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    ‘Tis almost the season for holiday festivities, family commitments, travel plans, and gift giving, all of which can lead to plenty of stress on both you and your bank account. Fortunately, Amazon is making it easy for you to save, while still getting your holiday shopping done.

    Well ahead of the usual post-TurkeyDay rush, the online retailer has released their early Black Friday deals with sales and discounts on everything from electronics and toys and every foodie’s favorite items – kitchen necessities.

    From sleek and stainless steel coffee makers to blenders, roaster ovens, trendy Instant Pots, and air fryers, we’ve rounded up the best of Amazon’s Black Friday kitchen deals to help you shop smarter, not harder this season. And we promise not to judge if you throw an extra one of any of these into the cart for yourself either.

    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. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.

    Good: Instant Pot
    Deal: 10% Off
    Hop on the pressure cooker trend with an already-discounted 6-quart model, ready to lend an easy set-it-and-forget-it hand in whipping up Thanksgiving sides.



    Instant Pot 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker (6 Qt), $89.99, available at Amazon

    Good: Milk Frother
    Deal: 64% Off

    Coffee shop level cappuccinos just became easier to make from the comfort of your own home thanks to this milk steamer. Fast, easy, and silent, a push of a button is all it takes to heat or froth milk for lattes.



    Chef's Star Premier Automatic Milk Frother, $39.99, available at Amazon

    Good: Digital Air Fryer
    Deal: 27% Off
    This sleek device comes complete with tech-savvy touch screen capabilities for fast and easy air-frying of all your favorite nosh, from potatoes to chicken.



    Cozyna Digital Air Fryer , $65.44, available at Amazon

    Good: SodaStream
    Deal: 52% Off
    Make your on-tap, at-home soda and seltzer dreams a reality with this carbonated beverage maker on-sale for over half-off its original price.



    SodaStream Jet Sparkling Water Maker, $24.22, available at Amazon

    Good: Sous Vide Immersion Cooker
    Deal: 18% Off
    Make meal prep time a breeze with this ingenious tool. Take 10 minutes to season and bag up your favorite meats or veggies, drop them in a pot and let the device do its thing. No stirring or flipping necessary.



    Wancle Sous Vide Cooker, Thermal Immersion Circulator, $79.99, available at Amazon

    Good: Stainless Steel Blender
    Deal: 20% Off

    Eggnog smoothies anyone? Toss any combination of ice, fruit, vegetables, or even your favorite alcohol into this powerful, two-liter blender and voilà, drinks for days. You can even use it to make dips, salsas, and yummy salad dressings.



    Calphalon Auto-Speed 2-Liter Blender, Dark Stainless Steel, $159.99, available at Amazon

    Good: Coffee Maker
    Deal: 54% Off
    Trust us, this is a caffeine lover’s dream. The easy to clean carafe coffee maker features brewing technology that maximizes flavor and is designed to keep your java warm for hours.



    Zojirushi Thermal Carafe Coffee Maker, $87.49, available at Amazon

    Good: Stainless Steel Knife Set
    Deal: 43% Off
    Get your slicing, dicing, and chopping game on point for the holidays with this set of three essential, stainless steel chef knives.



    Knifun Stainless Steel Chef Knife Set, $15.29, available at Amazon

    Good: Electric Kettle
    Deal: 39% Off
    Enjoying holiday cookies with a hot cup of tea never seemed so simple before we found Cuisinart's electric tea kettle steal. This speedy water-boiling device heats up around five minutes faster than a traditional stove, which guarantees less waiting and more sipping.



    Cuisinart Stainless Steel Cordless Electric Kettle, 1.7-Liter, $60.83, available at Amazon

    Good: Roaster Oven
    Deal: 56% Off

    If it’s your turn to cook the turkey, simplify the process (and free up some oven space!) with this 18-quart roaster. Don’t fret non-meat eaters: this roaster is also perfect for roasting potatoes or whipping up desserts.



    Proctor Silex Roaster Oven, Stainless Steel, $33.72, available at Amazon

    Good: Cast Aluminum Caldero
    Deal: 52% Off
    This traditional, oven-safe Caldero is ideal for churning out seasonal stews, rice dishes, and soups in cast aluminum style.



    IMUSA Traditional Oversided Colombian Caldero , $12.83, available at Amazon

    Good: Rice Cooker & Warmer
    Deal: 20% Off
    The key to perfectly fluffy rice? This compact rice cooker. Special multi-menu cooking functions for white rice, sushi rice, brown rice, and more ensure you get a perfect consistency each and every time.



    Zojirushi Micom Rice Cooker & Warmer, $119.99, available at Amazon

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    If there's something we know for sure when it comes to the Kardashian-Jenner clan — besides the fact that they know how to make a buck – it's that they love a good surprise. While the rest of the beauty industry has been releasing Black Friday sales for best-selling products that are already on the market, Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian West announced that they're releasing an entirely new collaboration for the biggest shopping day of the year.

    The sisters took to Instagram to share the news that KKW X KYLIE 2 is coming to kyliecosmetics.com for Black Friday. The photo posted to Instagram has the sisters twinning with dark bobs and nude bodysuits, which is very similar to the campaign photos for their first collaboration in 2017 (back then it was nude bandeau tops and longer strands).

    Jenner teased this collaboration back in July when she shared a throwback post of her and Kim on set. "Who wants KKW X KYLIE round 2?," she asked her followers. And a few months later, more behind-the-scenes photos began circulating the Internet of the siblings shooting together, cementing the fact that they had something in the works. The question was just when and what?

    Now, we know when. But we still don't know what the two have coming out just yet. Based off the photos, the nude theme is probably here to stay. Maybe it will be a wider selection of nude lip shades to add on to what they released in their first collaboration, or a neutral eyeshadow palette, or a double-duty highlighter and contour stick?

    Regardless of what products are coming, this collection won't be the only thing coming from KKW that day. The reality star is also set to release a beauty kit for the holidays on November 23 called the Glam Bible, which includes a six-pan eyeshadow palette, eyeliner, a set of lashes, mascara, lip liner, two lipsticks, a gloss, blush, and highlighter for $150. The brand will also drop new accessories on the same day, with blending sponges, a pencil sharpener, a powder puff, and a makeup tote joining the enormous KKW lineup.

    Kylie also has new makeup releases in the works, with a new holiday collection dropping November 19. All the products are glow themed and snowflake-covered, from the 14-pan eyeshadow palette to the 8-piece collection of mini lip colors.

    But, before you drop all your coins on these holiday releases for the beauty obsessives on your shopping list, you'll want to wait to see what the two have in store for the newest KKW X KYLIE collaboration (which we'll be sure to keep you updated on). Looking back to their first collaboration, it'll most likely be a sell-out hit.

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    Like the comforting warmth of pulling your head through the neck of a turtleneck sweater, there's something almost ceremonious about the first manicure of winter. The gusty windchill is officially here — your heavy socks and chunky scarves are proof — and it's high time to get your tiniest fashion accessories on board.

    Everyone knows that the trickiest part of any manicure — be it a DIY job while bingeing Netflix in bed or sifting through the rainbow of tiny glass bottles at your favorite salon — is picking the right polish. Luckily, we've consulted a few nail pros who've broken down the seven nail colors that are already on track to be huge this winter.

    From dark vampy oxblood and rich sapphire to softer, muted tones like desert clay and creamy rose, find the exact nail polish shades all the cool girls will be wearing this winter, ahead.

    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. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.

    Vampy Oxblood

    Nail pro and Tenoverten founder Nadine Abramcyk reports that the winter season is the best time to bring out your dark, rich polishes. "I've been consistently gravitating towards dark oxblood nails this season — a red with rich purple undertones," she says, noting that Nars polish in Chinatown is her absolute favorite.



    NARS Nail Polish in Chinatown, $20, available at NARS

    Desert Clay

    "This desert clay tone is so gorgeous," says Abramcyk of tenoverten's polish in the shade Hester. "I love that it's muted and neutral, but has theses warm, fall-y undertones, that read so beautifully on a range of skin tones."



    Tenoverten Nail Polish in Hester, $18, available at Tenoverten

    Glossy Sapphire

    "Essie's Bobbing For Baubles is a fun transitional polish," says Abramcyk. "It's darker and glossier than your average navy — it's a classic — and will stay on-trend well through the new year."



    Essie Nail Polish in Bobbing For Baubles, $9, available at Amazon

    Warm Slate

    L.A. nail salon mogul Sarah Gibson Tuttle — she's the brain behind Olive & June — tells us that she's a big fan of Essie's nail polish in Chinchilly, a soft, muted gray shade right now. "Warm grays are a chic fall accent," she tells us. "I think of it as the nail polish equivalent to your favorite scarf."



    Essie Nail Polish in Chinchilly, $8.77, available at Amazon

    Emerald Green

    "Chanel's nail polish in Fiction looks almost jet black from far away," explains Tuttle. "But up close, the deep emerald gem-like tones come through, giving the nails an unexpected pop when the color hits the light."



    Chanel Nail Polish in Fiction, $28, available at Chanel

    Creamy Rose

    If you're partial to softer shades, or you're just not yet ready to whip out those super dark polishes, then pale pinks and natural colors that read just a touch lighter than your skin tone will be your chicest pick through the winter months. Tuttle tells us she's been loving OPI's Tiramisu For Two polish in the transition between fall and winter.



    OPI Nail Polish in Tiramisu for Two, $10.5, available at Amazon

    Burnished Copper

    “This bright, burnished copper is my favorite metallic this season," says nail pro Lauren Berkovitz, founder of Lauren B Beauty. "Its glossy golden base reads warm — on both fingers and toes — while the subtle metallic finish gives it a fashionable flair."



    LAUREN B Nail Polish in Sun Kissed in St Tropez, $18, available at LAUREN B BEAUTY

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    Most years, we shop Black Friday and Cyber Monday on an impulse. For most of November, you think, I should skip shopping this year — you know, save some money. Then the day after Thanksgiving hits. You're laying in bed, still stuffed with turkey (or tofurkey, if that's more your thing), and open your inbox to an email that says [insert your favorite store here] is offering 75% off everything. Any rational person would hit Add to Cart as fast as their fingers will allow, right?

    Still, no matter how good of a deal you got , you can't help but wonder how much more you could have saved had you been able to map out a shopping strategy ahead of time. Luckily, we have your plan: a list of all the beauty brands and big-box retailers (think Amazon and Target) that will be offering can't-miss deals over Black Friday weekend.

    Read on to see the most legit 2018 Black Friday and Cyber Monday beauty deals — from a free Sisley Black Rose face mask (as in, $0 when it's normally $162) to a once in a lifetime Diptyque candle offer — and be sure to keep this guide handy; We'll be updating the list as we learn more.

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    Diptyque

    For the first time ever, Diptyque is participating in the Black Friday holiday, offering shoppers the full-sized, limited-edition Baies candle for just $75 (typically $95). The offer drops on the brand's website on Black Friday and runs straight through Cyber Monday, or as long as supplies last.



    Diptyque Full-Size Baies Candle, $75, available at Diptyque

    NARS

    From Black Friday through the Tuesday after Cyber Monday, all online purchases at NARS will be 20% off retail.



    NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation, $49, available at NARS

    Herbivore Botanicals

    From Black Friday through Cyber Monday, Herbivore will be offering customers 20% off any purchase, plus a free gift just for shopping.



    Herbivore Botanicals ROSE QUARTZ Illuminating Body Oil, $36, available at Herbivore Botanicals

    Peach & Lily

    From November 19 through the 27, Peach & Lily will be offering 30% off select K-beauty skin-care items. And if you shop during the deal days, you'll be gifted two Original Glow sheet masks for free.



    Peach and Lily Original Glow Sheet Mask, $6, available at Peach and Lily

    Clarisonic

    From November 22 through the 26 (Cyber Monday), all Clarisonic gift sets will be 20% off.



    Clarisonic CLEANSE & UPLIFT HOLIDAY GIFT SET, $249, available at Clarisonic

    Urban Decay

    Urban Decay is offering amazing deals throughout the shopping week. Some of which include: 50% off the Naked Skin and All Night concealers on Sunday November 25, and 50% Off the Naked Heat palette on Cyber Monday.



    Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer, $29, available at Urban Decay

    Kate Somerville

    When you shop Kate Somerville on Cyber Monday, you'll save 30% on your entire purchase. Plus, you'll receive a complimentary full-size DermalQuench Liquid Lift if you spend $150 and use the promo code "CYBER30" at checkout.



    Kate Somerville DermalQuench Liquid Lift®, $95, available at Kate Somerville

    Olay

    If you're shopping Target any time from Black Friday through Cyber Monday, you can save big on everything Olay. Just spend $50, and you'll get $10 off any Olay skin-care products, including the buzzy new clay mask sticks.



    Olay Pore Detox Black Charcoal Clay Face Mask Stick Cleanser, $9.99, available at Target

    Target

    Speaking of Target, on Black Friday, when you buy one of Target's countless adorable holiday beauty gift sets, you'll get a second set for 50% off its retail price.



    Kristin Ess Temporary Rose Gold Tint + Celestial Bobby Pins, $14, available at Target

    Amazon

    Amazon is rolling out its Black Friday deals in waves — so keep checking in for the best ones on any given browsing day. One constant is the free shipping, which will be offered to every customer (Prime member or not) who shops the retailer's Black Friday sales.



    Panasonic Panasonic Dental Water Flosser and Oral Irrigator , $63.19, available at Amazon

    Ulta Beauty

    Ulta has yet to release its full list of Cyber Monday deals, so stay tuned. But we can confirm one exclusive offer: For all Cyber Monday shoppers, Nudestix is offering a buy-one-get-one-free deal on its creamy lip and cheek pencils.



    NudeStix Cream Lip + Cheek Pencil, $24, available at Ulta Beauty

    Violet Grey

    During Cyber Week — starting the day before Thanksgiving (November 21) and running through the following Monday (November 26) — you can get major savings on any product purchased from high-end beauty mecca Violet Grey: The site is offering shoppers $15 off any purchase of $100, $50 off $250, $100 off $500, and $250 off $1,000.



    ZIIP ZIIP Nano Current Device, $495, available at Violet Grey

    Sisley Paris

    From November 19 to November 24 exclusively on the Sisley Paris website, you can snag the Sisley Black (Rose) Friday Set — featuring the best-selling Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream and longtime cult-favorite Black Rose Cream Mask — for $195, which is the standard price of the moisturizer alone. Translation: You get a full-size face mask, which is usually $162, for free. The luxe French brand is offering a similar situation with the Double Tenseur Set on Cyber Monday, which includes full sizes of the celebrity-favorite makeup primer and the Express Flower Gel Mask (usually priced at $140) for $192 total.



    Sisley Paris Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream, $195, available at Sisley Paris

    GlamGlow

    On Black Friday, GlamGlow is offering its online shoppers 30% off every item on the site.



    GlamGlow GRAVITYMUD™, $41.3, available at GlamGlow

    Vita Liberata

    Shop the naturals-focused self-tan brand on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, and you'll get 25% off anything you add to your cart.



    Vita Liberata Invisi Foaming Tan Water - Light/Medium, $29.25, available at Vita Liberata

    Zoya

    On Black Friday, Zoya is offering 70% off all holiday sets when you use the code 'GIFT' at checkout. Then, on Cyber Monday, the brand drops a 50%-off sale sitewide, plus free shipping on any orders over $30 when you use the code 'YAY' at checkout.



    Zoya Nail Polish, $10, available at Zoya

    Evo

    Evo's Black Friday shoppers will get 20% off sitewide, while Cyber Monday shoppers can expect a buy-one-get-one-50%-off deal.



    evo shape vixen, $23.2, available at evo hair

    Juno & Co.

    The makers of that buzzy microfiber velvet makeup sponge are offering shoppers 25% off sitewide with the code 'JUNO25,' which will be valid November 23 through the 27th.



    Juno & Co Microfiber Velvet Sponge, $4.5, available at Juno & Co.

    Sara Happ

    You'll receive 20% off your order when you shop Sara Happ on either Black Friday or Cyber Monday and use the code 'Thankful' at checkout.



    Sara Happ Sugar & Shine- Holiday Gift Set, $38, available at sara happ

    Perricone MD

    You can get all kinds of offers, some upwards of 50% off, on the Perricone MD skin-care line when you shop online on Cyber Monday — half off this best-selling skin perfecting serum is just one of the best.



    Perricone MD Oil-Free Skin Perfecting Serum, $29, available at Perricone MD

    Baby Foot

    Baby Foot is offering Black Friday shoppers a buy-one-get-one-free deal on the brand's exfoliating foot peel.



    Baby Foot Easy Pack, $25, available at Baby Foot

    dpHue

    Get 25% off every dpHue hair product when you shop the site any time from November 21 through November 27.



    dpHUE Cool Blonde Shampoo, $18, available at dpHUE

    Hello

    Use the coupon code 'blackfriyay' when you buy from Hello's online retail site any time from November 22 through the 27th, and you'll receive a free travel-size activated-charcoal toothpaste.



    hello Activated Charcoal Toothpaste, $5.99, available at hello

    BioClarity

    BioClarity is offering shoppers 48% off select skin-care bundles — including The Ultimate Routine, Squeaky Clean, Multi-Masker, and Moisture, Moisture — from Black Friday through Cyber Monday.



    BioClarity The Ultimate Bundle, $59.95, available at bio clarity

    Frank Body

    Shop Frank Body on Cyber Monday to receive 20%-off sitewide.



    Frank Body Shimmer Scrub, $21.95, available at Ulta Beauty

    Kopari

    Take 20% off sitewide when you shop Kopari any time from November 22 through November 27. The brand will also be offering exclusive steals — like an extra 40% off select products — during the deal days.



    Kopari Beauty Organic Coconut Melt, $22.4, available at Kopari

    The Beachwaver Co.

    On Black Friday, you can get $55 off any of the Beachwaver S-Series styling irons when you shop the brand's website.



    Beachwaver BEACHWAVER® S1, $89, available at Beachwaver

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    When reports surfaced that Beyoncé planned to buy back Ivy Park from disgraced Topshop mogul Philip Green on Thursday, it fell on keen ears. Beyoncé-related news (about music, babies, and more) tends to permeate the web instantly, so why wouldn't apparel-business rumors spread just as fast? Fans were grateful the Lemonade creator was making the right decision to disassociate herself with Green following the allegations of sexual harassment brought against him last month, which was revealed via British Parliament.

    But wait — is this actually happening?

    Though several media outlets report that Beyoncé is divesting from Green and taking 100% of Ivy Park with her, the news has yet to be officially confirmed. Teen Vogue, for example, cites a tweet — from an unofficial "Beyoncé Collection" account — that reads "Beyoncé has ended her joint venture with Sir Philip Green after allegations of racial abuse and sexual harassment, buying his 50% stake in Ivy Park. Parkwood Entertainment now owns the brand in full." The tweet was published from an iPhone.

    WWD attributed a similar quote, which includes a claim that Topshop Arcadia [Group] will fulfill existing orders, to Green's camp, though several other sources, like the Financial Times, The Guardian, Elle, and Reuters attribute it to Ivy Park. So, who said what? As of now, we've reached out to Ivy Park's press team, who were unable to provide comment and forwarded our request on to Beyoncé's camp. Additionally, we've reached out to Topshop to confirm or deny what is, for now, a rumor, and they have yet to return our inquiry.

    This isn't the first time Ivy Park has been the subject of headlines, however – and we're not referring to its radically inclusive campaigns or its impeccable standard of athleisure goodness. In 2016, the label faced claims brought forth by British tabloid The Sun that the athletic-wear line was produced in sweatshops where workers were unprotected and underpaid. Reps for Ivy Park swiftly refuted the claims, though provided no evidence to support their opposition. At the time, Green was under investigation in related to the collapse of his BHS retail chain.

    Though we hope the latest rumors are true — and we have faith that Beyoncé will do what is right for her, her business, her customers, her fans and, well, the world — we'll keep you posted if and when we hear back from anyone to confirm the news.

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    Between OOO days, blissful tryptophan-induced naps, football, pies, and a sense of calm that can only exist prior to the storm that is Black Friday, there’s plenty to love about Thanksgiving. The absolute best part? Sitting around a table with the people you love. But what if you can’t actually make it home for the holiday?

    Rather than spending the long weekend alone or, worse, nestled up with boring takeout, rally up everyone who is around (or make a plan for before everyone leaves) to throw an unforgettable Friendsgiving. Not sure where to start? NBD, because together with American Express, and its Cash Magnet® Card, we’ve put together a cheat sheet from a few Friendsgiving experts that’ll make hosting your own informal T-day dinner super easy. Click through for seven simple tips, then get ready to press send on that group invite text.

    Stick to single-pan recipes.

    While a huge glistening turkey is the unofficial mascot of Thanksgiving, everyone knows it’s really the side dishes that make the meal. If you plan to whip up a bunch yourself, consider preparing them all together. “I prefer to cook the majority of my veggie items — squash, broccoli, Brussels sprouts — on one big sheet pan in the oven. It saves so much time,” food video producer Alexandra Machover says.

    To satisfy everyone’s cravings and keep things interesting, Machover lines up each vegetable in rows separated by tin foil and then sprinkles them with different flavors. “I swear by everything bagel seasoning; it’s the best life hack in the world. I’m also a huge fan of balsamic vinegar, since when it reduces, it gets sweeter and helps caramelize the vegetables.”

    Illustrated by Louisa Cannell.

    Take a minimalist approach to dessert.

    As delicious as it may sound, baking dessert while also juggling dinner for a dozen of your closest pals isn’t always practical — especially if you’re already low on precious oven space. Instead, Machover recommends taking the easy no-bake approach or, better yet, seeking out quick recipes that require minimal ingredients. “I recently started experimenting with Paleo-friendly desserts, including brownies you can make in a food processor.”

    To make a batch, you’ll need 1 cup of almond meal, 4 tablespoons of cocoa powder, a pinch of salt, 2 tablespoons of brewed coffee, a splash of vanilla extract, and 10 ounces of pitted dates. Once combined, scoop out the mixture and press it into a pan. Next, place the pan in your fridge, and then wait just 30 minutes before cutting the brownies into squares.

    Illustrated by Louisa Cannell.

    Keep potential dietary restrictions in mind.

    Chances are you have one friend that’s gluten-free, vegan, Paleo, or dairy-intolerant (or maybe all of the above). But no need to stress about leaving them starved at the table — there are two easy solves. Kindly invite them to bring their favorite dish (aka something they can enjoy without a doubt). Or diversify your menu with several options — for example, mushroom gravy next to the traditional meat-based version and cauliflower mash next to mashed potatoes.

    Illustrated by Louisa Cannell.

    Turn household items into memorable decor.

    With all the cooking you’re bound to do, tablescape decor can feel like an afterthought. But rather than panic and buy things you don’t really need, craft experts Casey and Bridget of DIY Playbook suggest looking around your kitchen for inspiration. “We love using things like butcher paper, leftover herbs, and cooking twine to decorate next to flowers and pillar candles,” Casey says. “The paper acts as a tablecloth that people can write on and say what they’re thankful for. Any excess can be used to make a matching menu board.” The best part? “It’s very inexpensive and easy to find,” Bridget adds. “Plus it catches spills and messes, making the cleanup process that much faster.”

    As for those extra herbs (especially fresh-cut thyme and rosemary), the duo recommends tucking a few springs into your dinner napkins and then using cooking twine to secure them. “Not only does it look pretty,” Bridget says, “but it’s nothing so over the top that it’ll stress you out.”

    Illustrated by Louisa Cannell.

    Make an appetizer that doubles as a centerpiece.

    If your guests arrive early, plan to keep their hunger at bay with a simple yet elegant charcuterie board. “Hands down, it’s our favorite party appetizer, since you don’t have to cook a thing,” Casey says. “All you have to do is load up a big wooden platter with colorful grapes, nuts, meats, cheeses, and crackers.” As an added bonus, “Charcuterie boards also double as an edible centerpiece,” Bridget notes, “which is great if you’re looking for another easy, last-minute decorating hack.”

    Illustrated by Louisa Cannell.

    Don’t put too much effort into your main dish.

    Taking on the task of roasting an entire turkey yourself is without a doubt impressive. But if you’re unsure of how to actually do it (or find the idea terribly daunting like we do), Casey and Bridget say don’t worry about going all out. “Do whatever works for you — whether it’s purchasing a whole cooked turkey or making turkey breast instead,” Casey says.

    Illustrated by Louisa Cannell.

    Go potluck style.

    Just because you’re playing host doesn’t mean you should commit to piecing everything together alone. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, call your friends in for backup. “We love the idea of assigning specific side dishes and to-dos,” Casey says. “It takes so much pressure off you as the host and gives everyone else a sense of ownership over the meal.”

    Illustrated by Louisa Cannell.

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    The Republican-controlled Ohio House of Representatives voted 58-35 to pass a six-week abortion ban, also known as a "heartbeat bill," on Thursday. If the legislation becomes law, it would effectively make abortion illegal in the state. It would also be the second time this year a state enacts the most restrictive abortion ban in the nation.

    The bill looks to criminalize abortion providers who offer the procedure after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which often happens around six weeks of gestation. At that stage, most women don't even know they're pregnant. If a woman has an abortion after that point, her physician would be charged with a fifth-degree felony punishable by up to one year in prison.

    The legislation makes exceptions if the woman's health is at risk and if a medical emergency prevents physicians from detecting the fetal heartbeat. However, the bill contains no exceptions for cases of rape or incest.

    The bill now goes to the Ohio Senate. It was also passed by lawmakers in 2016, but Republican Gov. John Kasich vetoed it then, arguing the bill was "clearly contrary to the Supreme Court of the United States’ current rulings on abortion." (Instead, he signed a 20-week abortion ban.) If the new heartbeat bill makes it to his desk before he leaves office, Kasich has said he would veto it again. But Republican Governor-elect Mike DeWine has promised to sign the bill after he is sworn-in in January. The Ohio Legislature could also have enough votes to override Kasich's veto if the bill passes before DeWine comes into office. State Rep. Christina Hagan, one of the authors of the legislation, said the Legislature plans to do this. "The point is: it’s time," she said. "It doesn’t matter if the governor is with us or against us."

    Ohio's six-week abortion ban is just one of many new abortion restrictions that have been pushed forward this year. Mississippi and Louisiana tried to ban abortion at 15 weeks, but a federal judge blocked the former's law. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed into law a heartbeat bill, which was set to take effect in July. That legislation was blocked by the courts before it could go into effect.

    Thursday's vote caused outrage among reproductive health advocates. "Anti-abortion ideologues should not attempt to insert politics between a patient and their physician. What we’re seeing is state legislators, John Kasich, and Mike DeWine playing politics with women’s lives," NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland said in a statement provided to Refinery29. "This abortion ban would block patients from the care they need and deserve. If enacted, this legislation would worsen the reproductive health care crisis in our state. The decision to have an abortion is not a political decision."

    If the bill becomes law, we can expect it to be challenged in court since pro-choice advocates say six-weeks bans are unconstitutional. This is because of the U.S. Supreme Court 's 1992 decision on Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which upheld a woman's right to choose an abortion before viability. (Research says a fetus is not considered viable before 20 weeks of pregnancy.) Ever since that ruling, courts have said banning abortions before the 20-week mark is unconstitutional.

    But the possibility of a legal challenge is exactly the reason why anti-abortion lawmakers are pushing these bills, said Elizabeth Nash, senior state issues manager at the Guttmacher Institute. "Assuming that [Ohio's six-week abortion ban] passes and becomes law, it will be part of this nonstop attack on abortion rights," she told Refinery29.

    Anti-choice advocates have felt emboldened by the current administration because both President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have promised to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision determining a woman has a right to choose an abortion. And since the new balance of the U.S. Supreme Court has been officially cemented to the right with the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Nash said we can expect even more states will try to pass anti-abortion legislation with the hopes of it bringing the legal challenge that makes abortion illegal in the United States once again.

    "We are gonna see a number of states, if not passing extreme abortion bans, [at least] debating them and seriously consider them in 2019. Most of the attention has been focused on the Supreme Court and passing restrictions that are unconstitutional right now, but could provide the court with the opening to undermine or overturn Roe," Nash said. "There are multiple opportunities for the courts to weigh in. It’s a very dangerous time, if you support abortion rights."

    During debate, state Rep. Ron Hood explicitly said he hopes the heartbeat bill will be used to challenge Roe. He is also the co-author of a total ban on abortion introduced this past spring. The legislation proposed to charge with murder — a crime that is punishable by the death penalty in the state — both abortion providers and women who underwent the procedure. The bill never left the Health Committee.

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    Earrings can make or break an outfit. When your look isn't cutting it, chances are you've forgotten some much-needed ear candy. But wearing a pair of statement earrings on the daily requires a lot of stamina. So on those days when donning a chunky pair of chandelier ear art or a hoop so heavy you can't hold your head up, simpler, everyday earrings can take their place.

    We're talking hollow hoops, huggies, colorful studs and more – and they don't have to be boring. We've scoured our favorite jewelry sites and discovered a few new earring trends to get excited about, and none of them will weigh down those poor 'lobes. So before you succumb to another day of bulky earrings getting in your way, take a look at the five up-and-coming everyday earring trends we can't wait to try on this fall.

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    Colored Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend
    Plain ol' diamonds, who? We're trading ours in (or at least storing them away for a season or two) and replacing them with stones of the ROYGBIV sort.



    Shashi Rainbow Katerina Pave Huggie Earrings, $44, available at Shopbop

    Shapely Studs
    When you think of studs, what comes to mind? Likely, it's the circle- or square-shaped CZ studs that we wore as kids after finally being granted permission to get our ears pierced. But while nostalgia usually makes for our favorite trends, we're opting for studs of the more shapely variety this season.



    Pippa Small 18-Karat Gold Herkimer Diamond Earrings, $590, available at Net-A-PorterPhoto Courtesy of Net-a-Porter.

    Not-Your-Average Hoops
    There's nothing wrong with a classic pair of hoops, but this fall, we're looking to take them to the next level. From drop-down pearls to safety-pin-shaped styles, these hoops aren't for the faint of heart.



    Pixie Market Pearl Mini Hoop Earrings, $18, available at Pixie MarketPhoto Courtesy of Pixie Market.

    Single? No Problem
    Why buy a set when you can mix and match?



    Aurelie Bidermann Single Merco 18K Yellow Gold-Plated Conch Earring, $115, available at Saks Fifth AvenuePhoto Courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue.

    Clashing Colors
    Fashion law might restrict us from donning gold and silver at the same time, but c'mon, every one knows that rules were meant to be broken.



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    In Refinery29's Sweet Digs , we take a look inside the sometimes small, sometimes spacious homes of millennial women. Today, in partnership with LG, content creator Sophia Chang shows off her three-bedroom home located in Los Angeles.

    Our homes are meant to be the place where we can feel completely relaxed and at ease, so it’s no surprise that most of us like to fill them with furniture and decor that help us get cozy. For some, this looks like the soft, candlelit Hygge homes in Denmark. For others, it means rustic shiplap and the scent of pine. And for Sophia Chang, a content creator on YouTube, it's a flawless combo of minimalist style and easy-going California vibes.

    On this episode of Sweet Digs, we’re catching up with Sophia in her three-bedroom Los Angeles home. With a massive backyard strewn with string lights, a living room featuring natural-wood beams on vaulted ceilings, and smart LG Matte Black Stainless Steel appliances in the kitchen, the 1,600-square-foot space gives us a laid-back yet totally curated feeling that doesn't compromise on the cozy. Watch above to go inside Sophia's home and see how she effortlessly integrates her unique style from room to room.

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    Attention passengers: we're now cruising at peak cozy after flipping through J.Crew's latest arrivals. The holiday season is among our favorite times of the year when it comes to new collections. Full of glitz, glimmer, and of course the requisite holiday color palette (greens, reds, blues, and golds), winter arrivals are a fun respite from our otherwise muted fall wardrobe. This season, J.Crew did not disappoint.

    The shop's "new arrivals" section is an assortment overflowing with chunky sweaters, cozy knit socks, party dresses, and a sick pair of leopard snow boots we're anticipating will sell out sooner rather than later. Take a walk on the cozy side with our 26 J.Crew picks ahead.

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    Black Friday shopping feels a lot like football. People line up in the cold, set up plays on how to get to the latest iPhones first, and tackle each other for the cheapest TVs. But while everyone's running around the tech aisle, you can find us on the sidelines in the beauty department because the office isn't the only place getting stocked with great gadgets come Black Friday.

    This year so many smart (and effective) hot tools arrived on shelves, and over the holidays they are all on sale. Curling irons, blowdryers, and flat irons aren't necessarily the cheapest beauty tools in the bunch, so holiday discounts completely justify splurging on that new dryer you've been eyeing. After all, shopping sales is the responsible thing to do since your New Year's resolution is to save money, right?

    If you're already mapping out your Black Friday/Cyber Monday plan, check out the deals ahead and add 'em to your shopping list ASAP.

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    Beachwaver

    Now's your chance to get the self-turning Beachwaver for a sweet 30% off. From November 23 through the 26, use the code "THANKS30" at checkout to take advantage.



    Beachwaver S1 Dual Voltage, $129, available at Beachwaver

    Sultra

    Starting November 21, you can get 30% off all Sultra curling irons in your shopping cart, including this clamp-free wand that you can wrap your hair around for easy curls.



    Sultra Sultra Bombshell 1½" Curling Iron, $99, available at Jet

    Ghd Hair

    Get a head start on shopping for the hair-obsessed person in your life. On Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you can get 25% off all Ghd gift sets (excluding the new Glacial Blue collection). Bonus: Each purchase also comes with a sample-sized heat protectant spray.



    GHD long-lasting curling iron gift set, $199, available at GHD

    T3

    Set your alarms because on November 21 at 10 p.m. EST you can snag this single-pass curling wand for 19% off on Jet.com.



    T3 T3 SinglePass Wave, $160, available at Jet

    Bed Head

    The only thing better than replacing your old hair dryer with a shiny, new model is replacing it with a brand-new model that's on sale. You can pick up one from Bed Head on Black Friday or Cyber Monday when they're 20% off.



    Bed Head Bed Head Pump Up The Volume 1875 Watt Ion Dial Dryer, $34.99, available at Bed Head

    Drybar

    From November 15 through 25, you can snag Drybar hot tools (excluding bundles) for 20% off online and in stores. It's the perfect time to build your at-home collection when you can't make it to the salon.



    DryBar The 3-Day Bender 1" Barrel Digital Curling Iron, $145, available at Sephora

    Nume

    Nume's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are so good, it'll be hard to not buy everything. November 22 through 25, you can get 45% off everything online with the code "THANKS45" at checkout. And on Cyber Monday, enjoy 45% off with the code "CYBER45." If you miss out on the weekend deals, there's good news — the brand is also extending the 40% off discount to Tuesday, November 27 with the code "CYBER40."



    NuMe Megastar Hair Straightener, $159, available at NuMe

    Lunata

    This isn't just a regular flat iron, it's a rechargeable wireless iron that we wish we had discovered sooner. It holds a charge for up to 45 minutes and is perfect for traveling or tossing in your gym bag. Black Friday through Cyber Monday you can get it for 50% using the code "BF50OFF" at checkout.



    Lunata Wireless Rechargeable Touch-up Iron/Styler, $150, available at Lunata

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    We never thought we'd see the day that Ariana Grande cut her hair. In fact, we'd even apply the whole "when pigs fly" idiom to such an unlikely occurrence. Well, someone should check on Piggy Smallz because the singer just revealed a drastic new hair change on Instagram.

    Sure, she's tried different colors and occasionally sported undone waves over the course of her career, but seeing Grande’s locks chopped right above her shoulders is a first. And, yes, we are shook. Ready for the photo? Keep scrolling.

    As you might expect, Grande's fans are freaking out — and rightfully so — because the Thank U, Next singer without her ponytail is a rare sighting. Since coming onto the scene, Grande has hardly ever been without some type of pony (whether it's half up or in her go-to high one). Back in 2016, she told Refinery29 that her ponytail has always been a part of her life, but she “likes to switch it up from time to time.” Today's news, however, is a switch up we didn't expect.

    Grande's haircut comes following the release of her fifth studio album Sweetener, calling it quits with Pete Davidson, and mourning the death of late rapper (and ex-boyfriend ) Mac Miller. She's also been teasing the release of her fifth album (fans are calling it AG5), which is rumored to be released before 2018 is up. We spoke to Josh Liu, the singer's hairstylist, who told Refinery29 that his client's new cut is "just a project we're working on."

    Could this be for her new album? Is this a breakup cut? Ari, girl, we need answers! But until then, we'll just have to wait and wonder...and listen to Thank U, Next just one more time...

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    Sunday, November 11

    • The New York Times published a report detailing the complicated dynamic between Melania and Ivanka Trump. In it, it's revealed that Ivanka will soon follow in Melania's footsteps and travel to Africa, together with Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

    Monday, November 12

    • Ivanka posted on Instagram about the California wildfires, saying she is "Sending love and prayers to the people, animals and wildlife affected."

    Tuesday, November 13

    • It turns out taxpayers spent around $14,000 on Secret Service protection for a two-day getaway Ivanka and husband Jared Kushner took to Vermont right after the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, VA.

    Wednesday, November 14

    • Ivanka had a meeting about "opportunity zones," created through President Trump's tax overhaul, areas with high poverty and slow growth where the government will use tax incentives to draw long-term investment.

    • Ivanka celebrated the passage of the Build foreign assistance act.

    Thursday, November 15

    • Ivanka praised her father's support for First Step, the new criminal justice reform act.

    • Ivanka posted a pic of her kids watching the first snowfall, and tweeted back at a woman who says she likes to do the same thing: "Me too! ;)"

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    After you’ve survived a long night of eating more than the recommended portion size of sweet potato casserole (extra marshmallows, please!), navigating family politics, and the inevitable exhaustion that comes from holiday festivities, the day after should be devoted to relaxation and food coma recovery. While you may have gotten dressed up for your big dinner, we believe that after Thanksgiving should be strictly reserved for cozy sartorial choices and we’ve found 24 options for you to spend the whole three-day weekend in.

    That’s right — we’re talking elasticated waistbands, super-soft knits, and the cutest joggers. Whether you still want to look presentable while running errands in knitted trousers, or plan to eat leftovers on the couch, make comfort a priority since you are now in official holiday season territory. Bonus points on investing in a pair you love, because we think this athletic stretchy waistband style would look rather becoming with a blazer and boots for work or a night out. No matter what you're up to — or even if you're up to nothing at all — breaking out the loungewear is a trend you deserve.

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    The exact same invisible demon that's totally wreaking havoc on your skin this winter — the stuffy, sandpaper air circulating your apartment and office building, chapping your lips and drying out your eyes — is also doing a number on your hair.

    Maybe you're already feeling it — yanking your fingers through sticky split ends or hand-plucking static-y strands off the arm of your wool blend sweater — and we've only just hit the start of winter. Luckily, we've got your quick and simple fix for smooth, super shiny hair. It's a moisturizing hair oil.

    If you haven't found a favorite, the hair pros are breaking down their holy-grail picks to get you through the duration of the dry and chilly season, ahead. Read their testimonials, shop the one that speaks to your hair texture, and you'll have soft ends and polished curls until the April showers strike.

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    Celebrity hairstylist Andrew Fitzsimons swears by Alterna's anti-frizz oil from the Caviar line to add shine to dull hair. "This stuff has been my go-to for years," he tells us. "For a hair oil, it has a pretty thick texture, so it layers well, without getting wet or sticky. I use it primarily for an instant shine boost, but as you work in more, it can act like a deep conditioning treatment."



    Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Smoothing Anti-Frizz Nourishing Oil, $38, available at Ulta Beauty

    "This oil is magical," Fitzsimons raves. "Not only does it smell incredible, but just one drop makes overgrown hair look ten times healthier, sealing off any weird split ends that stick out."



    Paul Mitchell MarulaOil Rare Oil Treatment Light, $41, available at Amazon

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    Trust us: If we could condemn dry, cold weather for the havoc it wreaks on our skin and hair — we would. As an alternative, try this coconut- and hibiscus-infused formula that hydrates, defines, and gives your curls some much-needed attention when winter isn't just coming — it's here.



    SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie, $13.49, available at Ulta Beauty

    Celebrity stylist for Seven hair care Cash Lawless tells us he's a huge fan of Jen Atkin's Ouai oil formula. "This is versatile enough to be used on all hair textures," he explains. "It seals split ends, plus acts as a heat protectant. I find it's amazing in the winter months, especially because a few drops into damp or dry hair will actually repel any annoying sweater static."



    Ouai Hair Oil, $28, available at Sephora

    "This hair oil is actually hard to overuse," Lawless tells us. "It has a little weight to it, so you can layer it on for a top layer of shine, or build it up to get that silky glass hair feel. I find it works best on medium heavy to very thick hair textures, because it really cuts through static and frizz."



    Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil, $55, available at Space NK

    "This is more of a polish than an oil," Lawless explains. "But I love that it delivers the shine of an oil, with a little bit of hold. I find that when I rake the balm from midsection through the ends, it kills frizz and static, and defines curls, coils, and ringlets like a dream."



    Seven Haircare Gazar Polish Balm, $28, available at Seven Haircare

    Deanna Brown, stylist at NYC's Devachan Salon, tells us about another incredible oil in disguise. "The DevaCurl B’Leave In is first and foremost an incredible curl plumper, but also acts as a humectant, which means that it locks in hair's moisture and shine."



    DevaCurl B'Leave-In (6 fl oz.), $20, available at DermStore

    Laura Polko, celebrity stylist and brand ambassador for Scünci, says that she loves the Moroccanoil treatment. "There are different levels to this formula, which is great because you can pick the level that best corresponds to your texture," she explains. "For an extra shine boost to restore brittle ends, mix a little oil with a conditioning mask, wrap your hair up in a headwrap or a scrunchie, leave it to sink in overnight, and rinse out in the morning. Your hair will be much glossier afterwards."



    Moroccanoil Moroccanoil Treatment, $15, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

    "The Unite oil is great for thick (maybe slightly overprocessed) hair," Polko says. "A little goes a long way, so just add a few drops onto your hands and carefully distribute it through your ends, avoiding the roots."



    Unite UNITE U OIL Argan Oil, 3.3 Oz, $19.88, available at Walmart

    For fine and thin hair textures, Polko recommends the Ouai Rose Oil (which is formulated for hair and body). She says, "Rake it onto towel-dried hair, and you'll get this great shine after a blowdry or even a simple air-dry."



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    Holiday shoppers are probably already planning to hit up Ikea this weekend for some pre-Black Friday savings at the retailer's "Make Room for Celebration" event, but what about those who are keeping their focus on saving during the year's biggest shopping day? Ikea has you covered, too. The home goods chain just announced its 2018 Black Friday deals, and they're so good, they may even lure early shoppers back for more savings.

    Ikea's Black Friday deals will be available starting on Friday, November 23. Ikea Family Members will be able to get select furniture pieces, including some of the retailer's all-time most popular pieces, for up to 25% off. Additionally, members will be able to find select storage pieces, select bedding, and all holiday ornaments for up to 20% off. Though Ikea Family Members will find the most deals this Black Friday, you don't necessarily have to sign up for the rewards program to get some savings. All shoppers will get $25 off any purchase of $100 or more during the sales event.

    Unsurprisingly, given all the deals Ikea is coming out with this season, its Black Friday sales event will last more than just one day. Shoppers can take advantage of these deals through Monday, November 26. That's four days of savings, so don't expend all your shopping energy before these promotions roll around.

    Take a look ahead to see a selection of pieces that will be getting major discounts.

    BESTÅ storage combination with doors and drawers

    Regular Price: $275
    Black Friday Price: $220

    (All BESTÅ furniture will be up to 20% off.)

    BESTÅ TV unit with drawers combination

    Regular Price: $299
    Black Friday Price: $235

    KIVIK Sofa

    Regular Price: $649
    Black Friday Price: $519

    (All KIVIK furniture will be up to 20% off.)

    KIVIK Sofa with chaise

    Regular Price: $699
    Black Friday Price: $559

    KIVIK Ottoman with storage

    Regular Price: $219
    Black Friday Price: $175

    POÄNG Armchair

    Regular Price: $199
    Black Friday Price: $148

    (All POÄNG furniture will be up to 25% off.)

    POÄNG Armchair

    Regular Price: $129
    Black Friday Price: $96

    POÄNG Rocking chair

    Regular Price: $269
    Black Friday Price: $201

    VINTER 2018 decoration, mushroom (set of 3)

    Regular Price: $9.99
    Black Friday Price: $7.99

    RÖDTOPPA Full/queen comforter, extra warm

    Regular Price: $79.99
    Black Friday Price: $59.99

    (All GRUSBLAD & RÖDTOPPA furniture will be up to 25% off.)

    GRUSBLAD Full/queen comforter, warmer

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    Black Friday Price: $29.99

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    This story was originally published on January 16, 2018.

    Full disclosure: The following story is about my pubes. Or rather, it is about shaving my pubic area, in case that makes it any less TMI (although I somehow doubt it).

    Anyway, it was right around the time in middle school when people started growing body hair, during the delightful life stage known by endocrinologists as puberty, and I only knew one thing: I wanted mine gone. After nearly slicing off half my labia with my dad's safety razor in the shower, I decided it was time to seek help. So I did what any 13-year-old would do, and bypassed my mom or physician in favor of a decidedly cooler classmate who could give me some pointers during free period. For the closest shave, she whispered, use your razor in a back-and-forth motion — first in the direction of your hair growth, and then against the grain, as many times as you need to before it's all smooth. Quite the pro tip, my younger self thought. And it worked... for a time.

    That was when the inevitable onslaught of tiny, red razor bumps and unsightly ingrowns soon speckled my sensitive bikini line — a result of dragging a razor across it over and over and over again. I finally switched to waxing in high school, which was infinitely more painful, yes, but also didn't make my nether regions as pink and bumpy as a plucked chicken.

    But more than a decade later, Schick's latest razor launch has me reconsidering my options. The brand's newest innovation is called Intuition f.a.b., which stands for forward and backward, and it does exactly what its name implies: shaves from both directions at the same time. "The upward-facing blades enact a 'pull' stroke synonymous with traditional uni-directional shaving," Eric Kaplan, a Project Manager on the Research & Development team at Edgewell Personal Care, tells me. "The downward-facing blades shave with a 'push' stroke." So, you can get the same effect as shaving in both directions, but with just one pass of the razor this time.

    I brought it into the shower with me this week, and was shocked by how effective it was. The razor felt soft and comfortable on my skin, with zero tugging, and it moved and shifted with my body's curves, so I didn't have to do my usual leg gymnastics in the shower. The result was a gentler, smoother, bump-free shave that 13-year-old me — and my misguided classmate — would have killed (or at least given up our Britney Spears concert tickets) for.

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    Government records show first lady Melania Trump racked up roughly $174,000 in hotel bills during her 12-hour trip to Toronto, Canada in September 2017, Quartz reports. It was the first lady's first solo trip abroad without her husband, President Donald Trump.

    The purpose of the day trip was for Trump to lead the U.S. delegation to the Invictus Games, an international sporting event for wounded veterans created by Prince Harry. She did not spend the night at the hotel.

    According to Quartz, it was not immediately clear how the first lady's office racked up the charges. Government records show six separate hotel bills, which costs ranged from roughly $12,000 to $49,000 for a total of about $174,000. Transportation costs for the trip came at an additional $21,000. The hotel costs for Trump's advance team were significantly less, clocking at around $18,000.

    In a statement to Quartz, the first lady's communications director Stephanie Grisham declined to provide details of the expenses, because they fall under the purview of the U.S. State Department. She added: "What I can tell you is that when the President or First Lady travels, there are people who travel ahead on the advance team to ensure safety measures, medical care, communications, motorcade needs and logistics are all in place. Mrs. Trump travels with a much smaller contingent of staff than that of her predecessors, but the entities I mentioned above are legally required for all official travel."

    Like her predecessor, Michelle Obama, Trump has so far traveled significantly less than other president spouses in the past. (During her husband's eight-year tenure, Obama made 22 foreign trips and spent 116 days outside of the U.S., compared to Laura Bush's 46 trips and 212 days for Bush and Hillary Clinton's 47 trips and 274 days.)

    The first family's travel costs have come under scrutiny because of President Trump often railed in the past that the trips taken by the Obamas were a waste of taxpayer money. Melania Trump's trips in particular have been in the public's radar: Before she officially left Manhattan and moved to the White House, her military flights to and from Florida, New York, and Washington, D.C came at a price tag of $675,000. And during her first solo tour to Africa, her team spent $95,050 at a hotel in Cairo, Egypt, even though her stop there only lasted six hours. Trump also didn't spend the night at the hotel then.

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    False eyelashes, hair extensions, acrylic nails — all exciting and glamorous, but maybe not the best things to be gluing to our bodies. Nonetheless, advancements within the beauty industry mean that these products have come leaps and bounds, and within reason, we can carry on using all of the above while protecting our natural assets.

    There's no denying nail art and long manicures are (still) having a moment. Fun? Yes! The only problem? They're not without their downsides: glues, buffing, chemicals that dry out your nails, and even electric drills. These things don't exactly spell out healthy nail beds now, do they? After months, and sometimes even years, of fills and extensions, your nails can be left looking and feeling damaged and weak.

    We spoke to Izabelle Bellamy — who filed her way through the ranks at WAH Nails , a U.K. hub for all things nail art, and is now the resident technician at East London's Stunt Dolly salon — about how to resuscitate nails that have passed over to the other side.

    Bellamy explained that "acrylic nail extensions shouldn't really damage your nails, provided the correct preparation, maintenance (every two to three weeks), aftercare, and removal procedures are followed. The real damage is caused by heavy-handed nail technicians. Be wary of over-filing and drilling, this will cause weak and peeling nails — and even painful results."

    She goes on to add, "You should always visit a qualified and insured nail tech. Over time, the acrylic begins to lose adhesion to the nail and can lift; if air pockets start to be common, this should be a warning sign. Acrylics should be removed and replaced every six to 12 months, although a person's daily routine and home care plus how often they have infills does determine time, too."

    Okay, so obviously those are all wise rules to follow, but Bellamy accepts we can't always chose our nail technician and, well, life sometimes just gets in the way of perfect nails. For times when things don't go as planned, here are Bellamy's top tips and products for nails that really need some TLC, post-acrylics.

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    Nail Clippers & A File

    "On removal, I suggest cutting nails down as short as you can bear," Bellamy says. "Damaged, nails will be flimsy and more likely to break and flake if left long."

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    Equipped with a nail clipper, hangnail nipper, file, and cuticle pusher, this convenient compact has all the tools you need to rescue your damaged nails — and you can do it on-the-go.



    Tweezerman Mini Nail Rescue Kit, $22, available at Sephora

    Gloves and cuticle oil, please!

    Cuticle oil is now your best friend. Leave it on your desk, put it in your handbag, just make sure you apply twice a day. Don't clean or wash dishes without gloves! Chemicals and water can make nails soft and bendy; gloves will help to protect them.

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    Enriched with moisturizing argan, sweet almond, and rose hip oils, this cuticle saver will strengthen and revive your nails and the surrounding skin.



    Nails Inc. Superfood Nail and Cuticle Repair Oil, $10.5, available at Sephora

    If applying cuticle oil several times a day is something you have a tough time getting excited about, here’s your answer: an incredibly luxe nail serum that nourishes, hydrates, and strengthens without leaving any oily residue behind. Plus, it’s a hell of a lot easier to toss this sleek tube into your bag than a glass bottle.



    Dior 'Huile Abricot' Daily Nutritive Serum, $28, available at Nordstrom

    You could also baby your fingers with this blend of honey, shea butter, and vitamin B5.



    Julep Your Cuticles Look Thirsty, $20, available at Julep

    Nail Strengthener

    Regular manicures aren't damaging to your natural nails, so long as you're using protection. Ask that the manicurist applies a nail strengthener, and invest in your own; use it regularly for four weeks at home, and your nails will thank you.

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    Sweep on a coat of this clear growth polish every day for two weeks post-acrylics, and watch your brittle nails bounce back to good health. After those first two weeks, just use the rest of the bottle as a topcoat over polish for an extra layer of shine that helps ward against breakage.



    Duri Duri Nail Growth System Rejuvacote, 0.61 fl oz, $9.98, available at Walmart

    This at-home kit will strengthen, seal, and protect nails damaged by gels or acrylics.



    Perfect Formula Nail Essentials Duo, $20, available at Ulta Beauty

    Homemade Remedies

    Homemade remedies work. To prepare my favorite treatment, mix three tablespoons of olive oil and one table spoon of lemon juice in a bowl. Place your clean, bare nails into the bowl for about 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse with water. Do this treatment one to two times a week for four weeks and see your nails get healthier and stronger. On average, your nails should return to their natural state within three or four months.

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    "Gel" Manicure

    DIY your in-salon gel manicure, using a gel-finish nail polish, which is just as shiny as a traditional polish, and lasts days longer.

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    Paint on this poppy red polish on a Sunday night, and you'll enjoy a shiny, fresh mani for the whole week, no chipping at all.



    Essie rock the runway, $11.5, available at Essie

    This polish comes in 19 matte shades, and lasts a good week or more.



    Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Nail Polish, $14, available at Sephora

    Head into your local drugstore to get this best-selling nail polish. The two-part system going on like regular polish but last much longer — we're talking a full seven days of wear.



    Sally Hansen Miracle Gel, $9.99, available at Ulta Beauty

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    Ivanka Trump often finds herself in situations where she's the only woman, or one of few. This is partially because her father's administration is so heavily male (and white), and partially because most government officials still tend to be men. (Although women, especially women of color, made historic strides during the 2018 midterm election.)

    On Wednesday, Ivanka celebrated the passage of the BUILD Act, aimed at investing in developing countries, and once again found herself at a table surrounded by male members of Congress. We spoke with body language expert Patti Wood, author of Snap: Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language, and Charisma, who analyzed the part of the conversation where Ivanka talks about how the bill will contribute to global women's empowerment. (See video below.)

    "Very few people are really intently listening to her, which is interesting," Wood told Refinery29. "Maybe during a couple of moments, but they're being polite. They're not leaning forward, or aiming their bodies toward her." This might suggest that they don't think she's an expert on the subject, but it could also be a sign of the formality of the situation — Wood said that you could interpret this type of response in more than one way.

    "The two men next to her [Sen. Chris Coons from Delaware, a Democrat, and Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Rep. Ed Royce, a Republican from California] have their hands folded on their paperwork," Wood continued. "It's a more closed body language posture."

    As for Ivanka's behavior, Wood noted that from a media-coaching point of view, she could be speaking with a lot more confidence, especially given that women's economic empowerment is one of her chief subjects.

    "She's making a choice to have hair in her face, which is a feminine, sensual signal, and that's interesting," Wood said. "But hair in your face also means you're not quite fully proud of what you're saying. She could also speak louder and with more confidence, and have memorized what she's saying. Spending time reading takes away some of her strength as a speaker and as a woman."

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