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How Your Snail Slime Mask Is Made

Mucin is a popular ingredient in K-beauty products like sheet masks. But how do they get the slime?

How Time Moved From Our Pockets to Our Wrists

A brief history of timepieces.

Etsy’s Evolution Strains Sellers

After a lackluster IPO, longterm shopkeepers notice shifts.

Why We Still Call Them Bodice Rippers

Derision for the genre might have as much to do with the bodice as the ripping.

What Does It Actually Mean to Shop Ethically?

Ethical-shopping experts explain what to look for in a brand.

A Jumpsuit You Can Wear From Summer to Fall

Culottes are year-round.

Ethical Shopping Is Nearly Impossible

Plenty of people boycott restaurants or gas stations they don’t agree with. Why is it so hard to do the same for stores?

The Entirely False History of Women Tricking Men With Makeup

Old wives’ tales, fake news articles, and apocryphal laws have bolstered the idea that cosmetics are intended to fool men.

Literally Nobody Throws Out Their Makeup When They Should

Everyone knows makeup has an expiration date — but no one actually follows it.