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.

Kourtney Kardashian Uses 3 Products Daily to Keep Her Lips Moisturized

In the winter, or really any time of the year, dry lips can be a death sentence. Not only do they look unpleasant, but they can be painful and inhibiting. Kourtney Kardashian recently took to her website, aptly named after herself, to disclose how she keeps her lips baby soft 24/7 and how you can, too.

The mother of three maintains moisture by using three lip balms, sometimes all in one day. But, wait, is three too much to be using? In Kardashian’s case, each balm or cream does something different, so she’s not layering the same product over and over, which is a process that can lead to halting natural moisture production.

The 38-year-old starts her day by applying Blue Lagoon balm, a paraben-free formula from Iceland, and ends her day with Caudalie’s lip treatment, an antioxidant-rich, moisturizing lip conditioner.

When things get really rough and dehydrated, she opts for Elizabeth Arden’s 8-Hour Cream, which is an all-purpose formula for hands, cheeks, nails, brows and of course, lips. In every balm though, she looks for “all-natural options” and one that has sunscreen if she’s going to be out in the sun.

Aside from the three mentioned, Kardashian mentioned some of her other favorites, including Smith’s Rosebud Salve, Drunk Elephant Lippe Balm, Ogee Lip Oil and Skyn Iceland Lip Fix.

Taking care of your lips is just as important as taking care of your skin, mainly because your lips are your skin! Don’t let dehydrated days get you down. Take a page from Kourt’s book and keep your lips looking luscious every day of the week.

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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The Best Dark Spot Correctors
for Zapping Blemishes

The Best Dark Spot Correctors
for Zapping Blemishes

15 Dark Spot Correctors for Bright and Even-Toned Skin

Dark spots don’t require a lofty explanation. They’re post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, or the marks that get left behind after inflammation, such as a pimple or other irritation. And according to New York–based dermatologist Hadley King, MD, other dark spots can be melasma, a type of discoloration that results from a combination of your hormones, genetics, and sun exposure.

Regardless of where your dark spots came from, they’re generally a pain to get rid of, especially if you’re in the habit of picking while they heal. This is where dark spot correctors come in handy. They come in many forms (spot treatments, creams, gels), but the best ones contain a few key ingredients.

“I generally find that hydroquinone is the most effective ingredient for fading dark spots,” says Dr. King. “Hydroquinone is sometimes combined with a topical cortisone and a topical retinoid, and these combination products are great because each ingredient decreases the discoloration through a different mechanism. Azelaic acid is another ingredient that can also be helpful.”

It’s also important to minimize sun exposure and up your daily sun protection, even after you’ve applied something topical. But because we can’t resist a little skin-care magic, here are the top-rated correctors that should be on your radar.

STYLECASTER | Best Dark Spot Correctors | Burt's Bees Brightening Skin Perfecting Serum

Burt’s Bees Brightening Skin Perfecting Serum

Daisy extracts and a host of other clean ingredients work together to soothe skin and elevate your natural glow.

$20 at Burt’s Bees

Photo: Burt’s Bees

STYLECASTER | Best Dark Spot Correctors | Caudalie Radiance Serum

Caudalie Radiance Serum

Apply this serum, made with Viniferine and olive squalane, to your face and neck before you moisturize to diminish spots.

$79 at Caudalie

Photo: Caudalie

STYLECASTER | Best Dark Spot Correctors | Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector

Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector

This prescription-strength formula is made with a gentle dose of turmeric extract to brighten and exfoliate damaged skin.

$144.50 at Clinique

Photo: Clinique

STYLECASTER | Best Dark Spot Correctors | Dermadoctor Photodynamic Age Spot Eraser & Brightener

Dermadoctor Photodynamic Age Spot Eraser & Brightener

Instead of hydroquinone, this formula includes a host of gentler, but still effective brighteners, such as azelaic acid and mulberry extract.

$60 at Dermadoctor

Photo: Dermadoctor

STYLECASTER | Best Dark Spot Correctors | Estee Lauder Enlighten Dark Spot Correcting Night Serum

Estee Lauder Enlighten Dark Spot Correcting Night Serum

Apply this serum day and night before your moisturizer for one month and expect to see fewer dark spots and more brightness overall.

$96 at Estee Lauder

Photo: Estee Lauder

STYLECASTER | Best Dark Spot Correctors |

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution Serum

Vitamin C, peony extract, and white birch extract are the star ingredients of this gentle spot corrector, which can be applied all over the face before your moisturizer.

$50 at Kiehl’s 

Photo: Kiehl’s

STYLECASTER | Best Dark Spot Correctors | Neutrogena Rapid Tone Repair Dark Spot Corrector

Neutrogena Rapid Tone Repair Dark Spot Corrector

This dark spot corrector doubles as a retinol that gently exfoliates as it diminishes the appearance of dark spots.

$17.99 at Target

Photo: Neutrogena

STYLECASTER | Best Dark Spot Correctors | Paula's Choice Resist Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser

Paula’s Choice Resist Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser

Glycolic acid and hydroquinone work together to lighten acne marks while also hydrating the surface of the skin.

$27 at Paula’s Choice

Photo: Paula’s Choice

STYLECASTER | Best Dark Spot Correctors | Ren Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic

Ren Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic

Lactic acid and willow bark extract reduce pore size while azelaic acid brightens and evens out skin tone.

$35 at Ren

Photo: Ren

STYLECASTER | Best Dark Spot Correctors | tarte Blemish Bully Acne Spot Treatment

tarte Blemish Bully Acne Spot Treatment

Cover just the affected area with this spot treatment one to three times daily to reduce the size of irritations and lighten dark spots.

$16 at tarte

Photo: tarte

STYLECASTER | Best Dark Spot Correctors | The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%

The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%

Get a straight dose of azelaic acid daily when you apply this serum all over.

$7.90 at The Ordinary

Photo: The Ordinary

STYLECASTER | Best Dark Spot Correctors | Korres Wild Rose Brightening Targeted Tone Corrector

Korres Wild Rose Brightening Targeted Tone Corrector

This botanical-based toner is a great corrector choice for sensitive skin that doesn’t respond well to acid-based products.

$26 at Korres

Photo: Korres

STYLECASTER | Best Dark Spot Correctors | Murad Post-Acne Spot Lightening Gel

Murad Post-Acne Spot Lightening Gel

Hydroquinone does the brightening while plant-derived ingredients do the soothing and healing.

$65 at Murad

Photo: Murad

STYLECASTER | Best Dark Spot Correctors | Peter Thomas Roth De-Spot Brightening Corrector

Peter Thomas Roth De-Spot Brightening Corrector

Dealing with “pregnancy mask,” or discoloration all over? This potent formula promises visible results in as little as two weeks as long as you’re using it regularly.

$75 at Peter Thomas Roth

Photo: Peter Thomas Roth

STYLECASTER | Best Dark Spot Correctors | Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Gel

Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Gel

Slather on this lightweight gel before bed and wake up to smaller blemishes without completely drying them out.

$80 at Sephora

Photo: Sunday Riley

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15 Dark Spot Correctors for Bright and Even-Toned Skin

Dark spots don’t require a lofty explanation. They’re post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, or the marks that get left behind after inflammation, such as a pimple or other irritation. And according to New York–based dermatologist Hadley King, MD, other dark spots can be melasma, a type of discoloration that results from a combination of your hormones, genetics, and sun exposure.

Regardless of where your dark spots came from, they’re generally a pain to get rid of, especially if you’re in the habit of picking while they heal. This is where dark spot correctors come in handy. They come in many forms (spot treatments, creams, gels), but the best ones contain a few key ingredients.

“I generally find that hydroquinone is the most effective ingredient for fading dark spots,” says Dr. King. “Hydroquinone is sometimes combined with a topical cortisone and a topical retinoid, and these combination products are great because each ingredient decreases the discoloration through a different mechanism. Azelaic acid is another ingredient that can also be helpful.”

It’s also important to minimize sun exposure and up your daily sun protection, even after you’ve applied something topical. But because we can’t resist a little skin-care magic, here are the top-rated correctors that should be on your radar.

STYLECASTER | Best Dark Spot Correctors | Burt's Bees Brightening Skin Perfecting Serum

Burt’s Bees Brightening Skin Perfecting Serum

Daisy extracts and a host of other clean ingredients work together to soothe skin and elevate your natural glow.

$20 at Burt’s Bees

Photo: Burt’s Bees

STYLECASTER | Best Dark Spot Correctors | Caudalie Radiance Serum

Caudalie Radiance Serum

Apply this serum, made with Viniferine and olive squalane, to your face and neck before you moisturize to diminish spots.

$79 at Caudalie

Photo: Caudalie

STYLECASTER | Best Dark Spot Correctors | Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector

Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector

This prescription-strength formula is made with a gentle dose of turmeric extract to brighten and exfoliate damaged skin.

$144.50 at Clinique

Photo: Clinique

STYLECASTER | Best Dark Spot Correctors | Dermadoctor Photodynamic Age Spot Eraser & Brightener

Dermadoctor Photodynamic Age Spot Eraser & Brightener

Instead of hydroquinone, this formula includes a host of gentler, but still effective brighteners, such as azelaic acid and mulberry extract.

$60 at Dermadoctor

Photo: Dermadoctor

STYLECASTER | Best Dark Spot Correctors | Estee Lauder Enlighten Dark Spot Correcting Night Serum

Estee Lauder Enlighten Dark Spot Correcting Night Serum

Apply this serum day and night before your moisturizer for one month and expect to see fewer dark spots and more brightness overall.

$96 at Estee Lauder

Photo: Estee Lauder

STYLECASTER | Best Dark Spot Correctors |

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution Serum

Vitamin C, peony extract, and white birch extract are the star ingredients of this gentle spot corrector, which can be applied all over the face before your moisturizer.

$50 at Kiehl’s 

Photo: Kiehl’s

STYLECASTER | Best Dark Spot Correctors | Neutrogena Rapid Tone Repair Dark Spot Corrector

Neutrogena Rapid Tone Repair Dark Spot Corrector

This dark spot corrector doubles as a retinol that gently exfoliates as it diminishes the appearance of dark spots.

$17.99 at Target

Photo: Neutrogena

STYLECASTER | Best Dark Spot Correctors | Paula's Choice Resist Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser

Paula’s Choice Resist Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser

Glycolic acid and hydroquinone work together to lighten acne marks while also hydrating the surface of the skin.

$27 at Paula’s Choice

Photo: Paula’s Choice

STYLECASTER | Best Dark Spot Correctors | Ren Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic

Ren Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic

Lactic acid and willow bark extract reduce pore size while azelaic acid brightens and evens out skin tone.

$35 at Ren

Photo: Ren

STYLECASTER | Best Dark Spot Correctors | tarte Blemish Bully Acne Spot Treatment

tarte Blemish Bully Acne Spot Treatment

Cover just the affected area with this spot treatment one to three times daily to reduce the size of irritations and lighten dark spots.

$16 at tarte

Photo: tarte

STYLECASTER | Best Dark Spot Correctors | The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%

The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%

Get a straight dose of azelaic acid daily when you apply this serum all over.

$7.90 at The Ordinary

Photo: The Ordinary

STYLECASTER | Best Dark Spot Correctors | Korres Wild Rose Brightening Targeted Tone Corrector

Korres Wild Rose Brightening Targeted Tone Corrector

This botanical-based toner is a great corrector choice for sensitive skin that doesn’t respond well to acid-based products.

$26 at Korres

Photo: Korres

STYLECASTER | Best Dark Spot Correctors | Murad Post-Acne Spot Lightening Gel

Murad Post-Acne Spot Lightening Gel

Hydroquinone does the brightening while plant-derived ingredients do the soothing and healing.

$65 at Murad

Photo: Murad

STYLECASTER | Best Dark Spot Correctors | Peter Thomas Roth De-Spot Brightening Corrector

Peter Thomas Roth De-Spot Brightening Corrector

Dealing with “pregnancy mask,” or discoloration all over? This potent formula promises visible results in as little as two weeks as long as you’re using it regularly.

$75 at Peter Thomas Roth

Photo: Peter Thomas Roth

STYLECASTER | Best Dark Spot Correctors | Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Gel

Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Gel

Slather on this lightweight gel before bed and wake up to smaller blemishes without completely drying them out.

$80 at Sephora

Photo: Sunday Riley

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