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    Ivanka's schedule has not been made public, so each week, we will do our best to cover the public events and forums she attends, the meetings she has with lawmakers and government officials, and her social media presence.

    Sunday, December 9

    Ivanka Trump has started speaking up more against human trafficking in recent weeks. This is one of the many issues she has in her sprawling White House portfolio. On Sunday, she celebrated the passing of a bill which aids survivors of child pornography.

    It remains to be seen whether Ivanka will advocate for Cyntoia Brown, a trafficking survivor who was convicted at the age of 16 in the murder of a a 43-year-old man who solicited her for sex. Brown, now 30, is back in the news because a judge ruled must serve 51 more years before she can be considered for parole.

    Ivanka also shared some pictures of her children taking a tour of first lady Melania Trump's Christmas decorations at the White House.

    Monday, December 10

    A new report alleged that Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner had a hand in forcing out embattled White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who will leave his post by the end of the year.

    Tuesday, December 11

    As part of the White House portfolios, both Ivanka and her husband have been working on criminal justice reform. On Twitter, the first daughter celebrated that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell finally agreed to bring the FIRST STEP Act, a prison reform bill that passed the House earlier this year, up to the Senate floor for a vote.

    Wednesday, December 12

    The first daughter praised a tax break she helped push earlier this year called "Opportunity Zones." The Associated Press reported that Ivanka and Jared could potentially benefit financially from the program — another example of the blurring lines caused by the couple refusing to divest from their real estate investments when they joined the administration.

    The AP said Jared held a stake at a company that's about to build several properties through the program. His family's firm also holds at least 13 properties in these zones, which would make them qualify for the tax breaks. "[They] could profit even if they don’t do anything — by potentially benefiting from a recent surge in Opportunity Zone property values amid a gold rush of interest from developers and investors," AP reported.

    Thursday, December 13

    Quartz reported Ivanka's weekend getaway to the Caribbean in August cost taxpayers about $58,000 in security costs.

    HuffPo reported that President Donald Trump is considering Jared as his new White House chief of staff. Ivanka has remained mum.

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    File this under the stuff no one tells you about being a grown-up: Getting mail isn't fun, it's just bills and credit card offers and random furniture store flyers. And for that reason, we'll gladly pay to make the experience a little less dreadful. It's something oodles of start-ups have banked on with subscription beauty boxes. But as the number of beauty box options exploded over the past few years, so did the mailings spattered with off-brand beauty samples and mystery trinkets. With that, we're back to hating the mail again.

    Thankfully, a handful of players have risen above the fray, providing more thoughtful curation and full-sized products. For example, after getting into the subscription box game this fall, Sunday Riley began sending quarterly mailers stuffed with the kinds of things we'd pick out of the world's coolest gift shop. The Detox Market provides clean beauty options so covetable that its boxes sell out just about every month. Birchbox, an OG in the field, offers the chance to pick out exactly what we want ahead of time.

    Now, splurging on a subscription for ourselves or others doesn't just make getting the mail exciting — some of the boxes ahead are good enough to inspire unboxing videos on Insta Stories, too.

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


    Best For: Your Day-One Who Needs Grounding

    Your over-scheduled bestie is working to be more mindful, and practically everyone else you know lives among city lights that dim the moon. This box, curated to help you reconnect with the lunar cycle via beauty products may be just the thing to bring a sense of calm to your people in 2019.

    The monthly mailing is filled with indie beauty products that are self-care driven (essential oil blends, eye serums, bath bombs, body oils, hydrosols) and wellness essentials (like crystals, tea blends, and sage). Along with it comes digital resources for step-by-step rituals using the goods inside, guided meditations, a read on the month’s lunar cycle, and a plug-in for your Google calendar that reminds you of the cosmic happenings.

    MoonBox MoonBox Monthly Subscription, $34, available at MoonBox

    The Tory Burch Foundation Seed Box

    Best For: The Future Park-Avenue Philanthropist

    This well-appointed gift isn't so much a monthly subscription, but a one-shot box that speaks to your entrepreneurial friend's fine tastes and love of giving back. The limited-edition holiday package is filled with the kinds of things we imagine refined powerhouse Tory Burch using herself: skin-care products made with ingredients grown on a family farm in Arizona; bagless, dissolvable tea; all natural, ethically produced shea butter; handy coconut oil packets — all created by women entrepreneurs and housed in the chicest of packaging. The best part? Every penny of its proceeds go to the Tory Burch Foundation, which empowers women entrepreneurs.

    Tory Burch Tory Burch Seed Box, $98, available at Tory Burch

    Sephora Play! Box

    For: VIB Rouges in Recovery

    When's the last time you walked into Sephora and bought what you came for — and not a single item more? Let's see... never? That's why we're giving the store's monthly subscription box to our sisters who are resolving to step down their impulse beauty purchases in 2019. Each month the Play box facilitates that need for new beauty discoveries with five deluxe samples housed in a little makeup pouch. And if they're compelled to re-up on a full-size purchase? Sephora offers 50 bonus insider points for doing so.

    Sephora PLAY! by Sephora Monthly Subscription Box, $10, available at Sephora

    Sunday Riley Subscription Box

    Best For: The Cool Girl

    When Sunday Riley got into the subscription box game this year, it could have thrown a selection of their beloved skin-care products in a mailer and had a hit on its hands. Instead, the company opted to create something even more lust-worthy: a quarterly subscription box stuffed with some of the most desirable — and useful — gear out there. Its first collection focused on wellness and included a Bkr water bottle, Thinx period-proof underwear, Smith & Cult nail polish, IGK styling cream, crystal towers, palo santo, a Headspace gift card, and a mini Sunday Riley Good Genes — and not a throwaway item in sight.

    Sunday Riley Sunday Riley Subscription Box, $95, available at Sunday Riley


    Best For: The Control Freak

    The OG of subscription boxes is as solid as ever, thanks to a deep bench of editor and fan-favorites for hair, skin, scent, and complexion. After receiving the first installment of a three, six, or 12-month subscription, you're able to customize the contents of boxes by setting personal preferences and choosing specific deluxe-sized samples from brands like Oribe, Sand & Sky, Stila, and Ouai.

    Birchbox Birchbox Monthly Subscription, $10, available at Birchbox

    The Detox Box

    Best For: The Clean Beauty Fiend

    In the Venn diagram of those who love clean beauty but hate environmental waste, overlap abounds. The folks at The Detox Market know this, so they created a monthly subscription box that showcases the very best in clean beauty, loading mailers with more than $90 in picks from a single brand that you'll actually use. Full-size products from Tammy Fender, Pai, Odacité, Innersense, Osea, and Skin Owl have been featured in months past. The assortment gives recipients a true taste of what these brands have to offer without any unwanted filler items that eventually find their way to the waste bin. No wonder these editions sell out on the regular.

    The Detox Market The Detox Box, $55, available at The Detox Market


    Best For: The Soul Searching For A Signature Scent

    We've found soul mates in less time than a signature sent. If one of your loved ones is still searching for the one that will bring joy with every deep inhale, embody one's true spirit, and feel like home no matter what time of year — yes, we're talking about fragrance here — then why not play matchmaker with a fragrance subscription? Each month, the recipient can choose from more than 450 scents (including options from Glossier, Tom Ford, and Juliette Has a Gun) before receiving a 30-day supply to fall in love (or like) with before trying another option next month.

    ScentBird Scentbird Subscription, $14.95, available at ScentBird


    Best For: The Woman Who'd Rather Pick Her Own Gift

    With quarterly mailings offering 8-10 full-size products at a savings of 75% and control over what's inside, FabFitFun may have perfected the subscription box art form. Beauty-centric collections include skin care, hair care, makeup and nail care from brands like Klorane, Dr. Brandt and Deborah Lippmann. Subscribers can select exactly what they want or opt to keep contents a total surprise. Add in an accessory or two (such as scarves, jewelry, or clutches), and you've got a substantial gift that feels like you're being treated to a shopping spree.

    FabFitFun FabFitFun Box, $49.99, available at FabFitFun

    Love Goodly

    For: The Devout Vegan

    We fully support our vegan friends, but still manage to order the occasional shared appetizer made with a hidden animal fat. Oops. This bimonthly box ensures the same thing doesn't happen with their holiday gift. Each edition is cruelty-free, vegan, nontoxic, and certified palm oil-free, through and through. It's not just the brands inside that are socially conscious: Each Love Goodly box purchased supports a like-minded organization, such as L.A.'s Farm Sanctuary, the country's first shelter for farm animals.

    Love Goodly Essential Bi-Monthly Subscription Box, $34.95, available at Love Goodly

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    There are plenty of people out there who have already finished holiday shopping and wrapping their gifts (and love to talk about it every time you see them). But joke's on them this year — because, for once, it pays to procrastinate.

    For all you last-minute shoppers, Sephora just slashed prices on some of its most tempting holiday releases and year-round staples — and we're not just talking about a few dollars here or there. How about half off an eyeshadow palette stocked with staple shades that every makeup wearer should have? There's also a deal on NARS lip colors, which almost never go on sale, along with a few dope kits from Bite Beauty and GlamGlow.

    In other words, the time for procrastination is over. Find some of our favorite deals, ahead.

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

    Since December hit, we've been wearing nothing but Tannin (a poppy red shade) on our lips — and have racked up so many compliments, we wonder why we didn't start earlier in the year. The color and three others (including a limited-edition light brown called Date) are housed in a tin so sexy, you won't want to give it away.

    Bite Beauty Four Little Bites Amuse Bouche Lipstick Set, $15, available at Sephora

    This buildable foundation is used in film to give complexions glow without covering up freckles, which explains why some of its 43 shades are already selling out fast.

    Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation, $19, available at Sephora

    Is this gorgeous collection of four glitter liquid eyeshadows too pretty to break apart? Probably. But we'll be divvying up the contents of this kit among our girls as a pre-game present on NYE.

    Stila Aura Alight Glitter & Glow Highlighter Liquid Eyeshadow, $30, available at Sephora

    This limited-edition palette is chock full of eye-brightening shades, but what we really love is the included eye topper, which adds a wet finish to shadows.

    Jouer Making Magic Ultra Foil Eyeshadow Palette Set, $36, available at Sephora

    If heavy creams put a damper on your curls' bounce, try a soufflé. This one is lighter than most creams and oils, but still defines curl patterns while adding a hit of moisture. Also, it's not the only thing from this trusted hair brand on sale right now: You can stock up on shampoos, conditioners, and leave-in treatments, too.

    Madam C.J. Walker Coconut & Moringa Curl Whip Styling Souffle, $13, available at Sephora

    For that teen in your life who only rolls her eyes at you a little bit, why not hook her up with blush, highlighter and bronzer — everything she needs to make sure her complexion is lit.

    Sephora Collection Mara Hoffman for Sephora Collection: Kaleidescape Cheek, $19, available at Sephora

    Show all those people who winter in Tulum that there's more than one way to get a glow. This mousse made with organic ingredients builds color to two to three weeks — all without the typical self-tanner stench.

    Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse, $27, available at Sephora

    Velvet Matte Lip Pencils are the stuff of legend because they feel featherlight, but drench lips in color. The only bummer is that these bad boys never go on sale — until now. Score two neutrals and two bold shades for a few bucks more than the regular price of one.

    NARS Manic Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Set, $36, available at Sephora

    Our editors love the purifying power of this flash mask, which features bentonite and kaolin clay to clear your pores, witch hazel for toning, and aloe vera and licorice root to brighten. Ditto for this glow-inducing tinted moisturizer, making this kit a no-brainer for your friend who just wants to be J.Lo. (Is that too much to ask?)

    GlamGlow Forget the Filter Instamud Set, $35, available at Sephora

    Fishing for a blanket gift to give just about anyone in your life? A solid collection of neutral matte eyeshadows cannot be fucked with (but grabbing one at half off makes it even better).

    Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes Palette, $24.5, available at Sephora

    We love the party vibe that confetti beauty products bring. After the merriment, you're left with an ultra-hydrating moisturizer that helps make complexions bright.

    It Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream Mini Confetti Popper, $8, available at Sephora

    Pack these in your carry on for when a snowstorm inevitably delays your flight — you'll be dreaming of the tropics while your dad checks the boiler pilot light (again).

    Tarte Let's Flamingle Brush Set, $25, available at Sephora

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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.

    We're still looking for diaries from Maine and Hawaii for our series Your Spending In Your State.Submit here!

    Today: a senior paralegal who makes $70,000 per year and spends some of her money this week on spring rolls.

    Occupation: Senior Paralegal
    Industry: Legal
    Age: 45
    Location: Denver, CO
    Salary: $70,000
    Paycheck Amount (2x/month): 1,813.35

    Monthly Expenses
    Mortgage: $2,350 (My roommate pays me $800.)
    Car Payment: $350
    HOA: $59
    Car Insurance: $63
    Train Parking: $42
    Train Pass: $100
    Electricity: $100
    Water: $25
    Health Insurance: $524, with a stipend of $360. (For me and my son.)
    Dental Insurance: $75
    Vision Insurance: $18
    Cell Phones: $120 (for me and my son)
    Netflix: $11.99
    Sling: $30
    Gym: $50 (My membership comes with unlimited hot yoga classes.)

    Day One

    7 a.m. — I wake up with my girlfriend, A., who spent the night last night. I immediately head downstairs and make us coffee with our flavored creamer so we're able to function. We watch the news while scrolling through emails and checking Facebook. Then we shower (together), get dressed, and get my son off to school for the day. Afterwards, we decide to go out for breakfast, since there's not much to eat at my house. A. has work at 9:30 and I should be catching the 9 a.m. train into work, but we've heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so we decide to eat and be a little late to work. We stop at our local favorite breakfast joint and order bagel sandwiches (turkey sausage with egg and cheese on toasted jalapeño bagels). So good. We split a coffee, as my hands are already shaking from my earlier coffee. A. pays, since I bought our dinner last night.

    12:30 p.m. — Work is sort of slow, and I catch up on calls and emails before heading upstairs to the cafe. I usually bring my lunch and eat at my desk, but on Wednesdays, my inner 12-year-old wants chicken strips. I get a salad and a few chicken strips for good measure ($4.50). Then I eat at my desk and catch up on all the day's smut: According to the internet, Tristan and Khloe are trying for baby #2. Really? Hopefully Scott can talk some sense into KoKo. This is upsetting me, but my chicken strips are helping. $4.50

    2 p.m. — After eating my salad and fried foods, I decide it's a great time to order some bathing suits for my upcoming trip to Cabo with A. and some friends. I start looking on Amazon but quickly lose focus and get off task, watching videos on YouTube of baby giraffes. Then I order a copy of the Money Diaries book. After using my Amazon Reward points, it's pretty cheap. $7.49

    7 p.m. — I make it home after a busy day of work, and my mom is there with my son. She picks him up after school for me and usually watches him until I get home from work. His homework and reading are done, so we play a few games of Rummikub, and my mom and I drink some wine by the fire. It is getting cold outside, but still no snow. My mom heads home, and I make breakfast tacos for my son and me for dinner. It's early to bed for him (8 p.m.) as he has to be on the ice tomorrow morning at 5:30 a.m. for hockey practice. Does anyone really get up that early to go exercise? I talk to A. before I go to bed and watch an episode of Hollywood Medium With Tyler Henry. I find this show fascinating.

    Daily Total: $11.99

    Day Two

    4:30 a.m. — Time to wake up and get the kiddo to his early morning ice hockey practice. It is so early, even my French Bulldog stays in bed. Good thing my son is easy to wake up. He pops up and gets dressed for hockey. I grab a coffee, some muffins for him, and a Clif bar for me and we are out the door by 4:55.

    8:45 a.m. — After hockey, we go home to shower and get ready for school and work. I fix our second breakfast of the morning (waffles for him, and eggs and toast for me). He tries to do his daily reading but ends up falling asleep in his book on the floor. I let him sleep for 30 minutes while I do laundry. Then I wake him up and we're out the door again by 8:40. After dropping him off, I head to work and swing into Starbucks for a nonfat White Mocha to get me moving. $5

    12:30 p.m. — I eat lunch at my desk, since I was fairly organized last night and was able to pack lunches. I have a turkey and cheese sandwich with a strawberry Bubly water. Work is steady, and I am able to get quite a bit of stuff checked off my list. I check US Weekly and TMZ to make sure I'm not missing out on anything. Cardi B is single.

    5:30 p.m. — Since hockey practice was so early, we have a free night. Yay for free nights!! We decide to head to our favorite pho restaurant and order some crab and cheese wontons, spring rolls, and two bowls of pho. The perfect dinner on this cold and dreary night. $25.45

    Daily Total: $30.45

    Day Three

    4 p.m. — I pay my attorneys to defend a motion in my custody case. I adopted my son on my own almost nine years ago and was married to my ex for two and a half years. Somehow the judge found she was a parent, even though I never gave her any rights. Anyhow, it has been a long, drawn-out, and expensive fight, and I need to refill my balance with the firm I have retained. Good times! $1,202.50

    6 p.m. — My son and I play Rummikub with Grandma, have a frozen pizza for dinner, and walk the dog. I do some laundry.

    8:30 p.m. — I put my son to bed at 8. We are both exhausted. Then I talk with A. for an hour about our weekend plans before finally falling asleep around 9:45.

    Daily Total: $1,202.50

    Day Four

    7 a.m. — I wake up, shower, and get ready for work while my son gets ready for school. He has hot cereal for breakfast, and I make avocado toast before we head out the door. After dropping him off, I take the train into work and then ride a Bird scooter ($1.45) the few blocks to the office instead of walking from the train. I justify this since I have a hockey game later tonight and need to save my legs for skating (either that, or I am being lazy). $1.45

    12:30 p.m. — Work has been pretty steady this morning. I eat my sad sandwich and Cheetos at my desk. My coworker gets mad at me for taking bites of my string cheese and not peeling pieces of it like I'm supposed to.

    5:30 p.m. — I meet up with a few friends after work for happy hour since my son is spending the weekend with my ex. We have wine, sushi, and appetizers ($25). The food is good, but I don't want to eat a lot since I have to go skate in a few hours. It's good to catch up with my friends. I leave and run home to see my dog for a bit before grabbing my hockey gear and heading out again. My team usually meets before each game at a nearby brewery for a pregame beer. $25

    8 p.m. — I have two beers with my team before our game, which is close by. It's fun, and we win 5-4. I have a goal and an assist, and despite being 45, I played pretty well. (Thanks, alcohol!) I head home afterwards, shower, and go straight to bed at 11. $10

    Daily Total: $36.45

    Day Five

    7:30 a.m. — I get an email reminder that my son's school lunch account is low and needs to be refilled. I put $50 in his account and get charged a $2 fee ($52). He usually gets hot lunch once a week, but he also gets snacks. I also get an email that a hockey jersey I sold on Mercari has gone through, and they have placed $23.20 in my account after taking out the selling fee ($3.30) and the shipping fee ($6.50). It is my son's hockey jersey, so he can eat more snacks at school. Go wild, young man! $52

    9 a.m. — My son's hockey practice was actually a scrimmage between the parents and players, and it was a lot of fun to be on the ice with the kids. After saying goodbye to my son, I head to Starbucks because I am starving, and order a nonfat White Mocha and a turkey sausage breakfast sandwich. I head home and shower. $10.83

    1 p.m. — I head to my hair appointment, where I get a cut and a partial highlight so I can look pretty, especially after playing all this hockey lately. It's $95 and I tip my gal $20 plus another $20 for the Christmas season. $135

    4 p.m. — I stop by the grocery store before I head to A.'s house. I get chicken, breadcrumbs, cheese, salad, and ice cream for dessert. She texts that she has wine and not to get any. I drive the 40 minutes to her house and bring my Frenchie with me. Fun Fact: A. also has a French Bulldog (or so she says). Her dog is 40 pounds and looks like a mid-size bloodhound, and my girl is 15 pounds and looks and acts (sleeps a lot) like a Frenchie. $22.30

    8 p.m. — We have a great night — eat dinner, walk the pups, watch a little TV ( Narcos: Mexico on Netflix), and head to bed around 10:30 p.m.

    Daily Total: $220.13

    Day Six

    7:30 a.m. — A. and I wake up, fool around, and shower together to save water. We eat a quick breakfast, and she heads out. I head back home, as my son has a hockey game at 9:30. I stop and get gas on my way. $44.01

    11 a.m. — The game goes well, and they win 3-2. After his game, I go out for an early lunch with my dad and stepmom, since they came to watch their grandson skate. We catch up over sandwiches and salads at Panera. They pay ($18).

    2 p.m. — I head over to a friend's house who is going to watch my dog for me while A. and I are in Cabo in a few weeks. My dog meets with her two sweet dogs and there are plenty of belly rubs all around. Everyone is happy, and I head home to watch football, do laundry, and nap before my son gets home. I cannot wait to see him.

    5 p.m. — I head to the grocery store and get ground beef, potatoes, and salad to make a meatloaf dinner for my son — his favorite dinner. The weekends he is gone are very long and hard, and I am excited to have him home again. I also get bread, creamer, milk, eggs, avocados, and some snacks for his lunches this week. $34.73

    8:30 p.m. — After dinner, we get everything ready to start the week again. Lunches are made and bags are packed for the morning. We watch Planet Earth, and then I tuck him in for the night. I talk to A. on the phone and then finally head to bed around 10:30 p.m.

    Daily Total: $78.74

    Day Seven

    7 a.m. — Although I woke up on time, I stayed in bed drinking coffee, watching the news, and looking at Mercari for Christmas presents, and now I am behind schedule. I can't help it. My bed is so warm and comfy. I finally shower, and we get out the door on time for school and work. I forgot to eat breakfast, so I pick up a breakfast burrito to hold me over until lunch. $4

    12:30 p.m. — I meet my my old coworker for lunch. She gets a BLT, and I get a cup of chicken tortilla soup. She pays, as my soup is only $4. We talk about our upcoming trip to Cabo. We can't wait to get out of the cold and be by the ocean for five days.

    6 p.m. — My son has hockey practice after school, and I head directly there from work, as my mom has dropped him off at the rink for me. He has an hour on the ice and then an hour of conditioning off the ice. I have a few beers with the hockey dads, and we tell stories and rip on one another (our usual routine), while our sons skate on the ice and do their conditioning off the ice. I also order chicken strips and fries. My son wraps up practice and I drive him home to shower and eat before bed. $24

    Daily Total: $28

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    What do the average woman’s calendar come December and the last train home on a Friday have in common? They’re both packed to the rafters. Somewhere between the leaves beginning to fall and the NYE ball dropping, everyone and their mother has something you simply have to go to: after-work drinks, a weekend brunch, a festive party, a festive "not a party, more of a casual drinks," a house party, the list goes on.

    With so much on your plate, the last thing you want is a beauty routine that feels arduous. You want to be able to glide from event to event without breaking a sweat and be able to switch from day to night faster than you can say Prosecco. In honor of that, we’ve rounded up a few skin-care and makeup tips and tricks to help you mentally prepare for the party season (because you're always prepped), easing you in without a hitch…

    Go Back To Basics

    The foundation of great makeup is happy, healthy skin — but achieving an effortless glow needn’t be, er, effortful. Enter: YourGoodSkin, a targeted, tailored range of skin-care solutions designed to fit into the busiest of routines with minimal work. Each offering has selected active ingredients to make sure the results are all killer, no filler. Here are our sneaky hacks:

    1) Massage Your Moisturizer In With Upward Strokes

    We’re sure we don’t need to tell you that you should be applying moisturizer — in these arctic climes, you’d be more likely to give up coffee than lotion. But instead of just slapping it on and hoping for the best, applying in upward, massage-like strokes can help encourage blood flow to the area, helping melt away any residual puffiness and giving you a perkier-looking complexion.

    2) Cleanse With Cooler Water

    Coming in from the cold, it can be so tempting to really crank up the heat and go for an extra-hot face wash. But actually, lukewarm water is much kinder to your skin because it doesn’t cause the same inflammation that hot water does, meaning your skin’s natural moisture barrier is left intact. The result? Your skin will feel much softer, and you might even find yourself needing less moisturizer.

    3) Keep Up The SPF

    With the days short and the skies overcast, layering up on sunscreen is probably the last thing on your mind. Even when it’s not actually hot out, UV rays are still breaking through and reaching your skin, so a good rule of thumb is that if it’s not so dark outside that you need a torch, you need sunscreen. The reason being because UVA rays can cause skin damage — even when you’re not getting burned. Adding a moisturizer with SPF into your routine is the fuss-free way to stay safe in the chillier months.

    Refresh Your Toolkit

    They say that only a shoddy workman blames his tools, yet we’re not sure Michelangelo would have done such a hot job on the Sistine Chapel if he’d been finger-painting, you know? Enter: MASQD. With its pro-quality brushes and tools at a fraction of the price, they take all the guesswork out of getting ready, leaving you more time to down a mulled wine and fire up your favorite festive playlist. Here are the must-knows:

    1) Use A Spoolie Brush Pre-Tweeze

    Using a spoolie before you tweeze to neaten your brows will ensure you get the most precise results possible, as you'll see the shape and unruly hairs more clearly. Because, after all, we’ve all had the experience of thinking we’ve picked up every last hair and then realizing there are loads we’ve missed.

    2) Peel Your Nail File

    This hack will let you skip manicures altogether. Use a peelable nail file instead of a regular one for a fresh surface when you tidy your nails every single time.

    3) Revive Your Base With Translucent Powder

    No time to reapply your foundation pre-party? No problem. Simply dab some translucent powder with a Face Powder Brush (it comes in a set) over the areas where you have the most shine for an instant refresh.

    Make Smoother Moves

    In the dead of winter, the temptation is to care for only the parts of your body visible from underneath the mohair cocoon you’ll be in until April. But with so many special occasions around the corner, you need the speedy yet luxe bathroom routine that is Soap & Glory in your life. The whole range is both delicious-smelling and ultra-nourishing, meaning you can have a moment’s bliss while getting your slightly scaly parts ready for a night on the town. Here's what to do:

    1) Moisturize Damp Skin

    Getting out of the shower feels like an injustice of Herculean proportions in winter. But did you know that you can both speed things up and better hydrate yourself by applying body butter while your skin’s wet? It’ll maximize hydration, so lotion up to your heart’s content, and enjoy more supple skin ASAP.

    2) Layer Scented Products

    Want to smell fabulously scented at your soiree but feel perfume melts off of you in seconds? It’s time to layer up. Apply a body scrub and butter with the same scent, and you’ll find the aroma clings to you much better. Plus, it’s two stages already in your routine, rather than in addition to, so it's super easy to incorporate into your routine.

    3) Slather On Heel Cream

    A pedicure in the depths of winter is probably very low on your priority list, but this season’s most covetable party shoes are slingbacks and mules, and baby, that’s a whole lotta heel. Skip the comprehensive DIY routine; instead slather your feet with heel cream before bed, and then pop some socks on. Your soles will drink it all up overnight, so you’ll have the softest feet come morning.

    Mix Up Your Makeup

    CYO is all about making your life easier when it comes to makeup — something that we couldn't need more of than during party season. Sure, it's the time to embrace the fact that more is more, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend hours methodically recreating a smoky eye tutorial from YouTube. Instead, try these quick tips to take your work look from zero to hero in an instant...

    1) Amp Up Your Eyes With Molten Shades

    Blending a metallic shade onto your lids with your fingertips will give a cool, slept-in finish with a punch of pigment. The warmth from your fingertips will help you smooth on the shadow effortlessly, meaning foolproof blending.

    2) Choose To Hero One Feature

    Pressed for time and got someplace special to be? Instead of attempting a whole face revamp, focus on either your lips or eyes. A bold red lip or berry shade, or adding colored liner to finish your lids, will draw all the attention to the right place. Plus it takes about a third of the time.

    3) Swipe On Serious Glow

    Give your skin a bit of party oomph with the addition of a little shimmer. A highlighting stick (instead of a powder and brush) is the fastest way to sculpt and define. Add a swipe to the inner corners of your eyes (did someone say eight hours of sleep?) and to your cheeks for glowing skin that pops better than Champagne.

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    No one’s expecting you to give them a brand-new TV or surround-sound speaker system for the holidays, right? (Or if so, do you have any friend openings?) But even if you're not the presumed giver of big-ticket items, you can still bestow some great tech gifts upon your friends and family this year.

    Tech is such a rewarding category for gifts, even with a budget less than $50. The idea here is that you can give others the kind of fun gadgets and accessories they don't need, but would really enjoy playing with. These don't make people feel like you've got the wrong idea about who they are (the way a misjudged beauty or fashion gift might). At the same time, they don't feel super impersonal like that peach candle. We see absolutely zero fake sing-songy "thank yous" in your future.

    Another great reason to give tech this year: the variety — from adorable stocking-stuffer phone accessories for those teenage cousins to a rather useful portable speaker for your partner (because this is the winter you plan to get them to love your musical tastes). Well, no one said gift-giving had to be completely selfless, did they?

    There's always one more room in a house that doesn't yet have music access. The bathroom? The backyard? The motel room you two will be sharing at your friend's wedding? Fix that problem with a sleek portable speaker.

    Cambridge Soundworks OontZ Angle 3 Ultra : Portable Bluetooth Speaker, $39.99, available at Amazon

    If you're buying for someone who doesn't absolutely have to be on the cutting edge of all technology, but might enjoy commanding their own robot anyway, you're in luck. The older, 2nd generation Echo Dot is available for just $19.99. (The newest version is $10 more).

    Amazon Echo Dot - Smart speaker with Alexa - Black, $19.98, available at Amazon

    Want your person to spend less time staring at their phone and more time staring into your eyes? Or less time saying, "Have you seen my phone?" Flic is a really attractive little button you can stick somewhere in your home and program to do anything from find your phone to order in Seamless to control the volume of your music.

    Flic Flic -The Wireless Smart Button, $34.99, available at Amazon

    With everyone taking breaks from social media these days, it's time to go back to an era when we actually printed our photos and had to view and comment on them in person. This photo printer is surprisingly inexpensive and might even inspire you to take more pictures.

    HP HP Envy 5055 Wireless All-in-One Photo Printer, $49.99, available at Amazon

    It's not fun to be that person who runs into a room begging someone for phone charger because you're about to lose your connection to the world. That's why a person can never have too many power banks. Especially cute ones with animal ears.

    ModCloth Feline Prepared Portable Charger, $16, available at ModCloth

    Most people already have their favorite go-to headphones, but they deserve to have a playful back-up pair too, don't they? You can go with a retro pair that look like they went with you mom's Sony Walkman, or a pair that will double as earmuffs for the winter (from Flying Tiger). Maybe in this price range they're not music-studio worthy, but they work!

    JLab JLab Rewind Wireless Retro Headphones, $19.98, available at Target

    Help that friend who is always pulling a tangled mess of headphones out of her purse by gifting her a stylish earbud holder that will encourage her to stay (a little bit more) organized in 2019.

    Etsy Cable Organizer, $10, available at Etsy

    Is it weird to give someone a light bulb as a present? Maybe. But this smart bulb, which you can control through Alexa or Google Assistant to change the mood and color of a room, is a really awesome party trick.

    Lumos eufy Lumos Smart Bulb By Anker, $24.99, available at Amazon

    Speaking of parties, here's another way to make any gathering just a little more memorable: a portable karaoke mic with a built-in Bluetooth speaker. It just requires the user to download any karaoke app onto their phone — and to convince others that the time is right for an impromptu performance of "Love on Top."

    The Grommet Karaoke Mike, $17.95, available at The Grommet

    Do you have a parent who still hasn't made the switch to streaming on their television? Or a friend who just got a not-so-smart TV as a present? Be their hero, but on the cheap, with a handy little Fire Stick.

    Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, $24.99, available at Amazon

    Then again, you may also have that friend or family member who can't or won't get an actual TV but still loves to watch videos on their phone. This retro TV phone magnifier will improve their viewing experience.

    Uncommon Goods Smartphone Magnifier, $30, available at Uncommon Goods

    When you live with other people, the chances of grabbing the wrong phone out of the charger are high. Solve this problem in the most adorable way possible with these little cable biters, available in an assortment of colorful critters.

    Urban Outfitters Cable Bite, $6, available at Urban Outfitters

    Using all this tech can have an impact on your health, unfortunately. Show your people you care, or at least want them to get a good night's sleep, with a pair of stylish blue-light blocking glasses.

    Quay Eyeware Women's Walk On Blue Light Round Glasses, 49.5mm, $50, available at Bloomingdale's

    For the friend who wants to stop using their phone as an alarm clock, this retro-looking alarm clock will ensure they make it to work on time.

    Lexon Flip Alarm Clock, $39.95, available at Nordstrom

    The perfect gift for that person in your life who's watched every single episode on Netflix...twice.

    Urban Outfitters Friends Logo UO Exclusive iPhone Case, $20, available at Urban Outfitters

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    We're smack dab in the middle of the season of giving, and odds are you're probably overwhelmed: Maybe you're still buying last-minute(ish) for others, itching to do something nice for yourself, catching up and celebrating with old friends at fancy dinners out, planning a big vacation for the new year, or all of the above. But, well, you're going to want to prioritize some of that precious time for this: the retail gods have granted us with one last big sale season before 2019, and it's going on right now.

    Every big retailer, from Reformation to Net-a-Porter, is slashing its prices as we say goodbye to 2018 with BOGO, site-wide discounts and more. So before you let 2018 end with serious regrets (for not shopping these deals), take a look at our guide for maneuvering through the madness of end-of-year sales.

    Kick back, relax and prepare to be amazed at all the deep discount finds you can snag before the ball drops on December 31.

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

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    H&M Mohair-Blend Sweater, $99.00 $49.00, available at H&M.
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    H&M Premium Quality Down Jacket, $44.99, available at H&MPhoto Courtesy of H&M.

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    Ganni Julliard Mohair And Wool-Blend Sweater, $450.00 $270.00, available at Net-a-Porter.
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    Calvin Klein 205West39NYC Oversized Prince of Wales Checked Wool Blazer, $960, available at Net-A-Porter

    Calvin Klein 205West39NYC Prince of Wales Checked Wool Mini Skirt, $396, available at Net-A-PorterPhoto Courtesy of Net-a-Porter.

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    Acne Studios Floral Bouclé Coat, $1550.00 $929.99, available at Need Supply.
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    Reformation Jordi Kick Flare Jean, $128.00 $90.00, available at Reformation.
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    Everlane The Day Heel, $150.00 $113.00, available at Everlane.
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    Sandy Liang Essex Dress, $750.00 $255.00, available at Shopbop.
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    The Volon Cindy Feather Velvet Bucket Bag, $940.00 $658.00, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.
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    Acne Studios Leather Lace-Up Platform Ankle Boots, $420, available at Saks Fifth AvenuePhoto Courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue.

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    Sale: 20% off site-wide
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    Eberjey Pima Goddess Thong Trio, $48.00 $38.40, available at Eberjey.
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    Who What Wear Combie Coat, $69.99 $55.99, available at Target.
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    Topshop Spot Satin Frill Dress, $98.00 $78.00, available at Topshop.
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    Listen. Our goal here is simple: to help you curate the perfect Rolodex of movies that will help you deal if or when things with your loved one fall apart. And, to help us in our quest for catharsis, we’ve consulted the very academic Kübler-Ross model of handling grief, which divides the process into five stages: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance (because, above all else, we here at Refinery29 are nothing if not academics, of course).

    There are many different types of breakup movies: the ones that are actually about breakups in the literal sense and the ones that deal with the different stages of breakups metaphorically. For instance: (500) Days of Summer. That’s about breakups. The Hours, on the other hand, is about handling grief, an emotion that occurs after any loss — especially the loss of a relationship. Because a list of breakup movies exists around every corner of the Internet, we’re digging deeper into the films that will help you cope with those separations in a far less overt but no less helpful way.

    Movies, above all else, are therapeutic. The best ones allow us to relieve, relive, or re-evaluate our most tender experiences in a way that no other art form can. Click through to see our picks for the films that will aid you in getting through every one of those five stages — and straight on to renewal.

    Here are the top films to get you back on your feet.

    Eighth Grade (2018)

    Why not relive a painful middle school past to distract you? If you got through your brace-face teenage years, you can get through this.


    Chocolat, the story of how a woman's chocolate shop shakes up a conservative French town, is the kind of escapist fare necessary for when reality is too much to bear. Watch with a box of Ghiradelli truffles next to you.

    Silver Linings Playbook(2012)

    There’s nothing sadder than watching someone refuse to accept the end of a relationship, but that’s what makes the burgeoning romance between Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence’s manic lovebirds so darn powerful. It's only once Cooper’s character learns to let go of the woman who abandoned him that he can see the woman who’s standing right in front of him.

    Photo: Courtesy of The Weinstein Company.


    Imagine the premise of The Other Woman, except, instead of the pretty and palatable Cameron/Leslie/Kate trio, you have a maniacal Roseanne Barr with an angry mole. After being treated horribly by her husband, Barr's Ruth goes after her husband's four assets — home, family, job, and freedom — taking down the campy, WASP-y Meryl Streep (who is in true comedic form), who stole her husband. Brutal, evil, and demonstrative that hell hath no fury.

    Photo: Courtesy of Orion Pictures.

    My Best Friend's Wedding(1997)

    Watching Julia Roberts play a woman who wants what she can’t have is like watching a cow go swimming. It’s not supposed to happen. But, as a lifelong careerist pining for her best friend as he plans his, duh, wedding, Roberts convinces us that falling in love with the wrong person is just as hard as it sounds.

    Photo: Courtesy of TriStar Pictures.

    An Unmarried Woman(1978)

    Another man-leaving-for-a-younger-woman tale, this snapshot of New York in the '70s doesn't just address the end of a relationship but the sexual liberation of women as well. Jill Clayburgh, who was nominated for an Academy Award for this role, goes through the same five stages of Kübler-Ross outlined here, but she emerges from the other side empowered — and sexually fulfilled.

    Photo: Courtesy of 20th Century Fox.


    "I just killed my best friend."
    "And, worst enemy..."
    "Same difference."

    Of course, we aren't advocating any sort of accidental-murder crime spree here, but Heathers is the perfect reminder that sometimes the people stuck in your life are the ones who are the most poisonous. And, nothing feels better than Winona Ryder telling the psychopathic Christian Slater that all she wants is "Cool dudes like you out of my life."

    Photo: Courtesy of New World Pictures.

    The First Wives Club(1996)

    Yes, this movie does work on the premise that, after a certain age, your husband will probably leave you for a younger woman, which kind of sucks. But, it also affirms the power of a womanly bond and what happens when determined, strong women focus on something other than men.

    Photo: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

    (500) Days of Summer(2009)

    Who else but Zooey Deschanel's crush-worthy manic pixie dream girl could take a man’s heart and totally pulverize it? In Marc Webb’s refreshing take on the rom-com, that man is Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a hopeless romantic who must suffer the pains of a disintegrating relationship, before he emerges clear-eyed on the other side.

    Photo: Courtesy of Fox Searchlight.

    Postcards from the Edge (1990)

    Adapted from Carrie Fisher's true life story about getting clean and heading back to acting, Suzanne (Meryl Streep) has to sober up in order to continue with her film career, which means confronting sleazy producers, coming to terms with her overbearing mother, and dealing with addiction. Messy Meryl is both earnest and darkly dry. The film has a wise assumption: Many of us have dysfunctional relationships with our mothers, and the sooner we realize it, the sooner we can start laughing.

    Photo: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures.

    Desperate Living(1977)

    Within the first half-hour of this grating, disgusting, absolutely filthy John Waters film, Mink Stole curses out children, kills her husband, and goes on the lam with her lesbian lover. This pic teems with an urgent sense of discomfort and proves that bad guys get what's coming to them, often up their own butts. Literally.

    Photo: Courtesy of New Line Cinema.

    Great Expectations (1998)
    Yes, in the end, Finn and Estella end up together, kind of. But Finn spends his entire life being punished by Paltrow's Estella and the Miss Havisham-styled Anne Bancroft, and he leads himself to incorrectly believe he can make himself be what she wants. In this version of Great Expectations, Finn denies that Estella is only there to break his heart, and it's true: Estella is only won when no one else wants her.

    Photo: Courtesy of 20th Century Fox.

    Chasing Amy(1997)

    Ben Affleck's Holden ends the movie by actually bargaining with his best friend and his girlfriend, offering a pretty stupid solution for all of the tension between them. And, the thing is, you can't persuade anyone — especially yourself — to accept the one you love.

    Photo: Courtesy of Buena Vista Pictures.

    Forgetting Sarah Marshall(2008)

    Yes, this is the one where Jason Segel gets naked. But, he bares a lot more than his private parts as a lovelorn sound mixer forced to get over his famous girlfriend (Kristen Bell). He kicks and screams and begs and pleads for her back, before finally realizing they were never meant to be. How does he get there? Two words: Mila Kunis.

    Photo: Courtesy of Universal Pictures.

    The Hours(2002)

    One of the things this Oscar-nominated film does so well is depict the complex, isolating nature of depression. And, not just depression, but, particularly, feminine depression. Three different women, three different time periods, and one emotion connecting them all. The film is a deft reminder that, despite any perceived evidence to the contrary, no one is really alone.

    Photo: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures.


    Sometimes, during a break-up, you just need to cry a lot, and rid your body of bad toxins and negative emotions. Watching Beaches, a melodramatic movie about a decades-long friendship, is a sure-fire way to start crying. A lot. You'll want to grab all of your friends and give them a big hug — which, coincidentally, is another good way to recover from a break-up.

    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World(2010)

    When the movie starts, 22-year-old Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) is the bassist of a garage punk band called Sex Bomb-omb, and is dating a weird high-schooler named Knives Chau (Ellen Wong). His life comes into focus when the blue-haired Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) waltzes into Toronto. But before getting Ramona, he has to literally fight off her horde of ex-boyfriends, who each come after Scott like supercharged villains. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a reminder that your exes may follow you in spirit, but they can be vanquished.

    Girls Trip(2017)

    You get by with a little help from your friends. When you're recovering from a break-up, it's best to surround yourself with your clan, like the women in this hilarious, raunchy film do. Ryan (Regina Hall), Sasha (Queen Latifah), Lisa (Jada Pinkett Smith), and Dina (Tiffany Haddish) travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, and hijinks follow.

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    Four Weddings and a Funeral(1994)

    Charles (Hugh Grant) is at the age when all of his friends are getting married. At one wedding, he meets an American woman named Carrie (Andie MacDowell), but she has to leave for the States the day after their affair. The movie follows Carrie and Charles' crises in timing, and reminds us that the path to love is long and winding. Who knows what could happen?

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    Kubo & The Two Strings (2016)

    Magical animated movies about family and folk tales are good for any time in your life. But Kubo' s emphasis on forgiveness and new beginnings will be an especially healing message during this time. In the film, young Kubo discovers that the tall tales his mother has been telling him his whole life are actually true, and now he must defeat the villains from her stories — who happen to be his own aunts and grandfather.

    John Tucker Must Die(2006)

    After three women discover they're all dating the same human trashcan, John Tucker (Jesse Metcalfe), they band together to break his heart and take him down. Watch this movie if post-breakup vitriol is coursing through your veins.

    Mamma Mia(2008)

    Aside from time, salted caramel chocolate bars, and lots of sleep, Meryl Streep singing ABBA on a Greek island is all you need for a pick-me-up.

    Hot Fuzz(2007)

    As Hot Fuzz shows, friendship's the most important ingredient in getting over anything, whether it be a move to a provincial British town, or a break-up.


    Moana's not your childhood's Disney princess. The intrepid leader of her people, Moana ventures to sea to end the curse plaguing the crops on her Pacific Island home.

    She befriends a demi-god. She learns to sail. She saves her people. And the best part? There's not a prince in sight.


    Walking and Talking(1996)

    The most essential part of a breakup cure? Good friends. In Walking and Talking, Amelia (Catherine Keener) is pettily jealous when her best friend, Laura (Anne Heche), moves out to live with her fiancé. As Amelia's life gets more complicated, she has to swallow her envy and turn to her best friend. Let '90s friendships swaddle you.

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    Lovely & Amazing(2002)

    Jane Marks (Brenda Blethyn) already has two grown daughters. When she's in her 50s, she adopts an 8-year-old Black daughter. In Lovely & Amazing, Jane and her three daughters navigate their lives, their neuroses, and each other, with doses of humor and dysfunction.

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    High Fidelity(2000)

    As record store owner Rob Gordon (John Cusack) narrates his ex-relationships with equal parts charm and self-loathing, you'll be reminded why relationships are such a drag in the first place.

    Thelma and Louise(1991)

    Let these heroines remind you who the most important relationship in your life is: your best friend.


    Before Sunrise(1995)

    The plot of this acclaimed Richard Linklater film is as simple as they come. On his way to Vienna, an American named Jesse (Ethan Hawke) becomes smitten with a Celine (Julie Delpy), a French student going home to Paris. Jesse convinces Celine to go to Vienna for a night with him, and the movie tracks their wandering and their conversation. It reminds you of the adventures just around the corner if you follow your impulses. Think of all the great conversations in your future.

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    In this acclaimed French movie, Audrey Tatou plays an imaginative and mischievous waitress who decides to interfere (and hopefully improve) other peoples' lives. Bursting with whimsy, this movie will remind you that the world is still full of magic and a new beginning's just a choice away.

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    Sliding Doors(1998)

    In one version of reality, Gwyneth Paltrow’s character makes it onto a subway car by a second. In another version of reality, she misses the train. Following her down both paths, the movie envisions how her lives go on different tracks from that split-second instance. It’ll remind you of life’s unpredictability, and how this period of pain might be paving the way for something better down the line.

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    The Reader(2008)

    Hey — at least your ex wasn't a former Nazi guard who finds herself on trial for the murder of hundreds of innocent people.

    Crazy Stupid Love (2011)

    When life throws you a lemon, toss it, and go make out with Ryan Gosling.

    To Have Or Have Not (1944)

    Channel your inner Lauren Bacall and go out on the town. You don't need anyone to tell you what to do.

    Fifty Shades Of Grey (2015)

    Take heart in the knowledge that though you may be single, you aren't dating a sociopath with a penchant for painful sex.

    Pride & Prejudice (2005)

    Any version of this Jane Austen classic will do the trick, but we suggest the 2005 adaptation starring Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennett and Matthew Macfadyen as a very broody, very sexy Mr. Darcy.

    The Graduate (1967)

    Breakups are tough. But the guy you're seeing cheating on you with your mother? That's some heavy shit.

    2 Days In Paris (2007)

    No matter how painful the breakup, it's probably better than introducing your non-French speaking American boyfriend to your sexually-liberated parents and a slew of exes.

    Sometimes, schadenfreude is the best remedy for heartbreak.


    Bridesmaids (2011)
    If spending time with your best friends is a crucial part of getting over an ex, then why not spend it with a group of fictional characters who are sure to distract you from your pain for at least two hours? Plus, if you just got out of a crappy relationship, it's helpful to see what a good one looks like. (Sup, Chris O'Dowd?)

    Photo: Moviestore Collection/REX/Shutterstock.

    Brooklyn (2015)
    Sometimes, the hardest part of a breakup is starting over. It's learning how to get up in the morning and not talk to your former partner and how to make plans that involve only yourself. As such, this can also be the most depressing part of a split. So, if you need an affirmation that you will come out the other end of this a better, more confident person, watch Eilis immigrate from Ireland to 1950s New York.

    Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures/Photofest.

    Celeste & Jesse Forever (2002)
    They say you should marry your best friend. But what if you marry that person only to realize that you're better off as, well, best friends? This movie explores that heartbreaking grey area between a friendship and a relationship. Watch it. Cry a lot. Feel better about your breakup.

    Photo: Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock.


    Watching Jack Nicholson’s bandaged gumshoe roam through Roman Polanski’s bleak depiction of postwar Los Angeles is just as depressing as it sounds. This classic neo-noir — in which the rich get richer, the disenfranchised drown, and corruption is rampant — is a staunch reminder that the world we live in is a scary, scary place.

    Photo: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind(2004)

    Have you ever wished you’d never met the person who broke your heart? In Charlie Kaufman’s oddball romance, Joel Barrish (Jim Carrey) has that wish granted via a mysterious procedure in which the memories of his ex-girlfriend (Kate Winslet) are erased. It’s only then that he realizes the love they shared was worth the loss, but simultaneously, we are destined to repeat our same mistakes — no matter how good our intentions may be. Sometimes, love is just not enough.

    Photo: Snap Stills/REX/Shutterstock.

    Blue Valentine(2010)

    Derek Cianfrance's autopsy of a relationship-gone-bad is a staunch reminder that all things fall apart. Please forgive us for our doom-and-gloom perspective, but after watching Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams trade gut-punch after gut-punch as a couple caught in a downward spiral, we're sure you'll agree. Relationships. Are. Hard.

    Photo: Snap Stills/REX/Shutterstock.

    Breaking the Waves (1996)

    We don't normally turn to chronic pessimist Lars von Trier for tales of redemption, but in this mesmerizing tearjerker, he puts Emily Watson's fragile, young Bess through an emotional firestorm before bringing her back via a spiritual epiphany that will stay with you for days, months, and years.

    Photo: Courtesy Artisan Entertainment .

    Legally Blonde(2001)

    There is one major takeaway from Legally Blonde: The best revenge is busting your ass to challenge yourself, meeting your goals, exploring new ventures, and not changing who you are in the process. So, you know, do that.

    Photo: Courtesy of Metro Goldwyn-Meyer.

    War of the Roses(1989)

    No, this isn't about pre-Tudor England, but about a couple with a seemingly perfect marriage that begins to fall apart. Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner bitterly turn on one another and harness their possessions, pets, and, um, chandeliers to destroy the other. Spoiler alert: It works, and it is darkly, morbidly hilarious.

    Photo: Courtesy of 20th Century Fox.

    How Stella Got Her Groove Back(1998)

    Terry McMillan's life-affirming tale of a middle-aged divorcée (Angela Bassett) who (what else?) gets her groove back is the kind of movie that will convince you that sometimes the grass really is greener on the other side. Especially when the other side is made up of a wise-cracking Whoopi Goldberg, the sun-drenched island of Jamaica, and Taye Diggs with his shirt off.

    Photo: 20th Century Fox.

    To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar(1995)

    While this movie has no real romance (Chi-Chi's fling hardly counts), the lesson is powerful: You are who you are, and grace, class, and a sense of goodness are the best ways to be fabulous. That, and a "Say Anything Hat Day."

    Photo: Courtesy of Universal Pictures.


    The opening montage of Pixar's modern classic is admittedly one of the most devastating sequences ever put on film. But, after our curmudgeonly widower develops an unlikely friendship with a pudgy Boy Scout, our faith in humanity is restored.

    Photo: Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios.

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone(2001)

    Thematically, this is a story about beginnings. Just think about what a magical journey Harry (and film fans) have ahead of them. Let's all take the opportunity to start again.

    Photo: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

    Chasing Amy(1997)

    Ben Affleck's Holden ends the movie by actually bargaining with his best friend and his girlfriend, offering a pretty stupid solution for all of the tension between them. And, the thing is, you can't persuade anyone — especially yourself — to accept the one you love.

    Photo: Moviestore Collection/REX/Shutterstock.


    This poignant tale of redemption features Keri Russell as a stuck-in-neutral baker who finds new life in the form of a handsome doctor (Nathan Fillion) and a bun in the oven. No, not the kind that's cream-filled, but the kind that takes nine months to be done.

    Photo: Courtesy of Fox Searchlight.

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

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

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

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

    Ariana Grande "Thank U, Next"

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

    King Princess "1950"

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

    Ashley Monroe "Hands on You"

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

    Troye Sivan "Bloom"

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

    I'm With Her "Game to Lose"

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

    Ella Mai "Trip"

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

    Nicki Minaj feat. Ariana Grande "Bed"

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

    Kendrick Lamar & SZA "All the Stars"

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

    Soccer Mommy "Your Dog"

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

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

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

    Courtney Barnett "Nameless, Faceless"

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

    Hozier "Movement"

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

    Shawn Mendes "Lost in Japan"

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

    Mariah Carey "A No No"

    Did you hear the lady? She said no.

    Childish Gambino "This Is America"

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

    Leon Bridges "Beyond"

    Sway with us as you enjoy this jam.

    Juice WRLD "Lucid Dreams"

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

    Khalid & Normani "Love Lies"

    Heartbreak? It's all over this gorgeous duet.

    Migos "Stir Fry"

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

    Billie Eilish feat. Khalid "lovely"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    When Her Skin Is More Temperamental Than Mother Nature

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

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

    For The Friend Who Still Calls Marilyn Monroe Her Idol

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

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

    When Your Makeup Artist Pal Just Went Freelance

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

    Beautyblender Sweet Indulgence Set, $65, available at Sephora

    For The Friend Who Loves Glossier, But Has An Edge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Voluspa Japonica Archive set, $75, available at Sephora

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

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

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

    When You Welcome Her To The Adult Acne Club

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    The pro: Betina R. Goldstein, editorial nail artist

    The polish: Essie Berry Naughty

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

    Essie Nail Polish, $7.69, available at Target

    The polish: Oribe Bloodstone

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

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

    The polish: Chanel Rouge Essentiel

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

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

    The pro:Gina Edwards, celebrity manicurist

    The polish: Essie Fifth Avenue

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

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

    Essie Nail Polish, $9, available at Essie

    The polish: NCLA Rush Hour

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

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

    The polish: Base Coat Scorpio

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

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

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

    The polish: OPI Black to Reality

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

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

    The polish: Deborah Lippmann Bettina's Song

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

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

    The polish: Essie Rock the Runway

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

    Essie Nail Polish, $11.5, available at Essie

    The polish: Chanel Rouge Puissant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Nia Sanchez, Miss USA 2014

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


    Lisa Drouillard, Miss Haiti Universe 2015

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


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

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


    Mariana García, Miss Guatemala Universe 2018

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


    Jackie Croft, Miss Vermont USA 2015

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


    Deshauna Barber, Miss USA 2016

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


    Thatiana Diaz, Miss New York USA 2015

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

    BeautyBio Bright Eyes Set, $25, available at Nordstrom

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    A Christmas Prince, 2017

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

    Streaming on Netflix.

    Four Christmases, 2008

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

    Streaming on HBO.

    Bad Santa, 2003

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

    Streaming on Netflix.

    White Christmas, 1954

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

    Streaming on Netflix.

    The Holiday Calendar, 2018

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

    Streaming on Netflix.

    It's A Wonderful Life, 1946

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

    Streaming on Amazon Prime.

    Scrooged, 1988

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

    Streaming on Starz.

    The Man Who Invented Christmas, 2017

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

    Streaming on Amazon Prime.

    Home Alone, 1990

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

    Streaming on Starz.

    George Balanchine's The Nutcracker, 1993

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

    Stream on Netflix.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Miro CleanPot Humidifier, $139, available at The Grommet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

    Glossier Lidstar, $30, available at Glossier


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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