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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.

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    Today: a project manager working in engineering consulting who makes $59,200 per year and spends some of her money this week on grapes.

    Occupation: Project Manager
    Industry: Engineering Consulting
    Age: 24
    Location: Fairfax, VA
    Salary: $59,200
    Paycheck Amount (2x/month): $1,671.40

    Monthly Expenses
    Rent: $960 for my portion. My fiancé, A., and I split the $1,650 rent proportionally to our incomes.
    Student Loan Payment: $305
    Car Payment: $325
    Electricity: ~$100
    Insurance: $114 for car insurance, renters insurance, and an additional policy for my engagement ring
    Hungry Harvest Subscription: $37
    Spotify: $10
    Netflix, Apple Music & Hulu: $0 (I am a big ol' moocher.)
    Gas & Phone: My fiancé covers the monthly gas and phone bill, and the complex we live in pays for water.

    Day One

    7:30 a.m. — I wake up after snoozing my alarm a startling amount of times. Then I drop my car at the shop right when they open at 8 a.m. so they can fix the starter and change my oil. I'm working from home today, so I grab a Lyft home and get cranking. $4.57

    1 p.m. — I put creamer in some iced coffee and have leftover pasta with veggies for lunch. Then I throw diced tomatoes, two chicken breasts, and a few big spoonfuls of pesto in the Crock-Pot for dinner.

    5:30 p.m. — I get a Lyft back to the shop ($4.50) and pay for the repairs they did ($320.38). Thankfully, it was just a dying battery, oil change, and tire rotation, which isn't as bad as I had anticipated. I bought a used car after graduation last year, and I love it. $324.88

    5:50 p.m. — I stop at the grocery store and get a six-pack of my fiancé's favorite beer. He is seriously undervalued at his job and works so hard, and I know this will cheer him up. $12.71

    7 p.m. — When I get home, I make pasta and turn off the Crock-Pot. I haven't had great luck with meat in the Crock-Pot, but it turns out amazing. I do the dishes because my fiancé had to jump onto his work computer. I'm asleep by 9:15 and don't even hear my fiancé, A., come to bed.

    Daily Total: $342.16

    Day Two

    5:30 a.m. — Oh god, who likes waking up this early for work??? I peel myself out of bed and throw on my crummy field clothes. After doing my field basic morning routine (SPF, brush teeth, deodorant), I am out the door with my coffee by 6 a.m.!

    3:30 p.m. — Thankfully, today was an uneventful day! About half of my work is on construction sites, which is nice on days when it isn't 100 degrees and 90% humidity. I chug a bottle of water on the drive home while chatting on the phone with my dad. Once I get home, I shower and catch up on emails.

    7 p.m. — A., and I arrive at a local synagogue for our first Intro to Judaism class. I'm not religious, but A. and his family are Jewish. Our rabbi agreed to marry us if we both took the class (new learning for me, review for A.), and I'm pretty nervous.

    9 p.m. — Of course the class was great! The rabbi was really interesting and the people in the class were very nice. A. and I chat on the way home about how I'm feeling, and he makes sure I'm not feeling overwhelmed. I have anxiety, and I really love how he checks in with me every so often. I've had a rough two weeks at work, so he helps me talk it out before bed.

    Daily Total: $0

    Day Three

    5:20 a.m. — I wake up 10 minutes before my alarm is set to go off. I figure it's not worth it to even get back into bed, so I get dressed for the field again. I pack my lunch and hit the road! D.C. traffic is almost nonexistent at 6 a.m.

    2 p.m. — My contractor is done for the day, which means I'm headed home early! I stop at the grocery store for supplies for dinner (beer, sauerkraut, and kielbasa) and for the watch party we're going to tomorrow (buffalo sauce, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, celery, and tortilla chips). $53.79

    3 p.m. — I shower and tidy up the apartment after throwing in a load of laundry. Since I have the apartment to myself, I watch my favorite trashy show on Netflix while I do one of those foot masks with the booties full of liquid. I rinse off my feet after an hour, but don't notice much difference. Oh well!

    6 p.m. — A. makes kielbasa and pierogies with onions and sauerkraut. We watch Ozark and drink homemade Kentucky Mules. We're snuggled in bed by 11 p.m.!

    Daily Total: $53.79

    Day Four

    9 a.m. — I wake up naturally at 9 a.m., which I don't think I've ever done. I decide to do something with my time and head out to the mall for the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale. It is a madhouse in here, but I leave with a pair of shorts, a pullover sweatshirt, and a pair of leggings. My mom calls me as I'm leaving to tell me she won the Hamilton lottery in NYC for tomorrow!!! She pays for our tickets and tickets for the bus. $155.82

    12 p.m. — I throw all of the ingredients for buffalo chicken dip into the Crock-Pot while A. makes us lunch. It's finally cool, so we open all of the windows and throw on sweats. We snuggle up on the couch and watch Ozark until about 5 p.m.

    6 p.m. — We stop and get beer for the party we're headed to. One of my college gal pals just started renting a beautiful house in Arlington, so we drive over to watch our alma mater kick butt at football. One of my friends brings her new boyfriend, whom A. and I really like. A. drives us home, and we're asleep by 1 a.m. $12

    Daily Total: $167.82

    Day Five

    7:30 a.m. — I wake up and shower, and then wake up A. so he can drive me to the bus. We only have one car, and he needs it today. I get an iced coffee for me, a tea for my mom, and a muffin to share on the ride to NYC. $5.27

    1 p.m. — Finally in Manhattan! The bus drops us about 10 blocks south of the Rodgers Theater, and even though it's raining, we walk. We stop at a Kosher deli, and my mom refuses to let me pay for lunch, but I convince her to let me tip. We wander into Times Square and people watch before heading to the theater. My mom lived here in the '80s and loves to tell me about how much the city has changed. $10

    3 p.m. — We get our lottery tickets and head into the theater. I can't pick my jaw off of the floor when we get to our seats — they are dead center in the second row!! The show starts and my mom and I have goosebumps within the first three seconds.

    6:30 p.m. — As we walk back to the bus, we can't stop talking about the show. Lin Manuel Miranda is a genius, and we love him. We stop and get sandwiches to take onto the bus. $40.72

    11:45 p.m. — Since A. had the car today to see his family for Rosh Hashanah, I Uber home. I change, wash my face, and brush my teeth in record time. I wish A. a happy New Year and am asleep by 12:30. Wow, what a day! $23.95

    Daily Total: $79.94

    Day Six

    6:15 a.m. — Wow, I am tired. I have fibromyalgia, and the combination of a nine-hour bus ride, less than seven hours of sleep, and the past three days of rain means that I am hurting this morning. I choose to go back to sleep and work from home today. I love that I can make my own schedule for work.

    8 a.m. — I wake up and drag my hurting body to the kitchen for food and then to the couch to start working. Thankfully, today isn't very eventful, so I can catch up on emails and reports that I put off when I was in the field. I take some pain medication, which helps a bit. As I'm wrapping up for the day, my dad texts me and I remember that I promised to buy college football tickets for our family for the Saturday after Thanksgiving. I buy five seats ($372.50) and promise to remember to buy parking passes when I'm back at my alma mater, since they're so much cheaper when you buy them in-person. $372.50

    5 p.m. — A. is finally home and finds me curled up in a ball on the couch. He grabs me a heating pad and medicine and holds my hand as I doze off. I wake up about an hour later feeling much better! As I'm still waking up, I order succulent potting soil (a.k.a. fancy and overpriced sandy potting soil) and shampoo on Amazon. I have a horrible black thumb and have killed every plant I've ever had, but I am trying my best to keep a succulent, bamboo, and jade plant alive. $19.52

    6 p.m. — I throw together leftovers for dinner right as A. has to do some night work from the couch. I also marinate some tuna steaks for tomorrow. We watch Frasier until we get sleepy and then head to bed.

    Daily Total: $392.02

    Day Seven

    7 a.m. — I wake up in a good mood, which is rare on rainy days. I use my happy light that my best friend sent me from Portland. It mimics the sunlight, and I use it almost every morning when I'm feeling glum. I listen to the Hamilton soundtrack as I get ready, and I'm in the office by 8 a.m.

    1 p.m. — I've barely had time to breathe today! Consulting can be pretty ebb and flow in terms of when we have projects starting and when things are due. It makes for interesting work, but some days are totally bananas. As I eat my packed lunch I browse the Madewell website. I don't need new clothes, but it's nice to look. Then I book my hotel room for next month when I get to go back to my alma mater and recruit more engineers. ($107.90 expensed)

    4:30 p.m. — I turn off my computer for the day and head to Aldi, where I buy wine, pasta, tomatoes, apples, berries, grapes, cheese, spinach, seltzer, tofu, frozen tuna, and cold brew coffee. A. and I love Aldi so so much! I listen to Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me on the drive home. $87.52

    5 p.m. — When I get home, I Venmo my friend for my ticket to Paul Simon's farewell concert this Friday. A and I decide that this rainy day calls for pasta, so he whips some up while I Swiffer the apartment. I guess the tuna steaks will have to wait one more day! $65

    8 p.m. — I call my best friend after we eat and clean up dinner. She's home for the week, so we plan a time to see each other while we're still in the same time zone. A. and I watch more Frasier in bed and are asleep by 9:45!

    Daily Total: $152.52

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    It’s been almost four decades since the defining ’70s hotspot Studio 54 closed its doors with a final blowout party in February 1980. The fête marked the end of the decade of sex, drugs, glitz, and glamour. And while the beloved dance club reopened for several years in the ‘80s, it just wasn’t the same.

    But no matter how many years have passed, there’s one carryover from the time that we’ll never let go of: ‘70s hairstyles. Feathered, flat-ironed, or big, glorious Afros, there’s no expiration date on really, really groovy hair.

    “The ‘70s were really all about four distinct personalities,” says celebrity hairstylist and colorist Harry Josh, who we consulted to help us figure out how to translate our most-loved looks into modern life for both Halloween and everyday life. “It was either bohemian straight, punk, sex bomb, or disco.”

    Whether you see yourself as a chic hippie with long, straight hair parted down the center or wearing the halo-like curls of a disco queen, cop these looks inspired by our favorite icons of the age and you’ll be ready to boogie all night long.

    This story was originally published on February 1, 2014.

    Brigitte Bardot
    A hair idol for the ages, Brigitte Bardot had the kind of voluminous blonde hair that was full and lifted. Yet her style still had that wispy, undone sexiness that made you think she probably didn't sleep with a head full of hot rollers.

    Photo: Pathé/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis/Getty Images.

    To get the look on your own, you can ask your hairstylist for this season's trendy Bardot-inspired cut, or get friendly with some root lifting spray. Celebrity stylist Clariss Rubenstein, who works with Sofia Vergara and knows a thing or two about va-va-volume, tells us this dry shampoo is an incredible volumizer for height and body — and it's available at your local drugstore.

    "I use it constantly on shoots for style and texture," Rubenstein told us."I use it to make hair look alive when it's falling flat, or for its intended purpose, to absorb oil and refresh hair when it’s getting close to (or past) shampoo time."

    Not Your Mother's Plump For Joy Body Building Dry Shampoo, $5.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    Diana Ross
    Otherwise known as "The Boss," the former Supreme rocked a multitude of looks throughout the era. We're especially captivated by the curls in this photo, which could evolve into a good hair day for over a week. "You could go up to 10 full days without messing with it," he says. "The style would just evolve as the curls loosened and the shape evolved every day." A style that actually gets better over a week? Sold.

    Photo: Ernest Allen/Associated /REX USA.

    Small-barrel curling irons like this are great for adding definition to an already curly style. Josh advises drying hair with a diffuser to keep natural volume at the roots, then use a curling iron on 1/2" to 1" sections, winding any pieces that need defining tightly around the barrel. Next, slide the barrel out to keep the curl intact. Repeat until all your curls are to your desired shape, then mold the style with your fingers — no finishing spray needed.

    Remington Ceramic Pearl Professional Curling Wand, $24.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    Debbie Harry
    The unrivaled princess of punk, Blondie's frontwoman gave the band its name from the nickname she'd acquired from her two-tone platinum dye job. Bright blonde in front, but brown in the back — all because she couldn't reach that part of her hair. "All the breakage is what makes it look cool," says Josh. "Most girls with platinum hair can attest to the chemical haircut: It creates a halo of rock 'n' roll layers that are broken and torn."

    Photo: Courtesy of Chrysalis Records.

    We simply can't recommend frying your hair with chemicals just to get Harry's unfussy layers — haircuts are so much easier (and less damaging) in the long run. Next time you go to the salon, request plenty of varied layers worked in to your cut, and don't leave without a bottle of volumizing spray. Aim it directly at the roots, then use your fingers to tousle your hair haphazardly into Harry's amped-up, CBGB-approved 'do.

    IGK Down & Out Dirty Spray, $29, available at Sephora

    Jerry Hall
    The Texan supermodel has a legendary mane — to say the least. "She was famous for never cutting layers into her hair," says Josh. Yep, folks, that shape is all just regular end trims, no advanced techniques necessary. Let us feast upon its magnificent glow.


    In order to get Hall's halo of hallowed strands, you'll need a loving hair-care routine and a hair dryer with enough chutzpah to kick up the volume. This powerful dryer can give you sleek strands or serious lift with just a flick of its ion switch.

    Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Dryer 2000, $250, available at Hair Envy.

    Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Dryer 2000, $300, available at Hair Envy

    Farrah Fawcett
    Here it is: The '70s style that launched a million posters and inspired a decade (decades?) of copycats. The Charlie's Angels star's flipped-out style was made even more marvelous by her own natural texture. "Her hair was actually curly, and the look was achieved by this very thick, layered cut coupled with blowing and curling her hair away from her face," says Josh.

    Photo: Rex USA.

    The technique of getting Fawcett's sexy '70s volume is to add as much air to the root as possible and keep it there. In order to get the-higher-the-hair-the-closer-to-God lift, go for a lightweight (yet potent) mousse to help those roots reach for the sky. Farrah's voluminous curls were a success because her hair was naturally curly: Blow your hair out with a round brush, then bump the hair from mid-lengths to ends with a large-barrel curling iron, or ribbon curl your strands with a flat iron. Just be sure to curl away from the face: It's the key to this sex-bomb style.

    Living Proof Full Thickening Mousse, $27, available at Sephora

    The TV singing-and-comedy sensation's hair was famously achieved by rather drastic measures. "She used to actually iron her hair on an ironing board to get it that straight and smooth," Josh says. Fortunately, we now have actual flat irons for that — but talk about dedication.

    Photo: SNAP/REX USA.

    In the age of blowouts and flat irons, we all know how to achieve smooth Cher hair — the trick is keeping it that way. Josh advises giving your 'do a shot of a heat-activated straightening spray. "The spray is activated by the heat of the flat iron to actually seal in the straight style," advises Josh. Three days of sleek strands? Um, yes, please.

    John Frieda Frizz Ease 3 Day Straight Semi-Permanent Styling Spray, $9.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    Pam Grier
    One of the most influential actresses of her time, the '70s action star brought Black Power to the cinema and further punctuated women's claim to their own unrelaxed, natural beauty. Right on.

    Photo: Moviestore Collection/REX USA.

    "The key is in the haircut," advises Josh. "With unrelaxed, completely natural hair, you want a cut that's completely round with no angles so you can pull it out into a rounded shape." Girls with natural curls also know hydration is key to maintaining a perfectly foxy texture, which is easily achieved with a moisturizing hair oil to keep hair supple and healthy.

    Carol's Daughter Carols Daughter® Black Vanilla Moisture and Shine Pure Hair Oil, $10, available at Target

    Bianca Jagger
    Bianca Jagger, the Nicaraguan beauty-turned-jet-setting style icon, remained famous long after her famous Stone (Mick, of course) had rolled on. The woman rode into her Studio 54 birthday party on a white horse like Lady Godiva, for disco's sake. We still want to be her.

    Photo: Paul Fievez/Associated N/REX USA.

    If your hair wants its own Studio 54 nightlife look, go for ample volume at the roots and a gorgeous blown-back blowout for hair with moves like Jagger's. "Bianca's hair was always very styled, very glamorous. A good volumizing product sprayed into the hair will prep the look, then blow the hair backward with a round brush for weightless body," advises Josh.

    Christophe Robin Instant Volumizing Mist with Rosewater, $39, available at Sephora

    Donna Summer
    The disco queen had hair for days — and the original "Bad Girl" owes her gorgeous mane to layers of nighttime-lovin' lift. "Curly girls can add lots of layers around their face to get this style, so the curls stack in a different way [rather] than just straight out or vertically," advises Josh.

    Photo: Courtesy of Casablanca Records.

    In order to boogie down without worrying about your 'do, be sure to hydrate your coiled style with a curl cream that loads them with hydrating goodness while it seals in the shape. This one should do the trick.

    Moroccanoil Intense Curl Cream, $34, available at Moroccanoil

    Raquel Welch
    The bombshell's most identifiable look — which involves a deer-hide bikini, voluminous hair, and not much else — may have captivated the world in 1967, during the filming of One Million Years B.C., but the brief role (she only had three lines in the movie) put Welch on the map. She became the definitive dream girl of the late '60s and '70s, and that big, bouncy hair was her signature.

    Photo: Sunset Boulevard/Corbis/Getty Images.

    So how do you get gravity-defying body while still keeping hair soft and touchable? With a dry texturizing spray, of course. Laced with silk powder, wheat protein, and polymers that create light, flexible hold, this formula is meant to be spritzed liberally for lush glamazon hair made easy.

    Bumble and bumble Thickening Dryspun Volume Texture Spray, $31, available at Sephora

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    Six months after its debut, Balenciaga's highly anticipated Track sneaker has finally dropped. During the brand's fall/winter 2018 runway show last March, Balenciaga debuted its first unisex presentation, the use of 3D body scanning for garment tailoring, and the brand new sneaker silhouette - a sportier, more functional shoe that would render its infamous Triple S sneaker predecessor obsolete.

    The Track sneaker "layers high-performance elements of hiking and running gear without becoming self-serious," according to a press release. In other words, the same sneakers you paired with a prairie-style maxi dress for dinner last night can be slipped on eight hours later to hike up Runyon Canyon. But it's not just distance you'll be able to achieve with the fashion-turned-function shoe. The brand goes on the detail the new sneaker's sporty attributes stating it has "blown-out features of typical survivalist equipment—extended tread, overlapping protective panels, fortified sole." When the Apocalypse hits, we'll be packing the Track sneaker with our survival kit.

    Given that Balenciaga, lead by Creative Director, Demna Gvasalia, has been at the forefront of the "ugly" dad sneaker trend, we're betting big on this long-anticipated launch. We wager the Track sneaker, available as of today in seven colorways — five for men and two for women — is prime fodder for selling out quick. So, before the hoards of Supreme-loving crews and hype streetwear kids beat you to what's likely to be one of this fall's biggest sneaker trends, head to to take the $850 plunge.

    Photo Courtesy of Balenciaga.

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    There are very few beauty items in this world that can't be found at Sephora. If it has made an appearance in one of the 2.3 million YouTube beauty tutorials online or in the makeup bag of a random stranger on the subway, then nine times out of 10, Sephora's got it. (Okay, so maybe that's a bit hyperbolic, but there's no denying the store is stocked.) But just like the one other destination claiming to make all your dreams come true, it's all too easy to get lost in the shuffle.

    So easy, in fact, that you were probably too preoccupied with tallying up your VIB Rouge points for the latest fall offerings to realize that Sephora is also home to one of the most expansive natural beauty sections in the game. As of June 1, the retailer took the commitment to transparency to new heights with its Clean Beauty initiative. In a press release, Artemis Patrick, Chief Merchandising Officer for Sephora, wrote of the deeper venture into clean beauty, "We’ve sought to help demystify the category and bring clarity to those clients who desire more transparency in beauty, particularly in the ingredients they might like to avoid."

    Sephora's research suggests an overwhelming amount of people (60% of women, specifically) read beauty product labels before making a purchase. Sound like something you do? To save you time on sifting through ingredients (it can be kind of a headache, we know), Sephora integrated their "Clean at Sephora" stamp of approval that qualifies a number of products from your favorite brands, like RMS, Tata Harper, and Caudalie, with better-for-you formulations to make your shopping experience faster and easier. Just think of all the time you’ll save not having to skim the ingredients list for parabens in your lipstick. What a relief, right?

    Ahead, our favorite natural options hiding at Sephora now.

    If you were a fan of the Instagram-favorite Jet Lag Mask, you'll be sure to love its sister mask. This exfoliating treatment doesn't just get rid of dead skin cells for brighter skin. It also smells like pumpkin, so you can really get into the fall mood.

    Summer Fridays Overtime Mask, $44, available at Sephora

    This isn't your regular sunscreen. With moisturizing ingredients like argan oil, an air-whipped texture that doesn't leave a white cast, and a matte skin finish, you'' never forget to put on sunscreen again.

    Supergoop! 100% Mineral Smooth & Poreless Matte Screen SPF 40, $38, available at Sephora

    Looking for an eco-friendly, vegan, and certified organic brand that delivers good-for-you ingredients without sacrificing any of the glamour? Let the dreamy swirls of this pink, Champagne, and berry highlighter serve as your proof.

    Antonym Certified Organic Highlighter, $42, available at Sephora

    The fact that Greek yogurt is packed with protein, calcium, potassium, and vitamins easily makes it a breakfast superfood, but those benefits extend to skin care, too — and this creamy cleanser will make you feel just as good.

    Korres Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cream Cleanser, $14, available at Sephora

    The only thing you'll love more than the warming sensation you get after massaging this golden, jam-like mask onto skin? The immediately brighter, more hydrated effect you'll have for hours after you rinse.

    Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask, $56, available at Sephora

    Consider this your all-natural alternative to NARS' cult-classic workhorse, The Multiple — and it's just as easy to blend allover with your fingers.

    Ilia Multi-Stick, $34, available at Sephora

    Like all good things in life, the magic of this eye cream starts with wine — or, rather, the antioxidants housed inside it — and is just as decadent to apply as it is to drink.

    Caudalie Vine[activ] Energizing Vitamin C Eye Cream, $39, available at Sephora

    Even though RMS Beauty counts actress Emma Watson as a fan, its line of illustrious cream eye shadows is more than enough to earn our affections.

    RMS Beauty Eye Polish, $28, available at Sephora

    On the sheerer side of most tinted moisturizers, this hydrator leaves behind a subtle veil of color so skin looks refreshed and glowing (and the added sun protection doesn't hurt, either).

    Origins GinZing SPF 40 Energy-Boosting Tinted Moisturizer, $39, available at Sephora

    These pre-moistened shower sheets are the facial cleansing wipes for your entire body, loaded with natural antibacterial and deodorizing agents.

    Yuni SHOWER SHEETS Large Body Wipes, $15, available at Sephora

    Honey, exfoliating AHAs, superfruit extracts, and a blend of healing essential oils will leave your skin soft, refined, and hydrated after just 20 minutes.

    Tata Harper Clarifying Mask, $68, available at Sephora

    What's better than the creamy texture of these balms that soothe dry, chapped lips like a swig of water? The ultra-chic pod packaging you can bring with you everywhere you go.

    Lilah B. Tinted Lip Balm, $36, available at Sephora

    If you can't get through a Monday morning without a $12 green juice, then you'll love this new shampoo from Briogeo. Inspired by the matcha hype and everlasting juice craze, this nutrient-packed formula is gentle enough to use daily, but deeply cleansing for those of us who used way too much dry shampoo this weekend.

    Briogeo Be Gentle Be Kind Replenishing Superfood Shampoo, $28, available at Sephora

    We already know that turmeric is one beauty ingredient we can't live without. The only thing that can make it better is if it's wrapped up in a rose-gold tube and formulated with natural enzymes for an at-home exfoliating facial that leaves us with baby-soft skin in as little as five minutes. Even better, it's supermodel-approved.

    Kora Turmeric 2-in-1 Brightening & Exfoliating Mask, $48, available at Sephora

    If you'd like to avoid sun damage, you'll keep your sunscreen close and your bucket hat even closer. But just because you want to avoid wrinkles and freckles that'd make even your derm nervous doesn't mean you have to live without a sun-kissed glow. Thankfully, this does both: protects your skin's barrier with tons of antioxidants and offers up a faux, albeit very subtle, tan.

    Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops, $36, available at Sephora

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    At 18 years old, Chloe Kim is already a lot of things: The youngest woman to win an Olympic snowboarding medal, the first-ever North American ambassador for Korean beauty brand Laneige, and one of the most influential people in the world.

    Naturally, that also means she's one of the busiest people around. But before she set off to train for another snowboarding season, Refinery29 sat down with Kim to discuss her partnership with Laneige, her post-Olympics life, and how she feels about being an Asian-American icon.

    This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

    What has your life been like since the Olympics?

    "It’s been crazy, I don’t even know what I’ve been doing. I feel like I feel that way a lot, it’s just go, go, go. I just got back from New Zealand — I was there for a month snowboarding with some good friends."

    What made you decide to partner with Laneige?

    "When I was 14 or 15, I was at Target, and I was with my mom. I was like, 'mom. I kind of want to start wearing make-up,' and she was like, 'ok, instead of getting the heavy foundations you have and can’t use, you should try a BB cream.'

    "And I was looking at all the BB creams in Target, because [Laneige was sold] at Target at the time, and my mom was like, 'oh my gosh Laneige, they’re pretty big in Korea. You should try that. Since they're a Korean brand, and you have Korean skin, maybe it’ll work a lot better.'

    "I don’t even know if that makes sense, but it kind of does. So I got that, and I was hooked on it. And then a year or two later, they hit me up [for a partnership] and I was like, 'yo, yes. I spent a lot of money on your BB cushions, hook me up.'"

    Is skincare a part of your self-care routine?

    "Yes, I love taking care of my skin. I think it’s just fun trying different products, seeing what works for you, and having your own set-up."

    For me, growing up, it was so amazing growing up with two different cultures and environments.

    How else do you take care of yourself? How do you wind down from a big competition?

    "I like to do nothing. Absolutely nothing. I love laying in bed and doing nothing and eating. So if I have my my computer with me, and food, and comfy pajamas, then I’m good. I can probably survive for years and years."

    Let's talk about your status as an Asian-American icon. I feel like people hold up your success story as an example of immigrant exceptionalism. How do you feel about that?

    "I love that people look up to me. I think that’s really amazing and something I never thought would happen to me. But honestly, I’ve always just been about spreading love and positivity, and for being a good person and having a good heart. And if you’re helping others out, that’s the best person you could be.

    "I mean, my parents both came from South Korea in the 90s and they love it here, they’ve had so much fun here. For me, growing up, it was so amazing growing up with two different cultures and environments. When I went home, it was a very Korean environment, very Korean space, Korean food, speaking Korean. And when I walked out the front door, it was very American. And I think it was really good for me, a good space for me to grow up in, very open-minded, non-judgmental of other cultures and religions."

    How do you keep in touch with your parents when you’re busy?

    "Well, my parents actually travel with me all the time. But I don’t think they’re going to anymore. I think they’re going on vacation.

    "So I’m actually going to Switzerland and they’re coming with me, and then I think they’re just going to travel while I’m there."

    After Switzerland, what’s next for you?

    "I’m going to be home for a month, doing some training, and then my season officially starts after Thanksgiving, so I’m going to be nice and well-fed [by then], feeling nice and ready and warm. Because then we’re going to Colorado, and it’s going to be freezing over there."

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    First came the acne and then came the fully-loaded pile of salicylic acid cleansers, benzoyl peroxide creams, and spot treatments. Now all that remains are the ghosts of pimples past: acne scars — and they can haunt you long after the initial breakout has gone away.

    The hard truth is that nothing you can buy over-the-counter will be as effective for deep-seated scarring as a derm-recommended prescription or in-office procedure, but there are plenty of at-home skin-care products that do a damn good job of fading the dark spots faster.

    Ahead, the best scar-lightening serums, peels, toners, and more that can help get you one step closer to the even-toned complexion you had before that massive breakout. Consider those ghosts busted.

    These pre-soaked pads are a much more sophisticated, way gentler version of the medicated Oxy pads you probably scrubbed your face with growing up. It's loaded with salicylic and glycolic acids, plus a blend of antioxidants to clear pores and even out your skin tone — in just 60 seconds.

    M-61 PowerGlow Peel, $28 for 10 treatments, available at BlueMercury.

    This acne spot-fading gel does exactly what it says it will. It won't make a huge difference on existing zits — you'll need Rouleau's other spot treatments for that — but it's specifically formulated for post-breakout skin, to treat leftover dark spots straight away.

    Renée Rouleau Post-Breakout Fading Gel, $38.50, available at Renée Rouleau.

    Vitamin C is best known for its brightening abilities, and yes, the essential ingredient is great for making dull skin look more vibrant. But it also has a less-advertised perk, which is that it can work gangbusters on erasing redness. This serum features 20% of the stuff, so it works lightning-fast at fading discoloration.

    Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C Power Serum, $95, available at Sephora.

    Because breaking up pigmentation with papaya and pineapple fruit enzymes and reducing overall discoloration with a potent brightening blend of vitamins and extracts wasn't enough, this lightweight serum goes one step further, with a probiotic balancing complex that maintains the integrity of the skin's pH.

    Dr. Brandt Bright Biotic Dark Spot Minimizing Serum, $55, available at Dermstore.

    Best known for their unparalleled ability to fight fine lines and acne in record time, retinoids also flex their muscle in the presence of acne scars. This one's gentle enough for sensitive types, and features vitamin C — the perfect package deal.

    MDComplete Citrus-C Healthy Complexion, $24.99, available at MDComplete.

    This incredibly effective new moisturizer was made for brightening, but it goes above and beyond the call of duty with smoothing glycolic and lactic acids, exfoliating fruit enzymes, and naturally-hydrating squalane. It's basically a one-and-done for all your dark spot-fading, dullness-fighting needs.

    Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Glow Moisturizer, $65, available at Kate Somerville.

    A powerful acne-scar fighter that comes in toner form? Believe it. This one is infused with a peony extract, vitamin C, and licorice root extract to visibly brighten, plump, and hydrate.

    Fresh Peony Brightening Moisturizing Facial Toner, $60, available at Fresh.

    This cult-favorite product — which contains a potent mix of vitamin C, ferulic acid, and phloretin — really brings the big guns: It protects against free radicals, evens out the skin tone, and diminishes both dullness and dark spots.

    SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF Gel, $163, available at SkinCeuticals.

    Disregard the name; this isn't a skin-bleaching product. But, the kojic acid and licorice root in this mask do fade acne scars and age spots in record time.

    Mario Badescu Whitening Mask, $24, available at Mario Badescu.

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    A lot has been happening the last few days, and if you care about certain issues, you may be trying to figure out how to get more politically involved.

    One thing that you probably keep hearing is that you should call your elected officials. And yes, we understand that sounds a little bit scary. But honestly, it's easier than you think. Calling is the most powerful ways to put pressure on your representatives — even more than social media, email, or snail mail.

    Why? It shows commitment to a cause. And representatives know that if they don't hear the concerns of their constituents, it could impact their ability to get reelected.

    So, if you want to pick up the phone, we've laid down step-by-step instructions for calling your representatives. We even included a script!

    Okay, to be honest, I don't know who my representative is.

    Believe us, you're not alone. Many people don't know who their senators and representatives are. And that's okay! You can go here or here and input your zip code or state; it will tell you who your elected officials are. Once you have the names, you can find their contact information here and here.

    Thanks! Now, how do I contact them?

    The easiest thing is to call their offices directly.

    But if for some reason you are unable to do that, you also have the option of dialing 202-224-3121. This number will direct you to the Capitol switchboard. When you call, ask to be connected to your senator or representative. The operator will direct your call to their office.

    Sounds good. What happens when I call?

    A legislative assistant will answer the phone. They'll ask if you need a response, and it's better if you say you don't. That way they can tally you down without having to go through the extra step of adding you to a response database.

    The most important part is to be clear about what issue you're calling about. Why you support or oppose certain legislation is irrelevant. The more people that call the representative's office, the less detail the assistants will write down. Getting straight to the point makes things easier for everyone — including those who are waiting for their phone calls to be picked up.

    Here's an example of what you could say, modeled after a post by Facebook user Mark Jahnke, who used to do this job at Capitol Hill.

    "Hello, my name is Jane Smith. I'm a constituent from New York, zip code 10001. I don't need a response. I am opposed to the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and I strongly encourage the Senator to please oppose any type of repeal. Thank you for your hard work!"

    If you're shy, tools like 5 Calls could help you out. You just need to provide your zip code, select the issue that you care about, and 5 Calls will provide you a script to read.

    Pretty easy, right?

    Awesome! Is there anything else I should know?

    Yes. Call only your representatives! Maybe you really, really want to speak with House Speaker Paul Ryan or Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, but please don't call the people that don't represent you. Unless you can provide a zip code that proves you're a constituent, your call will be pretty much ignored and not tallied down. This will also help create a backlog of calls coming from constituents from that district, and we want to make sure their concerns are heard.

    If you stick to calling only your representatives, and keep it short and direct, it's better for everyone. That way the office will answer more calls, which translates into more people being heard. In the end, the bigger the total number of callers, the more your representatives need to pay attention.

    This story was originally published on January 30, 2017.

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    Jenna Lyons highly recommends boredom. After more than a quarter century at J. Crew, the brand’s iconoclastic President and Creative Director — you probably know her signature thick-framed glasses and drum-tight side-part well — left in 2017. And despite an initial compulsion to stay busy, Lyons was deliberately un productive following her headline-making exit from the job that had come to define her (more likely, it was also the other way around).

    “I remember this pressure when I was leaving the company … like ‘I should learn how to cook, I should learn ceramics, I should take tango lessons,’” Lyons tells R29’s co-founder and global editor-in-chief Christene Barberich in the season three premiere episode of UnStyled(live today). “I realized that I didn’t have to. Maybe I could be bored. And I’ve never felt so refreshed and nourished, and so clear in my head about what I want, what I don’t want. I’ve spent a lot of time on my couch, and I don’t feel bad about it.”

    That ultra-relaxed attitude and vibe extended to her much-admired and emulated personal wardrobe, too. “I will literally wear the same thing for a whole week,” says the woman whose designs have outfitted millions of women, including former First Lady Michelle Obama.

    Lyons worked at J. Crew for an impressive 27 years, beginning as an assistant menswear designer, back when the brand was a small Mom-and-Pop outfit looking to reinvent itself. By the time of her exit, J. Crew had been through multiple reinventions and gone global. Lyons, meanwhile, had become a bonafide celebrity in her own right, an influencer in the pre-Instagram sense of the word, whose bombastic Met Gala looks ( a denim jacket! A cashmere sweater!) made news on their own. Her personal life, too, garnered headlines: From her 2011 divorce from husband Vincent Manzeau to her more recent split with jewelry executive Courtney Crangi. Amid all this flux, a pause and a retreat from public life became crucial as Lyons contemplated the next chapter — or chapters, as the case may be.

    “I’ve never had time,” Lyons shares on UnStyled. “I literally left college and went straight into working,” Nonstop.

    These days, truth be told, she’s not just hanging out on her sofa wearing the same outfit all week long. Lyons is heading back toward, well, stuff. But her new, top-secret project is heavily invested in the old. In fact, there might even be two top-secret projects in the works.

    “One of the things I’m doing, which I shouldn’t probably talk about too much but,” she says, “is working on something where the materials are such that [they are in] fashion — the best things are often things that get better with age. If you think of a beautiful leather belt or leather jacket, or a perfect pair of jeans or a white shirt with a collar and cuff that are soft and beginning to fray — those things, I find so incredibly beautiful and far more elegant than anything pristine and new.”

    You can reconnect with Lyons and hear everything this style maverick has to say in her frank, funny, and surprising UnStyled conversation with Christene by subscribing via Apple Podcasts today.

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    Money Diaries provide a unique window into the way women across the country — and the world — save and spend, but they also illuminate the commonalities many of us share in our daily lives, no matter where we live or how much we make per paycheck.

    This is especially apparent when it comes to waking up in the morning and getting to work. Most of us have to deal with less-than-ideal commutes to work — be they by car, subway, or foot. OPs often talk about the ways they pass this time: with music, books, or, most frequently, podcasts.

    From true crime, to Real Housewives gossip, to good ol' interviews, our Money Diarists' podcast tastes run the gamut. Here's a roundup of some of the tried and true favorites our diarists listen to while getting ready in the morning and commuting to work.

    Call Your Girlfriend

    This technology associate living in Bangalore, India, wrote in her Money Diary that she perused the aisles of a store for almost an hour while listening to Call Your Girlfriend, and this production manager in L.A. wrote in hers that she listens to Call Your Girlfriend while getting ready in the mornings (along with NYT 's The Daily, and My Favorite Murder — a combo she recommends for "anyone who wants to never trust men and check every closet before bed.")

    Call Your Girlfriend, "a podcast for long-distance besties everywhere,"  explores pop culture and politics and seeks to empower and celebrate female friendships.

    Anna Faris is Unqualified

    This sales manager in Boise, ID, wrote in her Money Diary that she made it through a six-mile run with the help of this podcast, wherein Anna Faris interviews celebrities and give callers romantic advice (that she is definitely qualified to give).

    We recommend starting with the Andy Cohen episodes if you're in the mood to laugh.

    My Favorite Murder

    This podcast show is the winner in the most-mentioned-podcast category of Money Diaries. Part true crime and part comedy, My Favorite Murder centers around the recounting of real-life murders and is packed with hilarious commentary by hosts Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff. The podcast also often features listener hometown crime stories.

    Since its first episode in 2016, MFM has developed a cult following, with a growing fanbase of self-dubbed "Murderinos." This OP is such a die-hard fan of the show that her friend gifted her a merch onesie for her baby. And this Money Diarist loves MFM, too, but said that she has to listen to it in the mornings (never at night) so that she doesn't get nightmares.

    Bitch Sesh

    Real Housewives fans, listen up. For those who don't already know, this podcast breaks down and dishes on all the juiciest drama of the Bravo franchise, with lots of funny commentary (because just when you think the Housewives can't outdo their wild ways of yesterseason, they do, and it needs to be talked about). Hosts Casey Wilson and Danielle Schneider hold live tapings, too, one of which this recent Brooklyn Money Diarist attended.

    As the OP put it, Bitch Sesh is "a breakdown of the Real Housewives franchise, but it is also so much more than that."

    Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard

    This Money Diarist works from home, and listened to Dax Shepard's podcast while transitioning out of work mode into dinnertime. Armchair Expert is full of really meaty and in-depth, no-holds-barred celebrity interviews with a variety of guests from Lauren Graham to Marc Maron. The highlight: the podcast's inaugural episode with Dax's very own wife, Kristen Bell, where the two bicker about Bell's trip to the art supply store (which also, impressively, warmed our hearts).

    Hidden Brain

    Three of our recent Money Diarists listened to this NPR podcast, which uses science and storytelling to explore curiosities about human psychology and behavior.

    Some recent highlights include an episode about the effect of advertisements on the human brain, and a deep-dive into why we deem certain things disgusting. Do like this OP and listen to Hidden Brain on your walk to work. Just don't be surprised if you get so engrossed that you walk past your office building.


    This Money Diarist is an aspiring podcast host who listened to Startup in her car while sitting in Dallas traffic in order to glean insight into how to start her own podcast one day. The acclaimed podcast focuses on entrepreneurial life, and was adapted into an ABC sitcom, Alex Inc.

    Women's Work

    This podcast highlights the stories of trailblazing women doing important work in the world. Each episode focuses on a unique woman's story, like this scientist merging STEM with jewelry design.

    This OP said of the Gretchen Rubin episode: "I'm a personal development junkie, so I love learning about habits, happiness, and human nature."

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    Whether you're heading off to experience dorm life for the first time, spending a semester abroad in a villa in Florence, or still kicking it in your childhood bedroom, the back-to-school to-do list always includes stocking up on new toiletries to get you through the next nine months. Clearly we're not mad about it, because loading up on moisturizer, lip balm, and a fresh pack of face wipes is a hell of a lot more fun than shopping for loose-leaf paper and three-ring-binders.

    From the $2 jelly eye mask that will make you look rested and refreshed on your first day to the zingy $7 cleansing stick that will make you want to wash your face in the morning, we have all the best — and cheapest — skin-care buys you should grab before September rolls around.

    Better still, you can add everything to the same cart when you buy on — and you'll get one box with all your skin-care basics, well before first semester begins. Read on to shop your affordable back-to-school guide to great skin.

    There is a lot of product out there — some would say too much. 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, but if you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.

    A bland, white tube of petrolatum ointment is probably the least-sexy back-to-school buy. But when your lips are chapped and your cuticles start cracking (which can happen as the weather turns breezy), you'll be happy you stashed a tube of Aquaphor in the very back of your bathroom cabinet.

    Aquaphor Aquaphor Healing Ointment Advanced Therapy, $9.96, available at Jet

    A word to the wise: Never, ever go to sleep without taking off your makeup, no matter how late you stayed up playing beer pong — er, studying.

    Garnier Micellar Waterproof Makeup Removing Towelettes, $5.97, available at Jet

    This scrub's a classic. The sweet smell of apricot is great, but it's the exfoliation from natural walnut shell powder that leaves our skin glowing by gently sloughing away dead skin. Pro tip: There's no need to press hard when massaging your face with this formula. Let it do the work or you could end up irritating your skin.

    St. Ives St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Face Scrub 6 oz, $4.94, available at Jet

    To look bright-eyed on your first day, kick back with a relaxing mask before bed the night before. This $2.50 eye sheet mask will help soothe both your puffiness and your pre-back-to-school jitters.

    Clean & Clear Clean & Clear Night Relaxing Jelly Eye Mask, $2.5, available at Jet

    This charcoal peel-off mask, which goes for less than $5, is ideal when your skin is in need of some serious pampering. It targets dull skin, dry skin, and acne with ingredients like activated charcoal and black sugar.

    Freeman Freeman Charcoal & Sugar Facial Polishing Mask, $4.2, available at Jet

    Stock all your bags with lip balm to avoid ever being stuck with uncomfortably chapped lips during a three-hour lecture.

    Sun Bum Original Lip Balm SPF 30 Pomegranate, $4.98, available at Jet

    If you need an incentive to wash your face in the morning, try this on-the-go cleansing stick. Infused with revitalizing apricot and honey extracts, it makes your wake-up cleanse easy and refreshing.

    St. Ives St. Ives Cleansing Stick Apricot & Manuka Honey 1.6 oz, $7.49, available at Jet

    If you like to see your cleanser working, try this acne-fighting face wash, which bubbles and foams without dripping down your face.

    Clean & Clear Acne Triple Clear Bubble Foam Cleanser, $5.97, available at Jet

    Pack more sunscreen than you think you'll ever need — you won't regret it as the early-September sun is beating down on the quad.

    Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50, $10.97, available at Jet

    Whether you're living in a cramped dorm room or a less-than-luxurious apartment with friends, stale air can suck the moisture out of your skin — especially if you're still cranking the A/C this time of year. Hydrate your skin while you sleep with this lightweight sleeping cream.

    Simple Water Boost Skin Quench Sleeping Cream, $9.96, available at Jet

    When your skin is feeling a little blah, swipe on a little exfoliating toner before bed. You don't need to use it every day; just when you're looking for a glowy boost of brightness.

    Pixi Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner, $6.79, available at Jet

    Even if you're not particularly prone to breakouts, it's always a good idea to keep a treatment on hand for those dire moments. This highly effective gel clears away all signs of acne, without causing any irritation or dryness.

    Differin Differin Adapalene Prescription Strength Retinoid Gel, $12.88, available at Jet

    These small stickers are a game changer for anyone who's constantly battling little bumps and breakouts. Made of hydrocolloid material, they magically absorb the gunk from whiteheads and popped zits and actually work to speed up the healing process of the skin. And unlike many other spot treatments, they can go mostly undetected.

    CosRx CosRx Acne Pimple Master Patch, $5.05, available at Jet

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    Eczema — characterized by itchy, dry, cracked, sore, and red skin — is extremely common, especially in babies and children. But while most people who struggle with the condition find the symptoms improve with age, with roughly 60% of sufferers itch-free by age 6, others aren't so lucky. And some people don't even notice their eczema symptoms until much, much later in life.

    It's something I know all too well. I've always had oily, breakout-prone skin, but not too long ago I suddenly developed dry, itchy, flaky patches on both my hands and eyelids. Trips to the doctor were fruitless (there's only so much greasy, suffocating liquid paraffin a girl can slather herself in) and the thought of switching up my skin-care routine, after I'd pretty much perfected it for my oily complexion, felt like a chore. But I did want to know: What brought it on in the first place?

    "There are a number of factors that contribute to the development of atopic eczema," says dermatologist Justine Kluk. "It tends to run in families, so if one or both parents are sufferers, it is more likely that their children will develop it, too, but eczema waxes and wanes by its very nature. Flare-ups can be triggered by contact with soaps, detergents, and any other chemicals applied to the skin, as well as exposure to allergens and infection with certain bacteria and viruses."

    But that's not all "There is some evidence to suggest that stress can lower the threshold for a flare-up," Dr. Kluk says. "Other triggers include extremes of weather, being unwell, and being around certain pets, dust, and wool clothing." But the way eczema manifests is generally similar for everyone. "The main symptom is itching and dry and red skin," she says. "When eczema is very active, it may become moist, crusted, or weepy, especially on the hands and feet, but it can affect any part of the skin, including the face and eyelids. Areas that are most commonly affected are the creases of the elbows and knees, as well as the wrists, ankles and neck."

    At times, treating eczema may feel like a never-ending (and very sore) battle, so if you aren't seeing results from your current treatment, it might be worth trying one or two of these dermatologist-approved remedies.


    An emollient is essentially a layer or a barrier that sits on top of the skin to prevent moisture from escaping, in turn working to prevent dry, rough, flaky skin. According to Dr. Kluk, these lotions, creams, and ointments are the mainstay of eczema therapy. "Treatment involves frequent and liberal application of a moisturizer, and washing with a soap substitute," she explains. "Moisturizers may need to be applied several times throughout the day. The drier your skin, the more greasy the moisturizer you should apply."

    Experts recommend Theraplex Barrier Balm and Mustela Stelatopia Emollient Cream, both of which are available in drugstores, as well as this gentle hydrating cleanser, which is excellent as both a facial cleanser or body wash alternative. But remember: "Even when an eczema flare-up has been brought under control, it is important to keep using the emollient therapy for maintenance," adds Dr. Kluk.

    CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser, $10.99, available at Target

    Steroid Creams

    Generally prescribed by a doctor (whether that's a dermatologist or your primary care), steroid creams have a bad rap because of potential side effects, like thinning of the skin over time, but they can work wonders to alleviate the symptoms of eczema.

    "Topical steroids are used to treat itching and inflammation associated with eczema, and come in a variety of different strengths," says Dr. Kluk. "A dermatologist should always advise on which type needs to be used, as well as where to apply and for how long to prevent adverse effects such as skin thinning. Weaker topical steroids are usually prescribed for areas including the face, breasts, eyelids, and armpits, as the skin here is much thinner and more sensitive."

    Some topical steroids, such as hydrocortisone, can be bought over-the-counter at pharmacies. This one, which is specifically formulated to treat eczema and is infused with vitamins to keep skin itch-free and nourished, is a best-seller, and comes highly recommended by derms.

    Cortizone 10 Intensive Healing Lotion, $6.69, available at Target

    Ingredients To Avoid

    In response to acne or other common complexion woes such as fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation, more of us are incorporating acids and retinoids into our skin-care routines. But Dr. Kluk suggests avoiding these active ingredients if you're prone to atopic eczema flare-ups, or have developed eczema suddenly, as they could exacerbate the condition. Instead, she pinpoints ingredients like ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and urea as beneficial for eczema-prone skin.

    Even better? These components are found inside countless over-the-counter skin-care products — no prescription necessary. This doctor-recommended, steroid-free cream contains lipids, shea butter, niacinamide, and deeply soothing colloidal oatmeal to keep moisture under lock and key and smooth away parched patches.

    La Roche-Posay Lipikar Eczema Cream, $14.99, available at La Roche-Posay

    This rich cream contains a heavy hit of urea, a humectant, which means it retains moisture in the skin by binding to water.

    Eucerin Advanced Repair Crème, $12.49, available at Target

    This hydrating cream is non-comedogenic, so it won't block pores, and it contains three essential ceramides to repair the skin's barrier — which makes moisture less likely to escape and result in dry, rough, cracked patches of skin — as well as hyaluronic acid to hydrate deep down.

    CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, $12.68, available at Walmart

    Packed with fatty acids that are essential for treating dry, compromised skin, this under-the-radar balm nourishes, smooths, and restores skin to its optimum health. Like emollients, it leaves a lightweight barrier on the skin to prevent further moisture loss.

    MooGoo Irritable Skin Balm, $16.5, available at MooGoo

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    Most of us have been there: Showering in a rush with razor in hand, blindly going over your stray pubic hairs while hoping and praying you don't end up with a red, bumpy result or an ingrown hair. It's the beauty equivalent of a fender bender that will ruin your morning and leave you with a headache to deal with later.

    We believe that there's no right way to approach your bikini line, whether that means meticulously tweezing every stray or fully embracing a bush, but for those who regularly shave, and have dealt with the aftermath, we're here to remind you that you're definitely not alone.

    So what's the solution? "You should always be shaving in the direction of hair growth (not against the grain like most people do), using a good lathering product to protect the skin, and using a sharp, clean razor," board certified dermatologist Monique Chheda, MD, reminds us. Still, ingrowns can happen. She adds that if things get bad — and your ingrown turns cystic — you should go see a professional. "Boils can sometimes result from an ingrown that has been chronically irritated, " explains Dr. Chheda. "These can be treated with a small steroid injection in a dermatologist's office to help reduce the inflammation and calm it down."

    Luckily, you can cut an ingrown off at the pass if you treat it properly with exfoliating, antibacterial products. In an effort to dodge the worst case scenario, our staffers put bikini products to the test and are sharing their unfiltered opinions, ahead.

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    "These pads kind of remind me of those paper-thin, medicated acne wipes I used when I was in eighth grade. They also have that same familiar chemical smell and tingly burn when I wipe them over my freshly-shaved skin. I have a no pain, no gain philosophy, so the slight sting doesn't bother me much. What also doesn't bother me is the fact that since wiping my area with one of these guys post-shave, every shave, I've noticed that I have zero previously omni-present little red bumps or razor burn down there. So, I'm into 'em." —Megan Decker, Beauty Assistant

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    "I recently found out that the easiest way to ward against ingrown hairs along my bikini line is to use a different razor, so one single blade isn't working double or triple duty (shared with my legs and armpits). This tiny trimmer is precise, which is great because it lets me get in and around down there, plus I found it makes me spend a little more time with my grooming, which may be even more helpful since I'm using a lighter touch." —Decker

    Venus Venus Women's Precision Bikini Trimmer + 2 Attachments, $19.98, available at Target

    "The first thing to know is that this product stings. Like, after I shaved my legs and bikini line (admittedly, with a very old razor) and put this on, it felt like both of those parts of my body were on fire. I yelped. It wasn't great. But luckily, that feeling only lasted for 3 seconds. If you can get over the stinging, I did find that it was remarkably good at preventing razor bumps, and it even cleared up two ingrown hairs I've legit had for years." —Rachel Lubitz, Senior Beauty Writer

    PFB Vanish The First Line of Defense for Ingrown Hair, $56, available at Amazon

    "I gave up my extensive pubic hair grooming routine about a year ago, but I do like to maintain what I've got going on when I find the time or when the occasion strikes. This portable hair remover is appealing to me because it makes it easy to groom on the go, like a beach weekend vacation when I only want to bring a small carry-on. Pop it open and you get a tiny water mister (for shaving when you're truly on the go), a bar of soap (it softens the skin and makes the hair easier to shave), and two razors (one to remove the hair and the other as a replacement head). It's cute and discreet, but it would work better if you give yourself a short trim ahead of time, but nonetheless, it gets the job done. Bottom line: It's cool for traveling, but it's better at removing random hairs or touching up your bikini line than it is delivering a full, smooth shave." —Sam Sasso, Beauty Writer

    sphynx 3-in-1 Portable Razor, $15, available at sphynx

    "I loved these Buff & Brighten Pads because they didn’t make my bikini line feel like it was smeared with sticky product. Instead, these textured cloths are soaked in glycolic acid, papaya, and pineapple enzymes to brighten and exfoliate bumpy skin. I used one cloth per day for a few days and was impressed with how smooth and calm my bikini line felt. The best part? I didn’t feel sticky, irritated, or like there was any product left over on my skin."—Aimee Simeon, Beauty Writer

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    Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin's current (as in, to the exact minute) relationship status is top of mind for anyone with a passion for celebrity gossip. Whether they're engaged or already married, luxuriating in Italy or contentedly sipping juice in Williamsburg, we need to know everything right this moment.

    As of right now, it appears as though Bieber and Baldwin are happily engaged but not yet wed. It's probably only a matter of time before they do officially tie the knot, but we're in a bit of a holding pattern until their supposed marriage license expires. Luckily, there's still plenty to speculate over in regards to their relationship, including what the stars have to say about their very public (yet still mysterious) union. We spoke with astrologer Amy Tripp about what Bieber and Baldwin's respective birth charts reveal about their compatibility as a couple.

    Upon comparing their birth charts, Tripp immediately notices that Baldwin's sun and Bieber's north node, or the point on his chart that indicates his destiny and life path, are extremely close to each other on the Wheel of Zodiac. "This shows an instant connection and friendship between them," she explains, adding that, not only does it suggest that Bieber may be naturally drawn to many of Baldwin's traits, but that he may wish to emulate them in his own behavior, too. "She motivates and encourages him," Tripp says. "[This combination] is considered a karmic connection, where growth is inevitable and both partners can bring out the best in each other."

    Tripp points out another conjunct aspect between their charts: Baldwin's Venus and Bieber's moon, both of which are located in Libra. She says this suggests that they find it easy to show affection for each other and they may even be especially well-fit to live together. Plus, the lucky aspect between Baldwin's Venus and Bieber's Mars indicates a natural, if not instant chemistry between the pair. Since the moon, Venus, and Mars are all associated with romance, attraction, and love, these harmonious aspects suggest that Baldwin and Bieber have a satisfying emotional and physical connection.

    If you ask us, that sounds like a major stamp of astrological approval. But, looking elsewhere in their charts, Tripp finds a few less-than-fortuitous features.

    Bieber's sun in Pisces is directly opposite Baldwin's Mars, which is in Virgo, suggesting a certain amount of impulsivity in their relationship. While this could simply mean that they're passionate when it comes to their love, Tripp says it could also indicate potential difficulties and disagreements between them. When conflicts crop up, as they do for just about every couple, Bieber and Baldwin will have to remember to be patient with each other.

    One other possible red flag that jumps out at Tripp is the aspect, known as a square, between Baldwin's sun and Bieber's Saturn. She says it may take a while for this planetary tension to play out in their everyday lives, but when it does, it could affect how they each view commitment and responsibility within their relationship.

    Despite these more difficult aspects, Tripp believes that the good weighs out the bad in Bieber and Baldwin's charts. "They both genuinely like and feel comforted by each other, plus their sexual chemistry is strong," she says, adding that their charts seemingly allude to a dynamic that's common across young couples: "Growth is the purpose of this relationship."

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    But pregnant or not, chances are you do not have time to DIY an elaborate costume that you saw on Pinterest or Etsy, which is understandable. But with a little imagination, you can whip up a witty Halloween costume with clothes and accessories you probably have in your house already or can easily buy in a pinch.

    Ahead are a handful of pregnant celebrities and fictional characters that you should dress up as this year.

    Ali Wong

    In May, Ali Wong blessed us with yet another Netflix special featuring dozens of pregnancy-related jokes — like wearing "Asian pear underwear " and needing to "Roto-Rooter your titty " — so she's the perfect funny pregnant person to dress up as this Halloween. Oh, and don't forget to tag her in your Insta, because you might just get a re-gram.

    What you need: A leopard-print dress, red cat-eye glasses, bedazzled flats, and a microphone.

    Photo: Courtesy of Ken Woroner/Netflix.

    Khloé Kardashian

    The carefully orchestrated Kardashian pregnancy reveals this year began with Khloé, who announced her pregnancy on Instagram, then confirmed it on Ellen.

    What you need: There are a few ways you can play pregnant Khloé. Maybe you buy a pair of maternity Good American jeans? Or stick to workout clothes and a blonde ponytail? Or maybe you go all-out in recreating her pregnancy announcement, with jeans and a Calvin Klein bra?

    Photo: Randy Holmes/ABC/Getty Images.

    Donna Sheridan (from Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again)

    If your squad decided to dress as Mamma Mia! characters this Halloween, first of all, that's amazing. And if you're the mamma of the bunch, you could easily copy Donna's or Sophie's style. Bonus points if you get a friend to play auntie Christine Baranski or grandma Cher.

    What you need: A knit poncho or pair of maternity overalls will do the trick.

    Photo: Courtesy of Universal Studios.

    Cardi B

    Cardi B's pregnancy was pretty iconic from start to finish: She announced it on SNL, twerked at Coachella, graced the cover of Rolling Stone, and slayed at the Met Gala. Serve one of her many different looks on Halloween night, okurrr?

    What you need: Check out Fashion Nova for lookalike pieces that would work as a costume. Since you have the bump, why not go for the all-white dress she wore on SNL?

    Photo: John Parra/Telemundo/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images.

    Kylie Jenner

    As Kim Kardashian West recently put it, Kylie's pregnancy was "the best-kept secret of our generation." Although technically nobody saw Kylie pregnant until after she had given birth, chances are everyone will know who you are.

    What you need: Wear an all-black outfit, "disguise glasses," and the Stormi-inspired Kylie Cosmetics lip kit if you can score it.

    Photo: Kevin Mazur/MG18/Getty Images.

    Chrissy Teigen

    Dressing up as the mother of the cutest children on earth, Miles and Luna Legend, seems like a daunting task, but it's worth it. Since we all know how to pronounce Teigen properly now, you can go around correcting people all night if you want.

    What you need: A Nintendo Switch, a copy of Cravings: Hungry For More, a taco truck, a silk robe, and a headband of the day.

    Photo: David Crotty/Patrick McMullan/Getty Images.

    Evelyn (from A Quiet Place)

    Those who prefer dressing as spooky characters over cute ones on Halloween should consider going as Evelyn (played by Emily Blunt) from the apocalyptic thriller A Quiet Place. You don't have to be completely silent like she was in the labor scene, but you might want to shh people for effect.

    What you need: A long floral maxi dress and a sweater.

    Photo: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

    Serena Williams

    Since giving birth to her daughter Olympia, Serena Williams has become an outspoken advocate for maternal healthcare. Seems only fitting, then, that you should honor her.

    What you need: A fierce tennis outfit and maybe some Snapchat spectacles.

    Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.

    Kate Middleton

    Meghan Markle and the Royal Wedding may have stolen the show this summer, but just one month prior, Kate Middleton gave birth to the third royal baby.

    What you need: A chic ensemble, immaculate hairdo, and a fascinator if you're into that.

    Photo: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images.

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    Fashion in relationships can be a funny thing. Maybe you love your significant other’s style, even though it doesn’t really line up with your own. Or perhaps you’ve fought tooth and nail to get them to get rid of that one piece of clothing you hate or have bought them a few new replacement pieces as gifts just to get the point across. Then there are the couples whose style syncs up as well as their personalities do.

    If you've ever visited South Korea, you may have noticed some couples dress noticeably alike — that’s because many use a “couple look” to show the world they’re an item. But it's not just happening in Asia. French matching couple and creative photography duo Nelson Tiberghien and Isabelle Chaput — or Young Emperors, as they’re known on Instagram — often share their coordinating looks. Though the couple never set out for internet fame (in just five short months they've earned 14K followers), they did notice that their outfits started to coordinate the more they spent time together and worked together — and eventually fell in love. Often featuring denim, coordinating color palettes, and unisex staples like button-up shirts, the two make waking up and matching (sometimes, even down to the nail art) look easy.

    Ahead, we exchanged some DMs with the duo to hear more about what it’s like to coordinate outfits with your significant other. And whether or not you want to start matching with your other half, you’ll no doubt be charmed by this pair and their style.

    How did your matching theme come about?
    “We met in photography school and started working together. From the beginning, we noticed that we would sometimes wear matching outfits by accident. To us, that represented a connection that we had. When we fell in love and founded our company, we used this as a way to create a visual representation of our union in work and in life, as a team and as a family. We also got inspired by the Korean culture of matching couples who use this as a means of expression of their love towards each other. We have been doing it for about three-and-a-half years now, but we only have been showing it on Instagram for the past five months since we created @young_emperors.”

    What is the best part about building this platform together and dressing alike? What’s the worst?
    “It might sound cheesy, but there is no bad part for us really, as we started to do it very naturally and we have been doing it organically for the past three years. It's become a habit more than an actual effort! Building this platform was just a way of letting people see what we do on a daily basis. The best part is that we get to show the world who we are and that, in return, we get messages from people all over the world; we've made so many new friendships, and, for us, it is really amazing to be able to experience these interactions.

    “We always experienced social media as a couple more than individuals! We do have private personal accounts as well but we don’t really use them for the same reasons. We use them mainly to chat with friends.”

    What do you hope people feel when they visit your page and see your matching outfits?
    “We hope people feel our love! We hope they get joy from our page and get inspired to use every aspect of life in a different way. We try to see beauty in everything and we get joy from using ourselves as a means of expression.”

    What designers or trends do you love, either respectively or collectively?
    “We love a lot of different trends, but right now I think we are more inspired by a mix of things, from foreign countries like Korea and China and young international designers to unisex clothing and the mixing of genders (we are inspired by the idea of breaking the boundaries of binary gender clothing). We also really enjoy the clashing of what is considered 'elegant' or 'luxurious' with what is considered 'vulgar' or 'cheap.' Of course, as French people, we cannot forget to mention Jacquemus, whom we love.”

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    Before up-and-coming musician Kelsey Lu picks up the phone, I’m told by several articles — as well as the publicist connecting us — that she goes just by Lu. Neither are her real name.

    Kelsey McJunkins grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina to parents who are also musically inclined; her mother a pianist, her father a percussionist. Part Nigerian, part African-American, Lu started her professional career in orchestras, and eventually as a cellist for Florence and The Machine. In addition to her solo career, Lu has played instruments and lent her vocals for a surplus of artists; she’s worked with Dev Hynes, Kelela, Tinie Tempah, and André 3000. And she’s hitting the road for a European tour in October. Of collaborating, Lu believes it’s a chance to share her art but learn about herself, as well.

    Acne Studios Ribbed Sweater, $450, available at Acne Studios; Acne Studios ring; Stylist's own hat; Strathcona Weed Socks, $36, available at Strathcona; Nike sneakers.

    Just off the heels of releasing her most vivid music video yet for ‘Shades of Blue,’ a song she wrote in the midst of deep financial, musical, and romantic strife, Lu is calling from her favorite place: her sanctuary-like home in Los Angeles, where she’s swallowed by the magic and solitude of nature. Actually, a lot of Lu’s music is reflective of a peace she’s found inside and out: It makes anything else sound like a bad idea. Her songs often feature earthy instruments on top of R&B downbeats, with breaks of silence or no vocals at all. During our call, she makes even introductory chatter feel meditative.

    It makes sense, then, that she’s into color theory right now (there were several shades of blue in the nine-minute video clip). “I feel like I’m naturally and spiritually in touch with that,” she says of using bright clothing to evoke what she’s feeling on the inside. “I’m letting go, I’m letting myself just fall and float and be. So then I thought, What do we have here that looks like that?” In the video, Lu’s suspended in the air, her heart chakra pointing toward the sky, head back, arms dangling toward the earth. “But then there was another layer underneath that you can’t really see, but that is supporting me and the harness that was around my body, so it was like, Okay, I need something that’s enveloping me to protect me, but also something around that that’s loose and allowing me to be free, that is also allowing the viewer to experience that sense of freedom.”

    3.1 Phillip Lim jacket; Pechuga Vintage shorts; stylist's own belt and earrings.

    But Lu didn’t always have that freedom when it came to her style. She was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, and describes how her upbringing shaped how she views fashion today. “I feel like a lot of my ideas about style came from the restrictions of what I could and couldn’t wear — or what my dad would let me wear — that were put on me,” she says, citing one particular style she identified with: “spin-around” dresses (“when you spin around and they made the perfect circle around your body”). Because she was told she couldn’t wear certain things, like blue jeans or bodycon silhouettes, she paid more attention to those forbidden items. “I wanted to wear them more. It became a craving for something I couldn’t have, like as if I was told I was allergic to gluten — but in fashion — so I wanted all the bread.”

    Molly Goddard Lillian Shirred Jacket, $1,350, available at Net-a-Porter; Molly Goddard Bevan Checked Tights, $90, available at Matches; Alexis Bittar earrings; Poppy Lissiman Morpheus Blue Mirror Sunglasses, $110, available at Poppy Lissiman.

    Thrift stores were essential to Lu’s rebirth. “There was this vintage store that was within walking distance of our house that I’d go to every day and just play in for hours,” she remembers of the clothes she wasn’t allowed to wear (nor could afford). “There were rows and stacks of clothes, everything organized by color, and I’d try on so many different types of dresses and things. There was this one dress that I’d try on every time because I was obsessed with it. It was silk, a crazy paisley print, but it also had these geometric shapes on it. It had definitely been through some long nights; probably through the ’70s and ‘80s, maybe some cocaine residue somewhere. It partied hard. But I would try it on every day and just feel myself so hard. I loved it.” Eventually, the shop owner let her buy it for half-off. She’d wear it for her first-ever solo gig in New York, in 2016.

    Pechuga Vintage corset; Naeem Khan Embroidered Pants, available at Naeem Khan; Alexis Bittar earrings; Stylist's own hat and shoes.

    Lu notes that layering is essential to her personal style. But when I ask her about the opposite, about the freedom of shedding those layers, she has just as much to say. After moving out of her parents’ house in 2006 and leaving her religion behind, Lu began to strip. “We’re like onions, right?” she asks. “We have several layers within ourselves, including our pasts and the different lives that we’ve lived. I think all of that coexists within clothing. When you start to take those layers off, it gets really emotional.”

    No Sesso corset and skirt; Jiwinaia Urlo White Pearl Earrings, $189.59, available at Jiwinaia; Jiwinaia necklace.

    When it comes to crafting her onstage appearance, Lu has worn and collaborated with Super Yaya and WAFFLESNCREAM, both African designers, and she’s got her eyes set on the industry’s current headliners, like Pyer Moss, Recho Omondi, and more. “It’s obviously important for me to support designers of color,” she explains. “If it speaks to me and I can find an emotion that connects with it, then I’d love to wear it and be able to represent something that’s been muted and not been at the forefront of the industry. She adds that, as far as she knows, most wardrobes of iconic hip-hop and R&B artists were made by Black people — some not even technical designers.

    Look 1: Surprising Health Benefits pants; Pechuga Vintage top; Luar earrings. Look 2: Maison The Faux top; Kenzo pants and boots; Jiwinaia Urlo White Pearl Earrings, $189.59, available at Jiwinaia; Jiwinaia necklace.

    “It’s really exciting to see these brands on the come-up, making statements within the clothing and fabric that are clearly stating that right now, and for a long time, this has been an issue,” she continues.“ You’ve been raping our culture and we are here to take it back. There’s so much strength in that. Whatever I can do to support it — whether it’s performing with it on or getting my photo taken wearing it or put it up on Instagram — I’ll do it. Using my platform to continue to build their platforms for people of color is a really exciting thing; to feel like I can have some control or say in that."

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    Only recently have brands and designers begun casting plus-size models. But this community was thriving long before "inclusivity" entered the collective vocabulary. Many of us remember wanting America's Next Top Model hopeful Toccara Jones to win as the first Black plus-sized supermodel – but what we perhaps don't know are the plus-size pioneers like Allegra Doherty, Amy Lemons and Emme, who paved the road before her.

    Ashley Graham, of course, is the most well-known woman of this group. For the past several years, Graham has been everywhere, becoming the de-facto face of the body-positive movement. Just this year, Graham made her debut in Vogue Italia in a series of unretouched photos and broke barriers as the first plus model to appear in Sports Illustrated. She’s now walking in high fashion shows alongside Kendall Jenner and Kaia Gerber, and is the (well-paid) face of brands like Lane Bryant, Revlon, Marina Rinaldi, and Swimsuits For All. The 30-year-old is vocal both about her own journey to self-acceptance as well as why the fashion industry must serve plus women; after all, 67% of American women are a size 14 or above. In 2017, American Vogue gave Graham a cover, declaring “no norm is the new norm.” While Graham is indeed a heroine and the face of a movement, many great, brave women preceded her.

    Ahead, we recount models who made the plus-size movement as we know it possible.


    Many consider Emme, born Melissa Owens Miller, to be the first mainstream plus-size model to achieve mainstream commercial success. She was the first plus spokesperson contracted by Revlon in 1998.

    Amy Lemons

    Though Lemons started out as a straight-sized model, she transitioned to a curve model after college and began to speak out about the industry's "zero-size standard."

    Angellika Morton

    Morton transitioned into a plus-sized in 1997, and was the first model to be inducted into the International Model Hall of Fame in 1999.

    Mia Tyler

    Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler's daughter (and actress-model Liv's younger half-sister) decided to try her hand at modeling when she was 19 after being scouted by a talent agent for Lane Bryant. She went on to walk in the company's New York Fashion Week show in 1998.

    Allegra Doherty

    In 2012, Doherty posed nude on the cover of Italian GQ, becoming one of the youngest plus models to do so.

    Ashley Graham

    We've said it before: Graham has made the plus-size industry incredibly visible, appearing in Vogue and Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue.

    Tess Munster

    Munster has built a body-positive community on Instagram, using #effyourbeautystandards to start a movement. In 2015, the 5'5, size 22 model signed with Milk Model Management.

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    The concept of protective styling seems simple. The whole point is to arrange your hair in a way that requires little combing or brushing, protecting the hair from damage. Yet somehow we're still spending 20 minutes a day slicking edges, moisturizing twists, and redoing buns. Isn't this whole protective style thing supposed to be low maintenance?

    Thank goodness for head wraps. A quick tie and tuck, and you're done. It's protective styling light. Wraps come in a variety of styles, fabrics, and prints, which means you can match them easily to any outfit. Or, you can go for a pattern-on-pattern, mismatched ensemble. You can even make them yourself, if you're extra crafty.

    The only hard part is figuring out how the heck to tie the fabric around your head. You can do your head wrap up in knots, twist it over a bun, or use it as an accent for a puff, depending on your mood. Refinery29 spoke with Nnenna Stella, founder of Wrap Life, to get some of her tips for styling a head wrap like a pro. Find inspiration for your next lazy hair day look, ahead.

    If you don't want all of your hair to be tucked away under a wrap, try leaving out bangs or loose curls in the front. Don't give up if you don't get the look right on the first try either! “I've been wrapping for years, and it's not uncommon to start over two or three times. Don't give up after the first try," says Stella.

    If you're feeling fancy, try tying your wrap into a big bow and leaving some baby hairs out to make your style more effortless. Want to copy this look? Check out this YouTube tutorial.

    If you're transitioning to natural hair, head wraps are a great way to protect your curls (and to skip styling because breakage is so common when your hair is two different textures). Vlogger Denisse Benitez shared that she recently damaged her hair, and she used this head wrap for an easy protective style.

    Another fun way to style your wrap is to match it to your makeup. Don’t be afraid go monochromatic like Tennishia Williams did here.

    You aren't limited to only covering your entire head with a wrap. If your hair is full of volume, don't feel like you have to change that to wear a head wrap. "Big hair and head wraps go perfect together," says Stella. If you're new to the wrap game, Stella's easy hack is to tie your hair up with an elastic that you can easily remove once your head piece is secure.

    This head wrap look is like a top knot, but without any of the pulling and yanking you'd have to do to get your hair into one ponytail holder.

    And if tying turns out to be way to complicated, just grab a satin-lined turban, like this one from Loza Tam, which requires absolutely zero skill to pull off.

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    We've all been guilty of failing to get ahead on our Halloween costumes once, maybe twice, and for some of us, maybe every year. This is especially true when Halloween falls on a lousy day like a Wednesday (case in point, this year). A mid-week Halloween usually means parties can fall either the weekend before or the weekend after, and that level of indecision opens the door to being lackluster when it comes to costume arrangements. Don't be the person whose last-ditch effort results in throwing on a bedsheet and calling it a night.

    But with the costume options out there being what they are (A sexy Handmaid? Really?), you can't be blamed for putting it off. Our brains can only devise an audience-pleasing punny ensemble once every few years. This time around, we're skipping the costume shopping trip and taking a more sensible (read: easier) route, one that utilizes our own wardrobes. Since three-fourths of our closets are somehow made up of all-black everything, we're using what we know and own to make this Halloween our best, mediocre costumes yet. From classics like Wednesday Addams to more timely characters like the witches of American Horror Story: Coven, these ideas finally embrace your affinity for a muted wardrobe.

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    Wednesday Addams, The Addams Family(1991)

    Who better to start the list with than Wednesday Addams (a.k.a. the original goth princess). For this, you'll need your peter-pan collared dress or even just a button-up and a black poplin skirt. Add some pigtail braids, practice your best resting scowl face, and you're all set for a grade-A Halloween.

    The Witches of American Horror Story: Coven (2011)

    For non- AHS fanatics, if there's one season you need to binge, it has to be Coven. The only thing that trumps Stevie Nicks are the clothes; black lace, big hats, layers upon layers of beaded necklaces. As for your costume, any black dress will work. The rest is all about attitude and a lot of accessories.

    Holly Golightly, Breakfast At Tiffany's (1961)

    Have an old proms dress stuffed in the back of our closet and a platic tiara from your childhood lying around? With that, you have the perfect Holly Golightly get-up. Pile on some more costume jewelry and do your best at an "effortlessly" swept-up hairdo for added costume points.

    Catwoman, Batman Returns (1992)

    It's not likely a patent leather, full-body catsuit can be found in most people's closets, but leggings and a turtleneck can. Same difference, right? But in the off-chance you're in want of a form-fitting unitard, we found one of those too.

    Sandy Olsson, Grease (1978)

    Everyone has a little bit of edgy Sandy in them. Here's your chance to let her fly free for a night.

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