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    You can spend your Saturday slouched in a salon chair, f uming because you've spent hours waiting and waiting. Or, you can avoid the hassle altogether and do your hair yourself. In the end, it's not only cheaper than the salon, but it also puts you in complete control of how your style turns out. Not to mention, styling at home allows you to clean, meal prep, and catch up on Netflix while your deep conditioner sits.

    This is why most Black beauty editors prefer to take the DIY route when it comes to their hair. After years in the beauty industry interviewing pros and testing products, the simplest lesson we've learned is that no one knows your hair like you do, and oftentimes no one can silk pres s or twist-out your curls as well as you can.

    We've tested thousands of beauty products in the name of research, but only a few make it onto our scalps and strands when wash day rolls around. Ahead, seven women spill the items that they turn to again and again to make every day a good hair day.

    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.

    Tembe Denton-Hurst, Assistant Beauty Editor at Makeup.com

    Hair type: Natural

    Style of choice: Wash-and-go and buns

    "I start my regular hair routine with Carol's Daughter Rhassoul Clay line, which makes my hair feel clean without stripping it dry. My curls are always soft and moisturized after I use this." — Denton-Hurst



    Carol's Daughter Rhassoul Clay Sulfate-free Shampoo, $10, available at Target

    "I have been consistently repurchasing this product ever since I big-chopped nearly five years ago. It has great slip for detangling and is the base of all my wash-and-gos. I also love the consistency — it's thick without being gooey but lightweight enough that it doesn't weigh down my fine strands." — Denton-Hurst



    Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave In Detangler , $11.99, available at Target

    "I would use this for the smell alone — it's just that good. The spray applicator makes it super easy to coat my hair in just a few spritzes. This product doesn't weigh down my hair — even when layered with thicker, heavier products." — Denton-Hurst



    Carol's Daughter Black Vanilla Moisture & Shine Leave-In Conditioner, $12.49, available at Ulta Beauty

    "This is the first beauty product I purchased when I went natural, and it's still one of my favorites. It's perfect for defining my curls and adds moisture to my hair, wet or dry." — Denton-Hurst



    SheaMoisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie , $7.49, available at Target

    "I love this gel for its lightweight hold and non-crunchy feel. It's great for achieving a touchable wash-and-go, and it's filled with nourishing ingredients that won't dry out your hair." — Denton-Hurst



    Carol's Daughter Pracaxi Nectar Style Control Gel, $10.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    "I stole this product from my girlfriend, and its been one of my favorites ever since. It's usually the last step in my routine, and it adds definition — without the crunch. I don't say this often, but it's one of my holy grails." — Denton-Hurst



    Curls Unleashed Aloe Vera and Honey Curl Boosting Jelly, $7.99, available at Target

    Nykia Spradley, Beauty Writer & Content Creator

    Hair type: Curly with some heat damage in front

    Style of choice: Straight

    "When my hair wouldn't grow past bob length, this stuff seriously changed my life. It has a potent blend of proteins and amino acids that promote hair growth." — Spradley



    Nisim Shampoo & Conditioner, $42, available at Nisim

    "For my blowouts, I mix a heat-protecting cocktail of Suave and Kérastase products. It prevents damage without weighing my hair down. Both creams are super lightweight and leave my hair feeling silky once it's dry." — Spradley



    Kerastase Hair Nectar Thermique Blow Dry Primer, $37, available at Kerastase Hair

    Suave Keratin Infusion Heat Defense Leave-in Conditioner, $2.94, available at Walmart

    "Although my hair is dense, the strands are fine, so I can’t use heavy oils. This formula feels weightless on my hair, and it doesn’t get greasy after a day or two." — Spradley



    Andre Walker Quench Essential Oil, $15.99, available at Target

    Nikki Brown, Beauty Editor at Stylecaster

    Hair type: Wavy, loose curls

    Style of choice: Wash-and-go or protective styles

    "Right now, I have extensions in my hair, and this shampoo and conditioner combo just feels refreshing on my scalp. Given the fact that green juice is particularly hydrating, I think that’s why my scalp — which is currently holding onto to cornrows — likes it so much. It definitely gets rid of the gunk and rinses out quickly." — Brown



    Briogeo Matcha + Apple Replenishing Superfood Shampoo, $28, available at Birchbox

    Briogeo Kale + Apple Replenishing Superfood Conditioner, $28, available at Sephora

    "My routine is never complete without a deep conditioner, and this right here is old faithful. I am addicted to the smell, and though it’s meant to be rinsed out, I love distributing a small dollop throughout my hair and layering a gel or crème on top. It keeps my curls from getting crunchy." — Brown



    DevaCurl Heaven In Hair , $28, available at DevaCurl

    "I never go a day without treating my scalp, even if it’s a quick massage. About every other day, I rub this oil on my head. It has this amazing cooling sensation that stops itching and relieves pain along the hairline if I’m wearing a wig or extensions." — Brown



    Mielle Organics Mint Almond Oil, $13.99, available at Mielle Organics

    "Technically, this isn’t a gel, but it does the same job — minus the flaking and crunchy aftereffects. A little goes a really long way with this, and you only need a quarter-sized amount for touchable hold. It doesn’t feel sticky as I’m applying, which can get annoying if you’re like me and go back and forth between getting dressed and doing your hair. Seriously, I need a lifetime supply of this stuff." — Brown



    DevaCurl B′Leave-In, $40, available at DevaCurl

    "This is the only hairspray that doesn’t disrupt my curls after they’ve been styled. It also doesn’t make them rock hard; I can actually re-style later in the day if I need to, without having to start over completely." — Brown



    OGX Flexible + Beeswax Texture Hairspray Wax, $8.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    Janell Hickman, Freelance Beauty Writer & Creative Consultant

    Hair type: Natural, color-treated, and dry

    Style of choice: Razor cut or wash-and-go

    "I recently dyed my hair blonde, so this keeps my color on par without drying it out. I also love the matching conditioner because it's hydrating, brightening, and leaves my hair feeling really soft." — Hickman



    Joico Blonde Life Brightening Shampoo & Conditioner , $26, available at Walmart

    "This is super lightweight and adds moisture without making my hair feel greasy. Plus, the scent makes me feel like I'm on a tropical vacation, which is always a plus." — Hickman



    Playa Ritual Hair Oil, $38, available at Net-A-Porter

    Siraad Dirshe, Social Media Content Manager at Flamingo

    Hair type: Tightly curled and thick

    Style of choice: Wash-and-go

    "I can't live without a thick hydrating conditioner and a curl cream for hold. Recently, I've been loving this duo from Ouidad. I use the conditioner in the shower (and leave a bit of it in). Then, while my hair is still drenched, I work a quarter-sized amount of the gel through my hair. This combination really makes such a difference in how my curls look and last." — Dirshe



    Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Defrizzing Conditioner, $70, available at Ouidad

    Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Featherlight Styling Cream, $26, available at Ulta Beauty

    Blake Newby, Beauty Writer at Revelist.com

    Hair type: Curly with heat damage at the crown

    Style of choice: Weaves and perm rod sets

    "The Pantene Gold Series has become the collection that I just can't live without. Everything about it is perfectly formulated for textured hair, and it provides just the right amount of moisture — no matter what style my hair is in. The Moisture Boost Shampoo doesn't leave my hair feeling stripped of its natural oils, yet it effectively cleanses my scalp and washes away all residue. The conditioner, which I've found is better than any prestige conditioner I've used, is the best $8 I could ever spend. By the time I'm finished with these two, I barely need to apply any product post-cleanse. " — Newby



    Pantene Pro-V Gold Series Moisture Boost Shampoo, $5.98, available at walgreens.com

    Pantene Moisture Boost Conditioner , $5.99, available at Target

    "If I went into how long I've searched for a hair oil that gives my hair hold, yet doesn't leave it greasy after straightening, we'd be here all day. Oribe's Gold Lust Oil is the only product I apply to my leave-out after shampooing when I'm wearing a weave. Not only does it help my hair blend in with the texture of my extensions, it also protects my hair against the heat styling that comes after." — Newby



    Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil, $38, available at Neiman Marcus

    "Remember when you were younger and would wrap a towel turban on your hair and feel extra luxurious? This hair towel gives me that look minus the dehydrating effects that normal towels have on my strands. It dries my wet hair almost instantly, and its shape and size make achieving a long-lasting wrap easy. That way, I can tend to a million other things while drying my hair at the same time." — Newby



    Aquis Essentials Lisse Luxe Hair Towel, $30, available at Sephora

    "Before putting on my silk bonnet and calling it a night, I massage some of this miracle oil into my hair. While most oils sit on the hair shaft and cause buildup, this overnight treatment absorbs completely. I'm still in awe every morning of how silky my hair feels when I wake up." — Newby



    Vernon François Overnight Repair Treatment Oils, $42, available at Sephora

    Jaqueline Laurean Brown, Contributing Beauty Writer & Content Creator

    Hair type: Curly with heat damage at the crown

    Style of choice: Straight

    "Before shampooing and conditioning my hair, I exfoliate my scalp with this ACV scrub. It has avocado oil and aloe vera, which keeps the skin under my hair hydrated before I style." — Brown



    dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Scalp Scrub, $38, available at Sephora

    "My good friend (and fellow beauty editor) Nykia Spradley has a head full of hair that's flourishing, and she recommended this. I've taken the hair-growth duo for a spin and absolutely love how strong and silky it makes my hair feel."— Brown



    Nisim Shampoo & Conditioner, $42, available at Nisim

    "After shampooing and conditioning, I apply some of this heat-protecting cream to my hair. It keeps my blowout shiny, silky, and frizz free until wash day comes back around." — Brown



    Briogeo Blow Dry Perfection Heat Protectant Crème, $24, available at Nordstrom

    "To get my hair super sleek, I flat iron it in sections with this CHI flat iron. I've been usng the same one for years, and it hasn't failed me yet. It keeps my hair bone-straight and leaves it with a nice sheen. Plus, it's rose gold. Who can resist that? " — Brown



    Chi Air Classic Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron, $99.99, available at Target

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    Ageism is all around us. Being stereotyped or discriminated against on the basis of age may feel like an issue that only affects older people — like when someone is told they’re too old to work in a certain industry or wear an item of clothing. But in reality, it affects each and every one of us, whether you’re a 63-year-old who feels underrepresented by wrinkle-free shots in magazines or a 23-year-old whose coworkers make comments like, “You’re doing THIS job at YOUR age?”

    Chances are, you've had a moment in your life when something (or someone) made you feel like you were being shamed, either directly or indirectly, for being “too old” or “too young.” Ageism, in all its forms, is so embedded in our culture, across all regions and socioeconomic groups, that most of us don’t even recognize it. That’s why we teamed up with AARP, which spoke to 2,000 women — all from diverse backgrounds and ranging in age from 21 to 72 — about everything from changing appearance to representation in the media to how we can shift the narrative around aging. Below, we've broken it all down, highlighting the staggering numbers that show why it's a topic that demands more attention. It's time we fix our view on aging.

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    Just as we prepare our Halloween costumes weeks (if not months!) in advance, so too do we pre-plan our New Year's Eve outfits. Slinky dress or all-black suit? Gold or silver? Velvet or sequins? The possibilities go on and on. But after all those decisions, it's easy to forget about that one item that can make or break any New Year's Eve look: the shoes. You might have found the perfect dress, but without a killer pair of shoes to pair it with, the whole 'fit could be a dud — and that's no way to start a new year.

    So since we know how crazed the the holiday season can be, we're offering up our knowledge in the shoe department. After combing through every current holiday shoe collection, we rounded up the worthiest contestants. From sky-high stilettos to weather-appropriate boots, the 17 party shoes ahead are sure to put a finishing touch on your last look of 2018.

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    Back Friday and Cyber Monday are done, but Amazon isn't. Just when we thought the huge wave of holidays sales had hit a crescendoing peak, the mega online shopping destination lit up a whole new batch of steals — and dubbed it the 12 Days of Deals. Starting today and continuing on through the festive month ahead we'll be able to snag discounts on everything from books to boardgames, tech to fashion gear, beauty to food, home decor, and more. Essentially, Amazon is now Santa and he's given us 12-day access to his workshop.

    Since the sales are only available for a limited time, we'll be monitoring the top deals each day and serving up the best every 24 hours. Scroll ahead and get a little shopping inspiration for yourself or someone else while saving few extra buckeroos. Cheers to feeling a little less broke AF this holiday season! Thank you, Santa Amazon.

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    This Amazon's Choice buy is unique gifting gold for mindful meditators and yogis — the hand-held, aluminum chime was designed by grammy award-winning musician and instrument designer, Garry Kvistad, over 30 years ago.

    Woodstock Chimes Solo Silver Zenergy Chime-Eastern Energies Collection, $14.99 $9.99, available at Amazon.

    This #1 New Release on Amazon makes growing fresh herb and veggie gardens during the winter an easy possibility — the soilless planter uses an automated LED light to support the growth of your kitchen garden.

    AeroGarden Harvest Garden, $149.95 $79.95 available at Amazon.

    Treat yourself (or a giftee) this holiday season t0 a pair of award-winning, wireless headphones in sleek satin silver.

    Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones, $299.95 $239.95, available at Amazon.

    Pick up this festive assortment of spiced winter blends for the tea-lovers in your life — each gift box includes sachets of rum raisin biscotti, ginger snap, raspberry ganache, spiced ginger plum, and winter chai.

    Tea Forte Warming Joy Tea Sampler Gift Set , $30.00 $20.50 available at Amazon.

    Get back to your literal roots with this Amazon's Choice, DNA test at 40% off — each kit tracks origins back to more than 350 world regions and provides double the geographical details than other tests on the market.

    AncestryDNA Genetic Testing DNA Test, $99.99 $59.99, available at Amazon.

    Whip your floors into shape with this Amazon's Choice mop that is engineered to clean and sanitize hard floors with natural steam power and swivel steering.

    Bissell PowerFresh Steam Mop, $99.99 $56.95 available at Amazon.

    Add a new outerwear player to your winter rotation with this stylish coat from Amazon's exclusive brand.

    Haven Women's Zip-Front A-Line Parka Puffer Coat, $85.00 $34.00, available at Amazon.

    You can still get in on the Instant Pot trend for a steal with this 3-quart model, equipped to tackle everything from rice to yogurt and even egg dishes.

    Instant Pot 3 Qt 10-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, $119.95 $59.95, available at Amazon.

    Buy this delicate Amazon's Choice steal as-is, or have it engraved specially for a giftee.

    Amazon Collection 14k Yellow Gold Polished Bar Chain Necklace (17"), $240.00 $103.88, available at Amazon.

    Upgrade your clean-house game in the new year with a sleek robot vacuum designed to powerfully suction from hardwood floors to carpets.

    SharkNinja ION Robot Vacuum, $399.99 $199.99, available at Amazon.

    Treat your feet to a little self-care and slip into a pair of super-soft shearling moccasins crafted from premium materials.

    206 Collective Women's Pearson Shearling Moccasin Slipper, $60.00 $30.00, available at Amazon.

    This elegant chair from Amazon's popular exclusive brand with low slanted arms and smooth hardwood legs is a reading nook essential.

    Rivet Jamie Mid-Century Accent Chair, $399.00 $227.94, available at Amazon.

    Make your winter hibernation game cozy-strong with this ultra-soft, 12-pound weighted blanket.

    Brookstone Weighted Nap Blanket, $149.00 $125.95, available at Amazon.

    Snag a top seasonal home buy at half-off with Amazon's best-selling, cool mist humidifier.

    Pure Enrichment MistAire Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier, $79.99 $39.99, available at Amazon.

    This queen-sized, memory foam mattress is designed with 3-layer Celliant technology for deep, supportive, and restorative sleep.

    Rivet Memory Foam Mattress (Queen), $499.00 $399.00, available at Amazon.

    Take a break from Instagram and get back to retro photo roots with this instant-film camera.

    Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Instant Film Camera, $179.99 $118.99, available at Amazon.

    This sleek, stainless steel machine is designed with state-of-the-art technology to keep your 14 cups of morning Joe perfectly hot without sacrificing any of that good coffee flavor.

    Cuisinart PerfecTemp Programmable Coffeemaker, $185.00 $67.47, available at Amazon.

    This stylish set of travel-sized toothpaste comes in seven separate flavors: amarelli licorice, aquatic mint, cinnamon mint, classic strong mint, ginger mint, jasmine mint and whitening mint.

    Marvis Toothpaste Flavor Collection Gift Set, 7 count, $36.00 $27.00, available at Amazon.

    The modern day equivalent of Cher's outfit mis-match software in Clueless, this device utilizes Alexa as a style assistant for second opinions on outfits.

    Amazon Echo Look, $199.99 $49.99, available at Amazon.

    This calming lamp was hand-carved in Pakistan from pure Himalayan salt.

    Levoit Himalayan Sea Salt Lamp, $39.38 $17.99, available at Amazon.

    Instead of going the full memory foam mattress route, save some extra cash this season and opt for a topper instead — this gel-infused foam topper is designed to optimize air flow and regulate body temperature.

    ViscoSoft 3-Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper (Queen), $229.99 $159.99, available at Amazon.

    Give your home office a refreshing update with this modern, cross-legged accent desk.

    Rivet Modern Wood Accent Desk, $229.00 $159.99, available at Amazon.

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    It's easy to feel overwhelmed shopping on Amazon. Not that we don't do it all the time (because free two-day shipping is the bomb), but you can't help but let out a heavy groan when you realize you're almost out of an essential — say, shampoo — and a simple Prime search pulls up 351 pages of what seems like every bottle ever made.

    Fret not, because we're here to help. After skimming through thousands of handmade soaps and razor-refill boxes, we compiled the best beauty deals available on Amazon right now. From fresh new finds, like a lash growth serum that's actually affordable, to can't beat deals, like 30% off a Sonicare electric toothbrush, we've got every winter beauty essential to add to your next Prime order.

    Scroll through all the goods ahead, and add them straight to your cart, zero filtering required.

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    If you suffer from scalp dryness or just have blonde highlights that are fading fast, this gentle, anti-yellow shampoo will become your new go-to. It's formulated with soothing vitamins — and without harsh silicones and parabens — that'll offer instant relief while protecting your color.



    Klorane Anti -Yellowing Shampoo with Centaury for Blonde, $12.5, available at Amazon

    If you're looking to upgrade your body lotion to something a little fancier than whatever you grabbed at Target last month, now's the time to treat yourself to Crabtree & Evelyn's rich lavender formula because it's on sale.



    Crabtree & Evelyn Body Lotion, Verbena and Lavender de Provence, $17.6, available at Amazon

    This brow growth conditioner — the same one Olivia Wilde swears by — typically retails for $110, but it has been marked down to just $77 on Amazon, if you shop right now.



    RevitaLash RevitaBrow Advanced Eyebrow Conditioner, $77, available at Amazon

    Stila's squishy potted highlighter is not only fun to bounce your finger over, it also delivers the prettiest sheen to your high cheekbones.



    Stila stila Heaven's Hue Highlighter, Transcendence, 0.35 oz., $27.2, available at Amazon

    If you've been shopping around for a hair tool that will give you soft beach waves, this snazzy styler is a great option. The spin feature twirls your hair into loose curls, which means no contorting your fingers around a hot barrel.



    Chi Air Spin N Curl 1 Inch Ceramic Rotating Curler, $99.99, available at Amazon

    If you've been debating upgrading to a fancy electric toothbrush — to show off a pearly white smile at all your upcoming holiday parties — let this 30% off sale be the push you need to treat yourself.



    Philips Sonicare plaque control rechargeable electric toothbrush, $45, available at Amazon

    A winner of this year's Refinery29 Beauty Innovator Awards, this idiot-proof, bi-directional razor is just $5 and change when you grab it on Amazon right now. That's 70% below its retail price.



    Schick Schick Intuition f.a.b. Razor, $5.15, available at Amazon

    You can't go wrong picking up a discounted bottle of this happy pink nail polish for when your holiday manicure inevitably chips.



    Essie essie nail polish, cascade cool, pink nail polish, $7.69, available at Amazon

    If you love scented lotions, you'll want to grab The Body Shop's best-selling strawberry body butter two-pack — including a small and jumbo size — for just $6 this week.



    The Body Shop The Body Shop Strawberry Festive Bauble Gift Set, $5.72, available at Amazon

    If you're always running out of moisturizer and you're partial to a refreshing gel-cream texture that melts into your skin (as opposed to anything white and heavy), this $13 two-pack was made for you.



    Garnier Garnier SkinActive Moisture Rescue Face Moisturizer, $13.24, available at Amazon

    When you do the math, this luxe 12-pack of Parisian hand cream is an awesome deal. Each chic aluminum tube tallies up to around $4, and it made Oprah's annual gift list.



    La Chatelaine Deluxe 12 Hand Cream Gift Set, $54.4, available at Amazon

    Wrap your feet in this cocoon of lactic acid and exfoliating fruit enzymes, and when you unwrap them, your heels with be baby soft.



    BeaLuz BeaLuz Exfoliating Foot Peel Mask, $15.99, available at Amazon

    Throw away all those scrubs that leave grimy coffee-grounds residue along the rim of your bathtub, and replace them with this little glass jar packed with pink Himalayan sea salt. It sloughs away dead skin, smells like aromatherapy and sugared almonds, and requires zero clean-up, to boot.



    Majestic Pure Himalayan Salt Body Scrub with Lychee Essential Oil, $12.98, available at Amazon

    If there was ever a right time to invest in an aromatherapy oil diffuser/humidifier with a color-changing LED light display, it's when you can get it on sale.



    URPOWER Wood Grain Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Oil Diffuser , $19.98, available at Amazon

    Whether you're going for a dramatic cat-eye or a sexy, smudged kitten flick, this felt-tip liquid liner delivers, which is why it's the #1 new release in Amazon's eyeliner product category.



    Maybelline Eyestudio Master Precise All Day Liquid Eyeliner Makeup, $6.94, available at Amazon

    If you're in need of a new Clarisonic — like, you can't remember the last time you replaced your well-worn brush head — shop it at Amazon, and it'll be at your doorstep in two days.



    Clarisonic NEW Mia Prima 1-Speed Sonic Cleansing Face Brush, $84, available at Amazon

    Typically, this luxe night cream (or night balm, rather) retails for $19.99 — and that's honestly a steal, as it's packed with nourishing Manuka honey, which leaves skin softer, firmer, and plumper over time. Buy it on Prime and the price drops to just $15.



    L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Night Balm Face Moisturizer, $14.97, available at Amazon

    Curious about face mask sticks? This charcoal one is just as effective as a regular potted clay mask, minus the crusty mess that comes with application.



    Olay Clay Charcoal Facial Mask Stick, $9.94, available at Amazon

    Lash-boosting serums can be pricey — we're talking around $50 or so — and we're willing to splurge for naturally long, fluttery lashes. But now you can reap the benefits of stronger, shinier, healthier eyelashes for the same price as a tube of Great Lash mascara from CVS.



    Maybelline Lash Sensational Boosting Eyelash Serum, $9.48, available at Amazon

    Like the tried-and-true Natural Glow moisturizer without the chemical-y self-tanner smell, this brand-new body lotion hydrates your legs, arms, and shoulders, and leaves a luminous soft-glow sheen.



    Jergens Jergens Brilliance Skin Illuminating Body Moisturizer, $9.4, available at Amazon

    More than 600 Amazon shoppers have reviewed the Color Wow Dream Coat — a color-protecting spray that cuts the frizz out of dry, damaged hair — and most everyone gives it five bright-yellow stars.



    Color Wow Dream Coat Supernatural Spray, $28, available at Amazon

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    If you’re wondering whether or not it’s too early to start your holiday shopping, the short answer is: no. Once the winter coats, scarves, and boots have made their way out of the depths of your closet, gifting season isn’t too far behind.

    Luckily for you (and the beauty hoarder on your list), there’s already an awesome selection of dope gifts lining the shelves at Sephora right now. And this season, you can wrap up everything from shimmery eye mask s to cult palettes — all for under $10.

    Ahead, we rounded up the sweetest gifts to shop during your next Sephora trip. Some of these deals are so good, it might be hard to resist the urge to buy stuff for yourself, too. (Don't worry, we won't judge.)

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    Hydration is a gift we can all use — all the time. This two-piece kit comes with a mini cleanser and face cream, both formulated with coconut water cream to keep your face moisturized through every holiday bender.



    First Aid Beauty Clean Canyon, $10, available at Sephora

    This lil' stocking stuffer comes with a travel-sized primer and hairspray that'll create soft, flexible styles that last through multiple parties.



    Living Proof Style Lab Kit, $10, available at Sephora

    Is it even the holidays if you don't wear glitter? Hook your friend up with this kit, which comes with three loose shimmer pigments and a lightweight adhesive that works for disco eyes, glitter lips, and everything in between.



    Sephora Collection Give Me Some Glitter Set, $10, available at Sephora

    What's the best way to tell your sister she needs to do a better job of blending her foundation? This adorable ornament gets the message across, without a dinner-table blowout.



    Sephora Collection Twinkle Time Sponge, $10, available at Sephora

    This travel-sized eyeshadow palette comes with eight shimmer and matte shades for every holiday (and non-holiday) look. Go ahead and buy two — one for you, and one for you six months from now.



    Sephora Collection Enchanted Sky Eyeshadow Palette, $10, available at Sephora

    For the party animal that needs to chill, this glittery face mask provides the ideal solution. It soothes and depuffs tired eyes, while also serving as a masquerade costume.



    Sephora Collection Glitter & Chill Cooling Mask, $8, available at Sephora

    Remember, a bath bomb isn't just a gift — it's an escape. Whether you need to get away from your Trump-supporting uncle, your demanding in-laws, or your growing to-do list, this warm tropical scent will have you floating miles away from allll the family drama.



    Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Bath Bomba Ornament, $10, available at Sephora

    Impress your houseguests with this fancy 3-in-1 soap, which smells nothing like gingerbread cookies and pumpkin spice (in the best way).



    Philosophy Amazing Grace Ballet Rose Shower Gel, $10, available at Sephora

    Slip off your platforms and slip into these star-studded booties, which have almond oil to hydrate dry, cracked heels.



    Sephora Collection Foot Mask - Almond, $5, available at Sephora

    Be prepared to fend off all the "where do you get your eyebrows done?" questions once you use this before your family function.



    Benefit Cosmetics Precisely, My Brow Pencil Mini Ornament, $9.5, available at Sephora

    When you're running a little late after the office holiday party, let this micellar water do the heavy lifting. It'll remove all traces of stubborn glitter and (spiked) eggnog sipping.



    It Cosmetics 3-in-1 Micellar Cleanser Mini Confetti Popper, $8, available at Sephora

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    Everyone is difficult in their own way, which is why the myth of people who are "difficult to shop for" is not only patently ridiculous but, quite frankly, a bit rude. Unless the person you are shopping for is a child who has written out a list of the exact items they would like (or, more likely, provided the link to a running Amazon wishlist) or someone who collects something wildly specific (roosters or elephants for good luck, perhaps?), it is standard to have to put forth some effort to find something that suits your people and their complex, multifaceted selves perfectly.

    What is unarguably difficult is picking out fragrance for other people. Sure, you can confidently buy your mom her 10th bottle of Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue without pause, but when you want to introduce a seasoned fragrance fanatic to a new scent, you've got your work cut out for you. Perfume, after all, is personal — but the challenge of finding someone something they'll actually want to wear is better than buying someone a porcelain doll for their overflowing, creepy-as-fuck collection, don't you think?

    Ahead, a compilation of fragrances and gift sets that acknowledge and account for the idiosyncrasies of the people you care about — and show them how much you love them anyway.

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    Consider the trope of the manic pixie dream girl, and then picture what would happen if she gave up on her dreams of moving out to the desert to become the next Georgia O'Keeffe and got an executive gig raking in six figures instead. That's who this intense, commanding floral fragrance, which combines a woodsy rose with the rare Rangoon creeper, is for: the freelance wild child who finally learned the value of being gainfully employed and now has dollar signs in her eyes where stars used to be. She can keep the portable rollerball in her pebbled-leather laptop case and the 1.6 oz bottle on her vintage armoire — right next to the dried flowers she still strings through her hair when you go to the bar on weekends. At least she always picks up the tab.



    Gucci Gucci Bloom Nettare di Fiori Eau de Parfum Gift Set, $146, available at Sephora

    Despite its enduring popularity among well-off women of a certain age and Marilyn Monroe wannabes, Chanel No.5 — with its heady aldehydes and elegant floral fadeout — is not for everyone. But people who love it really, really love it, and that's why you should absolutely buy them this limited-edition collectible eau de parfum bottle, which is all done up in rich blood red to match Gabrielle Chanel's favorite color. (An even better gift for the No.5 diehard in your life would be the 30.4 oz, $30,000 pure parfum extract packaged in Baccarat crystal, but unless you just won Powerball, that's probably more of a long shot.)



    Chanel N°5 Limited Edition Eau de Parfum Spray, $160, available at Chanel

    Yoga, in reality, smells like boob sweat and strangers' feet, but the idea of yoga smells like this: the lightest, most ethereal combination of amber and white musk spun into a beautiful, airy scent that's best described as clean. You've never smelled anything like it — and neither has your most quote-unquote spiritual and yet flakiest friend, who's always fifteen minutes early for Bikram but consistently "forgets" all about your Friday night plans. Double down on the transcendent fragrance with the same scent in candle form, which is made with 100% soy wax and will pair perfectly with the wind-down stretch for the classes she'll teach once she completes the 200-hour training program she's been talking about doing for the past two years.



    Lake & Skye 11 11 Eau de Parfum, $98, available at Lake & Skye

    Pizza or Chinese food for delivery? Loose ponytail or messy bun? Pick a movie to watch on Netflix or just scroll through the comedies for 45 minutes until you just get up and go the fuck home to watch your own damn movie on your own damn TV? Sometimes the best way to deal with a loved one who just can't make up their mind is to put them in a situation in which they don't have to decide anything at all. Take, for example, this advent calendar, which contains 24 very special, very luxe minis to spare them the enormous weight of having to choose which fragrance to wear in the days leading up to Christmas.



    Atelier Cologne Discovery Advent Calendar, $59, available at Atelier Cologne

    Behold, a nicely-curated collection of five Jo Malone fragrances — and you know who wears Jo Malone fragrances, right? Long before she became Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Suits actress Meghan Markle told Express that she loves the British perfumery's Wild Bluebell and Wood Sage & Sea Salt Colognes, both of which you'll find shrunken down to travel size in this elegant box fit for the most Markle Sparkle-obsessed person on your list.



    Jo Malone London Cologne Collection, $115, available at Nordstrom

    She might be all long, messy bangs, no-makeup makeup, and frayed kick-flare jeans these days, but scroll back far enough in her Instagram feed and you'll find photographic evidence of the "old" her — the one who rocked bootcut leggings (with the fold-down waistband) with a serious fake tan, a lip piercing, and eyebrows tweezed to oblivion. The soft, airy notes of jasmine, cedarwood, and liquid musk in this sophisticated fragrance and body lotion duo will match her current brand: It's from a chic Brooklyn-based company, but comes with a holographic pouch that's a subtle nod to a similar clutch she bought at Urban Outfitters in 2011.



    Ellis Brooklyn Myth Holographic Set, $115, available at Credo

    Oh, the things that studying abroad in Paris can do to a person — like give them the audacity to spend the rest of their days pronouncing "croissant" kwa-sahn and starting sentences with, "When I lived in Paris..." The Francophile's fragrance collection is not complete without a little something from Diptyque, which has operated out of a small boutique at 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain in the 5th Arrondissement since 1961. This sleek set contains five vials of the brand's best-loved eau de parfums, all of which will bring them straight back to their semester in the City of Light — even if their current location is Paris, Texas.



    Diptyque Eau De Parfum Discovery Set, $105, available at Barneys New York

    The olfactory equivalent of giving someone a blanket scarf as a holiday gift — because who doesn't want a blanket scarf? — this universally-appealing fragrance set is foolproof, and fit for any human of any gender or taste. The three new fragrances, Serenity, Energy, and Intensity (respectively described as a woody amber, a citrus musk, and spicy woods), are meant to be mixed and matched, layered or worn alone... and besides, who couldn't use a little extra serenity or energy this time of year?



    Kenneth Cole Kenneth Cole for Her Gift Set, $100, available at Kenneth Cole

    Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods — unless, of course, thy neighbor wears Santal 33, in which case it's perfectly all right to want to steal a spray from time to time. For the friend who mentions how lame it is that everyone wears the cult-favorite smoky sandalwood scent so often you've started to become suspicious of her motives, get her this set of two travel-sized spritzers. Finally, she'll be able to tell everyone who asks that she wears Santal 33... and then she can switch to the slightly more obscure AnOther 13 once she's over smelling like every other "cool girl" in the Western hemisphere.



    Le Labo Santal 33 & AnOther 13 Set, $95, available at Nordstrom

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    There's no mistaking the enduring popularity of the bob, which first blew up as the preferred hairstyle of flappers in the 1920s and has since held up its status as a very modern trend, complete with well over 850,000 hits on Instagram for #bobhaircut (and a whopping 4.8 million for simply #bob, though that also pulls up a fair amount of images of men named Bob).

    The nature of the bob is that it is versatile, and comes in many iterations. But for spring 2019, which is closer than we realize, pros are pinpointing one style in particular as the cut to end all cuts: the chin-length bob. Melissa Timperley, the director and stylist at her own Melissa Salons in Manchester, says she's seen a major increase in clients requesting the look. Timperley describes it as a classic bob cut right to lip level, with bangs cut above the eyebrows growing slightly longer at the temples and blended into the length.

    Sam Burnett, founder and creative director of London's Hare & Bone, is also calling it: "The blunt, jaw-length bob is going to be the biggest haircut for 2019," he says. "We are seeing a growing trend towards women going much shorter, adding fringes, and playing with more layers for an effortless boyish look."

    But when nailing the perfect chin-length bob, there are rules, Timperley explains. "You have to take the corner off or it just becomes a normal bob, which can be a bit harsh," she says. "It's a strong statement, and it shows that the person wearing it is confident and that their idea of femininity is not necessarily expressed by having long hair."

    Timperley points to model and Instagram "It" girl Taylor LaShae as the perfect example of the look — but the best part? A chin-length bob can be worked into any hair texture, and although it looks particularly excellent with full-on French-girl baby bangs, you don't need to commit to that to get the vibes right. Ahead, all the Instagram inspiration you need to go full bob for 2019...

    Where else to begin but with Taylor LaShae's wavy bob and messy fringe? Teamed with blurred red lips, it's the ultimate style to emulate in 2019.

    Parted to one side, this gorgeous curly bob takes on an elegant, Old Hollywood-inspired twist.

    Proof that this hairstyle works just as well without bangs. Add in some soft, subtle strandlights for a bit of warmth, and you're good to go.

    Slight waves juxtapose the poker-straight fringe — but it works. To achieve the look without heat tools, twirl towel-dried hair around your fingers and then leave the sections to air dry.

    Razor-cut ends give this jaw-length bob some extra dimension. Wrap large front sections of hair around a large-barrel curling iron, like ghd's Curve Soft Curl Tong, and rake out with your fingers.

    Air-dried waves and plenty of natural volume makes this style look accidentally perfect.

    If you're going for a clean center part, make sure your ends are as blunt as possible to keep the look fresh.

    Tousled ends are an easy way to soften the look.

    The longer, blended fringe makes this bob look elegant and ethereal.

    Who said hair that's all one length had to be boring? Simply throw some shadowy tones into the mix for extra shape without the use of curling wands or straighteners.

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    The nail salon is a tough place for the indecisive. First, you spend ten minutes in front of the rainbow wall of polishes, eventually walking towards the chair with a navy bottle in one hand and a dusty pink in the other. Then, the manicurist asks the million-dollar question, "Square or rounded?" Uhhh.

    Well, don't waste any mental energy on that particular debate at your next manicure. According to Pinterest, you should ask for neither sharply squared off edges nor nails curved into a half circle. The nail shape that's huge right now — up 97% in search on Pinterest — is the almond tip. For those unfamiliar, an almond nail is a more exaggerated variation on the oval tip. It has a long base filed into a distinct, rounded point — which kind of looks like, well, an almond.

    For inspiration on how to give your nails the on-trend treatment, find the chicest almond nails on Instagram, ahead. So with the shape question out of the way, you can spend a few extra minutes contemplating pink versus navy.

    The bright, floral accents in this manicure accentuate the roundness and create the illusion of longer nails.

    Two-toned, minimalist nail art — like pairing burnished copper and soft seafoam over a bare cuticle — has the same subtle extending effect.

    Your holiday nail art looks ten times chicer on a smooth, shapely backdrop.

    When wearing graphic neon polish, an almond-shaped nail keeps the look elevated.

    Your nails don't need to be crazy long to wear almond tips — all you have to do is keep the ends filed into a skinny, yet softly rounded point.

    Glossy navy polish is huge right now, and if you pair it with a sleek almond nail, you're up on all the trends.

    Mismatched nails are still having a moment — and a polished, almond shape is undeniably the coolest way to style them.

    Glitter polish is a lot more fun when it's sprinkled over a perfectly curved tip.

    An almond shape and some teensy decals are all you need to fully dress an otherwise naked nail.

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    As we all know, winters are not made equal. The Midwest is regularly blanketed in feet of snow, the Pacific Northwest is generally wet and wild, lucky Southern California is chilly at best, and the Mid-Atlantic is always in for a surprise with its grab bag of a forecast. But, at some point, everyone (with maybe the exception of those living in the dry, desert areas) is bound to experience some degree of each winter version.

    To help deal, we’ve outlined four different outfit ideas for each of the diverse winter climates, from one coast to the other. The one thing each look has in common? The leggings and long-sleeve tops from Cuddl Duds keep them cozy, serving as either base layers or standalone pieces. Ahead, we present how we would assemble the looks for every winter situation. As you’ll see, there are plenty of ways to stay stylish and cute this season, even if your surroundings aren’t.

    L.A. Winter Forecast: Sunny But ~Still~ Chilly

    Los Angelenos will always argue that they, too, experience a winter, though it’s not as intense as other parts of the country. Still, it’s time to bust out the layers for the chill that lingers in the air. Soft, velour leggings are a solid first step, with a layerable zip-up sweater on top. Don’t forget the sunglasses; you’re in SoCal, after all. And on especially breezy days, finish off the look with a plush teddy coat and shearling-lined sneakers.



    Cuddl Duds Plush Velour Leggings, $36, available at Kohl's

    J.Crew Zip-up teddy coat, $228, available at J.Crew

    & Other Stories Wool Blend Knit Bomber, $125, available at & Other Stories

    Superga 2795 Faux Fur Lined Sneakers, $109, available at Shopbop

    Le Specs OUTTA LOVE, $59, available at Le Specs

    Seattle Winter Forecast: Overcast With A 100% Chance Of Rain

    Dark and stormy skies are nothing new for those living in the Pacific Northwest, but to stay dry and warm can be a challenge. A long-sleeve crewneck with flared black jeans is a classic move. Add vibrant, waterproof elements like a slick trench and leopard-print rain boots to protect you from getting soaked. Finally, a water-resistant fanny pack keeps your hands free so you can maneuver an umbrella.



    Cuddl Duds Softwear Crewneck Top, $32, available at Kohl's

    Rebecca Taylor Laminated Trench Coat, $1295, available at Rebecca Taylor

    Agolde Pinch Waist high-rise flared jeans, $178, available at Net-A-Porter

    Bershka Faux vinyl fanny pack, $19.9, available at Bershka

    Joules Rockingham Chelsea Boot, $54.95, available at Zappos

    NYC Winter Forecast: The Vague & Always Dreadful Wintry Mix

    The Mid-Atlantic area never knows what to expect — it could be unusually sunny one day and teeth-chattering windy the next. No matter what the weather app says, you can’t go wrong with a fleece long-sleeve top. And since style is never compromised in NYC, go ahead and flaunt a midi-skirt (for extra warmth, wear leggings underneath). Pull up decorative socks all the way so they subtly peek above a pair of lugsole boots.



    Cuddl Duds Softwear Crewneck Top, $32, available at Kohl's

    Ganni Printed Mesh Wrap Skirt, $205, available at Ganni

    Mango Water-repellent quilted coat, $129.99, available at Mango

    Free People Lodge Cozy Socks, $20, available at Free People

    Stuart Weitzman Women's Lexy Round Toe Leather Lace Up Boots, $598, available at Bloomingdale's

    Chicago Winter Forecast: Massive Blizzard For The Foreseeable Future

    If wintertime looks like a snow globe where you live, only the most serious and technical-forward pieces will do. Start with a pair of cozy, super-soft leggings, and layer on jeans, because winter. Then, get chunky with a substantial knit sweater and beanie. Shearling-lined snow boots will save you from slippery ice, and a thick, water-repellent parka will get you through the tundra-like climate.



    Cuddl Duds Softwear Leggings, $32, available at Kohl's

    H&M Knit Wool-blend Sweater, $69.99, available at H&M

    Zara Water Repellent Puffer Parka, $129, available at Zara

    Ugg Birch Lace-Up Shearling Leather Boots, $200, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

    Treasure & Bond Eyelash Beanie, $15, available at Nordstrom

    Gap Mid Rise Real Straight Jeans, $69.95, available at Gap

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    Justin Bieber's flippy bangs. Harry Styles' boyish lob. Joe Keery's retro mullet. When you're an emerging Hollywood heartthrob, your hair walks into the room before you do — and Timothée Chalamet knows that full well. The 22-year-old's mop of curly hair has garnered its share of attention, including inspiring its own Twitter account and sparking multiple social media debates.

    It's safe to say fans are attached, which is why people lost their minds when Chalamet went and cut most of it off into a bowl cut for an upcoming role in Netflix's The King. After finally debuting the medieval look at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, a general consensus became apparent on Twitter: They didn't like it. One fan said the reveal of his Henry V-inspired cut was the worst day of their life. Another called it "tragic." A third said she can't sleep thinking about it.

    But everyone has it all wrong. Not only do we still stan the star with his choppy new look, but it's not even his most drastic hair transformation. Go back just a couple years into his career, and you'll find even more astonishing styles that will remind you: Chalamet is more than his hair, and even more importantly, it always grows back.

    Check out his full hair evolution, ahead.

    Before most of us recognized that smize, Chalamet was but 18 and sporting this spiky look. Not even Lil Timmy Tim was immune to high school trends of the mid '00s.

    Photo: George Pimentel/Getty Images.

    A year later in 2015, we got a real glimpse of just how high Chalamet's hair can go — check out that volume!

    Photo: Clemens Bilan/Getty Images.

    Coming of age for Chalamet also meant realizing that crew cuts might not be his thing.

    Photo: Gary Gershoff/WireImage.

    A few months later, Chalamet was getting into his groove... sort of. The curls make their true debut, but are weighed down with tons of gel. (It's okay, we've all been there.)

    Photo: JB Lacroix/WireImage.

    We're guessing he borrowed his older sister's flat iron for this one.

    Photo: Walter McBride/Getty Images.

    By 2017, Chalamet understood: His hair was his money-maker. (Along with his ability to win a staring contest with a fireplace.)

    Photo: Randy Shropshire/Getty Images.

    A Twitter user once wrote, "Timothee Chalamet was made in a lab by Urban Outfitters." This photo proves they're not completely wrong.

    Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images.

    With his hair getting longer — and shinier, can you tell? — Chalamet learned the art of a good behind-the-ear, hair tuck.

    Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images.

    Will you please tell him his hair looks sexy pushed back? It makes sense, considering his favorite movie growing up was Mean Girls.

    Photo: Michael Kovac/Getty Images.

    Who needs a comb when you have hair like this? With some mousse and a quick hair flip, he's all set.

    Photo: Steven Ferdman/Patrick McMullan/Getty Images.

    Like the art school dropout you always had a crush on, Chalamet let his wavy bob go unbrushed for the CMBYN Paris premiere.

    Photo: Marc Piasecki/Getty Images.

    Found a brush! Just in time for the Academy Awards.

    Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.

    No one said that when the '90s came back, it wouldn't bring the infamous bowl cut with it. In fact, it seems Chalamet's French blood has him ahead of the curve: "Baby bowls " are trending in Paris right now.

    Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images.

    Luckily for his stans everywhere, he's able to make the awkward chop work.

    Photo: GP Images/Getty Images.

    Sorry, Joe Keery. Timmy still wins.

    Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images.

    The actor's hair reached new heights by the time he hit the premiere for Beautiful Boy — and we don't just mean the hair on his head. Hello, new mustache!

    Photo: Juan Naharro Gimenez/WireImage.

    Ah, the long hair is slowly making its return. Perhaps Chalamet felt inspired by Harry Styles...

    Photo: Matt Crossick/PA Images/Getty Images.

    Chalamet wowed everyone at the 22nd Annual Hollywood Film Awards in November with a short, brushed cut and deep side-part.

    Photo: Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images.

    Back in New York, Chalamet is getting back to his roots — literally. By the looks of it, the Golden Globe nominee is growing out his shaggy curls, and we're so happy.

    Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images.

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    Chances are you spend a lot of time talking to the girlfriends you wake up every morning for outfit advice, your mom who wakes you up before an early flight, the sisters you miss more than anything, or the partner you waited forever to find. But while the holidays are all about celebrating the special people in your life (a.k.a. all the women who keep you sane), figuring out what to get them isn't always easy.

    If you've got tons of names on your list, that's a lot of gifts to buy and not a lot of time to buy them. Thankfully, there's one place that has everything for the women you love this holiday season: Nordstrom. From cashmere lounge pants to boob-printed bath mats, we're betting our favorite one-stop-shop has a gift that everyone special in your life will adore.

    Hint: If you order by noon on December 18th, you'll not only get free delivery, but everything will arrive just in time for "Santa's" arrival.

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    There's nothing like a new floral fragrance to get you in the mood for spring.



    Gucci Bloom Eau de Parfum, $74, available at NordstromPhoto Courtesy of Nordstrom.

    What better time than now to finally get her the shoes she's been eyeing for months?



    Acne Studios Manhattan Sneaker, $500, available at NordstromPhoto Courtesy of Nordstrom.

    Fact: Every home could use more throw blankets.



    Dusen Dusen Stripe Throw Blanket, $180, available at NordstromPhoto Courtesy of Nordstrom.

    Now these are a guaranteed winner.



    Laura Lombardi Round Hoop Earrings, $98, available at NordstromPhoto Courtesy of Nordstrom.

    Everyone, and we mean everyone, should own a pair of these silk/cashmere lounge pants.



    Something Navy Easy Cashmere & Silk Pants, $185, available at NordstromPhoto Courtesy of Nordstrom.

    For whoever's been your rock this year and deserves something special.



    Yuzefi Delila Mini Bucket Bag, $525, available at NordstromPhoto Courtesy of Nordstrom.

    For the woman in your life who's just a teensy bit high strung — in a lovable way, of course.



    Serene House Ultrasonic Cool Mist Aromatherapy Diffuser, $39.99, available at NordstromPhoto Courtesy of Nordstrom.

    Find a woman who doesn't want to cuddle up in a fleece hoodie after a long day — we'll wait.



    Vince Cozy Hoodie, $285, available at NordstromPhoto Courtesy of Nordstrom.

    If you're not sure of her taste, this simple croc bag is a no-brainer.



    Topshop Demi Faux Leather Shoulder Bag, $48, available at TopshopPhoto Courtesy of Topshop.

    Treat her to something she might not treat herself to.



    La Mer The Mini Miracle Set, $95, available at NordstromPhoto Courtesy of Nordstrom.

    For your little sister, who somehow has become a semi-successful fitness influencer and loves #doingthings.



    Outdoor Voices 7/8 Springs Leggings, $85, available at NordstromPhoto Courtesy of Nordstrom.

    Give her the gift of luxury.



    Slip Slip For Beauty Sleep Collection, $119, available at NordstromPhoto Courtesy of Nordstrom.

    But if she's a little more bold, opt for the kermit green option.



    Topshop Meghan Puffer Jacket, $100, available at NordstromPhoto Courtesy of Nordstrom.

    For all those post-late night brunches you'll have together in the very near future.



    Quay Australia See Me Smile 50mm Cat Eye Sunglasses, $55, available at NordstromPhoto Courtesy of Nordstrom.

    For the mom of the group (or your real mom), who's always lugging around everyone's stuff.



    Mansur Gavriel Small Leather Tote, $525, available at NordstromPhoto Courtesy of Nordstrom.

    Get one for every woman in your life.



    Cold Picnic Boob Bathmat, $60, available at NordstromPhoto Courtesy of Nordstrom.

    Candles are the no-fail holiday gift we can always rely on.



    Diptyque Patchouli Scented Candle, $35, available at NordstromPhoto Courtesy of Nordstrom.

    For your workout partner, a.k.a. the only person who can get you up at 6:30 a.m. for hot yoga.



    Casetify Workout Grip iPhone X/Xs/Xs Max & XR Case, $36, available at NordstromPhoto Courtesy of Nordstrom.

    Recycle last night's Wine Wednesday leftovers by turning them into stripe-y flower vases for your BFF whose mission it is to save the earth.



    Verloop Knit Bottle Sleeve, $19, available at NordstromPhoto Courtesy of Nordstrom.

    This one goes out to all the music lovers, a.k.a. your girlfriends who always drag you to shows no matter how tired you are.



    UE Wonderboom Portable Waterproof Bluetooth® Speaker, $99.99, available at NordstromPhoto Courtesy of Nordstrom.

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

    Today: a video producer working in digital media who makes $57,000 per year and spends some of her money this week on cupcakes.

    Edit note: Some of the details of this diary have been removed to better protect the diarist's anonymity.

    Occupation: Video Producer
    Industry: Digital Media
    Age: 24
    Location: Philadelphia-Area, PA
    Salary: $57,000
    Paycheck Amount (2x/month): $1,782.58
    Pet Sitting Income: $150-$250/month

    Monthly Expenses
    Rent: $400 to my parents
    Student Loan Payment: $200
    Car Insurance: $120
    Car Payment: $0 (I purchased my car in cash.)
    Adobe Premiere/Photoshop: $21
    Phone: $50 (My mom pays the bill, but I contribute monthly.)
    Gym Membership: $10
    Savings: An average of $2,000 a month into my personal savings account, my 401(k), or my investment accounts
    Health Insurance: $0 (I'm on my parents' plan for one more year. My job doesn't offer benefit because I'm an independent contractor. *Cries*)

    Annual Expenses
    Amazon Prime: $119 (My parents pay for Netflix, my sister pays Hulu, and we share all three.)

    Day One

    10:30 a.m. — I wake up to the sound of an alarm, and as I roll over to hit my phone, I remember I never set one last night. The noise is coming from my dad's cell phone ringing downstairs. My dad and I both work from home; it's…interesting. I moved back home when I took my current job to save money, and it's getting old real fast. I throw on warmer clothes and grab my keys. The wind is whipping outside this morning, and I don't feel like walking the one block to my neighbor's house. In addition to my job, I pet sit on the side for about eight different families. This week I have to feed my neighbor's cat twice a day, and it brings me in an extra $100.

    11:45 a.m. — I get back home and open the fridge to look for breakfast. There's a tiny piece of my grandmother's spinach quiche left, so I warm that up and eat it as I watch the fall finale of This Is Us.

    12:30 p.m. — Every few months I like to pay off a bit more of my student loans. Today, I make an additional payment of $300. I could easily pay my student loans off in one go but...I'd rather not. $300

    2:30 p.m. — I try to do some work, but I can't unless my client responds back to me. I browse the internet as I wait for them. I get hungry and heat up leftovers from last night's dinner: baked chicken, rice, vegetables, and stuffing.

    6 p.m. — My entire day was spent in front of my computer doing work. I leave and head to my grandma's house with my dad, since my mom is working late. Every night at 6, we go to her house down the street for dinner. She's a fantastic cook. Afterwards, I head back to my neighbor's house to feed the cat. I don't go to the gym today because a two-hour episode of Survivor is on tonight. Some things are more important. I bake cookies and watch Survivor, then lay in my bed on my phone until 1 a.m. Oops!

    Daily Total: $300

    Day Two

    8 a.m. — I curse my body that it woke me up this early. I'm so tired that I have a headache. I lay in bed until 11, then get up and go feed the neighbor's cat. I'm starving, so I drive down the road to the grocery store to buy Smartfood popcorn, multigrain chips, a roll for my lunch, mozzarella cheese, chocolate-covered pretzels, muffins, and shaving cream. It comes to $21 exactly. By the time I get home, I'm not hungry anymore. $21

    2 p.m. — I finally get my appetite back and make a turkey sandwich with the roll I bought this morning and open up the bag of popcorn. I have to eat fast, though, because I have a work video chat at 2:30.

    5 p.m. — I head to Big Lots to get one of my bosses a twin mattress and box spring for a set she's building. It costs $212.61, but she Venmos me back immediately. I drive it over to her house and unload it into her basement for her.

    6:30 p.m. — I head to Sneaker King to pick up the Uggs I had on hold there for my mom's Christmas gift. She's always wanted a pair but won't get them for herself, and now that I'm making good money, I'll treat her. The store is having a 10% off sale, woohoo! $143.97

    7:30 p.m. — My dad brought me home spaghetti and meatballs from my grandma's tonight. I heat up a plate and eat it as we watch Jersey Shore, my dad's favorite show. Then I go to bed extremely late again, around 1:30.

    Daily Total: $164.97

    Day Three

    11:30 a.m. — I roll out of bed and immediately get dressed in my gym attire. First stop: feed the neighbor's cat. After hitting the gym for an hour, I go across the street to the grocery store to get two gallons of milk, mayo for my dad, and turkey. $12.60

    2 p.m. — I get home from the store and make my sandwich, pair it with some Smartfood popcorn (boy, that stuff is ADDICTING) and munch on it as I watch a rerun of Friends. After that, I hope in the shower.

    4 p.m. — I text my friend to see if she wants to get a drink tonight. She says she'll let me know, but that's always code for "no," so I don't get my hopes up.

    7 p.m. — My dad calls and asks me to make a reservation at a local pizza bar tonight for five: my mom, dad, cousin, cousin's mom, and me. Guess we're going out to eat tonight! We all order pizza and wine. My dad pays for everyone. I never hear from my friend about going out tonight, so I go to bed around 1:30.

    Daily Total: $12.60

    Day Four

    8:30 a.m. — I had to set my alarm this morning to get up early. I eat a muffin as I do my makeup and my dad yells at me to eat an egg instead. Shut up, dad. I leave at 10, feed the neighbor's cat, and head to a convenience store I've never been to before to pick up a package that was supposed to be delivered to the client I work for before heading to her house.

    11 a.m. — We all pile in the car and head to a local mall. She's having a meet-and-greet today and I'm helping film it for a video. Five-hundred fans show up, and she's happy she got to meet all of them in the short two-hour window. One guy even freaked out when he saw me; it was weird. During the meet-and-greet, she asks me to go grab her Dunkin'. I don't ask her to reimburse me because it's only $3.28. We leave the mall at 3:30 and head back. $3.28

    7 p.m. — I'm starving when I get home, and I don't want to wait for dinner, so I eat the rest of the Smartfood popcorn I have left. My friend tells me that Bath & Body Works is having a sale today where all three-wick candles are $8.95. I grab my keys and head to the mall.

    8:30 p.m. — The only candle left smells like Abercrombie cologne. I pass on the deal and browse American Eagle, where I run into an old schoolmate from elementary school. We catch up, and I buy a sweater and a scrunchie for 50% off. On my way home, I stop at the neighbor's to feed the cat for the last time this week. $28.34

    Daily Total: $31.62

    Day Five

    10:30 a.m. — I wake up and rush to get dressed. My dad and I go to church, and then we head to a local diner for brunch. I order a short stack of pancakes and home fries. Dad picks up the bill.

    1 p.m. — I get home and put in a load of laundry before spending a few hours deep-cleaning my bathroom and helping my dad move my grandma's mattress for her. Afterward, we go home and watch the Giants game. They win in overtime! Yeah, babyyyy!

    6:30 p.m. — My grandma and mom are gone all day, so my dad goes to the store and gets a pre-made chicken for us for dinner. We eat it with some veggies as we watch more football.

    8 p.m. — I browse Target online for wine stoppers, a gift idea for my dad this year. I see that they're having a special today of 10%-off gift cards, and you can even buy them online! I shop at Target all the time, and I figure that I might as well prepay to save some money. I purchase a $100 gift card for $90 and opt to send it to my phone. #TreatYoSelf. $90

    11 p.m. — I hop on the phone to help my coworker upload this week's video.

    Daily Total: $90

    Day Six

    10 a.m. — I wake up and do some more laundry, eat a muffin for breakfast again, and watch Life-Size 2.

    3 p.m. — I'm starting a new therapist today. I think mental health is important, and I feel no shame in going to one. It helps to have someone to talk to. She's very nice, and we set another appointment for two weeks from now. The sessions will cost me $70 each until I meet my deductible, and then they will be free! I truly dread the day I turn 26. $70

    5 p.m. — We premiere a new video. We're excited about this one, and it goes well!

    7 p.m. — My grandma isn't cooking tonight, so I make some pasta with Alfredo sauce and add the leftover chicken from last night. I was going to get takeout, but I figured I'd use up what we have already and save some money. After dinner, I have a call with one of the client and a discussion about the video we just uploaded. I spend the rest of the night in bed watching a movie.

    Daily Total: $70

    Day Seven

    10 a.m. — I wake up and don't even get out of bed until 11:30. We don't have anything for breakfast, so I just heat up leftover pasta from last night and eat it. I answer some emails and help coordinate some brand deals for the client. I have errands to run today for work, but I'm struggling to get myself going.

    2:30 p.m. — I finally leave the house and go to a local bakery to inquire about ordering cupcakes for an event this weekend. While there, I get two cupcakes to go for $5. I eat one in the car and save the other for later. $5

    3 p.m. — I then head to Target and stop for gas on the way. The pump won't take my card, so I have to go pre-pay inside. I put $20 worth in my tank. $20

    4 p.m. — At Target I get things I need for work: address labels, some Sharpies, cute stickers to seal envelopes with, and an extra cartridge of black ink. While at Target, I see that the TV show Black Mirror created a game based off of their episode “Nosedive.” It's my dad's favorite episode, and I think that the game could be a cute gift for Christmas. I also have a 10% off coupon for it, score! I pick up a toiletry item I also need and head to check out. Then I ring up the things I got for work and put them on the company Amex. Remember that gift card I bought the other day? Yeah. It doesn't work. So I put my purchase on my debit card and set a reminder to call customer service later tonight. $26.06

    6 p.m. — Dinner at Grandma's! She made my favorite: cornflake chicken with rice and veggies. I spend the rest of my night making the address labels for work and putting them on the cards to mail out. I finish around midnight and head to bed.

    Daily Total: $51.06

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    Exactly how did anyone do anything before Google? We've heard about the yellow pages, trips to the library, phoning a friend — but how did anyone ever find the time? And what did you do about a question you were too embarrassed to ask someone? Just never ask it? Luckily, we don't know these woes anymore because magical Google will answer anything for us, with absolutely no judgement (though we can't say the same for the targeted ads that may follow).

    So what beauty questions did we collectively ask Google the most this year? Among them: how to apply magnetic lashes, the secret to drawing a cat eye, and the best products for removing makeup besides makeup wipes. The only hitch? Not every immediate result is as straightforward as the question posed.

    So with the help of people who are truly in the know — makeup artists, drag queens, editors, and more — we're providing 10 no-b.s. answers to your most frequently-typed queries, ahead.

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    How To Apply Magnetic Lashes

    What Google Will Tell You: Apply a coat of mascara, snap the magnetic lashes in place, and magic: LASHES!

    What We Say: There's a reason "how to apply magnetic lashes " was the top-searched beauty question of 2018, because it is not nearly as easy as the internet would have you believe. Though the top result promises lashes in just four steps, it took us 32 tries spaced over multiple sessions to get those falsies to align with our natural lashes. And guess what? It still didn't work out for us. Our suggestion? Google "guided meditation for patience" when taking on this challenge.



    Eylure Magnetic Lashes - Opulent Accent, $14.99, available at Target

    What Is A Lash Lift?

    What Google Will Tell You: A keratin treatment done on natural lashes that stokes volume, curl, and length.

    What We Say: The algorithm's textbook answer isn't wrong, but once you get into the fine print of a lash lift, a few important details reveal themselves: According to the pros we consulted, a mixture of curled and straight lashes can grow in about two to four weeks after the treatment. But that didn't stop our editor from raving about the treatment, which rendered her eyelash curler useless. If the wonky grow-out factor turns you off, go for a lifting and curling mascara like this one.



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

    How To Remove Individual Eyelashes

    What Google Will Tell You: Pour an oil-based makeup-remover on a cotton ball to wrestle lashes free.

    What We Say: Sure, that will work. But not if you want to use those fake lashes again. "An oil-based remover will warp the lash,” explains makeup artist Jamie Greenberg, whose clients include Rashida Jones and Busy Phillips. “It can also leave a residue on the lash that might interfere with the tackiness of the glue or cause your makeup to run when you wear them next.” Her fix? This gentle water-based cleanser, which feels like nothing but gets the job done.



    Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water, $46, available at DermStore

    What Hair Color Looks Best On Me?

    What Google Will Tell You: The best hair color for you is only the one that very specifically matches the undertones in your skin and doesn't fall within two to three shades of your natural hair color.

    What We We Say: The best hair color for you is the one you love, makes you feel like Superwoman, and won't send your hair to shit. Our motto? Do whatever the hell you want — and let Olaplex handle the rest.



    Olaplex Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3, $28, available at Sephora

    How To Do A Cat Eye

    What Google Will Tell You: Gather an eyeliner, business card, cotton buds, scotch tape, and one hand of a surgeon — then say a little prayer while you follow eight or more steps. You know, the stuff of a regular Tuesday morning.

    What We Say: Skip all that and try this handy tool instead. You simply coat the triangular tip with your favorite gel eyeliner before stamping it into your lash line as the name suggests. Even our least-coordinated testers got an even cat-eye every time.



    The Vamp Stamp Vixen Wing Eyeliner Stamp, $19, available at Bloomingdale's

    How To Take Off Makeup Without Makeup Wipes

    What Google Will Tell You: Pour makeup remover or some variation of oil onto cotton rounds, which is essentially almost the same thing as using a makeup wipe. Hey computer: We love you — but thank, u next!

    What We Say: First of all, we're so happy you googled this, because we've long preached that makeup wipes are the devil (for your skin and the environment). Instead, smooth an oil-based cleanser over your dry skin, allowing it to melt before activating with warm water and wiping it off with a fresh towel. Unlike search results, this specific formula has never led us astray.



    Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil, $28, available at Sephora

    How To Apply Aloe Vera

    What Google Will Tell You: Wash your hands. Slice an outer leaf from an aloe plant you managed to source. Drain the resin, peel the leaves... this is exhausting. Never mind, world, we'll just let our sunburn peel.

    What We Say: Wash your hands. Smooth this unadulterated, alcohol-free aloe vera gel (which our pros swear by for soothing ingrown hairs) over the affected area. Take a nap.



    Epicuren Discovery Aloe Vera Calming Gel, $25, available at Amazon

    How To Glue Down Eyebrows

    What Google Will Tell You: Google, and every drag queen worth her salt, will suggest a 5-step process of Elmer's Glue Sticks, spoolies, and lots of powder.

    What We Say: Who are we to argue with a drag queen? BUT, if the thought of applying real glue to your skin scares you (and your easily clogged pores), it's not the only option out there. Other pro drag queens swear by this lesser-known, cosmetic-grade adhesive to get the job done. It takes time and practice — not to mention, a specific remover sold separately — but is well worth it for spectacular arches.



    Pros-Aide Cream Adhesive, $4.9, available at Camera Ready Cosmetics

    How To Fix Cakey Makeup

    What Google Will Tell You: Asking Google this question is like asking your family who makes the best potato salad. So many takes and yet, no right answer.

    What We Say: Our go-to solution comes from makeup artist Ricky Wilson, who covers half of the face with a tissue, then traces over it in swirling motions with a Kabuki brush. "That way, you take off some of the foundation, but you haven't wiped it off and [your base] won't be red or uneven," Wilson says. Repeat on the other half of your face, and boom! It's as if you never overdid anything in your life.



    Sigma Beauty Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki Brush, $25, available at Sigma Beauty

    What Concealer To Use

    What Google Will Tell You: Here's 69 million or so options to consider.

    What We Say: This is the one you should actually get. We tested it against every other 2018 concealer launch, and it came out victorious.



    Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra Longwear Concealer, $28, available at Laura Mercier

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    When you're sitting at brunch and your best friend starts gushing about the mascara she's obsessed with — you know, the one you've never heard of — what's the first thing you do? For most of us, as if by Pavlovian response, we instantly grab for our phone, open Google, and asking her to repeat the brand name so we can type it into the big, white search bar.

    Now imagine if you could compile all that data, from you and everyone else this year, to find out the most buzzed-about beauty brands of 2018. Well, you're in luck, because Google just revealed its annual Year In Search, including the 10 brands that won the algorithm's popularity contest over the last 12 months.

    Check out Google's top-searched beauty brands, the real reason we were Googling them like crazy this year, and the one product worth buying from each line, ahead.

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    #10: Lilly Lashes

    With all the buzz around eyelash extensionsare they worth it or a waste of money? — everyone was on the hunt for the best false strips that didn't require mascara or a three-hour gluing treatment. And that search overwhelmingly led them to Lilly's, the lashes favored by many of our editors and one Kylie Jenner.



    Lilly Lashes Mykonos, $12.99, available at Lilly Lashes

    #9: Anastasia Beverly Hills

    We already knew ABH (Anastasia Beverly Hills) was the brand to look to for killer brow products, but this year its authority extended to the rest of our faces, too. With gorgeous color cosmetics launches — that took the form of palettes, loose glitters, and glosses — we stashed our entire makeup bags with the label in 2018.



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

    #8: Shiseido

    This year, Shiseido underwent a huge global brand revamp, which included a rollout of all new makeup in sleek black packaging. Among the best products that emerged from the legacy brand's makeover? These square-tipped lipsticks that are creamy, longwearing, and hug every curve.



    Shiseido ModernMatte Powder Lipstick, $26, available at Shiseido

    #7: L'Oréal

    Unsurprisingly, a mass beauty brand would make the Google top 10 search list. Not only does L'Oréal have its own label we all love (and can afford), but the parent company also owns countless other big-name brands, including Garnier, Essie, and NYX. This affordable mascara, which creates full feathery lashes, tops our Amazon shopping list.



    L'Oréal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara, $6.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    #6: Milk Makeup

    We were just starting to buzz about Milk Makeup last year — when the brand landed the #5 spot on the Google trend report — and the intrigue continued strong into 2018. Between the just-launched CBD-infused lip balm and these cooling water primers, we will probably forever be obsessed.



    Milk Makeup Cooling Water, $24, available at Milk Makeup

    #5: Pat McGrath

    There's luxury makeup, and then there's Pat McGrath Labs. We're not surprised that everyone wanted to get their hands on the cremé de la cremé of cosmetics — if not for the cult-followed Mattetrance lipstick, then for confetti-filled bags they're packaged in.



    Pat McGrath MatteTrance™ Lipstick, $38, available at Sephora

    #4: Thrive Causemetics

    Thrive Causemetics is on a mission to change the way that beauty products are produced — which earned it a R29 Beauty Innovator Award this year. Every Thrive product is vegan, cruelty-free, sulfate- and paraben-free, and is formulated in a small-scale lab in Los Angeles.

    Even better, every purchase of a Thrive product delivers funds, products, and/or services to charitable causes. Just recently, the brand donated $250,000 to help those affected by the California wildfires.



    Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara, $24, available at Thrive Causemetics

    #3: Makeup Revolution

    Big in the world of YouTube vloggers, Makeup Revolution is a London-based beauty company that formulates a full range of affordable color cosmetics — from pigmented eyeshadow palettes to this cult mattifying banana powder — designed to have crazy staying powder.



    Makeup Revolution Luxury Banana Baking Powder, $8, available at Ulta Beauty

    #2: Charlotte Tilbury

    This past September, the London-based beauty brand — long beloved by celebs and models in the UK— landed in all Sephora stores in the U.S., making it easier than ever for American shoppers to stockpile Pillowtalk everything. Lending the brand even more buzz as of late, Charlotte Tilbury was the official makeup sponsor of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, which felt like a match made in smoky-eye heaven.

    #1: Beautycounter

    The cosmetics company at the very top of the Google's search results this year? It's... drum roll, please... Beautycounter. With a straightforward mission of delivering safe, non-toxic, and effective products, it's clear shoppers are trending toward cleaner and more transparent options. Not only does the company ban the use of 1,500-plus contested chemicals in its own lineup — like this award-winning mineral mist sunscreen — it's also actively lobbying for change across the industry.



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    From keto to carnivore, fasting to FODMAP, trying to decode what a fad diet really entails is next to impossible. So, when you hear about a trendy new diet, your instinct might be to throw some terms into Google — even though you know you should probably talk to your own doctor or a registered dietitian to figure out if it's right for you.

    Today, Google announced its Year In Search, which includes the most-googled diets of the year. Some of these diets are ones you've definitely heard of before, while others are pretty whacky.

    The bottom line to keep in mind is that any structured eating plan or "healthy eating plan" that puts excess stress on daily food choices or demonizes whole food groups is a diet, and can fall into the disordered eating realm. And more importantly, most diets don't work, meaning they don't lead to sustained weight loss. Instead, they tend to do more harm than good, and perpetuate the idea that in order to be healthy you also have to be thin.

    At a time when Instagram bloggers are doling out nutrition plans, and Whole30 is ubiquitous, many of us are just trying to make informed decisions about our health. Given that, here we've broken the most popular diets of the year down from least to most popular to exactly what you need to know — and everything you don't.

    The Shepherd's Diet

    If you thought the Paleo diet was wildly restrictive and outdated, wait til you hear about the Shepherd's Diet. Created by author Kristina Wilds, The Shepherd's Diet is a "biblically-inspired" program that uses "God's guidelines" to determine what to eat. Surprisingly, this diet entails more than just loaves of bread and fish, and is apparently a high-fat low-carbohydrate plan. It's unclear if this is actually a real thing, but most Amazon reviewers seem vehemently skeptical about it.

    illustrated by Tristan Offit.

    FODMAP diet

    Like many fad diets, the FODMAP diet began as something that dietitians suggested in a clinical setting for patients with irritable bowel syndrome. FODMAP stands for: fermentable, oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols. Basically, foods that contain these specific carbohydrates (including broccoli, milk, mangoes, and apples) tend to draw more water into the intestines, which can lead to increased gassiness, bloating, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. If you're sensitive to FODMAPs, reducing your consumption (with the help of a registered dietitian) could relieve these uncomfortable symptoms.

    illustrated by Tristan Offit.

    Fasting diet

    Intermittent fasting, the idea that you should fast for set periods of time was hugely popular this year, because a few small animal studies suggest it could slow aging, reduce inflammation, and lower your risk of heart disease. But promising research aside, there's no telling what impact this approach would have on people's relationship to food long-term. For this reason, many registered dietitians are not sold on fasting. "I would not recommend this approach to my clients as I don't think it's sustainable for the long term," Kelly Pritchett, PhD, RD, CSSD, assistant professor in nutrition and exercise science at Central Washington University told Refinery29. "You have to ask yourself: Do I want to follow this plan for the rest of my life? If the answer is no, then it's not a sustainable approach to weight loss or healthy eating."

    illustrated by Tristan Offit.

    Dr. Gundry diet

    Steven Gundry, MD, is a cardiologist and heart surgeon who is known for his celebrity-endorsed diet, called The Plant Paradox. This controversial diet entails removing lectins — proteins found in beans, nightshades, eggs, and grains — from your diet in order to combat immune system issues. But, the thing is, there's little to no evidence that eating lectins will harm humans. Oh, and Dr. Gundry is also a contributor for goop. Go figure.

    illustrated by Tristan Offit.

    Optavia diet

    Optavia is a classic mail-in prepared foods diet program, that specializes in sending you several small meals to eat throughout the day in order to lose weight. (The "Cake Boss" apparently lost a lot of weight using this program.) The kits cost between $392 and $446, depending on the length of time, and users also get connected with a "coach." While some people might find this delivery concept convenient, food is more than just nutrients — it's an experience that's supposed to be enjoyed. Research has shown that when you eat food that you enjoy, your body absorbs the nutrients better. And it's just hard to believe that sticking to a rigid prepared food diet could be enjoyable.

    illustrated by Tristan Offit.

    Mediterranean diet

    People have been hyping the Mediterranean diet for many years now, because it emphasizes eating plant-based foods, healthy fats, fish and poultry, nuts, olive oil, and whole grains. Studies suggest that a Mediterranean diet can lower people's risk of heart disease, which is one reason why it's so popular. The Mediterranean diet also encourages drinking a moderate amount of wine, so there's that, too.

    illustrated by Tristan Offit.

    Carnivore diet

    Why would anyone go on an all-meat, all-animal products diet? Great question. Some proponents of the "carnivore diet" (like psychologist Jordan Peterson) claim that it can cure serious health issues like arthritis and even depression. Strangely specific anecdotal evidence aside, there's no scientific proof that consuming only meat will be good for your health. Following any restrictive eating plan that only allows you to eat one food is not sustainable long-term.

    illustrated by Tristan Offit.

    Noom diet

    Once dubbed "Weight Watchers for millennials," Noom is a weight-loss app that's supposed to help you establish healthy habits through a "proven psychology-based approach." In addition to tracking your meals, exercise, and blood pressure, you also have to take quizzes on a variety of health and nutrition-related topics and connect with a health coach about your goals. While a "millennial-approved" app sounds like catnip for most people, it is definitely not for everyone.

    illustrated by Tristan Offit.

    Dubrow diet

    In October, former Real Housewives of Orange County star Heather Dubrow and her husband, plastic surgeon and Botched host Terry Dubrow, created their own diet called The Dubrow Diet — because why not!? It's basically a twist on intermittent fasting, which they're calling, "interval eating." Dr. Dubrow told Bravo that this is "not a fad," and "not even a diet," but it sure seems exactly like one.

    illustrated by Tristan Offit.

    Keto diet

    Ah, yes. The ketogenic diet was the most-googled diet of 2018, which is incredibly ironic considering it was originally invented in the 1920s as a way to prevent seizures in epileptic patients. The whole crux of the keto diet is eliminating carbs so that the body goes into a state of ketosis, Melissa Matteo, MS, RD, LD, CDE, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at Cleveland Clinic, told Refinery29. "In the state of ketosis, your body is burning its stored fat as a source of fuel, and it's only going to do this in the absence of carbs," Matteo said. Although tons of celebrities — from Kourtney Kardashian to Vinny Guaganino — adhere to this diet, it's extremely restrictive (you're mainly eating protein, fat, and non-starchy vegetables) and should only be done under medical supervision.

    illustrated by Tristan Offit.

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    It's official: Fashion Nova is the most popular fashion brand. Just ask Google, which released its 2018 Year in Search findings on Wednesday – revealing, among many other categories, the most-searched fashion brands of the year. While the usual suspects are listed — Louis Vuitton, Versace, Givenchy, Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana, Fashionphile, Dior, and Moschino — it's Cardi B's favorite fast-fashion retailer (rap that three times fast!) that claims the number one spot.

    This means that one of the year's most successful clothing brand did it all without an expensive, celebrity-filled campaign or spread in a leading fashion magazine. In July, InfluencerDB — a marketing software company that highlights the best performing brands and influencer marketing campaigns on Instagram — found that Fashion Nova engaged with more social media users than such competitors as Zara and H&M. The secret to the brand's success lies in working with influencers to conquer the market. And Fashion Nova works with women who look like its target customers – more often than not women of color, like Cardi B herself.

    The "Bodak Yellow" rapper has waxed poetic about her love for Fashion Nova over the past few years. Who could forget when she summed up her love for the brand on Instagram, saying: “Still on a budget hoe!!! I could never stop wearing my @fashionnova! Ima wear it till the day I die!!!” Cardi has kept her word, wearing the brand repeatedly on the 'gram, strategically placing product in her music videos, and shouting out Fashion Nova on her long-awaited debut album. It's no wonder her clothing line sold out in record time.

    For Richard Saghian, the company's notoriously private CEO, Fashion Nova is the house that Instagram built. One major secret to his brand's success? The retailer produces clothing faster than Zara.

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    In the days leading up to the Royal Wedding back in May, Meghan Markle completely dominated the global news cycle: Would her father walk her down the aisle? Would she be able to call herself a princess? What did she think of her maybe-racist future in-laws? And everyone wanted to know: what she was going to wear on her Big Day?

    Seven months later, the newest addition to the royal family has remained a breath of fresh air. The Duchess of Sussex is someone who isn’t afraid to literally wear the pants; both her persona and style bring a certain excitement reminiscent of her late mother-in-law Princess Diana. It's a fascination that's led the media (us included!) to cover her every messy bun, deleted social media account, and J.Crew purchase. Turns out, we weren't alone.

    On Wednesday, Google released its 2018 Year in Search, research determining the most-searched terms of the year, and Prince Harry's beloved places high on multiple lists. She's ranked number five on the list of most-searched fashion terms — which also includes 1980s fashion (number one), grunge style (number two), 1990s fashion (number three), 2000s fashion (number 4), men's fashion (number six), Harajuku fashion (number seven), Hipster style (number eight) and her sister-in-law Kate Middleton (number nine). Markle's wedding was the number one search in the 'Weddings' category, naturally. As for the most Googled person of 2018, Markle lands at number two, behind Demi Lovato, but above such talked-about celebrities as Ariana Grande (number eight) and Cardi B (number ten).

    Interest in the now-expectant Duchess began to spike in May 2017, when photos of her dating Prince Harry began to circulate. Everyone’s hunch about the romance was confirmed when Kensington Palace issued a rare official statement about the harassment Markle and her family were facing from the public. (Racist trolls have cruelly targeted the American-born actress, who is biracial and divorced.) Now, a year and a half later, Kensington Palace, for the first time ever, issues “operational notes” with Markle’s fashion credits.

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    Google isn't just a search engine, it's our best — and fastest — sous chef. "Google, how do I make a quick meatloaf?" we've asked it, while our kitchen countertops are covered in ingredients and guests are expected to arrive in 20 minutes. And as it turns out, we're not the only ones who hit up the Google machine when we're drawing a massive cooking blank.

    The search engine giant just released its annual list of the most-Googled everything for 2018, and this year, the recipes are full of the kind of home-cooked meals that we remember from our youth. Pork chops, beef stroganoff, and lasagna — and more dinner classics, plus a least one very outside-the-box recipe request from Googlers. Check out the list, ahead, and get inspired to pull out your cast-iron skillet.

    1. Pecan Pie

    Pecan pie topped the list, and for good reason: this classic dessert hits the perfect note between savory and sweet, and always looks delectable in photos.

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    2. Hummingbird Feed

    #2 on the list is for the birds — literally. Web users wondered how to DIY feed for the tiny hummingbirds in their gardens.

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    3. Meatloaf

    It's a classic for a reason. Meatloaf is easy to make, but can be cooked a million different ways. Master a basic meatloaf recipe, and you'll be able to spice it up any way you like.

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    4. Beef Stroganoff

    Beef Stroganoff may be the ultimate family dinner. It's quick, it's tasty, and a surefire crowd pleaser.

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    5. Pork Chops

    Marinate pork chops in a plastic bag for a couple hours, halve some fingerling potatoes, throw it all in a pan, and you've got yourself an A+ dinner.

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    6. Chicken Parmesan

    Another dinner classic, the humble Chicken Parmesan appeals to our inner Midwesterner. Skip the oil fry, and try baking it in a cast-iron skillet for two.

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    7. Scalloped Potatoes

    We admit to being part of the masses that Googled how to make scalloped potatoes this year. One day we'll learn how to make it just like our mom, but in the meanwhile, check out this delicious version.

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    8. Lasagna

    Not surprisingly, lasagna makes the list. With the myriad of meat and veggie stuffing options for this dish, Googlers looked for the perfect recipe for their dinner night. Feel free to invite us over if you make this recipe for turkey, spinach, and mushroom lasagna.

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    9. Brussel Sprouts

    Our go-to veggie side dish has lots of fans on Google, coming in at #9 on the list. Try lightly frying them on a grill, and topping them with minced garlic and bacon bits.

    Recipe: Crispy Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Garlic

    10. Snickerdoodle Cookies

    Google bakers with a sweet tooth looked up Snickerdoodle cookie recipes in 2018. This recipe guarantees cookies that are soft, chewy, and flavorful.

    Recipe: Soft and Thick Snickerdoodle Cookies

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    Think about all the times you unlocked your phone to ask Google a question this year: When does Crazy Rich Asians release in theaters? How old is Noah Centineo? Where is the nearest bar? Those were just a few generic things we typed into the search bar this year, but Google is also our favorite know-it-all when it comes to specific beauty questions.

    The Internet powerhouse just released its 2018 Year in Search, and when it comes to beauty-related inquiries, people were obsessed with one thing: lashes. The most-searched beauty question of the year: How do you apply magnetic lashes?

    Over the last two years, magnetic lashes have been popping up in department stores and drugstores, promising easy application and removal. This innovative lash format uses a sandwiching technique: One strip goes under the natural lashes, and a second fits along the top of lashes. The tiny magnets at the base of each strip help them snap together when they are aligned at the lashline. And to remove them, you just pull the false lashes apart — no oil cleansers or wipes required. They're reusable, don't require any messy glue, and are budget-friendly (at around $7 a pair), so it's easy to see why they are so popular. But as great as they sound — because saving time and money is always glorious — we had one more burning question to ask Google: Is using magnets that close to your eyes safe?

    The quick and dirty answer: Magnetic lashes are totally fine to use. "It is relatively safe to use magnetic lashes since the amount of electromagnetic frequency emitted from the false eyelashes is low," says Jennifer Tsai, OD, a New York-based optometrist who specializes in eye health and vision care.

    "I’ve seen more harm done with lash extensions and glue-on​s... It's best to stick with magnetic lashes or mascara."

    In fact, both eye doctors we talked to prefer magnetic lashes over other enhancements, like eyelash extensions and classic falsies with glue. "Magnetic lashes are easily removable, it's not a prescription medication like Latisse, and there seems to be significantly less lash loss than when you use glue application," says Veronica Ruelas, OD, optometrist and founder of the ThirdEyeVision Foundation. Dr. Tsai agrees, "I’ve seen more harm done with lash extensions and glue-ons — like styes, allergic blepharitis, keratoconjunctivitis, and conjunctival erosion. From what I’ve seen in my exam room over the years, it’s best to stick with magnetic lashes or mascara."

    But while these lashes don't affect your vision negatively, it is still important to watch how often you're applying them, says Dr. Tsai. "The biggest concern with magnetic eyelashes is traction alopecia, where your natural lashes fall out as a result of the constant weight from the magnetic lashes," she tells Refinery29. Overall, Dr. Tsai recommends only turning to lash enhancements, including magnetic ones, for special occasions.

    You also want to make sure you're applying them correctly. (From our experience, magnetic lashes can be a tad difficult to apply, so you'll need practice.) "It is possible to develop corneal abrasions and infections if the magnet or a piece of eyelash comes into contact and injures the cornea," says Tsai. You also want to choose the brand wisely if you have allergies or skin sensitivities. Dr. Tsai recommends Ardell because the brand uses 100% human hair. Removal is also an important step. "Make sure to prevent yanking the magnetic lashes off by gently lifting the top lash up and the bottom lash down."

    Don't let that middle-school science lesson about magnetic fields keep you from this makeup trend, because magnetic lashes are actually the best option for making your lashes pop — at least according to eye doctors. Join the tons of people searching for this beauty trend, get yourself a set, and debut them at your New Year's Eve party. New year, new lashes, who dis?

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