Sephora Confirms It Can Ban You From Making Returns

Sephora has long been the mecca for our hair, skin and makeup needs, with plenty of benefits to boot. The arguably biggest perk is its flexible return policy, which allows you to return products–both new and used–within 60 days of purchase, in addition to getting an exchange for anything (in that same time frame) without a receipt.

It’s truly a godsend for anyone who just doesn’t have time to read reviews or sample the product beforehand. And although it’s assumed that most of us are respectful of the return rules, time has taught the Sephora higher-ups that there are just as many shoppers taking advantage and doing the most, like returning twice as much as they purchased.

For that reason, a service called “The Retail Equation” is being used to vet the bad seeds, so they can be banned from doing just that in the future. According to the “TRE” website, its specific purpose is to “identify the 1 percent of consumers whose behaviors mimic return fraud or abuse.”

A Wall Street Journal feature (by way of Racked), says TRE does this by tracking customer returns and behavior via driver’s license and calculating a score based on frequency of returns, cost of said return and a few other factors. Once the shopper reaches a certain number set by the retailer, a ban can be authorized.

In a statement to Racked, Sephora confirmed its participation and emphasized why it’s joined over 34,000 other stores (including Best Buy and Victoria’s Secret) to use the TRE system:

“Sephora is dedicated to providing all of our customers with an excellent shopping experience. We make every effort to accommodate returns, but a small fraction of customers take advantage of our policy, in many cases returning more than twice as much merchandise as they purchase. This limits product selection and unfairly impacts other clients. When we identify excessive return patterns, we notify those customers that we may limit future returns or exchanges if no proof of purchase is provided.”

It’s long been rumored that Sephora has always tracked customer behavior, but now they’ve got an official system backing up their practices. This is sure to ruffle a few feathers for frequent shoppers, so if you’re on the fence about whether to buy something or not, remind yourself of this not-so-secret return tracker, too.

Ava Phillippe Cut Her Hair into the Cutest, Shoulder-Grazing Bob

Ava Phillippe and her mom, Reese Withrespoon, don’t look so much alike anymore. The 18-year-old—who is constantly battling comparisons to her lookalike, superstar mom—recently took a pair of scissors to her signature, wavy blonde hair and hacked off a few inches. The result? A crazy-chic, shoulder-grazing bob that we need to replicate immediately.

The up-and-coming model debuted her new ‘do at the European premiere of her mom’s film, “A Wrinkle in Time,” in London, England on Tuesday. Phillippe, who’s the daughter of actor Ryan Phillippe, turned heads on the red (more like, blue) carpet in a heart-printed Valentino dress and Stella McCartney shoes. But as good as Phillippe’s outfit was, it was her hair that caught the beauty community’s attention.

Ava Phillippe

Photo: Getty Images

Ava Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon

Photo: Getty Images

While posing arm-in-arm with her mom, Phillippe showed off her just-cut bob, which she wore sleek, stick-straight, and tucked behind one ear. In fact, Phillippe’s bob was so fresh that she didn’t have it a few hours before hitting the red carpet. According to her Instagram, the haircut was a spontaneous decision.

“Spontaneously chopped!” Phillippe captioned an Instagram story, thanking The Chapel, a salon in London, for her new ‘do.

Ava Phillippe

Photo: Instagram

Though Phillippe and Witherspoon still look like carbon copies of each other (hey, they are blood-related, after all), at least now we have one key feature to tell them apart. Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to chop off our hair too, à la Ava Phillippe.

18 Badass Beauty Bosses You Should Be Following on Instagram

International Women’s Day may have passed, but it’s still Women’s History Month, so the celebration continues. Our Instagram feeds are chock-full of inspiring women we may not know personally but whom we look up to for all kinds of inspo and advice.

And if you count yourself as part of the beauty set, chances are you’re familiar with some of today’s most badass (and hardest-working) hair, skin, and makeup experts. The entrepreneurial spirit of the beauty industry is stronger than ever, and although there are hundreds of thousands of woman-owned businesses out there, these 18 bosses are at the top of their game and taking us all along for the ride.

If you’re contemplating a big idea of your own and need a little motivation to start working on it, add these women to your Instagram feed and they’ll help keep you on track.

STYLECASTER | Beauty Bosses to Follow on Instagram | Emily Weiss

Emily Weiss

Glossier is by far one of today’s buzziest (and best reviewed) beauty brands, and we have Weiss, its founder, to thank for that. You may recall her journey started back in 2010, when she birthed “Into the Gloss,” a blog about grooming routines that’s still going strong in 2018.

Photo: instagram / @emilywweiss

STYLECASTER | Beauty Bosses to Follow on Instagram | Ursula Stephen

Ursula Stephen

Stephen’s famous clientele list includes Zendaya, Bebe Rexha, and the iconic Rihanna (that iconic black pixie was her work). However, you may not know that the hair guru also runs a successful hair salon in Brooklyn, New York.

Photo: instagram / @ursulastephen

STYLECASTER | Beauty Bosses to Follow on Instagram | Rachel Roff

Rachel Roff

The aesthetician is responsible for the creation of Urban Skin Rx, arguably the biggest skin care brand for women of color. Her products are endorsed by a slew of black celebs, and the cleansing bar line just became available in Target.

Photo: instagram / @urbanskinfounder

Jessica Alba

We’ve loved watching Alba’s evolution from movie star to bona fide business owner. Her company, Honest Beauty, is leading the charge in providing more eco-conscious, yet affordable, beauty options to men, women, and children everywhere.

Photo: Instagram/@jessicaalba

STYLECASTER | Beauty Bosses to Follow on Instagram | Myleik Teele

Myleik Teele

Teele is the founder of curlBOX, one of the first subscription services for women with natural hair. Her business is still going strong, but we also love following her on social media for advice on entrepreneurship and living a more purposeful life.

Photo: instagram / @myleik

STYLECASTER | Beauty Bosses to Follow on Instagram | Lauren Napier

Lauren Napier

Napier’s expertise spans makeup and skin care, but when it came time to create a product of her own, she decided to go with something we all need: a good makeup wipe! Her “CLEANSE” products are made with natural ingredients and are perfect for the woman on-the-go.

Photo: instagram / @laurennapier

STYLECASTER | Beauty Bosses to Follow on Instagram | Marianna Hewitt

Marianna Hewitt

The Los Angeles–based fashion blogger can now add “beauty expert” to her résumé, thanks to the just-launched Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask, which she created alongside Lauren Gores Ireland.

Photo: instagram / @marianna_hewitt

STYLECASTER | Beauty Bosses to Follow on Instagram | Huda Kattan

Huda Kattan

If there were an actual totem pole for beauty-bloggers-turned-beauty-juggernauts, Kattan would be sitting pretty on top. Her line, Huda Beauty, is a top seller in Sephora, and Kattan herself remains a force to be reckoned with in the blogger community.

Photo: instagram / @hudabeauty

STYLECASTER | Beauty Bosses to Follow on Instagram | Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury

Not only does Tilbury have a successful beauty collection of her own; she’s still one of the busiest makeup artists in Hollywood, with an A-list client list that will put all others to shame.

Photo: instagram / @ctilburymakeup

STYLECASTER | Beauty Bosses to Follow on Instagram | Wende Zomnir

Wende Zomnir

Obsessed with Urban Decay’s cult favorite “Naked” palettes? They’re the brainchild of brand owner Zomnir, whom many refer to as the “original beauty junkie.”

Photo: instagram / @udwende

STYLECASTER | Beauty Bosses to Follow on Instagram | Jinsoon Choi

Jin Soon Choi

You’ve probably painted your nails at least once with any of the colors from her long-running lacquer line. Choi also manages a group of spas and still works behind the scenes at runways during Fashion Month.

Photo: instagram / @jinsoonchoi

STYLECASTER | Beauty Bosses to Follow on Instagram | Rihanna

She really needs no introduction. Oh, and you were probably following her long before she came for everyone’s bank account with the affordable and inclusive Fenty Beauty.

Photo: instagram / @badgalriri

STYLECASTER | Beauty Bosses to Follow on Instagram | Charlotte Cho

Charlotte Cho

She’s the cofounder and aesthetician behind Soko Glam, one of the biggest websites for discovering the best in Korean beauty.

Photo: instagram / @charlottejcho

STYLECASTER | Beauty Bosses to Follow on Instagram | Jen Atkin

When she’s not styling the manes of Hollywood royalty, such as the Kardashians, Atkin is developing products for her hugely successful hair care line, Ouai.

Photo: instagram / @jenatkinhair

STYLECASTER | Beauty Bosses to Follow on Instagram | Kat Von D

The tattoo artist and beauty guru made cruelty-free products more accessible when she created her namesake collection, Kat Von D Beauty. Today, it’s our go-to destination for colors that pop and makeup that stays put.

Photo: instagram / @thekatvond

STYLECASTER | Beauty Bosses to Follow on Instagram | Lora Arellano

Lora Arellano

When we’re not staring at her stunning tattoos, we’re shopping the Los Angeles–based makeup artist’s Melt Cosmetics, a line of unconventionally colored makeup products.

Photo: instagram / @lora_arellano

STYLECASTER | Beauty Bosses to Follow on Instagram | Taylor Frankel

Taylor Frankel

Frankel and her sister were just teenagers when they launched their NUDESTIX line, and today its multiuse products are top sellers in Sephora and beyond.

Photo: instagram / @taylor_frankel

Drew Barrymore

We never expected this A-list actress to gift us with one of today’s most popular drugstore beauty brands, but now we can’t imagine walking through Walmart without spotting Flower Beauty.

Photo: Instagram/@drewbarrymore

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Kim Kardashian Mashed Vitamin C with Her Shampoo to Change Her Hair Color

In the past few months, Kim Kardashian has changed her hair color more times than we can count. And though she’s recently returned to her signature brunette locks, marking the end to her colorful hair journey, that doesn’t mean that she can’t impart the wisdom that she’s learned over the past year—including, her easy hack to change your hair color in one shower.

On a post on her website and app titled “My Hair Hack,” the 37-year-old reality star broke down the quick, 20-minute hack she used to lighten her hair and completely changed its shade. Slightly tired of her neon-pink hair, the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star mashed vitamin C tablets (specifically, Bronson’s Vitamin C Ascorbic Acid) and combined them with her shampoo.

After leaving the concoction on for 20 minutes, sort of like a DIY hair mask, Kim washed it out and discovered that her hair was lighter and transformed into a gorgeous baby pink. Though the crushed-up vitamin C didn’t make her hair blonde like she hoped (you’ll likely need something stronger for that), she was still pleasantly surprised with the pale-pink color that her hair turned into in the shower.

“I wanted to fade my hair from a bright pink to a baby pink. I bought acidic vitamin C tablets, crushed them up and then put the powder into my shampoo,” Kim wrote. “I left the shampoo on my hair for 20 minutes and rinsed. I was hoping my hair would eventually turn back to blond, but it left my color a slight pink tone, which I ended up loving!”

Though vitamin C does a solid job at gently stripping away hair dye, leaving you with a lighter shade than before, it’s not entirely side effect-free. Vitamin C and ascorbic acid are known to dry out your hair and scalp, so if you do choose the DIY route, be sure to follow up your at-home bleaching with a nourishing and hydrating hair mask to put back in that moisture that you lost. We can never get enough of the Kardashian-Jenners’ beauty tips, but as always, proceed with caution.

13 New Polish Colors to Spoil Your Digits With This Spring

When it comes to our beauty routine, be it big or small, nothing brings us more joy than a fresh manicure. And while some are annoyed by the amount of color choices sitting on a salon wall, we actually find the search a bit thrilling; especially when the powers that be let us bring our own options from home.

With another spring season on the horizon, big name brands like OPI and Essie are already unleashing vibrant hues that reflect the warm weather we’ll soon get to bask in. So whether you’re making an appointment with your go-to technician or planning to do it yourself, here are 13 new polish shades for your upcoming paint job.

STYLECASTER | New Spring 2018 Nail Polish Colors | Butter London Spring Duo

Butter London Spring Duo (Twist & Twirl and English Lavender)
Photo: Butter London

STYLECASTER | New Spring 2018 Nail Polish Colors | Chanel 'Giallo Napoli'

Chanel ‘Giallo Napoli’

Shine bright like the sun in this luxe yellow.

$28 at Chanel

Photo: Chanel

STYLECASTER | New Spring 2018 Nail Polish Colors | Christian Louboutin Nail Colour in 'Bolidonna'

Christian Louboutin ‘Bolidonna’

This vibrant pink shade is inspired by Louboutin’s Fall 2017 collection.

$50 at Christian Louboutin

Photo: Christian Louboutin

STYLECASTER | New Spring 2018 Nail Polish Colors | Context 'Rocket Queen'

Context ‘Rocket Queen’

A rich nude with just a hint of shimmer.

$15 at Context

Photo: Context

STYLECASTER | New Spring 2018 Nail Polish Colors | Deborah Lippmann 'I Put a Spell on You'

Deborah Lippmann ‘I Put a Spell on You’
Photo: Deborah Lippmann

STYLECASTER | New Spring 2018 Nail Polish Colors | Essie 'At the Helm'

Essie ‘At the Helm’

A fire orange nail polish tinged with salmon red.

$9 at Essie

Photo: Essie

STYLECASTER | New Spring 2018 Nail Polish Colors | Morgan Taylor 'Platinum Bling'

Morgan Taylor ‘Platinum Bling’

Blind ’em with this holographic tint.

$12 at Loxa Beauty

Photo: Morgan Taylor

STYLECASTER | New Spring 2018 Nail Polish Colors | Nails Inc Self Made Mermaid Duo

Nails Inc Self Made Mermaid Duo

Choose between a soft opalescent pearl or a sparkling sea blue.

$15 at Nails Inc. 

Photo: Nails Inc

STYLECASTER | New Spring 2018 Nail Polish Colors | OPI 'Closer Than You Might Belem'

OPI ‘Closer Than You Might Belém’

You might just want to pack your bags after rocking this shade, named after a Brazilian city.

$12.49 at Sally Beauty

Photo: OPI

STYLECASTER | New Spring 2018 Nail Polish Colors | Sally Hansen Insta-Dri 'Flashy Fuchsia'

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri ‘Flashy Fuchsia’

You can never go wrong with a classic pink.

$5.49 at CVS

Photo: Sally Hansen

STYLECASTER | New Spring 2018 Nail Polish Colors | Smith and Cult '5th Ave Fortress'

Smith and Cult ‘5th Ave Fortress’

Imagine yourself sitting in a 5th Ave. penthouse every time you wear this delicate shade.

$18 at Smith and Cult

Photo: Smith and Cult

STYLECASTER | New Spring 2018 Nail Polish Colors | Smith and Cult 'Forever Fades Fast'

Smith and Cult ‘Forever Fades Fast’
Photo: Smith and Cult

STYLECASTER | New Spring 2018 Nail Polish Colors | YSL 'Kinetic Blue'

YSL ‘Kinetic Blue’

Dip your fingers into couture; you deserve it.

$28 at YSL Beauty

Photo: YSL

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