Emily Gray

7 Green Acne Products That Actually Zap Zits 

Breakouts never happen when it’s convenient. A red, inflamed, soul-crushing pimple never fails to show up when you have a job interview or first date. While overmedicating seems like a good game plan, more often than not, applying too many different acne treatments leads to the zit just getting angier.

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That’s not to say you can’t accelerate healing your breakouts with the help of a few skincare products. Whether you want to embrace Earth Month, or clean up your medicine cabinet of harsh ingredients that irritate your skin just as well as they clear it, there are a number of green skincare brands with products that are just as effective at minimizing blemishes.

Here, we’ve rounded up seven gentle products that are packed with botanical ingredients to shrink pimples, unclog pores, and keep excess oil under control.

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Inside the Empowering and Inspiring 8th Annual DVF Awards

Thursday night’s 8th annual DVF Awards hosted at the United Nations headquarters in New York City brought in plenty of famous faces and fashion’s elite, but also recognized a group of women who work behind the scenes to make our world a better place to live.

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The five honorees of the night included Karlie Kloss, who won the Inspiration Award for providing women and girls with the opportunity to learn to code through Kode with Klossy, as well her work with FEED and the CFDA through Klossies cookies, and Jane Goodall, who received the Lifetime Leadership Award for revolutionizing the world in primatology and inspiring generations of scientists.

Louise Dube was awarded the People’s Voice Award through a popular vote, for her leadership of iCivics, a program founded by retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to restore civic education in US schools.

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Baljeet Sandhu and Yoani Sanchez each received the International Award, Sandhu for her leadership of the Migrant & Refugee Children’s Legal Unit (MiCLU), a legal, policy, and education hub, and Sanchez for her creation of project 14ymedio, the first and only independent digital news outlet in Cuba that offers a view through the eyes of its people.

Andra Day kicked off the evening with an incredible performance of “Rise Up,” next moving on to speeches from presenters, including Tracee Ellis Ross, Kate Bosworth, and our very own Editor-In-Chief, Laura Brown. Diane von Furstenberg herself presented the Lifetime Leadership Award to Goodall, who had brought along her famous plush animal, Mr. H, a monkey she carries around the world with her. The stuffed animal was given to her by her friend Gary Haun and has visited more than 60 countries.

“We share a philosophy,” said Goodall in her acceptance speech. “We need to learn to live in peace and harmony with people from other countries, other religions, and other cultures.”

You, too, can do your part in giving back by visiting DVFAwards.com/donate. Scroll down below to see all the best looks from the night.

Break a Sweat in Workout Gear on a Budget 

Whether you’re an early riser or an after work spin class kind of girl, there is one thing we gym rats all have in common; working out makes us feel great. What doesn’t make us feel great is breaking our bank account for workout clothes, instead of breaking a sweat. From gym bags to bike shorts, and sneakers, there are so many options under $100 to choose from. So, next time you are shopping for that new yoga outfit you’ve needed, or something light and airy to jog around the summer nights in, keep in mind you can do this on a budget. Shop our picks below.

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13 Kick-Flare Jeans to Try 

It’s easy to revert to the same old skinny jean look day after day, but lets try something outside your comfort zone, shall we? Step out of the skinny jean bubble and into something just as comfortable: The kick-flare jean.

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The kick-flare jean is flattering on many body types, and can so easily be dressed up or down depending on your accessories and top of choice. Let loose and have a little fun, throw on a floral blouse and stilettos with an oh-so flattering pair from Attico or go grunge hip-hop in destroyed flares from Alexander Wang. We’ve sifted through the kick-flare world of jeans to bring you 13 pairs that can do you no wrong.

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I can wear it with everything from jeans to a cute dress. I can wear to work but it is also super comfortable in the weekends without looking like I just rolled out of bed. I will wear it so many times! The price is totally justifiable. I waited a little while and still love it. After all it is a classic isn’t it? I could go on giving all possible excuses to justify this purchase but, the bottom line is: I am completely obsessed and cannot survive without it anymore. There, I said it.

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In my obsession I have researched all available styles and included here some of my favorites. In case you run out of excuses as well, choose yours.

The Coolest Denim Pieces to Buy at Forward’s Sale

Right now, Forward by Elyse Walker is having the sale to end all sales. The retailer always stocks our favorite designers (hey, Rag & Bone and MSGM), but now you can cop them for ridiculously low prices. “How low?” you ask. Well, you can score a pair of Givenchy jeans for 50 percent off of the original price, and that’s just the beginning. There’s even more luxury denim selections with just as amazing price tags–like the Saint Laurent patch skirt below that looks like a work of art. These are the type of deals that are extremely rare to find, but there’s no need to worry. We’ve gathered several cool denim finds from the sale so you don’t miss a thing.

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Pearl Jam, Tupac and Joan Baez join Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Pearl Jam, Tupac and Joan Baez join Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam (pictured) gave a warning about climate change

The late rapper Tupac Shakur, 1960s protest singer Joan Baez and grunge legends Pearl Jam have all entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

They were inducted alongside the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), Journey and Yes during a concert in New York.

However, it was not just a celebration: a number of artists chose to use the occasion to make impassioned pleas and remember lost friends.

Tupac’s award was collected by his friend, fellow rapper Snoop Dogg.

Folk singer Baez – as known for her activism as her singing – made a rallying call for resistance in the face of “the new political cultural reality”.

The 76-year-old, who admitted most younger people had never heard her work, made a return to the spotlight this week when her song Nasty Man went viral.

Baez – imitating Donald Trump’s particular way of speaking – told the audience gathered at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center: “Let us together repeal and replace brutality and make compassion a priority. Let us build a great bridge, a beautiful bridge, to welcome the tired and the poor.”

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Folk singer Joan Baez (pictured) urged people to resist the “new political cultural reality”

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder tackled climate change, saying: “We cannot be the generation that history will look back upon and wonder, why didn’t they do everything humanly possible to solve this biggest crisis of our time?”

Snoop Dogg was on hand to collect Tupac’s trophy, more than two decades after he was shot dead in Las Vegas.

Calling Tupac “the greatest rapper of all time”, he recalled how they were just “two black boys struggling to become men”, adding: “To be human is to be many things at once: strong and vulnerable, hard-headed and intellectual, courageous and afraid, loving and vengeful, revolutionary and, oh yeah… gangsta!”

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Snoop Dogg paid tribute to his friend, the late Tupac Shakur

Tributes were also paid to 1986 Hall of Fame inductee Chuck Berry. who died last month aged 90, with ELO playing one of his best known hits – Roll Over Beethoven.

Meanwhile, Nile Rodgers – lead guitarist of disco band Chic – was recognised for his contribution to production.

Entertainment news round-up: 2 – 8 April

Entertainment news round-up: 2 – 8 April

Another busy week in the entertainment world has ended, which has seen the first images from the Dirty Dancing remake released, Kendall Jenner’s TV ad pulled by Pepsi, Barry Manilow opening up about his sexuality and a cartoon secret finally revealed.

Here’s a round-up of some things you might have missed:

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Actor Harrison Ford was said to be “very happy” after being told he won’t face any penalties for mistakenly landing his single-engine plane on a US airport taxiway.

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The seventh season of The Walking Dead ended with a regular character meeting their demise – but showrunner Scott Gimple promised series eight would be even more intense.

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Prince Philip awarded Kylie Minogue a special prize honouring her contribution to Anglo-Australian relations. The singer said she was a “proud Aussie, but Britain has a very strong place in my heart”.

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Pepsi pulled its advert featuring TV star Kendall Jenner, admitting the ad “missed the mark” after complaints it trivialised recent street protests across the US.

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Shia LaBeouf’s film failed to set the UK box office alight when it sold just one ticket in its opening weekend.

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Singer Barry Manilow spoke for the first time about being gay, saying he kept his sexuality secret for years out of fear of disappointing his fans.

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Thirty years since Johnny and Baby first hit cinema screens, Dirty Dancing is set to return to TV screens in a three-hour remake. Abigail Breslin, who takes on the role of Baby, shared the first images on social media.

And Disney animators revealed the answer to the question we’ve all wondered – why do cartoon characters only have three fingers?

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TV feuds: The celebrities who can’t get along off-screen

TV feuds: The celebrities who can’t get along off-screen

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John Torode (left) says he and Gregg Wallace are not the best of friends

The ovens are on and the pots are simmering in the Masterchef kitchen with a new series having just begun on BBC One.

But host John Torode says all is not creamy between himself and fellow judge Gregg Wallace.

“It’s funny, we’ve never been friends,” he told the Daily Mirror, admitting they’d had “a couple of standoffs over the years”, despite Wallace telling ITV’s Lorraine Kelly the pair were “very close”.

Behind-the-scenes differences are nothing new however – here’s a look at some of the most famous off-screen TV feuds.

The Good Wife

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The Good Wife stars Julianna Margulies (left) and Archie Panjabi stopped appearing together onscreen

There’s nothing like the tension of a legal drama to keep viewers glued to their seats and The Good Wife more than fulfilled this brief.

But early in the show’s history, rumours began to surface that all was not quite right between leading ladies Julianna Margulies and Archie Panjabi.

The pair played on-screen best friends who fell out in season two and then rarely interacted with each again – something which appeared to spill over into real life.

Panjabi left at the end of season six and her final scenes showed her sharing a drink with Margulies. But viewers were shocked to later find out they filmed the scene apart and they were stuck together in post-production afterwards.

Addressing the rumours surrounding her departure last year, Panjabi said: “In terms of anything that happened on The Good Wife, I think it’s only respectful for it to stay on The Good Wife.

“It was time for me, for many reasons, to unzip the boots and step into another show.”

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actress Janet Hubert (second right) continues to be unhappy with her former co-stars

Fans of the hit ’90s US sitcom the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air were delighted last week when a cast reunion picture was posted on Instagram by Alfonso Ribiero.

But one person who wasn’t so happy was Janet Hubert, who played Aunt Viv in the first three series of the hit show.

She wrote on Facebook in response: “There will never be a true reunion of the Fresh Prince. I have no interest in seeing any of these people on that kind of level.” Ouch.

The actress was sacked and replaced in 1993 after a conflict over money and egos with the show’s star Will Smith.

Smith said later Hubert considered him the “antichrist” and “a snotty-nosed punk” and she wanted the comedy to be “The Aunt Viv of Bel Air Show”.

In the years since, Hubert has been publicly vocal in her criticism of Smith and has also claimed he and Ribiero had “destroyed” her “20-year career with untruths”.

More instalments of this feud may be yet to come.

American Idol

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Mariah Carey (left) has made no secret of “hating” her time working with Nicki Minaj (right)

With two divas working together it was possibly inevitable there would be some fireworks.

So Mariah Carey saying she didn’t exactly enjoy her time as a judge on 2012’s American Idol while working with Nicki Minaj may not be a total surprise.

“Ugh. It was the most abusive experience,” the singer said last year on a press tour.

There were many reports of on-set cat fighting and increasingly heated exchanges between the two stars, with producers forced to stop auditions at one point.

Footage of Minaj yelling at “her highness” Mariah emerged in the media, and the rapper claimed Carey didn’t want another female star on the talent show “coming to steal her shine”.

The rage spilled out onto social media and former US President Obama was even questioned about it on Miami radio station Y100’s The Yo Show.

After just one series, both Carey and Minaj abandoned ship, with Mariah later saying in a radio interview she had “hated” every minute and it was like “working in hell with Satan”. Miaow.

Spare a thought for poor Keith Urban who had to sit in between the pair to keep them apart.

Grey’s Anatomy

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TR Knight (left) was the subject of anti-gay remarks from Isaiah Washington

Bedside manner was lost on the hospital drama in 2007 when actor Isaiah Washington made an anti-gay comment about co-star TR Knight. during a heated argument on set.

He then denied the incident ever happened, while repeating the slur backstage at the Golden Globes in 2007.

The actor later said his comments had been “unacceptable in any context or circumstance” and agreed to therapy as “a necessary step”.

US network ABC didn’t renew his contract, although he did return for a guest appearance seven years later.

Not long after, it was Katherine Heigl who clashed with bosses over money and publicly criticised them by pulling out of the 2008 Emmys.

“I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination,” the star said, after winning an award the previous year.

In early 2010 she was granted an 18-month early contract release, leading the show’s creator Shonda Rhimes to tell Oprah Winfrey: “When people show you who they are, believe them.”

Sex and the City

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Sex and the City followed the ups and downs of life for four inseparable women working and dating in New York.

They were close confidantes on screen but off screen there were persistent rumours that the cast didn’t get on.

The show ran from 1998 until 2004 before two film versions in 2008 and 2010 and there were pretty constant stories of Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall falling out as well as Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon.

Speaking to Marie Claire in 2010 Sarah Jessica Parker admitted that “sometimes feelings get hurt”.

“When you’re on set, you’re working 90-hour weeks, you’re never home, you’re exhausted. There are times when all of us have been sensitive and sometimes feelings get hurt.

“But I don’t have any regrets about how I’ve treated people.”

And she was even still talking about it last year telling Howerd Stern how much the rumours upset her.

“These were people that I grew to love and admire, and was every day perfect, and were people desperately, hopelessly in love with each other? No, but this was a family of people who needed each other, and relied upon each other, and loved each other.

“And this sort of narrative, this ongoing catfight, it really upset me for a very long time.”

Castle

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Despite being all smiles on screen, all was not well with Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion behind the camera

On screen, viewers saw Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion’s bickering characters marry on the sixth season of long-running crime drama Castle.

But behind the scenes, the pair were reportedly sent to couples counselling by show bosses to resolve their differences.

“Stana and Nathan completely despise each other,” an insider told Us Weekly. “They will not speak when they are off set, and this has been going on for seasons now.”

Katic’s agent denied the claim, saying she “had absolutely no issues” with her co-star, although another insider told the Hollywood Reporter the pair had “repeated clashes”.

The actress announced last year she was leaving after season eight, tweeting: “To the fans: Thank you for your support.”

US network ABC then decided to abruptly cancel the series, leading to a rushed ending and unhappy fans.


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Actor Tim Pigott-Smith dies aged 70

Actor Tim Pigott-Smith dies aged 70

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The actor was made an OBE in the 2017 New Year Honours list

British actor Tim Pigott-Smith, who was best known for his Bafta-winning role in 1984 TV series The Jewel in the Crown, has died aged 70.

His agent described him as “one of the greatest actors of his generation”.

The actor was due to appear in a touring production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, with opening night in Northampton on Monday.

He received Olivier and Tony Award nominations in 2014/15 for his lead role in the play King Charles III.

He was also made an OBE in the 2017 New Year Honours list for his services to drama.

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Tim Pigott-Smith with his wife, Pamela Miles

“It is with deep regret that I have to announce the sad news that Tim Pigott-Smith died this morning,” his agent John Grant said.

“Much-loved and admired by his peers, he will be remembered by many as a gentleman and a true friend. He will be much missed.

“We ask that you respect the privacy of his wife, the actress Pamela Miles, his son Tom and the family.”

Pigott-Smith was originally meant to appear as Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman opposite Miles.

However she pulled out of the production earlier this week when she broke a bone during rehearsals and needed surgery.

The play was due to tour in Cambridge, Exeter and Oxford until July after opening at Northampton’s Royal and Derngate Theatre.

“Everyone at Royal and Derngate and all involved with the production of Death Of A Salesman are deeply saddened by this tragic news,” the theatre said.

“Our heartfelt sympathies at this time are with Tim’s wife Pamela and their family.”

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Tim Pigott-Smith won a Bafta for his role as Ronald Merrick in The Jewel in the Crown

Fellow actors have also been paying tribute to Piggot-Smith.

Miranda Hart, who starred with him in an episode of the BBC Two comedy Miranda, tweeted: “So saddened by the news of Tim Pigott-Smith.

“What a fun, lovely, kind, brilliant gent. Was part of one of my fav Miranda eps. Oh we laughed.”

Eddie Marsden said: “1st day on big film, full of nerves. #TimPigottSmith took me into his trailer & made us a pot of tea. Beautiful actor, lovely man. RIP”

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David Oakes, who, like Pigott-Smith, trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, was among those who paid tribute

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Kevin Bishop starred with Pigott-Smith in the 2011 film My Piece of the Pie

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The actor was Olivier and Tony nominated for his role in King Charles III

Born in Rugby, Warwickshire, Pigott-Smith trained as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

He appeared in numerous Shakespearean stage productions before his big break in ITV’s The Jewel in the Crown, about the final days of the British Raj in India.

Starring as police superintendent Ronald Merrick, his performance saw him beat co-stars Charles Dance and Art Malik to win a best actor Bafta in 1985.

In a diverse career, his other TV credits include roles in The Vice, Bloody Sunday, Downton Abbey and Doctor Who.

On the big screen he notably appeared in Clash of the Titans, V for Vendetta and James Bond film Quantum of Solace.

According to IMDB, the actor was also currently working on a TV film version of King Charles III, which imagines Prince Charles’s accession to the throne following the death of the Queen.

It is scheduled to be broadcast on BBC Two later this year.

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