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These 18 Drunk Elephant Dupes Are So Effective – And Affordable

I know, I know, there are Drunk Elephant skincare dupes out there — if there are Bum Bum Cream dupes and Good Genes dupes, then there are dupes for anything, right? — but I’m always hesitant to try them. What if they don’t work as well? My wallet isn’t always the thickest right before my paycheck hits, but price = quality, right?

But you can only spend so much before you wonder, “what else is out there… and for a fraction of the price?”

So, I did a hunt for Drunk Elephant dupes, products to replace the more expensive skincare options on the OG’s site. Here are the options I found that will give you the skin you’re looking for – without breaking the bank on days you just can’t afford to buy the entire shelf at Ulta. (Tempting, but not today, bb.)

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Let’s start with why peptides are such a Big Deal: they’re amino acids that are building blocks for chains like collagen and elastin, keeping your skin from sagging.

Drunk Elephant uses a blend of 11 peptides to firm and add bounce, as well as antioxidant-rich ingredients like snow mushroom extract, sodium PCA, and tocotrienols (which are part of the vitamin E family, known for protecting and repairing skin).

Enter: Peach & Lily’s Glass Skin Refining Serum, which uses a proprietary blend of peptides to encourage collagen production and smooth out those fine lines. It also uses a proprietary blend of hyaluronic acid molecules, supposedly locking in hydration and plumping up skin more than the usual hyaluronic acid molecule does.

Unlike Drunk Elephant, this dupe uses an ingredient derived from mushroom, rather than mushroom itself: madecassoide, which helps bring dull skin back to life. 

Finally, for an extra burst of antioxidants and vitamins, Peach & Lily incorporates peach and Asian mountain yam extracts to firm up and fortify your face.


If you’re looking for a moisturizer rather than a serum, Protini Polypeptide Cream may sound like the only option.

Using peptides again, plus pygmy waterlily stem cell extract to calm, soybean folic acid ferment extract for vitamin B – which helps protect from sun damage – and acetyl glutamine for amino acids, it’s pretty good.

But Paula’s Choice goes straight to the source with amino acids and ceramides, giving your skin’s barrier the added protection it needs without requiring extra ingredients. And a bonus for the barrier: omegas 3, 6, and 9 are in the formula, which help retain moisture. 

Glycerin and sodium hyaluronate mingle with the omegas for ultimate hydration in the Drunk Elephant dupe, too. And at the same time, a variety of oils — including chia seed, olive, passion fruit seed, and flaxseed (filled with vitamin B) — come in to nourish, soften, protect, and smooth skin.

So, yeah, Drunk Elephant’s product does a lot. But why would you settle for less, hm?

 


Ah, The Ordinary. Stupidly affordable, stupidly effective.

Since they use such scientific language on their site, I’m gonna simplify it here for you. Drunk Elephant’s TLC Sukari Babyfacial Mask is an acid-based facial, with both AHAs and a BHA. This basically renews your skin, which sounds irritating… but Drunk Elephant adds in cactus extract, virgin marula oil, and passionfruit seed oil to fight back against it.

In The Ordinary’s AHA/BHA Exfoliator, acids combine to renew and rejuvenate. The Ordinary, however, uses Tasmanian pepperberry and vitamin B5 for soothing. The result is the same, but you’ll spend $72 less at Ulta – and that’s a total win, in our opinion.


A-Gloei is pretty damn expensive for its one ounce, but the magic it performs? Priceless… kind of. Why spend $72 when you can spend less than $40 for the same magic?

La Roche Posay’s Retinol Face Serum, like Drunk Elephant’s A-Gloei, has retinol in it (pure and gradual release) to exfoliate skin and clear up imperfections like uneven skin tone and texture.

While A-Gloei is filled with ceramides, however, the Retinol Face Serum is bursting with B3 and hyaluronic acid. The result: locked in moisture, total hydration, softening and smoothing, and only $39.99 out of your bank account, not $72.

Smile at that – without worrying about those smile lines.


As fall rolls around, I know many will be missing the glow that summer gave them. But you can have it in fall, I promise!

Drunk Elephant’s Sunshine Drops are special because they have antioxidants galore – including in peptides, which help with signs of aging by encouraging collagen production. Throw in some chronocyclin to mimic that sun, and it’s a bronzing solution that can’t be beaten… lol, yes it can be.

Don’t freak over the lack of peptides – Milk’s Bionic Bronzer uses vegan plant-derived collagen to help with elasticity and anti-aging. And peptides ENCOURAGE collagen production, the ingredient that’s actually PRESENT here, so… do with that what you will.

The Drunk Elephant bronzer dupe has vitamin D – which the OG “mimics” – though both contain a healthy dose of vitamin E to repair and protect.

Where Milk rises to the top: the Bionic Bronzer utilizes tremella and reishi mushroom extracts to hydrate skin with hyaluronic acid, so you’re protecting yourself, bronzing, and glowing from hydration for $30.


Drunk Elephant uses virgin marula oil like it’s a sacred resource that will disappear at any given second (will it? Fact check me pls). And yeah, it’s a great ingredient, helping with fine lines and wrinkles, as well as protecting from environmental stressors.

But it’s $68 for 0.5 oz., which is… kinda ridiculous, tbh. 

Glow Recipe’s Plum Plump Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizer is — yep, gonna say it — even better, and it doesn’t even use marula oil. Nope, I’m not cheating! 

Instead, your skin will enjoy the fountain of youth thanks to a strong peptide (collagen building blocks, once again), a combination of hydrating squalane and jojoba and moringa seed oils, and hyaluronic acid to lock in all of that moisture.

Unique ingredients to Glow Recipe’s moisturizer include plum and ice willowherb, which brighten, hydrate, and balance skin out. Say hello to hydration and anti-aging for less than two-thirds of the price.


Moon Juice comes to the rescue if you’re looking for affordable skincare that actually works.

TLC is filled with ingredients such as AHAs for exfoliation, salicylic acid for unclogging, raspberry fruit extract for its antioxidants, galactoarabinan (a polysaccharide) to help with fine lines, and Buddleja Davidii Meristem Cell Culture to help with photodamage. But at $90, it’s a major splurge for only 1 oz.

Moon Juice offers their Acid Potion, a steal at half the cost as the OG. With AHAs paired with salicylic acid for total exfoliation and reduction of fine lines, your skin will be rid of dead skin cells and ready to glow. Niacinamide — a form of anti-radical vitamin B — as well as clary oil and honeysuckle extract come in to soothe skin from the exfoliation; with the balancing properties of reishi, you don’t have to fret about irritation.

Also containing vitamin E and tocotrienols to protect and repair from damage, plus glycerin and allantoin to hydrate, you have a dupe worthy of bragging about.


Is your skin thirsty? Begging for hydration? It’s tempting to spend the $48 on Drunk Elephant’s B-Hydra Serum, I know – it’s not that much! But I’m here to tell you that you can do better than that, bb.

Cocokind uses ceramides to retain any moisture your skin can get, which also protect your skin from toxin-filled bacteria. At the same time, squalane and banana extract moisturize.

It’s basically the same thing as Drunk Elephant’s formula, which includes comparable pineapple ceramide (no plural, notice that?), as well as hydrating sodium hyaluronate and Pro-vitamin B5 for skin barrier protection. But, you know, cheaper.


I’m gonna say it just one more time: peptides are amino acid building blocks for elastin and collagen, stopping sagging in its tracks.

You may think that you’ll only find copper peptides and stem cells in Drunk Elephant’s product – after all, what the hell are those? But Derma E offers copper peptides AND plant stem cells in their eye lifting treatment, too.

There’s also a healthy dose of kakadu plum for texture and elasticity in Derma E’s option, which is comparable to Drunk Elephant’s niacinamide.

The Eye Lifting Treatment has plenty of fruit extracts for healthy nutrient contributions as well, so you’re not missing out on Drunk Elephant’s bioflavonoid derivative, aka Hesperidin Methyl Chalcon.


Wake up, buttercup! It’s time to seize the day and get that glow on. But can you really seize the day when you’ve just paid $78 for less than one ounce of serum? Debatable.

If you can’t stomach that, I recommend Winky Lux’s Orange You Bright Vitamin C Brightening Serum.

The Potent Vitamin Complex, aka l-ascorbic acid, ferulic acid, and vitamin E, is what Drunk Elephant relies on in its C-Firma Fresh Day Serum, while its dupe runs with jeju guava extract, which is filled with antioxidants and helps fight aging as well as environmental aggressors.

And where Winky Lux really takes off: the incorporation of peptides, which help aid collagen production and complement skin elasticity.

Sorry, Drunk Elephant – I’ll take a dupe who does more any day.


A retinol cream is important, but you need something soothing, too… like vitamin F, aka linoleic and alpha-linolenic acids, to help with resulting sensitivity and texture.

Winter cherry juice has the most carotenoids out there, protecting you from free radicals; passionfruit, apricot, and jojoba oils are soothing. Tbh, Drunk Elephant is kind of showing off with these ingredients.

But the classic Burt’s Bees does just as awesome a job with its Vitamin C + E +  F Serum, featuring, you guessed it: vitamins F, and E, and C.

Who needs winter cherry juice when you have straight vitamin E with an assist from lotus flower extract; passionfruit, jojoba, and apricot oils when you have safflower and sunflower oils; and then — as an added bonus — vitamin C for brightening and erasing fine lines and wrinkles?

On top of that, the dupe has chamomile for soothing and fighting inflammation – so all of that vitamin C is chilled out with the rest of vitamin F. Talk about a skin-loving serum… for less than half the price of the original.


I’ve been pulling plenty of all-nighters for QUILL (I love it, don’t worry!) and my eyes look dead. Drunk Elephant combats this with ceramides, antioxidants, and oils in their C-Tango Eye Cream, but the price is just as cute as my hollow eyes.

Aka, not cute.

Thank god for Paula’s Choice, once again, and her C5 Super Boost Vitamin C Eye Cream is filled with peptides to help with elasticity and sagging, like Drunk Elephant’s 8-peptide blend. There’s also an abundance of vitamin C to add glow and radiance to tired eyes, plus zerumbone to target under eye discoloration.

On top of these ingredients, the Drunk Elephant dupe has hyaluronic acid to fight fine lines while locking in moisture, shea butter to nourish, softening sunflower seed extract, and vitamin E to repair and protect.

Can your Drunk Elephant eye cream do that? Nah, I didn’t think so.


Kopari’s own Moisture Whipped Ceramide Cream is ridiculously similar to Drunk Elephant’s Lala Retro Whipped Cream with Ceramides. And the results you receive are so. freakin’. similar.

You can thank ceramide NP in both for the balancing, soothing, moisture-locking properties; Drunk Elephant also uses ceramides EOP and AP, while Kopari uses vegan ceramides like phytosphingosine. The two incorporate hydrating sodium hyaluronate as well (though Kopari also includes squalane for that bump in moisture). 

See, Kopari ran with the concept of a ceramide cream and did it, well… better, including ingredients like coconut fruit extract for vitamin B; watermelon seed oil for antioxidants; vitamin E and jojoba seed oil for the assist in protection and repairing damaged skin; and shea butter, aloe, and baobab for nourishing and soothing irritated skin.

If you’re super into vegan formulas and want a multi-faceted product with a pleasing texture for less than $55+, Kopari has you covered — and well.


It sounds weird, yeah – a Fermented Sake Spray? But it’s good for your skin’s microbiome, I swear!

Still, if pouring hemp-based hops extract and kombucha on top of sake just doesn’t sound delicious, then turn to Skinfood’s Drunk Elephant dupe. It’s also filled with good nutrients, starting with sake, but following with more “normal” ingredients for nutrients.

For example: peach fruit extract is filled with organic acids, vitamins A and C, and pectin (which evens out discoloration); licorice root extract helps brighten dark spots; and centella asiatica extract soothes and irons out lumps and bumps.

And just to reiterate: you won’t smell like sake after rubbing Skinfood into your skin. Sake DOES protect your microbiome thanks to its peptides and sebum control, so don’t ditch it simply for the name, okay? Especially when you have peach and licorice root surrounding it.

So, what’ll it be: $42, or $16? Ya gotta wonder.


Do you ever look at a product and go, “wow, I wish I could have that but cheaper?” Yeah, me too… but not with Drunk Elephant, because their dupes are just as good.

For example, the name brand’s SPF 30 sunscreen comes with ingredients to neutralize free radicals and fight environmental stressors and oxidative damage, like sunflower shoot extract, astaxanthin-rich algae extract, and raspberry seed oil.

Kinship’s Self Reflect Probiotic SPF 32 said “oh, please, that’s nothing.” Non nano zinc oxide is reef-safe, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t fight UV rays like a knight in shining armor. Turmeric also plays a huge role, providing antioxidants to soothe and protect sensitive skin from free radicals.

But it’s Kinship’s Kinbiome that makes it special. The proprietary plant-based probiotic protects the skin’s barrier and helps to keep skin clear. The variety of fruit extracts help provide extra antioxidants, vitamins, and light exfoliation, so free radicals are banished and skin is left radiant — but not red, thanks to soothing aloe.

So, before you pick up another tube of Umbra, take a glance at Kinship, okay? I know the price tag doesn’t seem that different, but when you’re getting all you are from Self Reflect, it’s best to ~self reflect~ you know?


The Ceramighty AF Eye Balm is new from Drunk Elephant, and we have the perfect dupe for it.

But first, the low-down: Ceramighty uses ceramides, vitamin F, and omegas to give your eyes a rejuvenating boost, soothing eyes that have seen too many all-nighters. But at $60 for half an ounce… yikes.

Invest in Paula’s Choice’s Eye Cream instead, which has ceramides and peptides to help with tired, looser skin. Throw in hydrating glycerin and sodium hyaluronate, vitamin C to fight dark circles and brighten under-eyes, a little retinol to clear out the old and bring in the new skin cells, and pomegranate and licorice extracts to counteract redness, and you have eyes that look like they slept for more than eight hours.


Wash off without drying your skin out. Drunk Elephant’s Pekee Cleansing Bar coddles your skin while cleaning and fights aging, using ingredients like honey to soothe and nourish, blueberry extract to stop glycation (the process that causes visible aging), and marula oil (of course).

CeraVe’s Foaming Cleanser Bar is also soap-less, but it’ll still keep you clean and give you benefits that can’t be denied. For example, hyaluronic acid fights fine lines and plumps skin, while niacinamide calms the skin following a sebum-sucking sesh from the kaolin clay.

But CeraVe didn’t come to f*ck around. The bar also includes three ceramides, giving you anti-aging benefits galore, straight from the source — not extracts or oils that mimic what the body needs. 

Again, no soap in either, but one is less than a quarter of the price WITH ceramides? Yeah, you choose.


Okay, so a lip balm that’s $18. Not the first time I’ve heard of it. But for less than 0.5 oz.? Nope, there’s better than that.

Drunk Elephant’s Lippe Balm has ingredients like antioxidant-bulldozer mongongo oil, protective cranberry seed oil, moisturizing avocado oil, and hydrating sea fern algae.

But you can get just as much hydration from Mario Badescu’s Moisturizing Lip Balm, which has a variety of oils and butters — think conditioning cocoa and shea butters, as well as nourishing coconut and sweet almond oils.

But Mario Badescu’s lip balm also contains vitamin E, helping to protect and repair any damage. And then there’s the fact that it contains vitamin F, something y0u won’t find in many products — let alone a lip balm.

Oh, and it’s less money for more product, which is just [insert chef’s kiss here].

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Which Drunk Elephant dupe do you swear by? Are you going to try any of these? Tell us below!


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MOXIE Nail Varnish: A Rave Review

Another day, another nail polish review – this time, of MOXIE Nail Varnish, whom we featured this month for our beauty industry profile!

mary ann "em" kilgore, founder of moxie nail varnishMoxie visionary EM Kilgore

Hugh initially reached out to me regarding a partnership. After a Zoom in which we discussed the profile and a review, he and his lovely wife and co-founder/visionary, EM, sent me nail polish to try out. 

So, without further ado, here is my review of MOXIE Nail Varnish’s polish!

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MOXIE Nail Varnish: The Full Review

EM and Hugh gifted me multiple colors, which I shared with my team and mother. However, I kept MOXIE’s grey and red to myself to review; they’re extremely gorgeous AND have names I need to channel: WARRIOR! (grey) and TRUTH! (scarlet). 

moxie varnish nail polish bottles. on the left is warrior! (grey); on the right, truth! (red)

The bottles are cute, and the white blocks come off to reveal your standard circular tops.

One thing I noticed right off the bat: the tops have ridges, and if they’re screwed on tight, it can be a little painful to twist off the caps. If you have to use only two fingers to unscrew (me after painting two nails, oops), slipping is likely; make sure to undo all caps first!

However, the ridges do have a benefit: grip. I was able to hold onto the applicators – a little shorter than most due to a smaller polish bottle. I prefer this for control, as my tardive dyskinesia can create a mess the farther away the applicator is from where I’m applying the makeup (same goes for eyeliner, mascara, etc.). 

applicator brush of moxie varnish nail polishes

The greatest thing about this nail polish: its pigment. Holy. Shit. I painted one coat on, and I was done. MOXIE’s liquid doesn’t seem thicker or thinner than other polishes’, but more than one coat isn’t necessary. Just look: this photo was taken with only one coat. Insane!

nails painted with just one coat of moxie nail varnish polishl.

I blew on my nails for about 30 seconds, hoping it would hurry up the drying process. I expected them to be a little tacky, but to hold up… so imagine my surprise when they were completely dry after those 30 seconds of blowing cold air. The pigment didn’t fade when drying, either – it stayed just as bright!

A Christmas miracle, I swear.


Final Thoughts

tess wearing moxie nail varnish's grey and red nail polish

MOXIE Nail Varnish’s polish gets a 9/10-star review from me! I only downgraded due to the cap – my cold fingers definitely felt the ridges’ burn as I attempted to open a bottle with wet nail polish on (not my brightest moment, admittedly). 

EM, Hugh, thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to review MOXIE’s nail polish! I’ll be ordering even more the second these run out – and most likely in neon orange. Can’t beat the brights here!

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I hope my review of MOXIE Nail Varnish’s nail polish has convinced you to try out the brand! What colors will you be rocking? Tell us in the comments.


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11 Compression Bras For Maximum Support And Comfort

For those of you who have a little more action going on in the chest area, how’s the back pain? How’s it not being able to breathe sometimes? Now, I’m only speaking out of experience, but I’m sure that those who have a similar situation going on in that aspect know what I’m talking about. 

 

As lovely as they are, the burden of having them sucks. It makes me want to get rid of all the volume on my chest completely, but that could be because until recently, I haven’t really done that good of a job supporting them. 

I find that having support for your chest is absolutely necessary but so commonly overlooked. That’s why QUILL’s here to share the best compression bras with you – so you don’t have to deal with the pain anymore. 

 

(Same with me. Literally gonna buy one of these compression bras after writing this. I’m a 34DD and to say I’m exhausted is an understatement!!) 

Here are our recommendations for the best compression + minimizer sports bras!

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Compression Top

a person wearing the compression top by tomboyx

The Compression Top from TomboyX is a perfect stand in for a sports bra, especially for one that makes you look flat. Not all of us want to ~sport~ a compression bra to the gym; some of us may want to wear one for the sake of gender euphoria. That’s exactly what TomboyX’s mission is all about. If you know QUILL, you know that any gender-inclusive brand is a go for us. This top has been fit-tested on all body types, and is durable and soft to fully support your chest. Yeah, this one definitely gets the green light from us. 

BUY NOW – $39


COMPRESSION MÉLANGE CROSS-BACK BRA

compression melange bra from tory burch

This compression bra from Tory Burch sits high on the comfortability rating. It claims to provide medium support, which is good for quick trips to the gym or even for everyday use. It has great coverage, so you could also just use this compression bra as a top itself! It’s simple and stylish, flashing that iconic logo on the back. 

BUY NOW – $69


Compression Racerback Sports Bra

HANES Compression Racerback Sports Bra

I’m a sucker for a good deal. Hanes never fails me for this reason; these compression bras are only $12 a piece, and come in a ton of different colors and patterns. These are great to buy in bulk if you’re looking for something supportive to wear at the gym. This compression bra in particular has medium support, and claims to be chafe-resistant, which is a huge plus! There are zero wires (thank God), and it also has cool comfort technology so that you won’t be sweating buckets.

BUY NOW – $11.49


Nike Dri-FIT ADV Alpha

NIKE Nike Dri-FIT ADV Alpha

To be completely transparent, this unpadded sports bra is probably the coolest I’ve ever seen. I’d be so proud to just wear this as a top itself, and with good reason! Despite it being totally stylish, this minimizer sports bra offers a high amount of support. The overlay strap eliminates bounce and spillage, and offers that extra oomph of support that other bras are missing. It’s also created with Nike’s trademark anti-sweat tech, so you can stay cool on the run. 

BUY NOW – $47.97


POWERREACT TRAINING MEDIUM-SUPPORT TECHFIT BRA

ADIDAS POWERREACT TRAINING MEDIUM-SUPPORT TECHFIT BRA

This Adidas sports bra does an amazing job with the compress aspect; the design is curated to be sleek, yet supportive, so you won’t be distracted doing your day-to-day activities. This bra is also made out of 60% recycled material, which is great if you’re also looking to make more environmentally conscious decisions in your personal purchases! Another plus is that the padding is removable, which is a personal favorite of mine. 

BUY NOW – $36


This compression bra is fantastic for folks with slightly bigger chests, because it was designed for them! Athleta says that this bra is great for people who are around sizes D to DD, and even has adjustable straps for those who want better control over the fit. This bra is best for people who have cardio ingrained into their routines; it’s made for running or HIIT exercises. Thanks to this compression bra, you don’t have to think twice about running. 

BUY NOW – $59


VAPOR AURORA TAKE CHARGE BRA

alo yoga VAPOR AURORA TAKE CHARGE BRA

The Take Charge bra from Alo is stylish — and ready to support you. It offers light to medium support, so it’s perfect for wearing on a casual outing or for a rest day. It even comes in a matching set, so if you’re trying to look super coordinated, you can check out the matching shorts as well! It has thick straps for extra support, and the roominess of it doesn’t cramp everything together.

BUY NOW – $52


Project Rock Printed Crossback Sports Bra

UNDERARMOUR Project Rock Printed Crossback Sports Bra

If there’s anybody who knows anything about drive or power… you guessed it, it’s The Rock (please don’t cringe at me, I WILL cry). That’s why he designed the perfect compression sports bra for all your intense-activity needs. This bra is padded for extra coverage and even helps out with breathability, all in addition to having crossover straps to better hold yourself up. Not only that, the material is soft, and dries quickly!

BUY NOW – $19.97


The Perform Bra®

EVERLANE The Perform Bra®

Everlane is known to be one of the more sustainable fashion brands. That’s why I was beyond delighted to hear that they have their own line of compression sports bras! The Perform Bra model has double lining to provide you with ultimate comfort and, of course, support. The compression itself is lightweight, which makes it great for your everyday, go-to staple piece. Everlane’s supply chain has eliminated 90% of its virgin plastic, and their items consist of recycled material as well. 

BUY NOW – $38


GapFit Recycled Power Tank Sports Bra

GapFit Recycled Power Tank Sports Bra

This compression sports bra is simple, but effective. The material is breathable and offers medium support, so it’s good for all-around training of any kind. It’s moisture wicking to prevent sweat buildup, and it’s super stretchy — no chafing here! I’m a huge fan of the style as well; it has a square neckline and thin straps, so it’s perfect to layer with other pieces. 

BUY NOW – $15


Compression Sports Bra

YADIFEN COMPRESSION SPORTS BRA

I’ll be real – what got me with this one was the $10 price tag. This compression bra has some extra length to the torso, so you could wear it as a regular tank top. But at the same time, you’re still getting literal seamless support with its double layering and wire-free full coverage! Reviewers say it’s perfectly basic, and can even stand in as an alternative to chest binders. One reviewer in particular says that as a transmasc individual with rib problems, it feels like the top isn’t even there when wearing it. That’s a +1 for comfort!

BUY NOW – $9.99


Having a large chest, despite its appeal, can be a burden. But it doesn’t have to be the end! Thanks to the ever-evolving clothing technology and increasing inclusivity in brands, there are finally options for compression bras with varying support levels for just about anyone. 

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Are you a fan of any of these compression sports bras? Let us know in the comments below!


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These 10 Travel-Size Makeup Products Make Packing Easy

It’s tempting to put up with moving your makeup around, squeezing it into every little crevice of your suitcase and makeup bag while traveling. But I’m here to tell you: invest in creating a travel size makeup kit now. Yes, even if you have an all-in-one makeup kit — invest in mini makeup products!

Trust me, I get it — you love your MAC makeup, and they don’t have your fav in a travel size. It’s scary to give up your favs. Who has time to research and try out new makeup, then put together a kit when getting ready to travel?

Me. I do. You’re welcome.

If you’re about to get cramped for a trip, these travel size makeup products will make your life easy and, yes, work just as well as your favs.

20% of all affiliate sales are donated to The National LGBTQ+ Task Force. Thank you for your support!

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Sunshine Skin Tint SPF 30

milk makeup SUNSHINE SKIN TINT spf 30 foundation

If you need a base, choose one that’s easy to control and has SPF in it – kill two birds with one stone, you know? Milk’s Sunshine Skin Tint has SPF 30, but 0 zinc, so you won’t dry out despite the dry air. Instead, it’s filled with hydrating grapeseed, avocado, mandarin, jojoba, and olive oils, as well as squalane to boost your natural moisture.

BUY NOW – $42


Secret Camouflage Correct and Brighten Concealer Duo Stick

laura mercier Secret Camouflage Correct and Brighten Concealer Duo Stick

Laura Mercier comes in clutch, having created a concealer to make last-minute coverups easy. On the Camouflage Correct side, cover up zits, dark spots, and other blemishes; on the Brighten side, take care of dark under eye circles (use an under eye primer first!). Plant-derived squalane hydrates; Laura also included blurring powders and pearls and plant extracts to help blur and brighten.

BUY NOW – $32


DOUBLE TAKE CONTOUR STICK

Uoma double take contour stick with bronzer and highlighter

This double product will make others do a… double take. Yeah, I went there. The contouring Sculpt melts into your skin, allowing for easy, natural application – but it still creates a jawline that could kill. Spin it and follow up with Strobe to give you a glow that radiates, and you have a perfectly-contoured face with one small product.

BUY NOW – $40


Cheekslime Blush + Lip Tint with Plant Collagen

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Cheekslime Blush + Lip Tint with Plant Collagen

Don’t pack a lip color and blush – who has room for that on a tiny airplane or train ride? Instead, use a cheek-lip tint! We recommend Cheekslime from LGBTQ+-owned Freck, which has elasticity-encouraging plant collagen, brightening carrot root and ginger root extracts, and hydrating glycerin infused in the formula. There are four pigments, so every skin tone has an option that stands out (or remains subtle yet flattering — it’s buildable!).

BUY NOW – $22


Supernatural Stick Highlighter

well people supernatural multi use highlighter

UOMA’s Double Take is great, but if you have room for one more product, bring a small highlighter along to apply anywhere, anytime. W3LL PEOPLE’s highlighter also nourishes your skin using jojoba oil, green tea, and olive oil for a dewy glow. Use one swipe for subtlety, or build up to disco-ball-status – ideal when you only have one product to take you from meeting rooms to rooftops.

BUY NOW – $22


Eyebrow & Eyeliner Compact
CLÉ DE PEAU BEAUTÉ

You can use a double-sided pencil, but why not go the extra mile for a compact that gives you options? (Plus, compacts are great for Tetris.) Use the angled brush for a quick shaping, then sponge and brush on pigments to give you your desired color using the three shades. It also comes with a spoolie to brush it out, so you have voluminous, natural brows in one small container, rather than three colors and a separate spoolie you can’t seem to locate.

BUY NOW – $70


MINI MASCARA 101 

When I can’t put anything else on, mascara is my go-to. It opens my eyes, gives me a little drama, and indicates that I put some effort into an early morning. Mascara 101 is just as good as Better Than Sex, and it comes in a mini container that fits in the corner of your makeup bag or clutch – perfect for both plane and presentation touch-ups.

BUY NOW – $16


dark rum perfume oil.

Malin and goetz dark rum natural perfume oil roll on travel size

You know how sitting for hours can give you a weird smell? Yeah, it’s kind of gross to be sharing air with hundreds of strangers, all of whom smell different. This perfume oil rolls on flawlessly, giving hints of rum mixed with leather and creamy milk. Carry it everywhere, and pull it out during that straight-to-the-presentation Uber ride.

BUY NOW – $32


TANTI BACI EXTREME CREAM MINI LIPSTICK SET

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Different events call for different shades of lipstick, but bringing multiple large containers for only a tiny bit of pigment is irrational. HAUS gives you five mini lipsticks ranging from taupe to scarlet, and they barely take up space in your makeup bag (if you don’t use the one that’s included!). If you realllllly don’t have room, you can still pick your top two that will transition you from dressed-down suit to dressed-up cocktail gown.

BUY NOW – $52.08


Clear Toiletry Bag

Rough Enough Clear Toiletry Bag Makeup

There is nothing more frustrating than having to pull out 20 items from a makeup bag to find that one damn product. Stop seeing red and choose a cosmetic bag that’s clear (which are currently super trendy), giving you the ability to see exactly where your mascara is hiding. Your seat neighbor will appreciate you not using the entire table during your search.

BUY NOW – $28.12

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Ash By Ashley Benson: The Latest Celebrity Fragrance Line

Pretty Little Liars and Spring Breakers actress Ashley Benson has released her Ash by Ashley Benson fragrance line — yet another celebrity dipping their toes into the beauty world’s waters.

Two years in the making, Ash features two unisex perfumes: East 12th, and The Eighth. 

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What Inspired Ash By Ashley Benson?

 

 
 
 
 
 
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While many celebrities are collaborating with well-known brands (hi, Addison Rae) or delving into skincare (what’s up, Brad Pitt and Ciara?), Benson is fond of fragrance because it reminds her of her grandmother. “She wore very distinct scents and I always looked up to her,” says Benson.

After an experience in Morocco, in which she made her own fragrance for the first time, Benson was hooked. Now, she’s hoping others love the two unisex scents she’s put into the world – and, should things go well, perhaps even more in the future. 

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According to her interview with Scent Bird, East 12th comes from her favorite place in New York; “Since moving there I’ve grown up a lot, learned a lot about myself, and become more confident,” she explains, reflecting on her time in the Big Apple (she now lives in LA). 

The Eighth is inspired by Paris, because it’s simply one of her favorite places on the planet, and she “had a lot of firsts in [her] career” there. The city is memorable and nostalgic for the star – especially Hotel Costes, a five-star hotel in the city.

She also put thought into the design behind each bottle, choosing red inspired by Hotel Costes and the “romantic, sexy, and fun” energy to the city for The Eighth; New York, on the other hand “screams black” to Benson. (Black is also her favorite color.)


What Does Ash by Ashley Benson Smell Like?

In East 12th, black cedar has balsamic tones. Mingling with the gentle damask rose and zesty orange, the result is a vivacious, complex scent – not unlike the city it’s inspired by.

The Eighth, on the other hand, is sensual and seductive. Cashmere wood and musk are intoxicating and intimate, while bergamot’s citrus is a zingy reminder of passion. 

While both can be worn on their own, Benson is a large fan of layering her fragrances; therefore, the two are meant to be worn together as well.


We look forward to reviewing both The Eighth and East 12th when they arrive in our mailboxes. Will there be more Ash by Ashley Benson in the future to try out?

As she said to PopSugar, “If [things go well], I’ll make the decision to finish building scents three and four.”

But it doesn’t stop there – she’ll “maybe even surprise everyone with one or two non-fragrance products that show you a few more of [her] rituals and regimens.”

One can only hope! 

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12 Unscented Soaps For A Clean, Comfy Wash

As someone with a bunch of tattoos (how many times can I say this without sounding like I’m obsessed? Okay, I’m obsessed), I know firsthand the importance of unscented soap, lotion, and body wash. That fragrance shit on open wounds? Yeah, I’ll pass.

But fragrance-free isn’t just for tattoos. Sometimes you just don’t feel like smelling like eucalyptus and lavender, or your skin is sensitive and soap will just irritate it even more.

Unscented soap can be hard to come by, unless we’re talking antibacterial – not always the most ideal, especially with dry skin. So, I’m here with fragrance-free soaps that will get you clean without smelling like a perfume shop.

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Dove Unscented Soap Bar

unscented dove soap 4 pack

This is the OG soap that every tattoo artist, dermatologist, and pediatrician recommends, because it’s sensitive to skin with its ingredients and totally unscented. Instead of “Parfum,” the list includes a nourishing moisturizer cream, making it hypoallergenic. Plus, the soap bar is sustainable, as you’re removing a plastic container from the equation. Come on, how can you deny that the universal fav is the best?

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Castile All-In-One Soap Pouch

Castile All-In-One Soap Pouch

Castile, the classic. While the name may make you shudder, conjuring up memories of dry hands after doing the dishes, I promise they’ve got this sh*t on lock. The All-In-One Soap Pouch doesn’t contain drying ingredients; quite the opposite, actually! Just check out the oil-balancing jojoba oil, ultra-nourishing olive oil, and protective vitamin E, which all work together to give you clean – but not squeaky – skin.

BUY NOW – $15


HAIR & BODY SOLID CLEANSER – UNSCENTED

unscented bar soap

We love a good 2-in-1 hair and body wash, because who doesn’t love convenience (cough showers when you forget to buy shampoo)? Totally fragrance free, you’ll find nourishing ingredients for your skin like coconut, which calms inflammation and irritation; shea butter, which conditions; and oat flour, which gently unclogs pores to fight acne. Vegan and cruelty-free, it’s ethical, efficient, unscented ANTI-soap at its finest.

BUY NOW – $6.97


Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Bar Soap

Dr. Bronner's Unscented Bar Soap

Oh, baby, we love a good unscented soap from Dr. Bronner – aka, this right here. It’s certified fair trade, so ethically, you’re doing a good deed by purchasing this soap specifically. It’s also amazing for the environment – just ask Mermaid Marissa! – as it’s biodegradable, made with natural and vegan ingredients, and won’t harm the environment or your skin in the process of cleansing.

BUY NOW – $4.69


African Black Soap – Unscented

AFRICAN UNSCENTED BLACK SOAP

Two ingredients. Yep, count ‘em: TWO. Read the reviews, and people can’t get enough of Alaffia’s African Black Soap, and it’s for good reason: shea butter is beyond nourishing, and palm kernel oil is an amazing source of protective and reparative vitamin E. Put the two together, and your skin is hydrated, healed, and clean without a single smell.

BUY NOW – $12.89



Unscented Sensitive Skin Bar Soap

basis soap

The basis of this soap… okay, yep, that was cheesy. But seriously: the foundation of this soap is completely scentless. Made for the most sensitive skin, it soothes and moisturizes rather than stripping and drying out skin. It’s all thanks to its star ingredients, the calming chamomile and soothing aloe, which work to stop hydration from rinsing down the drain.

BUY NOW – $2.79


3 in 1 Unscented Soap

everything 3-in-1 unscented soap/body wash/bubble bath

3-in-1. Yeah, use it on your body, as shampoo, or as a bubble bath. It’s filled with organic herbs, but none of them will give this soap-shampoo-bubble-bath a scent. Instead, calendula acts as an antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory, while chamomile and aloe come to soothe even the most irritated skin. Sensitive skin can rejoice, because it really is a Charlie-and-the-Chocolate-Factory-worthy good egg.

BUY NOW – $11.99


Natural Soap for Face and Body

lume unscented soap

Lume’s deodorant has blown up, and we’re equally excited for their fragrance free bar soap. No artificial fragrance, and no essential oils to give it a “natural”-but-fragrant smell. It lathers up, but there are no SLS in there (or parabens, or phthalates, or artificial dyes, or aluminum, or… you get it). It’s like standard bar soap, but without all the bad stuff that makes them standard bar soaps.

BUY NOW – $18.99 (4-pk.)


Gentle Cleansing Bar Soap

cetaphil gentle cleansing bar

Tara raves about Cetaphil to us and how useful it is for her skin, and we trust her wholeheartedly – after all, her reviews haven’t led us astray yet! Cetaphil’s Cleansing Bar is perfect for dry, sensitive skin that just can’t handle soap, but needs a soap-like cleanse. It’s filled with nourishing ingredients like hydrating glycerin, and even dermatologists can’t recommend it enough.

BUY NOW – $11.39


Bar Soap With Fresh Canadian Goat Milk

fresh canadian goat milk unscented soap bar

Again, Mermaid Marissa recommended goat milk soap as a healthy, eco-friendly alternative to your standard bar soap. So… here it is! Made with Fresh Canadian Goat Milk (are Canadian goats better? Idk, someone please let me know though), the nutrients are unmatched: vitamins A and B, potassium, zinc, and selenium come together in an unscented fashion to give you a cleanse that doesn’t smell like a thing OR affect the moisture barrier. Hydration = locked in.

BUY NOW – $3.59


Unscented Bar Soap

native unscented soap bar

We love Native’s deodorant, and their fragrance-free soap is just as good. Nothing is more annoying than leftover residue that makes your skin feel a lil ick, so Native said “nah” and chose ingredients that wouldn’t do that. Examples: coconut oil, water, and glycerin, which all hydrate without leaving suds post-shower. Shea butter is also included to nourish your skin, giving an all-around positive cleansing experience.

BUY NOW – $8


Unscented Face Bar

UNSCENTED FACIAL soap

While technically advertised as a face bar, you can use this unscented soap on your entire body. You have two options here: lather up and rinse, or lather up and wait, letting it sit on your body and form a mask. Either way, you’ll end up clean as hell without feeling dried out. The secret: ingredients like castor, coconut, and olive oils, plus shea butter and bentonite clay.

BUY NOW – $12

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12 Eyebrow Pencils Perfect For Redheads

As someone who used to have fire-truck-colored hair, I know firsthand the difficulty of finding a solid auburn eyebrow pencil. And over the years, I’ve met many like past me who say the same: “where is a goddamn eyebrow pencil for redheads?”

Turns out, there are many out there… you just need to know where to look! I’ve scoured the web and consulted with fellow redheads to find the 12 best eyebrow pencils to pair with your auburn locks.

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Brow MVP Ultra Fine Brow Pencil & Styler

FENTY Brow MVP Ultra Fine Brow Pencil & Styler

Fenty is beyond inclusive in its foundation and concealer shades, so it’s only natural that Rihanna would offer 14 different shades in her eyebrow pencil line. Brow MVP is an ultra-fine liner, giving you the ability to outline with precision and mimic natural brow hairs to fill in sparse areas. Hinoki oil is hidden in the ingredients list, but it encourages hair growth – gotta love Rihanna for checking all the boxes.

BUY NOW – $22


Color Icon Brow Pencil

WET n wild color icon brow pencil in auburn

Redheads who don’t want to go too dark, but still want to look subtle, the ginger color of Wet n Wild’s Color Icon eyebrow pencil is for you. At $2.99, it’s super affordable – but 1k+ reviews land it at a 4.3-star rating. Use the thick spoolie for fluffing your brows, then apply the creamy pencil to shape and in sparse spots. Brush the lightweight formula through and let it last all day.

BUY NOW – $2.99


Bushy Brow Pomade Pencil

LIME CRIME Bushy Brow Pomade Pencil

A pomade in a pencil? Yep. Perfect for those with bright red hair, not just casual auburn… or those who simply want bright red eyebrows? Also yep! Lime Crime’s pencil comes in “Valentine,” a bright red shade that has a matte finish to it. The formula also includes vitamin E and sunflower seed oil, which are fantastic for protecting and strengthening strands, respectively. Not super bold? Use the spoolie to buff out your brows and lessen the red impact.

BUY NOW – $15


Insta-Brow Waxy Brow Pencil

SEPHORA COLLECTION insta-brow waxy brow pencil

Take a glance at Sephora’s auburn eyebrow pencil, and it looks more brown than red – like, no red in sight, tbh. But it’s this subtlety that allows for a natural tint to your brows. The color is sheer, so you won’t get huge impact with one swipe – nice if that’s what you’re looking for. It’s super waxy, with glide coming from an entirely-vegan formula that will both structure and condition your brows.

BUY NOW – $12


Brow Stylist Definer Eyebrow Pencil

loreal paris auburn brow pencil

I know I sometimes want super fine lines, both to arch my brows and to fill in sparse areas with hair-like strokes. Enter: L’Oreal’s eyebrow pencil, which has a super fine tip to give you the precision you desire. If you want volume, use the spoolie to diffuse, or keep the lines clean and crisp by simply applying thin and realistic hairs.

BUY NOW – $9.49


BROWKIKI MICRO BROW DEFINING PENCIL

one size BROWKIKI auburn brow pencil

This retractable eyebrow pencil is waterproof for up to 12 hours; cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, AND vegan; and uses carnauba wax to keep them from smudging outside of your defined lines. One/Size also includes a strong helping of vitamin E to help condition and strengthen, so your brows don’t fall out with constant application and removal.

BUY NOW – $19


INSTANT LIFT BROWCILelf eyebrow pencil in auburn

$3… and over 1,000 reviews raving about how well it works? The Instant Lift Brow Pencil from elf is beloved for both its price and its capabilities. The 2-in-1 factor is nice, but what makes this pencil is its formula. Grapeseed oil conditions, strengthens, and shines, while the vitamin E nourishes and stops breakage before it happens.

BUY NOW – $3


Revlon Colorstay Auburn Eyebrow Pencil

revlon colorstay auburn eyebrow pencil

Revlon’s pencil won’t make your brows red, but it will fill in the skin behind and surrounding it to give a hint of auburn. It’s ideal for those who don’t want dyed brows, but still want to emphasize their color. It’s phthalate-free and waterproof, lasting up to 24 hours with its combo of waxes and oil. But beware: they do use two types of parabens.

BUY NOW – $11.29


Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil

HOURGLASS Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil

We don’t need to tell you how much we love multi-use products – lip and cheek tints, anybody? – which is why we absolutely love Hourglass’ Sculpting Pencil. It’s a 3-in-1, boasting the benefits of a powder, pencil, and wax all in one, with ingredients like synthetic wax paired with iron oxides and hydrogenated oils. The slant tip allows for precision outlining, which can then be filled in with the flat edge. Brush it out with the spoolie to finish your look.

BUY NOW – $37


ARTIST COLOR PENCIL

makeup forever eyeliner, eyebrow, and lip liner pencil in tangerine for redheads

Bright redheads who want to scream about their color, this brow pencil is for you. It comes in subtle auburn, of course, but that Tangerine. That Full Red. Countless Crimson. Those colors that are loud and proud, fitting anything from orange to burgundy. The best part about this pencil: it’s also made for your eyes and lips, making it a 3-in-1. We can’t get enough.

BUY NOW – $22


AUBURN EYEBROW PENCIL

PALLADIO brow pencil in auburn

This pencil is filled with oils that other pencils lack. For example, it has castor oil to nourish; jojoba oil to condition and soften; and cottonseed oil to provide an abundance of vitamin E and fatty acids, promoting repairing and strength. While Auburn isn’t vegan, the pencil is cruelty- and gluten-free.

BUY NOW – $6.99


Pro-cision Micro Slim Brow Pencil

Pro-cision Micro Slim Brow Pencil IN AUBURN

J.Cat calls their eyeliner pencil the “Pro-cision” brow pencil. But fear not – it’s not because it’s for pros, it’s because it will make you look like a pro. Like Fenty’s Brow MVP, J.Cat uses a micro-fine tip for precision and hair-like strokes in patchy areas. Unlike Rihanna’s option, it comes with a spoolie at the opposite end, so you can bush up your brows. After all, do feathered brows ever go out of style? 

BUY NOW – $5.99

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Bisexual Fashion Is Legit So Damn Cool

It’s true – navigating your sexuality is hard. I was in middle school when I first realized that I was bisexual, and coming to terms with that identity was a hard thing to express. Why? I just didn’t know how. So, the first thing I did was take a look at other bisexual people’s outfits and incorporate their fashion aesthetic into my own wardrobe. (Bisexual stereotypes where?)

As a person in general, I like to wear my heart on my sleeve for the most part. After realizing that I resonated with the LGBTQ+ community, I wanted to feel comfortable with that, too. I like changing up my look to reflect my core characteristics, so learning into the bisexual aesthetic was not only comfortable, but affirming.

If you’re like me, and you’re simply looking to “look the part” to feel more comfortable, I’ve racked up types of clothing based on bisexual stereotypes. Of course, I’m not tossing around the term ‘stereotype’ negatively; sometimes, it helps others identify themselves more closely if you put a positive spin on it. It did for me!

Stereotypes always evolve and change over the years. Our list concerning the “bisexual aesthetic” is centered more from 2021 and onward. Without further ado, let’s get into: bisexual fashion.


Clothing: The Bisexual Basics

Bisexual individuals know how to revamp basically any kind of outfit; that’s because they’ve mastered the outfit basics. You should opt to own some high quality, simple pieces that can easily be layered with other pieces of clothing or accessories.

The key here is the shape of your clothing. While the style of your basics are elementary, or almost plain, they can still make interesting yet effortless silhouettes. As of right now, bisexual fashion tends to lean towards outfits with big, boxy fits on the bottom half of the fit. This means: huge cargo pants, maxi skirts, or even fluffing up your silhouette with those thick leg warmers you see everywhere on TikTok.

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While this style holds true for mainly streetwear and grunge-type of clothing, it still applies to another popular subcategory of bisexual fashion – academia. Huge coats, and earthy colors are just the additional steps to add. If you want to appear more professional, have an arsenal of blazers and pleated or cuffed dress pants.

With a good range of basics in your closet, you have all the ability to go crazy with the statement pieces. The best part about this is; you don’t have to stick to one aesthetic! My style changes all the time. After carefully curating the basics in my closet, I now have the mental freedom to just buy whatever I like when I have the budget for it. It’s more fun dressing up and down your basics this way. 

Just remember to LAYER. I cannot stress that enough. You can layer just about anything — throw a bunch of clothing on top of more clothing, and there you have it. A bisexual closet. 

Accessories

Jewelry, jewelry, jewelry. I cannot stress enough that having a mix of statement and basic pieces are essential to advancing any kind of bisexual outfit. If there’s anyone who can do it well, it’s bisexual folk who care about their looks. 

Consider owning a lot of silver in your jewelry box for your layering staples. Stereotypically, bi clothing also includes a lot of statement pieces such as unique earrings, big rings, or large pendant necklaces. My favorite tip: shop with the same fashion sense as your favorite fictional character. The world of media has done so much for my gay ass closet. Yes, anime. Yes, fictional literature.

Belts have also been coming back lately in terms of trendiness. A big, vintage statement belt can change the entire vibe of a simple going-out fit. Try keeping it within the browns, blacks, and brass! 

Mini backpacks and totes. Sometimes, you either have nothing to carry, or everything to carry. I like to keep a small stash of different backpacks or totes in my closet just to throw my belongings in, in style. More casual pieces tend to be the type that bisexual people go for, so I recommend any totes with cute graphics. I’d also vouch for small backpacks that pack a lot of color, or ones with strange shapes.  


Shoes

This one’s simple enough. Any basic sneaker will do the trick – bonus points if they’re platformed. Converse is usually a bisexual fan favorite, especially the solid-color Chuck 70s. Bisexual stereotypes also includes a lot of Doc Martens. Yes, the leather is absolutely necessary. Classy is what you want to go for.

Going for color is absolutely an option, but muted tones pair best with most outfits. E.g., swapping out an intense, sky blue for a shade that’s more periwinkle or cool steel. 

If you’re wanting something more daring, keep this in mind: the angrier the shoe looks, the more bisexual energy you give off. Now that I’m in college and working to save some big-girl money, I’ve started a Demonia collection. I advise that you find some angry-looking shoes, too. If anything, those are a dead giveaway that you’re bisexual, if that’s the kind of aesthetic you’re going for.


Makeup & Hair

If there’s anything that QUILL does best, it’s giving you the latest deets in the beauty industry. The biggest trend right now is marinated makeup, and the best thing about it is that you can either harshen or soften your look depending on your bisexual aesthetic.

In my personal opinion, one of the easiest giveaways in bisexual fashion is actually the type of haircut you have. I’ve seen a lot of bi influencers sporting a wolf cut or some rendition of a shaggy cut. I’ve got one right now, actually.

Something more simple and less-maintenance would be a long bob. Medium to short hair is usually the go-to. And of course, you can’t go wrong with a choppy two-block haircut if you’re someone who wants to keep their locks very short. And don’t forget: use tons of different hair clips and hair ties, too.


Remember: not being able to resonate with this stereotypical bisexual closet is completely okay, and by no means diminishes any part of your identity! It simply means you like other kinds of clothes. If that’s the case, I hope this article helped you realize that you have your own, unique style. Now friends, we’re all on to better, elevated closets! 

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These 20 Better Than Sex Mascara Dupes Will Send Your Lashes Soaring

Too Faced’s Better Than Sex mascara has been hailed as the best mascara on the market. Sometimes, however, you need back-ups in your makeup arsenal. And no, I’m not talking about more tubes of Better Than Sex — I’m talking mascara dupes that are just as good as, or even better than, the classic.

If this is something you’re looking for too, I’ve chosen 20 Better Than Sex mascara dupes that will lift your lashes and give you the ultimate doe-eyed look.

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Big Mood Mega Volume & Lifting Mascara

Big Mood Mega Volume & Lifting Mascara, a better than sex dupe

Get ready for all eyes on you with this Big Mood Mega Volume & Lifting Mascara! This volumizing and lifting pick gives you big, bold lashes sure to turn heads. The gentle formula is infused with jojoba wax, and it’s designed with a unique brush, making this Better Than Sex dupe easy to apply for all-day wear. Plus, it’s smudge and flake-resistant! You’re sure to achieve baddie lashes, giving you confidence that your lashes look luxe.

BUY NOW – $8


They’re Real! Lengthening Mascara

benefit cosmetics they're real! mascara

If you’re not talking about the classic Better Than Sex, you’re probably talking about They’re Real! from Benefit Cosmetics – which might as well be a dupe, despite its classic status. And, yeah, you’ll have trouble convincing others that you’re not wearing fake lashes. We love how this mascara curls, adding extra definition with the help of the domed-tip brush, which also separates lashes and stops clumping.

BUY NOW – $27


Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara (Mini)

Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara  mini

Roller Lash acts as exactly as the name implies: a roller for your lashes. (Duh.) The brush has a patent-pending “Hook ‘N Roll” brush which is meant to capture your teeny, tiniest lashes and bring curl and volume to them. With B5 and serine, which help soften and strengthen lashes, you’ll have 12 hours of making all those around you swoon, one blink at a time.

BUY NOW – $14


Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara

l'oreal mascara dupe for better than sex

Sensitive eyes can also have large, pumped-up lashes without feeling itchy and bothered. L’Oreal’s mascara provides volume and length and is waterproof, so you can know that your makeup will stay put no matter what you do to your eyes. Beeswax makes the formula glide and protects sensitive eyelids.

BUY NOW – $7.99


On Point Mascara with Hemp

pur cosmetics hemp mascara

You know it’s a PUR product because it’s a 4-in-1: this mascara defines, lengthens, nourishes, and protects from pollution. The formula is ridiculously gentle, with ingredients like aloe and sunflower seed oil soothing to the nth degree. Biotin conditions and strengthens, while Alteromonas Ferment Extract (found in the deep sea) protects lashes from environmental stressors. The hemp helps with preventing premature fallout and breakage, plus nourishing the skin around the lash line.

BUY NOW – $22


Come Hell or High Water Volumizing Tubing Mascara (Mini)

COME HELL OR HIGH WATER MASCARA

Come Hell or High Water will stay on your lashes… come hell or high water. This mascara does it all thanks to its ingredients, which help to curl, lengthen, and volumize all at once. Two percent argan oil conditions, while caliray’s Tubing Technology provides roll-off removal and a wax mix creates long-wearing lift. Because of the technology, the mascara is totally smudge-proof – but it comes off with warm water and a lil lash massage, no pulling hairs out required.

BUY NOW – $13


Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara

lash princess false lash effect mascara

If you’re looking for a mascara that will give you dramatic, false-lash-esque fluttering, look no further than the Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara. This iconic mascara has a fiber brush that provides voluminous lashes with just a few strokes, giving you insane length and volume that will make your eyes pop. The best part: it’s cruelty-free and ophthalmologically tested, so you can feel good about and when wearing it. It’s also formulated without alcohol, oil, parabens, or fragrances, so it’s gentle on the eyes.

BUY NOW – $4.99


RISE Lifting + Lengthening Mascara (Mini)

milk makeup rise mascara - mini

We love Milk Makeup, but nope, we’re not including their Kush mascara – we pride ourselves on our 4+-star average ratings, after all. Their Rise Mascara, however, does fall under the 4+ category, and it’s all due to its lash-lift properties. Milk’s Lash Wrap Technology is created from four vegan waxes for hold, as well as monoi oil and marigold extract for strengthening and conditioning. What I’m implying: there’s no crunchy curling here, just flawless, fluttery lashes.

BUY NOW – $14


Honest Beauty Extreme Length Mascara + Lash Primer

honest beauty mascara, a better than sex dupe

Honest’s mascara is one of the best Better Than Sex dupes courtesy of its 2-in-1 feature. Both a lengthening mascara and a primer, you receive the ultimate boost thanks to prep and execution in one tube. Made with jojoba esters, a form of jojoba oil, the formula is soft and gentle while doing the ultimate work.

BUY NOW – $17.99


The Falsies Lash Lift

Maybelline The Falsies Lash Lift

Maybelline’s mascara is less than $10, and it might just be the best Amazon dupe on this list, tbh. I say this because it does everything Better Than Sex claims to do – it lifts, lengthens, volumizes, and curls – is a fraction of the price, lasts all day, and can be washed off with just a lil micellar water. The brush separates and coats each individual lash, so there’s no clumping. It’s also flake- and smudge-proof. Can your Better Than Sex dupe do that?

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ON THE RISE VOLUME LIFTSCARA

nyx better than sex mascara dupe

Sick of mascaras that claim to give you that ultimate, fully-black gaze, only to find it lifts… without that striking black? Same. NYX knows this, which is why their mascara uses a highly-pigmented matte black formula (which is also vegan!). The brush head lifts and lengthens to the highest of heights thanks to its hourglass-round shape, an innovative way to create your most flattering lashes.

BUY NOW – $12


Mile High Club™ Volume and Length Mascara

mile high mascara better than sex dupe

No smudging. No flaking. No running. No BS in general. Aside from the name being perfect for a mascara that boasts lift, it has great ingredients to support lash health and soothe sensitive eyes. Peach leaf extract and castor oil stop breakage and condition, while trehalose strengthens each lash. The result: mile high lashes.

BUY NOW – $26


Vegan Collagen Fluffy Lash Thickening & Lengthening Mascara

Vegan Collagen Fluffy Lash Thickening & Lengthening Mascara, a better than sex dupe

Looking for a vegan mascara that will give you full, fluffy lashes? Infused with hydrating vegan collagen and plant-based fibers, this clean, 100% vegan mascara delivers full, fluffy lashes with a glossy authentic black finish. The unique twisted Fluff It Up Brush rolls the nourishing formula onto every lash while separating them for a soft, fluttery effect. Ophthalmologist-tested and safe for contact wearers, this Better Than Sex mascara dupe is sure to become your new favorite!

BUY NOW – $12


Killer Curves Curling Mascara

PHYSICIANS FORMULA KILLER CURVES MASCARA

Physicians Formula doesn’t treat your face anything but gently, with the utmost care and skin-loving ingredients. In their dermatologist- and ophthalmologist-tested mascara (perfect for eyes that can barely handle a single swipe), enjoy volumizing collagen, nourishing provitamin B5, and a variety of peptides and amino acids to encourage strong, healthy, luscious lashes. The brush has fibers that grip onto each lash, so you get length and curl at the same time.

BUY NOW – $8.98


SAIE MASCARA 101

saie mascara 101 better than sex dupe

SAIE’s site explains why every ingredient is necessary in their products, and their mascara is no exception. Ingredients include shea butter to condition and nourish and beeswax to thicken. Carnuaba wax helps to hold lashes in place, without flattening throughout the day, while still allowing for flexibility (no one likes lashes that don’t move, it just looks unnatural). All together, you have a buildable mascara that coats every lash equally and elegantly.

BUY NOW – $25


big ego™ vegan mascara

tarte big ego mascara

If your ego is big (which it should be – you’re fab), you need lashes that are equally as large. tarte’s big ego vegan mascara lifts, lengthens, and volumizes for up to 16 hours without flaking or smudging (glycerin is hydrating, so your lashes won’t dry out). You also won’t be bothered with each flutter, with the nourishing babassu and vitamin B5 for sensitive eyes. Thicken up with hydroxyethylcellulose & sunflower seed wax. Now this dupe is absolutely Better Than Sex.

BUY NOW – $23


Unlashed Volume & Curl Mascara (Mini)

unlashed curling mascara

You’re looking at this brush and going “what in the fun-house-mirror hell…?” I know, because I did the same thing. But the design is actually quite brilliant! With its shape, this mascara is able to touch upon every lash and give each one the love, lift, volume, and curl it deserves – all without awkward twisting of the wrist. Vitamin E conditions, while peach leaf and licorice root extracts help to moisturize the lashes.

BUY NOW – $12


Buxom Lash Volumizing Mascara

Buxom Lash Volumizing Mascara

Looking for a volumizing mascara that will coat your lashes minus the clumps? The hourglass-shaped brush contains dense, molded bristles define even the daintiest lashes, giving ultra length, definition, and curl. Plus, it delivers 3x the volume in a single stroke – giving you ultra-black lashes that look amazing. Infused with Vitamin E and antioxidants to help nourish and condition your lashes, this mascara is also ophthalmologist-tested – making it safe for even the most sensitive eyes.

BUY NOW – $23


Perfect Strokes Universal Volumizing Mascara

RARE BEAUTY mascara, a better than sex dupe

Ms. Gomez, you’re giving Better Than Sex a run for its mascara money with your dupe. Wear this mascara like a second skin – one that does it all, like lift, lengthen, volumize, and curl. The secret to its power: carnauba wax for hold, plus sunflower seed oil for shine and strength, olive oil for nourishment, and castor oil for coddling the smallest and weakest of lashes.

BUY NOW – $20


The Mascara

jones road the mascara

THE Mascara. It’s a bold name, kind of a bold claim. But many reviewers declare that it delivers! Though not a C-shape, the curled wand touches upon every lash, from big to baby, for a lifting and volumizing look. It’s a buildable formula – swipe on one coat of the hydrating sodium-hyaluronate-, vitamin-E-and-B5-, glycerin-filled formula for a subtle look, or multiple layers for ultimate drama.

BUY NOW – $26

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Which Better Than Sex mascara dupe do you recommend? Tell us in the comments!


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Gender Neutral Cottagecore Outfits Are Adorable

With the current state of our world’s environment, I think it’s safe to say that all of us have had at least one fantasy where we’ve wanted to relocate to the woods and live in our own discreet little cottage. I can’t speak for every single one of you, but I personally have entertained this thought. And the look? Gender neutral cottagecore, of course.

Come on — committing to the risk and actually dropping everything to live in the forest sounds ideal, but doesn’t it also sound hard? QUILL’s here to give you an alternative: the key to achieving nonbinary cottagecore fashion! You may not be able to afford to buy your own house in the alps, but at this point, you might as well look the part. 

We’ll start off with some basic, main pieces to achieve your cottagecore look; all androgynous, so you can spin it any way you want.

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Loose Overalls

The main appeal with the soft, cottagecore aesthetic is that not only the clothes look comfy, they simply are. That’s why we’re including some flowy and loose-fitting overalls in our list. They’re wide, soft, and light; all optimal for you to jump and frolic in the fields with.


Chunky Sweaters & Cardigans

I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of a chunky sweater. They always seem to come back onto the most loved fall staple pieces, and for good reason. They look good on everyone, and they offer a sturdy silhouette that’d look great with any kind of bottom.  


Button-Up Shirts

With all the sweaters and cardigans, you’d of course need a layering piece. This is where our collared button-ups come in. To check all the boxes for these gender neutral cottagecore outfits, it’s best to go with something that’s neutral in color. If you’re more into patterns, then some soft, dainty florals should also do the trick. You can even do plaid; you can’t really go wrong with it. 


Pleated or Wool Trousers

Another main essential to achieving a gender neutral cottagecore outfit: trousers! Details do matter, so I recommend you look into a wool blend or something that’s pleated. The straight legged fit of these types of bottoms typically go nicely with the different flowy aspects of either your accessories or your tops. It’s definitely a more versatile item; and it can go with either a soft or dark cottagecore aesthetic.


Linen Shorts

If it’s too warm out to be piling on the wool, you can still remain frolicky and comfy in some linen shorts. Any length works, but we recommend something light in color: any whites, beiges, tans, greens, or even yellows will work with just about anything. 


Now that we’ve got the basics down, here are our gender neutral, accessory-based recommendations to really bring together the cottagecore outfit basics. 

Lace or Wool Hats

If you’re like me, and you’re a little adventurous with your outfits, an elevated hat will do just the trick. A more unique fabric like lace will be sure to stand out and highlight whatever it is you’re wearing. On the other hand, if you’re looking for something just a tad more diluted (but still effective, of course) then anything wool or knit is perfect. 


Shoes

An outfit is not complete without its shoes. In order to perfect your cottagecore outfit, we have a quick mini-list of gender neutral shoes that will tie everything together. First up, any leather loafer will pair perfectly with any trouser. For the sunnier days, leather sandals are just as good. Mary-Janes (either heeled or not) and combat boots are also good options. The more timeless they look, the better. If you’re looking for something more colorful, then any of these variations in earthy or pastel tones will level your outfit up. 


Bags

Of course, you’d need something to carry all of your forages and knick-knacks in. Our recommendations on bags will ensure that you can carry all of it in style. First up, any kind of brown backpack, whether suede or leather, will make your outfit appear more vintage and gentle, which is the goal for any gender neutral cottagecore outfit. Another good option (especially for students) includes any loose canvas bag, which will make you appear artsy and put-together.

If you’re a fan of textures, wicker bags and fruit totes are just the thing you need. 


What do you think? If you’re a fan of this essential guide to our gender neutral cottagecore outfit picks, let us know in the comments below!

If you have any more tips for us, please feel free to share those as well. See you guys in the next style guide! 


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