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13 Beauty Gifts Our Editors Are Giving This Year

It’s November, which means scrolling through curated gift guides is as habitual as reaching for a sugar cookie when 3 p.m. hits. To switch things up from the highly-specific lists that break down the best gifts from Target or what to get your dad based on his star sign — both of which are pretty damn clutch — we’ve decided to make it more personal. Because everyone knows that the best gifts come from the heart.

Ahead, we’re breaking down the full list of beauty-related gifts our R29 editors are actually wrapping in ribbon and giving our loved ones this year. Warning: If you’re a mom, little sister, or SO of our team, stop here or you might ruin the surprise. Everyone else, go ahead and scroll through for our picks and you just might find that elusive gift you were looking for.

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.

“Of all the various hydrating products that have entered his orbit via me — and, because we share a 900-sq.-ft. apartment, there have been many — my boyfriend prefers First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream above all. He goes through the 6 oz tubs at an alarming rate… but then again, I have personally witnessed him scoop out a handful, slather it over his face and neck, then his arms and hands, then his eczema-prone ankles in a single motion, so maybe I shouldn’t be so surprised. He’ll get a lot of use out of the full-size jar in this set, and he dabbles in a serum from time to time, so I imagine this one will enter his rotation, too. I’m sure he won’t mind that I intend on taking the cleanser, mask, and peel pads for myself.” —Rachel Krause, Senior Beauty Writer

First Aid Beauty Skin Summit, $48, available at Sephora

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“This lip gloss treasure chest is going straight to my sister, who — like me — has recently come to re-embrace the glossy, vinyl lip look in all its ’90s glory. Between the pearly light pinks and vampy dark plums, there’s a shade in the mix for any occasion from the casual brunch to the glitzy night out. Not to mention, a minty, moisturizing gloss is way more fun than regular old lip balm when warding off winter’s chapped lips. You can thank me later, sis!” — Jennifer Mulrow, Fashion & Beauty Writer

Beautycounter Mini Lip Gloss Vault, $89, available at Beautycounter

“I have created a monster out of my mother by spoiling her with beauty gifts — now she just cuts to the chase every time I see her by asking if I “have anything Tom Ford” for her. The answer is generally no, but for the vague, non-denominational holidays my family celebrates every year, she’ll be getting something from the king of luxury. Specifically, this fancy trio of Boys lipsticks, in three mom-approved shades of soft rose and mauve.” — Krause

Tom Ford Beauty Boys Soft Lipstick Trio, $98, available at Nordstrom

“The beauty of this gift is that it’s a gift that keeps on giving: I could gift any of the nine soaps individually, or I could gift the entire box to someone who is bound to keep a few for themselves and then gift the rest away, even if they say they’re going to keep them all. For my own sake, I’ll be taking the first approach and pass the shea butter-infused soaps out like (sexy, artfully illustrated) candy at the next holiday gathering.” — Krause

Claus Porto Mini Soaps Gift Box, 9 x 50g, $70, available at Net-A-Porter

“If money were no object, I’d give one of these pillows to everyone I know. But money is an object, so I’ll have to be discerning about who deserves to sleep on the most luxe mulberry silk, which not only keeps hair and skin safe from the usual pillowcase wreckage but also absorbs light — kind of like sleeping on a sleep mask. It’s also just wildly comfortable, and doesn’t get all hot throughout the night the way some other silk pillowcases do.” — Krause

Discover Night NIGHT Pillow™, $150, available at Discover Night

“My holiday isn’t started until I light up one of my Nest holiday candles. This year, the new scent is the Sparkling Cassis, which is the perfect blend of cranberry and Champagne. I’m gifting these minis to my friends who travel often. The tiny votives are easily thrown into a suitcase to freshen up a foreign hotel room.” — Jessica Cruel, Deputy Beauty Director

NEST Fragrances Petite Candle Trio Set, $64, available at Nordstrom

“As I approach 30, sleep is becoming more and more important. I already own the This Works Oil Diffuser, and it’s made such a difference in my sleep routine (along with my favorite sleep tea from WelleCo). Now, I can lay down for a full 7.5 hours, even if I’m anxious about a big meeting or coming off hours scrolling through Instagram. I want to gift that same peace of mind to my younger sister this season, and this set is packed with five lavender-scented products and a sleep mask.” — Cruel

This Works the big sleep (6 piece), $100, available at DermStore

“I’m not good at committing to gadgets and gizmos in my beauty routine (isn’t using 10 products time-consuming enough?). But if Viola Davis is using this machine every night — and she told me once that she does — then I need to get me, my mom, and my grandma one.” — Cruel

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

“Each of my best friends has a signature lip color. One loves purples, another goes for red, a few like nudes, and me, I’m all about vampy brown. For me, lipstick minis are the best part of the holiday season because I’ve never finished a full tube of lipstick in my life and I can split up a set like this so that every one of my girlfriends is satisfied.” — Cruel

Stila With Flying Colors Mini Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick, $39, available at Sephora

“It wasn’t until my baby sister went off to college this past September that I realized she’s not a baby anymore. She’s no into makeup, but she often calls me complaining about her skin, asking which cheap moisturizer she should buy on Amazon. We deal with similar skin issues because of genetics — uncomfortably dry in the winter, with pesky hormonal breakouts along the jawline — and since everything in this four-piece Tatcha set works for me, I know she’ll love working these shiny polished bottles into her routine for her second semester.” — Megan Decker, Beauty Editorial Assistant

Tatcha The Starter Ritual SetUltra-Hydrating for Dry Skin, $59, available at Tatcha

“Hair accessories make the best holiday gifts. No one buys them for themselves — because they’re so seasonal — so unwrapping a soft velvet bow scrunchie is always met with squeals of excitement. These ones are Jennifer Behr -level chic — but at a fraction of the price — so I’m gifting one to my four best friends. The hardest part is picking who gets which color. ” — Decker

Chloe + Isabel Velvet Bow Scrunchie, $30, available at Chloe + Isabel

“Skin care can be tricky to give — especially if you’re gifting to someone who may take your generous clay mask as a sign that they have oily skin. That’s why I stick with products that don’t just work for every skin type, but come in beautiful packaging that can double as bathroom decor. This kit from Herbivore ticks all the boxes. It comes with three products, the brand’s Rosewater Hibiscus Facial Spray, Pink Cloud Moisturizer, and Prism Toner. The trio will gently slough away dull skin and hydrate.” — Mi-Anne Chan, Beauty Writer

Herbivore Botanicals Rosewater Hydration Trio, $59, available at Sephora

“As a beauty writer, my friends love to ask me for BeautyBlenders all year long, as if I’m a makeup sponge dispenser. That’s why this year I decided to get my bestest of friends this set that doesn’t just give two of what they’re always asking for, but also serves as an adorable reminder of our friendship. And on top of that, the heart-shaped packaging doubles as a storage with a perforated back that allows for the sponges to get air and dry properly.” — Thatiana Diaz, Beauty Writer

Beautyblender beautyblender BBF, $40, available at Sephora

“My roommate and I are going our separate ways as our lease comes to an end this holiday season, so I want to get her a gift that serves as both a housewarming and Christmas gift. What’s a better present than a holiday set of masks that she can store in her bathroom cabinet? In my time living with her, I observed that she was a huge fan of Peter Thomas Roth masks, so I knew this set would be perfect to keep her stocked up in her new place. And when I go over to catch up, we can have mask and wine night.” — Diaz

Peter Thomas Roth Mask Frenzy, $75, available at Ulta Beauty

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7 To-Dos to Check Off Before 2019

Goal setting season is upon us. Resolutions are looming and the success of your business next year can depend largely on how you wrap up the next few months. It’s a heavy task with all the festivities and subsequent lack of focus, but if you prioritize a few key things, you’ll set yourself up for success.

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Plan your gifts and donations

‘Tis the season! Make your own nice list and include the people who have been important to your business. Consider clients, vendors, and co-workers and plan to give a token of your appreciation for their help and loyalty this year. It’s also a wonderful time to choose a local charity and make a company donation. It’s a great thing to do for obvious reasons, but it also doesn’t hurt to get a little brand recognition and a tax reduction!

 

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Audit your tech tools

Technology is mission critical to the success of your business. Do you have everything you need to hit the ground running in 2019? Perhaps there was something you could have benefited from this year? Make sure you’re using vendors that are true business partners. Make sure they’re on the leading edge of innovation, putting you ahead of the competition and helping you deliver unprecedented service to your clients.

 

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Evaluate your digital persona

As an agent, you yourself are a brand. Make sure your personal brand is reflecting your values and the type of service you can offer prospective clients. Now is a great time to spruce up your social media profiles, update your head shot, and skim through all the content to make sure everything is in line with your brand goals.

Not sure what channels are best? Check out our tips in this video:

 

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Prioritize your education

Did you put a priority on professional development this year? If so, great! Keep doing what worked and re-evaluate things that weren’t that beneficial. If not, make that a focus for 2019. It’s amazing what inspiration the right conference or coach can bring to your business. Research some opportunities that would be a great fit for your 2019 goals, and make some plans!

 

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Assess your 2018 business plan

Too many people create their goals for the new year without taking a long hard look at the past year. Review your critical metrics from 2018. Regardless of if you hit your goals in certain areas or not, what do the numbers say about your performance and priorities? Use this information as a starting point for sales forecasting and building a very realistic and actionable plan for next year.

 

Build that 2019 business plan

Now that you have a real understanding of last year’s performance, it’s time to put a plan together. Make sure you cover all aspects of your business: marketing campaigns, potential hires, specific sales metrics, technology investments and events. Associate SMART goals with each aspect and build out timelines to keep yourself accountable.

 

 

Enjoy your holiday time

The next two months provide built-in time to celebrate with those you love. Take advantage! Focus on your to-dos before the whirlwind begins and soak in your quality time with family and friends. Disconnect from your business a bit, enjoy yourself, and mentally prepare yourself to hit the ground running in January.

 

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The Chicest Celebrity Haircuts Of 2018 You Have To See

Hair inspiration is seemingly endless, especially if you take your styling cues from celebrities. With the industry’s best experts at their beck and call, A-listers have been known to switch up their looks at almost every appearance. But this year, and especially in the past six months, we’ve gleaned a major trend in the chops that stars are choosing, making a case for the universal length of 2018.

Yes, the pixie is fresh, and we can always appreciate long layers. But by and large, the chicest chops have fallen in the lob-bob length range, somewhere between the chin and shoulder. The biggest takeaway, however, is not necessarily the length (because it varies), but more about the styling, the unique spin each celeb added to make their cut killer.

Ahead, the 2018 chop trends sweeping celeb culture. Just take this to your next appointment, and you’ll be stepping out looking like an A-lister in your own right.

This past spring, Leighton Meester made a huge hair transformation from Blair Waldorf-brown to platinum blonde, after a six-hour(!) appointment with hair colorist Aura Friedman. But as of July, the actress has returned to her signature brunette shade, and taken the length shorter and choppier for the perfect effortless summer bob.

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Lena Waithe just said buh-bye to her long locs. The Master of None actress posted her “new tings” on Instagram, showing off her razor-short buzz cut, crediting @barberdolltheslayer for the work. We’re loving the subtle swoop etched at her hairline.

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Supermodel Irina Shayk arrived at the DSquared fashion show in Milan with a choppy, textured bob and piecey bangs in a reddish-blonde shade, a stark change from her usually long, sleek dark brown hair. Given that her stylist, Sam McKnight, has a way with wigs, we’re thinking this chop might be temporary — but it’s so chic, we wish it was the real deal.

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This spring, Dua Lipa took some inches off the ends, landing her a trendy shoulder-length ’90s cut that’s all kinds of British rock n’ roll. Courtesy of hairstylist Anna Cofone, the star’s style is super versatile, worn effortlessly undone, swooped to the side, or parted straight down the center.

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Baby V got baby bangs. Earlier this year, celebrity hairstylist Chad Wood gave Vanessa Hudgens a chin-length bob and wispy bangs. The look is ultimately sleek and stylish, but the subtly flipped ends make it fresh and fun.

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The Handmaid’s Tale star Madeline Brewer recently traded her long, weighty waves for a healthy shoulder-skimming style.

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Hairstylist Nai’vasha Johnson gave Yara Shahidi a blunt bob and coiled bangs for the MTV Movie & TV Awards, proving that a razor-cut geometric bob looks amazing on natural hair.

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Emilia Clarke keeps creeping shorter and shorter above the shoulders. Whether by preference, or just to ditch her damaged ends, we’re loving the face-framing cut on her.

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At this year’s Billboard Music Awards, Mila Kunis debuted fresh, choppy bangs. The style is perfect for the actress: It draws attention to her eyes and blends perfectly with her wavy lob.

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Not only did Leighton Meester go shorter for summer, she also went a whole lot lighter, taking her hair full-on platinum blonde for the first time with the help of celebrity colorist Aura Friedman. Transitioning from Blair Waldorf-brown to icy white is damage waiting to happen, but the shoulder-length cut helps make the color work on the actress’s fine hair, keeping the look super-healthy.

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Taraji P. Henson has experimented with cuts and colors that run the gamut, but this year, she stepped out with a chestnut-brown asymmetrical layered bob that we think is a serious winner.

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This spring and summer, Viola Davis has been styling her chin-length curls in a modern iteration of the Diana Ross ‘fro.

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Saoirse Ronan ‘s pin-straight, razor-precise bob, courtesy of master stylist Adir Abergel, made a statement with its sweet simplicity.

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Our favorite Emma Watson is an Emma Watson with baby bangs. This year, the actress stepped out with layered, shoulder-length waves, and a fringe cut to the middle of her forehead.

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Much like Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie wore a face-framing short style at the Oscars. The difference? Hairstylist Bryce Scarlett added some subtle soft waves and a deep side part for dimension.

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If you’re trying to take your hair shorter but are worried about it falling flat, take a pointer from hairstylist Ursula Stephen, who jazzed up Jourdan Dunn’s bob with messy bends. It’s a lightweight style that doesn’t sacrifice any body or volume.

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Hairstylist Laurie Heaps usually keeps Rowan Blanchard’s hair on the shorter side, but earlier this year she showed us how to make the simple cut a little edgier with choppy bangs and airy texture. Better still, this style is great for summer; it actually works with humidity, since it’s only made cooler with a slightly fluffy finish.

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Solange changes her hair up on the reg, but our favorite look by far is the big chop and style that birthed this insanely gorgeous halo of platinum blonde hair.

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Meet Prince Nikolai, the 18-year-old Danish royal who is also a professional model

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Prince Nikolai of Denmark is an 18-year-old royal and professional model with Scoop Models.
He’s sixth in line for the throne, and his parents support his career.
He’s not the first royal to dabble in modeling.

Sure, everyone around the globe may be busy fawning over Meghan Markle and Prince Harry this spring thanks to their upcoming nuptials, but it’s key to remember that there are more than a few awesome royals worth your time and attention. Take, as a prime example, Nikolai William Alexander Frederik, the prince of Denmark.

The 18-year-old royal recently signed on with Scoop Models, an agency out of his home country, and appeared in his very first fashion show during London Fashion Week. There, he walked in the Burberry show alongside supermodel Cara Delevingne.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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The fabulous life of Chloe Green, the 27-year-old Topshop heiress who parties with Beyoncé and Paris Hilton and had a baby with the model who went viral for his police mugshot

Jeremy Meeks and Chloe Green are seen in Los Angeles, CA.strmx / AP

Topshop heiress Chloe Green and “hot felon” Jeremy Meeks announced the birth of their child, Jayden Meeks-Green, on Thursday. 
Green is the daughter of billionaire Sir Phillip Green, a high-roller dubbed the “British Donald Trump” who is known for partying with celebrities like Kate Moss, Beyoncé, and Leonardo DiCaprio. 
The heiress has been making headlines for years, appearing on a reality show, launching a fashion line, and socializing with celebrities — including her ex-boyfriend Marc Anthony. 

Topshop heiress Chloe Green and Jeremy Meeks — best known as “the hot felon” — announced the birth of their child on Thursday. 

According to an Instagram post by Green, Jayden Meeks-Green was born on May 29. Jayden is the first child of the 27-year-old heiress and Meeks, the 34-year-old model who became famous after his mug shot went viral, though Meeks has a child from a previous relationship. 

Green is no stranger to fame. As the daughter of billionaire Sir Philip Green — the chairman of Topshop owner Arcadia — the heiress has lived her life in the spotlight. 

Here’s a look inside Green’s glamorous life:

Green is just 27 years old but has been making headlines for years.

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Her parents, Phillip and Tina Green, are worth an estimated $4.9 billion.
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The couple purchased the retail company Arcadia Group in 2002.

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Sir Phillip Green is a controversial figure, dubbed by Vanity Fair the “British Donald Trump” for his “flamboyance and arrogance.”
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The businessman has been accused of dodging taxes and enriching himself by allowing the iconic retailer British Home Stores to fail. 

“In this era of austerity the British people seem to have had quite enough of the retailing tycoon, with his legal tax dodges, his complicated corporate structure, and his hyperinflated lifestyle, replete with a helicopter, a Gulfstream G550 jet, and three yachts — including one, Lionheart, which is 295 feet long and reportedly has a swimming pool, a helipad, and a beauty salon,” Vanity Fair reported in 2016. 

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This 24-year-old Goldman Sachs banker wants to solve the global water crisis — and the bank just gave him $150,000 to get started

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Bondh-E-Shams, a charity founded by a 24-year-old Goldman Sachs analyst Hamza Farrukh, won a $150,000 grant from the bank.
It focuses on providing clean water to poor, rural communities in Pakistan and to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
Founder Hamza Farrukh told Business Insider that his ultimate goal is to provide clean water to everyone on the planet.

For most of us, working in Goldman Sachs’ prestigious securities division would be enough stress and workload. But for Hamza Farrukh, it’s not enough.

As well as his day job, Farrukh heads up Bondh-E-Shams, a charity he founded, which is dedicated to delivering clean water to areas that previously did not have access.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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It looks like Steve Bannon is beginning his comeback

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Steve Bannon is plotting his comeback.
He’s planning to unleash a pro-Trump ad campaign ahead of the 2018 midterms.
And he wants to get into cryptocurrency.

It looks like Steve Bannon is beginning his comeback.

Nearly a year after he departed the White House as chief strategist, and about half a year after he was eviscerated by President Donald Trump for the comments he made to journalist Michael Wolff in his book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” Bannon is reportedly pushing forward on two fronts in what looks like an attempt to regain relevance in electoral politics.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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Warren Buffett reportedly tried to invest $3 billion in Uber

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Warren Buffett was close to investing $3 billion in Uber, Bloomberg News reported Wednesday.
The deal fell apart due to disagreements over the size and terms of the stake. 

Legendary investor Warren Buffett tried to buy a $3 billion stake in Uber earlier this year through his Berkshire Hathaway company, Bloomberg News’ Eric Newcomer and Olivia Zaleski reported Wednesday.

However, the deal fell apart due to disagreements over the size and terms of the potential investment, Bloomberg said, citing people familiar with the discussions. Neither Uber nor Berkshire Hathaway responded to Bloomberg’s request for comment.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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