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.


Five Shower Upgrades You Don't Need New Plumbing For

How to make your bathroom feel a little bit more like a hotelRead more >


Look Like A Silent Film Star

A brief history of how Max Factor single-handedly changed the worldRead more >

Open Thread

What's On Your Nightstand?

Like that "What’s in your bag?" meme, only sleepier and less mobileRead more >

The Extras

Tanning While Driving (& How Not To Do It)

A PSA for anyone who regularly finds themselves in a car: You're not totally safe from UV raysRead more >


Get Lost In These Vintage Cologne Commercials

Down the legacy rabbithole of televised fragrance marketing for menRead more >

The Extras

A Cut Above: Looking Back At Major On-Screen Hair Cuts

Dissecting the motion picture rhetoric of on-screen 'impulse haircut,' from G.I. Jane to Walter WhiteRead more >

ITG ♥s

Teen Beauty Brands: Where Are They Now?

It's like speculating about people in your high school year book, but this time with concrete evidenceRead more >

The Review

Spice Up Your Bath

Mustard powder, nature's version of Icy Hot, is the perfect condiment for a wintertime soakRead more >

The Extras

Apocalypse? There's A Cream For That

The ultimate packing list for Doomsday—it never hurts to be preparedRead more >

The Review

A Good Starter Retinol

Dipping a toe in the world of Vitamin A treatments, with the affordable RoC Night Cream lineRead more >


A History Of Blush

There's a surprising amount of poison in thisRead more >

ITG ♥s

A Mist That's Anti-Aging

Perfect for desert climes—or your radiator-ravaged apartment that's just as dryRead more >

ITG ♥s

Pears Soap: Transparent, Tried, & True

Pears Transparent Soap has a 200-year-old history, beloved by writers and spendthrifts alikeRead more >


Makeup For Your Statuary

At MoMA PS1, Francesco Vezzoli’s Teatro Romano gives classical busts a fresh layer of (face) paintRead more >

The Extras

From Russia With Suds

In New York’s East Village, the Russian & Turkish Baths carry on a proud tradition of old country schvitzingRead more >

Open Thread

I Got It From My Mama: The Beauty Products

One writer reflects back on what skincare she's stolen from her mom, and her mom's mom—just in time to go home for the holidaysRead more >


Revisiting Gilmore Girls

A longtime fan, now all grown up, dissects what it meant to be a woman in Stars HollowRead more >


Beauty Marks: A History Lesson

From portending bad omens to sending secret messages, the mole has always been one of the face's hotly contested featuresRead more >


The American Korean Bathhouse: A Review

Tales from an authentic Korean jimjilbang, and it's American counterpart, Spa Castle, that runs Living Social dealsRead more >


A Hamam Revelation

An experience even the most reticent of massagees could loveRead more >


The Culture Of Clean: A History Of Artisan Soap Makers

The first post in our new series exploring the cultural impact of bar soap time travels back to when soap was a Silk Road import, not a freebie from Hampton InnRead more >

The Extras

Navigating The Bazaar Beauty Stalls In Doha, Qatar

While many residents opt for Chanel and MAC, the Souq Waqif market is home to old-school Middle Eastern beauty staples like kajals, henna, magic lipstick, and burning oudsRead more >