Meet The Most Unfiltered Brand In The Skin-Care Business

Photo courtesy of anese

Smell you later

Have you ever felt like a product was speaking directly to you? This basically sums up my initial encounter with anese. In the midst of mindless scrolling on Instagram, I was immediately drawn to the brand's sassy, pastel-tinted bottles. With quirky names like "Bless this mess," "Fuck bad vibes," and "Don't be sorry, be sexy," these intoxicating elixirs will give you the liquid confidence you need to get through the day.

"The idea came from a series of text messages between me and my girlfriends," says founder Lynnsee van Gordon. "We’re constantly sending one-line comedic responses in support of something embarrassing or an achievement the other had, so our messaging came very natural because it’s an honest window into us as a brand."

Design packaging aside, every scent smells heavenly. You can spritz the perfumes on your body, in your hair... pretty much anywhere you want to smell good. Lucky for us, there's more to anese than just perfume: There's a skin gloss, serum, and body scrub. In other (more literal) words, anese has got you covered from head to toe. The brand's laboratory even gives customers early access to what the brand is working on next.

van Gordon describes the anese girl as someone who is funny, savvy, and always has something to say. "She doesn’t take herself too seriously, but she does take her skin seriously," she adds.

Learn more about anese in this exclusive interview and shop all of the brand's cheeky products in the gallery, below.

What motivated you to start your own skin-care business?
I studied design and marketing in college, and I’ve always been a wear-multiple-hats type of person, so creating anese was a natural step forward. I've always been a beauty product hoarder and obsessive about my skin-care routine. My morning and night routine really set me straight for the day and help me clear my mind at night. Right before I decided to start anese, I was packing for my bachelorette weekend in Las Vegas and picturing myself in this dry, smoke-filled casino. I started hunting for a light spray I could use on my hair and skin to combat the casino smell, but couldn’t find anything that was both effective and fit my fragrance preferences, so I saw an opportunity. When I got back from my trip, I started putting anese into motion. 
What is the story behind the brand name?
Anese was named after star of anise, one of my favorite cooking spices. It’s very aromatic and slightly sweet, a similar profile to our line. Honestly, the name came secondary to the concept for anese, but it was a nice name to pair with the brand. 
I love all of the branding from the product names to the descriptions. Why did you decide to go with this outspoken approach?
I sat down and focus-grouped the idea with girls that fit the [ideal] anese customer, but didn’t really feel that aha moment when pitching ideas to them. I came back and pitched the idea of it being a skin-care brand that reminds you of how awesome you are [with] quick one-liners that empowered you or made you laugh and [their] eyes lit up. Once I threw out ideas for names, it became this back and forth that got everyone really excited, and I knew that had to be anese.
In addition to having your own online shop, your products are carried at bigger outlets like Urban Outfitters and How has that crossover expansion been?
It’s been an incredible whirlwind of drive and hustle. Jen Gotch and the team are amazing. Working with an established brand has been a rewarding and learning experience for us. We launched on Urban Outfitters at the beginning of August and sold out in four days. We will be available in store at the Urban Outfitters in Herald Square [in New York City] in September which is really exciting. I didn’t predict we would be partnered with established retailers by now but am very happy that we are. 
What do you see in the future for anese?
We’re working on some new products to be released in the next year that are routine-focused, as well as getting anese on additional channels. 

Photo courtesy of anese x anese, Hydrating Body & Hair Elixir in 'Will you accept this rose?' $26, available at anese.

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Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

Small Talks - Teeth (Official Music Video) - YouTube

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Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

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"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video)

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See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.