It seems like every time you open Instagram, a beauty brand is launching a new palette, lipstick, or contour kit. While it certainly keeps getting ready fun, the sheer volume of products dropping on the regular makes it impossible to try everything—or even know where to start. That’s where our beauty team comes in. Luckily for you (and us), it’s our job to sort through the piles (and piles) of makeup that cross our desks each month to narrow down the best new makeup launches that are worth adding to your collection. From a charitable lipstick to Rihana approved liquid liners, this month’s launches are damn good. Check in all month as we add our favorites from June to the list.
Both Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle love to recycle pieces in their wardrobes. Of course, Middleton has been in the family longer, so she has a much larger royal archive to pick from. It’s frankly one of the most relatable things about the Duchess of Cambridge. (Who among us doesn’t have a favorite dress or pair of boots that we wear constantly?) Of course, most of us aren’t having our photographs blasted out around the world, but still….
Last night the Duchess of Cambridge brought back one of our all-time favorite looks, a striped off-the-shoulder dress from London-based Brazilian designer Barbara Casasola, to attend an event in support of her patronages, Action on Addiction.
“Action on Addiction was one of my very first patronages, and as such, it is very close to my heart,” she said in a speech. “I’m hugely passionate about the support it provides, especially for parents, children, and families who suffer from, or through, addiction. And in some ways, it was the catalyst for my interest in early-childhood development too…. What’s remarkable about Action on Addiction is that it goes beyond helping those who are suffering on the courageous journey into recovery—it also lends direct support to the children and families affected by addiction, for as long as it takes.”
The duchess paired the long-sleeve dress with metallic accessories, including a clutch by Wilbur & Gussie clutch.
What bachelorette weekend is complete without McDonald’s on a private plane? “We can’t have nice things,” one of Turner’s friends wrote. “The entire plane spilled their McDonald’s & drinks on take off. Bless that flight attendant’s heart.”
Honestly, this looks like a perfect weekend, though there were two important people missing—the other two “J Sisters”, Priyanka Chopra and Danielle Jonas. Chopra and Turner famously celebrated in Amsterdam ahead of Chopra’s wedding to Nick Jonas, but the actress appears to be hard at work in India, causing her to miss out on the festivities in Spain.
We’re sure they’ll all be reunited for that big second wedding this summer. Us Weekly reports that it’s going to be quite the bash. “Joe and Sophie want to have a huge party,” a source told the magazine. “The decor is going to be sophisticated, but there’ll be some kitschy elements, including a really wild cake. There’ll be a live band, and the Jonas Brothers are expected to take the stage.”
Actress Jessica Biel is being called an anti-vaxxer after appearing with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to oppose a California vaccination bill that limits medical exemptions. In recent years Kennedy has been outspoken about vaccinations, putting forth the (scientifically-disproven) claims that vaccines can cause autism, among other problems. “They can put anything they want in that vaccine and they have no accountability for it,” he said in 2015. “They get the shot, that night they have a fever of a hundred and three, they go to sleep, and three months later their brain is gone…This is a holocaust, what this is doing to our country.” (Kennedy later apologized for the “holocaust” remark.)
On Wednesday (June 12), Kennedy, founder of the Children’s Health Defense anti-vaccination group, posted photos of himself with Biel at the California State House. “Please say thank you to the courageous @jessicabiel for a busy and productive day at the California State House,” he wrote on Instagram.
Jezebel was the first to call attention to the post and later The Daily Beast spoke to Kennedy who confirmed that the two were in Sacramento to lobby against SB 276, a bill that would limit medical exemptions from vaccinations without approval from a state public health officer. Basically, this bill would make it harder for anti-vaxxers to get out of vaccinating their children by increasing oversight by medical professionals.
Choosing not to vaccinate is a public health issue. Unvaccinated individuals can put other people at risk of getting life-threatening diseases—experts point to the anti-vaxx movement as the cause of the recent measles outbreaks across the U.S.
Kennedy, speaking to The Daily Beast, would not call Biel an anti-vaxxer directly. “I would say that she was for safe vaccines and for medical freedom,” he said. “My body, my choice.” “The biggest problem with the bill,” he continued. “Which is something I think Jessica is concerned with is that a doctor who has made a determination—if he has found children in this state whose doctors have determined that they’re too fragile to receive vaccinations—this bill would overrule the doctors and force them to be vaccinated anyways.”
“She [Biel] was a very effective advocate. She was very strong and very knowledgeable. Extremely well-informed. An extremely effective advocate. She knows what she’s talking about… She’s upset about this issue because of its particular cruelty. She has friends who have been vaccine-injured who would be forced to leave the state.”
Meghan Markle made her first appearance since giving birth to baby Archie this past weekend at Queen Elizabeth II’s annual Trooping the Colour ceremony. Those who tuned in assumed she and Prince Harry left Archie at home, but it turns out he was at the event, too—just not on the balcony.
“Archie was at Trooping the Colour,” a source tells Us Weekly. “[It] was a chance for him to meet some of his cousins.”
The insider continued, “The reason Harry and Meghan didn’t appear on the balcony when the queen returned back to Buckingham Palace was because she was breast-feeding.”
Markle was all smiles at the event, but this source tells Us that leaving Archie—even for that short period of time—was hard for her. “She has spent almost every moment with him and saying goodbye was very difficult,” they say. “But Meghan truly wanted to be at the celebration for the queen. … Meghan loved seeing all the other royal children and was doting on them.”
Prince Harry has similar feelings about being away from Archie. A second source tells Us it was hard for the Duke of Sussex to go to Italy in May for an overnight engagement: “Harry left for Italy and it was very difficult for him to leave Archie and Meghan. He wants to spend every second he can with them.”
Baby Archie was first introduced to the world on Wednesday, May 8 during a photo-call. Both Markle and Prince Harry gave short interviews about their new lives as parents.
“It’s been great. Parenting is amazing,” Prince Harry told reporters. “It has only been, what, two and a half, three days…. We are just so thrilled to have our own bundle of joy and to be able to spend some precious time as he slowly starts to grow up.”
Staffer: Bella Cacciatore, beauty associate
Makeup Level: Medium coverage foundation, mascara
Results: At first I was appalled by Kylie’s video, but the more I thought about it, it made sense that she would have makeup all over her towel. She really only did have a few seconds to show the product in action, and even when I double cleanse, I often have foundation left on my own towel. The foaming cleanser broke down a good amount of my foundation, most of what was on my towel was mascara, which it had a harder time removing. I personally found the wash a bit too drying for my skin, but if I were to use this I would definitely use an oil or balm first to really break down all my makeup. It’s more of a second-step in double cleanse kind of cleanser—and I prefer oil removers to makeup wipes, which aren’t as environmentally friendly.
Staffer: Azadeh Valanejad, social video editor
Makeup Level: Full coverage foundation, mascara, liquid eyeliner
Results: The Kylie Skin Foaming Face Wash definitely exceeded my expectations. It was extremely gentle, but powerful—it completely wiped off my full coverage foundation. Plus, it smelled really good. Although it was drying for the others, it felt great on my skin. Just remember the fact of the matter is that it’s a basic, no-frills cleanser; not an eye makeup remover.
So did Kylie deserve the criticism? Yes and no. While the time constraints play a huge factor in the video, she probably should have known that people are more educated than ever when it comes to skin care, and the Internet has no problem calling out celeb fails. Still, the Foaming Face Wash does it’s job when used correctly—even better so when paired with makeup wipes. Maybe just launch an oil cleanser next, Kylie?
Prince William and Kate Middleton have had all sorts of rumors published about them, but there’s one currently floating around the Internet that’s particularly sinister: that William had an affair with their family friend Rose Hanbury, the Marchioness of Cholmondeley. This story first started brewing months ago, with several outlets publishing shaky-at-best reports. British journalists were reportedly tweeting things like, “Everyone knows about the affair, darling.” It was messy.
But completely unsubstantiated. There is absolutely no weight to these rumors or evidence that Prince William had an affair. This is just our celebrity news cycle at work—and because the royals rarely address stories written about them, tabloids can get away with printing pretty much anything (within reason).
All seems to be well with Prince William, Middleton, and Hanbury, though: They were all at the dinner party hosted last week during Donald Trump’s visit to the U.K. No, the three didn’t sit together, but it seems unlikely they all would attend this event if there was bad blood.
“They’re still going strong,” a royal insider tells Us Weekly. “Regardless of their ups and downs, they love each other dearly and their kids are the most important thing in their lives…It’s not unusual to have a few hiccups in a marriage, especially after eight years, and Kate and William are no different.”
Of course, Middleton didn’t take these reports well at first. (Who would?) “Kate finds the rumors hurtful, obviously, and hates the thought that one day her children will be able to read about them online,” an additional source tells Us Weekly.
After five seasons of climbing their way up the ladder at Empirical, the women of Younger are finally getting their due. Liza (Sutton Foster) is no longer balancing coffee runs for Diana (Miriam Shor) with editing books on the side. Instead, she’s a full-on editor and co-leader of the Millennial imprint. And Kelsey (Hilary Duff) isn’t just a star publisher on the rise: She’s the head of Empirical, and the new Charles (Peter Hermann). Over the past five seasons, we’ve watched Liza and Kelsey fight for respect in the company, push to have more women’s-focused literature published, and for their imprint to be given higher status. And now they have it. All of it. They’re calling the shots and running the C-suite. “It felt weird at first. It’s just the three of us sitting in the conference rooms. It feels earned,” Sutton Foster tells Glamour. But just because it feels earned doesn’t mean the women of Younger are ready to celebrate.
The first episode of the season opens with Lauren (Molly Bernard) shooting social videos of Kelsey as she enters the office and telling her, “You are a role model for every young girl with an English degree who wants to believe she didn’t throw away four years of her life. You are the youngest publisher in New York right now, and you are defining a cultural moment.” But Kelsey, who’s normally the type to shout about her successes, seems nervous. Like, really nervous. Gone is the girl who fought to launch her own imprint and treated winning manuscripts out from other editors like a sport. At first, it seems like she just needs to get her sea legs and adjust to her new title—but about halfway through the episode, we find out why Kelsey isn’t displaying her usual confidence.
When an author comes in to talk to Liza and Kelsey about a business book called The Glass Cliff, the issues stacked against Kelsey begin to crystalize. The author begins her pitch with, “Research shows when companies invite women into their C-suites, they experience a 27 percent decline in revenue. Why? Why are women underperforming? Or maybe we shouldn’t be blaming the women at all. Maybe they’re being set up to fail. Women inherit distressed companies far more often than their male counterparts. When an institution is in crisis, the next man up usually gets the axe, so why not make him a woman?”
This isn’t just a fictional premise. The term “glass cliff” was first coined in 2005, and according to research, is just as prevalent of a problem today. With Kelsey’s promotion coming on the heels of a new, risky stakeholder taking financial control of the company, her appointment feels like an opportunity to make her a scapegoat in case Empirical goes under. And it’s not lost on her.
Hilary Duff recently had a debate with her son, Luca. “He was like, ‘Boys are stronger than girls,'” Duff tells Glamour. “And I was like, ‘You’re wrong.’ And he was like, ‘Well their muscles are bigger.’ And I was like, ‘Men can’t do what women can do. We’re stronger. Eternally stronger. And it’s true.'”
Duff knows a thing or two about strength. On October 25, she gave birth to her second child (a baby girl named Banks Violet Bair). By March she was back on set, filming the sixth season of her hit show, Younger. While she considers the cast to be like family, spending 16 hours a day playing powerhouse publishing exec Kelsey Peters—and running around in Peters’ signature power looks and sky-high heels—would be grueling for anyone, let alone someone five months postpartum. But with the season premiering on TV Land on Wednesday evening, Duff got it done.
“Coming back from work so soon after having a baby is so hard, and I think women are the strongest working people out there,” Duff says. There are also a lot of logistics that go into balancing a full work schedule with caring for a newborn—and it was no different on the set of Younger. “I’m still nursing Banks. I’m getting to the tail end of like, ‘I can’t do this anymore, something’s gotta give!’ Pumping at work, bringing her to a nursing session, and juggling our 16-hour days. It’s fucking crazy.”
This unabashed honesty about motherhood—from opening up about having a “hard as hell” pregnancy, or getting real about breastfeeding—has become a signature of Duff’s, particularly on social media. In recent months Duff’s Instagram has gone viral for a recreation of Rachel McAdams’ breast-pumping photo shoot (in Duff’s version she accessorized with a shower cap that was nothing short of iconic), and has been flooded with photos of baby Banks. But for every woman who feels seen by Duff’s essay-length captions on pumping, or less alone when scrolling past a photo of Duff cradling her sick infant, there are those who object to her candor. You know the type: Internet mom-shamers who prefer perfect, filtered baby pictures to those that actually depict the realities of life with a newborn—and feel entitled to sharing their opinions with the world.
“I just saw a comment on my Instagram that was like, ‘Were you feeding your child solids while she was laying down?'” Duff says. “I’m like you know what, I’m going to feed my daughter how I want to feed my daughter. And if that’s laying down, or hanging upside down because it works for her, we’re gonna do it.” And this isn’t the first time Duff has received this type of feedback. In the past she was criticized for posting a photo of herself kissing her son on the lips, who was only 3 years old at the time. And while the rampant mommy-shaming stars like Duff are subjected to on social media can be irritating, Duff takes the high road, and leaves the clapping back to her friends. One of whom will, “go in so hard, he’s so sarcastic, I love it,” she says.
Because as Duff taught her son, women are eternally strong, and she’s far from an exception. Whether it’s balancing her shoot schedule with nursing, silencing the haters, or showcasing the darker underbelly of parenting on the ‘gram, Duff’s got this whole motherhood thing down. No matter what they might say in her comments.
The saga of Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson is seemingly never-ending. The couple split earlier this year after allegations surfaced that Thompson cheated with Kylie Jenner‘s best friend, Jordyn Woods. This, of course, came after previous cheating rumors about Thompson around the time of True’s birth.
Now, Khloé Kardashian is speaking out about more cheating rumors—but this time they’re about her and Thompson’s ex-girlfriend, Jordan Craig. The Good American mogul is shutting down claims that she and Thompson started dating while he was still with Craig, who was pregnant with his son.
She took to Instagram to clarify the beginning of their relationship. “I’m disappointed that I even feel the need to post this but…I need to say my truth,” she wrote in her Stories. “Take it as you will.”
“My truth is: I met Tristan because HE CHOSE to go on a blind date with me,” Kardashian continued. “A mutual friend set us up. After going on some dates, Tristan told me that he had an ex that was pregnant. Obviously, I was reluctant about us continuing to date or start a relationship.” She says that Thompson “pleaded” with her and claimed the relationship with Craig was long over.
“He had me talk with his most inner circle,” she says. “He showed me physical poof [sic] (correspondence between the two) and had me on calls with his lawyers to prove his point. His best friends, business associates and even his mother told me, him and his ex were broken up before we met.”