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    One look at Priyanka Chopra's skin — sculpted jawline, dewy cheekbones, a forehead so smooth not even a magnifying glass could find a bump or wrinkle — is your dead giveaway that she's about to walk down the aisle. True, the 36-year-old bride-to-be is genetically blessed with great skin even on her worst day, but her pre-wedding glow tips the scale to a whole new level.

    To find out the actress's flawless skin secrets, we spoke with Nichola Joss, Chopra's longtime facialist. Here, she breaks down her easy-to-follow skin-care guide for any bride looking to get that traffic-stopping glow on the big day — and beyond. The following interview was told to Megan Decker and edited for length and clarity.

    A Few Facials Are Crucial
    Pre-wedding facials will make a huge difference in the brightness, tone, and structure of your skin on the big day. Three or four months before the wedding, you want to go in for your corrective treatments — a chemical peel to flush out pores, or a laser treatment to clear any rosacea. Whatever your main concerns, tackle those early, well before the wedding.

    When you start getting closer to the day, about a month or two before, your skin will be in a better state. That’s when you want to start introducing hydrating and plumping facials, which will add instant glow, and professional-grade massage tools to better sculpt the contours of the face and flush out any underlying puffiness.

    Then, if you're able, schedule out a treatment for the day of the wedding. The morning before Meghan and Harry's wedding, I used Decléor's Instant Firming & Lifting Mask on Priyanka, and it gave her skin this unbelievable lift and glow — I recommend it to every single bride.

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    Stick To A Simple Morning Routine...
    Your daily routine should be really regimented the month of the wedding. If you're loyal to this routine, you'll have flawless skin walking down the aisle, and every day after.

    When you wake up, cleanse using a soft micellar-water lotion, like this one from Avène. Then — and so many people skip this — spritz your skin with a gentle toner. This is important because it will brighten your skin and get rid of any cleansing particles which, if not removed properly, can lead to a super dull, congested face. I always recommend The Ordinary's Glycolic Acid toner, and the Glossier Solution as well, both of which will help in balancing your pH levels, which correlates to better skin tone.

    After your toner, you can layer on your active product, which usually comes in serum form, and give that a few minutes to absorb deep into your skin. Lastly, massage your daily moisturizer into your skin. Really get your fingers involved — start in the center of your face, and work your fingers upwards towards your hairline for a face-lift kind of effect.

    ...And A Calming Bedtime Ritual
    When you get home after a long day, immediately cleanse away your makeup and grime you accumulated through the day. Then, spritz your skin with your toner and apply your favorite serum. Give those ingredients the evening to do their work; don’t put anything on top of them. Later on, right before you go to sleep, use an oil balm or nighttime moisturizer — I love the Pro-Collagen Neck & Décolleté Balm from Elemis — and massage it into your skin. You can even do this while you're under your covers. The oil and balm will lock in whatever serums you applied earlier, plus add instant moisture to your skin.

    The massage will reduce any face bloat, encourage lymphatic drainage, and strengthen the contours of the face. This regimen is so good for you because your face is a map of the body, so it gets your whole body ready to rest.

    Make Like Priyanka & Try Turmeric
    Priyanka loves a DIY face mask — she makes them quite often with kitchen ingredients, and I fully endorse it. She loves them because mixing a mask by hand means she knows exactly what's going on her skin.

    She likes to use turmeric, which is an amazing ingredient with a lot of skin benefits — it’s calming, and relieves inflammation and congestion. A simple oats-and-honey mixture makes for a quick and easy gentle exfoliating mask. Sugar and honey is also great, if that's easier. It’s about being in control of the ingredients you’re putting on your skin, and Priyanka specifically loves to make her skin-care routine as Ayurvedic as possible.

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    After my first job at MTV working as a music programmer, I can't stop trying to matchmake people with music they might like. So, I wrote a book calledRecord Collecting for Girls and started interviewing musicians. The Music Concierge is a column where I share music I'm listening to that you might enjoy, with a little context. Get everything I've recommended this year on Spotify, follow me on Twitter or Facebook, and leave a comment below telling me what you're listening to this week.

    Grimes "We Appreciate Power"

    There are a lot of layers to the video game metaphor Grimes plays with in her new single. Those disembodied "perfect" female bodies that make up a faux menu option are skewering Gamergate and the notoriously unfriendly-to-women game industry, while the song itself skewers our political system and the annals of power that allowed for years of oppression against marginalized people. At the same time, Grimes creates a new definition of her own power with those masculine guitars in the song, All the while, she attempts to accumulate power of her own in the pop star game. If we appreciate power, how do we feel about the system?

    Yola "Ride Out In The Country"

    Sometimes, a nice cold bottle of soda and a vintage truck will do the trick. Yola takes us out to the country to — wait, bury some bodies? This video takes a sharp left turn from that easy country vibe, but damn it's a nice song with that slow, warm feel that life needs from time to time.

    Lily & Madeline "Self Care"

    While we're on the "slow and warm" music trend, take a listen to Lily & Madeline. This piano-driven breakup ballad will break your heart, but only into two big pieces and not a million tiny ones. Sometimes a breakup is in your best interest. This duo encapsulates discovering that idea in the form of a gorgeous song.

    Lexie Liu "Sleep Away"

    Lexie Liu wants to be China's next breakout star and if this is what she's working with musically, then I say, bring it on. I love the grand, sweeping backing track and how she flexes between rapping and singing in both Chinese and English. Our ears like when we don't quite know what is coming next in music and my ears are very into Liu.

    Dounia feat. Kehlani "Rich Girl Mood"

    Why is SoundCloud rap so much more interesting when women do it? Dounia and Kehlani are making a case for saying "screw it" to all your problematic faves and blaring their rich girl mood instead. The music on this track is full of the expected genre tropes: minor keys, a sped-up and sparse drum track, and minimalism. The "rich girl" chorus and those fluttery voices together make it unique, leveling up the normal sleepiness of this new arm of rap into something more mysterious and compelling.

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    It's all too easy to get stuck in comfortable routines (from how we commute to and from work each day to the bars we frequent on the weekends) and forget how important it is to venture outside of our tiny bubbles. That's why, for this episode of Try Living with Lucie, Lucie Fink decided to pack her bags, grab her Venmo card (a travel necessity that makes buying and splitting purchases much easier), and hit Denver, Colorado, to experience something that's the polar opposite of her typical New York City routine. For five days, Lucie challenged herself to explore both new territory and a new way of life: from hiking the Rockies to checking out the diverse food scene. Above, watch Lucie as she leaves the big city behind and takes a big leap out of her comfort zone.

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    Before Pati Dubroff was painting the faces of Priyanka Chopra, Amanda Seyfried, Eva Mendes, and Margot Robbie, she was just a girl growing up in New Jersey who was infatuated with makeup. Like many pros in the field today, her love for color cosmetics started while sitting at her mother's vanity. "I remember being 10 years old and completely obsessed," Dubroff tells Refinery29. "I remember thinking, 'I want to do this when I grow up' — I just didn't know what this was yet."

    "This" eventually became a career as a professional makeup artist, but fast forward to today and she's part of an elite list of in-demand pros who work on the most famous faces in Hollywood. Of course, her journey was a long one. In fact, ahead of becoming a celebrity go-to, Dubroff's work was deeply embedded in the fashion world. She assisted makeup bigwigs like François Nars (yes, that Nars), worked for MTV, and did makeup on sets of major music videos, like Björk's iconic "Big Time Sensuality."

    Between all that, Dubroff noticed a shift in the industry that led her work away from the supermodels and musicians and to up-and-coming actresses in L.A. "The fashion world was always about trying to make a statement, but I'm really about making a real woman look like the most incredible version of herself," Dubroff explains. "I realized I could really do that with actresses." After years of living in Paris and New York, Dubroff packed up her kits and moved to the West Coast with her husband. The rest, as they say, is history.

    Needless to say, after nearly three decades in the business, Dubroff has a wealth of beauty knowledge to share, from the skin-care products she doesn't travel without to the kind of glitter she always uses on the lids of her A-list clients. Lucky for us, she shared it all with us, ahead.

    Skin First, Makeup Second

    "No matter how long I get with a client, almost half the amount of time is spent prepping their skin... always. If the skin doesn't look great, that complicated eye or bold lip won't pop.

    "The routine always starts with a 111Skin sheet mask. Then, I follow up with a facial massage using ReFa rollers. Even if I don't have time for a mask, I always massage the face. It lifts, de-puffs, and adds vitality to the skin. Lastly, I'll add my favorite moisturizer from Augustinus Bader. It's incredible, I use it on myself and everybody else I work with."

    Cream Over Powder — Always

    "After the skin care is finished, I work on evening out the skin and controlling oil. Normally, I'll use a mattifying primer on the center of the face. I like to do this so I don't have to load up on powder later. From there, I start blending foundations. I like to use at least two to three different shades and formulas with varying textures. This helps add dimension and a natural contour that looks real. I'm very loyal to the Japanese brand Suqqu. You can't get their products in the States, but the formula is my absolute favorite because of its incredible finish. Nars' Foundation Stick is the runner-up. I love using this formula on clients with darker skin tones.

    "Sometimes, after I'm done with foundation, I'll tap a little bit of the Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum on my fingers and roll it onto the high bones of the client's face. It gives a subtle luminosity that isn't sparkly or cheap. I've also been using the Nudestix cream products for contouring the eyes and Soleil Tan de Chanel cream for some light bronzing. Building up cream products ensures that the face will be able to handle all the bolder, more colorful features that come later, like on the eyes and lips."

    Blurred Lips Require A Specific Formula

    "The density of the color is key when you create a blurred lip. Look for lipsticks that have texture that kind of look like powder in the tube. I like to pat on Sunnies Face Fluffmatte lipsticks with my fingers, blending the shades out to the edges. It's the easiest way to create a strong lip without making it severe."

    Glitter Makes Everything Better

    "For this year's Met Gala, I wanted to complement the gold bodice and headpiece Priyanka would be wearing on the red carpet. So, I went over to the Lemonhead offices and created a custom glitter that brought out all the colors you otherwise wouldn't notice in the gown. I was really inspired by these images I'd seen of a statue of this unidentified, ancient goddess. It was completely gold, but kind of cracked and weathered because it was this old, but beautiful, relic. I loved how imperfect and lived-in the texture of the gold was. That same sheen of tonal gold is what I wanted everywhere for Priyanka, from her eyes to her collarbone."

    Start With A Mood Board

    "For big events, I hopefully have weeks to plan ahead. I think about the actress I'm working with, the vibe of the gown, and the mood they're going for. For the 2017 Met Gala, I knew Priyanka would be wearing this giant custom trench gown from Ralph Lauren, and I kept seeing images of rainstorms, sandstorms, and lightning. So, I made a mood board of all those images. They help create a story within a look that otherwise would sound flat without reference photos. If I told her I wanted to do a brown lip and silver eye, it just wouldn't sound as good without the mood board. The essence is lost without it."

    Bold Eyes Go Great With Bold Lips

    "If anyone's face can handle color, it's Priyanka. She definitely likes to play when it comes to her makeup. When appropriate, we'll go there, like for the royal wedding. Since the ceremony was during the day, I used this pretty orchid shade on her eyes. The way I applied it made it appear a bit more soft and muted, but very feminine and floral, so her makeup wasn't just this boring, natural look.

    "You can't not play with her lips and eyes. If I only play up the lips, her eyes are so naturally expressive they're still a focal point — even if it's just a clear gloss on the lid. She does like adding a glossy sheen on her eyes, whether it's a clear gloss or something with shimmer. It's the quickest way to add variety in textures to some makeup looks that feature monochromatic tones."

    There's Only One Brow Master — & It's Priyanka

    "Priyanka's brows are definitely epic. I often defer to her to do them. Sometimes, she'll ask me to do them, but I'll usually give her the pencil or the brush because she just has a way with them that I stand back and marvel at.

    "She really understands how the subtle alteration of the shape can change the whole mood of the face. I've learned a lot from her, about her face and her brows, by just watching. She's really the only person I can think of that is so masterful with her own features because she's learned a lot in India."

    Don't Overthink Your Bridal Makeup

    "If you're wondering what your makeup should look like on your wedding day, the first thing you need to ask yourself is, 'Who am I normally?' If you're not the kind of woman who typically wears a lot of makeup, suddenly showing up to the wedding in a full face of it might look ridiculous and not like yourself. Someone who does prefer minimal makeup should only step it up a little, for the sake of photographs and videos. If you need guidance, try to do a few things, like even out your skin tone, lightly powder your face, groom your brows into a decent shape, and add just a little definition to the eyes. Remember: It doesn't have to be heavy-duty to work."

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    One could argue the best love stories of all time have already been written — novels like Anna Karenina and Pride & Prejudice are prime examples. We’d say the same about engagement rings. Some of our favorite styles were commissioned well before the 21st century. (Just imagine the romantic histories that could be tied to each piece.) Of course, this is not to knock any contemporary designers who create that magic out of thin air. In fact, many of the modern design elements we're loving right now — like filigree metalwork, ouroboroses, and daisy clusters — actually find their origins in centuries prior.

    For this guide, we sought out vintage-jewelry aficionados Doyle & Doyle founder Elizabeth Doyle, The One I Love owner Mia Moross and designer Elizabeth Kranz, and Erica Weiner. With them, we're exploring six famous jewelry eras — Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and retro — and the best certified vintage engagement rings to shop from each. If you weren't a lover of heirloom baubles before reading this, something tells us you're about to have a newfound interest in Grandma's jewelry box.

    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 Georgian Era
    The Years: Approximately 1714 to 1830

    The Georgian period is named after four Hanover monarchs: George I, George II, George III (of Revolutionary War fame) and (you guessed it) George IV, who consecutively ruled England from 1714 to 1830.

    "Georgian jewelry is primarily constructed of gold and silver and set with diamonds, pearls, and colored gemstones," says Doyle & Doyle's Elizabeth Doyle. Platinum hadn't even made its debut yet!

    If you’re thinking about purchasing a ring dated to this period, it’s important to consider your lifestyle. "Rings were made to withstand the wear of the lifestyles of the time," says Doyle. "Before the Industrial Revolution enabled the mass production, the only ladies getting an engagement ring were most likely members of the aristocracy," adds Erica Weiner. "But, as any antique dealer worth their salt will tell you, they’re usually a little too fragile for everyday wear."

    Living was considerably different to what we're accustomed to today. Think about it: Georgian-era women barely bathed. "Their hands rarely encountered moisture," says Doyle. "The closed-foil-backed settings of their rings could not get wet without risking damage, but this presented little challenge to them. The original owners of the surviving rings from this era would not have even used their hands to dress themselves. And, they certainly were not hopping on the subway to go to a CrossFit class." To that end: "If you have your heart set on a ring that was made to withstand a gentler lifestyle, make sure you are committed to caring for it," the gemologist advises.

    ILLUSTRATED BY MARY GALLOWAY.

    The Georgian Era
    "These rings came from a time when artists were born into their craft and spent their entire lifetimes perfecting their trade," offer The One I Love owner Mia Moross and designer Elizabeth Kranz. "Gold and silver work, enameling, waxing, casting, stone cutting — all were done with love and precision into the candlelight hours to create one-of-a-kind rings."



    The Three Graces Georgian Emerald Cluster Ring, $4450, available at The Three GracesPhoto Courtesy of The Three Graces.

    The Georgian Era
    "Foiled-back settings were used to help reflect the subtle shimmer of candlelight, seeing as this was of course a time before electricity," Moross continues.



    The One I Love My Heart In Yours Forever Ring, $1600, available at The One I LovePhoto Courtesy of The One I Love.

    The Georgian Era
    "Another token these passionate people used to honor each another is called a 'Mourning Memento,'" says Kranz. "It's jewelry created to remember the passing of a loved one. Black or white enamel (sometimes accompanied with the deceased one's hair) were worn proudly to let others know that their hearts were still with the one that they had loved and lost." Heart melting has officially commenced.



    Erica Weiner Georgian Old Mine Cut Diamond Half Hoop Ring, $3500, available at Erica WeinerPhoto Courtesy of Erica Weiner.

    The Georgian Era
    "Each component of Georgian rings held specific meaning, and every stone was used to symbolize an emotion — pearls would be used to symbolize tears, for example," Moross explains. "Engagement rings simply held a deeper meaning than they do today."



    Vintage Georgian Amethyst & Diamond Ring, $2250, available at VelaPhoto Courtesy of Vela.

    The Georgian Era
    "Any object that is worn regularly breaks down over time and will require repair or maintenance," says Weiner. "Since these rings have already been worn for a serious amount of time, they might require new prongs [or] shank replacements; the gems may need to be polished. Depending on the dealer, these repairs may already have been done when you buy your ring."

    If not, be safe and have it inspected for "hairline cracks, solder repair marks, scratches, or chips to the gems. If you need to have the ring sized, make sure to ask if it is possible — some rings can only be sized up or down a little bit, and others cannot be sized at all."



    Vintage Stuart Crystal "AB" Ring, $3600, available at Erica WeinerPhoto Courtesy of Erica Weiner.

    The Victorian Era
    The Years: Approximately 1830 to 1901

    Reigning a then-record-setting 63 years, Queen Victoria ascended to the British throne in 1837, ruling until her death in 1901. It is for her that this era is named.

    "Victorian fashion and jewelry design hinged almost entirely on the whims and preferences of Queen Victoria, and her engagement ring set the tone for a highly symbolic era of jewelry design," asserts Weiner.

    By all accounts, Queen Victoria lived a fairytale-like love story unlike any monarch of her time, an era in which arranged marriage was the norm. For starters, she proposed to Prince Albert herself, and the couple wed in short order. Though Albert didn’t do the getting-down-on-one-knee bit, he did gift Victoria an emerald-studded serpent ring to mark their engagement. "With this adornment," Moross asserts, "The couple launched the world into a romantic-jewelry tailspin. Lovers were tripping over themselves to gift one another with tokens of their undying affection, and creativity was rampant."

    "Pieces exchanged between lovers or husbands and wives often bore images associated with fidelity and eternity," says Weiner. While yellow gold was the period's metal of choice, hearts, snakes, and flowers, among other designs, were commonly used to convey one’s love and devotion.

    "Although Victorian jewelry can be on the fussy side," Weiner admits, "there were some surprisingly refined and modern-looking jewelry produced during this period. Popular gems include diamonds, turquoise, sapphires, emeralds, garnets, pearls, and opals at the very end of the era."

    ILLUSTRATED BY MARY GALLOWAY.

    The Victorian Era
    "Since this period is so long, there are many styles categorized as Victorian. We see bezel-set gems as well as prong-set gems, lots of rose gold and enamel, clusters, and even the occasional solitaire, too," Weiner explains.



    Claire Kinder Celeste Ring, $850, available at Claire Kinder StudioPhoto Courtesy of Claire Kinder.

    The Victorian Era
    "In a time of the arranged marriage, Albert and Victoria gave everyone the refreshing hope of true and passionate love," elaborates Kranz. "They were famous for under-the-table gropes, stolen kisses, and never being seen without the other by their side."



    Victor Barbone Lucinda Ring, $1990, available at Victor BarbonéPhoto Courtesy of Victor Barboné.

    The Victorian Era
    Birthstone engagement rings were also quite popular during the Victorian era. Remember Vic's emerald? Coincidentally (or not,) her birthday was May 24.



    Shay Accessories 18k Gold Baguette Ring, $1670, available at ShopbopPhoto Courtesy of Shopbop.

    The Victorian Era
    "When Prince Albert died in 1861, Queen Victoria entered the customary year of mourning and never, ever came out of it," says Moross. "The heartbroken queen unknowingly created the trend of black jewelry that lasted until her death in 1901. Jet, onyx, and black diamonds were used in somber designs and carved into hauntingly romantic themes," explains Kranz.



    Maria Canale Pyramide 18K Yellow Gold, Diamond & Onyx Narrow Ring, $2400, available at Saks Fifth AvenuePhoto Courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue.

    The Victorian Era
    "The end of the 19th century saw the onset of the Industrial Revolution and mass production," explains Doyle. "Simple jewelry set with seed pearls, colored gems, and small diamonds were constructed in lower karat gold so as to be affordable for all women. Artists, however, bemoaned mechanization and continued to promote traditional methods and handicrafts, looking to the Middle Ages and Renaissance for inspiration."



    The One I Love The Victorian Ruby & Diamond Ring, $1850, available at The One I LovePhoto Courtesy of The One I Love.

    The Edwardian Era
    The Years: Approximately 1901 to 1915

    Following the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, her eldest son, Edward VII, rose to the throne for a period of time that coexisted with Art Nouveau.

    According to Weiner, "Edwardian design was frilly as all hell." This is due, in large part, to the advent of platinum. "Platinum exploded onto the jewelry scene for its ability to create intricate, lace-work designs," details Moross. This elaborate metalwork — filigree — was sometimes more sought after than the actual gemstones set in the ring. The lust for platinum made designs like laurel wreaths, ribbon garlands, passementerie tassels, and petit point embroidery very popular among fashionable ladies of the time.

    King Edward’s wife, Queen Alexandra, was also a style influencer. Her “preference for white jewels, primarily diamonds and ropes of pearls, spread to fashionable women of the time,” says Doyle. Though Edward was king, femininity ruled and "everyone wanted to celebrate the purity and elegance of it," adds Kranz. "Engagement rings were often a pastel of sorts; citrine and amethyst were very popular, and were surrounded by a halo of diamond or pearls set in filigree, filigree, and, oh, more filigree."

    ILLUSTRATED BY MARY GALLOWAY.

    The Edwardian Era
    Moross explains that, "As travel became more accessible (the first automobile was born!) jewelry trends were influenced more and more by other cultures — namely India."



    The One I Love The Edwardian Ruby & Diamond Halo Ring, $2500, available at The One I LovePhoto Courtesy of The One I Love.

    The Edwardian Era
    "The Edwardian period was about getting away from the heavier styles of the late Victorian period," claims Weiner. "You see a streamlining of shapes and more refined takes on classic styles such as the daisy cluster." In addition to pastel stones and pearls, diamonds and sapphires were also extremely popular.



    Vintage Unsigned Yellow Gold Ring 7, $1023.69, available at Vestiaire CollectivePhoto Courtesy of Vestiaire Collective.

    The Edwardian Era
    Lacy filigree reigned supreme. "It was the ultimate expression of femininity and lightness," says Weiner.



    Erstwhile Jewelry Co. .30 Carat Edwardian Diamond Engagement Ring, $4500, available at Erstwhile Jewelry Co.Photo Courtesy of Erstwhile.

    The Edwardian Era
    "The wealthy were taking on an even more leisurely life than before," continues Moross. "Being decked out in the appropriate get-up was high on the aristocracy’s list. The jewelry was whimsical and light as opposed to some of the dramatic styles seen before."



    The Three Graces Flower Diamond Engagement Ring, $1305, available at Georgian JewelryPhoto Courtesy of Georgian Jewelry.

    The Edwardian Era
    "As the period came to an end," Doyle says, "Paul Poiret and other innovative couturiers debuted fashions that called for beaded sautoirs, pendant necklaces, and long, diamond-studded chains. The delicate, lacy look started to give way to geometric styles that looked forward to Art Deco on the horizon."



    ILA Sahara Ring, $3575, available at CatbirdPhoto Courtesy of Catbird.

    The Art Nouveau Era
    The Years: Approximately 1890 to 1915

    "Because this period overlaps with the end of the Victorian, the Edwardian, and the beginning of Art Deco era, you see a lot of rings described as Art Nouveau that stylistically belong with one of the other concurrent eras," begins Weiner. That said, this period for jewelry is remembered for its organic and asymmetrical shapes, decadent flora and fauna, multicolor gradient enamels, and use of the female face and figure. Art Nouveau rings were feminine, to be sure, but in a more sensual and less frilly way than was the Edwardian hallmark.

    Late 19th century artists — like Louis Comfort Tiffany and René Lalique — sought to create "an entirely new language of design, ornament, and imagery," according to Doyle. "The middle class was emerging from poverty and gaining a voice, along with [a] knowledge of jewelry and craftsmanship," continues Kranz. "Heavily influenced by nature and the re-opening of trade from the East, Art Nouveau was a true pioneer in the world of self-expression."

    Though it started out as an avant garde artistic movement, "Art Nouveau was ultimately embraced by the mainstream," says Doyle. "The ability to mass produce jewelry meant that whiplash curves and ladies with flowing hair soon decorated affordable medallions, lockets, and brooches. Women of all walks of life could also wear delicate, curvilinear-festoon necklaces and lavaliere pendants highlighted by colored gemstones, enamel, and pearl drops."

    ILLUSTRATED BY MARY GALLOWAY.

    The Art Nouveau Era
    "While the Edwardian Era was happening with the romantic and leisurely elite (think jewel-bedecked people lounging around fanning themselves over wine and grapes)," say Moross and Kranz, "a more sensual and groundbreaking art was making itself known."



    Doyle & Doyle Art Nouveau Diamond Ring, $2950, available at Doyle & DoylePhoto Courtesy of Doyle & Doyle.

    The Art Nouveau Era
    Art collector and dealer Siegfried Bing ’s gallery and shop, L’Art Nouveau, which opened in Paris in 1895, is where the era finds its name. "In 1900, the first year of a new century, Bing’s installation at the Exposition Universelle in Paris introduced the new designs to the world," says Doyle. "As the movement spread, artists from Spain, Austria, America, and Russia added local folk art elements to create their own nationalist versions of Art Nouveau."



    Erie Basin 1890s Art Nouveau Two Diamond Ring, $2450, available at Erie BasinPhoto Courtesy of Erie Basin.

    The Art Nouveau Era
    "Japanese art was admired for its simplistic beauty and can be recognized as widely influencing this era, as well," she continues.



    Sofia Kaman Vintage Art Nouveau Flower Bang, $3500, available at Sofia KamanPhoto Courtesy of Sofia Kanan.

    The Art Nouveau Era
    "Probably the most common jewelry technique from this time period is the use of enamel," furthers Moross. "People were wearing the equivalent to mini stained glass windows and color was everywhere."



    Abi M Jewelry Gold Branch Art Nouveau Ring, $550, available at AmazonPhoto Courtesy of Amazon.

    The Art Nouveau Era
    "Where women had been depicted mostly in a regal, Victorian way before, now they were being seen on pendants as naked goddesses —full of sensuality and curving shapes," offers Kranz.



    Brilliant Earth The Cartwright Vintage Ring, $2150, available at Brilliant EarthPhoto Courtesy of Brilliant Earth.

    The Art Deco Era
    The Years: Approximately 1920 to 1935

    Art Deco engagement rings are distinct and beautiful, and they often borrowed their geometric shapes and designs from the period’s most innovative architecture — NYC’s Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center, for starters.

    Following the end of World War I, "artists strove to create a new vocabulary of design, displacing the naturalistic and historicist forms of the 19th century in favor of streamlined, linear shapes," offers Doyle. Think Gatsby.

    Art Deco is known for white jewelry, in the form of platinum and diamonds. The trend began with the proliferation of platinum during the Edwardian years and increased exponentially in popularity. For this very reason, "yellow gold is rarely (if ever) seen on an Art Deco piece," confides Moross.

    Since wedding bands were not yet standard accessories for women, engagement rings were set "taller, wider, and generally take up more real estate on the finger," Weiner describes. The overall theme: The louder the sparkle, the better. This pertained not only to the era's jewelry preferences, but also to the societal shifts happening at the same time. "The 1920s saw an influx of women leaving the constraints of the home, exploding onto the work scene, cutting their hair, ditching binding corsets, and baring skin above the ankle," Kranz continues. Gone were the delicate lace filigrees that defined Edwardians, instead, "calibre-cut rubies, sapphires, emeralds and mine-cut diamonds evoked the geometric and glamorous moods essential to this style."

    ILLUSTRATED BY MARY GALLOWAY.

    The Art Deco Era
    "Cluster settings ruled the day with geometric openwork and engraving," Weiner details. During the Art Deco years, the solitaire also starting gaining in popularity.



    Bony Levy Sapphire & Diamond Ring, $1795, available at NordstromPhoto Courtesy of Nordstrom.

    The Art Deco Era
    "Jewelry was worn wherever on the body it could be clipped, pinned, or draped and with as many diamonds that could be arranged in a setting," say Kranz and Moross. "This was a time where our grandmothers were raising their voices loud and proud, and everyone had to stop and listen."



    Kentshire Art Deco European Cut Diamond And Platinum Ring, $5250, available at KentshirePhoto Courtesy of Kentshire.

    The Art Deco Era
    Large, scaling diamonds were often paired with colored accent stones like rubies, sapphires, and emeralds. For increased affordability, synthetic gems were often used in jewelry of this era — which is important to keep in mind when shopping and authenticating vintage.



    Doyle & Doyle Art Deco Style Rectangular Diamond Sapphire Frame Ring, $5450, available at Doyle & DoylePhoto Courtesy of Doyle & Doyle.

    The Art Deco Era
    "Inspired equally by industrial advancements and cultural discovery, Art Deco jewelry can take a variety of forms," interjects Doyle.



    Brilliant Earth The Marion Ring, $2990, available at Brilliant EarthPhoto Courtesy of Brilliant Earth.

    The Art Deco Era
    "The 1922 unearthing of Tutankhamun's tomb led to a fashion for Egyptian motifs," she persists. "Jewels decorated with pyramids, scarabs, and Egyptian figures were set with diamonds and a combination of colorful hardstones, including lapis lazuli, turquoise, and carnelian."

    Additionally, the popularity of traditional Indian jewelry, beginning with Queen Alexandra in the Edwardian era, also set a trend for carved-gemstone jewelry in stylized floral shapes — Cartier’s Tutti Frutti collection in ruby, sapphire, and emerald, for example.



    Peridot Fine Jewerly Vintage Platinum Ring, $8470, available at Peridot Fine JewelryPhoto Courtesy of Peridot Fine Jewelry.

    The Art Deco Era
    "Although the Jazz Age came to an abrupt end with the stock-market crash in 1929 and subsequent Depression, Art Deco’s streamlined geometry continued to impact jewelry designers throughout the 20th century," Doyle acknowledges.



    1909 by Erica Weiner Jazz Age Ring, $1150, available at Erica WeinerPhoto Courtesy of Erica Weiner.

    The Retro Era
    The Years: Approximately 1935 to 1950

    The Great Depression was a devastating and dark period, and "the jewelry industry was forced to adapt to the changing marketplace, and designers softened the rigid symmetry of Art Deco," explains Doyle. "After platinum and other white metals were rationed for military use, jewelers reintroduced colored gold jewelry, once thought old-fashioned." The war also slowed the import of precious gemstones from Africa. Instead, "jewelers turned to less expensive, more readily available gems, such as topaz, citrine, and colored quartz, supplemented by synthetic rubies and sapphires." Some jewelry skipped these stones altogether.

    But, this was also the period in which De Beers really hit its stride — its famous advertising campaign helped to "cement diamonds’ status as the prime engagement ring stone," affirms Weiner. "Because of this mass marketing, you’ll see more modest stones set in rings — because, presumably, there was a diamond for every budget."

    ILLUSTRATED BY MARY GALLOWAY.

    The Retro Era
    "With the rise of the silver screen, larger-than-life jewelry was a sign of prosperity," says Kranz. "Gone were the layers of tiny diamonds and platinum. They were replaced by the brightest yellow gold and massive center stones."



    Victor Barbone Magnolia Vintage Bypass Engagement Ring, $8200, available at Victor BarbonéPhoto Courtesy of Victor Barboné.

    The Retro Era
    "Ribbon motifs were very popular, and they were often set with a single emerald cut stone in the center. This time period also gave birth to costume jewelry; and the bolder the better," continues Moross.



    Antique Jewelry Line The August Retro Era Diamond Ring, $250, available at Antique Jewelry LinePhoto Courtesy of Antique Jewelry.

    The Retro Era
    Returning with vigor and sustaining its use in the post-WWII years, yellow gold was increasingly showcased side-by-side with white gold or platinum.



    Trumpet and Horn Wheat Ridge, $1250, available at Trumpet and HornPhoto Courtesy of Trumpet & Horn.

    The Retro Era
    Besides diamonds, "aquamarine, topaz, tourmaline, citrine, and sapphire were the most common gemstones of this era and were flanked by sweeping, gold settings," says Moross.



    EraGem Vintage Sapphire & Old Euro Diamond Bypass Ring 14K, $7400, available at EraGemPhoto Courtesy of EraGem.

    The Retro Era
    "Like so much gem and jewelry lore, the origins of the so-called 'vena amoris' (the vein supposedly running from the ring finger to the heart) are nearly untraceable, and anatomically, it actually doesn’t exist," Weiner divulges. "Many accounts say that the belief originated in ancient Egypt, spread throughout the Greek and Roman empires, and persisted to present day." In any case, this is why we wear engagement rings on our fourth finger, and why we are currently swooning.



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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.

    It's nearing the end of 2018, which means we're officially in recap mode. From ruminating over the best celebrity tattoos (and subsequent break-ups that often followed) to haircut trends that rocked both coasts, we have a lot to think about at the tail end of the year.

    But perhaps what we're most eager to revisit are some of the best purchases we made in the last 12 months. What's more, some of our favorite buys came from the store that not only has everything, but sells it for it practically pennies: Target. Once we tore our eyes away from Chip and Joanna Gaines' home decor (can you blame us?), we bee-lined to the beauty aisles to browse up and down the latest and greatest in skin, hair, and makeup.

    After testing what ended up being hundreds of formulas, we've finally narrowed our vanities down to the very best, the products that stuck around through snowstorms and heat waves, 3 a.m. last calls and Sunday-night Netflix binges. Ahead, the best products to hit Target shelves this year.

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    When we fall in love with a lipstick, it's usually, first and foremost, about the formula — and this one is our M.V.P. Vitamin-packed for all-day moisture, this liquid lipstick prevents crusty post-lunch stains no on asked for.



    Physicians Formula Physician's Formula The Healthy Velvet Liquid Lip, $6.99, available at Target

    Your statistical risk for manicure chips just went down by a lot thanks to this pro-approved base coat.



    Essie here to stay base coat, $6.59, available at Target

    A mascara that infuses castor oil straight into its jet-black formula sounds like a win-win for growing lashes everywhere.



    Pixi Lash Lift 188 Beyond Black, $18, available at Target

    Kristin Ess did not mess around this year. Her most recent launch may have been a feast of salon-quality hot tools, but our favorite innovation to come from the celebrity hairstylist is this balm, hands down. Quite literally the do-it-all product of the year, this stick will lay edges, add healthy shine to over-processed ends, and tame flyaways in just a few swipes.



    Kristin Ess Kristin Ess Anytime Anywhere Recovery Balm, $14, available at Target

    Although there shouldn't be anything too embarrassing about having to reapply deodorant in the office, we might as well make the unfortunate process prettier with Secret's discreet and portable design.



    Secret Freshie Invisible Solid Antiperspirant and Deodorant, $4.99, available at Target

    Jut because this conditioner promises to shorten your shower time (bonus points for water conservation!) doesn't mean you won't be going through bottle after bottle. The coconut oil-infused formula is just that good.



    Love Beauty and Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Blooming Color Conditioner, $6.99, available at Target

    Make 2019 the year that you finally find a cleanser that doesn't strip your skin until it's tighter than your forehead post-Botox. This $8 milky cleanser does what it needs to — washes away dirt, oil, and leftover foundation — while also leaving skin refreshed and hydrated.



    Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gentle Cleansing and Hydrating Face Lotion, $7.99, available at Target

    You have to see it to believe it: a retinol-infused face cream that doesn't leave you flaky-skinned and sad.



    RoC Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Crème, $24.99, available at Target

    Dry-shampoo junkies will appreciate this charcoal clarifying shampoo that replaces all that product build-up with healthy, purified shine.



    Pantene Pantene Pro-V Blends Charcoal Shampoo, $9.99, available at Target

    When you're up all night stressing about the holiday shopping you have to do this weekend, rely on this caffeine-infused cream to revive your dark circles the next morning.



    Olay Eyes Brightening Eye Cream for Dark Circles Facial Mois, $24.99, available at Target

    Since traditional micellar waters act like a gentle magnet for dirt and oil, it only makes sense that the genius concept now comes in the form of a body wash.



    Dove Micellar Body Wash, $5.49, available at Target

    Ready to downsize your hair routine? Allow this 7-in-1 styling foam to do it all for you, including softening curls, smoothing frizz, and adding definition where you need it.



    Marc Anthony Strictly Curls Curl Enhancing Styling Foam, $5.99, available at Target

    Game-changing: This revolutionary — and super-cheap — razor makes it so you can shave in any direction without drawing blood.



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

    Some of us don't need the frills to fall in love — and this incredibly soothing fragrance-free lotion proves it.



    Dove DermaSeries Face Cream SPF 15 , $9.89, available at Target

    Your mother was right: This face cream is good. Now, it comes whipped and with sun protection.



    Olay Regenerist Whip Facial Moisturizer - SPF 25, $28.99, available at Target

    Frizz is no match for this decadent almond and rose hair oil. Bonus: It's $7.



    Love Beauty and Planet Rose & Almond Essential Hair Oil, $6.99, available at Target

    Does it feel like a crime to anyone else that we finally have a sheet mask that's this cheap and keeps your skin hydrated for more than 10 minutes?



    Neutrogena Moisturizing Hydro Boost Hydrating Face Mask, $2.99, available at Target

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    If you're big into makeup — or you have a cousin, little sister, or best friend who's favorite Friday night pastime includes trolling YouTube for the newest beauty tutorial — you'll want to shop the Urban Decay flash sale going on right now.

    Today (that's November 30), Urban Decay, the cult-followed makeup brand that seems to pop up somewhere in every Get Ready With Me vlog ever filmed, is gifting shoppers its best-selling makeup for just $10.

    Click over to the website right now, and you'll find a full page of makeup goodies — from the All Nighter primer and setting spray to mini Vice liquid lipsticks — that will make the perfect stocking stuffers for the beauty-obsessed on your list.

    Ahead, check out the best deals of the one-day sale. And don't forget to use the very clever, "STUFFIT" code at checkout to sweep up the savings.

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    This is the go-to primer to keep your sparkly glitter eyeshadow on your lids — and only your lids — through hours of tearing up the dance floor to "Jingle Bell Rock."



    Urban Decay Travel-Size Eyeshadow Primer Potion, $10, available at Urban Decay

    Normally $19, this two-piece kit — complete with a hydrating priming mist and the beloved All Nighter setting spray — can be yours for just $10.



    Urban Decay All Day All Night Travel Spray Duo, $10, available at Urban Decay

    If you're looking for the best deal of the bunch, this is it — the duochrome UD Troublemaker mascara has been price chopped by more than half.



    Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara, $10, available at Urban Decay

    You know how you're always looking for a second, smaller concealer that you can toss in the side pocket of your bag for those days when you know you're going to need a touch-up? This is for those days.



    Urban Decay Travel-Size Naked Skin, $10, available at Urban Decay

    Almost all the stocking stuffer goodies included in the sale are going for $10, except for the mini Vice liquid lipstick — that, you can grab for just $9 — meaning you can afford to throw in your favorite shade, and the one you've been wanting to try.



    Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick, $9, available at Urban Decay

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    Though they might eschew a tree because the needles are “too messy” and then trim a faux fir with perfectly color-matched ornaments, aesthetes are into the holidays, too — they’re just very particular about visuals. They’re also that way year round, which makes them tricky ones to shop for come December.

    You wouldn’t want to gift them something off-brand that gets relegated to the hall closet, nor would you want to play it so safe that your present reads generic. What’s one to do? Luckily, we’re swooping in here with 10 ideas from Target to please all their senses, from a design-magazine-worthy French press to a makeup-brush set that’ll take pride of place on their custom Carrera marble vanity. Shop well, because there’s no stamp of approval like that from an Aesthete.

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    Some people measure holiday spirit by how soon you start playing Mariah Carey's version of ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’, some by when you put up the tree (after Thanksgiving is highly encouraged), yet others measure it by how cheeky and over-the-top your knitwear collection is. No, we're not talking about if you own enough oversized turtlenecks and cozy sweaters. We’re talking about ugly sweaters. Those we can't help but cringe and love all at the same time.

    Each year, the selection of these lovable yet tacky sweaters gets better than ever — and by “better” we mean that there are simply more options of hideous to choose from. Sure, you can always find your standard (and questionable) snowflake printed sweaters, but you can also count on ones with new pop culture references and even interactive sweaters (yes, you read that correctly). So, no matter if you’re going to an actual ugly sweater party, you want to have a sure conversation starter, or you're back home for the holidays and you simply want to embarrass your friends or family, ahead find a selection for each and every party you'll attend.

    Note: They might not guarantee future invites.

    Festival of lights...

    Light up a room with an interactive display of glittering threads.



    Tipsy Elves Get Lit Light Up Ugly Christmas Sweater, $65, available at Wildfang

    Get into the holiday spirit...

    From beer pong, to stocking stuffers that double as wine bottle holders (the more you know), say cheers to a booze-themed holiday sweater.



    Tipsy Elves Women's Beer Pong Ugly Christmas Sweater, $48.95, available at Tipsy Elves

    Sharing is caring...

    Guaranteed to make better photo memories, but certainly not recommended for first dates.



    Boohoo Santa and elf two person Holidays sweater, $44, available at ASOS

    Get into character...

    Don't worry, we're not suggesting you dress up as Santa Claus, just the elves or maybe even Rudolph.



    H&M Hooded Top with Reindeer Appliqués, $9.99, available at H&M

    Not so ugly, ugly sweaters...

    If you've been invited to an ugly sweater themed party and are simply not having it, opt for holiday themed sweaters instead.



    UO Henry Fair Isle Sweater, $69, available at Urban Outfitters

    Show off your sense of humor...

    There isn't anything more ironic than an ugly sweater. That being said, there's always opportunity to double down with a quote, a meme, or a gimmick.



    Personalized This Is My Ugly Christmas Sweater, $44, available at Design by Humans

    Iconic...

    Celebrate your idols in the most honorable way possible — an ugly Christmas sweater.



    Think Geek Bob Ross Happy Trees Holiday Sweater, $49.99, available at Think Geek

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    Not that you ever need a reason to get all dolled up, but the holiday season certainly provides a lot of opportunities for you to step outside of your typical winter uniform of jeans and a sweater and put on a party dress for a night out on the town. Whether you’re getting together with girlfriends for some festive cocktails, having a romantic dinner with your significant other, or just feeling a tiny bit extra (we all have our moments) and want to go all out for your next party or seasonal gathering, we’ve got the dresses for the occasion.

    Although there’s still a lot of work to be done in the world of plus-size fashion, we have to say we were impressed by the selection of party wear for this winter. The options vary from elegant to playful — from satin blazer dresses to ones with flowy midi skirts, to sequin mini dresses that scream “I am the life of the party,” these 17 options will add a little bit of extra sparkle to your cold-weather wardrobe.

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    While you thought the worst of your beauty struggles were over when summer melted into fall — bye humidity, melting makeup, and chlorine-damaged hair — your focus shifts to new concerns once winter hits. We're talking about the dry skin, dull strands, and chapped lips that spring up on you as the temperature drops. That's why, as the weather changes, you'll be rearranging your beauty cabinet to prioritize products that address the skin-ravaging, hair-frizzing effects of the season.

    But between planning for holiday festivities and doing your last-minute gift shopping, there's little time for a self-indulgent Sephora scroll or a YouTube marathon. So, you'll need another way to discover the newness coming to the beauty aisle. And that's why you have us. As limited-edition winter collections and seasonal products have launched over the past month, we've tried all the hottest innovations to hit the market. Ahead, the skin-care, hair, and makeup products that left a lasting impression on our editors.

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    "When Glow Recipe revealed the avocado version of their sell-out Watermelon Sleeping Mask, I was sold before even opening the mint-green jar. Maybe it's because, as a Latina, I swear by avocado — it's an essential ingredient in my mom's DIY hair masks and almost every traditional recipe. But after weeks of facing cold winds and dry office air, I discovered avocado is also the moisturizing product I've needed to bring life back to my skin. It's a skin awakening." — Thatiana Diaz, Beauty Writer



    Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask, $45, available at Sephora

    "I'm not going to lie. I've never been one to jump on Kylie Cosmetics releases. But the winter wonderland packaging of Kylie's holiday collection intrigued me, so I decided to snag the Kissmas matte lip kit. The lipstick and liner are the same peachy nude that I usually go for, and when I wore it for Thanksgiving, I was delighted by the formula. It stayed on through turkey rounds one and two and even cheesecake." — Diaz



    Kylie Cosmetics Kissmas | Matte Lip Kit, $29, available at Kylie Cosmetics

    "I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m currently in the process of trying to grow out a very layered haircut. I’ve tried biotin gummies (which are quite possibly a strawberry-flavored placebo) and creative styling (which has been much more effective). My favorite hack is popping these adorable gemstone bobby pins in my hair. It makes my half-up look purposeful, when it's really an attempt to keep my too-short bangs out of my face." — Megan Decker, Beauty Assistant



    Chloe + Isabel Rhinestone Pin Set, $48, available at Chloe + Isabel

    "Ever since I scraped out the last lick of my beloved MZ Skin eye cream, I’ve been on the hunt for a new moisturizing treatment to slather on my dark, crepe-y undereyes. I’m loving this little jar of cool, creamy goodness. Admittedly it’s pretty pricey, but waking up to noticeably softened smile lines is worth the investment." — Decker



    Perricone MD Smoothing & Brightening Under-Eye Cream, $122, available at Perricone MD

    "I'm so glad Glossier overhauled their signature sheer matte lip colors: I live and die for the stained finish and versatile, easy-to-wear shades (even Zip, the bold poppy red, works for everyday), but the originals were a little too chalky to be comfortable. I still can't say they're particularly hydrating, but the new formula is a little creamier, a little smoother, and a touch more moisturizing, with the same lived-in effect as always." — Rachel Krause, Senior Beauty Writer



    Glossier Generation G, $18, available at Glossier

    "Like a breath of fresh mountain air for my dull, city-battered skin, this mask contains hydrogen peroxide — which chemically breaks down into water and oxygen — to blast dirt and debris out of the pores and increase blood flow. I was skeptical at first, because it's hydrogen peroxide, which I use to clean my keyboard, but after 10 minutes with this lightweight gel treatment, I was convinced. My skin has never looked clearer, and I didn't have to relocate to the Swiss Alps to get it that way." — Krause



    Aenea Corrective Oxygen Mask, $110, available at Bergdorf Goodman

    "I'd heard great things about the Lid Tints from celebrity makeup artist Jillian Dempsey's eponymous brand, but I'm not a big eyeshadow person, so I didn't really seek them out. Then she launched these vegan Cheek Tints, and I haven't used anything else since. I love a cream blush, and these are dreamy — so velvety and easy to apply — but they don't slide around or disappear like a lot of other formulas do. They give such a nice, natural flush, it's basically impossible not to love them." — Krause



    Jillian Dempsey Cheek Tints, $28, available at Jillian Dempsey

    "The minute the first snow hits the ground, it's time to pull out my fir-scented candle. This year, I've been burning the Diptyque one. It makes my entire apartment, which is a miniature, smell like fresh-cut Christmas trees. While I don't take the time to decorate for the holidays, this candle makes me feel a bit festive with its gorgeous illustration — that and my Jackson 5 Christmas playlist." — Jessica Cruel, Deputy Beauty Director



    Diptyque Sapin de Lumiere Scented Candle, $38, available at Neiman Marcus

    "I only wash my hair every two weeks. So really, almost every day is a second-day-hair day. Even though I only style my hair once a week, I like to add moisture every day in some way. (Blame the YouTube video that told me you should water your hair like you water a plant for optimal growth.) I've been using this spritz ever since it launched earlier this month, and it moisturizes my 4C curls without causing them to shrink up. There's no added frizz, but it makes my hair feel soft and seems to combat the greasiness that comes from layering on multiple products between washes. Tell mom water is no longer the enemy of Afro curls." — Cruel



    John Frieda Day 2 Revival Curl Reset Spray, $9.49, available at Amazon

    "Leave it to me to finally find a lip balm with SPF when it's not even sunny out. But whatever, I love this stuff. With a smooth rosy color that wakes up my whole face, I keep this pot at my desk and reapply constantly. It doesn't taste like sunscreen (like so many other lip balms with SPF do), and if I go out to drinks after work, it doubles as a cream blush. There's a ton of product in the tiny compact, so I'm holding out hope that it lasts me until summer comes back around." — Rachel Lubitz, Senior Beauty Writer



    Supergoop! Perk Up! Lip & Cheek Treat SPF 40, $22, available at Amazon

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    The beauty of a cape is that they’re actually a simple way to make it look like you put way more effort into your outfit than you really did. In fact, the classic outfit formula of your favorite black sweater, a pair of skinny jeans, and ankle boots is the perfect backdrop to let a cape act as a statement piece. Capes can take many different forms, from coats, to scarves, and even blazer -hybrids, but the one thing they all have in common is an easy, draped silhouette.

    Whether your cape-spiration is more chic and sophisticated like Gossip Girl or you decide to go a little more literal and dark (hello, Harry Potter) there are always some great style options in the shops once winter rolls around. We’ve gone ahead and rounded up 21 of our favorite capes that you can shop right now to create the seemingly effortless winter look that is both cozy and Instagram-worthy.

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    We're suffering from decision fatigue. Each day starts with the pressure of choosing an outfit (slacks or LBD). Then, we have to make tough choices like what to drink (tea vs. coffee). And don't even get us started on work-related decisions (so much email...). So when it comes to hair, we're all about taking the easy way out, which means a ponytail or an easy air-dried style.

    As you can imagine, that can get real boring, real quick. So, we've browsed YouTube tutorials, Pinterest inspo boards, and our Instagram save s for hair ideas that won't take up too much mental energy. We've been archiving these selfie-worthy styles for the last month, collecting a variety of looks that fit with different lengths and textures. Make some space on your phone's camera roll, because you'll need to save these photos for later.

    Ahead, check out 31 hair looks to try in December.

    Margot Robbie has proven that she can make any hairstyle look good, but we're partial to this half-up, half-down look that puts her facial features front and center.

    @brycescarlett

    Celebrities are loving pink hair, so why not join the bold trend and add some pastel flair to your strands?

    @riawna

    If you're not yet ready to dive into bright colors, just amp up your brunette this winter with a shade like toasted chestnut. This look simply enhances your natural brown color with the help of a red-tinted gloss, as seen here.

    @bwatuwant

    What are the holidays without red bows? But instead of placing it on the Christmas tree, sneak one on your ponytail, à la Kate Middleton, to create the perfect festive look.

    @hairbyadir

    Speaking of the holidays, now is the perfect time to start accessorizing with sparkly pins and clips. This stars and snowflakes combination done on Lauren Conrad by stylist Kristin Ess can't go unnoticed. Trust us, it took us awhile to stop staring.

    @kristin_ess

    Don't be afraid to mix and match accents, even on your updos: 'Tis the season for flashy and fabulous hair.

    @scunci

    Same applies to shorter strands. Why wear one pin when you can steal the show with six? Hairstylist Sunnie Brook used Jennifer Behr hair pins to create this look on Carly Rae Jepsen.

    @sunniebrook

    Change up your pigtail braids by splitting them into two, then divide them again into two more. It'll add lots of dimension while providing a fun remix to a classic style.

    @farahpink

    Give your curls edge by adding a cornrow on one side. As celebrity hairstylist Lacy Redway says, "It's all in the details."

    @lacyredway

    You can never go wrong with a voluminous updo — especially when you're running from party to party. Simply use a teasing brush and some hairspray to build up body on your ponytail.

    @_emmaco_

    And if you want to add more pizzazz to your ponytail, just sweep some glitter around the base. Hairstylist Amber Fairlie used her hands to dab it on and water-soluble glitter from an arts and crafts store.

    @amberjeanhair

    Jump on 2019 haircut trends early and go shorter with a blunt bob. "Ask your stylist for a straight bob in line with your jawline, shorter at the back, longer at the front, an inch or two below your ears," stylist Sergio Pattirane told Refinery29.

    @salsalhair

    For those days when your hair feels like it's drowning in product, but you don't have time to wash it, just slick back the strands on top with a soft brush and some pomade for hold, then let the rest of your hair sit behind your ears.

    @rena.calhoun

    If you want it to be more of a wet hair look, forget the hair gel and set your strands with the cool setting on your blowdryer. You'll easily achieve the hairstyle as seen here on Jenna Dewan.

    @patrickta

    Play up your braids by channeling Zenon (yes, the girl of the 21st century) and put them into space buns. It's a fun look that will ignite your inner tween.

    @hellolaurenash

    Looking to get a new cut for your curls? Go for a mohawk look that shifts your hair into the center and slick down your side strands for an eye-catching transformation like this one.

    @thechoppedmobb

    Don't be discouraged if you feel like you've run out of options in styling your short hair. The possibilities are endless, and something as simple as making a side braid much bigger makes all the difference.

    @hairbysaretta

    Sometimes you just want to wrap your hair up and go about your day. We get it — and so does Kehlani. Make the most of your hair day off by layering on deep conditioner and leaving it on under your wrap.

    @kehlani

    We found the dreamiest hair trend sweeping Brazil: illuminated brunette, or as they call it in Portuguese, morenas iluminadas. It's the perfect way to give your brunette hair a glow up.

    @jobosco

    You don't have to be in grade school to rock pigtails. Don't believe us? Lana Condor looked gorgeous when she wore it to speak at an event.

    @mattshair

    Form some dimension on your Afro by adding a puff on top of your slicked back hair, like done here by hair guru Vernon François.

    @carolagmakeup

    Braids can be a part of your hairstyle, but it doesn't have to be all of your hairstyle. Create a braid bridge like this one for a subtle uniqueness.

    @kathleen_hair

    We just added Emma Stone's "wispy buns" — as named by hairstylist Mara Roszak — to our holiday hair inspo board.

    @mararoszak

    We recommend you watch the Netflix film Nappily Ever After when you get the chance, but FYI: you'll be tempted to chop off your hair. And there's nothing wrong with that if you do. It's a low-maintenance look that will never get in the way of your selfies.

    @brieanamj

    Want to approach bold hair colors in a unique way? Just dye your ends! And the best part? Once you're over it, you can easily cut it off.

    @jordy.locks

    Sure, this looks hard, but hear us out. Whether it's just adding gold accents or adding in braids as part of the style, it's all up to you.

    @viola_pyak

    Light ends and dark roots always look chic — always.

    @janine_ker_hair

    Apply that same mindset if you have box braids. You can have your hair go from dark to light as worn by Destiny Taylor.

    @destinytaylorxo

    Pull your hair into a tousled bun for a romantic, selfie-worthy look that won't take you long to achieve.

    @leahbaines_mua

    Trust in a sleek ponytail that can be teased for a touch of drama.

    @laurapolko

    Welcome the winter season with Daenerys Targaryen-inspired platinum hair. And while you're at it, catch up on Game of Thrones before it's back in April.

    @armstrongmccallofficial

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    There’s nothing like the fresh perspective that comes with a new month, is there, stargazers? On the 2nd, Venus, the planet of charm and beauty, will change houses, affecting everyone under the stars. From the 5th to the 7th, Mars will conjunct with Neptune, inspiring us to give our ideas a real place in the world. Messenger planet Mercury ends his last retrograde of the year on the 6th, helping us to communicate more clearly and relate to each other with greater transparency. On the 7th, we have a new moon in Sagittarius, which will stir us all to become more open and generous with each other.

    As the moon waxes into Gemini on the 22nd, we’ll be ready to chat and swap ideas until 11:32 a.m. EST. After that, she’ll move into deep feeling Cancer for the rest of the day. On the same day, the sun leaves Sagittarius and enters hard-working Capricorn. Let’s get this bread.

    Aries
    March 21 to April 19

    On the 2nd, Venus moves into your eighth house of sex, death, and rebirth. This house also oversees any potential income headed your way. Your personal planet of love and money is posting up here to help you make positive changes in your relationship with cash. Whether you’re paying off credit card debt or taking out a loan, the odds are in your favor.

    From the 5th to the 7th, Mars will conjunct Neptune. When the planet of action meets the planet of dreams, you’ll receive a vision of how to satisfy your desires. Keep a dream journal and pay attention to where your mind wanders. You could stumble upon something great! Don’t let it escape you and always be ready to write down your thoughts when inspiration hits.

    Have you been pushing your nose to the grindstone, dear Ram? You’re about to be recognized for your efforts at work. The sun is moving into your 10th house of career on the 22nd. If you’ve been considering some major career moves, make them toward the end of the month.

    Illustrated by Abbie Winters.

    Taurus
    April 20 to May 20

    Whether you’re in a relationship or single, romantic matters may heat up this month, thanks to Venus, who is gaining steam in your seventh house. Pluto, your personal love planet, will only add fuel to the fire. But your love life isn’t the only area that will see forward momentum.

    You can also expect growth in your finances, as your money planet, Mercury, goes direct on the 6th. Make decisions that will help you reach your long-term financial goals, like chipping away at a credit card or making an investment. Mid-month, the messenger planet will move into your eighth house of death and rebirth. This house also rules your taxes, so consider this your chance to get organized for next year. And, if you’ve been meaning to clean out your closet, this is also a great period to do just that. Less is more.

    On the 22nd, the sun will move into your house of expansion. You may feel the bite of the travel bug. Where do you want to go next? Try to leave your regular stomping grounds for the holidays!

    Illustrated by Abbie Winters.

    Gemini
    May 21 to June 20

    Feel that, Gem? Your ruling planet, Mercury, will go direct on December 6, clearing the minds of those around you. Neptune, your personal planet of career, ended its own retrograde late last month and now it’s creating a favorable aspect with Mars, the planet of action, from the 5th to the 7th. Neptune rules inspiration, and from this position it will spur you to make your wildest ideas a reality. You’ve had a long time to think about what you really want and now is the time to act!

    Your money planet, the moon, begins a new cycle in Sagittarius on the 7th. If you already have next year’s budget on your mind, this is an excellent day to get started. Break your work into smaller tasks until the moon is full on the 22nd. By then, you’ll be ready to do some big-picture thinking and doing.

    Illustrated by Abbie Winters.

    Cancer
    June 21 to July 22

    It’s time for you to gather your inner thoughts, Cancer. On the 6th, Mercury, your personal planet of spirituality, will end his retrograde and help you expand your self-understanding. His direct motion will support you in your reflections. Did you have any eureka moments over this past retrograde? Take what you learned and turn it into an affirmation for yourself. Write it down and post it somewhere prominent in your home, so that you begin your day with clarity and gratitude.

    On the 7th, a new moon in Sagittarius will inspire you to bring your ambitions to life. Write down your most cherished dreams and ask your confidants for advice on how to make them real.

    The sun enters your seventh house of relationships and friendship on the 22nd. Combining this movement with Capricorn season will put you in the right place to make moves at work, or even start to move down a whole new career path. Keep your ear to the ground, Cancer. On the same day, the full moon arrives in Gemini, which will highlight your communication skills. The moon will enter Cancer after 11:27 a.m. EST, shifting your focus to your emotions. If you feel like you need some space, find somewhere quiet to process your thoughts that evening.

    Illustrated by Abbie Winters.

    Leo
    July 23 to August 22

    Thinking about how you want to increase your earnings this month, Leo? You’ll find more clarity when your financial planet, Mercury, goes direct on the 6th. He’ll be in your fourth house of home and family until the 13th, helping you make wise spending decisions when it comes to your living space.

    After the 13th, Mercury will move into your fifth house of pleasure! Get ready to get your glow on — this placement is all about fun spending. You’ll be a better gift-giver than Santa. Romantically speaking, you may feel like you’re on shaky ground this month, as Uranus, your personal planet of love, has been retrograde since August. Despite this sense of uncertainty, you can still have fun with your love life this month. Besides, you’ll feel steadier when Uranus moves direct in early 2019.

    The sun is in your fifth house of pleasure until the 22nd. Live it up until then! After that, your ruling planet will move into your sixth house of health and work. Combined with the energy of your career planet, Venus, this placement will have you feeling unstoppable.

    Illustrated by Abbie Winters.

    Virgo
    August 23 to September 22

    Your ruling planet, Mercury, is going direct on the 6th of the month, just int time to help you make progress in your career aspirations. Even though you’re killing it at work, don’t push yourself too hard as Uranus, your personal planet of health and work, is still retrograde. The planet of change hit its backspin last August, but it will be going direct in early 2019. Spend this month crafting your plan of attack for the new year — your financial planet, Venus, will lend a helping hand.

    On the 2nd, Venus will move into Scorpio, the sign of reinvention, who also rules your third house of communication. It’s time to think carefully about how you can present yourself to the world in a way that opens you up to more opportunities. Mars, your personal planet of sexuality, will spend the entire month in your seventh house of relationships. If you’re attached, do something out of the ordinary for your partner this month — they’ll love you all the more for it. If you’re single, you may ignite a flame that turns into a roaring fire. If their energy matches yours, you could be in for a very warm winter.

    Illustrated by Abbie Winters.

    Libra
    September 23 to October 22

    You’re always seeking balance, Libra, and you’re about to strike it in a big way. On the 2nd, your planetary ruler, Venus, will make her way into your second house of possessions and finances. Mercury, your personal planet of luck and spirituality, will end its retrograde on December 6 before joining Venus on the 13th. It’s a great time to talk about — and go after — what you want. If you don’t ask for it, how will you know if it’s possible? And you’ll be ready to put in the work for your dreams by the 22nd, when the sun moves into Capricorn. Harness the power of this hard-working sign by cutting out tasks that no longer serve you.

    The moon will be fueling your career aspirations this month especially on the 7th, when the new moon arrives in Sagittarius. Spend some time thinking about how you can focus your energies toward a specific end goal. Reflect on this until the 22nd’s full moon in Gemini. Get ready to put your ideas into action that morning, then brace yourself for some feels in the evening, when the moon moves into sensitive Cancer. Take a page out of the Crab’s book and retreat to the comfort of your home. Stay in touch with your emotions, but don’t let them control you.

    Illustrated by Abbie Winters.

    Scorpio
    October 23 to November 21

    Romance on your mind, Scorpio? On the 2nd, Venus, your personal planet of love, will move into your first house of self. The planet of beauty and charm will make you downright magnetic to those who might look your way. If you’re in a relationship, your partner won’t be able to take their eyes off you! Give as much attention as you get and enjoy lots of private time with your honey during this snowy month. If you’re single, expect your dating apps to light up like the night sky. Anyone who matches with you is sure to be enchanted. You’ve got the goods, Scorp — make sure they know it.

    Having a hard time feeling comfortable at home? Uranus, your personal planet of home and family, is still retrograde. He’ll restart his forward movement in early 2019, but, until then, you may have to deal with some minor inconveniences. Exercise compassion when speaking with your family members and remember to be patient.

    Illustrated by Abbie Winters.

    Sagittarius
    November 22 to December 21

    You’re ready to get moving and grooving this month, Sag, and that can start in earnest on the 6th, when Mercury goes direct. This little planet packs a punch, as he rules both your career and relationships. On the 13th, Mercury will move into your first house of self, allowing you to sparkle at work and with loved ones. If you’re single, he’ll help you attract a fair share of potential partners — you’re shining, and the world knows it! Bringing your confidence to the table will come with ease.

    On the 2nd, Venus, your personal planet of health, makes her way into your 12th house of spirituality. Find a way to connect your mind with your body this month — you’ll feel more grounded for it. We all know that you’re a fireball, Sag, but don’t let yourself burn out by giving too much of yourself to others. On the 22nd, the sun moves out of your sign and into your money house. Celebrate each victory with your friends and get ready for a fabulous 2019.

    Illustrated by Abbie Winters.

    Capricorn
    December 22 to January 19

    You’re always a little tougher after a Mercury retrograde, Capricorn. The planetary ruler of your health and work zones will go direct on the 6th, helping you get back to what you do best — eating problems for breakfast. Whether you’re single or attached, the new moon in Sagittarius on the 7th will put you in good spirits. The moon rules your relationships, so spend this night contemplating what you want to see for yourself when it comes to love. Let these emotions build as the moon waxes, then speak from the heart on the 22nd when the full moon is in Gemini in the morning. In the evening, stay with your emotions as the moon will scoot into Cancer.

    That same day, the sun moves into your sign and your house of self. You’ll feel ready to get back to your goals and take on the world. Watch out on the 24th, when Mercury squares with Neptune. You’ll want to explain some of your dreamier ideas, but they could come out wrong. Put your thoughts to paper and bounce them off a close friend before presenting them to the group.

    Illustrated by Abbie Winters.

    Aquarius
    January 20 to February 18

    Patience is paramount, Aquarius. Uranus, your ruling planet, has been retrograde since August, throwing you just a little off your game. Keep working on yourself as he makes his way back to direct motion in early 2019.

    On the 2nd, Venus will enter your 10th house of career and social status. She’ll help you win trust and gain favors at work — she may even bump up your IG following. On the 7th, a new moon in Sagittarius will help you formulate a plan to improve your health and work. Let the moon’s waxing energy guide you until the morning of the 22nd, when the moon will be full in Gemini. Just after, at 11:32 a.m., it will move into Cancer, helping you process any excess energy. If work has been making you more emotional than usual, let yourself feel what you need to feel in private after hours.

    The sun stays in your 11th house of friendship until the 22nd, so enjoy as many holiday get-togethers with friends as you can! After the 22nd, the sun will be in your 12th house of spirituality, urging you to gain introspection. If you’re single, your priority will be to find an intuitive connection with someone new. If you’re in a relationship, you may feel compelled to seek out shared spiritual experiences with your partner. Action planet Mars will inhabit your money house all month long, placing a strong emphasis on your earning power.

    Illustrated by Abbie Winters.

    Pisces
    February 19 to March 20

    If you’ve been experiencing some emotional roadblocks in the last three weeks, you’ll be happy to hear that it’s going to be smooth sailing from December 6 onward. That day, Mercury goes direct. Your personal planet of love, home, and family life will help you iron out any wrinkles in your relationships, romantic and familial. Mercury will spend his time in your ninth house of adventure until the 13th. After that, he’ll make his way into your 10th house of social standing and career, supporting you in your efforts to impress your manager and any other powers that be. Make the most of it by seizing every opportunity that comes your way.

    On the 7th, invest in your own ideas. The new moon will arrive in Sagittarius and urge you to plant the seeds of your next big plan. Spend a little time each day pushing your project ahead (watering those seeds, so to speak) as the moon waxes to fullness in Gemini on the morning of the 22nd. Talk your heart out, but after 11:32 a.m., when the moon moves into Cancer, reflect on how the bigger picture of this idea makes you feel. Make sure that it correctly represents you before acting on anything.

    Illustrated by Abbie Winters.

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    It's December, and we've got a lot on the brain. Gift-giving. Party dressing. Holiday hosting. And, of course, building out our winter wardrobe. There's the essentials that consistently get you through the season: a chunky knit, a layerable turtleneck, a wool pea coat. But there's also those trend-driven items that pop up each year that, frankly, we have to have — and that's what the slideshow ahead is dedicated to.

    If you've found yourself lusting over a pair of white boots, a patent trench, or an oversized cardigan, now's the time to just go for it. And if you already have said pieces in your closet, now's the time to experiment with how you style them. While it may not officially be winter just yet, when the temperatures drop and you're trying to get dressed each morning, you'll be glad you added a few less-expected pieces into that whole jeans-and-a-sweater routine. Trust us.

    Proof that jeans and a sweater can be really, really fun.

    A viable and actually warm sweater alternative: a leather shirt.

    Florals aren't just for spring, and tartan plaid isn't just for Christmastime.

    An outfit that would make The Grinch very proud.

    100% trust us when we say that sweater layering will make you feel automatically happier.

    Ditch the SAD lamp and dress in highlighter-bright colors.

    Find some scarves to tie over our many layers of long johns.

    Puffers: they're everywhere!!! But switch yours up every now and then with an unexpected belt.

    tfw your scarf moonlights as a way more exciting coat collar.

    A quilted coat is always there to make sure you reach peak coziness.

    Silk pants seem like an unlikely choice for braving the cold – but sneak a few layers of heattech underneath and you're all good.

    Take this long coat from your dad/boyfriend/brother and hope they don’t say anything when you post it on the ’gram.

    Furry sleeves make for a great midday pillow for when you're stuck on the subway indefinitely.

    Give your boots a break and wear your white sneakers; just make sure to check the weather before.

    A tightly wound scarf is a winter accessory must and +2 points per dog.

    Throwing all of our coats away and only wearing this one from now on.

    Fleece jackets, they're everywhere. And we're not mad about it.

    Don't know how to wear your scarf? Here's some inspo.

    Snowsuit, but make it fashion!

    Accessories that match your jacket lining are the ultimate practice in subtle details.

    Remember what we said about utilizing belts to spice up a coat? See the subtle way to do it here.

    Here for brightly colored hoodies when your fleece coat is looking bland on day #304983 of wearing it.

    Stick to the classics, a plaid coat and white boots, and they will take you far.

    Here for monochrome and shearling 4ever.

    Those extra long sleeves? Yep, those double as mittens, although they might not be touchscreen-friendly.

    Keep it casual and cool with an all-white look that declares, "I don’t give a damn about the post Labor Day no whites rule!"

    I'm wearing this shirt right now and I can vouch for its heat-trapping magic.

    Sometimes you've just gotta let your coat do all of the talking.

    And other times, you've gotta let your boots do the talking.

    Cowboy boots were big this summer, and we’re not done with them for winter, either.

    And while we're at it, don't pack away that patterned dress you love, either. Stay warm with some colorful tights underneath.

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    Nia Jax Wants To Show The World What It's Really Like Being A Woman In Wrestling

    For some, body positivity may not typically start with a body slam. But for WWE Superstar Nia Jax, born Savelina Fanene, loving herself began with the wrestling. Coming from a long line of Samoan wrestlers, including her cousin Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Jax grew up watching a much different world of wrestling on television.

    "I noticed they were always beautiful women but skinnier and smaller than me," Jax said. "I just never really saw somebody like me in the business, and I didn't think that somebody like me would fit in to that business."

    Jax's aunt ultimately encouraged her by telling her that she’d be "perfect" for the wrestling world — and the rest is history.

    Over the years, wrestlers like Jax have emerged as body positivity icons, a role that she says is so important.

    “Maybe a young girl seeing me and not feeling comfortable in her group can feel like, Oh my gosh, look, she went out there and she’s different and I look like her and she’s kicking ass and she’s taking names. Maybe one day I can do that and I should just embrace who I am," Jax said.

    She hopes that her presence on TV makes different shapes and sizes normal in society. Her biggest message is to be “not like most,” something that she says is an incredible gift and essential to her success.

    To Jax, the future for women in wrestling is limitless. She says that the company has come a long way since the days of mud wrestling and bikinis. Watch Jax tell her story in the video above.

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    George H. W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States and patriarch of a political dynasty, died Friday night in his Houston home. He was 94.

    The news of his death comes roughly seven months after the passing of his wife, former First Lady Barbara Bush, in April. Bush’s health had been in decline due to Parkinson’s disease, which The New York Times reports had him hospitalized several times in recent years.

    Bush served as president from 1989 to 1993, capping off a career in politics and public service that spanned more than 40 years. His legacy was carried on by his children: his oldest son, George W. Bush, was the 43rd president of the United States, and his son Jeb served as the governor of Florida. Bush’s grandson, George P. Bush, is currently the commissioner of the Texas General Land Office.

    Bush was a decorated war veteran who served as a Navy pilot in World War II. He went on to become a two-term congressman from Texas, chaired the Republican National Committee, and was the director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Through most of the 1980s, before running for president himself, Bush served two terms as vice president under Ronald Reagan.

    Bush was in office during the collapse of the Soviet Union and oversaw the end of the Cold War. During his one term as president, he also established a strong American presence in the Middle East during the Gulf War. When Iraqi troops invaded Kuwait in 1990, Bush assembled an international coalition to push them back. According to NPR, Bush launched a five-week bombing campaign to stifle Iraqi forces, followed by an extensive ground assault. While Bush ultimately decided against invading Baghdad and toppling Saddam Hussein, the issue was revisited by his son’s administration about a dozen years later, who ultimately made the call to invade Iraq in 2003.

    While the Gulf War and foreign affairs were considered a success back home for the elder Bush, the costs of conflict caught up to him in the polls. In 1992, Bush lost his second bid for the White House to Democratic newcomer Bill Clinton, who promised economic reform amid a national recession.

    In the wake of his passing, the White House issued a glowing statement in memory of the former president. President Donald Trump also tweeted his condolences, remembering Bush as a leader with an “absolute joy for life and true pride in his family.”

    On Friday night, George W. Bush issued a statement on behalf of the Bush family. “George H. W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for,” he said. “The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41's life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens.”

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    It finally happened! Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra have officially been pronounced husband and wife, and the celebration is only just beginning.

    The couple tied the knot during a Western wedding in front of family and friends in India at the Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, Rajasthan on Saturday, People reports. But Jonas and Chopra will also wed in a Christian ceremony officiated by Jonas’ father, followed by a Hindu ceremony on Sunday.

    Both the bride and groom wore custom Ralph Lauren, the designer confirmed on Twitter. “Congratulations to Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas on the occasion of their wedding. Ralph Lauren is honored to have dressed the couple as well as the members of their wedding party.”

    The festivities began with a number of traditional pre-celebrations, including a mehndi ceremony, where the bride has traditional henna tattoos applied. Their wedding guests were informed of the activities via some chic welcome gift bags, which also included treats dubbed “a taste of India” and the book Western Weddings for Dummies, Cosmo reports.

    “People will need vacations after this wedding,” Chopra joked of her extravagant nuptials in an interview with Vogue. This walk down the aisle comes just four months after the pair announced their engagement in July. Chopra describes it as “an incredible coming-together of two really ancient cultures and religions.” We have to agree.

    Jonas and Chopra’s love story began in 2016 when the singer slid in the actress’ DMs on Twitter. Months later the two went on their unofficial first date, which ended in a very polite back pat, which Chopra is still upset about. Nonetheless, the two quickly became smitten with each other, and the rest is history.

    "This guy turned me into such a girl! If I could blush, I’d be tomato red right now,” Chopra said.

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    There's something so dreamy about a cozy hotel stay during the holiday season: the roaring fireplace, the hot cocoa from room service, the twinkling decorations adorning the lobby. But just because we can't all afford an aprés-ski moment in Gstaad doesn't mean we shouldn't get to experience all the magic a winter hotel stay has to offer — in fact, it's easy enough to bring it right into our homes (minus the skiing).

    Just in time for your holiday guests to arrive, we partnered with CB2 to help you make your home look and feel just like a lavish hotel suite, so your friends and family can get the royal treatment without you spending thousands of dollars. It all lies in the decor: from fur accents and crisp sheet sets to that iconic hand wash we all know and love. Ahead, check out our favorite items that instantly make your home feel like a luxe winter getaway, no matter if you have a 300-square-foot apartment or a massive four-bedroom condo.

    If there's one thing that all nice hotels seem to have in common, it's an element of fur: from faux-fur throw blankets to fuzzy rugs by the fireplace. This multifunctional hide can be placed on the ground in front of your guests' bed (so they're cozy from the second they get up) or draped over an accent chair like you've seen in every single Instagram home tour video.

    The Sligo Wool Workshop Large Sheepskin Throw in Black, $165.00, available at The Citizenry.

    You might not own enough colorful books to mimic those rainbow bookshelves in chic hotel lobbies, but you can dress up the top of your guest-room dresser. These four ombré-colored books are as cool on the inside as they are on the outside, featuring travel photography from Paris, Los Angeles, New York, and London. Even if your guests wake up before you do, they'll find a way to entertain themselves for a few hours.

    Taschen Cities Icons Book Set, $450.00, available at Aha.

    A hotel robe has magic powers: Whether you're staying at a random two-star hotel in the middle of nowhere or lounging around a day spa in Cabo, it instantly makes you feel more luxurious and relaxed. Give your guests a glimpse of that feeling with a robe of their very own. This one is made with 100% natural white cotton, and it comes with a drawstring bag, so you can fold it up and store it away after your guests leave town.

    CB2 White Bath Robe With Bag, $79.95, available at CB2.

    Our guest room (or guest couch) sheets are usually the rejects we don't want to use in our master bedroom: stretched-out fitted sheets or top sheets stained with butter from that popcorn-filled movie night. It's finally time to toss the rejects and start with a clean slate. This set is made with breathable cotton that won't make your guest feel uncomfortably hot — plus, it features a black and cream graphic print that goes with any decor style.

    Brooklinen Classic Core Sheet Set, $129.00, available at Brooklinen.

    Very few things are as synonymous with hotel bathrooms as a bottle of Aesop soap. The amber bottles instantly upgrade any space, and the mix of orange, cedarwood, and lavender smells like you just left a spa — even if your guests are just washing the subway grime off their hands.

    Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash & Hand Balm Duet, $125.00, available at Nordstrom.

    Rather than having your guests stuff their things haphazardly all over your apartment, give them a designated place to put all their bags, whether it's a small weekender duffle or a large rolling hard case. This stylish luggage rack features see-through acrylic legs and strips of black leather, so it can quickly fold up and hide in plain sight when not in use.

    CB2 Acrylic And Leather Luggage Rack, $229.00, available at CB2.

    Whether you're showing off a few fresh-cut branches of eucalyptus or displaying a single fake flower that you got from the dollar store, a vase will do wonders for dressing up that plain white bedside table. This weathered terracotta one has a soft-pink vintage finish that gives any room a subtle pop of color.

    Leif Relic Bud Vase, $18.00, available at Leif.

    Your home might not have maid service, but that doesn't mean you can't leave it smelling its freshest. Light a few candles, and set them throughout the place to create a calming ambiance as your guests are arriving. This mini set lets you choose your favorite three of six scent options — balsam, santal, hinoki, neroli, mimosa, or jasmin — and no matter what you end up choosing, they'll mix together perfectly for a dynamic custom scent.

    Brooklyn Candle Studio Pick 3 Noir Mini Candle Set, $55.00, available at Brooklyn Candle Studio.

    Even if your tiny bathroom is plagued with unfortunate fluorescent lighting and that terrible paint color that the previous renters thought was a "good" idea, there's an easy way to transform it into a Zen spa. Store all the unnecessary products in the cabinet below the sink, and corral the rest of them — things like soap, hand lotion, toothpaste — on a clean and elegant stone tray. This rose-quartz one features gold handles, so your guests can easily move it around to fit their travel toiletry bag nearby.

    CB2 Rose Quartz Tray, $99.95, available at CB2.

    Instead of rummaging through your linen closet at the very last minute to find a few matching towels, designate a separate collection of towels for guest use only. This massive set includes six bath towels, six hand towels, and six washcloths, so you won't run out — even if your sister unexpectedly shows up with her partner's entire family. Plus, they're all made from 100% long-staple Turkish cotton for lasting softness for years and years of guests to come.

    Parachute Fouta Supreme Towel Bundle, $289.00, available at Parachute.

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    There are a lot of attractions you simply must visit on a trip to New York City. This might include taking in the view at the top of the Empire State Building, enjoying an afternoon tea at The Plaza, or riding the ferry to see the Statue of Liberty. Don't get us wrong, these are all classic for a reason — and the kind of memories Big Apple tourists should have — but as true New Yorkers, we suggest considering bringing home the kind of souvenir that's far better than a T-shirt: a tattoo.

    Tattoos might be an increasingly popular part of American culture, but they're practically a piece of New York's DNA. Thought to be the birthplace of the modern tattoo studio, New York is the place to get inked — whether it's your first or 100th. From hidden gems on Canal Street to millennial studios in Brooklyn, there are plenty of options to choose from. They're filled with some of the best artists in the country who are well-equipped to give you a tattooing experience you'll never forget.

    Unfortunately, deciding where to get a tattoo in this city is even harder than choosing a hair salon or where to get a manicure. Luckily, we've mapped out a guide to some of our favorite tattoo shops — in all the boroughs — so you don't have to. Still, we suggest you do research, like finding an artist you'd vibe with (it's crucial) and brush up on the inevitable aftercare routine (don't worry, your artist will help you out after the appointment, too).

    Ahead, check out the coolest spots to get a tattoo in New York.

    The Shop:Bang Bang

    Who To See:Kevin, Michelle, & Eva

    If you're looking for a tattoo shop that has a celeb-approved reputation (thanks to founder Bang Bang himself), but isn't too intimidating, then pay a visit to Bang Bang. Not only is the team of artists massive, but it's your one stop shop for everything minimal. Think: fine line script, illustrative realism, and ornamental designs. Yes, they do and have it all — including the kind of chill vibe that will have you hanging around long after your ink is done.

    Where: 62 Grand St.; 646-918-7021. 328 Broome St.; 212-219-2799.

    The shop:Sacred Tattoo

    Who to see:Roberto, Sheena, & OK

    Filled with tattoo veterans and a revolving door of featured guest artists, this is one traditional tattoo shop you can't miss when passing through New York. Nestled in Soho, and hidden between a storefront and the subway, Sacred Tattoo isn't here to brag — it's here to get the job done (and done well.) It's just an added bonus that everyone is really nice, welcoming, and talented in a variety of styles, including traditional, neo traditional, and photorealism.

    Where: 424 Broadway #2; 212-226-4286.

    The shop:Nice Tattoo

    Who to see:Jes, Nas, & Hannah

    A female-led tattoo shop, Nice Tattoo's tiny spot in Brooklyn is worth the trip on the G train. Yes, all five of the current artists create flawless and gentle work, but they've also nurtured the kind of safe space ladies looking for their first ink will be eager to visit.

    Where: 493 Court St.; 646-883-6417.

    The shop:Fun City Tattoo

    Who to see:Big Steve, Simone, & Preston

    The only thing better than Fun City's backstory (it started as an underground tattoo studio situated in a basement) is the one-of-a-kind art that comes out of its red brick walls. Now at its second home in the East Village (where it's lived since the '80s), this unofficial New York landmark is where you go for a mix of the old punk rock roots Fun City was birthed from and modern, innovative styles from its new team of artists.

    Where: 94 St Marks Pl.; 212-353-8282.

    The shop:Welcome Home Studio

    Who to see:Kelli Kikcio, Tea Leigh, & Evan Paul English

    Modern, queer- and POC-friendly, and aesthetically-pleasing, this community space/tattoo studio is loaded with light and talent. With like-minded artists who specialize in both hand-poke and machine-style techniques, this is the outer-borough place to come when you want a tattoo you'll cherish forever — and literally no one else will ever have. Booking an appointment is a bit tougher than most spots (this will require planning in advance) purely due to the fact that you have to keep your eyes peeled for the artists' books to open via Instagram. Once they do, you'll book an appointment, put down a deposit to hold your place in the books, and then will pay the remaining balance for the work in studio with cash. In other words, walk-ins are not allowed.

    Where: Greenpoint, Brooklyn (the specific address is only disclosed if you have an upcoming appointment).

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