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    We love the idea of participating in a Secret Santa exchange — that is, until we unwrap something less than creative, like a bar of pharmacy-bought soap, or a re-gifted, and maybe used, candle (both "gifts" we've actually encountered). As much fun it is to give (and get) surprise goodies, it can be a high-pressure situation, with one wrong move resulting in public displays of awkwardness. (Gee, thanks, Susan from accounting...)

    The difficulty of hunting for low-cost gifts shouldn’t be a reason to give up before you even start, so be sure you're doing your part when you sign up for the exchange. We’ve rounded up gifts that are more than worthy of holiday exchanges — and completely in your budget (yes, they all ring in under $25). Say goodbye to lazy, last-minute finds, and hello to affordable, but still totally awesome, presents anyone would want to receive.

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    What It's Like Living In The Same Building As Your S.O.

    In Refinery29's Sweet Digs, we take a look inside the sometimes small, sometimes spacious homes of millennial women. Today, 26-year-old Rachel Herron shows off her Harlem 2-bedroom apartment.

    When Rachel Herron first saw her boyfriend's apartment, she knew immediately that she wanted to move in. To clarify: not into his apartment, but definitely into the building.

    "I really liked it primarily because utilities are included in the rent, and all the apartments were newly renovated," Herron says. "So when my lease was up around in my old apartment, I contacted a broker who was dealing exclusively with the building and I kind of let him know like, 'Look. If you get something that’s open, I definitely want to live there for sure.'"

    Herron got lucky, and found a 2-bedroom in the building for a cool $2,480. She found a roommate (who, funnily enough, had messaged her about her old apartment initially), and set about filling the space with decorations inspired by her hometown. And for her relationship with her boyfriend? That's still a thing.

    "It’s honestly perfect because I like my apartment more than I like his apartment," she says. "So it’s really nice if I’'m in my place and he’s in his place and he’s like, ‘Oh. Did you want to come over?’ I can say, 'No. I’m just going to stay here.' And if I change my mind I just have to get in the elevator and go upstairs. Or we can hang out for a while and then leave. Or we can spend all day apart and then be like, 'All right. It’s time for bed. Do you want to just come over and we can fall asleep?'"

    Moving in might not even be an option at this point. "We both feel like we have such independence, which might even be ideal," Herron says. "Maybe we’ll just do it this way forever." Check out Rachel's space in the video above, and read on for her decorating tips.

    Can you talk about the upfront costs of moving in?

    "There was a non-negotiable broker’s fee just because of how many people like the building and how quickly places in that building went off the market. It was a 15% broker’s fee which was crazy and then first month and then security. And because we moved in halfway through a month we paid half month plus a whole month plus security and then the broker’s fee. So it was a lot of money upfront. I think we both paid $5,000 upfront. Something around there."

    What about furniture? Where did you find most of your decor?

    Kind of all over. My couch I got from Wayfair because I knew I wanted to put some money into something that was going to be really nice and not just a lazy couch for watching movies. Even though I love that, I wanted a statement piece for the room and encourage the rest of the furniture to kind of match which it really did. I put the couch in and everything just kind of fell in line. So I got that from Wayfair and I have a bar car that I got from Wayfair. And I think almost everything else is from Amazon Home, which is crazy. I didn’t even know they had that. My bed is from Amazon Home.

    How did you find inspiration for your home?
    "Honestly, I feel like the magic of Instagram is once you’ve liked a couple of pictures then all of a sudden your whole Explore page is nothing but photos like that. So honestly I just liked a couple of I guess I’d call it Swedish design-ish. Because they all kind of look alike to me but it’s very much my aesthetic and I would go on Instagram all day and all night and constantly save photos that I thought were interesting. So simple, wooden furniture design with nice accent pieces. Throws, pillows, things to warm up the space. Lots of greens. Lots of white, neutral wood and black. And then a lot of plants and candles. So that’s kind of where my head was and I kind of went from there based off mainly Instagram. I just used Pinterest for my lights."

    Do you have any decorating rules or tips? Or what’s the best tip you’ve ever learned?

    "My big tip is a combination of many tips. Don’t be afraid to commit to an idea and really have a thought about what you want the space to look like. And then add in your personal things to dress up that idea. So I’m in no way hating on an apartment that’s so personal with knick knacks and photos and things everywhere. That’s great. It’s just totally not my vibe. I think sometimes I’m afraid that my place doesn’t look as home-y because I don’t have a ton of pictures everywhere of my friends. I have pictures in personal areas. I have some pictures in my closet that only I see. Because they’re kind of for me. So having an idea and going for it and keeping your personal things where you want them and not being afraid to put them out if you need to. Like tastefully or having a private, personal corner room or space that’s just for you and it’s a nice little secret because it’s good to keep yourself entertained in your own space."

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    If we had to sit and count the number of beauty products endorsed by the Kardashian family, we'd be here all day. Between Kim and Kylie's rapidly growing cosmetics lines, Kendall's prestigious modeling contracts, and each sister's micro-collaborations — dare we say — it's a lot to keep up with.

    Khloe Kardashian, however, has been pretty under the radar as far as beauty endorsements go. Recently, she released the limited-edition KoKo Collection with Kylie Cosmetics, but now Kardashian is adding her own major deal to the beauty bloodline: the Becca BFF Collection in partnership with her best friend, Malika Haqq.

    The duo, who have been friends for over 10 years, just launched a limited-edition lineup, complete with new products and formulas. Kardashian, a self-proclaimed "sucker for makeup," tells Refinery29 that working with Becca is a full-circle moment. "I'm a consumer first, and I've always been a fan of Becca's highlighters and bronzers," she says. Kardashian names the iconic Champagne Pop and Chrissy Teigen's latest blush palette as two of her all-time favorites from the brand.

    But for the their first joint beauty venture, the besties focused on creating neutral and red lipsticks that can replace your everyday nude or pop at holiday parties. Haqq and Kardashian also created two face palettes with various skin tones in mind. "Khloe and I would do our makeup together and there have been plenty of times where we couldn't share certain things, like highlighters, because of our totally different skin tones," Haqq tells us. "But occasionally we would come across something that looks good on the both of us, so it is possible to have products that flatter a range of complexions."

    Beyond blendable pigments and luxurious formulas, the collaboration is deeply rooted in their friendship. "I haven't asked [my sisters] for any advice," Khloe says. "I've done collaborations with Kim and Kylie in the past, and I'm always left in awe of their work ethic. I've learned so much from them — but this is our own thing."

    The Kardashian sisters have a tight-knit bond that is invaluable, but Khloe and Malika also have a sisterhood of sorts. "Everyone needs a best friend who is your sister," says Haqq. "We all need someone we can rely on; someone who is your ride-or-die — that is who Khloe and I are to each other."

    And what kind of friends would we be if we didn't give you a look at the collection before it launches on December 26? Horrible ones. So, click ahead to get a better look at the new goods.

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    Kardashian's face palette features warm (and cool) tones of blush, highlighter, and bronzer that give fair and medium skin a soft glow.

    Becca BFFs Khloe x Malika Made with Love By Khloé Palette, $44, available online at beccacosmetics.com December 26

    Curated by Haqq, this palette comes with four shimmery shades that won't look ashy on deep complexions.

    Becca BFFs Khloe x Malika Made with Love By Malika Palette, $44, available online at beccacosmetics.com December 26

    Looking at these loose pigments, it's clear to see Kardashian and Haqq love highlighter as much as they love each other. The X and O-shaped powders are a mix of shimmer and bronzer. Lightly swirl your brush over the shades and dust wherever you want to add an instant post-vacation glow.

    Becca BFFs Khloe x Malika Glow Letters, $18, available online at beccacosmetics.com December 26

    The collection comes with four wearable lip colors, including this cool-toned red developed by Haqq. We're already eyeing the creamy shade, which is formulated with hyaluronic acid, for our holiday parties.

    Becca BFFs Khloe x Malika Ultimate Lipstick Love in Brave, $24, available online at beccacosmetics.com December 26

    Kardashian customized this toasty neutral, which has caramel tones that look good at work or for a date night.

    Becca BFFs Khloe x Malika Ultimate Lipstick Love in Cupid's Kiss, $24, available online at beccacosmetics.com December 26

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    Kylie Jenner could launch 100 more lip kits, and I still couldn't bring myself to wear one. It's not that I don't like the rich, velvety look of liquid lipsticks — I do — it's just that any lip product that requires more than unscrewing the cap and lazily running it across my mouth is a big fat nope on my Monday morning.

    So, when Bobbi Brown introduced me to its new "crushed" liquid lipsticks, I was immediately intrigued. The brand promised that the formula — which will be available in 14 shades — packs the pigment of a liquid lipstick, the moisture of a lip balm, and the finish of a lip gloss. You can dab it on with your finger for sheer coverage or sweep it right on for full coverage.

    The minute I swiped on Juicy Date, a pinky nude, I immediately noticed the difference. While the color was creamy and pigmented, it felt more like a smooth lip balm and I didn't need a mirror to apply it. As the day went on, I discovered another quality that's noticeably missing from most liquid lipsticks: There was absolutely no cracking or feathering and my lips didn't feel like the life had been sucked out of them by day's end. While I did notice the color start to wear off after two cups of coffee, I didn't mind reapplying it because it felt like a hydrating balm — which was a welcome relief in the dry office heat.

    The product is set to release in January 2019, but Bobbi Brown is doing a pre-sale starting today (while products last) for $26 on bobbibrown.com. So, if you're looking to steal the show on Christmas, give a gift that's not even on the market yet, or just want something that's going to make your Monday suck a little less, this is just the thing.

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    Today, the beauty industry is mourning one of its greats: Oribe Canales, the Cuban-American hairstylist who shot to fame working with celebrities and models over the last four decades, has died at 62. "We can confirm that this sad news is true. Oribe was an amazing hairdresser and friend and will be missed," Oribe's team confirmed to Refinery29.

    Canales, who dreamed up some of the most iconic editorial and fashion show looks of the '80s and '90s, also founded his eponymous global haircare brand with award-winning products like the cult-favorite Dry Texturizing Spray. And although he had an esteemed résumé — that included working with many notable celebrities and supermodels, including Cher, Naomi Campbell, and Kate Moss — perhaps his most famous relationship was with Jennifer Lopez, who met him on the cover shoot for her first album in 1999.

    This afternoon, Lopez remembered the hairstylist by sharing a montage of photos of the two of them together on set, including a backstage shot from her "Jenny From the Block" music video. "We fell in love with each other. We traveled the world together. And along with Scott Barnes they helped me blossom into JLO," she wrote on Instagram, "He was a true artist.
    He made me feel special and beautiful for so long. I could go on and on but I will just say with a heavy heart... Thank you sweet, beautiful man... I will miss you. I love you Oribe... so much.."

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    When I was 16 I was fascinated with Vogue magazine I would ride on the train and look at all the images of the supermodels and I was obsessed with the hair!! When I saw an image I loved I would check who did it and it was always someone named Oribe... Wow... he’s amazing I would think!! Cut to years later I was making my first album. I started working with Benny Medina and he said to me we have to do an album cover shoot who do you want for hair and makeup... honestly I was so new to the industry I knew no one and remembered my time flipping thru those magazines on the 6 and said ummm Oribe and Kevin Aucoin... Benny laughed and said oh OK! The next 10 years I would spend with Oribe by my side in every waking and working moment. We fell in love with each other. We traveled the world together. And along with Scott Barnes they helped me blossom into JLO. It was a magical and exhausting time...And when I was tired he would say to me... “You are gonna get up and go out there and be beautiful and fabulous bc that your job!!” We’d laugh bc that sounded crazy and then we would get to the business of doing our “job” !! He made me love the glam part of things. Bc he loved it so much and saw it as a powerful tool to empower women. He loved beauty and wanted women to feel beautiful and sexy. He loved the messiness and the imperfection and saw how interesting that was. He was a true artist. He made me feel special and beautiful for so long. I could go on and on but I will just say with a heavy heart... Thank you sweet, beautiful man... I will miss you. I love you Oribe... so much... 💔#latinolegend #artistextraordinaire #hairgod #familia

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    Lopez joins dozens of celebrities who are also taking to Instagram and Twitter to share a massive outpouring of love for the late hairstylist. "I’d do anything to tell you one more time how beautiful you make me feel .... I love you Oribe. & I Always will," Miley Cyrus wrote. "Tell me this is not true," wrote Naomi Campbell. "Broken beyond words. Beautiful SOUL, there will never be another." Heidi Klum, Cindy Crawford, Debra Messing, and Debi Mazar also posted tributes.

    Industry professionals and friends of the hairdresser, like Daniel Martin, Elle, and Molly Roncal, are also expressing their condolences. Longtime friend and celebrity makeup artist Mary Greenwell posted a photo with the heartfelt caption: "I am devastated to hear that my darling friend and work companion has past away. ORIBE is one of the great ‘original’ hairdressers whose iconic status grew alongside the supermodels of the 80’ and 90’. He was a brilliant hairdresser and simply adored by all."

    Most recently, Oribe celebrated the 10th anniversary of the brand's Dry Texturizing Spray, the best-selling product that is currently sold once every minute around the world. “I’m so proud of the products we’ve created. I think we have changed the lives of hairdressers," he told Forbes. Clearly, he changed the lives of a lot more people than that.

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    It's almost that time when winter takes over, and cuddling up in the comfort of your own bed wins out over brunches, parties and pretty much everything else. When the going gets tough, what other choice is there than our too-cozy-to-ever-take-off flannel pajamas? They might not be the most chic winter outfit choice, but hey, when you're that far deep in a Riverdale binge, putting together a lewk is hardly a top priority.

    To investigate, we did a deep dive to find the perfect pair of flannel pajamas. Despite our admittedly low expectations, we were pleasantly surprised to find a selection that didn't disappoint. From the plaid and gingham sets you know and love to fun and festive pairs too good to pass up, winter sleepwear is better than ever before. So next time the elements have you itching for a good ol' fashioned night in, try a pair of the 15 flannel pajamas ahead, and finally master cold weather hygee once and for all.

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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 27 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.

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    A week after being elected as New York's 14th District congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined a protest by a group of young environmental activists urging Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the presumptive House Speaker, to lead the party in developing a comprehensive, ambitious plan to address climate change in the next Congress.

    Ocasio-Cortez's move immediately catapulted the idea, until then a somewhat fringe proposal called the Green New Deal, into the mainstream. In the month since the sit-in, which was coordinated by the the youth-led organization Sunrise Movement, 36 members of Congress have joined Ocasio-Cortez in supporting the plan. And on Friday, more than 300 local and state officials across the U.S. also threw their support behind the proposal in an open letter.

    Climate change is perhaps the greatest threat humanity is currently facing. A report released by the United Nations’ scientific panel on climate change in October found that by 2040 — less than 22 years from now — the world would be in crisis, facing everything from food shortages and extreme poverty to wildfires, droughts, and the death of coral reefs. According to the panel, in order to cut carbon emissions and lessen the damage, the global economy would have to be transformed at a scale and pace that has "no documented historic precedent." Another report, this time commissioned and released by the U.S. government in November, concluded that not only the environment will be threatened by climate change in the next century — both public health and the national economy are also at risk.

    It's with this mindset that Ocasio-Cortez and environmental activists are pushing for the Green New Deal. So, what would it entail exactly? At this point, the deal is more of a promise to tackle climate change and income inequality in the next decade or so. "We're positioning the Green New Deal as an umbrella for a set of policies and programs that get America out of fossil fuels and transitions our country to stop the climate crisis, eliminate poverty, and improve the lives of million of working families," Varshini Prakash, co-founder of Sunrise Movement, told Refinery29. "It's not gonna be one bill or one policy, it's going to be it's going to be a sweeping set of reforms that go beyond simple climate policy."

    For example, Ocasio-Cortez has a draft proposal with some suggestions, but lawmakers and activists had made it clear that this should be an ongoing conversation. Among the things the freshman congresswoman is proposing are building a nationwide "energy-efficient 'smart' grid"; moving industries such as transportation, agriculture, and manufacturing from fossil fuels and instead pushing them to use renewable energy; and updating systems in residential and industrial buildings with "state-of-the-art energy efficiency." These suggestions would go hand-in-hand with measures to fight income inequality, which would include a jobs guarantee "to assure a living wage job to every person who wants one"; establishing universal health care programs; and offering training and education so workers, even those employed by the fossil fuel industry, can be part of these new "green" jobs.

    This is going to be the New Deal, the Great Society, the moon shot, the civil-rights movement of our generation.

    But the first step, and the reason why the Green New Deal has gained steam this past month, is for the House of Representatives to create a "select committee." The bipartisan working group, comprised by 15 members, would have one year to come up with a bill to kick the reform into gear. One of the crucial parts is that members of the committee would be banned from taking campaign donations from oil and gas companies. That way, Ocasio-Cortez and activists argue, there would be no conflicts of interests and the legislation would not be weakened. Their main goal before the next Congress comes into session is for the proposal to be include in the Democratic caucus' agenda.

    To succeed, Ocasio-Cortez has been using her political capital to wrangle support for the Green New Deal internally and externally, and that's a win for the movement according to Michelle Romero, national director of the organization Green For All. "The Green New Deal has really picked up steam because Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been brave enough to demand it as a solution," she told Refinery29. "Climate leaders and environmental justice leaders has been doing the work, but when she showed up [to the sit-in], she lent her platform to give greater visibility to the movement and she really deserves credit for that."

    While some of the ideas captured by the proposal are not exactly new — a less ambitious version of the deal was introduced in 2003, though it was never entirely successful — the renewed energy around it is a welcome change for people such as Romero. "The movement that 10 years ago made climate change a top issue of the 2008 presidential debate really has paved the way for this next wave [of activism] we're seeing now," she said. "Through that, we got the Green Jobs Act and some renewable and energy-efficient funding from the 2009 stimulus package. There were some real, concrete things we were able to get done then. Now that Democrats regained control of the House, it's a real opportunity for [the party] to pick up where they left off."

    At a town hall in early December, Ocasio-Cortez framed the fight against climate change and income inequality tapping into an idea that tends to catch the attention of most people regardless of their politics: pure American exceptionalism. "This is going to be the New Deal, the Great Society, the moon shot, the Civil Rights movement of our generation," she told attendants.

    This resonates with folks like Prakash, who has built Sunrise Movement alongside other young people with the belief that fighting climate change is about changing the course of history.

    "I’m 25 years old. We’ve known about the climate crisis for twice as long as I’ve been alive in this planet and we have yet to do something that scales our action and economic activity to combat the crisis," Prakash said. "[Fighting climate change] is about survival and existence. Are we going to take action over the next 10 years to ensure our generation has a livable future, or are we going to continue to kick the can down the road and resign ourselves to live a life filled with chaos, violence, and uncertainty?"

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    There was a time, not too long ago, when BB creams completely swept the beauty landscape. The foundation-meets-moisturizer hybrids — which originated in Germany, or was it South Korea? — felt like the kind of innovation we had been waiting for all of our lives. And then, as quickly as they populated our top shelves, they were gone. Maybe it was the onslaught of CC and DD creams that made us, well, OD on the idea. Or maybe it was more dramatic, makeup-heavy looks, like contouring or dewy-dumpling skin, that got us all caught up.

    But we're woman enough to admit when we're wrong: Considering their usefulness in providing legit coverage, sun protection, and a believable glow all in one, we never should have strayed so far from BB creams in the first place. Plus, because some of our favorite formulas are also packed with hydrators like hyaluronic acid, squalane, and botanically-derived oils, they're key for keeping your complexion from losing its cool in the midst of moisture-sucking season.

    Sometimes rich and creamy, sometimes gel-like, BB creams can get you that highly-coveted your-skin-but-better finish and provide much-needed protection against the elements, too. Naturally, this month marks the perfect time to pull them out of retirement — and now it's our go-to foundations that are getting pushed to the back of the cabinet in favor of the lightweight skin-healing formulas ahead.

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    This multitasker offers buildable coverage that doesn't settle into fine lines or dry patches, while also packing SPF and enough nourishing ingredients to rival your best serum (hello, peptides, niacin, hyaluronic acid, and antioxidants). Though the formula comes in matte and satin-finish options, we reach for this pearlized version in winter months: Come this time of year, we need all the faux glow we can get.



    It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Illumination with SPF 50+, $38, available at It Cosmetics

    This new BB-foundation hybrid, available December 26 on Stila's site, combines the lightweight texture of a BB cream with the full-coverage power of a foundation. Eight shades promise to adapt to a spectrum of skin tones, and feature micas to blur discoloration and enlarged pores. But the best case for camouflaging winter blah s is the actual formulation, which includes more than 70% water and coconut water to keep skin from flaking away.



    Stila Lingerie Soufflé Skin Perfecting Color, $38, available at Stila

    Even oily skin can become dehydrated in blustery weather. This creamy formula doesn't mattify to the point of drying skin; instead, it provides weightless coverage that packs SPF and hydrates, to boot.



    NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $45, available at NARS

    We used to reach for the thickest moisturizers and foundations in freezing temps, thinking the denser the product, the more protected our skin. That was the old us: Thanks in part to this bouncy gel cream, we now know better. Ingredients like squalane and sodium hyaluronate make our skin look like it just had a big gulp of alkaline water, while a believable tint evens out blotchy tone.



    bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $30, available at Ulta Beauty

    This cushion compact may dispense painfully-controlled quantities of BB cream, but just a few light taps was enough to stamp out the redness of an oncoming zit. After hours of wear, it didn't settle into creases or dry out our skin — and, unlike many other cushion compacts, actually comes in a legit shade for deep complexions.



    Laneige BB Cushion Pore Blur, $38, available at Sephora

    This lightweight BB wipes out acne scars like a medium-coverage foundation but hydrates like a serum, thanks to squalane, peptides, and linoleic acid. Best of all, it doesn't even feel like makeup on your skin.



    Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35, $42, available at Sephora

    For no-makeup makeup days, this lightweight cream from 2018's most searched beauty brand evens out the complexion, but not to the point of erasing freckles. Hydrators like dimethicone, glycerin, and blackcurrant seed oil help fake the kind of rich-girl luster that typically only comes with frequent trips to the spa and a chauffeured commute.



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    At Sephora, the season of giving means a cornucopia of limited-edition collabs (hi, Desi Perkins x Benefit!), glitter, advent calendars, and one-off gift sets. But low-key buried under the deluge of flashy holiday merch are new beauty launches that are not only drool-worthy in their own right, but are going to change the game in 2019.

    We're talking about a very exciting sequel to Sol de Janeiro's cult-favorite Bum Bum Cream (a lighter gel that will be perfect once the snow starts to thaw). There's also a two-step cleansing system from one of Hollywood's most respected makeup artists, a self-setting concealer, and an iridescent eyeshadow practically made for NYE.

    If it weren't for all the shiny holiday gift sets in the mix, these suckers would attract a lot more hype. See what's about to drop, ahead, and get ready to swoop on some of the most genius products that everyone else will be sleeping on this season.

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    Never mind that everyone's favorite healthy fat has been a go-to in DIY masking for generations: This mask, slated to launch in Sephora stores on December 28, is primed to reintroduce millennials to avocados outside of a topper for toast. The formula, which we've already raved about, taps plenty of it — avocado flesh, avocado extracts, avocado oil, and avocado butter — to hydrate and soothe skin.



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

    The latest innovation in Kate Somerville's beloved ExfoliKate line is a leave-on liquid treatment (coming December 28) made to clear dead skin cells while you sleep. A robust combination of 10% alpha-hydroxy acids and fruit enzymes (pumpkin, papaya, and pineapple) exfoliate, while peptides and honey and tea extracts soothe the skin for a softer, more even complexion by sunrise.



    Kate Somerville Liquid ExfoliKate, $58, available at Sephora

    Sol de Janeiro's Bum Bum Cream is so addictive, a Costco-sized tub sold out within minutes after launching this fall. But we won't be surprised if loyalists are compelled to cheat on the summer staple with this new hydrator, which hits Sephora's site on December 19. The oil-in-water gel cream boasts a bouncier texture and new scent, and if the blend of coconut, vanilla, and praline is anything like the original, we'll be vicariously living our Brazilian beach dreams without so much as leaving the office.



    Sol de Janeiro Coco Cabana Cream, $45, available at Sephora

    What's this? Oh, just the ultimate cool-girl holiday gift for shoppers so chill, they waited until a day after Christmas to buy anything: a travel-size Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask, Ouai Treatment Masque for hair, and white headband keep everything above the neck hydrated, whether you're spending a lazy Sunday at home or a day-long flight to Santorini.



    Ouai Haircare x Summer Fridays Ouai Haircare x Summer Fridays Mask Set, $22, available at Sephora

    This dry-oil spray can be used virtually anywhere on your body. Mist it over your hair to hydrate and de-frizz strands or massage it into limbs, shoulders, and décolletage for a healthy glow.



    IGK Speechless Dry Oil Finishing Spray, $29, available at Sephora

    If all you want for Christmas is a concealer that won't crumble like Grandma's fruit cake, then visit Sephora's site on December 26, when Make Up For Ever launches its latest innovation: Ultra HD Self-Setting Concealer. Available in 22 shades, the formula utilizes pigments coated in amino acids for 12-hour wear and a natural, skin-like finish.



    Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Self-Setting Concealer, $28, available at Sephora

    Typically, slapping foundation atop dry, flaky skin doesn't do the complexion any favors. But this medium-to-full coverage formula, available in 30 shades, was designed specifically with dry skin in mind. It contains silver-ear mushroom extract to retain moisture and light-reflecting powders for a blurring effect.



    Laura Mercier Flawless Lumiere Radiance-Perfecting Foundation, $48, available at Sephora

    Jackie Kennedy's signature swipe of lipstick? A lightly frosted pale-pink shade. Get the updated version with this new formula, which launches December 18 and comes in a leopard-printed bullet that feels decidedly more Marilyn than Jackie.



    Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Frost Lipstick, $30, available at Sephora

    This tech-driven skin-care brand suggests just a pea-sized amount of this moisturizer — made with vegan collagen and algae-derived acids — applied before bed to restore skin's hydration and bounce while you sleep.



    Algenist Genius Sleeping Collagen, $98, available at Sephora

    The brightest-ever palette from Tarte is stocked with everything you need to try the biggest shadow trends of 2018 — from violet eyes to pumpkin hues — before the year comes to a close. (Or just to nab a killer NYE look.)



    Tarte Tartiest Pro Remix Palette, $49, available at Sephora

    This moisturizer is air-whipped, but don't let its lightness fool you: It contains some heavy-hitting ingredients — like ceramides, linoleic acid, and hyaluronic acid — to treat even the driest wind-whipped skin.



    First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair BarriAIR Cream, $30, available at Sephora

    Usually, swirling two liquid eyeshadow shades on the lid is a surefire way to get a rotten gray-brown tone. But this limited-edition liquid eye shadow (available online on December 19) uses iridescent colors and some pretty cool tech to create a two-toned effect on the lid with just one stroke.



    Stila Shade Mystère Liquid Eye Shadow , $24, available at Sephora

    The first and only CBD brand to be stocked at Sephora, Lord Jones uses non-psychoactive, THC-free cannabidol derived from hemp in this lotion geared to help soothe aching joints and muscles.



    Lord Jones High CBD Formula Body Lotion, $60, available at Sephora

    This new serum — dropping online at Sephora.com on December 26 — doesn't stop at vitamin C for its brightening power. Along with a potent 10% concentration, it taps kojic acid and arbutin (two plant-derived ingredients known to fade dark spots) to impart glowing skin.



    Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Clinical Grade IPL Dark Spot Correcting Serum, $92, available at Sephora

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    Out of all the beauty trends taking over the market, K-beauty has been the one to watch this year — and last year, and the year before that, and... well, you get the picture. South Korea has become a major influence on the Western beauty industry over the past decade, but in the past twelve months alone, we've seen even more of these brands fly off the shelves at beauty giants like Sephora, and inspire the creation of new brands like Kaja.

    So it's only right that we take authentic K-beauty sets into account when considering the gift sets on offer this holiday season. The skin-care lovers on your list deserve the best of what they love the most, from lip saviors to face masks galore — and we've got an assortment of all the best K-beauty gifts to put under the chimney, ahead.

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    Gift your loved one a Korean-inspired spa day that they won't even need to leave the house for. This skin-care set comes with an enzyme peel, cleansing foam, rejuvenating cream, and eye treatment gel, so they'll have refreshed, baby-smooth skin for the new year — and have you to thank for that.



    AMOREPACIFIC Bamboo Me Beautiful, $77, available at Sephora

    For an extra special gift, dish out the coins and get them a lavish set that features two exclusive products — a perfume oil and hand cream — that have only been sold in the Sulwhasoo flagship store in Seoul up until now. Whether you choose to bend the truth and say you have a South Korean connect is all up to you, but we totally get it if you do.



    Sulwhasoo Snow Flower Heritage Set, $150, available at Sulwhasoo

    With all the focus on the rest of our faces, we tend to forget that lips need some loving, too — especially during the colder months. This kit comes with four leave-on lip masks, one full-size and three mini, all in different flavors. It'll have anyone ready for that cliché New Year's Eve kiss... or just a really flattering selfie.



    Laneige Kiss and Make Up Set, $28, available at Sephora

    You know that fresh, well-rested feeling you wake up to on the weekends? That's what this line is all about — and you can give someone the opportunity to achieve those #skingoals any day of the week with this set, which features the brand's best-selling eye cream, peel gel, and water cream in a festive travel pouch.



    Saturday Skin Starlight Bright, $46, available at Sephora

    Not only does this set contain a variety of travel-size K-beauty products — a sheet mask, eye cream, balancing toner, and collagen liquid, to be exact — but they're all wrapped up in a soft, velvety pouch they'll actually want to keep.



    Soko Glam Dewy Skin Set, $78, available at Soko Glam

    But if you're looking for something extra special for the mask diehards on your list, this set offers 10 single sheet masks that cover any and every skin concern. The more the merrier, right?



    Soko Glam 10 Days of Sheet Masks, $25, available at Soko Glam

    Double cleansing — once to remove makeup, then again to deep clean — is Korea's skin-saving secret. This kit has everything you need to double-up your cleansing routine, including an exfoliating konjac sponge, cleansing oil, cleansing stick, and facial oil.



    Julep Korean Skincare Made Simple Double Cleanse & Boost Set, $49, available at Ulta Beauty

    There's nothing like a set of five sheet masks to encourage some bonding time between you and four relatives of your choice. Pass 'em around and tackle your skin concerns as a family.



    TonyMoly My Shea Sheet Mask, $8, available at Ulta Beauty

    Glow Recipe shook up the K-beauty world when its Watermelon Sleeping Mask sold out in just five hours (and racked up a waitlist of over 5,000 people) last year. Now you can get your hands on the entire Watermelon collection — all packaged in an adorable pink clear tote — without the wait, thanks to this holiday set.



    Glow Recipe Limited Edition Watermelon Jelly Tote Set, $40, available at Sephora

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    Who says that beauty advent calendars are pointless if you don't buy them before December 1? Sure, we salute the planners, but procrastinators can reap the benefits of the 25-day pop-out gift boxes, too. Because, as it turns out, those jumbo cardboard calendars and 10-piece value sets actually make the thriftiest present to grab in the final two weeks of gifting season — just as long as you know how to hack them.

    To prove it, we're breaking down the best gift sets to buy right now, with a detailed guide on exactly how to segment the pieces — separating the night serum from the liquid eyeliner — and break them into smaller gifts (plus, which pieces from each box you should go ahead and stow away for yourself).

    From every Charlotte Tilbury must-have to a shiny Estée Lauder dream vault, scroll through to check out our favorite beauty sets of the season, and the pro hacks for how to divvy them up into the best mini presents to wrap in tissue paper and toss into a CVS gift bag without a second thought — guaranteed to please everyone who wound up on your last-minute gift list. (Yourself included.)

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    Think of a beauty advent calendar like your personal treasure trove of stocking stuffers. Keep the mini Magic Cream and the gorgeous bronze cream eyeshadow for yourself, and plan to sprinkle all the other Charlotte Tilbury goodies into any gift bags that are looking a little sparse.



    Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte's Beauty Universe, $200, available at Charlotte Tilbury

    — PAID —

    Along with the titular best-selling lactic-acid treatment, valued at $105, this core-essentials kit comes with a detoxifying clay cleanser, brightening vitamin C serum, retinoid-rich night oil, and soothing gel moisturizer — for just five bucks more. So wrap up the Good Genes serum as a sweet stocking stuffer for your sister who's been dying to try it, then keep the rest for yourself. We won't tell.



    Sunday Riley Good Genes Anchor, $110, available at Sunday Riley

    Keep the Bath & Body Works jumbo eucalyptus- and spearmint-scented candle for your own bathroom aromatherapy (because Olivia Wilde swears by it), and then you can pawn off the pillow mist, a fizzy bath bomb, and a body lotion to your favorite cousin.



    Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Eucalyptus & Spearmint Fragrance Gift Kit, $37.5, available at Bath & Body Works

    If your mom has a thing for Clarins, but a single cream feels a little underwhelming, splurge on the 12-piece sampler you know she'll love.



    Clarins 12-Pc. Festive Surprises 12-Day Advent Calendar Set, $60, available at Macy's

    For your best friend who loves her Gwyneth Paltrow cookbook, you can't go wrong with gifting the Goop-y charcoal and coriander bath salts — but we'd highly recommend keeping the scalp scrub for yourself.



    goop G.TOX Travel Kit, $40, available at goop

    Your aunt, your grandmother, and your boss all wear Estée Lauder's legacy beauty products. If you buy a big kit, you can personalize a fancy beauty gift bag for each one.



    Estée Lauder 31 Beauty Essentials Blockbuster Set , $68, available at Macy's

    Buying a set of multiples is another great gifting hack. With a box like this — filled with the same lipstick in different shades — you can pull out the color you love most, and then distribute the rest among your friends.



    Rodin Olio Lusso Holiday Five-Piece Mini Lipstick Coffret Set, $48, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

    If you've been dying to try a few different products from a single brand — like the consummate California cool-girl's new fave all-natural hair brand Playa — splurge on the stocked holiday kit, so you can get the whole collection and spend way less than you would buying each bottle individually. Plus, anything you don't want to try, you can pass along to your work wife.



    Playa Hair Essentials Set, $130, available at Sephora

    Everyone's been buzzing about Milk Makeup this year, which makes this bestsellers set — packed with serum chubby sticks, highlighters, and cannabis-laced mascara — the trendiest beauty gift money can buy. Keep the Watermelon Brightening Serum for yourself, and wrap the rest for your best friend who reads TMZ on the regular.



    Milk Makeup Meet The Fam Milk Bestsellers Set, $39, available at Sephora

    Let's be real: You're buying this luxe Diptyque candle trio for yourself — but giving your second- and third- favorite scents to your mom and older sister may help you justify the $114 hit to your bottom line.



    Diptyque Légende Du Nord Set Of Three Mini Candles/7.4 oz., $114, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

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    If you're planning on banging out some holiday shopping this week — before December 23rd, when you'll inevitably reach the point of defeat while being elbowed in a painfully long checkout line — we salute your foresight.

    We also suggest you start at Target, because the megastore has stocked its shelves with a ton of new seasonal goodies, the best of which can be found in the Beauty & Personal Care aisles. There, you'll find shelves filled with holiday gift sets of all varieties — boxes of body lotion, chic sparkly hair clips, all the bath lovers' essentials — and they're all under $15 and buy one get one 25% off this week only, when you shop them either in store or online.

    Check out our must-haves ahead, and get them this week — before they sell out and you're forced to schlep around town to find the perfect lip gloss set for your 12-year-old cousin.

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    'Tis the season of dryness and if you're constantly fumbling for a hand cream in the bottom of your bag or reapplying your lip balm 30 times a day, this pretty pink box filled with moisturizing essentials is for you.



    eos eos Berry Blossom Lip & Lotion Gift Set 8.55 fl oz, $7.99, available at Target

    For your 13-year-old brother or your boyfriend who's constantly forgetting his toothpaste when you travel together, this dopp kit of personal-care essentials is the practical gift he'll actually use.



    Convenience Concepts Convenience Kit Bath And Body Set -Trial Size- 9ct, $14.99, available at Target

    Glitter nail polish is trending right now. Not sure what shade to try? Grab this $14 advent calendar, and you'll get twelve, fun-sized sparkly polish bottles all housed in a cutesy pop-out gift box.



    Defy & Inspire Defy & Inspire 12 Days of Nail Color Nail Polish Set, $14.99, available at Target

    This Bliss body butter trio is an easy pick because the formula is rich and moisturizing, plus the scents are universally enjoyable, whether you're into the clean, fresh scent of lemon and sage, an energizing grapefruit and aloe blend, or prefer a fragrance-free formulation.



    Bliss Bliss Facial Skincare Sets - 3ct, $9.99, available at Target

    Kristin Ess is dropping adorable gift sets this again season, all include one of her best-selling styling products paired with a fun holiday accessories, like these sparkly hair pins.



    Kristin Ess Temporary Rose Gold Tint + Celestial Bobby Pins, $14, available at Target

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    This Burt's Bees gift set is basically every beauty-lover's dream. Featuring four skin-care essentials — the intense hydration day lotion with clary sage, the facial cleansing oil with ultra-moisturizing coconut and argan oils, the keep-one-in-every-purse conditioning lip balm, and the facial oil featuring rosehip seed extract — it's basically all you need for your a.m. and p.m. routine.



    Burt's Bees® Naturally Nurtured Face Care Gift Set, $12.99, available at Target

    Who doesn't love a mini fragrance rollerball set? They're fun, easy to stick in the side pocket of your purse to pull out when you're standing on the stuffy subway platform.



    Good Chemistry Good Chemistry Rollerball Fragrance Gift Set - 3pc, $14.99, available at Target

    Your 12-year-old cousin will flip over this huge lip gloss kit — and it's only a $12 hit to your bank account.



    Target Beauty Vanilla Fragranced Lip Gloss 18ct, $12, available at Target

    You can't go wrong gifting fresh makeup brushes.



    Eco Tools EcoTools Radiant Complexion Beauty Brush Kit - 4pc, $14.99, available at Target

    We're already fully onboard with the Pixi pencil eyeliner formula because it runs along the lash line like a smooth and silky dream. So, when we can gift a three pack of the most gorgeous and wearable shades — black noir, shimmery copper, and a soft pink — it's kind of a no-brainer.



    Pixi Pixi Cosmetic Set Medium - 0.09oz, $14, available at Target

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    It's official: The time for carefully preplanned gifts has run out and we're now going into a nail-biter game of holiday overtime. But if you're currently in a present-less predicament, don't throw in the towel just yet, because there's still a last-minute shopping play. Several online retailers are offering extended sales and shipping deals with holiday delivery guarantees.

    Amazon, Sur La Table, Le Creuset, Anthropologie, Target, and more are ready to stand in as a gift-procrastinator's Hail Mary, offering discounts on premium kitchen buys like standing mixers, coffee machines, entertaining essentials, dutch ovens, stainless steel knife sets, and more. These zero-hour offers are only available for a limited time and many of the delivery guarantees end today. So, with under 72 hours left on the clock, it's time to scroll on and shop for a last-minute Christmas victory.

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    Amazon

    Order By: December 19 for December 24 delivery

    Sale: Up to 70% off select items with free shipping on all orders

    Promo Code: None



    AeroGarden Harvest Elite - Stainless Steel, $89.95, available at Amazon

    Anthropologie

    Order By: December 17 for December 24 delivery

    Sale: 30% off site-wide with free shipping on orders $50 and over

    Promo Code: None



    Anthropologie Monette Monogram Cheese Board, $47.6, available at Anthropologie

    Bed Bath & Beyond

    Order By: December 19 for December 24 delivery

    Sale: Up to 20% off select items

    Promo Code: None



    KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender, $94.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond

    CB2

    Order By: December 19 for December 24 delivery

    Sale: Up to 40% off select items with free shipping

    Promo Code: None



    CB2 Chai Silver Cheese Knives Set of 3, $20.97, available at CB2

    Cost Plus World Market  

    Order By: December 18 for December 24 delivery

    Sale: Up to 40% off select items with free shipping on orders over $65

    Promo Code: "FREESHIP65"



    Cost Plus World Market Shun Sora Build a Knife Block 3 Piece Set, $89.95, available at Cost Plus World Market

    JCPenney

    Order By: December 18 for December 24 delivery

    Sale: Additional 20% off orders under $100 and 25% off orders over $100 with free shipping on order over $49

    Promo Code: "88GOSHOP"



    Cuisinart 8-Cup Food Processor, $79.98, available at JCPenney

    Jet  

    Order By: December 20 for same to next-day delivery before December 24

    Sale: Up to 60% off select items and free NYC delivery for grocery orders over $35

    Promo Code: None



    Nespresso Nespresso Espresso Maker with Milk Frother , $239.99, available at Jet

    Le Creuset

    Order By: December 18 for December 24 delivery

    Sale: Up to 20% off select items and free gift with orders over $200

    Promo Code: "GIFT"



    Le Creuset Round Dutch Oven, 2.75 qt., $130, available at Le Creuset

    Macy's  

    Order By: December 17 for December 24 delivery

    Sale: Additional 15% to 20% off select items with free shipping on orders over $49

    Promo Code: "SHOP"



    KitchenAid Architect 2 Speed Hand Blender, Created for Macy's, $49.99, available at Macy's

    Sur La Table

    Order By: December 17 for December 24 delivery

    Sale: Up to 75% off select items with free shipping on orders over $59

    Promo Code: "SHIPFREE"



    Breville Precision Brewer Thermal, $199.96, available at Sur La Table

    Target

    Order By: December 20 for December 24 delivery

    Sale: Up to 50% off select items with free shipping

    Promo Code: None



    KitchenAid Professional 5 Qt Mixer, $199.99, available at Target

    Urban Outfitters

    Order By: December 17 for December 24 delivery

    Sale: Additional 50% off all sale items

    Promo Code: None



    Urban Outfitters Neon Kitchen Tool Set, $7.5, available at Urban Outfitters

    Wayfair

    Order By: December 20 for December 24 delivery

    Sale: Up to 70% off select items with free shipping on orders over $49

    Promo Code: None



    Cuisinart Triple Rivet 15 Piece Knife Block Set, $56.94, available at Wayfair

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    And with the first sub-50-degree day, the start of "we can really start dressing" season began. But while creative layering, a good coat, and sweaters with big sleeves can rise to most cold-weather occasions, life still finds a way of throwing in a sartorial curveball every now and then. For instance, what do you wear to your S.O.'s family holiday party — when you've never met the parents, let alone celebrated with them before? What about a ski weekend — when you're still unclear on the difference between the bunny trail and the black diamond?

    There's no need to break a sweat when you've got Cuddl Duds as a warmth-retaining base layer, and us, to preemptively style pitch-perfect outfits for five of the season's trickiest scenarios. Ahead, see how we've got you covered — in the clothes department, at least.

    What Do I Wear To... My S.O.'s Family Holiday Party, Gulp?

    The short answer: nothing too out-there but something still striking enough to make a memorable first impression. Covered-up and classic in silhouette, this outfit relies on the blue shirt to do the heavy lifting — and keep you comfortably temperature-controlled. Under a yellow dress, with a red lip, the primary colors together make a strong showing. Meanwhile, more subdued accessories like a sculptural heel add interest — and could help you strike up a conversation with their great-aunt while you're both waiting for more punch.



    Cuddl Duds Softwear With Stretch Long Sleeve Crew, $32, available at Cuddl Duds

    Zara Strappy Dress, $49.9, available at Zara

    Loeffler Randall Juno Metal Heel Mule, $395, available at Loeffler Randall

    Topshop Demi Crocodile Shoulder Bag, $48, available at Topshop

    Dior Diorific Lipstick , $38, available at Dior

    Haati Chai Ric Earrings, $295, available at Haati Chai JewelryDesigned by Seeta Kanhai.

    What Do I Wear To... Ice Skate (When I'm Really Just There To Create Social-Media Content)?

    If you'll recall, a certain fictional character once triple-axel-ed herself into the annals of television fashion history by wearing a plaid poncho in an ice-skating scene. We've stuck with the main idea of a matching set, retaining the flippy skirt for movement, but updating it with super-warm leggings, a coordinating puffer, and a non-lace-up shoe that won't keep your friends waiting. Top it all off with a cherry-red beret, and you'll get the shot before your photographer can grumble, "Can we go for hot chocolate yet?"



    Cuddl Duds SoftKnit Legging, $32, available at Cuddl Duds

    Bershka Plaid Puffer Jacket, $99.9, available at Bershka

    Aritzia Olive Skirt, $88, available at Aritzia

    H&M Ribbed Turtleneck Sweater, $49.99, available at H&M

    Nasty Gal Level Head Beret, $16, available at Nasty Gal

    Aldo Araecia Over-The-Knee Boots, $120, available at AldoDesigned by Seeta Kanhai.

    What Do I Wear To... Impress (But Not Offend) At My Office Holiday Party?

    No matter how they're otherwise advertised, office gatherings are decidedly not the time to let loose, in behavior or attire. So go one step beyond "safe" — that would be "elegant," which is even more unimpeachable — and party hardly in an ultra-soft geometric-print top and a long skirt, with all the proper-lady fixings. You won't raise any eyebrows, but neither will you feel like your personal style has been completely squashed.



    Cuddl Duds Fleecewear With Stretch Long Sleeve Crew, $28, available at Cuddl Duds

    Mango Tassel-Embellished Jacket, $129.99, available at Mango

    By Malene Birger Aliviay Asymmetric Maxi Skirt, $325, available at Net-A-Porter

    Charles & Keith Crushed Gem Effect Buckle Leather Sandals, $69, available at Charles & Keith

    J.Crew Velvet Belt, $39.5, available at J.Crew

    Young Frankk Cozette Earrings, $78, available at Young FrankkDesigned by Seeta Kanhai.

    What Do I Wear To... A Cold-Weather Day Date?

    You were fine to do drinks; they countered with a day date, which sounded like a novel idea. For this situation, your main objective should be to look cute but also appropriate for multiple settings, in case it goes well and you end up going from park stroll to coffee to late lunch to cocktails to a film to dinner. It could happen — especially when you're comfortable and cool in cozy fleece leggings (in preparation for said park stroll), a well-cut coat, and low-heeled boots.



    Cuddl Duds Fleecewear with Stretch Legging, $32, available at Cuddl Duds

    Whistles Jungle Cat Pleated Dress, $359, available at Whistles

    Pixie Market Tan Check Wool Coat, $359, available at Pixie Market

    Trademark Delphine Booties, $498, available at Shopbop

    Parisa Wang Addicted Bucket Bag, $355, available at Shopbop

    Aurate Arc Ring, $180, available at AurateDesigned by Seeta Kanhai.

    What Do I Wear To... Ski (Except I Don't Really Know How)?

    Bold move accepting an invitation to go skiing when you can't even stay upright yet, but then again, the best part about this scenario is the chalet, anyway. For (perma) après-ski that still says, "I actually know what to do with those pole things," try a crewneck that'll keep you toasty, paired with trophy pants and off-slope fashion-y items to flex in more ways than one. This way, you get the legitimacy of real-deal gear and the vibe of an off-duty celebrity who didn't just fall off the chairlift — even if you're spending most of the weekend confined to the fireside.



    Cuddl Duds SoftKnit Long Sleeve Crew, $32, available at Cuddl Duds

    P.E. NATION x DC Viva Ski Pants, $350, available at Net-A-Porter

    & Other Stories Faux Fur Jacket, $219, available at & Other Stories

    Vans Bold Ni Sneakers, $65, available at Opening Ceremony

    Brixton Fiddler Fisherman Hat, $42, available at Urban Outfitters

    Krewe Milan Sunglasses, $215, available at KreweDesigned by Seeta Kanhai.

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    The trick to gifting a music fanatic is giving them something that enhances their music experience, because trying to get them music they'll like is incredibly difficult. Luckily, it takes a lot of stuff to have an amazing experience listening to music. Ahead we have suggestions to make listening to and loving music better for any and all music lovers in your life. But especially the hard to shop for ones!

    A true music completest likes to have everything, so the deep music nerd in your life should love this box set of every recording released by Stax, the iconic Memphis label, in the pivotal year of 1968. That's 120 songs and a 56-page accompanying book that includes some of the most seminal songs in the history of music, from Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" to The Staple Singers' "The Ghetto" to Isaac Hayes' "Precious Precious."



    Amazon Stax '68: A Memphis Story, $49.01, available at Amazon

    What's the point of knowing a lot about music if you can't show off all your knowledge? For the music nerd who has everything and knows everything, this card game will either delight them or teach them how much they still have to learn. Either way, it's a rocking way to spend a night.



    Uncommon Goods Music IQ Party Game, $20, available at Uncommon Goods

    Some people need to take their music with them everywhere. For those music fans, get the Wonderboom. It's waterproof and it floats, so it can go in the shower, a muddy field at a music festival, or around the pool with ease.



    Ultimate Ears Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Speaker, $360, available at Ultimate Ears

    Everything old is new again, including the classic Victrola record player. For the love of all things retro, this gorgeous design is a great centerpiece (and player) for their record collection. The coolest part? These Victrola brand players are made by Innovative Technologies, one of the cutting edge tech companies in record players. So this bad boy comes with all the bells and whistles you want in 2018 with a hardcore 1918 look.



    Victrola Victrola 6-in-1 Wood Bluetooth Record Player, $149.99, available at Victrola

    Own your very own glimpse into the history of music with a print from the Rock Archives. All the prints are authentic, and their gift shop offers framed selections of all sorts of photos from their collections.



    Rock Archive Framed Print: Bob Dylan by Don Hunstein, $150, available at Rock Archive

    If the music lover in your life likes to wake up with music but thinks the the audio and design of the classic alarm clock is horrid, get them this retro-style alarm that comes with a USB port built in. Not only can they pick their own music, they can wake up to it, too.



    L.L. Bean Moonbeam Alarm Clock with USB Port, $44.95, available at L.L. Bean

    For the music lover who already has enough: make a donation in their name to MusiCares, the charity run by the Recording Academy (er, the Grammys). The fund covers a wide range of financial, medical, and personal emergencies for musicians as needed and runs public service campaigns to improve the health and welfare of the music community.



    MuisCares Donate, $50, available at The Recording Academy

    Everyone knows synths should not be purchased, but built with your own two hands. For the music lover who enjoys a mental puzzle, get them this cute little set that will allow them to build three different synths. All they need to make them work are batteries and wi-fi. When they finish, they'll have serious DIY cred. And some new synths!



    Uncommon Goods DIY Synth Kit, $40, available at Uncommon Goods

    For a music lover, the $10 headphones at the drug store will not do. Heck, even the earbuds that come with your iPhone aren't the best quality. No, a music fanatic will want to upgrade, and Bose has made a gorgeous pair of earbuds so they can take crystal-clear music with them on a walk, on the subway, or wherever they go.



    Bose Bose SoundTrue Ultra In-Ear Headphones , $94.95, available at Amazon

    Already got a turntable to play those vinyl LPs on? Then you need a vinyl stabilizer. It will help smooth out the creaks and wobbles in older vinyl to deliver an even more warm, perfect sound.



    Sou'Laes Audio Vinyl Stabilizer , $74.95, available at Amazon

    Wrensilva's stunning limited edition Black Tiger stereo console is something for the music lover who wants what everyone else hasn't got. It's a pricey splurge, but there are also only 100 of them being made. This ebony colored cabinet made from American Oak is so not something everyone will have.



    Wrensilva Black Tiger LTD Edition Stereo Console, $3599, available at Wrensilva

    The Boss, Bruce Springsteen, collaborated with the Hard Rock Cafe to create a limited edition line with proceeds going to the charity WhyHunger’s work to invest in grassroots solutions to hunger and poverty worldwide. Do something good and give this tee. Or, if that's not his style, Springsteen created a hat and a pin as well.



    Hard Rock Cafe Mens Bruce Springsteen Sig Series 36 Tee, $29.5, available at Hard Rock Cafe

    The perfect coffee table book for the New York punk rock lover comes in this gorgeous package, all shot by Blondie's Chris Stein. If he missed being in the downtown scene back in the day and always wondered what it would be like, this is the only ticket in.



    Rizzoli Point of View: Me, New York City, and the Punk Scene, $30.25, available at Amazon

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    Any Manhattanite will tell you, New York City is sprinkled with hair inspiration — and it hits you when you least expect it — like when you're hustling to snake through a closing subway door and find yourself staring at a girl with a shiny, tousled bob bouncing off the collar of her camel peacoat. And, all of a sudden, you feel the urge to pop out your AirPod and beg for the name of her stylist from across the pole.

    If you're currently in the depths of an end-of-year hair rut — you want something new, but can't figure out whether that's curtain bangs or soft layers — look to the most popular hair trends hitting NYC this winter to find the exact cut that speaks to your hair length, texture, and 2019 aesthetic.

    Ahead, we've gathered fifteen examples of It-girl cuts, plus tips from top NYC stylists on what to ask for and how to style the look. Bring this visual guide to your next appointment, and you'll be ripped out of a hair rut faster than you can say "hold the door."

    '70s Shaggy Lob

    NYC girls are leaning into the modern shag cut because it is universally flattering. L’Oréal Professional stylist Drew Schaefering tells us that the most important element of the cut is the careful attention to the shape it creates around the face. "I am seeing more women embracing this bold shape, cutting the length from the front and resulting in a strong, round shape," he explains. "The cut should be customized to highlight your best features, the shape of your face, and the natural texture of your hair."

    Mia Emilio, stylist at Devachan Salon in SoHo, tells us that her clients have been asking for collarbone-length cuts that allow them to embrace their curls. "I feel like it’s all about a shaggy look and messy curls this year," Emilio explains. "The more layers you infuse into the cut, the rounder shape you'll create."

    A quick tip for achieving that lived-in texture through fine hair is to use water to refresh the bends. "Keep a spray bottle of water handy to rework dry hair, as opposed to shampooing or getting hair wet every day," Schaefering recommends.

    Here, you can see the way that the shag cut really opens up the face, while the addition of soft curls gives this modern mullet extra dimension.

    Cropped Pixie With Fringe

    The pixie cut with a fringe bang is a classic style that we'll see gain major traction in 2019. NYC-based hairstylist Eloise Cheung tells us that these shorter cuts with a heavy bang will be a big trend this winter. "The bangs are important because they frame the face," Cheung explains. "You can also talk to your stylist about adding sliced layers through the top of the hair to give more lift and shape."

    For inspiration on how to style a curly pixie, look no further than model and influencer Ni à, who styles her curls in a rounded pixie cut with all the volume built into the top.

    Erikson, a stylist at NYC's Bumble and Bumble Salon, says that if you're looking to go short without sacrificing too much length, make sure you're careful with your terminology. “Ask your stylist for a more ‘grown out’ look when consulting for a pixie cut," he explains. "You want it to look easy and effortless.”

    Mid-Length Cut With Soft Layers

    The mid-length chop is the trendiest, low-maintenance haircut to ask for this winter. All the cool girls around New York City — Kaia Gerber included — are showing off a shoulder-length cut with soft layers woven through the front. Gerber's hairstylist, Laura Polko, says that a mid-length cut is going to be a huge trend in the new year. “I’m noticing girls are growing their hair out longer to a fresh mid-length that's easy and fuss-free,” she explains.

    For styling the cut, Polko recommends using a curling wand, like the T3 SinglePass Curling Iron. Divide the hair into small sections, and then wrap each piece around the barrel, leaving ends out to give it an unpolished finish. You can alternate directions of the bends to make the end result a little messier.

    Teddi Cranford, stylist at NYC's White Rose Collective, tells us that soft layers make for a streamlined grow-out process. "If everything is one length and you grow past your shoulders, then you can incorporate purposeful soft layers in the front give an illusion of your hair being a bit longer than it actually is."

    NYC-based hairstylist Henry De La Paz shows how to make a dimensional, mid-length cut look stunning on soft ringlets. Add a long-sleeve, velvet dress in a jewel tone, and you're ready to partyzero accessories required.

    Shoulder-Grazing Lob With Blunt Ends

    If you're looking for something a little longer than a bob or pixie but a bit shorter than a cut that's past the shoulders, try a blunt lob that hits right at your collarbone. Stylist Juan Carlos Maciques  tells us the collarbone length is the most versatile cut for winter. "Blunt ends will look incredible on fine, thin, or straight hair," Maciques explains of the finish to the ends. "Choppier or layered ends will usually be more flattering on thick or curly hair at this length."

    With loose barrel curls, a blunt chop that swings just above the shoulder blade appears soft and effortlessly tousled at the same time.

    Here, you can see that the lob length can be cut with some long layers throughout to give natural curls a more purposeful shape.

    There's something quintessentially New York about a windblown lob that falls right at the collar of a leather jacket and held back with a pair of sunglasses.

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    You're not alone if you think padded headbands and scrunchies feel... youthful to a fault. No matter how cute and trendy they look on the website, or Ariana Grande's head, there's something about the hair-accessory renaissance that's inherently retro — and not in the sort of way that works for an interview or date night.

    So, as a self-respecting adult, what do you do when you want to add just a little something to a mundane look that could benefit from some added decor? The answer: gold hair clips. A gilded barrette, clip, or pin is the easiest way to feel like you're on trend while looking like a cool grown-up, not a mall rat.

    If you don't know where to start browsing for your next shiny accessory, we've rounded up the perfect beginner-friendly options, ahead.

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

    Follow Bella Hadid's lead and use a claw clip on your off-duty days that require zero makeup, sweatpants, and 13 hours with Grace and Frankie.



    Kitsch Octo Claw Clip Gold, $9, available at Kitsch

    Star-shaped pins are the fancy detail your newest LBD is missing.



    Kitsch Star Bobby Pins, $10, available at Kitsch

    It may not be Alexander Wang's runway accessory, but it's almost an exact dupe — and costs less than $10.



    Kitsch Open Shape Claw Clip - Gold, $9, available at Kitsch

    Although this geometric clip looks less industrial than its predecessors, trust us — it holds even your messiest bedhead together.



    Urban Outfitters Open Geometric Claw Clip, $8, available at Urban Outfitters

    If Ariel had made her whozits and whatzits into chic hair accessories, they'd probably look a whole lot like this shell clip.



    MAST Seashell Claw Clip, $10, available at Free People

    Haphazard updos look significantly cooler and purposeful when held up by a gold barrette.



    Lou & Grey Machete Slim Large Hair Clip, $12, available at Lou & Grey

    Like jewelry for your hair, these decorative options from Valet Studio are exactly what your look is missing.



    Valet Studio Lulu Barrette in Amber, $30, available at Valet Studio

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    Tattoos tend to be unique to the people getting them, but even the most creative minds have mood — and Instagram — boards filled with inspiration. Whether you love colorful, splashy designs or are more into minimal, dotted lines, there's nothing wrong with having a wandering eye for tattoos. The more you check out, the more ideas you'll get, the better your creation will come out.

    Of course, this isn't to say you or your artist will, or should, plagiarize others' work. However, we do suggest you take a little time, peruse some Instagram feeds, and travel around the internet for a bit before you make your final decision. After all, there are endless styles to see and tons of questions to answer. Do you want script or a floral design? Black or painted colors? Realistic shadows or heavy-handed lines? Either way, we have the best artists to check out before you make your parlor appointment, ahead.

    Ready to get started? Keep clicking to check out the best tattoo artists to follow on Instagram for a spark of daily ink envy.

    The Artist To Follow: @hnnhtattoo

    What To Expect: Colorful fill-ins, flowers, and fine-line details

    Brooklyn-based artist Hannah Kang, isn't only a mainstay at one of New York's coolest studios — she's also a pro at creating detailed, unique work you literally won't find anywhere else.

    Kang has a knack for making even the biggest tattoos look delicate.

    The Artist To Follow: @kellikikcio

    What To Expect: Hand-poked, still-life portraits and florals

    In the case of Kelli Kikcio, co-owner of the Welcome Home Studio, art really does imitate life. Take one look at the artist's feed and you'll spot the real-life inspiration behind some of her work, including bowls of fruit and hanging plants.

    But she doesn't just specialize in black-ink line-work — she also adds bold washes of color to designs that call for it.

    The Artist To Follow: @bluestonebabe

    What To Expect: Hand-poked tattoos with intricate details and plenty of minimalist designs

    Rosa Bluestone Perr, a Brooklyn-based tattoo artist, specializes in dainty, hand-poked tattoos. If you like delicate floral motifs, whimsical animal designs, or dainty script — this is your girl.

    But you won't just find teeny-tiny tattoos on Perr's feed. Her clean, minimalist style also translates to larger pieces like this one.

    The Artist To Follow: @mnsantanatattoo

    What To Expect: Black and grey, fine-line tattoos

    Minimalism is dominating mainstream tattoo designs these days, but the art you'll discover on Santana's page is nothing like what you'll find on Pinterest. Her art can be smaller than the tip of your finger, but the details are infinitely more detailed than some larger tattoos we've seen elsewhere.

    Despite the fact that the tattoo world is primarily male-dominated, female artists like Santana are taking over the world of line work and Insta-worthy art.

    The Artist To Follow: @zihee_tattoo

    What To Expect: Watercolor designs with bursts of bright colors

    It's the shop behind the industry's latest trend, helix tattoos, but there is so much more to this portfolio. In true Zihee form, the artists almost always use a rainbow spectrum of colors that makes the art pop.

    You can also expect florals, florals, and more florals on this page. Craving an eternal reminder of spring? Zihee is the spot to look for inspiration.

    The Artist To Follow: @curtmontgomerytattoos

    What To Expect: Heavy-handed lines, the basic bones of a shape or design

    Curt Montgomery is no stranger to art that pushes the envelope, making his feed the perfect place to find unique inspiration. Think: Two mouths kissing or a cat pawing at the moon. These are just a few of the non-traditional concepts featured on the artist's feed, but each one is far from cheesy or cartoonish.

    Montgomery has tatted celebrities like Halsey, Joe Jonas, and Sophie Turner. And if there's anyone who can make a two-toned rabbit look cool, it's him.

    The Artist To Follow: @tealeigh

    What To Expect: Stick-and-poke tattoos that don't look DIY

    While a lot people have opinions about the stick-and-poke method, there's no reason to count it out before pulling some inspo. When done by an experienced pro in a professional environment, the dainty art is a great way to wear just about every image, from hands to plants to animals.

    No, stick-and-pokes aren't always minimalist designs. With Tea, you're more than welcome to go big or go home with your art and imagination.

    The Artist To Follow: @soltattoo

    What To Expect: Intricate details and dainty ink of almost anything

    We've never seen a tattoo artist make a puppy tattoo seem so appealing. Instead of leaning on the side of a caricature, every single example of work from this Seoul-based shop is worthy of being framed and put on the wall.

    These dainty pieces are loaded with vibrant color and fine lines that fall somewhere on the spectrum of minimal watercolor and realism — just on a much smaller scale.

    The Artist To Follow: @basic.ink

    What To Expect: Mystical designs, warm colors, and detailed line work

    This Istanbul-based studio is all about out-of-this-world art. Think: stargazers, space stations, and everything beyond the skyline. Even better, the feed offers up designs that mix black line work and colorful fill-ins.

    Let your imagination run free with when viewing this feed, it'll help you decide if you're ready for something from the heavens.

    The Artist To Follow: @thecrayoner

    What To Expect: Petite prints, whimsical fonts and lines.

    The Paris-based artist is your go-to for minimal lines on a larger scale. Think: back of the arm, chest, or thigh placements.

    Despite the fact that the majority of the designs are thin and simple, the overall style isn't quite as minimal as JonBoy or Dr. Woo. However, if you're looking for script, we suggest you hit this salon up the next time you find yourself in Europe.

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    To say that Sandra Lee, MD, theDr. Pimple Popper, has seen some craziness this year would be an understatement. Yes, she's cut into a monster butt growth and squeezed pus out of more ear blackheads than we care to count — but her favorite surgery of 2018 will shock even the most hardcore popaholics.

    When we caught up with the dermatologist, SLMD founder, and social-media phenomenon to break down her year in pimple-popping milestones — which include her viral YouTube clips, the TLC series, plus her most recent 12 Pops of Christmas spin-off special (a real holiday classic) — she told us that the procedure that sticks out in her mind is on the smaller scale, and of the soft and squishy variety. At first glance, the condition doesn't look too wild, more like an array of puffy blisters on the neck, but it's what spills out from beneath the minefield of bumps that makes the surgery impossible to forget.

    "The most memorable surgery I've performed this year is my series with Caribbean Momma’s Steatocystomas," Dr. Lee says. Steatocystoma Multiplex, she explains, is a condition where multiple slow-growing cysts appear, usually during puberty. They can occur on any part of the body, but are found most commonly on the chest, armpits, and neck, with odorless liquid contents that are often clear or slightly yellow in color. "Though steatocystomas are considered a softer pop — compared to some of the larger, more dramatic lipomas and cysts you’ve seen me remove — they are definitely super satisfying," she says.

    Obviously, the visual satisfaction comes from the buttery stream of pus that squirts out from each bump, but Dr. Lee says that she's been most moved by unforgettable personalities underneath the steatocystomas. "Most people who have steatocystomas have many bumps all over their body, and come to see me for several extraction sessions," she explains. "Because of this, I get to know them even more than the average patient, and since the procedure is quick and easy, there’s always a lot of fun banter and conversation."

    "Funnily enough, I have noticed that most of my patients with Steatocystoma Multiplex, usually have very bubbly and fun personalities," Dr. Lee says. "I've treated Momma Squishy, Skittles, and many others, but Caribbean Momma is my most recent steatocystomas patient. She's super fun, sassy, and has an amazing positive attitude — which you’ll hear watching the video series."

    If you were able to sit through Dr. Lee's favorite 17-minute steatocystomas extraction without too much squirming, you have the distinction of being a very strong-stomached popaholic. For you, Dr. Lee has punny gag merch that you need to shop — if your guilty-pleasure habit has become something of a religion.

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