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Acura’s Type S Sub-Brand Returns After a Decade-Plus of Dormancy

The Type S name is making its return with the 2021 Acura TLX. We’ve known for quite some time that the second-generation TLX would get a hotter version bearing the brand’s iconic Type S nomenclature. But the Type S name has a longer history than you might imagine, and we’re taking a look at the Type S models that came before the 2021 TLX. 2001-2003 Acura CL Type S See all 69 photos Believe it or not, the Type S name is nearly two decades old. The mark was first applied to the 2001 Acura CL, and it brought a comprehensive list of upgrades to the coupe. Power from the car’s 3.2-liter V-6 (which—no surprise—included the brand’s VTEC variable valve timing tech) rose from 225 to 260 horses. Additionally, the CL Type S boasted other sporty bits such as bigger wheels...

What’s a Nivus? Volkswagen Debuts Stylish, Coupe-Like Small Crossover

Volkswagen doesn’t offer the T-Roc or T-Cross here in the U.S., and now it’s debuting another stylish small crossover that will likely remain forbidden fruit on our shores. The Volkswagen Nivus will launch soon in Brazil and other markets in South America. Measuring 168 inches in length, the Nivus about the same size as subcompact crossovers we’re familiar with, like the Nissan Kicks. It’s about 17 inches shorter than the Tiguan, the smallest crossover VW sells here in the U.S. The Nivus sits on the flexible MQB architecture that underpins the Golf, Tiguan, and a host of other Volkswagen Group vehicles. See all 19 photos The five-seater stands out from its competition with a low roof and coupe-like proportions. Windswept body lines, LED headlights, and 17-inch alloy...

These At-Home Hair Tips Are So Effective Your Stylist Won’t Know You Cheated

Okay, here’s the tea. We’re not necessarily condoning cutting your hair at home, and, quite honestly, we don’t want you to cheat on your hairdresser. Not only will hair experts everywhere be incredibly dependent on your business once stay-at-home orders begin to relax, but there’s also a large margin for error your stylist would really rather you avoid altogether. (There’s a reason they’re the experts, after all.) That said, since no one seems entirely sure when, exactly, we’ll be able to run back into the arms and chairs of our colourists and stylists, and since our hair has this annoying little habit of, well, growing, an at-home haircut might at some point become necessary. (Even if it’s solely for the sake of preserving you...

I Don’t Know My Summer Plans, But I Know I’ll Live in This ’90s Dress Style

From Jennifer Aniston to Gwyneth Paltrow and Naomi Campbell to Kate Moss, the It girls of the nineties had a very particular style. Featuring round-frame sunglasses, faded blue denim, shrunken knit cardigans and of course, excessively thin eyebrows the era can often be remembered for a less is more aesthetic. Ironically, many of the decade’s more minimalist trends still take up prominence in our wardrobes today and (thin eyebrows aside). I can confidently say I’d sport any of the aforementioned looks. One other very ’90s trend that has stood the test of time and maintained its popularity in our closets decades later is thin strap slip dresses. And this summer, in particular, I foresee myself living in the timeless style. Often featuring a fla...

The Complete Capsule: 9 Hardworking Summer Staples

Well, it’s fair to say that summer has well and truly arrived, and considering that we’ll all be spending much of the month indoors, our new-season wardrobes present a small source of escapism and joy right now.  So what will we be wearing in summer 2020? For us, whether we’re inside or outside, it will be a capsule consisting of versatile, wear-with-everything staples. From polo tops and patterned skirts to floral dresses and chunky sandals, this summer we’ll not only be investing in items that can easily be mixed-and-matched but also items that will remain on high rotation in our closets for seasons to come. Puff-sleeve tops, which have been popular throughout winter, will continue their reign in our wardrobes, though summer...

How to Do a Blow-Dry at Home in 5 Easy Steps

A blow-dry is sadly one of the very few beauty treatments that are virtually impossible to do on yourself. Especially one to salon standard. Let’s face it—there is no better feeling than skipping out of the salon with freshly blow-dried hair. With the magic hands of a hairstylist, flat, limp lengths can be transformed into bouncy, voluminous waves in a matter of minutes using nothing more than a hairbrush and a hair dryer. So why is it when we try to do it ourselves at home, it’s such a palaver? With aching arms, mirror reflection confusion and dryer-inflicted burns, there is nothing remotely glamorous about blow-drying your own hair. And 99% of the time, after all of the flap and fuss, the results are so drab that you wish you hadn’t bothered. While salons around the world are closed and ...

Last Year’s Cult Trainer Brand Has Created the Coolest Style for 2020

Chunky, practical and decidedly “unsexy” dad trainers are the fashion trend no one saw coming. After Balenciaga’s Tripe Ss and Louis Vuitton’s Archlights, in 2019 it was the Alexander McQueen trainers that became popular with the street style set. Thanks to Lyst, a global fashion search platform, we discovered that it was Alexander McQueen’s oversized sole trainers that hit the top spot on the “hottest women’s products” for 2019. These chunky sneakers were searched for every two minutes on the e-commerce platform. And now there’s a new pair of sneakers from the brand that we’ve got our eye on.  The latest sneakers are still chunky in sole but are high top canvas iterations. They come in a plain w...

I’m a Beauty Editor, and This Is the Skincare Brand I Always Come Back To

Formulated with some of the best and most powerful ingredients in the game, such as retinol, vitamin C, salicylic acid, ceramides and alpha hydroxy acids, Sunday Riley doesn’t mess around. Forget brands that build whole advertising campaigns around brand-new, trademarked ingredients, blending potent actives with botanicals, Sunday Riley keeps things simple, to the point and builds products around the ingredients that science has proven to really work. And no, the products can’t perform miracles in minutes. Retinols and acids will still require long-term usage to see long-term results, but the instant glow and gratification you get from using the products is what keeps me going back every single time. Whenever people ask me what skincare brands are worth their time and money, Sund...

Out of All of the French Skincare Brands, This One Is by Far the Most Underrated

And I think the truth is that whereas other French skincare heroes in my cabinet cater to congestion (and therefore offer up visually dramatic results), Vichy is the more modest, quiet underdog. Formulated with the brand’s signature thermal spa water that’s rich in minerals and antioxidants, Vichy products as a whole are healing, soothing, refreshing and, most importantly, radiance-boosting. But that’s not to say that it doesn’t offer up some hard-hitters, too. Take for instance its Normaderm range, which helps to tackle blemishes with minimal irritation, and let us not forget about the famous Dermablend, a high-coverage makeup line with the ability to camouflage even the most intense of rosacea flare-ups. So yes, since falling back in love with my hero Vichy products, I think it’s fa...

This Is How You Should Really Be Using Your Facial Roller

As we all seem to be taking a little more time with our skincare routines at the moment, the lengths to which we will go for great skin are increasing. From skin peels and sheet masks to spot treatments and retinols, if a product promises glowing, healthy-looking skin, we want in. With that being said, there are some products that we require a little more persuasion on before we part with our hard-earned cash. One of those products is facial rollers. As we find ourselves with a little more time on our hands, we’ve noticed an increase in the number of people Boomeranging themselves using a facial roller on Instagram Stories. But besides looking pretty and feeling good, does anyone know what they claim to do, and more importantly, how we’re actually supposed to use them?...

The Surprising Store I’m Turning to for Co-Ords This Summer

While I would hardly call myself a loungewear enthusiast, the recent time spent at home has almost been enough to change my mind. Historically, I have never prioritised the need for elevated or polished-looking loungewear, choosing to instead spend my money on clothing I’d wear outside of the house. Up until now (I am embarrassed to admit), I have resorted to mostly wearing loungewear in the form of tattered joggers and oversize T-shirts, though there’s nothing like a lockdown to help change my mind.  In recent months, I’ve found myself drawn to smarter looking loungewear pieces and, in particular, have been browsing coordinated sets in an effort to create looks that feel slightly more cohesive than the old leggings and any-jumper-you-can-find combo. Enter ...

10 Outfits I Want to Copy for Dress-Up Friday

We’ve all heard the phrase “all dressed up and nowhere to go,” but this year the term has been given entirely new meaning. With restrictions on social gatherings and forced closures of pubs, bars and restaurants, we all literally have nowhere to go, though that certainly hasn’t stopped our favourite influencers and It girls from continuing to dress up. Between shimmering minidresses and floral embellished midis, influencers worldwide are persisting with putting on their finest even if it is simply to bake a cake, work from home or lounge on the couch. A few weeks back, Who What Wear UK introduced Dress-Up Fridays, an initiative which encourages us all to put on something extra special to celebrate the conclusion of the week (and ensure we’re getting out of our...