Aja Naomi King Big Beauty Questions

Aja Naomi King is a planner. She comes prepared for everything, kind of like that straight-A student who anticipates a pop quiz before anyone else. But throw in a pandemic that upends daily life, and even the most focused can’t help but be rattled.

“I’m a bit of a control freak,” King says. “So being in a situation where you have no idea what’s going to happen or when it’s going to end is really hard.”

That’s why trying to focus on what she can control—whether it be her self-care routine or her activism—is the most important thing to the How to Get Away With Murder star right now. For starters, there’s her involvement with L’Oréal Paris’s Women of Worth campaign, which is working to nominate women championing change through a wide variety of causes, including fighting COVID-19. “It’s just remarkable watching how everyone has taken the time to go outside their comfort zone and make as much of an impact as possible,” she says. “It’s been really incredible.”

Not to mention comforting. In such strange times, we asked King to tell us what she’s doing to maintain a semblance of normalcy, from the tried-and-true to the one-and-done.

Glamour: How has your self-care routine changed, if at all, while in isolation?

Aja Naomi King: Before quarantine, I really had to pick and choose what I had enough time for. Now I spend a lot of time doing intense breath work and meditation to calm my mind and body. I also like to wake up in the morning and thoroughly cleanse my face and then massage it with my fingers or a jade roller. It just makes my skin feel nice and helps relax me. It’s stuff like that that keeps me uplifted.

Speaking of being uplifted, is there any music that has been keeping your spirits up?

I’ve been listening to a lot of Robyn, especially the song “Call Your Girlfriend,” because it really pumps me up. It’s just such a good song. And then also a lot of Buena Vista Social Club, because that music is very relaxing and sexy.

What have you been doing with your nails in quarantine?

At the beginning, I was still caring about how my nails looked and was doing them. I love light, pale spring colors. But then I stopped because I really don’t like painting my own nails. I’m not great at arts and crafts and they always look kind of shitty. So I actually went and got some press-on nails. I was like, “Okay, it’ll look nice and all I’ve got to do is stick it on.” But that was so weird for me. I didn’t enjoy it so I removed them immediately and gave up.

This Dead to Me Theory Suggests Ben Will Pretend to Be Steve

Dead to MeSaeed Adyani / Netflix

Of course, if that were to happen, Ben would need to find out that he actually hit Jen and Judy’s car. If you remember, he drove off before he realized who he hit. And even though Jen and Judy are alive, they didn’t regain consciousness in time to see Ben as the driver of the car. There’s also the fact that Ben doesn’t know Jen is covering up for killing Steve. Basically, there are so many factors that have to come to light before Ben could make such a bold move.

But people do bold things to protect the ones they love. If one Twitter user is right, Ben might have more at stake than the audience knows. Remember when Jen and Ben slept together? What if Jen is pregnant with Ben’s baby?

Intense, right? That would no doubt send Judy over the edge since she so desperately wanted to get pregnant with Steve’s child.

Dead to MeCourtesy of Netflix

Meanwhile, there are also theories going around that Steve might have been impersonating Ben this whole time. But considering Ben has had multiple heart surgeries and his scars were evident when he slept with Jen, that doesn’t have a lot of weight to it. Then again, Ben was wearing a different outfit sprinting out of his mother’s house than he was in the car running a stop sign.

Who knows? Maybe all of this is just Karen the neighbor’s imagination. We’ll need Dead to Me season three to happen to find out for sure.

Jessica Radloff is the Glamour West Coast editor. You can follow her on Twitter at @JRadloff.

Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy Are Reportedly Divorcing for This Reason

As you probably know, Mary-Kate Olsen has filed for divorce from Olivier Sarkozy after four-and-a-half years of marriage. Now, there’s a bit more info about what went down between the 33-year-old actor-turned-fashion mogul and 50-year-old French banker.

According to multiple sources who spoke to People, Olsen has changed her position on children and wants to start a family of her own with Sarkozy, who already has two children with his ex-wife, Charlotte Bernard. “A few years ago, having a baby was not a priority for her. This has changed,” says one source.

Sarkozy, on the other hand, doesn’t want more, a source in the fashion world also told the publication: “Mary-Kate thought he would budge on that and he hasn’t.”

According to yet another source from the banking world, the idea of having children wasn’t the only topic coming between the couple. “Olivier is a party boy and a big spender,” the source told People. “He loves the high life.”

This apparently did not match Olsen’s “more reclusive” personality. “Mary-Kate prefers to be quiet and alone and doing the things she likes,” a fashion source said. “She’s not that interested in socializing—she likes small gatherings with select people. They ended up being apart quite a bit.” Olsen currently runs two major fashion brands, The Row and Elizabeth and James, with her twin and former co-star, Ashley Olsen.

James Devaney

Mary-Kate Olsen’s preference for smaller gatherings lines up with the pair’s nuptials back in 2015, which went viral at the time due to its, erm, vivid description by Page Six. The newlyweds reportedly hosted about 50 guests at a reception in a private Manhattan residence; cocktails were served in the rear garden before dinner indoors. “Party decor consisted of bowls and bowls filled with cigarettes, and everyone smoked the whole night,” a source told the publication at the time. Not much else is known, as guests were required to hand over their phones upon entering. We do know her massive engagement ring was a four-carat vintage Cartier piece from Sotheby’s.

According to TMZ, Olsen signed a petition for an emergency divorce on April 17, which was ultimately rejected by a New York judge due to the coronavirus pandemic. “We are only accepting essential/emergency matters for filing. The original filing was rejected by the New York County Clerk because they did not follow the essential-matter procedure,” New York courts spokesman Lucian Chalfen told People. “They refiled under the essential-matter procedure and the matter was referred to the ex parte judge, a New York State Supreme Judge. He decided that it is not essential so they can’t file anything at this point.”

The Ordinary Peeling Solution Review: Why It’s Worth It

Among the depths of Reddit and TikTok, there is a new horror: people spilling scarlet liquid from a glass vial dropper across their faces. It’s The Ordinary Peeling Solution, the skin care world’s newest obsession.

It looks like fresh placenta, tingles like mint chapstick, and costs less than a frappuccino. It looks like the terrifying “vampire facial” that’s popular with Kim Kardashian and Gwyneth Paltrow, but it’s blissfully not made out of your own blood. And it’s going viral, with claims that it gives you the brightest, clearest skin of your life.

I tried the product—a $7 at-home chemical peel—for several weeks. Here’s what I found: If you use The Ordinary’s iconic blood red mask correctly, your skin will glow as if lit from within by a vintage chandelier. If you use it incorrectly, your skin will be raw, red, and even damaged.

Let’s do this right.

How to Use The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

If you’ve ever vigorously rubbed your face with a washcloth, or massaged your face with a textured scrub, congratulations you used a physical exfoliant. And now I am coming to your house to do a socially distanced intervention, because this is not the most sophisticated technique science can offer, and I want better for you and your precious face. Chemical exfoliation sounds like an Enlightenment era-torture invention, but it is actually a gentler, more effective way to shed old skin cells and reveal brighter, clearer skin. So! Bring out the blood-colored vials!

There’s never been a skin care line quite like The Ordinary—obsessed with clinical results and pure ingredients, allergic to seductive branding and fake promises, the company is a rare case of All the Hype is Deserved (truly, just read our extensive reviews of all the best The Ordinary products). The line gives luxury ingredients at fast food prices—if you’re willing to brush up on your high school science knowledge. A full skin care routine from The Ordinary could set you back less than the cost of drinks and apps, and last much longer. But navigating The Ordinary’s site feels like reading the periodic table of the elements. Products are sorted into categories like “Molecules” and “Peptides” and have names like “EUK 134 0.1%.”

The right tiny glass bottles, which will make your bathroom look like a chic apothecary, can transform your face better than almost anything, short of a visit to the dermatologist. But the strength of The Ordinary’s formulations also means that you need to know what you’re doing—even if what you appear to be doing is pouring fake blood on your face. What is an AHA+BHA solution, and why should you (very, very carefully) put it on your face?

The Ordinary Peeling Solution is distinguished from the brand’s other exfoliators because it is a wash-off mask, unlike, for example, the Glycolic Acid 7% toning solution which you swipe on with a cotton pad, or the Salicylic Acid 2% solution which you use as a spot treatment. The peeling solution (peel as in, it peels off your microscopic skin particles, not peel as in it forms a satisfying mask which you can remove from your skin in one piece) is also distinct because it combines multiple types of exfoliants. It includes AHAs, or alpha hydroxy acids (glycolic, lactic, tartaric, and citric) and beta hydroxy acid (salicylic acid) at a very high concentration. That means that the mask will essentially obliterate dead skin cells and debris that causes clogged pores, getting you three steps closer to glorious Janelle Monae skin. It also means that if you use it too often, leave it on too long, or if your skin is just too sensitive, your face will freak out.

9 Best Wine Subscription & Delivery Services in 2020

Glass feeling half-empty? The best wine subscription services can help tap your inner sommelier—and might be a more satisfying quarantine activity than panic-trimming your bangs. Bars and neighborhood dives are slowly reopening for business, but you may not feel comfortable venturing outside for a curbside cocktail pick-up yet. A consistent wine delivery will send bottles right to your door and almost certainly make Summer Fridays more entertaining—not to mention your newly-trained palate will give you something to talk about during the next Zoom hang.

If you’re not sure which wine club is right for you, we’ve pulled together a guide on the best ones to join. From algorithms that do the choosing for you to services that let you curate your own crate of Sauvignon Blanc (without any secret premium pricing), here are nine of the best wine subscription services to keep you fully stocked for the summer season ahead.

All products featured on Glamour are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Fans Are Losing It Over the Mystery Man in the Background of Jennifer Lopez’s Latest Selfie

It’s not usually news when Jennifer Lopez posts a selfie showing off her incredibly fit physique. That’s basically just any given Wednesday.

But a recent photo has fans scratching their heads. Here’s the deal: Last Friday, J. Lo posted an Instagram photo from her (amazing) home workout setup in Miami, where she’s been spending quarantine with Alex Rodriguez and their children. “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you… #CamoFriday @niyamasol 🤍,” she wrote in the caption. Okay, nothing major to see here, right?

A few commenters noticed something strange, though: a mystery man in the background, behind her shoulder.

“Why is there a man in the background with a hand over his mouth?” one person commented. Another wrote, “Uhm who or what’s behind you?”

Could this be someone who works for Lopez and Rodriguez? It turns out to be a very of-the-moment scenario, per an E! News source. “If you look closely you can see Alex’s arm in a navy blue shirt,” the source said, also noting that the gym is “attached to their office space and separated by curtains.”

“He’s sitting in front of their desk with the big screen on it, so the image of the person you’re seeing is who is on his Zoom call,” the source continued.

Zoom strikes again! Listen, many of us are taking work meetings at home right now, and even A. Rod and J. Lo aren’t immune to a few mishaps along the way. We just hope that guy realizes that he’s made it onto one of the most famous women in the world’s Instagram. That’s a heck of a quarantine accomplishment, right?

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez recently had to postpone their wedding plans due to the pandemic. It was reportedly supposed to happen later this summer—but no new date has been announced. Rodriguez even joke recently that they should have a drive-thru wedding which we’d very much love to see.

Sia Just Confirmed She Adopted Two Teenage Boys From the Foster Care System

Surprise—Sia’s a mom!

The notoriously private singer revealed the happy news during a recent interview with Sirius XM’s The Morning Mashup. “I actually adopted two sons last year. They were both 18 — they’re both 19 years old now,” she said. “They were aging out of the foster care system. Yeah, and I love them.”

She also talked about how the family is coping during quarantine amid the coronavirus pandemic. “They are both finding it pretty difficult, one more so than the other. But they’re both doing things that are really good for them right now, that are really helpful,” Sia said. “They’re really doing a lot of educational stuff that’s good for them.”

While this news may come as a shock to some, Sia has hinted at her growing family for a while now. In 2019, she posted about the HBO documentary Foster—and one of the children featured in it—in a since deleted tweet, per Entertainment Weekly. “Hey Dasani from Foster on HBO! I’d like to adopt you,” she said. “We’re just trying to find you and get my house check done etc. But I want you to know you will have a home with me.”

Then, in an interview with GQ about Diplo, she referenced recently adopting a child. “This year I wrote him a text, and I said, ‘Hey, listen, you’re like one of five people that I’m sexually attracted to, and now that I’ve decided to be single for the rest of my life and I just adopted a son, I don’t have time for a relationship.… If you’re interested in some no-strings sex, then hit me up,'” she told the magazine.

Given Sia’s desire to keep many parts of her life private, we doubt we’ll be getting many more details about her sons. But a congratulations to the happy family is certainly in order!

Are Couples Who Moved in Together for Quarantine Okay?

Dylan and Morgan

“We were like, ‘We’re not going to do that thing that queer women in relationships do where we just live together. We’re not gonna UHaul.’”

Dylan, 25, and Morgan, 23, Richmond, Virginia, three bedroom apartment with a roommate, together for almost a year

Morgan: We’ll have been in a romantic relationship for a year on Juneteenth. The blackest anniversary ever!

Dylan: So as we began our relationship, we were like, “We’re not going to do that thing that queer women in relationships do where we just live together. We’re not gonna UHaul.” But then we were about to be isolated, so we had to kind of decide if we were going to not see each other for the foreseeable future or if we were going to go ahead and cohabitate for the foreseeable future.

Morgan: I moved in to Dylan’s house, which is a three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath—honestly we’re really really lucky because there’s a lot of space. It would be harder, I think, if we were more confined. Blessed!

Dylan: Blessed and highly favored! It’s been amazing because all of us have calls, so we can work in separate rooms. I also am the more particular human in the couple and Morgan is so gracious with me about my idiosyncrasies. Actually, the most surprising thing has been not seeing each other in the house as much as I thought we would.

Morgan: We all need to breathe our own air sometimes. We try to take breaks from, like, the heaviness of what the global situation is. We’ve been gardening. And cooking.

Dylan: I have never liked cooking. I still don’t love it. But I am surprisingly competent.

Morgan: You are amazing. Ma’am, you are amazing. She made these quiches last night that literally, literally lit my whole world up.

Dylan: I sent a picture to my grandma. She was very happy.

Morgan: We also acknowledged at some point that sometimes sleeping by yourself is nice. It’s not frequent that we do it but occasionally one of us will sleep downstairs—it’s nice to be by yourself sometimes.

“I’ve never spent this much time with another human being in my life.”

Moriah, 31, New York state, apartment in her boyfriend’s parents’ house, together five months

We met on Tinder and it was very clear kind of quickly that this was a really healthy, nice relationship. It just kind of worked out that we started spending pretty much every day together from the time we met—it’s been not long at all, but it’s been really lovely. I live with my parents who are in their 60s, so we decided that it was probably best for my parents’ health if I did not stay at the house. I’m lucky that his parents were thrilled to have me here! We’re staying in the downstairs apartment that is connected to his parents’ house. We spend a lot of time with his parents—cooking, eating dinner together, watching TV, playing with their dog. I get along really well with them. I social-distance met his grandma the other day, and we started talking about drag queens.

How a Teacher in Rural California Is Making It Work in Quarantine

9:30 a.m. Eat breakfast and continue answering emails, replying to student comments on Google Classroom. I also grade work that has been turned in.

10:30 a.m. I’ve got to get out of my seat and move. I go for a two-mile power walk—something I started doing on day two of quarantine, after I had an anxiety attack on day one from watching news, worrying, and stress-eating. I forced myself to reflect and gave myself a pep talk: “You cannot do this to yourself. What can you do to help your mind and body instead?”

This walk has been my saving grace. I live on a country road that is beautiful, at the foot of the majestic Sutter Buttes, the smallest mountain range in the world. The views are stunning and this walk clears my head and reminds me to stay thankful.

11:30 a.m. Shower, and take my time doing my hair. Make-up is a different story. Since I’m not going anywhere, my face gets moisturizer, and it’s happy.

12:30 p.m. Eat lunch with my mom and daughter. I’m a mother of three. My two oldest sons are on their own, living and working in the Monterey Bay area. Both are still employed due to the essential nature of their jobs. I’m grateful they have their stability, but I worry daily about their safety.

My 12-year-old daughter—also in 7th grade, the same grade I teach—has been participating and completing her distance learning well. But she’s very social and has had a challenging time not seeing and interacting with her friends. She also dances and can’t compete this spring, or even go to dance class right now. Not having that outlet has been hard for her.

We play some music while making and eating lunch and it’s evolved into a dance session. Today, we listened to La Reina of Salsa, Celia Cruz. Her music and voice beckon you to move. Dancing has helped us stay positive and our spirits get lifted.

1:30 p.m. I had planned to work on my dissertation edits. As it happens, I’m distance learning too. I’m working on my doctorate—getting an EdD—through USC Rossier’s online program. Before the pandemic, I was about to start data collection for my study, which required observations and interviews with teachers at my school. That has ground to a sudden halt. My graduation was going to be May 15th, 2020, and now that is postponed. I’m the first in my family to ever graduate high school, attend college, and pursue a doctorate, so to not get to continue my work and to not be able to celebrate has been depressing, stressful, and frustrating.

Still, I try to set aside one hour each day to write or communicate with classmates, professors, and the dissertation chair, but I could not today. I feel overwhelmed by the thoughts of how I am going to conduct the collection of data for my study, and I refuse to pay for one more semester to get this done. Tomorrow is another day.

2:30 p.m. Lesson plan for next week, before our weekly Zoom meeting on Wednesday. I created a screencast video for my students to refer to for the Stay-At-Home Learning Challenge Board I put together for them. It’s a slides presentation with 15 different choices of activities, from creating a playlist that follows a theme, to creating a video of them cooking something. They have to choose one activity of their choice per day (for a total of five for the week).

4:30 p.m. Start making dinner. I’m grateful that my mom is living here because she’ll sometimes make our favorite Mexican dishes. But lately, I’ve wanted to spend time cooking. I’ve rediscovered my love for it, and I’ve made some new recipes that my family claim as new favorites. Tonight it was rosemary baked chicken and bacon-wrapped asparagus.

Disney Recipes: How to Make Their Famous Peanut Butter and Jelly Milkshake with Just Four Ingredients

A lot of people have been whipping up Disney recipes as a source of comfort and distraction during the coronavirus quarantine, which totally makes sense. What’s better than recreating some nostalgic elements of Disney World and Disneyland, a.k.a. two of the “happiest places on earth”, while trying to navigate your way through a global pandemic? Not much if the Instagram feeds flooded photos of churros, and cookie fries, Mickey Mouse-shaped beignets are any indication.

The unofficial start to summer comes this Memorial Day weekend (yes, we’re still vaguely keeping track of the seasons!) and soon we’ll hopefully be able to enjoy a bit more time outside (at a safe social distance) with some warm weather sweet treats based on Disney recipes—like the parks’ famous peanut butter and jelly milkshake, typically served at the ’50s Prime Time Café at Disney World’s Hollywood Studios.

Bonus: It only takes four ingredients you probably already have at your house.

Here’s the famous Disney recipe—enjoy!

Ingredients (serves 1):

  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons jelly (strawberry or grape)
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1/4 cup milk

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Add additional peanut butter or jelly to taste.

Cook’s Notes: Two cups sliced strawberries can be substituted for jelly.

See, wasn’t that easy? In case you’re the kind of person who prefers some visual aides, you can also watch the how-to video below. We recommend throwing some extra whip cream and chocolate sauce on the top if you’re so inclined, too.