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    Tons of women on the internet right now are opening up about why they're putting down the razor or breaking up with their bikini waxer as they halt the ritual of removing their pubic hair. It's a conversation that plenty of female celebrities have weighed in on, too — from Amber Rose to Emma Watson. And they're pretty passionate about it: Rose started her own #BringBackTheBush revolution, and Solange Knowles went so far as to call Brazilian waxes an unnecessary "evil."

    Of course, there's no right answer when it comes to pubes. If you prefer to be as hairless as a Sphynx cat, you do you. Want to make like the French and let it grow? That's cool, too. And if you fall in the latter group, know that you'll be in great company. Check out seven celebrities who embrace the bush, ahead.

    Thandie Newton

    While promoting her show Westworld on The Graham Norton Show, star Thandie Newton said that the pubic hair on display during her full-frontal nude scene was all her. “I didn’t need the merkin because I don’t alter anything," she said. "Full ‘70s bush." On a show that takes place quite literally in the middle of nowhere, it just made sense. "The prairie, the wide-open prairie!" Newton continued. "They weren’t waxing and stripping and plucking!”

    Photo: Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images.

    Amber Rose

    In 2017, the patron saint of sex and body positivity posted a NSFW bottomless pic to Instagram to promote her third annual SlutWalk. The focal point of the photo: Her bush, which was front and center. Even better, she asked fans to join in on the #bringbackthebush movement. "Amber Rose challenge anyone?" she wrote in the caption. "[P]ost your version of my picture and hashtag #AmberRoseChallenge behalf of feminism, body positivity and not conforming to society norms of how we should live, what we should wear and where we should shave." Preach.

    Photo: Jim Smeal/REX/Shutterstock.

    Ashley Graham

    In an interview with Glamour, the model got real about Brazilian waxes. A reader posed the question: "Last time I was single, I cared more about what men thought. Now I don’t, and I stopped getting Brazilians. Am I the only single woman with a bush?" Graham responded brilliantly: "Honey, I have a full bush. Period. It’s about your preference and your partner’s preference."

    Photo: David Prutting/BFA/REX/Shutterstock.

    Gwyneth Paltrow

    Back in 2013, the actress told Ellen Degeneres that she'll never be the person scrambling for a razor, adding that her pubic region rocked more of a "a 70s vibe. You know what I mean?" We most certainly do.

    Photo: Matt Baron/REX/Shutterstock.

    Emma Watson

    The actress owns a chic supply of beauty products. Among them? Fur Oil, an elixir designed to hydrate and soften strands. "I’ll use that anywhere, from the ends of my hair to my eyebrows to my pubic hair," she said in an interview with Into The Gloss. "It’s an amazing, all-purpose product."

    Photo: David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock.

    Cameron Diaz

    Diaz is such a fan of pubic hair, she dedicated an entire chapter to the matter in her manifesto, The Body Book. She called it "In Praise Of Pubes," and asked readers all the important questions: "Just like every other part of your body, your labia major is not immune to gravity. Do you really want a hairless vagina for the rest of your life?"

    Photo: Gregory Pace/REX/Shutterstock.

    Solange Knowles

    Back in 2010, Knowles tweeted, "Who ever invented the bikini wax was an evil creature. Who said bushes need to b gone?!" Now wouldn't that be a hit song?

    Photo: Swan Gallet/WWD/REX/Shutterstock.

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    It was 14 years ago today that Aaron Samuels asked Cady Heron what day it was. Ever since, October 3 has become the unofficial holiday for Mean Girls fans everywhere — with people celebrating with memes, fetch puns, and tributes to iconic quotes from the film via Twitter. Another way to show your appreciation, though, would be to use this moment to prep for your Halloween reveal.

    The Plastics were the zeitgeist group of peak 2000s beauty. Besides the Burn Book, the group of frenemies left behind some of the most memorable looks of the decade: glossy lips, kohl liner that covers the circumference of the entire eye, and overplucked eyebrows. (If you disagree, you have the Broadway show to prove you wrong.) With that in mind, why not use the Mean Girls cast as inspiration for your costume?

    Click ahead to check out the "grool" beauty tutorials perfect for All Hallow's Eve.

    Thankfully, there's a real Halloween scene in Mean Girls you can borrow inspiration from. And while it's the most mortifying part in the whole movie, it's the one costume most people won't feel required to ask, What are you supposed to be?(An ex-wife... duh).

    What you'll need: A messy black wig (don't brush it — you're supposed to be the undead), smudged red lipstick, and fake teeth that appear as though you've missed your last 10 dentist appointments.

    There are plenty of memorable Regina George looks to choose from — the cut-out white tank being our favorite. But it's nearly impossible to forget about her flower crown and ethereal makeup she wore to the North Shore Spring Fling. After getting hit by a bus, George is required to wear a back brace, so naturally, her mother (the original Momager) adorns the accessory with petals to match her pink dress.

    The look itself is fairly simple. All you need is a blonde wig and layers upon layers of lip gloss (preferably of the pink persuasion).

    Janis Ian, the underdog of the entire film, has a beauty look that often goes overlooked. It's a little goth — a contrast to most trends in the early 2000s — with a heavy emphasis on the black eyeliner. While the removal process will require several makeup towelettes, it's one of the easiest to conquer.

    Our only suggestion? Stock up on the hair gel to get Ian's sleek and shiny — not to mention kind of dirty — look.

    Janis from the 2004 movie looks a lot different than the Janis on Broadway. While some stans find that problematic, we find it to be the perfect opportunity to play with yet another costume option. This look might not require a greasy black wig, but it still calls for some heavy eye makeup and an IDGAF attitude.

    Ah, the "Jingle Bell Rock" sequence. The makeup look here is easy — but stage-friendly — so you want your glowing skin to stand out from a mile away. Since this was a decade before highlighter burst onto the scene, don't overdo it with your best Champagne Pop combo. Instead, opt for an illuminating primer and a bold red lip to match your Santa Clause hat.

    This Cady Heron costume requires a slight wardrobe change, but think of how dedicated you'll prove to be when it comes time for the costume contest! Start the night off with low-key look that pairs one layer of tinted moisturizer with a lot of khaki. Then, by the time everyone thinks they have you figured out, add several layers of highlighter and lip gloss, et voila you're cold, shiny, hard plastic.

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    It's almost too easy to buy things on Instagram. Between the funky vintage clothes, unique pieces of furniture, and cool workout clothes, it's hard to resist scrolling and spending. That said, there's one thing you probably shouldn't buy on Insta: nutrition advice.

    Many wellness influencers on Instagram who call themselves "nutrition experts" or "nutrition coaches" sell detailed meal plans, cleanses, or nutrition guides to their followers. Often these plans can be downloaded in one click, and they promise to "jump-start," "cleanse," "challenge," or "detox " your body in a certain number of days. When you're already deep into an Instagram blogger's profile, it's only natural to want to buy into whatever they're selling.

    But here's the thing: Nutrition is such an individualized area of life, so it's effectively impossible to create one meal plan that will work for everybody, says Kaleigh McMordie, MCN, RDN, LD, a registered dietitian in Lubbock, TX. That's just one of the many reasons why traditional diets don't work. And a lot of times, these types of "healthy meal plans" are just diets in disguise. (Whole 30, for example, doesn't sound like a traditional diet — but the truth is it's incredibly restrictive.) "It can be dangerous when people make blanket recommendations without understanding the science behind certain diets," she says.

    This is especially true when the people giving recommendations aren't actually nutrition professionals, which is unfortunately often the case on social media. On Instagram, anyone can call themselves an "expert" or "nutritionist," when they don't have any education or credentials, McMordie says. If you're looking for nutrition information, you should be consulting a registered dietitian (RDs or RDNs) or anyone with an advanced nutrition degree, she says. When registered dietitians work with clients, they take the person's medical history and lifestyle factors into account before they make any recommendations, she says. "There are so many conditions that are affected by diet, so it's best to consult a doctor or dietitian when making a big change to your diet," she says. And a PDF simply can't do that.

    It can be dangerous when people make blanket recommendations without understanding the science behind certain diets.

    Also, whenever an Instagram influencer (or a friend, or a family member, or a random frenemy on Facebook) posts information about their diet or workout routine, it's so important to remember that it's just one person sharing what works for them — and their philosophy or approach may not "work" for you. It doesn't matter how many people claim a specific diet or cleanse changed their life — at the end of the day, they are not you.

    Look, not everyone on Instagram who posts green smoothies and salads is a fraud trying to swindle you by selling a harmful PDF. But Instagram is tricky territory, because photos and videos don't paint the full picture of a person's health — no matter how long the captions are. The reality is that you can't tell how healthy a person is just by looking at them, even if you do follow their stories and lives religiously.

    Of course some people are on Instagram because it is a business, not because they want to share helpful advice. Be mindful of the people you follow, and use your judgment when advice or suggestions give you pause. As Cara Harbstreet, MS, RD, LD, an intuitive eating expert and anti-diet dietitian recently wrote, "You know yourself better than anyone and sometimes it has to be your job to advocate for what you know you need. Even if part of you thinks something isn’t the right fit, you’re probably right."

    If you are struggling with an eating disorder and are in need of support, please call the National Eating Disorders Association Helpline at 1-800-931-2237. For a 24-hour crisis line, text “NEDA” to 741741.

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    Finding gems on Etsy, as with all vintage shopping, takes time and patience. Even if you think you've mastered the game of winning search terms and worthy shops, the number of products on Etsy is overwhelming. Next thing you know, you're 40 tabs deep in things you want to buy.

    The intense level of effort that goes into effectively shopping at Etsy is what makes losing out on a perfect purchase so tough to swallow. So as a result of my pain, I've decided to bring my Etsy sourcing skills to the masses by sharing all the pieces I haven't quite pulled the trigger on that you should. From summer's silky scarves and white linen tops to fall finds like velvet dresses and knit handbags, these are the best Etsy finds around. I may not be a master at buying things before it's too late, but I do consider myself to be a pro at clicking "next page" until 2 a.m. And what's better than having someone who's willing to do all the work for you?

    There is a lot of product out there — some would say too much. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team, but if you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.

    When a pirate and a grandma become great friends and collaborate on a blouse.



    Love Signs Vintage 70s Violet Lace and Ruffle Blouse, $32, available at Etsy

    A great arm accessory.



    Treasure House Blues Vintage Beaded Handbag, $42, available at Etsy

    Salvador Dali? Voldemort? These whimsical earrings are whoever you want them to be.



    Later Operator Unusual Face Earrings, $14.99, available at Etsy

    More than happy to size up for these foot hugs.



    Sweatsters Pure Wool Socks, $39.9, available at Etsy

    Feeling like we could also play some kind of board game on this scarf?



    Vintage Italian Check Printed Square Scarf, $8, available at Etsy

    A bag that can actually hold the necessities.



    Golden Ponies Plastic Transparent Tote Bag , $45, available at Etsy

    Picking white/cream slip skirts is like choosing a white paint color. There are many, many variations.



    Kitty Vintage Boutique 50s Ivory Slip, $14, available at Etsy

    This Etsy shop has loads of gems, this silky blouse being one of them.



    Stellar Vintage Jeans XS/S Vtg Teal Silk Button Down Blouse, $70, available at Etsy

    Embroidered worms are welcome — real ones are not.



    Botanical Threads Spring Dream Jeans, $120, available at Etsy

    Would wear to the discotheque. Just get ready to dodge anybody who might spill their drink on you.



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    Before the K-beauty craze officially landed stateside, in a time where skin care sourced from Seoul had yet to appear on Sephora shelves from South Dakota to San Juan, there was Soko Glam. Launched by Charlotte Cho in 2012, the online mecca of all things K-beauty was one of the first retailers to bring skin essences, snail serums, and ampoules to the Western masses. So it's fair to consider the site, and the experts behind it, an authority in the industry — and therefore the right people to handpick the most innovative K-beauty products of the year.

    Today, Soko Glam announced the winners of its annual Best of K-Beauty Awards, and they're good. Each of the awards was hard-earned: For a product to qualify, it must have been curated by the site within the past year, received rave reviews from the community, deemed a "must-have" by the Soko Glam team, and achieved best-seller status. It's a tall order, but one that these 10 K-beauty skin-care products clearly had no trouble achieving. The best of the best, ahead — and through October 16, you can use the promo code SGBOKB18 to score 15% off every single one.

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    This fragrance-free treatment — which is exclusive to Soko Glam — is formulated with over 93% fermented ingredients, along with birch juice and rice extracts, to deliver brighter, better-hydrated skin.



    Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence, $38, available at Soko GlamPhoto: Courtesy of Soko Glam.

    The high concentration of mushroom extract in this skin-smoothing ampoule helps stimulate collagen production to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while panthenol, sodium hyaluronate, and aloe hydrate and sooth irritation and redness.



    The Plant Base Time Stop Collagen Ampoule, $29, available at Soko GlamPhoto: Courtesy of Soko Glam.

    An intensive spot treatment with majorly potent ingredients (hence the relatively high price), this unique product is packed with EGF, a protein that promotes cell regeneration to target wrinkles and brighten dull, tired skin.



    Easydew EX Repair Control EGF, $88, available at Soko GlamPhoto: Courtesy of Soko Glam.

    Ideal for all skin types, this toner maintains a pH of 5.5, which works to balance the skin after cleansing. The star ingredient, licorice water, is known for its brightening power — and, paired with green-tea extract, it also works to calm irritation and reduce pigmentation.



    Acwell Licorice pH Balancing Cleansing Toner, $18, available at Soko GlamPhoto: Courtesy of Soko Glam.

    So it's not technically a skin-care product in that it's not for your face, but this innovative "hair essence" brings skin-care properties to your hair-care routine. Formulated with snail mucin, it works by coating hair — without stickiness — to protect from heat and boost shine, along with keratin to replenish protein.



    La'dor Keratin Power Glue, $29, available at Soko GlamPhoto: Courtesy of Soko Glam.

    This AHA/BHA acne treatment is shaped like a jumbo-sized cotton swab, which allows you to cover even more terrain (like around the sides of your nose and cheeks). With lactic and glycolic acids, plus a blend of tea tree, lemon, and bamboo, it does the most for naturally exfoliating and nixing blemishes without causing redness or irritation.



    Dr. Oracle A-Thera Tea Tree Peeling Sticks, $24, available at Soko GlamPhoto: Courtesy of Soko Glam.

    Why use cleanser and makeup remover separately when you can use both in one? Made with 70% tea-tree leaf water, this cleanser only includes 10 ingredients, all of which are key for removing makeup and impurities as well as gently treating clogged pores and breakouts with antibacterial properties.



    Benton Tea Tree Cleansing Water, $17, available at Soko GlamPhoto: Courtesy of Soko Glam.

    An overnight mask like no other, this pudding-like concoction clings to skin and absorbs on contact, so you don't have to worry about sacrificing a pillowcase in the name of good skin. The marquee ingredient of vitamin E gets a brightening boost from niacinamide, and because it's so lightweight, you can even use it off-label as a daytime moisturizer.



    Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin E Mask, $27, available at Soko GlamPhoto: Courtesy of Soko Glam.

    This multitasking cream — which is packed with nourishing ceramides and an inflammation-fighting compound known as madecassoside — excels in strengthening the skin's natural moisture barrier, to hydrate, plump, and fend off irritation while also increasing the skin's ability to protect itself in the long-term.



    SkinRx Lab MadeCera Cream, $36, available at Soko GlamPhoto: Courtesy of Soko Glam.

    This cult-favorite lip mask uses a silky blend of deeply hydrating avocado, sweet almond, and apricot seed oils so you can get the softest lips ever while you sleep.



    Klavuu Nourishing Care Lip Sleeping Pack, $15, available at Soko GlamPhoto: Courtesy of Soko Glam.

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    Sure, Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson just got a pet pig, and Meghan Markle became a royal family member, but some people would say it's actually Tessa Thompson who's having the best 2018. Not only did Thompson, who just turned 35, make a reappearance in the TV version of her breakout film Dear White People, but she also stole the spotlight as a member of nomination-worthy ensembles in Westworld, Annihilation, and Boots Riley's summer hit Sorry To Bother You.

    But even when Thompson steps out of her eclectic roster of characters, it's her real-life personality that tends to grab people's attention — especially when it comes to her statement-making fashion and beauty choices. Now, with all eyes on her, there's no better time to walk through Thompson's impressive Hollywood transformation, from a fresh-faced actress to a bold boundary-breaking star. Check it out, ahead.

    2005

    From the very beginning of her career — and a quick appearance on Cold Case — Thompson never shied away from a bold lip, starting with this classic red.

    Photo: Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage.

    2007

    Before the days of her graphic eyeliner and twisted updos, Thompson stuck to natural makeup ands loose curls for almost every red carpet.

    Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images.

    2010

    With every additional role, it seemed as though Thompson was gaining more and more confidence with her look — and this bold orange lipstick was no exception.

    Photo: Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage.

    2011

    Sticking to classics like a black cat-eye and muted red lip, Thompson looks like a Hollywood star in the making.

    Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images.

    2012

    A year later, Thompson lightened up her ends with some auburn highlights.

    Photo: Jim Spellman/WireImage.

    2014

    Fast forward to 2014 and Thompson rocked — for the first and last time — a warm honey blonde hue.

    Photo: Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic.

    2015

    While attending the 6th Annual AAFCA Awards, Thompson let her shiny curls take center stage, complementing the look with a glowing base and burnt-orange lip.

    Photo: Unique Nicole/Getty Images.

    2016

    For the European premiere of Creed, Thompson opted for something sleek and sexy: a tousled blowout, bronze smoky eye, and wash of nude gloss.

    Photo: Anthony Harvey/Getty Images.

    2017

    Certainly in the top five of her best looks, this blunt bob and brown monochrome makeup combo turned heads at the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

    Photo: J. Merritt/Getty Images.

    Thompson and her hairstylist Lacy Redway channeled Frida Kahlo with a modern take on her classic floral updo. Her makeup artist Kirin Bhatty stuck to soft browns and pinks to keep her look feeling soft and romantic.

    Photo: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic.

    2018

    Thompson looked fresh as hell at HBO's Golden Globe Awards after party, where Bhatty gave her a glowing makeup look and Redway topped her off with a set of cornrows.

    Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images.

    According to Redway, you're looking at Thompson's glorious natural texture here. The modern cut and shape — not to mention that killer wine-stained lip — makes this one of our all-time favorite looks on her.

    Photo: Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images.

    Thompson's first time at the Met Gala was nothing short of memorable — and it was all in the dramatic details, like her face and body pearl embellishments, upside down white liner, and three-tiered bun.

    Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images.

    Most recently, Thompson became the newest member of Redway's "braid gang." Look even closer, and you'll spot her subtle matchy-matchy red eyeliner, officially cementing her as the red carpet beauty star we always knew she was.

    Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.

    Thompson rocked her own little twist on '60s makeup while promoting her film Sorry To Bother You in New York City. Makeup artist Bhatty gave her a dramatic cat eye, and kept the rest of her makeup relatively minimal with a slightly shimmery nude lip.

    Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images.

    "Pearls for my girl," Redway wrote on Instagram, showing fans that Thompson was getting in on the pearl hair trend yet again for a Sorry To Bother You screening. This time, rather than have them run down her back, Redway weaved the white pearl beads through her braids for an elegant look fit for a red carpet beauty icon.

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    At age 25, the average college-educated American millennial woman earns 10% less than her male counterpart. By age 37, that gap rises to 27%, or a whopping $172,728 in lost income. If things continue at this pace, by age 60, we will see a 40% gender wage gap with women missing out on — wait for it — more than $1 million in income. And we are not here for it.

    After all, no one ever said, “You know what I want? To have a million less dollars.” And although it is certainly not up to women alone to solve this problem, we need to fight for ourselves — and the salaries we deserve. That's why, with the wisdom of career coach Lisa Lewis, we’re giving you the tools to ask the tricky questions that may be tripping you up when it comes to fattening your paycheck. What kind of salary jump is fair to expect between jobs? How can you effectively talk salary with your coworkers? What prompts a company to match another offer?

    Read on for answers and, if all goes well, a bank-account balance that makes you not just breathe a little easier, but smile. That grin? It’s what getting what you’re worth looks like.

    Salary jumps depend on a number of factors: the size of a company, its budget, the responsibilities of your new role, how desperate the company is to fill the role, and your negotiation strategy. Those with ultra-specialized skill sets or those who are taking on a role that involves going above and beyond — say, relocating to Dubai for the first six months starting in the dead of summer — are more likely to get a substantial bump. But the sweet spot, according to Lewis, is $5K to $30K if you’re taking on a similar role in the same industry. If your move is lateral, the upper limit tends to drop about $5K to $1K.

    Illustrated by Paola Delucca.

    The short answer: Yes, it sometimes makes sense. “The two most common situations where I'd encourage this is if you’re significantly upgrading on happiness or if it’s an opportunity in which you see future growth potential with the organization,” says Lewis. If you’re currently in a toxic work environment, a temporary salary cut can absolutely be worth a significant boost to your well-being. This especially applies to career-switchers, who are presumably making a move because they are dissatisfied with their current industry or trajectory.

    Still nervous about taking a financial step backward? “There are a lot of ways you can supplement your salary that can help make up the difference,” says Lewis. “There can be opportunities for consulting, freelancing, speaking, all sorts of different ways to build up a little side income.”

    Since blurting out “that question is illegal!” mid-interview is unlikely to lead to a positive and productive conversation, Lewis says it’s all about leading with empathy, then setting a boundary. Try something to the effect of, “I understand why you want to know what I was making in my previous role. But the role that we’re talking about now is different in some important ways, and I’d rather focus our conversation on whether this is a great fit for both of us. I’m sure we can come to an agreement on a fair compensation package if it is a win-win.” This polite but assertive strategy keeps a hiring manager from price anchoring you to a number that doesn’t jive with the value you would create or that falls outside of the company’s budget for a given role.

    If your interviewer pushes back again, keep leading with empathy, and put the question back to them. Say, “I hear you that this is important, but I don’t want to anchor you or myself to a number that’s outside of your budget range in either direction. I'm confident we can get on the same page. However, it sounds like you’re concerned we may not be aligned on our expectations. If that’s the case, what do you have budgeted for the role?” Or, tell them directly what you're looking for by saying, “In my next role, I’m looking for X.” And be sure to go high with your range. “If what you want is something in between $70K and $85K in your next role, ask for $85K to $95K,” suggests Lewis. “The recruiter or hiring manager will anchor themselves to the lower number in your range, so this immediately puts you in a better position to either not have to negotiate later or to come back to the price anchoring conversation that you had upfront.”

    Illustrated by Paola Delucca.

    Again, succeeding here is about coming from a place of positivity, specifically excitement and gratitude. From there, introduce the tension. “You can do this by using language such as, ‘We’re further apart on salary than I had wanted, but I think we can get into the same ballpark,’ or ‘This offer looks great, except the salary piece isn’t quite where my expectations were,’” says Lewis. The key is to make your negotiating partner sit up a little straighter without being outright aggressive.

    Next, use facts and data to make the case for why you deserve more. “You can talk about years of experience, how well you fit what they’re looking for, either knowledge of the sector or industry or coming in as an outsider with a fresh perspective, and management experience,” says Lewis. All of this provides ammunition to take up the ladder to the person who actually makes the call on budget. Close out your speech by reiterating your excitement.

    If, at this point, you hear what sounds like a no, stay calm. Keep the conversation going, and be empathetic. Say, “I completely understand that this was a really compelling, competitive offer that you put together, and I appreciate what you’ve done for me so far in this process. I know how important it is for you to fill this role with somebody great, and I would love to be that person if we can make this a win-win for everyone. I know this is a great company and that you really value getting the right people into the organization. I feel honored and excited to be in consideration to be that person.”

    Once you’ve done all you can, it’s reasonable to expect between $5K and $15K more, says Lewis.

    Illustrated by Paola Delucca.

    “First and foremost, do not ask your coworkers questions that you don’t want to know the answers to,” says Lewis. “Only if you are emotionally and mentally prepared to receive the information — no matter what it is — should you have these conversations.” Presuming you are ready for whatever they may hit you with, do a little research before you start talking. Browse Glassdoor and similar sites to get a sense of salary ranges at your company and for your department so that you can get an idea of where you fall.

    “These kinds of conversations can go incredibly well and be incredibly helpful, because you can find someone who can advocate for you, share their negotiation strategy, and possibly help you get to a higher salary,” says Lewis. “Or vice versa — you can help pull someone else up.”

    Illustrated by Paola Delucca.

    Remember empathy and positivity? They should make another appearance here. “If you make your boss feel like a bad guy or get them on the defensive, it’s going to be very difficult to get what you want and need,” says Lewis. Explain that you’d like to have a conversation based on some information you just learned about compensation, and ask to put something on the calendar in the coming weeks. While waiting is uncomfortable, it gives your boss time to prepare and gather background information.

    “Come into the conversation prepared exactly the same way you would if you were asking for a raise, with talking points about the value you’ve created, your achievements, and the ways in which your work is directly impacting the bottom line of the organization,” says Lewis. “Then, segue into how, based on this, you’d like to talk about getting on par both with your colleagues and the compensation that creating this type of value in the organization merits.”

    Be careful to stay away from ultimatums, which usually won’t get you what you want. Even if you do bully your supervisor into granting your request, you’ll likely damage your relationship in the process.

    Illustrated by Paola Delucca.

    Preparing for a raise starts well before you make the official ask. “First, find out when your company’s budgeting cycle happens and when the fiscal cycle resets, because it might be way different than the review cycle,” says Lewis. “Use this to figure out what your timing strategy looks like.”

    Next, get in the habit of forwarding congratulatory and praise-filled emails to your boss once or twice a month. (Don’t do this every day. That’s just annoying.) “This creates a well-documented paper trail for your boss to look back on both when they’re doing your review and when they’re thinking who might be eligible for a promotion,” says Lewis.

    You too should be thinking not just in terms of a raise but also a promotion. Seek out a job description for the role above yours, study the qualifications and responsibilities, and outline how you are already fulfilling or on the path to fulfilling them.

    When it’s finally time for the official conversation with your manager, show up with a one-sheet of your accomplishments and how, if possible, each one ties back to your company’s initiatives, goals, and bottom line. “The more you can quantify things, either qualitatively or quantitatively, the better you are going to be able to prove not just that you’re doing your job but that you’re doing your job better than a peer might be able to do it,” says Lewis.

    Illustrated by Paola Delucca.

    Lewis is the first to admit this is a tricky situation. “By virtue of talking to another company and getting to the offer stage, you may be surprising your boss and potentially shaking up their trust in you and your sense of loyalty,” she says. That’s why, if you are dissatisfied with what you’re making, it should be an ongoing topic of conversation. If you’ve expressed the salary bump you desire, a competing offer won’t make it appear as if you are looking to battle.

    Once that offer comes your way, be firm but positive. Lewis recommends a script along the lines of, “I was speaking with another organization about a similar role, and they are able to get me to X compensation package. But I love our organization. I love the culture here. I enjoy my colleagues. I like my work. That said, you also know I’ve been looking to move up in salary to match the value I’m creating and the responsibilities I’ve been taking on. I don’t want to leave, but this other company is making it difficult for me to justify staying. What can you do to make it easier for me to stay and continue on with the team and the projects that I love?”

    Illustrated by Paola Delucca.

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    If your morning hair routine includes a wheezing can of dry shampoo, a weak blast of hot air from a dying blowdryer, and eventually a super stretched hair tie — because this struggle ends in a messy ponytail when you realize you're now super late — know, you are in good company. After frolicking all summer, we're just now realizing that our hair routine is in serious need of a refresh.

    Luckily, Ulta Beauty has just launched a massive sale on almost all of its hair products. From game-changing shampoo and conditioner combos to nourishing treatment masks, everything is a hard 50% off when you shop the Gorgeous Hair Event.

    The only real caveat: It requires a little planning to maximize your gains. Over the next three weeks, different deals will drop each day — which means the curl cream you've been dying to try will only be on sale for a quick 24 hours. We’re sharing our shopping calendar so you'll know exactly when to score the best deals. Get in sync to stock up on the must-haves, ahead.

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    October 3

    If your fine hair has ben falling extra flat and dull as of late due to bleaching or excessive heat styling, put down the dry shampoo and try switching up your in-shower routine, instead. This shampoo and conditioner combo by Wella has been touted as the holy-grail duo for drab, lifeless hair because it pumps up the body and shine.



    Wella Brilliance Shampoo For Fine/Normal Hair, $8.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    October 7

    Another volumizing shampoo people flip over, this one from Living Proof repels dirt and oil and leaves hair looking full and super healthy. If you need an even bigger endorsement, it's what Jennifer Aniston uses.



    Living Proof Full Shampoo, $13, available at Ulta Beauty

    October 11

    If you have curly hair, you already know this neon yellow tube as Marc Anthony's Strictly Curls Leave-in Lotion. For the uninitiated, a dime-sized dollop scrunched through towel-dried hair will give you the bounciest ringlets with zero frizz — and it's just $4.



    Marc Anthony Curl Defining Lotion, $4, available at Ulta Beauty

    October 12

    If you can't remember the last time you bought a new hairdryer, it's probably time for a replacement. And because hot tools can be very pricy, we recommend leaning into the sales, where you can get a high-end $100 dryer for just $50.



    Chi CHI for Ulta Beauty Pink Pro Dryer, $49, available at Ulta Beauty

    October 13

    Like bright pink blush, hairspray is making a comeback. This one adds texture, but doesn't leave an obvious sticky residue, so you can still run your fingers through your hair and play it off as au natural thickness.



    Redken Control Addict 28 Extra High-Hold Hairspray, $10.5, available at Ulta Beauty

    October 16

    If you're looking to go a little longer between color appointment s, consider grabbing this at-home touch-up kit by Madison Reed that is on sale for $12. It comes in 34 multi-dimensional shades and covers any and all pesky gray hairs that pop up. Don't believe us, trust one of the 1,000 5-star reviews.



    Madison Reed Radiant Hair Color Kit, $12.5, available at Ulta Beauty

    October 17

    Doesn't a hair treatment infused with manuka honey and yogurt just sound soothing.



    SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Yogurt Protein-Strong Treatment, $5.5, available at Ulta Beauty

    October 18

    This dry shampoo is regularly $20, but you can grab it for half the price during this Ulta sale. The plant-based formula smells fresh and is a true miracle-worker for sopping up scalp sweat and oil. It's also a customer favorite, so you might want to go ahead and get a few cans.



    Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk for All Hair Types, $10, available at Ulta Beauty

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    People have started paying attention to what's exactly inside their deodorant, which makes sense, because it's something most of us mindlessly apply to our armpits every day.

    For years, rumors have swirled that there's a solid link between certain cancers and the aluminum chloride and parabens found in antiperspirants. Although that may not be proven, what is certain is that many chemical antiperspirants are made with ingredients that aren't entirely in line with the clean, green beauty movement.

    Now, if the switch to natural deodorant is appealing to you, bear in mind that you will notice a difference when you make the change, because chemical antiperspirant and natural deodorant work differently. Your sweat glands, which have been clogged by aluminum salts, will have, well, a bit more freedom to perform their proper bodily functions. Though the floodgates won't necessarily open, there may be a transitional stage when you're more aware of your underarm sweating. Eventually, your body will reach its natural equilibrium.

    The natural deodorants ahead are worth sticking it out through that transitional period — fresh, paraben-free pits that actually smell like roses and bergamot are waiting on the other side.

    So maybe you're a tough customer, someone who wants to make the switch to natural deodorant but has found them all too ineffective, too expensive, or too ugly. For you, Goldilocks, there is Myro, a new brand that is reimagining the natural-deo category as you know it. Through its website, the direct-to-consumer company lets you pick one of five sleek refillable cases and one of five perfume-worthy scents for a total of $10. Subscribe, and a month later you'll get three new scent cartridges ($10 per) delivered to your door, ready to be popped in. Beyond being aesthetically- and olfactorily (is that a word?)-pleasing, the formula is free of aluminum, parabens, phthalates, talc, or baking soda, too.



    Myro Deodorant, $10, available at Myro

    Follain, a retailer that's leading the clean beauty charge, has launched its first deodorant, Undercover Agent Deodorant, which is aluminum-, paraben-, baking soda-, and cruelty-free. Instead, it's got ingredients like activated charcoal and cornstarch to absorb moisture. The scent is a pleasing mix of bergamot and tea tree oil, which makes it smell more like a fine perfume than a deodorant.



    Follain Undercover Agent Deodorant, $14, available at Follain

    Megababe, the brand that brought you that ingenious anti-chafing stick called Thigh Rescue, has a deodorant that can't stop selling out. Aluminum-, alcohol-, paraben-, and baking soda-free, Rosy Pits has a passionate fanbase and waitlists with 5,000+ people. The brand recommends allotting about two weeks for armpits to adjust to the formula, but the adjustment period is worth it because the stick's lovely light rose scent lingers all day long.



    Megababe Beauty Rosy Pits, $18, available at Megababe Beauty

    Both alcohol and aluminum-free, this all-natural deodorant is formulated with antiseptic eucalyptus extract and citronellyl to help keep odor at bay. The unique combination of ingredients leaves no residue or stains, so you'll feel fresh all day and won't find telltale yellow marks on your clothes.



    Malin + Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorant, $22, available at Malin + Goetz

    This detoxifying deodorant is a revelation, particularly for those who are looking to go natural for the first time but don't know where to start. The bamboo charcoal that gives the formula its power — and its dark-gray color — actually absorbs impurities from your sweat glands, including the buildup from prior chemical deodorants, so that you'll actually smell less even if you forget to put it on. (It happens to the best of us.)



    Kaia The Takesumi Detox Juicy Bamboo (Citrus Blend), $22, available at Kaia

    The thyme, tea tree, and sage in this nifty little bottle combat odor and keep you fresh. Though this doesn't look like your typical roll-on deodorant or spray (and it isn't), the absorbent lycopodium powder will keep your armpits dry. Simply sprinkle onto the palm of your hand and rub into dry, clean skin.



    Lush The Greeench Deodorant Powder, $10.95, available at Lush

    This aluminum-free deodorizing spray is formulated with eleven essential oils that help to neutralize scents. After cleansing, point and spray the bottle under each arm and allow to dry before dressing. Reapply throughout the day as required.



    Aesop Déodorant, $35, available at Aesop

    If you want your armpits to smell like a piña colada — and why the hell wouldn't you? — this 100% plant-based deodorant is your ticket to smooth, toxin-free pits that smell like sweet coconut milk. Sounds weird, but it works.



    Kopari Beauty Coconut Deo, $11.9, available at Kopari

    This dermatologist-recommended deodorant provides superior, long-lasting odor protection. Soothing essential oils blend with powerful antioxidants and beta-glucan technology for daily defense and nourishment — and it smells downright dreamy, too.



    Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant , $12, available at Lavanila

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    Wearing "I stand with Brett" and "Women for Kavanaugh" T-shirts, a group of about 10 women cut a path through the crowd of protestors assembled in the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building on Thursday, largely wordless but speaking volumes with their confidence. In contrast to the anti-Kavanaugh protestors with "I believe survivors" pins, who were dressed to rage against the white male establishment, some of them embraced traditional ideas of femininity with high heels and carefully curled hair.

    Support for Judge Brett Kavanaugh among Republican women rose to 69% in the days after he and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee last Thursday, according to a Morning Consult/ Politico poll. This figure went up from 49% in a poll conducted September 20 to 23. Overall, the survey found that 40% of voters oppose Kavanaugh's confirmation while 37% support it.

    It's possible that Kavanaugh's forceful, emotional testimony swayed some women; 46% of people overall say they would describe him as "strong," according to the poll. Whatever the reason, one thing is clear: After both testimonies, opinions have intensified and voters have become even more entrenched in their partisan views, stoking passion on both sides in the lead-up to the midterm elections. Now, the majority of Republican women have joined the president, who has been accused of sexual assault and misconduct by 19 women, in undermining Dr. Ford's credibility.

    "I don't know one Republican woman who doesn't support him," Pam Stevens, Kavanaugh's former colleague in the George W. Bush White House, tells Refinery29. In August, Stevens signed a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee leaders in the judge's support. She says she doesn't find Dr. Ford credible because "there are no corroborating witnesses and no evidence" in the case.

    I would like Brett to be on the court today.

    Leyland Keyser, the friend who Dr. Ford says was there during the assault, has said she believes Dr. Ford although she has no recollection of the party in question. Various experts, both in law and psychology, have said they found Dr. Ford's testimony credible. But Stevens is not alone. According to the Morning Consult/ Politico survey, 64% of Republican women said the word "credible" does not describe Dr. Ford well, compared to 15% who said it did. Overall, 44% of women said they think she's credible, and 30% said she is not, which is in line with voters overall.

    Stevens, who worked with Kavanaugh for close to three years and says she didn't spend time with him socially, says the allegations are inconsistent with what she knows about him. "I never observed him as anything other than a total professional and gentle soul. He was always kind and respectful of everyone he came into contact with." She also described him as a hard worker who would be "in by 6:50 a.m." every morning.

    "I would like Brett to be on the court today," she concludes.

    For others, his qualifications and judicial record trump any potential misconduct. "In light of the recent allegations, we still continue to stand with Judge Kavanaugh," Patrice Onwuka, a senior policy analyst at the Independent Women's Forum, a conservative nonprofit that grew out of a group created to defend Judge Clarence Thomas in 1992, tells Refinery29.

    She continues: "The allegations such as those by Dr. Christine Ford remain unsubstantiated and uncorroborated even by the witnesses she provided. Conservative women support Judge Brett Kavanaugh because we believe he will uphold the highest law of our land and respect the role of the Supreme Court to interpret — not make — new law or social policy," partisan comments about the Clintons nonwithstanding.

    While the majority support him, around one-third of Republican women don't back Kavanaugh, with some saying they have become disappointed in him after Dr. Ford's allegations.

    "As a conservative, I was initially pleased with the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh, based on his originalist philosophy, although I disagree with his interpretation of executive power," Erica Lizza, a 21-year-old senior at Georgetown University, tells Refinery29. "I now have a starkly different opinion of Judge Kavanaugh. After learning more about Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's allegations and hearing Kavanaugh's response, I no longer support his nomination. There are simply too many unanswered questions and contradictions in Kavanaugh's account to believe that he is fully innocent."

    After learning more about Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's allegations and hearing Kavanaugh's response, I no longer support his nomination.

    Lizza adds that she's incredibly disappointed by the reactions she's seen from many conservatives who are willing to overlook the allegations because they're politically damaging. "Condemning sexual assault should not be a partisan issue," she says.

    Amanda Saxon, who is 33 and lives in Jacksonville, FL, says that although she is unsure whether or not Kavanaugh "knows he is guilty," she doesn't think he should be confirmed, and does believe Dr. Ford. To the friends and coworkers who believe the allegations are a smear on his characters and who know a different Kavanaugh than the one the women's stories have presented, she wants to say, "You can have a million friendships and healthy sexual encounters with women and still be sexually inappropriate or even assault someone."

    Saxon, who says she's a longtime registered Republican but did not vote for Trump, echoed a chorus of voices who suggested what Kavanaugh could have said to appear more credible in his testimony if he believes he's truly innocent. According to Saxon, Kavanaugh could have said: "Honestly I don’t believe I did this. I am a good man whose record has been positive up to this point. I did drink a lot in high school. I couldn’t handle the pressure. I was sexually immature and came from a religious family who didn’t talk about it. I’m mortified of the possibility of this event occurring but I don’t know that it happened. I will do everything in my power going forward to make sure women are protected and respected and that both sexes come of age in a culture that is different. Including my two young daughters."

    For many of the women storming the Senate with "I believe survivors" signs, the fact that Republican women have not only continued, but strengthened their support for Kavanaugh, despite the allegations and the aggressively bro-ish behavior that followed, comes across as yet another example of internalized misogyny — the same internalized misogyny that, some say, is responsible for 53% of white women voting for Trump. "Republican participants and those who voted for Trump reported the highest levels of internalized misogyny, adherence to traditional gender roles, and both types of sexism," concluded a recent Utah State University paper.

    But some Republican women are aware of the painful gender dynamics this debacle has once again called up.

    "If our society doesn't change, then I am truly fearful for my children," says Saxon, who has two sons, ages 4 and almost 2. "I will not allow my boys to grow up in a world where men are taught that sex is something to take and girls are taught it’s something we owe or give. We have to do better."

    I will not allow my boys to grow up in a world where men are taught that sex is something to take and girls are taught it’s something we owe or give.

    The FBI is wrapping up its expanded background investigation into allegations from Dr. Ford and Deborah Ramirez, with the Senate getting ready to head into a vote this week. But plenty of questions remain, including why the bureau hasn't contacted Kavanaugh, Dr. Ford, or Julie Swetnick, Kavanaugh's third accuser who says he was present when she was gang raped, as well as dozens of potential witnesses. President Trump has only further divided the discourse by mocking Dr. Ford at a recent rally.

    The pivotal Republican women in the vote, of course, are Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, who are still reportedly undecided and are getting calls around the clock from constituents trying to influence their vote. For most Republican women in Congress, as Politico reported, "party loyalty trumps #MeToo."

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    We proudly opted out of the controversial animal fur debate a long time ago, opting instead for fall/winter coats of the faux variety. They have all the same winning qualities — glamour, timelessness, comfort — with none of the ick factor associated with real fur.

    Back when brands first started catching on to the obvious ethical faux pas associated with fur coats, their fake alternatives were iffy at best. But times have changed. This fall, we're seeing a whole slew of faux fur outerwear options that are almost impossible to differentiate from the real thing. Gone are the days of tussled and far less luxurious imitations of the coats lining your grandmother's closet. From bold hues to shearling alternatives, the 15 faux fur coats ahead are game-changers. They're all style, no guilt, and they all ring in at under-$300.

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    Looking for some extra cash this upcoming holiday season and got some extra time on your hands? The good news is, there are lots of companies looking for seasonal help to accommodate the inevitable chaos that is holiday shopping season. From retail, to customer service, to Human Resources — there's high demand everywhere.

    Whether you love working directly with customers or prefer a more behind-the-scenes gig, we have you covered with these seasonal job ideas. 'Tis almost the season.

    Halloween Helper

    If you're looking for a part-time job ASAP, local haunted houses, pumpkin patches, and hayrides are always in need of staffers. Or if working in a store is more your thing, check out listings at Halloween-themed stores like Halloween City, Party City, and Spirit Halloween.

    Retail Sales Associate

    If you like customer service, this is the gig for you: Many nationwide department stores need extra support during their busy holiday seasons, and are looking for part-time workers in a variety of roles.

    Target recently announced that it will be hiring 120,000 seasonal nationwide employees this season, with compensation starting at $12 an hour. Jobs range from floor associate to distribution center worker, and you can apply online or attend one of Target's nationwide hiring events Oct. 12-14. Macy's and Bloomingdale's are hiring for 80,000 seasonal positions, as well, and there's a hiring event for that on Oct. 18.

    But if department stores aren't your thing, there are lots of smaller scale options: Urban Outfitters, Paper Source, Gap, and more are hiring, too.

    photographed by Amy Lombard; edited by Deb Wenof.

    Santa's Helper

    If you like dressing up, are good with kids, and have always wanted to be Zooey Deschanel's character in Elf, all of the above can be your reality this holiday season.

    Macy's is hiring part-time Support Elfs for its Santaland events, and Rent-A-Christmas is also hiring elves to help install Christmas decorations. Local staffing agencies list elf jobs, too — but be sure to pounce now so you can beat the rush come December.

    Resort Employee

    For some, holiday season equals ski season, which means there's always a demand for ski instructors, and many resorts like Vail Resorts hire seasonal instructors and guest services staff members at its many countrywide resorts. Depending on the particular job, you don't already need to be certified. And if you don't ski, many of these same resorts also hire childcare aides for families staying at the hotels. Coolworks is a good resource with more info on these jobs.

    photographed by Mark Iantosca.

    Customer Service & Delivery Associate

    These days, it's arguably more appealing to order holiday gifts online than to buy them in person, the old-fashioned way. To fulfill all those orders, for the month of December, Fedex is hiring seasonal couriers with compensation of $19.95 an hour, as well as temporary admins, for 12-week employment. Additionally, 1-800-Flowers is hiring 8,000 seasonal employees for the holidays across its brands: Harry & David, Cheryl's Cookies, and The Popcorn Factory, including jobs in its call center and fulfillment departments.

    Williams Sonoma, Inc. is also beginning its seasonal hiring and is posting job opportunities on its Facebook page.

    photographed by Megan Madden; produced by Sam Nodelman; modeled by Yuki Mizuma; produced by Yuki Mizuma.

    HR Assistant & Recruiter

    If you fancy yourself a people person, there's a seasonal opportunity for you — and that's in HR or recruiting, to help with all the aforementioned high volume seasonal hiring. Check out listings at local staffing agencies or chain retailers like Bloomingdale's. HR Crossing is a good resource for HR jobs as well.

    photographed by Phoebe Chauson.

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    No one would ever accuse Lady Gaga of being predictable. Since bursting onto the scene over 10 years ago, Stefani Germanotta has reinvented her image more times than we can count. She's a singer. She's a Golden Globe winner. She sports raw meat on the red carpet. She's a Mother Monster who counts bleach-blonde bows and soda cans as hair accessories. She's a 32-year-old who, by design, is in a constant and rapid state of change — and her latest make-under for her cover story in The New York Times Magazine is no exception.

    For the cover, shot by the iconic Marilyn Minter, Gaga appears bare-faced behind a glass pane, her freckles (including a few faux ones added by makeup artist Sarah Tanno) on full display. The stripped-back look is not unlike other recent make-unders by major pop stars, including Ariana Grande and Christina Aguilera, who both ditched their over-the-top stage personas to usher in a new era of vulnerability. And while Gaga might not be dropping an album that proves she's on a whole new wave (that was Joanne), she is showing herself in a way we've never seen her before: as an actress likely on her way to an Academy Award nomination.

    Courtesy of The New York Times.

    Gaga isn't reinforcing the idea that going makeup free somehow equates to authenticity or that we're finally seeing her true self, though. For her, this is just another part of what makes Gaga, well, Gaga. I do keep transforming into a new shell of me,” she told writer Rachel Syme. “So sure, there is an acting component to what I do... but the word ‘acting,’ it’s hard for me to talk about in that way, because ‘acting’ to me almost implies faking it.”

    The cover makeup, or lack thereof, likely alludes to Gaga's latest role as Ally in A Star Is Born. While filming, Gaga was notoriously instructed by director and co-star Bradley Cooper to never wear makeup on camera, starting the day he took a makeup wipe to her face during the screen test. Many found the move forceful and in bad taste, but for Gaga — a staunch advocate for challenging beauty standards — it was actually welcome (if uncharted) territory. "It put me right in the place I needed to be, because when my character talks about how ugly she feels — that was real,” Gaga recalled to the Los Angeles Times. “I’m so insecure. I like to preach, but I don’t always practice what I preach."

    It's a refreshing new side to witness, sure — but it's certainly not her final act. When asked what's next, Gaga told Syme, "Oh...I’m just shape-shifting again.” Here's hoping Jo Calderone makes a comeback.

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    Bold blush is officially back in style. Over the past few months we dipped our cheekbones in soft tints — bubblegum pinks and sweet shades of cheery red that were quintessentially summer — and they were stunning. But for fall, the color du jour actually packs a brighter punch. Enter: The season of orange.

    The shade works on every skin tone under the sun, but you might need an experimental attitude when taking on this look. Though a screaming tangerine color might look like a 5-year-old's finger paint when coming out of the tube, a teensy dot blended onto the apples of your cheeks or draped under your cheekbones will deliver a healthy, sun-kissed version of your face with zero bronzer or highlighter required.

    Ahead, shop the creamy orange blushes we're stocking for fall (including one that's only $3 at Target). Hop on board, because trust us, an earthy, tan flush will look so fresh with that new cable knit sweater.

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    Best For: Light & Medium Skin Tones

    This water-based blush looks like a juiced cantaloupe when you first pull the doe-foot applicator out of the tube, but the bright orange blends out beautifully, creating a touch of dewy color over cheeks and lips.



    Giorgio Armani Beauty Neo Nude A-Line Blush in 30, $38, available at Giorgio Armani Beauty

    Best For: All Skin Tones

    Don't be scared of the alarmingly bright color when squeeze this cream blush onto the tip of your finger. We swear, it'll look good. Do, however, note that a little goes a long way — just work a teensy dot into your cheeks for the prettiest flush of sheer color that reads like you just got back from a weeklong stint of laying face-up on a beach towel somewhere tropical (sans the sun damage).



    Glossier Cloud Paint in Dawn, $18, available at Glossier

    Best For: Medium, Dark, & Deep Skin Tones

    Why should Orgasm and Laguna get all the love? The Nars square blush compact in Taj Mahal is just as catchy. And the color? A burnt-orange infused with a subtle flecks of gold that make it look pretty, not muddy.



    NARS Blush in Taj Mahal, $30, available at Net-A-Porter

    Best For: Medium, Dark, & Deep Skin Tones

    Leave it to RiRi to make a magnetic blush stick in a screaming orange shade that melts into a stunning sheer glaze when swiped on the skin.



    FENTY BEAUTY BY RIHANNA Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick in Chili Mango, $25, available at Fenty Beauty

    Best For: Light & Medium Skin Tones

    One of the prettiest pearlescent blush highlighter-hybrids that $3 can buy, just sweep it on and blend with clean fingers.



    Wet n Wild Mega Glo Makeup Stick Blush in Peach Bums, $3.99, available at Target

    Best For: Medium, Deep, & Dark Skin Tones

    Celeb makeup artist Monika Blunder says that Milani's marbled powder blush formula is one of her favorites. "My clients and I love these blushes because they have just the right amount of shimmer to give a soft glow to the cheek," she explains. This peachy coral shade works on a variety of skin tones and rings up for only $6.



    Milani Milani Baked Blush in Corallina, $6.99, available at Target

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    After revealing in an Instagram post that she was raped at age 14, Busy Philipps opened up to Ellen Degeneres about why she chose to share her experience publicly.

    "I was so moved by [Dr. Ford’s] bravery," Philipps said during an appearance on The Ellen Show on Wednesday. And it wasn’t something that I felt like I was ever going to blast out on social media, but when I saw her standing there, speaking her truth after 30 years, I was like, 'It’s been 25 [years] for me and I can do this. I can do this. We can all do this,'"

    She added: "And I feel like it’s, politically whatever you believe, I feel like it’s a real moment of reckoning for women that we have, sort of collectively, carried this burden for so long and it’s time to share it and let it out. It was hard. And really scary."

    "This is me at 14. The age I was raped," Philipps originally wrote in her Instagram post. "It's taken me 25 years to say those words. I wrote about it in my book. I finally told my parents and sister about it 4 months ago. Today is the day we are silent no more. All of us. I'm scared to post this. I can't imagine what Dr. Ford is feeling right now."

    DeGeneres revealed that she, too, is a survivor, telling Philipps, "I was 15 and I had something happen to me. When I watched Dr. Ford, anyone who’s had something happen to them, you just get so angry when someone doesn’t believe you or says, 'Why did you wait so long? ' It’s because we’re girls and we’re taught not to say anything and go along with it."

    Philipps, who wrote about her rape in her upcoming book, This Will Only Hurt A Little, said she grappled with telling her story for a long time.

    "I’ve struggled with it for so long," she said. "For so long. And even when I wrote the chapter in my book I had in my head an escape plan, which was it doesn’t have to go into the book if I panic and don’t want to put it out into the world. But I feel like we’re at this moment in time."

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    Any true discount fiend worth their weight has already begun a countdown to Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. The changing of the seasons might equate with PSLs, sweater weather, and #spoopy Halloween decor for some, but for others, it's an indicator that the bonkers sales week isn't far offer. Sadly, we're not quite there yet. But if you're itching to get some bargain hunting practice in, consider this weekend your training ground.

    The recently reformed Columbus Day, which now properly identifies as Indigenous Peoples Day, is still observed as a three-day weekend in most regions of the country. And where there's a three-day weekend, there's an onslaught of sales not far off. While we recommend celebrating the actual holiday in a more respectable form donating to organizations that are set up to support Native Americans like Stand with Standing Rock is a good start there's no harm in taking non-celebratory advantage of the deals dropping this week.

    Click ahead to see of this weekend's discounts that will tide you over until the post-Thanksgiving madness.

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    Skeletons, witches, and black cats are always reliable Halloween costume ideas (especially if you’re in a last minute time crunch), but they don’t have to be the only option. A standout IG-worthy look is as easy as dressing up as your favorite celebrity, and who better to bring the party to Halloween get-togethers than Cardi B?

    The rapper has had quite an eventful year with the release of her record-breaking album Invasion Of Privacy, a brand new baby, lots of drama, and plenty of stunning red carpet moments. But in every one of her memorable appearances lives a Cardi B costume to replicate come October 31. Plus, some of them are as simple as putting on a wig and pulling out makeup you already love.

    We've rounded up some of her buzziest looks to get your costume juices flowing, ahead. Because once you pick a Cardi B look you wanna party with, all that's left to do is put on your favorite Invasion Of Privacy track and practice your best “OWWWW!” in the mirror.

    If you want to be the center of attention in a group costume this year, get a long blue wig and tie the front half into a topknot. Bonus points if you get two of your pals to go as Kris Jenner and Kim K. to recreate this epic selfie.

    To replicate this iconic Milan Fashion Week Moment you're gonna have to get creative. Cover a pair of sunglasses you don't mind ruining in leopard print pom-poms, find a feline-inspired outfit, and don't forget a blond wig.



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    Cardi B's first performance since giving birth to her daughter Kulture is a great option if you're looking for a sexier ensemble. All you need is a wavy blond wig and your best red push-up bra.



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    One part Cardi B and one part salsa dancer emoji, this costume is sure to turn heads. Once you've found a dramatic red dress, get a curly clip-in ponytail and practice your most dramatic winged liner. The rapper's makeup artist, Erika La Pearl, used Pat McGrath's Mothership V palette for this particular look, in case you really want to be authentic.



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    If you're really out to win the Best Costume contest, then mirroring Cardi's iconic Met Gala look will put you in first place. Once you purchase (or DIY) a replica of her bejeweled dress and headpiece, you'll need to get a curly black wig and tease it for volume. Complete your costume with a matte red lipstick and a baby bump.



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    This can be an easy last minute costume to replicate. That is, once you get your hands on a rainbow wig. Just pop on some false lashes, apply a coat of matte lipstick, and throw on a plunging white tank top to complete your look.



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    You don't have to wear a rainbow wig to work all day if that isn't your thing. Instead, channel Cardi's Coachella look by simply tying your hair into two pigtails and focusing your energy on the real star: her nails.



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    Divorce is a tricky, emotional time for many of us — and it can be even more complicated if you work with your significant other. Here, singer songwriter Nicki Bluhm shares the story of her divorce, and how it fueled her latest album, To Rise You Gotta Fall.

    I was probably 19 years old when I first saw my future husband play the guitar in San Francisco. At the time, I was working on a ranch, but I always knew I had an itch to work in music. I had learned how to play the guitar, sang a few songs at home, but nothing serious. Then I saw him and his band play at the Great American Music Hall, and I was so enthralled. I knew I wanted to be on stage, closer to it all.

    One night, after a show, he and I got to talking, and he found out I played guitar. He listened to me play, and told me to keep doing it, to keep writing and practicing. We started to see each other at more shows, at more after parties, and after a while we started dating.

    He became both my mentor and my partner. He convinced me to keep writing, helped me book my first tiny gigs. We recorded my first songs together in his little studio in San Francisco, with musicians he called up to play as the backup band. And eventually, we started playing and singing together.

    In October 2007, we got married — and we had some great years. We put a band together, made a few records, toured the US and Europe. We were on a really fun ride, compatible musically but also in life. We both loved being outdoors, camping, being in the mountains. I learned so much from him. He was an amazing person — he’s still an amazing person.

    But over the years, he started to struggle with substances, as many musicians I've known have. He’d go through stints of sobriety, and then not. And the pressures of the road are real — it’s not a healthy lifestyle. There are late nights, there’s always alcohol, and you’re basically playing in bars. It’s a constant test of your ego, trying to sell tickets and keep people interested. Just because you sell out one show doesn't mean you're playing Madison Square Garden next. And he had already been through all of that — the riding in the van, playing empty rooms — with his previous band. To repeat that with me was really hard for him.

    So I started to lose myself in him. I would do anything to try to make him happy, adjusting my behavior to match his, what I wanted to mirror his wants. I just really wanted to please him, to make him happy, keep everything together, temper his mood. The more I inquired about why he was unhappy, the more he withdrew and became distant, and the more he withdrew, the more I inquired. Now, upon reflection, I realize you can only be responsible for your own happiness. But when I was in that relationship, I couldn't help it.

    We tried everything. We did therapy, tried "separation," but we were touring together, so it meant performing on stage together every night, singing love songs together and falling back into the fantasy that everything is okay. After every show, I was thrust back into the reality that my marriage was dissolving — and my heart broke a little more every night.

    It took two years of trying before my husband finally asked me for a divorce in 2015, after 10 years. For me, it didn't make any sense. He couldn't articulate why he wanted a divorce, what was wrong. He confessed his infidelity 9 months later. And then, it all clicked. For more than half our marriage, he says, he had been unfaithful. And thinking back, I should have known. I should have trusted my intuition. I just didn’t want to believe it.

    That’s when everything changed. I stopped feeling so crazy, stopped beating myself up about where I went wrong (although those feelings do emerge from time to time). We moved out of our house, and I moved into a little place of my own in Sausalito. Our divorce was finalized —after 10 years of marriage — and I began to write the title track of my new record, "To Rise You Gotta Fall." I felt I had no choice but to come out with a solo album, no choice but to prove I could do it on my own. It was scary for me. He was so involved in every element of my life — professionally, personally, musically. This album was to prove to him, to myself, and to the people around me that I could do it by myself. So I just fueled myself with willpower, willing myself to not need him anymore.

    I found other people to write with in Nashville, new partnerships that weren’t emotionally loaded, and sought out old friendships. But mostly, I learned to rely on myself as the constant. But it is lonely, learning to be your own best friend. When I first started singing these songs, I would perform them by myself. Just me in a sequin dress and my guitar. I was opening for Josh Ritter, Lukas Nelson and the Wood Brothers, and I wanted to show that I could write my own songs, find a producer, make a record, and perform them on my own. It was about me being completely self-sufficient. It was scary, but I did it, and I felt really proud of myself.

    Since then, I've realized it's okay to lean on people. It's important to have a support system. That's come out in my music too — I now perform with a band, and it's been so fabulous, and it's so different.

    I spoke to my ex-husband right before I put this record out, just to let him know, and it did mean something to me when he told me he understood. The stages of grief are softening. It's been more than a year and a half since the divorce, and I'm still in the process of of comprehending what happened. It's taking time to move through my emotions, and there are some days I feel like I’ve taken a step forward, and other days two steps back. Sometimes, problems take a long time to fix, and for me, I’m learning how to sit with that discomfort, develop a relationship with myself, and understand that this process is actually never-ending. I loved him, and losing him hurts, but I love myself more.

    I do wish the ending could have been different, but I have so much gratitude to him. Now I can look back and say, I don’t think I would change anything. I am grateful I had this incredible relationship, I am grateful for the times that it was good. Now, I can relish in little victories: Some nights, especially when I'm tour, I get to bed, with brushed and flossed teeth, with under-eye cream, and I wake up and I think, Good job, me.

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    Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation battle is set to end this weekend, as the Senate prepares to vote following the conclusion of a FBI background investigation into the sexual misconduct claims against him.

    Kavanaugh is an historically unpopular candidate: A recent poll says about 48% of U.S. voters oppose Kavanaugh. The allegations against him, which he has denied, include sexual assault, attempted rape, exposing himself, and thrusting his penis in someone's face without their consent.

    In the aftermath of his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee and that of his accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Republican Sen. Jeff Flake forced Republicans and the White House to order an FBI background investigation "limited in scope and completed in less than one week."

    The FBI sent the report to the White House late Wednesday. On Thursday morning, senators and a select number of aides began reviewing one copy of the report stored at a secured facility. The Trump administration already came out publicly saying that they still stand by Kavanaugh. Democrats and other progressives have been concerned that the probe, for which neither Kavanaugh nor Dr. Ford were interviewed, was rushed and too narrow.

    After Trump openly mocked Dr. Ford at a Mississippi rally on Tuesday, there were concerns about the fairness of the FBI investigation since he is the one who directed its parameters.

    Kavanaugh himself has not been too worried about the probe: Harvard Law students learned this week that he withdrew from teaching a course next semester, a move that seemed to point out he expects to be confirmed to the Supreme Court despite the allegations against him.

    Below, the latest developments of the Kavanaugh saga. We'll continue to update this story as we see fit.

    The FBI interviewed just nine people.

    The New York Times reports that the FBI was "plowing through interviews." Neither Kavanaugh nor Ford were interviewed by investigators. In a statement, Ford’s legal team said: "An FBI supplemental background investigation that did not include an interview of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford — nor the witnesses who corroborate her testimony — cannot be called an investigation. We are profoundly disappointed that after the tremendous sacrifice she made in coming forward, those directing the FBI investigation were not interested in seeking the truth."

    According to NBC News and the New Yorker, dozens of people with possible information relevant to the investigation have not even been contacted by the FBI or were ignored after reaching out to the agency.

    Two acquaintances who knew Kavanaugh in high school submitted sworn declarations to the FBI and senators, according to the New Yorker. One of them read: "The reason I decided to come forward and share my interactions with Brett Kavanaugh is that Brett Kavanaugh’s presentation of himself as some honorable and nice person who always respected girls in high school and who was a moderate drinker could not be farther from the truth."

    Attorney Michael Avenatti, who is representing Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick, told Refinery29 his client was not contacted by the FBI. "It appears to be a farce and a sham," Avenatti said of the investigation. "How do you do an investigation and not talk to at least all of the accusers?"

    Among those interviewed was Mark Judge, who allegedly was in the room when Kavanaugh reportedly sexually assaulted and attempted to rape Dr. Ford at a house party in the early 1980s.

    Kavanaugh could be confirmed as early as this weekend.

    Shortly after the FBI ended his investigation Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed a motion to invoke "cloture" — a procedural vote — on Kavanaugh’s nomination. If things moved along as planned, there will be a final Senate vote this weekend.

    McConnell had announced his intentions earlier this week, despite not knowing what the investigation could find. "The time for endless delay and obstruction has come to a close," McConnell said Monday, apparently forgetting about how he blocked the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland — President Obama's moderate pick to fill the seat left by the late Justice Antonin Scalia — for 293 days. "We’ll be voting this week."

    Per Politico, McConnell is focusing his efforts on addressing the concerns of Sens. Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and Jeff Flake while also trying to get them to support Kavanaugh on the final Senate vote.

    Kavanaugh's alcohol use came into focus again through several news reports.

    The New York Times reported Kavanaugh was involved in a bar altercation in September 1985 that ended up with him and four other men being questioned by the New Haven Police Department. Kavanaugh, then a 21-year-old junior at Yale, reportedly threw ice at another patron while one of his friends threw a glass at the man.

    Several former classmates of Kavanaugh have said he drank heavily in his youth and became "aggressive and belligerent when he was very drunk." Others have claimed he likely blacked out.

    In a handwritten letter from 1983 obtained by the Times, Kavanaugh wrote of his clique of friends' hard partying ways. "... Warn the neighbors that we’re loud, obnoxious drunks with prolific pukers among us. Advise them to go about 30 miles," Kavanaugh wrote in the letter. He signed the letter "FFFFF, Bart."

    During his confirmation hearing, the Supreme Court nominee denied to the Senate Judiciary Committee that he ever drank to the point of blacking out.

    Kavanaugh reportedly tried to discredit his second accuser prior to her story becoming public.

    Kavanaugh testified under oath that he didn't knew about the Deborah Ramirez allegations against him until the New Yorker published its story. But NBC News reported Monday that Kavanaugh and his team communicated with former Yale classmates Kerry Berchem and Karen Yarasavage prior to the publication of the story, asking them to go on-the-record and discredit Ramirez's claims.

    Berchem also wrote a memo to the FBI, in which she alleges Kavanaugh "and/or" his allies "may have initiated an anticipatory narrative" as early as July, a full two months before the publication of the New Yorker article, in an attempt to "conceal or discredit" Ramirez and her story.

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    Blame the fact that ponytails are trending or that scrunchies have made a full-blown comeback, but this season, we're trying to make the most of our updos. Braids? Yes, please. Half-ups? Cool for the fall. Topknots, baby bangs, ribbon headbands that would make Blair Waldorf proud? We're here for it all.

    Which is why we're loving Hollywood's recent flock to a new minimalist, yet undeniably elegant hair trend: jewel-adorned hair accessories. Pearl-studded bobby pins and tiny crystals have been seen on everyone from up-and-coming starlets like Lily James, to bonafide stars like Ariana Grande and Tessa Thompson.

    However ho-hum you're feeling with your go-to hairstyle, there's a jeweled hair piece to tastefully jazz it up — and all you have to do is put a pin on it. Click ahead for all our favorites.

    For a screening of Amandla Stenberg's new film The Hate U Give, hairstylist Vernon François tied up Stenberg's updo with three pearl pins on each side.

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    Tessa Thompson has sported pearl beads in her hair not once, but twice, with the first time being at the 2018 Met Gala, where a row of pearls and crystals ran down the back of her three-tiered bun. Then for a screening of her film Sorry to Bother You, hairstylist Lacy Redway weaved pearl beads into Thompson's braids.

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    For the Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again premiere, Lily James paired her princess-y white-and-blue strapless ball gown with an equally ethereal-meets-bohemian look. Hairstylist Ben Skervin worked the actress's long blonde hair into a loose, wavy half-up style, adorned with delicate pearl hairpins by Jennifer Behr.

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    Kristen Ess used her own Soft Shine Beach Wave Spray to finish this curly ponytail, accented by the Jennifer Behr Perla Bobby Pin Set.

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    This topknot, featuring a base studded with silver Kela hair accessories, would look killer with an equally-sparkly eye.

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    If you don't want your tousled low-do to look sloppy, then try slipping on a piece like the Hardware Ponytail Piece from Jen Atkin's fourth Chloe + Isabel collection.

    Photo: Via @jenatkinhair.

    The most exciting aspect of this trend is that it works for all hair types. If you want to stick a few beauties from the Multi-Crystal Pin Set (these are from Atkin's new collection, too) in your curls, just make sure that your hair is moisturized to avoid snags.

    Photo: Via @jenatkinhair.

    Yep, we're still swooning over Kelela's bejeweled dreadlocks. (With handmade accessories by Mischa Notcutt!)

    Photo: Via @kelelam.

    Right on that same swoon-worthy level? Beaded braids, courtesy of Yara Shahidi this time around.

    Photo: Via @yarashahidi.

    César Ramirez accented Demi Lovato's wavy double ponytails with gold accessories that matched her hoops.

    Photo: Via @cesar4styles.

    "Hair goals achieved," Kate Mara (in Atkin's pearl bobby pins) captioned an Instagram. Agreed.

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