RHINESTONE AIRPODS CASE

There are two types of people in this world: 1) those who love, maybe even own, AirPods, and 2) liars. The piece of technology has created a schism in society between the haves and the have nots, and as a expected caused a Twitter shit storm in the process.

The world ridiculed AirPods users and they, in turn, didn’t care. No, they just posted memes about how rich and spicy they were (and as I’ve established, appeared exponentially hotter.)

Despite having lost a singular AirPod to the mean streets of New York City (the epidemic is turning into a half-billion dollar revenue stream for replacement parts only), I’m still drinking the Apple-flavored Kool-Aid.

And just in case no one noticed how fancy I am, I made it abundantly clear by safeguarding my pods with the gaudiest case on the market. Surprisingly enough, this aggressively rhinestoned shell has garnered the most compliments I’ve ever received (since my braces came off in high school) and it only costs $11 on Amazon.

I’ve gotten positive reactions from the guy who scans my ID at the gym, fellow fashion editors during New York Fashion Week, and a stranger who asked me for a shopping link while I waited in line to buy Popeye’s fried chicken sandwich (something I’d also highly recommend).

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Clinique

One of the first brands we think of when walking through the Macy’s beauty department is Clinique; it’s a department-store staple. But you don’t even have to leave your couch in order to enjoy 25 percent of favorites from the brand. For example, the Chubby Stick Baby Tint Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm — normally $18 — is under $14, and the $90 three-piece Sonic Cleansing Brush Set is a steal at $67. Shop the Clinique sale at macys.com now.

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Better Than Sex Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

Like a latex catsuit, Too Faced’s Better Than Sex Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner really clings to your skin through thick (humidity) and thin. The brush tip gives you a great calligraphy-like stroke and the ink itself is opaquely pigmented to create masterpiece wings. Good thing the formula is as long-wearing and waterproof as it is because we’d hate to see that handwork go to waste.

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Glossier Play Colorslide Eyeliner

Glossier came to play when it dropped the Colorslide Eyeliners earlier this year. There are 14 shades in matte and shimmer finishes, and they’re made to last with you all day and night. I can tell you that the matte formulas have a bit more staying power than the shimmer, but that’s a mystery that perhaps only my eyelids have encountered.

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Food Hair Color Inspiration

By now, we know food is quite a popular choice when it comes to hair-color inspiration. We’ve seen dye jobs with colors reminiscent of French Roast coffee, peach cobbler, and toasted coconut — to name just a few.

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Hypnosis

The most stunning people in this country right now are those who use their strength and grit to create, to challenge, to say no, to embrace yes. For our July issue, we spoke to journalists, athletes, actors, and political activists about the beauty of seizing, and boldly acting on, our power. You can check out all the interviews in our America the Beautiful series right here.

As alternative treatments go — and in a time when we seek wellness at any cost, they’re not going anywhere — hypnosis has an image problem. The perception is that it’s mind control, using stopwatches to put patients (and their bad, bad behaviors) to sleep. The reality is far more complex, and it’s backed by new research that promises benefits you may not have imagined.

Do people still turn to hypnosis to quit smoking and lose weight? Absolutely. But hypnotherapy, aka the clinical use of hypnosis for therapeutic benefits, is also being tapped to treat emotional health (anxiety, depression) and physical health (irritable bowel syndrome, chronic sleep issues). And more and more people are actively seeking it out. Silicon Valley entrepreneurs have used hypnotherapy to improve their public speaking, while royals (like Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle) have reportedly tried hypnosis techniques to manage physical challenges they faced during their pregnancies (food aversion and pain, respectively).

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Best of Beauty Awards

For this year’s Best of Beauty Awards, we’ve spritzed, splashed, and slathered on countless scented products to find the very best — whether they come in creams, liquids, sprays, or candles. After all, picking the perfect scent isn’t an easy task for anyone, since our sense of smell creates some of our most visceral connections to the past.

To recognize a scent is to conjure a memory, often with an accompanying emotion: Your partner’s perfume has the power to lift you out of a bad mood, but catching a whiff of a former flame’s scent may feel like a punch to the gut. Scent creates bridges between our sentimental and sensory experiences, whether it’s the distant smell of wood-fired stoves in winter or the trace of a familiar candle’s scent, lingering long after the flame has been blown out.

This year, we want to introduce you to the most delightfully memorable scents on the market. There’s the luxe Bottega Veneta Parco Palladiano x Olivo perfume, the captivating Gucci Bloom Hair Mist, and the ultra-calming Lafco Sea & Dune Candle, just to name a few.

Keep scrolling for all the Best of Beauty winners in the Fragrance category, and be sure to check out the other victors of 2018′s Best of Beauty Awards, too. — Sam Escobar

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Sea Of Beige Is Coming

An inescapable sea of beige is coming this season,” says Elizabeth von der Goltz, Global Buying Director at Net-a-Porter. “We love the idea of mixing shades within one look and experimenting with fabrication like leather, silk and linen.” But if head-to-toe tan isn’t for you, “try styling it back with pops of beautiful pastel shades,” von de Goltz advises.

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Top Handle Bags

“They will be the ‘it’ accessory in 2019,” says Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Director Roopal Patel. “The structured design is luxe and polished, making for the perfect everyday bag.”

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Kate Spade New York

Small Nicola Spade & Heart Lock Leather Top Handle Bag
Kate Spade New York
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$378.00

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