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    Photographed by Erin Yamagata.

    There is something truly magical about a good drugstore beauty find. After all, who doesn't like to save money? But while you probably have a trusty under-$10 mascara, hairspray, and shampoo, navigating the skincare section can be a lot more difficult.

    In addition to the vast array of options, there is a lot to think about — like finding a cleanser that won't strip the skin, a moisturizer that won't clog your pores, and an eye serum that will de-puff without irritating. All that requires a good amount of trial and error. But why waste both time and money when we can do the legwork for you? To help guide you to the right drugstore shelf, we've tapped a handful of experts for the affordable skin-care formulas that they trust.

    So, what do our own R29 editors and some of the top celebrity makeup artists buy at their local pharmacies? Ahead, the essentials that will cleanse, tone, hydrate, and refresh skin for less than $25.

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    The Expert: Mi-Anne Chan, beauty writer

    "This lightweight lotion isn't fancy, but it is one of the only products that actually soothes my dry, irritated skin thanks to a formula rich in hydrators like jojoba and grapeseed oils, plus soothers like calendula and chamomile extract."

    Skinfix, $14.99, available at Target

    — PAID —

    Expert:Claire Fontanetta, R29 beauty editor

    "Considering that I have super-sensitive skin, I'm always on the lookout for skin-care products that won't make my face freak out. This gentle cream not only features sweet almond oil, which moisturizes and nourishes, but it's also fragrance-free and dermatologically tested so I can use it both day and night sans irritation."

    Weleda, $24.5, available at Weleda

    — PAID —

    Never have we ever met a two-in-one cleanser slash makeup remover that's super gentle, amazingly effective, and less than $15. That is, until we met Bliss' brand-new Makeup Melt™ jelly cleanser.

    Bliss, $12, available at Bliss

    Expert: Monika Blunder, makeup artist to Jessica Alba, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Emilia Clarke

    "This 5% glycolic toner helps remove dead skin cells and firms and tightens the skin. It’s a super effective product for a great price."

    Pixi, $15, available at Pixi

    Expert: Carola Gonzalez, makeup artist to Kerry Washington, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Leona Lewis

    "I use this on a daily basis on both myself and my clients, before makeup application. It instantly quenches the skin and keeps it looking smooth and hydrated. It’s like drinking water for the skin."

    Neutrogena, $19.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    Expert: Jo Baker, makeup artist to Emmy Rossum, Salma Hayek, Olivia Wilde

    "I love using witch hazel as a toner. It cleans off any dirt, oil, or makeup residue, and gives me the cleanest base to begin makeup! At a fraction of the cost of normal toner, it's a must-have for me and in my kit. It's also great for skin that is prone to breakouts, as it has a gentle antibacterial property."

    Thayers, $7.99, available at Drugstore.com

    Expert: Anne-Marie Guarnieri, former R29 deputy editor, Beauty

    "A few years ago, Johnson & Johnson sold my beloved Purpose soap-free face wash to another company, and even though it remained more or less the same in terms of formula, it became nearly impossible to find at drugstores, for reasons that are not clear to me.

    I started using Cetaphil Gentle Bar Cleanser out of necessity. Now, I can't imagine using anything else — and I can always find it at my local Duane Reade, even in a multi-pack. Like Purpose, Cetaphil is soap-free, and for a regular user of Retin-A, it's a cleanser that keeps my face from drying out into a tight, flaky mess. But it still removes most makeup (I use micellar water as a backup for stubborn mascara). It's a must-have. Plus, since it's a bar formula and not a liquid, I never have to worry about not being able to take it on a plane."

    Cetaphil, $4.99, available at Drugstore.com

    Expert: Robin Black, celebrity makeup artist and founder of Beauty Is Boring

    "Aside from the incredible scent, this mist is perfect for spritzing your face post-makeup to set it, or as a body spray when you need a quick refresh. I carry a small bottle in my bag for quick doses of both the calming scent and hydration throughout the day. You can purchase it in Whole Foods, online, or in many natural markets."

    Heritage Store, $5.45, available at Thrive Market

    The Expert: Lexy Lebsack, R29 West Coast beauty editor

    “My eyes tend to get puffy at the drop of a hat, so I consider myself an eye-roller aficionado. I keep this product in the fridge (which is key for any roller), and apply it when I wake up with bags under my eyes. It de-puffs, feels great, and is super gentle. But the best part is that it’s the only formula I’ve found that’s in a soft tube, so you can squeeze it like toothpaste, which allows you to get the right amount of product every time.”

    Simple Skincare, $12.49, available at Walgreens

    Expert: Monika Blunder, makeup artist to Jessica Alba, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Emilia Clarke

    "This is very comparable in quality to the more expensive micellar waters. Great for quick removal of makeup, and this product is gentle on skin."

    Botanics All Bright Micellar 3 In 1 Cleansing Solution, $5.99, available at Target.

    Expert: Carissa Ferreri, makeup artist to Gina Rodriguez and Bailee Madison

    "I didn’t think it could get much better than the classic, original Biore Strips, but it just did. These have purifying charcoal, which pulls out even more dirt, to rid your skin of those nasty blackheads."

    Biore, $5.99, available at Walgreens

    Expert: Monika Blunder, makeup artist to Jessica Alba, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Emilia Clarke

    "It’s a fantastic deep-cleansing mask that draws impurities out of the skin. My skin always feels so refreshed after doing this mask."

    SheaMoisture, $11.99, available at Ulta Beauty

    Expert: Robin Black, celebrity makeup artist and Beauty Is Boring founder

    "So the name isn't exactly encouraging (nipple balm for lips?) but this is one of the best heavy-duty lip moisturizers I have ever used. It's the only thing that works in NYC's mid-winter icy winds and L.A.'s incredibly dry, hot summers. The texture is extremely thick and goopy, but pile some on before bed, and you will wake up with plump, moisturized lips.

    "I also like to apply a tiny dab before getting ready in the morning, so that by the time I get around to lipstick, it has sunk in and moisturized my usually dry lips."

    Dr. Lipp, $14.5, available at b-glowing

    The Expert:Kelsey Castañon, R29 beauty news editor

    "I'll admit: I'm an oil-phobe. The ones I've tried (and believe me, I've tried a quite a few) tend to be too heavy or leave behind a sticky residue, which means a pimplepalooza for me the next day. Not so with this brilliant gel-oil. Not only is it incredibly lightweight, it's also packed with ceramides and sunflower oil that helps lock in moisture. Sounds like a win-win to me."

    CeraVe Skin Renewing Gel Oil, $24.99, available at Walgreens.

    The Expert:Samantha Sasso, R29 beauty editorial assistant

    "I don't have a lot of products for acneic skin in my collection, so when I do break out, I'm ill-prepared. But the one thing I've learned to always keep stocked is this spot treatment. It always, without fail, works to significantly erase redness overnight."

    Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment, $8.99, available at Walgreens.

    The Expert:Mi-Anne Chan , R29 beauty writer

    "I’ve been using this moisturizer for almost five years, and it’s something that I always go back to because it won’t break me out and moisturizes really well without leaving me greasy. Plus it has sun protection — so it checks all my boxes."

    CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM with SPF 30, $13.49, available at CVS.

    The Expert:Rachel Krause, R29 beauty writer

    “I’m noncommittal with cleansers, but I always keep a bottle of this one on hand as backup. It’s incredibly gentle, and leaves my skin feeling clean and comfortable, never stripped.”

    La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser, $14.99, available at Walgreens.

    The Expert:Megan Decker, R29 beauty production assistant

    “I’m not really picky when it comes to cleansers. In fact, I prefer not to spend a lot of something that I just wash off my face immediately (for products that sink in, that's a different story). Affordability aside, I like this cleanser specifically because I can actually feel it tingling while it cleanses deep into my pores. I always keep a bottle in my shower and use it when my face needs a good, deep clean."

    Bioré Deep Charcoal Cleanser, $5.99, available at Target.

    The Expert: Cat Quinn, R29 beauty director

    "I’ve tried just about everything for the persistent acne on my cheeks — prescription ointments, natural salves, OTC creams. Everything either dried out my skin (making things worse) or did absolutely nothing. I was *this* close to popping Spironolactone when I decided to give this gel a shot. Within two months, it cleared up my acne without causing any dryness at all. (And it’s so light, you can wear it under makeup.) You can’t put a price on clear skin — but $13 is pretty fucking good."

    Differin Acne Treatment Gel, $12.89, available at Target.

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    “Thank you Coachella for allowing me to be the first Black woman to headline. Ain’t that ‘bout a bitch?,” Beyoncé told the crowd at the end of her instantly iconic set during the first weekend of Coachella in April 2018. Bey’s boundary-breaking, record-making, internet-shattering performance, and her callout at the end, drew attention to a larger problem. It’s 2018, and she was not only the first Black woman headliner but just the third woman to headline the festival since it started in 1999. That’s where we’re at with gender representation at the highest-grossing music festival in the world. You know, the one that dominates your Instagram timeline for two weekends every April, making you (and millions of other people) regret your life choices if you don’t make your way to Indio, CA.

    Festivals are a lucrative game. In 2017, Coachella made $114M in profit for parent company Goldenvoice and AEG — growing sevenfold since 2007 when it expanded to two weekends. One of the company’s other festivals, Desert Trip, holds the record of most profitable festival in history, raking in $160M in 2016. They have expanded their portfolio of festivals since the launch of Coachella and now also present Stagecoach, Firefly, FYF, Hangout Music Fest, Splash House, Tyler the Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival, Panorama Fest, and Arroyo Seco Weekend. Lollapalooza’s parent company C3 have found the festival to be lucrative enough that they expanded it into Brazil, Paris, Berlin, Chile, and Argentina as well as presenting Austin City Limits, InBloom, Voodoo Music + Arts, and more. Bonnaroo’s parent company, Superfly, are also behind Outside Lands and are launching a new fest called Grandoozy this fall in Denver, CO, after an inaugural go at launching Lost Lake in Phoenix, AZ, last year. And those are just the biggest firms who make the most money in the music festival game, all of which charge attendees hundreds of dollars (or thousands if you go for the VIP and experience upgrades) for a ticket.

    We all agreed that if we're looking at multiple artists for the same slot, all other things being equal, we're going to go with a woman, a minority, or an artist who is unexpected.

    What we can learn from Beyoncé’s Coachella set (which follows Lady Gaga's 2017 performance, and Björk’s double headlining sets in 2002 and 2007) is that there is an appetite for woman (and diverse) performers at festivals. The lineups, which were originally centered on predominantly male rock acts, have evolved to suit the desires of an audience who prefer to see pop and hip-hop acts. But their lineups don’t reflect it. Lollapalooza has Camila Cabello, the woman who broke a billion streams on Spotify and was one of the few women to dominate pop radio airplay in 2017, on the fifth line of their list of performers and has zero female headliners this year. Neither does Bonnaroo. Neither does Sasquatch. Neither does Firefly. Neither does Boston Calling. Neither does Hangout. Neither does Ultra. Neither does Stagecoach. Neither does InBloom. Neither does BottleRock. Neither does Warped Tour. And so on, and so on...

    Festivals want the freedom to book lineups for their specific audiences without restrictive regulations. Musicians don’t want to be booked to meet a quota — no one wants to be on the stage just because they’re female. But when the statistics show us that bookings up and down the lineup at festivals are so lopsided in favor of men, it is clear the founders and bookers have to take a look at what that is — and take action to fix it. Whether that means giving women a bigger role in decision-making when it comes to booking festivals, asking booking agents to consider representation in their negotiations (and fight harder for their female clients), or checking their implicit bias.

    Or, as Fortress Fest founder Alec Jhangiani says: “If you do have a very lopsided lineup, which many variables can affect, I think it does show some sort of bias if that is what keeps coming out year after year after year.”

    With Beyoncé serving as the sole woman headliner among the biggest music festivals in 2018, a trio of smaller, but influential, festivals are making more headway when it comes to featuring female acts. And that makes sense, given that 51% of the festival-going audience are female.

    Janet Jackson will headline FYF Fest.Photo: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images.

    FYF Fest in Los Angeles (July 21 and 22) will carry on under the auspices of a woman booker, Jenn Yacoubian, this season after founder Sean Carlson was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women in November (Carlson denies some of the allegations and admits to others, calling his behavior "inexcusable"). Goldenvoice has worked in partnership with FYF since 2014, and after cutting ties with Carlson before the accusations became public, bought out Carlson’s stake in the festival in February. Now that FYF is fully under their control, with Carlson out of the picture, they’ve made a strong statement by announcing a female booker along with dual woman headliners (Florence + the Machine and Janet Jackson) and a lineup that is close to 50% women and mixed-gender groups, with a nearly even split between the two and one gender-nonconforming act, Lawrence Rothman.

    Should a festival caught up in a #MeToo scandal look to rehab its image? That wasn’t the plan for FYF, and Yacoubian says the heavy female tally on the lineup doesn’t signal a rebranding or change. “Having a large female representation on the bill is unquestionably important to us, but was not the mission in our bookings,” Yacoubian tells Refinery29. “We wanted to put forward the best lineup possible this year, and we truly believe we accomplished that with two incredibly strong and iconic female headliners and a multitude of other wonderful artists.” Yacoubian promises “we’ll always be inclusive,” but prefers to stay away from a “rigid formula.”

    Coming off of a festival season where women were so overshadowed by men, another festival felt it was imperative to incorporate inclusivity into their bookings. Ramtin Nikzad and Jhangiani, founders of Fortress Festival in Fort Worth, TX (April 28 and 29), made diversifying their lineup a priority and ended up with a bill that is close to 50% female and mixed-gender groups. “There was a conversation we had early on in the booking process where we all agreed that if we're looking at multiple artists for the same slot, all other things being equal, we're going to go with a woman, a minority, or an artist who is unexpected and not already widely included in all the festival lineups,” Jhangiani tells Refinery29.

    While Fortress Fest’s overall numbers are good for gender parity, the bulk of non-male acts on their lineup are further down the bill. “We looked at three female headliners during the booking process, too,” Nikzad explains, citing logistics as the reason they ultimately ended up with two male headliners this year. “It’s just not as clean-cut of a process to determine your breakdown from the beginning.” Jhangiani adds that the order of the lineup is “oftentimes, if not almost always, dictated by the artist’s booking agency, especially when you're booking several offers from the same agency.” Booking agents are dictating quite a lot of the “who goes above whom” conversations and have as big a role to play in making the lineup as diverse as the festival-going audiences. Part of their negotiations on behalf of artists includes where their name goes on the poster announcing a festival’s lineup. It begs the question, is St. Vincent or Camila Cabello’s booking agent pushing for her as hard as they’re pushing for the men they represent?

    L.A. Pride (June 9 and 10) is a festival with a strong female presence also featuring two women as headliners. In addition, their headliners, Tove Lo and Kehlani, consider themselves bisexual, putting a spotlight on an underrepresented area of the LGBTQ+ community. While sexuality wasn’t a litmus test for the bookings, it was an excellent bonus for their brand. L.A. Pride President Chris Classen acknowledged that Pride events have long been associated with a white male version of LGBTQ+, and that their goal is to reflect the diversity in the real world and in the LGBTQ+ community.

    Camila Cabello will play Lollapalooza 2018.Photo: Kevin Mazur/Wire Image.

    “When it came down to choosing our talent, we wanted to make sure first and foremost that it was reflective of the community,” L.A. Pride marketing lead Shayne Thomas tells Refinery29. “Once we started digging, it became clear that there was a beautiful story unfolding based on the sheer number of women that we booked into our big top spots who represent various aspects of the LGBTQ spectrum as well as different diversity groups that are reflective of our community and Los Angeles.” And, Thomas continues, the Pride audience has no problem embracing strong women; they love their divas.

    L.A. Pride’s full lineup hasn’t been announced, but Classen and the festival programming lead, Gregory Alexander, also revealed that they have embraced and planned to shine a light on trans performers this year as well.

    Like FYF, the people behind Fortress and L.A. Pride want to book the best festival that people in the area will buy tickets to attend. Everyone Refinery29 spoke to rejected the notion that having woman headliners or a 50% female lineup might dissuade ticket buyers, or that audiences connect better with male performers. At the same time, none of them supported the idea of a mandatory gender parity rule like that recently established by several festivals in Europe. Reaching gender parity at festivals is an idea that, in theory, everyone is on board with. Coachella drastically increased its acts up and down the bill with women in 2018, after years of being dinged in the media over the issue. At the very least, festivals are moving in the right direction by upping the number of women playing, unlike the music industry itself, where in 2017 women saw a sharp drop in their representation in popular music, songwriting, and production — when the numbers were already staggeringly imbalanced.

    Festivals are moving in the right direction, thanks to pressure exerted by their audiences and the media. But they will face an uphill climb to gender parity if the larger music industry doesn’t continue to create careers for more women in music who can headline a festival — and what most women want is to see themselves reflected on the stage and in the lineup. Specifically, in the largest, marquee-billing font atop the lineup poster. But Coachella can’t book what doesn’t exist, no matter how many women they might nurture on the lower tiers of their lineup.

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    The desire to cover our "imperfections" goes back a long way. In 18th-century England, men and women caked their faces in toxic lead-based makeup, preferring to risk death over letting their smallpox scars show; as far back as Ancient Egypt, King Tut was found to have been buried with his anti-acne treatments. You'd think even the most persistent breakouts wouldn't be able to follow you into the afterlife.

    But with the sheer variety of concealers on the market — liquids, creams, even powders — it can be hard to tell which ones are for blemishes, and which ones are for dark circles, and which ones are for redness, and which of them even do anything in the first place. "There are a lot of misconceptions about concealer, especially what's actually best to use under the eyes or for blemish coverage," makeup artist Keeley Wilson confirms. And when it comes to the under-eye area in particular, a lot of people are doing it wrong.

    "Everyone seems to think that you need to buy a lighter shade to help 'brighten,' but in reality that will only make any darkness look ashier," Wilson says — and if your under-eye concealer still isn't working out for you, there's one big step that you're probably missing, too. "Think about it this way: If you had a purple wall in your bedroom you wanted to paint white, you wouldn't just go straight in with the white," she explains. "The darkness of the purple would show through, so you'd use a primer first to knock the color out. It's the same principle here; if you have a lot of darkness under the eye, use a corrector to take the worst out of it first."

    Aside from ashiness, creasing under the eyes is enough to make you want to just put on sunglasses and forget about it. "I can’t recommend using an eye cream first enough. It’ll help to keep the area hydrated, so the concealer will feel and look less caky," Wilson says. "The other thing is to use the right tools. I like to use a brush to apply my concealer, and then use my ring finger to pat over the top to take off any excess. The warmth from your finger will help to blend the product, making it look more like skin."

    If your under-eye area is particularly dry, Wilson has some additional advice: "Use a concealer that has a slightly thinner texture. Apply a small amount of eye cream to prep first, then use a brush to apply the concealer under the eye in an inverted triangle shape, making sure to blend the product out so that it’s not too thick. Then once you’re happy with how it’s looking, take a translucent powder and dust some over to keep creasing at bay."

    You'll be relieved to know that the battle to hide blemishes is considerably easier than the one against stubborn dark circles. As a rule of thumb, Wilson says to opt for a cream or liquid concealer the same shade as your foundation — you can even choose one with salicylic acid or other zit-busting ingredients — and start by picking up your brush. "Fingers aren't best for these thicker textures, as you'll only end up removing a lot of the concealer as you go," Wilson says. "I always do foundation first, then use a small brush to dab concealer on, and then finish with loose powder. You really can't afford to skip powder if you want it to stay."

    But covering up blemishes and dark circles isn't the only thing concealer is good for. Heavy-duty formulas can hide everything from uneven skin texture to tattoos and surgery scars, and Wilson uses it on her clients to highlight brow bones, tidy up lip lines, and even create a base before lipstick to achieve truer tones. Her handiest hack? "Use it to mask any newly-grown hairs when you're in between brow appointments," she says. Really, what can't concealer do?

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    Before you talk about Australia, it's important to first reflect on what it fundamentally is, in the simplest terms: a massive Western country colonized by the British, the original home of an indigenous people later utilized as a penal colony, a 7.692 million-square-kilometer island sat smack dab in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The nearest countries outside its limits are Indonesia and Papua New Guinea to the north; swing southeast and you'll hit New Zealand, with Madagascar way off to the west. From the airport in New York City to my first stop, a hotel in Sydney right near its iconic opera house, it is a solid 26 hours of travel time. Which is to say, Australia is far. It is remote. And for a culture that shares our language, things are very, very different.

    Whereas America is a nation built on millions of discarded plastic Duane Reade bags and politicians who routinely deny the role of human influence on climate change, Australia is stringently, almost aggressively committed to environmental consciousness. From the public bathrooms at the seal conservation ("Australia is the driest country in the driest inhabited continent in the world!" a printout above the toilet reminds you before you go to press for a full flush or just the half) to the organic vineyards to its beauty brands, the importance of sustainability drives everything they do.

    Can the devoutly green leanings of the world's strangest continent, 90% of which is uninhabitable, teach the rest of the globe how to do it right?

    And while there's a certain woo-woo mystique to this vast, unique place in the middle of the ocean, a delightful detachment between Australia and the rest of the boring old world, there's also a sense of responsibility — that all of this is being done out of necessity, not a superiority complex or a competition to see who's the most eco-friendly. It is assumed, like it's assumed that you should always be wary of kangaroos crossing the road, that the environment is something that everyone wants to protect and preserve, not just those special-snowflake "environmentalists" who probably voted for Crooked Hillary. (Even the finest restaurants recycle, treat, and drink their rain water, for Christ's sake.) But can the devoutly green leanings of the world's strangest continent, 90% of which is uninhabitable, teach the rest of the globe how to do it right?

    Australia's number-one prestige beauty brand has set the bar pretty high. Jurlique's presence on the island is impossible to miss: large advertisements on bus-stop waiting areas, its elegant, minimalist branding visible through the windows of every spa, chemist, and beauty shop in Sydney. Even in Adelaide's charming vacation town of Glenelg, which spans roughly .3 square miles, I walk past several shops on the strip featuring broad advertisements for the brand. But beyond its clear status as one of the biggest names in Australian beauty, Jurlique is also at the forefront of sustainability measures that go above and beyond using recyclable packaging or shutting down company facilities every year for an employee tree-planting day (though, yes, it does both of those things as well).

    A walk through the herb garden at the Jurlique Farm in the Adelaide Hills. Not shown: the hothouses they use to grow spilanthes, a flowering herb also known as "buzz buttons," which — well, it makes your mouth buzz. I ate four.

    Jurlique's 105-acre farm in the Adelaide Hills is fully solar-powered; its employees do not use any machinery in the harvesting of the medicinal herbs and flowers that are eventually steam-distilled into active botanical extracts that form the base of all of the brand's products. "Everything is harvested, weeded, and picked by hand," Sarah Carter, the farm's horticulture specialist, tells me. "The roses are cut by hand in a specific way — there's a technique for everything. A hand-comb for the chamomile is the closest we come to using any tools."

    The farm is organic- and biodynamic-certified, and operates under a strict set of guidelines that includes a three-meter-wide buffer zone between the Jurlique farm — a former dairy farm purchased in 2004, and a significant upgrade from the four- and eight-acre properties the brand previously functioned out of — and surrounding farms that might not follow the same principles. And because it's organic, it is required to make its own compost — which it does, producing around 200 tons every year. Poultry manure, excess herbs, and biodynamic preparations are routinely spread over new beds to feed those crops; essentially, everything that's not used is turned back into the ground as a natural fertilizer, enriching the earth rather than depleting it.

    Inside the herb-drying shed at Jurlique Farm.

    And everything that is used goes to Jurlique's factory just a few miles away, where the sustainability agenda reigns supreme. All of the packaging is recyclable and reusable; Jon Westover, the managing director of global operations at Jurlique International, says that the emphasis is on reducing the carbon footprint as much as possible, whether that means shipping products by sea freight to cut down on emissions — it takes about three weeks for each shipment to make its way stateside — or using 98% of the materials recovered from the previous knockdown to build the bigger, better, more advanced facility that stands today. The company leaves no sustainability stone unturned, all in the name of purer, more effective ingredients, better beauty products, and, at the end of the day, saving the world.

    Jurlique has been doing this, or some form of it, since the early 1980s, when Dr. Jürgen Klein, a biochemist, and his wife Ulrike, a botanist, left their native Germany in search of "the purest place on earth." They found it in the Adelaide Hills, in South Australia, which is said to have the highest air quality in the world, with virtually no air pollution. (Maybe it's just the power of suggestion, but a few deep breaths and I'm sold; suddenly I'm wide-eyed and invigorated, not hopelessly jet-lagged and desperately in search of a good cup of coffee, not espresso.) But over three decades later, this earth-friendly ethos, this nature-inspired, wellness-driven, distinctly Australian approach, is reinforcing the core of newer brands, too.

    Although Dr. Roebuck's technically got its start in 1978, when two Australian physicians developed a topical preparation at home to use on their daughters' eczema, it's identical twins Zoe and Kim who have more recently taken it to market and turned the family name into a full-blown skin-care brand, with a "beauty from the inside out" philosophy that channels their holistic upbringing. All formulated in Bondi, in Sydney, the products are paraben-, sulfate-, gluten-, and cruelty-free and vegan, with no BPA, petrochemicals, fillers, synthetic fragrances, or dyes.

    Everything we do is guided by nature and our responsibility to therefore protect it.

    "We’ve taken an eco-friendly and sustainable approach to everyday living to not only minimize exposure to nasty chemicals and toxins, but also to limit our carbon footprint," Kim says. "The unique element of Australian beauty is driven by our culture and its people — nature and wellness is at the very center of our living and being." As part of the brand's sustainability promise, Dr. Roebuck's prioritizes local and sustainable ingredients, like biodegradable jojoba beads. "We research and follow the supply from origin, extraction, and refinement of every single one of our ingredients to ensure it is from a sustainable and ethical source," says Zoe. "Sourcing these local ingredients and having Australian culture at the center of our branding allows us to share our home with the rest of the world."

    Jay Rynenberg is a Sydney transplant who, with his wife Patrice, started a skin-care brand called Asarai earlier this year. "I think subconsciously [Australians] learn at an early age how nature can nurture a lifestyle that is healthy and happy," he says. "Everything we do is guided by nature and our responsibility to therefore protect it." While the Rynenbergs operate out of Los Angeles, all the products are manufactured in Australia, and it's the couple's Australian roots that influence everything from Asarai's vibrant, energetic packaging to its (paraben-, PEG-, sulfate-, fragrance-, and cruelty-free) formulations, which highlight native ingredients like Kakadu plum and Australian red clay.

    As an official partner of 1% For The Planet, Asarai donates part of its revenue toward a healthier planet. But beyond that, Rynenberg says that the factory where its products are manufactured is Australia’s first fully-certified eco-industrial facility, "complete with solar-power grids and recycled building materials." More than anything, Rynenberg explains, "Everyone on our team is passionate and dedicated to being part of a new generation of businesses that are eco-friendly and think forwardly about the future of our planet." And while that drive may not be uniquely Australian, the difference is that it's their norm, not a new development founded out of the fear that it's about time we reverse the damage we've already done.

    Jurlique tapped acclaimed Australian rose breeder George Thomson to develop the new Jurlique rose, a proprietary hybrid that grows only on the farm. There are only around 4,000 right now, so you won't find them in the brand's products — yet.

    Standing on the shoreline at Bondi Beach, where the water is bluer than blue and everyone seems to be having a suspiciously good time, or at the crest of the hill overlooking Jurlique's lush rose gardens in Adelaide (which, Carter tells me cheerfully, the kangaroos have taken a liking to, hopping over to snatch them from their stems in the early hours of the morning), it's clear that there is an ease, and a simple, clean beauty, to the Australian way of life, to its natural resources and potent botanicals (its plants are especially hardy, since they often need to survive extreme conditions) and its extraordinary flora and fauna and landscapes and skies and largely egalitarian society and grumpy koalas munching on eucalyptus leaves. It's clear that this is a special place, and that specialness, like its fiercely environmentally-conscious principles, is worth sharing.

    "We have seen how the purity of nature has transformed our lives personally, and we really want to inspire others to also connect with nature," Rynenberg says. But to connect with nature, it's essential that we take care of nature, to preserve it, to nurture it, to save it. This shouldn't fall on the shoulders of any one political party, and we certainly shouldn't be looking to the EPA (its name seems ironic, now); it's on all of us, whether we're under the clear blue sky of Watsons Bay or in the heavily-polluted Bay Area.

    This American, a lifelong New Yorker who may as well have been born with smog-filled lungs and debris-clogged pores and an overflowing recycling bin, left weird, green, beautiful Australia happier, healthier, forever changed, the new owner of a reusable water bottle from the souvenir shop at Cleland Wildlife Park — and four days later than originally planned. And if it didn't take a full three weeks to travel from Adelaide to the U.S. via sea freight, I might have even considered taking the long way home.

    Travel and accommodations were provided by Jurlique for the purpose of writing this story.

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    Underwood’s injuries included a broken wrist and some nasty facial trauma requiring over 40 stitches. “When I am ready to get in front of a camera, I want you all to understand why I might look a bit different,” she warned in a fan club post earlier this year. But while the scars are visible in the new selfie, Underwood’s look is totally familiar to those of us who have been watching her videos for years.

    Underwood has been candid about coming to grips with the changes to her face."For a while, I was worried [my son] would be scared of me," she said in an interview with iHeartRadio's The Bobby Bones Show podcast. “I don’t know if I’ll ever be done talking about it, because it was an event in my life."

    Although the singer has kept her distance on social media since the accident — Underwood’s Instagram has been noticeably shy of close-ups for the last several months — she hasn’t exactly been in hiding. Over the last few months she’s performed at the Academy of Country Music Awards, released a new music video and opened up about the emotional impact of her injuries in a song appropriately titled “Cry Pretty.”

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    Welcome toMoney Diaries , where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking millennials how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we're tracking every last dollar.

    Today: an assistant at a think tank who makes $40,000 per year and spends some of her paycheck this week on omelet from her office cafeteria.

    Occupation: Assistant
    Industry: Think Tank
    Age: 23
    Location: Washington, D.C.
    Salary: $40,000
    Paycheck Amount (2x/month): $1,344.62

    Monthly Expenses
    Rent: $850. (I live in a three-bedroom house with two roommates. Only drawback is that my room is a literal shoebox.)
    Student Loan Payment: $286. (I'm on track to finish paying off my loan in 10 years.)
    Health Insurance: $0. (I'm on my parents' plan.)
    Wifi/Cable: $52

    Metro: $60, taken out of my paycheck pre-tax
    Water: $26-$35. (D.C. water is PRICEY.)
    Gas: $25 -$40. (It's been pretty cold, so this has been rough.)
    Gym Membership: $32
    Bike Share: $8
    Google Storage: $2.09
    Spotify: $10.81
    Netflix: $0. (I mooch off my sister.)
    Amnesty International Donation: $15

    Additional Expenses
    Roth IRA: I put in $600 every six months. (There's currently $2,400 total in the account.)

    Day One

    7 a.m. — Wake up super late because I know my main boss won't be in until after 10. I peacefully lie in bed until 8 and then force myself to shower and make a tuna salad for lunch. I always tell myself I'll make my lunch the night before, but I have literally never done it.

    9:10 a.m. — I almost always take the bus to and from work, but it's sleeting and I'm just not feeling it. I call an Uber on my dad's American Express – I'm the only one he's not making car payments for, and he's a freak about safety when it comes to commuting, so he's let me keep his card on my account (I swear I only use it occasionally). It really has helped me out. ($9.11 expensed)

    9:35 a.m. — I always make a pot of coffee before I leave the house, but sometimes I'm honestly too lazy to fill the pot. These past few days have really gotten to me (a.k.a. I hate my job), so I just decide to say "yolo" and buy Starbucks for me and my coworker. We're both pretty good about picking stuff up for each other when we go out so we never really worry about Venmo-ing. I usually get full from coffee, so I eat my banana from home back at the office. $7.70

    12:45 p.m. — Eat my tuna salad and cucumbers from home for lunch. I normally try to socialize with my coworkers during lunch, but I'm currently on the job hunt, so I stay back at my desk to send networking emails (and also get distracted reading Money Diaries).

    4:45 p.m. — This day will not end, and I am starving. I brought tons of fruit, but of course I go downstairs to get honey mustard-and-onion pretzel nubs from the vending machine to sustain me for my two-hour language class at 6. They're SO addicting, but I immediately regret them once I finish the bag. The usual. $1.25

    8 p.m. — Class is finally over and I'm drained. I go over to my coworker's place, who's also my friend-with-benefits. I don't know how often is too often to see him, but we just started hooking up, so I'm just going with it. We drink wine, vent, catch up on This Is Us, and pass out.

    Daily Total: $8.95

    Day Two

    7:50 a.m. — We absolutely could not get out of bed this morning, so I call a Lyft from his house, as I accept that I'm definitely going to be late into the office and make a mental note to start waking up early enough to catch the bus if our relationship is going to continue this way. My house is two miles away from a metro stop, so I'm pretty dependent on rideshares but try to bike most places when it's not winter. $8.78

    9:10 a.m. — I'm supposed to be in at 9, and my boss is PSYCHOTIC, so I text my coworker to let him know that I'll be a bit late "because of the bus." I inhale sweet potatoes and an avocado while waiting for the bus.

    12:15 p.m. — Unclear if it's because I didn't eat last night or because work has already been heck today, but I am famished. I have a lot of food guilt when I eat unhealthily (a.k.a. wine and M&M's for dinner), so I go buy a Chop't salad, my weakness, and accept that my whole saving money thing is just not going to work out this week. $11.94

    2 p.m. — There's leftover cookies and coffee at work from a conference, so naturally my coworkers and I rush to the free food.

    5:15 p.m. — Metro to a networking happy hour over by the Hill that I am very underwhelmed for. I meet my friend halfway and we catch up on life, since it's been a while. All the drinks are free (the only reason people go), so we end up having a blast and drinking way too much wine. I pick up a few business cards of new faces and consider it a successful night.

    7:30 p.m. — I'm more than a little tipsy from the wine because I'm a lightweight, and I Uber to FWB's house, despite telling myself I would absolutely not let him become my drunk booty call just yet. (Realistically, though, this was bound to happen.) The train is literally right next to my pick-up and destination, so I scold myself for Ubering once I'm in the car. Drunk me doesn't always make the most money savvy decisions. FWB is a sweet boy and lets me talk his ear off before giving me a bite to eat and letting me crash. $8.09

    Daily Total: $28.81

    Day Three

    9 a.m. — We woke up probably a thousand times during the night and into the morning and are now shocked at just how late we are to work. I normally go in later on Fridays because my bosses don't come in, so I'm off the hook there. FWB rushes to get ready and I thank the Lord that I'm not hungover. He lets me stay in bed until I need to leave for work, so I sleep for another hour before walking to the office.

    11:45 a.m. — I am FAMISHED. I stole some of FWB's crackers this morning, but two days in a row of not eating dinner is really getting to me. I go buy a massive tuna salad wrap and chips in the cafeteria. $7.09

    3 p.m. — The day has passed terribly slowly, but I'm supposed to go meet an old boss on the Hill for a life catch-up. I metro over there and he immediately says we're going on a beer run for his staff meeting at 4 (because that's normal). We catch up on the walk and then hang out in his office for a few hours after his meeting, drinking beer and talking about life. I explain my job situation to him (that my current boss is rude and doesn't think women can do literally anything), and he gives me some advice. It's great to see him. I call my dad on the way back to the train to fill him in before heading home.

    7 p.m. — I decided at the beginning of the week that this weekend would be a do-absolutely-nothing weekend, and I am pumped. I've been out of town for the past two weekends and feel like I've literally had no down time since January. I help my roommate get ready for her date (she's a serial dater, in the nicest way possible), and make small talk with him when he shows up a bit too early. I do a face mask, catch up on Grey's Anatomy, and fall asleep around midnight full of Trader Joe's edamame, olives, and tortilla chips. (10/10 would not recommend these together, but I'm low-key hormonal, hence why I was craving this combo.)

    Daily Total: $7.09

    Day Four

    7:30 a.m. — I wake up super early because FWB and I made plans to hang out this weekend as long as we're both productive in the morning. At 8:30 I force myself to do some spring cleaning. At the end of it all, my room is cleaner than it's ever been, my laundry is done, I'm finally unpacked from my trips, and I am EXHAUSTED.

    2 p.m. — UberPool to FWB's house for our planned lazy day, and I am so excited. I didn't think we'd see each other this often, but I feel less guilty about it because my best friends all either have family in town or are away this weekend. FWB and I normally hang out together in groups on the weekend anyways, only now it just involves a bit more ... lol. Unfortunately, I make the mistake of Ubering instead of taking the bus, thinking it would be quicker, and it takes twice as long to get there. $5.82

    2:45 p.m. — Finally make it and he's about to kill me out of hangriness. We go to the store to buy the necessities for a lazy weekend: crescent rolls, Lit'l Smokies, chips, guac, and a huge bottle of wine. I Venmo him for three quarters of it because he always buys our food without asking for me to pay him back, so I definitely owe him more than half. $15

    3:30 p.m. — Luckily it's just cold enough to not be outdoors, so we feel less guilty for being lazy. We drink way too much wine, eat a ton of pigs in a blanket, and hang out until 10 p.m. We planned to smuggle wine into a movie, but I fall dead asleep around 11 before that can happen.

    Daily Total: $20.82

    Day Five

    1 p.m. — Okay I never sleep this late, just so it's clear. I hate wasting the day! But we barely slept last night, and this morning, daylight savings time hits us hard. Plus we've never had the chance to just do nothing together, and I'm a big fan. We finally motivate ourselves to get up over the course of an hour after really comprehending just how lazy we have been, and make a to-do list to salvage the rest of the day.

    2 p.m. — I need to start bringing lunch to work instead of buying, so I head to Trader Joe's to stock up on lunch food (even though I hate how crowded Sundays always are there). It's my mom's birthday, so I Facetime with her while I walk and make a mental note to send her flowers at work next week. Normally I love going all out on gifts, but my sisters and I spent way more than we could afford for her Christmas gift, so we're kind of giving ourselves a pass this year.

    2:30 p.m. — At TJ's, I buy enough for a week's worth of Buddha bowls in an effort to be healthy. Plus stuff for turkey wraps, as well as kombucha (which I've recently tried to make more of a habit of drinking). I didn't expect to spend this much money, but I bought a bunch of produce, so I'm not that surprised ($52.11). I Uber home because I'm nowhere near a good bus route ($10.97). $63.08

    4 p.m. — After lounging around and helping my roomie out with cover letters, I convince myself to go to the gym because I have literally been immobile all weekend.

    6:30 p.m. — I feel SO much better now, but am also dead and have not even started studying for my language class's final tomorrow. It'll probably be a late night, but I haven't been sleeping well anyways so I just accept it and take my time cooking. I eat, do a mask, and Facebook stalk four people before finally studying until 1 a.m.

    Daily Total: $63.08

    Day Six

    6:30 a.m. — I am dead. It's dark when I wake up and I absolutely cannot get out of bed until the very last second. I sprint through getting ready and throw a turkey wrap together with a bottle of kombucha for lunch. We have a work happy hour tonight, and then I have my test. I know I'm gonna end up at FWB's house, so I throw extra work clothes in my purse and barely make the bus.

    9:10 a.m. — I munch on my TJ's yogurt and chug my coffee while trying to pacify my already angry boss. Everyone's here, which never happens on Mondays, and I can already tell this day is going to be real rough.

    10:30 a.m. — I break open my Goldfish for a mid-morning snack. I've been trying to eat healthier, but this is one thing I cannot shake. I eat way too many fish and already feel the heartburn coming.

    12:15 p.m. — I cram for my final exam during my lunch break and enjoy the peace and quiet of an empty office. My wrap's good, but I definitely regret not bringing more food. The past few weeks I've haven't had much of an appetite due to the stress of work, so I take it as a good sign that I'm still hungry after lunch, and make a mental note to buy more Goldfish at CVS this week.

    2:30 p.m. — I am slowly dying. I am a caffeine addict, but I despise our Keurig coffee, so I usually try to avoid it during the afternoons. I really want to go grab a cappuccino but find an apple in my desk to distract me from spending money. Counting down the hours until tonight's happy hour.

    5 p.m. — I know it's a bad idea to drink before my final, but if you don't know a language when you're drunk, do you really know it? I grab a margarita from my coworker's pitcher and fill up on chips and guac. It's nice to hang out with everyone outside of the office, but also a bit stressful, so I'm not that disappointed when I have to leave. Plus, I really don't need to be marg drunk on a Monday.

    6:10 p.m. — Run to my test that starts in five minutes! Whoops. I'm slightly buzzed, but really don't care too much. By the time we take the test, I'm completely sobered up. It was a BREEZE. Honestly, I could've had an entire pitcher of margs.

    7:30 p.m. — Most of my coworkers are still at happy hour, so I head back to the bar. One of the girls just found out she got passed up for a promotion by an outside hire, and she is distraught, so we plan to move to another bar to drink and vent about how much we hate our jobs. Once we start moving, though, her husband picks her up and we take it as a sign that we should call it a night, seeing as most people are drunk by now anyways.

    8:15 p.m. — FWB and I try to sneak back to his house without our coworkers seeing. It really doesn't help that he lives next to three of them, but we manage to Uber separately and pull it off. $5.29

    8:30 p.m. — He's pretty drunk, so we chat and drink a little red wine while he fills me in on what I missed at the happy hour while I was taking my test. There's always drama at my work, because, frankly, it's pretty poorly managed. But hey, at least things are always interesting. We pass out around midnight, but I barely sleep for some reason.

    Daily Total: $5.29

    Day Seven

    7:50 a.m. — I force myself out of his bed to shower before he gets up. He can get ready in 15 minutes, but my hair is way too thin to not shower in the morning (and dry shampoo just makes it worse). I climb back into bed post-shower and we sleep until 8:40 when we realize that we actually do have to show up to work, despite our best efforts to pretend we don't.

    9 a.m. — We walk to work and it is FREEZING. Thankfully we manage to avoid any coworkers when we arrive together. I have a granola bar at my desk, but I'm starving and a bit hungover from the wine, so I splurge and buy an omelet from our cafeteria. $5.95

    11 a.m. — Honestly I'm not even hungry, yet somehow I'm eating Goldfish again. I have the strangest meeting of my life with a colleague, and am brutally reminded of why I have to find a new job soon. Our work environment is toxic.

    12:30 p.m. — I go to lunch but am still not hungry yet, thanks to the omelet. We all share our March Madness bracket picks, and I set a reminder on my phone to finish mine tonight. I don't keep up with college basketball any other time of the year, but I LOVE March Madness. After an hour of avoiding going back to our desks, we finally make moves. Luckily I have a TJ's salad I left in the fridge yesterday, and I scarf it down while going through emails.

    3:30 p.m. — I cave and use the Keurig for the meeting I'm about to sit through. I just signed up for a cycling class tonight, though, so I'm telling myself to only have one cup.

    4 p.m. — The meeting was POINTLESS and now I think I'm even more tired than I was before. I'm really regretting signing up for this class, but the $5 no show charge is motivating me to not bail.

    5 p.m. — Sprint to the bus from work to make it home to get changed before class. I tell myself I'm way more fit than I think I am (which is a lie), and walk to my first spin class.

    7 p.m. — I am dead, literally dead. My legs are jello and what on earth is going on with my butt. My dad does this on the reg and so does my best friend, and now I literally think they are crazy. I strategically sat in the back during class, but the instructor could still see everything. What a day. Hopefully I worked off the wine, though.

    7:45 p.m. — Shower and make a Buddha bowl to continue on Day One of my health streak. I bought frozen carrot spirals from TJ's, and I am obsessed. I should be doing my language homework right now, so I kind of read over my vocab while actually catching up on Grey's. Tuesday's are hard.

    11 p.m. — I could've gone to bed HOURS ago, but here I am. I pop melatonin because I've been having trouble staying asleep, and try not to think of how drowsy I'm going to be in the morning.

    Daily Total: $5.95

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    Yesterday, Roger Alverado was arrested after allegedly breaking into Taylor Swift’s New York City brownstone (and, to make things that much creepier, showering and taking a nap). Last weekend, Julius Sandrock was arrested outside her Beverly Hills home on suspicion of stalking; he was found with a sinister collection of items including masks, gloves, rope, and a knife. Earlier this month, Frank Andrew Hoover — the Swift stalker who was previously arrested for violating a restraining order — was sentenced to 10 years of probation after threatening to kill the singer and her family.

    But wait, there’s more. Two weeks ago, Bruce Rowley allegedly robbed a bank in Connecticut, drove to Rhode Island and began throwing money over Swift’s fence. And that same day, another man was arrested trying to scale the wall of her Beverly Hills mansion.

    Call it what you want, but it seems safe to say that Swift has a stalker problem.

    With all the attention being paid to Swift’s flurry of stalking incidents, the singer has an opportunity to push the discussion forward. When she went up against DJ David Mueller, who was eventually found guilty of groping the singer, Swift opted for a jury trial to “serve as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts.” Will Swift pursue similar legal remedy against the men who have more recently attempted to violate her space?

    If she does, it could raise some important questions around how stalking laws should evolve in the digital age — and how all women can feel safer in a world where men feel entitled to gain access to us by any means necessary.

    In light of the #MeToo movement, we’ve also become more aware of how widespread unwanted male attention is among ordinary women. Discussions playing out on Twitter and beyond reveal how frequently women are followed or made to feel unsafe in public spaces and their own homes.

    There may be other factors at play in Swift’s stalking cases — for example, we don’t yet know about the mental state of any of the men involved — and these incidents represent extremes of unwanted male attention. But for Swift, and for any woman, the impact of this attention doesn’t necessary correlate to how “extreme” it appears. Any incident that makes a woman feel unsafe can have a lasting influence on her life.

    So in facing these cases, Swift has an opportunity to shine a light on the next step towards equality: women actually being treated like human beings, and not objects, by men.

    If you have experienced sexual violence and are in need of crisis support, please call the RAINN Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).

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    It’s not every day an actress wins a coveted award, or declines to go accept it. But in this case, actress Natalie Portman did both, when she recently announced that she wouldn’t be traveling to Israel to accept the Genesis Prize Foundation's Genesis Prize.

    The presentation ceremony was scheduled for June 28, but was promptly cancelled, according to the statement, once the foundation learned through Portman’s spokesperson that the actress could “not in good conscience move forward with the ceremony.”

    Dubbed “the Jewish Nobel” by Time magazine, the award “honors extraordinary individuals who serve as an inspiration to the next generation of Jews through their outstanding professional achievement and commitment to the Jewish people and Jewish values, such as social justice, tolerance and charity,” according to a press release from the foundation. Former recipients of the million-dollar prize include former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and actor-director Michael Douglas.

    Portman’s decision not to travel to the award ceremony drew criticism from some, including Israel's minister for culture and sports, Miri Regev. "I was saddened to hear that Natalie Portman has fallen as a ripe fruit in the hands of BDS supporters," Regev said, associating the actress' act with the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement that protests Israel over its treatment of Palestinians and the West Bank.

    But Portman denies any involvement with the movement and instead decided to release a statement on her Instagram, stating that her words had been “mischaracterized by others.”

    “I chose not to attend because I did not want to appear as endorsing [Israeli Prime Minister] Benjamin Netanyahu, who was to be giving a speech at the ceremony. By the same token, I am not part of the BDS movement and do not endorse it," she wrote in the statement. The actress continued by saying that she treasures her “Israeli friends and family, Israeli food, books, art, cinema, and dance,” but noted that the mistreatment of those suffering from “today’s atrocities” were not in line with her Jewish values. “Because I care about Israel, I must stand up against violence, corruption, inequality, and abuse of power," she said.

    The Annihilation actress closed out her statement by saying that the entire ordeal has inspired her to support a number of charities in Israel. “I will be announcing them soon, and I hope others will join me in supporting the great work they are doing.”

    Sounds to me like Portman’s decision to boycott the ceremony definitely falls in line with the mission of the award, and kudos to her for standing by her beliefs.

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    I don't really date. It's not by choice, or anything, it just so happens that most of the guys I click with usually just want to Netflix and chill — or just chill. And we all know what that means. That being said, I was pleasantly surprised when my cute Tinder match invited me out on a real date: an afternoon at the museum.

    As soon as I got his text, I racked my brain — and closet — for the perfect outfit. Meaning, I sent no fewer than six dress or top-and-jean combos to my group chat until I got approval across the board. With my outfit locked in I moved onto my makeup. I like looking like myself for my first few dates with a new guy... just a little better. You're not about to accuse me of catfishing.

    In that vein, I figured it'd be the perfect time to try Becca's newest Shimmering Skin Perfecter Highlighter since the Chocolate Geode shade is a rich bronze, rather than gold. (For the record, gold is also a beautiful option, but can be tricky to wear without the help of a professional makeup artist.) This bronze is novice-friendly: It didn't require a lot of blending and didn't look ashy — it just blended right in. Chocolate Geode is powder, but melted into my skin and hugged my cheekbones, giving them great definition (especially because I had contoured, too). What's more, it doesn't have much fallout, even when I applied it with a fan brush.

    Teamed with the brand's Chocolate Geode Glow Gloss, I felt like a goddess. I didn't put on too much highlight for the museum — two swipes was more than enough shimmer for daytime. But when we go out at night, I'll most definitely be layering it on liberally. How do I seem so sure, you ask? We already have another date planned. So was it a lucky charm or a confidence booster? Who's to say, but this will be a date day — and night — mainstay from here on in.

    Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Chocolate Geode, $38, available at Becca.

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    Anyone assuming that Beyoncé’s weekend two performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival could not possibly top last week’s jaw-dropping set clearly underestimated the power of Queen B.

    Bey flipped the script on her Coachella set in Indio, CA. Yes, she had Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams back for a second Destiny’s Child reunion, along with her hubby Jay-Z and sister Solange. But they all wore a whole new custom-made, Balmain-designed wardrobe.

    Remember those fringe boots that Beyoncé wore last week? Solange gave them a try this time around. Most of this weekend's Beychella set had a running theme of silver: the Destiny’s Child reunion part two — which included the performance of "Lose My Breath," "Say My Name," and "Soldier" — had the ladies wearing sparkly silver getups, Solange’s “Get Me Bodied" performance with her big sis also featured the pair in a silvery number, and Bey wore a stunning new Balmain Egyptian queen royal cape and headdress in silver.

    But the real chatter on on social media is over Bey’s new BAK college sweater. While everyone flocked to buy the yellow one from last weekend, last night Beyoncé wore a pink version. But don't fret! All the BAK sweatshirts and T-shirts are already available on Bey’s pop-up Coachella merch website — for a limited time only.

    While it’s hard to know which Bey song outshined the other, one major surprise came when she brought out J Balvin to perform “Mi Gente” alongside her. The single track, released last fall to support hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico, really brought the house down. Beyoncé dancing and strutting to that Latin beat was something else.

    And if you’re coming down from that Beyoncé high, remember we just have a couple of more months before the Carters hit the summer stage for their On the Run 2 world tour.

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    Last year, I brought my mom with me to a dinner party full of friends and colleagues — all twenty-something, single, living in Brooklyn, and into astrology. It was the kind of table set-up where you can really only talk to the people seated on either side of you, so someone suggested we start off the meal by going around one by one and sharing our Sun, Moon, and Rising signs.

    Take a moment to imagine the time it takes 15 or so people to list their signs, talk about the degree to which they relate to them, and get interrupted by a drunk person who knows someone who knows someone whose brother was a Leo rising and, well, he's in jail for murder now, so maybe they're not all trustworthy, you know? Now imagine a mom, wildly impatient and skeptical by nature (she's a Cancer, btw), who does not get this whole New Age millennial crystal thing at all.

    By the third person, she was very audibly sighing; by the sixth, she was muttering, "Oh, we're actually doing this. This is for real, okay, wow." I shushed her, said she was being rude, but secretly, I felt the same. Because here's the hard truth: I don't give a shit about your horoscope. I don't care what you think is "off" about your love life because Mercury is in retrograde. I don't want to know what's in your gratitude journal. But I continue to talk about it with people ad nauseam.

    Which is why I hate how irresistible I find spiritual beauty products. "Gemstone-infused" is the sexiest phrase in the beauty lexicon; just reading "promotes a sense of peace" on a label is enough to make me feel a little calmer. A neat set of tiny essential oil vials in a rainbow of colors that promises to center all seven chakras and comes with a guide book that tells, in the simplest possible terms, how best to use each? Yep, fuck, I'm in.

    First, I posed the oils against palm fronds and crystals for Instagram (I may not be sure which planet rules Sagittarius, but I know exactly how many followers I have at any given moment and it's never enough), then I rolled Third Eye, which governs wisdom and intuition, along my forehead, and Heart around my chest. I turned away from all the screens, closed my eyes, and took a few deep breaths. And... it worked. I felt immediately less end-of-day-headache-y and on edge, and all I had really done was hit pause on reading about how much Kylie's Fendi stroller costs.

    I've been using the oils regularly throughout the day — sometimes I follow the booklet's instructions, sometimes I just grab a random one and hold it to my nose. I'm not, like, about to pay for a tarot card reading any time soon, but I do feel comforted by my Root rollerball, a little less prone to find everything annoying. Maybe I'll lend my mom Throat the next time she comes to visit — it's supposed to make you a better listener.

    Baiser Beauty The Chakra Box, $180, available at Baiser Beauty.

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    According to numerous tabloids that we wish we could claim to ignore but totally still scroll through on Twitter, Pippa Middleton is pregnant with her first child with husband James Matthews. This may be one of the few instances that we hope the tabloids are correct. Given the buzz around this, the couple will likely confirm or deny the rumor very soon. For now, we’ll indulge in the tabloids “we’d never read,” and turn on our Google alerts.

    The pregnancy has yet to be confirmed publicly by the couple, who first began dating in 2015 before marrying last year — but lots of unnamed sources are ready to spill all their tea. No privacy for the royal-adjacent!

    Even if it is all the conjecture of leakers currently, having a baby seems to be right in line with what Pippa and her husband had planned. As they were busy planning their wedding at the end of 2016, a source told People that the couple were looking forward to settling down and “having children and leading a quiet life.” Since getting married, it seems that they have been able to do just that.

    And what a year for royal baby news! Kate Middleton is pregnant with her and Prince William’s third child, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are tying the knot in less than a month, and now this. Prince Harry and Markle may not be far behind, as they have expressed a desire to start a family soon as well. Can you imagine an entire troop of royal children running around? The limit for cuteness does not exist.

    Undoubtedly, Pippa’s sister Kate will have plenty of sage advice on motherhood, and hopefully will be able to pass it down along with some stylish designer maternity outfits. Sisters, no matter how royal, borrow from each other’s closets from time to time. Besides, Kate won’t need them for much longer as she is due any day now.

    If the rumors are true, Pippa might have to reconsider her staunch disapproval of pancakes, the ultimate kid-friendly weekend breakfast food. Maybe she would compromise with waffles?

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    Welcome toMoney Diaries , where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking millennials how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we're tracking every last dollar.

    Today: an entrepreneur working in hospitality who makes $115,000 per year and spends some of her paycheck this week on a Totoro keychain.

    Occupation: Entrepreneur
    Industry: Hospitality
    Age: 26
    Location: New York, NY
    Salary: $115,000
    Paycheck Amount (Weekly): $1,160. (Investment income is paid out at the end of the year.)

    Monthly Expenses
    Rent: $2,175
    Student Loan Payment: $0. (I didn't take out any student loans. My parents started a college tuition fund for me when I was very little, which I also added to whenever I made money or received monetary gifts.)
    MetroCard: $121, taken out of my paycheck pre-tax
    Health Insurance: $433, taken out pre-tax
    Electricity & Gas: ~$70
    Phone: ~$58
    Internet: $45
    ICloud Storage: $2.99
    Afar Magazine Subscription: $1.10

    Day One

    7:30 a.m. — I get woken up by heavy construction noise outside. Somehow, I manage to fall back asleep. I stayed up until 2:30 a.m. last night perusing the shopping guide for a Bergdorf Goodman beauty event. (I only found out about it when a last-minute announcement hit my inbox just before midnight.) I rarely shop for skincare products, but the big discount was enticing. I ended up passing on the sale, though, because I just can't justify casually spending $1,000.

    9 a.m. — I get woken up again, this time by my neighbor slamming his door. He does this all the time, so I always know when he leaves or comes home. We never say hi to each other in the hallway. Awkward.

    10 a.m. — Get ready for work. I left my corporate job last year to pursue entrepreneurship with a group of friends. We run a hospitality management start-up, so our hours are irregular. I'm on call around the clock, but in return I get a flexible schedule and choice of work locations.

    10:30 a.m. — I recently changed my makeup look to a warmer tone, which feels refreshing and makes my morning routine more exciting. I'm wearing Tom Ford's Cream and Powder Eye Color today, which I splurged on with a $50 Bloomingdales gift card last week. The golden peach color is dazzling.

    11 a.m. — Subway to work.

    11:30 a.m. — I snack on chocolate with a glass of soy milk while spending way too much time browsing food delivery websites for lunch ideas. I keep a handful of chocolate bars at work, and our office building provides free coffee, milk, and beers.

    12 p.m. — I text my coworker to check if he's okay with Thai food for lunch. All our meals are treated by the owners, but I do the ordering because everyone trusts my foodie instincts. ($34.94 expensed)

    1:30 p.m. — Food arrives and so does my coworker, so we eat together. My pad woon sen comes with a variety of vegetables. The colorful dish makes me happy.

    2 p.m. — My compensation package is finalized – I got the raise I wanted! This is no small triumph, because I tend to avoid confrontation. I immediately share the good news with my family and my best friend over text.

    4 p.m. — My friend sends over housing options to help me out with moving. I can no longer tolerate the peeling paint and rampant mice in my current apartment, and I need to move out. I also have vacation on the mind – my family is spread out across the world, so we try to plan something special together every year.

    6 p.m. — I go home to shower and relax. Then I watch YouTube videos while doing chores. I like self-help videos and motivational speeches, as well as cooking tutorials and travel videos.

    7 p.m. — I eat marinated soft-boiled egg and frozen roasted sweet potatoes for dinner. I also finish up leftover bone broth with mushroom and goji berries that I made last weekend. I'm a decent cook and used to experiment with a lot of different recipes, but I have gradually reduced my cooking in favor of socializing more.

    9 p.m. — To aid in my lunch decision-making, I sign up for a catering service for the rest of the week. I recently got hooked on this catering service that delivers to Manhattan office buildings from different restaurants.

    11 p.m. — I read Money Diaries for ideas on what to do with my new-found wealth from my raise until I fall asleep.

    Daily Total: $0

    Day Two

    9 a.m. — I wake up feeling like a millionaire. Financial freedom is empowering!

    12 p.m. — I receive a text notification that my lunch has arrived, so I leave the office to look for the truck. Today's lunch is Taiwanese bento boxes, and my pick is stewed pig's trotter with lotus root in a fermented bean curd sauce, which is served with white rice and cabbage. I order for two coworkers but only one of them shows up, so I save the extra food for later. ($47 expensed)

    1 p.m. — While I was waiting in the pickup line, a guy walking by asked me about the truck and, after we talked for a minute, he gave me his business card. When I get back to my desk, I email him a link to the catering service's website. He had a cute French accent and was quite friendly, so I secretly hope to strike up more conversations with him.

    4 p.m. — More coworkers swing by the office. Most people in my company work out in the field, so we only rent a miniscule space for office use. The noise makes it hard to concentrate, but it's also interesting to hear updates about other projects.

    6 p.m. — I go with the team to a ping pong bar, but when we get there, all the ping pong tables are reserved. We decide to just look around and chill out with food and drinks. We thoroughly enjoy the short rib poutine and pulled pork sliders but get a little overwhelmed by the ricotta cheese on the flatbread. My coworkers indulge in beer and apple cider while I attempt to fit in with my sparkling water. I may not appreciate the taste of alcohol, but I certainly get the spirit!

    9 p.m. — I leave the group with one other coworker. We chat a bit more about work and life on the subway before going our separate ways. I get home feeling still slightly hungry, so I eat a coconut-mango Nounos yogurt that I've been craving and a banana that's about to get too ripe.

    11:30 p.m. — I watch eyeshadow palette review videos on YouTube to research for my next purchase. I have worn little-to-no makeup all my life, but I've had a passion for eyeshadow and lip color recently. But I need to know all my options before making any commitment, and that applies to eyeshadow palettes and my life partner. This is such a strenuous task that I pass out before buying anything.

    Daily Total: $0

    Day Three

    9 a.m. — It's taken a few days, but I finally come around to unboxing a package from Express I ordered last week. I got four clothing items, a pair of heart-shaped sunglasses, and pink sneakers for summer during a site-wide sale ($126.15). I try everything on and decide to keep two black tops as well as the shoes and sunglasses. The other stuff either doesn't look flattering my body or I don't love the colors.

    11:30 a.m. — There is leftover dessert from yesterday's lunch in the office fridge – taro and tapioca in sweet coconut milk. I know I'm about to have lunch, but this will spoil fast, so I feel obligated to prioritize it. Pre-lunch dessert it is!

    12:30 p.m. — I grab food from the same catering service as yesterday. Today's menu is spicy hot pot with sliced fatty beef and assorted vegetables. I particularly love the springy sweet potato vermicelli that soaks up all the flavors of the soup. My coworker eats his in tears because of the spicy level. I make a mental note to get him something less spicy next time. ($24.98 expensed)

    7 p.m. — I head home with the remainder of yesterday's lunch leftovers. My coworkers despise leftover food, but I can't bring myself to throw out perfectly good food. I feel that I owe it to the plants/animals that sacrificed their lives and the people that prepared the food with time, effort, and care.

    7:30 p.m. — I get home, shower, and set my dinner on the table: leftover baked chicken with a peach-passion fruit Nounos yogurt and an apple. After posing my yogurt with props in the right lighting and finding a satisfactory angle and distance for the picture, I am able to eat my dinner in peace. (Did I mention I have to take a picture of everything I eat? Otherwise it's like I didn't eat it, right?)

    11 p.m. — I'm making an effort to go to bed earlier, which is hard due to the nature of my industry. My skin used to be better when I went to bed by 10 p.m. I purposefully refrained from coffee and tea today, so I am able to fall asleep relatively quickly.

    Daily Total: $0

    Day Four

    11 a.m. — A friend reminds me of Japan Week at Grand Central, so I detour to check it out. My monthly MetroCard has expired, so I have to pay for the single trip fare. $2.75

    11:40 a.m. — It takes no time to look through the exhibition. I am disappointed that there's only one food vendor at the event this year. I believe that food is the best way to share culture. It brings people together, which is why I dedicate my life to it.

    12 p.m. — I pick up three meals from the lunch catering service. Spicy hot pot again because I can't get enough of all-in-one meals. ($32 expensed)

    2 p.m. — My coworkers still haven't shown up for their food. I text to find out that they are not coming. Friday is my field work day, so I bring the food to share with people there. They gladly accept it.

    4 p.m. — I finish work early, and it's a beautiful Friday afternoon, so I accept my coworker's invitation to go get dessert. We go to a fancy place where they serve a three-course all-dessert meal. I have known about this place for ages, but the idea of dessert after dessert always seemed excessive to me. The meal turns out extraordinarily light and refreshing – we even ordered two extra main courses (of desserts). What a promising start for my weekend! The total bill is around $75, and my coworker/friend pays in return for my treat a while back.

    5:30 p.m. — I go to Express to return the unwanted clothes. I still want something real for dinner, so I walk over to Koreatown to get kimchi – I'm craving something crisp and pungent. This seems like a good occasion to order a mung bean pancake as well, which is usually too substantial to accompany an entrée. $16.33

    6 p.m. — My brother texts me from across the world while I'm waiting for my takeout. I immediately turn into a six-year-old girl who jumps for joy when her big brother shows affection.

    7 p.m. — I get home and eat my takeout with a little more of the leftover chicken from yesterday.

    10 p.m. — I saw on social media that one of my acquaintances has two lovely Ragdolls. I've been considering getting a Ragdoll myself, so I talk to her and learn a ton about the breed.

    11 p.m. — I listen to podcasts about intuitive eating until I fall asleep. I'm aware that I've had a somewhat distorted relationship with food ever since I started dieting around age 17. Being so preoccupied with food all the time has led me to miss out more important things in life, and I am hoping I can restore my relationship with it.

    Daily Total: $19.08

    Day Five

    9 a.m. — I stalk my favorite lifestyle blogger on Instagram. She just started a 100-day workout challenge to embrace a more active lifestyle. I consider whether I should sign up for the gym as well. I give up the thought quickly – I would enjoy playing sports much more, so I consider picking up some kind of racquet sport.

    11 a.m. — I see pictures of brunches on Instagram, so that's what I want now. I look up places for eggs benedict around me. I want avocado and hollandaise sauce, bonus points if the bread isn't plain old English muffin. Not a lot of options meet these criteria. I finally settle on a British-style pub right around my block.

    12 p.m. — Bummer! The restaurant no longer accepts walk-ins today. I go back home and semi-satisfy my craving with marinated soft-boiled eggs and yogurt.

    1 p.m. — I graze on snacks (kimchi, Taiwanese moon cake, a KIND bar, chocolate, and nuts) throughout the day while I read more Money Diaries. I usually spend my free time watching movies, TV, and documentaries, but this is not one of those weekends.

    2 p.m. — I remember that the teeth whitening kit I ordered on Amazon should've been delivered yesterday, so I go downstairs and find it.

    5 p.m. — I make a Chinese dessert soup with silver ear and lotus root seeds. I also throw in a couple of dried longan fruit for sweetness. I have a dinner plan with a friend at 8, so I cook a piece of frozen crab-stuffed shrimp to hold myself over until then.

    8 p.m. — While waiting for my friend in the subway station, I see a cellist who performs there often. He's dressed in a green outfit today and looks super cute, so I give him a tip. He smiles. $1

    8:30 p.m. — I am craving spicy chewy noodles, so we go to Koreatown. The restaurant is super busy, and we are asked to give our table (where we have already been seated) to a couple who came and ordered AFTER us because “their food came out first.” I don't understand why this is necessary, given that the table right next to us is literally being cleaned, but we comply and can't help but laugh. I consider leaving a bad review on Yelp, but figure that it wouldn't make a difference anyway. The restaurant doesn't accept multiple credit cards, so I take the opportunity to treat my friend – at least one of us should feel special tonight! $38

    9:30 p.m. — We head over to Sephora for some girl fun and walk around the store exchanging knowledge of products we have used or heard about. I don't buy anything, but get some ideas for Sephora's semi-annual sale in April.

    11 p.m. — My friend is craving a fruity drink, so we find a cute Korean café. She orders a mango peach smoothie, and I get water because I am not a big fan of sweetened drinks. All the dessert items in the display case looks amazing, but I left my dessert stomach at home after today's snacking.

    12 a.m. — I get home and shower just in time to tune into tonight's live episode of this YouTube channel I follow. It mainly features food and travel videos, and tonight's theme is a spicy noodle challenge. The people are very personable, and watching them feels like videochatting with my best friends. I fall asleep near the end.

    Daily Total: $39

    Day Six

    12 p.m. — I finally get into the pub for brunch! My custom eggs benedict turns out just okay, but the atmosphere is nostalgic and the waitress very nice, so I'm 100% satisfied. $25

    1 p.m. — I hop on the subway for an afternoon meeting at one of our properties. The sunshine is amazing, so I get off one station earlier to walk and take in sunshine. I used to go to school around this area, so the familiar streets bring back memories that put a smile on my face.

    2 p.m. — Back-to-back meetings. My team and I learn a lot of things that are important for our future developments.

    8 p.m. — My coworkers send me home with leftover soup and yummy seaweed and mushroom salad. I take a stroll around Union Square and then return to my neighborhood.

    10 p.m. — I chat with friends on the phone and make plans for next weekend. This has been a fulfilling week. I go to sleep with a positive outlook for next week.

    Daily Total: $25

    Day Seven

    8 a.m. — I wake up to find a Delivery.com promo in my inbox. I can place four orders this month and get $10 off. That's a good deal, but I am not sure I can squeeze that much takeout in such a short time. I save the email anyway.

    9 a.m. — I get to work earlier than usual, and — surprise! — the building is providing catered fried chicken, waffles, and omelets today.

    10 a.m. — My coworkers get here early too! Our work environment is great and it motivates me.

    12 p.m. — Lunch from the catering service is here. The menu today is Mala dry pot with ten thousand ingredients in it. I order for four (and make sure that half of the order isn't spicy), and there happen to be exactly four people here today, so no food goes to waste – yay! One of my coworkers turns on a variety show on YouTube, so we watch together. ($40 expensed)

    3 p.m. — I spend the afternoon tackling some issues for our business. I like the problem-solving aspect of entrepreneurship!

    4 p.m. — During my down time, I check out fresh deals on FreshDirect. I put off ordering because I don't want to over-order for the sake of meeting the delivery minimum.

    5:30 — I head to H-Mart after work. I only intend to grab something light because I'm not very hungry, but I end up with a basket of gorgeous-looking produce: bok choy, tomatoes, oranges, apples, Japanese sweet potatoes, Okinawan sweet potatoes, and sticky corn ($24.13). I also impulse-buy an adorable Totoro keychain in the checkout aisle because Totoro is my favorite cartoon character, and I tell myself that I can always use a spare keychain ($6). $30.13

    7 p.m. — I eat a yogurt and a giant Sunkist orange, which I neatly cut into eight pieces to prolong my enjoyment of it. Somehow this works up my appetite, so I snack on more nuts and also microwave sweet potatoes. I like to microwave sweet potatoes because it slightly dries them out and intensifies the sweetness.

    12 a.m. — Bedtime.

    Daily Total: $30.13

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    As much as we hate to say it, Coachella isn’t really about the music anymore. With no shade to Beyoncé or The Weeknd, of course (hoards of millennials still showed up to sing along), but the two-weekend-long Palm Springs festival has become way more about the pool parties — and the Instagram #OOTDs that come along with them.

    Considering festival dressing has become as oversaturated as all of the side-event invites, we're taking a different approach to street style this year. Instead of the expected flower crowns and fringe, our Coachella packing list is filled with flowy dresses, denim jumpsuits, and quirky accessories like cowboy boots and fanny packs. Because we’re far more interested in the fresh takes on festival dressing — a.k.a. the looks we think stand out in the (literal) crowd.

    In a sea of neon bodysuits and cheeky shorts, here's how Coachella attendees pushed the fashion limit. Click on to see how Fashion with a capital F is done in the desert.

    In case you haven't gotten in on the skinny sunglasses trend yet, now's the time to.

    Photographed by Emily Malan.

    With a rock and roll vest and some silver boots, a printed skirt goes from daytime-casual to nighttime-ready without breaking a sweat.

    Photographed by Emily Malan.

    Balance out a ruffled dress with some worn-in Converse. It's a contrasting look that works every time.

    Photographed by Emily Malan.

    Let your bra peek out from underneath a sheer blouse.

    Photographed by Emily Malan.

    Go utilitarian with an outfit that'll take you from dusk 'til dawn.

    Photographed by Emily Malan.

    Hands-free bags, always.

    Photographed by Emily Malan.

    Monochromatic looks don't always need to be muted.

    Photographed by Emily Malan.

    See how good this red-to-toe outfit is?

    Photographed by Emily Malan.

    Keep it simple with a T-shirt dress and coordinating low-tops — both aptly in millennial pink.

    Photographed by Emily Malan.

    A reliable bodysuit is the key to an easy-to-put-together look.

    Photographed by Emily Malan.

    Dare we say the bucket hat is...making a comeback?

    Photographed by Emily Malan.

    Mixing prints: desert edition. (That, and a little Fiorucci nostalgia never hurts).

    Photographed by Emily Malan.

    In a sea of Doc Martens, give cowboy boots a go.

    Photographed by Emily Malan.

    Matching sets: the trend that took Coachella by storm.

    Photographed by Emily Malan.

    The bigger the hoops, the better.

    Photographed by Emily Malan.

    Cool specs that double as sand-repelling goggles? Sign us up.

    Photographed by Emily Malan.

    You really can't go wrong with a matching set.

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    Necklace layering adds a little extra oomph to any look.

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    A sports jersey as a dress? We're into it.

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    The trend of the moment? An old school designer logo.

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    Accessories are key. A logo'ed fanny pack, mirrored sunglasses, and a neck scarf are your Coachella trifecta.

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    Think overalls can't look cool? In a dark wash, this one-piece, paired with a belt and sneakers, looks anything but childish.

    Photographed by Emily Malan.

    But if overalls aren't your thing, a denim jumpsuit works just as well.

    Photographed by Emily Malan.

    If there's any place to let your artsy side show, it's Coachella Valley.

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    The as-yet-unnamed male child is the Queen's sixth great-grandchild and will be fifth in line to the throne. She is said to be "delighted" at the news, the Palace continued.

    While traditional media organizations might be taking an earnest approach in their coverage, focusing on Middleton and the child's good health (all of which is, of course, wonderful news), the good people of Twitter are providing some much-needed entertainment with their dry British humor. Because, ultimately, woman have babies every day, as Private Eye famously reminded us the first time around.

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    Growing up as a young woman in 2018 means discussions of feminism, breaking down beauty standards, and fighting the patriarchy from a startlingly younger age than earlier generations (ours included). Of course, the playfulness and imagination of childhood aren’t lost, but in today's climate, girls are learning invaluable lessons about their power and worth at the same time they're learning their ABCs. They’re bold, they’re brave, and they’re coming into their own with open eyes — proud to be female, and proud to be themselves.

    Instead of showing spring's coolest shoe trends on yet another six-foot-something model, we’re flipping the script: We’re letting the ladies of the future do the talking, all while sporting the biggest styles of the season. In the era of Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Cecile Richards, our youngest generation of females has some big shoes to fill as they grow up into the leaders and icons of the future. And they’re definitely up to the challenge.

    Dressing the part is half the battle — a weapon against what everyone tells us what women must be, believe, or look like. It's our armor of individuality. And what better confidence booster is there than a swanky pair of shoes? Ahead, get to know just a handful of tomorrow's luminaries: what they’re dreaming about, what makes them feel strong, and what makes them, well, proud to be girls.

    Prabal Gurung heels; Kenzo ‘Jackie Flowers’ Mid-length Dress in Flamingo Pink, $760, available at Kenzo; Stella McCartney Kids sweater; Happy Socks Hysteria Emilia Ankle Sock, $18, available at Happy Socks; Burberry Vintage Check Baseball Cap in Antique Yellow, $295, available at Burberry; Lizzie Fortunato earrings; Carly’s own earrings.

    Carly, Age 7, in Next-Level Statement Heels

    What’s your absolute favorite thing about spring?
    “Going on vacation to Belize because the weather is always warm and I can go to the beach with my cousin.”

    What does your dream pair of shoes look like?
    “[They] would be blue with stars, moons, and unicorns, and feel fluffy.”

    Why are you proud to be a girl?
    "I am proud to be a girl because girls are amazing and powerful."

    Brother Vellies Disco Dust Palms Pump, $525, available at Brother Vellies; Ganni Bliss Wrap Top, $540, available at Ganni; Stella McCartney Kids T-shirt; Barrie skirt; Alexandre Vauthier sunglasses; McQ sunglasses; Lizzie Fortunato necklace.

    Penelope, Age 5, in Can't-Miss-Me Feathers

    What's one thing you hope to be able to do by the time you're 10?
    “Ride a Hellcat with my daddy and get a phone.”

    If you could have your dream pair of shoes, what would they look like? What would they feel like?
    “They would be glittery and they would be kid high heels. They would be neon pink and have a little green pom-pom in the front. They would feel like extra-squishy memory foam.”

    Why are you proud to be a girl?
    “I’m very proud to be a girl because I’m good at it. It makes me feel happy and I have lots of girl superpowers, like not having to stand up to pee and make a mess all over the place.”

    Louis Vuitton sneaker and vest; Louis Vuitton Twistlock Printed Top with Ruffle Sleeve, $1,070, available at Louis Vuitton; Penelope’s own jeans; Lizzie Fortunato earrings.

    Maryam Nassir Zadeh heels; Acne Studios Blå Konst Gianni Print Shirt in Blue/Pink Stripe, $420, available at Acne Studios; Stella McCartney Kids Nat Donkeys Print Skirt, $92, available at Stella McCartney; Lizzie Fortunato necklace.

    Jayla, Age 6, in Be-Bold Pumps

    What makes you feel most powerful?
    “Being kind to people and defending my friends from bullies at school.”

    Is there a piece of clothing that gives you an extra-special boost of confidence?
    “A tulle skirt and sparkly/shiny shoes!"

    Chanel boots; Stella McCartney Kids Bongo Ice Cream Dress, $86, available at Stella McCartney; Chanel top, skirt, hat, and earrings.

    Clementine, Age 10, in Those Chanel Boots

    What's one thing you hope to be able to do by the time you're 16?
    “I’m hoping to have my first fashion internship, because I've loved to draw and sew since l was little. I’ve always known I want to grow up to either be a fashion designer or a scientist/mathematician.”

    What are the best and worst parts about getting dressed?
    “Finding a cool way to express myself and having a unique outfit each day. I love to play around with putting different outfits together. The worst part about getting dressed is how long it takes me. Also, making sure my outfit is comfortable and durable for the day. I am a perfectionist, and when I don’t think my outfit looks exactly the way I want to, I get worried.”

    Why are you proud to be a girl?
    "Being a girl is a symbol of power and kindness and I believe that girls hold the future in their hands. I love being a girl.”

    Miista Hope Dusk Check Mid-heels, $285, available at Miista; Christian Dior dress; Adidas Originals Striped Stretch Bodysuit, $40, available at Net-A-Porter; Christian Dior beret, choker, bracelets, ring; Clem’s own necklace.

    Rachel Comey Ketu Clogs in Allium Pink Suede, $470, available at Rachel Comey; Araks Shelby Pajama Top in Meadow, $300, available at Araks; Stella McCartney Kids Pear Donkey Patches Dress, $112, available at Stella McCartney; Happy Socks Hysteria Jill Ankle Sock in Blue/Pink, $18, available at Happy Socks; Eric Javits hat; Mercura sunglasses; Lizzie Fortunato Postmodern Cuff in Marigold, $210, available at Lizzie Fortunato; Lizzie Fortunato Ridge Cuff in Clear, $115, available at Lizzie Fortunato.

    Emma, Age 6, in Sock-Ready Platforms

    What’s your absolute favorite thing about spring?
    You get to see pretty flowers and the birds flying. I like that you get to see animals and I like the nature sounds, like chirping. The weather is warmer too, and I like playing outside.”

    What's one thing you hope to be able to do by the time you're 10?
    "Everything! I want to be everything. So one day when I grow up and I want to be an artist, I can practice painting and drawing and coloring. Or be a builder so I can practice building with my building blocks at school and at home. I am going to practice those things until I am 10 like all day and all night so I can be all those things when I grow up. And I can practice being a doctor and take care of my animals with my doctor's kit. Oh, and be a zoologist and take care of animals!"​

    If you could have your dream pair of shoes, what would they look like?
    "Rainbow tie-dye with panda colors and a little picture of a baby panda on the sides. They will be sneakers — tie sneakers — because I like tying my shoes." ​

    Why are you proud to be a girl?
    "Girls rock! I am proud to be me! You can be a rebel girl. You get to try new things and you have long hair. And if you go to karate you can be strong and have good speed."

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    You always want what you can’t have — especially when it comes to beauty products. That’s why we’re getting the inside scoop from your favorite retailers on what’s selling out right now, how to sign up for waitlists, and where to go to find the next best thing. Because if everyone’s buying it, you know it has to be good.

    Undereye bags can be caused by a laundry list of things, some preventable (pulling an all-nighter) and some not so much (allergies; genetics). For those times when getting a full eight hours of sleep or minimizing your salt intake are just out of the question, we turn to eye cream. The latest to catch our eye (sorry, had to)? Ole Henriksen's Banana Bright Eye Cream, which is sold out at Sephora and the brand's website.

    This clearly isn't any old eye cream. The formula is packed with hydrators like jojoba seed oil and shea butter, along with vitamin C to brighten and coconut alkanes to smooth. Plus, the product itself is pale yellow, which has a slight color-correcting effect on dark circles.

    The product has been wiped clean at the moment, but you can keep tabs on restocks by signing up for email updates via the brand's website. Until then, check out five eye creams that'll fill the void.

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    Thanks to this cream's lightweight and super-smooth texture, it absorbs quickly, making it a great option to layer under foundations and concealers.

    Ole Henriksen, $38, available at Sephora

    Onomie's Eye Treatment is an eye cream and an illuminator all in one. The antioxidant-rich serum comes in three shades (pearly pink, copper, and Champagne) and manages to brighten the undereye area without looking obvious on the skin.

    Onomie, $40, available at Onomie

    Those with oilier complexions will like this lightweight gel-serum. It contains hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate, along with light-reflecting pigments to obscure the look of undereye circles.

    REN Beauty, $56, available at Sephora

    This thick eye cream was made for mornings when you wake up with puffy, irritated eyes. Coffee bean and green tea extracts perk up tired skin while cucumber extracts, plant oils, and shea butter soothe and hydrate.

    Origins, $31, available at Sephora

    We love SkinFix's gentle body products for our sensitive skin, so when the brand launched a line of skin care products, we jumped on them. This fast-absorbing cream contains alfalfa seed extract to de-puff, macadamia oil to hydrate, and vitamin C to brighten.

    Skinfix, $17.5, available at Ulta Beauty

    This oil- and vitamin C-rich eye cream feels thick to the touch, but absorbs surprisingly quickly — just be sure to give it a few seconds to sink in before following up with concealer.

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