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    To celebrate the end of what feels like a lifetime of costume planning and kickstart the whirlwind of holiday-themed cocktails that is November and December, we recommend you lean into retail therapy the gift-giving season. And if you're a faithful Amazon shopper, this year it's going to be easier than ever to get your shopping done.

    That's because starting today — well before the Thanksgiving cyber rush — you can snag the best Black Friday deals on Amazon. Our favorite e-retailer just dropped all the early bird holiday goods, along with expertly curated gift guides across electronics, fashion, home — and everyone's favorite category — beauty.

    From jade rollers and techie flossers to magnifying vanity mirrors and brush sets, we rounded up the best of Amazon's Black Friday beauty deals that you don't have to wait to shop, ahead. And to make the deal even sweeter, Amazon is making holiday shipping free for all customers — with no minimum order amount, even if you're not a Prime member.

    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.

    If you've been considering upping your oral health ahead of holiday party season, now's high time to invest in a water flosser. It's especially a good buy when you can take $36 off the price tag.



    Panasonic Panasonic Water Flosser, $63.19, available at Amazon

    Speaking of your soon-to-be jam-packed holiday calendar, get ahead of those droopy, post-party undereye bags by ordering this de-puffing jade roller. Pop it straight from the box into your freezer for a cooling boost the first time you roll.



    Amazon Rose Quartz Jade Facial Roller Eye Massager, $10.99, available at Amazon

    When your hair is feeling dry and breaking off every time you run a brush through it, consider investing in a salon quality detangling spray.



    Unite Hair Care UNITE Hair 7 Seconds Condition Leave, $20.65, available at Amazon

    Tons of people swear by activated charcoal, claiming it truly whitens and brightens their teeth, and at $19, you can see what all the fuss is about.



    Amazon Odissey Life Teeth Whitening Activated Coconut Charcoal, $19.98, available at Amazon

    If you haven't already, we highly recommend investing in a sleek silver safety razor. It's a game-changer for hair removal from armpits to legs. And instead of expensive refills, all you have to do is buy a box of blades.



    Merkur MERKUR Classic 2-Piece Double Edge Saftey Razor, $32.34, available at Amazon

    When you move into a new apartment, no one tells you how weirdly expensive mirrors are. This lighted vanity mirror is magnifying, rotates side to side to show all your angles, and only costs $24.



    Amazon 10X Magnifying Makeup Mirror with Lights, $24.99, available at Amazon

    While you're filling your shopping cart, grab this cute purple clay face mask. It's a powerhouse — the kaolin clay sloughs away dead skin, while the raspberry extract keeps your patchy, dry spots moisturized.



    I Dew Care I DEW CARE Magic Clay Mud Mask #BERRY BUBBLY, $16, available at Amazon

    When a full set of makeup brushes goes on sale — don't think — just add to cart.



    Amoore 12Pcs Makeup Brushes Makeup Brush Set, $9.99, available at Amazon

    Give some gifts that keeps on giving: relaxation and self-care. These lavender bath salts will sooth the body and the nose. Make them a gift for someone you love...or for you.



    San Francisco Salt Co. Sleep Lavender Bath Salts 2 lb. Luxury Gift Bag, $10.49, available at Amazon

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    Ten percent off on Black Friday? Meh, you can keep it. Because when Ulta Beauty — a retailer already famous for its killer sales — does Black Friday deals, it's the stuff of discount legend. The brand announced today the details of this year's offerings, and true to form, it does not disappoint. It all commences just as we've digested our turkey: online at 5 p.m. central time on Thursday and in-store at 6 p.m. the same day.

    Among the brands featured: IT Cosmetics, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Proactiv, Tarte, and more, with many products and gift sets available at just half the price. What's more, for online shoppers who spend $60 or more, the beauty emporium is also throwing in a very giftable laser-cut makeup bag in either gold or silver and filled with nine Ulta Beauty products.

    There's a lot to love, but in the interest of sparing our bank accounts and honing in on the biggest deals available, we combed through the sale's offerings and picked the very best. From hair tools that practically never go on sale to a luxurious makeup brush available at 75% off, click ahead to check out all our picks.

    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.

    A splash of pink was added to this limited edition packaging just for the holidays. But even better is the mascara's flexible plastic brush that defines baby lashes for a natural look.



    Tarte Maneater Mascara, $10, available at Ulta Beauty

    This compact of four highlighters — comprised of shades that work on a spectrum of skin tones — has nearly a perfect five-star rating on Ulta Beauty.



    Anastasia Beverly Hills Sun Dipped Glow Kit, $24, available at Ulta Beauty

    Fourteen Soft Matte Lip Cream and Butter Gloss lip shades, six powder eyeshadows, and four highlighter are hidden in this sweet advent calendar that will have you trying new looks all next year.



    NYX Cosmetics Sugar Trip Advent Calendar, $29.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    The cutest way to get serious about exfoliation? Tis cleansing brush kit, which comes with ProctivMD Deep Cleansing Face Wash and three separate brush heads (bristle, charcoal, and silicone) for various degrees of deep cleaning.



    Proactiv Hello Kitty Brush Kit, $49, available at Ulta Beauty

    Our editors love this leave-in spray for parched, over-processed curls. Score the instant hydrator — or any other product by the brand — for half the price during the sale's buy one, get one offer.



    Not Your Mother's Royal Honey & Kalahari Desert MelonLeave-In Conditioner, $4.49, available at Ulta Beauty

    There's no better time to try the orange eyeshadow craze sweeping Hollywood than now — especially when an all-you-need palette to do the job is half off.



    Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat Eyeshadow Palette, $15, available at Ulta Beauty

    What do you get when you combine an ergonomic, ultra-smooth handle with densely-packed, micro-fine brush fibers that feel downright silky on the skin? The foundation brush everyone keeps talking about. Grab it this weekend for an unheard of 75% off.



    It Cosmetics Velvet Luxe Plush Foundation Brush #304, $10, available at Ulta Beauty

    Don't tell anyone, but we'll be carrying one or two of these sets around in our tote this season. Whenever a random coworker, distant cousin, or friend of a friend unexpectedly whips out a gift, we'll counter with this chic (but cheap) collection of neutrals.



    Ulta Marshmallow Magic 4 Pc Nail Collection, $2.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    Another find that's rarely on sale, this rotating curling iron manages to be both the lazy girl's and Victoria's Secret model's best friend.



    Beachwaver Beachwaver Pro 1.25, $159, available at Ulta Beauty

    We're convinced multi-masking is one of the best coping mechanisms for long flights and longer family dinners. Grab this variety pack of seven different masks (or anything else by The Body Shop) for 40% off during Ulta's sale.



    The Body Shop Multi-Mask Trial Set, $8.4, available at Ulta Beauty

    Make it festive all year long with this great deal on the OG of nail polishes. All OPI nail lacquers are $5 in this Black Friday sale.



    OPI Make it Iconic Nail Lacquer Collection, $5, available at Ulta Beauty

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    Yeah, yeah — we've heard it all: "Whoever said laughter is the best medicine has never tried shopping;" "shopping is cheaper than a psychiatrist;" "life isn't perfect but your outfit can be;" etc., etc. While we could argue both sides of all of those points, we'll simply agree that, yes, retail therapy is a pretty good form of self-love. But, particularly during the holidays, buying gifts for others feels just as good, if not better, than treating oneself. Don't believe us? Try it. And when it comes to people who are notoriously difficult to shop for —  ahem, men — try East Dane. It's like killing ten birds with one stone; you'll find a gift for every man here.

    In short: East Dane is Shopbop 's brother, of sorts. Back in 2013, the Amazon-owned e-tailer opened its mens's counterpart that sells contemporary menswear and competitors like Mr. Porter and Nordstrom Men's have been shook ever since. When it comes to prices, its spectrum of designers is vast: Carhartt WIP, Prada, J. Crew, Versace, Levi's — the list goes on and on. But most importantly, it's Amazon Prime-eligible, which means fast shipping and free returns.

    Since it's that time of year(cough, Black Friday), East Dane is offering some pretty sweet sales, so we figured now was a good time to let you know that the guy who claims he "already has everything" could actually use a little more. Like, a multicolored universal adapter, a crisp, apple red cashmere beanie, a luxury bath robe (all of which, by the way, you can find in the slideshow ahead). If you're not sold yet, click on. Good gifts await.

    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.

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    Whenever I hear beauty editors raving about a new treatment, the first thing I ask (not always out loud) is: Does it work on dark skin? While the answer is yes for many lasers and skin-care products, having more melanin always means you have to proceed with caution — one wrong turn with a laser can lead to a dark spot that can take months or years to erase.

    So when everyone in the beauty industry started microblading, which is semi-permanent tattooing to fill in brows, I was definitely interested. When I wear makeup, I spend 15 minutes just perfecting my arches. And while I don’t have the energy to do that routine every day, if I ever get caught in a photo without doing them, I just look so... naked.

    But as a rule, I don’t sign up for anything unless I see visual proof that it works on brown skin. So, I went to Instagram to hunt for brow tattoos on Black women and, let me tell you, the images were as sparse as my natural eyebrow hairs. But then I heard that Serena Williams and Jackie Aina get their brows microbladed by Piret Aava (a.k.a. The Eyebrow Doctor) in New York City. After scrolling through her feed, I noticed several women of color — and in all the photos, their brows looked immaculate and natural. That’s when I decided to get my first tattoo — on my face.

    While the numbing cream took effect, Aava answered a few of my burning questions about microblading on dark skin. She explained that the process is exactly the same as it is for any other skin tone, but there are certain things you need to know about picking pigments before that first stroke. And in case you're wondering, I love my brand-new brows. Ahead, I'm breaking down everything you need to know if you're considering the procedure yourself.

    Before my microblading session with Aava. Photographed by Beth Sacca.
    Four weeks after my first microblading session, just before my touch-up. Photographed by Kara Birnbaum.

    Picking the right person is crucial.

    Please don’t go to a tattoo artist to get your brows done. First of all, the tools and ink are completely different for microblading. The pigments are less concentrated than tattoo ink, and they come specially mixed to coordinate with brow colors. Using the wrong ink can make brows turn strange colors, like green.

    You also want to make sure the person you are going to has experience with darker skin (remember my Instagram research?). Make sure to ask your brow specialist for photos of their clients, especially photos taken after the brows have healed. “Look at before-and-after pictures and look at healed results because that is what you’re actually going to be walking around with,” says Aava. “They look nice and sharp and beautiful and full right away, but the stroke expands a little bit — especially if your skin is oily. If the strokes are too close together, you are going to have solid block eyebrow.”

    Never, never get black ink.

    It’s instinct to go for the darkest ink option when working on dark skin, but Aava says that’s a big mistake because black looks gray once it heals. Instead, Aava matches her pigments to the natural color of her clients' brows, and her darkest shade option is ebony brown. If you want your brows to be lighter or darker than the hair you currently have, make sure to get your natural hairs bleached or dyed before your microblading appointment.

    Undertones also come into play.

    Another important part of picking the right pigment color for brows is the undertones of the skin. “If you have yellow undertones, I use pigment with cooler tones. If you have a lot of blue in the skin, I use warmer tones,” says Aava. “Some people are right in the middle, so I can’t really tell, but I always tend to use cooler tones because no one wants an orange eyebrow.”

    Ask for a touch-up session.

    In about four to six weeks when your brows have healed, it’s good practice to get a touch-up. For me, my brows looked a bit ashy after the scabs fell away, and I had a few spots where the color didn’t take at all, which left my brows looking a little splotchy. At my touch-up, Aava added a couple drops of warmth to counteract the cool tone and filled in the holes.

    Aava says that different people metabolize pigment differently, which can lead to brows looking warmer or cooler once they heal. “It’s a foreign object in your skin and your body is trying to get rid of it,” says Aava. This means that your brows can look a little green or orange after they heal, and it also means that the pigment can disappear faster for some (in general, microblading lasts about 1-3 years).

    Hyperpigmentation can happen — here’s how to prevent it.

    Aava says that while hyperpigmentation can happen, it’s not something she worries about too much because it would occur underneath the brow hair. Dermatologist Mona Gohara, MD, says using sunscreen on your brows once they’ve healed can help with hyperpigmentation. “Any time you do anything on brown skin, there is potential for hyperpigmentation," she says. "So it’s important to do it in the right hands, and have really good sun protection afterwards."

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    When I was 23, I had a one-night stand that lasted five years. I went on a ski trip with three school friends; all of us were single and two of us had recently been dumped. We sang All Saints' "Never Ever" on the ski lift by day and danced on tables in bars by night. On the penultimate night, I saw someone I liked the look of and, with a lot of courage thanks to alcohol, sashayed over in my ski pants. I don’t think we’d even exchanged names by the time we kissed.

    All four of us on the trip slept with someone that night, which called for a brief strategy meeting about how to fit these boys into our already cramped one bedroom chalet. My friend took the bedroom, I took the sofa bed, another selflessly accepted the boot room, and the last stayed out. The following morning, I gave the guy my number (I don’t think he’d asked for it) and we vaguely agreed to meet up back in London.

    Three years later, we were on a plane to a new continent to start a new life. By then we were sharing a flat, a social group, and were deeply embedded in each other’s family lives. I felt unsure at various points in the relationship but, whenever the thought crossed my mind, we’d have a really nice day together. We never had that "conversation chemistry" where you just want to talk all night, which for whatever reason was my idea of "true love" at the time, but the relationship was loving and relaxing, and the attraction remained strong. I think I was always trying to get something more from him, and I sort of thought it might go wrong when we moved away, with no friends or family to fill in the gaps. 18 months later, after nearly five years, I behaved badly and ended the relationship in a drawn-out way that I regret because I couldn’t decide what I wanted.

    He was angry for a long time after the break-up, which was three years ago now, and I fully expected him to say no when I emailed and asked if he’d answer 29 highly personal questions about our relationship for an article. And I fully expected his answers to be brutal, if by some chance he said yes. But it seems I underestimated him, in more ways than one.

    1. Describe the night we met…

    I can't — I was too hammered. It was in a bar in the French Alps. I had been to a dangerous rum place beforehand and I remember kissing you inappropriately against a wall.

    2. What did you think of me at the beginning?

    I didn't understand you at all. I remember thinking you were cool and mysterious to the point where you seemed otherworldly. I had this idea, that's impossible to explain, that you didn't shower – it wasn't a hygiene thing at all but because you were so serene, I just couldn’t imagine you doing normal things...nope, it is actually impossible to explain.

    3. When do you think we were happiest together?

    Probably in the middle two-and-a-half years of the relationship and when we lived together. I thought I was set for life.

    4. What's your favorite memory of me?

    Spooning in bed every night — there was nowhere I'd rather have been. Also, that time you fell over when we were running for something (lol).

    5. When did it start to go wrong?

    When we moved overseas at very different points in our careers — you were finishing something and I was just starting something. Suddenly it was just us — no family, no friends, no work — and that was a big strain on everything.

    6. Why do you think, ultimately, that we broke up?

    I failed to support you properly during a family crisis and afterwards when you were stressed. Sometime after that, you started talking regularly to two other guys (I think you were basically having emotional affairs with them) and lied to me about it. We muddled along for a while and then you made us go on a break, slept with one of the guys and then made us get back together. You never let me back in emotionally after that and we broke up properly a month or two later. I probably did some awful things, like tell your best mate's sister she was boring, but that is how I remember it.

    7. Describe the day that we broke up...

    We arranged to meet in a park, but my phone had run out of battery. So I just wandered around with a Magnum (white), not desperate to find you because I knew what was coming. Eventually, we sat on the grass and talked, and then said goodbye. I didn't know what to do after that because I had no home in London, so I leaned up against a tree and cried, and then cycled back to where I was staying in a daze. I haven't been back to that park.

    8. How long did it take you to "get over" me / the break-up?

    Some of it was quick and some of it will always be there (I don't think I'm ever going to be like, "Remember when we broke up – that was lol") but the simple answer is about 18 months.

    9. How do you feel about me now?

    I'm at peace with everything. I don't want to be best mates but that would be true for any ex of many years. I think there's too much water under the bridge and I'm not convinced that kind of friendship would be healthy. But I wish you health, wealth, happiness and many dogs.

    10. What was I like as a girlfriend?

    Overall, you were great. You could be very cold and distant, and I often felt I was playing second fiddle to your family (fair), friends (sometimes fair), or work (nahhh). But I loved you very much, trusted you completely and don't remember ever feeling actually pissed off — irritated, maybe — with you in five years. You were great fun, funny and always up for stuff, and your friends and family were cool. I was convinced we would spend our lives together. We were a solid couple.

    11. What were my best traits as a person?

    Sense of humor; loyal to family and friends; kind; hardworking; conscientious; generous; animal-loving.

    12. What were my worst traits?

    Starting "deep" conversations at 11.30 p.m. on weeknights; never sticking to anything you said in the deep conversations anyway; taking work too seriously; not being able to be alone; aggressive driving.

    13. What do you think was unique about our relationship?

    I felt like you knew me better than I knew myself, which seemed rare.

    14. What did you learn about women from going out with me?

    Everything! I don't think I knew anything about real women before we met.

    15. What did you learn in general, going out with me?

    I learned a lot about what kind of work/life balance I wanted to strike from watching you work too hard and get too stressed. And about how I wanted certain family dynamics to work.

    16. What do you think I learned from going out with you?

    I felt like it was my mission to teach you that being as happy and stress-free as possible is way more important than being a massive success. I'm not sure I managed it.

    17. What do you think we lacked in our sex life?

    Do you think stuff was lacking? I think the sex was always good even when everything else was collapsing, but I suppose you can always be more communicative and adventurous in sex.

    18. How many times did you seriously think about cheating on me?

    I don't know. I never plotted to cheat on you or got close to it (the closest I came was groping someone when paralytically drunk, which was mortifying, but I don't honestly count that as "thinking").

    19. If we hadn’t broken up when we did, do you think the relationship would have lasted?

    I'm not sure. Of course we could have kept going if we'd both really worked at it but I'm not sure we'd have been as happy as we had been, all things said and done.

    20. Do you think you were a good boyfriend?

    For the first six months or so, no — I was an unthinking moron — but when it got serious I think I was. I really tried to be, anyway.

    21. If you could go back, what would you have done differently in the relationship?

    I would have fully supported you during the aforementioned family crisis and the aftermath. And joined a gym, built up my upper body and hit your current boyfriend with a stick.

    22. What did you do differently in your next relationship after me?

    I have tried to talk less nonsense and be less annoying, and be more thoughtful and supportive when necessary. I've also never made my current girlfriend go to bed at 10 p.m. because I have a Sunday League football game at 2 p.m. the next day.

    23. What did you tell your girlfriend after me, about me and our relationship?

    I had a small rant about you and why we broke up on the night bus once, which I slightly regret. But, really, nothing much because she's never asked.

    24. Who would you say put more effort into the relationship, you or me?

    In its death throes, definitely me. Before that, I think you edged it.

    25. How did your family react to the break-up?

    They were upset but I'm from a big family and they've seen it all before, so I can't say they were heartbroken or anything.

    26. How did your friends react?

    I think a few of them were upset/disappointed but you've stayed in touch with those ones and I'm sure they knew that would be possible.

    27. Describe a typical day in our life at age 35 if we had stayed together…

    We'd be living in the countryside or a leafy suburb, likely doing the same job because we have the same profession, and with a dog and a cat who are best friends. And some babies. I'd wake up early, walk the dog, work from home and have dinner ready for you when you came back from some cool event. We'd drink a glass of wine outside or watch TV by the fire (depending on whether it was spring/summer or autumn/winter).

    28. Do you still think I’m a nice person?

    Yes of course mate. I mean you're not Jesus or Harry Kane – you made mistakes. But so did I.

    29. What do you feel when you see me now?

    It's comfortable and a little bit exciting, like putting on your winter coat and finding $20 in the pocket. It can also get a little uncomfortable after a while, like the sun has just come out again.

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    There are few things we find more thrilling than absolutely on-point home collaborations that take elevated brands to accessible and affordable levels — and we hit the decor mashup motherlode with Jonathan Adler's exclusive collection on Amazon. The iconic designer, author, and potter's new line, Now House, debuted on the mega online shopping destination this past October — but today, we can shop the unique decor creations for an even bigger steal.

    For Black Friday, Amazon is offering slashed prices on a selection of Adler's goods — with up to 30% off furniture to artful decorative accents, all deftly crafted in the designer's playful-modern style. It's time to transform your spaces into a Jonathan Adler dream; filled with velvet bed frames, speckled ceramics, sleek pastel bar carts, and so much more. We've lined up the currently on-sale items in addition to a few of our favorites from the collection ahead — so scroll on to shop the discounted fashionable finds and more before they sell out completely.

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    Now House by Jonathan Adler Vally 3- Drawer Dresser, Mint, $380.64, available at Amazon

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    Clothing and tech aren't the only highly sought after items on sale this weekend for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Airlines are putting out their own deals on flights that you won't want to miss out on.

    If you're looking for an opportunity to buy a cheap ticket back home, to your favorite vacation spot, or to somewhere completely new, today is the day. A lot of these sales include dream destinations around the world such as Milan, Singapore, London, and Johannesburg. It may have seemed like a stretch before, but you might want to start planning that 2019 dream vacation after all.

    Here are several that we've rounded up to get you started.

    Air New Zealand is offering round-trip flights from London to Los Angeles for £175 ($225), today only.

    If you download Expedia 's app, go to their website for coupon codes, and then use the app to book your next trip, you can get a coupon for $100 off on select flights.

    Emirates is offering exciting economy deals on tickets to a number of vacation-worthy cities such as Milan, Athens, and Singapore. The sale goes until November 24. You can find the full list here.

    For fares starting at $773, you can get an extra $500 off Premium Economy Class with Cathay Pacific. For U.S. Economy Class fares as low as $593, you can save up to 60% off from now until November 27. All you have to do is use the promo code: "HOLIDAY."

    Starting today and ending on Cyber Monday, you can get up to 15% off on "all restrictive fares on long-haul routes, excluding flexible fares" on Norwegian. It only applies to flights from the United States and Canada, but you can go just about anywhere. Just make sure your travel dates are between December 3, 2018 and March 31, 2019, excluding dates from December 17, 2018 and January 6, 2019.

    From now through November 28, you can get up to £50 off EasyJet 's European city breaks.

    As part of its Gratitude Sale, South African Airways is offering $699 round-trip tickets from New York and Washington D.C. to Johannesburg from now until November 27. You can also get round-trip fares from New York or Washington D.C. to Capetown for $759.

    Fly with Virgin Atlantic and get a discount of £100 for economy flights and £150 for premium or first class flights. This deal is valid on all new package holidays departing between December 1, 2018 and October 31, 2019 as long as you book between November 24 through November 26.

    Delta is offering deals on fares to Europe and Australia now through November 25. Tickets start at $659 for Europe. See all their deals here.

    Fly with Scandinavian Airlines between January 8 and May 16 and get round-trip tickets from the United States and Europe starting at $399 as long as you book between now and Cyber Monday.

    Wow is right. Wow Air 's "Purple Friday" deal is $69 one-way flights from Chicago, Pittsburgh, Boston, St. Louis, and Los Angeles to Iceland. Yes, you read that right. It's only $69 one day. For $99, you can fly from those same cities to Amerstdam, Brussels, Dublin, London, or Frankfurt. It's good for travel between November 2018 and April 2019 as long as you book by midnight on November 25.

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    There's nothing better than finding a true one-stop-shop — especially one that won't break the bank. Why do you think we love Target so much? Or Zara? We're a generation that seeks convenience. So discovering one outlet that sells every blazer, perfume, necklace and winter hat we've been trying and failing to find all season is a miracle. That's what & Other Stories is for us. The Stockholm atelier beloved by fashion girls from Paris to Los Angeles has all of that and more. But if there's one item they excel in most, it has to be boots — and if there's one time to buy them, it's today at 20% off.

    From that platform Chelsea boot to wear day in and day out to statement knee-high boots that'll pair perfectly with the holiday dress you just snagged at an early Black Friday sale, they're all being sold right now at & Other Stories. So before you spend $500+ on a pair of boots or settle for something meh, take a look at the 18 boots ahead.

    Hint: Don't wait on scoring your one perfect pair. With today's Black Friday deal of 20% the whole site, you're going to want to jump into your new boots.

    & Other Stories Black Friday code is: FRIDAYNOIR20

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    It's November, which means scrolling through curated gift guides is as habitual as reaching for a sugar cookie when 3 p.m. hits. To switch things up from the highly-specific lists that break down the best gifts from Target or what to get your dad based on his star sign — both of which are pretty damn clutch — we've decided to make it more personal. Because everyone knows that the best gifts come from the heart.

    Ahead, we're breaking down the full list of beauty-related gifts our R29 editors are actually wrapping in ribbon and giving our loved ones this year. Warning: If you're a mom, little sister, or SO of our team, stop here or you might ruin the surprise. Everyone else, go ahead and scroll through for our picks and you just might find that elusive gift you were looking for.

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    "Of all the various hydrating products that have entered his orbit via me — and, because we share a 900-sq.-ft. apartment, there have been many — my boyfriend prefers First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream above all. He goes through the 6 oz tubs at an alarming rate… but then again, I have personally witnessed him scoop out a handful, slather it over his face and neck, then his arms and hands, then his eczema-prone ankles in a single motion, so maybe I shouldn’t be so surprised. He’ll get a lot of use out of the full-size jar in this set, and he dabbles in a serum from time to time, so I imagine this one will enter his rotation, too. I’m sure he won’t mind that I intend on taking the cleanser, mask, and peel pads for myself." —Rachel Krause, Senior Beauty Writer



    First Aid Beauty Skin Summit, $48, available at Sephora

    PAID —

    “This lip gloss treasure chest is going straight to my sister, who — like me — has recently come to re-embrace the glossy, vinyl lip look in all its '90s glory. Between the pearly light pinks and vampy dark plums, there's a shade in the mix for any occasion from the casual brunch to the glitzy night out. Not to mention, a minty, moisturizing gloss is way more fun than regular old lip balm when warding off winter's chapped lips. You can thank me later, sis!” — Jennifer Mulrow, Fashion & Beauty Writer



    Beautycounter Mini Lip Gloss Vault, $89, available at Beautycounter

    "I have created a monster out of my mother by spoiling her with beauty gifts — now she just cuts to the chase every time I see her by asking if I “have anything Tom Ford” for her. The answer is generally no, but for the vague, non-denominational holidays my family celebrates every year, she’ll be getting something from the king of luxury. Specifically, this fancy trio of Boys lipsticks, in three mom-approved shades of soft rose and mauve." — Krause



    Tom Ford Beauty Boys Soft Lipstick Trio, $98, available at Nordstrom

    "The beauty of this gift is that it’s a gift that keeps on giving: I could gift any of the nine soaps individually, or I could gift the entire box to someone who is bound to keep a few for themselves and then gift the rest away, even if they say they’re going to keep them all. For my own sake, I’ll be taking the first approach and pass the shea butter-infused soaps out like (sexy, artfully illustrated) candy at the next holiday gathering." — Krause



    Claus Porto Mini Soaps Gift Box, 9 x 50g, $70, available at Net-A-Porter

    "If money were no object, I’d give one of these pillows to everyone I know. But money is an object, so I’ll have to be discerning about who deserves to sleep on the most luxe mulberry silk, which not only keeps hair and skin safe from the usual pillowcase wreckage but also absorbs light — kind of like sleeping on a sleep mask. It’s also just wildly comfortable, and doesn’t get all hot throughout the night the way some other silk pillowcases do." — Krause



    Discover Night NIGHT Pillow™, $150, available at Discover Night

    "My holiday isn’t started until I light up one of my Nest holiday candles. This year, the new scent is the Sparkling Cassis, which is the perfect blend of cranberry and Champagne. I’m gifting these minis to my friends who travel often. The tiny votives are easily thrown into a suitcase to freshen up a foreign hotel room." — Jessica Cruel, Deputy Beauty Director



    NEST Fragrances Petite Candle Trio Set, $64, available at Nordstrom

    "As I approach 30, sleep is becoming more and more important. I already own the This Works Oil Diffuser, and it’s made such a difference in my sleep routine (along with my favorite sleep tea from WelleCo). Now, I can lay down for a full 7.5 hours, even if I’m anxious about a big meeting or coming off hours scrolling through Instagram. I want to gift that same peace of mind to my younger sister this season, and this set is packed with five lavender-scented products and a sleep mask." — Cruel



    This Works the big sleep (6 piece), $100, available at DermStore

    "I’m not good at committing to gadgets and gizmos in my beauty routine (isn’t using 10 products time-consuming enough?). But if Viola Davis is using this machine every night — and she told me once that she does — then I need to get me, my mom, and my grandma one." — Cruel



    NuFACE Gold Trinity® Complete Skin Toning Collection, $325, available at Sephora

    "Each of my best friends has a signature lip color. One loves purples, another goes for red, a few like nudes, and me, I’m all about vampy brown. For me, lipstick minis are the best part of the holiday season because I’ve never finished a full tube of lipstick in my life and I can split up a set like this so that every one of my girlfriends is satisfied." — Cruel



    Stila With Flying Colors Mini Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick, $39, available at Sephora

    "It wasn't until my baby sister went off to college this past September that I realized she's not a baby anymore. She's no into makeup, but she often calls me complaining about her skin, asking which cheap moisturizer she should buy on Amazon. We deal with similar skin issues because of genetics — uncomfortably dry in the winter, with pesky hormonal breakouts along the jawline — and since everything in this four-piece Tatcha set works for me, I know she'll love working these shiny polished bottles into her routine for her second semester." — Megan Decker, Beauty Editorial Assistant



    Tatcha The Starter Ritual SetUltra-Hydrating for Dry Skin, $59, available at Tatcha

    "Hair accessories make the best holiday gifts. No one buys them for themselves — because they're so seasonal — so unwrapping a soft velvet bow scrunchie is always met with squeals of excitement. These ones are Jennifer Behr -level chic — but at a fraction of the price — so I'm gifting one to my four best friends. The hardest part is picking who gets which color. " — Decker



    Chloe + Isabel Velvet Bow Scrunchie, $30, available at Chloe + Isabel

    "Skin care can be tricky to give — especially if you're gifting to someone who may take your generous clay mask as a sign that they have oily skin. That's why I stick with products that don't just work for every skin type, but come in beautiful packaging that can double as bathroom decor. This kit from Herbivore ticks all the boxes. It comes with three products, the brand's Rosewater Hibiscus Facial Spray, Pink Cloud Moisturizer, and Prism Toner. The trio will gently slough away dull skin and hydrate." — Mi-Anne Chan, Beauty Writer



    Herbivore Botanicals Rosewater Hydration Trio, $59, available at Sephora

    "As a beauty writer, my friends love to ask me for BeautyBlenders all year long, as if I’m a makeup sponge dispenser. That’s why this year I decided to get my bestest of friends this set that doesn’t just give two of what they’re always asking for, but also serves as an adorable reminder of our friendship. And on top of that, the heart-shaped packaging doubles as a storage with a perforated back that allows for the sponges to get air and dry properly." — Thatiana Diaz, Beauty Writer



    Beautyblender beautyblender BBF, $40, available at Sephora

    "My roommate and I are going our separate ways as our lease comes to an end this holiday season, so I want to get her a gift that serves as both a housewarming and Christmas gift. What’s a better present than a holiday set of masks that she can store in her bathroom cabinet? In my time living with her, I observed that she was a huge fan of Peter Thomas Roth masks, so I knew this set would be perfect to keep her stocked up in her new place. And when I go over to catch up, we can have mask and wine night." — Diaz



    Peter Thomas Roth Mask Frenzy, $75, available at Ulta Beauty

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    Sometimes when you see a 20% off sale, you think: Eh, I'll be fine skipping this one because how much am I really saving. That is, unless we're talking about Glossier. Emily Weiss and Co. only post sales once a year, so this is your only chance to refill your Boy Brow and Lash Slick mascara for the cheap. And that's as good a reason as any to throw all your sale hesitation (and hard-earned cash) out the pale-pink penthouse showroom window.

    From Black Friday through Cyber Monday — Friday, November 23 to Monday, November 26 — Glossier will be offering its only sale of the year. The deal: 20% off everything, both in stores and online.

    This only happens once a year, so we suggest stocking up on everything you need for yourself, your little sister's stocking, and your best friend's Secret Santa gift while you can walk away with some savings. If you're not sure where to begin, scroll through to see our seven Glossier must-haves.

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    This universal liquid blush looks like a tube of finger paint, but with a small squeeze and a dab on the cheekbones, it melts into a sheer dewy kiss of color that somehow looks amazing on many different skin tone s.



    Glossier Cloud Paint, $14.4, available at Glossier

    Think of this little guy like a Tide To-Go Pen, but instead of removing a red wine stain from your favorite white sweater, it zaps red, inflamed pimples from your face.



    Glossier Zit Stick, $11.2, available at Glossier

    It wouldn't be a proper Glossier sale if it excluded the tinted eyebrow gel that once had a 10,000 wait list.



    Glossier Boy Brow, $12.8, available at Glossier

    Glossier's You fragrance smells different on each individual, though the resounding universal response is: Your skin... but sexier smelling.



    Glossier Glossier You, $48, available at Glossier

    You've probably seen the before-and-after ads all over Instagram, but if you still don't buy the hype, our own R29 Beauty Innovator Awards testers — and their glowing skin — will vouch for the fact that this exfoliating toner is the real deal.



    Glossier Solution, $19.2, available at Glossier

    If you're looking for a natural mascara — the kind that gives your lashes a darker, separated, polished effect and holds up during your sweaty hot yoga session — Lash Slick is for you.



    Glossier Lash Slick Mascara, $12.8, available at Glossier

    Emily Weiss and her team recently upgraded the already beloved Generation G lipstick. It's the same six, soft matte colors but housed inside fatter, better-for-Subway-swiping tubes.



    Glossier Generation G Lipstick, $14.4, available at Glossier

    Boy Brow's 1,000 person waiting list is recommendation enough on it's own to motivate any shopper to drop this item into their Black Friday cart.



    Glossier Boy Brow, $16, available at Glossier

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    While you’re probably already hip to how great Amazon is for purchasing inexpensive electronics and other everyday essentials, we’re not so sure you knew how awesome the website’s home decor selection could be. Believe it or not, the site we all know and love for its cheap well…just about everything also features a surprising assortment of affordable and design-forward home goods. That’s right, the next time you’re stocking up on socks or your favorite discontinued lipstick, you can just as easily throw a fab apartment furnishing in the mix to meet the free shipping minimum, too.

    However, as with any large conglomerate, separating the good stuff from the basic can be almost as tricky as staying on budget. Lucky for us, we have Canopy, Amazon’s beautifully curated housewares boutique, to look to for interior guidance. In an effort to scope out all the very best products, we scoured both sites and rounded up some of the coolest — and most economical — home accents that Amazon has to offer. Scroll ahead for the fairly priced decorative items that you can order from the privacy of your own home (pants optional).

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    One way to add personal flair to any atmosphere is with an affirmation light box.



    Brooklyn Lighting Company Cinematic LED Light Box, $24.95, available at Amazon

    A design-savvy clock with a pop of color will liven up just about any space.



    Kvell Home Pop Wall Clock, Passionate Plum, $39.99, available at Amazon

    Create the ultimate hygge-home atmosphere this winter with a reed diffuser that bottles the cozy Scandinavian vibe.



    Skandinavisk Hygge (Cosy Living) Scent Diffuser Refill 6.75 Fl Oz, $39, available at Amazon

    Store your odds and ends in spooky style with this sleek, gilded skull container.



    Suck UK Jewellry Box and Accessories Container, $80, available at Amazon

    A wireless speaker that doubles as artful (and super chill) bulldog-decor.



    Dornlat French Bulldog Portable Bluetooth Speakers, $32.99, available at Amazon

    Let’s be honest — you’re probably due for a new shower curtain. So why not go with this dramatic sloth steal?



    Sharp Shirter Sloth Shower Curtain, $29.99, available at Amazon

    Tuck your most-cherished possessions inside this sleek, compact, and chic-modern jewelry box.



    Umbra Reflexion Jewelry Storage Box, $37.35, available at Amazon

    Employ an geometric-patterned throw pillow to create a more artful sofa scene.



    Now House by Jonathan Adler Chain Stitch Fractal Pillow, Multi, $38, available at Amazon

    Start a desk fire by planting your most colorful succulent inside this tiny ceramic log pile.



    Fred And Friends Fancy Ceramic Mini Air Plant/Succulent Holder, Campfire, $9, available at Amazon

    A stylish oil diffuser that moonlights as an air purifier and humidifier? Yes, please!



    InnoGear Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser/Humidifier, $19.98, available at Amazon

    Vamp up a boring table or bookshelf in no time with a polished pair of pink elephants.



    Topbuti Pink Elephant Bookends, 1 pair, $9.94, available at Amazon

    An easy (and affordable) way to jump on the geode home decor trend without overdoing it.



    Rock Paradise Home Decor Agate Coaster - Set of 4, $26.5, available at Amazon

    Dress up your desk succulents with this stylish geometric planter set.



    Umbra Trigg Desktop Planter Vase & Geometric Container, $32.81, available at Amazon

    An Eames-inspired armchair for less than $75. Need we say more?



    Poly & Bark Poly and Bark Vortex Arm Chair, White, $69, available at Amazon

    Not only can this adorable — and portable — turntable play all your favorite vinyl records, but it’s also Bluetooth-enabled, allowing you to stream music straight from your mobile phone, too.



    Victrola Vintage 3-Speed Bluetooth Suitcase Turntable with Speak, $47.85, available at Amazon

    Sometimes faux succulents look chicer than the real deals — especially when sold in a stylish duo of distressed-concrete pots.



    MyGift Artificial Succulents in Distressed Ceramic Jars, $17.98, available at Amazon

    Keep your keys in check at all times with this clever key holder.



    Twone White Cloud Magnetic Wall Key Holder, $7.98, available at Amazon

    To brie or not to brie — now that is the question.



    Kinson Bamboo Cheese Board with Cutlery Knife Set, $22.87, available at Amazon

    Dress up your bar cart — or just an end table — with a cool cocktail set like this one that’ll make everyone want to play bartender.



    S'well Cocktail Kit, One Size, White Marble, $95, available at Amazon

    This tiny, Japanese-inspired plant holder is perfect for housing succulents.



    T4U Ceramic japanese Style Serial No.5 succulent Plant Pot, $9.93, available at Amazon

    A splashy espresso maker proves a swanky addition to any stovetop.



    Pantone Universe Pantone Coffee Percolator 6 Espresso Cup Strong Red, $27.95, available at Amazon

    Elevate the ambience of your place with a few simple but sophisticated light pendants.



    Plumen Drop Cap Pendant Set, Brass, $39.95, available at Amazon

    Brighten up a humdrum nightstand or end table with a colorful desk lamp.



    Tomons Wood Adjustable Head Desk Lamp, $15.99, available at Amazon

    Make your morning coffee and afternoon teas even cozier this season with a porcelain rabbit "mugtail" from Kinto.



    Kinto Mugtail Rabbit, $20.3, available at Amazon

    This bright side table works wonders in a tight bedroom or cramped living space with its removable tray top and collapsible metal frame.



    Sauder Harvey Park Tray Table, Orange Blush Finish, $38.17, available at Amazon

    From coats and cardigans, to umbrellas and towels, there are few things this sleek storage ladder can’t hold — and even fewer places it won’t fit.



    Umbra Hub Ladder, $80, available at Amazon

    Investing in some hardcover art books is an easy way to incorporate fancy art into your apartment, sans a hefty price tag.



    Samantha Friedman Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs, $44.36, available at Amazon

    If you’re searching for a hip way to display anything from pens and pencils to your toothpaste and brush, look no further than this fun, easy-to-clean organizer.



    Umbra Grassy Organizer, White, $24.12, available at Amazon

    A chic alternative to an otherwise unsightly accessory, this bamboo scale is as fashionable as it is affordable.



    Red Rock Modern Bamboo Weighing Body Scale , $22.99, available at Amazon

    Show off stellar album covers, magazines, and books with this stylish floating metal wall shelf.



    Umbra Strum Wall Shelf, Copper, $15, available at Amazon

    Instantly step up your bathroom game with this sleek acrylic organizer — great for holding everything from cotton balls to makeup brushes.



    BINO 'The Glamour Caddy', $14.99, available at Amazon

    Use this marble magnetic orb to spruce up your desk space by stylishly holding a stash of gold paperclips or hair pins.



    METAN Marble White Paper Clips Holder Magnetic, $10.98, available at Amazon

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    The moment our shopping savvy selves have been training for all year has finally come: Amazon’s Black Friday sales are here. But before barreling directly t0 the site and rapidly scrolling through every deal of the day, take heed since the sale offerings are unsurprisingly massive. Navigating through the heaps of B.S. (quantity does not always equate to quality) to find the true gems may take a helping hand, one we're ready to outreach.

    Where Amazon's Black Friday blowout trumps all others is its large scope of products you've actually been wanting to buy. Now's your opportunity to buy those big ticket items from a water flosser to a queen mattress, an electric potato peeler, or even a laptop that boasts a one terabyte hard drive. And since it's a bit of chore to get through it all, we also added in some delightful gift ideas that we happened on the way.

    Buckle up and turn on your 1-Click ordering. Ahead are all of the Amazon deals you absolutely can't pass up.

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    An Amazon's Choice buy, this popular DNA testing kit provides world-class scientist and medical expert-generated reports on your health, wellness, ancestry, and more.

    23andMe DNA Test, $199.00 $99.99, available at Amazon.

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    If you've been looking to make the move into artificial intelligence cleaning, look no further — this sleek black vacuum comes complete with wifi, powerful suction, an extra-large dust bin, self-cleaning, and voice control capabilities.

    SHARK ION Robot Vacuum, $399.99 $199, available at Amazon.

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    A good teeth brushing a day keeps the dentist away.

    Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Classic Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush with 5 Brushing Modes, $199.99 $119.95, available at Amazon.

    This hot Black Friday deal is here to jumpstart your winter mornings with a killer coffee machine and 60-pod variety pack combo.

    Keurig Single Serve K-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker with K-Cup Pods, $176.98 $109.99, available at Amazon.

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    Level up from asking the bartender whether you can charge your phone behind the counter by investing in a good quality power bank.

    Anker PowerCore Lite 20000mAh Portable Charger, $53.99 $32.39, available at Amazon.

    Oribe's dry products are some of our favorite hair care products, ever. We suggest snatching up this deal pronto.

    Oribe Dry Styling Set, $75 $52.50, available at Amazon.

    Crafted with high-grade adaptive foam, T&N's premium mattress-in-a-box hits the sweet feel spot of soft yet supportive.

    Tuft & Needle Adaptive Foam Mattress (Queen), $595.00 $429.99, available at Amazon.

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    Our favorite pressure cooker is on sale during peak comfort food season — and this particular model just so happens to be an Amazon's Choice buy.

    Instant Pot 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker (8 Qt), $139.95 $69.99, available at Amazon.

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    Basic in the best way possible.

    Amazon Essentials 2-Pack Tees $16.00 $11.20 available at Amazon.

    Don't just say cheese, when you can say: cheeeeese!

    Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips Whitening Strips Kit $68.00 $27.99 available at Amazon.

    Save yourself the unsightly appearance of long cords and switch over to a wireless charging pad. The Belkin Boost Up Pad is compatible with most smartphones.

    Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad, $59.99 $29.99, available at Amazon.

    The perfect mid-length puffer for roaming around town.

    Haven Mid-Length Quilted Puffer Coat $99.00 $39.60 available at Amazon.

    Clarisonic and La Roche Posay have joined forces to create the ultimate skin care set.

    Clarisonic Mia Smart Sonic Cleansing Face Brush, $232.98 $163.09, available at Amazon.

    Add a personal touch to your gift giving this year with a zodiac constellation star necklace.

    Mignon and Mignon Zodiac Jewelry Constellation Star Necklace $24.36 19.50 available at Amazon.

    72% off two sleek and solid spinners — take it away!

    Samsonite Invoke 2 Piece Nested Hardside Set (20"/28") $459.99 $129.99 available at Amazon.

    Sure you could wear these 'round the track and on the couch, but we think they'd look mighty fine dressed up with a blazer and heels too.

    Adidas T10 Pants $45.0 0 $26.99 available at Amazon.

    Over 6000 positive reviews and counting.

    Doss Touch Wireless Bluetooth Portable Speaker with HD Sound and Bass $28.99 19.99 available at Amazon.

    Cozy is as cozy does.

    Cable Stitch Long Cardigan Sweater $79.5 0 $55.65 available at Amazon.

    The reviews on this hypoallergenic memory foam pillow speak for itself.

    Coop Home Goods Memory Foam Pillow with Cooling Zippered Cover and Adjustable Hypoallergenic Gel Infused Memory Foam Fill $129.99 $55.99 available at Amazon.

    We found this fanny pack hip pouch waist bag hanging out in the men's section. She comes in 4 different colors.

    Champion Attribute Waist Bag $30.00 $20.99 available at Amazon.

    Okay, so this one's gratuitously cute.

    DDMY Crochet Mermaid Throw Blanket $21.95 $16.96 available at Amazon.

    Time to come up with a gift idea for him. Preferably one you'll want to immediately borrow.

    Timex Expedition Field Chrono Canvas Strap Watch $82.00 $36.79 available at Amazon.

    The midcentury modern style desk and chair set is the handsome luxe upgrade your home office (or single room studio corner) needs.

    Rivet Modern Wood and Metal Hairpin Desk $249.00 $169.00 available at Amazon.

    Rivet Modern Upholstered Orb Office Chair $179.00 $119.00 available at Amazon.

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    Black Friday is here! Bust out the holiday wishlists, make yourself some cocoa, and get to shopping. Even the stores that don't traditionally take part in the post-Thanksgiving festivities are joining in, and Zara is no exception.

    For today only, you can get 30% off everything at Zara in-store and online. Yes, everything. Stock up on cozy winter accessories, plush sweaters, and metallic statement pieces for all those holiday parties you think are far off but will sneak up on you in no time. It might not be Black Friday per se, but this discount makes it one of the more enticing Black Friday fashion sales. Who knows, you might not even need Cyber Monday after all the great shopping you'll get done today.

    To get you started, we've rounded up some of our favorite picks.

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    "I'm so excited to go shopping for a new body balm for my cracking skin!" said no one ever. The sad reality about this time of year is the buzz of browsing for a chunky sweater or rad new boots is always tempered with the B.S. we have to put up with when taking care of all that skin we're now forced to cover.

    Staying on top of dry skin before it gets chapped and irritated — or worse, triggers eczema or scaly dry patches — is half the battle, so our beauty team has already started making body-care swaps in anticipation of freezing temps and dry office heat. Think of it as just as necessary as swapping in wool socks or breathable layers; it's not sexy, but if you don't prepare, you're going to be wishing you had.

    From cure-all balms to flake-annihilating scrubs, our beauty team is sharing the products we use to combat the cold, ahead.

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    "This is one of the most gentle body lotions I've ever used (probably because it's designed for mothers to use on their newborn babies). There's no heavy scent, and I like that the consistency is thin and a little runny, because it sinks right into my skin when I rub it on my heels, elbows, and up and down my legs before I hop into bed. That Barbara Sturm can do no wrong." — Megan Decker, Beauty Editorial Assistant



    Dr. Barbara Sturm Baby & Kids Body Cream, $60, available at Violet Grey

    "I feel like a loser saying that petroleum jelly is my must-have winter product, but it always has been, and probably always will be — at least until I find something else that I can slather on my dry, chapped ankles after a long run in 10-degree weather." — Decker



    Vaseline Vaseline Original Petroleum Jelly, Skin Protectant, 13 oz, $4.17, available at Walmart

    "I am really bad about remembering to put on lotion after a shower — all I want to do is throw on my robe and make a beeline for my warm bed. But this indulgent cream is a treat to smooth on and makes my skin gleam; I've started storing it in my shower so I can put it on while my bathroom is still steamy (and when my skin is slightly damp, which is the best for optimum moisture)." — Cat Quinn, Beauty Director



    Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Body Cream, $68, available at Sephora

    "In the winter, I have to skip my monthly spray tan appointments — between the tight layers, snow, and freezing rain, there are way too many variables for a spray-tan disaster on my way home. This completely clear mousse is the best solution; I smooth it on right before I go to sleep (my boyfriend gets my back) and hop right into my all-white sheets; there's zero staining, but the formula does leave behind a slight sheen on your skin so you know you didn't forget any areas." — Quinn



    St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Mousse, $42, available at Sephora

    "On the rare occasions I skip tights, this body cream helps me fake a healthy summer glow. I find the formula to be pretty shiny (that's the point), so I treat it like a highlighter and smooth it on shins, collarbones, and other areas that I want to bring attention to." — Quinn



    Glossier Body Hero Daily Perfecting Cream, $22, available at Glossier

    "I can't remember a time I got this excited about a razor, which won a Refinery29 Beauty Innovator Award. The blades shave forward and background like a vacuum, if your skin was the floor (as one of our testers so eloquently put it). It gets every last hair — without a single bump or nick." — Quinn



    Schick Schick Intuition f.a.b. Razor, $5.19, available at Target

    "This miracle balm is packed full of botanicals and (what I suspect) magic. It's the only product that I've found that can cure a dry patch of skin in just a day or two and isn't packed full of chemical fragrances or parabens." — Lexy Lebsack, Senior Beauty Editor & Host



    Shiffa Healing Balm, $106, available at Nordstrom

    "This sugar scrub smells amazing and is strong and gritty without being overly abrasive. It slowly dissolves as you massage it in, which I do once or twice a week during the winter for soft skin." — Lebsack



    Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish, $65, available at Fresh

    "I play with new lotions and oils through the year, but when it gets really cold or dry, I always go back to this formula. It sinks in fast and hydrates like a champ." — Lebsack



    Aveeno Unscented Daily Moisturizing Lotion For Dry Skin, $7.99, available at Target

    "When my lotion needs a little oomph, I spike it with this luxurious oil; just a few drops adds a lot of hydration and softness. The travel size is pretty clutch, too, because you can carry it with you on trips to make shitty hotel lotions tolerable." — Lebsack



    Caudalie Divine Oil, $49, available at Sephora

    "This balm is great for a few reasons. First, the tube and secure cap can take a beating in your tote without exploding or leaking on all your stuff. Second, and most importantly, you can use it on anything, from dry hands and cuticles to knees and ankles — and as lip balm and highlighter, too." — Lebsack



    Peach and Lily KBeauty Rescue Balm, $28, available at Peach and Lily

    "After sleeping in an apartment with the heater on 75 degrees, my skin is dehydrated and dry. So, just like with my face, my body-care routine is all about layering. I start with an oil-based cleanser; this Apothecare body wash doesn't exactly lather, but my skin feels soft and moisturized after using it." — Jessica Cruel, Deputy Beauty Director



    ApotheCARE The Restorer In-Shower Oil, $12, available at ApotheCARE Essentials

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    Curél Hydra Therapy Itch Defense Wet Skin Moisturizer, $10.94, available at Walmart

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    Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Ointment Body Spray, $7.99, available at Amazon

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    Juara Healthy Skin Booster Radiance Enzyme Scrub , $38, available at DermStore

    "There’s nothing worse than itchy skin when it gets cold, and luckily I’ve been able to avoid that for years thanks to this body cream. I discovered it after sleeping over at my best friend's house, and bought my own jar two days later. When it says it hydrates for a full 24-hours, that's not a lie: My skin feels just as moisturized at the end of the day as it did when I first smoothed it on in the morning." — Diaz



    Cetaphil Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream, Fragrance Free, $10.89, available at Target

    "My skin is dry year-round, but when winter arrives, it goes from moderately dry to a full-on snowflake. A gentle cleanser that won’t make my skin feel like paper is a key part of my routine. I love this formula, which has aloe vera to soothe my cracked limbs." — Aimee Simeon, Beauty Writer



    Nordstrom Made For All Gentle Body Wash, $30, available at Nordstrom

    "To keep my skin from feeling rough, I like to exfoliate once a week. I usually use this creamy scrub from the Body Shop, which gently lifts dead skin without drying me out. Bonus points for smelling delicious and making my shower feel like a spa." — Simeon



    The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Gently Exfoliating Cream Scrub, $14.4, available at The Body Shop

    "Depending on how much time I have in the morning (body care takes time y’all), I layer this body oil over my lotion. The almond scent is like a warm blanket on a cold winter day. A little goes a long way — just a few drops keep me feeling silky and melt right in so I don’t have to worry about waiting before I get dressed." — Simeon



    The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Gently Exfoliating Cream Scrub, $24, available at The Body Shop

    "While I've had them for what feels like forever, it wasn't until I got older that I discovered that the permanent bumps on the back of my arms are keratosis pilaris, a very common and harmless skin condition caused by an excess of keratin. Years later I learned that a combination of gentle exfoliation and hydration can do wonders to smooth the bumps. This two-step system is one of my favorite easy exfoliators that also hydrates rough skin. I like to swipe the first, acid-soaked pad onto my arms (and all over my body if I'm feeling it), then sit tight for a couple of minutes while the pad works its magic. Then I hop in the shower to rinse it off and follow up with the "quench" pads to hydrate my skin." — Mi-Anne Chan, Beauty Writer & Host



    Dermadoctor Kakadu C Intensive Vitamin C Peel Pads, $78, available at Sephora

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    Welcome toMoney Diaries , where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking millennials how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we're tracking every last dollar.

    Calling all entrepreneurs: We want to hear from you! If you’re a freelancer or self-employed, we’d love to feature your Money Diary. Submit here.

    Today, as part of Your Spending In Your State: a project manager working in policy who makes $55,000 per year and spends some of her money this week on croissants.

    Occupation: Project Manager
    Industry: Policy
    Age: 24
    Location: Providence, RI
    Salary: $55,000
    Paycheck Amount (Monthly): $3,890.55

    Monthly Expenses
    Rent: $800 (My half of the rent for a three-bedroom apartment that I live in with my boyfriend.)
    Student Loan Payment: $0 (Thank you, Dad and Mom!)
    Utilities: ~$50-$125
    Internet: $30
    Cell Phone: $117 (my half of the plan with my boyfriend)
    Car Insurance: $100 for my half
    Joint Account with my Boyfriend: $500 (We use this money to pay off our credit card, which we use to pay for our joint expenses.)
    Roth IRA: $515
    Investment Account: $300
    ACLU Donation: $20
    Union Of Concerned Scientists: $25
    Planned Parenthood: $25
    Netflix: $0 (I use my mom's account.)
    Savings: ~$1,000-$1,500

    Annual Expenses
    Amazon Prime: $50 for my half

    Day One

    7 a.m. — Wake up and scroll social media. Then I shower, put on clothes, and make two eggs and a piece of peanut butter, banana, and cinnamon sugar toast for breakfast. Kiss my boyfriend, N., goodbye and ride my bike to work.

    8:30 a.m. — Get to the office. I'm working on a statewide scholarship and research project, so I have to go to a few schools today. I Lyft to one high school ($5.89) and then call an Uber to another one and back ($28.59). ($34.48 expensed)

    12 p.m. — Impromptu apple tasting with my coworkers. One of my coworkers has only ever eaten Fuji (!) and I told her Honeycrisp is the best apple variety (don't @ me). Another coworker from Vermont thinks McIntosh is the best. So I brought a Honeycrisp apple and another coworker brought McIntosh, and we're have a tasting with more coworkers. We all agree the McIntosh is too mealy. My coworkers ask me to go to Panera with them, but I decline because I brought a lunch (for once)! I heat up the food I brought from home (sautéed potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts, and braised beef) and watch a Drew Gooden YouTube video at my desk. N. texts me that he just got off the phone with a recruiter, and it went well! Yay! He just quit his job, and he's been on the lookout for a new one.

    2:15 p.m. — Ride my bike to class, which is about half a mile away. As part of my job, I get to take one class per semester for free! I get other student perks at the university, like a free gym membership and free Adobe software, too.

    4 p.m. — Ride the two miles home. We had a guest speaker in class today who founded a startup, and I'm feeling super inspired! I spend the next three hours revamping my résumé on Adobe Illustrator instead of writing a paper for class.

    7 p.m. — N. wants some attention, and we're getting hungry. I was going to cook, but…Jamaican sounds so tasty right now! We order one small oxtail plate for me and one large oxtail plate for N. I treat because I'm feeling magnanimous, and I'm getting paid tomorrow. We hang out and wait for the delivery. $37.25

    7:30 p.m. — The food is here!! We watch an Australian TV show called Rake on Netflix and eat the takeout in bed, saving half for later. After dinner, we heat up a piece of apple pie I made from scratch over the weekend. Pies are the only dessert I bake, and I don't do it very often because they're so much work. This is a delicious pie, and I'm already planning on making another next week. Then I keep editing my résumé while N. works on a coding tutorial.

    10 p.m. — Switch to reading a book my mom got me for my birthday last month: Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami. He is my favorite author for sure. I've read all his novels, and I'm trying to savor this book, hehe. I read for 30 minutes and then it's bedtime!

    Daily Total: $37.25

    Day Two

    6:30 a.m. — Alarm gets me up. I do some scrolling on Reddit before I get up. N. is randomly awake (he's not usually up this early) and wants cuddles, but I tell him I have to workout this morning. I do a kettlebell workout on YouTube. BodyFit by Amy is great! Then I take a shower and get ready. I have a mini skincare routine that includes Paula's Choice RESIST Super Antioxidant Serum, Hada Labo Skin Plumping Cream, and La Roche Posay Sunscreen. I've tried adding more products, but I find I can't stick to a routine that's longer than three steps, haha. Breakfast is two fried eggs and peanut butter, banana, and cinnamon sugar toast. I eat while reading my Murakami book.

    8:15 a.m. — I ride my bike 2.5 miles to work. It's a cold morning and even with my gloves, my fingers hurt so bad.

    8:30 a.m. — It turns out to be a busy day. Our program grew 20% overnight (probably because the deadline to sign up is today). This is great, because it means we can help more low-income students get into college, but it's also very stressful for me and my team! I also have to work on a discussion paper for my class that's due by 2 p.m. My job allows me to work on homework during work hours as long as I get my other work done (as the class is technically part of my job). This morning, we also have a team meeting.

    11 a.m. — I eat a snack of beef jerky and power through my paper, taking breaks to keep up with work emails and other miscellaneous time-sensitive work tasks.

    1 p.m. — I finish my paper! Then I eat my leftover Jamaican food at my desk. I don't really like eating at my desk, but today is busy. I take a short break, though, and watch a Drew Gooden YouTube video about the Olsen twins as I eat.

    5 p.m. — Finally done with work! Ride my bike 2.5 miles back home. When I get there, N. is cooking dinner and listening to music. We listen to an EP that our favorite group just put out. We get super excited because we're seeing them next week, so we dance around in our office to their new music to “practice” for the concert.

    6:10 p.m. — Eat dinner that N. made: baked chicken, sautéed potatoes, and cauliflower. It's simple, but tasty! We finish with a piece of pie each — the last two pieces :( — and watch an episode of Rake. Cleaver Greene is really an asshole.

    8 p.m. — N. wants to get some work done, so I go on my phone and read more Killing Commendatore. I forgot today was payday, and I'm very happy when I realize it. I don't really like getting paid once a month — it's annoying for budgeting — but money is money! I make plans with friends to go dancing on Saturday night.

    9:30 p.m. — Hang out a lil with N. and then go to sleep.

    Daily Total: $0

    Day Three

    6:30 a.m. — Wake up and do some work. The program enrollment period closed last night, and I want to make sure everything went smoothly.

    7:30 a.m. — I get ready to go for a run, since I'm going into work late today (I have a laser hair removal appointment at 9), when N. wakes up and asks me if we can do a kettlebell workout together. BodyFit by Amy it is! I use our 25-pound kettlebell, and N. uses the 35-pound one. We take turns taking showers afterwards because our shower isn't very big, and we can't both fit.

    8:45 a.m. — N. drives me to my laser hair removal appointment. He drives me to places a lot — I don't really like driving, and he loves it. We split car insurance and gas, and it works for us. If ever he doesn't feel like driving, which isn't too often, I take the bus or ride my bike. Today, I get my upper lip hair and cheek hair done. The upper lip hurts a lot this time. I already prepaid for six sessions with a Groupon for $235, so I don't pay for this session.

    9:30 a.m. — Dunkin' Donuts drive-through for breakfast sandwiches! It's $7.54 for two sandwiches (turkey sausage, egg, and cheese on an English muffin for me, and a bacon, egg, and cheese on a croissant and a coffee for N.), but I only pay for my sandwich. We eat the sandwiches on the way to my work. $3.54

    1 p.m. — Eat lunch with coworkers — leftovers from last night.

    2:15 p.m. — Walk to class. The subject material is interesting today, but the heat is blasting and the instructor is boring (he isn't our regular one), which means I struggle to pay attention.

    3:45 p.m. — Get out of class five minutes early and go to a cafe near campus, where I get a small soy iced chai tea and a piece of vegan banana bread. I tip $1. I do my reading for my discussion section as I eat my snack. $8.29

    4:10 p.m. — Walk to the Health Center on campus and get this season's flu shot. It's free for students. Then I walk to my discussion section.

    6:10 p.m. — N. picks me up. We quickly grab broccolini we bought from the grocery store last week and head over to N.'s siblings' place (his brother and sister live together) for dinner.

    10 p.m. — After a night of yummy food (N.'s sister cooked a Laotian rice dish), fun company, and more than an hour of playing charades, N. and I head home. When we go to bed, I have trouble falling asleep. I'm thankful tomorrow is Friday.

    Daily Total: $11.83

    Day Four

    6:30 a.m. — Alarm wakes me. I'm very tired and try going back to sleep, but no can do. I was going to go for a run but it's still dark outside, so I wait until it gets lighter. I leave for my run at 7:06 a.m., and it turns out to be the worst three miles ever. I felt so bad I had to walk up a hill. Probably because of the lack of sleep and the flu shot? Oh well, I'm happy I did it.

    8:15 a.m. — After showering, getting ready, making a breakfast of leftovers to take to work (potatoes, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and ground beef — I love leftovers for breakfast!), and kissing N. goodbye, I run to the bus stop.

    8:19 a.m. — And the bus is late. Classic RIPTA. Luckily I didn't run far — the bus stop is basically on my street. When it arrives, I get on the bus and ride to work. (Bus fare is covered by my university.)

    12 p.m. — Free Chinese food for lunch at work today. There's veggie lo mein full of mushrooms, which I'm into. It's a coworker's birthday, too, so there are also donuts! I sit with my coworkers and eat. The "best apple variety" topic of conversation comes up again. Honeycrisp is the clear winner among the office.

    5:45 p.m. — Still at work, working on a report that we need to finish before we leave the office tonight. I snack on a donut.

    7 p.m. — Finally finish the report (first draft) and send it to the boss. Some coworkers and I leave work to go to bar on campus to celebrate our coworker's birthday. I buy a tequila sour ($4) and some popcorn for the table ($3), and tip $3. $10

    8 p.m. — Getting hungry, so I go to a ramen place near campus with two coworkers. I get shio ramen, and it's delicious. $21.50

    9 p.m. — I miss my bus home and decide to walk 2.5 miles home and talk to one of my close friends on the phone. It takes me about an hour. When I get home, N. and I get into an argument. We need some space, so I go to bed while he works in the office.

    Daily Total: $31.50

    Day Five

    7 a.m. — Wake up and make myself a breakfast of two slices of peanut butter, banana, and cinnamon sugar toast. I spend the morning doing dishes and laundry, cleaning the toilet, and reading Killing Commendatore.

    12 p.m. — Run three miles and almost die again. I'm not sure what's going on here, but I feel as though I may be getting sick. When I get home, I shower and eat a lunch of leftovers — a chicken thigh, potatoes, and carrots.

    2:10 p.m. — Have a long talk with N. about our relationship. It's hard, but I think we're working towards a better place. He's pretty introverted, and I'm pretty extroverted, so sometimes we clash about social things.

    5:30 p.m. — N. and I get hungry and decide to order pizza from our local spot. Medium mushroom pizza for me, buffalo chicken calzone for him. We split the cost and watch some more Rake while we munch. $12.81

    8:34 p.m. — N. drops me off at my friend's house on his way to visit his mom in Boston. He's going to to stay there overnight. We kiss goodbye!

    9 p.m. — My friend and I walk to the liquor store across the street from her house, and I buy one of my favorite beers: Lost Nation Gose. $11.22

    9:20 p.m. — Our other friend arrives, and we all hang out and catch up while we get ready. I drink two beers and take two shots over an hour and a half. Then we Lyft to the bar! I pay. When we get to the bar, it's almost empty. We decide to hit up a nearby pizza spot. $7.45

    11:45 p.m. — After spending an inordinate amount of time in Pizza Queen taking pictures, we go back to the bar. The amount of people has quadrupled. We stay until closing, dancing the entire time. I love to dance, and I especially love to dance for free!

    1 a.m. — Walk back a mile to my friend's house, and then I Lyft home from there. $7.66

    2 a.m. — In bed and missing N.! I had a great time with my friends, though. I think I can feel a sore throat coming on. It's also freezing. I put on another sweater and fall asleep.

    Daily Total: $39.14

    Day Six

    8 a.m. — Wake up. Ugh. I feel terrible, and I'm definitely sick. I have a headache and a sore throat. I need more sleep but I can't go to sleep right now. Oh well, time for a big breakfast. I fry three eggs and make peanut butter, banana, and cinnamon sugar toast. I read Killing Commendatore as I eat and make sure to drink OJ, too!

    9:15 a.m. — Feeling sorry for myself, I do some online shopping. After consulting with N. about a coat, I buy almost $175 worth of neutral-toned winter clothes (two sweaters, two pairs of pants, and one coat) from Uniqlo. I need new winter clothes, and what the hell, I just got paid. $174.50

    12:15 p.m. — Eat my leftover mushroom pizza for lunch — yum!

    12:53 p.m. — My friend comes over, and we walk several blocks from my house to a nearby coffee shop and bakery that has the best croissants. I buy two butter croissants (one for me and one for N.) and a chamomile mint tea for my scratchy throat. My friend gets a butter croissant and a cold apple cider. It's a really nice day, so we walk back to my house and eat our pastries on my balcony. It's so nice to sit in the sun, and I'm feeling a lot better. $9.07

    2:15 p.m. — N. gets back, and all three of us head for a walk in the park. We end up walking for an hour, and it's lovely, barring the fact that I step in dog poop.

    4:45 p.m. — We drop my friend off at her house and head to our favorite Jamaican restaurant for, you guessed it, oxtail. It's so much cheaper to pick up than get it delivered like we did earlier this week. My half is $10.30, and we eat at home. We need groceries, so I place an order online for a Peapod delivery ($134.60), including enough Honeycrisp apples to bake an apple pie! I schedule the delivery for two mornings from now. Exhausted, I fall asleep around 7 p.m. $144.90

    Daily Total: $328.47

    Day Seven

    6:20 a.m. — Wake up feeling better, but still stuffy. Decide to lay off the workout I usually do on Monday mornings and take my time getting ready. I make myself breakfast of two slices of peanut butter, banana, and cinnamon sugar toast. (We're out of eggs!) Then I walk to the bus stop and read my book on the bus.

    8:26 a.m. — Work, work, work.

    10:30 a.m. — Feeling extra hungry, so I heat up a small plate of leftover veggie lo mein from the work fridge and eat it at my desk.

    12:30 p.m. — Order a soup and salad on Panera's app and walk with my coworker to go pick it up. She has some interesting girlfriend/friend drama she fills me in on. We eat our food back in the office. $9.69

    4:50 p.m. — N. picks me up from work, and we head home. He tells me he got gas this weekend, so I pay him for half of it ($14.83). He's feeling pretty sick, so he wants to rest. I do a kettlebell workout and then cook rib-eye steak, sautéed potatoes, and broccolini for dinner. We eat and hang out. $14.83

    10 p.m. — Go to sleep thinking about the concert we're going to in two days. I'm so excited!!

    Daily Total: $24.52

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    Leek & Artichoke Frittata
    Serves 4

    Ingredients
    1 tbsp unsalted butter, plus more for the soufflé dish
    5 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
    1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
    2 small leeks (white and light green parts only), halved and thinly sliced
    1 tsp kosher salt, plus more as needed
    ½ cup milk 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
    9 large eggs
    1 tbsp finely chopped fresh basil or parsley
    ½ tsp finely chopped fresh thyme
    ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
    ¾ cup (about 2 oz.) Gruyère cheese, shredded
    ⅓ cup marinated artichoke hearts, drained and coarsely chopped

    Instructions
    1. Butter a 1½-qt. soufflé dish and dust the sides with 2 tbsp of the Parmesan. Set it aside.

    2. Using the sauté function, heat the 1 tbsp butter and the oil in the pressure cooker. Stir in the leeks and ¼ tsp of the salt, and cook, stirring often and lowering the heat if necessary (and possible) to prevent burning, until golden brown, 5 to 10 minutes.

    3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the milk and flour. Then whisk in the eggs, basil, thyme, remaining ¾ tsp salt, pepper, and Gruyère.

    4. Turn off the heat and stir the artichokes into the leeks. Then mix the leek mixture into the egg mixture. Scrape that mixture into the prepared soufflé dish. Cover it with aluminum foil.

    5. Pour 1½ cups water into the pressure cooker. You can either place a steamer rack in the bottom of the pot and then lower the soufflé dish onto the rack using a homemade sling, or, if you have a rack with an attached handle, lower the rack and dish all at once. Cover and cook on high pressure for 16 minutes.

    6. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, and then release the remaining pressure manually. Using oven mitts, remove the soufflé dish from the pressure cooker. Remove the foil.

    7. Heat the broiler. Sprinkle the remaining 3 tbsp Parmesan over the frittata, and broil until it is golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Let it sit for 5 minutes before serving.

    Reprinted from Dinner in an Instant. Copyright © 2017 by Melissa Clark. Photographs copyright © 2017 by Christopher Testani. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC.



    Melissa Clark Dinner in an Instant Cookbook, $14.71, available at AmazonPhoto: Courtesy of Christopher Testani.

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    Creamy Macaroni & Cheese
    Serves 4

    Ingredients
    2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened 2 cups whole milk, plus more as needed
    ¼ cup heavy cream
    6 oz. cream cheese, softened
    1 garlic clove (optional)
    1 tsp dry mustard powder
    ¾ tsp kosher salt
    ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
    ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper
    Pinch of grated nutmeg
    8 oz. macaroni pasta
    8 oz. grated sharp or extra-sharp cheddar cheese

    Ingredients
    1. Brush 1 tbsp of the butter over the bottom of the pressure cooker.

    2. In a blender, blend the milk, cream, cream cheese, remaining 1 tbsp butter, garlic, dry mustard, salt, pepper, cayenne, and nutmeg.

    3. Add the cream cheese mixture and the macaroni to the pressure cooker, and stir to combine. Cover and cook on high pressure for 6 minutes.

    4. Release the pressure manually. Stir the noodles, and if they look dry, stir in more milk to taste. If the noodles are too al dente to your liking, stir in the cheddar, then cover and let the pot sit for 5 to 10 minutes; the noodles will cook a little more just sitting in the pot. Otherwise, stir in the cheese and serve immediately.

    Reprinted from Dinner in an Instant. Copyright © 2017 by Melissa Clark. Photographs copyright © 2017 by Christopher Testani. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC.



    Melissa Clark Dinner in an Instant Cookbook, $14.71, available at AmazonPhoto: Courtesy of Christopher Testani.

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    Bittersweet Chocolate Pudding
    Serves 6

    Ingredients
    1½ cups heavy cream
    ½ cup whole milk
    6 oz. bittersweet chocolate (preferably between 60% and 65% cacao), chopped
    4 large egg yolks
    1 large egg
    ⅓ cup sugar
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    ⅛ tsp kosher salt
    Whipped cream, for serving (optional)

    Instructions
    1. In a heavy saucepan, bring the cream and milk to a simmer. Remove the pan from the heat, and whisk in the chocolate until it is melted and smooth.

    2. In a large bowl, whisk the yolks, whole egg, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Whisking constantly, pour the hot chocolate into the eggs. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a large measuring cup or bowl. The pudding mixture can be made up to 2 days ahead, covered, and chilled.

    3. Divide the pudding mixture among six 4- to 6-oz. custard cups, espresso cups, or small ramekins and cover each with a piece of aluminum foil. Or pour the whole amount into a 1-quart soufflé dish, and cover with foil.

    4. Insert a steamer rack into the pressure cooker and fill the cooker with 1½ cups of water. Or, if you are cooking in a soufflé dish, lower the dish onto the rack in the pressure cooker, using a sling if necessary. Cook on low pressure for 18 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes, and then release the remaining pressure manually.

    5. When the puddings are cooked, use oven mitts to remove them from the pressure cooker. Remove the foil covers to allow the steam to evaporate, and cool the puddings to room temperature. Then cover the puddings with plastic wrap and refrigerate them for at least 6 hours and up to 3 days.

    6. To serve, top the puddings with whipped cream if you like.

    Reprinted from Dinner in an Instant. Copyright © 2017 by Melissa Clark. Photographs copyright © 2017 by Christopher Testani. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC.



    Melissa Clark Dinner in an Instant Cookbook, $14.71, available at AmazonPhoto: Courtesy of Christopher Testani.

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    Abortions in America are at their lowest rate since abortion was legalized, according to a new report from the CDC.

    The survey, released on Wednesday, revealed that abortions for women aged 15 to 44 dropped 24% nationwide between 2006 and 2015. The overall rate of abortions also declined by 2% (from 652,639) from 2014 to 2015.

    The abortion rate decreased for all age groups, but the largest decline was for teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19, where there was a decline of 54%.

    A cause was not specified in the report, but it is possible that increased access to contraception is a factor. When the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate went into effect in 2011, making it possible for women to get birth control for free, the number of women who use birth control at no cost more than quadrupled.

    Birth control methods such as the pill, injections, vaginal rings, implants (such as IUDs), and more are all covered under the ACA. That means that women have wider access to various forms of birth control now than at any point in the past, that is completely covered if they are insured by most employers and ACA plans.

    Overall, the decline appears to be representative of a worldwide trend. A study from the Guttmacher Institute this year found that abortion rates tend to go down when it is legal, citing Switzerland — a country with legalized abortion — as the place with the lowest rate of abortion, with five abortions per 1,000 women.

    This report comes on the heels of a controversial six-week abortion ban that was recently passed by Ohio legislature and a 15-week abortion ban that was passed by Mississippi governor Phil Bryant but temporarily blocked by a federal judge.

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    With false lashes ringing in at up to $25 a pair, throwing a set away after a single use feels just plain wrong. Turns out, we’re right to trust our guts on this one, because according to makeup artist Jamie Greenberg (whose celebrity clients include Rashida Jones, Kaley Cuoco, and Busy Philipps) there is plenty of life left in a duo of false lashes after you’ve turned down for the night. The trick: Treat them like dishes and wash them after every use.

    The fact is, we should be able to get more than a dozen wears out of a set if we baby our fake lashes, Greenberg estimates — something that makes even the highest of price tags much easier to stomach. Ahead, get the makeup pro's blueprint for making lashes last into 2019.

    Choose your tools carefully to start the removal process. You'll need a tightly-wound cotton bud, which Greenberg says is best to help ensure fibers don’t transfer onto the lashes. Also vital: Have a water-based eye makeup remover around for the job. “An oil-based remover will warp the lash,” she explains. “It can also leave a residue on the lash that might interfere with the tackiness of the glue or cause your makeup to run when you wear them next.”

    To remove, Greenberg recommends gently peeling the falsies off your lashline slowly and smoothly. Now soak a cotton bud with eye makeup remover and use it to wipe away any excess glue along the strip.

    Now it's time to clean the lashes themselves. Greenberg suggests sandwiching them in between two tightly wound, makeup remover-soaked cotton buds and combing through to the tips. When finished, lay those babies back in their case to dry. Once lashes are dry (and only when they’re completely dry), mist with 96% or 99% alcohol to kill any bacteria, Greenberg advises.

    Finally, set yourself up for maximum re-use by going easy on the mascara when wearing lashes. Greenberg notes that cleaning falsies — and keeping their shape — becomes incredibly hard when trying to cut through coats upon coats of mascara.

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    Dandruff is one of those common issues many of us have yet shy away from speaking about. Having white flakes fall on your black turtleneck has been portrayed in beauty campaigns and commercials as a nightmare, but the reality is that dandruff is super common and doesn't have to prevent you from feeling fabulous in black — or in general. Some cases are mild, and others more severe, but thankfully, with the right regimen, dandruff can be easily controlled.

    Stephen Pullan, a trichologist at the Philip Kingsley Trichological Clinic in New York, tells Refinery29 that all dandruff doesn't look the same."It can be thought of as dead skin cells shedding off the top layer of the scalp, [which] happens all over the body," he points out. "The process can speed up, however, creating visual dandruff, or even worse, [symptoms] such as a bothersome form of flakes that adhere to the hair shaft and can create hair loss."

    The good news, however, for people living with this annoying issue is that it is treatable and it starts with finding the right shampoo. "Dandruff shampoos work to decrease flaking, normalize rapid cell turnover, hydrate the scalp, and indirectly decrease itching," dermatologist and Dove hair expert Francesca Fusco, MD, adds.

    Dermatologist Neil Sadick, MD, of Sadick Dermatology in New York City notes that it's important to pay attention to ingredient labels when shopping for cleansers. "Look for shampoos that have ingredients like ketoconazole or zinc pyrithione," he says. "Both of these are chemical compounds have anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties that reduce and prevent fungus growth on the scalp."

    To help you have a more soothing shampoo experience, we asked the pros for their favorite formulas for ditching dandruff, ahead.

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    According to dermatologist Ellen Marmur, MD, of Marmur Medical, treating mild dandruff at home is as simple as adding a drugstore pick into the mix. "This shampoo has dandruff-fighting agents such as zinc pyrithione, selenium sulfide, and zinc carbonate," she says. "These ingredients work together to moisturize and soothe the scalp to prevent further flaking."



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    This classic formula is also a great option for scalp relief. It has selenium sulfide solution, a topical medication used for treating scalp dermatitis and dandruff. It's also silicone- and paraben-free for those avoiding these common ingredients.



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    Dr. Sadick recommends shampooing with Nizoral if you experience regular flaking. "This is a good option because it contains ketoconazole, which is anti-fungal," he says. "Some anti-dandruff shampoos can be slightly harsh on hair, so always use a moisturizing conditioner that doesn't leave behind residue after."



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    You don't have to compromise the appearance of your strands for a soothed scalp, though — especially if your hair is color-treated. Dr. Sadick recommends this Redken formula for anyone with fresh color. " It's formulated with pyrithione zinc, which treats dandruff without fading hair color."



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    Turns out Prince Harry and Meghan Markle won’t be neighbors to Prince William and Kate Middleton after all.

    Royal rumors of tension between the brothers began swirling when news surfaced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex wouldn’t permanently be putting down roots in Kensington Palace in the apartment located directly next to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Instead, The Sun reported that Harry and Meghan will move into Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Estate. This is allegedly due to speculation from British tabloids that the couple doesn’t “want to live next to William and Kate and want to strike out on their own.”

    It looks like those rumors might have a grain of truth: the Palace recently confirmed the move and provided a timeline for it.

    “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will move to Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Estate early next year as they prepare for the arrival of their first child. The couple have lived at Nottingham Cottage since their engagement last year,” the statement read. “Windsor is a very special place for Their Royal Highnesses and they are grateful that their official residence will be on the estate. The Duke and Duchess's office will continue to be based at Kensington Palace.”

    As far as the rumored tension between William and Harry, it seems to be centered around the reports that Harry will set up his own court, distinct from William’s after Meghan gives birth. Doing so will allow Harry and Meghan to pursue “more discursive and creative” projects such as the Invictus Games and the campaign for girls’ empowerment in Africa, according to Robert Lacey, a royal historian and consultant for Netflix’s The Crown.

    On the move to establish separate courts, Lacey told The Daily Beast that “it’s overdue really. It makes sense because although they will act as a team in the future, the functions of the team members will change.”

    Obviously, the Palace didn’t address whether or not the courts' separation was the underlying catalyst for the move. Some seem to have run with the royal rumor, though and are determined to pit the two brothers against each other, much like what’s been done with Meghan and Kate.

    Now I know photos don’t show everything, but judging by how happy everyone looked in Prince Charles’ 70th birthday portrait, one can probably rule out any major drama between William and Harry. The two probably just want a little space to branch out and forge new normals with their own families, and who could blame them for that?

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