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Volition Beauty Detoxifying Silt Gelee Mask: Dry Skin-Approved!

Volition Beauty Detoxifying Silt Gelee Mask: Dry Skin-Approved!

Have you ever had a week when just making it to Friday felt like your life’s greatest achievement? For me, that was last week. Unfortunately for my pocketbook (but fortunately for my face), the stars aligned with my misery and I ended my crappy week on a payday. It was time to treat myself. For those of you who know me, “treating myself” usually translates to adding a luxury skincare product to my ever-expanding shelf. Due to my indecisive nature and penny-pinching ways, I often spend hours scouring the SkincareAddiction and AsianBeauty subreddits (great resources, btw) for product reviews before making a commitment. It’s kind of like Googling a guy before a first date to make sure he’s...

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My Quarantine Horror Picks: No Zombies Here, Just Isolation

My Quarantine Horror Picks: No Zombies Here, Just Isolation

In a horror fan's dictionary, "quarantine" generally comes before "zombie" and after "apocalypse." Movies like Night of the Living Dead, Train to Busan, and 28 Days Later (as well as 2019's fantastic Blood Quantum, if you're looking for the most relevant 21st century zombie film) are always worth a rewatch, but played out in real time, the loneliness of long-term isolation is rarely hidden behind metaphor. If World War Z just isn't doing it for you these days, check out these atmospheric isolation-themed horror movies:May (2002)Born with a lazy eye and a blunt, unintentionally traumatizing mother figure, May grew up with minimal social interaction. Her best "friend" is a doll named Susie...

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Bt-Micro: A Safe & Effective Dermaplaning Alternative

Bt-Micro: A Safe & Effective Dermaplaning Alternative

I'm a sucker for beauty and skincare trends. I never do anything to my face without performing extensive research first, but once I've convinced myself to take the leap, I'm as giddy as a kid in a candy store (or a chemist in a lab, depending on the trend). That being said, there are certain skincare trends that don't live up to the hype. For me, dermaplaning was one of those trends. I tried to love it. I really did. I even went out and got myself the StackedSkincare Dermaplaning Exfoliation Tool. One of these days, I'll write a review of how disappointingly inconsistent StackedSkincare's product inventory is, but today isn't that day. Although The Leatherface Prevention Society is the...

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Book Review: Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

Book Review: Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

If you’ve ever wondered what the Grimm’s Fairy Tales would be like if they were written by a female and released smack dab in the middle of Trump’s presidency, you need to grab yourself a copy of Carmen Maria Machado’s debut short story collection. Her Body and Other Parties is a book that knows its roots but transcends them to form narratives that belong to no one else but its female protagonists. Its eight short stories use horror and science fiction as vehicles to address domestic and sexual violence, eating disorders and mental health, impossible and oxymoronic expectations placed on women every day, and other problems women face that will never end up on the Disney channel (at least...

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Revenge: Coralie Fargeat Takes a Stab at the Male Gaze

Revenge: Coralie Fargeat Takes a Stab at the Male Gaze

No matter the genre, Hollywood has a long history of exploiting violence against women as entertainment. In her first feature-length film, Revenge, French director Coralie Fargeat acknowledges, rejects, and transcends this history, subverting the genre’s typical pitfalls and all-too-familiar camerawork. Before I go into why Fargeat’s gorgeously shot genre masterpiece deserves a mention in my “women who did it better” series, let’s talk about the rape-revenge subgenre and its grandfather, Meir Zarchi. Zarchi’s controversial (yet possibly well-intentioned?) rape-revenge film I Spit on Your Grave was the first of its ilk that dared to give its female victim a chance to fight back. Released at...

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COVID-19 & Safe Skincare: Brand Spotlight: Dermalogica

COVID-19 & Safe Skincare: Brand Spotlight: Dermalogica

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past few months, you’ve heard about the Corona Virus global pandemic. Google COVID-19 and you’ll find ample information about common sense preventative measures. (Wash your hands, people!) A common word of advice is to try not to touch your face. For most of us, this means being extra conscious of where we put our hands throughout the day, but this hygiene practice shouldn’t end there. Washing your face is an essential part of basic hygiene. For women (and some men!), moisturizers and makeup application are also a regular part of our daily beauty regimen. So how do we prevent the spread of harmful bacteria while maintaining healthy, happy skin?...

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Rabid (2019): A Feminist Fairytale from Jen & Sylvia Soska

Rabid (2019): A Feminist Fairytale from Jen & Sylvia Soska

**Warning: Article contains spoilers**Contrary to popular opinion, I preferred the Soska Sisters' version of Rabid to the Cronenberg version (although it’s worth noting that I’m a rabid fan of the sisters … see what I did there?). I delighted in their feminist rewrite of the ending and got to thinking about other female directors who have subverted and reinvented conventional horror movie tropes, especially in the past decade or two. In honor of women’s history month, I’m going to dive into different horror subgenres and explore some female directors who (subjectively speaking) outdid their male counterparts. Make sure you check back throughout the month for more posts in this series....

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Best Everyday Sunscreens for Year-Round SPF Protection

Best Everyday Sunscreens for Year-Round SPF Protection

UV Rays: A love/hate relationship Summer will be here before you know it. You’re so looking forward to hitting up the beach, but UV rays are like that high school crush your mom warned you about: bad news, babe. Protect yourself. If goth chic is your aesthetic, or if you suffer any type of sun sensitivity (more on that later), you probably have a love/hate relationship with the sun. Personally speaking, I love the warmth on my skin, the much-needed vitamin D, and being able to lounge in the sunroom with my cat. Do I look forward to slathering myself with thick, greasy sunscreen every 90 minutes? Not so much. At least not until I found the products mentioned below. Before I dive into the...

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The Lodge Review: Why Horror Films Capture Grief Best

The Lodge Review: Why Horror Films Capture Grief Best

Grief is a messy thing. In the last decade or so, directors like Ari Aster (Hereditary, Midsommar), Jennifer Kent (The Babadook, The Nightingale), J.A. Bayona (The Orphanage), and Lars von Trier (Antichrist, Melancholia), have demonstrated that if grief has a face, perhaps horror is the genre most suited to capturing it. Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala were already on the list of grief-obsessed directors, but The Lodge, the follow-up to their debut feature film Goodnight Mommy (also about grief, but a bit sloppier in my humble opinion), wins them a place on my own personal "best-of grief and horror" list. There isn't much I can say about The Lodge without giving away spoilers so I'll...

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