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    Keeping up with hair color trends is almost as hard as keeping up with the Kardashians. One day neons greens and pastel pinks are all the rage and the next a new blonde or brunette highlighting technique pops up. Red, however, is one color that isn't new to being trendy — especially on the heads of women of color.

    Back in the day, different shades of burgundy and red were very common to see on women of color, whether their hair was permed or natural. Many of them achieved the color with at-home box dyes or temporary color rinses. According to Mezei Jefferson, director of multicultural education at L'Oreal, Dark & Lovely's third bestselling shade of all time is — you guessed it — Vivacious Red.

    The crimson trend is still alive and well in the natural hair community, though it goes beyond just being a flattering tone on deeper complexions. "When most women with natural hair come into the salon for color, their biggest concern is not damaging their curls," says Jaxcee, color director at Hair Rules. "Dyeing your hair red is easy because it's one of the only dramatic shades that picks up on dark hair without bleach, per se. Because of this, those burgundy and red tones are easier to achieve, especially if you're coloring your hair at home because lightener is hardly ever involved."

    If you've been holding off on having fun with your natural hair color out of fear of permanently ruining your curls, consider going red. It's an easy way to transform your curls without compromising the health of your hair. From red velvet tint, mulled wine, to copper, there's a million different ways to embrace the shade. Find some of our favorite ways to rock it, ahead.

    Monica, licensed cosmetologist and creator of MoKnowsHai r, has rocked various shades of red — from burgundy to brick. "My signature red color is Ion Demi-Permanent 6RV processed with Ion 10 volume developer," she tells us. In other words, she achieves her trademark color at home without bleaching her IG-famous curls. Her current shade is a gradient crimson that peaks through her natural black color.

    These vibrant curls are equal parts red, purple, and fabulous. We especially love the maroon-colored lipstick to match.

    Go against the traditional grain and focus your red velvet color to the ends of your hair, versus all over your entire head. It'll make your curly puff way more interesting and creates a gradient effect when your hair is down.

    These curls fall on the burgundy side of the spectrum and remind us of the colors Kelly Rowland rocked during her Destiny's Child days — which was basically perfection.

    If brick red is your go-to lipstick shade for fall, consider trying a similar red-orange shade on your curls. The spiced shade looks especially edgy on a tapered haircut.

    You can use Kiss Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Crimson to achieve a similar cherry tint — or just screenshot this image and take it to your colorist.

    True red, as seen here, is classic and timeless on dark hair. Letting your jet-black pieces mix with the vibrant shade also adds dimension to your look.

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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: a project manager working in risk management who makes $92,000 per year and spends some of her money this week on a turtleneck from Alabama Chanin.

    Occupation: Project Manager
    Industry: Risk Management
    Age: 40
    Location: Kansas City, MO
    Salary: $92,000 base with a ~$30,000 bonus
    Paycheck Amount (Biweekly): $2,619

    Monthly Expenses
    House Payment: $1,000 (for maintenance and property taxes)
    Car Fund: $400 (for taxes and eventually buying a new car)
    Health Insurance: $35 (high deductible plan)
    Home & Auto Insurance: $168
    Utilities: $240
    Home Security Monitoring: $35
    Cable/Internet: $198
    Cell Phone: $89
    Netflix: $8
    Hulu: $13
    Yoga Streaming Subscription: $10
    Audible: $15
    Eyelash Extension Membership: $60 (service only, I tip each visit)
    Savings: $750
    401(k): $460 (My employer matches my 6%.)

    Day One

    7:30 a.m. — First alarm. (Google Home, which I immediately tell to turn off.)

    7:45 a.m. — Second alarm (iPhone — I reach over and hit snooze.)

    7:54 a.m. — Third alarm (iPhone again). Okay, I really need to get up today. It's my last day of work before a week and a half of PTO. I'm looking forward to turning off my work computer and phone tonight!

    8 a.m. — Get dressed, make coffee, and wander into my home office.

    10 a.m. — After slogging through emails and preparing an end-of-month report, I drive to the nearest Starbucks with my reusable mug and order a short flat white. There is a local café closer to my house, but after a recent work trip I've collected some rewards on my Starbucks card and want to take advantage of the free drink. I stop at QT to fill up the gas tank on my way home. $45

    5:45 p.m. — After a marathon of work, I set my out-of-office email notification and record a new voicemail. I'm thankful for the job I have and the privilege to work from home. It's been a busy season full of travel and long hours, though, so I'm excited to disconnect. It dawns on me that other than the flat white, I've only consumed a protein bar today. I quickly heat up a frozen meal (General Tso tofu from Good Earth – two thumbs up).

    6:30 p.m. — Have a couple of friends over. I prepare margaritas for the group and probably drink two to three myself. We graze on chips/salsa, popcorn, and hummus.

    9 p.m. — A few of us plan a movie/dinner night this upcoming Saturday, and we'll all hang out during election-related activities next week. Once everyone leaves, I fill my 25-ounce Swell bottle with water, grab the rest of the popcorn, and park myself on the couch to watch my favorite movie of all time, The Shining.

    Daily Total: $45

    Day Two

    9 a.m. — I set an alarm for two reasons: my dad is coming over to help tackle the leaf situation in my yard, and — this is important — without an alarm, I will sleep indefinitely. I cannot overstate how much I love sleeping. My love of uninterrupted sleep is one of the top reasons I have never wanted children. (Halfway kidding; it's true I've never wanted to be a parent, but for better reasons.)

    10 a.m. — After my first cup of coffee and two frozen waffles, I get started outside. Dad comes over with his own leaf blower, and we attack the backyard in sections.

    1:30 p.m. — We've filled 20 bags with mulched leaf material. It's hardly finished, but the yard is clear enough to mow at this point. That's a chore for another day. I help my dad load the bags onto his truck bed, because he is generously dropping them off for me at the waste facility. I toast a pita, then dip it in a mixture of hummus, feta, and Sriracha.

    2:30 p.m. — I'd love to take a shower, but since I'm already covered in leaf dust and wearing my workout clothes, it's time for a jog. I take a four-mile route through the neighborhood and notice how many peoples' yards are also covered in leaves. Damn those mature oak trees.

    3:30 p.m. — I finally take a shower, then work through my “morning” skincare routine and get dressed. I don't have anything planned for tonight, and my refrigerator is nearly bare after getting home from a three-week work trip. I sit down at the kitchen table and compile a grocery list. I spent most of last month dining out, so I'm looking forward to cooking at home for a stretch.

    5:30 p.m. — I usually take advantage of my work-from-home situation and grocery shop over my lunch hour, and this is why — the market is packed with people on their way home from the office right now. Kids, too. It's a zoo. I buy quinoa, rice, cheese, plenty of fruits and veggies, soup, and brownie mix. I leave with two giant BAGGU bags, practically bursting. I should be set for the next week at home. $94

    7:30 p.m. — I make my favorite caprese quinoa bake for dinner (like lasagna, but a bit healthier). I have a glass of wine while cooking, and then a second glass while settling in for the final couple episodes of season two of Making a Murderer. Then I go online and order a Tom Ford candle I've been thinking about for a couple of weeks. The scent is called “Fucking Fabulous.” It's expensive, but I'll reuse the jar once it burns through. I consider it a payment to myself for the leaf project. $108

    Daily Total: $202

    Day Three

    9 a.m. — I wake up to another alarm and lounge on the couch with coffee and an RXbar while I listen to CNN and manage my regular paycheck. I get paid every other Friday. This is the first check of the month, so I move $350 into my general savings account and $1,000 into my house fund. I own my home outright, so instead of paying a mortgage, I set aside this money to cover property taxes and any maintenance issues that arise. The roof and the electrical and HVAC systems are all in great condition, but I expect to replace the windows within two to three years, which will cost around $15,000. (When I get my second check, I'll put another $350 into general savings and $400 in my car fund. My bonus is paid separately, toward the end of the month, and that goes to my discretionary spending fund.) Since I get paid 26 times a year, every six months I get an “extra” regular check that I split between general savings and my discretionary fund.

    12 p.m. — I'm hungry, so I eat another helping of the caprese quinoa. I have a full schedule coming up this weekend, so I spend the afternoon deep cleaning the house, doing laundry, and listening to an audiobook.

    5 p.m. — It's almost dark out, so I change into sneakers and go for a leisurely three-mile jog. Once back, I walk down to the makeshift gym in my unfinished basement and complete a 60-minute yoga video. Nearly all of the Yoga With Adriene videos I use on a regular basis are available on her YouTube channel, but I pay for the monthly subscription because it seems fair. I relied on a handful of her “yoga for back pain” videos a few years ago while recovering from an injury, and they really helped me feel better.

    8 p.m. — Hell yeah, House of Cards!! Claire has always been my favorite character, and I'm looking forward to bingeing this final season. I could have happily eaten more quinoa for dinner, but I decide to mix it up with lentil soup and a side of toasted pita, followed by an Asian pear for dessert. I power through three episodes and have to convince myself to go to bed shortly after midnight. PTO is awesome.

    Daily Total: $0

    Day Four

    8 a.m. — Early wake-up call (for a Saturday) because I need to fit in a workout. It's now or never. I decide to walk downstairs and do an old P90X video. It's in the low 40s this morning and breezy, and I don't feel like breathing in all of that cold air during a run.

    10 a.m. — After my shower, I make some coffee and start getting ready for the day. Yesterday was basically my perfect day, since I'm a hardcore introvert. I feel a twinge of anxiety thinking about my plans today — once I leave the house this morning, I won't have a moment to myself. I convince myself it'll be fine.

    11:30 a.m. — I meet a work friend for brunch and order a French press and a yogurt/fruit/granola bowl. It's really good! I offer to pay for brunch because I chose the restaurant, and my friend had to drive a lot further. We agree that I'll pay the check, and she'll leave a cash tip. $28

    1:30 p.m. — Errand time. I squeeze in a trip to the tailor to drop off a new pair of pants that need a shorter hem. (It'll be $25 when I pick them up next weekend). Next I go to my parents' house to help them install and set up their Ring doorbell — my mother bought it a few months ago after seeing the camera footage from mine. Finally, I go to the eyelash studio for a touch up. This isn't part of my regular plan, but something I need after excessively washing/rubbing my eyes a couple of days ago after all that leaf dust. My appointment is with a new technician who I like more than the woman who usually does my refill. I think I might make a permanent switch. $50

    6 p.m. — Dinner and a movie at Alamo Drafthouse. I convinced my friends to see Suspiria. I love the original — I love nearly all of Dario Argento's films. The remake is fine; I would have liked it more if I'd never seen the first. I have a grilled cheese with fries and a Guinness during the movie. I had fun, but I feel sluggish after sitting for so long and eating a heavy meal. I'm looking forward to a hot bath, reading, and falling asleep before midnight. $40

    Daily Total: $118

    Day Five

    9 a.m. — Wake up. I brought my laptop to bed with me last night, so I pick up where I left off reading the news.

    10 a.m. — Eventually I get out of bed, make coffee, eat an English muffin with peanut butter, and watch the Sunday morning shows. I'm a news junkie. During commercial breaks I move back and forth to get dressed and apply makeup.

    12:30 p.m. — Mani-pedi time. I've been looking forward to this appointment all week. I usually have a manicure every other week and then do a pedicure every other time, but I haven't seen my regular manicurist in almost six weeks due to work travel. I stop at the Caribou Coffee across the parking lot for a latte to enjoy while I'm soaking in the pedicure tub ($4). When the appointment is over, I feel put together again. ($128 including tip). $132

    3 p.m. — My parents usually host a family dinner on Sunday nights. But this week, my father is having a Chiefs watch party at the house. I find football painfully boring, but stop over toward the end of the game to say hello to my parents and some family friends. I have a glass of pinot grigio, chips, salsa and — drumroll — homemade guacamole. Avocados are probably my favorite food, ever.

    5:30 p.m. — I arrive home and head to the basement for a workout. I do a 30-minute yoga routine and then jog on the treadmill while I watch '80s music videos on YouTube. I watch "Total Eclipse of the Heart" twice, because it's the greatest music video of all time, and I find it strangely motivating.

    7 p.m. — After I shower, I apply my weekly Babyfacial treatment from Drunk Elephant and dye my eyebrows. For the brows, I use a Godefroy kit. I used to have my brows tinted by a professional, but it only lasted seven to 10 days before fading. The kit costs about $8 per application, which is better than spending $30-$35 plus a tip to have someone else do it. It's easy to do on my own, but a little more time-consuming than the instructions suggest. I'm a big believer in not paying someone else to do something I can manage on my own.

    8 p.m. — I'm hungry again, so I finish off the caprese quinoa. I pour a glass of malbec and attack my annual closet cull. It doesn't take long; I don't have anything to donate this year, but I do find a few sweaters that need repair. Before bed, I remember to go online and restock my everyday skincare products, because the 20% coupon at Sephora is about to expire. It adds up quickly — once the charge posts, I'll pay it with money from my discretionary spending account. $321

    Daily Total: $453

    Day Six

    7:30 a.m. — I wake up before my alarm. Monday is trash day in my neighborhood, and the trucks are loud. It's fine, though, because despite being on PTO for another five days, there are some work responsibilities I have that it doesn't make sense to delegate — so I have about two hours of computer time ahead of me.

    8 a.m. — I make coffee and a big bowl of oatmeal before heading to my home office. I spend the next few hours lazily moving back and forth between my work laptop and browsing the new waffle knits on the Alabama Chanin website. I decide to order the turtleneck. I'm a little annoyed that there's a separate shipping fee (when almost all of your business is online, shouldn't that be figured into the item cost?), but I still want the top. $170

    12 p.m. — My friend and I volunteered to sit at an info table for a candidate we support in tomorrow's election. I'm passionate about politics, but deeply uncomfortable approaching strangers to discuss the topic. Neighborhood door-to-door canvassing is completely off the table for me. Usually I just write a check. This year, I am excited to do more. I feel totally comfortable sharing information with anyone who makes the first move. I'm pleasantly surprised to find that a number of people stop by the table to talk (mostly to say they're voting for our candidate), and I had no confrontations with passersby who supported the opponent. I was really nervous about that.

    5 p.m. — Back home, I inhale a protein bar and then squeeze in a short three-mile jog. I usually do at least one long run every week (over five miles), but haven't done one in a month. I promise myself I'll get back on track after the election.

    7 p.m. — After I shower, I make a batch of rice and beans for tonight's dinner and lunches for the rest of the week. I add avocado slices, corn, shredded cheese, and salsa to my dinner portion for tonight. It's as good as a Chipotle bowl. After eating and cleaning the stovetop, I warm up the oven and make brownies for my election watch party tomorrow night. I obviously have to sample a finished brownie, for quality control.

    9:30 p.m. — Time to continue my House of Cards binge. It's cold, so I make some hot tea. I watch a couple episodes in the living room, then transition to my bedroom and listen to a podcast before falling asleep.

    Daily Total: $170

    Day Seven

    7 a.m. — My alarm goes off, and I jump out of bed. It's finally here — Election Day! I've been waiting two years for this. I celebrate by browning some halloumi for breakfast. I heard someone call halloumi “the vegetarian alternative to bacon,” and that's a pretty apt description. It's salty goodness, for sure.

    8:30 a.m. — After getting dressed and made up, I head out the door with a travel coffee in hand. There's often a line at my polling place. Today, I only have to wait five minutes or so to retrieve my ballot. There's a café across the street, and I walk over to refill my coffee mug with a cappuccino. $3

    1 p.m. — I meet my mother for lunch, as is our Election Day tradition. This year we chose a Thai restaurant. We each have a cup of soup and split pineapple fried rice with tofu. Mom pays for lunch. We're both cautiously optimistic about local and state races. We were overconfident back in 2016.

    3 p.m. — I stop at the liquor store to buy a couple bottles of wine for tonight's party, then drive home to start watching CNN. $33

    6:30 p.m. — A friend picks me up, and we head to the election party, brownies and wine in tow. I stay until 11, catching a ride home with someone else. I'm stuffed after snacking on apps and dessert all night, plus at least three glasses of wine. It was a rollercoaster night. My congressional candidate was a winner, so that was great, but we lost more statewide races than we won. My city and my neighborhood in particular lean progressive, but every year it seems like the rest of the state gets more and more conservative. Still, I go to bed feeling optimistic about 2020.

    Daily Total: $36

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    Cyber Monday deals are no longer just for products. Streaming platforms are getting in on one of the biggest shopping days of the year by offering introductory and year-long discounts.

    It’s getting colder outside, the perfect weather for movie marathons and listening to holiday music tucked up in blankets, so now couldn’t be a more perfect time to get your streaming subscriptions in order. What better way to break in the new smart speaker or TV you bought?

    Read on for some of the best deals we found.

    Spotify

    Get Spotify premium for three months for just $0.99. Not per month. $0.99, period. If you’re looking for a deal on their family plan, you’re in luck. From now until the end of the year, you can get a free Google Home Mini whether you are a new subscriber or an existing one. You won’t get a discount on the monthly rate, which is $14.99 per month for up to six people, but a free Google Home Mini is a pretty sweet deal.

    Hulu

    Through the end of Cyber Monday, Hulu is offering 12 months of its limited commercial plan for only $0.99 per month. Usually, this service runs for $7.99 per month. That’s like getting Hulu for about 88% off its normal price. Cyber Monday deals are good, but rarely are they that good.

    This deal is only available to new subscribers or returning subscribers who haven’t had a Hulu subscription for at least the past 12 months.

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    Not quite as sweet of a deal as Hulu, but Tidal is offering three months of their music streaming service for just $0.99 per month. You can also get their HD streaming service for $1.99 per month for the first three months. The premium and HD plans are usually $9.99 and $19.99 per month, respectively. Both offers only apply to first-time subscribers.

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    The day after Thanksgiving — when many Americans are sleeping off their feasts and hunkering down for the holiday weekend — is a notoriously effective day for burying any major news. But this weekend, a big story dropped: a new report on global warming was issued by more than a dozen federal agencies outlining the national risks of unchecked climate change.

    This landmark report, the second volume of the National Climate Assessment, was mandated by Congress and publicly released by the White House on Friday afternoon. The findings conclude that public health, the environment, and the national economy will be threatened by climate change over the next century if we do not take action.

    According to the assessment, many predicted effects of climate change are already coming true, as reported by The New York Times. Tides are rising, with more reports of flooding in coastal regions, and warmer oceans are disrupting the fishing industry. The amount of ozone, smoke, and other air pollutants that cause illness and early death is increasing as wildfires grow larger, last longer, and become more dangerous. According to the Department of Defense, global warming also causes and prolongs political instability abroad, especially in countries with fewer resources; the strain of adjusting to climate change “degrades living conditions, human security and the ability of governments to meet the basic needs of their populations.”

    It is vital to contact your representatives to make sure they know that climate change is a priority.

    If these losses are not sufficiently tangible, volume two of the National Climate Assessment offers projected costs of climate change — literally. By the end of the century, the United States is set to lose $141 billion from heat-related deaths, $118 billion from rising sea levels, and $32 billion from damaged infrastructure, among other costs. The findings conclude that the national economy could shrink up to 10% by 2100 if there is no change.

    It remains to be seen how the White House will react to this news, if at all. On Wednesday, a major cold front hit the northeast, and The Washington Post reports that much of the region saw record-low temperatures over the Thanksgiving holiday. In response, President Donald Trump tweeted, “Brutal and Extended Cold Blast could shatter ALL RECORDS - Whatever happened to Global Warming?”

    The president’s remarks reiterate and underscore his administration’s approaches to climate change and environmental policy, which are directly challenged and often contradicted by the findings in this new report. The president himself has even called climate change a “hoax.”

    Among many other changes, National Geographic reports that in the last year alone, the Trump administration has dismantled an Obama-era policy intended to limit car greenhouse gas emissions, loosened toxic air pollution regulations on private companies, and disbanded an EPA air pollution advisory panel. From high-profile moves, such as pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement, to various environmental policy changes and rollbacks over the past two years, this administration’s actions suggest it will continue to put the needs of manufacturing, oil, and big business ahead of addressing climate change.

    The climate change crisis is not limited to the U.S. Per the New York Times, this new report comes about a month after the release of a United Nations study which found that climate change poses severe international humanitarian and economic threats that could come to pass as early as 2040.

    The U.S. can take decisive and immediate action to help curb the effects of climate change.

    This can feel like an insurmountable problem — how do we fight against climate change in the present to prevent it from undermining our future? But the U.S. can take decisive and immediate action to help curb the effects of climate change. In order to help mitigate global warming, the report recommends establishing federal regulations on greenhouse gas emissions and limiting the amount of pollutants released into the air. It also recommends imposing taxes or fees on companies that regularly release greenhouse gases and spending public money on clean-energy research.

    It’s important to understand that the power to make this happen does not rest solely with the White House. The Supreme Court, for example, has refused the Trump administration’s request to block an unprecedented climate change lawsuit brought by a group of teens and young adults. They’re suing the federal government, arguing that they are being deprived of their rights to life, liberty, and property by the government’s failure to properly address climate change.

    Even more immediately, Congress can take legislative action. The House of Representatives flipped in Democrats’ favor after the midterms, but nothing is set in stone — so it is vital to contact your representatives to make sure they know that climate change is a priority.

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    No matter how many times your Apple Watch reminds you to get up to refill your glass water bottle and do a lap around the office during the day, and regardless of whether you prefer the soft mouthfeel of Evian to the crisp neutrality of Poland Spring, the human body is, and always will be, composed of more than 50% water. Consuming ample H2O on a daily basis is so much more than just a bragging right; it is essential for sustaining life, for powering your brain (73% water), your muscles (79%), and, perhaps most importantly, your skin (a healthy 64%).

    Moisturizer, then, is as crucial to your quality of life as a S'well bottle, or owning a Brita filter, or having a Smartwater sponsorship, like Jennifer Aniston. (Which is to say: great if you can swing it, but as long as you have access to clean drinking water, that's all that really matters.) And, as with water varietals, there are countless different moisturizers on the market; some subtly different, others markedly so, at a wide range of price points, to suit nearly any taste.

    So we tried $639 worth of them, on all different skin types and with only the highest standards. (Consider us the water sommeliers of the skin-care world.) Ahead, the five formulas that made the cut — and the one that really quenched our thirst, and emerged victorious in our 2018 Beauty Innovator Awards.

    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.

    "I usually don't exfoliate at all because of how sensitive my skin is. This moisturizer is a hydrator and exfoliator in one, which I've never seen in a product before, and it doesn't feel harsh on the skin like some exfoliators do. I definitely saw a difference in dullness and texture after just a week." —Thatiana Diaz, Beauty Writer



    Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Exfoliating Moisturizer, $68, available at DermStore

    "My skin is super oily, and I really have to avoid wearing moisturizer in the summer. I know this product works because even when I was standing on subway platforms during a New York City heatwave — which literally feels like you're standing at the gates of hell — my skin remained matte." —Ashley Edwards, Senior News & Politics Editor



    Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly, $28, available at Ulta Beauty

    "I almost fainted when I found out about the price of this moisturizer. For something that smells and feels like the multipurpose lotion your mom used to buy in bulk 'for guests,' it was definitely a shocker. The magnetized closure and suede carrying case made me want to despise this product. AND YET. This moisturizer brought back a glow to my face — some color and warmth and depth and shine — that I thought I lost in college." —Connie Wang, Senior Features Writer



    Augustinus Bader The Cream, $265, available at Violet Grey

    "I don't think enough moisturizers actually relieve dry skin. This one does, which is why it's perfect for winter or about that time in November your 80-year-old gas radiator creaks to life." —Samantha Sasso, Beauty Writer



    Dove DermaSeries Dry Skin Relief Fragrance-Free Face Cream , $10.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond

    "A drugstore facial moisturizer that doesn't smell like grandma bathrooms or make your face burn in the teenage acne way? Olay Whips is a godsend with a great, creamy-gel-like consistency that sinks in deep and stays there. I find that it's slightly too light for my desert of a face, but for the price, it's something I'd keep an extra jar of at work for second reapplications." —Wang



    Olay Olay Regenerist Whip with Sunscreen SPF 25 Moisturizer, $36.99, available at CVS

    "Total magic. I used this one for two weeks, and I really saw the effects. Easy to apply, and my skin felt tighter and brighter, like Lady Gaga in the 'Shallow' scene of A Star Is Born." —Justin Ravitz, Deputy Editor



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    In the Venn diagram of the biggest travel weekend of the year and the biggest shopping weekend of the year, lies Cyber Monday luggage deals right there in the middle. In fact you may very well be clicking on this as you're waiting to board a plane/train/yet another plane, right this very moment. Whatever serendipitous algorithm brought you here, we're glad it did, because the sales on travel goods are peaking and this is the time to cash in on stylish, seamless, smart gear that makes your life that much better en route.

    Shop on before the deals are gone — it's a mixed bag of Cyber Monday, Travel Tuesday, and simply darn good fall sales that we've rounded up for you and several tout the anxiety-inducing "limited availability." But don't fret, there's lots to choose from so the only direction you can go from here is wheels up.

    Calpak

    The best-selling milk marble travel collection is available as a discounted bundle on Calpak. It includes: Astyll carry-on luggage, vanity case, 5-piece set of packing cubes, and the power luggage tag.



    Calpak The Milk Marble Bundle, $245, available at Calpak

    Bric's

    Not only is Italian luggage mecca Bric's offering site-wide savings of 20% and free shipping, it also has a few knockout deals in its special sales section. This light but exceptionally sturdy "Holiday Jet Set " duo is regularly priced at $275, but available for $125.80, while supplies last.



    Bric's Ready, Jet, Holiday Set, $125.8, available at Bric's

    Paravel

    Receive 20% off plus a free gift on orders of $75 and up at Paravel through Monday. The award-winning travel collection doesn't sacrifice good looks for innovation.

    Promo code: GIFTBIG



    Paravel Stowaway Collapsable Suitcase, $325, available at Paravel

    Jansport

    The Black Friday sale page at Jansport will be live through the end of Monday if you're looking for a solid new backpack at up to 30% off.



    JanSport Pike Backpack, $37, available at JanSport

    Ted Baker

    Up to 50% site-wide means you may want to finally invest in a case that ensures your powders don't break, your essentials oils are contained, and the cotton swabs are front and center.



    Ted Baker Bow Detail Vanity Case, $157, available at Ted Baker London

    Eastpak at Matches Fashion

    Here's a triple hack for a really good deal on Eastpak at Matches Fashion. 1. It's all categorized under "men's" so you won't find it in the women's section; 2. You have to search Eastpack rather than Eastpak to see it all, and don't ask how we figured that out; 3. There's an additional 10% off on top the already discounted deal at checkout with the Cyber Monday promo code.

    Promo code: EXTRA10



    Eastpak Tranverz Rubber medium suitcase, $87, available at MatchesFashion.com

    Nordstrom Rack

    Nordy's outlet has gone off the charts when it comes to Cyber Week deals — luggage and travel offering included. We spotted up to 81% off enviable trolleys that will have you coasting through security like a champion.



    Vince Camuto Corinn 20" Expandable Hardside Spinner Suitcase, $69.97, available at Nordstrom Rack

    Samsonite

    Samsonite has a suite of Cyber Week offerings on its site right now but we think this deal on the brand new 'Karissa ' spinner is extra sweet. Not only is it on sale, you also get to choose a matching duffel ($200 value) or backpack ($150 value) at checkout.

    Promo code: THANKS



    Samsonite Karissa Biz 20" Spinner, $199.99, available at Samsonite

    Coach

    The Cyber Sale at Coach has some choice shoes and handbags marked down at 50% off. But it's this classic passport case that we have our eye on. Buy now and have it for life — this handsome leather holder will patina gorgeously in the years to come.

    Promo code: THANKS18



    Coach Saddle Passport Case, $95, available at Coach

    Away

    Away is offering complimentary hand-painted monograms on luggage orders. Order them soon if you want to get them in time for holiday gifting.

    Cargo Works

    Up to to 30% off site-wide and free shipping on all goods at Cargo Works, a company that's committed to making urban travel much more organized.



    Cargo Works 13" MacBook EDC Kit, $44.9, available at Cargo Works

    L.L. Bean

    20% off plus free shipping and a $10 gift card on sales of $50 or more through Tuesday.

    Promo code: THANKS20



    L.L. Bean Adventure Duffle, Tri-Color Large, $69.95, available at L.L. Bean

    Vera Bradley

    30% off site-wide including sale items and free shipping at the happy quilted land of handbags and accessories. Be the coolest girl at the sleepover forever with a Vera Bradley iconic travel organizer.



    Vera Bradley Iconic Hanging Travel Organizer, $58, available at Vera Bradley

    Kenneth Cole

    Kenneth Cole's Cyber Week lineup is a true blow-out. Here's what's happening: 50% off site-wide, free shipping on orders of $100 or more, free gift on orders of $100, plus there's these deals dubbed "rule breaker price" like this spinner that's originally $200 on sale for $75 through Monday or while supplies last.



    Reaction Kenneth Cole Renegade 20 Inch Navy Carry-On, $75, available at Kenneth Cole

    Saks Fifth Avenue

    If the Fendi travel duffel is not in your gift giving budget this year, your wanderlust buddy will still appreciate a token of first class appreciation from Ban.do available at Saks Fifth Avenue's killer 40% off designer sale.



    ban.do First Class Toiletries Bag, $11.2, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

    Crash Baggage

    The hot new collection of durable "handle without care" luggage comes pre-banged up (for the love of design!) and built out of light, resistant materials so it won't...get dented anymore. Dunno, but we like it! It's hard to come by a sale when the product is so new but here's what we've got if your interest is piqued:

    Luisaviaroma is offering 20% off site-wide with code BF20.

    Yoox is offering 25% off everything through Monday.

    Forzieri a site that sells only luxury accessories, handbags, and luggage has an up to 40% off flash sale landing page that includes oodles of travel goodies including this unique case.



    Crash Baggage Share Carry-On Trolley, $325, available at Forzieri

    Groupon

    The mega deals site has multiple offers you can't refuse, but be forewarned, you must move fast on these because speed is the name of the game when limited quantities are involved.

    Promo code: DECK



    Rivolite Expandable Hard-Sided Spinner Set with TSA Lock , $129, available at Groupon

    Zappos

    Free shipping, mega site-wide saving, and the best costumer service on the world wide web at Zappos through Monday. Did you know how extensive its travel and luggage offering was?



    Burton Wheelie Flight Deck, $160.99, available at Zappos

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    Have you been putting off getting an Apple Watch? If so, this Monday might be the day to finally take the plunge.

    On Monday, November 26 — known affectionately to deal-hunters everywhere as “Cyber Monday ” or "Cyber Week " — Apple Watch prices will be joining brands like Glossier and Macy's by dramatically slashing prices on Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, and even Apple’s own website. Basically? It’s absolutely worth checking out the sales ahead of time, whether you’re definitely going to buy a watch or only want to take a look at them — you know, just to see what’s out there. Either way, here are the best Apple Watch deals for this Cyber Monday.

    Best Buy has a great deal on Apple Watches, offering the 38mm for $229 and the 42mm for $259.



    Apple Apple Watch Series 3, $229, available at Best Buy

    Apple is also lowering the price on the Series 3 watch. You can get a 42mm starting at $309 and a 38 mm starting at $279 (the newer Series 4 starts at $399). You’ll also get an $50 Apple Store gift card if you buy any Series 3 Apple Watch.



    Apple Apple Watch Series 3, $279, available at Apple

    An Apple Watch Series 3 equipped with GPS and cellular data is usually $409 on Amazon. But Amazon is slashing $80 off their price, making it $329 on Cyber Monday.



    Apple Apple Watch Series 3, $329, available at Amazon

    You can also get the 38mm from Amazon for $299.



    Apple Apple Watch Series 3, $299, available at Amazon

    Walmart cut $50 off their 42mm Series 3 Apple Watch, making it $309.



    Apple Apple Watch Series 3, $309, available at Walmart

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    Thanksgiving and Black Friday may be over, but the deals most definitely are not. In fact, they are just heating up on Cyber Monday.

    That new smartphone, tablet, or laptop you've been eying all year long could be yours on the internet's favorite post-Turkey day holiday. As if you needed another reason to splurge on electronics, Apple is totally making it worth your while. Now through Cyber Monday, the tech retailer is offering special deals and givebacks (such as gift cards) when you buy select products. Yup, it’s like getting paid to shop. And who doesn't love that?

    Even better is the fact that you can take advantage of the deals from the comfort of your own bed or sofa. From a $200 Apple Store gift card when you buy a Mac to a $50 Apple Store gift card when you buy select Beats, here are some pretty sweet deals from Apple.

    iPhone

    Ready to upgrade your smartphone? There's no better time like the present since snagging one on Cyber Monday will result in a $50 Apple Store Gift Card when you buy select SIM-free models.



    Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, $699, available at Apple

    iPad

    If you're looking for a sleek and portable table, an iPad is the way to go. Score a gift card of up to $100 when you buy select iPad models.



    Apple iPad 9.7-inch, $329, available at Apple

    Mac

    Finally Retire that old P.C. and upgrade to a Mac, MacBook Pro, or a MacBook Air. Either one will get you a $200 Apple Store Gift Card in return.



    Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro, $1299, available at Apple

    Apple Watch

    Tech, but make it fashion. Purchase an Apple Watch Series 3 and then use the $50 reward that comes with it to deck it out with a new band.



    Apple Apple Watch Series 3, $409, available at Apple

    HomePod and Apple TV

    Movie night anyone? Hosting the holiday movie marathon just got easier thanks to Apple TV. Get a $25 reward when you purchase one, or snag a $50 gift card instead when you buy a HomePod.



    Apple Apple TV, $149, available at Apple

    Beats

    What's a trip to the gym or across the country with without a snazzy pair of headphones? Swap your basic corded ones for something a little more comfy and chic. Doing so will score you a $50 gift card.



    Apple Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones , $299.95, available at Apple

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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: a senior director working in technology who makes $250,000 per year ($400,000 combined with her husband) and spends some of her money this week on a new passport.

    Occupation: Senior Director
    Industry: Technology
    Age: 30
    Location: New York, NY
    My Salary: $220,000 plus ~$30,000 bonus
    My Husband's Salary: ~$150,000 (with overtime)
    My Paycheck Amount (2x/month): $5,124
    My Husband's Paycheck Amount (Biweekly): It varies, but it's usually around $2,500.

    Monthly Expenses
    Rent: $2,000 for our one-bedroom in Manhattan. We spent SO LONG looking for this rent-controlled spot — it's literally a steal for how big it is. It's definitely not perfect, and it's super loud over a busy avenue, but I can't complain one bit with the cost!
    Mortgage For Rental Property: $2,500
    Student Loans: $0 (I worked my ass off to get a scholarship, and my husband paid his off a few years ago.)
    MetroCard: $50
    Spotify Family Plan: $15 (My sis, BFF, and bro are also on the plan.)
    Gym: $99 (My husband's work comps his gym membership.)
    Phone: $50 (I pay my dad for our share of the family plan.)
    Netflix: $50
    Cable: $180 (We have cable for sports, ugh)
    Amazon Subscribe & Save: $30 monthly plus $150 every three months for vitamins and skincare
    Retirement: I max out at $5,000/year in my IRA, and my husband puts his max allotment of 18% into his pension every year. We also are trying to save $100,000 this year, which is a super lofty goal, but we want to buy Manhattan real estate soon.

    Annual Expenses
    Amazon Prime: $99
    Car, Renters & Home Insurance: $2,000
    Thrive Market: $50 (It's SO much cheaper for organic foods.)

    Day One

    6 a.m. — Alarm goes off, and I awake from a coma. I check texts and emails from bed and answer a few time-sensitive Slacks. Then I groggily throw my workout clothes on, brush my teeth, down a glass of water and a probiotic, and I'm out the door to the gym. I try to find a new Spotify playlist on the short walk over and stumble upon a '90s hip-hop one. Just what I need this morning. I do a 20-minute warm-up on the StairMaster then and a brutal but fun full-body HIIT workout.

    7:20 a.m. — Stayed a little longer than I meant to, as usual. This is my me time, and sometimes I lose track of time. I speed walk home and pop into the bodega under my apartment — I ran out of bananas this week and need them for my morning smoothie! I also buy more almond milk (running low), and peanut butter cups for my husband, B., as a treat for when he gets home. It's the little things that matter! $15.33

    8 a.m. — Once I'm showered and moisturized, I make my go-to morning smoothie: spinach, almond milk, two scoops of collagen powder, a banana, and a small spoonful of coconut oil. So good! I down it as I put on my light makeup: powder, mascara, brows, and a bit of blush. Today is a no-wash day, so I brush my hair and flat iron it a bit to look presentable. Then I throw on some low-heeled booties, jeans, and a blouse, and I'm out the door. I have exactly four minutes to make it to the stop before I miss the bus. I love cutting it close.

    8:15 a.m. — My team has been at the office late all week preparing for a huge release we have coming up, so I stop at a cute coffee shop by the office to get some croissants and a few coffees for the crew to show a little appreciation. I make sure to get my other fellow celiac coworker a GF muffin. I expense it. On the elevator ride up to the office, I try to answer a Slack while balancing coffees, and it's almost a nightmare. I remind myself to put the phone away and do a quick 30 seconds of relaxed breathing. We have a crazy day ahead. ($35 expensed)

    11:55 a.m. — I have five minutes between meetings to eat. I'm usually able to eat my breakfast at 10:15, but today there were fires to put out left and right. I grab my breakfast from the fridge: two hard-boiled eggs, chicken sausage, and sautéed peppers I brought from home. I don't even have the patience to wait for the microwave and practically swallow it whole as I refill my water bottle. After I eat, I chitchat with a coworker for a minute about a project we're working on. Off to more meetings!

    2:15 p.m. — Another break between meetings — this time I have a full 30 minutes, which means it's lunchtime. I grab my prepped salad out of the fridge, which I made with a protein salad mix, candied pecans from Trader Joe's, butternut squash, cranberries, and some Applegate turkey meat I cut up and threw in, tossed with lemon-turmeric dressing. I thought it would be weird, but it's actually so good! The greens feel like weeds though. I'll stick to spring mix. After lunch, I head into the handicap bathroom for my three minutes of quiet time. This is a new thing I am trying: I set a timer on my watch, close my eyes, and try to meditate. Sometimes I end up scrolling on Instagram or just thinking of my huge to-do list instead, but I try and calm my breath at least. Work in progress, right? I text B. a fun Bitmoji, grab some mouthwash in the bathroom, and head off to my next meeting.

    5 p.m. — In the middle of a meeting, I realize my sister's birthday is next week and I haven't gotten her anything yet! She is so tough to shop for, so I typically go for a sentimental gift or an activity together. I start browsing for show tickets, and remember that Mean Girls is on Broadway. We used to love Regina George! I get us two tickets for the premium seating up front. We have a small family, so I feel okay spending a chunk of money on her birthday present. It's literally one of the few I have to buy all year. $250

    8:30 p.m. — Finally leave work. I thoroughly enjoy my 25-minute walk home — I get to listen to half a podcast and decompress. I get a text from B. asking me to pick up orange juice, shampoo, and hand soap on the way home. Every time I go to Duane Reade, I just don't understand where the money goes. We try to buy everything for our home in bulk from Boxed (SO MUCH CHEAPER), but the choices of shampoo are limited. Plus those bottles are giant — it's like a workout just to lather. $27.22

    8:45 p.m. — Dinner time! B. already ate, so he sits with me while I finish the rest of a meal I prepped: salsa verde/tomatillo tri-tip roast that I cooked in the Crock-Pot on Sunday, rice, and roasted broccoli. I douse it with Sriracha. We catch up on our days and then move to the couch to cuddle and watch an episode of The Sinner. It's soooo good! I want to binge-watch, but B. is exhausted from working last night, so he heads to bed. I catch up on a few emails and work on a presentation for next week. At around 10:30, I fall asleep at the keyboard and then force myself to do my nighttime routine and head to bed.

    Daily Total: $292.55

    Day Two

    6 a.m. — Alarm goes off, and I groggily stumble out of bed and trip over the blankets in the process. I try so hard not to wake B., but the sound of me trying to avoid face-planting into the wall startles him awake. Oops. Typical morning routine — I throw on my workout clothes and check my emails while brushing my teeth. There's nothing that can't wait a few hours. I used to respond to everything right away, but it's not worth it anymore. I go for a 4.5 mile run outside and listen to some throwback jams.

    7:30 a.m. — It's Friday, which is my YOLO Day. I meal prep for Monday through Thursday, and Friday is the day I eat out/order in for lunch and dinner. I also let myself buy coffee on Fridays if I am really feeling it. I like nitro cold brew, which is ridiculously expensive for the tiny cups they serve it in, but I have it once or twice a month and it always feels like such a treat! Today I savor every sip on my endorphin-filled walk back to my apartment. $4.50

    8:15 a.m. — Shower, moisturize, and apply a daily serum. I use a new brand called Tula, and I seriously LOVE it. It smells good and makes my skin glow, and the Subscribe & Save lets me save a decent amount every few months. While I let my hair air dry, I make my spinach smoothie (never gets old) and sip it while doing my makeup. I am hungry this morning, so I also make myself two pieces of gluten-free toast with butter. (Our fridge is getting pretty empty.) My hair is half-dry already, so I finish it off with my blowdryer. After a recommendation from a coworker, I splurged on a pricey blowdryer last month, and it was worth every penny. My hair dries in eight minutes flat, and I have long hair! I go over some ends with my straightener, get dressed, and head out the door.

    9:30 a.m. — After a good power-hour of work at my desk, I preorder my Sweetgreen salad for lunch. I have another day of back-to-backs and love that it will be ready exactly at 12:15 and I won't need to wait in line. I make my own salad with steelhead and my favorite spicy dressing. Already looking forward to lunch! $15

    10:20 a.m. — Head to the kitchen for a snack and fill up my water bottle.

    12:15 p.m. — Hope the walk to Sweetgreen to pick up my lunch will help re-energize me. It doesn't. I get that second coffee from the office machine and drink it black. Then I power through the afternoon because I want to leave early today.

    3:30 p.m. — I get an email that an order I placed on Saks Off Fifth this week was declined. I absolutely hate talking on the phone, especially if I have to be on hold, but there's a 50% off deal on the whole site that ends today, so I want to take advantage of it. I call and it surprisingly goes pretty fast — they apologize for the issue and give me free overnight shipping! Even better. The sweet guy on the line even compliments me for my choices (jeans, a cashmere cardigan, and a few new white tees, lol). I have been on the hunt for a high-waisted, mid-wash pair of jeans, so I'm hoping these fit! $220

    5:30 p.m. — After powering through the afternoon, I'm feeling really good about where things stand for our release next week. B. and I head for a date night at a new cute Mexican spot that opened near our apartment. We get chips and guac, I get two carnitas tacos and one chorizo, and he gets four carnitas and one pescado. That man eats so much. I share half my chorizo with him because I don't love it. Back home, we crash on the couch and watch more of The Sinner. B. is working this weekend, so I enjoy my time with him. $62

    Daily Total: $301.50

    Day Three

    8:15 a.m. — B. left for work already, so I ease into the morning, scrolling on Insta/reading the news/ looking up recipes in bed. Get up, down some water, brush my teeth, and make a grocery list for after the gym. Since I have more time, I walk the extra few blocks to a different gym location. This one is bigger and all around nicer, plus it's closer to Trader Joe's. I do another HIIT body session with way too many squats and some treadmill incline sprints, and finish it up with some upper body work. My new music Friday playlist this week is FIRE.

    10 a.m. — After the gym, I change into dry athleisure and eat an Rxbar. Then I stop for a cold brew — I need all the energy I can for my Trader Joe's shopping trip. No one is their best self in there. This week I buy: spinach, mixed greens, bananas, apples, berries, mushrooms, bell peppers, two shallots, sweet potatoes, chicken breast, ground turkey, Applegate herbed turkey cold cuts, salsa verde, peanut butter chocolate pretzels (for B.), two dozen eggs, Kerrygold butter, canned tomatoes, canned sauce, chicken broth, Rxbars, and dried mangos. Can't help but grab a bag of Scandinavian Swimmers while I'm in line either. They're so good! I manage to make it home with the shopping cart and two bags on each shoulder! (I bring the slightly embarrassing but oh-so-functional grocery cart to haul all the food 10 blocks back to my apartment.) Workout part two, done. $168

    11 a.m. — After a shower, I make myself brunch while I catch up with my BFF who lives across the country. We talk about my upcoming visit in a few weeks. (It's a work trip that I'm extending.) I make two sunny-side up eggs, chicken apple sausage, sautéed spinach, and a side of gluten-free toast. Once I'm done, I get to work meal-prepping, and first up is the chicken cacciatore. I sauté peppers and mushrooms in pan and then assemble the chicken, tomatoes, sauce, and seasoning in the slow cooker. Then I add veggies and put it in the fridge. I'm going to turn it on tomorrow morning so it's ready by dinner time. I throw rice in the rice cooker and start browning turkey in a pan with taco seasoning. Once that's done, I chop some veggies for salads for the week (cucumbers, more peppers, and cherry tomatoes) and Tupperware it. This is five dinners and four lunches! All in a day's work.

    2 p.m. — I set up shop on the couch with my Scandinavian gummies and watch To All the Boys I've Loved Before on Netflix. I thought it would be cheesy, but it's so cute. I really enjoy it. While I watch, I casually check email and scroll the 'gram a bit. Nothing urgent, thank god.

    5 p.m. — Head out to shop for birthday cards and gifts for a few friends, including one whose birthday dinner is tonight. I head to Walgreens to buy two birthday cards, tissue paper, and a gift bag for the super soft sweater I bought for tonight's birthday girl. I then head down to Soho to shop for my other friend's birthday gift. I find the cutest embroidered pineapple t-shirt at Madewell that screams my friend, so I buy it for her along with cute socks. $95

    6 p.m. — Time to start getting ready! I haven't seen this friend much recently, so I am excited. I curl my hair, pull on my favorite black jeans and slinky black tank, and take a selfie and send it to B. I am going to be the awkward seventh wheel tonight since B. is at work. I take an Uber to the restaurant. $12.50

    10 p.m. — This group doesn't get together often, but we love a good birthday celebration. We order several pitchers of sangria, tons of paella, and lots of bacon-y appetizers, and the couples share tons of delicious stuff I can't have. Having celiac sucks, but I drown my sorrows over my lack of croquettes in sangria. One of the girls brought cupcakes for dessert from my friend's favorite bakery and even brought me a GF one — so sweet! We all split the bill and cover my friend's tab. I Venmo my other friend for my portion of the cupcakes. $182

    10:30 p.m. — We hang out after dinner, but I can barely keep my eyes open. I call an Uber to head home. It's surge fare, which makes me rage-y. I chug two glasses of water when I get home — I barely drink, and I know I am going to be hurting tomorrow. Fall asleep watching Friends. $16

    Daily Total: $473.50

    Day Four

    8 a.m. — B. and I cuddle for a bit, and then I get up while he takes a long nap. I clean up around the apartment, turn on the slow cooker, and work for a bit.

    10 a.m. — I head to our favorite coffee shop and buy B. a large cold brew. I'm starving, but we're going out to brunch in a few hours and I don't want to spoil my appetite. I eat an apple with peanut butter to hold me over. $3.53

    12:30 p.m. — We have another birthday brunch today! Everyone we know has birthdays within a two-week period, so it's a little crazy. I shower, get ready, and wake B. up. Our bathroom is so small that it's impossible to fit two people in there (#NYCLIVING), so I try to time it right. That's one good thing about having different schedules! G. takes exactly 12 minutes to get ready — so annoying, and he looks amazing. We call an Uber and head to Battery Park. $17

    2 p.m. — This place has gluten-free eggs Benedict, so I happily slurp up the hollandaise. We split the bill, and then I give my friend the present I got her. Turns out, she just bought the Madewell shirt herself (I have good taste, what can I say), but she has the gift receipt and can buy something else. We both laugh about it because the pineapple is so her! $58

    2:30 p.m. — Uber home and chill on the couch watching football. B. and I are both exhausted, and the smell of the slow cooker is making us hungry again. $14.22

    5 p.m. — We go for a run outside. Our tradition is to always run together once a weekend — it's one of our favorite things to do together. We cover five miles and enjoy pointing out all the new buildings popping up on the other side of the Hudson. We talk about where we want to buy — we've been saving for a down payment for years now, but can't decide if we want to stay in the city or go out further into the 'burbs. We don't have kids yet, so we're in no rush...plus we both love our short commutes too much to leave yet.

    6 p.m. — The chicken cacciatore is ready, and we eat it over rice while we watch more football. After a shower and more snuggles, we head to bed early.

    Daily Total: $92.75

    Day Five

    6 a.m. — Rise and shine. Big day today, so I head into work super early.

    6:20 a.m. — Do a quick 21-minute BBG workout in the living room and hope my downstairs neighbors don't hear me jumping around. Then I shower, blow dry my hair, and pick out my "power outfit": a peplum sweater tank, black jeans, and black heels.

    7:45 a.m. — Today is worthy of a mid-week coffee. I need the nitro! $5

    1 p.m. — Break for lunch amidst craziness. I eat my prepped taco bowl salad with rice, lettuce, taco seasoning, ground turkey, Sriracha, and salsa verde at my desk while I read over release notes.

    7 p.m. — A busy and long but exciting day! The presentation went great, so we head out to drinks to celebrate. I have soda water and lime — it's the best because no one asks why you're not drinking. Sometimes I just don't really want a drink. After a couple rounds, I pay the tab (expensing it to work), and head home early. My team is probably going to stay out late tonight, so I make a mental note to move our meeting back to 10 a.m. tomorrow. ($250 expensed)

    Daily Total: $5

    Day Six

    4:43 a.m. — I am heading to Boston for a day to do a presentation, so I'm up early to catch a flight. I jump in the shower for a quick rinse, put on makeup, fix my hair, and head out. I just have my tote because I'm not even staying the night. No matter the traffic, I am always shocked at the cost of an Uber to LGA. ($120 expensed)

    6:30 a.m. — Spend $18 on runny tasteless eggs and bacon at an airport restaurant. Why is it so expensive and never good? At least this is expensed. I thank myself for bringing snacks for later. ($18 expensed)

    12:30 p.m. — The team takes me out to lunch to celebrate a good meeting before I head back to the airport.

    4:30 p.m. — Back in NYC. Can't wait to head home and be on my couch. This is peak traffic time, so the ride takes upwards of two hours. At least the ridiculous Uber cost is expensed? ($120 expensed)

    Daily Total: $0

    Day Seven

    6 a.m. — I sleep nine hours and wake up feeling phenomenal. Throw on workout clothes, down a glass of water, and head to Barry's Bootcamp. I got a five-pack as a gift for my birthday, and I'm trying to spread them out so I can enjoy them for longer. I love Barry's, but it's so expensive, especially when I know I can get in a good workout on my own for free. Today is my favorite instructor's class — if you're in NYC, take Dan's class. His playlists are amazing, and he is really hard — my legs are shaking when I walk out of there!

    8 a.m. — After a shower, I get ready, make my standard green smoothie, and ride a Citi Bike to work. $3.25

    10 a.m. — Grab a coffee and some fruit from the office kitchen to hold me over until lunch. I forgot to bring snacks, but need to wait until 12 to eat my lunch or I'll be starving later.

    3 p.m. — I get a reminder on my calendar that my passport is expiring next month. I am planning a trip to Europe for our wedding anniversary, so I need to renew it. (I haven't decided where yet, but I have flight alerts up for Vienna, Geneva, and Berlin.) I fill out the paperwork online and pay the exorbitant fee to renew. $265

    Daily Total: $268.25

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    There's no time to let any shopping blues get you down once Black Friday ends. Where one sales day ends, another begins. Cyber Monday has become the premier date to ignore your coworkers' small talk about their holiday weekend, flex your credit card number memorization skills, and covertly spend the first day back at work scrolling through the hundreds of sales happening online.

    To help you avoid the grueling process of scrolling through one too many email newsletters, we're rounding up all the best sales your favorite sites have to offer. From promo codes to sale details to who's offering gifts with purchases this year, the list ahead is your guide to it all.

    Kick back, relax, and prepare to break a shopping sweat with our A to Z list to Cyber Monday's best sales ahead.

    At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.

    & Other Stories
    Dates: 11/25 - 11/26
    Sale: 20% site-wide
    Promo Code: None



    & Other Stories Double Breasted Velvet Blazer, $129, available at & Other Stories

    & Other Stories High Waisted Velvet Pants, $99, available at & Other StoriesPhoto Courtesy of & Other Stories.

    11 Honoré
    Dates: 11/26 - 1/3
    Sale: General public access to exclusive designer styles available for up to 70% off retail price
    Promo Code: None



    Brandon Maxwell Ribbed Double Lapel Jacket, $1097.5, available at 11 Honore

    Brandon Maxwell Wide Leg Pants, $497.5, available at 11 HonorePhoto Courtesy of 11 Honoré.

    3x1
    Start Date: 11/26
    Sale: 20% off site-wide
    Promo Code: MONDAY20



    3x1 Oversized Classic Jacket, $219, available at 3x1Photo Courtesy of 3x1.

    Alala
    Dates: 11/26 - 12/1
    Sale: 30% off sitewide with select item 60% off, with 60% off deals changing daily
    Promo Code: CW18



    Alala Arcs Bomber, $325, available at AlalaPhoto Courtesy of Alala.

    Allen Schwartz
    Dates: 11/21 - 11/26
    Sale: Up to 70% off select styles
    Promo Code: None



    Allen Schwartz Belle Sequin Dress, $430, available at Allen SchwartzPhoto Courtesy of Allen Schwartz.

    AllSaints
    Dates: 11/21 - 11/27
    Sale: 30% off site-wide
    Promo Code: None



    AllSaints Rei Shearling Jacket, $969.5, available at AllSaints

    Alternative Apparel
    Date: 11/26
    Sale: 40% off site-wide
    Promo Code: CMONDAY40



    Alternative Apparel Topo Designs Sherpa Jacket, $149, available at Alternative ApparelPhoto Courtesy of Alternative Apparel.

    Amazon Fashion
    Dates: 11/26
    Sale: Save 30% or more on select Amazon private label brands
    Promo Code: None



    Haven Maxi Pillow Collar Puffer Jacket, $34, available at Amazon

    Anine Bing
    Dates: 11/23 - 11/26
    Sale: Up to 70% off sale + classic styles added
    Promo Code: None



    Anine Bing Rosemary Silk Slip, $499, available at Anine BingPhoto Courtesy of Anine Bing.

    Aritzia
    Dates: 11/22 - 11/26
    Sale: 50% off select fall/winter styles
    Promo Code: None



    Talula Tuxedo Blazer, $138, available at Aritzia

    Talula Tuxedo Pant, $105, available at AritziaPhoto Courtesy of Aritzia.

    ARO
    Dates: 11/22 - 11/26
    Sale: 30% off site-wide
    Promo Code: THANKYOU



    Rachel Antonoff Budde Tie Top, $138.6, available at ARO

    Ash
    Dates: 11/21 – 11/27
    Sale: 50% off all styles excluding Addict Sneaker in all colors
    Promo Code: None



    Ash Boogie Bis Sneaker, $215, available at AshPhoto Courtesy of Ash.

    ASOS
    Dates: 11/22 - 11/27
    Sale: 25% off site-wide
    Promo Code: EPIC25



    ASOS CURVE Curve High Neck Twist Front 70s Sleeve Maxi Dress, $50.25, available at ASOS

    Astrid & Miyu
    Dates: 11/20 - 11/27
    Sale: 25% off site-wide
    Promo Code: None



    Astrid & Miyu Mystic Cross Huggies Gold, $63.69, available at Astrid & MiyuPhoto Courtesy of Astrid & Miyu.

    Aurate
    Date: 11/26
    Sale: 25% off
    Promo Code: CYBER25



    Aurate Huggie With Bezel, $480, available at AuratePhoto Courtesy of Aurate.

    Ba&sh
    Dates: 11/21-11/26
    Sale: 30% off site-wide
    Promo Code: None



    Ba&sh Emera Sweater, $415, available at Ba&shPhoto Courtesy of Ba&sh.

    BackBeatRags
    Dates: 11/23 - 11/26
    Sale: Spend $100 get 25% off; spend $150 get 30% off; spend $200 and over get 35% off
    Promo Code: None



    Back Beat Rags Sky Organic Cotton Rib Mock Neck, $55, available at Back Beat RagsPhoto Courtesy of Back Beat Rags.

    Bagatiba
    Dates: 11/22 - 11/26 (9p.m. EST)
    Sale: 40% off site-wide
    Promo Code: BFCM40



    Bagatiba Gold Hollow Hoops, $180, available at BagatibaPhoto Courtesy of Bagatiba.

    BAGGU
    Dates: Now - 11/26
    Sale: 20% off site-wide; 25% off orders $50+; 30$ off orders $100+
    Promo Code: None



    Baggu Standard Baggu Set of Three, $30, available at Baggu

    Baldwin
    Date: 11/26
    Sale: 35% off site-wide
    Promo Code: None



    Baldwin The Stevie Jacket , $265, available at BaldwinPhoto Courtesy of Baldwin.

    Ban.do
    Dates: 11/22 - 11/27
    Sale: 30% off sire-wide (excluding Iconery)
    Promo Code: THIRTYOFF



    ban.do Boob Bath Mat, $60, available at ban.doPhoto Courtesy of Ban.do.

    Barneys Warehouse
    Dates: 11/26
    Sale: 50% off site-wide
    Promo Code: None



    Valentino Floral Velvet & Silk Maxi Dress, $5939, available at Barneys Warehouse

    Basic Swim
    Dates: 11/22 - 11/26 (9p.m. EST)
    Sale: 40% off site-wide
    Promo Code: BFCM40



    Basic Swim La Premiere Top, $38, available at Basic Swim

    Basic Swim La Premiere Bottom, $38, available at Basic SwimPhoto Courtesy of Basic Swim.

    Baublebar
    Dates: 11/25 - 11/27
    Sale: 35% off site-wide
    Promo Code: CYBER35



    BaubleBar Annya Drop Earrings, $48, available at BaubleBarPhoto Courtesy of BaubleBar.

    Beach Bunny Swimwear
    Dates: 11/26
    Sale: $25 separates
    Promo Code: None



    Beach Bunny Sage One Piece, $175, available at Beach Bunny

    Carbon38
    Dates: 11/23 - 11/26
    Sale: 30% off select items
    Promo Code: INDULGE30



    Carbon38 Lace Up Shirt, $116, available at Carbon38

    Catbird
    Dates: 11/26 (9 a.m. ET to 9 p.m. ET)
    Sale:
    15% off site-wide
    Promo Code:
    None



    WWAKE Nestled Moonstone & Diamond Ring, $895, available at Catbird

    Charles & Keith
    Dates: 11/23 - 11/27
    Sale: Up to 50% off sale items; 20% off regular priced items
    Promo Code: None



    Charles & Keith Square Toe Block Heel Boots, $79, available at Charles & KeithPhoto Courtesy of Charles & Keith.

    Clare V.
    Dates: 11/26
    Sale: 30% off select styles
    Promo Code: None



    Clare V. Simple Tote, $525, available at Clare V

    Cole Haan
    Dates: 11/25 - 11/27
    Sale: 50% off everything; plus an extra 10% off your purchase
    Promo Code: CYBER



    Cole Haan Zerogrand All Terrain Waterproof Hiker Boot, $189.3, available at Cole HaanPhoto Courtesy of Cole Haan.

    Commando
    Dates: 11/19 - 11/27
    Sale: $50 off when you spend $200
    Promo Code: ASKFORMORE



    Commando 100% Silk Long Sleeve Sleep Shirt, $178, available at CommandoPhoto Courtesy of Commando.

    COS
    Dates: 11/23 - 11/26
    Sale: 20% off select items
    Promo Code: None



    COS Printed Puffer Jacket, $250, available at COSPhoto Courtesy of COS.

    Dear Frances
    Dates: 11/19 - 11/27
    Sale: 25% off sitewide
    Promo Code: BF25



    Dear Frances Vera Boot, $495, available at Dear FrancesPhoto Courtesy of Dear Frances.

    Evewear
    Dates: 11/26
    Sale: 30% off; Free pair of underwear with every purchase
    Promo Code: None



    Evewear The Icon, $165, available at EvewearPhoto Courtesy of Evewear.

    Five and Two Jewelry
    Dates: 11/23 - 11/26
    Sale: 20-30% off site-wide; BOGO 50% off sample sale items
    Promo Code: BFCM18



    five and two Alexa Necklace, $46, available at five and two

    Frances Valentine
    Dates: 11/19 - 11/26
    Sale: 30% off orders of $200 or more; Excludes Kate bags and preorder items
    Promo Code: FVGIFTS30



    Frances Valentine Small Rainbow Fringe Bucket Bag, $245, available at Frances ValentinePhoto Courtesy of Frances Valentine.

    Freya
    Dates: 11/21 - 11/26
    Sale: 30% off site-wide
    Promo Code: None



    Freya Mini Poppy Round Leather Bag, $650, available at FreyaPhoto Courtesy of Freya.

    Genuine People
    Dates: 11/19 - 11/26
    Sale: 30% off site-wide
    Promo Code: TAKE30



    Genuine People Oversized Shearling Coat, $475, available at Genuine PeoplePhoto Courtesy of Genuine People.

    Gola
    Dates: 11/23 - 11/27
    Sale: 20% off site-wide
    Promo Code: None



    Gola Coaster Satin Neon, $65, available at GolaPhoto Courtesy of Gola.

    Gorjana
    Dates: 11/25 - 11/27
    Sale: 20% off site-wide
    Promo Code: None



    Gorjana Madison Shimmer Huggies, $45, available at GorjanaPhoto Courtesy of Gorjana.

    Guess
    Dates: 11/22 - 11/26
    Sale: 30- 50% off site-wide
    Promo Code: None



    GUESS Stefani Classic Notch Blazer, $75.59, available at GUESS

    Hat Attack
    Dates: 11/21 - 11/28
    Sale: 20% off site-wide; Excluding Made in the USA styles
    Promo Code: None



    Hat Attack Wicker Small Basket, $104, available at Hat AttackPhoto Courtesy of Hat Attack.

    Herschel Supply
    Date: 11/26
    Sale: $20 off orders of $60+; $40 off orders of $121+; $60 off orders of $140+
    Promo Code: None



    Herschel Supply Co. Settlement Backpack, $59.99, available at Herschel Supply CoPhoto Courtesy of Herschel.

    Hunter
    Dates: 11/19 - 11/26
    Sale: 20% off select lines; additional 20% off sale items
    Promo Code: None



    Hunter Leopard Print Refined Slim Fit Tall Rain Boots, $132, available at Hunter

    IMAGO-A
    Dates: 11/23 - 11/26
    Sale: 25% off site-wide
    Promo Code: THANKS2018



    IMAGO-A Nº44 Lucite Buckle Mini, $345, available at IMAGO-A

    Intimissimi
    Dates: 11/22 - 11/26
    Sale: 50% off select styles, free shipping
    Promo Code: None

    Jeu Illimité
    Dates: 11/22 - 11/26 (9p.m. EST)
    Sale: 40% off site-wide
    Promo Code: BFCM40



    Jeu Illimité Vino High-Waisted Trouser, $210, available at Jeu IllimitéPhoto Courtesy of Jeu Illimité.

    Keds
    Dates: 11/20 - 11/27
    Sale: 30% off full priced orders; 20% off sale; free gift with purchase
    Promo Code: None



    Keds IWD Triple Shimmer, $24.95, available at KedsPhoto Courtesy of Keds.

    Kitri
    Dates: 11/23 - 11/26
    Sale: 25% off site-wide (excluding last chance styles)
    Promo Code: None



    Kitri Alyssa Red Sequin Wrap Dress, $235, available at Kitri

    Koral
    Dates: 11/26 - 11/27
    Sale: Up to 65% off sale
    Promo Code: None



    Koral Pacifica Sports Bra, $68, available at Koral

    Koral Drive Legging, $86, available at KoralPhoto Courtesy of Koral.

    Le Point
    Dates: 11/22 - 11/27
    Sale: 25% off all full price items
    Promo Code: SHOPSMALL



    Ganni Julliard Mohair Sweater, $440, available at Le PointPhoto Courtesy of Le Point.

    LIANA
    Dates: 11/19 - 11/26
    Sale: 50% off site-wide
    Promo Code: LIANA50



    Liana Clothing The Walter Top , $80, available at Liana ClothingPhoto Courtesy of Liana.

    Loup
    Dates: 11/20 - 11/26
    Sale: 30% off site-wide
    Promo Code: MERCI2018



    Loup Black Nia Jumpsuit, $191, available at LoupPhoto Courtesy of Loup.

    Luv Aj
    Dates:
    11/19 - 11/27
    Sale: 40% off site-wide
    Promo Code: BLACKFRIDAY



    Luv Aj Ombre Signet Ring, $45, available at Luv Aj

    Maje
    Dates: 11/26
    Sale: 25% off the entire collection including sale
    Promo Code: None



    Maje Cropped Down Jacket, $630, available at MajePhoto Courtesy of Maje.

    Mavi
    Dates: 11/19 - 11/26
    Sale: 30% off site-wide
    Promo Code: None



    Mavi Karla Jacket, $148, available at MaviPhoto Courtesy of Mavi.

    M.Gemi
    Dates: 11/19 - 11/26
    Sale: 25% off your entire order
    Promo Code: None



    M.Gemi The Lasso, $278, available at M.GemiPhoto Courtesy of M.Gemi.

    Milly
    Date: 11/26
    Sale: 20% off site-wide with any purchase of $300 or more
    Promo Code: None



    Milly Italian Cady Elle Feather Dress, $485, available at MillyPhoto Courtesy of Milly.

    Moda Operandi
    Dates: 11/19 - 12/10
    Sale: Up to 50% off, free shipping
    Promo Code: None



    Simon Miller Bonsai 20CM Bucket Bag, $354, available at Moda OperandiPhoto Courtesy of Moda Operandi.

    Modcloth
    Dates: 11/26 - 11/27
    Sale: 40% off orders of $150 or more
    Promo Code: None



    ModCloth Luxe Structure Velvet Dress, $75, available at ModClothPhoto Courtesy of Modcloth.

    Mother
    Dates: 11/26
    Sale: 20% off site-wide (excluding sale)
    Promo Code: None



    MOTHER The Swooner Straight A Chew Skirt, $109, available at Mother

    Mr. Larkin
    Start Date: 11/19
    Sale: 30% off site-wide; Percentage of sales will go toward Everytown
    Promo Code: THANKFUL30



    AVN Piomino Corto Zip Puffer Jacket, $640, available at Mr. LarkinPhoto Courtesy of Mr. Larkin.

    Nasty Gal
    Dates: Now - 11/26
    Sale: 60% off site-wide
    Promo Code: None



    Nasty Gal Midi Shirt Dress Utility, $28, available at Nasty Gal

    Net-a-Porter
    Dates: Now
    Sale: Up to 50% off
    Promo Code: None



    Rejina Pyo Steffy Color-block Satin Maxi Dress, $564, available at Net-A-Porter

    Nicole Miller
    Date: 11/26
    Sale: 30% off site-wide
    Promo Code: None



    Nicole Miller Airmail Stamps Moto Dress, $440, available at Nicole MillerPhoto Courtesy of Nicole Miller.

    Nordstrom
    Dates: 11/21 - 11/26
    Sale: Up to 60% off
    Promo Code: None



    Tibi Adrian Boot, $509.98, available at Nordstrom

    Old Navy
    Dates: 11/24 - 11/25
    Sale: 40% off everything, 50% off all outerwear, sweaters, and jeans
    Promo Code: None

    Dates: 11/26
    Sale: 50% off site-wide, cozy sock gift with purchase
    Promo Code: None



    Old Navy French-Terry Plus-Size Ruffle-Sleeve Sweatshirt, $32.99, available at Old NavyPhoto Courtesy of Old Navy.

    Opening Ceremony
    Dates: 11/26
    Sale: 20% off site-wide
    Promo Code: CYBER20OC



    Nicole Saldaña Naomi Embroidered Heel, $204.8, available at Opening Ceremony

    Onia
    Dates: 11/21 - 11/26
    Sale: 60% off Spring/Summer; 50% off select Pre-Fall; 30% off select Resort styles
    Promo Code: None



    Onia Isabella One Piece Swimsuit, $117, available at OniaPhoto Courtesy of Onia.

    Outdoor Voices
    Dates: 11/23 - 11/26
    Sale: Up to 40% off of select styles
    Promo Code: None



    Outdoor Voices TechSweat 7/8 Flex Leggings, $75, available at Outdoor VoicesPhoto Courtesy of Outdoor Voices.

    Pop & Suki
    Dates: 11/22 - 11/26
    Sale: 30% off site-wide
    Promo Code: None



    Pop & Suki Takeout Bag, $265, available at Pop & Suki

    Poppy Lissiman
    Dates: 11/23 - 11/26
    Sale: 25% off site-wide (excluding pre-order items)
    Promo Code: BFCM



    Poppy Lissiman Crystal Beth Sunglasses, $130, available at Poppy LissimanPhoto Courtesy of Poppy Lissiman.

    Rachel Antonoff
    Dates: 11/22 - 11/26
    Sale: 25% off site-wide; New holiday styles included for the first 24 hours only
    Promo Code: None



    Rachel Antonoff Louie Quilted Robe, $428, available at Rachel Antonoff

    RAEN
    Date: 11/26
    Sale: 40% off site-wide (excluding sale items); Free travel kit with any sunglasses purchase
    Promo Code: None



    Raen Ashtray Cat Eye Sunglasses, $150, available at RaenPhoto Courtesy of Raen.

    Reformation
    Dates: 11/22 - 11/26
    Sale: 30% entire site, this is all apparel and select third party/accessories
    Promo Code: None



    Reformation Zelda Dress, $152.6, available at Reformation

    Rhode Resort
    Start Date: 11/23
    Sale: 20% off site-wide
    Promo Code: None



    Rhode Resort Deepa Dress, $495, available at Rhode ResortPhoto Courtesy of Rhode Resort.

    Richer Poorer
    Dates: 11/23 - 11/27
    Sale: 30% off site-wide
    Promo Code: None



    Richer Poorer Femme Boxer, $24, available at Richer PoorerPhoto Courtesy of Richer Poorer.

    Roxanne Assoulin
    Dates: 11/26
    Sale: 20% off site-wide
    Promo Code: None



    Roxanne Assoulin Technicolor Rainbow Earrings, $220, available at Roxanne AssoulinPhoto Courtesy of Roxanne Assoulin.

    Rue Stiic
    Dates: 11/22 - 11/26
    Sale: 30% off site-wide
    Promo Code: None



    Rue Stiic Hugo Romper, $139, available at Rue StiicPhoto Courtesy of Rue Stiic.

    Saks Fifth Avenue
    Date: 11/26
    Sale: $50 off every $200 (up to $500)
    Promo Code: None



    Lafayette 148 New York Plus Size Fabiola Striped Shirt Dress, $548, available at Saks Fifth AvenuePhoto Courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue.

    Sandro
    Dates: 11/26
    Sale: 25% off the entire collection including sale
    Promo Code: None



    Sandro Velvet Padded Jacket, $790, available at SandroPhoto Courtesy of Sandro.

    Scotch & Soda
    Dates: 11/25 - 11/26
    Sale: 25% off site-wide
    Promo Code: None



    Scotch & Soda Leopard Print Jacket, $158, available at Scotch & Soda

    Stature NYC
    Dates: 11/22 - 11/26
    Sale: 20% off site-wide + free shipping on domestic orders over $200 and up
    Promo Code: GRATEFUL18

    Stone Cold Fox
    Start Date: 11/22 - 11/26
    Sale: 30% off site-wide
    Promo Code: None



    Stone Cold Fox Slinky Slip, $300, available at Stone Cold Fox

    Sunday Somewhere
    Dates: 11/22 - 11/27
    Sale: Select Styles 30% - 50% off
    Promo Code: None



    Sunday Somewhere Leonardo, $370, available at Sunday Somewhere

    Swarovski
    Dates: 11/21 - 11/26
    Sale: 25% jewelry items; 50% off selected watches
    Promo Code: None



    Swarovski Lattitude Chain Pierced Earrings, $66.5, available at Swarovski

    Sweaty Betty
    Dates: 11/22 - 11/26
    Sale: 30% off site-wide
    Promo Code: None



    Sweaty Betty All Sport Backpack, $115, available at Sweaty BettyPhoto Courtesy of Sweaty Betty.

    TARA
    Dates: 11/21 - 11/26
    Sale: 30% off site-wide
    Promo Code: TARATAKE20



    Tara Cassie Earrings, $588, available at TaraPhoto Courtesy of Tara.

    The Daily Edited
    Date: 11/26
    Sale: 20% off site-wide
    Promo Code: CYBERMONDAY20



    The Daily Edited Mini Bucket Bag, $160, available at The Daily EditedPhoto Courtesy of The Daily Edited.

    Tibi
    Dates: 11/21 - 1/31
    Sale: Up to 50% off Pre-Fall and Fall 2018 collections
    Promo Code: None



    Tibi Tech Poly Track Zip Up Pullover, $270, available at Tibi

    Toms
    Dates: 11/21 - 11/27
    Sale: 30% off site-wide
    Promo Code: None



    TOMS Leather Waterproof Summit Boots, $149.94, available at TOMSPhoto Courtesy of Toms.

    Topshop
    Dates: 11/21 - 11/26
    Sale: Up to 50% off
    Promo Code: None



    Topshop Colour Block Puffer Jacket, $68, available at Topshop

    Veda
    Dates: 11/20 - 11/27
    Sale: 25% off all black leather items; Leather scrunchie gift with orders over $500; A portion of all Veda sales will be donated to the Womens Prison Association
    Promo Code: BLACKLEATHERFRIDAY



    VEDA Jayne Smooth Jacket, $998, available at VEDAPhoto Courtesy of Veda.

    VereVerto
    Dates: 11/23 - 11/26
    Sale: 40% off site-wide
    Promo Code: HAWNGRY

    Westward Leaning
    Dates: 11/20 - 11/27
    Sale: 40% off all custom sunglasses; 40% off the brand’s Custom Gift Set, that includes a gift card for one pair of custom sunglasses and an extra signature soft case
    Promo Code: None



    Westward Leaning Matte Taupe w/ Orchid Tint Lens, $165, available at Westward LeaningPhoto Courtesy of Westward Leaning.

    Wildfang
    Dates: 11/26
    Sale: 30% off site-wide
    Promo Code: None



    RVCA Otto Overalls, $89, available at Wildfang

    Wolf Circus
    Dates: 11/22 - 11/26
    Sale: 20% off site-wide (excluding pre-sale items and Woman Vase Necklaces)
    Promo Code: WELOVEYOU



    Wolf Circus Constance Earrings, $165, available at Wolf CircusPhoto Courtesy of Wolf Circus.

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    When it comes to buying a TV — so many choices! So little time! — there are amazing deals to be had on Cyber Monday, when retailers such as Target, Walmart, Best Buy, and Amazon offer up absurdly cheap prices on televisions (and other tech items) that might otherwise cost you a month's rent.

    The only problem? The deals are so widespread, and they only last for so long, which makes the task of pulling the trigger on a Samsung or LG flat-screen extra difficult, even if you have been lusting over one for a long time.

    But don't worry! We've picked through the very best deals, making it so that all you have to do is click through and pick one. Check out the best TV deals for Cyber Monday right here.

    Amazon has this 65-inch Sony reduced from $1,398 to just $998 — at that price (29% off), it's definitely worth the investment.



    Sony Sony XBR65X850F, $998, available at Amazon

    With this deal from Walmart, you'll save a cool $100 on 40-inch Sony TV.



    Samsung SAMSUNG 40" Class 4K (2160P) Ultra HD Smart LED TV , $347.99, available at Walmart

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    Welcome to Hype Machine, our hit-list of the top reviewed products across the web — according to a crowd of die-hard shoppers. Call this your 4-star & up only club, with entry granted by our devoted-to-the-goods shop editors.

    In the search for the most comfortable pair of boots out there, we often turn to our fellow shoppers. Sure, we can size up the shoe and make an easy call on the looks of it, but how it feels — ya never know. Except that you can get a pretty good idea by wading through the town hall of shopping, also known as the reviews section. People love to share a happy shoe story or send a warning if they've been scorned by an evil heel. And our choices are all the better for these saints of comments.

    For this round of Hype Machine we went deep on Zappos. The online retailer has a cult following specifically for its customer service and after reading hundreds of reviews on the site, one of the biggest take-aways is that people genuinely like shopping the retailer because they're so helpful. And with a face-melting 10,432 shoes and counting, there is a full breadth of prices and brands at the ready for comfy shoe judgement day. The shoes we included are the highest reviewed, best in class examples of each category from Western to hiking boot. But, if you're craving a good Cyber Monday sale, you're good to go right here. And feel free to add in your "Best in Shoe" comments below. If you've bought a comfy boot this season, spill. Your fellow shoe shoppers want to know.

    At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.

    The Moto
    Motorcycle boots are made of sturdy, thick leather to protect the rider and stand up to elements. With a square toe and authentic harness detail, this top-selling pair from Frye is a strong style statement off the bike too.

    The hype: 4.9 out of 5 stars and 122 reviews on Zappos

    What they're saying: "I ride a motor scooter almost daily, and I didn't want to wear full-out motorcycle boots. These Fryes fit the bill. The cowhide is good and thick and doesn't turn all wimpy in damp weather. The charcoal gray is a perfect color choice with jeans and black pants; not too overwhelming. Easy to take off, but they take a little wiggling putting on. These boots are heavy, so think of them as ankle weights. Free workout! Made in the USA." -VespaLover, Zappos review



    Frye Harness 8R, $298, available at Zappos

    The OTK
    Over the knee boots are a lazy-girl's secret weapon to looking impeccably polished with every single wear. Side note, in doing research for this story, we found that the "SW5050s " are the most lusted after high-end boot on Zappos. Many people opted for this lower priced pair of Vince Camuto's OTK s but the jury has spoken, and the expensie Stuart Weitzman pair have won the top spot in this category.

    The hype: 4.8 out of 5 stars and 153 reviews on Zappos

    What they're saying: "Never spent this much on boots before, but these are perfect! The leather is soft glove leather quality; I was saying OMG! as I pulled them on. I tried on at a store, however they did not have the half sizes that Zappos offers. These fit snuggly to foot and up the leg, no gapping at the calf! A beautiful, versatile flat boot that is well made looks good and fits my feet. Ordered on Thanksgiving and they arrived the next day! Unbelievable! Zappos has the best service of any company by far!" - Cheri, Zappos reviewer



    Stuart Weitzman 5050 Over The Knee Boots, $655, available at Zappos

    The Leopard Bootie
    For those who already own the perfect little black boot and are looking to enhance their wardrobe with a fun yet still neutral enough to wear with everything shoe, the leopard -print boot is it.

    The hype: 4 out of 5 stars and 1,372 reviews on Zappos

    What they're saying: "Fabulous! Best relationship of my adult life and it's with a shoe. Go figure. Perfect all-around shoe with no break in time. My job requires a lot of movement and my feet are still comfortable after 10 hours of being on my feet. And my feet are as wide as they come and they fit into these narrow shoes thanks to the generous give in the upper. I highly recommend getting a pair of these. It's worth the price tag. Once you put these on and everyone stops you to ask you where you got your shoes, you'll never even remember how much they cost you and if you do, you should remember to buy quality over quantity." - Nola, Zappos reviewer



    Sam Edelman Petty Ankle Boots, $127.99, available at Zappos

    The Lace-up Work Boot
    There's so many great boot work boots out there but this souped up premium pair from Timberland takes the cake. Over 1000 reviewers were okay spending the extra cash to get waterproof nubuck leather, padded collar, rust-proof hardware, and a padded footbed.

    The hype: 4.7 out of 5 stars and 1,015 reviews on Zappos

    What they're saying: "Bought these shoes after seeing them on a friend. Drooled after them for a couple months and finally decided to get them. They're amazingly comfortable and stylish without being too masculine in my opinion. Wore them in the snow with some wool socks and came out with dry feet. Cannot stress how much of love them." - Shelby, Zappos reviewer



    Timberland 6" Premium Boot, $169.95, available at Zappos

    The Chelsea
    British to the core, dating back to the Victorian era and popularized during the swinging '60s by the Beatles and Stones, this polished pair is by Dr. Martens, a brand that does so much more than just combats.

    The hype: 4 out of 5 stars and 84 reviews on Zappos

    What they're saying: "I wore Docs in the '90s, and normally would not revisit trends in my 40s, but these have polish, style, and quality. They're gorgeous and sleek. The color is a bit more subtle/dark than I expected (I ordered the wine color), but they're just smashing with skinny jeans and trousers. Of course, they're stiff at first (as expected) but I think they'll continue to break in well. Worth the investment." - Sarah, Zappos reviewer



    Dr. Martens Chelsea Boot, $140, available at Zappos

    The Cowboy
    You don't have to be dedicated to #fashun to notice that Western boots are having a moment right now thanks to a few key designers like Raf Simons hopping on board with Americana style. While they might be trending outside the mainstream cowboy boot-wearing set, the pair that scored high accolades is indeed a classic brand for riders.

    The hype: 4.6 out of 5 stars and 213 reviews on Zappos

    What they're saying: "Amazing boots!! First time wore them for 6 hours...very comfortable. Did not need a break in period. Good looking boots and superior quality. Received quickly. Will buy this brand again." - Anon, Zappos reviewer



    Ariat Heritage Western R Toe, $119.96, available at Zappos

    The Riding Boot
    A refined style that has its heritage in English horseback riding. This pair has a lace-up detail in the back making them an ideal fit for any sized calves and tucking in leggings and jeans.

    The hype: 4.7 out of 5 stars and 29 reviews on Zappos

    What they're saying: "These boots are very comfortable and true to size. High quality materials and workmanship make these boots that I will consider ordering in another color. I love the detailing up the back. The soles are slip resistant which is nice for the winter months.



    Sofft Sharnell II Riding Boots, $199.95, available at Zappos

    The Scandi
    The Scandinavian style boot that's inspired by the working clog is not for everyone but for those who are in on the style, it's second to none. There's a few key pure Scandi players on the scene including Swedish Hasbeens and Troentorp but this pair from Dansko are great for beginners in cost and comfort.

    The hype: 4 out of 5 stars and 388 reviews on Zappos

    What they're saying: "I am thrilled with these shoes. Since I now have a toddler running around, I need to put comfort first these days. Luckily, these are VERY comfortable right out of the box AND just as stylish. Sure, they aren't the you-know-what... they're better!: made in America, employee-owned, stylish, more comfortable, and reasonably priced. Love, love, love. (Also, they zip on the side so I don't know why anyone would have trouble getting them on)." - Anon, Zappos reviewer



    Dansko Maria Boots, $169.95, available at Zappos

    The Rain Boot
    Hunter rain boots have become such a staple that some people refer to the rubber Wellington boot style as Hunters now. This specific style has the highest reviews because the calf is a bit wider yet adjustable and people like that they don't go all the way to the knee.

    The hype: 4.6 out of 5 stars and 513 reviews on Zappos

    What they're saying: "Love! I love everything about these boots. I originally ordered the tall version of these boots but found the tall shaft kind of stiff and uncomfortable. With the short version I can wear them with almost any pants and just tuck them in instead of having to wear skinny jeans or leggings like with the tall version — I hate having to plan my outfit around a rainy day like that." - Aurora, Zappos reviewer



    Hunter Original Short Rain Boots, $126, available at Zappos

    The Winter Boot
    If you live in a place where it snows, you need this style of boot. End of story. Since it's a utility style, it's got to do a few core things: keep your feet dry and warm, have good traction, and be comfortable. If they look cute as these do, they get bonus points.

    The hype: 4.9 out of 5 stars and 165 reviews on Zappos

    What they're saying: "I picked these boots after reading a ton of online reviews for different styles. The 5 star rating is completely accurate! These boots are weather-resistant, warm, cozy, and a bit cuter than other similar styles. The height of the boot is just right for me, as I don't wanna fuss too much over tucking a ton of pant into my boot. The fluffy lining is heavenly, completely lining the inside of the boot (except for the insole, of course), and giving this boot a more feminine look than many of the traditional styles! I am beyond impressed with my purchase!" - Bonnie, Zappos reviewer



    SOREL Snow Angel Lace Boot, $75, available at Zappos

    The Winter Boot, take II
    Oh hey!, from the editor, these haven't racked up a ton of reviews on Zappos yet but I love them. They're just like the classic Moon boots but less...silly. The dark felt and mahogany leather detail is straight up handsome.

    The hype: Look. at. these. boots. (There's a few more reviews on Amazon in case you want to consider.)

    What they're saying: "These boots!! I live in Steamboat and we've had 123 FEET of snow so far. Very rarely do we drive anywhere so we are walking constantly. I LIVE in these boots. So warm, totally durable, and completely waterproof. In addition, they are not so warm as to cause your feet to perspire. They are my absolute FAVORITE winter boot of the season." - Nicole, Zappos reviewer



    Tecnica Moon Boot Vienna Felt, $159.95, available at Zappos

    The Hiker
    Another utility boot that keeps trending up year over year is the hiker. This pair of from legendary brand Danner is made in Portland, Oregon brand, has oodles of style and is built to walk miles. You'll own these boots forever.

    The hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars and 50 reviews on Zappos

    What they're saying: "OK, I'll be honest. I went to see the movie Wild and fell in love with these boots. I thought they were pricey and thought I'll order them, try them on and get my fix and send them back. I LOVE them!!! No way I'm sending them back. Felt great from the moment I put them on and they look great on. They don't look bulky. They look like a woman's boot. I'm so glad I bought them." - Jennifer, Zappos reviewer



    Danner Mountain Light Cascade, $359.95, available at Zappos

    The Block Heel
    Sky-high heels have their place but, they're simply not in the everyday repertoire for the modern gal. Who wants to walk like a baby giraffe when they can be a graceful gazelle? Animal analogies aside, For those looking for a little lift but maintain levels of comfort that are not in the clouds, behold the trusty block heel boot. You know it, you love it, now consider investing in it.

    The hype: 4.9 out of 5 stars and 25 reviews on Zappos

    What they're saying: "High-heeled black suede ankle boots that make you look tres jolie —maybe even rockin' — and are so comfortable? What a find. I have trouble finding shoes in my small size that fit well and look stylish. These are gems. I may never take them off once the thermometer dips. (And did I say they are waterproof too?)" - Anon, Zappos reviewer



    La Canadienne Jewel Waterproof Block Heel Boots, $475, available at Zappos

    The All-weather Slipper
    When you want to feel like Cameron Diaz from The Holiday, book yourself a quaint cottage on Airbnb, cozy up next to a fireplace, and slip into a pair of all-weather slipper booties. While most of your day may consist of padding 'round the house, you're bound to mosey outside, hot cocoa in hand, to take in some fresh winter wonderland air at some point. The snuggly slipper bootie life is the life for thee.

    The hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars and 5 reviews on Zappos

    What they're saying: "Love it." - Anon, Zappos reviewer



    The North Face ThermoBall Traction Bootie, $59.95, available at Zappos

    The Little White Boot
    The yin to the little black boot's yang. An unexpected and fresh complement to any winter outfit. The reason these stand out from the all the others is because people gush about their comfort and the contrasting black heel and sole is not only stylish but grounds the white boot in a practical foundation.

    The hype: 5 out of 5 stars and 10 reviews on Zappos

    What they're saying: "This is my second pair! (White and black) I love the fit. They are snug, which is okay for me. If you think you may wear heavy socks, you may want to size up. I always wear very thin socks, an wanted a sleek look, so my regular size 8 is perfect." - Anon, Zappos reviewer



    Dolce Vita Shanta Boots, $159.95, available at Zappos

    A Good Sale Find Boot  
    So not an actual trend but if there were stars to be given for a good sale, this Cyber Monday deal would get 5.

    The hype: Up to 60% off over 4500 pairs of boots for a limited time.



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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.

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    Today: a registered nurse who makes $62,700 per year and spends some of her money this week on Arby's curly fries.

    Occupation: Registered Nurse
    Industry: Healthcare
    Age: 27
    Location: Flint, MI
    Salary: $62,700
    Paycheck Amount (2x/month): $1,800

    Monthly Expenses
    Mortgage: $1,200 split with my husband ($600 each)
    School Tuition: $2,726 for the semester
    Car Payment: $385
    Car Insurance: My husband pays for both of ours.
    Health Insurance: $80
    Sephora Now: $10
    Apple Music: $10
    Netflix: $12.99 (I pay for Netflix, and my brother pays for Hulu.)
    401(k): 6% of my paycheck with company match
    Savings: $500 from each check goes into my credit union account, which I don't touch. My car payment is the only thing that comes out of the account. The rest goes to savings. I have about $27,000 in savings right now.
    Donations: I donate $20 a month to the Humane Society, which gets automatically deducted from my paycheck.
    Utilities: ~$150 split with my husband
    Cell Phone: $100 (My husband's phone is paid for by his work, so I'm on my own plan.)

    Day One

    7:45 a.m. — Alarm goes off. Happy Halloween! I recently switched from working 12-hour night shifts at a hospital to nursing in an office setting. While I'm happy not to be working nights and weekends, I'm definitely not a morning person. I snooze until 8 a.m. and rush out the door by 8:25.

    9 a.m. — Start my work day. I keep oatmeal at my desk and make a cup of free office coffee, which is gross.

    1 p.m. — Lunchtime! I heat up some leftover broccoli pasta from earlier in the week. I try not to buy food at work during the week so I can save money to go out for dinner over the weekend. There are leftover sandwiches from a meeting up for grabs, so I snag a sandwich, too.

    5:30 p.m. — I leave work, fill up my gas tank, and pick up some pizza my husband, L., already paid for. Eating pizza at home and watching scary movies is our Halloween tradition. $38

    10 p.m. — We live in a small neighborhood without many kids, but this year we have a group of trick-or-treaters, yay! We still end up with a ton of candy that we'll eat way too much of. L. and I watch Hocus Pocus and Scream and drink two bottles of Witches Brew wine, a spicy red wine made by a Michigan winery. Then we pass out with our pups.

    Daily Total: $38

    Day Two

    6 a.m. — The dogs are stirring, and I have to go to the bathroom. I get up, feed them quickly, and belly flop back into bed. Alarm goes off at 8 a.m., and I quickly get ready, make some avocado toast, and throw a pork loin, potatoes, and carrots into the slow cooker for dinner tonight. I kiss L. goodbye. He's still in bed. I think someone may have had too much wine and candy last night — ha!

    9:30 a.m. —I get an iced Americano. $3.50

    1 p.m. — More leftover broccoli pasta for lunch. I sit in the break room and read Crazy Rich Asians. I really want to finish the book before I see the movie, and I'm loving it so far.

    7 p.m. — Home from work! I beat L. home, so I feed the pups and let them outside to do their business. It's raining, so we don't play outside for too long. A contractor comes over to check out our master bathroom and give us a quote for renovating it. I hope the quote won't be over $8,000!! We moved into our house a year ago and have been wanting to redo the bathroom because it's terribly small and outdated. We eat our slow cooker meal, and it's delish!

    9 p.m. — I do a Beachbody On Demand workout in the basement, take a shower, drink a protein shake, and work on a homework assignment while L. plays Mario Kart. We used some money we still had from our wedding to buy a Nintendo Switch a few weeks ago. (We thought it would give us something to do at home so we wouldn't go out and spend money.) Then it's bedtime!

    Daily Total: $3.50

    Day Three

    8:15 a.m. — Yes! It's Friday! I quickly get ready so I can leave a little early to get an iced coffee from my favorite local coffee place. I usually treat myself on Fridays. $3.83

    6 p.m. — Home from work! L. and I are feeling really lazy tonight, so we decide to go pick up some Arby's for dinner. We rarely eat fast food, and Arby's curly fries are just so damn good! I pay. Then we catch up on this week's American Horror Story. I really like this season, but it's a little slow right now. L. goes to bed at 9:30 because he has to wake up early to go tailgating tomorrow. $17.02

    12 a.m. — I stay up late watching Letterkenny, a hilariously weird Canadian show.

    Daily Total: $20.85

    Day Four

    10:30 a.m. — I meet my mom at Old Navy to buy some new work clothes. I find some good stuff, but while I'm in line I notice my wallet isn't in my purse. I panic and run out to my car to find my wallet on the pavement outside my car door with nothing missing. Whew, talk about being #blessed. I buy a sweater, jeans, a cute faux suede moto jacket, and a dress. $124

    12 p.m. — I buy a coffee, and we walk around perusing Joann Fabrics for bit, but I don't buy anything. Then we grab lunch at Qdoba and my mom treats. Thanks, Mom! $2.85

    5 p.m. — After lunch, I go visit my grandparents. I love them — they're my favorite people. They give me some allium bulbs to plant that will hopefully bloom in the summer. (Alliums are awesome flowers that look like they're straight out of a Dr. Seuss book.) Then I go back to my parents' house to see my dad. My dad works in the auto business and got laid off for a few weeks since the industry is pretty slow right now. He used to get laid off all the time when I was a kid, but it really worries me now because my mom is retired, and if he gets laid off for too long, they could lose their health insurance.

    8 p.m. — I get home and watch the Michigan game from the warmth and comfort of my couch with my snuggly pups. Then I make a grilled cheese and butternut squash soup for dinner — yum! L. gets home at 8 p.m. At around 10:30 I pass out in bed, and L. isn't far behind me.

    Daily Total: $126.85

    Day Five

    9 a.m. — Typical Sunday routine of coffee and Pioneer Woman on Food Network. She's my hero. I do a Beachbody on Demand workout while L. roasts coffee. We're huge coffee nerds. The best flavor comes from roasting your beans right at home!

    1 p.m. — I go outside to plant my allium bulbs, and then we tag team attack all the leaves in our front yard. We get a solid three full bags done. Then I head inside to shower, and we go to Costco for some grocery shopping. We get Kirkland Prosecco (the best and so cheap!), apples, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, steak, butternut squash ravioli, and laundry detergent. We also smash a bunch of free samples. L. picks up with bill. Gas is pretty cheap at Costco, so I top my car off. $21.25

    3:30 p.m. — We stop at our local grocery store to get some non-bulk items: ground turkey, sweet potatoes, bananas, salsa, tortillas, boxed scalloped potatoes, shredded cheese, protein muffin mix, Greek yogurt, vanilla extract, sugar, vanilla ice cream, and red wine to go with our steaks. There's also a wine tasting stand, so we try two free red wine samples, and dang — the lady gives generous pours. I pay this time. $69.37

    7 p.m. — We grill steaks, roast Brussels sprouts, and bake scalloped potatoes for dinner. It's delish with our wine. Then we snuggle up on the couch and watch football. L.'s fantasy football team is sucking, so we watch a few episodes of The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix, and I get super creeped out because I'm a wuss. Bedtime at 11!

    Daily Total: $90.62

    Day Six

    9 a.m. — I'm taking the morning off of work because I have a doctor's appointment, so the pups and I enjoy an extra hour of sleep and cuddles.

    10:45 a.m. — At the gynecologist's office for my 10:45 a.m. appointment, but of course they don't call my name until 11:30. Grr. I had an abnormal Pap smear almost two years ago that showed “precancerous cell changes.” Thankfully it was caught early, and I had a small procedure to remove the suspicious cells. My doctor has done a Pap smear every three to six months since to continue to monitor me. I feel so thankful to have access to healthcare, and it breaks my heart that some women don't have access to basic preventative care. Resources like Planned Parenthood are so important. A simple Pap smear could potentially save a life by preventing a future cervical cancer diagnosis! Get yo' Paps ladies! I pay my $25 co-pay and make an appointment for six months from now. $25

    1 p.m. — Pick up some Jimmy John's and get to work to finish out the day. I leave at 5:30 p.m. $8.79

    8 p.m. — Make a random dinner of tilapia, mac and cheese, and sweet potato fries. Then I play Mario Kart, watch Monday Night Football, and pass out around 10ish.

    Daily Total: $33.79

    Day Seven

    7:45 a.m. — Typical morning routine — snooze until I'm almost late and am out the door by 8:25 a.m.

    6 p.m. — I go to my fave local coffee shop ($2.89) and work on a paper for school for an hour before heading to my friend's house. Every few months all of my nurse friends meet up for a “dip night,” where everyone brings a bottle of wine and a different dip to eat. Sweatpants and messy hair encouraged, and no men allowed. I bring $2 Aldi wine from home and mini cupcakes from the grocery store since I'm heading to the party from work ($3.99). $6.88

    11 p.m. — Dip night was awesome as always. Loved catching up with all my friends I don't get to see much anymore. When I get home, L. is already passed out in bed. Ugh, I'm going to be tired tomorrow, but it's worth it!

    Daily Total: $6.88

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    Spending the night in an ice hotel is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences we can't wait to check off our bucket lists. While they are not exactly known for being comfortable — how cozy can an ice-carved bed be? — these man-made wonders are just incredible to behold. The construction alone requires muscle power, snow ploughs, and tons of ice — a very respectable feat considering the fact that these hotels have to be built from scratch every year. And, we haven't even started on the ice sculptures yet.

    Most of these establishments open their doors in January and remain in operation through April. Click ahead for the most stunning ice hotels from around the world that are so Instagrammable, they might just be worth the frostbite.

    SnowHotel, Kemi, Finland

    This 21-room hotel is part of SnowCastle, an annual winter attraction in Finnish Lapland. The structure is built in a completely different architectural style each year, down to the elaborate reliefs on the walls. A snow chapel sits on the premise for weddings and christenings.

    From $410/night

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    Iglu-Dorf, Gstaad, Switzerland

    Heated igloos, outdoor jacuzzis, and sweeping views of the Alps are just a few of the amazing amenities this snow village has to offer. Guests are treated to a super on-theme dining experience at the Snow Bar, which includes mulled wine, a charcuterie selection, and a cheese fondue.

    From $160/night

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    Ice Hotel, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

    Founded in 1989, this hotel was the first to be completely constructed from ice and snow. Unlike its competitors, which mostly focus on private suites for couples and families, the hotel also offers dormitory-style lodging. Beginning in 2017, the hotel is open year-round, powered by solar panels in the summer months.

    From $150/night

    Photo: Courtesy of Ice Hotel.

    Hotel of Ice, Sibiu, Romania

    Situated in the middle of nowhere in Transylvania, The Hotel of Ice is like a living, breathing ice museum. Each year, the hotel commissions a team of sculptors to create a fantastical world of three-dimension ice structures around one theme. Last year's inspiration? Iconic movies from Jaw s to Star Wars to Harry Potter. No matter the theme, you just know you'll be getting a memorable stay.

    From $107/night

    Photo: Courtesy of Hotel Of Ice.

    Hôtel de Glace, Quebec City, Canada

    With a head-turning exterior that looks straight out of Frozen, this hotel is a popular filming location for TV and film crews. Apart from the impressive snow vault structure, there's an ice tube slide, a glacier-themed cafe, and even a course on how to construct a cocktail glass entirely from ice.

    From $385/night

    Photo: Courtesy of Hotel De Glace.

    Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, Alta, Norway

    Although indoor temperatures typically hover in the low 20s F in Norway, you won't run the risk of freezing at this igloo hotel: The rooms are outfitted with sleeping bags made for extreme weather conditions, and snuggly reindeer skins also help keep the chill at bay.

    From $278/night

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    Leaving your house in the dead of winter can feel like an herculean task, especially when the weather is gloomy and there's black ice on the ground. But getting out of town sounds like the perfect antidote for our mounting seasonal affective disorder: We want a vacation, and we want it now.

    While we would normally recommend a beach break as a nice way to deal with the weather, there's something to be said about destinations that pull off the winter wonderland look spectacularly. We're talking about places that offer impressive holiday decorations, lively Christmas markets, and readily available fireplaces. If a city looks quaint enough to be featured in a holiday card, we can (maybe) overlook the frostbites.

    From a quaint ski town to a snowy wonderland, we've rounded up five postcard-perfect trips you should take while there's still snow on the ground. And, just so you'll know what to do should you decide to make an impulsive visit, we've also included the coziest hotels in the area, plus the insider intel you need to know.

    Paris, France

    Paris is always a good idea, but the city comes to life during the wintertime in a truly spectacular fashion. The French capital channels its chicness into a stunning display of lights: Many of its iconic monuments, shopfronts, and streets — including the Avenue des Champs Elysées — are all adorned in full-on festive illuminations. The holiday decorations at Galeries Lafayette are a sight to behold: The legacy department store suspends a different multi-storey Christmas tree from its magnificent Art Nouveau glass ceiling each year.

    Even though the wildly popular Champs Elysées Christmas market is not happening this year, you'll be equally satisfied with a walk through the little shops in Montmarte, a romantic neighborhood with a cozy, village-y vibe. And, you can't possibly visit the most fashionable city in the world without stocking up on your winter wardrobe: Kiliwatch and Vintage Désir are two of our favorites to hunt for vintage treasures.

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    Paris, France (Continued)

    Where To Stay: Within walking distance from Champs Elysées, Arc de Trimophe, and Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Amastan Hotel feels more like an intimate pied-à-terre than a boutique hotel. Design touches such as industrial-style lighting fixtures, custom-made rattan chairs, and navy herringbone wooden walls give the rooms a lush yet understated look. The ground-floor bar, Anouk, is another Instagram haven in and of itself, outfitted with designer lighting, a glass roof, and leafy plants. The small garden offers a peaceful respite from the city. With these cozy amenities, you might never actually want to leave.

    Photo: Courtesy of Amastan.

    Paris, France (Continued)

    Insider Tip: Forget Versailles: Skip the long lines and head to Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte, a stunning, privately-owned property an hour outside of Paris. Its Baroque ceilings, stately chandeliers, and rich tapestries are said to have inspired the interior design of the Palace of Versailles. The castle is putting on an incredible spectacle for Christmas, with more than two dozen of its rooms filled with thousands of themed holiday installations, including trees made out of confectionery and an indoor enchanted forest.

    Photo: Courtesy of Chateau Vaux-le-vicomte.

    Park City, Utah

    There's way to more Park City than the Sundance Film Festival. For one, it's a great destination for skiing, thanks to the crisp mountain air and powdery peaks. The ski town's Main Street has an old-world charm, thanks to the well-maintained 19th-century facades.

    The Deer Valley region should be on any foodie's radar due to its emerging culinary scene: High West Distillery & Saloon offers a unique pairing menu for its blended whiskies, while The Deer Valley Grocery Cafe will give your the best comfort food fix after a day of hitting the slopes.

    Park City, Utah (Continued)

    Where To Stay: Silver King Hotel combines sweeping mountain views with the rustic decor of a traditional ski lodge. It's just a short walk from the PayDay ski lift, but still close enough to the Main Street. After admiring the snow-capped surrounds, guests can warm up in front of a wood-burning fireplace, which can be found in every room.

    Photo: Courtesy of Silver King.

    Park City, Utah (Continued)

    Insider Tip: If you're feeling sore from a day of skiing, Spa Montage at Deer Valley offers offers massage treatments customized according to your body's pains and needs. Unwinding in the hot tub overlooking the mountains sounds like the ultimate way to unwind.

    Photo: Courtesy of The Montage.

    Edinburgh, Scotland

    There's no better season than the winter to retrace J.K. Rowling's footsteps in Edinburgh, the place where she wrote the majority of the Harry Potter series. The city looks extra magical when covered in snow, like a Hogsmeade came to life. Grab a drink at The Balmoral, the grand dame hotel where Rowling finished the last chapters of the final book. After than, have a wander on Victoria Street and peruse wizardry merchandise at Diagon House, a shop dedicated to the franchise. AHA HA HA Jokes & Novelties, a prank shop with a look that rivals Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, is just a few doors down.

    Even if you're not a fan of Harry Potter, Edinburgh is still well-worth a visit: Time your trip around the end of the year to catch Hogmanay, an outdoor festival of fireworks and concerts that ends with a dip in the freezing River Forth on New Year's Day.

    Photo: Getty Images.

    Edinburgh, Scotland (Continued)

    Where To Stay: The recently-opened Principal Hotel on Charlotte Square, which overlooks the landmark National Archives building, is designed with a muse in mind: Hamish — a fictional character conjured up by the owners of the hotel — is a well-heeled Scottish gentleman with a love for books and travel. The rooms has a much more modern look in contrast, punctuated by a gallery wall above the beds and Scottish tartan wool blankets. The well-lit atrium of the hotel, with towering houseplants and a greenhouse-like ceiling, is one of the most stylish places in Edinburgh to eat breakfast.

    Photo: Courtesy of The Principal.

    Edinburgh, Scotland (Continued)

    Insider Tip: If you can brace the cold winds, the one-hour hike up Arthur's Seat is truly worth it. There's no better place to take in the skyline of the whole city, and it's a great place to go sledding when covered in snow.

    Photo: Getty Images.

    Nagano, Japan

    Nagano is home to some of the most gorgeous landscapes in Japan. There's vibrant foliage in the autumn, cherry blossoms in the spring, but what you see in the winter is extra special: There are snow monkeys warming up alongside you in the outdoor hot springs, for one, and frosted expanse for skiing, sledding, and snowboarding. Our pick would be Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort in northern Nagano, where there are all-natural, powdery snow and over 13 free natural spring baths open to the public.

    For an additional dose of culture, stick around for the Nozawa Onsen Dosojin Festival on January 15, the folk celebration to fete happy marriages and first-born children through a massive bonfire watched by a huge crowd.

    Photo: Getty Images.

    Nagano, Japan (Continued)

    Where To Stay: You'd be remiss if you didn't experience a ryokan, a traditional Japanese guesthouse with tatamis(woven straw flooring) as beds. Oshi Ryokan is a traditional inn managed by a family and is within walking distance to three historic shrines in the area, including the famous Togakushi Shrine.

    Photo: Courtesy Of Booking.com.

    Nagano, Japan (Continued)

    Insider Tip: If you leave Japan without having ramen at least once, did you ever actually go? Ramen Zunpachi stands out from the other ramen joints in town, thanks to its silky pork bone and soy sauce broth — a family recipe passed down for generations.

    Photo: Courtesy Of Ramen Zunpachi.

    Prague, Czech Republic

    The winters in Prague can be quite brutal, but since the rainy season is over by then, the snow actually enhances the storybook vibe of the city. The annual outdoor Christmas market, which takes place in the Old Town Square, is a stunning place to shop festive crafts and people watch — while imbibing a cup of mulled wine, of course. To warm yourself up after spending all that time outdoors, the city boasts a vast collection of highly-Instagrammable historic cafes, the most impressive being The Municipal House Cafe and Cafe Salvia.

    Photo: Getty Images.

    Prague, Czech Republic (Continued)

    Where To Stay: Got a soft spot for retro design? Vintage Design Hotel Sax will catch your eye with its candy-colored furniture and playful approach. Designed by a team of local architects, the rooms are covered in wall stylings with funky, psychedelic prints. The hotel is also a stone's throw away from famous sights such as the Prague Castle and Charles Bridge.

    Photo: Courtesy of Hotel Sax.

    Prague, Czech Republic (Continued)

    Insider Tip: While Christmas is a special time to visit Prague, the city also puts on an amazing show to celebrate the end of winter: Party with the locals at the Carnevale Praha at the end of January, a street parade where crazy and creative costumes are mandatory.

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    Border Patrol officials fired tear gas on hundreds of migrants, including small children, as they tried to enter the U.S. on Sunday. As a result, U.S. officials shut down the San Ysidro Port of Entry between San Diego and Tijuana for several hours.

    Rodney Scott, chief patrol agent of the Border Patrol’s San Diego Sector, defended the use of tear gas, saying some of the migrants threw rocks at the agents. "What we saw over and over yesterday was the group, the caravan, would push women and children towards the front and then, basically, 'rocking' our agents," he said on CNN on Monday. "We tried to target the instigators, specifically those assaulting the agents, but once that chemical is released, it does go through the air."

    Toddlers were seen running away barefoot from the tear gas as it spread.

    Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen defended border patrol's actions. "DHS will not tolerate this type of lawlessness and will not hesitate to shut down ports of entry for security and public safety reasons," she said in a statement on Sunday.

    Meanwhile, President Trump tweeted that Mexico should send the migrants, "many of whom are stone cold criminals," back to their home countries in Central America. "We will close the Border permanently if need be."

    Some of the migrants reportedly said that they attempted to cross over after being denied at the port of entry, where they tried to claim asylum. Seeking asylum, as thousands of people are doing after fleeing violence in their home countries, is legal despite Trump's attempts to crack down on it. According to Nicole Narea, senior immigration reporter at legal news outlet Law360, the people at the border "could have grounds to sue under [the Refugee Act of 1980] on the basis that the Trump administration has effectively denied them access to the U.S. asylum system."

    Democrats and human rights defenders were outraged over the treatment of the migrants, many of whom are currently being housed in shelters in Tijuana.

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    Amazon may be known best for its self-made Prime Day, but its Cyber Monday deals are seriously impressive too — especially since the deals hit right when you need them most.

    We've been eyeing all the usual Cyber Monday tech deals: headphones, accessories for our new Apple devices, bluetooth speakers, as well as a few items you wouldn't normally think to get the day after Thanksgiving. With free standard shipping for holiday orders, the discounts have gotten even more tempting.

    It may be getting late, but don't discount Cyber Monday just yet (pun intended). Amazon is coming through with some big deals well into the evening, especially when it comes to their own tech products.

    Click through to see some of the Amazon devices and tech goodies on sale now.

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    Fire TV Stick 4K

    The newest member of the Fire TV Stick family is on sale. Alexa enabled, you can use all your favorite streaming app easily using this device. As a special Cyber Monday offer, you can get two Fire Sticks for $39.99.



    Amazon Fire TV Stick with all-new Alexa Voice Remote, $34.99, available at Amazon

    Apple Watch Series 3

    GPS and cellular enabled, you'll want to get your hands on an Apple Watch while the discount lasts.



    Apple Apple Watch Series 3, $299, available at Amazon

    Certified Refurbished Echo Plus (1st Gen)

    If you don't have a home assistant device yet, the Echo Plus is a great one to start with. You can play music, make calls, and set timers all with the sound of your voice.



    Amazon Certified Refurbished Echo Plus (1st Gen), $79.98, available at Amazon

    Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Camera Kit With 14-42mm Lens

    Get the look of a vintage film camera with the capabilities of a modern kit. It can shoot 4K video and is Wi-Fi enabled so sharing your photos and home videos has never been easier.



    Olympus Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Camera Kit, $599, available at Amazon

    HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer

    Print social media photos on 2x3 sticky-backed paper — the perfect gift for the Instagram obsessed.



    HP Sprocket Portable Social Media Photo Printer, $89.95, available at Amazon

    Bose QuietComfort Noise Cancelling Headphones for Apple Devices

    One of the best parts about the holidays is taking time to relax and forget the outside world for a bit. What better way to do that than with noise cancelling headphones?



    Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones for Apple devices, $109.99, available at Amazon

    Kindle Paperwhite (7th Generation)

    It's waterproof, the battery lasts for weeks, if it's not on your wishlist, you might want to revise it.



    Amazon Kindle Paperwhite E-reader , $79.99, available at Amazon

    Just Dance 2019

    The newest version of the hit video game is on sale for all consoles. New songs include Finesse by Bruno Mars & Cardi B, Work Work by Britney, and Havana by Camila Cabello.



    Ubisoft Just Dance 2019, $25.99, available at Amazon

    Sandisk Ultra 128GB Micro SDXC UHS-I Card with Adapter

    Better, faster, stronger.



    SanDisk Ultra 128GB Micro SDXC UHS-I Card with Adapter, $19.99, available at Amazon

    Choetech Fast Wireless Charger

    Designed with three charging speeds, this wireless charger is compatible with most major phone models.



    Choetech Choetech Fast Wireless Charger, $18.48, available at Amazon

    Lenovo 2019 15.6" HD Laptop Computer

    With the option of up to a one terabyte hard drive, you'll now have a place to store all your holiday photos and home videos.



    Lenovo Lenovo 2019 15.6" HD Laptop Computer, $319.99, available at Amazon

    Toshiba 43" 4K Ultra HD Smart TV - Fire TV Edition

    With Fire TV built in, which means instant access to Netflix, Hulu, and Prime Video, it's basically like buying two devices for the price of one that's on sale.



    Toshiba 43" Ultra HD Smart LED - Fire TV Edition, $249.99, available at Amazon

    All-New Echo Dot (3rd Gen)

    Get the latest Echo Dot for a steal this Black Friday. It's basically half off.



    Amazon All-New Echo Dot (3rd Gen), $24, available at Amazon

    Fosmon Portable Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard Controller

    Did you just upgrade your Macbook? Well even if you didn't, getting a new tech accessory can make it feel like you did.



    Fosmon Fosmon Portable Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard Controller, $22.99, available at Amazon

    Keurig K-Cafe Single Serve Latte and Cappuccino Coffee Maker + Espresso Roast K-Cup Pod Variety Pack

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    Keurig Single Serve Coffee Maker, $114.99, available at Amazon

    Fire TV Cube

    Get the first hands-free streaming media player enabed with Alexa for half price on Cyber Monday.



    Amazon Fire TV Cube, $59.99, available at Amazon

    Waterpik ADA Accepted Aquarius Water Flosser

    Keep those dentist dentist appointments quick and painless.



    Waterpik Aquarius Water Flosser, $39.95, available at Amazon

    Arlo Pro 2 - Wireless Home Security Camera System with Siren

    Home security should be simple and effective.



    Arlo Pro 2 - Wireless Home Security Camera System, $312.99, available at Amazon

    All-New Fire HD 8 Tablet with 8" HD Display, 16 GB

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

    Can we get a big "hell yeah!" for eye creams? Without them we would be lost, wandering around hopelessly, looking just as tired as we feel. Yes, this is hyperbolic, but thanks to these potions, our puffiness, fatigue, and dark circles really are reduced — and for that, we celebrate.

    Due to a combination of late nights and poor sleep habits, we've had more than our fair share of opportunities to test out puff-reducing, bag-demolishing eye creams. We've tried the good, the bad — and then we've tried the miracle workers. That's what the eye creams ahead are: cool, creamy miracles.

    Now, we're not naive enough to think that a tube of cream alone can fix fatigue. No, it comes down to a combo of an out-of-this-world product and some serious application know-how. So, we went to the woman with all the complexion-perfecting answers to get the scoop on the best way to apply your eye cream in order to make your gaze its most rested.

    According to celebrity aesthetician and perfect-skin-whisperer (we've told her she needs to put that on her business cards) Joanna Czech, you can tailor your application to the type of results you want: anti-aging or de-puffing.

    For anti-aging, here's what she advises: "Start with your inner eye and apply the cream, but do a little press-and-release motion. Apply your cream in a few points around the eye, and then, using your middle or ring finger, place them in the inner corner of the eye below the brow on the upper lid. Slightly press and release, working outward. Do the same on the bottom, but work from the outer corner to the inner corner."

    According to Czech, with this technique you are working against gravity — and against the lines. "When you press your skin, it microscopically stretches, and when you release it grabs the product and draws it into the surface of the skin." She advises that this method is better for the evening and with a richer cream, since the focus is anti-aging and hydration. As a follow-up, she recommends placing two lukewarm chamomile tea bags on your eyes and laying down for 20 minutes. This will provide soothing and anti-redness relief.

    For de-puffing, it's all about fluid drainage. Puffiness is caused by a buildup of fluid in your undereye area, so diminishing it comes down to (gently!) pushing it out of there. Says Czech, "I would do the upper lid the exact same way as the anti-aging method, and then on the undereye I would go from the inner corner to outer, sliding my finger down to give a form of lymphatic drainage. Very slight pressing motion as you slide." She advises that this is great to do in the morning, and that you can enhance the de-puffing effects by using a cold product, so pop that a.m. eye cream in the fridge for best results. Now that you know the secrets of eye cream application, read on for our top product picks.

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    With a powerful cocktail of vitamins C and E, hyaluronic acid, and caffeine, dark circles and fine lines don't stand a chance against this eye cream, which was a clear winner in this year's Beauty Innovator Awards.



    Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C Power Eye Cream, $65, available at Sephora

    This eye cream is not cheap, but it is magic. It's formulated with rare Albazia bark extract, which helps strengthens capillaries (those pesky blue blood vessels), and a mixture of moisture-locking and plumping hyaluronic acid and ceramides. It has a solid beauty-editor stamp of approval — and supermodels are obsessed, too.



    MZ Skin Soothe and Smooth Collagen Activating Eye Complex, $149, available at Neiman Marcus

    Tap this potent wrinkle-smoother around your eyes and over crow's feet daily. The retinol is formulated to be non-irritating, so you can use it in the morning, but you'll want to make sure you go over it with SPF.



    Olay Eyes Pro-Retinol Eye Cream Treatment, $24.94, available at Amazon

    Winter dryness? Okay, we can handle it. Rough, irritated dry patches? Bane of our existence. This hydrating eye cream acts like a direct shot of moisture, so you can wake up with soft, smooth undereyes again.



    Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Eye Cream, $45, available at Sephora

    This hydrating, skin-strengthening eye cream works as you sleep to reduce fine lines, minimize puffiness, and brighten dark circles, so you look — and feel — like you’ve gotten twice as much beauty sleep.



    Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye, $37, available at Sephora

    Tatcha's eye serum is incredibly lightweight, and includes a cooling applicator that does all of the work for you.



    Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Eye Serum, $85, available at Sephora

    This eye cream is all about bringing moisture to the undereye area using hyaluronic acid. Plus, it absorbs quickly, so you can wear it day and night and not worry about your makeup sliding around.



    Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream, $13.5, available at Ulta Beauty

    Tarte’s Maracuja collection has developed a cult following for good reason — and one of our favorite products of the bunch is the brightening eye cream. The maracuja fruit and vitamin C-enriched formula is firming and brightening. Meaning: It’ll make you look awake with just a few dabs (we suggest dotting it on with your pinky for best results). And it’s so light in consistency, you can apply your concealer right away — if you even feel like you need it, that is.



    Tarte Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment, $38, available at Sephora

    Remember what we said about how puffiness is caused by excess fluid? Well, if facial massage with your fingers isn't your thing, may we interest you in this genius rollerball? Simply roll it softly on your undereye area and it'll massage in a potent formula of antioxidants, soothing botanicals, and caffeine as it drains that fluid. Bright eyes, here you come.



    Clinique All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage, $29, available at Macy's

    This tried-and-true eye cream has been reformulated to include microencapsulated retinol and niacinamide, which help to penetrate deeply to brighten, smooth, and plump.



    Dermalogica Age Smart Reversal Eye Complex, $80, available at Ulta Beauty

    Phloretin, vitamin C, and ferulic acid in a potent serum-in-a-gel formula help this antioxidant-rich potion penetrate the skin and work to correct signs of photodamage, as well as puffiness and dark circles.



    SkinCeuticals AOX+ Eye Gel, $95, available at DermStore

    Arcona's cult-classic eye cream has shea butter and hyaluronic acid to provide ultimate hydration, while anti-inflammatory blueberry extract and vitamin E help comfort tired eyes. Apply this before you hit the sheets — it's a little heavy for day — and you'll wake up refreshed and revitalized.



    Arcona Eye Dew, $42, available at Nordstrom

    Philosophy’s Hope in a Tube does double duty — the ultra-moisturizing eye and lip cream helps to minimize fine lines around these areas. So, those pesky little crow’s feet? You can get rid of them the same way you get rid of the lines in the corners of your mouth. The blend of vitamins E and C helps to reduce the appearance of these lines and revitalize the skin.



    Philosophy Hope In A Tube, $38, available at Ulta Beauty

    This stuff is the best to use right before putting on concealer, as the cucumber- and hyaluronic acid-fueled formula is smooth enough to be a primer.



    It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Eye Cream, $48, available at Sephora

    No bananas were harmed in the making of this brightening eye cream: It was actually inspired by the yellow setting powder that makeup artists love for brightening and color-correcting the eye area. Fittingly, this vitamin C-rich formula does all that and more, targeting fine lines while instantly reducing the look of dark circles.



    Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Crème, $38, available at Sephora

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    Holiday tunes may already be pumping out of the speakers at our local grocery stores, but we're not out of the Cyber Week woods yet. Cyber Monday sales are here to conclude the shopping weekend marathon and we're stoked to report they're ending things with a bang. Case in point, Amazon's bevy of deals today.

    We know you're already busy scouting out the deals of the day for an instant pot, but don't skimp past the fashion sales. Now's the ideal time to stock up on everything you'll need to get through the winter. For Cyber Monday, you can shop winter fashion picks for up to 30% off and shop Amazon's brands for up to 50% off. Meaning those cozy Lark & Ro sweaters, puffer coats on puffer coats, and cold-weather friendly boots can all be found for truly affordable prices.

    Embrace the upcoming season with our favorite winter-friendly Amazon fashion picks ahead.

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    Lark & Ro 100% Cashmere Soft Slouchy Turtleneck Pullover Sweater, $116.00 $58.00, available at Amazon.

    The Fix Mika Hiker Boots with Faux Shearling Trim, $129.00 $51.60, available at Amazon.

    Haven Outerwear Funnel Neck Down Puffer Jacket With Peplum, $75.00 $30.00, available at Amazon.

    The Fix Colby Convertible Guitar Strap Saddle Bag, $99.00 $39.60, available at Amazon.

    Core 10 The Track Star Legging (XS-XL, Plus Size 1X-3X), $62.50 $47.61, available at Amazon.

    The Fix Becca Pointed Toe Sock-style Ankle Boot, $99.00 $39.60, available at Amazon.

    James & Erin Layered Asymmetric Dress, $42.68 $27.60, available at Amazon.

    The Fix Luisa Single Strap Feather Block Heel Mule, $79.00 $31.69, available at Amazon.

    Haven Outerwear Maxi Pillow Collar Puffer Jacket, $85.00 $34.00, available at Amazon.

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    The Fix Delany Block-heel Chelsea Ankle Boot, $110.00 $55.00, available at Amazon.

    Lark & Ro Off Shoulder Fit and Flare Dress, $69.00 $27.60, available at Amazon.

    Lark & Ro Mid-length Anorak Parka with Faux Fur Hood, $99.00 $39.60, available at Amazon.

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    If you've been waffling over whether or not to shop on this Cyber Monday, we have the push that will have you fishing for your credit card out of your bag as fast your fingers will move. That's because Ulta Beauty just announced its cyber flash sale and the savings are so insane — we're talking half off brands like Benefit and Urban Decay — it would be borderline criminal not to at least check it out over your lunch break.

    There are over 180 deals when you click over to Ulta Beauty right now, including bestsellers from Urban Decay, MAC, Benefit, and BareMinerals — but you'll also get free shipping on any order over $35, plus a bonus $10 off any purchase of $50 or more, when you use the code CYBERMON18 at checkout.

    Shop it on your own or find a handy guide to our favorite deals from the sale ahead. Either way, we recommend speedy shopping, because the savings will disappear tomorrow, Tuesday, November 27, at exactly 12 p.m. PST.

    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.

    50% Off Urban Decay Eyeshadow

    When you shop right now, you'll get this glittery Urban Decay Moondust eyeshadow palette for just $24.



    Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Palette, $24.5, available at Ulta Beauty

    50% Off Benefit Mascara

    Are you loyal to Benefit's cult Roller Lash mascara? Lucky you, because you can grab two tubes for the price of one right now.



    Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara, $12.5, available at Ulta Beauty

    50% Off BareMinerals Concealer

    BareMinerals is gifting Ulta Beauty shoppers its full-coverage Bareskin serum concealer for just $11.



    bareMinerals bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer, $11, available at Ulta Beauty

    40% Off MAC Eyeshadows

    Take 40% off select MAC eyeshadow pots, like the sparkly gold Dazzleshadow, which perfect for party season.



    MAC Dazzleshadow, $11.4, available at Ulta Beauty

    40% Off Ulta Beauty Holiday Sets

    If you're shopping to gift, get 40% off select Ulta Beauty holiday gift sets, like the 12 Days of Beauty star-shaped advent calendar — now just $10.



    Ulta 12 Days of Beauty, $10.8, available at Ulta Beauty

    40% Off The Body Shop

    Everything from The Body Shop — from body butter saucers to tea tree face wash — is 40% off right now.



    The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash, $8.4, available at Ulta Beauty

    50% Off Redken Styling Products

    Every styling product by Redken is half-off right now, which means you should stock up on the multipurpose treatment spray with over 1,200 5-star review while it's only $11.



    Redken One United Multi-Benefit Treatment Spray, $11.5, available at Ulta Beauty

    40% Off SheaMoisture

    Everything with a SheaMoisture label — that's over 200 hair and skin-care products — is 40% off right now at Ulta.



    SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Shampoo, $6.89, available at Ulta Beauty

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