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Even thought most people think of holiday shopping as a thing that starts the day after Thanksgiving, but retailers push it a little earlier every year. During our daily tours through the Internet’s best online retailers, we’ve noticed awesome beauty gift sets popping up all over the place, and because they’re almost all limited editions that will disappear and often not be restocked, it’s best to go ahead and shop them while they’re around.


Beauty changes with the weather just like clothes and bags do, and over the past couple months, I’ve done a lot of tinkering with my makeup and skincare routines in order to ready myself for the impending cold air and ward off last year’s dry skin, as try some new cosmetics I’ve been curious about.

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If you want someone to immediately notice that you’ve done something different with your beauty look, there’s only one way to go: choose a dark, vampy lipstick. Not only is fall a perfect time for deep, rich colors, but with Halloween only a few days away, now’s a perfect time to experiment with something a little bit out of your comfort zone.


I’ve been dreading fall and winter since it was still 95 degrees outside for one very specific reason: my forehead. I’m originally from a warm, very humid climate, and since I moved to NYC in 2011, my forehead has been voicing its discontent with that choice by becoming impossible to effectively moisturize as soon as the first chill sets in.


Although it’s been years since I dressed up for Halloween, I still love the holiday and the pseudo-goth it brings out in so many of us. As always, one of the best ways to subtly (and affordably) celebrate any kind of seasonal look is through little changes in your beauty routine.


There are few rituals I love more in life than rubbing a brand new potion of some sort on my face, and with all the inside time that cooler weather brings (plus all the need for hyperactive moisturizing), now is a great time to start thinking about what you’re going to put on your face while you watch Netflix this winter.


The temperature in NYC is going to dip into the 50s this weekend, and as a friend reminded me yesterday, that means it’s time to yank all the fancy scented candles out of the closet. I’ve got one more left in my hoard of my favorite now-discontinued Jo Malone scent, but once it’s gone, it’ll be time to move on to another fragrance.


Seasonal transitions are a good time to change things up, whether that means ordering a new leather jacket, sorting through a box of last year’s sweaters or deciding what works and what doesn’t in your current beauty routine.


My preferences tend toward darker lip colors, and although I’m happy to wear them all year, fall and winter is when they’re easiest to work into a makeup look (and, it must be said, when they won’t melt off my face on a subway platform).


If you’ve heard some hype around a beauty technique called “strobing,” fret not: you don’t need to learn a new thing. Strobing is just the skillful application of highlighter, and there are more great highlighters on the market right now than ever, many of which masquerade under the names “illuminator,” “luminizer” or “perfector.” Despite the confusing naming conventions, they can all be used for basically the same things.

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