21 Black-Owned Beauty Brands You Can Shop at Sephora Right Now

21 BlackOwned Beauty Brands You Can Find at Sephora

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Frequent Sephora shoppers have probably noticed its near-daily refresh of newer, more diverse brands. Last year, Sephora adopted the 15 Percent Pledge policy to serve the dire need for representation in beauty, business, and the intersection of both industries. Under this initiative, the retailer promises to dedicate 15 percent of its shelf space to Black-owned brands — and so far, it's made progress in the right direction.

As part of the initiative, Sephora has relaunched its Accelerate Program to exclusively focus on businesses owned by women of color. Each brand participating in the program — including internet favorites like Hyper Skin, 54 Thrones, and Eadem — is offered a spot in Sephora stores across the globe and online, creating more essential space for brands owned by underrepresented groups while bringing the retailer closer to its goal. 

Since Sephora's official announcement in 2020, it's taken steps to increase its initial seven-brand portfolio of Black-owned businesses to 21. Though that number isn't 15 percent of the overall 322 brands Sephora offers, it's certainly a significant increase. Each and every one of these brands bring something refreshing to your vanity, whether it's a high-strength retinol serum from Shani Darden Skin Care, an indulgent leave-in conditioner by Briogeo, or a dewy skin tint à la Fenty Beauty. 

There's more work to be done, but Sephora's taking a step in the right direction through its diversity efforts. These moves set a higher standard for other retailers to follow while allowing consumers to be able to shop Black-owned brands at one of the biggest beauty shops on the planet.

Now, keep reading to learn more about every Black-owned beauty brand on Sephora's roster so far.

All products featured on Allure are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

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We Tried Jennifer Aniston’s Self-Care Routine

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You know those article headlines that make your heart stop when you come across them (or is that just a weird me-thing)? Imagine my excitement when I came across this story on Vogue about Jennifer Aniston’s self-care routine and her secrets to looking (and feeling!) as good as she does. Yes, please! After reading the entire interview about five times through, I was inspired. As a wellness editor who loves a good self-care ritual almost as much as I loved every season of Friends, I wanted to get as close as I could to being Jennifer Aniston and try out every detail of her self-care routine for one week.


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So what happened when I swapped out my self-care rituals for a Hollywood A-lister’s? Did I achieve her effortless beauty and lit-from-within glow? Did Jen and I (finally) become best friends, as having the same rock-solid self-care routine would make happen? Read on for Jennifer Aniston’s self-care rituals I added to my routine based on her interview with Vogue and my experience trying out each of them.


1. No phone for the first hour after waking

The first step in Jen’s self-care routine is probably what I need the most: less phone time. As someone who rolls over and checks Instagram within 30 seconds of waking up, it’s definitely time for a morning routine makeover. As for the details (we’re all about the details), Jennifer keeps her phone stored elsewhere and uses iPods or old iPhones for alarm clocks and sleep apps (which I probably would too if I was paid a billion dollars every time a Friends episode aired). But alas, no television fortune or spare iPhone for me, so I charged my phone across the room and forced my boyfriend to set an alarm on his phone for me (I cannot risk the temptation of turning off the alarm on my own phone when TikTok is just a click away). 

Jen talks about finally checking her phone after about an hour to find text messages wondering where she is, which I can only assume is from her team of assistants, BFF Courtney Cox, or maybe Brad Pitt finally realizing he can’t live without her (we’ve known that for 20 years, Brad!). I don’t have a team of assistants or Brad Pitt caring about why I haven’t answered their texts, but at least my boss would notice if I was MIA, right?

At the end of the week, I have to be honest: My mornings were so much better. I had more time to fit in meditation (more on that below), and I swear I felt less stressed when the first thought of my day was not centered around catching up on other people’s lives or texts I had missed. I’m even inspired to keep my current phone when I get a new one just to use it for sleep apps and alarm clocks. That’s some bougie ish, but it’s also pretty genius. 


2. Use the Pattern app

While this is technically not a core piece of her self-care routine, Jennifer did mention that her phone is reserved for texts, emails, and the Pattern app, of which I needed to try. If it’s good enough for Jennifer Aniston, it’s good enough for me (also, it’s free, so I’m down). I had never heard of Pattern, and TBH, it kind of blew my mind. It uses data to help you better understand yourself and others for the purpose of deeper connections. In a world where most of our screen time is spent watching people we don’t know dance or cook feta pasta, it was cool to spend some time exploring my personality and what’s going on in my life.

You can use it as a tool to understand yourself better, a reference to make goals (it gives you peak days/times), or even as a way to connect with people who share similar personalities and values. Think of it like a dating app, only instead of swiping left on gym selfies, you’re matched based on your deepest personality traits. I learned that I’m self-critical, deep, and passionate and also that I need to let go of the past (my therapist has been telling me that for years). It’s actually cool, and I thank the app gods and Jennifer Aniston for bringing such a fascinating tool into my life for free.


3. DIY a collagen latte

Probably the best thing to come out of this experiment is that I finally know Jennifer Aniston’s coffee order. Scratch that—she calls it a coffee routine. So when I order Starbucks, I will no longer tell the barista that a grande cold brew with one pump hazelnut and an inch of coconut milk is my order, it’s my coffee routine. In a pleasantly surprising twist of events, Jen’s morning coffee is pretty doable. She adds a scoop of collagen from Vital Proteins, a dash of cinnamon, and a packet of Stevia because she has a sweet tooth. Meanwhile, she steams her almond milk while this concoction is forming and will occasionally indulge in her guilty pleasure, hazelnut Coffee Mate (that’s the relatable queen we know and love!).

Luckily, for this experiment, I already had a milk frother ready to go, a gallon of almond milk on hand, and some collagen that I typically add to smoothies. I prefer the taste of iced coffee, but I quickly learned that collagen plus iced coffee does not equal a Jen-approved superfood latte. Collagen needs heat to dissolve or else it will turn into goop at the bottom of your cup (and not that kind of Goop). But once I nailed the hot coffee routine, I liked knowing I was getting some extra nutrients and protein in my coffee. 


4. Be mindful of what your eyes and ears ingest

PSA: Your mouth and stomach are not the only body parts that digest. Jen is protective of her boundaries by limiting news sources, social media, and negative content. It makes me really happy that Jen is protecting herself because I would protect her at all costs. But this is actually a really great point because health is not only about choosing the best way to nourish our bodies with food but also about how to nourish our minds and souls. The podcasts we listen to, the people we spend our time with, the shows we binge on Netflix, the accounts we follow on Instagram, and the way we speak to ourselves (and others) are all things that feed us too. 

I always try to be conscious of this by unfollowing or muting accounts that don’t serve me, watching comedies that make me happy over horror movies or sad shows, and limiting news to what I absolutely need to know. But this week, I was not only thinking about what not to watch, listen to, and read, I also made a conscious effort to consume more of what to watch, listen to, and read. Instead of scrolling through Instagram or watching Netflix, I read inspiring books and listened to motivating podcasts. To no one’s surprise, it was truly the most motivated I had been in a long time (and not just because I’ve been comparing myself to Jennifer Aniston a little too much). 


5. Meditate after making coffee

Spoiler alert: Meditation was by far the most drastic change that came out of this week for me. It’s something I always think I should do but never really make time for. I tell myself I’ll meditate after I take my dog out, on my lunch break, or before bed, but it just never happens. Having a specific time built in to meditate (i.e. right after making coffee) was the game-changer because I actually did fit it in. 

Jen explained that she meditates after “a few sips of coffee,” so I panicked because I wasn’t sure if she takes the rest of the coffee with her to meditate (will that be a distraction and ruin the purpose?) or lets her coffee sit there and get cold after a few sips (maybe normal for the rich and famous?). I need a detailed play-by-play, Jennifer! I ended up sitting down on my couch with my bougie latte in hand for about five minutes of meditation (I couldn’t let collagen go to waste). 

Jen uses Insight Timer, so I used it and tried the courses she mentioned: lowering anxiety and how to create gratitude and abundance. Through this experiment, I learned that I definitely prefer guided meditations. There’s way too much going on in my little brain to sit in quiet stillness, and I don’t always know what to write when journaling. Insight Timer achieved what it promised for me—I instantly felt a little less anxious throughout the day, and I also felt major gratitude. This is nothing groundbreaking to the self-care world, but I give a morning meditation 5/5 stars. 


6. Adopt a pro-aging mindset

As someone in their mid-twenties, whether I’m for or against aging is not a topic I’ve put much thought into. I like to think I’d already be “pro” because I regularly pretended to be 21 years old before I actually was. But I think we can all agree that of all celebs, Jennifer Aniston is the first one to come to mind when thinking of the buzzphrase “aging gracefully.” Not only does she look phenomenal at every age (like, how?), but it also seems like she hasn’t resisted getting older. Rather, she’s slightly adjusted her hair, beauty, routine, and relationships to each phase in her life without trying to look like Season 1 Rachel Green. 

The biggest lesson I got from Jennifer Aniston’s pro-aging mindset is also something I’ve learned from my mom’s aging mentality: We are lucky to be able to get older because a lot of people don’t get the chance. I’m sure I’d feel less hunky dory about it when I get crow’s feet and gray hairs, but I do believe there’s something to be said about enjoying every age of life instead of wishing we could be younger. This week, I made an effort to make decisions for my future self by eating fruits and veggies, getting enough sleep, and moving my body, knowing that taking care of myself now is an investment in my future self. As Mrs. Aniston (Jen’s mom) used to say, “This is about longevity. It’s a privilege to grow old, but we don’t have to grow sick.” 


7. Keep learning and educating yourself

It’s totally relatable that Jen casually mentioned to her manager that she wanted to educate herself more, so her manager arranged conversations with icons like Jay Shetty, Jessica Yellin, and David Sinclair (to be read in your best Chandler Bing-level sarcasm). I guess when you’re an icon yourself, you have access to all the other icons. But as a total wellness nerd who loved school (yeah, I was that girl), I love that learning is a key part of Jen’s self-care routine. The goal of wellness is really just growth: growing in health, growing in self-love, and growing in knowledge. When we’re constantly learning, we’re constantly growing.

I always make an effort to attend lectures, listen to podcasts, and read books to grow my health knowledge, but the major change from this week was how I saw those efforts. I typically see education as an extension of my career, like I’m staying up-to-date to be the best I can be at my job. But seeing it instead as a way to care for myself really transformed what I got out of it. Education, even in the name of a career, helps us grow as people, not just as a job title. If you ask me, that’s caring for yourself more than a face mask or smoothie ever could.


8. Supplement your health with products that work

To quote Jennifer Aniston quoting Dr. Sinclair, “As we age, our cells start to shut down and the lights in our body turn off. But you can turn those lights, those genes, back on.” One of the ways Jennifer likes to turn those genes back on and age as healthy as possible is through tried and true supplements, like the aforementioned collagen (she uses Vital Proteins, of which she is chief creative officer for the brand).

I’m typically wishy-washy with my supplements. I’ll get excited about a new multivitamin and take it religiously for a couple of weeks before forgetting about it altogether, or I know I feel my best when I’m consistent with my probiotics but can’t always seem to remember to take them. This week, I was more consistent than I’ve typically been with taking the supplements and vitamins my doctor and I decided were best for me. A major shift was (yet again) mindset: Rather than just another thing I was “supposed” to do, I thought of these supplements as another way to invest in my future self and to “keep the lights in my body turned on” as I get older. You bet I won’t forget to take my multivitamin again. 


The Verdict:

Overall, following an A-lister’s self-care routine was surprisingly doable. I loved spending a little extra time prioritizing the things I typically forget about, like tech-free time or meditation. However, the biggest takeaway I got from spending a week as Jennifer Aniston (I mean basically, right?) is that mindset is her secret. Don’t get me wrong: I’m sure she has a team of the best beauty gurus and wellness experts on speed dial and the best products that only money (and fame) can buy. But her actual routines are fairly simple. No two-hour workouts, strict diets, or 5 a.m. wakeup calls are needed to achieve Jen’s lit-from-within glow.

I love that the way she cares for herself is built around mindset. She’s not using self-care rituals as a mask to achieve an “ideal weight” or to stay young forever; she cares about health because she wants to live the longest, happiest life possible. Now if that doesn’t sound like the moral of a movie where Jen would play the lovable protagonist, I don’t know what does. 


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Everything You Need To Make the Best Coffee at Home

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As much as I love treating myself to a cute little outing of walking to get my favorite Starbucks fall coffee drink or spending a few hours working at a cafe with a delicious latte, my wallet simply can’t handle making that a regular habit. Over the last year or so, I’ve become extremely passionate about making delicious coffee in the comfort of my own home, and let’s just say, my bank account thanks me every day.

I pretty much make myself a homemade iced latte with espresso made in my Nespresso machine year-round, but I like to use the fall months to really experiment and switch things up. Obviously, pumpkin and coffee go together just as well as Lorelai and Luke (get it, an extra coffee reference?), but you can really deck out your at-home barista station with so many things in the fall that you’ll forget about Starbucks altogether.

I’m all about romanticizing the mundane, everyday tasks that life throws at us, so why not start first thing in the morning by making your morning coffee your favorite ritual of the day? Here is everything you could possibly need to make the best fall coffees at home:


Your Coffee Maker of Choice

Making a delicious coffee at home starts with the machine you’re making it in. While we love a store-bought bottled cold brew as much as the next person, investing in a coffee maker you love is definitely worth it in the long run. Whether you need the convenience of a single-serve machine or crave the traditional taste of drip coffee, there’s a machine out there that will be a great fit for you.


Vertuo Coffee and Espresso Machine

Many of our editors absolutely swear by our Nespresso machines for the best barista-level coffee at home.

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Vertuo Next Premium Coffee and Espresso Maker

This smaller, thinner Nespresso is perfect for small spaces.

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K-Mini Single-Serve Coffee Maker

Not only is this K-Mini also great for small spaces, it comes in a few super cute color options.

5 colors available

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Single Serve Coffee, Latte & Cappuccino Maker

If you’re loyal to your K-Cups but want to branch out, this Keurig with latte- and cappuccino-making capabilities might be perfect for you.

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12-Cup Coffee Maker

We can’t forget about our traditional drip coffee lovers—this chic white machine will look great in your kitchen.

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French Press Coffee Maker

For those who want to make their coffee-making process a little bit fancier, a French Press will definitely help you do that.

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Try It: Vanilla Chai Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew
This quintessential fall recipe from Half Baked Harvest is the at-home coffee-meets-chai combo of our dreams.



I am fully aware that some people are very particular about their coffee and would never want to switch it up, but I strongly believe that fall is the perfect time to experiment with fun and festive flavors. There are so many great options out there for single-serve pod drinkers and traditional ground coffee drinkers alike.


Pumpkin Spice Light Roast Ground Coffee

Starbucks, fall, and pumpkin spice coffee are the ultimate trifecta… and you can bring that home with this ground coffee.

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Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

Pumpkin Spice K-Cup Pods

I tell everyone I know that these are hands down the best pumpkin K-Cups on the market.

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Jacked O Lantern Coffee

Looking to branch out from your usual brands? Try out this pumpkin spice blend from Bones Coffee.

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Barista Flavor Pack Coffee Pods

These barista flavor Nespresso pods will flawlessly compliment your favorite pumpkin creamer.

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Fall Blend Medium Roast Ground Coffee

If you want to be festive but don’t love the pumpkin flavor, this Starbucks Fall Blend is your perfect match.

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A Milk Frother

It doesn’t matter if you’re an oat milk, almond milk, or dairy milk kind of girl. There is one thing I absolutely know: Frothing your milk and/or coffee creamer (pumpkin spice oat milk creamer, anyone?) changes the entire game. It is truly the key to achieving that coffee shop-level feel in the comfort of your own home.

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Milk Frother

This budget-friendly frother has a convenient handle and can make hot or cold foam.

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Original Milk Frother

This $16 milk frother is in all of our editors’ kitchens.

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Aeroccino4 Milk Frother

Interested in taking your coffee set-up to the next level? This Nespresso frother will help you do just that.

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Try It: Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte
This delicious PSL recipe from Ambitious Kitchen is a dairy-free and naturally sweetened version of a true classic.


Add-Ins and Accessories

Obviously, the key formula to a great cup of coffee is simply coffee and milk (or cream). However, I would make the argument that adding in a few little extras is what really makes the formula complete. You can choose a syrup, sauce, or topping that will make you simply forget about that $6 Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew. 

Jordan’s Skinny Syrups

Sugar Free Skinny Syrups

These zero-calorie, zero-sugar flavored syrups are an ideal option if you’re trying to stay health-conscious this fall.

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Syrup Variety Pack

Craving your go-to vanilla iced latte? Make it yourself with these flavor syrups.

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Coffee Flavor Syrup Dispenser

Customize your labels to match your syrup collection!

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Gold Syrup Pump Set

These syrup pumps will have you feeling like a real barista in no time.

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Daily Drops

Adding Equilibria’s CBD drops to your fall morning coffee is the perfect way to start your day off right.

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Puremade Pumpkin Pie Sauce

This pumpkin sauce is all over TikTok—it’s just what you need to drizzle around your iced coffee glass.

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Pumpkin Pie Spice

Starbucks tops all of our favorite pumpkin drinks with pumpkin spice, so take your at-home coffee to the next level by doing it too.

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Try It: Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew
This Eating Bird Food recipe details how to make your own pumpkin cold foam, so you can have a healthier version of the Starbucks fave right at home.


Mugs, Glasses, and Straws

Although it’s what’s on the inside that counts, what you drink your coffee in can add that lil’ something extra that makes enjoying your coffee so much more special. Pulling a festive, spooky-xseason mug or glass out of your cabinet is sure to put a smile on your face first thing in the morning.

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Spooky Season Iced Coffee Cup

Nothing will brighten your mornings more than this insanely cute “spooky season” glass.

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Hey Boo Mug

This $5 mug is the perfect subtle touch for your morning coffee.

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8 Pack Reusable Glass Drinking Straws

Glass straws are great if you’re looking for an option that is sturdy enough to stir and easy to clean.

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Feelin’ Cute Kinda Spooky Iced Coffee Cup

The cheeky message and cute design on this glass makes it the iced coffee glass of our dreams.

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Amazon | Nightingale

Silicone Straws

These silicone straws in the perfect fall hues will fit right into your aesthetic Instagram story.

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Etsy | Love In Kyoto

Sanderson Sisters Mug

Do you watch Hocus Pocus multiple times per year? Then you need this Sanderson Sisters mug for your collection.

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Set of 4 Classic Can Tumblers

These editor- and reader-favorite tumbler glasses are not only great for your iced coffees in the fall, but they’ll also be your go-to for the rest of the year.

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Ghost Iced Coffee Glass

This ghost-covered glass comes with a lid and glass, so you can take your iced coffee on the go.

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Kylie Jenner’s Take on Freddy Krueger Is Way More Glamorous Than the Original

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When you think of glamorous 1980s movie characters that have earned beauty-icon status, you may think of Lisa from Weird Science, Elvira Hancock from Scarface, or any of the Witches of Eastwick. Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street? Not so much. But leave it to Kylie Jenner to see the horror villain through fresh, fully lined eyes.

On Tuesday, October 5, Jenner posted a stunning photo to Instagram in which she's wearing a catsuit made to resemble Freddy Krueger's burn-scarred skin. Her pulled-back hair culminates in sleek bangs separated into four sculpted pieces. And of course, her manicure is made up of super long, metallic silver, pointy nails that recall Freddy's signature knife-finger glove.

It would be understandable if Jenner was just getting off to an early start on Halloween costumes — the Kardashian-Jenner clan is known for going full-throttle on the holiday — but the photo is actually a promo shot for a new Kylie Cosmetics collaboration with A Nightmare on Elm Street. In her Instagram Stories, Jenner revealed all of the products in the collection accompanied by a sufficiently creepy soundtrack.

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First up is a Lip Lacquer Trio in tubes that look blood-splattered. She swatches the nude-pink Only a Dream, peachy-red Elm Street, and mauve-brick Never Sleep Again shades on her arm to show off their rich, glossy color. Next is the Pressed Powder Palette, which contains 12 pans of matte and shimmery neutral and red-toned eye-shadow shades, not to mention a dark teal shade called Gonna Get You. 

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Kylie also shows off the false lashes in the collection. "I love pre-cut lashes, so I wanted to do these pre-cut lashes for you guys," Jenner says in the clip. "They're so soft. They look so pretty on the eye, and I just love being able to customize my own lash."

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And finally, there's the Lip and Cheek Jelly Stain, which Jenner says is a brand-new formula. "It has a really cool texture," she says, adding that it gives a light, pretty wash of color.  

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The Kylie x A Nightmare on Elm Street collection launches on October 12. Jenner's new launches tend to sell out quickly, but with millions of Freddy fans in the queue, there's no doubt that this will fly off kyliecosmetics.com shelves especially fast, so definitely don't sleep on it.

8 Leggings Outfits That Will Look Like You Actually Tried

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Is there any win-win situation that compares to wearing leggings? The perfect pair are as cozy as they are cute; as versatile as they are dependable. Like a healthy cupcake that somehow still tastes like a real cupcake, leggings can seem too good to be true, especially when you make them the base of real, put-together outfits.

But no. They’re just too good.

You can sleep, stretch, or sprint a mile in them. But more importantly, you can serve serious looks in them, sans the effort. Take it from these fashion girls, who prove that loungewear can be elevated with just a few key essentials. A single jacket, bag, or sweater can level up your leggings without compromising on comfort. See? Win-win.


1. Lean into sweater weather

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A polished OOTD that feels like you haven’t left the couch? Sign us up. Leggings can quickly become sophisticated with just a striped sweater and an oversized button-up. And the best part? These basics are most likely in your closet right now.


2. Incorporate denim

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If you’re ever unsure of how to style your leggings, revisit your go-to outfit formulas. The classic white sneakers, white T-shirt, and jean jacket look has never let you down, and this time is no different. 


3. Add another layer (or three)

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When the temps drop, two things are certain: we (reluctantly) swap our iced coffee with something hot, and we start layering. And layering. Oh, and layering some more. What’s one more turtleneck under this sweater coat under this coat? Remember to throw on a chunky scarf for good measure.


4. Keep it cool and comfy

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This minimalist look delivers maximum comfort and style thanks to a strategic choice of color—or lack thereof. In this case, canvas sneakers, a white pullover, and a baguette bag transformed a pair of typical black leggings into an effortless, repeat-worthy outfit.


5. Make a statement in faux leather

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If you want to look like you tried without actually trying, your best bet might be with a pair of faux leather leggings. They’re sleek, but still soft and stretchy. The best of both worlds. Pair them with suede booties and your most chic coat, and you’ll forget you’re not still chilling at home.


6. Go wild with neutrals

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It’s time to channel your inner leopard, cheetah, zebra, or what have you, because animal prints are in. And neutral colors are, forever and always, in. Your next “I don’t have anything to wear” day has officially been solved.


7. Tell a color story

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Your pink leggings called, and they want to see the light of day outside of your spinning class. Pair a bright-colored jacket with your bright-colored yoga pants, and enjoy the boost of dopamine all day.


8. Get dramatic and monochromatic

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When in doubt, a head-to-toe black outfit never fails. In fact, it’s power dressing at its finest. No one will even realize you’re wearing leggings, because your leather jacket will be stealing the show. Complete the monochrome look with a beanie and combat boots for all the edgy vibes.


6 Easy Outfits You Can Wear All Fall Long


How to Discuss Money with Your Significant Other

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When we think of money and relationships, there is often a negative connotation. Maybe it’s because what to do on date night is a way sexier topic than finance or maybe because one of the leading reasons marriages end in divorce is due to disagreements over money. But it doesn’t have to be a sensitive or controversial subject; if you lay the groundwork and have honest conversations, setting financial goals can be something that brings you and your partner closer together instead of something that pushes you apart.

There is no set rule as to when to have a money talk. Every relationship has its own timing and moves at its own speed. The important thing is that when it’s right for you to have the conversation, you should have an open, honest, and respectful one. Read on for tips about how to have a productive money conversation that will bring you closer together rather than push you apart.


1. Observe

You might not feel comfortable bringing up the full money conversation in the early stages of your relationship, but observing your partner’s money habits can be incredibly telling. What are your significant other’s spending habits? Do they impulsively make big purchases or usually go for the thrifty option? What do they like to splurge on, and what do they like to save on? On top of learning about how they treat money, this is also a good opportunity to observe and learn more about their personality and what they value. Trying to understand your partner’s attitude toward money can eventually help you ease into a conversation that feels natural and can highlight where you are similar and where you are different. 


2. Establish an open environment

The money topic is sensitive, so the environment that you set before and during any conversation with your partner around finance is really important. Start by mentioning the topic and suggesting that you want to sit down to talk about it together so you can be on the same page with your life goals. Think about making it more enjoyable: Pour a couple glasses of wine, make a lunch date out of it, or talk about it casually in the car or while you’re making dinner (it doesn’t have to be so serious!). During the conversation, focus on using effective communication skills, especially if something is surprising or upsetting to you. For example, if you learn your partner is swimming in credit card debt, don’t make them feel bad. Instead, try to understand the full story of how they got there and what they’re doing to improve the situation.


3. Know what you want to discuss

Depending on where you are in your relationship, you probably have a different list of concerns, questions, and goals. If you’re moving in together or getting married, you’ll probably want to focus on how you’re going to handle money as a couple, whether or not you’ll combine finances, and how to reach financial goals together. If you’re having the money conversation in a newer relationship, you’ll want to cover how you each value and think of money. For example, if you’re someone who wants to save up for travel but your partner likes to spend on weekly luxuries, it’s not necessarily a deal-breaker (most couples won’t have the exact same money habits), but it is important to know what each of you value so you can make plans that work for both of your goals.


4. Be honest with your partner (and yourself)

Honesty is crucial, but it can be difficult to be honest with your partner if you haven’t accepted your own financial reality yet. Part of having the money conversation is being honest with yourself first. If you have something in your financial history that you’re not proud of, it’s time to come to terms with it and make a plan to move forward. If you’ve avoided paying down your debt, take some time to look at it and come up with a plan for how you’re going to pay it down before you talk with your partner. Coming to the conversation with an honest account of your situation as well as your plan to move forward will help ease the surprise of anything negative you need to share.



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10 Books So Scary, You Won’t Be Able to Sleep at Night

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It doesn’t take being October for some of us to enjoy some good scary books, but there’s no better time to sit down, cozy up, and be absolutely petrified than now.

Sure, there are tons of thriller books out there (especially if you frequent BookTok,) but what about the books that actually leave us scared? The ones that give us the same, palpitating, spine-chilling feeling that a good scary movie does? Those are a little harder to come by.

But fear not: As The Everygirl’s resident consumer of all things scary, I’ve read just about every thriller under the sun, and while, at this point, most don’t phase me, these 10 left me completely rattled and made me lose sleep for days after finishing them. Ready to be scared to your core? These 10 books will do the trick.

Thomas Harris

The Silence of the Lambs

Even if you’ve already seen The Silence of the Lambs movie (as I’d hope you would have by now), this book is still absolutely worth the read and is even more bone-chilling than the movie. Not only do you get a deeper dive into Hannibal Lecter, but you also get to understand the story of Buffalo Bill and Clarice Starling even more than the movie allows. It’s begging to be read on a dreary, cold October night.

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Stephen King


Stephen King made his name as a thriller author for a reason, and if you ask me, the movie adaptations of his books pale in comparison.

After a near-fatal car accident in rural Colorado leaves his body broken, writer Paul Sheldon finds himself at the mercy of the terrifying rescuer who’s nursing him back to health: his self-proclaimed number one fan, Annie Wilkes. The story is a rural hostage nightmare that will stay with you long after you read the last page.

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Samantha Downing

My Lovely Wife

A couple lives a seemingly idyllic life, with a 15-year marriage under their belts and two kids. But they have an unexpected hobby: murdering people.

My Lovely Wife definitely isn’t for the faint of heart, but if you get through it, you’re in for one of the most unexpected, twist-filled thriller books of recent years. It’s truly terrifying (without being particularly gory), but you won’t put it down until the final pages.

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Lucinda Berry

When She Returned

Kate Bennett vanished from a parking lot 11 years ago, leaving behind her husband and young daughter. When she shows up at a Montana gas station, clutching an infant and screaming for help, investigators believe she may have been abducted by a cult.

Kate’s return flips her family’s world upside down—her husband is remarried and her daughter barely remembers her. Kate herself doesn’t look or act like she did before, and they discover her disappearance was even more sinister than they imagined.

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Riley Sager

Home Before Dark

Riley Sager has earned a name for himself as one of the absolute best thriller authors, and Home Before Dark earned a cult following for a reason.

A woman returns to the house made famous by her father’s bestselling horror memoir. Is the
place really haunted by evil forces as her father claimed? Or are there more earthbound—and dangerous—secrets hidden within its walls? If you love paranormal stories, this one is for you.

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Iain Reid

I’m Thinking of Ending Things

If you already saw the heinous movie adaptation of I’m Thinking of Ending Things that was released on Netflix last fall, scrap it from your brain and read the book instead.

This book follows a couple through a bizarre night, with nearly half of it taking place in the car ride to meet the boyfriend’s parents while the girlfriend ponders ending things with him. Never in my life have I read a book that reads more like a horror film. I read it sitting on my couch one afternoon, frozen and more scared than I have ever been while reading a book.

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B.A. Paris

Behind Closed Doors

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He’s a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’re hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home and the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

But it’s difficult because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable. This book takes you through a wild, horrifying ride of a marriage that’s nothing like it seems.

Trigger warning: This book contains domestic violence.

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Lucinda Berry

The Perfect Child

Christopher and Hannah are a happily married surgeon and nurse with picture-perfect lives. All that’s missing is a child. When Janie, an abandoned 6-year-old, turns up at their hospital, Christopher forms an instant connection with her, and he convinces Hannah they should take her home as their own. They quickly learn that Janie is no ordinary child, and what the couple endures before they realize it is enough to keep you up at night.

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Alex North

The Whisper Man

After the sudden death of his wife, Tom Kennedy believes a fresh start will help him and his young son, Jake, heal. It’s a new beginning, a new house, and a new town.

But the town has a dark past. 20 years ago, a serial killer abducted and murdered five residents. Until Frank Carter was finally caught, he was nicknamed “The Whisper Man,” as he would lure his victims out by whispering at their windows at night. A young boy vanishes, and then Tom’s son hears whispering outside of his window at night. As a New York Times review aptly put it, “If you like being terrified, ‘The Whisper Man’ is for you.”

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Taylor Adams

No Exit

On her way to Utah to see her dying mother, college student Darby Thorne gets caught in a fierce blizzard in the mountains of Colorado. With the roads impassable, she’s forced to wait out the storm at a remote highway rest stop. Inside are some vending machines, a coffee maker, and four complete strangers.
Desperate to find a signal to call home, Darby goes back out into the storm and makes a horrifying discovery. In the back of the van parked next to her car, a little girl is locked in an animal crate.

The rest of the book consists of Darby being completely trapped at the rest stop, trying to navigate who of the strangers is to blame for what she saw in the car—and figuring out how to get them both out.

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44 Unique Gifts From Amazon for Everyone on Your List

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The 2021 holiday season will be here before we know it, so save yourself some stress by getting ahead of the giving game with some of the best Amazon gifts available. Historically, holiday shopping has not been exactly stress-free. Remember the days of Black Friday mad dashes and all of that last-minute running around town to different stores? Whether we wanted to or not, we saw a reprieve last year, which helped many of us reset and hopefully enjoy the season a lot more. This year, we'd like to maintain the same energy with a way less frazzled shopping experience. We're here to help you get to gifting a lot earlier and, more importantly, we want to be sure that you're snagging exactly what you and your loved ones really want. 

Whether it's highly-anticipated tech and gadgets, stylish kitchen items, or Allure Best of Beauty-winning beauty products, the mega e-retailer has quite an expansive offering of items that will check off nearly everything on your list, no matter your budget. And with Amazon Prime, you can get all of your gifts (and household essentials while you're at it) with free two-day shipping. Pretty nice, right?

Get ready to make this holiday season the simplest, easiest, and most fuss-free ever with our favorite gift picks on Amazon. As a sneak peek, they include a small but mighty blow-dryer, magnetic eyelashes, a weighted blanket, and much more. So take a deep breath, pour yourself a mug of hot apple cider, and get to work on your gift list with Amazon. You'll be done before you know it, and even better, you'll never even have to leave the house. Read on for all of the best Amazon gifting options.

And if you don't find what you're looking for on this list, check out Allure's other top picks for presents.

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Are the Pimples on Your Lip Actually a Cold Sore?

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If you've ever had a pimple pop up in close vicinity to your mouth, chances are you've wondered — even if just for a millisecond — if said blemish could actually be a cold sore, also known as oral herpes. It's not an outlandish thought to have, either. Pimples and cold sores share certain similarities (especially in terms of appearance), which could easily elicit some confusion in someone who's suffering a breakout.

In actuality, pimples and cold sores on the lips share very little in common, making them pretty easy to distinguish from one another once you know what to look for. With that in mind, Allure tapped several dermatologists to find out the differences between pimples and cold sores, what exactly makes them so different from one another, and of course, how you can treat them should they arise. Scroll down for the lowdown.

  • Cold Sore Causes
  • Cold Sore Symptoms
  • Single Bump vs. Cluster
  • Cold Sore vs. Pimple Treatments
  • How Long Do Cold Sores and Pimples Last?
  • Emotional Impact of Lip Breakouts

What causes a cold sore?

Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus-1, also called oral herpes or HSV-1, and they are contagious. The majority of people are exposed to the virus during childhood, but only 30 percent of people actually get clinical cold sores, says Friedman. You can catch the virus through direct skin contact, for example kissing or even using the same cup as someone with an active sore. From there, the virus pops out when your immune system is compromised or worn down, typically during times of emotional or physical stress, or if you're sick, explains Zeichner.

As most of us know, acne can also occur during times of stress, but that's where the similarities come to a halt. "Pimples can develop when hair follicles get infected with bacteria or fungus or blocked with a plug composed of oil, dead skin cells, and potentially other debris resulting in inflammation and bacterial overgrowth," says Shah. Friedman adds that all acne is inflammatory, and when inflammation brews around the sebaceous gland, it causes the area to swell and more sebum to be produced, ultimately resulting in what usually appears as a pus-filled pimple. Those with hormonal acne also experience pimples, most often around the jawline area, during their menstrual cycle or when their hormones are fluctuating. Such is not the case in cold sores, as it's a viral infection not impacted by hormones.

What are the early cold sore symptoms?

The simplest way to determine whether you have a pimple or a cold sore is to pay close attention to the warning signs. For instance, if you feel a tingling or burning sensation before the blemish even emerges, that's your body's way of telling you a cold sore is coming. "Often you may notice tingling, itching, or burning in the area before the blisters appear," explains Sejal Shah, a New York City-based dermatologist. This is known as the prodromal phase in the herpes simplex virus, which is when people experience changes in themselves (such as said burning) but haven't yet acquired any clear-cut symptoms.

Adam Friedman, the residency program director and director of translational research in the dermatology department at The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences, explains that this tingling or burning happens when the HSV-1 virus, which causes cold sores, leaves its home in a nerve root, called the dorsal root ganglion, and travels down the sensory nerves to the skin cells. 

Can cold sores be a single bump like a pimple?

It's highly unlikely that a single, stand-alone bump is a cold sore. The tingling period of cold-sore development is followed by red, fluid-filled blisters, which Shah says usually come in clusters on or around the lips. The cluster can look like a small group of pimples, as the skin around the area will be quite inflamed and quickly form a scabby appearance, according to Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. 

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An active cold sore caused by HSV-1.


Pimples do not appear in clusters, nor are they directly on the lips. "Location is helpful with distinguishing acne, as while there can sometimes be free-standing oil glands on the lips, called fordyce spots, typically, there are no oil glands and therefore acne can't occur on the actual lip itself," says Friedman. 

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A pimple at the edge of a person’s lip.


What's more: While pimples may be tender or cause discomfort, they're not associated with the same prodromal phase as cold sores, says Shah. Pimples can also occur anywhere on the body, whereas cold sores caused by HSV-1 are resigned strictly to the mouth area.

How do cold sore and pimple treatments differ?

Pimples can be treated with skin-care products containing acne-fighting ingredients, like bacteria-killing benzoyl peroxide and exfoliating salicylic acid, as well as topical retinoids like tretinoin, adapalene, or tazarotene. In more severe cases, some people turn to drugs like isotretinoin (which you may know as Accutane). Some of our favorite over-the-counter spot treatments include the Best of Beauty Award-winners Vichy Normaderm S.O.S. Acne Rescue Spot Corrector and the Florence by Mills Spot a Spot Acne Patches, one of the best pimple patches (not to mention one of the cutest).

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Don't expect acne treatments to clear up a cold sore. Because cold sores are sparked by a virus, they need to be treated with antiviral medications, which can sometimes curb them from occurring altogether. "Cold sores can be treated with over-the-counter antiviral medications like Abreva," says Zeichner. "There are actually medications by mouth that you can take at the first symptom of burning and stinging, which prevent the cold store from developing to begin with. (One common treatment is called Sitavig). And needless to say, you should definitely never try to pop a cold sore the way you might try to pop a pimple. (Though you really shouldn't pop a pimple either.)

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How long do pimples and cold sores last?

Pimples and cold sores can both be considered chronic conditions. Though HSV-1 is never fully eradicated from the body because it's a virus, pimples generally become chronic based on a person's genetics and hormonal makeup. "Acne can be chronic, more often in women than men, as hormones can play a big role in perpetuating what was once thought of as a teenager ailment," explains Friedman.

The first time someone gets a cold sore, it can remain anywhere from two to four weeks; after that first time, it will typically resolve itself in a week or two, says Shah. She also says cold sores commonly reoccur in the same area. Pimples, on the other hand, usually have a shorter life cycle, often lasting a few days to a week. 

What are the psychological impacts of cold sores and pimples?

Like any skin affliction, pimples and cold sores can both wreak havoc on people's emotional well-being. "Acne and cold sores are notorious for causing anxiety and stress," says Amy Wechsler, a New York City-based psychodermatologist. "They make people very self-conscious, and sufferers feel like the acne or cold sore is the only thing people see when they look at them."

That being said, if you battle either ailment, it's crucial to know you're far from alone. According to recent reports, 50 million people in the U.S. alone have acne, and 50 to 80 percent of U.S. adults have oral herpes (HSV-1). Though, as Friedman mentioned, only 30 percent of people amass actual clinical cold sores.

All this is to say: Cold sores and pimples are both incredibly common conditions that, while annoying, can be pinpointed and treated accordingly. Talk to your doctor to figure out a treatment solution together.

Cabincore: The Fall 2021 Trend We Didn’t See Coming

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A majority of fashionistas are familiar with cottagecore, a romantic aesthetic suitable for spring, summer, and early autumn. But the trend we didn’t see coming? Cabincore.

A recent study published by Stylight reports that clicks on key cabincore pieces such as quilted coats, sleeveless sweaters, and tweed pieces are up—and not going anywhere anytime soon. So what exactly is cabincore? Similar to cottagecore, it’s an aesthetic that embodies the cozy tranquility of remote living and can be channeled in both home decor and fashion alike.

Unlike cottagecore, which nods to an idealized farm life, cabincore draws its inspiration from the mountains and forests. It’s more rustic and—dare we say it—perhaps more practical for chilly autumn and winter weather. While cottagecore fashion is airy and feminine, cabincore is warm and rugged.   

As it turns out, cabincore may just be the word the fashion world has been looking for all these years to describe our favorite cold-weather staples. Knit sweaters, warm flannels, booties of all shapes and sizes—all of these fall favorites are fair game when it comes to channeling this trendy aesthetic.


How to nail the cabincore aesthetic 

The key to dressing in line with this trend? Don’t overthink it! Cabincore is an embodiment of the classic fall styles we all know and love. Dress practically with boots that are made to brave the elements, layers that take you from chilly mornings to warm afternoons, and simple accessories that will dress up your look without holding you back on your adventures. If you’re stuck, think about textures and focus on key textiles such as wool, tweed, and flannel.

Here are six cabincore-inspired outfits to get you started on the coziest fall aesthetic yet.


beanie / turtleneck / leggings / leggings (plus-size) / bag / boots

With a wool sweater, sherpa boots, and a knit beanie, this cozy outfit is basically what we want to gravitate toward whenever the temps are below 60—and cabincore is giving us a reason to.



top / top (plus-size) / dress / dress (plus-size) / belt / bag / boots / rings

Making a short dress work for fall involves lots of strategic layering. Here, a plaid, fall-appropriate dress is paired with a turtleneck underneath and knee-high boots for an aesthetic that feels very Evermore.



sweater / sweater (plus-size) / jeans / bag / socks / booties 

A big sweater, mom jeans, and cozy socks under lug boots gives us woodsy chicness that’s an effortless embodiment of what cabincore is all about.



hat / shacket / dress / dress (plus-size) / bag / boots

Take advantage of the long shacket trend and pair one with a knit dress, wide-brimmed hat, and chunky boots for a look that’s fall at its very core (and a little bit witchy, too).



beanie / patchwork coat / henley /henley (plus-size) / jeans / jeans (plus-size) / boots

Like ASAP Rocky’s Met Gala look told us, patchwork is everywhere this season, and the very aesthetic it gives is cabincore in itself. With jeans, a cozy henley, and a beanie, it’s a cozy fall look that will make you feel like you’re wrapped in your grandma’s favorite quilt (just as it should).


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