19 Best Drugstore Moisturizers 2022 for Hydration That Doesn’t Break the Bank

Aside from sunscreen, moisturizer is arguably the most crucial part of any skin-care routine. Whether you’re looking to banish rough patches, soothe sensitive skin, or simply keep your hydration levels in check, the quest for the perfect formula can be frustrating, to say the least — and it can end up taking a toll on your patience and your wallet.

Although there are a lot of different moisturizers with their fair share of bells and whistles, a few characteristics should be standard. “A good moisturizer should absorb right into the skin and relieve any tightness or dryness,” New York City-based board-certified dermatologist Lokita Singh, MD, has previously told Allure. “It should be lightweight so you can’t feel it as a distinct layer on the skin.”

To mitigate the time- and money-consuming process of finding that perfect formula, we sifted through plenty of hardworking hydrators — all of which are under $25 — to bring you the creams and lotions that pack a moisturizing (but not greasy) punch. So whether your skin is super dry, extra oily, or you’re fighting fine lines, we’ve got you and your wallet covered.

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Anthropologie’s Somerset Maxi Dress Review 2022

Refinery29’s dedicated Shopping team is back with another in-depth examination of an internet-revered item: Anthropologie’s Somerset Maxi Dress. After browsing the reader-favorite destination for the best summer dresses, we landed on this incredibly popular frock that over 300 reviewers adore for its relaxed pullover style, smocked waist, and tiered skirt. Previously, the Somerset Maxi could only be found in cotton fabric — but now, just in time for summer 2022, a linen iteration has made its highly anticipated debut. The vibrant cotton prints have been replaced with softer linen shades (think sky blues and sunny yellows); the beloved one-and-done silhouette has been enhanced to be even more easygoing with the addition of pockets (!).

“Whether you are going to brunch, a bridal/baby shower, or date night, this is the best and the most versatile event dress you could have in your closet. I own the blue and white chinoiserie print and lilac linen, and they both fit the same and are true to size. Currently, the black one is sitting in my cart too,” one of its enthusiastic fans divulged on Anthropologie. Another reviewer, who owns both styles, reported: “I got this dress in white and this is my 5th Somerset dress. The other four are all in cotton, but I am now in love with this linen version as well. Best fit EVER for my hourglass shape. It is a bit heavier than the cotton version due to being lined. But I LOVE how the linen drapes, especially how the sleeves are less stiff than in the cotton version. I am not so keen on pastels, but this white dress will be my new go-to white summer dress.”

Although the hype alone for this crowd-pleasing dress might be all the convincing we need, we decided to try it on IRL for more intimate intel. Keep reading to discover what two fashion writers had to say about the fit, feel, and real-life appeal of Anthropologie’s new linen Somerset Maxi Dress.


Kate Moss Is Getting a Movie — Who the F%*$ Will Play Her?

Cinephiles, artheads and fashion junkies, rejoice: James Lucas has signed on to direct a film about Kate Moss and Lucian Freud.

Appropriately titled Moss & Freud, the biopic will immortalize the unlikely bond between the supermodel and late painter, grandson of Sigmund Freud himself.

The two forged a friendship after Moss proclaimed that one of her remaining unfulfilled ambitions was to pose for the figurative artist. Despite Freud’s aversion to painting celebrities (“they’ve grown another skin because they’ve been looked at so much,” he famously said), he indulged Moss’ wish — over a period of nine months, a then-pregnant Moss sat for the painter seven days a week, from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

In 2005, the portrait — titled “Naked Portrait 2002” — sold at auction for £3,928,000 (approximately $5 million). Currently, the work is owned by a private American collector.

With the help of the Lucian Freud Archive, Moss herself will executive produce the film. “After watching ‘The Phone Call’ I knew that James would convey the emotion in the storytelling in a fitting way, one this memoir deserves,” the model said of Lucas’ Oscar-winning short film.

The news begs the question: who will play Moss and Freud, two icons in their own right?

I could see Stellan Skarsgård cast as the artist — but Moss’ look is so distinct, finding anyone who looks remotely like her seems like quite the task. Casting Kate Moss is a conundrum I’ll spend far too much time poring over this weekend.


7 Gadgets to Keep on Your Radar

There were leaks that Sonos is gearing up to announce a miniature version of its wireless subwoofer, and it’ll likely be called the Sub mini. A Reddit user discovered a hack to use their iPhone to cancel a family members’ morning alarm. And Pro-Ject announced new Metallica-inspired turntables that look sharp. But there were a bunch of other new gadgets announced this week, as well.

Here’s what you need to know.

Eve Outdoor Cam

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The Eve Outdoor Cam is the first smart outdoor camera that supports HomeKit Secure Video technology, which allows it to detect people, pets or vehicles, as well as store up to 10 days of fully encrypted videos. Like many other smart cameras, the Eve Outdoor Cam can shoot 1080p video, supports two-way talk and has a night mode. It has an integration motion light, too, for extra security.

Price: $250


Sony LinkBuds S

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The Sony LinkBuds S are the company’s newest wireless earbuds and they are designed to fill the mid-range gap between its entry-level LinkBuds ($178) and its flagship WF-1000XM4 ($280). Despite their name, however, the LinkBuds S share a lot more in common with Sony’s high-end buds than the basic model. The have noise-canceling and transparency modes, and they support Sony’s high-resolution (LDAC) audio files. They lack wireless charging, however.

Price: $200

Read our review of the Sony LinkBuds S, here.


Anker 563 USB-C Dock

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The Anker 563 is a new USB-C docking station that has the special ability of allowing any of Mac with an M1 chipset to connect to up to three external monitors. Normally limited to just one external monitor, the Anker 563 is able to circumvent this issue by having two HDMI ports and a DisplayPort. It also has seven other ports — that’s 10 ports total, for those keeping count — making it a really robust hub for a Mac power user.

Price: $250


Marantz CD 60

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Marantz is showing love to the true audiophiles who still adore the warm and rich sound of CDs. The company’s newest CD player blends a modern look with advanced circuitry, and it’s designed to integrate well with the other high-end components in your hi-fi system. It addition to playing CDs, it has a USB-A port (located on its front panel) that allows it to play of a vast array of digital files( including MP3, WMA, AAC and WAV, FLAC) from a connected USB storage device. Marantz is advertising it as the perfect partner for its Model 40n integrated amplifier, which it announced earlier this year. It’ll be available this June.

Price: $999


Klipsch Reference Premiere and Reference Speakers (2022)

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Klipsch announced refreshed versions of its high-end lines of Reference Premiere and Reference loudspeakers for 2022. Both loudspeaker lines — which consist of floorstanding speakers (with and without Dolby Atmos height modules), bookshelf speakers and center channel speakers — have been upgrade with improved tweeters (with larger Tractrix horns for even more high-frequency response and extension) and improved cabinet bracing. Both lines can be used in a hi-fi or home theater system.

Price: $299 — $3,000


Denon PMA-900HNE Integrated Amplifier

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The Denon PMA-900HNE is the company’s first integrated amplifier that has HEOS, Denon’s wireless multi-room streaming platform, baked right in. This allows the PMA-900HNE to wirelessly connect with any HEOS-enable wireless speakers or soundbars. Additionally, the stereo amp can deliver 85-watts per channel, is capable of high-resolution playback (up to 24-bit/192kHz), and supports Bluetooth and AirPlay 2 streaming as well.

Price: $949


HP Envy and Spectre Laptops (2022)

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HP announced its refreshed lines of Envy and Spectre laptops, which are its mid-range and flagship line of ultra-thin laptops, respectively, for 2022. All these laptops have been upgraded with the latest 12th-gen Intel chipsets, superior Wi-Fi connectivity and improved 5-megapixel webcams (which were previously 2-megapixel webcams). As before, both lines will be available in traditional clamshell and 2-in-1 (called x360) designs. The laptops range from 13-inch to 17-inch models.

Price: $899 — $1,399


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How to Treat Acne and Post-Acne Marks on Dark Skin, According to a Dermatologist — See Video

Treating acne can be a frustrating process, especially when you’re left with discoloration and scarring after the pimple is gone. “I’m a woman of color, so I understand when we get pimples, the zit will fade but that mark that’s left behind is the gift that keeps on giving,” says New York City-based board-certified dermatologist, Mona Gohara, MD. So it’s important to lay out a series of ground rules when it comes to properly treat those unwanted acne breakouts that are oh-so-tempting to touch.

This leads Dr. Gohara to rule number one: Do not pop or pick the pimple. “That just adds fuel to the fire and leads to a much higher chance of discoloration,” she explains. Dr. Gohara recommends using Neutrogena Stubborn Acne AM Treatment, which is formulated with 2.5 percent benzoyl peroxide, as a pimple-popping alternative, to settle the inflammation and irritation. Her pro tip: Add a little cortisone cream to your spot treatment, like SLMD Skincare Super Cortisone+, which features 1 percent hydrocortisone, as well as a nourishing cocktail of vitamin E, shea butter, and aloe vera.

When it comes to treating acne in the morning for melanin-rich skin, Dr. Gohara recommends using a mild, non-soap cleanser so you don’t irritate the skin, followed by a glycolic acid pad. “Use a glycolic pad that you can use on the face to both exfoliate and minimize marking,” she advises, adding that it’s one of her favorite tips.

Now onto sun protection: “Never forget to leave the house without a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher so you can minimize post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation the fancy word for brown marks on the skin from old acne marks,” Dr. Gohara indicates. Some of her go-to facial sunscreens are Black Girl Sunscreen Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30, EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46, and La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mineral Tinted Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid SPF 50.

For your nighttime skincare routine, Dr. Gohara suggests using a gentle non-soap cleanser, followed by a “pea-sized” amount of retinol, divided among the four quadrants of the face. To be more specific: a quarter of a pea-sized amount of retinol goes on both your cheeks and chin and forehead, before rubbing the product in and applying facial moisturizer over everything.


The Flight Attendant Cassie Exemplifies White Privilege

Cassie in season 2 is just as erratic as last season, but given that her character had woken up to a dead man after a one-night stand, her behavior seemed excusable. Further complicating her behavior last season was her battle with alcoholism. This time around though, we find Cassie sober, living in LA, and in a healthy, by her own standards, long-term, relationship with Macro. She seems to have her life together and is routinely going to AA meetings. But now Cassie seems to have replaced alcohol with adrenaline, and despite having a lot of resources and people to turn to, she is just as flighty and careless as before. 


Are Luxury Sneakers Getting Too Expensive?

Earlier this week, Louis Vuitton finally revealed the official release information surrounding its highly anticipated Nike Air Force 1 collaboration, priced just above $2,000 USD.

Of course, knowing past collaborations between luxury labels and sportswear giants we’ve seen some hefty price tags. Dior‘s limited-edition Air Jordan 1 retailed at $2,000 for the Lows and $2,200 for the Highs, with only 8,500 pairs available worldwide.

Obviously, once the shoes actually released, they hit the resale market where they instantly skyrocketed x 10, and are currently sitting at $20,000 USD on StockX.

The “more affordable” collaboration, Prada‘s recent adidas Forum trainer retailed just below $800 USD, which is still incredibly expensive considering that it is still a sneaker at the end of the day.

We’ve also got adidas x Gucci on the way, with plenty of sneakers set to hit shelves. Thus far, there are no prices available, but they’ll definitely be expensive.

Of course, when a shoe gets reinterpreted by the luxury world, it is remade and interpreted with new, luxury materials such as fine leathers and craftsmanship to match (or at least reflect) its price point.

When Louis Vuitton revealed that its nine Air Force 1 silhouettes will be dropping soon, the house also shared behind-the-scenes footage of the shoe being pieced together by hand, carefully cut and sewn to create the final product.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big believer that fashion should charge a premium for luxury products that require time and skill to create (and all workers should be fairly compensated, regardless of level, but that’s a conversation for another time), but does the high price tag isolate the customers that made these types of collaborations possible in the first place?

Over the past few years, the line between streetwear and luxury has been completely erased, and we’re now seeing brands like Dior sell $5,000 USD hoodies, Chanel make sneakers, and the biggest houses appointing talent from the streetwear world – just look at the change we’ve seen since Virgil Abloh‘s Louis Vuitton first debuted.

We’ve currently got Matthew Williams, Rhuigi, Nigo, and more in some of the industry’s most sought-after positions. No one would’ve guessed this was going to happen 10 years ago.

At the core, the streetwear community is young and hungry, always looking for the coolest new products and designers on the market. My generation has experienced the power of community through making friends outside the Supreme store, queuing for hours to cop a pair of sneakers for retail, and gotten scammed multiple times trying to buy items off of sites like Grailed, eBay, and Depop.

A few years ago following the rise of luxury streetwear labels like Off-White™ and Palm Angels, the big players decided to start making T-shirts, hoodies, and sneakers, because they finally realized it was time to attract their younger audience and stay relevant. Remember Gucci’s logo T-shirt? All of the pricey Balenciaga hoodies?

Without these consumers, most brands wouldn’t have been able to keep their sales up. Young people matter, and as the luxury giants realized that kids would happily save their money to splurge on a $300 USD T-shirt, everything has only gotten more expensive.

With luxury sneakers, they’re being priced around the $1,000 USD mark, which I guess seems okay for a designer shoe (it is a huge amount of money still, don’t get me wrong). But when it is a collaboration with labels like Nike or adidas, should brands really be charging this much?

For reference, a new pair of Air Force 1 sneakers will set you back $90 USD. A pair of Sambas? about $65. They’re accessible and are worn by most young people today because they’re cool and trendy, whilst still being affordable.

When luxury brands reinterpret these, how come the price tag changes so drastically? Well, because the customer changes, too.

Here’s the thing. No kid is going to be able to get their hands on a pair of LV sneakers, let alone afford them in the first place because these exclusive collaborations will be offered to clients and collectors.

And don’t get me wrong, it makes sense because it is an extremely limited collaboration, but it is a shame that those who have supported the sneaker industry, built the community, and made luxury fashion recognize the importance of streetwear, won’t actually be invited to take part.

There’s no easy solution to these situations because clearly, brands like Dior and Louis Vuitton can’t start selling shoes for less than $100 USD out of nowhere. That would completely take away from their luxury heritage and their emphasis on craftsmanship.

However, I think that Burberry and Supreme absolutely nailed it when they launched their recent collaboration.

When Burberry teamed up with Supreme earlier this year, we were all expecting an LV x Supreme round two – impossible to cop, and really expensive. To our surprise, Supreme dropped half the collection on its own website, and each item was priced according to Supreme’s own price points.

Then, Burberry dropped the second part in-store and online, which retailed at premium prices because of the materials and the craftsmanship, and featured the collection’s fancy items including leather jackets and silk shirts.

Long story short there was an expensive capsule and an affordable capsule, meaning that anyone could join in and wear the collaboration, despite their budget. Burberry made the choice to include everyone, not just its own consumer, which is most likely thanks to Supreme.

As we see more luxury brands collaborate with sportswear or streetwear brands, I think it is important that we don’t forget who the customer is in the first place.

Let the real fans be a part of something by creating one entry-level item that is available to the masses, and do the extremely limited, luxury drop as well to cater to the big clients and collectors.

Perhaps I’m being too naive to think that this could even be a possibility, but given how much hype surrounds these big collaborations, it makes sense to get the people involved.


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Elle Fanning Brought Princesscore Hair to the Cannes Red Carpet

Elle Fanning is ushering in princesscore summer in style, thanks to a duo of sugar-sweet hair clips at Cannes Film Festival 2022. Showing off her penchant for a deep side part, Fanning’s barrettes even rivalled her Chopard diamonds.

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Walking the red carpet ahead of the Top Gun: Maverick screening, Fanning’s buttery blonde curls were secured to the side with a pearly white beaded hair clip. It was the perfect accompaniment to her Armani Privé embellished gown and fair skin tone.

Later, for the L’Oréal Paris anniversary dinner, the 24 year-old actor switched to another ultra-ladylike number. This time, it was an elegant black, off-the-shoulder dress by Giambattista Valli, which she wore with a coordinating black velvet bow in her hair.

Enchantingly pretty, Fanning has long-loved a girlish touch when it comes to her hair. Paired with a feline flick (courtesy of L’Oréal’s cult Flash Cat Eye Waterproof Liquid Liner) and flawless skin, it just worked.

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The looks also serve as great inspiration on how to quickly – and effortlessly – up the ante on your own hairstyle, whether for an event or day to day. Seek out hair barrettes and other accessories to add detail into an otherwise simple style. 

This story originally appeared on vogue.co.uk.


Inside the Closet of Joe Freshgoods

Even if you don’t know the name Joe Freshgoods, you’ve likely felt his influence. The 35-year-old entrepreneur has lent his expertise to everyone from New Balance to McDonald’s, creating impactful campaigns like “Inside Voices” and “Conversations Amongst Us.” In doing so, the Chicago native developed a personal brand that emulates early 2000s lifestyle brands. Whether it’s Tommy Hilfiger or Crooks and Castles, Freshgoods helps craft a brand where “it felt like the owner was the coolest person in the world,” he muses. When you buy one of his collaborations, you’re buying more than a product. You’re buying into the Joe Freshgoods lifestyle.

In Chicago, Freshgoods has cemented his place in the local community via his store Fat Tiger, where he sold only his own designs. (He recently closed the store to end on a high note after eight years of success.) “Even though Chicago is a big city, I represent that you don’t have to be in New York or LA to make it [in fashion],” he says.

In terms of his personal style, the designer and creative director’s unconventional ensembles ensure you can’t miss him. “I hate when people notice me in the club,” he says. “But it’s like, ‘Well, Joe, I wouldn’t notice you, but you got that big dumbass hat on.’” The hats in question (and pretty much everything in his closet) range in color, size, and texture, but are alike in their splendor. Tiger print? Fur? Crochet? It’s all there.

The multihyphenate is also a collector of art (he loves to support Black artists), figurines, and sneakers—the latter he stores in his basement. “I might have 1,000 shoes, but I wear the same two. I’m that type of person,” he says. Comfort and color dictate his sartorial expression. Once cozy, Freshgoods embraces eccentric items that tell a story. His essentials include quilted Bottega Veneta boots, Target tank tops, and velour pants. Ahead, Freshgoods shares more about his early career, his personal style, and a glimpse inside his closet.