The Best Products From The Ordinary Worth Your Money

Beauty has been democratic for quite some time now, with drugstore brands stepping up their game and indie favorites creating truly amazing products for less than a latte. However, this accessibility has traditionally been restricted to makeup. While there is some excellent drugstore skin care out on the shelves, there are few affordable options that really rival what luxury serums and moisturizers have to offer.

That’s why Canadian brand The Ordinary created such a buzz when it burst onto the scene two years ago. The brand takes a clinical, science-based approached to skin care and specializes in single ingredient–driven products that deliver targeted results. The best part? Nothing in the brand costs more than $20. In fact, the majority of it clocks in for less than $10. This is largely in part thanks to The Ordinary’s dedication to transparency (something the brand’s late founder was deeply passionate about), resulting in prices that aren’t significantly marked up.

Now, the brand is even more accessible than ever: just recently the full line, which you could previously only shop for on the brand’s website, landed in Sephora stores across the country. But despite the low price point, The Ordinary can be a little intimidating. The names of the products are all highly scientific (they refer to ingredients, not results), so you’re left trying to decipher what the hell azelaic acid does. That’s where we come in.

Our editors went through hundreds of dollars worth of products from The Ordinary to narrow down what’s actually worth adding to your medicine cabinet. Here’s what they reported back with.

The Best Leather Jackets Are All On Sale Right Now

You may remember that in Miss Congeniality, Miss Rhode Island declares that April 15th is the perfect date, because “it’s not too hot, not too cold. All you need is a light jacket.” It’s incredibly satisfying when you’re finally at the point where all you need to head out the door is a light jacket. But when it comes to shopping for spring outerwear, the perfect time is right now—not because it’s finally starting to get warm (alas, we still have a few weeks more of this), but because some of the best pieces are going on sale.

A light leather moto jacket is frequently cited as a spring staple. They never go out of style (and aren’t really beholden to trends.) They can be thrown over sundresses or layered underneath heavier coats (for when you got a little too excited about the sunshine but didn’t check the temperature.) And they last a long time, which can help justify the investment. As stores start making room for a new season’s worth of inventory, though, you can find that perfect leather jacket at a serious discount. Right now, there are options everywhere from Shopbop to Nordstrom to Coach. Need some more convincing? Check out 15 spring-ready leather jackets on sale to top off your #OOTD.

Tara Gonzalez is the commerce editor at Glamour, follow her at @tarigonzalez on Instagram.

13 Sneaky Habits That Can Cause Acne

In a world where skin care is self care, we’re investing more time and money into taking care of our complexions than ever. We double cleanse, mask religiously, and never hesitate to try the latest and greatest new thing promising flawless skin. And yet, despite all our care and effort, acne strikes again. Unfortunately, the root of pimples isn’t always clear—hormones, genetics, and our environment can all be factors.

That being said, there definitely are things you can control to help cut down on breakouts. The catch? Most of them are habits you probably don’t even know you’re doing. Knowledge is power, so we talked to experts about the sneaky things you do that could be making your acne worst. Read on for the 13 habits that might be triggering your acne.

As a Pregnant Woman with a History of Anorexia, Comments About My Body Feel Like Slaps in the Face

Trigger warning: The following contains language describing eating-disorder behaviors.

My body has always felt open to public commentary. At age 11, aggressive anorexia took hold of me, landing me in the hospital and halting my growth and development. In the decades since, the anorexia has come and gone in waves, and with it my body size has fluctuated somewhere between way-too-skinny and pretty normal—but always small enough to invite an endless stream of public commentary.

These comments, though constant, never seem to get easier to process: a sloppily chosen adjective can make or break my week. Some comments have the power to send me into a spiral of self-destructive thoughts—like when someone describes me as short (a word that my distorted mind used to take as a synonym for fat). Others, have the power to thrill me—or, rather, my anorexia. I’ve sought these out, remarking on how cold I am in the hopes someone would respond with,“Well, you don’t have any meat on your bones!” I’ve suggested sharing clothing with average-sized friends, just to hear them vehemently reject the premise that we could fit in the same pants.

This is all to say that I’m accustomed to, even rely upon, people commenting on my body. I’ve worked hard to learn healthy ways to handle them. But now that I’m seven months pregnant, dealing with the constant comments about my body has become much more complicated.

It’s not news that pregnant women’s bodies invite a lot of unsolicited remarks. A meta-analysis of 17 studies exploring pregnancy and postpartum body image found that “women perceived their bodies as public property during pregnancy, with family, friends, and strangers touching their stomachs or making personal comments about their appearance.” In the book Gendering Women, the authors write that “almost every pregnant woman finds themselves subjected to ongoing commentary about their physical appearance.” But we don’t need stats or scholarly research to tell us this—it only takes observing pregnant women in the world around you to realize that this happens to pregnant women All. The. Time.

When you think about it, any comment about a pregnant woman’s changing body is pretty inappropriate; you wouldn’t place your hand on your friend’s stomach to remark that her obsession with the Great British Baking Show is showing, but that doesn’t stop many of us from doing it to pregnant women. It’s easy to see why people think it’s okay: because somehow this type of weight gain is “acceptable” while non-pregnancy pounds are not. Magazines and Instagram tell us that all women are thrilled by (and want to show off) their “bump.”

To be fair, because pregnancy is straight up insane and people often can’t curb their curiosity and amazement. I get that. But that doesn’t mean it’s okay to assume talking about a pregnant woman’s body is fair game—unless she specifically wants to talk about it, assuming you can make her size and shape the subject of discussion violates her personal boundaries. You don’t know what emotions an innocent-sounding comment might elicit. For someone with a history of anorexia like me, these comments are like triggers in a minefield, threatening to ignite disordered thoughts that might be laying dormant.

I, perhaps naively, didn’t fully appreciate this before I got pregnant. I assumed that since those close to me know my history with anorexia, there would be no potentially triggering comments. Man, was I wrong. Before I’d even started showing, a family member excitedly told me I definitely “looked pregnant.” Later, a friend, feeling the sides of my belly, declared with fascination, “Oh wow, it goes all the way around!” Recently, the first words that greeted me upon entering another friend’s home were, “You’re so big!” The examples go on, punctuated with unsolicited belly rubs that make me cringe at the thought of my expanding waistline.

Ivanka Trump Opposes Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Federal Jobs Guarantee

“I don’t think most Americans, in their heart, want to be given something,” Ivanka Trump told Fox News’ Steve Hilton in an interview about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal proposal earlier this week. “I’ve spent a lot of time traveling around this country over the last four years. People want to work for what they get.” (In addition to an outline on how to achieve net-zero emissions in the next decade, the Green New Deal proposal would also create millions of new jobs and offer a guaranteed federal job at a livable wage; one recent poll found 71 percent of Americans supported a hike in the federal minimum wage. But OK, Ivanka.)

It’s a rich observation from a woman who has quite literally been given not just “something,” but much, much more wealth and privilege than most Americans will ever see. On Fox, Trump went on: “I think that this idea of a guaranteed minimum is not something most people want. They want the ability to be able to secure a job. They want the ability to live in a country where there’s the potential for upward mobility.”

It was a comical, if tragic picture: Trump after all has a guaranteed job (working for her father’s real estate empire and in his White House) and a rather maximum wage (she and her husband Jared Kushner have made at least $82 million in outside income as they serve in the White House). What qualifies her to speculate about what Americans in desperate financial situations with which she has zero experience do and do not want?

I know just how rose-colored her vision must be. Early in my own career, I had an obvious leg up. My mother is a famous writer, and so when I decided to write, too, I began miles ahead of the usual start line. I sold my first novel at 19 for way more than I would have if my mother weren’t Erica Jong. I knew better than to believe that talent alone got me to where I am now. Nepotism is deeply unfair, and anyone who says otherwise is blinded by their own delusions.

Someone who did not benefit from nepotism? Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who wasted no time and minced no words in her response to Trump on Twitter. During her now-famous primary campaign, she wore actual holes into her shoes as she and her staff knocked on 120,000 doors. The contrast could not be starker: Ivanka Trump has worn glass Manolo Blahniks since birth, but somehow convinced herself she pulled each up with (custom, probably) bootstraps. Ocasio-Cortez was so determined to walk in her constituents’ shoes—to understand their needs and dreams—that she shredded her own.

Unlike Trump, AOC wasn’t gifted a cushy job in her father’s real estate business. Before she was elected, she worked as a waitress and a bartender. One has to imagine that the woman who knocked on all those doors and worked late shifts might know a little more about what the average American wants than the daughter of real estate impresario who married the heir to another real estate fortune does.

Wealth can insulate a person from the real world, but alas no rich person has figured out how to make it fend off negative press. In Vanity Fair, Bess Levin wrote, “Ivanka Trump comes from a long line of assholes who confuse inheriting money with hard work.” In the Daily Beast, Erin Gloria Ryan wrote, “Ivanka, like her father and siblings, was born on third base and thinks she invented baseball.” The critiques were written, retweeted, and amplified far and wide.

Here’s Why Carhartt Beanies Are The Best Fashion Staple

At the time, everything in my closet was what a fashion person would describe as “dark neutrals”—black outerwear that matched my collection of black boots, and beanies in every shade of gray. It felt safe. It also made dressing for winter feel just as bleak and miserable as the weather.

My husband got the hint. That Christmas, he gave me a neon orange Carhartt beanie as a gift, pleased with himself for having tucked away this little tidbit and remembering it weeks later. (He’s really good at that.) I, however, could barely feign excitement. Oh god, now I actually have to wear color out in public, I thought. I hadn’t thought it through. Now, I had to figure out how to break my “dark neutrals” streak with the loudest shade of orange available, so bright that my entire complexion tinted tangerine when I wore the hat on my head. It’s an introvert’s worst nightmare—in other words, it was my worst nightmare.

Not long after, another question popped into my mind: Was I even cool enough to pull off Carhartt?

The 130-year-old, Michigan-based brand was born out of a need for long-lasting coveralls and durable work jackets that could stand up to the demands of being a blue-collar manual laborer or a railroad worker—“honest value for an honest dollar,” read its tag line. The company has upheld its promise through the years: As technology evolved, so did the quality of garments, introducing of flame- and wind-resistant clothing, denim with reinforced rivets, and outerwear woven with heavy-duty thread.

In the late 1980s, skateboarders discovered Carhartt, and started wearing their pieces; by the 1990s, it had become a part of hip-hop culture. The founding of Carhartt Work in Progress, which fused the workwear aesthetic with streetwear silhouettes, in 1989 made it a phenomenon—and certified cool. Celebrities like Rihanna were photographed wearing Carhartt, and the brand even got the Rizzoli book treatment.

It all made me, a fashion writer, feel very intimidated to wear a simple (if traffic-cone orange) knit beanie.

My first outing with it on, I was with my husband, on our way to meet up with his friend at a party at an art museum. I was wearing a tie-front top from Rouje and a pair of high-waist vintage Levi’s. And everywhere I turned, there was a hypebeast in an orange Carhartt beanie just like mine—I must have counted at least 10. A stranger passed by and gave me a nonchalant nod: “Nice beanie,” he said. I’m not gonna lie, I felt weirdly very cool about my outfit.

Once I finally owned a Carhartt beanie, I started noticing them everywhere. This was also at the height of gorpcore, the movement that spotlighted utilitarianism in fashion during which a slew of salt-of-the-earth brands like Patagonia, North Face, Dickies, and, yes, Carhartt, hit the fashion set. The easiest and cheapest way to co-opt the look was with my very beanie. The Acrylic Watch hat rings in at $28 and it’s available in practically every color, including my beloved orange. It got to the point that, during Fashion Week, a Carhartt beanie became just as ubiquitous as a colorful teddy coat.

I get it. There’s a neat high-low element that’s achieved when you wear a Carhartt beanie—a cool, down-to-Earth grittiness that can immediately offset a too-bougie, high-fashion look. And the brand has collaborated with Converse, A.P.C., and Stussy on collections tailored for the fashion set. Now, it seems like every celebrity, millennial, and your casual social media users owns one. And once you spot one, you start noticing just how many Carhartt-branded hats are out on the streets.

Sure, it’s gone mainstream. But I still love my neon orange beanie. It’s a gift from my husband, first off. But I also credit it for breaking me out of my one-note winter wardrobe. It’s forced me to step outside of my comfort zone when it comes to my style. I’ve even added more color into my outerwear: a mustard yellow puffer, a leopard-print coat, and a siren-red wool jacket. That’s a pretty big deal for me. And if all else fails, my bright Carhartt beanie does the trick.

10 Self-Help Books for Personal Development

The big secret of self-help books is there is no one big secret. Life is complicated! And not even the best books can solve all its problems. So while some titles will promise that it’s possible to manifest dreams into the real world and others will suggest that the solution to career obstacles is a particular posture, we know better than to believe in a cure-all.

What we can do is read a bunch of great books, each with a unique perspective that can help you find the best solutions, habits, and strategies for you.

We’ve compiled a list of 10 books that offer real, concrete suggestions. No voodoo. No woo-woo. Simply advice, inspiration, and guidance. Whether you want to declutter your home, destress at work, or just get out of a rut, let these serve as your guides.

To Find Insomnia Cures, I Went to a Sleep Boot Camp

My beauty routine may change every time a shiny palette catches my eye, but my morning routine is consistent: I roll out of bed after little to no sleep, trip over my slippers, then blearily scroll through a new batch of unread emails. It’s been like this for eight years. On a recent Monday morning, however, still bleary-eyed and sleep deprived, my morning routine involved a medical assistant attaching electrodes to my chest while thick snow coated the Bavarian Alps outside. This was highly unusual.

The jolt in my routine came courtesy of a stay at Tegernsee’s Lanserhof resort, a wellness retreat known for its high-end detox programs. I checked in to investigate their newly-launched Lans Better Sleep Program 2.0, which promised to diagnose the causes behind my insomnia over the course of a single week. (You can opt for a longer stay, should you so desire.) The clinic attacks sleep woes through just about every possible angle, employing experts specializing in naturopathy, stress reduction, cardiology, psychology, urology, and gastroenterology, to offer sustainable sleep solutions.

Before you pelt me with helpful suggestions of like using night mode on my phone or trying deep breathing exercises, allow me to add this: I’ve had nearly a decade of dealing with insomnia to pit my sleeping problems against various cures. Still, I struggle to get enough Zs. I’ve consulted sleep specialists and relied on supplements and medication to muscle through. I’ve alternated between melatonin, magnesium, lavender pills, L-Theanine, adaptogens, Unisom, NyQuil, Xanax, Lorazepam, CBD, Kratom, therapy, a few acupuncture sessions, some admittedly halfhearted meditation, and even downing a full bottle of wine before bed. (Okay, that last one was not my best effort.) My devices switch to amber-tinted screens at night and I keep them on silent far away from my bed. I also regularly mist my pillow with an assortment of calming sprays, slip on an eye mask, and wear earplugs.

Nothing sticks. Inevitably, everything I try stops working after a month or two, tops. I end up rotating through different supplements and medications, switching back and forth when one ceases to be effective or another starts giving me side effects. (Melatonin taken too many weeks in a row gives me extraordinarily vivid nightmares featuring my own decapitation, while some of the prescription options I’ve tried make me feel foggy and disoriented the rest of the day.) I don’t mind reaching for medication when it’s needed, but I’m tired of taking increasingly high dosages and still feeling my mind stubbornly fight to stay awake. I needed a more sustainable cure.

“There are many different kinds of sleep problems, but you can build two main groups,” says Jan Stritzke, M.D., deputy medical director at Lanserhof Tegernsee. The first is sleep apnea, a nocturnal breathing issue often related to obesity, he explains. For those who have sleep apnea, frequent drops in oxygen during the night disrupt the deep sleep cycle, leading you to feel tired when you wake up the next day. “The other is a stress-related problem, when you can’t switch off and are thinking the whole night,” Dr. Stritzke says. Yep, that’s me.

After being pegged as a stress sleeper by doctors who specialize in this stuff, I was ready for a science-backed solution. Here’s every insomnia cure I tried—and whether or not it actually works.

I loathe meditation. It’s been suggested to me multiple times, but I’m even worse at meditating than I am at falling asleep. At Lanserhof, meditation was an unavoidable part of the deal. My teacher was much better than my last one—who memorably yelled at me for not trying hard enough—which made me feel at least a little hopeful. To start, she encouraged me to identify a feeling of confident calm (for me, this usually happens during one of my favorite workouts: intense contact combat sessions) and call it up when I’m feeling restless. But perhaps more importantly, she adds that I shouldn’t expect to switch my mind off or empty it during these moments—instead, I should to simply allow myself to notice thoughts and noises and let them go.

Toni Harris Just Made History As One of the First Women Awarded a Football Scholarship

Women have been shattering glass ceilings in sports for decades. Female athletes have set make-your-head-spin records, fought for equal pay, and pushed boundaries to make their sports even better. But football—a sport that is almost completely male-dominated on the field at every level—often feels stuck in the past. Antoinette “Toni” Harris, a college football player in Los Angeles, is helping to change that—she’s just been awarded a historic scholarship to play football at Central Methodist University in Missouri.

Harris, who plays free safety, is the first woman ever to land a scholarship to play defense—and in what is known in the sport as a seriously skilled and tough position, no less. (She also starred in a Super Bowl ad earlier this year.) This is only the second college football scholarship that’s ever been awarded a woman; In 2017, kicker Becca Longo became the first when she signed to play for Adams State University. (Around a dozen women have played football in college, but none on scholarship prior to Longo, according to ESPN.)

For the past two years, Harris has been crushing it on the field for a community college in Los Angeles, which is what got her noticed by the six (!) schools who offered her scholarships. This week, she made it official and signed a letter of intent to play for Central Methodist University, a Division I NAIA school.

Harris’ historic achievement was hard-won. She was kicked off numerous teams from little league to middle school, she says. But she kept fighting to play. “My biggest pet peeve is people telling me that I can’t,” Harris told NBC News. “So I have to prove them wrong.”

Harris has always believed that no matter where she played, if she was talented enough the right people would find her—and she was right. “They don’t want females to play in this sport, and so if you want the chance, you do have to be so good they can’t ignore you,” she says. She even has the mantra tattooed on her right side along with an NFL football, since playing in the pros is her ultimate dream. “I don’t let anything stop me. I don’t take no for an answer,” Harris says.

What makes Harris’ journey to the college football history books even more impressive is the fact that she’s an ovarian cancer survivor, having been diagnosed with the disease at 18. She credits her family and her faith with getting her through the fight, which caused her to lose half her body wait. “I did want to give up,” she says. “I thought things were over.”

After taking the field at CMU, Toni Harris hopes to go on to play in the NFL. “If it doesn’t happen, I can just pave the way for another little girl to come out and play—or even start a women’s NFL,” Harris told NBC. That’s a league we could definitely get behind.

15 Wardrobe Essentials Everyone Should Have in Their Closets, According to Stylists

We all have those pieces we turn to time and again: that comfy pair of jeans you could wear seven days a week, the cozy sweater you layer repeatedly throughout winter, those go-with-everything sneakers you inevitably wear into the ground. Good ol’ closet staples that can simplify a hurried morning—and ground those trendier items you bought on a whim—can feel pretty essential.

While they can be perceived as boring or safe (we’re the first to admit the dullness of a white blouse sans nuance), a thoughtful selection of basics guarantees smart style no matter the occasion. No one knows this better than the celebrity stylists responsible for the A-lister outfits we routinely look to for inspiration.

“I believe that you should dress to fit your needs,” says Cristina Ehrlich, who styles Laura Dern, Tina Fey, and Mandy Moore, among others. “If you’re someone who lives by the rules of a uniform, you probably have it down. For the trend lover, just remember that your wardrobe will never be complete unless you have the foundation to carry it season to season.”

A fan of easy-to-try trends like the current hair accessory resurgence, Sarah Slutsky, who’s worked with Debra Messing and Aisha Dee, says basics help curb shopping impulses: “I try to stick to classics and then invest in a few hero pieces that pair well with my forever pieces. I find this the best way to get the most out of my wardrobe and also prevents impulsive purchasing.” She also sticks to “shopping tests” when acquiring new pieces. (“I’m a believer that anything you buy should pair with a white button down or classic pumps and be a great evening option,” she says.) “When I get a bit creative or feel the need for something [that makes] more of a statement, I always apply the denim test: If it’s a top, would I wear it with jeans? [For] a bottom, would I pop on a denim shirt [with it]? If it’s a dress, does it go with a jean jacket? This keeps me honest about the wearability and keeps me true to my personal style.”

Jason Bolden, stylist to Camila Mendes, Yara Shahidi, Mindy Kaling, and more, lives by a “less is always best” moto: “The idea of leisure is luxury to me. Simple pieces get you there—it’s about constantly re-thinking [them]. Nothing is chicer than showing up to a dinner in a black hoodie with jeans, a pair of heels, and amazing jewelry.” He endorses the “take the last thing off that you put on” rule, where you “keep it simple and buy what you like. It’s more about building a uniform. I’m not into the trends of it all.”

To spur a more creative approach to wardrobe staples, we sought the advice of these three experts. And they shared the 15 pieces they can’t live without, to inspire your own 2019 shopping. Their insights, ahead.