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At Allure, we get inundated with the latest and greatest beauty offerings every day. Most of it is exciting, some of it confusing, and sometimes it gets overwhelming, especially now that our homes have become our offices. Alas, that is the beauty editor's burden to bear.

When we really like something, you can trust that our opinion has come from vetting it against everything we've seen before, including our longtime favorites. (We've even written love letters to some of the products we hold most dear.) But we're always open to finding — and sharing — new favorites. It's a big beauty playground out there, so we'll gladly do the dirty work to test everything under the sun. And the crème de la crème often graduate to our Best of Beauty trials.

But let's stick to the present for now. Each week, Allure editors select the new hair, makeup, and skin-care products we're currently obsessing over. Trying to narrow down our favorites to just one or two products can be hard, but we manage. Check out what our editors can't get enough of right now.

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Morphe’s Mickey & Friends Truth Be Bold Is Not Your Average Disney Collection

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Though Mickey Mouse is not the first character created by Walt Disney, he is the one who started his legacy. Since the 1920s, the cartoon mouse has been a constant in countless people's lives and a major source of branding for everything related to the Walt Disney Company (you'd recognize those distinctive mouse ears anywhere). It only makes sense that Mickey Mouse would receive so many tributes, including a ton of makeup collections — and Morphe has made one of the best ones yet. 

Morphe has collaborated with Disney to create the Mickey & Friends Truth Be Bold Collection that launches on Sunday, October 31. This collection introduces five new products to the Morphe family with two eye shadow palettes, a brush set, a lipstick set, and a handheld mirror, all inspired by Mickey Mouse and his many friends, including Donald Duck and Minnie Mouse. So you'll notice that some of the colors used in this collection reflect hues we've seen on these anthropomorphic animals through the years. 

The Truth Be Bold Artistry Palette ($32), which is the larger of the two palettes, has 35 impressive shimmer and matte eye shadow shades. If you look closely, you can see an imprint of Mickey's, Minnie's, and some of the other characters' faces embedded in the shadows. This impressive palette is not for fans of neutral makeup looks; it's full of colorful hues like Wild One (lime green) and Awe Goody (lavender). Perhaps you'll want to focus on the blue hues in the fourth row of the palette to create a monochromatic moment or blend the orange, pink, and purple hues together for vibrant eye makeup. 

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The second palette of the collection is the Truth Be Bold Mini Artistry Palette ($14) that has nine eye shadows in matte and shimmer finishes. Though the name suggests it's just a smaller version of the Artistry Palette, it actually has a completely different color selection. It's also exclusively available at Ulta. This palette contains only black, white, yellow, and red hues, inspired solely by Mickey Mouse. The vibrant red Hey Shorty and canary yellow Bright Expression immediately draw your eyes. 

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For the lips, the collection offers Mega Matte Lipstick Trio ($20). This lip set comes with three bullet lipsticks in Oh Boy (bright red), Bow Babe (light nude), and Goody Goody (bubblegum pink). The red lipstick was specifically inspired by Mickey Mouse's red shorts. This set has a good selection of basic shades for multiple folks to use, and they all have a matte finish for that done-up retro look. 

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Morphe also came through with tools, starting with the Truth Be Bold Six-Piece Brush Set ($28). This brush set is specifically designed for the eyes, so it comes with a flat liner brush, a tapered smudging brush, a small packing brush, and three blending brushes in different sizes. With this set, you can easily blend out all the gorgeous hues in the Truth Be Bold Artistry Palettes or any eye shadows you own to create your own masterpieces. 

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The last piece of the collection is the Truth Be Bold Hand Mirror ($18), which is shaped like Mickey's beloved ears. The back of the handheld mirror has the mouse's smiling face with a graphic splattering of paint in blue, yellow, and red hues for a modern upgrade to the traditional character.

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All of these products pay homage to the legendary Mickey Mouse in various ways, whether it be by including his signature colors in the makeup products or his ears on the packaging. This collection arrives just in time for his birthday on November 18 (shoutout to all the Scorpios out there!). 

The products in the Mickey & Friends Truth Be Bold collection, which retail from $14 to $32, will be available to shop at morphe.com starting October 31. You can also sign up here to get notified when the products officially go live so that you don't miss out. 

How To Copy the Best Looks From ‘When Harry Met Sally’

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When Harry met Sally, not only did their banter-filled friendship begin, but so did a series of iconic fashion moments. The tweed blazers, fisherman knits, and bowler hats commanded (almost) as much attention as Sally did at the deli. It’s 32 years later, and we’re still as obsessed as ever. 

In fact, this feels like the most relevant time to dress like we’re in the late ‘80s. High-waisted jeans with a croc belt and loafers? So 2021 of you, Meg Ryan. And it’s not just our rom-com queen whose outfits stole our hearts—some of Harry’s cozy looks landed on our list as well. 

Here’s to singing “The Surrey With the Fringe on Top” and acquiring more cable knit sweaters than our closets can handle. Oh, and rewatching this movie for the 200th time.

 

1. The Central Park stroll look





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It’s the season for wearing multiple layers, strolling through Central Park, and ordering Apple Pie a la Mode (heated, with the ice cream on the side)—AKA When Harry Met Sally season. Celebrate the occasion in the instantly recognizable outfit that Sally dons on the movie poster: a pair of pleated trousers, printed pullover, gray blazer, and bowler hat. This color palette features nearly every neutral color in existence, making it the perfect fall-weather uniform.

 

2. The mom jeans and turtleneck look





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turtleneck | turtleneck (plus-size) | jeans | jeans (plus-size) | tote | belt | loafers | socks

Mom jeans and a white turtleneck might sound a little boring, but surprise! Meg Ryan turns a simple outfit into something simply adorable. The trick? Tucking in the shirt and incorporating a belt to accentuate the high-waisted look. Loafers and white socks are just the extra bit of charm any main character needs. There’s a reason #megryanfall is trending on TikTok.

 

3. The loungewear look we want to live in





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fisherman’s sweatersweatpants | sweatpants (plus-size) | slippers

If this isn’t a whole mood, we don’t know what is. Harry Burns achieved peak coziness in this scene, and thankfully, we can all emulate it. Just cancel all plans, grab your favorite Stephen King novel, and pair some sweats with a fisherman’s sweater. A monochrome fit that’s as effortless as it looks? That is just like you, Harry. And if you must leave the house, you can always swap your sweats with black leggings and boots.

 

4. The diner look





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cardigan | cardigan (plus-size) | button up | button up (plus-size) | beltshorts | shorts (plus-size) | knee-high socks | chunky loafers

Who knew that a cardigan, bermuda shorts, and knee-high socks would be the perfect attire for transitional weather (or a cross-country road trip with your inevitable soulmate)? Sally did, of course, just like she knew exactly how to order a chef salad. 

 

5. The denim-on-denim look





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denim shirtdenim shirt (plus-size) | blazer | blazer (plus-size) | belt | jeans | jeans (plus-size) | loafers

Before we address Sally’s impeccable-ness, let’s stop and appreciate Harry’s double denim moment. This is one of those menswear-inspired outfits you can put together with the basics you already own. Denim on denim isn’t always the easiest to pull off, but with a wool blazer, it’s instantly timeless.

 

6. The corduroy blazer look





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Too much pepper in your paprikash may be one thing, but too many blazers in your wardrobe is impossible. Sally sports several throughout the film, and while it’s difficult to choose a favorite, this chocolate corduroy blazer may beat out all the rest. Layered over a red cable knit sweater, it becomes the fall outfit. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: We’ll wear what she’s wearing.

 

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Janet Jackson’s Black and Blue Box Braids Combine 2 of Fall’s Biggest Hair Trends

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Janet Jackson is the embodiment of a living legend. Since the 1970s, the Indiana-raised multihyphenate has acted, danced, and sung her way to stardom, all while cementing herself as a beauty icon, too. Throughout her extensive career, she's inspired looks people will emulate for many years to come, like the simple but iconic box braids from Poetic Justice that have been recreated for Halloween countless times. In her latest Instagram post, those box braids make a reappearance in a color-blocked style that mixes blue and black hues.

The "Rhythm Nation" singer shared the selfie of the new hairstyle that incorporates two fall hair trends (color-blocking and box braids) on October 24, putting her radiant skin and smile on display with a kissy face emoji as the caption. Her box braids are situated over her right shoulder underneath a plaid hat. We can't see the full length of the braids but they at least hit her mid-back by the looks of it. Among the small-sized black box braids are a few cobalt blue plaits and faux locs that add the right amount of color to this protective style.  The blue pieces are also adorned with silver hair clips that were strategically placed. 

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One thing about Miss Jackson is that she's never afraid to experiment with her hair, whether it's with another protective style or a new hair color. Just a quick scroll through her Instagram will show you all the gorgeous hairstyles she's worn, including faux locs with golden hair clips and voluminous curly styles in ginger hues. One thing that remains consistent, however, is her captivating beauty that has attracted folks across the generations.

How to Finally Stop Your Hair From Breaking

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In an ideal world, the only breaks we'd ever have to deal with is Kurtis Blow's song. But sadly, in the real world, shit breaks: vases, electronics, cars, nails, and even your hair. Hair breakage is a pretty common phenomenon that most of us will experience at some point in our lives. Do we like it? No. Fortunately, there are ways to combat it when — and even before — it happens. But before you do that, it's important to identify what breakage looks like and what might be causing it so you can go in with the right plan of attack. 

Did you leave the bleach a little too long on your hair? Have you recently had a relaxer? Have you been doing a little too much with the flatiron? All of these are important questions to ask on your journey to fixing that pesky hair breakage. And, as always, a little guidance from the pros-in-the-know is also a big help. We sought out a few dermatologists to run down the breakage basics: what it is, what causes it, and how to stop it.

What does hair breakage look like?

Take a close look at the hair you're shedding. Notice any broken strands? Normal shed hairs tend to be about the length of your hair, with a tiny little white bulb at the end. You lose around 50 to 100 hairs a day — this is normal. But if you're noticing that shed hair is shorter and your strands feel drier and more brittle than usual, you may be dealing with breakage. Birmingham, Alabama-based dermatologist Corey L. Hartman, M.D., FAAD, gives us a tip on how to I.D. proper breakage: "You can differentiate damaged hair from healthy hair as hair that is damaged tends to be shorter with frayed ends," he explains. You may also notice that the hair is drier and frizzier than normal. "Healthy hair is well moisturized with an intact, shiny cuticular layer," Dr. Hartman continues. "It is shiny and smooth with good elasticity." 

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Be on the lookout around your hairline too. If you're noticing more "baby hairs" in that area than usual, that may not be a blessing from the edge gods. "Unlike baby hairs or new growth, broken hair will have varying lengths and a drier texture," explains Toronto-based board-certified dermatologist Geeta Yadav, M.D. 

What causes hair breakage?

There are myriad reasons your hair could be breaking off, but there are some hair types that are more predisposed to breakage. "Breakage is a huge problem especially for those with curlier, coarser hair textures due to the lack of ability for the oil produced by the scalp to extend the full length of the curly hair shaft," Dr. Hartman notes. The coilier shape of the strand makes it particularly difficult for those natural oils to travel far down the shaft, making it naturally prone to dryness. The tighter the curl or coil, the more susceptible it is to breakage. Aging and gray hair also break off more easily. "Aging hair, especially gray and white hair, tends to be coarser and resists moisture absorption. It has also lost elasticity, making it ripe for breakage," explains Dr. Yadav. 

The damage your hair sustains when you color it can also make it more likely to break. If you're a bleach devotee and you notice teeny-tiny strands all around you in the aftermath of a sesh, it may be breakage. "Overly processing one's hair causes the probability of breakage to increase exponentially," says Dr. Yadav. Harsh chemicals like bleach or relaxers can break down the bonds of the hair, making it weaker and thus more prone to breakage. Heat styling can also put enough stress on your hair to cause breakage, so it is always important to use a protectant before you grab a hot tool. (We like the Best of Beauty-winning SexyHair Calm Wetfix & Chill All Style Dry Crème.)

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Possibly the biggest betrayal is that everyday and not-so-everyday styling can also damage your hair. Imagine trying to get a look off only to doom yourself to weeks of breakage! Actually, we don't have to imagine — we've lived it. Snatched ponytails, tight buns and braids, and repeated baby hair styling can all contribute to the problem. While they can be fun and look fierce as hell, those tight styles can cause stress and tension on your hair fibers that ultimately damage them and cause breakage. Hairstyles favored by women with tighter curls and coils are notorious for causing breakage if they're done too often or incorrectly, so mind your cornrows and box braids.

What medical conditions can cause hair breakage?

All our dermatologist friends confirmed that yes, sometimes breakage can be an indication of an underlying health issue. "Health conditions can absolutely play a part in hair loss," Dr. Yadav confirms. "Thyroid disorders and genetic hair shaft conditions can contribute to hair damage and breakage, as can nutrition deficiencies caused by an unbalanced diet or disordered eating." Dr. Hartman also tells us that scalp funguses and (mainly bacterial) folliculitis can also be to blame. Of course, in these situations, it's important to consult a doctor in order to accurately identify the problem.

Stress is a health issue as well and, yes, it can affect your hair, too, Dr. Hartman tells us. New York City-based dermatologist Neil Sadick, M.D., FAAD, previously told Allure that he found in clinical research that stress can do physical damage to your hair. "Increased levels of stress hormones — mainly cortisol — disrupt the hair cycle," Sadick explained. So, if work is super hectic or you're going through an emotionally traumatic event and you're experiencing breakage, you may want to talk to your doctor about whether or not stress is your main problem.

How do you treat hair breakage at home?

There are several ways to deal with hair breakage at home, including using supplements, avoiding certain hairstyles, and using hydrating products. All that's to say: The good news is that if your hair is breaking, there are actually things you can do to get it to stop. That all depends on the cause of your breakage, though. 

If poor nutrition is your issue, putting the right vitamins back into your diet may be helpful. "There are a few key vitamins and minerals that should be on your radar to support healthy hair and a healthier you overall," Dr. Yadav says. "These include vitamins B, D, and ferritin. The most well-known vitamin that can contribute to healthy hair growth is a B vitamin also known as biotin, but I highly encourage you to work with your doctor to see if you actually have a biotin deficiency — which is actually quite uncommon — [beforehand]. Overconsumption of biotin can lead to other issues, including acne." Plus, especially if you're not deficient, there's not much evidence it'll make your hair grow. Dr. Yadav also mentions zinc, iron, and selenium as three more important nutrients to have in your diet to keep your hair strong. 

Fixing your broken hair can also be a matter of avoiding certain hairstyling practices. If you're experiencing breakage and have been using your hot tools a lot (or on a super high setting) lately, colored your hair, or have had a chemical relaxer or a formaldehyde-containing keratin treatment, you may want to take a bit of a hiatus while you nurse your hair back to health.

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The hair products you use are key weapons in the fight against breakage. Since damaged hair tends to be dry, it's important to keep it moisturized to replenish the strand. Humectant (moisturizing) oils are going to be your BFF here. "Products that contain coconut oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, shea butter, and avocado oil are all great humectant ingredients that help to seal in moisture and give an emollient finish to strengthen the hair from the outside in," Dr. Hartman says. But before you dunk your hair in a vat of Jamaican black castor oil, take your hair texture into consideration. "Sometimes, thicker oils don't wash out well and can cause heaviness and greasy hair," warns New York City-based board-certified dermatologist Paul Jarrod Frank, M.D. If you've got fine hair that gets greasy easily, you may want to use those products with a slightly lighter hand on your road to recovery.

When you're shopping for shampoo, look for one suitable for your hair type that is rich in moisture and sulfate-free.  Try Monday Hair Care's Moisture Shampoo or the Best of Beauty-winning Carol's Daughter Wash Day Delight Water-to-Foam Shampoo With Rose Water. Weekly deep conditioners come highly suggested by Dr. Yadav, and if you ask us, they're a must. Briogeo's Don't Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Mask has won several Readers' Choice awards and imparts some serious moisture to damaged hair, making it feel almost like new. It doesn't hurt that it's also raved about by folks of all hair types. 

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All of the dermatologists we spoke to for this story tell us that sleeping on a silk or satin pillowcase can also help reduce breakage, due to the slicker nature of the fibers — they're much gentler on your strands. Slip makes gorgeous silk pillowcases, but if their prices are a little too steep, Kitsch also has a good offering of satin ones. Still need more options? We've got a whole list of silky-soft pillowcases to sleep on if you care to peruse. 

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The same idea goes for microfiber towels — they are much gentler on your strands than terrycloth, so it's a good idea to invest in one, no matter the state of your hair. Aquis's microfiber towel is a fan favorite — we're particularly fond of it in its easy-to-secure turban version. Volo's Hero Towel nabbed a Best of Beauty award this year, and Kitsch, again, comes through in the clutch with an affordable selection of its own.

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Protective styling can also be an effective tool in preventing breakage for folks with curly or tightly coiled hair, according to Dr. Yadav, as long as they are done correctly. Be sure your style isn't too tight or over-manipulated, as that will defeat the purpose.

When should I cut off my breakage?

There are some cases in which your hair is so damaged, you may just want to snip the weak parts of the strand off altogether instead of having to deal with tiny hairs everywhere. Depending on the extent of your breakage, you may be able to gradually cut off the damaged ends, but speak with your stylist first before you pick up the scissors. As a general rule, "once the ends have started to split, there is no way to repair them," Dr. Yadav says. "You can temporarily 'bandage' hair strands with various products, but the damage is done and should be cut as soon as possible. This will help prevent the breakage from traveling up and damaging new/newer growth." 

Will my hair breakage grow back?

The good news is, yes, your damaged hair can grow back. After all, hair grows from the root, so don't eff it up by putting stress on your root.

Now that you're armed with all the tools you need to identify and stop your breakage, all that's left is for you to be kind to your hair. Pay attention to your health, make sure you're getting adequate nutrients, and we mean this with all seriousness: chill out — if for no other reason than less stress is better for your hair.  It's unrealistic to assume that you'll never get another dye job or use a hot tool, so when you are doing something to your hair that may cause damage, do so under the supervision of a well-trained professional or at the very least, be sure to lower the heat setting on your curling iron. 

45 Fall Shoes That Aren’t Boots

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When it comes to fall shoes, boots tend to get all the love. Everyone can’t wait to bust out their old tried-and-trues, and stores’ new releases sell out almost instantly. But we’re here to argue for the forgotten-about, non-boot fall shoes that deserve a spot in your closet.

Loafers, sneakers, mules—the whole lot of them capture fall’s aesthetic just as well as a good boot does and will give your outfits the same oomph that a fall shoe ought to. The best part? Many of them could be worn all year round too, leaving no reason to not pull the trigger on them.

We’ve searched high and low for the absolute best non-boot fall shoes of 2021, and we’ve found 45 that are begging us to be added to our carts. Give your boots a break and let these do the walking this fall.

 

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Loafers

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Mules

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Sneakers

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Flats

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Heels

 

Loafers




Sam Edelman

Laurs Platform Loafer

4 colors available

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Cole Haan

Piper Leopard Mule

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ASOS

Gold Detailed Loafers

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Sam Edelman

Lior Loafer

8 colors available

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Bow Loafers

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MANGO

Leather Penny Loafers

3 colors available

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Vionic

Cheryl Loafer

3 colors available

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ALOHAS

Platform Loafers

2 colors available

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TOPSHOP

Lowry Leather Loafer

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ASOS

Blush Loafers

Wide Fit

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Square Toe Croc Loafers

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Leather Loafers

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Mules




Vince Camuto

Faux Shearling Platform Mule

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Sherpa Flat Mules

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Milo Clog Mules

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MANGO

Studded Leather Clog

2 colors available

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Madewell

The Carey Mule

2 colors available

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Sam Edelman

Joni Slip On Mule

3 colors available

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ALOHAS

Black Leather Chain Loafers

2 colors available

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TOPSHOP

Croc Lace Up Shoe

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Madewell

Kasey Mule in Sherpa

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Lavina Buckle Mule

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Zister Faux Fur Slip On

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Kickoff Trainer

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Steve Madden

Charlie Platform Sneaker

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Rio Branco Sneaker

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Chunky Sneaker

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Sezane

Sam Sneakers

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Espalar Sneaker

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High-Top Sneakers in Leather

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Air Force 1 Shadow Sneaker

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Jack Sneakers

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Slipper Ballet Flats

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Heels




Vince Camuto

Slingback Pointed Toe Pump

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Square Toe Croc Heeled Loafers

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Velvet Bow Detailed Midi Heel

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You know that hair envy we all feel when we scroll through Pinterest or Instagram and see picture after picture of perfectly tousled locks? If only good hair days were so easy. That’s why we asked industry-leading hairstylist, Amanda Diedrich of Blohaute, to share her expert tips on making those lust-worthy hair Instagram pictures a reality. She shared with us six hair stylist tips for achieving soft, manageable, healthy hair that you will love regardless of hair type. 

 

1. Go on a hair diet

Every good hairstyle begins with healthy hair. Think of your hair care routine like your makeup routine: Without a good foundation, it’s almost impossible to get a polished look. If your hair isn’t healthy, it’s much harder to achieve the trendy styles seen on many celebrities. Healthy hair gives you shine, volume, and is much more manageable.

Let’s start by adding a few of these tricks to your daily routine:

 

Eat an overall healthy, balanced diet

 

Make sure you’re eating a balanced diet of protein, carbs, and fats with all your micronutrients too. Too much sugar or caffeine can definitely affect the way your hair grows as well as its appearance.

 





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Keep your hair moisturized

 

Hair can get really dry from heat styling, chemical processing treatments like relaxers and hair color, and too much time in the sun. Start by using a deep conditioning treatment or mask once or twice a week. 





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Get rid of the build-up

 

Just like your skin, hair tends to hold onto a lot of product. Product build-up causes hair to get heavy and weighed down much faster, as well as lose that pretty shine. Introduce a clarifying shampoo to your routine to use once a week. Clarifying your hair will remove any excess build-up, but be sure to follow with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. 





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Clarifying Shampoo

This inexpensive detox shampoo removes build-up without stripping hair.

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Try a cold shot

 

As cold as it may be outside, sometimes a hot shower isn’t always the best way to start your day. Try ending your warm shower by rinsing your hair for the last minute with cold water. This helps to close your cuticle, which will help reduce frizz and give you that glimmering shine. 

 





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2. Reach for the right products

Hair not cooperating? Many times the problem is simple: you’re using the wrong product for your hair type. If your hair is fine, it’s important to stick with light textures that won’t weight it down. Medium-to-thick hair should focus on adding moisture and styling products to manage their hair without over-doing it or causing build-up, while curly and coily hair types need lots of hydration and should use thick textures and rich products to achieve their desired look. Once you know your hair type, your porosity, and your curl pattern, choosing the right products is much easier. 

 

3. Minimize heat-styling as much as possible

If possible, air-drying your hair as much as you can will impact the health of your hair over time, but there are ways to minimize blow drying as well as other heat-styling treatments like curling and straightening. Try creating an easy and fun hairstyle without even touching the blow dryer by adding a frizz-fighting serum or air dry cream to wet hair and comb through to distribute evenly.





Bumbe & Bumble

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If not blow-drying is out of the question, make sure to use a curl-defining cream if you’re a curly girl or a volumizing blow-dry cream with a heat protectant built-in to put your hair in a good place post-blow-dry so you don’t have to do extra styling. 





Cantu

Coconut Curling Cream

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Bondi Boost

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For textured hair, this is also a reason why protective styles are so good to lean on because they keep your hair in tip-top shape for longer so you can rely on heat tools less. 

 





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4. Embrace texture

Second-day hair is key, but it definitely needs a little zhuzhing. Embrace your natural hair and just add a little extra roughness to it with a dry texture spray. It’ll amp up whatever volume and body you already have, get rid of any unnecessary shine, and hold whatever style you opt for. Flip your head over and spray into hair and through roots. Flip back, and either brush it out or rough it up with your hands. 





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5. Add a spritz of perfume

Worried about the dirty hair smell? Spray your brush with your favorite fall or winter perfume and run the brush through your hair before you start the day. It’s the easiest way to make your hair seem ultra-alluring and sexy. 

 





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6. Don’t touch your hair too much

Now that your style is perfect, avoid the urge to flip it, touch it, and play with it all day (we know, it’s impossible). If you want your style to last and your hair to stay in the shiny zone versus looking greasy, touching it constantly will just encourage it to fall and take all that oil and moisture from your hands straight onto your hair. Once you have your perfect style, just rock it and let it be. 

 

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The Best Colleen Hoover Books

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If you’ve opened TikTok anytime in the last year or so, chances are, you’ve seen a BookTok-er talking about Colleen Hoover (and maybe you’ve even seen Ms. Colleen Hoover herself pop up on your FYP). Her books are seemingly taking over the internet—even though most were published years ago. 

She’s known for the depth of her storylines, the uniqueness of her characters, and the occasional shocking plot twist. She crosses genres and target audiences, writing everything from contemporary romance to new adult to thrillers. And I know from personal experience that once you read one Colleen Hoover book, you’ll want to read them all. However, with almost 20 published novels, it can be hard to decide where to start. That’s why we’ve done the work for you and put together this short list of our favorite Colleen Hoover books.

I also want to note that a large number of Hoover’s books are available on Kindle Unlimited, which means you can read them for free with a membership (more reasons to love a Kindle!). 

Add these four books to your reading list ASAP:

 

It Ends With Us





Genre: Romance
Goodreads Rating: 4.42/5

This is a unique love triangle story that will keep you captivated until the very end. I still remember the feeling I had when I finished this book over two years ago—it has the type of characters and storytelling that makes you feel every type of emotion possible, and you’ll find yourself personally invested in the outcome of the characters’ lives. It Ends with Us is not your average romance novel, as it has so much depth and underlying meaning that you have to read and experience to truly understand. This is one of those books that you just don’t forget about.

So what is it about? Despite having a tough upbringing, Lily graduates from college and moves to Boston to open her own business. This is where she meets Ryle Kincaid, a stubborn neurosurgeon who has a strict no-dating rule that he breaks just for Lily. But as their relationship deepens, Lily finds herself unable to stop thinking about her first love, Atlas, and everything they shared together—as well as everything that might’ve been.

 

Verity





Genre: Thriller, Romance
Goodreads Rating: 4.36/5

Hoover veered from her usual romance novels to write Verity, which combines thriller, mystery, and suspense (but also has some romance). If you’ve read any of our recent book round-ups here on The Everygirl, you know how much our editors love this book. It created quite the chain reaction, and now, those who have not yet read it are in the minority. Obviously, this means it is a great book, but the real reason we can’t stop talking about it is because of the story—it is truly the most shocking book I have ever read. It also started a huge internet book debate about what really happened, so you’ll be wrapped up in this world even after you finish reading.

So what is it about? Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer when she gets the offer of a lifetime: to ghost write the final books of best-selling author Verity Crawford’s most famous series, which she’s unable to finish after being in an accident. Verity’s husband encourages Lowen to come stay at their home to go through Verity’s office and notes for ideas for the rest of the series—and while she’s there, she finds much more than she bargained for.

Trigger warning: This book contains extremely mature themes, including child abuse and death. Please research all trigger warnings before reading if you are sensitive to specific types of content.

 

Heart Bones





Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Goodreads Rating: 4.36/5

For those of us who read Sarah Dessen books when we were younger, Heart Bones feels a lot like the grown-up version of her novels. It made me feel both nostalgic and excited to find out what was going to happen next all throughout. It falls in the “New Adult” genre (the main characters are 19 and 20), which is a perfect middle ground between YA and adult fiction. As per usual, Hoover’s characters shine through—each with a depth and uniqueness that fits so perfectly into the storyline. I loved that this book has elements of one of those classic-yet-unexpected romances that we all love but also has a bit of mystery with a pretty significant plot twist.

So what is it about? With only two months separating her from the future she’s built and the past she desperately wants to leave behind, an unexpected death leaves Beyah with no place to go. Her only option is to spend the remainder of her summer in Texas with her father and his family, whom she barely knows. Then she meets Samson, who seems to be her exact opposite. She comes from a life of poverty and neglect; he comes from a family of wealth and privilege. They soon bond over the unexpected and have an immediate connection that can’t be denied. They agree to stay in the shallow end of a summer fling. What Beyah doesn’t realize is that a rip current is coming, and it’s about to drag her heart out to sea.

 

Regretting You





Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Goodreads Rating: 4.23/5

If you’re hooked on the idea of a “Sarah Dessen for adults,” this one is also for you. Regretting You, however, is unique in that it is told from two perspectives: 16-year-old Clara and her 32-year-old mother, Morgan. Although they both have their own stories to tell, the narrative weaves together seamlessly—and I loved that it felt like a YA novel and contemporary romance, all in one. We not only get two romances, but we also get an extremely unique story of a family facing tragedy and the shocking secrets that come to life because of it.

So what is it about? Morgan Grant and her teenage daughter, Clara, would like nothing more than to be nothing alike. With warring personalities and conflicting goals, Morgan and Clara find it increasingly difficult to coexist. The only person who can bring peace to the household is Chris—Morgan’s husband, Clara’s father, and the family anchor. But that peace is shattered when Chris is involved in a tragic and questionable accident. The heartbreaking and long-lasting consequences will reach far beyond just Morgan and Clara. While struggling to rebuild everything that crashed around them, Morgan finds comfort in the last person she expects to, and Clara turns to the one boy she’s been forbidden to see.

 

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The 43 Most Stunning Makeup-Free Celebrity Selfies

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With access to some of the most talented makeup artists in the world, you'd think celebrities would always take advantage of having an expert apply flawless foundation, intricate eye makeup, and super-flattering lip color. And if a glam squad isn't handy, celebrities can easily acquire top-tier makeup to apply themselves. But as so many famous folks have shown on Instagram, sometimes you just want to go au naturel — and look absolutely incredible doing so.

It's always nice to see them switch it up. Whether they're teenagers, grandmothers, or somewhere in-between, these celebrities show that their skin looks stunning without a stitch of concealer, that their eyes sparkle without any help from mascara, and that a little clear lip balm really does go a long way. Sometimes it's just a casual selfie on the couch or even a photo near a pool or ocean. And as beautiful as stars like Lady Gaga, Salma Hayek, and Hailey Bieber look in dramatic makeup, they prove that confidence and a great skin-care routine can come together for an equally gorgeous makeup-free outcome.

Below are some makeup-free celebrity selfies from folks like Gabrielle Union, Drew Barrymore, and Millie Bobby Brown — pictures that made our jaws drop, gave us a whole new appreciation for freckles, and inspired us to spend a little extra time tweaking our skin-care regimen so that we too could have that no-makeup mettle.

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The Bob Haircut Is Blowing up Our Feeds RN

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I spent all of 2021 trying to grow out my hair. I did the aloe trick, tried hair elixirs, laid upside down to get “blood flow to my head”—you name it, I tried it. I lusted after long, luscious locks. And then, like magic, one single photo popped up on my Instagram feed, and I made an appointment for a chic, short bob haircut 15 minutes later.

The photo in question? This gorgeous bob by Clay Hawkins (known for doing Olivia Rodrigo’s hair) on Elizabeth Olsen. It has bangs, it has texture, it has volume—and it checked all the boxes I’d been wanting in a long cut that actually suits my hair type and texture (straight and fine). 

But as I began delving into the universe that is the bob, I discovered it’s great for just about any hair type or texture. “A neck-length bob is timeless but also super trendy right now,” said celebrity hairstylist Clariss Rubenstein. “[It’s] not a move you’ll ever look back and regret! This cut can be worn on many hair textures, blown out or worn natural, and is always the epitome of chic.”

Now, it feels like everyone is taking a hint from the Parisians and trying this style. Selena Gomez unveiled a blunt bob on TikTok and Kourtney Kardashian is rocking it too. If your feed has been taken over by short, blunt haircuts this fall and you’re considering a chop, you’ve come to the right place.

Meet the expert
Kylee Heath
CELEBRITY HAIRSTYLIST
Kylee is a celebrity hairstylist who has worked with Nicole Kidman, Awkwafina, Laura Dern, and more. She is also a member of the R+Co Collective.

 

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Who is a good candidate for a bob haircut?

According to Kylee Heath, celebrity hairstylist and R+Co Collective member, because there are many types of bobs out there, pretty much anyone can rock it. “A French bob can work on almost any face shape,” she said. “A neck-length bob is timeless and also trendy right now. This cut can be worn on many hair textures, blown out or worn natural.” For straight and/or fine hair, she recommended a bob with a parted bang, especially if you have a natural wave to your hair and like to air dry. On the other hand, if you like to style your hair often, the chic ’90s bob that stops right at your chin is a trendy style you can easily straighten or press, curl, or wear natural. Heath also recommended a baby bang (AKA short bangs above your eyebrows) if you have straight hair and want an effortless, “just-rolled-out-bed” look. 

“If you have wavy to curly hair, a bob with bangs can be a great look,” Heath said. “I suggest only combing the hair while it is soaking wet, then scrunching in a curl or air-dry cream.” Using a diffuser on a low setting can help keep your curls intact and give your hair some shape. “Curly bangs with a curly bob are so effortless and chic.” 

 

What to ask for

There are many different kinds of bobs out there: blunt, asymmetrical, with bangs, without bangs, with layers, without layers—it can get confusing. First, talk to your hairstylist. They’ll have insight on how these different cuts might work with your hair type and current cut. If you already have a ton of really short, shaggy layers, cutting a blunt bob might not be possible; on the other hand, if you have curly, coily, medium, or thick hair, you might want to add in some piecey layers for movement.

 

Inspiration

Blunt 

If you want to wake up and go without having to style your hair, this is the ideal cut—it’s so low maintenance. You can wear it messy with waves or your natural curl pattern or sleek and straight. This cut can be anywhere from chin-length to just resting on your shoulders. A shorter cut will look more striking and bold while a longer bob is sweet and bouncy. Regardless, it’s always chic. 

 

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T3

Lucea 1” Flat Iron

“A couple subtle tweaks in the front with a flat iron or small curling iron can make a big difference when styling bobs,” Heath said. This will create those sleek and straight strands, or it’s perfect for folding your hair under for a blowout-look (less Coconut Head, more chic).

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Kristin Ess

Soft Waves Curling Iron

Create soft waves with this bigger curling iron by separating your hair into a few sections and curling in opposite directions.

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Color Wow

Dream Coat Supernatural Spray Anti-Frizz Treatment

Use this before you heat style to get your hair extra shiny and frizz-free.

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Miss Jessie’s

Quick Curls

This gel will make your natural curl pattern more pronounced and add extra hold to your style.

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R+Co

Cool Wind Perfect Air-Dry Creme

For the days you want to skip the blow dryer, use this to add volume and texture without the heat. Heath also recommended this for air drying wavy and curly hair for scrunching your hair.

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Cuvee Beauty

Volumizing Mist

This mist will add volume to the roots and mid-lengths on any hair texture.

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Bread Beauty Supply

Hair Oil Everyday Gloss

To make your curls extra bouncy and moisturized, apply this as the last step in your routine.

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With Curtain Bangs

Curtain bangs blend seamlessly with a short bob because it often looks quite structural, whether your bob is on the short side or enters lob territory. A bob naturally has a round shape that curtain bangs mimic and flow with well. You can go piecey and wispy or full ’70s. 

 

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Revlon

One-Step Hair Dryer

This blow dryer is king for shaping and styling curtain and full bangs—trust me.

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GHD

Rise Volumizing Hot Brush

For a ’70s look, use this hot brush to create those perfect swoopy bangs.

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Fatboy Hair

Sea Salt Pomade

Add a touch of this pomade to your bangs to give extra hold and grit, making it 10x easier to shape them without heat.

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With Full Bangs

Ah, this cut has the je ne sais quoi. A bob with bangs is one of the most classic Parisian cuts. It’s practically timeless. Obviously, bangs add a little extra maintenance to your styling, but the extra bit of interest is worth it. 

 

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Amika

Blowout Babe Interchangable Thermal Round Hair Brush

Use this small thermal round brush to create volume and shape to your bangs by flipping them up and down.

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T3

Volume Round Brush

If you’re a pro with the round brush (jealous), use this smaller version with your hair dryer to perfectly shape bangs.

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Kristin Ess

Instant Lift Thickening Spray

Spray this directly into the roots of your bangs to add lots of body.

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