Caroline Goldstein

Bio

Caroline is a beauty writer for Bustle Digital Group’s commerce vertical and a former Books Fellow at Bustle. Caroline received her MFA in Fiction from NYU, where she taught creative writing to undergraduates and wrote her first novel. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in English and American Literature from NYU. Her freelance writing has appeared in HelloGiggles, Refinery29, and Men's Health, among other publications. When not stockpiling liquid liner and researching clean skin care products, you can find Caroline buying more books than she will ever read, working on her second novel, and playing with her sister’s puppy. A loyal East Villager, you will rarely find her above 14th Street.

This Summer, Have Safe Sun With These Top-Rated Physical Sunscreens

By Caroline Goldstein
Broadly speaking, any kind of sunscreen is better than no sunscreen at all. Dig a tiny bit deeper, and you’ll find that sunscreens are divided into two categories: Chemical and physical. This choice, like many others, is a personal one — but for…

5 Much More Affordable (& Safer!) Alternatives To In-Salon Keratin Treatments

By Caroline Goldstein
You might know keratin best within the context of keratin treatments, which are in-salon chemical processes that help promote straighter, smoother, and generally easier-to-manage hair. But if you're not looking to shell out $300+ on a professional…

These Are The Best-Rated Curling Irons On Amazon — & They're All Under $50

By Caroline Goldstein
As a former emo kid, I admit that I’m much better acquainted with flat irons than curling irons. So if you’re in a similar camp, and finally looking to get it on the curling action, crowdsourcing your choice with one of the best-rated curling irons…

5 Completely Natural, Non-Aerosol Dry Shampoos To Keep Your Hair Fresh Sans Chemicals

By Caroline Goldstein
Whether you’re going for big, sexy Bardot hair or you’re just trying to look presentable on your fourth consecutive no-wash day, dry shampoo can help you do it. Dry shampoo sprays are probably what you’d reach for first, since they’re so easy to use…

Take Your Soaking Sessions To The Next Level With The Most Luxurious Bath Bombs On Amazon

By Caroline Goldstein
Now more than ever, we need to be taking baths. Long, decadent, hot-as-hell baths. Other than absolutely not bringing your phone in there, the best luxury bath bombs can help turn your bath into a true sanctuary: A skin-softening, freshly scented,…

This Should Be The First Step In Your Cleansing Routine, No Matter Your Skin Type

By Caroline Goldstein
It may seem counterintuitive, but the term “oil cleansers” is not an oxymoron. Since oils attract other oils, oil cleansers work to gently but thoroughly soak up the oils in your makeup and skin care products when it's time to wash everything off.…

The Best Korean Sunscreens (For Every Skin Type) That You Can Buy On Amazon

By Caroline Goldstein
Despite the many steps that comprise the average Korean skin care routine, sunscreen is undoubtedly the most important. That's why Korean cosmetics companies have become such experts at creating innovative, high-performing sunscreen formulas that…

7 Grease-Free Sunscreens That Oily Skin Types Will Love

By Caroline Goldstein
The idea that sunscreens are universally greasy, heavy, and pore-clogging is just one of the many misconceptions we need to put to rest. It's 2020! Skin care brands are more than equipped to formulate sunscreens that are appropriate for oily and…

These Plumping Lip Glosses Are Like The Grownup Version Of DuWop Lip Venom

By Caroline Goldstein
Looking for a more grownup version of DuWop's iconic little tube of Lip Venom? You've got some options. Like Lip Venom, the best plumping lip glosses contain stimulating ingredients for a temporary swell and flush, while high-shine or iridescent…

From Shampoos To Serums, These Are The Most Effective Products For Dry, Frizzy Hair

By Caroline Goldstein
A little bit of frizz is nothing to fear. But if it’s something you’re just not into today, or if your hair isn’t feeling as soft as you’d like it to, then a few well-chosen products can help. The best products for dry, frizzy hair — which come in…

5 All-Natural Bath Salts For Your Next At-Home Spa Day

By Caroline Goldstein
When I take a bath, I need to know that I’m getting something out of it — like loosening tight muscles, banishing post-hangover toxins, alleviating dry, itchy skin, or quieting an overactive brain. The best natural bath salts can do all of the…

The Ultimate Guide To Applying False Eyelashes — Plus The Best Ones To Try

By Caroline Goldstein
No amount of caffeine or endorphins will ever make you look more awake than a pair of false eyelashes. Also, “Different styles of lashes can make your eyes look brighter [or] completely change the shape of the eye,” makeup artist Renny Vasquez tells…

A Beginner's Guide To Non-Toxic Nail Polish — Plus 8 Great Bottles You Can Buy On Amazon

By Caroline Goldstein
All it takes is a person with the slightest sense of smell (and a little common sense) to know that nail polish is jam-packed with chemicals. Of course, not all chemicals are created equally. Some are relatively safe; others, not so much. Non-toxic…

How To Choose The Right Eye Cream — & The Best Ones You Can Buy On Amazon

By Caroline Goldstein
Smart shoppers know that Amazon is home to one of the best selections of beauty products online — and for today's lesson on Amazon-beauty-shopping 101, the subject is eye creams. Whether from prestige, drugstore, or mid-range brands, the best eye…

8 Brilliant Bath Bombs To Help With Everything From Sore Muscles To Stuffy Noses

By Caroline Goldstein
Bath bombs: Because unscented, uncolored water is not nearly good enough. Although Lush may be the most popular bath bomb manufacturer in the world, they’re certainly not the world’s only creator of these sweetly scented, vividly colored, animated…

The Best Pimple Patches For Every Type Of Blemish, From Whiteheads To Cystic Zits

By Caroline Goldstein
For years, medical professionals (and consumers) have used hydrocolloid dressings to treat all kinds of uninfected, superficial wounds — think cuts, scrapes, light burns, and blisters. The same principle that applies to healing these wounds with…

From Highlighters To Lip Stains, Here's The Best Korean Makeup You Buy On Amazon

By Caroline Goldstein
I wouldn’t dare challenge your familiarity with Korean skin care products (and if you don’t have a sheet mask, an essence, or a BB cream in your stash, where ya been!?). Korean makeup, however, is a story less often told in the West. But there’s…

5 Frizz-Fighting Serums For Smoother, Shinier, Delicious-Smelling Hair

By Caroline Goldstein
A pump of smoothing hair serum can definitely help you achieve silky, frizz-free hair, if that's a priority for you. But the best serums for frizzy hair don’t need to be used solely for taming flyaways. And even if you don’t have frizz-prone hair,…

The 10 Best Leave-In Conditioners For Every Hair Type & Budget

By Caroline Goldstein
To take a cue from the Backstreet Boys, I don’t care who you are, where you’re from, or what you did to your hair — you can probably benefit from a leave-in conditioner. In addition to melting through knots, these multitasking products do pretty…

These Decadent, Non-Sticky Lip Oils Combine The Best Of A Balm & A Gloss

By Caroline Goldstein
Lip oils are exactly what they sound like they are: They’re oils, but for your lips. But to get a little more granular about it, lip oils combine the shine and tint of a gloss (think less stick, more slip) with the moisture-sealing properties of a…