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10 classic European islands on a budget

<b>Santorini, Greece</b><p>Even the epic photos don’t quite prepare you for Santorini, with its encircling black cliffs. The island was formed by an enormous volcanic eruption in 1600 BC, and the subsequently collapsing caldera formed these sheer faces. Its extraordinary landscapes justly attract hordes of …

Italy

The Best Natural Deodorants Are Kind to Your Skin and Your Clothes. Plus, They Actually Work.

You don't need a bunch of harsh chemicals to smell good.<p><i>Welcome to The Esquire Endorsement. Heavily researched. Thoroughly vetted. These picks are the best way to spend your hard-earned cash.</i><p>I am well aware of the stereotypes about smelly dudes who blather on about natural deodorants and how your …

Skin Care

South America’s Most Luxurious Train Just Got a Little More Lavish

No mode of transportation is as romanticized as train travel, and there’s good reason why. Taking in breathtaking scenery while enjoying all of the …

South America

8 Majestic Islands In Europe That Most Tourists Don’t Know About (Yet)

If you’re dreaming about a romantic European getaway that doesn’t involve a gazillion tourists, then consider these beautiful isles.<p>Florence and Paris are beautiful and all, but it’s not like we’re the only ones who think so. If you’re dreaming about a romantic European getaway that doesn’t involve …

The Secret, Unspoiled Côte d'Azur French People Don’t Want You to Find

The words Côte d'Azur, for most travelers, conjure up a distinctive set of mental images. Rosé on a beach. Nightclubs filled with sun-kissed Brigitte …

France

12 of the best beach towns in southern Europe

Šibenik, Croatia<p>It’s known as the gateway to Krka national park and the Kornati islands, but this 1,000-year-old city has enough in itself to keep visitors happily busy for days. A slow amble along its waterfront goes past bars, restaurants and the 15th-century Cathedral of St James, a Unesco world …

European Travel

Meghan Markle's Jaw-Defining Pre-Wedding Treatment Can Be Done at Home—for $0

The royal wedding is inching closer and closer (doesn't it feel like Meghan and Prince Harry only <i>just</i> got engaged?), and we'd be lying if we said we …

To Experience the True French “Art de Vivre,” You Need to Get Out of Paris

Domaine Les Crayères<p>It was getting dark when we pulled up to the gate in the rural village of Ouches. My boyfriend and I had driven three hours after an epic lunch at the three-Michelin-starred Maison Lameloise in Chagny—a town 15 minutes from Beaune, the capital of Burgundy—and were three days …

The Dermatologist Celebrities Have on Speed Dial Opens a Groundbreaking Wellness Space in New York

Inside New York Dermatology Group’s new integral health and wellness wing—a stunning, all-white space spanning 7,000 square feet on the second floor, replete with custom-made treatment rooms that look like futuristic pods—it is completely silent. A refuge of sorts from the fumes and fuss that fill …

The Snob's Guide To Detoxing Your Beauty Routine

You like your moisturizers silky smooth and rose-scented, your lip color in a gilded tube, and your perfume in a crystal flacon. You've always …

Padma Lakshmi's Holistic Indian Skincare Secrets Are Too Good Not to Share

By the time Padma Lakshmi swings by the Byrdie studio to film a series of videos about her beauty routine (and new MAC makeup collection), I already …

John Derian’s New Store Is Perfectly at Home in Greenwich Village

The building that houses John Derian’s new Greenwich Village shop was constructed before the Civil War, but it still took several layers of paint to make it look perfectly aged. Scenic painters covered the walls in a dark brown color, then added a white coat with an agent to help crackle it, …

Aurora, New York: Brought to You by American Girl

It’s easy to describe Aurora, New York, a tiny town on Cayuga Lake, as “Rockwellian.” It’s home to the Village Market (which serves a scrumptious slice of coconut cake), the quaint local bank (really an old home made of quarried limestone), and the red brick inn on Main Street, where a fire is …

5 Trendy Places To Shop Online That Aren't Zara And H&M

I have Valentino taste, but a Zara budget.<p>Seriously. I regularly find myself strolling through Saks Fifth Avenue, hoping there's a secret sale on …

Steak Salad with Rice Noodles Is the Weeknight Dinner We Could Eat Forever

This version of Hillstone's classic cuts back on sugar but checks every flavor box.<p>The Thai steak and noodle salad at Hillstone is a guilty pleasure. It seduced me with its towering decadence: a small mountain of noodles, grilled pieces of filet mignon, mango, avocado, and about 15 other things all …

Cooking

Shopping High-Fashion Paris on the Cheap

In nearly three decades of visiting Paris, a highlight of my sojourns is shopping for the sort of Franco-distinct fashions impossible to find at home. Over the years, the proliferation of chain stores in Paris (and easy access to French luxury brands at home) has made finding unique pieces a …

Whoa, Nars Just Launched an Orgasm Lip Balm and It’s Almost Better Than the Blush

Sure, the name makes our cheeks flush every time we hear it, but we can’t deny the sparkly, peachy opalescence of Nars “Orgasm” blush. The brand’s …

The IKEA Guide to a Happier Kitchen With $100 or Less

Following professional organizers on Instagram does a lot for your motivation and general enthusiasm for overhauling your messy kitchen (<i>hello</i> Mandy …

Why Fly All The Way to Iceland? Colorado Has Some of the Best Hot Springs Around

Iceland is one of the world’s great tourism success stories, having tripled its amount of visitors in under ten years. With a population of just 334,000, this tiny island nation attracts a staggering 1.8 million travelers annually, and almost half of those visitors will take a dip in the infamous …

9 Wrinkle-Smoothing Serums That Actually Keep My 33-Year-Old Forehead Smooth

No one talks about it, but being a selfie-taking beauty editor and writer in 2018 can be anxiety-inducing. We’re supposed to be the pioneers of …

3 Dermatologist-Approved Vitamin C Creams for "Brighter, Firmer Skin"

Aside from taking age-defying supplements and eating our way to glowing skin, we'll admit that we're also intrigued by the benefits of using topical …

11 Books That'll Change Your Life For the Better

Sometimes all we need to help place us on the right path in life is a well-written book with advice from an expert. Reading in general can help with …

Books

These Breathtaking Morocco Travel Destinations Will Stop You in Your Tracks

Morocco is easily one of the most beautiful countries in the world. The vast, breathtaking landscapes—from charming beachside towns to sweeping …

Travel

The best Airbnb Hudson Valley rentals you should stay in

Trade in city lights for the warm glow of a wood-burning stove at the top Airbnb Hudson Valley rentals we could find. Sure, you can snag some …

Hudson Valley

Whiskey, Cashmere, and Castles: A Guide to Speyside, Scotland

The Craigellachie Hotel is a charming 26-room inn located where the Rivers Fiddich and Spey come together in the Scottish Highlands. It’s in the heart of Speyside, Scotland’s famous single malt whiskey region: Guests staying at the hotel can see the Macallan distillery from their windows; the hotel …

Scotland

It's Official: These are the Countries You Should Stay in an Airbnb Over a Hotel

When it comes to visiting a new destination, your first decision will likely revolve around where to stay. While Airbnbs often provide a more …

This Anti-Aging Serum Was Developed by Harvard Scientists—and I'm Obsessed With It

Anyone with a solid skincare regimen knows the importance of using a serum. But this serum in particular ups the ante on all other anti-aging …

8 Secret (& Affordable) Shopping Sources Designers Love

For me, shopping for decor is a weird, paradoxical experience. I find myself wanting to have unique things. And yet, I'm the first one to share my …

Which Cleansing Oils Remove Makeup Best? See My Reviews

An acquaintance once casually mentioned that she only uses makeup wipes to “clean her face” most nights and will wash it only when she’s “wearing a …

Skin Care

The Best Secret Date Spots in NYC

You’ve already been to the least-secret date spots in the city. Skating at Rockefeller Center, dinner at a Shake Shack or four, some sort of $300 …

Wine Cellars