Lauren Maas

Lauren honed her beauty sensibilities in Qatar, where she lived for four years while teaching some highly polished young ladies at an art/design university. Now calling Texas home, she specializes in foreign beauty cultures, bizarre cosmetic histories, and products beloved by grandmothers. She's never met holographic packaging she didn't like.

The Extras

Trend-Mapping The Rise Of Face Oil

Face oil’s been trending for a lot longer than you thought—like, thousands of years longerRead more >

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A Moment For Our Favorite Discontinued Products

Never know what good blush you've got until Nars unfortunately discontinues it for goodRead more >

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What’s In A Shade Name?

The stories behind Nars' Shiap, Chanel's Arthur, Frédéric Malle's Portrait Of A Lady, and others right this wayRead more >

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Your Face's pH Balance

And why you should be paying your 'acid mantle' (yes, that's a real thing) some attentionRead more >

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Thread, Wax, East, West

Threading, waxing's less-accessorized predecessor, has a rich history—a personal look at hair removal with some strings attachedRead more >

Misc.

Vintage Vanities

Really, is there anything that the stars of Hollywood's Golden Age didn't do better?Read more >

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The Artist Is Wearing Revlon

Frida Kahlo's remaining collection of personal effects included two well-used bottles of Revlon nail polish, which made us wonder—what else are artists painting their faces and bodies with?Read more >

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A Little Thing Called EGF

Epidermal Growth Factor—or EGF, for short—is the bright new anti-aging star heading your way. But does it work?Read more >

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"I Have My Best Ideas In The Shower"

Said everyone, ever—and that's because there's a scientific reason behind why just adding water helps with creativityRead more >

Postcard

East Meets Middle East

Lauren Maas writes ITG from Qatar, where Doha-based design students have taken on Beijing Opera style face painting in a very beautiful example of cultural exchangeRead more >

Open Thread

What Are Your Favorite Product Cameos?

Born Unicorn, a website dedicated to archiving product cameos in TV and the movies, is here to talk about “the hunt"Read more >

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The Future Is Now: 3D Print Makeup Onto Your Face

Mink and MODA are the latest tools to offer 3D printed makeup to the beauty world—whether you want to make it yourself, or just have it applied hands-freeRead more >

The Review

Instant Pain Relief In A Jar

A cool tub of muscle rub that’s as blue as a lagoonRead more >

The Review

Even More Reasons To Like Tea

It reduces your risk for disease! Some of them have caffeine! And it brightens your skin!Read more >

The Review

Eau De Moi

Smelling like sweat never looked so fancyRead more >

The Review

Hey, Hot Stuff

Turns out, red and green chili peppers are good for cooking, clearing out sinuses, and stimulating your scalp, as evidenced by Cabellina Chile Con Romero Shampoo & ConditionerRead more >

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What Happened When I Got My Colors 'Done'

And why being limited to 'autumn' colors is no way to treat a makeup collectionRead more >

Open Thread

What's The Strangest Beauty Product You Own?

Time to shed a little light on your own personal beauty cabinet of curiositiesRead more >

The Review

Face Gels: Next Level Skin Hydration?

In case you're not getting your eight glasses of water a dayRead more >

The Review

Dr. Hauschka Leg And Arm Tonic

It's like a lymphatic drainage massage in a bottleRead more >

Misc.

Henna, For People Who Are Scared Of Tattoos

A semi-permanent solution for people who want to dip their toes (or fingers) into the age-old trend of body art—and learn a little bit more about traditional Asian and North African heritage in the processRead more >

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More Than A Breath Freshener

Mint skincare (and a really great candle) that is refreshingly herby, but not too strongRead more >

Misc.

Sleep Training For World Travelers

Testing out Entrain, the app that uses math and Bono sunglasses to help you defeat jet lagRead more >

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For Your Cuts, For Your Cow, For Your Dog

Off the farm, what are the real-life uses for that ubiquitous udder ointment?Read more >

Misc.

Fall Asleep Faster

Marpac’s Dohm Sound Conditioner is the Cadillac of white noise machines and good news for anyone whose bedroom is above a bar or facing a highwayRead more >

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Midnight At The 24 Hour Fitness

What happens at the round-the-clock gym when everyone else is asleep?Read more >

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History Lesson: Centuries Of Anti-Aging Products

A look at the bizarre, “age-defying” rituals of real-life beauty icons from the history booksRead more >

Misc.

Walk This Way

On getting lost—purposefully and with your own two feetRead more >

The Review

3 Citrus Products To Get You Through The Last Weeks Of Winter

Cheerful cold-weather fruit is always in season for your skin and hairRead more >

The Review

What Does Rain Smell Like?

How to get the fresh, metallic scent of petrichor—the actual, scientific name for the smell of rain, as discovered by researchers at MIT—rain or shine, thanks to three pre-bottled fragrancesRead more >

The Review

Like A Gym Membership For Your Face

Three old-school devices designed to exercise and tone your mouth muscles and keep your brow unfurrowedRead more >

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High-Design Toothbrushes

Toothbrushes you don't have to hide for your morning mirror selfieRead more >