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8 Dupes For This Year’s Best Fall (and Winter) Fashion

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If I had to narrow my life resume down to one singular skill, it would be my ability to find any look for less. I make it my personal mission to find the most affordable option for anything I’m buying because your girl is ballin’ on a budget. When it comes to fall fashion, there are so many new styles of jackets, jeans, and boots every year that I simply must have—so I take to the internet and shop for items that are both trendy and affordable.

Of course, I’ll invest in a piece I know I’ll wear forever from time to time, but when searching for seasonal items that tend to stay in style for a shorter period of time, I much prefer my budget-friendly options. It might take a lot of patience and determination to find these dupes, but the satisfaction I feel when I do outweighs the time and effort.

Here are the best invest vs. save options for this year’s most popular fall and winter fashion finds:

 

1. Cozy Shacket

Shackets are a wardrobe essential that is here to stay this year, so chances are, you might already own a nice plaid one in a wool-like material (which we still love, by the way). But if you’re looking to expand your shacket collection, a cozy, boho-esque option just might be perfect for you. These look so cute with everything from jeans and booties to leggings and sneakers.

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Free People Ruby Jacket

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PacSun Button-Down Jacket

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2. Chunky Lug-Sole Boots

We started to see the chunky, lug-sole boots becoming extremely popular over the past couple of years—but I would argue that they are the boots of the season this fall and winter. Every time you open Instagram, you’re bound to see a blogger rocking a pair in their most recent OOTD. The options are endless, but it’s good to know that there is a pair for every budget.

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Marc Fisher LTD Padmia Chelsea Boot

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Madden Girl Cindy Chelsea Boot

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3. Fall Floral Midi Dress

OK, so the invest option here is definitely an investment, but you can’t deny that you’ve been seeing these designer dresses all over your Instagram feed. Dark fall florals in chic, feminine silhouettes like a long-sleeve midi dress are popping up everywhere (and in every price range). Pair one of these with chunky boots and a leather jacket and you’ve got the fall look of your dreams.

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Veronica Beard Sabina Silk Minidress

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Mango Floral Print Dress

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4. Textured Knee-High Boots

While over-the-knee boots have pretty much phased out of our fall wardrobes, knee-high options are hanging on tight—and are updated with stylish new touches like rich textures, deep browns, and ‘90s-influenced silhouettes. The right pair of textured knee-high boots can instantly take your outfit to the next level.

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Vince Camuto Phranzie Knee High Boot

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Franco Sarto Gardenia Boot

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The Aerie Crackle leggings have been my fall go-to for a few years now.

 

5. Faux Leather Leggings

We’ve been talking about faux leather leggings for years now, but they’re not going anywhere anytime soon. The trend has now expanded into the ever-popular leather pant, but we still believe that faux leather leggings are an essential wardrobe staple. Many of our editors swear by both of the options below.

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Spanx Faux Leather Leggings

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Aerie Crackle Leggings

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6. Quilted Jacket

I discovered this Target dupe for a popular quilted jacket last year, and I am beyond excited that they brought back an updated version for this season. Throw on one of these cozy-chic jackets to make your leggings, hoodie, and sneakers combo immediately go from boring to fashion-forward.

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Free People Dolman Sleeve Quilted Jacket

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Wild Fable Hooded Quilted Jacket

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7. ’90s-Style Jeans

It’s no secret that ‘90s-inspired fits have been the stand-out denim trend of the year. They’re not only flattering, but they also tend to be more comfortable than our denim selections of the past as well. Lucky for us, our reader- and editor-favorite pair of ‘90s jeans will not break the bank.

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Agolde ’90s Pinch Waist Jean

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Abercrombie ’90s Ultra High Rise Straight Jeans

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8. Sherpa Clogs

We’ve seen the return of the clog this year, and before you dismiss them as “ugly,” hear me out: Celebs and supermodels are being spotted everywhere wearing these, and if wearing shoes that are basically slippers out of the house is now considered chic, why wouldn’t we embrace it?

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See by Chloe Gema Mules

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Time and Tru Sherpa Clog

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The 25 Best Long-Lasting Lip Stains

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On the long list of South Korea's many fine exports — including, but not limited to, sheet masks, pimple patches, and K-pop — are lip tints. These days, some of the best lip stains for no-fuss, long-lasting color are coming straight from Seoul, thanks to Tonymoly, Innisfree, Etude House, and more. Luckily, you don't need a plane ticket to shop for them, and one is just $7. Several Western beauty brands have also mastered the K-beauty staple in their own ways. For example, L'Oréal Paris makes an editor-adored stain; Buxom has a lip-plumping variety; and Armani mastered a gloss that wears down to a wash of color. 

"Unlike lipsticks that add a layer on top of the lips, stains are absorbed into the outer layers of the skin for a sheer pop of low-maintenance color," explains makeup artist and Guide Beauty founder Terri Bryant. Remember, they're called lip stains for a reason: As such, these products are especially ideal for mask-wearing.

When you're ready to apply the stain, makeup artist Andrea Claire recommends drawing a "V" at the bow and outer corners of your lips and a "U" towards the bottom of your lips. Then, connect the dots, fill in the lips, and voíla. For a natural-looking finish, makeup artist Geneivive Garner advises tapping the product directly onto your lips using your fingers. Claire recommends applying the stain straight from the tube for a more saturated look.

"To ensure the longest wear, make sure you apply your stain on clean, dry lips," Garner tells Allure. What’s more, according to Claire: "A lip mask or a light clear balm will help even out the lips hydration levels, prepping them for a more even application." Claire also recommends using a lip liner as a base, which helps extend the stain's wear time. To seal the deal, both Claire and Garner suggest laying a one-ply tissue over your lips before dabbing a small amount of translucent powder on top.

No matter which lip-stain iteration you're into, these products are sticking with you for the long haul. Expect not a single drop of color to travel to your teeth, and post-meal reapplication won't be a concern. You'll be committed to the hue for hours. 

Intrigued? Read on for the complete list of our favorite lightweight, low-maintenance lip stains.

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Inside RFLCT, a Skin-Care Line by Gamer Rachell Hofstetter

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By the time you read this today, you probably have already spent several minutes — nay, hours — staring at a screen. You may or may not know, however, that hours spent looking at your phone or computer might come with some unexpected consequences for your skin. New York City-based board-certified dermatologist Kenneth Howe, M.D., previously told Allure that constant exposure to blue light, the bright light emitted by our electronics' screens, may cause the skin to develop fine lines prematurely (alongside all the effects it can have on your eyes). 

After spending "thousands of hours being in front of a screen" and having only the protection of blue light glasses for her eyes, Rachell "Valkyrae" Hofstetter, a gamer, entrepreneur, and content creator, sought to create RFLCT, a skin-care line dedicated to defending the skin from the effects of blue light. 

"When I first started streaming, I was in front of a computer for maybe six to nine hours a day. My face was melting, covered in acne," Hofstetter recalls of what she says was a very tough time. "Sometimes I wouldn't even want to stream with a webcam because I would feel so insecure [about my skin], and I realized it was affecting my performance — if I felt like I didn't look good, I just wasn't performing as well as I wanted to." 

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Thus, after two years of development in partnership with brand incubator Ideavation Labs, RFLCT was born. "I really wanted something that was unisex and for everyone to use, no matter what gender or what age… something very basic," Hofstetter recalls. That's exactly what she's delivered.

The collection, which launched on October 19, currently consists of five staple products, each of which Hofstetter says "[have] a very unique blend that is a BLPF (Blue Light Prevention Factor)." The blend is "specifically designed to block blue light." Although we can't be privy to the exact ingredients found in this proprietary (read: top secret) BLPF, cosmetic chemist Ginger King clarifies that "only iron oxides, titanium dioxides, and carotenoids have the ability to fight against blue light." That said, we still recommend wearing a daily physical sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher — yes, even indoors — alongside this line for maximum protection. 

Like Hofstetter, I've also experienced some serious eye strain after mindless Instagram scrolling sessions and have even invested in a pair of prescription blue light glasses. That being said, putting this skin-care line to the test was an absolute no-brainer. 

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RFLCT Resurrection Eye Mask

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Eye masks are admittedly one of my favorite skin-care products, and not just because they make for a fun photo op. They're also fantastic for hydrating the undereyes before applying concealer, so I always have one on hand when I'm doing my makeup. This mask's key ingredients include the brand's proprietary BLPF and brightening caffeine, which work together to reduce the appearance of undereye fatigue. 

Per the brand's instructions, I let them sit under my eyes for a good 10 minutes while I was doing my eye makeup. Little did I know that wearing this eye mask would be like letting ice cubes sit on my face, but I didn't mind one bit. Luckily, the skin under my eyes was happy, too, because no creases were in the making after putting on my concealer. 

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RFLCT Lip Guard Moisture Balm

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There can never be enough lip balm in this world, especially for someone like me who has extremely dry skin. So, of course, this lip balm was up next on my to-try list. Thanks to shea butter, which, King says, "provides intense hydration," I no longer had the urge to incessantly lick my lips after the first use. It's not often that I come across a lip balm with a strong, earthy scent, and this potent, refreshing smell put me in relaxation mode ahead of a good night's sleep. 

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RFLCT Reset Gel Facial Cleanser

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I'm really not one to reach for acid-based gel cleansers, but I was in for a pleasant surprise when I tried this one. The cleanser features a blend of lactic and glycolic acids, with the latter being my initial concern. Pittsburgh-based board-certified dermatologist Lindsey Zubritsky, M.D., previously told Allure that using too much of a product that contains glycolic acid may cause a host of skin issues such as irritation or dryness, which has happened to me a few times when getting overzealous with a skin-care product. 

Because I now take a less is more approach to skin care, I didn't experience any problems with this cleanser. Better yet, my skin felt smooth and soft post-cleanse, a sensation I only usually encounter after moisturizing. 

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RFLCT Eye Revive Gel Treatment

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If you're not so keen on using eye masks or are a fan of eye gels and creams, RFLCT has another treatment for tired undereyes. Prickly pear extract, the hero ingredient of this undereye treatment, is "an antioxidant that [calms and moisturizes the skin]," says King. I like applying under-eye treatments at night, and I love that the clear formula doesn't leave behind any residue once morning comes. Plus, my dark-tinged undereyes always enjoy a pick-me-up, especially because it's one of the driest areas of my face. 

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RFLCT Screen Shield Defense Face Moisturizer

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I think my skin drank this moisturizer up because all of my dry patches that were once parched are now satisfied. Certain areas of my face — my cheeks and chin especially — are dry all the time, but now their pleas for hydration seem to have disappeared. This is probably due to the ingredients sodium hyaluronate and glycerin, which hydrate and repair the skin barrier, respectively. 

Like I said earlier, this skin-care line might provide some defense against the effects of blue light using a sunscreen every day is still the best way to protect your skin against any sort of light. But although the science of blue light protection in skin-care products is still a little up in the air, RFLCT lives up to its definition in many other ways. From the cool-toned color story of the packaging to the ingredients, the brand makes comfort and relaxation a top priority. 

If you'd like to try RFLCT for yourself, the collection retails for $12 to $24 and is now available at rflct.com — it will also be available for purchase on ulta.com starting October 24. Let the games between your skin and blue light begin.

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17 One-Minute Habits That Will Change Your Life






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So you want to get healthier, achieve your career goals, and feel happier? Sounds nice, but it’s always easier said than done. Where do you even start making such major changes? If lofty goals and ambitious resolutions feel overwhelming, know that you don’t need to immediately rearrange your entire life, spend $$$, or have unlimited time to achieve your best life. In fact, you need just one minute. That’s right: The difference between who you are and who you want to be might be just 60 seconds. Try these one-minute habits that will transform your life when done consistently. You can add in lots of habits throughout your day or start with just one, but either way, one minute is all you need to change your life.

 

1. Get out of bed right away

If I have one weakness (besides a good cheese plate *swoon*), it’s scrolling through Instagram after waking up. While it seems like a harmless habit, the body won’t fully wake up until you get out of bed and move around. Also, you lose that full 10, 30, or 60-minute morning routine before you open your laptop for work. Get out of bed as soon as you wake up and fill your mornings with as many peaceful, productive, and fulfilling minutes as possible. Your inbox, TikTok explore page, and iMessage app can wait.

 

2. Breathe deeply

Deep breathing (or diaphragmatic breathing) is crucial for mental and physical health, but many of us never focus on our breath. If you think about it, oxygen is the one thing we can’t even go minutes without, so making sure we’re getting more of it can only be beneficial. When you’re feeling anxious or stressed, take a few deep breaths to get more oxygen in the lungs and slow the heartbeat, which can help with anxiety. Try it right now (yes, I mean right now): Slowly inhale, count to five, and then exhale, relaxing the entire body. It’s like instant medicine, right?

 

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3. Take movement breaks

Whether an hour-long workout is a daily essential or you barely have time to change sweatpants before work starts, the body isn’t meant to sit for hours at a time, much less all day long. At least once every hour, take a minute to flow through yoga poses, do some stretches, or turn on your favorite song and dance. 60 seconds of movement is enough to energize the body and reset the mind and will help you focus better for the rest of the day. Plus, if you don’t think you have time to work out, one-minute periods throughout the day add up.

 

4. Add lemon to your water

Squeezing a lemon into your go-to water bottle takes a couple of seconds but can result in lasting benefits. Lemon packs nutrients like vitamin C, which plays an important role in the immune system and can boost skin glow. Stefanie Wilkerson, RDN, explained, “Vitamin C helps produce collagen and works as an antioxidant to neutralize free radicals that can damage our cells.” Hello supple, smooth skin! Bonus: While it is acidic, lemon has alkalizing effects in the body, meaning it might help balance pH levels. A squeeze of lemon basically turns a glass of water into a cocktail of super nutrients. As if you needed more convincing, adding delicious lemon will make you want to drink more water, and staying hydrated always comes with health perks

 

5. Mute negative social media accounts as they pop up

It’s time to rethink whether the bloggers, celebrities, and brands we follow on social media make us feel inspired or just bad about our lives. Want to feel instantly happier? If an account or post pops up on your feed and doesn’t leave you feeling inspired, happy, or confident, you know what to do: unfollow (or mute). That also means muting or unfollowing the frenemy you had in high school or your sorority sister’s ex-boyfriend’s cousin you met a few times. Instead of watching other people live their lives, you can actually go live your own. Use social media to make you better instead of worse by replacing negative accounts with accounts that inspire you or bring you positivity whenever you’re tempted to scroll (like, IDK, @theeverygirl, for a totally random example).  

 

6. Tidy up before bed

You only need 60 seconds of tidying up to make a major difference in your life. Whether it’s clearing the dirty laundry off the chair in your bedroom, organizing the bedside table, or wiping the kitchen counter, do a super quick decluttering or cleaning before hitting the hay. Not only can a cleaner environment help you sleep better, but you’ll also wake up feeling stress-free and ready to start the day. That pile of dirty laundry on the bedroom chair really knows how to harsh one’s mellow (if you know, you know). 

 

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7. Express gratitude (out loud)

You probably already know that gratitude is the secret to boosting mental health and fostering healthier relationships, so practice it beyond gratitude journaling in the morning. For example, whenever you say “thank you,” reflect on how grateful you feel instead of just going through the motions. If your work wife offered to help with a big project, let her know how much you appreciate having her support, or if your roommate cleans your dishes, tell them how much it made a difference in your busy day. But it doesn’t have to (and shouldn’t be) just the times when you’d say “thank you” anyway. Text your mom out of the blue to thank her for being there for you or let your partner know how much you appreciate having them in your life. Express gratitude wherever and whenever you can, and watch how your life transforms. 

 

8. Add a finishing touch to your OOTD that makes you feel confident 

Whether you’re dressing up in business-casual, rocking a button-up and sweatpants (for Zoom meetings, of course), or never bother changing out of your pajamas to start the day (no shame), try adding one finishing touch that makes you feel like the badass you are. Depending on what makes you feel good, try a fitted pair of jeans, a swipe of mascara, or a trendy hair clip to add a little something to your OOTD. The goal isn’t to look better, it’s to feel better, so play around to find what small touches make you feel more confident, energized, or motivated. Never underestimate the power of a structured work blazer or swipe of red lipstick. 

 

9. Check your bank account

Self-care doesn’t always mean bubble baths or face masks; sometimes, self-care means being an independent adult and doing what you can to feel in control of your finances. While having a detailed financial plan and setting goals can help you reduce money-related stress and achieve what you want out of life, feeling in control of your finances doesn’t always require a lot of time and energy. Every few days, take a minute to glance over your bank account and credit card statements. Getting in the habit of frequently checking can help identify fraud early on and will also give you a good idea of where you’re spending and where you can be saving.

 

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10. Use visualization

Do you get nervous before a first date or big presentation? Do you ever lack motivation with health goals or feel stuck in your career? The fix to any negative thought could be as easy as visualizing an alternative. We get nervous, stuck, or unmotivated when we visualize the worst-case scenario: a bad date, a failed presentation, a boring job, or too-difficult workouts. So why not replace the thought with a more positive one?

If you’re feeling nervous, imagine yourself acing the presentation or being your charming self on the date. When you lack motivation, visualize that you are the kind of person who prioritizes workouts and loves eating nourishing foods. And if you’re feeling stuck? Think about what you want the outcome to be, and then picture what that looks like. Visualization may be another name for imagination, but it can serve as the minor confidence boost you need to achieve the desired outcome.

 

11. Make your bed

At the risk of sounding like your mom, we’re telling you that making your bed every morning is crucial. Not only will it feel good to get into a made bed at night, but it’s also important for the success of your day. Making your bed first thing every morning means one small win before you even have a cup of coffee, which subconsciously will motivate you to achieve thousands of small wins throughout the day (and you know what they say about small wins—they lead up to big ones). As if that wasn’t reason enough, Gretchen Rubin found in her research that it’s the easiest and most common daily habit you can do to boost happiness.

 

12. Fix your posture

Bad news for all the other slouchers out there (guilty): Your posture might be affecting your physical and mental health. Practice better posture by straightening your back and relaxing your shoulders (and stop looking down at your phone, damn it!). Did you sit up taller just now? Good. Improve your posture throughout the workday (yes, even while working from home) by setting reminders with phone alerts, sticky notes, or as your phone wallpaper so you remember to correct your posture whenever you check the time or read a text message.

 

13. Set an affirmation or intention

Everyone has an intention, whether we’re aware of it or not. It’s that one phrase you hear in your head over and over or what you tell yourself repeatedly. Many of us are plagued by phrases like “I’m not good enoughor “Something is going to go wrong.” We hear these phrases in our heads so often that we believe them. So what if we could replace these thoughts with phrases that are not only better for us but can also help us be more confident, feel less stressed, and live our best lives? Every morning, pick an affirmation or daily intention and write it in your daily planner so you don’t forget it. If you find one phrase you particularly relate to, repeat it to yourself whenever you’re feeling stressed, scared, or not enough.

 

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14. Apply a layer of SPF at the end of your skincare routine

It’s easy to remember SPF when the sun is out, the temperature’s warm, and we’re spending all day outside. But in cold weather or when we’re spending all day indoors, we can forget how important the last step in our skincare routines is. To set the record straight once and for all, yes, you still need sunscreen when it’s cloudy outside and even when you’re indoors. Wearing a daily SPF is good for skin glow (prevents aging and hyperpigmentation caused by sun exposure, keeps an even complexion, etc.) and crucial for your healthClick here to find the perfect sunscreen for your skin, and click here for non-toxic options

 

15. Add leafy greens to your meal

Being healthier does not have to be a dramatic transformation. It’s actually more sustainable when it’s a gradual series of small habits. The best way to start achieving a healthier diet is not by cutting out entire food groups or limiting what you “should” and “should not” eat (which can lead to bingeing or an unhealthy relationship with food). Instead, start transforming your health by adding a handful of leafy greens to your meal. For example, add spinach if you’re making an omelet, throw kale into a pasta sauce, or order a side salad when you’re eating out. Not only are leafy greens superfoods that pack a lot of benefits and are easy to fit into the meals you’re already used to, but small, non-restrictive tweaks can snowball into an overall healthier diet and lifestyle. 

 

16. Set your alarm 60 seconds earlier 

If your mornings feel more like a race against the clock than the peaceful start you want, the fix is waking up earlier. However, a full 30 minutes—or even 10 minutes—might seem like you’re missing out on too much sleep. Instead of trying to transform your wakeup time (which would probably just make you hit “snooze” a couple more times), set your alarm one minute earlier every day. While it sounds like a small change, after 10 days, you could have 10 extra minutes in your morning without even noticing it. Whether you spend that time meditating, indulging in a luxurious skincare routine, or just brewing a cup of coffee with a moment of silence, you won’t miss the 10 minutes of sleep.

 

17. Master the art of listening

Perhaps the #1 life hack and most life-changing habit? Listening. And I mean really listening. Caring about what other people have to say can transform your personal relationships and strengthen (or build more) professional relationships. Your communication will be more effective and you’ll experience more meaningful connections. You’ll feel less self-conscious when you’re less focused on yourself and gain more clarity when you look for answers outside yourself. Of course, utilize important cues like eye contact and follow-up questions, but the best way to listen is to genuinely get curious about what other people have to say. Empathy, understanding, and curiosity will not only transform your life but will also transform the world too. 

 

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The Best Trader Joe’s Desserts, Ranked





When I walk into Trader Joe’s, I mostly go for the same items and rarely (if ever) try something new (and I know I’m not alone in this), especially when it comes to Trader Joe’s desserts. I’m a picky eater, so the thought of buying something new isn’t my first instinct. What if I don’t like it? I could just stick to eating the mini frozen bananas and gluten-free cookies for the rest of my life. However, I’ve made it a goal for myself to try some new dessert items lately, and let me just tell you: It has been life-changing.

I’ve discovered amazing, sweet new items like the chocolate-covered pretzels, Scandinavian Swimmers, and—I can’t forget to mention—the mochi! Everyone deserves to indulge in something good, especially after a stressful week filled with work and Zoom meetings. Although this may be a bit controversial, I set out to try 17 (yes, 17!) different Trader Joe’s desserts. Here they are, ranked:

 

17. Speculoos Cookie Butter





I know some people love this product, but personally, it just doesn’t do it for me. I’d rather use Nutella; this product just tastes too sweet. Although it does sort of taste like a gingerbread cookie, I don’t think it should be used as a spread. 

 

16. Apple Cider Donuts





Since there are so many other good fall items on the list, I have to put these toward the bottom. I’m more of a glazed donut gal, so these sugary-filled donuts are definitely not my vibe. However, if you’re in the mood for something sugary, you can try these as a morning treat. 

 

15. Vanilla Cake Mix





If you ever feel the need to just bake a cake, this vanilla cake mix is totally worth it. It can be hard to find a cake with the right amount of moisture and sweetness, but this one is the right mixture of both. Top it with your favorite frosting and sprinkles and you’ll be good to go. 

 

14. Chocolate Lava Cakes





Have you ever wanted to make your own chocolate lava cake at home without the hassle of trying to find a good recipe? Well, look no further. They just don’t taste as good as the real thing in my opinion, but they are pretty easy to make in a pinch. All you have to do is heat it up in the oven. If you’re a chocolate fan, then you will definitely love the gooey chocolate filling in the middle. 

 

13. Half Moon Cookies





Growing up in a Jewish family, I have developed a love for black and white cookies. These mini black and white cookies from TJ’s might not taste as good as freshly made ones from a deli, but they still taste pretty good for being store bought.

 

12. Dozen Macarons Variés





No need to travel far to find some good macarons. Coming in a box with six different flavors, these frozen macarons are so yummy and worth the purchase. The flavors are fig, lemon, apricot, coconut, pistachio, and salted caramel. Although I like the various flavors, I kind of wish there was just plain chocolate and vanilla ones included in the box too.

 

11. Scandinavian Swimmers





I’ve always seen these right by the register, but I never actually tried it until one of my roommates started talking about how much she loves them. If you’re a big fan of Swedish Fish, I would definitely recommend trying this alternative. They also come in a sour version for those who love sour candy. 

 

1o. Pumpkin Flavored Joe-Joe’s





Would it even be right to make a whole list of desserts at Trader Joe’s and not include their signature cookies? When fall comes around, it’s hard not to get excited for the pumpkin-flavored Joe-Joe’s. These cookies come with a pumpkin-flavored creme filling—almost better than regular Oreo cookies. I put this mid-way on our list because, as much as I love them, they aren’t sold year-round, which is definitely a bummer. 

 

9.  Dark Chocolate Covered Raisins





Raisins by themselves aren’t super flavorful to me, but with chocolate? I’m sold. Sometimes I even eat this as a quick snack in the afternoon when I want something sweet but not super full of sugar. 

 

8. Pancake Bread





Trader Joe’s can do it all, even when it comes to mixing together the taste of pancakes and coffee cake into one sweet, delicious bread. I can only eat this in small amounts since it is really sweet, but I do love how it tastes. If you are a fan of coffee cake, then I recommend trying this. It may be a bit sweeter than your usual, but it’s definitely worth it.

 

7. Milk Chocolate Covered Mini Pretzels





This is my go-to late-night work snack. They are covered in a lot of milk chocolate, so they’re a great dessert option that helps satisfy my sweet tooth whenever I need it. Plus, they are mini, so if I end up eating a bunch in one sitting, I don’t feel too bad. 

 

6. Hold the Cone! Mini Ice Cream Cones





I’ll come home and my parents will literally have three boxes of these in the fridge. Like many other people, my parents and I are big fans of these mini ice-cream cones that not only look cute but also taste like heaven. On the outside, they have a chocolate coating, but once you bite into ’em, you’ll find vanilla ice cream. Yum!

 

5. Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups





Who needs Reese’s when you have this mini alternative? These peanut butter cups are covered in dark chocolate and filled with peanut butter. Pro-tip: They taste even better when you put them in the fridge. Put a few in a bag and take them with you wherever you go as an on-the-go dessert option.

 

4. Vegan Banana Bread with Walnuts





One word: yum. This is definitely one of the best pre-made dessert items at TJ’s. It has the perfect amount of sweetness and a soft texture that makes your mouth water just thinking about it. I like how the nuts balance out the sweet flavor of the banana bread—it’s perfection.

 

3. Mochi





If you were like me and also had no idea what mochi is, it’s rice dough with an ice cream filling (usually vanilla). Although I’m normally not a huge ice cream fan (I know it’s strange), TJ’s mochi is so flavorful and definitely worth the try. Plus, it comes in so many different flavors, including the Ube flavor everyone is obsessed with. I’m a strawberry fanatic so I opted for the strawberry flavor, which was amazing. 

 

2. Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies





I am not gluten-free, but these chocolate chip cookies are one of my favorite items from TJ’s. Crunchy chocolate chip cookies just hit differently—and these have the perfect amount of chocolate without overdoing it. Personally, they taste even better than the original Tate’s cookies—that’s how good they are.

 

1. Mini Frozen Bananas





Warning: These are extremely addictive. Without a doubt, this is the best dessert TJ’s has to offer—I’m seriously obsessed. They are coated with the perfect amount of dark chocolate. Once you eat one, you can’t stop eating them because they are just that good. 

 

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