutely destroyed by delivery delays and COVID.”

In the apology, the Grammy Award-winning singer said that half her team had gotten COVID, and some members are still sick, so it’s been impossible to finish the show. Rather than perform with an incomplete vision, the team is taking time to recover and bring the show to fruition. 

“I can’t give you what I have right now, and I’m gutted,” Adele said. “I’m gutted, and I’m sorry it’s so last minute. We’ve been awake for over 30 hours now trying to figure it out and we’ve run out of time. I’m so upset, and I’m really embarrassed, and I’m so sorry to everyone that’s traveled.”

The residency, titled Weekends With Adele, was set to run from January 21 through April 16 at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The headlining show came fresh off her first album in six years, 30, which debuted at #1 on album charts in 30 countries. Tickets for the residency went on sale in December, and according to iHeartRadio, sold out in just six hours. 

All dates from the residency will be rescheduled in order to give Adele and her team time to “finish the show and get it where it’s supposed to be.” There’s no word yet on how soon refunds or rescheduled dates will be available, but Adele says her team is already at work on rectifying the situation. 

There Are Finally Injectables to Treat Cellulite—But Do They Work?

There’s a new product gaining traction in the beauty world because it promises results that, until recently, seemed impossible: It’s called QWO, and it’s the first FDA-approved injectable treatment for cellulite.

For decades cellulite seemed like an inevitable—and largely untreatable—part of life, no matter what topical treatment, diet, or exercise routine is recommended. Most of us will have it on our buttocks and thighs at some point in our lifetime, and no amount of DIY coffee scrubs or drugstore creams can change that. And that’s OK! Cellulite is not something that needs to be “fixed.” 

But it’s also natural to be curious about your options. And while there are more aggressive treatments available, those often involve invasive surgical intervention and thus a more painful experience. After its approval by the FDA last year, QWO cellulite treatment seems like it could finally change all that.

So for all that hype…does it really work? We spoke with doctors and a patient to hear their firsthand experience.

So what is cellulite—and how does QWO affect it?

“Cellulite results from a combination of three things working together: fat cells, loose skin, and thick fibrous bands,” explains Alexis Parcells, M.D., a board-certified plastic surgeon in New Jersey who founded the Sunnie skin-care and antiaging clinic as well as Parcells Plastic Surgery. “Over 90% of women report they experience cellulite somewhere on their body over the course of their lifetime.”

According to Dr. Parcells, QWO is an injectable enzyme (collagenase clostridium histolyticum-aaes), or working protein, that breaks down the fibrous bands contributing to cellulite.

“What makes this treatment so innovative compared to various other cellulite treatments is that it’s an injectable solution that targets the fundamental aspect of cellulite that actually causes the dimpling, which is the fibrous septae that lies beneath the skin,” says Dmitriy Schwarzburg, M.D., founder of New York City’s Skinly Aesthetics.

Fibrous septae exert a downward pull on the skin, creating the classic dimpling that is seen in cellulite patients, per Dr. Schwarzburg.

Is QWO cellulite treatment different from other products on the market?

There are other cellulite treatments out there, but QWO is advertised as a better alternative for a number of reasons.

“While there are some other treatments on the market that target the fibrous septae, such as Cellfina and Cellulaze, they do involve surgical intervention, which is invasive and imprecise, requires downtime, and is an overall painful experience,” says Dr. Schwarzburg. “QWO is the only injectable treatment that targets fibrous septae. Because a [tiny] needle can be used, it is nearly painless and does not require any anesthesia or downtime. One QWO session will take no longer than 10 to 15 minutes from start to finish, while others require anesthesia and take anywhere from 40 to 100 minutes per session.”

Dr. Parcells says she used the same injectable medication during her surgical residency to treat Dupuytren’s contracture, which involves fibrous bands in the palm of the hand. The results, she says, helped patients avoid long surgeries and drawn-out postoperative physical therapy.

Bop Shop: Songs From Cordae, Whee In, Uwade, And More

Rap has always been music’s frontier for speaking truth to power, and rising stars like New York-bred rapper Marlon Craft are continuing that legacy. His latest project, “State of the Union,” is a two-part track to complement his 2021 release of the same name, which dropped ahead of Inauguration Day and opened with the hard-hitting line, “The state of the union is that there isn’t one.” A year later, Craft is back for part two, which tackles everything from failures in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial to the overhaul of women’s rights and COVID-19 cases overwhelming our ICUs. Conscious rap rarely gets the mainstream attention it deserves, but there’s a long legacy of rappers — Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def), Queen Latifah, Common, KRS-1, A Tribe Called Quest, and Kendrick Lamar, to name a few — who convert economics and the social and political woes of our time to verse and lay it over an infectious beat. Craft is in good company. If headlines and news don’t appeal to you, perhaps rap will. —Virginia Lowman

For Megan Rapinoe, Beauty Is Self-Acceptance

Megan Rapinoe: This thing gets wild. It’s up there, I can’t see it. Sometimes I just let it rip. It’s short, so the style kinda goes out quickly, and honestly during the pandemic it’s been difficult. I just sort of let it go.  I try not to be like, “I have to get my hair done, or I’m not me.” Of course I’d like to have it done, but I try to look at it as a fun, expressive thing. And when it gets too crazy, I get to wear beanies and bucket hats. 

What’s one beauty rule you swear by? 

Sunscreen! I wear a lot of sunscreen, all the time, every day. I’ve been using the Shiseido sunscreens for a long time. I think they’re by far the best, especially for sports and being outdoors and sweating.

What’s one beauty rule you think is b.s.?

I certainly don’t moisturize my body enough. It’s such a big space! Sometimes I’m like: “It’s just too much!” When it comes to neck up I’m quite disciplined, I go pretty hardcore. Also, I should probably do more masks—I think that would be really helpful but it’s just a lot sometimes.

If you could change one thing about beauty perceptions, either on social media or in Hollywood, what would that be?

I would change everything. There should be no norms. Everyone’s skin is different, everyone’s face shape is different. Instead of focusing on if you don’t have wrinkles in your skin or cheekbones are this and not that or your if your nose is this and not that, focus on what makes you feel best, finding products that match with your skin or give you that glow. There’s so much comparison happening that we forget to actually listen to ourselves about what makes us feel happy and beautiful. The comparison thing is just unrealistic. We see an Instagram photo and it’s like, “That has a Paris filter on it!” We know that. But then we look at our own faces and it doesn’t look perfect. And it’s like, “Yeah, cause I’m 36 and I’ve been around the sun! Of course I have wrinkles!” We see those things as not beautiful, and I want to change that.  

You can use only three products for the rest of your life. What are they and why?

I’ve been in New York quite a bit over December and if you’ve ever been there in winter, it sucks every ounce of moisture out of you. The Ultimune serum is just amazing for me. I glob it on. I don’t know how much you’re supposed to use—I’m dumping it on and putting it everywhere, it gives that thick, gooey feeling I want. That’s one of my favorite products right now, I put it on in the morning and at night. The Shiseido face wash for sure. With sweating and working out, sunscreen is just everywhere, it’s a constant battle to get it off and out of my pores, and a really good face wash can get it out. The night eye cream—that’s been a big area of focus. I glob it on and let sleep do its work. I’m traveling a lot, and schedules are all over the place, so I don’t always get all the sleep that I need. And then just being outside a lot, I’m squinting because of the sun, so reinforcing under the eyes is important for me.

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The First Sanditon Season 2 Preview Is Here, Bridgerton Fans

After everyone binge-watched Bridgerton on Netflix in December 2020, fans of the hit period drama could not stop recommending an underrated historical-romance series called Sanditon

Based on Jane Austin’s final, unfinished novel, Sanditon follows Charlotte Heywood (Rose Williams), a Sussex girl who arrives to stay in the up-and-coming seaside town of Sanditon and ultimately ends up in a bit of a love triangle after making the acquaintance of the Parker brothers. (Similarly to the way Bridgerton fans reacted to Regé-Jean Page, one of Sanditon’s big draws was Theo James’ performance as the hot, broody Sidney Parker.)

Unfortunately, the ITV series was canceled in 2019 before it even hit PBS Masterpiece in 2020…at least until Bridgerton mania and a massive Twitter movement sparked a two-season renewal. “We are absolutely delighted to announce a second and third season of Sanditon, a show that has inspired such a passionate and devoted fan base,” said Susanne Simpson, a producer with Masterpiece in May 2021. “Audiences can expect romance, humor, and plenty of twists and turns in these new seasons of Sanditon.”

Fans, of course, were ecstatic, if a bit disappointed that James opted not to return as the dashing romantic lead. Hey, it’s just another thing Sanditon has in common with Bridgerton, which also bade farewell to Page after season one.

Now, we finally have a first look at what season two has in store as well as a premiere date. “I’m exceedingly fond of Sanditon and the people in it,” Charlotte says in a preview clip, which was dropped on YouTube on January 20. The video’s caption adds, “Pack your bags and get ready for an all-new season of Sanditon, premiering on Sunday, March 20, 2022 at 9/8c on MASTERPIECE on PBS.”

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Sidney Parker’s absence, while not highlighted in the teaser, will be addressed in the opening of season two’s first episode. “Theo made it very clear he didn’t want to come back, so we had to think how to engage with that. Obviously, we couldn’t recast because that would’ve destroyed the integrity of our world,” showrunner Justin Young said in a new interview with Decider. “It would be implausible. So we thought we need to make clear to the audience right from the beginning that he’s not coming back. And we need to let the audience grieve along with Charlotte.”