Skinceuticals C E Ferulic Review: Best Vitamin C Serum

On paper, it sounds like it would be tough to fall in love with Skinceuticals C E Ferulic Serum. It’s a $166 investment, smells like hot dogs, and it isn’t packaged in a millennial pink bottle. And yet, like all great tales of love, none of this seems significant because the ending (bright, glowing, luminous skin) is so compelling, you’ll completely forget about the rest.

Since its launch, C E Ferulic has become one of the most widely adored products on the market—and not just by pros. Sure, dermatologists have voted it the best overall vitamin C serum, and almost every editor I know owns a carefully guarded stash, but shoppers also love it. Look at Skinceuticals C E Ferulic reviews on any given website and five-star ratings abound. Glamour readers swear by its ability to bring dull, damaged skin back to life—so much so, it won a Beauty Award in our Readers’ Choice category. (Says Ali N. from Utah: “I am not exaggerating when I say that Skinceuticals C E Ferulic completely changed my skin. Monthly acne? Poof. Gone. Fine lines—what fine lines? People say my skin has never looked better.”)

To understand its mass appeal, you just have to look at the star ingredient: vitamin C. The antioxidant is one of the few ingredients experts unanimously recommend for its protective and brightening properties. When formulated to penetrate within the deeper layers of your skin, vitamin C combats free radicals from UV light and environmental aggressors. It also helps stimulate collagen and even skin tone—two clearly visible effects that accompany its invisible shielding properties.

Not all formulations do it equally well, though. Derms tend to prefer L-ascorbic acid (a pure form of vitamin C) because it’s more likely to reach the skin depth where it’s most effective. The problem is, it’s highly unstable and works best at a concentration between 10-20%, so brands need to formulate carefully to deliver something that actually works. That’s one area where Skinceuticals has definitely done its research. Aside from its 15% concentration of L-ascorbic acid, the brand has also conducted 16 clinical studies on the benefits of this formula alone.

While the hero of the formula is undoubtedly the L-ascorbic acid, the accompanying 1% vitamin E, and 0.5% ferulic acid are there to help it reach its full potential. According to dermatologist and cofounder of LM Medical Morgan Rabach, M.D., the vitamin E “stabilizes vitamin C for maximum skin protection, and ferulic acid helps lower the pH level, so your skin can use the vitamins easily.” The result is a stable, powerful serum that gets the job done.

Sarah Wu

Where to Buy Face Masks Online Right Now

Practicing social distancing and staying home is the best thing you can do to slow the spread of COVID-19, but if you do have to leave the house, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises you to cover your face beforehand. With this new recommendation, everyone is rushing to find out where to buy face masks, so we went ahead and rounded up some options below—and we’ll keep updating this list as companies go in and out of stock.

With the most devastating weeks of the pandemic expected ahead, the CDC recommends all Americans use a face covering even if they’re not experiencing symptoms—because asymptomatic carriers can unknowingly pass the virus on in public places like grocery stores and pharmacies. If you haven’t acquired a cloth mask yet, now is the time, and brands are stepping up to produce them for citizens, essential workers, and medical professionals.

It’s important to note that cloth masks are not a viable replacement for N95 respirators or surgical masks, and any non-medical worker in possession of medical-grade masks should consider donating them to a local hospital to help those on the front lines. Cloth face masks don’t guarantee you won’t contract or pass the virus on, but they’re a voluntary public health measure we should all seriously consider, especially in hotspots like New York City, New Orleans, and Detroit. If you’re unsure of where to buy face masks for yourself or your family, shop the brands below—but be aware that overwhelming demand could result in weeks-long delivery time. In the interim, you can make your own mask out of a pillowcase, dish cloth, or bandana, because even a makeshift face cover is a vital step to help protect yourself and your community.

Sanctuary

Sanctuary is creating a line of Essential Lifestyle Masks, with proceeds that will allow the company to produce medical-grade masks for the healthcare professionals who need them. The Lifestyle masks are available for pre-order and will ship the week of April 19.

5-Pack PPE Masks

Sanctuary

$28

Buy Now

Buck Mason

The retailer known for its wabi sabi (perfect imperfection) approach to menswear has a new initiative, dubbed “Masks for America.” It’s a 1-for-1 program working to donate one mask for each one sold—until they reach a million masks.

Reformation

Reformation is partnering with the City of Los Angeles on LA Protects, an initiative to organize local manufacturers to make five million non-medical masks for citizens and essential workers. The first batch is sold out, but you can join the waitlist or donate a 5-pack.

Los Angeles Apparel

This 3-pack of 100% cotton adjustable masks comes in a range of designs that will add a bit of color to the grim reality we’re living in. With 20+ reviews and a five-star rating, customers noted how they’re easily adjusted and were delivered in days. All purchases help fund the brand’s production of surgical masks and medical gowns.

3-Pack Cotton Mask

Los Angeles Apparel

$30

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Lekko

The Lekko 2.0 filtration scarf, a high-tech design for protection against dust and particles, has ventilation inlets that open with a zipper to increase air flow whenever you need it.

Etsy

Stay safe while supporting Etsy’s independent artisans. Sellers are getting creative and producing masks spanning everything from Kente cloth to minimalist linen designs and floral print.

Washable Linen Face Mask

Etsy

$11.29

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Handmade Cotton Face Mask

Etsy

$8.38

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Custom Ink

If you’re ordering for your family, consider Custom Ink’s 12-pack of soft jersey masks, which come at an affordable $30 per pack and contour to the curves of your face.

Alice and Olivia

Get involved with Alice and Olivia’s #MaskingTogether initiative and automatically donate a mask to a medical professional by pre-ordering the brand’s Staceface printed mask.

Staceface Protective Mask

Alice and Olivia

$10

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Alabama Chanin

Alabama Chanin’s double-layered organic cotton masks are helping to support regional facilities and organizations under financial strain. Find out more about the brand’s initiative here.

Hedley & Bennett

Hedley & Bennett transitioned its sewing lines from making aprons to face masks, with each purchase supporting the production of a second donated mask for essential workers. The masks are washable 100% cotton and include inner pockets for filter inserts for added protection.

The Wake Up & Fight Mask

Hedley & Bennett

$22

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Swaddle Designs

The founder of Swaddle Designs, who is also a registered nurse, promptly turned the baby brand’s blanket manufacturing facility into a factory producing non-medical cloth face masks, available in a range of prints and pack sizes.

Jack and Mulligan

A portion of proceeds from Jack and Mulligan elastic strap masks will be donated to the CDC Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund.

Make Your Own Face Mask

If you’d rather DIY your own face mask, you only need a handful of materials. Gather up some elastics (hair bands work too), fabric, and a sewing kit. You can follow an easy no-sew tutorial (like the below) or find a sewing pattern online. JOANN has a patterns you can download for free—and if you’re feeling extra crafty, its “Make to Give” program is working to donate 100 million masks to medical personnel across the country.

How to Wax Your Legs at Home: 8 Tips for a Smoother Process

A few years ago I decided I’d had enough with shaving my legs and wanted to try leg waxing. Shaving is one of the more tedious body-grooming tasks if you choose to do so, and there’s so much to be annoyed about, from the occasional skin irritation to the fact that—surprise—you’ve got to repeat the process the very next day if you want to be silky smooth (having thick hair is a blessing in most cases, but not so much when you don’t want it on your legs). I blocked off extra time with the woman I see for my bikini waxes, and off I went, never looking back…until I realized how much money I was spending.

At my local salon, a half-leg wax runs me about $40. Go every three weeks and you’re looking at an annual investment of around $680—not cheap. While I was pleased with the way regular appointments made my hair grow in thinner, I decided to start saving. Armed with a few detailed tutorials on how to wax your legs at home and a DIY waxing kit bought on Amazon, I took matters into my own hands. A few months after I bit the bullet, things have been both messy and good. It definitely requires a time commitment, and I’ve never had a result as perfect as what I got from the pros, but I am happy to be saving the cash.

All that said, there are few lessons I’ve had to learn the hard way. Here’s what I wish I had known about how to wax your legs at home.

Tips Before You Start Waxing

Don’t jump straight to DIY’ing.

I typically grimaced a bit at the salon but have actually found my DIY method to be less painful. Granted, I’ve been waxing for longer, so the hair isn’t as thick as it was my first trip in. I’m happy with my decision to take waxing into my own bathroom, but I’d suggest anyone start with a professional—or at least study up on the right techniques. You’ll get to see how things are done, and you’ll be dealing with slightly less stubborn hair when you step into the driver’s seat.

Look for a solution that will be easy to wash off.

One perk of doing leg waxing at-home is I have more control over the formula. Beata Chyla, lead esthetician at Bliss, recommends considering your skin type and waxing needs when shopping. “You can keep both strip and hard wax at home, but strip wax is mostly used on larger parts of the body, whereas hard wax is gentler and can be used on facial hair, bikini, or armpits,” she says. “The Bliss Poetic Waxing Kit is my favorite because it’s very easy to use.”

I personally love the Nair Wax Kit because it’s so easy to clean—warm water and soap does the trick. I hop in the shower after I’m done, and any spots that land on my bathroom sink or on the applicator are gone with a soapy swipe.

Buy extra strips.

When using a roll-on wax, you’re going to need more strips than you think. The kit I use comes with 10 strips, which doesn’t cover the entire area. I’ve occasionally rinsed the strips with sudsy water and reused them in a pinch (thanks, Amazon reviewers!), but I recommend stocking up ahead of time.

Make sure your leg hair is the right length.

Too short, and the wax won’t be able to grab on to the hair. Too long, and it’s going to hurt a lot more. “Prior to waxing, the length of your leg hair should be at least 1/4 inch long,” says Chyla. An easy way to remember this is to time your at-home waxes about a month apart, just like you would for salon appointments. “Usually wax should last from three to four weeks, but everyone’s rate of re-growth can vary,” she says.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Brooch From Her Coronavirus Address Might’ve Had a Hidden Meaning

When Queen Elizabeth II addressed the British Public about the coronavirus pandemic on Sunday, April 5, she did so wearing a meaningful piece of jewelry.

According to Harper’s Bazaar Australia, experts suggest the turquoise and diamond brooch was chosen because of the color’s correlation with love, protection, and emotional balance, while “enhancing leadership powers.” The piece apparently belonged to her royal highness’s grandmother, Queen Mary.

Per Town & Country, the brooch was gifted to Queen Mary on the day of her wedding in 1893 by the Duke of York, the future King George V. The publication suggests Queen Elizabeth II could have chosen the turquoise pin to “link” herself to her grandmother, who helped support the king during the First World War.

“I am speaking to you at what I know is an increasingly challenging time,” the queen said in a televised address to the nation on Sunday. “A time of disruption in the life of our country; a disruption that has brought grief to some, financial difficulties to many, and enormous changes to the daily lives of us all.”

“Together we are tackling this disease, and I want to reassure you that if we remain united and resolute, then we will overcome it. I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge,” she added before thanking essential workers on the front lines and those practicing self-isolation and social distancing at home.

“We can take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return,” she concluded. “We will be with our friends again. We will be with our families again. We will meet again.”

No matter what message Queen Elizabeth II hoped to send with her choice of jewels, people from all over the world were impacted by her encouraging words, including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, reportedly.

According to a source with Harpers Bazaar, the two “were both moved” by the address. “They described it as not just a demonstration of experienced leadership, but also warmth, reassurance, and comfort,” the source added.

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Miss England 2019 Is Giving Up Her Crown to Fight COVID-19 as a Doctor

Miss England 2019 is hanging up her crown (for now) to focus on the coronavirus pandemic.

24-year-old Bhasha Mukherjee was a junior doctor specializing in respiratory medicine before competing in the Miss World pageant on behalf of England in December 2019. Although continuing her work at the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, Lincolnshire, after taking home her Miss England sash, she had planned to put her medical career on hold to travel the world for various humanitarian efforts after her latest competition. However, four weeks into her ambassadorship in India on behalf of Coventry Mercia Lions Club, where she donated stationery to schools and gave money to a home for abandoned girls, news broke that COVID-19 was spreading rapidly back home in the United Kingdom.

After Mukherjee started receiving messages from former colleagues about the worsening situation at her hospital, she knew she had to pick up where she had left off. She told CNN she felt she needed to be more hands-on during the pandemic. “When you are doing all this humanitarian work abroad, you’re still expected to put the crown on, get ready…look pretty,” But, she said. “I wanted to come back home. I wanted to come and go straight to work.”

“I felt a sense of this is what I’d got this degree for and what better time to be part of this particular sector than now,” she added. “It was incredible the way the whole world was celebrating all key workers, and I wanted to be one of those, and I knew I could help,” she said.

On April 5, Queen Elizabeth II made a rare address to the British public, thanking first responders for their tireless work responding to COVID-19.

“I want to thank everyone on the NHS front line, as well as care workers and those carrying out essential roles who selflessly continue their day-to-day duties outside the home in support of us all,” she said. “I’m sure the nation will join me in ensuring you that what you do is appreciated and every hour of your hard work brings us closer to a return to more normal times.”

She finished her speech with a hopeful message. “We can take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return,” she said. “We will be with our friends again. We will be with our families again. We will meet again.”

On Wednesday, April 6, Mukherjee returned to England but still has to self-isolate for about two weeks before she can return to work as a doctor at the Pilgrim Hospital, where it’s all hands on deck, according to the pageant queen.

“There’s no better time for me to be Miss England and helping England at a time of need,” she said.

31 Best Disney Movies That Stand the Test of Time

Picking the best Disney movies is a lot like choosing your favorite ice cream flavor: It’s difficult, and there really is no wrong answer. After all, there’s a reason why these films have endured for so many years—why it doesn’t matter if you were born in 1960 or 2000, you still had a formative screening of Cinderella. Disney movies are the closest thing we have to magic, and their effects transcend gender and generation. They still move you, whether you’re 5 or 45, and they’re constantly evolving.

More advanced technology has blessed us with even more visually dazzling Disney films: Pixar creations like Finding Nemo and Toy Story. But even with more razzle-dazzle, the crux of the best disney movies is always the same: Each one centers on the intense desire to be one’s true self, to find love, and to find home.

I think these 31 movies, below are the best examples of exactly that. (This list is randomly ranked.)

Katy Perry on Why She’ll Be a Good Mom’: ‘I’m the Toughest Bitch’

Katy Perry is having a baby girl, and she better be ready for some tough love.

The singer recently posted an adorable post of her fiancé, Orlando Bloom, covered in some sort of pink frosting with the caption, “It’s a girl.” I’m not really into gender/sex reveals (gender is a social construct, people!), but it’s always nice to see expecting parents show their excitement. Still, life is not going to be all sugar and frosting for Perry’s little one.

During the Sunday, April 5 episode of American Idol, judge Perry broke down why she’s going to be a good mom: It’s because she’s a “tough bitch.” This happened after 17-year-old Kimmy Gabriela made it through to the top 20 of American Idol by the skin of her teeth. (She performed “You Don’t Do It For Me Anymore” during part two of the top 40 leg of the competition.)

“To be honest with you, I don’t remember you every single time you’ve been on that stage,” Perry told her before breaking the news that she’d made it through to the next round. “How is that? Because you have one of the best voices on this competition. It’s not enough just to be a good singer. It’s not. I’m sorry.” Still, Gabriela made it through with a promise to “dig deeper.”

As the happy performer walked away, Perry got candid with co-judges Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan about what she’ll be like as a mom. “I’m the toughest bitch,” she said. “I’m gonna be a good mom. My kids are always gonna get it straight.”

While watching the broadcast, Perry posted the clip on her own Instagram. “West coast, are you watching me hone my maternal instincts on #AmericanIdol right now? 😬,” she wrote in the caption.

Katy Perry, of course, is not the only one sharing her excitement over her pregnancy on Instagram. Bloom, who shares a 9-year-old son with ex-wife Miranda Kerr, recently posted a sweet photo of Perry’s baby bump along with some clever wordplay.

“My babies blooming ❤️,” he wrote. Clearly, he’s got his dad jokes on lock.

The Hamilton Cast Reunited on John Krasinski’s Show Just to Surprise a 9-Year-Old Fan

The Hamilton original cast, Mary Poppins, Jim from The Office, and a very surprised nine-year-old girl joined together on Sunday night, April 5, for what must be the liveliest Zoom meeting since your boss’ husband walked in with no pants on.

The scene: the second episode of John Krasinski’s homemade quarantine talkshow, Some Good News.

The reason: Aubrey, a nine-year-old in Jacksonville, was supposed to see Hamilton when the Broadway tour came to her hometown this week, but the show was canceled for social distancing reasons. “We’re home watching Mary Poppins Returns instead,” Aubrey’s mom tweeted, after the family missed the show. “At least we’re safe & healthy.”

The strangely heartwarming outcome: watching a pre-teen light up as a stranger chants, over video call, “How does a bastard orphan son of a whore…”

Since Aubrey could not go to Hamilton, Hamilton came to Aubrey.

Welcoming the nine-year-old, who described herself as a “one-million” on the 1-10 scale of Hamilton fandom, Krasinski first promised to fly her and her mom to New York to see Hamilton after social distancing rules lift. He then introduced her to Mary Poppins herself, a.k.a. his wife Emily Blunt, who played the “practically perfect” nanny in Mary Poppins Returns. The call was then interrupted by Hamilton writer and star Lin Manuel Miranda, who co-starred with Blunt in Mary Poppins (or as Krasinski said of him, “He was kind of like a backup dancer.”).

Aubrey, who had grinned while speaking to Krasinski and smiled while meeting Blunt, gasped and mildly hyperventilated when Miranda joined the call. She became totally speechless when he was joined by Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr…and then Anthony Ramos…and then Daveed Diggs and Phillipa Soo…and eventually, the full Hamilton original cast, who joined together to sing the title song from the musical.

It’s hard to overstate what truly good news this all is—that the Hamilton cast is staying safe and well and extremely on beat, that Daveed Diggs has such elaborate wallpaper, that Lin Manuel Miranda is as electrifying over front-facing cam as he is live, that entertainers are going out of their way to make joyful art during dark times.

“Thank you for having me!” Aubrey, the world’s most polite nine-year-old, shouts at the end of the video. It’s nice to take a break from living through a major historical event to watch one that unfolded so long ago, it’s been made into a rap-filled Broadway musical. History has its eyes on all of us. So stay home, and call someone who needs some good news.

Jenny Singer is a staff writer for Glamour. You can follow her on Twitter.

Verishop Is Having a Ridiculously Cozy Sale Right Now

As we prime ourselves for another week of Zoom calls, it’s become clear that the preferred work-from-home ‘fit is head-to-toe cozy. Even for those of us who adhere to a sense of normalcy by getting dressed up, chances are the end goal is to feel comfy and homey in your outfits—and that’s where Verishop’s “Cozy Sale” comes in.

Verishop is basically what you’d get if Amazon and Nordstrom had a baby—with free one-day shipping and expertly curated fashion, beauty, and home decor products. Right now, the retailer’s coziest styles are stocked and ready to ship for the WFH wardrobe of your dreams. Get 25% off all sweatshirts and sweaters with code SWEATS25 through Sunday, April 12. From cropped hoodies and cashmere crewnecks to tie-dye sweatshirts, there’s ample clothing choose from—but the best part about this sale may be Verishop’s free one-day shipping policy.

There’s no denying that shopping amidst the coronavirus can feel indulgent—but if you’re in a place to do some retail therapy, sales like these can help support the brands you love while also helping you update your wardrobe essentials with things you actually need. So whether you’re shopping for yourself or someone else, here are the 11 coziest pieces you can buy today and have tomorrow.

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Mandy Moore Just Sang ‘Only Hope’ From A Walk to Remember, and It’s What We All Needed

If you’re anything like me, you may be seeking comfort during these unsettling times in the form of nostalgic TV shows and movies. Mandy Moore definitely gets it, and is here with the content you need right now as we start another week of isolation.

The singer/actor and her husband, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, have taken to performing music sets on Instagram Live from their home. Moore has been doing songs from her latest (excellent) album, Silver Landings, along with many other classic covers. But on Sunday, April 5, Moore brought out the big guns—emotionally speaking—when she sang “Only Hope” from her famous teen tearjerker, A Walk to Remember.

If for some reason you’ve never seen the movie, based on Nicholas Sparks’s hit novel, it follows the love story of Jamie, the sweet preacher’s daughter who’s battling leukemia, and Landon (Shane West), the popular bad boy forced to join the school play after getting into trouble. You can imagine where things go from there. In one of the movie’s pivotal moments, Landon starts to realize the true depth of his feelings for Jamie as he’s on stage with her during the play. Jamie is famously singing “Only Hope”during this scene—so to hear Moore belt it out again on IG brought on all of the feels.

Check it out for yourself below, it’s beautiful.

Fans were beyond excited.

This scene is super meaningful to Mandy Moore, as well. “The most memorable scene [in A Walk to Remember] for me is the school play and singing the song ‘Only Hope,'” she told Entertainment Weekly in 2017. “I remember putting on that beautiful ice blue, silk dress and everyone fawning all over it. It was the first time that I wasn’t in a ratty sweater and an oversized housedress.”

In case you’re know jonesing for A Walk to Remember cry, it’s currently available to rent on Amazon Prime.