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On Tuesday, the hottest names in music arrived on the 2021 BRIT Awards red carpet to celebrate each other’s accomplishments — and boy, did they do so in style. Dua Lipa, who took home prizes for British Album for Future Nostalgia and British Female Solo Artist, arrived in a Bridgerton-esque yellow-and-purple corset mini dress with a cowl neckline. The Vivienne Westwood look — which also included black, thigh-high stockings and sky-high croc-print heels — was inspired by a yellow Preen dress worn by the late Amy Winehouse at the 2007 BRIT Awards. (Her performance look, featuring a mini dress printed with the Union Jack, was a nod to Spice Girl Geri Halliwell.) Of course, Lipa wasn’t the only stunner on the carpet Tuesday night. The HAIM sisters showed up in more casual, though nonetheless chic, tailored ensembles from The Row’s spring ‘21 collection. Taylor Swift, who was given the Global Icon award at the show, brought back the two-piece red-carpet trend in a beaded set by Miu Miu. And Harry Styles stole the show in a brown, patterned Gucci suit that appeared straight out of the '70s… with sneakers. Ahead, find out what Celeste, Griff, Olivia Rodrigo, and more chose for the BRIT Awards red carpet. Harry Styles in GucciFor once, we truly cannot find the words to describe how perfect this suit — pulled from Gucci's Aria show — is on Harry Styles. Big props to his stylist Harry Lambert. Photo: JMEnternational/Getty Images.AJ Odudu in Reem JuanThe crossover neckline! The corset bodice! The high slit! This Reem Juan gown on AJ Odudu is everything we want in a red carpet look.Photo: JMEnternational/JMEnternational for BRIT Awards/Getty Images.Olivia Rodrigo in Christian DiorWhat do you wear when you meet your idol (Taylor Swift)? Apparently, neon Christian Dior. Photo: JMEnternational/JMEnternational for BRIT Awards/Getty Images.Billy Porter in ThreeASFOURBilly Porter always brings it on the red carpet, and this ThreeASFOUR look (paired with an Oscar de la Renta bag and Rick Owens shoes) is no different. Photo: JMEnternational/JMEnternational for BRIT Awards/Getty Images.Lianne La Havas in Schiaparelli Haute CoutureThis is the only animal print we want to see on the red carpet, ever. Rina Sawayama in BalmainWhat'd we say about daring looks? Photo: JMEnternational/JMEnternational for BRIT Awards/Getty Images.Dua Lipa in Vivienne WestwoodHow perfect is Dua Lipa in this Vivienne Westwood look?Photo: JMEnternational/JMEnternational for BRIT Awards/Getty Images.HAIM in The RowIt's impossible not to love a coordinating The Row moment on the red carpet. Photo: JMEnternational/JMEnternational for BRIT Awards/Getty Images.Taylor Swift in Miu MiuTaylor Swift is the queen of two-piece red carpet looks.Photo: JMEnternational/JMEnternational for BRIT Awards/Getty Images.Celeste in archive GucciMore feathered Gucci on the red carpet, please! Photo: JMEnternational/JMEnternational for BRIT Awards/Getty Images.GriffNot pictured: Griff's 10/10 Simone Rocha look from later in the evening that featured a pearl-embellished harness (yes!). Photo: JMEnternational/JMEnternational for BRIT Awards/Getty Images.Leigh-Anne Pinnock in Maison Margiela, Jade Thirlwall in Vivienne Westwood, and Perrie Edwards in David KomaLittle Mix mixed it up with their red carpet styling in Maison Margiela, Vivienne Westwood, and David Koma.Photo: JMEnternational/JMEnternational for BRIT Awards/Getty Images.Arlo Parks in GucciThere's something so classic and chic about wearing a suit on the red carpet. Photo: JMEnternational/JMEnternational for BRIT Awards/Getty Images.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Every Winning Fashion Moment From The 2021 OscarsMara Roszak Launches First Hair ProductStyle Picks: Everything On Our May Wish List
For a face that has been largely free of makeup most of the year, mine has definitely not enjoyed my busier social calendar of late. Since pub gardens opened and picnics became my favourite activity of all, the maskne has been real and, somehow, my skin is more dehydrated and oily at the same time. It’s not surprising, what with all the makeup, the eating and drinking out, not to mention the stress and anxiety of getting out there again. I’ve been really putting my skin through its paces and it’s in desperate need of some TLC.Luckily for me, Kiehl’s famed Friends & Family Sale kicks off today, offering 20% off when you buy two or more products (excluding Heritage Limited Edition Products)*. Running from 13th to 18th May, you can expect all of Kiehl’s most iconic products to be included, from the bestselling Ultra Facial Cream to the cult favourite Midnight Recovery Concentrate.But when there’s so much to choose from, how do you work out what’s really worth the hype? From hydrating facial oils to skin-strengthening serums, I asked around the Refinery29 office for the products we'll be adding to our own shopping carts this week.*Offer valid from 00:01 on 13/05/21 to 23:59 on 18/05/21. To redeem offer use code: SALE at checkout. Excludes products listed here. Only 1 transaction per customer. This is the ideal everyday cleanser for oily skin prone to breakouts because it helps maintain your skin’s natural pH balance while gently cleansing it. All-star skincare ingredients squalane, vitamin E and avocado oil help moisturise, while apricot kernel oil gently exfoliates. A little goes a long way to leave you feeling fresh without that tight, uncomfortable sensation. If washing your face at the end of the day, this is best used as the second step in a double cleanse to remove every last trace of makeup, dirt and grease.Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser, $, available at Kiehl'sThere’s a reason why this face cream consistently makes must-have beauty lists – including our beauty editor’s own. It's thick to the touch but has a lightweight texture that sinks into skin quickly without leaving any sticky residue. Even better, it’s formulated for all skin types and won’t irritate sensitive skin or cause you to break out, while still packing a serious moisture punch. Thanks to buzzy ingredients like avocado and apricot kernel oils, glacial glycoprotein and squalane, it even promises to strengthen your skin’s natural barrier and retain water for longer. This is a trustworthy daily moisturiser which you won’t have to switch up for the changing seasons. Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream, $, available at Kiehl'sWe’re big fans of products that do all the hard work for minimal effort and Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate is a great example. At £41 for 30ml, it’s not cheap but those who use this facial oil swear by its revitalising power. Simply massage a few pumps onto skin – pre- or post-moisturiser – for a well-rested, glowing complexion, the likes of which you can only really get from plenty of water and a full 10 hours' kip. Bonus: the lavender and primrose oil in the mix give you a luxe, spa-like feeling at home.Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate, $, available at Kiehl'sHyaluronic acid (HA) is one of those magic ingredients that beauty editors rave about. And no wonder: it’s a naturally occurring humectant that works like a sponge to help skin retain water, leaving it plumped and dewy and minimising fine lines. HA works with every skin type but tired, dull skin will especially love this serum – a herbal mix of ginseng root and holy basil adds to the glowing results. Apply after cleansing and on damp skin for the best results, then layer your moisturiser over the top to lock in all the goodness. Kiehl's Vital Skin-Strengthening Super Serum, $, available at Kiehl'sWhen the dream is plump, glowing skin but your reality is back-to-back bottomless brunches, you need a product that is more than skin deep. Kiehl's Iris Extract Essence Treatment is described as a ‘first step’ in an anti-ageing skincare routine, which simply means it tackles fine lines and smooths skin texture with a gentle, lipohydroxy exfoliating acid. Leave-on acid toners like this are ideal if you're new to the exfoliating acid game. After cleansing, pour a few drops into your hands then gently pat into your skin to help prepare it for the other lotions, potions, serums and concentrates in your arsenal.Kiehl's Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence, $, available at Kiehl'sWe all know how important it is to wear SPF in all seasons and all weathers – particularly when we’re all spending so much time outside. Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV SPF50 is a strong contender for our favourite everyday SPF. It’s non-comedogenic so won’t block your pores, is ultra lightweight, sinks into skin effortlessly and won’t leave a greasy trace or pill when makeup is layered on top. Not to mention it protects skin from UVA and UVB rays, skin-damaging pollutants and moisturises at the same time – a win-win if you hate the typical oily sunscreen feel. My only complaint is that a 30ml tube runs out quickly so best to stock up.Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA++++, $, available at Kiehl'sIf you’re anything like me, your lips show the first signs of dehydration, be it too many cocktails and not enough water, aggressive heating and air-con or dry, summer heat. This overnight mask from Kiehl’s is a godsend, using coconut oil and mango butter to sink deep into the lips' natural moisture barrier. Best applied before bed for plumper, softer lips, although it can also be used throughout the day for a quick fix. Kiehl's Buttermask For Lips, $, available at Kiehl'sWhile I try to remember how to dress for summer, this stuff is saving my dry elbows and knees, leaving my skin super soft and with a delicious cocoa butter scent – the perfect accompaniment to shorter hemlines, strappy tops and backless dresses. My favourite part? Feeling ultra decadent after every bath or shower as the rich cream soaks in. Kiehl's Creme de Corps, $, available at Kiehl'sUsing the right serum can really transform your skincare routine. I’ve struggled to find a product that ticks every box but think I’ve found my match with this concentrate. It’s a powerful mix of stabilised vitamin C for super glowy skin, hyaluronic acid for deep hydration and L-ascorbic acid for reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and uneven texture. Even better, it has antioxidant properties that protect skin throughout the day. Apply before you add your SPF for a tough barrier between your face and everyday aggressors. Kiehl's Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate, $, available at Kiehl'sAvocado is not just great on your toast, it’s also a saviour for the delicate skin around your eyes. Ophthalmologist and dermatologist-tested, this rich, shea butter-infused cream is a favourite for those with sensitive skin as it doesn't cause irritation. It also feels ultra refreshing on tired eyes. As someone who wears contacts – which can really dry my eyes out in the summer heat – this feels so good at the end of a long day. Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, $, available at Kiehl'sIf there’s one lockdown skincare step I’m making a regular part of my routine, it’s an occasional deep pore-cleansing mask to lift out impurities and debris, especially now I’m using makeup regularly again. Take off with a warm muslin cloth for an extra touch of exfoliation and a soothing DIY massage.Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask, $, available at Kiehl'sLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?I Tried Cantu Beauty's New Skincare CollectionTrue Skincare Is The New, Affordable Brand To KnowHailey Bieber's Skincare Routine Is Impressive
Pollen allergies are no joke. Incessant sneezing, itchy eyes and a scratchy throat are just a handful of irritating symptoms that come with hay fever as spring leads into summer – but it can have some pretty adverse effects on your skin, too. If you regularly wake up with a puffy face or experience unexplained patches of red, dry skin, it could be a sign that your complexion isn’t taking too well to pollen. According to the experts, though, there’s a simple solution, and it lies in the way you layer your skincare. What is pollen and what does it do to skin? Without sounding too much like a boring biology lesson, pollen is a powdery matter made up of tiny seeds from plants and flowers, and it’s often invisible to the naked eye. According to the NHS, allergies occur when our immune system reacts to particular substances, hence the strong physical symptoms many of us experience with hay fever. Unfortunately for allergy sufferers, research has found that reactions can take place on our skin, too, as Nalan Aksahin, senior aesthetician and skin expert at Rejuv Lab London explains: “Pollen’s effects on the skin are common, though often overlooked, with precedence often given on the symptoms presented in the eyes and nose. As an allergy, the body’s natural instinct is to fight the pollen when inhaled or if it comes in direct contact with the skin. This causes an inflammatory response on the skin that can lead to a rash, impairing the skin barrier and causing irritation and sensitivity.” First up: inflammation. This may present as puffiness, swelling and redness, especially around the sensitive eye area. It’s the long-term effects which experts are talking about, though. One skincare study showed that over time, inflammation can result in faster skin ageing, with similar effects to sun damage. These skin issues may present as fine lines, wrinkles and potentially dark spots or hyperpigmentation. Secondly: an impaired skin barrier, which means damage to the top part of your skin that usually stops moisture from escaping. A damaged barrier may result in dryness and can make skin feel itchy and sensitive. The answer? Anti-pollen skincare, says Dr Aksahin. “There are many products available to combat the signs of inflammation, assist in the healing and repair process, and to treat skin affected by pollen,” she says, starting with vitamin C. What are the skincare benefits of vitamin C? “Vitamin C is a common antioxidant,” explains Dr Aksahin, so it shields skin from environmental damage, including pollen. Vitamin C also helps brighten dull skin and can help prevent dark spots or hyperpigmentation. Used alongside a high factor sunscreen in the morning, it provides excellent protection from UV rays, too. For best results, opt for a serum such as Origins GinZing Into the Glow Brightening Serum, £39, or Bliss Bright Idea Vitamin C Face Serum, £19.99, both of which are great layered under moisturiser or SPF. What are the skincare benefits of ferulic acid? Ferulic acid (also an antioxidant) supports the skin and helps repair the skin barrier, says Dr Aksahin. Depending on your preference or budget, you can choose between ferulic acid and vitamin C as they have similar effects. However, lots of smart serums combine both ingredients for double protection against the environment, for example Garden of Wisdom Vitamin C Serum 23% + Ferulic Acid, £10, Medik8 Super C Ferulic Intense, £59, and SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum, £140. Simply apply to dry skin after cleansing in the morning and follow with moisturiser or SPF. What are the skincare benefits of ceramides? Ceramides are also integral to a healthy skin barrier, says Dr Aksahin. Otherwise referred to as fats, think of them as the glue that keeps healthy skin intact. “Their role ensures an ordered structure of the skin,” adds Dr Aksahin. “Decreased levels of ceramides are associated with conditions such as dermatitis, psoriasis and premature ageing.” If you’re looking for a ceramide-packed moisturiser to follow your serum, try Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream, £30 (great for dry skin) or CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion, £13, which is better suited to oily or combination skin types. Both moisturisers can be used during the daytime or at night, so you don’t have to use two separate products. Lastly, Dr Aksahin suggests that if your skin tends to feel red and hot in the spring or summer months and is exacerbated by pollen allergies, treat your skin to something soothing and conditioning, like a face mask. She recommends Mesoestetic Anti-Stress Face Mask, £60, which boasts aloe vera to calm inflammation. Also try REN Evercalm Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask, £34, and Liz Earle CICA Restore Skin Paste, £29, both R29 favourites, which moisturise deeply, cool down inflammation and reduce the redness. Refinery29’s selection is purely editorial and independently chosen – we only feature items we love! As part of our business model we do work with affiliates; if you directly purchase something from a link on this article, we may earn a small amount of commission. Transparency is important to us at Refinery29, if you have any questions please reach out to us. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Is It Allergies? Or Is It Coronavirus?4 Ways To Get Smooth Skin, According To ExpertsTikTok's Experts Want You To Stop Using Eye Cream
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Many people were surprised to see the pictures of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez on what looked like a date at the start of this week. Affleck and Lopez had been a mainstay of the tabloids in the early noughties, which chronicled their relationship from the start, through to their engagement, postponed wedding and eventual break-up. Now, almost 20 years later and after several relationships on each side, it looks like they might be back together. If they are back together, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise to me. I got back in touch with my teenage sweetheart, Andrew, in my late 40s after almost 30 years apart. It ended very well: we’ve been married for four years now. We first met in 1986, when I was 17. I’d packed my bags and left my home on the Isle of Wight to go to stage school, where I had dreams of becoming a professional dancer. In my first year, we did a production of Fiddler on the Roof, in which I played Hodel, one of Tevye’s daughters. The main part of Tevye went to Andrew – a charismatic third year, and one of the most popular boys in the school. He had this aura: women wanted to be with him, and men wanted to be him. I just thought he was so cool, especially because he was the lead singer in a band called Eat. I was delighted when I realised he fancied me back. We started dating and quickly moved in together, to a flat in north London. Unfortunately, about a year after we started dating we had a painful break-up, when he left to go to pursue his music career in the US. I started an acting career, doing bits of work in television, then eventually left showbusiness and became a yoga teacher. Along the way, I got married and had two wonderful sons, who are now 18 and 20. I loved my husband, and our relationship was so right for me at the time. But towards the end of my marriage, when things weren’t going well, I would daydream that Andrew would walk down the garden path and whisk me away. It sometimes felt like he was the one who got away.
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