The Best Paula’s Choice Products Worth Your Money

Paula’s Choice is just about as legendary as it gets when it comes to beauty brands. Way before the transparency movement gained mainstream traction, the brand’s founder, Paula Begoun, earned the nickname “The Cosmetics Cop” as an investigative journalist holding the industry accountable for its marketing myths. Today, she still critiques the industry though Beautypedia.com, a hub on her website which reviews other brands’ products.

Begoun launched Paula’s Choice in 1995—where it was one of the first beauty brands ever sold online—and more than 25 years later, it’s cult-like following hasn’t died down. If anything, you can’t scroll for five minutes on Instagram or TikTok without seeing someone raving over their almost too-good-to-be true before-and-afters, or singing the praises of Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid, a favorite of editors, derms, and bloggers alike for its ability to gently exfoliate but powerfully smooth skin over time.

The brand mirrors her no-B.S. ethos. While you’ll find a long list of ingredients Paula’s Choice skin care isn’t formulated with, nothing about its marketing is scaremongering or centered around dubious claims. Each of the products are tailored for specific skin types and concerns, and everything is cruelty-free, fragrance-free, and non-irritating—and all less than $50. 

But even with this wealth of information, the brand can be somewhat intimidating since there are so many different formulations and collections to choose from. What do each of the eight lines (like Resist, Clinical, and Defense) exactly mean? Which of its 17 sunscreens are best for you? We had Glamour staffers with a range of skin types and concerns put the line to the test. Read on for their honest Paula’s Choice reviews of the products that are absolutely worth your money. 

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It’s Official: The Shirtdress Trend Is Coming for Your Sweats

With warmer temps officially on the horizon, we’re pulling out our favorite spring trends, starting with an undefeated classic: the best shirt dresses. Trading in bulky knits and fleece bottoms for something light and airy feels almost ceremonious right now, and few silhouettes combine the easygoing nature of a house dress with the casual elegance of a button-down just so.

A celeb-favorite, the shirt dress is an effortlessly cool wardrobe staple with tons of versatility and layering potential for transitioning between seasons. Material, length, and fit run the gamut, as do styling opportunities: you can wear a long-sleeve mini under a vintage sweater vest, throw a silky midi over black leggings, and top off any buttoned-up dress with stacks of gold chains. Because it’s so easy to throw on, a shirt dress is especially great for days when you want to look put together but just can’t imagine wearing, well, anything at all. And the best part about the style is that it can stay on heavy rotation throughout the entirety of spring and well into summer.

The idea of a shirt dress may conjure images of oversize “dad shirts” in heavy knits and granola tones, but today’s iterations are far from your typical borrowed-from-the-boys fare. A faux leather number? Pretty sure your partner doesn’t own one of those. Split hems? Perfect for a dramatic supermarket entrance. Exaggerated collars, bright colors, and asymmetric buttons are giving the humble silhouette a fresh spin, and the current mood is about making a statement while feeling ready to tackle the day from behind our screens. Shop 18 of the best shirt dresses to wear now.

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Meghan Markle’s “Failure” To Please the Royal Family Is Painfully Familiar

I cried through Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah. I’ve lived my life in white institutions, starting with my family, often the only person of color in any given room. My childhood bedroom, shared with my blonde and blue-eyed half-sister. At college in Virginia and then graduate school in Cincinnati, when I was praised for being so “articulate” and “surprisingly well-spoken.” In meetings as a magazine editor in New York City, where I learned how to explain Black pain to white colleagues or, and more often, learned how to bite my tongue.

So much of what the Duchess of Sussex shared rang true for me and many others. (Just check Black Twitter, we all done popped off.) But for me, the waterworks started when Meghan began talking about the specific pain of being a Black, biracial woman working overtime to please her white partner’s family and failing—not because of her actions, but the color of her skin.

I’m biracial. White on my mother’s side, Trinidadian on my father’s. I was raised by my mother’s family and brought up believing, mistakenly, that my Blackness was a non-issue for white people. That I wasn’t Black or white, but just me. I grew up told that being “me” would not cause discomfort in white folks who have a problem with Black women existing in traditionally white spaces, achieving traditionally white successes, or dating white men. I wasn’t aware the one-drop rule applied to me. I wasn’t aware it existed. I also live with mental illness, and it’s only been recently that I’ve learned not to tie myself in knots trying to convince white folks I am harmless, polite, and likable to the detriment of myself and my mental health.

I learned the hard way that some institutions, some matriarchs, some families will never accept me. I learned the way Meghan did—I learned by failing.

When Meghan shared that she didn’t want to bring her fears of self-harm to her husband, I related. When she told Oprah, our one true queen, that she didn’t want to bring her problems to him, she wanted to bring solutions, I flashed back to the times I’ve cried in bathrooms in other people’s homes—more than one home, more than one partner—because of racist comments aimed if not directly at me, then around me. When Harry, her husband, gave his own wholly supportive, but also flawed, account of the vitriol Meghan endured, I was reminded of how hard it is to explain to a white man that his love of a non-white woman is going to be a problem.

Emilia Clarke Shut Down a Facialist Who Told Her She Needed Fillers: ‘Get Out’

Emilia Clarke does not need your unsolicited beauty advice, thank you very much.

In a recent interview with Elle UK, the Game of Thrones star shared an experience with a facialist who told her to get face fillers at 28 years old. “I showed her the door,” she shared. “I was literally just like, ‘Get out.’ Her exact words were, ‘Then, you can have your face back.’”

Given that choosing to get injectables or fillers is a purely personal choice, it’s extremely inappropriate to tell someone, unprompted, to get work done. “I’ve never had it because I’m petrified, and I definitely don’t want it now, but I’m not saying I won’t want it later,” Clarke added. “I’m allowing myself room to change my mind. But I don’t like the fact that it’s suddenly become normal that everybody just gets work done.”

She also shared this wasn’t the first time she felt pressured to try injectables. “You hear about all your contemporaries getting it done and you’re like, ‘Does that mean I have to? Should I be doing that?’ And then you work on a movie and the director of photography lights you beautifully and you get over it,” she said. 

Personally, Clarke wants her face to reflect her life experiences. “At 34, I am wiser, more intelligent, I’ve had more experiences, I’ve done all this stuff and I’m proud of that. You can only do that because you are the age you are,” she said. “Time is the only thing [that] allows you to do those things. So, if my face is gonna reflect the time that I’ve spent on this earth, I’m down for that.”

If there’s one thing you can count on from Emilia Clarke, it’s that she’ll stick up for herself. Back in August 2020, Clarke explained that she fought against excessive nudity while working on GoT. “I’ve had fights on set before where I’m like, ‘No, the sheet stays up,’ and they’re like, ‘You don’t wanna disappoint your Game of Thrones fans,’” she recalled during an appearance on Dax Shepard‘s Armchair Expert. “And I’m like, ‘Fuck you’….I feel like I’ve seen enough now to know what is actually needed.”

It looks like all that time playing the Mother of Dragons rubbed off on her. You love to see it.  

Celebrities React to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Explosive Oprah Interview

One thing Meghan Markle made abundantly clear during her and Prince Harry’s tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey was that there is a difference between celebrities and the royal family.

“I grew up in L.A., you see celebrities all the time. This is not the same,” the Duchess of Sussex told Winfrey towards the top of the two-hour CBS special, which aired on March 7. “But it’s very easy, I think, especially as an American, to go, ‘Oh, these are famous people.’ No, this is a completely different ballgame.”

But that doesn’t mean celebrities couldn’t empathize with Markle while watching her and Prince Harry’s interview. Here’s how some famous people reacted to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s interview: 

“I am so proud of you for being so brave,” Williams, who was subtly mentioned during the evocative conversation, wrote to Markle on Instagram, alongside a heartfelt post. “I know it is never easy. You are strong- both you and Harry. I love you. I adore you. Your friend S.”

Jameela Jamil

The Good Place actor tweeted a few times about the interview, writing, “Can we please take a moment to remember how obscene the behavior of the press and palace was in anticipation of an interview that actually turned out to be quite vague and tame? What did they THINK Meghan and Harry were going to say? What must they have done to be so afraid?”

Jamil also tweeted an extra clip, which aired on CBS This Morning on March 8, regarding Markle’s relationship with her father and half-sister.

Billy Eichner

Bethenny Frankel

The former Real Housewives star, who sent out a slew of disparaging tweets in Markle’s direction ahead of the interview, tried to walk back her statements late on Sunday night. “Emotional distress & racism must feel suffocating & powerless,” she wrote. “I’m a polarizing, unfiltered (often to a fault)flawed person w a voice. When I heard of the interview, during a pandemic, it felt like a surprising choice. I’m sorry if it hurt or offended you.”

Bernice King

 Leslie Jordan

Ava DuVernay

Patrick J. Adams

Following his passionate Twitter thread defending Markle against bullying claims, her former Suits costar retweeted a more lighthearted response to the interview.

Nina Parker

Billie Jean King

George Takei


Unitards Are Happening, and These Are the Styles We Want Now

It’s not every day you get to channel Jane Fonda in the ‘80s, but with the best unitards for spring just a few clicks away, the world of one-piece workout gear is yours for the taking. Life at home has us leaning deep into a comfort-and-convenience-first aesthetic, and the retro athleisure trend requires little bells and whistles to complete your look. 

Street style aficionados like Kendall Jenner and Emily Ratajkowski have sported the one-and-done ensemble with sturdy footwear like sneakers and hiking boots, while the iconic Céline Dion wore Chanel’s chain-adorned unitard with a matching belt at Paris Fashion Week, and Lizzo took her Outdoor Voices getup to new heights with a sleek fanny pack while on a hike in L.A.

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Whether you pair yours with athletic shoes or something more fashun, the straightforward staple is one to reach for this spring and summer. Brands are designing styles with full-length leggings as well as bike shorts, with some using soft and stretchy materials ideal for yoga and pilates, while others are adding frilly detailing like bra cups and funky designs—all of which are easily topped with an oversized trucker jacket, a roomy button-down, or a sweatshirt slinked over the shoulders or tied around the waist.

Regardless of which sartorial path you take, the versatile piece is sure to come through this year, and with the best unitards below, you won’t end up looking like you just stepped out of a Jazzercise VHS of yore.

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I Am Nervous As Hell About Emmanuel Acho Joining Bachelor Nation

On his popular video series Uncomfortable Conversations With A Black Man, former Cleveland Browns linebacker and New York Times bestselling author Emmanuel Acho tackles charged racial issues with white folks, sometimes famous, who don’t quite get it. So, he’s more than prepared for his latest gig: hosting The Bachelor‘s After the Final Rose episode on Monday, March 15. 

Acho is a newcomer to Bachelor Nation—he’s even turned down multiple offers to appear on The Bachelorette before—but he’ll be taking over while host Chris Harrison takes a “step back” from the franchise following an interview in which he defended Rachael Kirkconnell, a contestant on this season of The Bachelor who was called out for past racist behavior including attending an “Old South” themed party.

There’s no doubt in my mind Acho will do well in this new role. He knows how to treat white people gently and explains issues of race better than most. He gets through to people—and, God willing, he can get through to Bachelor Nation. My concern: How will The Bachelor treat Acho?\

I’m a relatively new member of Bachelor Nation, but my love of reality TV goes deep. I’ve seen every episode of Vanderpump Rules at least three times; after yet another rewatch in quarantine, my partner’s sister convinced me that the illusive mix of villainy, ridiculousness, and earnest bad behavior that makes my love for VPR so strong also exists in The Bachelor franchise. And, hey, I had the time. One quarantine year roughly equals four regular life years, so I’ve been able to mainline quite a bit of the franchise. But watching almost a dozen seasons spread across The Bachelor, Bachelor in Paradise, and The Bachelorette in a relatively short period of time has shown me, again and again, that the franchise doesn’t take proper care of its Black contestants. 

Pick a season, any season out of 40, and you’re likely to find objectionable behavior being inflicted on a member of the Black community. Let’s set aside the fact that it took 18 years for the show to feature a Black lead, instead opting to offer up a series of visually similar white dudes including Brad Womack twice. When we finally got Matt James this season, he spent a significant chunk of the first episode reminding Harrison, and all of us at home, that he was a biracial man raised by a white woman. While there’s nothing wrong with honoring both sides of someone’s dual ethnicity, it felt strange to watch the first Black Bachelor working overtime to remind us he was also white.

The CDC Says Vaccinated Grandparents Can Hug Their Grandkids

The coronavirus pandemic is not over, but the CDC just released new guidelines that could make it more bearable. 

On March 8, the Centers for Disease Control released new safety measures that give vaccinated grandparents permission to visit their grandchildren and allows vaccinated groups to gather indoors. Obviously, keep your mask on in public and practice social distancing—we don’t want to get too confident and cause another wave of infections—but with all that said, thank science! 

“As more Americans are vaccinated, a growing body of evidence now tells us that there are some activities fully vaccinated people can do,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, acting director of the CDC, said during a White House COVID-19 briefing.

So yeah, grandma hugs are going to be a thing again, because vaccinated people can gather with a non-vaccinated bubble, like, say, a household or family, according to NBC News. Gather as in, indoors, no distancing, no masks. You can add a vaccinated pod to your non-vaccinated pod, though the CDC warns against exposing high-risk and “vulnerable” people who have not yet been vaccinated.

All of these guidelines apply to people who are “fully vaccinated,” meaning they’ve had both shots of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, or the single shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and waited two weeks to develop enough antibodies.

“This guidance represents a first step toward returning to everyday activities,” said the CDC in a statement. “For example, fully vaccinated grandparents can visit indoors with their unvaccinated healthy daughter and her healthy children without wearing masks or physical distancing, provided none of the unvaccinated family members are at risk of severe COVID-19.” Healthy children have always been considered low-risk for developing severe symptoms, if they contract the virus at all.

Per NBC News, former CDC director Dr. Richard Besser mentioned hugs, specifically. “This opens the door for grandparents to meet with their children and grandchildren without masks, indoors, for a nice group hug,” he said. 

The CDC also reiterated that everyone—vaccinated and not—should continue to practice pandemic safety measures in public and around high-risk individuals. That means wearing a face mask should still be a normal daily practice.


The Best Tweets About Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Oprah Interview

After Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey on March 7, people flooded social media with takes, opinions, and jokes. While not all of them were helpful, some were very clever, and a few were actually thought-provoking.

More than simply being a story of royals, or of family, the Meghan Markle saga is an example of race, class, nationalism, and fame at play all at once. And whether you care about royalty or not, those are topics worthy of discussion—a discussion that will likely happen on Twitter. As we continue poring over the details of the interview, here are some of the most interesting and relevant tweets we saw. 

Viewers, including actor Rosanna Arquette, applauded Prince Harry for prioritizing the mental health and wellness of both Markle and himself. 

Many were simply amused that Markle, low-level famous for many years pre-Prince Harry, would be the catalyst to cause so much unrest in an institution as old as the British monarchy.

And while some were dismissive of the interview, pointing out that we “already knew” about society’s racism, writer Roxane Gay reminded everyone shock and disgust are actually appropriate reactions to the personal, painful stories Markle shared.

Some more reactions to Markle and Prince Harry‘s interview: 

“It’s interesting to watch self-styled American populists get protective of the monarchy once a Black woman starts complaining about racism,” one person tweeted.

“Hearing through the grapevine that the institution that led the British empire is problematic,” posted another.

Perhaps most surprising was the phenomenon of Brits tuning into American network television for the interview, which was broadcast on CBS. In Britain, which has a nationalized healthcare system, there are no advertisements for medication. So they found the barrage of pill commercials jarring, to say the least:

For a complete breakdown of the Markle-Prince Harry interview with Winfrey, click here. 

Meghan Markle Explains Why the Media Criticism of Her and Kate Middleton Is Not the Same

As public figures, both Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are targets for criticism. But there’s a big difference in the way the British media covers the two duchesses, which Markle talked about in her March 7 interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The Duchess of Sussex told Winfrey race and social media have made dealing with the “toxic environment” of the British press different for her than other royals.

“Unfortunately, if members of his family say, ‘Well this is what’s happened to all of us,’ if they can compare the experience that I went through…Kate was called ‘Waity Katie’ waiting to marry William,” Markle said. “While I imagine that was really hard, and I do, I can’t picture what that felt like, this is not the same. And if a member of his family will comfortably say, ‘We’ve all had to deal with things that are rude,’ rude and racist are not the same.”

To be clear, this isn’t any criticism of Kate Middleton as a person, or of her in particular. The point is that Black women and white women are, in general, treated differently for doing the same thing. Or as Meghan Markle put it, “It was all happening just because I was breathing.”

Another anecdote from the interview that had viewers outraged was the couple revealing a member of the royal family, whom they wouldn’t name, expressed concern over the skin tone of her then-unborn son Archie. “In those months when I was pregnant…[there were] concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he was born,” Markle told Winfrey, who was visibly shocked. 

The day after the interview aired, Winfrey appeared on CBS This Morning to clarify this person was neither Queen Elizabeth nor her husband, Prince Philip.

And in case anyone is unclear, the skin tone conversation isn’t just rude: It’s racist.