You can look at fragrance two ways: Perfume is intensely personal, but it also makes for a great gift. Compared to the necessity of a favorite foundation or palette, you’re probably less likely to buy a new scent on a whim—which is why perfume gift sets, in particular, are so perfect this time of year. They provide whomever you’re shopping for a chance to explore a new fragrance, layer and create their own blend, or try a new scented lotion. If you don’t know where to start, you honestly can’t go wrong with any of these exploratory scents. But if you have a classic in mind, you’ll find plenty of sets that’ll check that box, too, each of which come with beautiful packaging or fun extras. Here, shop 15 options that’ll please everyone on your list.
Just two days after ending her Georgia campaign to become the first black female governor in the United States, Stacey Abrams indicated that her political ambitions are far from over. The Democratic candidate said in an interview with CNN’s State Of The Union that although she wants to take a break following her highly contested gubernatorial race in Georgia, she still plans to run for office some day.
“I’m going to spend the next year as a private citizen, but I do indeed intend to run for office again,” Abrams said. “I’m not sure for what, and I am not exactly certain when. I need to take a nap, but once I do, I’m planning to get back into the ring.”
Following the midterm elections earlier this month, Abrams had refused to concede the nail-biter of a race to her opponent, Republican Brian Kemp, saying that she wanted to wait until every single vote had been counted. After an intensely publicized 10-day standoff, she finally recognized Kemp as governor-elect but used a fiery speech to call out voter suppression tactics and said she would be filing a federal lawsuit challenging the election’s “gross mismanagement.”
Abrams’ campaign had been embraced by many high-profile celebrities, including Michael B. Jordan, Uzo Aduba, Rashida Jones, and even Oprah, who helped rack up support by going door-to-door in Georgia—and fired back at a racist robocall that had targeted her and Abrams by urging voters to make their voices heard in the face of ugly political tactics.
“I acknowledge that former Secretary of State Brian Kemp will be certified as the victor in the 2018 gubernatorial election,” Abrams said Friday in a speech announcing the end of her bid. “But to watch an elected official who claims to represent the people in this state baldly pin his hopes for election on suppression of the people’s democratic right to vote has been truly appalling.”
The Notorious RBG—that’s Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, of course—sent the world into a panic spiral after fracturing three ribs last week. Luckily, the 85-year-old is reportedly back in action and working from home like the boss she is—and on Saturday, SNL decided to pay tribute to her tenacity, releasing an epic rap parody that celebrates all the reasons why she’s known as the Notorious RBG.
The skit features SNL cast members Pete Davidson and Chris Redd rapping about the judge to the tune of rapper Sheck Wes’ “Live Sheck Wes.” As they bust out rhymes about RBG’s career and accomplishments, cast member Kate McKinnon comes out and reprises her hilarious version of RGB.
“You know there’s only like one lady holding the whole damn thing together, right?” Davidson says at the beginning of the sketch.
“You think some broken ribs are gonna keep her down? Hell naw and hell naw,” Jedd adds before the diving into the rest of the song, which covers RBG’s work for women’s rights and stance against Trump.
“Tell Trump to stay out her way/Don’t fuck with my Roe v. Wade/ Supreme Court’s a boys club, she holds it down, no cares given/Who else got six movies about ’em who’s still livin’?” the rap goes before hitting a chorus of “Live Ginsburg, and I ride for Ginsburg.”
Meanwhile, McKinnon shows off her muscles—a nod to the epic workout routine Ginsburg revealed to Stephen Colbert—and even gives us a glimpse of a Brooklyn tattoo over her six-pack.
There’s also some hysterical break-dancing and a scene with McKinnon downing some barbecue (“Survived the depression and Twitter attacks from Trump/ Broken ribs can’t even stop her, boy she eats that shit for lunch!”)
It’s a tribute fit for the baddest lady of the nation’s highest court, who has said that she plans on carrying out her appointment until she’s 90. Twitter has promised to protect her at all costs, and now SNL is backing her up—so it doesn’t sounds like we need to worry about the Notorious RBG going anywhere anytime soon.
Watch the full skit here:
There’s a new brunch beauty hack we never knew we needed, courtesy of Riverdale star Camila Mendes. An Instagram story posted on Friday by her costar Cole Sprouse captures the actress sitting with a plate of breakfast food at Pop’s Diner on the show’s set—when all of a sudden, she grabs a pancake and uses it to blend out her foundation.
Although we definitely don’t suggest trying it yourself—it seems like a waste of a delicious pancake, to be honest—it’s not the strangest thing people have used to blend their makeup: Ambitious beauty Instagrammers have tried all kinds of makeup sponge alternatives, including socks, tomatoes, and even a bra-insert. At one point, people had also made a thing out of wrapping beauty blenders in condoms.
Still, the video is gold, thanks to just how casual she is about repurposing her breakfast order. There’s no audio in Sprouse’s short clip, but you don’t need it to appreciate how Mendes gives “pancake makeup” a whole new meeting.
Mendes usually charms us with her hilarious social media game of trolling reported Riverdale lovebirds Sprouse and Lili Reinhart (we’re still laughing at her third wheel meme from the movie Ghost). But she’s not the only Riverdale star with a thing for makeup tips: Earlier this year, Glamour had Reinhart weigh in on several online beauty tutorials inspired by her character Betty Cooper’s looks on the show. We’ll have to wait and see if she has anything to say about using pancakes as makeup blenders.
If you’re going home for Thanksgiving this week and dreading it, no worries: There are plenty of holiday-tinged movies and TV shows to suggest watching with your family to avoid any awkward conversations. Hallmark and Lifetime movies really just bring the people together, ya know?
Below, nine titles you should watch if you’re looking to have a smooth-sailing Thanksgiving break!
Queen America: Catherine Zeta-Jones plays a ruthless pageant coach in this new comedy, also starring Victoria Justice Streaming on Facebook Watch
Escape at Dannemora: Patricia Arquette transforms in this searing miniseries from Showtime about the 2015 Clinton Correctional Facility escape. Available to watch on Hulu with the Showtime add-on
The Little Drummer Girl: An adaptation of John le Carré’s 1983 novel, this drama miniseries centers on a Israeli spy who asks an actress to help him find a Palestinian terrorist traversing through Europe. 9 P.M. ET on AMC
The Final Table: It’s like Top Chef, but way fancier. Streaming on Netflix
A Christmas Arrangement: Read the official synopsis, below. 10 P.M. ET on Lifetime
“Flower shop owner Poppy (Nicky Whelan) enters the annual holiday floral show for a chance to win the grand prize, but standing in her way of victory is Garrett (Miles Fisher), the underappreciated protégé of florist extraordinaire Blair (Daphne Zuniga). While Poppy and Garrett’s rivalry heats up on the flower show floor, an undeniable romance begins amid a whimsical holiday backdrop.”
The Christmas Contract: Read the official synopsis, below. 8 P.M. ET on Lifetime
“It’s Jolie’s (Hilarie Burton) first time going back home to Louisiana since her devastating breakup with Foster (Hunter Burke). Seeing him is inevitable as their parents run the town’s annual Christmas market together, but when she discovers Foster is bringing home a new girlfriend, Jolie cannot bear the thought of going home alone and seeing them together. Her best friend Naomi (Danneel Ackles) suggests that Jolie bring her flaky brother Jack (Robert Buckley) home for Christmas as he has no plans this year. Jolie, a professional Web designer, is hesitant, so Naomi, a lawyer, creates a Christmas contract to give them both something they want—a buffer for those awkward moments around Jolie’s ex and a website to help sell Jack’s upcoming novel. Unbeknown to them, the Christmas contract proves to be so much more than what they signed up for.”
Every Other Holiday: Read the official synopsis, below. 10 P.M. ET on Lifetime
“Recently separated parents Tracie (Schuyler Fisk) and Rick (David Clayton Rogers) spend every other holiday with their young daughters Harper and Ava. But this Christmas the girls have only one thing on their wish lists—to spend Christmas with both Mom and Dad at Tracie’s family farmhouse. The temporary reunion will be no walk in the park for Tracie and Rick, but perhaps this Christmas gathering can help rekindle the lost romance between the two and make their daughters’ greatest wish come true.”
Poinsettias for Christmas: Read the official synopsis, below. 8 P.M. ET on Lifetime
“It’s just weeks before Christmas when Ellie (Bethany Joy Lenz) gets a call to return home to help her father (John Schneider) on the family’s poinsettia farm. The family business is on the line to deliver tens of thousands of plants for the town’s annual parade. The problem is the poinsettias have yet to turn red! As Ellie searches for the solution, she is reminded of where her heart truly lies as she falls in love with both her roots and a local botanist (Marcus Rosner).”
Christmas Everlasting: Read the official synopsis, below: 8 P.M. ET on Hallmark
“Christmas is fast approaching and years of long workdays employed at New York’s top corporate law firm are about to pay off now that Lucy Toomey (Tatyana Ali) will be made partner after the New Year. However, when Alice, her older sister with special needs, unexpectedly passes away, Lucy returns back to Nilson’s Bay, Wisconsin, to attend the funeral and handle her estate. While Lucy dreads returning to her childhood home, she also feels real sorrow that she was too busy to take her sister’s last call. Once back in Nilson’s Bay, Lucy meets Peter (Dondre T. Whitfield), her old high school sweetheart and Alice’s former attorney, who informs her of the terms of Alice’s eccentric will that states in order for Lucy to inherit the family home, she must live there for 30 days through the holidays.”
Queen Elizabeth has issued a royal statement directly to President Trump—and it’s a poignant one that addresses the current situation in granddaughter-in-law Meghan Markle’s home state of California. Wildfires have been destroying property and acreage in the state since November 8, when three destructive fires broke out. One, the so-called “Camp Fire,” in the northern part of the state, was still just 50 percent contained as of Friday night. Along the way, it’s taken down almost 10,000 homes and killed more than 70 people, making it the deadliest fire in California’s history (more than 1,000 people are still missing as well). The Woolsey Fire in Ventura County, thankfully, is at 82 percent containment as of Friday night, and the Hill Fire has been completely contained.
The situation, without overstatement, is dire. And Queen Elizabeth’s message to Trump is a heartfelt statement about the situation, expressing sympathy for those who have lost everything in the fires and paying tribute to the first responders putting their lives on the line to bring these blazes under control.
“Prince Philip and I offer our deepest sympathies to the people of California, who continue to suffer from the devastating fires across the state,” she wrote. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victims, and to all those who have lost their homes and livelihoods. I pay tribute to the courage and dedication of the US emergency services and the volunteers that have provided support.”
Her Majesty’s words are a sharp turn from Trump’s initial rhetoric. As the fires broke out, rather than pledging resources to the area set ablaze, he blamed the problem on “forest mismanagement.”
“There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor,” he tweeted on November 10. “Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!”
His tone seems to have shifted on Saturday, when he flew out to the state to see the destruction for himself, tweeting that he was looking forward to “being with our brave Firefighters, First Responders, and FEMA.”
The same day, the White House Twitter account reported that the U.S. Department of Agriculture had deployed “hundreds of personnel” and “dozens of air resources” to help with containing the remaining Camp and Woolsey fires.
Earlier on Saturday, the fires were also declared a public health emergency, with air quality in Northern California currently the worst in the world.
As Californians grapple with the fires—and begin the long, slow road to rebuilding and recovery—they could use any donations, products, or time volunteers can give. If you’re able to give even a small amount, community organizations are in need of resources. Check out our handy guide for where to donate.
If you’re like us, there aren’t a ton of people you take makeup advice from. Sure, your friend may mean well when she says that shade of foundation matches well, but it’s hard to know who to trust and who’s broadening the definition of a white lies. Which is why we put absolute faith in the wisdom of Sephora employees. (They’ve got access to the greatest stuff, plus, why would they lie?) Armed with a uniform and the knowledge of many hours spent around beauty products, they’re a failsafe resource when you don’t know where to start. With that in mind, we polled Sephora cast members (as they’re called) on exactly what they would buy with $50. The results? It’s not the classic Nars Orgasm, Stila liquid liner, Kat Von D lipstick spread that’d you expect. No matter if you’re looking for gift ideas or a little something for yourself, these options fit all wish lists.
If we had to pick a theme for 2018, women championing other women would have to be near the top of the list. From Hollywood to Washington, D.C., we keep seeing examples that prove the tired, old tropes about catfights, comparisons, and jealousy wrong.
Latest case in point: Ariana Grande and Halsey‘s supportive pop-star friendship. The two women are, quite literally, at the top of their careers right now (so far, that is): Grande’s latest song “thank u, next” became her first single to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and Halsey’s “Without You” just hit No. 1 on iTunes, knocking Grande from the perch.
But there’s no animosity between the two: Grande even shared a sweet text conversation between the two superstars on her Instagram Stories. In it, Halsey writes: “Honestly just happy it’s us rn. The ladies need us. Time for an uprising.” She adds, “Attention world: we are no longer taking ur shit.” Grande then replies: “AT ALL.”
Both women have gone through very public breakups of late (Grande with Pete Davidson and Halsey with G-Eazy), so it’s great to see them looking out for each other—and celebrating the amazing music that often comes from emotional struggles. “It’s like this is really me talking about my life. It kind of gave me like an existential crisis as an artist a little bit, because I’ve prided myself on being an artist who’s authentic and writes about her life and all that stuff,” Halsey has said of her hit song. “And then when I made this, and I felt just how bad it hurt.”
The singers’ exchange is wonderful, but each of the women has made a point to support other women in music by standing up for their fellow female artists, even when the press tries to pit them against each other. Back in 2017, Halsey and Demi Lovato squashed rumors of a feud with one Instagram post. And nobody has Nicki Minaj’s back like Grande.
Now that we know how tight these two are, could a music collaboration be far behind? Fingers crossed.
Jessie J and Channing Tatum seemed to make their rumored relationship Instagram official earlier this week when Tatum wrote a glowing post about the singer’s recent concert in London—and Tatum’s ex-wife Jenna Dewan appears to be moving on from their relationship happily as well.
But unfortunately, the world being how it is, the comparisons between the two women are still going strong. This all-too-common narrative is unfair to both women—and now Jessie J is speaking out about it.
In a lengthy Instagram post Friday (November 17), she said that although she doesn’t usually respond to untrue stories about her in the press, she was compelled to on this matter because she is “disappointed and embarrassed” that her name is even involved. “There is a story I have seen be re written over and over again in the past few weeks that talks about myself being compared directly to another beautiful woman regarding our looks and who people think is prettier,” she wrote. “I am here to talk about the headline and the way the story has been written, I have continuously tried to find something positive from this article…I am yet to.”
“Who feels good from this story? I know I don’t. Who does this story inspire? …? Is picking who is prettier and then continuing to say why a good activity to participate in? No,” she continued. “I’m talking in general too. Beyond this story. It’s constant with women. Picking favourites. Do the media do it with men? No. Are we learning a positive lesson from it? No.”
The singer goes on to talk about the effect that these sorts of stories have on young women and girls. “I don’t take stories like this lightly. Because I know the kind of impact it has on young girls reading it,” she says. “I spent so much of my childhood trying to be comfortable in my skin just like so many other little girls, and when I got older, decided to spend my career making lots of music to try and help / inspire myself and all other women to see beauty from the inside out and will continue to do so. Man does the world need it. Now more than ever.”
Jessie J’s closing words are definitely something all women can take to heart.
“We are all beautiful. We are enough just the way we are. Be the best you!!! You can’t wake up and be anyone but YOU. So please love your face, your body, your mind and your heart. Be good to yourself. Be good to those around you.”
Though she never names Dewan, it’s pretty clear who she is talking about. (Tatum, for what it’s worth, liked his rumored girlfriend’s post.) Earlier this week, Dewan wrote, “Positive vibes only” in response to a commenter who made a remark about the two women.
After Jessie posted her powerful clap-back post, Dewan replied via Instagram Story with a wonderful message of solidarity.
“Amen Jessie! Yes!!!! Women for women all the way. No Need for negativity. Let’s live in a world where we support each other and raise each other up. Like I said before, positive vibes all the way. Nothing but respect ❤️”
Hailey Baldwin sure had an eventful Friday.
First, Justin Bieber made their marriage Insta-official by referring to her as “my wife” in a caption, before proceeding to leave a mildly NSFW comment on one of her posts (“U turn me on”). Then, there was some silly drama around her following a Selena Gomez fan account.
But the biggest event of the day? She officially changed her Instagram handle to @HaileyBieber, subtly confirming her marriage to the pop star. There’s nary a “Baldwin” to be found on her page, which now lists her full name as Hailey Rhode Bieber.
Check it out:
The couple’s engagement went public in July when Bieber confirmed the news on Instagram. “Was gonna wait a while to say anything but word travels fast,” the singer wrote on July 9. “Listen plain and simple 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. 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.”
The mystery of the Baldwin-Bieber nuptials has been going strong since September when Baldwin and Bieber were spotted at a New York City courthouse and received a marriage license. But then it turned out they had actually gotten married at the courthouse—with a more traditional wedding for family and friends still to come.
“The city hall marriage was her idea. It was ‘you and me against the world,’” a source said at the time. “Let’s show [everyone] we’re serious and it’s not just some crazy fling.”
Fans on social media got very excited at the news of the Insta name change. “SHE CHANGED HER NAME TO HAILEY BIEBER IF YOU THINK MY HEART JUST BROKE INTO A THOUSAND PIECES YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT OMFG,” one wrote.
Congrats to the happy couple on the Instagram-officialness of it all!