The Best New Skin Care Launches Coming This Year | March 2019

Not to throw shade at new makeup launches—hello, we love a long-wear concealer—but few things are more exciting than the genius innovations and technology that crop up regularly in skin care. This month, especially, a whole slew of glow-imparting, acne-fighting skin care products are landing on shelves. As we finally (hopefully) make our way into spring, we can swap our heavy creams for dewy lotions.

From powerful acid serums to acne-busting oils, and the moisturizer that will be all over Instagram, the latest and greatest formulas offer new options for every skin type and concern. Skin looking duller than an encyclopedia? Need a new moisturizer? Just curious? Whatever the reason, you’ll find everything you’re looking for—and maybe a few surprises—below. Scroll on for the best new skin care products dropping in March. We’ll be updating our list as our editors try more game-changers throughout the month.

This *Game of Thrones* Theory Suggests Sansa and Daenerys Will Hate Each Other

The season eight premiere of Game of Thrones is roughly a month away, and fans can’t stop buzzing. Of course, it doesn’t help that HBO keeps dropping new pics and promos every other day. With each update, viewers get a little more excited—and they post about a billion fan theories on the Internet.

The latest one, based on a brand-new pic of Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), is particularly interesting. Earlier this week, HBO released a new GoT poster featuring Sansa wearing what looks like a scaly, navy-colored outfit and sitting on the Iron Throne. This might seem innocuous at first, but remember the house sigil for the House of Tully—Sansa’s mother’s house—is a fish. The House of Tully’s words are “Family,” “Duty,” and “Honor,” so Sansa wearing scales implies she has every intention of up-keeping those values when she finally meets Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) in season 8. And that’s…bad news for both Dany and Jon Snow (Kit Harington). If Sansa plans to honor her family in the season ahead, that basically means Daenerys will be enemy number one (among the living, at least)—with Jon right behind her given that he bent the knee to Dany and pledged the North’s allegiance to her.

Why is that, you ask? Remember, the Targaryens burned Sansa’s grandfather and Uncle Brandon alive. Plus, Rhaegar Targaryen “kidnapped” Jon’s mother, Lyanna Stark (a.k.a. Ned’s sister and Sansa’s aunt), which is what started the last war in the kingdoms. So, in other words, the Targareyens have done some serious damage to the North—Sansa’s territory.

Check out her outfit in the Instagram video, below. She appears in the fifth slide:

People in the North haven’t forgotten about what the Targareyens did to them, and Sansa certainly hasn’t. In season seven, she reminded Jon of all the damage they caused, and the other Northern Lords cheered her on. Sansa clearly has an axe to grind, and this new photo suggests she’ll have no problem grinding it when she and Daenerys finally meet face to face.

And here I was hoping these two would be best friends. We’ll find out everything for sure when Game of Thrones premieres Sunday, April 14 on HBO.

I Tried a No Hot Tools Hairstyle Challenge and Learned a Ton

As soon as I took my helmet off, I looked like I was shot out of a canon. It wasn’t as bad as it could have looked, but then again I also have low expectations. Most importantly, I survived zip-lining across the rainforest and didn’t manage to get eaten by an alligator. I’m winning.

I get back to the resort and realize I need to wash my hair before dinner with the Herbal Essences team. The only problem is that I can’t dry my hair once I shower (darn rules). It’s also too wet for me to put it in a hair tie. So I’m going to have to go to dinner looking like a wet dog and dripping like a faucet. I didn’t think this part through.

This is where things start getting uncomfortable. Our dinner is outside on a veranda, and between the humidity in the air and my now-soaking wet clothes, I feel the opposite of presentable. Everyone thinks it’s kind of cute because they all know I’m doing a ‘challenge,’ but I feel like a fish out a water. Then, as my hair starts to dry, I want nothing more than to douse it with oil. Even with all the moisture in the air, it still feels dry. In fact, it feels so uncomfortable that I’m having trouble enjoying dinner because I can’t stop fidgeting with it.

A few hours later, it’s almost entirely dry, which wouldn’t be the case if I were back in Los Angeles. It would probably still be wet the next morning, but in this climate, it’s like I’ve gone through a car wash. Surprisingly, it doesn’t look bad—especially my bangs, which I for sure thought would curl under like Kerri Strug’s in the ’96 Olympics. If anything, the look is working for me, and I’m wondering what magic is in that new Herbal Essences Replenish White Charcoal Conditioner (besides, of course, the deep-cleaning charcoal).

Day 3: A Downpour of Epic Proportions

For weeks I had been scared to death about going to Costa Rica because of the mosquitos so bad “you’ll want to rip your skin off” (yes, a friend actually told me that). What she didn’t tell me was that if you go during the rainy season, they’re almost non-existent. So the good news is that I spent almost a week in the most bio-diverse place on earth and never once got bit. The “bad” news was that when it rained, it rained. Like monsoon-style.

But let’s get to the important part: my hair. It’s the morning after I washed it and did nothing else. It’s got a ton of body and definition, and I’m kind of digging it. The temps are also in the low 80s with modest humidity, so it’s pretty much resort weather at the resort.

After breakfast (where we learned that the brand’s new Bio:Renew formulas are eco-friendly), I sought out the help of hairstylist Bridget Brager to teach me all her heat-free hair secrets. Apparently braids are the answer, and I’m immediately out of comfort zone. But she says the style will keep my hair off my face (my problem from the night before), and then when I take the braids out the next day, it’ll give me the most incredible waves ever. So braids it is.

I won’t lie, they took some getting used to. But Bridget loosen them up some and pulled out a few wisps, so it didn’t look so severe. I can’t say I’d ever do this back in L.A., but you know what, if you’re not going to try something fun and different on a tropical island, then when else will you?

Day 4: Waves for Days

Kate Spade Sale: Best Wallets, Handbags and Dresses To Buy

One of the buzziest moments at New York Fashion Week last September wasn’t the launch of a new brand or celebrity-stacked front row. Rather, it was the arrival of a new era at Kate Spade New York. Nicola Glass presented her first collection as the brand’s creative director, following Deborah Lloyd’s beloved, decade-long tenure. Her Spring 2019 offering—with colorful, ’70s-inspired dresses and prints and plenty of statement-ready handbags—left the fashion crowd buzzing. Flash-forward to February, when the industry reconvened for yet another Fashion Week and and Glass’ designs became available to shop, Kate Spade New York was spotted all over the front rows and in street style.

There’s extra incentive to pick up a piece from the brand’s revival right now: Every single item from Kate Spade New York’s Spring 2019 collection is 30 percent off, as part of a site-wide sale through March 3. (Previous markdowns are also fair-game in this sale, FYI.) Given how the fashion crowd has responded to Glass’ designs, don’t be surprised if some of these sell out quick. (Another reason to shop? Two percent of net sales from this sale will be donated to Kate Spade New York’s non-profit partner, the Tides Foundation.) So, if there was ever a time to press “Check Out” on a pair of platform sandals or spade-lock bag, this is it.

Make the new Kate Spade New York yours with our picks from the brand’s Spring 2019 sale, below.

Khloé Kardashian Responds to Jordyn Woods: ‘Why Are You Lying?’

It felt like the entire Internet tuned in to watch Jada Pinkett Smith’s Facebook Watch talk show, Red Table Talk, earlier today, March 1, to see Jordyn Woods finally share her side of the Khloé Kardashian–Tristan Thompson scandal. (Quick recap, in case you’ve somehow missed it: Reports surfaced that Woods, who is best friends with Kardashian’s sister Kylie Jenner, had hooked up with Thompson after a night of partying. Kardashian and the rest of her family have reportedly cut Woods out of their lives following the incident.)

In the interview Woods admitted that Thompson kissed her at the party—but she left soon after. “It was like a kiss on the lips, but no tongue kiss, no making out,” she said. “Nothing. But I don’t think that he’s wrong either, because I allowed myself to be in that position. And when alcohol’s involved, people make dumb moves or people get caught up in the moment.”

Woods was adamant that nothing more happened between the two. She says she told Kardashian and Jenner the next day that she had been at his house…but not about the kiss.

While Woods admitted that she should have told the truth, she also doesn’t think she was the cause of Kardashian and Thompson’s issues. “I know I’m not the reason Tristan and Khloé aren’t together,” she said. She says she did call and text Kardashian to apologize.

This apparently didn’t sit well with Kardashian, who took to Twitter shortly after the Red Table Talk episode aired with her thoughts. “Why are you lying @jordynwoods?? If you’re going to try and save yourself by going public, INSTEAD OF CALLING ME PRIVATELY TO APOLOGIZE FIRST, at least be HONEST about your story,” she wrote. “BTW, You ARE the reason my family broke up!”

Soon after, many people then called out Kardashian, telling her she should be focusing on Thompson and his actions, not Woods. “Tristan is THE REASON YOUR FAMILY BROKE UP,” one user wrote. “Blame your man sis,” another added.

Kardashian addressed this on Twitter as well, writing, “Tristan is equally to blame but Tristan is the father of my child. Regardless of what he does to me I won’t do that to my daughter. He has been addressing this situation PRIVATELY. If Tristan were to lie publicly about what conspired, then yes I would address him publicly as well.”

Since the incident broke, Thompson has not spoken publicly about what happened. As for Woods, she said in the interview that it was fear that kept her from being honest. “I didn’t tell the truth to the people that I loved,” she said, “not because of malicious intent, but because I was just scared.”

Everything Jordyn Woods Said About the Khloé Kardashian-Tristan Thompson Scandal on Red Table Talk

Jordyn Woods appeared on Jada Pinkett Smith’s Facebook Watch series Red Table Talk on Friday, March 1, and explained, in detail, everything that happened with Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson. If you’re unfamiliar with the situation, here’s a quick boiler plate: Early last week, news broke that Thompson cheated on Kardashian with Woods, Kylie Jenner’s best friend. The scandal broke the Internet and spawned countless tabloid reports detailing the incident and how the Kardashian-Jenner family was handling it.

The gist from those reports, essentially, is that Kardashian’s more upset with Woods’ betrayal than Thompson’s actual cheating. A quote that a source gave to People magazine helps puts this into context: “Jordyn has been like Kylie’s sister. They were inseparable, and always together. Jordyn often helped Kylie with Stormi. Kylie was always so excited to have Jordyn around. It seems Kylie isn’t sure what to do, but it seems impossible for her to keep Jordyn around.”

In other woods, Woods was deeply embedded in the Kardashian-Jenner fold. They treated her like a member of their family, which is why this situation particularly stings for everyone involved. Jordyn Woods hasn’t said much about the situation—until now. In her Red Table Talk interview, she finally gives her side of the story.

Below, check out everything she revealed about the Kardashian-Thompson situation:

What happened, in her own words: “Sunday night, I went to dinner with some friends, and I went to this bar afterwards. There was this party going on. I was minding my business, dancing, drinking. Tristan was there. He was doing his own thing. That was it. After the club, normal L.A. culture when you’re young—go to the bar, go to the club—it ends early, and we all go to a house after. We’re not thinking about who’s house or where it’s at. We’re all just having fun. We’re in the moment. A group of girls I’m with are like, ‘We’re gonna go to a house on the way out.’ They’re saying it’s Tristan’s house. I’m like, ‘Cool, that’s OK.’ It feels like a safe environment, I’d rather it be his house than a random stranger. He didn’t even personally invite me there. It wasn’t like, ‘Come see.’ It was like, ‘I’m hopping in the car. I know him. Even better.’ We pull up. We walk in. Not once was I aware of everyone’s phone or told them to take away a phone. I don’t have anything to hide. So when it comes to the phones [being] taken away, I have no clue who told them to take the phones. All I know is I had my own.”

“We’re all dancing and we’re all drinking and we’re all enjoying the time. I’m not thinking I shouldn’t be here. And that’s my first step where I went wrong. And how I would feel if someone close to me is hanging out at my ex’s house or the father of my child. I didn’t think about that. The first step is, ‘I should’ve gone home after the party.’ I shouldn’t even have been there. “

Did Woods hook up with Thompson? “The night’s going on. Never once was I giving him a lap dance, making out with him, sitting all over him. It’s just we’re all together. We’re in a group. Never once did we leave the public area, go to a bedroom, go to a bathroom. We’re all in plain sight.”

“This seems completely crazy to me that anybody says there was a lap dance involved because there was no lap dance involved. But what I can think as to why someone would say that: There was a chair here, a couch, and another chair. It’s all filled. He’s sitting in this chair, and there’s an arm that goes up about here. And I’m sitting on the arm of the chair. So you come into the party and you look and you see me sitting on the chair. In my head, this is innocent. We’re all drinking. We’re all chillin’. There’s no way it would look like a lap dance. But I could see why people would say, ‘Oh they’re getting cozy.'”

The Best Movies on Netflix March 2019

We’ve all been there: It’s Friday night and you’ve agreed to host a movie night, but no one can figure out what to watch. One tactic I tried when this happened to me was having all my guests write choices on slips of paper and we randomly drew from a bowl. The problem with that, though, is your friends with no taste might throw in some horrible selections—like Boogeyman II, which is what we ended up watching that night. (I learned you don’t need to see Boogeyman to figure out the plot. It’s pretty straightforward and…awful.)

The point is, don’t let this happen to you! There are plenty of fantastic movies out there to watch at your next gathering—and most of them are streaming on Netflix. Here are the best ones to ensure your movie night will be a success.

11 Best Body Oils That’ll Leave Your Skin Super Soft

There are beauty products that are necessities like a good cleanser, a reliable spot treatment, and a concealer that makes me look like I got enough sleep to be a functioning human. Then there are ones that are totally extra and make me feel like I’m living my best life, like pretty much anything Pat McGrath puts her name on. There’s a bit of a grey area, though, and some products straddle the line between the two, my current favorite being body oils. They have a purpose, sure, to moisturize your body, but they do their job in the most luxurious way possible.

Using a body oil takes moisturizing from a chore to a full-blown experience. When I rub myself down with a body oil after a shower (always moisturize your body when it’s damp!), I’m not in my subpar Brooklyn bathroom, I’m in a gorgeous spa somewhere in the Italian countryside preparing for my date with Timothèe Chalamet. Fantasy aside, they really work—they make my skin smell amazing and softer than any lotion can (I especially love to use one on my legs after shaving).

Dr. Ellen Marmur, a dermatologist in New York City, says that this extreme softness is because oils mimic the natural lipids found in our bodies and “like serums, they sink in between the cells and create a better smoother skin surface.” They also have protective qualities that some lotions don’t and are great at really locking in moisture. Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research department of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital, adds that oils have natural emollient ingredients that help soften rough skin. Because of these qualities, they can be especially helpful if you suffer from super-dry skin or eczema, especially heavier oils like avocado.

A quick word of warning: If you tend to break out on your shoulders or back, lotion might be the better option for you, as oils can exacerbate body acne. But if you do reach for an oil, Dr. Zeichner recommends looking for ingredients like tea tree, coconut, or lavender oils, which are light enough to keep you breakout free.

If you want to get in on the fantasy, I’ve rounded up some of my favorites, as well as derms’ suggestions. Read on for the best body oils.

I Chose Unassisted Home Birth Because Pregnant Black Women Are Dying at Terrifying Rates

Kneeling on all fours in an inflatable pool in my living room, I could feel my baby’s head crowning. I reached down to touch him, stunned at the quiet instinctiveness my body seemed to possess. Before I could even think about what to do next, my body summoned one last great push, safely delivering my son into my husband’s waiting hands. We sat there in awe, just the three of us—no doctor, no midwife, no doula—soaking in what suddenly felt like the perfect birth.

My husband and I always knew we wanted a home birth. Aromatherapy, candlelight, and the comfort and safety of my own home always sounded far superior to a sterile hospital delivery room filled with strangers in scrubs. But what we didn’t initially plan was that we’d have a completely unassisted home birth, without a trained birthing professional like a doctor or midwife present to help coach us through the delivery of our first child.

From almost the moment I found out I was pregnant, I worried. Every mom-to-be worries—Will I have pregnancy complications? Will my child be healthy? Will I poop during labor?—but as a Black woman in America, the realization quickly set in: being pregnant meant putting my wellbeing, even my life, on the line in a way that white moms, statistically, don’t have to.

Shockingly the United States is the most dangerous developed country in the world to have a baby—women in the United States are three times more likely to die during childbirth than women in Canada. To put it in perspective, that’s a higher maternal mortality rate than Kuwait and Kazakhstan. Immediately after giving birth, complications like postpartum hemorrhage can threaten a new mother’s life—and after leaving the hospital, many more women face health complications that can be life-threatening, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some estimates say 60 percent of these deaths are preventable.

That’s enough to keep any pregnant woman up at night, but for Black women, the stats are even more chilling: Black women in the United States are three to four times more likely to experience pregnancy-related death than white women. The prevailing theory as to why this gross inequity exists: Black women are often ignored and dismissed when it comes to health issues—including ones that can turn fatal.

Even Serena Williams isn’t immune to the deadly bias. The day after giving birth, she was having trouble breathing. With a history of pulmonary embolism, she notified her care team right away, telling them she needed a CT scan. But William’s request was initially downplayed; nurses thought her pain medication might be making her confused, she told Vogue. Her persistence is what ultimately saved her life—when she finally did get the scan she needed, it revealed blood clots had indeed settled in her lungs.

Not all Black women are as lucky. Kira Johnson, a 39-year-old woman in Los Angeles, died just hours after giving birth to her second child. After a routine C-section, Johnson began complaining of excruciating abdominal pain, and started losing color, her husband told People. He noticed blood in her catheter but it was hours before her health care professionals took any action, he said. Another surgery revealed Johnson had massive internal bleeding. She died from the complications.

This racial bias weighed heavily on my mind—with stories like Johnson’s and Williams’ happening more often than I could stomach, how could I feel safe having a hospital birth? My husband’s own grandmother died while pregnant in the hospital. She was just 35.

5 Spring 2019 Trends You Can Buy at Mango Right Now

Of all the spring trends that made their way down the runway, there are a handful that have truly stuck. No matter where you look, whether you’re catching up on street style or you’re browsing the new arrivals at your favorite retailers, you’ll spot an animal print or a golden-yellow statement piece. And if you’ve wanted to try either of these—or any of the other trends that are on the cusp, without breaking the bank—it’s time to hit up Mango. The Spanish retailer has them all well-represented in its latest collections. Ahead, you’ll find five of our favorite spring trends available at Mango right now for a quick wardrobe refresh.