Meghan Markle Just Played Football in Stilettos—How’s Your Day Going?

Sporty Stiletto Meghan Markle is at it again! While attending multiple events across Melbourne, Australia, with Prince Harry on Thursday (October 16), the Duchess of Sussex observed a group of young women playing Australian-rules football as part of the This Girl Can initiative, which encourages women to play sports. In a video captured by The Sun‘s royal correspondent Emily Andrews, Markle briefly got in on the action, bumping the ball back to a player after it was sent her way. Though the sporty moment was brief, it’s still incredibly impressive, especially because Markle didn’t falter once. That ground is uneven, people! This is definitely a feat.

Check out the video and photos for yourself, below:

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And here’s a shot of Markle needing a little bit of help from her husband to make it across the uneven field. Been there!

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The last time we saw Markle and Prince Harry getting sporty in her fancy footwear was just a few weeks ago at Britain’s Loughborough University, where they played a game of net ball. What did you do today!?

On Monday (October 15), Markle and Prince Harry confirmed they’re expecting their first child. “Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019,” Kensington Palace posted to both Twitter and Instagram that morning. “Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.”

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Kristen Bell Thinks Certain Disney Princesses Send Problematic Messages to Children

While the Disney canon has long been beloved by youngsters and parents alike, Kristen Bell had a recent revelation about the franchise’s many princesses.

As Bell explained to Parents magazine in a new interview, this revelation of hers occurred when she recently read Snow White to her two young daughters during bedtime. After she finished, Bell started asking them very specific questions about the story. “Every time we close Snow White I look at my girls and ask, ‘Don’t you think it’s weird that Snow White didn’t ask the old witch why she needed to eat the apple? Or where she got that apple?’” Bell explained to Parents. “I say, ‘I would never take food from a stranger, would you?’ And my kids are like, ‘No!’ And I’m like, ‘Okay, I’m doing something right.’”

Foolishly taking a healthy snack from a stranger is one thing, but Bell also realized the severity of a man having physical contact with a woman without consent. “Don’t you think that it’s weird that the prince kisses Snow White without her permission?” she told her daughters. “Because you cannot kiss someone if they’re sleeping!”

Bell continued, “I look at my child’s brain like a hungry stomach — I have to feed it every day. Even if I’m rushed, I have to feed their brain just like I feed their belly.”

Interestingly, earlier this week Keira Knightley also spoke critically about the messages certain Disney princess films give children. She’s banned The Little Mermaid and Cinderella in her household, believing her daughter is better off without the “men, they save everything!” narrative. “This is the one that I’m quite annoyed about because I really like the film. I love The Little Mermaid!” she explained on Ellen. “That one’s a little tricky, but I’m keeping to it.”

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Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber May Have Just Confirmed They’re Married

One of 2018’s greatest mysteries is whether or not Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber are married. We know they received a marriage license in September, but then Baldwin took to Twitter shortly after that and claimed she and Bieber hadn’t officially said “I do.” Then, Bieber decided to serenade Baldwin outside Buckingham Palace, as if that would stop fans’ inquiries about his marriage status. Since then the couple’s been making out publicly all over the country, wearing lots of sweatpants, drinking coffee, and taking lie detector tests. What they haven’t done, though, is confirm their marriage status to the world.

Until now—well, maybe. A 16-year-old told Us Weekly that she asked Bieber and Baldwin if they are married when she saw them at a restaurant in Los Angeles on Tuesday (October 16), and the couple said “yes.”

“I asked them if they were married and they simultaneously said yes,” the fan explained to Us Weekly. “They were both very happy and kind. He told me that she’s his angel. They were super sweet!” Us Weekly reports Bieber also referred to Baldwin as his “wife” during a visit to the Stratford Perth Museum in Ontario, Canada,

Of course, take this report with a grain of salt. We won’t know for sure if Bieber and Baldwin are married until they say something themselves.

“Hailey I am soooo in love with everything about you! So committed to spending my life getting to know every single part of you loving you patiently and kindLY,” Bieber wrote on Instagram in July when he confirmed his engagement to Baldwin. “I promise to lead our family with honor and integrity letting Jesus through his Holy Spirit guide us in everything we do and every decision we make.”

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Sparkly Barrettes, Leopard Pants, and Other Fall 2018 Non-Essentials I *Absolutely* Need

Seasonal fashion guides tend to focus on “essentials,” pieces that have longevity, are trend-agnostic, and are considered to be worth spending money on because of the wear you’ll get out of them. For fall, that means the black ankle boots, the camel coat, the thick-knit sweater… All really useful parts of any wardrobe, but not particularly fun to shop for. As satisfying as it is to take those purchases out of the bag/box/envelope they came in and wear them out for the first time, there’s a unique thrill to those non-essentials you see all over Instagram, street style, or on that one very well-dressed neighbor of yours—oversized jelly hoops, a slick coated trench, rhinestone barrettes. Could you get through the season without them? Yes, absolutely. But can you also convince yourself that fall dressing will feel that much more fun if you throw leopard-print trousers into the mix? Also yes.

Ahead, check out 20 of these fall non-essentials I nonetheless want in my life for the cold months.

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Prince Harry Playfully Laughing at Meghan Markle Is All You Need to See Today

Meghan Markle, who’s currently touring Australia with her husband, Prince Harry, gave anglophiles another soundbite during a scheduled stop at a Melbourne government building Thursday afternoon (October 18). Per People, the duo got to wind down a bit from their go-go-go schedule thanks to a more casual reception in the building, which included a student science demonstration to encourage careers in the STEM field. Unfortunately for Markle, one of these demonstrations involved a mini Formula 1 car race that seemingly exploded in her face, spooking her. We, too, wouldn’t love that!

As you can see in the below, video, Markle had the honor of pressing the button to commence the race, only for a loud sound (and a bunch of steam) to encompass the room and scare her enough into moving backwards. Still, she let out a hearty laugh, indicating she was enjoying herself. “I did not expect that!” she exclaimed in response, prompting Harry to giggle loudly back at her. “Wasn’t quite expecting that,” he joked. People also reports that the students who built the demonstration asked Markle if she wanted to launch the cars again, but she declined. Prince Harry, meanwhile, was loving the design of the cars, and had several questions lined up for the students. “3D printing being put to good use,” he said. “That is fantastic.” To end their visit, the duo also got to test out their AFL football skills in the backyard, as they met with ambassadors from This Girl Can, an organization that encourages women to take up sports.

The couple’s Australian two-week tour has been going off without a hitch so far, with some of the other highlights being Markle baking banana bread for a local family, talking with lots of youngsters, and, of course, holding some iconic umbrellas.

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Elizabeth De La Piedra: What It Costs to Be Me

These days it’s nearly impossible to know what women are spending on the way they look. Someone with Instagram-flawless contouring might have honed her craft using the finest from the drugstore aisles, and the utterly makeup-free type might be spending thousands on laser treatments and serums. Enter our series, “What It Costs to Be Me,” where we’re asking interesting women for radical transparency.

Up this week: Elizabeth De La Piedra, 32, photographer and mother of two from Chicago, Illinois. Her annual total? $4,454.50

Elizabeth De La Piedra is a beauty omnivore: she’s as enthusiastic detailing the many merits of a $5 brown eyeliner as she is describing the skin-transforming power of a $500 laser treatment. Her bottom line: it’s got to work, and she knows exactly how it all fits into her budget. Her top priorities are skin care (“a good cleanser, exfoliating system, serum or oil, and a moisturizer”) and nails. “I’d truly cut back on everything else before I’d give up the joy it gives me to look down and see the color and symmetry of having my nails done,” she says.

My shower and hair regimen: $189:

My skin and my hair are both kind of the same: it’s all very dry and very coarse. So I always need to exfoliate and moisturize my skin, and I constantly need to add moisture to my hair and not wash it too often—once or twice a week max. I use Aveda Be Curly shampoo and conditioner ($25 each), and brush my hair in the shower with a wide tooth comb ($3). For my body, I use Glossier Body Hero Oil Wash ($18) with exfoliating gloves ($7). I love the way that body wash smells—it’s kind of floral but also woody, so it’s a sexy-fresh smell, if that makes sense. And because it’s an oil wash it’s not too bubbly; anything too bubbly will dry my skin out.

Once I’m out of the shower, I always put in Aveda Damage Remedy ($30) leave-in conditioner. Then I spray Aveda Texture Tonic ($25) onto my wet hair—it activates my curls and helps to separate and define them. Once that dries a bit, my hair starts to get kind of fluffy, and I work in some Aveda Light Element Texturizing Creme ($25) to control the fluff and add a little moisture and hold. And then if I need to, I use Aveda Control Force Firm Hold Hairspray ($31) for any flyaways.

My curl pattern is actually kind of tight, but because of the length right now, it makes everything a bit heavier and elongates the curls. I still struggle getting my hair just right, even at 32. It doesn’t help that our hair changes with time, too. Six years ago my hair needed heavier products, but after I had my babies I needed something a little lighter.

My morning skin care routine: $200

I wash my face with Tula Purifying Cleanser ($28), then layer on Glossier Super Bounce Serum ($28), which has lots of hyaluronic acid for moisturizing. After my serum, I use Tula Hydrating Day and Night Cream ($52). I like Tula a lot—I’ve found that its products are really good for balancing my skin. This cream has given me good, consistently clear skin—and it’s very hydrating, which I also need. I’ve always struggled with being somehow both too dry and also a little oily. I tend to break out because when I fidget or get nervous, I touch my face. I’m a big fidgeter. I try to be good, though, and if I ever do break out I clean it up with a little Clearasil spot treatment ($7).

After my moisturizer comes Supergoop 50+ Super Power Sunscreen Mousse ($34). I love the light mousse texture, and it absorbs so nicely. There’s something about the formula that kind of makes you a little glowy underneath everything. For my body, I use my Go-To Body Oil ($51). The line is from Australia, where I grew up. When I tried it the first time, I became obsessed—the floral scent smells like heaven. I’m into a good scent, I like being swept up in that.

My daytime makeup: $244.50

I go for a natural look, but kind of a turned-up natural. I use Glossier Stretch Concealer in dark ($18), then rub Glossier’s Cloud Paint gel-cream blush in the new bright orange, Dawn ($18), at the base of my cheeks. And then on the apples of my cheeks, I use just a little Storm or Haze ($18 each), which are both pink. Then I use my NYX brown eye pencil ($5) for both eyes and lips. It’s this dark brown with a warm base to it. It helps open my eyes because black liner during the day is too heavy for me—and on my lips, that same color helps show the shape of my lips and keep my lips from blending in too much with the rest of my skin. Because I’m darker—I’m Peruvian—that dark brown is the only thing that shows up. Other actual lip liners I’ve tried just kind of look invisible.

Next I pop on my lip balm and lip color, and then rub my lips to blend it all. My balm is Glossier Balm Dotcom ($12), and I alternate between clear and cherry. Then I usually blot on my MAC lipstick in Hot Tahiti. Tragically, I think it’s discontinued—I’m so sad! It’s the most perfect pink: a little bit mauve and a little bit sheer, but if you build it up it can get darker and brighter. My alternative to it is the Generation G Glossier Lipstick in Crush ($18). And then every so often I’ll do a red lip: I outline my whole lip in MAC Lip Pencil in Cherry ($18), add my NYX brown liner in the corners, fill in with MAC Ruby Woo lipstick ($18.50), then rub my lips together to blend everything nicely.

For my brows I use Glossier Boy Brow in both brown and clear ($16 each). I use the brown to fill in the spaces and spots, and then use the clear to shape everything. Then I brush on Benefit They’re Real! Lengthening Mascara ($25). For highlighter, I apply Glossier Haloscope in Quartz ($22) high up on my cheekbones, on my brow bone, and on the tip of my nose. In the summer I use Glossier Wowder in Light/Medium ($22) to bring down shine. It’s almost clear, and yet it gives me a little bit of coverage, which is nice. It takes a lot to make me look natural!

My going-out makeup look: $195

Any time I’m getting my makeup done on a shoot, I’ll have the makeup artist use my Super Bounce Serum on me first—unless I’m hungover, in which case I’ll go for the Super Glow Serum ($28). And any time I’m going out at night I always put on another layer of the Bounce first. I think you’re only supposed to do it once a day, but whatever! At night, I use the same makeup as daytime, plus I’ll wear foundation. I cocktail my own mixture: 2/3 Glossier Skin Tint in dark ($26) mixed with 1/3 Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation ($64). Most foundations are too thick and cakey for my skin. The Glossier Skin Tint is lightweight enough—but a little too lightweight. Blending the two is perfect, because it gives enough coverage and it doesn’t look like it’s sitting on top of my skin. I also like to use my favorite shadow colors from my Anastasia Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette ($42). I usually blend one, two, or three in a combo: Orange Soda, Burnt Orange, Sienna, Rustic, Cyprus Umber, Rose Pink and Sultry. They go from orangey to pinky-browny, all in that color world. I sometimes add a little cat-eye with Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen in Black 001 ($9), just a really thin line to extend the look of my lashes. I usually do my NYX brown liner very close to my lashline, but for a nighttime look, I might also smudge in a little more of the darkest shadow from the Anastasia palette close to my lashes. At the end of everything, I use MAC Prep + Prime Fix Setting Spray ($26), and then finish with the Wowder.

My (bargain) evening skin care: $124

I take my makeup off with Lancome Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover ($30), then use the Tula cleanser again, layer on Go-To Skin Face Oil ($45), and once that sinks in I pop my moisturizer on top. I’ve been using Elucent Night Moisturizer ($35), which I got in Australia and it’s amazing. My sister lives there, and a dermatologist suggested this cream to her. The next time I came to visit I was like, “What are you doing to your skin, and why do you look like you have no pores?” I had to get it. It basically exfoliates your face overnight—and it’s cheap! I also put Skyn Iceland Berry Lip Fix ($14) on before bed to help repair and replenish my lips while I sleep.

My perfume favorites: $434

These days for perfume I’m loving Byredo 1996 ($190). There’s just something about woody, musky scents that feels more human than something that’s really really clean or fresh. One of my favorite photographer duos, Inez and Vinoodh, created the Byredo 1996 as a capsule perfume the year I turned 30. Inez is so inspiring, so I had to buy it for myself. It’s something I tend to wear for a fancy thing at night—when I’m going out or when I’m on dates with my husband. But during the day I like to wear Margiela Lazy Sunday Morning ($126)—it’s more of a nostalgic scent for me because it smells like fresh linens. I also sometimes wear Glossier You ($60) for daytime—it’s a good size and durable. I try to keep one in my bag for when I need a spritz, just because I’m a smelly girl. And when I want a sexy, sexy, sexy scent, I use Narciso Rodriguez For Her ($56). I call it “The Husband Catcher,” because that’s how I got my man. I’ve been wearing it for over 10 years. It’s so good.

My brand-new hair maintenance routine: roughly $800 so far

For years I’ve been touching up my grays with Garnier Olia in Darkest Brown ($10) every 3 to 4 weeks. It was a lucky find. I found the Olia when I first moved to America eight years ago, and I’ve been using it ever since. I tried a different brand once and it burned my scalp—never again! Always the Olia, just on the roots.

That said, I just got my hair dyed professionally. I got two blond streaks in the front this past week, and they’re really fun. I met a hairstylist I liked on a photo shoot and she came to my house to do my hair here. Her name is Leatrice Lloyd. It was about $200 for a cut and color, and she did my roots too. Ordinarily I just trim my hair about three times a year—it’s roughly $200 at Spoke and Weal, and I go to anyone there, because I really like how they cut hair. But now that I’ve gotten the blond streaks, I don’t know what that’s going to cost me. The idea is that every month Leatrice is going to come back and do touchups and dye my roots, so it’s a whole new ballgame! And I’m about to invest in a toner for blond hair.

My non-negotiable nail treatments: $800 a year

I get acrylic nails done every two weeks ($25). And I get a brand-new set about every two months ($80). I like jelly nails right now, and they ain’t cheap. I like to keep my nails long and almond-shaped, which means I have to get acrylics because I’ve never been able to grow my nails and keep them from breaking or getting uneven. I’m always looking at my hands, and if I have nice nails it creates a little moment of zen: they’re all colorful, all symmetrical, all in front of me. It just gives me happiness. My staple is red, always, but I also love to branch out. Right now I’m into neons, like pink and green.

My every-so-often skin-fixing treatments: $831 a year

I do a face mask once every one to two weeks, or a couple days before a shoot or a big event. My favorite trick is mixing Aztec Secret’s clay mask with apple cider vinegar—I get the clay on Amazon for like $10 a tub, and it can last you a really long time. My husband and I share it, and we go through maybe two tubs over the course of a year. You can mix it with water, but I prefer apple cider vinegar because it makes the consistency of the mud so much better and smoother. It takes off all the dead skin and creates a plumping effect too.

Sometimes I’ll also put on a lip mask before an event. I love the Skyn Iceland Lip Gels ($28), which are really plumping and smooth out your lips. I also do those great Dr. Dennis Gross exfoliating face wipe pads ($88) once a week, and Nads Facial Wax Strips ($10) to remove facial hair every two weeks.

I’m going to start getting a Pixel Perfect laser treatment once a year. I love it. I’ve only done it once so far, but it’s made my skin a lot smoother and more even-toned. I went to Natural Beauty Med Spa, and it’s pricey—about $500. I definitely want to keep doing it, though if I had to cut back, that would be the first thing to go because it’s such an expense. If you’re in the position to afford it, you have to check it out. It has five days of downtime, which is intense—you really have to stay inside and put on tons of Aquaphor ($10) for the first few days. I have kids so obviously I had to go outside to drop them at school, and I fully wore a balaclava and a sun hat! I looked insane but I didn’t care, because afterward you have baby skin. It’s so worth it. I also get a Hydrafacial ($175) at the same med-spa once or twice a year. It’s great for me because I have such dry skin and tend to build up a lot of dead skin and gunk.

My relaxation techniques: $637 a year

I get about three massages a year, which cost roughly $120 each time. There’s a woman I really like named Bria at Spa Soak in Wicker Park. If she’s not available, I’ll go to Allyu Spa. They have a really good range of masseuses there. And maybe two days a year I’ll have a Korean spa day at King Spa. It’s awesome because $35 will buy you an all-day pass.

I’m also big on candles and hot baths. Three to four times a week I’ll use a cup or so of epsom salt ($5), light a candle—currently I have a Diptyque Jasmine one ($65) by the bath—and just soak. I candle shop at Diptyque once a year. I’ve got one for the bathroom, one for the studio, one for downstairs. They’re all so good. My favorites are Jasmine, Feu de Bois, and Iris.

I also like to light palo santo ($7) in the mornings. It’s a very cleansing way to start the day, and I love the smell. I get it from a little wacky bookstore near my house called Space Oddities Chicago that sells vintage books, but also artwork from local artists, gemstones, candles, and tarot decks.

Taylor Swift Just Used Her Nail Polish to Make Another Political Statement

Now that Taylor Swift has broken her silence on politics, she can’t stop, won’t stop encouraging her followers to vote in the upcoming midterms. This week, she made yet another political statement, with a little extra help from a few bottles of nail polish.

On Wednesday morning (October 17), Swift posted two photos on Instagram; the first is a Polaroid of her toenails, which are adorned with either red, white, or blue polish, while the other is a relaxed selfie. “Something I wish I knew about when I was 18 and voting for the first time: ✨EARLY VOTING✨. It makes it so quick and easy to go and cast your vote before November 6. Early voting starts TODAY in Tennessee and goes to Nov 1,” she wrote in the caption. For those Swifties and followers not in Tennessee, she also pinned a calendar of the early voting dates for all 50 states in her IG bio.

“In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country,” she wrote on Instagram a few weeks back. “I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent.”

In the hours after Swift’s first post, reported a massive spike in voter registration. And a few days later at the American Music Awards, Swift once again reminded everyone to hit their local ballot boxes. “I just wanted to make a mention of the fact this award and every single award given out tonight were voted on by the people,” she said toward the end of her speech. “And you know what else is voted on by the people…is the midterm elections on November 6. Go out and vote, I love you guys.”

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This Powerful Obit Is Going Viral Thanks to It’s Brutal Honesty About Opioid Addiction

When Madelyn Linsenmeir, a 30-year-old Vermont mother died on October 7 as a result of an opioid addiction, her parents used their daughter’s obituary as a call to action for increased awareness of the disease that took their daughter’s life, while simultaneously showcasing who Linsenmeir was as a person—both because of and outside of her addiction.

Since being published earlier this week, the obit has gone viral, likely thanks to the fact that her family chronicled the start of her drug abuse, her subsequent addiction, and many attempts to overcome it. But they also honored the other attributes that defined her: the love she had for her son, her incredible singing voice, and how she charmed everyone she met.

“It is impossible to capture a person in an obituary, and especially someone whose adult life was largely defined by drug addiction. To some, Maddie was just a junkie—when they saw her addiction they stopped seeing her. And what a loss for them. Because Maddie was hilarious, and warm, and fearless, and resilient,” the obituary read.

Her parents ended the tribute by speaking directly to those who are struggling, as well as those who don’t understand their struggle: “If you yourself are struggling from addiction, know that every breath is a fresh start. Know that hundreds of thousands of families who have lost someone to this disease are praying and rooting for you. Know that we believe with all our hearts that you can and will make it. It is never too late.”

“If you are reading this with judgment, educate yourself about this disease, because that is what it is. It is not a choice or a weakness. And chances are very good that someone you know is struggling with it, and that person needs and deserves your empathy and support.”

In the wake of its publication, many have taken to Twitter to commend Linsenmeir’s family for their honest and heartbreaking portrayal of their daughter’s life, and the opioid crisis. Ivanka Trump wrote, “Profound admiration for the family members who wrote this raw, beautiful & devastating obituary. A generous act amid their pain & a wake up call to all as we battle, together as a nation, opioid addiction; a crisis of epic proportions. Rest In Peace Maddie.” Another Twitter user shared, “This is the most honest and devastating obituary you will ever read about a person who died from opioid addiction.” And another thanked Linsenmeir’s family, saying, “A beautiful, heart wrenching tribute to a woman who was a beloved daughter and mother, lost to addiction. And what a blessing this family is to educate us as they honor her.”

At least 31 women lose their lives to opioids daily, Glamour reported last year in a special look into the epidemic. And for those like Linsenmeir—who had breifly been able to stop using for short periods of time—it typically takes repeated attempts to become drug-free. In the same report, Glamour spoke to 20 women in recovery for opioids, and almost all said that they relapsed between ten and 20 times before getting sober. As David Fiellin, M.D., professor of medicine, emergency medicine, and public health at Yale, put it, “Relapse rates after detox are over 80 percent within a year, and those individuals are also at high risk for overdose.”

Linsenmeir’s family’s fearless decision to publish such an honest account of their daughter’s addiction is another step in the right direction for people to understand this disease that as of 2017, is the leading cause of death for Americans under age 50, by way of overdose.

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These Pics of Meghan Markle Holding an Umbrella For Prince Harry Are Just So Pure

Contrary to what Natasha Bedingfield sang on her iconic song “Unwritten,” it appears Meghan Markle does not want Prince Harry to “feel the rain on [his] skin.” So, during a recent royal engagement in Australia, she offered up her umbrella to keep her husband dry.

While attending a picnic at Victoria Park in Dubbo, Australia, on Wednesday (October 17), heavy rains began to fall before Prince Harry was set to give a speech. In order to keep him from getting soaked, Markle held an umbrella above his head while he spoke. According to People, the Mayor of Dubbo offered to let Prince Harry borrow his umbrella when the rain started, to which the prince replied, “It’s all right, I’ve got my wife.”

And you thought all of those impromptu back rubs were cute! Check out the pics for yourself, below:

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The rainy day is actually good news for Dubbo, which has been plagued with an intense drought over the past few years. This has increased the suicide rate among young men in the area, People reports, which Prince Harry addressed in his speech.

“It must be hard not to lose hope when you endure so many dry months end on end knowing that you are powerless to do anything about it,” he said, per People, pointing out the rise in suicides in the farming region. “You are one huge community and with that comes an unparalleled level of internal support and understanding.”

He continued, “You need to know a part of being strong and tough is having the courage to ask for help when you need it. You must not silently suffer.”

Drawing on his own experience, the prince added, “You are all in this together and, if I may say, personally, we are all in this together. Because asking for help was one of the best decisions that I ever made. You will be continually amazed at how life changes for the better.”

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Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion Highlighter Is the Only Makeup I Need

My makeup philosophy distilled into a single sentence goes something like this: I will happily forego wearing cosmetics if it means I can sleep in an extra five minutes. In practice, this means swapping out all base products for an 11-step skin care routine. I spend 20 minutes marinating my face in serums and creams each evening so that when my alarm starts blaring the next day, I can splash water on my face and slather on sunscreen while running out the door.

It should come as no surprise that highlighters don’t exactly fit into this equation. When your complexion is still radiant from the mild acid peel you did the night before, why bother putting shimmer over it? I’ve tried plenty of luminizers before—from the cult classic every makeup artist seems to swear by to the geometric pans Rihanna made us all fall in love with—and yes, they’re both as magical as you’ve heard. But, I’ve never felt compelled to add either one to my daily rotation. I only reach for them on the occasions when I feel like channeling a dewy nymph or iridescent mermaid, respectively.

Make Up For Ever’s Pro Light Fusion highlighter isn’t like that. It mimics the look of your skin perfectly, only picture your skin gently bathed in the warmth of a million sunbeams, the softness of a candelabra, or the angelic light of a LuMee when it cooperates. Forget everything you thought you knew about liquid formulas looking more natural. This is a powder, but it’s so finely milled that it seems to become one with your cells the second it makes contact. The brand credits this to something called “Gellyfying System technology.” I cannot tell you precisely what this means, because I have not a single clue, but it results in a powder that vanishes beneath my fingertips. It’s simultaneously dusty and creamy to the touch, and where similar formulas (particularly shiny ones) usually exaggerate any dryness on my skin, this one airbrushes whatever part of my face it makes contact with.

In true, lazy fashion, I apply it with my hands. You can, of course, upgrade this step if you choose—the brand recommends sweeping their Precision Highlighter Artisan Brush #144 in a figure-eight motion for a diffused effect, or packing it on with the flat surface of the same brush for metallic cheekbones.

Having misplaced every brush I used to own, I will continue swiping my middle and ring fingers across the pan, then transferring whatever they pick up to my face. I dot it on the inner corners of my eyes and cupid’s bow, then draw a line down the center of my nose and “C” shapes from my temples to my cheekbones. (To simplify, just observe wherever the light naturally hits your face and trace over it with your fingers.) Then, I quickly go over those areas again with my product-free hand to blend. Start to finish, it takes no more than 15 seconds.

There are two shades in the range: Gold and Rose Gold. Gold is lovely: a soft, coppery color. I, however, only care about Rose Gold—because while it resembles the inside of a seashell in the pan, it somehow contains the ideal balance of warm and cool tones on your skin. The day I first wore it, my former boss shouted my name from the other side of the room to ask which new facial or miracle serum was responsible for my otherworldly glow. “It’s really highlighter? Are you sure?” a friend recently asked me while scrutinizing my profile by lamplight.

Occasionally, I experience a moment of doubt when I pick it up and observe its high-wattage iridescent surface. I still don’t fully understand the alchemy that transforms it from what looks nothing like skin to a soft-focus filter. This is fine with me—I don’t need to understand it. I just need a lifetime supply.

Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion Luminizer in Rose Gold, $39,

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