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    Welcome to Unfiltered, where we give our honest, no-B.S. reviews of the most buzzed-about beauty products, brands, and services on the market right now.

    The words "universally flattering " are all over the beauty industry lately. From highlighters to lipsticks, everyone wants to get their hands on something that will make shopping for makeup a little easier, especially in the drugstore where it's impossible to open packaging for a closer look. In a perfect world, you'd never have to throw out another product because the color isn't as flattering as you expected. But is a universal shade even possible?

    Maybelline thinks so. The drugstore-favorite announced a new Made For All by Color Sensational lipstick — a lineup of seven shades that were tested on 50 different skin tones in order to flatter everyone, all for $8. But the idea of one product working for all skin tones is one that is hard to believe. So, we decided to put the bold claims to the test.

    We asked seven Refinery29 staffer's to try out one shade from the collection (Pink For Me), and we got their honest opinions on whether it was a match for their skin tone or not. Read everyone's reactions, ahead. Then pick up this one-size-fits-most nude when Made For All launches in January 2019.

    "Makeup, for me, is not so much a creative tool of self-expression, but a thing I use to look like a less tired/sallow/acne-prone, overall better version of myself, so my ideal lip color is one that looks like a darker and slightly more saturated version of my own. I can't make any overarching statements about whether this lipstick is universally flattering, but I can say that this slightly cool-toned medium pink is, indeed, for me. It makes my hazel eyes look a little greener, my complexion more crème and less consumptive, and my sleep-deprived ass much more high-functioning. I love it!" - Rachel Krause, Senior Beauty Writer

    "When brands say that a product works on all skin tones, I'm immediately skeptical as someone who usually has to mix foundations to get the perfect shade or try five lipsticks before finding one that actually looks nude on my lips. So, when Maybelline said this lipstick was 'made for all,' it's safe to say that I had my doubts. But in trying the pink shade, I actually liked how it looked on. The color personally wasn't anything extra special, but you know what was? The formula. It was so creamy that I just felt like I had smeared on the most moisturizing lip balm." - Thatiana Diaz, Beauty Writer

    "This formula is very sheer (which is probably one of the reasons it can get away with the 'universal' label), and it takes a couple of layers for the color to reach its full potential. The mauve-y pink color matches my lower lip perfectly, but looks a tad pasty on my top lip. Overall, the effect is a subtle rosiness, which I don’t mind, but I think I’ll be saving this shade for summer — when my wardrobe is less black and more pinks and pastels." - Jessica Cruel, Deputy Beauty Director

    "I'm someone who loves a bold lipstick. Red? Burgundy? Sign me the hell up. I've got plenty of mauve lipsticks at home, too, but what I love about those is that they leave a ton of pigment on my lips. Just one swipe, and I'm good to go. This one is much more subtle, and really, it looks like I'm not wearing any lipstick at all. For some people that's a positive, but for me I prefer a little more punch." - Rachel Lubitz, Senior Beauty Writer

    "This formula was super smooth and easy to apply, but the pink didn't look so great on my skin tone. It seemed as if I was trying to look like something I'm not. I usually try to find a more dusty pink that's closer to my natural lip color when going for a neutral shade." - Anissa Richmond, Supervising Producer

    "When I wear lipstick, I go with a more understated color like this one, but the color was a little too dark for my taste. On a more positive note, I did like the formula. It was easy to apply and had a very smooth finish." - Marielle Williams, Snapchat Intern

    "I love this color because it’s almost the exact shade of my natural lips. Some pink 'nudes' are too pink, too brown, or too pale. This one literally just enhances what I'm already working with and gives my lips a sexy plumped effect. It didn't look ashy on my face, making it a winner in my book." - Aimee Simeon, Beauty Writer

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    BRANDED - Alcon Air Optix: Power Faces

    For some, it's a musky, cool scent that makes them feel invincible, or a thick, sharp cat-eye that sets off their superpowers. For full-time student and beauty blogger Lynn Kate, however? It's her full head of curls that inspires all kinds of confidence. And while she likes to keep it natural when it comes to her hair, she's not afraid to experiment with the rest of her look. As a part of our ongoing Power Faces series, Kate shares exactly how she achieves her bold beauty beat: a bright berry lip, lit-from-within highlighter, and a playful pop of color with Alcon AIR OPTIX® COLORS contact lenses. Check out her fierce full routine above, and see why we're taking more than a few pages out of this Gen Z'er's book.

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    Black Friday is a shopping day dedicated to holiday sales that annually take place the day after Thanksgiving. But lately, the once day-long celebration has grown into a week-long event — an event that retailers are christening, "Black Friday Week." Mega site Amazon is at the forefront of alleviating our shopping-associated stress by turning the former fierce and frenzied store holiday into a more palatable and gradual, at-home affair with a boatload of early deal drops.

    In addition to sales on popular tech gear and essential kitchen gadgets, Amazon is also currently offering an impressive lineup of discounted home buys — with up to 40% off a wide selection of goods, including items from cult-favorite brand exclusives like Rivet and Stone & Beam. The slashed-price finds range from big-ticket furniture to artful area rugs, rustic coffee tables, stylish ottomans with secret storage, mattresses, unique decor pieces, and much more.

    No need to put your shoes on, just sit down and check out the best of Amazon's Black Friday Week home buys available ahead. This year, we're staying home post-Turkey Day and shopping in slippers while the sales continue to simmer on through November 23.

    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.

    The Good: Memory Foam Mattress & Pillows
    The Deal: 41% Off
    This big home buy is hot for a very limited time only — purchase yourself a memory foam Nectar mattress on sale and get two premium Nectar pillows included as part of the whole comfy bundle.

    Nectar Queen Mattress + 2 Free Pillows , $489.3, available at Amazon

    The Good: Hand-Woven Area Rug
    The Deal: 84% Off
    Brighten up your space for a steal with this deeply-discounted, hand-woven wool rug in a lively geometric design.

    Momeni Rugs 100% Wool Hand Woven Area Rug, $87, available at Amazon

    The Good: Tufted-Velvet Sofa
    The Deal: 23% Off
    Velvet, mid-century, and sofa are three words we've admittedly grown tired of hearing...Until we spotted this stylish sale piece.

    Rivet Aiden Tufted Mid-Century Velvet Bench Seat Sofa, $656.61, available at Amazon

    The Good: Gold Accent Mirror
    The Deal: 33% Off
    Place this artful iron mirror anywhere inside your space for a burst of golden glow — or, give it away as a an effortless holiday gift.

    Rivet Star Shaped Metal Mirror, 22.5"H, Gold Finish, $33.26, available at Amazon

    The Good: Upholstered Platform Bed
    The Deal: 35% Off
    This retro-modern platform bed from Zinus is upholstered in a soft blue fabric and accented with smooth wooden legs.

    Zinus Zinus Upholstered Square Stitched Platform Bed, $190.99, available at Amazon

    The Good: Indigo Throw Pillow
    The Deal: 41% Off
    Instantly style-up a boring couch or bed spread with a boho indigo-striped and yarn-died pillow cover.

    Stone & Beam Shibori Pillow Cover, 17" x 17", Blue, $20.69, available at Amazon

    The Good: Rustic Coffee Table
    The Deal: 48% Off
    This rustic-chic wooden coffee table is ready to give your space a splash of beachy vibes complete with a convenient lift-top storage system and work surface.

    Sauder Coffee Table, Craftsman Oak, $98, available at Amazon

    The Good: Hypoallergenic Comforter
    The Deal: 30% Off
    Described as, "silk-soft," this light and fluffy comforter is made from premium eucalyptus fibers and filled with hypoallergenic down.

    Buffy Softer Than A Cloud Comforter, $105, available at Amazon

    The Good: Accent Chair
    The Deal: 24% Off
    Spruce up your dining space with one or two of these hand-crafted blue accent chairs.

    Porthos Home Porthos Home Marielle Leisure Chair, Blue, $66.4, available at Amazon

    The Good: Retro Coffee Table
    The Deal: 20% Off
    This sleek wooden coffee table is coated in a powder blue finish for amped-up retro vibes.

    Porthos Home Bowie Console, Aqua, $182.4, available at Amazon

    The Good: Mid-Century Couch
    The Deal: 35% Off
    Clean lines come together with a soft gray hue to form a sofa that feels both classic and modern in the coziest way.

    Zinus Mid-Century Upholstered Couch, Stone Grey Weave, $279.99, available at Amazon

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    Between hidden rainbows, jewel tones, and pantry-inspired shades (like red velvet and mulled wine), I’ve got serious whiplash from all the Instagram hair color trends. Each one seems more eccentric than the last, and honestly, most of them don’t work on women who look like me(brown skin, jet-black hair, natural curls). Because of this, I have no problem resisting all the hair-color hype.

    But that all changed when I saw Beyoncé’s most recent style change (leave it to Queen Bey to make me a believer). During her On The Run II Tour, she debuted cocoa-colored hair with pieces of her iconic caramel blonde framing her face. Her stylist Neal Farina h dubbed the look “hot chocolate hair,” and I was in love. Finally, a color that looks good on brown skin and wouldn’t be considered last week’s hair trend after a few months passed. I was game.

    But I haven't dyed my hair since getting horrid yellow streaks in high school (which doesn't really count if you ask me). And after that debacle, I was nervous permanent dye would permanently eff up my curls. Even though I wear my hair straight 90% of the time, I want to keep my ringlets as healthy as possible. So, I took the time to research colorists who cater to natural hair. After weeks of searching hashtags on Instagram, I found Jaxcee, color director at HairRules salon in New York City, who has years of experience bleaching curls and Afros. I knew my 3B hair would be safest in her hands.

    Here's a look at my hair before. Photographed by Kara Birnbaum

    I walked into Hair Rules seeking hot chocolate hair with subtle highlights, but two weeks later I was practically blonde. Here are the things you need to know if you're considering a drastic hair color change for your curls.

    You don't always need bleach to lighten your base.

    To start, Jaxcee lightened my jet-black hair to create a brown base. She used Pravana permanent light brown hair color to lift my entire head to a warm cinnamon tint. “This color is ammoniated, and there’s no bleach or lightener,” Jaxcee explained to me. “You only need bleach to lift your base if you're going more than four levels lighter.” In other words, since my virgin hair was only transforming to a light brown, no dye was required. After about 30 minutes, my base was lifted, and it was time to get on with the fun stuff: highlights.

    Hand-painting is the best method for coloring curls.

    Jaxcee used the foilyage technique to do my highlights. Foilyage is where foils and balayage meet. She hand painted my curls, then wrapped each highlight in foil to trap in heat. “Keeping the color in foils allows it to process better,” she says. To create warm blonde highlights (think: milk in your hot cocoa), Jaxcee mixed up three different bowls of bleach with different volumes of peroxide: 10,20, and 40, respectively. “Using different volumes of peroxide will lift the hair to different shades of blonde,” Jaxcee explains. “Some pieces will be lighter than others, so you can achieve a multidimensional look.” After placing my hair in foils, Jaxcee let it cook for 40 minutes. Once the bleach processed, I was back in the shampoo bowl to remove my foils.

    A gloss keeps blonde from looking brassy.

    After bleaching my hair, Jaxcee applied a gloss. "A gloss is a demi-permanent coloring agent that revives your hair color and makes it vibrant and shiny," she says. To mimic the creamy froth on a fresh hot chocolate, she coated my bleached pieces in beige gloss. But a gloss can also be used to darken strands (more on that later), and they are easy to use at home between appointments to keep color fresh.

    Here's a photo of my hair after my first appointment with Jaxcee, where we did a single process and highlights.Photographed by Aimee Simeon

    Bleach and split ends don't mix.

    The morning after my color session, I was really able to get a look at what my new hair looked like in natural sunlight. Running my fingers through my hair, I noticed my ends felt like straw and looked downright raggedy (I desperately needed a trim). “Bleach can emphasize already dry or damaged ends by drying them out further,” Jaxcee says. “Lighter color can also highlight things you wouldn’t normally see on jet-black hair.” So, I made an appointment to go back to Hair Rules for a cut. Anthony Dickey, owner of Hair Rules salon, chopped my fried, dead ends into a cropped lob for "sexy movement."

    At this stage, I also realized that I loved the lighter pieces surrounding my face so much I wanted more. Prior to coloring my hair, no one told me it was addictive, but as I envisioned myself as a blonde in the mirror, I quickly realized it's a slippery slope. So I went back to Jaxcee, thirsty for more highlights.

    Curls can survive bleach without looking limp and frazzled, but you have to do it the right way.

    I was nervous that more highlights would completely fry my hair, but Jaxcee reassured me that natural hair can be color treated and still thrive when done correctly. The key to avoiding damage is not overprocessing and keeping your hair hydrated. “Single process color doesn’t damage hair texture per se,” she says. “But if hair is overprocessed from bleach, it can cause curls to loosen temporarily. If your hair is super dry leading up to the chemical process, your curls can also loosen.”

    This time, we spent over an hour highlighting my hair to achieve more blonde. My entire head was covered in foils, and as I gazed in the mirror I was anxious: Am I going overboard? Would my hair match with my outfits? Would I have any curls left? But there was one step left before I could find out: shadowing.

    Going darker at the roots will help the color grow out more naturally.

    To contrast the vibrant highlights, Jaxcee warmed up my roots with the shadowing technique. "Shadowing is when you apply a darker gloss to the roots of the hair," she explains. Once my roots were shadowed, she followed with a beige glaze to give my highlights a "coffee creamer" effect.

    Photographed by Kara Birnbaum

    The color process was a long one, but it was more than worth it in the end. When I faced the mirror after my hair was completely styled, to say that I was feelin' myself would be a huge understatement. This must be what Beyoncé feels like after her hair appointments, was the only thing that danced through my mind.

    Having colored curls requires a lot of maintenance.

    Jaxcee sent me on my way with a list of homework. "Natural hair is delicate, and you can really cause damage if you don't care for your hair color correctly," she says. Her to-do list: Use a sulfate-free shampoo (or cleansing cream) to gently lift dirt from your hair, invest in a magical deep conditioner and use it weekly, avoid excessive heat styling, and — most importantly — keep your hair hydrated.

    I have to admit, my hair was feeling drier than usual, so when my first wash day as a blonde baddie came around, I pulled out the big guns. I shampooed my hair with Kérastase Elixir Ultime Shampoo, which is oil enriched to add shine to dull hair. I followed with the sister conditioner and gently detangled my strands with a wide-tooth comb. Masking, according to Jaxcee, "is like giving your hair medicine," so to treat my strands I mixed Kérastase Elixir Ultime Mask with the Vibrance-Boosting Mask by Frederic Fekkai. Both formulas are meant to restore dry hair and keep color vibrant. I let the cocktail sit on my hair for 15 minutes, and afterwards my curls felt incredibly slippery and were soft enough to run my fingers through. To style my hair, I used a color-safe leave-in conditioner, heat protectant, and finishing oil to straighten my hair and curl it into loose waves (like pictured above).

    Deciding to dye my hair (thanks to Beyoncé) was one of the most freeing choices I've made in a long time. A fresh color gave me a fresh perspective on hair: Life is too short to hang on to hair you're bored with. Do whatever you want with it — even if that means waking up one day and deciding to bleach it all. Maybe one day I'll decide to return to my dark hair, but for now I'm content living on the brighter side.

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    The daith. The snug. The constellation.  If it seems like celebrity piercers usher a new trend into the beauty zeitgeist every few months, it's because, well, you're kind of right — but that's not exactly by design.

    "I find lots of women are more adventurous now," L.A.-based piercer Brian Keith Thompson tells R29, "So they come in and let me decide what to do to their ears." Hell, Beyoncé, Scarlett Johansson, and FKA Twigs trust him, so it makes sense that during the month he favored the rook, for example, it created a massive uptick in L.A. But the origin story behind the latest trend is different.

    "I started doing stacked piercings because a lot of people were coming in with original lobe piercings that were placed too low," he explains. Whether it's leftover from a 5th grade mall trip or just poor placement, Thompson started adding to them instead of ignoring or replacing them.

    The result is what he calls "the vertical lobe" piercing, a stacked effect that's popular whether you have a low piercing to start or not — and it's pretty damn cool. Keep clicking for everything you need to know about this rad new trend coming out of L.A.

    So what exactly is a "vertical lobe" piercing? The gist is simple: Instead of creatively placing new holes all over like you might with a constellation piercing, Thompson stacks a second hole directly above an existing one. What makes it "vertical" is that he angles it towards the center of the ear. Of course, it's not an exact science, so he takes liberties to position the new hole how he sees fit. For example, this client got a second hole angled towards her tragus...

    While this client got one that is directly above her first piercing. "There's no right or wrong way to do it," Thompson explains. "It's a great way to turn a negative into a positive."

    Thompson does, however, play favorites with jewelry. "I love this done with gemstones, especially diamonds," Thompson says. Piercing with studs also allows for faster and better healing than hoops since it's a straight post and not a curved bar.

    Of course, the look has become so popular that many clients come in wanting the stacked look even without an existing hole. Thompson notes that healing time and pain doesn't change too much when doing two, but it is slightly different. "You will have a little more swelling so it will take a little longer to heal and be a little more painful, but it's negligible," he says.

    The best thing about this duo is that, once it's healed, you're free to mix and match the jewelry. We suggest starting with matching studs, like Thompson's favorite (diamonds)...

    Then move to something new in a few months. "A hoop looks rad in the bottom hole," he says.

    But perhaps the best thing about this piercing is being able to use the top hole for heavier earrings that aren't supported by a low piercing. Once healed, you can leave the bottom hole empty and pop a statement earring into the top one for a night out.

    And if you ever get sick of the vertical look, you can easily add a third hole and create a pyramid or constellation piercing like this client did.

    If you want two piercings on the cartilage, as seen here, ask your piercer for a "stacked piercing on the flat of the ear," Thompson advises.

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    The future of beauty is here — and you’re invited. Check out the rest of our 2018 Refinery29 Beauty Innovator Awards winners for a full look at the products, brands, and people that are breaking the rules and redefining beauty standards, one lipstick at a time.

    Whether you want to crank volume up to 11 or just want something that won't leave you spider-lashed, there is truly a tube of mascara out there for everyone — and it's not unusual to be very particular about what you coats your lashes with. But what if your priority is saving some cash? Do great mascaras that don't break the bank really exist?

    Luckily, the answer to that is a resounding "hell yes."Ahead, we've rounded up the top mascaras — for just about every need — that won't cost you more than your favorite brunch order. Click through and find your heart's desire in a tube. Your lashes, and your bank account, will thank you.

    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.


    Revlon’s lengthening mascara has a fiber formula that helps to extend each lash, and a plush brush also helps with volume for long, lush lashes.

    Revlon Super Length Mascara, $8.49, available at Ulta Beauty

    This unique brush has three different sides to make sure every single lash gets some loving.

    No7 Exceptional Definition Mascara, $8.99, available at Target

    When you really want eyelash extensions, but are too impatient to sit in a chair with your eyes closed for two hours, this new formula from Almay gives lashes the feathered look while fooling everyone into thinking you paid $200 (when you really only paid $10).

    Almay Almay Liquid Lash Extenders Mascara, $6.97, available at Walmart

    This dual mascara kit is the easiest way to apply false(-ish) lashes, ever. The set comes with a black lengthening mascara, as well as an “extensions” wand, which is a spoolie for applying false-lash fibers. All you have to do is apply a swipe of black mascara, another swipe of the extensions fibers, and then seal it all in with the black mascara. That’s it — and you'll have lashes that look like falsies. Plus, you'll have saved all that time it takes to glue on a strip.

    Physicians Formula Physicians Formula Eyelash Enhancer , $14.95, available at Target

    This mascara is an editor and consumer favorite for a reason: It seriously plumps lashes. The fat brush has hundreds of tiny bristles that grab every hair and coat it with a volumizing formula that layers easily without veering into clumpy or crunchy territories.

    L'Oréal Voluminous Carbon Black Volume Building Mascara, $7.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    This formula promises to give your lashes the same treatment that a stop-them-in-your-tracks pair of Loubs does to your confidence.

    Maybelline Lash Stiletto Ultimate Length Mascara, $8.49, available at Ulta Beauty

    The name says it all: Almay's Get Up & Grow not only lengthens, but its conditioning formula helps strengthen your lashes over time.

    Almay Get Up & Grow Mascara, $6.49, available at Ulta Beauty

    Think you can't get much for $3? E.L.F.'s mascara will give you long and fuller lashes for just three bucks.

    e.l.f Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara, $3, available at e.l.f. Cosmetics


    This mascara is a classic for a reason — its densely packed plastic bristles make it super-easy to coat every single lash with a layer of its volumizing formula. Add a little waterproof action into the mix, and your mascara won't be going anywhere — whether you're sweating it up at the gym or trudging through a rainstorm.

    Maybelline Volum' Express The Rocket Waterproof Mascara, $6.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    CoverGirl's original Lashblast Volume mascara is one of our favorites. But when we need our makeup to last all day ( sans raccoon eyes), we always reach for the waterproof version.

    COVERGIRL LashBlast Volume Mascara, $8.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    Want to wear mascara to the gym? This one won't run down your face after a 45-minute sweat session.

    Avon Wash-Off Waterproof Mascara, $8, available at Avon


    There's a reason this tube is a favorite among quite a few of our beauty editors. Coat after coat, you'll never see a single clump.

    COVERGIRL LashBlast Clump Crusher, $6.99, available at Target

    The secret of L'Oréal Voluminous Butterfly is the butterfly-wing-shaped wand. It combs through each lash for a perfectly even application.

    L'Oreal Paris VOLUMINOUS Butterfly Mascara, $8.99, available at L'Oreal Paris

    All hail Iman and her brand's Volumize Mascara. The bristles lift, separate, and never leave lashes stuck together.

    Iman Volumize Mascara, $9, available at Target


    Any mascara with the name Doll Eye has got to give your lashes a serious volume boost, right? And that's just what this formula does — at a very pretty price.

    NYX Professional Makeup Makeup Doll Eye Mascara , $8.99, available at Target

    If you're looking for the ultimate eye-opening effect, this dual set will give you exactly that, thanks to a larger wand meant for volumizing and lengthening and a finer precision brush that gets into the inner and outer corners for fanned-out lashes. It's double the work, but after you see the false-lash results, you'll understand why it's in our Beauty Innovator Awards this year.

    Pixi Pixi by Petra Lash Lift 188 Beyond Black - .28oz, $18, available at

    Birds of a feather flock together... and are the inspiration behind this mascara. The fanned-out brush promises to catch, coat, and separate your fringe.

    COVERGIRL Peacock Flare Mascara, $8.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    The whipped formula, which contains coconut extract, helps separate lashes to create are they real? -level volume.

    Maybelline Total Temptation Mascara, $9.49, available at Ulta Beauty

    This cone-shaped brush helps whip the wimpiest of lashes into glam territory.

    Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara, $4.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    The hourglass-shaped brush helps the fibers in the formula surround each lash to volumize and lengthen.

    Physicians Formula Eye Booster Lash Contortionist Mascara, $7.46, available at Jet

    This two-sided mascara was designed to seriously beef up limp lashes. Use the white, fiber-infused primer as a base, then layer the black mascara over top. Voilà — Hadid-approved lashes.

    Maybelline Gigi Hadid Fiber Mascara Black, $12.99, available at Maybelline

    It’s simple makeup math: One little wand x the human average of 150 eyelashes = the illusion of a million eyelashes.

    Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara, $8.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    Those of you who dig clumpy lashes will love Maybelline's Colossal Spider Effect mascara. The unique plastic-bristle brush combs through lashes and deposits hefty amounts of product, which immediately beefs up limp hairs.

    Maybelline Volum' Express The Colossal Spider Effect™ Mascara , $5.69, available at Target

    This lash duo from Honest Beauty helps to create both length and volume at the same time. First, the primer protects and nourishes the lashes while also intensifying the color. Then, the mascara goes on extra-smooth to lift and amplify each and every lash.

    Honest Beauty Extreme Length Mascara + Primer, $14.99, available at Honest Beauty

    Consider this mascara a Wonderbra for your lashes. It lifts, separates, and makes every individual lash look bigger.

    Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara, $4.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    Sure, the thick brush will give you mega-volume. But this gentle formula is especially clutch if you've got sensitive eyes.

    Physicians Formula Organic Wear Jumbo Lash Mascara, $9.99, available at CVS

    For those of us who love wet mascaras that are almost too goopy on the wand, this is the stuff of magic. Whether you have long or short lashes, this not only volumizes them, but also makes them look darker.

    Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Mascara, $6.99, available at Ulta Beauty


    Haven't tried Great Lash yet? You're missing out. There's a reason this lash-bulking formula has been a favorite among pros for decades.

    Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Blackest Black, $4.44, available at Jet

    Mascara primer often feel like an unnecessary step (especially if you're short on time), but a tinted primer that thickens and darkens your lashes is a fast way to skip mascara altogether for a no-makeup makeup look.

    Maybelline Volum' Express The Colossal Big Shot Tinted Primer, $7.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    This mascara will seriously beef up limp lashes thanks to its full, thick brush and volumizing formula.

    L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara, $7.12, available at Amazon

    This mascara is designed with every lash type in mind — but we love it best when going for thickness, thanks to the unique brush shape. The round tip allows you to get incredibly close to the root of lashes, allowing for more density.

    COVERGIRL So Lashy Waterproof Mascara , $6.29, available at Target

    Neutrogena's Healthy Volume is made with a touch of olive oil to moisturize your lashes. The result? A thick, gorgeous set all through winter.

    Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara, $8.49, available at Neutrogena

    This fluffy brush creates fluttering lashes that won't sag or fall throughout the day. Plus, the formula can be layered for serious drama.

    Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara, $8.99, available at Ulta Beauty


    This mascara does such a stellar job of separating and defining lashes that we would be happy if that were its only trick. But it also contains conditioners geared to help lashes grow, too.

    Kiko Milano 30 Days Extension - Daily Treatment Mascara, $9.94, available at Kiko Milano

    We're sure Emma Watson would agree that finding a natural mascara that defines lashes and lasts all day is a challenge. Then, Burt's Bees launched its first full makeup collection and blessed our sensitive eyes with this lightweight formula that perfectly separates and won't smudge in the heat.

    Burt's Bees 100% Natural Nourishing Mascara, $12.99, available at Ulta Beauty

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    Flowers are the epitome of effortless, bohemian bridal style. Adding a sunflower or a few roses to your wedding updo is a classic way to accessorize, but it’s also super common. Literally, every other bridal hair photo on Pinterest involves some type of flower crown. So when someone takes the traditional trend and gives it new life, we take note.

    Recently bouquets have been showing up everywhere, from the red carpet to the runway. Hairstylists have been using flowers to create dreamy, fashion-forward looks that are anything but basic. But when it comes to your wedding, you don't want to be so on trend that you're cringing at the photos in 20 years. But Mandy Moore and her wedding stylist Ashley Streicher found the perfect balance between trendy and timeless.

    This weekend, Moore married Dawes musician Taylor Goldsmith in a custom blush Rodarte gown with baby's breath hair accents — and it was good. "Her look was very inspired by Rodarte's latest show, where they used tons of baby's breath flowers in models' hair," Streicher tells Refinery29. "We scaled it back a little for the wedding but still wanted her hair to be whimsical and classic," says Streicher.

    To create her NYFW-inspired look, Striecher styled Moore's hair in fluffy side-parted waves using Garnier Fructis Flexible Control Anti-Humidity Hairspray and a volumizing mousse at the roots right under the veil. The actress' look was completed with clusters of pink baby breaths placed throughout her hair, which Striecher secured using Ardell Lash Glue.

    Moore's bridal style is proof you shouldn't overlook the runway for wedding hair and makeup inspo and that flowers can be groundbreaking when done right.

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    You already know it's borderline criminal to sleep on a good Target sale. On any ordinary Tuesday, you can walk in, grab a six-pack of paper towels for 50% off, plus a tube of toothpaste, and a pack of gum at checkout, and call yourself a bargain shopper. But when it comes to the biggest discount day of the entire calendar year (aka Black Friday) our favorite retail store truly ups the ante.

    Here's proof: Target recently announced its 2018 Black Friday beauty offers — and it's a BOGO steal on every single holiday beauty gift set you can reach on the shelves. Yes, all the shiny, new holiday gift sets, the ones that launched just a few weeks ago, will be buy one, get one 50% off on Black Friday. You can mix and match sets of equal or lesser value, or buy two of the same kit (give one to your mom, keep one for yourself).

    From a rose butter-infused Love Beauty & Planet in-shower essentials kit to Essie's most festive glitter nail polishes, find the best Black Friday Target deals, ahead.

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    On Black Friday, you can grab the holiday edition of the Target Beauty Box. If you buy any other gift set that costs $20 or more, this jam-packed 12 Days of Beauty advent box will be yours for the gifting for just $10.

    Target Target Beauty Box™ - Holiday - Beauty Advent Calendar, $19.98, available at Target

    If you buy another set for a friend, you can get a full-sized bottle of Kristin Ess' Soft Shine Wave Spray plus a chic gold barrette for just $7.

    Kristin Ess Soft Shine Beach Wave Spray + Metallic Bar Clip, $14, available at Target

    In the dry season, you can't go wrong with the gift of body lotion, hand cream, and lip balm — especially when they come packaged all together in a pretty pink box.

    eos Limited Edition Coconut Milk Berry Blossom Gift Set, $7.99, available at Target

    Give four sheet masks to your BFF who's been super stressed, and she'll have no idea that they cost you a buck each.

    Yes To Yes To Merry And Masking Skincare Set - 5ct, $9.99, available at Target

    If your go-to glitter nail polish is old — and getting goopy — stock up some shiny new bottles while they're cheap.

    Essie essie Nail Polish Kit White - 0.8oz, $12.99, available at Target

    Love Beauty & Planet has managed to bottle up the most luxurious soft rose fragrance and infuse it into this entire in-shower essentials collection (shampoo, conditioner, body wash). You'll go through these so fast, you might want to go ahead and just buy two sets now.

    Love Beauty and Planet Hair Care Set - Murumuru Butter and Rose, $14.99, available at Target

    Need to gift makeup to your cousin who loves a silver smoky eye and your mom who owns the "no-makeup" look? You can't go wrong with this rainbow of eyeshadows, blush palettes, and shimmery highlighters that can be mixed and matched to suit any style.

    Pixi Pixi Cosmetic Set Medium - 2.87oz, $32, available at Target

    We've said it once, and we'll say it again: A fresh, clean makeup brush set is the best beauty gift you can give.

    Eco Tools EcoTools Winter Wonder Travel Kit - 5pc, $14.99, available at Target

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    Global fashion search platform Lyst today released its Year in Fashion Report 2018, charting its findings from 80 million shoppers in 120 countries and revealing the most buzz-worthy brands, influencers, trends and items of the year.

    Tracking more than 100 million searches, it analyzed the page views, Insta likes and sales figures that produced 2018's most coveted designers and cult products.

    While the report covers everything from the most influential celebrities in fashion – the top two spots were taken by Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian West – to the most-worn logos – like Supreme and Champion – we're most taken by the top 10 Insta-brands of the year.

    "To name and rank the most wanted brands of Instagram, we monitored the spikes in search demand correlating to Instagram mentions and brand tags during the course of 2018," the report states.

    From the sustainable stars to the breakout brands, click through to see the names worth knowing – and following – right now.


    Sustainable trainer brand Veja aims to make the most ethical footwear in the world. The sleek brand has become a street style staple (and has been inducted Meghan Markle's style hall of fame) and, according to Lyst, searches have increased 113% year over year.


    Reformation uses offcuts and more sustainable materials like linen and cotton to create influencer favorites. Lyst reports that the brand's Thelma dress was in the top 10 most viewed dresses of the year.


    Founded by Giorgia Tordini and Gilda Ambrosio – influencers in their own right – Attico gets sumptuous fabrics like velvet and animal print just so. It's your go-to for party season.

    Realisation Par

    Remember the Naomi, the leopard print midi skirt that sent Instagram into a frenzy and sold out every time it came back in stock? Realisation Par is the brand behind the cult hit, which dominated summer – and our feeds.


    According to Lyst, global searches for the brand are up 52% year over year, and with good reason. Ganni leads the charge of super cool Danish brands flooding our Insta feeds (and wardrobes). Search the hashtag #GanniGirls for easy breezy Danish style.


    Staud 's The Shirley bag was a summer sellout, and its Moreau Macramé inspired many a knockoff. Think statement-making bags around the $200 price point.


    Budapest-based Nanushka is another sustainably minded brand we've been adding to our wardrobe. Its denim and jumpsuits have been most popular among Instagram's influential, but any of its minimal, earthy-toned pieces is an instant classic.

    Faithfull The Brand

    Searches are up 12% year over year for Faithfull The Brand, a go-to for jet-setting influencers like Lucy Williams. Think ruffled blouses and bleached denim for beachside cool.


    There were over 9,000 searches a week for Rouje's Gabin dress from July to September, Lyst notes, which explains why everyone and their mother was traipsing around in a floral vintage-inspired tea dress. Thought the French-girl-cool trope was dead? Take one look at Jeanne Damas and think again.

    Stine Goya

    Stine Goya is another Danish brand we're investing in. Her dreamy occasion wear pieces are wedding guest staples; according to Lyst, searches for the Copenhagen-based brand peaked in June.

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    Update: The secret is out. Kylie Jenner has finally given us a glimpse of the products in her second makeup collaboration with sister Kim Kardashian West. KKW x KYLIE 2 is an entirely new set of four liquid lipsticks. But instead of having the same finish like their first set of lipsticks, these four shades mix it up with two mattes, one velvet, and one gloss topper. The colors are also deeper than part one, including browns and pink mauves.

    Jenner gave her followers a closer look at the collection on Instagram stories with swatches and photos of her modeling the four different products. The price for the set hasn't been announced yet, but being that the release is on Black Friday (November 23), there's a possibility that it might be more affordable than you think.

    This story was originally published November 15, 2018.

    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 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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    Black sweaters, white sweaters, tan sweaters, gray sweaters — no sweater collection is complete without at least one of each. But after checking the essentials off your list, there's always room for a few pieces that aren't quite so classic. That's where pastel sweaters come in. More and more, brands from Isabel Marant to Nanushka are opting against traditional, muted shades, and instead designing knits with more color in mind. So while no one can deny a black turtleneck on a dreary winter day, this sweater season, we're looking to liven things up.

    From chunky pullovers in lavender and soft yellow to cropped cardigans in highlighter orange and bubblegum pink, the sweater market is chock full of pastel-colored knits for you to try out. Unlike those boring black and gray basics, these brighter alternatives can be thrown on with little to no effort and still make for a damn good cold-weather 'fit. So before you settle for yet another navy crewneck (* yawn *), take a peak at the 20 pastel-colored knits in the mix ahead.

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    Gone Hunting
    Highlighter orange used to be just a warning color in the wild, but of late, this bold hue is taking hold of the sweater space — and we're not totally against it.

    Étoile Isabel Marant Sinead Sweater, $355, available at ShopbopPhoto Courtesy of Shopbop.

    Lavender Me Up
    We've been saying it for what? Two years now? If you haven't added a few lavender pieces into your wardrobe by now, here's your chance.

    Nanushka Motta Angora Sweater, $419.99, available at Need SupplyPhoto Courtesy of Need Supply.

    Baby Blue Skies
    We're taking back the winter blues this chilly season — in the form of some oh-so-cozy baby blue knits.

    & Other Stories Plunging V-Cut Sweater, $89, available at & Other StoriesPhoto Courtesy of & Other Stories.

    Bubblegum Pink
    Sayonara millennial pink, we're opting for a more Bubbalicious hue this winter.

    The Knitter The Bubblegum Mohair-Blend Sweater, $755, available at Net-A-Porter

    Gen Z Yellow Is Here To Stay
    What's not to love about this mainstay soft yellow tone?

    Ganni The Julliard Mohair Puff Sleeve Pullover, $450, available at GanniPhoto Courtesy of Ganni.

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    When people start planning for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, they usually start saving their coins for new TVs, appliances, or that coat at Nordstrom they've had their eyes on since September. But what's not spotlighted enough are all the beauty buys you can snag on the biggest shopping day of the year.

    Most of the products that you'd have to step out of your budget to get (like that $60 NARS palette) or the wish list items you resisted (even if Jackie Aina told you it was worth it), are actually brought down in price over the holiday weekend, sometimes even as much as 50% off.

    Because we don't want you to miss out on these sales coming from some of your favorite makeup brands — that includes free gifts with purchase — we've rounded up the best beauty deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Now, you can bookmark that coat and all the discounted lipsticks that will match it.

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    Anastasia Beverly Hills is coming in strong for Black Friday. On November 22 (starting at 6 p.m. PST), the brand will have two new liquid lipstick collections — light-medium and medium-dark — with 10 nude shades each for only $60 (FYI: this is a $200 value).

    The brand will also be selling four of their best-selling eyeshadow palettes (Modern Renaissance, Soft Glam, Subculture, and Prism) as a discounted set, and the $168 quartet will be just $90.

    If you want to get your hands on these deals first — an hour earlier to be exact — ABH is offering early access to those who sign up here. May the odds be ever in your favor.

    If you're a fan of the Custom Enhancer Drops from Cover FX (as most people are), they'll be gifted free from November 20 to November 25 with all orders $50 and over on the brand's website. Plus, there's an extra 25% off site-wide with the code "THANKS25."

    On Cyber Monday only, the gift with purchase will change to the Blurring Primer with any order of $50+. As for markdowns on November 26, it'll be 30% off everything until 2 p.m. EST and then 25% until end of day (using codes "CM25" and "CM30," respectively).

    Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops, $42, available at Cover Fx

    Get your hands on Bobbi Brown's newest lip products, like this Luxe Liquid Lip Velvet Matte, or anything your heart desires on for 25% off from November 21 to November 24. And if you spend over $75 those days, you'll get a surprise full-size gift.

    From Sunday, November 25 until the 27, the 25% off deal will remain the same, but if you spend $50, you'll get six mini products for free.

    Bobbi Brown Luxe Liquid Lip Velvet Matte, $37, available at Bobbi Brown

    No glam holiday look is complete without a good pair of lashes. Get this multipack from Ardell Beauty that will be 30% off from Black Friday to Cyber Monday, along with everything else on You'll be all set for the office party, Christmas, New Year's, and still have an extra pair just in case.

    And it gets better, with purchases made on Cyber Monday, customers will get the Looks to Kill Sultry Night Out palette for free, because what are lashes if you don't have a bomb shadow to bring them out even more?

    Ardell WISPIES MULTIPACK, $11.9, available at Ardell

    You'll want to be sitting when you read this: Urban Decay is bringing different deals for 10 straight days (and we're talking huge savings). Each day, the brand will be unlocking a new deal. It all starts on Thanksgiving with 20% off everything on and free ground shipping (and loyalty program members get 25% off). To busy eating turkey to worry about makeup? No worries. The same deal applies through Saturday.

    Then starting Sunday, November 25, a select product will be 50% off — but for one day only. So you'll have to keep track to get best-sellers like the All Nighter concealers, the Naked Heat palette, and Vice lipsticks for cheap. Sign up for notifications for the Urban Decay Cyber Week deals here.

    Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette, $54, available at Urban Decay

    Lime Crime will be giving away free gifts with purchases. On Black Friday, you can get a Hot Stuff Brush Set with every order over $20. Then on Cyber Monday, Lime Crime will throw in a Beet It Velvetine with all orders — gratis. On top of that, the brand will be offering a 25% off discount site-wide from November 23 to 26. As they say, you can never have too many lipsticks.

    Lime Crime Beet It Matte Velvetine, $20, available at Lime Crime

    If you need to restock on new lipsticks, get a free set when you shop $55 or more on on Cyber Monday with the code "CM2018." The brand is also taking 25% off site-wide from November 21 to 26.

    Wander Beauty Kiss and Tell Lip Set, $25, available at Wander Beauty

    Still have some makeup obsessives to shop for on your holiday list? Check them off when you shop the discounted BareMinerals kits. From November 22 to 23, the Solar Spectrum Kit, which features 10 products, will go from $98 down to $49. And a couple other kits will only be $12. No worries, we won't tell the gift recipients you got their present on sale — your secret is safe with us.

    And for Cyber Monday (November 25-26), BareMinerals will have 25% off site-wide and free shipping — with no exclusions — so you can stock up on all your favorites.

    Bare Minerals Solar Spectrum Beauty Essentials, $98, available at Bare Minerals

    From November 22 to 24, Kat Von D wants you to get your money's worth, so with every $75 purchase, customers will get a free makeup bag with a mini version of their cult-classic tattoo liner and a full-size Everlasting Liquid Lipstick.

    If your favorite shade is the iconic Lolita, then you might want to wait for November 25 to shop. On that day, you'll only need to spend $50 to score the same free gift but Lolita will be the lipstick shade of choice. The brand will also have 20% off site-wide on November 25 and 26.

    Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick, $20, available at Kat Von D Beauty

    You don't need to be a Victoria's Secret Angel to rock the best of Charlotte Tilbury. On, you'll be able to get three gift sets (Your Lip Service, Naughty & Nice Box, Lip Masterclass Set) for half off from November 23 until the 26th.

    Once Cyber Monday comes around, fans of the brand will be able to purchase a mystery box ($100) for one day that includes five full-size products and one makeup bag, or a deluxe master box ($210) that includes eight full-size products and one makeup bag.

    Charlotte Tilbury Your Lip Service, $85, available at Charlotte Tilbury

    Speaking of sets, Beautyblender will be selling a Bounce + Nude blender kit for $50, exclusively available on, from November 21 through the 26th. The set includes the new foundation and a full-size Beautyblender. FYI: The foundation alone is usually $40.

    On Black Friday, the All About Face kit will be $25 (at, Sephora, Nordstrom, and Macy's) and on Cyber Monday, the BBF Kit will be $33 (on and

    When you buy any two Col-lab products November 18-22, like this matte liquid lip, you'll get one free at Sally Beauty. That means, three of these full-coverage formulas will come in under $20.

    COL-LAB Matte Addiction Liquid , $8.78, available at Sally Beauty

    Let E.L.F. Cosmetics gift double your Black Friday haul. They're giving away a $25 pre-packaged holiday gifts (that include an eyeshadow palette, baked highlighter, and more) for any $25 and over purchase you make in stores from November 19 to the 26th.

    And if you go shopping online 11/22-11/26, you'll get 50% off when you spend $30 — and with the brand's unbelievably affordable prices, that's a lot of loot.

    e.l.f Baked Highlighter, $4, available at e.l.f

    From November 21 to November 27, MAC will be slashing prices by 25% for Select members (which is free to join) and even throwing in full-sized gifts for all customers who shop from the 26th until the 29th. Want more info? We've rounded up the brand's week worth of sales here.

    MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour, $21, available at mac cosmetics

    Want to get your hands on the NARS Radiant Foundation, which was named a 2018 Beauty Innovator Awards winner? Well you can at 20%. All the products on from November 22-27 will be on sale. You'll want to be sure that you take advantage of these discounts, because it's the only time of the year the brand offers a site-wide deal.

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

    The holidays can take a toll on you, but you can fight against looking tired AF with the All About Eyes Skincare Set from IT Cosmetics, which will be $18 from 11/22 to 11/25. And if makeup is more your thing, the CC+ Cream will also be discounted, with all orders being 20% off over the holiday weekend (promo code: "ITFRIDAY").

    On Cyber Monday, IT Cosmetics customers will get 25% off on $30 or more orders. And if you spend over $70, you'll be gifted a free Hello Lashes Mascara (promo code: "CYBER25"). But the festivities go well into December as you'll get a free Vitality Flush Lip Stain in Je Ne Sais Quoi from 11/28 to 12/2 if you spend over $50 (promo code: "GIFT4U").

    It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+, $38, available at It Cosmetics

    Kill two birds with one stone, by treating yourself and buying a holiday gift for someone else. Target is offering a buy one, get one 50% off for kits on Black Friday. Sets, like this one from Pixi, can be mixed and matched with anything of equal or lesser value.

    Pixi Pixi Cosmetic Set Medium - 2.87oz, $32, available at Target

    Black Friday is like the gift that keeps on giving, and Bite Beauty is joining the party with 20% off site-wide, free shipping, and a free 5-piece kit with any $35 purchase (promo code: "FRIDAY5"). The set includes a makeup bag, mirror, lip pencil, matte lip crayon, and lipstick.

    On Cyber Monday, the 20% discount will stay the same, but the gift will be a 4-piece set that includes the makeup bag, mirror, and two lipsticks.

    From November 17 to November 20, this vegan makeup line is offering 30% off their main lip products, like this Lip Paradise Intense Satin lipstick, with the bonus of this Instagram-worthy clear pouch (just use the code "DEARDAHLIA30").

    Dear Dahlia LIP PARADISE INTENSE SATIN, $34, available at Dear Dahlia

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    Put down that salad fork, everyone. The Centers for Disease Control have just released a pretty drastic warning, advising people in the U.S. and Canada not to eat any romaine lettuce, no matter where it's from. This is due to an outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, which has so far sickened 32 people in 11 states, with 13 landing in the hospital. In Canada, another 18 people in two provinces were also infected.

    The reported illnesses all happened in October, but because the CDC has not identified a source for the lettuce, it says that all romaine everywhere is suspect. This is the same kind of bacteria — but not the same outbreak — that caused the great Yuma, Arizona, romaine scare of earlier this spring.

    "Consumers who have any type of romaine lettuce in their home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick," says the alert. "This advice includes all types or uses of romaine lettuce, such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and bags and boxes of precut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix, and Caesar salad."

    If you have had any romaine — or any salad mix that may have contained romaine — in your refrigerator, you should also take steps to thoroughly clean and sanitize the drawer or shelves where it was stored.

    Symptoms of E. coli infection can include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting and fever. According to the CDC, most people get better within five to seven days, but if you have diarrhea for more than three days or accompanied by high fever, blood in the stool, or the kind of persistent vomiting that won't even let you keep liquids down, see a doctor. There is a chance you could develop a kidney-damaging condition known as hemolytic uremic syndrome, so this is nothing to take lightly.

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    DIY haircuts can be disastrous. Many of us have a horror story about a late-night, wine-fueled baby bang trim that quickly became a colossal hack job — snip by tiny snip — and required an emergency trip to your stylist, where you bashfully begged for forgiveness.

    Not all cuts that happen in the privacy of your own home need to be regrettable, however. While we don't recommend going from super-long hair to a short, architectural cut using craft scissors and a hand mirror, you can trim split ends (and even go slightly shorter) without causing a mess that needs to rescued by a pro.

    There are a few at-home tricks that could save you from the hair walk-of-shame. One, in particular, is so fail-proof that even a monkey with scissors could do it. I share these tips with my clients when they can't squeeze trims into their schedules, and I am breaking them down ahead. Read on for everything you need to know about snipping your own strands at home.

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    Trimming is essential to growing out your strands in a healthy way, because removing the ends will keep them from splitting up the hair shaft. A good trim every six weeks works wonders for longer hair, and a dusting every three to four weeks is great for shorter cuts. A dusting, also called a micro-trim, means removing the barest minimum off the dry ends.

    I consider a trim to mean removing just a tad above the split ends — generally, a half inch to an inch, tops. How do you know when it's trim time? When you keep having bad hair days, and you can't explain them. When your straight hair feels dry, dull, and straw-like, when your curls are frizzy and rough, when your 'fro is fuzzy — and nothing seems to make it right. Hey, we all know that when your hair is behaving, life runs smoother.

    My DIY-trim tip is great for layered haircuts that are shoulder-length and longer, and it works well on most hair textures. You can also use this technique to add layers if you're feeling brave about taking off a bit more. If your hair is curly, coily, or kinky, this trick may not be for you, but here are some great ideas for your own at-home-trimming tool kit. For the rest of you, keep clicking to learn the secret.

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    Start with damp hair. You can either spray it down with water or towel-dry it after showering. Detangle with a wide-tooth comb or paddle brush, and then brush it into a ponytail on the very top of your head and secure with an elastic. The ponytail should be very smooth and centered, with the hair tie as tight as possible.

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    Stand in front of a mirror. With your non-dominant hand, squeeze the hair elastic at the base of your ponytail and begin pulling it straight up, toward your ends. Stop about three inches from the ends and hold tightly.

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    Next, using a pair of sharp hair-cutting shears, begin cutting into the ends of the ponytail. Take it slow, and cut just a bit at a time, working your way through all of the ends.

    Illustrated by Anna Sudit.

    For a dusting, just barely cut across the tops of your ends, removing only the longest split hairs. To remove more, you can cut straight across the top of the ponytail holder, taking off all of the ends. Then, remove the elastic. That's it!

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    Bonus: Now that you’ve cleaned up your ends, it’s time to move on to your fringe. Trimming your own bangs is a different technique — but it’s just as simple. Make sure you’re using sharp scissors and your hair is damp.

    Begin by sectioning off your bang area. This can be done easily by making a center-part, then making a diagonal parting from either side of the center-part, which creates a triangular section of hair. Using the outer corners of the eyes is generally a good reference for two points of the triangle.

    Got your bangs sectioned off? Great. Using a fine-toothed comb, bring all the hair from your bang section forward (lifted off your forehead) and begin to trim just the ends, cutting into the hair with tiny points. This is called point-cutting. Go slowly, cutting one small section at a time until you’ve trimmed all the hair.

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    Let your hair down, and shake it out. Run your fingers through it, and see how nice it feels to have your split ends gone. Check out your hair in the mirror — you've got healthy, even layers. You did it all yourself: Congrats!

    Feeling emboldened by your newfound skills? Here are some more fail-proof, DIY hair-cutting techniques that you will love once you've mastered this one.

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    It's as easy as going to Sephora, where you'll find this classic pair of sharp shears to DIY your trim.

    Tweezerman Hair Shears, $30, available at Sephora

    A precise bang trim is easier with sectioning clips, which'll keep your strands separated so you don't snip pieces by accident.

    Colortrak Non Slip Croc Clips, $9.78, available at Sally Beauty

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    Five short days ago, Ariana Grande revealed something big on Instagram. No, it wasn't an engagement ring, a forearm tattoo, or a new song — it was a haircut. The queen of pop music and shady tweets debuted the short new look (sans ponytail!) on her feed and it's since racked up almost five million likes. When we asked her hairstylist Josh Liu about the change he not only said it was legit (read: not a wig), but that it was for "a new project." It certainly sounded mysterious, but it's all making sense now. It appears to be a selfie snapped while filming her new "Thank U, Next" music video — and here's how fans figured it out.

    Yesterday morning, Grande started posting cryptic photos and Insta Stories hinting that she was filming a video inspired by Mean Girls. She then revealed to fans that this was only "25%" of the tea and that more clues would come later. By "later" she must've meant this morning, because she's since confirmed that the rumored visual component to her hit single won't just feature a callback to Mean Girls, but also to Legally Blonde and 13 Going On 30.

    One clever fan put it all together with a side-by-side image comparing all of Grande's IG photos to screenshots from the suspected film references and it's since been shared all over the internet. There she is as Regina George, Elle Woods, and Jenna Rink — with the exact haircut.

    Played by Jennifer Garner in the film, the teen turned 30-year-old magazine editor rocks a relaxed, yet equally iconic, shoulder-grazing cut for most of the movie. Now, so does Grande. In true form, Grande reposted the tweet to her Instagram Story, thus potentially confirming that, yep, the shorter style isn't a result of a broken engagement, but perhaps for a role in the video.

    Sadly, since we figured out 75% of what the "Thank U, Next" music video will be about, it looks like Grande plans to keep the last quarter to herself... for now. But hey, at least now we know that she didn't cut her hair because of Maggie Rogers...

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    We're getting up close and personal with all thing beauty, in a visually satisfying — albeit slightly uncomfortable — way. Watch as needles pierce earlobes, ink swipes skin , and eyelashes adhere to eyelashes in these hypnotizingly detailed videos, all while the science behind the magic gets unveiled. Have you ever wondered whether or not waterproof mascara really works? Or been intrigued with tattooing your eyebrows? We'll show you this process like you have never seen it before!

    When you think about permanent makeup, chances are your mind goes to eyebrow embroidery or tattooed eyeliner. However, did you know that permanent lip liner is also a sought after procedure? With all the buzz surrounding treatments to obtain the perfect pout — especially with celebrities like Kylie Jenner being open about their lip fillers — many people are looking for the bespoke lip enhancements that work for them.

    But this isn't anything like plumping your lips with injectables. It works in the same way as tattooing on freckles does, by adding color pigments just like a regular tattoo. For our latest episode of Marco Beauty we dive deep into the procedure with Carolyn Staples, co-founder of California-based microblading boutique Brow House, who is looking to naturally enhance the color of her lips. To achieve her ideal results, she trusted her business partner and permanent makeup specialist Pia Rotman, who used the Aquarelle lip technique, which adds a soft blush color to the lips and also defines the outline with permanent pigment.

    For a closer (we're talking real close) look on the procedure and see the end results, be sure to check out the video above.

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    Remember the first time you heard about Santa's naughty or nice list? That's the moment you knew what self-restraint really felt like. For months, you'd sweat bullets, smiling through clenched teeth whenever your little brother stole your Game Boy in hopes that all that "nice" behavior would land you a new Bop It Extreme.

    We've since learned that Santa Claus and his (highly judgmental) list are works of fiction; as adults, if we're going to police our own behavior, it won't be for a jolly man in a red-velvet suit. Besides, being nice doesn't mean we can't be a little naughty — if you and your best friend's text thread is riddled with eggplant and peach emojis, then you'll know what we're talking about.

    But if phallic toys or vibrators are too risqué for your familial holiday gatherings, then we suggest you stick to sex-positive beauty gifts that are as effective as they are dirrrty. Ahead, the kind of holiday gifts that would make even the rowdiest bachelorette party blush.

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    The phrase "batteries not included" refers to more than just the fine print on your latest Babeland order: It's also the name of a holiday set that promises to put even the most energized insomniacs to sleep in minutes. The only thing better than the fact that this gift includes both a sleep-aid mist for your pillow and an anti-stress aromatherapy rollerball is that there are two of each — one for your friend, and one for the unnamed contact in her phone she says is "just someone I met at a bar the other night."

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    This powdered adaptogenic supplement is the power boost (or at least the placebo) any burnt-out sex drive needs. Soon enough, you'll be thanking wild herbs you can barely even pronounce, like epimedium and shatavari, for your boosted libido... and for sending blood to all the right places.

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    Just in case your friend's third date falls on the night before the morning she's supposed to meet you for brunch, there's this set of hair-care necessities. She might drag herself out of bed the next morning regretting the fact that she's dating someone who lives in a fifth-floor walk-up in Bushwick, but at least her hair will look good for three hours of bottomless mimosas.

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    Shower sex might have a bad rap, but it's still one of those as-seen-on-TV fantasies some of us will never quite give up on. Just in case you're waiting to upgrade your standing shower to a clawfoot tub for a little more room to spread out (and reduced chance of slipping and cracking your head open), opt for this skin-care set, which sports a very suggestive name for what's just a highly-effective hydrating routine.

    Peter Thomas Roth Get Drenched!, $52, available at Sephora

    Some people's pre-sex rituals include a wax and YSL Black Opium; others call for a full skin-care routine, because what's the fun in waking up to mascara caked to your pillowcase? This set lets you (or whoever the lucky recipient may be) kick the night off with a cat-eye for the first half of the date, then rinse it all off with the makeup remover included for a mess-free sleepover.

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    No matter how much she denies it, your BFF just can't keep anything to herself — and you have the texts/Snapchats/Instagram receipts to prove it. Gift her this lip-and-eye duo, which slides comfortably into any date-night clutch or random tote bag, so she never has to worry about fussy post-hookup retouches (or how she looks in the selfie she'll inevitably take on the Uber ride home).

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    There's no doubt that we are obsessed with British royalty, both in the flesh and in film. It's hard to even count exactly how many times we've watched the stories of Queen Elizabeth II, King Henry, or Queen Victoria play out on screen. But out of all the biopics and miniseries, there's one queen that is often left out: Queen Anne.

    Luckily, her reign is being brought to the big screen in The Favourite with all the royal drama we expect. Starring Olivia Colman as Queen Anne, Rachel Weisz as Sarah Jennings Churchill, and Emma Stone as Sarah's cousin Abigail, the story unfolds a bit differently than other period pieces. "She's sort of the forgotten monarchy," explains the hair and makeup designer for the film Nadia Stacey. "Even after all my research, there were some gaps that just missed her."

    Both director Yorgos Lanthimos and Stacey took that as a sign: This would be a period piece that took a few creative liberties to satisfy our craving for 18th century history without putting us to sleep. Aside from the costume and set design, one of the most important details to doing exactly that was getting the hair and makeup just right. We asked Stacey to walk us through the whole process, including that hilarious trailer scene about "badger" makeup. Ahead, her behind-the-scenes secrets.

    The Makeup

    The Director Pulled A "Bradley Cooper " On Emma
    "The makeup for the women really was governed by Yorgos. He didn't like to see makeup unless it was important for the scene, like a ball or party. He wanted to see their skin and their sweat without makeup being a barrier. When we first did the makeup tests, he sent Emma back to me because she had some concealer under her eyes and told us to take it off. Most days, we'd use lip balm and really light tinted moisturizers on the women so you could still see their features through it, like Emma's freckles. All of their makeup was really, really minimal."

    Overgrown Eyebrows Were A Must
    "I asked all three women to not touch their eyebrows before we began filming. By the time they showed up to set, they had about two months worth of unplucked growth for shooting. We also tinted their eyelashes ahead of time since we wouldn't be using mascara for most scenes."

    Olivia's Lips Were Purposefully Chapped
    "You really see Queen Anne's character arch through her makeup. As her health declines, the tones in her makeup would change. We used a lot of yellow on her skin to make her appear kind of sticky and ill. We also tried to make her look sweaty while she's suffering through gout attacks. We dried out her lips a lot, too. There's a special liquid product that you can paint on that dries matte. It makes it look like the lips are really cracking."

    Photo: Courtesy of Fox Searchlight.

    The Hair

    It Took Three Dye Jobs To Get Emma's Hair Color Right
    "Emma had just dyed her hair almost black for Battle of the Sexes. Then between that and starting this movie, she went bleach blonde for another project. By the time we got her for this movie, she had put a red color on top of that. Yorgos was keen on giving her a natural shade of blonde for the film, especially because her character was blonde in real life. So, it took two to three big hair color sessions before landing on the shade that worked. The whole time I kept thinking, If we keep putting her hair through this, it will snap right off!"

    Wigs: A Daily Necessity
    "All three leading women wore three-quarter length wigs [that leave the natural hair exposed in front] all the way through the film. I wanted to keep it really natural, so I didn't want to mess around with lace-front wigs on camera. Emma had about three wigs for filming, because we needed several different lengths on her between arriving to Queen Anne's court and where she ends up at the end of the film. Olivia and Rachel had two wig pieces each."

    The "It" Hairstyle Was From France, Not England
    "For women in that time, there was quite a standard look. No one really thought much about makeup, but their hair was a focal point. A lot of women wore a style called the 'fontange.' It originated from a lady who was riding with the French King in the late 1600s, when her updo fell out while outdoors. Since that was taboo at the time, she quickly took ribbons from her garter to pile her hair on top of her head. The King ended up liking it, and eventually, it swept through France to the court of England.

    "The three women in this film have such individually strong journeys, and their 'fontange' hairstyles really tell the story. As Queen Anne becomes ill, beauty becomes the least of her worries. For Lady Sarah, I wanted her look to really exude a strong, masculine energy, so you see that while she's shooting or riding. When Abigail arrives her hair is a bit shorter than the other women — she's just the pretty, naive woman in a shore hat. As the movie continues, you really see her look change in this sort of grotesque way, especially when she finally rises in the court and reaches the point when someone else would be doing her hair and makeup for her."

    Photo: Courtesy of Fox Searchlight.

    The Little Details

    Those Heart-Shaped Moles Have A Purpose
    "While doing research on makeup in the 17th and 18th centuries, I found an old drawing of someone wearing face patches. Upon doing more research, I found that, back then, the lead-based paint men and women used would leave cracks and marks in their skin. They'd use these felt-like beauty patches to cover them up. Sometimes they would look like regular moles, but other times the patches would be an elaborate shape, like a horse-drawn carriage, a lion, or even a heart."

    Queen Anne's Gout Is Its Own Character
    "Olivia tried to put on a lot of weight for the role, but her legs weren't getting any bigger, so I made three separate prosthetic pieces to show Queen Anne's gout: one wider piece for her ankle, a swollen toe, and a bunion piece. Even when the scene didn't call for the audience to see her gout, Olivia would wear some prosthetics underneath bandages to feel like she was constantly suffering."

    The "Badger" Makeup Scene Was A Planned Mistake
    "In the script, I kept wondering what they meant by 'badger' makeup. It wasn't until I went to visit our costume designer Sandy [Powell] that I saw the gowns and outfits for that ball scene. It was all black and white, lots of stripes, and this sort of lattice design on the material that I thought the makeup should match. After lots of trials and tests, we landed on painting everyone in the court's face white with a black band splattered across their eyes. When Queen Anne tries to recreate this look, she simply gets it wrong. She's a bit naive and childish. It was really her attempt at looking like one of the ladies in the court but just not getting it right."

    Photo: Courtesy of Fox Searchlight.

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    There are certain things you should never ask the Internet — paramount among them is medical advice. Take the seemingly harmless query: What to do about a skin tag? Among the top results Google spits out are some seriously dubious DIYs (including one that involves cutting off your blood flow with dental floss).

    We get the logic: If skin tags are harmless (which any derm will tell you they are), why can’t we just remove them ourselves? Well, it turns out there are a host of reasons why you should leave even a simple snip to a pro. Below, three board-certified derms answer the web's three biggest skin tag questions — and set the record straight.

    What is a skin tag?

    “Skin tags are composed of skin that forms on a stalk,” explains Ava Shamban, MD, a dermatologist based in Beverly Hills. These growths often pop up along the neckline, under breasts, and near armpits. Though skin tags are harmless and extremely common, according to dermatologist Jessica Wu, MD, they can become irritated when rubbing against clothing or necklaces.

    Why do skin tags appear?

    The Internet is flooded with theories as to why skin tags pop up, including having had too much sun damage as a kid, poor circulation, or increased sun sensitivity from using too many skin-care actives (like alpha and beta hydroxy acids or retinoids). But our derms debunk these myths.

    As New York-based dermatologist Sejal Shah, MD, explains, we don’t exactly know why skin tags pop up. “One contributing factor may be friction between skin and clothing or adjacent areas of skin, which may explain why we often see them in skin folds. They are also more common in overweight or obese individuals,” she says, pointing to a study that correlates increased BMI with the growths. “Other associated or causative factors that have been proposed include family history, hormonal changes of pregnancy, and impaired glucose metabolism.” Furthermore, Dr. Shamban notes that hormonal changes (such as perimenopause) may, inexplicably, contribute to the formation of skin tags. But really, most of these are only theories.

    What’s the best way to remove a skin tag?

    Proposed home remedies for eradicating skin tags include repeatedly applying cotton soaked with iodine, tea tree oil, or apple cider vinegar. But Dr. Wu says these likely won’t work. As for the bevy of over-the-counter removal creams and kits, the derm is also wary. “I don’t recommend using a tag removal cream. I’ve seen horrible, discolored scarring and open wounds develop as a result,” Dr. Wu says. “An at-home liquid nitrogen freezing kit may help if the skin tags are small. But be careful and use them sparingly — freezing can leave marks on those with deeper skin tones.”

    Photographed by Rochelle Brock.

    So what is the right way to rid your body of these barnacles? Hit up a derm for their expertise. “If skin tags are narrow and tiny, I clip them off with sterile surgical scissors, which are very sharp and fine so they don’t traumatize the skin,” Dr. Wu says. “If they are larger and/or wide, I might use an electrical needle to zap the surface. This is less likely to scar if a patient has a deeper skin tone or if the tag is darker.”

    Knowing the above, it may be tempting to take a pair of shears to a skin tag yourself. But as Dr. Wu notes, “You’re taking your chances. Every so often a patient comes in with an infection or bleeding that won’t stop.” Also if the growth is dark, grows quickly, and/or bleeds, it’s important to have it checked by a derm, as it may be a suspicious mole disguised as a skin tag.

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