Sonali Bendre accepts a new challenge. Fans call her beauty with brains



a woman in glasses looking at the camera: Sonali Bendre has accepted a reading challenge.


Sonali Bendre has accepted a reading challenge.

Sonali Bendre is an avid reader and often posts about the books she has been reading. The actress braved cancer in 2018, and often shares posts that end up inspiring her millions of followers on Instagram. This time around, Sonali has taken up the challenge of doing what many of us just keep thinking about. She intends to read all the books in her library.

A BOOK LOVER

Sonali has started an initiative, Sonali Bendre Book Club, where she has been posting about her latest reads. Her latest picture is that of Sonali in reading mode. She is wearing her glasses and reading a book. She wrote on Instagram, “Finish all the books in my library? Challenge Accepted (sic).”

Sonali’s fans flooded her comments section with compliments. While some asked for book recommendations, many fans described the pic as pretty, beautiful and superb. A fan wrote, “you are my favourite,” and another commented, “beauty queen.” Take a look:

Couple of days ago, Sonali penned a note about her latest read, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong. Sharing a pic with the book in her hand, she wrote, “Sometimes when reading a book, it’s not so much about the destination as it is about the journey, which is the act of reading itself. And some books are so beautifully written that it’s a complete joy to sit and cuddle with the book, reread a few lines and just relish the process. ‘On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous’ by Ocean Vuong, the award-winning Vietnamese American poet, is one such book.”

She added, “The book is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read, and explores family history, race, class, and survival. It is the #SBCBookOfTheMonth and I’m looking forward to reading it and discussing it with you (sic).”

Sometimes when reading a book, it’s not so much about the destination as it is about the journey, which is the act of reading itself. And some books are so beautifully written that it’s a complete joy to sit and cuddle with the book, reread a few lines and just relish the process. ‘On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous’ by Ocean Vuong, the award-winning Vietnamese American poet, is one such book. The book is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read, and explores family history, race, class, and survival. It is the #SBCBookOfTheMonth and I’m looking forward to reading it and discussing it with you. @ocean_vuong @penguinrandomhouse @sonalisbookclub

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ALWAYS AN INSPIRATION

At India Today Group’s E-Conclave Corona Series held earlier this year, Sonali had talked about being open about her cancer diagnosis. She said, “I think we have to just adapt. We are in the age where information is available at our fingertips. I would just say that I didn’t want any negativity or speculation about it. Also because my son was twelve at that point

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Cocktails are an art form. Each drink has a unique history. Why does a margarita have salt? How is the garnish chosen for each drink, especially when you’re creating one spontaneously? What’s the best way to make an old fashioned? If there is someone in your life that has the answers to these questions, they are probably a cocktail enthusiast. This holiday season, treat that person to goodies that will help enhance their craft. 

1. Cocktail Shaker Set; $18

Whether they like their drinks shaken or stirred, amateur mixologists can make all kinds of cocktails with this kit. It includes all the essential tools: a muddler, jigger, shaker, and more. They’ll feel like an expert in no time.

Buy it: Amazon

2. The Carry On Cocktail Kit—Old Fashioned; $24

For the traveler who demands a good drink, these kits come with everything but the booze. But if they are going to pack their own mini bottles, remind them to check the airline’s regulations—rules vary on whether it’s legal to drink your own booze in-flight. Also available in Moscow Mule, Champagne Cocktail, and Gin & Tonic.

Buy it: Amazon

3. The Spirit Infusion Kit; $42

One of the best parts about making cocktails is that experimentation is rewarded. This infusion kit, including instruction and recipe book, bottle, strainers, and more, will help your cocktail enthusiast turn average vodka into a berry explosion or take tequila to the next level by infusing it with jalapeño peppers.

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4. Tovolo Sphere Ice Molds; $10

Instead of filling their glass with plain cubes, cocktail fans can use this set of two ice molds to craft spherical, uh, cubes. Each piece will melt slowly in a drink and add flair to their home bar. 

Buy it: Amazon

5. The Bitter Truth Travelers Set; $20

Any cocktail aficionado worth their salt should have a few bottles of bitters. To spice things up, give them this sampler set that includes five complex flavors: celery bitters, classic old time aromatic bitters, orange bitters, Creole bitters, and Jerry Thomas bitters.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Homemade Gin Kit; $50

Though some home bartenders have a house cocktail, few can say they make their gin in-house. Help your loved one mix it up and make 750 ml of homemade gin with this collection that includes one tin of juniper berries, one tin of the company’s secret botanical blend, one stainless steel funnel, one fine stainless steel strainer, and two 375-ml glass bottles. All that’s missing is your giftee’s label—time for them to brush up on those Photoshop skills.

Buy it: Amazon

7. The Cocktail Chronicles: Navigating the Cocktail Renaissance with Jigger, Shaker, and Glass; $15

Whether the recipient is a seasoned bartender or a cocktail newcomer, Imbibe editor Paul Clarke’s book has something for everyone. From modern cocktails to obscure classics, the snapshots in this

Why We Need to Stop Linking Beauty and Success With ‘Fair’ Skin

From depictions of ‘suitable’ marriage partners in Netflix series Indian Matchmaking to the on-going popularity of skin-lightening creams, colourism remains rife in certain communities. Here, writer Ayesha Muttucumaru details her complicated relationship with the word ‘fair’ – and why calling out shade bias is vital.



From Indian Matchmaking to the popularity of skin lightening creams, colourism is still rife. Here's why we need to about skin lightening creams


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From Indian Matchmaking to the popularity of skin lightening creams, colourism is still rife. Here’s why we need to about skin lightening creams

They dropped the F-Bomb.’ From the moment my mum and I started watching Indian Matchmaking on Netflix, we felt it would only be a matter of time until the word that makes us wince like no other was uttered. The term in question? No, not a four lettered expletive, but something far more insidious. ‘Fair.’



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As you might know, the docu-series follows ‘Mumbai’s top matchmaker,’ Sima Taparia, as she helps a range of single people in India and the US, with the help of their families, find their future wife or husband. The format has proven divisive. Criticisms levied by certain members of the Indian diaspora on Twitter include that some of the show’s participants engage in caste-discrimintion, mostly using euphemistic terms (‘from a good family’, ‘similar backgrounds’), as well as colourism (a prejudice or discrimination towards those with dark skin that usually occurs within the same ethnic group).

The latter is seen when some participants request a match with ‘fair’ skin. As well as affecting those with darker complexions in south Asian communities, it should be noted that attitudes such as these can lead people down a dangerous road to anti-Blackness.

These statements, some said, go unchallenged by Taparia, which could lead to the normalisation or affirmation of such views. (Speaking to The Cut, Smriti Mundhra, the show’s executive producer, said that she welcomes critique: ‘We’re now at a point where we can actually hold representation to a higher standard and push for better and more nuanced stories. I want to be held accountable. Push me so I can push too.’)

Why the word ‘fair’ is problematic

As to why the word ‘fair’ is an issue? Short story: it is not just seen as a way to denote someone’s appearance, but a character trait, having become synonymous with a person’s place in society, their chances of professional success, status and self-worth. The connotations go far beyond the superficial.

Sounds archaic, right? However, seeing one US-based show contestant casually list: ‘not too dark’ and ‘fair skin’ as a preferred ‘want’ in a potential parter was a stark reminder that colourism seems to be very much alive and kicking, even in my millennial generation.

The history of colourism in south Asian communities

Colonialism and the caste system are two of the reasons attributed to enduring colourist attitudes, as is the way skin colour is portrayed in the film industry, the media and by beauty brands. One notable example is the ‘fairness’ cream Fair & Lovely whose advertisements in India have historically implied that

Confusion and anger as beauty salons forced to close in Nottinghamshire in new Tier 3 rules

It is estimated around ten percent of salons have already closed followed the delayed reopening of beauty services over the summer, which Kendall describes as “a decision that crippled many businesses forcing them to close. Last night central Government told us it is local government and local authority say it is based on information they were given by Public Health England. We need clear answers as to what evidence there is and who has taken this decision.”

Lindsay Bland, the owner of the Evolve Nail & Beauty Salon in Retford, has had to cancel 100 upcoming appointments. “We’re gutted, angry and upset,” Bland tells the Telegraph. “I genuinely don’t understand why we’re having to close; we use PPE, we follow all of the government’s guidelines. We just don’t understand why beauty treatments have been allowed to continue in other Tier 3 areas, yet for us they have to close.”

The decision is also affecting those working in a mobile setting, where it is ‘strongly advised’ that close contact services should not take place in homes. The bridal make-up artist Ruby Jay has already gone from 40 bridal clients this year to just eight, and has been forced to take a factory job twice a week to pay her bills. She tells the Telegraph, “If I cannot fulfil my remaining six bridal clients with these new restrictions, I will have to pay them refunds of up to £1000. I don’t have any money in the bank for this. I’ll be doing this in addition to trying to put food on my table.

“Yesterday I ordered a new batch of PPE – we are following all the guidelines , we are not responsible for the spread of Covid and yet our livelihoods are being stripped. My business is failing, and it’s totally out of my control,” Jay adds. “It is nothing to do with my lack of skill, determination and care.”

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Mano, jeepneys: Beauty brand’s packaging features ‘disappearing’ Filipino icons due to pandemic


Mano, jeepneys: Beauty brand’s packaging features ‘disappearing’ Filipino icons due to pandemic

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MANILA, Philippines — For the latest release of beauty brand Nivea, the limited edition packaging for the brand’s Crème, Original Care Lip Balm and Strawberry Shine Lip Balm features artworks inspired by the Philippines, expressed in colorful and fun illustrations and patterns. 

The Crème tins highlight familiar Pinoy symbols like a rising sun, jeepney, the rice terraces and an illustration of the mano gesture, while still providing the same well-loved paraben- and preservative-free, moisturizing cream.

The lip balms, on the other hand, display traditional patterns taken from Philippine textiles emblazoned on the tubes to encase the balms designed to provide lips with 24-hour melt-in moisture and natural oils.

A portion of the sales of these products will be devoted to helping the education of scholars from the Fairplay For All Foundation.

Using education, sports, and social business as tools, the Fairplay For All Foundation in Payatas aims level the playing field and allow children and their families a chance to make their lives better and break the cycle of poverty.

One of the key projects of the organization  is supporting scholars by providing social support through weekly Youth Groups, regular scheduled academic tutoring by their volunteers and community workers and financial aid through the Education Sponsorship Program. But since the closure of academic institutions and their transition to virtual learning due to the pandemic, some children are at an obvious disadvantage.

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The first-time female investors backing Adore Beauty

Both women are admirers of Adore Beauty’s co-founder Kate Morris, who launched the company with partner James Height from their Melbourne home 20 years ago.

Fast forward to October 2020, Adore Beauty became the most valuable public float of 2020 with a market capitalisation of $653 million – the largest ASX listing ever by a female co-founder.

For her part, Ms Morris tweeted that the addition of first-time investors onto the register was a highlight of the IPO process.

But while she finds the Adore Beauty co-founder to be an inspirational role model, Ms Howarth makes clear her investment was motivated by more than that.

“It’s less about backing a female founder and more about backing a great Aussie brand with amazingly relatable founder roots,” she says.

“I intend to hold my shares for a while and potentially add more to the portfolio.”

Battling the patriarchy

Summer Howarth is a fan of Adore Beauty founder Kate Morris.  Supplied

Ms Kane had no doubt about the company she wanted to invest in. However, she found the process of participating in an initial public offering far from simple.

“It felt like a complete gauntlet of information and completely obfuscated by jargon,” she says. “

“I had to lean on my incredibly supportive group of friends, having lengthy chat discussions with high school friends – all women with their own stock [portfolios].”

Controversially, she suspects investing isn’t made difficult by accident – instead, she sees it as a likely function of the industry’s male dominance.

“Like any industry or systemic infrastructure that is set up by men, the stock and finance sector can often feel completely unreachable until it’s unveiled in a way an individual can easily comprehend,” she says.

Her fellow shareholder Ms Howarth says she is grateful that the Adore Beauty IPO gave her a “push” into doing something about her wealth creation plans.

But it also made her realise how few female-led companies are listed on the exchange.

“Let’s change that,” she says.

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Lisy and Summer are the latest investors to appear in our Trader’s Tales, which appear exclusively in The Australian Financial Review‘s new weekly newsletter, Wealth Generation.

Wealth Generation provides you with essential and understandable information if you’re hoping to become the next Warren Buffett, retire early to a tropical island or just live free of money stress.

Delivered to your inbox every Wednesday, the Wealth Generation newsletter gives you the tools needed to take your financial future into your own hands. Sign up here.

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Join me, wealth editor Aleks Vickovich, and our team of expert financial journalists as we pull back the curtain on the murky world of investing and show you how to generate wealth and wellness.

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21 Gifts a Beauty Editor Would Be Excited to Unwrap

One of the many perks of being a beauty editor is the never-ending supply of skincare and makeup samples. As you can imagine, after a while, it takes a special product to make you gasp as you tear open the package. But these 21 products do just that. If you’ve got a holiday list full of beauty-obsessives, peep the below list for all the sets and hero formulas even an editor would be excited to unwrap. And you know what, grab something for yourself while you’re at it—this year needs all the self-care it can get.

Your micro-influencer sister has likely seen these Chanel-branded eye masks all over her Instagram feed, so get her a set to use and post on IG stories while she self-cares. This duo is actually a two-step eye care system, which features a roll-on serum and ten sets of hydrogel patches for immediate lifting and brightening results.

This cult-favorite haircare brand is beloved by bleach blondes everywhere for its repairing and strengthening results. Grab a limited-edition quartet complete with everything your faux-blonde bestie needs to repair, rebuild, strengthen, hydrate and smooth, so she comes out of quarantine looking like a hair commercial model.

Let’s be real—anyone would fall to their knees in gratitude if they were to open a Dyson Airwrap on Christmas morning. But this limited-edition copper version may even bring them to tears. OK, maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but this device’s ability to curl, wave, smooth and dry hair without damage makes it the queen of all hair tools.

Buy It ($550)

When it comes to potent skincare, Dr. Barbara Sturm reigns supreme. Her seven-step winter skincare kit is specially formulated to intensely hydrate, nourish and protect skin during the harsh winter months. Harnessing the power of science (she doesn’t have the doctor title for nothing), these products support a healthy skin barrier function by upping hydration and balancing pH. And yes, it even includes her cult-favorite Hyaluronic Serum.

Buy It ($265)

If there’s one product that’s worth eating Top Ramen for a few days to buy, it’s this one. Developed by Professor Augustinus Bader, one of the world’s leading experts in stem cell research, The Rich Cream took 30 years to formulate. But it was all worth it, because this cream does for skin what nothing else can do—it quite literally regenerates cells, making it more youthful and glowy. Victoria Beckham loved it so much that she created her own line of products with Professor Bader (peep our pick further down on this list).

Buy It ($265)

RELATED: My Face Broke Out Like a 15-Year-Old and Augustinus Bader’s The Rich Cream Fixed It

Perfect for the clean beauty-obsessed new mom, this trio of glow-inducing products was inspired by Gwyneth Paltrow. Though the products are high performing, they’re completely non-toxic, so they won’t cause harm during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Inside, she’ll find everything she needs for a natural radiance: Baby Cheeks Blush Stick in Petal (which can also be used on

Lip Lab founder could lose her beauty businesses over $280,000 hidden under a rock

Lip Lab founder could lose her property portfolio and beauty businesses under proceeds of crime laws if found guilty of drug dealing after $280,000 was found hidden under a rock and inside a Christmas present

  • Kimberley Treacy could lose her property portfolio if found guilty
  • NSW Crime Commission is trying to seize $133,970 found in a plastic Aldi bag
  • $151,000 was found in her home, including $79,950 hidden in a Christmas gift 
  • Treacy pleaded not guilty to the commercial supply of cocaine and ice  

Lip Lab founder Kimberley Treacy could lose her property portfolio under proceeds of crime laws over ‘unexplained wealth’. 

The NSW Crime Commission is trying to seize the $133,970 found in a plastic Aldi bag under a rock near her southwest Sydney home.

An additional $151,000 was found in the house, including $79,950 hidden in a Christmas present.

The 31-year-old and her boyfriend Shannon Macauley, 38, were arrested at her Camden beauty business in March.

Kimberley Treacy, 31, and her boyfriend Shannon Macauley, 38, were arrested at her Camden beauty business in March

Kimberley Treacy, 31, and her boyfriend Shannon Macauley, 38, were arrested at her Camden beauty business in March

Kimberley Treacy, 31, and her boyfriend Shannon Macauley, 38, were arrested at her Camden beauty business in March

The mother-of-two (left) made her millions after she and her sister (right) created cruelty-free beauty line Lip Lab Cosmetics, with 14 stores across Australia

The mother-of-two (left) made her millions after she and her sister (right) created cruelty-free beauty line Lip Lab Cosmetics, with 14 stores across Australia

The mother-of-two (left) made her millions after she and her sister (right) created cruelty-free beauty line Lip Lab Cosmetics, with 14 stores across Australia 

She pleaded not guilty to the commercial supply of cocaine and ice.

Macauley claimed his girlfriend didn’t know about the drugs and money. He pleaded guilty to commercial drug supply and was sentenced to a minimum six years’ jail.

Treacy faces two charges of publishing false and misleading material to obtain property and two charges of obtaining property by deception, The Daily Telegraph reports.

The mother-of-two made her millions after she and her sister created cruelty-free beauty line Lip Lab Cosmetics, with 14 stores across Australia.

Clients can mix their own unique shades of lipstick by using a one-of-a-kind blending machine. 

Treacy and Macauley’s assets, including a nine-acre plot of land at Orangeville and a Toyota Camry, has been seized by the crime commission.

It has also frozen her shares in Laser Express Australia Pty Ltd and her Camden Medi Spa.

During Macauley’s trial, police described him as a ‘drug mastermind’ after raiding his home in 2016 and finding $133,970 cash, 105g of ice and 380g of cocaine in the plastic Aldi bag.    

Macauley had a criminal record including armed robbery, shooting at someone, car theft and having stolen goods in his custody.

The crime commission asked the NSW Supreme Court to order Treacy and Macauley pay back the value of their ‘unexplained wealth’.  

The case will return to court on November 9.

Treacy and Macauley's assets, including a nine-acre plot of land at Orangeville and a Toyota Camry, has been seized by the crime commission. Pictured with her sister (right)

Treacy and Macauley's assets, including a nine-acre plot of land at Orangeville and a Toyota Camry, has been seized by the crime commission. Pictured with her sister (right)

Treacy and Macauley’s assets, including a nine-acre plot of land at Orangeville and a Toyota Camry, has been seized by the crime commission. Pictured with her sister (right) 

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Bec Judd shares her beauty secrets – and how she keeps her hair looking perfect

Bec Judd has shared her beauty secrets, and revealed the products she swears by to ensure her hair looks glossy every day of the week.

The mum-of-four and co-founder of activewear line Jaggad, 37, said she has streamlined her routine to be quick, simple and effective over the years – and now has a few skincare, hair and makeup products that she buys on repeat.

When it comes to her hair, Bec said she only washes it twice a week, even if she exercises.

Bec Judd (pictured) has shared her beauty secrets, and revealed the products she swears by to ensure her hair looks glossy every day of the week

Bec Judd (pictured) has shared her beauty secrets, and revealed the products she swears by to ensure her hair looks glossy every day of the week

Bec Judd (pictured) has shared her beauty secrets, and revealed the products she swears by to ensure her hair looks glossy every day of the week 

The mum-of-four and co-founder of activewear line Jaggad, 37, said she has streamlined her routine to be quick, simple and effective over the years

The mum-of-four and co-founder of activewear line Jaggad, 37, said she has streamlined her routine to be quick, simple and effective over the years

The mum-of-four and co-founder of activewear line Jaggad, 37, said she has streamlined her routine to be quick, simple and effective over the years

The 37-year-old loves Klorane’s Mint Scalp Detox Shampoo ($13.99) and Conditioner ($13.99), and otherwise swears by their Aquatic Mint Dry Shampoo ($15.99) if her locks need a quick spruce:

‘Before that I’d always been an oilier hair type and would have to wash my hair every two days, especially if I exercised, but the Klorane dry shampoo just pushes me through,’ Bec told Gritty Pretty. 

If her hair needs some extra nourishment, she’ll turn to the Mango Butter Mask ($24.95) by the same brand, as it’s ‘super luxurious and smells insane’.

Bec (pictured) said she only washes her hair twice a week and instead prefers to use dry shampoo to keep it looking its best

Bec (pictured) said she only washes her hair twice a week and instead prefers to use dry shampoo to keep it looking its best

Bec (pictured) said she only washes her hair twice a week and instead prefers to use dry shampoo to keep it looking its best

What are Bec’s beauty secrets? 

* Wash your hair twice a week to keep it looking glossy; otherwise rely on dry shampoo to give it a boost.

Bec Judd's beauty secrets include using a hair mask once a week and always wearing SPF

Bec Judd's beauty secrets include using a hair mask once a week and always wearing SPF

Bec Judd’s beauty secrets include using a hair mask once a week and always wearing SPF

* Use a hair mask once a week or once a fortnight.

* Invest in active skincare products that will work the hard yards for you. Bec likes to wear Vitamin C, Vitamin B5 and Vitamin A.

* Always wear SPF daily.

* Use a microneedle derma roller once a week to help your serums better penetrate into your skin.

* Choose a slightly lighter pencil for your eyebrow as this helps to create a fluffier and more natural look.

* Use powder foundation for a seamless and efficient finish. 

* Drink green tea to boost your complexion.

The 37-year-old loves Klorane's Mint Scalp Detox Shampoo ($13.99) and Conditioner ($13.99; pictured)

The 37-year-old loves Klorane's Mint Scalp Detox Shampoo ($13.99) and Conditioner ($13.99; pictured)

She sometimes uses the Mango Butter Mask ($24.95) when her hair needs an extra boost (pictured)

She sometimes uses the Mango Butter Mask ($24.95) when her hair needs an extra boost (pictured)

The 37-year-old loves Klorane’s Mint Scalp Detox Shampoo ($13.99) and Conditioner ($13.99; left) and sometimes uses the Mango Butter Mask ($24.95) by the same brand when her hair needs an extra boost (right)

When it comes to how she looks after her complexion, Bec said she is ‘big into actives, cosmeceuticals and serums’.

As she heads into her late 30s, the mum-of-four said she relies on big-hitting products with clinically-proven and scientific ingredients.

Bec said she only uses products by The Skincare Company, beginning with their Vitamin C Serum ($125) and their Hyaluronic B5 Serum ($125) first thing in the morning.

She then finishes with the Hydrating Moisturiser with SPF

All the Products Our Beauty Editors Will Be Gifting to Their Loved Ones This Year

I know, I know, it seems like summer just ended. Despite this year feeling like it was never going to come to a close, we’ve somehow managed to arrive at the final level of 2020: the holiday season.



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So first off, congratulations on making it this far.

Secondly, even though the holidays won’t look the same this year, at least now most of us will (hopefully) have something to look forward to, right?

That said, with nothing else to do, we’ve been getting a head start on holiday shopping for our loved ones this year. Because, truly, is there anything better than putting a smile on someone’s face — even if it’s over Zoom or FaceTime?



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‘Tis the season — already.

But, if you’re stuck on what to gift your favorite people this year, let us help you out by giving you a little inspiration.

Below, all the products we’ll be sending to our loved ones for the upcoming holidays.

RELATED: The 10 Best Beauty Gifts for Skincare Enthusiasts

Kayla Greaves, Senior Beauty Editor



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La Mer Miracle Moments Collection

I am not one to be shy about my love for La Mer. Without a single doubt, I can say it is one of the best skincare lines I’ve ever indulged in — hands down. And most of my friends have become a wee bit jealous of the collection of products I’ve built over the years, especially because I won’t let any of them touch it! That’s why when I saw this gift set, I knew I had to get it for some of my homegirls. Plus, at only $160, this package is quite literally a steal (I had to refresh the page a few times to make sure I was seeing correctly — for real). So if you’re blessed enough to have the extra funds, this is a gift set you should definitely keep in mind for someone special.

To shop: $160; sephora.com



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Yves Saint Laurent Mini Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick Set

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Yeah, I know everyone is saying that lipstick is basically canceled for as long as masks will be a thing. But, like, I don’t really care (so long as you wear a mask while you’re around others!). Truth is, even if I can’t see some of my loved ones physically this year, I’m still going to want to hop on a Zoom or FaceTime call with them. And if I know anything about my girls, it’s that they love a good lip. With this YSL set, they’ll be able to easily switch things up between their virtual office holiday parties and video calls with family.

To shop: $50; sephora.com



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The DB Method 

OK, fine. I admit this technically isn’t a typical beauty product, but hear me out for a sec. In my pre-COVID