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    As the fashion industry continues to edge toward total transparency around its sustainability efforts, legacy jewelry brand Tiffany & Co. announced on Wednesday it too is working to establish a new standard.

    The luxury brand says it will now share the countries of origin, or the provenance, of its newly, individually registered diamonds 0.18 carats and larger. By 2020, Tiffany & Co. will be able to share the craftsmanship journey behind the products with its Diamond Source Initiative. Customers will be able to trace the registered diamonds using a unique "T & Co" serial number that's itched into the ring with a laser – invisible to the naked eye, but providing info specific to the rock. According to the company's execs, it's no longer enough for diamonds to only be "conflict-free."

    “Tiffany & Co. has long been committed to diamond traceability and going above and beyond industry norms to promote the protection of the environment and human rights,” Anisa Kamadoli Costa, Tiffany & Co.'s chief sustainability officer, said in a press release. “A transparent journey of responsible sourcing reflects the many positive and far reaching benefits along every step of the diamond supply chain.”

    Beginning Wednesday, the sourcing info will be merchandised along with the diamonds in the Love & Engagement cases in Tiffany stores all over the world. A release notes that a few diamonds will have their provenance clearly displayed. In the first half of the year, Tiffany will roll out the provenances for all of their diamonds, as well other specificities typically not found in the industry's lab reports.

    “Diamonds, formed up to 3 billion years ago and brought to the earth’s surface by a miracle of nature, are symbols of the most important moments in our lives. There should be nothing opaque about Tiffany diamonds,” Alessandro Bogliolo, chief executive officer, Tiffany & Co., said in a press release. “Our clients want and deserve to know where their most valuable, most cherished diamond jewelry is from, and how it came to be.”

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    There are the beauty trends that most everyone welcomes with open arms, like dewy highlighter, lush, velvety-looking lip color, and easy-to-wear monochromatic makeup. And then there are the ones that make us think, Are we really sure we want to do this?

    The latest example of the latter comes to us from the '80s (naturally), a decade riddled with daring moves like dark lip liner, a generous amount of blush, and eye makeup that's heavy on the blue. Blue liner and shadow both recall a distinctly Studio 54 kind of vibe, but 2019 has ushered in some of Hollywood's biggest stars rocking a fresher take on the trend: swipes of electric blue mascara.

    Bold as it may be, there's really no reason to be afraid of the look — at least, not according to celebrity makeup artists. "Blue is actually a neutral to me because it’s the color of the sea and sky," says Nick Barose, who put blue mascara on Lupita Nyong'o at the 2019 Golden Globes. "We are seeing a lot of '80s influence in fashion, and blue mascara is such a fun, quirky '80s element." Rachel Goodwin, who worked with Emma Stone on her blue look for the Palm Springs Film Festival, agrees. "I think bright mascara has a playful quality for sure, but can also be very chic as long as you don’t overdo it with the rest of your makeup," she says.

    Both artists warn that you do have to be smart about the rest of your makeup when you're aiming to pull off this look. "You don’t want to do smokey eyes in a matching color, because the lashes will get lost," Barose says. "You want it to be more simplified so it feels modern and not too embellished everywhere." Goodwin recommends keeping the overall look eye-focused for best results: "Allowing the lashes and liner to be the focal point of your makeup keeps it looking modern and cool," she says.

    Ahead, the pros tell us how they make blue mascara look gorgeous — and decidedly not stuck in the '80s.

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    For the Golden Globes, Barose wanted Lupita Nyong'o's makeup to be a modern take on the '80s while embracing the contrast of red and blue. "I hate the rule of 'Don’t wear bright lips if you're wearing bright eyes,'" Barose says. "A little contrasting color, like the ruby I used, is great because it has depth, but it's not too bright — just matte and sheer." He suggests skipping more color on the cheeks, and using a highlighter or just a hint of a peachy tone instead.

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    To achieve the look, Barose actually first applied blue false lashes — Lashify's Gossamer lashes in Royal Blue — just on the outer corners. Then, he blended this blue Lancôme mascara into the roots of the top lashes and along the bottom to make sure the color popped.

    "On darker lashes, it might not show up as well, so make sure you get the brightest blue mascara," Barose advises. "It might be wise to also use the white lash primer (Lancôme Cils Booster XL) as a base so the blue pops more." Another tip: Barose makes sure to curl the lashes so the color is more apparent. "That way they can stick up more," he says. "And then you can add extra coats of colored mascara for intensity."



    lancomee Big Color Lash Top Coat, $12, available at Nordstrom

    On Emma Stone, Goodwin played with blue mascara in a more subtle way, pairing it with violet liner and pink eyeshadow. "I love it paired with neutrals because the color really pops," she says. "But warm bronzes and soft corals are always beautiful paired with blue as well."

    Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.

    For this technicolor dream, Goodwin lined Stone's upper lash line with Marc Jacobs Highlighter in (Grape)vine, then applied Dior mascara in Blue Pump to her curled upper lashes. "Makeup is all about expressing yourself, so if color mascara speaks to you, go for it," she says. "Have fun, and don’t take it too seriously. After all, you can just wash it off."



    Dior Pump'N'Volume Mascara - Blue, $29.5, available at Neiman Marcus

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    Once upon a time, visible roots were a trend worthy of Blake Lively's approval. Now, we prefer our dark roots to be carefully curated by a colorist using the shadowing or smudging technique. But if you're a frequent hair dyer — whether you have partial highlights or a whole head of platinum blonde — you know that monthly touch-up appointments can get expensive, and sometimes you need to save that several hundred dollars for other things, like rent or a Trader Joe's haul.

    Luckily, there are at-home options that hide growing roots in a pinch. Although these aren't long-term alternatives to having a professional repaint your roots, they're helpful when desperate times call for desperate measures. Ahead, we've rounded up the best root touch-up products out there — from crayons to sprays to powders — that are beginner-friendly. Bonus: Not one is over $35.

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    Everyone's hair color grows out at a different rate — a rate that your colorist can never predict. If you're in the camp whose roots are visible at four weeks on the dot, you'll want this root-covering crayon in your arsenal. Made to focus on coloring in the roots at your temple (and eyebrows!), this easy-to-use, creamy formula glides on to hair leaving full-coverage color in its tracks.



    Rita Hazan Root Concealer Touch Up Stick, $25, available at DermStore

    This root-concealing marker infused with temporary hair color literally stamps out grays instantly. Consider it a bonus that the formula soaks up excess oil on your scalp (like a dry shampoo would) and leaves behind a glossy-but-natural shine.



    Garnier Express Retouch, $9.99, available at Garnier

    Think: YSL Touche Éclat, but for your roots. This precision brush sweeps a lightweight, ammonia-free pigment (available in black, dark brown, and medium brown) through the pieces that need it most. Bonus: It's $11.



    L'Oreal Paris Precision Pen, $10.99, available at L'Oreal Paris

    Root touch-up products aren't just good at hiding grown-out highlights — they're also useful for creating the illusion of thicker hair. Ask any celebrity hairstylist and they'll tell you that most of their A-list clients — including stars like Kendall Jenner and Kim Kardashian — use root-concealing powders and sprays to color in their hairline. Oribe's root concealer is perfect to do exactly that.



    Oribe Airbrush Root Touch-Up Spray, $32, available at DermStore

    If you know how to use eyeshadow, then you can certainly use this root powder. Compared to some of the other root concealers out there, this powder is fit for beginners thanks to its buildable formula. Count this compact as another go-to for faking thickness near the hairline.



    Color Wow Root Cover Up, $34.5, available at DermStore

    Graying roots are arguably the fussiest of all. If you're in the business of hiding your silvery strands, try Rita Hazan's root-covering spray. Similar to Oribe's, it covers hair in a tinted spray-to-powder formula that temporarily stains each strand. With the can's concentrated nozzle, you'll be able to direct the pigment right at the root without covering what you don't need to.



    Rita Hazan Root Concealer Touch-Up Spray Temporary Gray Coverage, $25, available at Sephora

    Looking for something a bit more permanent than a rinse-out spray? This at-home kit offers salon-quality tools — like a mixing bowl, brush, and color-activating developer — so you can hide roots like a pro. However, this is not made for beginners. If you've never dyed your own hair before, we suggest sticking to a compact powder instead of messing with real hair dye.



    dpHUE Root Touch-up Kit, $30, available at Sephora

    Madison Reed's demi-permanent dye is fit for anyone who wants to cover a robust amount of grays, but can't justify a $100 (plus tip!) salon bill. What's more, the color is deposited onto the hair with a cushion applicator to ensure your root reboot is as precise and full coverage as possible.



    Madison Reed Root Reboot, $25, available at Sephora

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    The 2019 Pantone Color of the Year may be living coral, but, according to an annual Interior Designer Trends Survey by 1stdibs, the hues currently heating up for home decor are of a much cooler palette. "For 2019, the top emerging colors are expected to be emerald green, blue and gray," the popular online marketplace predicts — and one look at a space filled with these light, serene, and jewel-toned shades is enough to convince us of its powerful design potential.

    Not only do the three colors make a statement when styled solo, but they also work wonders when layered and mixed together inside a room. The combination of richer blues to greens and softer grays achieves a decor effect that effortlessly balances luxury with comfort. Plus, the cool undertones create a calming-chic, under-the-sea-at-home vibe. Fashion this easy-elevated look inside your own abodes with the 28 trending-palette finds ahead, from emerald-green velvet bedspreads to luminous-blue pillows, cloud-gray throws, and more.

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    The best statement sofas pair a simple design with a complex color.



    George Oliver Ethelsville Sofa Bed, $439.99, available at Wayfair

    Stack your rings in style with this resin holder in an emerald-green, marbled-pearlescent finish.



    Oliver Bonas Jewel Green Resin Ring Holder Medium, $8.75, available at Oliver Bonas

    Try washing your walls in the cool-color trio without a full paint commitment — Minted's easy-to-install, removable wall murals are designed by a talented community of independent artists.



    Minted Bountiful Removable Wall Mural, $330, available at Minted

    Liven up a classic gray couch or chair with a pair of these rich, green velvet throw covers.



    MIULEE Velvet Throw Pillow Covers, $15.99, available at Amazon

    This soft throw is a luminous shade of gray and blue that makes us feel some type of way.



    tag Diamond Weave Throw - 60"x50", $39.97, available at Nordstrom Rack

    Sleep like royalty beneath a velvet-tufted quilt in a luxe shade of teal.



    Opalhouse Teal Velvet Tufted Stitch Quilt, $68.39, available at Target

    Effortlessly pull together a calming bedroom vibe with this soft, stone-colored knot pillow that was handmade in Lithuania.



    Ragnheiður Ösp Sigurðardóttir for Design House Stockholm Knot Pillow, $97.75, available at Design Within Reach

    Drape a cool wave of blue hues over your shower to create a spa-like bathroom setting.



    Monika Strigel Ocean Teal Shower Curtain, $69.98, available at Society 6

    Any beverage would look down right dreamy perched on these coasters.



    Anthropologie Celestial Coaster Set, $40, available at Anthropologie

    Sleeping on a cloud is only one set of stonewashed, French-linen sheets away.



    Primary COMPLETE BEDDING SET (FULL), $349, available at Primary

    Elevate your floors with a rich indigo-blue, hand-hooked wool rug.



    Joss & Main Kory Hand-Hooked Wool Azure Area Rug, $112.99, available at Joss & Main

    Wash your space in emerald-green light with these droplet-designed, pressed-glass votives.



    Iittala Kastehelmi Tealight Holder, $25, available at Bloomingdale's

    PSA: Office swivel chairs are having their jewel-toned year in 2019 — and we're here for it.



    Cost Plus World Market Blue Velvet Cosmo Upholstered Office Chair, $175.99, available at Cost Plus World Market

    This deep-green, sateen duvet set is sweetly embroidered with tiny bumble bees.



    Wake In Cloud Bee Sateen Duvet Cover Set (Queen), $64.98, available at Amazon

    This trio of nesting trays does the cool and stylish color-mixing for us.



    Jasper Morrison Vitra Set of Three Trays in Green, $80, available at 1st Dibs

    Go rich with an accent wall covered in this gorgeous malachite wallpaper.



    Anthropologie Malachite Wallpaper, $78, available at Anthropologie

    Easily add an elevated touch of soft gray to your space with this velvet dining chair duo.



    GreenForest Velvet Dining Chairs (Set of 2), $129.99, available at Amazon

    Drape the windows the your apartment's soul in a romantic, emerald-green treatment.



    Anthropologie Velvet Louise Curtain, $43.5, available at Anthropologie

    The embossed-triangle pattern adds texture and depth to this soft bedding classic.



    Mainstays Triangle Embossed Quilt Set, $24.99, available at Walmart

    This quirky table lamp is crafted from thermoplastic resin in a calming-blue, stick-figure design.



    Alessi Girotondo Table Lamp in Blue, $120, available at Need Supply Co

    Even our pets are privy to 2019's cool-toned decor trend — and this dreamy, plush bed is high on their style wish-lists.



    Majestic Villa Round Pet Pillow, $59.99, available at Joss & Main

    Rich emerald green looks best when upholstering a glamorous accent chair with gilded legs.



    AllModern Barrel Chair, $229.99, available at AllModern

    Treat your bed to a super-soft velvet duvet set in a relaxing, misty blue-gray hue.



    PHF Greek Velvet Duvet Cover Set, $67.98, available at Amazon

    Be your best bougie self and eat cheese off a set of polished stainless-steel, brass, and green-resin spreaders.



    KIM SEYBERT "Malachite" Cheese Spreader Set, $70, available at Barneys Warehouse

    Rest your weary-winter heads on a crushed-velvet bolster pillow that's speckled with stone-gray stars.



    Urban Outfitters Celestial Embroidered Velvet Bolster Pillow, $49, available at Urban Outfitters

    Looking to freshen up your bedroom decor? Try throwing on a gem-toned, tufted-quilt for an easy dose of elegance.



    Martha Stewart Tufted Velvet Full/Queen Quilt, $149.99, available at Macy's

    Instantly brighten up beds to couches or accent chairs with a luxe, washed-blue throw pillow.



    Lulu and Georgia Claret Pillow, Blue, $79, available at Lulu and Georgia

    Real-deal MCM in a surprising peacock blue hue.



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    In an interview with Anderson Cooper on Sunday's 60 Minutes, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez proposed a higher tax on the super-wealthy as part of a plan to finance the Green New Deal program.

    Both the tax policy (what we know of it, at least) and the GND are ambitious. The GND is actually one of the boldest climate-change and economic policies to be discussed in Congress — ever. It aims to cut carbon emissions to keep climate change from plunging the world into a complete Doomsday scenario, while providing a federal jobs guarantee and large-scale public investments. It's huge, but progressives consider it a moral imperative given the fast encroachment of climate change.

    Republicans (and moderate Democrats, and Anderson Cooper) have questioned how progressives plan to pay for the GND; something that never seems to occur to them when increasing military spending or, you know, trying to build a pointless wall on the Southern border.

    On 60 Minutes, Ocasio-Cortez explained that one possible way to finance the GND is a marginal income tax rate of up to 70% on the super-rich.

    "There's an element where, yeah, people are going to have to start paying their fair share in taxes," she said. "Once you get to the tippy-tops, on your 10-millionth dollar, sometimes you see tax rates as high as 60% or 70%. That doesn’t mean all $10 million are taxed at an extremely high rate. But it means that as you climb up this ladder, you should be contributing more."

    Of course, Republicans are being as offensive and unproductive about the whole thing as expected, comparing the tax proposal to "slavery" and calling the GND a "leftist fantasy program."

    But a marginal tax rate, the tax rate for every additional dollar of income, of 70%, while higher than anything we have now, is actually not that radical. As Matthew Yglesias writes over at Vox, top tax rates used to be much higher, with top earners paying a 91% rate under President Eisenhower. Under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, the rate was around 70%, like Ocasio-Cortez's proposal. It's only under President Reagan's tax reforms that it went down drastically.

    Recent economic research supports her proposal too, according to Yglesias. A 2012 paper by MIT’s Peter Diamond and Berkeley’s Emmanuel Saez argues for a 73% top income tax rate for the U.S. The authors say: "This conclusion relies on two subsidiary points. One is the notion that for the very rich, the subjective value of an extra dollar is essentially $0. In other words, while a poor person’s life may get a lot better if he gets a little bit of extra money, someone like Mark Zuckerberg isn’t going to care at all."

    However — and this may shock some — many of the GND's proponents don't want the program to be paid for by taxes at all. The U.S. prints its own money and has the right to make as much of it as it wants and pay for whatever it wants; the only thing that's limited are the resources. As long as the country can balance both, we're fine, Stony Brook University economics professor Stephanie Kelton told Vox.

    What about the deficit? "If the deficit has to be 4.7% of GDP to create the economy we want, with full employment, low inflation, and poverty going down, who cares?" said Kelton. "If we can create the economy we want with a deficit of 2.1%, that’s fine, too. The budget outcome isn’t the thing that matters, it’s the real economic conditions." This is, after all, how the U.S. "paid for" FDR's famous New Deal, which effectively transformed the country.

    The thinking among progressives is that if we don't make ambitious plans now, we will indeed "pay for it" later. We hope the short-sighted in Congress don't deter them from their vision.

    We reached out to Ocasio-Cortez's Chief of Staff Saikat Chakrabarti and will update this story when we hear back.

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    If you work a 9-to-5 but haven’t already had your year-end review, then chances are it's just around the corner.

    Maybe you’ve been thinking about asking for a salary bump, have got your eyes on a promotion, or are thinking about a new title that would better position you for the future. Or maybe you haven’t started thinking about the goals you’d like to set for the next year.

    If the idea of having a conversation about any of these things makes you excited, then you’re probably already in a good position to ask for what you deserve during your review. If these kinds conversations with your boss make you a bit nervous, then fear not: There are some simple ways to make sure that you ace this opportunity — no matter how scary it might feel for you. One of the best ways to ensure that you take advantage of the yearly review is to reframe the entire thing.

    Ahead, we outline four super simple tips to keep in mind as you prepare for — and eventually head into — your next performance review. This way, when it comes time to reflect on your accomplishments and the things you still need to work on while being clear with your manager about your future goals and expectations — you're able to do so with ease.

    Reconsider What A Review Is

    For many professionals, especially those who are early on in their career, the idea of a review can feel rather one-sided. That’s fair: It certainly can seem like you’re going into a conversation where your manager has the upper-hand. Afterall, it's a conversation that only happens once (or a few times) a year where you’re told about the quality of your work and performance and, hopefully, getting a bonus, a raise, a promotion. (Or the hard news that you won't be getting any of that.)

    But this doesn’t have to be the case.

    Yes, reviews are an opportunity to find out what you can improve on, but it’s also a huge opportunity to let your manager know what your short- and long-term goals are, both within the company or organization and the larger context of your career. Think of it this way: Reviews let you discuss talk about your goals, and how your manager can be an ally in charting your way.

    Of course, some of this has to do with compensation. After all, a review is the perfect time to think about things that you would like to change in your job: Would you like more responsibility? More leadership opportunities? A path to promotion? Reviews are the time to mention all of this. But remember: This conversation will be easier if you think of your manager as an ally who can help you find ways to reach your goals — not an overlord who determines your future.

    illustrated by Tristan Offit.

    Be Confident About What You're Worth

    Knowing your worth can be a challenge — especially for women and women of color, and other marginalized people.

    It can be confusing and intimidating to know what you should ask for. Thankfully, there are so many resources available these days to check out how your current compensation package compares to the rest of your industry. Resources such as Glassdoor’s aptly named Know Your Worth calculator and LinkedIn’s Salary Insights tool are great places to start.

    If you feel comfortable, it’s also worth comparing salaries with your colleagues, after all, salary transparency only empowers workers.

    Before your review, take inventory of all of your big accomplishments this year. Ideally, this is something you’re doing year-round — in a Google doc or spreadsheet (or a notebook if you're old school!). Start by asking yourself: What did I do this year that I’m really proud of? Which projects or initiatives did I spearhead? Has my scope of work changed in a way that warrants more compensation? What are the numbers behind my achievements I can present to make my case?

    Once you’ve made a list of things you’ve accomplished, it will be easier to quantify that into asking for more. And remember, you’ve gained a considerable amount of experience the past year. That fact alone positions you to ask for more money!

    illustrated by Tristan Offit.

    Be Clear With Your Expectations

    Hopefully, you'll be able to enter a productive dialogue with your boss about the goals and expectations you've shared, but there is always a chance that some of the things you hoped to walk out of a meeting with may not be immediately possible. In these situations, it's important to stay calm.

    Even though you'll be frustrated, this one is one of the most important things to remember: Know that even if you don’t end up getting everything that you want right away, you can use this conversation to chart a path to get to your goal eventually. Expressing your desires is only the first step.

    Before you leave that meeting, even if it’s been made clear that your asks can’t be met at this time, ask your manager to set a date to revisit the conversation. Be very specific, and make sure you set a date for the follow-up. And, to make sure you’re not only managing your own expectations but your manager’s as well, ensure you know that they are expecting from you in that time period, as well.

    Whatever you do, make sure you don’t leave the room until you’ve established a timeline of expectations and regular check-ins with your manager.

    illustrated by Tristan Offit.

    Make Sure You Actually Follow (And Show) Up

    This might be the most important thing to remember: While year-end performance reviews may only happen once a year, it's would be a disservice to yourself to treat them as a one-time thing.

    Ideally, these types of check-ins are happening throughout the entire year. If it's not already the case, you should develop a habit of regularly checking in with your manager about your performance and both of your expectations, and making sure that they are continuously made aware of where you stand. This way, you can make sure you feel confident you're meeting and exceeding their expectations.

    And if you feel uncomfortable asking your manager for ongoing one-on-one meetings, just know that doing so will help you lay the groundwork to ask for more later on. Plus, it shows that you're dedicated and action-oriented, and who doesn't want to advocate for that kind of employee?

    illustrated by Tristan Offit.

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    Many of us have pored over the pros and cons of various makeup brush fibers, which holy-grail eyelash curler is worth the investment, and exactly what size blending sponge is best for tapping concealer into the inner corners of our nose. But who among us has paid much — if any — attention to the mirror we pair with these well-selected tools?

    Talk about an oversight. Turns out the makeup mirrors of 2019 don't just help us see exactly how much highlighter we're piling on or every little chin hair (thanks to built-in magnifiers), they're also equipped to mimic natural light, play YouTube tutorials and Spotify playlists, and in some cases even reveal which skin-care products are really working.

    Whether you want to pony up for an app-driven smart mirror that acts more like your tablet or are simply looking for a well-designed vanity situation that will allow you to see every pore, find our best picks, ahead.

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    If you like listening to music or catching up on audio books as you get ready, then this LED-lit mirror was made with you in mind. It has wireless Bluetooth audio speakers that can stream whatever floats your boat, and yes , you can even make calls on it. If your friends already thought you took way too long getting ready, they had no idea what they were in for when this mirror came into your life.



    IMPRESSIONS VANITY Touch Pro LED Makeup Mirror, $119, available at Ulta Beauty

    Though the weight and feel of the plastic base and arm could be a little more substantial for the $80 price point, we love the nifty secret function of this vanity mirror. In addition to boasting three natural-light settings (including sunlight, daylight, and evening lighting), linking to a phone via an app for additional controls, and packing a built-in ring light for selfies, this baby also transforms into a deskside lamp with the flick of a wrist, making it the perfect option for tiny living spaces.



    Juno & Co The JUNO Smart Makeup Mirror, $79, available at Juno & Co.

    HiMirror Mini is less a mirror and more an infotainment system for your vanity. Sure, you can catch your reflection and zoom to 2 and 3x magnification with the thing, but it can also be used to play YouTube tutorials, check the weather, and catch up on the news. And those aren't even our favorite features.

    You can also use it to snap pics of your face and the skin-care products you use. It reads and records skin conditions to provide data on how tone, clarity, and texture have improved over time — so you can see which products are driving results, and which you should toss.



    HiMirror HiMirror Mini, $119, available at Amazon

    This simple mirror doesn't have the bells and whistles you'll find in smart mirrors. But it does earn top marks from Amazon reviewers, thanks to a dual-side face (one is a 10x magnifier), minimal footprint, and weighted base (which keeps it from getting knocked off your bathroom shelf).



    Sagler Sagler Vanity Mirror , $19.99, available at Amazon

    Yes, this Alexa-enabled mirror costs as much as our monthly food budget. But for those looking for a vanity mirror beautiful enough to leave out, this stainless steel option is pretty compelling.

    Aesthetics aside, the brand poured a bunch of R+D into the lighting, which uses surgical-grad LEDs to mimic overcast days, candlelight, office lighting and more via controls in a downloadable app. Instead of powering up the mirror with a button (and smudging its surface), a motion sensor detects your presence and illuminates light strips on the main panel perimeter. The fold-out side panels also work wonders for seeing what's really going on in the back of your head and a removable 10x magnifier helps finally answer the question: What is that bump on my bikini line?



    simplehuman Sensor Mirror Pro Wide View, $400, available at simplehuman

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    Women are the world's most resourceful creatures for a number of reasons, but my personal favorite is the fact that for thousands of years, without fail, they have been able to find inventive ways to remove their body hair.

    Granted, we're in the midst of a movement that empowers and encourages women to ignore the hairless standards impressed upon us. But we still can't deny millennia worth of body-grooming history, which happens to include evidence of prehistoric cave drawings suggesting we once used shark teeth (!) to pluck rogue hairs right out of the follicle. See? Resourceful.

    Lucky for us present-day hair-removing hopefuls, there now exists an endless supply of tools and treatments just in case you do like to keep some parts — or all parts! — of your body hair-free, including razors, lasers, tweezers, scissors, clippers, trimmers, sugaring, and waxes ranging in price from relatively cheap to a whole month's paycheck. But the latest and greatest comes from a direct-to-consumer brand that's already famous for making shaving easier, more convenient, and affordable. As the new female-friendly version of men's personal-care brand Harry's, Flamingo offers cheap hair-removing essentials — including the only at-home waxing strips I've ever not hated.

    Unlike the kind you might see on middle-of-the-night infomercials, this body-hair wax doesn't require any heat or bulk order of popsicle sticks to use. In fact, it doesn't take much at all, aside from the strip itself and... well, some privacy helps. Since the strips come ready-to-use, all I had to do was peel off the plastic protective slip, smooth the wax-coated paper onto my leg in the direction of the hair growth (waxing rule #1), and pull in the opposite (waxing rule #2). I half expected Friends' Chandler and Joey to come barreling through the door at what I imagined would be bloodcurdling screams (see: "The One with the Morning After"), but that never happened. In one swift motion I gently, but quickly, tore off the strip to reveal a hair-free patch — and I didn't even scream a little bit.

    For what it's worth, I rarely get waxes. In fact, the first time I got a wax (a bikini wax, no less), I saw Hillary Clinton at the Plaza and decided that experience was too good to ever top. But this experience, while certainly no Hillary sighting, was surprisingly seamless. It might not have been pain less, but it's comforting to know there's an at-home waxing option out there that won't make your eyes swell with tears.

    While the kit doesn't include anything snazzy, like rare substances recently discovered in the the depths of the rainforest or a name like Waxine (seriously, just watch the Friends episode already), it's meant to be a fuss-free option for those of us who enjoy the inexplicably satisfying sensation of smooth, hairless skin. Simply put, the strips do what they're supposed to, which is effectively remove hair. And really, isn't that all we've been looking for since our shark-teeth days?

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    Selecting the right handbag for a dressy event is, in many cases, an art form. Formal dress codes, like weddings or black tie occasions, require a unique bag that often isn't already chilling in your closet. Like your poor prom date and their tie/corsage, it has to hit the crucial mix of matching your dress while still standing out on its own. It can't be too big where it looks like you've brought along a laptop as your plus one, but it also needs to be capable of carrying the essentials: phone, wallet, keys, lipstick. And don't even get us started on the fact that the majority of evening handbags are cheap metal clutches adorned in beads and lamé.

    But — drum roll, please — praise be for the micro bag trend. Our newfound obsession with baby bags has single-handedly saved the pain of shopping for the dreaded "event purse." It's resulted in miniature top handle and drawstring clutches that fit the bill of cute, fancy, and can sort of, kind of hold your necessities (maybe don't try to shove an iPhone 8+ into one, though).

    From satin finishes to chain link handles to beaded lamé clutches we actually don't hate, these 24 mini bags disguised as fancy handbags are perfect for any upcoming event. And because event attire is confusing enough as it is (someone please explain the difference between cocktail and semi-formal to us), we've separated the daytime attire bags (think your afternoon garden party) from the evening attire bags (bust these babies out for anything from cocktail to white tie). And with that out of the way, now it's time to find the perfect wedding guest dress.

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    Kara Money Shred Pinch Wristlet, $295, available at KaraPhoto Courtesy of Kara.

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    Loeil Cereza Bag, $72, available at LoeilPhoto Courtesy of Loeil

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    Pop & Suki Lolita Bag, $375, available at Pop & SukiPhoto Courtesy of Pop & Suki.

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    Respiro Studio Alexa Bag, $279, available at Valet StudioPhoto Courtesy of Valet Studio.

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    IMAGO-A Nº44 Lucite Buckle Mini, $295, available at IMAGO-APhoto Courtesy of IMAGO-A

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    ASOS Beaded Boxy Clutch Bag, $72, available at ASOSPhoto Courtesy of ASOS.

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    Rejina Pyo Chef Lizard-Effect Leather Tote, $855, available at Net-A-PorterPhoto Courtesy of Net-a-Porter.

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    Maryam Nassir Zadeh Glow Purse, $252, available at Need SupplyPhoto Courtesy of Need Supply.

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    Yuzefi Delila Mini Bucket Bag, $575, available at NordstromPhoto Courtesy of Nordstrom.

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    Maria La Rosa Dado Clutch, $358, available at AnthropologiePhoto Courtesy of Anthropologie.

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    Clare V. Flore Bag, $275, available at Clare VPhoto Courtesy of Clare V.

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    The Row Ascot Small Satin Bag, $990, available at Barneys New YorkPhoto Courtesy of Barneys.

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    Topshop Betsy Moon Velvet Grab Bag, $45, available at TopshopPhoto Courtesy of Topshop.

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    Zara Beaded Crossbody Bag, $22.99, available at ZaraPhoto Courtesy of Zara.

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    Jeu Illimité Cherie Mini Bag, $240, available at Jeu IllimitéPhoto Courtesy of Jeu Illimité.

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    Charles & Keith Satin Push Lock Bracelet Clutch, $89, available at Charles & KeithPhoto Courtesy of Charles & Keith.

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    Frances Valentine Zelda Frame Bag , $245, available at Frances ValentinePhoto Courtesy of Frances Valentine

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    Emily Levine Tribbie Bag, $300, available at Emily LevinePhoto Courtesy of Emily Levine

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    Bienen-Davis Règine Velvet-Devoré Clutch Case, $1244, available at MatchesFashion.comPhoto Courtesy of Matches Fashion.

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    A New Day Box Minaudiere Clutch Crossbody Bag, $29.99, available at TargetPhoto Courtesy of Target.

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    Staud Britt Leather Mini Bucket Bag, $290.26, available at FarfetchPhoto Courtesy of Farfetch.

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    Front Row Shop Handicraft Faux Pearl Embellished Bag, $182.04, available at Front Row ShopPhoto Courtesy of Front Row Shop.

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    H&M Sequined Pouch Bag, $29.99, available at H&MPhoto Courtesy of H&M.

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    "Heavy" is not an adjective that we like to use when it comes to our hair. The word might as well be synonymous with shitty, because that's exactly how our hair feels when we haven't washed it in days or when that new leave-in conditioner we're trying has a formula that sits on the scalp. But, luckily, there's a solution for weighed-down hair: clarifying shampoos.

    "Periodic use of purifying or clarifying shampoos can help remove ingredients like silicones, thickening ingredients, and other additives (such as pearlizing agents that give shampoo its opaque, pearl appearance)," says Joshua Zeichner, MD, d irector of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital. "Dirt and oil that accumulate on the hair may lead to irritation and flaky scalp. You can use these purifying shampoos intermittently to keep your hair in good shape."

    The best part? You don't have to part ways with your favorite shampoo. Just swap a clarifying option into your regimen from time to time to give your scalp and strands a clean slate. Ahead, we've rounded up some of the best clarifying shampoos on the market, so that you can start your 2019 detox with your hair.

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    Dr. Zeichner recommends using dandruff shampoo as a clarifying treatment. "These shampoos contain zinc pyrithione, which helps reduce levels of yeast on the skin," he says. "As dirt and residue accumulate on the hair, oil may become trapped, promoting yeast overgrowth, so intermittent use of an anti-dandruff shampoo may be useful to purify the scalp."



    Dove Scalp Clean & Fresh Anti-Dandruff Shampoo & Conditioner, $4.88, available at Walmart

    Speaking of anti-dandruff shampoos, here's a nice reminder that extra virgin olive oil isn't just for stovetop recipes. This formula has rave reviews for reducing flakes and leaving hair super soft.



    Palmer's Anti-Dandruff Scalp Scrub Shampoo, $6.5, available at Palmer's

    People love this exfoliating shampoo. According to the many 4-star reviews, it's like a detox for your scalp. The ingredient list includes charcoal and veggie-based exfoliators that scrub away caked-on dry shampoo and hairspray. After just one use, you'll feel like your scalp can breathe again.



    Briogeo Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-exfoliating Shampoo, $33.6, available at Sephora

    Curls need more conditioner and moisturizer than other hair types, and after weeks of co-washing, the hair can be left greasy and dull. So its very important to incorporate a clarifying product into a natural hair routine. New York-based curl expert Mona Baltazar suggests using a clarifying shampoo once or twice a week to counteract product buildup and keep your curls bouncing. This shampoo is made with curls in mind. The formula breaks down residue, but it's still gentle — it won't strip away the moisture that's essential for curly hair to thrive.



    Ouidad Water Works Clarifying Shampoo, $18, available at Ulta Beauty

    Scalp care doesn't have to be pricey — this shampoo rings in under $10. The brand promises that you'll "be singing kumbaya as soon as you step out of the shower." We don't know about all that, but this sulfate-free formula cleans the scalp without leaving the strands crispy.



    Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Purifying Shampoo, $5.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    Baltazar believes that pollution can also weigh down the hair, but you can keep these impurities at bay with the right shampoo. We recommend this activated charcoal formula that's like a clay mask, but for your scalp.



    Kenra Professional Platinum Detox and Deflect Daily Shampoo, $19.98, available at Ulta Beauty

    If you have color-treated hair and fear purifying shampoos will cause your pigment to run down the drain, this unique clay-to-foam formula promises to preserve your hair color while also enhancing the vibrancy since product buildup can dim color.



    Christophe Robin Cleansing Volumizing Paste , $19, available at Sephora

    This inky, black shampoo might seem too harsh for your beloved hair, but the charcoal inside is just as beneficial on your strands as it is on your skin. Shampoos like this one prove that a deep cleanse doesn't have to dry out your hair.



    DryBar On the Rocks Clarifying Charcoal Shampoo, $26, available at Nordstrom

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    Get ready to put on your dancing shoes. If you're in the market for a pair of heels that you can actually bust a move in, we've got some ideas. First up: ankle straps. This style of footwear not only looks cute and gives your outfit a bit of a vintage feel, but will also save your feet by providing extra support so that when your favorite song comes on you don't have to hold anything back on the dance floor.

    If you absolutely can not live without height, consider platforms as an option. This retro style can either become the focus of an outfit or hide under a maxi dress or wide leg pants for soaring proportions. The raised platform has a lower pitch so there's less difference in height between your heal and forefoot.

    Finally, court shoes are great whether you plan on wearing them with jeans to a club or with a midi-length dress to a fancier affair like a wedding. The modest heel and closed-toe silhouette ensure that your feet are well-supported and comfortable until the night is over. Click through these 21 pairs of the comfiest shoes for dancing to find your perfect match.

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    Chunky Heels + Ankle Straps



    & Other Stories Rhinestone Heel Pumps, $90, available at & Other Stories

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    Urban Outfitters UO Harlem Platform Heel, $69, available at Urban Outfitters

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    Mango Snakeskin Print Heels, $39.99, available at Mango

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    Zac Efron, the man whose picture remains permanently plastered in lockers across America, has decided to leave his dark roots behind him.

    As of Wednesday, Efron is now a member of Hollywood's Bleach Blonde Bro Club, which is to say: Efron has just dyed his hair platinum blonde. He's in good company, with other members including Ansel Elgort, Zayn Malik, and, of course, the one and only Pete Davidson.

    Efron slyly debuted the new look on Instagram, posting a photo of himself rock climbing that showed just the front part of his newly-dyed hair peeking out. You can also see that he's rocking a scruffy beard, which is something we cannot support enough.

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    The reaction to the news has been decidedly un-chill, with fans extremely on-board with this new look.

    Now, this isn't actually the first time Efron's rocked a lighter 'do. For the 2017 cinematic masterpiece Baywatch, he had blonde highlights running through his hair — and he rocked blonde hair the summer before its release, too.

    This does appear to be the first time he's dyed his entire head platinum, however, which makes this his most dramatic real-life hair transformation to date. We're sure those locker pictures will be updated shortly.

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    Meghan Markle has already proved her fashion credentials by being the unofficial guest of honor at 2018's Fashion Awards, and presenting Givenchy designer Clare Waight Keller, the woman who made her wedding dress, with British Designer of the Year for Womenswear. Earlier today, though, the Duchess of Sussex used her love of fashion for a greater cause.

    At the north Kensington-based charity Smart Works, which provides long-term unemployed and vulnerable women with interview clothes and training, Markle helped people choose outfits and accessories that might benefit them in their search for work, according to MailOnline. Women are referred from places such as career centers, prisons, homeless shelters, and care homes.

    Markle, 37, who is pregnant and expecting this spring, also revealed that she's been working with Smart Works for months now. "I'm so happy to be here. You guys know I've been quietly coming by... close to a year. It's nice to be able to now do it publicly and really talk about the work that you do." It was also revealed today that the duchess has taken on honorary roles with the National Theatre and Association of Commonwealth Universities, patronages previously held by the queen.

    So what did her styling tips at Smart Works include? She chose classic minimalist pieces for Patsy Wardally, a 55-year-old who secured a role at Gatwick Airport with the help of the charity. Selecting a tan cape, black bag, and a red and white dress for Patsy, the duchess said: "I am so happy to be here."

    Smart Works' chief executive Kate Stephens said of Markle: "She's really hands-on and involved, and has a natural empathy with people that we've been really impressed by; she's amazing. She puts people at their ease. It does feel slightly surreal."

    Tackling maternity style with aplomb, Markle wore a sleek ensemble of Victoria Beckham's Vanity Box bag (Beckham's brand is a favorite of the duchess), monochrome Giovanni Rossi pumps, a tan Oscar de la Renta coat, and a black dress from maternity brand Hatch.

    While Markle's support and celebration of the British fashion industry has been made clear for some time, it's fantastic to see her apply that to a positive cause.

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    For the past 11 years, Lindsey Leigh has been an adult film actress. It's the kind of profession that comes with certain aesthetic expectations — despite many feminist directors working to make them more inclusive. Boobs, for the most part, tend to be big. Makeup tends be heavy. Hair tends be luscious, just like the lips. Skin is largely free of not only wrinkles, but also scars, body hair, and bumps.

    As Leigh has worked her way through this industry, she has spent thousands and thousands of dollars on makeup, hair, and plastic surgery. By her estimate, 25% of her yearly income has routinely gone towards her appearance. "As I’ve aged through this industry, it’s become more about keeping a youthful look," Leigh, 29, says. "Not so much that I want to look 18 when I'm 29, but I don't want to be put into the M.I.L.F. category. As I've progressed, it’s been about taking off years, and enhancing things like my butt and boobs and lips."

    Last year, Leigh shifted her career to include camming, using her own personal camera, laptop, and phone to film videos and chat with her clients. Leigh's approach to makeup is radically different when she's working as a cam girl. "You're able to look like yourself more," Leigh says. "In the porn industry, you’re more pressured to update your look, and in cam, it's more about your personality. It only takes me 20 minutes to get ready now, as opposed to the hour it did for porn."

    With camming offering her more professional freedom, Lee says that her annual beauty expenses have dropped significantly. That being said, Leigh is still a person whose appearance earns her money. She naturally has to spend more on things like injectables, manicures, spray tanning, and, of course, makeup. Ahead, she breaks down what she uses every single day, and the monthly and yearly beauty purchases she makes for her job.

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    SKIN

    "I do injectables once a year: Botox and Juvederm. I just recently started doing Botox under my chin and neck area; I'll FaceTime for my job and I'm always trying to avoid that bad angle under my chin."

    $1,300 a year

    illustrated by Anna Sudit.

    "I’ll remove my makeup with Almay's liquid eye makeup remover and their cleansing towelettes. Then I’ll just go and splash my face with water and wipe it with a wet washcloth to get all the makeup."

    12x a year: $114.96



    Almay Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover, $5.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    Almay Oil-Free Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes, $3.59, available at Target

    "I use the St. Ives scrub once a week if I want to take a lot of dirt and makeup off my face."

    6x a year: $21.84



    St. Ives St. Ives Fresh Skin Face Scrub Apricot, $3.64, available at Target

    "I use No7 Early Defence cream [in the morning] because I'm at that age now — and it's got SPF in it, which I always need."

    6x a year: $125.94



    No7 Early Defence Day Cream SPF 30, $20.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    "I’ll use my No7 early Defence Night Cream [at night]; it's a really rich cream that I love."

    6x a year: $125.94



    No7 Early Defence Night Cream , $20.99, available at Target

    "Right before I go to bed, I use Latisse to grow my eyelashes longer. I’ll use one drop because it’s expensive and $200 for 2 packs."

    6x a year: $1200 (with a prescription)

    BODY

    "I'll do [spray tans] once a month, and it helps cover things like stretch marks really well. That costs $23 each time."

    12x a year: $276

    illustrated by Sydney Hass.

    "I'm really a minimalist when I'm getting ready. I wake up and I use Dove body wash all over my body, and then a loofah of it on my face and scrub that in."

    4x a year: $23.96



    Dove Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash, $5.99, available at Target

    "I like to have a pube hairdo option. I just shave and hopefully it has a straight line around it. I’m using this Schick Quattro You razor for sensitive skin. I can get three uses out of it until I’m like, OK, stop. Time to move on. "

    12x a year: $71.64



    Schick Quattro You Sensitive Disposable Razor, $5.97, available at Amazon

    "I'm constantly changing, so I need a deodorant that’s not gonna streak onto my clothes. I use the Dove spray."

    12x a year: $65.88



    Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant, $5.49, available at Target

    "Once I get out of the shower, I use Aveeno sheer hydration lotion [all over] my body."

    6x a year: $37.14



    Aveeno Sheer Hydration Daily Moisturizing Lotion, $6.19, available at Target

    "We have to do nails in this industry. I do a mani and a pedi every month, with acrylics [on my hands] and gel on my toes. That runs me $140."

    12x a year: $1,680

    modeled by Kimberly Truong; photographed by Tegan Davis; produced by Yuki Mizuma.

    MAKEUP

    "I have my eyebrows tattooed. It was $500 the first time. I see her every five months, so maybe twice a year, and it’s $200 to redo them."

    $900 a year

    Caroline Tompkins

    "I do eyes first and I've been using Kylie Jenner's eye palette for the past year and a half. Right now, my favorite is the burgundy [shade]."

    2x a year: $84



    Kylie Cosmetics The Burgundy Palette, $42, available at Kylie Cosmetics

    "I use the L’Oréal Voluminous Lash Paradise to finish off the eye look. I’ve been really impressed with it. It doesn’t run and it adds more volume and length to my lashes. Water doesn't make it flake, so it's great for filming."

    6x a year: $59.94



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

    "I’ll put Revlon ColorStay Prep & Protect on as a primer, and then I have two different liquid foundations I use — depending on the kind of shoot I'm doing that day."

    3x a year: $41.97



    Revlon ColorStay Prep & Protect Primer, $13.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    "If I'm just going to cam, I’ll use No7 Airbrush Away foundation. My computer only goes to a certain resolution so I can get away with less makeup."

    3x a year: $53.94



    No7 Airbrush Away Foundation, $17.98, available at Target

    "The foundation I use for filming days is Revlon ColorStay for combination and oily skin. It's heavier and more professional-looking."

    3x a year: $38.97



    Revlon ColorStay Makeup For Combo/Oily Skin, $12.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    "The KKW concealer is more blendable and less cakey-looking [than other concealers]."

    3x a year: $54



    KKW Liquid Concealer, $18, available at KKW Beauty

    "I use the Too Faced powder bronzer because it gives light definition."

    2x a year: $60



    Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer, $30, available at Ulta Beauty

    "For highlighter, I like Kylie Cosmetics. I use Santorini for my skin tone, but only on shooting days; I can be lazier with cam."

    1x a year: $14



    Kylie Cosmetics Santorini Ultra Glow, $14, available at Kylie Cosmetics

    "Instead of any setting spray or powder, I use Almay Smart Shade and dust it where I typically get oily."

    6x a year: $83.94



    Almay Smart Shade Pressed Powder, $13.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    "I stick with Kylie Jenner lip kits. I prefer her mattes, because if I'm shooting all day long, I want it to stay on there — [though] it may fade on the inside if I'm doing an oral scene. Right now, my favorite shade is the KKW Kimberly from one of the first collabs they did."

    2x a year: $90



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

    HAIR

    "Right now, I have fusion hair extensions in. I pay my girl $500 to put them in, and the hair is $500. So I’ll buy the hair once a year and then reinstall [them] twice a year, because my hair doesn't grow out very fast."

    $2000 a year

    "For my hair, I use the lemon sage thickening shampoo and conditioner from Paul Mitchell."

    4x a year: $240



    Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Lemon Sage Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner , $60, available at Amazon

    "Not Your Mother’s leave-in conditioner makes my hair silkier and helps it blend in with the fresh extension hair."

    4x a year: $26.36

    Total spent: $8,790.42



    Not Your Mother's Leave-In Conditioner, $6.59, available at Amazon

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    After the long holiday season we just endured, one packed full of dancing, mingling and running from one party to the next, we all deserve a little relaxation time. But while celery juice cleanses and eight hours of sleep a night will help most of your body recover, your feet are likely still suffering from major post-party shoe trauma. And since January is all about self-care, we're starting it off with a fresh re-up of our favorite cozy slippers.

    While you're probably expecting some cheap slide-ons with a kitschy design on top (though we sometimes love those too!) or a pair from that infamous winter boot brand we love to hate, this season's selection of slippers are anything but expected. From toasty shearling styles to cashmere pairs you'll never want to take off, these slippers aren't messing around. So before another day goes by, slip your poor post-party feet into a pair of the ultra luxurious slippers ahead.

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    Winter 'tis the season for travel. And since we're currently in the clutches of the next freezing few months ahead, our wanderlust spirits are high — making it the prime time to stock up on jet-setting essentials for ourselves (or, our travel-obsessed pals). Successful trips are made up of two parts: planning and packing. But since we can't actually plan and pack for you, we created a shoppable product guide to help streamline the process and add a little comfort and luxury instead.

    Ahead find our curated list of travel accessories that are as smart as they are stylish. These goods will cover your total trip arsenal from cutting-edge luggage to packing cubes, TSA-approved beauty to cocktail kits, cozy eye mask-blanket bundles, comfy on-the-go clothes, snack packs, and more. Click on to shop the jet-setting essentials that will make your upcoming escapes look as good as they feel (and vice versa).

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    The Good: On-The-Fly Mask Kit
    This mask pack comes filled with a strong lineup of moisturizing patches for eyes, lips and face that are designed to rejuvenate, soothe, de-puff, hydrate, and illuminate travel-weary skin.



    Patchology Patchology On The Fly Kit, $20, available at Free People

    The Good: Overnight-Plane Kit
    This set includes a comfy lineup of plane-perfect gear that's engineered to increase blood flow and oxygen levels in tissue — the base tank, long-sleeve crew, pocket legging, sleep mask, and socks come in a classic black or gray palette that's conveniently packed inside a totable mesh laundry bag.



    Lunya Restore Travel Kit, $298, available at Lunya

    The Good: Portable Razor
    This chic portable tool does more than simply shave — it packs a 3-in-1 punch with two single-blade razors, a Shea butter lotion bar, and refillable water compartment for getting smooth on-the-go.



    sphynx 3-in-1 Portable Razor, $14.95, available at The Grommet

    The Good: Silicone Travel Bottles
    Never leave your favorite products behind again thanks to this chic, Amazon's Choice set of travel bottles made from soft silicone.



    Jordan & Judy Silicone Travel Bottle Set - 3 pack, $12.99, available at Amazon

    The Good: Noise-Canceling Wireless Headphones
    These stylish pink headphones are designed for ultimate travel comfort with wireless and noise-canceling capabilities.



    COWIN Noise Canceling Headphones Bluetooth Headphones, $94.99, available at Amazon

    The Good: Cozy-Chic Sweatshirt
    Pick up a sweatshirt that serves dual-purpose as a cozy sleep shirt and multiple-wear vacation essential.



    Everlane The ReNew Fleece Sweatshirt, $55, available at Everlane

    The Good: Incognito Travel Pillow
    A travel pillow that could pass as a winter accessory instead of an oversized macaroni noodle? We're in. This Amazon's Choice infinity pillow can be molded and customized to your preferred sleep position.



    Huzi Infinity Pillow, $39.99, available at Amazon

    The Good: Multipurpose Carry-On
    Not only is Away's smallest carry-on suitcase made from a sleek, unbreakable polycarbonate shell, but it also comes with a TSA-approved combination lock, ejectable battery for charging devices, interior compression system, and hidden laundry bag. (You can also get it monogrammed!)



    Away The Carry-On (White), $225, available at Away

    The Good: Cord Organizer
    Sometimes a travel nightmare looks nothing like a missed connection and everything like a jumble of knotted cords — scoop up this vegan leather satchel to keep all your essential connecters organized and tangle-free.



    Uncommon Goods Vegan Leather Travel Cord Roll, $20, available at Uncommon Goods

    The Good: Scarf-Blanket
    A transit outfit staple, a light scarf-blanket can swaddle us in ultimate chic comfort. See those arm holes? We imagine the perfect air vent for your nose if you need a little face-covering nap privacy.



    J.Crew Striped Cape-scarf, $27.99, available at J.Crew

    The Good: Compression Sock Pack
    We love this brand's mission of "making your feet feel like magic." Comrad is an eco-conscious brand of travel socks that helps keep the blood flowing and reduce discomfort and swelling while flying. They're also super cute.



    Comrad Companion Compression Socks | Holiday 3-Pack Dasher, $48, available at Comrad

    The Good: Statement Passport Holder
    Never lose track of your passport with this beautiful holder featuring a whimsical big cat print from the Anthropologie design archives.



    Anthropologie 52 Conversations Passport Case, $16.08, available at Nordstrom

    The Good: Tiered Packing Cubes
    These classic tiered packing cubes can be monogrammed for personalization and easily categorized to save space inside your once over-stuffed suitcase.



    Paravel Packing Cube Trio, $55, available at Paravel

    The Good: 3-Way Travel Mirror
    This slim, foldable product is like the travel-friendly version of a Simplehuman Wide-View Sensor Mirror  — only much more affordable. Putting in your contacts and spiffing up en-route just got a whole lot easier.



    Magic Mirror Magic Mirror Multifunctional Fold-Out Beauty Mirror, $43, available at Jet

    The Good: TSA-Approved Facial Kit
    A TSA-friendly bundle of facial products crafted to give you a glow on-the-go. Each kit contains balm-to-oil cleanser, makeup remover, coconut gel sheet masks, honey-butter lip balm, and a canvas travel pouch.



    Farmacy Take It To Glow, Travel Essentials Kit, $40, available at Farmacy

    The Good: In-Flight Cocktail Kit
    Make mid-air cocktail hour gourmet with help from this TSA-approved Bloody Mary tin — each kit comes with a bar spoon, drink mix, rimming salt, and linen coaster.



    W&P Design Bloody Mary Carry On Cocktail Kit (2-Pack), $76.48, available at Amazon

    The Good: Eye Mask-Blanket Bundle
    Invest in a high quality sleep bundle that will keep you extra cozy on longer flights and layovers — this mask and blanket duo are made from 100% extra fine merino wool.



    Merino Merino Travel Kit, $169, available at Parachute

    The Good: Reusable Water Bottle
    Bringing a reusable water bottle when traveling may already be a no-brainer, but this stylish flask design takes it to the next convenience level with a BPA-free shatter proof plastic, soft silicone sleeve, and flat packable design.



    Hip Flat Water Bottle Flask , $14.99, available at Amazon

    The Good: Stylish Sleep Pants
    While comfort is key for traveling, going the full-on pajama route isn't for everyone — so try a pair of transitional sweatpants that can take you from snoring in a middle seat to stylishly sprinting through customs.



    2020AVE Jogger Sweatpants, $29.99, available at Amazon

    The Good: Travel-Size Makeup Kit
    Minimize your your makeup space when traveling with this streamlined 7-piece set including travel-size everything — from a creaseless concealer to translucent powder, lipstick, cheek rouge, volumizing mascara, powder blush, and a makeup pouch.



    Stowaway Cosmetics Take Flight Set, $60, available at Stowaway Cosmetics

    The Good: Travel Pouch
    Keep your top travel essentials together, from cards to pens and phones, with this soft and stylish leather pouch.



    Anthropologie Ready For Anything Pouch, $48, available at Anthropologie

    The Good: In-Flight Bath Kit
    A carry-on kit that makes a perfect hair day while traveling packable and possible — each box comes complete with a classic shampoo, conditioner, geranium leaf body cleanser, and rind concentrate body balm. It also makes a great gift.



    Aesop Jet Set Kit, $37, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

    The Good: Customizable Cross-Body Bag
    A multi-pouch cross-body bag that's as essential for travel as it is fashion forward with near endless customizable color and material options.



    Timbuk2 Custom Stack Crossbody Bag, $100, available at Timbuk2

    The Good: External Battery
    Keep your tech goods charged in portable style while on-the-fly.



    Mophie External Battery for Universal Smartphones and Tablets, $42.99, available at Amazon

    The Good: Travel-Size Toothpaste Kit
    Marvis' colorful, travel-size toothpaste kit comes in seven exciting flavors — for every exciting day of your trip: amarelli licorice, aquatic mint, cinnamon mint, classic strong mint, ginger mint, jasmine mint, and whitening mint.



    Marvis Toothpaste Flavor Collection Gift Set, 7 count, $36, available at Amazon

    The Good: Travel-Size Facial Spray
    When a shower is far from sight and the airplane sink doesn't appeal, whip out one of these travel-size facial sprays to freshen up.



    Evian Natural Mineral Water Facial Spray Duo, $14.06, available at Amazon

    The Good: Travel Slippers
    Whether you're on an overnight flight or walking around a foreign hotel room, having a pair of these plush slippers on hand for foot comfort is key.



    Uniqlo Cushioned Slippers, $14.9, available at Uniqlo

    The Good: Rinse-Free Hand Wash
    No water? No problem — this rinse-free wash is a super luxe leap up from harsh hand sanitizers. It also smells like heaven. (If heaven smelled like bergamot, pear, crisp amber, and soft musk.) Any giftee would be pleased.



    Byredo Suede Rinse-Free Hand Wash, $35, available at Nordstrom

    The Good: Compact Makeup Case
    Keep your toiletries snapped into place with one of these compact, multi-compartment, and mirrored caboodle cases.



    Caboodles small round caboodles makeup case , $6.99, available at Target

    The Good: Snack Pack
    A wholesome and tasty portable snack pack for adults.



    Justin's Classic Almond Butter Snack Pack , $12.41, available at Amazon

    The Good: Sleep Kit
    Cover your public sleeping bases with a patterned kit that contains it all: an eye mask, travel pillow cover, inflatable travel pillow, set of ear plugs, and drawstring bag.



    Sunnylife Travel Set, $28, available at Amazon

    The Good: Full Body Kit
    If bathing in an airport bathroom was an art, then this TSA-approved and best-selling organic body kit would be the paint.



    (Malin + Goetz) essential kit., $32, available at (Malin + Goetz)

    The Good: Mini Traveler's Journal
    Filled with a pencil pouch insert along with blank and lined pages for jotting down to-dos or to-remembers on your next great escape.



    Paper Source Black Faux Leather Travel Journal, $24.95, available at Paper Source

    The Good: Mini Facial Oil Trio
    Travel can wear us and our skin out — maintain a balance with this mini trio of facial oils formulated to calm, sooth, and hydrate.



    Herbivore Botanicals Herbivore Botanicals - Mini Facial Oil Trio, $29, available at Herbivore Botanicals

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    Imagine, for a second, that you could have a superpower — any superpower. What would you choose? Flying would be pretty righteous, provided you’re not afraid of heights; telekinesis means never having to get up off the couch mid-episode of The Crown to refill your wine glass ever again. Invisibility could save you a lot of embarrassment, the perfect escape tactic for those moments when the person who takes your ticket at the movie theater tells you to enjoy the film and you say, "You too!"

    But the most super of all possible superpowers — the one thing that would make it worth a life newly devoted to saving the world while putting your safety, and the safety of your loved ones, at unfathomable risk — might just be the ability to snap your fingers and watch your breakouts vanish. Sure, it doesn't have quite the same sparkle as being able to shapeshift or read minds, but when it comes down to it, what wouldn't you do to be able to clear your skin instantly?

    But back to earth: Superpowers aren't real, you can't buy an invisibility cloak at Zara, and there's no known incantation one can mutter to erase all their zits just like that. But in the absence of magic or molecular manipulation, these fast-acting breakout-fighters are the next best thing. And whether you're willing to pay $95 for a supposed miracle tonic or want to keep your budget around $5, there's a super-powered spot treatment perfect for you, ahead...

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    The price isn't a typo: This concentrated blemish-fighting formula is as potent as anything else you'll find on the market, and it's one of the absolute cheapest, too. With a strong dose of 2% salicylic acid to keep pores clear, and a special form of gentle, alcohol-free witch hazel, you can use this one to nix existing zits or use all-over for maintenance.



    The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution, $5.3, available at Sephora

    Everything you could ever need to stop a breakout in its tracks is hiding in this tiny-but-mighty tube, which incorporates salicylic acid, vitamin B3, azelaic acid, caffeine, and skin-soothing extracts of cucumber and clove in a vegan, cruelty-free formula that even helps cut down on redness and hyperpigmentation.



    Tarte Blemish Bully Acne Spot Treatment, $16, available at Tarte

    Esthetician Renée Rouleau has a cult-like following of celebrity clients, beauty editors, and armchair skin-care enthusiasts alike — and this revolutionary anti-acne serum is one of her biggest hits. Unlike most other topical treatments, it actually delves deep into pores to reduce redness and inflammation associated with large, painful underground cysts that take forever to heal.



    Renée Rouleau Anti Bump Solution, $47.5, available at Renée Rouleau

    To "put a band-aid on" a problem is usually a euphemism for covering something up without actually solving the root of the issue, but these waterproof patches do both. Stick one on a particularly nasty zit before bed and the hydrocolloid bandage will absorb gunk from pores and reduce inflammation overnight, all while protecting your skin from further irritation.



    CosRx Acne Pimple Master Patch, $6, available at Ulta Beauty

    Why use one type of technology to fight acne when you can use three, all of which have their own unique way of doing it? Encapsulated salicylic acid penetrates pores without overdrying, active probiotics kill the bacteria that causes breakouts in the first place, and silver ions act as a natural antiseptic — all while camphor, zinc, and sulfur heal damaged tissue to help skin recover faster.



    Sonya Dakar Blemish Buster, $29, available at Sonya Dakar

    Beyond just combating breakouts, this lightweight gel does for your skin-care routine what Ikea does for your home furnishings: streamlines, simplifies, and makes good skin — like good taste — seem accessible. By pairing acne-fighting ingredients like retinol and lactic acid with vitamins and antioxidants sourced from turmeric and portulaca, you get a well-rounded treatment that fends off dryness, irritation, and the development of fine lines, too. (Oh, and it's from Sweden.)



    Verso Blemish Fix, $90, available at Barneys New York

    It goes without saying that, if you're going to call something a "miracle," it better be good. Fortunately for fans of this powerful concoction, from the eponymous skin-care line of one of London's top facialists, it delivers on all fronts, using salicylic acid to clarify and a blend of soothing mint and rosemary to soothe and heal — not to mention how very, very chic it'll look in your bathroom cabinet.



    Amanda Lacey Miracle Tonic, $88, available at Shen

    You already know and love acne-spot patches — now meet the next greatest innovation in the world of things you can stick on your face. These detoxifying strips use the same hydrocolloid technology to absorb oil, debris, and impurities from clogged pores while zapping blackheads and refining skin texture with vitamin A, and unlike other "pore strips," they peel away gently and easily so you don't tear your first layer of skin off into the process.



    Peace Out Pore Treatment Strips, $19, available at Sephora

    About as clean and chic as an acne treatment gets, this travel-friendly wand doesn't just look good: The clear, non-sticky solution packs in zinc, witch hazel, and salicylic and glycolic acids to reduce inflammation on contact and zap zits at warp speed.



    Indie Lee Banish Stick, $28, available at Violet Grey

    This multifunctional spot treatment, part of a newish line from the company behind ColourPop, ticks the three boxes of affordable, effective, and cute. Powered by acne-fighting stalwarts like sulfur, zinc oxide, and salicylic acid, along with soothing calamine and camphor, it's the best way to nix breakouts and ease inflammation without spending more than $12.



    Fourth Ray Later Hater, $12, available at Fourth Ray Beauty

    The Champagne-taste-on-a-beer-budget version of pimple patches, these $8 detox dots are formulated with salicylic acid, charcoal, and exfoliating tomato extract to lift the gunk out of your pores. Available in your choice of black or red stickers, they're not subtle or remotely flattering — but they get the job done.



    Yes To Detoxifying Charcoal Zit Zapping Dots Facial Treatment, $8.09, available at Target

    This unassuming tube looks like something you'd spot on the pharmacy shelf through the pickup window while you're waiting for your prescription — clinical, generic, not cute. But what's inside is a multitasking acne treatment that reads like a laundry list of everything you could ever need to fight a breakout: pore-purifying sulfur, clarifying Chinese skullcap, soothing vitamin E, brightening licorice, replenishing aloe vera, antioxidant-rich green tea...



    DHC Acne Spot Therapy, $19.5, available at DHC

    Yes, the first thing that stands out about this hard-working spot treatment is the absurd price tag — but that sticker shock won't hurt quite so badly once you see what's inside. Formulated with a handful of ingredients you've already heard of (salicylic acid, willow bark extract, sodium hyaluronate, colloidal sulfur) and a few you probably haven't (horse chestnut extract, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, colloidal silver, kojic acid), the formula works in three phases, taking care of pre-, post-, and presently broken out skin while hydrating, too. Pat it onto blemishes straight or mix a couple drops in with your moisturizer; either way, $160 is a comparatively reasonable price to pay for clear, healthy skin.



    111Skin 3 Phase Anti-Blemish Booster, $160, available at Nordstrom

    Resist the urge to shake, shake, shake this cute little bottle, and just dip a cotton swab into the charcoal sediment on the bottom instead. It's a lot less entertaining than watching it all swirl around, sure, but the potent combination of calamine, zinc, colloidal sulfur, willow herb extract, salicylic acid, and — yes — activated charcoal nixes blemishes practically overnight. (Which, by the way, is when you'll want to use it.)



    Boscia Charcoal Spot Corrector, $28, available at Sephora

    Has there ever been an easier way to "take care of" breakouts Tony Soprano-style than with this handy rollerball, which contains zit-zapping salicylic acid and tea tree and nourishing rosehip and vitamin E all in one bottle? No. There has not.



    The Better Skin Co. Better Skin Zit No More, $18, available at The Better Skin Co.

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    There's no doubt about it — 2018 was the year of the handbag. After a seeming lifetime of toting around oversized bags and cross-body satchels, last year brought with it a wave of trends from mini bags to beaded ones. But while we're only a mere couple weeks into 2019, we're already seeing that this hike in bag options did not end on December 31st. Case in point: bracelet bags, a.k.a. the tiny little slip-on-your-wrist purses that are showing up everywhere.

    These new age wristlets are quickly becoming our go-to — and for a lot more than just our tween-age collection of Lip Smackers. Bigger and better, bracelet bags not only hold our grown up must-haves (iPhones, debit cards, Boy Brow, etc.), but also lay right on your wrist in a super-comfortable way your heavy shoulder bags never did. And for those reasons and many more, they're catching on quickly. From the Instagram accounts you frequent for daily inspiration to the luxury retailers you go to for some much-needed #selflove, everyone who's anyone is buying or selling this new trend.

    So before another bag trend steals our attention, get your hands on (or your wrists in, actually) a bracelet bag of your own.

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    We thought this time would never come, but here we are. The reign of floppy, hipster-style beanies is done. No more holding onto your winter hats for dear life every time a burst of wind blows by. No more twinning with men with buns in their hair wearing wire-rimmed glasses, that, to no surprise, aren't prescription. Instead, the one thing we need when the weather drops and our ears are particularly freezing, utility, is back in style. And we're pleased to say, it looks pretty cute.

    While the cold weather is already well under way, brands are still dropping tons of new styles. And from what we're seeing, there's one beanie just waiting to win over our chilly little hearts: fishermen hats. Usually folded over with a little bit of a cropped look, they're basically the no-frills winter hats we've been waiting for. Whether you're bringing tie-dye with you into the cold-weather months or prefer to stick with accessories of the more subtle variety, the 18 beanies ahead will keep you warm all season long.

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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.

    Zac Efron

    Efron tried to debut his new hair on the sly with a casual rock-climbing photo on Instagram, but fans were quick to notice the bleached-out strands peeking out from under his beanie. Though Efron's been blonde before — in both 2017 for Baywatch and 2016 for fun — this is his first time embracing a full bleach-blonde look.

    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.

    G-Eazy

    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?

    @zayn

    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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