Associated Press AP

19 Best Skin Care Tools and Devices of 2019

Navigating the world of skin care devices is tough. You can’t exactly take skin care tools for a test run at Sephora like you would a lipstick. And then, of course, there’s the cost to factor in. (Do you really need to drop $300 on a wand to supercharge your face serums? Eh, probably not.) But every so often, a shiny new piece of technology shows up that does for skin care what the first iPod did for MP3s and changes the game.

Obviously, the stakes are higher when it comes to your face (nobody ever broke out from dropping $50 on a Zune), so over the course of the past year, we rounded up every innovative, raved-about skin care tool we could find and asked Glamour staffers and a handful of skin care professionals to answer the ultimate question: Is this thing worth it? For the devices below, the answer was a resounding yes. From cheekbone-defining face rollers to acne lights to a treatment device that literally delivers the benefits of a face mask in 90 seconds, read on for the skin care tools that’ll truly change your complexion, including four Glamour Beauty Award winners.

Bazzi Takes You To ‘Paradise’ In His Blissful New Video

Bazzi is on a roll this week. Just days after debuting his urgent, emotional track “Caught In The Fire,” the 21-year-old is back with “Paradise,” a fittingly euphoric anthem in the vein of his previous hits “Mine” and “Beautiful.”

Bazzi wrote and co-produced the song himself, and it finds him channeling Drake as he effortlessly swerves between rapping about saying goodbye to his haters and crooning about reveling in the freedom of Friday nights. He finds exhilaration on the instantly catchy chorus, singing, “Don’t know if it’s the drink I poured / But I swear I’ve never loved you more / With you right here I come alive / One more hit and we can fly / This shit feel like paradise.”

The accompanying video, also released on Thursday (April 4), was shot in Mexico City and directed by Bon Duke. It opens on Bazzi dressed to the nines in a sharp tux, and follows him as he lights up, drinks up, dives into a pool fully clothed, and makes out with his girl in the pouring rain. If that’s his idea of paradise, it’s hard to argue with it.

In a statement, Bazzi said of the new single, “It’s not about a location or vacation, it’s about portraying the feeling of ‘Paradise’ that can truly exist anywhere. For me, I always think so vividly of my Friday nights when I was in high school. I feel nostalgia and mystery around them and I really wanted to capture those feelings in this record. When people listen, I want to take them back to those times and give them that mood and feeling.”

Appropriately enough, “Paradise” will be featured in the upcoming rom-com The Sun Is Also a Star, hitting theaters in May. Before that, the former MTV PUSH artist will be gearing up for festival season — he’s slated to hit stages at Coachella, Gov Ball, and Made In America this summer. Hopefully that means the follow-up to his debut album, last year’s Cosmic, is on the way as well!

Godzilla: King Of The Monsters’ Kyle Chandler Loved All The Green Screen Work

When you think of movie monsters, there are none quite as massive (literally) as Godzilla. The titan has enthralled generations of moviegoers, appearing in countless live-action adaptations. The big guy is getting extra attention over the last few years, as the MonsterVerse puts Godzilla front and center. Following the release of Kong: Skull Island, the cinematic universe will introduce a ton of Godzilla monsters, who will go to battle with the franchise protagonist in Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

Giant monster movies obviously require a ton of visual affects, so actors must act with/in front of massive green screens. But there’s also a push to include more practical sets and effects for major blockbusters, citing the difference it makes for performers. Kyle Chandler is starring in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and previously worked in the genre with 2005’s King Kong. Chandler recently expressed how he enjoys the challenge that comes with extensive green screen work, saying:

It looks like Kyle Chandler’s love for green screen work is two fold. One one hand, it gives the actor the chance to really exercise his imagination and create a brand new world from scratch. And he also get to watch the finished product with as much wonder as audiences, because he has no clue how the movie will end up looking.

Kyle Chandler’s comments from the set of Godzilla: King of the Monsters (via Comic Book) may surprise cinephiles who prefer more practical sets and effects. Too much green screen has been a point of contention in movies like the Star Wars prequel trilogy, with the current trilogy using far more practical means to film. But Chandler seems to enjoy working with extensive green screens. And with projects as massive as Godzilla and King Kong, there’s really no other choice.

In Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Kyle Chandler will play Dr. Mark Russell. An animal behavior specialist and the father of Millie Bobby Brown’s Madison, he’ll play an instrumental role in understanding the massive monsters that occupy the blockbuster. And there’s going to be plenty of them.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters will arrive in theaters on May 31st. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Is Bo Peep The Villain In Toy Story 4?

Bo Peep poster for Toy Story 4

Warning: This article contains SPOILERS for a few past Pixar films along with the opening scene of Toy Story 4**.**

Toy Story 4 is just under three months away, and recently Pixar hasn’t been shy about pulling back the curtain a bit on what to expect from the long-awaited comeback of Andy’s gang of childhood toys. The upcoming animated sequel will also mark the return of Bo Peep, a shiny porcelain sheep-herder who was a loving confidant to Woody up until the studio decidedly cut her out of 2010’s Toy Story 3 – or perhaps just forgot to pencil her in?

Now, Bo Peep seems to be getting her redemption story in Toy Story 4, as the character has traded her bonnet and pink dress for a badass (but still feminine) take on her character. This includes her wearing pantaloons, a pink bow and using her crook as a powerful weapon instead of a mere accessory as she shows Woody around her new way of life, which seems to be between an antique store and lively carnival. She certainly has a prominent presence in the marketing for Toy Story 4 thus far, and now there’s been speculation that this is because she is being developed into the next Toy Story villain.

But could Bo Peep really be the crook (pun intended) that Woody, Buzz and the gang will ultimately face in Toy Story 4? I certainly think there’s a good case for it! Time to break this theory down.

Bo Peep is introduced in the first Toy Story film as a porcelain doll who is part of a lamp belonging to Andy’s sister, Molly. This already makes her a bit of an outsider to the other toys, but she is often used as a “damsel in distress” to Woody’s adventures during play time. The pair share an undeniable connection with one another, as she’s often thought of as Woody’s love interest. But then, something happens between Toy Story 2 and 3 that makes Bo Peep disappear from the cast of characters in the animated franchise.

Bo Peep and Woody in Toy Story 2

Perhaps she is given away? That seems to be the way Toy Story 4 will fill in the gaps in the beginning of the film (which was recently shown at CinemaCon). The story will be set up by showing Woody and Bo Peep’s final exchange before they reunite in the upcoming movie, which includes her telling Woody that she’s okay with being given away and her asking him to come with her. He doesn’t, as his loyalty stays with Andy, though Toy Story 3 famously ends with the now-college-aged lad giving his childhood toys away to a toddler named Bonnie, who they belong to in the new movie.

Toy Story 4 will see Woody getting separated by Bonnie when he runs after her new craft project, Forky, who is having an existential crisis about his purpose. As Woody tries to rescue Forky and bring him back to Bonnie, they will come across Bo Peep. She will introduce Woody to her new lifestyle as someone who has taken control of her narrative as a toy, who roams freely without the need of one child and seems to help other forgotten toys find a home without an “Andy” to call their own. She seems to tempt Woody to adopt this life as well and the movie seems to center on a decision for him to either stay with her or again remain loyal to his kid.

Bo Peep has already been rejected before by Woody, so what if she’s not willing to take no for an answer this time? What starts off as her giving him the illusion of choice by using persuading words like “sometimes change can be good” and “kids lose their toys everyday” (which she utters in the trailer) is actually entrapment. Her story arc could easily become an origin story of the next Toy Story villain. As the other toys go out to save Woody, maybe they end up needing to confront and rescue Bo Peep. It would be the ultimate showdown if the last installment of Toy Story revolved around Woody and the gang face off with a character they love and once called a friend from the past.

The Toy Story franchise is certainly no stranger to pulling the old friend-turned-foe switcheroo. In the second film, Stinky Pete was painted as a new friend to Woody before he tried to force him and Jessie to be shipped off to a toy museum in Japan. This formula was used again in the third movie when the once welcoming Lotso tried to keep the toys from going home in order to keep them safe in the confines of the preschool, where they wouldn’t be given away or replaced. Based on this track record, when toys face abandonment, something seriously cracks, and we know Bo Peep has received this treatment already.

Woody and Bo Peep in Toy Story 3

Pixar has used this plotline in two other of their recent releases too! In Coco, Ernesto de la Cruz is introduced as Miguel’s hero, but winds up being the film’s villain, and in Incredibles 2 Evelyn is set up to be on the heroes’ side before being revealed as the movie’s main baddie as well. Would Pixar dare use this familiar formula for its third release in a row? I think it’s certainly a possibility!

The villain that seems to be set up in Toy Story 4, a doll named Gabby Gabby, just doesn’t seem to hold as much emotional weight to the toys as Bo Peep would as a villain. Plus, her tragic backstory has already been revealed. She’s a vintage doll that was manufactured with a broken voice box and she has some creepy ventriloquist dummies who do her bidding. This story certainly has the makings of a sinister evil plot – such as attempting to steal away Woody’s working one so she can be finally loved by a child perhaps?

But it’s actually more predictable than Bo Peep’s potential as a villain because we don’t know yet what happened to her between Toy Story 2 and today. That’s 20 years of backstory we may learn and could play a bigger role in the story, then what’s being revealed by Pixar. Even if I’m right, Toy Story 4 could still be a really interesting and unique addition to the franchise, and there could still be a ton we don’t know about where it goes.

We of course won’t know for sure until Toy Story 4 hits theaters on June 21. What do you think? Do you think this theory will play out in any way in the upcoming sequel. Feel free to tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

Blended From Around The Web

 

The Exact Shoes to Wear With Every Pair of Jeans You Own

So, you’ve found the ones the jeans that fit you like a glove. The hard part’s over. Now, it’s time to plot the million-and-one ways you’ll style them, season after season. (Because once you’ve found your perfect denim that fits you’ll only be buying that one pair from now on.) First up: What shoes to wear with them? Every denim style has its perfect footwear mate. Here, we break down the exact shoes to wear with every pair of jeans, from kick flares to overalls.

Flares + Heeled Boots

Flares and heels are both items that lengthen the look of the leg. But they’re also perfect companions, since a solid block heel can provide that little extra bit of height you need to avoid a trip to the tailor. A patent boot style goes with the ’70s vibe of this denim style.

Overalls + Pretty Pumps

Though overalls are most closely associated with childhood, they still look amazing on adults. Style them with a sophisticated pair of heels for a dressier (and more grown-up) feel.

Kick Flares + Loafers

A laid-back silhouette like a kick flare jean should be styled with an equally easy shoe. A slip-on sneaker, loafer, or mule works great.

Shorts + Ballet Flats

Sure, denim shorts go with pretty much any type of shoe. But ballet flats are a slightly more sophisticated alternative to the sneakers and flip-flops—and just as comfortable.

Slim Fit + Animal-Print Heels

An on-trend animal print makes a slightly slouchy but still slim-fit jean feel a more glamorous, whether you’re wearing it with a sweater in the winter or with a T-shirt in the summer.

Straight Leg + Chunky Boots

Straight-leg jeans can be tricky, but they always look great with a chunky pair of boots. You can either cuff them for a contrast effect, or tuck them in slightly to let the shoes shine.

Culottes + Kitten Heel

When it comes to a silhouette as eye-catching as that of a denim culotte, you’ve got to go there with your styling. A pair of eye-catching kitten heels will do the trick.

Skinny Jeans + Big Sneakers

The easiest way to play up your favorite pair of skinny jeans? With a pair of statement dad sneakers. The crop puts all the attention on the footwear, letting you show off the shoe.

White Denim + Flat Sandals

Pair your summertime jeans with your summertime shoe: White denim and neutral flat sandals—strappy or slide-style—make for an elegant but unfussy look.

Blackpink’s Video For Comeback Single ‘Kill This Love’ Actually Belongs In A Museum

Attention, Blinks! This is not a drill. Blackpink are officially back in your area with their newest hit “Kill This Love.”

The immensely popular group dropped the music video for their comeback single today, and it’s basically everything we could have asked for.

The track begins with some confident brass, announcing the girls’ arrival before breaking away to individual rap verses from each girl. The visuals are incredible: Jennie kicks things off holding a bejeweled heart as she dances in front of black and white swans before Lisa kicks the door in with her scene clad in pigtails of fake dreads and a red, teal, and white coat. She’s surrounded by colorful images of “love” and throwing candy in the air.

And that’s just the beginning few verses. We won’t ruin it all for you, but just know that Blinks came prepared to feast, and the girls delivered a sumptuous cornucopia of visuals that fans will devour. One particularly standout moment is when the girls reveal some particularly amazing Tomb Raider-inspired ~*lewks*~ later in the video. Lara Croft who? They came to slay.

The song itself? You already knew it was going to be a bop, and it absolutely is. It’s a bomb breakup anthem that’ll have you grooving in your seat. It also feels especially prescient, since Blinks in the know will recall that Jennie just went through a major breakup with EXO‘s Kai. Whether that means anything about this particular track, we can’t say – but we know we’re going to be throwing it into our current rotation of can’t miss K-pop delectables.

If you’ve got a dead-end relationship you’re ready to break out of, maybe it’s time to blast some Blackpink and say “boy, bye.”

This song is just the beginning of an impending takeover, too. The foursome have are totally booked over the next few months, as they take Coachella this April and then embark on their first North American tour on April 17, just a few weeks away. They’ll begin in Los Angeles, and then travel to Chicago, Newark, and Atlanta.

What can we say? It’s Blackpink’s world. We’re just living in it. Now, if you’ll excuse us, we have some new lyrics to memorize.

The Game of Thrones Cast: Then and Now

On April 14, HBO will premiere the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones. After these six episodes, Dany, Sansa, Arya, and Jon will no longer be a part of our everyday lives, which is sad. But this is also the perfect time to look back on how the cast has changed over the years.

Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams, in particular, have literally grown up before our eyes. Turner is marrying a Jonas brother (Joe, in case you’ve been under a rock), and Williams is no longer the little girl we first met in 2011. Meanwhile, Emilia Clarke was dealing with brain aneurysms we never knew about until recently, and Kit Harrington went from fresh-faced young man to possible ruler of the realm (and husband to former co-sta, Rose Leslie.)

Let’s take a trip down Westeros memory lane with some of the cast’s big red carpet moments from premieres over the years.

Hilaria Baldwin Just Shared She Is ‘Most Likely Experiencing a Miscarriage’

Hilaria Baldwin, author, co-host of Mom Brain, and wife to Alec Baldwin, just shared an extremely personal post on Instagram revealing that she’s likely currently experiencing a miscarriage.

“This is what is going on now: The embryo has a heartbeat, but it isn’t strong, and the baby isn’t growing very much,” the 35-year-old mother of four wrote. “So we wait—and this is hard. So much uncertainty…but the chances are very, very small that this is a viable pregnancy.”

To share such an incredibly difficult, private moment—especially as it’s currently in the process of happening—is remarkable. “There is so much secrecy during the first trimester. This works for some, but I personally find it to be exhausting. I’m nauseous, tired, my body is changing. And I have to pretend that everything is just fine—and it truly isn’t,” she wrote. “I don’t want to have to pretend anymore.”

Many women choose to keep their pregnancy quiet until after the first trimester precisely because miscarriage is so common. Anywhere from 10 to 25 percent of all known pregnancies end in a miscarriage, according to the American Pregnancy Association. And that number doesn’t even account for all the miscarriages that happen before a woman even realizes she’s pregnant.

“I always promised myself that if I were to get pregnant again, I would share the news with you guys pretty early, even if that means suffering a public loss,” Baldwin wrote. “I think it’s important to show the truth…because my job is to help people by being real and open,” she continued. “I have no shame or embarrassment with this experience. I want to be a part of the effort to normalize miscarriage and remove the stigma from it. I’m hoping, that by sharing this, I can contribute to raising awareness about this sensitive topic.”

Robert De Niro Addresses Joker’s Connection To The King Of Comedy

After yesterday’s big unveiling of the trailer for Todd Phillips’ Joker, there were many connections and references that sprang to mind as fans dissected every inch of the footage. As expected, one of the big ticket references baked in was our first look at Robert DeNiro’s talk show host, Murray Franklin; a character that has been pegged as a huge connective tissue between this DC experiment and Martin Scorsese’s dark comedy gem The King of Comedy. And in a recent discussion, DeNiro called it like he saw it, stating the following:

So Murray Franklin is, indeed, a character set to invoke the spirit of Robert DeNiro’s Rupert Pupkin– if he was to have gotten that fame he’d always wanted by taking over Jerry Langford’s show. That’s one hell of a deep cut for film fans to cheer for, as well as something for newcomers to latch onto, in hopes that Joker could turn the younger comic film audience onto the works of its executive producer, Martin Scorsese.

The connection only seems to make The King of Comedy required viewing for Joker, as Joaquin Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck seems very much like a Pupkin-esque figure, waiting for one bad day to set him off on his path to become the clown prince of crime. He’s beat up and ridiculed by random folks in the neighborhood, leads a life of semi-quiet desperation, and ultimately want to become a standup comedian that’ll be featured on a late night TV show. So casting DeNiro as that late night host that Arthur is fixated on is definitely a connection, and bordering on turning Joker into an official sequel.

Though, as Robert DeNiro has pointed out in his interview with IndieWire, the idea of Joker officially continuing where The King of Comedy left off didn’t escape him. In that very same chat, DeNiro provided the following thoughts:

Deciding to pay homage to the 1983 film, rather than continuing its story in a direct capacity, was probably a better card for Joker to play out of its deck of winners. But thinking about how Rupert Pupkin could have not only returned, but also become the very thing he railed against, is something so subversive we would have totally been down to see it. But an homage can be just as effective as a direct lift. If it worked for Robert Redford in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as he sent up various anti-authority characters he once played in the role of S.H.I.E.L.D. power player/traitor Alexander Pierce, then surely Robert DeNiro and Joker can pull it off as well.

Joker puts a smile on the face of the world on October 4th, though if you’re looking for a chuckle way before then, take a look at the 2019 release schedule and find some laughs.

Bachelor Colton Underwood Said Period Underwear Is ‘So Gross’—and People Aren’t Having It

Fans of The Bachelor—and, well, just people in general—are rightfully confused and mad after recent lead Colton Underwood said a woman’s period underwear is “gross.” It all started with an interview on E!’s Lady Gang, after host Keltie Knight asked Underwood, “If you’re married to me, do you notice if I’m wearing a cute underwear, or, like, a period underwear?”

Underwood was shocked to learn there’s a difference—which, I guess, shouldn’t be so surprising given that Underwood proved how little he knows about women on The Bachelor this past season. (Remember when he had Hannah B. meet his entire family and then broke up with her?) But his comments that followed are truly next-level wrong: As the women on the panel explained why period underwear is A Thing, he looked disgusted and said, “You keep them around? Go buy new underwear! Throw them away. I, as a husband and a boyfriend, will go buy you new underwear. That is so gross.”

“If you shit your pants, are you just going to just wash them?” he continued. “No, you’re throwing them away.” The women on the panel weren’t having this, because duh.

Watch for yourself below, starting at around the 1:10 minute mark:

This is so frustrating on many levels. I don’t expect a lot out of a man who just spent months dumping dozens of women so he could end up with the one person who didn’t want him, but he should have a basic understanding of the very natural process of a woman’s period. Instead, he treats it as too gross to handle. How is a bodily function that leads to producing other human beings gross? It’s 2019, a period—and all that goes with it—should not be mind-blowing to a grown man. If Underwood can’t handle a woman who doesn’t throw out her underwear every time there’s a little stain, then he definitely can’t handle being in a real-deal relationship.

I’m not alone in wanting to call him out. People had some thoughts. “As much as I love the Bachelor, I am disgusted with Colton’s comments about women’s periods and ‘period underwear,'” one fan tweeted. “I hope he doesn’t tell Cassie she and her underwear are gross when she experiences a normal bodily function. Not to mention how classist that comment was. A lot of women can’t even afford tampons let alone new underwear every month. In conclusion, periods are not gross and women do not need to buy new underwear every month to satisfy their immature significant others who can’t handle it.”

Many others agreed with that sentiment:

Underwood has yet to comment about the backlash, but I sure hope he learns something from it.