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    When your brain is swirling with a mile-long to-do list (welcome to the holiday season), trying to muster up a presentable outfit to tackle the day is probably the last thing you want to figure out. That's why we often rely on those one-and-done essentials you can throw on, add shoes, and be done with. Yes, a statement dress fits the bill, but a festive jumpsuit dials up a look even more thanks to their inherently fashion-forward nature and ability to be dressed up or down.

    But with the vast selection of options out there and only so much precious time, finding the perfect style can lead to more stress. To that, we're checking the convenience box right here with 21 A+ jumpsuits sure to impress.

    Whether you're planning a NYE look (dressy), looking for a new going-out 'fit (dressy-casual), or just want something chill to wear hanging with your crew (casual), the jumpsuits ahead—organized from formal to dressy-casual—are guaranteed to jump to the front of your closet and make getting dressed easier.

    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.

    Dressy Jumpsuits

    Rachel Comey Forward Jumpsuit, $477, available at Shopbop

    Dressy-Casual Jumpsuits

    Zara Animal Print Jumpsuit, $99.9, available at Zara

    Casual Jumpsuits

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    On Tuesday, the Council of Fashion Designers of America released a preliminary New York Fashion Week schedule with one major difference: the men's and women's calendars will overlap. Tom Ford will bridge the gap, showing on the last day for the men's shows with a co-ed collection on February 6 at 8 p.m., WWD is reporting. Ford's move to show men's and women's collections together speaks to a growing trend in the industry: More and more runways are going co-ed, including Gucci, Burberry, and Celine.

    Menswear designers Joseph Abboud, Dyne, N. Hoolywood, Landlord, and Linder will show on February 4, followed by Todd Snyder and Robert Geller on February 5. The following day, February 7, Ralph Lauren will open for the women's shows at 10 a.m. French accessories brand Longchamp will return to the calendar after its first NYFW show last September.

    Several big-name labels, however, are sitting this NYFW out, including Victoria Beckham, Rodarte, and Pyer Moss, whose designer, Kerby Jean-Raymond won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund last November.

    In September, Jean-Raymond presented a seemingly radical vision for his spring 2019 show: “a world devoid of angst of racism and imagined what Black American life would be like if it were had been left untouched, unmolested, and unbothered,” according to a press release at the time.

    We'll be sure to update this post as we learn more.

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    Olivia Holt Spills Her Bag

    As the titular Dagger in Freeform's Cloak & Dagger, Olivia Holt's character summons blades of light as her superpower. In her everyday life, however, Holt carries no such weapons in her Celine bag.

    Instead, the 21-year-old fills her purse with the essentials and a few unlikely items. There's a mini bottle of ketchup for under-seasoned fries, granola bars for busy days, and conversation starters like a tiny, model hand. (Bet you didn't expect that one.)

    Then, there's the beauty section of her bag, a must for any actor doing press interviews nonstop. Holt's toolkit is surprisingly minimal: A sentimental compact mirror from her mom, her signature scent (Le Labo, obviously), and a $6 lipstick that doubles as a blush.

    Watch the video above to get all her product recommendations, and hear the full story about the miniature hand she packs in her Celine.

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    Just when you thought getting an appointment with your colorist was complicated enough (with everyone going blonde nowadays), there's a new client base starting to book time under the bleach bowl. We're talking about dudes. Yep, the streets of L.A. are starting to resemble Eminem's performance of The Real Slim Shady at the 2000 MTV VMAs. A look well worn by stars like Frank Ocean and trademarked on classic movie characters like Draco Malfoy is now being embraced by more and more male celebrities.

    Celebrity hair colorist Jess Brown, who dyed G-Eazy's hair platinum, points to the change in seasons and the no-risk factor. "The summer is a good time for anybody to make a change with their hair. It's fun and non-committal for them, especially if their hair is short," she tells Refinery29. But it's the wave of influence that really has the trend blooming now more than ever, according to Brown. "When you start seeing it so much more—there's Pete Davidson now and G-Eazy—when guys like that, that have huge followings, when we start seeing them go platinum, I think it makes it much more accessible," she adds.

    Brown assures us that we can expect to see more bleached hair from the guys, but in the meantime, we've rounded up the latest, ahead.

    Ansel Elgort

    After a brief stint as Charlie-Bucket blonde this September (just because!), Elgort appears to have gone even lighter for winter — specifically, a white-hot platinum. Of course, the face of Ralph Lauren Red Rush has yet to give any real reason as to why he transformed into Draco Malfoy, but truth be told, we're onboard regardless.

    Photo: James Devaney/Getty Images.

    Riz Ahmed

    The actor decided to get his first taste of Comic-Con in San Diego with a new head of hair, and we have to admit, we're here for it.

    Photo: Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images.

    Pete Davidson

    It seems that Davidson took inspiration from then-fiancée Ariana Grande, who once went blonde for the cover of British Vogue, this past summer. Unfortunately, this look didn't stick around too long; since then, the comedian has played with frosted tips and blue hair.

    Photo: Robert Kamau/GC Images.


    Following a few big life changes — a breakup with Halsey and a new tour — the rapper looked to change things up with his look. "Obviously, he's had some changes in his life lately and he's going out on tour, and he wanted to switch it up," says Brown of their "Lost Boys x Fight Club look."

    Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images.

    Zayn Malik

    Blonde is far from unpredictable for Malik, who's had fun with different hair color and cuts throughout his career. How could we forget when he wore an ultra-blonde beard or dyed his hair green?


    Mexico's World Cup Players

    Representing more than just a hair trend, Mexico's World Cup players — including Javier Hernandez and Miguel Layun — went blonde as a sign of unity and as a way to bring them luck during the international competition this summer.

    Photo: Hector Vivas/Getty Images.

    Charlie Puth

    One of the more dramatic transformations within the trend, Puth had fans doing a double take when he arrived at the 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards with very blonde hair.

    Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic.

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    It's common knowledge that many drugstore makeup and skin-care products are just as good — if not better — than their more expensive counterparts. But, there are still some items that you can't be cheap with, especially when it comes to your hair.

    "Most of the drugstore blowdryers come with high heat and very little power, which means you're actually taking longer to dry your hair," hairstylist Kristen Keller once told us. "The longer you expose your hair to that kind of heat, the more damage you'll be doing. Think lots of frizz and breakage."

    For the record: We're not saying that there aren't good budget dryers out there (check out some of our favorite ones here). However, the below picks tried by staffers and pros alike are all worth the extra coin. Find out why, ahead.

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    "I still haven't found a dryer that can match this one's quality in how it makes the hair look and feel." — Matt Fugate, celebrity stylist

    Solano Solano Supersolano 3600 Ion Professional Hair Dryer, $200, available at Amazon

    "If you know anything about me, you know I'm a lover of innovation and new technology. The Dyson Supersonic hairdryer is just that. The motor is much smaller, but still very powerful, so I can dry hair much faster without the strain on my wrist. Plus, the aesthetic is so gorgeous.” — Jen Atkin , celebrity hairstylist

    Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, $399, available at Sephora

    "I dare you to not get your whole head dry in under 20 minutes with this dryer. Its long nozzle makes it easy to control for a rough dry or a full blowout look. It also always seems to make my hair so much shinier than it would be straight out of the shower and I love that even though I’m heat-styling my strands, the dryer never makes them look damaged." — Samantha Sasso, beauty writer

    Bio Ionic BIO IONIC Whisper Light Pro-Dryer, $200, available at Amazon

    "I will sacrifice shoes and outfits to fit this blowdryer in my carryon when I travel. Nothing dries my thick, waist-length hair faster — and I rarely have to follow up with an iron for smoothness or shine. It has cut my drying time in half — which means more exploring, and less bathroom time, on vacation." — Cat Quinn, beauty director

    Harry Josh Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Dryer 2000, $249.99, available at Target

    “A blowdryer is as important to a hairdresser as [his or her] scissors. Invest in a great one, like the BaByliss Pro Volare V1 Dryer, because it really will dry hair faster, with less damage, and so that it looks smoother and shinier." — Nathaniel Hawkins, celebrity stylist

    BaByliss Pro Babyliss Pro volare v1 2000w hair dryer, $125.86, available at Walmart

    "After a sweaty workout, I need a blowdryer that gets super hot fast so I can dry my roots and be out of the door. This one gets the job done — plus it's cute!" — Aimee Simeon, beauty writer

    NuMe Signature Hair Dryer, $129, available at NuMe

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    Anytime we enter a drugstore, we're on a mission. Whether it's picking up a prescription or restocking on toothpaste, we've got one goal in mind. But somehow we always find ourselves in the beauty aisle looking at the newest products or checking out what's on sale. Oh, two body lotions for the price of one? Count me in. That's how we inevitably end up with a shopping basket full of mascara, lipsticks, and that on-sale body lotion — with the prescription buried underneath.

    Well, to close out the year, CVS is letting us know which drugstore beauty products we should snag on our next unintentional haul. From brow gels to K-beauty masks, these are the makeup, skin, and hair products that people went back for again and again, racking up ExtraBucks Rewards along the way (if only the rewards applied to flights, too). Shop all the beauty products that reached best-seller status at CVS in 2018, ahead.

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    This volumizing mascara, which has been likened to Too Faced's best-selling Better Than Sex, was all the rave last year with vloggers and beauty editors giving the product glowing reviews. It seems like the hype hasn't died down yet as its still a top seller for CVS a year after its launch.

    L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara, $9.99, available at CVS

    In the same way you apply face primer to smooth out your skin and make your makeup last, you should be prepping your nails before manicures. Apply this basecoat on clean, unpolished nails to make any color you layer on top last longer.

    OPI Nail Envy Original Formula Nail Strengthener, $19.79, available at CVS

    Speaking of nails, we're still wearing white long after Labor Day because who cares? This blanc shade was a best-seller at CVS this year, and the creamy shade probably wasn't the only enticement. It also has a gel finish formula that doesn't need a UV light.

    Sally Hansen Sally Hansen Miracle Gel, Get Mod, $9.99, available at CVS

    When it comes to hairstyling, CVS customers are going for this runway-worthy mousse, which lead hairstylist Odile Gilbert used at Rodarte's NYFW show this past September.

    Tresemmé TRES TWO Extra Hold Hair Mousse, $7.29, available at CVS

    Lashes were the all-stars of the beauty industry in 2018 with the top three trending beauty searches on Google being "how to apply magnetic lashes," "what is a lash lift?" and "how to remove individual eyelashes." So, it only made sense that one of the top buys at CVS this year was this 5-pair set of Ardell lashes.

    Ardell Ardell Natural Multipack Lashes, Black Demi Wispies, $11.79, available at CVS

    K-beauty has been dominating the U.S. beauty industry from department stores to drugstores. CVS already has an array of K-beauty brands in its aisles, and these eye patches from ElishaCoy are one of the star products getting attention.

    Elisha Coy Snail Hydrogel Eye Patch, 5CT, $13.99, available at CVS

    While some primers only work on particular skin types, this one promises to work for all with its weightless formula. You'll have a smooth base for foundation that you'll forget you even put on, which is ideal year-round.

    e.l.f. Mineral Infused Face Primer, $12, available at CVS

    Acne can really suck — but CVS customers have found an innovative product that treats breakouts without drawing attention to the fact that it's there. You can apply makeup over this clear protective patch, but you really don't need to since it's barely noticeable.

    Peach Slices Acne Patches, $4.49, available at CVS

    If there's one thing we can trust to always find in our favorite drugstore — besides pain medicine and tampons — it's a flood of affordable body lotions. This one from Nivea has a moisturizing formula that combats dry and rough skin.

    Nivea Essentially Enriched Body Lotion, $7.99, available at CVS

    This one-step brow gel quickly fills in sparse eyebrows with pigments that blend seamlessly with your natural hairs, and it also sets the strands in place. It's perfect for those days when you don't have the time to pencil in or draw hairs with precision.

    WunderBrow 1-Step Brow Gel, $22, available at CVS

    Figuring out which cleanser is right for you can be difficult, but if there's one that's been recommended to you 589,394 times, it's probably the classic Cetaphil cleanser — and for good reason. It gently — but effectively — cleanses the skin without drying it out.

    Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser, $13.49, available at CVS

    Do you feel like your pores are all clogged up? This clearing and purifying sheet mask targets oiliness in around 20 minutes (that's less time than one episode of This Is Us). And the best part: you don't have to rinse it off.

    Ariul 7 Days Mask, Tea Tree, $2.49, available at CVS

    This formula is infused with hyaluronic acid and vitamins that leave the skin plump, hydrated, and soft. And according to the reviews, it works wonders on dry, sensitive skin — *adds to winter skin-care wishlist ASAP.*

    Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream, $10.49, available at CVS

    If you're looking to treat a scar, hyperpigmentation, or even dehydrated skin ( hello, New Year's Eve hangover), this drugstore-favorite oil is the answer to your skin-care prayers.

    Bio Oil Bio-Oil, $12.99, available at CVS

    When you find a good shampoo, you're more than likely going to stick with it (well, until the next great thing comes along). Costumers love this oldie-but-goodie Garnier shampoo that targets frizz and dryness.

    Garnier Sleek & Shine Shampoo, $4.49, available at CVS

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    You may have your plans sorted for NYE, but do you know what the stars hold in store for you when the new year begins?

    Mars enters Aries on the evening of the 31st, lighting our inner fires. We’re ready to get this party started, but there's a catch. We will also have a waning moon in Scorpio, which could cause our emotions to take a turn for the dramatic. Be aware of how jealousy and negativity could needle their way into your words. Scorpio moons aren't all bad, though, they can also bring a little spice to the bedroom!

    In general, waning moons are best for wrapping up projects, so this phase is perfectly timed with the new year. Saturn, the planet of responsibility and rules, will conjoin with the sun, the planetary ruler of our personalities and egos. Unless you've been chomping at the bit to go out, you might find more pleasure in staying and making a list of goals for 2019. Read on to find out what awaits your sign this NYE!

    March 21 to April 19

    There’s nothing like a fresh slate, Aries. Mars, your planetary ruler, will be moving back into his own house on the evening of the 31st! He’s ready to help you get fired up for the new year and will stay in your sign until Valentine’s Day. You’re going to need to burn off some of that excitement, so get out of the house to celebrate.

    The moon will be waning in Scorpio, putting siblings and parents on edge, as she rules your home and family life. Avoid drumming up conflict at home — you’re better off shaking your tail feather with friends! But, before you let loose that evening, tidy up your surroundings to start on a positive note. It’s been an intense year, and you’re ready to move on to bigger and brighter things.

    Uranus will bring you a mountain of change in March of next year as he moves into your second house. Remember these words before it arrives: “Money is a great servant but a bad master.” - Francis Bacon.

    illustrated by Anna Sudit.

    April 20 to May 20

    You may be feeling a little off on NYE, Taurus. Mars, your personal planet of spirituality, will enter Aries just a few hours before the clock strikes midnight. Meanwhile, Saturn, your personal planet of travel and education, will conjunct with the sun, your personal planet of home and family life. This pairing of planets means your New Year's Eve may be best spent with your relatives, close to home.

    The waning moon in Scorpio will also make you want to lean into your emotions. If you’re in a relationship, bounce plans off each other first before committing to anything. This spring, Uranus will move into your first house, affecting your self-image. Think about this statement as you approach the new year: “No amount of self-improvement can make up for any lack of self-acceptance” - Robert Holden.

    illustrated by Anna Sudit.

    May 21 to June 20

    Your financial planet, the moon, wanes in Scorpio this NYE, Gem. Your attention may drift toward your investments and spending, and how you might change your approach to both in 2019. Saturn, the planet of rules and regulations, will conjunct with the sun, putting you in an even more responsible mood. While this movement of planets can be sobering, you might want to break the tension by connecting with your friends. Besides, while it’s important to be cognizant of your relationship with money, you shouldn’t let it dictate whether or not you have a good time.

    Uranus, the planet of innovation, will be moving into your 12th house of spirituality this March. You’ll be going through some intense changes over the next seven years, so enter the new year with this mindset: “We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.” - Carl Sagan.

    illustrated by Anna Sudit.

    June 21 to July 22

    You probably feel shortchanged by your reputation as the Zodiac's homebody, Cancer. And while it’s not always true, you may nevertheless feel compelled to keep your plans simple, sweet, and close to home on the last day of 2018. If you’re in a relationship, the waning moon in Scorpio will help you connect with your partner. Saturn, your personal planet of love, will conjunct with the sun, snapping your relationship into focus.

    If you’re thinking about the future, discuss it with your loved ones as Mars enters fiery Aries on the evening of the 31st. Since Mars is also your personal planet of career, he'll help you unearth exciting opportunities for 2019.

    You put in serious work this past year, thanks to Uranus inhabiting your 10th house of career for the past seven years. Next March, the planet of change will make his way into your 11th house of friendship. Take this thought with you before you embark on new beginnings: “Don’t confuse having a career with having a life.” - Hillary Clinton.

    illustrated by Anna Sudit.

    July 23 to August 22

    New Year’s Eve may find you thinking about your responsibilities to come in 2019. The sun, your sign's ruler, will conjunct with Saturn, your planet of health and work, inspiring you to skip any wild festivities. You'll find more happiness in giving yourself a little structure (and plenty of rest) so that you can start 2019 right. If you’re making resolutions this year, discuss them with your loved ones in the comfort of your own home.

    Uranus, the leader of change, is moving into your 10th house of career this March, helping you to make some significant moves over the next seven years. Consider this quote by Confucius when drawing out your goals: “I am not concerned that I am not known, I seek to be worthy to be known.”

    illustrated by Anna Sudit.

    August 23 to September 22

    You may want to keep your NYE plans low-key, as the evening will unfold under a waning moon in Scorpio. Emotions could run high, but that doesn’t mean that you're doomed to end the night with a fight. Just practice a little self-awareness and a lot of patience with others, Virgo.

    If you’re single, you'll have energy to burn, as Mars moves into Aries in the evening. He’s the ruler of your sexuality, so you may find yourself looking to share a kiss with someone special when the clock strikes midnight. If you’re in a relationship, your sexual energy will emanate from you and make you downright magnetic to your partner. Steal them away from the crowd or stay inside to celebrate the coming year.

    Saturn, your personal planet of pleasure, will conjoin with the sun, helping you get organized for 2019. In March, Uranus, your personal planet of health and work, will move to your ninth house of expansion, travel, and education. As this shift approaches, consider the words of Sri Nisargadatta Mahara: “Don’t ask the mind to confirm what is beyond the mind. Direct experience is the only valid confirmation.”

    illustrated by Anna Sudit.

    September 23 to October 22

    NYE is your time to shine, Libra. Mars, your personal planet of love, is moving into his own house on New Year’s Eve. If you’re single, you may want to use this energy to dress to impress and bat your eyelashes at anyone who comes your way. Partnered Libras may want to hang back from the crowd, skip the lines, and cozy up with their significant others.

    That evening, Saturn, your personal house of family and home, will conjoin with the sun, the ruler of your friendships. The disciplinarian planet is hinting that you might have a better time hosting your own event. All you have to do is talk it up to your pals and they'll pick it over their other plans. The waning moon in Scorpio suggests you avoid talking about work, as she rules your career zone. Focus on the positives instead.

    Uranus moves into your eighth house of sex, death, and rebirth this March and stays there for the next seven years. To prepare yourself for the changes to come, think about these words from Heather Ash Amara: “Change is inevitable, but transformation is by conscious choice.”

    illustrated by Anna Sudit.

    October 23 to November 21

    Get ready to say "thank u, next" to 2018, Scorpio. Mars moves from Pisces into Aries on the evening of the 31st, urging you to get out of the house and celebrate the future! The moon wanes in your sign this evening, magnifying your emotions. This NYE, you'll be well-served to get out into the world and let those feelings flow.

    If you’re single, you’ll want to hit a few parties with friends, but make sure that you don’t tire yourself out before midnight. The secret to having a great evening is to lower your expectations, then see where the night takes you. If you’re in a relationship, you’ll want to drag your honey out onto the dance floor — just make sure they're in the mood to groove.

    Saturn will conjoin with the sun that night, too, putting everyone in a responsible mood. Uranus, your personal planet of home and family life, will move from your sixth house of health and work to your seventh house of relationships in March. The next seven years will be transformative for both singles and those in partnerships. Find peace in Mike Freeman’s words: “My response is my responsibility.”

    illustrated by Anna Sudit.

    November 22 to December 21

    You’ve got a cause to celebrate, Sagittarius — there's a good chance that 2019 will be your year. For one thing, Jupiter, your personal planet of luck, is already in your sign and will stay there until early December 2019. For another, Saturn, your personal money planet, will conjoin with the sun on the 31st, helping you focus on where you can generate wealth for the new year.

    Even though NYE is on a Monday, you should plan to party with your friends and loved ones while Uranus, the change bringer, is still in your fifth house of pleasure. The end of a Uranus transit is usually a happy one. Think of all of the lessons you learned just by living life to the fullest these past seven years. This upcoming March, Uranus moves into your sixth house of health and work, helping you to cultivate strength and productivity for the next seven years. As Thich Nhat Hanh says, “Because you're alive, everything is possible.”

    illustrated by Anna Sudit.

    December 22 to January 19

    Make sure that your home is in order before 2019, Cap. Mars, your planetary ruler of home and family life, will enter Aries that evening, urging you to create more harmony in your living space. If you decide to stay home, your friends will understand, since Saturn, your ruling planet, conjoins with the sun that night as well. Everyone will be in a bit of a somber mood, thanks to this movement.

    If you’re in a relationship, ask your partner to indulge in some quiet time and watch the ball drop together from the comfort of your home. Your love planet, the moon, will be waning in sensitive Scorpio. Wouldn’t you rather be able to discuss your feelings over the crackle of a fireplace rather than a loud party? Singles may feel the same and opt to ring in the new year from their couches.

    Next March, Uranus, your financial planet, will move from your fourth house of home into your fifth house of pleasure. The next seven years will help you understand what makes you happy, and how that might change. Consider this quote by Byron Katie: “All I have is all I need, and all I need is all I have in this moment.”

    illustrated by Anna Sudit.

    January 20 to February 18

    Whether you’re single or attached, you'll spend NYE reflecting on the importance of understanding your partners, potential and current, on a deeper level. Saturn, your personal planet of spirituality, will conjoin with the sun, your personal planet of love, that night, making this sort of bonding a priority.

    You’ve been working hard this year to reach your career goals, thanks to lucky Jupiter spending most of 2018 in your 10th house of honors. The waning moon in Scorpio on the 31st will reflect and intensify your emotions regarding work, as it is a time of consolidation.

    Your ruling planet, Uranus, will move into your fourth house of home and family this March, creating waves of change for the next seven years. Marge Kennedy says, “The informality of family life is a blessed condition that allows us all to become our best while looking our worst.”

    illustrated by Anna Sudit.

    February 19 to March 20

    New Year’s Eve will bring a rush of emotions with it, dear Pisces. The moon, your personal planet of creativity and children, wanes in Scorpio. This may place you in an emotionally vulnerable place, particularly regarding your personal passion projects from the past year.

    Mars, your planetary ruler of money, moves from your dreamy sign to Aries by the evening of the 31s. When the action planet is in Aries, he stirs your ambitions to increase your wealth. If you’ve got great ideas, pull away from the crowd to write them down before they disappear!

    This March, Uranus, the ruler of innovation, will move from your second house of finances into your third house of communication. He will stay there for the next seven years, helping you turn your dreams into ideas that the rest of the world can grasp. Remember this when navigating 2019: “Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own.” - Carol Burnett.

    illustrated by Anna Sudit.

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    In A Star Is Born, Lady Gaga's hair told a story, with the different stages of her character Ally's career marked with a new hair color. When we first meet Ally, she's got simple brown hair cut into a shag. As she rises into superstardom, her hair turns sunset orange. And then as she comes more into her own as a performer, she's back to brown.

    Now, real-life Gaga has taken a page from Ally's book. Just over a week before she's set to kick off her Las Vegas concert residency, called Enigma, and two months before she may win an Oscar, Gaga is now rocking a dusty shade of lilac.

    On Wednesday, Gaga's fiancé Christian Carino posted a photo to Instagram of the star sitting on a fountain with her purple hair draped across her face.

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    Ever the trendsetter, Gaga seems to be right on the mark with this one going into 2019. The pastel shade was just named one of Pinterest's top 100 trends of 2019, with searches for "lilac hair" up 1077%. So while 2018 saw pastel pink on the head of many a celebrity, Gaga's setting up lilac hair to make a serious splash. And honestly, it looks so damn good on her.

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    Some people are inherently impossible to shop for — the primo offender being the girl who already has everything. In your life, maybe that's your picky older sister who returns every gift you've ever given her. Or perhaps it's your soon-to-be mother-in-law (s eriously, how many handbags can one woman own?). Whatever the relation, there's a good chance she's causing you a splitting headache right about now.

    But before you reach for another Advil, or scroll through your 14th page of Amazo n results, consider the universally-loved beauty gifts ahead. From dainty rhinestone barrettes to a luxe silk eye mask — all under $100 — they're guaranteed to charm the pants off anyone on your list, including the one who already owns 11 pairs of Yeezy joggers.

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    Even a single weighty pot with an RMS Beauty label would be met with joy, so gifting this customizable set of four — including the clean brand's best-selling eye polish, cream blush, concealer, and dewy highlighter — is kind of a home run.

    RMS Beauty Glowing Gift Set, $120, available at RMS Beauty

    This marble-printed eye mask is the latest arrival from Slip Beauty, the buzzy brand behind our favorite luxe silk sleep masks and pillowcases. It's perfect for your snooty older sister who insists on eight hours — and Calacatta countertops.

    Slip slip™ for beauty sleep™ Marble Sleep Mask, $50, available at Nordstrom

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    Let's be real, everyone loves a face mask: your selfie-loving BFF, your stressed-out aunt who desperately needs some R&R, yes, even your work wife. They'll be thankful five-fold when they open up this cube featuring, you guessed it, five single-use masks — from the skin-reviving What A Melon™ to the brightening Mighty Marshmallow™ to the ultra-hydrating In The Honey™ mask.

    Bliss Masking Mania 5ct, $9.99, available at Target

    This rose-quartz roller designed by Hollywood esthetician Angela Caglia is not only perfect for sculpting cheekbones and de-puffing red wine-induced eye bags, but will also instantly elevate your best friend's bathroom shelfie.

    Angela Caglia La Vie En Rose Face Roller, $65, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

    Gifting hand cream might seem a little lame — unless , of course, it comes in a weighty white disk with a Chanel No.5 label. What mother-in-law drama?

    Chanel N°5 L'eau Hand Cream, $55, available at Sephora

    A travel-friendly skin-care set makes a great gift for your friend who always seems to be on the go (or just posts a lot of #TBTs, we're not entirely sure).

    Kiehl's Kiehl\u2019s Power Packed Essentials, $99, available at Birchbox

    Gift pink Himalayan bath salt to your brother's girlfriend who loves hot yoga and sautés veggies with chia seed oil. She'll dig the Goop label, but really, anyone on your list can appreciate the cheeky martini reference and the permission to escape the dinner table for a bubble bath.

    goop "The Martini" Emotional Detox Bath Soak, $35, available at goop

    A fresh, fluffy set of makeup brushes is always a hit. This six-pack is so chic, whoever you gift it to will have no idea you found it at Target.

    Sonia Kashuk Limited Edition Opal Twist Brush Set + Case, $35, available at Fashion Targets Breast Cancer

    Give the gift of a Fresh lip balm for every handbag in your best friend's rotation, and she'll thank you at least five times a day.

    Fresh Escape to Sugar Lip Set, $37, available at Fresh

    If you're going to gift a face mask, you can't go wrong wrapping tissue paper around this glossy blue aluminum tube, which broke the internet this year and won the top prize in our Beauty Innovator Awards.

    Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask, $48, available at Sephora

    A thoughtful gift/hint for your co-worker who always asks if you have an extra bobby pin.

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

    Upgrade your aunt from Aquaphor with this chic designer balm, which delivers a your-lips-but-better flush in a single swipe.

    Dior Addict Lip Glow/0.12 oz., $34, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

    This Herbivore Botanicals bath set (which comes with a rose quartz body polish, illuminating oil, a coconut milk bath soak, and a meditation guide) basically screams, "Treat yourself."

    Herbivore Botanicals Self Love Bath + Body Ritual Kit, $36, available at Sephora

    A single glass bottle of Smith & Cult gold-capped nail polish (or lacquer, if you prefer) makes a great stocking stuffer. But wrapping up a set of three — including the Shattered Souls gold glitter and the universally-flattering Tang Bang shade — goes above and beyond.

    Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer Trio, $50, available at Net-A-Porter

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    Between the hairlessness, the perpetually horny pizza delivery guys, and the white leather couches (why are they always white?), porn has given us many unrealistic expectations when it comes to what sex really looks like. But one untruth we just can't get over is when an adult film actress performs oral sex for an extended period of time, and then when she's done, she appears with her lipstick not even slightly faded or smudged. It's a cliché that even the performers themselves call bullshit on.

    "Everything I've tried in my life literally never stays on," Sinn Sage, an adult-film actress, tells Refinery29. "When there is a 'smudge-proof,' semi-permanent style of lipstick, it dries out my lips so badly, which is not good or conducive to a nice oral experience."

    But while some stars are still trying to find a lipstick that really stays on, others have it down to a science. Take Maxine Holloway, an adult-film actress who has not only found a lipstick that doesn't budge, but has also come up with her own multi-step routine. "There are a few things you can do when applying that will help keep your pout put all night long and prevent makeout-induced clown mouth," Holloway says. "Try to exfoliate and moisturize your lips prior to application, so you have a nice smooth canvas to paint on. If I know I'll be having some kind of oral escapade, I apply my lipstick in thin layers — allowing each layer to stain and dry before the next."

    In truth, there are a few long-wear lipsticks that adult-film actresses turn to again and again for their remarkable staying power. From a $37 Chanel lip gloss to a $9 Maybelline liquid lipstick, check out a few of these porn stars' favorites, ahead.

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    Lindsey Leigh, adult-film actress

    "I stick with Kylie Jenner lip kits. I’ll do a liner and I prefer her mattes, just because if I'm shooting all day long, I want it to stay on there. My lips are a little bit too big right now, so it may fade on the inside if I'm doing an oral scene. Right now my favorite shade is the KKW Kimberly [a "true nude"] from one of the first collabs they did."

    Kylie Cosmetics KKW Crème Liquid Lipstick, $45, available at Kylie Cosmetics

    April Flores, adult-film actress

    "I was recently introduced to this lipstick by the makeup artist I hired for my wedding. She called it the 'blowjob-proof lipstick,' and swore by its lasting power. She works on many shoots and assured me that my signature red would stay in place on my big day. She was not kidding! My lip color stayed vibrant and smudge-free throughout the busy, emotional summer day. The best part was that it didn’t have the chemical-y taste and smell that most other long-wearing lip colors have. I have since recommended this product to all my friends."

    Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Lip Color, $9.49, available at Ulta Beauty

    Silvia Saige, adult-film actress and comedian

    "I've found Maybelline's 24hr Dual Lipstick to be the best, as it barely smudges and gives great color. Beauty Bakerie's Lip Whip also lasts for so long that I need a Clinique oil to get it off, although it ultimately all comes down to repetitive application."

    Maybelline SuperStay 24 Liquid Lipstick, $10.49, available at Ulta Beauty

    Sinn Sage, adult-film actress

    "What I do instead of lipstick is put on a semi-sheer, creamy lip balm that wipes off without leaving a big clown smudge around my lips. Fresh makes a lip product called Sugar, and it comes in several shades, looks natural, and doesn't leave a clown smudge, just disappears."

    Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15, $24, available at Sephora

    Dion De Rossi, adult-film actress

    "I use Kat Von D and NYX because they're both vegan, relatively cheap, and last in a hurricane. I've worn the NYX Liquid Suede cream lipstick in the shade Kitten Heels during some pretty intense kink scenes, and it always stays in place and doesn't transfer onto your partners' bits."

    NYX Professional Makeup Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick, $6.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    Maxine Holloway, adult-film actress

    "For oral sex-proof lip color, I swear by Chanel Ultra Wear Lip Colour, and my favorite color is the classic Ever Red. It's a little pricey, but worth the investment because it can last six months to one year since you hardly ever reapply. I often wake up the next morning with my bright lips still on. This brand will stick with you through many nights out, mouth-watering meals, porn shoots, and oral adventures."

    Chanel Ultra Wear Lip Colour, $37, available at Chanel

    Kayden Kross, adult-film star and director

    "I'm not into lipstick or lip gloss. Lipstick on teeth is very common, and now that I'm in the director role, that’s one of my pet peeves that I'm constantly checking for. Instead, I do Bobbi Brown lip liner, then I put Chapstick over it. That way I can control the shape and pigment. It always stays on."

    Bobbi Brown Lip Pencil, $26, available at Bobbi Brown

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    Celebrities have both money and connections, and this time of year, tht can only lead to on thing: seriously impressive holiday decorations.

    Over the past several weeks, celebs have been sharing photos and videos of all the ways they're decking out their homes for the holidays. Actors, talk show hosts, reality TV stars, and singers have been showing off all kinds of over-the-top, festive decor from classic bright red baubles to trendy additions like hot pink trees. Some of these celebrities put out the decorations themselves with the help of their families, while others employed the help of professionals and brand partners. Either way, the results have left feeling like our tiny apartment Christmas shrub is sorely lacking.

    Take a look ahead to see the best, most over-the-top holiday decorations celebrities have set up so far this year.

    Busy Philipps

    Along with her daily updates on what mischief her kids' Elf on the Shelf is getting up to, the Busy Tonight host also shared how her living room looked before and after the Michael's Craft Store elves, as Philipps called them in an early December Instagram story, decorated.

    Jennifer Lopez

    Earlier this month, J.Lo, her boyfriend Alex Rodriguez, and their kids decked out their huge Christmas tree with white lights, various baubles, and most uniquely, red roses.

    Ariana Grande

    After a year of her world being turned upside-down, the "Thank U, Next" singer opted to bring back 2017's biggest holiday decor trend, the upside-down Christmas tree.

    Joanna Gaines

    According to a recent post on her blog, Joanna Gaines revealed that this year, her family picked out their biggest tree yet, standing at 13 feet. This one went in their dining room, but it wasn't the only tree they brought home. The second, smaller tree was set up in Chip and Joanna's bedroom.

    Leah Remini

    Leah Remini recently revealed she had started decorating for the holidays before December had even begun by sharing a photo showing off the cedar branches she had arranged around the Emmy on her mantle. A few days after posting the fireplace picture, the Second Act actress put up a photo that showed her husband Angelo Pagan standing on a ladder so as to reach the top of their Christmas tree with its final touch.

    Kylie Jenner

    In order to transform her home into a winter wonderland, Kylie Jenner, of course, enlisted the help of her fam's famous florist Jeff Leatham. This year Jenner and Leatham went for a gold theme for the ginormous Christmas tree that's erected annually in her foyer.

    Kevin Jonas

    According to an Instagram photo Kevin Jonas shared on December 8, he returned home from his brother Nick's epic wedding in India to find it had been decked out with cheer. Unclear who was responsible for the surprise decor.

    Bethenny Frankel

    Though this real housewife of New York has yet to share a photo of last Christmas's most controversial nutcracker, she did post a photo of her very fun hot pink tree.

    Nicole Richie

    As someone who has literally taken glamour shots inside her chickens' coop, of course Nicole Richie made sure her chickens Ivy, Sibby, and Dixie Chick got their own dose of holiday cheer this year.

    Kelly Ripa

    Also one to jump the Christmas tree gun, Kelly Ripa put up her tree on November 25, a full month before the holiday. We're not complaining about the tree's early arrival, though, because the tree has since served as the backdrop for more than one adorable photo of her and hubby Mark Consuelos.

    Chelsea Peretti

    Last week, Chelsea Peretti shared five close-up images of the sweet ornaments on her tree. Most of them were shaped like animals, and in her caption, the comedian joked that her one-year-old son would likely be tempted to pull them down.

    Nicole Kidman

    This Big Little Lies actress used her Christmas decor to show off her punny side. In the caption accompanying a photo of her cat sitting underneath her Christmas tree, Kidman wrote, "Paws for Reflection."

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    Like primers, setting sprays, or ugly skin-care products, eyelash curlers don't get a lot of love. They offer no pigment or color payoff and they're scarily clinical, thus usually hidden in the bottom corner of our makeup bags. But pros tell us that the eyelash curler is one of the most overlooked makeup tools in our arsenal. Curlers can actually make a huge difference in the look of our lashes, drawing the eye upward and creating length and volume, without adding six coats of mascara — that is, if we use the right one.

    So we consulted the industry pros and asked them to share which ones they swear by — that never pinch the lids, leave lashes limp and flat, or break after a few uses.

    Read on to find the best eyelash curlers on the market. Because if you're going to buy a not-so-sexy product, it sure as hell better work.

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    "One of the most painful sensations on earth is when you use an eyelash curler and accidentally clamp down on your eyelid. If you don't know what I'm talking about, consider yourself blessed. That's why I take investing in a nice eyelash curler seriously, and this one from Maybelline does the trick. Cheap and simple to use, this was actually one of the first beauty products I ever bought as a young tween. I'm still using the exact same one today which... may not be that hygienic? But whatever." — Rachel Lubitz, Senior Beauty Writer

    Maybelline Expert Tools Eyelash Curler, $5, available at Walmart

    “This lash curler can work with any shape of eye. It curls the lashes perfectly with no crimp — just a beautiful, natural curl along the full length of the lash. Plus, it's comfortable to use. It doesn't 'ouch' the user.” — Rebecca Restrepo, Makeup Artist

    Surratt Relevée Lash Curler, $30, available at Sephora

    "I dread putting mascara on my lower lashes because of the mess it makes on my under-eye area. I always have to go back over the smudges with my concealer. Never fails. This tiny eyelash curler lets me get into those lashes with precision and delicacy and leaves them curled, so that I can skip out on the mascara mess. It also helps me reach the inner corners that a traditional curler might miss. If you struggle with lash curlers — or find them to be scary — this is the perfect option because you're in total control." — Thatiana Diaz, Beauty Writer

    Lash Star Beauty Individual Lash Curler, $24, available at Neiman Marcus

    "Your eye shape should really determine the curler you're using [so] take the time to figure out which one is great for you. This one by Shiseido is flatter, so it works for wide eyes but it also lifts and fans out lashes like no other. Oddly enough, the flat shape lets me reach for the shortest, most stubborn lashes and gives them a solid curl. If you have rounder eyes, this one [might] miss your corner lashes, but can adjust and curl again." — Andre Sarmiento, Makeup Artist.

    Shiseido Eyelash Curler, $20, available at Ulta Beauty

    "I also have to give love to my Chella heated lash curler. I love to use it when people are too afraid of the 'medieval torture device' that are lash curlers — their words not mine. [There's] no clamping but [it's] just enough lift to brighten eyes. I [use] it throughout the day to pep up wilting lashes. It's also amazing when I'm using fake lashes to give them that extra lift that they can sometimes lose because of their weight." — Sarmiento

    Chella Skin Care Heated Eyelash Curler, $22, available at Chella

    "I've heard the legend of the Kevyn Aucoin curler for years, but I always wondered how different it could really be. After using it, though, I have to say: It really is exceptional. With others, I've had to clamp down a handful of times before all my lashes were curling in the same direction, at the same height. But this gets the job done in one clamp. It really does live up to the hype." — Sam Sasso, Beauty Writer

    Kevyn Aucoin Eyelash Curler, $21, available at Kevyn Aucoin

    "This tiny curler is almost completely flat, making it easy to grab short eyelashes or hard-to-reach areas, like the inner and outer corners, without pinching your lid in the process. Curlers like this are best suited for flatter eyelids." — Elisa Flower s, Makeup Artist

    MAC Cosmetics Half Lash Curler, $22, available at MAC Cosmetics

    "This eyelash curler from Tweezerman is gentle and easy to use. It comes with extra rubber cushion padding replacements, so you don't need to throw away the whole thing after a few months. And as far as eyelash curlers go, the rose gold color makes it a little less boring... for an eyelash curler." —Megan Decker, Beauty Assistant

    Tweezerman ProCurl Eyelash Curler, $22, available at Sephora

    "This curler from Tarte has the perfect amount of 'spring,' so it doesn't clamp too tightly, and the ideal curvature for my almond shaped eyes. It also comes with a mini mascara, which is a great bonus." — Mi-Anne Chan, Beauty Writer & Host

    Tarte Picture Perfect Duo, $18, available at Sephora

    "There's a reason this tool is the cult curler among L.A. makeup artists; it just works. There are never awkward bends, it never pinches, and it's no more expensive than the others. I have had mine for years and prefer it over any other I've tried.

    "The biggest problem, of course, is that it got pulled from U.S. shelves a while back. Luckily, you can still order it online on the Shu Uemura site. Oh, and there's one more issue: The brand doesn't sell replacement pads, however Shiseido's fit perfectly. Yes, this isn't the easiest way to a killer curl, but it's worth it." — Lexy Lebsack, Senior Beauty Editor

    Shu Uemura eyelash curler, $22, available at Shu Uemura

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    In many ways, 2018 was the year of Jonah Hill. Between his belated Instagram membership, Netflix's Maniac, his directorial debut for Mid90s, and an onslaught of magazine covers featuring the Oscar nominee's face, it was nearly impossible to escape the guy. (Not like we really wanted to.)

    Given Hill's recent ubiquity, it didn't take long for us to realize one very important thing about the multi-hyphenate star: His glow-up is undeniable. In the fashion world, thanks to his tucked-in NBA jerseys and affinity for tie-dyed fabric, the newly-minted 35-year-old (today's his birthday!) is a #fitgod, but in the beauty community we know him as the celebrity who will dye his hair pink (and then green!) on a whim and fearlessly wear Post Malone pigtails. And on the off days he spends hanging around the streets of NoHo, Hill's curls and scruffy facial hair have that messy-on-purpose vibe we ourselves aspire to.

    The actor has come a long way from his Superbad character Seth — but, like most A-listers, only half of his evolution can be credited to Hill himself. The other part is thanks to his long-time groomer and hairstylist, Jason Schneidman. Widely known by his social media handle, @themensgroomer, Schneidman is the go-to guy for Hollywood's most handsome men, like Bruno Mars, Rob Lowe, and (of course) Hill. Schneidman doesn't just cut hair; he transforms styles, and evolves famous faces in a way that forces fans to wonder what kind of career high they're about to witness — and Hill's decade-long metamorphosis is the best example.

    We spoke to Schneidman about his relationship with the actor, the kind of food the two order when they're hanging out, and exactly why hairdressing is so much more than trimming split ends. His answers, ahead.

    Photo: Randy Holmes/ABC/Getty Images.

    The Come-Up
    "When I first started hairdressing, I really had nothing. The wheels had fallen off my life and I found myself hooked on drugs and alcohol. I was 34 when I started working for Chris McMillan, who took me under his wing at his salon. I had bad credit, a warrant out for my arrest, and I was hooked on crack cocaine. It's been 14 years and I've since bought a house, started a family, and am happy in a profession I'm good at, but the most important thing is I don't have to drink and use anymore. I'm actually happy and comfortable in my skin and I maintain that by being of service to others.

    "In the beginning, the male clients I started working with wanted me to do more press work with them. Studios will typically only hire a professional who knows how to do both hair and makeup, but I could only do hair. I told my publicist to give me a second and I'd learn, so I walked into a MAC store and asked the artists there to show me the charts they use in beauty school that teach you how to contour and conceal. I bought at least $500 worth of MAC makeup that day, then went back to my publicist and told her I was ready. She said, 'Great! You got a job next week with Owen Wilson.'"

    The Legacy
    "[In addition to my regular jobs] I offer free haircuts and styles to homeless men around Los Angeles. I'd seen a few other barbers and hairdressers doing it online, but not a whole lot. I thought about it for a while until one night my gut and my heart were like, 'Go out and fucking do this!' I packed a backpack of product, bought cordless clippers, and went out to do my first cut on Hollywood Boulevard. I met one guy and we started to talk about our [addiction] recovery and I ended up giving him a haircut. So, I've been doing that lately, putting the word out on social media and getting other local stylists to do these haircuts for guys who really need it.

    "I've been working on a product line for five years, and finally launched the perfect pomade and paste. They smell good, are inexpensive, and work for everyone at any age. I donate a portion of the product sales to people I know who run sober-living housing and rehabs, while also personally donating money to help certain individuals get off the streets. These are also the products I always use on Jonah. From the beginning, he's supported me and has been a huge part of the process."

    Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images.

    The Clients (& Jonah)
    "Jonah's mom was coming to the salon long before he did. She would tell him, 'You have to come to this salon and get your hair done,' but he never did until I cut his friend Max Winkler's hair. Jonah was in the salon the next week. I remember that for our first appointment he showed up in this bright daiquiri-ice teal shirt. His eyes were electric. From that moment I knew he had his own style — he does what he wants and doesn't care.

    "He and I have traveled the world together. I look up to him because he's so talented and creative. And when you get two creative people like us together, great things happen. We've really done it all, from long and curly to super-short on the sides — which some people liked and some didn't. But it hasn't been all me. He's always down to reinvent his look. I take direction, or offer some up myself, and then I just execute.

    "Any time we're working, Jonah lays down the tunes. He's so knowledgable about music and knows everything about what's new in hip-hop. I'm always listening to what he's listening to and I think, Fuck, this is amazing! If we're ordering food it's usually steaks and veggies and then it's just, you know, us shooting the shit. It's like hanging out at the barber shop with him."

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    The genital area is by far the most polarizing place to get pierced. According to the pros, it's just as easy as piercing your nipples, or your belly button, or even your ears, but it's one that's shrouded in a whole lot more mystery. Even the mere mention might make you shudder with fear — or pique your interest. Hell, maybe you even have one. But regardless of your initial position, you're probably at least a little curious.

    Piercing your vagina (to be clear, the most accurate term is 'vulva,' but 'vagina' is what the industry uses most) isn't necessarily a trend sweeping Hollywood or bubbling up in underground parlors across New York. At least, there's no way of knowing if it was. The private piercings are far from new, yet it's easy to assume that they're reserved for those with the highest sexual prowess or a taste for adventure. But according to Cassi Lopez, head piercer at New York Adorned, and celebrity piercer J. Colby Smith, these assumptions are way off base.

    With over three decades of combined experience — and thousands of pierced vaginas under their belts — we asked Lopez and Smith to lift the veil on this controversial piercing spot. The answers to all our most burning questions, ahead...

    First things first: Why would someone get a genital piercing?
    Many reasons. Like any other piercing, the aesthetic value ranks highest. But for others, the meaning goes a little deeper. Smith says a lot of his clients work conservative jobs, but they themselves aren't necessarily conservative in their personal lives or ideals, so they love hidden piercings. He's also experienced a lot of people looking for a breakup piercing. "I see women going through breakups and they say, 'I always wanted this, but my boyfriend didn't want me to have one,'" he says.

    Lopez has worked with many clients who have been in abusive, controlling relationships and are looking at the vagina piercing as a source of freedom. "I had a woman who was in a really bad relationship for a long time whose fiancé didn't allow her to do a lot of things," she says. "When they finally parted ways she was like, 'I'm going to get pierced for myself.'"

    How many types of genital piercings are there?
    Turns out, those with a vulva have a lot of different options to adorn it. Our pros report that the most common are vertical and horizontal piercings on the clitoris, plus both the inner and outer labia. (See illustrations.) Of course that's not all. Smith tells us that there are less popular options, like "the fourchette," a thin fold of skin at the back of the vulva, or "the Christina" piercing, the skin on your pubic bone. "It really just comes down to your anatomy," he says. Remember, everyone's body looks different, so not every piercing is right for every vulva.

    An inner labia piercing. | Illustrated by Louisa Cannell.

    But really though, who's getting these piercings?
    Smith says that his clients are every age imaginable, but it's the 30-somethings who waltz in ready for the most personal piercing possible. "From my experience, it's the early- to mid-30s client that's starting to feel more comfortable with their bodies," he says. "They're looking for a little something extra, sexually."

    Unlike your new conch piercing, or even your nipple, the one below the belt is really just for you. "It's private. I think with ear piercings, or even some nipple piercings, it's more like you're going to show it off. I think [a genital piercing] is a secret between you and your partner, or whoever is going to see it. Nobody else has any clue," Smith says.

    How much does it cost?
    Like most piercings or tattoos, the price can vary. Both Lopez and Smith agree the jewelry plays the biggest role — depending on your material of choice. (Smith tells us the most expensive vaginal piercing he's ever seen cost $850 because the jewelry was loaded with diamonds.) Expect a bill that ranges from $100 to $600.

    How do I find an experienced piercer I can trust?
    There's no easy answer for this one: You have to do work. Check Yelp, look for reviews any place you can find them online, make sure the shop is clean, the tools are sterile, and the piercer is experienced. Then check again.

    Will it bleed?
    "Generally I don't see a ton of blood," Smith says. However, that's not because the skin won't bleed. Smith simply plays very close attention to the size of the needle, choosing a gauge that makes the smallest hole possible, based on the jewelry you pick. "It keeps the pressure nice and tight," he explains.

    A vertical clitoral hood piercing. | Illustrated by Louisa Cannell.

    How long does it take?
    "In terms of speed, it's like piercing a belly button," Lopez explains. "Three minutes, total." Most female genital piercings are thin pieces of skin, so it's very fast.

    Do I need to shave first?
    Lopez assures that you can come as you are. The amount of hair down there doesn't really matter and won't make a difference in the piercing process.

    Will I be screaming in pain?
    Probably not. Both Smith and Lopez agree that most people come in thinking the pain will be off the charts, but in reality, the pain is a solid three or four on a scale of 10. In fact, the biggest problem most people face is the pressure put on the skin to pinch the needle through the exposed area.

    How intimate does the appointment actually get?
    According to both Lopez and Smith, shit could get pretty real in the piercing room. "I've had women go into full orgasm during the piercing. I've also had someone ask if they could masturbate," Smith tells us. "Strangely enough, it wasn't sexual. It wasn't towards me or anything, it was just like her thing that she needed to go through and needed to happen."

    What's the weirdest part of the process?
    "It's not necessarily any more difficult," Smith says, "but people get a lot more scared about it because you spend most of your life protecting [your vagina] and then all of a sudden you're very exposed."

    A fourchette piercing. | Illustrated by Louisa Cannell.

    What kind of jewelry is best?
    Essentially, the type of jewelry you're putting through your ear or tongue runs the same rules as your vagina. According to Smith, whether it's gold, platinum, surgical steel, or titanium, the only thing that really matters is that you're not allergic to the material.

    What looks and feels the best?
    For a clitoral hood piercing (the most popular of them all), Smith suggests a ring or a curved barbell — the curved part of the ring increases stimulation thanks to the curve of the ring rubbing against your clitoris. "It's going to give you the extra stimulation, even if you're just walking around," Smith says.

    What's the healing process like?
    Celebrity piercer Brian Keith Thompson reminds us that the healing time is entirely dependent on how well the individual takes care of their piercing. Also, different areas heal differently — as do different people — so expect anywhere between one to four months. (Smith notes that the hood piercing is easy to heal, and you'll feel back to normal in just a few weeks.)

    How do I clean it after the fact?
    If you regularly use a cleanser on your vulva, Smith suggests gently rinsing the pierced area with mild soap and water when you shower. Be mindful of the ingredients in the cleanser you're using down there, because products with strong fragrances can cause irritation. Lopez adds that most other piercings require saline solution, but the vulva is pretty good at cleaning itself, so it's best to keep it clean, but try not to touch it too much. In this case, less care is the best care.

    A horizontal clitoral hood piercing. | Illustrated by Louisa Cannell.

    When can I have sex again?
    No one can tell you not to have sex, but most piercers will say it's smart to avoid putting any bodily fluids near a new piercing. Lopez suggests just waiting out the healing process, which can be months. Realistically speaking, Smith says that not every client listens. "Just be careful," he says. "Something like the [clitoral] hood piercing is up and out of the way, so you could still have penetration as long as you're not banging it around or hooking it on things."

    Does it affect sex once healed?
    According to Smith, the piercing may very well increase pleasure down there. "I've heard a few of my clients say that it's a massive increase [in stimulation], even if they're walking down the street or they're sitting at school. It's just like a little extra pep-in-their-step kind of thing," he says. "I've also had clients say nothing extra at all — but on the flip side, it makes them feel really sexy."

    Will my partner be intimidated by my piercing?
    Maybe. Smith says he's had clients before who have come in because their partner isn't the biggest fan of the jewelry. However, the piercing won't affect penetration, so you can reassure your partner that part is really NBD.

    What about exercise?
    This one is tough. Smith's rule of thumb: "If something hurts, don't do it. If it doesn't hurt, it's fine."

    A Christina piercing. | Illustrated by Louisa Cannell.

    What's the risk for infection?
    "There is definitely always a risk," Smith says. "But I can't say that I've ever seen one in all my years." This one is tricky, too: Even with ear piercings, what we think is an infection is often just irritation or an allergy to the jewelry. "There's a huge difference between a basic irritation and a real infection," Lopez says. "If you do notice something strange, or liquid oozing, visit your physician to check it out."

    Does the hole ever close?
    It depends, but probably not, if it healed correctly. Lopez says that some super-small punctures can technically close, but the second-time piercing won't nearly feel as uncomfortable as the first because of the old opening. Smith adds that the hole will most likely shrink up over the years and can just be stretched and resized for a new piece of jewelry.

    A outer labia piercing. | Illustrated by Louisa Cannell.

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    Buying a gift for your boss can be tricky. Whether you have a manager who you regularly grab after-work drinks with, or someone who feels a bit more off-limits, you’ll want to give a present that reflects their personality as well as your relationship. In all likelihood, your best bet is a gift that strikes a comfortable balance between professionalism and fun. You also don't want to go over-the-top and risk making everyone feel awkward if your gift is too extravagant or too personal.

    With that in mind, we've rounded up 15 great gift ideas for your boss, all under $25!

    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.

    This sleek little tray is perfect for stashing coins, paperclips, or other other office detritus. Just right for the boss with the messy desk — maybe a subtle hint to encourage her to tidy up a bit in 2019.

    Anthropologie Welcome Decorative Tray, $18, available at Anthropologie

    The 14-ounce YETI Rambler mug boasts a super sleek, minimal design. The mug is perfect for anyone who commutes to work and is looking to keep their coffee piping hot the whole way. Plus, the mug’s coating is scratch, peel, and fade-resistant.

    YETI YETI Rambler 14 oz Insulated Mug with Lid, Black, $24.99, available at Amazon

    A beautifully soothing ombre calendar will add a bit of style to your manager's workspace. Though the calendar starts in August, it runs all the way through the end of 2019.

    Paper Source 2018-2019 Paint Chip Calendar, $18.71, available at Paper Source

    Gift these classic monogrammed cards to your chic boss who still takes the time to send a hand-written notes to clients and colleagues alike.

    Kate Spade initial card set, $15, available at kate spade new york

    This mini marquee lightbox is an easy way to brighten up your boss's desk. It comes with removable letters, but you can also write on it with a dry-erase marker. The box is battery-operated and can be propped up on any desk to share an inside joke or motivational message.

    Paper Source Mini Marquee Lightbox, $14.95, available at Paper Source

    This three-pack of vibrant-patterned notebooks from Marimekko is as useful as it is beautiful. The trio comes with colorful binding tape and bundled with a printed ribbon — basically ready to gift, no wrapping paper required.

    Marimekko Marimekko Notebook Collection, $11.48, available at Amazon

    Save your boss from a mess of jumbled cords in the bottom of her bag with a trio of cord tacos. Made of durable vegan leather, the tacos comes in turquoise, brown, and red and are essential for taking tech on the go.

    Brouk & Co Brouk & Co Cord Taco Trio- Cable Organizer, $14.99, available at Amazon

    This giant, bright blue stress ball comes in a lovely gift-able box and is a great gift to give your permanently anxious boss. (And maybe one for yourself, too!)

    Paper Source Giant Stress Ball, $15.95, available at Paper Source

    A succulent will brighten up any desk with a pop of color and life. Plus, most succulents are resilient and low-maintenance, so keeping them alive is usually a no-brainer.

    Costa Farms Costa Farms Live Indoor Haworthia Succulent Plant, $21.99, available at Amazon

    A cute weekly planner will help your manager stay organized and on top of their to-do list while also keeping their desk looking pretty and pink.

    Paper Source Marble Weekly Notepad, $12.95, available at Paper Source

    Use bright sticky Tech Taffy to clean pretty much any surface — from keyboards to computer screens. All you have to do is pinch off a chunk and press it onto the area you want to clean!

    Tech Candy Tech Taffy, $12.95, available at Paper Source

    We all know those meetings that could have easily been an email. This notebook is a nod to this travesty and is sure to get a chuckle from of pretty much any boss.

    Blue Ridge Art I Survived Another Meeting Notebook, $5.39, available at Amazon

    A two-pack ceramic mug set is perfect for your cat-lover boss. She can leave one at home and one at work and never be without a feline friend.

    ilyever 2 Pack Ilyever Cute Cat Coffee Mugs for Cat Lovers, $16.98, available at Amazon

    And, because we can't forget the dog-loving boss, this cute ceramic mug has a tiny puppy inside for a sweet surprise after every cup of coffee.

    Amazon Surprise Dog Coffee Mug with Small Puppy Inside - 8 Oz, $12.82, available at Amazon

    A sassy, tongue-in-cheek nameplate is a fun morale booster for your favorite manager.

    Fred & Friends "Like A Boss" Desk Sign by Fred & Friends, $11.24, available at Kohl's

    An aromatherapy candle is a great gift for your overwhelmed boss. This one is scented with essential oils and has a burn time of approximately 25 to 45 hours.

    Bath & Body Works Bath & Body Works Lavender & Cedarwood Scented Candle, $23.88, available at Amazon

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    President Donald Trump’s supporters are hoping to give him a very special Christmas gift: At least $1 billion in donations to kick off construction of his border wall, since the self-proclaimed master dealmaker hasn't been able to secure funding for his pet project.

    Earlier this week, veteran Brian Kolfage launched a GoFundMe campaign with the hopes of inspiring his fellow Trump voters "to help out and pitch in to get this project rolling" because the man at the helm of a party that controls the White House and Congress, at least until January, hasn't been able to seal the deal. As of this writing, around 73,000 people have contributed nearly $4.5 million.

    The campaign has raised about $1.3 million per day. At this pace, it would take around 769 days, or a little over two years, to raise the $1 billion total. By that time, Trump may no longer even be in office.

    Kolfage launched the campaign two days after a the New York Post  pitched the idea of crowdfunding the Southern wall. Hey, if we do it for people who need to pay medical bills because the U.S. healthcare system is a joke, why not do it too for a government project?

    Building the wall, perhaps Trump’s main campaign promise, has been more of a pipe dream than actual accomplishment for the Republican administration in the nearly two years since he was sworn-in. The wall's estimated costs have varied wildly, but most estimations put them somewhere between $12 billion and $20 billion. An outlier was a staff report written for the Senate Democrats, which said the final price tag of the project could be up to $70 billion.

    The president has never been successful at securing federal funding for it. Just this week, Congress completely ignored his wishes to set aside $5 billion for the wall and instead passed a short-term spending bill that made no mention of it. For a hot second, Trump bluffed that he was willing to shut down the government over the wall. And of course, the idea that Mexico would pay for it has been preposterous since the beginning. The United States' southern neighbor has never agreed to giving Trump the precious funds to fulfill his campaign promise.

    One of the main reasons why most Americans believe building the wall is not a priority at all is because it would not really deter unauthorized immigrants, according to everyone from policy experts to Border Patrol agents and even former smugglers.  But that hasn't stopped Kolfage and a group of true Trump believers from pitching in everything from $5 to $5,000. If you're wondering if this is all legal, it turns out it is. According to the U.S. Treasury Department, you can make "unconditional gifts" to the United States — even the Statue of Liberty was crowdfunded!

    One could arguably say there are more pressing issues that the government hasn't been able to fix, cases in which private donations could come in handy. Flint, MI has yet to replace all of the lead pipes in the city and residents are still advised against drinking tap water, so crowdfunding campaigns would go a long way. The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, which 130,000 people left in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, still needs help to rebuild. There are nearly 565,000 Americans who are homeless and solving that crisis permanently would cost around $20 billion.

    "This won’t be easy," Kolfage of raising $1 billion for the border wall, "but it’s our duty as citizens." Somehow funding a project with a racist and xenophobic foundation that will unlikely fulfill its goal of deterring immigrants doesn't seem like a citizen's duty, but the heart wants what it wants.

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    This week, once you've nestled into a spot by the fireplace and slipped your feet into a pair of cozy wool socks, consider jumping into some 2019 pre-planning — the fun kind that doesn't require Google Calendar — by dreaming up your new year, new you hair.

    If trolling hashtags for the perfect golden blonde highlights (something bright, but in a winter-y way) feels counter to your social media detox (which we fully endorse), we've got you covered. Ahead, we've compiled a foolproof winter hair color guide, filled with the most gorgeous and wearable highlights, lowlights, and tonal trends rolling out of New York City 's top salons right now.

    Whether you're looking to try a warm brown, something blonder, or have been considering the best way to pull off red — scroll through to nail down your 2019 color, so you can finally sink into that murder mystery novel.

    Caramel Brunette

    If your hair is naturally black or dark brown, a caramel highlight will add subtle lightness — to your hair and complexion. "I love the warm tones of caramel, rose-tinged brown, or toffee next to a very dark base," says Oscar Blandi Salon lead colorist Kyle White. "A multi-tonal shade creates a strong contrast that actually deposits a gorgeous glow to any skin tone."

    And we're not talking super-fine babylights here; White tells us the caramel highlights should be thick and heavy (but not stripey) with expert blending throughout.

    For the most natural-looking effect, Devachan colorist Brian K. Hawthorne recommends asking for balayage. "Especially with curls, soft brown highlights should start away from the root," he says. "It's less maintenance and the grow out is gorgeous."

    To brighten up your winter complexion, White recommends asking your colorist to paint the lightest pieces around your face (including the bottom layers).

    If you have a shorter haircut — and are looking for just a hint of color — a thin, face-hugging, toffee highlight adds the perfect amount of warmth.

    Golden Honey-Blonde

    If you're looking for something brighter than brown, consider dipping into the golden honey-blonde trend. Meghan Behrent, a colorist at Brooklyn's Whiteroom Salon, tells us that buttery golden tones have replaced the platinum craze in NYC. "This color gives the look of solid blonde, but it's easier to achieve and maintain compared to single-process color," Behrent explains. "Plus, a neutral golden highlight reads luminous on all skin tones."

    Jenna Perry — lead colorist at Manhattan's cool-girl boutique salon White Rose Collective — show us how butterscotch highlights scream winter when layered over dark, grow-out roots.

    With deep roots bleeding into a caramel base and cascading into soft golden spirals, this gorgeous curly look is a testament to the power of mid-lighting.

    To dip your toes into the trend, take inspiration from fashion influencer Arielle Charnas and her honey bronde highlights, courtesy of Redken brand ambassador Ryan Pearl.

    Burnished Copper

    According to celebrity colorist George Papanikolas, red tones will continue to dominate in 2019. "Red and copper tones are going to make a strong statement this season," he tells us. "The key to achieving the most natural red hair is veering towards the copper and gold color families. If you're adding highlights, make sure they stay warm in tone to really add beautiful dimension."

    Colorist Anthony Holguin tells us that the trick to adding copper highlights over dark hair is to actually ask for a light, caramel brown with red undertones — like model Joyjah shows us here.

    To achieve this orangey-red shade, Pearl used Redken's gloss in the shade Orange Kicker on the midlengths and ends. To ground the bright color, he smudged a darker tone, Amber Glaze, into the roots.

    Colleene Flaherty, a colorist at Soho's Spoke & Weal Salon, proves that copper can actually read as naturally sun-kissed highlights on curls.

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    Whether you're in your first year of college, in the middle of a rigorous PhD program, or planning to really invest in your side hustle this year, it's time to reevaluate the device that powers you through late-night emails and supports your downtime streaming. The battery on your existing laptop doesn't need to be struggling for you to consider an upgrade: With plenty of affordable, but high-performing options, it's easy to find a model that will work for you.

    Ahead, the best laptops to consider for every budget.

    Your Price Range: $1,000 plus

    Our Pick: HP Spectre x360 - 15t

    For any design students looking for a laptop that will do it all, check out the HP Spectre x360 - 15t. Not only does it have a touch screen and the ability to fold into a tablet, but it also comes with a stylus pen. It's not the most portable, it weighs just under five pounds, but you can get up to one terabyte of storage which is ideal if you work with large files like high resolution images or video.

    HP HP Spectre x360 - 15-ch011nr, $1449.99, available at HP

    Your Price Range: $1,000-plus

    Our Pick: Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch)

    While Apple's latest MacBooks tout an upgraded version of the Touch Bar, they run upwards of $1,699. Instead, opt for the slightly less expensive, though still high performing, 13-inch MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar. You'll still get a gorgeous retina display and 8 GB of memory, as well as up to 10 hours of battery life to power you through classes and library time.

    Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro, $1249, available at Apple

    Your Price Range: $1,000-plus

    Our Pick: Microsoft Surface Book 2

    Microsoft's Surface Book 2 is slightly more expensive than the MacBook Pro, but it's also more versatile: You can detach the screen to use it as a standalone tablet, reattach it for "Studio Mode" streaming, or simply use the device as a regular touchscreen laptop. Our testing showed impressive battery life and speedy charging (an 18% boost in just 20 minutes), though the 13-inch model is a bit heavier at 3.38 pounds (compared to the MacBook Pro's 3.02 pounds).

    Microsoft Surface Book 2 - 13.5" Display / 256GB / Intel Core i5, $1299, available at Microsoft

    Your Price Range: $500-$1,000

    Our Pick: Google Pixelbook

    Google's 11.4-by-8.7-inch Pixelbook is unbelievably light (2.4 pounds) and has the Google Assistant built in. This is especially useful for those times when you need a quick answer on the go or just don't want to open an extra tab online to do a search. The responsive touchscreen is helpful when annotating readings and a 25% battery boost from just 15 minutes of charging is a big perk. On a full charge, you can get up to 10 hours of battery life. Plus, right now, students can save an extra 10%, bringing the price down to $900.

    Google Google Pixelbook, $999, available at Google Store

    Your Price Range: $500 - $1,000

    Our Pick: Dell XPS 13

    Dell's XPS 13 calls itself the "smallest 13.3-inch [laptop] on the planet." That's because it has an infinity display that stretches from edge-to-edge and is almost bezel-free. It also weighs in at just 2.7 pounds — a difference you'll notice when you have to lug your computer with you from one end of campus to the other, and promises up to 13 hours of battery life when streaming and browsing online.

    Dell XPS 13, $749.99, available at Dell

    Your Price Range: Under $500

    Our Pick: Lenovo Flex 14

    Lenovo's 14-inch Flex laptop will weigh you down a bit more (3.68 pounds), but is multi-purpose thanks to a 360-degree hinge that lets you rotate the screen. Use a stylus to mark up papers on screen, and, if you find yourself running low on power between classes, plug in for just 15 minutes to get up to two hours more battery life.

    Lenovo Flex 14, $479.99, available at Lenovo

    Your Price Range: Under $500

    Our Pick: Asus Chromebook Flip C302CA

    Asus's Chromebook is smaller than other options: It has a 12.5-inch HD touchscreen and weighs just 2.65 pounds, making it incredibly portable. You can download Android apps from Google Play to use and get up to 10 hours of battery life.

    Asus ASUS Chromebook Flip C302CA, $499, available at Best Buy

    Your Price Range: Under $500

    Our Pick: HP 15.6" 250 G6 Series Notebook

    Not only is this laptop under $500, it's currently under $300! The HP 250 G6 has a large display and up to one terabyte of storage which is a steal for a laptop in this price range. The battery life isn't the best, at about 9 hours, but the features far outweigh the battery life.

    HP HP - 15.6" Laptop - AMD A6-Series, $229.99, available at Best Buy

    Your Price Range: $1,000-plus

    Our Pick: Apple MacBook Air (13-inch)

    Apple announced an upgrade to the MacBook Air this fall, and we absolutely loved it when we gave it a test run in November. The new-and-improved laptop includes 48 percent more colors than past models and "razor-sharp" text clarity. Yet it still weighs under 3 pounds, making it perfect for anyone who lugs their laptop to different coffee shops to find the best coffee/croissant/WiFi combo. The 12 hours of battery life are pretty essential, too.

    Apple 13-inch MacBook Air, $1199, available at Apple

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    When it comes to sunscreen options, to quote the iconic rapper T.I., "You can have whatever you like." While we're fairly certain he was not, in fact, referring to the numerous ways in which you can protect yourself against sun damage, his words still apply: There are many, many sunscreens to choose from.

    So when and where should you be using each type? Does one type of formula tend to work better than the others? And do you really need to be wearing one right now, in the dead of winter, when there are three inches of snow on the ground and you barely even go outside? (That last one's a trick question: The answer is, emphatically, yes.)

    Because UV rays are nothing to mess around with, we went straight to the source, and asked dermatologists and skin-care experts to clarify once and for all. The verdict? It's a toss-up. Every single pro we spoke to agreed that the ultimate deciding factor is personal preference. "The most effective sunscreen is one that you'll use every day," says medical doctor-turned-beauty entrepreneur Lamees Hamdan, Founder and CEO of Shiffa. "That's why I say choose the texture that most suits you."

    Curious about your options? Click ahead for a closer look at what's out there in the world of SPF.

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    The bread and butter of sun protection, lotions are typically the most traditional form of sunscreen, and can be used broadly across the face and body. Dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD, suggests using about a quarter-sized dollop for your face and a shotglass amount for the rest of the sun-exposed skin on your body. Lotions are particularly good for those with dry or sensitive skin because many are formulated with hydrating ingredients, like this one from Aveeno.

    Aveeno Protect+Hydrate Lotion - SPF 30 - 3oz, $6.69, available at Target

    This sunscreen is a classic for a reason: The oil-free formula protects acne-prone and sensitive skin. Plus, the size makes it perfect to throw in your bag and go.

    Elta MD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 (1.7 oz.), $33, available at DermStore

    Another bestseller, this sunscreen absorbs quickly for an invisible, lightweight feel. It's non-comedogenic, so no need to worry about it clogging pores.

    Neutrogena Ultra Sheer® Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 45, $10.99, available at Neutrogena


    If you like it quick and easy, sprays might be the go-to for you. They're especially convenient for covering hard-to-reach areas, like the back, but it's not just a spritz-and-go kind of deal. Sprays should be held an inch from the skin and sprayed until the skin glistens and you can actually see it, Dr. Zeichner says. And the most important step: You must rub in the sunscreen for it to do its job.

    There is one place you won't want to get overzealous with a spray — and that would be your face. You can use the sunscreen itself, but dermatologist Shari Marchbein, MD, says to spray it into the palm of your hand before rubbing it onto the face.

    Coola Sport Continuous Spray SPF 30 - Unscented, $32, available at Sephora

    This alcohol-free spray features a visible rub-in formula to avoid patchy coverage, and a blend of anti-aging antioxidants works to neutralize free radicals.

    La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 60 Spray Sunscreen, $35.99, available at La Roche-Posay

    This spray is clinically proven to protect skin from sun and water damage, giving you major bang for your buck. The sweat-proof formula is non-greasy so it rubs in easily and doesn't leave any residue behind.

    Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen Spray SPF 30, $9.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    As a setting spray and sunscreen hybrid, this SPF-infused mist does one better than the rest: It can go on top of your makeup for a midday touch-up. The formula also controls oil production, so you never have to worry about needing extra blotting papers.

    Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50, $28, available at Bluemercury

    The only thing better than the fact that this SPF 50 mist is formulated with 70% organic ingredients is that it's also free of oxybenzone and octinoxate.

    Soleil Toujours Organic Sheer Sunscreen Mist SPF 50, $34, available at Blue Mercury


    Oily skin? Thanks to their non-greasy formulas, sunscreen sticks might be the answer for you. Not to mention the fact that they're incredibly convenient — you can toss one in your bag without having to worry about a leaky bottle. Smaller sticks are great for hands and face, while a larger stick, like this one from Neutrogena, can be used over the whole body. Dr. Zeichner recommends using a back-and-forth motion to apply for four passes to ensure you're fully covered.

    Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreen Stick - SPF 70 - 1.5oz, $8.59, available at Target

    This broad-spectrum SPF is actually formulated to work harder when it comes in contact with water or sweat, thanks to the proprietary WetForce technology.

    Shiseido Sun Protection UV Stick SPF 50+/0.52 oz., $28, available at Saks Fifth Avenue


    Liquid sunscreens differentiate from lotions in that they are extra-light fluids, with a consistency similar to milk. They're light and easy to spread, which makes them ideal for use on the face. That being said, they're great for the rest of the body, too; this one from La Roche-Posay features a matte texture and is specifically formulated for sensitive skin.

    La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid (1.7 fl oz.), $29.99, available at DermStore

    This sunscreen comes with a "universal sheer tint" to enhance your complexion without adding color. It's super lightweight and mineral-based, meaning it's safe to use on sensitive and acne-prone skin.

    Kiehl's Super Fluid UV Mineral Defense Sunscreen, $38, available at Sephora

    This tinted sunscreen is specially formulated for those with dry or combination skin. It glides onto the skin without leaving any oily or white residue, and increases skin's natural defenses against the sun.

    SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 (1.7 fl oz.), $34, available at DermStore


    Easily spreadable and formulated to have a barely-there consistency, gels are arguably the best form of SPF for sunscreen skeptics and non-believers, and often come with hydrating or mattifying ingredients. This particular formula is practically invisible — and so good at protecting skin while also providing the ideal primer base for long-lasting makeup, it even nabbed a Beauty Innovator Award.

    Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40, $32, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

    This sunscreen applies with a water-light, refreshing feeling, and its non-greasy finish leaves skin looking and feeling healthy and moisturized.

    Neutrogena Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Sunscreen Lotion, $11.49, available at Target


    The first thing you must know about powder sunscreens: They do not take the place of traditional formulations, but as dermatologist Doris Day, MD, says, they're the best in class for mid-day touch ups. Powders refresh makeup and add an SPF boost, which makes them a great way to top off your existing coverage to ensure you're protected all day long. (Hot tip: Dust your powder sunscreen along your hairline and in your part, too.)

    Colorescience Sunforgettable® Total Protection™ Brush-On Shield SPF 50, $65, available at Colorescience

    This doubles as a setting powder and an SPF, leaving behind a satiny finish and extra sun protection. It's formulated with non-drying ingredients, so it makes skin matte without depriving it of moisture, and comes in four shades to suit different skin tones.

    Supergoop! Invincible Setting Powder SPF 45, $30, available at DermStore

    This slightly tinted powder is perfect for anyone sensitive to the strong scent that comes along with most creamy SPF formulas. Luckily, this is entirely free of that beachy fragrance and never leaves behind a white cast thanks to the transparent formula.

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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, as part of Your Spending In Your State: a marketing coordinator working in advertising who makes $50,000 per year ($127,000 when combined with her husband) and spends some of her money this week on Vitamin Water.

    Edit note: This diary was written earlier this year.

    Occupation: Marketing Coordinator
    Industry: Advertising
    Age: 26
    Location: Maine
    My Salary: $50,000
    My Husband's Salary: $70,000 plus ~$7,000 bonus
    My Paycheck Amount (4x/month): $743
    My Husband's Paycheck Amount (4x/month): $900

    Monthly Expenses
    Mortgage: $1,053 for a two-bedroom, one-and-a-half bathroom condo
    HOA Fee: $225
    Student Loan Payment: $331.90 (for my loans)
    Car Leases: $300 for my car and $309 for my husband's
    Gym Memberships: $109 for me and $39 for my husband
    Car Insurance: $201
    Hulu: $0 (Thanks, Mom and Dad!)
    YouTube TV: $39
    Therapy: $25/week
    Internet: $69
    Utilities: ~$125
    Spotify: $0 (I use my work account.)
    Cell Phone: $0 (Thanks, Mom and Dad. My husband's employer pays for his.)
    Health Insurance: $0 (My husband's employer pays for our insurance.)
    Dental Insurance: $12
    401(k): $60.05 per paycheck (I put in 6%, and my company matches 3%.)
    Mutual Fund: $400
    Savings: We keep around $7,000 in our checking account, $18,000 in our savings account and have $30,000 in investments.

    Day One

    7 a.m. — My alarm goes off, and I look over at our dog. He gives me a look like "I am not ready to get up, Mom," so I let us lie in bed for a few more minutes. Eventually I get up, and he follows. I take him out, feed him, throw in a load of laundry, and take another out of the dryer. Then I have a cup of coffee on the couch, fold the mountain of clothes, take a quick body shower, and get ready. I make Eggo waffles with SunButter and jelly with a side of grapefruit for breakfast, and then kiss the dog and my husband, N., goodbye.

    8:50 a.m. — I settle in at my desk. I've been out of the office for almost a week (work trip followed by a long weekend home to visit my parents), so I feel way out of the groove, only to find my email somehow deleted itself, and now my inbox is completely empty including my calendar…not on a Monday, please. More coffee (I bring it from home, since the coffee here is less than desirable) and grab a seltzer from our kitchen. I box up some returns I need to ship and schedule a UPS pickup through our work account.

    11 a.m. — No matter what I have for breakfast during the week, I am always hungry by 11. I peruse the kitchen snacks and grab some pretzels and hummus.

    12 p.m. — Head to my barre studio a few blocks away for a 12:15 class. There's a 20 classes in 30 days challenge that started at the beginning of the month, but since I've been traveling I am late to start. Time to get moving!

    1:10 p.m. — Stop at the sandwich shop below the studio and grab a wrap. I usually bring dinner leftovers for lunch, but I got home late last night. I pay $7.57 for the wrap with money my mom gave me before I left yesterday. (When my brother and I were in college, my parents always gave us a $20 at the end of our visits home. Years later, they haven't stopped.) $7.57

    2:40 p.m. — I duck out to go register my car and get new plates, only to find out I can only pay the excise tax (ouch) and I have to go to the DMV to get the plates, since N.'s name is on the lease. Or N. can come to City Hall to register and get new plates himself, but he doesn't have a flexible job like me. I pay the excise tax ($680.49), get the form he needs to fill out, and will go to the DMV tomorrow. I have time before my 4:00 appointment, so I run to Whole Foods and grab a few things I forgot in our Instacart order yesterday: seltzer, Vitamin Waters, chicken sausage, fresh bread, and a Smartwater for now because I am so thirsty ($25.40). $705.89

    4 p.m. — Off to a car appointment to get my car's damage appraised. A few weeks ago, when I was away for a girl's weekend, N. leased me a new car as a surprise (husband of the year) and two days later, I got rear-ended. I wish I was kidding. Thankfully it wasn't bad, just more of an inconvenience and an are-you-kidding-me-this-is-a-brand-new-car moment. The appraisal ends up being super quick. The guy is super nice and I am on my way.

    4:30 p.m. — Home! I unload the groceries, fold laundry, and have some cheese and crackers to tide me over. My husband gets home around 5, and my mother-in-law drops off the dog shortly after. (The dog goes to work with my husband every day, and my MIL takes him and her dogs walking every afternoon, which tires him right out.) I feed him, and then my husband and I tag-team dinner — chicken sausage and lentil soup in the Instant Pot with bread. We discuss our days, the news, and catch up on things.

    7 p.m. — Clean up and retire to the couch for the night. I read the latest People and complete all but three answers in the crossword (woohoo) while my husband watches TV.

    9 p.m. — I take the dog out. (During the week I have the dog evening shift, and my husband has the mornings, and on weekends we flip flop.) The dog gets his nightly peanut butter, I have a TJ's bonbon, and we head up to bed. N. and I catch the tail end of our college basketball team's game. It's a nail biter, but they pull it off! I'm asleep by 10.

    Daily Total: $713.46

    Day Two

    6:30 a.m. — My alarm goes off. I hop in the shower, grab a cup of coffee (every morning when I turn off my pot, I get it set up for the next morning), and scroll through social media before getting ready. I have toast and grapefruit for breakfast and then pack up my to-go coffee, liter of seltzer, and lunch. I am out the door by 7:45.

    8:10 a.m. — I am first in line at the DMV! I get my plates, and I'm out the door in 10 minutes. The woman was super friendly and efficient (I'm shocked at how quickly it went) and I'm at work by 8:30. $55.

    11 a.m. — Snack time: pretzels and hummus again!

    12 p.m. — Head to barre.

    1:10 p.m. — Two down, 18 to go! I heat up my lunch (leftover soup) with crackers and grab a seltzer from the kitchen, which I follow with a fun-sized Kit Kat.

    5 p.m. — The afternoon went by relatively quickly. I head home and the dog is waiting for me, so he must have gotten dropped off early today. I get dinner going: roasted chicken and potatoes with buffalo cauliflower. I also throw together a salad to have for lunch tomorrow, knowing there won't be leftovers. N. gets home shortly after I do. We eat, he does the dishes, and I throw in some laundry. Eventually we head to the couch, me with hot cocoa. We browse and discuss our house plans.

    9 p.m. — I take the dog out, he gets his peanut butter, and N. and I watch TV in bed for about an hour before falling asleep.

    Daily Total: $55

    Day Three

    6:40 a.m. — My alarm went off 10 minutes ago, but I snoozed it. N. left at 4:30 this morning for a trip, so I have the dog this morning. We're so snuggly, it's hard to get up. I am definitely one of those people who thinks my dog is my child. We got him when he was eight weeks old and about a month later, my dad was diagnosed with cancer. He's been such a light in our (and my parents') lives throughout this. Yesterday was his two-year homecoming anniversary! We get up and go out, and then he eats while I have a cup of coffee and scroll through social media. I take a quick body shower and get ready. For breakfast, I have toast and grapefruit, then make some tuna to have with crackers and salad for lunch later. We are out the door by 8.

    8:45 a.m. — We're supposed to get a big storm this afternoon, so there was almost no traffic today, which is nice. I bring the dog to work when my husband is traveling.

    12 p.m. — Morning goes by quickly, thanks to a few meetings that leave me with a bunch to do (which is good). I have my lunch followed by two mini Milky Ways. The snow has finally started, and it looks like it's coming down quick. Ugh, I hate driving in the snow. Last year we had a storm, and I ran into something in the road and got a flat tire. My husband says it was user error (eye roll!!).

    1:25 p.m. — I pack up and head out. I have my weekly therapy session at 1:30 ($25), and it's right by our house, so I'm just going to work from home after. The snow has really started to pick up, so I presume most people will head out shortly after me anyway. I've been going to therapy for 14 months, and it's been one of the best things to happen to me.

    2:40 p.m. — I get home and call my MIL to check on her plan is for the afternoon. She says she will take the dog for a walk and bring him home after. I tell her to just keep him for the night if the weather is bad, since he'll be with them tomorrow all day anyway.

    4:05 p.m. — Hungry, so I break for some cereal and realize we have a package at the door. My parents sent us some things we forgot/couldn't fit in our suitcases, and they sent some surprises too! Coffee, caramel corn, a dog toy, and homemade banana bread. I call it quits for the day and clean out the fridge and freezer, scrub the counters down, take out the trash and recycling, and vacuum. I check our credit card activity (which I do daily), and see three charges from iTunes ($70, $30, $30), so I double check with N. that these weren't from him (and they weren't). He reports fraud and they cancel our card. I go through and make a list of recurring charges and accounts we need to update once we get the new card.

    5:15 p.m. — My father-in-law drops the dog off. I pour myself a glass of wine, feed the dog, and take him for a quick walk around the block. The snow has turned to sleet, ugh. I watch the news and make dinner: chicken sausage with peppers and onions, French fries, and a salad. Post dinner, I clean up and then curl up on the couch for the night with the dog. I catch up on Grey's Anatomy (can't quit it), and he snores next to me.

    9 p.m. — Take the dog out, give him his peanut butter, and have a slice of banana bread (thanks, Mom!). We head up to bed, and I throw on our diffuser, put on a face mask, and text with my dad for a bit. I fall asleep around 10.

    Daily Total: $0

    Day Four

    6:30 a.m. — Alarm goes off. The dog lets out a dinosaur yawn, and we get up. I take him out, feed him, and then hop in the shower. Coffee and the news before getting ready. Breakfast is waffles with SunButter and jelly and grapefruit. I load the dog into the car at 7:50, clean it off for a solid 10 minutes, and we're off by 8.

    9:30 a.m. — OMG it took an hour and a half to get to work today, gah. I finished my entire liter of seltzer on the drive! I settle in for the morning.

    11:10 a.m. — Grab a yogurt from the kitchen.

    12 p.m. — Off to barre!

    1:10 p.m. — Back at work, I grab my lunch — salad and tuna with crackers. I finish it with mini Milky Ways again. I always finish my meals off with something sweet.

    4:20 p.m. — Hungry again. I find half a snack bag of Cheddar Bunnies in my desk.

    4:30 p.m. — I wrap things up and head home quickly to feed the dog, change, and stuff a piece of banana bread down (because I'm starving), and then I'm off to my friend's house before we go to dinner. I snuggle her sweet babe while she gets ready, our other friend comes over, and then we pick up the fourth and are on our way to dinner.

    6:45 p.m. — We each get a cocktail and split a meal for two and a bunch of apps. It's all so delicious, and we leave full and happy. Girlfriends are so, so important. One of my New Year's resolutions is to deepen my relationships with my girlfriends here (all of my closest friends live in other states), and so far it's been going well. It's good for the soul. $37.07

    9 p.m. — Home to a very happy dog. I take him out, and we go right up to bed. He promptly falls asleep and I watch TV and text with my husband, wash up, turn the diffuser on, and go to sleep around 10.

    Daily Total: $37.07

    Day Five

    6:30 a.m. — Ugh, I really don't want to get up, but TGIF! I take out the dog, feed him, and then we crawl back in bed with some coffee and watch the news for a bit. I body shower and get ready, make a tuna sandwich and pretzels for lunch, and have waffles with SunButter and jelly and grapefruit for breakfast. I load the dog and my stuff into the car, and then run back inside to bring some things to the recycling. While I'm doing this, the dog decides to help himself to my sandwich, so now my car smells like tuna, he smells like tuna, and I have no lunch!!! It's a good thing he is so darn cute. We are finally on the road by 8.

    9 a.m. — Get to work, activate our new credit cards, and text with my husband about our weekend plans.

    11:10 a.m. — Hummus and pretzels (brought from home).

    12 p.m. — Off to barre I go.

    2:05 p.m. — I run down the street and grab a salad — this used to be my go-to place when I needed to buy lunch, but then it closed about six months ago. It just reopened in a new spot, and the quality is not what it used to be. Bummer. Today's treat is caramel M&Ms…verdict is still out on how I feel about them. $8.63

    4 p.m. — Fading fast. I make myself a cup of coffee, remember how bad the office coffee is, but drink it anyway.

    4:40 p.m. — Pack up and head home. I get to our door and see all my husband's stuff (backpack, duffle bag, laundry) sitting on the doorstep, but he's nowhere to be found. I slightly freak out that the dog has run away, but eventually I see N. pop out of the neighbor's house, and he tells me the dog is getting dropped off in a few. Oy. We catch up on our weeks, shower, get ready, and have a beer.

    7 p.m. — Uber into town for dinner ($7.74). We reserve Friday nights for date night — with N. traveling so much, it's a standing date we like to keep. We have a drink (Prosecco for me, beer for him, $24.68) while we wait for seats. For dinner, I have a Caesar salad, he has French onion soup, we split tuna tartare, and we each get an entrée. He gets another beer. We pay for dinner with a gift card I got from work as a thank you a few weeks ago. $32.42

    9:30 p.m. — We decide to call it a night and head home ($7.47). We're asleep by 10:30. Wild Friday night! $7.47

    Daily Total: $48.52

    Day Six

    6:30 a.m. — The dog jumps off the bed to get up, and I get up and realize N. isn't bed, which is odd. We go downstairs and find him. He's been up since 5 because he couldn't sleep. He tells me he'll take care of the dog, and I go back to bed.

    8:30 a.m. — I get up and join N. on the couch for some coffee. He has a haircut at 9:30, so I decide to take the dog for a walk during the appointment. Post haircut, we all head to the beach so the dog can get some energy out.

    12 p.m. — We go home, N. showers, I get ready, and we load the dog back in the car for some errands. First stop: the car dealership to pick up a check. (On top of getting hit two days after getting the car, the whole leasing process was such a hassle and the dealership was horrible.) Then to the mall — N. runs in and returns an extra Apple thing we don't need (we get back $31.02). Last stop: a distillery for a drink ($23.91). We love going because it allows dogs — everyone knows ours by name there and loves him! We grab lunch next door to bring home — chicken tenders and fries ($45.36). $69.27

    2:45 p.m. — We finish up lunch and run to an open house. Then we stop at Rite Aid, and my husband gets deodorant, DayQuil, and contact solution ($26.28). Afterwards, we fill up my car at the gas station ($30.24). When we get home, there's a gift bag on the door. My in-laws dropped off a Valentine's gift for us — a toy for the dog, a very, very generous check for N. and me, and candy! $56.52

    4:30 p.m. — I wake up from a nap, and we call my in-laws to thank them for the gifts.

    7 p.m. — We call an Uber ($7.47) and head into town for dinner. I have a margarita and a lobster grilled cheese, and N. has a beer and a lobster roll and bisque. We split fries. After we finish, our friend comes to join us for drinks. Then we head out to meet up for one more drink with another couple. $130.73

    11:30 p.m. — We are old and tired, so we all head home. Uber is outrageous, so we take a Lyft, which is hooked up to my husband's work card for some reason? We say hi to the dog, give him some peanut butter, and head up to bed.

    Daily Total: $256.52

    Day Seven

    6:15 a.m. — The dog hops off the bed. I take him out, feed him, and we go back to sleep.

    8:50 a.m. — We all wake up and get ready quick. I fill my to-go mug with coffee, and off to the beach we go.

    10:15 a.m. — We get home, I make toast with SunButter, and my husband heads to the gym. Then I do some laundry and head to barre class.

    12:5o p.m. — Home. We head to Whole Foods and get a bunch of different things from the hot bar for lunch, then take a ride to go look at a few houses. Once we're back, I make my grocery list and lie down for a bit. $37.76

    5:15 p.m. — Today's grocery haul was a bit more expensive than usual because I needed to get a bunch of essentials (toilet paper, paper towels, Clorox wipes, Draino, garbage bags), plus our food for the week: carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, strawberries, potatoes, jalapeños, tomatillos, chicken broth, beef broth, red onion, ground turkey, chicken breasts (boneless), chicken breasts (bone in, skin on), salsa, black beans, fajita seasoning, tuna fish, seltzer, Vitamin Water, pub mix, pierogies, bread, SunButter, hot chocolate K-cups, shredded cheddar, and juice. (I put this on my gift card.) Then I run to Trader Joe's afterwards to get avocados, Gouda, chocolate-covered bananas, an ice cream sandwich, a green juice, and tulips ($26.92). At home, I unload the dishwasher and my husband folds some remaining laundry. I make How Sweet Eats Guacamole Salsa (yum!) and N. makes Half Baked Harvest beef and white bean chili in the Instant Pot (also YUM). $26.92

    9:30 p.m. — Clean up and go to bed.

    Daily Total: $64.68

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