Didi Gluck
Beauty director of Real Simple, mother of two, 80s music lover.

Recent Posts By Didi Gluck

The Absolute Best $10 Drugstore Beauty Buys

Every day, loads of high-price products are sent my way for testing purposes—for potential coverage in Real Simple. You could call what I do important investigative work in the name of our readers, or an embarrassment of riches. The truth is, I’m a drugstore girl (and plenty of these products are sent to me daily, too, only they don’t elicit the same […]

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Have You Been Beauty Bullied?

This morning I had the pleasure of meeting with the lovely and super-talented Deborah Lippmann (creator of the self-titled line of nail products). While introducing me to her new summer hues, she casually mentioned that she had been to a salon to get a manicure (yes, she brings her own colors) last weekend—and that she had been made to feel pretty […]

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3 Beauty Cures for When You’re Feeling Like a Hot Mess

You know those days you wake up and don’t even know where to start? So you don’t even try, and then you feel worse as the day wears on? I was having one of those… but fortunately, my job involves meeting with and interviewing makeup artists on a daily basis. So today, when I ran into Yadim, Maybelline’s global makeup […]

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Three Truths and One Lie About Sunscreen

I have received many questions about sunscreen lately. Here are three truths and one fallacy about the summer’s hottest product—based on your queries. Source: Dr. Ellen Marmur, a dermatologist in New York City, author of Simple Skin Beauty: Every Woman’s Guide to a Lifetime of Healthy, Gorgeous Skin. 1. Sunscreen expires. It’s usually good for three years. Hopefully, you’ll use it up long […]

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How to Cut Your Kid’s Bangs

I once colored my son’s hair green and my daughter’s hair blue. They wanted “fun streaks,” and I thought the color was more temporary than it was. (My son was 3 at the time and my daughter was 8; I’m not vying for mother of the year anytime soon.) Oddly, when it comes to haircuts, I’m not so free wheeling. So I […]

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An Exfoliating DIY Mask for All Skin Types

Last week, I had the honor and privilege of getting a facial at Just Be, (justbeskinline.com), from owner Negin Niknejad. Often, a professional facial consists of many white clinical-looking bottles and high-tech machinery; they’re all wonderful, but they don’t add up to an experience that can easily be replicated at home. Not so, Negin’s Papaya mask, which was one part […]

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An Easy Way to Book a Beauty Appointment On-the-Go

It’s usually not my policy to blog about something unless it is nationally available. But I’ll break with form for Priv, an on-demand beauty services provider, because it’s just such a good idea that the world needs to know about it. Plus, the company is expanding…and will hopefully be available wherever you are soon. But I digress. The concept is simple […]

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New Uses for a Mascara Wand

Here at Real Simple, we’re very fond of New Uses for Old Things. And why not? New Uses for Old Things are ingenious solutions that quite often save you money, too. So you can imagine my thrill over seeing the humble mascara wand used in myriad ways over the last few weeks. Mind you, I’m talking about a clean mascara […]

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How to Untangle a Round Brush From Your Hair

Having short hair, I had no idea this was even a thing, but apparently it is very common to get a round brush stuck in your hair. It occurs most often if you are using too small of a round brush for all your hair (my hair stylist Kevin Mancuso advises using a round brush that has a diameter equal […]

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Beauty Bad Habits

A few months back, I posted about my nail-biting habit. I got many great ideas about how to quit from all of you. I thought I’d follow up and let you know that, although I have not kicked the habit entirely (hey, it was 43 years in the making), I have become more mindful of when I’m biting—and, therefore, more […]

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