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Mustela Stelatopia Emollient Cream is the Best Drugstore Moisturizer for Dry Winter Skin

In the summer, my face is an oil slick—or as kinder souls have put it, “so glowy!” Then, one day, fall turns to winter and severe dry patches begin appearing beneath my eyes and around my nose. It happens every year, like clockwork.

In the past, this signaled a mad scramble to find any solution that actually worked. Back before I knew better, I tried the multi-pronged layering approach, sandwiching serums between face mists and ointments and salves while muttering under my breath about the complexities of my skin’s love language. This fixed the problem to some extent, but it also meant going to bed with my face marinating under an inch of greasy product (woe to my pillowcases if I happen to turn over in my sleep). It was also totally out of the question for my morning routine—if a tiny gust of wind blew so much as a stray leaf my way, I was done for.

It took a few years of trial and error, but eventually, I discovered a far easier, smarter option. And I will happily reveal it to you now because it only requires that you make a trip to your nearest Target (where you’re probably already planning to go for snacks, holiday decorations, and more things than you can carry anyway). Once you enter, walk toward the skin care aisle and then keep on moving; what you want isn’t located here. Instead, set your sights on the baby section, where you’ll find a few shelves stocked with my holy grail French skin care brand, Mustela.

Mustela is a line geared toward those between the stages of newborn and toddler; the products are all tested on a patented baby epidermal model (please do not ask me what this means, but I know that no actual baby faces are involved in the process) and evaluated by a third-party toxicologist to ensure safety. I’m not exactly in that target audience, but the products work fine on adults as well—just consider them a great choice for sensitive skin. Everything I’ve tried from them has been incredibly effective, even when my face is at its most dry and inflamed. The Hydra-Stick with Cold Cream is my faithful plane companion—a creamy, comforting block that pulls double duty as lip balm and moisturizer. The Cleansing Wipes never leave my face feeling stripped or overly dry. And the tiniest bit of 1 2 3 Vitamin Barrier Cream under my nose saves me every allergy season, when my skin becomes chapped and red otherwise.

The one I go back to again and again, though, is the giant tube of Stelatopia cream, which I slather on generously. (For $23, I can afford to apply liberally.) I dispense a pea-sized amount in my palm morning and night and pat it into my skin. Sometimes I combine it with a serum if I’m in need of a brightening or firming boost, but often I wear it alone, content to let it work its magic without any extra frills.

While the formula doesn’t feature the kind of plush, rich texture I’m used to from ultra-nourishing creams, it more than makes up for the lack of sensorial experience with its restorative properties. The lotion comes out fluid and light, sinking into my skin almost instantly and leaving no residue behind. As soon as it meets a dry patch, I can almost feel my face sighing in relief. There are formulas that hydrate and formulas that heal—this does both, which makes sense as it’s designed for eczema-prone complexions. This is thanks to avocado perseose (a new-gen biomimetic—essentially, a patented ingredient that mimics the skin’s barrier function) and sunflower oil distillate, the two key actives in the ingredients list.

“They work together to reinforce the skin barrier, maintain moisture, and minimize water loss,” says FAAD Associate Professor of Pediatric Dermatology, Latanya T. Benjamin, MD. To break that down further: Your skin barrier keeps pollutants out and the good stuff in. When it’s compromised (whether by the elements or by other culprits like too much exfoliation), your skin easily becomes dry and irritated. Ceramides are a lipid that form this barrier, so naturally, you want more of them. Similarly, sunflower oil distillate also helps replenish your lipids and reduce inflammation at the same time. Together, they do everything I was looking for in those 8 layers of product I formerly buried myself in. If I could add these two ingredients to everything I use between November and April, I would. Then again, I really only need this single tube.

Mustela Stelatopia Emollient Cream, $23, target.com

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Rashida Tlaib Is Determined to Change Congress

Rashida Tlaib has her new commute timed: It takes about an hour and a half to fly from Washington, D.C., to her hometown of Detroit.

The pomp and polished marble of the U.S. Capitol might seem a world away from Michigan’s 13th Congressional District, one of the poorest in the nation. Yet when Tlaib—who won her primary in August and had no Republican opponent in November, making her a lock to become the first Palestinian-American woman in Congress—explained to her two boys that she was going to start spending “three to four days a week in D.C. to change the world,” Adam, 13, erased any worries. “It’s OK, Mama, ’cause we can FaceTime,” he told her. Her younger son, Yousif, seven, was equally supportive: “He really does think I’m going to take care of Trump, like, give him a time-out. He’s like, ‘Mommy’s going to fix it,’” she says with a laugh. “I’ve always been the fixer in my family, and I think my kids see that in me as well.”

The “fixer” role dates back to the responsibilities she shouldered while growing up, when Tlaib, now 42, was like a “third parent” in a big working-class family—she was the eldest of 14 children of Palestinian immigrants. In 2008 she became the first Muslim woman elected to the Michigan legislature, serving three terms. But Tlaib says getting into politics back then, and running for Congress a decade later, wasn’t about making history. It was about making change and a sense of obligation she says is grounded in her Muslim heritage. “There’s a saying in Islam,” she says. “After you take care of your home, your family, you have a duty to take care of your community.”

That sense of duty now encompasses the 700,000 or so people of Tlaib’s House district—and in Washington she plans to fight for them to have access to quality health care, thriving schools, good jobs, and clean drinking water.

Part of a crop of new lawmakers who don’t want to wait to make themselves heard in D.C., Tlaib is used to using a bullhorn. Shortly after her primary win, while still working as the community outreach and development director at Detroit’s Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice, Tlaib got arrested during a worker protest for better wages. Economic justice initiatives, like protecting home buyers from predatory lenders, are also priorities. “I want to transform people’s lives immediately,” she says.

“I told my chief of staff, ‘please make sure that if I ever get [jaded] like that, you’ll tell me it’s time to leave.”

But that may not be easy. Congress, by intent, wasn’t built for speed. It’s an ecosystem ruled by seniority and tradition, and its veteran members don’t often cede power easily to backbenchers, as more seasoned lawmakers call them. Tlaib has already felt the brushback from a few of her future colleagues. “Some were like, ‘You don’t know, little girl, just wait.’ No one has said that,” she emphasizes, “but that’s how it feels sometimes…. I’m like, ‘I’m hoping to do this, and I’m hoping to do that,’ and they’re like, ‘Mm-hmm….’ It’s increasingly frustrating to see that my kind of passion and this energy that I’m bringing is something they’re [reacting to] like, ‘Yeah, we’ve seen this before.’ ” When she saw lawmakers that jaded, she says, “I told my chief of staff, ‘Please make sure that if I ever get like that, you’ll tell me it’s time to leave.’”

But many House members are also prepping her to hit the ground running on day one. Representatives Debbie Dingell (D–Mich.), Karen Bass (D–Calif.), and Marcia Fudge (D–Ohio) have given early advice. She’s been in touch with Rep. Barbara Lee (D–Calif.) to work with her on battling poverty. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D–Wash.), whom Tlaib has known from back when they teamed up on post-9/11 civil rights work, has given her sound counsel. And her supporters also keep her charged up. She’s committed to coming home to her district every week in the first 100 days of her term. “To get that courage, that fuel that I need,” Tlaib says, “I need to be here in the community, on the ground level, [because] this reminds me why I ran in the first place.”

She wants to bring a local, and very personal, focus to big issues. When Tlaib talks about the environment, for example, it’s as someone who requested that petroleum waste stored alongside the Detroit River be tested for toxins to protect the air quality of her constituents. When she steps into the seat once held by fellow Democrat John Conyers, who left office under a cloud of sexual misconduct allegations, it’s not just as a politician discussing the #MeToo movement but as woman who once confronted sexual harassment on the job. She sharply decries President Trump’s detention centers and travel bans not only as the daughter of immigrants but as a mom who says her own son has spoken fearfully of being a Muslim in America under this administration. (Expect her to be a vocal critic of the President: In 2016 she got hauled out of a speech he was giving in Detroit for shouting at him.)

In a year marked by a historic number of women running for office, Tlaib is constantly buoyed by the women cheering her on—the one who made her a cookie jar for her office; the one who presented her with a necklace with her name in Arabic script; the one who sent a small donation but asked Tlaib to skip the thank-you note because her husband, “you know, wouldn’t understand.”

Tlaib knows that women do understand. She’s confident the women of Congress, particularly mothers with younger children, can work together more effectively than their male peers. “Think about it: If we just put moms in a room, Republican and Democratic moms, we probably could fix the gun control issue in about two hours,” she says. “Our lens and focus wouldn’t be Republican or Democrat; it would be our kids. I’ve seen it so many times on different issues—moms do come from a different approach to issues because we have more at stake, to be honest. We just see things differently.”

Is she fired up? Yes, and she plans to stay that way. If she feels that purpose, that intensity, slipping away, she’ll know it’s time to move on. “My predecessor was there for 52 years. I can’t stay there for 52 years; I don’t think it’s emotionally healthy. But I think as long as I have this fire in my belly, as long as I have this desire to make a huge difference, as long as that’s there and it’s burning, I’ll stay,” Tlaib says. “And I’ll fight.”

Celeste Katz is Glamour’s senior politics reporter.


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DIY Robot Kits Make Learning Fun (But Don’t Tell Your Kids That)

MY NERDY NEPHEW grew up on Legos and all the fun (and foot pain) they bring. Now 14, he’s developed an interest in making things that do something. Enter robot kits, with machined aluminum parts, gears, circuits, sensors and intricate programming languages. These kits aren’t just fun, they sate a curiosity for complex engineering better than any Erector Set.

Today’s best schools push STEM—Science, Tech, Engineering and Math—as a basis for understanding careers of tomorrow. Makeblock, a China-based creator of robot kits,…

Apparently We Have Steven Spielberg To Thank For The Bumblebee Movie

Although Michael Bay’s Transformers films have always been towering, worldwide box office successes, it’s been clear for quite some time that the franchise could do with a little less flame bursting and a lot more heart. The upcoming spinoff Bumblebee, about the origins of the lovable yellow Autobot, hopes to do just that as the film tells a heartwarming tale about the bond between a teenaged girl and the robot.

Sounds a bit like E.T. doesn’t it? That comparison would be spot on, because as Bumblebee director Travis Knight recently stated, the plot for the spinoff had a lot to do with one legendary filmmaker’s input. Here’s what Knight said:

That’s right, Steven Spielberg pulled from one of his greatest films for the latest Transformers film, and the franchise will likely be better for it. Spielberg is an executive producer on Bumblebee and it looks like he took the opportunity for audiences to see a touching storyline throwback, as Travis Knight revealed to Yahoo Movies.

The spinoff is set in the ’80s as a nod to when the popular toy first hit shelves, but also pays tribute to the 1982 classic. Travis Knight said when they decided on the era for Bumblebee, he decided he wanted to take the opportunity to acknowledge the films that meant a lot to him as a kid of the time, and much of Spielberg’s work is threaded into that time.

The action-flick will center on Hailee Steinfeld as Charlie Watson, who finds an old yellow Volkswagon bug in a junkyard and rescues it, unaware that it’s the Autobot Bumblebee. When the Transformer reveals himself to Charlie, the two form an unlikely friendly bond as Bumblebee becomes targeted by government agents, including John Cena as Agent Burns, and Decepticons as well.

Early reactions to Bumblebee have been overwhelmingly positive as critics have gushed about how they think it’s the best Transformers film ever — noting the blend of heart, solid performances, fun action sequences and ’80s era influence.

The flick will mark the first of the franchise to not be directed by Michael Bay and seems to tone down the action sequences and have quite a different feel than the films based on the Hasbro toys that started in 2007 when Bumblebee met Shia LaBeouf’s Sam Witwicky.

Steven Spielberg has actually served as executive producer on all five Transformers films, but the new director Travis Knight definitely brings something different to the table as he typically works with Laika Studios in the animation department. 2016’s Kubo and the Two Strings, a stop-motion animation Japanese epic about family was his directorial debut.

Sylvester Stallone Rocks A Bow And Arrow In New Rambo 5 Set Photo

In Rambo V: Last Blood, we will see the iconic soldier go to war one final time. And as this is the last blood, you can bet that a fair bit of it will be spilled before the credits roll as John Rambo uses all weapons within reach to defeat his enemies. Based on a new set photo shared by Sylvester Stallone, it looks like one of those weapons will be the character’s trademark bow and arrow. Check it out:

We should all be so lucky to strike such an imposing and badass figure at 72 years old. It’s great to know that Rambo will get his bow back for Rambo V: Last Blood. Rambo is deadlier with a bow and arrow than most people are with a gun. That’s good news for audiences and bad news for the cartel that he will be going against in this movie.

As if the image wasn’t badass enough on its own, in his Instagram post, Sylvester Stallone also includes an awesome Rambo quote that’s presumably from the film itself. In it, in classically intimidating Rambo fashion, he lets the killers know what real death looks like and that its reach is long, just like the range of his arrows. The whole thing has a very Tombstone, Wyatt Earp, “Hell’s coming with me” vibe that gets your adrenaline pumping.

Rambo won’t only be rocking his classic compound bow in Last Blood either. Sylvester Stallone has also teased that the character will again be wielding an incredibly large and lethal survival knife called the ‘Heartstopper.’ Which is an awesome name, and he’ll no doubt stop a few hearts with it, but upon just hearing the name, I’m telling mine to be still.

The Rambo we see in this film will have a different look as a bit of a cowboy, retired from countless wars, but it’s clear that with his bow and knife at the ready, this will be the Rambo we know and love. I expect the action in Rambo V to play like a greatest hits of violence for the character as he goes on one last tour of blood.

It looks like this will be the end too, because after he wrapped principal photography, Sylvester Stallone shared a heartfelt message with his fans about the property. He’s also said that he’s done playing Rocky after Creed II, so the actor seems to be bringing his most iconic characters to satisfying conclusions.

Rambo V: Last Blood is expected to see John Rambo living on a ranch in Arizona when a friend’s granddaughter goes missing in Mexico. This leads to him going up against a deadly Mexican cartel.

Rambo V: Last Blood is set to arrive in 2019. That’s just one of many sequels and huge properties coming once the calendar turns. Check all of them out in our 2019 release schedule.

Taylor Swift Reacts To Maggie Rogers’s ‘Tim McGraw’ Cover: ‘Heavenly’

“When you think Tim McGraw…” you probably think of Taylor Swift‘s starry-eyed 2006 debut single. But now you’ll also be able to think of the song’s latest rendition, which comes courtesy of indie-pop whiz Maggie Rogers.

The 24-year-old released her cover of the Swift classic on Wednesday (December 12) as part of her Spotify Singles release. It’s a warm interpretation that picks up the tempo a bit and replaces the original’s twangy flavor with radiant synths; all without losing an ounce of its magic.

On Instagram, Rogers wrote, “This song is classic songwriting at its finest and has meant so much to me for the last 10 years. I hope you love it as much as I do.”

Looks like her wish came true, because Swift herself gave the cover her stamp of approval, sharing it on her Instagram Story and calling it “heavenly.”

Overall, it’s been a solid year for nostalgic Swifties eager to revisit the mid-aughts. Swift treated fans to at least one deep cut at every one of her Reputation Tour shows this fall, including, of course, a live version of “Tim McGraw” that she performed alongside the real Tim McGraw (a glow-up if I’ve ever heard of one!).

As for Rogers, her Spotify Singles session also included a hushed, stripped-down take on her recent most single, “Light On.” That song is one of a dozen tracks that will be included on her major label debut, Heard It in a Past Life, due out on January 18. Maybe her new fan Taylor Swift will even pick up a copy!

The Best Winter Travel Deals Move Overseas

The holidays will have a foreign accent and deep discounts for many this year. International travel is booming over Christmas and New Year’s, driven by favorable currency exchange rates and plentiful airline service.

Travel companies say trips to domestic destinations are down this year for Christmas and New Year’s. But they’re seeing strong increases in international bookings, both by Americans heading abroad and foreigners heading to the U.S. New York may not be as crowded as in years past, but London and Rome will be.

Nancy Pelosi’s Red Coat Was Such a Moment, It’s Coming Back to Stores in 2019

On Tuesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer met with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in the White House to discuss a proposed wall on the southern border and whether Trump would, in fact, shut down the government if he doesn’t get the cash he wants for it.

The conversation, which was televised, quickly turned heated, and ultimately ended without a compromise—but with the President accepting and owning the possibility of government shutdown. The Democrats took that as a win. And as soon as images of Pelosi emerging from the West Wing started making the rounds, Twitter was abuzz at the sight of the Speaker-designate’s power look: the sunglasses, the smirk, the impossibly fabulous rust-colored coat. The memes soon followed.

Trump Border Wall, Washington, USA - 11 Dec 2018

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Someone started a parody account. Director Barry Jenkins wanted to know where to cop. The Boston Globe characterized it as “Big Coat Energy.” The New York Times hypothesized about why, exactly, we were all collectively obsessed with it. Once again, outerwear was the talk of Washington.

The Times was also one of the first to correctly identify the maker of the coat: Max Mara. This wasn’t fresh-off-the-runway, just-hit-stores Max Mara, though—Pelosi’s burnt-red style dates back to 2013. In order to authentically get the House Minority look, you’d have to dig deep into the resale market, scouring the eBay’s, Tradesy’s, and TheRealReal’s of the world to buy the GLAMIS coat.

Donald Trump meets with US House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi and US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Washington DC, USA - 11 Dec 2018

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Except, late Wednesday afternoon, the Italian fashion house sent out a press release that not only confirmed the origins of Pelosi’s coat, but also announced that Max Mara would be reinstating the GLAMIS into its outerwear collection in 2019. “In a variety of color ways,” no less! A spokesperson for the brand confirmed to Glamour that the decision to bring it back was inspired by Pelosi.

Ian Griffiths, the creative director of Max Mara, issued a statement on the Pelosi sighting, too: “You develop an emotional relationship with a coat like nothing else in your wardrobe. I can imagine why Ms. Pelosi chose to wear it for this important moment, and I’m honored.”

Donald Trump meets with US House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi and US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Washington DC, USA - 11 Dec 2018

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Her influence!

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Designer Holiday Gift Ideas: Chanel, Gucci, Dior and More

A wise woman once said “I want all my clothes designer and I want someone else to buy ’em.” Unfortunately for most of us peasants, we aren’t pop icons like Kim Petras and cannot buy ourselves designer nor can we buy designer gifts for anyone else. Luckily even the most high-end of designers sell things that are somewhat affordable. They may not be the items that come to mind right away but they’re just as nice as anything else they sell and make great fancy gifts without the super fancy price tag.

See below for all the most affordable gifts from our favorite designers that you can get for your friend who wants someone else to buy ’em.