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CVS's Epic Beauty Event Lasts 11 Days โ€” & You'll Want Every Last Deal

Epic: It's a word that gets tossed around about as much as "obsessed" and "genius." But few things, including most of the pancake stacks and roller coasters described on Instagram as such, aren't lengthy or heroic (look it up). But in the case of CVS's first ever Epic Beauty Event, we couldn't think of a more apt moniker.

To start, the sale lasts a full week and a half, offering a run of daily deals that knocks big bucks off of the kind of stuff we already can't live without. Among the deals are fresh polish shades from Essie, cleansing wipes from Burt’s Bees, a selection of absolutely addictive Bioré strips, and the cutest makeup and skincare from Crème Shop. Some items ring in for less than a dollar, if you can believe that. What's more, card-carrying members of CVS Pharmacy ExtraCare Beauty Club (which is free to join) will score an extra $3 in rewards for every $30 spent.

See every single steal, ahead, and plan to make CVS and its site your lunchtime hangout through March 2. For those shopping online, use the code "EPICBEAUTY" to unlock every deal.

February 19

This cushion blush scores all kinds of points in the cute department, but it also imparts the kind of sheer, natural flush we're always after. Bonus: This and all Crème Shop products are 35% off today only.



The Creme Shop Tres Cheek Cushion Blush, $19.98, available at CVS

February 20

With five different versions to choose from — including options for sensitive and acneic skin — we don't need an excuse to stock up on these wipes (which we use after workouts, late nights, and long flights). Now that each variety is slashed by 50%? It feels like our duty to our skin to stock each tote bag.



Burt's Bees Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes, $6.49, available at CVS

February 21

The Queen's favorite nail polish brand recently released an entire collection of shades that are serene, but not boring. Exhibit A: This cool take on cornflower blue, which, along with any other Essie shade, can be had for an equally chill seven bucks. Having a hard time picking from the hundreds of options? Check out a few more of our favorites.



Essie Essie Nail Polish in Toned Down, $9, available at CVS

February 22

We love the weightlessness a gel formula brings to otherwise chalky matte lipstick — and its lip-softening powers, too. What we don't love is the $20-and-higher price points that typically come with the innovation. This option not only rings in well under $10, but for one day only it will be an astonishing $4 off, making it cheaper than most drugstore lip balms.



JOAH I'm Your Jelly Bae Matte Gel Lipstick, $5.99, available at CVS

February 23

Earmarked for festival season: this travel-friendly, cushion contour, which is the perfect bronzer for spring. Nab this, and any item from the line, for 35% off.



Peripera Peripera Ah! Much Real My Cushion Contour, $17.98, available at CVS

February 24

The last time many of us slathered a Freeman mask across our mug was sometime circa junior high. When trying this newer formulation a few months back, we found it far more elegant than we remember. The creamy blend deep cleans pores, thanks to bentonite and kaolin, but doesn't overly dry skin in the process. Grab it and any other Freeman mask for just $2.99 as part of CVS's sale.



Freeman Beauty Freeman Feeling Beautiful Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask, $4.49, available at CVS

February 25

This lightweight spray combines two of (perhaps) the greatest things to ever happen to hair: biotin and dry shampoo. Biotin, collagen, and coffee help thicken stands while rice starch soaks up grease. Grab it — or any Hask shampoo, conditioner, and single-use oil treatment — for 30% off.



Hask Biotin Boost Thickening Dry Shampoo, $5.99, available at CVS

February 27

We don't care if it's way too early to be thinking about the next round of Christmas gifts. This blowdryer, which is made with ceramic to reduce frizz, can be had for $25 less (that's more than 50% off), making it the perfect choice for no-brainer gift giving.



Conair Infinity Pro 1875 Rose Gold Hair Dryer, $39.99, available at CVS

February 28

At the sale price of just six bucks for the box, these hero nose strips make de-gunking pores that much more satisfying a ritual.



Biore Deep Cleansing Charcoal Strips, $7.99, available at CVS

March 1

We've had it with styling creams that feel greasy or crunchy. This new formula is made to combat both issues, thanks to a healthy dose of glycerin, added for soft and residue-free curls. Can it be the hero hair cream we've been looking for? At just $3 — along with any other item in the L’Oreal Paris Studio line — there's never a better time to find out.



L'Oreal Paris Studio Line Flexible Strong Hold Cream, $6.99, available at CVS

March 2

At less than $10, this conditioner is already a steal. But add in the extra discount (it's just $4 as part of the sale) with the fact that it acts like a deep conditioning mask and we suddenly feel like we're winning at everything.



L'Oreal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Rapid Repair Reviver Deep Conditi, $5.99, available at CVS

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The Spring Haircut Trend We're Importing From London

If there's anyone who can inspire you to finally cut the bangs you've always wanted, it's the cool girl on the street. Sure, we love the celebrity classics — like Jane Birkin's feathery fringe or Reese Witherspoon's post-Phillippe bang circa 2007 — but it's the nameless girl in aviators at the crosswalk, her blunt bangs dusting across her frames, that gets you thinking: I can totally pull bangs off.

And earlier this week, a trip across the pond — to the Fall 2019 season of London Fashion Week — proved that bangs are on the cusp of a major revival. Every Victoria Beckham-adjacent street styler was sporting a bang hairstyle. From low-maintenance curtain fringe on long hair to the more dramatic baby bang bob, discover all the cute cuts London girls are sporting for spring.

If this look doesn't move you to ask your stylist to chop your hair into a bob with baby bangs, we don't know what will. You'll also need to buy a pair of rose-tinged, skinny sunglasses and a heavy, boiled wool sweater, because this look is worth copying from head to toe.

Photographed by Asia Typek @asiatypek

A square haircut — a jawline bob with straight-across bangs — acts as a frame around the face without interfering with whatever you're wearing.

Photographed by Asia Typek @asiatypek

Can you get any chicer than a shiny lob with heavy bangs running clean across the center of the forehead? Only if you finish the look with oversized sunglasses and a fur-trimmed overcoat.

Photo: Matthew Sperzel/Getty Images.

The "wolf cut" — signature to South Korea — hit hard on the streets of London. The look starts with bangs cut at eyebrow length, and it's finished with graduated layers around the face for messy texture.

Photographed by Asia Typek @asiatypek

A multicolored turtleneck paired with soft, eyelash-skimming bangs is a combo we never knew we needed... until we saw this.

Photographed by Asia Typek @asiatypek

If you can't commit to blunt bangs, try a softer, curtain fringe and long layers. Then go wild with your hair color, like this blood-orange shade.

Photographed by Asia Typek @asiatypek

London's resident cool girl, Alexa Chung, shows the styling versatility of curtain bangs, parting hers deep to one side instead of down the middle.

Photographed by Asia Typek @asiatypek

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You Can Redecorate Your Home From The Comfort Of...Your Home

Decorating a home or apartment is a fun project, but it's also daunting. Whether you're starting with a blank canvas or looking for a statement piece to upgrade an area, it can be hard to know where to start. That's where the internet can be your best — and worst — friend. Enter a few words into Google, and you'll open up pages and pages of every kind of bookend, end table, or table runner you can imagine. Now your search has gone from a treasure hunt to a needle-in-a-haystack hunt.

To avoid search-result overload, along with any misguided over-spending, we've rounded up our favorite furniture and decor sites to take some of the headache out of home shopping. So kick back, relax, and click your way to a better apartment — without ever leaving your couch. Now that's living.

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

H&M Home
This fast-fashion mecca doesn't only dabble in wardrobe steals, it also runs an impressive affordable-yet-elevated home decor game — shop the site's stacked selection of everything from on-trend stone-washed bed linens to elegantly embroidered throw pillows, blankets, stylish decor pieces, sharp dining essentials, artful area rugs, and much more.

Photo: Courtesy of H&M Home.

Wayfair
One of the big guns in the home decor world, Wayfair is constantly kicking off sales on big ticket home buys. Sign up for email alerts and you just may find yourself staring at a 70%-off dream piece soon. Bonus: The brand has a social responsibility arm as well, partnering with Habitat for Humanity, Cradles to Crayons, and other nonprofit do-gooders.

Photo: Courtesy of Wayfair.

Amazon
The best part of this mega online-shopping destination's home offerings is the surprising selection of site-exclusive furniture and decor lines. From Rivet to Stone & Beam and trendy designer collaborations (here's lookin' at you, Jonathan Adler), decorating your space on Amazon opens up endless style possibilities all within flexible budgetary bounds.

Photo: Courtesy of Amazon.

LEIF
Scrolling through the colorful pages of this lifestyle site is like strolling through your trendy friend's enviable boutique home...Only better, because it's 100% shoppable. The stylish decor options range from bespoke planters to soft linen textiles, unique artwork, and more — all sourced from an array of specialty venders scattered across the globe.

Photo: Courtesy of LEIF.

Gilt Home
Perhaps you're already well aware of Gilt's in-demand and discounted fashion finds. But, did you also know that it boasts a similarly swag-worthy home goods section too? The sleek site covers quite the range of trendy home decor offerings — from serious sales on eclectic bohemian rug collections, to coveted French kitchenware for cheap, and much more fashionable interior magic.

Kip&Co
This boutique home brand from Melbourne has just the right products to bring an uplifting makeover to your home. Featuring candy-colored linens, galaxy-print throws, tasseled cushions and a variety of bath products, this retailer is the secret to creating an Insta-worthy apartment.

HD Buttercup
This California-based brand strikes the perfect balance between luxe and contemporary decor. Working directly with manufacturers, the site sells original designs at reasonable price points. You'll be able to find everything from sleek mid-century furniture to vintage inspired decor objects here — all imbued with a touch of Hollywood glam.

Blu Dot
This site is your one-stop-stop for modern furniture that looks like the work of renowned European maestros. Founded by a team of two architects and a sculptor, the 20-year-old brand excels in providing a line up of minimalist pieces — from sleek coffee tables to smart sectional sofas — that will stand the test of time.

Photo: Courtesy of Blu Dot

Snowe
Have you even been to a well-curated home store and wish you just can live in the space? That's exactly where Snowe comes in: The brand sources premium products from factories in Europe and America to bring you a minimalist edit optimized for thoughtful living. Our favorites from the retailer include their dinnerware from Limoges, a French town famed for porcelain production, and high thread count bedsheets from Italy and Portugal.

The Maryn
If you're a fan of the nautical aesthetic, you should bookmark this chic home retailer ASAP. Inspired by the seaside lifestyle, The Maryn features hand-picked linens, furniture, throws, and other home essentials covered in stripes — perhaps the most versatile print ever. With a laid-back aesthetic and a red, white, and navy palette, the offerings will transform your pad into a sanctuary.

Uncommon Goods
Uncommon Goods started out in 1999 as a marketplace for unique handmade crafts, and has since evolved into a treasure trove for homewares with fascinating stories behind them. From city-inspired bookshelves made in India to sculptural clocks exclusively sold at the site, this is the retailer to watch for one-of-a-kind home upgrades.

Domino
We were super devastated when Domino folded back in 2009, but the iconic shelter magazine has managed a comeback unlike anything else. Since its resurrection in 2013, the title has evolved into a digital content hub and retailer, offering many of the products seen in its home tours.

The site has kept on with its aspirational content: You'll find hotel reviews and travel guides on top of stories home decor ideas. There's also an impressive showing on household tips, such as DIY furniture hacks and cleaning how-tos. We're most excited about getting access to the glossy's print content. But, these pages are all optimized with a "see-now-buy-now" option online. Now you can shop everything from the bible of home inspiration with a snap of a finger.

Photo: Via Domino.

Chairish
In the market for an Art Deco original painting, or a one-of-a-kind bar cart from the Swinging Sixties? You'll be able to find all that — and everything in between — at Chairish. The site positions itself as a premier marketplace for design lovers to buy and sell used and vintage furniture, and while a portion of the merchandise are collectors' items, there's no shortage of unique pieces at a more wallet-friendly level. Happy treasure hunting!

One Kings Lane
We find ourselves getting lost in the dreamy images of this home retailer more often than we'd like to admit, and it's not hard to see why: The styling is top-notch and utterly aspirational. One Kings Lane showcases its products in a showroom-like fashion, by grouping them into room collections and featuring them in spaces that we would give anything to live in. Even if you're not looking for anything in particular, the site is worth a visit for all the decorating wisdom you can glean from it.

Trouva
We love the convenience of online shopping, but we also love the thoughtful curation and distinctive eye of boutiques. Trouva combines the best of both worlds by sourcing their merchandise from indie boutiques around the world. Hailing from the UK, the e-tailer features design-led products, many of which are handmade by artisans in the country.

Kate Spade Home
Be still, our beating hearts. While Kate Spade Home may not be the most affordable option, everything is just so cute. If you're a wordsmith, you'll especially appreciate all the cheeky messages: "Eat cake for breakfast" on a tumbler, for example, or "Chic happens" on this lovely pillow. You'll find everything here from furniture to cookware to decor.

Photo: Courtesy of Kate Spade.

Anthropologie Home
We've said it before, and we'll say it again: We want to live in an Anthropologie catalog. Everything from the retailer's home collection is not only impossibly cute, but durable and built to last. The prints are heavenly, the candles smell amazing, and you might even convince us to drop 2 Gs on a couch here ( dangerous) — they're that beautiful.

Photo: Courtesy of Anthropologie.

Ikea
Ah, Scandinavian minimalism. Nothing compares to that sparse, clean decor — and that super-minimal Ikea price tag. Good old Ikea has been a mainstay in our decorating journeys, from that first tiny apartment to...that fourth tiny apartment. And hey, if you're not into the "all-white kitchen bathed in the cold Stockholm sunshine" look, don't worry. Ikea is full of surprises.

Photo: Courtesy of Ikea.

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We just can't get enough of Scandinavian design and mid-century furniture. If you just so happen to be hunting for your next coffee table or sofa, this online retailer curates minimalist chic furniture directly from the manufacturer, taking the middleman out of the process. All orders can be shipped almost anywhere for a flat fee of $49.

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DecoratorsBest
Careful, don't get sucked in. This easy-to-search site is a treasure trove of fabric and wallpaper — at wholesale prices. From toile to leopard, it may be hard to choose a print, but you'll never lack options. Plus, it offers rugs, pillows, poufs, and more. And be sure to follow the site on Pinterest for plenty of well-organized inspiration.

Photo: Courtesy of DecoratorsBest.

Etsy
The mega-site isn't just an emporium of handmade jewelry and other crafty things. You can also use it to find some one-of-a-kind furniture and home-decor pieces you just won't see anywhere else. Etsy is the pinnacle of specificity: Type in something like "antique blue nightstand" or "modern black desk lamp" and you'll get dozens of results.

Photo: Courtesy of Etsy/restauredesigns.

Terrain
A subset of Urban Outfitters, Terrain is heaven for garden and outdoor enthusiasts. This is where you get your watering cans, outdoor furniture, planting supplies, and more. You can even pick out a fire pit here. The best part is, everything is very Pinterest- and Instagram-friendly in that rustic-chic way.

Photo: Courtesy of Terrain.

PBTeen
We have to confess to a mild obsession with Pottery Barn's younger cousin, which sells surprisingly chic furniture, bedding, and accessories. After all, many of the offerings are adult-appropriate as well. And besides an incredibly well-organized shopping experience (which you can't say for every site!), PBTeen offers services such as free design consulting. You can even design your own space on the website with its interactive tool. (If you adore floor plans, this is for you.)

Photo: Courtesy of PBTeen.

MoMa Store
Typically, we think of art museum gift shops as a place to get postcards or coffee table books. But the Museum of Modern Art's store is actually a treasure trove of well-designed home goods. MoMa's design department has always been at the forefront of highlighting well-made objects are as useful as they are beautiful. Its museum shop is an extension of that mission. In addition to furniture from some of modern designs biggest names (think Eames), it stocks plenty of reasonably priced basics that are anything but ordinary, like this quirky vase.

Photo: Courtesy of MoMa Store.

Joybird
Not only does Joybird offer a range of midcentury-inspired pieces you can customize in a variety of fabrics and colors, it's also an amazing place for design inspo. Customers are encouraged to submit images of just how they've styled their own unique Joybird pieces. You can scroll through the gallery feed, or filter by product or fabric if you're interested in seeing a specific piece.

Photo: Courtesy of Joybird.

Land Of Nod
Okay, it may sound crazy to go shopping from a kid's website for a kid-free house, but hear us out. If you can look past the child-sized armchairs and toy bins, you'll find plenty of pieces that work for any age. Plus, a lot of the furniture and decor are priced a bit friendlier than similar stuff targeted at adults. Check out the site's lighting, rugs, and even bedroom furniture and bedding (it runs up to queen/full) for items that will make your friends ask, "Where'd you find that?" (We won't tell.)

Photo: Courtesy of Land Of Nod.

West Elm
A great place to hunt for reasonably priced (but well-made) furniture, West Elm regularly offers sales and promotions throughout the year to help you snag a dream item for less. It's also a great go-to for room accents or tabletop pieces — for you or for gifts. They also have regular collaborations with other companies and artisans, like Fish's Eddy, Caribbean Craft, and even Casper.

Photo: Courtesy of West Elm.

Urban Outfitters
The oh-so boho retailer's home section is perfect for tiny spaces and apartments. From storage that's as pretty as it is functional to lightweight tables and chairs perfect for tiny corners, you'll find lots of innovative ways to stash your stuff. You'll also find amazing textiles, from wall hangings to duvet covers, that will give any room an eclectic, lived-in vibe.

Photo: Courtesy of Urban Outfitters.

CB2
Crate & Barrel's younger, sleeker sister, CB2 is a go-to for affordable accent pieces as well as more serious investments, like couches and tables. While those bigger pieces might not hit Ikea-level pricing, you can find some mid-range options that will be with you for years to come.

Smaller goods, like pillows and occasional furniture, tend to be accessibly priced and come in a range of styles that can be a good way to update a space.

Photo: Courtesy of CB2.

AllModern
Blame the lasting effects of Mad Men: The mid-century modern look isn't going anywhere soon. And we're not mad about it — the sleek shapes and retro silhouettes can make a sparsely decorated room look like minimalist cool instead of depressing. But the perfect pieces to add to your collection can easily run into four figures and beyond. Enter AllModern, the sister site to Wayfair, where you can nab a Don Draper-approved piece for up to 55% off every day. We especially love the wide variety of couches available for under $500.

Photo: Courtesy of AllModern.

Craigslist
While it's not for the faint of heart, Craiglist can be a great place to shop for home decor — if you know exactly what you're looking for. Specific search terms can help winnow down the tons of results you'll get, and it can be a great way to score one-of-a-kind vintage pieces you won't see anywhere else.

If you're willing to play the long game, a number of apps and websites, like Craigs Alert, allow you to save searches for pieces you might be willing to wait for.

Photo: Getty Images.

Target
Target has really stepped up its home-decor game in recent years, meaning you can grab pieces that look way more luxe than they actually cost. Shopping online has its perks, since many of Target's wares are web exclusives. Still, it can be overwhelming, and it can be hard to find the perfect piece just through search. We recommend checking out some of our favorite collections, like Nate Berkus or Threshold, as well as keeping an eye out for some of Target's amazing collaborations, like the seasonal releases from Oh Joy!

Photo: Courtesy of Target.

Jayson Home
On the lookout for sophisticated furniture for your grown-up apartment? Look no further than this modern home emporium, with a mix of vintage finds and contemporary pieces. The retailer is renowned for its customer service: You can basically get in touch with what you have in mind, and the staff will diligently photograph their inventory that fits your descriptions.

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Is Kim Kardashian Secretly Working With Fashion Nova? Here's What She Said

We imagine Kim Kardashian's iPhone must have lit up with a text from Kris Jenner to remind her that it's been a while since her name made significant headlines. So, naturally, she took take a cue from... Cardi B.

After the rapper spent her victorious Grammys 2019 night decked out in vintage Thierry Mugler, Kardashian opted to attend this past Saturday's Hollywood Beauty Awards in New York City in another Mugler dress — one that defied gravity. It didn't take long until Fashion Nova created its own version, fueling rumors the reality star, like Cardi, was working with the fast fashion brand. If you recall, Fashion Nova also dropped their own version of Kylie Jenner's birthday outfits just hours after she posted them on Instagram.

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UPDATE: See stories for a screenshot of the date of the Capture One session (it’s labeled 02-14-19). Fashion Nova Mugler knockoff shot 4 days before Kim wore it on 02/18/19. Kim, you’ll never fess up to your sneaky lil collaborations, but we got all the receipts 😎. • ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ At some point recently, a fast fashion photo shoot happened featuring a vintage Mugler dress that @kimkardashian just happened to wear on Sunday night to the Hollywood Beauty Awards...and yes, it appears to be a real dress, not photoshop. Ahead of Fashion Nova releasing the dress at 9pm EST tonight, house model Yodit Yemane may or may not have accidentally leaked a story 2.5 hours earlier of photo options from her shoot featuring the Mugler replica. The file names were even labeled “Kim dress” while it’s now being called “Winning Beauty Cut Out Gown” lol. This begs the question: Did Fashion Nova whip up the dress overnight in their Los Angeles atelier after seeing Kim in it or is she peddling her vintage finds to mass retailers ahead of debuting them for a calculated, timely release? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ • 📷 : Getty • #kimkardashian #mugler #thierrymugler #manfredthierrymugler #bodycon #cutout #barelythere #strappy #straps #black #vintage #dress #velvet #fashionnova #wiwt #ootd #kuwtk #hollywood #beauty #kkwbeauty #kardashian #ecommerce #shady #smh #photoshoot #model #fashionmodel #dietprada

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Fashion watchdog account Diet Prada then wondered whether Fashion Nova model Yodit Yemane leaked a photoshoot featuring a knock-off of Kim's Mugler dress hours before Kardashian posted it. On the website, the dress was initially labeled as "Kim dress" but, as Diet Prada notes the files were renamed "Winning Beauty Cut Out Gown." The question was, then, did Kardashian work with Fashion Nova on a timely, calculated drop?

She took to social media on Tuesday to say no. "It's devastating to see these fashion companies rip off designs that have taken the blood, sweat, and tears of true designers who have put their all into their own original ideas," she tweeted. "I've watched these companies profit off of my husband's work for years and now that it's affecting designers who have been so generous to give me access to their beautiful works, I can no longer sit silent," she continued.

North West's mother continued to tweet her feelings, writing: "Only two days ago, I was privileged enough to wear a one-of-a-kind vintage Mugler dress, and in less than 24 hours it was knocked off and thrown up on a site — but it's not for sale. You have to sign up for a waitlist because the dress hasn’t even been made to sell yet."

She said Fashion Nova used the opportunity to "get people to sign up for their mailing list and make people believe there is some kind of relationship between me and this fashion site," but clarified she is not working with the brand. "My relationships with designers are very important to me," she said. "It's taken me over a decade to build them and I have a huge amount of respect for the amount of work that they put into bringing their ideas to life."

She continued: "I often plan for weeks, sometimes months, and even a year in advance, and I’m grateful for every fashion moment those designers and their dresses have helped me create." Finally, she implored her followers to ignore the rumors. "So, as always, don’t believe everything you read and see online. I don’t have any relationships with these sites. I’m not leaking my looks to anyone, and I don’t support what these companies are doing."

It didn't take long for observers on Twitter to clap back at the divisive E! star with rebuttals of their own.

You mean like @KylieJenner did countless times with smaller black owned businesses???

— belladonna (@la_bellamarie) February 19, 2019

Let’s not forget when @khloekardashian tried to rip off @dbleudazzled’s designs for her good american brand or whatever it’s called

— d.va ♥ (@yhlera) February 19, 2019

Queen of culture appropriation is mad because affordable brands giving us fashion.

— Alee™ (@Aleegrc0811) February 19, 2019

Really, like your perfume bottle. Jean Paul Gaultier.

— Lori Brog (@LoriBrog) February 19, 2019

This is how it feels to be a black woman. This is how it feels to have your body type worn and appreciated only on women like you. This is how it feels when your sister puts on and wears features of a black woman for profit. Welcome to the real world.

— Paige (@paigeai) February 19, 2019

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Target Is Having A Huge Mascara Sale Right Now

While Presidents' Day and Labor Day stay the same from decade to decade, every year there's a new crop of national holidays to celebrate, from National Wiggle Your Toes Day to Hug Your Cat Day. And even though some most of these holidays come off as random and ridiculous, there are perks — like free doughnuts on National Doughnut Day and marked-down margaritas on National Margarita Day.

In observance of National Lash Day on February 19, Target is taking part in the festivities with a mega-sale on all lash items, including falsies and mascara. At 20% off, you can stock up on all of your favorite drugstore lash products — because you can never have too many mascaras, right? — by using the code "LASHDAY" at checkout.

In order to make your shopping experience easier, we've rounded up the best mascaras you can find on sale at Target.com today. And with most of these products ringing in at less than $7, you should go ahead and grab a couple tubes.

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

This plumping mascara gets the job done, adding volume and hydrating your lashes with the help of hyaluronic acid. Bonus: If you wear contact lenses, this formula won't turn your eyes red.



Neutrogena Hydro Boost Plumping Mascara, $4.89, available at Target.com

One tube of this mascara is sold every five seconds, so now is the perfect time to see what the hype is about. According to reviews, customers love that it gives you the look of false lashes without having to deal with glue and tweezers.



L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara, $7.19, available at Target.com

Nobody likes mascara that takes 2,000 coats to apply. This wand instantly works magic from lashline to tip, giving each hair extra length and volume.



Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara, $5.79, available at Target.com

If your signature look is all about attention-grabbing lashes, you can't go wrong with this classic mascara. This hypoallergenic formula promises to give you 10x more volume, which sounds like all the volume we can handle.



COVERGIRL LashBlast Volume Mascara , $5.39, available at Target.com

Would it even be right to highlight best-selling mascaras and not include the iconic Great Lash? We think not. This product, which was launched in 1971, still sells every two seconds. So, if you haven't tried it out for yourself, put it on your 2019 to-do list and grab it at Target today for less than your daily coffee.



Maybelline Great Lash Washable Mascara , $5.99, available at Target.com

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Contrary to what you may have read at the nail salon or in the checkout line, celebrities are not just like us. Last time we checked, we didn't have a private chef, driver, or trainer — although we're totally open to all three — nor do we live in a gated community or vacation on yachts. (Again, we wouldn't mind...) But one way celebrities — even the richest, the most famous, the most successful — actually do seem relatable? They love cheap beauty products.

Yes, sometimes even Kylie Jenner and Beyoncé have to make a pit stop at their local Walgreens for a re-up on their favorite makeup-removing wipes. Sure, they probably send their assistants, but shopping at the drugstore is shopping at the drugstore. That's why we're rounding up the products the rich and famous rave about and that we can actually afford. (Note: None of the products that follow are ones the celebrity is paid to endorse. This is legit, people.) So check 'em out in the slides ahead.

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Ariana Grande

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After falling asleep in her eye makeup, Grande recently defended her skin-care routine on Twitter. Sure, she sometimes goes to bed without washing her eyeliner off (who doesn't?), but she is diligent about using makeup wipes (and toner and face masks) to rinse away everything else on her face. Her go-to makeup remover: Burt's Bees $5 makeup wipes.



Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes Cucumber and Sage, $5.99, available at Ulta Beauty

Meghan Markle

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Although it's never been confirmed whether or not Markle packed these cleansing wipes when she moved to Adelaide Cottage, we do know that, before she was a Duchess, these were her go-to after a long day on the set of Suits. Not only did she admit to Beauty Banter that she used to buy them in bulk, but that they were her answer to a lazy skin-care routine.



Biore Daily Cleansing Cloths, $7.99, available at Target

Constance Wu

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The Crazy Rich Asians star told The New York Times all about her daily aspiration to reach peak J.Lo glow. Overall, Wu has a pretty pricey makeup routine, and she washes all the product away at night with an equally expensive oil cleanser from SK-II. But she follows it up with this $6 pick. "I’ve been using it since I was a teenager," she tells the publication.



Clearasil Rapid Rescue Deep Treatment Wash, $5.99, available at Target

Hilary Duff

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Duff recently shared some of her pregnancy beauty hacks with Byrdie, but made sure to say — pregnant or not — she adores this under-$10 body oil: "It smells so good to me. I love, love, love smelling like that," she says.



Neutrogena Body Oil Light Sesame Formula, $9.99, available at Ulta Beauty

Madelaine Petsch

Photo: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic.

This Riverdale star just so happens to be a low-key beauty blogger on the side — seriously, her YouTube channel is a goldmine. In fact, that's where we found her favorite everyday brow gel, which is not only cruelty-free and vegan, but also under $15.



Pacifica Stunning Brows Eyebrow Gloss and Set, $14, available at Pacifica

Yara Shahidi

Photo: Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic.

According to Shahidi's interview with E!, her first step in a solid skin-care regimen is using the right cleanser. She gravitates toward oil-based formulas, saying they're better for her dry skin. Occasionally, she'll even use pure cut Aloe Vera or vitamin E oil, she adds. Finally, we have some clue to how she achieves that perfect glow.



Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Oil with Coconut & Argan Oils, $15.99, available at Target

Shahidi once told Byrdie that she owes her enviable curls to this cult lightweight gel. "EcoStyler is a $3 gel that I swear by because it’s not always about the most expensive product, but the most efficient," she says.



Ecoco Style Gel Olive, $2.97, available at Target

Ayesha Curry

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Even before she became one of the many new faces of CoverGirl, Curry was an under-the-radar beauty guru. Now, she's laying down some wisdom for affordable edge control. "I wear a lot of hair extensions because I’m doing a lot of shoots and things like that," she told The Cut. "But for me, a good edge control is really important, and then a headscarf at night. So I always keep some Cantu edge control around and I’ll use a toothbrush and smooth down my edges."



Cantu Extra Hold Edge Stay Gel, $3.97, available at Target

Zoe Saldana

The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 star once revealed that she swears by calendula to hydrate her lips. Saldana told Byrdie: "I buy this thing in Europe whenever I go, or whenever anyone I know goes to Europe." Lucky for us, the ointment can be purchased in the U.S. — and for less than $6, too.



Boiron Calendula Homeopathic First Aid Ointment, $6.48, available at Jet

Chrissy Teigen

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Teigen told us that when she does take off her makeup (which isn't very often), these $5 wipes are her go-to for the job.



Clean & Clear Oil-Free Makeup Dissolving Facial Cleansing Wipes, $6.79, available at Amazon

Olivia Culpo

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Culpo's signature bob doesn't come without some prep. According to Byrdie, hairstylist Justine Marjan uses this drugstore staple to prep Culpo's blunt cut, then some salt spray for a bit of grit before blow drying.



Tresemmé Expert Selection Pre-Styling Spray Repair & Protect 7, $6.79, available at Walgreens

Zosia Mamet

This drugstore staple has a lot of fans among the celebrity community, including Mamet. "I wash my face every morning and every night with Cetaphil," she told us. "It's my favorite — I’ve used it for years. I will never use a different cleanser."



Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, $13.99, available at Ulta Beauty

Khloé Kardashian

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The celeb's former makeup artist, Joyce Bonelli, shared on the Kardashian's app the beauty secret we've always wondered: Khloé gets her glow with a drugstore highlighter. "Your highlighter should be a shade lighter than your natural skin tone, and bronzer a shade darker," Bonelli says. For $6, that hardly feels like an extra step.



Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighters, $6, available at Ulta Beauty

Zendaya

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Breakouts can be a nightmare, but instead of opting for a drying spot treatment, Zendaya keeps an emergency set of sheet masks to get the job done. She explained on her app and website, "If my skin is trippin' and I have a few zits, I'll use one that fights acne." Her go-to? This gentle spot fighter from Yes To. (And you can't beat that price tag.)



Yes To Tomatoes Clear Skin Acne Fighting Sheet Mask, $2.99, available at Ulta Beauty

Kylie Jenner

Photo: Gregory Pace/BEI/Shutterstock.

We're no strangers to Jenner's extensive — and super glam — makeup routine, but we were kind of shocked to hear she had a drugstore must-have: Maybelline's Fit Me Blush. She told Violet Grey that out this power pigment formula is one of her daily go-tos.



Maybelline Fit Me Blush, $5.99, available at Ulta Beauty

Gigi Hadid

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In an interview with Allure, Hadid revealed the reason this drugstore scrub has remained a long-standing staple in her beauty routine. "It's been around because it's the best," she said. We love the gentle exfoliator, too, especially because it uses natural powders from walnut shells, so it's less irritating. But Hadid's stamp of approval definitely serves as a reminder to use it more religiously.



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

Kendall Jenner

Photo: Jason LaVeris/Getty Images.

Yesterday, if you had told us that shiny-haired Kendall Jenner's favorite shampoo is under four dollars, we would have laughed. But it turns out the joke's on us because she once told Allure, "Kim likes Finesse shampoo, and now so do I. I’ve tried all the expensive things, too. It just works for my hair and makes it so silky." BRB — running out to pick up this old-school classic now.



Finesse Self Adjusting Moisturizing Shampoo, $1.99, available at Walgreens

Beyoncé

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Back in 2011, when Beyoncé was rising to her Queen B status, she told Allure that this product is a must-have. “I wear it with my lipstick. I did this trick last summer, when I was on vacation: I used it to prime my lashes before curling. It was like a natural mascara. It made the lashes hold the curl and look shiny. I use it for everything!” In that case, point us in the nearest direction to buy this magic in a tin, stat.



Rosebud Perfume Co. Rosebud Salve, $7, available at Sephora

Selena Gomez

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Gomez saves a few bucks on beauty favorites from time to time, including this standout shaving cream. She told Into The Gloss that she uses this formula because "it isn't too thick" — and we agree.



eos Shave Cream, $3.99, available at Ulta Beauty

Kim Kardashian

Photo: Mike Marsland/WireImage.

Kim’s beauty routine comes with a hefty price tag; happily, we can all afford the facial wipes she stands by. She’s even Snapchatted her morning routine and these double-duty towelettes made an appearance. “But 1st I scrub with these wipes! #obsessed,” she captioned the snap.



Kiko Milano Exfoliating Wipes, $9, available at Kiko Milano

Eva Mendes

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“Those are amazing drugstore buys!” Eva told us about the Queen Helene face masks. “You know, when I am shooting in the middle of nowhere you can always find a drugstore...and those are great to get.” With 11 types of masks in the range, these picks are seriously #key.



Queen Helene Masque Mint Julep, $4.99, available at Walgreens

Lupita Nyong'o

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images.

The award-winning actress told InStyle that for her, nothing works better than avocado oil. “This is what I use to wash off my makeup,” she said. “It's gentle and natural, and my skin tends to be pretty dry, so I need the extra oil.”



Now Solutions Avocado Oil, $7.99, available at GNC

Anna Kendrick

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One of Anna's top picks is a throwback some of us can appreciate — hello, annoying razor burn — especially if we want silky skin. "If you're not using Intuition razors, you're wasting everybody's time," she told The New York Times. "Whenever I hear someone is still using a separate shave gel, it's like hearing they still use dial-up internet.” (For the record, the Intuition has a built-in shaving-cream cartridge.)



Schick Intuition Sensitive Care Razor, $8.99, available at Amazon

Shay Mitchell

Photo: George Pimentel/WireImage.

This badass actress tends to keep her makeup light and fresh. She told Teen Vogue: “In the morning, I only use CoverGirl Lash Blast (I purchase 10 at a time in case they discontinue!). It just works really well.”



COVERGIRL LashBlast Volume Mascara, $8.99, available at Ulta Beauty

Emma Watson

Photo: Karwai Tang/WireImage.

“A makeup artist I met recently used a nude pencil around my lips to give them a perfect outline that’s not as obvious as a red liner,” Emma told Marie Claire a couple years back.



L'Oréal Colour Riche Matte Lip Liner, $8.99, available at Ulta Beauty

Olivia Wilde

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Olivia swears by this true-blue winner. “I’ve been using the same hippie shit my whole life,” she told Byrdie. “It’s the greatest! You can even use it in your hair when you go camping.”



Dr. Bronner's Pure Castile Soap, $15.99, available at Target

Lucy Hale

Photo: George Pimentel/WireImage.

“At the end of a long day, wiping my makeup off and feeling so clean, it’s the best feeling in the world,” Lucy told Into the Gloss. She praised the wipes' ability to “take everything off without irritating [my skin]."



Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes, $8.99, available at Ulta Beauty

Laverne Cox

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It's certainly not an easy task to find an SPF that works for you, but Laverne has it on lock. She told InStyle that she swears by this non-greasy face and body sunscreen.



Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Lotion SPF 55, $7.29, available at Amazon

Easy to use, matte, and hydrating? Sign us up. As she told InStyle, Laverne credits her your-lips-but-better look to this chubby balm.



Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm, $8.49, available at Ulta Beauty

Jessica Alba

Photo: Gary Gershoff/WireImage.

You're not the only one who's been strangely tantalized by As Seen On TV beauty scores. Jessica told Into the Gloss that she lives for the Turbie Twist. "It’s the greatest thing in the world," she raved. "It’s like a towel that you pull your hair up in after the shower."



Turbie Twist The Original Turbie Twist, $10, available at Amazon

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Elizabeth Warren Unveils Proposal To Ensure High-Quality Child Care For Every Family

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is making universal child care one of the priorities of her 2020 presidential campaign, unveiling a plan Tuesday that would ensure every family can have access to high-quality child care, regardless of their income.

Child care in the U.S. can cost on average up to $9,500 per year, according to the New America Foundation. In fact, in 28 states, paying for one year of child care can be more expensive for families than paying for one year of college tuition. With her Universal Child Care and Early Learning Act, the Massachusetts senator is proposing the creation of a federal program that would rely on partnerships with local establishments to build a network of child care providers — including locally-licensed centers, preschools, and in-home care options.

According to Warren's campaign, families with a household income 200% below the poverty level — for example, a family of four with a $51,500 annual income — would have access to free, high-quality child care. Households earning above that would pay on a sliding scale and the fee would be capped at no more than 7% of their income. "We must do better for our kids — and our parents," Warren said in a post outlining the proposal. "In the wealthiest country on the planet, access to affordable and high-quality child care and early education should be a right, not a privilege reserved for the rich."

According to the New York Times , the plan would cost the federal government an additional $70 billion on top of the current annual cost of its child care programs. But Warren says that's no issue: The plan would be paid in part through her "wealth tax," a policy proposal she released last month. This annual tax, also known as the "ultra millionaire tax," would apply to Americans whose net worth exceeds $50 million. The Warren campaign says experts project this type of taxation could bring around $2.75 trillion in new government revenue over the next decade, which would cover the cost of the child care plan "four times over," according to a video released Tuesday.

Another big, structural change we need: #UniversalChildCare. I’m proposing a bold new plan that guarantees high-quality child care and early education for every child in America. It will be free for millions of families, and affordable for everyone. pic.twitter.com/lFFZO7kwhu

— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) February 19, 2019

Warren's proposal could set the stage for issues such as affordable child care and paid family leave — until now considered "women's issues," though they impact the entire family and its finances — to take a more prominent role in the 2020 presidential election. Ellen Bravo, co-director of Family Values @ Work, told Refinery29 she is excited to see this unfold. (FV@W is a non-profit organization and does not endorse political candidates.)

"We've been in an untenable dilemma: Parents can't afford the price of child care for their young children and care providers can't afford to live on the low wages that most people are paid," she said. "For kids to thrive, parents need care to be affordable and providers need their work properly valued. There's only one solution and that is recognizing the need for public investment. What we expect is that like Elizabeth Warren, many other policy makers are going to embrace the solution that is universal, affordable for all families, child care."

Bravo brought up how public education has evolved because "society saw the value" of investing into it, adding that something similar should happen in the way the nation views child care. And implementing universal child care in the U.S. would far from unprecedented: In 1971, Congress passed legislation to implement universal, federally subsidized child care — but President Richard Nixon vetoed the bill. Fast-forward nearly 50 years and it seems like finally the country will allow affordable child care to become a reality. But Bravo said the solution needs to be two-fold.

"Infant care is the most expensive and least available. Two things need to happen: We need paid family and medical leave. If something like the FAMILY Act passes, a two-parent family would have almost six months to be home with their child. That's going to help with the scarcity for infant care and its high cost," she said. "Once kids are in child care, there need to be places that are high-quality and affordable for everybody. These kind of ideas — people have been talking about them for years."

Bravo is hopeful that lawmakers will prioritize issues such as universal child care and paid family leave because they are issues that impact families at all socioeconomic levels and across the country. She said: "We know that the time has come. These policies have solutions that are universal, fiscally sound, and long overdue."

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26 Hair Products You Should Buy From Target This Month

If you want to shop at Target — and stay on budget! — then you need a strategy: written lists, Cartwheel discounts, hell, maybe even a map of the store (so as not to be diverted by whatever Joanna Gaines just launched). We get it, you're only human and distractions happen. More often than not, they come from the giant trap expertly placed just a few feet from the registers: the beauty section.

From shaving cream to acne-fighting face masks, you're bound to browse off course. And in case you do, we recommend starting in the hair section. Not only does Target feature innovative and effective new brands every day, but most of them won't cost you more than $20. Keeping clicking for the 26 best new hair products hitting Target right now.

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Fighting frizz on the go just got easier thanks to Pacifica's handy, smoothing hair wipes. All it takes is one swipe for noticeably softer, sleeker strands.



Pacifica Rose on Sleek Anti-Frizz Hair Wipes, $10.99, available at Target

Finally, a curl-defining gel that lives up to its name — and never leaves behind a flaky, sticky residue.



Cantu TXTR by Cantu Sleek Curls + Waves Defining Gel, $9.99, available at Target

Getting your hair toned and glossed at a salon can sometimes cost close to $100, but Kristin Ess' new at-home formula will only set you back $15. Whether you're looking to add vibrancy to your solid brunette hue or revive brassy highlights, this easy-to-use gloss makes your hair color look new again in as little as 20 minutes.



Kristin Ess Signature Gloss Temporary Hair Color, $14, available at Target

Pink hair is Hollywood's favorite color as of late, and this $10 temporary spray is the perfect way to dip your toes into the trend.



Eva NYC Chameleon Temporary Color Spray, $10, available at Target

Looking to reverse your hair's straw-like texture from too many dye jobs? This rose water shampoo softens and hydrates, with zero sulfates to mess up your expensive color.



Pantene Pro-V Blends Rose Water Shampoo, $9.99, available at Target

Winter did your hair dirty, but your ends won't be dehydrated for that much longer thanks to this hair treatment. It has manuka honey, yogurt extract, and mafura oil to boost shine, strengthen brittle strands , and replenish all the moisture robbed from your scalp months ago.



SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Yogurt Protein Power Treatment, $9.99, available at Target

Although you can use this detangling spray on wet and dry hair, fans say it's best straight out of the shower. Bonus: You can douse your hair in the stuff without your curls feeling suffocated by product.



Suave Natural Shea Butter & Pure Coconut Oil Cream Detangler , $4.99, available at Target

When you need to bring out the big guns, this oil reverses dryness with moisturizing argan and avocado oils.



Hair Food Avocado & Argan Smooth Hair Oil, $11.99, available at Target

Dandruff is that one hair problem most of us struggle with, but rarely talk about — or really know how to fix. But ditching the white flakes for good isn't as hard as you think, especially when you have a solid anti-dandruff shampoo in your shower. L'Oréal's latest formula to hit Target shelves is free of harsh sulfates and formulated with 1% pyrithione zinc to rebalance your scalp and keep your black sweaters flake-free.



L'Oreal Paris Ever Fresh Sulfate-Free Antidandruff Shampoo, $3.99, available at Target

Hairspray is notoriously smelly — and not in a good way. L'Oréal is trying to solve that problem, starting by offering its cult (and distinctly flowery) Elnett spray in an unscented version.



L'Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Unscented Hair Spray, $12.99, available at Target

Jen Atkin's Ouai may have started the foaming dry shampoo trend, but Dove is making it cheap. If you feel like your second-day hair is flat and greasy — even with a spritz of regular dry shampoo — try this volumizing and oil-soaking foam.



Dove Foam Dry Shampoo, $4.88, available at Target

Leave-in conditioner isn't just for children with tangled hair. In fact, it's more helpful for adults who put their healthy hair through the ringer with years of hot tools and hair dye. This no-rinse, coconut oil-based formula is for them.



The Good Stuff Intensive Nourishment Cream No-rinse Conditioner, $7.99, available at Target

You've swapped your entire skin routine, splurged on a humidifier, and booked a facial. But what are you doing to relieve your dry winter hair? This ginger and honey-infused shampoo is the best place to start.



Garnier Whole Blends Ginger Recovery Strengthening Shampoo, $5.49, available at Target

Want your hair to be softer the second you step out of the shower? This hydrating formula locks in moisture, helping revive dehydrated ends in just one use.



Tresemmé Ultimate Hydration with Moisture Complex Shampoo, $4.99, available at Target

A frizz-fighting hairspray that will leave your curls happy, not crunchy.



Tresemmé Compressed Micro Mist Curl Hold Hair Spray, $4.99, available at Target

Root touch-up products don't have to be complicated. In fact, this color-depositing comb makes it easy for beginners who'd prefer to skip the salon (and the $300 bill).



L'Oreal Paris Root Rescue Permanent Hair Color, $5.99, available at Target

When you have dull hair, you know it. This shine-enhancing shampoo, with moisturizing coconut oil, is like a highlighter for lackluster strands.



Love Beauty and Planet Indian Lilac and Clove Leaf Positively Shine Shampoo, $6.99, available at Target

Trying to grow out your platinum hair? This turmeric shampoo adds vibrancy to fresh color and protects hair from potential breakage.



Love Beauty and Planet Turmeric and Tonka Essence Prevent and Preserve Conditi, $6.99, available at Target

Turns out oat milk isn't just creamy and delicious in your coffee, but also soothing on your scalp.



Aveeno Scalp Soothing Oat Milk Blend Shampoo, $6.99, available at Target

You might dread taking your morning shot of the stuff, but apple cider vinegar is the one ingredient your hair routine is actually begging for. Since it rebalances the scalp — freeing it of product build-up and dirt — it simultaneously adds lift and volume to droopy hair.



Aveeno Apple Cider Vinegar Blend Shampoo, $6.99, available at Target

Normally, covering up your grays means wasting half of your Saturday afternoon by the sink — but not anymore. This at-home hair dye hides roots in five minutes by turning what's usually a multi-step process into one ready-to-use bottle.



Revlon Permanent Root Erase Dark Brown Hair Color, $9.99, available at Target

Even if you've got a shelf of intensive deep conditioners in your shower, we're betting you'll ditch them all for this conditioning cocktail that uses aloe to nourish and argan oil to de-frizz curls.



Camille Rose Lavender Quench Deep Conditioner, $15.99, available at Target

It's easy to forget that your scalp is just skin, which means it gets as easily clogged with oil and dirt as the pores on your face. Counteract the congestion with a weekly scalp scrub that gently sloughs away build-up and dandruff.



Kristin Ess Instant Exfoliating Scalp Scrub, $14, available at Target

This curl-defining butter, infused with moisturizing coconut oil, might just change your winter wash-and-go routine.



Carol's Daughter Coco Crème Coil Enhancing Moisture Butter, $10, available at Target

Fine hair is often victim to sticky roots from heavy-duty volumizers. Luckily, this rose water spray is lightweight enough not to drag down your hair.



Carol's Daughter Cactus Rose Water Volume Spray, $11, available at Target

Avocado is as good as people say it is for dehydrated hair (and skin, for the record). Still, in case you just ate your last avocado for lunch, try this far less messy miracle oil instead.



Aussie Miracle Moist Intense Hydrating Oil, $4.99, available at Target

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Your No-B.S. Guide To Minimizing Large Pores

For as many pores as we have covering our bodies — about 5 million, on average — most of us remain utterly clueless about how they work. There is the widely-held myth that pores can somehow open and close (they do not, though they can stretch to accommodate oil, makeup, and dirt), and the even more erroneous belief that a million "poreless" skin products have banked on us believing: that somehow, pores, which are really just the openings at the very top of each individual hair follicle, can be shrunk.

Impossible, yes, but it's just the thing nearly half of women dream of. According to a Harris Poll conducted on behalf of L'Oréal Paris, 47% say they’d would give up something — including alcohol and social media — in exchange for smaller pores. After all, who needs Facetune when you’ve got freakishly smooth skin?

But back to reality: Though swapping Instagram access for robotic skin isn’t in the cards (yet), there are things we can do to make pores appear less pronounced. Since pore size can grow with age, genetics, a surge in the skin’s oil production, the development of thicker skin, and sun damage, there are several different angles from which we can work to make them look smaller, cleaner, and otherwise less noticeable. Ahead, find tips from three dermatologists on how to close the gap on big pores, both in the doctor’s office and from the comfort of your own magnifying mirror.

Looking to bring out the big guns calibrated to minimize pore size — and have some money to burn? In-office treatments aimed at stimulating collagen and tightening skin can provide pore-tightening results that last months or longer. “As you age, the skin around each pore is not as firm and supportive,” says dermatologist Sejal Shah, MD. “Looser, inelastic skin makes the pore appear larger. Laser treatments helps stimulate collagen and tighten the skin around the pore, making it appear smaller.”

It seems like there are about as many lasers to choose from as there are pores in our T-zone; Shah suggests a series of three to six sessions of Clear and Brilliant (about $400-$600 per treatment) or Pico Genesis (about $500-$800 per treatment) as good beginner options. For those looking for something more robust, dermatologist Ashley Magovern, MD likes a single or double Halo treatment (about $1,500 a pop), which remodels the skin, giving it “more ‘cushion’ around the pores, which makes them less noticeable,” she says. The treatment resurfaces about 30% of the skin (vs. about 5% for Clear and Brilliant) for "a smoother, brighter platform that reflects light and obscures the appearance of the pores," among other benefits, Dr. Magovern says.

Microneedling, which creates injury to the skin by poking it with a cluster of tiny needles in order to jumpstart collagen production, sounds positively medieval. But the treatment is hugely popular in dermatology offices because it generates a healthy-looking complexion at about half the cost of laser work.

Along with brightening and tightening the skin, reducing fine lines, and improving acne scars, part of the treatment's allure is in what it does for pore size. “The collagen stimulation allows for strengthening of the structure of the skin, leading to healthier, firmer skin," says Dr. Magovern. "Firmer skin around the pore can reduce its appearance because the pore is squished like it was when we were younger. How great is that?”

As for the pain factor, the treatment can feel as harmless as fingernails dragged across the skin, if numbing cream is used and/or the practitioner doesn't go for an aggressive depth. For optimal results, the derm suggests a series four-to-six sessions, which, at about 15 minutes each, can be done on a lunch break. Afterward, skin may be pink and a little swollen for about 48 hours, Dr. Magovern notes, while the new collagen — and glow-y skin and tighter pores — takes three months to kick in.

The name “chemical peel” itself can be scary enough to draw a reactive "no thanks," but the treatment, performed by dermatologists and estheticians, is really just a stepped-up version of the kind of skin care that many of us already do at home.

Tapping ingredients like glycolic and salicylic acid, chemical peels dissolve and remove dead skin cells, dirt, and oil that have taken up residence in our pores and stretched them out in the process. “They can also help stimulate collagen production so the pores don’t sag open as much,” says dermatologist Jessica Wu, MD. “Deeper peels such as TCA peels can actually peel off surface layers of skin, so the new skin heals in more smoothly.”

More gentle peels (like glycolic), often performed by estheticians as part of a facial, can be done as frequently as once a month, whereas stronger peels can be done quarterly (salicylic and lactic) and yearly (TCA or trichloroacetic). What’s more, a peel is often one of the most affordable pore-shrinkers on the menu in esthetician and derm offices: Prices range from about $100 to $950, depending on the intensity of the peel and whether it’s being administered by a facialist, registered nurse, or doctor.

No matter how much time or money you throw at fancy in-office treatments, you can’t maintain pore-tightening benefits without targeted at-home skin care. According to our pros, that means keeping skin clean and pores clear. “If enlarged pores are linked to excess oil production and debris, then proper cleansing and skin-care products can be effective,” says Dr. Shah. Her Rx? “Cleanse twice a day and don’t sleep with makeup on.”

Dr. Shah suggests double cleansing, first with an oil-based cleanser, then a water-soluble one, and using a gentle, non-comedogenic formula. Dr. Wu also notes that those with dry skin run the risk of magnifying pores when overly drying their skin. “Dryness will lead to small cracks in your skin that cane make pores look even larger,” she says. For those with oily skin, a cleanser with beta-hydroxy acids, clay, charcoal, or sulfur can help keep gunk from building up in pores.

Of all the at-home skin-care moves we can make to minimize the look of pores, our pros position exfoliating with alpha- and beta- hydroxy acids as a choice power play. “AHAs and BHAs exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin cells, oils, and debris that can clog pores,” Dr. Shah says. She suggests her patients regularly exfoliate with a non-abrasive AHA/BHA-based product.

It’s a directive that sounds straightforward enough, until you realize just how many such exfoliating products are at our disposal (including cleansers, moisturizers, serums, treatment pads, and masks). Instead of loading up on every option out there, both Dr. Shah and Dr. Wu suggest a little restraint when starting an exfoliating regimen: Start by introducing a single product to the fold and tread lightly to avoid over-drying and irritation. “I generally recommend starting once per week and going up to three times per week as tolerated,” Dr. Shah says.

Other pore-supporting ingredients to look for in skin care: caffeine (which can constrict the skin and make pores look tighter), retinoids (which strengthen the skin that supports pores by boosting collagen production), and niacinamide (which improves elasticity and balances oils). Not sure where to start? Try this guide to help pinpoint the right product for you.

As if we weren't wary of UV rays already for their role in wrinkles and skin cancer, Dr. Shah points out that the sun also has the power to magnify pores. "Photodamage ages the skin and breaks down the supporting structures around the pore,” she says. “The loose, inelastic skin does not support the pore as rigidly, making it appear larger.” One more reason to be extra diligent with the SPF. Try starting with a non-comedogenic, oil-free moisturizer with SPF, as Dr. Shah suggests, then use a powder protector, like Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-On Shield SPF 50, to re-up throughout the day.

Once pore-minimizing skin care is all buttoned up, there’s one more thing we can do to help make them fade into the background, if at least for a day: Blur them with makeup primers.

”Primers can temporarily improve how your pores look for the day," Dr. Wu says. She turns to Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer to control oil and shine from hot TV lights when doing on-air interviews. “Many primers use silicones such as dimethicone or cyclomethicone to fill in pores and make the skin smoother,” she says. “But if you prefer to avoid silicones, look for primers containing proteins or polymers that form a film and help your makeup go on more smoothly.” Our go-to? Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer, which has a non-greasy, powder-cream texture.

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Burned Out? These Professional Retreats Can Help You Re-Center

If you’re feeling tired, stressed, frazzled — how is it that even a long weekend somehow still isn’t enough? — you are not alone.

Millennials, also referred to as the “burnout generation,” report symptoms of exhaustion at higher rates than previous generations. In fact, nearly three in ten are “very often or always burned out” at work, with roughly seven in ten experiencing “at least some burnout,” according to recent statistics.

Increasingly, millennials are opting for careers that allow for more flexibility, including remote work and jobs with telecommuting opportunities. Some are even choosing to go full “digital nomad” and designing careers that allow them to move around as much as they want — without sacrificing professional growth.

But if neither of these possibilities seems immediately accessible and you need a refresh, you might want to consider using up some of your vacation days (or savings account) on a retreat that could help you recharge, refocus, and potentially rethink your professional future.

Today, there are numerous retreats, programs, and getaways that provide attendees with a range of personal, creative, and professional development services — plus they make a great excuse to get away from a grueling job.

Ahead, we compiled a list of programs that can help you take a breather and start designing a life that incorporates more freedom and creativity (and also helps you to thrive professionally).

Read on to check out some options and get some inspiration for an upcoming getaway.

Lodged Out is an unplugged retreat designed to get professionals outside to "play like we used to." The program moves around the country to different idyllic outdoor locations, from historic lodges to summer camps enveloped by national forests. It was created to strip away the noise and stress of daily urban life and bring like-minded people outside to relax, learn from one another, and refresh.

"Last September, I did a terrifying thing and spent three days disconnected from my phone and my computer in the woods with 35 strangers talking about art, design, business, and life," wrote one past attendee of the experience.

Upcoming retreats range from Montana to Alaska, and scholarships are often available.

Hacker Paradise was first started back in 2014 by an entrepreneur and a coder. The two wanted to create a tech experience where like-minded people could commune. The first location was in Costa Rica, and since then Hacker Paradise has evolved into a worldwide community, with experiences held in Colombia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Hungary, South Korea, and more.

In addition to letting attendees immerse themselves a different part of the world, Hacker Paradise offers entrepreneurship panels, networking events, and hands-on workshops. They also provide professional-development programs, including goal-setting sessions and side-project nights to get guests to share and collaborate.

Hacker Paradise is open-ended, so you can stay as long as you like — from two weeks to a year. Though prices vary, the HP experience generally costs about $2,100 USD per month. HP realizes that this lifestyle is a privilege that may not be accessible to everyone, and they do their best to keep prices fair and offer scholarships whenever possible.

Rails Camp is an outdoor retreat designed for people from development and design backgrounds. Attendees sleep, summer-camp-style, in shared cabins in the great outdoors. Though intended for individuals, the program can accommodate whole teams on a case-by-case basis.

The camp was created to allow people whose jobs require constant face time with technology to unplug and unwind. Usually, this means playing outside in one of their many outdoor activities, or attending workshops and discussions — though it could also involve working on a project or just taking time to enjoy nature.

The retreat is completely unplugged, purposely held in remote locations where there is no phone service. "We want people to hang out and talk without being distracted like at normal large conferences," Rails Camp explains on its site.

Their next retreat is in the mountains of Montana from August 23-26, 2019. Tickets are $515, but subsidized options may also be available.

Unsettled is a community for people looking for meaningful human connection, change, innovation, and discovery. They offer one-month or two-week retreats in more than a dozen locations, including Bali, Buenos Aires, Medellín, Cape Town, Mexico City, and more.

The coworking retreats bring together a diverse group of professionals, from artists to developers to executives to entrepreneurs, and cater to those in a wide range of situations, whether they are full-time remote workers, professionals undergoing a career transition, or people on sabbatical.

Those attending can expect to connect with over 1,300 members from more than 80 countries and experience curated programs, including dinner parties, peer-to-peer workshops, lunch-and-learns, and more. You'll get a private room and a comfortable workspace, and strong Wi-Fi so you can keep your projects running smoothly.

Encounter Camp is a three-day weekend retreat in the San Bernardino Mountains of southern California designed for Black "world-changers and innovators" who want to reach a new level.

"Each year, we bring together dozens of ambitious people on top of a mountain for one weekend of personal transformation," Encounter explains on its website.

Along with outdoor activities, including archery, yoga, and campfires, the camp also offers content sessions, bringing in speakers and session leaders to touch upon a variety of topics.

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The 2019 Money Moves To Make For Your Zodiac Sign

The 2019 Money Moves To Make For Your Zodiac Sign

It's mid-winter, and you've probably long forgotten about your New Year's resolutions. But that doesn't mean it's too late to be thinking about the money moves you want to make in 2019. And with tax season upon us, this is a great time to really think about your finances.

The financial forecast for 2019 may bring us some surprising twists and turns as Uranus (the planet of radical change) moves back into financially savvy Taurus on March 7, where it will stay until April 26, 2026. With Taurus being a sign that loves stability (and money), having a planet like Uranus in it for the next seven years will push us to think very differently in terms of how we earn and manage our cash. For some of us, this may mean earning our money by non-traditional means or placing less of a value on certain forms of material wealth, like flashy, expensive things.

However, with Jupiter, the planet of abundance and good fortune, at home in Sagittarius until December 2, 2019; many of us should not only find more opportunities to make money but opportunities to see that money increase.

Of course, responsible Saturn in Capricorn (along with a few game-changing eclipses on the Cancer-Capricorn axis) will be on hand to make sure that we’re focused on our financial security and saving for a rainy day.

Take a look at your financial horoscope for 2019 to find out what your sign can expect.

Aries

With the big moves that you’ll be making in your career, there’s a good chance that you’ll be able to make the big money too.

However, with unstable Uranus in Taurus sitting in your money zone, you’ll have to be sure that you’re not spending your money as fast as you make it, as you could be faced with some unexpected expenses or financial dry spells. Uranus will be pushing you to redefine what you value in terms of your resources, your self-worth, and getting what you want.

The good news is that the changes you make will set you up for life.

Taurus

Things are looking up for you financially in 2019 thanks to expansive Jupiter in Sagittarius, especially if you’re married or in a long-term partnership, as your partner will experience some major growth in their income which could contribute to your financial security.

Though if you’re single, you could still experience a windfall too; either by way of tax or insurance pay out, an inheritance, a return on a financial investment, a loan, or a hefty commission. If you do receive a loan or an increase in your credit line, watch that you don’t borrow and spend more than you can afford to pay back.

Gemini

With the eclipses and responsible Saturn activating your financial sector, there’s a chance that you could score an opportunity to make more money, but you’ll have to stay on top of your cash. If debt has been an issue, you’ll find yourself working to pay it off while looking to ways that you can invest or make your money work better for you.

If you share financial obligations with someone else and you’ve been paying more than your fair share, you may need to have some tough conversations about cash and responsibility. It’s time to heal your wounds around scarcity.

Cancer

Things may have seemed a bit unstable for you financially because you were experiencing instability with your career. However, you can expect your financial forecast to improve as your career outlook improves too.

Some Cancers could receive a raise in pay courtesy of a new gig or a step up where they are currently. Still, your financial outlook will depend on how much you value yourself and the skills you’re bringing to the table. Look to 2019 to provide you with some teachable moments on the importance of knowing your worth and asking for what you’re worth with confidence.

Leo

While fun and adventure will be a big part of your agenda for 2019, don't get too carried away with your spending as there’s a potential for you running up bills and expenses that you may not be able to cover. Why cause yourself that stress?

If you’ve had an unhealthy relationship to money, you’ll find that the eclipses and no-nonsense Saturn will be pushing you to make the necessary changes. Meanwhile, with Uranus in Taurus shaking up your career zone, your cash flow could change too, though it could be for the better. Be mindful if you're lending out money.

Virgo

Your finances may seem a bit shaky during the first quarter of the year, but things should improve by the spring.

In terms of making money, you could bring in some income via a home-based business or by turning something you’re passionate about into something more. Your professional reputation will also be a hot topic and there’s a chance that you could land a new job or money-making opportunities through the people you know. Your network could be a valuable tool, so don’t be afraid to play up your strengths and toot your own horn, as you’ll never know who’s listening.

Libra

With unstable Uranus in Taurus moving into your zone of debt and finances, you’re going to have to play it smart when it comes to your cash.

On the bright side, Uranus will be working on your behalf to help you with becoming debt free. It’s also possible that you could end up coming into money when you least expect it, perhaps by way of your partner or someone else.

If you share a financial obligation with someone else, the stars could also push you to set some boundaries and put an end to a messy money situation. Create a new financial story for yourself in 2019.

Scorpio

It’s big bank for you when it comes to 2019 as growth-oriented Jupiter in Sagittarius will be camped out in your zone of income for the year. As such, you might find yourself with an abundance of job opportunities to choose from or find your pay or your cash flow significantly increasing.

Still, with all of this good fortune coming your way, it will be important for you to recognize that you deserve it as a keen sense of self worth will be your way to attract more of what you want. Just don’t overdo it on the spending.

Sagittarius

You’re the cosmic darling of the year with Jupiter, your planetary ruler, at home in your sign. This means that there’s a good chance that you can surpass your financial goals with all of the professional opportunities that you’ll practically stumble onto.

However, with no-nonsense Saturn in Capricorn camped out in your zone of income, and the eclipses landing across your financial sector, now is not the time for handling your finances or your goals with an ad-hoc approach. This is your shot to build something that will last, so don’t squander it. Honor your worth. Stability can be yours.

Capricorn

You might find yourself focused more than usual on your finances, and one reason for this is the eclipse in Leo that’s landing in your zone of debt and finances at the top of the year.

Look to this eclipse (and Saturn in Capricorn) to help you with asserting your confidence so you can move away from an unfulfilling job situation, using money as a means of proving your worthiness to others, or denying yourself of the things you desire.

It’s also possible that you could find yourself being offered financial support from someone else. Don’t let stoicism block your blessings.

Aquarius

If you’ve been the sole provider in your household or people within your family circle have become too dependent on your financial help, this year you could find yourself looking to make some necessary changes that will help to take some of the financial burden off of you.

At the same time, your finances should get a welcome boost as 2019 brings you in contact with a few influential people that can connect you to opportunities that pay well. Though you may prefer to work alone for much of the year, networking could be a jackpot. It's your year to thrive.

Pisces

Your financial hopes and wishes could come true this year, though it may require some confidence and taking a few risks to get what you want. It’s possible that you could receive a step up the career ladder, which could also bring a step up in pay.

If things have felt a bit unstable recently, trust that they won’t be for long. Though the way that you think about money and stability may need to change. Make sure the time and energy you’re investing in getting what you want is being put towards the things you really want. Tame your impulses.

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I Make $42,000 — & I Haven’t Been On A Real Vacation In 7 Years

I Make $42,000 โ€” & I Havenโ€™t Been On A Real Vacation In 7 Years

I love Instagram. I love all the baby pics and the silly Saturday night Instagram stories and the behind-the-scenes snaps from my favorite celebrities, and I don't care that it's all a little (or a lot) fake. But sometimes when I spend too much time mindlessly scrolling, I'm left with a bit of a social media hangover and the feeling that everyone is doing cooler stuff than me. I also frequently wonder how the hell everyone can afford these cool lives, whether they're regularly eating out at some trendy restaurant or vacationing at a luxury resort. And no, most of my friends are not influencers, so I know they aren't getting shit for free.

This feeling of FOMO mixed with jealousy mixed with a genuine desire to know how our friends afford their awesome lives is the inspiration behind this week's episode of Money Diaries: The Podcast. My co-host, Paco DeLeon, and I chat with a 32-year-old woman — we're calling her Susan — who lives in South Dakota with her husband and hasn't taken a real vacation in more than seven years.

I love this episode because Susan gets really honest about those jealous feelings that most of us just try to ignore (or express only to our very best friends), and she's so relatable in her concerns that she's not hitting certain milestones at the so-called right time. But this is more than just an episode about FOMO — we tackle topics like discussing money with your spouse, prioritizing your own financial needs, and how to figure out if you might be overspending on retirement.

Speaking of which, during the episode, Paco recommends running retirement projections to make sure you're on the right track in your savings goals. I highly recommend everyone do it — Vanguard has a great calculator, and so does MarketWatch. You can read Susan's original Money Diary here, and join more conversations about vacation FOMO (and all kinds of other money-related queries) in our Money Diaries Facebook group.

You can hear the full episode on iTunes, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app. And while you're at it, please subscribe, give us a rating, and leave us a comment if you like the episode!

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A Week In South Korea On A $90,000 Salary

By: You ยทย written by You

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

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Today: an Air Force officer who makes $90,000 per year and spends some of her money this week on Monster.

Occupation: Air Force Officer
Industry: Active-Duty Military
Age: 33
Location: South Korea
Salary: $90,000
Paycheck Amount (2x/month): $2,750

Monthly Expenses
Rent: ~$1,700 (We pay in Korean won, so the exact amount fluctuates depending on the exchange rate. My husband is very kindly covering the rent while we are here to allow me to build up my savings/investments. He is also in the military and we are both the same rank, so his pay is the same as mine, but he has also gotten his mom's pension since she passed away a few years ago. We were long-distance for the first three years of our relationship, including two years of marriage, so we have always kept all our money separate.)
Mortgage: $1,300 (This is covered by renters. I have a house at my last duty station that I was unable to sell before I left.)
Student Loans: $0 (I paid off my student loans in December 2017, and it was a momentous occasion.)
Utilities: ~$400-ish (I pay these as part of the rent deal with my husband.)
Hulu: $12
Netflix: $0 (My husband pays.)
Pet Wellness Plan: $40 (I need to cancel this because there are no PetSmarts here, but making phone calls to the States is exhausting and I haven't gotten around to it yet.)
Cell Phone: $40-ish (Paid in won.)
Savings: $250 each to my trip fund and expensive-purchase fund and $2,000 to my Get Out of the Air Force Fund. I am also building a CD ladder and buy $2,000 per month in 18-month CDs. Investments: $1,250 into my taxable investment account
Retirement: $1,588 out of my paycheck pretax into my TSP account (military version of a 401(k)), and $500 to my Roth IRA

Day One

4 a.m. — Alarm goes off, and I hate everything. It's Sunday, and I signed up to work since my husband is also working, but this seems like a really stupid idea at 4 a.m. I drag myself into the shower and get ready. I don't usually eat breakfast, but I grab some rice cakes, a Clif bar, a can of pistachios, and a Diet Mountain Dew out of the pantry, since my shift is eight hours and I won't have an opportunity to take a break.

1:40 p.m. — Meet with my husband at Taco Bell after we both get off work. He had to go in at midnight and is operating on almost no sleep, so we decide to get some trash food, since we feel like trash people. $5.73

8 p.m. — Go home and let the dog out, which is easier said than done when you're on the 16th floor of a high-rise apartment. He was home alone for ten hours and was a very good boy and used the potty pads we left for him. After that, it's NAP TIME, a.k.a. the best time. When we wake up, it's time for dinner. We haven't gone shopping in a while, so the food in our house is mostly leftovers and random frozen shit. I heat up some frozen dumplings and add a tofu sausage. I bought these without realizing they weren't meat, but they taste good, so I'm not complaining. After dinner, we cuddle on the sofa with dog for a while and watch The Fellowship of the Ring on Netflix before heading to bed early. Tomorrow is the Super Bowl, and it starts early in the morning on this side of the world.

Daily Total: $5.73

Day Two

8 a.m. — Hit up the shoppette before heading to my work for the Super Bowl party. We have the day off today and tomorrow for the Lunar New Year, and the fact that it just happens to coincide with the Super Bowl means we are gonna get LIT, because tomorrow can be a recovery day. Since it's the morning and mimosas are a breakfast drink, I pick up three bottles of Champagne, some orange juice, and a six-pack of some weird tangerine IPA my husband likes. The military spouse club is providing food, and I make a breakfast burrito with eggs, bacon, tater tots, and queso while we settle in to watch the game. Fortunately, there are only three or four Pats fans in the group. By halftime, all the Champagne is gone and I am more than a little buzzed. $57.13

12:30 p.m. — Seven mimosas and a nearly unwatchable game later, a group of us decides to head to one of the bars off-base and continue the party. I'm pretty drunk by this point, and my husband is engaged in deep conversation with the commander's wife about work shit, so I leave him behind and pile in a taxi with six other people. Someone pays. One of my friends orders two more bottles of Champagne, and he and I are the only ones still sticking with bubbly at this point, so I have four or five glasses. Someone orders lumpia and fries for the table, and I have a little bit. I am ready to tap out, but the rest of the group wants to move to another bar and I let them talk me into staying. Apparently, I decided to pick up the tab for the whole group, but I don't really remember making that decision. $320.46

4 p.m. — Since I was so generous at the last establishment, my friends insist on buying me a drink at this one. A lime margarita and glass of raspberry beer appear next to me, but a couple sips in I can tell things are going to get ugly if I keep going. My husband meets me at the bar and we head home. Fortunately, taxis are super cheap here. We stumble down the street and flag one. We are pretty unusual in that we don't live in an apartment right outside the main gate. We picked a place two or three miles away, and we might as well live on another planet, as far as our friends are concerned. $2.73

9 p.m. — We get home and have sloppy-drunk sex and pass out. I wake up at 9, still pretty drunk, but am now starting to feel the hangover, too. So glad tomorrow is a recovery day. My husband is still passed out and looks like he has no intention of waking up, so I drink some water and take some ibuprofen before heading to the kitchen to think about dinner. Nothing looks easy enough for my current mental condition, so I just go back to bed.

Daily Total: $380.32

Day Three

6:30 a.m. — Wake up early, feeling mostly human. My husband has a terrible hangover since he skipped the all-important water and ibuprofen step. For breakfast I have toast with butter and some random cheese from my cheese drawer, fried eggs, and strawberries. I drink a Diet Mountain Dew and my husband makes coffee. We decide today is not going to be productive and head to the sofa to watch Netflix and not move.

12 p.m. — Since the fridge is still empty, our lunch options are limited. I make some ramen and throw in frozen veggies, a couple of quail eggs, and seaweed sheets. My husband scrounges up old leftovers and eats...something. That man has an iron stomach. There is nothing too old for him to eat. Once he left a burrito in the center console of his car in the middle of summer for four days and still ate it. Right now he is trying to convince me that some moldy raspberries I forgot about aren't all the way bad. I tell him no way, but he says he will still eat them. We often joke that he is my pilot fish, trawling in my wake and eating whatever I don't get to.

2 p.m. — After lunch, we tidy up a bit around the house and sit down to play some video games. We recently got a Switch, and my husband loves it. We take turns beating each other at Mario Party before I have enough and go get a book to read. I love sci-fi, and my collection is far too large for my two meager bookcases to handle. Someday I will finish organizing our hobby room and find a place for all my books, but for now they are kind of just piled willy-nilly. At least they aren't still in boxes.

7:30 p.m. — Dinner is fake sushi. I make rice in the rice cooker and mix canned tuna with Japanese mayo, mustard, a bunch of rando spices, and sesame dressing. Then I spread the rice and tuna on seaweed sheets and add sprouts, pickled quail eggs, cream cheese, and crab sticks. It sounds pretty lame, but I like it. My husband eats something similar but adds a bunch of spicy stuff to his. We rarely eat together and instead both just make whatever we want at approximately the same time. The biggest difference is it usually takes him about two hours to eat while I am done in five minutes or less. We are weird roommates. After dinner, we cuddle with the dog on the couch for a while and head to bed by 9.

Daily Total: $0

Day Four

4:30 a.m. — Up early for work. No time for breakfast. I'll try to meet my husband for lunch, but we'll see how that goes.

10 a.m. — Too hungry to wait for lunch, so I buy some crackers from the unit snack bar. Our mission today was fairly easy, but getting up so early always drains me. The rest of the week is going to be the same way. $0.50

12:30 p.m. — Head off base for lunch at a local Thai restaurant. I always order the pad thai — it's divine. The sauce is peanut-y and lime-y, and I love it. My husband orders green curry and rice but ends up wanting a few bites of mine. The total is 22,000 won (about $21), and my husband pays. Our general arrangement is that he pays for restaurants and I pay for groceries, but we don't always stick to that.

7 p.m. — I was going to try to leave work at a reasonable time since I went in so early, but I get hit with a bunch of tasks and we had some disciplinary issues that popped up in my shop, so I end up leaving late yet again. When I get home, I just want something easy and comforting, so I make some pasta with Ragú cheese sauce and frozen meatballs. Sometimes I eat like a picky five-year-old — usually when I'm stressed out. I plop in front of the TV, and we watch The Two Towers until bedtime.

Daily Total: $0.50

Day Five

3:30 a.m. — Alarm goes off. No breakfast, as usual. My show time today is just stupid — we have a mission brief at 4:45 a.m.

12:30 p.m. — Everything went pretty well, so that's a relief. Now I'm starving. I go to the food court at the base exchange with some coworkers and get a turkey-and-Swiss sandwich from Arby's with curly fries. I usually eat lunch with my husband, unless one or both of us is on a mission. Mine ended a little later than expected today and he had a meeting, so we weren't able to sync up, but it happens. Back to work to deal with admin. I would really love it if my job was just my job, but I spend way more time on paperwork and admin than on anything else. I used to be tactical before I got here, but this place is just draining the life out of me. $10.65

6 p.m. — The grocery situation at home is getting critical. I can't find any real food, so I settle for Triscuits and hummus for dinner. My afternoon was incredibly shitty, and I can feel myself starting to get sick. I realize my diet is terrible and I have very little time to work out (I did get an excellent score on my fitness assessment two weeks ago, but I sort of took that as an opportunity to stop going to the gym for a little while), but I am usually pretty healthy until I start getting burned out. My husband is unhappy that I am spending so much time at work, and we get into an argument about how he is doing all the emotional labor in our relationship. He's not wrong, but there's not much I can do to change my work situation. We agree that I will make plans for us for this upcoming weekend, since he is tired of making all the decisions.

Daily Total: $10.65

Day Six

6 a.m. — Thank God it's Friday. It's only been a three-day work week, but somehow those are the worst. I wake up with a cold sore, which usually happens when I am over-stressed. Fortunately my mission is at a more civilized hour today, so I get up, shower, and get dressed feeling more like a normal human. No breakfast.

11 a.m. — Yay, my mission is canceled. I hit up my husband to see if he wants to get lunch. He is off today, since he is working this weekend. He agrees to meet me off base for lunch. We decide to get kebabs.

11:15 a.m. — Just kidding, my mission is uncanceled. Husband is not happy, but there's nothing I can do about it. I have five minutes to grab my stuff and head to the ops floor. I get a sugar-free Monster and crackers from the snack bar to tide me over. $2.50

6 p.m. — One of my friends is leaving next week, so he is having a get-together after work. I leave work and meet my husband at home, and we head back out to the entertainment district off base. We agree not to have too much to drink, since the plan for tomorrow is to leave fairly early to go skiing. The first stop is a Korean barbecue restaurant for dinner. Everything is delicious. Our total is 24,000 won (about $22). Husband pays.

7:30 p.m. — Next stop is a rock-'n'-roll bar. One of my coworkers buys a round of fresh watermelon soju for everyone. I don't really like it, but I drink about half to be polite. We play darts and pool for a while. Eventually, just about everyone from my unit is there, and I'm starting to feel a bit claustrophobic, so we head home. At home we take the dog out and watch a couple episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine before going to bed.

Daily Total: $2.50

Day Seven

9 a.m. — Wake up a little later than we wanted to for the ski trip, but it's not the end of the world. We leave without breakfast but stop to gas up the car. It's about a two-and-a-half-hour drive to the ski resort. $37.24

10:30 a.m. — I stop at a rest stop after a few hours for some snacks, since skipping breakfast was a mistake. I get some Choco Pies, peanut trail mix, and a super delicious chocolate coffee-flavored milk. Koreans are the best at snack foods. My husband gets two hot dogs and some fried potatoes. The potatoes are amazing so I eat about half of them, much to his consternation. $9.79

12:30 p.m. — This resort has super expensive lift tickets. I offer to pay, since I was the one who picked it. My husband is way more into skiing than I am, but I go along with it since it makes him happy. He bought all my ski gear as a gift last winter and usually pays for all the tickets, but I feel like it's my turn this time. We buy eight-hour tickets — four hours in the afternoon and four in the evening, with a two-hour grooming break in the middle. $192

5:30 p.m. — The first half of the day destroyed my legs. The conditions are terrible — all the snow is artificial and it's basically just straight ice right now. I started on one of the longer runs, since the lines for the bunny slopes were outrageous. I didn't have my boots configured correctly so I crashed three times in the first 15 minutes or so. Blah. It's grooming time and the slopes are closed for a while, so hopefully the conditions will be better when we go back out. The ski resort is in the middle of a cute little village, so we wander around looking for food. We settle on an Irish-looking pub, but when we get inside there are no customers and it's cold and all the food is overpriced. Oh well. I am too tired to look for something else. We order cheesy potatoes, a sausage platter, and a couple of beers. It's not great food, but it fills me up and gives my legs a chance to rest. The total is outrageous: 73,000 won (about $65). Husband kindly pays.

6:30 p.m. — We get our gear back on ($0.94 for the lockers) and head back to the slopes. I highly doubt my legs can take much more, but I'm gonna try. My husband goes off to do all the hard runs. We agree to meet back at the entrance in two hours. $0.94

9:30 p.m. — I did better than I thought I would on the second part of the day. No more crashes, but I'm going to be super sore tomorrow. We get back in the car and drive home. I eat some more Choco Pies instead of dinner on the ride home. My husband has to work early, so he goes straight to bed, but I hang out and cuddle the dog for a while.

11:30 p.m. — Shame. I am sitting on the couch playing a game on my phone and I succumb to the temptation of buying some of the stupid in-game currency. I do this every once in a while and always feel super guilty about it. I don't even like this game very much. I've almost deleted it a few times but decided against it, and now I am paying the price. I should go to bed before I do anything else I'll regret. Maybe tomorrow morning I will go to the gym. $19.99

Daily Total: $259.96

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Neon-green waves, inches down to the floor, an Afro reaching toward the sky — that’s the magic of wigs. Snatched is a week-long celebration of wigs, the people who wear them, and their role in Black beauty culture.

Our first subject, Gina Knight, worked in the hair industry for over a decade as a salon manager, but she never predicted opening her own wig business. Yet, when her thick, natural hair began to fall out, leaving her with bald patches, she began a new journey of entrepreneurship — and never looked back. Today, Gina Knight Wig Design creates gorgeous Afro-texture units for women across the globe, with the ultimate goal of removing the stigma from hair loss in the Black community. This story was told to Jessica Cruel and edited for length and clarity.

I was in foster care, and my foster parents were white, so my hair was a major bone of contention in the family. I was always the girl who broke the comb with her hair. Growing up, it was never seen as a good thing to have all that hair and to have it be so thick and “unmanageable.”

I had to learn how to do my own hair because no one else in the house was going to be able to, so I used to go around and have my hair plaited by my neighbors. I got people to teach me how to braid. But in learning about my hair and talking to other Black women, it gave me a link into a culture that I didn’t really have at home and taught me to embrace it.

Misdiagnosed and Misunderstood

My hair was always thick, so when I started losing it when I was 29, I was really upset. At first, I thought it was because I had my first baby, and you shed hair after you have a baby. But the shedding just didn’t stop. I had bald spots that were really, really noticeable, and it was quite depressing. I’ve had short hair before, but this time the control was taken away from me and I didn’t feel like my usual confident self.

It took a really long time for me to find out it was alopecia. When it comes to hair loss and Black women, we are often misdiagnosed. It’s seen as something we are doing to our hair instead of it being done to us. Sometimes the doctors’ stereotypes of Black women get in the way of a proper diagnosis. As soon as I went to the doctor, it was, "Oh, stop braiding your hair." But I haven’t braided or relaxed my hair in years.

I was really let down by the health-care practitioners, even specialists like trichologists and dermatologists, who are often not knowledgeable about our hair type and the things that could be wrong with our health that causes that. There’s not enough research being done on Black women’s hair loss. I’ve gone from fungal infection to traction alopecia to CCCA [central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia], and now they’re going with stress-induced alopecia from my post-traumatic stress and post-natal depression.

Embracing The Bald

After I was diagnosed, I didn’t cut my hair because I thought it would grow back. And, at some stages, it did grow back. But then when I had a bout of stress or a flare-up, my hair would fall out again. It became quite deflating. I hung onto my hair for longer than I would have because I was one of the first bloggers in the UK to talk about going natural. But how can you be a natural hair blogger with no hair?

Then, a couple of months ago, I came to the conclusion that it will never grow back to the way it was. So, I’m going to embrace being bald and stop being so obsessed with masking it. I didn’t want to be one of those women holding onto three strands of hair just because they are mine. There comes a point where you just have to let it go and feel truly confident in your natural beauty.

The Wig Witch

In 2015, I was sponsored by a hair brand to make a wig and do some content for them through my blog. It looked good on the outside, but the construction was horrendous. The more I got into it, the more I studied theater wigs and how they can help you grow back your hair. I was still trying to grow back my hair, so I needed a truly protective style.

I wasn’t really happy with the textures and types of wigs I saw in shops or online at that time — the hair was very Eurocentric, very white. So, I decided to start making my own and it grew from there. I didn’t know how to set up a hair business, so I started selling the wigs on Depop, where bloggers share their clothes. It's been trial-and-error. I’ve made so many mistakes and had so many triumphs.

It takes me about 2.5 hours to complete the construction of a wig from wefts and a closure. That being said, if you add on styling and color, it can take two whole days to do one wig. Everything is made to order, so I don’t have any stock lying around. My wigs start at £210 (about $274 in U.S. dollars). It goes up from there depends on how bougie you want to be. I make wigs for a TV presenter in South Africa, and hers are the biggest wigs I’ve ever made. If you wanted something like that, you are looking at £1,000 pounds (about $1303).

I’ve done a lot of research and asked a lot of questions about where the hair I use comes from to make sure that it's 100% human and sourced ethically. There’s a lot of mislabeling. The majority of the hair that says it's Brazilian, Cambodian, Russian, Malaysian is not; it’s Chinese and Indian hair. If there is one thing I hope happens in the next few years, it’s that the hair industry becomes more transparent.

Mane Mission

A lot of my customers are trend-driven, but I’m trying to bring it back to the focus of hair and scalp health as well as hair loss. For a long time, I was using a wig as a crutch. I just want people to embrace their hair loss and to use wigs to enhance their look and protect their hair and not be a trend or a fad. I’m trying to get back in touch with the people I started this company for: people who suffer from hair loss. Even though I sell wigs, I do workshops where I teach people how to create wigs as well. It’s all about giving back to the women who have supported me.

I feel like people need to be honest about how hard it is to get started as an entrepreneur. I want to quit every other day, but then I have great days that make it all so worth it. You feel a sense of accomplishment and pride. I don’t feel a sense of richness, because I ain’t rich, but there is nothing better than being your own boss. It’s going to take a lot from you, and if you want to leave a lasting impression on an industry, you have to put your all into it. It can’t just be about how much money you make, it has to be the legacy you want to leave.

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The general public cares a lot about the ins and outs of Ariana Grande's personal and professional lives. Skim the endless pages of tweets tagging the singer, and you'll find that fans ask everything — from how her Sweetener tour rehearsals are going to whether or not she gets headaches from her signature ponytail. But before this past weekend, Grande had rarely been asked about one crucial part of her daily routine: her skin care.

Grande has briefly touched on the subject before — in 2014 to InStyle, and in 2016 to Byrdie — but often keeps the details vague, previously crediting both Lancer Skincare and coconut oil to her skin's success. But that was the extent of it... until eagle-eyed followers discovered that Grande seemingly falls asleep with her makeup still on.

I forget to remind y’all about your skincare ONE night and not only do YOU ALL fail me but ARIANA GRANDE HERSELF LEAVES HER EYE MAKEUP ON... I’m staying on y’all necks for the rest of eternity don’t ever complain again!!!!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/exXY7Qo5rZ

— THE HOOD ORACLE (@emoblackthot) February 16, 2019

The proof came in the form of a brief video on Grande's Instagram Stories of her and her dog, Myron, cuddling in bed on February 16. Adorable, yes, but fans quickly called out something not so cute: the fact that Grande's eye was smudged with what looked like leftover black makeup. Within hours, Twitter came for the star's beauty faux pax, but it wasn't until The Hood Oracle, a popular Twitter personality, stepped in that the "Thank U, Next " singer was compelled to respond.

still exfoliated and did a la mer mask LEAVE ME ALONE SIS

— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) February 16, 2019

If anyone could get Grande to talk about her skin-care routine, it's The Hood Oracle, who has become famous among followers for daily reminders to just wash their faces (seriously, wash it). Grande did fall asleep with her eye makeup on, but swore she's diligent about cleansing and exfoliating the rest of her face before bed, tweeting in response: "Still exfoliated and did a La Mer mask leave me alone sis."

I USE NEUTROGENA WIPES AND COCONUT OIL IF MY LASH GLUE IS BEING ANNOYING PLS DONT

— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) February 16, 2019

and the burt’s bees wipes. am i all the way wrong ? i’m so sorry pls help me.

— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) February 16, 2019

I HAVE TONER

— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) February 16, 2019

Over the course of a long Twitter thread, Grande revealed she not only took her foundation off and treated herself to a face mask, but that she's a frequent user of makeup wipes (cheap ones, too, like Neutrogena and Burt's Bees) and toner. And, if you're curious, she still uses coconut oil, specifically to remove fussy lash glue.

Unfortunately for those hoping to copy her skin-care routine, Grande's preferred picks do cost a lot. Two of her favorite brands for moisturizers — Lancer and La Mer — make formulas that will set you back close to $300 (or more), but we stan a celebrity with pricey and cheap products in her routine. And hey, at least the contents of Grande's medicine cabinet are more attainable than the cool $1,230 Kim Kardashian spends on her morning routine.

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