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The Ordinary Brand is Nothing Less Than Extraordinary

The Ordinary Brand is Nothing Less Than Extraordinary

We’re calling it now: The Ordinary is the hottest upcoming skincare brand that you need to know about.

The brand was first brought to our attention because of its strong cult-like status on the MakeUp Addiction and Skin Care Addiction subreddits. Users recently began posting major hauls that consisted of five to ten products at a time, all with practically glowing reviews.

But the best part? The prices are outrageously good for the utmost in quality.

We’re talking only $9.80 for their anti-aging Advanced Retinoid, $6.70 for the Caffeine Solution (to help reduce eye puffiness and fine lines) and only $6.80 for their latest Vitamin C Suspension. At these prices, it only makes sense to make your entire skincare routine Ordinary 💁
Personally, I bought the Advanced Retinoid to see what the hype is all about. So far, after only two nights of use, I feel like I’ve noticed a difference already. And on a personal note, I’m having a strangely hormonal outbreak this week (!!) but I feel like the retinoid has helped my skin calm down when my typical skincare routine didn’t.

My experience has been so positive with the brand so far that I have added four more products to my cart to order: the Salicylic Acid Solution, the Vitamin C Suspension, the Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA, and the High-Adherence Silicone Primer. The price tag for all four of these amazing products is only $22.40!
Now’s the time to get in with the brand, too. Due to recently high volume of orders, they’re backlogged to about 10 days additional shipping time.

And no, I wasn’t paid to write this review 😉 But when there’s a brand that’s this effective and wallet-friendly, I just have to spread the good news!

Have you used the products before? Let us know in the comments!

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Can’t Decide on Your Personality? Let MAC Do it for You!

Can’t Decide on Your Personality? Let MAC Do it for You!


Define your existence with six new palettes from MAC.

Are you a Basic Bitch? Fulfill your dreams of being a unicorn or a mermaid (or both… are unimermaids trendy now?) with this new palette. With each purchase, a pair of UGGS is donated to a trust-fund baby in need. Tired of being called bossy at work when really, you are the boss? There’s one for you, too! Indulge yourself in the gilded Power Hungry palette. Don’t take it up with HR, express your inner Sheryl Sandberg the only way you know how: through eyeshadow. And there’s one for you, too, Barbie. The Prissy Princess palette comes jam-packed with the only color you’re capable of loving: pink. But don’t you worry, you curious little devil. Let the Mischief Minx palette brings out the sly vixen buried deep inside your psyche. Adorned with leopard packaging, these painfully-average shades show the world that you’re one curious little cat. Not to be forgotten, there’s one for all you fashionistas and rebels. Because hey, what caricature of a woman is complete without these two cornerstones? The Rockin’ Rebel and Fashion Fanatic palettes are available, too. Okay, we’re done now. If you’re looking to purchase one, MAC has all the details here. And in all seriousness, just have fun with it. Who cares?

Can we just say that your makeup preferences don’t have to define you? Or is that obvious and we’re being grumpy because this is such a blatant marketing ploy by MAC? The brand may be a creative vanguard in the cosmetics industry, but this feels a little tone-deaf and forced.

Either way, if you do pick up a palette, let us know. We’re genuinely curious to see the quality and the overall response from the beauty community.

📷 : Influenster, MAC

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PrettyTracker Keeps You Frugal & Fabulous

PrettyTracker Keeps You Frugal & Fabulous


Looking to save money on makeup without having to look for the deals? Without having to leave your couch or step away from your mobile phone? We know, we know, sounds pretty unrealistic.

Only except it isn’t.

Makeup mavens, beauty buffs, and casual connoisseurs, rejoice! PrettyTracker is here to save the day and, most importantly, to save you money.

This new website is the smart new way to be your own kind of beautiful. Described as an online vanity and price-tracker, it’s the easiest way to digitally organize your makeup and save money at the same time.



Once you sign up, personalize your vanity and search for products from stores like Sephora, Ulta, and more. When something you’re prettytracking goes on sale, you’re emailed immediately. This way, you can snag up that hot new price before anyone else does!

If you’re hoarding dozens of products on your wishlist, there’s a solution for that, too. You can create individual baskets to keep them all organized. May we suggest categories like “longhairdontcare” “lipstick,” and “favorites.” 😉



PrettyTracker is available on mobile devices or, if you prefer the desktop experience, as a Chrome Extension as well.

Take a look at my personal vanity to get inspired and see how it works!

Like the website says- pretty faces, happy wallets.

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To The Bone: Triggering, Pandering, or Resonating?

To The Bone: Triggering, Pandering, or Resonating?

The new movie To The Bone debuts on Netflix today.

Starring Lily Collins and Keanu Reeves, it documents a young 20-year-old’s struggle with anorexia nervosa.

The movie was inspired by Lily’s real struggle with the eating disorder, and she revealed her personal journey with anorexia during the film’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this January. Many social media critics have voiced their concerns about the film, claiming that it glorifies eating disorders and the effects that it has on one’s body. Many are even calling for it to be banned from Netflix because it glamorizes the disease and shows methods on how to lose weight unhealthily.

Here at News Macarons, we take this topic seriously. And we believe that every body, every woman, is naturally beautiful. We’ve even interviewed an amazing, inspirational woman about her journey with overcoming this disease and you can read it here!

So we want to know, will you be watching this movie?
Do you think it’s triggering, pandering, or resonating with the current culture?

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peach, please 🍑

peach, please 🍑

Get your wallets ready. Too Faced recently confirmed that the adorable, internet-breaking sweet peach palette is becoming an entire collection!

Dropping exclusively at Sephora on August 28th and then on the Too Faced site on September 1st, expect for this collection to sell out just as quickly as the palette did.

The new additions include a mattifying spray, primer, foundation, setting powder, and blush. And you can expect that it’ll all smell just as delightful as the preeminent palette did.

Peaches: not just your favorite emoji anymore.

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Beauty Isn’t Everything. Instead, “Build a Platform You Can Stand Upon”

Beauty Isn’t Everything. Instead, “Build a Platform You Can Stand Upon”

video + story submitted by Ciska, a leading contributor!

It’s easy to feel insecure or “less than” in a society that places the utmost importance on beauty and outward appearance, especially in this age of rampant social media anxiety. But it’s important to see what really matters, and to know that beauty should be more than skin deep.

True beauty is what you do, who you are, and what you accomplish. Shirley Manson, Garbage frontwoman, tells it like it is during her interview with 7.30 in this awesomely inspiring video on Facebook. 

Seriously, watch the video here!

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naturally perfect dolls take shark tank

naturally perfect dolls take shark tank

The Naturally Perfect Doll just won a $200K investment from its appearance on the show Shark Tank, and we couldn’t be more excited about this step toward inclusivity. The collection was created by parents Angelica and Jason Sweeting, who found the need for a natural haired doll line that caters to young Black girls after finding a void in the market while shopping for their 3-year-old daughter, Sophia, years ago. The hair is washable and the facial features were sculpted from photographs of mother and daughter. The hair even looks like Sophia’s!

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The Power of Brows

The Power of Brows

Deanna Pai is a beauty editor, writer, and survivor of hepatoblastoma, a rare form of liver cancer. She was diagnosed at the age of 23.

She recently had to undergo a second round of chemotherapy because her cancer returned, and it was through this second round that she found her new calling: helping others who feel self conscious losing their hair.

When she started treatment again, she lost her eyebrows, like many others. And it was through writing about her experience that she was approached by Volition Beauty to help create faux eyebrows for those who might need them. The prototypes are now finished, and 30% of sales will benefit the Ulman Cancer Fund.

Deanna is pretty incredible, stating “the possibility that this could bring that sort of comfort to some else is, to me, priceless.”

Read more of her story here

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Pirelli Champions Real Beauty

Pirelli Champions Real Beauty

Images from the new Pirelli 2017 calendar have landed, and they’re nothing short of incredible. Shot by renowned photographer Peter Lindbergh, it features global stars like Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, and Lupita Nyong’o in a real, raw, make-up free state.

The calendar is titled “Emotional,” and all of the photographs are published in black and white. According to Lindbergh, he hopes to “remind everyone that there’s a beauty that’s more real and truthful and not manipulated by commercial or any other interests.”

In his own words, “Beauty speaks about individuality, courage to be yourself, and your very own sensibility–that’s my definition of a woman today… not this stretched, manipulated, emptied [person] you see in the magazines today.”

We couldn’t agree more.

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Women in Venezuela Are Going To (& Cutting Off) Great Lengths

Women in Venezuela Are Going To (& Cutting Off) Great Lengths

The economic situation in Venezuela has become so dire that Venezuelan women are cutting off their hair and selling it across the border in Colombia where it will be sold as hair extensions.

The price for their hair? Only $20.

These women feel the need to do this to buy basic necessities and to support their families, and in some cases to afford necessary medicine. Venezuela’s inflation rate is now the highest in the world, and according to Reuters, about 200 women a day are now trying to earn money this way. 

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