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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 going on book tour for our new book, Money Diaries: Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Your Finances... and Everyone Else's. Next stop: Chicago on Wednesday, October 24. More details here!

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    Today: a scientist working in microbiology who makes $91,600 per year and spends some of her money this week on face masks.

    Occupation: Scientist
    Industry: Microbiology
    Age: 30
    Location: Zürich, Switzerland
    Salary: $91,600
    Paycheck Amount (Monthly): $6,496

    Monthly Expenses
    Rent: $2,436 (My boyfriend and I each pay half of this.)
    Student Loan Payment: $150
    Health Insurance: $300.30
    Cell Phone: $34
    Retirement: $294 (My employer contributes double this amount, so roughly $900 per month goes to my retirement.)
    Public Transportation: $74
    Internet: $50 (Split with my boyfriend. We each contribute $2,400 to a joint account for shared expenses like this one.)
    Maid: $170 (split with my boyfriend)
    Savings: Whatever is leftover at the end of the month

    Annual Expenses
    Gym: $220

    Day One

    6 a.m. — I hit snooze, rub noses with the cat on my pillow for 9 minutes, and then tiptoe out of bed so as not to wake my boyfriend. Feed the cat, start the moka pot, do my skincare routine, and water the plants. Today is the day I turn 30. I sip coffee and scroll through Instagram to see what my friends from back home have been up to. My boyfriend gets up and I start blending fruit into a smoothie for breakfast. I try on a few outfits, find the right one, do my makeup, pack my lunch and laptop, and by 8, I'm out the door walking downhill toward the tram stop. I live approximately three miles from the lab, but it takes roughly 50 minutes to get to work. I use this time to go over my agenda and emails. There's a tiny grocery store at one of my stops, so I pop in to grab a pot of yogurt and some grapes to eat this afternoon. $7.40

    8:45 a.m. — I drop my things at my desk and head straight to the lab. I started mentoring a master's student last week, and I have a few things to prepare for her. She's new but enthusiastic, so I'm pleased to work with her. The agenda for this week is to build her confidence in her abilities so she can trust her results later down the line.

    11:40 a.m. — Scheduled lunchtime with my lab group. That stereotype about the Swiss and punctuality is right. But I need to finish something in the lab, so I skip lunch today. Later, I have chicken wings with Grippo's seasoning and potatoes, lovingly made by my boyfriend a few nights ago when I was feeling a bit homesick. A grad school friend of mine once insisted she didn't miss her family so much as the flavors of home. I can relate.

    12:20 p.m. — Lunch is finished, and it's back to work. I just received the proofs of an article I authored from the publisher, so I review them. There are some missing objects from the images and instances of wrong text formatting. I send back my revisions to the editor, hoping that these won't take so long.

    1:30 p.m. — The new master's student and a bachelor's student I've been mentoring for about a year arrive. The bachelor's student is self-sufficient, so she gets to work analyzing data from her experiments. The master's student and I head to the lab. I teach her some techniques she'll be using over the next six months. She executes them well, albeit tentatively.

    6:20 p.m. — Leave work to meet my boyfriend at the main train station. I'm craving a cold Coke, so I pick one up on my way. He ends up taking me to a Southern-style BBQ place. *Swoon* And it's actually delicious! We both are floored and filled to the brim with food. He foots the bill, and then we walk home. $1.60

    Daily Total: $9

    Day Two

    6 a.m. — Same morning routine, except after coffee I head to the gym. I do the elliptical and stair machine for 30 minutes combined, and then go back to my apartment to do some Blogilates abs videos. Breakfast, shower, get ready, and then I'm out the door by 9:30 a.m. I pick up a coffee at a transfer station. $3.90

    10:15 a.m. — At my lab bench, I analyze the results from my experiments yesterday. Then I meet with the master's student to go over more practical details.

    12:40 p.m. — I miss lunch with my colleagues again, so I gather things from the salad bar in the cafeteria. $15.40

    1 p.m. — Master's student and I have an appointment at a nearby campus to be given a tutorial on a new instrument. We catch the tram to get there just in time, receive the training, and part ways. I'm finished with lab work for the day, so I head home to do some data analysis.

    8 p.m. — Some friends, my boyfriend, and I go to see Brian Jonestown Massacre downtown. My boyfriend and I bought the tickets weeks ago, so our friends cover our beers. The opening group (LeVent) is a kickass band fronted by a six-string bass-slapping, German Gwyneth Paltrow-lookalike, so I buy their album. We groove for the rest of the night. $30

    Daily Total: $49.30

    Day Three

    7:30 a.m. — Sleep in, and then it's the same old. On my way to the lab I pick up a cake for my belated birthday. I got shit from my colleagues yesterday for not doing so, so I do it today. A carrot one from a nearby bakery, along with a coffee to go. $24.90

    3 p.m. — I've been juggling training the master's student and my own experiments, and don't get a chance to eat until now. The cafeteria is closed, so I go to a nearby convenience store to get some salami, cheese, bread, and nuts. I scarf everything down while answering emails, and then go back to the bench. $17.90

    6:30 p.m. — Leaving work, I'm beat. I feel productive after multitasking, but frazzled and concerned that I missed something. My boyfriend said he would pick up groceries on his way home from work, so I ride the tram fantasizing about PJs and cuddles. When I get home, I get my yoga on to quell my nerves. Then I move on to my second therapeutic practice: cooking. I prep a smoked herring salad served in lettuce cups and then round out dinner with a couple pieces of dark chocolate. I take a shower, respond to emails, and go to bed.

    Daily Total: $42.80

    Day Four

    6 a.m. — Gotta get going because I have a few ends to tie up before my lab meeting at 9. I boogie out the door with a thermos of strong black tea and pick up a salad and grapes to accompany the pasta lunch I packed for today. $10.90

    7:45 a.m. — I check my results. The experiment failed miserably (don't worry, my controls behaved as expected!), but I'm relieved. This just freed up my entire day, and I won't have to come in this weekend!

    9 a.m. — Lab meeting. It's a long one, so we go directly to lunch after the meeting.

    12:20 p.m. — My schedule is substantially cleared for the day, so I can work on back burner tasks: image analysis from some microscopy experiments and editing a colleague's professor application.

    4 p.m. — I leave work, go check on a friend's cat while she's out of town, pick up some almond milk, and head home. My boyfriend played hooky today to walk up a mountain, and he shows me the mushrooms and other plants he collected. We go through our field manual to see if the shrooms are edible. Too hard to say. We dry them to put them in our Swiss botanical specimen collection. He also picked up some farmer's cheese from up there, so we try that out, too. $13.20

    9 p.m. — We go to a nearby pizzeria for dinner. It's a cozy neighborhood spot and full of Italians. Afterwards, we walk toward home and then begin to hear the faint sound of an accordion. We follow it and find a mini Balkan street concert. We stick around, are offered some complimentary wine, and hang for a while until it gets too cold. $73

    Daily Total: $97.10

    Day Five

    7:30 a.m. — Get to sleep in! I try to make a pumpkin spice latte but fail, likely due to the almond milk. (Does it normally coagulate when heated? Help me out!) I finish up some edits on my colleague's application and start some analyses that can run while I'm out and about.

    10 a.m. — We go to do some major grocery shopping, and on our way, we come across stuff that someone left on the sidewalk that they clearly no longer want. We score two copper mugs! At the farmer's market, we grab some beans, apples, late season zucchini, and grapes. Then we go to the supermarket to pick up pasta, meat, milk, and nonseasonal produce. $117

    12:30 p.m. — Check on the processes I started earlier while my boyfriend starts lunch — pasta with pesto. I harvested our basil last weekend and made a big batch of pesto. We're nervous it won't keep so long, so we want to finish it before it rots.

    3 p.m. — I got some stuff to make kimchi this morning, but I don't have enough chili flakes. I go to the Korean market to get a boatload, along with some sesame oil, miso, and green tea to keep in case of emergency. $51

    3:45 p.m. — Apparently a Sephora pop-up shop popped up in a department store here. We don't have Sephora here, and I miss it, so I go in to check out what's good. It's a hive of women scoping out cosmetics. Woah, the Fenty counter is wrecked. I quickly grab a few Tony Moly face masks and small hydration mask. (Winter is coming!) $49

    5 p.m. — I whip up the kimchi and leave it to ferment on my counter. I start prepping dinner — mung bean smoked sausage soup. While that's going, I roast a butternut squash and some chestnuts to have during the week. We eat the soup after it simmers for a few hours. It's perfect for these first chilly days of autumn.

    Daily Total: $217

    Day Six

    8:30 a.m. — Rise and shine. Sundays are pretty chill here in Zürich — nothing is open, save for a few shops at the main train station. We have cookies with coffee and prep the balcony plants for the upcoming cold season.

    10:30 a.m. — I'm reminded that I'm meeting with a visiting professor tomorrow morning. I take a look at his research so I can have relevant topics of discussion to bring up with him. I also prep a few pieces of my data to show him, just in case the conversation goes in that direction. Perhaps the best piece of advice from my current mentor is that every interaction is a job interview — you never know who can help you land the next gig. I'll be on the hunt for a professorship in a year or two from now, so I'm gonna try to do this “free” self-promotion while I can.

    12:30 p.m. — My boyfriend prepares a mini-Oktoberfest lunch as I prep for a separate work-in-progress meeting I have with a collaborator tomorrow afternoon. We eat some weisswurst and pretzels we got yesterday and split a beer as we watch a Japanology video on YouTube.

    3:30 p.m. — I go to the gym and find a spin class on YouTube to follow. I'm wrecked afterwards, and walk home at a snail's pace. I drink some Gatorade and then head out to visit my friend's cat.

    7 p.m. — My boyfriend stewed the late-season zucchini all afternoon, so we eat it for dinner along with the squash I roasted last night and a leek salad. We chat and more concretely plan our upcoming long weekend in Brussels.

    9:30 p.m. — I send out some work emails since I won't be in my office or the lab barely at all tomorrow.

    Daily Total: $0

    Day Seven

    6 a.m. — I do my morning routine, go to the gym, and shower. Then I pack my lunch and review my talking points for later.

    12 p.m. — The chat with the professor is productive, even fun. He provides some interesting insight and new leads, and even more promising is his enthusiasm for my findings.

    1:15 p.m. — Rush to my research meeting and arrive a few minutes late. I get helpful ideas from my collaborators and will implement them during my microscopy experiments this week.

    3:30 p.m. — Head to the campus where my lab is. I have a few things to set up for my experiments tomorrow.

    4:30 p.m. — Eat the bean soup I packed for lunch. I haven't been so hungry today — must be all the adrenaline. Then I go set up my samples for tomorrow.

    6 p.m. — I leave the lab and head home. I feel like a boss after killing everything today! I savor this infrequent feeling and channel it toward the next big steps for my research. This is the best time to think about risky ideas, store them in my head, and revisit them for validity when I'm perhaps feeling less confident. When I get home, my boyfriend is out for a run, so I prepare a salad for us for dinner. We recount our days, play with the cat, and pack lunch for tomorrow.

    Daily Total: $0

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    Who knew that such a simple phone accessory could become something we couldn't live without? We can't imagine our post-workout stretch without propping up our phone with our PopSocket to watch YouTube videos. Those precarious group selfies have become infinitely easier to take without the risk of our phones taking a tragic (and expensive) tumble. The bigger our phones have gotten, the more we appreciate having a little extra grip on the device that's basically become an extra appendage at this point.

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    PopSockets Ghost Marble, $10, available at PopSockets

    We may have been sorted into different houses, but all Harry Potter fans can agree that a Deathly Hallows PopSocket is pretty cool.



    PopSockets Deathly Hallows, $15, available at PopSockets

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    PopSockets Avocados Pink, $10, available at PopSockets

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    This floral print is both classic and cute.



    PopSockets Vintage Perfume, $10, available at PopSockets

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    PopSockets Twist Spiral Galaxy, $10, available at PopSockets

    Barb from Stranger Things deserved better, but at least she has her own PopSocket.



    PopSockets Stranger Things Collaboration, $15, available at PopSockets

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    PopSockets Flamingo Love, $10, available at PopSockets

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    PopSockets Pineapple Pattern, $10, available at PopSockets

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    According to EarthSky, the Orionid meteor shower should be visible both Friday and Saturday nights, but the best views will be on Sunday morning after the moon has set and before the sun rises.

    "The Orionid meteors are debris left behind by Comet Halley, arguably the most famous of all comets," according to EarthSky. "This comet leaves debris in its wake that strikes Earth’s atmosphere most fully around Oct. 20-22, while Earth intersects the comet’s orbit, as it does every year at this time."

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    Think back to middle school when, year after year, person after person would tell us that we’d grow out of our acne. We get it: The adults in our lives wanted to be encouraging. They threw out a glimmer of hope — an “it gets better” kind of thing that has us bamboozled all these years later. Because after countless cycles of hormonal acne, we’re here to say that it does not, in fact, always get better: A 2011 study showed that nearly half of women aged 20-29 has clinical acne.

    One of the most notorious types? The cystic variety, which can be brought on by monthly hormonal cycles — and can be way more intense to deal with than your average pimple.

    “Cysts are like balloons under the skin that are filled with oil, but have no place to go. As your oil glands make more oil, cysts become enlarged, the wall cracks, and inflammation develops,” explains Joshua Zeichner, MD, a New York-based dermatologist and Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital. Unlike more surface-based pimples, he explains, cystic zits can’t be picked: “They have no connection to the surface of the skin so any attempt to pick them will cause more harm than good.”

    Extractions are also out when it comes to cystic zits. S. Manjula Jegasothy, MD, a Miami-based dermatologist with a celebrity-heavy clientele, notes that these suckers can start deep in the skin, one or two millimeters beneath its surface. “They’re extremely difficult, if not impossible, to extract or ‘pop,’ even by a skin-care specialist or dermatologist,” she says. In short, these zits are deep-rooted and tough to fight, which is why our pros suggest booking an appointment with a derm as a first line of defense.

    And though Accutane has proven controversial for some, Marina Peredo, MD, a New York-based dermatologist and associate clinical professor of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital, also likes the medication to treat cystic acne. “For most patients, it's a cure and will prevent deep scar formation if started early in a course of a disease,” she says, noting that a proactive approach is key. “It is very important to start Accutane as soon as possible with severe cystic acne because prolonging the start of the treatment can cause deep scars, which are very hard to treat even with the most aggressive laser treatments later.”

    Bottom line? If you want to get serious about cystic acne treatment, there’s no getting around time-consuming derm visits and prescribed meds. But here’s the upshot: We can take action from our own bathrooms to help minimize cystic acne from forming and help control those mighty bumps in between doctor’s visits.

    Ahead, get pro advice on how best to tackle deep-rooted acne at home.

    Benzoyl peroxide can help shrink cysts, Dr. Peredo notes. A whopping 4.5% benzoyl peroxide is used in this face wash, a concentration that might normally be too harsh for sensitive skin. However, the ingredient is micro-encapsulated, which controls its release (reducing the risk of irritation) while allowing for better penetration.



    Glytone Acne BPO Clearing Cleanser (6.7 oz.), $38, available at DermStore

    Dr. Jegasothy likes probiotic cleansers for acneic patients, as they help keep the skin’s good bacteria balanced. This foaming formula uses the bifida ferment lysate strain — along with lactic acid, turmeric root, and antioxidant-rich blueberries — to refresh and rebalance skin without stripping.



    Tula Purifying Cleanser, $28, available at Tula

    Dr. Peredo notes that salicylic or glycolic acid peels can help keep breakouts in check. This gel-based peel not only contains skin-clearing glycolic acid and charcoal, it gently gathers gunk and dead skin cells into clumps as you exfoliate and leaves skin super soft.



    Boscia Charcoal Exfoliating Peel Gel, $34, available at Ulta Beauty

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    Medik 8 Blemish SOS, $19, available at Medik8

    Hundreds of Amazon reviewers say this is the one product that actually cleared their acne after years of trying everything. With its main active ingredient being 2% salicylic acid, this treatment unclogs pores and clears away dead skin cells to allow the skin to deeply absorb acne-fighting serums.



    Obagi Pore Therapy Salicylic Acid 2% Acne Treatment, $37.04, available at Amazon

    This cream has a mixture of 5.5% benzoyl peroxide and LHA, a derivative of salicylic acid, to fight acne and exfoliate.



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    Mallory Hagan, the Democratic nominee for Congress in Alabama's 3rd District, stood on the historic Macon County Courthouse steps in Tuskegee on Thursday and announced that she had made a troubling finding: Over 55,000 voters were either disqualified or labeled "inactive" since February 2017 in her district. Statewide, the number could be in the hundreds of thousands.

    Backed by a legal team, Hagan explained that her campaign discovered this information from a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request made to the Alabama Secretary of State, John Merrill, who has before stated that he thinks voting should be a privilege. We reached out to Merrill 's office and will update this story when we hear back.

    "Today, I tell our voters that we must be on high alert," said Hagan, a Democrat and former Miss America. "According to our most recent findings, more than one in 10 voters here in East Alabama have been removed from the active voter rolls. These voters are either entirely disqualified or have been marked 'inactive.' … We have reason to believe this number is much higher." She provided detailed statistics for each county in a document; according to it, 16,752 voters have been disqualified and 41,676 marked inactive.

    To the voters of East Alabama, I say this: We have your back.

    In response, Hagan announced that she's formed a Voter Protection Committee consisting of lawyers working pro-bono throughout the district to monitor and address voter suppression issues, as well as a voter hotline to call where "no question is too stupid." The hotline number is 334-521-5258, and it's available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Election Day. People can also check their voting information on the Secretary of State's website, myinfo.alabamavotes.gov. The last day to register to vote in Alabama is October 22.

    "To the voters of East Alabama, I say this: We have your back," said Hagan. "If you fear your voice will be lost in the system, if you don’t trust that a government that has failed you could ever be fixed, know that change will not happen until we step up, even when the going gets hard. We cannot allow complications to derail the very elections which are the foundation of democracy. Check your registration status today, find your polling place, and get your ID ready."

    Hagan is running against Mike Rogers, an NRA-endorsed Republican, in a historically red district that has elected Rogers over various Democratic opponents eight times. The vast majority of counties in the 3rd District voted for Trump in 2016. WSFA News reported that Rogers declined to comment on Hagan's statements about voter purging.

    Secretary of State Merrill, a Republican, told AL.com that inactive voters have to update their registration information before voting on Election Day. He said they were placed on inactive status after they were mailed a registration card that was returned as undeliverable, and then failed to respond to a second postcard requesting an address update.

    "They've just been placed on the inactive list, which means before they can vote they have to fill out the updated form," Merrill said.

    Merrill has said he opposes automatic voter registration through agencies like the DMV, which is largely favored by Democrats, because it "cheapen[s] the work" of civil rights heroes, in a 2016 interview with progressive voting rights initiative Answering the Call, as reported by Slate. (For the record, Rep. John Lewis, whom Merrill cited, enthusiastically supports the initiative.)

    "To me, that's no different than giving them a trophy because they’ve played on the ball team," Merrill said. "If you’re too sorry or lazy to get up off of your rear and to go register to vote, or to register electronically, and then to go vote, then you don't deserve that privilege. As long as I’m Secretary of State of Alabama, you're going to have to show some initiative to become a registered voter in this state."

    Efforts to make it harder to vote are nothing new in Alabama. Since key parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 were struck down in 2013, the state has enacted various policies that construct obstacles to voting, according to a New York Times report. Similar scenarios are playing out all over the country — from Georgia, where gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is leading the charge against voter suppression, to North Dakota — in the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections, with voters of color disproportionately affected.

    Sarah Baker, president and executive director of We The Action, a nonpartisan organization connecting volunteer attorneys with nonprofits, said that marking voters inactive creates unnecessary obstacles for them.

    "This has a double impact of both putting voters on inactive status, which can make it more difficult to vote, and also causing people not to trust the election system and worry their vote doesn't count," Baker told Refinery29. "That can scare people into not even trying. It discourages civic engagement, which is a shame."

    Baker praised the lawyers working throughout Alabama to help citizens have their voices be heard, and encouraged other attorneys to join the effort. "In this time of voter purges, foreign meddling, voter suppression, and disenfranchisement, lawyers can help ensure that the vote is equally accessible to all," she said. "Lawyers should use their energy and skills to help voters right now."

    "Our legal team won't rest until everyone who wishes to is allowed to vote," attorney Fred Gray Jr., co-chair of Hagan's Voter Protection Committee, told the crowd in Tuskegee. "If it takes filing a lawsuit, that's what we'll do."

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    These days, it's hard not to keep up with the Kardashians. They're everywhere. In fact, they've been so omnipresent in the public eye for such a long time now that it's hard to remember why they're a famous family in the first place.

    Origin story alert: The Kardashian Klan didn't just one day rise up out of obscurity and take over your newsfeed. Nor did they emerge from Paris Hilton's closet, groomed to be her successors to the plastic L.A. throne. Their domination was a process, one that literally began decades ago, before reality television really started its meteoric rise. And the person who got the ball rolling isn't actually the one we typically associate with Kardashian stardom.

    We're talking about Robert: father of Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, and Rob, ex-husband of Kris, and former lawyer and friend of a certain football star who was the defendant in the "trial of the century": O.J. Simpson. With Ryan Murphy's star-studded retelling of the Simpson case, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, airing tonight on FX, many of us will be learning how the Kardashian name catapulted from obscurity onto prime-time TV. Recognizing the Kardashian patriarch's role is the key to understanding how the family was primed for limelight in the first place.

    So, let's start at the very beginning — a very good place to start — and take a look at the family's not-so-humble beginnings, to better understand how they became America's so-called other first family.

    To understand where the Kardashians came from, we must circle back to the original patriarch: Robert Kardashian (played by David Schwimmer in the FX show).

    Robert was born in Los Angeles, where he eventually attended USC before heading to law school at UC San Diego. Robert married Kris Jenner (née Houghton) in 1978; during the following decade, the couple would have four children — Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, and Robert.

    Robert Kardashian also met and became friends with O.J. Simpson during those years. The Kardashians were friendly with the football star and his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson. Robert and Kris divorced in 1991 — several years before Brown Simpson was murdered and the iconic trial began.

    Photo: Getty/Ron Galella.

    Let's be clear here: America at large did not know Robert Kardashian's name prior to People of the State of California v. Orenthal James Simpson. Let's just pause for a moment and truly take in that fact: The Kardashians were once not a thing. Mind-blowing, right?

    But though Robert was a key figure on Simpson's defense team, his newfound notoriety didn't catapult him or his family to sudden fame. (For anyone intending to tune into FX's The People v. O.J. Simpson to get a greater sense of the Kardashians' rise to fame, you're going to be disappointed. Sorry, guys.) Robert was, however, quite wealthy — a member of the exclusive 1% club, a fact that gave his children a certain leg up in the world.

    Robert died of esophageal cancer, at age 59, in September of 2003. By then, Kris had long since remarried, and the kids were in their late teens and early 20s.

    Photo: Vince Bucci.

    And of course, we know who Kris remarried: Bruce Jenner, former Olympian and Wheaties box star, who we now know as Caitlyn.

    Kris reportedly received ample support from Robert, but Bruce brought his own wealth to the marriage. Kris and Bruce had two children of their own, Kendall (born November 3, 1995) and Kylie (born August 10, 1997).

    Photo: Getty/Maureen Donaldson.

    (They also had these matching bowl haircuts. While this is not a relevant part of the Kardashian rise, it is an fun thing to remember.)

    Photo: Getty/Donaldson Collection.

    Together, they took family photos like this one.

    Photo: Getty/Donaldson Collection.

    And later, during their biker gang days, this one.

    It was only up — and out of obscurity — from there, though.

    Photo: Getty/Donaldson Collection.

    Even as far back as her eighth grade graduation, a young Kim knew she was destined for something grand. In this video, she reveals her dreams of future stardom.

    "Does everyone get a tape of this?" she asks the camera. "I hope you do, so you can see me when I'm famous and remember me as this beautiful little girl!"

    She also refers to herself as "the dopest of the ropest of the class" — we wonder what Kanye thinks about that line today?

    The reality television bids began almost a decade after that fateful graduation video was filmed.

    In 2003, Kim Kardashian was buddied up to socialite and nascent TV star Paris Hilton. (The two were reportedly childhood friends, according to Hilton's version of events).

    Kim appeared alongside Hilton in the The Simple Life, albeit in off-to-the-side moments. It's tough to believe, but Kim was actually Paris' assistant at one point, while also hawking her skills as a closet organizer. (Contrary to popular belief, though, Paris never snapped at Kim to re-do her closet on-air. But their feud was pretty legendary.)

    Don't worry Kim — your 15 minutes (and many years) of fame will arrive soon!

    Photo: Getty/Gregg DeGuire.

    They eventually squashed the feud and Paris not only appeared in the Yeezy season 6 campaign, but she's also a regular at Kris' Christmas Eve parties.

    Skipping ahead a little bit, Kourtney, Khloé, and Kim — who had helped their mom with retail ventures in the past — launched their own store, DASH, in 2006.

    (Kourtney, by the way, is the only one to have gone to college in the intervening years between youth and actual adulthood. She graduated from the University of Arizona, with a degree in theater and a minor in Spanish.)

    While the store didn't necessarily make the trio wealthier, it did continue to help raise their profiles.

    Photo: Getty/Chris Polk.

    Behind the scenes, Kris was hard at work getting her family on television. In 2007, she pitched a reality show about her brood to Ryan Seacrest — and he accepted. Keeping Up With the Kardashians first aired on October 14, 2007.

    Photo: E!/Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

    Kim made another kind of debut that same year: her sex tape with Ray J. No one could stop talking about that thing — it was a huge deal, and suddenly the name Kim Kardashian was popping up all over the place.

    Also, this happened. In August of 2008: Kim joined the cast of Dancing With the Stars.

    Photo: Getty/Craig Sjodin.

    Just so we're all on the same page, though, it was not Kim's rumba skills that made her a reality star. (She was eliminated about a month in.)

    While KUWTK continued to get renewed, three seasons in, Kris wondered if things had gotten a little stale — that is, until Kourtney got pregnant.

    Kris revealed that it was this shift in story line that she thinks helped cement interest in the family — and maybe even saved the show.
    "They just keep making more babies, and there's always another story," she explained.

    The family also teased Kourtney's pregnancy before the new season aired — but made it clear that interested parties would have to tune into the program to find out who the father was. (Kris, you marketing genius, you.) Later, the births of Kourtney's kiddos — followed by Kim's pregnancies and the births of North and Saint West — would continue to galvanize fan interest and eyeballs.

    Photo: Getty/Alo Ceballos.

    Also, this happened. Cue: fame explosion.

    Photo: Getty/Anthony Harvey.

    "I started to look at our careers like pieces on a chessboard,” Kris revealed in her memoir, back in 2011. “Every day, I woke up and walked into my office and asked myself, ‘What move do you need to make today?’ It was very calculated. My business decisions and strategies were very intentional, definite and planned to the nth degree."

    Well... Her moves worked. Last year, Cosmopolitan magazine named the Kardashians America's "first family." The ladies have launched their own successful personal websites (complete with paywalls that people actually pay for). Their social media followings tally in the millions. Keeping Up With the Kardashians is now in its 11th season — and it doesn't seem like they're slowing down in the slightest.

    Photo: Getty/Frazer Harrison.

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    If you needed proof that #Blackgirlmagic is booming, just look at Letitia Wright. Aside from starring as Princess Shuri in Marvel's Black Panther (the modern, badass Black princess we desperately needed on the big screen), the 24-year-old actress's career has skyrocketed since her break-out role. She’s been named one of Hollywood’s rising stars by Teen Vogue and, reportedly, just landed a starring gig in the upcoming Guava Island picture alongside Rihanna and Donald Glover. And now, she can add beauty ambassador to her flourishing list of credentials.

    BareMinerals recently tapped Wright to be the face of its new Power of Good campaign, a program focused on clean beauty products, and it's the first major beauty deal for the star. But despite her glamorous new role, Wright's relationship with makeup hasn't always been that glittering. "I didn't always like makeup," she tells Refinery29. " I never liked the idea of sitting through a tutorial or in a chair for full-on makeup each day."

    In a social media-driven world where kids are susceptible to the pressure of wearing makeup and changing their appearance, Wright's childhood experience was different. Growing up, the Guyanese-born actress didn't feel the need to wear makeup before she was ready, especially not in her household. "Wearing makeup wasn't an expectation for me growing up," she says. "The most my family did was try to get me out of being a tomboy. I never liked dresses. And now I'm wearing them, everyone [in my family] is like, 'Oh, you like dresses!' But with makeup there was no pressure."

    Her family put more emphasis on natural beauty. "Most of the time the women in my family had a natural glow and embraced the Guyanese sun," she says. "That approach empowered me to feel good in my own skin and taught me to not depend on makeup as an adult."

    Photo: Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images.

    Even though there was no pressure from her family to enhance her appearance, Wright admits that, like most teens, she felt influenced by her peers. "It was easy to feel like I wasn't good enough, or like I had to live up to what everyone else was doing if I wasn't wearing makeup and rushing to look a certain way at a young age. But I am happy I didn't do what everyone else did," she tells us.

    As she's gotten older, her beauty routine has blossomed with her career. "Makeup didn't really start growing on me until about two years ago," she says. She credits watching her sister get ready with BareMinerals as her reason for falling in love with the brand. "Her skin always looked really rich and glowed up, and I ended up stealing her makeup to achieve a similar look."

    Wright's "glowed up" beauty routine doesn't start with makeup, though. Her first priority is keeping her skin clear, and she relies on a fairly clean regimen to maintain a blemish-free complexion. She uses Kiehl's products to cleanse and exfoliate, then follows up with moringa oil and cocoa butter to stay moisturized. "After my skin care, I use BareMinerals Original Loose Powder Foundation SPF 15. I'm shade Neutral Deep 29. I add some mascara, and I'm out of the door. I like to keep things really natural and simple."

    While the actress keeps her makeup low-key, she is open to trying more daring looks like the ones you see her famous friend Lupita N'yongo wearing. "Lupita is definitely the makeup plug. If I had to swap makeup bags with anyone, it would definitely be her," she says. Wright relies on her big sister figures in Hollywood, like N'yong'o and Naomie Harris, for valuable advice as she navigates her newfound fame. "I got to sit down and speak with Naomie Harris way before Black Panther even hit," Wright says. "She told me to carry myself in the way I would want people to see me, and that is how I will be received and respected." Wright manifests this confidence on and off screen, making her a real-life heroine.

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    Fall is every fashion fan's bread and butter. The air is refreshingly crisp, while the warm sun keeps you blissfully comfortable in your favorite easy outfit: raw hem jeans, a breezy white t-shirt, with a chunky cardigan draped over your shoulders. And as for shoes? Nothing is off limits.

    Whether you're not willing to pack up your favorite summer staple, like strappy mule sandals, or feeling fancy, looking to dress up your oversized denim with a pair of fun, sparkly high heels — peeping toes are still seasonally appropriate — and even more so if you have a fresh pedi to show off. The trick is finding a nail polish that's as elevated and chic as whatever you're wearing.

    Ahead, we asked some of Instagram's top nail pros to dish on the pedicure shades that are trending for fall. Check out the picks, give yourself a DIY paint job, and pick your Friday night outfit around your toes.

    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.

    Molton Caramel

    Nail pros Julie Kandalec and Michelle Saunders recommend this pearlescent, burnt orange bronze shade by Essie called, Say It Ain’t Soho. "The look of molten caramel on toes is unexpected yet totally warm and welcoming," explains Kandalec.



    Essie say it ain't soho, $9, available at Essie

    Berry Duochrome

    "This cosmic berry purple-ish duochrome color was an instant eye-catcher for me," says Kandalec. We know why: It's sparkly and chic at the same time.



    Nails Inc. Life Hack Collection - The Unfollower Nail Polish, $11, available at Nails Inc.

    Pastel Pink

    Don't stow away your pale pinks yet, because Saunders tells us that a vibrant pastel pedicure looks super chic with a strappy high heel — especially in the fall.



    Essie essie Nail Color It Takes A West Village , $8.99, available at Target

    Inky Black

    "There’s nothing classier than a shiny black patent leather pedi," says Saunders. "Lights Out by Ella + Mila is a great black polish, the high shine finish makes it look super elegant on the toes."



    Ella + Mila Light's Out, $10.5, available at ella +mila

    Soft Hazelnut

    Nail pro Nadine Abramcyk tells us that Tenoverten's polish in the shade Canal — an opaque pale hazelnut — is the perfect pick for a clean and subtle pedi. Plus, it looks amazing on every skin tone.



    Tenoverten Nail Polish in Canal, $18, available at Tenoverten

    Pinot Noir

    Deep red wine is the shade to wear on a early fall date night, when you can still sneak in an open toe heel. Abramcyk swears by this Chanel polish in Vamp because it has a super soft metallic finish that glistens when it hits the light.



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

    Forest Green

    Rich emerald green polish is a timeless autumn shade, because it acts as a perfect complement to the red and golden leaves crinkled on the sidewalk. Sauders favorite offering is Smith & Cult's luxe gold-plated bottle in the shade Darjeeling Darling.



    Smith & Cult Smith & Cult Nail Polish, Darjeeling Darling, $18, available at Amazon

    Blood Red

    When all else feels blah and boring, pull out your classic ruby red nail polish. Abramcyk tells us the Christian Louboutin signature pointy polish is the creme de la creme of crimsons. "It's a classic red that knows no season, and looks amazing on all skin tones," she explains.



    Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin, $50, available at Sephora

    Creamy Cocoa

    "I'm forever a fan of dark brown polish for fall," says nail pro and Olive & June founder Sarah Gibson Tuttle. "This shade is warm, cozy, and makes me think of hot cocoa."



    Deborah Lippmann Knock On Wood, $20, available at Deborah Lippmann

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    It only takes a few standout variations to restore your faith in this trusted closet essential. Lately, we're seeing everything from tuxedo-inspired cuts to double-breasted fronts, boxier silhouettes, inverted lapels, and even fresh fabrications like silk or velvet. If you're feeling extra bold, you can go for embellishment, or something completely untraditional, like a tie-front. All we're saying is, if the first word you think of when you look at your black blazer is underwhelming, you're not alone. That's why we've found the next best thing.

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    Sure, a new pair of shoes or an "It" bag is nice, but many of us are more wiling to shell out a chunk of our paychecks for quality skin care, all in the name of #iwokeuplikethis status. That said, there are a few things in the way of finding a complexion potion that’ll actually lead you on a path to improving your biggest skin-care issues — namely, lots of confusing marketing jargon, and campaigns that promise flawless complexions but don’t always deliver.

    The pattern seems to go like this: The more effective a product claims to be, the more dollar signs are involved. Serums are some of the most spendy, since time and time again they prove to be the most important part of your routine, as they often pack the most active ingredient and go on first, allowing them to soak in and do the most good.

    Naturally, it takes a lot of research to figure out which serums are worth the splurge. To cut through the B.S., we consulted top dermatologists for direct recommendations. These serums get the clinical green light, and while their campaigns and packaging might be less sexy than your pretty vials or countless bottles of fancy face oil, we have to ask: What’s fancier than a flawless face? That's kind of the whole point, anyway.

    Ahead, the serums that top dermatologists call the most effective — and recommend to their own patients — all organized by skin-care concern.

    Skin Concern: Anti-aging

    This drugstore pick from dermatologist Valerie Goldburt, M.D., proves that great serums don’t have to cost an arm and a leg (but may still be more $$ than other drugstore skin-care products).“My favorite is the Olay Regenerist serum with peptides. It's a low price point compared to the department-store equivalent and actually has benefits for the appearance of fine lines,” Dr. Goldburt says.

    The amino peptide complex and vitamin B3 in this formula are wrinkle-smoothers, while the rest of the formula works to deeply hydrate your skin, so you get renewed surface cells with increased elasticity and plumpness, she says.



    Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum, $22.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    Many beauty editors refer to this gentle retinol serum as, quite simply, "magic." Formulated by Shani Darden, Hollywood's most in-demand esthetician — whose hands touch the skin of Jessica Alba, Emily Ratajkowski, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and many others — it truly does everything you'd hope a rich-person, in-office resurfacing peel would do for you skin, but with zero irritation. Trusted dermatologists love it, and all of our editors (who vary in skin type, concern, and age), use this baby on the daily.



    Shani Darden Shani Darden Texture Reform™ Gentle Resurfacing Serum, $95, available at Shani Darden

    This serum is a mainstay on Dr. Engelman’s top-shelf list.“Serums with retinol help with cell repair and renewal," she says. "Retinols are a good ingredient for acne (generally of the cystic kind), but also plumping up fine lines and wrinkles." This serum relies on something called advanced Idebenone technology, which tops the list of powerful antioxidants for the most protection and repair of your skin.



    Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Daily Serum, $162, available at Amazon

    With powerhouse antioxidants like vitamin C, aloe juice, and green tea extracts, this serum fights everything from dark spots to acne scars. Even better, people with acne-prone skin may notice a significant decrease in breakouts.



    Ole Henriksen Truth Serum, $48, available at Sephora

    Skin Concern: Dryness

    Chronically dry skin needs more than just the shellac of a thick moisturizer to actually solve the problem — and not just treat the symptoms. One of the top ingredients to do that is hyaluronic acid.

    “What’s great about [hyaluronic acid] is that it doesn’t feel like a heavy moisturizer, but it does the work of one,” says dermatologist Dendy Engelman, M.D. “It helps your skin retain moisture by binding water molecules, holding 1,000 times its weight.”

    Dr. Engelman recommends this serum from Derm Institute for its hydrating power, as well as for its ability to repair and protect, thanks to a ceramide complex, vitamins, and antioxidants, which plump fine lines and combat free radicals from environmental damage.



    Derm Institute Anti-Oxidant Hydration Serum, $120, available at Derm Institute

    This more affordable alternative is great for both sensitive and dry skin. The serum contains hyaluronic acid, as Dr. Engelman recommends, but it also has colloidal oatmeal, peptides, collagen, and aloe, all of which work together to help calm irritated skin.



    First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer, $24, available at Sephora

    This drugstore option comes highly recommended by dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, M.D., for its moisturizing properties and versatility. "It's jam-packed with hyaluronic acid to hydrate, but in a lighter serum formulation that can be easily layered under your other products," he says.



    Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum, $15.29, available at Target

    Skin Concern: Uneven Pigmentation and/or Dullness

    Cosmetic dermatologist Paul Jarrod Frank, M.D., touts resveratrol and vitamin C as your best weapons against pigmentation issues, especially when it concerns uneven texture or dullness in skin.

    “Resveratrol is the strongest natural antioxidant that reduces [uneven] pigmentation and protects the skin from further free radical damage,” Dr. Frank explains. He couples that with a disclaimer: “There’s no magic ingredient to make [uneven pigmentation] disappear quickly, as the body continues to make the enzyme that stimulates the production of melanin.”

    He recommends this night serum from Skinceuticals, since it not only keeps pigmentation in check, but firms the skin and corrects fine lines as well. “[It’s] cosmetically elegant and absorbs very well, giving the skin a nice glow,” he says.



    SkinCeuticals Resveratrol B E, $153, available at SkinCeuticals

    This Skinceuticals serum gets a thumbs-up from a handful of the derms we spoke with, including Dr. Engelman, Dr. Frank, and Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi. Pigmentation can come from lifestyle habits like too much sun exposure, smoking, picking at your blemishes, and even genetic predispositions. But the L-ascorbic acid (a highly effective form of vitamin C) is not only great for brightening, it also “contains powerful antioxidants that fight and reverse damage from free radicals that wreck your skin cells,” Dr. Engelman explains.

    Elizabeth Tanzi, M.D., founder and director of Capital Laser & Skin Care and assistant clinical professor, department of dermatology, at the George Washington University Medical Center, cautions against reaching for a one-serum-fits-all product. “Serums are best used for targeted problems," she notes. It’s best to look for stable packaging, as many serums contain antioxidants that are light-sensitive. (This formula is packed in a dark bottle to help combat this.)

    “Not all vitamin C serums are equal or effective,” Dr. Frank adds. “The addition of the ferulic acid in this product helps to stabilize the efficacy of the vitamin C.”



    SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic, $166, available at SkinCeuticals

    Jessica Weiser, M.D., of the New York Dermatology Group, recommends Colbert MD’s Stimulate Serum to brighten and enliven skin. “This serum contains glycolic acid and antioxidants, in addition to the anti-inflammatory healing herb, gotu kola,” Dr. Weiser says. “It helps to promote collagen production while simultaneously brightening the skin and reversing signs of free radical damage.”

    Those with sensitive skin will appreciate the anti-inflammatory protection of gotu kola, but if you’ve got an aversion to silicones, just note that this one does contain dimethicone.



    Colbert MD Stimulate - The Serum, $170, available at Net-A-Porter

    The best thing about this antioxidant-packed serum, according to Dr. Zeichner, is its lightweight texture. "You get all the proven benefits you normally would with vitamin C, but in a less greasy formula than we are used to," he says.



    Drunk Elephant C-Firma™ Day Serum, $80, available at Sephora

    Skin Concern: Acne

    When you think about well-known anti-aging ingredients, you probably reach for the retinols. This serum is good starter option, since it contains a mild 0.2% (to avoid that sometimes red, chemical-burn complexion upon first smear), but dermatologist Barry Resnik, M.D., actually recommends this one for treating acne and rosacea, since it uses caffeine, which helps constrict blood vessels, and 90% green tea polyphenols to neutralize free radicals and give your radiance a leg-up. It’s super lightweight, making it perfect for oily or combination skin types.



    Replenix All-trans Retinol Smoothing Serum 2X, $65, available at DermStore

    Keeping acneic skin calm and breakout-free requires a delicate balance, since you don’t want to further clog already-congested pores, but you also don’t want to dry skin out to the point of a flaky mess. One serum that has both fronts covered comes from iS Clinical.

    The Dr. Tanzi-recommended Active Serum, which works for all skin types, is super lightweight, with gentle exfoliators like sugar cane extract, white willow bark extract, and bilberry extract to gently remove dead skin cells. Arbutin and mushroom extract help reduce hyperpigmentation, too.



    iS Clinical Active Serum, $135, available at DermStore

    If you’re on the long road out of acne town, you’re probably hoping to treat existing breakouts and make pigmentation from past acne scars disappear. A serum with L-ascorbic acid, as well as plenty of soothing and anti-inflammatory ingredients, is what you should look for. Dr. Engelman highlights iS Clinical’s Pro-Heal Serum Advance for this express purpose, since it contains plenty of gentle botanical ingredients like olive leaf extract, plus retinols and vitamin E to combat your acne (and fine lines) with plenty of antioxidants.



    iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum Advance Plus, $148, available at DermStore

    When it comes to picking a serum that will work, Dr. Engelman advises looking at the ingredient ranking. “A red flag for me is when I look at their ingredient list and the active ingredient is at the end, which means the concentration is very little and therefore may not be at its most effective point," she says.

    So, if you’re looking to zap breakouts, make sure those ingredients (i.e., retinols, AHAs, and vitamin C) are near the top, followed by the rest of the supporting cast.



    Dr. Brandt 2% Retinol Complex Serum, $69, available at Ulta Beauty

    Looking for a more budget-friendly choice that's packed with acne-fighting, anti-inflammatory, skin-soothing ingredients? This luxurious oil uses vitamin C, rose extract, and squalane — the latter of which, Dr. Zeichner explains, "is a natural compound that helps protect the skin barrier and prevents irritation from retinol."



    Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil, $72, available at Sephora

    Meet the remedy to all your congested skin problems. The powerful blend of lactic, glycolic, and salicylic acids de-gunk clogged pores with a lightweight formula that can be worn day or night. Bonus: You'll see results after one use.



    Renée Rouleau BHA Clarifying Serum, $49.5, available at Renée Rouleau

    With 1.5% of bacteria-fighting salicylic acid, this face oil was formulated specifically to keep acne away. Ingredients like milk thistle and cucumber seed oil ensure you never have to deal with dryness or irritation.



    Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil, $80, available at Sephora

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    It's easy to become infatuated with celebrity tattoos. Whether you have one or not, there's enough Instagram inspiration from famous artists like Dr. Woo and New York's JonBoy to turn anyone into a fan of body art — especially when it's inked on Hollywood's elite.

    But unfortunately, sometimes stars like to keep the meaning of their most personal tattoos on the low, providing an evasive, almost nonexistent explanation behind the design. For the most part, people leave the inspo up to speculation. But if you're tired of guessing and want to know the truth, stick with us.

    From Rihanna to Lady Gaga to Rihanna to Olivia Wilde, we've rounded up a string of celeb tattoo meanings just waiting to answer your questions — ahead.

    Joe Jonas

    The tattoo: Portrait of a woman

    The meaning: Fans think that this minimal design by tattoo artist Curt Montgomery is a tribute to Jonas' future wife and actress Sophie Turner. Some even say it's a reference to a pivotal bathtub scene for Turner's character on Game of Thrones, Sansa Stark.

    Emma Stone

    The tattoo: Bird feet

    The meaning: Back in 2010, Stone and her family found out her mom was cancer-free. So, the daughter/mother duo went out to get matching tattoos. The meaning goes even deeper, though, starting with Emma's love for the Beatles' song "Blackbird" and ending with a custom-designed drawing by Paul McCartney of two blackbird feet.

    Photo: Franziska Krug/Getty Images.

    Jessica Alba

    The tattoo: " Lotus" in Sanskrit

    The meaning: Alba once told Stephen Colbert that her tiny wrist tattoo symbolized the "manifestation of spiritual beauty," adding that she got the tattoo after she broke up with a famous ex.

    Photo: Ignat/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images.

    Selena Gomez

    The tattoo: Arabic script

    The meaning: Loosely translated from Arabic to English, the words means, "Love yourself first." The ink went on to become the most famous on Gomez — and even got it's own place on her Coach bag.

    Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

    Rihanna

    The tattoo: Egyptian goddess, Isis

    The meaning: One of our all-time favorites, Rihanna's chest tattoo is a tribute to her grandmother. After she passed away in 2012, the singer posted a photo of the ink on Instagram with the caption, "Goddess Isis - Complete Woman - Model for future generations - #GRANGRANDOLLY - always in and on my heart #1love."

    Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage.

    Lily Collins

    The tattoo: Woman on a lily pad

    The meaning: Although Collins' explanation remains vague on the specifics, we know from an Instagram post that this particular addition was in tribute to Collins' trip to Korea in 2016.

    Photo: Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images.

    Harry Styles

    The tattoo: Half-naked mermaid

    The meaning: With over 60 tattoos — and counting — it's nearly impossible to keep up with the singer's body ink. But one comes with a particularly sweet meaning: his mermaid. Once, after a fan asked Styles about the mermaid and why it has its particular body type (re: "saggy boobs") Styles cheekily replied that no one should strive for perfection and love exactly who they are.

    Photo: Terence Patrick/CBS/Getty Images.

    Hilary Duff

    The tattoo: "Take Fountain"

    The meaning: You may not know it, but this is a famous quip from Bette Davis. During an appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, the then-host asked Davis about her advice to young actresses: How can they break into the business? She quickly responded, "Take Fountain," referring to Fountain Avenue, a shortcut that leads into the Los Angeles neighborhood.

    Sam Smith

    The tattoo: Two parallel lines

    The meaning: According to a now-deleted Instagram post from Smith two years ago, the scoop on this tattoo is "inspired by one of the oldest tattoos ever found on a mummified body that was found alone in the ice." The more you know...

    Lady Gaga

    The tattoo: A trumpet

    Did you know that Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett made an album together? Did you also know that he also calls her Lady? To commemorate their work together and friendship, Bennett designed an instrumental tattoo for Gaga. In 2014, she got the trumpet inked permanently on her right arm.

    Photo: Scott Legato/Getty Images.

    The tattoo: "Joanne"

    The meaning: Gaga's 2016 album Joanne was inspired by her late aunt with the same name. In honor of the album's launch, Gaga and her father got "Joanne" tattoos — hers on the forearm and his an angel on the shoulder.

    Kesha

    The tattoo: "Live Free"

    The meaning: After an emotionally tumultuous year filled with legal battles and a better practice of self-love, Kesha celebrated her freedom with this badass knuckle tattoo.

    Dakota Johnson

    The tattoo: Wilted flower

    The meaning: No one ever gets a "fucked up" flower tattooed on their body — well, except Johnson. She captioned the photo with an explanation suggesting that imperfections don't diminish your self-worth.

    Billie Lourd

    The tattoo: A cluster of celestial bodies

    The meaning: As a tribute to her late mother, Carrie Fisher, Lourd inked the outer space image on her ankle in reference to Fisher's own similar tattoo.

    Brooklyn Beckham

    The tattoo: "020511"

    The meaning: Each number represents the birth years of all his siblings. Romeo James was born in 2002, Cruz in 2005, and Harper Seven in 2011. Luckily, one quick Instagram fan pointed out another potential meaning behind the tat: David Beckham's birthday is May 2, a reverse of "02" and "05" on Brooklyn's arm.

    Sophia Bush

    The tattoo: A piece of the Golden Record

    The meaning: In honor of putting yet another year to bed, Bush got matching tattoos with her best friends in reference to Carl Sagan's A Pale Blue Dot. Essentially, Bush found the perfect time to permanently ink a life philosophy all about finding home — in the world and in yourself. Deep, right?

    SZA

    The tattoo: Log with one leaf

    The meaning: Fans speculate this is a tribute to her hometown of Maplewood, New Jersey. The Grammy-nominated singer told Complex that growing up in such a small, "quietly affluent" town — that was also predominantly white — made her feel like the one "token Black girl" every day.

    Justin Bieber

    The tattoo: Tiny cross

    The meaning: Although Bieber is far from the first celebrity to get inked with a religious symbol, we couldn't imagine something more fitting for the spiritual celeb. In fact, the tattoo artist behind the design told Refinery29 that he and Bieber prayed before making it happen because the singer was dealing with "such heaviness."

    Beyoncé

    The tattoo: Three dots

    The meaning: Fans assume the three dots represent her three children: Blue Ivy, Rumi, and Sir.

    Olivia Wilde

    The tattoo:A constellation

    The meaning: Wilde captioned the picture of her new tattoo on Instagram, "For my little O," insinuating that the tattoo — which features delicate crescent moons, lines, and stars courtesy of L.A. tattoo artist Doctor Woo — was in honor of her son with Jason Sudeikis, Otis.

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    Lucy Hale

    The tattoo: "I love you"

    The meaning: In July, Hale got a matching tattoo with her sister in her grandmother's handwriting. She co-signed a photo of the new ink with this caption, "Nothing says sisterly bonding more than permanently tattooing your body. After years of wanting our grandmothers writing, we did it! Our Grammy was our favorite person & now she’s even more a part of us. Also, my sister is a badass who raises two kids, teaches combat classes, AND goes on tattoo runs with her baby sister ?? Also, ouch. This one hurt."

    Kylie Jenner (& Travis Scott)

    The tattoo: A butterfly

    The meaning: Not long after giving birth to her first daughter, Jenner got a tiny matching tattoo with boyfriend Scott: a butterfly on their ankles. Some thought the image was a clue to their daughter's name (before it was revealed), while others still guess that it's inspired by Scott's song "Butterfly Effect."

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    After my first job at MTV working as a music programmer, I can't stop trying to matchmake people with music they might like. So, I wrote a book calledRecord Collecting for Girls and started interviewing musicians. The Music Concierge is a column where I share music I'm listening to that you might enjoy, with a little context. Follow me on Twitter or Facebook, or leave me a comment below and tell me what you're listening to this week.

    Cher Lloyd "None of My Business"

    Damn, Cher Lloyd has grown up. With her new single, the UK singer takes some giant running steps away from her persona as the brattiest chick in the game and turns in an excellent song about being petty on Instagram. The change may be down to working with Hitimpulse, a German production team who are bringing some of that Soundcloud pop vibe to Lloyd's style. Or it might just be that Lloyd is a lot more grown up than she was following her X Factor days. Either way, it's nice that she kept a little side eye on the track.

    Madame Gandhi "Bad Habits"

    I have got to check my horoscope and see what planet is passing through a house that is making this song about an emotional purge so appealing to me. Everything Madame Gandhi is singing about here, about giving yourself an emotional makeover and letting go of self-destructive behaviors, is seriously helping to set my intentions for next week. Adding this one to the get motivated playlist for my next attempt at a world takeover.

    Jane Ellen Bryant "Too Smooth"

    There's something about mixing country music with modern guitars and distortion that I cannot resist. Jane Ellen Bryant's track is equal parts '70s rock and countrypolitan, but somehow she adds just enough disco to keep it from going to a predictable place that too much of today's country lives in. Now that's a cool girl vibe.

    Empress Of "I Don't Even Smoke Weed"

    Add Empress Of's newest album to your weekend playlist if you love this track as much as I do. Those high pitched synths lend the track an island feel, but the off-kilter production makes sure that island is less tropical and more Manhattan. This is a study in doing a lot with a little, musically.

    Summer Walker "Girls Need Love"

    Slip into the gorgeous haze of longing that Summer Walker creates with this slow jam. It's not romantic as much as it is lethargic, the feel of someone who is just being honest and not chasing that feeling. Rather, she's just putting it out there into the universe, plainly, to see what comes back. It creates an air of confidence that's missing in so much new R&B from women, and I am going to keep it on repeat to remind myself that you can want love, be lonely, and still be cool.

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    Though it’s perpetually jean season, cooler weather calls for old favorite standby looks — such as the classic denim-and-sweater combo we so love and missed. It’s the perfect fall outfit because it’s confident without trying too hard and easy to wear without looking sloppy. It’s the kind of ensemble that makes me feel cozy inside and out.

    And personally speaking, nothing’s better than a pair of comfortable jeans that I can move in all day. I’m talking about feel-great stretch denim that lifts my booty, hugs my hips, and gives me that little boost of confidence. Luckily, I’ve been tipped that the latest NYDJ denim collection is infused with LYCRA® dualFX® technology. The lineup proves that it's what's inside your jeans that really matters, because they’re not just comfortable, they hold their shape all day long.

    Ahead are five outfits I encourage you to try, featuring different styles of jeans with LYCRA® dualFX® technology from NYDJ. Whether you’re into classic black skinnies or indigo-blue bootcuts, there are a million ways to wear these staples with autumnal knits. And you can top off your picks with your favorite pumpkin-flavored beverage, too, if that’s your thing.

    Leather Weather

    A pair of stretch skinny jeans is one of the most versatile and reliable pieces you can own — and even more so when it’s flexible, soft, and flattering from all angles. For a simple look, wear a lightweight crop sweater on top. Kitten-heel mules add a cute lift, and a small handled bag is perfect for those still-warm-enough days. And when everyone else will be wearing a moto jacket, try a fresh belted silhouette instead.



    NYDJ Ami Skinny Jean, $119, available at NYDJ

    Zara Cropped Ribbed Sweater, $39.9, available at Zara

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    Wild Thing

    A solid pair of jeans that stays stretchy all day is a true blessing when you want to do the one-hand tuck with your sweater. Try it with a slightly oversized knit, tucked in casually at the front for a hint of waist definition. The special two-fiber combo in the jeans provides extra flexibility so the look holds up. Polish off the ensemble with white sneakers and tortoise-shell sunglasses.



    NYDJ Marilyn Straight Jeans, $119, available at NYDJ

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    London Calling

    The thing about black skinny jeans is that there’s a risk they won’t look as fitted or saturated after a couple wears, but this pair won’t sag, even after many washes. For a misty day, anchor your entire look with classic stretchy black skinnies, a creamy sweater on top (voluminous sleeves are more fun, FYI), and pointy animal-print booties. Slick off any wetness with a clear raincoat and a fisherman hat.



    NYDJ Ami Skinny Jean, $139, available at NYDJ

    Ganni The Julliard Mohair Puff Sleeve Pullover, $450, available at Ganni

    Rains Glossed-TPU raincoat, $215, available at Net-A-Porter

    Aldo Wiema, $130, available at Aldo

    Everlane The Form Bag, $235, available at Everlane

    Brixton Kurt Corduroy Fisherman Hat, $42, available at Urban Outfitters

    Technicolor Dreamgirl

    If you need extra leg room from skinny styles, opt for a pair of shaping high-waisted bootcut jeans instead. This technicolor stripe turtleneck sweater looks streamlined even when tucked fully into the jeans. Select a single hue from the sweater (in this case, think pink), and match your accessories accordingly. Polish the outfit with crisp white booties.



    NYDJ Barbara Bootcut Jean, $139, available at NYDJ

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    Monochromatic Chic

    Though these straight-leg jeans seem highly saturated, the fit is still buttery-smooth, stretchy, and lifting — not stiff how other overdyed jeans often are. The blueness of the jeans can be the foundation color, but round out the rest of the look with monochrome pieces for contrast. Layer a coatigan over a sleeveless turtleneck, and top things off with a beanie for good measure. Got high-top boots? Be sure to wear a flexible jean that will allow you to roll up the hems with ease, so your footwear can shine.



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    In case you were wondering whether your best friend really, really loves you, this is the time of year to deploy the harmless litmus test known as dressing up your pet. Halloween is a little over a week away and for anyone cohabiting with an adored animal, the temptation of getting them into the holiday spirit with plush, ridiculous get-ups is palpable. We would never condone forcing an animal to do something it didn't want to do (cat's included), but for those lovable mushes who are game in the name of some peacocking around the neighborhood, snuggles, and a photo-op with their humans, now's the time strike with the most ludicrous costumes you can find online.

    Read on to discover and shop all the well-intentioned horror and betrayal Halloween 2018 can be for your most-loved four-legged friend.

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    Pineapple costume today, trash bin contents on the floor tomorrow.



    Target Pineapple Pet Costume, $12.99, available at Target

    A fitting look for your true king of the castle.



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    Cone of shame, straight up.



    Bootique Dirty Puptini Dog Costume, $6.99, available at Petco

    Pizza cat is not here for eye contact.



    Trendy Halloween Pizza Slice Pet Costume, $13.2, available at Trendy Halloween

    Hand-sewn from hand-woven serape blankets straight from Guadalajara, Mexico with proceeds donated to Baja California Spay Neuter Foundation. The face says no, but the heart says, !



    Baja Ponchos Authentic Mexican Blanket Dog Poncho, $19.99, available at Etsy

    The true inspiration behind the peach emoji.



    Target Aerobics Pet Costume, $12.99, available at Target

    Hello darkness, my old friend...



    Rubie's Sweet Sunflower Halloween Costume, $11.89, available at Walmart

    Acting like they don't already moonlight as Bunnicula come October.



    Toffee Crafts Vampire cape pet costume for small animals, $15, available at Etsy

    Always be yourself, unless you can be a unicorn. Then be glad you got away with only a headpiece this season.



    Pet Krewe Unicorn Dog Costume and Cat Costume, $16.95, available at Amazon

    For pups who feel most dignified in formalwear.



    Dog Fashion Living Tuxedo With Rose Bandana, $12, available at Dog Fashion

    There better be a bacon and peanut butter reward for this.



    Costume Kingdom Elvis Cape Pet Halloween Costume, $21.95, available at Costume Kingdom

    Glam never looked so good.



    Pet Costume Center Rainbow Bob Wig , $6.13, available at Pet Costume Center

    As seen on Shark Tank...and in your dog's nightmares.



    Pandaloon Walking Teddy Bear with Arms, $34.99, available at Amazon

    If you say Beetlejuice three times I'll probably go hide under the couch.



    Spirit Halloween Beetlejuice Pet Costume , $34.99, available at Spirit Halloween

    I hope you like my outfit for your last day on Earth, hooman.



    Spirit Halloween Aristocrat Cat Costume, $19.99, available at Spirit Halloween

    For pups who prefer to hang loose during Halloween.



    Casual Canine Hawaiian Breeze Camp Shirt Dog, $17.99, available at Amazon

    "Why are you like this?"



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    Sorry to break it to longtime fans of The Office, but John Krasinski is not Jim Halpert, no matter how much we wish he was. He doesn't live in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He isn't married to a woman named Pam. And, no, he doesn't sell paper. But despite our love for the character that made him famous, Krasinski's IRL story is actually a lot more interesting.

    Most Krasinski fans would say he had a record year. He directed, co-wrote, and acted (alongside his wife Emily Blunt) in A Quiet Place. He also landed a TV show, pulled more pranks on Jimmy Kimmel, and announced the sequel to his blockbuster hit. However, we're not here to celebrate any of that — no matter how impressive it is. We're here to acknowledge the glow-up we never saw coming.

    Yes, most people would call Jonah Hill the glow-up M.V.P. of the year, but there's someone else to consider the next time you're walking down memory lane: Krasinski. Ten years ago he was simply the lanky 20-something who was a borderline townie on TV, now he's a movie star with a really great beard. You can't deny it: he just might have the best beauty evolution in Hollywood.

    Keep clicking for the photo evidence.

    2004

    The Office hadn't officially aired yet, but Krasinski had already filmed a good portion of the first season. At this point, he and Jim are one (flipped ends included).

    Photo: Justin Lubin/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images.

    2005

    For most of us, Krasinski was Halpert by the time everyone thought Pam was in denial and in love with Jim. Please note his haircut had to look like that for the character.

    Photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images.

    2006

    Someone found some pomade and the air-dry method.

    Photo: Hal Horowitz/WireImage.

    2007

    Krasinski in a newscaster cut isn't our favorite, but at least he's starting to experiment.

    Photo: Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic.

    2008

    Even though the strongest reaction to Krasinski's beard doesn't come for several more years, this marks the first time the actor tested out the look.

    Photo: Jason Kempin/WireImage.

    2009

    If you ever wanted to know what a small town paper salesman looks like when nominated for an Emmy award, here's the best example. This look — slicked back with medium hold — becomes Krasinkski's signature.

    Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic.

    2009

    Stubble, casual flow, and tons of volume: Krasinski officially has — some — swag by 2009.

    Photo: John Shearer/WireImage.

    2010

    Men wear makeup, too! Case in point: a bit of bronzer did wonders for Krasinski's complexion at the premiere for his rom-com Something Borrowed. (Or at least he looks like he was groomed by a Hollywood pro here.)

    Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images.

    2011

    Now it's really clear Krasinski found a groomer with the best advice: less is more (at least, in the case of hair gel).

    Photo: Brad Barket/Getty Images.

    2012

    The higher Krasinski's hair got, the more interested fans and subgroups on Reddit became.

    Photo: Jeff Vespa/WireImage.

    2013

    Even Krasinski had to joke about the introduction to his new look.

    Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images.

    2014

    A year later, Krasinski is officially on the beard bandwagon and sporting a slight fade at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards.

    Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.

    2015

    Do you think he takes biotin to get this facial hair so shiny?

    Photo: Aaron Davidson/WireImage.

    2016

    Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan might not have growth like this, but Krasinski (and his character in AQP) does.

    Photo: Todd Williamson/Getty Images.

    2018

    The glow-up... is complete.

    Photo: Dave Benett/Getty Images.

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    A lot has been written about the relationship between Ivanka Trump and her father. Her siblings Donald Jr., Eric, and Tiffany all openly admitted that she's Donald Trump's "favorite child " in a 2015 interview with Barbara Walters. But the fact that she's a senior advisor in his White House adds a layer of complexity to their dynamic, especially given that they reportedly don't always agree.

    "She feels a certain level of power. So does he. They each have their own internal feeling about the power they have with the other person," body language expert Patti Wood, author of Snap: Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language, and Charisma, told Refinery29. "Meanwhile, we see her desire to connect with him in many of the photos of them."

    Ahead, Wood breaks down the complicated relationship between the president and Ivanka based on their body language.

    Context: Trump thanks Ivanka before addressing the Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons annual meeting at the White House in October.

    "Her placement of her arm on his seems to be out of comfort, but it's high, which indicates she believes she has a certain power in the relationship," says Wood.

    Photo: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images.

    Context: Trump and Ivanka are participating in an Iowa roundtable about job development with Gov. Kim Reynolds in July. Here, he makes a joke about the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, after she had just finished proudly announcing it: "Maybe I'll veto it!"

    Wood says that on her Facebook page, she showed a closeup of Ivanka's face after he says that. "Just before this, she showed sadness, then you see this nonverbal 'withholding cue.' If you look at her eyes, you can see she is withholding anger." But right after that, she bounces back and they do a playful "gun battle" with their fingers. "It was a putdown. He was asserting power over her," says Wood. "She recovers and plays it off."

    Context: In this cabinet meeting in July, Ivanka made a speech about her new jobs initiative. After she finished her remarks, the president said, "Wow. So if that were Ivanka ‘Smith,’ the press would say that was totally brilliant. As Ivanka Trump they’ll say, ‘Oh, she was okay,’" adding, "That was really great, unbelievable."

    "What nonverbally I find interesting is that instead of clapping here, he's got his arms crossed," Wood says, comparing it to Trump's body language when he recently met with Kanye West in the Oval Office, because he had his arms crossed throughout most of it, too. "He doesn't get everyone applauding. The arms crossing is a closing off an opening to connect with anybody who's there. I've seen him doing it before when another person is the center of attention, like with Kanye. And when a powerful person is doing that closing off, it's telling the rest of the group that it's acceptable to do that to the speaker."

    Context: Ivanka hugs her father after he finishes delivering his acceptance speech after winning the presidential election in November 2016.

    "This one is interesting to me," says Wood. "Look how straight up and down he is. His head is not fully forward. Compare that to her energy, to how far forward her head and body are. He's standing in his strength and power, and he's not giving her a lot of close affection with that arm around her. He's not about being a dad in this moment, but she's all about being a daughter. The fingers around his upper arm are going for affection, but she's also showing she feels she has some strength in the relationship."

    Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images.

    Context: Donald and Ivanka visit his Scottish golf course in July 2015.

    "She's looking at him with such adoration and love and happiness," says Wood. "I think that is really marked, really obvious. There's no artifice in it. The smile is unusually big for her and it's not plastered on. It's genuine."

    As far as her father, says Wood, "His hand is clasping at her neck. That's slightly unusual, just because it's so high and so gripping. He's holding her where the carotid artery is, a very vulnerable part of the body. The higher the placement of the hand, the more control. This is an interesting combination of control and protection. That combo of placement and firmness is interesting in an adult child and a parent; I don't see it that much."

    Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images.

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    Once your dormant apartment heater starts hissing again, you know that winter is officially en route. And with the cold-weather season comes cozy, oversized scarves; the ready-for-whatever boots; and — of course — the bulky coats that take up half our tiny closets. Feeling more practical than popular, winter outwear is a tough code to crack: Too often, it feels like a jacket or coat either offers only warmth or a wow factor, rarely ever both.

    Well, we're on a mission to make sure that is not the case for your wardrobe this time around. Never ones to leave you high and dry (er, cold and confused?), we've rounded up the only four outerwear styles you need to have on your radar this season, all from H&M 's latest winter collection. From sleek, long silhouettes to double-breasted button-ups, these pieces marry style and survival for any and all of your outdoor activities. Click ahead to see for yourself how winter wear can be anything but an afterthought.

    The Cool-Girl Puffer

    A puffer jacket manages to do the impossible: possess that undeniable cool factor while also providing the ultimate in insulation. Go for a cropped, plum pick instead of a standard black style, and embrace a monochrome vibe with a matching turtleneck and trousers.

    The Wool-Blend Coat

    Perfect for your everyday commute or weekend museum hopping, a knee-grazing, gray coat with clean lines and a smart collar is the definition of chic. Pair it with a striped button-up shirt (half-tucked for an unfussy feel) and pinstriped pants for a look you can truly take anywhere.

    The Classic Camel Coat

    Every woman needs a camel coat in her life, and this sophisticated, double-breasted option pretty much proves it. Pair it with a black-and-white printed blouse, classic blue jeans, and a skinny braided belt for the perfect transitional look.

    The Practical Parka

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    When it comes to curly hair, oils are a major key. In fact, almost every single complaint you have about your curls can be resolved with the right oil: from frizz to lack of shine, brittle hair, and even split ends. Curly hair tends to hold less hydration than straight hair. This lack of hydration causes frizz, making hair look dull (read: no shine). A lack of hydration also causes hair to feel brittle, which leads to more split ends. All of this stems from your curl pattern, not a natural inclination that you have for drier hair. The oils produced on your scalp — a.k.a. sebum — are what hydrate hair, adding shine, decreasing frizz, and giving it strength.

    For those with straight hair, those oils slip down the shaft rather easily. Brushes help pull oils from the scalp down, and distributes them throughout the hair. Since it's difficult for oils to slide down a spiral or coil, this is why curly hair textures are drier than straight versions. But you don't need a brush or even your natural oils to get a shiny, frizz-free style. All you need is the right hair oil. "They're a wonderful way to moisturize the hair," says Sarah Stevens, a curly-hair vlogger for WaterLily716. "And, they are totally natural. Most pure oils are easy to remove from the hair and they don't contain synthetic ingredients."

    There are two main types of oils: sealing and moisturizing. Sealing oils (think jojoba) seal in moisture, meaning that you'll need to apply water or conditioner to your hair beforehand for them to really work. Moisturizing oils (we're talking coconut, olive, or avocado) are heavier than sealing oils and can be used alone to moisturize the hair. Sealing and moisturizing oils are meant to be used at different times — one after a shower, for instance, and the other during a deep-conditioning treatment — and each applied in different ways. You can use an oil to hydrate your scalp, encourage hair growth via massaging, reduce split ends, add in your conditioner, apply a heat treatment (with a heavier oil) — the options go on.

    In general, though, most people with curly hair use multiple types of oils to perfect their style and to address their individual needs. Ahead, we've identified some of the most common natural oils, plus tips on how to use them. Read on to find the one for you.

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    Olive Oil
    You're probably more accustomed to using olive oil in the kitchen, but this moisturizing oil is also a great beauty aid. The added slippage that works so well in cooking also aids in detangling, moisturizing, and adding shine to hair.

    "I use olive oil to detangle my hair and for hot oil treatments," says natural-hair blogger Sugar of WhoIsSugar. "When I'm running low on conditioner, I'll add some olive oil to it, too," she adds.

    Olivers & Co. Everyday Olive Oil, $25, available at Olivers & Co.

    Palmer's Conditioning Spray Oil, $5.95, available at Palmer's.

    Kiehl's Strengthening and Hydrating Hair Oil-in-Cream, $25, available at Kiehl's.

    Jojoba Oil
    When it comes to replicating your sebum to get all-natural shine, Stevens' go-to is jojoba. "I absolutely love jojoba oil," says Sugar. "I use it to seal in the moisture in my hair, to add shine, and to reduce frizz. Also, jojoba oil doesn't clog the pores on my scalp because it is similar to sebum, the scalp's natural oil."

    Stevens is a fan of the LOC method (liquid-oil-cream), and says jojoba is the best oil for this popular hair method. "I spray my hair with a water conditioner mixture. Then I apply a few drops of jojoba oil to either side of my hair, and seal everything by applying a small amount of gel or cream," she says.

    The best way to use this sealing oil, adds Sugar, is to apply it to freshly washed and conditioned hair. "I apply it to soaking wet hair or on top of a leave-in conditioner. This is how I seal in the moisture," she says. "I tend to focus more of the oil on the ends of my hair because they are the oldest and more prone to breakage and split ends. I also pair jojoba oil with my gel when I do a wash-and-go. The jojoba oil adds shine and it reduces the crunch. When I take out my two strand twists (for twist outs), I use jojoba oil to reduce the frizz and to add shine."

    For those with thinner curls, Stevens says jojoba is your best option. "If you have thin hair that is easily weighed down, try to stay away from heavier oils like coconut and olive oil when you are styling your hair," she says. "Try jojoba oil or grapeseed oil instead."

    Desert Essence Organics 100% Pure Jojoba Oil, $13, available at Walgreens.

    Coconut Oil
    While jojoba oil gets rave reviews from several curly and natural hair bloggers, coconut oil comes in a very close second for its ability to reduce dandruff and help heal a dry scalp.

    "Coconut oil is a little harder to work with because it's often a solid at room temperature, but it's worth it," says Stevens. "I use it in deep treatments for the hair and on my scalp as well. It's one of the few oils with small enough molecules that will penetrate the hair shaft."

    One downside of coconut oil is that it's solid when at room temperature, so you have to be a bit more careful with it than you would using a lighter oil like jojoba or rose oil. "Coconut oil is great, but during the colder months, it will solidify in your hair and turn your hair white," says Sugar. "So, only use a little bit!"

    "If my scalp is feeling dry or flaky, I will apply coconut oil to my scalp for about 30 minutes before I take a shower or the night before," says Stevens. "I might also do a deep treatment on my hair with oil. I will take a regular conditioner and mix in my favorite oils along with some honey, then apply the treatment to wet hair."

    Trader Joe's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, $5.99, available at Trader Joe's stores.

    Moringa Oil

    Trying to make your curls or coils even longer? Moringa contains vitamin B, known for its ability to aid in the growth of hair. It's a key ingredient in this fast-absorbing formula, but that's not the only reason we love this particular pick: True to its name, the oil disappears instantly as it's worked through hair, so you never get that too-shiny wet look that's a telltale sign of overdoing it. But make no mistake — it might feel light on the hair, and won't weigh even fine strands down, but when it comes to hydration, it's a heavy-hitter.

    Verb Ghost Oil, $14, available at Sephora.

    True Moringa Face Hair Body Oil, $36, available at True Moringa.

    Argan Oil

    If you're blowing your curls straight, this stuff gives you blow salon-worthy results. "It works best as a treatment to add moisture and shine — and to help prevent frizz," hairstylist Ryan Richman says. It can also be used after you style: "Simply rub a few drops in the palm of your hand and comb through hair with your fingers for a healthy, shiny finish."

    Morocconoil Moroccanoil Treatment, $34, available at Sephora.

    Crème of Nature Argan Oil Treatment, $9.99, available at Target.

    Castor Oil

    If growth is your goal, then add castor oil to your routine. "It has been shown to improve circulation, which helps hair growth," Ron Robinson, cosmetic chemist and CEO of BeautyStat, previously told Refinery29. The oil has a thick consistency and is perfect if your scalp (or any part of your body) is dry. No wonder it has been used for centuries in Jamaica as an all-purpose beauty ingredient on hair and skin.



    Tropic Isle Living Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor Oil , $14.95, available at Amazon

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    Oh acne, the confidence-sucking mammoth of skin issues. It plagues the best of us. And, just when we finally think it's gone, a new problem — the dreaded acne scar — rears its ugly little head (or just lingers around so we never forget). They tend to turn up after that pesky pimple has finally subsided and can hang around for months before fading. Some even require more advanced treatment for relief.

    So, we turned to board-certified dermatologists, Dr. Ted Lain and Dr. Julia Tzu to give us the inside scoop on acne scars. "Acne scarring develops when recurrent inflammation from deeper cystic lesions damages the collagen in your skin," explains Dr. Tzu. "Normal healthy tissue is then replaced by thinned-out scar tissue, which can manifest itself as depressions along the contour of the skin."

    Not all acne scars are created equal. In fact, there are three specific kinds: Pitted or "ice pick" scars (these are deep, but small in diameter), boxcar scars (these tend to be rectangular), and rolling scars (these resemble hills and valleys). The longevity of an acne scar can also vary depending on your skin type. "For people with darker skin tones like Indian, African American, and Asian people, the skin produces more pigment," says Dr. Lain. "When their skin gets inflamed, the natural response of their skin is to produce more pigment."

    Age also plays a factor. "When the diminishing collagen and subcutaneous fat levels of our body can no longer help provide the structural support it used to in our earlier years, acne scars can become more pronounced," Dr. Tzu adds. There is some good news, however. Many people believe that the red marks (scientifically known as post-inflammatory redness) are acne scars when they really aren't. Dr. Lain is quick to point out that "if the acne bump is gone but the persistent redness stayed, it may not be an acne scar, it's just redness and it will get better," he says.

    Another thing some people may not realize is that certain things may be exacerbating the issue. With the help of Dr. Lain and Dr. Tzu, we've compiled a list of things you need to stop doing, stat, in addition to tips for preventing acne scars in the future.

    Mistake: Picking At Your Pimples

    We all know that picking your pimples is a huge no-no, but who hasn't done it at some point or another? Well, no more, and for real this time. Both Dr. Tzu and Dr. Lain urge patients to avoid it at all costs. "Picking leads to a secondary infection or more inflammation, both of which can lead to scarring," Dr. Lain warns. "It's so important that people keep their hands off their faces and get treatment for the acne instead of trying to pop their pimples."

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    Mistake: Falling Into An Acne Rut

    The best thing you can do to keep scarring at bay is to effectively treat any existing acne. "If you're dealing with mild to moderate acne which isn't associated with hormones, using an over-the-counter system will work for over 50% of people," says Dr. Lain. "Acne systems that use benzoyl peroxide or an alpha hydroxy acid tend to work well. But, if those don't work or stop working, you need to see a dermatologist."

    A good skin care system is a must when combatting acne. "Poor skin care regimens may bring out more acne and cause future scarring and irritation," says Dr. Tzu. "Using harsh bar soaps to cleanse the face, using irritating facial washes, washing too frequently, or using comedogenic (pore clogging) products to hydrate the skin [can make things worse, too]."

    Moral of the story? It's important to pivot when something just isn't working – which might include seeing a dermatologist.



    SLMD Acne Spot Treatment, $25, available at SLMD Skincare

    Mistake: You Aren't Wearing SPF

    "Sun exposure of any type can make scarring worse," says Dr. Lain. "A lot of women in particular rely on the sunscreen in their moisturizer or makeup rather than using a dedicated sunscreen on their face." If you haven't already, he suggests adding an SPF into your skin care routine ASAP. "I like Elta MD's UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46. It has a very high SPF with other ingredients that help reduce redness," he says. "I also like Cetaphil's DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30, which is great for teenagers." And for the melanin-blessed crew, Bolden's SPF 30 Brightening Moisturizer is formulated just for you.



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

    Mistake: Overdoing It At Home

    Turns out your at-home recipes might be making your skin worse. "I've seen people apply lemon juice to their scars, only to develop a reaction to the lemon juice," Dr. Tzu says. Do-it-yourself masks and treatments can do wonders for your skin, but hopeful DIYers can go overboard causing their skin to become irritated and inflamed.

    Dr. Lain warns that the most common at-home treatment that he has seen go wrong are chemical peels. "Due to a lack of knowledge and experience, I have seen many of these 'treatments' result in chemical burns," he says. "Despite their best efforts to help reduce acne, scarring, or pigmentation, people then have an additional issue to deal with that is just as difficult to improve."



    Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Glow Moisturizer, $65, available at Ulta Beauty

    So What Should You Do?

    Apart from keeping your hands off your face, wearing a dedicated SPF, and introducing a good acne-fighting system into your skincare routine, there are a few products and procedures that can help make your acne scars less visible.

    Over-the-counter scar fading creams tend to work on hyper-pigmented scars that aren't too deep. Dr. Lain normally prescribes a fading cream like Retin-A, in combination with hydroquinone, kojic acid, or licorice, to those looking to lighten scars. "Retinoids can help build collagen under the cells and build them up [to fill in scars]," says Dr. Lain. But, both Dr. Lain and Dr. Tzu make sure to point out that topical treatments don't always provide the miraculous results most patients are looking for.

    This is where treatments like lasers, chemical peels, or subcision (which involves the use of a needle to sweep under the scar and break the "tethers" of the scar to the underlying tissue) come into play. These procedures can be costly, but patients are usually happy with the results.

    But, if lasers aren't up your alley, there are some less-intensive treatments available. Micro-needling, for example, is a technique that builds collagen underneath the scar and costs much less than the traditional laser, however, multiple sessions are normally needed to get scars to become more shallow.

    Corrective makeup can also help keep acne scars out of sight and out of mind. If you just want to cover up a few minor scars, "green-tinted makeup can conceal some of the red," says Dr. Tzu. Our favorite redness-reducing concealer? Urban Decay's Correcting Fluid in Green. The new Bye Bye Redness Correcting Cream from It Cosmetics is shockingly effective at diminishing redness, too, even without a green tint.

    Acne scarring can happen to anyone. Fortunately, there are even more non-invasive treatments that can help reduce their appearance — you just need to figure out which method is right for you. All skin is different and no treatment is one-size-fits-all, but hopefully, with a little more information, we'll all be one step closer to clear, smooth skin.



    Shani Darden Shani Darden Texture Reform™ Gentle Resurfacing Serum, $95, available at Shani Darden

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    Diamonds are — as we know — a girl's best friend. Often gifts for those major life milestones (graduations, engagements, and anniversaries alike), the shiny desirables are no doubt some of our most prized possessions. But what if they didn't have to feel so high-stake? (Considering the sheer number of tiny charms and slightly loose rings we've lost over the years...yikes.) That's why Lightbox, a new line of less-expensive, lab-grown (yes, lab-grown!) diamonds, is seriously catching our eye.

    The innovative jewelry line utilizes scientific research to create lab-grown diamonds that feel completely accessible. These are the kind of studs and pendants we can break out on any occasion, from fancy to just-for-fun. Not to mention, the pastel hues add that little something extra we always seek out in our accessories. Check out our curated top selects from the candy-colored collection ahead, and start making room in your jewelry box. Because, hey — you can never have too many BFFs, right?

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