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17 Makeup Gift Sets at the Top of Allure Editors’ Holiday List

17 Best Makeup Gift Sets for 2021 Holiday Season According to Allure Editors

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Gifting can be overwhelming — allow us to make things easier for you. Although we share our honest thoughts on lipsticks, highlighters, and eye shadow palettes all year long, the holiday season is when our expertise shines the brightest. Recommending, or in this case, giving someone a new makeup gift set to help them discover and fall in love with their new favorite product is like giving yourself a gift in the process — and what better way to do so than with a kit hand-picked and approved by Allure editors?

We've rounded up our selections for our favorite makeup gift sets on the market for the 2021 holiday season. The Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip Secrets, Merit Five Minute Morning, and Saie Beauty Have It All Box — just to name a few — are sure to be the star of your next gift exchange or the key that opens the gates to your loved one's new go-to makeup routine staple. It may just be a Best of Beauty-winning product if we have anything to do with it. 

As you scroll through our list of 2021 makeup gift sets below, we have a feeling you'll be adding some to your own wish list or even adding some to your cart for yourself; they are that enviable and incredible. 

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Selena Gomez’s Chin-Length Bob Is Back, Baby

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For Selena Gomez, 2021 seems to be the year of making bold statements with her hair. In April of 2021, the Rare Beauty founder and actor dyed her hair blonde, which her colorists said took eight hours. Fast forward nearly six months later, and Gomez has now cut her hair into a blunt bob. 

She revealed her latest hair transformation with two TikTok videos on Tuesday, October 19. In the first video, Gomez shows off her new cut while announcing a watch party for her show Only Murders in the Building. Meanwhile, Gomez's second TikTok shows her pretending to answer the phone. From the looks of it, much of Gomez's blonde strands from her April hair color transformation seemed to have faded, but we're not mad about it. 

Gomez is not the first celebrity this year to opt for a bob. Elizabeth Olson, Kourtney Kardashian, Billie Eilish, and Kaia Gerber  —  to name just a few  — have made the cut as well. However, this style is not something new on Gomez. In fact, she wore her hair in a below-the-chin bob at the 2019 American Music Awards, but it may be slightly longer than the one she has now.

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Whoever is responsible for Gomez's new cut went to work, and we're all here for this short, trendy hairstyle on Gomez. For even more short haircut inspiration, check out our roundup of 50 short hairstyles that will make you want to book your next salon appointment ASAP. 

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50 Halloween Costume Ideas You Can’t Go Wrong With






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If you could be anything in this world, what would it be? If you ask me now, my answers might fall somewhere along the lines of being happy, all-knowing, fulfilled, a good friend, financially stable, and better at answering text messages. If you asked me the same question when I was a spunky 6-year-old, I wouldn’t hesitate. The answer was simple: I wanted to be the Pink Power Ranger.

She was a force to be reckoned with—she was strong, she was athletic, and she was far from the distressed damsel I had been spoonfed up until that point. So when I had an opportunity to embody her and all that she stood for at my school’s first grade Halloween party, I was enthralled. And thus began my love for finding the perfect Halloween costume that would allow me to live out my wildest “I can be anyone (or anything) I want to be” dreams. Over 20 years have passed since I debuted as the Pink Power Ranger, but my love for the sentiment remains. If you’re looking for the perfect Halloween costume to rock this year and beyond, look no further. These 50 Halloween costume ideas have your back:

 

If you’re going solo:

1. Olivia Rodrigo, Sour album cover

2. Lizzie McGuire

3. Cruella

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4. Billie Eilish

5. Megan Fox, Jennifer’s Body

6. Tomb Raider

7. Teddy Bear

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8. Pennywise, It

9. Kim Kardashian, Met Gala 2021

10. Harry Styles

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11. Zenon, Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century 

12. Dwight Schrute, The Office

13. Edna Mode, The Incredibles

14. Violet Beauregarde, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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15. Kim Possible

16. Lola Bunny, Space Jam

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17. 2000s Paris Hilton  

18. Wednesday Addams, The Addams Family

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If you’re dressing up with a friend or S.O.:

19. Daisy and Gatsby, The Great Gatsby

20. Daphne and Simon, Bridgerton

21. Beyoncé and Jay Z

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22. Maddy and Cassie, Euphoria

23. Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly

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24. Jessie and Woody, Toy Story

25. Rick and Morty, Rick and Morty

26. Black Swan and White Swan, Black Swan

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27. Marry Poppins and Bert, Mary Poppins

28. Olivia and Paula, White Lotus

19. Sharkboy and Lavagirl, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl

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20. Kendall and Kylie

21. Batman and Catwoman

22. Moira and David Rose, Schitt’s Creek

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23. Lucifer and The Detective, Lucifer

24. Venus and Serena Williams

25. Morticia and Gomez Addams, The Addams Family

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If you’re going with the gang:

26. Ted Lasso cast

27. Alice in Wonderland characters

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28. Pogues from Outer Banks

29. Bratz Dolls

30. Wizard of Oz characters

31. Power Rangers

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32. The Peaky Blinders 

33. Disney Princesses (bonus points for Disney Princesses in jail)

34. Stanley Yelnats and crew, Holes

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35. Cheetah Girls

36. The Seven Dwarves

37. Gossip Girl cast (2021)

38. Dress as your Zodiac

39. Stranger Things cast

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40. Disco Divas

41. Regina, Gretchen, Karen, and Cady, Mean Girls

42. Minions

43. Ghostbusters

44. Cher, Tai, and Dionne, Clueless

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45. Aliens, Toy Story

46. Cosmo, Wanda, and Timmy Turner, The Fairly Oddparents

47. Spice Girls

48. Clover cheerleaders, Bring It On

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49. Sanderson sisters, Hocus Pocus

50. Rose, Dorothy, Blanche, and Sophia, The Golden Girls

 

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Amazon Finds That Will Elevate Your WFH Setup

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Once upon a time, work-from-home days were few and far between, and investing in a setup that you actually enjoyed working from wasn’t necessary. But now that many of us are working our 9-5s exclusively from our homes and apartments, working from bed or scrunched up in a corner of our couch is a thing of the past.

The key to a work-from-home space that makes you productive and, well, actually want to work from home? Spending a little time and effort making your setup as functional as possible. Over the past year, our team has spent time doing exactly that.

From laptop stands that will make your tech neck a thing of the past to little things that’ll make your work days consistently better, these Amazon finds will make your work-from-home space way better than your old office—we promise.





Simple Modern

Insulated Water Bottle

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Tronco

Glass Tumbler with Straw

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Dowan

Insulated Ceramic Mugs

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Bestinnkits

Gravity-Induction Mug Warmer

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Soicare

Desktop Oil Diffuser and Humidifier

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Urmust

Adjustable Phone and Tablet Stand

6 colors available

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Bright Stone

Adjustable Phone/Tablet Stand

4 colors available

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Tozo

Wireless Charging Pad

10+ colors available

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BOYKO

Clip On Ring Light

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Samsung

Curved Monitor

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AboveTEK

Acrylic Monitor Stand

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Aisakoc

Large Protective Desk Pad

6 colors available

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Mosiso

Silicone Keyboard Cover

10+ colors available

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Seenda

Wireless Keyboard and Mouse

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Logitech

Pebble Mouse

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ProElife

Aluminum Mousepad

7 colors available

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A-Lighting

Acrylic Keyboard Stand

2 colors available

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Vivo

Freestanding Glass Dry Erase Board

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Quartet

Desktop Dry Erase Surface with Storage

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Golspark

LED Desk Lamp

2 colors available

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Odistar

Mini Desktop Vacuum Cleaner

5 colors available

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Seenda

6-Port Charging Tower

6 colors available

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AhaStyle

Cable Organizer

8 colors available

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Caillu

Leather Cord Organizers

3 colors available

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Essentra Home

Gold Stripe Pencil Holder

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Luying

Marble Pencil Holder

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HBLife

Acrylic Pencil Holder

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Flexispot

Electronic Standing Desk with USB Ports

2 colors available

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Sunny Health & Fitness

Mini Exercise Bike

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Techmoo

Under Desk Treadmill

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Gaiam

Core Training Stability Cushion

3 colors available

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Apple

Airpods with Wireless Charging Case

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Sony

Noise Canceling Headphones

3 colors available

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XLeader

Mini Bluetooth Speaker

4 colors available

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Atune Analog

Desktop Bluetooth Speaker

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Cunmiso

Cordless Neck Massager

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Funeez

Desk Fan

2 colors available

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Cooluli

Portable Mini Fridge

7 colors available

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Ugg

Fluff Yeah Slides

10+ colors available

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Comwarm

House Slippers

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Bella Hadid Looks Like Leeloo Dallas’s Twin With a Neon Orange Bob

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It's par for the course when you're a model to wear every hair color, cut, and style under the sun. Bella Hadid sure knows this; we've seen her in bleach-dipped baby bangs, porcupine-inspired updos, larger-than-life curls — and, of course, her signature black-brown hue that's shiny enough to blind passersby. Hadid's latest hair experiment, however, might be one of her boldest. On October 19, the model snapped a quick selfie in very low-key makeup and a very high-key wig in a neon shade of orange.

"Should I," Hadid captioned the post. For the record, Bella, our answer is a resounding yes! and it seems like Instagram is in mass agreement… that is if fire emojis alone are anything to go by. As makeup artist Mary Philips pointed out in the comments, Hadid bears a striking resemblance to Leeloo Dallas (played by Mila Jovovich) from The Fifth Element in the photo — the wig is, after all, nearly an exact match to the character's iconic orange bob and baby bangs.

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Obviously, this vibrant new hair color is the temporary result of a wig — Hadid's worn many of them while on the job on shoots and runways. She has in the past, however, dyed the front portions of her real hair a coppery orange hue in December of 2020, so we know she's no stranger to permanent bright colors, too. 

Real hair color or not, we're willing to bet that some screenwriter somewhere out there is looking at this photo of Hadid with neon orange hair and plotting a 2022 remake of The Fifth Element. And even if that's not the case, internet searches for "Leeloo Dallas Halloween costume" are definitely about to spike. 

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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

2
Mules

3
Sneakers

4
Flats

5
Heels

 

Loafers




Sam Edelman

Laurs Platform Loafer

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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

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ASOS

Bow Loafers

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MANGO

Leather Penny Loafers

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Vionic

Cheryl Loafer

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ALOHAS

Platform Loafers

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TOPSHOP

Lowry Leather Loafer

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ASOS

Blush Loafers

Wide Fit

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ASOS

Square Toe Croc Loafers

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ZARA

Leather Loafers

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Mules




Vince Camuto

Faux Shearling Platform Mule

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ASOS

Sherpa Flat Mules

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ASOS

Milo Clog Mules

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MANGO

Studded Leather Clog

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Madewell

The Carey Mule

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Sam Edelman

Joni Slip On Mule

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ALOHAS

Black Leather Chain Loafers

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TOPSHOP

Croc Lace Up Shoe

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Madewell

Kasey Mule in Sherpa

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Sam Edelman

Lavina Buckle Mule

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Marc Fisher

Zister Faux Fur Slip On

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Sneakers




Madewell

Kickoff Trainer

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Steve Madden

Charlie Platform Sneaker

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VEJA

Rio Branco Sneaker

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ZARA

Chunky Sneaker

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Sezane

Sam Sneakers

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VEJA

Espalar Sneaker

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ZARA

Leopard Printed Sneaker

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Madewell

High-Top Sneakers in Leather

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Converse

Move Platform High Top Sneaker

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NIKE

Air Force 1 Shadow Sneaker

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Sezane

Jack Sneakers

6 colors available

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Flats




ASOS

Slingback Ballet Flats

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ASOS

Black Velvet Point Ballet Flats

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ASOS

Square Toe Ballet Flats

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Suede Ballerina Flats

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ASOS

Slipper Ballet Flats

Wide Fit

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ZARA

Slingback Studded Strapped Flat

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Sam Edelman

Michaela Mary Jane Flat

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ZARA

Chain Ankle Ballet Flats

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Heels




Vince Camuto

Slingback Pointed Toe Pump

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ASOS

Square Toe Croc Heeled Loafers

Wide Fit

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ASOS

Velvet Bow Detailed Midi Heel

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The Best Drugstore Mascaras for Long, Clump-Free Lashes

13 Best Drugstore Mascaras of 2021 for Long Lush Lashes  Reviews

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When you think of the best drugstore mascaras, the classic Maybelline New York Great Lash Mascara probably comes to mind. But it isn't the only amazing drugstore option for taking your lashes to new lengths. (By all means, if you love it, don't let it go.)

While picking up your necessities, take a stroll down the makeup aisles to check out these other options. Recommended by both professional makeup artists and Allure editors, the following drugstore picks will make your lashes look fuller and longer with just a couple swipes — and they all ring up for less than $15. Yes, it is possible to get voluminous lashes for as much as a fancy turmeric latte. You can even shop a tube for as little as $5 and it will give you the same results of a $50 mascara with falsies stacked on top. Trust.

Keep scrolling to find out the best new and all-time-favorite drugstore mascaras you should be adding to your cart as soon as possible — why not get a couple while you're at it? — and why they're mainstays in makeup artists' kits.

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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?

Invest

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

The 25 Best Lip Stains and Tints of 2021  Reviews

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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. 

Resurrection Eye MaskRFLCT Eye Mask patches against a white background

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. 

Lip Guard Moisture BalmRFLCT lip balm against a white background

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. 

Aura Reset Facial Gel CleanserRFLCT facial gel cleanser against a white background

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. 

Eye Revive Gel TreatmentRFLCT eye gel against a white background

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. 

Screen Shield Defense Face MoisturizerRFLCT moisturizer against a white background

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.