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    By now, we've hopefully all learned that bigger doesn't always mean better. Not every holiday gift has to be a flashy ordeal dressed in diamonds or a big box. But we're also debunking the stigma that small gifts (commonly referred to as stocking stuffers) don't pack a meaningful punch. While human nature may have us gravitating towards the largest package under the tree, it's the actual gift that matters most.

    Which is why we set out to find gifts that impress regardless of their small size. From practical gifts to unique finds, the 25 picks ahead will let your giftee know you how much you genuinely appreciate them, all while fitting into the smallest bag you have on hand.

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

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    We obsessed over a lot of music in 2018. We couldn't get enough of Ariana Grande. We spent a solid news cycle dissecting "This Is America." Some of you are probably still trying to get through the entire Migos double album. We even found our favorite Margaret Atwood quote of all time in the chorus to an indie rock gem.

    2018 was a great year for the kind of songs you never, ever get tired of. There were bops, there were jams, and of course there was Cardi B. There can never be enough Cardi B.

    Ariana Grande "Thank U, Next"

    Never has a song come at a more perfect moment: right in the middle of our national obsession with Ari and just after the break-up of her bonkers, rollercoaster relationship with Pete Davidson. And it's good. So good.

    King Princess "1950"

    Every aspect of the music in this song screams classic pop hit. It's possibly the best debut track from a new artist of the decade.

    Ashley Monroe "Hands on You"

    If this track isn't on your makeout playlist, you need to add it. Now.

    Troye Sivan "Bloom"

    Sivan's sing-along song about first love (and first sex) is the relationship theme of 2018.

    I'm With Her "Game to Lose"

    Folk music didn't die in the '60s, and the bluegrass super trio I'm With Her make it sound more vibrantly alive than ever.

    Ella Mai "Trip"

    It might have been the year of "Boo'd Up," but Mai's "Trip" is not a track you want to sleep on.

    Nicki Minaj feat. Ariana Grande "Bed"

    Minaj turns in an all-time great single with her "Side to Side" bestie, Grande.

    Kendrick Lamar & SZA "All the Stars"

    Not only was Black Panther the movie a phenomenon, but its amazing soundtrack helmed by Lamar was pure genius. This track with 2017 fave SZA is a must-have.

    Soccer Mommy "Your Dog"

    Impressive indie rock newcomer Soccer Mommy (a.k.a. Sophie Allison, 20) tackles the timely subject of #MeToo in this track, which manages to get at that anger under the surface for so many women.

    Cardi B feat. Bad Bunny & J. Blavin "I Like It"

    There was a reason you couldn't go anywhere without hearing this song all summer: it's the best.

    Courtney Barnett "Nameless, Faceless"

    Courtney Barnett impressed on her sophomore solo album, but this track that includes the famous line from Margaret Atwood is the one that will burn into your brain.

    Hozier "Movement"

    There's something so haunting about Hozier's songs. While this was a late-in-the-year entry, it's one you'll be hearing a lot throughout 2019.

    Shawn Mendes "Lost in Japan"

    Mendes makes good on his grand pop future with this excellent bop.

    Mariah Carey "A No No"

    Did you hear the lady? She said no.

    Childish Gambino "This Is America"

    Everyone was buzzing about the unforgettable video for "This Is America" when it dropped. Sonically speaking, it's one of the most impenetrable, but memorable, songs of the year.

    Leon Bridges "Beyond"

    Sway with us as you enjoy this jam.

    Juice WRLD "Lucid Dreams"

    Everything sadcore Soundcloud rap wants to be was put into a digestible package for the mainstream in this chart-busting song.

    Khalid & Normani "Love Lies"

    Heartbreak? It's all over this gorgeous duet.

    Migos "Stir Fry"

    Migos have a recipe, and they're always tweaking and and improving it. The flavor may be the same in "Stir Fry," but it's the biggest musical outlier on Culture II and worth remembering.

    Billie Eilish feat. Khalid "lovely"

    This was Eilish's year, all you did was live in it.

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    Aside from the awkward family debates dripping in political tension at the dinner table, there are plenty of things to enjoy this month, like cozy candles, festive cocktails, and Netflix finally dropping the sequel to A Christmas Prince. But even better than all that: it's gift set season at Sephora.

    During the holiday season, retailers roll out a ton of new gift sets that include three, four, even five products inside that make paying the higher price tag totally worth it. Even better, sometimes the sets are discounted so, essentially, you're getting some products for free. Sure, the products are a smaller, TSA-friendly size, but when it comes to the jet-setters or commitment-phobes in your life, they'll never have a shortage of product options to choose from.

    Ahead, 12 beauty gift sets that'll satisfy everyone on your list this year.

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

    If She Can't Live Without A Weekly Blowout...

    Considering the fact that a Dyson Supersonic Hair Dyer is $400 by itself, these four Ouai styling products — including one full-size Leave-in Conditioner, a travel-size Rose Hair & Body Oil, Memory Mist, and Texturizing Hairspray — are essentially free. And if anything will make blowdrying her hair at home easier than hiring someone else to do it, it's this high-tech gadget.

    Dyson Blown-A-OUAI Noir Set, $399, available at Sephora

    When Her Skin Is More Temperamental Than Mother Nature

    When a little goes a long way, a six-piece mask set from Peter Thomas Roth basically pays for itself. The best part? Every mask targets a different skin woe, from congested pores to dehydration and everything in between. We dare you to find one bad review — go ahead, try.

    Peter Thomas Roth Mask Frenzy, $75, available at Sephora

    For The Friend Who Still Calls Marilyn Monroe Her Idol

    Exactly what every beauty novice in your life will appreciate: three lipsticks straight from the Queen of Beauty, Pat McGrath. It's no surprise it's already selling out.

    Pat McGrath LUST: Mini MatteTrance™ Lipstick Trio, $25, available at Sephora

    When Your Makeup Artist Pal Just Went Freelance

    Most people might find it hard to justify spending $65 on four brightly-colored sponges, but if you're as loyal to the Beautyblender as most celebrity pros are, you'll know this is a downright bargain. Add in the four brush cleansing soaps (that look like candy to boot), and you've got the gift every makeup lover will beg for.

    Beautyblender Sweet Indulgence Set, $65, available at Sephora

    For The Friend Who Loves Glossier, But Has An Edge

    If Glossier is the friend that's dressed head-to-toe in millennial pink, then Milk Makeup is the one in a vintage leather jacket who owns a G Pen. It's no wonder the latter has no time for fussy beauty products, which is exactly why this entire gift set is made up of two must-have, stick beauty products: the Mini Cooling Water and Mini Blur Stick.

    Milk Makeup The 'Rents Stick Duo, $20, available at Sephora

    When She Can't Stop Talking About Her Trip To Seoul...

    Although there are plenty of Korean-inspired beauty brands out there, Dr. Jart's is perhaps the most scientific. In other words, this stuff works and looks cute, too. This holiday skin-care set includes soothing, hydrating, and concealing heroes heavy enough for winter. And you can put your next trip to South Korea on hold because it's available at your local Sephora.

    Dr. Jart+ Cicapair™ Friends Skin Soothers, $36, available at Sephora

    If The Party Doesn't End After The Clock Strikes 12:00

    There's no quicker way to add some sparkle to a look than dragging one of these liquid eyeshadows across your lids. Even better, it lasts way longer than the open bar on New Year's Eve, so your bestie can bar hop her way into January.

    Stila 3D Dazzle Mini Glitter & Glow Liquid Shadow Set, $17, available at Sephora

    When She Wants The Joanna Vargas Facial, But Lives In The Middle Of Nowhere

    Being addicted to skin care can be tough when the best facial in town is at the local nail salon in a room that's really just a table and a curtain. Yes, $325 is a lot, but considering the fact that this micro-current tool lasts years and is the at-home version of a celeb-approved treatment, it's totally priceless.

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

    For The "Candle Vlogger" Who Learned Nothing From Scream Queens

    A 12-piece candle set means at least two candles for every room in the house. In other words, she'll never have to smell her roommate heating up her leftovers.

    Voluspa Japonica Archive set, $75, available at Sephora

    When She Still Makes Facebook Photo Albums For Every Time You Hang Out

    The whole basis of Maison Margiela's Replica fragrance line is that every scent evokes one specific memory that's both rich in scent and price. One smells like the beach, another like your cotton sheets on a Sunday morning, and another transports you straight to an outdoor flower market in Europe. Sure, it won't send your friend straight to the chemistry lab in high school or the football field in college, but they're memories all the same.

    Maison Margiela Replica Vault Set, $490, available at Sephora

    When You Welcome Her To The Adult Acne Club

    Sometimes, friends love sharing their breakouts via Snapchat. Welcome her to the pimple-popping club with this skin-care set that includes foolproof products like daily peel pads for dull texture and an AHA cleanser that vacuums everything out of pores.

    Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Dew Holiday Right, $60, available at Sephora

    For The Girl Who Wants Kardashian-Level Brows
    Make your best friend's life easier by gifting her this complete set of eyebrow must-haves, including pomade, powder, and pencil in a variety of shades.

    Benefit Cosmetics Bomb Ass Brows! By Desi Perkins Set, $59, available at Sephora

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    It's mid-December and you still haven't checked off over half of your gift-giving list. Sure, you tried taking advantage of all the Black Friday sales, but 90% of your cart never made it to checkout. If this sounds familiar, welcome to the procrastinators club. Some perks of membership? 2 a.m. mindless scrolls through "sale" sections, finding out everything you wanted is now sold out when you finally go to buy it, and anxiety-induced impulse purchases of the least thoughtful of presents: gift cards.

    Just because you missed out on said deals, though, doesn't mean there aren't deals to be had — especially if your giftee is as beauty-obsessed as we are. Enter: Eight gift sets at Ulta Beauty that'll make you want to opt in to a festive primer trio or a "library" of lipsticks and opt out of a 2'' x 4'' piece of plastic. Oh, and did we mention they all ring in at under $30? Yeah, that too.

    Have your cake and eat it too with tiny, bite-sized versions of some of our favorites from Benefit Cosmetics — from its classic primer to the can't-live-without Gimme Brow.

    Benefit Cosmetics Confection Cuties Limited-Edition Value Set, $19.00, available at Ulta Beaut y.

    These full-size lipsticks are perfect to split up amongst your #squad — or keep them all for yourself for the sake of self-care. We promise not to judge if you do the latter.

    Ulta Beauty Collection Lipstick Library, $16.00, available at Ulta Beauty.

    For the friend who refuses to leave the house without her signature cat-eye on (we all know the type), this gift set features a full-size volumizing mascara, liquid liner, and travel-sized pencil liner — all housed in a sparkly clutch. You know, just in case she needs to craft her look on the go.

    It Cosmetics Superhero Lash & Liner Superpowers! Eye Trio, $29.00, available at Ulta Beauty.

    This concealer has amassed a cult-like following, and for good reason. You'll surely be a convert, too — especially now that it comes with a tiny sponge applicator that can get to those hard-to-reach places.

    Tarte Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Concealer & Sponge Set, $29.00, available at Ulta Beauty.

    Let's put an end to the practice of hoarding those cheap hotel-bathroom beauty samples, shall we? Instead, try these quality minis from Clinique that'll surely land a permanent spot in your — or your wanderlusting BFF's — carry-on.

    Clinique Chubby Lash Set, $18.00, available at Ulta Beauty.

    Now your giftee can have a blender for not only their foundation and concealer but for cream blush, highlighter, and bronzer, too. Talk about luxury.

    Real Techniques Party Favors Dewy Glow + Full Coverage Kit, $17.99, available at Ulta Beauty.

    What are the holidays for if not to go full-on glam all day every day? These glitter eyeshadows can help make said dreams a reality.

    Stila Triple Threat Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Set, $25.00, available at Ulta Beauty.

    Because any beauty pro — or newbie — can appreciate the versatility of a lip gloss.

    Colourpop Bisous, Bisous! Ultra Glossy Lip Bundle, $16.00, available at Ulta Beauty.

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    There are some celebrities out there who are so low-key they don't often get the recognition they deserve. Case in point: Emily Blunt.

    We love the Mary Poppins Returns actress for many reasons — including the fact that she married our fave John Krasinski, stole the spotlight in his movie A Quiet Place (and got nominated for it), and has one of the most quotable lines in The Devil Wears Prada. But first and foremost, our adoration stems from the fact that she has the chillest hair in Hollywood.

    If you ever need air-dry inspiration, please take a look at Blunt's red-carpet appearances. Not only will you be inspired to ditch your blowout routine, but you'll also feel the immediate need to chop your hair to your collarbone, adopt a British accent, and set out to find your own Jim Halpert.

    But before we can do all that, we have to figure out the hair, right? So, we talked to Blunt's hairstylist, Laini Reeves, who's worked with the actress for nearly 12 years. The pro spills all her beauty secrets, ahead, but consider yourself warned: Everything is as chill and effortless as you expected.

    The Original Beach Wave
    "I like the hair to look natural, undone, and romantic. If I curl somebody's hair, I want the curl to look like something that naturally happens to the hair — soft, brushed out, and organic. I've always done beachy hair. Ten years ago, I'd show up with my tools dismantled because I didn't like curling hair with the [clamp]. Now, there are wands without the bar that I always use. I won't use anything else."

    Emily's Air-Dry Routine
    "If I can, I'll let her hair air-dry a little bit on its own before styling with any tools. All I do is wet her hair, comb it into a center part, put some product in, and tuck the hair behind the ears. While Jenn [Streicher] is doing her makeup, the hair dries just enough so we can loosen up a few pieces later to enhance the natural bend and texture."

    The Less Product The Better
    "I don't use tons of product in her hair. I only use what's necessary. She doesn't like a lot of product in her hair, either. I mostly use products formulated without alcohol, usually a cream because it has hold without the crunch. I really love Oribe's hair creams because they soak into the hair quick and make everything shiny and silky. Shampoos are also really important with Emily's hair. I prefer to use Olaplex's No. 4 Shampoo and No. 5 Conditioner. I'm telling you, they're amazing [for bleached hair]."

    There's Always A Plan
    "We never wing it. We always have a plan for the direction we're going to go with for a specific look. For example, for Mary Poppins press, Jenn, Jessica [Paster, Blunt's stylist], and I decided that we never wanted Emily to walk out for the press tour looking like her on-screen character. We want her to be Emily, and for these red carpets in particular, we wanted her to be slick and cool.

    "For the film's premiere, she had this dress that looked like a princess — but really cutting-edge. I knew I wanted her hair to be up because of the large sleeves, and that it had to be imperfect and shaped or else [the look] would just be all hair. I decided to split her hair into two pieces and twist them into a really messy fishtail braid. Then, I loosened some pieces out and clipped it all together with a [hair] brooch. The entire thing was held together by that one clip."

    The One Style You'll Never See Emily Wearing
    "We absolutely discuss her hair color. I love the color now! She has a specific hair and makeup team who works with her on films, while Jenn and I work with her for press and red carpets, but we definitely collaborate on those changes.

    "She was wearing a wig in Mary Poppins Returns, but we normally discuss it if her hair does change. I remember when she was in Edge of Tomorrow, I wanted to whack off her hair and bleach it, because she was supposed to be this space-y, futuristic warrior. She was like, 'Hell no!' She does know what she likes and will say it in a very, very nice way. She'll never wear her hair that short, either. She's not a short-hair girl. She's a mid-length, cool chick, which works because we don't like to do too much [styling] with it anyway."

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    It might come as a shock to some people that the first nail polish to ever hit the mass market wasn't a bright shade of cherry-red — it was pink. It wasn't until the early 30s, when deep red lacquers popped up on the fingers of European socialites, that Revlon responded to the trend with a collection of crimson polishes. By the 40s, when leading ladies could show off their manicures in technicolor, red nail polish had cemented itself as an iconic part of American culture.

    But it's been a long time since Rita Hayworth showed off her fiery fingernails in 1941's Blood and Sand. These days, you can walk into a salon and spot hundreds of reds — varying in undertone and finish — proving that picking just one is far harder than it was nearly eight decades ago.

    So, how do you know which red is the right red? Ahead, nail pros share the ten polishes that work for everyone.

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

    The pro: Betina R. Goldstein, editorial nail artist

    The polish: Essie Berry Naughty

    Call us cliché, but we love nothing more than a wine-red mani when the temperatures drop. Goldstein says this burgundy-red is flattering 365 days of the year — and especially in the spring.

    Essie Nail Polish, $7.69, available at Target

    The polish: Oribe Bloodstone

    When you're in the salon and faced with a wall of reds, Goldstein says to keep your eyes peeled for this one in particular. "It's a cool-girl color, but still edgy and luxurious," Goldstein says. "The deep, blood-red tones and high-gloss finish make it unlike any other burgundy."

    Oribe High Shine Nail Polish, $32, available at Nordstrom

    The polish: Chanel Rouge Essentiel

    "This is my go-to red," says Goldstein. "It’s classic, chic, and elegant, but balanced enough to wear all year long."

    Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour, $22, available at Chanel

    The pro:Gina Edwards, celebrity manicurist

    The polish: Essie Fifth Avenue

    Edwards is a fan of vibrant, electric reds — especially this classic from Essie. She says the shade dresses up any outfit and brightens all skin tones.

    Editor's Note: Fifth Avenue is no longer available, but Essie's Russian Roulette is almost an exact dupe.

    Essie Nail Polish, $9, available at Essie

    The polish: NCLA Rush Hour

    We don't know who was first inspired by blood when creating a nail color, but we're oddly thankful they were. Thanks to the blue undertone, this polish is the quintessential blood-red. According to Edwards, it's just as intense on your nails as it is in the bottle.

    NCLA Nail Polish Rush Hour, $16, available at The Detox Market

    The polish: Base Coat Scorpio

    The quickest way to update a tired red mani is to top it off with a coat of a similar hue filled with flecks of gold glitter. Oh, and you better believe this eye-catching color will be a party favorite.

    Base Coat Nail Polish in Scorpio, $20, available at Base Coat

    The pro:Sarah Gibson Tuttle, founder of Olive & June

    The polish: OPI Black to Reality

    What's mysterious, dark, and perfect for date night? According to Tuttle, it's this heady red.

    OPI Disney's The Nutcracker Infinite Shine Collection, $12.5, available at Ulta Beauty

    The polish: Deborah Lippmann Bettina's Song

    Glitter nail polish is practically a requirement in December, and this metallic burgundy fits the bill. Tuttle's advice? Never say no to a wash of micro-shimmer.

    Deborah Lippmann Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish, $24, available at Barneys New York

    The polish: Essie Rock the Runway

    Tuttle's true red pick is festive, bold, and available in a formula that will last you from Christmas to New Year's, and then some.

    Essie Nail Polish, $11.5, available at Essie

    The polish: Chanel Rouge Puissant

    Leave it to Chanel to put a chic spin on a timeless classic. Tuttle describes this favorite as a little deeper than your traditional red, but still sexy and elegant.

    Chanel LE VERNIS Longwear Nail Colour, $28, available at Nordstrom

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    After all the holiday shopping is over and the end-of the-year sales expire, we'll be left with a whole lot of deluxe-sized lipsticks and travel-friendly gift sets — which, while a fun diversion from our usual beauty routines, will only last so long. That's why, in the name of preparedness, we're planning our 2019 shopping lists right now... and, in the name of saving money, we're highlighting the best straight-from-the-drugstore buys.

    Now that we've mapped out the budget-friendly makeup we're planning on buying in January, it's time to start thinking about hair. After all those 2018 colors and cuts, it's time to revive the damage the trends left behind, with affordable, can't-believe-it's-so-cheap masks, shampoos, and styling creams that are bound to change our lives forever (or at least our split ends). Ahead, the best drugstore hair buys to kick off the new year...

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    Celebrities make temporary hair-color swaps work with pricey custom wigs, but us regular people need something a bit cheaper — like L'Oréal's new wash-out hair color. Featuring an array of shades, including purple, blue, pink, and red, this low-commitment hair dye is the the easiest way to try a new trend at home in a pinch. And if you hate it, relish in the fact that the color will only last until your next wash.

    L'Oréal Colorista Hair Makeup 1-Day Hair Color, $6.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    We dare you to take this quick-drying dry shampoo foam to your next hot-yoga class. Your hair will be revived, shiny, and sweat-free in seconds.

    OGX Green Tea Fitness Dry Shampoo Foam, $8.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    Calling all bleached, over-processed, heat-damaged heads of hair: This protein-building deep treatment will be your new shower staple.

    L'Oreal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Rapid Reviver Deep Conditioner, $4.99, available at Target

    Practically made for post-gym drinks, this air-dry cream makes maintaining a social life on a weeknight so much easier.

    OGX Green Tea Fitness Air Dry Cream, $8.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    This scalp treatment works harder to detox your hair than a $20 cold-pressed juice. Eucalyptus protects, mint wards off bacteria, and salicylic acid buffs away dead skin and dandruff build-up, leaving you fresh and flake-free by the time you step out of the shower.

    Head & Shoulders Scalp Detoxifying Pre-Wash Mask, $1.99, available at mass retailers in January 2019.

    Save your bundle of avocados for toast and use this nourishing shampoo on your dehydrated ends instead.

    Hair Food Sulfate Free Smooth Collection with Avocado & Argan Oil, $7.99, available at mass retailers in January 2019.

    Fix dull, lifeless red hair with this color-reviving, shine-enhancing conditioner. Bonus: It's under $6.

    L'Oreal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner, $4.99, available at Target

    A foolproof hair mask that keeps your (very expensive) blonde highlights from fading, your ends from splitting, and roots from breaking thanks to a protein-rebuilding complex. In other words, a $10 Olaplex stand-in? Sold.

    John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Lemon Miracle Masque, $9.49, available at mass retailers in January 2019.

    Dove's scalp-friendly formulas are not new, but this coconut version is. The latest iteration hydrates, fights dandruff, and leaves your hair smelling like a piña colada for days (in a good way).

    Dove DermaCare Scalp Coconut & Hydration Shampoo & Conditioner, $4.99 each, available at mass retailers in January 2019.

    Nearly 98% of this formula is pure coconut oil, which means your limp curls are about to be very happy.

    Garnier Style Curl Treat Butter Hydrating Leave-in Styler, $6.99, available at Target

    We don't just love this conditioner because it smells like a fresh-cut bouquet of flowers — we love it because it's sulfate-, paraben-, and gluten-free.

    Herbal Essences Birch Bark Extract Sulfate Free Conditioner, $5.99, available at mass retailers in January 2019.

    Garnier's been keeping our blowouts sleek since middle school — so why stop drinking the Kool-Aid now? This in-shower shot works argan oil right into your dry, frizzy roots, and promises to cut your styling time in half.

    Garnier Sleek Shot In-Shower Styler, $4.99, available at Target

    A heavy-duty strengthening shot for hair that's seen better days — and one that won't weigh it down, no less.

    Pantene Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots Hair Ampoules for Repair , $5.99, available at CVS

    Never neglect your hair on vacation again thanks to these two-use hair masks packed with different oils to target your biggest woes, from frizz to dull texture.

    John Frieda Wonder Drops Hair Masks, $3.49, available at Walmart in January 2019.

    When your ends feel like they're about to snap in two, massage a few drops of this conditioning water from root to tip to replenish, hydrate, strengthen, and smooth.

    OGX Replenishing + Water Drops 8-in-1 Mist, $8.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    Typically, a wet spray on dry hair is the perfect storm for a complete disaster, but this hydrating (or re hydrating) mist is made for dirty second-day hair.

    Dove Care Between Washes Rehydrating Mist, $4.99, available at mass retailers in January 2019.

    Glassy shine is just a few drops away, thanks to this smoothing hair oil.

    Hair Food Sulfate Free Repairing Tea Tree Hair Oil, $12.99, available at mass retailers in January 2019.

    Yes, another sulfate-free hair mask — but this time it's all about tackling fuzz, frizz, and heat-induced damage. Even if you already have a full cabinet of treatments at home, we suggest buying this solely for the juicy scent.

    Herbal Essences Argan Oil of Morocco Sulfate Free Hair Mask, $1.99, available in January 2019.

    Haven't you heard? Skipping washes is good for overworked hair. Dakota Johnson's hairstylist loves this volumizing formula for in-between styles for a reason: Not only does it add lift and faux thickness to roots, but it might just fool everyone into thinking you just left Drybar.

    Dove Care Between Washes Volume & Fullness Dry Shampoo, $4.99, available at mass retailers in January 2019.

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    Pageant contestants have many talents — they walk in six-inch heels without ever teetering, apply false lashes like professionals, and answer hard-hitting questions on the fly — but one very impressive (and often forgotten) skill pageant queens have is that they can hold a smile for hours on end. And with all the appearances, stage time, and photo shoots, these women have to keep their smiles bright 24/7, despite drinking tons of coffee to keep energy up.

    As we gear up for the Miss Universe pageant this weekend, we asked current and former titleholders to give their recommendations for a brighter smile. And yes, some of them rely on professional bleaching treatments, but others use products from the drugstore to whiten on the daily.

    Thanks to the information we've gathered ahead, you'll know exactly how to get rid of the stains from drinking red wine and coffee all weekend. And the best part is there's no pageant training involved.

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    Nia Sanchez, Miss USA 2014

    "Besides getting my teeth whitened at the dentist office, I'm a fan of the OG Crest 3D Whitestrips Kit. I have been using them since I was in high school. They are easy to use and a staple in my beauty routine."


    Lisa Drouillard, Miss Haiti Universe 2015

    "I really love the Plus White 5 Minute Speed Whitening Kit because it gives me quick results, and I only have to use it once a week. The mouth guard is another one of the reasons why I love this product. It keeps the activation gel in place for better whitening results. I don't have to worry about any product moving around."


    Nicolle Velez, Miss Earth US 2013 & Miss Tourism International USA 2017

    "I like the Crest 3D White Classic Vivid Whitestrips that you apply for 30 minutes daily. They're easy to use, adhere well, and don't leave my teeth feeling sensitive afterwards. They are discreet, so I can easily head out to work or to complete my activities without feeling uncomfortable."


    Mariana García, Miss Guatemala Universe 2018

    "I apply a peroxide cream and use a LED light three times a week — a whitening method that I learned about from a pro. Trust me, give it one week and you will see results, but stay away from staining foods like strawberries."


    Jackie Croft, Miss Vermont USA 2015

    "I use the AP-24 Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste every day to brush my teeth, and it whitens them up. I used to whiten my teeth with an editing app whenever I posted photos smiling, but that became unnecessary after I started using this, because they're just that white."


    Deshauna Barber, Miss USA 2016

    "I have been obsessed with Crest 3D White Radiant Mint Whitening Toothpaste. My teeth are very sensitive, so using strips has always been a painful experience. The moment I started using this toothpaste, I immediately noticed my teeth getting whiter and maintaining their brightness. So many people would ask what I use to make my teeth so white, and I always responded, 'I have great toothpaste.'"


    Thatiana Diaz, Miss New York USA 2015

    "Ahead of a pageant, I always got my teeth professionally whitened by a dentist. But with all the coffee drinking and lipstick wearing during the two weeks of the competition, you definitely lose that first-day shine. Someone recommended I take this travel whitening pen from Go Smile as a refresher, and it honestly worked wonders. I'd apply whenever, wherever (it fit in my clutch or pocket), and it looked like if I had just left the dentist office."


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    As '90s kids, the first thing we'd put on our holiday wishlist was a sweet toy: Tamagotchis, Hit Clips, and Bratz dolls would get us beyond hyped when it was time to unwrap presents.

    Those were simpler times. As adults, our wishes — and needs — have changed. Frankly, being a grown-up is exhausting, and all we want to do these days is relax. Brunch dates, shopping trips, and cocktail hours would gladly be traded for a massage or trip to the spa. But every holiday season, that gets tougher: Between gift shopping, working, hosting family, and mandatory partying, downtime is usually the hardest thing to get.

    Luckily, you don't even need to leave the house to truly unwind. There are plenty of relaxing holiday sets you can give (and gift yourself) that'll basically turn your bathroom into a five-star oasis... or at least as close as you can get with your cousins screaming "Yahtzee!" from the other room. We rounded them up, ahead.

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    Bath bombs might be small, but they make a huge difference in an at-home spa day. This dreamy under-$5 set is the perfect stocking stuffer for a friend... or for yourself.

    Me! Tini Peppermint Mocha Bath And Body Gift Set, $3.99, available at Target

    What better way to declare your OOO status than with cooling, de-puffing eye patches and this silky "Offline" eye mask?

    BeautyBio Bright Eyes Set, $25, available at Nordstrom

    With shower cream, soap, body scrub, body butter, and a matching pouf all included, this shea butter body ritual makes for silky skin you can maintain in and out of the shower.

    The Body Shop Shea Body Care Essentials Gift, $20, available at Ulta Beauty

    This isn't your average body oil (as you could probably already tell from the fact that it's Chanel); it's a super-luxe blend made exclusively for the Ritz Spa in Paris... and now, provided you can afford it, your own bathtub.

    Chanel Jasmin Body Massage Oil, $230, available at Chanel

    Everything you need to reset your skin and body comes in this box, including bath salts, a cleansing bar, and an exfoliating towel. The best part? Five percent of gift proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

    Knack A Restful Pause Spa Gift Set, $121, available at Knack

    Good luck fulfilling any adult commitments once you get this facial steamer — you'll just want to sit and steep your skin all day.

    Conair True Glow by Conair Warm Steam Facial Sauna, $24.99, available at Target

    A relaxing mood is always made better by the right fragrance. This sample kit from Sephora includes 15 minis, so you can test them all before investing in a full-sized bottle (which you can redeem with the included scent certificate at any U.S. Sephora.)

    Sephora Favorites Holiday Perfume Sampler, $65, available at Sephora

    Did an at-home spa day even happen if you didn't light a candle? Pick up a few mini ones from Bath & Body Works, and light 'em when you need your space to smell like holiday cheer.

    Bath & Body Works Tis the Season Mini Candle, $6.5, available at Bath & Body Works

    A DIY manicure is one of the easiest ways to pamper yourself (if you can manage to color inside the lines — otherwise it's just stressful). This kit comes with three festive colors to paint your nails with before any party or family movie night.

    JINsoon JINsoon Encore Collection, $42, available at Barneys New York

    Unwrapping one Peter Thomas Roth face mask would make any skin-care lover giddy; unwrapping six of them will take your BFF's multi-masking routine to the next level.

    Peter Thomas Roth Mask Frenzy, $75, available at Sephora

    Shower time is too sacred to use body products that won't make you feel like royalty, so pick up this four-piece body set that anyone on your list will love (yourself included).

    Rituals The Ritual of Dao Calming Ritual, $45, available at Rituals

    If you can't splurge for a pedicure, pick up this kit instead. It has everything you need to make dry, cracked feet feel baby soft — besides Baby Foot, of course.

    Soap & Glory On The Double Gift Set, $7, available at Ulta Beauty

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    You've been looking forward all December to spending time with the family. Or you've been waiting for days for this opportunity to escape all other humans and curl up with your favorite screen. Either way, chances are you are so ready for that particular brand of mind-numbing entertainment that comes with watching a Christmas movie. And after spending so much cash on presents, you probably would also like to stream those Christmas movies for free.

    What with the constant ebb and flow of movie studios' contracts with streaming services and premium networks, the Christmas movies you so comfortably streamed for free last year may have moved, or are now only available for rent. Don't curse the scrooges that made that happen. Just make like one of these flicks' heroes and embrace the spirit of the season with an open heart — or something like that — and watch another old classic or a brand-new original. There most certainly isn't a shortage of bright musical sequences and quirky small business owners who think they're too busy for love.

    Browse through this list of our favorite Christmas movies that are currently streaming on subscription services* (and premium channels), just in time to rescue you from the reality of the holiday season.

    *Yes, we said these are free movies in the headline and yet all of these require a subscription to some kind of streaming service. With just 11 days until Christmas, you can hop from free trial to free trial and cancel all services you don't want to keep before you get stuck with a new monthly bill.

    A Christmas Prince, 2017

    Let's go back to simpler times, in 2017, when there weren't 10,000 original Netflix Christmas movies, allowing this one to shine brighter in all its cheesy glory. Now that a real American girl has married a real European prince, it's almost like a documentary. Read all the many things we've had to say about this wonderfully terrible instant Christmas classic, if you’ve yet to enjoy A Christmas Prince.

    Streaming on Netflix.

    Four Christmases, 2008

    Sure, you could be getting warm and fuzzy watching Love, Actually or The Holiday, but instead we will give you two very good reasons to watch this movie about a pretty awful couple wrangling multiple family commitments that they’d rather skip altogether: 1) It will make you feel better about your own dysfunctional family. 2) After reading this recap of how Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn reportedly hated each other when they made this movie, every scene has delicious layers of antagonism to interpret.

    Streaming on HBO.

    Bad Santa, 2003

    This is a great one to watch when you're feeling really over Christmas — priming you to identify with Billy Bob Thornton's crotchety thief who dresses as Santa to rob malls. Just a warning that there is still a sappy happy ending, however.

    Streaming on Netflix.

    White Christmas, 1954

    As long as holiday shopping hasn't yet ruined Bing Crosby for you, this sweet classic, also starring Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney, is filled with dance numbers and loosely following that favorite holiday movie plot: Can the spirit of Christmas and budding romance save a struggling inn?

    Streaming on Netflix.

    The Holiday Calendar, 2018

    Like so much else in pop culture, Christmas movies as a genre are ridiculously whitewashed. What a relief it is to see Netflix make a little effort to cast one of its movies with some actors of color — and no matter how corny this plot is, we can't help but love Kat Graham and Quincy Brown as BFFs who obviously belong together.

    Streaming on Netflix.

    It's A Wonderful Life, 1946

    Nothing cheers people up like watching a man consider suicide over financial difficulties experienced at the hands of a corrupt real estate developer. It's a good reminder that even nostalgia can't hide that we're doomed to repeat the past!

    Streaming on Amazon Prime.

    Scrooged, 1988

    This version of A Christmas Carol stars Bill Murray as the Scrooge character, now a ruthless TV exec, and trades Victorian England for late-'80s New York City. Funny how our most commercial holiday is full of these anti-capitalist stories. Is someone trying to tell us something?

    Streaming on Starz.

    The Man Who Invented Christmas, 2017

    Anyone who's been forced to watch or read one too many versions of A Christmas Carol, and who also still misses the Daniel Stevens era of Downton Abbey, can find something to enjoy in this fictionalized account of how Charles Dickens came up with his trippy ghost story.

    Streaming on Amazon Prime.

    Home Alone, 1990

    It's heartwarming to imagine how a couple of wealthy suburban parents can be so harried that they accidentally abandon their youngest son. Or, well, was heartwarming the word we were looking for? Harrowing?

    Streaming on Starz.

    George Balanchine's The Nutcracker, 1993

    While you're missing Macauley Culkin's prime, don't forget that he also once starred in this movie version of the classic Christmas ballet. Streaming this is much cheaper than scoring tickets to the live version, and there will be fewer squirming kids in the audience.

    Stream on Netflix.

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    If Thomas Edison were alive today, we're confident the man would be an absolute gifting legend — shelling out brilliant gadgets we didn't even know we were missing, like an epic inventor Santa. But, since he's not here to drop any more literal and figurative lightbulbs on us, we're currently in need of a more modern, genius holiday role model...Like the female-led company selling an endless collection of creative and cutting-edge inventions, The Grommet.

    Jules Pieri and Joanne Domeniconi started the online shopping destination back in 2008 with the intention of creating a, "place to discover and shop innovative new products from local makers and small businesses." Essentially, The Grommet's dedicated team spends, "thousands of hours searching for unique finds," from a vetted list of modern-day inventors across the country so we don't have to. Ahead we've rounded up 13 of these surprising shoppable finds, engineered to make life more colorful and convenient — from collapsible water bottles to meditation seats and smart lamps. It's time to turn up ordinary gifting to legendary Edison levels.

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    Invention: Peanut Butter Knife
    Why It's Legendary: Peanut butter lovers know this kitchen gadget is no joke — make scraping the bottom of the jar a thing of the past with a knife engineered to scrape every last bit of PB out on its extra-long, stainless-steel, and curved-tip blade.

    PB-JIFE Peanut Butter Knife, $12.95, available at The Grommet

    Invention: Driftwood Charging Dock
    Why It's Legendary: It's no fake bookcase and secret room level ruse — but, this lovely found-driftwood decor piece does skillfully double as a charging dock for smartphones or tablets.

    Docksmith 2 Phone Driftwood Charging Dock, $98, available at The Grommet

    Invention: Collapsible Water Bottle
    Why It's Legendary: Staying hydrated on-the-go no longer needs to be a cumbersome nuisance, thanks to the convenient collapsible design of this silicone bottle — the flexible spiraled-groove design collapses down to half it's size and boasts an air-tight seal and stainless steel rim.

    que Collapsible Silicone Water Bottle, $19.95, available at The Grommet

    Invention: Hexagonal Beer Pong
    Why It's Legendary: If you're going to play beer pong, you may as well play it precisely with hexagon-shaped cups. This durable 22-set of dishwasher-safe and reusable cups are designed to fit together without shifting or toppling during play.

    Hexcup Hexagonal Beer Pong Game, $15.26, available at The Grommet

    Invention: Reusable Espresso Capsule
    Why It's Legendary: First there was the reusable coffee pod, and then came the reusable espresso pod — made from stain-less steel and four interchangeable filter tops for the perfect grind and little waste.

    WayCap Steel Refillable Nespresso® Capsule, $39.95, available at The Grommet

    Invention: Smart Salt Lamp
    Why It's Legendary: Unlike other versions of this calming home good, this Himalayan salt lamp boasts a high-tech bonus: an LED light that can be controlled wirelessly with a smartphone for a customizable self-care experience.

    LIFE Home ZenCube Smart Himalayan Salt Lamp, $269.95, available at The Grommet

    Invention: Heated Neck Massager
    Why It's Legendary: Portable, cordless, and heated, users can also control the speed, direction, and force of their massage from this Nordic design-inspired gadget.

    Expain Heated Neck & Shoulder Massager, $120, available at The Grommet

    Invention: Meditation Seat
    Why It's Legendary: Yogi fanatics to beginners can enjoy the user-friendly design of this specialty seat inspired by ancient yoga manuals — each meditation cushion is structured to improve practice and posture through built-in foundation points that allow natural posture and alignment in the body.

    Alexia Ergonomic Meditation Seat - Vegan, $347, available at The Grommet

    Invention: Female Urination Device
    Why It's Legendary: Hear us out on this one. This handy tool empowers women everywhere to pee standing up (where and when lawful) with this reusable silicone funnel. The adaptable, anti-spill design is ideal for camping trips (no more risky down-stream squatting!), festivals (no more hovering way too close to the seats of heinous porta potties!), and long road trips where bathrooms are scarce.

    GOGIRL Reusable Female Urination Device, $12.95, available at The Grommet

    Invention: Open Bowl Humidifier
    Why It's Legendary: A redesigned humidifier that puts an elegant and convenient twist on typical models — cool mist is emitted from a free-bobbing ultrasonic module in an open water bowl that is easy to disassemble and clean.

    Miro CleanPot Humidifier, $139, available at The Grommet

    Invention: Upside Down Planter
    Why It's Legendary: No floor space for an apartment garden? No problem. This unique, upside down planter is a stylish solution for hanging your orchids to ferns and even tomato plants from the ceiling with a safe soil lock-in and watering disc system.

    BOSKKE Recycled Sky Planter, $24.95, available at The Grommet

    Invention: Wine Chiller
    Why It's Legendary: Nix the ice bucket and upgrade to a high-tech sleeve designed to keep bottles chilled for hours on end with a double-walled, vacuum-insulated, and condensation-free stainless steel chamber.

    Vinglacé Stainless Steel Wine Chiller, $89.95, available at The Grommet

    Invention: Bluetooth Smart Button
    Why It's Legendary: Channel your international spy with a product programmed to perform wireless tasks with the push of a button — from playing music to phone location, turning on lights, and more.

    Shortcut Labs Flic Bluetooth Smart Button, $29.71, available at The Grommet

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    If you're into astrology, then you're probably used to incorporating the practice into your everyday life. Should I really go out on that second date? Is it a bad idea to make a radical change to my hair? Will signing a new lease later this month be a recipe for disaster? All questions that you might turn to the stars for answers to. (We do the same — trust.)

    Another interesting way you might utilize the power of astrology? Work it into your beauty routines — especially now that 'tis the season for festive fetes and holiday parties, galore. Based on personality traits that your sun sign boasts (and if you’re really into astrology, you can even factor in your rising and moon signs, as well), we've picked out the best beauty buys to take your holiday party beauty look to the next level. Are you an attention-loving Gemini? Try a spritz of a new fragrance like Prada Candy Kiss for guaranteed compliments from passersby. An Aries? Maybe a fiery orange-red lipstick hue will strike your fancy. Flip through, find your sun sign, and discover our otherworldly picks. Who knows, the stars just might align and you could find your next (product) soulmate.


    Since Aries leads the pack as the first astrological sign in the zodiac, it makes sense then that "the ram" is seen as one of the fiercest leaders and signs of them all. This intense personality trait is only heightened by Aries being one of the three fire signs, as well, which is why we’ve chosen to recommend the Milk Makeup x Wu-Tang Lip Color in Fire just for you. Red lipstick is a classic go-to for holiday glamming, but you're just the type that might want to go all-out with a brighter, orange hue instead. Plus, let’s be real, if anyone is requesting to play Wu-Tang at a holiday party, it’s an Aries.

    Milk Makeup Wu-Tang Lip Color in Fire, $55, available at Milk Makeup


    Despite the hard exterior of Taurus being associated with "the bull," Taureans are actually some of the most lovely, romantic, and gentle creatures found in the zodiac. Ruled by Venus (the planet of love and beauty), as a Taurus, you probably find yourself daydreaming of aesthetically pleasing flowers, vintage clothing, and, of course, beauty products. But flashy, eccentric beauty offerings don’t interest you — as an Earth sign, you want something more minimal and effortless, like the Glossier Lidstar collection. We recommend the shade "Herb" — a smoky olive green with a hint of yellow-gold — but reach for any hue that suits your mood.

    Glossier Lidstar, $30, available at Glossier


    Since Geminis are associated as being "the twins," they're often given a bad reputation in the zodiac because of their ability to be two-faced. Yes, it’s true that you do have two sides, but that doesn’t necessarily mean one is good and one is bad. We like to think of Geminis as a mirror: When you look into one, you don’t see a worse version of yourself looking back, you simply see you — just from a different perspective. This way of thinking lends itself to describe the duality of this complicated air sign, ruled by Mercury, which controls conversation, communication, and higher thinking. It makes sense then that, as an airy sign, you'll want to throw on a spritzy fragrance, like the Prada Candy Kiss, for your holiday party since it mists out a lavish symphony of white cotton, orange blossom, and vanilla notes. Falling somewhere that’s part soft and feminine, and part musky and masculine, it’s a perfect olfactory offering for your dueling personalities.

    Prada Candy Kiss EDP, $122, available at Macy's


    If there’s one thing to say about the magical nature of a Cancer, it’s that no other sign in the zodiac will make you smile bigger than these watery angels can. Known also as "the crab," you can typically be caught nesting at home, or, when you finally venture out into the real world, you'll carry around a (figurative) shell with you as a way to protect your feelings from any emotional intruders. But when you're caught at a social gathering — like a holiday party — you’ll see your shell fling off, discovering the real you hiding underneath. The Guerlain Météorites Heart Shape Powder Blush comes with three different shade selections that can guide your level of beauty bravery.

    Guerlain Météorites Heart Shape Powder Blush, $63, available at Sephora


    As the one sign in the zodiac that lives, breathes, and needs attention 24/7, Leos certainly live up to "the lion" persona associated with their sign. As a fire sign, you have a supernatural ability to glide into any room and exude an (almost obnoxious) amount of confidence. So to make sure you get the amount of attention you crave, we’ve picked out the Bumble and Bumble Bb. Glimmer Finishing Spray — a twinkling texturizing spray — so you can be the glitteriest, shiniest, and sparkliest person at your holiday soiree. And since it comes in three different shades of glitzy hues (Rose Gold, Gold Dust, and Silver Sprinkle), you can choose just how extra you want to be by opting for one — or all three — to apply to your lionesque hair.

    Bumble and bumble Glimmer Finishing Spray, $17, available at Sephora


    A Virgo once told us a joke that went something like this: “What do they say is a Virgo’s best friend? Windex.” Implying that, of course, the Earth sign is the cleanest, tidiest, and most organized in all of the zodiac. This well-kept way of thinking also translates to your beauty routines; oftentimes, you’ll find yourself gravitating towards very subdued hair, makeup, and nail looks — adding a sporadic pop of color when you're feeling festive, of course. To satisfy both of your needs — to look polished without leaning too basic — finish your holiday party look with Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Nail Polish in Stargasm.

    Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Nail Polish in Stargasm, $20, available at Nordstrom


    Oh, you flirty little Libra. Ruled by Venus, as the enchanting air sign that you are, you'll charm the pants off of your anyone and everyone before they ever even realize what hit them (which is: Cupid's arrow). Also known as "the scales," you're known to be balanced and level-headed. Can you argue both sides of any argument no matter the topic? Yep. Can you make a decision on anything to save your life? Nope, so let us cut out the hard work for you and recommend Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipstick in Nude Romantique to throw on this holiday season. This gorgeously packaged lipstick houses a coral rose with a hint of golden pink pearl shimmer, which can be worn simply by itself for a subtle hint of sparkle or layered over your favorite lipstick hue as a glimmering lip topcoat. Or, if you’re a true Libra, you can balance it out by trying both looks at two different holiday parties this season.

    Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipstick in Nude Romantique, $38, available at Pat McGrath


    Scorpios are often depicted as the most sexual, seductive, and secretive sign in the zodiac, and for good reason: Ruled by both Pluto and Mars, you take cues from both planets. Pluto lends itself to your mysterious and destructive tendencies, while Mars rules your passionate and assertive qualities, making your sign one of the most intense in the zodiac. To satisfy your ever-changing mood, opt for the Too Faced Then & Now Eyeshadow Palette, which celebrates the brand's 20th birthday by featuring 10 of its original eyeshadow colors mixed in with 10 brand-new shades.

    Too Faced Then & Now Eyeshadow Palette, $59, available at Too Faced


    Sagittarius is one of the least understood signs in the zodiac, which is exactly how this cryptic fire sign likes it. Also known as "the archer," you love traveling, being on-the-go, and not being tied down to any place in particular. You roam the Earth as if everything belongs to you (in a good way, of course), and since your sign is ruled by Jupiter, the planet of luck and good fortune, you've been known to be audacious by nature. The Christian Louboutin Gold Mania Mascara is just the pick for you. The packaging itself is inspired by Art Deco architecture (which, as a worldly Sag, you'll swoon over), and the formula is just as gorgeous and otherworldly.

    Christian Louboutin Goldomania Les Yeux Noirs Lash Amplifying Lacquer, $70, available at Nordstrom


    There is no sign in the zodiac that’s more hard-working, dedicated, and responsible than the Capricorn. As an Earth sign also known as "the goat," you love to (purposely) show off your incredible discipline and practicality thanks to being ruled by Saturn, the planet of restrictions. To highlight (no pun intended) your excellent gold-star work ethic, the Charlotte Tilbury Bar of Gold Highlighting Palette is a must this holiday season. Instead of bringing home the bacon, bring home the gold with this trio of highlighting powers, all packed away inside one (very practical) palette.

    Charlotte Tilbury Bar Of Gold Highlighting Palette, $58, available at Sephora


    Aquarius is one of the most magical and spellbinding signs of them all. As an air sign who's also seen as "the water bearer," you're ruled by Uranus — the planet of freedom and vision — which allows you to break free of outdated ways of thinking and safely express your authentic self. In short: You're not afraid to let your freak-flag fly. As such, try decking out your eyelids with Make Up For Ever's Star Lit Glitters.

    Make Up For Ever Star Lit Glitter, $20, available at Sephora


    Seen as "the fish" and controlled by Neptune — the planet of imagination and expression — Pisces are extremely creative, innovative, and have an unparalleled level of originality. This Fenty Beauty Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamond Veil highlighter will look bomb on cheekbones, but you can also layer it to accentuate other attributes like your collarbones, arms, and legs for an ethereal-looking glitz. As the product's name (and maker) implies, you will shine bright like a diamond.

    Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamond Veil, $38, available at Sephora

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    Modern luxury apartment complexes have their perks, but any New Yorker — whether lifelong or a transplant — knows the magic of a brownstone: the original moldings, the hardwood floors, the homey feeling that you just can't seem to replicate in a newer apartment. It’s the ultimate New York fantasy — but for Kai Avent-deLeon, owner of clothing and accessories boutique Sincerely Tommy, it’s a reality. For this episode of Sweet Digs, we joined up with HP to get a peek inside Kai's brownstone in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Above, watch as she gives us a tour of all the cozy details, like the exposed brick and original fireplace, and shares how the HP Spectre Folio is the one piece of tech that makes her busy life less hectic.

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    The timing has brought the future of the ACA into question, as well as if the change to the law will affect registration for 2019.

    Is Obamacare Unconstitutional?

    A coalition of 20 states attorneys general lead by Texas filed a suit claiming that one part of the ACA, the individual mandate requiring all citizens have coverage, is unconstitutional and that the rest of the law should be struck down along with the mandate. The Supreme Court already ruled that the mandate was constitutional back in 2012, likening it to a tax. But Congress set the mandate’s penalty to $0 in 2017, effectively killing the mandate without actually changing the law that requires coverage.

    Texas successfully argued that the penalty can no longer be considered a tax without a monetary value attached, rendering the individual mandate unconstitutional, and that the rest of the ACA is intrinsically tied to the mandate so it should be considered unconstitutional as well. O’Connor wrote that he would not “parse the ACA’s provisions one by one,” adding, “The Medicaid-expansion provisions were designed to serve and assist fulfillment of the individual mandate.”

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who originated the lawsuit, lauded the decision, saying in a statement, “Today’s ruling enjoining Obamacare halts an unconstitutional exertion of federal power over the American healthcare system.” Paxton recommends that the Trump administration replace the ACA, better known as Obamacare, with “a plan that ensures Texans and all Americans will again have greater choice about what health coverage they need and who will be their doctor.”

    What Happens Next?

    The case will be referred to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, LA. From there, most legal experts expect it to be referred to the Supreme Court.

    Nancy Pelosi released a statement that indicates a Democratic-run House will protect the ACA, , writing, “When House Democrats take the gavel, the House of Representatives will move swiftly to formally intervene in the appeals process to uphold the life-saving protections for people with pre-existing conditions.”

    Which Side Is The Trump Administration On?

    The Justice Department backed Texas in arguments that the individual mandate is unconstitutional, but has not insisted that the rest of the ACA is tied to the mandate. Many parts of Obamacare are nationally popular, including protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions and extending the age a child can be covered under their parents’ plan to 26, making it difficult for the White House to support a decision that would threaten these protections.

    President Donald Trump tweeted, “As I predicted all along, Obamacare has been struck down as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster! Now Congress must pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT healthcare and protects pre-existing conditions.”

    In a statement, the White House said, “We expect this ruling will be appealed to the Supreme Court. Pending the appeal process, the law remains in place.”

    Can I Still Register For Obamacare (& Should I?)

    The short answer is yes, absolutely. Nothing has changed for Obamacare until further notice, and O’Connor’s decision could be reversed by higher courts.

    However, December 15 is the last day to enroll for 2019 coverage in most states. Visit today to sign up.

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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 baker who makes $20,000 per year and spends some of her money this week on a blackberry muffin.

    Occupation: Baker
    Industry: Food Service
    Age: 27
    Location: Minneapolis, MN
    Salary: $20,000
    Paycheck Amount (2x/month): $630-$670

    Monthly Expenses
    Rent: $525
    Gym: $54
    Electricity Bill: $24
    Gas Bill: $26
    Internet: $20

    Day One

    8 a.m. — I usually find a breakfast I like and stick to for about a year. Right now it's yogurt, muesli, and a banana. While I don't love the politics of buying bananas (yeah, I'm that kind of annoying foodie), they are cheap, filling, and give me potassium. I vow to switch to adding sweet potatoes instead of bananas next week.

    10:30 a.m. — I walk over to a coffee shop a few blocks from my house to work on a couple if cover letters. I recently moved to Minneapolis, and I'm viewing my job as a baker as temporary. I'm hoping to get full-time work in my field (with benefits), and to that end, I've got three cover letters I'm working on this morning. I get a medium coffee and a blackberry muffin. $5.70

    2:30 p.m. — It's Sunday, so I'm doing a big grocery shop today. My partner and I recently moved in together, and in our division of labor, I do most of the grocery shopping and cooking. This arrangement works perfectly for me because I love food, and I'm invested in food politics. So this means I primarily shop at the co-op near our house. Today I buy broccoli, sweet potatoes, regular potatoes, jalapeños, cilantro, yogurt, mandarin oranges (they're in season and so good!), bananas, vanilla extract and poppy seeds (for a cake I'm planning to make this week), muesli, dried beans, eggs, canned pumpkin, and miso. Whenever I shop in the bulk section, I always try to pass off my purchases as something cheaper, and today it's putting the cheapest granola bulk code on the muesli and passing the vanilla off as balsamic vinegar. $67

    7 p.m. — My partner and I are having a new friend over for dinner, and we make pumpkin chili, biscuits, and slaw. Where I lived before, I didn't have a good group of queer friends, and it feels so nice to have someone here who we can talk to about who's on our sperm donor list like it's no big deal.

    Daily Total: $72.70

    Day Two

    6:35 a.m. — I'm taking the bus to work this morning ($2.50 on my transit card). Now that it's snowy and cold, I can no longer bike, and my partner has the car. The bus is fine, but not my favorite option. It's a 15-minute walk to my stop and then a 20-minute bus ride. Luckily, it's a balmy 20 degrees this morning. If I'm still working this job in January, I'll really have to suit up for the below zero mornings.

    11:10 a.m. — The cafe that I work at gives all employees free meals for every six-hour shift. I normally go for soup or quiche because they change every few days, while everything from the rest of the menu gets old. Today I get a mushroom, gouda, and onion quiche with a side of fruit, and it's very good! While I don't want to be here forever, it's nice to work at a place in the food service industry with ethics. This place not only gives meal money but also paid family leave and sick time. And it no longer does tipping — instead, it pays a living wage for everyone. I've worked in food service on and off for six years, and it's by far the best place I've worked.

    3:15 p.m. — I thought I had more money on my transit card, but I only have $0.50. The bus is pretty full and there are three loud babies, so the bus driver just lets me sit down before I can pull out cash to cover the rest.

    5:30 p.m. — I make a Smitten Kitchen-adapted Goop miso grain bowl recipe with sweet potatoes and broccoli. I roasted the veggies last night while I was making chili, so dinner prep is quick and it turns out well!

    7:15 p.m. — Tonight my partner and I are getting a Christmas tree! We go to a women-owned nursery that has sustainably-grown local trees. We look around for a little bit and decide on a smaller natural fir for $56 and a cheap stand. When the cashier sees the height of our tree, she recommends getting a bigger, more expensive stand. This trip is already feeling costly and I'm ready to just jerry-rig the tree with the cheaper stand, when she says: "As a single gal, I like the bigger stand because I can set the tree up myself with it." While I'm not a single gal, I resonate strongly with this pitch and grab the bigger stand. I sold Christmas trees for a season, and I know how hard the work can be, especially in the cold. I pay for the tree in full and my partner Venmos me for half. We tip the woman who helped us attach it to our car $5 on the way out. $43

    Daily Total: $43

    Day Three

    4:30 a.m. — I open the cafe today and need to be in by 5 a.m., so I shovel some muesli and yogurt down.

    4:50 a.m. — I eat a day-old grapefruit and white chocolate scone as an addition to my breakfast. I'm alone in the cafe until 6:30, so I need a little sugar to keep me going.

    10:45 a.m. — The nice thing about the 5 a.m. shift is that by 11 a.m., my day is almost done. I take my lunch break and then I only have two hours left to work. Today I get a tofu scramble with kale, peppers, and onions, and a side of potatoes. We carry bougie ketchup and hot sauce that I smother the scramble with.

    5 p.m. — Leftover pumpkin chili for dinner.

    Daily Total: $0

    Day Four

    9 a.m. — I don't work on Wednesdays, so I sleep in and have yogurt, muesli, and a banana for breakfast.

    12:15 p.m. — I work on cover letters and eat a few pieces of toast with peanut butter for lunch. Another perk of my job is I get to take home the butts from cinnamon raisin bread, so I've pretty much stopped buying bread.

    3:30 p.m. — I've sent in two job applications today, and I'm feeling productive and proud. I take a break and peruse my favorite online shops. Everlane has a pair of jeans on sale and I really do need a new pair — my only black jeans are starting to get thin in the crotch and won't last much longer. I get the jeans ($48), and a dress on sale I've been watching since July ($25). $73

    5:30 p.m. — Leftover grain bowl for dinner.

    Daily Total: $73

    Day Five

    4:35 a.m. — Another opening shift, and once again I shovel down my yogurt, muesli, and banana breakfast.

    10:50 a.m. — There's a new soup today: tofu curry. It's so good, and also nice to have something I haven't eaten at work before. I get it with a kale side salad and focaccia bread.

    1:30 p.m. — Small grocery run for the week. We are pretty much out of dinner food, so I get stuff for a quick pasta meal. I buy arugula, mandarin oranges, a half gallon of milk, one Italian sausage, fancy tempeh (the packaging gets me), Greek olive mix (one of my biggest weaknesses), parmesan cheese, and bananas. I get the expensive maple syrup, put the number for the cheaper one on it, and round up at the register for the charity. $40

    6:45 p.m. — I make pasta with arugula, sausage, and garlic olive oil. It's fast, simple, and so tasty!

    Daily Total: $40

    Day Six

    6 a.m. — Yogurt, muesli, banana. Miss the bus by seconds. I do the classic movie sprint to try and catch it at the next stop, and once again miss it by seconds, so I end up walking to work.

    11:30 a.m. — I get lentil brown rice soup and a mixed green salad today for lunch. I get this soup pretty much anytime it's on the menu because it's so filling!

    2:30 p.m. — Bus home ($2). The ride this afternoon goes smoothly, and the bus is quiet.

    7:15 p.m. — I just dropped my partner off at the airport, and I'm feeling too lazy and hungry to cook, so I stop by the taco truck near our house. I get a burrito ($8.75) and tip $1.25. It's good, and the salsa is great. I eat it while on the phone talking a friend through some weird friend dynamics. $10

    Daily Total: $10

    Day Seven

    7:45 a.m. — Today I make myself brioche French toast. (The cafe had an old frozen loaf of brioche no one wanted except for me, and I've been slowly using it for my special Saturday french toasts for the past couple of weeks. It has served me well.)

    11:10 a.m. — I meet an old friend from camp who I haven't seen in years at a coffee shop. I get a drip and a scone ($3.25), and tip $0.75. We catch up and gossip, and it's nice, but she seems a bit distracted. I suggest making dinner together and she seems enthusiastic. $4

    2:30 p.m. — I've been looking for a nice set of Christmas cards to send out this year, and as an ethical consumer, I go to the nearby anarchist bookstore. I find a set that is the perfect balance between seasonal and political, but almost decide not to get them because it's $30 for a pack of 12. I change my mind and buy them, though, because between the bookstore and local artist, the money is all going to good places. $30

    4 p.m. — I have more than 12 people I want to send cards to (humble brag), so I decide to make cards for my other friends. I've got a ton of colored pencils at home, so I go to Target and get a sketchbook. $10.60

    4:15 p.m. — Since Target is near a grocery store, I pop in and put $25 on my transit card and buy a pack of 20 stamps for $10. The stamps are all white Santas, but it's either that or American flags, so I'm going with festive hetero-patriarchy. I get home feeling ready to make cards and stretch my artistic skills to the limit. $35

    6 p.m. — Beans and rice for dinner. It's been an expensive week, so it will be modest eating for the next few days. The cards are turning out well — I've made eight so far!

    Daily Total: $79.60

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    Rolling Stone reported that concertgoers at Swift’s May 18 Rose Bowl concert had their identities scanned by sophisticated facial recognition technology embedded in a large screen playing concert clips. Faces were compared to a database of Swift’s known stalkers, as a security measure for the singer.

    Now, the American Civil Liberties Union has responded. In a blog post published the the nonprofit’s website, an an analyst from the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project outlined some concerns Swift’s use of the technology raises. While they appreciate the serious threat of stalkers, the ACLU warns against the tech: “We shouldn’t rush into embracing without checks and balances to make sure it’s not abused.”

    The most pressing problem presented by the ACLU has to do with private watchlists. This kind of facial recognition technology is only useful when compared to a watchlist of suspected troublemakers, like the one of Swift’s known stalkers. But you wouldn’t know if you’re on a watchlist, and certainly don’t have the ability to appeal your inclusion. The ACLU cautions, “As these watchlists become institutionalized, and in all likelihood shared, the consequences of unfair treatment or racial bias in the compilation of these lists become magnified.”

    They even compare these watchlists to blacklisted citizens during the “red scare” of the 1940s and 50s, as an example of the real potential technology has to be misused: “There’s a long history of private and quasi-private watchlists being abused, going back to the labor battles of the early 20th century, when workers and organizers were blacklisted as ‘troublemakers’ and could have trouble getting a job.”

    For Swift, threats from stalkers have reached new levels of danger in 2018. A few of the more terrifying incidents included a man who was arrested for stalking Swift’s Beverly Hills home while carrying masks, gloves, rope, and a knife, and a man who was arrested after successfully breaking into Swift’s New York brownstone, showering, and taking a nap in the singer’s bed.

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  • You'll be able to taste the collective excitement on Monday, thanks to a Mars-Pluto sextile. The planet of action will work with the planet of renewal to help us accomplish our short-term goals. The timing couldn't be better, as everyone's starting to pack up for the holidays. Dot your i’s and cross your t’s before you plan on getting cozy!

    The moon is waxing all week, helping us prepare for the rewards to come when she’s full. From Sunday to early Tuesday she lights up Aries, igniting our desires for action. The moon then moves into Taurus from Tuesday until Wednesday night, reinforcing our passions with a strong work ethic. On Thursday morning, she waxes in Gemini, the sign of dynamic communication, until Saturday morning. After a brief void-of-course period from 9:20 a.m. to 11:27 a.m., she will wax to fullness in Cancer.

    On Thursday, the sun will form a trine with Uranus retrograde, helping us to create change from lessons learned. On Saturday, the sun bids farewell to adventurous Sagittarius and moves into hardworking Capricorn. On the same day, Mercury and Jupiter conjoin to help us put words to our gratitude. Venus will trine with Neptune on Friday as well, creating a high-energy mood around beauty and our dreams.

    March 21 to April 19

    Your efficiency will get the gas it needs on Monday, when a Mars and Pluto sextile jolts you into “to-do” mode. You’re ready to conquer your task list, thanks to this favorable dynamic between the action planet and the tiny planet of transformation.

    You may feel the urge to hang back from larger holiday events this week, Aries (and that's totally fine, by the way). Your planetary ruler, Mars, is spending his whole week in watery Pisces — you may experience your emotions and dreams more intensely than usual. When the action planet moves through such an ethereal sign, ideas around humanitarian efforts and big picture ideas can feel more tangible. To avoid having your larger-than-life feelings and ideas crushed, save them for people who share your values.

    On Friday, the sun, your personal planet of entertainment and creativity will shine his beautiful rays on your 10th house of career! The sun’s job for the next month is to help you get the recognition you deserve. Do you have a ton of new exciting ideas or projects bubbling up in your mind? From Friday onward, figure out how to get them into the right hands. Trust that Capricorn season will help you take your next steps. On Saturday, the moon is full in Cancer. Take a page out of the crab’s book by finding comfort and strength in your loved ones.

    Illustrated by Abbie Winters.

    April 20 to May 20

    Stamp out any feelings of FOMO this weekend, Taurus! Your ruling planet, Venus, will trine with dreamy Neptune on Thursday and Friday. These two planets will collaborate with each other to help you find inspiration in both your dwelling and your dearest loved ones. And when the sun’s moves into your ninth house of expansion the following day, you may find a revelation under your own roof.

    Mercury and Jupiter will encourages us share what we appreciate about each other this week. The vibe of connection will be palpable — make sure to listen with intent as your favorites spill their most exciting plans for the new year. On Saturday, the full moon enters sensitive Cancer. Everyone’s intuition will be a-humming. We’re leaving 2018 with a shared wisdom that will help us make the new year a success. Mars, your personal planet of spirituality, will spend his whole week in Pisces, placing you in an atmosphere of thoughtful openness.

    Illustrated by Abbie Winters.

    May 21 to June 20

    On Thursday and Friday, Venus will trine Neptune, creating a very favorable dynamic between our love and dreams sectors. But that isn't the only positive placement you'll benefit from this week, Gem. Your planetary ruler, Mercury, and your personal love planet, Jupiter, are working together to deliver some well-deserved blessings. You just have to open your heart if you want to receive them!

    The moon, your personal planet of money, waxes to full in Cancer on Saturday. If you began a small financial project on the 7th of this month, back when the moon was new, you may be inspired to spend your earnings on something shiny for your home. If you’ve been pining after an item to sweeten your space, shop for something that's as beautiful as it is functional. Saturday also heralds the start of Capricorn season, putting your buoyant energy to good use. Plan your upcoming week after you’ve absorbed as much good juju as you can!

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    June 21 to July 22

    Ready to buckle down, Cancer? On Thursday, your financial planet, the sun, will trine with Uranus, which is still retrograde. Just because the planet of change is moving backwards, doesn’t mean that he can’t be of some assistance. Take advantage of the old saying,”hindsight is 20/20.” What challenges have you encountered since Uranus began his reverse path this past August? You’ve got until the 6th of January to take detailed notes on how you handled those problems — and what you learned from them.

    On Saturday, the sun will make his way into Capricorn your seventh house of relationships and friendship. Is it possible that you could find new and exciting ways to work with your faves? These first few days of Capricorn season may help you create something unique and so fulfilling that it doesn’t even feel like work. Also on Saturday, the moon, your ruling planet, waxes into a full moon in your sign. Listen to your gut instincts regarding your deepest desires, but keep them close to the vest until you're ready to share your plans.

    Illustrated by Abbie Winters.

    July 23 to August 22

    You can't help but shine, Leo! Soak up the sun’s favor in your fifth house of fun until Saturday, when he makes his way into your sixth house of health and work. You’ll be buzzing with the positive vibes that you've gathered over the last month, and you'll feel more than ready to align your mind and body as we move into Capricorn season.

    The energy is intense as toward the end of the week when Mercury, your personal planet of cash, conjoins with lucky Jupiter. On Thursday, your planetary ruler, the sun, will trine with a retrograde Uranus. The planet of change rules your romantic life. Take a stroll down memory lane back to August when he began his backwards motion. If you’re in a relationship, this is an excellent day to spend with your partner — and maybe take things to the next level. If you’re single, you could have a eureka moment. Rather than try to guess what the planets have in store for you, let yourself relax and accept what comes with open arms.

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    August 23 to September 22

    Has your romantic life been especially spicy lately, Virgo? You can send a cosmic thank you note to Mars, your personal planet of sexuality. Whether you’re single or attached, this fiery planet has been drumming up your mojo from it's position in your 7th house of relationships.

    On Thursday, the sun will trine with a retrograde Uranus. Since this planet rules your zones of health and work, you could have a realization around how to treat yourself better. If you’ve been thinking about trying a new workout or growing your own veggies, take the plunge now. Meanwhile, at the office, you find a way to make an everyday task way more efficient. Think in small changes this week and you'll see major results.

    You’ll be jazzed on Friday when Venus trines Neptune. Venus rules your cash, while Neptune rules love — any spending you do that day won’t result in regret. Thinking of a big ticket item? Go for it — as long as you’ve done your research.

    Illustrated by Abbie Winters.

    September 23 to October 22

    You'll be able to feel your energy building at work this week, as your career planet, the moon, waxes through the signs, Libra. She will pass through actionable Aries from Sunday to early Tuesday morning, lighting a fire under you, before moving into Taurus on Tuesday and focusing your attentions toward fine-tuning your ideas.

    Recharge and get a good night’s sleep on Wednesday when the moon is void of course until 9:34 a.m. EST. You’ll be ready to bring your learnings to the table on Thursday morning when the moon waxes in Gemini through Saturday. Lucky Jupiter and chatty Mercury will join each other on Friday as well, sealing the bonds of any contracts made. On Saturday, the sun enters Capricorn, reinforcing your can-do spirit. Take a break from attacking your to-do list that night and share your highs and lows with loved ones while the full moon is in Cancer.

    Illustrated by Abbie Winters.

    October 23 to November 21

    Have you been thinking about how you can feel more content at home, Scorpio? A retrograde Uranus will trine with the sun on Thursday. The planet of change is your personal ruler of home and family, and when it forms this aspect with the sun it will lend a greater sense of clarity around what needs to be done to make your dwelling more peaceful. What changes can you make to get closer to your ideal living situation?

    Thursday’s trine will also reveal how you can find more success at work and chase your ambitions at top speed, as the sun rules your career zone. Take all of your realizations into the new year, when Uranus will finally be direct. The demand for focused energy on work increases on Saturday, when the sun makes his way into Capricorn. If you can work ahead of schedule before your winter vacation, you’ll be better for it!

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    November 22 to December 21

    Your glow is undeniable this week, Sagittarius! Enjoy every moment of your season that you can before Saturday, when the sun turns his attention to Capricorn. At that point you'll be ready to hunker down and work, thanks to your career planet Mercury’s forward motion and the sun shining in your second house of finances. Are you thinking about expanding your circle? You could make a friend at the office.

    Venus, your personal planet of health and work, will form a sextile with Saturn your personal planet of finances. Don’t underestimate the power of shared challenges to create strong bonds! If you invite a few coworkers over to blow off steam you’ll be sure to find common ground. Mercury, who also rules your love zone, will join with your ruling planet, Jupiter, on Friday. These two heavenly bodies have great news to share with you. If you’re in a relationship, celebrate your wins with your partner. If you’re single, you'll feel downright magnetic!

    Illustrated by Abbie Winters.

    December 22 to January 19

    Have you been thinking about getting away, Capricorn? Mars, your personal planet of home and family life, is moving through your third house of communication and travel. If you don’t have any grand trips planned, remember that you don’t have to get on a plane to find a fresh perspective. Hop behind the wheel for a weekend or check out deals on train rides! It’s easy to get stuck in a rut, but the time has come to break out and seek inspiration.

    The moon, your personal planet of love, bounces through the first four signs of the Zodiac this week before she reaches her brightest state on Saturday night. When she approaches a full moon in Cancer, think about how you show love in your romantic relationships and friendships.

    If you need a moment away from the office, see if you can work remotely on Thursday when Jupiter meets with Mercury. The red giant is your personal planet of spirituality, while the tiny messenger is your personal planet of health and work. Keep your eyes and ears open on Thursday when a retrograde Uranus trines with the sun. The planet of change happens to rule your cash, so you could be surprised with money owed to you. You’ll be ready for the spotlight on Saturday, when the sun enters your first house, illuminating your most admirable qualities.

    Illustrated by Abbie Winters.

    January 20 to February 18

    On Thursday, your ruling planet, Uranus, will trine with the sun, your planetary ruler of love. Uranus' retrograde motion will help partnered Aquarians come to happy realizations about what's really working in their relationships. Single Water Bearers may stumble upon brand new routes to self-improvement. T

    he sun will highlight your 11th house of friends all week long until Saturday, when he moves into your 12th house of spirituality and the unconscious mind. You may feel like retreating after spending your energy on socializing, and that’s okay! This is the same day that Capricorn season kicks off, inspiring you to get down to business for 2019. Mars is here to help you think about the bigger financial picture, as he tours your house of money all month long.

    Illustrated by Abbie Winters.

    February 19 to March 20

    How do you nurture and pursue your goals, Pisces? Do you push them forward on your own or help them grow by seeking feedback? If you set an intention on the 7th’s new moon, you’ve got time to make real progress this week — just follow the phases of the moon! As the planetary ruler of your creative juices, the moon will lead you toward success as she moves through the first four signs of the Zodiac.

    Begin brainstorming with Aries' passionate energy from Sunday to early Tuesday morning. Test your ideas from Tuesday until Wednesday evening when the moon is in Taurus. From Thursday to Saturday, harness Gemini’s quick wittedness for discussing your learnings. Take in your feedback and make notes on Saturday with the full moon in Cancer.

    On Friday, your planetary ruler, Neptune, will trine with Venus. Neptune is all about idealism and dreams, while Venus rule love and beauty. Take time to consider how you can combine your dreamiest ambitions with your passions.

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    Between the cat eye -challenged and those who can finesse a sharp flick in the back of an Uber, in the dark, or with their eyes closed, I'm one of the latter. Not to brag, but since I was first allowed to wear makeup as a teenager, a thick black stripe along my upper lash line has always been my “thing.”

    But I wasn’t born eyeliner-savvy: My lids are slightly hooded and greasy as they come, so it's taken plenty of raccoon eyes, gallons of makeup remover, and countless return trips to the beauty aisle before I earned my wings. Since then, I’ve tried nearly every top-rated liner under the sun, and I’ve fallen in love with fewer than I can count on both hands. Maybe I'm picky, but just because it deposits black pigment doesn't necessarily mean it's good. Some liners are deceiving and will impress you with a dramatic opaque line before smudging as soon as you blink; others dry out quickly and can barely last through a few strokes.

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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 front end engineer working in tech who makes $90,000 per year and spends some of her money this week on burgers.

    Occupation: Front End Engineer
    Industry: Tech
    Age: 28
    Location: New York, NY
    Salary: $90,000
    Paycheck Amount (2x/month): $2,127

    Monthly Expenses
    Rent: $1,825, split evenly with my husband
    Student Loan Payment: $470
    Electricity: $80-$150 depending on the time of year; split 60/40 with my husband
    Laundry: $40
    Green Chef/Purple Carrot: ~$77/week
    MetroCard: $0 (I have a monthly unlimited MetroCard that I pay for with my company credit card.)
    Prescriptions: $15 (paid with FSA)
    Patreon: $5 to Humans of New York
    Phone: ~$50, dependent on data usage
    HBO: $14.99
    Demand Africa: $6.99
    Gym Membership: $288.41
    Charity: $75 (I sponsor two children.)
    401(k): $1,500 pre-tax (20% of my income)
    Savings: $500-$2,700, depending on what's leftover at the end of the month

    Day One

    8:17 a.m. — I wake up from a dream and check the time on my phone. I want to hit the powerlifting gym this morning to bring my attendance up to four days this week, as the coach has us on a program that runs for four days a week. I've been going there for just over a month, and while it's pricey, having coaches constantly watching my form is infinitely worth it. I reserve my spot for 10 a.m. and get up and get ready to go.

    9 a.m. — I run out of time to make breakfast, so I grab a Larabar, a carton of coconut water, and my filled water bottle. I kiss my husband, M., goodbye, and dash out the door.

    11:35 a.m. — I am the last of the morning session attendees to leave. I head to the subway, where I schedule a Seamless order to arrive at about the time I should be getting home. $23.78

    1 p.m. — I get home and my food is waiting for me. Short rib sandwich with fries. Yum!

    2:30 p.m. — M. places a Jet order for this week's groceries. We get Larabars, eggs, bread, yogurt, assorted fruit, rice milk (for me), almond milk (for him), and avocados. The total comes up to $77.53, and we split the bill. $38.76

    2:56 p.m. — I need new workout shoes, as my current Converse are really compromised. I've been comparison shopping for a few days, and finally settle on a pair of slip-on Pumas that can do double duty for traveling, as I've wanted a non-lace-up shoes for getting through TSA for a while. I also throw in some much-needed household items (laundry bags for large delicates, face moisturizer, a throw pillow for the couch, and an herb stripper — $77.72) and some Christmas gifts ($42.41). $120.13

    3:17 p.m. — I'm still in a shopping mood, so I decide to check on some items on my wishlist at other stores. I see that a tank top I wanted from Aerie is steeply discounted, so I get two and plug in a promo code for an extra 10% off. $16.14

    5 p.m. — I'm going with a friend to see Michelle Obama speak tonight, so I get up from the college football game I'm watching to get ready.

    6 p.m. — I'm starting to feel hungry, so I warm up my Seamless leftovers and make a peanut butter chocolate protein shake (rice milk, maple syrup, whey protein powder, powdered peanut butter, cocoa powder, and creatine), but after eating, I'm still a bit hungry. Really didn't time this right. I stash a Larabar in my bag just in case.

    8:37 p.m. — Getting into the Barclays Center was chaotic! My friend and I are thirsty, so we each get a bottle of water before heading to our seats. I cringe at the price, but the venue doesn't allow outside beverages. $7

    12 a.m. — I get home hella late and famished, but my dear husband has just put the finishing touches on his HelloFresh meal (we each do our own meal kit subscriptions). Lucky me!

    1:15 a.m. — We stay up late chatting until we're too tired to function, and fall into bed.

    Daily Total: $205.81

    Day Two

    7:38 a.m. — I wake up with a dry throat an hour and a half before my alarm goes off and seriously consider taking a quarter of an Ambien (usually good for two hours), but ultimately decide against it.

    8:30 a.m. — I get up and make breakfast — an egg and smashed avocado sandwich with a protein shake, and sit in front of my sunlight therapy lamp while I eat. This lamp has saved my mental health this winter.

    9:30 a.m. — Dressed, fed, and off to church. Nasty weather today, but at least it's warmer than usual.

    11:30 a.m. — There's a mixer after church. I skip the refreshments but have a great conversation with some people I met.

    12:50 p.m. — I didn't plan ahead for lunch, and now I'm starving! Seamless again! This time I get a small pizza with prosciutto on top and a ginger ale. $25.35

    1 p.m. — Since it's the start of a new month, I evaluated my wishlist items to decide what to buy. I generally go for what's low in stock (unfortunately, some of my items sold out) and add items as necessary to get free shipping. I order a lingerie set, a bra, fishnet stockings, and a teddy from HerRoom ($84.60 after $20 gift certificate); some wool socks, another teddy, two camisoles, and a demi bra from Nordstrom Rack ($103.82); and some honeymoon lingerie (panties and a robe that say "Mrs." and a satin romper) from Bloomingdale's ($117.08). I read In Intimate Detail by Cora Harrington recently, and I've been on a lingerie kick ever since. I definitely get a rush from spending so much at once, but I've been massaging my shopping carts for a good 24 hours, so I feel confident in my purchases. $305.50

    3:50 p.m. — After my shopping spree, it's time to head to a coffee shop to meet up with the founder of a nonprofit that I volunteer with. I'm working on their website redesign, so we're meeting up to discuss. I order a chai latte and secure two seats. The latte gets my stamp of approval! $4.82

    6 p.m. — The meeting goes really well! We agree on some action items for both of us. I head home, hop in the shower, and heat up my leftover half of pizza for dinner.

    8 p.m. — I do some work on the website until I start to feel sleepy, so I put it away and call my mother for our weekly chat.

    Daily Total: $335.67

    Day Three

    7 a.m. — My alarm goes off and I contemplate my life choices for far too long before getting up, getting dressed, packing my backpack (work laptop, gym clothes, water bottle, book to read on the train, and ADHD meds), and preparing my usual breakfast of an egg and smashed avocado sandwich. I sit in front of my sunlight lamp while eating breakfast and end up leaving one minute late to catch the subway to physical therapy.

    8 a.m. — I literally watch my train pull out of the subway station. I resign myself to being a little late, but the MTA is in a mood, so I end up being 20 minutes late. Grr.

    10 a.m. — After physical therapy, I head to the subway again to get to work.

    12 p.m. — Lunchtime! Everyone in the office typically orders lunch together and the company covers it. I decide I don't want what they're getting, so I hop on Seamless to order from a different place and put it on my company card. I get a chicken plate with hummus and bread. ($15.69 expensed)

    1 p.m. — Whew! Lunch was a bit heavy for me, so I put the rest in the fridge for later and mentally prepare myself for my performance review happening in an hour.

    2:30 p.m. — My review went well! I'll be getting a raise. It's my first raise since becoming an engineer. I really enjoy my work, coworkers, and leadership team, so I'm excited by this news.

    4 p.m. — I reserve a time slot at the powerlifting gym for tonight.

    5 p.m. — Time to finish my lunch from earlier! It's all soooo good. I may have eaten too much so close to my workout, but we'll see how I feel later.

    6:35 p.m. — I arrive at the gym, change into my workout gear, and do my PT warm-ups. My therapist is pretty strict, and this is her requirement in exchange for giving me her blessing to keep lifting.

    8:15 p.m. — Workout complete and it's time to head home! I definitely felt a little too full, but I think it also helped me with the endurance portion of my workout: slam balls! I did 100 reps in a row in five minutes. My coach says next time I need to choose a heavier ball.

    9:30 p.m. — I order Seamless on my way home and have it arrive around the time I do. M. is usually home, so I don't have to be there to answer the door for the delivery. I kiss M. hello, hop straight into the shower, and then sit on the couch to eat. $10.40

    10:30 p.m. — My Purple Carrot order arrived today. (I got a meal kit subscription this summer when I got tired of all the food M. and I were wasting on a weekly basis. We had to do fridge clean-outs too often for my comfort.) I love not having to go to multiple stores to find all my ingredients. This week, I got sesame-ginger noodles with stir-fried greens and toasted peanuts, coconut lentil soup with roasted vegetables, and a tabbouleh burger with tahini yogurt and chickpea salad. I put it all away in the fridge.

    11:30 p.m. — At this point, I'll get less than eight hours of sleep if I don't go to bed now. I climb into bed and just close my eyes, hoping I don't wake up too often in the night.

    Daily Total: $10.40

    Day Four

    6:50 a.m. — I'm awake before my alarm. I realize M. forgot to set his alarm, so I nudge him awake and watch him struggle out of bed. At this point I can't go back to sleep, so I waste time on my phone before getting up and getting ready.

    7:30 a.m. — I go through my usual morning routine, except this time I decide to have my leftover dinner for breakfast. It's a strange experience. I never did this growing up, so I haven't done it as an adult either. Nevertheless, I get through as much of it as possible before once again leaving just a little too late for the subway. I'm usually on time for things, but this winter has me moving at a snail's pace in the mornings.

    9 a.m. — I'm just a couple of minutes late for my class. Twice a week, I volunteer to teach high schoolers to code. As an underrepresented minority in tech, I feel it's important to show kids that people who look like them do exist in the industry. I work with a team of other volunteers and it's not my week to lead, so I don't have to be completely alert. I spend the class session walking around the room assisting students with a group project they're working on.

    10 a.m. — Class is over, so I head to work. Watching my students grasp new concepts so eagerly makes me feel good about my work, and gets me pumped for the workday ahead.

    12 p.m. — Lunchtime! Today we order salads. ($12.25 expensed)

    2 p.m. — I'm working on a major overhaul of one of our platform's features, so I discuss my progress with my product manager. She's really excited about being able to launch this feature, and we have a few current users who want to be our beta testers!

    4 p.m. — Time to reserve my spot at the gym for day two! I'm starving today (that salad did not hit the spot) so I grab a few snacks from the snack bar and munch on my Larabar.

    6 p.m. — Out of the office and off to the gym.

    8:10 p.m. — I made it through my workout! I chug water on my way home and place an order for a burger and fries on Seamless. $24.41

    9:25 p.m. — I make it home before 9:30! Gotta celebrate the small victories. I go through my usual routine of showering before plopping down on the couch to eat. My food arrived early, so now it's cold and rubbery, but I don't care enough to not at least eat most of it.

    10:30 p.m. — M. and I haven't yet bought our plane tickets for Christmas travel, so I do some Googling and buy us on roundtrip tickets in exit row seats for extra leg room. They're pricey, but with my new raise coming, I don't feel it as much. The total comes to $932.80, which we split evenly. $466.40

    11 p.m. — I head to bed a bit early tonight. The exhaustion is building and I'm hoping to make it to PT on time tomorrow.

    Daily Total: $490.81

    Day Five

    7 a.m. — I wake up with my alarm. I'm still exhausted, but my goal of making it to PT on time drives me out of bed earlier than usual.

    7:50 a.m. — I decide to skip eating breakfast at home and take it to-go instead. I chug my protein shake and head out the door.

    8:05 a.m. — The MTA has been slacking. I simply cannot be late to PT, so I call a Lyft. $38.88

    9:12 a.m. — I'm only 12 minutes late today! I think my physical therapist has given up hope that I'll ever be on time. I don't even mention my expensive efforts to get in on time. It is what it is. My FSA balance has run out, so I pay for this visit with my personal credit card. $65

    10:30 a.m. — I get into the office and pull out my egg sandwich. I am too self-conscious to eat on the subway when it's crowded (plus, germs).

    12 p.m. — Lunchtime! I get a braised chicken plate with chipotle kale and black beans, roasted broccoli and rice, and ginger lemonade. ($15 expensed)

    6 p.m. — Time to go home! These days, I only go home at a normal time on Wednesdays. I love it and look forward to cooking dinner tonight.

    7:30 p.m. — I cook up coconut lentil soup while catching up with my husband. I'm supposed to video chat with my three-year-old nephew tonight, but last time he wasn't into it and I'm too tired to play engaged aunty tonight. I justify my decision with the reminder that I'll see him for a week over Christmas.

    8:30 p.m. — I plop down on the couch in my usual spot and watch reruns of The Big Bang Theory while I eat. The soup is okay. I have a Green Chef subscription as well, and I find myself judging Purple Carrot in comparison. (Green Chef totally wins for overall experience, by the way.)

    9:45 p.m. — I get up to prep for bed. I received a new hair product set in the mail today that I bought on Black Friday for 50% off. It smells good enough to eat, so I try it on my hair when I shower. The hair gel works wonders, but everything else is just okay.

    10:15 p.m. — I have needed a new travel bag for when I travel by plane for a while now, so I get one on eBags, as well as some packing cubes, a tech organizer, and a pill organizer. I use my $10 reward certificate towards the total. $133.57

    10:30 p.m. — M. and I head to bed. He never goes to bed this early, but he's exhausted from not sleeping well for several nights in a row.

    Daily Total: $237.45

    Day Six

    7 a.m. — Yay, I finally wake up feeling somewhat well-rested! I bask in the feeling for too long and start my day just a bit too late.

    7:50 a.m. — I get myself ready and prep breakfast to-go once again. I listen to the Daily Calm on my Calm app (I like to meditate on my commute) and then read Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor. It had a great start, then got a bit monotonous, but the action has picked back up and I'm on pins and needles.

    9:08 a.m. — I'm definitely late for class, but it's okay, the students are still working on their project. I spend the hour helping groups better structure their HTML to achieve their desired effect. Each group is amazed by the suggestions I've made. These easy wins give me a major ego boost.

    10:20 a.m. — Like yesterday, I get into work, pull out my egg sandwich, chow down, and then chug my shake.

    12 p.m. — A few of us order lunch from a casual chain. I get a veggie burger (I read something about a beef recall due to salmonella) and fries, with chipotle mayo in lieu of ketchup. The burger falls apart, but I eat most of my food before sticking it in the fridge for later. ($13 expensed)

    5 p.m. — I'm starving, so I grab a couple of snacks from the snack bar. Right as I open a bag of Late July cheddar crackers, I remember my leftover lunch in the fridge. Welp.

    6 p.m. — Out the door and off to the gym! After entering the subway station, I see a five dollar bill float to the floor. I run ahead to the person I think it belongs to, but they say it's not theirs. At this point I have no idea whose it is, so I pocket it with the aim of passing it on to a homeless person.

    8:15 p.m. — I leave the gym a bit later than intended and head to the subway. My stomach growled a couple of times during my workout and I'm not feeling much confidence in my coconut lentil soup's ability to satisfy me. So while I'm on the train, I place a Seamless order for pizza. $26.28

    9:30 p.m. — Home! Dinner isn't here yet, so I hop in the shower and then open a package I received today. It's the shoes I ordered! I leave the second part of my delivery unopened, since it contains part of M.'s Christmas present.

    10 p.m. — I eat dinner on the couch in my new shoes while watching more reruns of The Big Bang Theory. I've seen all the old episodes, but it's a reliable sitcom for a much-needed winter mood lift.

    11:30 p.m. — M. and I finally head to bed. I browse on my phone for a bit before shutting everything down at midnight.

    Daily Total: $26.28

    Day Seven

    5:47 a.m. — I get up to pee and look at the clock. Just over two hours until my alarm goes off, so I pop a quarter of an Ambien pill to help me fall back asleep. It works.

    8:10 a.m. — Up and at 'em! Tonight is our office holiday party. At first I considered bringing a change of clothes, but I've decided to just wear my party outfit for the day. After a week of lugging gym clothes in my bag, I'm craving a light day.

    9:27 a.m. — I head to the subway. The five dollar bill I picked up last night is burning a hole in my pocket, and I try to be mindful of any panhandlers as I settle into my book. I'm in luck when a trio of older men with walking canes enter my train car singing "This Magic Moment" a capella. They sound really good and they're pleasant people, so I gleefully drop the $5 in their little container. Mischief managed.

    10:30 a.m. — I stroll into work to see most of my coworkers similarly dressed up for later. I made the right choice. I feel a little drowsy and panic a little when I realize I'm not 100% sure I took my ADHD meds this morning. I wave it off with the reminder that I'd be much drowsier if I hadn't. I should be fine.

    12:50 p.m. — Lunch! I get a vegan rice bowl with mushrooms, cashew cheese, guac, and chicken on top. ($15 expensed)

    3 p.m. — A coworker asks if I'd like to join her on a coffee run. I agree and haul on my coat. We go to a new spot, so even though I don't need anything, I order a chai latte, because tradition. It's awful. The cinnamon flavor is overpowering, and their prices are high for the size. I guess I won't be returning. $5.44

    7 p.m. — Party time! We all Uber over to the location and grab drinks to get started. Our plus ones meet us there. We all spend the night drinking a little too much and letting down our hair much more than we do on a regular basis. Nothing too crazy, though! We are a pretty straight-laced bunch.

    12:50 a.m. — It's freezing cold and super late, so I call a Lyft to take M. and me home. It's an expensive ride but well worth it, since the subway would take two hours. I get in and check on a coworker before passing out on the couch. I'm definitely going to feel this in the morning. $45.18

    Daily Total: $50.62

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