The At-Home Wax Kits People Can’t Stop Raving About

If your grooming routine has fallen by the wayside over the past year, you’re not alone. And if you’re not ready to head back to the salon, the best home waxing kits are here to help you prep for Shot Girl Summer. 

That being said, what you do with your body hair is no one’s choice but your own, but if you’re interested in removing it, there are plenty of quality waxing kits to do so in the comfort of your own home. Plus, DIY-ing a wax can save you a lot of money over time, so whether you’re trying to nix hairs from your upper lip or are looking to take it all the way off, there are precut strips, wax pots, and wax warmers out there for your next self-care session.

Finding reliable personal grooming products can get a bit, um, hairy, so we scoured the web for the best home waxing kits reviewers are obsessed with. Because if there’s one thing you may not want to be the first to test out, it’s hot body wax. Here are 11 top-rated wax kits to shop now.

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It’s Finally Time to Shop for Summer Dresses

Whether you’re flying to a tropical locale or tending to your plants on the patio, the days ahead call for cute summer dresses. The one-and-done staple makes warm-weather style a breeze, because with a really great dress, outfit coordination is a non-issue (save for some practical footwear and statement jewelry). While we’re obviously ecstatic to reunite with our favorite people and places after what feels like an eternity, imagining our re-emergence outfits is sparking a next-level eagerness to shop

So even if you plan on staying casual in bike shorts and sneakers this season, it’s worth keeping at least one or two cute summer dresses on deck for when the occasion calls. From puff-sleeve options to classic slip dresses, we pulled 37 of our favorite styles below.

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Kyla Pratt Swears By This Brand For Healthy, Moisturized Hair

After giving it some thought, the actress recently decided to switch up her look and shaved the side of her head. “Right now I have the side shaved in the back, shaved cute.” While her thick, full hair was “very beautiful,”  Pratt felt like it was starting to become a distraction. “I kind of got to the point where I realized that I was hiding behind my hair,  I would, like, add hair to cover my arms and I was like, you know what? If I cut my hair, my face is going to be the main focus.” An added bonus – less hair means less room for tugging. 

For this edition of Wash Day Diaries, Pratt walks us through her favorite products for the tender-headed gals who want to get a deep clean and walk away with healthy, moisturized hair for days. 

Shampoo

I combine Taraji’s shampoo and conditioner that come in the  blue bottle. And then I get a little extra and do a deep cleanse with her Master Cleanse treatment. Being a young woman who has had to wear a lot of weaves in my day, working in the industry, I make sure I get to the root. These little prongs get that minty, peppermint feeling to the scalp and it feels amazing. 

TPH by TARAJI Honey Fresh Clarifying Shampoo with Moisture

$9.99

Target

TPH by TARAJI Master Cleanse Scalp Treatment Wash

$14.99

Target

Scrub

Taraji has this sugar scrub that I apply after sectioning my hair. Oh, my goodness, I absolutely love it.

TPH by TARAJI Never Salty Sugar Hair & Scalp Scrub

$13.99

Target

Mask

When I was younger and working a show, they colored my hair blonde and I didn’t realize that they were actually bleaching my hair because it was my first time. I just knew that they were doing something crazy. So I was like, OK, after every episode we shoot, I’m going to go to the house and wash my hair thoroughly, then I’m going to sleep with a hair mask on. And it’s something I continue to do. 

I like switch between Taraji’s Mother Earth clay mask and a natural one I make at home. After I use Mother Earth, my hair just feels so moisturized and rich and and healthy the next morning, and that’s all you want. As a woman, when your hair is not feeling right, you just don’t feel good.

For the natural mask, I follow a recipe I got from a friend. I mix up some avocado, mayonnaise, castor oil, olive oil and an egg. This one, I don’t leave on overnight. I’ll leave it in for maybe, like, an hour then wash it out. You do want to make sure you get all the food out, because, you know, that’s a little scary.

TPH by TARAJI Mother Earth Moisturizing Clay Mask

$14.99

TPH By Taraji

Leave-In Conditioner

I love the company Pretty Strands,  I actually saw them on a friend’s page. I had never heard about them before but my friend’s daughter has very long and beautiful hair so I’m always still like, what are you using? Oh, let me see, you know. 

I sleep with my leave-in conditioner, even though some will tell you to leave it out. But it helps protect my hair which is being touched and tampered on so much. 

Pretty Strands Hair Oil Moisturizer Moisture-In Leave-In

$16.99

Pretty Strands

Heat Protectant

There’s only one that I use and it’s this one by Tresemme. I didn’t really learn about heat protectant until I got older and had kids. People would say, oh, now that you’re blow drying their hair make sure that you protect it from the heat. I wasn’t doing that for myself but this spray is now a staple.

Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray

Styling Tools

I use the Yellowbird blow dryer that I stole from my friend’s Instagram. Then I go in with my flat iron, the baby blue BaBylissPRO. I’ve had it for a while and it straightens the hell out of everything. 

Conair Pro Yellow Bird Hair Dryer

$42.77

Walmart

BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Digital Straightening Iron

$99.99

Ulta

The 18 Best Tinted Moisturizers to Wear All Day, Everyday

If you want a healthy-looking glow without having to put on a full face of makeup, stocking up on one of the best tinted moisturizers available will go a long way to perfecting your routine. These multi-tasking products combine all of the hydrating benefits of a moisturizer with the sheer-to-medium coverage of an everyday foundation—making them the MVP to any beauty lover’s bag. They’re also an absolute summer beauty essential; tinted moisturizers have a lightweight texture, are easy to apply, and many formulas include SPF to help protect your skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays. Just try to name a more efficient beauty product, we’ll wait. 

As you’d expect, there’s a whole slew of tinted moisturizers on the market right now—and across a range of finishes, skin concerns, and budgets. Which is why we asked Glamour editors about their all-time favorites. From Glossier’s Skin Tint to Fenty Beauty’s new Eaze Drops, scroll down to read their reviews and shop the 18 best tinted moisturizers.

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The 17 Best Sunscreens, According to Glamour Editors

Ask any dermatologist: The fact that we need to wear sunscreen is not up for debate. But finding the best sunscreen isn’t easy—there’s a reason people hate the stuff. Sunscreen has a bad rap for being chalky, greasy, and generally all-around annoying. Add in the fact that the FDA is currently investigating the safety of common sunscreen ingredients (more on that below), and it makes the task of choosing an effective sunscreen that looks and feels good on even more complicated. 

The good news, though, is that the latest generation of formulas will change the way you feel about slathering up. We know because we asked dermatologists to recommend the SPFs they swear by, then our editors put those formulas to the test to see which ones fit our extremely picky criteria. But before we get on to our sunscreen reviews, here’s everything you need to consider to find the best sunscreen for you. 

What’s the difference between chemical and physical sunscreen?

There are two types of sunscreen formulas: mineral (also known as “physical blockers”) and chemical. Although both protect your skin from the sun, the way they do that on a scientific level is very different.

“Sunblocks, or physical sunscreens, work by sitting on top of your skin to reflect UV rays, whereas chemical sunscreens sink into your skin to absorb UV rays and convert them into heat,” says Shereene Idriss, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City. Chemical sunscreens also often include antioxidants that disarm free radicals—which cause UV-ray-based harm—and cut down damage to your skin cells.

Aside from the “sunscreen” and “sunblock” label, you can tell what type of protection you’re getting by taking a peek at the ingredients label. If you see the ingredients titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, you’re dealing with a physical sunblock. Derms say mineral blocks tend to be less irritating for sensitive skin. They also work immediately, and don’t require any downtime before you can go in the sun (chemical sunscreens, meanwhile, take about 20 or 30 minutes to start working properly). Physical blockers also tend to be thicker and more difficult to rub in.

Chemical formulas have a history of being more user-friendly since they are the easiest formula to apply and leave less of a white cast. But in May 2019 the FDA proposed new regulations for chemical sunscreens because of increasing safety concerns. Out of the 16 currently approved sunscreen ingredients brands can use, the only two deemed officially safe were the physical blockers, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Meanwhile, PABA and trolamine salicylate were deemed unsafe. The FDA called for more research regarding the other 12, which are typically found in chemical sunscreens.

In January 2020, the FDA shared results of a clinical study that shows six of these ingredients—avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene, homosalate, octisalate, and octinoxate—enter the bloodstream after one application, which could potentially be associated long-term health issues. Environmentalists have also taken issue with chemical sunscreens, and have found that the ingredients oxybenzone and octinoxate are damaging to coral reefs. Sunscreens with these ingredients will officially be banned in Hawaii starting in 2021.

What level of SPF do dermatologists recommend?

“I recommend a minimum of SPF 30 daily,” says Idriss, which is based on the recommendation from the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). However, just as formula is not one-size-fits-all, you should also consider your concerns when selecting your SPF level. “SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB, whereas SPF 30 blocks 97%, and SPF 50 blocks 98%,” she says. “Although this increase may seem like a negligible gain in protection, if you are prone to sunburns or skin cancers, that little gain can make a world of a difference.” 

It’s also important to consider how much you’re applying. According to the AAD, most people apply only 25% to 50% of the recommend amount of sunscreen. The general rule is to use at least one ounce, or enough to fill a shot glass, to cover your entire body.

How long does sunscreen last?

“The FDA guidelines mandate that SPF directions must say to reapply every two hours when you are outdoors,” says Loretta Ciraldo, M.D., FAAD, a dermatologist in Miami. “Remember that the AAD recommends a three-pronged approach to sun protection that includes wearing sun-protective clothing, as well as trying to avoid sun exposure during the peak hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.”

While waterproof options are great for swimming or sports, it’s worth noting that the FDA mandates these formulas can be labeled as water- and sweat-resistant for only up to 80 minutes. Because of this, Idriss recommends reapplying immediately after getting out of the water. 

What’s the best sunscreen?

“The most important factor is that you will use the SPF regularly,” says Ciraldo, which cements derms’ stance on sunscreen: The best sunscreen for you is the one you will actually use. Here are the sunscreens Glamour editors and beauty experts say haven’t let them down.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Shared a Brand-New Archie Photo for His Birthday

We have been deeply touched over the past two years to feel the warmth and support for our family in honor of Archie’s birthday. Many of you donate to charities on his behalf, and mark the occasion by giving back or doing an act of service—all through the goodness of your hearts. You raise funds for those who need it most, and continue to do so organically and selflessly. We remain incredibly grateful. 

This year, our world continues to be on the path to recovery from COVID-19. Yet too many families are still struggling with the impact of this pandemic. While some places are on the verge of healing, in so many parts of the world, communities continue to suffer. As of today, around 80 percent of the nearly one billion COVID-19 vaccine shots that have been given were administered in wealthier countries. While we may feel that normalcy is around the corner, we remind ourselves that in much of the world, and especially in developing countries, vaccine distribution has effectively yet to start. 

We will not be able to truly recover until everyone, everywhere, has equal access to the vaccine. And with that intention, we are inviting you to contribute whatever you can—if you have the means to do so—to bring vaccines to families in the world’s most vulnerable places. 

For a donation of just $5, you can cover the cost of a dose for someone in need. And because we were able to secure matching support from a number of organizations, that $5 you give will automatically turn into $20—covering the cost of four doses. Every single dollar counts—not only will it help save lives but it will help save families and communities.

We cannot think of a more resonant way to honor our son’s birthday. If we all show up, with compassion for those we both know and don’t know, we can have a profound impact. Even a small contribution can have a ripple effect.

Together, we can uplift, protect, and care for one another.

Queen Elizabeth Is Reportedly Frustrated Over the Prince Charles and Prince Harry Drama

Queen Elizabeth II is reportedly tired of Prince Charles’s attitude towards Prince Harry.

On May 6, Us Weekly reported that Prince Charles “may never forgive” his son for the tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey that caused quite a bit of backlash against the royal family. The queen’s supposed thoughts? Get over it.

“With the way things are going, Charles may never forgive Harry, which hasn’t gone down well with Elizabeth,” the source said. “She feels that he’s putting his pride before the best interest of the monarchy. She has enough on her plate dealing with the loss of her husband. It’s drama she can do without.”

While Prince Willam and Prince Harry reportedly started a dialogue at their grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral, this source claims that Prince Charles is more “stubborn.” This tracks with a report in April that Prince Charles has allegedly chosen to “freeze out” his youngest son.

“Charles is working toward a new slimmed-down monarchy and is freezing Harry out. He’s actually already out,”  a source told Us Weekly in a report published on April 29. “After the damage Harry has caused the family, he firmly believes that his son doesn’t deserve the privilege of being a royal.”

This may have something to do with Prince Harry’s particularly damning critiques of his father in the March Oprah Winfrey interview. During the chat, the Duke of Sussex revealed his father stopped taking his calls when his family first moved to Canada and was dealing with startling security concerns. 

“I feel really let down because he’s been through something similar. He knows what pain feels like, and Archie’s his grandson,” Prince Harry told Winfrey, referring specifically to the parallels between Meghan Markle and Princess Diana. “But at the same time, I will always love him. There’s a lot of hurt that’s happened, and I will continue to make it one of my priorities to try and heal that relationship.” Prince Harry also said “there’s a lot to work through there” to repair their father-son bond.

In the newest Us Weekly report, the insider revealed that Queen Elizabeth much prefers Prince William’s “dignified approach” towards her other grandson. 

“They’re definitely not at the point where they speak on a regular basis, but William wants to be the bigger person and set a precedent. He believes that in order to repair damage and destruction from Harry’s interview, the best approach is to keep things civil with his brother rather than fanning the flames and fighting back with a tit-for-tat attitude,” the source says. “Elizabeth is proud of William for taking the dignified approach, unlike Charles, who still hasn’t forgiven Harry for dragging his name through the mud.”

While the phrasing of that quote seems to put Prince Harry at fault as opposed to those who reportedly made it impossible for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to safely remain in the U.K., it’s good to know some members of the royal family are making an effort. 


Jill Biden Just Gave the 2021 National Teacher of the Year Winner an Incredible Surprise

Dr. Jill Biden is the first lady, but she’s still an educator at heart. Dr. Biden flew across the country to make an appearance at Kermit R. Booker, Sr. Innovative Elementary School in Nevada, which employs Juliana Urtubey, the recently-awarded 2021 National Teacher of the Year. The first lady surprised Urtubey by showing up to her classroom with flowers in hand.

The clips of the joyful meeting aired on CBS This Morning. The two educators also spoke with Gayle King in a joint interview. “I’m so excited because, you know, Juliana is our National Teacher of the Year, and I’m so proud today to be an educator,” Biden said on the morning show. “Look at Juliana—I mean, she is just the epitome of a great teacher, a great educator.”

“I was obviously elated,” Urtubey said of the surprise meeting. “I mean, it’s so amazing. And I’m so grateful for a change of tone of positivity, of focusing on education to get our students what they need. It’s so beautiful.”

Juliana Urtubey is referred to as “Ms. Earth” among her special education students for her work in beautifying the school and advocating for and unifying the school community with gardens and murals. According to her biography on the NTOY website, Urtubey serves as a co-teacher in pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade special education settings and as an instructional strategist developing a school-wide Multi-Tiered System of Supports for academic, social-emotional, and behavioral interventions.

In her interview, Dr. Jill Biden explained how crucial educators are to the country. “For so long, teachers were undervalued,” she admitted. “But now hopefully, you know, all of America after this pandemic has seen what teachers have done and how they’ve just taken care of our kids. It’s just been such a tough time, and teachers have risen to this moment.”

Molly Sims Swears By This Overnight Facial for Glowing Skin

Molly Sims is not the first celebrity to launch a podcast, but she just might be the most open about what she shares, especially when it comes to our collective fascination with beauty. “Women need to be honest,” she says, “because when you have a celebrity culture where people are saying, ‘I’m not really doing anything [to my face],’ or ‘I just look like this,’ that’s not transparency. And it doesn’t make the person that’s hearing that feel good about themselves or even think it’s attainable. I’m all for plastic surgery, but come on, let’s be honest about it!”

That thinking led to the launch of Lipstick on the Rim, a new podcast with Dear Media, where the model, author and philanthropist talks about everything from “beauty, wellness, plastic surgery, nutrition, sex and more” with her best friend of 17 years, Emese Gormley. “My mom was big into beauty and wellness and sharing what works, and my girlfriends and I do that, too,” Sims tells Glamour. “We back each other, and I think as women, that’s really, really important.” 

In that same spirit, Sims shared with us her nighttime routine for how she gets a good night’s sleep, including all the products she uses, and the slippers so comfortable she wears them during the day, too. 

My wind-down routine

I take magnesium to get to sleep. But I can sleep anywhere, anytime, on any surface. I don’t know if that’s from years of modeling and sitting in economy while traveling all over the world or what, but I’ve always been able to sleep. I also love a glass of wine. And every now and then I drink hot cocoa like Swiss Miss or Four Mushrooms by Foursigmatic.

Swiss Miss Cocoa Milk Chocolate Mix

Four Sigmatic Mushroom Blend

The candles that always make me feel calm

I have my candles that I love, like Golden Glow by Skylar and Feu de Bois from Diptyque next to my bed.

Skylar Golden Glow candle

Feu de Bois candle by diptyque

$38

Nordstrom

What’s currently sitting on my nightstand

Right now I’m reading An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. It’s really good. And Lisa Jewell’s The Family Upstairs is really good as well as Lacey Crawford’s Notes on a Silencing.

An Anonymous Girl: A Novel by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

Notes on a Silencing: A Memoir by Lacy Crawford

What I watch before bed

The joke about old Molly over here is she’ll see seven minutes of something and fall right asleep, but I am watching The Servant on Netflix. It’s really good.

My nighttime skincare essentials 

If I am in a rush to take my makeup off, I’ll use a Neutrogena makeup wipe or micellar water, but otherwise I’ll use Seiso JBeauty’s Fuwafuwa foaming cleanser that is unbelievable. I love their Experience Kit as well, which has everything you need, and it’s great for sensitive skin and packed with calming and hydrating ceramides. Georgia Louise makes a really nice cleansing balm to get all your makeup off.

Seiso JBeauty Fuwafuwa Foaming Cleanser

$38

Seiso JBeauty

Seiso JBeauty The Experience Kit

$148$75

Seiso JBeauty

Georgia Louise The Balm Makeup Remover/Cleanser

$85

Neiman Marcus

Then I love Sarah Chapman’s Skinesis Overnight Facial. That product is insane! And the clean beauty line, MARA, is great for sensitive skin. I love their face oils.

Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Facial

MARA Algae + Moringa Universal Face Oil

MARA Evening Primrose + Green Tea Algae Retinol Face Oil

For eye creams, I like the OLEHENRIKSEN Banana Bright Eye Crème and TATCHA’s Silk Peony Eye Cream.

OLE HENRIKSEN Banana Bright Eye Créme

$39

Ole Henriksen

TATCHA The Silk Peony Melting Eye Cream

The PJs, robe and slippers I look forward to putting on

I love a Liberty print. I’m obsessed with Lunya, and Nevins. Those are my two new finds. They are just so pretty and soft and comfortable. I got a gift with MISA, a beautiful coral robe that’s like silk and beautiful. James Perse makes a white one that’s really great. And I love my slippers from Naked Cashmere. I wear them everywhere. They make a great cashmere robe as well.

The softest sheets and eye mask

I love Slip pillowcases, as well as their silk eye mask. And I also got a wedding gift from that famous linens company in Switzerland called Schlossberg and they’re fantastic. 

Slip Silk Pillowcase

Slip Silk Sleepmask

I sleep better at night knowing…

Knowing my kids are with me. As long as they’re OK, I’m OK.

Jessica Radloff is the Glamour West Coast editor. You can follow her on Instagram at @jessicaradloff14.

Former ‘Crazy, Tired Zombie-Person’ Leslie Forde Finally Figured Out How to Make Time for Herself

This article is part of a series showcasing the thought leaders who will take the (virtual) stage for Dare to Self-Care, a free event meant to help women everywhere restore their mental, emotional, and physical health—no matter where they are in their wellness journeys. Click here to join the party at 3 p.m. E.T./12 p.m. P.T. on Monday, May 10.

Leslie Forde was burned out. Despite a promotion for which she was excited, company cutbacks and a newborn and toddler at home made the new job near impossible. “I was sleeping in one-hour increments,” she recalls. “I was short-staffed. And I was being called upon to bring my most clear strategic problem-solving self to a situation when I was depleted. It was the first time in my life when people who didn’t know me would say to me, ‘Are you okay? You don’t look well.’”

“I had just become a crazy, tired zombie-person,” she says.

But from that burnout came a passion project and eventually, a thriving business: Years—and a new job—later, Forde drew on her background in market research to survey moms about their needs and priorities. And from their responses, Forde drew what she dubbed “Mom’s Hierarchy of Needs,” a pyramid that clearly showed a solid foundation of children’s well-being, activities, and household needs, followed by stacks of professional goals and healthy relationship needs.

“Way, way up at the tippy, tippy top of the hierarchy are all the things that we need to do for our mental, physical, and emotional health,” she says. “Until I drew it, I couldn’t understand why it was so hard to make the space for them—and why after having kids, it just became impossible.”

Using that pyramid as a jumping off point, Forde launched a business with the same name aimed at conducting research and writing to help moms find more time for self-care. Today, it—paired with Allies @ Work, a sister function of Mom’s Hierarchy of Needs that helps employers enact practices that are more supportive and friendly to caregivers—is Forde’s full-time dream job.

“My story of burning out, even though it was really miserable for me at the time, now allows me to talk other people off the ledge and help them put in place the kinds of well-being and self-care practices that will help reduce burnout, and manage through times of extreme stress,” she says.

Here, Forde talks about her own self-care routine, how to deal with workplace challenges, and the best money advice she’s ever been given.

When she wakes up

It’s usually between 5:30 and 6:30 in the morning. I’ve shifted since having kids to becoming a pretty early riser. And I’ve learned that I’m happier if I have some time in the day to myself—before my kids and my husband are awake—when I have some space to do some self-care.

Her typical morning routine

I think that one of the wonderful and chaotic parts of being a parent is that there are so many unplanned things that happen. I’ll get up at 5:45 a.m. with all these grand ambitions, and think, “Oh, wow, I have all this time before the kids get up,” and I’ll grab my journals, zip out of my room, sit on the couch, get myself set up—and then my youngest will be there: “Hi mommy!”

You just never know. So, you always have to have a Plan B and a Plan C. But my core activities in the morning are meditating and journaling, and running after I set up the kids for school, which right now, is on Zoom. On the weekends, when the kids are not in school, then I make more space—usually for a longer run, and more time journaling and a longer time meditating.

What she eats for breakfast

I make oatmeal pretty much every single day with wild blueberries, and that’s what I make the kids every single day as well—which they’re not as excited about. They think it’s pretty boring now but it has so much nutrition and it’s really good for you. But on Saturdays, by popular demand, I make pancakes. Saturday is pancake day.

Her first childhood dream job

I wanted to be an international lawyer, a supermodel, and run a very serious business. That’s what my Barbie did. That’s when there were no limits. It was like, “I’m going to do all these amazing things, and I’m gonna have this adoring family with my children, and I’m going to be married to the most incredible, gorgeous, super-successful husband ever, and it’s all going to work out.” Through the eyes of a child, you see those things on television, and you think, “I can do that. Why not?”

Her first actual job

My first job with actual paychecks was working as a salesperson in a clothing store. I eventually decided instead of international law that I probably wanted to go into international marketing, and by the time I was 15, I started doing part-time work at market research companies, doing telemarketing surveys—so my marketing career began very early in my research career.

How she deals with rejection in the workplace

In a much healthier way than I would have dealt with it even a couple of years ago! If something doesn’t work the way that I intended it to or hoped it would—when things don’t go according to plan in my professional life—I’ve learned to trust that I am moving in the right direction, in even better ways than I had imagined, and that each disappointment is leading me to something that’s developmentally better for me and fits into my life in a more meaningful way.